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Advantages of Dog Walker vs. Independent Contractors

If you could have things your way, you’d probably choose to spend every second with your dog. But someone’s gotta get out there and bring home the kibble! Hiring a dog walker to spend some time with your pup is an important decision you shouldn’t take lightly. After all, you don’t want to leave your best friend with just anyone!

There are some great blog posts out there focused on providing tips for managing the selection process. At the end of this article, we’ll recommend a few to check out if that’s what you’re seeking. But have you ever considered the framework of how the potential dog walking company is run or how it trains their hires? Have you thought about how they treat their people to ensure happy, healthy, and invested folks are entering your home to work with your pet?

Here are the most important differences of a pet service company that hires Independent Contractors versus Employees:

A pet service company that hires Independent Contractors, by law, cannot have an employee manual or actually train the hire to work under any guidelines. Those Independent Contractors, by law, are also required to carry their own insurance to cover animal accidents and they can run their schedule as they wish. It shouldn’t be dictated by the dog walking company. And finally, they can not be monitored by GPS tracking technology.

When selecting the company that provide care for your pet, it’s important to keep in mind the significant difference between independent contractors and employees, and consider how that will affect the overall care and service you receive. Be sure to ask any prospective dog walking company: “Does your company employ dog walkers or do you hire Independent Contractors?”

Here are a few of our favorite articles to use as resources before hiring a dog walker:

The Dog Walker’s Guide To Choosing A Dog Walker

How to Choose a Dog Walker

Finding a Reliable Dog Walker

Dogs Deserve It is proud to employ its dog walkers and we do not use Independent Contractors. We value our employees! In the comments, let us know your questions. We’re happy to help!

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