How should I go about choosing the right company to care for my dog?
There are lots of things you'll want to keep in mind when choosing the best care for your pup. When researching, you'll primarily want to ask about the following things...
- What qualifications do the employees/contractors have? The pet care business is an under-regulated industry. When sending your dog into an unpredictable environment, it is paramount that the company's employees/contractors are extraordinarily well-versed in animal behavior, learning theory, husbandry, and best-practices when it comes to positive and force-free animal care. Be sure that the person caring for your dog knows how to offer the very best care, and has the accredited credentials to prove it.
- What is the ratio of humans to dogs? A dog professional should not ever care for more than four dogs at once. (For an interesting scientific article on this subject, check out this link!) When your dog is out of your home, you will want to make sure that he or she is receiving individual attention, both for the safety of your animal and the quality of their experience.
- Will my dog get cardio? Leashed walks offer great mental stimulation for dogs, but they very rarely offer an opportunity for increased cardiovascular activity, and dogs need quality cardiovascular exercise every day.
- Does the company include pick-up, drop-off, and flexibility in all services? Some companies charge extra for pick-up or drop-off, or do not offer this service at all, instead offering a central location for pick-up and drop-off. You'll also want to look into the company's cancellation policy, as you may be asked to pay the same amount for monthly service, regardless of cancellations.
- Is the company licensed, bonded, and insured? You will want to know that all bases are covered, without question.
Why is Dog Adventures Northwest rated #1
for pet care in Portland?
There is a reason we have been voted the number one pet care company by Spot Magazine multiple times. Take a look at the following to see why our premium service has earned that recognition...
- Our trainers are either fully-fledged Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT), or are currently accruing hours toward their CPDT. The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers is the leading independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. Certified Professional Dog Trainers must complete 300 hours of dog training, pass a rigorous exam to demonstrate mastery of humane, science-based dog training practices, and sign a comprehensive code of ethics. Dogs who go adventuring with Dog Adventures Northwest are the care of true dog professionals, people who are very well equipped to correctly read animal body language, offer science-based training techniques to improve behavior, and provide positive experiences for dogs.
- Dog Adventures Northwest maintains a strict four to one ratio. We never have more dogs than we can safely and securely handle. All dogs in our care receive highly individualized attention.
- Dog Adventures Northwest offers cardiovascular exercise for dogs. We keep our pups happily hiking and playing during their time with us. The amount of exercise your dog needs depends on his or her age, breed, and health. Use this chart as a guideline, and speak with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s ability to go adventuring. Exercise modifications can be made for senior dogs, or pups recovering from injury or illness.
- Dog Adventures Northwest offers home/office pick-up and drop-off at no extra charge and offers flexible scheduling. Most of our clients are away at work while their dogs are adventuring. We will pick-up your pup, bring her out to have ridiculous amounts of fun, and return her to your home, happy and tired. Also, we understand that life is unpredictable and cancellations will happen from time-to-time. With more than 24-hours notice, there is no charge of any kind on cancelled adventures.
- Dog Adventures Northwest is licensed, bonded, and insured. We are legal business entity in the State of Oregon, with full-coverage insurance and bonding. Note also that our trainers all have clean background checks and DMV records.