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Hire A Professional Dog Walker In Scituate, South Shore & More

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Nancy Pickwick, owner of Take the Lead Pet Care, featured in South Shore Living magazine

Tips From a Professional Scituate Dog Walker on How to Hire Your Own!

When looking to hire a professional dog walker or dog walking service to help keep your four-legged best friend active, stimulated and fit, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to help make the process easy and successful! For additional information or questions, or to schedule dog walking in South Shore, MA with our professional dog walkers, please contact us today!

  1. Would your dog do best on his own for a one-on-one individual walk or would he benefit from a group walk for socialization?
    Many dog walkers simply do not offer individual walks for several reasons, whether it be time constraints on their part or something else entirely, so be sure to ask your potential dog walkers if this is something that they offer. There are also many walkers who do not offer group walks as well due to their preference for one-on-one bonding with their four-legged customers and ultimate safety in handling. Let your potential dog walkers know what you have in mind and ask them to help you determine what may be best for your dog. Sometimes a little trial and error is needed!
  2. Look for a dog walking service that can guarantee that your dog will have the same dog walker each and every time.
    With our dog walking services here at Take the Lead Pet Care, we go above and beyond to ensure that your dog will have the same walker each and every time. Why is this so important to us? Probably for the exact reason it’s so important to you! So that your dog and his walker can form a close, consistent bond with one another and so that both you and your dog can quickly come to trust and rely on your personal dog walker. Having the same walker on a routine basis also means that the walker will come to know your dog inside and out and will easily notice any change in your dog’s physical health or behavior. In this regard, your dog walker will also become an integral part of your dog’s overall health and well-being.
  3. Is your dog walker trained in Pet First Aid and Pet CPR?
    This may not seem like too big of a deal upon first glance but, as professional Scituate dog walkers ourselves, we know all too well that sometimes things just don’t go as planned and that anything can happen out there. No matter how diligent and cautious your dog walker is, it only takes a split second for a dog’s leash or collar to snap, a toenail to get ripped or torn or even a bee sting to occur. In some cases, senior, overweight or short-nosed dogs can even experience heat stroke or heat exhaustion without any warning symptoms. If your professional dog walker is trained in Pet First Aid and Pet CPR, you can rest easy knowing that they will know exactly how to handle these types of situations!
  4. Be honest and up-front with your potential dog walkers about any physical or behavioral issues that your dog may have.
    It doesn’t matter if your dog is known to be aggressive to other dogs when restrained on a leash, is a puller, is afraid of cars and other traffic, goes crazy when they see birds or squirrels or any other type of issue they may have – you absolutely must tell your dog walker up front. While most professional walkers have experience dealing with all sorts of issues and won’t shy away from them, there are some walkers who simply prefer not to take on dogs that exhibit particular behaviors. This is especially true for group dog walks.
  5. Is your walker willing (and able) to customize your dog’s walk based on his fitness level and activity requirements?
    Not all South Shore dog walkers are created equal and not all can provide a ‘one size fits all’ type of service. Some walkers are super fit and prefer fast-paced jaunts, uphill walks and even jogs or runs. And, some walkers prefer to take leisurely strolls with frequent stops for belly scratches and a treat or two. If you have a strong nine month old Labrador Retriever who likes to pull on leash and is a ball of energy, you’ll want to choose a walker who can keep him safely controlled while keeping up (or, better yet, wearing him out!). Alternatively, your 14 year old Chihuahua who is slightly overweight and prefers to be a couch potato certainly wouldn’t do very well with a walker who can’t help but speed walk, non-stop, for 45 minutes straight. It’s all about compatibility!

Contact our South Shore dog walkers today to find out how Take the Lead can become YOUR professional dog walker!