A fear that many children have during Halloween is the same one that dog owners fear the day after Halloween… Â lost Halloween candy on the ground. While kids are trick or treating in the dark, aided generally by flashlights and the light of the moon, it’s inevitable that they will drop some loose Halloween candy, which won’t be found until the light of the following day.
Almost always, the first people to walk around the morning after Halloween will be dog owners and dog walkers who are out for the morning walks. Armed with their very sensitive smelling capabilities, dogs will easily sniff out assorted candies and chocolates that fell out of the pillow cases and bags of trick or treaters from the previous night. Chocolate can be deadly to dogs, especially if the dog is small or consumes a large amount of it.
While walking Lucy this morning, we came across a whole bunch of candy, some still in its packaging and other pieces seemingly broken into smaller pieces along the sidewalk. I was very careful to make sure Lucy didn’t eat any of the loose candy, but it was a difficult battle since she is strong and she LOVES to find bits of food on the sidewalk.
Just remember that Halloween was last night, as you are waking up and taking your favorite dog out for his morning stroll. Make sure he doesn’t sniff out some good chocolate that was lost or discarded.
New York City has many dog friendly locations, which makes travel with a pet much easier in the big city. Brooklyn Bridge Park is one popular stop for dog owners, Brooklyn dog walkers, and their furry companions. The dog runs found in the park are a great way to keep a pet well exercised while keeping him or her safe from the typical city and traffic related dangers.
Brooklyn Bridge Parkâ€™s dog runs were designed with attention to detail in terms of functionality and cleanliness. Just like other dog parks, these city off leash runs are fenced in and designed by a Parks Department architect and maintained with the assistance of volunteers. The layout and landscape features are positioned for ideal drainage while encouraging healthy vegetation growth and safe lighting for park visitors and their pets.
Visitors staying in New York City can find the Brooklyn Bridge Park at Adams Street and Plymouth Street. Itâ€™s positioned across from the southernmost tip of Manhattan, along Brooklynâ€™s waterfront area. The scenery adds to the breathtaking views accessible within the parkâ€™s borders. Newcomers may want to bring along a camera as they enjoy Brooklyn Bridge Park with their pet. Children can accompany pets and parents because the park also includes a playground with a boat shaped sand box, snail dÃ©cor, and plenty of climbing equipment.
The park also allows off leash play in certain designated areas from the time the park officially opens until 9 am as well as from 9 pm until the park closes for the evening.Â Dogs must still be properly vaccinated and licensed and the owner must have total control of their pet at all times. Visitors are advised that they must bring proof of their petâ€™s rabies vaccination before entering the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Forest Park Dog Run in Queens, New York City offers up a convenient location to enjoy some quality time with a pet. The park has a lot to offer, with lots of green stretches to enjoy a run or a casual walk. Visitors, including Queens dog walkers, find that Forest Park presents some of the most beautiful landscape, highlighted by local wildlife, geological attractions, and lush vegetation which sets the stage for a relaxing excursion outdoors.
The terrain in Forest Park consists primarily of small hills and wooded area. The park perimeter encompasses over 500 acres, including 165 acres of tree growth. The eastern region of the park is full of winding trails for hiking and horseback riding. Two private stables offer horse rentals that allow visitors to access more areas of the park in less time. Pet owners should keep in mind that when renting a horse, their pet should be kept elsewhere to avoid a potential accident. The City of New York maintains the dog run.
Forest Park includes a fenced in dog run area where four legged residents to the city can unwind. Visitors can find Forest Park along Myrtle Avenue, Park Lanes, and the Union Turnpike. The western portion of the park offers up a number of fields and courts for various sports, such as tennis, baseball, and handball. A 110 acre golf course can also be enjoyed, and is recognized as the most challenging course in New York City.
Dog owners should remember that four legged visitors are not permitted in certain areas of the park, including playgrounds, fountains, swimming pools, zoos, and ball fields. The designated off leash areas often include clean up bags to help dog owners maintain the lush appearance of the park for other pet owners. When leaving the dog run, pet owners should remember to re-attach leashes to ensure the safety of their pet and others at the park.
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Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending Best Friendsâ€™ Animal Societyâ€™s No More Homeless Pets National Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. Over 1150 participants attended sharing in the excitement and camaraderie. They came from all across the country representing shelters, rescues, animal control agencies, feral cat groups, low cost spay and neuter organizations, government agencies, and every other form of animal 501c (3) you can think of. The commonality of a passion for animals is what brought us all together and the shared belief that we could make No More Homeless Pets a reality by 2015, spurred us on.
The speakers were amazing. It was an honor to be in the same room as Richard Avanzino, the CEO for Maddyâ€™s Fund, Karen Green, the senior director for the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com and Gregory Castle, one of the founders of Best Friends Sanctuary and its current CEO. And the list goes on. But the most awesome people there were the attendees; individuals like you and me who made a decision that what was happening to animals in their community was not okay with them. Instead of just verbalizing they decided to do something about it. And they took action. And then others came to join them and they put their voices together and started a movement.
One couple I met from the mid-west decided to reach out to the pets of the homeless in their community. They bring them food for their dogs once a week. They have been doing it religiously every week for months paying for the food from their own pockets while they wait for their non-profit status to be approved.
Another wonderful woman I met started a rescue for senior dogs so that they could spend their final golden years happily in a loving home â€¦because every dog deserves a happy ending.
Emma Clifford founded Animal Balance, whose mission is to organize free, high volume, community-based sterilization programs to humanely reduce and manage cat and dog populations. She single-handedly took on the government in the Galapagos Islands, who were poisoning cats and dogs as a means of population control, and successfully converted them to a spay/neuter program. After that success she moved on to the Dominican Republic, American Samoa and the Independent State of Samoa. Cuba is next on her list. If that isnâ€™t passion and Chutzpah, I donâ€™t know what is!
Almost every person I sat next to during the workshops or luncheons had a rousing story to tell. But they were not only inspirational, they were empowering It was impossible not to get caught up in their passion and enthusiasm I came home determined to make a difference in the No More Homeless Pets by 2015 movement.
Getting to no-kill by 2015 is not only possibleâ€¦it is probable! Will you watch it happen or be one of those who make it happen?
Ways to get involved:
- Volunteer at a local shelter, rescue group, low cost spay neuter clinic in your community. If there isnâ€™t one, how about starting one?
- Encourage people who are interested in getting a pet to adopt from a shelter, rescue group or to go to petfinder.com
- Good breeders do not sell puppies to retail stores. Every puppy purchased in a store came from a puppy mill; maybe not directly but thatâ€™s where they come from. Start a protest group at your local pet stores that still sell puppies.
- Write letters to your local and state representatives to enact laws that promote kindness to animals and prosecute animal abusers.
- If you have a feral cat community start a TNR ( Trap Neuter Release) program and arrange for people to provide food and fresh water and if necessary temporary shelters for the cats.
- Volunteer to foster a cat, dog, puppy or kitten.
- Use every opportunity to educate the public that adopting an animal is for a lifetime!
- Support your local pet food banks by getting donations of food from other dog and cat lovers.
If none of these things appeal to you create your own idea for how to be part of this movement and go for it.
For more information or to share ideas contact: Sari Reis, Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services, www.missionvalleypetsitting.com.
If you are thinking about starting a dog related business (such as a dog walking company), you might want to consider signing up for a dogTEC class. Although the organization is based in San Francisco, they are offering classes in cities throughout the United States, and you can become dogTEC certified.
dogTEC can help people and companies who would like to grow their hobby, part-time business, or full-time business into a larger business. The organization offers a variety of classes throughout the year, and the upcoming schedule is listed below. Contact dogTEC for more details about classes.
Dog Walking Academy
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Size: Limited to 16 students
An intensive 4-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates come away fully equipped to start a dog walking businessâ€”or advance an existing one. Expand your knowledge of canine behavior, learn new pack-management techniques and fight protocols, and go through the A-Z of running and marketing a dog walking business.
San Francisco: Â February 3-6, 2011
February 10-13, 2011
April 28-May 1, 2011
October 20-23, 2011
October 27-30, 2011
Arlington, VA: March 24-27, 2011
December 1-4, 2011
Seattle, WA: May 26-29, 2011
September 1-4, 2011
Madison, NJ: August 4-7, 2011
Duration: 1-day or 2-day
Cost: From $85 to $195
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Fairplay, MDÂ June 26, 2011
Interactive, inexpensive web-based classes you can take from the convenience of home.
Our web seminars are taught by the industryâ€™s top business consultants. We have worked with over 500 dog professionals in 7 yearsâ€”dog trainers, dog walkers, pet sitters, daycare and boarding facility operators, as well dog photographers, pet accessories boutiques, and a dog nanny.
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January 12, 2011: Master the Growlies Redux $20
February 9, 2011: Â Time Management Workshop $20
March 3, 2011: Got Referrals? $20
Building a Successful Puppy Class Program
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Dog Pro Marketing Workshop
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Where: San Diego
When: Once per year
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Dog owners in Boston, Massachusetts can stop by the Boston Commons off leash dog park. This park is a little trickier than some in other cities. The area is not fenced off, so safety is a concern and pet owners should feel confident in their dogâ€™s obedience training before removing the leash. The area is great for a quick excursion to exercise pets and get a little fresh air.
Boston Commons off leash dog park gives visitors plenty to look at during their stay in Boston. Upon entering the park, many visitors feel as though they are at the center of the city, with healthy green trees silhouetted against the cityscape. Locals make the park a frequent visit for quality time with their pets and family. Boston dog walkers also frequently visit the park with their four legged clients in tow.
The Boston Commons Park can be found between Charles Street and Boylston Street. Newcomers should be warned that only specific areas of the park are actually considered the dog park area. Exploring outside of these regions with pets off leash could result in a fine. The rather small off leash dog area can be located between the State House on the hill and Frog Pond. New visitors should look for other pets roaming off leash to verify that they have found the right area.
Dogs can stretch their legs and enjoy a pleasant evening or morning of play time at the Boston Commons Park.Â Off leash hours are divided into two times, starting with the first session at 6:30 am until 8:30 am then again in the evening from 5 pm until 7 pm. Pet owners with obedient canines can really enjoy the views at the Boston Commons Park off leash dog area.
Whether you are new to the dog ownership world or a long-time pooch owner, making the decision to hire a dog walker may be stressful. Is the person experienced? Will they follow your instructions about exercise, discipline, and dog clothing? Even after you’ve found the perfect dog walker, they may ask you if you want individual or group walks.
Here are some issues you need to consider before making the decision about whether your dog should be walked in a pack.
How large and energetic is your dog in comparison to the others of the group? If you own an aging chihuahua, walking her alongside a boisterous, sixty-pound Golden Retriever could lead to injuries. Even if the larger dogs are sweet-tempered, slow oldsters may get hurt unintentionally. The same goes for a young Great Dane or Greyhound that may unintentionally harm others in the group just by trying to play. Ideally, the other dogs in the walking group would be around the same weight and activity level of your dog.
Are the other dogs all up to date on their shots, de-worming, and flea and tick treatments? Is everyone desexed? Even if your dog is up to date, sick animals may lash out when stressed by new arrivals. If your dog is not spayed or neutered, then obviously walking with any intact dogs of the opposite sex is not a good idea. Intact dogs must also be kept on-leash at all times. Don’t assume that all un-neutered males will fight. This is absolutely not true, but aggression must be watched for closely.
What breed are the other dogs? No, not ever Pitt Bull Terrier is hard-wired to murder other dogs! However, some breeds, such as ChowChows, are very territorial. If possible, meet the other dogs in a neutral place, such as a park, and see how they interact before signing your dog up for the walking group.
In short, safety, health, and the relationships in any dog walking group will determine if it’s a good fit for your canine friend.
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Visitors and residents in Seattle can stop by the Golden Gardens dog park. Here, visitors can give their dogs a little off leash run time before heading off to their next destination. The park offers a nice balance of features, cleanliness and size to make the visit enjoyable. Golden Gardens park offers visitors many other amenities, from rental facilities to play areas, restrooms, fire pits, walking trails, and picnic areas. The area makes a great stop for families as well as those with pets, and Seattle dog walkers can always be found here.
The Golden Gardens Park presents a number of natural attractions that draws in many visitors every day. Recent restoration projects have restored two wetland regions and created a short trail. A part of the restoration effort has also revived the parkâ€™s northern beach. For canines, the off leash dog run area includes cedar chips, which really helps keep the enclosure clean for dog paws and human shoes. The off leash area also includes a fence for added pet safety. Dog owners can feel at ease while their pets get some much needed time to roam and play.
The off leash dog park in Golden Gardens can be accessed in the upper northern area. Visitors can park their vehicles and walk along a short trail to find the entrance. Those who hike up to the dog park should keep in mind that elderly pets may have a difficult time managing the hike. When visiting after a rainy spell, visitors should also keep in mind that mud can be a problem in the park. Packing spare shoes or a few towels can help with the clean up effort before departing.
The Golden Gardens dog park in Seattle is a popular attraction for many visitors and residents. Anyone stopping by with a pet should try the park to exercise their pets while taking in some of the most beautiful natural views in the area.
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“Auntie Elaine understands that people’s pets are precious to them, even if the pets are worthless cats who do nothing but make a mess and pester, all day long. She will go the distance, right down to including a cat in a conversation. Cats like that…” –A.R. Clawson, Shreveport, Louisiana.
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Dogs must show proof of rabies, DHLPP & bordetella vaccinations. For your dog’s safety, we have a 3-day waiting period after any new vaccination. Dogs must be six months or older. Dogs must be neutered or spayed and on a flea control program to play (not required for grooming only). Dog Walking and travel to/from your home, computer photos and daily e-mail reports highly customized: $35 per hour. Baths are given at your request, and BY APPOINTMENT only …
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Dog owners who live in or have visited the city of Portland, Oregon agree that the Sandy River Delta dog park is one of the best features the area has to offer. The park includes the most expansive off leash areas in the entire region. Both dogs and their owners or dog walkers adore the natural setting and enormous distance to explore. There are many miles of natural hiking trails, and a majority of these are designated for off leash pet walking. Pets and owners can play off trails in large field areas that are perfect for fetch or just general romping.
When it comes to feeling unconfined, the Sandy River Delta Dog Park is one of the best options a pet owner has in Portland (and the surrounding region for that matter). The area gives pets plenty of room to stretch their legs, with vegetation and terrain that makes for a pleasant afternoon outing. A number of the Sandy River Delta hiking trails wind through the natural setting to the Columbia River. Many pet owners travel the trails during the summer months and let their canines enjoy a swim in the river. Sandy River is also a popular place for dog walkers in Portland, Oregon to walk with their dogs.
New visitors can find the Sandy River Delta dog park off of the Crown Point Highway on Thousand Acres Road. The location, which includes 1,400 acres, is a dedicated dog park that spans territory between the Sandy River and I-84. Parking is much easier to find thanks to a recent renovation project, which improved parking lots, restrooms and dog clean up bag stations.
While visiting the Sandy River Delta dog park, visitors should keep in mind that the area is not fenced in. It is large enough that the lack of a fence should not be an issue, provided the dog will heed a recall and has undergone basic obedience training.
Leash training is often one of the most difficult parts of training your dog. Dogs love to bite on leashes, as they make great chew toys for teething dogs, and it can be annoying for a dog owner or dog walker. However, this is a problem that can turn serious if it is not taken care of quickly, and it can go on for an extended period of time if a young puppy isn’t leash trained.
If you (or your dog walker) use a nylon leash, dogs can sometimes chew right through the leash and break it when walking. Below you will find some helpful tips for training your dog to not bite on the leash while walking.
First of all, consider purchasing a different kind of leash. If you typically use nylon leashes, try using a metal chain leash for a while. Dogs won’t chew on these, and if they try, they will realize that it is not possible. This may break your dog’s habit of chewing on the leash when walking. You can also purchase a heavy duty nylon leash to ensure a dog biting the leash doesn’t rip it.
Spraying sour apple spray on the leash where your dog bites it is a tactic that may also work for you. Most dogs don’t like this spray and it will keep them from biting the leash. This also works on other household items that your dog might bite as well.
The best tactic is to work with your dog to get him to stop biting the leash. Each time he starts to bite the leash, stop walking and get your dog’s attention. Let him know that that is not appropriate behavior. Reward positive behavior with treats and praise.
When our dog bites her leash infrequently, we will drop the leash and step on it, not moving until she drops the leash. Once she lets go, we resume our walk. We continue to do this until she understands it’s not appropriate.
Your dog will eventually learn that biting on the leash is not an acceptable behavior.
Challenger Park in Chicago offers pet owners a unique opportunity that many miss. The area is very small, which must be stressed. Compared to other off leash dog parks in the country, Challenger Park is quite limited in size. As a result, many dog owners do not realize the area is there. For some, this is a plus because it makes the area great for training a new dog to learn the ways of the off leash run and dog parks in general. Dogs can still get plenty of exercise, which is the point of a dog park anyway.
The dog park in Challenger Park is very secluded. For some pet owners. The park is nestled between the wall of a cemetery and train tracks. The area itself is nice for a quiet, peaceful afternoon with a four legged friend, and Chicago dog walkers who know about the area can be found letting their dogs run free. The park is usually sparsely populated, which can help lower stress levels for pet owners that are concerned about taking their pet to busy off leash areas.
Visitors can find the Challenger Park dog area nestled between the eastern wall of the Graceland Cemetery and the Red Line rails. As I mentioned, the park is very tiny so navigating it is simple. Canines and humans have very few places to go once they arrive. There are dog prohibited areas, but these are clearly marked with signs so visitors know they are in the right place.
Challenger Park in Chicago is a decent place to take pets for a little exercise. The park is small and secluded, so pet owners are advised to use common sense and not travel alone or in the dark hours. Unfortunately, dogs will generally receive minimal (if any) socializing opportunity here, but it is an ideal location for burning off canine energy.
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Services We Provide:
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*All staff are trained, uniformed and follow a detailed company handbook covering a comprehensive list of safety and professionalism policies. Staff are required to carry this handbook while working which covers protocols to deal with most situations that could arise out in the field as well as a list of vets (address and contact info) in the area in the event of a pet illness or emmergency. This alone sets us apart from the majority of the other businesses and independent walkers out there.
* We are members of NAPPS, PSI, and ABKA and participate in Red Cross CPR and Pet First Aid courses.
*All staff are required to carry first aid kits when working.
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3) Schedules are also emailed out nightly between 2-3 A.M to pet sitters and management for the next day so there is never a question what visits are covered next day.
4) You can always simply call or email us as well to make any changes or book reservations!
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*And last but not least compassionate, we have polite and caring staff across the board, which will always treat your pets with the utmost care and TLC. Most of our staff have their own pets or have grown up with pets and are true animal lovers who will treat your pet as their own. Our mission above all else is to keep your pets healthy, safe and well cared for at all times when you can’t be around due to busy schedules and travel. When you hire us, you can rest assured your pet(s) are being well cared for and have the best quality care that is available in the industry. That is our promise to you.
“How much should I give my dog walker as a tip during Christmas?”
If you are like almost every other dog owner, each year around Christmas, Hanukkah and the holidays, you ask yourself if you should give a tip or bonus to your hard working dog walker. It’s a question we ask as dog owners, and people ask us for advice on this as well.
Christmas time allows us all to experience the joy of giving gifts to those people who mean the most in our lives. Many of us may put a tip or card in the mailbox to give to our mailman, but what about the person who regularly walks our dogs?
Dog walkers are just as important as the mailman or any other person that you may give a tip to during the holiday season. The dog walker will take our dog out to be walked and exercised when we can not. Because the dog walker is creating a healthier life for our pet during their daily or weekly rounds, it’s a good idea to give this special person a tip during the holidays as a way to say “thank you” for helping out during the year.
Many people may not know what a good price is when giving their dog walker a tip or bonus for Xmas. But what exactly is a fair amount to give to someone who shows our beloved pets so much love and warmth whenever they come over to walk our dog?
As a general rule, a weeks worth of salary for your dog walker will prove to be a fantastic tip this holiday season. Some people might even give one or two visits worth of pay to their dog walker as a tip. You can give the holiday tip to your dog walker in a holiday card in either cash or check. Alternatively, you may want to give them a small gift or a gift card to a fancy restaurant. Keep in mind that during these harsh economic times, any tip or bonus you give to your dog walker would be appreciated.
Dog walkers require a resume like almost any other profession. Pets are considered family members in many homes, so pet owners need assurance that they’ve picked a dog walker who is reliable and good with animals. To land as many clients as possible, be sure to include the following on your dog walking resume:
1. Certification: If you haven’t earned certification, look for a course right away (dogTEC for example). It doesn’t take long to complete the certificate and it assures pet owners that you’re serious about your business. List things you’ve mastered by earning the certificate, such as interpreting the body language of dogs, leash skills and obedience training.
2. Bonding: Because you may be in the client’s home when they are not present, it is important you have a surety bond listed on your resume and business cards.
3. Insurance: Not only does insurance protect you, it protects your client. Find out what your state’s minimum requirements are for small business insurance. Also, research the average pay-out for a dog bite lawsuit to determine what level of coverage is right for you. Make sure you disclose your dog walking insurance as well as other business insurance coverage.
4. Affiliations: If you haven’t already, join a professional organization, such as the International Association of Canine Professionals. Again, this shows your dedication to the profession. Another benefit to joining professional organizations is that insurance companies often give discounts to national club members.
5. Other Services: Most dog walkers offer clients additional services for a few extra dollars, such as picking up the newspaper, cleaning up dog waste, grooming, overnight pet sitting, taking out the garbage, etc. Many clients may not know these services are available unless you list them on your resume.
6. Experience: Share how long you’ve been dog walking. Also mention other animal-related jobs or volunteer work you have done in the past.
7. References: List the names and contact information for references and referrals. These can be both past dog walking jobs as well as work experience at pet care companies.
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