Humans mostly learn from their life experiences. It’s the same with our dogs! It’s important to change your dog walks a bit so they are able to experience new situations, environments, people, and other animals.
Besides, walking your dog is a daily activity so, why not make it fun and exciting? Here are 4 ways you can spice up your dog walks.
1. Change the Route of Your Dog Walk
Switching up your dog walking route is essential to a successful and exciting dog walk. Think of it like your daily commute to work. You see the same scenery, same buildings, and for the most part same people. I’m sure most of you do that, but why put your dog through that kind of boredom? Switching up the route of your daily dog walk is important to keeping your furry friend happy and engaged. Every new route has new smells and exciting sounds for your dog to experience.
2. Bring Treats on Your Dog Walk
Bringing treats is a great way to reward your dog for showing good behavior on the leash. You can also find an area on your walk where you can have your pup do a couple tricks. This is a great way to keep him or her mentally stimulated during the walk.
3. Let Your Dog Smell Things
When walking your dog, let them smell different areas they are interested in. A dog’s sense of smell is important to the way they communicate and experience the world.
4. Visit a Local Pet Supply Store
This is another great way to change up your dog walks. Almost all pet supply stores allow you to enter with your dog and check out all of the cool new scents, toys, and bones. While you’re in there, you might as well get your pup a new bone to chew on when you get home!
I would LOVE to hear some of ways you change up your dog walks! Tell me in the comments below or you can contact me by clicking the button below.
1. A Dog Should Have an Area Where They Can Be Off Leash
Every dog deserves their own area where they can be run free without a leash. A happy place where they can run, roll, jump and chase that squirrel! A space where they can smell, dig, and poop where they want. Now, a dog park is a great way to give your dog the opportunity to do these things and socialize with other dogs. However, going to the dog park is not something people can do every day. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place right outside your house where you can play fetch, throw a Frisbee, and enjoy the outdoors with your pup?
2. It Will Make Life Easier for You and Your Dog
Let’s start with a scenario.
You come home from work and need to take your dog outside because they have been holding their bladder for a long time and they have pent up energy from being stuck in your house all day.
You, on the other hand, are tired and a little annoyed from working all day. You wish the dog could take care of business outside on his own, but your backyard isn't fenced so you have to accompany the dog outside to monitor him or her.
Now, since the dog has a lot of stored energy, you take your dog on a walk and he or she is constantly pulling, speed walking, jumping, rolling etc. Whether the walk only consists of one of those things or all of them, it’s not how a proper dog walk should be. This makes for a very inconvenient scenario.
Now, let’s take this scenario into consideration.
You get home from work, say hello to your pup and let him or her out into your fenced in backyard. Your dog has time to relieve his bladder, run around, roll in the grass and let loose for a little bit. While your dog is getting his or her crazies or "zoomies" out of his or her system, you have time to relax for a bit, have a snack or maybe a coffee.
Afterwards you and your pup are both calm and ready, then you can go on a nice walk where your dog is less crazy and you are less irritated. This also makes it easier when you need to feed your dog. When you come home from work, let your pup out to potty, come in and feed him or her and after your pup has digested their food, you can go on your walk.
I have walked plenty of puppies that do not have a fenced in backyard. The walk usually consists of jumping, rolling, pulling, laying down etc. Now, I understand this is normal puppy behavior and most puppies will grow out of this behavior eventually. However, if they had a backyard to do these things in, they may act more calmly on walks and understand that a walk is not playtime. I have also experienced a dog that would roll so much and have so much energy on a walk that the pup would nearly slip out of the harness. This can hurt the dog or cause them to get away from you on the walk.
3. A Dog Walk Should Be a Unique Experience
I believe a dog walk should be special and exciting each time you and your pup embark on one. You are able to take different routes and explore different areas. Your dog is able to experience different environments and smells.
By having to always take your pup out on a leash, it takes away from the excitement of a walk for both you and your pup. You will end up taking the same routes and going to the same places. Your dog needs change and new experiences in order to gain mental stimulation. Switching from backyard playtime to a walk to the park is a good way to give him or her an environment change and something to look forward to.
Overall, a backyard is a great place for your dog to have some off leash playtime and get their “zoomies” out of their system. It will also benefit the owner by creating more productive walks and a happier pup!
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Please Welcome Deborah to Our Team!
Cassie Care’s is growing in the right direction and due to high demand of sits and walks we have hired our first sitter/walker to help us fill our high demand.
Deborah is a perfect fit for Cassie Cares because her loves for animals easily shines through in everything she does! Deborah has over 14 years of dog care experience and she has fostered dogs for the Golden Retriever rescue, As Good As Gold. Her passion for caring for dogs and cats and commitment to volunteer work is why we love her and we’re excited that she is part of our team!
Since we are looking to fill dates on our schedule, we are offering 10% off of your next bill if you successfully refer a new client to us!
Ask your friends, family and co-workers if they need a dog/cat sit or dog walk and have them contact Cassie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If they sign up for our service, you’ll get 10% off of your next bill! It’s an easy way to help a friend and save some cash.
It’s possible that Deborah may be sitting or walking your furry family member in the future. If she does, we will make sure you are notified in advance and that Deborah has shadowed Cassie on a sit or walk with your dog or cat beforehand.
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Cassie Cares Professional Pet Sitting is looking hire independent contractors to help sit dogs and cats and walk dogs in Elmhurst, Illinois and the surrounding suburbs.
Cassie Cares Pet Sitting is applicably named after Cassie’s passion for caring for all animals. This pet sitting business was built around the mindset of “The Safety and Happiness of Your Pet Comes First”. Please do not apply to this position, if your number one motive isn’t based around the care and safety of dogs and cats. If your core values do not align with ours, this pet sitting position isn’t for you.
Summary of Position
As a In-Home Pet Sitter or Dog Walker (Independent Contractor) for Cassie Cares pet sitting, you will be assigned dog & cat sits or dog walks to complete. You will begin by being properly introduced to the owner and dog or cat before you designated assignment begins.
After introduction, we recommend completing the designated pet sit or dog walk in a proper and respectful manner and then reporting completion of the work to Cassie.
Client’s property and pets will be handled with the utmost care and the contractor will act professionally at all times.
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This position has an upfront cost for Pet Sitter's Insurance and Limited Liability Insurance. We cannot hire an Independent Contractor without the proper insurance in place. After 3-4 months of work Cassie Cares will reimburse the Independent Contractor for their upfront pet sitting insurance fee.