Puppy Dreams

Puppy Dreams provides quality and loving in home pet services. We provide dog walking/exercising, dog training, dog park outings, hiking, dog sitting, cat sitting, bird sitting, poop scooping (yard clean up), aquarium maintenance and more.

At Puppy Dreams out goal is happy pets and happy owners. Every animal is unique, so we tailor our service to you and your pets specific needs.

We love animals and it shows.

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need?

Dogs are very intelligent animals and need constant physical and mental stimulation in order to be happy and well-adjusted. Regular dog exercise and training is beneficial to your dogs health. A routine and thorough dog workout that includes exercise will keep your dog in lean shape along with benefiting vitality and health.

It is instinctual for dogs to run, obey, and play with humans and other dogs. As a general rule of thumb, dog’s should have about sixty minutes per day of exercise and about fifteen minutes worth of obedience training. These time frames are only a general view and should be adjusted depending on the age, weight, and breed of the dog.

Many dogs who are overly bored from not having enough mental stimulation and/or physical exercise can be very destructive and unruly. This is especially true if the dog is younger, since younger dog’s have a tendency to need an outlet for excess energy. If you have a young dog that is rather unruly, be sure that he or she is getting enough exercise and mental stimulation. A dog who is tired from exercising can not put much effort into being destructive around the home.

Dog health depends on plenty of fun and energetic exercise. Certain breeds need more or less exercise than others. For instance, many herding or working breeds need more exercise than others. Puppies, as stated before, need more time and effort put into their exercise routine than older dogs. Many of the more mellow breeds of dogs will probably calm down by the age of two. Sometimes these breeds take longer and sometimes not. Certain breeds that are high energy, such as boxers, may remain very active even after the age of two. Each dog is unique and should be treated as such when it comes to their individual exercise routine.

Dog owners who are unable to give their dogs the exercise that’s needed should considering hiring a dog walker or dog runner to take their dogs out. The cost of the dog walker is certainly worth it!

How to Train Your Dog to Not Bite the Leash When Walking

Leash TrainingLeash 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.

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Become a Dog Trainer

Become a Dog TrainerAnimal lovers, especially those who have a dog walking business, should consider becoming a dog trainer. This can be a great way to work around dogs, help dogs, and make a living. Some dog walkers consider becoming a dog trainer to make more money, since they already have a client base and interact with dogs frequently.
A degree is not required to become a dog trainer, but education is very recommended (a dog trainer handbook may be a good way to learn online). There are dog training academies that help people learn how to train dogs. It can also be beneficial for someone to follow another trainer in order to gain valuable experience. It is also recommended to read upon various dog training books and online resources to learn added information.

Becoming a dog trainer will mean that you will have to learn to work with humans and dogs. You will be teaching other people how to work best with their dogs, and train them to do what they want. It is important for you to communicate well with the dog owners.

You will need to learn different behavior problems that dogs have. You will also need to learn ways of correcting behavior. Other things you will need to learn includes nutrition, health and dog care. All of these aspects will help you become very knowledgeable about dogs and their needs.

Becoming a dog trainer can be a great career option for anyone who enjoys animals. If you are interested in helping people and dogs, consider training to become a dog trainer.

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Fur-Get Me Not

We’re a family owned business established in 2000. Our mission is to provide quality pet care service by caring for our client’s pets as if they were our own. We’re an all employee-based company and take pride in hiring and training pet loving, responsible care givers. We offer a variety of pet care services including dog daycare and boarding, dog walking, pet sitting, DIY dog wash, and dog training.
Top reasons to give our dog walking or pet sitting service a try:

* All of our dog walkers and pet sitters are employees. Each employee goes through a multi-step screening process and criminal background check. We’ve refined our hiring process over the 10 years we’ve been in business to ensure only pet loving, responsible people join our team.

* Employee training does not stop once they’ve been hired. Hiring employees versus using contractors to care for your pets, not only allows us to initially train everyone how to care for a pet properly but also allows us to continue our team’s training throughout their employment. Our management team works hard to resolve issues and ensure each employee has the support and knowledge needed to deliver higher quality care.

* Our proprietary systems and procedures ensure consistent care. When you hire Fur-Get Me Not, you are hiring a dedicated pet care team. Our management, office, and dog walking / pet sitting teams work together to ensure that if your primary walker or care taker is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or any other reason, a qualified employee will be able to step in for that reservation. Our teams have proprietary tools to securely record and share your pet care instructions and additional notes detailing your pet care team’s experiences.

* We provide one on one pet care. We ensure your pet(s) receive individual attention while in our care.

* We know pets. Our owner is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) and attention to pet behavior is incorporated into everything we do. Our Dog Training team works with our Dog Walking / Pet Sitting team to provide helpful advice when needed.

* We focus on building long-term customer and pet relationships. Our dog walkers and pet sitters will communicate with you through daily journals on your pet’s activities during their visit. Our management and office team will work with you to ensure your pet is receiving their care the way you want and are pet care resources for you. We strive to exceed your expectations and if we don’t, we will do our best to work with you to make it right.

* We are family owned and operated and support the local community. Fur-Get Me Not started as a one-woman business and has grown by focusing on the individual needs of both the pets in our care and their owners. Fur-Get Me Not works with a variety of pet related non-profit organizations and we participate in several charity events each year. We strive to help educate pet owners and give back to the local pet community.

You can learn more about our dog daycare, dog boarding, dog wash, and dog training services on our web site.

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