Bringing home a new puppy is exciting, albeit a lot of work. There is potty training, crate training, play time, obedience training, and socialization that needs to be addressed, all of which can be a lot to handle. For dog owners who work during the day, purchasing a puppy may seem logistically impossible. Fortunately, hiring a dog walker can be the perfect solution for a working puppy parent.
As anyone who has ever owned a puppy knows, young dogs can easily become bored during the day, leading them to seek out their own entertainment. Having a dog walker visit your during the day not only provides your pet with much needed exercise, but relieves boredom as well. Midday visits from a dog walker result in a calmer, happier pet – one that is not bouncing off the walls with excessive energy and excitement when you return home at the end of the workday.
Many puppies require 3 – 4 feedings per day in order to receive the proper amount of nutrients during this important stage in their development. However, for working pet parents, the 3rd or 4th feeding is difficult to administer without coming home at lunch time. A dog walker can feed your pet before or after the walk, ensuring your puppy is receiving adequate nutrition.
Two of the most important aspects of puppy training are consistency and practice, both of which can be difficult to provide when the owner is away from home 8+ hours a day. A dog walker can help reinforce your puppy’s training during his or her daily visits, from basic obedience to good leash skills.
Perhaps one of the most useful ways that a dog walker can help reinforce training is by ensuring your puppy does not have any unwanted accidents throughout the day. As a general rule of thumb, a puppy can only hold his or her bladder for as many months as it is old. For instance, a 3 month old puppy can only reasonably be expected to wait 3 hours before needing to go outside. Even if your puppy is crate trained, extra attention to potty training is extremely beneficial. By having a dog walker stop by during the day your puppy will learn potty training at a faster rate and eliminate the chances of you coming home to a mess.
Finally, dogs require socialization from an early age. Exposing your pet to as many new sights, sounds, smells, people, animals, and experience as possible is a necessary part of your puppy’s development. Socialization has many important benefits, such as helping your dog develop coping mechanisms for stressful situations; reducing aggressive/territorial behavior; and improving your puppy’s confidence. When a dog walker interacts with your puppy and walks him or her in new locations around town, these experiences will ensure that your pet is receiving the mental stimulation required in order to develop into a well adjusted adult dog.