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Hiring A Dog Walker, What You Need To Know!

If your dog is at home most days for 10 plus hours, it may be time to hire a dog walker. Yes, most dogs can hold it but that results in a very uncomfortable day for your dog.

Since this may be new to you, you may be a little worried.  How do you find a person who will love and care for your dog like you? Will the person you hire be reliable? How do you know they won’t snoop through your house or worse steal something?

 

Hiring a dog walker, what you need to know!

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Hire a professional dog walker.  

Pet sitters and dog walkers are popping up all over the place.  Sites like Rover and DogVacay promote dog walking and pet sitting as an easy way to make big money.  You will find pages of listings for pet care services on sites such as Rover, DogVacay, Care, and Craigslist.  Anyone can sign up on these sites regardless of their qualifications.  

When you hire a professional dog walker, you can be confident knowing the person caring for and walking your dog has the training and skills necessary to keep your pet safe.  As professional dog walkers, we have encountered some very unpleasant experiences; dogs trying to grab chicken bones tossed on the sidewalk, reactive dogs, and strong pullers.  The scariest encounters, however, are the loose, charging dogs.  Hiring  a person who doesn’t know what to do in these types of situations consequently can result in injury or death to your dog.

Because your pet, home, and privacy are important to you, careful consideration should be given to those you allow to have access to your home and pet. Not only do you want the best for your pet’s care, you also want someone reliable and trustworthy.  Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations.  They will only want to refer someone they have used and trust.

Take time to research dog walking and pet sitting services in your area.  

To help find the right fit for you and your pet, here are some questions to ask.

  • Are you bonded and insured?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Who will be walking my dog?
  • How do you keep my house keys secure?
  • What happens if my dog walker is sick, injured, has an emergency and can’t get to my dog?

Most importantly when hiring a dog walker, meet them.  How are they with your dog?  Is your dog comfortable with the dog walker? Are you comfortable with the dog walker?  

There are many benefits to hiring a dog walker but the most important is the health and happiness of your dog.

 

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Pet Sitter’s Life: Easy Way To Make Money?

Being a pet sitter is very rewarding.  It can also be very challenging.  For someone who loves and adores pets it can be a great way to earn a living. Professional pet sitting and dog walking is more than a job or career, it really is a lifestyle.  A pet sitter’s life is far from easy.  It can be quite exhausting, stressful, and frustrating.  It can also be fun, relaxing, exciting, and so loving.

Professional pet sitting is not at all how most people perceive it.  When we tell people what we do for a living, almost every single person says “Oh I would love to do that”.  Who wouldn’t right?

After all, almost everyone has done some sort of pet sitting for a family member, friend, or a neighbor. How hard can taking care of pets be? We often hear how great it is that we get to play with puppies and kittens all day. Certainly that is one of the great parts of caring for pets but there is so much more.

When potential candidates apply for a pet sitting or dog walking position with us, they are often shocked by our requirements. They have no concept of what we do on a daily basis. After the interview process, most determine that this is not as easy or as flexible as they thought.

Here is a glimpse into a pet sitter’s life.

Pet sitter’s life, our week of 05/16.

Total visits:  116

Number of dogs visited: 28
Some dogs were visited once per day Monday thru Friday while others were visited 3 or more times per day while their owners were away.

Number of cats visited: 13
Cats were visited once or twice per day while their owners were away.

This week was one of the tougher ones, not so much because of the pets we cared for but events that occurred.

Our days started early visiting pets between 6 am -9 am.  Dogs needed out and fed first thing after a long night. Then on to the cat visits who requested visits 2 times per day.

Pet Sitter's Life: Easy Way To Make MoneyAfter our morning rounds ended, our daily dog walking schedule began.  Weekdays start with a 45 minute run/brisk walk with a super rambunctious pup. He will certainly destroy the house if not able to release his energy.

Usually all goes well during the day with maybe some clean ups here or there but this particular week had some challenges.

Our pet sitter arrived at one of her daily dog walks to the German Shepherd pup crying in pain.  She had Sadie (2)hurt her leg/paw earlier and could not put any weight on it.  The pet sitter immediately called the pups owner and the office to discuss actions to take.  Since the owner could not get home until early afternoon, the pet sitter stayed to comfort and relax the pup. She couldn’t bear to leave her hurting like that. The pup found great comfort with having someone there and fell asleep in her lap. The extra time staying made for a hectic afternoon but certainly worth it. Other dogs were waiting for their walks but our main priority is the safety and well being of the pet. Some times things happen that cause us to be delayed. Our clients are very understanding as they would want the same care for their pets. The pups owner was very grateful that the pet sitter was able to stay a little longer.

Never is it just one situation but often several different events happening on the same day or on our busiest day. Such was the case this week.

Encountering loose dogs while out walking our clients dogs is very frustrating and aggravating. While walking a Doberman and Boxer (no not mine) who get a bit excitable with other dogs, a Jack Russel got away from his owner. The man was walking his dog on a retractable leash and his dog got away from him slipping his collar. The little dog charged at our client’s dogs.  Luckily no one got hurt. The Boxer and Doberman behaved very well considering another dog was going at them.

Champ 2015Wearing barn boots saved the dog walkers foot from being seriously bitten. The Boxer kept nudging her the entire way back home to make sure his dog walker was ok. This is a scary situation and could have turned out very badly.

We are fortunate that we have been walking and caring for these two dogs for aSookie 2015
long time now.  We know them quite well.   A great deal of time and patience went into being able to get them out for daily walks.

Being professional pet sitters/dog walkers, we are always on the alert.  It is our job to pay attention to the dogs in our care as well as to foresee any events that might cause an incidence. These scenarios happen quickly with little time to react. Paying attention to surroundings and changes in the dog’s body language are key.  Our dog walkers are trained on how to avoid these situations and how to handle them if they occur.

The dogs walks finished up between 2-3 pm.  We then started afternoon kitty visits. It was a rainy week. Visiting cats when it’s raining is actually a nice break but not this time.  The pet sitter arrived at a visit of 3 cats and there were two wet spots, one outside the litter box and one by the laundry basin.  Those were cleaned up, however the next morning after a downpour thru the night, the basement had more than a couple wet spots.  The floor was soaked! Of course right by the litter boxes.  All that clay goop was all over.  What a mess! Have you ever had to clean up wet litter off the floor? Not an easy or pleasant task.  The extra time spent cleaning up put a slight delay in the schedule.  Things happen!

Despite the rain, dogs needed out and walked.  We all got soaked but there were no issues.  Lots of wet dog smell and drenched hair and fur but we have towels for that.

Bailey April 2016 (2)

Although we don’t encounter situations like this daily there are some days that can be quite draining. Full schedules, cleaning up accidents, loose dogs charging, crappy weather, working crazy hours 7 days per week are all part of being a pet sitter/dog walker.  You may wonder why we do this.  We do this because even when these things happen, the love of the pets far outweighs the challenges. The happy tails wagging and the kitty purring make it all worth it. Is it an easy way to make money, no.  Is it a rewarding way to make a living, yes.

Cooper 05-04-16 Daisy - May Oliver Ruger 05-03-16

 

 

 

 

 

Do you think pet sitting and dog walking is an easy way to make money?

 

 

 

 

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Do Dogs Get Bored?

I often wonder if when I am gone all day, what my dog is thinking and doing. Do dogs get bored?

Sitting around all day with no company, I know often times I get a little antsy and bored.   Do dogs experience boredom like we do? Is my dog lonely, is he bored when I am not home?

Do dogs get bored?

Do Dogs Get Bored

Yes!  Dogs experience boredom.  A lack of mental and physical stimulation will result in a bored dog. If dogs don’t get enough stimulation they will find ways to entertain themselves. Ripping up the carpet, chewing on shoes or woodwork, shredding the couch cushions or sometimes even tormenting other pets in the household is their way of finding some fun.

Long Days

Work days can be very long days for dogs.  Because owners must be gone most of the day and rarely have time for a walk before or after work, dogs do not get enough stimulation and become bored.

This absence of physical and mental stimulation will lead to frustration for your dog. Dogs need an outlet. They need to explore, play, and exercise their mind and body.

Signs your dog is bored

  • constant barking
  • chewed up rugs, furniture, shoes
  • chewing on their paws or tails
  • incessant pawing at you to get your attention
  • whining
  • jumping or grabbing you with their mouth
  • taking cushions off couch
  • tormenting other pets in the household

If you come home after a long day at work and find your house not like you left it and in disarray, your dog was probably bored.

The cure for boredom

The best way to eliminate boredom for your dog is exercise.  It is true a tired dog is a happy dog. Daily walks are an excellent way to engage your dog both mentally and physically. If you are working all day and have family commitments afterwards fitting daily walks in may be challenging.

Ways to relieve boredom

  • take a walk with your dog before work
  • leave your dog with some puzzle toys filled with parts of their daily kibble and treats
  • fill a Kong type toy with broth, treats, or peanut butter, freeze and give to your dog
  • try food dispensing toys such as the Wobbler
  • spend time each day on training and tricks
  • give your dog new toys or rotate out toys
  • doggy daycare
  • hire a daily dog walker

 

What ways will you use to help your dog from being bored?

 

Read more on how to relieve boredom for dogs.

Is My Dog Bored?  ~ Dogtime

How Can You Tell If Your Dog Or Cat Is Bored? ~  Vetstreet

Signs Your Dog Is Bored And What To Do About It ~ I Heart Dogs

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking For A Dog Walker Near Beaver, PA?

Are you looking for a dog walker near Beaver, Pa?  You’ve come to the right place. Best in Pet Services has been in the business of caring for pets since 2007.

We have a great team of dog walkers. Our staff is back ground checked, fully trained, bonded, and insured. We are always out walking dogs in your neighborhood. Check out what your neighbors are saying about us on Angie’s List, Facebook, Google +, or reviews on our website by happy clients.

Just say the word walk and watch your dogs ears perk up, tail wag, there may even be some happy dog dancing take place. Dogs love walks!

Unfortunately for your dog, there may not be enough time in your busy day.  Work, errands, after school activities, make it difficult to fit in a daily walk.  You may work long hours and your dog has to hold it until you can make it home.  That’s where we can help.

Are you looking for a dog walker near Beaver, PA?

Dog walker near Beaver, Pa

How can our dog walking service benefit you and your dog?

  • No worries about rushing home from work to let your dog out
  • Daily exercise and mental stimulation for your dog
  • Breaks up a very long day for your dog.  It’s something they look forward to.
  • Helps hyper, energetic dogs release pent up energy so they aren’t so spastic when you get home from work
  • Daily walks help your pooch shed some unwanted pounds
  • Mental and physical stimulation improves the health and well being of your dog.

Would your dog like to have a break during the day?

We would love to help.  To find out more about our services, please give us a call at 724-513-2495.  We have a few options available for our Monday thru Friday dog walking clients.  Your pooch will thank you!

Read more on the benefits of daily dog walks:

How Much Does Dog Walking Cost?

Do Puppies Need A Dog Walker?

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

7 Benefits Of Hiring A Dog Walker

 

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Do Puppies Need A Dog Walker?

It is a very exciting time when a new puppy becomes a member of our family.  Along with the fun and love of a puppy is responsibility, training, and adjustments. Life doesn’t stop because a new puppy joined the family. You will still have to go to work, kids to school, and there will be social gatherings to attend as well as errands to run. What will you do with your puppy? Do puppies need a dog walker?

When you first bring home your puppy, it is recommended that you introduce your puppy to a crate right away.  A crate will protect your puppy and belongings when your puppy can’t be supervised. It will also help with house training. Your puppy will learn and associate the crate as a safe haven offering security and comfort if introduced and used correctly.

Do puppies need a dog walker?

 

Do Puppies Need A Dog Walker

Puppies should not be left for extended, long periods of time in their crate.  If you are going to be gone all day then have someone come in and provide your puppy with play time, exercise, socialization, and a chance to relieve themselves.

Hiring a dog walker/pet sitter to come in one or two times per day while you are at work will keep your puppy on a house training schedule.   This is also allows your puppy to have play time and socialization.  Companionship during the day will help alleviate boredom and loneliness for your puppy.

Puppies under 16 weeks should be confined to their yard until they have all  vaccinations and precautions of protecting them from illness and parasites.  A professional pet sitter will know how to engage your puppy with fun and games until they are old enough to venture out for daily walks.

How will hiring a dog walker or pet sitter benefit your puppy?

Recommended Reading

Puppy Vaccinations ~ Victoria Stilwell

What Every Puppy Owner Must Know About Early Training & Socialization ~ Dr. Karen Becker

 

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