Booking a dog walker is a great idea if you work long shifts, have a new baby or if you're physically unable to do it yourself. There are tons of dog walkers available these days and it is hard to know who to go with. We have compiled 6 questions that are critical to ask when deciding who will walk your precious fur baby.
1. Do they have the proper business licensing for your city?
Professionalism is key, especially when dealing with our loved ones and family members. Nothing yells unprofessional more than an illegitimate, unlicensed business. When a business has a license it means that there is a record of their business and they can be held accountable, should anything happen. A business that is not licensed could technically disappear should any problems arise; however, if they are licensed, all their information remains on record.
2. Are they insured and bonded?
This is a BIG one!! When your dog walker has insurance, their policy will cover medical expenses that result from any accident that may take place while your dog is in their care. If your dog walker doesn't have this coverage, you are the one who is responsible to pay for those expenses!
3. Can they provide proof of clear criminal history?
I don't think this one needs much explaining. Obviously, if someone is coming into your home while you're not there and is looking after your most prized possession (your fur-baby), you're going to want to make sure they have no criminal background!
4. Will they use a service agreement or contract?
Any professional business in the service industry will require you to sign a service agreement or contract. These forms are in place to cover you and the person you are hiring to make sure the service is conducted as planned. These forms also ensure that the price you agreed to remains the same and you don't have any surprises on bill day.
5. Do they have pet first aid training?
This is another BIG one! The great thing about professional dog walkers is that they are required to have pet first aid training and certification. If you're leaving your fur baby with someone, its great to know that they will know what to do with them, should there ever be some sort of emergency! Dogsafe© is the premier provider of canine first aid in Canada, USA and around the world, so their website is a great first place to find a qualified dog walker!
6. Are they a member of a professional and educational association?
Being part of a professional and education association is a great sign that you have a good dog walker on your hands. These organizations provide frequent training and certification programs, and also keep professionals up-to-date on their industry. The most recognized association for the dog walking and pet sitting industry is Pet Sitters International©, so if your potential dog walker is a member, that is a great sign!