Six Important Ways Your Dog Benefits from Regular Walks

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Six Important Benefits of Daily Dog Walks

How often do you walk your beloved dog (honestly)? Do your dogs bark, whine, chew or dig excessively?  Are they restless or do they misbehave around company?  Pay attention, they may be trying to communicate with you.    Many pet owners underestimate the value of a dog walk. Dog walking can improve your pet’s behavior and help them both mentally and physically.  Benefits beyond the obvious can help you and your dog live a happier and healthier lifestyle.  Listed below are a variety of common reasons pups should be treated to walks regularly.

 1. Dog walking promotes health, weight control, and digestive systems.

Pets, just as humans, need regular and consistent exercise to live long, healthy, and happy lives.  Obese dogs have a higher risk for many health problems.  According to betterhealth.com, “Obesity in pets is associated with medical complaints including osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and insulin resistance.”  Moving helps the body’s digestion and occasional constipation and helps your pet stay limber, agile, and fit.

 2. Walking alleviates destructive behavior.

Are you noticing a corner of the couch being chewed away?  Are your shoes being destroyed one by one?  Lack of exercise can increase undesirable and destructive behaviors such as chewing, digging, scratching, biting and barking.  Pets are like our children; if they are bored they will come up with something to do on their own… and you usually won’t like it.  What if you or your children were cooped up all day in a crate at home? You’d go crazy without a good book, your favorite Netflix series, or comfort food.  Everyone, including animals, needs stimulus.  Dogs need to see, smell, feel, and hear just as humans do.  A walk around the block, sniffing the neighbor’s grass, or being rewarded with a treat could keep them from acting out in negative ways.

 3. Daily walks also help with hyperactivity.

Some dogs have an endless amount of energy which translates to hyperactivity, an abnormally short attention span, frantic activity, or high impulsiveness.  Pent-up energy can cause inappropriate behavior such as jumping on people, knocking over furniture, running recklessly through the house, garbage raiding, etc.  With longer or more frequent walks our canine friends can be more relaxed at bedtime and less restless in the home.  A calmer animal creates a better day and quiet night’s sleep for both owner and pet.

 4. Daily dog walks address attention-seeking behaviors.

Dogs who are continuously barking or whining are seeking attention.  This is one way they can communicate.  Take this as a hint for more exercise and outdoor activity if they’ve already eaten, had water, are not ill, or have relieved themselves.  It allows the pet to receive the attention they desire and get out excess energy.

5. Walking around the neighborhood encourages socialization

Walking your dog can build trust and promote socialization.  If your pets are timid or fearful this will help them feel more comfortable around strangers, other animals, and new sounds. If your pup is fearful and exhibits extreme shyness or aggression when facing something new, be sure to work with a great trainer who specializes in positive reinforcement training, such as Applause Your Paws here in Miami.

6. Dog walks provide relief!

Of course all animals need a potty break to relieve themselves.  Bathroom breaks are needed for obvious physical reasons, as accidents can happen.  Your dog does not need to be punished for something they physically could not help.  The frequency of breaks depends on breed, age, energy level, needs, routine, or backyard access.  Typically a full grown dog can go 4 to 6 hours without a break whereas a puppy needs to go out once an hour on average. Your silver senior might also need extra outings!

If you don’t have the energy or time, pet sitters or dog walkers are always an excellent option in giving your dog the care it deserves.  Our dog walkers would be happy to help! You beloved dog should never go without a walk.  Walking benefits both owner and pet in more ways than one; enjoy your next stroll through the neighborhood!

How Does BarkBox Work? Our Pet Sitter Reviews the Popular Gift.

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Bark Box: The Perfect Gift for your Pooch! *

Being an animal lover and long-time pet sitter, you see the bond and love created from owner to pet.  These days pooches are receiving the full treatment: spa days, play dates, boutique treats and toys….endless amounts of colorful, creative, sensory-overloading toys!  I see trunks, boxes and piles of toys in every household.  This may seem like a simple question, but where do the toys come from?  How do you know what your beloved animal likes?  Are the toys safe?  These questions were on my mind as I was perusing Facebook.  My normal pop-up ads of clothes and cosmetics have slowly transitioned into animal ads based on my recent employment with Equipaws Pet Services.  A new advertisement sparked my interest called BarkBox; a monthly goody box tailored specifically for your pet.

It turns out online shopping has gone to the dogs!  The more I researched the more sites I found, but the original ad I saw for Bark Box stood out among the rest.  Bark & Co. is a New York-based company, founded by three pet owners, Matt Meeker, Henrik Werdelin, and Carly Strife, and it has hit the ground running with their company website Barkbox.com.  They offer a monthly Bark Box that is comprised of unique toys, all-natural treats, and pet products.  All products are 100% animal (and human) tested, based on years of collected feedback from real world users.  The mission statement behind Bark Box is “dedicated to building products that foster the health and happiness of dogs everywhere.”

How Bark Box Works:

1 – Choose the size of dog you are tailoring your gift set too (small, medium or large).

2 – Choose a plan (varies per month – starting at $29.00 to $228.00, includes free shipping and you may cancel your membership at anytime).

3 – Each box ships on the 15th of every month and 10% of profits go to dog rescues around the country.

The company goes above and beyond to provide the best service for your pet.  If your pet turns their snout to a toy, Bark Box offers an exchange program – Scouts Honor!   Also, for spreading the word Bark Box has a reward program for all referrals.  Any customers who refer Bark Box receive one free monthly gift box.  To top it off, you may order boxes that are allergy sensitive.  Treats can come wheat, corn and soy free to aid any allergies your pet may have.

The website is welcoming, professional and easy to guide yourself.  It offers a variety of tools including:

  • Bark Post: You can read the latest on animal events, news and even post pictures and videos of your own adored pet.  A place where your questions are answered.
  • Bark Buddy: Similar to a dating website, Bark Buddy provides an adoption app for finding the perfect pooch for you.  Connecting you with pups who need a new home!
  • Barkgood Team:Provides education to new pet owners who have recently adopted and supports new pet parents with the right tools to start the experience off right.

Bark Box is spreading their love from coast to coast.  This past year in New York, NY Bark Box sponsored an Every Dog Adoption, partnering with AC & C of New York City where every new pet owner received a Bark Box to help the new pups and parents get off on the right paw.  In Los Angeles, CA they “organized adoption pop ups” and the “Bark Buddy teams placed over 47 dogs from high risk shelters in furever homes!”  In addition rescues, shelters and non-profits can register on the website requesting help from the Barkgood Team.

Other Recommendations for Specific Occasions and Pups:

  • Poochpartypacks.com- they Provide a party in a box for any dog, all shapes and sizes, complete with grooming and hygiene products to get your dog ready for the party.
  • FreddiesFinds.com – small dog tested and approved.
  • TrueDrool.com- boxe-breed approved, a gift box for big dogs.

Many websites offer to work with small business owners, promoting and showcasing their latest treats and products.  Also, websites have Pay it or “Paw It” forward where you can send a gift box to a friend or to dog rescues!

If you are a dog lover, gift giver or small business owner this is a wonderful gateway into the online arena of safe and satisfying pet products.  At the end of the day no dog (or pet) shall go unloved without a toy of it’s own.  To all pet lovers out there – Happy Shopping!

*This post was written by Meghan, one of our pet sitters in Brickell, FL. We’re glad to have her perspective on this great gift for pets; we hope you enjoyed it too!

The Catio: A Must for Cat Safety and Fun!

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Our pet sitter Ashley recently moved down to Miami from central Florida, and of course she brought Oscar, her beloved cat, with her. Oscar was used to a patio and more of a country-style life; Ashley and her kitty moved into a condo downtown. Being the great pet parent that she is, Ashley found the Catio, just the right toy to help keep Oscar safe on their balcony and happy in his transition into their new lifestyle. She reviews it for us here.

“After moving from a home in central Florida where my cat, Oscar, had a large screened in patio to roam, play, and bird watch, his new home in a high-rise in downtown Miami has certainly been a transition. For months I have debated on how to give him his outdoor space safely, as I don’t trust him free roaming on my 15th floor balcony. I couldn’t enjoy sitting outside or the amazing view because I felt so guilty enjoying the outdoors while Oscar was meowing at me behind the glass.

After stalking the newly trending “catio” on Pinterest, envying everything from elaborate expensive enclosures to the most basic outdoor space, I finally made a decision and ordered the perfect catio. Oscar is extremely active so I found kittywalk.com which has these amazing long outdoor enclosures so Oscar can pace and explore the length of the patio while being safe outdoors. It came in an awesome travel case and was super easy to put together- taking under 10 minutes, and Oscar was instantly a fan, jumping in before it was even outdoors. I can now relax on my balcony with Oscar safely exploring and enjoying the view with me! The “catio” is a huge success!”

We wholeheartedly advocate keeping cats indoors for their own safety and for the safety of our sweet wildlife. The catio is a perfect mix of adventure and security… Will you be trying a catio out for your beloved cats?