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Pet Suffocation Risks

Apr 22, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

Looking around the home, there are many items that may seem innocuous but can actually pose a potentially fatal risk to pets.  The most…  Read More »

Poisonous Items To Pets

Apr 18, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

As much as we try to protect our pets, many pet parents don't realize the dangers hidden in plain sight all around them. Those…  Read More »

Pet Choking Hazards and the Heimlich Maneuver

Apr 8, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

I don't have to tell you, our pets are curious beings. They can also be overly…  Read More »

Cuts, Abrasions and Lacerations

Apr 4, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

A romp through the park.  A splash in the pond.  Rambunctiously playing with friends. Or even a simple case of the zoomies. What do all of these things…  Read More »

Professional Pet Care Specialist Tips

Mar 9, 2019   Tracey   Hiring a Pet Sitter

Professional Pet Care Specialists play an important role in the lives of their furry clients. They are friends, trainers, and caretakers. A Professional Pet…  Read More »

Professional Pet Care Specialists and Continuing Education

Mar 7, 2019   Tracey Aston   Hiring a Pet Sitter

It's always important to never stop learning but this is even truer in pet care services.  A…  Read More »

Benefits of Having a Professional Pet Care Specialist

Mar 5, 2019   Tracey Aston   Hiring a Pet Sitter

As much as we would like our pets to be with us everywhere we go, not…  Read More »

Pros and Cons of Being a Professional Pet Care Specialist

Mar 3, 2019   Tracey Aston   Hiring a Pet Sitter

Being a Professional Pet Care Specialist often feels like less of a job…  Read More »

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

Feb 28, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

A pet should begin training as soon as they are brought into their new home. Puppies…  Read More »

Obedience Training

Feb 25, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

According to, obedience is “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority.”  The problem with using the word obedience is that…  Read More »

Clicker Training

Feb 18, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

One of the most popular positive reinforcement training methods is clicker training. Clicker training is often easier than verbal based commands because there is…  Read More »

Positive Reinforcement vs Aversive Training

Feb 9, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

The most important lesson in training is that training is communication. The second most important lesson is dogs communicate much differently than we do.…  Read More »

Aversive Training Methods

Feb 7, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

Aversive training, or positive punishment, is just what it says - punishment. According to the dictionary it's “behavior conditioning in which noxious stimuli are…  Read More »

The Negative Effects of Aversive Training

Feb 5, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

Aversive training methods don't take into account the communication style of dogs and rely on punishing a…  Read More »

Aversive Training Tools

Feb 3, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

“Make him listen!” “Be the dominant one!”  “Show him who's boss!” It's an unfortunate truth that for many decades, this type of training was…  Read More »

Transdermal Medications and Compounding

Feb 1, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

When our pets are sick, we want them to feel better as quickly as possible. When a pet has difficulty taking pill medication, the pet parent…  Read More »

I'm Just a Dog Walker

Jan 28, 2019   Tracey Aston   Hiring a Pet Sitter

I'm just a dog walker. I've spent countless hours of my own time studying animal behavior, training, nutrition and getting certified in pet first aid/CPR.…  Read More »

Indoor Allergies in Pets

Jan 24, 2019   Tracey   Health & Wellness

Indoor allergies are much more prevalent in the winter months due to closed up windows and doors and little air circulation. Several studies have shown that…  Read More »

Pet Care Specialists and Grief

Jan 21, 2019   Tracey Aston   Hiring a Pet Sitter

Grief never gets easier. It's not something that can be learned and you never get accustomed to it. Grief is a pain all its…  Read More »

Grief and Pet Loss

Jan 17, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

“Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I…  Read More »

Slow and Elevated Feeders

Jan 14, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

You've probably seen them when out shopping at your local pet store or browsing your favorite online vendor – those funny shaped bowls that…  Read More »

Safely Traveling in a Vehicle with Pets

Jan 10, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

We've all seen it – you're driving along and the next thing you know, the car in…  Read More »

The Pros and Cons of Cat Litters

Jan 7, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

In our earlier blog post, Cats and Litterboxes, we briefly touched on the finickiness of our feline friends…  Read More »

Pet Health Insurance and Financial Assistance

Jan 3, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

Few things are as anxiety inducing to pet parents as finding out a beloved pet has an illness…  Read More »

How to Find a Quality, Professional, Pet Services Provider

Dec 31, 2018   Tracey Aston   Hiring a Pet Sitter

As the quote says, “family isn't everything, it's the only thing.” Thankfully, a growing number of…  Read More »

The Dangers of Pet Sitting

Dec 26, 2018   Tracey Aston   Hiring a Pet Sitter

Pet sitting comes with many furry and slobbery benefits and rewards, but it also has its share of not often talked about dangers.  The…  Read More »

Winter Activities for Pets

Dec 19, 2018   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

The winter months will be upon us shortly, but as temperatures decrease, our pets' energy levels and exercise needs don't go down with the…  Read More »

Collar Strangulation

Dec 17, 2018   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

Pet collars are cute, colorful and customizable, but they can also be dangerous and deadly.  Collar strangulation, or collar suffocation, occurs when a pet's…  Read More »

At Home Agility Fun

Dec 12, 2018   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

Homemade agility courses are rapidly gaining in popularity and for good reason. Agility is a fun form of physical exercise, strengthens the bond with…  Read More »

Mental Stimulation for Pets

Dec 10, 2018   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

Mental stimulation, or mental exercise, is getting pets to think and solve problems, and is just as important to our pets as physical exercise…  Read More »

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