If you could stay at home all day with your dog and shower them with love and attention – you would! Sadly, for most people this is not a realistic option. This is where the Importance of a Dog Walker can come into play.
Life is eventful and can often be hectic and unpredictable. Whether you are a busy parent, a shift worker or your social life often pulls you away from your home life, you could benefit from hiring a professional and reliable dog walker.
Not only does a dog walker offer the extra support you need on a busy day and give you peace of mind while you are out of the house, they also help to give your dog a happy, rewarding and stimulating life.
Qualified vets and specialists advise that adult dogs should not be left alone for longer than 4-6 hours and puppies should not be left alone for more than 2-3 hours. Dogs are social animals and crave company and interaction, so going for hours on end without this can cause problems.
“Whether you are a busy parent, a shift worker or your social life often pulls you away from your home life, you could benefit from hiring a professional and reliable dog walker.”
Simulation is vital for dogs. If your dog is not mentally and physically stimulated they can often ‘act out’. Common destructive behaviours include chewing, barking and using the bathroom indoors. Regular walking will help to release excess energy in your pup, resulting in calmer behaviour at home.
In some extreme cases dogs can develop separation anxiety and depression if they are left alone long enough without any good coping mechanisms. Once you have left, your dog can feel distraught. A dog’s heart rate, respiratory functions and level of stress hormones are likely to rise. However, you should not feel guilty or upset when you need to leave the house.
How you can help…
Along with scheduled visits or walks provided by your dog walker, I have listed a few tips to help your dog settle while you are busy living life:
First, teach your dog that being alone is okay. This should be done at an early stage in their life, if possible. However, it can be applied at any age. Start by leaving your dog alone for short periods of time and gradually extend. Do not re-enter the room if they are crying or barking. Wait until they are quiet then go back in. Your dog will start to understand that being on their own is normal and safe.
Leave them with stimulating toys such as a stuffed Kong or a puzzle toy. Make sure that all toys are safe and durable.
Leave the TV or radio on. A calming classical station or a relaxed talk show will ease your dog into the transition of being without human interaction.
When we walk your dog, we treat them like they are our own. Each dog will have the opportunity to socialise with other friendly dogs, experience new smells and sights, release any restless energy and be given all the love and attention they deserve. No matter what your situation may be, Lou’s Dog Services is here to help. Please contact us to arrange your free consultation today.