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So, you’re thinking of setting yourself up in business as a dog walker. Let’s imagine that you’re about to talk to a prospective new client. What questions will it be essential for you to answer during that dog walker interview?
As you prepare for that dog walker interview just remember that Protectivity has a wealth of experience in insuring businesses such as the one you propose.
Our range of policies for various pet care businesses – including dog walking insurance – means that your critical exposure to liability claims is safely covered, as are safeguards for the care, custody, and control of those dogs for which you are responsible, together with cover for any equipment you are using.
Here are some tips and suggestions about those crucial questions you are likely to be asked during the dog walker interview.
Your potential client will be looking for an answer that displays enthusiasm for the work, patience – with animals and their owners – and a love for dogs.
Maybe you are not able to have dogs at home, so walking dogs is another way for you to interact and care for them. Or maybe you have always worked with animals.
Explain why you are passionate about being a dog walker.
This is your chance to talk about your experience in handling all kinds of dogs and the extent to which you have learned to interpret and manage their behaviour.
Maybe you use positive reinforcement techniques, such as rewarding good behaviour. If you have dog behaviour or dog psychology training, let your client know.
Ask the client what they do and if they have anything that works if their dog misbehaves. That way, you using the same method provides consistency with the dog.
Owners will be concerned that you can quickly establish a relationship with their pet, calm any anxieties on the part of the animal, and reassure the owner that you have the appropriate experience, knowledge, and skills relating to dog behaviours to deal with any initial problems.
Take time to understand your client’s concerns. You may suggest meeting the dog together with the owner for the first time and going for the first walk together.
Your prospective client wants some reassurance about your confidence around dogs of every type of breed – and your ease with and love for them all.
Here you will be looking to demonstrate the experience you have of similar events and circumstances – and the intuition and skill you have employed in coming up with a solution. Most of all, you will need to display the fact that you will keep calm.
The owner is likely to have more than a good familiarity with the area and those spaces where their pet is most likely to feel at ease – in the company of humans as well as other dogs. Listen to where your clients enjoy walking their dog and incorporate that route if you can. All animals love familiarity.
You will want to welcome any opportunity to describe your background, experience, and knowledge about dogs – and your love for any kind of involvement with any breed.
A dog walker interview gives you that chance to reassure prospective clients that you will do so with enthusiasm, care, and love for the pets they have entrusted to your care.