Sports fan or not, you’ve probably noticed March Madness is in full swing! At Pets Best Insurance, we wanted to get in on the action, so we’re hosting a little March Madness of our own.
We’ve matched up the 8 most popular dog and cat breeds for a nose-to-tail showdown. Will the #1 most popular dog and cat in America be the Pets Best Facebook favorites as well?
Vote by commenting every time you see a match-up appear on Facebook, and we’ll reveal the winner on April 1st!
Monday, March 25th – Thursday March 28th
Dog walking and pet sitting services are becoming more prevalent these days. But how do they work and how do you find one? Professional Pet Sitters Week is in March, so in honor of that, we wanted to learn more about these services, so we had a Q&A with professional dog walker, Kelley Goad of BallWalkPark.com in Seattle.
How does using a dog walking / pet sitting service work?
I offer individual walks, park trips and puppy visits.
Individual walks: I offer 30 minute or 1 hour sessions.
Park trips: 60-90 minutes at the dog park with 6-8 other dogs. Pick up and drop off at home, round trip is 3-4 hours.
Puppy visits: 1-2 visits per day. 15-20 min visits with puppies, spaced 3-3.5 hours apart. Help reinforce potty training, basic manners, and socialization.
When a new client inquires, I ask where they live, dog age / breed / temperament, what service they need and how often. If it sounds like we will be a good fit, we meet in person and go over some paperwork, then set a schedule and get started!
Can you do “as needed” services or does it have to be on a regular schedule?
If you love dogs and cats, being around them probably puts you in a better mood. But did you know, interacting with dogs and cats has actual measurable benefits your heart health?
According to the American Heart Association:
1. Improved Health Status of Heart Patients
Dogs ease anxiety and improve the health status of hospitalized heart failure patients.
2. Anxiety Decreases
Researchers found that anxiety scores dropped 24 percent for participants who received a visit from the volunteer-dog team. Scores for the human volunteer-only group dropped 10 percent and the at-rest group’s score did not change.
3. Epinephrine Decreases
At the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Show, Best in Show went to an Affenpinscher. Never heard of the breed? How about the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever or the Finnish Lapphund that were at Westminster? Learn about these three lesser known dog breeds below, who knows, maybe one of the breeds would be a great fit for your family and lifestyle!
According to the American Kennel Club:
“The Affenpinscher (translated from German as Monkey-Terrier) is a peppy dog that has the face and impish nature of a monkey. This wire-haired terrier-like breed acts like a bigger dog as he proudly struts around. The coat of an Affenpinscher is usually black, but they also come in gray, silver, red, belge or black and tan.
One of the most ancient of toy dogs, the Affenpinscher originated in Central Europe (Munich, Germany and France), where they earned the nickname “little devil with a moustache.” During the 17th century, small terriers were frequently kept around stables, on farms or in stores where they served as ratters. Bred down in size, these small terriers became companions in the home and kept mice from overrunning their mistresses’ boudoirs.”
2) Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
At Pets Best Insurance we want your dog to live a long, happy and healthy life. Part of a healthy dog is ensuring they get good exercise, which we know walks give them. But did you also know it helps maintain the bond between you, and establishes you as the leader?
Professional dog walker, Kelley Goad, of BallWalkPark.com in Seattle shares her top tips/reasons for walking your dog.
1. Have the right gear for your dog
Some dogs do best with a front clip harness (reduces pulling and is very safe), or a head halter, a prong collar or just a flat collar. I find that almost any dog can adapt to the front clip harness very easily and it makes walking much more enjoyable for both of you.
2. Keep a short leash
I like to hold the majority of the leash with my right hand, cross my body and have the dog walking on my left side, and left hand just holds the leash closer to the collar. This gives you a good Plan B should the leash get out of your hand.
3. Carry treats