If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Huntington Hills, 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.
Everything I needed to know about losing weight, I learned while walking my dog. Okay, I was walking lots of people's dogs. About five hours a day. In half-hour increments. But I lost weight and you can too!
When I left corporate America and started my own pet-care business in 2003 I had a few nagging pounds that I wanted to lose.
Those pounds were there, in no small part to the amount of 'quick food' I was grabbing between meetings, deadlines and work. You know, the doughy-sugary crumb-covered goodie you pick up when you head out for your skim latte? How about the 2 bags of chips from the vending machine when you're cranking out yet another client proposal at the expense of lunch?
I started my own business and within a month I was down nearly 5 pounds. In two months it had doubled and I was breathing easy in my 'skinny jeans.'
I was working as hard (or harder) than I had when I worked for someone else. My time was still at the mercy of the clients, proposals and all the office work that accompanied my new venture but...my business FORCED me to exercise!
I started Peggie's Pet Service focused on walking big dogs - the dogs that some folks can be intimidated by - just by the name of their breed - American Staffordshire Terriers (more commonly referred to as "Pit Bulls"); Rottweilers; Dobermans; German Shepherds and Chow Chows. As a new business owner, I was (and still am) happy to walk any dog that wants to spend part of his or her day out of the house and on a leash. I also made the commitment that there would be no 'pack walks.' What this meant was that in order to make money I needed to be walking. Every day. From 10 am to 4 pm. There were a lot of miles logged on my walking shoes that year and the payoff was a healthier body and more comfortable clothing.
Somehow all that fresh air and walking (in 100 degree humidity, torrential downpours and snow) had me hankering for quick foods that gave me energy rather than depleted it. I no longer had time for that 'after lunch lull.' As a matter of fact lunch-time was always spent on the road or on my feet - with a wagging tail beside me.
Here's what I learned about weight loss while walking dogs:
1. Have fun;
2. Every dog has his own pace (and you can too);
3. When something interesting happens along your path, stop and investigate;
4. Vary your routine (or route);
5. Meet new people;
6. Be in the moment;
7. Look forward to the walk and make the most of it;
8. Stick to your commitment - no matter the weather (I admit, there were plenty of days I didn't 'feel' like walking, but it was my JOB at the end of the day I always felt better)
9. Look forward to the treats (reward yourself when you do well!)
Wow! I was onto something! Why didn't everyone do this I wondered?
So, all of you who have added "get in shape," "lose 10 pounds" or "get fit" to your annual resolutions - think about adding dog-walking to your regimen. Even if you don't have 6 hours a day to dedicate to walking - add one or two extra walks into each day and you'll be amazed at the difference it makes. I guarantee your attitude will improve (it's virtually IMPOSSIBLE to NOT have fun with a dog on a walk!); you'll get some great cardio and you'll be creating a habit that will last a life time!
Don't have a dog of your own? Volunteer at the local animal welfare league or with a rescue group. Foster a dog in need of temporary housing ... Or work with a local pet-care company!
Dogs - The Joy of Pet Sitters.
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.
Day in the Life of a Professional Dog Walker and Pet Sitter.
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