If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Scenic Acres, 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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Dogs - The Joy of Pet Sitters.
You might be thinking, "My dog has the whole back yard to play around in, I don't need a dog walker." Well, the back yard may entertain your dog for a short while but, that is not what our furry friends were born to do. Dogs were born to work! Each and every dog has special qualities about them based on their breed and what they were bred to do. Some were bred to herd livestock, hunt or protect.
Dogs like humans, are social animals and need daily exercise and stimulation. Since, I have become a dog walker and owner of my own dog walking and pet sitting business, I have seen how the lack of daily exercise and stimulation has adversely affected our furry best friends. Yesterday, I took our dog Addison, who is a 7 year old labradoodle, to the vet for a check up and saw a great example of a dog that could greatly benefit from a dog walker.
I was sitting in the waiting area at the vet clinic, while listening to the vet tech telling an older couple about their dachshund that it had gained weight. Now, dachshunds have small little legs and excess weight for this type of breed is extremely hard on them. The vet tech then proceeded to tell them that their dog weighed 26 pounds. They both looked at one another and blamed each other for not exercising the dog and feeding the dog chicken and other scraps from the dinner table. Just looking at this little dog broke my heart because its stomach was almost dragging on the floor and it was panting.
This was an extreme example of how lack of exercise, over-feeding, and lack of mental stimulation can lead to your dog being bored and over-weight. Being a dog owner and dog walker myself, I realize the huge responsibility of keeping a dog healthy and happy.
All of us live very busy lives and usually mean well but, if you work long hours or can not give your dog the attention he deserves then, it is wise to look into a professional, bonded & insured dog walking company in your area. A lot of companies offering dog walking services give discounts if you have your dog walked 4 or more times a week. You just have to call and discuss your situation to see if they can suit your needs.
Traits a Good Professional Dog Walker
Dog walking can be a tremendous stress reliever and bring immense happiness when dog and owner are at one. However some people dread dog walking as it can be a nightmare from start to finish, if your dog pulls and is trying to run away. This is why it's vitally important to train your dog and ensure that you and your dog have a walk you'll both enjoy.
- Pulling on the lead
This sounds pretty simple but a lot of dogs if not trained properly can turn dog walking into a very tedious task for the owner as the majority of the time is spent being dragged along by their dog and their arm being wrenched out of its socket.
A simple tip for this is to start as soon as you leave the house by showing your dog who is in charge of the walk and who is walking who. He needs to understand that you control the walk from the speed to where you go. It's important that you don't let him pull at the end of the lead. The end of the lead and the loop should go through your right hand so you've got complete control in case he breaks loose and your left hand you should hold firmly towards the bottom of the lead, about a foot from the dog's neck. This way you have complete control of how far away from you he is and he won't be able to stray too far ahead or lag behind. If he tries to wander or pull hold him firmly and when he does start to heel give the lead some slack so he knows he's doing it correctly.
- Using commands
The most important command when dog walking is "heel". This should mean stay to my left side and heel obediently. Before you even start dog walking get your dog to sit, then when you begin to walk say heel in a firm voice and make your dog walk at your left side. If he tries to pull or run, stop him, make him sit and try again. Repeat this process until he starts to realise what the command means. You can also use treats to praise him when he is doing it correctly.
- Use your voice
Remember to use your voice when you are dog walking, this is one of your most important tools. Your dog knows your voice and will know when you're happy or angry with him. Continue to praise him when he is doing well and use a harsh tone when he misbehaves on the walk. Voice commands work much better when dog walking than simply yanking at the lead, as he won't know what that means.
Finally always remember to pick up your dogs poop when out dog walking, it is only courteous to other people and there can be a big fine attached. Remember to always leave the house with spare poop bags and dispose in a dog bin which can always be found around dog friendly parks.
Tips for Finding a Dog Walker!
Note: urbanpet.life services the neighborhood of Scenic Acres and near by communities.