Adopting a pet is a wonderful experience that can bring incredible joy and completeness to a family. The happy tale of searching the web or visiting a shelter to find “the one” is a beautiful story. We’ve all heard it and hoped our experiences would follow that narrative. However, for those of us who have gone through the process of adding a rescued pup to our families with young children, we know that this prettily painted picture isn’t always how the story plays out.
In-home pet sitting has been around for quite some time, but for some it is still a new concept. In-home pet sitting is an alternative to boarding your pets at a facility or asking a family member to take care of your pets while you are away. Even though my company has been around for over eight years, we still field weekly calls from pet owners who have never heard of these services and want to understand what we do.
The news stories coming out recently about beloved pets injured, suffering, and dying in the care of a trainer or boarding facility are devastating. It’s evident that poor care at a facility can spread disease, create bad behaviors, and cause harm. Leaving your pet can be scary, especially for the first time. As a member of the professional pet care industry, safety should be our number one priority.
Have you ever had to force or trick your pup to take a pill? What about getting their nails trimmed or standing still for an exam? Well, I’ve got some great news for you! It is possible to train your pet to participate in these activities without utilizing force, fear or intimidation.
Dog Adoption: A Myth and A Mistake Part II
A Mistake: Fast Freedom
I’m just going to come right out and say it. The biggest mistake when bringing home a new dog – especially an adolescent or adult rescue – is allotting the pup TOO MUCH FREEDOM from the start!
Dog Adoption: A Myth and A Mistake
Part I: A MYTH: What you see is what you get.
July 23rd marks our 1 year gotcha Day with Dolly! The slinky and shy Great Pyrenees Border Collie mix – at least that is our best guess at what breeds she is - leaned into our legs and pushed her way into our hearts.
Yes? No? Maybe so? Oh, let me count the ways this question could be answered.
If you’re lucky enough to have hit the jackpot with one of those amazing pups who has the disposition and temperament of a Saint (my Emma was like that), then you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. It’s a simple question for you because your dog is a friend to everyone and everything. You can promptly answer with a resounding, “Yes! He’s friendly!”.
Expectations are normal. We all have them, in almost every area of our lives. When we meet someone that might become a new friend, we subconsciously assess them. We make assumptions how they might be, what their likes are, what we might have in common. Sometimes we are right, sometimes we are not. We learn about them, about each other, and we adjust our communication styles as needed to be able to pursue that friendship. Common ground is established, and we start from there. We change our expectations as we go. There’s no difference really, when dealing with a new pet. Except that sometimes, it seems, we get too wrapped up in our expectations.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. This number is especially disheartening since most dog bites are preventable. Dog awareness and advocacy, as well as responsible pet ownership, is where dog bite prevention begins.