The Daily Telegraph - Saturday

QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL DOG WALKER OR SITTER

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How much will I pay?

Expect to pay £12-15 per walk, and £15-30 for day care, dependent on area.

What experience do you have?

Experience is always a bonus, but it doesn’t necessaril­y have to be profession­al. A love of dogs is far more important.

How many dogs do you walk at once?

Four dogs per walker should be the limit.

Where do you walk them and how are they being transporte­d?

Ensure they are getting plenty of exercise and are not just stuck in a van.

What insurance do you have?

Specialist pet care insurance is preferable as it will be specifical­ly tailored to the needs of you and your dog walker.

What happens if my dog walker is unavailabl­e? Will there be cover?

Ensure they have a contingenc­y plan.

Are you able to do overnight stays?

Not essential, but we are all feeling a bit more hopeful about the odd weekend away, aren’t we?

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