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Dog Bite Prevention: 10 Tips For Keeping Children Safe

Any dog can bite!  Most dog bites to children are severe and happen during everyday activities.  One reason children are victims of dog bites is because they do not know how to treat dogs.  Teaching children appropriate interactions and boundaries with dogs significantly reduces the risk of being bitten.  Every responsible pet owner should teach their children dog bite prevention.

Dog Bite Prevention

 

Dog Bite Prevention:  10 Tips For Keeping Children Safe

1. Never leave young children unattended with a dog.   

The best thing you can do to prevent a dog bite is to closely supervise the interactions and activities between the child and dog.  Children, especially babies and toddlers, should never be alone with a dog.  Children can accidentally hurt or threaten a dog consequently causing the dog to bite.

2.  No hugs or kisses.   

Although children naturally want to show their love by giving a dog a hug or a kiss, dogs do not like these gestures. When a dog feels trapped and uncomfortable, a bite may result as a way to escape. Teach children that dogs like scratches on the back.  

3.  No pats on the head or reaching over the head.

Dogs become very nervous with movements over their heads. This can be threatening or scary.  Show children appropriate places to touch or pet the dog, such as on the back at the tail base or in back of the neck.

We can't stress enough the importance of teaching children HOW to show love to pets. ❤️Children naturally want to show love by hugging and kissing. It's our responsibility to teach them dogs don't like this and will try to get away or worse, bite. I've been showing my granddaughter the appropriate ways to love dogs! To show love, we give dogs scratches on the back or back of the neck and give them space. No pats on the head No hugsDon't kiss the dogGive dogs spaceDon't chase after themDo not take food or toys away from themDon't bother when they are eatingI would say Sasha has a new best friend

Posted by Best in Pet Services, LLC on Thursday, April 5, 2018

4.  Don’t pull ears, tail, muzzle, or paws.

Kids are very inquisitive of a dog’s ears, tail, mouth, and paws.   These areas however, may be sensitive to a dog. Most dogs do not like having these areas touch.  The probing and pulling of little hands on these sensitive areas most certainly will be uncomfortable to the dog which may cause the dog to snap or bite.  Show children to gently scratch a dog’s back instead. 

5.  Don’t corner or trap.

A threatened or trapped dog is more likely to bite.  Children must learn to give dogs space.  If a dog moves away or growls, it means leave them alone. 

6. Don’t bother pets who are sleeping.

Startling a dog while sleeping, can most definitely lead to a bite.  A child should never be allowed to wake a sleeping dog.  Teach them instead to allow the dog to sleep in peace and to wait for the dog to approach them before engaging in interaction and play.

7.  Don’t bother dogs when they are eating.

Children should never reach into a dog’s food bowl or try to take their dish while the dog is eating.  For some dogs this is not a problem,  Other dogs however, may bite or start resource guarding.  It’s not worth risking to know if your dog will be okay with it.  Avoid it all together.

8.  Don’t take food, toys, or valuable treats away from pet.

Taking something valuable away from a pet increases the likelihood of a child be bitten.  Children can easily understand this by explaining just like they don’t want someone taking their favorite toy while playing, dogs don’t like it either.

9.  Do not chase.

Chase seems like a very fun game for children and dogs, but chase can lead to overactive, stimulated dogs who while chasing start biting. Playing a more calm game such as hide and seek or fetch are better alternatives.

10.  Do not lean on or over a dog.

Leaning over or on a dog, is threatening or may even hurt the dog. Children should learn to walk around a dog and to leave a dog alone if resting.  It’s never okay for children to lean on, sit on, or lay on a dog.  

There are many great benefits of children safely growing up with dogs. Responsible pet owners will ensure their child’s safety by teaching them how to treat and love dogs.

Most dog bites can be prevented and the best way to do this is to teach our children dog bite prevention. 

 

 

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Top 10 Reasons To Hire A Professional Pet Sitter

Hiring a professional pet sitter may be a new concept to you.  Maybe you just got a new pet or perhaps always relied on family, friends, or neighbors but lately they aren’t available as often as you need them,  There are lots of pet owners who prefer not to kennel so what other options are available?  We will share with you the top 10 reasons to hire a professional pet sitter.

Top 10 reasons to hire a professional pet sitter

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Pet Sitter

1.  Do not have to burden family, friends, or neighbors

One of the best reasons to hire a professional pet sitter is you no longer have to burden your family, friends, or neighbors.  Having someone you know come in once a day to check on your cat or 3-4 times a day to take care of your dog may not seem to be asking a lot, however this can be a huge imposition.  When you ask someone for this favor, you are asking them to make time in their already busy schedule to care for your pets.  They may even have skip out on events or activities to do so or worse skip out on visiting the pets. 

Another problem with asking is you may have to reciprocate and may not have the time or desire to do so.  Save your relationships by not burdening them with pet sitting.

2.  Pets Stay Home

Pets prefer the safety and familiarity of their own environment.  Taking pets for boarding or kenneling can be stressful.  The new sounds, scents, and routines may cause anxiety in some pets.  This can be especially true for cats. Cats most often do not like to travel and do not like strange places.  Hiring a professional pet sitter to come in daily will help keep pets on their regular schedule.  It will also be less stressful for your pets when they have to be without you if they can stay at home where they feel secure.

3.  Convenient

Another reason to hire a pet sitter is leaving pets at home is convenient for you.  You don’t have to pack up your pets , their food, dishes, bedding, and toys to take to boarding or a kennel facility.  It also saves time by not having to transport your pet.  

professional pet sitter, beaver

4.  Less Stress for you and your pet

Hiring a professional pet sitter to care for your pets will reduce stress for both you and your pet.  Your pet most certainly feels less stress staying at home but you will less stress as well.  Knowing someone who is trustworthy and reliable checking on your pets and home eases your worry about going away. This allows for a much more enjoyable vacation.

5.  Follows pets regular routine

Keeping pets on their regular routine helps reduce your pets stress and anxiety when you are away.  They are used to eating, sleeping, playing at certain times of the day.  A professional pet sitter understands the importance of pets following their regular routine and will closely follow your instructions for care. When there are no disruptions to a pets regular schedule, they are much happier.

6.  Reliable

A professional pet sitter is reliable due to pet sitting is their livelihood and reputation is at stake. Professional pet sitters are going to show up when they say they are.  They will spend the requested amount of time with your pet.  They honor their commitments and don’t back out at the last minute leaving you stuck. 

7.  Someone to rely on when faced with and emergency

We highly recommend building a relationship with a professional pet sitter. This is so you have someone you can count on when faced with an emergency.  Everyone at one time or another faces an emergency, an unexpected hospitalization, illness, accident,  or a death in the family.  This is not a time to frantically search for someone or to worry about if your pets are being taken care of.  

8.  Trained and Insured

A trained, insured pet sitter is the best choice when choosing a pet care provider.  When dealing with pets, there is always a chance that something unexpected can happen.  A trained professional pet sitter knows how to deal with unexpected situations that arise.  Everyone assumes caring for pets is easy but this is not always the case.  Outside, pets encounter other non friendly pets, pets become ill, and some pets have accidents.  A family member or neighbor may not know what to do or fail to recognize if your pet is ill. 

9.  Home is also looked after

Not only will a professional pet sitter take exceptional care of your pets but will also look after your home.  Having someone visit the home daily offers additional security. Lights will be turned on and off, mail and newspapers picked up, and a car in the driveway.  

10.  Peace of Mind

Probably the most important reason to hire a professional pet sitter is peace of mind.  When you don’t have to worry about your pets, your time away is much more relaxed.

Of the top 10 reasons to hire a professional pet sitter, which would benefit you the most?

If pet sitting in your home is new to you, we would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.  Best in Pet Services has a range of options to fit all your pet care needs.  Check out our services for a more detailed list.  Please contact us with any questions or to talk about your pets.  We always love to talk about pets! 

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How to Find the Best Dog Walker in Beaver, PA

If you recently got a new puppy or changed jobs and are working longer hours, you may be looking to hire a dog walker.  In this article we will share tips on how to help you find the best dog walker in Beaver, PA.

Best Dog Walker in Beaver, PA

Tips to Find the Best Dog Walker in Beaver, PA

Ask friends or neighbors

One of the ways you can find the best dog walker in Beaver, PA is to ask those closest to you who they recommend.  Friends and neighbors will be very honest with you when it comes to their experiences. These are opinions and feedback you can count on as your friends and neighbors would not want to steer you wrong.

Get referrals from your veterinarian

Most veterinarians have professionals to refer.  Your veterinarian is a good source in asking about other professional pet care providers.  They want the best for your pets.   Sometimes your veterinarian will have staff who may also offer dog walking. Veterinarians are a great source for recommendations.

Search online for a local professional dog walker

If by chance your friends or veterinarian are not able to refer a dog walker, another option is to search online.  Be careful to seek out only professional dog walkers.  When you do a search for dog walker in Beaver, PA there are going to many dog walkers offering services.  Some are professionals and some are hobby dog walkers.

To find the best dog walker, however, you should always hire a professional. A professional dog walker is the best option because of the experience and knowledge they have.  Although your dog may be super easy to walk, there are often times unexpected events that occur while out walking that can be dangerous or threatening to your dog.  A professional dog walker will know how to handle these situations.

Also, when searching online you will most certainly see listed first, advertisements for Rover and Wag.  These are apps to make hiring a dog walker easy and convenient.  There are some professional pet sitters listed on these sites but be aware many are not.  Always do your homework.  

Before hiring, check out reviews and ratings to find the best dog walker

Reviews and ratings posted online are easy to find.  We recommend reviewing these before asking a dog walker to provide references.  Chances are the dog walker is only going to provide a positive, glowing reference so this may not be a true reflection of the dog walker.

A reputable, reliable dog walker will have several positive reviews.  The most popular ways to find dog walker reviews and ratings are on Google, Facebook, Angie’s List, and Yelp.  The best dog walker in Beaver, Pa does not necessarily have to have all 5 stars.  If there are 1-2 ratings less than 5 stars but all others are 5 stars, read each one and the dog walker’s response.  This will give you a good idea of the situation.  Sadly, there are times when a fake review appears, or reviews are filtered so make sure you look at them all. 

If you cannot find reviews and ratings on any of the above mentioned sites, do not hire the dog walker.  

Research the dog walker 

This is not too difficult but very important in finding the best dog walker.  When researching the dog walker there are certain criteria that is a must. 

Qualities for hiring the best dog walke

Look for these qualities for hiring the best dog walker

  • They are a professional dog walker.
  • The dog walker is insured.
  • How long have they been in business?  This is important.  If they have only been in business for a short time, they may not be the best choice.  Although they may be very good at what they are doing, they are not as well established as someone who has been in business for years.  Years of being in this business results in a more experienced and knowledgeable dog walker.
  • They provide a contract and explain the services that will be provided.  You know exactly what to expect and what you are paying for.
  • Do they have an excellent rating and positive reviews?

Because you are concerned with your dog being home too long during the day, you want to make it better for your dog by hiring a dog walker.  Hiring a dog walker will ease your guilt of leaving your dog for such long periods because when you hire the best dog walker in Beaver, PA, you are assured your dog and home are in the best care.

How can we help you with your dog walking needs?

Best in Pet Services offers several options to help with your dog walking needs.  We offer dog walking 5 days per week,  Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.  Based on your needs, you can schedule 1 day per week up to 5 days per week. Our dog walks range from 20 minutes to 60 minutes.  We also have availability for occasional walks that may be scheduled on an as needed basis.  For a more detailed list check out our  policies and rates.

We know there are many options to choose from when hiring a dog walker and it can seem overwhelming not knowing who to trust.  We are happy to help answer any questions you may have regarding hiring a dog walker in Beaver County.  Contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

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Secret To A Happy Dog

We love our dogs!  They provide so much love, happiness, and companionship but are our dogs happy?  There is one secret to a happy dog.

The Secret To A Happy Dog

Secret To A Happy Dog

Dogs need more than food, water, housing, and companionship to make them happy.  A content dog needs stimulation to thrive and shine. The secret to a happy dog is daily dog walks.

Daily dog walks provide mental and physical stimulation necessary for a dog’s wellbeing.  Dogs take in the world thru scent.  Being cooped up in the house with time outside confined to a back yard limits your dog’s life experiences resulting in an unhappy dog.

Experiencing new scents, sounds, and sights prevents boredom and unwanted destructive behaviors.  Dogs need a chance to just be dogs.  They need to sniff.  They need to release pent up energy. Daily dog walks will tire your dog out especially mentally.  We all know a tired dog is a good dog but also a happy dog.

Another way daily dog walks make for a happy dog is by creating a stronger bond between you and your dog.  Dogs are happiest when they get to do something fun with their owner.

One of the problems most dog owners face is not having enough time in the day.  There is work, errands, after school activities, household chores. Life demands make it difficult to find time to take our dog for a 20-30 minute walk.

Solutions

It is not necessary to keep to a rigid daily schedule to benefit your dog.  Some days you may only be able to fit in a quick walk around the block.  That’s ok.  It still gets your dog out.

Another option is to hire a daily dog walker.  This is a great option when you work extremely long hours or have things to do after work.  You can go about your day quilt free knowing your dog is getting a break during the day and doing something fun.

Daily dog walks are the secret to a happy dog.  They also keep your dog healthy.  Now lace up those shoes, leash up the dog and enjoy spending time with your best pal.

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10 Reasons To Hire A Professional Cat Sitter

Going away may have you wondering what to do about your cat.  You may be thinking of leaving you cat home alone for a few days with plenty of food and water or having a friend stop by every couple days to check in.  There is a better solution however that provides your cat with better care.  Here are 10 reasons to hire a professional cat sitter.

10 Reasons to Hire A Professional Cat Sitter
10 Reasons To Hire A Professional Cat Sitter

1.  Cats Stay Home

One of the best reasons to hire a professional cat sitter is your cat gets to stay at home.  Cats are not particularly fond of being crated and travel to unknown places.

2.  Comfort

Staying in their own familiar surroundings is more comfortable for your cat.  They can sleep in their favorite places and eat in their usual spots. Litter boxes are where they should be.

3.  Less Stress

Trying to get your cat in a carrier to take to a kennel or boarding facility can be quite stressful for your cat.  That is all before you even get there.  At a strange place, your cat may be stressed about other pets, sounds, and even scents. Keeping cats at home will be much less stressful for you and your cat.

4.  Companionship

Hiring a professional pet sitter provides your cat with companionship while you are away.  A pet sitter will devote time to spend to play, pamper, and love your cat.  Even if your cat is quite shy, a professional pet sitter will sit and talk to your cat and entice them to interact.

5.  Routine

Cats prefer routine, especially with meal times. Hiring a professional pet sitter will keep your cat on a similar schedule which they are used to.

6.  Playtime

When you hire a professional pet sitter to take care of your cat, they do more than just put food and water out.  They ensure your cat has attention and play time too.  If your cat is not into toys, then time will be spent talking, cuddling or even swirling a string around.  Cats who don’t like to play still are curious and entertained by watching the pet sitter play with the toys.

7.  Brushing

Proper care of your cat goes beyond just the basics.  Brushing, especially for long haired cats is usually a daily requirement.  Sometimes a friend or family member may not think about this while caring for your cat.

8.  Litter Box Cleaning

Daily litter box cleaning is a must.  If you aren’t having someone look after your cats daily, the litter box is going to get quite full which can result in your cat finding another place to go.  Cats do not like dirty boxes to do their business.  This is not the behavior you want to return to.

9.  Reduce illness or accidents

Staying at home reduces the chance or illness for your cats because they will not be exposed to other pets who may be sick.

Also, having a professional pet sitter visit daily reduces the chance of accidents.  Cats have a way of getting in to binds such as stuck in a closet with the door closed, caught up in blinds, or stuck between furniture.  Some cats like to play with their water and over turn their dish or splash it all out.

10.  Peace of Mind

Another very important reason to hire a professional pet sitter is the peace of mind it will give you.  Going away should be relaxing.  Knowing a professional will be there to provide your cat with basic care, love and affection is well worth it.

When your cats are your babies, you don’t want just anyone entrusted to their care.  

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