This week, March 3rd – 9th, is Professional Pet Sitter’s Week and we just want to say a big THANK YOU for giving us the joy of interacting with your adorable pets. We would also like to thank you for looking out for your pets by leaving them in the care of professionals who do not just love pets, but are committed to both personal and professional development to ensure that your pets always receive the most quality care.

Why have a dog walker/pet sitter as a partner in pet parenting? When you need to be away from your home for extended periods of time it can be very stressful both you and your pet. Many pets, especially dogs, can become stressed when they are left alone for a long period of time. This can lead to separation anxiety, depression and destructive behaviour around the house. Especially dogs with high energy levels can become bored and destructive if they are left alone for a long time without a way to expend their energy. For this, and many more reasons, it is important to have a reliable walker/sitter.

Selecting a good walker/sitter is important and you should expect the service to have all the necessary plans in place in order to help your pet in the event of an emergency. Keeping your walker/sitter updated with accurate vet information and any medical conditions will help him/her to better care for your pet. It is also important to choose a pet sitting service where staff are qualified in Pet First aid and CPR. All Move Your Doggie staff are trained and certified in St. John Ambulance Pet First Aid and CPR.

Using a reliable dog walking and pet sitting service can help reduce anxiety and make the whole experience a pleasurable one. It gives pet owners peace of mind knowing that their pet will not be left alone for a long period of time. It is also very comforting as a pet owner to be able to rely on someone to check on the well-being of their pet and to interact with them in a gentle and stimulating manner.

Dogs usually look forward to seeing their dog walker or pet sitter and will react similarly as they would for a family member coming to visit. We know that our dogs anxiously await and look forward to their walk with the Move Your Doggie walkers/sitters every day. It is almost as if someone has taught them how to tell time!

Even cats and other pets benefit from regular visits as it gives them an opportunity to socialize with someone when their family is absent. It also helps to break up their day and prevent loneliness. Move Your Doggie will only do daily cat visits, rather than every other day. It is important that someone checks on the cat every day to ensure the safety and well-being of the cat.

Another great reason to have a sitter/walker is that it provides that extra bit of security to your home. Whether you’re out for the day or away on vacation, your walker/sitter shows a presence in the home and will ensure that the newspaper, flyers, or any packages are brought in, the garbage is brought to the curb and the plants are watered.

Move Your Doggie offers both dog walking and pet sitting services in Whitby and Oshawa in Durham Region. We love what we do and we are grateful to you, which is why we strive to provide the best possible services for you and your pets in order to provide the peace of mind, trust and security we promise.

Please feel free to post any questions or comments below or leave us a message on our Contact Us page to book your complimentary meet-and-greet.