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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Rosie64, Jan 9, 2019.


  1. Rosie64

    Rosie64 PetForums VIP

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    I have been trying to get a dog walker for Chip for a few months now and
    am not having much success, I have e.mailed and phoned lots of professional
    dog walkers that serve my area and either do not get a reply to e.mails or messages
    left on answering machines. The few that I have managed to actually speak to say it is
    not worth their time. I can see that it may not be worth their time as I only want a gentle
    1/2 hour 1 to 1, local walk 3 or 4 times a week , can't afford more than that , and he can't
    be walked with others as he can be FA with some dogs. Don't know what to do now ,
    I am getting more and more unable to walk him. I do a lot of things with him at home
    and have a garden but it is not very big and he still needs the exercise and change of scene.
    The dryer summer months are not so bad I can use my mobility scooter but i can't do that in
    the wet winter months.
    I have been thinking of putting a notice up in my vets to see if another dog owner would
    be interested in earning a bit of pocket change, buuuut I am VERY nervous of doing this.
    What do you all think of the idea ? please be honest with your opinions and comments.
     
  2. catz4m8z

    catz4m8z PetForums VIP

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    Have you thought about contacting a charity to see if they have any ideas. I know the Cinnamon Trust do this kind of thing...might be worth giving them a ring?
     
  3. Boxer123

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    I feel your pain it took me months to find someone. I called the vets to ask if they could recommend anyone as it turned out the receptionist was able to walk them. How frustrating for you. Definitely worth calling The Cinnamon Trust. I take it your flexible with timings do you have a university or college near by ? Any neighbors to ask I would happily walk my neighbors dog if they were stuck half an hour a day isn't much.
     
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  4. Sairy

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    Have you tried borrow my doggy? I know it is a bit risky as you would have someone who is not a professional and not insured walking him, but if you can find the right person who you trust this could be a really good solution.

    When I was a teenager I used to walk a little terrier who lived up the road from me. His owner had two disabled sons so had little time to devote to exercising him. I was desperate for a dog so got the enjoyment of taking Mickey out for a walk and building a bond with him and it really helped his owner out.

    If you know someone who would like a dog but can't have one then they would probably really enjoy taking Chip out. As you don't have to go to work it doesn't matter if they can't stick to specific days - any extra walks would be a bonus.

    P. S. If I lived closer to you then I'd offer to come and take him out.
     
  5. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Have you a local FB group that you can use to ask for recommendations for a walker. Don't give details of your situation (for safety) just say what you need and see if anyone offers. I've found that most of the walkers around here that do one one walking rarely advertise

    It's just the sort of little job I like, so there must be others out there who think the same
     
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  6. Sairy

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    The other thing you could try is contacting a local dog training society as they will probably have contacts of dog walkers as well.
     
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    Try the local vets as the nurses/receptionists do dog walking/sitting on the side.

    Age UK might now offer the service so worth asking.

    Is there a lunch club or similar you could join and maybe get to know someone who would be interested?
     
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  8. niamh123

    niamh123 PetForums Member

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    My daughter used to walk and infirm neighbours 2 dogs every evening after school for 1/2 an hour,she started doing it as the neighbour was feeling so guilty about her dogs only having garden excersize,she never wanted money for it and told the neighbour this and the neighbour agreed.But after a month the neighbour gave her £60 and made Kelly take it which Kelly was over the moon about
    Just wondering if you have a trustworthy teen near you who would be responsible enough to take your pooch out for a walk:)
     
  9. Cleo38

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    Definitely try The Cinnamon Trust initially as all there walkers are checked http://www.cinnamon.org.uk/contact-us/ but local FB pages as @rona suggested are great places to try. It's so nice reading some posts on local groups a people really do help each other out quite a bit
     
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  10. Chatcat

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    I would definitely put a sign up in the local newsagent, or school notice board perhaps? As a teenager my daughter was desperate to walk a dog and found several that way. Do you have a local magazine, or parish column, church noticeboard.....
     
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    Definitely try a local FB group. Lots of dog walkers are normally on them. And you may find the perfect person (not necessarily dog walker) on there.

    Did any of the dog walkers offer to help find someone for you? We have a local professional dog walkers Facebook group and if any of us gets a request we can’t fulfil we post on there and then other dog walkers can say if they can do it and then we pass the other dog walkers details onto the customer.

    A lot of dog walkers don’t do solo walks, but if you’re flexible with times I’m sure you’ll find someone. It’s because most people want lunchtime and so only want group dogs then. But some will do solo walks outside of lunchtime hours or some just specialise in solo walks!

    We have a national pro dog walkers Facebook group to. If you’d like me to I’d be happy to post what you need on there and see if anyone can accommodate? Just a general ‘i know someone in X area who needs half hour solo walks 3/4 times a week’ post. Obviously I wouldn’t give them your details but if they said they could help I could pass on their details to you so you could contact them if you wanted? PM me if you want!

    I’m sure you’ll be able to find someone to help x
     
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    I was actually going to suggest something like this. Is your vet local? One of the vet techs might like to pick up some extra cash on her or his lunch hour a few times a week? Or swing by before or after their shifts?
     
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  13. DaisyBluebell

    DaisyBluebell Earth, the insane asylum of the Universe

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    The Cinnamon Trust to start with. I am a life member of theirs but the 'ask' needs to come from whoever needs help.
    Local Vets nurses, whilst asking them if you can put up a note asking for help.
    If you are on computer, see if there is a Breed FB page you could join and ask for advice help on there as there may be someone near you n there.
    Hope you get to find someone very soon for both you and Chips sake.
     
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  14. Rosie64

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    Thank you EVERYONE I am registered with Cinnamon Trust that is where Chip will go if anything happens to me ,
    they don't have anyone in my area at the moment.
    I hate FB and do not have it and don't really want to , that would be an utter last resort.
    I am sorry to those that suggested , teenager or school aged child , that is a definate no , no but thank you for the suggestion

    I was walking Chip one day behind a college student that did dog walking ,along a main road that is
    usually very busy, she had someones Bassett Hound on a long lead and was walking along while looking at her mobile
    phone, the dog ambled off into the road and she didn't even notice until I shouted to her that the dog was in the road.
    Luckily there was no traffic at that time, that has really put me off using any one of that age group, every youngster I
    see is walking along doing something on a mobile . I am afraid I would not trust them to keep Chip safe .
    I have just come back from the vet office and have another couple of numbers to try and the receptionist is going
    to make some enquiries for me of people she knows that want a dog but are not in a position to have one of their own.
    Please keep your fingers crossed something comes of it as it is really getting me down now , on the bright side I managed to take him out
    today , it has been bright and sunny here although still very cold. :)
     
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    I understand, but I really don't think you should tar everyone with the same brush. Not ALL teenagers are addicted to their phones. You are cutting off a massive section of the population who would most definitely want to earn a few bob and would most definitely look after your dog. It is just all about meeting them and getting to know them, maybe go for a couple of walks with them until you are happy.
     
  16. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Good luck. Hope the vet receptionist comes up trumps
     
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    This is not limited to young people. Everyone who is addicted to their phones does this. I get crashed into almost daily on my walk through the city for work errands every day, by people walking and looking at their phones. I try to dodge them but don't always get out of the way in time..

    let us know the progress of your search please!
     
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    Have you tried voluntary action? The one in Surrey offers dog walking http://vamidsurrey.org/dog-walker/ and the walkers are put on a waiting list.

    I only have Facebook for dog related activities/shops. My account is locked down and I don’t post anything on there. It is useful as companies offer more discounts through it.

    Try a local ramblers group as well. You might find someone there that will enjoy walking with a dog. My parents are in their 70s and take a neighbour’s dog for walks if she is in hospital. As they are retired they enjoy doing it as a favour.
     
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    DaisyBluebell Earth, the insane asylum of the Universe

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    Do you have an Age Concern in your area, they may be worth a try or even a local Womens Institute - Arent you in Wales Rosie? Or was that someone else who once asked about dog walking?
     
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  20. Rosie64

    Rosie64 PetForums VIP

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    I will , I will be phoning the couple of numbers I took from the vet's notice board tomorrow

    I had not heard of them , I will take a look and contact them if they work in my area
    Thank you,

    I don't know if Age Concern are in my area , I never thought of them will have a look and see if they are Thank you
    Yes I do live in South Wales and have asked about what to look for in a dog walker before quite a while ago.

    Thank you everyone for all your suggestions and comments
     
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