How to choose a Dog Walker

Author: Bella (proHOUND Co-Founder)

It’s perfectly normal to need a dog walker. Sometimes you’re at work; sometimes the children have six activities in a row, none anywhere near each other; sometimes you finally have some time to yourself for once!


But how can you ensure the professional you’ve chosen is of a high enough standard to look after your precious pooch?


First of all, I need to be a fun sucker and say that it is far too easy to become a dog walker. Lots of them simply stuff as many dogs as possible into a van and let them all charge around causing mayhem for an hour, and in exchange for quite a lot of money and not much safety at that!


The good news is that there are good dog walkers out there.


What are some signs of a good dog walker?

  • They are trained in canine first aid with an up-to-date certificate
  • They have an excellent insurance policy; Public Liability at the very least, preferably with Professional Indemnity and a policy covering transportation of dogs and loss of house keys etc as well
  • The dogs are transported safely, preferably in crash-proof crates
  • The walker does not take too many dogs out at once; preferably sticking to local council rules (at the time of writing, I believe some councils allow four dogs and some allow six dogs etc)
  • The dog walker does NOT attempt training methods or use tools with which they are not experienced; any behavioural issues the walker does not feel comfortable handling are immediately reported to the owner, preferably with a recommendation for a trainer
  • Having said that, the walker will respect and continue (to the best of their abilities) the individual’s dog training plan/routine
  • Your walker will know each dog very well
  • All introductions to other dogs will be carried out slowly and safely, and only if the individual dog is capable of mixing properly
  • Your dog walker will NOT encourage mixing with random dogs and will do their best to prevent this from happening, advocating for the privacy and training of the dogs in their care if necessary.
  • A good walker will not let a dog with no recall off the lead and will endeavour to improve the dog’s recall to the best of their abilities.
  • Lead walking skills will be maintained but it may be unfair to expect a walker to train lead walking, especially if they have lots of dogs to focus on.


Just some additional points: I personally also think a dog walker should 1) have a moderate level of training knowledge and 2) be happy to send proof of their canine first aid and insurance certificates.


I hope these tips are beneficial if you are choosing a walker for your dog. Let me know if you have any questions or if you need help deciding if a walker is good enough!

The best dog walkers in the nation are all listed as Recommended Service Providers within myHOUND. Do you know someone who should be listed but isn’t?! Let us know – we’d love to welcome them into the community and have one extra high-quality service provider to recommend to the public!

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