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Tips From The Dog To Enjoy Labor Day:

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Tips From The Dog To Enjoy Labor Day:

  Happy Labor Day my dear human!  I noticed that you have a hard time relaxing sometimes.  On this special holiday, I thought you may need a little advice on how to best enjoy your weekend.  I’ve decided to give you some pointers, do the following and you’re sure to be living it up in no time. Bark Less, Wag More. Relax, unless there is a squirrel in the yard, there is no need to bark.  Don’t let the little things bother you; especially don’t bark at friends, they usually don’t like it when you do that anyway. Fun is what we’re aiming for this weekend, so just wag your tail and let the good times rolls. If you’re upset, just pee on it.  Okay, sometimes things will still go wrong and you’ll get upset.  It’s not your fault you’re human and you like to get upset. When this happens, I have the best solution for you…just pee on it!  Pee on it and move on, problem solved.  You can try to act like that’s not the best advice ever, but really it is, you can thank me with a burger later. Greet every guest who comes to your home like a rock star! You know I love to go crazy when you get home at the end of the day.  Do that.  Just don’t bark, remember rule #1.  Wagging your tail until it feels like it’s going to fly off is, however, mandatory.  Run in circles, bring them your favorite toy, playfully growl and act goofy.  Pretend that Snoopy just walked in the door and wants you to sit on the roof with him.  I promise our guests will love it!   Work On your sad puppy eyes to get what you want every time.  Someone took the last piece of cake you were eyeing right before you got to the table?  I’ve been there and I have a solution for you.  You need to work the sad puppy eyes my friend, it works every time.  They will at least give you the crumbs and let you lick the plate; I know, total win, right?  This is how you get what you want, puppy eyes every time and you’ve got it made.  So, about that burger… It’s really that simple my friend! And if all else fails, just call me over and I will lick you...

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How Do I Know If My Dog Has Separation Anxiety?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

How Do I Know If My Dog Has Separation Anxiety?

Is your dog displaying problematic behaviors? Have you stopped to consider that he may be suffering from a classic case of separation anxiety? Separation anxiety is not as uncommon as many people think.  In fact, the ASPCA indicates that the problematic behaviors resulting from separation anxiety are the MOST common complaint from pet parents. Go ahead; breathe that sigh of relief. You’re probably thinking “Whew! I’m not alone.” Misery does love company.  We get it! You’re probably also thinking, “Well, how do I know if my dog really is suffering from separation anxiety?” Let’s start with the basics.   What is separation anxiety? Separation anxiety is simply an umbrella term that is used to describe problematic behaviors that a dog may display when he is separated from his human counterparts. It is more than he’s a little sad that you are leaving him alone and is acting out of spite, which is a common misconception.  Separation anxiety is distress.  In fact, many people don’t realize this but separation anxiety is on the spectrum of fear.   In a fantastic book written by Nicole Wilde “Help for Your Fearful Dog”, she talks about this wide range of fear.  On the low end of the spectrum is separation anxiety which is followed by mild fear, moderate fear, intense fear, and phobias. Classic signs of separation anxiety include but are not limited to: Barking Howling Urinating Defecating Chewing Digging Pacing Attempting to escape   Keep in mind that not all problematic behaviors are the result of separation anxiety or any other levels of fear.  These behaviors exist in a pattern.  If a dog displays these behaviors EACH time he is left alone then he most likely is suffering from separation anxiety.  Random destructive behaviors are not separation anxiety.  This is so important to understand.  You won’t be able to fix the problem behaviors if you don’t understand the root of the problem.  If your dog is not suffering from separation anxiety but is displaying destructive behaviors then your dog is probably bored.  If a dog lacks mental and physical stimulation, he will most definitely create some excitement of his own to release that pent up energy and seriously, it will not be his fault. You might want to consider leaving things for your dog to chew on (like a Kong) while you are gone, having a pet sitter (pick us!) to come and break up the day, or even leaving the TV or radio on to drown out the outside...

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How to Save Money on Your Labor Day Travel

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

How to Save Money on Your Labor Day Travel

As we get closer to the unofficial end of summer holiday, we start thinking about exactly what are we going to do on Labor Day?  Chance are you’ve already been on your major vacation for the summer by now and even though you want to do something fun for the holiday, you’re budget may not be as willing. That’s why we have some tips on how to save money on your Labor Day travel.   Road Trip: Save money on airfare by skipping the flights entirely. A good old road trip is a great way to bond with the family and you can take your dog with you too! You can check with AAA for off-peak travel times to save you time in traffic.  You can also save money by renting a car that gets better gas mileage than your regular vehicle; sometimes the savings on gas and wear on your vehicle are comparable to the cost of a rental. Packing your own snacks and food will also save you a ton.  Most of the time fast food is actually more expensive (not to mention less healthy) than food you make yourself.  Pack up a cooler and stop for a family picnic instead of heading for the drive-thru. If you take your pup, remember these tips or these tips   Accommodations & Entertainment: Usually food, gas, and hotels closest to the highways have the higher prices. If you travel just a few miles away from interstate you could find yourself paying less for regular accommodations.  Besides, you never know what fun local haunt you may find when you travel deeper into the town.  This also applies to the beach.  If you stay just a few blocks away from the ocean, you will still be close to the shore, but you will probably pay a much lower rate for your room. One more thing to know is that a lot of amusement parks and attractions have “end of day” specials where you can avoid the midday crowds and save money on ticket prices.   Save on Flights: Did you know that the best time to search for flights is on Tuesday and Wednesday? Usually this is when the airlines list their sale fares and you can often find the best deal.  It also helps to search as soon as you start to plan your trip.  If you find a good price, snatch it up quickly because it might not be there later!  Flying into smaller airports might also save you money.  It may not be as conveniently placed, but if you can save that money and put it towards your rental car, then it’s well worth it.   This last one might not be as appealing, but could really save you a ton of money on your trip.  If you book a flight the weekend before and the weekend after Labor Day you can save up to 10% on your ticket price.  Here is a list of great sites to check   With these tips you are sure to save some money and have a great trip at the same time.  We hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend this...

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How Do I Switch From Puppy Food to Adult Food?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Editorials, Latest News | 0 comments

How Do I Switch From Puppy Food to Adult Food?

As your puppy ages, you should continue to give special consideration to his diet.  A growing puppy should be fed a diet of “puppy” food.  What does that mean? If you are feeding your dog a conventional diet, this means he should be on a “growth” diet.  A growth food formulated especially for puppies is high in protein, vitamins, minerals and calories.  If a growing puppy’s specific dietary needs are not met, there may be serious ramifications.  His growth may be stunted, he may become ill and he may suffer life-long musculoskeletal problems.  You might be thinking, “Ok, Ok, but when do I switch to adult food?” When switching a puppy’s diet from puppy food to adult food, there is no cut and dry, easy answer as to when or how.  However, there are a few things you should keep in mind.  The size and breed of the dog will largely help to determine when your dog has reached adult status.  A small dog will mature quite a bit faster than a larger breed.  Most small breeds will mature between 9 and 12 months of age. The variation really depends on the specific breed.  A larger breed of dog will may take up to 18 months of age to completely mature.  As we mentioned earlier, it’s important to continue to feed your dog a growth food as he matures.  But, you must also keep in mind that due to the high caloric intake with growth foods, you must keep an eye on your dog’s weight as he begins to border on the cusp of puppyhood and adulthood. Once you have deemed your puppy is ready for an adult diet, you must gradually switch his food.  Any abrupt change to your dog’s diet at any stage in his life will cause an upset tummy (at the very least).  The gradual switch also allows you to see if your dog can tolerate the diet and/or brand of food that you are feeding him. Start with a mixture of ¼ adult food to ¾ puppy food.  Then every few days you may increase the amount of adult food by ¼ of cup until your dog is fully on the new diet of adult food.  If you notice any issues as you are in transition, then speak directly to your vet. Diet is extremely important to maintain optimum health in your dog.  If your dog displays any signs of gastrointestinal upset, itchy or flaky skin/coat, weight gain or lethargy then you may need to make some dietary adjustments along the way.  As always, stay in close contact with your vet any time you have concerns about your dog’s health and well-being. If you are still perplexed on when to do this or how. We understand. Bella personally recommends you go into Pet Planet at Via Linda and talk to her friends over there! Ask for Vanessa, the store manager and if she isn’t there, the entire staff knows an overwhelming amount about pet food nutrition and should all be able to help you...

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How To Avoid The Worst Pet Sitter Ever.

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

How To Avoid The Worst Pet Sitter Ever.

A Las Vegas man, Eric Bowman, recently experienced a pet sitting nightmare. He has a warning for all pet parents that could change how you go about hiring a pet sitter. Eric Bowman was going away for the weekend and needed a sitter for his beautiful , Spot. Spot is a rescue from California and she loves everyone. Eric turned to rover.com as they claim to find the “perfect” dog sitter. Eric found a couple in his area that came with stellar reviews.     However, Eric’s experience was less than stellar. When he arrived to pick up Spot, he was angered to find his beloved, Spot, wearing a shock collar. Eric said “It made me extremely angry,” Bowen said. “It was BS. They shouldn’t be using shock collars on dogs ever, not without someone’s permission.”   Shock collars are controversial and even proponents of the shock collar assert that the average person does not know how to properly use a shock collar. Rover.com is investigating the allegations however; they issued a statement stating “Service providers must get permission from pet owners before doing anything that might affect the pet’s health, safety or physical well-being.” The couple in question, when called by News 3, declined the opportunity to give their side of the story and promptly hung up the phone. Eric is now searching for a new pet sitter for his canine pal, Spot. Can you blame him? We urge you to do your homework before hiring a pet sitter. Eric thought he did when he saw reviews on rover.com but like anything you “buy” on the internet, there are great risks involved. Yes, it is more time consuming and most likely a greater investment to search for a professional pet sitting company in your town but, it’s worth it. I’m sure Eric would agree too. A professional pet sitter adheres to all of the wishes of you, the pet parent. A professional pet sitter’s livelihood is based upon happy, healthy experiences with the pets they are sitting for but also the happiness of the pet’s parents! Also, when you enlist the services of a professional pet sitter, they can provide you with local references that you can count on, not just an online review. As always we would like to continue to do our best to educate you on great ways to find a pet sitter in Scottsdale so that you don’t ever have to experience the horror that Eric...

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Packing Secrets To Fit Everything In Your Suitcase:

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Articles, Events | 0 comments

Packing Secrets To Fit Everything In Your Suitcase:

Tell me if this sounds familiar…You start packing for vacation and as you go through the things you may (or may not) need, you decide to pack it all just in case. When it comes time to zip up that suit case, however, it’s not even close to shutting. So, you’re sitting there bouncing on it while trying to get that zipper to inch around, finally realizing that it just won’t close. You end up having to take a few items out, only to be on the trip and realize that was exactly what you wanted for tonight’s occasion. But sadly, it’s sitting back at home and you’re left with a little bit of packing regret. I know both of these have happened to me more than once while traveling and each time I’m left with feeling like I could have packed better. That’s why I wish someone had told me the big secret of packing before now. It could have saved a lot of time and fretting over what you should take with you.  Luckily, there are a lot of great idea that will help you save a ton of space in your luggage. Top 10 Tips To Fit Everything You Want In Your Suitcase: 1. Roll your clothes instead of folding them. Not only does this save space, but it also helps them stay wrinkle free. 2. For jewelry, put earrings in pill containers 3. String necklaces through a toilet paper roll to keep them safe and untangled. 4. Tuck small items safely into your shoe. 5. Put a shower cap on the bottom of your shoe to keep clothes clean in the suitcase. 6.  Put a small amount of lotion or creams into a contact lens case. This is perfect for when you’re only going to be gone a few days and won’t need the whole bottle. 7. Need to pack small hair clips or bobby pins? Put them in an empty tic-tac container, then wrap hair ties around it. It’s easy and efficient, plus small enough to fit anywhere, but won’t get lost. 8.  Put a dryer sheet in your suit case to keep your clothes smelling fresh. 9. Roll up your belt, then place it in the collar of the shirt to keep it stiff. 10. Lastly, slap a fragile sticker on that baby so you can rest assured that it will be handled with care if you’re going on a plane or a cruise. With these helpful packing hacks, you can be confident knowing that your lugged space has been optimized. With everything safely and smartly packed, you won’t be stuck on your trip missing something because you couldn’t fit it in your bag. When you pack smarter you can spend more time enjoying your trip and less time with wading through your luggage. Traveling and seeing new places should be fun, not stressful, enjoy...

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Training A Dog Without A Treat.

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Training A Dog Without A Treat.

Training a dog is not always easy!  Let alone training a dog without a treat! As dog parents, we often come across training issues that we just can’t wrap our brain around.  We often find ourselves thinking “I wish this dog could talk” because we really just want to know what is going on behind those puppy dog eyes, right? And sometimes we just want to know if our dog really understands what we’re trying to get across!  Well, we had the good fortune to catch up with Mark Siebel from Doggie Steps Dog Training and he shed some light on two questions that we often hear from our pet sitting clients.   How Do I Get A Dog To Do What I Want Without A Treat?   You may be surprised by Mark’s response to this one!  We often think that the only reward that our dog wants is something good to eat but according to Mark, that’s simply not so! Get ready for this. Mark began by sharing this joke that he often tells his clients and it really hit home with us. “The goal with dog training is to eventually discontinue the use of treat rewards, due to the dog being conditioned and wanting to receive ONLY a physical “petting” affirmation NOT treats!  This is why I’m still single, because I haven’t found a woman who just wants to be loved WITHOUT flowers or fancy diners!” Mark has a good point, doesn’t he? Think about it.    Mark goes on to say “Of course with human behavior it is essential at times to reward or acknowledge your spouse with a gift of some sort, but, with a canine, not so much. The goal is to have your dog conditioned with the command you want them to learn..i.e. sit.  Then, once they are sitting with the use of NO treats as a reward, you then begin to ONLY reward with a physical “petting” affirmation or vocal praise.   This physical touch reward is similar to a dog getting licked which symbolizes positive affirmation. You can occasionally reward your dog’s good behavior with a tasty food “treat”, but most often they will now seek your physical touch and vocal praise over food.” This makes perfect sense to us. What do you think?  Come on, I know some of you are uttering words of disbelief.  However, we challenge you try it.  I mean what dog doesn’t pine for a good belly rub or few pats on his fury dome? Comment...

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