My guess is you have heard of Rover, WAG and Thumbtack. When you Google, “dog walking” or “pet sitting”, they appear at the top of the page – touting pet sitting, dog walking, and boarding services for lower than average rates. After talking with members of my community, many of them are using this service; however, is that really as good as it sounds? I like saving money and I’m sure you do too; however, there is a time and place for being thrifty.
Did you know that Rover, WAG and Thumbtack are NOT dog walking/pet sitting companies? Instead, they are tech apps that connect you with independent contractors offering pet care services. Now that you understand the distinction, below are a summary of four differences between Tailored Pet Services (TPS) and a tech app (TA):
(1) Applicant Screening:
• TPS: screens its applicants with a 5-step process (20 question application, phone interview, in-person interview, ride-a-long to see how they interact with dogs and federal background check).
• TA: anyone can be added to the list. No screening process. For Rover/Wag, I couldn’t find confirmation if they use state or federal background checks (if they only do state, you could accidently hire someone who has a criminal history in another state). Thumbtack doesn’t require a background check.
(2) Independent Contractors Versus Employees
• TPS: I hired employees so I can direct them how to perform the work and shadow my employees to compliment things they are doing correctly and offer suggestions on how to provide better pet care.
• TA: independent contractors cannot be told how to get the job done.
• TPS: new employees completes shadow training by myself and our leads. We have a 30-page handbook with our policy and procedures which I remind employees every few months to ensure pet/client’s home safety. In addition, I bring in experts in their field (i.e. dog trainers) to teach employees on pet care
• TA: none
• TPS: Bonded and Insured through Hartford with an insurance policy with maximum coverage in case of pet injury
• TA: Rover = only 30-days after injury, WAG = couldn’t find any data, Thumbtack = not required to be insured
More details about each of the differences below. Continue Reading…
For the most part, we know the dangers of people and animals being locked inside hot cars. But what about when you leave a pet in the car just for a quick run to pay the clerk or run to the potty? We love having our pets with us on trips, but we all need rest stops. And not all establishments are pet-friendly. Meaning at some point in time you will probably need to leave your dog in the car.
That’s when you may wonder if it is illegal to leave your pet in the car, even if only for a few minutes. While, it is not exactly the easiest question to answer, we do have a few answers for you. There are a few things that have to be taken into account.
The conditions matter:
A lot of laws take in account the weather conditions and whether or not the windows are open. In some states there are specific laws that will lay out what is proper conditions for leaving a pet in a car for a short amount of time. Usually that means, it’s not extremely hot or cold, the windows are cracked, and the vehicle is parked in a safe spot.
Even in places without specific laws, animal cruelty laws can be invoked if a pet is clearly in distress due to the carelessness or neglect of an owner.
Your state and local laws matter:
Of course each state has a different take on this subject. If you live in one of the following states then you may want to look at the laws to see exactly what makes for an unlawful situation. According to Animal Legal and Historical Center, the following states do have some type of law regarding animals left in motor vehicles.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Larger cities and municipalities, even in states not listed can have city laws pertaining to leaving a pet in a vehicle alone.
How to keep your pet safe in case you have no choice but leave them in the car:
- Find a shady spot
- Use a sunshade on the windows and windshield
- Fill up a spill-proof bowl with fresh cool water
- Set an alarm on your phone for 10 minutes. Time can pass quickly, this way you’ll know exactly how long you’ve been away from your pet.
Both responsible pet owners and law makers only want what is best for the animals. If you know you’ll be traveling often with your pet, research some of the laws. Also, brush up on safety tips such as carriers and how to safety travel with a pet (it is NOT safe for them to be loose in the car). Once you’ve done a little research your trip with your pet is sure to be a blast!
And if your pet can’t come along on your current adventure, we’d be more than happy to keep them company while you are away so feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to be poked, come play, walk and help take care for them while you’re away from home.
Pet parents know exactly what a joy it can be traveling with our pets. But, we also know that having to deal with an unruly dog is never any fun for anyone. That’s why it’s important to know a few simple rules that makes sure both owners and the people around them enjoy their presence.
The Code of Conduct for Traveling with Your Pet
Always scoop the poop
Nowadays, for a lot of us, it seems like a no-brainer; your dog makes a “mess,” you clean it up. However, not everyone does this. And it can be one of the most frustrating things to anyone other than the pet or pet parent leaving the mess behind. Continue Reading…
For pet parents, when we start planning our next vacation one of the biggest decisions is whether or not to bring your pet. And if you are the type that definitely wants your dog to tag along, then you’ll definitely need to know how to pick a pet friendly cabin or rental property. Here are a few tips on how to find the best destination for your entire family for your vacation.
First, read the reviews of the area, the season as well as the properties you are considering.
You want to make sure that you pick a destination that works well for pets. Consider outdoor activities, climates and things that you know your pet will enjoy. Read a lot of the reviews of the places that you are considering. You can get a good feeling about exactly how pet friendly a place is by their reviews. Continue Reading…
Camping is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors. It is also a great way to spend time with your family, including your four legged family members. That’s another reason why camping is so great, everyone can come along. Enjoy hiking, campfire stories and cuddles along with all of the wonders of nature.
But how do you know if the campground you choose is great for your pet? Continue Reading…
Visiting a state park hardly ever disappoints. That is unless you have your heart set on taking your dog with you and then you find out that they aren’t allowed or there is an extra fee to bring them. Luckily most state parks do allow pets!
Here is our top list for Oregon and Washington State Parks that allow pets: Continue Reading…
Summer is the time for travel. We’re often planning vacations and trips with the family while the kids are out of school. And a lot of times we want the whole family to come, our furry friends included. After all, we’d much rather have our pet companions with us having them stay behind or cooped up in a boarding facility.
But how do we know if it is the best idea to bring them with us? Sometimes, bringing them along isn’t the best idea. Continue Reading…
What if you love to travel and want a dog? But then you can bear the thought of leaving them home alone for long periods of time? Well, luckily, if you have a dog that loves to be on the go, you won’t have to worry about leaving them behind.
Here are the top 7 dog breeds we’ve found if you like travel:
There’s a reason you often see this dog out and about. Not only are they a perfect size for traveling, they usually love it too! Continue Reading…
It can be pretty discouraging seeing a brand new toy ripped to shreds soon after you have purchased them. That why we decided to comb the internet and find some of the most durable toys that your dog can’t destroy.
● How to select the strongest toy:
Pick the Material:
Some of the most durable dog toys are made of solid, hard rubber and these are what we typically would recommend. Some dogs prefer a softer chew than rubber. Continue Reading…
Did you know that April 11th was National Pet Day? And there is never a bad time to celebrate the pets in our lives. However, this day was actually created to help raise awareness for pets that are in need of a forever home. By showing all the joy that our pets bring us in our lives, we share the love that you everyone can have with our four legged friends.
In fact, according to the official National Awareness Day website, the underlying message is to let the world know that there are, “16,000 pet dying in US shelters on a daily basis. That adds up to 667 animals an hour!” And that is exactly why National Pet day was created.
What can you do to help raise awareness for pets in need?
You may think that you can’t help because you’re not in a place to adopt a pet. However, that is not true at all! Continue Reading…