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Wanderpups Dog Walking

Wanderpups Dog Walking A wanderpup is a curious dog with an insatiable desire to explore, and WANDERPUPS is here to accompany your dog on his or her wandering ventures.

WANDERPUPS is a reliable and professional dog walking and pet sitting company based in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Dog Walks: $17 for a half hour and $25 for an hour. Pet Sitting: $55-$75
Cat Check-ins: $20

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Operating as usual

True story.#dcsmallbusiness #dcdogs #dcdogwalking #dcdogwalker #dogwalkersofinstagram #dogwalkerlife #lifewithdogs #smal...
06/02/2022

True story.

#dcsmallbusiness #dcdogs #dcdogwalking #dcdogwalker #dogwalkersofinstagram #dogwalkerlife #lifewithdogs #smallbusinessstories #dcdogfriendly #dcdogdads #dogsofdc

05/27/2022

Update: found!!

This dog bolted from a house 2100 block of R Street NW around 12:30. Owner out of town. Pet sitter lost sight. She is extremely friendly to both people and other dogs. If you see her or are in a position to help keep eyes peeled please let us know! She is a recent Australian Shepherds FURever adoptee, and her name is Sunny.

Thank you!

05/05/2022

Fast play increases arousal chemicals in the brain and body, and adrenaline is produced.

Once play is stopped, though, a dog still experiences elevated arousal levels and can react to stimuli. Blood sugar decreases in the prefrontal cortex and bad choices can happen.

Many dogs need to decompress after play. Otherwise, “trigger stacking” can occur, a layering of stressful events in a short time causing extreme reactions.

Monitor play and impose breaks that last a few seconds to keep it in check.

If your dog is a fast, hard player, try substituting social walks with friends, scenting games, and sniffaris. Or, limit the time of a play date and follow it with one of these.

#sniffaris #slowdogmovement #dogplaytime #dogplay #dogplaydate #reactivedog #dogbehavior #dogbrain #reactivity #dog #dogtraining #aggression #sciencebaseddogtraining #caninebehavior #forcefree #decompressforsuccess #DogLatin

Yawning when they’re not tired. Scratching when there’s no itch. Shaking when they’re not wet.  These are all examples o...
04/29/2022

Yawning when they’re not tired. Scratching when there’s no itch. Shaking when they’re not wet.

These are all examples of DISPLACEMENT BEHAVIORS.

A displacement behavior is a behavior that occurs out of context. They occur when the dog is experiencing conflicting emotions and attempting to deflect stress, uncertainty, anxiety or frustration. Some possible causes of displacement behavior are tiredness, stress, overstimulation or a response to pressure.

There are so many examples of displacement behaviors. We will just talk about one today that I see almost daily while out walking: the shake off.

You know, the shake that dogs do when they’re wet and trying to dry off. Only dogs often do this when they are not wet and when it’s done out of context like that, it’s probably a displacement behavior in an attempt to relieve stress and literally shake off the tension.

⚡️Example 1: dog is walking on leash. Owner gives harsh leash correction. Dog is stressed by being physically corrected and does a quick shake to diffuse stress and reset.

⚡️Example 2: dog greets another dog on walk. Greeting is a bit stiff and ends in a growl. Dog shakes after interaction to diffuse the stress of a not so positive interaction.

⚡️Example 3: a stranger approaches and pets dog. Dog tolerated interaction. After stranger stops petting dog, dog does a quick shake and continues to sniff.

In all of these scenarios the dog is shaking to relieve tension after a stressful interaction.

If you notice your dog habitually shakes after certain events, you can use this information to help understand which situations may be stressful for your dog.

Have you noticed this displacement behavior in your dog? When does it happen?

#displacementbehaviour #dogbehavior#dogwalkerslife #dcdogs #dogtips #bodylanguage

A reminder that we will no longer be doing weekend dog walks or overnight care beginning May 1st!  It wasn’t an easy dec...
04/28/2022

A reminder that we will no longer be doing weekend dog walks or overnight care beginning May 1st!

It wasn’t an easy decision, but now that it’s been made, very much looking forward to putting the full focus on our weekday midday dog walks and having some downtime on the weekends for r&r.

And to out kitty clients: cat sits are not affected by this change and we are still here for your weekend cat sits!!

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Biggest mistakes I see dog owners make: Part OneTRAINING when dog is over threshold. If a dog is out on a walk and is AL...
04/26/2022

Biggest mistakes I see dog owners make: Part One

TRAINING when dog is over threshold.

If a dog is out on a walk and is ALREADY barking and lunging at a trigger. They are not in a trainable state. A dog must be calm to learn just like people.

What do you do to make sure your dog is in the right state of mind?

#dogtrainingisfun #dogtraining101 #dogbonding #dogthreshold #calmdog #readyfortraining #dcdogmoms #dcdogs

04/19/2022

Can anyone else relate?

Sometimes on walks we pass 100 trash cans, but by the time my dog poops… there aren’t any in sight 😂

#doghumor #dogsdaily #dogsoftheworld #dogsbeingdogs #happydoghappylife #dogmomlife #dogmemes #lifewithdogs #dogwalkerslife #dogmomproblems #dogmeme #funnydogs #dcdogmoms #dcdogs

I’m big on “pet with consent” and an eternally frustrated with everyone’s obsession with petting peoples dogs.Dogs don’t...
04/14/2022

I’m big on “pet with consent” and an eternally frustrated with everyone’s obsession with petting peoples dogs.

Dogs don’t usually want to be touched by strangers. Mine tolerate it but would prefer not to deal with it.

Most dogs really don’t want children coming up to them. Parents are always saying “ oh he LOVES dogs it’s ok” AND WHILE I get that, It’s not about your kid living dogs. It isn’t safe to run up to any dogs you don’t know.

Next time, just ask, “can I pet your dog?” And if the answer is “No,” please respect the owners boundaries.

#boundariesarehealthy #petwithconsent #dogmemes #dogtraining101 #dogtrainingisfun #trainyourmind #trainyourdog #consent #dogboundaries #lifewithdogs #dogmomproblems #washingtondc #dcdogmoms #dcdogs #dogtips

My face when I see someone giving their dog a leash correction followed by Cesar’s “shhht” for absolutely no reason at a...
04/13/2022

My face when I see someone giving their dog a leash correction followed by Cesar’s “shhht” for absolutely no reason at all 😒😒😒

Um…if you’re doing this, your dog doesn’t know what it means (they’re probably just thinking you’re really bad at beat boxing).

Try showing them what you want them to do instead and then rewarding that behavior, instead of randomly tugging at them with sound effects.

Do you have questions on what I mean? I can offer more explanation in stories.

🦮🦮🦮

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Not too long ago I was outside a restaurant waiting for my takeout order. A woman came up behind me and tried to pet my ...
04/11/2022

Not too long ago I was outside a restaurant waiting for my takeout order. A woman came up behind me and tried to pet my dog without asking. Jax was on the leash and right next to me minding his own business as he always is when he’s out.

I told the approaching woman he didn’t like to be touched by strangers and that I’d prefer if she left him alone.

**Jax is extremely well behaved, but gets very nervous when people try to pet him. He is not comfortable with new people petting him at all in any setting. This is likely due to a combination of genetics and lack of proper socialization before I adopted him.”

She argued that she was a “dog whisperer,” that all dogs loved her, and she continued to try to pet him.

She moved quickly, talked loudly, and hovered over him, lacking any dog etiquette whatsoever. Jax’s tail stiffened and he licked his lips. Clear signs that he was uncomfortable and that should have been evident to any “dog whisperer.” When she was inches from his face he growled. She still did not back away and I had to pick him up to get him away from her.

This was not an isolated event. It happens frequently with my dog and with many of the dogs we walk.

We have worked with hundreds of dogs over the years. Some dogs do want all the pets. Most dogs do not want these interactions and range from tolerating to extremely stressed. Sometimes the person with the dog isn’t picking up on the signs either.

Please believe people when they say their dog is uncomfortable.
Please please learn dog body language so you can advocate for them and remove them from stressful situations.
Please stop trying to pet dogs without consent.

I harp on this a lot, but let’s start a trend where we only pet dogs who are clearly giving the green light: clearly seeking attention by approaching you with loose wiggly bodies and happy loose tail wags.

Does your dog like pets from strangers? Have you experienced any situations like this? Are you familiar with stress signals in your dog?

#petwithconsent #doglife #dogwhisperer #letdogschoose #liveandletlive #dogs #dogtips #dogwalker #dogbodylanguage

Imagine for a moment that you have a talent or passion like drawing, or writing or playing the piano. But your partner, ...
04/03/2022

Imagine for a moment that you have a talent or passion like drawing, or writing or playing the piano. But your partner, spouse, parent, whoever, won’t let you do the thing that you love. In fact. they scold you if you try. They take you to psychologists to get you to [email protected] This would be a frustrating and terrible world to live in, right?

Now think about dogs. We have bred dogs for hundreds of years to be naturally good at specific things and for them to instinctually want to do those things (herding for example). But now we take these dogs with these ingrained talents and abilities and we go to trainer after trainer to get them to stop herding, stop digging, stop retrieving, stop being the dog they were born to be, simply because it’s an inconvenience for us.
And then we get upset when behavioral problems arise after we’ve taken away all outlets for the dog.

Now think of how confident and satisfied you feel after you’ve set aside an hour for yourself each day to draw, write, play the piano. And the person you live with helps you and supports you and finds ways for you to express your talent. Doesn’t that make you feel more confident? More fulfilled? Less frustrated and agitated at the end of the day?

Well, here’s a little secret: your dog will feel the same way if you support and facilitate safe ways for them to do what they were born to do. They will be better behaved, less stressed, better adjusted and if you do the activities with them, your relationship with your dog will grow and prosper too!

Stop trying to take the dog out of your dog and start nurturing the dog they were born to be.

Enrichment should be a lifestyle, not an occasional treat.

Your dogs are too smart to just sit and blend into the furniture.

#herdersgonnaherd #diggersgonnadig #canineenrichment #advocateforyourdog #dogexpert #letthemsniff #dogbond #dogadvice #trainwiththegrain #positivevibes #dogsaresmart #doglife🐾

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