Tips For Owners


Dog Walking Tips

Hiring a professional dog walker can range from $14-$35 per walk, depending on number of dogs, duration, time of day and day of week. Private walks cost more; so do evenings, weekends and holidays.


Here Are A Few Tips On Hiring A Dog Walker

Make sure the walker has experience and is current in Pet First-Aid.

Get references from current clients.

Ask a vet or another dog owner for a referral.

Ask how many dogs they walk at a time (some cities such as Toronto have a bylaw of five as maximum but Calgary has no limit).

Ask where the walker takes the dogs.

Do they leash your dog from your door to their vehicle?

Ask how long the dogs’ paws are on the ground rather than in a car on the way to the walk.

Ask if the walker has an emergency plan if a dog is sick or injured.

Do they have an arrangement worked out with a local vet for prompt service.

What vehicle will they be transporting your dog in? Minivan’s with air-conditioning are appropriate for group or off-leash walks.

Interview the walker in your home to see how they get along with your dog and meet the walker in the park to check out their style.

Make sure the walker is bonded and insured.


Tips On Walking Your Pets

The summer can be hot days for our favorite pet. So it is important to pay attention to how hot the day will be, what time of day you walk your pet, be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and how to prevent it from happening to your pet. The following are a few tips I have put together to help you make your walk with your pet as pleasant for both as possible.

In hot weather, exercise your pet early morning or late evening. I recommend avoiding walking your pets where temperatures are above 25 Celsius.

Try to provide as much shade to your pet while on your walk as possible. Allow for shade breaks to cool down your pet throughout the walk, such as a shaded grassy area under a tree.

When walking your dog it is always a good idea to carry a water bottle and Port-A-Bowl (which can be purchased at your local pet store) to provide water for you and your pet.

Avoid excessive exercise. One hour walks are plenty exercise any longer in length can result in Heat Stroke on hot days. Always provide fresh water before, during and after your walk.

Walking your dog on the sidewalk is OK, but grass is cooler and softer on the paws on hot days.

If you live in an area under construction be aware of dangers such as nails, broken glass, etc.

Watch for signs of heat stroke in your pet. Heat stroke is defined as the animal's inability to lower its own body temperature when exposed to too much sunlight and heat.

 

Here are some signs:

Other tips include do not leave your pet in an unattended car or vehicle.

Long-haired animal's coats are there for insulation. If you clip their coat in the summer to cool them you are in fact increasing the likelihood of heat stroke.


Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is one of the most common problems facing dog owners today and some don’t even realize it. What owners do notice is that their pets may destroy objects and/or face complaints from their neighbors about the howling and barking.


Dogs are pack animals, and don’t like to be left alone. Some dogs will sigh and wait patiently for your return. Others will go into panic mode, crying and barking, trying to get you to come back. Some may destroy things; such as shoes, books, plants, pillows, basically anything that is “yours”, even to the extent of defecating on the floor.


Red Rover Pet Care eases separation anxiety for your pet by providing companionship and comfort for them while you are away. If your pet is feeling anxious after you have left our experienced staff calm them by sitting with them, talking in soft comforting tones, while doing slow petting motions to relax them.


Before you leave your pet alone Red Rover Pet Care would like to provide some additional tips to make things easier for avoiding separation anxiety:


Crate Training


The best and easiest way to deal with separation anxiety. Crating your dog during your absences will not only help him feel secure and safe, it will keep him from eating something that could do him harm.


Leave without a fuss – reward for quiet patience


Like all fears, desensitizing your dog to your coming and goings will also help him get over his fear of abandonment. It is best to stretch this process out, but if you need to, you can try to compress it into a couple of days.

Each time you leave, prepare yourself to walk out the door and ignore your dog completely. Do NOT say good-bye, do not cuddle them, do not let on that you are leaving at all.


This is a common mistake with almost every pet owner. By reassuring your dog that you will return in only a little while, showing them affection, hoping they calm down, you are really only reinforcing the fears that your dog had to begin with. However, if they sit nicely and watch you calmly, this is the time to reward them lavishly. That is the behavior you want to reinforce.


Step 1: Practice several times a day without actually going anywhere. Just get yourself ready to go somewhere, but don’t actually leave (unless you must). Once they are taking the ‘false alarms’ in stride and is relaxed and calm when you put your shoes on. Proceed to step 2.


Step 2: Follow ‘false alarm’ routine. Put on shoes, jacket, and reach for the door. Open it. Walk outside, calmly ignoring the alarmed expression on your dog as you shut the door behind you. Count to 20 slowly, listen carefully while not giving away your position at the door. Do you hear whining, crying, barking? If you do, prepare yourself and don’t soften. Going back in only rewards that behavior and one day your neighbors will hate you. If you have discovered that your dog is a vocal screamer, go back to step 1 and pretend to open the door and just as they are about to vocalize walk right back in. You will need to keep extending the time length on this until you are at step 3 without vocalization.


Step 3: OK, you are doing great! After a few days you should be down the driveway and maybe over to the neighbors. Work on extending up to 20 minutes leave to ensure best results.


Good Luck.

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