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What Every Dog Walker Should Know About Growth Plates

By Kimberly Burgan, former Dog Walking Academy director Who doesn’t love the sweet smell of puppy breath? Most of us jump at any chance to work with puppies and teenagers, and their owners are all too glad to have us wear out their whirling dervishes. But there’s a downside to too much exercise for dogs […]

Walking Reactive Dogs: Distraction To The Rescue

By Beck Rothke, former Dog Walking Academy Instructor When I think about working with reactive dogs, I often think about the use of comic relief for intense moments. Essentially, I know that a door out or away from an intense or possibly intense moment is to find a distraction powerful enough to turn the dog’s […]

Rules of Engagement for Great Dog Walks

By Pat Blocker, Denver, CO Dog Walking Academy Instructor and Owner of Peaceful Paws Dog Training Imagine a parallel universe where dogs are as compelled to respond to their person as humans are to instantly answer our cell phones­—anytime, anywhere. A decidedly essential skill for dog walkers is the ability to overcome canine distraction. This can be […]

How To Add a New Dog To Your Walking Group

Woo hoo and congrats! You’ve got a new dog walking client! If you’re walking singles, adding a new dog is usually a relatively simple procedure. If the new dog is particularly shy, you may wish to take extra steps, such as arranging a joint walk or two with your client, to help you ease into […]

Dog Walking Equipment—How To Decide What’s Right For You

To say there’s a new dog walking tool on the market every month these days is only a slight exaggeration. The last ten years have seen an explosion of (often derivative and sometimes innovative) variation in dog walking collars, harnesses, and leashes. As a professional dog walker, how do you decide what to use when […]