Have you decided that hiring a dog walker in Vancouver is right for you, but are unsure what to do next? We have put together a small checklist of things you need to do before choosing a dog walker, and what to do once you have one.
Check your schedule
The first thing you need to decide is how often you’ll require a professional dog walker. Does your dog need just a quick walk during lunch time, or if you work long hours each day, does your dog need a more vigorous afternoon hike.
Consult with friends and family
Ask your friends and family who have used a professional dog walker, and who they recommend. If you don’t have any close to you with pets, you can always ask your vet for references. Also make sure to check online reviews of the top dog walkers in your area.
Schedule a consultation
Any professional dog walker worth its salt will come to meet with you to discuss your needs and to meet your dog, before they expect you to hire them. If they’re unwilling to do this, they’re likely not the best company to hire.
When the meeting happens, make sure to pay attention to how your dog interacts with the walker. Is your dog comfortable? Is the walker comfortable and friendly with your dog?
Also ask questions like how long will they walk your dog each day, how many dogs will be in the pack, do they provide updates on how their dog performed, etc.
Purchase the proper equipment
Now that you’ve hired the dog walker you’re comfortable with, you’ll want to make sure you have the right equipment.
Make sure your dog has a comfortable and high quality collar or harness, as well as a dog tag with all of your information. Also, make sure you have purchased a quality dog leash. Some dog walkers will have spare leashes in case you don’t have one to begin with, but it’s a good idea to go pick one up if you don’t have one.
If you’re looking to hire a professional dog walker in Vancouver, contact us today to schedule that much needed meet and greet, before you make your final decision.