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There are plenty of people who claim to love dogs but there are few who can actually handle the demands that come with being a professional dog walker. Taking care of a stranger’s dog requires extensive experience and training, and is not something that should be taken lightly. Here at Waggy Walkys, we have a reputation for hiring extremely qualified, caring people to become “Waggy Walkers” for our company.

Due to the popularity of Waggy Walkys, more and more people are choosing to apply to become a dog walker for the business. However, most of them are unaware of the experience and personality traits necessary to qualify for the job. With basic guidance and research, the average dog lover is capable of becoming a professional dog walker. Waggy Walkys even offers training for new employees to guide them when they are just starting out. Still, exploring the industry and finding out more about the business is key to preparing for the process of applying to Waggy Walkys or any professional dog walking company.

General Requirements And Qualifications

As a guideline for our potential applicants, our website lists basic requirements and skills a person should have before applying to become a waggy walker. These include but are not limited to:

  • Must enjoy and be comfortable around dogs
  • Must be reliable, responsible, and trustworthy
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be able to pass a background check and possess professional references
  • Must have outstanding customer service and communication skills

These are the basic requirements any person considering a job as a dog walker should fulfill. If a person believes they are a good fit to be a dog walker for Waggy Walkys, the next step is to apply on the website.

Applying To Be A Waggy Walker

Those interested in applying to work for Waggy Walkys should fill out an application on the website, www.waggywalkys.com. The application asks questions to learn basic information about the applicant as well as a few more detailed questions such as “what experience do you have with dogs?”, “are you willing to sign a non-compete?”, and “why do you want to work for Waggy Walkys?”. Applicants should review these questions in depth before applying and draft their answers beforehand to ensure the best possible application. They should also include a resume and any professional references that can speak to their abilities as a dog walker.

After applying, the applicant should continue to hone their skills as a dog walker to ensure top notch performance should they be chosen for a working interview. Not all businesses hold working interviews, however they are very common. In working interviews, the applicant will normally walk or pet sit a dog accompanied by another employee or owner of the business. That person will evaluate the applicant’s performance and determine whether or not they are a good fit for the job.

Final Tips For Applying

The most qualified people for a job at Waggy Walkys will always be people who have experience as a freelance dog walker. However, people who are new to the business and think they have what it takes should still apply. Being a professional dog walker is unique in that experience is not always necessary. The main qualities a person should have are a love for dogs and a fun, outgoing personality. As with any job, experience will come, but personality is what often secures the position.

Apply online on our “Jobs” page.

Waggy Walkys dog walkers

At Waggy Walkys, we have a well-earned reputation for hiring compassionate, experienced people to work for us as professional dog walkers. In order to compete with amateur or freelance dog walkers in the area, we strive to maintain a superior standard of quality employees. There are plenty of people who imagine working as a dog walker a fun, and easy job to do as long as the person likes to care for dogs. While this is partly true, the job also requires a lot of hard work and dedication to learning the best techniques to safely care for someone else’s pet.

Knowing what to expect as a professional dog walker is key to finding success in the industry and anyone considering applying to be a “waggy walker” should research both the business and the duties the job entails before applying. Although being a professional dog walker is very similar to freelance dog walking, there are some key differences that should be kept in mind.

What’s The Average Pay?

One of the most common questions about professional dog walking is “what is the average pay?”. Freelance dog walkers often ask this question to gauge whether or not the consistent work will be worth sharing their profits with an employer. Waggy Walkys’ website lists the cost for all their services. Customers have the option of 15, 30, or 60min walks for $15, $20, and $30 respectively.   Waggy Walkys dog walkers typically earn between $16 and $24 per hour.

Professional dog walkers have the convenience and security of relatively steady work to depend on, while freelance dog walkers must be self-sufficient and do any marketing, advertising, and client-base building on their own.

Why Work For Waggy Walkys – Benefits And Advantages

Aside from the increased reliability of working for a professional business, dog walkers at Waggy Walkys have a myriad of advantages over people with more conventional jobs. The most obvious advantage is the ability for animal lovers to work with dogs for a large portion of the day and get paid to do it. For a lot of people, walking dogs is a fun activity, not a daunting task.

Becoming a professional dog walker is also good for people who want to exercise and get in shape without it cutting into their busy schedule. With Waggy Walkys, dog walkers are able to work outside and walk or jog while simultaneously doing their job. This is a huge benefit for people who tend to get bored working indoors all day long.

In addition, Waggy Walkys offers performance based raises for their dog walkers. This is likely appealing to freelance dog walkers who want more of an incentive to working with a professional business as opposed to on their own. This is also a good way for the business to increase morale and ensure that walkers have incentives to become better at their job.

Final Thoughts – Is Waggy Walkers A Good Business To Work For?

Although the argument can be made that freelance dog walkers have more freedom to make their own schedule and charge what they want, the benefits of working for Waggy Walkys are hard to ignore. The business is one of the most popular in the area, guaranteeing walkers a large customer base and steady work. Unlike other jobs, Waggy Walkys also offers incentives based on performance and the added benefit of working outside instead of being cooped up in an office or store.

For anyone who loves dogs and prefers a more relaxed environment, Waggy Walkys is definitely a good option to consider when looking for extra work.

Click on the menu item “Jobs” to apply today.

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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.

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The decision on what to feed our canine children is a complex one. There are pet food companies shouting at you that, if you don’t feed their food, you don’t love your dog, and well-meaning others who want to convince you that anything commercial is taking the lazy way out. There are foods that are “all-natural” and foods with tasty bits to convince your finicky dog to eat. Just like feeding ourselves, it is very hard to sort out the truth from the marketing.

Prioritize nutritional needs. We all can agree that choosing the right food for life can be one of the biggest factors in longevity and quality of life. We also have to realize that just like human food, the best-tasting food is often not the most nutritious. Usually foods with “tasty bits” are sold to satisfy the human’s emotional needs more than the dog’s nutritional needs and are often the cause of obesity (a common killer of dogs).

Seek the advice of a professional. What “all-natural” really means is often anyone’s guess. To really choose the best food takes some research or requires finding someone knowledgeable who you really trust to advise what is right for your individual dog. This is not the salesman at the pet store who has only been informed by representatives from the food companies, and it shouldn’t be just some website that made sense to you. Typically, your veterinarian or a trained nutritionist (who can often be found and contacted on vet school websites) are the best resources to make decisions for your dog as an individual.

Debunking BARF. One type of food espoused by some well-meaning pet lovers is biologically available raw food (BARF). The idea of this approach is that raw food is closer to what a dog would eat in the wild. Unfortunately, dogs in the wild do not live very long, which, to me, is a flaw in their logic, but I try to consider all viewpoints on issues this important. From research as it stands now, there is no real evidence that there are any health benefits to eating raw meat. If, however, you do want to try it, make sure you do your research and do it the right way. With extreme choices such as raw food, there is no such thing as “I do mostly raw food”. Even proponents of the diet will tell you that there are risks if you don’t do it exactly right. In addition to finding organic food sources, you must balance the food with vegetables and other sources of micronutrients to meet all of your dog’s nutritional needs. Changing an adult dog to BARF too quickly can cause pancreatitis, so follow your vet’s instructions.

Carefully choose commercial dog food. Since most of us don’t have time to look for and properly prepare organic chicken, it is more sensible to find a high-quality commercial dog food that is preserved with vitamin E or other natural preservatives (eliminating chemicals and using high-quality meat instead of meat byproducts). These foods are formulated by trained nutritionist to be the best and help your dog live the longest, healthiest life possible; something that most of us are not trained to do.

Commonly, BARF is recommended for dogs with certain medical problems such as skin conditions or immune problems. Sometimes it helps, not because of any magic of raw food, but because the key ingredients to which the pet is sensitive are eliminated. This same thing can be accomplished with carefully chosen commercial foods, getting all the nutritional advantages of teams of nutritionists while avoiding the risks of parasitism, food poisoning, and skin problems.

Consider food allergy. Food allergy is a very common component of itchy skin in dogs. Chicken, beef, lamb, corn, soy, wheat, egg, and dairy products are common ingredients which induce these allergies, but, whether they are raw or cooked, the immune system looks at them the same. The key to choosing a food for skin problems is to pick one that does not include any of these ingredients, is preserved with vitamins, and preferably is supplemented with fatty acids (fish oils). Most large food companies now have their own versions of these foods. They are usually sold as prescription foods but are not significantly more expensive than over-the-counter foods of equivalent quality.  Food allergies are the most common reason for dog owners to seek a dog food that is made from a consistent Limited Ingredient Diet or LID.

Recommendation: with the wealth of foods that are available to help many different conditions, the lack of evidence that raw food provides any advantages, and the potential risks of raw food, I can’t recommend that it is a good choice at this time. As research is done, we may one day find that there are advantages, but, for now, high-quality commercial food is the better choice.

Bella lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Bella’s owner is JP Peloquin, and Bella’s walker is Larry Cohon. 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!

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.

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