You don’t need a dog walker! Or do you? – Part 1

Inactivity in dogs leads to undesired behavior and health issues

Inactivity in dogs leads to undesired behavior and health issues

I don’t need dog walker my dog sleeps ALL day!

Yes, your dog sleeps all day, what other choice does Fido have?  All alone, nobody to follow around, nobody to let him out, nobody to play with him or give him a pet.  The only other possible options he has is to stare at the door and wait for someone in his family to come home, or get rid of some of the pent-up energy and chew the shoes, or go counter surfing, or maybe nibble on the baseboard for a bit.

We had a dog growing up and never even heard of a dog walker!

Me either.   Ahhh the good old days when Mum was at home, kids came home for lunch and the dog played ball hockey, tag,  or hide and seek outside with us from after school till the street lights came on.  Our neighbourhood dogs got lots of exercise and fresh air.

My dog can hold it ALL day!  We have left him for 10 hours and he hasn’t had an accident.

Impressive – I could hold it for that long too if I had no option. But I can tell you,  I would have bladder infection, kidney issues or urinary tract problems later in life.  Have you ever noticed when you come home after the dog being alone for a long time, he heads to his water bowl and enjoys a big long drink?  That’s because many dogs are smart enough not to drink while they are alone in case they don’t get let out.  We all know our dogs do not want to have an accident and disappoint us – so not only are you risking the health issues of them holding it, but being alone for that long and not drinking cause problems  too.

We walk our dog twice a day.  Before work and in the evening. That’s enough!Eve has fun and stays out of trouble by getting a break in the day

That’s wonderful, what a great bonding time for you and your dog and you are helping him live a longer and happier life.  The mobility is important.  Vets are telling us that they are seeing more dogs with joint problems at a younger age now because they are lying around for so long.  Even a short 15 minute visit in the middle of that long and boring day will do your dog the world of good, both physically and mentally.

My dog hates walks.

That’s ok; sometimes an on- leash walk is not the best thing for your dog anyway.  It all depends on your dog and your goals.  Leash walks are great for bonding,  re-enforcing training, allowing them the mental

stimulation of sniffing new places and the neighbourhood.  Some people want their dog to burn off energy though and on-leash walks no matter how brisk are not the best option.  Frisbee or ball in the backyard before or after the walk may be much better for your dog.  Each visit is customized to your pets needs.

So do you think maybe a Dog Walker would be a benefit to giving your dog a longer, happier and healthy life? There is more – stay tuned for Part 2 and find out the benefits to you, your family and your quality of life.

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4 thoughts on “You don’t need a dog walker! Or do you? – Part 1

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