Recently I was asked why I offer a comfort break service as part of my dog walking business in York.
“surely all you do is rub their head and then leave”
Well it’s a little more involved than that, comfort breaks can be an important routine for both young puppies and older dogs, this service can be an essential facility to feed or provide necessary medication, when you can’t get home during the day. This social interaction with a dog walker can help to improve a dog’s mood and give them the chance to go to the toilet.
Dogs are such sociable animals and vets advise that they should never be left alone for more than four hours. They just cannot cope with being on their own for any longer — but, increasingly, they are. A survey of pet owners by the charity PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) found that 2.3 million of Britain’s 9 million dogs are routinely being left alone for five hours or more. This can create a host of problems, from dogs who continually bark, become aggressive or destroy things, to those who toilet in the house, stop eating or lose interest in fun activities, such as going for a walk.
Having a new puppy in the house is an exciting time, puppies in their very nature are cute and cuddly, but the first few months can be a difficult time for new pet owners that work full time. Using my comfort break service can help to assist you with toilet and cage training. By making visits to your home during the day to let your puppy out, play with them, feed them as required and then return them to their cage or safe area, gives you the peace of mind to know that they are safe and being checked on whilst you are out of the house at work.
Its also a great way for them to socialise with another person outside the family and create a bond so when you are okay to do so, I can walk your puppy to help reinforce the basic commands that you want me to and widen their socialisation through interaction with other dogs.
Having an older, convalescing or less active dog in the house brings other worries for their owners especially if they have an illness that needs to be medicated and may not be able to hold themselves as they used to. The relief of a comfort break can help your dog not only to keep up to date with their medication but also to give them the option for a mid-day toilet break to take away the upset they feel if they have an accident in the house.
Using my comfort break option as part of my dog walker service in Haxby, Strensall or Wigginton will enable me to check on your dogs well being, make sure puppies are not getting themselves into any mischief. It also includes cleaning up any little messes that have been made in your absence and gives you the reassurance that everything is OK at home.