5 Tricks for Healthy Dog Days of Summer with your St. Pete Dog Walker

Summer heat is on the mind of every dog owner. We slap on some sunscreen, sunglasses, and grab a water bottle to battle the heat while our four-legged loved ones have different needs.

Here’s 5 easy tricks to helping your pup to stay healthy while enjoying their dog days of summer:

  1. A Cooler Bandanna – Dogs regulate their body temp through their paws and by panting… and some actually get sweaty arm pits like my dog. You can help them prevent getting overheated by converting their normal bandanna into a cooler accessory. Simple wet the bandanna, wring it out and then freeze it to make it icy cool before leaving for an outdoor adventure or a healthy exercise with your St. Pete dog walker.
  2. PUPcicle Treats – Every dog will tell you the key to their heart is through their stomach. On a hot summer day, your pup will LOVE this cold treat. Whether it is as simple as frozen watermelon cubes or homemade chicken broth pops *see recipe here* Your pup will thank you for a cool treat after walking in St. Pete.
  3. Play Near Water – It doesn’t take a golden retriever or a lab to appreciate the cooling affect of playing near water. It could be your own pool, a kiddie pool and lawn sprinklers or the dog friendly beach at Fort Desoto Beach in St. Pete Florida. Your St. Pete pet sitter will even transport your dog to the beach for a day of play while you are working!
  4. Shorter Hair Cuts – Not every breed can pull of the shaved look like a greyhound but consider going a little shorter than usual at your next grooming appointment. It not only help cut down on overheating but shorter hear is also a great deterrent of fleas. Remember that dogs need sun block too! If your dog has exposed skin or thin hair, you can apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin. Another reason to hire a professional pet sitter like Regal Pet Services who will know how to protect your pet from the sun’s rays… just saying 🙂
  5. Pool Treats – Why not combine two of the things your dogs loves most! Use treats that float in the pool – it makes for a fun game and will keep your pup loving the benefits of play and saying cool. Speaking of floating… your dogs will love a comfortable dog float to hang out right next to you in the pool this summer.

If you are always in a rush or can never seem to have the time to give your dog the good, long walk they need – give us a call and set up a free initial visit. After that one meeting you will be all set up for any future occasions or when you need to go out of town.

Your St. Pete Dog Walker is licensed, bonded and insured so your home and pet are well protected. Read our reviews online and you will see why we are the choice for Dog Walking in St. Petersburg covering all areas of South Pinellas including Downtown St. Pete, Kenwood, Old Northeast, St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, Treasure Island, Tyrone, Pasadena… all the way to Carillon and Gandy Blvd area.

You will meet your St. Pete dog walking provider in the FREE initial meeting and decide from there what is the next step for you and your dogs… Call 727-560-5517 to schedule now!

Dog Walking St. Petersburg Top Dog Friendly Restaurants

Once you see the pure joy on your dogs face when they realize you are taking them with you rather than leaving them at home… it’s hard to ever leave them again. The fact is we have responsibilities to the outside world and not all of those include dog friendly atmospheres. That’s why it is so valuable to have someone you can call on for a planned trip or a last minute dinner date – that you can trust to care for your dog as you would… and as we hear all the time, a little bit better! If you are always in a rush or can never seem to have the time to give your dog the good, long walk they need – give us a call and set up a free initial visit. After that one meeting you will be all set up for any future occasions when your dog doesn’t have an invitation to go along.

Now let’s talk about where your dog does have an invitation to go with you…

Here are a few favorite restaurants in Downtown St. Pete, Tampa Bay Beaches and more that welcome your dog to dine with you:

  • BellaBrava 204 Beach Dr www.bellabrava.com
  • 400 Beach Seafood and Taphouse 400 Beach Dr. www.400beachseafood.com
  • The Avenue 330 1st Ave S www.theavenuedtsp.com
  • Chattaway 358 22nd Ave S www.thechattaway.com
  • Trip’s Diner 2339 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St N www.tripsdiner.com
  • Square 1 Burgers 3942 Tyrone Blvd www.square1burgers.com
  • Boardwalk Pasta & Seafood 5901 Sun Blvd. www.boardwalkpastaandseafood.com

No matter which restaurant you choose above you will receive a warm welcome, a dog bowl full of water and some of them even have a special menu just for your pup!

Your St. Pete Dog Walker is licensed, bonded and insured so your home and pet are well protected. Read our reviews online and you will see why we are the choice for Dog Walking in St. Petersburg covering all areas of South Pinellas including Downtown St. Pete, Kenwood, Old Northeast, St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, Treasure Island, Tyrone, Pasadena… all the way to Carillon and Gandy Blvd area.

You will meet your dog walking provider in the FREE initial meeting and decide from there what is the next step for you and your dogs… Call 727-560-5517 to schedule now!

St. Pete Pet Sitting Tips to Eliminate Begging

Once you start feeding your dog, it will quickly be followed by constant begging, winning, and pawing at every single meal. To begin the process of eliminating begging, the first thing to do is to eliminate feeding of any kind entirely including small scraps here and there.

Some other tips include:

  • Give your dog a toy or bone to occupy him/her while you are eating.
  • Feed your dog at the same time you or your family is sitting down to eat your meal. Give your dog a good long walk prior to meal time so he/she is more inclined to be ready to eat at the same time as everyone else.
  • If your dog continues to beg, ignore your dog completely especially avoid making eye contact.
  • If you want to train your dog to sit calmly under the table while you eat, you may try a training technique that uses their collar and leash to teach them the feeling of restraint around food. Simply have your dog lay down (already with collar and leash on) and leave just enough slack that your dog is comfortable but cannot stand up. Then hold the leash in this position under your foot so your dog lays beneath the table while you continue eating your meal above the table.
  • If all else fails, place your dog in his/her crate for the period of time you are eating your meal.

Your St. Pete pet sitting care provider is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. Your pet sitter is also a member of numerous pet sitting organizations which means you also have access to tons of valuable information just by working with Regal Pet Services LLC.

Just ask your pet sitting provider when you call to set up your FREE initial meeting if you have any other questions you would like your pet sitter to bring to that meeting…

St. Pete Pet Sitting Cold Weather Tips

The Houston SPCA offers the following cold-weather tips to keep your pets safe.

• Housing: Outdoor pets should have a well-insulated house that is wind resistant, waterproof and elevated off the ground so wind and moisture can’t seep inside. Install a door flap to protect against drafts. Extra blankets and straw will increase your pet’s warmth. Room and floor heaters should be kept away from your pet since they are fire hazards and can cause injuries .

• Food and water: Provide clean water every day. Outdoor pets need to consume 25 percent to 50 percent more calories than usual because the cold weather tends to deplete their energy.

• Cats and cars: Keep your cats indoors during the winter. Not only can outdoor cats freeze, they sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars to stay warm. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by moving parts. Give an outdoor cat a chance to escape by banging loudly on the car hood before starting your car.

• Warmth: If your dog is a short-haired breed, consider getting it a sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly to keep it warm.

• Antifreeze: Dogs and cats are attracted to the sweet smell and taste of antifreeze, which contains ethylene glycol. A tiny lick can kill your pet, so check your driveway for leaks from your car. Keep containers tightly closed and clean up spills. Check your local retailer for “pet safe” antifreeze.

Information gathered from the Resources section of www.Chron.com (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/7375045.html).

 

St. Pete Dog Walking Professional Shares What To Do If You Think Your Dog Has Allergies

Here are a few tricks of the trade that I learned as a pet owners myself of two terriers (which is one of the breeds that is more commonly known to develop allergies) before you go to the vet and pay a hefty price for testing:

  • First think of any recent changes you might have made to your dogs food, treats, flea medicine, detergent soaps on their beds, or shampoo. Any minor adjustment or change even just a brand or flavor change and your dog can begin showing signs of an allergy
  • If your dog has not yet made the switch to Limited Ingredients Diet food such as Natural Balance, then you may consider the switch if you’ve identified your dog’s food as the source.
  • A vet once told me one of the greatest tips – use blue Dawn soap, yes the dishwashing soap, to bath your dogs. It is the same soap that is used on dogs before they undergo surgerical procedures because of it’s bacterial killing ability. This has greatly improved the coat and allergy signs on our terriers.

If all else fails, go to your vet and after taking a complete history and conducting a physical exam, he or she may be able to determine the source of your dog’s allergic reaction. If not, your vet will most likely recommend skin and blood tests or stool testing if diarrhea is a main symptom, or special elimination diet, to find out what’s causing the allergic reaction.

Exerpts gathered from ASPCA Website: www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-allergies.aspx

Your St. Pete pet sitting in home professional is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. By hiring a professional pet sitter from your local area gives you access to information about how to have a happier pet from puppy to adult dog. Regal Pet Services LLC provides dog walking, pet sitting in home, dog running, and other pet services in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde, Madiera Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Clearwater.

Just ask your St. Pete professional pet sitter when you call to set up your FREE inital meeting if you have any other questions you would like your St. Pete pet sitter to bring to that meeting…

St Pete Pet Sitter Shares Substances that Your Dog Can Have an Allergy To

As a professional pet sitter in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Madiera Beach, and St. Pete Beach it is common to see dogs or developing puppies beginning to show signs of allergies. This post is to alert you as the pet parent what are some common substances that could be causing such reactions:

  • Tree, grass and weed pollens
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat, or soy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fleas and flea-control products (the bite of a single flea can trigger intense inchiness for two or three weeks!)
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning products
  • Fabrics
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Rubber and plastic materials

Dogs can also be allergic to food and it often takes some detective work to find out what substance is causing the allergic reaction. Dogs with food allergy will commonly have ichy skin, breathing difficulties or gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting, and an elimination diet will most probabaly be used to determine what food he is allergic to.

If your dog is specifically allergic to chicken, for example, you should avoid feeding him any products containing chicken protein or fat.

Note that food allergies may show up in dogs at any age so just because your dog is a young puppy or a dog that has lived a long life clear of allergies doesn’t mean they are in the clear.

 

Information Gathered From ASPCA Website: www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-allergies.aspx

Your St. Pete pet sitting in home professional is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. By hiring a professional pet sitter from your local area gives you access to information about how to have a happier pet from puppy to adult dog. Regal Pet Services LLC provides dog walking, pet sitting in home, dog running, and other pet services in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde, Madiera Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Clearwater.

Just ask your St. Pete professional pet sitter when you call to set up your FREE inital meeting if you have any other questions you would like your St. Pete pet sitter to bring to that meeting…

St Pete Pet Sitting In Home Guide To Identifying Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs

Here are some general symptoms of allergies:

  • Itchy, red, moist, or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

Allergenic dogs may also suffer from secondary bacterial or yeast skin infections, which may cause hair loss, scabs, or crust on the skin.

 

Information Gathered From ASPCA Website: www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-care-allergies.aspx

Your St. Pete pet sitting in home professional is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. By hiring a professional pet sitter from your local area gives you access to information about how to have a happier pet from puppy to adult dog. Regal Pet Services LLC provides dog walking, pet sitting in home, dog running, and other pet services in St. Pete, Gulfport, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Tierra Verde, Madiera Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Clearwater.

Just ask your St. Pete professional pet sitter when you call to set up your FREE inital meeting if you have any other questions you would like your St. Pete pet sitter to bring to that meeting…

 

St. Pete Pet Sitting New Puppy Housebreaking Tips

St. Pete Pet Sitting New Puppy Housebreaking Tips

When it comes to training your new puppy dog, a little insight into dog psychology and a few simple training tips will have your puppy up to speed in no time.

1. Designate the area yard and/or house where you would like your new puppy to associate with going to the bathroom.

2. Take your new puppy to that designated spot regularly. Approximately every two hours you should 2 hours, or after a long nap, feeding, playing, and just before going off to bed. Begin to pay attention and watch for tell tail (tale) signs that your puppy may give you indicating it is time to go. These signs include sniffing and walking around in circles.

3. When you are not around to take your new puppy outside, use a crate. Your puppy will learn to control bowel movements to avoid going in his/her new space. If you have a larger crate so that your puppy will grow into it as an adult, you will need to section it off to avoid your puppy from going in a corner.

4. Accidents are bound to happen, the key is remember to remain calm tell the puppy “no” and take him/her immediately to their designated area. By getting upset and yelling or punishing your puppy, will only end up causing confusion and lengthen the process of training.

5. Finally and most importantly, remember to praise your puppy. Every time your new pup goes in his/her designated spot shower your pup with an upbeat, excited voice tone, smile, and give your pup a treat for a job well done.

Your St. Pete pet sitting care provider is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. Your pet sitter is also a member of numerous pet sitting organizations which means you also have access to tons of valuable information just by working with Regal Pet Services LLC.

Just ask your pet sitting provider when you call to set up your FREE initial meeting if you have any other questions you would like your pet sitter to bring to that meeting…

St. Pete Pet Sitting Tips for When You Work Long Hours- Should I use a IN-HOME Doggie Day Care?

St. Pete Pet Sitting Tips for When You Work Long Hours – Should I use a IN-HOME Doggie Day Care?

Doggie day cares and day camps for pets are showing up everywhere. This new fad has been created for the busy pet owner who wants to come home to happy pet who feels appreciated rather than a dog who has been left alone (sometimes in the dark if the sun begins to set) all day long.

St. Pete Pet Sitting has designed a new program that capitalizes on the big benefits of doggie day cares and cures the common problems.

Owners can tell if their pets would benefit from more stimulation, interaction and exercise during the day if they notice a change in behavior. Lots of time the dog’s frustration is seen in the form of over activity acts like biting, destroying furniture/toys/shoes, or making messes in the house.  Other times the dog’s boredom can be seen in signs of depression, acting lethargic, moving slowly, laying around, constantly yawning or sleeping.

Although doggie day cares have been the recent cure to eliviate the guilt of leaving your lovable dog at home more than 4-5 hours, it has it’s pluses and minuses.

“They got it right by making an environment for dogs that provided attention, social interaction, and exercise for owners who aren’t at home to walk/play with their dog every 4-5 hours,” owner of Regal Pet Services LLC, Jennifer Kahler says, “however, this type of go-go-go environment does have a tipping point where it begins to cause frustration again for some dogs who cannot find a quite place to rest in between fast-pace play times.”

Commonly in the environment of doggie day cares, camps, or even dog boarding, after several hours of play a dog can begin to overexert themselves by simply not having a place to escape to for re-building energy.

This gap is the exact reason Jennifer Kahler created an IN-HOME DOGGIE DAY CARE program which allows your dog to receive extra attention, fresh water, interaction with dogs, regular feeding IN ADDITION TO being able to nap in their own bed, play with their own toys, and interact with familiar dogs in their regular park. This program allows for your dog to experience the best of both worlds.

Your St. Pete Pet Sitting is currently providing an affordable service that is guaranteed to create a waggin dog waiting for you at your door when you come home and best of all no messes to clean up…leaving your evening wide open for cuddling, resting, bonding, and relaxing for both owner and pet!

 

Your St. Pete pet sitting care provider is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. Your pet sitter is also a member of numerous pet sitting organizations which means you also have access to tons of valuable information just by working with Regal Pet Services LLC.

Just ask your pet sitting provider when you call to set up your FREE initial meeting if you have any other questions you would like your pet sitter to bring to that meeting…

St Pete Pet Sitting Holiday Pet Safety Tips

As you are going off for the usual perfect Christmas tree hunt with your family and decorating the halls with loads of holly, your St Pete Pet Sitter just wants to remind you of the possible dangers pine trees and other holiday plants can cause for your furry loved ones.

Did you know pet sitting tip…

According to Pet Sitters International (www.psi.com) “Keep these poisonous holiday plants away from pets: holly, hibiscus, Christmas roses, the poinsettia and the berries if the mistletoe. Pine tree water can be poisonous, so be sure to cover open tree stand bases. The tree should be secured to the wall with strong wire or twine because a toppling tree can cause serious injjuries to dogs and cats.”

 

Your St. Pete pet sitting care provider is certified by the Red Cross in Pet CPR and First Aid and will be able to supply you with any additional information. Your pet sitter is also a member of numerous pet sitting organizations which means you also have access to tons of valuable information just by working with Regal Pet Services LLC.

Just ask your pet sitting provider when you call to set up your FREE initial meeting if you have any other questions you would like your pet sitter to bring to that meeting…