3 Great Resources for Vacationing Pet Owners

Vacations are the epitome of relaxation. You might envision white, sandy beaches, an adventurous hike, or whitewater rafting through Idaho. However, if you are a pet owner, you might imagine your vacation to be riddled with guilt and stress over how your pet is coping with your absence.

While pets enrich our lives by helping us through emotional turmoil and even elongating our lives, they also can represent a burden on traveling. Knowing the resources at your disposal can make traveling and vacationing enjoyable again as you rest assured that your pet is happy and cared for very well. Here are three great resources for pet owners who need a solution for their furry friends while on vacation.

Rover and Freelance Sitters

Rover.com is a website that joins freelance pet boarders, sitters, and walkers to pet owners. These freelancers are Dog Walkercertified by the site and sometimes come with background checks. Rover.com also allows you to browse based on services, schedule, fees, and location while acting as a middleman for the hiring process.

The site’s users can opt to have your dog boarded at a reliable caretaker’s home for the duration of your vacation or leave your pet at home. A sitter either will stay in your home, doubling as a house sitter, or they simply might check in once or twice a day, even providing walks. Rover is a great option if your pup is less than happy about spending time at a boarding facility.

Use Bringfido to Plan a Vacation with Your Dog

Bringfido.com is a site that allows you to search pet-friendly destinations worldwide, listing things like pet-friendly activities and accommodations in each area. This site is a great way to plan a vacation where you don’t need to worry about a sitter or boarder but give your dog a vacation too. You might be surprised at the number of pet-friendly destinations and activities.

Carmel, California, is rated one of the most pet-friendly destinations in the U.S. with no leash laws and many dog-friendly beaches and hotels while Denver, Colorado, boasts a number of beautiful hiking trails your dog will love.

Doggy Spas or Daycares

While a boarding facility is likely to be a small cage with minimal opportunity for exercise, pet spas and daycares are far more likely to offer time outside the cage, interaction with other dogs, and attention from staff. These facilities, when run well, can act as a vacation for your dog while you enjoy your own.

When touring a potential boarder, look for cleanliness, sleeping accommodations, and behavior of the dogs that already are there. A facility that has a number of subdued, unhappy looking dogs is a good excuse to run for the hills. However, a facility that is clean with happy dogs and plenty of room for recreation can be a wonderful getaway for your pup. You also should be sure to ask about the daily routine for boarding guests. Be sure your pet will have plenty of time to play and will not be confined to the cage for too long.

Leaving your four-legged family member behind can be difficult to contemplate. You might be worried that your pet will feel abandoned or distressed by your absence. However, with these resources, you can ensure that your pet enjoys your time away with a fun doggy spa, a caring pet sitter, or even going on vacation with you. Pets shouldn’t prevent you from getting the vacation you need. They should, however, be what make you want to come home after.

Paige Johnson is a self-described fitness “nerd.” She possesses a love for strength training. In addition to weight-lifting, she is a yoga enthusiast, avid cyclist, and loves exploring hiking trails with her dogs. She enjoys writing about health and fitness for LearnFit.org.

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A Pet’s 10 Commandments

  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.
  3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
  4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, friends, and entertainment, but I only have you.
  5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
  7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I can hurt you, and yet I choose not to.
  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting weak and old.
  9. Take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
  10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there because I love you so.

pet commandments

Take a moment today to be grateful for your pets. Enjoy and take care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without them.

This was written by Stan Rawlinson (The Original Doglistener). A professional full-time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer.
You can visit his website at http://www.doglistener.co.uk/ for more articles and training information.

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In Memoriam Rocky

Our wonderful little doggy Rocky is dead.

Unfortunately his condition has been declining rapidly for the past couple of weeks. We tried everything we could, we took him to the vet again, had his blood work done, got him couple of new pills, but nothing was helping.

Eventually it came to that he became almost fully paralysed. When I took him out to do his business I had to use slings to even hold him straight as his legs totally gave up, he couldn’t move them, they just helplessly hung down. It was like I was just dragging a puppet.

Then he stopped eating, was just laying down on his special soft pillow and after couple of days we knew it doesn’t have sense to keep him in this totally helpless condition. He also was deaf and had cataract in his eyes.

I hoped he will pass away home, but when his painkillers were wearing out, we had to take him to our vet for his final deep sleep. He was between 19-22 yrs old.

Now he is finally together again with his Big Love Jackie chasing each other in the evergreen fields of dog’s heaven.

Rest in Peace, our Little Big Fighter, you are in our hearts Forever.
“If Love Could Save You, You Would be Still Alive!”

Rocky Sept 08

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Our Dog Rocky Is Getting Weaker and Weaker

Our little doggy Rocky is really going down the hill for the last couple of days. Our beautiful dog, who was always so attentive, alert and full of life is mostly laying in his bed, hardly wants to move. His legs are wobbly, he is getting thinner and thinner although he is getting more food than Miki.

At least he still eats, drinks and goes out to the backyard when he needs to, but stairs are starting being a problem. We made a ramp for him from the patio straight to the grass, but seems he has a hard time to grasp the idea unless I navigate him on it. (Of course, Miki – the Jack Russell, figured it out right away by herself. :-))

I know, he is now anywhere between 19-22 yrs old, but it is still hard watching him like this. He even let me carry him around, which he never would never let me do before.

I looked at his pictures from a couple of years ago, just to remind me how handsome he was. Seems like it is a totally different dog. We all change as we get old, nevertheless, it is still hard.

Rocky in 2005

Rocky-2005

Rocky – summer of 2016

Rocky in 2016

Seems like he will be together again with his Big Love Jackie soon. We just hope he will go peacefully at home.

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How To Train Your Dog To Listen To What You Have To Say To Him

Dog ListeningWhen you’re taking your dog for a walk does he tug and pull and make you half run to the park? When you say “sit” does he give you that “there’s no way I’m going to do what you say” look? If the answer is “yes” then you need to learn how to train your dog. They are harmless and aid free ways to train your dog to listen to what you have to say to him.

There is one dog training technique which just may work for you and your dog. It’s called the “Nothing in life is free” technique. It basically works on the fact that nothing is free, your dog has to do something to get something in return. For example, if he wants food he has to remain seated until you make his dinner, or if you want to take him for a walk then he has to remain in one spot until you call him and put his leash and collar on. These training techniques all are based on the fact that your dog will realise to get what he wants he has to do what you are telling him to do.

What if he doesn’t do it? Walk away. Don’t shout at him or keep trying if he doesn’t listen just ignore him and walk away then about 5 minutes later go back and try again. He soon comes to realise that you are in charge and he has to do what you say to get what wants.

When dogs are born they usually have siblings and their mother is the “Leader of the pack”. When a young dog leaves his mother he starts to think that he is free and can do what he wants. When he first joins a family he starts to act dominant. He tries to be the leader of the house. You can’t let him gain this position, you need to show him through a proper training that humans are the head of your house, not the dog.

But he does not have to be aggressive to get what he wants. Sometimes dogs use the sympathetic approach using their puppy dog eyes. This is just another attempt at trying to get higher in the dominance hierarchy and you can’t let them get ahead of you.

When it comes to kids dog’s see them more as playmates than masters as children can get down to their height and play with them, but always under adult supervision. When your child gets to around the age of nine you can start to teach them to use dog training techniques so they can show the dog that when they ask him to do something he has to listen also to them, not just to you.

This dog training technique is extremely efficient and very simple to carry out, the training doesn’t even seem like training. It just requires repetition and you dog will soon catch on that nothing in life is free!

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