Cleaning House with a Dog: Tips for Pet Owners

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Photo via Pixabay

Cleaning House with a dog and keeping it clean can be a challenge for even the most experienced pet owner.

Many have busy schedules and aren’t able to tidy-up as much as they’d like. Housebroken and well-behaved pets can leave messes. Whether you experience rainy, muddy seasons or own a dog with long hair, there are ways to help keep things clean.

Fortunately, there are things that can help your home look and smell nice, even if your pet leaves fur, mud, dander, or saliva. Preventative maintenance goes a long way toward helping to keep things tidy, like keeping your dog well-groomed and brushed. You can ask your Sit. Stay. Grow. provided pet sitter to brush your dog. If your dog likes to jump on furniture, you can place an old sheet or towel on his favorite spot to protect it. Read on, if you are interested in other ways to help keep your home clean.

Clean Your Carpets

Many homeowners have their carpets cleaned a couple times per year to remove stains and get odors out as the season’s change. A mixture of hot water and vinegar will help neutralize the odor left by urine without destroying your carpet. You may clean the carpet with a soft-bristled brush and this mixture after the wet urine is blotted-up with a paper towel.

Cover Your Furniture

Even older, less active, or well-behaved pets can unintentionally leave damage on furniture with nails, saliva, or fur, and it may help to cover their favorite napping spot or find a comfy bed to lure the away. These days, you can find heated pet beds, which may even help fight arthritis pain for your senior pet.

Keep Him Groomed

Good grooming is essential; Even short-haired dogs shed, especially during warm weather. Many dog owner’s keep their pet’s toenails short. He can be bathed and brushed on a regular basis. This practice will help keep your home clean and help keep your pet healthy. If your dog isn’t a fan of baths, a spoon of natural peanut butter on the tub wall may keep him distracted.

Give Him Exercise

Dogs that don’t get enough exercise will let their energy out in other ways. such as running around your house, destroying furniture, and window blinds. Your Sit. Stay. Grow. provided dog walker can help exercise your dog when you have long hours at work or trips. Sometimes, destructiveness can be a sign of behavior issues but usually, they are the best way your pet can release the pent-up energy. Frequent walks, trips to the dog park, or even a fenced-in backyard will help to tire him out.

Keeping your home cleaner with a dog doesn’t have to be stressful. By keeping him healthy and addressing some preventative measures, you can help keep your house tidy which is good news to those who work long hours or travel.


Guest Blogger: Nick Burton
nick.burton@ourbestdoggo.com

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Sources

Modern dog Magazine
My Dog’s Name
Angie’s List
Orvis
The Dog Clinic
Dog Bed Zone
Pet MD
Bark Magazine
ASPCA












Why Hire a Professional Pet Sitter?

Photo credit - Stephenie Markos

Photo credit - Stephenie Markos

Simply put, “You love your pets.”


Professional pet sitters are truly dedicated to the welfare of the pets in their charge. They continually improve their knowledge of pet first aid, traits of different breeds, and strive to improve the lives of all they service. 

Sit. Stay. Grow. gives you the added peace of mind knowing that your pet sitter is thoroughly character-referenced, background-checked, bonded and insured. You will meet your hand-selected sitter, free-of-charge at an initial consultation, so you can see for yourself that they love what they do for a living.

You may be tempted to find a less expensive alternative for your pet but, honestly, do you really want to gamble with the health and happiness of your best friend? Is peace-of-mind worth a few extra bucks a day? Those dollars are easily offset by the training and experience your pro brings to your home.

Many of our clients will tell you about the kid they hired that didn’t show up, the sitter they hired online that had a party in their house, or the neighbor that fed cat food to their dog. Our clients realize the value in hiring a professional to care for their pets.

Often, there are stories in the news about a horrible pet sitter that abused a pet. It is usually someone hired online from one of the hobby-sitter services that have popped up, seemingly overnight. 

To make sure you are hiring a true professional, ask about references. A great sitter will have great references. “I love to play with kitties and puppies” is not a reference. Read the fine print on those websites. They are not responsible for outcomes. They are in the business of making money, not the business of pet care.

The professionals used by Sit. Stay. Grow. give you comfort knowing that you are hiring a sitter that will provide the very best care for your beloved pets and plants. Simply put, “You love your pets.”


Simple Ways to Improve Life for your Senior Pet

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Photo credit: Unsplash

Nothing is quite like the love of a senior pet.

That silver-speckled face and those soulful eyes serve as a reminder of all the wonderful memories you’ve shared together over the years. To make the most of your senior pet’s life, however, you need to provide special care that focuses on comfort. After all, quality of life has never been more important, so use these tips to give your aging pet(s) the warmth and care they deserve. 

Keep an Eye (and Ear) Out for Indications of Pain

Senior pet owners may not know when their furry companions are experiencing pain. Some signs are easily visible, such as limping or a wound. However, other indicators may be more difficult to spot if you don’t observe your pets closely. Pets can emit verbal cues when they’re in pain. With a dog, pain signals include whining, whimpering, howling, and yelping. Cats can express pain by constantly meowing, purring, or by hissing when you approach them. Another sign if pain may be a hunched-over stance.

Make Mobility Easier for Aging and Arthritic Animals 

Aging affects senior animals in many of the same ways that it does senior people. Senior dogs and cats are prone to arthritis and inflammation, which can make moving around a little more difficult. So, if you notice your pet limping or struggling to get off and on furniture, it may be time to invest in a set of pet steps or stairs. Using steps and stairs to help your pet climb in and out of your car, as well as access furniture, can really make a difference in their quality of life. As you shop, be sure to read through reviews to pick the best steps or stairs for your pet’s mobility needs and size specifications. Enhanced mobility can also be achieved with the use of supplements, so ask your vet for specific recommendations for your pet. Bone broth can be a tasty treat for senior pets and can also provide chondroitin for healthy joints. 


Provide Specialty Care for Senior Pets with Disabilities 

Arthritis is not the only health concern for aging companion animals. Many pets experience decreased vision as they grow older. A happy life is still possible for pets who are blind or have limited vision, but it does require a little more work on your part. Sound and smell will become the most important cues for getting your pet’s attention. You can attach audible tools, like bells to yourself and other companion animals to help comfort your pet. Some senior pets may also experience a more severe loss of mobility as they get older or experience illness. Animals are pretty resilient, however, and can still enjoy their life with the help of mobility tools, such as supportive harnesses, strollers, and even wheelchairs. Love and patience are always the most important things you can offer your pet with disabilities, but these aids can help as well. 


Heal Sensitive Senior Tummies with Quality Food and Treats 

Just like arthritis and limited mobility, food sensitivities seem to come with the territory of being a senior pet parent. Your dogs or cats may have different nutritional needs than when they were younger. Diet changes may address these needs. For many pet owners, that means adding probiotics to their pet’s food to provide much needed digestive health support. Having a healthy gut is just as important for your pets as it is for you, so selecting a probiotic source can help your senior pet thrive. If you have a picky eater or a pet with fewer teeth, you may also cook healthy meals for your aging pet using your crockpot. 


Take Your Senior Pet’s Oral Health Very Seriously 

Cooking easy-to-chew meals for your senior pet is a sweet gesture but you may prevent painful tooth and gum problems in the first place. Regular brushings and dental cleanings are two of the most important steps for keeping your pet’s mouth healthy from their youth to senior years. With these two simple steps, you may prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and serious bacterial infections. Plus, you may add more years to your pet’s life! That’s enough of a reason to make your senior pet’s dental health a priority. Proper dental care may also reduce pet odors. This may make cuddle sessions more enjoyable for you. 


Pets provide so much unconditional devotion. Repay that unparalleled love by supplying endless amounts of compassion and care during their senior years. Take special care of your pet’s health and be on the lookout for common senior pet problems that need to be addressed. Doing so may not extend the life of your pet but it will enhance the time you have remaining.

Guest blogger: Nick Burton

nick.burton@ourbestdoggo.com

ourbestdoggo.com

Sources

Angie’s List
Dogs Naturally
Hill’s
Pet Guide
Mercola Pets
AKC


Why Your Dog Needs a Walk

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We know we can’t take our dogs out every day for a walk. But do you know what happens if your dog doesn’t go out for a walk?


A Little Bit of History 

Dogs evolved from the Gray Wolf.  They were mainly used for hunting back then. They were thriving in the wild. 

But with the course of time, dogs were bred to accentuate the features that were beloved as they became human companions and evolved with them. They started living with us in the same house. The advancements in science and technology that have eased our lives have not accounted for our furry friends.

So, considering their wild instincts, we should never ever confine them in a house or a backyard. This is suppressing their natural way of living.

What’s The Need of A Dog Walk?

So, not taking them out of the house for a dog walk will have an adverse effect their natural instincts. Dogs are energetic and they need to exercise. However, the energy levels of a dog depend on the dog breed, thereby having the different exercise needs. But the fact remains the same for all, they need to exercise (in different amount) and need to spend the pent-up energy. Not walking your dog will make your dog lazy, depressed, or lead them to excessive barking, digging, and chewing.

A dog walk is the easiest way to exercise and make the bond with your dog stronger. A walk can be a good exercise for both of you.

A dog walk (even on the same route every day) even with collars and harnesses on them make them feel they are not confined. They learn to socialize with other humans, animals, and pets on their way.  Moreover, they will enjoy sniffing around, exploring, and investigating, and chasing as they had been doing in the wild.

So walking your dog every day will not only provide a good exercise but also will help them to keep up their spirits. Of course, there are super energetic exercising methods for your dog but dog walking is crucial.That will be covered in another blog.

A dog is a big responsibility. When you don’t have enough time and/or resources to care for them, you need services like Sit. Stay. Grow.. professional dog walkers to help.

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Clara Lou

Co-founder & Head of Marketing at Pet Loves Best
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Dog Manners: How to Be a Great Pet-Owning Neighbor

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Photo via Pixabay by Pezibear

When you’re a pet owner, it’s important to keep in mind that your animal’s behavior affects the people around you.

When you’re a pet owner, it’s important to keep in mind that your animal’s behavior affects the people around you. From fellow pet owners at the dog park to your neighbors, many people will appreciate your pet’s good manners. Not only that, but some considerations you’ll need to keep in mind are listed below.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure that you and your pet are responsible neighbors. From making sure your dog gets enough exercise to curb behavioral issues to installing a fence in order to keep him from going into the neighbor’s yard, there are several ways you can be a great pet owner. The key is to stay consistent so your pet won’t be confused and will quickly learn the right ways to behave.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to get started.

Install a Fence

A fence can help keep your dog stay safe, and it can also ensure that he stays out of the neighbor’s yard. This can prevent a lot of problems, including keeping your pet from engaging in unsupervised breeding, making a mess, or sharing germs with neighboring pets. A six-foot wood privacy fence costs between $10 and $28 per linear foot, while the national average cost for fence installation is about $2,400. Do a little research and talk to your neighbors before making a decision; they might be willing to split the cost with you.

Keep Your Pet Healthy

Dogs can spread diseases to one another through saliva and urine/fecal matter, especially in public places like dog parks, so it’s important to keep your pet healthy. Take him to the vet for regular checkups and make sure he’s up to date on all his vaccinations. Ensure you bring bags along on walks so you can pick up after him, and keep his interaction with other dogs limited.

Give Him Plenty of Exercise

Many dogs can exhibit behavioral issues when they don’t get enough daily exercise. Your pet may begin got exhibit signs of anxiety — which can include pacing or pulling at the leash when you take him for a walk — or he might bark excessively or display aggressive or destructive behavior. Rough play can also mean he needs to get outside more. For some dogs, having a large backyard to run around in is enough, but others need daily exercise to burn off excess energy.

Train Your Pet

Some dogs are more mellow than others, but even they need to learn certain commands in order to stay safe and happy. To keep him from barking excessively or jumping on neighbors or guests, teach your dog the right commands and work with him to help him understand how to behave. Your pet will look to you for cues, so help him stay motivated by providing treats when he does something right. What’s more, training your pet can help him stay safe and will keep your neighbors happy at the same time.

When it comes to teaching your dog manners and keeping him happy, there are many ways you can help him mind his manners. Talk to your family members so that everyone is on the same page as far as training; it needs to stay consistent if your pet is going to learn the right way to behave. With a good plan, you and your pet can have a great year.


Guest Blogger: Penny Martin - penny@fureverfriend.org


Reasons to Turn Your Home into a Cat’s Refuge

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Photo by Pexels

In 2018, roughly 95.6 million cats already have a home among people living in the United States. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 31% of domestic cats are acquired from animal shelters while roughly 27% were directly saved from the streets.

Each time people close their doors to a homeless cat, the little one is 98 times more likely to die.

Even with their mythical nine lives, a great deal of their survival lies in your hands.

Unfortunately, cats are not predisposed to pity like dogs usually are.

Sit. Stay. Grow. was recently approached by Miranda LaSala, contact@purringpal.com to post an infographic that contains 40 greatest reasons to turn your home into a cat refuge. We respectfully declined but offered to place the link in a blog post because it doesn’t fit our style but you can view it at https://purringpal.com/40-reasons-to-own-cats/

Sources:

The Purring Pal

3 Tips for a Successful Halloween with your Dog

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Image by Pexels

Halloween is one of the most celebrated family holidays in the United States, so it’s important to make sure everyone gets a chance to be in on the fun. From joining the family out trick-or-treating to dressing up in costume, dogs also enjoy the social fun of Halloween.

However, since they don’t understand the holiday the way we do, it can also be a little confusing— and sometimes even stressful for them. For those of us who think of our four-legged friends as members of the family, we want to do everything we can to help them have a great and safe experience. Thinking of taking Fido out on All Hallow’s Eve? Here are a few ways to keep them calm and comfortable, and include them in the fun and games.


Keep the Costume Simple

It’s only natural to want to involve your dog in the most exciting Halloween tradition: dressing up in a costume. That begs the question, “What should I dress my dog up as and will he enjoy wearing it?” Truth be told, our dogs do a lot of things they aren’t super into, mostly because they can tell we are (take hugs, for example). Only you know your dog’s temperament to know what kind of clothing he would be comfortable in. If you’re the kind of dog owner who has sweaters for Fido in the winter and jerseys on game day, your dog will likely be okay with a more elaborate costume. If you rarely dress your dog in clothes or outfits, a Halloween costume might make them feel nervous or anxious.


Prep for Night Walking

Most families don’t walk their dogs that often at night, so it’s important that you get both your pup and your family ready. Remember, this isn’t just walking on any old night — this is walking on a night where the streets will be filled with ghouls, ghosts, and goblins (not to mention lost candy bars on the sidewalk). Protecting your dog means giving them direction so they feel like they can trust you in the chaos. Grab a reflective dog leash, harness, or collar so your dog can be seen by pedestrians, cars, and bike riders. If you don’t want to purchase a new collar, you can add blinking lights to their current one. Limit the responsibilities of the person walking your dog so they can really focus on keeping your pup safe. 


Join the Celebration

If you’re taking your dog to a Halloween party, first make sure it is okay with the hosts that you come with a canine. Even if your friend usually lets you come over with your dog, a party might be a different situation. With the streets more full during Halloween, it’s important that your dog sits in the back seat and doesn’t distract you while driving. If you’re attending a costume party, remember that your dog may feel confused or even scared. Certain breeds of dogs, and often rescues who have experienced trauma, are shy around men, strangers, and children, so be sure to work on their confidence before taking them out to a spirited party.

From restaurants to festivals, dogs are more welcome in previously people-only places than ever before. Chances are, your city, town, or community has some dog-specific Halloween events that would be fun and exciting for a social, well-mannered pup. From celebrations with dog costume contests to 5k fun runs where your dogs can dash or dawdle, doing a little research in your town and prep with your family can reduce the stress and maximize the fun.



Guest Blogger:  Penny Martin - penny@fureverfriend.info




Pet•Cetera Magazine

A personal friend of mine, Kristen Harris, recently unveiled her new pet lifestyle magazine for the Columbus area. She has been formulating her ideas for this publication for many years, using similar publications in other cities as a guide. She dreamed of a local guide for our city to help people have fun with their pets.

The magazine is “her baby”, filled with interesting articles and beautiful photography. It helps to celebrate the bond between pets and their owners.

I advised Kristin to charge a fee for the magazine because I felt readers would place more value on it if it had a price. She chose to forego the price but the mag is available via subscription if you want it mailed to your home rather than trekking out to find a free copy in your local pet shoppe or vet office. It is also online at https://petceteracolumbus.com/digital-edition/

Sit. Stay. Grow. is a proud advertiser in her publication and will be as long as she continues to promote pets and the people who love them. She also recently asked me to submit an article regarding a “Day in the LIfe” of a pet sitter which will be in the next issue scheduled to be out November 1st. I am honored to represent our industry in this endeavor.

Best wishes for a long run and great success!