Many foot disorders in dogs are simply an issue of too-long toenails. Make a mani/pedi appointment at your vet’s office!
PS- We are NOT vets so if your dog has anything wrong, take them to your Vet!
Many foot disorders in dogs are simply an issue of too-long toenails. Make a mani/pedi appointment at your vet’s office!
PS- We are NOT vets so if your dog has anything wrong, take them to your Vet!
Man, nothing is better than just a heartfelt, loving “thank you” for a job well done. I also happen to think there’s nothing and no one more deserving of a Thank YOU for the Thank YOU than YOU. Your personal testimonials are so dang sweet I’m about to jump in my car and deliver hugs to everyone…
Here’s one from Chauncey’s mommy Corinne (WE love you tons!)
I would like to RAVE about my experience with Walkies. As a first time dog owner I don’t know what I would do without them! I am constantly grateful for their scheduling flexibility and organization. Their regular updates keep me at ease while I’m away from Chauncey. I always know he is in great hands no matter if it is during a 15 minute walk or an overnight stay. I would recommend Walkies again and again!
I mean that’s so nice! Thank YOU Corinne for loving Chauncey so much and letting us love him too! To check more kind words CLICK HERE
Or check out some cool shout outs and love letters on YELP! You are so kind to us and being grateful for all the love just never seems like enough. Thank you a zillion times over!
September is around the corner and with that kicks off the back to school season and then you blink your eyes and you’re knee deep in the the busy holiday season. Whether you’re back to work full time in September or planning your holiday travel, here”s what – Everyone hits the road, or the skies, to visit their loved ones. Our pets are part of the family, so it makes obvious sense that you’d want to bring them along for your holiday adventures.
Traveling with pets can certainly be accomplished – but it requires a lot of crossing T’s and dotting I’s. If you ask us, there are tons of reasons you want to look into home pet care services rather then boarding. Here are just a few super key points:
#1 Traveling with pets is a lot of work (I mean DUH)
Packing for yourself and your family can take a lot out of you. Add having to pack crates, blankets, food, treats, toys, leashes, water and other pet-related items to the list and it can become overwhelming. Did you remember everything?
If you’re flying with your pet – it adds a whole other element to pre-trip planning. You have to book their airfare, get all their paperwork in order for verification purposes, find suitable travel accommodations, and in some instances sedate your pet.
Once you arrive at your destination – where will you be staying? If you can stay with relatives, have you found a hotel that’s pet friendly?
If you are choosing to board your dog, there is also a checklist that can equally become stressful: You need to make sure your dog has the proper vaccines the kennel requires (usually at the very least bordatella). If your dog is in training, they will likely be in their own “suite” that have access to a secure outdoor area – but can be confusing to your dog. Packing the appropriate amount of food, treats and meds and writing the instructions. You also do not get to meet everyone that will be caring for your dog.
While of course ALL of this is totally doable, using an in-home pet care service takes ALL of this planning off of your plate. The way we do it at Walkies, is we cover all of these bases during the registration meeting. You have 1 assigned sitter, fill out your paperwork once, and it goes into our secure database and we have ALL we need. Anything changes, you let us know. You have peace of mind that you have met your sitter AND saw them interact with your dog. Moving forward when you need service, you don’t need to WORRY about any of this as it’s ALL be done before. You and your assigned sitter and dog are already pals so YOU can just focus on getting ready for your trip.
#2 Dogs like being in their home environment
Dogs can often times be considered creatures of habit. They like to be in their regular environment with all the things that are familiar to them. Traveling with a pet can be stressful – not only for you but also for the pet. Boarding a pet can sometimes be worse.
Being in a facility without their “creature comforts” (you aren’t usually allowed to bring their beds or toys) and hearing other dogs barking can be scary and sometimes traumatizing. They get confused and sometimes bummed out. For dogs in training, boarding them can also regress their training as they thrive on consistency.
Being at home in the hands of a pet sitter, your dog will have all the comforts of home and their health needs met. They also will have consistency. Our sitters at Walkies ALWAYS take part in the training process with our clients. The sitters love it, the dogs thrive and our clients feel good about going away knowing their dog is comfortable in their cozy home. It’s a win-win-win situation!
#3 With the right pet care service or dog walker, you get the best of both worlds.
Leaving your pal with a pet sitter for the first time can be an uneasy feeling…trust me, I get it! Your brain starts asking a zillion questions… Will they take the proper care of your dog? Will they remember to give them the right medicines? Will they give enough cuddles, compliments and hugs?
With the right service, the answer to ALL of these is a resounding YES!*
As always make sure to schedule a meeting with the profesh services (Walkies’ are called “registration meetings”) in advance of your holiday trip so that the sitter and your pet(s) can get acquainted. Walk the sitter through your home so that they have a feel where everything is. Go over any medications, special tips about your pet or anything that might be valuable to your new sitter.
#4 Dog Walkers vs Doggie Daycare (not to get political but…)
Yes we are an in-home pet sitting and dog walking service BUT we stand behind our reasons! At the beginning, I thought about opening a doggie daycare rather than starting this and I did NOT (I mean obvi)…and here are a few reasons why:
In addition to consistency in training (both potty and commands) being impossible at a daycare, it was a giant safety issue. The reason Walkies doesn’t do pack walks is not only because I feel that every client is VIP and deserves to get our undivided attention BUT the other is that dogs can sometimes be jerks. They are cliquey. If 2 dogs get into an “argument” the rest of the group will chose ONE SIDE and then it’s the entire group on one dog.
I also do not back the idea of having toys and balls “shared” amongst a group of dogs not of the same household. Dogs can be rude, and there is ALWAYS one bossy punk that hoards everything…this is the beginning of what could be a riot.
I will admit that a day of partying and running around sounds like dog heaven, and while many do enjoy and do great at a daycare, for another reason, I also mentioned above, the care takers at a daycare aren’t always the same each day. It’s just my belief that the more consistency you can provide the better. This is just my opinion.
If you choose to send your dog to a daycare, be VERY sure to ask the following questions before joining:
Again, this is just Walkies talk. There are plenty of amazing boarding facilities and daycares available, and we know that they are sometimes a better option. Our priority is the safety and happiness of ALL dogs and the peeps that love them.
If you are interested in service with Walkies PLEASE CLICK HERE
Of course it’s no surprise here at Walkies that we are HUGE believers in exercising your dog, no matter what their size…BUT, you may be surprised at what the added benefits are too!
Here are Walkies 3 MOST important benefits of walking your dog that we believe HARD in!
1. Health Benefits
It’s a well-known fact that exercise is beneficial to your health and wellness. Don’t look at walking your pet as a chore…we don’t! Getting fresh air, vitamin D and taking a short break from your daily tasks or job will help you revitalize your energy, be more productive and be happier overall!
When you take your dog out for a walk you might overlook how beneficial exercise can be for your dog’s health too. A daily walk can help keep your dog agile, limber and stay in great shape. Walking your dog can also help their digestive system and help curb those extra unhealthy pounds…this is good advice for all of us!
2. Behavioral Benefits
A scheduled daily walk can also help eliminate or reduce your dog’s destructive behaviors that include, chewing, scratching or digging. Furthermore, daily walks are helpful because your dog is expending its energy in a healthy way. Taking your dog out for a routinely walk will help keep your dog calm, be less restless and reduce hyperactivity. For the safety of your furniture and shoes, take your dog for a walk!
If you have an anxious dog, a regular walk can help to build its confidence and trust. Consistently seeing other people, kids and pets will help your dog know that there is nothing to be timid or fearful about. They will slowly learn to be more and more comfortable around humans, animals, vehicles, bikes, and new situations and environments when you continue with your regular walking schedule.
When you spend time with your dog, you are building and strengthening the bond between the two of you and this leads to a trusting and positive relationship. It will also lead to your dog staying away from more attention-seeking behaviors like barking or whining. Remember that dogs are companion animals; they enjoy sharing and spending time with you.
There are so many enjoyable benefits to walking your dog and you will rarely see a dog that does not enjoy going for a walk. Be the person that makes them wag their tail and get excited to go outside, it might be the highlight of their day.
Does your work schedule not allow for you to spend time walking your dog? We can take care of that for you! Sign up today! We would love to meet you so that we can take your dog for the walk he is asking for!!!
As part of my mission to ease your anxiety (in effort to ease mine), I felt like I needed to circle back to this ALL TIME IMPORTANT topic of “Hiring a Pet Sitter.” Yes, you may already be a client, or perhaps you are thinking of becoming one…or maybe you are just a fan of ours and enjoy my blogging rhetoric. No matter what, at some point in life this article will be beneficial to you. Why? because maybe you’ve been our client for 10 years and are moving and forget what it’s like to be “single” again, OR you all of sudden get a dog next week because you fell in love at an adoption even OR you forward this to a friend that just did both and they need to know this.
Ask yourself or your peeps, “Do you find it embarrassing at this point calling your neighbor to babysit your dog while you fly across country to that meeting that can make your career?” OR, “do you feel awful and guilt ridden shuffling your best pal to your “friend’s friend” house that you only have trust because your favors with your neighbor have run out (to the point you cancel your trip)?”
“Do you work super hard and carry tons of guilt, worry and panic about either having to leave work to walk your dog, or stay at work while your dog is home all day alone???”
If either of you answered “YES” to any of these questions, it sounds like you need to hire a dog walker and pet care provider…but before you do PLEASE share these 5 TIPS TO HIRING THE BEST PET SITTER EVER. t will give you peace of mind that you’ve covered all of your bases!
1. Choose the Professional Pet Sitting Service rather than a One Man Show
Even though they may be slightly more expensive, trust me, it’s worth the reliability, trust and coverage. Professional Pet Sitting Services have experience, insurance and a client base of references that can all give you peace of mind. These services have stood the test of time, have already gone through the growing pains of a new business and have ironed out any wrinkles of customer dis-satisfaction. These services also have multiple sitters on staff so should your regular or “assigned” sitter get sick or have an emergency, your pets are covered. NOTE ON SITTERS OR WALKERS: Go with a service that places you with one sitter, and one back-up sitter. It’s not good for your pet or home to have a service that sends multiple sitters. Always make sure they are insured.
The PROS of working with a well-established company:
A CON of working with a well-established company:
2. A Website is Key
In this day and age there is no reason that a reputable and professional service doesn’t have a website, in fact, in my opinion it’s unacceptable. A website is a sign that the business owner takes their business seriously, has invested in their business and wants to be authentic and upfront an honest about who they are. A good website should have services and rates, sitters and/or walkers and some testimonials at the very least.
3. ALWAYS meet the sitter OR walker BEFORE you hire them and let them in your home alone
A registration meeting or meet and greet allows you to get to know your assigned sitter and their service. Be sure they perform the following tasks: introduce themselves to you and your pet, pick up keys, confirm pertinent information about you and your pet (e.g. vet information, emergency contact, special requests, etc.), and answer any additional questions you may have. And of course give lots of hugs and kisses to your pet! A professional service will provide you with a list of questions about your pet, pet’s routine, any instructions for your home and vet information, at the very least. You want someone to have as much information as possible since they will be acting as a “stand in” for you. Your sitter should treat your pet and home the way you would. If a sitter or walker shows up aloof and cold, chances are that’s how they will be with your pet. Trust your gut…if you EVER feel uneasy go with someone else. Always feel free to ask for references…it’s your right to know the person in your home.
In my opinion, it’s ALWAYS appropriate to ask the owner their “vetting” process for their business. We run background checks on all of our sitters and walkers.
When I started building my business, I contracted a lot of college students. I quickly learned that hiring a college kid is no better than asking the neighborhood kid down the street. College kids did not have a great sense of responsibility. Don’t get me wrong, I did have a few wonderful college-aged pet sitters, but as a whole, I decided that the demographic was not the best choice to represent my company; I only wanted the best for my clients.
For the safety of my clients I started running background checks on anyone that I was considering becoming a member of our team. Oh my goodness! I am I happy I did this! You think if someone looks put-together and presents him or herself in a professional manner and they provide glowing references, that they are a sure good fit. WRONG!!!! The stuff that comes up in these background checks would blow your hair back. My suggestion to you would be to make sure of the fact that any company you hire runs full background checks on their staff members. If you decide to hire a solo-act business, I would suggest that you ask them to submit you a background check. Trust me on this! You will be so happy you took the extra step.
The Walkies Vetting Process:
If you want your dog to be socialized, send them to daycare once or twice a week…it costs a little more per day, and will ensure the safety of your dog and your wallet. Not only are pack walks unfair to your dog when what they are missing is human love and interaction, more importantly it is a potentially dangerous situation for them and other dogs to be in. When dogs are in a pack, all it takes is for 2 of them to have an altercation, and the rest of the pack decides who is right and ALL gang up on one. In this case, there is one walker, 2 hands and multiple dogs fighting which clearly is a terrible formula, not to mention if their insurance covers pack walks and ALL of the vet bills accrued. The only pack that should be walked is the one that lives your home together.
5. Appreciate your dog walker or pet sitter!
Don’t treat your dog walker or pet sitter like “help.” Be grateful for them. They love your pets and take care of your home when you are unable to, and for not very much money when you think about what the job responsibility actually is. You trust them with your “baby,” your home and all of your possessions…treat them well, pay them on time and tip them at Christmas.
In Addition to this criteria, here is a list of SAQ’s (SHOULD Ask Questions) to your new potential pet care provider:
These are just SOME of the questions you should ask, BUT start here, You are never too nosey when it comes to finding the right company to provide pet care for you and your pets!!!
If you don’t already know it, we are fanatical about the health of your pet (we also care about yours by the way). I have seen first hand in myself AND my pets the health and wellness daily walking and exercise brings. Not only is it good for them and us physically BUT also emotionally…not to mention the amazing smiles they get on their little faces.
Here are only the TOP 10 Health Benefits of Daily Dog Walks…Enjoy!
Keeps your pet healthy, agile, and limber of course, duh. BUT it also helps keep your dog’s nails trimmed down and joints nice and lubricated.
An overweight pet is not a healthy pet! Proper diet and a daily dose of exercise will keep your dog at an ideal weight. Dogs at healthy weights breathe better, feel better, can have less health problems and can live longer than overweight dogs.
Can aid in relieving constipation! Getting the body moving gets things IN the body moving!
Can help to alleviate extra energy…I mean it’s the same thing as when Mom’s take their toddlers to the park. They let them run around like banshees and then BOOM! Peaceful night’s rest for all.
Ever see how happy your dog is after a walk? Just like you smile after a nice time you have, your dog will too.
Practicing commands on every walk is like a daily “job” for dog…which they LOVE. Dogs ALL like to have a job to do. They like to feel like they have done something with their day and practicing commands on their walk is a perfect way to give them that sense of accomplishment. Asking them do “sit” at corners is asking them to do a task, then rewarding them with more walk and fun makes them feel great about themselves. It also gives them more practice!
Gets rid of pent up energy so your dog [and YOU] can enjoy some R&R…
Dogs that go on daily walks generally behave better. Dogs THRIVE on consistency and when their bodies and brains get used to walking around the same time every day they have something to look forward to (like their body sets it’s own clock in some cases), and then their body calms down after. It’s so cool!
More than physical activity, mental stimulation tires dogs out- fast! It’s true. Dogs that spend too much time indoors with just a few potty runs a day are more likely to misbehaved than those with a daily exercise regimen. Why? Because a dog’s brain needs stimulation too. They are smarter than you think. They need to look around, sniff and investigate. On days that the weather is bad, play “brain stimulating games for dogs” (just google that for ideas). If your dog is EXTRA wild, combine a daily walk with daily games and you will see a significant change in your dog’s hyperactivity level.
The single most important thing to your dog is YOU. By taking walks with him every day not only can you stay healthy, but you also build an amazing bond with your dog that you both will benefit from. Taking care of yourself with daily exercise and a healthy diet is one of the greatest things you can do. Give yourself and your dog 30 minutes a day, cell phone free and get out there and explore. You and your dog will have a great time walking and chatting.
This week I have included a download (gettin’ fancy here) of The Essential Guide for Philadelphia Dog Owners. Whether you live here…or plan on visiting and bringing your dog along, this is a helpful guide to hang on to. Dog walking, dog boarding, shopping, vets and more, it’s in there!
Listen, these are ONLY personal recs from me, and places that I have gone to, and would go to again. There are tons of awesome dog friendly places in Philly. Have a fave? Tell me about it and maybe I can add it in to our 2017 guide! Just click to download!
Oh, and forward this to a friend that could use it. If they’re in the city, or in our NJ service area, there’s a special treat for them! These links below are the places I use and go to on the regular. xoxo
Even though July 4th is a totally fun holiday to celebrate with friends and family…including our pets…this is DEF one of those holidays that we need to consider our pets as pets and NOT as humans.
1. KEEP ALCOHOL AWAY Boozin’ can be fun BUT you have to remember that dogs and cats metabolize EVERYTHING differently than us humans do. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
2. Pets HATE Fireworks!!! I know that you LOVE your pet, and your pet is head over heels about you BUT this is one adventure to leave them home and inside. Crowds, loud noises spook dogs and cats, make them nervous and really REALLY hurt their ears a lot. They have no idea what the noise and commotion is all about and they get VERY scared and want to run for cover. PS- I shouldn’t have to say this BUT also keep them FAR AWAY from your pets if you are setting them off.
3. Sunscreen or Bug Spray may be POISON! According to the ASPCA, “Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.”
For a longer list of 4th of July AND Summer safety pet tips visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/fourth-july-safety-tips
Please al check out this article. It has VERY VERY VERY good tips! http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/fourth-of-july-cat-safety-tips/
"The best and most affordable walker in town! They care about my boy, care about the apt and care about us. We even let them pet boarding for our little guy for 3 days/nights. 100% trusted."Read more reviews
Walkies Dog Walking Service of Philadelphia offer, pet sitting, dog walking, house sitting and concierge services in East Passyunk Crossing, Whitman, Lower Moyamensing, Wharton, Pennsport, Dickinson Narrows, Passyunk Square, Hawthorne, Southwark, Queen Village, Bella Vista, Italian Market, Melrose, Girard Estates, Newbold, Point Breeze, Graduate Hospital, Southwest Center City, Schuylkill, University City, Powelton Village, Mantua, Rittenhouse Square, Fitler Square, Logan Square, Art Museum, Washington Square, Washington Square West, Old City, Chinatown, Society Hill, Spring Garden, Fairmount, Brewerytown, Francisville, Callowhill, Northern Liberties, Poplar, Fishtown, Kensington, Olde Kensington, Olde Richmond, Port Richmond