Scoop Poop Like an Expert

Scoop Poop Like an Expert

While this title seems a bit silly, you know as a pet owner from the smallest to the largest in size, that maintaining a healthy living environment for your pet includes removing A LOT of POO!

National Scoop the Poop week is from April 27th – May 3rd. So in honor of this we are going to look at why it’s important to pick up and clean your pets living areas.

Did you know that there is a National Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists? This is an organization of professional pooper scoopers who founded this week twenty one years ago to educate pet owners about the importance of cleaning up after their dogs.

Why is not cleaning up after your pet bad?

According to information from the EPA, leaving pet waste on the ground exposes animals and humans to increased risk of any number of parasites, bacteria and other harmful organisms.

“Animal waste contains two main types of pollutants that harm local waters: nutrients and pathogens. When this waste ends up in water bodies, it decomposes, releasing nutrients that cause excessive growth of algae and weeds. This makes the water murky, green, smelly, and even unusable for swimming, boating, or fishing. The pathogens, disease- causing bacteria and viruses, can also make local waters unswimmable and unfishable, and have caused severe illness in humans.” [Source]

The following are some common misconceptions about just leaving their dogs waste on the ground.

– “It’s a natural fertilizer, so just leave it on the ground.”

– Besides the obvious need to avoid these “landmines” due to the odor, dog waste can carry parasites, communicable diseases like E. coli and salmonella and they are categorized by the EPA in the same category as herbicides and other toxic chemicals.

– Leaving dog waste to be washed away into streams, rivers and lakes poses serious issues. Some studies show that two to three days of droppings from approximately 100 dogs can contribute to enough bacteria that would necessitate closing watershed areas within 20 miles of swimming and shell fishing. You should “avoid letting your dog do their business within 200 feet of a water body.” [Source]

So you can see there are many reasons to clean up after your pet goes to the bathroom. Let’s have a look at some of the ways to accomplish this inglorious task of the dog owner.

What are the easiest ways to clean up after your pet?

As with anything pet related, being prepared is key to your success! Carry disposable poop bags at all times. You can get these by the roll and can even get a container that clips to your belt or the dog’s leash.

These bags can come scented, and are sturdy. Environmentally friendly bags will be made of recycled materials and will be biodegradable.

The simplest way to use a poop bag is is to open them and place your hand inside like a glove, then hold the open edge, reach down and cup the poo in your hand, slide the open edge over and around your hand and then tie off the top.

Most neighborhoods have multiple receptacles where you can dispose of your dog waste. Even “Many parks and recreational areas have courtesy bags and disposal boxes, designed specifically for dog waste.” [Source] Wet Noses pet sitters usually carry a larger plastic bag to place the doggie poo bag after they have sealed it, this is especially helpful when walking multiple dogs. There are many different ways to clean up after you pet, these are just the most common.

What are the best poop bags for dog walking? has a list of the fourteen best in bags and accessories but there are dozens of other options out there. One of our favorites not mentioned on that list is Earth Rated. You’ll even get a fun surprise at the end of the roll! Unfortunately, it isn’t a Cracker Jack box prize.

How to clean up after picking up dog poop?

When out on a walk, we recommend bringing along an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes. When you get home, always be sure to wash your hands thoroughly.

Why does my dog do a little dance before they poop?

What is the poop dance? Is my dog okay, and why do they do this? Believe it or not, this turning around in a circle is their way of aligning themselves with the earth’s magnetic field! It is their “poop compass” that usually aligns them north or south. Weird or not our pups have a need to do this. That must have been a very interesting study to do!

When your dog kicks up the grass after going this is their way of cleaning up or burying it. Not very effective from our point of view but it’s a dog’s world!

Poop is a dogs social media

Most dogs smell the poop of other dogs. But why? It’s their form of social media! They can determine the sex, health and even how long ago that particular dog left their calling card. You may wonder why your dog looks at you when they go. It’s because they are in a vulnerable position and as the pack leader they are looking to you to have their back.


Beside it being more ecologically friendly, picking up after your dog is neighborly and shows what a responsible pet person you are. We all have to navigate our neighborhoods, parks and green spaces and having a clean area free of dog waste is a benefit to domestic and wild animals and their human counterparts.

We have looked at the importance of keeping public spaces clean of dog waste but remember that your home area is just as important. For those who work long hours or for health reasons prevent them from cleaning up, finding a local “tootsie roll” patrol to handle this for you should be easy, by using the internet and a few key words you should be able to find a reputable company to come in on a weekly basis, depending on the number of dogs in your household.

Be a good neighbor and always clean up after your pet and keep our world cleaner and healthier for all!

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How Many Times A Day Should You Walk Your Dog?

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How Many Times A Day Should You Walk Your Dog?

Every dog is different when it comes to how many times a day you should walk your dog.

A general rule of thumb is you should walk your dog

three to four times a day for at least 15 minutes

It might seem like a lot but we’re going to break it down for you since it’s different for every dog. Some factors that will influence how often you need to walk your dog are:

  • Health
  • Age
  • Physical athleticism
  • General activity level
  • Your general lifestyle

For smaller dogs, usually one walk a day is plenty but this depends on their breed. Breeds like jack russell terriers are known for their high energy so one walk might not be enough for that breed. With dogs that tend to have shorter noses or brachycephalic breeds – like pugs or french bulldogs weather is a huge factor when determining how many times a day you should walk your dog. Dogs that are brachycephalic tend to overheat more easily and should be kept indoors on hot days.

For larger or more high energy, high activity level you are really going to need those three to four walks. Especially if walking is the only activity your dog is getting. You can cut this number back if your dog is playing out in the yard, going to doggy-daycare, playing ball, or doing other activities.

I just can’t keep up!

If you have a high energy dog that needs a lot of exercise but are finding it difficult to keep up with them there are still things you can do!

  • Puzzle toys
  • Agility training
  • Rally
  • Obedience training

All of these things are designed to stimulate your dog. Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog.

Why does any of this matter?

Walks reduce boredom, destructive chewing, and scratching. It also gives them something to mentally stimulate them with all the smells and sights. Remember, we are leaving our houses fairly often but dogs don’t get to leave unless we take them with us. And remember, walks are not only great for your dog but they’re good for your health as well! Walks have been shown to decrease blood pressure, increase bone strength, loosen muscles, lower diabetes risk, and more.

Still can’t get those three to four walks in? We’re here to help! We’d love to discuss our dog walking services with you and find a plan that works for you and your pets.

How To Protect Your Dog’s Paws on Winter Walks

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How To Protect Your Dog’s Paws on Winter Walks

Protecting your dogs paws on winter walks is important to keep your pet healthy and safe this winter season. But how do you protect their paws? Here are a few tips to protect those paws.

1. Paw Wax

There are many different types of paw wax out there but one I enjoy is Musher’s Secret. It’s also great to use on dry elbows!

Musher’s Secret is a paw wax made from natural food-grade waxes and oils designed to condition and protect your pet’s paws. Yes! This also works on cats. It’s fast=drying, non-allergenic, and non-staining which are huge pluses. You can also use it during the summer to add another layer of protection to your pets paws when out for walks in case you have to cross any hot pavement.

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2. Dog Boots

Dog boots take some time getting used to but can protect your dogs paws from more than paw wax can. There are numerous types of dog boots out there so make sure to do research before purchasing to determine if they’re a suitable fit for you and your dog.

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3. Wipe Those Paws…

When you dog comes in from a walk, make sure to wipe their paws off to get rid of any ice melt and other debris that may have gotten in between their toes. You can use a wet paper towel or any dog grooming wipe.

4. Or Try a Portable Paw Washer

You should still wipe your dogs paws when they come inside but if you know you’ll be out for awhile, consider a portable paw washer. Ideal for mud this will also work on some winter debris. This one comes in three sizes. Just make sure to bring a towel with you.

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5. Check Surroundings

Besides waxes and boots you should be vigilant when walking your dog. This will help you avoid encountering potential hazards. Some things to note are:

  • Don’t walk in front of stores: Most stores don’t use pet-safe ice melt. Non pet-safe ice melt is toxic to pets.
  • Stick to a known path: This can help you avoid any holes/gaps that may be hidden by snow.
  • Avoid ice: Ice is slippery for both you and your canine. Walking around ice patches you see can prevent a fall.

Were any of these tips helpful? Let us know if we missed anything and how you protect your dogs paws on winter walks in the comments below.

The Health Benefits Of Daily Dog Walks

The Health Benefits Of Daily Dog Walks

Everybody knows fresh air are exercise are good for you but are these extra benefits of bringing your canine companion with you? Here’s 5 health benefits of walking your dog.

  1. Better overall health: Walking your dog can help both of you improve cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, have stronger muscles and bones, and decrease stress.
  2. Weight loss: Both of you can achieve your weight loss goals with regular walks.
  3. Mood boost: Going outside is proven to boost your mood plus dogs love to be outside. With all the smells and sights your dog is sure to have a good time.
  4. Happiness boost: Walks make your dog happy! Dogs that don’t receive sufficient exercise and enrichment can become destructive when bored.
  5. You two get to bond: Especially with a new puppy, going on walks is a perfect bonding opportunity between you and your dog.

We love to walk dogs but we also understand it’s an important bonding experience for you and your dog. Consider getting a sturdy dog harness if you don’t already own one. Julius-K9 makes durable harnesses that have handles! RUFFWEAR is also another durable brand. With numerous styles you’ll be sure to find one that fits.

Dog Walking BenefitsDon’t have time in your schedule? Check out our dog walking services!

How Much Do Dog Walkers Make?


How much do dog walkers make? You hear the glamorous stories of famous dog walkers making upwards of $100K a year, but is that normal? Those folks are definitely unusual, but how much dog walkers make depends on a lot of factors.


Dog walkers in big cities can make a lot of money catering to the rich and famous. Then again, these folks often have personal staff that take care of their dogs and do not need dog walkers. Really to know how much dog walkers make you need to look at the normal areas, not the extremely rich in the big cities. It is true that the cost of living is higher in larger cities and thus dog walkers make more. In areas where there is a lower cost of living, how much dog walkers make will be lower.


A Professional Dog Walking Company will charge more and thus pay their dog walkers more than a neighbor’s kid. Plus employees of a dog walking company should be covered by insurance, get time off and other perks. As a client, with a professional dog walking company you gain experience, animal expertise, a back up plan for emergencies and a generally higher level of professionalism. You pay more, but it is typically worth it.

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Group vs Individual Dog Walk

You see a lot of pictures of one person walking a group of 15 dogs. While this does happen, the normal case is much less glamorous. Most dog walkers only walks dog together from the same household, so only 1-2 at a time. Individual walks tend to be from 15 minutes to 1 hour in length, so through the course of an afternoon a dog walker could work with up to 8 household, depending on the time and length of the walks. Many people want mid-day dog walks, which limits the amount of visits a dog walker can take on.

For group walks, there is a lot of time invested in the pick up and drop off of the dogs. The walks tend to be longer so the dog walker may only take out one group per day. In both individual and group dog walks, how much the dog walker makes will depend on the number of walks and dogs in the group.


So really, how much do dog walkers make? This can vary greatly but generally falls in the range of $10-25 an hour. If you are curious how much our dog walkers make, you can read up on our Hiring Guide. There are many ways to structure being a dog walker but in most cases it will be a fun job that you can enjoy, pay is ok and you can get out and enjoy the sunshine!

Make the Perfect Dog Walk Schedule!


If you are hiring a dog walker then one of your biggest questions may be: What Should My Dog Walk Schedule Be? Good question! It all depends on the needs of your dog and your schedule. We have example schedules so you can get some ideas for what might work for you. If you have never had a dog walker before, check out What is a Dog Walk Service?

When Do I Need a Dog Walker?

These are ton of times when a dog walker can be very helpful in your life. Read up on 8 Times When You Need a Dog Walker. Whether you work all day, have a busy home schedule or just need a bit of extra help, a good Professional Dog Walker can make a huge difference in the life of you and your dog.

What to Consider When Making a Dog Walk Schedule

There are many factor when picking the perfect dog walk schedule. You need to find a schedule, and thus a dog walker, that can match the schedule you need.

Factors to consider:

  • How long are you gone during the day? If you are gone for 8 hours maybe your pup is ok with one walk during the middle of the day, but if you are gone for 12 hours then you could increase that to 2 dog walks.
  • Are your dog walks dependent on a specific time, like breakfast, dinner or halfway through the day, or just to get your dog some extra exercise?
  • How old is your pup? Puppies need potty breaks a lot more often than adult dogs. A good rule of thumb is puppies can only last an hour per every month of age (2 hours for a 2 month old, 3 hours for a 3 month old, etc). This can vary greatly depending on the breed, history and personality of each puppy, but it is a good starting place. Lean more about the Benefits of Dog Walk for Puppies.
  • How much energy does your dog have? A mellow Cocker Spaniel is going to have very different exercise needs from a high strung Border Collie.
  • How often does your dog need to go outside? Some dogs can last long periods of time, but others need a potty break every few hours due to age or medical reasons.
  • What time of day is best for her to be out on a walk? If it is really hot or cold during the day then you will want to take that into account. Some dogs are also more active during specific times of day, so it you are trying to burn off energy, then you are best off
  • Will she need to be fed during this visit? If so, then you will need to arrange the visits at a normal feeding time and allow time in the visit.
  • Do you want visits regularly or just occasionally? If you only need an occasional visit then you can customize each day as it comes up. If you believe you will need a regular schedule, then consider setting up a dog walk schedule that will work all of the time, and tweak it if some days are different than others.

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Dog Walk Schedule #1

1 Hour Dog Walk

A one hour dog walk allows for a long walk. This can be good if you dog needs a break during the middle of your work day or just needs a fair bit of exercise. One hour walks are popular with people who are working long shifts or who have high energy dogs. Your dog can also be fed during this time, or at least given a snack. Your dog walker can clean out water bowls and make sure you pup is set until you get home.


Dog Walk Schedule #2

Two 30 Minute Dog Walks

If you are gone for a long shift, or have a dog that needs to go out every few hours, consider doing two shorter visits. This will allow your dog to get a couple times and stay active. If you are home but busy, you can time these visits at meal time and your dog walker can also feed your dog breakfast and dinner.


Dog Walk Schedule #3

Two 15 Minute Dog Walks

If your dog just needs quick potty breaks but not a lot of exercise, then you may be able to do two 15 minute dog walks. 15 minute walks are short, so they are really not intended to burn off a lot of energy, just give a break during the day.


Dog Walk Schedule #4

30 Minute Dog Walk

A 30 minute dog walk is a very typical dog walk schedule. For an adult dog that likes to get out, but does not have a ton of energy, this is a good length of walk. It also works for a high energy dog, if you exercise him at other times of the day.


Dog Walk Schedule #5

15 Minute Dog Walk

A quick 15 minute dog walk is used for dogs that just need a fast potty break and not much exercise.

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Some Real Life Examples

  1. When I am away for a day trip I have a dog walker come exercise my pup. He is high energy and is used to having someone at home, so I always schedule a 1 hour dog walk. This way he is not bouncing off the walls when I get back. Often the dog walker will both walk him and play with him in the yard, since he loves fetch. I pick a time around midway of the times I am going to be gone. If I am gone through dinner I will try to set a dog walk around that time so he can be fed as well, although I need to account for that because he cannot eat right after hard play, so he needs a break to cool off.
  2. A diabetic pug needed visits during the day. Because of her medication, she had to go out every 4 hours. She likes short walks, but also cuddle time, so she got 30 minute dog walk visits every 3-4 hours when her parent’s were not home. Some of that is a walk, but the rest is enjoying the nice grass and getting lots of cuddles. She also loves her carrots as an afternoon snack.
  3. A woman works as a nurse from 9am-9pm. Her two dogs like a long walk and need to be fed dinner, so she scheduled a 1 hour dinner dog walk around 4-6pm. The dog walker feeds the dogs dinner then takes them for a walk for the remaining time. They are nice and tired by the end!
  4. A woman is traveling for work and her husband cannot make it home during the day to let out their young Lab mix. When she is gone she schedules a daily 30 minute dog walk visits over lunchtime. The dog loves to play in the yard, so the dog walker plays fetch with the ball and frisbee and refills her water. When she is exhausted, the dog likes to lay in the dog walker’s lap for a few minutes before getting her afternoon snack.
  5. A nice couple have 2 young kids. The dogs are not getting out as much as they used to, so they schedule a 30 minute dog walk every night around dinner. The sitter comes and gets the dogs just during the busy dinner time, takes them for a nice walk and feeds them when she gets back. The couple gets to focus on the kids, while knowing the dogs are cared for and will be tired for the evening.
  6. An elderly woman has been moved to an assisted living facility. She is having trouble with her mobility, but the facility lets her bring her sweet Golden Retriever. The dog needs exercise and can be overwhelmed during physical therapy, so a dog walker comes during that time and takes him for a 45 minute walk. He gets some exercise and the woman gets her physical therapy without a stressed dog in the room.

Every situation is unique and all visits can be tailored to match the needs of your house. In all of these cases the dog walker was able to match the time, length of visit and tasks to the house in a way that benefited both the people and the dogs. A good dog walker is invaluable to your team!


Time to Customize!

These gave you some ideas for a dog walk schedule, but now you actually have to decide on the details.

  • How many dog walks do you want?
  • What time should they be at?
  • How long are they? (feel free to mix and match)
  • What happens during each dog walk?

Now you are ready to schedule your dog walks!


Still have questions or need ideas? Contact us to talk about your dog and we will walk you through the decision making process.