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The Best Eco-Friendly Poop Bags: Earth Rated Poop Bags (PRODUCT REVIEW)

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

Poop bags

When my husband and I first got Zoey I went through a number of poop bags in search of the perfect one! During my first few months of looking for the right bag I was highly influenced and swayed by all of the cute and colorful poop bags and dispensers found at local pet stores. The ones with intricate designs and patterns (little bones, paw prints, flowers, etc) or bright and fun colors were the ones I was attracted to the most but as time progressed, more specifically after I opened up my dog walking business and started picking up tons of poop, I realized I needed something a little more eco-friendly!

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Who Are The Best Pet Sitters in Coral Springs? (Reviews/Ratings)

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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Since being in the pet industry, specifically dog walking and pet sitting, I’ve come across a number of individuals who offer illegitimate services to their clients. Many, if not all, of these dog walkers and pet sitters are not licensed let alone insured, don’t provide pet sitting or dog walking contracts and are typically highly inexperienced (the majority of these individuals doing this type of work as supplemental income or as a hobby).

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Signs Of A Stressed Out 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

 

Stressed dog

 

In today’s world it shouldn’t surprise us that our dogs find it difficult to cope with our hectic lifestyles. Loud noises, strange objects, new environments or our always on the go attitude can easily stress out our 4 legged companions. Unfortunately there are a number of people out there who have no idea when their dogs are experiencing stress!

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Overnight Pet Sitter – When Do I Need One?

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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If you’re like most people you enjoy going on extended vacations (2-3 weeks) every now and then but probably worry about

200562379-001leaving your pet for such a long period of time. Sure you’ll have a pet sitter stop by a few times during the day to feed, walk and essentially check up on them but you’re not sure if this is enough to keep your pet happy and healthy while you’re away. No worries, overnight stays may be just the thing for you (and your pet)!

 

How do you know if you need one?

If you worry about 3 out of the 4 choices listed below when leaving your pet then you should definitely consider hiring a pet sitter for an overnight stay next time you’re out of town!

Separation Anxiety

For furry friends who get anxious when their pet parents aren’t around having an overnight pet sitter is a god88804863 send. Many of these pets are usually never absent from the presence of another person. They are typically by their parents side while they go about their daily routines: grabbing a bite to eat, grocery shopping, checking the mail, going to dinner and hanging with friends! When they are left alone they tend to freak out hardcore. Whining, barking, pacing and worst of all destroying things! Having an overnight pet sitter keep your pet from freaking out about where you are and why you’re not around is an added bonus to ensuring that your pet is happy, healthy and stress free while you are away. It also helps to make sure that your home isn’t redecorated by your pet when you get back!

Medical Attention

If your pet is one that requires frequent monitoring due to their health: seizures, heart condition, incontinence then you definitely need an overnight pet sitter to keep a close eye on them not only during the day but also during the night. One of my clients’ dogs’ suffers from a heart condition and is adamant about scheduling an overnight pet sitter to make sure his dogs’ heart doesn’t have any complications throughout the night. He’s an elderly dog whose had a few scares in the past so we make sure to pay extra special attention to him when we spend the night.

Lonely / Bored

Pets get bored and lonely too believe it or not! I once left my cat for 2 weeks with a pet sitter who would stop by twice a day to feed, clean out his litter box and keep him company but this just wasn’t enough as I soon found out when I got back. He was MEOWLING  (my word for meowing and crying really loudly) and following me around for days! He must have missed me and been very lonely because he was so happy to see me and also angry at me for what I assume is leaving him behind. Pets, especially dogs, are very social creatures which is probably why they tend to get a little nutty when you leave them alone for hours at a time. They get bored and start getting into the trash or chewing on your furniture or destroying their toys (does this sound like someone you know???)

Peace of Mind

Knowing that there is someone there keeping an eye on your furry friend while you’re on the other side of the country, in 148163236another state or out for the night is an indescribable feeling. Not having to worry if your pet is bored, lonely or anxious are just a few of the benefits when you hire an overnight pet sitter!

 

 

 

– 2 week vacation to Cancun, Mexico [CHECK!]

– Bags packed [CHECK!]

– Passport and Boarding passes [CHECK!]

– Extra dog and cat food [CHECK!]

– Overnight Pet Sitter [CHECK!]

 

 

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!

 

 

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