Semantics

September 18, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Boarding, Pets 

The definition of a pet sitter, according to various dictionaries, is “caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home”.

The definition of boarding is care for a pet at an establishment which provides accommodation, feeding and general care for dogs and cats on a short term, or longer, basis. In-home boarding is by a pet care provider who provides care in their own home.

So, based on the definitions, a pet sitter will provide care in the pet’s home and not in the pet sitter’s home. In that case it is boarding.

Pets Stay Home Training & Care is a premium pet care and dog training service in Parksville, BC. http://www.petsstayhome.ca

Dog Trainers

September 15, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Dog Training 

Dog training methods continue to evolve. When I started training my own dogs for competition in the early 80’s we were taught methods that would no longer be acceptable with many trainers. While I wasn’t taught the alpha roll, it was a common practise with trainers. Choke chains were commonly used and we were taught the technique for using them effectively.

In the 90’s the training style shifted to a positive approach. Science supported this and it became the preferred style with many trainers.

When I took the dog trainer certification, I became aware of why the positive approach was more effective. We studied how dogs learn and why the aversive techniques should not be used as the first choice for training.

The standard of care in determining training practices is defined by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. They recommend the Humane Hierarchy which defines an order of implementation for applying training practices.

Even though dog training has evolved, unfortunately there are still many trainers who use force-based, old-style training. Perhaps they just haven’t accepted the newer techniques and prefer their “we’ve always done it this way” methods.

Pets Stay Home Training & Care is a pet care and dog training service located in Parksville, BC http://www.petsstayhome.ca/

Interviewing a pet sitter

September 2, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Business 

The pet sitting industry is no different from other industries in that there are honest and dishonest service providers. I have come across pet sitters who advertise that they are insured and bonded and are members of certain professional organizations when none of that is true.

Ask to see proof. Any professional pet sitter should have a presentation manual with the certificate of insurance and bonding and various memberships and certifications included in their book. The insurance and bonding usually comes with multiple certified copies from the insurance company, so there should be plenty of copies if one is misplaced. The policy needs to include the Lost Key Endorsement and the Care Custody and Control Extension.

Pets Stay Home Training & Care is a pet care and dog training service located in Parksville, BC.

More on professional pet sitting software

September 2, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Business 

One of the benefits of the pet sitting software is the reminders that are generated for clients and for us. It’s powerful software that helps manage our client visits. The software generates a list of visits for each day and each morning we receive the list. For client protection no address info is in this list. At the end of the day we check off the completed visits. It helps ensure that nothing is missed.

The software is the equivalent of having an office manager which then allows us to focus on other work.

Pets Stay Home Training & Care is a premium pet care and dog training service in Parksville, BC. http://www.petsstayhome.ca