6 tips for finding a good dog walker

by | Dog Care |

It can be intimidating trying to find someone you trust to watch out for your furry family member. But on a day when you can’t get home, or you’ll be later than usual, a dog walker could be a good option! Here are some tips from our blog How to find a good dog walker.

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Finding your dog walker

References: One of the best ways to find a good dog walker is to ask neighbours, friends and family, if they have someone they suggest. A good reputation can go a long way! If not, make sure to ask the dog walker for their own references you can follow up with.

Insurance: What’s going to happen if your dog gets injured on their walk? It’s important to talk about insurance and if your walker is covered for non-negligent accidents.

First Aid: Many things can happen on a walk that could injure your pet. Check that your dog walker is qualified in pet First Aid so they know what to do if this happens.

Meet & greet: Once you feel you’ve found a good candidate, invite them to meet your dog. It’s very important your dog feels comfortable and likes the person they’ll be spending time with.

Test walk: Another good idea would be to do a test walk with your candidate. This will give you a sense of their chemistry with your dog and if they will be a good fit.

Lay out the rules: Ask where this walker would take your dog, and how long of walks they plan to take. If your dog wouldn’t be comfortable in a dog park, make that clear! It’s your job to look out for your pet.

There your have it! Some helpful tips for finding a dog walker.

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