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Heatstroke and How to Prevent it in Your Dog

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Sabrina having fun with a pet sitter from Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Heatstroke Signs and Prevention for Your Dog

Author, Noelle Schueller, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

The Summer Heat is soaring and while summer weathers entices us to be outdoors playing with our dogs, you must understand just how harmful the heat can be for your dog. Dogs are highly susceptible to heat stroke over the summer and it’s nothing to scoff at.  Heat stroke can be deadly!  Read on to learn exactly what you need to know!

 

What exactly makes my dog susceptible to heat stroke? 

 

Dogs pant to cool themselves down but their body cooling system is not quite as effective as the human body’s system – sweating.  A dog pants in order to exchange the hot air in his body for the cool air in the atmosphere.  However, when the hot temperatures outside are too close the heated temperature of the dog’s body, then the dog’s body system is ineffective!  It’s your job as pet parent to prevent heat stroke in your dog.  Here’s how:

 

  • Never leave your dog in a car in hot weather.
    • The car can heat up to dangerous and deadly temperatures within minutes of you exiting your car. For example, when it is 85 degrees out, a car will heat up to 102 degrees within ten minutes!
  • Don’t exercise your dog in hot OR humid weather.
    • Early morning hours or late evening is the best. Mid-day sun exposure is the most dangerous.
  • Avoid any prolonged exposure on asphalt or other areas without shade.
  • Fresh water and shade should ALWAYS be made available to your dog.
  • If your dog is elderly or has an illness such as lung or heart disease or a history of heat stroke, exercise extreme caution when exposing him to the heat, even mild heat!
  • Never muzzle your dog during warm temperatures – it makes it difficult for him to breathe!
  • Don’t shave your dog . 
    • An inch or two of hair serves as insulation against the extreme temperatures and also protects your dog from sun burn. 
  • Brush your dog daily to prevent matting. 
    • Matting prevents the skin from cooling, in addition the combination of heat and matting can lead to hot spots!

 

Signs of heat stroke in dogs:

  • excessive panting
  • rapid breathing
  • glazed eyes
  • thick saliva
  • vomiting
  • bright red gums and tongue
  • rectal temperature of 104 degrees

 

How do you keep your dog cool?  Let us know!

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About the Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Dental Hygiene and Your Pet

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Dental Hygiene

and Your Pet

 

 Is it Really Important?

  Author, Noelle Dunn, for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Something that is overlooked quite often is dental health and hygiene. When you own a pet there are many things you need to do to ensure their health is being taken care of.

We take them for checkups; ensure their shots are up to date. We care about the food they are fed and ensure they have plenty of exercise. However, we tend to overlook or even forget they have teeth! And like us humans they too need checkups, cleaning and care on their teeth. So what are you doing to ensure your pet has those teeth cleaning needs met?

Read on as we, at Professional Pet Sitting Etc, share how you can get started on a dental health and hygiene routine.

Dental Hygiene left unattended will cause some pretty ugly health issues for your pet. Not to mention massive discomfort. Animals have an extraordinary capability to hide pain as a means of survival. So if you are not checking into the condition of your pet’s teeth you may not even know they are need of health care or that they may be suffering.

There are tried and true steps you can take to help your pet keep those pearly whites and maintain their dental health. Anything you do can only serve to enhance your pet’s overall well-being.

Diets and chews –

There are specially formulated chews and food for your pet that can assist with the removal or control of tartar build up. The design of the kibble is actually intended to act as a toothbrush, scrubbing the tartar off as they chew. Additionally some of the food contains anti-tartar ingredients. There are also a variety of dental chews out there that benefit your pet while they have fun! The only catch on chews and rawhides would be the pet has to actually enjoy chewing, daily. Many pets are just not into the chews and rawhides.

Actual dental cleaning –

You can perform brushing of your pet’s teeth at home. If you have worked with your pet early on to get them use to the brushing, it should be fairly easy, just like brushing their fur. If your dog is not into the brushing of the teeth activity, you may need to work with them on it. Utilize the reward / training benefit and try to make it fun or at least stress free. Other option would be take Fido to your vet and have them do a dental cleaning. Some dogs need to be sedated in order to do a good job with the cleaning. Many smaller dogs need to undergo this procedure. This is why it is a great idea to get your pet started early, have them become use to teeth cleaning to avoid anesthesia.
Dental health and hygiene is an important aspect of your pet care routine. Start early on with your pet. If you haven’t already started a dental health routine, it’s never too late!

 

 

 

About the Owner of Professional Pet Sitting, Etc.

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Your Guide to Finding the Right Professional Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Company for You and Your Pets

Use this Handy Guide to Find the

Best Choice in Pet Care

 

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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See a Comparison of Professional Pet Sitting and other pet care choices

Find out why you may need a pet sitter

Find out the Advantages and Benefits of using a pet sitter

Find out why online registration is beneficial

What pets do pet sitters care for

Find out what happens at a pet sitting visit

How does a Pet Sitter give your home security

Find out the Top 3 Mistakes people make when hiring a pet sitter

Does your cat really need a pet sitter

Find out why your dog needs a Mid Day break in the middle of your work day

AND MUCH MORE

This book is based on our amazing company, however, you can use this as a great guide to finding a reputable company in your area.

Let me know if you found this helpful in your search for the best pet care

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Pet Care Visits by Professional Pet Sitting Etc

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Pet Care Visits

for Vacations, Day Trips,

Business Trips,

Hospitalization

or for Any Reason

You can schedule our Regular or Extended visits, you can also add an extra time, if you wish. Prices depend on number of pets, time needed, travel, etc.  Please call our office for all prices.

Your pet will enjoy staying home during your travels, in the event of your illness or hospitalization, or for any other reason knowing that a pet sitter who loves animals will visit each day. You will feel secure, in the knowledge, that someone experienced and responsible will be caring for your beloved pet. If you are disabled or recovering from surgery, Etc. – We can come in and help with your pet care needs. We can do as little as one visit or as long as six months (or longer). Let us know what you need.

Our pet sitters will come to your home, make sure that your pets have fresh water, food, get a bathroom break, scoop litter boxes, and bring in your mail and newspapers.  All pets in the home will be included in all scheduled pet care visits.  Please do not ask us to ignore any pets in the home, because we can not.

 

What do Professional Pet Sitting Companies offer?              PEACE OF MIND

You have probably never given much thought,  to just how much time and effort, you put into your pets’ good health and happiness. We have.

When you are gone, many things have to be done on a daily basis, to make certain your pets are safe,secure, comfortable and happy.

We go through a checklist every time we visit with your pets.

 

So, What really happens at a Pet Sitting Visit?

That  really depends on what you want and what your pet needs.

 

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Generally, here is what a Professional Pet Sitter will do:

  • At the moment a pet sitter arrives at your home, they look around even before getting out of the car, to see if everything looks okay.
  • Picks any mail, newspapers and unlocks your door.
  • Puts in any Alarm codes if needed (hopefully, we won’t set it off)
  • Gives puppy and kitty greetings
  • Takes dogs out in case they are crossing their legs.
  • playtime and bathroom time
  • Check food bowls, washes and fills for every pet
  • Check water dishes and refill
  • Give treats (if allowed)
  • Scoops Litterboxes
  • Puts all pet waste outside or in a garage outside of home to prevent smells.
  • Goodbye kisses and hugs
  • Restores alarm if needed
  • Locks doors
  • Goes to our next scheduled visit

You do most of these things, automatically, when you are at home.  Isn’t it comforting to know, that someone is going to go through a checklist each day and do them for you while, you are away?  Professional Pet Sitters give loving, compassionate, confidential, reliable, responsible, trusting, experienced pet care.

 

Mid Day Visits are a little different.  The time is spent one on one with your dog for a bathroom break, exercise, fresh air, playtime in the yard, and lots of TLC Hugs and treats!!

What could be better!!

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Why your dog needs a Mid Day break in the middle of your work day

It’s not just for puppies !!

Give the Ultimate Gift of Love to your pet –

Mid Day Let Out

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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A break in the middle of your work day is the ultimate gift of love for your pets. Pet Sitting Companies offer these breaks by making visits to your home while you are at work. They can be scheduled for every Monday through Friday or every Monday-Wednesday-Friday or however you wish to schedule it to benefit your pet the most. It is generally the most requested service in a pet sitting company for dogs but as you will see, it can be for any pet.

All pets need a break during our long work days, double shifts, unexpected or planned overtime. Pets can only go for so long without needing to go out. It can be agonizing for a grown pet to even think of having an accident in your home. If you work or are away from home 6 hours or more per day, you may want to consider a mid day break for our pets.

In a highly professional pet sitting company (see What to Look for in a Pet Sitting Company), A trained and qualified Professional Pet Sitter will let your pet out to go to the bathroom, get some fresh air, stretch and let off some anxiety, play with toys or play ball, have some treats and always get lots of TLC and personal attention during the day while you are away. The biggest plus is the one on one attention that your dog receives.  Hugs, love and treats are all part of the attention and the best part for dog and pet sitter !!

Pets need human interaction – Most pets really need human interaction.  Being home alone all day every day, some pets get depressed.  They just sleep.  Inactivity, boredom, depression can lead to other problems, like obesity and health issues, as well as destructiveness and other behavior issues.

Here are a few pets who would benefit from a mid day visit:

  • Puppies (dogs under a year old) – Very young puppies that are not house broken yet may need 1-2 breaks while you are at work. They need a bathroom break about every 3 hours.
  • Elderly Dogs (dogs 7 years and older) – as dogs age, just like us, they may need to go to the bathroom more often.
  • Adopted Dogs of any age – newly adopted dogs in a new home may not be on a schedule yet. Having a break in the middle of the day, helps them acclimate and not be so lonely coming from a kennel type environment where there we lots of people and attention.
  • Crated Dogs – dogs that are crated should be let out of their crates every 3-4 hours to stretch their legs.
  • Pets with any health issues – a pet with a health issue may benefit from having someone check on the during the day, just to make sure they are okay. It not only gives you peace of mind but the pet also benefits.
  • Pets with general Anxiety/nervousness – pets who are generally nervous or have anxiety benefit from a break. Sometimes just expending that nervous anxiety in a walk or playing ball helps them to stay calm later in the afternoon.
  • Pets who are destructive – Destructive pets need to expend that energy in a constructive way so as not to destroy the house or something that may be harmful to their well being, like electrical cords. Destructive pets for their safety may need to be crated, a pet sitter can come and give them that much needed break and playtime. If you have a dog who is so destructive, he has chewed through his crate ( yes, that has happened), working with a behaviorist, trainer along with a pet sitter can help in the long run.
  • Pets with Separation Anxiety – Separation Anxiety pets do benefit from Mid Day Visits, however in extreme cases they may benefit from staying with a friend or relative during the day. Someone who can give them calm constant companionship. If that is not possible, for their safety, they need to be crated and a pet sitter can come once or twice during your work day. Separation Anxiety pets also do well working with a behaviorist, trainer along with a pet sitter, routine is very good with these dogs.
  • Pets who are prone to bladder issues and those who are not – Bladder issues can be genetic but they can occur in any pet. Holding urine for long periods of time can heighten the possibility of a pet developing a bladder infection just by the mere fact that any bacteria in the bladder has more time to multiply.
  • Pets who are prone to urinary tract infections and those who are not – the same issues for bladder infections can also create more urinary tract infections, allowing bacteria to multiply over time rather then expending on a shorter time span.
  • High energy dogs – dogs with a lot of energy will definitely benefit from more exercise. For these pets you may want to book the extended time slot.
  • Dogs who are overweight– as with any pet (or human), excess weight increase all kinds of health problems as time goes on, regular daily walks can help keep pets in shape and healthy. Some health risks for overweight pets are diabetes, heart problems, joint problems, arthritis and more.
  • Pets with some behavior problems – Mid day Let out may help with many behavior problems associated with boredom and being left home alone for many hours each day (such as anxiety, chewing, destructiveness, etc). Pet Sitters are not trainers, however, regular routine of walking on a daily basis, does help many pets for many issues.

Dogs NOT good for Mid Day Let Out Service:

  • Aggressive/Biting dogs – The only pets that are not a candidate for Mid Day breaks from a pet sitter are pets that are aggressive or biters. This is simply for the protection of the sitters as well as the pets. We simply cant have our amazing sitters harmed in any way because they have so many pets to care for!!

Here are a few other things:

  • You Don’t need Mid Day visits but could use another time period…..Mid Day let out visits are generally in the middle of the day but most pet sitting companies can book you in for other times on a regular basis.
  • Do your work from home, No Problem – Many of our clients work from home, but still have us come to exercise their pets. This keeps the pets on a consistent schedule and allows you to concentrate on your work.
  • Do you have an elderly or disabled person at home, No Problem – we have a few people who are home when we come, maybe they can’t walk the of because of a disability or maybe hey don’t want to.
  • Did you break your leg? – we are so sorry but we can help walk your dog.
  • Too busy to exercise the dog – Are you really busy with your job and by the time you get home the last thing you want to do is go out again – we understand, everyone has a finite amount of time but we can help keep your pets exercised and on routine.
  • How long will you stay with my pet – That’s up to you. You can make reservations for up to a half hour or add on for an hour or if you want 2, 3, 4 hours !!

 

Did you know;

  • A Mid Day Break is Animal Welfare Recommended? – many animal welfare organizations will not adopt a pet to a home if there is no one home all day and a break is not given.
  • Other Help – If you book for a Mid Day Service, many pet sitting companies may be able to help you with other things as well, like adding on pooper scooping the yard or Litterbox Maintenance

Simply put A mid day break is good for your pet’s physical and mental well being.

Mid Day breaks are so important to pets that we ask you to Please give ALL pets a break in the middle of your work day every day, whether we provide this service for you or you come home every day at lunch or have a friend, neighbor or relative come in for you.

 

Want More information on

Top Tips about Daycare for your dog vs Mid Day Let Out

 

If you are considering a Pet Sitting Company, here are a few links to help you

Top 10 Things to look for in a Pet Sitting Company

What to look for in a Pet Sitting Company

Advantages and Benefits of  using a Pet Sitting Company

Tips to get the Most out of your Pet Sitting Experience

5 Ways Pet Sitting company keeps you and your pets safe

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Top Tips about Daycare for your Dog vs Mid Day Let Out

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Juliet having a fun walk with her pet sitter

Mid Day Visits in your home may be better then Daycare

for you and your dog

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Our most requested service is our Mid day Let out. Our pet sitters make visits to your home every day while you are at work Monday through Friday or whatever your work schedule may be. Some people have asked how our mid day service is more beneficial.

Here are a few benefits of Mid Day Pet Sitting service:

  • Saves Money – in most cases pet sitting visits cost less, even for one dog. However, our visit prices are for up to 3 dogs, so it saves ALOT when you have more then one dog. Plus, no penalty cost if you have to pick up late (they are already home!).
  • Saves Gas – since we come to your home, theres no need to use extra gas bringing your dog anywhere or using more gas to pick them up
  • No Stress for you – many daycare facilities have rules about drop off and pick up times, so if you must leave really early in the morning or get out of work later at night, you may need to have someone else drop off or pick up your pet. If you are running behind at work your stress level may increase if you are getting close to the Daycare’s closing time
  • No stress for your dog – if your dog is not a dog that loves to go for rides or gets cars sick.  Also, many dogs get stressed when in a new environment and every time a new dog comes into the “pack” (facility).
  • Saves Time – since we come to your home, you don’t have to plan extra time in the morning or after work when you are tired. If you are running late in the morning and don’t have time to drop off our dog, he will be home all day without a break ( unless you call us). Or if there is snow, all that extra morning time will be eaten up clearing off your car just to get to work.  Not to mention the extra time to get to work since traffic will be slower in bad weather.
  • Saves more time – with a click of your mouse on a pet sitting company’s online system you can book an extra supper visit, you can add extra time, you can go on a regular schedule for mid day let out and book every Monday – Friday or every mon-wed-fri or whatever your schedule is, even if it is sporadic.

A good Professional Pet Sitting Company will have an online reservation system, which will allow you to make all reservations 24/7, 365 days per year and you can update your personal pet care information any time you wish.

Also, a Professional Pet Sitting Company will be able to care for your pets 365 days per year. Daycares, unless they are boarding facilities as well, can not. Even if they can board your dog, can you pick your dog up at 3am when your flight comes in?? Probably not. If your pet is home all snuggled in his bed, he will be there waiting for you no matter what time you come home.

In a highly professional pet sitting company (see What to Look for in a Pet Sitting Company), A trained and qualified Professional Pet Sitter will let your pet out to go to the bathroom, get some fresh air, stretch and let off some anxiety, play with toys or play ball, have some treats and always get lots of TLC and personal attention during the day while you are at work. The biggest plus is the one on one attention that your dog receives.  Hugs, love and treats are all part of the attention and is the best part for dog and pet sitter !!

Pets need human interaction – Most pets really need human interaction.  Being home alone all day every day, some pets get depressed.  They just sleep.  Inactivity, boredom, depression can lead to other problems, like obesity and health issues, as well as destructiveness and other behavior issues.

Here is a link to my other blog for more information on Mid Day Let Out/Dog Walking

Why your dog needs a break in the middle of your work day

 

Here is how a Daycare is different from Mid Day Let Out;

  • Daycares do not give your dog one on one attention. Attendees are busy watching over many dogs. If you see your dog clinging at anytime to an attendee instead of out and about with the dogs, your dog is not interested in Daycare.
  • Dogs maybe crated at many daycare facilities – many facilities have a 2 hour playtime with an hour of downtime for dogs. In these Downtimes, dogs are crated. The reason this is done is to keep dogs from getting overstimulated, over stressed, over tired and cranky increasing the possibility of a dog fight. There is no benefit to an over stimulated, over stressed,  over tired cranky dog.
  • Your dog may pick up a parasite, tick or fleas – Most Daycare facilities are pretty good at keeping parasites at bay. However, if a dog had been running and playing on a trail yesterday and had picked up an internal parasite, fleas or ticks, Today, that dog and yours are running, playing, kissing and grooming each other…..well, its possible to get parasites, ticks and fleas. In all fairness, your dog could get parasites, ticks and fleas anywhere other dogs are- daycares, dog parks, trails, your neighborhood. Its just more of a possibility when your dog is around other dogs a lot. A fecal to your vet to check for parasites might be a good idea at least 4 times a year if you frequent daycares or dog parks. Tick and flea checks on your dog are always a good idea every time you go home from anyplace where a lot of dogs have been.
  • Daycares are not open every day, so if you need pet care or want to pick up your pet on a Sunday or Christmas, these facilities might not be available.  Very few Daycare facilities are open 365 days per year.  A good Professional Pet Sitting Company has pet care 365 days per year.
  • Daycares may not be there for you in an Emergency –  if you have a family emergency, there may not be availability.  A good Professional Pet Sitting Company generally will always help with pet care in an emergency.
  • Cuts, scrapes and bruises – This is inevitable when dogs are running, playing, rough housing, jumping on each other, play biting each other, skidding, and the list goes on.  Its like kids on a playground, someone will go home with a skinned knee.

 

When considering Daycare vs Mid Day Let Out, please know your pets.

These are a few pets that are not good candidates for Daycare;

  • Shy pets – shy pets really do better in a one on one mid day visit rather then being dropped off at a busy daycare. Ive seen shy pets huddled up in a corner, stressed just waiting to get out of there.
  • Dogs that do not like other dogs – a fight waiting to happen.  If they are home getting one on one attention in your yard, they will be away from other dogs.
  • Dogs that insist they are always the boss with other dogs – a fight waiting to happen. Again, If they are home getting one on one attention in your yard, they will be away from other dogs.
  • Dogs that tire easily – they will just get cranky and not happy.  If they are with a pet sitter and start to get tired, they can just find their bed and take a nap.
  • Dogs with any health issues – they need to be home, only 100% healthy pets should be at a daycare with other dogs, for the well being of your dog with health issues
  • Dogs that are elderly, arthritic, joint problems – dogs in this category should be home, its just not fair to them with all the pouncing and jumping not to mention how painful arthritis and joints can be.
  • Dogs that get over stimulated – again a fight may happen.  These dogs do much better with less things going on around them with just one on one attention.
  • Dogs that get anxiety when there’s too much going on – These dogs like to control the room and feel they must calm everyone down, they run around biting other dogs backs which is a dog sign for that dog to calm down but its just too much fun, so your dog runs around and around, wearing herself out because no one is listening.

Sometimes, when people pick up there dogs, they pick up exhausted dogs and for the happy go lucky high energy dogs, that’s a good thing but for others that exhausted dog, who had been running and running in a panic all day, may not be having a good time.  This is when you really need to have at least 2 people who know dog posture (not a daycare worker or someone who works there) go with you and observe your dog.  Is all that running around good, are they really having fun or is that miserable exhaustion full of anxiety and nervousness.

If you are considering a Pet Sitting Company, here are a few links to information to help you

Top 10 Things to look for in a Pet Sitting Company

What to look for in a Pet Sitting Company

Advantages and Benefits of  using a Pet Sitting Company

Tips to get the Most out of your Pet Sitting Experience

5 Ways Pet Sitting company keeps you and your pets safe

 

If you are considering a Daycare, here are a few things to look for;

 

  • The facility show look and smell clean – some dog smell is expected but shouldn’t be unpleasant.
  • The facility shouldn’t smell musty, moldy or too chemical -too much of a  harsh chemical is not good for dogs or people.  It doesn’t take much to kill bacteria.  Musty, moldy or unclean smells may mean that they are not cleaning correctly and that germs and bacteria aren’t being properly killed.
  • You shouldn’t see things in disrepair, rusty, rotting roof – The facility should be keeping up with their maintenance, if not maybe there is a reason, poor management, clients leaving, etc.  Plus you do not want your pet to chew or cut themselves on anything.
  • A tour of where your dogs will be is a must – unplanned tours are better, so you can see things as they are not cleaned up for your Tour. Be aware that any dog facility is not pretty before clean up but it shouldn’t be built up dirt that has been there for a few days.  You can tell the difference.
  • There should be separate area for young pups away from the big rambunctious boys – There should be special areas for puppies, small dogs, old dogs and Rambunctious dogs – THIS IS IMPORTANT.  It could be the life and death of your dog.  True Story in NH – One of our clients had a fox terrier puppy and wanted to bring her puppy to daycare because she wanted her puppy to “play” all day.  She brought him to a local daycare and on the same day, 2 new big dogs about 8 years old, also came that day.  The puppy thought it was soooo much fun, grabbing the long fur on one of the dog’s chest, apparently, this dog tolerated it for a few minutes then grabbed the puppy by the back of the neck shook him violently……puppy did not survive 🙁   This puppy should not have been allowed to mix with the big boys, there are a few other things that were wrong with this picture, but this was the biggest problem.
  • What is the protocol for disease prevention – most facilities have very good disease control with disinfectant and requiring up to date vaccines.
  • What is the protocol for parasites – most facilities do a great job as keeping their facilities parasite free, but please know, that if a dog goes on a trail walk the day before and comes to daycare today, the facility will kill any parasites that may shed in the facility, but if the dogs are kissing and grooming one another, they can spread the parasites to one another.  It’s good to check for parasites with your vet at least 2-4 times a year, more if you frequent places with many dogs, such as daycares and dog parks.
  • What is the protocol for a dog fight – if dogs start fighting, how do they safely break it up fast.
  • What is the protocol if there is a fire – All facilities need a fire protocol to get all pets out of the building safely.  Also ask about the sprinkler system, when was it last maintained and tested.  
  • What is the person to dog ratio –should be one person in the group for every 20 dogs. This is for your dogs’ safety.  That is still ALOT of dogs for one person to keep an eye on.  Attendees should be continually walking around and watching the dogs.  The person should not be sitting, texting or on Facebook!
  • Is there certain drop off and pickup times? – some facilities want dogs dropped off all in the same time frame and picked up later around the same times.  In essence, this makes sense because all the dogs get all excited when dogs enter or leave and then they settle down.  Dogs entering and leaving are the times that problems happen the most, dog fights, etc.  So, some facilities won’t accept dogs after a certain time for safety.
  • What is the earliest I can drop off – If you start work at 7am and the earliest they open is 8am, this won’t work for you
  • What is the latest I can pick up – If you work until 6pm and there latest pick up time is 5pm, this won’t work for you
  • Does it cost extra if I’m too early or too late or are the doors locked – in the case of not picking up in time you would pay a boarding fee, but many facilities charge a early or late fee if someone needs to be there for you

 

The best dog for Daycare

  • Non stop high energy dogs that get along with every dog they meet. Do you have one of those? A dog that will play non stop for 4 plus hours. This is the perfect dog for daycare.

 

Dogs that are not a candidate for Daycare nor Mid Day Let Out

  • Dogs that are aggressive towards people, dogs that have bitten people. For safety of all employees, you should never consider your aggressive or biting dog for either of these services.

If you still want to use a daycare, we have two clients whose dogs do better if daycare and mid day visits are alternated, such as mid day visits are scheduled for every Mon-Wed-Fri and use Daycare every Tues-Thurs. the constant go go go for these dogs was too much. They were cranky pants at home.

If you think that a great Professional Pet Sitting Company sounds more you style, please feel free to use my guides above to find the right one for you in your area.  Even though you may not be in my area, if you have any questions about pet sitting, please don’t hesitate to call or email me.  I love helping if I can!!

I hope you found this interesting and helpful.

 

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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