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Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Dog Walker this Holiday Season

Your pets may express signs of depression as they watch you quickly come and go. Your pets don’t understand it’s the holiday season. They don’t know why you have stopped taking them for their daily walks or tossing the ball for them to fetch. Your pets are used to you taking time out of your day for them.You get busier as the holidays get closer. If you are anything like me, you generally wait until the last minute to get your shopping done. This adds stress to your day and with the longer hours spent outside the home you have less time to play with and exercise your dog.

Continuing exercise will help your dog relax. A relaxed, exercised dog is a good dog. There is less of a chance your dog will crash into the newly decorated Christmas tree, or counter surf for that freshly prepared turkey.

One less thing for you to worry about. Enlisting help with exercising your pet will help you worry less and feel less guilty about not having the time needed to dedicate to your pet’s exercise and mental well-being.

YOUR DOG WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT! Really, he/she will. If your pet gets to continue getting their exercise, whether it’s from you or someone else, they will love you for it. You get the benefits of having a well balanced, exercised, pooped pooch without having to make the extra time for it.

Here are some easy ways to entertain your dog without breaking the time bank:

  • Stuffed toys – There are plenty of toys on the market that are great for stuffing with all kinds of good treats.  You can purchase the treats meant to go with the toy or get creative.  Other foods that are good for your dog include:  peanut butter, yogurt and pumpkin just to name a few.  Use these foods as binders for kibble or dry treats…freeze the toy for added difficulty.
  • Hide the treats to offer your dog a puzzle to figure out.  This should keep them busy for  a while.  Mental activity is just as good as physical.  Wrapping the treat filled toy in an old t-shirt or towel, tying the ends will keep your dog entertained while trying to figure out their treat puzzle.  You can also use an old oatmeal box, margarine container or shoe box.
  • There are also plenty of puzzle toys on the market to choose from if you don’t have the time to put one together on your own.
  • Throw your dogs food chicken feed style in the backyard and let them sniff it out.  This is a very fun and draining exercise for your dog.   A very large portion of the dogs brain controls their olfactory function, the more they get to use their nose the more stimulated and tired they get.
  • Purchase raw marrow bones or knuckles from your butcher.  Give them to your dog frozen to make them last longer…refreeze between use.
  • Keep a stash of new toys.  Your dog will love to get a new toy every day…sniffing it out and figuring out how to use it.  Allow your dog to have a new toy every time you leave the house for a long period.  Be sure to pick it up when you get home.  If you want to keep your dog interested in the toy don’t let them have it all the time.  It should be something special for them to have every once in a while.
Give us a call for more tips on how to keep your dog entertained this holiday season.

Dog Sitting in Mesa AZ.  Why One Visit Isn’t Enough…

While dog sitting in Mesa AZ, I occasionally get inquiries from pet parents who are looking for just one visit per day.  The pet parent explains that their pet only eats once per day so they only request one dog sitting visit per day.  There are many reasons why your pet needs multiple visits per day (at least 2), while you are on vacation or business trip.

  1. Social creatures long for companionship

  2. They get bored

  3. They get anxious when they haven’t seen their human (or any other) for long periods of time

  4. Pets thrive on routine

  5. Pet safety and home safety

Dogs are very social creatures and thrive on the companionship of their humans. When dogs are used to seeing their human in the morning and evening, they get stressed when they wake up and no one is around.  Even if you have a shy or timid dog, having a sitter visit more often will help that shy or timid dog warm up to the sitter quicker and the faster the sitter will be able to play with and exercise your dog so they don’t feel anxious or abandoned.

You never know what they will get into when left alone for long periods of time.  A visit in the morning and evening will help quickly assess whether your pet requires medical attention.  See pictures below.  Multiple visits per day will allow your sitter the opportunity to assess the situation and clean up the mess so your dog doesn’t have another opportunity to ingest something they shouldn’t.

The images below are dogs who “Never get into trouble or harm themselves when we are away.”  This goes to show that you never know what your dog is going to do when left alone for long periods of time.

The one wearing socks chewed his legs raw because he was anxious that mom and dad were away.

The other is two dogs that got into the treat stash mom had in her closet.  One was so sick she had to have rice and chicken for breakfast and lunch to alleviate the diarrhea.  YES, the sitter cooked chicken and rice for the dogs to help make them feel better 🙂

If your dog doesn’t have a doggy door, THREE visits per day is optimal.  This way they get their breakfast, mid day potty break and dinner.  Did you know that exercise and walks are included in our pricing structure?

If your dog is crated during your absence, AT LEAST THREE visits per day are REQUIRED. Pets should never be left alone in a crate for more than 8 hours at a time. Puppies even less!  Your dog needs to have ample time out of their crate to play, stretch and exercise.  Your pet should ALWAYS have access to water.  Which means they need a water dish in their crate and will need to go potty.  Dogs that have been crate trained will not want to eliminate in their crate and it adds additional stress to your pet when they have to hold their bladder for long periods of time.

The optimal schedule for a dog that is crated during your absence is this:

AM – Breakfast, potty & play time

Afternoon – Potty & play time

PM – Dinner, potty and play time

Bed Time Tuck – in – Last potty break for the night and play time.

The bed time tuck in is scheduled after 8 pm and offers your pet an opportunity to go potty and get ready for bed and their time in the crate overnight.  Your sitter will arrive early the next morning for their breakfast visit allowing for less than 12 hours alone in their crate.

How Much Does Dog Walking Cost

 Need Your Dog Walked and Don’t Have Time?  Find Out How Much Your Dog Walker Will Cost.

The answer to how much a dog walker will cost is…it depends.  There are several factors dog walkers use to determine what your rate will be.

1.  How often will we be walking your dog?

2.  Will it be a pack walk or individual walk?

3.  If there is more than one dog in the household, can they walk together?  Or do they need to be walked separate?

There are two different types of dog walkers.  One that walks one household at a time and one that goes on group walks with dogs from several households at a time.  You may be able to get a less expensive rate from a dog walker that takes several households at a time for a group outing.  The outing generally lasts for an hour or more, depending on where they are going.  You will pay more for a dog walker that walks one household at a time, but your dog(s) will receive one on one attention and the walk will be more controlled.

Some companies require you to purchase a certain number of walks which may come at a discounted rate.  Other companies will offer a pay as you go service.  Some companies will require you to have the walks done on the same days each week, others are flexible from week to week.  If you are looking for flexibility and more of a pay as you go service, you may pay more for dog walking.