If you don’t have the time to get out with your dog and enjoy walks in Skyline West, 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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The Benefits of Using a Dog Walking Service!
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.
Servicing Your Canine's Needs.
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.
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