If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Stoney 3, 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.
A Favorite Amongst Stoney 3 Residents, UrbanPet.Life Offers Dog and Pet Care Services including:
- Pet Walk in Stoney 3 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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Day in the Life of a Professional Dog Walker and Pet Sitter.
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!
Dog Walkers - Are They for You?
It might sound really funny at first, but there are professionals that have made a business out of dog walking because of the fact that they love dogs and they enjoy every experience with them. Why not make some money out of this in the meanwhile? We live in a world where people are not busy, they are super busy. They barely have the time for themselves to eat, sleep and work. Even if they are dog lovers, most of them don't have the physical time to take care of them properly. This is one of the reasons why some dogs are not taken out properly, others are not fed correctly and so on. That's the reason why the dog walking professionals are a great choice when it comes to this particular need. They are the persons that can enhance the quality of your dog's life, just by taking them for a walk on a daily basis.
There are people that enjoy doing this so much, that they take dogs from various people around the city and take them all for a walk. It really depends on the person, but there were cases when professionals took about 12 dogs out at the same time! It's really a hobby that has been transformed in a business by the ones that wanted to combine their love for dogs with a practical thing to do. An aspect that you should know about is related to the idea that there are some states where you need to have a document stating you are part of dog walking professionals. This is something that you can have online, from a referral or you can opt for obtaining it locally. It really depends on the fastest way that you want to apply. Furthermore, there is the idea of pricing. It's really something that you should be aware from the beginning: it's not the best paid job in the world, but if you build up your reputation and take care of the dogs properly, you can easily earn a good sum of money in order to have a decent life. This is not something that you do for money, as you do it because you love dogs as well. A piece of advice here is related to the idea that if you want to make more money out of dog walking, you should think about various possibilities that you can add to this particular service as well. For example, there are people that choose to wash the dogs as well. It's not that complicated and the products that you use are really easy to find and the pricing is really set by you.
Think about it, who wouldn't hire a dog walking professional that delivers some great work and some reasonable prices. It's basically the best thing that you can do when it comes to what you can offer. If you talk to your clients and highlight what you are capable of doing, they will have more confidence in your services.
Expert Dog Walkers and Dog Socialization.
Note: urbanpet.life services the neighborhood of Stoney 3 and near by communities.