“Wanna go for a walk?” Dog walkers are saying these magic words to canine companions across the country every day. According to the ASPCA, Americans own roughly 78 million dogs. And those dogs need — or demand — their walks. If you’re an owner who works all day or is otherwise busy, a dog walker might be a good solution.
It’s understandable to be concerned about leaving your beloved pet in the hands of a dog walker. But these people are professionals, who often are trained and insured, especially when you hire them through a company, such as Rover. And they almost certainly have your pup’s best interests at heart. Here are 15 things your dog walker wants you to know.
1. We’re working here
Dog walkers aren’t just going on leisurely strolls all day. Their schedules are very rigid, especially during peak hours. “We fit in a ton of work within three very busy hours of the day (not many need us before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m.). Every client has a different routine, every dog a different need,” one dog walker writes on Rover-Time.
So if you want to schedule a last-minute visit, know the lunch hour is probably booked solid. And if you cancel with short notice, remember your dog walker probably turned down other work to accommodate you.