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Collar Types – Which One Is Best For My Dog!

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

COLLARSCollars! They come in all different shapes, sizes, styles, colors and then some! Every pet, especially dogs, needs a collar mainly because it holds our furry friends’ ID tag as well as their Rabies tag which is usually required in most if not all states. Your dog also needs a collar so you can attach their leash and keep them under control but with so many different types of collars out on the market these days it’s hard to know which one is the best fit for your pup!

So here’s my list of the different types collars out on the market today:

 

Flat Collars

Flat collars are your day-to-day collars. These are the collars you can get in different colors, patterns and designs and can either be the buckle type or quick release. The difference between these two types of collars is the way they are secured onto your dog, whether it’s buckled on snapped into place around their neck. Some people prefer to have  quick release collars in case their pet gets tangled or caught in something that way they can easily break away whereas others prefer the buckle ones. It really just depends on the pet parents preference and what’s most comfortable for your pet. If you have a dog that pulls a lot this may not be the best collar for them.

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Martingale Collars

Also known as greyhound collars these are specifically for those pets that are escape artists and like to back out of their collars. The way it works is that it tightens at the tug of the leash but doesn’t completely close and/or choke the pet, hence the reason why there is another loop of material.web_stellabmartingale

Choke Chain Collars (Chain Slip)

As the name would suggest these collars are designed to CHOKE your dog. Most people who use these types of collars use them for dogs who pull when walking. The theory behind these collars is when your dog pulls the collar tightens essentially “choking” the pet which in turn should make your dog stop pulling. This isn’t always the case, some dogs may not respond to this type of collar and may choke/strangle themselves to death or unconsciousness or if used for long periods of time may cause damage to the dogs trachea or esophagus (throat). This type of collar can be very dangerous and should only be used by someone who knows what they are doing i.e hiring a professional and experienced dog trainer.

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Prong/Pinch Collars

Prong or pinch collars are similar to choke collars with the addition of steel/metal prongs. The theory behind this collar is also similar to the choke collar in that when your dog pulls the collar tightens creating an uncomfortable sensation around the neck thus causing the dog to stop pulling. Again this doesn’t always work, some dogs may not respond to this type of collar and can instead be severely injured. This is another type of collar that should be used with caution and under the supervision of a trained professional.

I personally wouldn’t recommend choke or prong collars as they can be very dangerous if not used correctly. There are so many other types of collars out there that can get the job done that I just feel that these types are just unnecessary and inhumane.

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Electric Collar

These shock collars use an electrical current passing from the two contact points on the device to deliver a signal to your dog. This signal can range in intensity from mild, moderate to severe. A very controversial tool in the industry as many people consider this tool to be inhumane and can easily be manipulated as a form of abuse. Another collar that should also be used under the supervision of a trained professional. These types of collars are typically used in training and/or with dogs who are unruly and uncontrollable.

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Head Collar

Similar to horse halters, these collars are secured at the back of the skull and over the dogs muzzle. A great tool to use if your dog is the type that likes to pull during walks. I personally have used a head collar for my german shepherd and it worked great in the beginning but she didn’t tolerate it very well after the first few walks. So this would be great if your dog is ok with having things over their muzzle otherwise you may need to find something else that fits them more comfortably.

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 Harness

There are a variety of harnesses on the market these days, some of which attach at the front of the chest and others with the attachment on the back. Depending on your dog and how much pulling they do you can choose which one will work best for them. I find that for dogs that love to jump and lunge while walking using a harness with an attachment on the front works best, you can use their momentum to gain better control of them whereas with the harnesses  attached on the back it just encourages pulling even more and gives them better leverage to pull.

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A few things to think about before choosing a collar are:

– Is my dog a puller/lunger?

– Will my dog respond well to this type of collar?

– Will it be comfortable for my dog?

– Will this tool physically injure/harm my dog?

– Is my dog reactive on walks?

– Does my dog like to wander and sniff things?

 

Once you decide what kind of “walker” your dog is you can get a better sense of what collar would be best for them. You obviously wouldn’t want to put a choke collar on a dog that is a good walker as it would be unnecessary but then you wouldn’t want to put a flat collar on a dog who loves backing out of collars whenever he sees a squirrel or another dog during walks. The goal is to find a collar that works best not only for your pup but for you as well so that both of you can have an enjoyable walk every time!

Happy Walking!

 

 

What Does Dog Walking Look Like In Miami Beach?

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
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It looks awesome as you would expect!

Here at The Litter Sitter we offer a variety of dog walks 365 days a year (rain or shine, sleet or snow)! For those of you who’ve never had the pleasure of having your dog walked by TLS here’s the lowdown on what you’re missing!

1. The Arrival

We stop by your home at the appointed time enthusiastically greeting your pet while simultaneously wriggling our way inside. The look on your pups face suggests that he’s been waiting all day to see us and is so excited that we finally, finally, FINALLY stopped by. A few jumps, lunges, whines and occasional barks, not to mention slobbery kisses on hands and barren legs from your pup and a few belly rubs, scratches behind the ear and kisses from us concludes our brief yet endearing greeting. We quickly say a silent prayer to the wee-wee pad gods that your pup doesn’t tinkle all over the floor between the time it takes us to greet them and scurry over to grab their leash.

2. The Pick-Up

Once assembled, we make sure all essentials are in hand: leash, poop bags and dog and hurriedly make our way to the door. During all this excitement your pup is more than likely to be bursting at the seams with so much pent up energy but as standard procedure dictates we must ask your dog to sit nicely before racing out the door. With one hand on the door knob and a quick glance behind we are out the door in a whopping 3 minutes! (talk about efficiency and speed)

3. The Adventure

Now that we’ve finally made it outside the adventure can begin! A walk with your pup is a time where both dog walker and pup can bond, enjoy each other’s company and let your pup have some free time of their own to sniff and pee on any and everything their little hearts desire! It’s their time and we try our hardest to make it as fun and enjoyable as possible. We seldom walk the same route twice during the week so as not to bore our canine companions and if ever possible, with our clients permission, we’ll even throw in a quick pit stop at the local dog park (they always love this and tend to speed walk and pull the whole way there)! After 30 minutes of sniffing, peeing and occasionally trying to scarf down street food (for those  scavenger-pups our there) we manage to hit all the local hot spots and be back home in time for their afternoon cat nap.

4. The Update

Before heading out we make sure to refresh your pups water bowl, give them a once over to make sure everything is in working order and then proceed to update you on our day! We offer 3 forms of communication when updating our clients those being text, email and paper notes. When sending out texts and emails we give you a quick update on what went down and even include a picture or two. For clients who prefer paper notes we’ll leave you a daily checklist of all tasks completed, a pet report card and a brief note.

And that’s pretty much it!

If you haven’t already scheduled your pup for a walk with TLS, what are you waiting for?

Your pup will thank you for it!

The Ridiculous Things We Do With Your Pets When You Aren’t There…

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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Do you ever wonder what exactly happens when we stop by and walk your dog or when we’re pet sitting for you?

I mean, what really goes on behind closed doors when it’s just your pet and their sitter and not the watered down version we jot down in our notes or send you via text/email.

If I had a dog walker or a pet sitter I would definitely wonder about some of the things my fur balls and their sitter would be doing. For example, is my dog walker playing a little bit of fetch with Zoey before taking her out on her walk? She’s obsessed with tennis balls and usually plops them onto peoples laps so they can throw them for her.  Did she answer any and all of Oakley’s requests and questions (Oakley is our very talkative cat)? Did she give Michi his daily belly rub??? He loves those, he’s extremely needy that way! (that’s our other more robust cat).

Well if you’ve ever wondered what really happens when you aren’t around now is the time to find out!

1. Take selfies with your pet! 

You always get those cute little portrait pictures of your pet which typically let you know that your pet is still alive and kickin’ but what you don’t see are the 50 million selfies we take with your pet! Yea these pictures usually don’t see the light of day and they especially don’t make it onto our Facebook or Instagram but they’re there… don’t you worry

2. Have full on conversations 

We like to keep our fur balls engaged so it’s not uncommon for us to talk to your pet the entire time we’re there… uttering the words “I know, I know” so they know we’re paying attention to them.

3. Play fetch… in your living room

Especially if you have a rather LARGE living room we’ll throw around all kinds of toys for your dog to play with and hopefully bring back! We also do this technique in small living rooms too, we don’t discriminate 🙂

4. Run around the house so your dog can chase us

There’s nothing a dog loves more than chasing things and we aim to please!

5. Clean out eye boogers 

Yea this might be a little TMI but hey since we’re being honest and all, why not? Who likes gross looking eye boogers anyway?

6. Bring over a few feathers 

And watch your cat run around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to catch it! Now if that isn’t funny then I dont’ know what is.

7. Give your pets extra treats

And this is why your fur babies love us so much!!! We give them FREE COOKIES for no reason 🙂 well actually there is a reason, we give them extra cookies because they’re so darn cute especially when they know you have them and they sit pretty for you like this little guy 

8. Give your pets full  body massages

They love it! You can literally see them melting on our laps just 5 minutes in… so relaxing

9. Sing to your pets

Sometimes they’ll even get inspired and sing along with us or they’ll just stare at us and move their heads around like we’re crazy but deep down inside we know they love it… and they know they love it too 😉

So if you happen to have a camera installed somewhere in your house, please don’t judge us, we just love what we do and love the amazing fur balls we get to do it with 😀

Choosing a Dog Walker

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
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Whether you work late, travel frequently or just need an extra hand, choosing a dog walker is no easy feat!

Here are just a few questions you should be asking your potential dog walker:

 

1. Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

Being licensed, bonded and insured is important for your peace of mind. You want to be sure that the person or company that you are hiring is a legitimate business and isn’t someone who is doing this type of work just for fun. Although not many dog walkers carry bonding, an insurance that will cover items that are either stolen or damaged due to negligence, it may be something to keep in mind when searching for a dog walker. As for your dog walker carrying insurance this is also something to keep in mind as it will come in handy in the event that your pet is injured while under the care of your dog walker.

2. Do you have any references/experience?

Don’t be afraid to ask your potential dog walker if they have any references. And just as much as asking if they have any references don’t be afraid to call them! The last thing you want is to entrust your dog with someone who has little to no experience who winds up getting your dog hurt or worse.

3. How many dogs do you walk at one time? 

A dog walker may offer private walks where your dog is walked alone or they may offer pack walks where your dog is walked with more than 1 dog, usually in larger groups. Be sure to specify what type of walk you’d like “fluffy” to have as well as the duration of the walk.

4. Where do you walk dogs?

Some dog walkers like to walk their dogs around the neighborhood while others find it easier to take them to the dog park. It is up to you where you would like your dog walked so be sure to specify. Some dogs may not do well with other dogs and might be aggressive if taken to a dog park with multiple dogs running around.

5. What methods of training do you use?

Some dog walkers like to use positive reinforcement or obedience training when walking dogs. Which ever training method it is that they use be sure that it is consistent and above all humane.

 

Have you found your dogs BFF yet? 

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