We take photos of your dog during their outing however, we’ve taken things much further by embracing smartphone GPS technology. I use an App called STRAVA which records detailed data including:-
- a GPS recorded Map showing every footstep
- the time of day your dog's exercise began
- where we were
- the start and finish points
- the distance covered
- Elapsed time (Elapsed is the total time your dog was out).
It’s easy to do – so why don't those who walk dogs for a living do this? I’m afraid the truth is that with some ‘dog walkers’, the last thing they would want is for you to see exactly how little they actually do.
I know from what I see at my local Oval there are a significant number of walkers who are not worthy of the name. And these people would hate you to find out that although you're paying for an hour your dog is lucky if it gets 30 minutes - and a lot of that spent in one place. Could your walker be one of these? How do you know what they’re up to if they give you nothing but the bill?
THE TOP 4 SCAMS:
Here is what typically happens with some of these people who simply see your dog as $.
You booked and are paying for say, an hour, and believe your dog is going to get a full 60 mins exercise, right? WRONG - with some of these jokers you’ll be lucky your dog gets 30 minutes. How do I know? Because during my hour walks my dogs and I move the whole time (as you will see by some of my maps attached). But after I’ve been walking a time I frequently see the Scammer Walkers arriving (often with too many dogs). When I am still there walking to continue my hour, I see these same groups leaving. They arrive after me and leave when I am still there completing my hour - their time there? 30-35mins on average.
This one infuriates me above all – even while having your dog out half the time they are supposed to - your dog may not even benefit from that short time. Why? Because Scammer Walkers meet up with their mates – there might be two or three ‘walkers’ supposedly watching 5 to 7 dogs each. But I see them standing on the spot - not doing any WALKING - but doing plenty of TALKING.
Not insured. Every dog walker should have professional indemnity – Scammer walkers rarely do.
So, lets not mince words – not all dog walkers are the same. and some are downright bad. Not only are they unprofessional, but there are some real horror stories about ‘walkers’ who are, in reality, nothing less than Frauds. Here's my guide to finding a good walker:
|Zara, a regular, at Graham Res|
Most of all, do ask the following:-
1) What is the maximum number of dogs you take out to each walker?
2) Will my dog get 60 mins (or whatever you are paying for) exercise?
3) Where do you take my dog and do you meet with other walkers?
4) Do you have full business insurance covering you to walk dogs?
Unless you ask, how do you know what your walker is up to? If you want your dog to be safe and exercised properly do your homework. Be careful about booking someone based on trust - until you know for sure you can. Your dog, their welfare and their safety, are too important.
I am only able to attach to this blog a minute number of the hundreds of logged walks and photos we have on record from when we exercise the dogs we live in and look after. Example Hunter - a big and active Wire Haired Pointer - took her for a special outing to Centennial Park for a terrific run in the woods there. Also pictured Freya (Lab X Boxer) playing with Toffee (RR). Jake and Benny Border Collies. Also pictures of Elly my daughter's Boxer playing with Hunter at Bay View. No wonder the dogs I care for round the clock miss me when I go!
|Lilo, Amber, Leo & Indi - a Perfect Pet Sitter Perfect pack!|
|Hunter & Elly at Bay View|
|Freya & Amber at Bantry Bay|
|Freya at Graham Reserve|
|Freya playing with Toffee|
|Hunter at Centennial Park|
|My 'mates' when I'm at home, Jake & Benny|
If you wish to be put in touch with a good dog walker feel free to call me and I will be happy to recommend. For info call me on 0422 359 278