We’re so excited to be celebrating our Eighteenth Anniversary today! It wouldn’t have been possible without all of our awesome clients and their amazing, fun, adorable dogs! Thank you!!! We’re looking forward to many more years of working and walking with you.
Here’s an example of why we love our jobs so much, an email from a client this morning that’s moving away soon:
Dear all of our friends at Cruisin Canines,
We are sad to inform you that this Thursday, 9/26 will be Kermit’s last walk with your amazing company. Kermit was so lucky to be walked by such a cool guy like Adam. The notes he left each day were so friendly, and it was very evident that Adam cared about our dog and took fantastic care of him. We know that Kermit will miss being walked by Adam, and Lorie, Tricia, Paul, and all of his other friends, and we highly doubt we will find a dog walking company that is as diligent, communicative, and genuinely nice as we found with Pam and all of you. Initially we weren’t even sure if we could take care of a dog in the city when we both work full time, but having you take care of our dog each day made us feel less guilty about him being home. If you ever need a recommendation, please let us know! We greatly appreciate all you have done for us, and we wish you the best in all of your future walks!
Thank you for being absolutely awesome.
Kimberly and Aaron (and Kermit the dog, of course!)
Breed: Golden Retriever
Where I live: Lincoln Park
Joys in Life: Eating, going for walks, playing with my humans’ grandchildren, and chasing after a ball
Cruisin’ Canines Chicago Dog Walker: Pete
Chicago Dog Walking Buddies: Dozer the silver lab sometimes, and occasionally we run into Igor walking Bailey, or get to play with neighbors PJ, Monty, and Marley!
With the temperatures soaring over the summer, it’s not surprising that many dog owners look to local beaches for some relief—and not just beaches where they can enjoy the water, but beaches specifically for dogs. These beaches are often roped off from regular beaches, so that only dogs swim there, and they’re a great change of pace for a dog who usually only gets walks with their owner or a dog walker and the occasional trip to the dog park. But are dog beaches safe? Here are some tips and things to remember before you pack the sunscreen and head to the shore.
Similar to dog parks, dog beaches have rules that owners need to follow. Things like not bringing aggressive dogs to the beach, making sure your dog has ID and tags and is up-to-date on vaccinations, and following leash rules are all smart choices to make when bringing your dog to the beach. Practicing good etiquette will inspire others to follow and can also preserve peace of mind at the beach among other dog owners. Cleaning up after your dog is also imperative. Prior to your trip to the beach, you may want to make sure your pup will be in good physical shape—hiring dog walkers in Ukranian Village to take your dog on a midday walk will help them build up endurance so they can get the most out of running around on a sandy beach.
Like people, dogs can sunburn, and overheating a serious issue for dogs since they don’t sweat like we do. Short coated dogs, ones with short summer haircuts, and dogs with pink noses can all burn more easily than other dogs. You can find sunscreen specifically made for pets that is non-toxic and not oily. As for overheating, pay close attention to your dog’s behavior and breathing—excessive panting and drooling are signs that a dog is overheating, and you’ll need to get your dog out of the heat if you notice this.
Other tips to remember include knowing how your dog handles swimming. Life jackets for dogs are available, and can be very helpful for short-muzzled dogs like bulldogs, Boston terriers, and pugs, as well as short-legged breeds like dachshunds. Remember to rinse your dog off before heading home, as the water may irritate their skin.
We’ve all had moments where a crack of thunder startles us, so it’s no surprise that some dogs experience the same fear during a thunderstorm. However, some pets are extremely afraid of harsh weather. Why is that? And what can you do to help them out, even if you aren’t at home? While there are a few different ideas behind why dogs are afraid of thunderstorms, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly why. Likewise, it can be frustrating to find solutions to the problem, especially if you’re away from home during the day, when thunderstorms often take place, or if your dog’s fear causes destructive behavior.
One obvious reason for your dog being afraid of thunderstorms is the loud noise produced during them. Other studies suggest that the fear is caused by a buildup of static electricity within the dog’s coat. If your dog gets startled by other loud noises, like doors slamming or fireworks, you can be confident that your dog is experiencing noise phobia. Dogs also feed off of their owner’s behavior, so if you appear nervous during a storm, they will pick up on that and sense reason to be nervous.
If you’re not at home during the day and there’s a thunderstorm on the weather report heading your way, you may want to consider having a friend stop by or hiring a dog walking service. Bucktown residents and other Chicago dog owners often have dog walkers stop in if their dogs are particularly averse to loud sounds, as the company can calm the dogs down and give them something else to focus on. If you are home, however, you can help your dog overcome fear of loud noises by remaining calm yourself during storms, as comforting them may make them believe they are correct in thinking the storm is a threat. You can also play with and exercise the dog so it sleeps though the loud noises, block out the outside noise with things like a fan or the television, or create a little “safe place” for your pup—their crate with some blankets can make many pets feel safer.
It’s important not to yell at your dog for behaviors caused from fear—this will just upset them and stress them out even more.
Breed: Yellow Lab
Where I live: East Village
Joys in Life: Of course I love to eat, I am a lab. I also LOVE chewing on bones. I love big, stuffed toys, too. I love to rest my head on my “babies”. I love to chase squirrels and bark at seagulls when I am at the lake in Michigan (I try to swim out after them, too). Most of all, I love cuddling with my Mom and Dad who let me sleep between them on the bed.
Dog Walker: Ben
Chicago Dog Walking Buddies: I used to walk with Champ, but he moved away, so I get to enjoy Ben all to myself these days.
Summertime is tough on dogs. While they might have access to a pool here and there, taking long walks can be difficult, especially if it’s a breed prone to breathing problems. Dog owners have to take extra care in the summer months to ensure their pup stays cool and healthy, while also making sure they get enough exercise in. Here are some summertime tips to make sure your best (canine) friend stays happy, even when it’s hot out.
Dogs should never be left in your car if you’re out and about. If you must bring them with you on your errands, make sure that you have someone stay with them in the car (with the air conditioning on). Leaving a dog in a car in the heat for even a brief period of time can be extremely dangerous or even cause death.
Be careful about how long your dog stays outside on especially warm days. Make sure they have enough shade and cool water, and remember that their paws can get burned on hot pavement (just like our feet!). Try to take your dogs for walks in the early morning or evening, or add a quick mid-day walk so that they get enough exercise, and schedule a dog walking service. In Ravenswood, pet owners enjoy being close to Lake Michigan, since they can bring their dogs to Montrose dog beach for a cool-down.
Dogs can get bored if they’re stuck inside or they don’t get their usual long walks in the summer like they do in cooler months. Fight off doggie boredom by playing games like tug of war with them, teaching them new tricks, or taking them on more frequent, shorter walks. If you live on the north side of the city, and you work long hours during the day, a dog walking service in Ravenswood can help out with those shorter walks. Making sure your dog gets enough exercise and playtime in the summer can be tricky, but playing more games and making sure they stay cool when they are outside isn’t too difficult.
Off-leash dog parks are a great place to bring your dog if they get along with other dogs. It’s a great way to get them to socialize with other dogs, but unfortunately, some owners don’t pay as much attention to what’s going on as they should. If you haven’t yet taken your dog to a dog park, you should (of course, only if it’s a friendly dog, that is). It’s a good way to expand their exercise options from just relying on dog walkers. Even if you have been to a dog park before, it’s always good to refresh your memory about dog park etiquette.
First things first—if your dog isn’t 4 months old yet, leave it at home. Puppies don’t have all of the appropriate vaccinations until they’re 4 months old, so it can put them and other dogs at risk. Further, they’re small at that age and can get hurt more easily. You should also make sure that if your dog is an adult, that he or she has all of its shots. If your dog has never been to a dog park before, start out small. Go to the park for 10 or 15 minutes at first, so your dog doesn’t become overwhelmed and lash out. If your dog isn’t known to get along well with other dogs at all, however, it’s best to avoid dog parks—if you still want them to get more exercise but you’re not at home enough during the day, you can look for dog walkers in Lincoln Square or whatever neighborhood you’re in, so that they can visit with your pup during the day.
Some dog owners sit on the benches at dog parks and stare at their cell phones. This means their dog could be starting fights, getting attacked, or pooping, all without the owner knowing. You are responsible for your dog, so it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on. This can prevent and stop fights, and you should always clean up after your dog. If your dog starts fights, you can train them to be less aggressive, consider getting them neutered if they are still intact, or avoid bringing them to the dog park—ask other dog walkers in Lincoln Square if they have any tips about aggressive dogs. One aggressive dog can ruin the experience for the whole park.
Dog parks can be fun for humans and dogs alike, but it’s important to be present mentally and to make good choices when you bring your pup to one.
Breed: Maltese / Yorkie Mix
Age: 3 years old
Where I live: Lakeview
Joys in Life: Stealing socks, giving kisses, eating bananas and peanut butter, playing catch (sometimes with himself), barking at children.
Cruisin’ Canines Chicago Dog Walker: Colin
Chicago Dog Walking Buddies: Lilly the Wheaton Terrier