|From left to right, clients Finley and Kobe look forward to their mid-day walk!|
A break in the middle of your work day is the ultimate gift of love for your dog(s). Pet sitting companies such as mine, Teacher's Pet Sitting Service, offer mid-day breaks as well as morning, late afternoon, and evening breaks while owners are on vacation.
In a professional pet sitting company (see What to Look for in a Pet Sitting Company), a mid-day visit is comprised of a long walk along with the chance to play, interact with the public, and enjoy fresh water and treats prior to the end of the visit.
If you're wondering if your dog is a candidate for a mid-day visit refer to the list of ten types of dogs who need immediate attention:
Puppies who aren't housebroken need 1-2 breaks while you are at work. Puppies typically need a bathroom break about every 3 hours.
Elderly Dogs (7 years and older) may need to go to the bathroom more often.
Crated Dogs should be let out of their crates every 3-4 hours to stretch their legs.
Dogs with any health issues need someone check on him or her during the day to give medication if necessary.
Adopted dogs of any age need a visit to help them acclimate from a kennel environment where they were surrounded by lots of activity 24/7.
Destructive Dogs need to expend that energy in a constructive way so as not to destroy the house or something that may be harmful (such as electrical cords) to their well being.
Dogs with separation anxiety find a great deal of comfort from having a routine and a good place to start is with a mid-day visit. However, if your dog still exhibits issues he or she should be brought to a dog behaviorist for evaluation.
Dogs who are prone to bladder issues and/or urinary tract infections need a break because holding urine for long periods of time is unhealthy.
High energy dogs will benefit from an extended visit (this usually equates to an hour) or two visits per day because this routine this will produce a calming effect.
If you live in the Dover, New Hampshire, area and would like to get your dog signed up for regularly scheduled walks, please contact Teacher's Pet Sitting Service today!