Dogs are family. For a lot of us, they’re more than family. The Huffington Post surveyed 1,000 dog owners, and 38% say they love their dog MORE than their spouse.
Austin is for dog lovers—we would do anything to make sure our pets are healthy and happy—but 1 out of 3 dogs still don’t get the amount of daily exercise and stimulation they need. We all want to be responsible pet owners, but, as everyone knows, sometimes that can be hard … we get caught in traffic, our managers add us to last-minute lunch meetings, and we get stuck late at the office. We’re doing our best but sometimes we fall short, and when that happens, our dogs end up spending more time alone at home than we know is best for them. But we’re here to tell you there’s an answer …
Get you a dog walker.
Dog walking services offer mid-day walks and potty breaks for our esteemed furry colleagues. Getting a dog walker is the responsible choice for people who have taken on the commitment to own a dog but who can’t always be around to take care of them.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s me, but how do I find a dog walking service I can trust?” We’ve got you. We did the research and found the dog walking service that fits the bill.
Skipper is a local, on-demand dog walking company run by a trained team of pet care professionals. Unlike most other dog walking services, Skipper employs all of its staff. Skipper dog walkers are W2 employees, not contractors. Skipper walkers go through two full background checks and 10 hours of classroom and field training before they join the Skipper team. Skipper’s standards are high, and they accept less than 10% of applicants.
When you sign up for Skipper dog walking services, a trained Skipper team member will come by your home to do an in-home consultation where they ask for your home and pet information, including your pet’s personality type, meal instructions, and visit routine. (If you live in an apartment, they work directly with your leasing office to check out a key). After the consultation, Skipper activates your online account and you can start scheduling visits right away. Skipper has a local team in Austin that monitors all the Skipper dog walkers and visits, so you can rest easy knowing your pup will get personalized, quality service every time.
When your Skipper team member arrives, you’ll get a notification that they’re there. At the end of the visit, Skipper sends a visit summary report with a GPS-tracked map along with photos of your pet and a detailed summary of everything that happened at the visit (see below). With Skipper’s real-time updates and fully-trained team of pet care professionals, you’ll know exactly when we were there and what your pup (or cat!) did during their Skipper visit.
Skipper offers online payment doesn’t charge additional for extra pets or scheduling same-day service. You can customize each visit to fit your needs, all free of charge. Their visit rates are extremely affordable and you can also buy visits in bulk for extra cost savings – a 20 minute visit will run you $17.
With all of these good things, Skipper also just announced they’ve partnered with ZilkerBark! In celebration of ZilkerBark reaching 150K followers, ZilkerBark will be doing a giveaway of free dog photos and Insta features each week for the next couple of months for anyone who books a dog walk with Skipper. For a chance to have your dog featured on ZilkerBark, follow Skipper and ZilkerBark on Instagram and sign up for your free Skipper consultation using code “ZBWALKME”… you’ll get $40 in Skipper credit and the chance to have your dog walked and featured by ZilkerBark.