5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

May 9, 2017 | Charleston, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Safety, Pet Travel

5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

My two dogs are like my kids so they go everywhere with my husband and I. We load them up in the car and off we go! Dog car safety is important so you can ensure your dog will be safe anytime you bring them along with you in the car. Here are our top 5 tips for dog car safety:

Top 5 Dog Car Safety Tips

Tips For Dog Car Safety

  1. Buckle Up! Dogs should wear seatbelts, just like people do. Doggy seatbelts don’t work quite the same way, but they will restrain your dog in case of an accident. You can buy a dog seatbelt, which has a buckle on one end and a leash clasp on the other end. Attach the leash clasp to your dog’s harness, rather than their collar. If you’re in an accident, they are restrained by the harness instead of pulled by their neck.
  2. Use a doggy hammock. A doggy hammock is great for your car because it eliminates the gap between the front seat and back seat. Your dog can stretch out without worrying about falling off the seat when you brake. It also protects your car’s seats from dirt, scratches, and pet hair!
  3. Keep everyone’s head inside the car. I know – it’s SO stinking cute when dogs stick their heads out the window. Have you seen their ears flapping in the breeze?! Adorable. Unfortunately, it’s also super easy for debris to hit your pet. They could have something fly into their eye, or the adventurous dog could take the opportunity to try and jump out. Windows up (or at least mostly up) is always the best policy.
  4. Don’t let your dog ride in the bed of a truck. For people with bigger dogs (or dogs who manage to get wet and dirty having fun adventures), it’s tempting to let them ride in the back of your truck. This can be extremely dangerous, though, since they have no protection if you get in an accident while they are back there. They could also easily try to hop out, even if you have them on a leash. The safest place is always in the vehicle with you.
  5. Bring your dog crate along. If your dog’s crate can fit inside your car, the crate is always the safest place for them to stay. It makes for a comfortable ride for them and protects them in case of an accident.

I always think it’s interesting to remember that a dog’s world is confined to where you take them. Most of their life is just in your house or neighborhood. That’s why most dogs love car rides! They have a sense of adventure and love to get out and explore with you. We’re lucky in Charleston to have so many dog-friendly places to go, so load up your pooch and let them explore the world! Just make sure to keep them safe while you’re doing it!


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!

Guide To Taking A Road Trip With Your Pet

May 1, 2017 | Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Products, Pet Safety, Pet Travel, Things To Do

Guide To Taking A Road Trip With Your Pet

What’s an adventure without your four-legged friend in tow?  My husband and I love taking our dogs on road trips – even if that means hair all over the car and enduring some dog farts! There’s a lot to think about when you bring your dog or cat along on a road trip, though. That’s why it is super helpful to have a plan in place when you are road tripping with your pets. Here’s our pet road trip guide to help you prepare for your road trip:

Pet Road Trip Guide ChartPet Road Trip Guide

  1. Prepare the car so your pet can travel safely. If your kitty is coming, make sure you have a cat carrier or crate so they can have a cozy bed. This will also keep them contained so they don’t climb or fall all over the car. If you have a small dog, crates are the safest way for them to travel in a car. For the bigger pups, check out a car hammock so they don’t fall off the seat at stop signs. You should also consider a doggy seatbelt. Doggy seatbelts attach to their harness or collar and then buckles into the seatbelt.
  2. Make a pet suitcase (or bag) with all of their supplies the day before. Gather all of their food and medications, favorite toys, poop bags, litter box and litter, treats, and beds. Measure out how much food you’ll need and put it in a gallon ziplock bag. Be sure to bring along a measuring cup so you can easily get food out at meal times. If your pet has refrigerated medications, you should find a small cooler. Bring along some ice packs so it can stay at the correct temperature. Don’t forget to pack some water bottles and bowls for food and water!
  3. Double check that your pet’s collar has tags with up to date information. You never know what could happen and you want it to be easy for your pet to get home to you if they get lost.
  4. Reserve a pet-friendly hotel room if you need a place to stay during the drive. We love using Trips With Pets, which shows you all of the pet-friendly places in the area you’re traveling to. I highly recommend calling ahead and booking your room, as most places only have a few designated pet rooms and they can fill up fast!
  5. Tire your dog out before jumping in the car. Our favorite tactic for having a good road trip with our dogs is to start our trip with a stop at the dog park. Our dogs run wild and play with all of their friends for about 30 minutes and then we load them up and start the trip. They are tired out after all the play time, were able to go to the bathroom, and then they are happy to just lay down and take a nap for the first part of the trip.

This pet road trip guide helps make car trips with your pets fun and easy. Just remember to prepare your car, gather all of your pet’s supplies, book your room, and tire them out. You and your pets are sure to have an awesome road trip!

Pet Road Trip Guide

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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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!

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!


Travel Safely With Your Pet Over the Holidays

November 8, 2014 | Helpful Tips, Pet Travel, Uncategorized

pet travelThanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year and these days lots of pets are tagging along with their humans for all of the yummy festivities.  It’s very important to make sure that they are safe and secure in your vehicle, so check out these great travel tips.

  1. Buckle your dog.  You can get a harness for fido and buckle him in like everyone else in the car.  In the event of a car accident, your pet can can become a projectile.  Don’t let your pet or you get hurt – buckle up!
  2. Crates are best. If your car is big enough and your pet is small enough, crates are the way to go! This keeps your pet secure and creates a comfy space for them during the ride.
  3. Take lots of breaks.  Everyone needs potty breaks, so make sure to stop along the way every so often.  If your dog is still young, try to avoid rest stops – lots of dogs stop there and can pass along diseases when waste isn’t picked up.
  4. Enjoy a pet-friendly hotel.  When it’s time for bed, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels that you can stay at – check out this great website that can help you plan out your whole trip!

We hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Are Your Pets Prepared for Hurricane Season?

June 4, 2014 | Helpful Tips, Pet Travel

Traveling-DogThis month kicks off Hurricane season, and we’ve got our fingers crossed that it passes us by.  But it’s always best to be prepared and that includes having an emergency plan for your pets.  Here are some important things to keep in mind:

  • Ensure your pet has identification. If you become separated, a collar with an ID tag, or a microchip can be what reunites you.
  • Keep their vaccinations current.  If your pet ends up in a shelter for any reason, they’ll stay the healthiest if they are updated for Bordetella, or kennel cough, which passes easily in shelter environments.
  • Pack a supply of pet food and water.  Not only should you have food and water for your human family on hand, but make sure to have at least a one-week supply of your pet’s food and water for them.
  • Don’t forget their medications.  It can be difficult to get prescriptions filled in an emergency situation, so make sure to bring them with you.
  • Pack an emergency bag.  So you don’t have to scramble around at the last minute, pack a bag with all of your emergency things so you can just grab it and go!

Safety Tips for Road Trips with Fido

November 5, 2013 | Helpful Tips, Pet Travel

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving?!  The holidays are just around the corner and that means lots of people will be hopping in the car to visit with family and friends.  If your pup or kitty tags along with you, there are lots of things you should think about before your trip.

  • Make sure your pooch is secure in the car. They make lots of cool things these days – doggie seat belts, safety harnesses, back seat barriers, hammocks, and tons more – so figure out which works best for your pal and keep them safe.  If you are in an accident, an unrestrained dog or cat can be thrown around the car and cause injury to themselves or you.
  • Does fido love to stick his head out the window? Keep his face safe. It may be adorable and seem like the most glorious thing in the world to them, but it can also be a bit dangerous. Think about all of those bugs that splatter on your windshield. Those can easily end up in your pups eyes or nose. It may seem silly, but a $10 pair of goggles can save you hundreds in eye surgery.
  • Get a microchip and ID Tags… just in case. You just never know what could happen and it’s better to be on the safe side. If your pup isn’t already microchiped, give your vet a call to see when you can have it done. Make sure your dog also has ID tags with your cell number on them. A pet should never be without tags when they are outside.
  • Don’t leave them alone in the car.  This is basic, but NEVER leave your dog or cat unattended in a car – especially on a hot or cold day.  This could be life threatening to your pooch or kitty within 15 minutes.

Stay safe this holiday season! And if your travel plans don’t include your pup – you know who to call!  Curious Paws is now taking reservation for pet sitting visits over Thanksgiving… but we book up fast, so don’t wait long! Call 843-580-2212 or email today!

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