Meeting Your Pet Sitter

Pet owners are naturally wary about leaving their pets in the care of people they don’t know particularly well. That’s why we at Big Paw Pet Care do everything we can to alleviate some of that worry and set your mind (and heart) at ease when entrusting us with the four-legged members of your family. One of those is setting up a pet sitter Meet & Greet with you at your home.

During these approximately half hour consultations, you will get to learn everything you need to know about our service and the sitter assigned to care for your furry loved ones while you are away from home. Almost any question or concern can be addressed here until you feel fully comfortable with your pet in our care. Conversely, our pet sitters will learn all they need to know about you and your pets.

What Does a Pet Sitter Meet and Greet Cover? 

There are potentially an infinite amount of topics to cover when you meet our sitters, but there are a few necessary ones you’ll want to make sure you highlight during our visit. Since our sitters will normally visit the pets while you will be gone from the home, knowing where all the essential materials are located will be important. Leashes, food, litters or trash receptacles to dispose of waste, medications if necessary are all things you’ll want to make sure is pointed out during the visit.

If you have an alarm, the code and location of the keypad(s) should be discussed. It also doesn’t hurt to actually test the key you give to the sitter in the door lock just to make sure it works. (Sometimes those copies the hardware store makes for you aren’t quite right!)

Like humans, pets are persnickety creatures and often like certain things a certain way. Tell us what they like, what their favorite route is to take on their walks, how they like their belly rubbed. All of our pet sitters are qualified and trustworthy, but it sometimes it just comes down to feeling. Your pets won’t know if we arrived within the designated time block or whether we properly locked the front door, but they’ll know if they like us and can get along with us.

Walk With Your Dog: Help Yourself

walking with your dogWhen I was in the Air Force, we had to wear boots for work. I had never worn boots before. I left the Air Force after my first hitch. One thing I noticed immediately was my ankles had become very weak. My boots had been supporting my ankles for years and therefore my muscles hadn’t had to support my natural body movement. [Read more…]

Pet Exercise: Key To A Long Life

Does Your Pet Exercise?

Pet ExerciseSadly, 60% of pets in the US are obese. Most lead a very sedentary lifestyle, much like us humans. Truth is, not only does this cause stresses on your pets physical well being, but also on their mental wellbeing.

Rex and Mr. Pickles may appear to be healthy, but have you noticed increases in bad behaviors lately? Chewing clothing or furniture, excessive licking of paws (dogs), aggressiveness or short temperedness? These are all signs of a mentally “bored” pet. Dogs and cats require not only physical stimulation of exercise, but the mental stimulation that goes along with it.

There are Tools to Exercise Pets

For Cats: Consider buying a Cat Tree or climbing device. (Check out some examples by clicking the link) You can also hide treats in toys like this or that and place them around the cat tree or house. Make them earn their reward. Laser pointers are an easy stimulant that most cats love to chase.

Just be careful not to overdo it and keep play time limited to a few minutes at a time. Cats won’t give up a chase game easily and, for example, when a cat starts panting, it means you’ve played too hard for too long.

For Dogs: Today veterinarians are recommending no less than 60 minutes of walk time per day minimum. And no, backyard time doesn’t count – to a dog, the fenced in backyard is just another big, airy room in your home. Dogs need to get out and check their “pee-mail” on trees or fire hydrants, sniff the grass and track things.

Know this doesn’t mean you have to walk your dog 60 minutes at a time. For most of us, 15-minutes before work, 15-30-minutes after work and then another walk before bed is plenty opportunity to get up to that 60 minute mark. For those of you who work super long hours or have plenty of after school activities to attend, consider purchasing a daily dog walking package from Big Paw Pet Care to help fill in the times you may not be able to make it home.

It’s amazing how just a few extra minutes of walk time will improve your dogs temperament almost overnight.

 

Dog Faints When Reunited With Owner

Casey the Dog Faints From Happiness

Dog Faints

Screenshot from YouTube

Casey’s owner, Rebecca Ehalt, has just returned from two years working in Europe. Her dog Casey remained behind with Rebecca’s family.

When Casey was finally reunited with Rebecca, the dog faints from all the excitement. It’s a heartwarming example of loyalty from man’s best friend.

Rebecca did take Casey, and the video of her reunion with her loyal pal, to her vet who gave them the “all-clear” that Casey was perfectly fine. See their happy encounter here:

While it was a two year absence, Rebecca does remind everyone on the video’s page that although she returned after 2 years, “in fairness [it] is 14 years in dog years.”

 

How long should I walk my dog?

It’s a question we commonly receive here: how long should I walk my dog?

Baxter enjoys his daily walk

Baxter enjoys his daily walk

Dog walking is one of the most important aspects of your dog’s daily life. In the wild wolves and other canine animals walk miles each day exploring their territories. Our dogs need to get out, stretch their legs, smell the smells, see all the sights there is to see. But the answer to how long should I walk my dog not a simple one. It depends on the age of your dog, breed and his or her overall energy level. But many veterinarians agree at least 60 minutes a day should be devoted to walking your dogs.

Backyard play is as good as when I walk my dog, right?

No, allowing your dog playing in your yard is not a replacement for a dog walk. For the most part the only dog in your backyard is your dog. That means any urine markings or other scents belong to him. Just like the smells in your home. To dogs, the backyard is just an extension of your home. The grass is the carpet, the fence are the walls. It’s like another big room. While playtime is also important, your dog needs to be taking a walk around your neighborhood, outside of your home to stretch their legs, check the “pee-mail” left by other dogs and see what’s going on!

 I don’t like to say it, but I don’t have time to walk my dog

Big Paw Pet Care Pet Sitter

Charlie naps her day away

Human’s lives are busy. From work to school and after school and weekend non-school functions: human’s lives can be very, very busy. And there’s no indication that humans lives will be slowing down.

But dog’s lives are not as busy. In fact, they can be rather boring. This boredom can lead to behavioral problems in the home. And lack of exercise creates health issues for your dog.

 Three ways to increase dog walks:

  1. Carve out time before you start your day, or after the kids go to bed. Make it your dog/owner time and let your dog explore the neighborhood. You don’t have to walk them for a full hour, split up the time with an AM walk and PM walk of 30 minutes. Or several 15 minute walks a day. Change it up – your dog will love it!
  2. Make it a chore: There’s no better friend to a dog than a kid. And if you have kids, put them to work. Make them part of the routine and have them cover a 15- or 30-minute walk each day.
  3. HIRE US! Big Paw Pet Care provides a Daily Dog Walking Service in 15-, 30-, 45- and 60-minute increments. Get us in the mix and get your pup walking.

So take time out of your day, or your kids day, to walk your dog. You’ll see a better behaved, healthier dog in now time. Your dog will be less stressed and frustrated from his routine. And your dog will be happier for it too.

Who Do You Trust With Your Pet Care Services?

Everyday we receive phone calls from potential clients who are looking for pet care services for their dogs and cats. Many times they explain they’ve used friends and neighbors in the past to watch their pets. The story always ends up the same: “I’m not sure if they even came.”

Pet Watching or Pet Care?

pet careThere is a major difference between a pet care company like Big Paw Pet Care and using a friend or family member to watch your pet. And that difference is care. When we visit with your pet, we are there not to just check in and make sure they’re “ok”. We’re there to check the well being of your pet from feeding, to companionship, exercise and mental stimulation.

Pet Care Takes a Backseat

pet careFriends and family may have the best of intentions to care for your pet. But many times life impacts those good intentions. Whether its a sick kid at home or a last minute trip to the movies, life just happens and your pet’s visits may become an afterthought for those you hoped would watch your pets.

With a professional pet care provider like Big Paw Pet Care, you never have to worry about other plans impacting your pet’s care. We utilize a team of professional pet care providers, with backups in place in the event your primary care provider is unable to make a visit with your pet. Our pet care staff utilizes the profile you’ve created in our system to complete all the steps you requested to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible.

To us, pet care means more than just a quick check. We’re your eyes and ears on the health and well being of your pet. We’re there to ensure your pets are happy, comfortable and stress free as possible. We’re trained in pet CPR and first aid to handle any minor or major medical emergency that may arise for your pet. We provide medication and food as you describe to keep your pets routine on schedule.

Your Pet’s Care and More

pet careOur best service to you is peace of mind. From our Daily Scoop reports, which are left after every visit, to text and email updates – we’re always in touch with you about your pets. We perform home security checks to ensure your home and property are safe. We bring in the mail, water the plants and wash your pet’s dishes so there’s just “one less thing” to worry about when you get home.

Next time you’re planning a vacation or weekend getaway, give yourself one less thing to worry about by hiring a professional pet care provider from Big Paw Pet Care.