When it comes to needing a last-minute dog walker, many people turn to their family or friends to quickly whip their pet around the block – but not everybody has this privilege.
Some owners are left with no other option but to pay a professional dog walker to exercise their pet whin they’re busy – and as long as they’ve done their research, this shouldn’t be a problem.
But one dog owner got more than she bargained for when a client set out a “ridiculous” demand she must adhere to when walking her energetic dog.
Venting to Reddit, the dog walker said: “I was pet sitting and dog walking on my own for seven years – needless to say, I have had a lot of experience with dog owners.
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“The current client booked me for a one hour walk for once last night and twice today. I walked the dog last night for a little over an hour and got in 1.6 miles which was shown on the dog’s GPS tracker.
“Several hours later, I received a message saying that the dog needs to be walked 4 to 4.5 miles in an hour.”
Surprised by this sudden request, the woman searched through their agreement and was unable to find a “distance requirement” for the job.
“I am a short person so I have short legs and I am not in shape enough to go that fast, even with incorporating intermittent jogs into the walk,” she said.
“I searched all over the dog’s profile and this is never mentioned – it just says he needs to be walked for an hour. It is physically impossible for me to get 4 miles in an hour.
“Today, I walked the dog again and managed to get 3 miles in an hour and a half. However, I am only getting paid for an hour, so essentially the owner just got a free 30 minutes from me.”
After dropping the dog off at home, the woman received a “condescending” message from the owner who claimed her services were not up to scratch.
She claims the owner treated her “like a child”, despite knowing she has almost a decade’s worth of experience with working with dogs.
She added: “Several of the messages I have felt have had attitude to them as well.
“I suggested to the owner that I was going to take the dog on a walk on a nearby trail so we would be away from cars and I felt more comfortable with that and I was completely shot down.
“Clearly this is not a good of a fit for me and I will be mentioning that after the final walk.
“I just did not want to leave them to find a new dog walker at the very last minute. The dog is incredibly sweet and I really like him, but the demands and requirements from the owner are just unreasonable for me.”
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Unsure how she should handle this situation, the woman has turned to Reddit to ask whether she is “overreacting” or whether the owner’s expectations are over the top.
One user said: “You’re given a time requirement; 1 hour, not a distance requirement. This is absurd and that’s awful they are treating you so horribly. I would cut ties with them. It’s not worth it.”
Another added: “This person should be hiring a triathlete to walk their dog – 3 miles in one hour is a brisk pace for a fit person and 4 miles is jogging.
“I have never had a client comment on the distance I walked with their pet. This owner is going to continue to be nothing but trouble.
“Cut your ties carefully, they may be vengeful and leave a bad review on you. I would use the words, ‘not a good fit based on their needs’.”
While a third said: “I’m a former cross country runner, and still in good shape. When I’m speed walking, I can approach the 15 minute a mile mark, but never have reached it.
“She doesn’t know what she’s talking about, and if she wants someone to run with her dog, then that’s what she should actively seek out. You’re not overreacting.”
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