- Having someone walk your dog for you, while you’re at work, out for the day or on holiday
- Not all dog walkers have the necessary skills to enable them to do this
- Dog walking is a serious profession with similar responsibilities to child-care
Working with other people’s beloved dogs requires a large amount of trust, together with a generous helping of financial and emotional responsibilities too. There are many reasons why a Client will employ the services of a dog walker. Some of them are listed here, but of course there are also other reasons too:
- They may have a new puppy that requires frequent toilet breaks
- They may work long hours and do not wish to leave their dog home alone for long periods
- Perhaps they have an exhausting job that leaves them no energy or time to walk their dog
- A client with physical disabilities may not be able to exercise their dog
- A destructive, hyperactive dog will require long periods of exercise to tire them
- They may not wish their dog to be crated for long periods
- Their pet may need medication at regular intervals
The Dog Walker’s obligations
The main role of a dog walker, is of course, to take the dogs out to exercise, in all weathers. They will usually collect the dog from its owner’s home, walk the dog for a required amount of time, then take the dog back home. They will also ensure that the dog has water and food or medication, if this is a requirement of their client. A dog walker needs to have total control, especially if walking more than one dog at a time, in full command of the animals in their care. On occasion, a walker may find he has to manage dogs that run away, or fight with others. In cases like this, strength and physical stamina are a necessity. Another responsibility is to clean up after the dog’s toilet and ensure that no mess is left behind.
Of course, there are many other duties that our doggy friends depend on us for, including giving each dog plenty of individual attention and making sure that the dog that is being walked is safe, in addition to other dogs and humans around them.
One of the many responsibilities of a dog walker, is the administration of the dogs in their care. He will carry out any special requests from his clients in relation to their pets, communicate with their Clients to schedule appointments and update them during their daily walks if need be. Of course when picking up and dropping off the dogs, a dog walker must also ensure total security of their homes.
Training and Insurances
These are the many “behind the scenes” aspects of dog walking that aren’t often considered. A professional dog walker will have several insurances in place to cover any eventuality. Clients are given total peace of mind with enhanced DBS checks, as their homes are being entered, plus first aid training for both humans and dogs is an added bonus.
The total responsibilities of a dog walker are all encompassing. Not only do they have to be healthy and fit to walk for miles on end each day with their doggy companions, they also need to be passionate about the animals in their care.