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5 Secrets No One Told You About Using A Professional Dog Walker vs. The Rover App

When it comes to finding someone to take care of your furry friend while you're away, there are many options available. Two popular choices are hiring a professional dog walker and using the Rover app. I started my professional pet sitting career on the Rover app, before opening Furriendly Critter Sitters LLC. While both options have their benefits, there are some secrets about each that you may not be aware of. Here are five secrets no one told you about using a professional dog walker vs. the Rover app.

1. Personalized attention: One of the biggest advantages of hiring a professional dog walker is that your dog will receive personalized attention. A professional dog walker will get to know your dog's unique needs and preferences, and tailor their services accordingly. In contrast, the Rover app matches you with a dog walker based on their availability, rather than their specific qualifications or experience.

2. Consistency: Another advantage of hiring a professional dog walker is that you can count on them to provide consistent care for your dog. With the Rover app, you may have a different dog walker each time you use the service, which can be unsettling for some dogs.

3. Training and experience: Professional dog walkers typically have training and experience in caring for dogs. They may be certified in pet first aid, have knowledge of dog behavior, and know how to handle emergency situations. While some Rover walkers may have similar qualifications, there is no guarantee that they do.

4. Flexibility: Professional dog walkers are often more flexible than those on the Rover app. They may be able to accommodate last-minute requests or changes to your schedule, whereas Rover walkers may have set schedules or be unavailable during peak times.

5. Bonding time: When you hire a professional dog walker, your dog has the opportunity to bond with someone who is solely focused on them. This can be especially beneficial for dogs who crave attention and socialization. With the Rover app, your dog may not receive the same level of bonding time, as the walker may have multiple dogs to care for at once.

In conclusion, both hiring a professional dog walker and using the Rover app have their benefits, but there are some secrets to each that you may not be aware of. Professional dog walkers provide personalized attention, consistency, training and experience, flexibility, and bonding time that may not be available with the Rover app. Consider your dog's unique needs and your own schedule when deciding which option is best for you and your furry friend.


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