Walks are the most enjoyable part of pet dogs’ days. A good dog walker who loves and cares for them can go a long way in making the activity all more wonderful for them. That is why it is of utmost importance that dog owners take necessary precautions before hiring new dog walkers for their fur-babies.
When hiring a dog walker, there are several precautions that you can take to ensure that your pet is in good hands. Here are some tips to consider:
Check references and credentials
Ask for references from the potential dog walker’s previous & current clients, and make sure that they have experience and training in handling dogs. Also, take into account the comments of the referees.
Sterilisation of pet
Pure breed dogs are all the rage in India; therefore the demand for them is obscenely high. Many times unscrupulous breeders pose as dog walkers and steal pet dogs. What is worse if that they also use them for forced mating while taking them out for walks. Such an experience can be surely traumatising for dogs. To avoid such messy eventualities, get your pet dog sterilised so the chances of them being used or stolen by breeders go down. Be sure to Inform your new dog walker that the dog is sterilised.
Meet in person
Meet the dog walker in person and observe how they interact with your dog before hiring them. This will help you determine if they are a good fit for your pet’s personality and needs. Also, have a list of questions ready for the interview. Some important questions to ask during the interview are: 1. What experience do you have with dog walking? 2. What kind of dogs have you worked with before? 3. Are you comfortable walking dogs of all sizes and breeds? 4. How long have you been dog walking professionally? 5. What is your approach to handling difficult dogs or behavioral issues? 6. How do you ensure the safety of the dogs in your care? 7. What kind of activities do you typically do with dogs during walks? 8. How do you handle emergencies or unexpected situations during walks?
Ask for Identity documents
Ask the dog walker to submit identity and address proof with a passport-sized latest photograph. Do not rely only on their phone number or company name.
Discuss the walking routine
Discuss the dog walker’s walking routine with them, including how long the walks will be, where they will take your dog, and if they will be walking your dog alone or with other dogs.
Make sure the dog walker is reliable and communicates with you regularly about your pet’s well-being and any issues that arise during the walks.
Consider having the dog walker do paid trial walks with your dog before committing to a regular schedule. This will ensure as to whether they are a good match for your dog and if the dog enjoys their company.
Inform friends and family
Ensure that your friends and family in the vicinity know that you have a new dog walker so they can also keep an eye on the dog walker when he or she is walking your dog. Some vigil is absolutely necessary if the dog walker is new.
By taking these precautions, you can ensure that your pet will be in safe hands and receive the care and attention they deserve while on their walks.