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3 Easy Ways To Give A Dog A Pill

March 24, 2017 | Charleston, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips

Most dogs hate taking pills – and who can blame them? I don’t like taking them either! But there are lots of ways to get your pup to easily take a pill without all the struggle, and without spending a fortune on pill pockets. Check out these common household items you can use as cheap, easy ways to give a dog a pill:

  1. Peanut butter – It works like magic! Put a dollop of peanut butter on a spoon and stick the pill in the middle, so it’s covered by the peanut butter. Most dogs LOVE peanut butter, so they just lick it right up – pill and all!
  2. Cheese – If your dog isn’t a fan of peanut butter, try using a tiny piece of American cheese. The “singles” slices work great. Just tear off a square and put the pill in the middle. Squish the cheese around the pill and make it a little cheese ball. Offer this little cheese pill ball up like a treat and your dog will be begging for more.
  3. Deli meat – Try getting a small slice of deli meat and wrapping it around the pill. This isn’t as secure since the pill can just come out, but generally deli meat is delicious enough that a dog will gobble it up before they notice the pill.

Hopefully one of these things does the trick for your pup and you can make giving your dog a pill a lot easier on you and your wallet!

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


How To Choose Between A Friend, A Boarding Facility, Or A Pet Sitter

March 10, 2017 | Helpful Tips, Pet Sitting, Pet Travel, Uncategorized

When you are heading out of town for a trip that you just can’t bring your pet on, it can be a tough choice to figure out who will care for them while you’re away. Most people do one of three things: have a friend or neighbor take care of their pet, board their pet, or have a pet sitter care for them. There are pros and cons to each option and it’s important that you consider these when you make your decision about who will be caring for your pets. After all, they are your furry babies and you want the best for them!

Friend, Family, and Neighbors

Pros:

  • This is often the cheapest option, which can make it appealing.
  • You know them already and they probably know your pet, so you already trust them.

Cons:

  • You can feel like you are a burden by asking them to help. They also might not keep you updated with how things are going and you could feel like you’ll come off as intrusive and like you don’t trust them if you ask, so you end up just worrying.
  • Your pet is probably not going to be their priority. To them it’s a favor and they still have their regular life to lead. If they don’t have other pets then they also may not truly realize the potty break routine that your pet needs.
  • It’s unlikely that they have been trained to handle an emergency situation with a pet. Do they know what to do and where to take your pet if something were to happen?
  • They probably don’t have a backup plan in case something comes up (have to work late, unexpected emergency, etc.) and they can’t get home to your pet.

Boarding Facility

Pros:

  • Not too expensive
  • This is a great option for the friendly, energetic dog! They can play with their dog buddies throughout the day and get lots of exercise.
  • A lot of facilities have cameras so that you can even watch your dog online.
  • Good boarding facilities will require their staff to be trained in emergency care.

Cons:

  • Despite requirements for updated vaccines, it’s extremely common for pets to come home with kennel cough and other illnesses.
  • Pick-up and drop-off hours can be limited at night and on weekends. This means that if you need to leave too early to drop off your pet or if you get home too late to pick them up, you’ll have to pay for an extra night of boarding.
  • Most boarding facilities are not staffed 24 hours a day. Typically, pets are kenneled at night and then the facility is closed and unattended for the night.
  • It can be hard for some pets to adjust to being alone and kenneled overnight (especially for those who like to curl up in bed with you!).
  • Some dogs just aren’t social and don’t enjoy being in a doggy daycare environment, which can trigger fights and aggressive behavior. They would be stressed out and would much rather have been home with their normal routine.

Pet Sitter

Pros:

  • Your pet gets to stay home in their own environment and can stick to their normal routines. The pet sitter will come a few times throughout the day for potty breaks, play time, exercise, and feeding. They typically also offer an overnight option where a sitter will stay the night at your house with your pet for cuddles and love all night long.
  • Your pet gets individualized care and all of the attention is focused on them.
  • A good pet sitting company will require that their staff are trained in pet emergency care so they know what to do in case of an emergency and how to get your pet immediate help.
  • You can expect to receive updates with pictures after every single visit from the pet sitter so you always know how things are going.
  • Your pet won’t be exposed to other dogs who could pass along illnesses.
  • There’s no need for you to drop off or pick up your pet – they’ll be home waiting with a smile when you get there!
  • The pet sitting company will have a backup plan in place in case your sitter has an emergency and cannot do the visit, that way your pet always gets their scheduled care.
  • Pet sitting is a job for the person you hire – which means they take pride in providing your pet with the best possible care.

Cons:

  • Pet sitting can be more expensive – but you also get what you pay for. You are paying for individual care from a professional where your pet is the top priority.
  • It can be stressful trusting a stranger with your house and pet. It’s very important to do your homework before hiring a pet care company. Read online reviews, call and talk to the company to make sure you feel comfortable, and make sure the pet care company insists on a Meet & Greet so you can get to know them first.

You have lots of choices when you need care for your pets, but it’s really important to think through the pros and cons of each option to ensure that your pet is in good hands. If you’d like to hire a pet sitter, check out Charleston Dog Walker – we’d love to care for your pets!

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


Top 4 Charleston Dog Parks

March 1, 2017 | Charleston, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips, SC, Things To Do

Charleston is such a great city for dog lovers to live in because there’s never a shortage of dog-friendly activities and places to go. When my husband and I moved here from DC, we were amazed at the number of dog parks and we couldn’t wait to let our dogs Indy and Anna run wild and make new friends! We’ve tried all of the Charleston dog parks out and love them each for different reasons. Here are our top 4 Charleston dog parks:

Indy and Anna love playing ball at the Hazel Parker Playground!
  1. James Island County Park Dog Park: The JICP dog park is a huge, grassy field that opens onto 3 sandy beaches and water. Dogs can swim and splash all they want and there’s a doggy water fountain and hoses to clean them off at the end. There is also a small-dog fenced area and a few picnic tables around the park. It can get quite hot for the humans in the summer, since there isn’t shade, and bring your bug spray if you’re heading there around dusk. Don’t forget your towel if your dog is a swimmer or else your car might get a bit wet!
  2. Hazel Parker Playground Dog Park: If your dog does better in a smaller area, head to the Hazel Parker Playground dog park downtown by Rainbow Row. The park has a fenced, gravel area that you can go to any time of the day, or wait until 5pm and the fully-fenced grassy field is open for off-leash play. They have a doggy water fountain and trees around the edges of the park. It’s also in the heart of downtown, so there’s typically a great breeze from the water and plenty of gorgeous Charleston sites within walking distance if you want to take a cool-down stroll. Pro Tip: Find street parking on the side of the park instead of parking in the parking lot. You are only allowed to park in the metered spaces – the rest are monitored insanely closely and you’re almost guaranteed to get a ticket.
  3. Hampton Park Dog Run: This dog park is one of the shadiest you’ll find around Charleston, which can be quite important in the summer heat (and the spring, fall and winter heat, too!). It’s smaller than the others, but still fully fenced and with a water fountain. Sadly the grass is a bit lacking at this park, but there’s a huge parking lot and plenty of room for good games of chase and fetch.
  4. Palmetto Islands County Park Dog Park: If you’re in the Mount Pleasant area, check out the PICP dog park. Your dog will love the long fenced in grassy field where they can run like crazy! There’s a small-dog area at this park and a few picnic tables for the people to take a break at, too. This dog park lacks shade, but it’s perfect for your pup to get some energy and socializing and then you can take them for a stroll around the scenic park. Make sure to take a walk over to Nature Island while you’re in the park – you walk over a board walk to a super cool (literally) path through the trees with great marsh views.

We hope you and your dogs enjoy these dog parks as much as our crazy pups do! There are doggy water fountains at all of them, but make sure to bring a portable bowl and an extra water bottle to keep your dog hydrated as they play. And most importantly – watch your dog the whole time to ensure they are playing nicely and having a safe, fun time.

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe & Happy on the 4th of July

June 23, 2016 | Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Safety

Did you know that more pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year? Fireworks can be scary for your furry pal, so it’s important you plan ahead for to make sure they are safe and happy. Here are a few tips:

  1. Exercise them so they are tired. Take them for a LONG walk, go for a good swim at the James Island County Park, or throw a tennis ball for them to chase at one of the dog parks. The more tired your dog is, the more likely they are to sleep in the evening.
  2. Make sure they have updated ID tags attached securely to their well-fitted collar. The tags should have your current phone number, address, and name. If they do get lose, this information will be their best chance of getting back to you.
  3. Don’t take them to see fireworks – leave them at home. You may think that being with you will help keep them calm, but if a dog is fearful of loud noises like fireworks, leave them at home. They will not appreciate being in a crowded area with fireworks going off – it will just make them more anxious and upset.
  4. Put on some soothing music for them to listen to during the night. If your dog has a certain spot they feel comfortable in (like a bathroom, closet, or their crate), set up the music close to there and turn it up to mask the firework noises. Here’s a great music medley that lasts for over an hour.
  5. Get them their favorite long-lasting treat to keep them distracted and happy. Try putting peanut butter in a Kong and freezing it. Just make sure they have access to water, too… they might be thirsty afterwards!

Make sure you and your pets stay safe this holiday!


Hate picking up poop?

June 9, 2016 | Charleston, Cool Pet Products, Deals and Promotions, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips, SC

Check out our friends at Doody Calls – they’re happy to come de-poop your yard each week! Doody Calls is a great service that has partnered up with Charleston Dog Walker to offer all of our clients a special promotion deal. You will get 2 FREE weeks after your first month of service with them! Doody Calls will help you get a thoroughly clean, safe and pet waste free yard year round without any contracts. Give them a call or visit www.DoodyCalls.com and you’ll have a spotless yard in no time!

Doody Calls


Are You Heading Away for Memorial Day?

May 18, 2016 | Holidays, Pet Travel, Uncategorized

Memorial dayMemorial Day weekend is only a few days away and we hope you have something fun planned with your family, friends or loved ones to celebrate! If you are thinking of heading out of town for the long weekend, or even just for the day, schedule your pet care with Charleston Dog Walker to make sure your pets are covered. Don’t wait much longer, though, because spots are filling up fast!

You can request services by scheduling online or calling us at 843-580-2212. Happy Memorial Day!

 


Join Us For Our Puppy Social!

April 14, 2016 | Charleston, Dog Training, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Events, SC, Things To Do, Training

Puppy Social

Charleston Dog Walker is hosting a free Puppy Social on Saturday, April 30 from 9-10am at the James Island County Park in the small dog area of the dog park. It’s very important for puppies to meet other dogs and learn good social skills while they are still young so they can grow into well-adjusted friendly dogs. This social is for puppies who are 2-12 months old and they must be up to date on their vaccinations. Let us know if you’re interested in coming – we hope to see you there!


A World Where Dogs Wear Sunglasses

April 11, 2016 | Cool Pet Products, Helpful Tips

doggles
Source: CNBC. Doggles founder Roni Di Lullo with her mini Aussie, Ed.

Did you know that we live in a world where dogs wear sunglasses? How awesome is that?! My husband was recently watching the show “Million Dollar Genius” and the company they were featuring caught my eye. It was showcasing Doggles – goggles customized for dogs to protect them from UV light, wind, and foreign objects. The founder, Roni Di Lullo said that she “originally came up with the idea from my border collie, Midknight”. After a long day at work, she and Midknight would go play Frisbee in the park in the late afternoon. Di Lullo would wear sunglasses to protect her eyes from the brightness of the setting sun. “There was one day in particular where (Midknight) missed the Frisbee, and he never, never missed the Frisbee,” she said, “so I just thought, ‘Well, why can’t he just wear sunglasses, too?'” The idea of Doggles was born!

My gut instinct was that goggles for a dog was kind of frivolous, but the more I thought about it, I realized how helpful a product like this could be for dogs. Living in areas like Charleston where the sun can be very intense, you quickly understand how important it is to protect your pets from the dangers of the sun. Doggles are a great product for an active dog who spends time outside, or a dog recovering from eye surgery. They are also good protection for the pooch who loves to feel the wind on his face riding in the car. Check out Doggles for all of your dog’s sunny day needs!


Local Spotlight: Dolittle’s

April 5, 2016 | Awesome Dog Toys, Charleston, Cool Cat Toys, Dog Treats, Dog-Friendly Charleston, SC, Uncategorized

Charleston is a wonderfully dog-friendly city and we should count ourselves lucky to be living in a place with lots of local businesses focused on improving the lives of our pets. We want to make sure you know about these awesome local companies so we’re starting a new blog feature – Local Spotlight. Our first local business we were so honored to be able to talk with was Dolittle’s!

DolittlesDolittle’s was founded in 1994 by Ric Sommons, starting out in the Charleston City Market and then moving to the Windermere shopping center in 1999. Ric has been expanding ever since – opening a store in Mount Pleasant and now he’s preparing for the opening of their newest store in Kiawah’s Freshfields Village. His vision for Dolittle’s was always to turn the tables on what a pet store was: he wanted to create a fun place to shop for your pets and he wanted to focus on providing pet owners with natural food.

Ric has a passion for encouraging pet owners to make the best choices for their pet, especially when it comes to their diet. He’s an advocate of feeding dogs a diet with as much protein as possible and minimizing the carbohydrates. He recommends choosing brands like Orijen and Acana due to their high protein content. Ric has become an expert on pet food by really immersing himself in the entire food manufacturing process and personally getting to know the people behind the pet food brands. He frequently travels to pet trade shows for merchandise and goes to see the manufacturing plants for the dog food he stocks. He’s been to Nebraska, Columbia, and is planning a trip to Kentucky to see the Acana dog food factory soon. He wants to ensure he’s stocking the best products for Dolittle’s clients and that he’s able to pass along knowledge about the food to his staff so they can educate the pet owners. If you stop in, they can provide you with a “Recommended Daily Feeding Amount” customized for your dog’s age, weight and activity level so you know you’re feeding them the proper amount.

Of course someone as passionate about animals as Ric has a furry crew at home. He has two cats, Hobbs and Domino, and he adopted two mixed breed dogs from the shelter, Peanut and Bobo. His philosophy on picking the perfect pet – “whatever dog pees on you!” and that’s how he formed his own furry family! He likes to have Dolittle’s help the local community – especially the Charleston Animal Society by donating food, gift cards, promo bags and helping with their fundraisers.

So what’s next for Dolittle’s? Ric says “world domination” or more seriously, he hopes to continue to “educate on the idea of natural food”. He says that he “would love to see kids getting behind the idea that protein is the way to feed your dog”. He’s also excited for Dolittle’s to start offering their own version of a localized BarkBox. They plan to create a mystery sample box for pet owners to buy – filled with great goodies from their stores that staff hand selects! Dolittle’s also offers awesome deals with things like their Dough Card, where when you spend $300, you get $25 off. When you combine that with the frequent buyer cards for most of their food bags, you can end up with a huge savings by shopping locally at Dolittle’s for your dog food.

Next time you are near the Windermere shopping center (or in Mount Pleasant by the Patriot’s Plaza shopping center, or at Kiawah’s Freshfields Village), stop in at the Dolittle’s store to pick up some goodies for your pet or bring them along to try the self-service bath! I promise that as soon as you walk in you’ll feel like you are in a heaven made just for pet owners and their pets!


Make Your Pets A Part Of Your Wedding!

February 24, 2016 | Charleston, Cutest Pets, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Events, SC, Things To Do, Wedding

wedding dogYour wedding day is one of the greatest days ever. You want all of the most important people in your life to be there with you. So why shouldn’t your pets be there, too?

Weddings in Charleston can be very pet-friendly, so there are countless ways you can have your pet be part of your special day. Here are a few fun ideas for ways you can incorporate your pet in your wedding:

  • Bring your dog to the cocktail hour for laughs and fun
  • Have your pets pose with you for some formal photos at the wedding or bridal photo shoot
  • Ask a special guest to walk your pet down the aisle
  • Your pet can be the ring bearer – just tie the rings to their collar
  • Let your pet join you at the reception. They may sleep after the big day or join in on the dancing!

Pets can be a wonderful addition to your wedding – after all, they are part of your new family, too! If you need someone to assist you with your pets, give Charleston Dog Walker a call at 843-580-2212. We offer pet concierge services to wedding couples, where we will shuttle pets to and from venues, chaperon them during the events, and assist in any way you need us. Don’t forget the honeymoon, either! We’d be happy to visit your pets when you head out for your honeymoon getaway to give them all the love they deserve until you return home.


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