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A dog who sits alone at home all day might just start wandering the house trying to find things to help wile away the long hours: A bite of your favorite shoes. An enthusiastic dig on the new couch you just bought. A roll of toilet paper streamed artistically from the bathroom all the way to your front door.

Avoid losing your favorite possessions and ensure your dog remains happy and healthy while you are away at work or at school all day or when you can’t be home with your pooch by hiring a professional dog walker.

Here are some of the top benefits of hiring a dog walker:

Work with an experienced professional.

Your beloved dog is part of your family. You want someone you trust to enter your home and to care for your pup when you aren’t there. An experienced professional dog walker provides a professional service.  Only consider those dog walkers, whether a dog walking company or an individual, who are licensed, bonded, and insured, which is essential to protecting your dog, your home, and you. Before you hire a dog walker, ask to see verification that she has insurance and is licensed and bonded.

Help your dog stay healthy and lean.

A dog who doesn’t get sufficient exercise can quickly become overweight. An overweight dog often deals with weight-related issues, such as diabetes, joint damage, high blood pressure, and heart disease. A professional dog walker will help your dog stay healthy and lean by taking him for a good walk each day when you’re not home.

Avoid behavioral problems.

A bored dog can transform into an angry, aggressive, and destructive dog. Your dog doesn’t need attention 24/7 but most dogs prefer company. A walk in the middle of the day – or whenever you choose to schedule walks – provides an ideal opportunity for your dog to release his built-up energy, to socialize with others, and to relieve himself.

Provide your dog with socialization.

Every dog requires socialization – with people, with dogs, and with other animals – to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. A professional dog walker will ensure your dog gets the socialization he both needs and craves, starting from the moment she walks through the door. Your professional dog walker will talk with your dog, provide lots of cuddles and affection, and will take him for a walk where he will have countless opportunities to socialize with others.

Enjoy peace of mind.

When you hire a professional dog walker, who is insured, licensed, and bonded, you enjoy peace of mind. You know an experienced professional is going to your home each day and will follow your instructions – where to walk and how vigorous to make the walk, for example – as to how you want your dog cared for before, during, and after walks. Your dog walker will immediately contact you if there’s an emergency and will avoid taking your dog outside in dangerous weather.

Have you ever hired a dog walker? If so, what was the biggest benefit to you and your dog?