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Alpha Pet Care | Professional Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers and Dog Trainers in Long Beach, CA

Q&A: dog walking/exercise

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Why use a dog walker?
How long are the walks?
I have more than one dog, is there an extra fee?
Can you help with my puppy's housetraining?
Are the walks private?
Does the same person walk my dogs?
Pet sitting vs. Dog Walking: What's the difference?
Where do you walk the dogs?
What happens when it rains?

Why use a dog walker?

There are so many reasons: Exercise, housetraining, potty break, leash training. Over the years the most common reason is that our clients recognize that dogs can't and shouldn't be confined everyday for an 8-10 hour workday.

How long are the walks?

We offer 30 and 60-minute options. Most clients prefer a 30-minute walk but puppies and other high-energy dogs may require more exercise.

I have more than one dog, is there an extra fee?

Unlike most other companies we don't charge an extra fee for 'multiples'. We can either walk them together or separate, depending on your preference.

Can you help with my puppy's housetraining?

Absolutely, this is our specialty! Having us help during the day will dramatically speed up the process of housetraining. We'll help you set a ideal schedule, monitor progress, provide regular feedback and eliminate the stress and frustration of housetraining your puppy!

Are the walks private?

Yes. However, with your permission, we may bring another client's dog or our own along. For the safety of our dogs as well as our own we do not do large group or "pack" walks.

Does the same person walk my dogs?

Almost always, yes. The walker you meet with initially will be your dogs' primary caregiver. However, if your primary walker is unavailable or has a scheduling conflict you'll have an opportunity to meet with another walker.

We never provide service without meeting the dogs first!

Pet Sitting vs. Dog Walking: What's the difference?

Dog walking is all about the exercise. Pet sitting assumes we are providing ALL your dogs' care which may also include feeding and the care of other animals in the household as well as a walk.

Where do you walk the dogs?

We go for walks in your dog's neighborhood. We'll start on their route and then get more adventurous as they get comfortable with us.

What happens when it rains?

Fortunately we live in Southern California and not Seattle so this isn't a frequent concern. When we first meet with you we'll establish a 'rainy day' protocol. This could include postponing or rescheduling our walk, going on a shorter 'potty' walk that day and enjoying a longer day when the sunshine returns.



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