Why You Need To Hire A Dog Walking Company!

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You decided to hire a dog walker for your little buddy, yay!  But who?  It seems that everyone these days claims to be a professional dog walker so how do you choose?  Your dog is a family member and you want to make sure you choose the right fit.  Before making a final decision, you should read about the pros of hiring a dog walking company.

Professional Dog Walking Company

Always have a backup in place

Having a specific person caring for your dog is beneficial; you trust them and they are an extension of you while caring for your dog.  However, life happens and that means that ‘your person’ is going to need a day off here and there.  They get sick, go on vacation, experience car trouble, or could have a general emergency pop up.  Then what?  And what happens if they decide to no longer walk dogs?  (GASP!)

Well, if you hire a professional dog walking company, they will worry about how to cover your dog’s walk – not you!  They will make sure that another background checked, experienced, and reliable dog walker of theirs takes great care of your dog while you (and your primary walker) are not able to!

Insurance

We live in a sue-happy world.  It’s sad really, but it’s reality.  What happens if your dog bites another dog while on a walk?  Who pays?  Or what happens if your dog is injured on a walk?  These situations are rare, but they do happen.  And when they happen, they are EXPENSIVE!  Insurance is crucial for businesses to have and dog walking is no exception.

A professional dog walking company carries LOTS of insurance.  They should have liability insurance, bonding insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance.  Liability insurance will cover injuries to your dog, an oncoming dog, and oncoming people while out on a walk with their walker.  Bonding insurance covers your personal assets if anything were to go missing in your home.  And worker’s compensation insurance will cover your dog walker if they slip and fall on your property.  Talk about peace of mind!

Work as a team

When you hire a professional dog walking company, you hire a team of dog walkers!  The individual dog walker gets to know your dog best and learns his likes, dislikes, personality, and quirks.  When your primary dog walker is unavailable, the substitute walker (who has more than likely met your dog with your walker at which time they relayed all pertinent information about your dog) will have access to the necessary information in order to provide seamless care while they are filling in.

Ongoing Training

A professional dog walking company is invested in its business.  And good business means, great customer service.  One way companies strive to surpass customers’ expectations is to provide ongoing training to its employees.  Ongoing training consists of dog behavior skills, communication skills, dog walking techniques, tips on how to train a dog, and many more.  With a team of people, there are lots of resources to tap into.  It’s an amazing thing.

Convenience

Another huge benefit with professional dog walking companies is they offer lots of conveniences to you.  Not only will they walk your dog, when you are not able to, but they also offer convenient ways of scheduling the care that you need.  A good dog walking company will have a scheduling & billing software that allow you access to your account.  This means that you can schedule services via a mobile interface – no more phone calls or emails and you will get a confirmation with your schedule so that you know for sure it went through.

How many times have you needed to add on a walk at the last minute or needed to cancel a walk at the last minute because you were home sick?  It happens and the logistics of adding/canceling can be a pain in the you know what!  If you have access to your account, you can make those changes easily.

More Convenience!

And with a convenient scheduling and billing software, you also have access to your billing & invoice history.  Have you ever paid a bill and wondered if it was applied correctly?  My guess is yes!  But did you actually follow up with the company about that payment?  Maybe not…and my guess is that you thought it would take too long to get someone on the phone and have it sorted out.  Well, if you have online access to your account, you can log in (24/7) and check yourself.  How convenient!

Do you still write checks to make payments?  Some people still do, however, most people don’t even have a checkbook anymore!  Having an online account means being able to make electronic payments easily – modern technology – it’s a wonderful thing for busy people like yourself!

Do Yourself A Favor & Hire A Dog Walking Company!

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The moral of the story is that a good Dog Walking Company will, of course, walk your dog while you are not home, but they also offer MANY advantages for busy pet owners.  If you want to hire a true professional, do yourself a favor and hire a professional dog walking company like Muddy Paws who is experienced with different breeds, insured, bonded, provides a back up plan, offers an impressive scheduling software, and a convenient billing system.  After all, your dogs are your babies and they deserve the best care you can give them, even when you can’t be there!

 

5 Reasons You Should Hire A Dog Walking Service

Professional Dog Walking Service

We all know that exercise is great for the human health, and the same goes for dogs too.  Most people take their dogs out for a walk, just for relief breaks, but they fail to realize the benefits of walking their dog for exercise and their dog’s health.  In today’s world, there are so many reasons why dog owners don’t have the time to take their dogs on extended walks; busy schedule, personal health reasons, or just wanting to relax after a long day at the office!

If you are guilty as charged, you should consider a hiring a professional dog walking service such as Muddy Paws to help you care for your dog – we won’t judge!  Let a us make your dog’s life better, it will make you feel SO MUCH better, I promise.  Whatever your schedule requires, there is someone who can help you walk your dog, when you are not able to.

5 Reasons You Should Hire A Dog Walking Service:

1. Improved Physical Health
This is a no-brainer.  An overweight dog suffers from heart, breathing and muscle ache problems.  However, a healthy dog is fit and agile, with strong lungs and muscles.  A dog walking professional will provide your dog with regular exercise that’ll help improve their overall physical health.  Walking is a great form of exercise that boosts cognition and memory retention.  It also helps to reduce: high blood pressure and depression, eliminates the risk of diabetes and improves general well being.  And it is a low impact activity which isn’t harsh on joints.

2. Mental Health
Dogs are intelligent animals and just like humans, a dog who isn’t utilizing their brain, will not perform at their peak ability.  When a dog has a daily walk outside of his property, he has a larger opportunity to engage his mind.  A dog walking service gives your pet the opportunity to stimulate his brain and to experience new smells, sounds, and sights.

3. Channels Excess Energy Appropriately 
Think destructive behavior…like your brand new couch that your dog chewed to pieces!  As much as you blame your dog, it really might be your fault.  Dogs are like children.  If they don’t have anything constructive to do, they usually take matters into their own paws.  A hyperactive dog can be fixated with digging, destructive chewing, and unnecessary barking.  They see those activities as a way of releasing their excessive energy.  Dog walking provides a structured (not to mention fun!) way of draining excess energy and helps eliminate destructive behavior.  It is a great and healthy outlet for burning excessive energy.

4. Social Development
When a dog is taken for a walk regularly, the dog walker has the opportunity to show your dog the world.  Well, maybe the neighborhood, but to a dog, that is more than enough!  Dogs can experience all new smells, fire hydrants, utility poles, trees – the word (aka neighborhood) is their urinal!  And if you were to hire Muddy Paws Dog Walking/Pet Sitting for your dog walking needs, your dog would be able to walk with other dogs.  Imagine the stimulation he will get by walking with friends with the same interests?  He will truly improve his behavioral and social development!

5. Helps with weight control
A chunky dog is super cute, but the reality is that an overweight dog is not a healthy dog.  We know you love your dog and feel the need to spoil him with extra treats all the time.  We get it.  We are dog lovers and do the same with our own dogs.  The best way to combat the calories is to burn them!  Eating healthy and providing frequent exercise is the perfect formula to keep your pet in tip-top shape without sacrificing the treats!

“The Dog Isn’t Gonna Walk Himself”

The truth is that dogs cannot be held responsible for their health.  It would be great for our dogs to run around all day and get all the exercise they need while we are at work, but without someone to play with them, they usually take an 8-10 hour nap instead.  And as soon as they hear you drive up the street, they perk up and wait (impatiently) by the door for you to entertain them!  You walk in and find an excited doggie, wagging his tail, very energized and expecting to be entertained!

So here’s my simple advice- hire a professional dog walking service to walk your dog while you are at work because he cannot walk himself!

Dog Socialization – The Muddy Paws Difference

Why is Muddy Paws different from other dog walking and pet sitting companies?

Muddy Paws does much more than just let your dog out to relieve them.  We encourage exercise and DOG SOCIALIZATION.  Everyone has heard that a tired dog is a happy dog.  Well, did you know that a socialized dog makes for a happy owner?  It’s true!

Muddy Paws is a dog walking and pet sitting company which understands that life these days is busy!  If you have a hectic schedule that changes day to day, you should still be able to have a dog and not feel guilty that they are home alone.  We are here to help you with your pet’s needs.  We are extremely responsive and super flexible and take our job very seriously (even though it is very fun!).  Each dog walker lives within their designated area so that we can handle last minute requests, off-hours visits, or even assist if you lock yourself out of your home!

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So what is socialization? 

Socialization can mean many things and it does not just mean that dogs are good with other dogs.  Overall, socialization is learning to be a part of society.  The best way to socialize your dog is to expose them to a variety of different situations at an early age, ideally 3-12 weeks.  The key is providing them with a positive experience while introducing them to new things.  If they have a positive experience, they will remember it!  This doesn’t mean that if something goes awry that they are ruined forever so don’t worry about that.  You will need to work harder at getting them to have a happier experience the next time around (hint hint, high value treats help!), but it will happen.

The wider the range of experiences as a puppy, the more likely it is that your dog will be comfortable in a variety of situations as an adult.

If I have an adult dog that has not been socialized as a puppy, does this mean they are doomed? 

ABSOLUTELY NOT!

If you rescued a dog that is not well socialized and is beyond the puppy stage, they can still be socialized.  Dogs are extremely resilient and most have a go-with-the-flow attitude and they look to their owners for guidance.  This is a great recipe for perfecting the ideal pet!  You can still socialize an older dog, but keep in mind realistic expectations.  If your dog does not like other dogs jumping at/on them, don’t expect them to enjoy going to the dog park where you will likely find boisterous and excitable dogs.  Rather, take them on leashed walks where you will encounter other dogs and people, but you will be able to control your dog safely.  The more comfortable they are around other dogs and people, the easier it will get.  Every dog is different and understanding who they actually are and how you would like them to be are two very different things.  Maintaining a happy balance is the key to everyone’s happiness.

Okay, so I understand what socialization is, but how does this affect my dog and my happiness?

If you have a well-socialized dog, your dog will be comfortable in all kinds of situations.  This means that you can have people over to your house and won’t have to worry about your dog snarling or growling at someone new.  You can take your dog on walks and not worry about your dog lunging at oncoming dogs/people.  And the list goes on and on.

Dogs who are relaxed about loud noises, cars, oncoming dogs, bicyclists, and strangers are easier and safer to live with than dogs that fear these situations.  Well-socialized dogs tend to be more relaxed and happier since they are not stressed out by their environment.  If your dog is able to relax, you have 1 less thing to worry about!

How does Muddy Paws socialize my dog?

The Muddy Paws experience consists of relief breaks, exercise, and socialization.  The relief breaks and exercise is pretty self explanatory, the socialization aspect is where the magic happens!

We truly believe that walking dogs in multiples helps in so many ways.  First of all, walking more than 1 dog at a time teaches them how to walk properly on a leash.  Yes, it’s true!  If you walk 1 dog at a time, they twist and turn and stop & sniff, you feel like you are at the mercy of what they want to do.  If you walk 2+ dogs at a time, everyone has their own spot and needs to stay in their own spot – no exceptions. That is the expectation and they adapt to it (some take longer than others to get it, but they do get it eventually!).

The dogs we walk LOVE walking with friends.  You’ve probably heard that dogs are pack animals.  Well, it’s true.  They would much rather be with someone than be by themselves.  There are times that we ‘just know’ which dog will be a perfect match for another dog because of their temperaments.  In general though, when introducing a new dog to a pack member, we introduce them to one of our gentle/easygoing dogs who isn’t going to pounce or react unfavorably (bark incessantly because they see another dog).  We will give them some space and let them get accustomed to each other (aka butt sniffing time!).  Once the dogs exchange each other’s information, they are ready to walk.  They walk with confidence and a purpose and they get in the zone.  The onlookers might bark at us as we walk by, but the pack is not phased, they just keep on walking.  It is truly awesome!

My dog is socialized already, why should I get a dog walker?

Socialization is a continuous process.  Dogs are similar to humans in that they evolve over time and go through different phases; puppyhood, adolescence, maturity, elderly.  If they are not continuously socialized as they evolve, they may revert and become hostile or develop fears with situations that they used to be comfortable with.  Muddy Paws, will make sure that the socialization is ongoing and your dog will continue to have rewarding and fun contacts with other dogs.  Don’t forget, a socialized dog makes for a happy owner!

Socialization for puppies

The best things about puppies are that they are exceptionally cute, they are genuinely enthusiastic about everything life has to offer, and they are so much fun to be around.  The biggest challenge with puppies is that they have so much energy and are so uncontrollably happy about EVERYTHING, that they do not act appropriately all the time.  If you want to reign in their energy and keep them focused, training and exercise is the way to go.

Muddy Paws takes on lots of puppies as clients.  They learn ‘the ropes’ from the seasoned dogs and it is very cool to witness.  A human can tell a puppy repeatedly to stop biting them (those nail-like teeth hurt!) and eventually the puppy will stop the unwanted behavior.  If a dog ‘tells’ a puppy to stop doing something, the puppy will (almost always) stop the unwanted behavior immediately!  The puppy learns quickly that if the bite causes pain, the other dog will not play with him anymore.  Of course, they do not want the fun to end, so they learn biting etiquette quickly.  It is so incredible to see and yet another reason we encourage dogs walking in groups.

My dog is not good with other dogs; do the dogs have to be walked together?

No.  In fact, we would never recommend mixing a dog that is not dog-friendly with other dogs.  However, we would love to discuss why you do not think your dog is good with other dogs.  Dogs are similar to children and will act better for their babysitters than their owners.  Dogs can sometimes be protective of their owners and be seen as ‘leash aggressive’.  This does not necessarily mean that they are not dog-friendly.  In fact these types of dogs might be a good fit to walk with other dogs and it can actually help correct their behavior.

If you are looking specifically for solo walks, we would love to discuss your dog’s needs to see if we are a good fit.  Since pet care is very specific, we would need more information to make a definite decision.

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