If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Albert Park Radisson Heights, don’t let your dog miss out! There are plenty of professional dog walking services in most communities which offer semi regular or regular dog walking. If your dog must be left alone for 8 or more hours per day, consider using a dog walking service, and/or enrolling them in a doggie daycare at least twice a week. Not only will your dog will appreciate the social interaction with humans and dog playmates; it breaks the monotony of their day, and gives them something to look forward to.
Why is walking a dog so important?
Socializing your canine companion with a dog walker and other canines is very important and should be started as young as possible. By being away from it’s home, a dog will learn social skills and manners around other people and dogs. In doing so, it can help prevent certain aggression problems later on.
Regular and daily dog walks, even if the follow a predictable path, will enliven your dog!
Dogs that do not get a change in the environment frequently enough can become depressed. A depressed dog can develop anxiety which can lead to behavior problems. Believe it or not, regular and daily dog walks, even if the follow a predictable path, will enliven your dog! It will be using all of it’s senses to its fullest ability thus exercising its mind as well as its muscles.
All dogs need exercise every day, even the smallest breeds need to have a daily workout of their little legs. The larger a dog is, generally the more exercise it will need. There are working breeds, however, that are deceptively small but needs loads of exercise. A qualified dog walker can properly assess the amount of exercise required by your dog or puppy.
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The Business of Dog Walking.
Dog walking as a business is very popular in many areas, especially in towns and cities where people can't get home in the afternoons to let their dogs out. Dog walking appeals to many young people who may have some extra time on their hands and who are in good physical shape for walking dogs.
In most cases the people who need a dog walker work long hours and their dogs may be indoor dogs who can't go outside on their own. The dogs may be stuck in the house with no one to check on them all day or, in some cases, the dog may be crated. (Some dogs may have to be crated if they chew and destroy things in the house when they are left alone, for instance.) A dog walker can be in great demand in these circumstances.
If you are interested in starting a dog walking business there is not a large initial outlay of funds. You will need to be sure that you are insured, especially for the loss of one of your client's dogs or in case a dog that you are walking should bite someone. You can check with Pet Sitters Associates, LLC and Pet Sitters International regarding insurance. You do not have to be a member of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC to purchase insurance through them but you do have to be a member of PSI in order to purchase insurance.
You will also need some basic office supplies (even if you don't have an office) such as an appointment book and perhaps business cards. You may also want to have some invoices or sales receipts for your clients.
You should probably write up a simple contract to use with your clients. The contract should explain what your services will be and how much and when your clients will pay you. You may be able to find similar contracts already on the Internet.
Before you begin accepting clients you should also check to see if your state requires you to get business license. You should also talk to an accountant to see how your business should be set up financially. Finally, you will need to call your state's Department of Revenue to find out if you will need to tax your services. If you do, then you will need to pass these taxes on to your clients and report the taxes to the state each quarter.
If you plan to have other people working for you then you will need to be bonded. This will protect you in case someone working for you should take something from a client's home.
You can determine your rates by finding out what your competition is charging. In the beginning you will probably want to charge a little less in order to try to encourage customers to give you a try. Dog walking is usually charged according to time increments. You may also offer a monthly discount for people who sign up for an entire month from you in advance.
You may want to consider doing some advertising. This will help increase your business. At the very least you should put up your business card in vet offices, groomer salons, pet supply stores and other places where dog owners tend to visit. You should also consider writing up a press release about your new business and sending it to the local newspapers. Finally, it's a good idea to create a nice web site about your business, especially if you can create one that looks good.
Three Things You Must Ask When Interviewing a Local Dog Walker!
Dogs need a certain amount of exercise each day. Small breeds do not need as much as large breeds do, but both types need about 1 to 2 hours daily. If the dogs do not get the right amount of activity, they can become bored and mischievous. If your life is too hectic to walk your dog this amount of time daily, you might need to hire a dog walker.
A dog walker will spend enough time with your dog to exercise him properly. When the walker brings him home, he will be much calmer and happier. This will make him less likely to misbehave. Also the walks are good for his health and he gets to relieve himself, while he is out.
Some dog walkers will offer added services. They might water your flowers, pick up your mail, or watch over your house until you get home if you are traveling. The prices for their services will depend on whether they just walk your dog or do extras.
Some Tips for Hiring a Dog Walker
1 - The walker should not only have a passion for dogs, but be trained to handle them too. He should understand dog behavior, safety and handling. It is wise to find one who has cared enough to become certified in dog walking.
2 - The walker should have insurance. This will cover not only him if something happens to the dog, but also your dog. If your state or city requires a license make sure he has one.
3- Always ask for references. Talk to these people too, to make sure the dog walker does a good job. You do not want to trust your dog to just anyone after all.
4 - How well does the walker get along with your dog? Does your dog take to him right away? A canine can sense a lot about individuals, so if he shies away from the walker, this could tell you to look elsewhere.
5 - If your dog has special needs of some sort, make sure that the walker has the training to deal with him.
6 - Do you like the personality of the dog walker? You are going to be dealing with this person more than just once most likely. It will be hard to do this if you do not like his personality.
7 - Check out the prices for dog walkers in your area. This way when you interview a few of them, you will know they are charging the right prices. There might be various ways the prices are set, so make sure you understand. You want the best walker at the best price.
8 - Interview more than just one person, so you are sure of your choice in the end.
Follow these tips and you will have no trouble hiring a qualified dog walker. This way your dog will get walked as much as he should be, be well taken care of, and without interrupting your busy schedule.
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