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  • Dog Walker Guidance for COVID-19 Pandemic

    by David Comiskey

    In order to ensure the health of all dog walkers, pets, and owners everywhere, we’ve put together some preventative recommendations to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of Covid-19 while providing safe, quality pet care. In this article, we’ll also provide tips for ways to recover your dog walking business post pandemic, such as expanding your pet care knowledge while in quarantine by taking pet care certification courses.

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    Is Dog Walking Considered Essential Work?

    With mandated stay-at-home orders across the country and around the world, many dog walkers are wondering whether or not pet care is considered essential work. We’ll look at what these executive orders mean for dog walkers and how to continue to deliver trustworthy, reliable pet care during these unprecedented times.

    Area Specific

    As a pet care professional, you’ll need to comply with the public health orders in your area. Generally, most stay-at-home orders have included dog walkers as essential home service workers. New York, California, Illinois, and Washington DC are just a few examples of places including pet care as essential work. If you live somewhere with mandated orders, you can check and confirm by finding the order for your city or county online.

    Health Guidance for Dog Walkers

    Your first priority should always be preserving the health and safety of your customer, their pet, and of course, yourself. If you choose to continue to operate your dog walking business, keep these tips in mind.

    • Please wear a mask and adhere to the health and safety guidelines from the CDC.
    • If you are feeling sick, stay home. Do not keep your appointments. Contact our support team directly if you cancel appointments because you feel sick so we can waive any incurred cancelation fees.
    • Communicate with your customers prior to any appointments to arrange no-contact pick-up and drop-offs. Many customers are working from home and are adhering to social-distancing best practices. As a dog walker, you should minimize your contact with customers as much as possible. Give them concrete arrival times so that they can have their dog leashed and harnessed for you as soon as you arrive.
    • Practice social-distancing while commuting between and taking walks. Avoid dog parks, busy streets, and contact with others.
    • Carry hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, and use them often.

    Decrease in Demand for Dog Walking

    With so many people either not working, or working from home, dog walkers have seen a significant drop in business. The good news is that this won’t last forever. People will eventually return to work and they’ll once again need dependable, quality pet care. Be sure to stay up-to-date with the social distancing orders in your area as places transition to reopen businesses and workplaces.

    Set Yourself Up For a Successful Recovery

    Any slow season is a good opportunity to market your services and improve your pet care credentials. Take advantage of your time at home with these five free dog walker training courses. Pet Care Certifications are a great way to stand out from the pack and give customers incentive to book with you.

    Remember to continue to monitor updates from the CDC and the WHO  and follow their recommendations accordingly. Stay in touch with your customers and be sure to communicate any updates with them. It’s in moments like this where each small action helps keep everyone safe and healthy.

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