Thursday, February 25, 2010

Make Sure You Know Where Your Dog Walkers Are Going And With How Many Other Dogs!

Recently, several parks within the area have become inundated with walkers who take as many as 15(!) dogs at a time to the local park for their time to play. Just the other day, I myself witnessed this on the Don Valley Golf Course, when I saw two walkers who each had 12 dogs in their care. This happens throughout the city. THIS IS ILLEGAL. As many of you might not know, the legal limit that one walker may take at a time on City Of Toronto property is six dogs, provided they have a license. Any walker taking more than this amount is subject to a fine. Of course, as is life, sometimes things come up and walkers may have to add an extra dog to their schedule. In doing so, they are taking a chance that they will be fined, but so long as they are open with you about their policy and you are okay with this, there really shouldn't be a problem. Most important is the fact that no matter what your walker may tell you, it is SIMPLY IMPOSSIBLE for one individual to be responsible for the clean up, and more importantly, the well being and safety of your dog, if the walker is taking that many more than the legal limit to the park (especially when they encounter smaller groups of dogs that their dogs mingle with). If you have any concerns about your walker and the number of dogs that they are going to the park with, or if you have concerns about the amount of time your dog may be spending in the park (I have seen ten minutes in many cases), then you must DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! Ask your walking providers where they take your dog and for how long. Further, ask your walkers if you can come along to watch the dogs in action at the park. You have the right to do this. If you were picking out a daycare for your child, it seems highly unlikely that a respectable provider would not allow you access to witness the daily activity. Believe me, having been in this industry for years, I can tell you that there is enough business to go around, and there is no need for your dog to go without proper and safe care!

**Feel free to share this with anyone you know who currently employs a dog walker.

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