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Hiring A Dog Walker, What You Need To Know!

If your dog is at home most days for 10 plus hours, it may be time to hire a dog walker. Yes, most dogs can hold it but that results in a very uncomfortable day for your dog.

Since this may be new to you, you may be a little worried.  How do you find a person who will love and care for your dog like you? Will the person you hire be reliable? How do you know they won’t snoop through your house or worse steal something?

 

Hiring a dog walker, what you need to know!

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Hire a professional dog walker.  

Pet sitters and dog walkers are popping up all over the place.  Sites like Rover and DogVacay promote dog walking and pet sitting as an easy way to make big money.  You will find pages of listings for pet care services on sites such as Rover, DogVacay, Care, and Craigslist.  Anyone can sign up on these sites regardless of their qualifications.  

When you hire a professional dog walker, you can be confident knowing the person caring for and walking your dog has the training and skills necessary to keep your pet safe.  As professional dog walkers, we have encountered some very unpleasant experiences; dogs trying to grab chicken bones tossed on the sidewalk, reactive dogs, and strong pullers.  The scariest encounters, however, are the loose, charging dogs.  Hiring  a person who doesn’t know what to do in these types of situations consequently can result in injury or death to your dog.

Because your pet, home, and privacy are important to you, careful consideration should be given to those you allow to have access to your home and pet. Not only do you want the best for your pet’s care, you also want someone reliable and trustworthy.  Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations.  They will only want to refer someone they have used and trust.

Take time to research dog walking and pet sitting services in your area.  

To help find the right fit for you and your pet, here are some questions to ask.

  • Are you bonded and insured?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Who will be walking my dog?
  • How do you keep my house keys secure?
  • What happens if my dog walker is sick, injured, has an emergency and can’t get to my dog?

Most importantly when hiring a dog walker, meet them.  How are they with your dog?  Is your dog comfortable with the dog walker? Are you comfortable with the dog walker?  

There are many benefits to hiring a dog walker but the most important is the health and happiness of your dog.

 

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Pet Diaries! Chase Is A Fun Game!

Pet Diaries

Tuesday morning!

 

Pet DiariesBubba ~

I knew something was up.  Mom and Dad were up extra early, bustling about the house.  They headed out the door together so we are going to be alone for a bit. No worries, I know they don’t leave us for very long.  Either they will be home soon or my friend will be by to visit. Mom and Dad call my friend the pet sitter.  I am going to rest for awhile on the sofa until someone comes home.

OllieOllie ~

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!  Mom and Dad left early this morning. What should I do?  Ripping the stuffing out of pink monkey is a fun game.

 

 

Best in Pet Services TazTaz ~

I really don’t like when Mom and Dad leave.  When they have to go away I like to be alone and go in the basement on the futon.  It’s my safe/comfy space.  The basement door is closed so I will have to stay upstairs but at least I have a comfy bed to curl up on.  I will watch Ollie, he is quite entertaining.

Best in Pet Services BoogerBooger ~

Mom and Dad had somewhere to go.  They closed the basement door so I can stretch out on the bed with no distractions from those dogs.  I like peace and quiet. Taz is always trying to sneak down here with me.  She likes me a lot.

 

 

Tuesday afternoon!

Bubba ~

What a peaceful sleep I was enjoying on the sofa.  My favorite spot is the end where my head rests perfectly on the arm of the couch.  I thought I was dreaming but then the sound grew closer.  I hurried up to the window!  Bubba 05-17-16Yes!  Just what I thought!  Our friend is here!  Ollie and Taz were at the window too, barking so I barked.  It’s what we should do when someone is coming.

I rushed to the door but so did they.  She always has the most amazing smells. We all want to sniff her first and when we do she gives us scratches.

Bubba 2 05-17-16My friend took Ollie and Taz out back. I am special and get to go out front. She walked me all around the front of the yard.  I have new meds now and I am doing much better with my Cushings. My friend noticed the difference and told me that I was doing great.  She was so happy about that!

I showed her that I can walk around back easily.  I tried to lead her to the van. Dad always gives me treats there.  She wasn’t catching on.  She thought I wanted to go to the wooded area to poo. I wanted treats. Sometimes people are so hard to train.

Treats, treats, treats, just thinking about treats! Once we were around back, I started to sniff, so seemed like a good time to relieve myself.  Back inside, my friend gave me fresh water.  She always makes sure my bowl if full with clean, fresh water because I drink a lot.  It’s because of my Cushings, but lately I haven’t needed as much.  It’s the new meds.

I feel content and think I will take a snooze on the sofa. My friend loves me and thinks I am the best so she sat next to me for extra scratches. The scratches around my neck felt good so I closed my eyes. Bubba 02-29-16 - Copy

Ollie ~

Best in Pet Services OllieWhat’s that I hear?  Could it be?  Why, yes it’s my friend!  Oh yippy!  Hooray!  I can’t wait, I can’t wait!  As soon as my friend walked in the door I could smell all those tantalizing scents: dogs, cats, and some kind of other critter not sure what but some kind of little rodent.  I would like to get a hold of that. Maybe it’s like the one I caught when  I was walking with Mom and Dad out back in the woods.  They weren’t too happy but I thought it was great fun. Taz and Ollie wanted it too! Mom and Dad didn’t let us keep it. They ruined our fun game.

Taz & Ollie 09-01-15My friend told me and Taz we had to go out back to potty and then we could play. I am a good boy and listen.  Taz tried to run down to the basement so she wouldn’t have to go out.  She is a baby with so much as one drizzle. We are pals though so I comforted her.

Taz and Ollie 05-17-16After we came in my friend sat on the floor.  She plays tug and fetch with me but Taz was trying to have all her attention.  Taz was lying right next to her rolling over for tummy rubs.  My friend falls for it every time. That annoyed me! I wanted to play. I kept running up to Taz, barking and yipping so he would move away from her. Taz growled and chased me away. Best in Pet Services OllieI guess Taz wanted to play too. Chase is a fun game!

Playing games is the best but my friend said it was time to take a break.  She called me close and gave me scratches and soothing pets, told me she loved me and I am the best.  I am going to rest now until Mom and Dad get home.Ollie 3

 

Taz ~

Taz 02-29-16The car was coming to our house.  I could hear it before it hit the gravel in the driveway.  I am sure  I heard it before Ollie and Bubba.  I am super smart. We all rushed up to the window just in time to see my friend coming. She really loves me and gives me the best tummy rubs. I hurried to the door to greet her first but Ollie and Bubba were right there.  We were all trying to sniff her up.  Those scents are so delicious!

My friend gave me big scratches and said hello.  She wanted me an Ollie to go out back.  She said we needed to do our business.  My business was to get downstairs on the futon.  I don’t like to go out.  Wet drops were falling from the sky. I don’t like that.  I was all set to get in my comfy spot but as I was going to pass the door I noticed something in her hand.  Ollie wanted it bad and rushed outside.  No way was he getting something good.  I hurried out too. Oh well since I was out there I did some sniffing and took a bathroom break.

Me and Ollie were out back when my friend and Bubba came around.  I watched as they headed for the wooded area.  At first I thought they were going for a walk without me.  That would upset me but Bubba just needed his bathroom break.  I knew she wouldn’t take a walk without me.

Taz 05-17-16We went back inside and I intended to spend all my time next to my friend.  She loves me so much and she wants to give me pets, scratches, rub my belly, and tell me how I am the best dog.  Ollie thought she was his friend too and he was trying to get her to play.  She kept throwing his toy to get him out of our way but he kept coming back.

It got worse.  He caught on to her trick and started barking at me.  I was not having it.  I charged at him with my growls.  He kept coming back.  Geesh!  Ollie was really starting to annoy me. Ollie thinks its a game of chase and he was having fun. I was not playing.

He doesn’t seem to bother my friend.  She didn’t growl or chase him away.  I don’t understand it.  She just kept playing with him and she gave him scratches too!

My friend had to go and she said I could go downstairs. I did. Ollie started barking and I  wanted to see if he was playing games with my friend. She came back and let me out of the basement.  I think it’s better to help Bubba keep an eye on Ollie.Bubba and Taz 05-18-16 - Copy

Booger ~

I was taking my snooze when I was awakened by those crazy dogs. Barking, yipping, jumping up and down.  I thought what in the world are they doing.  I rushed up the steps to see but the basement door was closed.  While sitting there waiting, the door opened and there was my friend. Oh goody!

She gave me some pets but not enough.  I think she wanted those dogs to leave the house. She surely wanted to spend time with me because she made them go out the door.  I went down on the bed to wait for her.  She was gone longer than I  expected.  Those dogs try to distract her from giving me ear scratches and pets.  I think they are jealous of me.Booger

It was very disappointing when my friend let those dogs back into the house.  I forgave her though when she sat next to me and said she thought I was a great kitty. She always tells me she loves me and I am the best. Yes, I am!

Taz came back down to the basement to be with me. I was going to tolerate her and keep her company. Ollie was carrying on. Taz went back upstairs to check on things and supervise Ollie. Taz has it under control so I can stretch out and go back to my snooze.

Taz and Booger (3)

 

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National Pet Day, 10 Ways To Celebrate!

April 11 is National Pet Day!  It is a day to celebrate the joy our pets give us.  It is also a day to bring public awareness to those pets in shelters waiting for the love of a family and forever home of their own.

National Pet Day was established in 2006 by Colleen Paige. Colleen’s love and compassion led her to found National Pet Day to help bring public awareness to the plight of so many unwanted pets.  National Pet Day encourages us to do something to help even if it is a small gesture. .

“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love” ~ Mother Theresa

10 Ways to Celebrate National Pet Day

Here are 10 ways to celebrate National Pet Day!

  1. Take your dog for a walk.
  2. Bring home a new toy or treat for your pet.
  3. Hire a pet photographer to take a photo of you and your pet.
  4. Celebrate your pet with a party with all their favorite foods, games, new toys, and maybe a few of their friends.
  5. Share your pets picture on social media.
  6. Visit a shelter and ask how you can volunteer.
  7. Donate items in need to your local shelter. Blankets, food, cleaning supplies, toys, beds are always in need.  Most shelters have a wish list.  Visit their website to find out what they need most.
  8. Give if you can to support local shelters.  They need donations to help support their mission.  Even if you can only give $5-10 it helps.  If you don’t have the means, donate your time.
  9. Help spread the word by sharing pets, programs, and special needs of pets in your community on social media.
  10. Spend some extra time on National Pet Day loving, cuddling, or playing with your own pet.

How will you celebrate National Pet Day?

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Do Dogs Get Bored?

I often wonder if when I am gone all day, what my dog is thinking and doing. Do dogs get bored?

Sitting around all day with no company, I know often times I get a little antsy and bored.   Do dogs experience boredom like we do? Is my dog lonely, is he bored when I am not home?

Do dogs get bored?

Do Dogs Get Bored

Yes!  Dogs experience boredom.  A lack of mental and physical stimulation will result in a bored dog. If dogs don’t get enough stimulation they will find ways to entertain themselves. Ripping up the carpet, chewing on shoes or woodwork, shredding the couch cushions or sometimes even tormenting other pets in the household is their way of finding some fun.

Long Days

Work days can be very long days for dogs.  Because owners must be gone most of the day and rarely have time for a walk before or after work, dogs do not get enough stimulation and become bored.

This absence of physical and mental stimulation will lead to frustration for your dog. Dogs need an outlet. They need to explore, play, and exercise their mind and body.

Signs your dog is bored

  • constant barking
  • chewed up rugs, furniture, shoes
  • chewing on their paws or tails
  • incessant pawing at you to get your attention
  • whining
  • jumping or grabbing you with their mouth
  • taking cushions off couch
  • tormenting other pets in the household

If you come home after a long day at work and find your house not like you left it and in disarray, your dog was probably bored.

The cure for boredom

The best way to eliminate boredom for your dog is exercise.  It is true a tired dog is a happy dog. Daily walks are an excellent way to engage your dog both mentally and physically. If you are working all day and have family commitments afterwards fitting daily walks in may be challenging.

Ways to relieve boredom

  • take a walk with your dog before work
  • leave your dog with some puzzle toys filled with parts of their daily kibble and treats
  • fill a Kong type toy with broth, treats, or peanut butter, freeze and give to your dog
  • try food dispensing toys such as the Wobbler
  • spend time each day on training and tricks
  • give your dog new toys or rotate out toys
  • doggy daycare
  • hire a daily dog walker

 

What ways will you use to help your dog from being bored?

 

Read more on how to relieve boredom for dogs.

Is My Dog Bored?  ~ Dogtime

How Can You Tell If Your Dog Or Cat Is Bored? ~  Vetstreet

Signs Your Dog Is Bored And What To Do About It ~ I Heart Dogs

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Reasons Dogs Love Pet Sitters

Dogs like nothing better than spending time with their best friend, you.  As much as you love having your canine companion with you whenever possible, there will be some times when your pooch can’t go.

For those times when they must stay behind, dogs can stay home with a pet sitter, stay with family or friends, or stay at a kennel. All may be suitable options for your dog but there are 5 reasons dogs love pet sitters.

Here are 5 reasons dogs love pet sitters

5 Reasons Dogs Love Pet Sitters

Staying home. We know there’s no place like home.  Dogs feel the same way.  Being at home in their favorite bed or a cozy spot on the sofa is ideal. It beats being in an unfamiliar place.  New environments can be stressful for some dogs.

Lots of attention.  Dogs love pet sitters because they get all the attention. The pet sitter’s sole focus is on the dog.  Back scratches, play time, and cuddles for as long as the pet sitter is visiting.

Walks.  One of the most favorite things to do for all dogs is taking walks.  Dogs love walks, pet sitters provide walks, dogs love pet sitters because it means walks.

Same routine.   Dogs get used to eating, going out, and sleeping at the same times.  Pet sitters provide dogs with the routine they are familiar with. Dogs like knowing the food is coming when expected.  😀

Trust.  Knowing and trusting the person caring for your dog while you are away is extremely important to you.  It’s just as important to your dog.  Dogs love pet sitters because of the trusting, loving relationship they build with each other.

What does your dog love most about having a pet sitter?

To find out more about our pet sitting service, please call us at 724-513-2495.

Read more:

Benefits of Using a Pet Sitter ~ NAAPS

Choosing a Pet Sitter ~ The Humane Society

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