Posted by Zoe Geoffrion , on Jul, 2017
Walking your dog entails more than just putting him on a leash and setting out the door. If you’re hiring a dog walking service in NYC, you’ll need to be aware of the following things so you can ask your walker about them:
Not All Dogs are Excited to Go Outside
While big dog breeds are typically excited for any chance to stretch their legs and go outside, small dog breeds aren’t the same, says Better Homes and Gardens. How will your dog walker deal with that problem?
Not All Leashes are Equal
Find out what type of leash they’ll use. You might think that a longer leash is better, just to give your dog more room to run. But if your dog walker is taking your pet through the park, city or neighborhood, it’s best to have direct control over the dog. A shorter leash is better.
Missing the Signs
Determine the level and knowledge your dog walker has. What will s/he do if your dog ends up heavily panting during a run? Will the walker know enough to cut the walk short and give your pet much-needed water and rest? It’s easy for dogs with plenty of fur to get overheated. If your walker doesn’t seem to know that, say goodbye and hire someone with a good eye for spotting those signs.
Protect Against Safety Risks
Chemicals in the snow or sidewalk could get into your dog’s paws during a walk. You could leave specific instructions with the dog walking service in NYC you picked out to make sure s/he rubs down the paws of your pet with a warm towel after every walk. That should get rid of any harmful chemicals before your dog licks his paws. With plenty of things that could go wrong, hiring professional dog walkers is the best way to make sure your pet’s needs are all provided for.