Dog Walkers Help Beat the Doggy Back-to-School Blues

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Dog Walkers Help Dogs Beat the Back-to-School Blues

Your pups have played with you and the kids all day this summer, but with school starting their happy routine grinds to a halt and pivots back to hectic school schedules. This means many changes for your dogs, who go from being with you all day to being left to a quiet, lonely house for long stretches at a time. Dogs can suffer from such drastic changes in routine- especially those who have anxiety issues, which is why our dog walkers are ready to help with these tips for beating the back-to-school blues.

Prepare for the Back-to-School Dog Blues

If your kids are going back to school, be prepared for howling, barking, or whining (70 percent of anxious dogs), destroying objects (60 percent) and maybe having accidents (30 percent). Sometimes anxiety, fueled by inner fears or exterior noises like storms, will lead to dogs destroying doors, blinds, and curtains in their frenzy. According to Dr. Nick Dodman of Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, “There will be an exuberant greeting when you do come home, one that can last several minutes and be completely crazy, then the dog will run to the food bowl.”

Tips on Relieving Dog Anxiety

There are ways you can smooth the transition between the dog days of summer and the back-to-school blues, including:

  • Giving pups treats and toys when you leave,
  • Playing down departures and arrivals,
  • Creating a safe space in your home where they can rest comfortably and happily,
  • Practicing your new routine with your dog instead of abruptly heading to school,
  • Enlisting the help of dog walkers to break up the monotony of long days.

The above tips work well for dogs without severe anxiety. If your dog suffers from severe anxiety, it’s important to get to perform independence training, where you discourage them from following you around the house all day. While it’s comforting for both you and your pet, letting them stay by your side all day is ultimately detrimental to your pet’s mental health as it may create too much dependence. Teach them how to stay alone in one room while you’re in another. If you’re having trouble, contact a reputable dog trainer like Applause Your Paws for help with your independence training. Dogs with severe cases of anxiety may need help from their veterinarian.

Miami Dog Walkers and Runners to the Rescue!

As caring animal lovers, we want your dogs to feel comfortable when you leave home. We’re happy that we can be of service to dogs who would otherwise stay home alone all day. You can get your dog much-needed exercise and play to brighten their day by hiring one of our professional dog walkers.

Dog Walking and Running Services

  • Our dog walks start at 25 minutes a day and are completely customizable to your dog’s specific needs. For example, it costs just $22 for 25 minutes of fun, relief, and exploration. You can schedule your dog walker a couple of times a week to uplift your pup’s spirits and gives them the movement, exercise, companionship, and relief they need.
  • Running is the great exercise for energetic breeds (we have a couple Catahoulas, Labs, Goldendoodles and Pointers in mind!). While many dogs enjoy a nice walk, some get a bigger kick out of our “Fit Pups” option, which involves our dog walkers riding their bikes with one of your pups for a good 20 to 30 minutes, depending on what your dog likes. We have a few clients who live by this, especially working breeds, those who go on long runs with their parents, and those with behavior issues.

Please contact us to get your dog’s exercise routine off the ground at 305.794.3733 or at info@equipawspetservices.com. We look forward to giving your pets exactly what they need to live fit, healthy, and happy lives!

The Bond between Pet and Pet Sitters

Dog walker Brickell

True or False: Is There a Bond between Pet and Pet Sitter?

Do you ever question your pet sitter? Did you hire a worthy and honest company or candidate to take care of your loved one? The adopted member of your family deserves the best attention when you’re away from home. From my own experience working as a pet sitter or dog walker, you must be compassionate and willing to care for another life. As a Professional Pet Sitter I want to share my personal testimony working for Equipaws Pet Services.

Moving to Miami was a huge culture shock. The city is beautiful and bright, full of color and cityscapes you only see in the movies. Blinded by beauty, I didn’t realize I would be transplanting myself into a different country, congested with traffic and construction, attempting to find my way around this concrete jungle filled with new languages and tropical scenery. I needed something that I was comfortable with. Something that would keep my mind centered and calm. Growing up on a farm surrounded by pets and farm animals I find it therapeutic caring for a pet (when they behave!). I came across a company called Equipaws Pet Services that walks dogs, including my neighborhood Brickell. I thought walking around little shih tzu’s or pugs all day would put me in familiar territory caring for animals.

After being put through several interviews, asked the basic employment questions, then pet-specific questions and taking a Pet CPR and safety course I was finally accepted into the Equipaws Team. Flavia, the brilliant and caring owner of Equipaws, and Tom, the hiring manager, really do their homework before hiring.

My first assignment was a malti-poo named Kingsley, a cream-colored fluff ball, as friendly as they come. He lived in my complex, so every day I would visit him for our 25 minute walk. The first few visits, Flavia and I would walk together so he could get acquainted with me. He ran circles around Flavia showing a great affection toward her, jumping up and down, very excited to see her. When I took the leash on our first walk he hesitated, not walking without her by our side. He even howled when she walked out of the room. As an obvious sign of adoration and I thought, “geez, I hope he acts like that with me one day.”

I’ve been caring for Kingsley for around four months now and have become quite attached. He bounds around his playpen when I walk in the door, he jumps into my arms when I go to put his leash on and yes, he does howl when I leave. He even recognizes me when I run into him and his mom around the complex, jumping up, ready to say hello.
Unfortunately, I received the news he is moving out of state! When I heard, I had a pang in my heart and am honestly devastated. Who knew I would create a close bond to this little guy in a short period of time.

Every day, good or bad, seeing Kingsley with the smile of happiness on his face, washed all the worries of the day away. As this job is mainly seven days a week, you get into a routine and see many of the same pets throughout the week. Along with Kinglsey, I have grown attached to all of the pets I care for, understanding their habits and catering to their specific needs. Even when they don’t behave, I still have a special spot in my heart for these critters.

Animals are just like humans. When you start a new job you slowly adjust and get acquainted with the people and environment around you, creating friends and a comfort zone. A child with a nanny creates a special bond and weekly routine. Seeing these furry friends everyday is the same. You create a bond that when separated is hard to give up. In addition, when working for Equipaws, there is a time minimum commitment. This allows you to create routine, understanding the policies and procedures and most importantly getting to know the animals.

Looking into the subject deeper, there is a scientific relationship that connects humans to animals. “The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment,” according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Obviously, Kingsley needed me for physical relief and exercise, but I hope he needed my company mentally as much as I needed his.

Believe me when I say we care! The pet sitters on this team want to love your pet as much as the family they belong too. Equipaws Pet Services’ employees have been tested, questioned and trained. If your pet needs walked, run, cared for and more I assure you, your family member is in good hands!

Written by Meghan Hunter, Brickell dog walker and now Director of Client and Employee Relations.

Your Back Yard Could Be Hurting Your Dog

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Ready to Read a Great Reason to Hire a Dog Walker?

“Why do I need to hire a dog walker? I have a back yard, he runs all the time out there!” We hear that often enough that we felt we HAVE to address that misconception. Pet parents in Miami who own nice backyards seem to feel that letting their dogs out, alone, for long stretches of time means that their dogs get great exercise. From experience, the majority of those pet parents have less than slim pooches.

We’ve done our research in order to disprove the equation: large, fenced-in yard = active dog, and turned to Dr. Ernie Ward. In his book “Chow Hounds,” veterinarian Ernie Ward dissects why people think their dogs are active when they go outside (the book is also a great read on the obesity epidemic skyrocketing in our cats and dogs, by the way).

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