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!

4 Benefits of a Mobile Nail Trim Service

Muddy Paws Mobile Nail Trims

Did you know that dogs need their nails trimmed approximately once a month?  And did you also know that cats need their nails clipped approximately every 2-4 weeks?  Nail trimming is a dreaded task for most pet owners. Most pets don’t like the process and the owners fear the dreaded task as well.  Where there is fear, there are mistakes!  Don’t put your pet in jeopardy of cutting their nail(s) too short.  The best way to handle nail trims is to hire a pet care professional who knows exactly how to comfort your pet, get them to be cooperative, and can cut the nails to the appropriate size.

The Muddy Paws staff is experienced in the art of nail trims.  We understand that nail trimming is different for cats and dogs and we have the necessary experience to handle a variety of breeds and personalities of both dogs and cats.

What are the benefits of the Muddy Paws Mobile Nail Trim Service?

  1. Convenience

We will schedule the service according to your needs.  Because Muddy Paws offers a Mobile Nail Trim Service, we travel to you.  We can trim your dog or cat’s nails while you are at work…or while you are out to dinner with friends.  Pet care just got that much easier to handle!

  1. Time Savings

Our mobile nail trims require our pet care professionals to go to you.  You don’t have to worry about commuting to and from the vet or groomer.  Think of all the time it takes to bring your pet to the groomer, wait for the appointment to be over, and then drive back to your house.  You could be doing so many other things!

With the mobile nail trims, you don’t even have to be present for the appointment.  In fact, we would prefer you go out and leave the nail trims to us.  Your pets will undoubtedly be less stressed if you are not present (see #3).

  1. Less Stress

Most dogs hate getting their nails trimmed, some tolerate it, and almost no dogs enjoy it.  And 99% of cats abhor the process!

Some pets need to be muzzled or sedated to get through the process without biting.

No matter what your pet’s opinion on nail clipping is, having it done in the comfort of their own home is definitely easier on their stress levels than having it done at a vet’s office or being at the groomer’s.  They can relax on their bed, ‘their’ couch, or better yet, your bed!

  1. A Happy Pet Makes A Happy Owner

Muddy Paws can help take the stress out of nail trims by providing this service in the comfort of your pet’s home.  Rather than dragging your pet to the groomer for a trim, we will go to you, it’s that simple!  And because Muddy Paws is a pet care professional that provides home visits, you don’t have to schedule the nail trims around your schedule.

And who better to cut your pet’s nails than their personal pet care provider?  No more feeling bad or feeling guilty about that pet is unhappy.  We got this!

 

Muddy Paws prides itself on being a reputable pet care provider where the majority of our new customers are referred by existing, happy customers!  Our Mobile Nail Trim Service is a natural progression of services being offered.  We know how much our clients, both human and canine/feline truly value this service.  We are excited to provide even more exceptional pet care.  And we welcome you to trust us with your pet!  Ready to reap the benefits?

 

 

How Does Pet Care Relate To My Pet’s Nails?

Nail trims are essential for pet care

As pet owners we want to make sure we provide the best pet care so that our dogs and cats are happy and healthy. We love them so much and care for them as if they are one of our children.  We do our best to provide them with the necessities to live and we spoil them with all the extras that we can!  Part of our pet’s care consists of basic grooming; brushing, bathing, and keeping their coat under control.  The most important grooming task that some pet owners forget about is keeping your pet’s nails trimmed.

Did you know that keeping their nails trimmed improves their quality of life?  Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  But I can assure you that it does!

Just think about how uncomfortable your toenails can be if they get ‘too long’.  You can feel pressure on your toes with each step that you take.  The longer your toenails get, the more pressure and discomfort you feel.  Your pets are no different.

Long nails are not good for pet care
These nails are TOO long!

If your pet’s nails get too long, they can experience the following problems:

  • Nails can tear which can be painful and/or become infected
  • Pets can walk incorrectly due to long, painful nails which can strain their leg muscles and even strain their back
  • Nails can grow directly into the pads of their paws – can you imagine walking with a toenail that has grown into the bottom of your toe? OUCH!
  • Dewclaw nails can grow directly into their leg which is very painful and can cause our beloved pets to become aggressive
  • Pets can actually become clumsy as long nails can throw off their traction and cause them to slip

Knowing the problems that long nails can cause, you are probably wondering how long is too long?  Well, if you happen to hear clicking as your dog walks around the house, then their nails are likely too long.  Try pressing your dog’s toe so that the nail is fully extended.  If the nail curves beyond the toe pad, it’s too long.

If you see tears in your couch or curtains from your cat, those can be indications that your cat needs their nails trimmed.

What To Do About Long Pet Nails

The easiest way to avoid cutting your pet’s nails is if their nails are filed down naturally.  A great way to help avoid cutting your dog’s nails or stretch out the time in between trims is to take him/her on daily walks on a hard surface.  The benefits of taking your dog on a daily walk keep getting better and better!  If you don’t have enough time to walk your dog daily, hire a professional dog walking service such as Muddy Paws!  Muddy Paws provides dog walking in Woburn, Melrose, Medford, Lexington, and many more towns!  We offer a variety of walking services and have a convenient scheduling system.  Learn more about our services and get started today.

For cats, the best way to naturally wear down their nails is for them to use a scratch pad.  There are a variety of these products on the market for cats.  A customer favorite seems to be the Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy.  It seems that every cat we visit has this toy or something very similar!  If you are in the market for a new way to spoil your cat, try a scratch pad.

In conclusion, active dogs (and playful kitties!) tend to keep their nails at a healthy length as they wear them down on their walks, but most dogs do need regular nail trims.  And, unfortunately, the majority of dogs do not like having someone touch their nails, never mind with strange objects like a nail clipper or grinder!  Knowing what you can handle is very important.  Anyone can technically cut nails, but being overzealous or inexperienced can lead to big problems.  Don’t be afraid to seek help from professionals.  They are professionals for a reason; let them do what they do best.  If you are looking for a mobile nail trim, Muddy Paws can help you in that area as well.

Happy Trimming!

 

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!

dog walker and pet sitter in massachusetts

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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