Dogs are not just pets. Here at The Pet Care Nanny, we recognize them as cherished members of our families. As much as we'd love to spend every waking moment with them (because let's face it, who wouldn't want to spend the entire day with their dog), our busy lives often dictate otherwise. This is where our dog walking services come into play! Hiring a dog walker can provide your pup with the exercise, mental stimulation, and companionship they need when you're unable to be there. But what exactly can you expect with a professional dog walker during your dog's walks?
Want to hire a dog walker? Here's what to expect and tips on what to look for:
1: Tailored Walks Using Your Dog's Equipment
Professional dog walkers typically use the gear and equipment you provide to ensure that your dog is as comfortable and familiar as possible. Typically, this includes a collar, harness, leash, and poop bags. Using your equipment ensures that your dog maintains consistency during their walks, minimizing any discomfort or confusion.
2: Structured Walks
An experienced dog walker understands that each dog is unique, and their exercise needs can vary. They will tailor each walk to cater to your dog's energy level, age, and any specific requirements. Whether your dog is a high-energy pup or a mellow senior, the walk will be adjusted to suit their pace and preferences.
3: Hydration and Nutrition
Towards the end of the walk, dog walkers typically often return to your home to rinse and refill your dog's water and/or food bowls, ensuring they stay hydrated and satisfied. This step is particularly important during hot weather or after strenuous walks.
4: Playtime and Cuddles
If there is time during or after the walk, it is common for dog walkers to set aside time to engage in play and cuddles. This creates a strong bond between the dog and the walker and ensures your pup gets some much-needed social interaction.
5: GPS Tracking and Detailed Report Cards
Here at The Pet Care Nanny, transparency is key. We use a GPS tracking system that shows the precise route taken during each walk. At the end of every walk, you will receive a detailed report card summarizing your dog's experience, including potty breaks, activities, and other observations. This comprehensive approach ensures that you are always informed about your dog's outings.
For dog walkers without access to GPS tracking, they may offer extensive information regarding their route instead.
6: First Aid & CPR Certification
Safety is a top priority of ours. Our dog walkers are certified in First Aid and CPR, providing peace of mind, and knowing that your dog is in capable hands in any unexpected emergencies.
When selecting a dog walker, we strongly advise giving preference to individuals with certifications in pet CPR and First Aid. These certified dog walkers have the skills and expertise to react swiftly to any unexpected situations that might arise during your dog's walks, ensuring additional safety and attention. With their certified qualifications, you can be comfortable knowing that your pets are supervised by highly capable professionals who are prepared to provide immediate assistance whenever necessary.
7: Experience with Senior Pets
Our team has cared for dogs and cats as old as 18 years, showcasing our expertise in catering to the unique needs of elderly animals. We understand the importance of providing gentle care and tailored walks for older pets, ensuring their comfort and well-being.
If you have an elderly dog, we recommend choosing a dog walker who has patience, empathy and understanding. Adapting and catering to your dog's individual pace, preferences, and limitations is key to ensuring that each walk remains enjoyable and stress-free.
8: Upholding Your Dog's Training
At The Pet Care Nanny, we recognize the unique routines and commands that every dog follows. Your dog's training is important to us, and we take it seriously. For instance, if you have a specific preference regarding the side your dog should walk on, our dedicated dog walkers will ensure to uphold that training during their walks. We enforce the training you've established, ensuring that your dog's walking experience aligns with your preferences.
Your selected dog walker should diligently follow your training instructions, prioritizing your furry friend's comfort and commitment to their training routines.
Hiring a dog walker offers numerous benefits to both you and your pup. From tailored walks and mental stimulation to playtime and hydration, the experience goes beyond a simple stroll. With added features such as First Aid & CPR certification, experience with senior pets, GPS tracking, and detailed report cards, The Pet Care Nanny ensures that your furry friend will be in capable hands, receiving the attention and care they deserve even when you are not around.
We hope our insights will help you find an ideal dog walker for your pup. If you're located in Saskatoon, SK and have been contemplating the idea of hiring a professional dog walker for your furry friend, feel free to reach out to us by filling out our Pet Application!
Sincerely, The Pet Care Nanny