Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are your qualifications?
A: Our services are performed by responsible, caring individuals that have a true passion for animals.  The staff is made up of runners with over 25 years of experience.  The owner Peggy Corey has completed 28 marathons and has provided pet services for many years.

Q: What is entailed in an initial Meet ‘n Greet Meeting?
A: Your initial meet and greet meeting is between Tails-a-Waggin 4U, you and your pet. Most importantly, it allows you to meet your pet sitter, and to see if our service is right for you. It also provides time for the sitter to interact with your pet in your presence, which is important when deciding which service is right for you.

Q: If I choose to have you run with my dog, how far do the dogs run?
A: The runs range between 2 and 5 miles, depending on the fitness level of the individual dog and the weather conditions outside.

Q: How old should my dog be to start this activity?
A: The standard rule-of-thumb is 8 months of age for a dog to start a regular running
program. Canines need time for their bones and joints to form properly in order to
withstand the stress of running for distance. Large breeds need a little more time to
develop, so in this case the recommend wait is until at least 10 months of age.

Q: What if my dog has no experience running with a human companion?
A: No problem, that’s our job. Some dogs naturally “get it” and adapt quickly to on-leash running. However, most dogs have a learning curve when it comes to this activity. There are dogs that take additional time to get use to running with a human companion. With enough time and patience we believe just about any dog can become a good on-leash running partner.

Q: What do I need to do if I decide to hire Tails-a-Waggin 4U?
A: At the meet and greet, you will decide with your sitter what services you need. At this time you will complete, review and sign the Service Agreement allowing Tails-a-Waggin 4U to care for your pet. You will then need to provide Tails-a-Waggin 4U with two (2) sets of house keys. The keys will be coded and kept secure in our office until the time of your visit.

Q: Will Tails-a-Waggin 4U train or discipline my pet?
A: No. Tails-a-Waggin 4U will administer positive reinforcement for pets in accordance with your training guidelines; our primary goal is to ensure that your pet is safe and happy. If there is a disciplinary problem, your sitter will notify you.

Q: What else do you require?
A: For a spot on the Tails-a-Waggin 4U schedule we require a commitment of at least one day a week. Experience has shown that clients see greater benefit from their dog running 2, 3 or more days a week, however, the requirement to start is one day. We also require dogs to be current on vaccines and have all their proper dog tags.

Serving the Northwest Suburbs of Buffalo Grove,Illinois , Long Grove,Illinois , Wheeling,Illinois , Riverwoods,Illinois , Palatine,Illinois , Lincolnshire,Illinois , Arlington Heights,Illinois , Kildeer,Illinois , Prairie View,Illinois , and Deer Park,Illinois.

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