What Does a Pet Sitter Do?

Is work or travel taking you away from your dog more than you’d like? Between apps like Rover and mom & pop pet care businesses, there are many options for getting your animal the care it needs!

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But, what does a pet sitter do? Here’s some information about pet sitting to help you decide whether it’s right for you and your pet!

Pet Sitters Provide Basic Care

Pet sitters primarily enact basic animal care. This includes delivering meals, walking dogs, giving medications, grooming fur, and cleaning litter boxes.

Additionally, pet sitters will be the acting first responder in the event of a pet related crisis. If your animal falls ill or gets hurt, they will notify you and take them to the vet!

Pet Sitters Will Exercise Your Pet

Some animals, especially active dogs, need lots of exercise to remain healthy. A pet sitter or dog walker can ensure they receive the care they need. Keep in mind, many pet sitters charge by the hour, so more exercise will mean more money spent.

There is no formal experience or certification for pet sitting. The best way to determine whether a pet sitter is right for you is to talk to them, and have them meet you and your pet in a safe and public space, like a dog park! Hands on experience, dependability, and a knack for dealing with animals are necessary skills for the position, so keep your eyes peeled for red flags, and use your best judgement when selecting a sitter!

Pet Sitters are Better than a kennel

Cats and dogs often experience physical and mental stress when placed in a pet care facility. At-home pet sitting allows an animal to continue with its regular activities, and in an environment where they feel comfortable! Preserving eating, bathroom, and exercise habits may mean a lot for your dog’s body and mind!

Hiring a pet sitter can be stressful and intimidating. Use your critical mind, and talk to neighbors or friends about their experiences before pulling the trigger! There are countless pet-loving professionals out there to help you and your pet, you just have to find them!

How Long Should You Walk Your Dog?

Dog owners know that taking your pet for a spin around the block is a part of the program. But more than routine, exercising your dog is crucial in bolstering its mental and physical health.

How long should a dog be walked each day? The answer to this question depends heavily on a variety of factors, from breed to weather to age, and recommendations for exercise time range from 30 minutes to 2 hours a day depending on these factors

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Here is a short guide to the factors, and to planning a perfect exercise schedule for your dog!

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What Does it Take to Foster a Dog

What Is Dog Fostering?

Fostering a dog can be a very different experience between people. However, whether seeking a trial run for future adoption or simply giving back with short term care for shelter animals, fostering is not something to enter into lightly.

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With a little research, it is possible to determine whether fostering a dog is a good choice for you. Here are some thoughts and guidelines that will bring you closer to an answer and help you get started if fostering still seems like a good fit. Continue reading “What Does it Take to Foster a Dog”

Keeping Your Dog Warm in Cold Weather

While many dogs are well-equipped to handle harsh temperatures, they aren’t completely different than us when it comes to winter’s chill. Some painfully cold days are simply too intense for a dog to go outside, no matter the breed or length of coat. Like humans, dogs will sustain frostbite and hypothermia when left on ice for too long.

Feeling uncertain about taking your dog out into the cold day? Here are some tips for avoiding danger, and keeping them extra warm if a journey into the chill is necessary.

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Steps for Bringing a New Dog into Your Home:

In our hearts and minds, we tend to consider pets as extensions of the family, often before we even meet them. Our fantasies of snuggling and runs around the neighborhood with a new dog can cloud our understanding of them as a creature with specific needs and anxieties.

Pets come with their own baggage, but that doesn’t mean a little proactive work can’t ease an animal’s transition into your home. Follow these six steps and make your new dog’s homecoming a little more enjoyable for all parties.

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Signs that Your Dog is Overheating

With summer’s heat in full swing, its important to consider the comfort and safety of your dog. Not all dogs are equipped for long stays in intense heat and sunlight, and heat exhaustion can lead to serious ailments if not treated, like cardiac arrest. But how can you tell if a dog is overheating? Here are some tips for identifying heat exhaustion in a dog, and ways to prevent it in the first place.

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