Do You Need a Dog Walker

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So you don’t have enough time to walk your dog and yet you want to walk on a regular basis? Hiring a Professional Dog Walker may be the best option for you and your dog. Most experts agree that an appropriate daily walk should be a minimum of 30-45 minutes, preferably all at once, but could be split into shorter walks throughout the day.

Your dog or puppy will receive lots of attention and loving care!
We take the time to get to know your pets and make them feel comfortable and at ease while you are away.

Why Laura the Pet Nanny
Hiring a Professional Dog Walker from Laura the Pet Nanny, means that you will hire a walker that has many years of experience with dogs. Each sitter is Insured, bonded, background checked and certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter/Dog Walker means that they do it for a full time living. Your home and your pet is what puts the roof over their head and the food in their mouth. So your pets are their #1 priority. This is one instance where the old saying, “You get what you pay for” is so valid!

10 Reasons why regular walks with your dog should be a high priority:

We have all heard at one time or another, that dogs need to be taken out for regular walks. But how many of us really understand the reasons why it’s important? Sure dogs, like people need exercise, but that’s only part of it.

  1. A good walk on a regular basis is great for your dog’s mental and physical health. It can help to keep your dog healthy, agile and limber.
  2. Helps with weight control. Obesity in pets is associated with a number of medical complaints including osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and insulin resistance.
  3. Helps with the Digestive System. Regular walks can be extremely beneficial to your dog’s digestive system, and they can aid in relieving constipation.
  4. No More Destructive Behavior. Frequent exercise can help reduce or eliminate any of your dog’s destructivechewing, digging, or scratching. Dogs can be like children; if you are not giving them something to do, you may not like what they choose to do.
  5. Reduces or Eliminates Hyperactivity. Walks can help to alleviate extra energy your dog may have, calming it down and reducing any hyperactivity, excitability, and even nighttime activity. A walk can help your dog to feel more relaxed and sleepy rather than restless at bedtime. And as they say “A tired dog is a good dog”.
  6. Good-bye Unruliness. Behaviors such as knocking over furniture or jumping on people can be a sign of pent up energy. Regular walks can help to curb this and other attention seeking behaviors.
  7. Walking aids greatly in training your dog. Draining energy results in a calmer, satisfied and more submissive dog whois more likely to focus on you and your training. The walk itself should be a time of training. Done correctly, it can reinforce the bond between your and your dog and will help to establish you as the pack leader. Remember that you should be in control and walking the dog, not him in control walking you.
  8. Helps build Trust. If you have a timid or fearful dog, regular walks can help your dog build confidence and trust. It allows your dog the opportunity to be exposed to other humans and animals alike and with you &/or a Professional Dog Walker there for comfort, your pet can learn to be comfortable around them.
  9. Fulfills his natural roaming and exploring instincts. Even though your dog is not a wild dog that needs to roam for miles searching for food and water, walking is still in their natural instinct. Dogs are working, thinking animals that need a purpose beyond just sitting or sleeping all day long. Walking provides a sense of direction and accomplishment. Regular walks can help prevent her desire to run away or bolt out the door in an attempt to fulfill that roaming instinct.
  10. And best reason of all… You have a walking buddy and a reason yourself to get out, get moving, enjoy the fresh air and get yourself healthy and fit.

Certain breeds such as herding or sporting dogs, or high energydogs, may need more. A common myth is that if you have a large fenced in yard it is not necessary to walk your dog. Dogs typically will not exercise themselves, unless there is another dog to play with, so you yard will essentially become a large kennel to them, a place to be bored and alone. They still need the physical, social and mental stimulation as mentioned above. A dog that is left alone for hours during the day, even in a large yard may not be a well-behaved dog at night.

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