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Dog walker for a nervous dog?
Would love some advice regarding my 1 yr old Dobe, Pepper. We're in a bit of a bind in terms of getting her some exercise / being out and about. She cant go to daycare for the next month due to a virus, and I'm injured, so really am not able walk her or play with her like I used to for the next ... while. My husband is taking care of evening walks, but we'd like to get a dog walker for during the day too.... BUT she's also nervous around new people/doesnt warm up very well to strangers. (Also I'm guessing a dog walker will want to walk several dogs at once and while she's fine with other dogs, the virus means she shouldnt be around them).
Are we in a total bind here? Are there walkers who will take just her? Do I need a muzzle for safety (she's not bitten anyone, but we've been 100% (ok like 99%) on top of it when she's with new people so we remove her from the situation before she reaches her threshold). How did you get your dobe used to a walker, if you use one? What kind of experience would you be looking for in a walker in this situation? Any other suggestions are welcome!
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