Tips for choosing the best walker for your dog in Rye
Updated: Aug 13, 2020
Are you struggling to get the best walker for your dog? Getting help from experts can make a big difference. We are here to help you make the best decision for your dog. Today many dog owners turn to dog walkers to carry out this daily task. But in light of the recent news where you see images on social networks of walkers hitting those who, in theory, should protect, care for, and walk, you may be questioning this decision. Dog walking services have overgrown nowadays & more dog lovers enter the field every day as dog walkers. What most dog owners don't know that because walking is a growing business, there is currently no regulatory body that dictates standards of care or qualifications for the job. In a nutshell, anyone can call himself a dog walker, with nothing more than proof of service. There are specific knowledge and skillsets, as well as business practices that are necessary to ensure the safety of dogs in the care of a walker, as well as the safety of other dogs and humans who share trails, parks, and sidewalks. Questions to ask anyone you are considering hiring to walk your dog: 1. Do you know about canine learning theory and body language? We all want anyone who cares for our dog to know how to read body language and takes appropriate steps to avoid fighting, handle problems like toy fights, space, or play styles. Your walker should have the necessary skills to keep your pet under control while walking and passing, ensuring they have a good time. Of course, love for dogs is imperative, but not enough in itself. 2. How many dogs does he/she walk at a time? Some cities now fixed the number of dogs a walker can carry at one time. But most don't. This means that some walkers escort six or eight dogs, while others walk up to 15 and even 20 together in public spaces. Whether on or off-leash, each dog added to a group increases the potential for conflict, injury, loss of dogs, and distraction, the individual attention is nearly impossible. Additionally, small dogs could be injured while playing with larger companions. And the risk of a predatory bite, in which one dog attacks and even kills another, is much higher than is generally believed. It's safer to follow the 50 percent rule: If your dog weighs 30 pounds, his playmates shouldn't weigh more than 60 pounds. 3. Does your walker walk alone? A walker's job is to keep dogs safe and give them a good time. It means keeping a vigilant focus. Making the team with a friend can be fun, but it inevitably reduces attention. If that friend is also a dog walker, going out together combines two groups of dogs, making the pack too big for maximum safety. For best results, your walker should go on the trail with dogs, not other people. Remember, your dog walker should make your day easier and your dog's day more fun.