Advantages of Employee Dog Walkers vs Independent Contractors

January 17, 2018

Why You Want an Employee Walking Your Dog

Have you ever considered the framework of how a dog walking company operates or how it trains its new hires? Have you thought about how it treats its people to ensure happy, healthy, and invested service providers are entering your home to work with your pet?

One key ingredient in the quality of service a dog walking company offers is its choice to hire employees or outsource work to independent contractors.

By law, a pet service company that hires independent contractors will NOT:

  1. Have an employee manual
  2. Be able to provide service guidelines to its contractors
  3. Be legally allowed to train its contractors

Independent contractors who walk dogs, by law…

  1. Must purchase their own insurance.
  2. Are free to adjust their schedules on their own accord.
  3. May perform the service to their standards rather than the company they contract for.

When selecting the company that provides care for your pet, it’s important to keep in mind the significant differences between independent contractors and employees. Be sure to ask any prospective dog walking company: “Does your company invest in employees or do you contract with independent contractors?”

Here are a few of our favorite articles to use as resources before hiring a dog walker:
The Dog Walker’s Guide To Choosing A Dog Walker
How to Choose a Dog Walker
Finding a Reliable Dog Walker

Windy City Paws proudly hires all employees. We pride ourselves on our selection, training, and continuing education for our walkers and office staff. Being able to set and enforce company standards and protocol helps ensure the quality of safety, happiness, and comfort that all of our clients and pets have come to depend on!

Windy City Paws employees volunteering for the Anti-Cruelty Society.