Come on dad, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go… BARK, BARK, BARK, BARK… LET’S GO!…..
All of us dog owners have been there. And, while generally taking your canine friend for a walk may be a terrific experience for you both, sometimes in the wet Pacific Northwest, it can be tempting to stay inside where it’s nice and dry.
But come on dad!…. bark, bark, bark!
Your dog is not going to let up on you, and you shouldn’t let up on giving them their much-needed exercise, which is crucial for the health of your pooch. If the cold weather has you wanting to sip on hot chocolate indoors rather than dodge raindrops outdoors, consider hiring a local dog walker or even going to a dog park (yes, you will still be outside at a dog park but you may be able to stand and huddle and talk with fellow pet parents while you are there).
Hiring a dog walker
Portland, Oregon has tons of dog walkers and pet care services. So, how do you pick the right one?
The Top attributes when looking for a dog walker are: reliability, knowledgeability, responsibility, and trustworthiness.
Important questions to ask your prospective dog walker include:
1. Have they had any training and/or education on dog behavior?
2. Do they have references you can speak with? Be sure to ask references about dog walker’s punctuality, honesty, and reliability.
3. Do they have insurance and/or are they licensed? This doesn’t have to be a deal breaker but it’s a good thing to know.
4. What are their rates? Do they charge per walk or the amount of time each walk takes? Some walkers will give discounts if you sign up for multiple walks.
5. And finally – meet with a potential dog walker in person and bring your dog so you can determine if they will be a good match.
Trust me… when trying to find a walker for your dog, doing your homework is crucial! Only the best for our best friends!
Take your dog to any number of off leash dog parks in the Portland area (fenced or unfenced) and enjoy the camaraderie of huddling under umbrellas with fellow dog parents, as you watch your dog’s frolic and play! 30 minutes of playtime at the park often will wear your dog out more than a 30-minute walk. And at the park, you will do less walking and more playing with your canine friend, or standing on the sidelines, relaxing and watching.
Whatever you do, don’t neglect Fido’s need to exercise. Grab that wallet and hire yourself a qualified dog walker, or throw on that raincoat and head out to a local dog park. Enjoy!
Read about and see pictures of the many dog parks in Portland Oregon by visiting the following website: