If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Legacy, 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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- Dogwalking in Legacy 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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Dog Walking Can Keep Your Pet Healthier and Better Behaved!
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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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.
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