Most pet owners know that a dog needs food, shelter, attention and exercise to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. But it is daily exercise, especially for city pups, that is most often overlooked. Whether it’s because of lack of time or energy on the owner’s part, the effect on a canine can be detrimental, hurting not only the dog’s health but also affecting its ability to behave.
Hyperactive dogs, including puppies, need to burn off their unlimited amounts of energy otherwise, just like people, they can have trouble paying attention and listening to commands, or may vent in another undesirable manner such as destroying valuables.
On the other spectrum, senior dogs must be given the opportunity to stretch out and get their heart rate up to keep muscles and joints limber. As a dog gets older, a daily walk can make a huge difference in the body’s ability to get around and ultimately, add months or even years to its life.
It’s needless to say, dogs of all shapes and sizes require adequate exercise time to stay happy and healthy. So what is a busy Baltimore dog-lover to do?
Hiring a dog-walking service can be the best solution, and it’s not as unreasonable or expensive as one might think. Nor is it considered spoiling your dog. A tired dog is a happy dog, and at the end of the day it means a happy owner too.
Since every dog is different, the best walking services understand that some mutts need more than just a walk – sometimes a run and extra playtime is required to satisfy their exercise needs. An added bonus may even be the company of other similar temperament canines.
There’s no reason to continue feeling guilty. Instead, call one of these top dog walking services in the greater Baltimore area and get moving today.
Doghouse Girls, Inc.
3238 Elliott St.
Baltimore, MD 21224
Luv My Pet
1743 Jackson St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Cost: $14/visit in Baltimore City and County; $15/visit in Ellicott City and Catonsville
Four Dog Adventures
804 West 33rd St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
Cost: $15 for 30-minute mid-day walk; $20 for 30-minute evening walk
122 E. Ostend St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Cost: $18/visit for 45-minutes to 1-hour; $12/visit for 20-minutes
Walk The Dog, LLC
Note: Prices are noted as of August 2013.