Pawderosa Pet Care Blog

What Dog Breed is Right for Your Family?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Selecting a dog that fits your family and your lifestyle is an important part of enjoying pet ownership. The main things you’ll want to consider are the amount of space you have, the kind of environment you live in (urban vs. countryside), the level of activity you can accommodate for, and preferences in size and temperament.

Here is a good article that covers some of the basics of selecting the right dog breed. Although it's important that you love the dog you pick and feel drawn to it, it's really essential that you choose a dog that fits your lifestyle. Take some time to think about your living quarters and daily routine and how you will accommodate adding a new member to your family within those confines.  READ MORE

Stop Dogs from Jumping on You & Your Guests

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Did you know that one of the top three dog training issues is dogs jumping up on people? Are friends and family unwilling to come and visit because your dog obnoxiously jumps up on them? Dog trainers hear the call for help, and what they hear is "help me teach my dog to stop jumping on me or my guests!"

Good news! There’s an exciting new dog training tool and method called Off Doggie. Off Doggie helps you to teach your dog “off”, so you can go ahead and invite people to your home with confidence.  READ MORE

Kids and Animals, It's a Love Affair

Friday, January 31, 2014

I have many wonderful memories to share about my kids, our dogs, and our pet care business. Here is one of my fondest.

When my son Mason was one, he was doing what any self-respecting one-year-old does in a high chair, he chucked food. It was the Christmas holiday week, and we had a few dogs boarding in our home.  I was baking some peanut butter cookies, and as I pulled a fresh batch from the stove, I turned and saw that beneath the high chair was a neatly crafted semi-circle of dogs patiently sitting, waiting  for small bits of peas and carrots to be flung exuberantly in every direction. Not only was this hysterical to witness, but I thought, “brilliant, I don’t have to clean those up!”  READ MORE

Professional Dog Handler vs. Professional Dog Walker

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I recently read a very eloquent article written by a pet care business owner. He was illuminating the difference between a dog walker and a dog handler. His summation was clearly about the differences between the professional, that invests in their training and skill to build a career, vs. the person who isn't as serious, and thinks it would be an easy way to make a buck. Having owned a pet care business for more than twelve years, I can tell you we’ve seen our fair share of crappy dog walkers. Let’s refer to them as IDW (Irresponsible Dog Walkers).

Once, my husband and I were getting our dogs out of the truck to go for a trail walk. If you've seen our video, you know that we train our dogs. We call each dog out, one by one, and make them sit until we are ready to enter the trail calmly. Another dog walker was pulling up to the trail head. The hatch to the truck shell was unlocked or broken, so it was flapping open. "Woohoo," thought the dogs, and they started jumping out of the back of the truck. IDW was still backing up, so they could have easily squished a pup running amok. To make matters worse, the trail head was alongside a crazy-busy road. Needless to say, my husband and I are freaking out, and trying to get the person's attention.  READ MORE


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