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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.

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

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(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.
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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.

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