Why Do Dogs Dig?

All dogs have their own quirky personalities. Some prefer chewing and it doesn’t matter if they’re chewing approved toys given by their pet parent or if it’s the living room sofa. They just like to chew. Other dogs, especially those with the hunting gene, will dig whenever they can. But, why do dogs dig? Is it just a natural trait of all dogs? Or, is your dog trying to tell you something when he digs?

Here are a few common reasons dogs dig:

He’s bored.

Ho hum. A bored dog digs. Dogs are intelligent animals and must be physically and mentally stimulated to remain healthy and happy – and to prevent potentially destructive behavior, such as digging. Even if he has plenty of toys and isn’t necessarily bored, he may still dig because many dogs enjoy digging. Whether he’s bored or just a natural digger, find ways to avert his attention from digging. Give him plenty of toys to play with when he’s outside. Take him for several walks a day. Go to training classes to ensure he’s challenged.

He wants to bury something.

Dogs have a natural instinct to bury that which is important to them. Your dog may dig a hole to bury his favorite toy or a chew stick, cover it with dirt, and come back to it when he wants to play or to chew. But, burying toys isn’t relegated to the outdoors. Some dogs will bury their prized possessions indoors, under piles of laundry, blankets, or in other bulky areas.

He wants to escape.

Dogs may dig to escape for several reasons. If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, he may start digging at the door to get out and to join you when you leave. One common way to deal with separation anxiety is to be discreet when you are leaving the house, to just leave and allow your dog to relax.

Some dogs want to escape because they don’t like being confined to one space. Your dog, for example, may have a large yard in which to run around. But, alas, he may really crave finding out what’s on the other side of the fence or he might see something that he just has to check out.

He’s trying to get warm or cool.

Your dog may be outside when it is very hot or very cold and he just wants to find a comfortable place to protect himself from the elements. He may dig a hole to plop in to keep warm or to get cool. Allow your dog to come in when the temperatures are extreme and, if he just likes to lay outside, offer him a dog bed or an old pillow so he won’t be compelled to dig holes.

He’s hunting prey.

Some dogs, like beagles and dachshunds, are natural predators. They instinctively prey on small animals like badgers, squirrels, and rabbits and will dig holes if they pick up the scent of a prey animal.

Find a solution.

Dogs dig for many reasons. If your dog is a digger, find out why. Is he bored? Trying to escape? Begging for attention? When you pinpoint why your dog is digging, you can come up with an acceptable solution to curb the digging.

Does your dog dig? If so, why does he dig?

5 Reasons Your Cat Will Love A Cat Sitter

Cats are pretty much creatures of habit. They prefer to dine at a specific time, to sleep in their favorite spots, and to play when they want to play. In most homes, cats rule with an iron paw. Okay, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but most families will do whatever it takes to ensure their cat’s happiness and good health.

That’s just one reason to hire a cat sitter when you have to head out of town for the weekend or on a long-awaited vacation.

Here are five reasons your cat will love a cat sitter:

Your cat will stay where they are happiest.

Plenty of facilities, including pet stores and veterinarians, board cats. But put yourself in your cat’s place before you choose that option. Your family takes you to an unfamiliar and even scary place – after all, few animals like going to the vet – where they plop loving kisses on you, only to say goodbye and leave you there. At a boarding facility, your cat may become anxious and afraid. Your cat will love a cat sitter because they will get to stay where they are most comfortable and most happy: At home.

Your cat will lap up the attention.

Sure, you lavish plenty of attention on your cat when you’re at home. Sometimes, however, there is so much going on that your cat doesn’t always get to enjoy being the sole focus. A cat sitter will focus solely on your cat and their needs, according to your instructions, during each cat sitting visit.

Your cat will remain safe.

Cats are curious by nature. By booking daily visits with a cat sitter, your cat will remain happy, healthy, and safe. If your cat becomes stuck behind a dresser, for example, your cat sitter will be the first to find out on their daily visit. If your cat begins exhibiting signs of illness, the cat sitter can take immediate action.

Your cat won’t be exposed to illness and/or disease.

Boarding your cat in a facility could expose them to illness and disease. Add to that the potential of mental stress. Remember, your cat will likely need time to transition to the facility then transition again when they return home. Your cat will absolutely love having a cat sitter because it means a stress-free experience.

You can relax.

If your cat could talk, they would probably want you to be just as happy as they are when they’re with their cat sitter. Knowing that your cat is being pampered by their cat sitter, able to adhere to their normal routine, and getting the attention they love, will allow you to enjoy your time away from home. And, if you miss your feline friend, you can contact your cat sitter. Some pet sitters even send out daily updates, either via email or text, to let clients know how their beloved pets are doing.

Why will your cat love a cat sitter?

Should I Choose A Pet Sitter Based On Price?

Budget often plays a significant role in making decisions: Can you really afford the minivan or should you opt for the compact car? Should you buy the designer jeans or generic jeans? Everyone has a budget; some have larger budgets than others.

But, some decisions should never be based on price alone. Never choose a pet sitter, for example, based on price alone. To ensure you hire the best professional pet sitter for your pets’ care, also take into consideration the following factors:

How experienced is the pet sitter?

Ask the prospective pet sitter plenty of questions to ensure they have sufficient experience to care for your pet(s). How many years have they worked as a pet sitter? If you have pets who require specialized care – such as a turtle, a rabbit, or a parrot – does the pet sitter have experience with that type of pet? Or, if they do not, are they willing to learn? Find out as much as you can about the pet sitter’s experience.

Does the pet sitter have a solid reputation?

The pet sitter may seem like the perfect match on paper – or on the computer screen – but what do their current and former clients think of them? Would they hire this person again? What do they like best about their pet sitting service? Are there any downsides to working with the pet sitter? Most pet sitters include testimonials on their website but if you can also ask for and receive references, contact those references.

Is the pet sitter a professional?  

You must work with a professional pet sitter if you want to ensure your pets’ and your home’s safety. A professional holds sufficient insurance to protect you and your pets. For your peace of mind, they will also be background checked. Be sure to ask your sitter if you can see the documentation for insurance and the background check, or get the phone number so that you can call the agency to be sure. You should also be required to sign a contract outlining the details of the pet sitting agreement, such as the cost of each pet sitting visit, typical length of each visit, your responsibilities when hiring a pet sitter, and the pet sitter’s responsibilities.

What does each pet sitting visit include?

A professional pet sitter generally meets with prospective clients – and their pets – prior to scheduling pet sitting appointments to ensure the pet sitter is a good fit. During that initial meet and greet, you will likely discuss your expectations of the pet sitter, such as how you expect your pets to be cared for, when they should be fed, and instructions for medication, if applicable.

Be sure to ask the pet sitter what happens in case the sitter cannot make the appointment due to an emergency. Will a backup pet sitter care for your pets? (If the answer to that is “no,” you probably want to find another pet sitter.) If your pet becomes ill or injured, will the pet sitter call you immediately or will you give permission for the pet sitter to take your pet to the veterinarian?

Should you choose a pet sitter based on price? The short answer is “no.” Consider price but also make sure you learn as much as you can about the pet sitter’s experience, professionalism, and service before choosing the best pet sitter for your needs.

How big of a role does price play when you choose a pet sitter?

 

Top 5 Benefits Of Using A Professional Pet Sitter

The day for your long awaited journey is fast approaching. But, instead of being overcome with excitement, you feel overwhelmed with anxiety and dread. Who is going to provide your pets with the same high quality care to which they are accustomed when you are gone? Will boarding them prove too stressful? Can you really trust your neighbors or family members to check in with your pets as often as they require?

Revel in the excitement of an upcoming trip by hiring a professional pet sitter to care for your pets while you are away. Here are the top five benefits of using a professional pet sitter:

Enjoy a stress-free experience.

A professional pet sitter allows both you and your pets to enjoy a stress free experience. You don’t have to worry about boarding your pets and the stress they’ll endure traveling to and from the kennel; the stress of getting used to a new place; and the stress of coming home again. You also don’t have to fret over whether or not neighbors or loved ones will be able to keep their promise to care for your pets every day.

Ensure your pets are cared for the way YOU want.

A professional pet sitter will speak with you prior to your first scheduled visit to determine how you want your pets cared for: You are in charge. You tell the pet sitter what and how much to feed your pets; what toys to rotate; and how to give them their much-anticipated treats.

Schedule as few, or as many, visits as you need each day.

How many times a professional pet sitter visits your pets depends solely on your and your pets’ needs. If you have pets who require medication at specific times each day, you may schedule several visits each day. Some professional pet sitting services also offer overnight pet sits for those pets who may suffer from separation anxiety, who need special care, or who just feel more secure having someone at their home at night.

Rest assured your home is secure.

In addition to caring for your pets, a professional pet sitter is dedicated to ensuring both they and your home are secure. As a result, your pet sitter may turn lights on and off, bring in the mail, take out and bring in the trash cans on garbage day, and so on. You also don’t have to worry about your plants dying: Just ask your pet sitter to water them each day.

Receive frequent updates.

Being apart is probably just as hard on you as it is on your pets. Savor your time away, knowing that your professional pet sitter will provide you with frequent updates as to how your pets are doing each day. You may receive an email or a text with photographs, depending on your professional pet sitter’s regular procedures.

What is the biggest benefit for you and your pet(s) when using a professional pet sitter?