Frequently Asked Questions

canine fitness FAQ

Questions about Dog Exercises and Pant & Wag Fitness Adventures


Questions about Dog Training


Questions about the Consultation


Questions about Payments and Billing


General Questions


What is the difference between walking a dog and exercising a dog?

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.

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Should I still walk the dog on the days he exercises?

Typically you should maintain your normal walking routine with your dog. Walking and exercising serve two different proposes (see: 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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Do you provide physical therapy for dogs?

No, physical therapy for your dog should only be performed by a licensed physical therapist and under the instructions of a veterinarian.

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Why can’t I exercise my dog myself?

In the ideal world, you would exercise your dog yourself. We encourage you to exercise your dog, even if that means we lose your business. But realistically it is extremely difficult to work full time, exercise and socialize yourself appropriately AND exercise and socialize your dog properly. And that is without having children! In today's hectic world, there simply aren't enough hours in the day to take care of everything, and sadly, the dog is often the one who gets squeezed out of the schedule. Pant & Wag provides the opportunity to insure your dog has the optimal levels of health and happiness, while providing you an extreme level of convenience.

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Does doggie daycare provide enough exercise?

Not always. Some dogs spend most of their time sleeping and resting in daycare. Some day care providers have a required doggy nap-time (you actually have to pay for your dog to sleep!). In any case, there is virtually no record of what exercises the dog did, and no analysis and reporting of weight loss or body size.

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Are the exercises you do safe?

Yes, safety is our number one priority. Click here to view all of the safety precautions we take with your dog.

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Where do you do the workouts?

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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Can I participate in the exercises with you and the dog?

We want you to be fully involved in achieving the maximum levels of health and happiness for your dog, however, we are not able to include humans in our workout programs. If you choose to follow along with us on your own accord you are fully responsible for any incidents that may occur to you during that time. For the safety of the dog and the trainer, it is important that the dog follow the trainer's instructions without hesitation, therefore we ask that you stay a out of the dogs view so that he does not become confused as to who he should follow during the workout. We do fully report back to you what each workout consisted of that day and sometimes even have photographs or videos of certain exercises so you can feel as if you are there, even when you are not.

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Is Pant & Wag a green company?

Yes! Please check out our green initiatives by clicking here.

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Why is the consultation free?

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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How do you compare to Dog Walkers, Doggy Day Care, or Dog Trainers?

Pant & Wag Canine Fitness Adventures off the best alternative to traditional dog walkers, doggy daycare, and dog trainers. Click here for a full comparison.

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Are my keys safe with you?

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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How do I sign-up for a free consultation?

Click here to sign-up for the consultation.

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How long will my dog actually be out of the house during his Fitness Adventures?

It depends on where we go on that particular day and where your dog falls in our pick-up/drop-off route. However, most dogs within our service area can expect to be out of the house for about two hours during his adventure with us.

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How can I pay?

We accept checks and money orders (made payable to Pant & Wag). We also accept all major credit cards through our secure online payment system, however there will be an additional 3% fee added on to the total to cover the transaction costs for credit card payments. Please note, payments are due in advance of the first scheduled canine fitness adventure.

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My dog runs around a lot in the enclosed dog park. Isn't that enough?

Not usually. Most dogs need consistent and structured exercise. Can you take your dog to the park every day? Do you take the dog to the park in bad weather, or after a long day of work? Does your dog still run if no other dogs are around? Does your dog exercise for the full amount of time you spend at the park? Are you able to weigh and monitor the progress you dog is making? Try monitoring how much time your dog actually spends running while in the park. People are surprised to find most dogs only spend about 25% of their time in the park running. The other 75% of the time the dogs are walking around, sniffing, marking, and getting petted. You would have to spend approximately 4 hours per day in the dog park to match the amount of exercise of a 1 hour per day Pant & Wag fitness adventure.

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Will you clean my dog if he gets dirty while exercising?

Yes, if your dog gets dirty while on our fitness adventure, we will clean him at our discretion.

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Can you describe your training methods?

Yes, please see our training methods page.

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Do you use treats to train? What kind?

Treats can be an effective tool to help train food-motivated dogs. However, humans must use caution as many treats are packed with unhealthy preservatives, artificial colors, sugar, calories, and fat. Pant & Wag only uses all natural treats which contain minimal ingredients. These treats are all natural, low fat, low calorie, and have no artificial preservatives. We may also use our homemade chicken flavored ice cubes during the summer months, which again have little to no fat, are low calories and have no preservatives.

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What is the difference between group, semi-private, and private Fitness Adventures?

In a group Fitness Adventure your dog will be matched with up to four other dogs of similar fitness level and temperament. The Adventure may include running, hiking, power walking, stair climbing, weighted back-pack, and some off leash dog park activities. In a private Fitness Adventure your dog gets one-on-one attention from the fitness trainer. This allows your dog to do what he does best without having to slow down for other dogs, and makes available every exercise we can do (Biking, Cart and Weight Pulling, Dry Treadmill Running, Hiking, Hill Climb and Descent, Park Activities (Cavaletti drills, Agility drills, Retrieving, Search and Rescue, Tug of war, Tunnel drills, Keep away), Outside Jog, Pawlates (balance ball exercises), Power Walking, Running, Stair Climb, Underwater Treadmill, Weighted Backpack.

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How many dogs are in a group for the group Fitness Adventures?

There are up to 5 dogs in a group Fitness Adventure (or 6 small dogs), and up to 2 dogs in a semi-private Fitness Adventure. In both group and semi-private Fitness Adventures your dog will be matched with other dogs of similar size, fitness level, and temperament.

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My dog isn't overweight; would your services still apply to him?

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
  • Boxer
  • Brittany
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Dalmatian
  • German Shepherd
  • Goldendoodle
  • Golden Retriever
  • Gordon Setter
  • Irish Setter
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Labrador
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Poodle
  • Pointer
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Saluki
  • Siberian Husky
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner

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.

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What areas do you serve in Washington DC?

Our primary service areas are Georgetown in Washington DC, and certain parts of Foggy Bottom, West End, Dupont Circle, and Woodley Park.

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.

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Where are you located?

Our administrative office is located in Logan Circle, Washington DC, however almost all of the Fitness Adventures take place outside, in the best dog-centric destinations in the area. We offer pick-up and drop-off service to many neighborhoods within our service area.

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