Tailster worked with the Pet Industry Federation to produce the Professional Dog Walker' Guidelines to ensure your dogs are protected.

Note: This was originally produced by the Pet Industry Federation

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Understanding a dog's individual needs

The most important part of the dog walking guidelines is the dog's physical health and mental wellbeing. This should be the priority at all times.

Dogs may have individual conditions that will affect their ability to go for walks, as will their age; and all dogs have their own individual personalities and characteristics which will affect how they are walked, who they can be walked with and where they can be walked.

This is of particular importance if dogs do not interact well with other dogs, people or other species. Additionally some dogs will become afraid or worried in some situations such as loud noises.

Meet and greet

At Tailster, we always recommend arranging a meet and greet before booking your carer. The dog walking guidelines recommends that the dog walker should meet the dog prior to taking them for a walk so that the walker can become familiar with the dogs needs and that a pre-assessment can be made to evaluate their personality and behavioural characteristics.

Learn all the facts

According to the dog walking guidelines, the individual needs of the dog should be discussed and agreed with the owner, and the instructions followed, unless they would cause unnecessary suffering to the dog. This discussion should include the timing, knowledge of the dog's training and the cues used and the duration of the walk.

Find out about any medical issues

The dog walker should be familiar with any medical issues for individual dogs. This should include any medication the dog is on, allergies that might be present and the dog's veterinary practice, including contact details. For peace of mind, every walk is fully insured, including emergency vet fees, when booked through the Tailster platform,

Plan the walk accordingly

Any walks should be planned with consideration of the dogs age, health, behaviour and fitness. Download the Tailster app to track walks so you can keep tabs on how much exercise your dog is getting.

Be cautious with fearful, anxious or aggressive dogs

Any dog that exhibits fearful, anxious or aggressive behaviour towards other dogs or people should be walked independently and on appropriate lead and lead length at all times. Consideration should be given to avoid walking in areas where meeting other dogs is likely. An appropriate (basket type) well-fitting and secure muzzle which allows panting, drinking and vomiting might be considered if necessary and with the owner's permission.

Work, family and social commitments mean that there often aren't enough hours in the day to give our pets the attention that they deserve. Click here to find out how Tailster can put you in contact with hundreds of pet carers in your local area, meaning that you can rest in the knowledge that your pets are being well looked after.

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