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Getting A Puppy? Don’t Make These Mistakes Or You Will Be Sorry!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Getting A Puppy? Don’t Make These Mistakes Or You Will Be Sorry!

Getting a puppy can be a big milestone in any family’s life, but there are some mistakes you need to avoid. Everybody wants their puppy to grow into a well rounded, happy dog, but if you make these mistakes it might not happen! Don’t make these mistakes:   Feeding Your Puppy First Feeding your puppy first sends them a message. It might seem innocent to you, but to them, it tells them that they are the most important thing in the house. More important than you. You want them to think of you as the pack leader, so feeding your puppy first is a no go! You need to make sure you’ve eaten before your puppy for them to realise you are the pack leader. You also need to make sure that everything else you do matches up with the belief that you are pack leader, or you’ll confuse them. A confused dog is not a happy dog.       Greeting Them Too Excitedly We’ve all been there; a long day at work and all we want is to see our fur-baby’s little face. But greeting them too excitedly can actually be bad for them! It can do a few things, it can get them so excited that the rest of the time seems boring a humdrum in comparison, leaving them depressed. It can also signal that they are the pack leader, especially if you greet them first. You should wait a couple of minutes before greeting your dog, even if nobody else is home. If others are home, greet them first. This establishes the pack order in the house.   Feeding Them Off Your Plate Ever wondered why dogs beg? It’s because you fed them from your own plate once. Once. Just once is all it takes to make them beggars for life! Nobody wants to be begged from whenever they’re eating, so you must avoid feeding them off your plate. If you do intend on giving them leftovers, wait until you’re finished and then put them in their own bowl. The dog doesn’t see begging as rude; they’re telling you that they are there if you want to share. Here is a list of great foods to add to their plate when they won’t eat.  Letting Them Pull/Walk In Front of You   Letting a dog pull on the lead needs to be stopped as soon as you can. A dog walking in front might not seem so bad, but again, this signals that they are the leader. It’s the leader who walks in front of the pack. When a dog pulls you, they are showing you where to go. You’re supposed to be walking them, not the other way around! When you stop, they should stop. When you change direction, so should they. If you let them pull you, it isn’t an easy habit to fix. No amount of pet products out there can help. You need to be consistent.   Letting Them Initiate Playtime You should be the one to start and end playtime. Be careful not to let them think that they are allowed to play and be mouthy all of the time. Teach them to understand when it is okay to start and stop. There’s a bit of a theme here; making your dog believe you’re the leader. It’s important that you believe it too, remember! Be consistent with everything you do and you’ll have a happy, balanced dog....

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4 Reasons Why Your Dog Hates “Back To School” Season

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

4 Reasons Why Your Dog Hates “Back To School” Season

Kids aren’t the only ones who dread these three little words, the ones that start to get thrown around as the calendar inches closer to August.  It happens every year as the summer winds down.  You can almost hear the children shudder even as you just think the words…back to school.  As most parents jump for joy thinking of quiet mornings, under your table or lying somewhere nearby, the family dog sighs. Their head sinks low and their big eyes turn down at the thought of their best friend being gone again. You can almost see the sorrow in those eyes as supplies gather on the table, new clothes are bought and book bags are packed. 1. No more comfy morning snuggles in bed until a late hour. 2. No more extra treats snuck under the table all day long. 3. No more games of fetch or tug-of-war. 4. No more concierge service at the back door for on demand potty trips. In fact, all the extra hugs and all the extra attention just disappears while the kids are in school. Sigh.   We often don’t think about our pets being affected by the big back to school shuffle.  We’re so busy getting our kids ready for a successful school year that we forget our dogs are losing a lot of play time with their best friend. Pets and children have a special bond because they have so much in common.  They are both relatively close to the ground; they both love to cuddle, to play and going outside is the highlight of any day.  It’s no wonder that they quickly become close, especially over summer when house activities are in full gear. Maybe at the beginning of this school year, spend a little extra time with your beloved fur baby while they mourn the start of the school season.  Let them know they are still just as loved as they were in summer and help them ease into the new calm of the house. Plus, you have to admit, you’re going to miss some of those extra cuddles too, so why not curl up and enjoy the peace with your pup. If you find yourself short on time, we would love it if you thought of 3-5 times a week dog walks with Bella’s. Now, your dog will know he is top dog once again! Bonus! See how this dog reacts to his walks with Bella’s! Ever wonder if your #scottsdale dog really needs a walk while your out of town or at work? He does. Watch this: Then, www.callbellas.com Posted by Bella’s House & Pet Sitting, Scottsdale, AZ on Friday, July 17,...

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[Must Read] New App Finds Your Dog Some Friends and Maybe Love?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Latest News | 0 comments

[Must Read] New App Finds Your Dog Some Friends and Maybe Love?

Are you and your dog lonely? Are you looking to spice up your life by expanding your inner circle or maybe even find love? (insert cheesy music here) If you answered yes, you should know that you’re not alone. Now, more than ever, single dog parents are struggling with one very serious dilemma and that is balancing demanding work schedules with trying to build a social life without neglecting their best canine companion. PROBLEM: Many dog parents find themselves wanting to mingle and paint the town red but often decline invites and stay close to home. Why? Most dog parents really do love their dogs and want to spend time with them.  Often, they feel guilty going out to socialize after leaving their dog home all day, every day. The struggle is real folks.  We hear about it all the time. While our clients know they can depend on us to pet sit during vacations or to stop in for a visit mid-day and even after work, these adoring pet parents still feel guilty. SOLUTION: I’m here to inform you of a way that social media is providing you with the unique opportunity to expand your social life and eliminate doggie parental guilt at the same time. There’s an App for that!!! It’s called Tindog.  Tindog is an app that connects dog lovers and their dogs with other like minded dog lovers and their dogs right within their community.  In his press release CEO and founder, Julien Muller, says, “Dogs bring so much joy and love, that they really have the power to connect us. That’s why we wanted to make it easy for dog lovers to meet new people around them who feel the same way. Whether it’s building new friendships or even making a love connection, Tindog is a great way to expand your social circle with others who love man’s best friend just as much as you do.” Similar to the app, tinder, tindog is quite simple to use.  Simply download the app, upload photos and create a brief profile about you and your dog.  You can then browse photos of other dogs and their pet parents.  Swipe left if you’re not interested, swipe right if you want to connect.  It really is that simple. (This just took dating to a new level!) Gone are the days of stalking the dog park for companionship for you and your dog.  Why do that when you can find friends right from the comfort of your own couch. What do you think? Will you give it a try? If you do, you really have to report back to us! Friendship and love may be just a few swipes away!...

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Can I Prevent Cancer In My Dog?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Events, Latest News | 0 comments

Can I Prevent Cancer In My Dog?

Cancer is a scary word and it’s definitely a diagnosis we want to avoid for our dogs. The mere fact that fifty percent of dogs over the age of ten are diagnosed with cancer can make any pet parent tremble with fear. However, you should also know that sixty percent of those dogs diagnosed with cancer will be cured. While that in and of itself is reassuring, you should not sit idly by as the years pass. While I think it would be irresponsible to indicate that you can completely prevent cancer in your dog, there are some things you can do NOW to help prevent cancer in your dog. Feed your dog a high quality diet. A high quality diet is one that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are sugar and cancer feeds off sugar! You should feed your dog a grain-free diet and avoid commercial pet foods that are laden with chemicals and by products. Chemicals are carcinogens and carcinogens cause cancer! Be a responsible consumer and advocate for your dog by becoming an expert in reading dog food labels! In additional to avoiding chemicals in your dog’s diet, you should eliminate your dog’s exposure to chemicals in and around your home. From cleaning products to lawn maintenance products, we often unknowingly expose our entire families, including our dogs, to harmful chemicals. Look at your home and yard from your dog’s point of view, which is closest to the ground, and think about what he is breathing in and walking across. Don’t over vaccinate your dog. While the point of vaccinating your dog is to keep him healthy, vaccines can wreck havoc on your dog’s immune system. Many holistic vets are now suggesting the parvo virus at ten or twelve weeks, distemper four weeks later and then rabies after your dog has reached at least six months of age. Additionally, don’t vaccinate your pet at the same time he is undergoing major surgery as his immune system should be strong for the best results during and after the surgery. Use natural therapies to treat your dog whenever possible. Homeopathy, herbs, water therapy, a high quality diet and acupuncture strengthen the immune system. Conventional medicines aim to suppress symptoms via the use of prescriptions drugs and using this route, especially long term, will weaken your dog’s immune system. Conventional treatments cannot always be avoided however; when they are used they should be used in conjunction with natural remedies. Spay and/or neuter your dog. Doing so will decrease the risks of cancers in your dog. Research indicates that spaying a female dog before she is one year or before the first heat cycle will reduce her risk of mammary cancer. However, spaying or neutering before the your dog, male or female, reaches one year does quadruple the chances of the dog developing bone cancer. It’s always best to discuss this with your vet before you go ahead and schedule the spay/neuter. You must spay or neuter to aid in the prevention of cancer, the only question should be when. There’s no one proven way to prevent cancer in your dog but by following these tips, you can greatly reduce the chances of your dog developing cancer. As always, exercise your dog daily and keep regularly scheduled appointments with your vet so that ANY health issue can be addressed right away and optimum health can be...

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Amy Fullan, Office Manager & Pet Sitter

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Amy Fullan, Office Manager & Pet Sitter

  Amy, Office Manager and Pet Sitter, Bella’s House & Pet Sitting ScottsdaleMeet Amy! She is Bella’s House & Pet Sitting’s Office Manger in Scottsdale, AZ. She is a fantastic pet sitter who will always go above and beyond for your fur kids! www.callbellas.com Posted by Bella’s House & Pet Sitting, Scottsdale, AZ on Monday, July 20, 2015   “When you first meet Amy, you will notice how attentive and compassionate she is. Literally, she cries when pets pass over Rainbow Bridge and sometimes when she is just too worried about them I will find her doing extra long visits. To say that Amy cares would be an understatement.”  –Bella   Here Is What Some Of Our Clients Say: Amy has been our pet walker for a few years. Our blind aussie shepherd is hi strung and can get testy around other dogs. Amy knows how to handle her. I left for a 2 week trip and Amy made sure my Molly had her walk in the a.m. Great lady and a very conscientious with our special pet. I don’t worry about how Molly is being treated when Amy takes her. -Jane Luckman, Scottsdale, AZ   Here Is A Glimpse Of Amy In Action:     A Little More About Amy: My name is Amy Fullan.  Originally from Elmira, NY, after finishing college, I moved to Washington, DC, where I lived until moving to Scottsdale in 2008.  My husband and I have two wonderful furry kids of our own, Gandalf and Grayson, who are mixed breed, brother and sister, rescue kitties. I spent my childhood and most of my young adult life helping my dad, a (now) retired police officer, foster future and retired K-9 New York State officers.  I have also spent the last 15 years home and pet sitting for a variety of friends and family.  In my free time, I volunteer for a domestic violence shelter in Phoenix and also as a rape crisis counselor in Scottsdale.  I love to read, write and paint and one of my long term goals is to return to college for my law degree.  I am very excited to be a part of Bella’s House and Pet Sitting team and I look forward to making sure that you have peace of mind knowing that your furry kids are loved and well cared for!  I look forward to meeting you! Best pet sitting service ever! Amy took great care of my cats while we were away. Played with them, sent me daily text message updates, left me daily detailed notes. Luna and Stella were visibly happier when we returned. They take better care of animals then most child care providers do! I highly recommend this quality business to everyone! You will not be disappointed!- Gina B, Scottsdale, AZ   As you will see, Amy will become a part of your family. Someone that you and your fur babies can trust and love! Who wouldn’t love Amy? =)...

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Does The Dog Food Bowl Need To Be Cleaned Daily?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Articles, Events | 0 comments

Does The Dog Food Bowl Need To Be Cleaned Daily?

ANSWER: A good rule of thumb is to clean them every other day, if not every day. Would you imagine using the same water glass for weeks at a time?  Or eating off the same plate each night, simply because you licked it clean and it doesn’t look all that dirty.  I bet it’s pretty hard to imagine yourself eating a fresh meal like that, I mean we have dishwashers for a reason right?!  So why is it seemingly okay for our pets to eat and drink out of the same dog food bowl day in and day out? That just seems, well, pretty gross to be honest.  I’m not saying that I’m always the best about changing the dog food bowl and water dish. I am definitely guilty of letting go on too long before washing.  Them one day you look down, instantly filled with regret that the poor fur babies have been eating out of that nasty dog bowl for way too many days. It is kind of easy to forget to clean, especially when it really doesn’t look dirty most of the time.  However, some studies suggest it’s one of the top 5 dirtiest spots in our homes. It can be a breeding ground for bacteria, bugs, and foul germs. Our pets are such beloved members of our family and keeping theirs dishes just as clean as ours is important.   Here are 3 options that can help you make sure your dog food bowl is clean and safe. 1. Some sources say that soaking the bowls in equal parts water and bleach for 10 minutes once a week is enough to get the bacteria at bay. 2. If you’re not a fan of using harsh chemicals like bleach for our dishes; I recommend using equal parts baking soda and water with a few pinches of salt to scrub it clean. 3. What we do in our home is pretty easy, we just throw in the dishwasher as you run your own dishes.  With a toddler in tow, it seems we run the dishwasher almost every other night.  I try to make sure and throw in the pet’s dishes with our own to make sure they have a nice clean bowl for breakfast.  We’re all family, so their dishes should be just as clean. A good rule of thumb is to clean them every other day, if not every day.  Your dog will appreciate a clean dish to eat from, just as much as they appreciate snuggles at night.  It’s a part of the healthy, happy life that they deserve and that we want to give them. At Bella’s House & Pet Sitting, it is part of our standard procedure to clean all pets food bowls (both dogs and cats) at least once a day when we are doing our...

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Find The Best Doggie Day Care In Scottsdale

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Articles, Latest News | 0 comments

Find The Best Doggie Day Care In Scottsdale

Have you been considering sending your dog to doggie day care?   The right doggie day care can provide your dog with a solid dose of exercise, as well as an opportunity to socialize with his kind.  We’ve talked, many times, about the importance of exercise and socialization for your dog but before you go and drop Spot off at a doggie day care facility and go on your merry way, there are some things you need to know.  As a responsible dog owner, you should know exactly what to look for in a doggie day care facility. The best doggie day care facility will put into place practices that will keep your pet healthy.  By exposing your dog to other dogs, it puts him in the position of being exposed to contagious illnesses thereby leaving him susceptible to contracting a variety of undesirable messes.  The doggie day care facility should require proof of vaccination from all dogs that attend.  Additionally, the facility should train all staff members in First Aid and doggie CPR and have a working relationship with a local veterinarian in case your dog becomes ill or injured on site. The best doggie day care facility will carefully interview and assess each and every dog before he gets the green light to gain admittance to the day care facility.  Why? It should come as no surprise to you that some dogs, for whatever reason, just don’t along with other dogs.  If a dog is prone to aggression or has not been properly socialized, he should not be allowed to gain entrance into the facility. The best doggie day care facility will be properly supervised with a low dog to supervisor ratio.  You should not leave your dog at a facility where the dogs are put into a yard or holding area without constant and direct supervision.  It only takes a split second for things to go completely wrong.  Whether it is a fight between dogs or a medical emergency, staff should always be on hand to quickly notice and step in when there’s an issue. The best doggie day facilities will be clean.  Find out the facility’s practices regarding deep cleaning regimes and Pooper scooper schedules.  You do not want your dog hanging out in a stinking mess as again; it puts your dog in a position of being exposed to germs that could make him sick.  You also don’t want your dog to be expected (or taught) to go potty on the floor. The best doggie day care facilities are safe.  How high the fences? Who has the ability to gain entrance to the facility?  Are the gates locked? Are the premises monitored by video surveillance? Where will your dog be during times of extreme temperatures? The best doggie day care facilities use positive reinforcement to promote good behavior.  Staff should never physically reprimand your dog and should not yell or scream at them.  There’s no need for that kind of behavior from a well-trained staff. The best doggie care facilities will cater to your dog’s needs.  So, what does your dog need? Do you want your dog to play with other dogs? Learn new commands?  Interact with humans? Be doted on and receive hugs? Ask questions and be assertive in finding out exactly how your dog’s day will go. As you search for the best doggie day care facility for your dog, please keep these tips in mind.  Be diligent about asking questions.  Any reputable facility will encourage an open line of communication and will even allow you to hang out for a few...

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