Choosing the right Dog Walker

We have so many clients asking us which NYC dog walking companies we would recommend and what questions to ask that we have put together some important questions to ask any potential dog walker. 


As many of you know from the bio page, City Sit Stay founder Kimberly Freeman started off her “dog career” at Sit Stay which grew to become the biggest dog walking, pet sitting and behavior center on the east coast of Scotland (so she knows a thing or two about what questions to ask a dog walker)

In New York City, having a dog walker is considered the norm as people work such long hours. These are some things to consider asking your new potential dog nanny

Do you own a dog?

How long have you been doing this for?

Are you insured? 

What happens in a pet emergency?

What are the most common emergencies you have dealt with so far?

If you are sick, who covers your walks?

How many dogs do you walk at a time?

If you pick up other dogs on route, what will you do with my dog?

Do you use dog runs or street walking?

What do you do in extreme weather (NYC heat waves and snow storms)?

Will you do private play visits if my dog is not fully vaccinated?

Can you please provide 2 references/link to a yelp page?

Remember that the dog walker is there to make your life easier, so if you need walks at specific times, your dog needs to use a special leash/harness or requires meals after each walk, make sure they know that and can accommodate you.

Never give anyone keys to your apartment without having met them first. You are not just trusting this person in your personal space, but also with your dog!




Crate Training Tips



Crate training is a great way to keep your house and new puppy safe in it’s home. It is also an essential tool for house training and building up bladder control.

It takes puppies and dogs a little while to get used to crate training but using “boredom buster toys” and treats help ease the process.

Introducing the Crate

Think of the crate as a studio apartment for your puppy. A studio apartment can be the worst place in the world if you have nothing to do in it. However, the same space filled with a flat screen tv, wifi, video games and pizza arriving every hour suddenly becomes the best place in the entire world! Now our job as “real estate” agents for crates is to make the space as appealing to our K9 clients as possible. We can use our dogs food, boredom buster toys and chew toys to make the crate a fun place to be check my source.

Make the Crate a Palace

Start off by feeding your dog in the crate without locking the door. Start creating positive associations with the crate. If every meal and fun treat comes from inside the crate, Fido is going to start loving the idea of going in there. We love using food stuffed Kongs, bully sticks and flossies with our dogs undergoing crate training.

Don’t Isolate your Dog

A lot of people will make the mistake of setting up a crate in the corner of a room or in a closed bedroom (away from the family)and be surprised when Fido fusses. Start off having the crate next to you while you are watching TV, at your desk and next to your bed. Once Fido loves the crate at that proximity, start building up more and more distance.

Build Up Muscle

Think of “crate training” as being similar to “weight training”. Just like you are not going to be able to lift a 100lb weight on your first attempt, your puppy will not be able to tolerate 5 hours in the crate first time. However if you practice often, slowly and within your dogs comfort zone you will make fast progress and your dog will start to love being in his crate.

Ignore Barking

If your dog barks, whines or scratches to get out, you have to ignore it. If you pay attention to these behaviors and let your pup out all you are doing is teaching Fido that barking, whining and scratching gets him out of the crate! You need to reduce the amount of time spent in the crate next time and make a mental note to not push your pup for as long when practicing.
Always make the crate a positive place and avoid using it for punishment. Keep your expectations realistic and reward your dog when they have done a good job.

Teaching Right is Easier than Fixing Wrong

Urban dogs (especially those in New York City) face hundreds of challenges every day, so it is really important to help your dog understand what is expected of them. Rewarding good behavior and preventing bad behavior is the central goal in dog training. Choosing to focus on rewards rather than punishment is the fastest way for your dog to understand what is expected from them. Setting your dog up to succeed (rather than fail) helps Fido learn faster and also prevents a lot of anxiety on your part.

1597060Right Behaviors

– peeing/pooping in the right place

– walking nicely on leash

– sitting to greet people

– listening to your commands (sit, down, stand)

– playing nicely with new dogs

– impulse control with food bowl

Wrong Behaviors

– Jumping to meet people

– Counter Surfing

– Barking when alone/for attention

– Peeing in the house

– Chewing on clothes, wires, shoes, etc

– Chasing the cat/other dogs


– Guarding Objects

-Ignoring you

– Stealing trash