Little dog walking

This little dog is very excited to go for a walk with his personal dog walker.

5 Start Review on YELP Pet Sitting Keller Texas

We are exceeding pleased with Valerie taking care of our pets. Much better than boarding them at a kennel and less disruption to routine! We even got frequent pictures of them while on vacation while knowing that if need be, she had the authority to make any emergency decisions. Thank you Valerie.

Keller Farmers Market on Saturday


We visited with lots of pets at The Keller Farmers Market on Saturday.

Jennifer S. 5 STAR REVIEW GOOGLE

Jennifer S. 5 STAR REVIEW
100% would recommend! I had to leave town quickly for a funeral. Valerie came to my house that day to meet my puppies and explain the process. Even if you have no immediate plans of travel, I would go ahead and call her, so you can have a back up plan ready. Trustworthy, attentive to detail and knowledgeable.

5 star review on Google, Nextdoor & YELP

Valerie is amazing! She is very responsive and caring. Our dogs love when she comes to visit and take care of them. We would highly recommend her! Kylee K. Keller, Texas

Dog Breed Series – German Shorthaired Pointer


Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
Height: 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet, 1 inch tall at the shoulder
Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 15 years

This versatile sporting dog breed hunts many types of game, retrieves on land or from water, and is an affectionate companion. He has a striking, easy-care coat, but he needs plenty of vigorous exercise. If you can provide him with the mental and physical challenges he craves, he’ll be your best four-legged friend.

One of the most versatile sporting breeds around, the stylish and regal German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP for short) is a superb hunting dog who also excels as a family companion. He hunts feathered and furred game and will even trail deer. In the evening, he plays with the kids or curls up next to you on the sofa. Not a hunter? The German Shorthair will be happy to hike or jog with you.

Slightly smaller than a Pointer, the GSP has an elegantly chiseled head with dark almond-shaped eyes, an intelligent, good-humored expression, and a large, dark nose. Broad, dropped ears are set high and lie flat against the head. But the most striking aspect of the GSP’s appearance is his short, dense, sleek coat of solid liver or liver and white, which can be patched, ticked or roan. The tail is usually docked, leaving about 40 percent of the original length.

This energetic, intelligent dog is enthusiastic at work and play. He likes being with people and is a good friend to children, albeit a bit rambunctious for little ones. That people-loving personality causes the GSP to be unhappy if left alone for long periods, and he can become nervous and destructive if he’s not provided with regular companionship and exercise. He’ll bark at strangers but isn’t aggressive. Males tend to be more outgoing and are more aggressive hunters than females.

The muscular GSP needs a great deal of exercise. Expect to give him a workout of an hour or two daily. With his webbed feet and water-resistant coat, he’s a great water dog and loves to swim. If you have a pool, expect him to be in it with you.

GSPs like to please their people and will work hard for them, especially if they’re rewarded with praise, play, or food. They typically aren’t stubborn and learn new exercises quickly. The biggest challenge is to keep them focused on training. They can get bored easily.

This is one of the few hunting breeds that can perform virtually all gundog roles. The GSP can be a pointer and a retriever. He can hunt upland birds and waterfowl, as well as rabbits, raccoons, and deer. Whatever you ask of your GSP, he will gladly comply with unshakable reliability.

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Why Dog Walking Services are Important

Questions answered from a Certified Pet Sitter, Dog Walker

What would I have liked to know before I started pet sitting?

That big dogs can be easier to walk than little dogs

What is the biggest advantage to having a dog walker?

Caring company, they learn more from other with more types of training for your dog,

Does Your Dog Need Walking?

In your opinion, how can an owner differentiate a good dog walker from a bad dog walker?
References

What do you think is the main warning sign for recognizing a bad dog walker?

No enthusiasm for your pet or from your pet upon meeting

What are the main questions that a dog owner should ask in order to make the right choice of dog walker?

Do you have references? What type of dogs have you walked?

In the field of dog walking, WHO is your main reference, influence or role model? And why?

Cesar Milan, he has great advise that works with my packs

What would you like to have known when you started walking dogs?

That big dogs can be easier to walk than little dogs

As an expert, if you were to give only one piece of advice to a dog owner, what would it be?

Microchip and tag them right away

From your experience, what are the main mistakes made by dog owners when they walk their own animal?

They walk leisurely and let the dog control the walk.

What do you do if a dog is not trained for walking?

Request the owner provide treats to be given to the dog to enhance the training of good dog walking

Even if an owner already walks their dog, are there still advantages in working with a dog walker?

Professional dog walkers can enhance the training of good dog walking

What are the challenges of dog walking?

Other loose animals, dogs not trained to walk may have anxiety with other people or animals

According to you, what are the accessories or equipment required for walking a dog?

Collar, tags, leash, water bottle and portable bowl. Harness when desired by owner or the need of the dog

What are the things you use that make all the difference for you?

A dual or triple lead leash

In your opinion, are there behaviors in a dog that could prevent the use of dog walking services?

Aggression toward people or other animals, Constant jumping

Why do you recommend dog walking services?

You get to go out and see the world. Your dog on the other hand is most likely climbing the walls bored. And make no mistake, dogs do get bored. Like us dogs are curious and very social creatures. Ever seen a dog when he or she is out on a walk? To them it is an incredible adventure. A million things to smell and see. A dog walking service can be a tour guide for your pooch to this world of wonder.

Could you explain to our readers some aspects of your work that will help them understand the importance of working with a dog walker (e.g. your preparation or training, etc.)?

As a certified pet sitter I believe the importance of someone with the knowledge and experience to work with your dog is very important. Your dog walker should have a good working knowledge of how to handle unusual situations on the fly. You are going out in the world and unexpected things happen.

Do you have a story to share that has particularly touched you and shows all the benefits that a good walker can bring to an animal and its owner?

A family headed out for a weeks’ vacation. They left their 2 dogs in my care.
One dog, a Labrador was very sweet, he loved to be walked, and also loved to be petted a lot.
The other dog, a female Miniature Poodle, loved to tear things apart and dig. One day while in the backyard, she got out. She dug under the gate and in the process got covered in mud. I immediately went to their home. Both dogs were muddy, though the Labrador just had muddy paws. I got them cleaned up, dried off and out for a long walk.
When dogs are use to having people around all the time to entertain them, it is a bit hard on them and the get bored and do things they normally would not do. Dog walking can help relieve the boredom and get them some needed exercise.

Questions asked by www.homeoanimal.com Team

Dog Breed Series – Cairn Terrier

Vital Stats: Dog Breed Group: Terrier Dogs
Height: 9 inches to 10 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 13 to 14 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 15 years

The Cairn Terrier dog breed is a small working terrier developed on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Farmers used him to rid their property of vermin, and they needed a dog with courage, tenacity, and intelligence — characteristics still found in today’s Cairn. He is a sensible, independent, and friendly dog who excels as a family companion.

If you’ve seen the movie The Wizard of Oz, you’ve seen one of the most famous Cairn Terriers ever. The dog who played Toto in the film was a female Cairn named Terry. Paid $125 per week for her role as Toto, she was owned by trainer Carl Spitz, and she had appeared in several movies prior to her famous role in Oz. She lived to be 11 years old.

The film character Toto is characteristically Cairn: a small, sturdy, shaggy-coated terrier who’s highly intelligent and confident. The breed is alert and always ready for action.

The Cairn is also curious and quick to learn. And, like all terriers, he’s independent and a bit stubborn. He must know who is in charge, or he will take charge. Early obedience training and socialization are essential.

In spite of his independent nature, the Cairn is a sensitive dog. His feelings are easily hurt, and he doesn’t respond well to scolding or harsh corrections. Kind, positive training is the best method for teaching the Cairn.

There is little this smart dog can’t learn. With proper training, a Cairn can master an unlimited number of tricks and commands. However, it may be downright impossible to stop a Cairn from doing what Terriers love to do: chase (and dig and bark). The Cairn will chase squirrels, cats, rabbits, and other dogs if given a chance. For this reason, he should only be walked in public places on a leash, and he should be given free run only in a securely fenced yard.

The Cairn actively loves kids and will patiently bear their boisterous ways. Of course, children should not be left alone with dogs of any breed, including the Cairn, and responsible adults should always supervise interactions between kids and dogs.

The Cairn Terrier is a family dog, and he needs to live in the house (or apartment or condo) with his family. He thrives on attention from his loved ones, and he’s unhappy if left alone too much. He can become bored at such times, which leads to destructive or annoying behaviors like barking, digging, or chewing.

A Cairn Terrier is a wonderful family companion. He’s fun and entertaining, loves to play with kids, and sounds the alarm when visitors approach. He is able to compete in obedience, agility, or Earthdog trials. A Cairn is a great pet for anyone who wants an independent, alert companion with a take-charge attitude toward life.

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Dog Breed Series – Bullmastiff

Vital Stats: Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
Height: 2 feet to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 100 to 130 pounds
Life Span: 8 to 10 years

The Bullmastiff dog breed is a firm and fearless family guardian. While standoffish toward strangers he’s got a soft spot for his loved ones. He has a short, easy-care coat, but he is a drooler.

In 1901, a Mr. Burton of Thorneywood Kennels challenged a group of spectators at a dog show to take on the task of escaping a muzzled dog he had brought with him, the prize being one pound — a large sum of money at the time.

The volunteer was a man experienced with dogs, but he must have soon regretted his act. Despite being given a head start, he was pursued, caught, and knocked down by the dog three times.

Anyone who knew the dog was a Bullmastiff wouldn’t have been surprised. Developed by gamekeepers on England’s great estates, the dogs served as guardians of the grounds and were bred to be courageous, confident, strong, and fast.

Large and powerfully built, the Bullmastiff has a formidable appearance that’s a wonderful deterrent to would-be attackers or intruders. He’s a determined protector when needed and a loving family companion the rest of the time.

When he’s well-trained and well-socialized, the Bullmastiff is a confident, trustworthy, and noble credit to the breed and to dogs in general.

In one sense, he’s a clean breed, with a short coat that’s easy to groom and doesn’t shed excessively. On the other, he’s a drooler. With this breed it’s advisable to keep a hand towel with you at all times.

Despite his size, the Bullmastiff isn’t a high-energy dog. A couple of short walks or playtimes a day will meet his needs. He’s mellow enough to live comfortably in an apartment or condo, as long as he gets his daily outings.

Of course, a puppy will have more energy than an adult dog, but he should settle down by the time he’s two years old. Being low-key doesn’t mean he’s lazy. The breed can excel in dog sports such as agility, conformation, obedience and tracking. Bullmastiffs are also super therapy dogs, thanks to their calm nature and comical expression.

When it comes to training, he’s an independent thinker. Guide him with firmness, fairness, and consistency from an early age, and he’ll look to you as head of the household.

Let him go his own way and he’ll soon be running things, so don’t let that happen. Early socialization — exposure to many different people, places, sights, sounds, and experiences — is essential.

With this breed’s history of being a guardian dog, the Bullmastiff can do well in homes where both people work as long as he gets plenty of human interaction during at-home hours.

It’s okay for them to spend time in a fenced yard or kennel run, but primarily these dogs should live in the home. After all, you want a guardian dog to be Johnny-on-the-spot in the event of an intruder as well as to be emotionally close to you so he’ll want to protect you. The Bullmastiff is a silent watchdog who detains unwelcome visitors with his size and presence, biting only as needed.

Bullmastiffs do very well with children and show amazing patience with them. Their size can be overwhelming to toddlers, however. Nor is the Bullmastiff meant to be a baby sitter. No dog should be left unattended with young children.

Bullmastiffs can reach a weight of 130 pounds, and most of that is muscle. Living with a Bullmastiff brings the responsibility of ensuring that you have a well-trained and socialized dog. When that’s the case, you’ll find yourself in possession of a wonderful dog who is loving, faithful, and courageous, a huggable lug who’s your best friend.

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Dog Breed Series – Bulldog


Dog Breed Series – Bulldog
Vital Stats: Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Height: 1 foot to 1 foot, 3 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 40 to 50 pounds
Life Span: 8 to 12 years

Bulldogs originally were used to drive cattle to market and to compete in a bloody sport called bullbaiting. Today, they’re gentle companions who love kids. A brief walk and a nap on the sofa is just this dog breed‘s speed.
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What do England, the U.S. Marines, Yale University, University of Georgia, and dozens of other schools all have in common? The dog they have all chosen to represent their tough, tenacious characters. That dog? Why, it’s the Bulldog, of course!

Sometimes called the English Bulldog or the British Bulldog, the breed originated in England and has a bloody past. It descended from fighting mastiffs that were brought to the British Isles by the Romans and was used in a bloody sport called bullbaiting. Today, however, the Bulldog only slightly resembles his ancestors in appearance. And all of the ferociousness that he exhibited in the bullbaiting pens? Gone for good. Despite his still ferocious appearance, you’d be hard-pressed to find a dog with a sweeter, more loving disposition.

Bulldogs are never mistaken for other breeds of dogs. They are a medium-size dog with a thick-set, low-slung body. Their short-muzzled head is massive and square. They have broad shoulders and chests, with thick, sturdy limbs.

Although Bulldogs are low to the ground, they are wide and muscular. Their broad heads have cheeks that extend to the sides of their eyes, and the skin on their foreheads should have dense wrinkles. A Bulldog has a droopy upper lip and his lower jaw is undershot, meaning that his lower teeth stick out farther than his top teeth. The Bulldog’s jaws are massive and strong, intended for latching on to his opponent and holding on.

Bulldogs have round, dark eyes. Their ears are small and thin, folded back like a rose. Their short tails are carried low on their rumps.

The Bulldog’s muscular body leads him to have a distinctive gait. Because his stocky legs are set at each corner of his body, he moves with more of a waddle than a walk. It resembles sort of a loose-jointed, shuffling, sideways roll. Because their shoulders are much wider than their rear ends and they have such large heads, it’s difficult for the females to whelp puppies without assistance. Most have to have caesarean sections to deliver their puppies, so breeding a Bulldog is an expensive proposition.

Despite cartoon depictions of them as ferocious dogs, today’s Bulldogs are bred to be affectionate and kind. They are, indeed, resolute and courageous, but they aren’t out to pick a fight. They often have a calm dignity about them when they are mature, and while they are friendly and playful, they can be a bit stubborn and protective of their families. Bulldogs love people. They seek people out for attention and enjoy nothing more than languishing next to their masters, and perhaps snoring while sleeping with their heads in their laps.

Unfortunately, the Bulldog’s unique body and head structure makes him prone to health problems, especially respiratory and joint difficulties. They can quickly become overweight if they don’t get enough exercise. Too much weight stresses their bodies and may aggravate existing health problems.

The Bulldog is popular dog in the U.S., but he’s not for everyone. He’s surprisingly heavy for his size, and if you need to pick him up, say to take him to the vet, it can be a challenge. Inside the house, Bulldogs tend to be inactive, preferring to sleep until it’s time to eat again. They love children, but don’t expect them to spend hours chasing a ball or running with the kids in the backyard. Your Bulldog may engage in such play for a while, but then you’ll find him back at your side, content to watch the world go by and look up at you happily with that face that only a mother – or a devoted Bulldog fan – could love.

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