Recently I received a request for pet sitting from a potential new client and after reading Housebound Hounds service agreement he decided to not use our services because our agreement was "way over the top". I politely asked him what he thought was over the top because I do value our clients' opinions. He rudely told me how ridiculous my service agreement was, even saying that it was degrading and hostile.
I thanked him for his feedback and agreed we weren't the right company for him. Anyone familiar with me and my staff knows we are neither degrading nor hostile, Housebound Hounds is quite the opposite.
Contracts are drawn up by lawyers to protect companies and those who hire them. Attorneys do not write contracts to give out warm fuzzies, but rather provide the legalities of being responsible for one's homes and pets.
I take my business very seriously, it is not a paid hobby, it is not something I do part time. Housebound Hounds is my baby, my passion and of course as most of us are taught as kids, if you are going to do anything, do it right.
Why Should Pet Parents Want To Hire A Company That Has A Service Agreement......
Written contracts provide individuals and businesses with a legal document stating the expectations of both parties and how negative situations will be resolved. They also ensure that a certain level of service is maintained.
Our service contract is a standard agreement that is common among the pet sitting industry. It outlines what we are liable for, what we will do in an emergency situation, inclement weather or how we handle cancelations. Our contract requires our clients to sign off on a vet release in case we have to seek medical care for your fur kid while you are gone.
I invite everyone who hires Housebound Hounds to read through the contract carefully and ask as many questions as you like. Our service agreement was never meant to insult anyone or try to "pull a fast one" on our wonderful clients but rather provide the best professional service for you and your fur kids.
Raising our fur kids is really no different then raising our two legged children.
We take our kids to the doctor for annual check ups, set limits and rules for them and we certainly can't leave them unsupervised for long periods of time.
Common sense with proper preparation and patience can make most people an excellent pet parent.
Historically dogs (some breeds) were bred for pulling and tracking so it is in their instinct to do so while on a walk.
Harnesses generally go around the fore-chest and belly, very close to the shoulders and arm pits…… which is wherein the problem lies, this is where the dog's strength is.
Many harnesses are not fitted properly, if they are too loose then it rubs against their fur causing pain and if it is fitted too tight it can cause bruising and major discomfort to the dog.
The Easy Walk Harness
The harness rests against the dogs's chest and controls her torso, so when she pulls, the harness moves her whole body the way you want, instead of just choking her. She still gets to enjoy her walk, and now you don't have to fight her at every step.
The Gentle Leader
Also made by Petsafe, the same company that makes The Easy Walk Harness. The Gentle Leader is a head collar that controls the dog by redirecting his head towards you when he pulls forward, preventing pulling and giving you his full attention.
*Most dogs do not like the feel of the "nose collar" and will adamantly try and push off the collar with their paws or rub their nose on the ground to get it off. With patience and training the dog usually becomes used to having this on his nose. Another thing to be aware of is the nose collar can rub and aggravate the fur on the dog's muzzle if not fitted properly.
**Dogs such as bulldogs, pugs and other "short snouted" hounds cannot use a Gentle Leader.
We have been using the above two products for years. I feel they are the best gear for walking dogs that pull.