Are Routines Boring for your Dog?

durham pet sitters
We are all creatures of habit, and so are your pets. We've all heard before that keeping your dog on a routine helps with behavior and training. When a dog understands the routine (or rhythm) of their household, they are calmer overall. With a routine, your best friend is confident that their primary needs (food, water, exercise, and shelter) are going to be met. Of course, con...
Read More

How Long Should a Dog Walk Be?

durham pet sitters
We all know that our pets need adequate exercise, but how do you determine how much is enough? To figure out what your pooch needs in the way of activity, you'll have to consider several factors: your dog's age, size, breed, and health. If you have a healthy adult dog, they will need a minimum of 30 - 60 minutes of walking or other activity (chasing a ball, agility, hiking, ...
Read More

Crate Training 101 – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
Crate training your pet is widely recommended by dog trainers and veterinarians. Yet many people resist using a crate because they feel confinement is cruel or unfair. These same people happily put their child in a playpen to keep them safe, so why not your dog or cat? If a crate is used correctly - not as punishment - your best friend will be easier to manage, and most pets wi...
Read More

How To Keep Your Dog Hydrated – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
Summertime again!  In the Carolinas, it's not uncommon if the temperatures are 80 degrees Fahrenheit or more! If summer means more outdoor activity, chances are that you will be bringing your four-legged best friend along for the fun. Dogs, just like humans, are made up of mostly water. If not more! 80% of your dog’s body is water in comparison to the 60% we are made of. ...
Read More

Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Pets – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
Heat Exhaustion - Recognize the Signs Every summer, we talk about pets and how quickly they can get overheated; after all, they are wearing fur coats! Heat exhaustion is what happens before heatstroke, and it's best to learn to recognize it before it advances further, because heat stroke is deadly. Pets can't sweat out excess heat as we can, all they can do is pant ...
Read More

Dog Paw Injuries – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
Dog Paw Injuries Summertime means hiking, swimming, and oodles of outside time. A fun day with your pup can change quickly with a paw injury. Your dog's paw pads are tough, but a paw injury can occur even on a leisurely stroll. These pads are like the soles of your shoes. They cushion the foot, act as shock absorbers for bones and joints, insulate the foot from hot and cold...
Read More

Pet Separation Anxiety After Quarantine – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
There have been many joys with the "stay at home" order and one has been the delight of extra time spent with our pets. They have made us laugh and have kept us company throughout this ordeal. But as restrictions are slowly lifted, our faithful friends may become confused by the changes ahead. They have all become accustomed to the extra snuggles and hugs over the past month...
Read More

How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
How To Help Your Dog Lose Weight A cheat day here and there is okay, but you need to stick to the calorie limit that is appropriate for your dog. You can discuss with your vet what that may be, and what your dog’s goal weight should be. One source of excessive calories is giving your dog your scraps and bits of your food. That and the extra treats should be taken out ...
Read More

Winter Exercise Tips for Dogs – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
Winter Exercise Tips For Dogs! Even though the weather outside is frightful, your doggy friends still need to get their daily exercise. Not only is it important for their physical and mental health, but it is an important part of the relationship between you and your pup. Here are some ways to get those exercises in without having to go outside. Think of games to play wit...
Read More

BEST DOG BREEDS FOR APARTMENT LIVING

durham pet sitters
Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living               Dogs are the most popular furry friend for people regardless where they live. Some dogs will thrive and be happy in an apartment sized castle, but some dogs need larger spaces in order to be happy and healthy. Of course, the general size of the dog is taken into consideration, but that’s not the only thing. It depends on how m...
Read More

Pet Safe Candles – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
I love having candles burning in my home.  The soft, flickering light adds so much more interest to an area and ups the cozy factor.  However, also sharing my home with my 2 cats and my dog, I have to be very aware of safety issues associated with open flames.  I want to make sure my home decor is pet safe.  Thus, I've compiled this list of terrific pet safe candles options for...
Read More

BEST PUPPY TOYS 2019 – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
Having a new puppy in your household is a lot of fun!  And, takes a lot of energy!  So, you'll want to have a good supply and variety of toys on-hand to help keep them happy, active and strong!  Here is a list of 5 of the Best Puppy Toys as compiled from Amazon reviews, as of the printing of this blog post.  We've listed them in no particular order. Teething Chew Toy Set...
Read More

How to Make Your Move Less Stressful on Your Dog

When moving to a new home, there are quite a few things to think about. For one, you may have to sell your existing home or find a tenant for it. The house has to be ready to show. There are loads of things to pack and possible repairs to consider. When you add a dog to the mix, it can be complete chaos. However, there are a few ways to prepare your pup for the move and keep yo...
Read More

Make Sure Your Dog’s Food Has These 3 Things

There are more brands of dog food that you can probably care to count to accumulate throughout our supermarkets. When choosing, you may wonder if it's best to go for the most affordable, the kind that you see promoted most often, or the kind that just has the best packaging. In actuality, you need to study it and make sure that it contains the following three things: A Good Bl...
Read More

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get A Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
Dogs can add so much pleasure to our lives!  And, puppies are sooooo cute!  But, dogs aren't always the best choice of pet for everyone.  Here are some reasons why you shouldn't get a dog. You Want Protection Dogs can be very protective of their owners.  And, can be a great warning system of approaching danger.  However, if you plan to only treat your dog as a commodi...
Read More

Help! My Dog Is Overweight! – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

60% or more of dogs that veterinarians see in the US are overweight. Of that 60%, half of those are considered obese. Excessive weight in dogs can lead to many health problems. Joint disease, metabolic issues as well as inflammation are among the issues that can arise in an overweight dog. Obese dogs normally will live shorter lives than their less overweight peers. How ove...
Read More

3 Secrets To Getting the Most From Your Pet Sitter

durham pet sitters
Let's be real...hiring a professional pet sitter is an expense.  And, it can add-up when you need pet care over several days/weeks.  So, you'll want to maximize the value you get from every pet visit.  Here are my insider's 3 Secrets to getting the most from your pet sitter.  CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENGTH OF TIME You might be tempted to opt for the shortest length of ...
Read More

Things Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat (And What To Do If They Do)

The dog may be the four-legged kid in the family, and it is tempting to slip him a treat from the dinner table now and then. However, there are some things that a dog shouldn't eat. Foods that are perfectly good for humans can be poisonous for dogs, sometimes fatally so. Here is a list of thing a dog shouldn't eat and what to do if they eat it anyway: Chocolate It is temptin...
Read More

Lyme Disease And Your Dog – Tips from Lucy’s Pet Care

durham pet sitters
Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans and dogs by ticks. It is common in the northeast United States. It is difficult to diagnose because most dogs and people who test positively for it are not clinically ill. Only about 10% of positively tested dogs will ever develop clinical symptoms. A lot of vets would argue that...
Read More

Five Things First-Time Puppy Owners Need to Remember

durham pet sitters
Five Things First-Time Puppy Owners Need to Remember Congratulations! You just brought your new puppy home, and you're excited about spending your life with your new companion. While your puppy will make a wonderful friend, there's a lot you'll need to teach him while he grows up. If you're a first-time puppy owner, it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. It's imp...
Read More