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10 good reasons to hire a professional dog walker.

jade lono- LES MORDUS 17 AVRIL 2020

You may say, walkers without skills or education is possible? I will answer you that indeed the trade is not regulated however, as in all the trades education is essential in order to offer a safe, ethical and quality service.

 

So the question arises, how to choose the right walker among all the possible options and how to know if my walker is competent? Indeed, this situation can be a headache for some. I am shedding light today on certain points, hoping to guide you and answer your questions.

 

Fortunately, in recent years, the understanding of the needs of our canine companions as well as the knowledge of different training methods have become increasingly popular with owners. This curiosity is due in particular to new methods of ethical training which have gained popularity in recent years. These push us to understand more about canine psychology and its effects on behavior. Social networks and Facebook groups created by educators also encourage us to help each other in dog training.

Our companions actually present more behavioral problems than before since we have transformed working dogs into family dogs. Indeed, our previously active companions await us at home for long hours. Some owners then opt for a walk to offer them activity during the day. 

So why choose a professional walker?

 

A good dog walker;

Has knowledge of behavior, language and canine psychology. That is to say, he is able to understand his client, his personality, his preferences, his race, his need for energy expenditure and his desires. He can therefore: climb stones, run, learn tricks, let the dog guide and sniff, suggest a period of play before the walk, a group walk, a shorter, longer or isolated walk.

 

Uses ethical work methods for animal welfare at all times. As we know, aversive working methods (choke collar, blow on the leash, cry) are always present in the canine field. These working methods do more harm than good. These methods can create fear, behavioral problems or aggression in the dog, while also breaking the bond of trust. You don't want your dog to come home with the fear of strangers, do you?  

Offers you the necessary insurance in case of emergency. In theory good walkers avoid the kind of situation that requires insurance but certain situations are out of control so you want to be able to benefit from protection.  

Use their knowledge to facilitate walking on a leash with their canine client and give advice to owners for more harmonious and pleasant walks for all. Because a dog that shoots is no more pleasant for the dog than for the walker. 

Uses safe and quality work materials. The last thing you want is for your dog to break his harness during a walk, run away and run in front of a car. The quality of the equipment is a necessity. For example, a well-fitting, quality harness that does not hurt the dog. A quality walking leash, with double attachment on a collar and long enough to allow the dog to sniff. Finally quite rewarding training rewards for the dog.

Will inform you of its terms of service with a clear and precise contract. This advantage provides a better understanding of how it works and protects you as a consumer. Ultimately, we need to enter your home to perform the service, so a contract is a necessity.

Takes into consideration the temperature variations to deduce the length of the walks, the trajectory, the surfaces, the breaks, the need for water, the equipment according to the morphology of the dog and its tolerance to extreme temperatures. In addition, he knows how dangerous heat stroke is, how to avoid it and what to do when a dog suffers from it.

He uses his knowledge of canine language to determine when a dog is not comfortable, is tired, reactive, does not like walking and offers an alternative activity. He can also understand if a situation makes him uncomfortable. Put a harness for example or the approach of a dog in its safety zone. In addition, the dog is able to change the dog’s emotion through ethical training.

Has the necessary knowledge in first aid to treat an injury or an emergency situation. For example, your dog cuts a pad during a walk for example.

Knows how to react in an emergency. Indeed, imagine that an aggressive dog runs towards your dog and your walker to attack your dog. Your walker must be trained and have the necessary tools to avoid an attack with potentially disastrous consequences.


Hoping to have enlightened you on the profession of dog walker and the need to use it. Make sure you take the time to choose your walker because a good relationship between you, your walker and your dog is essential.

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Châteauguay, QUÉBEC ,CANADA

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