Home Visits

Dogs are very social animals who do not respond well to being left on their own for long periods.

Maisie-1.pngIt is generally accepted that adult dogs should not be left on their own for longer than a 4 hour period on a regular basis. Dogs do and will get bored and just like a bored truculent teenager will develop all sorts of horrible habits to make their displeasure apparent! For Puppies and older dogs the time should be considerably less. For puppies it will be hard to develop and maintain a training programme during those early weeks without regular attention and as a dog gets older (just like us humans) the bladder gets weaker. For a toilet trained dog it is highly distressing not being able to get out and relieve itself.

Boredom is however the main issue. They are pack animals and need to socialise and interact regularly. Being pack leader might not have quite been the role you had in mind when you got a dog but that sure is how your dog sees you.

Home_visit_1__original-1.jpgHere at Maisilly  Home Visits (Care, Cuddles & Cuisine) are designed to break up the day for your loved one enabling you to be away for more prolonged periods safe in the knowledge that we will take good care of your dog.

I will visit your home by prior arrangement and provide your dog with care, affection and give them their food which you have prepared and clear up any little accidents that they might have had.

Your dog will be taken out on the lead for a short toilet walk. There is nothing IMG_3060_edited-1-1.jpgbetter for your dog to have a change of scenery to relieve boredom, a friendly visitor to play games with and to provide them with their food.

If you have an elderly dog who is housebound and can’t venture out on lead walks or a puppy who is too young to walk in public areas, I can let them out in your garden for a toilet break, provide them with cuddles and provide them with their food.

For senior dogs, company and cuddles will make their day, for puppies I can start to introduce basic commands and training games. 

If your dog is on tablet or liquid medication I am happy to administer this to them, I will need prior written consent from you authorising me to do so.


Puppies have a number of special requirements which need to be addressed.

Generally speaking the weaning process will take approximately 7 to 8 weeks before they are ready to leave their mother and siblings. So, unless you are having your own litter, this will be the earliest you will have your puppy home. Their vaccination programme will mean that they will be restricted to the home until they are 10 - 12 weeks old.

Puppies bones are very delicate and in the early weeks and months they should be prevented from jumping down (stairs, furniture, vehicles) or aggressive activity. The bones are soft and at risk of damage - they don’t ossify until approximately 18 months of age. Puppies need much less exercise than fully-grown dogs over-exercising can overtire and damage its developing joints, causing early arthritis.  A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown.

This is however a great time for play and training the puppy in the basics toilet, recall, sit, lie, stay, drop & leave. After about 3 months it can begin its walking exercise and socialisation. One of the best ways to teach good canine manners is to allow your puppy to interact with an adult dog. Most adult dogs won't be aggressive towards a puppy but they will find a way to put a puppy in its place, perhaps with a growl or a grumble. Don't prevent an adult dog from doing this, since puppies learn to limit the strength of their bite and how to behave themselves.

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