Big Paw Pet Care Earns Professional Pet Sitting Certification

Mike Meibuhr, Co-Owner of Big Paw Pet Care, Earns the Pet Sitters International Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting

[Windermere, FLORIDA] (August 11, 2015)—Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational association for professional pet sitters, has announced that Mike Meibuhr, owner of Big Paw Pet Care in Windermere, Florida, has completed the PSI Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting and earned the designation of PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter.

PSI-CPPS-logoTo earn this prestigious designation, a professional pet sitter must successfully earn the PSI Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, agree to adhere to PSI’s Recommended Quality Standards for Excellence and agree to abide by PSI’s Member Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Successfully completing the Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting Program indicates that an individual has acquired the knowledge necessary to make vital assessments on pet health and nutrition, canine and feline behavior, separation anxiety, pet loss and more. A certificate holder is also equipped, as a business owner, to make decisions on customer service, employee hiring and safety.

According to Ellen Price, PSI’s academic manager, the certificate is earned after completing extensive coursework and successfully passing a comprehensive final exam on 39 sections of instructional material.

“A PSI certificate holder brings valuable knowledge to the care of companion animals,” Price said. “A pet owner who relies on a program graduate will receive top-quality pet care. The curriculum’s in-depth material also assures that a pet sitter is highly capable of making accurate judgments and quick decisions in an emergency.”

Mike’s commitment to his business and clients led him to pursue this certificate.

“As a pet sitter, I value continuing education that allows me to offer reliable service to the pets entrusted to my care,” Meibuhr said. “Earning the designation of PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter demonstrates that I am an animal steward committed to delivering excellent service.”

 

5 Fun Facts about Dachshunds

Sausage DogBeneath the squatty, streamlined body of the Dachshund, is a strong and nimble hunter. Although they resemble the frankfurter, these pups were originally bread for their stubborn tenacity to hunt a very ornery critter.

Learn more about the beloved Dachshund with these 5 fun facts:

  1. The name “dachshund” is German and literally translates to “badger dog” but they were also referred to as “hole dogs” as far back as the 18th century. Originally larger than their modern counterparts with longer legs, these fearless warriors were used to exterminate badgers throughout Europe.
  2. dachshund Waldi

    Waldi, the mascot of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games

    Because of their strong association with Germany, the dachshund was the symbol of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. His name was Waldi.

  3. As of 2012 the dachshund was the 10th most popular dog breed in the USA, according to the American Kennel Club.
  4. Prone to back injuries, a specialized laser surgery developed at the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Hospital was used in clinical trials to correct defects in injured Dachshunds, with a goal of expanding the treatment to all dachshunds as a preventative measure against spinal injuries.
  5. wiener dog races

    Wiener dogs race to finish line

    Known for their speed, thousands of dachshunds and their owners compete dachshund races around the country. One of the longest running is the annual Wiener Nationals which has been held in Orange County California for over 20 years. Locally, the annual Weinerfest held in Orlando, includes entertainment, food and a dachshund race.

Dog Catch Fails

Poor Fritz. He’s a golden retriever who can’t catch his treats.

For a golden retriever who can’t retrieve, it’s almost like a cat that can’t land on his feet or a hamster who can’t run in a wheel.

Time and time again his owner tosses him treats that get bigger and more crazy. From pizza to tacos – nothing seems to get in the right spot.

That is until…

 

 

Windermere Dog Walkers Warn Pee Pads Cause Problems

Every morning I, like everyone else, scroll through Facebook to check up on family, friends and (sadly) catch a bit of news. With each view comes the obligatory ad or two for products you may or may not have heard about already. This morning an ad for PeePooPads.com scrolled through my feed. Pee Poo Pads promise to “save you money, protect your floors and make house training a breeze”.

The ad also stated that Pee Poo Pads are cheaper than dog walkers. But are they? [Read more…]

Leash Training Your Dog in 3 Simple Steps

dog walkingDog walks are the single most important part of your dog’s daily regime. If you are not walking your dog, you probably realize you have a dog with some behavioral problems. Easily, the number one reason most people do not walk their dog regularly is due to a dog’s poor leash manners.

If you find yourself saying “I want to take him on walks, but he pulls so bad”, don’t worry your not alone. But keep in mind, if your dog pulls on leash it’s not because he’s a bad dog. It’s because he was trained to walk that way.

Don’t worry. We can start improving your dog walks by leash training your dog in 3 easy steps.

dog collarBefore we start, make sure you have the right equipment. You should be using a flat collar with a martingale hoop and a 6 foot leash. If you use certain types of harnesses, retractable leashes or other trendy sort of dog walking equipment you are probably just making your dogs reaction on leash worse by encouraging pulling. (More on that in a future blog.)

Alright, lets get started:

  1. leash pullingStop: When your dog begins pulling you on leash, stop. Don’t allow your dog to pull you. By allowing him to take you where he wants, you are reinforcing his pulling. Instead just stop, don’t move.
  2. Encourage: Now that your dog has stopped moving forward, it’s time to redirect him back the way you just came. Lean over to get his attention, call his name and encourage him with a “come” or “lets go”. Wait for him to react to your call. Don’t yell or become frustrated. It’s going to take some time.
  3. Reward: Once your dog has turned his attention to you, begin walking in the opposite direction you were just being pulled. Watch for your dog to reach your side, by your hip and reward him with praise like “GOOD!” or “YES!”. Then present him with a reward.

Pro Tip: Make sure your dog’s reward or treat is not being held out in front of your dog. Keep it in a treat pouch until you’ve marked the good behavior with “GOOD!” or “YES!”. Holding out the treat too soon turns that reward into a bribe. 

When you’ve completed Steps 1, 2 and 3 continue walking and if your dog gets ahead of you or begins pulling, repeat the steps again. This process will take several times to complete so don’t expect your dog’s

If you find that your dog’s attention is being diverted by other dogs or cars on your walk, practice in your backyard or in your home. Then move outside.

How To Find A Pet Sitter In Orlando

find a pet sitter in orlandoYou’re packing your bags to head out-of-town when suddenly your cousin, who promised to watch your dogs, is going out-of-town too. Now you’re in a bind because your pet sitter is not available. Quickly you ask yourself “how do I find a pet sitter in Orlando”?

We hear this story a lot.

Family and friends are always eager to help out when it comes to taking care of your pets. But many times when the day approaches, something always comes up. You’re left in the last-minute scramble.

How can this be avoided? The best bet is to find a profesional pet sitter before you NEED a pet sitter.

Get started: Now!

Start a pet sitter search now. Don’t wait until the last-minute. Interview pet sitters today, when you’re not packed up and applying the sunscreen already. Set aside a few hours to research and contact pet sitters who serve your area.

Where do I find a pet sitter in Orlando?

Finding a pet sitter in Orlando is fairly easy with several resources. Both the Association of Pet Sitting Excellence and Pet Sitters International offer search features to find professional pet sitters that service your zip code. There’s also Urban Pet Magazine, a local publication perfect for finding that pet sitter in Orlando. Urban Pet also offers a variety of pet retailers and services – they even have an app for your smart phone.

Narrow the search.

Think about what is important to you and what will keep your pet’s schedule as normal as possible. Then interview potential pet sitters and ask them if they provide the service you need.

Don’t be afraid to ask them questions – you have to trust the person coming into your home is going to follow your instructions. If you don’t ask, you won’t know.

View online testimonials and request copies of their insurance and bonding policies. There’s no more peace of mind than those two pieces of paper.

Give them a try!

Plan a night out with your spouse or family and give the pet sitter a chance to visit your pets on his or her own. Did they do all the things you asked of them? Do you trust they were there on time, as requested?

If something was not performed to your liking, tell the pet sitter. Give them a chance to correct the situation.  A pet sitter who’s open to comment or critique and wants to make it better is a good sign.

So there you have it, some simple tips to help find your pet sitter in Orlando. Don’t forget that Big Paw Pet Care offers pet care services throughout West Orange County, including most of Orlando. So give us a call at 321-345-7387 to set up our free consultation with our pet sitters.