How To Find A Good Dog Walker

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When you’re a busy bee, your attention is usually on the endless to-do list. Fortunately, many things today can be done quickly and at the touch of your fingertips. When it comes to hiring a dog walker for your pup, you might seek the quickest option in order to move onto the next task.

Hiring a dog walker should require a bit more research and planning, however. After all, your goal is to find someone to take over and continuously administer your fur baby’s favorite activity- walks!

There are a plethora of dog walkers in Columbus, Ohio. While each one offers the same service, they all have their own unique aspects. If you know your pup’s individual needs, you’ll find that one or two dog walkers usually prevail compared to the others.

Before you begin browsing through the various Google search results for “dog walkers near me”, here are 10 things you can keep in mind to help narrow your search down to the very best.

1. They offer customizable care plans

Using a “one-size-fits-all” approach to caring for any dog is definitely a poor one. You’ll first want to find someone who can treat and interact with your pup on an individual basis. A truly tailored and customized dog walking service takes into account the following in regards to your dog:

A suitable dog walker may ask you the following questions:

  • How does your dog do in inclement weather (rain, snow, etc.)? Do they wear any protective gear?
  • Is your dog a more leisured walker or do they prefer to go fast-paced? Or both?
  • Does your dog know any training commands? Would you like me to use them on walks?
  • Is there a specific route or street you’d like me to take your dog on each time we go on walks?

By tailoring the service to your dog’s individual needs, it shows that your dog walker cares about delivering a personalized service to you.

2. They have a team of people, not just one person

Your ideal dog walker should have time to walk your pup whenever you need! Of course, this isn’t always feasible if you are relying on one person to care for your fur baby. It’s recommended that you sign up for dog walking services with a team of dog walkers (preferably who all work with one company).

When you have an entire team of people at your expense, there’s a greater chance that whenever you’re needing walks for your dog, you have no issue getting penciled in! If you’re worried about any inconsistencies with having multiple people care for your dog, you may wish to ask the desired company about their team retention/turnover rate. If turnover is low, then it’s likely that the current team members will be at the company for awhile. Therefore, your dog can establish and maintain a relationship with the same set of people for an extended period of time.

Also, having a team of dog walkers available to care for your pup is good for your pup’s socialization and overall well-being. They can build connections with multiple humans, rather than just one. Usually, if you’re working with multiple people from the same company, you can also ensure there’s consistency in the way team members conduct themselves. They will likely have standard protocols they have to follow in addition to the unique care notes you provide them with.

3. They’re passionate (and experience is a plus!)

Having a passion for dogs is a foundational part of being a good dog walker. Sometimes more so than certifications. You can gauge your potential dog walker’s passion by browsing their portfolio, website, and anything they have posted online about their work. Reviews are going to be the most important thing to check out as well since they give you direct insight on other people’s experiences with the dog walking service.

Experience with dogs is another key element to a good dog walker.

4. Transparency

One of the most significant features of our app is the play-by-play summaries we can give after a service in the form of our Journal Reports. You’ll find out how the session went via a thorough checklist and pictures of your furbaby taken throughout our visit. On top of that, parents will even be able to see exactly what route we take their pup on for their daily potty breaks via GPS, so you’ll know that we got the job done for sure!

5. Well-rounded knowledge

The size of our team and our experience in the field means that we know the ins and outs of every breed’s quirks and needs. We’ve seen it all and have the knowledge to back it up, cats included. From the loudest Siamese to the most rambunctious Labrador, we want to be your furry family members’ latest BFF so they can live a healthier and happier life with you!

6. The freedom to take vacations

Not everyone’s lucky enough to have someone back home to look after their babies while they’re gone, and finding a sitter you can really trust is not easy. At Hands N Paws, you don’t have to worry about a thing while you are away; we offer reassurance from the very first visit. Our care for you and your pets is enough, but our thorough approach means that you won’t have to rely on our word – you’ll be well-informed every step of the way.

7. Work without worry

Nine to five is a long time to be away; you probably already know that. Your pup does too! Thankfully, the days of spending your break running back home to give your little ones some attention and bathroom time are a thing of the past. They’ll get their playtime, and you’ll get your rest, along with some super cute pictures to get you through your workday!

8. Consistency of care

Despite the multi-person method we use with our team, you’ll find that our approach is so streamlined that no matter who your pet is working with, the quality of care will be the same. Of course, that isn’t to say that your little one won’t be showered with lots of love; we adore what we do and will treat your baby like one of our own.

9. We help lighten the load of new puppy care

We all know puppies can be a handful. It’s like having a newborn at home, but with less crying, more tinkling on the floor, and more chewed-up shoes. Unfortunately, puppy parents have no maternity leave, but that doesn’t mean you should give up hope! Hands N Paws is here to pick up where your work schedule won’t allow you to be home.

Engaging play and daily walks are crucial to your little one’s development and well-being, and we want to be your partner in ensuring your puppy is living its best life.

10. Our app

You’ll have trouble deciding which is the real star of our show, but you will love our amazing app. Really, it goes hand in hand with our fantastic team of pet care technicians. You’ll find out from day one when you participate in our onboarding process on your device. The questionnaire provided will give us the notes we will refer to every time we visit your pet, ensuring they’ll have the same care you’d give them if you were there.

On top of everything you’ve already heard about, you can use the app to schedule or cancel services with us, pay your invoices, and view the GPS map of your pet’s walk route. The simple interface makes all of its features a breeze to use; you’ll love it!


Now that you’ve heard all about how we operate at Hands N Paws, we hope that you book with us. Let us become part of your family; we’ll be available day and night, any time you need us. We can’t wait to meet you and your pets! Contact 614-636-6644 or visit our FAQ if you have any questions we didn’t answer here.

Benny DiFranco

Benny DiFranco

Hi! Thanks for reading this blog. I am the owner and founder of Columbus, Ohio's very own Hands N Paws. I started this business in 2018 with the purpose of giving more pet parents peace of mind. Looking forward to seeing you on the blog next time!

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