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.

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