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Walk and Train – loose leash walking success

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We’ve walked hundreds of dogs of all ages, breeds, sizes, and energy levels over the years.  Our experience leads us to believe that leash training is one of the most common challenges people have with their dogs.  We know many folks who have done a great job teaching their pups the basics of good house manners, obedience commands, tricks, and even off-leash recall but still struggle with enjoyable leashed walks with their pups.  These days, leash training is essential for the safety of our canine friends due to the increase in traffic, tighter leash laws, denser housing, HOA regulations and fussy neighbors, the potential for the dogs to get lost chasing rabbits, cats, and squirrels,  and even to appease well-meaning people who are genuinely frightened of dogs for their own sake or that of their children.

As dog walkers and trainers with years of experience, we also know the toll pulling dogs can take on the bodies of both dog-walker and dog.  And finally, walks should be a pleasant bonding experience that dogs and their humans share.  We want to help our clients overcome those obstacles that challenge the canine/human relationship, and we want you to know that you can achieve success in teaching your dog to walk politely on a leash.  That being said, it’s not quite as simple as popping on the correct no-pull harness or training collar and heading out the door.  With our Walk and Train program, we’ll show you very simple exercises that you can practice with your dog, and we’ll get your dog started and reinforce the exercises on a regular basis to make it easier for you and your dog.  Want to see an example of our loose-leash success? Below is a short video of one of our current trainees, a super-sweet and smart pitty named Buddy.  In this video, Buddy has been on 3 Walk and Train walks and is really learning fast.  Buddy’s Mom has a handout of the exercises we recommend, and she practices with Buddy as well.  He’s getting lots of reinforcement from her and from us, so he is doing really well.

Loose-leash walking takes practice and evolves over time.  In the beginning, dogs really need to know boundaries and do their best by learning to walk by your side.  Over time, your dog will achieve more freedom to sniff and explore and will learn to respond both to the leash and your commands even when not directly in heel position.

For more info, check out our Walk and Train program or give us a call at (910)431-5680 to discuss your dog’s needs, ask questions, or set up a free consultation.  And please, take advantage of these free resources.  Click HERE to read our loose-leash walking tips,  HERE to receive a free, downloadable PDF with simple loose-leash walking exercises you can try with your dog (courtesy of The Dog Alliance), and HERE for a copy of our very own basic training tips.

Sniffin ‘Round Town -Surf Sitters Fall Newsletter

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Happy Fall from Surf Sitters Pet Care!
It’s that barktacular time of the year when the weather starts to cool and dogs are not the only creatures who start to feel frisky! We notice our Surf Pups are covering more ground on their daily dog walks and aren’t quite as eager to get back inside. Even the most mellow dogs tend to have a little more pep in their steps! It’s time to venture back out. Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting fun outdoor places to take your dogs on our new Youtube Channel.   Read on to learn more about:
Our NEW Surf Sitters Youtube Channel!
* Video Tour: Surf City Bark Park and Walking trail
* Meet Bonnie Booth, Surf Sitter of the Month
* Walking Alert: Snakes are active
* Our NEW online booking option

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Our Tips on Taking a Great Topsail Island Beach Walk with Your Dog

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I doubt I’m the only one who chose to make my home in the Topsail area because the beaches are all dog-friendly. Moving to Hampstead was a dream come true for us and our dogs. Finally, our favorite place on earth, the beach, was within minutes from our home, and we could put the dogs in the car and head out for a relaxing walk anytime we had a spare hour. For the last 5 years, we’ve walked many miles up and down the beach with our own dogs and those of our clients. We’d like to share a little of what we’ve learned to help you make the most of each walk you take with your own precious pup. If you don’t have time to read the whole article, please remember this:

Heat exhaustion can happen quickly and is life-threatening. Take precautions during the summer to prevent your dog from overheating. Read on to learn more. Happy walking!

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Why Overnight Pet Sitting is the Best Option for your Pets

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“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day…”

     – John Grogan, author of Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

When we opened Surf Sitters Pet Care and Dog Walking LLC in 2015, we followed pet sitting industry standards by offering multiple visits daily, what’s referred to as “drop-in pet sitting.” We wanted this service to help good-hearted pet parents keep their pups home rather than subject them to the stresses of boarding while they’re out of town.

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