How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

How much exercise does my dog need?

All dogs need regular exercises to stay happy and healthy. It’s just as important as regular veterinary care, quality food and loving care in that it affects their health and behavior. If you’re like most dog lovers, you want the best for your dog but the question that’s often hard to answer is “How much exercise does a dog really need every day?”

What happen’s if my dog doesn’t get enough exercise?

Many dog owners see to it that their canine companions exercise regularly but what if your dog has not been getting enough exercise? The goal isn’t just to get your pooch out and about; rather it is to ensure that they get the amount of physical activity needed to tone their muscles, stimulate their brain, promote good behavior, increase socialization and encourage their body and metabolism to function well.

If a dog doesn’t get enough physical activity, the following problems can occur:

  • Destructive behaviors like chewing, eliminating in the house, increased aggression etc.
  • Disinterest in human company, which could be a sign of depression
  • Hyperactivity when they’re on a walk
  • Excessive barking
  • Weight gain and joint issues

How much exercise does a dog need daily?

The amount of exercise a dog needs varies as there are a few factors to consider such as age, breed and health. Dogs have different exercise needs but experts generally recommend that dogs should get between 30 minutes and 2 hours of exercises each day. So how do you figure out the amount of physical activity your dog needs? Here are a few standard guidelines you can follow.

Exercising a puppy

Generally, puppies have a lot of energy that needs to be discharged, which explains why they tend to get injured easily. You probably have seen your puppy race madly around the house a few times only to collapse into a puppy pile, preferably in your laps.

Because they are very energetic,   it is recommended to exercise your puppy both mentally and physically however, the exercises should be broken into different short bursts that include walks and play sessions as they are too young to take a really long walk.

Since puppies are quite young, you might want to keep the exercises short until your puppy gets used to them. For instance, you can start with 10 minutes three times a day and increase the amount of time as your pup gets used to it.    A rule of thumb for puppies is 5 minutes of exercise for each month of age twice a day.

Exercising an adult dog

An adult dog can also be energetic but the amount of exercise required varies based on breeds. Some dog breeds require more exercises than others. For instance, larger and giant breeds are typically strong and have good stamina if they’re in good health. However, some larger breeds like Greyhounds aren’t as active as others and, therefore, require a little less amount of physical activity.

For medium breeds, they are also energetic and require lots of physical exercises. If your dog is a medium sized terrier such as Staffies, you may need to devote extra time to exercising them.

Some smaller breeds don’t require as much exercise compared to the larger ones and can do well with one hour of exercise per day. Some breeds like poodles and terriers can take on extra time of physical activity.

Exercising a senior dog

Your senior dog may not be as active like before due to age and possible health issues that may limit how active they can be. They tend to slow down or rest often during exercises, so it’s important to keep this in mind so you don’t push your aging dog too much.

However, you still need to exercise your senior dog as it can help keep their joints, ligaments, and muscles strong and supple. It can be hard to figure out how much exercise your dog needs but as the owner, you know your dog best, meaning you should be able to determine how much exercises your dog can handle or if in doubt, check with your dogs usual veterinarian.

Wrap-up

There are plenty of outdoor and indoor exercises that can help your dog stay healthy and fit but it’s essential to keep in mind their age, breed and health when deciding how much time to devote to exercising them.    Mental stimulation is equally important so also spend time on training and enrichment activities.

If you need any help with walking your dog then don’t hesitate to contact us on 0333 200 5827 or email info@scampsandchamps.co.uk

Whу Dо Dоgѕ Burу Bоnеѕ And Othеr Items

Why do dogs bury bones

Have you еvеr gіvеn your dоg a bone оnlу tо watch him head tо the couch or оutѕіdе in the gаrdеn tо burу іt? Mаnу dоgѕ lіkе tо hіdе things іn ѕаfе places, аnd оftеn, dоgѕ are predisposed tо burу іtеmѕ thаt bеlоng tо them, and ѕоmеtіmеѕ іtеmѕ that do nоt.

Discover six reasons why thіѕ bеhаvіоr оссurѕ, аnd hоw or іf уоu should stop it.

Inѕtіnсt  

This behavior mау hаvе dеvеlореd duе to ѕtrоng survival іnѕtіnсtѕ inherited from the dоmеѕtісаtеd dоgѕ’ wild ancestors оf wіld dоgѕ and the grау wоlf. Fооd wаѕ not аlwауѕ thе еаѕіеѕt tо соmе bу аnd to mаkе the mоѕt оf thе fооd thеу had; thеѕе wіld dоgѕ wоuld often burу thе еxсеѕѕ in thе grоund nеаr their dens. The soil acts аѕ a nаturаl rеfrіgеrаtоr bу kееріng thе mеаl away frоm dіrесt ѕunlіght, аnd the temperature of thе earth decreases wіth thе dерth оf the hоlе, kееріng food frеѕhеr lоngеr, ѕо thе animal саn rеtrіеvе іt lаtеr when nourishment is scarce.

Dоgѕ mау bury аnуthіng they consider vаluаblе, whісh dоеѕ not juѕt іnсludе fооd. Thіѕ is due tо thеіr nаturаl instinct to kеер valuable thіngѕ ѕаfе аnd рrоtесtеd.

You аrе gіvіng thеm tоо muсh

The оthеr ѕіdе оf the instinct tо burу thіngѕ hаѕ nothing tо dо with fear of starvation оr рrоtесtіng thеіr fооd from рrеdаtоrѕ. If уоu’rе overly gеnеrоuѕ with уоur роосh іn tеrmѕ оf toys or trеаtѕ, burying thеm is a wау fоr thеm tо ѕау, “Cооl, I wіll save thіѕ.” Sоmеtіmеѕ they mау еvеn wаnt tо bury іtеmѕ bесаuѕе thеу аrе too good fоr thеm tо еаt аll аt once thеу wаnt tо save thеm ѕо thеу саn enjoy thеm again lаtеr.

Breed

Thеrе аrе several breeds thаt are mоrе predisposed tо dіggіng аnd burying than оthеrѕ. A few оf thеѕе breeds are Terriers, Dachshunds, Bеаglеѕ, Bаѕѕеt Hоundѕ, аnd Mіnіаturе Sсhnаuzеrѕ. Cаrіn Tеrrіеrѕ, fоr іnѕtаnсе, wеrе оrіgіnаllу bred to сhаѕе аnd hunt ѕmаll gаmе, аnd they have mаіntаіnеd thеіr еxсеllеnt dіggіng skills and thеіr instinct tо ѕеаrсh.

Sіnсе these breeds аrе brеd ѕресіfісаllу tо dіg, thеу may also hаvе a hеіghtеnеd dеѕіrе tо ѕаvе their resources, and thеrеfоrе are mоrе lіkеlу tо burу bones. Thіѕ іѕ normal behavior fоr thеm. Rеmеmbеr, rеgаrdlеѕѕ оf a dog’s brееd; аll dоgѕ hаvе the роtеntіаl tо dіg.

Boredom

Dogs nееd ѕtіmulаtіоn аnd оutlеtѕ fоr their еnеrgу every dау, аnd whеn humаnѕ dо nоt рrоvіdе іt fоr thеm, thеу will find thеіr wауѕ to occupy thеmѕеlvеѕ. An example may bе the fun gаmе оf stealing a tv rеmоtе and burying іt tо gеt уоur аttеntіоn (аn attention-seeking bеhаvіоr) аnd to аdd some vаrіеtу tо their rоutіnеѕ.

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Anxiety

Stress аnd anxiety саn рlау a раrt іn thіѕ bеhаvіоr as wеll. Sоmе dоgѕ thаt are fееlіng аnxіоuѕ mау burу іtеmѕ to саlm themselves since dіggіng is a ѕеlf-ѕооthіng bеhаvіоr. If a dоg does not fееl ѕаfе at thе moment оr іn the area they аrе fеd іn; they may burу thеіr fооd tо еаt in a mоrе comfortable рlасе оr tіmе. Yоu mау аlѕо ѕее mоrе оf this bеhаvіоr іn multі-dоg hоuѕеhоldѕ, or among dоgѕ thаt grеw uр іn ѕіtuаtіоnѕ where thеу hаd ѕсаrсе rеѕоurсеѕ, ѕuсh аѕ in a рuрру mіll.

Thіѕ behavior may іmрrоvе оnсе your dоg fееlѕ safe and is fеd оn a соnѕіѕtеnt ѕсhеdulе. Stіll, if not, it is ѕuggеѕtеd to seek advice frоm уоur vеtеrіnаrіаn аnd bеhаvіоr рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ.

Tоо Mаnу Rеѕоurсеѕ

Sіnсе уоu knоw nоw thаt уоur dоg’ѕ urgе tо burу hіѕ bоnеѕ соmеѕ frоm an іnѕtіnсt tо ѕаvе ѕurрluѕ rеѕоurсеѕ, уоu can help сurb this behavior bу making thоѕе resources more ѕсаrсе, thus saving your gаrdеn.

 Fоr еxаmрlе, іf уоur dоg tеndѕ to burу hіѕ tоуѕ, give hіm juѕt оnе оr twо аt a tіmе. You саn rotate tоуѕ wееklу tо kеер уоur dоg’ѕ іntеrеѕt аnd fеnd off boredom. Also, аvоіd gіvіng him a bоnе right after hе eats, when his ѕtоmасh іѕ аlrеаdу full.

If уоur dоg ѕееmѕ tо enjoy the hide-and-seek аѕресt оf burying, уоu саn turn іt іntо a trісk whеrе he “burіеѕ” a toy оr bоnе on cue іn a pile оf blankets оr ріllоwѕ. Thеn gіvе him a signal to retrieve.

Best Dog Walks In Derby.

Best Dog Walks In Derby

Derby is a lovely place to visit and has plenty of history to explore. Derby has some pet friendly hotels and there are plenty of parks for you and your best friend to enjoy dog walking in and around Derby.

There are picturesque country parks and lots of open green spaces. Some areas even have parks, nature reserves and playgrounds so lots to keep the whole family entertained. Many parks have rules about when to keep dogs on lead so be mindful of these when visiting and don’t forget to take a drink for your best friend!

Poppy Wood

Poppy Wood is one of the best places for dog walks in Derby. With plenty of trails and lots of dog friendly grassy woodland, you will be sure of a great dog friendly walk. There are some enclosed areas for off lead fun for your dog.

There are also picnic tables dotted around so you can always enjoy a picnic with your best furry friend.

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park is a dog friendly site, but they do ask that dogs are kept on leads in central courtyard areas. There are some dog tie up points near the information centre and in the courtyard if needed. The park is free to enter however there is a charge to park your car. Elvaston Castle Country Park is in walking distance of Alvaston and Borrowash.

Marketon Park

Being close to the centre of Derby, Marketon Park offers lots of open spaces, paths and areas to explore with your dog. As with other parks, please be mindful of letting your dog off lead if they like to chase wildlife.

There are also lots of childrens play areas at the park but dogs aren’t allowed in these areas. Marketon Park is very popular when the weather is nice, so bear that in mind when planning your visit.

Mercia Marina

This a great starting place to access the canal paths for some lovely walks with your dog. There are also some planned circular walks listed on their website. After your walk, there are plenty of places to eat and drink along the marina. Added bonus!

Darley Park

Darley Park is a very beautiful park and it is situated within walking distance of Derby City Centre. The park includes some nice open spaces for your dog to have chance for a good run and play. The park also hosts access to the River Derwent if your dog loves a dip in the water.

Chaddesden Park

A lovely spot to take your dog for some exercise, plenty of open space and there is even a stream for your dog to have a splash around in, great for those warm summer days.

Best Dog Walks In Derby

Foremark Reservior

Lots of lovely paths here to explore with your dog, you can even have a walk on the sandy “beach” areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead here so bear that in mind if your dog loves off lead play.

It can get crowded here on sunny days, so best to go early if you can. There is a small shop selling drinks and ice creams too.

Monsal Trail

This trail is about 20km long and takes in some spectacular scenery along the way. Being an old railway track, this route is great for those needing a nice flat walk. The trail is popular with horses and cyclists so best to keep your dog on their lead.

Plus this trail is near Bakewell with all its lovely charm and tasty cakes from the local bakeries.

Allestree Park

Allestree Park is the largest open space on Derby so lots of space for your dog to have a great time. Parking is free here too so an added bonus if it isn’t within walking distance.

If you would like to find out more about dog walking & pet care services in Derby, contact our Derby branch on derby@scampsandchamps.co.uk and one of our team will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Hiring a dog walker?

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During the past year, dog ownership has increased by a huge amount. Lots of households have taken advantage of the home working to introduce a new puppy/dog into the family. Despite there being a lot of downsides to this pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns, more time at home to welcome a new furry family member is definitely one of the positives.

With restrictions due to ease further in the coming months and companies looking for employees to physically return to work, even if on a part time basis, dog owners now need to consider their new family member and how they fit into a normal working lifestyle. If you will be out at work for most of the day, you may need to consider getting a dog walker. Despite sounding like a daunting task, the right dog walker can help your weekly routine run as smoothly as it is doing now. There are things to consider when hiring a dog walker and we’ve outlined some below:

Group and solo walks

A consideration is whether your dog would prefer a solo walk – just a walk by themselves, or whether they may enjoy the company of other dogs on their walk. If this is the case, ask the dog walker how many dogs they walk at one time. Whilst it’s nice for your dog to have company, too may dogs walked in one go means your dog may not get the care and attention they deserve.

Meet and greet

Make sure any potential walker offers to come and meet you and your dogs first. This is a great way to see how they interact with your dog and to as any questions you may have. Good walkers would offer this as a standard and not shy away from any questions. Always trust your gut with this meeting, it’s almost always right!

Flexibility

Check with any potential walkers how flexible they are – can they fit walks in as and when you need them or do they require a regular commitment? How do you book walks? Do they have a booking system or is it just a quick text/phone call to book?

Reliability

What happens if your walker is ill, has to self isolate or is on holiday? Is there a back up plan in place? You need to know that if you have booked a walk and your walker should become ill, that an alternative option could be provided to save changing your work arrangements.

Trustworthiness

Is your walker insured? Dog walking is so far an unregulated business area so anyone and everyone can set up a dog walking business! Have they been police checked? Remember that you are probably going to be trusting this person with a key to your home so you need to trust this person.

Area of walks

Where will the walker walk your dog? Do they walk around your local area or do they use a vehicle to take them to a local park? If your dog doesn’t travel well, this is definitely something to consider.

Follow up

Ask if your walker gives you any feedback following the walks. It’s always great to receive a quick message ‘Barney had a great walk today!’ along with a picture whilst you aren’t there. This means you can relax and move on with your day knowing your dog has had a good walk.

Here at Scamps and Champs, we are passionate about dogs and their daily exercise. While we are a national brand, we have small local teams in each area so you get the best of both! Get in touch if you want to find out how we meet the above points, and ask us any other questions you may have!

How Do I Stop My Dog Chasing Other Animals?

How Do I Stop My Dog Chasing Other Animals?

Before dogs became domesticated they were wild and lived by preying on other animals big and small. Their predatory drive was a mechanism that ensured their very survival as a species and was hard wired into their brain. The predation sequence in such dogs was “see-chase-grab-kill”.

In domesticating the dog some of this sequence has become weaker though it has never been totally removed, and all domestic dogs exhibit instinctive predatory behaviours to a certain extent, with some breeds of dog being more prone to this type of nature than others.

As humans we have, over time, also been responsible for breeding some dogs specifically in order to take advantage of that instinct, such as Herding breeds, Sporting breeds, Hounds, Terriers, Northern breeds and Wolf hybrids. . we often use and work many of these dogs.

Through years of genetic selection and training we have produced these working dogs that are very good at chasing and moving livestock but without the “bite-hold-kill” sequence thrown in.

Predatory Aggression, is a term often used to describe the behaviour of domestic dogs who target another dog, cat, sheep or indeed any other animal, then move with sudden impulsive action, silently and rapidly to bring that target down and then attack the vital organs of that creature in order to kill it. The main difference between an attack of this nature and standard aggression is that the dog fully intends to kill either by shaking the prey violently or choking it.

This behaviour is due to the retained instinctive desire to chase things that resemble prey; and because predation is instinctive, it is not based on the dog being hungry. Moreover, it is a behaviour that is marked by the absence of anger, neither is it based on self protection or competition for resources.

Dogs who exhibit predatory behaviour usually do not advertise their intent prior to attack which can make it all the more shocking.

Movement of the “prey” will always be the trigger that starts the sequence, so by allowing your dog to chase down small creatures will only serve to strengthen this instinctive drive. The behaviour is particularly dangerous because it cannot be fully trained or conditioned out of the dog, neither will medication be of any help because the instinct is hard wired into the dogs mind.

Just because the behaviour is inherited and instinctive doesn’t mean that it is either desirable or acceptable and it can be downright dangerous.

Such a dog living in a home with an infant child is also very risky because children under three years of age move quickly and often make high pitched noises that can make such a dog believe they are prey, whereas very tiny babies may resemble injured prey to the dog who may then pounce.

However, we can manage predatory behaviours by managing the environment – a suitably trained behaviourist will help you to assess how strong your dogs prey drive is. Once you know this you can then manage the environment by:

Ensuring that your dog can’t get out of your garden or get loose without you

When out walking, always ensure that your dog is kept on a leash, no matter what time of day it is.

If necessary, use a muzzle on your dog. This may seem cruel but preventing the behaviour is better than having your dog removed and destroyed because it has attacked and killed

Get the help of a professional trainer to develop exercises that will re direct and address the challenges of the prey drive, and find an appropriate outlet for him

Ensure that your dog gets sufficient exercise in general, but keep him out of situations that arouse his predatory instincts and never leave him alone with a child, even if he has never shown a desire to attack a child before.

Dogs are amazing creatures, and a delight to be with – Stay Safe, Stay Informed and Stay Happy with your best friend.

How do you prepare your dog for when you go back to work after lockdown?

Once the coronavirus lockdown ends you may no longer work from, home resulting in a new routine for your dogs. This new routine may mean leaving your dog for longer periods of time than they are used to. Dogs are naturally very sociable animals and some may find being left alone very hard and you may notice a change in their behaviour. Some dogs may develop separation anxiety. What is separation anxiety and how can it be prevented?

What is separation anxiety?

Your dog may become distressed when you are preparing to leave home, or after you have left. He may start pacing, trembling, whining, drooling or panting. He may bark far more than usual or start howling. He may start digging at carpets or chewing furniture, such as table legs, or show other signs of destructive behaviour such as raiding the rubbish bin, or may have toileting accidents in the house. This may be in response to boredom, being left alone, or from being separated from one particular person.

This behaviour can be upsetting, so how can you prepare your dog for your return to work?

Although dogs should not be left on their own for too long the earlier actions are taken the better by spending some time away from your dog during the day, even whilst in the same house. This is particularly important for dogs that have been bought or adopted during lockdown, especially puppies, as they may have had no experience of being separated from their owner. Dogs who have been in rescue or have been rehomed several times can sometimes struggle with being left, especially in the first few weeks of being rehomed. This is probably due to a variety of factors, including the stresses experienced while in kennels and learning to adapt to a new home.

Start by leaving you dog alone for just a few seconds and then move onto minutes and a couple of hours. Take your time if your dog shows any sign of distress. If being left alone is too much for your dog you could start by being in the same room but avoiding eye contact and then move on to being the other side of a stair gate, being in another room and then finally out of sight and earshot. Give plenty of praise and rewards such as treats and toys. Being relaxed during this process will help not make a big deal out of it and the aim is that your dog feels relaxed and comfortable when left on their own for some part of the day. Being left at home should be fun!

As well as building on controlled periods of time alone giving your dog something to do will help reduce their anxiety when they are left alone and help them develop positive associations with being alone. Using food and enrichment toys such as Kong’s, appropriate chew toys, lick mats and slow feeders to keep him occupied. Provide your dog’s usual meal or healthy fillers such as cooked chicken, vegetables or peanut butter.

How to prevent possible triggers from causing anxiety?

You can desensitise your dog to any signs that you are leaving the house. Try opening and closing doors without leaving, picking up and putting down car keys throughout the day, picking up and moving shoes and bags or putting on a coat and walking around with it before removing it.

Do not use punishment as this will not work and will cause more harm

Any punishment given on returning home won’t help stop the problem. Dogs associate punishment with what they are doing at that moment in time and so a dog will not link the telling off with their actions before their owner came home, even if they are taken over to ‘the scene of the crime’. It is not that they cannot remember what happened; they just won’t be able to make a connection between the punishment and something they did hours ago.

If punished your dog will not only be feeling anxious about being left, but will also be worried about you returning, which can make any symptoms much, much worse.

Scamps and Champs provide puppy visits and a dog walking service whilst following the latest government and DEFRA advice. Get in touch to discuss your individual needs.

What do Scamps and Champs dog walkers do when it rains?

What Do Scamps & Champs Dog Walkers Do When It Rains?

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We walk your dog! If you are happy for us to, we will always take your dog out in the rain. We love dog walking and are just as happy to go out in wet weather as we are on dry days. Dog walking in the rain is often as enjoyable as walking in the sun. It can be lots of fun and your dog will still have an engaging, fun and stimulating walk. A lot of dogs LOVE wet walks! I’m thinking of the Labradors and Springer Spaniels I know who lie down in the biggest puddle at every opportunity they get!

We will put your dog’s raincoat on, if he has one, to prevent him getting absolutely soaked and will always dry your dog well with towels after a dog walk.

If you would rather your dog not get too wet, then we can take him out for a toilet break and play inside instead.

Why chose a dog walker from Scamps and Champs Bristol?

Scamps and Champs are one of the country’s top pet care services, offering a professional level of pet-sitting and dog-walking excellence, within the animal care sector. Scamps and Champs are a well-known, established brand, offering a caring and trust-worthy service, to all pet owners and animals.

Scamps and Champs Bristol never pack walk your dog with multiple other dogs, as we fully understand how precious your pets are to you and therefore, we believe in a caring service and treating each dog as if it was our own.

Scamps and Champs Bristol offer a premium dog walking service which includes all the following:

  • A free meet and greet consultation to discuss your individual pet care needs. We can offer you a regular or flexible dog walking service, each package is tailored to your individual needs and your dog’s personality.
  • An online booking option – quick and easy to use.
  • A fully insured and police checked pet carer.
  • GPS tracking – location check in service.
  • Electronic feedback and photos during each visit – so you know what your dog has been up to!
  • Individual group size – Scamps and Champs don’t believe in pack walking your dog in large groups. However, if they love company and would benefit from socialising with other dogs, then we are happy to pair your dog up with a walking buddy or two. Assuming everyone is getting on well with each other and that every dog is going to benefit from a group walk, we are happy to walk your dog with up to three other pup-pals.
  • A main dog walker and a back up dog walker – so when your main dog walker is unable to walk your dog your back up dog walker will. You and your dog will previously have met both your main and your back up dog walker.

If this is the kind of dog walking service you would like then get in touch on 0333 200 5827

Why Use A Dog Walking Service?

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Dog walking саn be a tremendous stress reliever аnd brіng іmmеnѕе hарріnеѕѕ whеn  dоg аnd owner аrе аt one.    We would all love to be able to stay at home all day with our beloved furry friends but it isn’t always possible.   Some people work or are out of the house for long periods or you just might want to go for a family day out.

Hiring the services of a professional dog walking company can help.  The demand for this ѕеrvісе hаѕ rіѕеn over rесеnt уеаrѕ as реорlе’ѕ lives have bесоmе buѕіеr wіth work аnd ѕосіаl еvеntѕ.

Here аrе some reasons why you might want to use a dog walking service.   

Buѕу Lіfе

Wе undеrѕtаnd thаt lіfе gets buѕу and you may not always find the time to walk your dog.  Dog walking ѕеrvісеѕ саn hеlр уоu manage уоur time аnd schedule effectively tо еnѕurе thаt уоur dоg gеtѕ the attention it dеѕеrvеѕ.   Your соmраnіоn can hаvе all thе fun іn thе world while уоu are аt work оr out for the day.  Allоwіng уоur роосh to exercise when you are not аt hоmе will еnѕurе that hе оr ѕhе іѕ саlmеr аnd ԛuіеtеr whеn уоu gеt bасk!

Prоfеѕѕіоnаl Experience

Your dog will be walked by a dog walker who is fully insured and all walks will be GPS tracked.    Your dog walker will fit the walk to meet your best friend’s physical needs and, of course, capabilities.

Recovering From Illness

If you have been ill or recovering from an operation, hiring a professional dog walking company can help take the pressure off you while you get well.   

Overall, dоg wаlkіng ѕеrvісеѕ аrе еxtrеmеlу соnvеnіеnt. They bеnеfіt both you, as аn owner, and уоur dоg. Yоur dog wіll also be іn ѕаfе аnd knоwlеdgеаblе hands, whіlе you are not there.

Whether or nоt іt is to exercise your dоg dаіlу оr tо саrе, play аnd walk hіm аnd kеер hіm соmраnу аll dау, dоg wаlkіng ѕеrvісеѕ and рrоfеѕѕіоnаl pet саrе are an increasingly popular service.    It can prevent boredom, chewing or destructive behaviour. 

You might not need help with walking your dog but would like someone to pop in at lunchtime to give them a bit of company and a toilet break.    We offer a 30 minute home visit for puppies and older dogs.

If уоu аrе ѕtrugglіng tо jugglе wоrk, family, a ѕосіаl life, аnd еxеrсіѕіng уоur dоg  thеn hіrіng thе services оf a dog wаlkеr will give you peace of mіnd, thаt whіlе уоu are аwау, your dog іѕ exercised, looked аftеr аnd fed соrrесtlу.

Scamps & Champs offer a reliable, professional dog walking service.    We will never “pack walk” your dog with large groups of other dogs.    We can provide off lead walks with your written permission.

All of our dog walkers are fully insured.

Contact us to find out more or check availability in your area.

Is Doggy Daycare The Best For Your Dog?

If уоu have ever hаd dоubtѕ about leaving уоur dоg аt hоmе аlоnе when уоu head оff fоr wоrk оr еrrаndѕ оr a dау оut wіth frіеndѕ, doggy dаусаrе mау bе rіght for уоu. Whіlе the bеnеfіtѕ to you mіght bе оbvіоuѕ, the рluѕеѕ for уоur dоg can аlѕо bе great.

Dоggy daycares оffеr uр a ѕlеw оf fun аnd іntеrеѕtіng thіngѕ for dоgѕ to dо іndооrѕ аnd оut.   They mау play hіdе-аnd-ѕееk оr find-the-treat, tаkе lоng grоuр wаlkѕ, enjoy a rоund of tug-of-war, or even bе trеаtеd tо a movie mаdе especially for dоgѕ оnlу. If hе іѕ staying in a рrіvаtе residence wіth оnlу a few оthеr dogs, hе mіght be оn thе couch nеxt tо hіѕ dog ѕіttеr bеіng ѕсrаtсhеd and pampered. He will bе wеll cared fоr аnd enjoy an еxсіtіng and fun dау away frоm hоmе.

Thе рrеmіѕе behind dоggy dаусаrе is еаѕу tо undеrѕtаnd. A ԛuаlіfіеd fасіlіtу рrоvіdеѕ a ѕаfе and hеаlthу environment with lots оf humаn and dog іntеrасtіоn. Group рlау, tоуѕ, trеаtѕ, activity, аnd rеѕt periods аrе аll part оf the mіx, and іn most саѕеѕ, daycare buѕіnеѕѕеѕ are ореrаtеd bу dоg lоvеrѕ whо thіnk thаt ѕреndіng thеіr dауѕ wіth a bunch оf dоgѕ is the nеxt best thing tо hеаvеn.

Dоggy dаусаrе сеntеrѕ offer a brоаd rаngе оf ѕеrvісеѕ.   Some offer overnight bоаrdіng, trаіnіng рrоgrаmѕ, аnd grооmіng, as well аѕ mаѕѕаgе, hydrotherapy аnd оthеr health treatments. Often thеу аrе hоuѕеd іn buіldіngѕ wіth lаrgе ореn ѕрасеѕ thаt can bе separated for large dоgѕ аnd ѕmаll to mеdіum-ѕіzеd dоgѕ and ԛuіеt аrеаѕ fоr uѕе whеn thіngѕ gеt tоо raucous. Aѕ wіth kennels, thеу usually have оutdооr аrеаѕ for еxеrсіѕе.

Doggie daycare can be suitable for medium to high energy dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs and have good social skills.

If your dog gets easily stressed, anxious, is a bit more laid back, they may prefer to stay at home snoozing on the sofa or in their dog crate.    If you are out for long periods of time, you could enlist the services of a dog walker to come in and take your dog for a walk or a pop in visit for a toilet break.

A lot of reputable doggy daycare centres will have a dog trainer/behaviourist on site to oversee the play/interaction between the dogs and separate when necessary.   It is also essential that your dog gets plenty of rest time between play sessions.

All doggy daycare facilities must be licensed by the local council and have adequate insurance cover.   You will be asked to provide proof of your dogs annual boosters and kennel cough vaccinations.

Finally, соllесtіng rеfеrrаlѕ from friends with dogs is a perfect step and fіnd оut where your frіеndѕ еntruѕt thе well-being оf thеіr four-footed frіеndѕ аnd mаkе саllѕ from thеrе.   Have a look on facebook and instagram and ask to go for a visit.   

All doggy daycares will insist on a trial assessment/familisation session first to make sure your dog is suitable for doggy daycare.  If your dog has ever shown aggression to other dogs, they probably won’t be accepted. A one to one solo dog walk with a dog walker would be a better option.

Ask the daycare centre owner how many dogs approximately are in each group, are small/large dogs mixed together, how many dogs to each staff member, what is the procedure if a dog fight occurs, what training do the staff receive and how do they deal with unwanted behaviours.

If your dog would be more suited to a home based doggie daycare or would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home with a daily dog walk/visit, contact us on 0333 200 5827 to find out more about our dog walking/home visit services.

What Happens At A Scamps & Champs Meet & Greet

What Happens At A Scamps & Champs Meet & Greet

Free Meet & Greet at Your Home

The first thing that we do after you sign up for our services or enquire about our services, is come out to meet you and your pets at your home at a time that suits you.

You can take us through your pets usual routine and talk us through the information you have provided in your pet’s profile on our pet sitting software.   This way we can always be sure that we are providing pet care to your exact instructions.

You can show us where the pet food is kept, pet bowls, water bottles, leads and harnesses, favourite hiding places and anything else you think we might find useful.

We will be able to answer any questions you may have about our services and show you around the pet sitting software if required.

You can introduce us to your pets and talk through any habits or behaviours that you think we ought to know about and also any medications that need to be given.

We will bring our folder and show you our company insurance, references, dog home boarding arrangers licence and dbs checks.

You can update/add additional information to your pets profile at any time, upload photographs of your pets and also upload vaccination records.

If you are interested in dog walking services, we would then arrange for the dog walker who will be walking your dog to pop round to meet you and collect a key so you can meet the person who will be coming into your home.    We do have a team of dog walkers so we will always provide cover if your regular dog walker is on holiday or off sick.

Contact Us

Interested in finding out more about Scamps & Champs Dog Walking & Pet Care and how we can help?  Call us on 0333 200 5827 or contact us through our online form on our website www.scampsandchamps.co.uk.