So, you’re thinking of hiring a professional dog walker but you’re just not sure it’s the best investment. Or, maybe you’ve heard other people lamenting the experience they’ve had with a dog walker, who may not have exactly been a professional. The good news is using a dog walking company in Los Angeles or any other city is much more preferable than using a solo or an amateur dog walker because you are dealing with experienced professionals who have dedicated their careers to caring for dogs.
So you ask what’s the problem with using a dog walking company in Los Angeles or any other city? Really, the only problem is choosing the wrong dog walking company.
Here are some of the many benefits of and issues to consider when hiring a dog walking company in Los Angeles or any other city:
You have to sign a contract
Find a dog walking company that requires a contract. A contract protects both you and the company. A contract will outline all of your responsibilities and the dog walker’s responsibilities, including the dog walking rate and how and when payment is due. Your professional dog walker and you will be contractually obligated to follow that contract.
You will enjoy more bonding time with your dog
There are many benefits to hiring a dog walker. A dog walker will provide you and your dog with more bonding time. Your professional dog walker will ensure that your dog gets a much needed break during the day, while you are at work, leaving him/her well-rested when you get home. Then you can kick back, relax, and cuddle with your furry friend before heading out for your evening walk. You don’t have to worry about an overanxious dog and your dog won’t be frustrated due to an overabundance of energy.
Get to know the dog walker before the first walk
Most professional dog walking services require an initial consultation to allow both you and your dog to visit with the dog walker, to ask any questions you may have, and to see if the dog walker is a good fit for your dog.
You are in control
You have a say in how your dog walks when you work with a dog walking company. You are, in fact, the client and the dog walker will follow your specific instructions, including the length of the walk, the pace of the walk, and what to do with your dog before and after the walk, such as giving your dog a treat or feeding him/her a meal. If the prospective dog walker ignores your instructions, find another service.
You will enjoy a personalized experience
You will enjoy a personalized experience when you work with a professional dog walking company. You will develop a relationship with your dog walker and you will never have to worry about a missed visit. If your dog walker cannot make it, the professional service will have a backup professional dog walker ready to go.
What do you think is the biggest benefit of using a professional dog walking company?
These are all great points! I also like that most dog walking companies check out employees so you can feel confident about the dog walker. They also carry insurance, Just in case of any unforeseen issue.
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
Dog walking companies should all have pet sitting liability insurance, a bond, and a license with the city to do business. It’s also important that they run background checks on all sitters whether they are employees or independent contractors.