Our Best Dog Walking Tips

Taking your dog on a walk is not only a great way for your dog and you to burn some energy (both physically and mentally), but it is also a great way to build a bond with your dog. However, the enjoyment of going on a walk with your dog can quickly be ruined if your dog is unruly on a leash or you don’t know how to walk him properly. Here are some tips to get the most out of your dog walking experience!

1) Never let your dog walk in front of you. Dogs are pack animals and every pack has a leader. In order for your dog to respect you as his owner, you have to show him that you are his leader. If you’re letting him walk in front of you during a walk, you’re telling your dog that HE is the leader and that he is in charge. Be sure that your dog is always walking directly beside you or behind you at all Dog Walking Northville times.

2) Keep a steady pace. By keeping a quick and steady pace, you’re giving your dog a something to focus on. If she is busy keeping up a steady pace with you and focusing on her walk, it leaves little room for her to pay attention to things that my distract her and make her behave badly.

3) Don’t allow your dog to sniff and pee wherever she wants. Along the lines of tip #1, you need to be the pack leader for your dog. When you let your dog sniff and pee every bush, tree, pole and fire hydrant you pass, you’re telling your dog that she can do whatever she wants, when she wants. Make your dog walk close to you and stay focused for 15 minutes and then release her by saying “Okay” or “Go Potty” and give her time to check and send her pee-mail.

4) Don’t use a harness if your big dog is a puller. Why? Think about it logically. What do sled dogs use to pull a sled? A harness. What do working dogs wear to pull carts and other objects? A harness. Why do they use a harness? Because it allows the dog to use ALL of its body weight. So when you use a harness in an attempt at getting your dog to stop pulling, you’re essentially giving them more weight to use against you. There are some harnesses that are specifically designed to stop pulling but in our opinion, you’re better off with a walking aide that goes on there neck or a head halter. When using a collar or a walking aide on a dogs face or neck, you (the leader) have more control over where you want your dog to go because they have less strength in their neck. You’re at even more of an advantage if you use a head halter because where the head goes, the body follows. It uses the same idea as a horse harness and you’re able to gently guide your dog to walking appropriately. NOTE: The exception to this tip is if you have a dog that is under 25lbs. Their necks are so small that they can easily be damaged if they get pulled on. Be sure to use a harness for your little dog!

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Dog Walker

One of the most important things our dog’s need to live happy, well balanced lives is exercise. Sometimes it can be hard to give your dog a good walk everyday because we work long hours and then when we come home, the last thing we feel like doing is going for a walk. There is a solution to both give your dog the exercise she needs AND alleviate your guilt from not being able to walk her properly, hire a professional dog walker!

What Are The Benefits To Having A Dog Walker?

  • Your dog walker will come right to your home and walk your dog for you
  • A dog walker will be able to provide your dog with one on one, undivided attention
  • Your dog will get a much needed potty break in the middle of the day while you’re working hard to pay for her bones and chew toys
  • A structured walk each day not only exercises your dog’s body, but it also exercises his mind by giving him a task to focus on
  • A walk every day will reduce behavioral problems related to boredom and built up energy
  • A professional dog walker is not only there to help you exercise your dog but they can be a valued part of your team to properly care for your dog, just like the veterinarian or the groomer.
  • If your dog is older or cannot go on walks for some reason, a dog walker can still provide them with a potty break and some companionship during the day!

Our lives can be very demanding but no matter what, our dogs are always there waiting for us at the end of the day with a wagging tail and unconditional love. You can give the same love back to them by making sure all of their needs are met and getting a dog walker is a great way to do that!

Menly’s Pet Care offers daily dog walking services in the Northville area! Whether your dog needs a long walk, playtime in the back yard or just a potty break to be comfortable while you work long hours, we cover it all. To find out more about our dog walking services click here

Our Clients Say It Best

“Thank you Sarah…you clearly know the importance of pets as family members.

The above quote is what I received in an email recently after signing up another wonderful client for our pet sitting services. It is always so great to hear positive feedback and compliments like this from clients, but this one was especially meaningful to me. Whyhoto of Northville Pet Sitter?

This statement means to me that I am successfully conveying to my clients what Menlys Pet Care is really all about. We are not just a pet sitting company. We don’t just come to your home to “walk your dog” or “feed the cat”. We are there to take exceptional care of your family members. Each of your pets have individual routines, habits and needs. We don’t provide “one size fits all” pet sitting services, we provide pet sitting visits that are individually tailored to the needs of your pets and household.

How do we accomplish this?

We take the time to get to know your pets when you contact us. We want to know what their personality is like, what their eating habits are, what games they like to play and if they like to be tucked in at night. We structure our pet sitting visits not by time, but by the needs of your pets. We aren’t watching the clock to see when 30 minutes is up and then leaving; and we aren’t charging you extra fees because we had to stay extra time at a particular visit. Our visits are what your fur babies deserve: custom, full service and high quality.

Contact us to experience the Menly’s Pet Care difference!

When Should I Schedule My Pet Sitting Visits?

It sucks being told “No”, doesn’t it? Sometimes hearing “no” means all of the plans we had are now ruined. So how can you avoid being told “no” by your pet sitter? Scheduling in advance.

When you are starting up pet sitting services with a new company, it’s usually best to contact them as soon as you have your travel plans finalized. However, a week/two weeks in advance is usually sufficient to get started. Once you’re an existing client, most pet sitting companies find that 48 hours notice or more is best to ensure your pet sitting reservation.

But what happens if there’s a last minute emergency?

What if your current pet sitter cancels and you need to find a new one right away? Or there is a family emergency that you need to tend to? Many professional pet sitting companies are structured to allow for last minute additions to their schedule. Some companies may charge a last minute booking fee in order to accommodate your needs.

What is Menly’s Pet Care’s policy on scheduling pet sitting visits?

We understand that life happens and sometimes calling the pet sitter just slips through the crack in our very long “to-do list”, so we do our best to accommodate all of our client’s pet sitting requests (whether you’re a new or a veteran client) if there is room in our schedule to do so. During holidays, the farther in advance you can schedule your pet sitting services the better as these are the times of year when many of our clients are all traveling at once. Through out the rest of the year we can usually accommodate visits with as little as 24-48hrs notice.


Is Pet Sitting More Expensive Than Boarding In Northville

When searching for pet care options in the Northville area you have two major choices, either you can take your pet to a boarding facility or you can hire a professional pet sitter. How do you know what option is right for your pet? There are many different factors that can help you determine what is best for your pet’s needs but this article is going to focus solely on the price differences between pet sitting and dog boarding in Northville, Mi. Pet Sitting Northville

For our research we chose to look at two of the most popular boarding facilities in the Northville area: Paw Print Inn and Canine College. I want to start off by saying right off the bat that I have experience with both facilities and they’re both wonderful. This article is not intended to bash either facility, just to simply list the facts.

For our comparisons lets say that you are looking for boarding for your two 60lb Labrador Retrievers and you want the complete care package for them while you’re gone (because they deserve the best right!?). First we will show you the comparisons between the two facilities and then show you how it compares with Menly’s Pet Care’s pet sitting services.

Paw Print Inn

  • Room and board for two dogs in a standard 6×12 suite = $46
  • One on one cuddles = $5 for 15 minutes
  • Bedtime tuck in/story= $5 for 15 minutes
  • Obedience and fun (refresher on training followed by play) = $10 for 20 minutes
  • Brush and massage = $5 for 15 minutes
  • Photos emailed to you = $5 each
  • Stuffed Kong = $3

Total Per Day For 2 Dogs = $79 (assuming the extras are for both dogs, if charged separately for each dog the total would be $112)

Canine College

  • Room and board for two dogs = $58
  • One on one time with staff = $8
  • One on one play time with staff = $8
  • Bedtime tuck in/story= N/A
  • Obedience and fun = N/APet Sitting Northville
  • Brush and massage = N/A
  • Photos emailed to you = N/A
  • Stuffed Kong = N/A

Total Per Day for 2 Dogs = $74 (assuming the extras are for both dogs, if charged separately for each dog the total would be $90)

Menlys Pet Care

  • In-Home pet sitting services = $46-$92 depending on number of visits
  • Fee for multiple dogs = INCLUDED
  • One on one time = INCLUDED
  • Cuddles = INCLUDED
  • Bedtime tucking/story = INCLUDED
  • Obedience and fun = INCLUDED
  • Brush and massage = INCLUDED
  • Photos emailed to you = INCLUDED
  • Stuffed Kong = INCLUDED
  • Daily Walks = INCLUDED


  • Your pet stays in their own home and doesn’t have to stay in a small boarding suite
  • No need to worry about pick up/drop off times
  • No need for additional vaccinations (Bordatella to prevent kennel cough is required with dog boarding)
  • No need to pack up your dog’s food or toys, just tell us where they are and we will do the work for you!
  • Your dogs will have the same sights, smells and sounds that they are used to. Even the same potty spots!

Total Per Day for 2 Dogs = $46-$92 depending on the number of visits


Dog Walking: The Alternative to Doggy Day Care In Northville

If you have to work long hours and have a dog, chances are you’ve thought about taking your dog to doggy day care so he doesn’t have to stay home alone all day. Doggy day care can be a great way for your dog to burn some energy and get to socialize with other of the canine species, but did you know that there is an alternative to doggy day care? Hire a professional dog walker!

How Is Dog Walking Different Than Doggy Day Care?Dog Walking Northville

Rather than pack your dog up in the car in the morning before work and taking him to the doggy day care, when you hire a professional dog walker we come right to you. Your dog walker will come in during the day while you’re at work to take your dog for a walk, play with her in the yard or just giving them some companionship so they’re not lonely.

What Are the Benefits To Dog Walking vs Doggy Day Care?

  • The biggest benefit to hiring a dog walker over going to a day care is the personalized, one on one attention. Your dog will be your dog walker’s sole focus and they will get their undivided attention the entire time they’re together
  • There is less risk of your dog catching any diseases such as Kennel Cough which is common at boarding facilities
  • After your dog and dog walker have had time to establish a relationship and some consistency, your dog walker will be able to tell if there are any behavioral or physical changes in your dog
  • Exercise for dogs is more than just for their body. Dog’s need mental exercise as well and a structured walk around new surrounds will keep their mind busy and tire them out more effectively
  • If your dog is nervous, timid, shy, or dog-aggressive doggy day care will be very stressful for them so having someone provide them with exercise all on their own, in familiar surrounds will be very beneficial for them
  • When you hire a dog walker, your dog will be at less risk of injury because he won’t be “rough housing” with other dogs or at risk of getting into fights with any other dogs
  • No need to worry about pick up or drop off times with a dog walker. We come right to your home whenever you’d like!
  • Your dog will get to pee in her favorite spots and check/leave her daily “pee-mail” for all her doggy friends in the neighborhood


Menlys Pet Care offers dog walking in Northville, Novi and surrounding areas! Contact us today to find out more and get your dog the best dog walking services in the area!


A Day Of Cat Sitting In Northville Mi

For the next week I have the privilege of taking care of mostly kitties! I love dogs, don’t get me wrong, but there is something very enjoyable about spending my entire day with my feline friends as well. I wanted to share with you what my day was like today while taking care of some of our kitty clients!

My first visit of the day was with Sparky. He’s such an affectionate kitty! He spent the entire pet sitting visit purring and following me around 🙂

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Next was a visit with two cats that I have been taking care of for a very long time now, Oscar and Meyer:


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And then last but not least I enjoyed an afternoon visit with Finny and Jasmine 🙂

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Who wouldn’t enjoy a day of spending time with these adorable faces??

Pet Sitter Photoshoot with Dee Maggio Photography

I am lucky enough to know a great professional pet photographer Dee Maggio.

Dee not only works as a professional photographer, she spends HOURS dedicating her photographic talent to local shelters like Last Day Dog Rescue in Livonia Mi. She started working with the rescues a little over a year ago and in that time, the photo’s she has taken of the animals in need have been responsible for over 500  adoptions! (Yes you read that right, 500).

Naturally, when I wanted to get some professional photos done for my business I gave her a call! She was so great to work with. I typically hate being in front of the camera but Dee made me feel 100% comfortable the whole time. She has a very easy going manner and is able to tell you how to pose without sounding bossy and making the whole thing feel like a “project”. Not only was she great with me, but she was FANTASTIC with my dog Casey. They quickly became friends (especially after all the treats Dee gave her) and you can see how comfortable Casey was with her by the photos.

Check out more of Dee’s work here!

Video Testimonial of Menlys Pet Care in Northville

Looking for a pet sitter for your fur kids is no different than looking for a baby sitter for your two legged kids. You want to know that you can trust this person/company to take care of your babies and trust them with your home and belongings.

In this day and age it is awfully hard to know who you can trust but Menlys Pet Care is always striving to show you how reliable and trust worthy our services and pet sitters are.

Don’t just take our word for it! Check out this video testimonial from Sue!

I worked for Sue when I first started my business and have kept in touch with her ever since. Recently, due to life circumstances, Sue decided it was time to leave the pet sitting world. I was honored when she asked me to take over her business, Reigning Pets, and also her employee Nicole. Sue not only has experience with Menlys Pet Care as a pet sitting client, but also has had the opportunity to be my employer and see how I operate behind the scenes.  Enjoy!




How To Be Your Pet Sitter's Favorite Client

Who doesn’t love being someone’s favorite?! When you have a great relationship with your pet sitter, you reap the full benefits of having a professional pet sitter over any other form of pet care.

So how do you become your pet sitter’s favorite client and reap the benefits?

1) Schedule In Advance – especially around holidays! It takes a lot of work for your pet sitter to manage her schedule just right to be able to fit everyone in. When there is a last minute request thrown in, it takes quite a bit of manipulating of their schedule to accommodate those requests which often result in cancellation of personal time the sitter had scheduled or they are forced to say “NO” to you which, trust me, is something no pet sitter ever wants to do to one of their clients!

2) Pay On Time – Your pet sitter works very hard to provide you with quality pet care and most rely solely on the income from their pet sitting business to survive. When you don’t pay on time, no only are you taking away their living, you are essentially telling them that you don’t value their services very much.

3) Respect Your Pet Sitter’s Policies – Your pet sitter has his policies in place for a reason. They not only protect him but they also protect you and make the business run smoother. If your pet sitter has policies regarding cancellations, scheduling, payments or anything else; do your best to abide by these policies and always ask if you have a question regarding them.

4) Communicate Any Concerns – Pet sitters are humans and sometimes make mistakes. However, each mistake is a growing experience but only if we know about it! If something was not done correctly or you have a concern about the services being provided, speak up! Find a way to respectfully communicate your concerns with your sitter so that they can fix the problem for you. Not only will you have your concerns addressed but you just helped her becoming a better pet sitter!

5) Keep Your Pet Sitter Informed – If your pet has any changes in their schedule, diet or behavior be sure to let your pet sitter know. Your pet sitter is your partner in keeping your pet happy and healthy; keeping everyone on the same page about what is going on with your pet makes for great pet care!