I am working on setting up a dog walking service in my area and would like to post a SurveyMonkey questionnaire to survey opinions of people who know about pets. I do not want to appear impertinent or to be a spammer, so which would be the best thread or sub-forum? If this is against the rules or the spirit of the forums, I understand and won't post the questionnaire. Thank you.
Welcome to the forum dogears, missed this.... Just goes to show how important it is to post on the right board. LOL
I see there is one also right at the top in the HELP THREAD FOR COMPUTERS and its about their pet that may get missed by a lot of people too
I never think to look in the first three folders of the 'general' area. Only came across this thread by chance, as it came up at the bottom of the main page.
Thinking about it, it might be worth putting your questionnaire in the 'Dog Problems' and 'Health and Nutrition' areas too. I've noticed new members just posting a couple of times in them sections to ask questions, so they must get quite a few views by the non-members too, don't you think scallywag?
After nearly one hundred responses in just under two weeks, I thought I would update everyone who has contributed with a brief analysis of the survey.
Q1. Almost half the respondents own one dog, ten percent less own two dogs, another ten percent less own three and so on.
Q2. Around half were not interested in a dog walking service, the remainder used one or were at least thinking about doing so.
Q3. The main reason for using a dog walking service was working, at nearly fifty percent, followed by illness or family commitments.
Q4. Most people, by far, paid £10 ($15) an hour or less. Some paid up to £20 ($30), but no-one paid more than this.
Q5. Contributors' thoughts regarding the fairness of prices matched their answers for Q4, with slightly more optng for £10 ($15), rather than for less.
Q6. The largest group by far, 85 percent, said they would use a service following a recommendation, followed by the internet at 40 percent. Flyers were next and a small proportion said they would rely on posters, cards in shop windows or newspaper adverts (around 5 percent each).
Q7. The factors judged very important in a service were, in order: (i) previous experience, (ii) being friendly and caring, and (iii) references from previous clients. Many felt flexible bookings were important. Offering other services had little significance.
Q8. Well over half of respondents thought the ideal duration for a dog walk was 30 minutes to an hour, with most of the remainder opting for more. About 5 percent thought less than half an hour.
Q9. The services that appealed most were, in order: (i) dog walked by the same person, (ii) emergency bookings, and (iii) one-to-one dog walking. The other services came close and were level with each other. The least appealing (less than 10 percent each) were taxi-to-vet, online booking and other. I expected online booking to be more popular.
Q10. The required patterns of walking were, once a day for five days a week, one-offs and more than five days a week. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the survey, to me, was that only ten percent expected twice a day for five days a week or less.
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT