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.
 

Compromising on Dog Breed – Getting a New Puppy [Part 3 of 4]

In the last post, I covered choosing the best dog for you, but that’s only good for those bachelors and bachelorettes out there. When you have a significant other, or a family to appease, you have to consider what you’re willing to compromise on.

So the kids want a big dog, but maybe you had your heart on a small breed- what can you do?

Try showing them some pictures like this….

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If that doesn’t work, you’re going to have to do some research.

It’s actually pretty easy, all you have to do is ask yourself WHY you want said dog. Head back to part two, and remember the questions you asked yourself. Maybe you want a small dog for close companionship, or maybe your goal is to have a dog that lives as long as possible.

Everyone should write a list on the most important qualities in a dog, and what features they can give up. Although dogs are adorable, simply picking the cutest might not be the best.

Go back to pedigree.com and fill out the form, with everyone involved. If you can’t get everyone to agree, mention that now might not be the best time to get a dog, and I promise… attitudes will change. It’s a completely new perspective when you realize that you’re considering what’s best for your pets and your family.

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

 

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

 

 

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Fun Events & Dog Friendly Parks of Plainfield, IL

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About Plainfield

Plainfield, Illinois provides plentiful fun, feel good vibes, and activities to those who seek it. You’ll find many interesting activities and other positive aspects to make Plainfield home. Listed below are just a handful of things that you will encounter; these experiences will make your days in Plainfield exciting and enjoyable. Plainfield, IL is certainly a place worth living, and it is very pet-friendly! [Read more…]