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TLC…While You’re Away is the best pet sitting service in Arizona – Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and North East Phoenix.
As a team of four fabulous animal lovers, we can be there for your pet from 6am – 8pm, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.
We provide one-on-one attention. Our goal is to develop a loving, long lasting relationship with you and your pet.
Whether you are going on vacation, working late at the office, or physically unable to care for your pet, TLC will step in and provice the care you need.
Setting the standard in professional pet care since 1999, CAC delivers a variety of personalized, reliable pet care services designed to enhance the quality of life for you and your pets. Our signature Doggie Day Camp program allows your canine companion to achieve the pack experience and daily exercise he needs to be a happy healthy member of your family. Personalized dog walking and pet sitting services are available 365 days per year. Our stellar team of experienced pet care professionals provide your pets with unparalleled care, exercise and TLC in your absence which affords you peace of mind, increased flexibility and reduced stress Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
CAC is based in Greenwich CT and services the Greater Greenwich CT area as well as Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Norwalk, Rowayton, Wilton, Weston and Ridgefield,CT and parts of Westchester County. Please contact us to find out about availability in your area as we continue to expand to bring CAC services to more of Fairfield and Westchester Counties’ pets.
CAC is bonded and insured with impeccable references and is a Member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS)
Beckyâ€™s Pet Care: Quality Service From A Trusted Friend
Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services
in Northern Virginia Since 1998
Northern Virginia pet lovers have enthusiastically chosen Beckyâ€™s Pet Care, Inc. as their preferred pet care provider for over 10 years. Our clients call on us as â€œPartners in Care,â€ to ensure a nurturing environment for their beloved four-legged family members. Beckyâ€™s comprehensive and flexible in-home pet care programs are delivered by our trained employees â€“ Pet Care Professionals who provide peace-of-mind for both clients and pets.
Check out our Doggy Walks, Kitty Sits, and Small Animal Care pet care options to find a program matching your schedule and budget.
Our Mission of partnership and professionalism has made us one of the most sought-after pet care resources in Northern Virginia. Beckyâ€™s Pet Care, Inc. is fully licensed, bonded and insured.
Our reservation system is completely automated and available on our website. Contact us to learn more about our services!
Seven Great Reasons Pet Owners Choose Beckyâ€™s Pet Care
1.Professional, licensed, bonded, and insured.
2.We have experienced employees, not subcontractors.
3.Extensive background checks on all staff.
4.Detailed orientation and training.
5.Emergency preparedness plans and back-up procedures.
6.Records of each pet visit to your home.
7.24-7 automated scheduling and online updates directly to your email.
Coastal Canines Pet Care Services provides Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Park Visits, and Pet Transportation services. Established in 2006 by Nick Aysseh, Coastal Canines has become the first choice for pet owners when looking for a company to provide Pet Care to their loved ones. Providing superior Client satisfaction for both the owners and their pets is our number one priority.
Coastal Canines is fully insured and bonded as well as being a CT Better Business Bureau accredited business and a member of multiple national pet sitting associations. All of our Pet Care Specialists are animal lovers at heart and must pass extensive criminal, credit, driving, and employment background checks.
We provide valuable Pet Care Services at affordable prices. Many of the services we offer can be viewed on our website, but we often create customized services and schedules for our clients and prices are set based on your individual needs. Coastal Canines has an established referral network with other Pet Service Companies so no matter what your needs are we can help coordinate them for you.
Please visit our website today and either give us a call or send us an email so we can discuss your Pet Care needs and how we can help you. We at Coastal Canines look forward to hearing from you soon.
Someone emailed me asking what the top city searches are for dog walkers on DogWalker.com. I looked through the analytics, and there were literally HUNDREDS of cities searched in the last 30 days, and there have been OVER 5,400 unique visitors… not too shabby for having been online for just about 3.5 months!
Not counting zip codes (where there are several hundred searches a month), here are the top 10 cities where people have been searching for a dog walker using DogWalker.com:
Sari Reis is a pet care professional and owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services in San Diego, California.
As dog walkers we are all familiar with dogs that try to ingest just about everything they see that looks or smells good to them. It could be tossed out food, animal droppings, nuts or seeds, or even dead birds. When walking one dog it is simple to watch where it is sniffing and what it may be trying to eat. With 3, 4 or more dogs, it is easy to miss something and before you know it, one of the dogs is choking on something or has eaten something that could make him ill.
I have often wondered about the dog walkers that you see walking 4, 5 or 6 dogs on leash at once. What would they do in an emergency situation? If one of the dogs is in distress, possibly needs a canine Heimlich maneuver or needs to go to the emergency clinic, what do they do with the rest of the dogs?
The safety and well-being of my clientâ€™s pets have been my hallmarks for dog walking and pet sitting since starting my business. At the initial consultation I reassure my clients that I never walk more than one dog at a time unless they are in the same family, and then it is only two at a time. It is not because I cannot physically manage more dogs, but because of the possibility that if something happens to the dog, I want to be able to focus all of my attention on getting that dog whatever help it may need.
Even when being very vigilant I have had dogs pick up something they have found when sniffing under a bush that I couldnâ€™t see. They lift up their heads and I see they are chewing on something. I have no idea what it is but I know that it is something they shouldnâ€™t be eating. I always tell them to â€œdrop itâ€ and some dogs do so immediately. However, some dogs do not and then I have to try and fish it out of their mouths. This can be dangerous if the dogs arenâ€™t completely comfortable with you so you have to be very careful. So far, I have extracted large fruit pits, poop, discarded pieces of clothing and chicken bones from dogâ€™s mouths. All potentially dangerous if swallowed. If I had several dogs to keep an eye on, I wouldnâ€™t be able to perform these maneuvers.
From a strictly financial point of you, I know one can make a lot more money walking several dogs in the same time slot, but I have never and will never compromise a dogâ€™s health for the sake of making more money.
Paws and Dogs, LLC has announced their expansion into Sunny Isles by adding a team member to the area.Â Â It allows pet owners to have peace of mind while on vacation or working late. A healthy petâ€™s lifestyle depends on daily walks for exercise and socialization.
According to Cesar Millan, a famous dog trainer and Leon F Whitney, D.V.M most dog issues or signs of instability can be modified with daily exercise. Some of the signs of instability are: jumping up on people, running away, obsessive barking, aggressiveness or antisocial behavior towards humans or other dogs. Most times these behaviors come about from boredom and lack of activity. These bad habits develop slowly and can be broken, but not in a short time.
Visits start at $15 for a half hour walk and feed.Â Â To help celebrate their expansion company owner, Ana Bertran, is offering one free walk per household in the area of Sunny Isles.
About Paws And Dogs LLC
Paws And Dogs has been in business for three years, servicing Aventura through Midtown and the Beaches. P&D provides dog walking and pet sitting services, along with supply pick up and drop off at competitive and affordable pricing.Â Â They are members of Pet Sitters International, a Professional Pet Sitters association, are insured and have references in the area.
For more information on the services provided by Paws and Dogs visitÂ http://www.pawsanddogs.com or call 305-496-3709.
I want to share an email with you that I received from Nature’s Variety regarding a dog food recall.
Dear Friends – please read these important food safety announcements regarding our raw frozen chicken diets, and scroll down to receive valuable coupons.
Nature’s Variety Voluntarily Expands Recall to Include All Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets with “Best If Used By” Dates On or Before 2/5/11
Natureâ€™s Variety is announcing that out of an abundance of caution, we are voluntarily recalling all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula products with a â€œBest If Used Byâ€ date on or before 02/5/11.
Natureâ€™s Variety has received new test results from an outside facility that indicate that Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the â€œBest If Used Byâ€ date of 10/29/10 and Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with the â€œBest If Used Byâ€ date of 11/9/10 may be contaminated with Salmonella. Therefore, we are voluntarily recalling these date codes of product from the marketplace. Also, out of an abundance of caution, we are expanding our voluntary recall to include all Chicken Formula and Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diets for dogs and cats with any â€œBest If Used Byâ€ date on or before 02/5/11. We believe taking this action is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce consumer confidence and trust.
No other Raw Frozen Diets are involved in this expansion other than chicken, and no other Natureâ€™s Variety products are involved.
The products included in this expanded recall are any Chicken Formula or Organic Chicken Formula Raw Frozen Diet with a “Best If Used By” date on or before 2/5/11, including:
* UPC#7 69949 60130 2 â€“ Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions
* UPC#7 69949 60120 3 â€“ Chicken Formula 6 lb patties
* UPC#7 69949 60121 0 â€“ Chicken Formula 2 lb single chubs
* UPC#7 69949 50121 3 â€“ Chicken Formula 12 lb retail display case of chubs
* UPC#7 69949 60137 1 â€“ Organic Chicken Formula 3 lb medallions
* UPC#7 69949 60127 2 â€“ Organic Chicken Formula 6 lb patties
The “Best If Used By” date is located on the back of the package above the safe handling instructions.
If you have purchased one of the affected products, please return the unopened product to your local retail store to receive a complete refund, or to exchange it for another variety. If your package has been opened, please dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle. Then, bring your receipt (or the empty package in a sealed bag) to your local retailer for a complete refund or replacement.
As you may know, Natureâ€™s Variety now uses High Pressure Pasteurization on our Raw Frozen Diets as a unique process to kill pathogenic bacteria through high-pressure, water-based technology. Having incorporated this state-of-the-art technology on our Freeze Dried Raw products in late 2009, we were able to confidently implement the process universally on all Raw Frozen Diets after the February 11, 2010 recall in order to further enhance food safety. Natureâ€™s Variety also utilizes a test and hold protocol to ensure that all High Pressure Pasteurized Raw Frozen Diets test negative for harmful bacteria before being released for sale.
“Natureâ€™s Variety believes replacing all raw frozen chicken products on the market with new raw frozen chicken products that use High Pressure Pasteurization is an important and responsible step in order to reinforce consumer confidence and trust,” stated Reed Howlett, CEO of Natureâ€™s Variety. “By recalling all raw frozen chicken products with ‘Best If Used By’ dates on or before 2/5/11, we can provide our pet parents with new raw frozen chicken products that have been processed through High Pressure Pasteurization. Adopting High Pressure Pasteurization is an important step to ensure that our products meet the strictest quality and food safety standards.”
Reed offers this promise to you, “Our commitment to consumers in the future is the same as itâ€™s been in the past â€“ to offer Raw Frozen Diets made from the highest quality ingredients, made in our own plant in the Midwest, by people who care deeply about pet nutrition, health, and happiness.”
If you have additional questions, please call our dedicated Customer Care line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-374-3142. For additional information about High Pressure Pasteurization or other Natureâ€™s Variety food safety protocols, please read the Q&A below or visit www.naturesvariety.com.
Cynthia Slaby is the owner and manager of Chicago-Pets, a pet care company she founded in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to starting this company,Â Cynthia had over 15 years of Advertising and Marketing experience, working on some of the biggest consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical brands in the world. The aspects of her career that she enjoyed the most were the creativity, strategy and the team environment.
Cynthia was able to see many fantastic campaigns come to light, as well as experience the successes that result from a cohesive team, but something was missing.Â Cynthia knew that her true calling in life was to nurture and care for animals. Her unconditional love and passion for them were the primary reasons for launching her own professional pet sitting service.
Cynthia’s educational background consists of a B.S. in Public Relations degree from Central Missouri State University. She is a registered member of Pet Sitters International (PSI), volunteer in a medical setting for the Anti-Cruelty Society, and she am certified in Pet First-Aid by the American Red Cross.
Cynthia’s goal is to provide your pets with loving and attentive care and she strives everyday to succeed in providing her human and pet clients with the best quality, stress-free and easiest service possible. Cynthia believes in systems and routines to make sure your pets are safe and secure in their own surroundings, and ensure all her Pet Care Specialists are well trained on these. Cynthia’s pet care expertise will ensure that your loved ones receive the best care possible while you are away!
DogWalker.com: How did you become a pet care professional, and what do you enjoy most about walking dogs?
Cynthia: I spent 15+ years in advertising and marketing. While I liked it, I didn’t love it. I want to love what I do because we spend so much of our time working. My passion for animals is something I’ve always wanted to follow and considered going back to school for veterinary medicine. Long story short, the amount of time and money that would require were not for me. Doing this I could use the skills I obtained as a marketer to grow a business caring for animals — now, I love what I do.
One of the things I love about walking dogs, there are so many, are the smiles they bring to people on the street as we’re walking by. I love the fact that the great majority of people love animals and simply must stop to give a big “hello” — and that my “clients” are always gracious and willing to be adored.
DogWalker.com: How do you deal with dogs that have behavior issues?
Cynthia: This really depends on the behavior issue. I get a thorough history from each client before I begin walking their pup(s) and do everything I can to learn about a specific behavior issue. If it’s a dog that doesn’t like other dogs or children, I look for a low traffic walking path; if it’s a destructive issue I will wear myself out trying to make sure that dog gets a very energetic walk, I often run with them; If it’s an anxiety thing I reassure and talk to the dog the entire time we’re together. I do whatever I can to ensure that pup is as content as possible.
DogWalker.com: Where are your favorite places to take dogs in and around Chicago Â and why?
Cynthia: My favorite places are wherever I can find “natural turf” —- I look for grass and soil and head in that direction. A natural setting just seems more calming and gentler on the pads, not to mention they have to provide a lot more interesting scents and smells than concrete!
DogWalker.com: Please share a good story from your dog walking career.
Cynthia: Again, there are so many. It’s not a story really but I do have one wonderfully cute and quirky Shepherd/Sharpei mix, Sam, who does this funny little circle dance thing when I walk with him…he’s constantly walking a few steps, circle, few steps, circle. It’s when he’s excited, which is always the first 5 minutes or so of a walk, and it just cracks me up. I love it.
DogWalker.com: What’s the best way to cope with the crazy Chicago weather?
Cynthia: Gear, a good attitude and making the weather a personal challenge. If you’ve got the gear and the right outlook on things, there are no worries.
DogWalker.com: What sets your company apart from other local dog walking companies?
Cynthia: I like to think of Chicago-Pets as a more of a “boutique” pet sitting service. We’re a very personalized service. I’m not interested in getting really, really big or franchising. We’re very discreet, no logo’d t-shirts are worn by our walkers and sitters. The pets we care for, and their owners, are members of our family, and I’m a nut about making sure that is sincerely demonstrated through very attentive care and customer service.
Another thing is I believe that consistency in care for pets is really important. Pets need consistency just like kids, I think. One, or two tops, Pet Care Specialists are assigned to each pet household. And it’s only two if the frequency of visits requested requires more than 1 person. This is of the utmost importance to me. I can guarantee all of this also because the people who work with me are employees, vs. contractors. What this means is that I can require certain actions of and train my Pet Care Specialists — this is not allowed, by law, if the staff is made up of independent contractors. Consistency is key.
Tracie Morgan is a Certified Dog Walker, has dog first aid certification, and her B.S. degree in Social Science from Rocky Mountain College in Billings MT. Â Tracie operates a dog walking service in Billings, Montana called Dogs ‘N Sync, LLC where she takes up to six dogs in a pack on daily 3 mile off-leash dog hikes to local public access area trails and parks.
1. Why should I have someone walk my dog?
Because a tired dog is a good dog and many behavior issues can be resolved when your dog gets enough daily exercise. Todayâ€™s dogs spend long lonely hours at home bored, sleeping, and even overeating. Dogs have a core need for daily activity and a yard where your dog has a place to play is not enough. Dogs do not have the same opinion of our backyards as we do, to a dog a backyard is a large kennel. The truth is that dogs do not self exercise and play when they are left alone. Instead, dogs tend to shut down when they are by themselves because dogs are social animals. A dogâ€™s instincts tell them it is not good to be left alone or isolated from their pack. Dogs are entirely dependent on their humans for proper exercise and it is up to humans to provide adequate amounts of exercise for their beloved canine companions. For humans a well exercised dog means coming home to a calm dog and a nicer dog to be around.
2. Why isnâ€™t my dog fine in the backyard?
One of the greatest misconceptions about dogs is the belief they will be healthy andÂ happy living in the backyard. There is a strong connection between lack of exerciseÂ and socialization and behavior problems in dogs. Dogs were bred to perform specificÂ jobs. Because they are not required to do these specific jobs now they need an outletÂ for their energy, relief from boredom, and time to display the particular characteristicsÂ of their breed. Dogâ€™s genetics have prepared them to work, but many dogs areÂ spending their lives confined to monotonous backyards. What are they doing to burnÂ up all that energy? Many are barking, chewing, digging, whining, escaping, howling,Â and displaying hyperactive behavior. Your neighbors maybe complaining about theÂ barking, escaping, whining, howling, and property destruction.
3. What is a Certified Dog Walker?
A certified dog walker is someone who has trained at a dog walking academy and learned pack management, dog communication and body language, aggression in all its forms: what it means, how to prevent it, and what to do about it, safely and fight protocols, basic training: build reliable recalls, sits, and polite leash behavior. A person who holds this title has learned from lectures, video analysis, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and fieldtrips. Additionally, to achieve certification they must pass an extensive written test and a thorough field evaluation. A Certified Dog Walker is a trained professional.
4. Why is socialization important for my dog?
Dogs that have not been socialized or had enough experience around other dogs, people, and environments can be problematic. It is important for people to remember domestic dogs are not fully domesticated until they have been adequately trained and socialized. If a dog has only been partially socialized, it is much more dangerous than a wild animal, because wild animals keep their distance from people. Partially socialized dogs live with people and have greater opportunity to act inappropriately with a bite when spooked, frightened, or hurt. The lack of socialization is the major reason dogs become fearful of people, other dogs, other animals, and the environment. Unfortunately, for pet dogs, socialization is often the exception rather than the rule. It is reported that 60% of dog ownerâ€™s do not walk their dogs, which means the majority of domestic dogs are isolated in backyards and houses. As a result many of these dogs are unsocialized and are at greater risk of behaving inappropriately.
5. What if my dog is aggressive?
Dog owners often mistake their dogs as not liking other dogs or as aggressive. MoreÂ often the reality is that the dog is unsocialized with other dogs and is therefore fearful and nervous around other dogs. Additionally, most owners are unwilling to let anxious or aggressive dogs play with other dogs. The dog is poorly equipped to meet the demands of domestic life. Of course, as an adult it will encounter many strange dogs, people, and environments and invariably will react in an antisocial manner. Aggression comes into the picture when the dog encounters something it is not socialized to. Socialization exercises can be conducted to overcome such anxieties towards other dogs, people, and environments. The dog can develop sufficient confidence to readily accept and be comfortable with new dogs, people, and places.
6. What are socialization exercises?
Daily dog walks where your dog experiences the opportunity to regularly interactÂ with other people and dogs is a great socialization exercise. Your dog gets neededÂ social interaction, mental stimulation, positive attention, and exercise. AnotherÂ socialization exercise is regular dog play, which not only helps prevent aggressiveÂ behavior, it also builds confidence, burns off pent up energy, and provides a positiveÂ outlet for your dogâ€™s natural instinct to socialize with other dogs. But one of the bestÂ ways to socialize your dog is in a walking group such as in a dog socialization andÂ walking pack like those offered by Dogs â€˜N Sync, LLC of Billings, Montana; http://www.dogsnsync.com.
Most people think that they are doing a favor to their pet by putting them up in a “Pet Suite”, when it actuality their pets can suffer undue stress when their surroundings are changed. Bordetella shots do not prevent all strains of Kennel cough. So even if your pet has been vaccinated they could still be at risk.
A pet sitter is a friend for life! Choose Grand Paws, a pet care professional that you can trust, afford, and is Fully insured! Most people today are trying to cut costs in any way possible. We understand that. Everyone thinks bad things won’t happen to them. The truth is accidents DO happen to friends, family, or even a seasoned professional, or in other words anyone who cares for your pet(s). Your pet could swallow something as simple as a piece of a toy or even a leash (it can happen) and need medical attention right away. These issues have never happened to anyone in our company. But it is something that an insurance company listed in a Pet Sitter magazine article that did occur, and these were claims made by professional sitters who made mistakes.
In these bad economic times you will see hundreds of people listing their services on websites listing themselves as pet sitters. The truth is most have little to no experience, but are looking to make money anyway they can. So many people have lost their jobs and they are desperate. It is getting worse every day with gas prices going up, unemployment, etc. Most do not have insurance. If they do not, they are showing that they don’t care seriously enough about you or your pets, who incidentally are living and breathing just like you and me. Would you hand your newborn over to just anyone? Of course not. We truly care for your fur kids like they were our own kids, not just pets.
By coming to your home several times a day, we act as crime deterrents to potential thieves who could be casing an area, and who may possibly know you are going out of town. With the economy getting worse, there are more thieves out there too.
Tracie Morgan is a Certified Dog Walker, has dog first aid certification, and her B.S. degree in Social Science from Rocky Mountain College in Billings MT. Tracie operates a dog walking service in Billings, Montana called Dogs ‘N Sync, LLC where she takes up to six dogs in a pack on daily 3 mile off-leash dog hikes to local public access area trails and parks.
Many generations of evolution separate dogs and wolves.Â It does not make sense for us to learn how to interact with dogs from wolves. It makes about as much sense as learning to parent by watching chimpanzees parent.Â But this is what happened when man put unrelated wolves together in captivity and then concluded that domination is normal behavior.Â This theory was then superimposed on dogs.
The Natural Wolf Pack
In reality a natural wolf pack is a family unit that consists of an adult alpha male and an adult alpha female and their juvenile offspring and pups.Â There are usually about six or seven blood related members in a pack.Â The mated alpha male and female are the parents and leaders of their offspring pack just like humans lead and teach their offspring.
David L. Mech, one of the worlds leading wolf experts asserts, â€œIn the natural wolf pack dominance contests with other wolves are rare if they exist at allâ€.Â Dr. Mech also writes in the Canadian Journal of Zoology in 1999, â€œThe typical wolf pack is a family, with the adults guiding the activities of a group in a division-of-labor systemâ€.
Researchers have learned that dominance is rare behavior for wolves and may be a by product of captivity where man put unrelated wolves together.Â Dominate behavior in wolves is based on environmental circumstances and is not an instinctual directive.
Currently there is controversy and debate going on in dog training circles.Â One side represented by Cesar Milan promotes the theory of dogs as wolves and promotes dominance training by pet owners and states there are only leaders and followers in a relationship.Â There is dominance or submission, no partnering.Â Cesarâ€™s way is a one size fits all approach to dog training.Â On his TV program on the National Geographic channel Cesar uses techniques difficult for owners to replicate and uses techniques that could result in injury to the owner or their dog.Â That is why National Geographic has a disclaimer that runs at the bottom of the screen warning, â€œDonâ€™t try this at homeâ€.
Writer Mark Derr whose articles have appeared in Audubon, Natural History, Atlantic Monthly, and other publications and who is the author of critically acclaimed books like Frontiersman and Dogâ€™s Best Friend writes that Cesarâ€™s ethology is outdated.Â He further states, â€œhe is a charming one man wrecking ball directed at 40 years of progress in the understanding and shaping dog behavior and in developing non-punitive, reward based training programs, which have led to seeing the dog as an individual, to understand what motivates it, what frightens it, and what its talents and limitations areâ€.
Many dog training experts are alarmed that Cesar Milan has become the face of dog training and are shaken by the fact that he has taken the world of dog behavior by storm.Â More and more concerned dog professionals are becoming increasingly vocal in expressing their disagreement with Cesarâ€™s methods.
The other side of the debate is represented by the renowned and popular Ian Dunbar author of six books on pet training, developer of one of the earliest puppy training courses in the United States (Sirius Puppy Training), holder of a veterinary degree, and a Special Honors in Physiology and Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College of London University, a doctorate in animal behavior from the psychology department of UC Berkley, a decade of research, and decades of dog-training experience.
The only things Ian and Cesar both agree on is that all dogs can and should be trained and that dogs need regular and adequate amounts of exercise.Â Ian Dunbar believes all training is negotiation and compliance can best be achieved through positive training methods.Â His emphasis on positive approaches like lure reward methods using treats and praise has revolutionized the dog training field.Â He once ran a behavior clinic for fighting and biting dogs and he is the founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), an organization with thousands of members.Â Â He was also the star of the British television show â€œDogs with Dunbarâ€ and he has hosted a dozen popular videos about dog training.
Ian is not a supporter of using pain and fear in dog training. He does not support using force or intimidation.Â He stands solidly in the dog friendly reward based training camp.Â Ian Dunbar is being joined by an ever growing number of dog trainers that follow his positive training methods and train force free.Â This positive reinforcement method is also the method that is coming out on top of the debate.Â Positive training methods are gaining more momentum every year, and positive reinforcement it is where dog training stands today.
We have been serving the Silver Lake & Eagle Rock communities for several years. We provide pet sitting in your home, daily dog walks, and cat care. Roll Over Rover Dog Walkers provide personalized service and care for our furry clients and their owners. We walk dogs one at a time, focusing on your pet’s individual needs. Our small staff provides safe, reliable and professional service for pet owners at an affordable rate. We are Insured and Bonded, proud members of Pet Sitters International, and certified in Pet First Aid and CPR.
There are many benefits of daily dog walks! If you don’t have the time or energy that your pet requires due to the demands of life, or if youâ€™re re physically unable to take your pet out for regular exercise, we would be happy to help out.
Dogs crave the stimulating sights, sounds and scents that only the outdoors can provide. Daily dog walks can help maintain mental sharpness, while the exercise helps maintain physical strength.
Dogs are social creatures. When they go outside with us, marking territory, sniffing around and having fun it’s a great way to interact with the world at large.
With Roll Over Rover, you can get peace of mind knowing that your faithful friend is getting the exercise and stimulation that she/he craves and deserves!
Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Echo Park, Glendale, Eagle Rock, Mt. Washington, Atwater Village, Highland Park, Hollywood
Dog walking available 365 days a year. Schedule a walk for your dog(s) every work day or just whenever you need our service. We are fully insured, bonded, accredited with the Better Business Bureau and have real experience handling all breeds and personalities. We walk in any weather your dog will walk in only canceling when you tell us to. Walks are 30 minutes long and on average 1 mile long.
Tracie Morgan is a Certified Dog Walker, has dog first aid certification, and her B.S. degree in Social Science from Rocky Mountain College in Billings MT. Tracie operates a dog walking service in Billings, Montana called Dogs ‘N Sync, LLC where she takes up to six dogs in a pack on daily 3 mile off-leash dog hikes to local public access area trails and parks.
The foundation of dog training is dog walking. Walking your dog is the most important part of training and it forms the cornerstone for all other areas of training.Â Â Many dog owners are at their wits end with their dogâ€™s behavior on the walk and they desperately want things to change.Â We have all seen dogs determined to get to another dog, their favorite bush, a fire hydrant, or to people they see in the neighborhood.Â We watch as they drag their embarrassed owners around the block.Â If you are the owner of a dog that has a mind of its own, not only do you have sore arms but you probably dread walking your dog.
Walking your dog is a great way for you and your dog to get exercise and it is a fun and fulfilling way to improve your relationship with your dog. There is no better way to form a strong bond and fulfill your dogâ€™s core need for regular and adequate amounts of exercise.Â Another good reason for walking your dog is because there is a strong connection between lack of exercise and behavior problems in dogs. A lot of behavior issues can be resolved with consistent socialization and exercise. Of course, there are many reasons for problems, but most start with ownerâ€™s not having all the information they need to successfully walk their dog.
I am going to give you 10 tips for dog walking but first, I have a question for youâ€¦.
DO You Know About the APDT?
Chances are you havenâ€™t heard of Ian Dunbar. He is the renowned and popular author of six books on pet training, he developed one of the earliest puppy training courses in the United States (Sirrus Puppy Training), he is the holder of a veterinary degree and a Special Honors in Physiology and Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College of London University, he has a doctorate in animal behavior from the psychology department of UC Berkley, he has done a decade of research, he has decades of dog training experience, he is the founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) an organization with thousands of members, and he has revolutionized the dog training field with positive reinforcement methods.Â Ian Dunbar is the dog trainerâ€™s trainer.
A sample of Ian Dunbar Quotes:
â€œEven unwanted behavior offers a wonderful dog training opportunity. Reinforcing the cessation of misbehavior is the training technique of choice when trying to eliminate whining, growling, and running away. Punishment generally exacerbates the problem, making the dog more likely to whine, growl, or run awayâ€Â Â Â
â€œOne of the most magically powerful training techniques is to ignore all unwanted behavior and instead, teach and reinforce good behaviors. Whenever your dog does something you like, simply say, “Good dog” and give him a piece of kibble, some affection, or play a game with him as a reward. For example, reward your dog whenever he sits, lies down, looks at you, stops barking, or just looks cute.â€
â€œYou especially want to reward your dog for any sociable or friendly greeting behavior, such as when your dog approaches, wags his tail, wags his butt, sticks out his tongue, raises a paw, or play bows. Sometimes your dog may look like he isn’t doing much. But that’s precisely the point! He may just stand there wagging his tail, but think of all the annoying and worrying things he could have been doing. He could have been barking, snapping, jumping up, or careening around your house like an agility course! So, in a sense, it’s a good idea to reward your dog for not acting fearfully, antisocially, or hyperactively.â€
Okayâ€¦now for the 10 quick tips:
Dog Walking Tip #1
Collar Placement Needs to be Right. Your dogâ€™s collar needs to be properly
placed on his neck.Â Many collars are too loose.Â If the dog pulls, a too loose collar easily slips off over the dogs head and the end result is a loose dog who is in harms way or who could cause harm.Â The collar must be adjusted enough so it does not slide off if the dog pulls.Â You should be able to slide two of your fingers under the dogâ€™s collar.Â The collar needs to be placed (and stay) at the top of the dogâ€™s neck.
Dog Walking Tip #2
Think Dog.Â Try and view the world from your dogâ€™s outlook.Â We have domesticated dogs and brought them into our human world and it is up to us to teach them how to live in our world confidently.Â S/He doesnâ€™t know what is unacceptable behavior, unless we tell him, to him it seems okay.Â Behaviors that are a problem for us are normal behaviors for them.
Dog Walking Tip #3
Be Consistent. If we want training to stick, everyone in the family has to follow the same rules and enforce the same boundaries and limitations.Â When we are consistent in rewarding what we like and when we give constructive feedback of what we donâ€™t like, dogs begin to understand what we want from them.
Dog Walking Tip #4
Keep Your Dog Busy.Â Â Mental stimulation, proper exercise, socialization, and fun games will burn up your dogâ€™s natural energy.Â Regular exercise is the key ingredient to good health, good mental agility, and longevity for your dog.Â A well exercised dog translates into a happier pet, happier people, and a happier home.Â A good dog is a tired dog.
Dog Walking Tip #5
When Your Dog Pulls on the Leash. When your dog begins to pull on the lead immediately stop walking and donâ€™t resume walking until the lead is loose (be a tree).Â Slack on the leash means you instantly, again, start moving forward.Â If your dog pulls on the lead again, you again stop, and wait for slack on the leash.Â Itâ€™s okay if it takes you five minutes to get out the door.Â Dogs pull because they have been rewarded for pulling.Â Somehow it as has been a rewarding experience.Â S/He pulls and he gets out the door, or to the other dog, or to your neighbor, or to the car.Â Someone somewhere took a step when s/he put tension on the leash.Â Â The idea is to teach your dog he doesnâ€™t get to go where he wants to go when he is pulling.
Dog Walking Tip #6
Find Doggie Friends.Â It is very important your dog stays socialized with other dogs; s/he needs to see other dogs regularly or he will be at greater risk of developing behavior issues around other dogs.Â Regular exposure to other dogs for play dates or dog socialization walking packs will ensure he keeps his ability to feel comfortable around other dogs in all environments. Dogs that have not been socialized or had enough experience around other dogs, people, and environments can be problematic.Â The lack of proper socialization is the major reason dogs become fearful of people, other dogs, other animals, and the environment.
Dog Walking Tip #7
Use Praise and Reward.Â Be positive and stay calm (no yelling).Â Reward behaviors you want and there is a very good chance those behaviors will be repeated.Â When an unwanted behavior occurs use a time out to remove your dog, or use sounds to interrupt the behavior, or refocus your dog on something more constructive, or ignore the behavior (such as jumping up), so the behavior is not reinforced and it eventually stops.Â If your dog is on a lead and desperate to get to another dog, bench, fire hydrant, or person, quickly turn in a different direction or in the opposite direction, so your dog will not be rewarded by reaching the target.Â Throw a praise party for your dog when he displays the behavior you are looking for and want repeated.
Dog Walking Tip #8
Do Not Use Dominate the Dog. Do not use pain, fear, force, intimidation or domination.Â Outdated training methods by traditional trainers would like you to believe dogs are behaving badly and trying to be dominant over their owners.Â Few dogs are actually attempting to be dominant over their owners; mostly they are displaying their insecurities or fears, which can be overcome with understanding and patience.Â Punishment has no place when teaching what behaviors we desire and what behaviors we want to end.Â Positive reinforcement training methods are easier, more effective, more enjoyable, and more efficient, plus your dog will learn better and retain information longer.Â You also build a better relationship with your dog.
Dog Walking Tip #9
Be Aware. Keep a look out for what is going on ahead of you when you are walking your dog.Â If you know your dog tends to lunge at other dogs, or likes to chase a cyclist, or run to a group of playing children, you should be prepared ahead of time with a plan of action.Â You could have your dog sit and keep sitting until the distraction passes by, or you could change your direction.Â Practice sitting first by having your dog sit for a treat on walks when nothing is happening and there are no distractions.
Dog Walking Tip #10
Exercise it vital. Make sure you do training after your dog has been adequately exercised.Â If pulling is a problem, there are no-pull harnesses that come in a variety of styles.Â You may need to try more than one style to find one that works best for you.Â Some, like the Gentle Leader Easy Walk harness attach to a leash at the point of your dogs chest and make it more difficult for your dog to pull.Â Others use straps that go under the dogs front legs and tighten when he pulls, such as the Sporn No Pull Halter.Â Still others are head halters like the Gentle Leader, but with a head halter it is important to desensitize your dog to the head halter gradually by associating the halter with treats and also rewarding when the dog is not trying to get the halter off by pawing at it.Â Be patient while your dog gets used to it.
Lastly, it is reported that 60% of dog owners do not to walk their dogs.Â The majority of dogs are spending their lives trapped in monotonous back yards and houses.Â Just because your dog is outside in the yard does not mean he is getting enough exercise.Â Dogs do not self exercise and play when they are by themselves.Â If you sit down to watch TV or read and your dog is snoozing beside you or chewing a bone, your dog has probably had enough exercise that day.Â If not, and he is getting into mischief or bugging you to play, then he has not had enough exercise.Â It is up to humans to provide adequate amounts of exercise for their beloved canine companions.
Walking your dog is low cost, popular, provides stress relief and support, offers health
giving exercise, and is life giving and beneficial.Â Your dog was born ready â€“ letâ€™s walk.
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