Why You Should Leave Your Pets with a Professional Sitter & Not a Neighbor!

10731985_SNot interested in taking good care of your pet?  If that’s the case, then go ahead and follow the poor advice from Chase Bank, as seen on the Shorewood Patch! I cringed at the sight of the title, as an animal lover and not as a pet-sitter; anyone who cares for animals would feel disturbed by such haphazard advice. [Read more…]

Grooming Your Puppy: All About Bathtime and Nail Clipping!

5479762820_cd186734e5_zWhen you first get a puppy, you’re usually focused on making vet appointments and getting all the new supplies. Make sure you pick up a set of foolproof puppy nail clippers, a dog brush, and sensitive doggy shampoo. With puppies, you should handle the grooming on your own and here is why… [Read more…]

5 Awesome Tips for Potty Training [Continued from Last Week]

My last post covered advice on how to get the most out of your potty training. Today, I’ll go a bit further into that with a few tricks I’ve learned in my time.

5 Tips to Help Make Potty Training Easy

1.       You’ll need to crate –train your pooch, it’s the perfect method for potty-training and many pet owners swear by this method. You obtain  the perfect sized crate by finding one that your dog can stand up and turn around in comfortably. Be sure you don’t get a crate that’s too big or it won’t work. Puppies don’t like to use the bathroom in the same area that they sleep in, so this is how they learn to hold it. Take your puppy to the bathroom every time you let him out of the cage so that he gets used to going outside.

2.       Make a set schedule and adhere to it. Get your dog on a strict routine, and he’ll begin to understand when potty time is, and then wait for that.

3.       Make communication easy. Always ring a bell when you take the dog out, and then leave some jingle bells nearby the play area. Your puppy will eventually associate the noise with bathroom time, and will jingle them to let you know it’s time!

4.       Hand accidents correctly, never punish your pup for going to the bathroom in the house- just correct the behavior while it’s happening.

Products like Potty Patch and Bio Dog are great for emergencies.
 

10 Reactions to Your Dog’s Quirks

Whether you’ve had your dog for three weeks or three years, some of these reactions and statements will have you laughing and saying “Deb, that is so true”. Dogs are hysterical, adorable creatures, even when they’re being mildly irritating.

 

  • Your first day with your dog:

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  • When you have had rough day and you come home to your dog’s unconditional love:

    Bill-Murray-Caddyshack

  • When your dog feels ill:

    hyperventilating

  • The entire potty training process:

    too-much

  • When your dog gets mad about your steak dinner:

    mad-sorry

  • When your neighbors don’t like your dog:

    deal-wit-it

  • When you buy your dog an expensive toy, and he chews The cord off of something:

    bummed

  • That one rare day your dog doesn’t care that you’ve been gone for eight hours:

    rejection

  • Even though you expect a new puppy to have an accident, you still react like this when he or she has an accident:

    horg

  • Talking to your dog like he understands, and feeling like this when he doesn’t:

    kristen-stewart-sad

Did I miss one? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

 

 

Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois

 

(I’d like to thank reactiongifs.com for providing the wonderful reactions to the silly things dogs do!)

 

Everything You Need to Know About Getting a New Dog [Part 1 of 4]

The decision to get a dog is a simple one for most people, you either love dogs and want one in your family, or you don’t. The tricky part is selecting dog breed and getting everyone in the household to agree on what they want from their new companion.

So, this inspired a four-post series on getting a new dog and everything you need to know to get started. Today’s post will cover how to determine if you’re ready to get a dog. Next week’s posts will cover choosing the right breed for YOU, and part three will cover how to compromise on a breed with others. Part four is a big, fat surprise!

Before getting a dog you need to be sure that you’re ready for the responsibility that comes along with it. Think of the end of the movie Aladdin, when Jafar wants to become a Genie for the power.

At first, he’s like “Great Idea!”

new puppy and adult dog walker and sitter in Joliet IL

And then, the responsibilities catch up with him, and it ends up a disaster.

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Yeah, getting a dog is kind of like that.

So, how can you be sure you’re ready? You have to ask yourself a few questions first, and the answers will tell you whether you’re ready for a new pup or not.

Can you afford a dog?

Not simply, can you purchase the dog… but can you afford to give him a good life?  A dog is an awful lot like a child, and medical expenses can come out of nowhere. Make sure you have enough savings, and a steady income that will always provide your pooch with what he needs.

Do you have “itty bitty living space” like Jafar’s lamp?

Make sure you have enough room inside the home and in the yard. A tiny apartment might be okay for a Teacup Poodle, but certainly not a Golden Retriever or Rottweiler.

Is Your Abode Safe and Dog Appropriate?

In addition to size, you need to be careful of things dogs can get into. They’re not like cats, they won’t avoid something that is dangerous for them; dogs eat things. I repeat: Dogs. Eat. Things.

Be sure everything is out of the way, use bitter apple spray on cords, and look into the materials used to build your home or apartment. For example, ask someone to inspect the paint on your walls. If you have an older house that still has lead paint, you’ll either need to correct that or watch your dog like a hawk. You never want your dog to scratch paint or lead paint off walls, and risk ingesting it.

What are your limitations?

Do you dislike the idea of walking daily, or, do you find that you get irritated easily? When your pooch needs something, and you don’t want to do it, you can’t take it out on the dog. Be sure you’re ready to handle the care and maintenance of a dog. Your reward? Unconditional love.

If you feel that you’re ready for a dog after this post, then I warmly welcome you to the world of being a discerning pet owner. Congratulations on your decision to give and receive the uninterrupted bliss that is loving a canine.

Check back on Monday for more help, as the next part will help you select your dog breed!

 

Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois

 

 

[Jafar Gif Courtesy of http://andthenthingsgotfunny.tumblr.com/]

Advice for Choosing Your Pet’s Veterinarian

When it comes to veterinarian selection, the best thing that you can do for your pet is research several candidates, thoroughly. While word-of-mouth referrals are a big help, it doesn’t always mean that the vet is consistently amazing. The person raving about his or her wonderful experience may have not caught their antics yet.

Not to say that all vets are evil. In fact, just the contrary, vets dedicate their lives to helping animals heal and thrive. Alternatively, a select few vets out there are just lazy and negligent. Sometimes, you even wonder how they made it through college. Even though the good vets outweigh the bad ones, you must protect your loved ones from the lazy.

Cleanliness

Imagine walking into an office, and it looks pristine; everyone is quite friendly. You would never know that their methods for sanitation consist of haphazard cleaning efforts. You can eliminate this worry by reading reviews and checking for professional endorsements. For example, a vet in good standing with the humane society most likely follows the sanitation rules meticulously.  Remember that just because a place looks clean, does not mean that it is 100% safe.

Caution & Experience

Obviously you should not judge a book by a cover, but consider finding an older, experienced vet. New and inexperienced vets may practice extra caution, but they’re still prone to beginner mistakes and learning experiences. Yes, they have to learn, but not with a being that you cherish so dearly.

Etiquette and Behavior

Do a search online to see what others think of the veterinarian. You’ll see if the vet does or says anything inappropriate in the off-hours. Check Facebook, if it looks like your vet is a post-grad party-animal, you might want to steer-clear. Hangovers do not go hand in hand with caring for living things. Furthermore, by running a search on your vet, you’ll learn more about what being a client is like.

A good example is a blog run by a veterinarian in “who knows where”. This vet was smart enough to leave his or her name off it, but it is still very upsetting to pet owners. “Vets Behaving Badly” is a blog run by a myriad of vets and vet techs. Sure, they think they’re venting about their day and making fun of the “insanity” that is the American Public. However, what they don’t realize is, they’re making fun of their clients; the people who give them their income. They’re publicizing the events of a vet visit, which should be kept private. This is a good thing to check before visiting your vet, because, imagine you’re having difficulty with potty training, or maybe you fed your dog something unhealthy. You didn’t know, and your vet should simply educate you, not judge you and publicize it. True caregivers would never mock pet owners for lacking a vet’s knowledge.

Finding a vet in Joliet IL

*Photo courtesy of positivedoggie.com

Sure, we all despise the people who leave their dogs outside for weeks straight, and other horrible things. Positivedoggie.com does it right, whereas ‘Vets Behaving Badly‘ does it wrong.

Another thing to look out for is vets with ‘tude. They might not behave badly on the internet, but some vets will judge you right to your face. As long as you’re not neglecting or harming your pet, your choices are yours and yours alone. If your vet is anything less than respectful and polite to you and your furry friend, then they do not deserve your business.

To recap that’s cleanliness, experience, and etiquette. If you search reviews, look online, and ask around, you’re sure to find the best pet doctor in Illinois!

 

 

Tips from eHow!

  • Knowing that a veterinarian is well-educated and knowledgeable about animal health is important, but compassion for animals is an absolute necessity.
  • Although choosing a veterinary clinic based on location is tempting and traveling is stressful for your pet, the extra driving may be worth it to receive quality care.
  • Trust your instincts and ask for a second opinion if you think one is warranted.
  • All veterinarians who practice in the United States must be graduates of an accredited school of veterinary medicine and must have a current license on display.

 

Read More: How to Choose a Veterinarian | eHow.com

Pet Owner Responsibility – Financial Care & Finding Sitters For Vacations

We all know and love this adorable Microsoft commercial. A young boy admirably tries to convince his parents to get a dog with a power-point presentation. They immediately say yes, probably because it was scripted, but the idea is that they were so moved by the presentation that they simply said yes. The boy’s presentation had only three compelling reasons for getting a new friend- the parents stopped considering all options, and though this is media, it’s not far from reality. Think about it, if you’ve wanted a dog for ten years and your adorable kid starts begging you for one- it is not going to take much to get you to agree.

 
What you should realize is, that having a pet like a dog or a cat is just as much work as having a baby. Okay, so… potty training is easier and cheaper on an animal, but that’s about it. You need to consider more than just Microsoft Boy’s bullet points. He mentions protection, safety, and responsibility. However, the most important thing to realize is that responsibility is the priority in the hierarchy of pet-care. Responsibility is far more than simply caring for the pet; it means that you need to be accountable enough to refrain from adopting a pet if you cannot provide the pet with the best life possible.

This means more than proper bathing, feeding, and exercising as well. When crunching your numbers to see if a pet can fit into your budget… remember to factor in emergency vet visits, vacation sitting, and obedience school.

Another huge thing to consider is how many people are in your home daily, if all parties are out of the house at the same time, it may not be such a great idea. Just because your boss keeps you locked in a room for forty hours a week doesn’t mean you should extend that punishment onto your new friend.

Cesar Millan, dog whisperer, gives great advice on why dogs may act out. This applies to most pets actually, because as Cesar puts it- they get bored. Don’t be Brutus, take Cesar’s side.

So many times people have come to me, worried because their dog has picked up an aggravating habit. Maybe he’s chewing the carpet, or racing in circles around the house, or showing surprising aggression. And so often the answer is the same: Your dog is getting bored—he wants something to do. Dogs aren’t born expecting to be waited on hand and foot, with meals produced whenever they are hungry; no creature in the animal world is. In the wild—from the time they are babies—dogs have to work for their food. They have to hunt it down or go hungry. I like to tell people that in Mexico, where I am from, the dogs are thin but they don’t have psychological problems. Dogs have been bred over the centuries for different jobs—from rounding up cattle to hunting to hauling. When their natural instinct is denied, they become frustrated, and that is when they start to show signs of aggressive behavior. So do what your dog asks and give him a job. Put a pack on his back when you go for walks or create obstacle courses so he can put his scent-tracking abilities to good use. You’ll see right away how happy it makes him.”

Read more: http://www.cesarsway.com/magazine/5-things-that-drive-us-crazy#ixzz2Jg2zCMgj

Animals deserve and need attention just as much as humans do, so ensure that someone is able to provide that daily. I love all of my clients because they are showing me that they are responsible pet owners, who do not leave animals alone.