dog walkers

12July 2017
It must be fair to say that nobody likes leaving their dog on its own. But in many cases, we often fail to look at the real reasons why leaving your dog is bad and the huge negative consequences it can have on your pet's mental wellbeing. So here are three of those unknown reasons why you shouldn’t leave your dog on its own.  

1. They get stressed

Have you ever wondered why your dog pees on the floor while you’re away? Well, it’s likely due to stress and fear. They worry that you are not going to return. The Canine Behaviourist and Welfare Team at the Battersea Dog’s Home estimate that the first 30 minutes after your departure is the most stressful period during your absence. They state that your dog’s heart rate, respiratory functions and stress hormones all rise quickly after your departure. Which in turn leads to their scratching, whimpering and possible urination.  

2. Some dogs can get depression

Depending on your experiences with you pet, you may or may not be surprised to know that dogs, just like humans, can develop depression. Professionals are unsure of the exact reasons as to why dogs don’t like being on their own. It could be because they feel they’re being abandoned, they get bored or are simply just incredibly needy. Either way, with poor coping mechanisms, many dogs do get depression and anxiety which is incredibly hard to treat.  

3. Being in pairs doesn’t help

Though there is no clear evidence to show which dogs perform best on their own or in pairs, simply leaving your dog at home with another dog isn’t necessarily the way forward. If one comes to develop anxiety or depression this can, in many cases, quickly spread to the other dog. Of course, it is possible that the second dog can help pull them out of the rut, though there is no clear answer as to whether it will or won’t.  

What’s the solution?

Training your dog to be independent is something that needs to occur from a very young age. From around 3 to 14 weeks old you need to start teaching them that being on their own is OK. You can do this by leaving them alone for short periods at a time and then gradually increasing the amounts of time. Alternatively, use positive reinforcement by leaving specially left treats that are only available whilst you are out of the house. One thing that is for sure is that leaving your dog on its own for any longer than is necessary is not a good thing to do, especially if you are away for a full day or more at a time. Also, if on holiday then having a minder come in just once or twice a day is not the care they need. Instead, you should use a day care service that provides the loving care and human attention that your dog needs. So, if you live near Welwyn and are looking for someone to take your dog on long, healthy and regular walks, then get in contact today.
24November 2016
Your dog really does love you – and now it’s been proven that he can’t help it. According to a study released in Scientific Reports, dogs are genetically programmed to love humans. The findings were the result of a test which saw 100 beagles faced with trying to access food. The grub was placed in three boxes with transparent lids, one of which was bolted shut so that the pooches couldn’t get to it. The study measured how long it took the canines to look to their owners for help. Later DNA samples were taken from 95 dogs and it was discovered that your average pup carries five genes linked with an inclination to human contact. Now that the truth is out, you will surely want to return your dog’s love. It’s not hard to show your dog how much you care either. Follow these simple steps and your four-legged friend should be able to feel your affection.

Walk your dog

Research has found that dogs come to understand the word ‘walkies’ extremely fast. Why? Well, because it’s their favorite pastime. Dogs love walks for many reasons – one of which is the time they get to spend with their owner. You’ll no doubt also cherish the time where you get to let your dog off its lead.

Use a dog walker

Sadly, there’s not always enough time in the day to walk your dog. Luckily, there’s a solution. You can hire someone to go dog walking for you. This will ensure that your canine gets all the health benefits of a walk - such as increased fitness levels and lower blood pressure – even when you’re busy at work.

Doggy day care

While your dog likely loves nothing more than being by your side, he will also crave the company of his own four-legged friends. Doggy day care offers a solution for your dog to get some much needed socialising done.

A love like no other

Your dog won’t expect you to return its love – but he will surely appreciate it when you do. Follows these tricks and you can rest comfortably knowing your precious pup is leading a happy life.


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