If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Foothills, 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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Finding and Hiring a Dog Walker?
If you have a dog, a full time job and no backyard that the dog can go out to on its own, you are probably going to need some daytime intervention so your dog can get some relief. While you can hire a professional dog walker, sometimes you can also recruit a neighbor, even a very young neighbor, to stop by sometime in the early afternoon to take your dog for a walk.
There are two essential skills or traits to look for: Responsibility and an affection for dogs. Responsibility is actually more important. Whoever you hire is going to have your dog's life in their hands during the walk. If you live in a peaceful suburban neighborhood and have a calm or older dog, your dog walker's job is much less demanding than if you live in a city with cars whizzing by and have a large, high-energy pet that can easily overpower anyone less than 150 pounds.
The other critical factor with responsibility is that whoever you hire is going to have access to your house. Again, if you live in a small, safe community, this may not be a problem at all. If you live in a semi-dangerous section of a major city, it may be a concern. While it is an added expense, seriously consider getting a keyless entry system installed on your front door. A good one will cost about $85, and you'll have to spend another $85 to get it installed, but you will then be able to just give your walker, and anyone else you need to let in a special code (their own code for the more advanced systems) and they will be able to get themselves in, no keys involved. If you ever have to fire them, just change the code. That way there are no keys to reclaim, and you won't have to change the locks.
The best way to ascertain responsibility is through references. Never, ever hire a walker without checking at least two of their references. Good, experienced dog walkers will have at least three references they can give you on the spot. If they hand you a sheet of twelve different references during your interview with them, all the better. When you call the references, ask how long the dog walker has been walking the person's dog. Ask if they have ever had any problems. Ask for a description of the person's dog (young, old, active, over 80 pounds, etc). If you want your dog walker to do any training, or to feed the dog during their visits, or to be able to take the dog to the vet (which they have to be ready to do if you want good emergency preparedness), then ask the dog owner if the dog walker has done any of these services for them.
If you can spare the time, it is a really good idea to screen and interview three different dog walkers. That way you are more likely to pick a truly excellent dog walker, not just someone who was "good enough".
If possible, your dog walker should also be a dog trainer. The time spent out on the leash is an excellent opportunity to refine dog obedience skills, and usually you will only pay a few extra dollars more.
Finally, your dog walker should be insured. During your interview, they should probably hand you a sheet that explains the details of their insurance. If they do not, that does not mean they are not a good dog walker (the best ones are more focused on your dog than on business details), but do request that they give you the information in writing before you hire them.
Dog Information - How to Find a Good Dog Walker?
Being a dog walker may look like a simple job. However, it takes more that just a click on the dog leash and a chance to have the exercise with the animal's best friend, the dog. The job can be very rewarding; to be good in this career you have to consider some things and here are the suggestions:
o The size of your career as a dog walker from the very start. Be realistic in the size you see yourself in the business of dog walking.
o Be ready to handle the size of business you have set your mind to build in dog walking.
o Get insurance and be bonded. If you are hiring employees for your business, make sure you interview them well and that they can be trusted.
o Set your price for the service of dog walking you will be providing your clients. Be sure to research around the area to know the reasonable rate for the service.
o Present a professional image in the business cards you give out to clients. Be sure that all the possible ways of getting in contact with you are provided in the card.
o Provide complete information on where and how you do your work as a dog walker. Some information that needs to be communicated to pet owners are the exercises you apply to the dogs, food you serve them and the places where you bring your dogs for walk.
o Learn a lot on the medical and nutritional needs of dogs so you will be able to apply them to the pets given under your supervision.
o Consider other services for value-adding like dog bathing, grooming, training and a lot more.
o Love your canine clients as a dog walker; the more you feel for them, the more you can do your work in providing their needs. Genuine love for canines will provide you with the right instinct on how you can give the tender, loving care they are worth to get from you.
o First aid methods for dogs are a valuable asset you need to learn. You can never know when you might just need them. Moreover, you will be assuring the pet owners that you are a reliable person to handle and keep their dogs safe and healthy while they are not with them.
Staring a business as a dog walker can easily grow when you know just what things you need to learn. Start now and grow fast in the business!
Dog Walkers - Are They for You?
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