Our Passion is Our Profession
What does being Insured and Bonded actually mean?
Liability insurance pays the dog owner if his dog is injured or dies in the provider's care. In the District of Columbia you are liable if the dog bites or attacks someone under your supervision. If your dog was to bite someone in our care we would be financially responsible and our coverage would protect our client from any financial obligation. Being bonded assures our clients that we will fulfill our end of the agreement to walk their dogs, and it protects clients in the event of theft or property damage.
Are you Insured and Bonded?
Have you ever had to use your Insurance and Bond policies?
No. We have not had any accidents. We carry our policies because it is the responsible thing to do.
Are there any extra fees for last minute cancellations or request for service?
We accommodate all requests and cancellations without any penalty. We understand that changes to your schedule will occur.
Do we have to sign a contract or a long term agreement?
No. You can cancel at any time without any penalty.
Will the person I meet be the same person that will be walking our dogs?
The same person you meet will be the same individual that will be walking your dogs.
If my walker is unable to make it are there back up walkers?
We do have a small reliable and dog loving staff that will serve as a back up.
Will you let me know when you arrive to walk our dogs and when you leave?
We can call, text, or email you upon arrival and departure. We can journal our visits in a notebook. We can also send you picture messages after each visit.
Do you have experience training dogs and dealing with separation issues?
Yes we do. There are two trainers on our staff. We have successfully helped dogs with separation issues.
Why do you offer two visits a day at no extra charge?
Our clients have the option of dividing the time of one visit into two walks a day. Although this makes for a longer work day it really benefits dogs that require more socialization or have separation issues. Since starting this service the dogs in our care that do have separation issues have greatly benefited from this service. Needless to say the owners have noticed a considerable difference. Some dogs just love more attention throughout the day!
If my dog wants to jog instead of walk will you be able to do that?
Yes most certainly!
If I do not want my dogs walked with other dogs would that be a problem?
The rate for individual and group walks is the same. So this request is not a problem at all.
Do you have a waiting list?
We have had a waiting list in the past. We make sure that every dog in our care gets the personalized attention and time they deserve. We do not like to be rushed or take short cuts. If there is a waiting list, we will let you know as soon as we have an opening.
Some Signs That Your Dog Has Separation Issues
My suggestion is to set up a video camera while you are away to check on your dog's behavior if you suspect your dog has separation anxiety.
If your dog continuously whines, howls, or barks while you are away this is a telling sign of separation anxiety. If you do not have a video camera you could ask your neighbors.
If your dog destroys property or defecates/urinates on the floor, that is another sign. There isn't cause to worry if your dog raids the trash or the kitchen counter for food. He is scavenging for extra morsels of food.
If your dog frequently urinates on the floor when you are away he may have a bladder infection instead of separation anxiety.
Remedies You Can Try At Home
Try to calmly leave and return home rather than exciting your dog. This will be hard. However it helps with separation anxiety.
Leave an article of clothing or towel out so your dog can pick up on your scent while you're gone. This will calm and comfort him.
Act like your going to leave but don't. Get your keys and your coat, for instance, but then sit down for a while. Practice doing this until your dog shows no signs of anxiety.
Take it a step further by stepping outside the house and closing the door; return quickly. Do this over and over, each time staying on the other side of the closed door until your dog remains calm when you supposedly leave.
Continue to leave the house for longer periods. Start with ten minutes and keep expanding the time until your dog gets used to your absence.
5 Human Foods That Are Good For Canine Tummies
Here are some healthy human scraps for your dog. Please check with your vet if your dog has any food allergies.
1) Peanut Butter- A great source of protein. Putting peanut butter in a Kong will also keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw and unsalted peanut butter; A great source of vitamin B, E, and niacin.
2) Cooked Chicken- Good source of protein.
3) Baby Carrots- Good for your dog's teeth, and a source of vitamin A. Carrots are high in fiber and low in calories.
4) Salmon- A wonderful source of mega 3 fatty acids, which keep your dog's coat shiny and healthy. It is also great for your dogs immune system.
5) Apple Slices- Helps cleanse your dog's teeth and helps freshen breath. Apples are a great source of fiber and contain vitamin A and C. Make sure to take out the core and the seeds as they can be a choking hazard.