As our lives get busier, it can be more and more difficult to find the time to walk our dogs as often as they need, especially if they are a breed with high activity levels. If this is the case for you, hiring the services of a dog walker means that you can be confident that your dog is getting the amount of exercise that they need.
As you may suspect, a dog walker is a professional that will come and collect your dog from your home and take it for a walk. This could be in the form of walking the dog around the neighbourhood, taking the dog to dog-friendly park for a play, or by taking them to the beach. Dog walkers will walk your dog either on their own or in a small group of other dogs that have similar activity requirements.
The dog walker will take your dog on as many walks as is required but be aware that some dog walkers will have a minimum number of walks per week. Some dog walkers will also provide other services which can be very useful such as topping up the dog’s water bowl, feeding the dog, giving the dog medication, playing with the dog in the backyard, grooming the dog, collecting mail, and watering plants. Such additional services can be very valuable if you are particularly time poor.
If you think that engaging the services of a dog walker might be the perfect solution for you, there are some questions that you need to ask to make sure that the dog walker you choose is a good match for you and your pet. Such questions include:
There are several avenues that you can explore in order to find a dog walker. You can look in the yellow pages or look through your local paper in order to find advertisements. Alternatively, you can ask your vet or dog-owning friends and family if they have any recommendations. This can often be the easiest and most reliable way of finding a good dog walker that is local to you.