Prepping Your Home for a Puppy: Top 10 Must Haves!

Prepping Your Home for a Puppy: Top 10 Must Haves!

You are getting a puppy! Wow, is there anything more exciting than preparing to bring home a brand-new fur baby? Having recently brought a puppy home ourselves, our puppy Mascot Quinn who is a chocolate Newfoundland, we can say firsthand that it is pretty darn special! You have worked diligently to research and choose the perfect dog for your life and the time has come to prepare for their arrival. If you are still in your search for the perfect pup check out our blog Choosing the Right Puppy (Dog) for Youhttps://justaroundthecornerpetsit.com/choose-the-right-puppy/. Much like raising a child, when it comes to puppies and dogs everyone has their own pet parenting style. In some cases, throwing an elaborate “puppy shower” before the furry bundle of joy arrives may be necessary. Others may toss the list of essentials in their Chewy.com cart and call it a day. Whatever your style may be, there are 10 universal must haves for everyone. These top 10 essentials will help to create as seamless a transition as possible for you and your new pup.

Download our printable Prepping for a Puppy Checklist to make sure you don’t leave anything out!

Top 10 Essentials

  • Collar (with ID tags) and Leash

It’s time to pick up your new puppy. Don’t forget the leash and collar! Often shelter dogs will not be given to you with a collar. Make sure you come prepared with both a collar and a leash, better safe than sorry. You will also want the collar and leash when you get home to keep your puppy close and safe. Always keep an ID tag on your pet’s collar starting the moment they are in your care. There may be 1,000 reasons your dog will never be out of your sight, but it only takes 1 unexpected situation to change all of that. Avoid disaster, ID your dog with accurate contact information. Always include your canine’s name and a current phone number.

  • Food

To start, you will need to find out what food your new puppy/dog has been eating prior to coming home with you. Whatever the breeder/shelter has been feeding them is what you will have to start with. Don’t worry, they do not have to stay on that food forever. Dogs have extremely sensitive systems and switching their food abruptly can cause unnecessary stomach issues. When you are ready to start transitioning your pup to a different food here are the steps you should take.

How to transition your dog’s food:

  1. Give ¾ original food with ¼ new food. Do this for 4-5 days and evaluate how they are reacting, bowel movements, etc.
  2. Next give ½ original food with ½ new food. Repeat another 4-5 days evaluating their systems reaction.
  3. Decrease to ¼ original food with ¾ new food. Continue evaluating their reaction at these rates for 4-5 days.
  4. Finally, if their system is stable and they are not having poor reactions throughout this transition you are ready to give them 100% of their new food. Continue to keep an eye on them for a few days to ensure they are not having a negative reaction.

 

  • Airtight storage container (for dog food)

To make your dog food purchases last and remain as enticing to your pooch as possible this is an absolute must! Keep your pup’s food fresh and pest free with an airtight storage container.

  • Food and Water dishes

Consider the size of your dog and purchase dishes accordingly. If your dog is an extra-large breed be sure to get a height-appropriate dish/stand for them. Likewise, for a small breed, an equally small, low to the ground dish will be perfect.

Happy dalmation on dog bed Plymouth

  • Dog bed

A dog’s bed is a special space that they will have all to themselves. Think about where your pet will sleep in your home. Consider a bed that is washable, easy to move, and that you do not mind looking at every day.

  • Crate

Used correctly, a crate is a wonderful, safe place for your dog. During times of being home alone, perhaps during a thunderstorm, and even through the night, a crate becomes a “safe room” for your pet. Utilizing a crate for training is also a wonderful way to separate the dog from activities happening in the home that may not be dog friendly. We all need our “own space” at times, including the dog. Be sure to get a crate that is the right size for your growing dog – they don’t stay puppies forever!

  • Toys

You do not have to go too crazy in the toy department right away but it sure is a fun way to spend our money isn’t it? Doting on our sweet Quinn with all the fun and festive toys his little heart can handle is probably #1 on the list of “Ways I like to spend my money”. Here are a few types of toys to consider when making your purchase.

  • Fetch toys: Tennis balls are a great example. Fetch is an excellent game for dogs both physically and mentally.
  • Chew Toys/Bones/Firm rubber toys: Kong and antlers are wonderfully durable options. They are also excellent tools for teething puppies and keeping older dogs’ teeth clean.
  • Rope toys: Great interactive toy both with humans and other dogs.

 

  • House-training pads (Minimum 2 pkgs.)

You can start the potty-training process between 12-16 weeks. Even if you are getting a dog that has been previously potty trained it is a good idea to have a small stock of training pads. Anytime a dog is brought into a new living environment there may be a period of adjustment as they learn the “rules” of their new home, which includes using the bathroom outside. Expect the unexpected with a new pup in your home, puppy and older dog alike.

  • Pet safe house cleaners

Our dogs lay on the floor, lick the walls and their paws, some even drink from the toilet bowl. Pet safe cleaners are a must in any home with a dog. Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner is one of many pawesome pet safe brands.

  • Brush/de-shedding tool

All dogs need to be brushed, some more than others. There are literally hundreds of brushes for dogs on the market from the FURminator to the Safari Combo Brush. Purchase a brush that is best suited for your pup’s coat.

tiny puppy on grass Plymouth

Start Simple

Keeping it simple to start allows you to ebb, flow, and grow right alongside your pet. As your puppy grows and their personality develops you can always add toys, treats, training aids and other life enhancing items that your pet will love! Start with these 10 essentials and you will be ready to start a wonderful life with your new fur baby. Watch this space for more upcoming tips for your puppy as he or she grows.

Download our printable Prepping for a Puppy Checklist to check off each essential item one at a time!

Have a new puppy or dog already?

Just Around the Corner offers a wide variety of dog walking and pet care options for you and your furry family member. We all know how difficult it can be to leave our dog home alone while we are at work. JAC is here to help.  Set up a Meet and Greet with one of our pet care professionals. Choose from a variety of visits, walks, and hiking options that will best suit your dog and… VOILA! Instant peace of mind while you work, go out to dinner, or day trip to the Cape. Life is meant to be lived. Do not miss out on the fun while giving your pet the gift of JAC! It is a WIN-WIN! Call or text: 508-245-1389 to set up a meet and greet TODAY.

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Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

Choosing the Right Puppy (Dog) for You

Choosing the Right Puppy (Dog) for You

What makes a family want a puppy? Is it the slobbery kisses? Or is it the chance to snuggle down on a cold night? Is it the way they look at you, and wait for you at the door with unconditional love? Puppies and even older dogs can be such a wonderful addition to a person or family. Choosing the right puppy or dog for you means asking yourself the right questions. Narrow down the breed, choose the adoption or purchase route you want to go, honestly evaluate the amount of time and money you can spend with your new fur baby. These are just a few especially important questions to address when in the process of making the decision to become a dog parent.

Okay, you have decided to get a dog, now what?

Now that you’ve made your decision that yes, we are ready for a dog it is time to learn which dog will be the best fit for you – the big You, which includes you, your family, and your lifestyle. You could just see a picture of a cute dog on the internet, find out its breed, and say THAT’S THE ONE!! However, that is NOT the best vetting process for adding a new family member. Instead, let’s start by imagining what a day with your dog will be like. Do you get up early for a 3-mile jog, followed by a trip to the local pet friendly farmer’s market, and then hit the beach in the afternoon? If so, an energetic breed like a Labrador might be a great option – one who enjoys exercise, and is also friendly and comfortable in public places.  Or does your day run at a slower pace? Maybe you work from home, you enjoy a leisurely neighborhood stroll in the evening and typically you are not away from home other than a store errand here and there. If so, a friendly, home-loving St Bernard may be a nice fit for you. Whatever your lifestyle, know that there is a dog for you. Knowing how to find the right match is the key.

tiny brown puppy Plymouth

Questions to address when searching for your furry soul mate.

  • How much are you away from home?
    • Consider you and your family’s work and school hours, social life, and travel.
    • Your answer will also impact the amount of outsourced help you will need to consider such as a dog walker or pet sitter.
  • How much can you afford to care for a pet?

Check out this list of basic dog owner expenses.

  • Routine Vet checks
  • Year-round flea/tick/heartworm treatment
  • Food/treats
  • Leash/harness/collar
  • Grooming
  • Dog bed/Crate
  • Toys
  • Dog walker/pet sitter (if applicable)

Pugs and Beagles are two examples for lower maintenance breeds, while Poodles and King Charles Cavaliers tend to be on the higher maintenance side.

  • Who lives in your home?
    • If there are children in your home, choosing a dog with a playful disposition, one with the energy to keep up with the everyday happenings, and one who is of course friendly are important qualities. A golden retriever is one example of an excellent family friendly breed.
    • Maybe you care for an elderly parent. You might consider a smaller breed with an easy-going temperament who can be a “lapdog”. A great idea would be a dog they can easily snuggle up with and give affection, such as a Shih Tzu.
  • Do you keep a clean house? Or is your housekeeping more “relaxed and casual”?
    • For the least amount of impact on the cleanliness of your home look into breeds that do not shed such as a Maltese or Irish Water Spaniel.
    • For the more casual housekeeper a Newfoundland is a fabulously gentle giant that loves everyone with every ounce of drool they can muster.
    • Looking for something in between? Breeds like the Leonberger or Borzoi are larger dogs with minimal drooling.
  • Do you or anyone in your home have pet allergies?
    • Consider a breed that does not shed or is hypoallergenic, for example: Bichon Frise, Portuguese Water Dog or a Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Are you active or more sedentary?
    • Do you like the gym or outdoor activities? Ex hiking, walking, jogging
    • Do you spend your nights/weekends watching Netflix and relaxing?
    • Choose a breed or mix that most relates to your energy level and would be able to join in on your daily activities.
  • Where do you see yourself in a year, five years, and 10 years?
    • Are you currently single but hoping to settle down and start a family soon?
    • Do you have a house full of teens who can help care for the dog but who will be flying the coop in a few short years?

Making the decision to bring a dog into your life is a lifelong commitment, no matter how much your life changes during their life span. Think about how this new addition will fit your life, and you theirs, for the long haul.

white dog yellow ball Plymouth

Finding THE ONE dog for you

Once you have answered the questions above it is time to start looking for THE ONE! From breeders to shelters and puppies to dogs, there are still many more questions to answer for yourself.

  • Do I want a purebred or a mix?
  • Do I want to purchase a dog from a breeder or adopt from a shelter?
  • Based on your above answers, what breeds best fit your lifestyle?
  • Are you able/willing to travel for the pickup?
  • How quickly do you want to a new dog/puppy? Are you willing to wait for a new litter?

The number one rule when purchasing or adopting a pet is to do your due diligence. Not all breeders, and even some shelters, are reputable. Do your research, read reviews, talk to your fellow pet parents, educate yourself as much as possible. Even if an animal needs rescuing supporting an inhumane breeder or business enables them to keep doing what they are doing. Due diligence is a must!

 

No such thing as too much dog research

The more you consider your lifestyle, personality, and both present and future circumstances the better off you will be in finding the perfect furry addition to your life. Whether you purchase or adopt, when you bring a dog into your life you are making a lifelong commitment to them. All dogs deserve an owner(s) whose commitment is as unwavering as to their own family. For a complete list of dog breeds, their characteristics, history, and other facts visit the American Kennel Club website.

Download our Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2019 Guide

Plymouth dog walker with two large white dogs

Have a new puppy or dog already?

Just Around the Corner offers a wide variety of dog walking and pet care options for you and your furry family member. We all know how difficult it can be to leave our dog home alone while we are at work; JAC is here to help.  Set up a Meet and Greet with one of our pet care professionals. Choose from a variety of visits, walks, and hiking options that will best suit your dog and… VOILA! Instant peace of mind while you work, go out to dinner, or day trip to the Cape. Life is meant to be lived. Do not miss out on the fun while giving your pet the gift of JAC! It is a WIN-WIN! Call or text: 508-245-1389 to set up a Meet and Greet TODAY.

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

What Are My Pet Care Options When I Go on Vacation?

What Are My Pet Care Options When I Go on Vacation?

Have you ever planned an exciting trip to get away from it all only to be faced with the dilemma of what do I do with the Dog/Cat? The difficulty of leaving your pets behind during a family vacation or weekend getaway is one of the number one reasons people decide not to travel. The pet parent guilt of leaving your fur baby behind can be tough to overcome. Knowing your pet care options before going away will help you to make the right choice for you and your pet(s). Choosing the right pet care option is the key to peace of mind while on vacation!

Before you start the search for pet care there are a few questions you want to answer for yourself and your pet.

  • Where will my pet be most comfortable?
  • How much care does my pet need daily? (consider feedings, medications, puppy needs, etc.)
  • Does my dog/cat get along with strangers (human and animal)?
  • What is my budget for pet care?
  • What will give me the most peace of mind while I am away?

Pine Hills dog on Home mat waiting for dog walker

PET CARE OPTIONS

Professional Pet Sitting

Hiring a professional pet sitter is an excellent way to maintain peace of mind for both you and your pet during your time away. Pet sitting is the most customizable option for your pet! Does your pet feel most comfortable at home? This option allows your pet to remain in their familiar surroundings 24/7 while you are away enjoying yourself. A pet sitter is also a great choice for keeping your pets’ schedule as normal as possible for them. From feeding times to walks/let outs you can customize a timely schedule with the pet sitter and their visits each day. A pet sitter generally holds several pet safety certifications (particularly true of established pet care businesses), adding to your peace of mind. They will keep you up to date with personalized notes or text messages and of course provide lots of love for your fur babies while you are away. Pet sitting can double as a “home watch”. Many pet sitters will bring in your mail and newspapers and even water your plants, making your home appear “lived in” during your time away. BONUS!

In-Home Boarding

Boarding your pet in a pet sitters’ home is a wonderful option if you are not comfortable with letting someone new into your home or if you pet is protective of the home, i.e. does not allow strangers into the home. This can also be a less expensive option compared to hiring a pet sitter to come to your home multiple times a day. In-home boarding keeps your pet under the watchful care of an experienced pet sitter around the clock. In many cases, your pet will be socialized with other pets in a monitored and safe environment. In-home boarding also means your pet is never left alone overnight. When looking to book in-home boarding be sure to ask how much time the pet sitter generally spends away from the home or how much time they anticipate your pet will be crated or left alone in the home. Answers will vary depending on the pet sitter so to make the best choice for your pet it is a good idea to ask.

two dogs with kneeling dog walker

Kennels/Boarding Facilities

A standard option for around-the-clock pet care is a boarding facility. If you prefer to board your pet at a facility make sure it is reputable: read reviews, and ask your fellow pet parents for recommendations. Confirm that the facility holds the required boarding certifications, i.e. PCSA certified. Be sure to ask about the qualifications of the care-takers as well as detailed information on the daily schedule for pets under their care. It is important to note that boarding facilities often do not have staff on location after a certain time of day. Refer to the questions you answered above to determine if a boarding facility is a good fit for your pet. Find qualified boarding facilities at the International Boarding & Pet Services Association

Friend/Neighbor

Does your best friend LOVE playing with your cat, or maybe your neighbor has a teen dying to walk your dog? Consider asking them to pop over for feedings and playtime/walks. Having an established relationship with the person coming into your home can be comforting for both you and your pet. This is a great option if your pet has difficulty with new people or if you need someone to pop over on short notice. If they have pets themselves offer to return the favor next time they plan a trip. An important thing to remember when using a friend or neighbor is that life happens and there is always the possibility that something “comes up” last minute making them unavailable. Be sure to have a backup plan just in case.

Take them with you

What greater peace of mind than to have your fur baby right alongside you while you are away? If your pet is comfortable in new places, enjoys car rides (for road trip travels), or offers comfort to you as a pet owner they could be an excellent travel companion. There are many pet friendly travel options out there. From Airbnbs to restaurants and shopping, pets are becoming widely accepted in both public and private places across the country and the world. If your pet has a hard time being away from you or with new people, bringing them along will be your best option. Searching sites such as bringfido.com will give you detailed information on recreation, businesses, lodging and more that welcome our furry friends! Even if your pet does well boarding or with visits by a pet sitter/neighbor you may want to consider researching your destination for pet friendly options.  After all, what is a family vacay without the family pet? Download our Free Guide to Traveling with Pets for all you need to know when you travel with your pets.

tiger kitty in carrier

From hiring a pet sitter to in-home or traditional boarding to traveling with your pet, you have many options for pet care when you vacation. You know your pet best – think about which option will be the best fit for them and for you and go with that! Whichever form of pet care you choose, always do your due diligence. This means reading reviews, researching the business/person/facility, checking their history of pet care and certifications. It is your right and responsibility as a pet owner to gather as much information as you can before you trust someone with your precious fur baby.

Want to give traveling with your pet a try? Download our free Guide to Traveling with Pets for all the tips and tricks of traveling with your furry family members.

Just Around the Corner offers Daily Dog Walking and Cat Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

6 Tips to Keep Your Dog and Cat Flea- and Tick-Free

6 Tips to Keep Your Dog and Cat Flea- and Tick-Free

Prevent Fleas and Ticks for your Dog and Cat

Is there anything worse than finding a tick behind Fluffy’s ear? Or that moment when you see a flea jump from Bruno’s tail right onto the living room rug? YUCK! Keeping our pets flea and tick free is part of our duty as a pet parent but it is not always as simple as year-round treatment. These 6 tips will keep your dog and cat flea- and tick-free both indoors and out all year long.

Why are Fleas and Ticks bad?

Besides being just plain yucky, fleas and ticks are parasites that may cause serious harm and discomfort to our precious fur babies. They transmit dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease, Dog Ehrlichiosis and let us not forget…the Bubonic Plague (Flea transmitted disease). These sneaky parasites are out to get our furry friends, but with a few simple steps your pet and your home will remain flea- and tick-free!

itchy grey cat with dog

6 tips to prevent flea and ticks

  1. Year-round treatment

A monthly pill or collar to prevent fleas and ticks for your dog and cat is a must year-round. No matter what region you live, continuing treatment through the winter is extremely important. These parasites survive temperatures as low as freezing (30 degrees). The unpredictable weather these days makes remaining diligent with your pet’s treatment more important than ever. All it takes is a few winter days in the 30’s for fleas and ticks to be right back to their pesky ways. No bones about it, continue your pet’s treatment 365 days a year.

  1. Throw out old preventatives

If you have old flea and tick treatments from previous years or other pets it can be tempting to use them on your current pet. However, most treatments have specific expiration dates and become ineffective over time. These parasites evolve and often become immune to older products. Always check with your Vet for the most effective brands/products available to you. In addition, be sure to use pet specific products, canine products for dogs and feline products for cats. Swapping one for the other can cause serious harm to your pet.

  1. Keep backyard clean

Our own backyard is the number 1 place pets contract fleas and ticks. Keeping the grass, trees and shrubs trimmed will keep your yard from looking too appealing to fleas and ticks. A regular mowing and grooming will continually disrupt the possibility for these sneaky parasites to make their home in your yard.

  1. Clean home regularly

Flea eggs can stay alive all year long in your home, even through the cold months. Once eggs are laid, they can multiply as quickly as 100 per DAY! A thorough routine cleaning will keep your home flea free. There are a few things you do not want to miss during your cleaning that specifically target removing/keeping fleas at bay.

  • Washing pet and human bedding in hot water
  • Cleaning curtains, couches and other fabric materials that are a playground for fleas
  • Dispose of vacuum bag/empty canister (outside) after EVERY use. Flea eggs can continue to hatch and multiply even after being vacuumed.
  • Spray/clean carpeted areas frequently
  1. Do regular tick checks

Looking for more peace of mind when it comes to wondering if Fido has a tick? Do a regular tick check yourself. Start this when your dog is just a puppy or your cat is a kitten to get them used to the unique full body search that an older pet may otherwise not be comfortable with. Regular baths will also help to prevent fleas and ticks. Bath time is also a fantastic time to do a flea/tick check.

  1. Regular Vet checkups

Checking in with the professionals will ensure you have your pet on the best preventative plan possible. They will check the efficiency of your current program and make sure your pet remains on the safe track for being parasite free! A thorough checkup provides the utmost peace of mind for a pet parent, which is priceless. Do not delay, schedule a checkup with your pet’s veterinarian today.

happy yellow dog running to pet sitter

Keeping your dog and cat flea and tick free makes for a happier, healthier pet. When your pet is armed with an effective year-round treatment with a nicely manicured yard to play in, a clean bed to rest their head, smelling fresh from routine baths, and gets a gold star from their vet check fleas and ticks don’t stand a chance! These 6 tips will have your pet saying THANK YOU again and again.

Do you have a best kept secret for preventing fleas and ticks in your pet(s)? Share with us in the comments!

Just Around the Corner offers daily Dog Walking and Cat Sitting in Plymouth, MA. To learn more about how Just Around the Corner can help, check out our Services Page. You can also Contact Us for more information. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram!

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Guide to Adopting a Cat

Simple Guide to Adopting a Cat

Considering adopting a cat? There are many things to consider before bringing a furry feline into your home. Making it a smooth transition for the cat from the shelter to your home will set the tone for your future life together. This guide breaks down exactly what to consider before adopting. Already know adopting is definitely for you? Look no further, here we share the best ways to integrate a cat into your home!

Before you adopt

Evaluate your lifestyle

Before adopting a cat consider your lifestyle. Of course a precious fluffy kitty seems idyllic, but you must be honest with yourself to be sure you are ready for a lifetime commitment to a cat. What does it mean to evaluate my lifestyle you ask?  Start with asking yourself these simple questions.

  • Do I spend a lot of time away?
  • Do I have other pets? If so, do they get along with other animals?
  • Are there children in the home?
  • Does anyone in the home have cat allergies?
  • Am I able to take on the financial impact of owning a cat?

Answering these questions honestly will let you know if you are ready to move on to the next step!

Understand the commitment you are making

Adoption is for life.  It is crucial to understand that in making the choice to adopt a cat into your home has a furrever impact on the cat.  Being shuffled back and forth between homes and shelters is extremely taxing on an animal. Pets feel stress the same way humans do and being moved around multiple times leaves a lasting impact on an animal. Always remember Adoption is for Life.

Do your research

Research the shelter you are adopting from.  While most town/city shelters are reputable it doesn’t hurt to do a quick Google search for reviews and other information such as background and mission when it comes to pet adoptions. The more you know, the better equipped you will be when making this life changing decision. We suggest Adoption of a shelter cat rather than purchasing a cat from a breeder because every year over a million cats end up in shelters in need of a loving forever home. Be part of the solution.

Know the best fit for you

Know the type of personality you are looking for in a cat.  If you work long hours adopting a more independent cat might be the way to go.  Are you the laid back snuggling type?  Consider a cat who will be easy going and enjoys affection. Cats have personalities just like people! Decide what characteristics will be the best fit for your life and find the cat that suits you.  This will ensure a long lasting and enjoyable relationship for everyone.

Bringing your cat home

Choose a Vet

Plan ahead by choosing a vet that you know and trust. If you have never owned a cat ask your cat owning friends who they use. It is a good idea to get multiple recommendations and compare. Of course you can always do a good ol’ Google search and research Veterinarians in your area, read reviews, and make an educated decision on where to take your fur baby. Once you get the health records from your shelter it is a good idea to book your cat’s first check up ahead of time.  Many vets are extremely busy these days and it will be one less thing to think about after you bring your kitty home.

Cat Proof your home

Cats are curious, agile and smart so get ready! Become aware of the things that can pose as a potential danger to your cat. It may take a little bit to get used to but once you are aware of the items to keep an eye out for it will become habitual. Some things to look out for:

  • human food left out on the counter
  • small choke hazard items such as paper clips or tacks
  • electrical cords they may be playing with or chewing on.

Keep a close eye out for what they are playing with in the first month and arrange items in your home accordingly.

Stock up on supplies

You might be surprised by how many items your cat will need to feel comfortable and confident in their new home. Stock up on essentials such as food and litter, as well as treats, toys, and grooming items.  Download our  “Cat Supply Checklist” for a full list of items you will need as a new cat mom or dad.

Give love, patience and space

Last but certainly not least, LOVE, PATIENCE, and SPACE are three keystones for a happy, healthy, cat/cat owner life. Your cat may take several weeks to fully adjust to their new environment.  Exercising patience as they learn the “house rules” e.g using the litter box, not jumping on the counter, not chewing your shoes, will encourage them to behave appropriately. They may also need “alone time” in a designated space such as their sleeping quarters. It is important to allow them time to explore independently in their new home as it will build their confidence in their new environment and in you as their pet parent. Always remember Love, Patience, & Space.

Adopting a cat is a beautiful thing! Using this simple guide will ensure you and your new fur baby will have a long, happy, well-adjusted life together.

HAPPY ADOPTING!

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5 Reasons to say YES to hiring a Dog Walker

5 Reasons to say YES to hiring a Dog Walker

Do I really need a Dog Walker?

Hiring someone to come into your home to care for your precious fur baby isn’t a decision to take lightly. When you look at the benefits, you see that hiring a Dog Walker can increase the quality of both you and your pup’s life exponentially. Whether you’re looking to get Fido a little more fresh air, hoping to help Gracie shed a few pounds, or just wanting to increase the quality of Lucy’s daily life a Dog Walker can be a great option for you and your baby.

Here are some of the ways that having a Dog Walker in your pet’s life will help:

  • Peace of Mind

    Do you find yourself worrying about your dog having to “hold it” or wondering if they are lonely all day? The guilt of a working pet parent is real and a dog walker may be able to help! Peace of mind is knowing that your precious fur baby is not crossing their legs or sitting at home being lonely all day. This can help you to be more productive at work and give you more balance in your human/dog relationship. Peace of mind goes a long way in the overall yin and yang of pet parenting!

  • Exercise is good for the soul!

Exercise is a crucial component to any dog’s life no matter their age. Finding the right dog walker to give your pet the appropriate amount of physical movement for their breed, age, and energy level is important. Exercise improves the overall health of your dog which can increase their life span. Who doesn’t want their precious pup around as long as possible?!

  • Saves You Time

    Are you a Busy Bee? Early mornings/late evenings? Never enough hours in the day? You want to give your dog a beautiful, long walk just for them everyday but simply don’t have time? A dog walker helps to ease the stress of one more thing on your to-do list. Enjoy having a happy, tuckered out, pup post-walk and the peace of mind that you provided something just for them that day without the stress of squeezing it in!

  • Improves Pet Behavior

    A well-exercised pup is a well-behaved pup. Many times our dogs have energy that we can’t help them exert. That energy can manifest negatively in chewing on the furniture, barking at every squirrel that runs by the window, or giving the mailman a piece of their mind. Sound familiar? When our dogs are well-exercised they release those held energies through exertion and stimulation of their senses improving their overall behavior at home.

  • Socialization!

    While you may not be a social butterfly and you think your pet isn’t either, socialization is a wonderful way to build their confidence.  Meeting a new person and building trust with them as they walk will expand your pet’s “social circle” which ultimately lessens fears and apprehension they may be carrying. Likewise, group hiking/walks is an excellent way for them to socialize with other dogs. This can help to ease the alpha dog mentality they may have, making them a happier more well-rounded pup.

 

BONUS: Benefits of Exercise for your Dog

Whether you walk your dog yourself or you hire a dog-walker, good exercise is one of the most important gifts you can give to your dog. From their everyday health to their overall confidence, exercise is the best medicine you can give your dog for a happy, healthy lifestyle!

Top three benefits of exercise for your pup

  1. Positive overall health   “If you don’t use it you lose it” is true for our pets, too. It may seem obvious to you, but you may be surprised by how many dog owners don’t actually walk their dogs on a daily basis. Exercise in dogs has been known to drastically reduce the risks of heart disease, nasty infections and even depression. Daily exercise keeps obesity at bay, stimulates over all healthy joints, and ultimately causes fewer visits to the vet. This means a fuller heart as a pet parent, and keeping a little money in your pocket isn’t a bad perk either!
  2. Improves behavioral problems such as excessive barking, licking, chewing, digging, and overall anxiety. Many pet owners may not realize that most often these behaviors occur out of boredom. Every walk stimulates your dog with thousands of new scents and sights, which actually makes them even more tired. In addition, the exertion of their energy makes them feel more fulfilled and ultimately calmer when back at home. This reduces their need to bark, dig, chew, scratch, etc. creating a more positive living environment for everyone involved.
  3. Builds Confidence   Exercise outside of the home can help your pet trust their environment more. From scents to sights, the exposure that physical activity gives your pet builds confidence with every walk they take with you or your walker. If your dog does not receive exercise they will find a way to release their energy in destructive behaviors. By giving them a place to exert that energy they are able feel a sense of comfort and control, all thanks to you!

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