Who better to ask what to look for when hiring a dog walker in Sherman Oaks than a dog walker with over 13 years of experience. Check out my list of what I think are the 17 most important questions to ask when hiring a dog walker. You may say ’17 questions…wow that sounds like a lot’ but these are your fur-babies we are talking about. You want to be 100% certain you are leaving them in the hands of a dog walker you can trust.
Top 17 Questions To Ask When Hiring A Dog Walker In Sherman Oaks
- How long have you been working as a dog walker?
- Are you insured and bonded? Feel free to ask for a copy of their insurance.
- Do you have references I can call?
- What breeds or mixes of dogs do you walk regularly?
- What are the different lengths of walks you offer?
- What do you charge for the different visits?
- Do you have a backup plan if you get sick or injured and can’t make it to walk my dog(s) with notice or at the last minute?
- Will I get to meet my dog walker for a complimentary consultation before the visits start?
- Do you bring your own pet, other people’s pets, or anyone else with you when you come to walk my dog(s)?
- Ask if the dog walker is going to introduce your dog to other dogs when on walks? (Even the friendliest of dogs are not always friendly.)
- Ask if they will still come for walks on days when there is extreme heat or rain. Then you might want to find out if they modify the visit for the weather or if you can give specific instructions based on your dogs’ needs.
- Can you give medication to my dog(s), if needed, and is there an additional charge?
- How will I know if you came for the visits?
- What is the cancellation policy?
- Do you charge extra for last minute visits?
- Are there additional fees if I have more than one dog?
- When is payment due?
At Rufus and Delilah Dog Walking, we are often asked some of these questions when potential clients contact us about our dog walking in Sherman Oaks and nearby cities. Did you find these questions useful for hiring a dog walker? Do you have other questions you think should be added to this list? If you don’t know where to look for a dog walker, check out our article on Tips For Finding A Dog Walker In Los Angeles and if you are curious about what a dog walker does, check out our article on What Does A Dog Walker Do.
*This blog was updated in July of 2017.*