Cats are quite reserved creatures and rarely let on exactly how they might be feeling, so it would be hard to recognise whether your feline friend is suffering from stress and anxiety.
We spoke with our friend and experienced animal behaviourist, Dr Jo Rhigetti from Pet Problems Solved, about the signs that we should be looking for to tell if our cat needs some help.
7 Signs Your Cat May be Suffering from Stress Continue reading “7 Signs Your Cat May be Stressed”
Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Our canine friends can sometimes experience separation anxiety when they’re away from us. It’s a common problem and one that can be addressed from a young pup age. Thanks to our friend Katrina from Kat’s 4 Dogs, we now have a few tips to help us condition our dog pals able to cope with being left on their own.
Use a play pen and a crate to create distance for your puppy at home. Although we want to shower our new pup with affection – almost always! – resist the temptation to overindulge and use the play pen to contain your pup and prevent over bonding. If your pup cries when you leave the room, resist the urge to go running back, because that will show them that crying isn’t a signal for you to be together.
Set Your Authority:
We often feel guilty about leaving our dog when we have to go out for a while or go to work. When the guilt gets us down, we tend to overcompensate by giving our pets extra attention, and rewareds even if they have been naughty in the house or yard. Sometimes just putting your dog in the backyard and not allowing her to follow you around the house will help. Continue reading “Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Dogs”
Cat owners, understandably, feel like
ripping their hair out every time they see a new piece of furniture scratched and torn at the paws of their big-eyed feline friend. Although this can be a natural trait for most cats, it is sometimes a learned behaviour that can be addressed.
We contacted our friend and expert animal behavourist, Dr Joanne Righetti from Pet Problems Solved, to give us some tips about how to understand cat scratching and what to do to curb the claws. Continue reading “Cat scratching”
We 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: Continue reading “Best places to exercise with your dog”
Preparing 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”
Training 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”
The 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”
Pet 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”
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”
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?”