Best places to exercise with your dog

adorableWe speak with veterinarian and ambassador for PAW by Blackmores, Dr Katrina Warren, about her favourite spots and expert tips.

We all know how beneficial regular exercise can be for us both physically and mentally, and the same can be said for dogs of all ages too. Dr Katrina Warren shares her top 5 favourite Sydney spots to take your four-legged friend for some exercise:

 

  1. Centennial Park

This is one of my favourite places to go with Riley as it has some great off-leash tracks. These are not only great fun for him to explore, but are easier on his paws than bitumen or concrete pavements. For those not comfortable with off-leash walks just yet, there are plenty of options in this 158hectare area! Why not pack a picnic, take the kids down and make it a fun family day out! Continue reading “Best places to exercise with your dog”

5 things to do before the pet sitter arrives

dog-on-sofa2Preparing to leave our pet in the care of a sitter requires some careful planning and consideration for every eventuality.

Thanks to our friends at Petplan, this post covers some of the things you need to think about before you leave to make sure you, your pet and the pet sitter can rest easy.

You’re going on holiday, and as much as you might like to pack Fido into your luggage and take him with you, it’s simply not an option. So you’ve arranged for a pet sitter to come over to your home and make sure your furry friend is well taken care of and hopefully he won’t even notice you’re gone. To make sure everything goes off without a hitch and that the pet sitter is in the best position to look after your pet, here are five essentials to keep in mind before they arrive. Continue reading “5 things to do before the pet sitter arrives”

Tips on how to teach your pets how to behave

dr-katrina-warren_tips-to-behave-article2Training your dog to behave around your home and in situations with other people can take some time, but it is worth the effort to ensure you and your furry family member are able to enjoy spending quality time together.

This post from Dr Katrina Warren outlines how you can help your dog understand boundaries and provides strategies to help you manage their behaviour.

Tips on how to teach your pet how to behave

It’s almost impossible to imagine your canine partner evoking any feeling other than joy. Alas – if not sufficiently trained, they can prove to be a difficult member of the family. Just like we teach our kids, we need to teach our pets to learn what behaviour is acceptable and what is not – remember they are not born understanding your house rules and despite common belief, with the right level of love and respect, dogs at any age can learn to behave.

Before you begin tearing your hair out about your misbehaved fur-ball, educate yourself on the most common problems when it comes to behaviour and how to solve them. Continue reading “Tips on how to teach your pets how to behave”

Loving and Leaving: The Pet Sitter’s Guide to a Healthy Goodbye

man-and-dog2The results are in – Australia is one of the most prolific pet-owning nations in the world! Almost two thirds of Australian homes include at least one pet, and our furry, feathered or finned friends offer their owners an amazing array of psychological and physiological benefits.

Of course, along with the bonuses of pet ownership comes a significant level of responsibility. Among other considerations, pets should enjoy a safe, loving environment, a good diet, and be given regular health checks.

They should also be suitably cared for when their owners are away on holiday. While a reputable kennel or cattery can provide a solution, many owners dislike the idea of consigning their pets to an alien environment in which they may experience a considerable degree of insecurity and anxiety. Continue reading “Loving and Leaving: The Pet Sitter’s Guide to a Healthy Goodbye”

5 surprising facts about pet sitting

dog-2Pet sitting is about a bond with the pet that you care for and understanding their needs, routines and moods. So here are some facts that you may not have known about pet sitting that will highlight the important role pet sitters play in caring for treasured pets.

1. 84% of Mindahome house and pet sitters say that caring for and meeting different types of animals is a benefit of house and pet sitting

2. A survey of Mindahome pet sitters revealed that 94% admit to talking with the pets they care for, 65% watch TV with the pets and 25% sleep with the pets they care for. Continue reading “5 surprising facts about pet sitting”

Springtime care for your pet

Spring has definitely arrived! The weather is warming up, the flowers are starting to burst and spring cleaning is becoming a priority for many households around this time of year.

But when doing your odd jobs around the house such as maintaining your garden and cleaning the windows, take some time to consider your pet’s inquisitive nature and how to keep them away from harm. Continue reading “Springtime care for your pet”

Do you pass the pet test?

Just like us, every pet and animal is unique. 99% of Mindahome house and pet sits involve the care of an animal, so a love and fondness for all types of pets will be an advantage for any position you choose to take.

Many of our house and pet sitters have owned and grown up with pets, so pet sitting allows them to reconnect with the animals they love.

But considering the personality of each pet, understanding their needs and approaching them thoughtfully may help you connect more easily for a stress free pet sit.

Research has found that around 30% of dog lovers hug their pets more than their human family members. Continue reading “Do you pass the pet test?”

The #1 trait that house and pet sitters can offer your pet

be2House and pet sitters are special people. They understand that the bond between animals and humans is strong and one that makes separation, even for short periods, difficult.

So unlike some other pet care options, house and pet sitters bring compassion to your home and treat your pets and animals as if they were their own. Continue reading “The #1 trait that house and pet sitters can offer your pet”

House and pet sitting to save

blog2With most Australians bracing for tax increases, tightening of the household budget is sure to follow. So for those of you who don’t want to give up your little luxuries, it could be time to revisit, or start, house and pet sitting to save up.

There are some significant financial benefits to being a house and pet sitter which can save you money in travel, rent and pet care.

  • Travel: You can save on accommodation costs by looking for house and pet sitting positions in or close to your holiday destination. You can stay rent free in an established home which you can use as a base to explore the rest of the region. Staying in a ‘home’ rather than a hotel room means that you also have the convenience of a kitchen where you can comfortably make meals rather than spending money and time eating out. Continue reading “House and pet sitting to save”

Saving on pet care

blog1Just like the human members of the family, our pets require attention and health checkups and sometimes this can lead to spending on veterinary visit, medicines and care.

Here are some tips to save on caring for your pet.

  1. Coupons and Discounts: Some online retailers offer discounts on pet supplies and food, so it could be worth doing your research online to see which company offers the best deal.
  2. Pet Insurance: Do your research. There are a variety of pet insurance companies that offer different plans. It is best to research online and then speak to someone to determine which plan best suits you and your pet. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what is included or excluded in a plan to make sure your pet is covered now and into the future. Continue reading “Saving on pet care”