Why You Should Hire a Dog Walker in Miami


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Does Your Dog Really Need Daily Walks?

Call us biased as dog walkers, but yes! Dogs are animals that work by nature; whatever their breed (or mix!), every dog was bred with a working purpose! Because the majority of dogs are naturally active, it’s important that they get the appropriate amount of exercise or be given work. Even those cute lap dogs who make great couch potato companions need to exercise if we want them to stay fit, healthy, and happy for years to come. You owe it to your pals to provide exercise and a sense of purpose!

More Good Reasons to Walk Your Dog

Dogs that are left indoors for too long without exercise often take up destructive behaviors – whether they chew on themselves or furniture in the home, or take to breaking years of potty training. Trust us, frustrated dogs will find an outlet to distract themselves and let you know that they’re unhappy- usually with something you treasure (RIP, Jimmy Choos). Spending time exercising your dog – whether brisk evening walks, a morning run, or Frisbee in the park a few days a week – will fortify the bond you and your companion already have.

Don’t believe us? Try it. Exercise your dog a bit more than what you ordinarily do as an experiment – we guarantee that your dog will show a change in behavior within a week (maybe even the same day, depending on how much fun you have!). They will be grateful and you will be able to tell.

But I Don’t Have Time to Walk My Dog…

Many people don’t have the time to dedicate to their pups, especially those who travel frequently or work long hours (hello, everyone in Miami!). That’s why Equipaws Pet Services exists! Our dog walkers and runners can help you get your dogs the exercise they need. Our pet sitters, dog walkers, and runners play with, walk with, and run with your pets, giving them that much-needed outlet and attention while you’re away. And we tailor our services to your dog’s needs. For example, our German Short-Haired Pointer friends get fast-paced bike rides in the shade; our senior friends get a more sedate, brief walk in consideration of their joints.

An exercised dog is a happy and calm dog that will not fuss over your every step. Dedicate an hour or so a day or at least a few hours a week to giving your pup a good workout, and you will see that their downtime truly is a relaxed and happy time. S/he will curl up on the couch right next to you and doze happily while you relax in your way, knowing that a good run or romp in the dog park is in the near future. Think of children – furry kids are much the same! They need sports and activity! No child is relegated to staying indoors all the time, laying inactive in their bed. Don’t do that to your pup!

Give us a call today if you need advice on what kind of exercise your dog craves at 305-794-3733. We are also happy to set up a complimentary in-home consultation to work out the best exercise options for your pet if you simply don’t have the time to work out with your dog. We’re looking forward to hearing from you! Remember… a dog was born to run! (And just look at how happy Kona, Olive,and Bas look after their walks!)

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Dog Sitters and Runners Help Keep Your Dogs Fit!

Our Miami-based dog sitters have Memorial Day penciled in as the beginning of summer fun, pet sits, and sharp rises in heat, which can be unbearable for humans. Imagine how that feels for dogs, who are covered in fur! As your dogs’ caretakers, we are responsible for keeping them safe during walks and runs in the coming summer months. We want to take a moment to talk about how we care for your pets in the heat, and hopefully help you keep your dogs cool when you take them out with you. Read on to learn about how to keep your dog cool in Miami while enjoying our beautiful outdoors. Remember, May is National Fitness Month. We want to help both you and your dog kick start your exercise routines!

Dog Runs and Dog Walks for All!

We firmly believe that dogs need daily exercise. They were bred to work with us for a living, despite what most of them seem to do these days (hello, snuggly couch potatoes). They need to be doing something constructive or else they get bored. Most pet parents don’t have the time to set up daily fun projects or to take their dogs on walks during lunch time, leaving their social dogs bored and alone. That’s where dog sitters and runners help.

Dog Sitters and Dog Runners to the Rescue!

We love giving your dogs their well-deserved exercise breaks! Our pet sitters keep on top of your dogs’ well-being at all times, but ESPECIALLY when partaking in strenuous physical activity like brisk walks and runs in the Miami summer months. Here are some tips we swear by when giving your pups great exercise.

  • We always establish that your dog is in good physical condition before starting their fun new exercise routine. We heartily recommend a physical with your veterinarian before Day 1.
  • All dog exercise starts of slowly with us. First we walk your pooch, then we progress to interval training where we alternate walking and running. Finally, we graduate to full on jogs or runs, depending on your dog’s needs. Some dogs don’t do well with full runs, others need to spring for minutes at a time. This is a customizeable schedule!
  • We try our best not to exercise dogs heavily before feeding time, and we absolutely avoid heavy exercise after feeding time. Either instance could cause digestive problems. Water is given before and after.
  • We constantly check weather conditions and we will not run a dog outside if it’s over 90 degrees. On less than cool days, our dog runners find a shady route and spray dogs down with water. We keep dog running to parts of the day that are less sunny. Long-haired dogs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Because heatstroke is a real threat in Miami, and because it can set in very quickly, we focus on prevention by following the above procedures. Our dog runners and sitters are trained to keep a sharp eye out in our hot humid weather, and to recognize the signs of heatstroke. Please learn them; it is of the utmost importance to act quickly when you see the following symptoms:

  1. Heavy Panting
  2. Difficulty breathing
  3. Bright red tongue and mucous membranes
  4. Thick saliva and vomiting
  5. Dog becomes unsteady and has bloody diarrhea.

With proper care and prevention, your dog should never experience heatstroke. Once shock sets in, your dog’s lips and mucous membranes turn gray. This is often followed by collapse, seizure, coma, and death.

Follow our tips, your veterinarian’s advice, and exercise caution- and exercise will benefit everyone!

Sources: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/heat-stroke-dehydration-dogs

Running with the Pack: The Rise of the Dog Runner

Equipaws Pet Services’s Pet Sitter Writes about the Rise of Dog Running

We’d like to congratulate pack member Frankie Berti, Equipaws Pet Services’ social media go-to, copy writer, and pet sitter. She was recently published in the Winter 2012-2013 issue of Professional Pet Sitter, a publication of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). We’re proud to belong to the Association, which provides invaluable support and educates pet sitters around the country.

Her article, “Running with the Pack: The Rise of the Dog Runner,” explores the increased incidence of pet sitters running dogs instead of simply walking them around the block, and talks about the benefits dogs get from faster-paced exercise. From the first page:

Along with this urge to lavish the best on our pets, the number of people who have dogs in their homes has increased. Not only that, but dogs have become a living, friendly, wagging means to better your own health while taking care of your pup. With all this in mind, it is not surprising that the newest trend in dog care is the rise of the dog runner. Is the pet sitting industry about to experience a change in the way dogs are exercised?

Inspired by Dog Running at Home

Writing the article was a natural extension to working with owner Flavia at  Equipaws Pet Services, whose mission is to keep pets fit, healthy, and happy. Dog exercise, from walking to all out running, is a core service offered by the company.

“I was inspired by my sister for this article. She’s always loved to run (she’s made awesome times for the ING Half Marathon!). She started running with dogs a couple of years ago and keeps learning more about it daily. I’ve seen how much dogs love the extra activity thanks to her and in my own experience, and wanted to share that with the pet sitting world,” says Frankie.

Flavia and Frankie have observed that some dogs prefer running over walking. “You know there are some dogs that can keep running all night- you can’t get them to stop! So, there are real benefits to running over walking for them, because they get to expend more energy.  And, get this- dogs get a runner’s high, much like humans do when we run for a long time,” Frankie continues.

“I’d say running definitely has its place for many breeds, like German Shorthaired Pointers and Catahoula Leopard dogs. I hope every dog owner reading this article considers running for their adult dogs… of course, only if it’s appropriate!”

Please enjoy the article below, and give us a call at 305.794.3733 or email us if you’d like to set up a consultation for dog runs or walks for your dogs!