Get Background Information on Your Dog Walker

Let’s face it. Your dog is a member of your family, and it would be unthinkable if anything would happen to your dog, especially if it could be avoidable. Not only will dog walkers care for your dog, but they may have access to your home when you aren’t there. It’s very important that you take hiring a dog walker seriously, and we want to give you some advice.

Before connecting with a dog walker, especially if the dog walker wasn’t specifically referred to you by a trusted friend or veterinarian, do some research on him or her. Use Google to search for that person’s name and see if anything seems suspicious. Use sites like Yelp and CitySearch to see what others said about that dog walker. Call your local veterinarian to see if they know the dog walker. You want to make sure the person is reliable and has you and your dog’s best interests in mind.

When a potential dog walker gives you a list of references and/or testimonials, be sure to call those people. Actually, don’t just call those people, do some research to see who those people are first. You will want to make sure the references are good references, and not just friends of the dog walker. They should be working people with good reputations. If something strikes you as being strange, you should probably look elsewhere. Don’t give the person a pass, since they will have access to your home.

Perform a background check on your dog walker, and/or research the dog walking service with the Better Business Bureau. You should hire someone who has experience and has a registered business, especially if they will have access to your home. There are plenty of websites where you can perform background checks on the person, and make sure things check out.

If things check out, meet with your local dog walker in person. Perhaps you may meet at a local dog park or dog run. This is not only to see how the dog walker gets along with your dog, but to see how you feel about the dog walker. You need to trust your dog walker, and getting to know the dog walker in person is a good way to do that.

I personally wouldn’t give a dog walker unlimited access to my home without me being there for at least the first several times. I want to build a trust with the dog walker before I give them a key to my house. If this is a problem, perhaps you can leave your dog with your neighbor for a short period of time, or at least leave your key with your neighbor.

Hiring a dog walker is a big deal. You need to be 100% comfortable with the dog walker to know that your dog will be safe and your valuables will not be put at risk. If your instinct tells you something is amiss, don’t hire that dog walker. It’s important that your dog walker be reliable, reputable, and responsible.