Caring for Pets: Services Available for the Elderly

When a person becomes of an advanced age and finds difficulty in caring for their pets it can be a difficult situation. The same can be said for when someone has a life altering accident, making mobility difficult. Family pets provide excellent companionship and are even shown to boost the health of the elderly — hence the reason so many service animals are brought to homes for the aged. Services that offer caring for pets can make it so that the elderly are able to continue to have wonderful companion animals in their home without the worry about how they will provide the care required for the animal.

The alternative, rehoming the pet, is difficult on the pet owner as well as the animal. Before you start looking for a new home for a pet of an elderly or ill person, consider the alternative — caring for pets offered by home care services that can come in and offer a variety of services.

Home Care Services Can Include Caring for Pets

There are a variety of services offered by home care services including but not limited to caring for pets. Whether you need your pets walked, pet grooming done, changing the cat litter box, and other pet care services this can be handled by a home care services provider. We can even help with non-standard pets, such as birds and fish with cage-cleaning and aquarium cleaning as well as feeding these pets that bring our clients so much enjoyment.

In addition to caring for pets, additional services can help you or your loved one be more comfortable at home either after surgery or recovering from an accident as well as for those who are elderly and simply need additional assistance.

Night Care Services:

Services are available for both waking hours and nighttime when it can be extremely helpful to have an extra pair of skilled and caring hands available.

Respite Care:

Do you have a regular carer that needs time off? Ad hoc respite services are also available temporarily and at short notice when you need extra assistance.

Housekeeping:

Keeping your home in good order is a big part of why so many elderly or infirm people have difficulty remaining at home. The right help with a little light housekeeping, with landscaping, or with all of the above could make all the difference. Services can be tailored to your specific needs.

Personal Affairs:

Do you need help paying bills, dealing with finances, with your shopping, or another personal affairs area? Professional and confidential services are available from trustworthy people.

Pet Services Will Help Train You and Your Dog

There are some dogs that just don’t listen to even the simplest instructions, like sit. Their behavior is at its worst when visitors come around. He howls and makes all sorts of noises the moment you leave him alone. The moment you open the door or gate, he shoots out into the street. There is still hope for you and your dog. The Los Angeles Pet services will help you train your dog to be obedience. By the end of the training program, you and your dog will know how to behave. You are also included in the program so that you learn how to treat your dog and how to give commands. So, both you and your dog will benefit from this training.

It is always best to start training at puppy stage. It’s just like teaching your children good behavior at a young age. Once older, there are greater challenges to be met, which with time may be overcome. Training always begins at home. The pet trainer comes to your home such that the dog is in a familiar environment, where there are fewer diversions. You will be taught how to give commands without having to shout at or hit your dog. Training your dog is a gradual process. Thus once you know how to treat your dog, you will continue training on your own. The dog will be taught how to listen to commands like down, leave that, sit and heel, and obey them without a hassle.

Once your dog can pay attention, it is time to move from the home environment to the public arena. This time, the dog has to be able to obey instructions in an environment full of distractions. This requires the dog to pay attention. By the end of this session, he should be able to follow you wherever you choose to go rather than wherever he chooses to go. He will also be taught not to be aggressive when meeting with other dogs. Howling and barking when you leave the house, indicates a separation anxiety. This is common in puppies and dogs that have been abandoned before. They fear you will not return. The dogs will be trained how to deal with this.

Imagine you discover on the day of your interview that your dog chewed up your only good shoe. Chewing is also a habit that your dog enjoys. So, instead of chewing up anything, he will learn to chew and only chew his bones and his toys. He will also get the art of waiting at doorways as well as being nice to the neighbors’ kids. Never ever reward your dog with treats for good behavior. He will get it into his head that he behaves only when he is given treats. Rather, shower him with praises and love.

Los Angeles pet service providers are trained to train your dog so you can trust them to do a good job. There is no thing like an untrainable dog, even though his bad behavior is extreme.

Top 5 Hotel Pet Amenities That Score Big With Pet Travelers

For pet parents looking for pet travel accommodations that don’t just advertise as “pet-friendly” but have made the leap to “pet-loving”, sniff no further. There are plenty of 5-paw travel accommodations to choose from.

We recently completed a survey of over 200 pet traveling parents and found that pet friendly hotels & accommodations that provide the following top 5 pet-loving amenities desired by pet travelers and their pampered pets, win their business every time.

1. Welcome Gift

Accommodations that create a great first impression do so by demonstrating their “pet loving” commitment by delivering first class comfort to their guest’s loyal companions. From packaged pet treats (in a paper bag with a pretty bow and personalized tag), to a portable water bowl and chewy ball toy, they offer every four-legged friend their very own welcome gift and watch them wiggle and squirm with delight. They understand that it’s the gesture, more than the content or the gift bag that matters. Pet parents appreciate little tokens that welcome their furry friends as valued guests.

Want to find out what premier pet friendly accommodations include in their pet welcome gift? Check out the Kimpton Hotels and you’ll get dog-gone excited!

2. Pet Bed

Traveling can be taxing. Routines are disrupted, new sights and sounds and experiences can exhaust even the hardiest of travelers. Packing is often an issue, too, with little room left over to haul pet bedding and sleeping paraphernalia. Animal lovers look for accommodations that provide clean, well-kept bedding to help their four-legged friends drift off to sleep in comfort.

Westin Hotels provide a perfect example of pet pampering by offering dogs designer beds with luxury bedding that includes over-sized pillows. Their stylish dog beds fit the decorum perfectly, matching the design of the human-size beds precisely.

3. Designated Pet Walking/Potty Area

Providing a designated walking/potty area complete with poop bags and garbage receptacles are a must-have for pet travelers. It’s important that this area be clearly marked and as separate from normal traffic areas, as possible. Fenced in areas are particularly appealing to pet owners as they can keep their four legged friend confined, and safe, while allowing for exercise.

Clean, well-lit and safe are what pet travelers are looking for in outdoor accommodations when they travel with their furry friends. Check out Candlewood Suites and their PAW program (pets are welcome) – they do a great job with this!

4. Concierge Services

Like their human companions, dogs and cats want to see the sights on their vacation, too. Pet friendly accommodations that sniff out the favorite local dog and cat friendly attractions and services ahead of time score big with the jet-setting pet crowd. Pet parents look for hotels & accommodations that truly care about dog and cat guests by providing them with what the need to have a happy and safe stay. They want a concierge who is local and knows the area well, and is devoted to making sure their pets have a 5-star vacation experience.

A couple of pet friendly hotel chains that provide Fluffy and Fido with such services include Affinia Hotels and Aloft Hotels.

5. On-Site Pet Services

Most accommodations don’t allow guests to keep four legged friends in-room unattended, as even the most well behaved may act out when in a strange place. However, on the occasion people guests need to go somewhere without their furry friend, they are looking for the convenience of on-site pet services that include feeding, refilling water bowls, walking dogs around the immediate vicinity, changing litter, administering meds and providing affection, as needed. Some pet friendly hotels go so far as to offer pet massages and basic grooming!

Loews Hotels do a phenomenal job in this department! Their pet friendly services include: gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, prepared by award-winning Master Chef, specialized bedding, leashes, collars, litter boxes (and litter), pooper scoopers, dog-walking routes, pet placemats, water bowls, treats, doggie poop bags, rawhide bones, catnip and scratch poles, pet walking and sitting services.

Today’s savvy pet friendly hotels & accommodations keep in tune to the pet traveler’s wants and needs and cater to both pet parents and their precious pooches and kitties by providing pampering services that leave both pets and owners begging for more.

Pet Sitting Business – A Growing Business

There are over 6 million households in Canada who own a pet or two. Dogs and cats are the most popular pets, while dogs are the most favoured dogs among pet owners primarily because dogs are most affectionate.

It used to be that when pet owners go away on holiday, they would leave their pets with a neighbour, relative or friend, or with a kennel service. However, many families do not live close to each other and kennels can be quite expensive while not necessarily providing a happy atmosphere for pets. Thus, a new service business of pet sitting and pet walking is born.

Today, the pet sitting service has become a mature business. NAPPS, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters provide publications, training videos, insurance information, and other business resources for its members. Canadian equivalent of such an association is the All Canadian Pet Service Network. Typical pet sitting fees are $15 for a one-to-one 15 minute pee break, $20 for a 20 minute pee break. Group walks are also available at lower rates. Clients are not limited to pet owners on vacations. Some stay-at-home pet owners book 2 to 3 services a week for extra relief from walking their pets. Typically, the owner would leave house keys to the pet sitting service, and the sitters would come to the house and take the pets out for a walk. Reputable pet sitting services run a criminal check on their pet sitter employees and provide insurance bonding. Some pet sitting service also offer dog obedience training and puppy potty training as well.

My husband and I had the unfortunate experience of having to care for a pet while her owners went away for a holiday. The first night, we both forgot that we had the dog, and left our front door open. It was not until four hours later than we remembered we were caring for the dog, and had to have a search party. Luckily, we found the dog. She had wandered away to the neighbour’s yard, and was crying. The dog felt so lonely while staying with us, and wouldn’t eat for the first two days. After our valiant efforts in entertaining her and giving her a lot of pats and talk, she finally warmed up and felt comfortable.

After this episode, I have learned not to take care of somebody’s dog and will gladly refer them to a pet sitting service. I am sure many non-pet owners felt the same way. In fact, many pet sitting services sell gift certificates which make ideal presents for all occasions.

Dogs are social animals, and love company. They also need daily walks and exercises at least once, and preferably twice a day. Without proper attention, dogs can be destructive and manifest behavioral problems. Older arthritic dogs who are not so agile, may not adjust well to new surroundings. If you are travelling and will be away from your pet, consider giving your pets quality care by using a pet sitting service.

If you love pets and want to start your own business, consider a pet sitting service. It can be run from home, and has low startup costs. Several add-on products such as dog accessories, and dog food can also bring in additional income. Here’s another plus! This type of jobs cannot be outsourced to a third world country.