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Hamlet lives in Arlington, Virginia. Hamlet’s owner is Jennifer Benitz, and Hamlet’s walker is Julian Isaac. At Waggy Walkys we love our client’s and their owner’s. 🙂

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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.

It’s not just what we do that sets us apart – it’s how we do it. Your pet’s health and safety are our main priorities, with extensive training, vetting and background checks provided for all pet care professionals in our network. Most of our trusted dog walkers and pet sitters have cared for animals for much of their lives, ensuring they have the know-how and skills to properly tend to the needs of your pet.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

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.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

Baxter lives in Arlington, Virginia. Baxter’s owner is Michael Isman, and Baxter’s walker is Julian Isaac. At Waggy Walkys we love our client’s and their owner’s. 🙂

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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.

It’s not just what we do that sets us apart – it’s how we do it. Your pet’s health and safety are our main priorities, with extensive training, vetting and background checks provided for all pet care professionals in our network. Most of our trusted dog walkers and pet sitters have cared for animals for much of their lives, ensuring they have the know-how and skills to properly tend to the needs of your pet.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

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.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

Bella lives in Arlington, Virginia. Bella’s owner is Jody Redeker, and Bella’s walker is Julian Isaac. At Waggy Walkys we love our client’s and their owner’s. 🙂

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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.

It’s not just what we do that sets us apart – it’s how we do it. Your pet’s health and safety are our main priorities, with extensive training, vetting and background checks provided for all pet care professionals in our network. Most of our trusted dog walkers and pet sitters have cared for animals for much of their lives, ensuring they have the know-how and skills to properly tend to the needs of your pet.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

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.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

Hugo lives in Arlington, Virginia. Hugo’s owner is Tim Denning, and Hugo’s walker is Julian Isaac. At Waggy Walkys we love our client’s and their owner’s. 🙂

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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.

It’s not just what we do that sets us apart – it’s how we do it. Your pet’s health and safety are our main priorities, with extensive training, vetting and background checks provided for all pet care professionals in our network. Most of our trusted dog walkers and pet sitters have cared for animals for much of their lives, ensuring they have the know-how and skills to properly tend to the needs of your pet.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

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.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

Trail Running Dog with Woman

Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the country, coming in second only to cats. It is no wonder then, that there are some pet owners who are simply unaware of the amount of exercise that their dog needs to function properly. Similar to humans, dogs are at risk for a number of different health issues if they are not living a healthy lifestyle. Without proper exercise, dogs become overweight and can develop serious illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. However, with the proper knowledge, pet owners can ensure that their dog is healthy and happy.

Becoming an avid dog walker is helpful in many ways other than just for health. Dogs, especially puppies, naturally have an abundance of energy. Without regular exercise to combat this, dogs have a tendency to develop destructive behavior, including:

  • Chewing
  • Digging
  • Scratching
  • Rough play
  • Overall unruliness

However, providing a dog with the right amount of exercise can become tricky due to the varying needs of different breeds of dogs. Typically, younger dogs need more activity, as do active breeds such as sporting and hunting dogs. Dogs like Dalmations, Boston Terriers, and Boxers require upwards of an hour of activity each day to function properly. In contrast, lower energy dogs such as Great Danes, French Bulldogs, and Pugs require less exercise than average. Still, all dogs need daily exercise, and the rule of thumb is to give dogs at least 30min. of activity several times each week.

Alternative Options – Waggy Walkys

Although many people understand the importance of walking their dog, busy schedules often get in the way. Luckily, there are businesses dedicated to combatting this issue head on. Marketed as the best and most convenient way to keep your dog healthy, dog walking has become a huge industry for pet owners across the country.

One company in particular, Waggy Walkys, boasts its flexible service hours and extremely trustworthy, compassionate staff. Dog walkers employed by Waggy Walkys all have a passion for animals and extensive experience with dogs. Pet owners are encouraged to feel comfortable knowing that their dog is in completely competent hands when they choose to use Waggy Walkys dog walking services. Dogs can be walked as a group to reinforce social interaction, or privately if requested.

Aside from the obvious convenience of having someone else walk their dog, pet owners also get the added benefit of having a professional dog walker explain to them exactly what their dog needs to stay healthy. Professional dog walkers have experience with various breeds of dogs and can give pet owners a clear guide for how much activity their dog should be getting each day/week. For some people, this feature alone is enough to justify the price for a professional dog walker.

Rates And Major Benefits

Although rates for dog walking vary greatly depending on time and the type of dog, the average rate in the US is about $20-30/hr. Waggy Walkys offers 15min. walks for $13.75, 30min. walks for $16.75, and 60min. walks for $25.

For people who simply do not have the time to walk their dog, paying for a professional dog walker once or twice per week is often well worth the money, as their dog would likely suffer without the regular exercise. Most avid users of dog walking services fit the small fee into their budget with ease and see professional dog walkers as a vital part of their pet’s lives.

Golden Retriever Being Groomed

Just like humans, furry kids need regular grooming. Most groomers recommend a dog is brought in every 6 to 8 weeks, depending on the specific needs of the dog. Here are the top ten reasons to have your canine companion groomed on a regular basis!

10. Bathing by a professional groomer with high-quality products helps remove old hair, dirt and excess oil from the skin. This can help prevent future skin problems. The groomer is also able to feel lumps and bumps that may not be noticeable otherwise.

9. Matted hair is very uncomfortable and may cause pain for your pet. It creates a breeding environment for fleas and ticks.

8. Clearing your dog’s private areas of hair is just plain good hygiene. This sanitary trim helps prevent your dog’s stool sticking to fur and urine drying on long hair. This helps your dog stay fresh and clean longer.

7. Dogs cool off by panting and by air circulating around and through their pads. Long hair growing in that area impairs that ability.

6. Crust in the corner of the eyes is very uncomfortable and tears will not only stain the eyes, but cause a horrible stench. Sores may develop that can only be seen after removing the thick crust upon grooming.

5. Anal glands fill up, and can burst causing very expensive surgery and unnecessary pain. Plus, do you really want your dog scooting around your carpet?

4. Long and overgrown nails force your dog to walk on the sides of their pads which causes pain. This also contributes to arthritis in the long run. If the nails are not trimmed on a regular basis, the quicks will become very long, and can grow into the paw pads, which is extremely painful.

3. Your dog’s ears have hair deep inside the canal that needs to be removed. This prevents potential ear infections which are very uncomfortable, painful and expensive. Not to mention certain infections release a horrible odor throughout the skin.

2. Regular grooming makes it a easier and more enjoyable experience for the dog.

1. Your dog will be healthy and happy!

Schnauzer Being Groomed

Top 10 Reasons to Groom Regularly by Waggy Walkys LLC

Scout lives in Vienna, Virginia. Scout’s owner is Eileen Cole, and Scout’s walker is Rebecca Mauritz. At Waggy Walkys we love our client’s and their owner’s. 🙂

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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.

It’s not just what we do that sets us apart – it’s how we do it. Your pet’s health and safety are our main priorities, with extensive training, vetting and background checks provided for all pet care professionals in our network. Most of our trusted dog walkers and pet sitters have cared for animals for much of their lives, ensuring they have the know-how and skills to properly tend to the needs of your pet.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

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.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

Daphne lives in Arlington, Virginia. Daphne’s owner is Jenny Ross, and Daphne’s walker is Megan Ball. At Waggy Walkys we love our client’s and their owner’s. 🙂

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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.

It’s not just what we do that sets us apart – it’s how we do it. Your pet’s health and safety are our main priorities, with extensive training, vetting and background checks provided for all pet care professionals in our network. Most of our trusted dog walkers and pet sitters have cared for animals for much of their lives, ensuring they have the know-how and skills to properly tend to the needs of your pet.

When you entrust your pet with Waggy Walkys, you enjoy daily updates, detailed reports and, best of all, peace of mind that your pet is being cared for with the compassion, attention and adoration he deserves. Our second priority? Having tons of fun, of course! Give us a ring today.

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.

Waggy Walkys LLC is a professional Dog Walking and Pet Care company that has been in business since 2002. We pride ourselves on pet safety, thoroughly screened staff, and excellent customer service. Please contact us today for our current promotions!

keeping your dog in shape

We often think of exercise only as a health issue, but it has significant day-to-day effects on a dog’s behavior as well. Dogs — particularly puppies and young dogs — have a lot of energy, and if they don’t get the chance to burn it off, destructive behavior is often the result. If you’re annoyed at the holes your dog has dug, have headaches from his barking, and have to replace pillows shredded into expensive fluff, your dog’s probably not getting enough exercise.

These behavior issues cause many people to give up their dogs, even though they’re completely preventable. (You know those “free to a good home, dog needs room to run” ads? They’re usually placed by people whose dogs don’t need room to run; they need exercise they’re not getting.) Unfortunately, some people don’t think enough about exercise when selecting a breed, and they choose a dog who needs more exercise than they’re willing or have time to provide.

How much exercise does my dog need?

How much exercise is enough depends on your dog’s age, breed, and health. A 10-month old Irish Terrier puppy is going to need more than a five-year old Whippet (you could appropriately sing, “Wild thing, you make my heart sing” as your puppy races around the house and yard). A sight hound needs short bursts of exercise; guarding dogs don’t need as much overall as sporting breeds who like to hunt all day. Even within a breed, the need varies. A highly energetic eight-year-old Golden Retriever could easily need more exercise than a calm three-year old Golden. And geriatric dogs still need to go for walks — just shorter ones than they used to enjoy.

Generally speaking, a leashed walk around the block isn’t going to cut it. Most dogs need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Your canine pal needs enough that he’s slowed down by the time you stop. Some general rules of thumb:

Active breeds need a minimum of 30 minutes of hard aerobic exercise most days of the week, preferably daily.

Not all toy or small breeds get enough exercise inside the house (contrary to popular belief). Pugs, for example, are prone to obesity and need much more exercise than they usually get.

It’s not safe to go out in extremely hot or cold weather. During such periods, stay inside and teach tricks to engage your dog’s mind, throw toys, or run up and down the stairs together.

Good exercise uses both mental and physical muscles. Exploring a new hiking trail, for example, engages your dog’s mind as well as his body.

Live by the philosophy that a tired dog is a good dog.

Where to get exercise

Like people, most dogs like both familiarity and a little variety in their exercise routines.

Many dogs get to know the neighborhood during walks and enjoy checking on their favorite spots.
Dog parks are popular places for off-leash exercise and romping with other dogs, which is exactly what most dogs need. However, not all dogs can play nicely with others. If your dog doesn’t like other dogs, the dog park is definitely not the place for him.

Doggie day care can exercise both his mind and body. Dogs should come home from day care worn out and deliciously happy.

The cost of not getting enough

Inactive dogs are often overweight dogs, and as in people, that brings plenty of health risks. Obesity contributes to a dog’s risk of diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease. It exacerbates common orthopedic concerns such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. Obesity can stress joints, ligaments, and tendons. Geriatric dogs often have a hard enough time getting up without the added problem of lifting excess pounds.

Dog Exercise

The Truth About Why Dogs Need Exercise

Just as every individual has her or his own exercise demands, so does your dog. Big or little, young or old, dogs should exercise daily. Your dog ought to be in great health before engaging in rigorous exercise.

At minimum, dogs and humans alike may benefit from thirty minutes of physical activity daily. For dogs, an excellent game of fetch will provide lots of exercise. There are quite a number of fun and enthralling games that dogs can play, and such games provide enjoyment together with exercise for those dogs and dog owners also. These classes enable your pup the break to socialize with several other dogs, bond on you, and give a positive atmosphere to let loose.

Just like people, obesity is getting to be a big health problem in dogs. Dogs, like humans must exercise to be able to remain in shape, live a wholesome life, and keep at a wholesome weight. There are various variables which could impact the health of our dog.

Playing with several other dogs may be pretty rough. Herding breed dogs, who are really fit and well-muscled, need an excellent hour each day, at the absolute minimum. Dogs within the wild needed to be very good runners because a great chase usually ends up in a superb meal.

In the event your dog is really a brief nosed breed, like a Bulldog, by way of example, he’ll not require a lot of day-to-day exercise. If, on the opposite hand, your dog is content to only lie around, there might not be a requirement for exercise. To determine what’s the best exercise for your own dog, you will have to watch him. Thus, for example, taking my 3 40 to 50 pound dogs for a 3 mile walk is an excellent outing.

It’s vital that you exercise a dog’s mind and his physique. Puppies also require exercise for mental stimulation. It’s also crucial not to forget that dog exercise comes in quite a few forms.  Exercise is as vital for your dog as it is for you!

Swimming is usually superb for older joints. Sport and working dogs want the correct exercise to help you to perform well. A healthy, higher energy dog can simply walk up to 10 miles at one time, therefore you must start with 1-2 hours of exercise each day.

Nutrition is an essential section of health. Together with exercise a wholesome diet is very important so that your dogs can receive all the nutrition they should live a wholesome existence. Some exercise is preferable to other exercise. Exercise is valuable to animals together with people.

One of the fundamental reasons for unwanted behavior in dogs is frustration owing to a lack of exercise. In the event the physical threats linked with obesity aren’t enough, think about the behavioral facets of a lack of exercise. Boredom has also been connected to behavioral problems in dogs. Dogs are experts at sending and obtaining body language signals in stark contrast to humans. 🙂