Puppylovewalks In the Big Apple 


What we know & why you should not choose a dog walkers that just want your money and has no knowledge at all about the care of a dog . Dogs don’t need to be walked outside with ten other dogs clearly when I see that I see the lack of knowledge dog walkers has & on this I will explain why.

Most dog breeds were developed with a specific purpose in mind, for example, sporting, working, herding and so forth. Consequently, whether your pet is a purebred or mixed breed, chances are he carries hgenetic traits that drive him to pursue an activity.s
Many modern day dogs don’t get opportunities to do what their breed instincts tell them to do. In addition, it’s a rare dog that exercises on his own, and your backyard doesn’t provide the variety of sensory stimulation most dogs need to ward off boredom.
Dogs need walks for both exercise and mental stimulation.

Generally, people walk their dog for 4 reasons: elimination, mental stimulation, exercise, and training. Dogs like to go for walks to get outdoors, sniff and engage with their environment, exercise, and perhaps socialize with people and dogs outside the home. There is no reason that a walk cannot encompass and meet all the needs of both humans and dogs. Because time is often at a premium, it is useful to help owners understand and find creative ways to meet these needs.

Why and how to walk your dog may seem like a ‘no brainer’ topic to many of you, but the fact is there are lots of pet owners who:

Don’t walk their dogs at all, or don’t do it routinely

Don’t make the most of the activity

Dread walks because their pet actually walks them, or exhibits other bad leash manners

Before You Head Out the Door

The best way to develop a positive dog walking habit is when your pet is a puppy.

As soon as her immune system is strong enough to protect her from communicable disease (discuss when it’s safe to take your pup outside with your vet) , she’s ready for walks with you or other family members.
She should already have her own secure-fitting collar or harness and ID tag, and she should be used to wearing it before you attempt to take her for walks. Some puppies have no problem wearing a collar; others do. If your dog is fighting it, as long as you’re sure it isn’t too tight (you should be able to easily slip your fingers under it) or uncomfortable for some other reason, distract her from fussing with her collar until she gets used to it. It shouldn’t take more than a couple days for your pup to forget she’s even wearing it.

Don’t try to take your pup for a walk if she protests wearing a collar. Get her used to wearing her collar first.

If you plan to use a head halter or harness for walks (which I recommend for any dog at risk of injury from pulling against a collar/leash combination), the next step is to get your puppy comfortable wearing it. As with the collar, this needs to happen before you attempt to attach a leash and head out the door.

Once wearing her collar and a halter or harness (if you choose) is second nature to your dog, you’re ready for the next step. Attach about four feet of light line — cotton awning cord or light cotton rope will do – and let your puppy drag it around the house with her under your watchful eye, of course. She’ll get used to it being attached, as well as the tug of it when she steps on it.

Once your pup is used to the four-foot line, swap it for a 10 to 15 foot line of the same material, and head outdoors.

Starting Off on the Right Foot

Initial walks should be short for most puppies – the main goal is to get your dog used to being attached to you by a lead.

Find a safe environment. Allow puppy to drag the line behind him for a bit, then pick up the opposite end. Let him lead you around for a few seconds while you hold the line just off the ground. Slow down so he’s forced to slow down, ultimately to a stop. Take a short break for praise and a little playtime.

Next, let him trail the line again, but when you pick up your end this time, call him and stand still. If he pulls, hold your ground without pulling him in your direction. The goal is to teach him to put slack in the line himself by moving toward you. When he puts slack in the line, praise him and call him to you.

If he comes all the way to you, more praise and a training treat are in order. If he stops on his way to you, tighten the line just enough to apply a tiny bit of pull to it. Immediately call him to come again. Give praise as he moves toward you and treats when he comes all the way back.

Two or three repetitions is all many puppies need to understand lack of tension in the line is what earns praise and treats.

When your pup has learned to come towards you to relieve tension on the line, you can begin backing up as he’s coming towards you to keep him moving.

Next, turn and walk forward so he’s following you. If he passes you, head in another direction so he’s again behind you.

The goal is to teach him to follow on a loose lead. Once you’ve accomplished the goal, you can continue to use the light line or replace it with a leash.

Depending on your pet’s temperament, five to 15 minute sessions are sufficient in the beginning. Practice controlling your dog on the lead for 30 second intervals during each session. Exercise patience and don’t engage in a battle of wills with your pup. Don’t snap, yank or otherwise use the line for correction or punishment. Stop before either of you gets frazzled or tired.

After each short session on the lead, liberally praise your dog and spend a few minutes playing ball or some other game he enjoys. Remember — you’re building the foundation for an activity both you and your dog will enjoy and look forward to throughout her life.

Problem Pullers

Some puppies stubbornly fight the pressure of the line rather than create slack.

If your puppy freezes on a tight line or routinely pulls against it, my first recommendation is to use a halter or harness rather than a collar attached to the lead. Your dog can create serious neck and cervical disk problems by pulling on a collar/leash combination.

Next, make sure it’s not you creating the problem. Our human instinct is to hold the leash taught, so you must also train yourself to keep slack in the line. Your dog’s natural response to a tight line is to pull against it.

Next do the following when your puppy refuses to create slack or move toward you:

Maintain the tension on the line and turn your back on her. Allow time for it to occur to her she can’t win by pulling against you.

Remain still with your back to her holding the tension in the line – don’t jerk the line, don’t pull or yank her toward you, and don’t put slack in the line yourself, which will teach her the way to get slack is to pull at the line.

The message you want to send your pup is pulling on the lead doesn’t accomplish a thing. It doesn’t change the scenery and it doesn’t earn praise or treats. Eventually, your puppy will stop doing what doesn’t work – especially when she is consistently rewarded for desirable behavior.

The very first second you begin leash training, make sure your puppy accomplishes nothing by pulling on her line. It takes some dogs longer than others to learn to keep the leash loose, but with patience and persistence, any puppy can learn to follow on a loose lead.

Different Types of Dog Walks

Once your dog has been taught good leash manners, I recommend you vary the purpose of your walks with him.

If your habit is to walk him to his potty spot to relieve himself, that’s a purposeful walk – usually of short duration.

Then there are mentally stimulating walks during which your pup is allowed to stop, sniff, investigate, mark a spot and so forth. Most dogs on a leash don’t spend as much time sniffing and investigating as off-leash dogs. (This is probably because leashed dogs sense their owners aren’t really into the same things they are!)

Allowing your pet some time to sniff around and investigate is good for him mentally. Dogs gain knowledge of the world through their noses. You can train your dog with commands to know when he’s out for a mental stimulation walk, a training walk or an exercise session.

Regular exercise is a necessity for your dog, the natural athlete. Regardless of his size, breed, gender or even his age, he needs physical activity in order to be a balanced, healthy animal. Exercise will keep his frame strong, his weight in the healthy range, and it can also help prevent or alleviate arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases.

Exercise consistency is really important. Dogs need exercise every three days, minimum, in order to maintain muscle tone and prevent muscle wasting. In my opinion, consistent daily aerobic exercise should be the goal. It’s important to elevate your pet’s heart rate for 20 minutes during exercise sessions. If your dog is out of shape, you’ll need to start slow and build gradually to 20 minutes per session.

Ongoing training throughout your dog’s life is a great way to keep his faculties sharp and boredom at bay. It’s also a wonderful way to strengthen the bond between you and your pet.

Training walks can be about improving leash manners, learning basic or advanced obedience commands, ongoing socialization – just about anything you can think of that can be done on a leashed walk.

Your dog depends on you for her quality of life. Walking her every day or at least several times each week – taking advantage of different types of walks to stimulate her mentally and physically – will help your canine companion be balanced, healthy and happy for a lifetime.

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How to Deliver 5-Star Dog Care


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Whether you’ve just started your dog-sitting business or you’re a veteran pet sitter, there are a few key things you can do to keep your pet guests happy and healthy. It all comes down to meeting their basic needs, paying attention to their body language, and taking a few extra safety precautions. Let’s dive right in.

Safety First

Dogs can behave abnormally when their owners are gone and need to be closely watched. Before the stay begins:

Clear the countertops. If a dog can reach it, they will eat it (we’ve seen it all).Check that dogs can’t get into the garbage.Create double barriers around doors to the outside to prevent escapes.Make sure your dog is leashed on walks.Supervise them when outside—even in a fenced yard.

A safe stay is a happy stay, and owners will appreciate the care you took to keep their pet safe in their absence.

Food and Water

We know this one may seem obvious, but making sure your Rover dog has access to fresh water and food at the right times is an easy way to keep them healthy:

Prior to the stay, ask the owner to bring all the food the dog would need for the duration of the visit.Be sure to keep as close to their regular routine as possible, and only feed your  dog food their owner provides.Fresh water should be available to the dog all day (otherwise they may take a drink from the toilet bowl—ew).Make sure to ask the pet parent about the dog’s normal schedule: This will ensure you aren’t surprised by anything and will lessen the potential for accidents.

Exercise

One of the best parts of the job is the seeing how excited your Rover dogs get when they know it’s time for a w-a-l-k. Here’s how you can make sure your dog gets the exercise they need while in your care:

Giving your dog at least 30 minutes of exercise a day is key.If you’re throwing the tennis ball around in the yard, make sure the gate is securely closed.If you want to go to the dog park, ask the pet parent first.

No matter how they get their exercise, it’ll help you bond, keep them healthy, and maybe even tire them out enough to chill on the couch with you.

Bathroom Breaks

Learning to tune in to a dog’s body language will help ensure you have an accident-free stay. With a little preparation, here’s how you can prevent accidents:

If your  dog is giving you “the look,” make sure you take them outside as soon as you can.Ask the owner before the stay begins about the dog’s schedule, how long they can go without a break, and—in the case of puppies—if pee pads are a necessity.Keep some pet odor cleaning supplies on hand, and remember that dogs may have more accidents in unfamiliar environments.

Comfort Zone

Your  dog may be used to their own bed, or might want to snuggle with you, but a cozy place to sleep is another way you can guarantee your guest’s comfort. Bonus: Keeping your  dog warm and comfortable often means plenty of snuggle time with you.

Ask the owner to bring their dog’s bed if they are staying with you, or be sure to check out their favorite spot to snooze if you’re traveling to the dogs home.Ask the pet parent what’s allowed at home (like access to furniture and beds) will help you get an idea of the kind of creature comforts your  dog enjoys.If it says on your profile that you don’t let dogs sleep on your bed or jump on your furniture, make sure the pet parent knows that. They’ll be able to tell you if their dog will do well in your home.

Follow these basic rules of dog care to meet your dogs’ basic needs. Once a dog knows they can trust you to take care of them, they’ll love you forever. Added bonus: After you nail the basics of how to take care of a dog, you’ll be that much closer to earning loyal clients.