If you are currently searching for Local Dog Walker options, then you have likely seen third party apps that also offer dog walking services. These middle man style apps work similarly to how Uber or Doordash by connecting pet owners with random independent contractors.
There are more than a few reasons hiring a local dog walker is better than using app-based services. In this article we go over some of the top reasons it is better to choose a local dog walker.
Our goal, and the goal of most family owned pet businesses, is to build lasting relationships with our furry friends and pet owners.
Building a lasting relationship with a pet takes time, patience, and trust. With consistent visits from the same dog walker, the dogs begin to establish a routine and become more comfortable.
Since the same walker will visit or walk your dog over and over, the service becomes more personalized. Local dog walkers will get to know your pets needs, preferences, personality, and habits and tailor their service to be more suitable to each individual pet.
A local dog walker is more than likely going to be familiar with the area where you live, which can be beneficial for many unknown circumstances. The local dog walker may know the different routes to take should any situation arise where the normal way was closed. Or in the case of emergency being familiar with the area gives you an edge.
Local dog walking companies, such as St. John’s Dog Walkers, are typically family owned businesses. Therefore, we have a lot on the line such as our name, and our business licenses. Because of that local dog walkers tend to be much more precautious and careful when out on walks.
When using an app-based service, if an issue was to arise the independent contractor can simply walk away and be completely unaccountable for the pet. An independent contractors lively hood isn’t on the line because they can choose another app-based service to work for.
You can never tell what the screening process is for app based dog walkers. One thing is for certain, the independent contractor never meets with anybody from the app for in person style testing. Therefore any type of testing is open book through their mobile device.
With a local dog walking company you are paying for the experience, the expertise, and the knowledge learned over time.
Local dog walkers are generally able to be more flexible with their schedules than app-based services. Last minute changes in schedule or special requests are easily able to be accommodated.
When you use an app for dog walking services, the money goes outside of the community to a corporation. Whereas a local small business is almost always family owned, which ensures the money stays within the community. Therefore by a choosing local dog walker over using an app you are supporting local instead of supporting big business.
Our dogs are our family too, so they shouldn’t be passed around to randoms. Local dog walkers prioritize a higher level of quality of care than a random through an app based service. You will achieve a greater sense of peace of mind by staying with a local dog walker in the long run. And your furry friends will be happy too!
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