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How to Find the Best Dog Walker in Beaver, PA

If you recently got a new puppy or changed jobs and are working longer hours, you may be looking to hire a dog walker.  In this article we will share tips on how to help you find the best dog walker in Beaver, PA.

Best Dog Walker in Beaver, PA

Tips to Find the Best Dog Walker in Beaver, PA

Ask friends or neighbors

One of the ways you can find the best dog walker in Beaver, PA is to ask those closest to you who they recommend.  Friends and neighbors will be very honest with you when it comes to their experiences. These are opinions and feedback you can count on as your friends and neighbors would not want to steer you wrong.

Get referrals from your veterinarian

Most veterinarians have professionals to refer.  Your veterinarian is a good source in asking about other professional pet care providers.  They want the best for your pets.   Sometimes your veterinarian will have staff who may also offer dog walking. Veterinarians are a great source for recommendations.

Search online for a local professional dog walker

If by chance your friends or veterinarian are not able to refer a dog walker, another option is to search online.  Be careful to seek out only professional dog walkers.  When you do a search for dog walker in Beaver, PA there are going to many dog walkers offering services.  Some are professionals and some are hobby dog walkers.

To find the best dog walker, however, you should always hire a professional. A professional dog walker is the best option because of the experience and knowledge they have.  Although your dog may be super easy to walk, there are often times unexpected events that occur while out walking that can be dangerous or threatening to your dog.  A professional dog walker will know how to handle these situations.

Also, when searching online you will most certainly see listed first, advertisements for Rover and Wag.  These are apps to make hiring a dog walker easy and convenient.  There are some professional pet sitters listed on these sites but be aware many are not.  Always do your homework.  

Before hiring, check out reviews and ratings to find the best dog walker

Reviews and ratings posted online are easy to find.  We recommend reviewing these before asking a dog walker to provide references.  Chances are the dog walker is only going to provide a positive, glowing reference so this may not be a true reflection of the dog walker.

A reputable, reliable dog walker will have several positive reviews.  The most popular ways to find dog walker reviews and ratings are on Google, Facebook, Angie’s List, and Yelp.  The best dog walker in Beaver, Pa does not necessarily have to have all 5 stars.  If there are 1-2 ratings less than 5 stars but all others are 5 stars, read each one and the dog walker’s response.  This will give you a good idea of the situation.  Sadly, there are times when a fake review appears, or reviews are filtered so make sure you look at them all. 

If you cannot find reviews and ratings on any of the above mentioned sites, do not hire the dog walker.  

Research the dog walker 

This is not too difficult but very important in finding the best dog walker.  When researching the dog walker there are certain criteria that is a must. 

Qualities for hiring the best dog walke

Look for these qualities for hiring the best dog walker

  • They are a professional dog walker.
  • The dog walker is insured.
  • How long have they been in business?  This is important.  If they have only been in business for a short time, they may not be the best choice.  Although they may be very good at what they are doing, they are not as well established as someone who has been in business for years.  Years of being in this business results in a more experienced and knowledgeable dog walker.
  • They provide a contract and explain the services that will be provided.  You know exactly what to expect and what you are paying for.
  • Do they have an excellent rating and positive reviews?

Because you are concerned with your dog being home too long during the day, you want to make it better for your dog by hiring a dog walker.  Hiring a dog walker will ease your guilt of leaving your dog for such long periods because when you hire the best dog walker in Beaver, PA, you are assured your dog and home are in the best care.

How can we help you with your dog walking needs?

Best in Pet Services offers several options to help with your dog walking needs.  We offer dog walking 5 days per week,  Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Based on your needs, you can schedule 1 day per week up to 5 days per week. Our dog walks range from 20 minutes to 60 minutes.  We also have availability for occasional walks that may be scheduled on an as needed basis.  For a more detailed list check out our  policies and rates.

We know there are many options to choose from when hiring a dog walker and it can seem overwhelming not knowing who to trust.  We are happy to help answer any questions you may have regarding hiring a dog walker in Beaver County.  Contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

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Secret To A Happy Dog

We love our dogs!  They provide so much love, happiness, and companionship but are our dogs happy?  There is one secret to a happy dog.

The Secret To A Happy Dog

Secret To A Happy Dog

Dogs need more than food, water, housing, and companionship to make them happy.  A content dog needs stimulation to thrive and shine. The secret to a happy dog is daily dog walks.

Daily dog walks provide mental and physical stimulation necessary for a dog’s wellbeing.  Dogs take in the world thru scent.  Being cooped up in the house with time outside confined to a back yard limits your dog’s life experiences resulting in an unhappy dog.

Experiencing new scents, sounds, and sights prevents boredom and unwanted destructive behaviors.  Dogs need a chance to just be dogs.  They need to sniff.  They need to release pent up energy. Daily dog walks will tire your dog out especially mentally.  We all know a tired dog is a good dog but also a happy dog.

Another way daily dog walks make for a happy dog is by creating a stronger bond between you and your dog.  Dogs are happiest when they get to do something fun with their owner.

One of the problems most dog owners face is not having enough time in the day.  There is work, errands, after school activities, household chores. Life demands make it difficult to find time to take our dog for a 20-30 minute walk.

Solutions

It is not necessary to keep to a rigid daily schedule to benefit your dog.  Some days you may only be able to fit in a quick walk around the block.  That’s ok.  It still gets your dog out.

Another option is to hire a daily dog walker.  This is a great option when you work extremely long hours or have things to do after work.  You can go about your day quilt free knowing your dog is getting a break during the day and doing something fun.

Daily dog walks are the secret to a happy dog.  They also keep your dog healthy.  Now lace up those shoes, leash up the dog and enjoy spending time with your best pal.

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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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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

 

 

 

 

 

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