How to Find the Right Dog Walking Business for You

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How to Find the Right Dog Walking Business for You

Staff Writer · Jun 15, 2010

Chances are that when you start to look at getting dog walking services for your pets, you will have a lot of options, and not every dog walking business is the same. Dog owners who want to benefit the most from canine walking, sitting and boarding services will think about how the services offered match up with the specific needs of their dogs.

Looking at Cost and Schedule

Customers will generally look at cost at the very beginning of a search for a dog walking service. While there are other important factors in choosing the best dog walking business, cost is important. Dog owners will also want to look at scheduling that fits their specific work schedule or other limitations.

Special Canine Needs

When it comes to a business model for dog walking services, some companies specialize in “straight in an out” walking. They take on as many clients as possible, and provide strict scheduling routines for walkers. The best clients for these companies own dogs with regular mobility and no walking limitations.

Dog owners who have older dogs, dogs with arthritis or joint conditions, or any other dogs that need to be walked slower or with special care and attention will want to choose more specialized dog walking companies that can give more time and attention to their pet. Talk to the business owner about how the special needs of older or restricted mobility dogs are treated within their company.

Staff Models: Compassion and Care in Dog Walking

Other dog owners, such as those who keep hyperactive puppies, will want to look at getting dog walking services that can accommodate the emotional needs of a particularly sensitive dog. This may require having staff who are more experienced in keeping hyperactive dogs safe and secure during walks, and building rapport with them in order to overcome some of the challenges that dogs face when meeting new people. This is another element customers will want to discuss with the business owner if they feel that their dogs have special sensitivity or risk.

Access: Finding Flexibility in Your Dog Walking Service

Another part of the business model for dog walking companies relates to convenience and customer service. The schedules of dog owners frequently change. A sudden event can mean that walkers need to be reached quickly, during a walking day or in other time sensitive situations. The best dog walking businesses have a robust communication program where the owner can always reach out to a walker to modify or change his or her schedule.

Employee Screening and Security Provisions

Some clients with fancy homes or extensive assets find security to be hugely important in selecting a dog walking service. The more customers have in their home, the more they want to be sure that employees accessing their home are thoroughly vetted to prevent any theft or fraud situations. Don’t settle for the bare minimum in security; ask that your dog walking business provides good guarantees on the safety and security of your home and belongings.

Looking at all of the above elements will help a specific dog owner choose the dog walking service that best fits his or her pets.

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