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Heat Related Dangers for Pets

Jul 18, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

Imagine sitting outside in 80+ degree weather with a full coat on.  Now imagine you're running around chasing a ball or playing a game…  Read More »

How to Help Protect a Pet From Getting Lost

Jul 11, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

It's a pet parent's worst nightmare - one minute your pet is there, the next,…  Read More »

Pancreatitis

Jul 3, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

There are two things synonymous with Independence Day celebrations – fireworks and family picnics! More and more families are bringing their furry family members along with…  Read More »

Noise Phobias and Calming Techniques

Jul 1, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

The summer months can be a virtual minefield for pets with noise phobias. The hotter, humid days can usher in the chance of severe thunderstorms and…  Read More »

Cat Aggression

Jun 27, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

According to animal behaviorists, feline aggression is the second most common feline behavior problem seen. Aggressive cats are very formidable! Aggressive cats will not…  Read More »

Cat Mental Stimulation

Jun 24, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

Mental stimulation and exercise is just as important for our cats as physical exercise and the benefits are two fold! One, a bored kitty…  Read More »

Traveling with a Cat

Jun 20, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

Whether going on a vacation, moving or a simple trip to your veterinarian to make sure your cat is in good health, there are times…  Read More »

How to Litter Train a Cat

Jun 10, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

It's a common misconception that cats are born litter trained and won't require any extra training. While…  Read More »

Cat Misconceptions

Jun 3, 2019   Tracey Aston   Health & Wellness

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” “Dogs have owners, cats have staff.”  We've all heard the funny, cute and…  Read More »

It Takes More Than a Love For Pets

May 27, 2019   Tracey Aston   Hiring a Pet Sitter

Online dog walking apps and part-time pet sitters are popping up all over the internet, unfortunately, the horror…  Read More »

The Danger of Fake Reviews

May 23, 2019   Tracey Aston   Hiring a Pet Sitter

The digital age has changed our daily lives in varied and positive ways – computers, cell phones that double as tiny computers, instant communication and a…  Read More »

Kids and Pets

May 13, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

A family expecting a baby is one of the main reasons pets are rehomed but this doesn't have to be the case.  To increase…  Read More »

Age Appropriate Pet Responsibilities

May 9, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

 Not only is the family pet a great first friend for children, pets can be a great way to teach children age appropriate pet…  Read More »

How to Safely Approach a Dog

May 6, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

Who doesn't love a cute dog? Those puppy eyes and soft fur and unconditional love are only…  Read More »

Bite Prevention for Children

May 2, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

As of March 2017, a total of 89.7 million dogs were estimated to live in U.S. households as pets. It's not hard to see…  Read More »

Build Your Own Pet First Aid Kit

Apr 29, 2019   Tracey Aston   Pet Safety

Accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. If we could control them, they wouldn't be accidents.  As…  Read More »

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 dictionary.com, 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 »

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