If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Mission, 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 Mission Residents, UrbanPet.Life Offers Dog and Pet Care Services including:
- Dog Walkers in Mission 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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Pet sitter. The two words that bring joy to the hearts of dogs and dog trainers across the country. A relationship with a pet sitter is one of the most important relationships a dog owner will ever have.
What is a pet sitter?
Pet sitters are professional animal care providers who take care of your pets when you're not home. I'm not referring to the neighbor who occasionally lets your dog out or the teenager with a part-time dog walking service. I'm talking about professional pet sitters, whose full-time business is taking care of their customers' pets.
Why should I hire a pet sitter?
A pet sitter is the one resource you can always count on. Whether you have an emergency, are going on vacation, or want to schedule daily visits for your pet, a pet sitter is always available. Of equal importance, they provide for your pet, the same, exceptional care that you would.
From a behavioral standpoint, there are several benefits to hiring a pet sitter. If you're leaving town for vacation, boarding facilities are fine, but pets tend to be less stressed at home in their own environment. When you ask family, neighbors or your own kids to watch your dogs, there are some risks. While these folks are always willing to help, they typically don't have the training, education or experience required to handle an emergency or deal with dramatic pet behavior. A dog's behavior does change when their "parents" are not present. When Fluffy bolts out the front door, is your teenager going to know what to do? Will he even notice? Did he leave the door open on purpose? Pet sitters are experienced dog handlers. They expect the unexpected and know exactly how to handle it. They understand that adorable and well-behaved Fluffy is probably going to show her fur once Mom and Dad are gone, and they know how to mitigate the resulting behaviors and situations. Hiring a professional will substantially decrease your worry while you are away.
Dogs home alone all day suffer from a lack of physical and mental stimulation. This manifests itself in destructive or obsessive behaviors, which include excessive barking, licking, tail chasing and running in circles. Unlike cats, dogs are not solitary creatures. They are bred as companion pets and have an innate need to be with people. Lacking this, they become bored and frustrated and act out with poor behaviors. For the pets that are home alone all day, hiring a pet sitter to visit every day substantially impacts the pet's well-being which directly affects their behavior.
The last, yet equally important reason to have a daily pet sitter is simply this...can you hold it for 10 hours?
If you're out of the house all day, you can't expect your pet not to have an accident. In fact, many of the calls we get relative to housebreaking problems aren't really housebreaking problems at all. Rather, it's that the dogs are given no other choice. Like humans, pets cannot hold their bladders or bowels for long periods of time.
What services do they offer and what is the cost?
Services and fees vary, so be sure to ask these questions when you are interviewing pet sitters. The two services our dog trainers recommend the most are potty-breaks, to allow the pet to relieve himself, and long walks which provide physical and mental stimulation to break up the monotony of the pet's day. From a behavioral standpoint, and for the pet's emotional well-being, pet sitters are worth their weight in gold.
Deciding on a Good Dog Walking Firm.
There are some very important issues to address when searching for local dog walking services. Some of these are actually things a non-professional may not be equipped to handle. You may wonder, "How hard is watching a dog?" Not terribly difficult until you factor in all the "what if's". Then you're not so sure. That's why you should ask a lot questions while you interview local sitters at various dog walking services. Getting all of your questions answered to your liking will ensure that you'll find the right dog walker for you and your dog.
Here are three things you absolutely MUST ask before hiring a prospective pet sitter:
1. "What if" my dog eats something poisonous or toxic or injures his or her body. How will you handle a pet emergency like that?
Their answer will either give you assurance and peace of mind or send you screaming for the hills. When answering this correctly, they should confidently address these matters:
- Find out your pet's general veterinary information or preferred animal hospital in Pasco or surrounding areas
- Show proof that they are pet first aid certified
- Go through a pet first aid kit with you so you can see what they're equipped with
- Ask questions about your dog's allergies, medication, etc. if any
Their tone of voice should be confident and direct and you should sense that your pet will be under proficient care. This IS the life of your close friend we're talking about and you do not want to cut corners here.
2. "What if" my dog got sick? How would you care him?
Your dog's health may currently be at optimum levels but every living thing is at risk for some kind of illness in their lifetime. When a dog (or animal in general) is suffering from an illness, he or she is inactive, unsociable, and has little or no appetite at all. A professional pet sitter knows that your dog STILL needs to consume water and move their bodies in some form or fashion to build their strength during the recovery period. Below are some ideas of what the dog sitter should do in this "what if" situation:
Make sure your dog drinks water so he or she does not dehydrate and become too weak (TOP PRIORITY!)
If your dog is not ready to move just yet and there is no apparent injury, the pet sitter should comfort your dog during the visits.
- Administer any medication, following the directions of the vet
- Follow to any diet plan your dog may be on during recovery
- Integrate some kind of movement or exercise plan until your dog is back to his/her healthy self
- Clean up any mess created by your dog; you know it's bound to happen
- If a Pet Taxi service is available, the sitter can also take your dog to various check ups, physical therapy sessions or the local animal hospital.
Many of these vital tasks must be done through out the day until your dog has fully recovered. If you're not available to perform these tasks yourself, hire a qualified professional dog sitter in the area who can help you nurse your dog back to health.
3. "What if" I leave my home for a long time? How can you make my house look like I haven't left?
Many pet sitters are happy to house sit for you while caring for your pets. When interviewing dog sitters in Pasco, ask how they can make your home look occupied throughout the day. They should cover these points:
- Park in the driveway (not on the curb) so they look more like resident and less like a visitor
- Take a walk around your property for a casual safety inspection
- Pick up any toys or objects in the yard left out from previous use
- Switch out the lights around the house including leaving a porch light on for you
- Check the mail and bring in any packages or local newspapers
- Bring in or take out garbage cans and recycling bins
Helping out with these light duty chores will make your home look as occupied as it usually is while you're home. A home that is active is rarely watched by potential intruders.
These are some critical questions you should ask every local dog walker while looking for dog walking services. Don't be timid or think it's rude to be this direct. They understand that you NEED to know how a dog walker will handle all of these issues before you EVER consider hiring them-- and LONG before any of these situations actually come to be.
Traits a Good Professional Dog Walker
Note: urbanpet.life services the neighborhood of Mission and near by communities.