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Dawgirl
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Member since Oct 2015
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Hired dog walkers
How many here pay someone through a company like Wag, Rover, Purrs and Woofs to walk their dog(s)? How much to do you really trust that person to do their job and handle your pet with care?

Saw this on my local news this evening and anyone who uses these companies needs to have second thoughts. I know its not everyone who works for these companies but people like the ahole in the article and video exist so be aware of who is taking care of your best buddy.

Article and video below. The video will piss you off because if it was my pet, I'd be giving him an arse whipping like he never experienced before. I just want to let as many people know as possible.



Article with video


KSGamecock
South Carolina Fan
The Great Northwoods
Member since May 2012
22534 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
You looking for a date Dawgirl?


Dawgirl
Georgia Fan
Member since Oct 2015
2778 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
Dont worry about me. Just watch some of the f*ckers that walk your dogs.


KSGamecock
South Carolina Fan
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Member since May 2012
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re: Hired dog walkers
Sorry, had to give you shite. Just read the article, some horrendous stuff there. Not sure how these companies can effectively vet applicants because I feel like most animal abuse cases don’t get prosecuted.
This post was edited on 5/14 at 5:51 pm


Dawgirl
Georgia Fan
Member since Oct 2015
2778 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
I knew you were. I'm used to it getting shite from the guys on the UGA board. And no, they cant really vet these people and thats whats messed up about it.


KSGamecock
South Carolina Fan
The Great Northwoods
Member since May 2012
22534 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
You’re probably best of just paying a neighborhood kid to do it. Dunno, I walk my own dogs. If I were a stranger I’d probably hit them myself. They’re very bad.


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kywildcatfanone
Kentucky Fan
Wildcat Country!
Member since Oct 2012
59905 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
I would be furious if that happened to my animal. I would probably look for a local person in the paper rather than a phone app for my dog.


BowlJackson
UAB Fan
Birmingham, AL
Member since Sep 2013
39807 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
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I would be furious if that happened to my animal


Kick my dog and I kick you twice as hard and twice as much


Pavoloco83
Auburn Fan
Acworth Ga. too many damn dawgs
Member since Nov 2013
15060 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
My sister uses one of these services. They have an older dog at home that needs to go out regularly. She works and her office isnt close to home. its a little weird because the service has an app. She can see the route walked, whether the dog took a dump or peed. etc. (thats weird.)



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BoozeDawg
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re: Hired dog walkers
im honestly not sure how that guy fair if he kicked my dog. Probably lose a foot. Then of course id probably get sued


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BowlJackson
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Birmingham, AL
Member since Sep 2013
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Yeah, my dog would frick up a stranger who tried to kick him all on his own, but he'd still get my foot up his ads either way


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The Spleen
Alabama Fan
Member since Dec 2010
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re: Hired dog walkers
Lady down the street from me loves my dog and comes over a few times a week and takes her with her on walks. I forget how this started, but she has a key to our house, and she refuses compensation for it. I buy her a nice bottle of wine every now and then.

My dog would freak out over a stranger coming in the house to take her for a walk.


dawgsjw
Georgia Fan
Member since Dec 2012
1647 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
Wow he kicked a dog, big fricking deal. Do you not see what other dogs do to each other? OP is a real alpha by turning to violence just like the dog walker. Real classy.


Dawgirl
Georgia Fan
Member since Oct 2015
2778 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
Obviously you dont own any pets.


I Bleed Garnet
South Carolina Fan
Transplant in TriBeCa /UofSC Grad
Member since Jul 2011
21332 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
We use a company that’s been very well regarded and has been a pleasure for the last 3 years


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BoozeDawg
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Member since Sep 2018
603 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
quote:

Wow he kicked a dog, big fricking deal. Do you not see what other dogs do to each other? OP is a real alpha by turning to violence just like the dog walker. Real classy.







I Bleed Garnet
South Carolina Fan
Transplant in TriBeCa /UofSC Grad
Member since Jul 2011
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re: Hired dog walkers
Love that show


BoozeDawg
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ATLANNUH
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same


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Woodreaux
LSU Fan
OC California
Member since Jan 2008
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re: Hired dog walkers
No, I never have paid a professional walker. I was afraid one of them might do something like in the video.

The problem with vetting processes is: they're either expensive or unreliable. A high end outfit with thorough background checks will likely be out of a lot of folks price range. An operation that is trying to compete with the prices of rival providers will have to cut corners.

Because of my inability to trust strangers, I've never hired anyone to walk my dog. Instead, my playbook has been:

Plan-A: reach out to friends who have earned my trust and confidence who have dogs that are friends with my dog and have the hound stay with them.

Plan-B: I board the dog at the vet or a good canine hotel/day care facility. It cost more than bartering favors with friends, but my dog is worth it.

Another hazard, possibly more likely and common is not malice, but incompetence or just bad circumstances. A walker might have a heart of gold, but a brain made out of kangaroo- shite. That could endanger our animals just as easily.


Arksulli
Arkansas Fan
Fayetteville
Member since Aug 2014
15453 posts

re: Hired dog walkers
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Plan-B: I board the dog at the vet or a good canine hotel/day care facility. It cost more than bartering favors with friends, but my dog is worth it.


A friend of mine out in California lived next door to a lady that boarded dogs during the day and said she was mean as a snake to those pups once the owners weren't there.

Its hard to find someone that you can trust with the health and safety of your pet.


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