Ask Amy: How can I keep my dog cool during summer months?
Dogs are unable to sweat through their skin the way humans are, so they are much more vulnerable to overheating. As a dogwalker of 7 years, I have seen several owners give their dogs “summer haircuts” where they shave the … Continue reading
Ask Amy: What should I do if my dogwalker has to take a day off?
Glad you asked. I’m sure you realize that us dog walkers have as much of a right to time off as any other profession, whether it be due to illness or simply the need for a personal day. As a … Continue reading
Ask Amy: What type of leash and collar should I use for my dog?
The type of equipment you use to walk your dog varies greatly depending on the size, strength, and disposition of your dog. There’s lots of different types of gear out there so let’s weed out the ones that most dog … Continue reading
Ask Amy: I wanted advice on how to pick the right dog for me
Q: Hi Amy. I wanted advice on how to pick the right dog for me A: Excellent question. As a long time professional dogwalker I feel like I have many times seen people choosing dogs for the wrong reasons. Firstly, … Continue reading
Ask Amy: My dog had loose, slightly bloody stool
Q: Hey Amy, my dog walker just reported to me that my dog had loose, slightly bloody stool today. Do I need to rush him to the vet? A: First of all, kudos to your dogwalker for reporting this to … Continue reading
Ask Amy: My dog seems to have chronic urinary tract infections
Q: My dog seems to have chronic urinary tract infections. Could it be that I’m not walking him enough? A: Usually dogs get urinary tract infections as a result of not being walked enough. Not sure what your schedule is … Continue reading
Ask Amy: How do I choose a dog walker?
Q: How do I choose a dog walker? A: Very good question. I have been dogwalking 15 yrs and have had to hire dog walkers for my own dogs. Firstly, stay away from larger services/agencies. You will never be able … Continue reading
Ask Amy: My dog won’t walk in the rain
Q: I have a dog who won’t walk in the rain. Is there any way I can help this? A: This is a very common problem I have encountered many times as a dogwalker. My own dogs do not like … Continue reading
Ask Amy: What’s the customary amount to tip a dog walker?
Q: What’s the customary amount to tip a dog walker? A: Well, when it comes time for holiday tips, it is customary to tip anyone you employ (nanny, cleaning lady, dogwalker, etc.) one weeks pay. Their pay, of course, not … Continue reading
Ask Amy: Separation Anxiety
Q: My dog has been having separation anxiety. She is barking and crying when i leave for work. I don’t want to become a slave to doggie day care. What can I do right now, before having to enlist psychotropics … Continue reading
Ask Amy: Dog with a herniated disc and degenerative disc disease
Q: My dog recently herniated a disc and I found out he has degenerative disc disease. He is no longer in pain after a course of steroids. How can I help keep this from happening again? He is arthritic, can … Continue reading
Ask Amy: Dog with an enlarged heart
Q: I just adopted a senior dog who has an enlarged heart. Is there anything I can do to keep my dog’s heart from getting worse? A: Good for you for adopting a senior pet. They are the best! There … Continue reading