Dog Walks & Hikes
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The average dog should not be left alone more than 4 hours. A dog left alone for longer periods of time, or frequently, will develop personality problems or annoying habits which can become severe (more pets are put to sleep for potty related behavior problems than for other reason!).
Other pets can go 8, 10, or even 12 hours without a potty break. However many pets will be susceptible to urinary tract infections, separation anxiety, excessive chewing , frequent barking, "dirty puppy" syndrome (thinking it is 'ok' to go inside the home), and other problems when left alone for long periods of time.
Our Dog Walking services are designed to allow you to go to work or on vacation without worrying about your pet. Our dog walkers will provide exercise for your pet, when you are not at home, or unable to walk your pet regularly.
* Tails and Trail Hikes are on dog friendly trails in the Grand Valley. Travel time adds 20 to 30 minutes
Prices are subject to change
Holiday Service Charge $7
Service Areas 81507, 81501, 81502, 81503, 81504 81505. 81506, 81521, 81526
We will Provide pet care throughout the Grand Junction, Fruita, Clifton, Palisade and other Areas.
Note more than 10 miles from our address will be charged an out of area fee.
Daily dog walking visits are completely customizable.
If you’d like for Always Loving Pet Care to play fetch with your pets, then we can use the time do so.
Are you working on certain behaviors for better leash walking? Given yours or your trainer’s instruction, we will gladly reinforce this training.
Maybe you want a slow sniff and pee walk? We can make that happen.
Are you instructed by a vet to do particular exercises to strengthen your dog’s hind legs? If you are doing specific exercises with your dog, let us know so that we can help.
My dog barks and lunges when he sees other dogs. What will you do?
Leash-reactive behavior has many components that must be considered: When dogs meet on leash, they are typically forced to approach head-on (if on a path, for example) and unable to turn their bodies(arc). Their forced body language - and our own – indicate to the dogs that we want to fight with the other pair. Most dogs don’t want to fight, so they display a number of behaviors designed to prevent this: barking, lunging, growling, anything to make the threat go away. We call these “distance-increasing behaviors.” Always Loving Pet Care's number one goal is to keep your dog safe. Therefore,if your dog barks and lunges at dog, we will get your dogs attention by saying "Look at me," then we would turn back to the direction which we came or provide distance between us and the other dog, or even step behind a car. Also, we will use verbal cues to distract your dog from the stimulus. Like “let’s go” and “c’mon!” Finally, we will praise your dog when he/She stops barking at the other dog.
My dog pulls on leash. What can be done so that my dog walks on a loose leash?
Many dogs pull on leash, here are a few tips to helping this situation. Eliminate the use of retractable leashes. If you’re walking your dog with a retractable leash, your dog will never get a feel for loose leash walking. Also you are not really walking with your dog, when they are 20 feet ahead of you. You also have little or no control of you dog. Nothing will be a substitute for training a dog to walk on a loose leash. While a positive reinforcement trainer is your best option, another option is to do it yourself using training videos as your guide. Always Loving Pet Care prefers the training methods of Victoria Stilwell. You can search for her videos on YouTube.
If training isn’t an option, use a head collar like the Halti or the Gentle Lead Harness. These types of harnesses are placed on the dog’s snout so that you are in control of his neck when he’s pulling. Or an Anti-pull body harnesses. They are comfortable, easy-to-use and give you great control over your dog because you are controlling him by the body and not neck. Most of the anti-pull harnesses are front clip harnesses such as the Easy Walk Harness and the Freedom Harness. There are many out there to chose from. The key to success, is that the leash attaches in the front of the dog’s chest, not on his back. No matter what you choose, do something so that both you and your dog enjoy the walk.