Professional dog walking continues to grow rapidly, especially over the last ten years. Since dog walking is a young business full of dog lovers who have flooded the field due to the collapse of the economy, no regulating body currently oversees how the industry is run. However, dog walking, especially in groups, requires more than passion. Dog walkers must possess certain specialized skills and knowledge to ensure the safety of the dogs, themselves, and other dogs and animals out there that flood the beaches, trails, parks, and other places that are shared with them.
To choose a dog walker, you must consider the following factors to ensure
that you hire a qualified and experienced dog walker.
1.Training in Canine Learning Theory, Pack Management and Body language
Your dog walker should be able to:
Use scientific, humane training methods)
Read body language and (where necessary) take
appropriate measures to prevent fights or break them when they start)
Tell which dogs are compatible when placed to get herd )
Handle issues such as quarrels over space, toys, or
All these require a professional who understands dogs.
2. The Number of Dogs Walked at a Time
Some counties, cities, and park districts regulate the number of dogs that a
walker can handle. Every dog added to the group increases the potential for injury,
destruction, lost dogs, or conflict. Your dog should be one of few, not one of
3. S/he should Walk Alone
If escorted, a dog walker can be distracted, even if the other person is
also a dog walker. This is because combined sets of dogs make the pack too
large for proper attention and maximum safety. Choose a dog walker who hit the
trail park with dogs alone.
4. Get to Know Who Will Walk Your Dog
While most dog walkers are the sole proprietors, some have multiple
employees. Find out about the actual walker’s qualification and meet him/her
yourself if you wish.
5. Size Dogs Walked Together
Insist that your small dog walks only with others her size. If your dog is
large, do the same to reduce the risk of attack and injury. Your small dog may
be attacked, or your large pooch may attack and injure other dogs.
6. Time Taken on the Walk
If they say playtime is 60 minutes long, this is time out of the vehicle. It
should be spent roaming and having fun, not in the vehicle.
7. Types of Equipment and Training Methods Used
Positive-reinforcement based dog trainers are the only group recommended by
relevant bodies. Your dog walker should be in control of a group of dogs
without using choke and shock collars, water spray, shoving, yelling, or
8. Should be insured, licensed and bonded
9. Should have references and a professional service contract
10. Should be certified and qualified to provide canine first aid. Ask for
These tips will help you know how to choose a dog walker that is fully prepared
to handle the task ahead of him. Most upcoming dog walkers do a good job caring
for the dogs. However, you still have to be careful when choosing the right dog