A long day at work for you, means a long day at home for your dog. Even the best-behaved dog needs a break from their regularly scheduled program! A midday dog walk or potty break is an excellent way to provide your dog with recess time in the middle of their day. I loved recess when I was in school, didn’t you? Hiring a dog walker is not only beneficial for your dog’s health & well-being, it can be beneficial for your health and well-being too!
Even the best-behaved dog will have an accident if not given the opportunity to relieve itself often enough. The stress of having an accident can be detrimental to your pet’s happiness. Holding their urine day after day while you are at work can cause health concerns for your dog. Urinary tract infections, kidney infections, and urinary crystals are can be caused when your pets retain urine in their bladder for prolonged periods of time. A midday walk or potty break is perfect for breaking up your pet’s day and keeping Fido healthy & happy.
Boredom. Most people agree that they dislike being bored. Your dog does too! Fido patiently waits for you to come home from work every day. He takes a nap on the sofa. He lays by the window snoozing in the sunlight. He throws his toy around the room for some entertainment. When he is feeling frisky, he daydreams about how much fun it would be to dismantle his dog bed all over the house. Let’s face it you would get bored of the same ‘ole routine day-in and day- out. Keep Fido’s bed demolishing dream just that, a dream. Hire him a midday buddy that he will be happy to see every day! Someone who will tell him he is a good boy while you work the daily grind. Someone who can fill in and give Fido some mental stimulation to break up his boredom!
Just like people dogs need regular exercise and chances are after a long commute to work, dealing with the boss breathing down your neck, and rush hour traffic home you often are too tired to give Fido that nice long walk he needs to keep his heart healthy. Professional dog walkers are more than just potty break services. They can take Fido for a nice stroll through the neighborhood to check up on which friends left messages for them on the fire hydrants and to see what new canine friends have moved into town. They can also provide that much needed walk to help Fido get his energy out so he is ready for evening snuggles on the couch after you long day at work.
Many dog owners safely and effectively use crate training with their dog. When no one is home Fido is placed inside his crate. Crating can keep Fido and your couch safe if he is a chewer! But crated dogs need the opportunity to stretch their legs if they are going to be crated for long periods of time. Even if you dog has enough room to stand up and turn around inside their crate, a midday walk or playtime in the yard can be beneficial! Especially if Fido runs the house like a wild banshee every time you come home and let him out of the crate!
Puppies & Seniors
Puppies and senior dogs need a bathroom break more often than their other canine counterparts do. Puppies can hold their urine on average one hour for every month they are old plus one. For example, a 3-month old puppy can only hold their urine for 4 hours. Senior pets lose bladder muscle tone as they age leading to frequent accidents if they are not let outside often enough. This can lead to a lot of frustration and resentment towards your dog if you have to spend time every evening cleaning messes off the floor as soon as you walk in the door. Having a professional dog walker come over 1-2 times during the workday can prevent such accident from happening, leaving your relationship with your dog happy and loving. We have a program here at Distinctive Pet Care that caters to puppies as they grow! Click here to learn more about our Puppy Playtime & Potty Breaks.
Peace of Mind
We have all been there. It is 4:55pm and you have your coat in hand ready to walk out the door. Just as you start to get up, Mr. Boss man asks if you can stay another hour. You reluctantly say yes knowing that Fido last went outside at 8:00am and you have no idea what surprises he will have waiting for you when you get home. Hiring a professional dog walker gives you peace of mind that if the boss asks you to stay late or there is a pile up on the interstate, Fido will be okay because his dog walker gave him a midday walk in the afternoon. Many professional dog walkers also offer evening visits, so if staying late at work turns into dinner and drinks with a client, Fido’s dog walker will be there for his evening walk while you take care of business.
When hiring a professional dog walker, be sure to do your homework! Professionals are bonded & insured. They are often CPR First Aid Trained and should have a clear background check.
Let our team of professional dog walkers here at Distinctive Pet Care give Fido that midday break he needs! Click here to check out our services page to find out more about our Midday Dog Walks & Potty Breaks
Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.