Dog Years: How old is your dog?

December 5, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Animal Planet had a show with Dr. Stanley Coren. Rather than adding 7 for each year (a myth) he gave the equivalent dog years to human years based on the size of the breed.

Small Breeds:
1 yr = 15 yrs
2 yrs = 24 human yrs
Add 4 human yrs thereafter for each dog year

Medium Breeds:
1 yr = 13 human yrs
2 yrs = 21 human yrs
Add 5 human yrs thereafter for each dog year

Large Breeds:
1 yr = 12 human yrs
2 yrs = 19 human yrs
Add 7 human yrs thereafter for each dog year

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

Timed Visits for Pet Sitters

August 23, 2010 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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Some pet sitters advertise 20 minute visits or 30 minute visits and charge a different rate for each. I have to wonder, what if the pet is ill, needs extra care or if there is a problem in the house? What do you do then? Do you say, “Time’s up, have to leave!”?

We don’t provide timed visits. We know that one day the basic care is fine and the next day the pet may need extra time. But even basic care can be 30 minutes. It’s surprising the amount of work that is involved in pet care. Timed visits do not work!

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

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

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 HelpingKitty.com too.

http://blog.helpingkitty.com/46/enrichment/how-to-play-with-your-cat

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 www.petsstayhome.ca

Who is walking your dog?

July 15, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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While making a pet visit today on Grosvenor Ave, close to Lilac, a woman walked by briskly with a dog tight to her side and on a very tight leash. At times the dog’s front paws didn’t even touch the ground! From the way she was walking and the way she was dressed, I believe she was a dog walker. Read more

Do you miss your pets when you are away?

May 11, 2009 by Karin · Leave a Comment
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What's better than a sunny window, watching the activities outside.

I frequently receive emails from clients who are travelling wondering how their pets are doing without them. They miss them and may ask for special requests for care.  We understand that and are only happy to provide that extra special care for your family member and to send an update on how they are doing.