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Affectionate Gestures Dogs Hate

We love our dogs so we shower them with hugs and kisses. The problem with our display of affection, however, is dogs don’t perceive these gestures as affectionate. There are absolutely some affectionate gestures dogs hate.

Affectionate Gestures Dogs hate

 

Affectionate Gestures Dogs Hate

 

Hugs

It’s really hard not to want to hug our dog. Humans show love by hugging. By hugging our dog we feel we are displaying our affection but dogs feel confined and stressed not loved.

Some dogs may tolerate a hug but that doesn’t mean he enjoys it.  Hugging makes dogs uncomfortable.  If you notice your dog’s ears flat and pinned back against his head, face turned, licking his lips, or yawning, it’s wise to back off. Your dog is letting you know he is uncomfortable being hugged. Don’t hug the dog!  

Kisses

Because our dogs lick us we assume they like kisses from us too.  Not necessarily!  Dogs do not like when anyone gets in their face.  It makes them extremely uncomfortable.  Dogs lick us for many reasons.  For dogs, licking is s a natural instinct.  Other reasons for dog licks are,  they like us, we taste good, they are seeking attention, or as a submissive gesture.  

Our kisses are quite different than a lick from a dog’s view. My little Chihuahua seems to adore kisses and even puts her face against mine for more. My Doberman and Boxer on the other hand are not fond of kisses.  Your dog will clearly let you know. If your dog is turning away from you, licking his lips, or even snapping, then listen to his signs. Don’t kiss your dog!

Pats on the head

So many times I witness people want to greet a dog with a pat on the head. Most dogs dislike this gesture.  It can be intimidating and fearful from a dog’s view having a hand move over his head. This is especially true if it is someone the dog does not know that well.  Would you like it if some stranger came up to you and started patting your head? Probably not!

Your dog wants affectionate pets but in the right places and times.  Try petting your dog on the chest, shoulders or back of the neck.  Favorite places for scratches is on the back near base of tail around neck. 

Treat your dog with love and respect.  Use appropriate gestures your dog will enjoy and avoid human affectionate gestures dogs hate.  Your dog will be so much happier and feel more loved.

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Signs Your Dog Has Worms

Dogs pick up worms in various ways.  You may not notice if your dog has a parasite right away so be sure to look for some signs your dog has worms.  

The most common types of worms that can affect your dog are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, and whipworms. Depending on the type of worm, your dog will show different symptoms.

 Signs Your Dog Has Worms

 Signs Your Dog Has Worms

 

If you aren’t sure if your dog has a parasite, here are some possible signs your dog has worms.

White like rice bits visible in stool or around anus area

You may notice little moving bits that resemble rice in your dog’s poo. These are tapeworms.  Your dog will get tapeworms if they ingest an infected flea.  

Scooting

Scooting is another sign your dog may possibly have worms.  Worms cause your dog irritation and scooting is a way for your dog to help relieve themselves.

Spaghetti like worms in vomit or feces

Roundworms look like long, spaghetti found in a dog’s vomit or feces.  Roundworms are common in puppies. Mothers can pass roundworms to their puppies during birth or through nursing.  Roundworms can grow up to 7 inches long.  Dogs come in contact with roundworms through the mother, infected soil, contaminated feces, or eating infected rodents.  

Bloody Stool, Diarrhea, Weight loss, Pale Gums

Hookworms and whipworms aren’t going to be visible in your dog’s stool.  Some possible signs though are bloody stool or darkened black like stool, diarrhea, weight loss. and pale gums.  If your dog is showing these signs take them to your veterinarian for a check up.

Congestive heart failure

Sometimes dogs with heartworms will develop congestive heart failure.  This is due to the weakening of the muscles and tissues around the heart. Often times though symptoms of heartworm doesn’t show up until there is advanced infection.  Heartworm is contacted by an infected mosquito bite.  Heartworm is deadly but preventable.  Have your dog tested and keep on a monthly heartworm preventative. 

If you suspect your dog has worms or are showing any of the signs above, please go to your veterinarian for a check up.  

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Improve Your Dog’s Wellbeing With One Daily Habit!

As pet guardians we know the importance of providing our pets with good food, a nice home, lots of love, and veterinary care.  These things are necessary for your dog’s health and happiness but there is something more you can and should do. You can improve your dog’s wellbeing with one daily habit, dog walking.

Dog's Wellbeing

Improve Your Dog’s Wellbeing With One Daily Habit!

Taking your dog out for a daily walk has significant benefits.  Although it might not seem that important or necessary, your dog needs and wants the stimulation. Providing your dog with daily mental and physical stimulation improves behavior, increases happiness, and keeps your dog healthy.

How to easily make dog walking a daily habit

Start today

All you need to do is start.  Start today! Leash up your dog and just do it.  Maybe you only have time to stroll out the front door and that is okay. Getting out even for a short time is better than not at all.  

Keep it simple

Start out small by committing to 1-5 minutes.  Everyone can spare 5 minutes a day.  If you think you have to walk your dog for 20-30 minutes daily then most likely you will not succeed in making this a daily habit. You will think of all the other things you need to do and put this one important activity aside.

All you need to do is start.  Start with 1-2 minutes if that is all you have time for. You may find that once you get started you keep going.  

Be consistent

Make it a priority to take your dog out everyday.  If you can only make it down the street one day, that is fine.  Some days may be a short trip around the block, others a nice hike.  the important thing is not how long you get your dog out but to do it daily.  Dogs take in the world thru scents so it is necessary for them to be able to explore by sniffing out their environment.

Make it fun

Daily dog walks should not be a chore that has to be done.  It should be fun for you and your dog.  Letting your dog sniff around is important for their mental stimulation.   Walking your dog this is a great way to bond.  Your dog views walks as fun and exciting.  If you are taking them for a walk, then you too are fun and exciting.  

If your dog is horrible walking on a leash, don’t let this discourage you.  Your dog is just over excited to experience the outside world.  You can improve your dog’s leash walking by using an easy walk harness or no-pull freedom harness, hire a dog trainer, or watch some videos.

Improve your dog’s wellbeing with one daily habit, a dog walk! This one simple activity has such significant benefits. Your dog will be so happy!

 

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Pet Sitter Pet Peeves

The best part of being a professional pet sitter is spending time with pets.  Taking care of pets, loving on them, and providing a valuable service for their guardians gives us great pleasure and pride.  There are however some aspects of pet sitting that are not so pleasant. These pet sitter pet peeves may cost you your pet sitter.

Pet Sitter Pet Peeves

 

Here are some pet sitter pet peeves

No cleaning supplies

Pets make messes!  Their water and food dishes need cleaned out.  Litter needs swept up.  Pet sitters want to be sure your home is in tip top condition when you return. It makes our job so much harder when there are no cleaning supplies available.  Please at least leave your pet sitter some paper towels.  Make sure the broom, dustpan, and vacuum are available.  Most importantly, leave a litter scoop if you have cats.

Not enough cat litter 

Scooping out litter boxes is not a fun chore. Not leaving a supply of extra litter is most definitely a pet sitter pet peeve. It’s really awful when clients leave only a dusting to cover the bottom of the litter box. The pee & poo cements to the box.  It takes some arm muscle to chisel that goo out. We don’t like cleaning that mess and cats certainly don’t like doing their business when there is not enough litter to cover up.

This is especially gruesome in multi kitty households when there aren’t enough litter boxes available for the cats. Make sure your cats and pet sitter are happy.  Leave an adequate supply of litter but also be sure to supply enough cat boxes.  The rule of thumb is one box per cat plus one extra.  

Non emergent calls/texts in the middle of the night

Pet sitters have long grueling schedules.  They start early, work late and spend all holidays and weekends caring for pets. We certainly encourage our pet guardians to check in on their pets while they are away.  We love receiving calls for new service bookings.  Surprisingly though we get many calls and text messages after 10 pm or before 6 am for non emergent calls. We keep the phone on for emergencies.  This is in case someone is in an accident, sudden death or illness in the family, or their return home from a trip is delayed. 

A big pet peeve of pet sitters is receiving a call at midnight asking how Fluffy is doing or to ask for a change in a reservation that is booked 2 months out. Please be respectful of your pet sitter’s down time.  They need to sleep, spend time with their family and pets.  If your pet sitter has office hours, please contact during that time. Would you want your boss contacting you at 2am for something that could be discussed while you were at work the next day?

Leaving an ill or injured pet with no warning

It is very upsetting when pet guardians fail to let us know that their pet is ill or has been injured prior to arriving for service. As professional pet sitters, we take the well-being of your pet very seriously. It is not fair to your pet to leave them hurting. Nor is this fair to the pet sitter.  A sick or injured pet requires more time and may even need emergent veterinarian care.  

Not adequately scheduling enough time with the pets

The cost to have someone care for your pets can add up. Scheduling enough time for your pet to receive the proper care and attention while you are away will result in a happy, well cared for pet.  Skimping by scheduling shorter time visits is a disservice for your pet.  

Unrealistic expectations

Unrealistic expectations are very frustrating to a pet sitter.  There are some things we have no control over.  We can’t make your dog poop within a 20 minute visit if they don’t need to.  We can’t guarantee to be at your house at exactly noon every day if there is not a medical need. If you have 10 pages of notes for the care of your pet, have multiple pets all fed different foods, at different places, 6 litter boxes, and 3 dogs that need to go out separately, we can’t make that happen in a 30 minute visit even if you are able to.  One of the most unrealistic expectations is asking us to reduce our rates to $10 a visit because the neighbor kid or person on Rover charges much less. This is most certainly one of the biggest pet sitter pet peeves.  We can’t stay in business caring for pets at discounted rates.

A professional pet sitter will reduce the stress for you and your pet while you are away.   Finding someone you trust and can rely on will make traveling much more enjoyable. Avoid these pet sitter pet peeves to keep your pet sitter coming back then next time you need to go away.

 

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How To Get Free Pet Sitting By A Professional!

We get it!  We have multiple pets, so we understand. Paying for pet care while you are away can get expensive, especially on those long trips. There is a way, however you can receive free pet sitting by a professional.  

Free Pet Sitting By A Professional

Here is how you can get free pet sitting by a professional!

Most professional pet sitters offer a referral program.  Referral programs benefit both the pet sitter and you, the pet guardian.  Word of mouth is the best form of advertising for a pet sitter. Often times the pet sitter will give an incentive to those who share their business with others.

The incentive varies among professional pet sitters. The pet sitter may offer a certain amount off the next time you schedule a visit.  This can range from $5 upwards to $25 off a future visit. Some pet sitters also offer a discount of 5-10% off next booking. This is certainly worth taking advantage of as it could result in substantial savings to you, especially if you take long vacations.

How most referral programs work is,

You spread the word about your experience with your pet sitter. Encourage friends and family to give your pet sitter a call. Share pictures and stories your pet sitter has provided while servicing your pets.

You can also share posts from your pet sitters social media pages and comment on what a fantastic job the pet sitter did with your pets. Leave positive reviews on social media about your pet sitter.

Once your referral books and pays for service, the pet sitter will notify you and apply a credit to your account. The more you refer the more credits you can accumulate.  This can result in substantial savings on your pet care bill when planning a nice long vacation.

A bonus is if  your pet sitter also gives a credit to the person you referred. You refer the pet sitter and receive a credit but your friend who booked services also receives the same credit.  This is a win for everyone.

If you aren’t sure if your pet sitter has a referral program ask. 

What’s keeping you from telling others about your fantastic pet sitter?  Don’t worry that they will get too busy to take your future reservations.  Professional pet sitters value long-time, clients who appreciate their service and tell others about them.

Now spread the word and get your free pet sitting by a professional.

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