Dog walking is an unregulated industry, which makes it difficult to choose a qualified caregiver for your pup. Every company claims to be trustworthy dog lovers, but what else should you look for when screening a potential candidate? Here are 5 questions you need to ask when you're considering hiring a dog walker:
1. "Are you certified in pack management, leash handling, safety and fight protocols, and first aid?"
Why ask? Just loving dogs isn't enough to be a professional dog walker. The correct training and certifications are crucial for maintaining a safe environment and knowing how to address any issues that may arise.
2. "How many dogs do you walk at once?"
The smaller the number, the safer your dog - and the more attention your dog receives.
3. "What size dogs do you walk together?"
Small dogs and big dogs often enjoy each other’s company, but for safety reasons be sure your walker keeps little ones and big ones separate.
4. "What kind of training methods and equipment do you use?"
Your walker should know how to keep dogs under control and safe without the use of choke, prong, and shock collars; citronella or water spray; hitting, shoving, or yelling.
5. "Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?"
Professional dog walkers, in addition to being certified, will be up-to-date on their paperwork and professional insurance.
WOOF! is a certified professional dog walker through Dog*Tec's Dog Walking Academy, and is fully licensed, insured, bonded, and First Aid/CPR certified. We never walk in packs, and carefully organize our small groups to promote safety and socialization.
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