Pet Sitter Dog Walker Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT http://awayhomeandpetcare.com Kennel and Boarding Alternative - Ogden, UT and Columbia, SC Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:37:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/awayhomeandpetcare.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-home-awaypet-caregif-transparent1.png?fit=32%2C32 Pet Sitter Dog Walker Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT http://awayhomeandpetcare.com 32 32 32665106 What You Need to Know Before Walking Your Dog in the Summer http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/need-know-walking-dog-summer http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/need-know-walking-dog-summer#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 02:59:34 +0000 http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/?p=29189 The post What You Need to Know Before Walking Your Dog in the Summer appeared first on Pet Sitter Dog Walker Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT.

Dog Walking in the Summer It’s fun to walk your dog. Many people enjoy taking their dogs on walks, but it’s important to follow some basic rules before doing so. PROTECT THOSE PADS! Summertime walks are a lot of fun, but there is one bit of detail many people forget: if the pavement or asphalt […]

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Dog Walking in the Summer

It’s fun to walk your dog. Many people enjoy taking their dogs on walks, but it’s important to follow some basic rules before doing so.

PROTECT THOSE PADS!

Summertime walks are a lot of fun, but there is one bit of detail many people forget: if the pavement or asphalt is too hot for you to walk barefoot, then it’s too hot for your pooch.

  • Consider taking your dog on a walk in the morning or in the evening when it’s not so hot outside.
  • Walk your dog on the grass rather than on the road or sidewalk. In areas where there are no sidewalks, let Fido walk on the grass while you walk along the side of the road.
  • Use dog shoes. Dog shoes like these All Weather Neopreme Paw Protector Dog Boots from Amazon are dog walker approved and will keep your dog’s paws cool during the summer, and dry during wet weather.

PREVENT DEHYDRATION

Dehydration is caused by a lack of water intake and will cause serious complications for your pets.  If you decide to walk your dogs outside during the summer, be sure to bring along extra water. Especially at risk are elderly dogs and those with certain illnesses.

Some signs of dehydration include:

  • No appetite
  • Dryness in the mouth
  • Lethargic temperment

SUNBURN? REALLY?

Sunburn on dogs is something not many people think about, because a dog’s coat helps block out the sun’s dangerous rays that cause a sunburn. Depending on your location, a dog can get sunburned in as little as 45 minutes after being outside. Because applying sunscreen to a dog can be dangerous and poisonous, limit the time your dog is exposed to the sun’s rays.

Away Home & Pet Care provides dog walking services in the Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT metro areas. Our dog walkers are highly trained and professional. Visit our website for more information our services.

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Memorial Day Pet Sitting in Ogden, UT and Columbia, SC http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/memorial-day-pet-sitting-ogden-ut-columbia-sc http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/memorial-day-pet-sitting-ogden-ut-columbia-sc#respond Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:30:12 +0000 http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/?p=29194 The post Memorial Day Pet Sitting in Ogden, UT and Columbia, SC appeared first on Pet Sitter Dog Walker Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT.

Memorial Day Pet Sitting in Ogden, UT and Columbia, SC It’s our favorite time of the year! Summer is here and we know many of you will be needing the services of a professional pet sitter. Memorial Day weekend begins the busiest time of the year at Away Home & Pet Care so we encourage […]

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Memorial Day Pet Sitting in Ogden, UT and Columbia, SC

It’s our favorite time of the year! Summer is here and we know many of you will be needing the services of a professional pet sitter. Memorial Day weekend begins the busiest time of the year at Away Home & Pet Care so we encourage you to get your reservations in as soon as possible to ensure availability.

NEW PET SITTING CLIENT – MEET & GREET

We hope you’ll consider becoming part of our family! We offer free meet & greets at your home so your pets can get to know your pet sitter. We generally require at least 3 days advanced notice for the meet & greet, so please contact us right away if you’d like to schedule a meeting.

Service areas: we provide pet sitting in the Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT metro areas.

EXISTING PET SITTING CLIENT RESERVATIONS

Visit our reservations page to make your pet sitting reservations.

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What To Know Before You Hire Rover in Ogden, UT or Columbia, SC http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/what-to-know-before-hiring-rover http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/what-to-know-before-hiring-rover#respond Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:05:03 +0000 http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/?p=29182 The post What To Know Before You Hire Rover in Ogden, UT or Columbia, SC appeared first on Pet Sitter Dog Walker Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT.

Look online and you'll be bombarded with tech companies masquerading as professional pet sitting companies. We want you to know the truth.

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Local Pet Sitting Company vs. Rover and DogVacay

I love technology. I’ve been a geek my whole life and am continuously amazed at how easy technology has made our lives. Technology has made it very easy to for me to keep my schedules updated, order groceries without leaving the comfort of my pajamas and even watching my pets from my mobile phone while I’m out. Now a slew of technology companies (rover.com, DogVacay.com, nextdoor.com, sittercity.com and care.com) are claiming to be the best alternative to providing pet sitting and dog walking for your beloved furry family members. Are they all they’re cracked up to be? Let’s take a look.

PET SITTING EXPERIENCE MATTERS

Recently, I read a story from a “hobbiest” pet sitter who was looking for advice in an online forum on how she could get into her client’s home after the client gave her copies of the wrong keys. The client was 2,000 miles away, and there the poor pets inside were waiting as the pet sitter sat in the driveway, in the dark, waiting for the locksmith to arrive. Two hours and $180 later, the sitter finally gains access to the client’s home. Why do I bring this up? Because in this instance, a hobbyist pet sitter didn’t have the experience to personally test all keys to ensure they actually work. At Away Home & Pet Care we personally test all keys to ensure they work properly. We also insist on having keys to the home even if the client prefers we use a garage door opener. Why? Because electrical failures occur, and garage doors come off their tracks. How do we know this? Because we have decades of combined experience caring for pets in other people’s homes.

I’m not one to have many nightmares, but there’s one experience from the early days of our business that still happens to haunt me occassionally. Very early in our business we would accept every-other-day cat clients. Cats are pretty self-sufficient right? They can eat from a kibble bowl, drink from a water dispenser, and can use the bathroom in a litter box. So no big deal if we check on kitty every two days, right? Despite the lack of providing tons of love and affection every day, we thought “What could go wrong?”. We arrived at the home of an every-other-day cat sitting client to find the cat had knocked a hair dryer of a bathroom countertop and the hair dryer was on! The hair dryer had been on so long that the room was actually hot. Scary, right? For this reason, we do not accept jobs where we cannot check on your pets at least once per day for cats, 2xs per day for dogs.

See, it’s our collective experience of running a professional pet sitting and dog walking business that has lead us to implement the policies and procedures we have in place today. And trust me when I say this: your pets will know the difference.

Experience matters.

PET EMERGENCY TRAINING MATTERS

Accidents happen. This is real life, so I implore you to ask yourself if the hobbyist pet sitter you have in your home is adequately trained to assist your pet in the event of an emergency. What happens if your dog starts choking? What if your pet’s stool looks different from day-to-day? What if your cat suddenly develops a loss of appetite, straining while urinating, or meowing in pain? Would your pet sitter know this could potentially be the indication of a Urinary Tract Infection and should be taken to the veterinarian right away? We would…and we would be well-equipped to handle a wide-range of other potential life-threatening issues that might pop up.

At Away Home & Pet Care, we care so much for the safety of your pets that we’ve taken pet first-aid courses, train our sitters regularly how to identify potential hazards and how to respond if an emergency rears its ugly head. Your pets are members of your family. You love them as if they’re your own children.

Emergency training matters.

SCHEDULING SYSTEMS MATTER

I remember reading the story of a hobbiest pet sitter who forgot to check in on a pet for whom she was scheduled to sit. The client sent a text message the night before asking for an alternative schedule, and the sitter forgot to set the alarm on her phone….so she overslept and 3 hours later realized she missed a visit. The sad part about this is the cat was diabetic, and had to receive insulin shots every 12 hours on….the….dot. What if this were your cat? If you hire a pet sitter or dog walker from a tech company, be sure to find out what fail-safe measures they have in place to ensure they will not miss a visit.

Away Home & Pet Care utilizes the absolute best scheduling and communication technology in the industry to ensure WE WILL NEVER MISS A VISIT. If your pet sitter or dog walker is late, our systems will alert our office staff that the sitter has not checked in. This kicks off a checklist of steps to be taken by our staff…including checking on the safety of the sitter, and determing if an emergency backup should be called in. Does your hobbyist pet sitter have these systems in place?

YOUR PEACE OF MIND MATTERS

Let’s be real. You’re out of town enjoying your vacation, and as much as you’d like to forget about your troubles at home, you can’t help but wonder about your pets. You’re wondering if your pet sitter actually made it to your home. Luckily, the larger technology companies make it easy for you to get a report card from each visit. These tech companies have actually improved the pet sitting industry as a whole, because this has led to a complete avalanche of professional software suites that professional pet sitting companies use to communicate with their customers.

For example, our system requires your pet sitter to check-in and check-out of each visit with their mobile phone, which not only creates a time log of your visits, it captures the GPS location of your pet sitter or dog walker at all times. At check-out, you receive an email and text message with a report card and pictures of the visit. So not only do our office staff always know the status of a visit, you will never wonder if your precious critters are being cared for.

All clients of Away Home & Pet Care also have access to our online portal, which provides up-to-the-minute verification that your pet sitter visited your home, including pictures and a report card FOR EACH AND EVERY VISIT. So in terms of communication, you get exactly the same thing (and in some cases more) as you’d get from hiring a hobbyist sitter from Rover or DogVacay.

WHAT YOUR PET SITTER DOES FOR A LIVING MATTERS

Many, if not most of the pet sitters and dog walkers on the larger technology platforms are hobbyist pet sitters. They are simply using technology to help them connect with pet owners. They’re looking for some side cash so they can go out of town next week or pay off a few bills. There’s nothing wrong with this, and I’m incredibly thankful that the “sharing economy” has really leveled the playing field in many industries by removing control from the larger monopolies and giving us all a chance to succeed in life. If you’re leaving town for a night or two, you might be okay hiring a pet sitter from one of the tech companies. Keep this in mind, however: if you hire a “hobbyist” pet sitter, you may have a difficult time getting in touch with your sitter, especially if they have another job. You will also want to think about what happens if you need to get a backup because your sitter fell ill, had a car accident, or had to take a child to the hospital? It will be your sole responsibility to find a backup.

At Away Home & Pet Care we live and breathe pets. Caring for the pets of Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT is in our blood, it’s our passion. We aren’t in business to make a little extra cash on the side…Away Home & Pet Care is a real, full-time business. We pay business taxes. We’re bonded and insured. We don’t take days off. We are open 24/7 365 days per year. We don’t juggle other committments while caring for your pets. THE LOVE AND CARE OF YOUR PETS IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY. We operate on YOUR schedule, not ours.

Because we are a full-time business, we are able to take your calls, answer your emails, and respond to your text messages quickly. When you send us a text message or email, our office staff is able to review those and respond appropriately. When you reach out to us you won’t be calling a national call center many miles away…. you’ll be connecting with us locally. And if your sitter ever has an emergency, you’ll automatically have a backup sitter. You don’t have to lift a finger.

Whether you hire a pet sitter from a tech company, or from Away Home & Pet Care, be sure they have contingency plans in place to ensure your pet gets the proper care while you are away and you never have to worry. Talk about peace of mind!

What your pet sitter does for a living matters.

WHO YOUR PET SITTER OR DOG WALKER IS MATTERS

Any Tom or Sally (no offense to real Tom or Sallys) can set up a pet sitting profile on these large tech company platforms. Let me be clear – ANYBODY CAN SET UP A PROFILE ON THESE PLATFORMS. Some of the companies do background checks, some don’t. But one thing is for sure, not just anybody can be a pet care professional at Away Home &Pet Care.

Our pet sitters and dog walkers have undergone a thorough background investigation, to include employment verification, drug testing and interviews to ensure we hire only the best. Our pet sitters and dog walkers undergo regular training and include topics such as pet first-aid and handling emergencies so you can be sure you are hiring the absolute best.

Your home is your sanctuary, and your pets are part of the family. Who you let in your home matters.

LIABILITY MATTERS

We all know mistakes and accidents happen. But what happens if a pet sitter forgets to lock a crate and the puppy gets out and destroys half the house? What if a dog walker accidentally trips and loses her grip on the leash and Fido gets attacked by another dog? Who pays for this? The answer is: it depends!

If you hire a pet sitter from a large tech company, you’re likely on the hook for an insurance deductible. Hire from Craigslist or nextdoor.com and you’ll likely be responsible for all damages. Hire a pet sitter from Away Home & Pet Care and you have no worries. Our insurance covers many common issues that can arise while your pets are under our watchful care.

IN CLOSING

I remember the day we got that very first call from a prospective client asking us to care for her cats, ferrets and dogs while she went on vacation. 15 years later and Away Home & Pet Care has become a professional, full-time pet sitting and dog walking company, trusted by hundreds of pet clients in Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT. Much has changed in our business since that first call: enhanced scheduling systems, top-notch employee training, pet first aid certifications, and processes & procedures to ensure your pet will always be taken care of when you schedule us to care for your critters and furry friends.

Let me ask this in the most straight-forward way possible:

DO YOU WANT YOUR PETS TO BE CARED FOR BY A LARGE TECH COMPANY WHERE ANYONE CAN CREATE A PROFILE AND BE A SELF-PROCLAIMED PET SITTER, OR WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER CARE FOR YOUR PETS?

As the owner of a full-time and professional pet sitting and dog walking company, I felt the need to share with you some of our experiences and insights from being in business for over 15 years. If you chose not to hire us, I can’t pretend we won’t be sad, but we’re not going to hate you. We’re all pet owners doing the best we can for our furry family members. There is a time and place for these tech companies and they do provide a valuable service to their communities. But they are not our competition, because I know without a shadow of a doubt that our pet sitters are some of the most experienced and trusted in the industry. And when you’re hiring someone to care for YOUR pets, in YOUR home, your pet’s experience matters. 

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Springtime Dangers to Pets http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/springtime-dangers-pets http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/springtime-dangers-pets#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 05:00:07 +0000 http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/?p=29174 The post Springtime Dangers to Pets appeared first on Pet Sitter Dog Walker Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT.

There are many dangers to pets during the spring, and it is important to take steps to ensure that your pets stay safe. Some springtime dangers are found in the natural environment, but others are created by people’s springtime activities. Here are some common hazards to pets during the spring: OPEN WINDOWS Many cats enjoy […]

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There are many dangers to pets during the spring, and it is important to take steps to ensure that your pets stay safe. Some springtime dangers are found in the natural environment, but others are created by people’s springtime activities. Here are some common hazards to pets during the spring:

OPEN WINDOWS

Many cats enjoy laying on open windowsills to take a nap, but this can be dangerous. Cats can accidentally push the screen open and fall out which could cause serious injury, even if the window is not high off the ground. Therefore, it is best not to leave windows open while you are away in addition to ensuring all windows screens are held firmly in place.

TOXIC CHEMICALS

Many people do home improvement projects during the spring. Some of these projects involve using potentially toxic substances. Even if you are not doing any projects using these chemicals, your neighbors may be. This can be a danger to free roaming pets. Generally speaking, cats tend to avoid such substances. However, this can create a serious risk for free roaming dogs. Therefore, it’s exceptionally important to keep dogs on a leash during the spring. When you hire a dog walker from Away Home & Pet Care, you can rest assured that we will not allow your dog to walk around without a leash, nor will they allow your dog to roam in another person’s yard.

Chemicals that are used to treat lawns can be dangerous as well. If you see a sign that says to keep pets and children off of grass, make sure that you pay attention to them. These chemicals are commonly used during the spring.

POISONOUS PLANTS

During the spring, plants begin to bloom and become more visible. Many plants can be dangerous to pets. This includes many plants that are common in gardens, such as azaleas, jimson weed, lilies, and lantana. It is possible to read a more complete list of plants that are toxic to pets on the ASPCA website.

Some toxic wild plants begin to grow during spring. If you notice your pet sniffing or eating a plant off the ground, it’s important to remove them from it immediately. It is a good idea to keep treats with you when your pet is outdoors in order to be more easily able to get a potentially dangerous plant away from your pet.

There are also many toxic mushrooms that grow during the spring. In many cases, toxic mushrooms are even more dangerous than toxic plants.

DANGEROUS FOODS AND OTHER ITEMS

Not all foods that are safe for humans are safe for pets. In fact, some foods that are commonly eaten during Easter are potentially hazardous to pets. Chocolate is one of the most notable examples, and it can be fatal when eaten by pets. Unfortunately, dogs are often attracted to the smell of chocolate.

In addition, the fake grass that is used for easter baskets is sometimes attractive to pets. Pets may become confused and think it is a form of real grass, which many pets eat. However, fake grass can cause hazardous digestive problems when it is ingested.

WILD ANIMALS

Many wild animals wake up from hibernation as the weather begins to warm up in the spring. This means that there is an increased chance of your pet encountering a wild animal while outdoors or while on a walk. This danger is most serious for cats and small dogs due to their smaller size.

GETTING LOST

Warmer weather can make some pets more likely to wander and remain outdoors for a long period of time. Small critters also tend to be more active during the warmer weather, and your pet may chase them over a long distance.

TICKS AND FLEAS

Ticks and fleas become much more commonplace during the spring, and they pose a potentially serious danger to pets. Ticks can spread a variety of diseases to pets, such as tularemia, babeosis, and tick paralysis. Fleas also can spread diseases, such as tapeworms and cat scratch disease.

In order to prevent ticks and fleas, it is essential to make sure that you use a high quality tick repellent for your pet. If your pet gets fleas, it is essential that you take action to eliminate the problem immediately. Furthermore, it is important to remove any ticks that your pet picks up. This can reduce the risk of disease transmission from the bite.

DANGEROUS INSECTS AND SPIDERS

Many dangerous insects and spiders become more active during the warmer weather. It is not uncommon for pets to attempt to ingest well known stinging insects, such as bees and scorpions. This can be extremely dangerous. Therefore, it’s important to keep a close eye on your pets to ensure that they do not eat any dangerous insects. Other insects don’t sting but are toxic to ingest. An example of such an insect is the monarch butterfly.

WHY HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PET SITTER MAKES SENSE

When you hire a professional pet sitter from Away Home & Pet Care, you can be assured that your sitter is well-trained to identify the various dangers your pets can encounter. Not only will you have peace of mind that your pets will be in great hands, you can be confident that your pets will be as safe as possible.

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Teaching a Dog to Walk On a Leash http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/teaching-a-dog-to-walk-on-a-leash http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/teaching-a-dog-to-walk-on-a-leash#respond Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:01:49 +0000 http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/?p=28890 The post Teaching a Dog to Walk On a Leash appeared first on Pet Sitter Dog Walker Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT.

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Many pet owners assume that their dogs will naturally learn walking on a leash. Just like most pets, you need to teach your dog desirable tips and tricks, including leash walking. It is important to teach it while it is still young. Let it be familiar with his collar, leash and harness from the first few days it sets foot in his new home.

The first thing you need to do is to introduce your dog to his harness collar and leash. Install these items during play time. This way, the dog will find fun wearing them. He may actually look forward to the practice. Put these items on the neck for short periods each typical day. In future, he will know that collar wearing time is walking time.

Teaching Your Dog Cues

Next, make suitable walking cues for your dog. A good example is saying the word ‘yes’ repeatedly. Some people prefer cluck their tongues or making other sounds. Whatever cue you choose, stick to it. As the dog becomes familiar with your cue, he will respond to it better.

Choose a quiet area to avoid distractions. If the dog is on his collar and leash, make the sound. When the dog looks you because he has heard the sound, reward him with a suitable treat. After several repetitions, you will notice that he not only looks at you, but also walks in your direction.

After a couple of times of his walking to you, back up several steps before giving him the treat or reward. Be patient of he shows no reaction to your cues. In addition, avoid rewarding him before he actually responds.

Know that the attention span of puppies is very short. Therefore, end the cue training practice when he is still responding well. Otherwise, he will get exhausted or distracted fast and possibly dislike the session.

Practice Dog Walking with a Leash

This step should follow the above-described steps. Start with walking him indoors. Practice making several steps with your dog in a room with no distractions. You need to get him used to walking with the leash first and then walking with the leash and minding distractions such as cars, people, other dogs and pets.

When he makes several steps, offer him suitable treats and praise him for learning fast. Just like in the previous step, teach him how to come to you. This lesson is important because he learns where to go at certain times of the day. If a different family member will handle the dog in future, let him or her also understand these steps.

“If you don’t have the time or patience, a professional dog walker can be a godsend. Dog walkers not only ensure regular exercise, they help instill good manners and skills in your dog.”

After several sessions of walking indoors, it is time to graduate your puppy to the real world. This is where he encounters most challenges. He will come across distractions in the form of new sights, sounds and smells.

Fix your eyes firmly on his eyes. This way, you can tell if and when he is distracted. If he wants to lunge on anything, make the familiar cue sound so that he can focus on you. Like always, reward him for learning a new trick.

Challenges When Leash Training

You do not expect your puppy to be 100 per cent obedient, he will tug on the leash with his teeth, pull it and pull other undesirable stunts. If he pulls the leash, pretend that you are a tree. Stand firmly and make no movements. Do not jerk or pull the leash. After a couple of seconds of pulling, he will give up and move to you.

If he wants to run after other objects or pets, make the cue sound before he creates distance and then reward him when he responds. When he barks, it is probably because he is not yet familiar with the sights and sounds. Let him exercise more regularly. Within several weeks, you can expect positive results.

Importance of Dog Walking on a Leash

When you teach your dog leash walking, you establish mutual communication. For example, you will notice the dog pulling tighter or moving more aggressively than is normal. This may be his signal of some danger lurking in the surroundings.

The opposite is also true. Although you may not notice it, your dog will know when you are tensed. You are likely to shake hands or pull the leash with a firmer grip than is normal. Your dog takes this as a cue that you are in trouble. He may start barking aggressively and scare away the potential threat.

The other importance of leash training is avoidance of injury or harm to your dog, other pets and neighbor’s property. By extension, this helps you to stay away from trouble with authorities. The law generally encourages dog owners to exercise reasonable precautions in handling dogs.

Get Help

If you don’t have the time or patience, a professional dog walker can be a godsend. Dog walkers not only ensure regular exercise, they help instill good manners and skills in your dog.

Practice these tricks and tips to contain your pet. Otherwise, you will entirely be liable if he bites or attacks other animals and people. Loose dogs can be euthanized even if they cause injury or harm after being provoked. More importantly, learn the regulations in your local jurisdiction.

About Us:  If you are in the Ogden, UT or Columbia, SC area, Away Home & Pet Care provides professional dog walkers and pet sitters. Visit awayhomeandpetcare.com or call (803) 239-8719.

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs and How to Deal With It http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/separation-anxiety-dogs-deal http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/separation-anxiety-dogs-deal#respond Wed, 05 Oct 2016 01:56:38 +0000 http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/?p=28839 The post Separation Anxiety in Dogs and How to Deal With It appeared first on Pet Sitter Dog Walker Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT.

Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety. Learn how to deal with it.

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If you have been spending time with your dog, he may experience separation anxiety when you leave home him alone for long periods. The level of anxiety may vary from one dog to another. Generally, dogs become nervous and exhibit their nervousness differently, especially when you change their residences or move houses. If you have transferred him to a kennel or other boarding facility, he will have some separation anxiety. In addition, he will not want to be alone especially when suffering trauma during and after illness or injury. You can tell evident anxiety upon the death of a family member, another dog or pet.

Signs of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

When he seems worried as you leave him, your dog is perhaps anxious. If he follows you from place to place when you return home, it is a clear indication that he missed you. Some common signs of separation anxiety include destroying stuff, he eyeing you suspiciously as you prepare to leave and behaving aggressively when you return home.
The presence of familiar sounds and sights will also cause your dog to behave differently. The following are indications of dog separation anxiety.
• Repeated or aggressive barking, whining and howling
• Scratching or digging at surfaces
• Attempting to urinate or defecate when you come back
• Trying to escape a confined area
• Pacing in a certain pattern along the path
• Consuming all or some of his excrement

Conditioning to Treat Dog Separation Anxiety

Counter-conditioning may be suitable if your dog experiences mild separation anxiety. This process involves changing his anxious, fearful and aggressive behaviour to become more pleasant and relaxed. Start associating something fearful with something good. This helps him understand that the fearful stimulus leads to a reward such as a meal or a snack.
If your dog dreads the time you leave him alone, give him a snack such as frozen banana, spray cheese, cream cheese, kibble, peanut butter or some canned dog food. Frozen food will take him nearly 30 minutes to finish and effectively keeps him busy. Toys are also suitable. Remove all food and toys from his vicinity when you return home.

Treating Pre-departure Anxiety

When you pick up your coat and car keys, your dog knows that you are ready to leave. This is referred to as pre-departure anxiety. Treat this by pretending to be leaving only to hand around your dog. Pick up your coat, car keys and wear your shoes as if leaving. Go up to the gate and then come back into the house.
If you do this several times in a day for several days, the dog knows that these cues do not necessarily mean your departure. With time, you will remove the pre-departure anxiety from your dog’s mind. These procedures are somewhat cumbersome, but you have to observe them if you really care for your pet.

Graduated Absences or Departures

This procedure is meant for dogs that are less anxious when you leave. The objective here is to plan your absence to be so short that you are back before your dog is stressed. This sounds like playing hide-and-seek with him. When the dog is in an out-of-sight zone, walk away and return 10 minutes later with a treat.
Repeat this procedure severally, increasing the duration of your absence. The more you increase the period of your absence, the better the conditioning you give your dog. You can leave him something to keep him busy such as a stuffed toy. Ensure that he is completely relaxed and then leave him again.

Leave Him Exhausted

If your dog is ill or injured, his emotions will be aggravated when you leave him alone. Talk to a certified dog vet or handler for proper treatment and training. When you are away, ensure that the pet has enough mental and physical conditioning. Consider making exhausted just before you leave, so that he spends his time alone sleeping and resting.
A 30-minute aerobic activity is ideal just before leaving. Running and swimming are perhaps the best aerobic exercises. Fetch, tug-of-war and other interactive games are ideal to keep him happy and entertained. During your daily walking routine, use different routes to help him explore unprecedented sounds and sights.

Give Him Puzzle Toys

Allow your dog to play with his canine counterparts if he likes them. If there is no danger, remove his leash so that he may play freely. When you are away, let him play with chew items and puzzle toys. These items are suitable to calm him down as he vents his anger on them through chewing and licking.
Whenever you have time, involve the dog in dog sports such as flyball, agility and freestyle. To increase his physical and mental activity, hide several piles of his kibble in strategic places around your house or yard. Let him hunt for these meals while you are away. As dogs love this game, he might actually look forward to your leaving!

Use a Pet Sitter

A pet sitter or dog walker can be of great help in this situation. Instead of leaving your dog in a kennel or boarding facility, your pup will stay home in his own environment, which can significantly reduce anxiety.

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The dog is said to be a man’s best friend. To increase the friendship, it needs tender care throughout. This is especially true for puppies as they are susceptible to disease-causing microorganisms.
You will have to make some adjustments in your lifestyle to accommodate the needs of you new little friend. Understand specific measures to ensure a puppy’s health, safety and happiness. Treating it with the care that it deserves can guarantee a long friendship.
Who doesn’t love a puppy? Puppies are cute, but take a lot of work and dedication.

Taking the Puppy for Vet’s Checkup

It is very important to know the health status of your new puppy even before it sets foot in its new home. Let the vet examine the dog for any serious health concerns. He should rule out any birth defects. If there are any, know if you will be able to take care of them. Otherwise, you may have to return the puppy to the puppy store in exchange for another.

Your friends, family members and colleagues should be able to refer a qualified vet if you do not know any. If you have just settled in a new neighborhood, seek help from online directories. On top of the checkup plan a meticulous routine for conducting preventative health measures. Vets are armed with information such as food portions depending on the weight and age.

Know when your puppy should be vaccinated against specific diseases. Discover the most appropriate measures for controlling internal and external parasites. Local vets know specific ailments and parasites that affect dogs in specific geographical and climatic zones.

Do you want to neuter or spray your puppy? Learn the safe products and procedures. More importantly, understand common symptoms and signs of illness. These may vary from one dog breed to another. Do not leave the vet’s clinic, without asking any question that you have in mind. Take his contacts as you never know when you will need him.

Buying Puppy’s Food

You do not need a doctor to tell you the best food for your newly acquired puppy. However, it is important to know the growth patterns of the specific breed. Avoid food formulated for adult dogs as puppies grow differently. The food packaging should contain instructions from respected bodies such as the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

Whatever food you buy, ensure that it meets the nutritional requirements. When buying dog food, the puppy’s age is usually the most important thing to consider. However, its gender, size and breed are important factors as well.

For example, small and medium dog breeds can start eating adult dog food when they attain 10-12 months old. On the other hand, large dog breeds should adhere to puppy food until they reach at least 2-years old. Keep enough fresh water at the puppy’s residence throughout.

Puppies aged 6-12 weeks should be fed 4 times in a day. Those in the 3-6 month age bracket can make with 3 feeds in a day. Puppies aged 6-12 months should be fed twice daily. Feed your puppies with equal portions and regulation.

Keep a Suitable Bathroom Routine

House training is perhaps the most important trick that your new friend should learn. You are lucky if you have ever trained a puppy to use the bathroom in the past. If it is your first time, prepare unprecedented planning, patience and reinforcement. To avoid accidents, consider using a puppy carpet option.

The spread of diseases and viruses can be overwhelming if you have other dogs within your home. If so, keep your new puppy in a secluded residence outside your main house. If it does its mess outside its designated area, reinforce training without punishing it.

When it urinates or defecates where it should, congratulate it. Take it out to potty early in the morning when you wake up and just before bedtime. Do it again after meals and after it drinks lots of water. It might also be necessary to take it out after its afternoon nap and during physical exercise.

Keeping Sickness at Bay

Just like humans, dogs show signs of illness. Catch these in the earliest stage to prevent these from becoming fully-blown. If it has reduced appetite or vomits after meals, that is the clearest indication of suffering.

Examples of other common symptoms include diarrhea, little or no weight gain, swollen abdomen, lethargy, nasal discharge, coughing, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, swollen eyes and unusual discharge from the mouth.

Teaching Obedience and Socialization

Increase the fun of having a puppy by teaching it to walk, sit, lie down and do other movements when asked to. This will not only impress your visitors but will also keep the puppy safe in times of danger. Take it for classes at a nearby pet sitting center.

When your puppy is 2-4 months old, it should know your family members and show affection towards them. In addition, it should accept other pets and livestock as part of the larger homestead. Know when and how to walk your puppy. If in doubt, always contact your vet or pet trainer.

By the time your puppy is 2 – 4 months old, she should be comfortable and affectionate towards your family.

There is no doubt that puppies are the cutest animals ever. But they do take a lot of work, dedication and love. With the proper upbringing, your puppy will soon become a grown up that will give you lot years of unconditional love.

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SEPTEMBER, 2016

As a pet owner, you should be wary if you keep them in a kennel. And for good reason. They are susceptible to some canine illnesses that could threaten their well-being. Let’s be honest; in today’s world, there are other options available other than placing your pets in a kennel.

Hiring a professional pet sitter who will see to it that your loved four-legged friends are in impeccable care can help keep contagious diseases at bay. Without much ado, here is some information about kennel cough. Read on and thank us later.

Sick dog

Hiring a professional pet sitter can help keep contagious diseases at bay.

Kennel cough is perhaps one of the most reported diseases among dogs kept in kennels. In principle, kennel cough is a general term loosely used to refer to a raft of devastating respiratory infections that cause insurmountable pain and inflammation of a pet’s windpipe or voice box. More often than not, these infections are either bacterial or viral, with bronchitis being the primary culprit. Here, think in the line of chest cold in people. The bad news is that a kennel cough is highly contagious and be transferred to other pets through air, cough spews, and general contact.

Causes

Right off the bat, keeping your pet in a kennel is the leading cause of a kennel cough. This infectious disease can also be transferred through agents in the air. Pets kept in enclosed spaces with irregular air circulations – like an animal – are also prone to a kennel cough. It can also be spread through direct contact with other dogs, shared objects, and so forth.

Symptoms

When infected with a kennel cough, a pet will likely appear normal except for a cough. The pet will experience a spell of a dry cough with a honking sound. On the extreme, the dog will cough up white foamy phlegm. Also, the pet will exhibit signs of gagging, fever or even nasal discharge.

Prevention

Vaccinations are available for myriad cases of a kennel cough, but hiring a professional pet sitter will certainly keep the disease at bay.

in today’s world, kennels are not your only option for pet boarding.

Kennels are not your only option for boarding your pets. While it is sometimes prudent to procure the services of a kennel or boarding facility, professional pet sitters can help ensure your pets will not be exposed to contagious diseases. Since your pets stay in the comfort of their own home, they will not be around other animals that could potentially cause harm to your pet’s well-being.

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Winter and Your Dogs – True or False http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/winter-and-your-dogs http://awayhomeandpetcare.com/winter-and-your-dogs#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:03:58 +0000 http://s643065885.onlinehome.us/?p=28676 The post Winter and Your Dogs – True or False appeared first on Pet Sitter Dog Walker Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT.

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SEPTEMBER, 2016

You might feel like hibernating this winter, but your pet still needs to be active. There are plenty of ways to entertain and enjoy your pet in the colder months. Do you think you’re already a winter pet pro? Check out these fun winter dog facts while waiting for your hot cocoa to heat up.

True or False?
Some dog breeds turn white in the winter months to provide better camouflage.

The answer here is false. While some arctic animals do have lighter fur color tones in the winter months to help blend in, domestic dog breeds don’t change colors when the mercury drops. Even so, many breeds who are best suited for winter weather often have fur designed to camouflage in winter conditions. For example, the Siberian Husky, Norwegian Elk Hound and the Keeshond all have off white fur with spots of dark gray. This color combination helps the breed hide in fresh or dirtied snow. Other breeds particularly suited to colder temperatures include Akitas, Bearded Collies, the Saint Bernard and the Great Pyrenees.

Dog in the snow

Be sure to watch your furry friends during the winter months.

True or False?
Dogs hate snow.

This is also false. And while it may be true that you’d rather keep your toes away from the cold wet stuff, let’s face facts; dogs need exercise no matter what the weather is like outside. A great way to get winter play time in is to give into the fluff and embrace your inner child. If you have a dog who loves to fetch balls in the warmer months, try tossing a snowball for your pooch. If it’s caught in midair the surprise of a disappearing ball will humor your pet for sure. If the snowball comes apart on the fly, it will be like watching him seek a needle in the haystack while he seeks for a single snowball in a field of snow. If you don’t have a retriever just dance in the fluffy stuff with your dog and make up your own game.

True of False?
Dogs can get dehydrated in the winter.

This fact is true. While you don’t have to worry about things like overheating, exhaustion or heat stroke in the winter, you still need to make sure you provide adequate hydration during outdoor walks or playtime when it’s cold. Something else to think about? Allowing your dog to drink from puddles along the winter wonderland trails is probably not a good idea. These puddles likely have de-icing salt or other anti freezing agents in them used in nearby machinery or on the trail itself. Ingesting these chemicals is not only dangerous, but could also dehydrate your pet further. Instead, try carrying a thermos of room temperature water with you.

True or False?
Dogs need lip balm in the winter.

Believe it or not, this one is true as well. Well, it’s kind of true. Humans often use lip balm when venturing out in the winter to keep their lips from becoming dry and cracking due to wind chill. For those same reasons your dog also needs a Vaseline (petroleum) based product in the winter. The difference is that your dog doesn’t need the product for his lips. Instead, the pup needs you to rub the product on the pads of his feet. This is true even if you have a short haired friend who doesn’t spend much time outside in the winter. The salt dries the pads of their paws, then the delicate skin can split and even bleed. Imagine having to walk around on that! Instead, keep those puppy paws moisturized with a little Vaseline. This is a great bonding activity too!

True or False?
Dog coats are just for fashion.

This one is mostly false. While some retailers do sell dog costs that do little more than make your dog look precious, many shops also offer coats that can help your pet tackle the colder more efficiently. When shopping for an effective coat aim for one that is quilted to trap in the animal’s natural body heat. Also keep an eye out for materials that repel water. Finally, avoid coats with cute buttons. If they come off they can become a choke hazard, and they sere no practical purpose. Opt for a zipper or Velcro instead.

Winter months can be a lot of fun for you and your furry friends.

Whether or not you were surprised by the answers to this true or false quiz, you’ll agree that winter can be full of fun for you and your pets. Just use some common sense, and know that if it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for Fido.

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If travel or work keep you away from your pet friends, you must have considered myriad pet sitting options available out there; from asking for help from your friends or family to using a kennel and everything in between. Nowadays, however, using a professional pet sitter has gained increased traction with pet owners across the country. And they are dead right on the spot; professional pet sitters offer many advantages over a kennel.

We aren’t suggesting that a kennel or dog boarding facility isn’t useful. In fact, some circumstances require a pet parent to put their furry friends in a kennel. But for most pets, hiring a professional pet sitter is one of the best things you can do to keep your pets comfortable. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why using a pet sitter makes a lot of sense.

Pet sitter hugging his dog.

Pet sitters give your pets a lot of love and affection.

#1: Uninterrupted Exercise and Diet Routine

A pet thrives well when the diet and exercise routine remains nearly unchanged. This way, your pet can reap full benefits of staying healthy and eating right. We all know that most dogs require as much exercise as humans do, and hiring a pet sitter can help ensure the routine stays the same.

#2: Enjoy the Peace of Mind

Nothing offers you more peace of mind than knowing that your four-legged friend is well taken care of and in sound health condition, at all times. Today’s pet sitters do more than pet-sitting, they ensure your place looks lived in when you are away on vacation or business travel. They will collect your mail, change litter, and so on while caring for your pet. Due to recent technological advances, some pet sitters offer benefits for those pet parents who always want to know what is going on with their pets. For instance, Away Home & Pet Care of Columbia, SC and Ogden, UT sends free text message and email updates, including photos, after each visit. Your pet’s comfort is always a priority, but so is a pet owner’s peace of mind.

#3: Socialization is good for your pet

Pet sitters understand that pets are happier and healthier if they can squeeze in some play time. Pets, particularly dogs and cats, thrive well on socialization. Some pet sitters and dog walkers receive troves of pets from different owners. With them, your pets can garner a healthy dose of playtime and socialization. Other pet sitters and dog walkers provide one-on-one attention with your pets rather than offering group activities.

#4: Forget about begging family or friends

Let’s face it; nothing is more awkward than to have to ask your friend or family to sit your pet when you are away. It simply puts a strain on your relation. With a pet sitter, however, you don’t have to worry about that. Simply sign up for the service, and you are sorted.

#5: Cost-Effective

Believe it or not, using a pet sitter is more affordable and cost-effective than you think. For one, you don’t have to worry about careless handling of your pet by untrained friend or family. With the care of pet sitter, your pet’s exposure to diseases is minimized. For that reason, you don’t have to shed oodles of cash in case of accident or health complications. In addition, if you have multiple pets, often a pet sitter is the least expensive option available.

#6: They are convenient

With a pet sitter, you can forget about a transportation headache. This way, you can pull double duty for a single pay. Your pet will get home care and pet sitting without your involvement.

Pet sitters can be a cost-effective way to care for your pets while you are away – especially if you have multiple pets.

Deciding to hire a professional pet sitter is not a decision to be taken lightly. Pets are like family, and most of us want nothing more than the very best for our pets. Pet sitters provide plenty of love and affection while you are away, not to mention more comfort for your pet and peace of mind for you.

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