Great News – We’re In The News!

October 7, 2015 | Announcement, Good Reads

NAPPS Aricle - Fall 2015While it’s not often we do this, I wanted to share this article with each of you. Our very own Melissa Garvan, founder and co-owner of Charleston Dog Walker, was honored by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) as the person chosen to be featured on the cover of their quarterly magazine this fall. Melissa has been actively involved with NAPPS since she started Charleston Dog Walker and we are so proud of her for getting this recognition. She is the rock of our company, someone who goes out of her way in every aspect of her life to help other people and animals, and someone we count ourselves lucky to have as a part of our lives.

Please take a few minutes to read the great article and learn more about the person who started our wonderful company. And thank you so much for choosing Charleston Dog Walker to care for your pets. Without you, we would not be who we are today.


How Bonded Are You With Your Dog?

January 23, 2015 | Good Reads, Helpful Tips


Check out the full article here and learn how you can work to improve your bond with your dog!

The Best Part of Coming Home

August 8, 2014 | Dog Training, Good Reads, Helpful Tips, Training

Dog at WindowMy favorite part of each day is when I get to come home.  It is such a wonderful thing to open my door to a big smile, a wagging tail and so much love!

It’s also great to know that I can make my pup feel just as loved as he makes me feel!  Research has shown that if you touch and talk to your dog during those first few moments of returning to them that they experience a very positive emotional surge for a while after you arrive.  If you only speak to them and don’t touch them, the feeling doesn’t last as long and they still have high levels of stress caused from you being away.

Some pups do go a bit crazy when people come home, and it’s good to keep that craziness in check, too.  Try keeping some treats right by the door so you can concentrate their energy.  Make your dog sit before they get the treat and the greeting from you.

If you’re having a bad day (or even a good one), it will always get better when you open the door to that happy face.  Remember to always show them that love right back!

10 Common Dog Training Mistakes

October 15, 2013 | Dog Training, Good Reads, Helpful Tips

When you get a puppy or add a new dog to your family, one of the first things most people think about is training.  When our pup joined our family he was just a little 3 month old guy, so we had lots and lots of training to do.  We worked on everything from potty-training to sit, stay, roll over, fetch… you know… all of the basics.  As time passed, he learned lots of new things and we gradually stopped our constant training.  This is generally the case with most dog owners – they master the basics and then just kind of stop.  But like people, dogs love to learn.  Here is a great article to help you work through training with your pooch, and common mistakes that people make during the process.  These top 10 mistakes are pretty easy to correct and will really help your pup be the best he or she can be!

Check out the full article from Modern Dog Magazine here:

Your Dog’s Brain

October 10, 2013 | Good Reads

Dogs are peopleCheck out this great article featured in the New York Times about a few dog-loving scientists who have trained dogs to go in an M.R.I. scanner – awake and unrestrained – to help us better understand what’s dogs think.

Not only is their research pretty interesting, but they also bring up some neat points.  If dogs DO have the ability to experience positive emotion, like love and attachment, (which their research suggests is true), that would mean dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a child.

Legally, dogs are considered property – or an object that can be disposed of as long as reasonable care is taken to minimize their suffering.  That classification seems terribly wrong.  This great research helps demonstrate what most dog owners already know – that dogs are capable of love.  We should work together to ensure that every dog has a loving family and is cared for properly.

Is Your Dog Stressed?

March 6, 2013 | Good Reads

I’m loving Lowcountry Dog Magazine – it’s always filled with great articles, good tips, and fun upcoming events.  Every time I check out an article, I get sucked in and end up reading the whole thing.  The latest issue is worth the read  – check it out here:

My favorite article was “Frazzled Fido” that starts on page 8.  After just going through a big house move with our dog, I was definitely worried about his stress levels.  He seems to be handling it well, though, and is enjoying lots of new perks – like more windows to look out, more sunny sleeping spots, and lots of backyard grass to roll around in.  If you are worried about your dog’s stress levels, this is a neat read that provides some good tips on how to help them out.

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