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How To Make My Dog Eat Slower

July 18, 2017 | Dog Training, Fun Games, Helpful Tips, Pet Health, Pet Safety, Training

How to make my dog eat slower

How To Make My Dog Eat Slower

Does your dog treat every meal like it’s the first time they’ve eaten all week? If your dog eats too fast, we’ve got a few tips you can try to make your dog eat slower.

Why Does My Dog Eat So Fast

A lot of dogs develop their fast eating habits as puppies. They are often competing with their litter mates for food, and they learn that whoever snoozes loses! Dogs develop the habit of eating very quickly and then it becomes their typical behavior when they eat.

Some dog breeds are known to eat very quickly, such as labradors, golden retrievers, beagles, basset hounds, and dachshunds. Dogs all have different personalities and eating styles, and eating fast is a common issue many pet parents see.

Problems If A Dog Eats Too Fast

When your dog eats fast it can become a serious issue, so it’s important to train them to slow down. Otherwise, they could possibly choke from eating too quickly or vomit the food back up. Bloat can also occur from gulping down an excessive amount of air. Bloat causes the stomach to expand and possibly twist, which can become life threatening very quickly. The main symptom of bloat is vomiting mostly foam, or a swollen stomach. If you think your dog may have bloat, you need to take them to the vet immediately.

Bowls To Help Slow Down Eating

The great thing is that getting a dog to eat slower is a problem with a pretty simple solution! The easiest way to slow them down is to change up their bowl.

  • Slow Feeder Bowl: There are tons of slow feeder bowls you can buy and they work wonders at making your dog eat slower. Slow feeder bowls separate the food into smaller areas so your dog has to work at getting their food instead of just inhaling it. We love Outward Hound’s clever and cute bowls. Their Fun Feeder bowl did a great job training my puppy to slow down. Now she has graduated to using a regular bowl again!
  • Cookie Sheet: A cost-effective method to help your dog eat slower is to use a cookie sheet. Just spread the kibble out in a thin layer and they will be forced to slow down.
  • Muffin Tin: You probably already have a muffin tin, which can also double as a slow-feeder bowl. Divide out the kibble in all of the different holes and watch them enjoy finding their food! They have to work harder to get the kibble out of each individual hole, which will take a bit more time.
  • Puzzle Feeder: There are a variety of puzzle feeders and puzzle balls that work great at helping your dog eat slower. They can’t get to the food all at once and need to move things around to find the kibble or get it to dispense from the toy. This method is very stimulating and interactive for them, which is always fun!

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Alternative Dinner Activities

If you want to take a new, fun approach to dinner, you may also want to give these options a try!

  • Make Dinner Be Training Time: If your dog loves their food, they likely will think of it in the same way they think of a treat. This is great because it means you can use kibble as a reward for training. If you’re working on any new tricks or skills, measure out the amount your dog should be eating for a meal and then use that kibble as their reward. Make sure you still are giving them all of the food they should be getting at a meal time. Dinner training sessions are a great way to bond, and you’ll have a happy, well-behaved dog!
  • Hide and Seek: Some dogs love to play hide and seek with food. Have your dog sit and stay while you let them see you hide a few pieces of kibble. Then say “Seek” to release them from their stay, and they can go get the food. Once your dog understands the concept, you can make it harder by having them sit and stay somewhere they can’t see you hide the kibble. Then the game actually makes them seek out the food, which is great for mental stimulation.

It’s very simple to correct the issue of a dog eating too quickly, and it’s important so you prevent things like choking, vomiting, and bloat. You have so many choices, from using the simple home remedy of a muffin tin, to buying a spiffy slow-feeder bowl, or you can even turn feeding into an interactive and fun session. Any of these approaches will quickly remedy your pup’s scarfing issues and will make dinner time a calmer experience for everyone!

 

Charleston Dog WalkerCharleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!

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When Is It Too Hot To Walk My Dog?

June 7, 2017 | Charleston, Dog Walking, Helpful Tips, Pet Health, Pet Safety


When Is It Too Hot To Walk My Dog

When Is It Too Hot To Walk My Dog?

Dogs need exercise every day and a lot of pet parents ask us “when is it too hot to walk my dog?” during these hot days. Summers in Charleston (along with spring and fall days) can get quite hot. It can be easy for your dog to overheat, so it’s vital for you to understand what heat your dog can safely handle.

What Temperature Is Too Hot For A Dog Walk?

There is not a hard and fast temperature that makes it too hot, but a good rule of thumb is 90 degrees and higher is too hot. On days with very high temperatures, the best idea is to modify your walk times to be early in the morning or late in the evening. These times of the day are cooler and you won’t have the direct sun beating down on your pup. An even better gauge than just the temperature is feeling the sidewalk or road you will be walking on. We use the 5 Second Rule: Place your hand on the pavement and if it is too hot for you to hold there for 5 seconds, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on it.

How To Keep A Dog Cool On A Hot Day

Even on hot days, it’s still inevitable that you’ll have to take your dog outside to go to the bathroom. There are lots of things you can do to keep them cool even when the temperature is boiling. Find shadier paths to walk instead of walking in the direct sun. It’s best to have your dog walk on the grass or dirt instead of pavement so that they don’t burn their paws. Plan out your path so that you can have stops every so often in grassy or shaded areas so their paws can get some relief. It’s also important to limit the time outside, so once they take their potty break, head back home.

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Dogs That Overheat Easily

Every dog is different, but there are certain factors that can make your dog overheat easily. Your dog’s breed can help you determine if they may not do well on a hot day. Dogs that are short-faced, such as Boxers, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, and Shih Tzu’s are dogs that typically overheat very quickly in hot temperatures. Overweight dogs are also much more likely to overheat and have a higher risk for dehydration. Another factor to consider is your dog’s coat color, as darker coats will absorb more heat than lighter coats.

Signs Your Dog Is Too Hot

Most dogs are good at telling you it is too hot for them – you just need to know what to look for! When you first go outside, give your dog a minute or two to adjust to the temperature change. If they act like they want to go back inside, that’s a great sign that they know it’s too hot outside. Once you get going on your walk, watch to see if your dog is high-stepping. When the ground is too hot for their paws, they will be uncomfortable and will try to minimize the time their paws touch the ground. You can also check their paw pads every so often to see if they feel warm or cool. If they are warm, then it’s better to head home and go back out when it’s cooler.

Plan For The Summer

We’re just getting into the crazy hot days of summer here in Charleston, so now is a great time to start adjusting your dog’s walking routine. Plan for walks in the early morning and late evening to ensure your dog stays cool. If your schedule doesn’t work for that new routine, give Charleston Dog Walker a call! We’d love to make sure your dog gets all the exercise they need and still stay cool!

 

Charleston Dog WalkerCharleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!

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Aloe Vera And Dogs

May 24, 2017 | Helpful Tips, Pet Health, Pet Products

At Charleston Dog Walker, we love to share new products, pet health information, pet-friendly activities, and local pet businesses with our amazing clients! Check out this guest blog from Hannah Salters, a local representative of Forever Living, an aloe vera company that offers a line of over 200 products for dogs and people made from organically grown, hand-harvested aloe.

Aloe Vera And Dogs

Have you ever wondered about the many uses of aloe vera? Other than breaking off the leaf and treating burns, aloe can be used for an assortment of ailments for both you AND your pets. Did you know you could ingest aloe, and that it is great for your dogs, too?

Aloe can be used for skin irritations, joint pain, digestive issues and more. Pure aloe vera gelly is versatile and safe. It can be used in dogs’ ears, on cuts, bites, rashes, in mouths for ulcers or sores, and much more.

Much like the gelly, the aloe vet spray is a great item to have on hand as it is easy to use and sprays directly on your pet’s fur. It can often save you from having to shave your pet to reach the skin, as the spray goes right on, and reaches the infected or aggravated area. It is a multipurpose product as well, and can be used to clean ears and around your pet’s eyes. It is a coat conditioner and is also great for washing out wounds. When our yellow lab had a rather nasty infection and had to have his fur shaved for it to be cleaned, we used the vet spray to help the wound heal. The poor guy had to wear a cone for a while, but thanks to aloe, it was a shorter stint than it could have been!

Aloe vera and dogsForever Freedom drinking gel is wonderful for animals with joint issues, arthritis, hip pain and more. They love the taste of the gel which has MSM, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin. These three supplements can offer great relief in a matter of days, as the two latter help rebuild cartilage.

The Aloe Drinking Gel can be used for puppies with upset tummies as well as a prebiotic. It can be given to show dogs in order to promote superb skin and coat health. Drinking aloe for digestive care, especially for gut issues such as Colitis, has been proven to be extremely beneficial. Our 6 year old lab, Jake, as well as both my husband and I, drink the gel for our gut health. Jake loves the taste and licks his lips when gulping down his aloe. If ever we see him resort to eating grass, we make sure he gets a few doses of aloe so he can reset his gut and be back to his playful self.

Forever HA and Arctic Sea are two wonderful supplements that support joint health. The HA provides a unique form of hyaluronic acid to keep joints lubricated. The Arctic Sea is an Omega 3, Mercury free supplement. These nutrients serve several functions, cushion and protect the internal organs, and support proper joint function. Our sweet little friend named Gatsby, an 8 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, loves taking his Arctic Sea to help with mobility. Gatsby is a true product of aloe as he also frequently gets his baths in the Aloe Jojoba shampoo and he uses the vet spray too. These two items help him to stay fresh and looking his normal, handsome self!

All of the above items, along with many others, are for both humans and pets. They offer the same benefits for people as they do the animals. Forever Living is THE aloe vera company, and it offers a line of 200 or more products made from organically grown, hand harvested aloe. For more information on these and other products, please contact Hannah Salters via hannahsaltersglobal.flp.com


5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

May 9, 2017 | Charleston, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Safety, Pet Travel

5 Ways To Keep Your Dog Safe In The Car

My two dogs are like my kids so they go everywhere with my husband and I. We load them up in the car and off we go! Dog car safety is important so you can ensure your dog will be safe anytime you bring them along with you in the car. Here are our top 5 tips for dog car safety:

Top 5 Dog Car Safety Tips

Tips For Dog Car Safety

  1. Buckle Up! Dogs should wear seatbelts, just like people do. Doggy seatbelts don’t work quite the same way, but they will restrain your dog in case of an accident. You can buy a dog seatbelt, which has a buckle on one end and a leash clasp on the other end. Attach the leash clasp to your dog’s harness, rather than their collar. If you’re in an accident, they are restrained by the harness instead of pulled by their neck.
  2. Use a doggy hammock. A doggy hammock is great for your car because it eliminates the gap between the front seat and back seat. Your dog can stretch out without worrying about falling off the seat when you brake. It also protects your car’s seats from dirt, scratches, and pet hair!
  3. Keep everyone’s head inside the car. I know – it’s SO stinking cute when dogs stick their heads out the window. Have you seen their ears flapping in the breeze?! Adorable. Unfortunately, it’s also super easy for debris to hit your pet. They could have something fly into their eye, or the adventurous dog could take the opportunity to try and jump out. Windows up (or at least mostly up) is always the best policy.
  4. Don’t let your dog ride in the bed of a truck. For people with bigger dogs (or dogs who manage to get wet and dirty having fun adventures), it’s tempting to let them ride in the back of your truck. This can be extremely dangerous, though, since they have no protection if you get in an accident while they are back there. They could also easily try to hop out, even if you have them on a leash. The safest place is always in the vehicle with you.
  5. Bring your dog crate along. If your dog’s crate can fit inside your car, the crate is always the safest place for them to stay. It makes for a comfortable ride for them and protects them in case of an accident.

I always think it’s interesting to remember that a dog’s world is confined to where you take them. Most of their life is just in your house or neighborhood. That’s why most dogs love car rides! They have a sense of adventure and love to get out and explore with you. We’re lucky in Charleston to have so many dog-friendly places to go, so load up your pooch and let them explore the world! Just make sure to keep them safe while you’re doing it!

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


Guide To Taking A Road Trip With Your Pet

May 1, 2017 | Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Products, Pet Safety, Pet Travel, Things To Do

Guide To Taking A Road Trip With Your Pet

What’s an adventure without your four-legged friend in tow?  My husband and I love taking our dogs on road trips – even if that means hair all over the car and enduring some dog farts! There’s a lot to think about when you bring your dog or cat along on a road trip, though. That’s why it is super helpful to have a plan in place when you are road tripping with your pets. Here’s our pet road trip guide to help you prepare for your road trip:

Pet Road Trip Guide ChartPet Road Trip Guide

  1. Prepare the car so your pet can travel safely. If your kitty is coming, make sure you have a cat carrier or crate so they can have a cozy bed. This will also keep them contained so they don’t climb or fall all over the car. If you have a small dog, crates are the safest way for them to travel in a car. For the bigger pups, check out a car hammock so they don’t fall off the seat at stop signs. You should also consider a doggy seatbelt. Doggy seatbelts attach to their harness or collar and then buckles into the seatbelt.
  2. Make a pet suitcase (or bag) with all of their supplies the day before. Gather all of their food and medications, favorite toys, poop bags, litter box and litter, treats, and beds. Measure out how much food you’ll need and put it in a gallon ziplock bag. Be sure to bring along a measuring cup so you can easily get food out at meal times. If your pet has refrigerated medications, you should find a small cooler. Bring along some ice packs so it can stay at the correct temperature. Don’t forget to pack some water bottles and bowls for food and water!
  3. Double check that your pet’s collar has tags with up to date information. You never know what could happen and you want it to be easy for your pet to get home to you if they get lost.
  4. Reserve a pet-friendly hotel room if you need a place to stay during the drive. We love using Trips With Pets, which shows you all of the pet-friendly places in the area you’re traveling to. I highly recommend calling ahead and booking your room, as most places only have a few designated pet rooms and they can fill up fast!
  5. Tire your dog out before jumping in the car. Our favorite tactic for having a good road trip with our dogs is to start our trip with a stop at the dog park. Our dogs run wild and play with all of their friends for about 30 minutes and then we load them up and start the trip. They are tired out after all the play time, were able to go to the bathroom, and then they are happy to just lay down and take a nap for the first part of the trip.

This pet road trip guide helps make car trips with your pets fun and easy. Just remember to prepare your car, gather all of your pet’s supplies, book your room, and tire them out. You and your pets are sure to have an awesome road trip!

Pet Road Trip Guide

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


Picking The Right Leash For Your Dog

April 27, 2017 | Charleston, Cool Pet Products, Dog Training, Dog Walking, Helpful Tips, Pet Products, Training

How To Pick The Right Leash For Your Dog

Have you ever wondered how to pick the right leash for your dog?  As someone who walks all breeds and sizes of dogs every day, I’ve learned a lot about leashes. Every dog parent should know what leash options are out there and what is the best fit for their dog.

How to pick the right leash for your dogThe most common types of dog leashes are:

  • Standard Leash
  • Chain Leash
  • Adjustable Leash
  • Multi-Dog Leash
  • Retractable Leash

The Standard Leash

The standard leash is, by far, our favorite type of leash to use when walking a dog. They are typically made out of thick nylon or leather. You can get them in a variety of lengths, normally anywhere from 3 feet to 9 feet long. We’ve found that dogs typically walk better on a shorter standard leash (3 – 4 foot is ideal), which gives you more control over what the dog is doing while you walk. We prefer nylon leashes to the leather, as they are more comfortable to hold. Just make sure that the leash you buy has a sturdy metal clasp to attach to the dog’s collar and that the leash is made of a durable nylon and not a thin fabric.

The Chain Leash

The chain leash is very similar to the standard leash, except that is made of metal instead of nylon or leather. A chain leash has two main benefits – it won’t get smelly, and it is harder for a dog to chew through it. If you have a dog who likes to chew on the leash as they walk, or hold it in their mouth, using a chain leash is a way to train them not to do that since it’s very unlikely they will want to have a metal leash in their mouth. Most puppies go through a phase of wanting to hold the leash as they are learning proper leash training. Make sure to correct them so they know that it’s not ok, and then you shouldn’t have to worry about this problem anyway. Chain leashes can be uncomfortable to hold and they can be heavy for a dog, so we tend to not recommend going with a chain leash.

The Adjustable Leash

The adjustable leash looks like a standard leash, but with extra rings and hooks. This allows you to shorten or lengthen the leash as needed. This could be useful as your dog grows since you can start them out with a shorter leash and work up to a longer leash when they walk well.  We tend to always favor shorter leashes, though, so we stick with the standard leash option.

The Multi-Dog Leash

The multi-dog leash looks like a very appealing option for someone who has more than one dog, as it allows you to have both dogs on a separate leash, all controlled by one main leash. If you have tiny dogs, this may be a good choice, but we wouldn’t recommend this for someone with larger dogs. The main drawback is that a multi-dog leash doesn’t allow you to have direct control over each dog. It also shifts the weight distribution away from you, making it easier to be pulled by the dogs if they both try to pull towards the same thing. If a squirrel runs past, you may be on the ground before you know it!

The Retractable Leash

The retractable leash is one of the most common types of leashes used today, but it is by far the one we dislike the most. Retractable leashes are much easier to break, whether it stops retracting or snaps. Most of them also use a cord for the retractable part, which can cause serious injuries to you or your dog. The cord can easily cut you if your dog starts to run or if it gets tangled around you. Google retractable leash injuries and you’ll see just how dangerous these can be. Retractable leashes also are terrible for leash training. They give the dog too much control and don’t allow you to teach them how to walk properly beside you. While it is important for a dog to stop and sniff on their walks, they can easily do that with a standard leash when they are walking properly.

There certainly are a lot of leash options out there, but our tip pick will always be the standard leash. It allows you to have the most control while you walk, it is comfortable to hold and helps you to train your dog how to walk well beside you.

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


How To Help Keep Your Dog Calm And Relaxed During Storms

April 7, 2017 | Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Safety

How To Help Keep Your Dog Calm And Relaxed During Storms

We’re heading into storm season in the low country, which is definitely going to help my yard look a bit nicer. Unfortunately, my dogs are not going to be happy with the rain and thunder that is sure to be coming our way. My older pup, Indy, is always terrified of storms and it’s just heartbreaking to watch. He can feel the storm long before we even see any clouds and he makes sure to run over and give me his storm whimper to alert me it’s on the way. I’ve learned a few tricks over the years about how to keep your dog calm and relaxed during storms, so I wanted to share them so other pet owners can help soothe their dogs.

Having a fear of storms is very common for dogs. The loud noises, bright flashes, pounding rain, and electricity in the air can definitely put them on edge. Luckily, there are a few things that pet owners can do to help a dog who is scared of storms.

How To Help Keep Your Dog Calm And Relaxed During Storms

Exercise Is The Key

An exercised dog is a tired dog, and if they are tired enough, they might sleep right through a storm. If you know a storm is coming soon, then get your dog out for as much exercise as you can fit in. If you don’t have time – let Charleston Dog Walker help by scheduling a dog walking visit. With lots of exercise, hopefully they will be zonked out when the storm reaches you!

Bust Out The Treats

If your dog has a favorite treat that takes a while to polish off, storms are a great time to whip them out. If they are distracted by chowing down on a treat, then they may ignore the bad weather going on outside. Treats also help create a more positive association with storms, which can help them understand that there isn’t anything scary about storms. We love filling a Kong with peanut butter and tossing it in the freezer. When the storm comes, they’ve got a peanut butter popsicle to lick for quite a while!

Distract Them With Calming Music

Music is a great distraction since it can mask the noises of the storm. Try playing this music medley loudly for your dog so they can’t hear the thunder. The mix is specially designed to help your pet calm down and go to sleep.

Get Your Pup A Thundershirt

They don’t work for all dogs, but we’ve definitely heard Thundershirt success stories from people that say it will keep your dog calm and relaxed during storms. It applies gentle, constant pressure, similar to swaddling an infant, to help dogs when they are stressed. The Thundershirt costs about $40 so it’s not a huge investment, but can have a wonderful impact on your pup.

Try Natural Calming Chews

We’re a fan of Happy Traveler, which is a natural, herbal calming chew to ease anxiety. Composure is another calming supplement that creates a relaxed state without causing drowsiness or impaired motor skills.

Hopefully one, or a combination of some, of these tips will help keep your dog calm and relaxed during storms. Most dogs will find a spot that they feel safe in, like a closet, bathroom, or another dark and confined space, to curl up when the storm comes. Go ahead and let them stay in their safe spot – there’s no need to stress them out more by insisting they move. The best thing is to comfort them if they need it, but also allow them to self–soothe, like a baby, so they learn how to handle the storms on their own. When you add in some of our tips above, your dog is sure to have a much better experience the next time a storm passes through.

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!

 


How To Tell If Your Pet Is Overweight

March 29, 2017 | Charleston, Dog Treats, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips, Pet Health

Did you know that more than 50% of U.S. pets are overweight? That’s not a good thing to hear, especially when being overweight can lead to tons of health problems for your beloved pet. It could mean a shorter life span, it can aggregate joint disease, lead to Type 2 Diabetes, worsen heart conditions, and lead to skin diseases. Who would have thought all those extra treats could cause such awful things?

How can you tell if your dog or cat is overweight? Ideally, when you look down your pet should have an hourglass shape. Dogs and cats should both have a definite waist, or an inward taper between their abdomen and hips. You should be able to feel their ribs, but not see them.

If your pet is overweight, focus on these 3 things to help them lose the extra pounds:

  1. Make sure you are feeding them the appropriate amount of food. Check your dog or cat’s food label to find out the recommended amount of food for their weight range. Use a measuring cup when you scoop out their food so you know you are feeding them the right amount.
  2. Switch up their treats to something healthy. Try giving your dog carrots, fresh green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, apple slices (no seeds), banana slices, or watermelon. My dogs are obsessed with carrots!
  3. Don’t forget exercise! Dogs should get at least one 30 minute walk every day. If walks aren’t your thing, schedule a visit with Charleston Dog Walker for some exercise time! Or you can head over to a local dog park and let them run with some doggy friends. Here are our favorite dog parks in Charleston. For your kitty, spend some time playing with toys that get them up and moving, like a laser pointer or any toy they can bat around.

Your pet’s weight is very important, so take the time to make these simple changes to their lifestyle. They can’t make the changes without you!

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


3 Easy Ways To Give A Dog A Pill

March 24, 2017 | Charleston, Dog-Friendly Charleston, Helpful Tips

Most dogs hate taking pills – and who can blame them? I don’t like taking them either! But there are lots of ways to get your pup to easily take a pill without all the struggle, and without spending a fortune on pill pockets. Check out these common household items you can use as cheap, easy ways to give a dog a pill:

  1. Peanut butter – It works like magic! Put a dollop of peanut butter on a spoon and stick the pill in the middle, so it’s covered by the peanut butter. Most dogs LOVE peanut butter, so they just lick it right up – pill and all!
  2. Cheese – If your dog isn’t a fan of peanut butter, try using a tiny piece of American cheese. The “singles” slices work great. Just tear off a square and put the pill in the middle. Squish the cheese around the pill and make it a little cheese ball. Offer this little cheese pill ball up like a treat and your dog will be begging for more.
  3. Deli meat – Try getting a small slice of deli meat and wrapping it around the pill. This isn’t as secure since the pill can just come out, but generally deli meat is delicious enough that a dog will gobble it up before they notice the pill.

Hopefully one of these things does the trick for your pup and you can make giving your dog a pill a lot easier on you and your wallet!

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


How To Choose Between A Friend, A Boarding Facility, Or A Pet Sitter

March 10, 2017 | Helpful Tips, Pet Sitting, Pet Travel, Uncategorized

When you are heading out of town for a trip that you just can’t bring your pet on, it can be a tough choice to figure out who will care for them while you’re away. Most people do one of three things: have a friend or neighbor take care of their pet, board their pet, or have a pet sitter care for them. There are pros and cons to each option and it’s important that you consider these when you make your decision about who will be caring for your pets. After all, they are your furry babies and you want the best for them!

Friend, Family, and Neighbors

Pros:

  • This is often the cheapest option, which can make it appealing.
  • You know them already and they probably know your pet, so you already trust them.

Cons:

  • You can feel like you are a burden by asking them to help. They also might not keep you updated with how things are going and you could feel like you’ll come off as intrusive and like you don’t trust them if you ask, so you end up just worrying.
  • Your pet is probably not going to be their priority. To them it’s a favor and they still have their regular life to lead. If they don’t have other pets then they also may not truly realize the potty break routine that your pet needs.
  • It’s unlikely that they have been trained to handle an emergency situation with a pet. Do they know what to do and where to take your pet if something were to happen?
  • They probably don’t have a backup plan in case something comes up (have to work late, unexpected emergency, etc.) and they can’t get home to your pet.

Boarding Facility

Pros:

  • Not too expensive
  • This is a great option for the friendly, energetic dog! They can play with their dog buddies throughout the day and get lots of exercise.
  • A lot of facilities have cameras so that you can even watch your dog online.
  • Good boarding facilities will require their staff to be trained in emergency care.

Cons:

  • Despite requirements for updated vaccines, it’s extremely common for pets to come home with kennel cough and other illnesses.
  • Pick-up and drop-off hours can be limited at night and on weekends. This means that if you need to leave too early to drop off your pet or if you get home too late to pick them up, you’ll have to pay for an extra night of boarding.
  • Most boarding facilities are not staffed 24 hours a day. Typically, pets are kenneled at night and then the facility is closed and unattended for the night.
  • It can be hard for some pets to adjust to being alone and kenneled overnight (especially for those who like to curl up in bed with you!).
  • Some dogs just aren’t social and don’t enjoy being in a doggy daycare environment, which can trigger fights and aggressive behavior. They would be stressed out and would much rather have been home with their normal routine.

Pet Sitter

Pros:

  • Your pet gets to stay home in their own environment and can stick to their normal routines. The pet sitter will come a few times throughout the day for potty breaks, play time, exercise, and feeding. They typically also offer an overnight option where a sitter will stay the night at your house with your pet for cuddles and love all night long.
  • Your pet gets individualized care and all of the attention is focused on them.
  • A good pet sitting company will require that their staff are trained in pet emergency care so they know what to do in case of an emergency and how to get your pet immediate help.
  • You can expect to receive updates with pictures after every single visit from the pet sitter so you always know how things are going.
  • Your pet won’t be exposed to other dogs who could pass along illnesses.
  • There’s no need for you to drop off or pick up your pet – they’ll be home waiting with a smile when you get there!
  • The pet sitting company will have a backup plan in place in case your sitter has an emergency and cannot do the visit, that way your pet always gets their scheduled care.
  • Pet sitting is a job for the person you hire – which means they take pride in providing your pet with the best possible care.

Cons:

  • Pet sitting can be more expensive – but you also get what you pay for. You are paying for individual care from a professional where your pet is the top priority.
  • It can be stressful trusting a stranger with your house and pet. It’s very important to do your homework before hiring a pet care company. Read online reviews, call and talk to the company to make sure you feel comfortable, and make sure the pet care company insists on a Meet & Greet so you can get to know them first.

You have lots of choices when you need care for your pets, but it’s really important to think through the pros and cons of each option to ensure that your pet is in good hands. If you’d like to hire a pet sitter, check out Charleston Dog Walker – we’d love to care for your pets!

 

Charleston Dog Walker provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in your home that is customized to your pet’s needs. We’re so happy you found us (and we know your pet is, too!) and we would truly be honored to be your pet care provider. Give us a call at 843-580-2212 or contact us to get more information about how we can help your pet!


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