Hiring a Dog Walker? Set Them Up for Success
Choosing a Dog Walker > Giving Them the Right Information
If you’re one of the millions of people who is stuck at an office for 9 or more hours a day, you know the stress that comes along with making sure your four-legged friend is well-taken care of. If you’re unable to walk your dog regularly, hiring a dog walker is the next best option. However, this requires more than researching someone in your area and handing over a leash. In this series of posts, we’ve covered the important factors that should be considered when hiring a dog walker, including how to find the best match for your pet. In this blog, we’ll cover how to set your dog and your walker up for success. Remember, every dog is as unique as their owner, and these mindful considerations can keep your pet safe. In addition, protect your dog with a Canine Liability Insurance policy for some peace of mind.
Let your walker know about quirks.
Anything from leash reactivity to strangers approaching to children playing. Anything that might trigger your dog to react negatively, or that cause them stress, should be addressed before the first walk begins.
Understand body language.
It’s also important for your dog walker to understand your dog’s cues and not force them into a situation that clearly do not want to be in. For example, pulling away, raised hackles, and whimpering indicate that the dog is uncomfortable and does not want to greet the strange dog or person approaching them. Rather than force them, your walker should recognize the signals and respond appropriately.
Guidelines for walkers to follow.
Marthina McClay, a certified dog trainer, provides the following guidelines for dog walkers to Dogster:
- When you see an unknown dog, avoid greets on a walk.
- If the dogs have met before, then it’s fine to have them greet each other.
- If you want to keep your dog focused on you instead of other dogs, be sure to bring high-value treats on walks.
- Watch for the nose-to-butt greeting — a good one is completely normal in the canine kingdom.
- Don’t let other dogs invade your dog’s space, and respect other dogs’ space.
Over time, your walker will get to know your dog’s behavior. However, in the beginning, it’s best to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe, incident-free walk in your absence. Remember, your dog requires adjusting to a new person walking him or her, as well.
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