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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Richardson

Insider Insights: What Your Dog Walker Secretly Wishes You Knew

Have you ever wondered what goes through your dog walker's mind as they take your furry friend on their daily jaunt? Well, wonder no more! Today, we're pulling back the leash on five secrets your trusty dog walker secretly wishes you knew. From the importance of consistent scheduling to the little quirks that make your pup unique, get ready to see the world through your dog walker's eyes and discover how you can make their job even more rewarding.


The Importance of Clear Communication with Your Dog Walker

Your dog walker wants you to be clear about your expectations. Let them know if there are specific routes, activities, or commands you want them to follow. If your pet has any health or behavioral issues, make sure to communicate this information to your dog walker so they can provide the best care. Clear communication ensures that both you and your dog walker have a positive and successful experience. It also helps in building trust and a strong working relationship between you and your dog walker.


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At Nibbles & Yips, this starts with your FREE Meet & Greet. The Meet & Greet is the ideal opportunity to dive into what makes your pet tick. It's not just about exchanging pleasantries; it's about understanding your furry friend on a deeper level. Do they have a favorite dog walk route where their tail wags with extra enthusiasm? Or perhaps there's a path that raises their stress levels a notch? These are the details that can make all the difference in ensuring their walks are not only enjoyable but tailored to their individual needs. So, don't hesitate to share these insights during our Meet & Greet – it's where you can collaborate with your dog walker to create the perfect walking experience for your beloved companion.


We get it – life happens, and our pets' needs can change in the blink of an eye. Whether it's a growing puppy, a sudden illness, or the development of new triggers or bad habits, we understand that staying in sync with your dog walker is crucial. That's where the "chat" feature in our app truly shines. It's not just another communication tool; it's a direct line between you and your dog walker, fostering real-time dialogue and collaboration. Forget the one-way street of visit report cards and generic questions – with the chat feature, you have the power to keep your dog walker in the loop with updated information about your pet's needs and behavior. Trust us, your dog walker would be over the moon if you embraced this feature. After all, they've built a special bond with your furry friend and, like you, want nothing but the best for them. So, why not make their day by utilizing the chat feature to ensure every walk is tailored to your pet's ever-evolving needs?


Use an Effective Leash & Collar Combination

Let's talk about the unsung heroes of dog walking: the leash and collar combination. Trust me when I say, there's nothing more anxiety-inducing for your dog walker than feeling like they're losing control of the leash. Picture this: a harmless squirrel crosses paths, and suddenly, your beloved pup decides it's time for a sprint, leaving your walker in a frantic chase. It's a scenario that's all too common, and frankly, downright terrifying. While we understand not every dog is destined to walk in a perfect "heel," using a collar or harness that offers maximum control can make a world of difference. Not only does it ease the stress for your dog walker, but it also significantly enhances the safety of your furry friend. With the right leash and collar combo, the risk of your dog escaping or getting injured is greatly reduced, ensuring every walk is a safe and enjoyable experience for all involved. So, do both your dog walker and your pet a favor – invest in an effective leash and collar combination, and let's make every stroll a walk in the park, quite literally.


Feeling overwhelmed by the endless options for leash and collar combinations? Don't fret – your dog walker is here to help! Instead of staring blankly at the screen, reach out to your trusted walker for some guidance. Remember, they've built a special bond with your furry friend and have keen insights into their behavior and needs. Don't hesitate to ask for suggestions or even have them try out a few options during walks to see what works best for your pet. Trust in your dog walker's expertise, and together, you'll find the perfect leash and collar combo to make every walk a breeze.


Consistency is Key

Consistency is key when it comes to scheduling walks with your trusted dog walker, especially when it comes to Nibbles & Yips' specialty: dogs with special needs, insecurities, and quirky habits. We understand the unique bond we've formed with your furry friend, and nothing breaks our hearts more than sensing their stress when our visits become sporadic. Even if your schedule slows down and you anticipate not needing that midday walk for a while, consider scheduling with us once or twice anyway. Not only will it bring joy to your dog walker to reunite with your pup, but you'll also experience the heartwarming sight of your dog eagerly greeting their friend. These brief but consistent interactions help maintain the trust and connection between your pet and their caregiver, ensuring every walk is a positive and reassuring experience.


How About a Potty Pass: Can We Use Your Bathroom?


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Let's talk about the elephant in the room – or rather, the bathroom. It's a topic that might feel a bit awkward, but trust us, it's important for both you and your dog walker. Picture this: it's the scorching heat of summer or the biting cold of winter, and your dedicated walker is out there for hours on end, hydrating to stay refreshed and energized. But with no real break in sight from 10AM to 3PM, those fluids have to go somewhere. That's where your help comes in. Please, don't leave us guessing! Let your dog walker know upfront if they're welcome to use your bathroom facilities. If it's not possible, that's okay too – just a heads-up saves us from awkwardly scouting for alternatives along the trails. Trust me, in the winter, those portable options aren't even an option. So, a simple gesture of clarity can make a world of difference, ensuring both you and your dog walker have a smooth and comfortable experience during those long hours on the trails.


Showing Appreciation: Making Your Dog Walker Feel Valued and Seen

Let's shine a spotlight on something important: making your dog walker feel as cherished as your furry friend does when they come bounding through the door. We're not here to beg for recognition, but a little acknowledgment goes a long way. Sure, we're getting a paycheck – that's why we're in business. But behind that professional exterior is a human being who sometimes feels like they're fading into the background. Day in and day out, we let ourselves into empty homes, lavish attention on your beloved pets, and then tiptoe out again, feeling a bit like the forgotten hero. Don't get us wrong, we adore our job! But every now and then, it's nice to feel seen, appreciated, and valued for the care and joy we bring into your pet's life. Think of us as the unsung heroes, not quite as flashy as a superhero but just as essential in our own right. Here are a few ideas:

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  • Leave a small treat: Consider leaving a bottle of water or a granola bar for your dog walker to enjoy during their busy day.

  • Send a thoughtful text: A simple message like "Thanks for taking care of Fido! Stay warm out there!" can brighten your dog walker's day and show your appreciation.

  • Leave a note of gratitude: A handwritten note expressing your gratitude for their hard work can go a long way in making your dog walker feel valued.

  • Share updates: Did Ginger do something crazy over the weekend? Send us a text/picture/video. We love your pets to and want to feel like we are part of your village.

  • Offer a tip: While not necessary, a small tip can be a nice gesture to show your appreciation for the exceptional care your dog walker provides.

  • Public Recognition: Spread the love by leaving positive reviews or recommending your dog walker to other pet owners.


These may seem like really small gestures, but trust me, to your dog walker it means the world!


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