Summer Tips For Pet Sitter And Owners

The summer season is upon us and with it brings backyard barbecues planning and going on trips and vacations, and generally a time when people want to spend most of their time outside their homes and head on camping with the entire family and sometimes have to leave Fido and Fluffy back home because the summer season can also bring some unique hazards for your pets.

Whether you are staying home or going on vacation, you should be very careful of your pet in the summer season and flow these quick tips yourself and convey them on to your pet sitter as well, so your pet stays safe and healthy this summer season.

There is a disturbing stat doing the rounds in pet community that hundreds of pets die due to heat exhaustion every year in parked vehicles. Leaving your pet alone in a parked car is a big NO, and you should let your pet sitter know that as well that under any circumstances he or she shouldn’t leave your pet alone in a parked car because even with the window open or the air conditioner on, there is a high chance that the temperature can rise quickly and make your pet seriously ill or even cause death.

Pet sitters should warn local pet owners via social media by sharing informative posts regarding the issue and ensure they let their clients know that as well.

Another thing to be mindful is that never exercise or walk your dog in the afternoon when the temperatures are at its highest. If you walk your dog on the pavement, you could injure their paws. Place the back of your hand on the pavement and if you can’t hold it there for more than five seconds then it is too hot for your dog to walk on. Pet sitters should communicate with their clients that they should schedule their dog walksin the mornings or in the evenings.

Excessive panting, trouble breathing, and increased heart rate is a sign that your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion and you should call your vet immediately to counter the situation. It is important avoiding taking your pet out in the daytime heat, but it is also important that the inside temperature is also cool.

Pet sitters should ask about their clients’ thermostat settings at the meet and greet and they should let them know the temperature inside should be according to their pets’ comfort.

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Pet Sitters Can Help You With Your Summer Travel Woes

The summers of 2016 and 2017 saw airline tickets prices decrease and consequently, that saw a lot of people traveling to their desired destinations. The airfares are predicted to drop this summer as well and the same behavior can be seen this summer too as would-be vacationers head out to their much-anticipated vacation.

According to statista.com, 45% of British households own a pet with 26% dogs and 18% cats respectively. With almost half of the population owning a pet, the summer travelers would be asking the same question when they head out to vacation: “Who is going to take care of my pet while I’m away traveling?”

The pet sitter industry is growing rapidly, many people are opting for this service while they are away because many of them consider a professional pet sitter a reliable source of keeping their pet safe while they are not at home to take care of their pet themselves.

So, the era of untrained and unreliable pet sitters is nearly over, and especially asking a family member, neighbour or an unwilling friend will be over as well because pet owners are realizing that they put their pet’s life in danger when they hand it over to someone who is not capable to take care of a pet in an emergency and not take important steps to prevent a problem or detect a problem like a professional pet sitter well in advance to tackle any tricky situation.

It is important for pet owners to know certain things before they call in a pet sitter for an interview. Pet sitting sites pop up left, right and center these days and you just can’t trust anyone with a pet sitter website because it has become an easy way to make extra cash on the side.

Pet owners should be prudent when conducting an interview to differentiate the phony with the professionals. The first thing you ask is whether they have a professional pet sitting license or not? The second question would be to know if they are insured and bonded. Client references are very important to know their history and reliability plus if they are willing to sign a pet sitting agreement contract.

Once you have the answers you desire, choose the pet sitter. You need to book early this summer because pet owners will be calling in to book a pet sitter for their pet.

Importance Of Professional Pet Sitters

Keeping a pet is a lot of responsibility, and there is a range of people who have the desire to keep pets and love them to keep them happy, safe and healthy. However, when we have to leave our pets alone, we somehow do not have a clear plan about it.

Either we are very busy, or we are budget conscious that we think that asking the neighbor’s teenage daughter to look after our pet as we work or travel. It is also understandable that you want to look for a quick fix to this situation and wants an easy way out of it, but we really urge you to stop.

So many times, we have seen news alerts that are related to crimes committed against pets and the news outlets loosely throw the term “pet sitters” who committed these crimes.

The term used pet sitters carelessly, referring to some teenager who you asked to walk your dog as a pet sitter is not right because pet sitting is a professional career and this profession has expertise in keeping your pet out of harm’s way, knowing what to do in different and difficult situations and most importantly providing you with the peace of mind that any pet care option or a quick solution can never do.

Whenever you require a pet sitter for your pet your first course of action is to ask anybody to get you one who has ever used one or go online to check people who have listed a free profile on any pet sitter website. These actions prove that you are not prioritizing your pet’s wellbeing and are tempted to save a little cash by hiring anyone to take care of your pet.

Do you need to ask yourself, whether the individuals you are leaning towards hiring to take care of your pet will be able to spot any danger signs in your pet’s behavior? And take him to the vet early? However, a professional pet sitter can easily spot the signs and do what’s best for your pet.

Please, know the difference between someone who you just saw in an online directory and a professional pet sitter. If you are turning a blind eye to it just to save a little cash, you are putting your pet in danger by handing them over to someone who is not legitimate or qualified to be a pet sitter.

The Right Way To Train Your Dog

Let’s just say you got your dog from the animal shelter and your little bundle of joy enter your apartment and looks around, and suddenly they lift a leg to your coffee table and you stand there motionless everything slowed down and you are about to experience the horror that many of us had stared into before being initiated into the world of dog training.

If you have had pets before then you probably know what to do in such situations or this is your first gig and you have no idea what you are going to do and ultimately, you are at a loss. Whatever the case, we are here to show you what to do before you embark on a great adventure with your new-found buddy.

Now, you have to understand that dogs have a short attention span, so if you are trying to train them using full sentences and which have complex phrases in them then you are not going to get anywhere with that. If you keep repeating the command, you are going to lose him or her and you will be a fan or a television in the background that keeps going on, but you stopped paying attention to it long ago because it has nothing to do with you.

If you are using complex and long commands then you need to stop immediately, and start using concise commands like roll over, fetch, heel or stay. Once you know what works for them and are they responsive to your short commands or not, then you can start the training part.

Your pet now understands your command, but whenever they do the right thing or the exact thing you wanted them to do then reward them accordingly, and that has to happen immediately, so you can develop a cause and effect relationship in training with your dog.

If you are having trouble with training your dog, you can always hire a pet sitter to help you go through it and with the pet sitter’s help you can initiate the training in the right manner, so you don’t get lost and give up.

Your hired pet sitter can teach you the important things you need to incorporate in your training to get your buddy to respond to your commands and start a healthy relationship with your dog.

A Normal Day In The Life Of A Pet Sitter

We often require a pet sitter when we have to leave our beloved pets for an emergency, holiday or a business trip to a different city or abroad. We need to them to take care of our pets for us, right? That is exactly why we hire professional help because they would know what to do in an emergency and who to call, but we fail to understand the deeper roles the pet sitters perform while they take care of our pets in our absence.

While most people think that all pet sitters do is play with cute kitten and pet puppies and occasionally feed them, clean liter, and they say what a great and easy job you have.

This is more or less true and to be honest it is the greatest career on earth, but it is anything but easy. Professional pet sitting requires you to be available 365 days a year because your client needs you when they have to go out with friends or they have to go on holidays over the weekend and even when they have to work during the week.

The daily schedule of a pet sitter requires them to be up at around 6:30 or 7:00 am and do their morning visits. That gets done after a few hours then it’s back home for an hour or so and then back on the job for the afternoon visits and dog walks and get back home to relax after 9:30 in the evening. Pet sitters do get a couple of hours off in between 4 pm to 6 pm usually when they can have dinner and unwind a little to go back on the job shortly after.

These visits never go the same way they did the day before because pet sitters mostly deal with animals that are nervous, anxious and shy without their owners and most of the times they don’t want pet sitters near them. So, to deal with that and make them feel comfortable, they also have to clean their poop, pee and throw up accidents that happen far too often.

Other than that, we need to sniff out anything that is wrong with the animal and do something accordingly to cater it and if there is an emergency, we need to react quickly.

Pet sitting is not as easy as it sounds because it requires a lot of hard work and dedication.