Archive for September, 2013

The Strand can be a fun place for social dogs to walk in Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach. Your dog will get a full spectrum of stimulating sights and smells. For this reason, The Strand is many dogs favorite place to walk in Manhattan Beach  and Hermosa. There are usually plenty of other friendly dogs and people to encounter. But if your dog is people shy or lunges at movement such as people on bikes or skateboards, The Strand probably isn’t the best place to walk your dog.  If your dog doesn’t walk well in crowds, you should probably avoid the strand, except in the early morning or at night. Especially during the summer when The Strand is usually busy much of the day.
When walking a dog on The Strand in Hermosa Beach or Manhattan Beach, dog owners needs to follow Los Angeles leash laws and have their dog on a leash that is less than 6 feet long.  Dog walkers are required to bring poop bags and clean up after their dogs. Also please remember that while it is tempting to give into your dog and let them out onto the beach, it is currently against the law to allow your dog onto the sand in Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach and can result in a costly fine.

In the city of Los Angeles, whenever a dog leaves its property, it needs to be on a leash that is no longer than 6 feet. Many retractable leashes are longer than 6 feet. That is just one of several reasons dog owners in Los Angeles should not to use retractable leashes. If you are using a retractable leash that goes longer than 6 feet, the police can actually write you a ticket for not having your dog on a proper leash.

Besides not meeting legal requirements if they are past a certain length, retractable leashes provide several safety problems for dogs and their owners.
The longer the leash, the more speed your dog can build up pulling away from you. So retractable leashes because of their additional length and also because of their thinner design, allow your dog to pull away from you with much greater force. This makes it more likely that your dog will pull the handle out of your hands. If you lose your grip on the retractable leash, the big plastic handle will be projected at your dog at a high speed, causing your dog to run away even faster.

Another problem with retractable leashes is they teach dogs bad habits such as pulling on the leash to try to go wherever they want. Dog walkers have much more control with non retractable leashes.

Retractable leashes are also more dangerous to the people walking the dog, as they are more likely to cause cuts and burns on the dog walker.

If you need a dog walker or pet sitter in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach please contact us for a free consultation.

City of Los Angeles dog leash laws that dog owners in the South Bay should be aware of. If you take your dog off your property it must be restrained on a leash or chain not exceeding 6 feet in length. While there are  dog parks where it is legal to let your dog off its leash, there are currently no beaches where dogs are allowed off-leash.

Some laws Los Angeles dog owners and Los Angeles dog walkers should be aware of:

All dogs over four months old that live in the City of Los Angeles must be licensed. The annual license fee for dogs that have been spayed or neutered is currently $20. Low income seniors can get licenses for $10.

A dog license requires a rabies vaccination certificate from a veterinary.

Dog license tags are required to be attached to your dog’s collar or harness and must be worn whenever they are outside your property. Dogs must also be leashed outside their property.

All dogs must be spayed or neutered after the age of four months. Unless they fall into the exempt category, such as service dogs.

You can find out more about Los Angeles dog licensing and registration at the Los Angeles Animal Services website

If you need a dog walker in the South Bay, Dog Walking South Bay currently serves Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach.

All dogs are unique when it comes to the amount of exercise they need. But most dogs should get at least 30 to 60 minutes of active exercise every day to be healthy and happy.

The exact amount of exercise a dog needs depends on their breed, age and health. But even among dogs of similar breeds and age, their exercise needs may vary according to the dog’s energy level. Dogs will let you know by their behavior when they’ve had the right amount of exercise. High energy dogs should be given more exercise to prevent destructive behaviors.

A daily dog walking schedule, tailored to fit your dog’s exercise needs is important to your dog’s health and happiness.

If you need help making sure your dog gets enough exercise and live in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach please contact Dog Walking South Bay

Just like with people, dogs that don’t get enough exercise can rapidly put on weight. This can lead to increased risks of an assortment of health issues such as: diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, increased blood pressure, decreased liver and immune functions, digestive disorders,  increased risk of skin and coat diseases and more.
Extra weight can also put additional stress on your dog’s joints and ligaments. Carrying too much weight can be especially taxing on older dogs, as the additional weight magnifies any mobility problems they have like arthritis or hip dysphasia.
Daily dog walks and making sure your dog gets enough exercise is critical to their health and overall quality of life. Regular dog walking is also good preventive health care and will save you money on veterinary bills in the long run.

If you need a dog walker in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach please contact Dog Walking South Bay