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1. Can only sporting breeds join Dog Gone Running?
Sporting breeds are an obvious fit for a service like DGR that focuses on aerobic exercise. However, just like people, each dog has a different level of fitness based on age, breed, lifestyle etc. Therefore, we will assess each dog individually and customize a program for him or her. For some dogs, this may mean an athletic walk, for others it may be a high intensity run.
2. Can a puppy or elderly dog run? Most vets will recommend dogs under one year old should not run. However, that doesn’t mean your puppy can’t join Dog Gone Running. Just as stated above, each dog will be assessed individually. For dogs under one year of age, focus would be placed on leash skills, including frequent change of direction and utilizing obstacles to keep your pup mentally stimulated – which can be just as tiring.
A great blog, written by Lindsay Stordahl of ‘ThatMutt.com – A Dog Blog’ discusses running long distances with a dog, including giant breeds and puppies. For the full article click here
3. Is my home going to be secure once I give you my keys? DGR is fully insured and bonded for your peace of mind. We also take tremendous care in keeping your information confidential and secure. House keys are kept in a locked safe and addresses are kept in a separate location. We encourage lockboxes and key code pads for homes.
4. Do you require a minimum number of runs per week or am I locked into a contract? At DGR, we understand that life can be unpredictable and it can be difficult to commit to pre-determined number of days per week or length of time. We make an effort to accommodate our clients' individual needs. However, preference will be given to our regular runners.
5. Do you run on- or off-leash? We love both on-leash and off-leash running at DGR. The majority of runs will likely be on leash, however depending on the dog and the preference of the owner, we can do either. On or off-leash, we will be covering more miles then a standard dog walk and be working to keep your pup focused and disciplined.
6. How many dogs do you take at a time? At DGR we primarily run your dog privately on-leash. However, depending on your pup's fitness level and compatibility, we may offer buddy runs. These buddy runs may include up to three dogs; most commonly it is just two. We always ensure running companions are compatible in terms of personality and fitness level. Private and buddy runs allow us to give the necessary attention to each dog and meet each of their unique fitness needs.
7. What is your Cancellation Policy? We create a schedule for runners to go directly to your home to run your dog so we require 24 hours notice if you need to cancel your dog's run. Otherwise, you will be charged for the run. Please phone 403-969-3679 for cancellations.
Regular outdoor runs result in happier and healthier dogs. Sometimes a walk is just not enough for your dog. So when you're unable to provide regular runs for your pooch, we're more than happy to assist!