Why Uber-style dog walking apps are a bad idea

The last few years has seen a revolution in the way consumers search for and purchase goods and service online. Companies like Amazon and Uber have raised the bar in convenience, have changed our expectations as customers and will continue to innovate new ways of shopping in the future. They offer one-click ordering from smartphones and tablets and the convenience of being able to manage our personal customer info from secure apps. So it’s natural to assume that this model will spread to all areas of consumer sales with the same success. But will it necessarily work in every industry? Take …

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NYC Dog Walking vs Day Care

One question we get asked a lot is “why should we choose NYC dog walking versus daycare?” And it’s a fair question! With doggie daycare facilities popping up all over the place they’re obviously becoming more and more popular. At first glance, why wouldn’t you think that being in a room full of dogs all day would be wonderful for your pooch? They’re going to have a blast, right? The truth is that it’s not as simple as that. The first thing to consider is: did dogs evolve to play in large packs, and are they comfortable with it? The …

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Choosing an NYC dog walker or pet sitter

There are thousands of NYC dog walkers and pet sitters to choose from. And since you are hiring someone to come into your home unsupervised to take care of a precious pet, it’s important to pick someone who has good dog walking credentials and whom you feel very comfortable with. Here’s a few pointers to help you in your search. Do your research. It’s tempting to go with whomever has the prettiest website or the most features and gimmicks, but at the end of the day the most important questions to ask are: is this person trustworthy? Are they with a long …

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A London Bus Tour….For Dogs?

If there’s one thing dogs love when being driven around, it’s looking out of the window. So the idea of a tour bus for dogs seems like the most natural thing in the world, right? Well, it’s happening in London, tour bus capital of the world. UK Insurance company “More Than” is for a few days offering the tours, in which adventurous doggos will be ferried around a specially curated route of locations which have an “historical connection to canines,” as well as stopping at popular dog walking areas. Yes, it’s a publicity stunt. But who knows, with the dog …

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Featured NYC Dog: Chewie

Chewie is sadly no longer with us, but thinking about him brings back all kinds of nostalgia. He was one of King Pup’s early clients back in the mid-2000’s. Chewie came to us because his owners had been using a dog running service and he had started to develop leg problems from running on asphalt. He was one of those permanently happy dogs who took great delight in pulling his walkers arms out of their sockets whenever he spotted anything even vaguely edible. We had to be continually on our guard as he saw his walks as an opportunity to …

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Keep Your NYC Dog Cool This Summer

Thirsty dog drinking water

Summers can be brutal for a dog in New York City, and this one has proven to be one of the hottest and most humid in recent memory. The problem is intensified by the fact that air circulation is slower in built up areas, and the sidewalks and buildings become giant heat receptacles, radiating brutal heat in every direction (which is probably why it feels so much hotter toward the end of the afternoon). So here’s some handy tips and info on keeping your NYC dogs cool this summer. Leave the AC on for them while you’re at work. Air …

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The Brilliant K9 Harness

After over 14 years as an NYC dog walker, I’ve seen many different types of harness. Some are simple and lightweight but feel flimsy and are easy to wriggle out of if not fitted perfectly, others are strong and secure but overly complex with too many straps and points of adjustment. Recently we’ve seen a few clients purchase the Brilliant K9 harness for their dogs, and in my opinion it’s probably the best harness we’ve used. So what’s so good about the Brilliant K9? Well first of all it’s super-ergonomic! The straps are positioned in just the right places for …

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Featured NYC Dog – Wilson

This is one of King Pup’s favorite NYC dogs! Wilson has been with King Pup since he was a small puppy and he’s just gotten cuter with every passing week! He’s usually fast asleep after his afternoon play group when we arrive so he takes a little “revving up” to get started, but once he has his harness on he thoroughly enjoys his NYC dog walks and especially loves 5th Avenue because of all the dogs he meets and all the attention he gets from tourists. He was featured on “The Dogist” blog back in Feburary of 2016, typically looking …

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