20 Ways to Spoil Your Pets

1. Make homemade treats for them. There are recipes all over the place! For dogs. For Cats.

2. Take your dog to the park. They especially love the off-leash areas!

3. Decide from this day forward, you will give your pets 15 minutes of extra attention every day; whether it’s brushing them, lying next to them, or singing to them. They LOVE your attention. Additional bonus: it’s good for your blood pressure!

4. Throw a ball for them in the house or get them a fun, new toy to play with – My kitty loves her moving box.

5. Brush them! Oooh, does my cat love to be brushed!

6. If it’s cold outside, get your pup a little sweater.

7. If it’s hot outside, be sure they have plenty of cool water, and definitely bring some with you on your walks.

8. Take them with you on a car ride. Have you seen Bolt?

9. Change their food to a high-quality brand. This will give them more energy and help them live a long, healthy, happy life.

10. I’m a little embarrassed to say, my cat actually has her own heating blanket. =)

11. We get massages… why don’t our pets?

12. Give them a little pet pampering at your local pet salon.

13. Let your pup have “play dates” with your neighborhood dogs.

14. Purchase a soft, comfy, large bed for them. You’ll be thankful you did every night when bedtime comes around.

15. When the weather warms up, let them run through the sprinklers.

16. Go for a run or hike with your furry friend. You’ll get your vitamin D, some fresh air, and beneficial brain chemicals flowing through your system. It’s great for you, and your dog!

17. If your pet has to be indoors all day due to your busy work week, hire someone to give them a potty break and a bit of special attention during the middle of the day.

18. Purchase a cat tree and set it by a large window. During the warm, summer months, they’ll love to sprawl out in the heat.

19. Brush your pets’ teeth. Though they may not like it at the time, this should prevent oral disease; a commonly diagnosed problem in pets.

20. Rather than getting upset with your cat about scratching your furniture, make sure your kitty has a scratching post.

~ There are SO many other ways you can spoil your pet! Be creative and remember they give you unconditional love in return.

How Often Should Dogs Be Walked?

Unfortunately, this question is not black and white. I, personally, believe all dogs should be taken for a walk three (3) times a day.  The walks themselves will vary depending upon the following situations: 

  • The age of the dog
  • The breed of the dog
  • The size of the dog
  • How active the dog is indoors
  • The weather

Age: Starting with the age of the dog; just as humans become less active when they become older, senior dogs follow that same path. They do not necessarily require as much activity as say, a 1-3 year old pup does. However, something to keep in mind with this situation is senior dogs may have a more difficult time holding their potty in. So where puppies need to be taken for longer walks, senior dogs may need shorter walks more often.

Breed: Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and your walks should adjust accordingly. Some breeds require much more exercise than others. Biggest advice to you is; do your research before adopting a dog! It is so important to adopt a dog that will be a good fit for you, your family and your home.

Dogtime.com has a really great link where you pick a certain characteristic you want in your future dog, and voila! – A huge list of dogs with that characteristic appear. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a certain breed, any veterinarian would be happy to discuss this with you.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Size: A Great Dane will obviously need a much longer walk than a chihuahua. If you have less time in your day to devote to taking care of a large dog, look into getting a smaller breed. There are many great small breeds out there, that are still willing to fetch a ball.

Activity Level: Depending on how active you are with your dog indoors, two longer walks; one in the morning and one in the evening may be sufficient. This means that you play with your dog, whether it’s tug-o’-war or throwing a ball for him/her down the hall, or just wrestling, they simply need to release their energy. Please note: your dog will still need to be let out for potty breaks!  

Weather: Without a doubt, weather will certainly affect the length of your walks. When you walk your dogs; puppies, teenagers or seniors, ALWAYS be aware of any unusual behavior or personality shift (i.e. fatigue, exhaustion, panting hard, etc.). If you do notice a change in your pets behavior, take them immediately to a veterinarian. If the weather is scorching hot, that probably means the ground is as well. This could potentially cause some serious damage to your dog’s paws. Make the walk quick and provide a lot of water. If the weather is freezing cold, be sure your dog is bundled up!

Final Note: Dogs are such an amazing addition to a family; however they can also be a ton of work as well. Do your research, and find a dog breed that best suits yours and your families needs. If, due to a busy schedule, you are not able to provide your dog with enough attention, love and walks, hire someone who can help provide this.

Washington State – Please Welcome Your Newest Pet Nanny!

It is official folks – I have become licensed, bonded, insured and have joined the largest Pet Sitting membership organization out there; Pet Sitters International.

I am very excited to introduce you to my new business (drum roll please!)…

www.pawblemsolved.com

I will be Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in the following areas:

  • Bellevue
  • Redmond
  • Kirkland
  • Issaquah
  • Newcastle

 

Here’s to the beginning of an amazing, exciting and very fun twenty ten! I’m looking forward to meeting some new furry friends…and their owners of course. 😉

I just want to send out a special “Thanks!” to all the paws out there that helped make this happen. Thank you for your continued unconditional love and support. Couldn’t do it without ya! 😉

If you’re looking for a pet nanny, look no further. Check out my website or email me for further details!

 

I Look forward to working with you!