Reasons to Hire a Dog Walker

Many people may believe that hiring a dog walker is a privilege that only rich people, who don’t have the time or energy to walk their own dogs, can afford. However, this is not true. There are loads of people who choose to hire dog walkers for completely different reasons.

The fact that every day you hear of a new company providing dog walking services proves that this service is in demand. Do you ever stop and wonder why? To break it down, keep in mind that any kind of dog will need regular exercise, food, and toilet breaks. This cannot be too complicated, right? Wrong.

In reality, life is not that simple. Many people have an unpredictable work pattern that causes them to be away for days on short notice. Others may have to go to school or deal with inflexible group study sessions that do not allow them to come home till late. Whatever the reason, hiring a dog walker is a necessity for most dog owners.

Here are some reasons to hire a dog walker:

1. You Have Long Work Hours

One of the most popular reasons for hiring a dog walker is working long hours. The job that ensures a roof over your head and food in your dog’s bowl may be responsible for keeping you apart. Not only will your dog feel lonely in your absence, but it will also require bathroom breaks, stimulation, and regular exercise during the day.

Even if you have a good work-life balance, there will be days that your meeting lasts longer than expected, or you have to fly out in an emergency. If your dog is just a pup, this will make matters a little more complicated. Puppies have less bladder control, which is why they need to be taken to the toilet more often. In your absence, only a dog walker can handle this responsibility.

However, this does not mean that you can stay away from your dog for long periods of time. Your dog is your responsibility and deserves to spend time with his master. In fact, qualified vets believe that a dog should not be left alone and without its owner for more than six hours.

2. Your Dog’s Health is Important

Just as humans need to exercise regularly to keep obesity and illnesses at bay, dogs also require regular and consistent exercise. This is especially important if you want your dog to have a long life full of health and happiness.

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention states that approximately 54 percent of cats and dogs living in the US are obese and out-of-shape. If pets are given the time and space to exercise regularly, loads of diseases and illnesses can be kept at bay. To ensure good health, make sure that your dog walker incorporates at least three 20-minute walks every day in your dog’s routine.

3. A Dog Walker Ensures Socialization and Stimulation for Your Dog

While physical exercise is important to ensure that your dog is healthy, your dog also needs mental exercise so that its senses remain sharp and alert. Seeing, smelling, feeling, and hearing new things is absolutely essential and can only happen if your dog walker is around to walk your dog a couple of times during the day.

Mental stimulation can be ensured when your dog meets strangers and interacts with other animals. This is also a fabulous way to promote socialization so that your dog does not get aggressive around other pets. As humans, we take a lot of things for granted, including how important small talk with neighbors and a smile passed between strangers is. For our dogs, these tiny encounters can mean the world.

4. You Will Be at Ease

There are several things that happen during the day. From taking your kids to school to going to work to picking your kids back up, to spending time with your partner, to making dinner… you may already have a lot of things on your plate before you take on walking, feeding, and taking your dog to the toilet.

Do you really think you can make time for all of these things? If you can’t, we completely understand. After all, you’re not superman.

When you hire a dog walker, you divide responsibilities. Knowing that there is someone to care for your dog while you are out may provide you with some peace of mind. This means that you don’t have to worry about rushing back from work or skipping parent-teacher meetings, or cutting time with your friends short. With a dog walker, you won’t experience feelings of guilt or discomfort since your dog will not be locked up alone for seven hours at a stretch. While you continue to fulfill other responsibilities, you can be at peace with the thought that your dog is being looked after.

5. Your Dog Will Stay Happy

Let’s face it- an anxious, frustrated, scared, or bored dog is not a pretty sight. It starts to get aggressive and may even bite you if you get too close to it. If you want to avoid this, make sure that your dog is getting enough exercise during the day.

When dogs have too much pent-up energy with no place to release it, they tend to become restless, making them snappy and hard to deal with. With a dog walker, you have someone to rely on to take your dog outdoors every day to get fresh air and play around.

There are loads of advantages to hiring a dog walker, and we’re sure that you agree with us by now. Not only will your dog stay happy and energetic to greet you when you get home from work, but you will also remain less stressed during your day. While keeping your pet healthy and happy is your responsibility, there is no harm in getting help sometimes.

by Bobby J Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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