So, I'm requesting advice for my mother who is about to get a new puppy (which means, I'm getting a new puppy). I'm basically trying to find out if we have the right information with regard to hiring a dog walking service. I just want to make sure we're not getting taking advantage of here.
As an FYI, we've had dogs before, but each time it was a different circumstance than right now. Our first dog was when we lived in the country and she was sort of magic and was born housetrained (I kid you not!). My sister's current dog that she was given 14 years ago when I moved away (sis was lonely—awww!) was easily trained by my sister as she was able to come home in the middle of the day from school to walk her outside.
But, this new puppy dog will not have that benefit. Both my mom and I will not be home until the evening and we want to make sure she gets out and about.
So, I found a dog walking service who has excellent ratings on Angie's List. They recommended that the new pup be walked by them twice a day. So like, around noon and then again around 3pm-4pm. Their price is $18.50 per walk (so $37 for the day). That sounds so expensive to me, but I am also really cheap about things I should spend money on (Do you really need electricity? Really? Really? Ohhh, that Coach bag looks nice!). Also, I checked around some other places in the DC area, and this seems to be the going rate for walking dogs.
So, do you think twice a day is necessary? I don't want the new puppy to suffer, so I will definitely do it. I just want to make sure I was given the right information. I know that as she gets older, she may not require two walks a day.
Any help you can provide, I would appreciate. Thanks, Groupthink!
FYI, Mom is getting a bichon frise-shih tzu mix from a reputable breeder. Please don't yell at me about this. Our first dog was a rescue and our second dog needed a home right when my sister needed a companion. This new dog is just what my mom wants (and my sister and I think she should get what she wants this Mother's day). Thanks!
ETA: We will only require a dog walker 3 days a week. I don't know if this makes a difference, just giving more info.