Nail Clipping for Dogs
At TLC, we know that your dogs are more than just pets; they are family members. And because you want to care for them like one of the family, you do what you can to make sure that they look and feel their best. Nail clipping for dogs is more than just a manicure for them. Learn why dogs need to have their nails clipped and common mistakes to avoid at home. Also, you can trust most professional groomers to offer nail clipping for dogs as part of their services.
Why Clip Your Dog’s Nails?
Did you know that nails that go unclipped can cause your dog pain? Many veterinarians warn that unclipped nails can turn their paws into a splayed foot which reduces traction. Unclipped nails for extended periods of time can also lead to deformed feet or injure the tendons causing pain.
If this is your first time clipping your dogs nails, purchasing clippers meant for dogs only is your fist step. Never use clippers meant for people. When searching for a pair of clippers, find a pair that is comfortable and easy to control. There are clippers available that are motorized, which can sometimes decrease the amount of time spent on each nail and make the process a bit smoother for your furry friend. Grinding your dogs nails also mitigates the chance that you’ll cut them to the quick (which causes bleeding). Take a look here at the 2018 list of best nail grinders for dogs.
Nice And Slow
Don’t rush through the process of clipping your dog’s nails. If you do, then there is a chance that you could tear the nails or clip them too short. This is one of the important nail clipping tips for dogs because cutting the nails too short can sometimes cause excessive bleeding. Make your dog feel like he is special for getting his nails clipped instead of making it seem like a chore or a common task. Prop your dog’s paws on your leg to allow for as much comfort as possible. An idea to consider is to let someone hold a spoon of peanut butter for your dog to lick on while you’re clipping his nails. Massage your dog’s legs to relieve some of the stress in the muscles, making it easier to approach the paws while clipping the nails.
Offer A Soothing Touch
Before using clippers, you can place an item that has a similar feeling on your dog’s paws. This simple action can get your dog accustomed to something being close to the nails and the feet. Try to let your dog get used to the sound associated with the clippers by squeezing them nearby, getting closer to your furry friend until you’re able to gently clip each nail.
For More Information
If you have questions about nail clipping for dogs or general questions about pet care, you can contact Kara Jenkins, Owner of TLC Pet Sitter. We are also available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sports, Games and Just Plain Fun
Looking for some fun things to do with your dog? Think you’ve tried it all? We’ve compiled a list of activities that should keep you both pretty busy! This list will help with training, exercise, and overall fun for you and your dog.
- Agility– in, out, over and through this sport is all about working as a team
- Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy– the warm head of a friendly pet can soothe a lonely heart
- Bikejoring– some dogs love to run. Adding the responsibility of teamwork adds to the fun.
- Canicross– dog powered running for those who want to share their running goals with their best friend
- Carting– channel the desire to pull into harness work that lets the dog feel useful and skilled
- Coursing and racing– root instinct drives the joy of running with purpose in coursing and racing
- Day trips and vacations– the dogs need not be left behind, bring them along for even more fun
- Disc Dog or Flying Disc– if there was ever meaning to jump for joy this is it, jumping with achievement
- Dock Jumping or Dock Diving– dogs who excel in this sport are love to show they can do it further and better
- Dog Camps – Activity Sampler– too many choices? take a vacation with your dog and sample a variety
- Dog Parks and Dog Walks: Socialization and Off-leash Play– a joy for the social dog, think tot lot
- Dog Scootering– some dogs love to run. Adding the responsibility of teamwork adds to the fun.
- Earthdog Trials– instinct, drive, and flying dirt – what more could an earthdog want
- Flyball– excitement, speed, and focus, a sport for dogs driven to do it faster
- Flygility– racing and teamwork to build confidence and a sense of belonging
- Games– the most basic of interactions, fun ways of practicing skills of hunting, fetching, working together
- Herding– it’s all about the dog’s instinct and desire to control and direct movement for the pack leader
- Hiking, Backpacking and Dog Walks– sharing our quiet moments, our contemplations is the essence of being a pack
- Hunt and Field Trials– working as a team is what drives these dogs
- Kids and Dogs– dogs and kids can be a wonderful pairing with a little learning to keep it safe and fun
- Mushing– for dogs who love to pull and people who want to let them
- Musical Freestyle– the ultimate in teamwork is working with rhythm and coordination
- Obedience– precision, focus and a great activity for perfectionist dogs, those who love to get it exactly right
- Performance Art (Tricks)– curiosity and a willingness to try new things makes this fun
- Pet Facilitated Therapy– for the dog who loves attention what better way to get it than visiting people in need
- Precision Drill Teams– the excitement of success, of meeting a challenge and being a part of the team
- Pulling– great for dogs who love to pull, and people who want to let them
- Racing– for the dogs who love not just running but being faster than the next one
- Rally Obedience– more focus on teamwork, less focus on precision, fun and relaxed for human and dog
- Ring Sport– a sport that says “I can be a contributing member of the family” Some dogs thrive on responsibility
- Rollerblade– a fun way for dogs and humans to share exercise and fresh air
- Schutzhund– tracking, obedience, protection, schutzhund is all about what a well rounded dog is all about
- Search and Rescue– for some making a difference is important, that includes dogs, they know it matters
- Skijoring– dogs love to pull, people love to ski. Put the two together and you have skijoring.
- Sniffer Dog
- Stock Dog Trials
- Treibball– herding balls instead of sheep
- Visiting Pets
- Water Work
- Weight Pulling
These suggestions are thanks to http://www.dogplay.com/
Choosing a Pet Sitter
That Your Dog will Love
In today’s busy world, it often becomes difficult to care for your pet the way you’d want to. So enters a positive alternative; a doting pet sitter. Choosing a pet sitter that your dog will love may seem daunting. With the right tools, you’ll be all set to make a choice that your furry friend will love. Read on for what to consider when looking for a pet sitter.
1. Have a Background Check of the Potential Sitters
You are looking for someone to take care of your pet in your absence, and you have to make sure you leave this responsibility to someone who is responsible enough to treat your pet as their own. Before hiring a pet sitter, ask around about the sitters offering their services in the vicinity. If they have an online page, look for testimonials and reviews by their previous clients. Moreover, make sure you meet them once or twice in person before you finally hand them the responsibility to take care of your pet. Do not hire a sitter who has no prior experience with animals because even a minor careless act from their side can be dangerous for your pet.
2. See How Resourceful They Are
See how knowledgeable your pet sitter is and we’re not talking about the general knowledge here only. A good pet sitter must have thorough knowledge about animal care, with a good understanding of ergonomics. Ask your pet sitter if they know the safety measures to be taken in emergency or if they know where to take the pet if something goes wrong with it. Check if they have a sound understanding of animal psychology to respond to your pet’s separation anxiety or changes in its moods. If you feel like the sitter has enough knowledge to be trusted, hire them.
3. Do They Have a Pet Friendly Home
Leaving your pet in someone’s care is not an easy thing for a pet owner. Not being sure if your pet would be safe while you are away can add extra mental burden. A pet friendly home lessens that burden by assuring you pet security. Make sure the sitter’s house is equipped with all essential safety measures for the pet. If there is a yard, make sure it is pet-protected with high fences and no loose wires hanging here and there. As for interior, it would be better if there is paw-friendly flooring and small carved out spaces for pets to hide in, otherwise chances are they will end up stuck behind the washing machines, sofas and what not.
4. They Should Genuinely Love Animals
Dogs have a strong sense of judgment and they would know who is friendly enough to take care of them. Dogs can sense it on people if they have pet aversion and they will act distant around them. When choosing a pet sitter, make sure they genuinely love pets, especially cats and dog. Also, make sure is the sitter is patient with the animals. You do not want someone to scare off your pet while you are away.
Things to Consider When
Buying a New Pet
Buying a new pet? Introducing a new pet into your family is the same as bringing a new family member into your house. Pets do not just occupy space in your house but also in your daily life. You become responsible for your dog. This includes among your family members, your friends and the community you live in. That is why your choice of pet matters. When buying a pet, impulses and your love for them is strong. However, make sure you give them a good healthy life and a comforting home. There are many things to be considered before buying a new pet or adopting an animal.
Are your family members and the choice of your pet compatible?
The very first thing to consider is, whether the other family member in your house or anyone who shares the room with you is okay with having animals around them. Ask them if they have any special allergies with cats or dogs or any animal in general. If you have kids at home, make sure they are friendly and welcoming towards pets. This is important because your pet will not only be sharing its life with you, but also with everyone else living with you.
Is your house compatible with the choice of your pet?
Your pet may not have a say in choosing where you live, but before bringing a pet home, it is important to make sure whether your place would be suitable for them or not. If you are getting a dog, you would have to make sure your house has enough space for them to play around, run and have their own little space.
You also have to make sure your house is fenced, so your pets do not get out. Moreover, the temperature of that place should also be considered. If you live in a place with a hot climate, it is essential for you to make a shady and cool living area for your pet so they can remain unaffected by the heat.
Does your community or your apartments allow pet?
It is understandable that you cannot get a pet if your housing community or your living facility does not allow pets in homes. There might be some exceptions even in such buildings, and they may allow some kind of animals as pet. So, it is better that before buying pet, you discuss it with your property owner about the rules and regulations related to keeping pets in your building.
Is your lifestyle compatible with your choice of pet?
We live in times where most of our time is spent outside of the home. We do not really have much time on our hands left by the end of the day and time is the most important thing your pet would want from you. Dogs are very friendly and they need you around them most of time. Therefore, if you know you cannot make time for them, you should not adopt a pet. However, if you already have decided to get one, then make sure you have someone at home to take care of it and take it on walks everyday in your absence.
Questions About Buying a New Pet?
If you have any questions about buying a new pet, or other questions about pet care, you can contact Kara Jenkins, Owner of TLC Pet Sitter. We are also available by email at email@example.com.
What is the difference between boarding and Pet sitting in Tempe, Arizona
No one likes to leave a beloved family member behind when they leave the house. For decades the only choice pet owners had to care for their animals during a vacation was a boarding kennel or cattery. Now there are also professional pet sitters to provide care and companionship. What’s the difference?
Routine. We all get a bit cranky when our daily routine gets thrown out of whack. Animals are no different. A pet sitter will provide feeding, exercise and bathroom breaks on the schedule you have set up for your pet. At a kennel these needs are met on their schedule.
Reduce Stress. Keeping a regular schedule and same diet is especially important for any pet especially a puppy or kitten.
Same Environment. Staying in the familiar home environment will also reduce any stress on your pet during your absence. And who doesn’t prefer sleeping in his or her own bed – or couch, as your dog prefers?
Personal Attention. Even the best-staffed boarding kennels cannot deliver the same one-on-one attention as a pet sitter provides your dog or cat. A pet sitter will also be equipped to better handle special needs. At TLC House & Pet Sitting we can also stay with your pet through the night.
Multiple Pets. According to statistics from the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association half of all pet owners keep both cats and dogs in the house. Throw in fish and birds and reptiles and you have a menagerie that no boarding facility can handle.
Diseases. The close living quarters of a kennel promotes the spread of contagious diseases. You may not want to expose your pet, especially vulnerable young animals, to these conditions. Or you may not want to give your dog the vaccinations that some facilities require.
Communication. There is no substitute for Peace of Mind when you are away from your pet. At TLC lines are always open to your pet sitter with voicemail, texting and daily notes.
Other Services. During a home visit a pet sitter can gather mail, water plants and generally keep your house looking “lived-in” while you are away.
In-Home Pet Care, Dog Walking
Review About Pet Sitting
This is a quote from one of our new clients about using our pet sitting service for the first time.
Here is her testimonial:
“Our consultation with the sitter was SUCH a pleasant & comforting surprise, because I had never used a pet-sitting service before, & every friend & family member who knew my pets were ALSO going away to the same place I was going! I admit that I was nervous UNTIL our consultation when my pets gravitated to Amanda!!
Peg M, June 2013
In-Home Pet Care, Dog Walking
Your cat is a marvel of consistency – sleeps in the same place, eats the same amount of food and drinks the same amount of water. Every day. This love of routine can make it easy to spot early indicators that your cat’s health may not be right. And those telltale signs are often waiting in your cat’s litter box.
TLC offers regular litter box cleaning as part of our service. But it is more than just changing the litter. Our sitters are trained to monitor the scoops they make each visit. Among the things we look for are color (signs of blood in the urine or stool), odor (anything unusual), size of the urine clump (urinary tract concerns) and parasites in the stool.
Not all the clues reside inside the litter box. If there are not the expected number of urine clumps our sitters can alert you to this change of behavior. Peeing outside the box can be an expression of misdirected aggression (see previous post) by your cat. Somehow her environment is not to her liking and you can take steps to correct the situation.
An abnormal litterbox does not automatically portend trouble but regular monitoring is a sure way help prevent trouble from brewing and keeping your cat happy.
Probiotics Benefit Dog Digestion
What are Probiotics? They are beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive tract and aid in your dog’s digestion. Good news for Scottsdale pet owners as several pet stores in the Scottsdale area carry dog food containing probiotics.
What are the benefits of Probiotics? Probiotics inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria such as: E-Coli and Salmonella. They also effectively treat diarrhea, irritable bowel, and even urinary tract infections.
What are some Probiotics that pet owners should look for?
- Purina’s Fortiflora
- Nusentia’s Probiotic Miracle
- Vetri-Science’s Vetri-Probiotic
- Jarrow’s Pet Dophilus
- Thorne Research Bacillus
Where can Scottsdale pet owners find Probiotics locally?
- Choice Pet Market – Scottsdale Rd. and Shea
- Fetch Doggie Store and Kitty Too – Hayden and Raintree
- Petsmart – Camelback and Scottsdale Rd.
Information provided by “Pro” Probiotics, by Mary Straus, The Whole Dog Journal, March 2012
Dog Care, Walking & Pet Sitting
Scottsdale Family Prepares for a New Puppy
Puppy Preparedness Tips for Scottsdale AZ
- Family Puppy Meeting: who will feed the puppy and when, who will take the puppy out to potty and when, and who will take the little guy to the vet for vaccinations and deworming. Another topic for discussion was an agreement on the language that the family will use to teach the puppy.
- Puppy Shopping: puppy food, food/water bowls, bedding, collar, leash, tags, crate, chew toys, and grooming supplies.
- Puppy-proofing a Scottsdale home: taping loose electrical cords to baseboards, putting poisonous chemicals out-of-reach, de-cluttering items within puppy’s reach, and putting up gates or a crate.
- In the beginning: keep the same food brand and feeding schedule, then switched to a different food brand incrementally after about a week.
- Maintaining a puppy routine: eating, sleeping, going potty, play time, time with the family and time alone helped their puppy to adapt to the new environment.
The arrival of a new puppy brought such delight to one Scottsdale AZ family’s home and preparing for the event helped the puppy and Scottsdale family to feel comfortable right away.
Dog Care, Walking & Pet Sitting
Bordetella: Does Your Dog Really Need the Kennel Cough Vaccine?
by JAN RASMUSEN on MARCH 22, 2012 · By dogs Naturally Magazine.
Permission from Jan Rasmusen at www.Truth4Dogs.com
Your veterinarian, kennel owner, day care provider or groomer says your dog should/must be vaccinated against kennel cough, but you’re trying not to over-vaccinate.
What should you do?
More and more, pet parents are finding another vet, kennel owner, day care provider or groomer — or keeping their dog at home! Vaccination is a serious medical procedure with significant potential risks. If that isn’t enough, the vaccine isunlikely to prevent kennel cough. It can even produce kennel-cough like symptoms. The WSAVA Guidelines say, “Transient (3–10 days) coughing, sneezing, or nasal discharge may occur in a small percentage of vaccinates.” It can also cause a serious anaphylactoid reaction. Look it up. You won’t like it.
About kennels, day care providers and groomers: In general, if they have good ventilation and practice good hygiene, kennel cough shouldn’t be an issue. Bordetella is not for dogs playing together in well-ventilated areas — like dog parks or backyards or living rooms.
Think of kennel cough as a canine cold, transmitted as human colds are transmitted — from an infected individual in close contact with another individual with compromised immunity. Like a cold, it is also considered a mild self-limiting disease. A veterinarian friend uses an OTC remedy called B & T Cough and Bronchial Syrup to treat the cough. For small dogs she uses the children’s variety. See your vet for further treatment information.
If your service provider is afraid your dog will contract kennel cough at their establishment, offer to sign a letter of informed consent saying you’ve been informed of the risk and will waive liability. That should do it. Should. It’s really just liability at issue, not your dog’s overall health.
If the person insisting on the Bordetella vaccine is afraid other dogs at their establishment will contract kennel cough from your unvaccinated dog, this person clearly doesn’t trust that thevaccinated dogs actually have immunity. If they don’t believe the vaccine is protective, why insist that you or anyone else vaccinate?
Note: If you decide to give the vaccine, make sure it is the intranasal form, that is, given as nose drops, not injected. And give the vaccine at least a week before contact with other dogs, for the sake of both your dog and other dogs.
Don’t take my word for any of this. Read what two vets and a PhD have to say about the Bordetella vaccine:
World-renowned vaccination scientist, Dr. Ronald Schultz, says [emphasis is mine]: “Many animals receive “kennel cough” vaccines that include Bordetella and CPI and/or CAV-2 every 6 to 9 monthswithout evidence that this frequency of vaccination is necessary or beneficial. In contrast, other dogs are never vaccinated for kennel cough and disease is not seen. CPI immunity lasts at least 3 years when given intranasally, and CAV -2 immunity lasts a minimum of 7 years parenterally for CAV-I. These two viruses in combination with Bordetella bronchiseptica are the agents most often associated with kennel cough, however, other factors play an important role in disease (e.g. stress, dust, humidity, molds, mycoplasma, etc.), thus kennel cough is not a vaccine preventable diseasebecause of the complex factors associated with this disease. Furthermore, this is often a mild to moderate self limiting disease. I refer to it as the ‘Canine Cold.’”
For many pet owners, dealing with the harmful effects of their pets’ mild to severe separation anxiety is part of a daily uphill battle. Even the shortest trip away sparks fear and anxiety in their pets, which can cause them to act out in aggressive or destructive ways. Pet owners can find ways to take control of this behavior by recognizing the problem and actively participating in correcting the behavior. The ASPCA offers helpful tips to counteract your pets’ irrational fears and anxieties due to separation.
Mild Separation Anxiety
The ASPCA recommends using “counterconditioning” as a way to minimize your pet’s anxiety. Counterconditioning is defined as, “a treatment process that changes an animal’s fearful, anxious or aggressive reaction to a pleasant, relaxed one instead. It’s done by associating the sight or presence of a feared or disliked person, animal, place, object or situation with something really good, something the dog loves,” Separation Anxiety, www.aspcabehavior.org. For example, if your pet is displaying signs of anxiety while you are away, such as destroying property or barking uncontrollably, consider giving your dog a special treat or toy whenever you leave. The ASPCA recommends a KONG toy filled with a tasty treat such as low fat cheese or peanut butter. Toys like the KONG provide an immediate positive reinforcement of good behavior, while preoccupying your pet for a long time while you are away. This solution works best only in cases of mild separation anxiety, as pets with moderate to severe anxiety may not care to eat or play with anything whenever their owners are not home.
Moderate to Severe Separation Anxiety
In cases of moderate to severe separation anxiety, a more methodical approach is needed. Begin with exposure to short terms of separation that do not produce anxiety and then increase them gradually over time. It is important to note that when attempting to desensitize a pet to their irrational fear of being alone, they must not feel fear at any time during the process or the plan will backfire. The first step would be to alleviate the pet’s anxiety associated with the sights and sounds of your departure such as: the sound of keys jingling, or the sight of you putting on your shoes. The way to do so, would be to include these “cues” in your daily routine multiple times per day, without actually leaving. Over time, the pet will disassociate those cues with your departure, and no longer experience anxiety from those pre-departure sights and sounds. The next phase would be to gradually introduce your pet to very short absences. Start by putting the pet in a room, working on commands such as “sit” and “stay”, then exiting the room and remaining on the other side of the door for a short period of time. Before the pet displays any signs of anxiety, open the door. Work on this several times per day and increase the lengths of absence. Next, add the departure cues that may stimulate anxiety to the mix. Once you see that your pet is no longer displaying signs of anxiety during this exercise, move on to a more challenging exercise of exiting out the back door several times and then finally out the front door. Remember to make this exercise like a game for your pet to enjoy. Make sure your pet is completely relaxed before a session and between each session. Practice this several times a day, and when your pet is ready, increase the absence time by 15 minute increments, building up to a goal of 45 minute increments after a few weeks of practice. While treating your pet for separation anxiety through a methodical approach of desensitization, it is very important that your pet is not left alone to suffer from fears of separation and act on them. This would be totally counterproductive to the process. While training your pet to no longer fear separation, you must only expose them to separation in very small, incremental amounts during your desensitization sessions. When you must leave the home, it is important to consider other alternatives to leaving your pet alone until they have completed their training. Some alternatives to leaving a pet with severe separation anxiety at home alone would be: asking a friend, family member or pet sitter stay with the pet, or taking the pet to a doggy daycare.
Punishment for Anxious Behavior is Counterproductive
When your pet acts out in a disobedient or destructive way while you are out of the house, the common response may be to punish. Just remember, that your pet is acting out based on severe distress and anxiety. Punishing and scolding will not change their behavior. In fact, it will most likely add to their fears and anxieties, which may make the problem worse. Only through a calm and calculated approach of desensitization to your pet’s irrational fears, will you begin to see the desired results.
Information for this topic provided by ASPCA.For more information on this topic and many others, please visit www.aspcabehavior.org
Once you have determined that a pet sitter is the best solution for the care of your pets, hiring the right pet sitter is the next step. Finding the right pet sitter will make the pet sitting experience an enjoyable one for both you and your pets. On the other hand, making an uninformed decision about who will be caring for your beloved pets and home could have disastrous results.
Finding a Potential Pet Sitter
With the convenience of the internet, a qualified, professional pet sitter can be found quite easily. Choose a source that you trust, such as the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List. Also, visit the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters website www.petsitters.org for information on pet sitters in your area. Recommendations from friends and family are also a great resource.
Once You Find a Potential Pet Sitter
- Be sure to conduct a thorough interview of the person who will be caring for your pets and who will have access to your home while you are away.
- Ask for a list of client references.
- Ask the sitter for proof of bonding and insurance coverage, as well as any other certifications that the sitter may have. Some sitters may have animal CPR certifications or Vet Tech experience.
- Make sure the sitter has an opportunity to bond with your pets and observe the sitter’s behavior as well as your pet’s behavior to determine if they are a good match.
- Determine your needs, your pet’s needs, and your budget, as pet sitting fees may vary.
- Communicate your needs and your pet’s needs clearly to your pet sitter, so they may understand your expectations while you are away.
- Follow up with the pet sitter afterwards, and communicate your positive and/or negative experiences, so they may improve upon their services.
- Work on creating a long lasting relationship with your pets and your pet sitter, so your pets will truly feel “at home” every time you are away.
For more information on this topic and many others, please visit the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters website at: www.petsitters.org