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Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

Spending a long day at home while you are away can be tough on your dog.  It can be lonely and boring, especially for an active, younger dog. If your dog is spending 8 plus hours a day, home alone, you may want to consider these top 5 reasons to hire a dog walker.

Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

Top 5 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

 

1.  Elimination

The most important reason to hire a dog walker is to allow your dog a break in the day to eliminate.  Spending hours without a potty break is quite uncomfortable for your dog.  Although some dogs can hold it for hours, it’s not healthy for your dog.  Try it and see if you can go all day without a break.  It is not pleasant.

2.  Exercise

Hiring a dog walker provides your dog with daily exercise.  If you are working long hours, chances are your dog is not getting enough exercise on a daily basis.  After a long day of work and household chores and errands, getting the dog out can be a difficult task.

3.  Mental Stimulation

Daily walks for your dog provide more than just exercise.  Daily walks allow your dog to explore the outside world through sight, scent, and sound.  This mental stimulation is necessary for your dog to lead a healthy, happy life.  Being inside all day or confined to a fenced in back yard doesn’t provide your dog with adequate stimulation which could result in unwanted behaviors such as chewing, digging, barking, or destroying furniture.

4.  Socialization

Hiring a dog walker helps your dog become more social.  Walks around the neighborhood provide and excellent way for your dog to see other dogs & cats as well as neighbors.  A social dog is much happier and better behaved.

5.  Convenience

Not only does hiring a dog walker provide you with peace of mind, it is also convenient.  Although you know your dog could use a lunch time break, it is often not feasible for you to rush home on your lunch break to let the dog out.  This rushes both you and your dog and is not enjoyable for either.

There may also be times when you have to work late or run errands after work. Having someone come every day will ease your mind knowing your dog will be taken care of.  Hiring a dog walker is a huge benefit to your dog but to you as well saving you time and relieving guilt.

 

Does your dog need a dog walker?

 

Best in Pet Services provides professional dog walking and pet sitting. Contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule your dog walker or pet sitter.  Our service area includes Beaver, New Brighton, Monaca, Rochester, and Beaver Falls, and some surrounding areas.

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Affectionate Gestures Dogs Hate

We love our dogs so we shower them with hugs and kisses. The problem with our display of affection, however, is dogs don’t perceive these gestures as affectionate. There are absolutely some affectionate gestures dogs hate.

Affectionate Gestures Dogs hate

 

Affectionate Gestures Dogs Hate

 

Hugs

It’s really hard not to want to hug our dog. Humans show love by hugging. By hugging our dog we feel we are displaying our affection but dogs feel confined and stressed not loved.

Some dogs may tolerate a hug but that doesn’t mean he enjoys it.  Hugging makes dogs uncomfortable.  If you notice your dog’s ears flat and pinned back against his head, face turned, licking his lips, or yawning, it’s wise to back off. Your dog is letting you know he is uncomfortable being hugged. Don’t hug the dog!  

Kisses

Because our dogs lick us we assume they like kisses from us too.  Not necessarily!  Dogs do not like when anyone gets in their face.  It makes them extremely uncomfortable.  Dogs lick us for many reasons.  For dogs, licking is s a natural instinct.  Other reasons for dog licks are,  they like us, we taste good, they are seeking attention, or as a submissive gesture.  

Our kisses are quite different than a lick from a dog’s view. My little Chihuahua seems to adore kisses and even puts her face against mine for more. My Doberman and Boxer on the other hand are not fond of kisses.  Your dog will clearly let you know. If your dog is turning away from you, licking his lips, or even snapping, then listen to his signs. Don’t kiss your dog!

Pats on the head

So many times I witness people want to greet a dog with a pat on the head. Most dogs dislike this gesture.  It can be intimidating and fearful from a dog’s view having a hand move over his head. This is especially true if it is someone the dog does not know that well.  Would you like it if some stranger came up to you and started patting your head? Probably not!

Your dog wants affectionate pets but in the right places and times.  Try petting your dog on the chest, shoulders or back of the neck.  Favorite places for scratches is on the back near base of tail around neck. 

Treat your dog with love and respect.  Use appropriate gestures your dog will enjoy and avoid human affectionate gestures dogs hate.  Your dog will be so much happier and feel more loved.

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Signs Your Dog Has Worms

Dogs pick up worms in various ways.  You may not notice if your dog has a parasite right away so be sure to look for some signs your dog has worms.  

The most common types of worms that can affect your dog are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, and whipworms. Depending on the type of worm, your dog will show different symptoms.

 Signs Your Dog Has Worms

 Signs Your Dog Has Worms

 

If you aren’t sure if your dog has a parasite, here are some possible signs your dog has worms.

White like rice bits visible in stool or around anus area

You may notice little moving bits that resemble rice in your dog’s poo. These are tapeworms.  Your dog will get tapeworms if they ingest an infected flea.  

Scooting

Scooting is another sign your dog may possibly have worms.  Worms cause your dog irritation and scooting is a way for your dog to help relieve themselves.

Spaghetti like worms in vomit or feces

Roundworms look like long, spaghetti found in a dog’s vomit or feces.  Roundworms are common in puppies. Mothers can pass roundworms to their puppies during birth or through nursing.  Roundworms can grow up to 7 inches long.  Dogs come in contact with roundworms through the mother, infected soil, contaminated feces, or eating infected rodents.  

Bloody Stool, Diarrhea, Weight loss, Pale Gums

Hookworms and whipworms aren’t going to be visible in your dog’s stool.  Some possible signs though are bloody stool or darkened black like stool, diarrhea, weight loss. and pale gums.  If your dog is showing these signs take them to your veterinarian for a check up.

Congestive heart failure

Sometimes dogs with heartworms will develop congestive heart failure.  This is due to the weakening of the muscles and tissues around the heart. Often times though symptoms of heartworm doesn’t show up until there is advanced infection.  Heartworm is contacted by an infected mosquito bite.  Heartworm is deadly but preventable.  Have your dog tested and keep on a monthly heartworm preventative. 

If you suspect your dog has worms or are showing any of the signs above, please go to your veterinarian for a check up.  

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Improve Your Dog’s Wellbeing With One Daily Habit!

As pet guardians we know the importance of providing our pets with good food, a nice home, lots of love, and veterinary care.  These things are necessary for your dog’s health and happiness but there is something more you can and should do. You can improve your dog’s wellbeing with one daily habit, dog walking.

Dog's Wellbeing

Improve Your Dog’s Wellbeing With One Daily Habit!

Taking your dog out for a daily walk has significant benefits.  Although it might not seem that important or necessary, your dog needs and wants the stimulation. Providing your dog with daily mental and physical stimulation improves behavior, increases happiness, and keeps your dog healthy.

How to easily make dog walking a daily habit

Start today

All you need to do is start.  Start today! Leash up your dog and just do it.  Maybe you only have time to stroll out the front door and that is okay. Getting out even for a short time is better than not at all.  

Keep it simple

Start out small by committing to 1-5 minutes.  Everyone can spare 5 minutes a day.  If you think you have to walk your dog for 20-30 minutes daily then most likely you will not succeed in making this a daily habit. You will think of all the other things you need to do and put this one important activity aside.

All you need to do is start.  Start with 1-2 minutes if that is all you have time for. You may find that once you get started you keep going.  

Be consistent

Make it a priority to take your dog out everyday.  If you can only make it down the street one day, that is fine.  Some days may be a short trip around the block, others a nice hike.  the important thing is not how long you get your dog out but to do it daily.  Dogs take in the world thru scents so it is necessary for them to be able to explore by sniffing out their environment.

Make it fun

Daily dog walks should not be a chore that has to be done.  It should be fun for you and your dog.  Letting your dog sniff around is important for their mental stimulation.   Walking your dog this is a great way to bond.  Your dog views walks as fun and exciting.  If you are taking them for a walk, then you too are fun and exciting.  

If your dog is horrible walking on a leash, don’t let this discourage you.  Your dog is just over excited to experience the outside world.  You can improve your dog’s leash walking by using an easy walk harness or no-pull freedom harness, hire a dog trainer, or watch some videos.

Improve your dog’s wellbeing with one daily habit, a dog walk! This one simple activity has such significant benefits. Your dog will be so happy!

 

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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!

dog walker

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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