How to Choose a Dog Walker
With so many dogs in homes across the nation, we know that not every dog owner has the perfect schedule to suit their pup. The pet care industry is booming, with new day cares and dog walkers popping up seemingly daily. Our pets are precious family members, so leaving them in the care of a stranger is no small thing – so, how do we find the right pet professional for us? What questions should we ask and what red flags should we avoid? In a relatively unregulated industry – home boarders now require licenses and assessments from their local authority, but dog walkers face no such scrutiny – it can be a daunting and scary task. We’re here to help explain what to look for when choosing a dog walker.
All pet professionals should be insured – they should be able and willing to show proof of cover when asked, and to answer any questions you might have. This should, at a minimum, cover third party liability and any potential issues directly involving your dog – such as your dog requiring vet care – but may also cover things like replacing locks in the case of lost house keys.
This is a tricky one - every pet professional will have different levels of experience and people who are new to the industry are not necessarily bad. However, do enquire as to what experience your dog walker has working with dogs and animals. What has brought them to this industry? A huge number of new dog walkers appeared during recent lockdowns: if people are not dedicated to this career choice, you may – at best – find yourself being let down when they tire of the gig or find something better. At worst, their lack of investment could lead to dangerous negligence.