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The Traits of a Good Dog Walker

Thursday, September 04, 2014

By Phil Falkell  
Pawderosa Pet Co-Owner & Professional Dog Handler

Over the years I've had many people comment on how cooperative my canine groups are out on the trail, so I thought I would explain what goes into creating a group of well-behaved dogs. It all starts with the handler. First and foremost, establishing a routine for the dogs helps them to anticipate what is expected of them.  Below are some of the additional areas of focus that are key definers of a dog handler's success, tips and tricks I've honed over the last 15 years of working in the field.

Professional Dog Handler vs. Professional Dog Walker

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I recently read a very eloquent article written by a pet care business owner. He was illuminating the difference between a dog walker and a dog handler. His summation was clearly about the differences between the professional, that invests in their training and skill to build a career, vs. the person who isn't as serious, and thinks it would be an easy way to make a buck. Having owned a pet care business for more than twelve years, I can tell you we’ve seen our fair share of crappy dog walkers. Let’s refer to them as IDW (Irresponsible Dog Walkers).

Once, my husband and I were getting our dogs out of the truck to go for a trail walk. If you've seen our video, you know that we train our dogs. We call each dog out, one by one, and make them sit until we are ready to enter the trail calmly. Another dog walker was pulling up to the trail head. The hatch to the truck shell was unlocked or broken, so it was flapping open. "Woohoo," thought the dogs, and they started jumping out of the back of the truck. IDW was still backing up, so they could have easily squished a pup running amok. To make matters worse, the trail head was alongside a crazy-busy road. Needless to say, my husband and I are freaking out, and trying to get the person's attention.  READ MORE


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