Whether old or young, healthy or not so healthy, most dogs enthusiastically look forward to going for a walk each day, to getting outside in the fresh air and to feeling the sunshine on their fur, to enjoying the excited squeals of “your dog is so cute” from passers-by, and to meeting new people and pets. A daily dog walk (or walks) helps your dog stay mentally and physically stimulated and happy. But, with lives so busy today, not everyone can devote as much time as they want to taking their dog for walks. A Los Angeles dog walker can help you by walking your dog according to your dog’s needs and to accommodate your schedule.
Consult with your vet
Every dog needs exercise. How much and how often you should walk your dog really depends on several factors, including your dog’s health and age. Consult with your veterinarian to determine how much exercise your dog needs, if you haven’t already done so, to ensure he/she gets sufficient exercise but doesn’t get so much that it may harm him/her. After all, a young, energetic puppy may need considerably more walks than a senior with health issues.
Meet with a professional dog walker
Life today moves fast for everyone. Your veterinarian may recommend that your dog have at least two vigorous walks each day. But, you simply may not have the time to ensure your dog gets the walks he needs each day. A professional dog walker in Los Angeles can help by taking your dog for a walk when you are unable to take him/her. When you meet with a professional dog walker, you and your dog will have the opportunity to get to know the sitter and you can provide the sitter with details on how you prefer he/she cares for your dog, any walking routes you suggest, and so on.
Create a weekly dog walking schedule
Once you’ve decided to hire a professional dog walker, you can work with the sitter to create a weekly walking schedule. You can schedule one walk a day, two walks a day, or however many walks that are appropriate to ensuring your dog gets sufficient exercise. Opt for a professional Los Angeles dog walker who provides dogs with one-on-one walks rather than group walks. A one on one walk will ensure your dog receives personalized attention. If your dog cannot walk fast, for example, a one on one walk will allow your dog walker to stroll at a comfortable pace for your pup.
Don’t forget the weekends
Ensuring your dog gets sufficient exercise during the week when you are at work is essential. But, don’t let that schedule slide on the weekend. Take your dog for walks so he/she can maintain his/her walking routine, which will also allow him/her to remain healthy and fit. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to walk your dog as often as necessary, your professional dog walker can step in while you focus on what you need to get done.
How often do you walk your dog?