If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Cougar Ridge, 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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Often owners of older dogs, small and large, believe that because their dog is no longer a young feisty energetic puppy and that because he/she can hold its pee for 8 to 10 hours, that it does not need to be walked as much. Many owners are also under the false notion that because they have a large yard for that their adult dog will take care of its own exercise needs.
Unfortunately often this is not the case and this can have disastrous repercussions when it comes to your dogs over all health as he/she ages. The fact is that most dogs, like humans, get lazy when it comes to exercise. Often they will opt for laying down in the sun when they are alone outside in the back yard rather than run around. Adult and senior dogs need to be motivated to get in their daily needed exercise.
Why do older dogs need daily exercise as much if not more than puppies?
The answer is that as dogs get older they tend to get more prone to injuries. Their bones and joints, just like humans weaken because of the lack of exercise. Also you pooch's joints and bones evolved over billions of years to carry a lean dog, however today's dogs often eat too much and get to little exercise they endup overweight, which often leads to serious and painful health problems like, hip and joints pain, arthritis and diabetes. This is true for large and small dogs. These are not only painful for your pooch but also very expensive in your veterinary costs.
The best way to can prevent these painful diseases is to feed your dog the right amount of high quality food and to build strong muscles, keeps joints agile by providing regular and daily exercise for your dog.
How much exercise do dogs needs?
It really depends on the breed but also how much your dog eats in one day. This includes its meals and any treats. If your dog's breed is from the Herding breed, like Collies or German Shepperds, a Sporting breed like Golden Retrievers or Cocker spaniels, Terrier breed like the Jack Russel, or Westhighland Terrier, a Working breed like the Boxer or the Doberman Pincher, or a Hound breed I recommends at least 3 brisk daily walks. These dogs need to brisk walking every day. It is also very important to let your dog enjoy a run once a day, and you can encourage your dog to run by playing games like Fetch and Frisbee.
Other breeds like the Toy and the None-sporting breeds may need less exercise, however this also depends on the individual dog, for example a Poodle or a Dalmatian may need a lot of exercise in a day and a Shitz Tzu or a Pug may need one or two walks a day. However always take into consideration how much your dog eats in a day. A Shitz Tzu may need to get as much exercise as a terrier would if it eats many treats in one day to keep it within a healthy weight and prevent any health issues arising.
Giving your dog the exercise he/she needs and keeping it as agile as possible will also help your dog feel younger so you can enjoy playing with him/her longer. If you are unable to walk your dog yourself to give it the minimum requirement of three walks a day, you can always hire a professional dog walker. A dog walker will take your adult dog for a walk in the afternoons giving it needed exercise and a break from being alone when you are at work.
If a dog has regular exercise like group walks offered by many dog walking services your older dog will be kept fit, agile and be less likely to experience these painful health issues that are becoming more and more common in today's domestic dogs.
Why You Should Walk Your Dog Regularly?
If you'd like to hire a professional local dog walker you'll want to interview several candidates, just like you would for a daycare provider for your child. But if you've never interviewed a pet walker you may be unsure of what to ask. Here then is a list of questions you'll want to ask a local dog walker before allowing her to take your FiFi out without you.
1. How many pets do you walk at one time? It's more common in large cities for a professional walker to walk multiple dogs at one time whereas most pet walkers in smaller communities will often only walk one dog at a time. If Fido enjoys being with other canines, it might not matter but if Fido isn't socialized or doesn't walk particularly well on a leash, you may not want him to be walked with other dogs.
2. What experience do you have in this profession? If you have a bichon it may be possible for anyone to walk her. However, if you have a bull mastiff you need a person that knows how to control canines as they walk. This may be because your dog will just sit down when she's tired or because she likes to run after cats along the way.
3. What is a typical walk? You want to know how long the walk is as well as whether the dog is under the "walk" command at all times or if there is any "free time" during the walk for the dog to explore and sniff at his leisure. Also, if your dog is a runner, will the service provider run with him, or will he be left unsatisfied because of a slow-pace walk.
4. Do you take water on the walk? Depending on the temperature and the breed of dog, your dog might need a water break partway through the walk.
5. Speaking of weather, do you walk in all types of weather? If you live in rainy Seattle or cold Cleveland, you need a dependable walker who is accustomed to the local weather.
6. What is your favorite breed of dog and/or what kind of dog do you own? While your local dog walker may be willing to walk any dog, you may want someone who has a particular affinity for your dog's breed. They'll be more in tune with the breed's characteristics. For example, I own a bulldog and you can't physical make her do anything. She is too strong. But it is so easy to coax her to do something. That is a common trait in the bulldog breed.
7. Are you certified? Certification within the dog-walking industry is a new thing, so if your prospective walker is certified, consider them to be a leader in his/her field.
8. Do you have business insurance? Every business owner should have business insurance and a local dog walker is no exception.
9. Will you take my pet to the vet if something happens during the walk? Of course, you want the answer to this to be "yes" but don't wait until the need arises to ask the question. Ask it upfront.
If you like what you hear in terms of answers to these questions, then you'll want to set up a play date between your dog and the local dog walker. Watch how they interact. You want your dog to like her walker and you want the walker to genuinely like your dog.
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