Retirement Business

August 17, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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What do retired people for the next 10 to 20 years after retiring? Travelling, golfing and having lots of free time can become old very quickly. Some start consulting businesses in their specialty, others start B&B’s, some open stores and coffee shops. I started a pet service. This business idea was something that I had read about long before I retired.

I had read the book, Pet Sitting for Profit by Patti Moran. Many parts of that book spoke to me Read more

Reducing Waste When Cleaning Litter Boxes

August 15, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Litter boxes require daily scooping. If a new bag is used each day, that’s a lot of extra bags that are going into the landfill and that could easily be reduced to a third or less.

Here’s something that works very well. Get a small plastic garbage can, one with a lid. Line it Read more

Education Keeps Dogs Out of Shelters

August 12, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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“Education keeps dogs out of shelters & happily in homes.” from Dog Star Daily
Read more from this great site Dog Star Daily site

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

Training Methods

August 7, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Time Magazine had an article in the July 30, 2010 issue on dog training methods. Discussing training methods can become as heated as discussing politics. It’s an interesting read.,8599,2007250,00.html

Playing with Your Cat

March 24, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Here’s an article on keeping your kitty happy with play. There are other great articles on too.

Pet Sitting Over and Beyond Basic Care

January 17, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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We occasionally receive a quote request from a prospective client with the comment that all they want is a quick check of food and water and scooping of the litter. We can’t help those clients because our service is over and beyond quick pet care. Below are a few examples.

We monitor changes in the pet’s eating, drinking and elimination habits and in the overall health and well being. If problems arise we need to react appropriately, and that may mean a veterinary visit and yes, it does happen!

We need to ensure the home is safe for the pets. That means checking that the heat is on, no toilets are running, no water leaks in the basement, etc. We need to recognize problems and take quick action to resolve them. We recently encountered a situation where the back door of a home was wide open when we arrived. After checking outside for signs of tracks in the snow which would suggest that someone had forced the door open - none were found, we knew that the wind had blown the door in. The latch didn’t work and the door couldn’t be locked so we propped a box and a few other things against the door so it wouldn’t open again. But the best part of this was that no pets were missing.

Pets Stay Home Training & Care is a pet sitting service located in Parksville, BC. See our website at

Holiday Season

January 4, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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After being in this business for almost six years I’ve noticed that if there is going to be a snowstorm, it will be during the busiest time - over the holidays. So this winter I purchased my first set of winter tires for my 4wd Toyota. The tires really made a difference! As expected, during the holiday season we had a snowstorm which dumped quite a bit of snow. Some of the areas that I needed to get into didn’t get plowed for about four days but going in was no problem. I was very impressed with the Michelin X-Ice i2 tires.

Karin is a pet sitter in Winnipeg and operates Pets Stay Home - Pet Sitting Plus.

Pet Sitting Software

December 17, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Staying organized can be a challenge for any business. But for a pet service it will make or break the business. To help manage client and pet information, in 2009 I added pet sitting software. I did that very carefully with research over a couple of years. When I was finally comfortable with one product - confident that it would do what it should - I registered for it.

Which one did I choose? Power Pet Sitter! It’s the one that Pet Sitters International recommends and has years of testing behind it. I met the owner of the software in Atlanta, GA at the PSI Regional Meeting in September. When she had the software created for her own company, she had 100 pet sitters working for her, and needed software that would keep everything in order. With that type of testing, I know I made the right choice.

Clients have been very happy with it and have provided many positive comments.

We have been keeping pets happy in Winnipeg since 2004.

Pet Sitters

December 17, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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A number of years ago I was interviewed by the Winnipeg Free Press on what to look for when hiring a pet sitter. The text of that of that interview is below. I have also added a couple of additional points at the bottom of this blog that should be taken into consideration.

November 3, 2007 Edition of the Winnipeg Free Press:
HEADING out of town for the weekend or planning a Christmas getaway?

For pet owners, figuring out what to do with your animal while you’re away can be a difficult dilemma.

Many pets prefer to stay in familiar surroundings and become stressed when taken Read more

To Board or Not to Board

December 17, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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This is one question that many clients will ask when it comes to care for their dogs. I had previously posted on this topic, and have a few more thoughts on the subject.

Each situation needs to be assessed independently. There are some cases where home care is the best choice; other cases where boarding may be the better option.

Consider the following two cases: Read more

Do you need a pet sitter on short notice?

December 14, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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One of the benefits of using Pets Stay Home - Pet Sitting Plus is that once you become a client we guarantee service on short notice. Once we’ve had the interview, met your pets and have the necessary information, we don’t need to go through that process again. An entry into our booking system, and service is guaranteed, even if it is for the same day! It’s easy and convenient.

To visit our pet sitting site go to

We’ve been keeping pets happy since 2004.

Do you really have to be a “pack leader” to have a good dog?

December 9, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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There are many myths about dog training. One of them is about being the pack leader.

Here is an article from the Helping Fido site. The information is provided by behavior scientists.

Bundle of Joy: Dog Training

November 29, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Here’s a video clip with certified trainer and behaviorist, Bob Hammesfahr, on bringing new baby home and your dog.

Bundle of Joy

There is very good advice in training with positive reinforcement.

Our Travels This Month

September 26, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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We are back from the Pet Sitters International conference which was held in Atlanta, GA. This was the time of the flooding after the heavy rains. A few local sitters were late arriving because of flooded basements and roads but with IPhones and BlackBerrys they were coordinating their businesses from the conference.

This mini conference was certainly worth the trip. The day included a session on Pet Emergencies led by a DVM, a session on Legal Considerations for Small Business Owners led by an attorney, a session on Business Branding led by the 2008 PSI’s pet sitter of the year. Meeting so many professional pet sitting company owners was educational as well. It’s interesting to hear their stories.

We combined this mini conference with a week-long vacation. Carol and Donna provided excellent client pet care while we were gone.

For more information on pet sitting services see our website at

Private Boarding - Due Diligence

August 9, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Seems every day there are new offers for private in-home boarding for dogs. Some are worrisome. Here are a few things to do to check that you are placing your pet in a safe environment.

  • Is private boarding being offered by a registered pet service? See other posts in this blog on determining business legitimacy.
  • Will you be given an address so you can drive by? And can you drop off your dog yourself?

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