Breaking up with your Dog Walker
When you find a dog walker who you trust and are happy to work with, it’s a real joy. But what happens when someone just isn’t living up to your expectations? Is it time to let them go? Are you feeling awkward about it? Here are some ways to make the process easier.
Get clear on why you want to dump your dog walker
If you’re paying someone for a service you are entitled to expect that person to carry out the duties that were agreed upon. Perhaps your dog walker is never on time, doesn’t work well with your dog, ignores your instructions or perhaps it’s for another reason altogether such as finances. When you first hire someone it’s important to be clear on your expectations - from your perspective and theirs.
Can the situation be improved?
Before you let the dog walker go, see if it’s a situation that can be fixed. Sometimes a clear and direct conversation can resolve issues. If the issue is their tardiness for example, explain that it doesn’t work for you and if they can’t adjust you’ll have to find another walker. Be direct and calm. It could be that they don’t realise the issue and a gentle nudge might be all that’s needed. A great way around this is to put a list of instructions together. It can be an easy way for you and your walker to be clear on the requirements and expectations.
Time to say goodbye
You’ve come to the point where there is no other way but to find another dog walker. If you have a contract with your dog walker, make sure you check the terms of the agreement. It’s always fairer to let someone go in person. It may be slightly uncomfortable but the best way is to be brief and direct. Be sure to thank for them for their work and simply explain that you will no longer be requiring their services. Be prepared they may have questions or want your feedback.
Remember that there are many dog walkers out there who are responsible, reliable and eager for work. Ultimately you want someone who is going to respect you and your pet.