September 8th is Dog Walker Appreciation Day. Dog walkers are one of the unsung heroes of the pet world. Fido really benefits from having someone stop by and take him out while his humans are working! A local New Orleans, LA vet offers some insight on this small but important niche below.
The main reason people hire dog walkers is so their canine companions don’t have to wait all day to go out. That, as you can imagine, could get quite uncomfortable for Fido! However, potty breaks aren’t the only reason to get a dog walker. Your canine pal will also benefit from the exercise and stimulation a midday walk provides. Socialization is another perk. This is especially important for puppies. People whose pets need to take medication may also find dog walkers a great solution. Last but not least, a dog walker will allow you to work late or attend events without worrying about your pup.
Picking the right dog walker is very important. After all, you’ll be allowing Fido’s walker into your house! You may want to look into apps, such as Rover or Wag. You can also try the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters here. When narrowing down candidates, read reviews, and ask for and check references and recommendations. We would also advise choosing someone that has liability insurance and is certified in first aid. After you’ve interviewed several candidates, and have found one you like, start on a trial basis. Be sure to let your pooch weigh in as well!
Once you’ve found the right person, meet with them a few times, to let Fido get used to them. This is especially important if your furry friend tends to get protective about people coming into the home. It’s also important to exchange more than one contact method, in case of emergency. You’ll also want to provide your vet’s number and an emergency contact.
If you’ve got a great dog walker, then you absolutely should be appreciative. Tips and gift cards are both great ways to show your appreciation. You may also want to consider leaving a review, which can be extremely helpful for them when it comes to gaining new clients.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Please do not hesitate to contact us, your New Orleans, LA animal hospital, today!