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Earning an Income by Caring for Man’s Best Friend

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Dogs require around an hour of exercise every day to keep them fit, happy and healthy.  But the average dog walk is just 43 minutes and many dogs don’t get walked at all. A busy lifestyle is one of the biggest excuses used, along with the weather. Dog walking and sitting services are becoming more common as they ensure dog’s needs are met and it’s also a great way to earn money, either as a sole or additional income. While you don’t need any qualifications, having a good understanding of canine behavior, needs and some training tricks will go a long way to making your job easier and more enjoyable.

Why People Need a Dog Walker or Sitter 

Becoming a dog walker or sitter can be as easy as doing a leaflet drop in your local community or using an app to connect you with local dog owners. According to Rover, 57% of dog owners admit to skipping walks, with excuses varying from the weather to a busy day at work. Two-thirds say they feel guilty for missing walks and believe their dogs look sad when they miss them, which is why they are happy to pay for a dog walker. Elderly or disabled people often need dog walkers as they can physically struggle to meet their dogs exercise needs but enjoy the companionship. Dog sitting services keep dogs in their own home, which avoids them going to kennels while their family is away. This can help to reduce anxiety and stress.

Making Money as a Dog Walker 

Depending on the location, around $20 per walk is the going rate for dog walkers. It’s possible to take more than one dog out at a time and you can choose how much you want to work each day. Walking five dogs a day for five days a week is $500, which works out as $26,000 a year. The pros of being a dog walker include how flexible it is, you get to spend time with lots of dogs and it’s a great way to keep fit, but you should be prepared to face most types of weather. Many pet parents will want you to be available during their standard working week, so it will be better for your pocket if you can do this to ensure consistency for owner and dog.

Being a House Sitter 

Being entrusted by a homeowner while they’re away comes with many responsibilities, such as cleaning and gardening, along with caring for pets. House sitting pays around $50 an hour, depending on location, and usually lasts for several days at a time, such as over the weekend. It pays well! Some people even pet sit one house to another and have no fixed abode, making their outgoings lower, so they can save more money. This is a good way for people to earn money while they travel as pet sitters are needed across all of America. There are many apps and websites that can match sitters with owners for a suitable caretaking job, making the process a lot smoother.

It’s easy to be put off dog walking and sitting if the dog isn’t well trained, such as they pull on the lead or are prone to accidents. Being knowledgeable on training methods for common problems can go a long way to making your job easier and more enjoyable, which will reflect in the dog. This is a good way to get repeat clientele as it will give owner’s confidence in your abilities and they’ll be happy to use your services.

 

5 Ways Dog Owners Can Save Money While Maintaining a Clean Home

 

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Dog owners beware: Maintaining a clean home will be a challenge. Whether you are adopting a new puppy or, you are a current dog owner struggling to keep your house clean, owning a dog adds an element of extra hair, dirt and grime to floors and furniture. Dogs are our most faithful companions, but they can also be the messiest. Maintaining a clean home may seem stressful — and expensive. If you want to keep your home clean without constantly going over budget, you simply need to follow these helpful hacks.

Have Plenty of Cleaners on Hand  

One thing is certain with dogs: they will leave constant messes for you to clean up. From lick marks on your windows to peanut butter in the carpet, it can be hard to keep up with their endearing antics. You can try dog-shaming, but to truly maintain a clean home with dogs, you have to keep plenty of cleaning supplies stocked. Unfortunately, that can get expensive. Thankfully, you can stock up on carpet cleaner, window cleaner, and paper towels at local retailers  without breaking your budget. Be sure to look for money-saving opportunities and cashback offers that can help you save money on all the supplies you need.

Clean Carpets and Floors Regularly

Even the most well-behaved dog is bound to drag some muddy paw prints onto your floors and carpets. Aside from being unsightly, these stains can also be a source of harmful bacteria. That’s especially alarming if you have kids picking things off the floor too. To protect your family and your floors, you need to make sure they are cleaned pretty much every day. Thousands of pet owners have found a robot vacuum to be a good investment to help keep their homes free of dirt, fur, and dander without feeling overwhelmed with cleaning. If a robot vacuum is in your future, look for discounts and promos from online retailers like Amazon.

Stock Up on Towels for Baths

Regularly cleaning your home is a must when you have a dog, but your dog needs regular cleaning as well. Bathing and grooming your pet will reduce the amount of dander and fur that ends up in carpets and around your home. Since pups love to roll around in mud and other suspicious substances, you probably don’t want to share your good towels with them. Most dog owners keep a stock of inexpensive towels, designated as “dog towels,” in their homes and cars to deal with unexpected messes and bathtime. Check out the cheap options from retailers like Target, and be sure to check for sales and online coupons before you checkout.

Launder Beds and Blankets Often

If your dog lounges on blankets, pillows, or beds, they are also leaving little bits of dander and fur behind. Dander can actually be a major trigger for allergies and attracts dust mites too, so it is important to keep these items clean. Try washing them in hot water on a regular basis to get rid of dander, dust mites and stains. Since dogs tend to have sensitive skin, use a fragrance-free gentle detergent on any fabrics they may come into contact with. You can find store coupons to help you save money on your laundry detergent and other allergen-reducing products. For fabrics that are not easily cleaned, look for sprays that help reduce allergens and odors.

Pick up around Your Yard

Yards can get pretty yucky with dogs too. You will definitely need an endless supply of bags or a scooper to remove waste from your outdoor spaces. Leaving poop on the ground is bad for the environment and can attract harmful pests to your yard.  You’ll also want to get rid of odors by cleaning surfaces in your yard and using sprays that will help remove unwanted smells. Check for sales at pet stores like PetSmart so you can save some money on your baggie supply or anything else you need to keep your dog and home happy.

Having a dog doesn’t have to make it a struggle to keep your home clean. With some simple steps, you can maintain a tidy home and help keep your family healthy. So, follow these tips to tackle dog messes while being kind to your budget too!

 

The Importance of Exercising Your Dog

Happy Dog, Happy Life. There’s a reason they’re called Man’s Best Friend!

We all know the importance of exercise and how it’s the secret to a healthier and happier life. But did you know that it’s the exact same case for dogs as well? Exercising for dogs is not just a fun activity, it is also needed for their physical and emotional health. In fact, whether its pet magazines or actual certified veterinarians, everyone agrees that exercise is crucial for a dog’s well-being. If you’re still curious as to why dogs actually need all this workout, keep reading.

Exercise Makes Dogs Happy

Exposure to sunlight produces all the happy endorphins like dopamine and serotonin, making your dog the bundle of positivity that you love. When you add exercise to the equation, it gets even better because it’s is a mood booster and a fun activity which does wonders for your dog’s emotional health. Dogs tend to develop anxiety, and the consequences of that can be seen especially when they are left alone. If your dog has a lot of pent-up energy and feelings and is not stimulated enough, you can be sure your dog will be a messy attention seeker. Like humans, exercise alleviates anxiety in dogs. It provides for an overall better mood and peace of mind. So, the more physical activity your dog gets, the happier it will be!

 

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Natural sunlight is so good for your dogs! They will soak it up.

Sunlight Exposure Is Healthy

The obvious question here is — what does exercise have to do with the benefits of sunlight? Our dogs can attain sunlight through open windows altogether, right? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. Glass actually doesn’t let the full spectrum of light in, so your dog won’t be exposed to the full range of benefits sunlight has to offer. Sunlight is a very good source of Vitamin D, which dogs obviously can’t produce themselves. You must be wondering, then why would dogs even need Vitamin D? Well, Vitamin D is extremely important for your dog/puppy’s skin, coat and bone development. So, since sunlight is a free source of Vitamin D, why not let your dog have as much as it can? Sunlight is also great for killing bacteria and fungi and helps your dog heal a lot faster. It also regulates melatonin, which is the substance that gives your dog a routine sleep cycle. So, the best way to get your dog the sunlight it needs is by letting it stroll outdoors.

Exercise Keeps Your Dog Fit

Exercise keeps dogs healthy. It allows them to be lean and fit and have good joints and bones. Just like humans, being in proper shape ensures dogs fewer chances of having diabetes, cancer, or other diseases. Even old dogs need exercise. It makes their aging process a lot easier. In fact, for the prevention of health issues like arthritis, exercise is always recommended. However, it’s important that you keep an eye on elderly dogs during exercises. If your dog isn’t responding well to them, then the exercises should be more mellow and less strenuous. No matter what, keep your elderly dog physically fit and active to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

 

 

There’s a reason they’re called Man’s Best Friend. Bonding with your dog through exercise and play is healthy for both you and your fur baby.

Bonding Opportunity

Making sure your dog exercise ensures more quality time and bonding opportunities for the both of you. You’ll discover your dog more. You’ll get more opportunities to understand and play with them. That’ll make your dog a lot more gleeful while being a huge mood booster for you. A better option? Start exercising with your dog. If you’re someone who wants to lose weight or incorporate an effective workout in your life, there’s no better option. Dogs are full of energy and make even the most monotonous physical activities heaps of fun!

Dogs Are Meant to be Active

Dogs aren’t supposed to lead sedentary lives. For example, dogs such as German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers are known to be active breeds. So, dogs are inherently physically active and you shouldn’t deprive them of that. In the past, hunting, guarding or herding were typically stereotyped as dog activities. Therefore, when you command your dog to exercise, you’re actually giving them a task to complete. Even simple tasks like fetching a ball or completing an obstacle course will provide your dog a fun, motivating and stimulating activity.

Exercise Will Make Your Dog Social

Taking your dogs to the park for exercising exposes them to other dogs and humans. This is especially helpful for puppies and dogs that are not prone to contact, especially the rescued ones. When you take your dog out for a walk, you’re giving it a tour of the street, and exposing it to different objects, aromas, noises, vehicles and even different people. These various walks on the streets and parks let your dog experience walking around on different surfaces. All this lets your dog get accustomed to the world and helps him or her develop good behavior and reactions.

Dogs who have spent time outdoors getting exercised and socialized generally are easier to train.

Exercise Helps the Training Process

Some dogs are quite difficult to train because of their hyperactive, abstract personalities. In such cases, exercise might actually be easier than training for your dog. Wearing off all that energy might give your dog more focus. You could even teach your dog a few tricks and train them to do things during walks and playtime, daily. Your dog may then take a liking towards training and follow instructions.

Final Thoughts

Dogs need exercise just as much as humans. Not only are they active species by birth, but it ’s also extremely important for their bodily and mental health. However, you should always make sure you are doing only as much your dog can handle. An older dog won’t be able to be as active as a middle-aged dog. In fact, even puppies don’t have properly developed bones like their adult counterparts. But don’t worry, the benefits of exercising your dog far outweigh the negatives if there are any. The cons can surely be avoided if you take good care.

So, go on and take your dog on a daily walk, or play with it in the park or backyard and you’ll see the change yourself!

Author Bio

Shawn is a content writer at FeedFond. He’s a doting father not only to his two children but also to his two Golden Retrievers. Check out more of his articles at FeedFond.com.

 

Local San Diego Service Dog Success Story

Fifth Grade can be challenging. Especially if that 5th grader suffers from severe anxiety. Local North County 10-year-old Dakota Smith was suffering from debilitating anxiety and had trouble with things such as sleepovers, school and new situations. So, her mom, Alix, a foster parent for Second Chance Dog Rescue, was beyond thrilled to see a unique bond form between her daughter Dakota and a one-year-old Basset-Daschund mix named April.

Ironically, this sweet mixed breed arrived in April 2018 and was among a group of 104 puppies and kittens rescued from out of state. April was just a day away from meeting her fate at a facility that is not a no-kill facility. Through a serious of events, April ended up in the Smith home, some 4,000 miles away…and that’s when something amazing happened.

“Dakota had lost her dad abruptly, was bullied and had been struggling with anxiety her entire life,” says mom Alix. “But when she was around April, her world changed…she became confident, organized, and more communicative. With April in her life assisting her, she now loves school, has sleepovers and she even went tubing behind the boat. She truly is a different girl because of April,” she added. One day Dakota said, “Mom, April is like my therapy dog. When I have a bad day at school, I come home and lay with her and I feel better.” That’s when Alix began researching the steps to get April trained as a service dog.

Alix had heard about Pro-Train through a friend. She made that call to Pro-Train shortly thereafter. She was reluctant at first to leave April for the five-week stay at the Pro-Train facility…both for her daughter and the canine that narrowly escaped being “put down.”

But the training results exceeded her wildest expectations.

“April is a very fast learner,” according to Saheed Lawal, head trainer at Pro-Train. “This beloved dog learned her commands and learned how to become a certified service animal in record time,” he added.

School is back in session now for Dakota. She has April to thank for a whole new season of coping with her disabilities in a way where she will flourish and learn.

Pro-Train Founder, Mark “Dogman” Castillero, said of this incredible pairing: “We couldn’t be happier for the Smith family and for their trust in our team of trainers.

If you have someone you know that could benefit from a certified service dog, don’t hesitate to reach out to Pro-Train. With over 10,000 dogs trained, the experienced trainers will guide you through every step of the journey. For more information, call us at 760-749-0897. Please pass this along to a friend who may need to hear about Dakota’s inspirational story.

 

Strategies for Helping Your Dog Lose Weight 

As pet owners, we have a big responsibility for the well-being of our fur babies. This includes keeping their weight down.

In 2016, a record 56% of dogs in the U.S. were clinically overweight or obese. Largely, dog obesity stems from their owners. Many owners are prone to overindulging their pets, which in turn creates a cycle where the dog expects more treats.

Much like personalized dog training therapy, the key to canine weight loss is developing a plan that suits your pet’s individual needs. To cut down on calorie intake, develop a monitored dietary regimen for your dog that follows expert advice… and stick to it!

Canine Calorie-Counting

It’s actually more convenient to track your dog’s caloric intake than your own!  It’s relatively easy to monitor how often, how much, and what type of calories your dog is being fed.

To develop an appropriate dietary plan, the first step is to find your dog’s ideal body weight and develop a weight loss strategy to meet that number.  This can be achieved through consultation with your local vet, but the generally-recommended approach is to cut your dog’s calories by one-third.

That number includes doggie treats, which you can still feed to your dog, because who doesn’t deserve a nice reward? Aim to cut your dog’s body weight by about 1% per week (or 3-4% a month) for safe weight loss. In order for you to assess the regimen, you must weigh your dog regularly, ideally at the same time each week, to track his/her weight.

 

 

 

The Role of Dog Exercise

Managing calorie intake is the most important aspect of canine weight loss, but exercise is still important for your pet’s overall health. Plus, your dog’s digestive system certainly impacts his/her body weight.

To jumpstart everyday fitness for an inactive dog, the American Animal Hospital recommends that dogs be walked three times a day for five minutes. More active dogs should have about an hour of play time per day, preferably in the late afternoon or evening, when it’s cooler outside. Swimming is a good option for doggy exercise, although dogs unaccustomed to swimming should begin with a life vest.

A healthy diet as a puppy sets the stage for a healthy overall life.

Choosing the Right Dog Food for Weight Loss

When selecting food for your pet’s dietary regimen, look for dog food stocked in essential proteins, vitamins, and amino acids. It’s also important to give your dog lots of water, especially with meals and during exercise, to help them digest food properly.

Portion out your dog’s diet carefully and monitor how much he/she eats. For a dietary plan to work, everyone in the family and/or relevant dog sitters need to be on the same page. If one of you fails to go by the plan, the dog will continue to expect more treats and fail to adjust to the new regimen.

Like their human owners, dogs lose weight with the right combination of calorie reduction and exercise. And like small children, dogs love routine, even if they don’t appreciate the cut in food intake. Your dog will be best trained to eat less through reliable methods of routine and practice, even when it’s hard to face their puppy eyes. Ultimately, it’s up to you to make a plan and stick to it.

 

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