Friday, January 31, 2014

Welcome Cooper

We are delighted to welcome a Weimeraner puppy to our Furry Family! Cooper's mom called us in advance of his homecoming at 8 weeks old to arrange potty visits. Most of the pictures we take are blurry (he has lots of energy!) but we did get a few to show off those baby blues!

Fun Fact - as Weimeraners age their eyes turn from blue to grey or amber.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Welcome Chihuahuas

We have welcomed a new Chihuahua pack to our Furry Family! Mom and dad are on a fabulous vacation and the dogs get to stay home in their comfy house with their pet sitter, Theresa, visiting them to give them their treats. Life is good!

Your pets can be next!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Welcome Collies

We are always excited to welcome a new pet, or family of pets, to our fold. We began watching Ramsey, the kitty, and Kona, Bella and Ike, the Collies, in November. They are beautiful and fun!

Ramsey loves when the puppies get to come in for the night so he has someone to play with! 

We would love to welcome your pets to our Furry Family, too!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Interview Questions You Should Ask A Pet Sitter

Pet Sitting allows you to travel while allowing your pets to live at home where they feel safe and comfortable. It is an excellent alternative to boarding where some pets feel stressed by being caged in close proximity to other animals. Finding a pet sitter is not difficult. Google, Facebook and Yelp will yield a lot of results. How do you find the right pet sitter for your needs?

Ask questions! Caring for your pets is a serious responsibility. Interviewing prospective pet sitters for the position will ensure you make an educated decision. Here is a guide to use during your search:

1: Do you have business insurance and are you bonded?  Your pet sitter will have access to your home and valuables as well as your pets. Business insurance will protect you in the event of any accidents to your home or your pet. How will you be protected if your dog is attacked while out walking? How will you be compensated if something is broken in your home? Hire a professional with business insurance specific to the pet sitting industry.

A bond will protect you against theft. A reputable pet sitting company carries a bond on their staff, typically up to $10,000.00. We also conduct background checks. You will want this peace of mind when allowing access to your house.

2. What is your Emergency Plan? Things happen! A sole proprietor may not have a back up plan in the event of illness or a personal emergency. Who is going to cover if your pet sitter has an emergency? At Creature Comforts, we have a team of professionals and every situation is handled without missing a beat.

3. What is your experience with __________ (your type of pet and/or medical condition/unique requirements)?  If you have horses you'll want to make sure the person caring for them has experience (it is very easy to find someone who just LOVES horses but what experience do they have?) If your cat is taking medication can the person administer it? What experience do they have? If your dog is insulin dependent can they do the injections? Have they done this before? Do they know how many times a day an animal needs insulin? Can they be on time?

4. How will you know when the visits are done? A good company will have GPS and time-stamped visit reports that are automatically sent to you to let you know the pet sitter was at your house when clocking in and out of your visit.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Why Is My Dog Destructive?

We've all been there. Some of you are there right now! You leave your puppy, adolescent or adult dog alone and come home to sheer destruction! What is a pet parent to do? Here are 3 reasons your dog destroys your belongings and what you can do to prevent this behavior.

Puppyhood. There is no way around it, your puppy is going to chew things! Starting at the time of adoption you need to redirect this urge from your shoes, body parts and furniture to acceptable items. Crate training is an excellent way to not only potty train your puppy but to control unsupervised time. When your puppy is outside the crate you must supervise her activities and, when she starts chewing on your undesirable items redirect her attention to an appropriate toy. 

There are products, like Bitter Apple, that can help. Simply spray it on the items she chews on that you can't move (like furniture, walls, carpets) and the taste is so nasty she won't chew on them. 

Take every opportunity during her free time to wear her out through disciplined walks and games, like fetch and obstacle courses. (She will be easier to walk when her exuberant energy has been expelled through games.)

Adolescence. So you made it through the puppy months and everything was going along so well. Then, at around 18 months old, your young dog suddenly started ripping the stuffing out of the couch and nothing you could do would stop him! Was he abducted and an alien left in his place?

No! Your puppy is an adolescent - the equivalent to a 13-16 year old human teenager. His energy level just kicked into high gear and he doesn't know what to do with himself! This phase can last 12 to 18 months, brace yourself! 

Exercise is extremely important to your dog at this time. If your dog likes to play fetch get a tennis ball "chucker" to increase the distance he runs. Take him for long (45-60 minute) walks. If your dog is an athletic breed like Boxers, Pit Bulls, Labs and all working and herding breeds, consider biking with him. He needs to run! Morning, afternoon and night. If you don't provide a constructive outlet for his abundant energy your belongings are at high risk.

This is also a time where the crate will be your best friend. Be careful to not leave your adolescent dog in a crate for more than 5 hours at a time. Self destructive behavior can start with confinement when an exercise break is not provided while you are at work for the day.

Separation Anxiety. Does your adult dog destroy the furniture, the walls, the blinds, clothing, carpet or anything within reach when you leave the house? Does he cry and carry on when you walk out the door? Your dog is demonstrating separation anxiety, a behavioral issue stemming from your dog's perceived place in the family pack that started in puppyhood. 

When a dog believes himself to be alpha (the leader of your pack) it is considered, in dog etiquette, to be a cardinal sin for lower ranking members of the pack (yourself included) to leave the house without him. The tantrum that follows your crime is an expression of frustrated dominance.

What to do? Consult a professional trainer to help you establish your necessary place as the pack leader. Your dog will be a calm and stable pack member when you take the leadership role and allow him to be a happy follower. Your trainer will show you how to easily take this alpha role away from your dog through disciplined walks, feeding rituals, play time and rules. You will also learn how to leave the house calmly with a relaxed dog.

What is the most destructive thing your dog has done? Leave us a comment!

Creature Comforts offers Potty Break visits for puppies and Exercise Breaks for adolescents and adult dogs. Click the Book Now button to schedule some sanity in your household!