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8 Signs Your Pet Loves You

posted by The Daily Fluff December 31, 2017 0 comments

Ever wonder what your pet really thinks about you or if they are just using you for food? We pour so much love into our four-legged best friend. While they can’t say ‘I love you’ there are other, sometimes bizarre, ways in which they show their affection.

In preparation for Valentine’s Day here is a list of the many ways our pets show their love:

  1. They bring you ‘presents’:

Although not what you’d normally put on your wish list, it is always the thought that counts. Cats are natural predators, so in leaving the odd dead mouse or bird for you, they are either teaching you how to hunt or showing off their abilities. Either way it’s a loving gesture.

Dog’s bred for hunting will do this as well as it also shows they are a top dog!

  1. Snuggles:

If your dog likes to sleep in your bed and cuddle with you then it is a big sign that they like you. Especially after feeding time or in the morning when their motives aren’t food related.

Cats like warm and safe places to sleep, that is mostly your lap and sometimes, for inexplicable reasons, your head.

  1. Tail wagging:

Body language is an excellent way of reading your pet’s mood. When a dog is wagging their tail or their ears are lifted it is safe to say your pup is happy that you are around.

The tail is also a useful tool for reading cats. The word is if a cat’s tail is up and twitches a little that cat is sending off friendly vibes.

  1. Hanging out and following you:

If you’ve ever wondered why your pet follows you around the house or waits for you outside the bathroom, it’s simply because they enjoy your company. Dogs are pack animals and love being around family.

While cats are notoriously independent they are not above seeking company as well.

  1. Eye contact and kitty winks:

Did you know that when your cute kitty winks at you or squints they are saying ‘you’re alright?!’ It’s like a stamp of approval that shows that they trust you.

Dogs are less complicated. Sometimes all you need to do is make brief eye contact with a pooch and they are bounding over to you with a goofy look on their face.

  1. Showing their belly:

When cats show their belly to you it is a sign that they trust you. If you’ve ever had a cat scratch you when giving their tum a little rub they say it’s because it’s a breach of their trust.

On the other hand, most dogs love having their belly scratched. A dog rolls over as a sign of trust as well, but they may just want to scratch a place they can’t reach.

  1. Playing:

Playing catch or tug-of-war with your pup is a good way to strengthen your bond. There’s no harm in a bit of roughhousing as well if it doesn’t go too far. It shows that your dog likes having fun with you!

But it’s not just dogs! Cat’s love playing with their owners as well! A curled tail usually means they are in a playful mood so it’s time to bring out the toys!

  1. The big welcome home:

It’s one of the more obvious signs when you come home and your furry best friend is nearly knocking over furniture in their excitement to see you. They may spring down the hall, rub against your legs, and then pretend they never cared you left.

What are some signs your pet loves you? Comment below.

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6 Life Hacks For Being A Happy Cat Owner

posted by The Daily Fluff April 19, 2017 0 comments

Having a cat to shower with affection is ‘the dream’ for most of us cat lovers (calling all #crazycatladies!) They become a part of your family and a lot of the time they think they are one of us.

However, as cat owners we know that life with a cat isn’t always smooth sailing. Some cats can be a little on the moody side, and love to get their own way!

Need some hacks to be a happy cat owner? Here are some tips:

  1. Invest in rubber gloves! This is the best way to get rid of cat hair and as you would know it gets EVERYWHERE. Haven’t we all been avoiding wearing black for this reason?! Rubber gloves can be used to strip hair from your clothes and furniture and they are super cost effective, which is a win win for everyone!
  2. Change the bowl to a plate. This is for all the picky eaters out there! We’ve all had a cat that just won’t eat their food! Here at the Daily Fluff,  we’ve found that some cats just don’t like their bowl especially if it is limiting their whisker space! So why not try a flat dish and you may be pleasantly surprised.
  3. Keep their paws away from the cords. Does your cat love to chew on power cords too? It’s not only dangerous but it is also damaging. Get some rubber tubing to protect exposed cords and in turn protect your cat.
  4. You don’t need the 4 tiered cat post. While it’s no secret that cats do like these because they like to climb and be elevated, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make them happy. Get creative at home and make your own cat post. A bookshelf or stacked boxes will surely do the trick!
  5. Use a bath mat. Stop the unwanted litter spreading throughout the house by keeping your cat’s litterbox in one designated area in your home. Another great tip is to have a bath mat next to their litter box to stop the mess from spreading!
  6. Build a cubby house. Cats love to play and for them, that usually means climbing or hiding. Create little hiding nooks for them throughout the house so they can have all the fun they could ever need! These could be made with some shirts or towels. You’ll be surprised how quickly it will become their new nap spot.

We hope this helps you overcome some of the stresses of being a cat owner! Which hacks are you going to try? Comment below and let us know.

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4 Ways To Make Your Life As A Dog Owner Less Stressful

posted by The Daily Fluff March 28, 2017 0 comments

Dogs make our lives happier with their wagging tails, dangling tongue and excited barking. However, while their cute and cuddly presence brightens up everybody’s day, puppies can also be a bit of a handful.

If you’re getting a bit overwhelmed, we have some tips on how you can live your life with your pooch with no worries at all!

  1. House Training:

If you have a new pooch in your home, you may be worried about how they may adjust to their new living quarters. They’ll need to be taught straight away that the whole world, in fact, ISN’T their garden, and therefore cannot be used as toilets. If you’ve never house trained before, the general idea is to take your pup outside for toilet breaks every 30 minutes. The purpose of this is to get into your pet’s head that the outside is their toilet, not inside. Your new pup will also need to be watched constantly so that there is little risk of an accident. Get everyone in the house on board and have a shift schedule for who will be watching the new housemate. It may also help to find some obedience classes for you and your dog to take together. You two can have fun together as you learn how to get them to be on their best behaviour!

  1. Walking:

Taking your dog out for a walk isn’t just for toilet breaks: the fresh air also relieves them of stress and anxiety and gets them some regular exercise. If you’re too tired to take them for a walk, however, don’t stress yourself out! Aim to try and get at least 10 minutes a day. A quick walk around the block should do it. If you want the walk to be done as soon as possible, take a few treats with you. Give them to your dog after they’ve gone to the toilet or when you’re finished to encourage a shorter walk. If you’re a busy person who often comes home late after work, get someone in the family to walk your pooch, or hire a local dog walker to do it while you’re away. Once you get home, you can expect your dog to be lying on the floor passed out from their big day.

  1. The Dog Sitter:

If you’re a busy person, or you’re planning a long holiday, you may be worried your pooch won’t get the care they need. Luckily there are many options for you to consider so your dog will be well looked after while you’re away. Pop online and look up some local dog boarding houses for your pup to stay in. It’ll be like they’re having a holiday too! If boarding isn’t your cup of tea, look up some professional pet sitters who can stay at the house or mind your dog at their place. Or if you want to be sure you can completely trust your carer, get a friend to take care of your fur baby. Make sure you cover everything they need to know, such as vet contacts, food, walking schedules and back up contacts.

  1. The Vet:

Nobody likes to visit the vet, especially your pooch. But when they’re sick or injured, you will do anything to make sure your dog is well again. However, there are so many times you can visit the vet until the bills start pilling up. There are many strategies that can help you save money and keep your dog healthy. Taking them for regular check ups will decrease the likeliness of your dog becoming unwell and save loads of money in the long run. Getting pet insurance can help cover costs related to illnesses and injures. Money may still be spent, but it will benefit for emergency situations. It’s also a good idea to keep track of your finances to make sure there’s always some money available for your pup. If you just can’t cover it for whatever reason, ask a friend or relative to help out as a back up. If they love your pet as much as you do, they will have no problem helping out!

The precious moments you have with your dog will surely clear up any stress you may have. So don’t worry about a thing. You and your pooch will be alright.

What strategies do you have for living a stress-free life with your dog? Comment below and let us know!

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6 Places to Pamper Your Pet in Melbourne

posted by The Daily Fluff February 28, 2017 0 comments

We all love to spoil ourselves with a good old pampering, and whether they like to admit it or not, our pooches are guilty of loving it too! Of course, our fur-babies deserve to look their very best, so they’ll need the very best. Not sure where to go?

We’ve come up with a list of our top picks for the best dog grooming parlours across Melbourne:

  1. Murphy’s Paw

Residing in Port Melbourne, Murphy’s Paw identifies themselves as “Masters of Styling”. Murphy’s Paw has a large team of passionate dog lovers who are professionally trained to give your pet the best possible service. Offering services such as bathing, grooming and personalised styling, Murphy’s Paw is all about pampering your pup to highlight their best features according to their size and breed. They also offer training for puppies new to grooming and for owners who wish to groom their pets themselves.

  1. Spa Bark

Located in Moonee Ponds, Spa Bark has a personal standard for providing a professional service for your pet. It is no problem because they love dogs, and it is easy to be good at your job when you love it so much! Spa Bark internally mentors and externally trains their staff so they can improve their techniques and be up-to-date with any advances in grooming. They offer personalised grooming packages for different breeds, so it is a guarantee that your pooch will get the service that they need!

  1. Urban Paws

Not only do Urban Paws offer dog-grooming services, but the Yarraville business is also a doggy day care! Owned by husband and wife animal lovers, Roger and Melinda, Urban Paws is all about providing exceptional care for your pooch as if they were their own. They offer nurturing grooming services for your pooch, and if you’re early for your appointment, they can play in the day centre! Speaking of which, if you are busy all day and your pup hates being left alone, Urban Paws offers a fun and loving day care centre. Your pet can run around and play all day and maybe even make some new friends!

  1. Superb Grooming

If you want your dog’s grooming to have a personal touch, pop down to Superb Grooming in Wheeler’s Hill. With 5 years of experience, Jan provides each pooch with a grooming session with long lasting benefits. She’s all about making sure your dog’s coat and skin is clean and healthy so that they’re able to live their lives happily! You can drop your dog off while Jan takes good care of them, so when you come to pick them up, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

  1. Scratch & Sniffs

For a grooming that is professional with a modern flair, visit Scratch & Sniff down in Cheltenham! Scratch & Sniff’s principal groomer, Cally, has 17 years’ experience in Veterinary Nursing with a Certificate III in Pet Grooming. She has a certain flair for modern grooming, which includes Asian fusion and show preparation! Services Cally provides include washes, clips and even manicures and pet tattoos! Cally is also one of the small handful of experienced cat groomers in Australia. So if you have a kitty that is meowing for a pampering, bring them down and let them be spoiled!

  1. The Pink Poodle

If your pooch wants a grooming that’s a little more international, The Pink Poodle is the place for you! Located in Glen Waverley, the family owned business have over 40 years’ experience in dog grooming. The owner, Tracey, hails from the United Kingdom, and she has been trained in dog grooming from her mother, who has had the pleasure of grooming some celebrity pooches in England! The Pink Poodle specialises in Holistic grooming, offering services such as coat washes, mud wraps and skin treatment using aloe vera.
And there’s more! Want to spoil your feline friend? Lulu & Finn love being pampered at Pretty Kitty All Natural Cat Grooming!

When it’s time for our Summer haircuts or we need some pampering, the human takes us to Pretty Kitty All Natural Cat Grooming. We come home looking and smelling beautiful, and feeling stress-free. Best of all, they don’t use anaesthesia, so we don’t feel groggy for the rest of the day!

Stuck on where to go? No matter where you live in Melbourne, there is a parlour that will make your pooch even more beautiful. Who knows? They may look so good that they’ll bring your hairdresser to shame!

Which grooming parlours do you regularly visit? Comment below and let us know!

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Apartment Living with Pets: What You Need to Know

posted by The Daily Fluff February 17, 2017 0 comments

Ready for your happily ever after but missing a very important companion in your home? Us Melburnians sure love our pets but unfortunately, it’s very common to hear people say “I really want a pet BUT I live in an apartment!” Well, we have some good news for you! There are many pets that are suited to apartment living but there are some specifics you do need to consider before taking the dive.

Which level will you live on? 

We have found the lower levels much more convenient as your closer to the outside. If you are planning on getting a puppy, toilet training can be very challenging and will require lots of trips outside to begin with. The ground or 1st floor makes this a lot easier.

Choose your animal and breed carefully:

High energy dogs such as Labradors and Border Collies may really struggle to live in a confined space. This can result in them acting out and chewing things they shouldn’t or damaging furniture.

Size: 

A larger animal may just not be ideal in an apartment; remember pups do grow! Make sure you research your breed and the expected size once it is fully grown.

Exercise:

Plenty of it is key. It allows your pet to burn energy so they aren’t restless or agitated at home. If you’re time poor you should consider a dog walker or doggie daycare to help with this.

Time:

You need to be prepared to set aside time every day for your pet, whether that be time for walking, playing or just doting them with attention. Providing your pets with a daily routine and attention can minimise your pet misbehaving as it’s usually a call for attention.

Neighbours: 

Be aware of how close your neighbours are and how well the apartment blocks out noise before getting a pet. If you happen to have a dog who’s a barker, consult your Vet on ways to minimise barking and correct behaviour.

Our Tips:

  • Bring the outside in: Plants can make your pet feel more at ease in an apartment setting.
  • Cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are ideal for apartment living –  they are quiet and can be toilet trained more easily.
  • Communicate with your landlord: Your landlord may have specific requirements or restrictions when it comes to pets. This may also include a pet deposit to cover possible damage or cleaning costs when vacating.
  • Vaccinations: It is really important to keep up their worming and vaccinations as apartments often have shared yards and facilities so you need to make sure your pet can’t infect anyone else using these areas. If you have a dog and it was to bite someone, having vaccination records is vital.

We hope this can assist you in making the right decision in choosing a pet for you and your living situation. If you have the ideal pet for your apartment we would love for you to share with us in the comments below!

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How To Choose The Right Dog Breed For You

posted by The Daily Fluff January 31, 2017 0 comments

For any pet lover who is looking to bring a new pup into their family, choosing the right breed can be challenge. How are you supposed to choose when there are so many amazing and adorable breeds in the world?!

While we all tend to be drawn to breeds we think are cute and cuddly, it’s important to also think about how to best care for your potential pup. This may mean that you have to make some hard practical decisions when bringing a new dog into your home.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before picking your breed of dog. 

How much space do you have?

If you’re living somewhere small you are probably better off with a smaller dog breed. If you’re living in an apartment you’re better off looking for a low energy dog so that your pup isn’t couped up and gloomy. Big dogs need a lot of space, a large backyard and most of the time a decent vacuum cleaner!

How much time to you have?

Some dogs require more attention than others and are miserable being alone too long. For example working dogs like German Shepherds and Border Collies are very active, need long walks and plenty of company. If the house is empty for most of the day and you don’t have time to go on long walks you are more suited to small dogs like Cavoodles or Maltese breeds. They are pretty happy to laze around!

Why are you getting a dog?

In order to pick the right breed, you may also need to ask yourself why you are getting a dog in the first place?

For many of us, it’s the love and companionship of having a fluff ball running around causing adorable chaos that makes us sure we need to add a new fur baby to our home. However, you may also have another practical reason, whether that’s to guard your home or to provide friendship to your young children.

How did you pick dog breeds? Comment and let us know!

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10 Ways to Puppy Proof Your Home

posted by The Daily Fluff November 11, 2016 0 comments

There pretty much isn’t anything more exciting than bringing your new puppy home for the first time! Unfortunately, though, it’s not all fun and games! Just like mum and dad used to tell us as we’d beg and beg for a new puppy, with pets comes responsibility.

Here are our top ten tips to puppy-proof your home.

  1. Get rid of toxic items

Lock up all of your toxic chemicals, far away from your pup. New puppies can be super curious, and if they really want to, they can wriggle into dangerous places. Lock your chemicals and cleaning products in a place they can’t get access to. Pups can also react badly to some plants you might have in your backyard. Read more about toxic plants to look out for here!

George The French Bulldog agrees:

“I love to play in the backyard, so it’s important that anything that I might try to eat (like small rocks or the hose) is out of my reach and that any plants or garden items used are pet friendly.”

  1. Keep all doors shut and secured

Trust us, there is nothing scarier than when your new pup seizes their opportunity and goes straight for the front door. It might be a bit of an adjustment, especially if you haven’t had a dog before but it is definitely worth being super careful around any doors that are used to access the big bad world.

  1. Puppy-proof your fence 

Dogs LOVE to dig and to squirm into places they shouldn’t be, so make sure to thoroughly check your backyard. Check for any holes in your fencing, or any gaps a wriggly little pup could squeeze through!

  1. Use lots of towels while toilet training

If you’ve had a puppy before, then you know that toilet training can be a seriously long process! To avoid any lounge room disasters, cover all carpeted areas with old towels. Using absorbent puppy-pads will also help you avoid messy clean-ups!

  1. Tidy up electric cables

New puppies LOVE to chew, especially while they are teething! Clean up all electric cables, and keep them well away from your pups favourite hangout zone. Honestly, better they chew on your favourite shoes than the wifi cable, right?

             6. Identify any hazards

Puppies and stairs do not mix. Block off the stairs with a child proof gate to keep them safe!

  1. Clean up

Puppies can be seriously curious creatures. Within minutes of arriving at their new home, they will be sniffing around to familiarise themselves with their new family! This means that any socks left on the floor, dust bunnies under the couch or food left under the oven can become a puppy hazard. Have a big clean out a few days before your pup arrives home, just to be safe!

  1. Keep food out of reach

Not only is human food super appetising for our fur-babies, it can also be quite damaging and even toxic. If your new pup is particularly curious, it might be best to buy some child locks for your pantry and fridge doors. Keep all food out of their reach until they learn their boundaries.

  1. Store away important belongings

Like we said, new puppies are extremely curious and have an affinity for chewing. Lock up all of your valuables!!

  1. Create a puppy-only area

If your puppy has its own area where it can sleep, eat and play safely, then they are less likely to get into trouble around the rest of the house. Creating a space that they enjoy spending time in is the best way to keep your new pup safe in your home.

As you are applying all these top tips and tricks for puppy proofing your home, it’s important to make sure that you reward your puppy for the amazing job they are doing! Frankie The Lil Sausage thinks this is very important as well!

“Give your new puppy lots of praise when they do the right thing. I always love hearing what a good girl I am!”

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5 Tips for Looking After Your Pet’s Health in Spring

posted by The Daily Fluff October 18, 2016 0 comments

Spring is FINALLY starting to come around in Melbourne (hallelujah), which means longer days, blue skies and days spent in the sun. While spring is pretty much all fun and games for us humans, unfortunately it isn’t all sunshine and butterflies for our pets.

Here are five tips to make sure your pets are as happy as can be this season!

Looking fresh:

While we may be starting to put away our winter jackets, our furry friends may start losing theirs. If you’ve got a dog with fur (as opposed to hair) or a longhaired cat, you might notice that they start to shed more.

To help move along the process, grab a firm brush or comb and make sure to brush them daily. This will help cool down your pet and will probably lessen vacuuming time! If your pup is hypoallergenic, take them to the groomers for a quick trim!

Keeping cool:

Make sure you’re leaving out plenty of water for your pets to drink as the temperature starts to increase, and change it frequently. It’s super important to make sure that they’re hydrated! If your pet will tolerate it, try and give them baths on warm days to keep their body temperature down.

Our friend Freddie Mercury always tries to stay cool in the warm spring heat:

“Spring has sprung! And for a big fluffy cat like me, that means I have to start thinking about keeping cool. I highly recommend popping a few ice cubes in your water dish for a refreshingly cool drink”

Stay away from baddies:

If you’ve got a green thumb, then you’d know that the backyard could be a bit of a scary place for pets in springtime. Here are a few things to watch out for in your backyard or local parks.

  • Snail bate/poisons: Anything you might use to get rid of unwanted pests, or weeds can be seriously toxic to our pets! If you are using any sort of pesticide, make sure it is in an area that is closed off to your fur-babies.
  • Bee stings: Unfortunately, bees and wasps don’t discriminate and our pets are just as likely to get stung as we are! If you notice any hives developing in your area, be sure to keep an eye out on your pet as they play outside.
  • Poisonous plants: Those gorgeous lilies or birds of paradise sprouting in your yard under the spring sun may actually be a bit of a danger for your pets!

Dogs in particular can have quite a bad reaction to aloe, apricot trees and buttercups.

Cats should stay away from carnations, chives and daisies. Both cats and dogs can also be highly allergic to lilies!

Here is a full list of plants that may be toxic to our pets: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants.

Time to visit the vet:

We can practically see your dog or cat rolling their eyes at us from here. Yep, that’s right its time to visit the vet! Spring is a great time to check that your pet is up to date with all of their vaccinations and medication including heartworm tablets. We all know that warmer weather means that it’s mosquito season, and these little pesky bugs actually can spread heartworm so it’s vital that your pet is properly protected.

Fleas also flourish in the warmer weather; so make sure you’re on top of your flea treatments!

Kick back and relax:

We know it can be super tempting to get out of the house as soon as the sun starts shining, but be careful that you aren’t over-doing it. If your pets aren’t used to lots of exercise, especially after our long winter, make sure you ease into it.

Frankie Sunny knows how important it is to stay cool, calm and collected:

“When the sun comes out in spring it’s pawesome and we feel like we could spend the whole day running around outside. Just be careful that your pets don’t overdo it and of course, always have fresh, cold water available.”

Like Frankie said, if you are planning on spending the day out with your pup, make sure you bring along a water bowl, and plan to spend some time relaxing in the shade to keep them cool.

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Benefits Of Pets In The Workplace

posted by The Daily Fluff October 10, 2016 0 comments

For most of us, the best thing about arriving home after work each day is being greeted by our furry friends. Playing catch or having some quality cuddle time is the best way to relax and de-stress after a long day at work.

However now you don’t have to spend your day wondering what mischief your pet is getting up to at home, or waiting for the clock to hit five so you can go home and spoil them with belly rubs anymore! Studies have shown that having pets in the workplace can actually be extremely beneficial!

Unconvinced? Here are the top benefits of having pets in the workplace:

Reduces stress and anxiety:

Anxiety is common in most workplaces. Even if you love your job, deadlines, meetings and time management can get to even the most zen of us!

Studies have shown that pet’s behaviour provokes laughter and entertainment, which is likely to reduce stress and feelings of depression. This is especially relieving in high-pressure corporate workplaces! Having something to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety is guaranteed to create a more productive and effective workplace.

Encourages physical activity:

Being stuck in the office, sitting down, sending emails all day definitely is not great for your health and wellbeing, that’s for sure. Even on the most beautiful summers days, we can feel obliged to stay inside while we’re at work.

Having pets in the office gives you the greatest excuse to get out and enjoy that sunshine! Leaving the office for even 15 minutes to walk the dog can be a great refresher and it can improve employee’s focus. Win/win!

Increases productivity:

Being happier, healthier, and less stressed at work can make a more productive team. Reduced stress in the workplace means that employees are less likely to take sick days and are more likely to enjoy their time at work.

Workplaces that are pet friendly have found that as office-pets create a more relaxed environment, they also boost creativity. Meaning that employees are more likely to be imaginative and productive.

If you’re seeking a bit more balance in your corporate life, we would definitely recommend asking your boss about introducing pet-friendly office days! Even if it’s just one day a week – like our friends at Jetpets, who have introduced Furbaby Friday at their workplace.

 I mean, who can resist a puppies’ face anyway?!

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10 Tips For Choosing Your Ideal Dog Walker

posted by The Daily Fluff October 1, 2016 0 comments

As a proud pooch parent, your pet’s health and wellbeing is no doubt something you take very seriously. Depending on the breed of your dog, they might need anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour of walk and exercise, once or twice a day. Younger and more energetic pooches do need more exercise than senior dogs.

However, we totally get that working full time and getting everything you need to get done each day can sometimes make it difficult to give your precious baby the recommended amount of exercise every day of the week. That is where a professional and trustworthy dog-walker can be really useful.

But how do you go about choosing one who fits the bill? Our friends at The Pooch Concierge have come up with a list of tips to help you make the right choice.

  1. Figure out what you need: The first step to finding the right dog walker is to work out your specific needs. Are you looking for someone to help you out once a week or every day of the week? Does your pooch prefer groups or do they like their own space? What time of the day is the best for your needs? Are you also looking for other services such as doggie daycare and overnight sitting?
  1. Go local: Use Google, Yellow Pages and online platforms to look up all local dog-walkers. Make a list along with their names, addresses and contact numbers and you are all set for making calls.
  1. Have a conversation: The dog-walking industry has a number of operators, from one man or one woman show to businesses with teams of carers as well as online platforms where you can hire freelance pet carers. They are all great, depending upon where you live and what is your specific pet care need. The best way to decide is by having an in depth conversations with a number of providers and choosing the one that feels right.
  1. Go for quality and fit over price: Some people tend to go by price as the chief deciding factor when choosing a pet carer. We would advise you to look instead at the quality of the service being provided and how well it meets your specific needs. When you are going to trust someone with the care of your furry friend, the wise thing to do is to go for someone who is going to do their job and do it well!
  1. Meet and Greet: For both pooches, parents and walkers, the ‘Meet and Greet’, offered for free by many dog walkers, is a great way for everyone to get to know each other in a relaxed environment. This is the opportunity for you as well as the pet carer to decide whether the arrangement is right for both of you as well as your pooch.
  1. Compassion and Care: While you are at the ‘Meet and Greet”, you need to observe closely how your prospective carer interacts with your pooch. Do they show compassion, patience and care? Your pet’s comfort and wellbeing is important. So, do not hesitate to go by your gut feelings.
  1. Ask about the essentials: Dog walking like any other profession requires certain standards of service. As a minimum, dog walkers need to carry water, collapsable bowls, treats and pick up bags. Sometimes extra leashes and towels might be needed as well. And do they pick up after your pooch for the benefit of everyone? Make sure to ask.
  1. Reference Check: Most dog walkers are very professional and trustworthy. However, when someone else would be accessing your property in your absence with a spare key, establishing trust and reliability are absolutely essential. So asking for a couple of references will help ease your mind a lot.
  1. Insurance and police checks: Under Australian law, the pet carer is responsible if a pet causes injury to another person or animal while in their care. In order to obtain public liability insurance, they must not have had any convictions in the past 5 years. It might be a good idea to check if your prospective dog walker is keeping up with regulations. This can save some legal hassle down the track if unfortunately something does go wrong.
  1. Spare Keys: If you were planning on giving your dog walker a set of spare keys, do ask about how they intend on storing their keys. Professionals often use coded labels such for client keys, so in case of loss or theft, it is not possible to figure out whose door it will open.

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