Category Archives: Dog Walks

Dog Days of Summer – How To Stay Cool!

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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It’s already July and I swear I think I can almost cook an egg on the sidewalk!

For those of us living in scorching hot locations, like myself – thank you Miami, making sure our fur balls stay COOL during walks is of utmost importance but sometimes it can be challenging. I mean when you live in a city that’s virtually an oven 90% of the time it kind of makes you want to stay home and buy your pup a Doggy Lawn so you never have to leave your house again! But we all know that’s not healthy for our kids so we have to make the best of it and find new and creative ways to beat the heat!

So what exactly can you do to stay cool during the summer months?

Avoid Walking During Peak Hours (11a-4p)

This is by far the most important piece of information! I don’t know if you’ve ever walked outside at about noon on a sunny day but it is HOT. And I don’t just mean hot and humid, I mean so hot it makes your skin itch and burn. Now if it’s this uncomfortable for you as a person, can you imagine how much more uncomfortable it must be for your dog? Dogs who already have a higher temperature than we do (101.5 vs 98.6) and loads of fur. It’s insane. It can seem virtually impossible to avoid walking your dog during the mid day hours especially if Fido’s routine is 3-4 walks a day (am, mid day, afternoon and pm or a similar schedule) but there are some ways to get around this situation.

You can always walk your pup twice in the morning, their first walk being when you first wake up, one just before mid day at about 10a or 11a,  their third walk just after 4/5p and then one just before bed. I know for some pups this might be hard especially if they can’t hold it for longer than 4-5 hours at a time in which case it’s ok to let them out during the mid day hours for a quick potty break, 10-15 mins so they can do their business and get right back inside. At TLS – Dog Walking & Pet Care we offer a service just like that which comes in handy for our brachycephalic breeds and is great for all our dogs so they don’t have to be out in the heat for so long.

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Walk In The Shade | On Grass (Avoid Concrete) 

Walking in the shade is also a great way to stay cool. If you’ve beat the peak hours for hot temperatures and it’s still hot but not scorching, staying in the shade as well as walking on the grass is a bonus! It helps keep Fido cool, not to mention you don’t have to worry about their pads getting burned from walking on the hot pavement or about them overheating. I think the worst part about walking dogs during the summer is definitely the hot pavement. A lot of us pet owners don’t realize hot truly hot the ground can get but I myself have tested the pavement with my own two hands as well as feet and let me tell you… it’s hot. Just yesterday I saw a man walking from the beach barefoot… He didn’t have any shoes on and didn’t look like he had any on his person, which struck me as kind of odd, but you could clearly see that he was struggling as he made his way across the street to his car. He was literally speed walking and hoping around trying to make it to the grass to gain some relief. Granted our dogs have thicker pads/paws that we do but that can only help so much.

If you see your dog pacing back and forth and scratching/pawing at the ground, that’s a tell-tale sign that the ground is hot and they probably shouldn’t be standing in or around that area.

Drink Lots of Water!

Aside from avoiding peak hours, walking in the shade and/or on the grass it’s just as important that your pup stay hydrated. I usually carry a portable water bowl with me when I walk my dog but in the event that I forget to bring oneI  like to stop in at the local dog park so she can get a drink OR stop by one of the many water bowls around the area. Some local shops that are pet friendly always have full water bowls available for furry friends.

So what are you and your pup doing to stay cool this summer?

Leave your tips and comments down below, I’d love to hear them!

 

 

Best Dog Parks in Miami Beach

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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If you’re a SoBe (that’s South Beach for those of you non-locals) local then you know the beach has a number of fantastic dog parks tucked in and around the area. Some of these parks have been around for years while others are relatively new but still pretty awesome! If you’re a local or just someone visiting the area for a time and you’re looking for some great dog parks to take your furry friend to then check out our top picks for Bark Parks!

South Pointe Park (Off-Leash)

This Bark Park is one of the few parks in the area that is off-leash and most if not all locals love this place! It’s conveniently located right next to the water, which is a huge plus if you have a water dog that enjoys going for a swim, and connects with a lengthly boardwalk that stretches all the way to the beach in one direction (the one with sand and water) and the marina in the other. So not only do you and your pup get to enjoy an hour or two at the park but once you’re done you can take a stroll on the boardwalk and check out all the boats, restaurants and say hi to all the passersby. This is a beautiful park with tons of beautiful stops along the way, great for taking selfies!

Washington Avenue Bark Park

There are actually two dog parks located in this one area but my favorite is the one located on the North East corner of Washington Ave. This park features a double gated entrance which allows pet parents to unleash their pups before letting them run in to play, a large fenced in area, benches, garbage disposal and poop bag stations as well as my personal favorite: a water fountain. This huge fountain kind of reminds me of the fountains seen at disney world. Where the rise up from the ground and create pictures as they flow up. These ones don’t create and pictures but the dogs absolutely love them! It’s a great way for them to stay hydrated as well as cool off on the hot summer days.

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Flamingo Bark Park

Another personal favorite, Flamingo Bark Park features a double gated entrance, poop bag dispensers/garbage disposal and water fountains (although not as glamorous as the one previously mentioned) and also two enclosed areas: one for large dogs and the other for smaller dogs. Both areas are fairly large with enough space for all dogs to run around and play for hours! There are also a number of benches and trees for providing much needed shade. This park is also one of many other amenities this park area offers. There are also tennis courts, basketball courts, a soccer/baseball field, a tennis center, a kids playground and large sections of grass where locals enjoy laying out and hanging with friends and/or pups!

There are a number of parks located in the Miami Beach area as well as our very own dog beach but these happen to be our personal favorites here at The Litter Sitter – Dog Walking & Pet Care and where we enjoy taking our clients’ furry friends to run around at. If you’d love to take your pup to one of these amazing parks but just don’t have the time our dog walkers would love to take your pup for you!

Who Are The Best Dog Walkers in Miami Beach? (Reviews/Ratings)

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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Since being in the pet industry, specifically dog walking and pet sitting, I’ve come across a number of individuals who offer illegitimate services to their clients. Many, if not all, of these dog walkers and pet sitters are not licensed let alone insured, don’t provide pet sitting or dog walking contracts and are typically highly inexperienced (the majority of these individuals doing this type of work as supplemental income or as a hobby).

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South Pointe Boardwalk – Miami Beach Local Hot Spot!

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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If you ever travel to Miami Beach and want to find a nice spot for a leisurely walk (with or without your furry friend, preferably with) I recommend visiting the South Pointe Boardwalk. This boardwalk is located on the southern most tip of South Beach (1 Washington Avenue), in one direction it leads to the beach while in the other it will lead you to the shops on 5th street. While walking on this boardwalk you’ll be able to enjoy a number of things: a few of the local restaurants like  Smith & Wollensky, Monty’s, and Texas de Brazil, the beautiful marina equipped with a variety of boats (you can even go onto the dock and check out a few of them up close and personal, just be sure to enter through the guest gate) and also the off-leash dog park (which is why you should definitely bring your furry friend)!

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If you’re a Miami Beach local then you know about the boardwalk and you love it and if you’re not then you should definitely visit this boardwalk if you’re ever in town. It is one of the many places on South Beach where you can see and be seen.

I personally love to stop by the boardwalk in the early mornings or at sunset so I can watch the sun rise or set. It’s amazing! I also enjoy taking my pooches on walks here as well since there are always pet parents with their furry friends passing through. The pups especially love coming here because of the off leash dog park that can be found. They’re always so excited once we start nearing the park and always meet one friend or another whom we see on a regular basis when visiting. Both pet parents and pups are so friendly and welcoming, it’s really more than just a community out here, it’s like a family!

If you decide not to bring your furry friend with you or if you don’t have one you can always just stroll the boardwalk either by walking, running, bicycling and/or skating. Just be aware of your surroundings so you don’t run or get anyone run over, this location is notorious for cyclists and traffic can be a little intense. And if you’re not into any of those things just stop by one of the many restaurants along the boardwalk and relax with a drink and some good food.

Oh and don’t forget to check out the amazing beach!

Have you visited the South Pointe Boardwalk before?

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Zoey making a splash in the ocean!

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One of the Carnival cruise ships leaving the port 

 

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The Marina 

 

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What Does Dog Walking Look Like In Miami Beach?

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
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It looks awesome as you would expect!

Here at The Litter Sitter we offer a variety of dog walks 365 days a year (rain or shine, sleet or snow)! For those of you who’ve never had the pleasure of having your dog walked by TLS here’s the lowdown on what you’re missing!

1. The Arrival

We stop by your home at the appointed time enthusiastically greeting your pet while simultaneously wriggling our way inside. The look on your pups face suggests that he’s been waiting all day to see us and is so excited that we finally, finally, FINALLY stopped by. A few jumps, lunges, whines and occasional barks, not to mention slobbery kisses on hands and barren legs from your pup and a few belly rubs, scratches behind the ear and kisses from us concludes our brief yet endearing greeting. We quickly say a silent prayer to the wee-wee pad gods that your pup doesn’t tinkle all over the floor between the time it takes us to greet them and scurry over to grab their leash.

2. The Pick-Up

Once assembled, we make sure all essentials are in hand: leash, poop bags and dog and hurriedly make our way to the door. During all this excitement your pup is more than likely to be bursting at the seams with so much pent up energy but as standard procedure dictates we must ask your dog to sit nicely before racing out the door. With one hand on the door knob and a quick glance behind we are out the door in a whopping 3 minutes! (talk about efficiency and speed)

3. The Adventure

Now that we’ve finally made it outside the adventure can begin! A walk with your pup is a time where both dog walker and pup can bond, enjoy each other’s company and let your pup have some free time of their own to sniff and pee on any and everything their little hearts desire! It’s their time and we try our hardest to make it as fun and enjoyable as possible. We seldom walk the same route twice during the week so as not to bore our canine companions and if ever possible, with our clients permission, we’ll even throw in a quick pit stop at the local dog park (they always love this and tend to speed walk and pull the whole way there)! After 30 minutes of sniffing, peeing and occasionally trying to scarf down street food (for those  scavenger-pups our there) we manage to hit all the local hot spots and be back home in time for their afternoon cat nap.

4. The Update

Before heading out we make sure to refresh your pups water bowl, give them a once over to make sure everything is in working order and then proceed to update you on our day! We offer 3 forms of communication when updating our clients those being text, email and paper notes. When sending out texts and emails we give you a quick update on what went down and even include a picture or two. For clients who prefer paper notes we’ll leave you a daily checklist of all tasks completed, a pet report card and a brief note.

And that’s pretty much it!

If you haven’t already scheduled your pup for a walk with TLS, what are you waiting for?

Your pup will thank you for it!

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