How to choose a dog walker? Well, I’ll see if I can help!
With so many dog walking options in rainy Vancouver it’s easy to hire someone to the job. However, it’s not easy to hire the right company. Here are some guidelines to help you on find a trustworthy company.
1. Insurance: DO NOT HIRE ANYONE REGARDLESS OF PRICE IF THEY DO NOT HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE!! Sorry for the caps but I must emphasize this. Accidents do happen, and if your dog walker is out with your dog and they are not covered by insurance that means the financial burden of veterinary bills will fall on you! So you might be saving a buck or two in the short-term but this can end up costing you a pretty penny in the end.
2. Real or Pretender? : Many dog walkers out there have no real training or education when it comes to dogs other than watching “the dog whisperer” or owning their own dog for years. Not that this is a bad thing for a casual dog walk, however, when you’re walking a group of dogs it doesn’t give them enough skills to handle any situation that may occur.
3. Where do they walk? : While neighbourhood walks aren’t bad for potty breaks, dogs need variety, especially when it comes to concurring boredom and actively teaching them new things. Socializing dogs to new environments and scent is just as important as the movement and exercise that dog walking offers.
4. Trust: While gut instinct is a good tool, ultimately your dog walkers should all be bondable and willing to go through a criminal record check. Dog walkers will often have access to your house and you need to know that you can trust that they are there for one thing, picking up and dropping off your dog!
5. Do they care? : You can only find this out through trial and error. Ask your friends, vets, pet stores, any where you might know dog people!
Good luck on your search!