So you're looking to hire a dog walker - congratulations! Your best furry friend will thank you. Of course you're not going to hire just anyone to walk your bestfriend while you're at work. That's why we have curated a list of the best questions to ask your dog walker.
1. How long have they been a dog walker?
When you are looking to hire a dog walker you want to ensure that they have lot of experience - this is your family member you're trusting them with! This will give you an idea of the level of experience they have should they run across any dog behaviors while exploring the neighborhood with Fido.
2. Are they insured and can they provide proof of coverage?
Insurance protects both you and the dog walker in the event of an accident. Insurance is an extra layer of protection to keep all parties safe and happy! Ask to see proof of their coverage.
3. Do they have references?
Your dog walker should be ready to provide multiple references at your request. Take a look at their Facebook and Google reviews to see what real customers are saying about their experience. If you feel more comfortable talking to a past client, speak with the business and obtain reference contacts.
4. How many dogs do they walk at one time?
5. What supplies do they carry?
Most walkers will bring their own treats and poop bags, but it is nice to know what you might need to provide to ensure Fluffy has a great walk. Some dog walkers might request a specific type of pet harness and others might use the same style you usually use. Our top recommended product purchased by our Pack is the Easy Walk Harness available in our Amazon shop!
6. Do they have a backup plan?
A professional dog walker will have a backup plan in the event they are unable to complete your services due to an emergency or other conflict. We know that Sherwood Park weather can be unpredictable, and sometimes emergencies happen! You will want to ensure that they have a backup person, and that person is just as qualified as them.
7. If they have multiple walkers, do they perform background checks?
Safety should be your dog walker's number one priority - you are trusting them with your dog and access to your home. Your ideal dog walker should be willing and able to provide you with confirmation that their employees have been thoroughly vetted.
8. What will the dog walker do in event of a pet emergency?
A professional dog walker will have a plan in place in the event of an injury or a lost pet. This plan may consist of a protocol for which veterinary clinic they would take your dog to and policies in place for contacting you in the event of an emergency.
9. Will the dog walker provide updates or reports to let you know how your dog is doing?
Half the fun of hiring a dog walker is getting to see what your dog is up to while you're at work! Ask if they use a dog walker app to track their routes and send photos.
10. Do they offer a meet-and-greet?
Many dog walkers utilize apps, websites, and other media to book their clients - but you can't beat a meet-and-greet! A professional dog walker should offer a free face-to-face meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page.
With so many options to choose from, there's no "right" or "wrong" answer to many of these questions. It is all about finding the perfect fit for you and your fuzziest family member. If you trust your instincts (and your research) your dog will be in great hands.
If you are in search of a Sherwood Park dog walker, sign up and a member of our One Pack Pet Services team will be happy to answer these questions and more!
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