If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Springbank Hill, 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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- 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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Why You Should Hire a Dog Walker?
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.
How to Select a Dog Walking Service?
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.
Tips for Finding a Dog Walker!
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