dog pet sitting

It’s something many pet owners dread: boarding their furry friend for several days or weeks while the family is away from the home for one reason or another. Many boarding services are cramped, crowded, dirty, and unsanitary, making them poor places for animals to live for any period of time. The animals are often locked in cages, and get little time to do much outside of the confines of their kennel. While this practice is as old as keeping pets themselves, there are new options becoming available as new ideas come into play, with one of the most prominent being pet sitting as an alternative to boarding. Here at Waggy Walkys, we offer a wide array of pet sitting services, which can help to make your vacation less stressful for you, as well as for your dog.

The Dangers of Traditional Pet Boarding

While some facilities are well-kept, many boarding places are poorly maintained with poorly trained staff, which in turn can lead to significant harm to your cat or dog. In fact, many dogs can develop anxiety conditions while they are kept in the boarding facility, due to the stress they incur during their stay. Many of the animals are not fed diets which are suitable for their personal needs, and diseases have been known to make their way around these facilities. Boarding can be a traumatic experience for an animal, but fortunately there are better options available.

The Benefits of Pet Sitting

At Waggy Walkys, we do not board dogs the way many other traditional boarding centers do. In fact, we call our service, Pet Sitting.  Pet sitting with Waggy Walkys is where your pet can be cared for in the comfort of its own home. By Pet Sitting with Waggy Walkys, you will know that your pet is cared for and kept comfortable in your home while you are away. We believe that each and every animal deserves to be treated properly, and we are on a mission to change pet boarding for the better.

If you have pet boarding needs, contact Waggy Walkys today to learn more about your options. We can care for dogs of all sizes, and we would love to get to know you and your furry friend. By choosing Waggy Walkys, you are ensuring that you are working with the very best in dog care, and we are hoping to change the way you see dog boarding one vacation at a time. If you would like your pet to feel as comfortable and relaxed during your vacation as you, contact Waggy Walkys today to set up your pet sitting arrangements.

Waggy Walkys, the Best Dog Walkers in DC, MD and VA !

Dog Socialization

Many new dog owners have been predisposed to the idea that there is little that can be done to prevent a dog from being aggressive around other animals. While some dogs are very kind and behave well around others, other dogs can be aggressive, and many have been known to attack other dogs, people, or animals. While these cases may be fairly common, they are avoidable, as proper socialization in dogs can work to prevent aggression and poor behavior.

What is Socialization?

Socialization is a term which refers to situations in which an animal (or person) is put in an environment where they are encouraged to interact with others. Dogs can be socialized in a number of ways, whether it be at a dog park, at a doggy day care, or simply during walks where they may encounter other dogs or animals. When a dog behaves well around other animals, it has proper socialization skills, and will often be far better behaved both in the home and on the town as a result. In contrast, a poorly socialized dog will be badly behaved around other animals, and in extreme cases can pose danger to children and other family members.

Why is Socialization Important?

As in humans, socialization is key when raising young dogs, as it will define their behavior for the rest of their lives. Dogs who are not socialized during their youth will not know how to properly behave around other dogs, or even other humans, and will become aggressive as a result. This can mean excessive barking, barking at other dogs, cats, or people it may see, growling, or even attacks in extreme cases. However, a dog that is properly socialized will likely bark much less, will be far easier to train, and will behave quite well around other dogs, particularly when being boarded at a doggy daycare, or when they are at the park. Well-socialized dogs will be far less likely to attack children or other members of the family, and will overall make a far better pet as the years go on.

What Can You Do to Socialize Your Dog?

While socialization is important, many dog owners are unaware of the proper techniques needed in order to properly socialize their dog. The first step is to ensure that a dog is of the proper age before beginning socialization – meaning they should be around 9 months old, with proper vaccinations. Once a dog reaches the right age and has had their shots, they can begin to interact with other dogs.

Socialization requires bringing the puppy to areas where a number of other dogs will be located, such as a dog park. For those who do not have experience in socialization, it may be best to consider a professional alternative, as it does take some practice to properly socialize a dog. Here at Waggy Walkys, we put a very heavy focus on socialization, both in-house as well as on walks, as we understand its importance to each dog’s health.

Here at Waggy Walkys, we offer a unique service known as Dog Park Play, where our dogs are able to socialize and play in a safe, supervised area, where they will learn proper behaviors while having fun. In addition, Waggy Walkys offer dog walking services, which can also be used to socialize animals when they are walked together. Our team is trained in dog behavior, and they know all there is to know about properly socializing a dog, making us number one in dog care in all of Baltimore.

If you are looking for a professional service to help you socialize your dog, contact Waggy Walkys today. At Waggy Walkys, we truly care about your pet, and we wish to see it live the happiest life possible. If you have any sort of pet sitting, dog walking, or socialization needs, give Waggy Walkys a call today to learn more about your options.

Waggy Walkys, the Best Dog Walkers in DC, MD and VA !

Dogs are currently the second most popular pet in the United States, with over 80 million pet dogs owned by Americans. Many dogs make excellent family pets, however a very large number of people who adopt these furry friends have little understanding about their exercise needs. Exercise is not only important to a dog because of its health, but because it also serves as a way for it to get out its energy, making it easier to train, and more well-behaved in the home.

Consequences of Little Exercise

When a dog does not get enough exercise, it will become prone to a number of health issues that could pose a threat to their life. One of the most common issues seen in dogs that get little to no exercise is obesity, which can lead to heart disease and sore joints as your dog ages. In addition, obesity in dogs can lead to a number of diseases commonly seen in overweight humans, such as respiratory disease, heart disease, and even diabetes. Overweight dogs are also prone to arthritis and other orthopedic issues, which can make movement painful for a dog in its old age. The easiest way to avoid each of these issues is to allow your dog to get the proper exercise each day; for those with a busy schedule, consider working with a dog walking company to help keep your dog in shape, such as Waggy Walkys. At Waggy Walkys, each of the dog walkers is trained to know how much exercise is need for certain breeds of dog, which can help to reduce the risk of obesity in your furry friend significantly.

What Constitutes Proper Exercise?

Understanding the exercise needs of your dog can be tricky, particularly with large breeds. While it may seem that a 15 minute walk is enough, larger breeds often require a minimum of two 45-minute walks each day in order to keep them in shape and living a healthy life. This routine can be difficult to follow for those with busy day to day routines, which lends its hand to the number of obese dogs in America today. It’s important to understand a dog’s exercise needs before bringing one into the home, however if you have found yourself with an insatiable pup, give Waggy Walkys a call today to learn more about professional dog walking options. By working with Waggy Walkys, you can guarantee that your friend is getting the exercise they need, without having to drastically change your routine.

Here at Waggy Walkys, we understand the importance of exercise for your pet; dogs which are not properly exercised have a higher risk for obesity than those which are walked properly, which can cause great harm to the animal in its later years of life. By working with Waggy Walkys, you can ensure that your pet is getting the exercise it needs to live a long and healthy life, free of obesity and other life-threatening conditions. Contact Waggy Walkys today to learn more about our rates and walkers, and what we have to offer you and your pet.

Remember,  Waggy Walkys has the Best Dog Walkers in DC, MD and VA !

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It’s important to keep your pet active and engaged with other dogs and humans, so hiring a dog walking service is more than just a luxury that some people do to be lazy or hand over responsibilities to someone else.  Here are some common reasons that a dog walking service is used and why you should consider investing in one yourself.

1.   Health Benefits

The most obvious benefit to having a dog walker take your dog on regular walks while you are away is the immediate health impact.  Dogs are just as susceptible as we are to major diseases related to obesity.  It is estimated that up to 50% of dogs and cats are obese.  Plus, dogs that have serious diseases are often much harder to detect than humans.  Getting three 20 minute walks each day is the best way to keep your dog living a long, healthy life.

2.   Mental Upkeep

Getting your dog out to interact with his or her peers is very important for preventing behavioral problems at home with you and your family and other dogs.  Cabin fever affects dogs quicker than humans, they need constant sensory feedback and a way to expend all that energy built up.  Of course human interaction is also important, a good professional dog walker can correct bad behavior and excessive barking at strangers.

3.   Circadian Rhythm

All that walking will expend the energy built up and puts the dog back on a regular nap and sleep schedule.  This will reduce the number of happy accidents, when you come home to the house tore up, or holes dug in the backyard.  Sleep is important for a dog’s overall mental and physical health.

4.   Safety and Security

You know your dog is in good hands, as long as you do your due diligence when screening applicants, while you are away at work.  You don’t need to worry about your dog getting into trouble or potentially getting into a dangerous situation at home.  A dog walker is the perfect babysitter, someone who has experience with dogs and who is invested in making sure your dog is safe.

5.   Less Stress

With the ability to do more things on your own time, you don’t need to feel guilty for leaving your pup at home.  You learn to enjoy the time with your dog while being able to handle any business you have in your professional life.  Your dog won’t hate you either, as long as they spend the day having fun.

6.   Say No to Full-Time Crates

Leaving your dog in a crate all day is essentially accepting the fact that you have to leave your dog to go a little mad for a day and possibly soil themselves while in there.  This should be avoided at all costs.  It simply can’t be done without hurting the dog on some level.  It also breeds mistrust with the owner, if repeated.

7.   Older Dogs need Walks

A dog’s bladder gets weaker as they get older, so they must be taken out for a walk 3 to 4 times a day.  Their renal system is very sensitive in their senior years.  Renal failure is one of the most common ways that dogs pass away.  They have a much harder time filtering out the toxins in their urine.

The Top 7 Reasons You Should Hire a Dog Walking Service by Waggy Walkys LLC.

Next week we start our Pet of The Week Contest.

Post pictures of your pet and you could win a $25.00 Petco Unleashed Gift Card!

Pet photos can be emailed to social@waggywalkys.com

Posted to Instagram and tagged ‪#‎waggywalkyscontest

Messaged via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/waggywalkys

Show off your pets and send us your best pet photo using the form.
(pictures with low resolution or inappropriate images will not be accepted)
  • Photos can be submitted from Monday through Sunday.
  • You can only submit one picture per week.
  • The winner of the previous weeks contest will be announced on our site, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • All photos submitted become the property of Waggy Walkys LLC. and may be published on our website and social media pages.

Good Luck!

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About Waggy Walkys

We know we can never take your place in the loving eyes of your pet – but we sure as heck can serve as an awesome fill-in when you’re at work, too busy or away on vacation. Waggy Walkys has been catering to pets of all shapes, sizes and breeds since 2002, growing a trusted network of pet care professionals throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

Our services cover all kinds of stuff you and your pet would need help with, from dog walks to family-style boarding, overnight house sitting visits to daily pet sitting visits (morning, afternoon, evening)  for dogs, cats and any other pets you may have! We even offer a pet taxi to transport your pet to appointments or to and from your designated dog boarding house. Need something extra special? We gladly customize our services to meet you and your pet’s exact needs. Contact us now to learn more.

Pet of the Week Contest by Waggy Walkys LLC.