Ask friends for recommendations
Ask your friends/colleagues if they use a dog walker and ask whether they are happy with them and get their contact details.
Instagram and Facebook are great places to see what kind of experience your dog will be getting. Most dog walking companies will have their own Facebook & Instagram accounts. Instead of taking the dog walking company’s word for it, you’ll be able to scroll through their pages and see where your dog goes, what kinds of dogs your dog is playing with and how dirty your dog is getting.
You should also be upfront with your potential dog walker if your dog has any particular quirks. Does your dog not get along with certain breeds? Is your dog scared by loud noises? It’s important for you to be honest with the potential walker to ensure the best care for your dog.
Are you insured?
There are a number of Insurance companies who deal specifically with pet care related businesses and offer cover that includes Public Liability, Key Cover, Care, Custody and Control and Employers Liability (if the company has staff members). Do not be afraid to ask to see their insurance certificate.
Do you have a pet contract, terms and conditions and references?
You should be asked to sign a contract to clarify the walker’s responsibilities as well as your own. Ask to see references/reviews.
Are they DBS checked? The dog walker will most likely hold a key to your home so trust is essential.
Will the same person walk my dog every day? Consistency is good for your dog and will enable your dog to build a relationship with the same person.
Do you arrange cover for when my usual dog walker is on holiday or sick?
How many dogs do you walk at a time? It’s common for walkers to take more than one dog out at a time, and that can help keep the costs down for you. But the more dogs, the less attention given to your dog. This can be an issue for dogs with special needs or more timid dogs.
How much time do you guarantee on the walk?
Make sure the time quoted e.g. a 60 minute walk should be 60 minutes out having fun. The journey time shouldn’t be included.
Will you come out to meet me and my dog beforehand?
Most professional Dog Walkers will arrange to meet you and your dog beforehand to discuss all your requirements. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and for your dog and the walker to start building a relationship.
If you would like any more information on our services, or on Dog Walking in general, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 612 3811.
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