Worrying about how your dog, cat, or pet is doing or being cared for while you are away is natural. Getting a little anxious is normal. If you need to be away from your home in Raleigh for any reason, you can rest assured that Queen City Petsitting provides experienced, pet-loving sitters who will pamper your pet as much as you would if you were there. We want to make sure your pet is comfortable and that their daily routines are not broken while you are gone. Our sitters will make as many visits to your home as you see fit. During these visits, your pet will be fed, walked, groomed, and played with, receiving one-on-one attention. We will also make sure to keep your home well-maintained by watering plants, taking in mail, and any other cleaning services you desire. It’s not always easy to trust others with your pets, but we want you to feel confident in our abilities to walk, watch, play, and generally board your dog, cat, or other pet.
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What Happens When you Contact Queen City Petsitting About Pet Sitting, Walking, Boarding, Etc…
At Queen City Petsitting we know that it may be difficult to allow someone into or around your home. After making your reservation, one of our qualified Raleigh pet sitters will contact you to schedule a meeting where you can get acquainted and know just who will be taking care of your pet. You may provide instructions and specifications to your sitter of how you would like your pet to be cared for and express any concerns you may have. Time away from your pet doesn’t have to be stressful and emotional. Let Queen City Petsitting Productions take a little weight off your shoulders. Our Raleigh, NC team of pet sitters covers all areas of Raleigh/Durham including surrounding areas such as:
- Chapel Hill
- …and many more. We invite you to call us for more information.
Owning a dog is a responsibility that few understand. When you adopt from a shelter or receive a puppy as a gift, you accept that new pet as a member of your family and should treat them as such. Queen City Petsitting will be as dedicated to your pet as you are; they understand what your pet needs to help them be happy and healthy. Taking your pet on regular walks is one way to guarantee your pet’s well being. Even if you require a dog walking services, ensuring that your dog gets a daily walk will not only benefit your pet but you as well. As the saying goes, “a tired dog is a happy dog.”
The benefits of walking your dog are many
Walking your dog allows them to explore their environment, promotes physical health, positive social skills, as well as mental stimulation. Queen City Petsitting believes you should be walking your dog daily for the following reasons:
- Weight management: Just like humans, dog need daily exercise to maintain a healthy weight. When dogs are overweight, it can affect their life expectancy and the quality of their life. They may develop diabetes, heart and respiratory diseases, cancer, osteoarthritis, and other health issues. Treating and caring for an unhealthy dog is a costly to owners. Medicine and office visits they may need, either to return them to a healthy weight or to manage any diseases they developed from an unhealthy lifestyle, add up over time. A simple walk, once or twice a day, can help keep the weight off.
- Positive mood: As with most humans, dogs love to get out of the house and experience new things. Simply being outdoors and seeing a new things can put your dog in a good mood. After exercise, dogs often enjoy positive feelings, just like humans do, from the endorphins produced in the brain during and after an enjoyable activity. Our Raleigh pet sitters make each walk a happy experience, helping your dog enjoy the rest of the day.
- Behavior training opportunity: Walks are a great time to or introduce new habits work on any pet behaviors you would like to improve. You can work on the proper way to walk on leash with the dog beside you or behind you, communicating to your dog that you are the one in charge and not the other way around. If your dog leads in front of you, they are not paying attention to you and are walking you instead of you walking them. You can work on basic skills such as “sit”, “stay”, and “come”, all with a leash on during a walk. You can also train your pet how to react to people and dogs you meet along your walks.
- Socialization: If you don’t give your dog proper socialization, it can backfire on both of you. Dogs that are stuck in the house or only have you to visit with can be aggressive to new circumstances. Socialization through walking gives your dog confidence that they can make friends but still be safe with you near. If you are unsure of where to start with your dog, reach out to a professional dog trainer. They will offer tips and habits that you can work on with your dog so they are comfortable with their changing surroundings, new faces, and other pets.
- Mental exercise: Walking for us may not seem like a mental exercise, but it is for your dog. Sights, smells, and sounds are different every time you go outside and your dog loves to experience it all if properly trained. Go to different parks or walk on different types of trails to maximize your pet’s experience.
- Bonding time: Dogs are a lot like children. They depend on you to take care of them, feed them, teach them, and love them. Unlike children, they will love you unconditionally in return. Spending time with your dog will be a time to bond with them and increase that love. Even if you aren’t able to walk your dog all the time and need to hire dog walking services, your dog understands that they are being taken care of and will return that love and commitment tenfold!
How to walk your dog
If you are new to walking a dog, there is more to it than just attaching a leash to your dog and walk out the door. There are prerequisites to walking your dog to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Queen City Petsitting has some tips that can make the most of your walks.
- How often should you walk your dog? How long and how often you walk your dog depends on the breed of your pet and their age. A small breed like an adult Chihuahua doesn’t need a long walk and only needs one walk a day. Another small breed such as a Jack Russell Terrier is more active than a Chihuahua and would benefit from either a longer walk or more than one walk a day. Active or working breeds, such as a Labrador retrievers or a German Shorthair Pointers, are much larger and need more exercise to stay happy and healthy. On the other side of the spectrum, Great Danes or Saint Bernards can be quite sedentary, and a slow walk around the block can go a long way. When getting a dog that is a mixed breed, it’s a nice thing to know what breeds it’s mixed with. That way, you can get a good idea what kind of exercise your pet will need to be happy and healthy. Queen City Petsitting understand that every dog is different and can develop a routine to match your dog’s special needs.
- What type of leash and collar or halter should I use? Leash and collar dimensions are based on the size of your dog and how well they are trained. Leashes come in all different lengths and thicknesses, including retractable varieties. If you have a fairly trained dog that will listen on command and you trust them to listen, then a normal flat collar is sufficient. Dogs that pull may benefit from a harnesses that fits around the dog’s chest. Head halters keep your dog’s head up so that he pays attention to you and is not a muzzle. Only you know what works best with your dog.
- Should I bring toys and if so, what kind? If your dog has a favorite toy, go ahead and bring it on your walk. If you find an area that you can play fetch with the toy, use it to get that extra play time in. Dogs burn a lot of energy retrieving and fetching toys and balls and they don’t even know how hard they are working.
- Where are the dog friendly establishments? Unfortunately, not everyone loves dogs. People have different histories and experiences that may leave them scared of dogs or hate them. Make sure you are aware of your local canine laws and become familiar with any areas where they are not allowed. Some schools and parks do not allow pets, so know in advance where you will be accepted. There are restaurants and bars that are dog friendly in the Raleigh area, including Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Sushi Blues Café, and The Tazza Kitchen Cameron Village. If you are unsure, give them a call.
- What should you do once you get home? Once you get home from a walk, make sure that your pet has plenty of water and an area where they can decompress and rest. They may need help cooling down since dogs don’t have pores like us to sweat through. Dogs release body heat primarily through panting and from the bottoms of their feet. Find an area where they can cool down in the shade or where a fan is blowing. If you come in from the cold or rain, dry them off as best as you can and have a bed where they can cuddle up and keep warm. Make walking a great experience by rewarding good behavior with treats and praise.
When you can’t walk your dog, call Queen City Petsitting at (919) 473-3647 for our dog walking services!
We lead busy lives, and we have days when we don’t know when we’ll open our front door. Other days, nothing happens out of the ordinary. For those unpredictable days that you don’t have time or the energy to walk your dog, give our Raleigh pet sitting staff a call. We tailor our dog walking to give your dog the walk and the companionship that they need.
We offer dog walking services and other Raleigh pet sitting services to theses zip codes around Raleigh: 27601, 27604, 27605, 27607, 27608, 27609, 27612, 27613, 27614, 27615, 27617. All of our Queen City Petsitting employees understand the love that you have for your pet and are committed to give that love to your furry family member.
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