FAQ's

A Few Frequently Asked Questions

What are your qualifications?

We are accredited through Pet Sitters International. We are also certified in pet CPR and First Aid through Pet Tech. Zoologie Pet Services is fully insured and bonded.

What types of pets do you care for?

We are lovers of all animals! While most pet sitting requests are for dogs and cats, we also care for small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and most livestock.

What is a Meet and Greet?

A meet and greet is the initial meeting between Zoologie Pet Services, you and your pet. It allows us to interact with your pet in your presence, which is important when deciding which services are right for you. At this time, if you decide to choose us to be your dog walker or pet sitter, we will have you fill out the necessary forms and provide us with a house key. The meet and greet is completely free of charge!

Do I have to get a key to you each time we need your services?

Nope! For pet sitting, we can keep a key on file, or if you prefer, we can schedule a key exchange at no charge once you return. For regular or on-call dog walks, we will need to keep a key on file.

Will Zoologie Pet Services discipline my pet?

No. Zoologie Pet Services will administer positive reinforcement for pets in accordance with your training guidelines, but our primary goal is to ensure that your pet is safe, healthy and happy. If there is a disciplinary problem, we will notify you.

Who will be my dog walker or pet sitter?

Our goal is for you to have two regular dog walkers/ pet sitters, and we only use backup if absolutely necessary. Not only does this method provide you, the client with piece of mind, but it allows your walkers/ sitters to develop a special bond with your pet(s).

Do you board pets in your own home?

No, we believe your pets will be happier in their own home, with their own surroundings, following their own routine. You also get the added benefit of someone coming and going from your home, deterring any possible crime, watering your plants and grabbing your mail at no extra charge!

What if I run out of pet food, medicine or supplies while my pet is in your care?

We will be happy to purchase any necessary items for you for a $10 restocking fee, plus the cost of items purchased.

Do you charge extra for multiple pets?

We base our rates on the time we spend at your home, not per pet. Please keep in mind that we can only walk 2 dogs at a time. If you have more than 2 dogs that need to be walked, we will need to increase the visit time.

Do you administer medications or injections?

Yes, at no additional charge. This includes pills, drops, ointments, lotions and injections.

How do I pay you?

We accept checks or cash. You can also pay online through Venmo or PayPal. Please keep in mind that we add a 2% fee to all payments made via PayPal.

What is your cancellation policy?

We don’t have strict cancellation policies, life happens! Please give us as much notice as possible if you need to cancel. We will not charge you as long as we haven’t arrived at your home.

How often should my dog be walked?

How often should one walk their dog? Walking your dog is a very important part of his physical and daily routine – it keeps his bones stronger and keeps him from getting bored and chewing things or exhibiting other destructive behaviors. Walking also allows him to urinate, eliminate, and socialize with other dogs. But how often should one walk their dog?

The following are the factors that can affect how many times you need to walk your dog each day:

  • Dog breed. There are some breeds that have a small bladder, and this can affect frequency.
  • Dog size. Shorter and fewer walks are usually recommended for small breeds.
  • Owner’s schedule. If you have a busy work schedule, then you can probably only walk the dog one or two times a day.
  • Dogs having diarrhea. This will require more walks to prevent eliminating in the house.
  • Dogs with illnesses. Some are advised by their vets to stay inside the house until further notice.
  • Dog’s energy level. Some dogs have high energy levels, which require more walks.
  • Dog’s diet. If you give your dog low residue food, that means elimination may only come once every two days, so frequent walks are not as necessary for elimination, but is for exercising and urination.

Two of the main goals of dog walking is for exercising and socializing. Regular exercise is important for a dog’s overall health, and in particular to help keep him from getting fat and lazy.

But the main goal you should keep in mind for the walks is to firmly establish in the dog’s mind that YOU are the “alpha” leader, not the dog. This iscritical to the mental health and stability of the dog! As explained in this article on the DogBreedInfo.com website:

Walking your dog also helps prevent urinary tract infections because your dog urinates regularly and thus, the bacteria are driven out of the bladder and the urinary tract. It will also affect your dog’s urine routine if kept delayed for a long time. A regular bowel movement can also be developed with frequent walking outside. It also allows the owner to see cues of possible health problems such as changes in the color, consistency, smell or frequency.

Another thing that makes dog walking very important is socialization. If your dog takes time out in the morning or afternoon spending time outside, he can meet many other dogs and see tons of people; he will be socialized well and will not develop anxiety and fear problems.

Hopefully these facts and considerations will answer for you about how often should one walk their dog?

To read this article in full, and to get other great dog related tips, check out THIS link.

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