Pedaling with Pets

Bike Tow LeashIf you’re looking for a safe, effective way to work out with your dog while biking, look no further.

The 1-Running-Dog Bike Tow Leash®, a unique new dog exerciser, lets you exercise your dog while exploring new places, enjoying trail rides, or running errands.  As you pedal, your dog becomes an enthusiastic exercise partner and companion receiving a satisfying workout.

Bike Tow Leash prevents injuries to you and your dog. The unique patented mast prevents bike tipping from dog side pulls, reduces jolts, and gently trains heel position. The resilient mast lets dogs catch up on turns away, notifies dogs of turns toward them, and allows dogs to drop behind the bike to avoid obstacles on narrow sidewalks or trails.  Because, the BTL is so safe and effective on bikes, its use has expanded to other personal mobility devices including recumbents, wheel chairs, tricycles, scooters and Segway®.

Now you can ride safely without worrying about tipping or getting your dog’s leash tangled up in the wheels or gears of your bike.

Bike Tow Leash installs easily on bikes and other personal mobility devices. Easy-To-Follow instructions (included in each order) will have you both riding in no time since the BTL can be installed (and removed) in under a minute with no tools. The ease of installation makes it a snap to move BTL from one bike to another.  When riding alone, just clip it to the back of your seat, out of the way.

Dogs love the Bike Tow Leash and quickly master running with your bike ~ generally in just a few strides. Dogs wanting to run faster than you get a great workout, and often help propel your bike by simply running forward.

Developed for raising service dog puppies, the 1-Running-Dog BTL:

* Gently guides and trains dog into HEEL POSITION
* Communicates bike direction and speed changes automatically
* Provides superior stability and a resilient barrier between dog & bike
* Allows dog to efficiently propel the bike as a Paw + Pedal Hybrid Bicycle
* Great affordable fun in a small efficient go anywhere device

SAFE, STABLE, AND EASY TO USE:  www.BikeTowLeash.com

INSTALLATION AND OPERATION VIDEOS:  http://biketowleash.com/videos.php

Instead of holding your dog back while walking, by constantly commanding “HEEL,” BTL lets your pet take you for a ride!

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Your Best Friend’s Friend

YBFF is a professional pet care service established in 1999, servicing Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills, Centennial, South Denver, Englewood, Littleton, Lone Tree and surrounding areas. YBFF currently has a team of 12 professional and highly trained pet care providers. YBFF provides dog walking, pet sitting, overnight house/pet sitting, horse care, home care and pet errands/taxi for all types of animals. Team members are trained in pet CPR and emergency care.

YBFF is insured, bonded, registered, and trained in pet first aid and administration of medicines, including injections. We are an active member of Pet Sitters International, Association of Pet Sitting Excellence, Denver Metro Pet Sitters, an A+ member of Angie’s List, and an A+ member of the Denver Better Business Bureau earning the Gold Star Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012 for zero complaints in the past five years. YBFF was voted third in 2010 and second in 2011 as Best Pet Sitting Company In Denver by Channel 7’s A-List. YBFF works every day of the week, including all holidays, with no extra charge for weekends or holidays! YBFF is registered, insured and bonded.

YBFF knows that your animals are more than pets; they are family members. They capture our hearts, share our homes, and are often given the same status as our children. That’s why choosing the right care for them is so important. Our business is our only business, and we take it very seriously and work diligently to earn and preserve the trust of our customers. We have the absolute finest pet service available, and we would love the opportunity to prove it by caring for your pets.

Your Estrogen Can Hurt Your Dog

Sari Reis is owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services, a San Diego dog walking company.

As a professional dog walker I believe one of the most important aspects of serving my clients is to stay informed and to pass important information on to them. This includes new data on dog behavior, nutrition, training insights and health risks to name a few. We are very fortunate to have so many places to get our information including website sources, books, magazines and journals as well as our professional associations. One of the tenets of Pet Sitters International is to continue your education and it is a requirement in order to maintain accreditation.

On that vein, I have put together this article, which I will share with my clients, on the health risks to dogs from ingesting topical estrogen. The original article was written by Mary Strauss and appears in the September issue of “The Whole Dog Journal.”

Topical estrogen, which comes in the form of lotions, gels or sprays, is applied to the skin by menopausal women to help eliminate symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and bone loss. According to the Veterinary Information Network News Services, veterinarians have become aware that symptoms of hyperestrogenism in dogs can be linked to the owners’ use of topical hormones. Because these products are often applied to the inner arm of the user, they can be transferred to the dog when the dog is held or licks the owner’s arms. It can also be ingested if the dog licks the ointment from a transdermal patch.

Hyperestrogenism can cause swollen vulvas in spayed female dogs or young female puppies. Affected male dogs can develop enlarged mammary glands and male pups may have an underdeveloped penis and testes. Prostrate infection may also be linked to exposure to hormones and excess hormones may cause hair loss in both sexes.

Treatment and Prevention: When using topical hormone preparation it should be applied to areas covered by clothing such as the inner thigh. Also it is best to use gloves when applying it or to wash hands very thoroughly afterwards. Signs of hyperestrogenism often resolve themselves within a few months once exposure ceases.

If you are a professional dog walker I urge you to share this information with your clients. It could save them a lot of worry and expense not to mention the benefits to the dog.

Hiring a Dog Walker vs. Doggie Day Care

If you’ve boarded your dog before, or taken him to a doggie day program while you’re at work, you may feel like he’s getting the attention he deserves, when you can’t provide it, due to scheduling issues. But at Doggie Daycare businesses, your dog will in fact be just one of possibly many dogs the people have to handle. In addition, he may be exposed to diseases like kennel cough, if the business owners don’t require vaccination records.

If you let your dog stay home while you’re away, and hire a dog walker to come to exercise him, your dog won’t be stressed out by an unfamiliar environment. He’ll miss you, of course, but the familiarity of his surroundings will help him to deal with that. In addition, the time spent with one dog walker can be a beneficial bonding experience for your dog, so that he doesn’t have to pine away for you as much, when you’re not home.

You probably have a favorite place where you and your dog walk, on normal days when you have the time to walk him. This is probably a favorite place for your dog, too, and you can show your dog walker the route your dog likes to take, and if he likes to visit anyone (human or canine) during his walks.

If your dog usually gets a lot of exercise, you can even hire a dog-runner, who can give your dog the workout he is accustomed to. Hiring a dog walker to come to your home, and also to feed and water your dog, will give them an excellent chance to meet each other. In addition, if there are dog parks nearby that your dog especially likes, you can make sure that’s on his route on the days you’re not home with him. He should become friends with your dog walker, so that time away from you can be less stressful for him.

How to Find a Local Dog Walker

If you’re looking for a local dog walker in your area, DogWalker.com will have listings for people who offer this service locally. This is just the starting point of your search, though. You will want to speak to some of the local dog walkers, and check on their level of experience before you hire one.

Many people consider their dogs as part of their family, and if they are leaving on a trip where the dog cannot come with them, or if they are just working late for a few nights in a row, they will want their best friend well taken care of. After you find the names of dog walkers in your area, be sure you ask for their references, and call previous customers, if their contact information is available, to find out if they were happy with the service by the person or the company you are looking into.

Dog walking sounds simple enough, but your potential dog walker needs to know how your dog is accustomed to being walked – on a harness, with a choker chain, any information that is pertinent to them. They will also need to know the best place near your home to take your dog walking, perhaps a local dog park. And it’s a good idea to have someone meet your dog before they walk him, to make sure there is a good chemistry between them. This may take some time, but it’s worth it, so that you’ll find a suitable surrogate for times when you’re not available for your dog.

Walking is a healthy way for your dog to exercise. You can hire a dog walker for a set period of time per day or per week. Most people prefer that their dog be walked twice a day, and you may want to check and see if your dog walker will also feed and water your dog and clean his crate or kennel, if he has one. If nothing else, make sure the dog walker provides plenty of fresh water for your dog. Most reputable dog walkers with do this, just relying on common sense. Check up on any potential dog walker before you hire one, to be sure your dog will be safely and properly treated

Starting a Dog Walking Company

Dog walking is one of the few professions just about anyone can do. In fact, many professional dog walkers work for themselves, in the comfort of their own neighborhood.  If you are healthy enough to spend most of your day on your feet walking and you enjoy being around dogs, dog walking may be a profession you should consider.

There are a number of organizations and companies that provide training to people interested in starting a dog walking business. These groups have online training courses as well as in-person classes. DogTEC, NAPPS, and Pet Sitters International are three organizations that can help individuals start a dog walking service.

One of the most important things people need to consider is that starting a dog walking business is like any other business. Insurance, bonding, licenses, corporation filings, marketing, and advertising are all things that should be considered by someone looking to start a business. They are all very important in addition to the dog walking.

If you like the idea of working for yourself, being around dogs, and spending your time outside, starting a dog walking company might be something you should consider.

How to Find a Local Dog Walker

If you’re looking for a dog walker in your area, DogWalker.com will have listings for people who offer this service locally. This is just the starting point of your search, though. You will want to speak to some of the local dog walkers, and check on their level of experience before you hire one.

Many people consider their dogs as part of their family, and if they are leaving on a trip where the dog cannot come with them, or if they are just working late for a few nights in a row, they will want their best friend well taken care of. After you find the names of dog walkers in your area, be sure you ask for their references, and call previous customers, if their contact information is available, to find out if they were happy with the service by the person or the company you are looking into.

Dog walking sounds simple enough, but your potential dog walker needs to know how your dog is accustomed to being walked – on a harness, with a choker chain, any information that is pertinent to them. They will also need to know the best place near your home to take your dog walking, perhaps a local dog park. And it’s a good idea to have someone meet your dog before they walk him, to make sure there is a good chemistry between them. This may take some time, but it’s worth it, so that you’ll find a suitable surrogate for times when you’re not available for your dog.

Walking is a healthy way for your dog to exercise. You can hire a dog walker for a set period of time per day or per week. Most people prefer that their dog be walked twice a day, and you may want to check and see if your dog walker will also feed and water your dog and clean his crate or kennel, if he has one. If nothing else, make sure the dog walker provides plenty of fresh water for your dog. Most reputable dog walkers with do this, just relying on common sense. Check up on any potential dog walker before you hire one, to be sure your dog will be safely and properly treated.

Hank Mooney – Fine Dog Services

I have been walking dogs in the Pacific Heights and adjacent areas of San Francisco for five years.

A lifelong dog and animal lover, I walk small groups of dogs carefully matched as to personality and energy level.

I establish a close, personal relationship with each dog, and tailor my walks to the precise needs and preferences of the dogs in my group.

Puppies and older dogs are welcome.

I have a five star rating on Yelp

http://www.yelp.com/biz/hank-mooney-dog-walks-san-francisco

References on request.

Your best friend will thank you for contacting me!

Auntie Donna’s Pet Nanny Services, LLC

Caring for Your Home & Pets with Love & Respect.

References, References, References!

Personal references are often the most important thing when it comes to dog walking. Although there is an element of trust any time a person hires someone for services, a dog walker is responsible for what some people consider a family member, and sometimes a dog walker will also have access to an empty home. References are critical, especially when it comes to trust.

Suggestion to Dog Owners:

When you are looking to hire a dog walker, ALWAYS ask for personal references, and call the people whose numbers are given as references. Make sure it’s not a friend of the dog walker or someone who is posing as a reference. Ask questions about how the dog walker interacted with the dog, the person/company’s timeliness, whether the dog walker is trustworthy, and other questions that will make you feel comfortable or look elsewhere. This is a member of your family that will be entrusted with the dog walker, and the dog walker may have access to your personal belongings in your home when you are not there.

Suggestion to Dog Walkers:

When you have a good working relationship with a dog owner, you should ask if that person can be a reference, and if so, what information can be provided to potential clients. You’ll want to make sure the person will be able to answer questions about your services honestly. Have a list of these references on hand, which will enable you to provide these references in a timely manner.

We Care Pet Care

Full service pet sitting and daily dog walking company.
Serving Westfield and the surrounding area for over 11 years.
Established in 1999.
Fully insured and bonded.
Specializing in puppy care and training help.
Insulin injections and medication administration available.
CPR/pet first aid certified staff.
Certified Canine and Avian specialist 2008.

Members of Pet Sitters International
National Assoc. of Professional Pet Sitters
Westfield Chamber of Commerce
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

Veterinarian and Trainer reccomended.
Pet taxi service available to/from vet and groomer apts.

Dog Walker Blog Directory Launched

Are you a dog walker and also a blogger? Do you give tips and advice to other dog walkers, dog-related business owners, or dog owners, and you want others to be able to learn from you? If you do, you might want to consider asking to be added to the brand new Dog Walker Blog Directory found on DogWalker.com!

The Dog Walker Blog directory contains a list of dog walking blogs found all over the Internet. Blogs are organized in ABC order by state. Although most blogs that are listed on the site have been found by the publisher of DogWalker.com, submissions are invited.

If you are interested in having your dog walker blog listed on the Dog Walker Blog Directory at no cost, send us an email and we’ll be in touch with you. We look forward to connecting with people who are giving back to the dog walker community and to dog owners.

As always, if you are interested in advertising your dog walking company on DogWalker.com, please sign up and create your listing.

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