Dog walking and Pet Sitting, Why Is It Important? by Angie Ade
Ok, lets start with what is a dog? Well its a animal first and has it’s set ways of how it acts as a animal. Animals are not humans and react to different stimulus and some qualitys are the same as humans such as attention, exercise, needing to be fed and watered and a safe place to live and sleep, shade in the heat and warmth in the cool. Animals are also unperdictable just as humans are, they have their own minds, their own moods. So we established that, now we can see them as a dog. A dog is a pack animal, what does this mean? There is packleaders and pack followers. Usually 2 packleaders to 5 pack followers, these numbers can change. A pack NEEDS eachother to survive, socialize, bond, keep safe, hunt, eat and have babys to raise in their pecking order, even down to potty time. This means that the pack followers need a pack leader to tell them what direction to take, to stay away from other animals or things in the enviroment to keep them safe, when to rest , hunt and eat. So, this is it, humans are the packleader of their dog and should be established from the start in ALL things. So owning a dog does’nt mean you just leave them to their own defense because they won’t know how to handle that responsibility. In turn when they have no direction and left alone a lot of the time, you will find your dog could develope social anxiety’s like attacking other dogs, chewing, barking, potty in the house, seperation anxiety and so forth, due to bordem and no direction. Dogs are people pleasers and want to be good for their owners, I promise they arent crazy and can easily be turned around once the leadership is in place. Dogs should always be invited for everything, basically like a two year old child and that is till the day they part from us. Why do I say dog walking and pet sitting are important ? for so many reasons. A lot of dog walkers and petsitters know small amounts of training just from their own experiences and also can be your dogs companion while you are away. Your dog gets a good walk, can be in a socializing situation and gets plenty of attention in your place while you are gone. This helps with a lot of their distructive behaviors because now they have a schedual, exercise, socialized and bonding time, also someone is there to give direction. It is essential to find someone with references and that you can trust to be in your home and alone with your dog. Watch for interaction with dog and walker or pet sitter, see if it is a right fit for ALL of you, because this will help your dog to become better. If you feel comfortable, walker or pet sitter is comfortable, well then your dog too will also trust and feel comfortable. I never suggest a free range kennel, unless it is a good one and there is a trainer at hand or people watching the dogs at all times. Dog fights can break out and now your dog is learning other bad behaviors or worse. Some dogs do great in these situations and never have a problem , just check it out before leaving your dog and make suree it can get along in that enviroment. Pet sitters are great, because either they go to your home or take the dog back to their place. This gives the dog a sense of being home and help relax them and also the owner, the attention is individual and they get what they would at their own home. The dogs I take in when owners drop them off, they just walk right in , look for toys and go about their business because they understand it is like a second home and when dogs need to be seperated, each dog gets time with me as a rotation, walks, play, bonding , food and water, and also nap times which are very important, too. Now, you see why I say it is important? The dog walker or petsitter is there in place of you when you can’t be there for your dog, this helps bring confidence and security to your dog and it wont need to misbehave to get attention or sooth it’s loneliness. Choose wisely and Good Luck!