Aug
02
2017

Need to Hire a Dog Walker? Read This

Need to Hire a Dog Walker? Read ThisOwning a dog comes with an inherent active lifestyle that sometimes means getting up at the crack of dawn to run them or taking them on long jaunts after work. However, life is unpredictable and sometimes walking them each day isn’t feasible. This is where professional dog walkers come in handy – they can exercise your pup when you’re unable to. However, as dogs are as unique as their owners, vetting your options and finding the best walker will benefit both you and your pet. In addition to reducing your liability and protecting your dog with a Canine Liability Insurance policy, consider the following advice for hiring a professional dog walker.

Choosing the best type of walker.

Whether your dog loves long runs, exploring nature trails, or just likes to sniff the neighborhood close to home, it’s important you find the right walker for his or her needs. Find someone who can accommodate your dog and the types of exercise he or she prefers.

Setting your dog up for success.

Every dog has their quirks – let your walker know upfront. Whether they’re afraid of skateboards, are reactive to dogs or children, or just like to take their sweet time and sniff every last inch, let you walker know about your dog’s triggers and personality.

How much will it cost?

The average cost of a professional dog walker varies based on the service and your location. A good way to find out the going rate in your neighborhood is to hit the dog park and start socializing. Dog park moms and dads are usually happy to chat with a fellow dog owner and offer advice and contacts. You should expect that dog walkers who specialize in additional services like running, trail walks/hikes/runs, and feeding will cost a bit more, says Dogster.

Online services such as Rover and Wag! can put you in touch with seasoned dog caretakers in your area.

Trust your instincts.

Once you’ve set up a meet and greet with your potential walker, see how your dog responds. If he or she doesn’t seem to be bonding with the walker, it’s best to interview someone else. Remember, this person is going to be responsible for your pet in your absence, so choose someone who you both can trust.

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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