Point Isabel Regional Shoreline Dog Park

Dog Park in Richmond, CaliforniaIf you’re thinking about taking your furry friend to the dog park, the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline Dog Park in Richmond, California boasts the largest public off-leash dog park in the country. At 23-acres, this bay side park allows you to let your pal run free on a trail by the water. The only rules are that you must carry a leash (less than 6 feet in length) at all times, leash your dog in the parking lot and on the road, and keep your dog within close enough distance that they can hear and obey voice commands.

If your dog isn’t used to the company of other dogs, be advised that a leash will be required if he displays aggressive behavior towards dogs or people. Digging and chasing birds are not allowed, but running around in a friendly matter is always encouraged at the dog park!

Once your pup roams around, he’ll be a little (or very!) dirty. Never fear; Point Isabel Dog Park features Mudpuppy’s Tub & Scrub, a dog-related retail store and dog wash. You can even get your dog a flea dip or nail cut! After your pooch gets all gussied up, take him over to the adjacent Sit & Stay Cafe where you can both enjoy treats.

The Point Isabel Regional Shoreline Dog Park is located right off of I-580 and I-80 in Richmond, California. A short drive from Berkley and San Francisco, the park is a great location to enjoy a sunny day with your loyal friend.

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Beware of Fraudulent Activity Targeting Pet Care Professionals

Likely since the first days of the Internet, there have been people using it for fraudulent activity at the expense of others. Unfortunately, it seems that there may be someone that is targeting dog walkers, dog walking services, pet sitters, and other pet care companies, and I want to make you aware of the situation.

On April 29, 2011, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) sent its members a fraud notice, letting them know there’s someone who may be trying to get them to respond to an email inquiry about pet sitting. In addition, on the forum of PetSits.com, someone posted an alleged fraudulent email that has been sent.

DogWalker.com also received a similar email on its test page, and it’s likely that dog walking services and dog walkers who have listings on DogWalker.com also received a similar inquiry. I sent a newsletter to advertisers, letting them know about the potential for fraud, and I hope you take every precaution when responding to any inquiry – whether on this site or others.

Please remember that anyone can send an email to you from the DogWalker.com listing page, and DogWalker.com does not review or verify any messages. Never send anyone any money, and always do your own due diligence before visiting a potential client for you own safety.

Sadly, there will always be people trying to scam others, and we all need to by hyper-aware of this.

Keep Your Dog Hydrated on a Walk

Dog HydrationHydration is very important for a dog on a walk — just as it is for a person who is participating in a sport or an athletic event. Remember, the walk may be the only exercise that the dog gets in the day, and he may exert himself to the max when he has the opportunity. If this is the case, it will not be in good enough shape to just go on a walk without the proper nutrition and hydration.

A walk that may seem short and easy to a person can actually be quite strenuous for some dogs. Even if the weather isn’t particularly hot outside, many dogs have thick fur coats and can overheat more easily than a person can under the same conditions. Dehydration is a bad thing for dogs, and by the time you can see that your dog is dehydrated, it may be too late.

Hydration is the key to athletic health. Dogs need this even more than they need to eat. They can often be fine on a walk and eat when they come back; they need to have water before and during the walk. If you’re going for a long walk, be sure to carry a water bottle if there won’t be a hose or water bowl where you go. If your dog can’t drink straight from the bottle, be sure to bring a container from which he can drink. Most dog parks will have a water source from which the dog can drink (make sure you give fresh water that hasn’t been sitting around though).

It is best to get the dog to drink before you leave, though this may not be easy to do, since it’s tough to get a dog to drink on command!  If your dog is properly hydrated it will be happier, livelier, and healthier.

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Flyers for a Dog Walking Business

Dog Walker MarketingWe’ve all seen these before. On light poles, phone booths, and the board at the local pet shop or veterinarian. They are paper or laminated flyers letting people know about a local dog walker or dog walking business, and it includes a phone number to call or a website to visit for more information.

Distributing flyers for you dog walking business is a good way to drum up local business. But what information should you include on your flyer? How should you design it? Where are the best places to put them up, and where should you avoid? Here are some tips for getting the most out of your fliers to get the most customers.
Crucial Information

Are you willing to walk giant-breed dogs? How about several toy breeds at once? Will you walk intact (unaltered) dogs? Are there any breeds you refuse to handle? Do you demand vaccination records? Be sure to post these caveats along with your first name, phone number, and availability. If you have experience with dogs, list that as well. If you’re including a photo, choose one of yourself with your own dog. A friendly flyer with information about you will likely yield better results.

Design Elements

As nearly everyone has a cellphone to program your number into, having tear-off strips along the bottom of the fliers probably isn’t necessary, especially since it can look really messy after a few days. Use large block lettering and triple-check your spelling and grammar. Include your phone number, email address, and/or website (make sure your website has all the information you want to include). After all, your flier is a reflection of your professionalism. If your flyer will be outside, you may want to have it laminated to protect it from the elements. Bright colors might help it stand out, or print it on colored paper.

Effective Posting

With the owners permission, pet shops, veterinarians’ offices, grooming shops, and grocery stores are perfect places to post your fliers. Avoid putting them up on public property, such as light poles or trees. You could be fined, or you could really annoy people in the neighborhood.

Designing a sharp, professional flyer with all the pertinent details is key to attracting clients to your dog-walking business. Make the best first impression possible with good posting places, and dog owners will be encouraged to call for your services.

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Types of Dog Walking Leashes

The leash is probably the most important “tool” that is used by a dog walker. It can help the dog walker stay in control of a dog (or group of dogs), and there are many different types of dog walking leashes that are available. There is a difference between the different types of leashes, and we’ll try to help explain what the different types of dog walker leashes are for and how they should be properly used.

Chain Leashes

If your dog likes to tug and pull, then a chain leash might be the one for you. The downside of chain leashes is that they can be tough on your hands unless there is a place to grip the leash that is more comfortable. Your dog will also be unlikely to bite this leash since it won’t feel too great on his teeth.

Flexi-leads

Flexi-leads work great if you are ever taking your dog to the park or an area where it can roam around more freely. However, if you are in a crowded area, then it is probably not the best idea since your dog could get wrapped around someone easier.

Leather Leashes

Leather leashes are a great option because they are easier on your hands. Depending on how far you prefer your dog to be walking away from you will determine how long of a leash that you should purchase.

Nylon Leashes

Nylon leashes can also be very rough on your hands; however, they have a great reputation in holding up in the rough weather, so they will definitely last a long time if that is something you are looking for. You can also find these in a lot of really cool designs and colors.

Dog Walker Special Offers and Discounts

Dog Walker CouponThere are many dog walking services and dog walkers who enhance their DogWalker.com listings with special offers, discounts, and coupons. Some of these offers range from a discount on dog walks to free dog walking and consulting. This is a great opportunity for you to save money when you try out a new dog walking company.

If the dog walker does offer a special offer or discount, it will be listed in the description section of the business listing. You can print out the special offer and bring it to the dog walker, but you must mention the offer in your conversation with the dog walker. This will allow the dog walker to know where the referral came from and to track results.

When you do redeem your special offer, please know that many dog walkers rely on the fee for income, and the special offer is to help bring new customers. It is always appropriate to tip your dog walker when given exemplary service. Walking dogs is a tough job, and dog walkers dedicate their lives to caring for your best pal!

Get Background Information on Your Dog Walker

Let’s face it. Your dog is a member of your family, and it would be unthinkable if anything would happen to your dog, especially if it could be avoidable. Not only will dog walkers care for your dog, but they may have access to your home when you aren’t there. It’s very important that you take hiring a dog walker seriously, and we want to give you some advice.

Before connecting with a dog walker, especially if the dog walker wasn’t specifically referred to you by a trusted friend or veterinarian, do some research on him or her. Use Google to search for that person’s name and see if anything seems suspicious. Use sites like Yelp and CitySearch to see what others said about that dog walker. Call your local veterinarian to see if they know the dog walker. You want to make sure the person is reliable and has you and your dog’s best interests in mind.

When a potential dog walker gives you a list of references and/or testimonials, be sure to call those people. Actually, don’t just call those people, do some research to see who those people are first. You will want to make sure the references are good references, and not just friends of the dog walker. They should be working people with good reputations. If something strikes you as being strange, you should probably look elsewhere. Don’t give the person a pass, since they will have access to your home.

Perform a background check on your dog walker, and/or research the dog walking service with the Better Business Bureau. You should hire someone who has experience and has a registered business, especially if they will have access to your home. There are plenty of websites where you can perform background checks on the person, and make sure things check out.

If things check out, meet with your local dog walker in person. Perhaps you may meet at a local dog park or dog run. This is not only to see how the dog walker gets along with your dog, but to see how you feel about the dog walker. You need to trust your dog walker, and getting to know the dog walker in person is a good way to do that.

I personally wouldn’t give a dog walker unlimited access to my home without me being there for at least the first several times. I want to build a trust with the dog walker before I give them a key to my house. If this is a problem, perhaps you can leave your dog with your neighbor for a short period of time, or at least leave your key with your neighbor.

Hiring a dog walker is a big deal. You need to be 100% comfortable with the dog walker to know that your dog will be safe and your valuables will not be put at risk. If your instinct tells you something is amiss, don’t hire that dog walker. It’s important that your dog walker be reliable, reputable, and responsible.

Please Donate to Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter

After the devastating tornados and violent storms that swept through Alabama in April, the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter is in desperate need of your donations. They are seeking monetary donations and pet supplies to help take care of the animals that have been brought to the shelter for care.

The animal shelter is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As you may be aware, Tuscaloosa was recently devastated by the tornados that swept the South in late April. Although the structure of the shelter sustained minimal damage, they are facing a huge burden by the large amount of displaced pets that have been brought in to them recently. Many pets lost their owners or homes during the storms and have been brought to the shelter in desperate need of care, which they are being given.

The Shelter especially needs monetary donations in order to help keep its temporary guests in the best of health. Not only has the strain on the shelter increased because of the extra need for basic necessities, but many of these dogs and cats have come to the shelter injured and need of expensive medical care.

Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter also needs donations of basic pet supplies such as dog and cat food, pet food bowls, cat litter, towels, blankets, collars and leashes, flea and tick preventatives, pet carriers and crates. Cleaning supplies such as bleach and paper towels are also needed to help keep the facility clean and disease-free.

The dedicated staff of professionals at Metro Animal Shelter has been working around the clock to provide the best care for these displaced pets. Your donations will help provide the basic necessities and medical care. Perhaps most importantly, your donations will help them to find these pets permanent homes where they can be taken care of and loved forever.

The shelter has been without power or phone lines since the tornados. The best way to get donations to the shelter is by mail or by dropping items off directly at the shelter. The address is:

Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter
3140 35th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter is a 501c-3 non-profit organization, so your donation is fully tax-deductible.

Many people watched the news of the devastation in Alabama and would like to help but are unsure as to what they could do. You could make a horrible situation a little better for many families by letting them know that you care about their homeless pets. Donations in any amount are appreciated.

Please consider donating to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.

5 Tips for a Successful Listing

A listing on DogWalker.com can help bring you business because hundreds of people visit the site each day looking for a local dog walker. The more listings on the site, the better the experience for the visitors and dog walkers. When you create your listing on DogWalker.com, I want you to get the most benefit out of it. Here are 5 tips for a successful listing:

  • Have a complete description that not only mentions your services, but it should also mention your accreditation, amount of time walking dogs, certifications, affiliations, awards, and any other valuable information. A listing should be the beginning of a relationship between you and a client.
  • Add a photograph or a logo to your listing. Not only will this enhance your listing page, but it will also make your listing stand out on the search results pages instead of the default graphic. If you don’t have a business logo, a picture of yourself or you and your dog is nice – it will help make a personal connection.
  • Be sure to list all zip codes and service areas. Don’t simply post “xyz county” – be sure to also include the towns and cities in that county to enhance your presence on the site.  If you work in Tampa, Florida, Don’t just post “Hillsborough County” because your listing won’t show up when someone searches “Tampa.”
  • Add a special “DogWalker.com Offer” that people will need to mention to you so you can track your results better. Some dog walking services offer $5.00 off the first walk when the client mentions the listing. This is a good way to know how people are finding you. This will also be an incentive for people to choose you over another company that doesn’t have a special offer.
  • Include your website (don’t forget the http://) so people can visit your site to learn more about you and your company. You can control the look and feel of your website more so than the DogWalker.com listing, and it will allow you to present more information to your potential clients.

Have an Emergency Dog Walker Contact

Hire a Dog WalkerIt’s happened to all of us before, where we need to use a dog walking service at the last minute. Sometimes its because of a last minute appointment and other times its because we’re sick or something else comes up. Whatever the reason, it’s important to have the contact information for a dog walker in case an urgent need arises.

In the event of an emergency, the last thing you want to do is scramble to find a dog walker. However, hiring a dog walker shouldn’t be as easy as picking up the phone or sending an email. You need to get to know the person who will care for your dog, and that process can take time and research… Certainly not something that should be done with no time to spare!

Right now, I recommend contacting a local dog walker, even if you don’t need to use his or her services today. Inevitably, there will be a time when you need a dog walker on short notice, and it will be great to have someone in mind. Similarly, most dog walkers want to meet / get to know your dog before agreeing to walk him. If you find a dog walking service before you need to use it, you will be covered when the time comes.

We’ve shared some tips to hire a dog walker, but you likely won’t have time to follow through with them all if you’re searching at the last minute. Do yourself a favor and find someone to walk your dog even if you don’t have a need right now. When the time does come, you will be prepared.

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Casting Call: It’s Me Or The Dog on Animal Planet

animal planetBelow is the casting info for Animal Planet’s new season of IIt’s Me Or The Dog. They are looking to spread the word about the new season to reach people who are desperate for help. They would be so grateful if you could recommend anyone who might be good for our show…

Animal Planet’s It’s Me Or The Dog Launches Casting in Tri State Area:

Unruly dogs and their owners are encouraged to apply immediately!

Shed Media US, the producers of the international parenting phenomenon Supernanny (ABC) and US cable hit The Real Housewives of NYC (BRAVO) now bring you season 4 of It’s Me Or The Dog.

If you live in or around the NYC area, and have a pooch that’s an obedience school drop-out or disrupting your life, they want to hear from you!

This season the network is looking for dog owners with BIG personalities, who have stories where their dogs’ behavior is causing high tension and drama in the household. If bickering and disagreements are an everyday occurrence and someone is saying, it’s me or the dog, contact us today!

To apply immediately visit www.itsmeorthedog.com or email DOG@SHEDMEDIAUS.COM.

Creating a Good Dog Walker Resume

Dog Walker JobsDog walking can be an excellent source of income, and with a cleverly crafted resume you can definitely put yourself in a great position to work for a dog walking service. It is beneficial to have some experience working with dogs or animals in general if you are looking to pursue becoming a dog walker. Be sure to list all experiences you have with dogs, even with your own, as this will go a long way in getting noticed as a dog walker.

Working as a volunteer at an animal shelter looks great on a resume and it shows potential employers that you truly love working with animals. This type of experience can go a long way when applying for dog walking positions, since there is a lot of responsibility involved when working with animals.

If you are affiliated with or belong to an organization centered around animals, such as the International Association of Canine Professionals, definitely include this information on your resume. Belonging to such a group shows employers that you are dedicated to walking dogs and shows professionalism.

Consider becoming certified and trained in animal CPR if you are not already certified. This will make you stand out in comparison to other dog walkers and it illustrates to employers that you are qualified to handle an emergency situation if it arises. It is also beneficial to take some basic training classes such as obedience training, since this will show that you are willing to learn new things so that you can apply them in your profession.

Here’s help finding a dog walking job. You can also find additional dog walker resume tips on DogWalker.com.

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Cost of Dog Walking in Philadelphia

While owning a dog in Philadelphia can be a great experience and add much joy to your life, there is a lot of responsibility that goes along with owning the dog. One of the responsibilities is walking the dog on a regular basis. For many people, giving the dog enough exercise throughout the day is a difficult thing to do because they are working away from home. Luckily, many people can hire a dog walker to do this for them.

In Philadelphia, there are many different options for dog walkers, which come with a variety of services and different level of prices. In general, most dog walkers will charge between $12 and $15 per walk. The walk will take around 30 minutes, and will also include picking up any refuse. In many situations, the dog walker will walk multiple dogs at the same time.

If you want a private dog walk, or a longer dog walk, you should expect to spend some more money than that. Private dog walks tend to cost almost double, and hour long walks are normally about 50% more. While the recurring expense of dog walks can be expensive, many people could save money by negotiating a monthly rate that comes with one walk per day during the week.

Find a dog walker in Philadelphia right now.

Popular Dog Parks in Philadelphia

If you don’t have a backyard, taking your dog to a dog park is a great way for your dog to get exercise. If you live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania you will have many popular dog parks and dog runs in Philadelphia, PA to choose from. Many of these parks are exclusively for dogs and most allow dogs to be off leash at various times. Make sure you know the rules of each park!

Bark Park
Bark Park is located in Montgomery Township. This free dog park has a separate area for smaller dogs, spacious grounds along with well-maintained grounds and benches for pet-owners.

Briar Hill Preserve
Briar Hill Preserve dog park is popular due to the wooded area and trails it contains. This will give both you and your dog a nice long walk together.

Core Creek Dog Park
The Core Creek Dog Park has a lot to offer your canine companion. Here, you will find a separate area for small dogs, 2 acres of land for your dog to roam, shade and benches. It also has some agility equipment for your dog to get extra exercise. You will also find drinking water available for your dog. There is a small cost for using the park.

Dog Town Indoor Dog Park
This a unique park since it is an indoor park. Since this is indoor, it has artificial turf instead of grass. But, it is a good option to be able to get your dog some exercise during rainy or snowy days.

Lloyd Park Dog Area
This free dog park is considered one of the popular dog parks in Philadelphia, PA due to the fact that dogs can be off-leash here. It has natural surroundings including brush, and a creek along with mud for dogs to roll around in. It may be messy, but your dog will love it.

These are just a few of the more popular dog parks in Philadelphia, PA. These dog parks offer different features that will give your dog plenty of exercise in a nice environment. Find a Philadelphia dog walker right now!

Warner Park in Nashville

Edwin Warner Dog Park is located on Vaughn Road in the Belle Meade area of Nashville, Tennessee and is open year round from dusk until dawn. Warner Dog Park is a wonderful place for your dog to exercise, play and socialize with other canines.

Warner Dog Park is one of the largest dog-friendly parks in the Nashville area and, unlike many other parks, it boasts a large open play area that is fenced in. You can see your dog at all times while in this large area. There are plenty of benches and seating areas for owners to relax and socialize while their canine companions are off playing with friends and doing their own socializing.

A picnic pavilion and water fountains help to make your day even more enjoyable. Proof of rabies vaccination is required for all dogs before entrance is allowed, so you can rest easier knowing your dog is in healthy company. Owners must pick up after their dogs and place waste in receptacles located throughout the park. This is a well-heeded mandate and has worked nicely to keep the park clean and well maintained.

This is one location that has truly gone to the dogs, and for good reason. Warner Dog Park is Tennessee’s first off-leash park. Dogs love to run free and show off on the jumps and ramps situated throughout the park. Two dogs are allowed per person and must be sociable, which helps ensure the happiness of dogs and owners alike during their outing.

If you’re looking for a Nashville dog walker, you’ve come to the right place.

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Why I am Buying City DogWalker.com Domain Names

Over the past few months, you may have noticed that my company has been purchasing large city DogWalker.com, DogWalking.com, and DogWalkers.com domain names. When these names are purchased, they are all redirected to their respective pages within the main DogWalker.com website. This is a strategic move for a couple of reasons and I am happy to explain why.

The primary reason is that this will help drive additional traffic to the main website. Believe it or not, there are many people who type in the city dog walker .com domain name directly into their web browser rather than searching Google. While we are paying over $1.00 per click on Google via Adwords, we don’t have to pay for this traffic when people type the domain name in by themselves. If a domain name gets 7-10 visits a year in total, it’s paid for itself.

A secondary reason is that we may develop small portals on each of these domain names sometime in the future. By purchasing these domain names when they come available, it helps secure them for the future. This may help with the website’s local search optimization, which will drive more traffic and give additional value to our advertisers.

Finally, we are happy to entertain partnership offers on individual domain names. I would be more than happy to sell or lease any of the domain names we have purchased to help a local business if someone wants the domain name. We would likely be willing to offer this inexpensively if the company were to provide us a link back to DogWalker.com. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement I would be happy with, and I think it could be helpful to local businesses to own the descriptive domain name.

In case you are wondering, the list below is some of the domain names we currently own. If you would like to sell yours, we are also buying, although only for a good price.

  • AtlantaDogWalker.com
  • BrooklynDogWalking.com
  • CharlotteDogWalkers.com
  • ClevelandDogWalking.com
  • ColumbusDogWalking.com
  • HoustonDogWalking.com
  • IndianapolisDogWalking.com
  • IndianapolisDogWalkers
  • LasVegasDogWalker.com
  • LexingtonDogWalker.com
  • LittleRockDogWalker.com
  • MemphisDogWalker.com
  • MiamiDogWalker.com
  • MinneapolisDogWalking.com
  • NashvilleDogWalker.com
  • NewOrleansDogWalking.com
  • NewYorkDogWalking.com
  • OaklandDogWalker.com
  • OrlandoDogWalking.com
  • PhiladelphiaDogWalking.com
  • PhoenixDogWalking.com
  • PittsburghDogWalking.com
  • PortlandDogWalker.com
  • QueensDogWalker.com
  • RenoDogWalker.com
  • SaltLakeCityDogWalker.com
  • SanJoseDogWalker.com
  • TampaDogWalking
  • TempeDogWalker.com
  • WashingtonDogWalker.com
  • WestPalmBeachDogWalker.com

Cost of Dog Walking in New York City

In New York City, New York, dog owners seeking a dog walker can expect to pay fees that vary depending upon the length of the walk and how many dogs will be walked. On average, a medium walk lasting up to half an hour costs between $20-$30 while hour long walks cost between $50-60. The cost may be lower in outer boroughs (Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island).

Those seeking a run instead of a walk may pay slightly more, and dog walkers may bring dogs to local dog parks in various neighborhoods. Additional fees may apply for additional dogs, or for dog pick up or drop off services. In some cases, dog walking services may offer discounted rates for adding additional dogs. Prices may also vary depending upon the neighborhood and time of day that the dog walking will take place.

Some dog walk services may include additional services such as play time for the dog, dog grooming, or even boarding and sitting services. These services may be included as part of the dog walking fee or may be added as part of a package deal. Some dog walking service businesses may be insured and licensed, making them qualified to handle dogs. This licensing may also include grooming certifications or dog training. Shorter or longer walks may also be available such as a 15 minute walk during the day or several shorter walks.

DogWalker.com can help you if you’re looking for a dog walker in New York.

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