Dog Walking and Pet Sitting services in your own home have many benefits for you and your pets. Let’s face it, the economy has us all tightening our belts, but the one expense we refuse to cut back on is the care of our pets. We may be buying cheaper shampoo, but “Princess” is still going to the groomers once a month. That’s how it is for us pet parents.
Dog Walking Services:
You are probably asking yourself, “Is hiring someone to walk my dog everyday worth it?” The answer is yes. If you are gone for 10 hours a day, like most of us are… think of how your dog must feel for those 10 hours. Daily scheduled walks benefit the dog in many ways, not the just… “I GOTTA GO!!” potty breaks. Dogs require outside stimulation, exercise and socialization. Without these basic needs, your cute little Pomeranian can turn into Cujo.
Working dogs or “high energy dogs” really benefit from dog walking services. I’m owned by a Siberian Husky, more like a Werewolf than a dog… and if she doesn’t get her 1 hour walk everyday… I am looking at a level of destruction that would rival Chernobyl. As long as she has her walkies before I go to work, she is fine. This also helps our training re-enforcement. Huskies pull, that is what they do… dogs that pull while walking make the whole bonding experience less than desirable. Hiring a professional dog walker to work with your dog on pulling issues and basic commands, really helps you! Consistent training that professional dog walkers offer makes YOUR walks with your pet much more enjoyable.
Overweight dogs are highly susceptible to Diabetes. If your veterinarian suggests more exercise and a dietary plan for your dog, a professional pet sitter can greatly contribute to your pets well being through additional exercise as well as helping you track your dogs progress.
Pet Sitting in YOUR home:
Before at home pet sitting became more mainstream, your only choice for pet care while you where away was a family member, Kennels or “Honey, we can’t go”. You have more options these days, with the expanding pet care services. Choosing a pet sitter that will come to your home daily or overnight is a fantastic option to boarding your pet at a Kennel.
For one, no need to worry about your pet contracting an illness, such as Kennel Cough & Parvovirus. Stress on your pet is also greatly reduced by keeping them in their homes.
They will miss you, they will go through separation anxiety… but having someone come in to care for them will indeed lessen their stress.
“How do I choose a Pet Care Professional?”
My dog is my child… crazy, I know… but she is… and I would not trust her with just anyone. As a Pet Care Professional, I can tell you what I would look for in someone to be entrusted with her care:
Licensed, Bonded and Insured – this lets me know they are serious about their services
Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid and CPR – life saving credentials
Disaster Preparedness Plan – If they have one in place, and ask me to have one as well, they are very concerned with the safety of my pet.
Initial Interviews – Pet Care Professionals take the time to value your needs as well as your pets needs.
Feedback – A Pet Care Professional will provide you with a diary that notes any marked changes with your pet that may be of concern to you.