Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Dog Walker

Our furry friends are as much a part of the family as anyone else, so why would we let just anyone take care of them while we are away? Here are out top 20 questions to ask your potential dog walkers before agreeing to take them on.

  1. Do you offer a complimentary meet and greet?
  2. What is your fee?
  3. How long have you been walking dogs for, and is this your full-time job?
  4. Are you licensed or insured? Do you have proof you can show me?
  5. Do you have a professional contract or service agreement?
  6. How can you ensure me my personal information, like home keys or alarm codes, will be kept safe?
  7. Do you walk dogs no matter what the weather?
  8. How much notice do you need for me to change the schedule?
  9. What is your cancellation policy?
  10. What is your house key policy?
  11. Are you a member of any professional pet sitter’s associations?
  12. Will you ask for my pet’s emergency vet contact information?
  13. What will you do in an emergency situation?
  14. Are you certified to give animal first aid or CPR?
  15. Will you give me daily updates to let me know how my dog was doing?
  16. How many dogs do you walk at a time?
  17. Do you do pet visits as well as walks? What would a visit consist of?
  18. What supplies to you carry with you? Dog treats, poop bags, etc.
  19. What is your back-up plan if something comes up and you cannot visit with or walk my dog as scheduled?
  20. If you have multiple walkers working for you, are they all as experienced as you?

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find your next dog walker! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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