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Gig Economy Can Help You Earn An Income Between Job Interviews

It’s a whole new era for income earners! The sky’s the limit!

Getting a job can be tough but especially if you have disabilities that have prevented you from gaining experience. But, for most of us, not working isn’t an option. Keep reading for ways to get your own gig going and tips on how to handle the interview process if starting your own business isn’t your goal.

A New Way to Work

Technology has made self-employment a reality for a huge chunk of today’s workforce. Whether you want to work at home or are simply looking for opportunities to contract, you’ll find them online. A few of the best freelance/contract work platforms include:

If you’re a dog person, Rover has people and pets that want to meet you. By becoming a dog walker, pet sitter, or boarder, you’ll get to turn your passion for pups into a paycheck. Rover offers the chance to book your own appointments and set your own rates and ensures you are paid for your time. It’s a turnkey platform for aspiring entrepreneurs that don’t have the time to devote to establishing a new business.


If you like to drive and don’t mind darting around town with food in your car, DoorDash can whet your appetite for employment and flexibility. As a Dasher, you might drop off waffles for a stay-at-home mom’s kid’s breakfast and deliver a tofu salad to a professional office building. Every day is a new culinary adventure. Sign up here.

Here’s another driving gig that can get you out of the house but without leaving a lingering food smell after each project. As a Lyft (or Uber) driver, you set your own times that you’re available. Drive around, accept pickup requests, deliver your client to their location, and get paid.

If you’re quick like a bunny and have a handy skill, you can multiply your earnings as a handyman, cleaner or personal assistant through TaskRabbit. Set your own rates and only accept the jobs you want to do. You can register as a tasker on the company’s website.


Starting a Drop-Ship Business

You aren’t limited to pre-planned opportunities. If you’re aggressive and don’t mind a little hard work locating clients, you might also consider starting your own business drop-shipping in-demand products. A drop-ship business model is one of the few truly low-risk ventures. Basically, you pick a product, market it under your own brand and have the manufacturer ship directly to your customer. You pay a wholesale price for the merchandise and keep whatever profit you’ve built into your pricing structure.

A career as a dog trainer is a rewarding one indeed.

Becoming Dog Trainer

We’re biased here at Pro-Train. We love what we do and we want to train others who have the same passion for helping canines and their clients.  Becoming a dog trainer is one of the most rewarding careers and offers many opportunities for flexibility and income potential. To learn more about becoming a dog trainer, check out the Best Selling Book by our Founder, Mark “Dogman” Castillero. More than a Dog Trainer: Making it Big in the Dog Training Industry details all the steps and preparations for becoming a dog trainer.

Acing an Interview

If you’d rather stick with traditional employment, you’ll first need to get yourself in the doors for an interview. If you don’t have any experience, however, you’ll need to outshine the competition by proving you’re qualified. This starts by presenting a great resume.

Resume Companion lists three resume types: chronological, functional and combination. You may want to steer clear of chronological if you haven’t held a job before or have gaps in your work history. A functional resume gives you the space to showcase your talents and achievements without drawing attention to blank spaces in your professional past.

If you manage to snag an interview, you’ll need to be prepared to answer tough questions. Monster contributor Martin Yate explains that recruiters are looking for applicants that understand the position in which they are applying, have relevant skills and are enthusiastic. Make sure you know about the company and can highlight past experience, even if its unpaid experience — volunteering in the church nursery at the very least shows you aren’t afraid of hard work.

If you want (or need) to earn an income, but you have issues that prevent certain types of employment, starting your own business is a good way to go. But there’s no reason you can’t clock in and out in a 9-to-5 either.



Challenges of Apartment Living for Dog Owners

Dog apartment living comes with its own unique set of challenges. From finding an apartment that is not only dog-friendly (particularly to your dog’s breed) to that apartment not excessively charging you extra just to have a pet in your apartment.

Whether you are raising a dog in an apartment, are living with an older dog or perhaps with one or more dogs, each situation will require some useful tips (such as what we’re about to get into) to help you and your dog have a happy coexistence together for many years to come.

Know Your Schedule… and, Your Dog’s!

A dog will not thrive in an apartment day in and day out without your company, so if you know you sometimes have a hectic schedule or even regularly are out for long hours you need to get some help. A dog will not be happy sitting at home waiting for you for hours at a time. This is one of the biggest dog ownership challenges that many dog’s owners face. Finding a dog walker can be a savior to both you and your dog when you know you can’t make it back for her evening walk. There are many dog-walking services out there, research and talk with other owners for the best service around. This will allow for your dog to stick to her schedule even if you can’t always stick with yours.

Check Out the Local Dog Parks

Dog apartment living comes with the challenge of not having a backyard and even minimal outdoor space. So, to combat this challenge, dog parks were created to help you and your dog get some great exercise while also bonding with some other dog owners (and dogs). Not only will this give you and your dog some quality time together to look forward to, dogs know when they are going someplace fun with you, but she will get the exercise she needs after being cooped up indoors for much of the day.

Consider Dog Training

Raising a dog in an apartment may offer some unique difficulties compared to a dog that lives in a house. Chances are you don’t have a backyard, so your dog can’t just exit through a doggy door every time she needs to relieve herself, and she may have issues with your very close neighbors. Even if you have already trained your dog you may want to consider some specialized training for living in an apartment. After all, no one likes a dog that barks every time the elevator door opens or gets so anxious with the strange noises that she defecates over your new rug or tears apart your couch pillows.

Her Own Safe Place

Crate training is also another option for those dogs that need to feel safe while you are away. And while I’m on the topic of making her feel safe, why not create a space that is just for her and that has all of her favorite things, a blanket, a chew toy, whatever she likes. This space can be within a crate or outside of a crate, whatever she needs and what you both prefer. If you know she gets really anxious while you are away, put things near her that remind her of you, anything that has your scent, like a pillow or a favorite sweater.

Extra Considerations

Dog apartment living doesn’t have to be as challenging as you may think. Be open and honest with your landlord about your current pet, or if you plan to get a pet. There are breed restrictions for a reason and often one dog will flourish in an apartment better than another breed.

Consider the floor you live on, if you already live on a higher floor maybe you want to see if you can switch apartments to one that is on a lower level, this will make potty training that much easier if you are raising a puppy.

Keeping your dog happy is the best way to ensure that you are also happy.

Author’s Bio:

Danielle thrives on researching and writing on all aspects of life. Further to writing for Zumper blog and personal finance, she is an advocate of self-improvement and living a life that is both financially responsible and knowledgeable. When she is not on her computer, she can be found spending time with her husband and two sons.


Things to Buy After Adopting a Dog

The beauty of adopting is the options you have. Sometimes a puppy is the right choice, but there are plenty of adult dogs who are potty trained and looking for loving homes.

Adopting a dog is FREE tomorrow during Clear the Shelters Day.

Adopting a dog from a local shelter can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. We encourage you to be prepared for all that your new fur baby will need upon coming home. Check out this list of the Top 10 items to secure after bringing your new family member home.

Ten Things to Buy After Adopting a Dog

There are more than ten, but these items will get you going initially. You can add on as you both get used to each other.

  • Dog food
  • Food and drinking bowls
  • Dog Bed
  • Dog collar, ID tags, and leash
  • Combs, brushes, shampoos, sponges, nail clippers and other grooming tools
  • Poop scoops and bags
  • Exercise Pen
  • Dog toys
  • Dog chews and treats
  • First-aid kit


  1. Dog Food

Dogs need nutritious food and though meat does form a large part of their diet, they need to get nutrients from non-meat foods too. Grains, veggies, and fruits give them the necessary minerals, vitamins, and fiber, and good dog foods should contain those too. The needs of different dogs are different.

Adopting a shelter dog is truly a life-changing experience, for you and the canine. Enter this relationship wisely.

  1. Food and Drinking Bowls

Food and water bowls are important. You can see how furiously they wag their tail when they smell food or hear cans being opened. Getting the right food and water bowl for your pet ensures that it eats at the right pace without any postural and joint problems.


  1. Dog Beds

Since dogs spend a large part of their time sleeping, it’s essential that dog beds are comfortable, durable and relaxing. Your pets should be able to stretch or curl up whenever they feel like it. The size and shape of the beds also matter as they determine the comfort level.

Can’t adopt? Your local shelter is always looking for donations and volunteers.

  1. Dog Collar, ID tags, and Leash

 By nature, dogs are playful- when you walk your dog, you need to keep it on a leash so that it doesn’t take off at top speed whenever something catches its fancy. Dog collars help to keep your pet safe and ID tags ensure that lost dogs are returned to the owner.


  1. Dog Grooming Tools

All dogs need to be groomed so that their coats remain healthy and allergies are kept at bay. Nails need to be trimmed, coats need to be brushed to prevent tangles and excessive shedding of hair. Do remember that different breeds have different grooming needs and thus different dog grooming tools.


  1. Poop Scoops and Bags

If you own a dog then you need to arm yourself with poop scoops and bags to get rid of dog poop hygienically. It makes the act of cleaning up during walks or playtime, simpler and less smelly. It may not be fun but it’s a clean way out of a sticky situation.


  1. Exercise Pen

Dogs need to exercise and be free to move about. An exercise pen allows them to stretch their legs if they so want and at the same time remain confined so that you can keep an eye on them. As the pens are extremely portable, they suit pet owners very well.


  1. Dog Toys

If you want to see your pet stay energetic, you need to get them dog toys that stimulate them into activity. They have fun, stay entertained and are kept happy and busy through the day. After all, it can’t be fun to be confined to a pen or the house throughout the day, every day.


  1. Dog Chews and Treats

Dogs love to chew and if they are teething, the chewing is more aggressive. Dog chews and treats help keep their teeth clean, their breath fresh and jaws, strong. The right chews and treats retard the formation of plaque and keep dogs satisfied and content.


  1. First-Aid-Kit

If you own a pet, then you should be prepared for accidents and injuries. That’s why having a first-aid-kit is a no-brainer. Apart from first-aid pet supplies such as absorbent pads, gauze, thermometer, tweezers, antiseptic wipes, swabs and more, you need to have the phone number of your vet and emergency clinics. The kits come pre-assembled but you can make your own by choosing what you want.

In conclusion, adopting a dog is only half the story- the other half is making it feel at home in its new environment. That can happen only when you ensure that your pet has all it needs to keep it happy and comfortable.

To learn more about adopting a pet in San Diego, reach out to the County of San Diego here.



Pet Survival Kit Basics: Be Prepared

Today we have a great infographic to show you from It has been made to make owners aware of what they should have packed in a bag for their dogs just in case of an emergency situation such as a terror attack or natural disaster.


Canine Behavior and Genetic Predisposition

Did you know that your canine’s behavior could actually be affected by the gene pool to which they belong? So when see your fur baby playing fetch over and over again (hello, English Springer Spaniel) or is unstoppable at chewing the blanket (but the labs are so cute!), do remember that it is their genetic makeup causing them to behave in certain ways.

Yes, it is true! Just check out the Christmas article on testing your dog’s DNA. Truth be told, there is plenty of pending research around this topic. For the curious pet parent, there are plenty of DIY DNA test kits available to determine your pooch genetic make-up.

DNA and Behavior

Particular behavioral traits of dogs could explain how the genetic link is true.

Some breeds of dogs are better at remembering things than other breeds. This is a particular genome that helps in building a better memory than other breeds.

Labradors are great at retrieving things and it is a common feature among labs of all shapes, sizes and color. This is yet another distinctive feature among dogs of this breed. Owing to the fact that selective breeding has been done for generations together, decoding dog DNA might be a lot more simplified than human DNA.

puppy's first day home

Introduce Her to YOUR Surroundings.

How Will the Studies Help?

People seem to know more about the bodies and physical responses of a dog than their behavior and their brain structure. The primary reason behind this is there has never been a large scale study involving the behavioral traits and the genetic data of several dogs together.

Researchers are more inclined towards citizen science research so that they can study the genetics responsible for canine behavior effectively. The biggest benefit of this research would clearly be to help pet parents have a better understanding of their pets. They would also be able to find out ways to accommodate the changes in the behavioral pattern of dogs as and when they change.


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What Are Some Examples?

Considering the fact that dog DNA is the highlight of the day, the studies reveal some interesting facts about dogs and their tendencies. A study made in the year 2014 revealed that there are 4 specific genes intricately connected with the development of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Behavior) in canines.

These genes seemed to be found in breeds like Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs and Bull Terriers.

Helping Pet Parents Make Informed Decisions

The fact that a dog’s behavioral pattern is largely affected by its gene pool is not news anymore. With better awareness, potential pet parents are being greatly influenced by the findings.

If a particular breed has predominant ‘undesirable’ behavioral patterns, pet parents are either writing them off completely or are looking at adaptations and adjustments to their training and socialization patterns so that these traits could be erased at the earliest stage. You could call this an informed decision.

Need Training? Mark “Dogman” Castillero and his team at Pro-Train Innovative Training have trained thousands of dogs and hundreds of breeds. Email Mark at with your specific concerns or questions.

Author Bio

This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.

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