Need a Dog Walker? 4 Great Interview Tips

Pets are often treated like family. That’s why leaving them home alone every day can be a struggle, especially when they look at you with sad, woebegone eyes that follow you as you walk out the door. If you want to make sure your pet has everything she needs while you’re at work—and to assuage some of the guilt, you feel when you leave her home alone—hiring the services of a dog walker in New York might just be the perfect solution for you.

Here are a few tips to make the interview go that much easier:

Make a list
It can be difficult to keep track of all the questions you want to ask when the interview is already underway. Stay on track by making a list of all the questions you want to ask beforehand.

Ask about the basics
Is your dog walker licensed and bonded? S/he should be. That’s one thing you’ll need to cross off your list before you go further with the interview. Don’t forget to ask about your walker’s training and experience. Is the walker knowledgeable in handling dogs the size and breed like yours? That’s going to matter if you have a huge Belgian Malinois or Malamute that can prove unruly at times. Your walker will need to know how to break up a fight or keep the group together, among other things, says Dogs Naturally.

Identify training methods
A dog walker needs dog training skills to keep the dogs under control. You’ll want to make sure you hire a dog walker in New York who believes in humane training methods, though. Not everyone does so be sure to ask how s/he disciplines the dogs.

Determine length of time
Where and how long will each walk take? Don’t forget to ask about the route the walker plans to take to make sure it’s safe.

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