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How To Find A Reliable Dog Walker

Hiring a professional dog walker can be a great option for owners who are busy throughout the day, but how do you choose the right one for your dog?

While many dog walkers have practical experience, the ease with which anyone can establish a dog walking service can make finding a dog walker who is reputable, reliable and won’t cost the earth, no east feat. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to set you – and your dog – off on the right foot.

Recommendations from others you trust are a great starting point to finding a quality dog walker. You could ask friends, local dog trainers, your vet, or even just other people you meet walking their dog.

Checking to see if they have a website or social media presence can give you a good insight in to the professionalism of their business, and you may see reviews or recommendations from others. They may also offer more information on their services, insurance, transportation and more.

While not an exhaustive list, the following questions will be worth considering before entrusting the services of a new dog walker:

 

Questions To Ask

  • Are they insured? It’s worth digging deeper into this, checking how many dogs they’re covered for at a time, and any terms relating to injury or incidents.
  • Are they registered with their local council’s dog walker scheme? While many of these are voluntary codes of conduct, a responsible dog walker will adhere to these regulations.
  • Do they have Scottish Disclosure? A dog walker will usually have keys to your house and be alone while there. It is important you know you can trust them.
  • What type of transportation do they use? Ideally, dogs will have separate, secure cages during transportation, or be correctly harnessed.
  • Do they share your thoughts and attitudes towards training, handling and animal welfare? You will want to ensure your chosen dog walker treats your dog exactly as you would want it treated.
  • You may also wish to ask about the number of dogs being walked at a single time, which areas they will be walked in, if they have any First Aid qualifications, and the extent of their animal handling experience.

Further Advice

Cost is another important factor to consider. The average price sits around £10/hour for a group walk of 2-8 dogs, or £12-15/hour for a solo walk. If your dog walker is charging much more than this, clarify what the extra costs are for.

Above all, the most reliable indicator as to the quality of the dog walker will come directly from your dog. It should be excited and eager to go on it’s walk and return happy and relaxed. If your dog shows any signs of distress, is overly tired or has any sudden changes in behaviour, you may want to check in with the dog walker to find out why.

A reliable dog walker can bring enormous benefits to our dogs, giving them the quality exercise, socialisation, and enjoyment they deserve. By taking your time, doing your research and asking the right questions, you’ll be able to find the right dog walker to enrich your dog’s life for many years to come.

If you’d like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0131 669 5331 or by visiting us at 26 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh.

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