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…]

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.