If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Garrison Woods, 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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Day in the Life of a Professional Dog Walker and Pet Sitter.
Dog walking as a business is very popular in many areas, especially in towns and cities where people can't get home in the afternoons to let their dogs out. Dog walking appeals to many young people who may have some extra time on their hands and who are in good physical shape for walking dogs.
In most cases the people who need a dog walker work long hours and their dogs may be indoor dogs who can't go outside on their own. The dogs may be stuck in the house with no one to check on them all day or, in some cases, the dog may be crated. (Some dogs may have to be crated if they chew and destroy things in the house when they are left alone, for instance.) A dog walker can be in great demand in these circumstances.
If you are interested in starting a dog walking business there is not a large initial outlay of funds. You will need to be sure that you are insured, especially for the loss of one of your client's dogs or in case a dog that you are walking should bite someone. You can check with Pet Sitters Associates, LLC and Pet Sitters International regarding insurance. You do not have to be a member of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC to purchase insurance through them but you do have to be a member of PSI in order to purchase insurance.
You will also need some basic office supplies (even if you don't have an office) such as an appointment book and perhaps business cards. You may also want to have some invoices or sales receipts for your clients.
You should probably write up a simple contract to use with your clients. The contract should explain what your services will be and how much and when your clients will pay you. You may be able to find similar contracts already on the Internet.
Before you begin accepting clients you should also check to see if your state requires you to get business license. You should also talk to an accountant to see how your business should be set up financially. Finally, you will need to call your state's Department of Revenue to find out if you will need to tax your services. If you do, then you will need to pass these taxes on to your clients and report the taxes to the state each quarter.
If you plan to have other people working for you then you will need to be bonded. This will protect you in case someone working for you should take something from a client's home.
You can determine your rates by finding out what your competition is charging. In the beginning you will probably want to charge a little less in order to try to encourage customers to give you a try. Dog walking is usually charged according to time increments. You may also offer a monthly discount for people who sign up for an entire month from you in advance.
You may want to consider doing some advertising. This will help increase your business. At the very least you should put up your business card in vet offices, groomer salons, pet supply stores and other places where dog owners tend to visit. You should also consider writing up a press release about your new business and sending it to the local newspapers. Finally, it's a good idea to create a nice web site about your business, especially if you can create one that looks good.
Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services for Holidays.
One very important asset that is not really categorized by many as having a price tag attached to them is your family pet, particularly your dog. That doesn't make cats any less important but when it comes to putting a price on our canine friends there are some that are worth significant money. If they happen to be show stock, or come from a good blood line then it could automatically puts a price tag on them in the eyes of the unscrupulous.
To the owner of the beloved dogs there is no price that could buy the love and devotion shared between the pet and owner. Yet this is one of our most precious belongings that we often neglect to think about falling into the wrong hands. We are astute at watching for any signs of ill health, and we are diligent about making sure they don't wander away, but how often do our thoughts go to dog napping?
If this comes as a surprise that this takes place just take a look at recent news that reports that dog theft is on the rise. When you consider how expensive it has become now to purchase one of these wonderful pets you can see why they are generating interest by thieves. They are easy prey for the most part because of our neglect in realizing that they could become the target of theft.
For this reason it is important to become diligent and this includes the hiring of dog walking services. You need to check out the credentials of any individual that you are thinking of hiring to care or walk your dog in your absence. Not only do you want to check out their credibility but you need to be thorough at it.
Ideally visiting your dog walker at their residence is a good start. At least if you are assured that they have a permanent residence it lends to their trustworthiness. You want authentic letters of reference from both clients and character references. If your dog walker has come recommended to you from someone you trust then you can feel more comfortable. Again though be sure to question the person that is making the recommendation. Ask questions about how they know the dog walker, have they used their services and any other questions that will make you feel more comfortable about leaving your precious pooch in their care.
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