Dog’s gain weight, just as we do, and while some of the reasons for weight gain can be more obvious, such as eating habits and lifestyle, there are other culprits that can cause our pups to pack on the pounds. According to pets.webmd.com, over half of the dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, putting them at higher risks for other health issues and decreased life expectancy. Understanding the cause of your canine’s weight gain is the best way to battle the bulge and help your fur friend regain that flattering, four-legged figure.

Common Causes of Dog Obesity Include:

Lack of Exercise:  Dogs need exercise and when they don’t get the physical activity necessary to keep them ‘fit’, it can result in unhealthy weight gain. On average, canines require 30 minutes of exercise a day to keep them happy and healthy. Factors such as size, age, and breed should always be considered when planning a fitness routine for your pup, as some dogs need more activity than others, and if your four-legged friend hasn’t exercised for a while, take it slow.

Overeating:  It’s easy to reward our pets with tasty treats when they display good behavior, or share samplings from our plate as we sit down for dinner, but these habits can have negative consequences. Surprisingly, dogs don’t require the calorie intake that you might think, so monitoring the amount of food given throughout the day and offering healthy alternatives to snacks and treats can make all the difference in your pooch maintaining a healthy weight.

Genetics:  Yes, genetics can play a role in your pup’s weight! Certain breeds, such as Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, and Cocker Spaniels are prone to weight gain, so keeping them active by providing adequate exercise is the best way to keep the weight off.

Aging:  Sarcopenia, or the loss of muscle mass, is common in older dogs and can result in a slower metabolism, which ultimately leads to weight gain. High protein diets and daily activity can be beneficial for aging dogs, as they can slow the process of muscle mass depletion and contribute to a healthy body weight.

Medical Issues:  Undiagnosed health problems, such as osteoarthritis, Cushing’s Disease, or hypothyroidism can be detrimental to a dog’s weight, and health. If your canine eats right and gets plenty of exercise, but still seems to be putting on the pounds, seeking medical attention is highly recommended. Your veterinarian can perform the proper tests and supply the right treatments and therapies to support well-being and keep your pooch fit.

Scoopy Doo’s of Longmont cares about the health of your pets, after all, we couldn’t do what we ‘doo’ without them! We might not be able to help your obese dog lose weight, but we can clean up his poop. If you live in Longmont, Boulder, Niwot, or the surrounding areas and need professional pet waste removal services for your residential, HOA, or commercial property, call the poop scooper specialists at Scoopy Doo’s today. We really do take a load off!

If you own a dog, chances are that over the last several months of frigid temps and snow the dog poop has really piled up! With warm weather right around the corner, there is no better time to hire a poop scooper professional to clean it all up. If pet waste removal is on the top of your to-do list, consider the team at Scoopy Doo’s Longmont.

Scoopy Doo’s has provided residential pet waste removal services in Longmont and throughout Northern Colorado since 1983. With one-time services or flat-rate monthly maintenance plans, we can accommodate the needs of every customer. Whether weekly scheduled visits or a single session, one dog or three, Scoopy Doo’s is here for all your pet waste removal needs.

The experienced team of poop scoopers at Scoopy Doo’s are reliable, thorough, and courteous. They have a strong understanding of canines and know that the safety and well-being of your pet/s are top priority. They take time to get to know their clients, both 2 and 4-legged, and strive to form the trusted relationships needed to successfully perform their poop scooping services.

Scoopy Doo’s is:

  • Locally owned and operated
  • Insured
  • Honest and Trusted
  • Affordable
  • Reliable and Efficient

At Scoopy Doo’s, our reputation speaks for itself! Satisfied customers in Longmont, Firestone, Boulder and the surrounding communities have contributed to our continued success by providing positive reviews and countless referrals throughout the years. The result – a $25 cash referral program for new referrals resulting in new business. It’s just our way of saying thank you. Our goal is customer satisfaction; therefore, our services are 100% guaranteed.

If you need a residential pet waste removal service to tackle the piles of poop on your property, look no further. Call the trusted pooper scoopers at Scoopy Doo’s Longmont today. We really can take a load off!

What’s All the Barking About?

There’s a knock at the door, your dog starts barking. The mailman walks by and your furry friend has to alert the neighborhood. Or maybe your pup greets you with a little “woof woof” when you return home. Just as humans, dogs have a voice, and whether barking, howling, or whining, they typically have their reasons for communicating with us.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs don’t bark just because they can; they are genuinely trying to tell us something, and if you pay close attention, you will even notice the difference in barks in certain situations, which can be a great way to understand the reason for the barking and whether it needs addressing.

General Reasons Dogs Bark Include:

The Meet and Greet Bark – When your dog wags her tail, body relaxed, while barking and maybe even whining, this is her way of greeting you or others.

The Seeking Attention Bark – Have you ever been engaged in conversation at the dinner table and your pup interrupts with a random bark as she sits at your feet? Well, she’s trying to get your attention. Whether it’s her vying for your affection, or wanting you to sneak her a bite, that bark is to get you to notice her.

The Social Bark – Everyone knows that when one dog barks, every dog in the neighborhood joins in, including yours.

The Playful Bark – When your pup gets excited, you may notice a higher pitch bark that sounds ‘happy’. This is common when dogs are playing with other dogs, or humans.

The Frustrated or Bored Bark – This bark can be a little pathetic, yet annoying. It will likely be repetitive and typically indicates that your canine companion isn’t happy with her current situation. For example, if you have to confine your fur baby to a kennel, she might get frustrated and bark repetitively. It might also be a way of her telling you she’s bored or lonely, especially when confined.

The Alert Bark – Any little sound or glimpse of movement can prompt your four-legged friend to sound her alarm by barking loudly, and with authority. This type of bark isn’t restricted to the home, as it can occur wherever she might sense a threat.

The Territorial Bark – Canines are territorial, so when another animal or person approaches their property (and that includes you) the common response is to bark, and it’s usually excessive. This type of barking will be very similar to the alert bark. You can expect to see a stiffer body combined with a stern, loud bark that will most likely include growling.

Other causes of barking can include illness, injury, fear, phobias, or anxiety. If you’re concerned that any of these could be the reason for your fur baby’s barking habits, please talk to your veterinarian.

Not only do dogs bark, they poop, and when you need a professional pet waste removal service to clean it up, call the professional poop scoopers at Scoopy Doo’s of Longmont today. Proudly serving residential, commercial, and HOA clients in Longmont, Boulder, Firestone and the surrounding areas since 1993!

Hiring a professional pooper scooper to maintain a commercial property, HOA, or park can make all the difference when it comes to keeping the grounds clean and safe, and not to mention, minimizing complaints that can arise when the area is covered in dog poop. Not only does regular pet waste removal and maintenance help the environment, it eliminates potential health hazards and keeps the premises more appealing to those who visit, work, or reside there. Scoopy Doo’s of Longmont has provided professional pet waste removal services for HOA’s, commercial properties, and parks and trails throughout the Northern Colorado Front Range for over 22 years.

Scoopy Doo’s and our trusted team of pooper scoopers are highly trained and experienced in commercial and HOA grounds maintenance services. We offer programs to accommodate the specific scheduling and budgetary needs of our clients. The grounds maintenance program at Scoopy Doo’s of Longmont includes:

  • Dog poop scooping and removal from premises.
  • Pet Waste station service to include restocking of waste bags and changing out trash receptacles.
  • Weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly scheduling at competitive prices.
  • Reliable and thorough service you can trust!

Scoopy Doo’s knows what a challenge it can be to keep a commercial or HOA property maintained, especially when it comes to scooping poop. When you partner with us for grounds maintenance, you can rest assured that the poop will never pile up! From dog parks to condos, we will take the time to thoroughly clean the premises of all pet waste on every visit, regardless of size or scope.

If you manage a property and need the professional services of a trusted, reputable poop scooper, take a load off and call Scoopy Doo’s of Longmont. Whether a commercial property, HOA, park, or trail in Boulder, Longmont, Frederick or the surrounding areas, Scoopy Doo’s can take care of all your dog poop removal needs. Call us today for a free estimate!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Scoopy Doo’s!

We’ve seen some pretty frigid temps in Northern Colorado this winter, and it’s only December! Anyone that owns a four-legged friend is fully aware that cold weather, high winds, freezing rain, and snow don’t stop our fur babies from taking care of business. Our pups are going to poop, regardless of what the weather has in store, and after several months of cold weather, that poop can really start to pile up.

Scoopy Doo’s of Longmont is a professional pooper scooper service providing trusted pet waste removal services in Longmont, Firestone, Boulder and the surrounding areas all year round. Our courteous staff doesn’t let the Colorado winters get in the way of our pet poop removal services.

For residential clients, we offer a monthly plan with flat rate pricing based on the number of canine companions on the property. We take the time to get to know your furry friend/s so that they trust us when we come back to scoop the poop. If a one-time service is all you need, we are happy to accommodate you and your pet waste removal needs.

Scoopy Doo’s of Longmont also services commercial and HOA clients. We offer pet waste stations, grounds maintenance, and poop scooping and removal in parks, HOA properties, and trails. Since property managers have a busy schedule, our services can alleviate the added stress of keeping the premises clean, and with weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly servicing, you can’t go wrong when choosing Scoopy Doo’s for all your pet waste removal solutions.

When the cold weather has you wondering what to do with all that poo, no need to worry. Don’t let that poop pile up, call the experienced team at Scoopy Doo’s of Longmont. Since 1983, whether sunshine or snowfall, we are here to assist you with all your pet waste removal needs. Give Scoopy Doo’s a call today!