I am probably one of the few professional dog walkers who welcome the Uber-like services for dog walkers.

Instead of competition, I see them as calling attention to the need. For many years, dogs have had to “hold it” until someone got home. For too long, dogs have not gotten proper exercise. As work demands intensified, our precious pets paid the price. 

Online app-based dog-walking services spend a tremendous amount of money to advertise and ensure the top spot in any Google search. What they will never be able to offer is the sense of relief that our customers have, knowing someone professional who really cares about their furry friend is coming day in/day out and entering their home. You can’t buy love or trust. 

Some of my comrades think the solution lies in licensing dog walkers in the state. They want dog walkers to have to purchase pet-sitter insurance, be bonded, be background-checked, have a SSN or EIN, and complete a pet-sitter education course or certification. They hope this will cut down on the numbers of hobbyists