Five Reasons Why Your Dog Walker Hates Retractable Leashes

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¬†Veterinarians, dog trainers and dog walkers ¬†have all seen the negative side of the retractable leash. It might seem like a great idea at first but here are some reasons why we don’t like them:

  1. Dogs should walk beside you, not 20 plus feet ahead. It is way too easy for a dog to dash into the street or walk onto a neighbor’s property and encounter an unfriendly dog.
  2. The handles on the leashes are not ideal for control. If your pup suddenly goes after a squirrel it’s likely the handle will pull right out of your hand.
  3. They malfunction. The button to retract can get stuck, resulting in complete loss of control. If you try to pull on the cord it can result in serious injury to your hand.
  4. Should the leash pull out of your hand, it will drag along the ground making quite a bit of noise. This can scare a dog into thinking he is being chased and he might continue to run.
  5. Dogs that suddenly run out of leash have injured their necks and tracheas, resulting in an emergency visit to the vet. 

If you own a well trained dog who NEVER chases bikes, bunnies, squirrels or cars, the retractable leash might be the right choice for you, but it’s always a good idea to have backup leash for your walker just in case!

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I think I need a Pet Sitter…How Does This Work?

One of the questions I’m often asked is “how does this work?” If you are reading this, you have made the first step! You have already found a professional pet sitting service. It’s best to check the service area to be sure we cover your town. If in doubt you can call or email to confirm.

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Let’s say you are in our service area…great! The next step is telling us what your needs are. If you have specific dates, have them handy. Tell us briefly about your pets and how many visits you think you’ll need. Not sure? What I generally recommend is three visits a day for dogs, four if they are seniors, puppies or have a health condition where they need to potty more often. For kitties we recommend at least one visit a day, twice for seniors, special needs and kittens. Cats that eat canned food can also benefit from twice a day visits.

After I have received all of your information I will then send you an email with a link to read through our Policies and Prodedures and fill out an online Pet Profile. We will also set up a meet and greet at your home. At that time either I or a member of my team will meet you and your pets, see where their food, leash, litter box etc. is kept. We will also pick up a key and go over any security code information. If you want us to pick up your mail, newspapers or water plants please let us know at that time.

Okay, you are all set! You have hired a pet sitter! Enjoy your vacation!

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