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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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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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Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

It may or may not have crossed your mind to hire a dog walker for a mid-day visit.  Of course cost is a consideration but there are many benefits for your dog and for you as well.

Here are the top 10 reasons to hire a dog walker.

Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Dog Walker

1. Guilt

Your dog spends all day just waiting for you to come back home. After work, you have an endless list of things to do and your dog waits patiently for some time with you. Those puppy eyes sure can make one feel guilty. If you feel bad knowing your dog has a long, lonely day then hiring a dog walker can help ease your guilt.

2. Loneliness

Being at home alone everyday is very lonesome and boring. When you hire a dog walker, your dog has something to look forward to and some companionship during the day.

3. High energy dog

If your dog is full of energy and bouncing off the walls while you are at work and when you get home, it is recommended that you hire a dog walker.  This will allow your dog to release some pent up energy.  You will have a much happier, calmer dog.

4. Crated puppy

Crated puppies can not and should not be confined without a potty break for 8 plus hours.  This is too long for young dogs to hold it and besides they need more play time and socialization than older dogs.  If you have a puppy under 1 year old, hiring a dog walker for 1 or 2 visits while you are working will help your puppy with potty training and stimulation.

5.  Senior dog

Just like puppies, senior dogs just aren’t able to hold it as long as they used to.  They may need more frequent trips outside to eliminate.  Hire a dog walker to help your senior get up and move about.  Not only does it give your dog a chance to potty it also helps loosen stiff joints by allowing them to move around for a little stroll.

6. Exercise

Exercise is important for all dogs. They are meant to live active lives This is good for their health and well-being.. If your dog could loose a few pounds or needs some daily exercise, hiring a dog walker will be beneficial.

7. Stimulation

Stimulation if very important for your dog.  Being stuck in the house all day does not provide the outlets your dog needs.  New sights, smells, and sounds help stimulate your dog mentally.  This makes for a much happier dog.  When you have time constraints that don’t allow you to get your dog out for daily dog walks, a dog walker can fill in.

8. Long Work Hours

Some professions have no choice but to continuously work long hours. If you are in such position where work requires a 10-12 hour shift, you will definitely want to hire a dog walker.  Ten or more hours a day being alone and without time to go outside for a much needed break is tough on your dog.  Sure they may be able to hold it that long but that doesn’t mean they should have to. Would you want to go all day without a bathroom break?

9.  After Work Activities & Socials

Many times coworkers like to get together after work for dinner or drinks but you may pass because you need to get home to care for your dog. Maybe you would like to run some errands after work but again rush home because you hate leaving your dog alone even longer.  If you hire a dog walker, you will have more flexibility and freedom to attend after work activities and socials.

10. Peace of Mind

Probably the best reason to hire a dog walker is peace of mind.  You feel relieved knowing a professional dog walker is coming in daily to take your dog out for some fun, socialization, exercise, and potty time.  You will not worry all day at work.  There will not be the urgency to have to rush home or give up after work socials. No worries or guilt for you and something to look forward to for your dog.

What reasons should you hire a dog walker?

 

Related reading:

Benefits of Hiring a Dog Walker?  ~ Angie’s List

5 Benefits of Walks With Your Dog ~ Victoria Stilwell

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Policies for Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

Please take time to review Best in Pet Services 2015 policies for

pet sitting and dog walking.

Policies for pet sitting and dog walking

Professional Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

 Effective July 1, 2015

 Scheduling:

All reservations, changes, and cancellations must be communicated through the Best in Pet Services office either by phone or through our online scheduling system.

We understand that texting and contacting us thru Facebook is convenient for you but we are out visiting pets all day and not in front of our schedule. So that we do not miss booking your service, please use online scheduling. No reservations are confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from us. Please confirm your schedule with us at least 3 days prior to your departure. These systems are in place so that no pet visits are missed. Online scheduling is available 24/7. Reservations are not confirmed until approved by Best in Pet Services.

Please send text or call to check on your pets while you are away during our office hours.

For services requested 24 hours or less, there will be a $5 charge per visit. Based on availability

 

Effective July. 1 2015, office hours will be as follows.

Mon thru Thurs: 8 am to 8 pm

Fri, Sat, Sun: 9 am to 3 pm

We will check for emergencies but all other calls after office hours will be returned the following business day. Thank you for respecting our time when we are off or with our own family and pets.

 

Payment Policy:

 All payment for pet sitting is due prior to Client’s departure date.

We accept local checks and PayPal.

Mail Checks to: Best in Pet Services PO Box 191, New Brighton, PA 15066.

Reservations made 7 days or less prior to Client’s service date are required to make payment in full thru PayPal.

Payment in full is due at time of reservation for first time Clients. Reservations will not be confirmed until payment is received.

For established Clients, payment in full is due at the Best in Pet Services office 7 days prior to the Client’s service date… If payment is not received prior to Client’s service date as stated above, Best in Pet Services reserves the right to cancel requested visits and client will be responsible for finding alternate care for their pets.

There will be a $20 late payment fee charged for all payments not received as stated above when service is provided.

 

Returned check fee is $40

 

Cancellation Policy:

Reservations are made to secure Client’s service dates and to plan and guarantee sitter availability for Client’s reservation dates. Best in Pet Services only accepts a certain number of reservations per day in order to provide the best care for your pets. When our schedule is filled, Best in Pet Services must decline other Client service request for those dates. Best in Pet Services understands that changes occur, we will do our best to accommodate changing schedules. Please notify Best in Pet Services as soon as possible of any changes so that we can service other Clients.

 

No refunds or credit for cancellations of 24 hours or less notice of start of service. This includes early arrivals home or late departures. NO REFUNDS will be issued for any cancellations. If you cancel service with at least a 2 day notice, credit will be applied to your account for the amount received.

 

Daily dog walking and mid-day services No refunds or credits for our discounted flat rate monthly service. For monthly service at regular rates, BIPS must be notified by 8 am of cancellations for that day to receive a credit on account. No credit will be given for notifications made after 8 am.

Referrals:

Referrals are the greatest compliment. When your friends, family, or colleagues book and pay for service with us, you will receive a credit of $25 and your referral receives a credit of $25 to use toward next service as a thank you.

Requirements for Pet Visits:

Cats All cats must be seen at least once in a 24 hour period.  For the safety and well being of your cat, we do not offer every other day cat visits.

Dogs There is a 3 visit minimum during a 24 hour period for dog care.  We often get requests to visit dogs twice per day but it is unfair to your dog to make them hold it for 12 hours at a time for days while you are away.  This is not advised for health reasons.

Sharing Pet Visits with Family or Friends:

Due to liability, Best in Pet Services does not share pet sitting visits with other individuals.  We will not provide part of the pet sitting services while others come in during any time to care for your pets while you are away.  This puts us in an awkward position. We have encountered too many unpleasant situations trying to work this out and no longer offer this type of arrangement.

Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Rates:

Best in Pet Services will spend as much time as necessary to ensure your pet is well taken care of and has extra play time and pampering while you are away. We pride ourselves on spending quality time with your pets. Please select appropriate amount of time for your pets.

 Pet Sitting

  • 20 minutes – $20 per visit (1-2 pets only)
  • 30 minutes – $23 per visit
  • 45 minutes – $27 per visit
  • 60 minutes – $30 per visit
  • 3 or more consecutive hours – $24 per hour (for pets that need someone to hang out with them for some tv time or extended visits. Minimum 3 hours)
  • 10 hour overnights. 9 pm to 7 am – $85 per night (Limited availability)

24 hours or less notice – Add $5 per visit

No credits or refunds for services cancelled less than 24 hours even if service was booked less than 24 hours.
Dog Walking or Mid –Day potty break    (Mon – Fri: 9:00am – 4:00 pm)

Must be scheduled same days per week on an ongoing weekly schedule. If inclement weather poses a danger to walking the dog, we will provide outside potty break and inside play time or the dog walk can be rescheduled for another time.

New Flat Monthly Rate Discounted service – No Refunds or Credits

Must be scheduled same days per week on an ongoing weekly schedule with a minimum 3 months of service.

Payment due the first of the month. 20-25 Minutes

  •  5 days per week – $350 per month
  • 4 days per week – $300 per month
  • 3 days per week – $225 per month
  • 2 days per week – $150 per month

 

Regular Dog Walking Rates (Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

 Must be scheduled same days per week on an ongoing weekly schedule.

Payment due the first of the month. Cancellations must be received by 8 am to receive

credit for the day.

  • 15 minutes – $18 per visit (quick let out for potty in yard – no walk)
  • 30 minutes – $20 per visit

 

Holidays $5 per each visit

New Year’s Eve                      New Year’s Day                     Easter Sunday             Memorial Day

Independence Day      Labor Day                   Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Eve Day     Christmas Day

       

Key Pickup/Drop off $15/each

Returned check fee $40

Travel Charges 0-8 miles free                        8.5-12 miles – add $5 per visit

We use Mapquest.com to look up miles from your home to our office at 5th Street in New Brighton, PA. Services outside of the area cannot always be accommodated.

Prices are subject to change and can be adjusted per individual needs.

Best in pet services provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Beaver, New Brighton, Monaca, Rochester, and Beaver Falls, PA.

 

 

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How To Help Your Dog’s Back To School Blues

Summer is coming to an end.  Vacations will soon be over and the kids will go back to school.  Suddenly being alone could cause your dog’s  back to school blues.

During the summer months, there is more time to spend with your dog.  Longer days, time off, and nice weather allows your dog to be more active with the family.  When you are at work and the kids at school all day, your dog may become depressed, lonely, and bored.  He misses his family.

How To Help Your Dog’s Back To School Blues.

How to help your dog's back to school blues

Hire a professional dog walker.

Break up the long day by hiring a professional dog walker.  A dog walker will come mid day to take your dog out for a walk.  This provides your dog with a much needed break and some exercise.  Your dog will be so excited for the company but more for the walk.  All dogs know the word “walk” because it’s exciting and stimulating.

Take and early morning walk.

Get up early to spend some time with your dog before everyone leaves for the day.  Not only will the exercise be a great start to your day, it will help your dog release energy.  He will be calmer and more relaxed during the day. This will also help prevent unwanted, destructive behavior from boredom or pent up energy.

Leave fun toys or treats.

Interactive toys or special treats will keep your dog busy while you are gone.  Your dog will associate you leaving as something good.  This helps reduce your dogs stress and anxiety of you not being around.  Make sure to rotate toys so your dog doesn’t become bored with them.

What will you do to help your dog beat the back to school blues?

Best in Pet Services provides dog walking and pet sitting in Beaver County. The service area includes, New Brighton, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Rochester, Monaca, and surrounding areas.

 

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