Ask Amy: What should I do if my dogwalker has to take a day off?

June 19, 2012

Glad you asked. I’m sure you realize that us dog walkers have as much of a right to time off as any other profession, whether it be due to illness or simply the need for a personal day. As a dogwalker of 7 years myself, enduring the elements every day can take it’s toll. On rare occasions I’ve been too sick to work, but that doesn’t mean the pooches don’t need their walks. So what do I do? Well, luckily I am friendly with quite a few other dogwalkers in the neighborhood, several of whom are trusted associates who have covered for me whenever need be.

Hopefully, your dogwalker has a similar resource. Of course you may not feel comfortable with a stranger going into your house and leashing up your unsuspecting pup. You may decide you want to meet this substitute dog walker to make sure he/she is to your liking. However, more often than not, most of my clients trust me enough to know that any dog walker I have filling in for me is equally as trustworthy and responsible as I am. Often I will make sure that the substitute dogwalker meets the dog once or twice on the street. I then email him a complete list of instructions and make sure he has a copy of the key. Of course I take full responsibility for anything that happens while I’m on leave, and so far, everything has gone swimmingly.

You may decide you’d rather have a friend or family member fill in. That’s fine too, and of course relieves your dogwalker from having to find a substitute. Just keep in mind that if your dogwalker is honest and dependable, the dog walkers he associates himself with are most likely in the same boat.

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