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Animal Smart Dog Walker Could Reduce Pet Anxiety

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
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Dogs are very social animals, and being alone can be quite stressful for many dog breeds. Unlike cats, they don’t know how to enjoy their own company as they look up to their owners for affection, attention, protection, and everything in between. Most dog owners are familiar with the sight of their dog being sad as they leave the house for work or to go on a vacation. The most common reason for such canine behavior is pet anxiety, which is one of the top reasons Animal Smart Pet Care offers pet sitting and dog walking services. 

What is anxiety in dogs?

Anxiety is a prevalent mental disorder found in people, but we are now seeing it in our pets. There are many different types of pet anxiety, but one of the most common kinds is separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is triggered when dogs get nervous because of the separation from their human owners. Some dogs even try to stop their owners from leaving while others become anxious or depressed prior to the departure of their pet parent.

Other causes of anxiety include: 

  • Traumatic experience/abandonment
  • Illness or disease 
  • Pain 
  • Loud noises (fireworks, thunderstorms, vacuums)
  • Side effects of prescribed drugs 

Symptoms of anxiety in dogs

Much like humans, the autonomic nervous system of dogs produces the stress hormone called cortisol, and this could trigger a wide range of reactions, including: 

  • Excessive barking 
  • Trembling 
  • Panting 
  • Hiding 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Destructive behavior 
  • Attempts at escape
  • Tail tucking 
  • Aggressive behavior (biting, nipping, snapping)
  • Urinating indoors 
  • Excessive energy 

How to help your dog manage anxiety

1. Dog walking 

Hiring a dog walker for your dog is a wonderful way to ease anxiety and stress. Dog walking helps relieve excess pent up energy and tension, providing a natural, safe outlet for your pup. A tired dog is a well-behaved dog. He’s worn out and just wants to take a nap. At Animal Smart, we provide one-on-one walks, playtime, and spending quality time with your dog while you’re away at work or when you’re on vacation. 

2. Pet sitting 

One reliable way to help your pet cope with anxiety is to keep him company by spending plenty of time with him. If spending time is not an option for you because of the nature of your job, consider finding a loving pet sitter for your canine companion. That way, your pet will be in a familiar environment while enjoying the undivided attention of a human. 

3. Change the way you leave 

An excellent way to help your dog is to change the way you leave. Rather than walk back and forth to pick an item you forgot, make a mental list of everything you would need while away and take them with you at a go. It also helps to keep greetings and departures calm without drama, so your dog doesn’t get stressed when you leave. Similarly, you might want to change your “leaving ritual,” so your dog doesn’t recognize signs that you’re about to leave.


Quite a number of dogs suffer from one form of anxiety or the other. The above tips are effective ways to calm an anxious dog, especially for those who have to leave home for work daily or part company with your furry friend for some days. At Animal Smart Pet Care, we offer pet sitting and dog walking services to help ease your dog’s anxiety and stress while you’re away.

How Do I Prepare for an Animal Smart Pet Sitting Initial Visit?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
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Deciding on who to entrust your furry best friend with is so important and here at Animal Smart our teams are dedicated to helping you find the right pet sitters for your pets. We know that when you are away you don’t want to be worrying about the decision you made, so we do everything we can before hand to give you complete peace of mind.

Before you book to use us, we will come out to your house and meet you and your family of pets. It’s important that we get to know you and them just as much as you getting to know us.

For us to provide the best possible care for your pets while you are away we want to make sure that we have and know everything there is to know and the best way to do that is face to face.

Our Animal Smart pet sitter will arrange to come and meet you at a mutually convenient time, this is called an Initial Meet.

During the initial meeting you can ask lots of questions about us, anything you need to satisfy yourself that we are right for your pet.

Our pet sitter will also ask you some questions about your requirements and the needs of your pets. Depending on the pet care service you require, they may want to know things like, how many times your pet gets fed, how long each walk should be, if you pet has any specific health or medical needs.

If you wanted to carry on with the booking, this is also a good opportunity for you to show the Animal Smart pet sitter around. Its useful for us to know where things like light switches, feeding bowls, bedding, toys etc are. Don’t worry you are not expected to know exactly what to tell us, your pet sitter will guide you through the things they need to know in order to provide your individual services.

The most important thing during your initial meeting is that your pets like us too! So please have them around for us to meet J

To arrange your initial meeting contact your local branch via our postcode search on our website

Animal Smart Guide to the Benefits of Using a Professional Pet Sitter

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
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If you don’t really like to leave your pet at home when you go out of town, be reassured that you’re not alone. Many pet owners are uncomfortable with the idea of leaving their furry friend alone at home. Whether you need to go out of town urgently or you need to take a long vacation, opting for Animal Smart pet sitting is a great choice as it offers a lot of benefits. Let’s take a look at how a pet sitter may be the best choice for your furry friend.

  • Reduced risk of getting sick

One of the options many pet owners consider when they need to leave home is driving their pet to a boarding kennels but may put your four-footed companion at risk of getting ill or stress. Many dogs find traditional boarding kennels highly stressful and for dogs with weakened immune systems the risk of infections are increased. By hiring a professional pet sitter, your pet won’t have to come in contact with sick dogs, greatly reducing any risk of illness.  

  • Less stress for your pet

Many pets tend to get anxious once they’re taken out of an environment they’re familiar with while others get traumatized when they’re taken on a trip. Choosing Animal Smart pet sitting means your pet won’t be stressed during your trip because they will be at home. Also, there will be no changes in the environment when you hire a pet as the look and feel will remain the same, helping your feel safe and secure.

  • Minimal changes

Your pet’s anxiety may become worse when there’s a change in schedule and professional pet sitters know how important it is to have the routine of your pet uninterrupted. In contrast, boarding facilities will feed and care for your pet on their schedule, and the more your pet’s routine is changed the more stressed out he’s likely to become. Before taking your pet to a boarding facility, think about how he will feel.

  • Undivided attention

Although most boarding facilities promise quality playtime, there’s a limit to the attention they can give to your pet since they have many pets to look after. But when you go for Animal Smart pet sitting, your pet will be pampered with the undivided attention he deserves so he doesn’t feel stressed out.

  • Peace of mind

While you’re gone, only a professional pet sitter can give you the reassurance that your furry friend is in good hands. To provide you with peace of mind, you can ask your pet sitter to furnish you with updates in the form of emails, text messages, video calls etc. All these will make you feel more relaxed since you will know how your pet is faring in your absence.


Hiring a pet sitter when you next you plan to travel or take a long vacation, consider getting in touch with us at Animal Smart Pet Care to enjoy a stress-free experience that comes with knowing your pet is getting the best care possible.