Is a dog walker right for your pet?
Basic biology dictates that an adult dog needs a bathroom break at least every 8 hours.
Puppies and smaller dogs need to relieve themselves even more frequently. Some dogs just
have small bladders. Even though some dogs physically might be okay with being left alone
for 8 hours, they might start feeling some emotional stress or separation anxiety before that.
Hiring a dog walker gives your pet some human interaction and daily structure. As a pet parent,
it also gives you some peace of mind knowing that someone is checking on your dog while
There are health benefits, too. Exercise means your pet returns home tired and ready to sleep.
A tired dog is less likely to get into trouble, snack on pillows or take out some frustrations
on your favorite pair of shoes. In addition, regular walks help keep your pet at a healthy
weight — which means less stress on joints and organs as a pet ages.
When it comes time to schedule a walk, tailor it to your pet’s needs. Have a discussion with
the dog walker about the length of the walk, the pace and the route (avoiding dangers zones
like constructions sites or unfriendly dogs). Let the dog walker know if you want an update
on your dog’s “bathroom” activities and consider leaving a sheet to easily check off Number
1’s and 2’s. If post-walk treats are allowed, tell the walker and place them in a cupboard out
of the dog’s reach.
Make it a safe walk. Provide a your dog with a securely fitting collar and/or harness. Keep a
leash in an easy-to-spot place near the door. And don’t forget to leave plenty of poop bags.
Everybody will appreciate that.