Tips for How to Stop Destructive Dog Behavior

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How To Stop Destructive Dog Behavior Sometimes you have a pup that just won't stop chewing and biting on your things while you are away. It could either be a behavioral problem in your dog, fear, separation anxiety or changes in the environment around them. That coupled with their doggie genetics could make for a destructive canine,  This can lead to intestinal problems, tee...
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The Pros and Cons of Dog Obedience Training

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  Dog Obedience Training - What you need to know   Training a dog can be hard. It takes a lot of patience, diligence and consistency. It’s not that we don’t have the best interests at heart for our dogs; it’s just that sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. That is why some pet parents opt to take their dogs to obedience classes. As with most th...
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Tips for House Training Your Dog – Lucy’s Pet Care

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Tips for House Training Your Dog Welcoming a new member of the family is always an exciting time.  Whether it's a new puppy or an older rescue dog, the happiness they bring into the home is simply wonderful.  What's not exactly wonderful is cleaning up accidents on your carpet. However, with patience, persistence, and consistency house training can help them learn their new ...
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Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?

Are You Ready to Become a Foster Pet Parent?   Becoming foster pet parent is a temporary, yet considerable, commitment for both you and the foster pet. A foster home for pets is an incredibly important part of their adoption process. Having a safe home where they can socialize and learn a routine is key to make sure they can successfully be adopted.  If you’re thin...
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What Does It Mean When My Durham Dog Is Lethargic?

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What Does It Mean When My Durham Dog Is Lethargic? Why is My Dog so Tired? Dogs are usually playful, happy, and curious beings. However, like humans, dog’s energy levels fluctuate depending on a number of factors. Things that can affect your dog’s energy include diet, fitness, stimulation, and health. If you notice your dog is suddenly lethargic without obvious reason,...
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6 Ways To Ease Your Dog’s Anxiety

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Stress and Anxiety in Dogs Like humans, dogs have anxiety and fear. Fear is an inherent emotion of nervousness resulting from what is either a real, or perceived, external threat. The fear response of the autonomic nervous system is what is known as the fight or flight effect. Fear as a response to threat is a normal behavior.  This reaction is essential for survival. Howeve...
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Sad Dogs: Signs of Dog Depression

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Sad Dogs:  Signs of Dog Depression Is My Dog Depressed? We all know that humans have a tendency to suffer from depression. However, far fewer of us are aware that our beloved fur buddies can also suffer from depression from time to time. If you’re concerned about your dog, consider a few tell-tale signs that they tend to exhibit when they aren’t feeling quite like thems...
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How Do I Keep My Dog Out of the Litter Box?

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Does your dog love "all things cat?"  Does he go bonkers for cat treats, food and even toys?  Does his love go even further, so that he goes litter box diving for "snacks?"  Are you having a hard time keeping your dog out of the litter box?  If so, you're not alone in this dilemma.  Those of us with canines and felines under the same roof know this can be a real challenge.  It'...
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How To Choose a Professional Durham Pet Sitter – Employee vs. Contractor

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How To Choose a Professional Durham Pet Sitter Employee vs. Contractor It's prudent to hire a Durham pet sitter who works with a Team of other sitters.  This helps ensure 1) availability for your requested dates of care and 2) an emergency back-up system.  Having more eggs in the basket is a good thing!  It's not a good idea to be dependent on a single person when you've ...
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How Do I Care for a Dog with Asthma?

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Did you know that asthma can be fatal to humans and dogs alike?  It’s a serious disease yet, quite manageable if you know what to look out for and put in place a proper treatment plan.  As a professional pet sitter, I'm trained in asthma symptoms.  So, I want to pass along our knowledge to you.  Keep reading to learn more about signs of asthma in dogs, diagnosis, and common tre...
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Could You Love the World’s Ugliest Dog?

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  Quasi Modo was recently crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog."  He is a 10-year old pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, whose spinal birth defect left him with a bit of a hunched back - thus, his name.  He was abandoned at a local shelter, before being adopted by a veterinarian.  So, how can a dog whose appearance can be a little unsettling to some (per his owner, grown men ...
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How Does My Pet Sitter Keep My Keys Safe?

Keeping your home and pets safe is our top priority.  Thus, we use systems to help ensure the security of your keys, personal information and house alarm codes. One of the reasons we chose to move to using our software system, LeashTime,  is for the convenience of use for our clients.  You can access your profile 24/7 to update, request services or check your account.  Anoth...
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Do All Dogs Know How to Swim?

Do All Dogs Know How To Swim? Dog paddling comes naturally, right?  Not necessarily!  Not all dogs can swim...or, even like the water!  In the warm months, you may want to travel with your dog to the pool, lake or beach.   And, you may assume your pup will leap for joy at the prospect of a cool dip.  But, be aware, this may not be the case. Whether or not a dog is a great...
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How to Prepare for Moving with Your Pet – Lucy’s Pet Care

How To Prepare for Moving with Your Pet Moving, whether across town or across the world, can be a very exciting time.  And, bring much stress to you and your pets.  All of the commotion and disruption of regular routines can cause a lot of anxiety.  Any change is especially difficult for cats.  Here are some tips to help you best prepare for your move. Choosing a New Home...
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How to Choose the Best Puppy for Your Family

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Traits to Look for in Your Prospective New Puppy You have taken the first step towards becoming a new parent to a new puppy -- making the decision to add to your family.  First of all, Congratulations!  Becoming a pet parent is such an exciting time! You have probably already done some research on different breeds and which dog best fits your lifestyle.  But now, comes the h...
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Are Green Foods Safe for my Durham Dog?

Are Green Foods Safe for my Dog? With St. Patty's Day fast-approaching, I'm sure many of us are looking forward to celebrating with all things green.  Many of these include green edibles -- green beer, green deviled eggs, etc.  And, we love including our pets in the celebrations.   But, are green foods okay for our dogs?  Can they be toxic or are they beneficial?  Continue...
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How to Say No to Pet Sitting for Your Friends

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Are you the resident Animal Lover?  The "Go To" person whom your friends, relatives and neighbors call whenever they need someone for pet sitting?  The person who always takes on the tasks of caring for everyone else's pet, while they travel to fun places or have to work late?  As much as you love their pets and want to help out, is it becoming a burden?  But, how to say "No,...
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Why Do I Need a Professional Dog Walker?

Why Do I Need a Professional Dog Walker? "Gosh, my neighbor's kid is out walking dogs, all the time!  And, she's only 13 years old. Why would anybody actually hire a professional dog walker?  How hard can it be?  Why are there actual "dog walker" businesses?  Is there that much of a demand for pet care?"  These are questions that I often hear...and, I even posed, before I'd...
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