Trusting a stranger with the well-being of your dog can be hugely stressful. Someone is out there in this world walking your dog through the crowded city streets, and you are helpless to what occurs during that time...or are you? Not to fear - we’ve got a list of questions you should be asking all potential dog walkers in order to find the perfect fit for you and your Fluffball!
First, you should try and have the candidate come interact with both you and the dog prior to hire. A meet and greet, essentially. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions - a professional will be ready and eager to answer them! Let’s jump right into it:
- Are you pet first aid certified? What are your emergency protocols?
Are you city licensed, insured, bonded?
Will you be walking my dog or one of your employees? Will I be informed of changes?
How many dogs do you walk together at once?
What type of training methods are used? (remember, you want someone who uses positive reinforcement)
How long are the walks?
What happens in the event of bad weather?
Do you offer other services in addition to walks?
What is your cancellation policy?
How did you get into this career? What experience do you have?
Can you provide me with a list of references?
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask to tag along for the first walk to see how the walker interacts and handles your pup - just be sure you are judging fairly. There is really little to be fearful of once you hire a responsible, professional dog walker. Your dog is only benefiting from the physical activity and interaction with another human. Now, relax and get back to work!
Bostonians - you lucked out! Freedom Tail is a professional service ready to answer all of your questions AND provide your first walk free!