Molly, my rescue American Bulldog, is a flashy 88 pound looker known to stop traffic and draw crowds. Lately, though, she’s got some competition from a pack of dogs from Take a Paws Pet Care.
Between owner-walker Sheree Lahey and her co-walker Terri Anne, they walk about thirteen or fourteen dogs at once for clients in Beverly Hills and WeHo. These frisky French Bulldogs, awesome Australian Cattle Dogs, commanding King Charles’, poofy Poodles and magnificent mutts mind their manners around Sheree and Terri Anne.
According to Sheree, the benefits of walking a pack of dogs are in the opportunity for canine socialization. “Dogs can be dogs when they’re with other dogs.”
Dogs are pack animals and even here in the 90210, plenty of owners don’t realize that being left alone in an expansive backyard is not a dog’s dream. Sheree gets it. “Like humans, dogs have to exercise. The more tired they get, the easier it is to correct behavior. Dogs must find a way to burn off some energy. If not, the energy can be destructive.”
By being in a pack, the dogs not only exercise together, but also learn from each other. “We have a lab mix that would get funky when a new dog arrived into the pack. By introducing him to new dogs, over time he’s learned to work out his issues.” When a new dog joins the group, Sheree studies the dogs’ body language. With her experience, she makes a judgement call before deciding the best strategy to foster acceptance among the pack.Usually, all it takes is a walk together before dogs learn to get along.
Even with precautions at Take a Paws Pet Care, working with animals can be unpredictable. “Once we had a loose dog attack our pack. I always communicate problems to the owners if and when something happens,” Sheree said.
Need a little help getting your dog out on a daily walk? Give them the treat of joining the pack at Take a Paws Pet Care. They also petsit, do small group canyon hikes and of course, give lots of love. Contact Sheree at firstname.lastname@example.org.