Category Archives: Dog Walks

Dog Play Groups: What are they like?

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

So we’ve been getting a lot of questions here at TLS about our Dog Play Groups, some of you guys are really curious as to what exactly we do during these play groups, if their pups qualify and what the process is like to get into a play group.

Well, all your questions will be answered in this blog post!

Essentially our Dog Play Groups are small groups of dogs usually 4 dogs to a group, if we have a few stragglers here and there where we don’t have enough dogs to form another small group then we’ll usually just put them into an existing group so we may have 5-6 dogs in a group depending on what the week looks like. These groups are based specifically on size, age, energy level and temperament. So for example if we have a toy breed like a chihuahua or a yorkie we wouldn’t put them in a large breed group where they’ll be surrounded by a mastiff, greyhound or a great dane. At times we will make an exception at the clients request and will bring a small dog into a large dog group, this usually happens if the client also has a large dog and a small dog in their household. When this does happen we pay close attention to the little guys so they don’t get face smushed while running around with the big dogs. Last thing we want is to have a little chihuahua having to walk around in a cast because he got trampled while playing with the other dogs! We try our best to make the perfect mixture of pups in each group, so we concentrate on not only their size but their age (no one wants a senior and a puppy in the same age group, chances are the puppy will more than likely annoy the senior to death before the hour is over), energy level and temperament. Dogs who love chasing each other around in circles will probably be put in the same group so they can run to their little hearts content and then of course we make sure to carefully screen our pups so that they’re all friendly and social with each other. If we find that a golden retriever hates labs then we’re definitely not putting them together in a group!

For new clients interested in our play groups we have a screening process of a few weeks, usually 4-6 weeks, in which we start them out as a dog walking client to asses their pups behavior especially around other dogs. From there we will routinely take them to the dog park and “test them out” and if all ends well after this period of time we can then move them into a play group. This screening process varies in time for each individual client.

In order for your pup to qualify for a play group he/she must play well with others, be spayed/neutered and also be immunized. We will make exceptions for dogs who have a distaste for specific dogs but if your dog is aggressive with other dogs we won’t be able to place him in a group.

Now on to the fun stuff… what we do during these play groups depend on the dogs in the group. Some dogs are perfectly content running around and playing with each other while others have a taste for the finer things in life… tennis balls! If your dog happens to love tennis balls we will bring along a “rocket launcher,” that’s what I like to call them lol you use them to throw balls long distances, the dogs love them, and we’ll play fetch with your dog for as long as they can stand it! If your dog has a different preference in toy we’d be more than happy to bring that one along with us as well.

Our play groups are 60 minutes long and we pick-up and drop-off pups from where ever it is that they are. We make sure to bring tons of water with us and/or bowls if the park we frequent has fountains so that none of our pups get dehydrated!

If you’re interested in one of our dog play groups feel free to schedule one for your pup today!

A day in the life of a Pet Sitter 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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MORNING

It’s 7:00am in sunny Miami Beach, FL. The sun has yet to start scorching the sidewalks but it won’t be long now…

Right now your sitter is currently rolling out of bed, wiping off a few crusty eye boogers and making their way to the bathroom to get all glammed up for the first round of appointments! And by glammed up I do mean  hair in a pony tail with a cap on, absolutely no makeup, sneakers, work tshirt and a pair of comfy, slobber resistant jeans. Grab a quick breakfast which usually consists of some sort of power bar and they’re out the door in a whopping 20 minutes! (Now that’s a record breaker. Who do you know that can get ready in the morning that fast and still look fabulous?)

As they hop on their bike they realize the patches of hair disbursed all over their uniform! Boy would a lint brush come in handy right now, where did I put that thing? is what your sitter will be thinking. But no worries, the kids love it! New smells always make for new and interesting experiences.

By 8:00am the sitter is well into completing rounds. Walking pups, feeding and refreshing water bowls, cleaning out liter boxes are just the tip of the iceberg. Once all morning rounds are completed they can take a minute to check in with pet parents and let them know their kids are still alive and kickin’, tweet about how Lucy totally barfed all over their shoe 5 minutes ago and prepare for their next round of appointments.

MIDDAY

After a brief break which included a quick lunch, some daily news and cuddles with the sitters own fur babies it’s time to gear up for round 2 of appointments! Time to hit the pavement hardcore this time around! Midday hours are the busiest time of day since pet parents are hard at work between the hours of 9-5pm, so we’re hard at work taking pups on potty breaks or to dog parks and beach trips and overall just making sure our furry friends are having a blast and happy! By now the sitter is 60% covered in slobber and/or outside debris not to mention battle scars that include scratches from one too many bear hugs and biscuit making from cats (kneading).

EVENING

After another short break which hopefully included a nice and tasty dinner it’s time to head out one last time for the evening rounds! There are dinners to be served, walks to be given and belly rubs equipped with night time tuckings to be done. At this point the sitter is pooped. Having run around the city all day taking care of fur babies they are just about ready to conk out for the day. The sitter may go straight home to a much needed 8 hour power nap or head on over to a client’s home for an overnight stay in which they will spend the rest of their evening hanging out with a pup or kitty and enjoy their new cuddle buddy for the night.

The next morning at 6:00am they are up and tending to their cuddle buddy’s needs and then it’s up and at ’em again with morning rounds!

Photo Sep 23, 7 35 08 PMApollo and his empty food bowls

The Ridiculous Things We Do With Your Pets When You Aren’t There…

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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Do you ever wonder what exactly happens when we stop by and walk your dog or when we’re pet sitting for you?

I mean, what really goes on behind closed doors when it’s just your pet and their sitter and not the watered down version we jot down in our notes or send you via text/email.

If I had a dog walker or a pet sitter I would definitely wonder about some of the things my fur balls and their sitter would be doing. For example, is my dog walker playing a little bit of fetch with Zoey before taking her out on her walk? She’s obsessed with tennis balls and usually plops them onto peoples laps so they can throw them for her.  Did she answer any and all of Oakley’s requests and questions (Oakley is our very talkative cat)? Did she give Michi his daily belly rub??? He loves those, he’s extremely needy that way! (that’s our other more robust cat).

Well if you’ve ever wondered what really happens when you aren’t around now is the time to find out!

1. Take selfies with your pet! 

You always get those cute little portrait pictures of your pet which typically let you know that your pet is still alive and kickin’ but what you don’t see are the 50 million selfies we take with your pet! Yea these pictures usually don’t see the light of day and they especially don’t make it onto our Facebook or Instagram but they’re there… don’t you worry

2. Have full on conversations 

We like to keep our fur balls engaged so it’s not uncommon for us to talk to your pet the entire time we’re there… uttering the words “I know, I know” so they know we’re paying attention to them.

3. Play fetch… in your living room

Especially if you have a rather LARGE living room we’ll throw around all kinds of toys for your dog to play with and hopefully bring back! We also do this technique in small living rooms too, we don’t discriminate 🙂

4. Run around the house so your dog can chase us

There’s nothing a dog loves more than chasing things and we aim to please!

5. Clean out eye boogers 

Yea this might be a little TMI but hey since we’re being honest and all, why not? Who likes gross looking eye boogers anyway?

6. Bring over a few feathers 

And watch your cat run around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to catch it! Now if that isn’t funny then I dont’ know what is.

7. Give your pets extra treats

And this is why your fur babies love us so much!!! We give them FREE COOKIES for no reason 🙂 well actually there is a reason, we give them extra cookies because they’re so darn cute especially when they know you have them and they sit pretty for you like this little guy 

8. Give your pets full  body massages

They love it! You can literally see them melting on our laps just 5 minutes in… so relaxing

9. Sing to your pets

Sometimes they’ll even get inspired and sing along with us or they’ll just stare at us and move their heads around like we’re crazy but deep down inside we know they love it… and they know they love it too 😉

So if you happen to have a camera installed somewhere in your house, please don’t judge us, we just love what we do and love the amazing fur balls we get to do it with 😀

Choosing a Dog Walker

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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Whether you work late, travel frequently or just need an extra hand, choosing a dog walker is no easy feat!

Here are just a few questions you should be asking your potential dog walker:

 

1. Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

Being licensed, bonded and insured is important for your peace of mind. You want to be sure that the person or company that you are hiring is a legitimate business and isn’t someone who is doing this type of work just for fun. Although not many dog walkers carry bonding, an insurance that will cover items that are either stolen or damaged due to negligence, it may be something to keep in mind when searching for a dog walker. As for your dog walker carrying insurance this is also something to keep in mind as it will come in handy in the event that your pet is injured while under the care of your dog walker.

2. Do you have any references/experience?

Don’t be afraid to ask your potential dog walker if they have any references. And just as much as asking if they have any references don’t be afraid to call them! The last thing you want is to entrust your dog with someone who has little to no experience who winds up getting your dog hurt or worse.

3. How many dogs do you walk at one time? 

A dog walker may offer private walks where your dog is walked alone or they may offer pack walks where your dog is walked with more than 1 dog, usually in larger groups. Be sure to specify what type of walk you’d like “fluffy” to have as well as the duration of the walk.

4. Where do you walk dogs?

Some dog walkers like to walk their dogs around the neighborhood while others find it easier to take them to the dog park. It is up to you where you would like your dog walked so be sure to specify. Some dogs may not do well with other dogs and might be aggressive if taken to a dog park with multiple dogs running around.

5. What methods of training do you use?

Some dog walkers like to use positive reinforcement or obedience training when walking dogs. Which ever training method it is that they use be sure that it is consistent and above all humane.

 

Have you found your dogs BFF yet? 

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