Pet sitting - the helpful stress-free solution to holidaying without your pets

Leaving your pet at home or in the care of others is sometimes a daunting task. Pet sitting is a helpful and stress-free solution to making your holiday as smooth as possible without worrying about your animal’s welfare. My Pet Warehouse, Australia’s largest online retailer for pet supplies has some helpful tips to make sure your pet remains comfortable and happy at home whilst you’re away.

Signs of Boredom in Dogs

Similar to when you’re at home with your dog, your pet sitter will have to combat the usual issues such as boredom and attention seeking behaviour. Here are some obvious signs if they are uninspired or under-stimulated. Some signs of boredom include:

  •  Your dog is completely entertained by chasing their tail.
  •  They’re staring at you or staring into the distance.
  •  WHINE, WHINE, WHINE!
  •  Your dog is grooming himself or herself a little too much.
  •  They are digging up the garden or making a mess inside.
  •  They’re following you around the house.

Tips to keep a Dog Happy:

Toys, Toys, Toys

Dogs will always love getting new toys. Owners can vouch for the fact that with every new toy comes an hour of uninterrupted playtime and unrivalled excitement. Of course you can’t keep buying the dog an endless supply of toys so try looking through the garage or in the cupboard for toys that your dog hasn’t played with in a while. Old favourites are always bound to spark renewed excitement in your friend and you can leave them out for your pet-sitter to use.

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If it is time for a new toy however, Owners could consider buying a new toy before they leave which your dog will enjoy the most when they are left to their own devices.

 

If you have more than one dog in the family then in most cases they can happily entertain each other or play together. They have the benefit of companionship when there’s another dog at home, so they don’t feel completely left out. In these situations, tug of war toys or balls are ideal because it involves two or more dogs at the same time.

Provide the Basics

Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Mazee Green AUD $33.99

It is very important that your pet-sitter leaves fresh, clean water everyday for your dog. If they decide to leave them kibble, consider an automatic feeder. These feeders generally have self-timers or set and forget functions that allow you to control how frequently the feeder releases food.

 

Ultimately, being outside is the first step in keeping your dog entertained. It is in most dogs’ nature to be active, so playing games and socialising outdoors will come naturally. Just like humans, as we like to catch up with friends and make new ones, it is equally important for dogs to have the same opportunity.

Dog Treats

When leaving your dog alone, dog treats like biscuit bones or meat-based treats, only supply them with treats that are easy to eat. Pigs ears and most rawhide treats are the most convenient to leave your dog with on their own. Other treats are a little more elaborate and if they are scoffed down, can prove to be a choking hazard. So if the pet-sitter leaves your dog for a few hours with a snack, make sure it’s something that they’ve eaten before and ideally try to leave them with one that is relatively soft and easy to chew.

Weather

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The colder weather is fast approaching, so make sure dog is equipped with the latest warm bedding and coats. With a whole new range of stylish and functional coats, nothing is better than a happy and warm pooch. Whether they are allowed on the coach or inside on their own bed, your pet-sitter can snuggle with them in your absence.

 

Happy dogs make good companions, so when it comes to keeping your little mate content make sure that they’re entertained in your absence. Leave them with plenty of food and toys that you know will keep them occupied and inform your pet-sitters about everything and anything regarding their new four-legged friend. Most importantly, when you do return home set aside some time to spend with your dog. It doesn’t necessarily have to be spent playing with them, you could groom them or take them out for a walk. Whatever you do, your dog will really appreciate that you’re spending time together and they will not even realise their owner is absent.

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Signs of Boredom in Dogs

Similar to when you’re at home with your dog, your pet sitter will have to combat the usual issues such as boredom and attention seeking behaviour. Here are some obvious signs if they are uninspired or under-stimulated. Some signs of boredom include:

  •  Your dog is completely entertained by chasing their tail.
  •  They’re staring at you or staring into the distance.
  •  WHINE, WHINE, WHINE!
  •  Your dog is grooming himself or herself a little too much.
  • They are digging up the garden or making a mess inside.
  •  They’re following you around the house.

Tips to keep a Dog Happy:

Toys, Toys, Toys

Dogs will always love getting new toys. Owners can vouch for the fact that with every new toy comes an hour of uninterrupted playtime and unrivalled excitement. Of course you can’t keep buying the dog an endless supply of toys so try looking through the garage or in the cupboard for toys that your dog hasn’t played with in a while. Old favourites are always bound to spark renewed excitement in your friend and you can leave them out for your pet-sitter to use.

If it is time for a new toy however, Owners could consider buying a new toy before they leave which your dog will enjoy the most when they are left to their own devices.

Why not try a Kong AirDog Squeaker Dumbell from AUD $10.79

If you have more than one dog in the family then in most cases they can happily entertain each other or play together. They have the benefit of companionship when there’s another dog at home, so they don’t feel completely left out. In these situations, tug of war toys or balls are ideal because it involves two or more dogs at the same time.

Provide the Basics

Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Mazee Green AUD $33.99

It is very important that your pet-sitter leaves fresh, clean water everyday for your dog. If they decide to leave them kibble, consider an automatic feeder. These feeders generally have self-timers or set and forget functions that allow you to control how frequently the feeder releases food.

Ultimately, being outside is the first step in keeping your dog entertained. It is in most dogs’ nature to be active, so playing games and socialising outdoors will come naturally. Just like humans, as we like to catch up with friends and make new ones, it is equally important for dogs to have the same opportunity.

Dog Treats

When leaving your dog alone, dog treats like biscuit bones or meat-based treats, only supply them with treats that are easy to eat. Pigs ears and most rawhide treats are the most convenient to leave your dog with on their own. Other treats are a little more elaborate and if they are scoffed down, can prove to be a choking hazard. So if the pet-sitter leaves your dog for a few hours with a snack, make sure it’s something that they’ve eaten before and ideally try to leave them with one that is relatively soft and easy to chew.

Weather

The colder weather is fast approaching, so make sure dog is equipped with the latest warm bedding and coats. With a whole new range of stylish and functional coats, nothing is better than a happy and warm pooch. Whether they are allowed on the coach or inside on their own bed, your pet-sitter can snuggle with them in your absence.

Happy dogs make good companions, so when it comes to keeping your little mate content make sure that they’re entertained in your absence. Leave them with plenty of food and toys that you know will keep them occupied and inform your pet-sitters about everything and anything regarding their new four-legged friend. Most importantly, when you do return home set aside some time to spend with your dog. It doesn’t necessarily have to be spent playing with them, you could groom them or take them out for a walk. Whatever you do, your dog will really appreciate that you’re spending time together and they will not even realise their owner is absent.

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http://www.mypetwarehouse.com.au/