If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Britannia, 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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- Dog Walker Needed in Britannia Neighborhood
- Dog Walking (One-on-One or Pack Walks)
- On/Off-Leash Park Fun
- On-Leash Neighborhood Walks
- In Home Pet Sitting
- Adventures, Water Fun & Hikes
- Miday Puppy & Senior Potty Breaks
- Pet Taxi Services
- Medication Administration
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How to Choose a Dog Walker that's Right for Your Dog?
If you'd like to hire a professional local dog walker you'll want to interview several candidates, just like you would for a daycare provider for your child. But if you've never interviewed a pet walker you may be unsure of what to ask. Here then is a list of questions you'll want to ask a local dog walker before allowing her to take your FiFi out without you.
1. How many pets do you walk at one time? It's more common in large cities for a professional walker to walk multiple dogs at one time whereas most pet walkers in smaller communities will often only walk one dog at a time. If Fido enjoys being with other canines, it might not matter but if Fido isn't socialized or doesn't walk particularly well on a leash, you may not want him to be walked with other dogs.
2. What experience do you have in this profession? If you have a bichon it may be possible for anyone to walk her. However, if you have a bull mastiff you need a person that knows how to control canines as they walk. This may be because your dog will just sit down when she's tired or because she likes to run after cats along the way.
3. What is a typical walk? You want to know how long the walk is as well as whether the dog is under the "walk" command at all times or if there is any "free time" during the walk for the dog to explore and sniff at his leisure. Also, if your dog is a runner, will the service provider run with him, or will he be left unsatisfied because of a slow-pace walk.
4. Do you take water on the walk? Depending on the temperature and the breed of dog, your dog might need a water break partway through the walk.
5. Speaking of weather, do you walk in all types of weather? If you live in rainy Seattle or cold Cleveland, you need a dependable walker who is accustomed to the local weather.
6. What is your favorite breed of dog and/or what kind of dog do you own? While your local dog walker may be willing to walk any dog, you may want someone who has a particular affinity for your dog's breed. They'll be more in tune with the breed's characteristics. For example, I own a bulldog and you can't physical make her do anything. She is too strong. But it is so easy to coax her to do something. That is a common trait in the bulldog breed.
7. Are you certified? Certification within the dog-walking industry is a new thing, so if your prospective walker is certified, consider them to be a leader in his/her field.
8. Do you have business insurance? Every business owner should have business insurance and a local dog walker is no exception.
9. Will you take my pet to the vet if something happens during the walk? Of course, you want the answer to this to be "yes" but don't wait until the need arises to ask the question. Ask it upfront.
If you like what you hear in terms of answers to these questions, then you'll want to set up a play date between your dog and the local dog walker. Watch how they interact. You want your dog to like her walker and you want the walker to genuinely like your dog.
The Benefits of Using a Dog Walking Service!
There are some very important issues to address when searching for local dog walking services. Some of these are actually things a non-professional may not be equipped to handle. You may wonder, "How hard is watching a dog?" Not terribly difficult until you factor in all the "what if's". Then you're not so sure. That's why you should ask a lot questions while you interview local sitters at various dog walking services. Getting all of your questions answered to your liking will ensure that you'll find the right dog walker for you and your dog.
Here are three things you absolutely MUST ask before hiring a prospective pet sitter:
1. "What if" my dog eats something poisonous or toxic or injures his or her body. How will you handle a pet emergency like that?
Their answer will either give you assurance and peace of mind or send you screaming for the hills. When answering this correctly, they should confidently address these matters:
- Find out your pet's general veterinary information or preferred animal hospital in Pasco or surrounding areas
- Show proof that they are pet first aid certified
- Go through a pet first aid kit with you so you can see what they're equipped with
- Ask questions about your dog's allergies, medication, etc. if any
Their tone of voice should be confident and direct and you should sense that your pet will be under proficient care. This IS the life of your close friend we're talking about and you do not want to cut corners here.
2. "What if" my dog got sick? How would you care him?
Your dog's health may currently be at optimum levels but every living thing is at risk for some kind of illness in their lifetime. When a dog (or animal in general) is suffering from an illness, he or she is inactive, unsociable, and has little or no appetite at all. A professional pet sitter knows that your dog STILL needs to consume water and move their bodies in some form or fashion to build their strength during the recovery period. Below are some ideas of what the dog sitter should do in this "what if" situation:
Make sure your dog drinks water so he or she does not dehydrate and become too weak (TOP PRIORITY!)
If your dog is not ready to move just yet and there is no apparent injury, the pet sitter should comfort your dog during the visits.
- Administer any medication, following the directions of the vet
- Follow to any diet plan your dog may be on during recovery
- Integrate some kind of movement or exercise plan until your dog is back to his/her healthy self
- Clean up any mess created by your dog; you know it's bound to happen
- If a Pet Taxi service is available, the sitter can also take your dog to various check ups, physical therapy sessions or the local animal hospital.
Many of these vital tasks must be done through out the day until your dog has fully recovered. If you're not available to perform these tasks yourself, hire a qualified professional dog sitter in the area who can help you nurse your dog back to health.
3. "What if" I leave my home for a long time? How can you make my house look like I haven't left?
Many pet sitters are happy to house sit for you while caring for your pets. When interviewing dog sitters in Pasco, ask how they can make your home look occupied throughout the day. They should cover these points:
- Park in the driveway (not on the curb) so they look more like resident and less like a visitor
- Take a walk around your property for a casual safety inspection
- Pick up any toys or objects in the yard left out from previous use
- Switch out the lights around the house including leaving a porch light on for you
- Check the mail and bring in any packages or local newspapers
- Bring in or take out garbage cans and recycling bins
Helping out with these light duty chores will make your home look as occupied as it usually is while you're home. A home that is active is rarely watched by potential intruders.
These are some critical questions you should ask every local dog walker while looking for dog walking services. Don't be timid or think it's rude to be this direct. They understand that you NEED to know how a dog walker will handle all of these issues before you EVER consider hiring them-- and LONG before any of these situations actually come to be.
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