If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Beltline, 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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Tips on 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 Walking - Caution!
Dogs need a certain amount of exercise each day. Small breeds do not need as much as large breeds do, but both types need about 1 to 2 hours daily. If the dogs do not get the right amount of activity, they can become bored and mischievous. If your life is too hectic to walk your dog this amount of time daily, you might need to hire a dog walker.
A dog walker will spend enough time with your dog to exercise him properly. When the walker brings him home, he will be much calmer and happier. This will make him less likely to misbehave. Also the walks are good for his health and he gets to relieve himself, while he is out.
Some dog walkers will offer added services. They might water your flowers, pick up your mail, or watch over your house until you get home if you are traveling. The prices for their services will depend on whether they just walk your dog or do extras.
Some Tips for Hiring a Dog Walker
1 - The walker should not only have a passion for dogs, but be trained to handle them too. He should understand dog behavior, safety and handling. It is wise to find one who has cared enough to become certified in dog walking.
2 - The walker should have insurance. This will cover not only him if something happens to the dog, but also your dog. If your state or city requires a license make sure he has one.
3- Always ask for references. Talk to these people too, to make sure the dog walker does a good job. You do not want to trust your dog to just anyone after all.
4 - How well does the walker get along with your dog? Does your dog take to him right away? A canine can sense a lot about individuals, so if he shies away from the walker, this could tell you to look elsewhere.
5 - If your dog has special needs of some sort, make sure that the walker has the training to deal with him.
6 - Do you like the personality of the dog walker? You are going to be dealing with this person more than just once most likely. It will be hard to do this if you do not like his personality.
7 - Check out the prices for dog walkers in your area. This way when you interview a few of them, you will know they are charging the right prices. There might be various ways the prices are set, so make sure you understand. You want the best walker at the best price.
8 - Interview more than just one person, so you are sure of your choice in the end.
Follow these tips and you will have no trouble hiring a qualified dog walker. This way your dog will get walked as much as he should be, be well taken care of, and without interrupting your busy schedule.
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