With the arrival of spring, everyone wants to be outside more – including your dog! Taking your dog for a walk is a great way to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and keep active. But the benefits continue for your dog. When a dog is properly exercised, it will exhibit less nuisance behaviors (i.e. barking, digging, chewing), be less stressed, and give your dog time outside the house (think of cabin fever). But you may find that you do not always have time to take your dog for a nice long walk every day, or even every other day.
So what’s a good solution? Try a dog walker. A dog walker is someone you hire to come to your house and walk your dog for you. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can hire someone to walk your dog everyday or a few times a week. Find a dog walker who can be flexible until you decide how often you will need your dog walked. The following are examples of how a dog walker can benefit you and your dog.
- People who work long hours: For those who work long hours and leave their dog at home alone, having a dog walker stop by your house in the middle of the day to exercise your dog can make a big difference. Dogs are pack animals and like to be around their loved ones. So when you leave to go to work all day, your dog may become bored or lonely. A good walk will help break up a long day of sitting at home and give your dog something to look forward to.
- People juggling school and work: Between work hours, class time, and homework, you may find it hard to set time aside to walk your dog. Having a dog walker will ensure that your dog is getting exercise on a regular basis.
- People who have very busy schedules: Those of you who are on-the-go with work, dinner time, children’s extracurricular activities, and other social meetings may find it hard to set time aside to walk your dog. But if you set a schedule with a dog walker, you will not have to worry about when the dog is going to get a chance to get some exercise.
- People with physical limitations who cannot walk their dog: Whether you have a short-term or permanent physical limitation, dog walkers can help you keep your dog active when you are unable.
If you decide a dog walker is the right option for you, the next step is to find a dog walker. The internet is a great place to search for people who specialize in this type of service. Look for people who have experience handling many different breeds of dogs and check if they have references. Then meet in person and introduce your dog to the dog walker. You do not want to hire someone your dog does not take a liking to. Another option is to talk to neighbors and see if any of them would be interested in walking your dog. This is a great option if your dog is already familiar with your neighbors, and they are people you already know and trust.