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Sometimes people underestimate how important it is that dogs receive regular walking. Dogs require regular walking because it stimulates them in at least 3 different areas. These are the dog’s health, the dog’s social skills, and the training of the dog. Knowing these things, it would be wise to trust Waggy Walkys with the walking of a ones dog.

Health

Dogs need exercise and walking them provides the perfect opportunity to give them what they need. When walking a dog, you improve its ability to be limber and agile. Walking a dog also improves the quality of its life by helping to manage its weight. Dogs and cats alike sometimes need a little help digesting their food, with regular walking this can give them comfort and encourage proper intestinal processes. I’m sure many people may have witnessed a dog that seems hyperactive. This can be remedied by taking the dog on walks. Pets are like children and just like children, it is wise to direct their energies to constructive activities. Waggy Walkys offers an opportunity to provide every pet with all of these health benefits and more.

Social Skills

Walking a dogs offers much to gain in the area of its social skills. By walking a dog, the walker can establish expectations for how it should act in the presence of other dogs and other people.  A new dog or even a new environment might prove to be overstimulating to a dog not familiar with its surroundings. A well behaved dog can save the owner a lot of headaches as well. By consistently walking your dog you reduce the risk of it biting or otherwise hurting other dogs or people around it.

Another advantage to a dog’s social skills brought about by regular walking is it allows the dog to meet different people and come into contact with varied situations.  By offering a dog the opportunity to come into contact with new experiences you strengthen its cognitive ability. A loving dog owner should never deprive their furry companion the social development it needs, so if one needs help with walking their dog, Waggy Walkys is always there.

Training

Walking a dog provides a great opportunity to train it as well. First, walking a dog allows it to get comfortable with wearing a leash. The dog owner can establish a way to communicate an appropriate pace, whether it be walking, jogging, or running. Walking a dog regularly is also a great way to teach a dog simple commands like “stop”, “sit”, “stay” and “come”. Walking a dog is a great way to give it real world positive reinforcement. For those less experienced with training dogs in this way, Waggy Walkys is the perfect solution.

Conclusion

Walking a dog through Waggy Walkys or just in general offers numerous benefits for the overall well-being of a dog. Improved health, better social skills and an opportunity to train the dog are all possible through consistent walking. Lastly the benefits of walking a dog cannot be truly quantified because the joy a dog expresses while being walked is priceless.

dog-being-walked

It is common knowledge for most pet owners that regular walks contribute significantly to a dog’s health and overall quality of life. Still, most people find it difficult to set aside time to walk their dog every day. For this reason, more and more pet owners are relying on professional dog walking services to give their dog the exercise they need.

Waggy Walkys is a premiere dog walking and pet care services provider in the DMV. Considering its reputation for having highly qualified employees and stellar reviews, Waggy Walkys has quickly become a premier choice for dog owners. Like most dog walking businesses, having a “meet and greet” is the first step pet owners take before booking a service through the website. Customers and their dog meet with the potential dog walker and discuss expectations, special requests, and any additional information that will be needed to best care for the animal.

Aside from the normal discussions about diet preferences, compatibility, and prices, pet owners should first and foremost be sure that their dog is a good fit for professional dog walking. This should be discussed and accessed during the meet and greet to ensure a smooth and safe service for both parties involved. Although professional dog walking is convenient, pet owners must also remember that although the dog walker will be extremely experienced, they are still a stranger. Learning the signs that may indicate an unprepared dog is important and will make both the owner and walker feel more at ease.

How To Tell If A Dog Is Ready For Professional Pet Walking

There are multiple signs that indicate a dog may not be ready for professional walking, no matter how experienced the walker is. Safety is the most important thing to consider when seeking professional dog walking services, and it is the owner’s responsibility to make sure their dog is a good fit. Most dogs are completely at ease with their owners, however some react nervously and even violently when they are in a stranger’s presence. Common signs that a dog will not react well to professional dog walking include:

  • Unable or unwilling to walk on a leash
  • Unable or unwilling to respond to common commands
  • Growling or barking at strangers
  • Frequent biting or overly aggressive behavior
  • Unable or unwilling to interact with other dogs

These are just a few patterns of behavior that could indicate a dog is not ready for professional dog walking services. While dog walkers are trained and extremely experienced, they are still strangers and dogs should be trained accordingly before being placed in their care.

Preparing A Dog For Professional Pet Walking

Preparing a dog for professional walking services is similar to preparing a dog for interacting with any other stranger. Training has the best impact when dogs are very young and eager to learn new things. Owners should be begin training by teaching their dog basic commands such as “sit”, “come”, and “stay”. After mastering basic commands, the dog should be taught to interact with strangers in a safe way. Good behavior should be rewarded regularly, while any aggressive behaviors should be recognized and corrected.

In addition to learning basic commands and how to interact with other humans, dogs should learn learn to socialize with other pets as well. “Play dates” for dogs are a common and useful strategy to teach them how to cooperate with other animals in a safe way.

Bottom Line – Final Thoughts

Waggy Walky’s Professional dog walkers are trained to interact with dogs regardless of their personality or special needs. However, dog owners should always consider safety the top priority when choosing to use our services. Learning basic commands and how to interact with strangers is not a difficult task for most dogs, and these steps should be taken before an owner chooses to hire a professional walker.

Butters lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Butters’s owner is Alexandra Tauscher, and Butters’s walker is Jornay Deaton. 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!

Bubba and Keaton lives in Arlington, Virginia. Bubba and Keaton’s owner is Kyle Hamblen, and Bubba and Keaton’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!

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