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Start the search by speaking with your dog groomer, friends who have someone walk their dogs, and the vet you take the dog to. Check bulletin boards in the community, such as those you see in grocery stores and pharmacies. Also check Craigs List for your area.
Once you have a list of names begin meeting these people while you have the dog with you. Observe how they relate to the dog and vice-versa. Ask for references and their qualifications such as have they been doing this for long, how do they deal with a stubborn or very strong dog, and other concerns that come to mind.
Meet with at least four or five of these individuals and then narrow the list down to two. From this number select the one you feel is the best match for the dog, but keep the other name on your list in reserve in case the first person turns out to be a bad match. Only time will tell as your first choice spends time walking the dog.
Are they on time, and do they give your pooch the full hour or more of exercise you are paying for? Does your dog look forward to the walks with this person? Is there any sign of abuse when the dog is returned? If any of these are apparent you need to contact the person in reserve to walk the dog.
Using a dog walker is a great way to ensure that the dog receives plenty of exercise while you are busy with other tasks.
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