Dog walkers near me

Something just popped up. Your plans have changed. You have to stay longer in the office to finish a job. Whatever the reason may be, you can’t be home to take your dog out: it happens. Luckily, there are a few ways to find someone to cover for you.

How can I find dog walkers near me?

There are a variety of options available to you when looking for a dog walking service.

Ask a friend, a relative or a neighbour

If its a one-off occurrence, ask around in your direct social environment if someone could give a hand. It will not only usually not cost you a penny, it’s also easier to leave your keys (and your dog!) to someone you know and trust. Plus, there’s nothing like a familiar face to help your furry friend feel relaxed. A true win-win situation!

Ask your vet or your local animal shelter

Veterinarians or animal shelters may offer dog sitting services, including dog walking. While you will probably have to pay for the service, you’ll also be sure that your dog will be in the hands of a loving and experienced person.

Look online

The Internet is a great resource to find a dog walking services in your area. Turn to a specialised company (like Holidog, for instance!) to connect with local dog sitters. Check and compare the various profiles of dog walkers in your area carefully and take some time to talk to them: you need to make sure that you’re happy with the person, the rates and the frequency/length of the walks.

Finding a trustworthy dog walker near me

Having someone to take your dog on a lovely walk for the times that you are not able to is great. However, leaving your dog with someone you don’t know can be worrisome. That’s understandable: all dog owners want to make sure that their furry friend will be happy and well looked after when they’re away. There are a few ways to make sure that the dog walker you’ll choose is the perfect one for you. Here’s how:

  • Ask fellow dog owners if there is anyone they could recommend.

  • If you’ve found potential dog walkers through small ads, meet with them in person and bring your dog with you. This is a good way to see how they interact with your dog and how your dog behaves around them.

  • Ask all the questions you may have! From their experience with dogs to how they would react in a given situation, this is the opportunity for you to make sure you can trust the person. You should also share any important details about your dog: does your pet have special needs? What is its temper? Does it get along with other dogs?

  • Go for a test walk.

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How much do dog walkers near me charge?

Prices for dog walking vary depending on several things: make sure you go carefully through the rates before the service starts, especially if you have special requirements. The size of your dog, your exact location, the walk’s duration and the day of the week can all influence the price you will pay.

Prices for dog walking in London are usually higher than in other areas of the UK. Bigger breeds that need a lot of exercise are also more expensive than their smaller compatriots. The same goes for booking early morning walks or during typical vacation times. Of course, the longer the walk, the higher the costs, and the same goes for a highly experienced dog walker.

Taking all of the aforementioned variables into account, you can usually expect to pay between £10 and £15 per walk.

What is included in a dog walking?

Dog walking usually lasts for 30 minutes. You can ask for shorter or longer walks depending on your dog’s needs and physical abilities. The dog walker is expected to:

  • Come and fetch your dog at the agreed time

  • Walk your dog in the agreed area (this can be the one you’re used to or one you’ve agreed on with the dog walker)

  • Engage with your dog to make its time out fun and enjoyable

  • Never take your dog off the lead unless agreed

  • Bring your dog home at the agreed time and inform you immediately if anything requires your attention

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