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2015-05-24 19:51:30 -0600 answered a question Newest rover app

Just to try and help you troubleshoot... -Have you tried restarting your phone since the update? -Is your phone's memory close to being full?

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2014-11-25 15:35:43 -0600 answered a question Can you have two pet sits at once/pet sits that overlap?

First and foremost, NEVER EVER OVERBOOK YOURSELF AT THE EXPENSE OF CARE QUALITY. If you've thoroughly assessed the facts of each stay and are still confident you can provide premium care then by all means, continue. Second, I PROMISE you it is almost always 4x more work than you think it is to take on multiple jobs at once. Account for driving time(weather&traffic), needing to be in different places for similar feeding times, and be conscientious if certain parts of the day are more important to different dogs' routines. On occasion you may luck out and get multiple requests within the same neighborhood- even then, I have never tried to accommodate more than 3 full time jobs at one time(and I did ALOT of prep for that weekend).

Alright, so I have answered a similar, but slightly more specific question that I will include in case it can provide even more clarity for someone.

Similar Question that Relates to Topic: "Hey Ashley I have a question for you. So understandably Thanksgiving is a time where a lot of people are looking for people to watch their dogs. How do you handle dates where you have multiple people wanting you to stay during the same time. I booked a stay with someone I already did a meet and greet with and now I'm kind of bumming from a financial standpoint because I got a request for a place to stay with two dogs instead of one, for a longer period of time, and for the holiday pay thing they just instated. So I'm excited to be staying with this family I'm already booked with I just feel like I'm missing opportunities, especially when currently Rover is my main source of income."

The Answer I Gave(and still stand by):

"Ummmm again, great question. I have found the very best thing to do is to be upfront with both/all owners . Basically, ASK the owners you are already committed to if it would be alright if you left the dogs for ~however many hours, however many times~ to care for another family's dogs in addition to theirs. I find it helpful to make it clear that their dogs are your number one priority because of order of commitments. However, state that you are confident you can still provide premium care to both families. (BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE!!!)

Basically the more honest you are (within professional reason :P) the more I have found that families will be willing to work with you.

I have gone as far as mapping out a schedule to send to both families involved to help them feel comfortable that all dogs in your care will be treated fairly.... However, that's somewhat of a last resort since then you are pretty committed to that schedule instead of my preferred route which is running on "dog time" and just meeting the individual needs those dogs may have at that ... (more)

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2014-11-10 14:27:02 -0600 answered a question What vaccines should I require as a sitter?

EXCELLENT QUESTION

Rabies and Distemper should be standard protocol for any dog. It is illegal in most places for a dog not to be current on Rabies.

I personally like to see that Bordatella(kennel cough) and a fecal exam(for parasites) have also been done. These two things become crucially important if the dog(s) are taken off the property and ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE EXPOSING YOUR OWN OR OTHER DOGS!

There is a huge variation on the expiration period of the bordatella vaccines depending on which one the vet uses. To be safe, I get my own dogs boostered every 6 months because of their level of exposure. They also get fecal exams at least every 4-6 months along with their monthly heartguard medication to keep them parasite free.

Things like Lyme and Lepto vaccines I believe should be at the owners discretion. People who bring their dogs to a cabin or Hunting dogs really should be vaccinated for lyme but it is also not advisable to over vaccinate an elderly dog who maybe lives in an apartment and literally steps off the sidewalk to do their business before returning inside.

Most owners do heartguard and frontline automatically(I hope) but it never hurts to mention that you highly recommend staying current with these(even though it would be hard to require since its difficult to "officially track" when such things are done)

In summary, I recommend :

  • RABIES
  • Distemper
  • Bordatella(if around other dogs)
  • a Negative Fecal exam(within a year)
  • encourage owners to keep current with heartguard & frontline treatments
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2014-11-05 13:54:01 -0600 answered a question How to keep your old dog happy when you get a new puppy.

Always greet the older dog first!

It can be hard to maintain but in order for the older dog to let go of any worries about being replaced you need to help them feel secure about their place in the family. I've had plenty of experience with pairing an older dog with a new puppy and the only way the old dog will accept the new one with open arms is if you set their relationship up for success.


Examples of how this works in my own home:

  • oldest dog gets greeted first when I return
  • oldest dog always gets their treat/bone first(usually they respond to the "sit" command quickest anyways)
  • oldest dog enjoys free range of the house while the youngsters practice proper crate training
  • oldest dog gets their bath/gets brushed/gets nails trimmed first (they don't always enjoy this but they still like going first)