Choosing a Dog Walker

FAQ about choosing a dog walker

Q. What type of experience should my dog walker have?
You'll want someone who has a good idea of dog behavior, is able to diffuse problems between dogs before they start, who knows basic first aid, and has a genuine love for dogs. Some dog walkers have a long history with pet care and have been trained in such things as obedience and first aid. The more training your dog walker has had, the better off you and your buddy will be.

Q. Will my dog be walked with dogs of the same size?
In spite of the fact that your 6 month old Labrador retriever puppy and your 12 year old lhasa apso may best buddies, they may not be the best of walking partners! Your dog will get the most out of her walk if she's walked with dogs who are similar in size and walking ability.

Q. How many dogs will be walked by one person at a time?
Your dog walker knows how many dogs he or she can safely handle. Be sure to ask though, and make sure you're comfortable with the answer. You may also want to ask if there are any city ordinances that limit the number of dogs that can be walked at the same time by one person.

Q. Can I ask that my dog be kept on-leash at all times?
Absolutely! Some dog walkers only do on-leash walks, some do off-leash hikes with a group of dogs, and some do a combination. Talk with your dog walker to determine what's best for your dog.

Q. Will the same person be walking my dog every time?
Most dog walking businesses will assign a person to walk your dog on a regular basis. However, there may be times when someone else may do it so be sure to ask.

Q. Will my pets need to be vaccinated?
Most dog walkers will require that your pets be vaccinated against rabies, DHLPP, and Bordatella (kennel cough). They may also require that your dog be on some sort of flea preventive. Be sure to ask your dog walker about their requirements.

Q. Does the dog walker pick up after the dogs?
Most cities have ordinances that require people to pick up after their dogs and dispose of the waste. Ask whether or not your dog walker does this.

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