They Really, Really Love Dogs
Like, they’re obsessed. Would you leave your kids (real or hypothetical) alone with someone who was “meh” about children? Definitely not. The same should go for your fur babies. Your dog walker should be just like that one really cool babysitter you were always so stoked to see. Or the grandma who thinks everything you do is amazing. You get the idea.
They Have Five-Star Reviews
A testimonial goes a looong way. If you’re trying out a brand new dog walker, look for reviews from other pet parents. If you found a dog walker who’s completely new to the game, it’s still worth seeking out someone who can vouch for their reliability. Even if they have a degree in veterinary medicine, do your research—it’s not worth rushing this process.
They Have Pet Sitter Insurance
If you didn’t know it was a thing, well, now you do! And it’s an important one. Pet sitter insurance tells you that they’re deeply committed to their work, and gives you peace of mind. That means when your dog dislocates her hip in a rousing game of fetch, or pukes in the vents of your dog walker’s home (true story), it’s clear who’s liable for what. Trust us: it’s a must.
They’ll Send You Photos
Sure, you’ve read the five-star reviews (we hope!) and done a site visit or two. But that doesn’t mean all your worries are gone. It’s hard to find a human without a smartphone these days (admit it, you’re reading this on one right now), which means we have the ability to be constantly connected. If your walker will update you with photos throughout the day? Yep, you’ve found a keeper.
They’re In Your Neighborhood
It’s not a deal-breaker, necessarily, but if your dog walker is in your neighborhood—a neighborhood your dog is totally familiar with and comfortable in—that’s a major, major bonus. It not only eliminates stressors from your dog’s life, but it’s also convenient for you.
They Make Payment Easy
Cash and checks are practically outdated! Look for dog walkers who make payment safe, easy, and cashless. That way you don’t have to worry about leaving a tip, or running by the ATM.
They’re Your Dog’s Spirit Animal
Let’s say you found a dog walker who is obsessed with dogs, has crazy-good reviews, has insurance, will send you photos, is nearby and makes payment easy? Believe it or not, there’s one final piece of the puzzle to consider. They’re not the perfect dog walker if they don’t jive with your dog. Each dog has a special and unique personality—some are energetic and outgoing and need a ton of exercise. Others are sweet and lazy and like to snuggle. Finding a dog walker whose temperament aligns with your dog makes all the difference. Try setting up a play date or two to see if they’re a perfect match.
Have any tips and tricks for finding the perfect dog walker? Let us know! And pssst, don’t forget: Rover offers dog walking now!