Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about Dog Exercises and Pant & Wag Fitness Adventures
- What is the difference between walking a dog and exercising a dog?
- What is Canine Fitness Training?
- Should I still walk the dog on the days he exercises?
- Do you provide physical therapy for dogs?
- Why can’t I exercise my dog myself?
- Does doggie daycare provide enough exercise?
- My dog runs around a lot in the enclosed dog park. Isn't that enough?
- Are the Fitness Adventures you do safe?
- Where are the locations of the workouts?
- Can I participate in the Fitness Adventures with you and the dog?
- What safety precautions do you take?
- Will you clean my dog if he gets dirty while exercising?
- My dog isn't overweight; would your services still apply to him?
- What is the difference between group Fitness Adventures and private Fitness Adventures?
- How many dogs are in a group for the group Fitness Adventures?
- How long will my dog be out of the house during his Fitness Adventures?
- What areas do you serve in Washington DC?
Questions about Dog Training
Questions about the Consultation
Questions about Payments and Billing
- Is Pant & Wag a green company?
- Are my keys safe with you?
- How is my dog transported?
- How do you compare to Dog Walkers?
- How do you compare to Dog Trainers?
- How do you compare to Doggy Day Care?
- Where are you located?
- What areas do you serve in Washington DC?
Walking a dog and exercising a dog serve two different proposes. Walking is primarily a social and biological activity for dogs, not a physical activity (see: Canine Pyramid of Realization). Socially, a 30 minute walk for your dog is no different than you going out for drinks with your friends; yes, you might get some exercise in the process, but is going out with your friends really the same thing as going to the gym? Of course not! Biologically, walking gives the dog a chance to relieve him or herself. Physically, however, a 30 minute walk isn't sufficient exercise for many dogs. Even though most dogs are significantly more athletically inclined than humans they actually exercise less in our busy society. Most dogs need a minimum of 60 minutes of aerobic exercise per day, and many need at least double that amount. Aerobic exercise goes far beyond just walking. During a Pant & Wag Fitness Adventure, our goal is making sure the dog gets the proper amount of exercise in a safe and fun fashion.
What is the difference between walking a dog and exercising a dog?) For certain dogs, a Pant & Wag exercise program may replace walking. This may include dogs with diabetes or joint problems. Your Pant & Wag canine fitness trainer will review with you the appropriate routine for your dog.
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There are various locations we utilize to exercise your dog. By changing the destination we keep your dog both physically and mentally stimulated. Here are some of our favorite places:
- Rock Creek Park
- Theodore Roosevelt Island
- The National Arboretum
- Kingman Island
- Heritage Island
- Shaw Dog Park
- The National Mall
- Congressional Cemetery
- Dumbarton Oaks Park
- Fort Dupont Park
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Almost all dog services companies such as doggy daycare, dog walkers, and dog trainers perform an initial evaluation to determine if the dog is suitable for the service provided. Pant & Wag does this evaluation and also uses this time to review with you some important information regarding your dog's health and happiness, and to determine if a Pant & Wag exercise program is right for your dog.
The consultation is completely free for households that reside within Georgetown, West End, Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, Woodley Park or the following zip codes: 20005, 20006, 20007, 20036, and 20037. Zip codes outside those areas will be asked to pay a small travel fee to cover the cost and time of the commute, which is fully refundable if you decide to register for a Pant & Wag service for a month or longer.
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Pant & Wag Canine Fitness Adventures off the best alternative to traditional dog walkers, doggy daycare, and dog trainers. Click here for a full comparison.
Absolutely. Because we encourage all of our customers to take advantage of our pick-up and drop-off service, which is free to many homes in the DC area, we ask you to provide us with a key to your home.
We have developed the following key and security policy to ensure the security of your keys: No identifying information is ever put on your key and all human employees undergo rigorous training and professional development courses. A criminal background check, credit check, terrorist background check, and eviction check are all conducted prior to employment with Pant & Wag, LLC. If you have an alarm system at your home and it is simple to operate, you can give instructions on its operations to the office. We never encourage anyone to leave their home unlocked, or hide a key, on the days of our service.
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Yes! The great majority of our clients are of normal weight. These are dogs that typically just need a lot of physical and mental stimulation that dog day care and dog walkers can't provide. Typically, these are breeds that were originally bred to perform a specific job of some sort, such as retrieving game for hunters or herding livestock and they have the stamina to put in a full workday. Some of the high-energy breeds that need a lot of stimulation include:
- Airedale Terrier
- American Bulldog
- American Foxhound
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Australian Shepherd
- Belgian Malinois
- Border Collie
- Brussels Griffon
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Gordon Setter
- Irish Setter
- Ibizan Hound
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Labrador Retriever
- Pharaoh Hound
- Portuguese Water Dog
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Siberian Husky
- Standard Schnauzer
This list is not all inclusive! If you have a high energy dog that needs a lot of mental and physical activity, please let us know so we can help fulfill his needs.
Even within the neighborhoods above, there are some areas/buildings that we can not serve due to parking restrictions, key restrictions, or other logistical problems. We may provide service to homes outside the areas listed above, but there may additional fees to help cover the cost and time of travel to pick up and drop off your dog.
dog-centric destinations in the area. We offer pick-up and drop-off service to many neighborhoods within our service area.