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Just because you own a pet doesn’t mean your home has to lack style. There are many modern and beautiful items like dog beds, feeding bowls and even designer doggie couches that can add a touch of puppy panache to your home. Remember, dog-friendly decor isn’t limited to dog-only items, either. Follow these design tips […]

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Is It Ever Too Late To Train My Dog?

Published on March 13, 2015 by in Blog

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It’s amazing how often I hear dog owners say their dog is old and it’s too late to train them.  As a dog trainer, I can tell you how upsetting that is because it’s simply not the case. There is hope.  There is ALWAYS hope.  Dogs do change and you certainly can teach an old […]

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YES!!!!  Let me say it again…ABSOLUTELY, YES!!! When you have pets, it is just as important to be prepared for their well being and safety as it is to be prepared for your own.  This goes for any and all emergency plans you may need depending on where you live and the potential risk and […]

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What is Priming the Clicker?

Published on March 11, 2015 by in Blog, Dog Training

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In positive reinforcement dog training, the use of a marker is common and very effective.  A marker is a way the we indicate to the animal that what they just did is desirable. It can be a word such as “Yes!” or a sound. The sound can be generated in a variety of ways.  The […]

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Now that you’re ready to have us care for your pets, it is essential that you provide us with all the information we will need to know about HOW to take care of them. An example of how your profile will look to your sitter is available.  Click here to see what our sitter’s see! […]

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Anyone who has ever fostered a dog knows it’s a rewarding and emotional experience. From the moment you pull the pup from the pound to the time you hand your sweet house guest over to its new forever family, taking care of a foster dog is something you will remember for a lifetime. While a […]

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Millions of dogs in the United States suffer from separation anxiety. Symptoms include excessive barking, whining, chewing and vomiting, and some dogs have had anxiety so severe that they’ve chewed through walls. Medication is one solution, but redesigning areas of your home so that your canine friend feels safe and secure may be a better […]

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What is AAHA Accreditation?

Published on February 12, 2015 by in Blog, Pet Care

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Did you know the America Animal Hospital Association is the only association that accredits animal hospitals in the United States and Canada?  Did you know that according to their website, only 12%-15% of practices are accredited?  That’s only about 3,500 practices between both countries! It may not seem like something that should matter for pet […]

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There’s reason for NJ animal enthusiasts to be excited!  On February 9, 2015, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed the Pet Purchase Protection Act to help ensure humane treatment of the animals and allow consumers to have a better understanding of where their new pet originates. While I am not someone to support purchasing a […]

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GoPro cameras have been a technological boon for snowboarders, hunters, surfers and just about anyone else wanting to capture action video in real-time. Now your best friend can enjoy the fun right along with you. The GoPro Fetch dog harness allows you to strap your camera to your dog. It allows mounting either on their […]

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What is a therapy dog?

Published on January 15, 2015 by in Blog, Dog Training, Therapy Dog

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Have you ever heard of a therapy dog before?  Ever wonder what exactly a therapy dog is and what they do? As a certified Therapy Dog Evalutor in the Toms River area, I am fortunate enough to work with pet parents and their dogs who want to become therapy dog teams. Join me for a […]

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Why Does My Dog Submissive Pee?

Published on January 13, 2015 by in Blog, Dog Training

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As a dog trainer in the Toms River area, I speak with dog owners everyday.  While each dog is unique and has their own personality and traits, the behavior people observe in their dogs and question is usually the same. One of the most common questions asked is, “Why does my dog submissive pee?”  The […]

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Christmas is coming up fast, and you’ve probably been busy shopping for your friends and family members. If you own a cat—or perhaps more accurately, if a cat owns you—he or she is certainly on your gift giving list as well. After all, cats are valued and cherished members of the family, so why wouldn’t […]

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Having the privilege of being a pet sitter and being a business owner is truly an amazing experience.  When I started pet sitting for friends, family and co-workers 10 years ago, I never thought I would ever be able to make it my career.  When Megan and I started this company almost 8 years, I […]

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Why is My Dog So Difficult?

Published on December 15, 2014 by in Blog, Dog Training, Pet Care

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As a dog trainer in Toms River, I often hear people state that although they have had dogs their entire life, “this dog is the most challenging one I’ve ever had.”  Maybe you’ve even said those words before. While this is typically a true statement for you,  I think it is very important to shed […]

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When we first opened up our Christmas decoration boxes this year — filled with ornaments, string lighting and gift wrap — our Olde English Bulldog came trotting over and immediately stuck his nose into the box. Meaty loves the holidays, just like we do. However, his curiosity worries me sometimes. Although he’s generally well behaved […]

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There are 11 states in the U.S. that have an official state dog, with most of them concentrated on the East Coast and none being west of Texas. The states that do have an official K9 typically chose one that originated within its boundaries or a breed with historic local significance. These five dogs not […]

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If you have a cat that shreds your upholstery or a dog that tears up pillows and drapes and chews everything in sight, you know the challenges of housekeeping while pet parenting. As a pet care and dog training company in Toms River, we are often asked about ways to help keep destruction at bay.  […]

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When we began our Toms River pet sitting company in 2007, Megan and I knew we wanted to be able to help many families find the solution to their pet care problem.  We also recognized that because we are only 2 people, the number of families we would be able to help ourselves would be […]

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Owning and managing a pet care and dog training company in Toms River takes a lot more work than one would imagine.  Between new clients, existing clients, phone calls, emails, text messages, pet sitters, dog trainers, vacations, work schedules and so much more, there are a million ways communication can be lost and things can […]

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