Our team of professionally trained pet fitness experts are in the business of pets. We live and breathe pets and have the pet fur blanketing our clothes and lining our car floors to prove it! We carry that badge proudly. We want to make sure your pets are not only fed, medicated, doted on and let out for a potty break but thoroughly exercised so they live longer and happier.
The founder of Tails of the City Pet Care, est 2002, wanted to address the pet fitness needs of area clients and their pets by creating a service that uniquely specializes in providing fitness-focused pet care. Pet owners use Tails of the City for midday potty breaks, vacation pet sitting, overnights, boarding and pet taxi. However, some clients needed more than the basics and longed for a pet fitness program to meet those health and fitness needs. Born to Run Pet Fitness was born! For "just the basics" pet care needs, please visit our affiliated company, Tails of the City, the providers of quality pet care when you can't be there.
I ALREADY HAVE A MIDDAY DOG WALKER AND/OR PET SITTER, DO I REALLY NEED YOUR PET FITNESS SERVICE?
We do everything a midday dog walker or pet sitter would do but incorporate a fitness-focused aspect to our pet care services. Midday dog-walking and pet sitting are critical services that enable pet owners to provide quality care when they can't be there. Potty breaks, litter clean-up and regular feedings are a part of a dog or cat's' life. Often times, pet owners are simply too busy or not trained to run with a dog or integrate well-planned, in-home exercise into their pet's regular routine. This is where Born to Run Pet Fitness comes in. Dogs and cats are born to run! Not only will we let your pups out to do the requisite potty break and paw stretch but we are trained and fit enough to run with them. Either on trails or at the park, we do not kick back on a bench and like posts on our Facebook feed while your pet sniffs around. We are your pet's personal pet fitness trainers. The time is entirely devoted to maximizing the time with your pets, getting their paws in motion and meeting their fitness goals and requirements. Experience the benefits of pet fitness - regular, consistent physical activity that is geared towards the specific needs of dogs and cats will promote a healthy lifestyle, decrease sedentary habits, increase longevity, strengthen muscles, improve endurance and mitigate bad or destructive behavior.
IS DOG RUNNING OR YOUR OTHER PET FITNESS ACTIVITIES SUITABLE FOR ALL DOGS AND CATS? FITNESS-BASED PET CARE SOUNDS WONDERFUL BUT WHAT IF I JUST NEED THE PET CARE BASICS COVERED?
Our lives are devoted to animals and we would love to run with every canine or work out ever feline we come across but sadly, dog running and some of the other more rigorous and physically demanding pet fitness activities are not ideal or safe for all pets. During your phone or e-mail intake, we will help you determine if this type of service is right for you. If your pet ends up not being an ideal candidate but you still need traditional pet care services, our affiliated company, Tails of the City Pet Care, will be happy to assist you with your pet care needs.
HOW DO YOU SCREEN YOUR PET FITNESS SPECIALISTS AND PET CARE PROVIDERS?
We certify that all our pet fitness specialists are first and foremost animal lovers. True animal lovers, out of a genuine concern for pets, will make it a personal priority to ensure visits are made on time and be interested in the overall well-being of the pets in their charge. All pet fitness specialists must have experience taking care of pets whether that experience is professional or through personal pet ownership or volunteerism. Each pet fitness specialist must pass a criminal background check and recent employment history must be verified.
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO YOUR PET CARE PROVIDERS AND PET FITNESS SPECIALIST UNDERGO?
New hires undergo a rigorous training program and are trained in animal behavior, pet fitness, and Pet First Aid. Before new hires are dispatched into the field to care for your furry babies, they must complete an online training program that covers all aspects of pet care ranging from administrative procedures to puppy care basics, pass an exam and shadow a seasoned pet fitness specialist or pet care provider until management deems that (s)he is ready to go out on his or her own.
HOW WILL I KNOW THAT VISITS ARE BEING DONE?
All pet fitness specialists are managed carefully through a GPS-based pet sitter software that enables clients to view the status of their visits by logging into the Client Portal and view their individual client account. Additionally, clients receive real-time, GPS-pinned, e-mailed visit confirmation that not only confirms that the visit was completed but will include pictures and a report of how your pet did during the visit. All visit feedback reports will be stored in your online file for future reference.
CAN WE MEET OUR PET FITNESS SPECIALIST OR PET CARE PROVIDER?
Yes, clients can always request to meet the person who will be spending time with their pets and entering their homes. It is a reasonable and natural request. Please schedule such Meet and Greets with the Born to Run Pet Fitness Administrative Team. There is an additional charge for the Meet and Greet.
IS BORN TO RUN INSURED AND BONDED? IF SO, THROUGH WHOM? MAY CLIENTS SEE PROOF OF COVERAGE?
Born to Run Pet Fitness carries liability insurance through Business Insurance of the Carolinas (Century Insurance Group). Our crime bond is issued through Traveler's Insurance. Yes, you may request photocopies of our policy certificates and/or cards.
CAN YOU PROVIDE REFERENCES?
We sure can! We encourage prospective clients to thoroughly vet us and anyone they would consider as caretakers for their most precious family member. Like you, we want to ensure that we are the right fit for you and your pet. If prospective clients request references, they can be provided.
WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVICE?
We currently have branches in the following areas:
DC: All 4 quadrants of Washington, DC
VA: Arlington & Alexandria
MD: Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring & Baltimore City
*If you do not see your area listed, do not despair! Check with us as we might be able to service you.