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Dog Walking Checklist: 7 Things You Can Ask Your Dog Walker to Do

Judy Koutsky
Dec. 2, 2015

Worried about being able to give your dog all the time and attention he deserves? Then check in with your dog walker to see if she'd be willing to take on any of these responsibilities!

Whether you're working long hours at the office or taking care of your little ones, there are times it can be difficult to give your canine companion all the attention you know he deserves. Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in a day, and there are weeks where you just can't manage to do it all. One major stress reliever that you should consider is to ask your dog walker to take on a few extra responsibilities. By working together to create a dog walking checklist, you can ensure that all of your furry friend's needs will be met!

Here are seven extra tasks that your dog walker may be able to take on:

  1. Take Your Dog to the Vet
    Your dog needs to visit the vet on a regular basis to ensure that she's as healthy as can be. But instead of taking time off or scrambling to get a sitter, you can ask your dog walker if she's willing to take your pet to her upcoming appointment. Provide her with a list of questions and ask her to report back to you with all the details. Don't forget to let your dog walker know if you're concerned that your pet is suffering from dog mites, arthritis or another health problem.
  2. Help Your Dog Lose Weight
    Dogs, like people, need plenty of exercise! If you're concerned about your pet's weight, you can ask your dog walker to stop at your favorite park on the way home for some active play. Your furry friend will love the opportunity to run around in an open space! You might also want to consider asking your dog walker to pick up the pace a bit to really get your dog moving.
  3. Keep Track of Dog Food and Other Supplies You Need
    When your dog walker drops your pet back off at home, you can also ask her to make sure that you have enough dog food, toys and other essentials on hand. If she notices that you have started to run low, she can potentially pick up some more supplies during her next outing with your pup.
  4. Keep an Eye on Your Pet's Health
    Since your dog walker sees your pet on a daily basis, he'll be able to tell right away if something is off. If you're concerned about your pet, you might want to ask your dog walker to jot down any unusual behavior he notices in a journal. This will make it easier for you to keep track of changes to your dog's health over time.
  5. Train Your Dog
    It's important that your dog's brain gets some exercise, too! If you want your pet to learn some new tricks, you should feel free to ask your dog walker to work on a few basic commands during her outings with your pet.
  6. Clean Your Pet's Bowls, Toys and Accessories
    All of your pet's stuff, from his water bowl to his favorite chew toy, should be cleaned on a regular basis to help prevent the spread of bacteria. If you keep these items in one central location, you can ask your dog walker to quickly wipe everything down after he gets back from his daily jaunt.
  7. Give Your Dog a Bath
    If your dog has a bit too much fun splashing around in the mud during his walk, you can ask your dog walker to give him a quick bath upon his return to your home. That way, you don't have to worry about pesky stains!

Are you interested in getting a pet sitter, as well? Then check out How to Interview a Pet Sitter.

Tell us about your own dog walking checklist in the comments below!

Judy Koutsky is the former editorial director of KIWI magazine, a green parenting publication. She was also the executive editor of Parenting.com, AOL Parent and BabyTalk.com. Follow her on Twitter.

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