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  • More Than Just Dog Walking – Many Pet Sitters Also Offer Dog Adventures and Hikes

    Posted July 21, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | 1 Comment

    RetrieverYou are no doubt familiar with the daily walking services offered by most pet sitting services that provide a way for your dogs to get out for some regular exercise and a midday break.

    But did you know that some pet sitters also offer fun dog adventures such as hikes and swimming excursions. These type of trips usually last 2-3 hours and give dogs a strenuous work out – in fact some services even provide these activities as part of a fitness training program for your dog!

    Some of the benefits of getting your pooch involved in these trips other than the exercise are:

    • Socialization – adventure trips usually involve several dogs that are taken together so your dog gets to spend some quality to with canine companions.
    • Fun – your dog gets to explore new places and get involved in activities that normally they may not be exposed to.
    • Mental stimulation – many of these trips also engage the dogs in training such as agility or water games so that your dog comes home mentally and physically tired. This may aid in combatting any behavior issues arising from boredom in your home.

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  • Boarding A Dog? Consider This Before Leaving Your Dog Behind

    Posted July 20, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | 1 Comment

    tali camitaQuick: When you hear the term ‘boarding a dog’ what comes to mind?

    Most likely, you’ll think of a kennel, boarding house, vet’s office or other caged environment that watches many dogs at once.

    Did you know that boarding a dog can be more personal, humane and attentive than it once was?

    It’s true.  Many dog owners may not realize that professional pet sitters offer cage-free dog boarding in their home while you are away.

    So, picture this: Instead of leaving your dog in a caged or otherwise stressful environment, consider calling your local professional pet sitter who will take your furry family member into their home.
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  • Overnight Pet Sitting | 9 Pet Sitters Explain It All For You

    Posted July 16, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | 2 Comments

    Coffee Tray CatOvernight pet sitting can be a real treat for any dog or cat.  Think about it: No animal likes to be left alone for an extended period of time – even if their food and water dish are filled to the brim.

    Pets are social animals and overnight pet sitting provides real comfort to your dog or cat through the night when you are away.

    As APSE member Pamela Ranheim puts it, the benefits of overnight service is that the pets will have someone with them all night. This really allows them to stay as close to their routine as when the owners are home.

    There will also be someone in the home which adds a level of added security. For dogs that have separation issues, elderly pets or pets with health issues it really makes a big difference.
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  • How Much Should I Pay A Dog Sitter?

    Posted July 15, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | No Comments

    “How much should I pay a dog sitter?” is a very common question, and one we have the answer to!

    Even though the amount you should pay someone to care for your pets is a tough question to answer.

    You have many options when it comes to hiring a dog sitter.

    You could:

    • Organize a friend or neighbor to check in on your pets
    • Hire a neighborhood teenager looking for a way to make a little extra money
    • Or place them in the care of a pet sitting professional.

    It’s important to note that just like everything in life, when you hire someone to care for your furry family members you often get what you pay for.
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  • House Pet Sitter | The Importance of a Skilled Professional Pet Sitter

    Posted July 12, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | 1 Comment

    I Choose YellowMost pet owners can attest to the fact that a professional pet sitter is much more than someone who pops over every now and again to let Sparky out the back door, or change Fluffy’s water.

    Look beyond the responsibility to the pet and you see the great need for a competent house pet sitter.

    A pet sitter’s responsibility is vast.  She is hired to not only look after your furry loved ones, but is also responsible for keeping your house, property and belongings safe, secure and in tact.
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  • Get To Know Your Pet Sitting Service Before You Hire

    Posted July 11, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | 3 Comments

    Want to get more familiar with a pet sitting service before you decide who to trust with the care of your pets?

    Who could blame you – we all worry about leaving our pets and need to know as much as we can about the people we are entrusting to their care.

    These days, most pet sitters are online and there are many easy ways to get to know them, understand how they run their business, and build trust before you pick up the phone to contact the pet sitter about their services.

    Here are some ideas for you to use to do your own online research:
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  • Pet Daycare | A side by side comparison of your options

    Posted July 9, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | No Comments

    0216Pet daycare is not unlike child daycare.  In its most common definition it’s a place a pet owner can drop their furry friend off for the day while at work.

    There are usually two options when it comes to pet daycare.

    Option 1: Pet Daycare at a Boarding Facility

    Option 2: Pet Daycare in a pet sitter’s home

    (Option 2A: Pet Daycare in your home while a pet sitter keeps your pet company in their own environment.)

    Both have their pros and cons and you’ll need to consider a variety of factors when choosing which option is best for your pet.
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  • How To Write Instructions for a Dog or Cat Sitter

    Posted July 8, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | 1 Comment

    story timeWhen you hire a pet sitter to visit your home to care for your pets, the more information you can give them about your pets routine and habits the better they are able to care for your pets!

    A professional pet sitter will always visit your home for an initial interview before the first pet sitting visit is scheduled to meet your pets, learn about their regular routines, collect keys and familiarize themselves with home security, and find out where the food, toys, cleaning supplies, and other pet supply necessities are kept.

    At this visit the pet sitter will fill out a pet sitting contract where this information is documented and that tells you about the policies and terms of the pet sitting service.
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  • Cat Sitting | Who Is Really Running the Show?

    Posted July 7, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | 1 Comment

    EquilibrismCat sitting is a tricky business.  I’ve been on plenty of cat sitting jobs where the beautiful kitten seems to have been anticipating my arrival and follows my every step around the house.

    I’ve also had plenty of cat sitting visits where we seemed to be playing hide and go seek the entire time.  And guess which one of us is always winning.

    One question I’m sure to ask owners before starting a job is, “Where are the cats favorite hiding places?”

    Funny enough, the cats usually are in on the conversation and avoid those listed places when the owner heads out of town.
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  • Walking Dogs | Are You Being Fair to Your Dog?

    Posted July 6, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | 1 Comment

    nescaWalking dogs for a living is something many pet lovers would aspire to do.

    As simple as the concept may sound, walking dogs as a profession takes a considerable amount of skill, training and knowledge.

    As a responsible pet owner, you should do plenty of research regarding the best practices of proper dog walking.

    The goal is to keep yourself as the pack leader (the one in control) during the entire walk.
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