3 Reasons Your Local Professional Pet Sitter is Your Best Pet-Care Option

3 Reasons Your Local Professional Pet Sitter is Your Best Pet-Care Option

While this event likely makes you think of local boutiques, neighborhood restaurants or independently-owned jewelry or home décor shops, there’s another business you shouldn’t overlook when you focus on shopping local—your local professional pet-sitting business.

 

While the growing need for pet-care services has prompted many tech companies and venture capitalists to enter the industry in recent years and launch large pet-sitter directories, don’t let the click and select convenience of the online sites and apps overshadow the benefits of selecting and supporting a local professional pet-sitting business established in your community.

While some apps and sites offer on-demand pet sits and dog walks, there are many advantages to taking the time to seek out—and book—the services of a local professional pet-sitting business:

  1. You are able to avoid the middle man. When you use your local professional pet-sitting business, you are able to contact the pet-sitting business owner directly and book your services through him or her. You also handle payment directly through the business (versus a third-party site) so this gives you more flexibility in payment options, depending upon the pet sitter’s policies.
  2. Your pet-care provider will have insurance customized to his or her specific business needs. While some online pet-sitter directories may provide insurance for pet-sitting visits booked through the site, using a local professional pet-sitting business—that maintains its own pet-sitter insurance—allows you to confirm that the pet sitter has insurance specific to his or her business and the services offered.  It’s important to note that the insurance coverage offered by some of the pet-sitter directory sites and apps require a large deductible to be paid by the pet owner should an issue occur.  When using your local professional pet sitter, you are able to ask for proof of insurance and confirm that the business has an insurance policy that is customized for pet sitting. This ensures that your pet (and home) are covered should an accident occur during the pet-sitting assignment.
  3. You put more money into your local economy.  While apps and online pet-sitter booking sites may offer a convenient online payment option, most sites and apps keep a portion of the payment, with pet sitters able to keep only around 80 percent of what the client pays. Working directly with a local professional pet-sitting business allows you to fully contribute to your local economy, with your entire payment for pet-sitting fees going to a local business owner—who in turn, is likely supporting other local businesses. It’s a win-win!

Take the time to “shop local” for your pet-care needs.

With more pet-care options than ever before, it’s more important than ever that pet owners devote time for their search to find the perfect professional pet sitter for their pets. The peace of mind that comes from using a professional pet-sitting business that is insured, bonded and can offer proof of a clear criminal history is priceless.  Plus, seeking out the services of a local professional pet-sitting business ensures you are utilizing the services of a local professional that is rooted in your community, involved in local pet-related efforts and is contributing to your local economy.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Pet Sitter

Two dogs standing on a dockHiring a professional pet sitter can be a great option. Some dogs don’t do well in a busy boarding kennel environment. They might not get along well with other dogs, or they might get too stressed out from all the barking. For those dogs, hiring a professional pet sitter allows them to stay in the comfort of their own home while receiving plenty of one-on-one attention and exercise.

But how do you go about finding the right pet sitter? Here are five tips.

Choosing the Right Pet Sitter

1. Plan ahead so you don’t feel rushed.

The last thing you want to do is head out of town feeling uneasy about the pet sitter you hired at the last minute. Make sure to give yourself at least a month to start finding the right sitter. You could start by looking at a few of the local pet sitter’s web sites. Read their About pages to see who might be a good match for your unique pets. Look for a testimonials page and search for reviews on Google + or Yelp.

It’s also important to find someone who will meet your pet’s unique needs. For example, if you have a high-energy dog you definitely want to hire a pet sitter who is in good shape. Some pet sitters will consider a “walk” a five-minute stroll around the block. Others will take the dogs on some serious power walks or running sessions. As another example, maybe your cat requires medication at specific times every day. You’ll definitely want to find a pet sitter who is comfortable giving medication to cats.

2. Set up a meet and greet.

It’s a common procedure for sitters to set up a meet and greet with each potential new client. This is your opportunity to ask questions and get to know the person. Ask about her experience such as how long she has been offering pet sitting. The pet sitter will most likely have some forms for you to fill out at this time, but don’t feel like you have to commit to this particular pet sitter quite yet. If you want to take some time to think about it and meet another sitter or two, that would be OK. It’s great if there are a few options in your area.

3. Watch how the person interacts with your dog or cat.

When you meet the pet sitter, does he seem like he likes dogs and cats? Is he down on the ground interacting with your dog? Does he seem to have the right energy? Some dogs may need someone with a calming energy, while others do better with a more upbeat person.

You could also ask the pet sitter to take your dog for a short walk while you go along. Just say something such as, “Hey, sometimes Lucy is a little nervous around strangers. Could we take her for a five-minute walk and see how she does with you?” This will give you an opportunity to watch how the pet sitter handles your dog, especially if you have a big, strong dog and are at all worried about your dog getting away. This is also the perfect time to point out specific routes you might take or to ask questions about the pet sitter’s training techniques. If your dog wears a specific type of training collar, make sure the pet sitter knows how to use it.

4. Ask if he or she is insured.

All professional pet sitters should carry pet sitting insurance. Don’t bother hiring someone who does not.

5. Ask for references.

If it makes you feel better to hear from a few others who have hired this pet sitter, it’s OK to ask. All pet sitters should be able to provide references upon request.

Additional safety tips: Make sure the pet sitter has emergency numbers for your pet’s veterinarian before you leave town. Also make sure your dogs and cats are wearing pet ID tags. You just never know when they could slip out the door, and that would be extra stressful if you are out of town. Make it easy for your pets to get home.

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The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Pet Sitter

Whether it’s for the evening out or a two-week vacation, leaving your dog can be a stressful experience. There are many options for making sure your dog is taken care of when you aren’t able to – you can ask friends and family, browse apps, hire a pet sitter or take your dog to a kennel – but knowing which one is right for you and your dog is not always easy. In this article, we have outlined why we believe that hiring a professional pet sitter for your dog is the closest you can come to being there yourself.

What Makes Pet Sitting So Great?

There are many benefits to hiring a professional pet sitter to take care of your dog when you’re away. More and more pet owners on leaning towards convenient in-home pet care thanks to the following benefits:

Pets Stay At Home: The first and most evident advantage is that your dog can stay in his own home and can stick to his own routine. Depending on his character, your dog might find boarding in a kennel to be very stressful, and hiring a pet sitter can substantially diminish these negative feelings. It’s much easier to relax on vacation when you know that your dog isn’t stressed and nervous the whole time!

Customizable Service: A professional pet sitter can also work with you to determine the service level that would best suit your dog. If your dog only requires a few walks per day, or if he is more comfortable having someone stay overnight, the pet sitter can tailor their services to you and your dog’s needs.

One-on-One Attention: Another benefit is that your dog is guaranteed one-on-one time from the pet sitter. They are not juggling many dogs at one time; the time being spent with your dog is focused and personal.

Flexibility: You can hire your pet sitter regardless of the reason – if you’re having a busy work week, your pet sitter can come by in the afternoon to give your dog a walk, and if you’re going out of town for a few weeks, you can rely on them to ensure your pup is well taken care of.

Pet Health: Your dog’s health and safety won’t be put at risk. He won’t be exposed to other dogs with potential illnesses and if something does go wrong, your pet sitter will notice immediately and be able to contact your vet right away.

It’s convenient! When you hire a professional pet sitter, you don’t have to worry about transporting your dog to a facility, dropping him off and picking him up at a specific time, or having someone else check in on your house while you’re gone.

Avoid burdens: It won’t burden your personal relationships – sure your friends and family love your pooch and are willing to look after him every once in a while. However, with a pet sitter, you won’t have to worry about asking too often or about your inexperienced loved one not caring for your pet properly.

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ot Just Any Pet Sitter – Hire a Professional

When hiring a pet sitter, it is essential to make sure that you are hiring a professional and not someone random off of an app. Looks for a pet sitter that is a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI)National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), and/or Pet Sitters Associates.

Here is why you should trade the convenience of these apps for the expertise of a professional pet sitter:

Knowledgeable and Skilled: Signing up to be a pet sitter or a dog walker for an app or website can be very easy – they often don’t require any form of certification, training or background check before being entrusted with your pets. In contrast, a reputable and professional local pet sitting company will always require certification, specialized training, and background checks before a pet sitter would be allowed to care for your dog.

Trained and Experienced: Professional pet sitters are well trained and experienced with all types of dogs. They understand that dogs all have different personalities, needs, and quirks, and will know how to tailor their services based on this experience.

Medication Administration: The professionals are also trained to administer medication properly, and they also know how to look for signs of illness. They will be able to tell when a dog might need veterinary attention, whereas an amateur pet sitter is more likely to miss the warning signs.

Insured: People employed through apps are often not insured in case anything goes wrong – these apps are often more interested in protecting themselves as companies rather than their customers and employees. In the event of an emergency or a mishap, most professional pet sitters will carry insurance policies that will protect themselves, your pet, and your property.

Responsible and Trustworthy: Professional pet sitters are reliable and take responsibility for their work. For them, this is their career or their own small business, and they take it very seriously. Therefore, if they will always care for your pet to the best of their abilities. In contrast, you will not likely find this level of dedication and reliability when hiring an amateur pet sitter, who is just looking to make some extra cash.

We hope that the next time you need someone to take care of your dog when you’re not available, you consider hiring a local and professional pet sitting company to do the job. You will be able to rest easy, knowing that your dog is in the hands of a caring and reliable pet sitter. Contact us for more information.

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How to Find the Best Pet Sitting Service, Based on Your Pet’s Personality Type

Can’t take Fluffy and Fido with you on vacation? Don’t feel guilty. Find the best sitter option so they’ll barely miss you while you’re gone.

As pet owners know, it’s not always possible to bring a furry companion along when traveling for work or going on vacation. That’s no reason to feel #momguilt (or #dadguilt), though—today’s different pet-sitting options cater to all personality types, and if you need to make arrangements for your dog or cat, you can use this guide to find the best match for their comfort level and care requirements.

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Pet-Sitting Services

Pets who are solo types and don’t like change are ideal for pet-sitting services. The beauty of a pet sitter is that the sitter comes to your house for a specified number of visits per day, and your pet’s daily routine stays consistent. “Pets are less stressed at home, and their exposure to disease is minimized because they’re not encountering other pets,” says Beth Stultz, vice president of marketing and operations for Pet Sitters International.

A meet and greet with the sitter at your home before you leave is always a good idea. And get granular with the questions: Are you trained in pet first aid? How much time will you spend on each visit? Do you send texts or pictures after visits? What is your contingency plan in case of bad weather?

In-Home Pet Boarding

Social butterflies do best in this environment. Boarders take pets into their own homes, so they often have a crowd. This can work for animals who enjoy having playmates and someone around all day. However, your pet may be on a different routine and more likely to be stressed, says Erin Askeland, training, and behavioral expert at Camp Bow Wow in Westminster, CO.

Visit the border’s home beforehand with your pet and make sure she’s adhering to your state laws and local zoning ordinances regulating pet boarding. With the rise of apps offering on-demand pet care, you want to be doubly sure the border’s home is pet-safe. Ask if the boarder can follow your pet’s routine as closely as possible and if there’s alone time for each animal.

Kennels

Kennels are good for pets who adapt to change. While a kennel is a social atmosphere, too, dogs (and cats) in boarding kennels should be able to handle change to their routine and periods of being alone. Of course, the smells and sounds of a kennel can be stressful for some animals.

Tour the kennel beforehand with your pet, and ask if you can board your pet for a half-day to see how it responds. A few things to ask: Does the pet get individual attention? What are the opportunities to interact with other animals? What’s the feeding schedule, and what will the kennel do if your pet won’t eat? For all types of sitters, make sure they’re licensed and insured.

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7 tips for becoming the best pet owner ever

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, so now is as good a time as any to start trying to be the best pet owner you can be.

Your pets don’t speak your language, so it can be difficult to understand their thoughts and feelings. So how can you tell if you’re being a good pet owner?

The truth is, you may never know for sure. This month is Responsible Pet Owners Month, so now is as good a time as any to start trying to be the best pet owner you can be. Here are some ideas for improving your pet ownership skills and becoming even closer to your furry friend.

Going for walks and exercising your pet

Physical activity is important for both dogs and cats. Similar to yourself, pets need to burn off the food they eat so it doesn’t lead to a pudgy stomach. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 35% of pets are overweight or obese, and that can lead to respiratory disease, diabetes, and liver disease. Regular exercise can prevent health issues, plus it’s a fun bonding experience for you and your pet.

Research the breed

Although certain rules apply to all pets, each breed is special in its own way. Find out whether your pet has problems with travel or making friends with other animals. Try to match your lifestyle with the temperament of your pet too. If you’re interested in a shelter animal, try to find out as much as possible about any trauma they’ve endured.

Keep them up to date on their vaccinations

Certain shots are required for your pets, and others are highly encouraged for their long-term health. The initial round of shots can be overwhelming, but it’ll save you money and subsequent visits to the veterinarian in the future. Consult with your vet about when to get booster shots so your pet has minimal problems for its entire life.

Be attentive at dog parks

If you decide to take your dog to a park or off-leash area to play, make sure you watch what they’re doing. They can easily wander off to find gaps in the fence or items they shouldn’t eat. You also should pay attention to how they interact with other dogs so they don’t get too aggressive or bullied. Socialization at these parks is highly recommended at an early age to prevent skittish or aggressive behavior.

Clean up after their messes

Cleaning up the yard or litter box after your pet goes to the bathroom is essential for keeping your home clean. Dogs are generally motivated to go to the bathroom in places they’ve already relieved themselves, while cats tend to avoid their litter box entirely if it is too dirty.

People in your neighborhood will also appreciate your cleaning efforts in parks and during walks.

Don’t leave them alone too often

Your pets can function independently, but it’s not a good idea to leave them home alone frequently. It’s possible for both dogs and cats to develop separation anxiety, which can lead to destructive or attention-grabbing behaviors. Try to maintain a consistent schedule. Plan to visit your pet during the day while you’re at work or arrange for them to go to a daycare where they can play.

Buy safe toys for them

Your pet can potentially choke on rawhide chews or bones if they swallow pieces that are too large. Don’t buy toys that are too small because they could be eaten. Rotating toys can keep your pet intrigued while preserving the toys they have, especially if they like to destroy anything that’s soft or squeaky.

Last but definitely not least, spoil your pet because they deserve it! Treats, cuddles, new beds, and fresh toys are priceless in the mind of your furry friend.

Have a question about pet health? Want to become the best possible pet parent? Find helpful tips, reminders, and insight to giving your furry friend the best possible care with For Pet’s Sake! Learn more at

Your pets don’t speak your language, so it can be difficult to understand their thoughts and feelings. So how can you tell if you’re being a good pet owner?

The truth is, you may never know for sure. This month is Responsible Pet Owners Month, so now is as good a time as any to start trying to be the best pet owner you can be. Here are some ideas for improving your pet ownership skills and becoming even closer to your furry friend.

Going for walks and exercising your pet

Physical activity is important for both dogs and cats. Similar to yourself, pets need to burn off the food they eat so it doesn’t lead to a pudgy stomach. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 35% of pets are overweight or obese, and that can lead to respiratory disease, diabetes, and liver disease. Regular exercise can prevent health issues, plus it’s a fun bonding experience for you and your pet.

Research the breed

Although certain rules apply to all pets, each breed is special in its own way. Find out whether your pet has problems with travel or making friends with other animals. Try to match your lifestyle with the temperament of your pet too. If you’re interested in a shelter animal, try to find out as much as possible about any trauma they’ve endured.

Keep them up to date on their vaccinations

Certain shots are required for your pets, and others are highly encouraged for their long-term health. The initial round of shots can be overwhelming, but it’ll save you money and subsequent visits to the veterinarian in the future. Consult with your vet about when to get booster shots so your pet has minimal problems for their entire life.

Be attentive at dog parks

If you decide to take your dog to a park or off-leash area to play, make sure you watch what they’re doing. They can easily wander off to find gaps in the fence or items they shouldn’t eat. You also should pay attention to how they interact with other dogs so they don’t get too aggressive or bullied. Socialization at these parks is highly recommended at an early age to prevent skittish or aggressive behavior.

Clean up after their messes

Cleaning up the yard or litter box after your pet goes to the bathroom is essential for keeping your home clean. Dogs are generally motivated to go to the bathroom in places they’ve already relieved themselves, while cats tend to avoid their litter box entirely if it is too dirty.

People in your neighborhood will also appreciate your cleaning efforts in parks and during walks.

Don’t leave them alone too often

Your pets can function independently, but it’s not a good idea to leave them home alone frequently. It’s possible for both dogs and cats to develop separation anxiety, which can lead to destructive or attention-grabbing behaviors. Try to maintain a consistent schedule. Plan to visit your pet during the day while you’re at work or arrange for them to go to a daycare where they can play.

Buy safe toys for them

Your pet can potentially choke on rawhide chews or bones if they swallow pieces that are too large. Don’t buy toys that are too small because they could be eaten. Rotating toys can keep your pet intrigued while preserving the toys they have, especially if they like to destroy anything that’s soft or squeaky.

Last but definitely not least, spoil your pet because they deserve it! Treats, cuddles, new beds, and fresh toys are priceless in the mind of your furry friend.

Have a question about pet health? Want to become the best possible pet parent? Find helpful tips, reminders, and insight to giving your furry friend the best possible care with For Pet’s Sake! Learn more at

Your pets don’t speak your language, so it can be difficult to understand their thoughts and feelings. So how can you tell if you’re being a good pet owner?

The truth is, you may never know for sure. This month is Responsible Pet Owners Month, so now is as good a time as any to start trying to be the best pet owner you can be. Here are some ideas for improving your pet ownership skills and becoming even closer to your furry friend.

Going for walks and exercising your pet

Physical activity is important for both dogs and cats. Similar to yourself, pets need to burn off the food they eat so it doesn’t lead to a pudgy stomach. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 35% of pets are overweight or obese, and that can lead to respiratory disease, diabetes, and liver disease. Regular exercise can prevent health issues, plus it’s a fun bonding experience for you and your pet.

Research the breed

Although certain rules apply to all pets, each breed is special in its own way. Find out whether your pet has problems with travel or making friends with other animals. Try to match your lifestyle with the temperament of your pet too. If you’re interested in a shelter animal, try to find out as much as possible about any trauma they’ve endured.

Keep them up to date on their vaccinations

Certain shots are required for your pets, and others are highly encouraged for their long-term health. The initial round of shots can be overwhelming, but it’ll save you money and subsequent visits to the veterinarian in the future. Consult with your vet about when to get booster shots so your pet has minimal problems for their entire life.

Be attentive at dog parks

If you decide to take your dog to a park or off-leash area to play, make sure you watch what they’re doing. They can easily wander off to find gaps in the fence or items they shouldn’t eat. You also should pay attention to how they interact with other dogs so they don’t get too aggressive or bullied. Socialization at these parks is highly recommended at an early age to prevent skittish or aggressive behavior.

Clean up after their messes

Cleaning up the yard or litter box after your pet goes to the bathroom is essential for keeping your home clean. Dogs are generally motivated to go to the bathroom in places they’ve already relieved themselves, while cats tend to avoid their litter box entirely if it is too dirty.

People in your neighborhood will also appreciate your cleaning efforts in parks and during walks.

Don’t leave them alone too often

Your pets can function independently, but it’s not a good idea to leave them home alone frequently. It’s possible for both dogs and cats to develop separation anxiety, which can lead to destructive or attention-grabbing behaviors. Try to maintain a consistent schedule. Plan to visit your pet during the day while you’re at work or arrange for them to go to a daycare where they can play.

Buy safe toys for them

Your pet can potentially choke on rawhide chews or bones if they swallow pieces that are too large. Don’t buy toys that are too small because they could be eaten. Rotating toys can keep your pet intrigued while preserving the toys they have, especially if they like to destroy anything that’s soft or squeaky.

Last but definitely not least, spoil your pet because they deserve it! Treats, cuddles, new beds, and fresh toys are priceless in the mind of your furry friend.

Have a question about pet health? Want to become the best possible pet parent? Find helpful tips, reminders, and insight to giving your furry friend the best possible care with For Pet’s Sake! Learn more at georgiamalamute.org

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18 Ideas for Starting a Pet Business

Do you love pets? Are you looking for a small business opportunity? With the pet industry growing rapidly, starting a pet business can be very profitable. More and more people are willing to put their money where their hearts are. Maybe you could be one of them?

A Growing Opportunity

According to the American Pet Products Association:

    • 67% of U.S. households own at least one pet.
    • Approximately 89.7 million dogs, 94.2 million cats, and 139.3 million freshwater fish were owned in the United States in 2017-2018 (the three largest categories of pets).
    • Americans spent $72.56 billion on their pets in 2018, up from $69.51 billion in 2017. This number has been rising steadily since 1994.
    • The pet services segment, including grooming, boarding, pet hotels, pet sitting, daycare and other services, has been the fastest-growing category; Americans spent $6.11 billion on pet services in 2018 and this figure is expected to rise to over 6$.31 billion in 2019.150 Unusual Pet Business Ideas to Consider Starting - Small Business Trends

In Canada, households spent $8.85 billion on pets in 2018, according to Statistics Canada.2 Another study showed that around 41% of households have at least one dog, and 38% of households own at least one cat.3 Internationally, China is experiencing compound annual growth rates in pet ownership of more than 7%.4

So how might you get into the pet business? This article presents 18 pet business ideas that might appeal to you.

The ideas below range from pet-based products to providing pet services that involve working with animals, but you won’t find any pet business ideas on the list that involve the retail breeding and selling of animals. Both the American and Canadian Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are opposed to this practice.

Pet Sitting

Pet sitting makes the top of the list because there’s nearly a universal need for it and it’s a very flexible business. For instance, if you live in a suitable place out of town, you can run a pet sitting business as a kennel operation with people bringing their pets to you and dropping them off.

But you can also go to people’s homes and look after their pets’ needs. Or you can combine a pet-sitting business with a house-sitting business and look after everything while your customers are away. Retirees, in particular, tend to travel regularly, making pet and house sitting a popular business for catering to seniors.

Pet Boarding

This is a riff on the pet-sitting business idea, where you have a facility set up where dogs and cats can be dropped off and looked after while their owners are gone. The main challenge with this model is zoning. You may not be able to do it where you are, so be sure you check your local bylaws and zoning restrictions first.

Doggie Day Care

Another pet business idea on the same theme, the doggie daycare has very similar pros and cons. There is an increasing need for this kind of pet service as more working people are discovering that dogs left alone day after day while the owner works can bark and be destructive. On the downside, though, you may find this a difficult business to locate because of zoning regulations and municipal bylaws.

Dog Training

If you can offer dog obedience training—and it well—you can probably write your own ticket. There are an awful lot of people out there who don’t have enough time or skill (or either one) to train a dog properly but for some reason, they’ve bought one anyway and now need someone to train it. The venue is not necessarily a problem; facilities to run dog training classes can be rented.Pets did help with your mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here's  how

Pet Training

If you’re a skilled animal trainer and have an interest in media, a pet business specializing in training animals for film and TV may be for you. Remember Morris the cat? Lobo? Moose, the Jack Russell Terrier on the TV show Frasier? Some animals become huge stars. Hollywood Paws (based in Los Angeles) is an example of a business that trains animals and their owners to work in the entertainment industry.

Pet-Finding Business

Are you the kind of person who enjoys solving puzzles? Maybe you’ve even thought of being a detective at some point. If so, you might put your sleuthing skills to work running a pet-finding business. You can help distraught pet owners get their loved ones back and make money while you’re at it. Pure Gold Pet Trackers is one example of a business that uses the tracking skills of Golden Retrievers to find lost pets.

Dog Walking

Another dog-related service that busy pet owners need is to have their dogs walk regularly. The key to success with this pet business idea is time management. You’d definitely want to have enough clients in close proximity so you could take a number of dogs out for a walk at once, rather than cycling through them one at a time.

Dog Grooming

Dog grooming is a popular pet business since grooming is one of those chores of dog ownership that many would rather pay someone else to do than do themselves. Another reason for its popularity is that, like pet sitting, it’s quite a flexible business concept. You could operate a dog grooming business as a mobile service or run it out of a retail shop, for example.

Pooper Scooper

While we’re on the subject of chores related to dog ownership that people would rather avoid, don’t forget poop scooping. This involves visiting customers’ properties on a weekly or monthly basis and collecting and disposing of dog feces.

Yes, it’s dirty, messy work, but so are lots of things that people do to make money. On the plus side, there’s no special training or equipment needed and you can easily operate this business from home.

Dog Bathing

Having bathed dogs before, I can definitely see why some people don’t want to do this in their own homes. Wet and messy only begin to describe it. A dog-bathing business could be operated as a standalone business or as an adjunct to a pet-grooming business. Or you could run this as a do-it-yourself business, where all you provide are the facilities and the equipment.

Pet Massage Therapy

So far I’ve written about pet services related to pets’ basic needs. But there’s a whole growing sector of pet businesses related to their not-so-basic needs, as pet owners look for more ways to help their pets lead longer and healthier lives. Pet massage services are one of these niche markets that seem to be growing. I’ve also seen pet businesses offering acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and even psychotherapy. In many of these fields, there is specific pet-related training required to become a practitioner.

Pet Restaurant

And speaking of upscale pet services, what about restaurants devoted to dogs? No, not just restaurants that allow you to bring dogs with you, but restaurants where the dogs are the diners. Is this a pet business that would be allowed where you are? You’d definitely need to check both health regulations and municipal bylaws before moving forward.

Pet Food

Just as with the food they put into their own bodies, pet owners have become increasingly concerned about the quality of the food their pets eat. People are continually on the lookout for pet foods that they feel have additional health benefits. There are basically two approaches to pet food businesses: You can either produce the pet food yourself or become a distributor for a particular type of food. Dog bakeries, homemade healthy dog treats, raw foods, gourmet foods—any of these could be extremely lucrative if the pets (and the owners) like what’s on offer.

Pooch Couture

Pets or children? The difference between them has blurred considerably in the eyes of many pet owners. Many dog owners like to dress up their pets, which creates all kinds of pet business opportunities to supply dogs with fashionable, good-looking gear. (Cat owners know that they’ll be lucky to get away with putting a collar, let alone anything else, on little Tiger, so the opportunities for creating and selling cat gear are much more limited.) Once again, you can create the couture yourself or distribute someone else’s.

Pet-Supply Store

All kinds of pets need supplies and gear, and pet owners seem to like the convenience of being able to “one-stop shop”. This kind of pet business seems to be dominated by franchises, but it is still possible to start your own company from scratch. Such a business could also supply pet-related services as well, such as dog grooming. Picture an in-house “dog spa,” for example, surrounded by-products for sale.

Pet-Business Marketing

The key to success for many small businesses is to find and fill a niche market. Pet-business marketing is an example of this. There are so many pet businesses now that it’s possible to run a successful marketing business that caters to the needs of pet-business owners exclusively. FWV Fetching, for instance, provides everything from blogging placement and social media to trade show campaigns exclusively for pet businesses. If you have the marketing expertise, pet marketing might be the business you’ve been looking for.

Pet-Portrait Business

If you have artistic talent and love animals, you might start a business painting portraits of people’s pets. Along these same lines, you might start a pet photography business if that’s where your talents lie. You’ll probably need a lot of patience during the sittings required when you’re working to portray an animal, though. Be that as it may, as people give their pets greater importance in their lives, they seem to have an increasing need to commemorate them.

Veterinarian

Being a veterinarian is the original pet business. And nowadays, veterinarians are able to make good livings specializing in treating pets of all kinds. The downside is that this is a business that requires years of training and, like being a human doctor, has strict accreditation and licensing requirements.

Is a Pet Business the Right Business for You?

To run a successful pet business, you have to love and be knowledgeable about the animals you’re going to work with, and, as you see from the descriptions of the businesses above, that can sometimes involve years of specialized training.

But you also have to bear in mind that even that isn’t enough. A pet business is just like any other small business; the key to success is choosing the right business for the right time and place. You may be a wonderful dog groomer, but if you live in a small town and there are already three dog grooming businesses operating there, you’re going to have a tough time of it.

Before you start a pet business, do the research and work through a business plan, just as you would for any new business venture. The planning process is an important step in determining if your pet business idea will be a success.

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12 Disadvantages of having a Pet

There is no denial of the fact that pets are one of the most wonderful blessings one can have in their life. They love you, care for you, and make your life beautiful. A pet can be a better friend than most people, their loyalty and affection are unmatched. But keeping a pet is a tedious task. Besides having numerous positive reasons it also has some disadvantages and can cause inconveniences that might make you want to get rid of them. Read on to know about the top 12 such disadvantages that you should keep in mind while thinking about before owning a pet

  1. Time commitment– You need to commit a lot of time and effort to your pet which becomes quite a concern for you at times especially when you don’t have a fixed working schedule. A pet’s responsibility is not less than your own baby’s. One always has to be there to feed them, play with them or make them feel good. They also need your attention and someone who looks upon them. Many pets also require proper training to adjust to the house and its people. Pets are not supposed to be at home every time, they also need to go out and play and that is why it becomes a disadvantage to own a pet if you don’t have time for them. They have feelings too, they will be waiting for you always but it will make them sad if you don’t give them enough time.
  2. Cost– Buying a pet is pretty expensive. You might think that it’s just a one-time expense but the regular requirements of your pet can get heavy on your pocket. Buying clothes, toys, shampoos, food with good quality, and other accessories can knock off your budget.
  3. Requires a shelter– When you own a pet you also need to make sure that you provide them with proper shelter where they feel comfortable. You cannot let them sleep on your bed because of hygiene issues and that is why it is an important requirement for all pets. But buying a proper bed for a dog, a cage for your cat or birds can be quite expensive too.
  4. Cannot go on long vacations – As I said earlier you need to devote time, effort and care for your pet. This also means that your pet requires love and care when you are not around or when you are on vacation or maybe packed up with work at office. You cannot neglect the requirements of your pet while going out for days as your pet depends on you for everything as they cannot take care themselves thus you need to keep in mind to handover him/her to someone or some place where they can take care of your pet when needed or be prepared to see a semi destructed house on returning from your vacations. This might also disappoint your pet because they won’t be comfortable with everyone and everywhere.
  5. People are scared– pets are not be kept in cages or tied to a door, they need to be free too and there are times when people are scared of pets and hesitate in coming to your place and when they come they tell you to keep your pets away. This also creates curiosity in a pet’s mind and inconvenience for you and the one who has visited your place. They might not be comfortable while sitting at your place and your pet might behave differently when something like this happens because they aren’t aware of the situation and you cannot even explain this to them. They might get angry on this and behave strangely which obviously you won’t like.
  6. You cannot take them everywhere– There are a lot of places where pets are not allowed and you might even have a problem carrying them everywhere. some of the pets like dogs are scared of sitting in cars so you just cannot travel with them. Even if you wish to go nearby like to the grocery shop or salon or the super market you might already have a lot of stuff to handle and you cannot handle one more especially someone who keeps on running here and there.
  7. They can be dangerous at times– Your pet is used to getting attention and can behave weirdly if he doesn’t get the attention that he is used to. Even the cutest looking pets can be dangerous if moody causing serious trouble to people around you. Biting and scratching is a common problem that can cause infections because of being poisonous especially to the strangers visiting your home who the pet is unfamiliar with. There might be a possibility that your pet does not like kids and you cannot leave you kid around your pet carefree. you need to be cautious.
  8. They Shed- Animals naturally lose old and damaged hair by shedding. It is a normal process for them but some shed a lot, you’ll find their fur everywhere! Though the amount of shedding depends on the breed. This might annoy you sometimes, specially in winters because the fur tends to stick more on woolen clothes and coats and they might also dirt your shoes, clothes and house. You will have to maintain extra hygiene of your house.
  9. Cleanliness and hygiene- Regular baths are a must for pet to keep them away from allergies and sickness.But, its not as easy as it sounds as they usually hate baths and run away from it.  Also, they will poop anywhere in the house until they get proper training. So be ready to constantly clean it every now and then.
  10. Training- You will have to properly train your pet. Training doesn’t mean training them to do things that aren’t usual for them but the basic commands like sit, come, stay, leave etc. Some are easy to train while some are not, depends on the breed.
  11. Regular walks- You need to make sure your pet gets daily walks, outings, proper food and regular exercise. If you don’t follow the routine then there are chances that they may become lazy and weak! You have to be sure about your pets breed’s exercise needs and energy level that has to be maintained.
  12. Losing them is a heart break – Having a pet might have a lot of disadvantages but once you own one their loss is a heart break. For others it might just be a cat or a dog but for you they were an important part of your life, they were your family too . Losing a pet is not easy, it hurts. You might get so much attached to your pet that you just can’t take the pain of not having them with you the next day .
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Benefits of Having a Pet: Why Keeping Pets Gives You Positive Energy

Pets are hard work. Taking care of an animal is a financial investment, a time commitment, and sometimes a source of frustration. However, any pet owner can attest that their pet is worth all of the effort.

This is because pets, by nature, provide us with an influx of positive energy[1] that we can’t find anywhere else. Specifically, there are four important ways that pets provide positive energy that all pet owners should be thankful for.

1. They Support Your Mental Health

No matter what you’re going through, a pet will be by your side to help you through it. With the spread of COVID-19, the emotional support of our pets is more important than ever. There is increased fear, anxiety, and depression as we all face the unknown, experience loneliness from social distancing, and watch the confirmed cases and deaths rise. Our pets can provide real, critical support in the face of all this turmoil.

Some specific ways that pets help your mental health include:

Companionship

There are many times in your life where you will feel alone. Maybe you’re social distancing, you just moved to a new city, you’re going through a break-up, or you recently lost a family member. A pet will be there for you and can provide a stable relationship even when other relationships are unstable.

A study of 148 college women proved this when it found that those who owned pets had lower loneliness scores on the UCLA Loneliness Scale[2].

 

Stress Reduction

Life gets hard. Homework can pile up at school, projects can create tension at work, or deadlines can loom over your head. When these things happen, it’s nice to have a pet to come home to.

Pets are carefree, and petting, walking, or playing with them can take a load off after a long, not-so-carefree day.

Having Something to Care for

Pets need constant attention. For instance, dogs always need to be walked, fed, and played with. Even smaller pets like a gecko need constant care: they need food, water, tank cleanings, tank temperature checks, and great care when handling.[3] That’s a lot to attend to!

Having someone to care for helps your mental state by giving you a sense of responsibility over another life and by making you feel needed and important. Truly, pets rely on us for everything, and that can give your life an added sense of meaning and purpose.

They’re Cute!

Having an adorable little friend to come home to would put a smile on anyone’s face. Whether you have a dog with floppy ears and a big smile, or a gecko with big bright eyes and tiny little toes, having such a cute creature to call your own brings joy and is a source of pride.

ESAs (Emotional Support Animals) are proof of the mental support that pets can provide. ESAs are helpful for people with more serious mental health conditions like panic disorders, major depression, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder[4]. Dogs, cats, birds, and even pigs can be ESAs and have helped support people with these conditions in ways that other humans cannot express.

2. They Support Your Physical Health

In addition to supporting our mental health, pets also provide positive energy by supporting our physical health. According to the National Center for Health Research, here are some of the ways dogs improve physical health[5].

Exercise and Fitness

Exercise and fitness come to mind first when we think about physical health. This benefit is seen most in dog owners, since dogs are high-energy. They frequently need to go on walks or runs, and if your dog is walking, then so are you.

Routine exercise can be hard for non-dog owners to commit to. However, as soon as you adopt a dog, you have another life who is depending on you to establish and maintain that routine.

Allergy Immunity

Believe it or not, research suggests that kids who grow up around animals are more likely to develop an immunity to bacteria and pet allergens. This is especially true for kids who grow up on farms with animals like dogs, cats, cows, horses, and chickens.

Reduced Cardiovascular Risk and Lower Blood Pressure

Pet owners have less cardiovascular problems and lower blood pressure. This could be a result of more exercise, higher emotional support in the face of stress, or a combination of both.

 

A recent study by Washington State University[6] found that students who were able to pet an animal for just ten minutes significantly reduced the production of the stress hormone cortisol. Imagine how much you could reduce stress if you had an animal nearby all the time!

Less Medical Care

Studies have found that those who own pets, specifically dogs, seek general medical care less frequently than those who are non-pet owners. This makes sense considering the mental and physical benefits of owning pets. In a 1992 study, participants reported less general health complaints and a score improvement on the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-30)[7].

Easing Pain

People who experience chronic pain, such as migraines or arthritis, have reported that owning a pet helps them deal with that pain. The emotional support and lower stress that pets provide is a possible explanation for this. A less active, quiet animal may also be more comforting for those dealing with chronic pain.

The physical benefits that pets provide have an added bonus: when you feel good on the outside, you tend to feel good on the inside, too! So, the physical benefits that pets provide can double as benefits to your mood and mental health.

3. They Provide Social Support

Pets provide social support by being our best friends. A lot of people feel that they can relate to their pets, and even have similar personalities. For instance, more active people may adopt energetic dogs, and the bond between them is often quite strong.

Pets also provide social support by helping you meet new friends. For instance, talking about your pet can be a great icebreaker when you’re meeting new neighbors, classmates, or coworkers. In my own experience, people love hearing about your pets and seeing pictures, too! If the person you’re sharing with also has a pet, you automatically have something in common that can help foster a new friendship.

 

Dogs provide an added social support because of their active nature. You can meet new people or strike up a conversation with your neighbors just by taking your dog on walks or bringing them to the dog park.

Once you’ve met new friends, you can get to know them better by having doggy play dates or by sharing advice about training, illnesses, or behavioral problems. If you’re a cat owner, don’t worry; some cats also like having play dates with new friends, and fellow cat owners will also be a great source of advice and support in caring for your own cat.

Having uncommon, exotic pets has social advantages, too. If you don’t know many people who have the same type of lizard or bird that you do, for example, this gives you a unique connection to others who do have that kind of pet. Even if you don’t know anyone nearby, there are forums and online groups for people who own specific pets, and these can be great sources of both information and personal connection. They may be long distance, but the connections can be just as real, and just as positive!

4. They Offer Unconditional Love

If you have a pet, you know what true love is. They care about you no matter who you are or what you’ve done, and you will always matter to them. Even if you feel unstable in your human relationships, you will never have to question the security of your relationship with your pet.

Even if you have a quieter pet like a gecko or mouse, you can be certain that they love you just as much as a bouncy dog or cuddly cat does. They may show it in different ways, but that doesn’t make it any less real.

Pets are also an example of how to love better. If we showed the same empathy and compassion to everyone that our pets show us, then the world would be a much happier place. Not only that, but the world would also be a whole lot better if we loved everyone to the same degree that our pets love us.

 

Final Thoughts

Yes, pets can be difficult and take a lot of hard work, but that’s part of what makes our relationships with our pets so rewarding. The hard work we put in shows up in a healthy physical, mental, and social state, and creates a loving emotional bond to our pets. The positive energy that pets provide us with speaks for itself, and it’s not something that we should take for granted.

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4 reasons why pets are so good for our wellbeing

1. Pets reduce anxiety and stress

Everyone feels overwhelmed, under pressure, or stressed out from time to time.

While these feelings can be more frequent for some, research suggests they’re often more manageable among people with pets.

In a study from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, it was found that children with pet dogs were less likely to test positive on a screening test for anxiety.

It makes perfect sense when you think about it. Dogs are always down to cuddle – and they’re wonderful distractions that don’t talk back.

Companies like Amazon and Google don’t just have the occasional ‘Take Your Dog To Work Day’ – they’re pet-friendly every day. And guess what – the notion that animals can help combat chronic stress among employees actually works.

Similarly, dogs helped mellow out a group of university students, who reported decreased stress, increased happiness, and higher energy as much as 10 hours after their cuddle sessions.

Being around animals sparks the release of calming chemicals in the body, helping us feel a lot more chill. These powers aren’t just privy to dogs – studies on the presence of cats also found a reduction in stress, resulting in a lower risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

And on that note…

2. Pets are good for your heart

It’s easy to grasp why pets – particularly dogs – are good for our physical wellbeing.

According to the American Heart Association, owning a dog reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. There’s no black and white reason why, but there’s a good chance it’s due to all the exercise and attention that dogs need.

2017 Swedish study followed the health records of millions of over 40s for more than a decade, finding that dog owner who lived alone had a 36% lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who lived alone without a pet.

Another study indicated that seniors who walked their dogs had a lower body mass index than those who weren’t mobile or didn’t have a dog, and also visited their doctor less.

Without a dog, it’s easy to forget to find 30 minutes of physical activity each day. But with an overly eager pooch basically begging you to get outside, it’s a whole lot easier to meet your daily activity requirements. And not to mention, embracing nature has plenty of well-being benefits in itself.

Of course for some seniors, walking a dog every day may not be possible, but there are still plenty of physical benefits of playing with pets at home.

3. Pets reduce depression

Pets are the perfect sidekick. They’re consistent in a world where nothing else is, offering comfort and companionship through thick and thin.

While animals make most of us smile, there are plenty of studies to confirm that they actually do help reduce symptoms of depression and improve emotional wellbeing.

In a recent study, it was found that interactions with animals increased levels of oxytocin, a hormone associated with positive, happy feelings. For those that own a pet, these feelings are even more amplified.

For older adults, in particular, loneliness is a major risk factor for poor mental health. In a 10 week study that looked at the benefits of animal-assisted therapy in nursing homes, residents showed fewer symptoms of depression after a 2-hour interaction with animals including dogs, cats, and rabbits.

But not only do pets provide one-on-one companionship – they encourage companionship with others, too.

4. Pets improve socialization

While there are plenty of physical benefits of taking your pooch for a stroll, the social benefits are worth wagging your tail about too.

A group of over 50s who frequently walked their dogs reported a stronger sense of community because of their canine companions.

A dog fervently sniffing another dog at the park naturally progresses into friendly banter between owners. Similar to the baby effect, it’s a lot easier to strike up a random conversation when someone has a cute puppy in tow.

Another study suggests that people in wheelchairs had more positive interactions with a service dog than without one. More smiles and conversations were recorded whenever the dog was around, showing that the benefits of service dogs go far beyond practical tasks.

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Building Bonds and Trusting Relationships with Your Pets

There isn’t a relationship around that can survive without trust. My relationship with my dog Peyton is deep enough that he will trust me most of the time, but there are still those moments when he looks at me and runs the other way. Often time when pets don’t obey they put themselves in harm’s way by running in the street or chewing something hazardous. Building bonds with your pet is an important part of being a good pet parent.

Ways to Increase Trust

Peyton and I have been working with a trainer to help us form a deeper bond based on trust. She explained that there are some other things I need to do beyond the daily walks to earn that trust. For example, taking him with me on errands or playing fetch, which will help him feel connected to me and special. I’ve been working hard to take the extra time to be with Peyton and one of our new favorite things to do are puppy massages!

woman giving a dog massage

Give Your Pet a Massage

I love massages and I know that they release hormones that help humans heal and relax. So I decided to give Peyton a massage and he loves it just as much as I do! He took a deep sigh and relaxed, feeling safe and trusting me to care for him while he took a nap.

Make Your Pet Feel Special

Another way to help your pet feel special is to make their food more enjoyable. I know that Peyton loves to eat and he loves it when I put little treats in with his feedings. I spoke with our vet to see which treats would be safe and healthy and, now I take an extra minute to add some meat, egg, or broth to his kibble!

cooking an egg for dog food

Our pets learn by playing, just like children, so I’ve started playing games with Peyton to engage both his brain and his body.  We started agility classes, have upgraded the ball to a Frisbee, and I play hide and seek games with his treats.  We found some other games for dogs that we are going to try soon.  I also found these fun games for cats, because they need just as much playtime as dogs.

Be Consistent & Offer Rewards

Consistency is very important for animals, so reinforcing all of these activities is key to really building your bond. I want Peyton to know that he can always expect his walks and his dinner at the same time. Our trainer’s approach to behavior and attention-seeking is that: dogs seek attention and if they don’t get enough good attention, they will seek bad attention. So you want to set up your pet to seek good attention and want him to try hard for the praise.

Enjoy the Bonds of Companionship

It turns out that my efforts to bond with my pet are rewarded with a lot of benefits. Studies now show that beyond the obvious cure for loneliness, having the companionship of a pet has proven medically beneficial. For elderly owners that own pets, there are fewer doctor visits and less depression. People that are chronically ill find that caring for pets is a motivator to continue to be engaged in life. In fact, people that have heart attacks are more likely to survive that important first year if they have a pet. Finally, pets help smooth the effects of the life-related setbacks that happen to everyone. But all of this is depending on you and your pet having a strong bond.

Dog loving companion

Peyton already sits at my feet while I work, and climbs on my lap when it’s available. With a bit more focus from me, Peyton and I will have an even tighter bond. I look forward to him listening to me all the time and our long, healthy life together!

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