Dog Walking Expectations
Commitment: Dog walkers
are asked to commit to three to six months of walking a dog after they have
walked the dog 2 to 4 times. This commitment is very
important both for the dogs who need to get to know their walkers and for the
guardians to have the peace of mind of having a reliable walker for the
Absenteeism: Dog walkers are expected to show up rain or
shine. If you are sick, out of town, or unable to make the walk for any reason
you must first attempt to find a replacement.
Contact other walkers on your schedule to sub or switch days with
you. Team schedules are available upon
request at any time from PAWS staff. If
you are absolutely unable to find a replacement please call PAWS staff with as
much notice as possible so PAWS may attempt to find a replacement.
Responsibilities: Dog walking volunteers agree not to carry
out any responsibilities beyond the scope of the job description. If clients need assistance in areas outside
the scope of volunteer dog walking responsibilities, they should be directed to
the PAWS office for referral to other services in San Francisco. Volunteers must never borrow or loan personal
things or money to or from the client.
Dog Walking Expectations:
Spent Walking: Depends upon the number
of walks a dog gets per week. For dogs
that are walked 1 to 3 times a week, a 30-40 minute walk is expected - often
including play time in a park or other appropriate area. For dogs that are
walked 5 times or more a week, a walk of 15 to 20 minutes will suffice.
up Refuse: Volunteers are expected to
bring plastic bags on their walks and to dispose of the dogs refuse.
Dogs on Leash: Dogs may only be taken
off leash under the permission of the dog’s guardian and in legal off-leash
areas. The dog should not be taken
off-leash until the walker and the dog get to know one another well.
of Dog: Volunteers must make an effort
to know the dog’s needs and problems through either appropriate PAWS staff or
the pet’s guardian. Discuss with the
guardian special needs, medication, if the dog is good around other dogs,
chases bikes, skateboards, cats, and learn any commands that might help in
walking the dog.
PAWS: Volunteers must notify PAWS staff if
client is not at home, the dog or others are injured during a walk, or the dog