February 2014

Misadventures of a Puppy Mill Dog

Your Gilbert dog sitters care for all kinds of dogs: little dogs, big dogs, fluffy dogs, fancy dogs, and rescue dogs. Today I want to share a story with you about one *particular* dog that has stolen this dog sitter in Gilbert's heart! Sammers, or Sam for short, had a very hard start to his life.  This sweet Basset Hound boy lived in a puppy mill as a stud. While I don't know the exact details of his days, chances are they involved the life of most puppy mill dogs: cramped cages with little room to move, no chance to play, be loved or touched in a caring, nurturing way, no toys, no medical care despite the fact that they are what make money for the "breeder" (and I use the term in it's most loose sense!), as little food as possible to keep them going, and a life being forced...

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Tempe Dog Sitters Discuss: To Dog Park or Not?

The dog park is a great place to socialize your pooch and help him or her get out that residual energy especially if you only have one dog or live in a small apartment or house without a yard.  Many pups LOVE racing around with other playful dogs, chasing a ball, or just sniffing all over. But are there hidden dangers you may not be aware of at the dog park?  What might you need to know when considering going to one of these? First, your Tempe pet sitter notes that it’s very important that you know your dog before blindly entering a bark park and letting him or her off-leash.  You need a VERY social and friendly dog that will not react to rude introductions, displays of dominant, or unaltered male or female dogs to safely play at the dog park.  Consider meeting many other dogs one-on-one first to see how your pooch does...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Walking

As your Mesa Dog Walkers we need to be aware of several things. After all your furry canine friends are our responsibility. So we thought we’d share with you all the things we do and don’t do when we are dog walkers in Mesa. DO: DO Be Aware of your surroundings at all times. This means watching for drivers not paying attention, loud trucks in case of skittish, anxious pups and other potential desert animal life (coyotes, snakes, etc.). DO Keep your dog on a leash. Maricopa County has a leash law and as a responsible dog walker in Mesa, we want to obey that leash law. We will not walk dogs off leash or take them to an off leash park. DO Bring a bag with you to collect dog waste in case your dog leaves nature a 'present'.  And if you’re like us, you’ll be smart and take more than one bag...

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When Dogs Fight: Dog Sitter in Tempe Learns a Lesson

WARNING: Graphic images below- If you’ve ever been out walking your dog and seen a loose dog running your way, you’ve likely felt the twinge of panic that comes with a fear that this stray may attack you or your dog. You may have even had to break up a dog fight or two in your time.  But did you know that it is highly dangerous to get involved when 2 dogs are fighting, as you are liable to be bitten, or that there are techniques to safely break up a dog fight?  One simply has to search “dog bites” on the internet to see a myriad of painful images caused by owners trying to stop a fight.  Yes, you guessed it: Your Tempe dog walker had a painful and expensive week related to this topic!   Let me start from the beginning.  In addition to being a Tempe dog sitter, I work with a rescue...

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Chandler Dog Sitter Explains…Why is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?

Here it is, Valentine's Day. Great holiday for sweets, kisses, and chocolate. It couldn't hurt to share some of that holiday love with your dog, right? For some of us, our dog is our sweety! As your dog sitters in Chandler, they're our sweeties, too. So sad to say, that would be about one of the worst things you can do for you dog. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs! :( First of all chocolate contains cocoa which contains a chemical known as theobromine, and of course, caffeine which strongly effects the nervous system of our canine companions. Dogs don't metabolize the chemical theobromine nearly as well or as quickly as their human family so it remains in their system for a long time, even 24 hours later! The higher a cocoa content in the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. In other words, white chocolate contains very little theobromine, but something like...

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Why Cost Shouldn’t be Your Only Factor in Hiring a Chandler Pet Sitter

You've finally decided to take that dream vacation to Hawaii you've always wanted to take. But you have to get someone to take care of your pets, so you start to look at options for your fur family. After careful consideration you feel keeping them at home is your preferred care option. You start to look for an in home Chandler pet sitter and you don't want to trust just anyone because after all this is your home you are opening up to a total stranger, not to mention caring for your furry babies. Many times people will shop for pet sitters based on price alone. While I understand everyone has a budget, I truly believe this is a poor way to choose a pet sitter. First of all, if you love your pets, and we know you do, you will want someone to care for them the way you would....

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Why Should You Hire a Tempe Dog Walker?

If you have ever had a puppy you know when they become bored, they become destructive.  Dogs need frequent potty-breaks and/or trips outside, toys, things to chew on, a playmate, or an activity of some sort to stay occupied.  Although a puppy usually calms down as he grows older, he still needs activity and somewhere to focus his attention.  Daily walks with Tempe dog walkers can be just the cure to boredom, separation anxiety, and destructiveness.  This dog sitter in Tempe has been walking a senior pooch named Reggie 5 days a week since September, and her human mama can attest to the difference it has made in her behavior!  Since her mom works long hours, Reggie loves her mid-day visits from her dog walker.  She is always ready and waiting with a toy in her mouth when she hears her sitter arrive, and happily dons her harness to head out.   [caption id="attachment_1832" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Reggie says,...

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Common Misconceptions about Cat Sitting

Your Chandler cat sitter pet sits for many different cat clients. And in our experience we have found that there are some common misconceptions about cat sitting in general. Here they are: 1) We can just leave a bunch of food and extra water for our cat and he’ll be okay for a few days.  (People say, "We do it all the time.") Sad to say, this is completely off base. Cats can get really, really sick in a matter of just a couple days, especially if you have a male cat. Male cats are prone to urethra blockages and these can and often do turn deadly. Even some cats who are taken to the vet when their owners are *home* do not make it with this illness.  Reality is your cat deserves to be checked on! [caption id="attachment_1684" align="aligncenter" width="166"] Please don't leave me home alone for days - I...

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Tempe Pet Sitter Discusses How to Introduce Dogs to Each Other

When bringing home a new furry family member, it is important to get things started on the right foot, or shall we say paw?  This can set the stage for future interactions which are hopefully peaceful and friendly between your two dogs.  Hopefully, you know your current canine and his or her body language well enough to notice if there is a problem about to arise during the introduction.  A few questions to ask yourself before attempting a meeting are: “Is my dog dominant or submissive? How has my dog reacted in the past to other dogs?  Do I know the warning signs if either dog doesn’t get along?”  Your Tempe pet sitter has a few suggestions to keep in mind when having 2 dogs meet for the first time. Generally, you want to have your introduction in neutral territory that your own dog does not consider his home because this will alleviate many protecting and...

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