Questions To Ask When Checking References For A Dog Walking Service In Los Angeles

Questions to ask when checking references for a dog walking service in Los AngelesKnowing the right questions to ask when checking references for a dog walking service in Los Angeles can make or break your experience with the dog walker you hire.  A friend who lives close by, yet who is outside of our Rufus and Delilah Dog Walking service area, asked for help finding a dog walker for her dogs. After following the steps in my previous articles on Tips For Finding A Dog Walker In Los Angeles and What To Look For When Hiring A Dog Walker in Sherman Oaks, I asked my friend if I could call the references we were given for the two different dog walking services in Los Angeles.  I thought who better to know what questions to ask when checking references for a dog walker than a professional dog walker with close to 12 years of experience.

Check out my top 12 list of questions to ask when checking references for a dog walking service in Los Angeles.

  1. What kind of dogs do you have?
  2. How often do they walk your dogs?
  3. Did they meet you with you for a complimentary consultation before you hired them?
  4. Did they have you complete a detailed intake form on caring for your dogs and home before the visits started?
  5. Are your dogs and your home as expected when you return after each schedule visit?
  6. Do they have a backup plan in the event of a personal emergency or illness making it so the sitter booked to walk your dogs cannot make it to your house for a scheduled visit?
  7. How long have they been walking your dogs?
  8. How recent was the last time they walked your dogs?
  9. What do you like the most about their dog walking service?
  10. Have you ever had any negative experiences when working with them?
  11. Do they leave you a daily note after each visit so you know the sitter was there?
  12. Would you refer them to care for your best friend’s dogs?

I truly believe if you ask all of the above questions to a minimum of 3 to 4 different clients, you will be able to make a well informed decision on whether you would like to hire the dog walker.  Based on the calls I made asking the above questions I was able to weed out the sitter I didn’t want my friend to use for her dogs and to confirm which one to move forward with in setting up a complimentary consultation.

Do you have suggestions for other questions to add to our list when checking references for a dog walking service in Los Angeles?

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