I will be the first to admit I don't brush my dogs teeth (and I know I should) here are 7 ways to help keep your hounds teeth clean without brushing. The first 4 suggestions I think are the easiest and most natural way to keep your hound's teeth clean and gums healthy.
Let me start by saying I understand that accidents happen, professionals can make mistakes and I don't think the people in these stories intentionally set out to harm these dogs. HOWEVER...... it breaks my heart to know that these dogs suffered because of people's irresponsibility and all of these sad stories could have been avoided.
My thoughts on what is happening in the pet sitting industry..... My rant!
1. Too many people are getting in the industry for the money and they believe it is "easy" money
2. Commercial facilities like PetSmart and doggie daycares are hiring inexperienced, young people who aren't properly trained
3. Overbooking, doggie daycares can have 20-30 dogs per employee.
4. Tech companies are getting into the pet sitting industry because they know there is a demand for pet care and there is money in it as well. So you have these huge tech corporations develop apps like Rover and Wag and anyone with a pulse can become a dog walker or pet sitter.
5. Expectations are lower than years past, there is a lack of accountabilty. I can say this from personal experience looking at 100 applications or so each month and as a mother of 3 teenagers.
I see it in schools, our kids are given 3 or 4 chances to retake a test or hand in a late assignment. Employers can't discipline employees for poor job performance in fear of legal action. Everyone gets a trophy for just showing up. No that's not how greatness is achieved! So when some people go to work, they do the minimum that is required because that is all that is expected of them. This makes me angry!
The first link (Petsmart) this poor dog suffered from severe diarrhea and vomiting yet nothing was done to help him and they have a vet clinic inside the store! Were they understaffed? Did the employees not have the common sense or training to realize the dog was in trouble? The poor dog suffered 9 days of this and lost almost 30 pounds, inexcusable!
The second link a French bulldog became overheated at a doggie daycare facility and died from heatstroke. The employees of the facility did not follow procedure and this was the second death from heatstroke in one month at the same place. The story also stated that there weren't enough staff to handle the number of dogs in their care.
The third link someone was asked to watch the pet owners dogs while they went on vacation. The article didn't state if the person was a pet sitter or just a friend, I'm guessing it was a friend of the family. The dogs were not hurt in this scenario but someone was shot at their home at a party!
The last two links dogs drowned while in a doggie daycare and under the care of a Rover pet sitter. At the pet resort in Scottsdale their bulldog was dead within 2 hours of dropping her off. They emphasized that their dog could not swim and to please be careful, the dog drowned and two hours later they got a call from the resort.
The Rover sitter was caring for a bulldog in her home and the poor dog drowned in her backyard in her pool because he was unsupervised.
The other day I was driving my daughter and her friends around town and I overheard one of her friends say to the other "remind me to let my neighbor's dogs out tomorrow, don't let me forget".
Yikes! Okay it's not the worst thing in the world, but as a pet parent and owner of a dog walking and pet sitting business I couldn't help but cringe a little. Of course I have been running my business since 2000, I have systems and procedures in place so we NEVER "forget" to let a dog out and kids are well, kids.
I understand not everyone is able or willing to pay for pet sitting and rely on family and friends to care for their pets while they are away and I am sure that the majority of the time the pet is well cared for or at least gets the basic needs met (potty breaks and fed).
If you rely on friends and family to help you out here are some tips on how to make sure your pet is getting the attention he or she deserves.
1. Before you leave go over the specifics of what you want them to do while you are away, if you are paying them it is fair to have expectations.
2. If you are worried at all they may forget or be late to a visit send them a friendly reminder or a thank you in advance for looking after your pet each morning.
3. Ask them to text you a picture of your dog on a walk or playing in the backyard and a short message letting you know how the visit went.
4. If you have cameras in your home it is okay to check in on them around their expected time of arrival.
5. If you feel like they are constantly late or forgot to go over, it is 100% okay to call them out on it. Remember your pets are totally dependent on people to care for them and they deserve the best while you are away.
Theoretically anyone with legs, a leash and a dog can call themselves a dog walker, however there are important factors to know about the dog you are walking and much more safety issues that come in to play.
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