This week on Lucie For Hire, out host, Lucie Fink tries out everyone's dream job, being a dog walker. With help from friends at The Barking Meter, Lucie learns the ropes of looking after other people's pets. Watch this episode of Lucie For Hire for a cuteness overload and learn a thing or two about dogs!
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I work for Wag! You get $13 plus tip for a half hour only one dog at a time but no extra benefits. Im not ready to go full time but that would be a lot of money! I only work about 3 hours a day for now. Wags cool and you only walk one dog at a time for usually $15 to $17 in a half hour. Most of your time is just getting to the owners house. I cant stand bosses or telling me when to work (I know the money I want to earn thanks) so I needed this job. I did it privately too but people didnt want to pay me as high as Wag.
For all these people saying prong collars are cruel. No they are not it depends on how you use it. For example too low on the neck can hurt the trechea. Prongs are still made and used for a reason, I have a deaf bully and I really need it because he pulls and he gets reactive when he gets scared of something or someone passing by really quick., So the prong helps me correct him and get him to listen to me quickly. Trust me a 75lb bull terrier looks scary when he freaks out. I've had a lady yell at me because she ran up to him on a walk with a hoodie and dark shades to pet him and he flipped out and she got scared and blamed me for him being the way he is. So trust me it's necessary.
I started thinking 15 an hour with all those benefits was a lot to just walk a dog. By the end, with all the drop-offs, customer notes and summary of the walk, I understand why they need those benefits. XD
All dogs are in prong collars in this video. Using choke and prong collars is not in the line with modern dog training. And with this video you're just promoting these obsolete tools to a large audience. This is NOT a pleasant experience for a dog at all, it IS painful and absolutely not necessary to teach a dog to walk nicely on a leash
I own a dog walking company in the uk. It took me two years of training and the laws seem very different here. I can only walk a few dogs at a time and we would never ever attach dogs to our belts. This is so dangerous!! I’m sure this is a great company but I’m hoping this video was exaggerated. And prong collars really do hurt and are banned under the Animal Welfare Act!!!!
The only way a prong collar works is because they hurt the dog. Its called positive punishment and it means that the handler is adding something that is painful or scary to decrease a behavior like pulling on the leash. They can also cause damage to the dog when not fitted properly and all the dogs in the video had prong collars too loose. It was also a 90 degree day and they are walking the dogs on the road which can easily and quickly burn the dog's paw pads. If this business actually runs the way they show in the video with minimal training for the walker than they really should consider a different career.
I’m a dog walker, have been for just over a year now and it’s been the best decision ever! Very early mornings/late nights some very hot/cold days but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The joy the dogs get when they see I’m there to walk them is so amazing. Best job ever, especially when people have a puppy.
This company seems so wonderful like they really care about the owners and their wonderful dogs.
I have to point out, these dogs are fairly well trained it seems, and the prong collar will not hurt them. If you put a prong on a dog that pulls very hard then try to walk it without doing actual proper fitting and training with it beforehand, yes it can be dangerous. The prong Should sit high up behind the ears under the jaw, not down on the dogs neck. This keeps the prongs at an even pressure that is fine for the dog like any other collar, then when the dog pulls it is given a quick correction with a pop of the collar that puts quick pressure evenly then releases immediately. The prongs do not dig into the neck when used correctly. There are 2 ways to attach to the collar as well, live ring and dead ring. The first time a prong is used on a dog it should be on dead ring. When the leash is attached to the dead ring the correction will not take as much slack out of the collar as when it is attached to the live ring. Attached to the live ring the correction is felt more because more slack is taken out, and is used if a dog does not respond to being on the dead ring. The handler is responsible for using the collar properly, and training the dog. It is the same principal with "choke chains" or slip collars, if you use them wrong it will hurt the dog. I have seen dogs hurt themselves on normal collars as well because they just pull too damn hard. Just hate that people don't know what they are talking about and have to be so judgmental.
I used to be a dog sitter/trainer/groomer at this place where I live and honestly, it's by far one of the most exhausting jobs I've had. I loved being with all those cute babies but having to watch 30 dogs in one room by yourself is so much work! Dogs are cute but those cute faces can be so deceiving!
I would never ever let anyone walk my dog with a prong collar. It's been banned in many European countries and in some others for being cruel. You might not yank it, but another walker might. Or the dog can get distracted and pull, it will poke and hurt. If you don't put it on your kid, you don't put it on your dog.
I just had to say that this company should be hailed as a company that is completely in tune with the needs of employees. They provide health benefits??!! 401k??!! Also, paying folks at a rate that should be commensurate with the cost of living in New York, is a complete winner of a company. ALL HAIL The Barking Meter!!! Thank you so much for bringing this truly special company to light.
What are you talking about? The owners are at work and the dog has to go on a walk, that's why the owners give keys to the dog walkers. It's not like she violated the door to get in and steal the dog! And it's obviously a company (a very well rounded up, I say) so it's obvious they take care of such security issues.
If my dog (who weighs over 100 pounds) desires to pull me with all of his weight, the prong collar will tighten up and give them an uncomfortable feeling. If he isn’t pulling like a psycho, his prong collar is actually pretty lose on him. It was honestly my last option but I’m happy I opened up to it because I hated them before. There are people out there that abuse their dogs and use prong collars with bad intentions. But I do not have any intentions of harming my babies. He also has a harness that goes into his armpits if he pulls, but sometimes he doesn’t listen to that and I don’t really want to be pulled like a rag doll by a dog who’s almost as big as I am.
If you put it on a dog that pulls very hard then try to walk it without doing actual proper fitting and training with it beforehand, yes it can be dangerous. The prong Should sit high up behind the ears under the jaw, not down on the dogs neck. This keeps the prongs at an even pressure that is fine for the dog like any other collar, then when the dog pulls it is given a quick correction with a pop of the collar that puts quick pressure evenly then releases immediately. The prongs do not dig into the neck when used correctly. There are 2 ways to attach to the collar as well, live ring and dead ring. The first time a prong is used on a dog it should be on dead ring. When the leash is attached to the dead ring the correction will not take as much slack out of the collar as when it is attached to the live ring. Attached to the live ring the correction is felt more because more slack is taken out, and is used if a dog does not respond to being on the dead ring. The handler is responsible for using the collar properly, and training the dog. It is the same principal with "choke chains" or slip collars, if you use them wrong it will hurt the dog. I have seen dogs hurt themselves on normal collars as well because they just pull too damn hard.
Right! That is literally why they work. It would be nice to see them walk one or two dogs at a time and teach loose leash walking. I am happy to see they take care of their workers though. Dog walking is a skill and should be compensated as such.
I used to be just like you, there’s nothing wrong with that. BUT now that I had no other option but to get a prong collar for my puppy I believe in them! I do not yank her back or pull her with all my body weight. It is actually pretty lose on her and if she decides HERSELF to try and pull me with all of her body weight, which is about 60 pounds, then it’ll gently press on her and obviously she won’t like that uncomfortable feeling and come right back. There are many people who do abuse animals and sometimes use prong collars for the wrong reason. But they are actually pretty useful if used correctly with no harm intended.
Plus a prong is not some magical fix all device. If you put it on a dog that pulls that hard then try to walk it without doing actual proper fitting and training with it beforehand, yes it can be dangerous.
interesting..love that the company owners care about their employees. but, almost all of the special equipment (spikey collars, leashes that pull close without a stopper etc) are illegal here in Europe. so I don’t think they are as harmless as they look
I would never use anything but a harness, on my dogs. Pulling at their necks is just cruel to me. Escpecially if its a choke collar or a prong collar. They're called a punishment collar for a reason, they hurt! If the owners insists on them being used, then turn the owner down. Money is not more important than the wellbeing of the animal.
FYI they aren't illegal in (all of) Europe. Atleast not in Sweden. Every collar for a dog can be harmful tho as long as u use it right it will be harmless. I personally wouldn't use it. I have 3 pit Bulls and I don't use any neck collar. But I know someone who did use a collar witout a stopper. She used it to learn the dog to walk beside her. (it worked) and the dog is perfectly fine.
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
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love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.