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Dog Walking Etiquette

Updated: Nov 2, 2020


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Dog walking should be a fulfilling experience for both human and canine. Whether you are responsible for routine walks or you hire the best dog walking service in town, basic etiquette can go a long way. If you are not that familiar with dog walking etiquette, here are some dog walking tips to get you started, or that can educate you on qualities to look for in a dog walker.

  • Leash Your Dog: Always have your dog on a leash during a walk. Even the most well-behaved dog can get spooked or excited if they see another dog, a person, a car, etc. Use a sturdy four- to six-foot leash and avoid retractable leashes, as these present safety risks for pets and people.

  • Pay Attention to Your Dog: Make sure your pet is always by your side. Avoid letting them wander off, approach other people, or walk through other people’s lawns or gardens. Remember, you are legally responsible for your canine’s actions. Also, ask for permission before allowing your dog to interact with other people or their animals.

  • Clean Up: When walking dogs, pick up after them, as dog feces are unsightly, messy, and can spread diseases or parasites through contact, the air, and groundwater. Your neighbors will be appreciative if you clean up each time.

Qualities to Look for in a Dog Walker


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When you hire a dog walker, make sure they have the proper experience and are reliable. They should adhere to the same etiquette that you would, including the behaviors listed above. Some of the most important qualities to consider are:

  • Responsibility: The dog walker should show up on time, track their schedule, and always bring your dog back home safe. They should be prepared to do the job no matter what the weather is like. The best mentality is one that shows the person is dedicated to providing top-notch service.

  • Diligence: Not only should they be on the lookout for a pet’s preferences, triggers, and health issues, but a dog walker should leave notes about anything unusual and read any notes that you leave them. If the walker misses any details, it shows they’re not committed to exercising proper dog walking etiquette.

  • Passion: Your dog walker should take pride in what they do. A good sign is when they take pictures of their excursion and share them with you. They should know the dog’s favorite treats and places to walk. If the walker is doing a good job, it will show in your dog’s bounce.

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Quality Dog Care in Toronto

City Town Canine provides dog walking in Toronto, as well as canine sitting, boarding, and transport services. We are open 24/7 and provide high-quality custom care for each dog by qualified professionals. Our services include regular updates with pictures and videos, flexible hours of operation, and adherence to any special requests. Contact us for more information on our services, plans, and pricing.

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