Having someone to step in and play with or walk your dog when you can't is invaluable, especially if you are housetraining your dog/puppy. If you are working during the day, you may rely on this person a lot. Find several names if you can and interview each. These are people who will be in your house and who will be handling your dog when you are not there to watch. Here's a check list:
• Does he have a rapport with your dog?
• Are you comfortable with this person in your home?
• Get references and check them.
• How long has he been in business? How long has he lived in the area?
• How long will he spend with your dog each visit?
A good, reliable dog walker can get very busy, especially around the holidays. Does the individual have backup when he gets busy? If so, meet and check the credentials of that person, too.
Set up a system that allows you to check the activities of each visit. A simple check-off sheet allows you to know that he did come and what happened during his visit.
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