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Copyright January 2020. Pet Boarding & Daycare is published bimonthly by Barkleigh Productions, Inc, 970 West Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg PA 17055. Postmaster: Send change of address to Pet Boarding & Daycare c/o Barkleigh Productions, Inc., 970 West Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg PA 17055. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Editorial offices: 970 West Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg PA 17055. (717) 691–3388 FAX (717) 691–3381 Email: info@barkleigh.com

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Animal Behavior

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5 Tips to Calm Anxious Pets

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Cat Training: Yes, You Can (and Should)

Facility

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ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

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ets are considered furry family members by most animal owners, so it’s a big responsibility to make sure they’re properly cared for while their owners are away. That means staying on the lookout for anxious pets, and knowing how to ease their nerves when you notice they’re uncomfortable. Since dogs and other animals are parting ways with their owner to be in your care, it’s likely you’ll board a few pets who are suffering from separation anxiety. Pet anxiety can stem from many different causes; however, the primary sources are behavioral and situational nervousness. Animals can also become distressed

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and apprehensive around other pets if they aren’t accustomed to that kind of setting. The cause of their anxiety could even be from a startling noise in your environment, such as vacuums or washing machines. Whatever the reason, here are a few things you can do when you have an anxious pet on your hands: 1. Play Them Calming Music There are particular chords and melodies in music that cause humans to feel more relaxed, and pets can be just as susceptible to calming sounds. It’s essentially music therapy for animals. You can find music meant to soothe an animal’s anxiety on websites

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like Amazon1, or even on Spotify where they have several specially curated playlists for different animals. 2. Give Them A Nice Cuddle  Dogs are considered man’s best friend for a reason, and, at times, a human’s physical touch is the best way to help relieve their anxiety. When an animal is anxious or stressed out, they can really benefit from something as simple as a loving stroke. Studies2 have shown they experience positive changes in serotonin, endorphin, prolactin, dopamine and beta–phenylethylamine levels after a session of gentle petting. The presence of cortisol, a hormone


responsible for stress, also decreases after physical touch. 3. Provide Extra Exercise  Sometimes anxiety leads to pent-up energy in animals, and exercise is one of the only remedies for it. If your attempts at soothing an anxious pet with methods like music and physical touch don't work, try letting them outside for a bit of extra exercise so they can get some space and tire themselves out. You can also offer individual walks or one–on–one playtime as an add–on for anxious pets who might not be interested in group play. 4. Distract Them With A Toy or Treat  Luckily for you, a dog’s short attention span can work in your favor, and you can distract them from their

 



anxiety with a fun toy or tasty treat. An anxious pet can also benefit from a dog puzzle, such as a dog toy with a treat hidden inside. It will keep the pet busy, give them a sense of purpose, and they’ll be rewarded with a treat at the end. If you need something more readily available, a juicy bone or chew toy should do the trick, too. (Make sure any toys, treats or bones are owner-approved.) 5. Give Them Time Alone   If all else fails, the pet may be in need of some alone time—especially if they aren’t used to being in a space with several animals. You can probably relate to the feeling; when you’re in an unfamiliar, crowded space and you just want to step out for some air. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for an anxious animal in your care is leave them in a

secluded area where they aren’t getting any stimulation until they calm down and feel ready to join the pack. References 1. Amazon. Calming Music for Pets. https://www.amazon.com/s?k =calming+music+for+pets&i=digit al-music&ref=nb_sb_noss_2 2. Health Benefits to Petting Your Dog. https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/ lifestyle/what-to-think-about-whenpetting-your-dog/ McKenzie Dillon is a blogger and sleep enthusiast for The Slumber Yard (myslumberyard.com), a reviews site that focuses on bedding products. In her free time, she likes attending music festivals, reading fiction novels and playing with her animals.

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Being a pet care facility manager can be a very rewarding job, but it often comes with significant responsibilities. Managers are often responsible for ensuring excellent pet care—but that’s only one part of what makes a good pet care facility leader.

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uccessful management depends on skills most managers unfortunately aren’t trained for. Everyone has different challenges, but there are some techniques top managers find universally valuable—here are two of them.

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YOUR GOALS

The human mind is like a missile. Give it a target, apply appropriate energy, keep focused, and it will usually hit its mark. Unfortunately, many managers walk around without targets. If a missile (or manager) doesn’t have a clear target, it will search and search until it runs out of energy and falls short of its true potential. Goals are generators of enthusiasm and targets for success. The first step in management

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success is to know exactly what your primary goals are. No two managers will have the same set of goals, but there are certain objectives managers often want to meet. Regardless of the number of management roles in your company, each manager was hopefully hired with specific ambitions in mind. Here are a few important goals managers might set to improve their company’s growth and overall success: • Hitting revenue goal posts • Increasing pet nights • Maintaining a high online review score • Successful cross marketing efforts • A small missed call percentage Regardless of how many managers you have or what their roles include, success depends on knowing exactly what’s expected. Managers should take the time to consult with the owner(s) to determine their individual goals.


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Goals should be qualified and, even better, quantified. A qualified goal is a description, such as good customer service, healthy pets or low employee injuries. A quantified goal is specific and measurable, such as an amount of doggie daycare attendees or a certain new customer conversion percentage. The strongest goals are quantified.

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Most of us learn and retain information visually. This is true for dayto-day life and for official company policies/procedures. Effective written information leaves little room for interpretation, misunderstanding and forgetting. It’s a simple way to increase your and your team’s productivity— from simple written reminders to detailed instructions. Here are some ways writing things down can help improve management performance. Write Down Your Goals Now that you have established the significance of having clear, attainable goals, writing them down can make them even stronger. Posting goals in visible places will help you achieve them. If you don’t write them down, they’re just dreams. Post your goals in highly visible locations, such as on your work monitor, your door and even your bathroom mirror. Anywhere you’re going to see them, read and re–read them. Written goals will benefit your team as well. Ensure they know their goals and ensure they’re written down as well. Post them in the break room or by the time clock. Write Down Your Priorities Time flies, especially in the fastpaced, ever–changing pet industry. The best managers don’t have any more time


in a day than anyone else, but they spend their time focusing on—and actually doing—the most important tasks. Writing down and prioritizing tasks helps ensure you’re being highly productive. Whether you have a paper notebook or an app on your phone, a visible and sorted list of daily tasks will boost a manager’s productivity. Steps to prioritizing include: • Write down everything you want to accomplish, no matter how trivial it may seem. • Prioritize your to–do list with A, B or C, based on importance. Your A items are likely the most challenging and important items. Finishing them before the smaller, less urgent tasks will move your day and business forward. • If it’s not possible to perform a task today, ensure you set time aside and write it down on your schedule for the following day. • Most importantly—keep your commitments! At the end of the day, you can reassess your list and see which items you’ve crossed off and which need to be added to tomorrow’s list. It’s always good to write the next day’s to-do list at the end of the workday to ensure nothing slips between the cracks.

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BET WEEN A

MARKETING

CAMPAIGN AND A PROMOTION?

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hether you’ve run your pet boarding facility for one day or thirty years, you know there are a million details. You also know marketing is essential to bringing in consistent business. The businesses who master marketing enjoy more streamlined businesses. Yet, it can be confusing—or the list of tasks may seem tedious or over complicated. Take the terminology of a marketing campaign vs. a promotion. Do you know the difference?

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Marketing Campaign vs. One-Off Promotion A planned marketing campaign is different from a one–off promotion. They have different goals. The campaign is usually more sustained with a longer–term goal in mind while the one-off promotion is just what it sounds like—a one-time thing. Marketing Campaign: businessdictionary.com defines a marketing campaign as “The efforts of a company or a third–party marketing company to increase awareness for a particular product or service, or to increase consumer awareness of a business or organization. A marketing campaign has a limited duration.”

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Marketing Promotion (One– Off): If you were to run a one-time discount during a slow period, then that would be a promotion. It’s shorter term. Does it still sound confusing? Maybe this will help. You know how there are four seasons in the year? And how Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring each have their own holidays and weather–related events? You may already use some of these holidays to build your marketing calendar around. Or, you may have created new packages and you want to promote them over the next few months. For example, if you offer pet grooming at your facility and you want to boost consistent grooms long-term, then you may decide that you’re going to create marketing materials around the importance of monthly grooming. Your campaign materials may include: • Social media posts about the importance of good hygiene for your dog • Testimonials from happy customers • Meet–the–team photos/videos/ interviews • A postcard for customers to pick up near the check–in desk.


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weeks (or months) in advance and map out the content you’ll need. From photos to blogs to videos, what resources do you have, or what can you get access to so that when the time comes, you can plug n’ play?

You can slice and dice the content and the way you deliver it, but the intent is there; you’re promoting health and wellbeing through consistent dog grooming. You could do the same thing for socialization or training for the boarding and daycare part of your business. Set Your Marketing Goal With a marketing campaign, you set a business goal. Let’s say you want to boost your regular grooming clients by 10% a month and you plan the bulk of your content around that goal for one quarter. Knowing that you want to have 70% of your messages around the importance of hygiene and grooming means you’re staying focused. Focus makes it easier to generate content ideas for your customers.

For the next quarter, you focus on the importance of socialization and training. And so on. Over time, you can create marketing campaigns (and accompanying materials) for every quarter. Maybe winter is when you promote regular doggie daycare visits and the benefits of a happy, well–socialized dog. January is Train Your Dog Month so you can incorporate dog training tips. And Valentine’s Day is a built–in opportunity to shower gifts (like regular daycare packages) on your four–legged friends. But a one–off promotion is different. With a one–time marketing promotion, your goal is shorter term. It may be to increase business during a slow period. For example, if you see that your bookings are low over the next week, you may opt to

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to make it on the top of Page One of Google than websites that load

attention spans, and if they feel like

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your pet care

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company’s identity.

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slideshow or a video, you require an additional “request,” which the Internet must make to display the site. The result is a dent in your website’s load time. One or two features won’t hurt you too much, but too many can be a big risk. When putting together your home page, identify the primary information you want your visitors to receive and make sure you only feature what you feel to be entirely necessary. This will prevent your page from becoming too busy, and it will decrease the time a user has to wait for your website to load. 3. Make Sure Your Web Hosting Plan Still Meets Your Standards Perhaps you’ve tried some of these strategies before, yet they haven’t worked. This may be a result of your web hosting

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t Hope2K9, a lot of the work we do is to help prevent dogs from going into a rescue, even though we are one ourselves,” says Cameron Thompsen, President and Founder of the Hope2K9 Foundation. “We work to educate and support struggling owners whose pets have behavior or other issues. We try to get to the source of the dog’s problem, and then resolve it. “Our mission is to help stop the flow of dogs that are coming into shelters and rescues, and are ultimately unnecessarily euthanized or are just languishing and not living their best life.” Hope2K9 is located in beautiful Valley Center, California, about 40 minutes from San Diego. They have ten spacious acres, and at present, have a new kennel building under construction. “When we founded the organization it was initially a training–based rescue that provides trained,

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“The services we provide are really about helping people

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relationship with their dogs so their dogs can be included in more aspects of their life.”

– Cameron Thompsen, President & Founder of the Hope2K9 Foundation

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adoptable dogs,” Cameron says. “When a dog is accepted into the Hope2K9 rescue program, it is fully trained before it is placed into a new home. That training can take anywhere from 2–6 months.” They have also incorporated a unique boarding program. The boarding fees are used to fund the rescue work they do, including training classes and socialization programs that they offer to the community. And the boarding fees are tax deductible for the client. There is immense interest in the group training classes that they hold on site. It’s called Hope4Hounds and is a key pillar of the Hope2K9 organization and how they fulfill their mission to help people stay the course, especially with difficult dogs. Classes are donation-based and open to the public. They have training seminars where other trainers are invited to speak. They also go into schools and the community to provide education and bring forward information about things such as how to prevent bites and improve behavior. These are ultimately connected to why many dogs are re–homed or euthanized. “The services we provide are really about helping people to experience more trust, respect, and control in their relationship with their dogs so their dogs can be included in more aspects of their life,” Cameron says. “It’s


very fulfilling to see the transformation in dogs that may have been slated for euthanasia as they become successful members of the family.” Hope2K9 offers overnight boarding to dogs of all ages, breeds and behavior backgrounds. They can handle many dogs that other facilities cannot. “A lot of people seek us out because

their dog cannot be boarded successfully other places because of their behavior issues. When a boarding facility is run by professional trainers, it’s very different than just having kennel staff,” says Cameron. “Our boarding environment is a lot like the average family home,” Cameron continues. “We place a lot of emphasis on structure and that’s the main reason why

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we can succeed with a lot of the dogs we take in for boarding, training, rescue, and rehab. For example, we will have the dogs practice a down/stay in the dining room while we eat dinner. Then later we all hang out in the family room and interact.” They also board dogs for individuals who are deployed or have become temporarily displaced from housing so

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“A lot of people seek us out because

THEIR DOG CANNOT BE BOARDED Successfully other places

because of their behavior issues.”

– Cameron Thompsen, President & Founder of the Hope2K9 Foundation

that their dogs are not at risk of being

because it provides a shade structure,”

a multitude of long–term benefits. It pro-

re–homed or surrendered.

Cameron says. “It also allows us to expand

vides all the electricity we need now and

and have access to solar all over our

in the future. Now, we don’t have to panic

shade over some training areas, and at the

property. Our outside enclosures can have

when we see our air conditioning bill.”

same time go green and save energy.

light in the evenings. Our solar setup and

Hope2K9 has a ‘cool’ way to provide

“We did an above ground solar array

our decision to move in that direction has

Hope2K9 offers shadow and mentorship programs. Trainers travel from all over to come out and see their programs—both for the professional dog training and also the non–profit aspect. Attendees learn how to get the results that Hope2K9 gets with the dogs in their adoption program, adopter compliance, and adopters staying the course and not returning the dog. These are huge challenges for the average rescue organization. With the mentorship program, people can get a taste of whether they want to get into the industry, how we set things up, what’s working, and what’s not worked in the past,” says Cameron. “We coach people and assist in burnout support. How you run any business is a reflection of your overall process. It really does come back to the core elements we preach about. We are helping people to step up, stay the course, and do right by their dogs. “We present lots of classes and resources, both in person and online, to resolve behavior issues that often result in a pet

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tutorials and community support to educate people. “We look at social media as a way to give information and empower people to solve their own problems,” Cameron says. “Social media is how the bulk of people are attracted to our business. For us, it’s all about sharing tangible action steps and information about what we do and how we do it to build trust and familiarity in our prospective clients—and for them to feel comfortable about the training and activities their dogs are getting.” A lot of the content Hope2K9 is presenting is geared toward helping the overall community of rescue find a better way to function and create a more lasting change in the issues around unwanted dogs. Hope2K9’s goal to educate, empower and support has made a tremendous difference to the people and pets in their immediate area and far beyond.

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f you’re like many pet care facilities, the seasonal fluctuations in weather have a tremendous impact on the way your operations run. Where summer may mean long days spent outside enjoying sunshine and warm temperatures, winter may mean short days snowed in with quick trips outside, trying to avoid frost bitten fingers, toes and paws. And with shorter days, your puppy clients may be getting even less exercise at home than usual, which can make your job all the more challenging. But with some creative thinking, winter doesn’t have to be day after day of drab and dreary. Here are a few ideas for burning off those zoomies, even if you’re stuck inside. Enrichment Enrichment is a common word you hear being thrown around in the industry. So what do we mean when we say enrichment? We define enrichment as interaction that gives your pups the opportunity to exercise their brains in a way that inspires their natural doggy instincts. Most of your pet parents want their dogs to come home tired from play. But we believe that’s not enough; it’s critical for each dog to have a balanced physical, social and emotional experience when they’re with us. As such, enrichment is an important part of a successful dog daycare setting all year round. But, in the wintertime it’s a particularly handy tool to have in your tool box. If you haven’t introduced enrichment in a structured way to your facility, you should start by putting together a list of standard enrichment activities that are acceptable for use at your facility. Activities we use include: • Nosework • Puzzle toys • Obstacle courses using play/ agility equipment • Follow the leader games Training each of your staff on how to properly utilize these activities is going

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to be key to their success in your facility.

An easy way to make the most of

The more consistent an experience each

that indoor space is to build “up” with

pet can have from day to day and group

play equipment. Play equipment will

to group, the more likely it is that you’re

take the otherwise stagnant space of

going to see results.

an indoor environment and layer in

Giving your dogs the opportunity to

another level of play and interaction. It

exercise their brains as well as their bodies

opens up the possibility to working on

is going to do wonders in managing those

movement, challenging pups to figure

winter zoomies. And, bonus? It will facili-

out how to use each piece of equipment

tate their bonds with your team as well.

and play new games that could not be played in a fixed, empty space.

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You’re probably aware that there’s a wide variety of equipment—and price

winter a more challenging time of year

ranges—on the market specifically for

to manage dog play is that space is often

doggy play environments. A pet care

much more limited. It’s not unusual for a

facility is a dynamic environment, and

pet resort’s real estate to be heavily weight-

it’s smart (and cost effective!) to use

ed in favor of outdoor space rather than

equipment that can be configured into

indoor. When limited to playing inside,

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your space may be cut in half, or less.

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not take advantage of the downtime by throwing in a little extra something that’s sure to surprise and delight your human clients?


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Here are a few fun ideas: Dog Paw Print This one is as easy as it sounds. Dip a paw in some non-toxic paint, stamp the print on a piece of high-quality, heavier stock paper, add the pup’s name and voila! For extra credit, try layering the print on top of some seasonally appropriate printed paper.

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Diy Doggy Scarf Over the top? Yes. But will you get some giggles from surprised clients? Absolutely! Buy a few yards of cute printed fleece at your local craft store. Cut a long rectangular scarf shape based on the size of the dog. Cut a slit about 1/3 of the way from one of the short ends of the scarf. You’ll loop the other end of the scarf through this slit to help hold the scarf in place when the dog goes bounding out to show off his or her new look. Bonus points if the scarf is in your brand’s colors! Are these art projects something you’ll want or be able to incorporate in the normal course of business? Probably not. But they are a fun way to demonstrate a little extra love and warmth on those few days of the year when you have the time to show off your creativity. And don’t forget to stamp your business’s logo on those masterpieces, as they’re likely to be hung on proud parents’ fridges all over town! The days are short, but that doesn’t mean that winter fun has to be. With a little creativity, you can maintain those sunny summer vibes all year round.

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CATS

YOU CAN

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t is common knowledge that dogs

Now, let’s look at the cat picture.

can be trained to do extraordinary

Three point four million cats enter

things. Certainly most owners

animal shelters per year and 1.4 million

expect their dogs to learn some basic

are euthanized each year. Yet for many,

commands, and with a little patience and

many years there was little discussion

perseverance, owners also hope to ad-

of training. Now as people are realizing

dress a variety of behavioral challenges.

cats are trainable and professional cat

According to Statista.com1, there are

trainers are appearing, this trend is

an estimated 89.9 million dogs in the

finally changing—which is great news!

United States. This partially explains

Cats are extremely trainable. The

why the pet industry is so massive; how

key is understanding what motivates

dog trainers can make a full–time living

them and being clear on what types of

training dogs and why businesses like

behaviors they need to learn. When peo-

boarding facilities have been working

ple think about training, most visualize

with dog trainers for decades. It’s also

obedience. This is where you lose some

why pet groomers and dog trainers

of them. After all, can you teach a cat to

should work together to create recipro-

walk on a leash? If yes, what’s the point?

cal referral relationships. Yet, there is another animal kept as a

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The truth is that cats can learn to walk on a leash, and being able to take

pet in this country that outnumbers dogs.

them on walks allows you to give them

Again, according to Statista.com2, there

exercise and get them used to respond-

are 94.2 million cats in the United States.

ing to you in public. However, most

While cats may outnumber dogs,

THERE ARE

owners are less interested in teaching

when it comes to perceptions about

them obedience than they are in ad-

feline trainability, people have very

dressing behavior problems, including

different ideas. Common sentiments

such behaviors as litter box training,

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regarding cat training include: “You can’t train cats!”, “They don’t care about pleasing you”, “They’re not like dogs” and “What would you even train a cat to do?” This perception is costly for cats and the people who love them. Shelter and rescue statistics illustrate part of the challenge. Roughly 3.9 million dogs wind up in shelters each year in this

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Many cat owners find it difficult, if not impossible, to take their cats to the veterinarian, groomer or boarding

animal trainer and founder of Animal Behavior College (ABC), a vocational

facility because they can’t get them in a crate. This is a

school specializing in animal career

perfect example of a teachable behavior.

for people interested in becoming pet

scratching furniture, accepting other cats and dogs, spraying and learning to go in a crate. This last one is critical. Many cat owners find it difficult, if not impossible, to take their cats to the veterinarian, groomer or boarding facility because they can’t get them in a crate. This is a perfect example of a teachable behavior. For many cat owners, a well–trained feline is simply one who goes to the litter box, gets along with other pets in the home, doesn’t damage furniture, travels easily and comes when called. Every one of those behaviors is teachable! This is relevant to anyone who offers

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boarding or grooming for cats. Start to search for cat trainers. Once you find them, reach out to them and begin to develop relationships in which all parties refer clients to each other. When done properly, such relationships are

training programs. ABC offers courses groomers, dog trainers, cat trainers, veterinary assistants and aquatics management specialists. They will be introducing a zookeeper assistant program in 2019. The school also teaches a variety of continuing education programs on subjects including; pet nu-

beneficial to all—and your cat–loving

trition, pet massage, dog walking, pet

clients will thank you!

sitting and training shelter dogs. Aside

References:

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1. https://www.statista.com/statistics/198100/

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dogs-in-the-united-states-since-2000/

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YOUR By Teena Patel

The significance of staff training cannot be overstated; it is one of the most important components of growth and development of a successful dog daycare or boarding program, whose focus is on providing more than just supervision.

D

oggie daycare programs are evolving rapidly, and as their focus becomes

No matter who you speak to in our industry, whether a small doggie

more behavioral, owners of doggie

daycare averaging 15-30 dogs a day or

daycares and boarding facilities seek

a large doggie daycare averaging 150-

to provide their dogs with more mean-

200+ dogs per day, it's not uncommon

ingful stimulation in an attempt to

to hear them describe their new-hire

defeat boredom and keep high-energy

training process as “on-the-job training”.

dogs from “bouncing off the walls.” Regardless of the type of interven-

While the initial investment of time and loss of money can be huge, this is

tion, with the focus becoming more

a temporary sacrifice and well worth

and more centered around the “whole

it for adopting a proper, step-by-step,

dog”, staff training has to become an in-

sequential staff-training plan.

tegral part of enhancing your program.

We take for granted that our

Educating your team is a respon-

subjects want to learn; that they are

sibility in and of itself. There are no

eager for our assistance. But without

shortcuts around this. Many people

a careful and considerate approach to

try, and even avoid the process entirely,

facilitate learning, members of your

but there is no getting out of this

team are likely to experience anxiety,

commitment if you want to decrease

lack confidence, become frustrated and even defensive.

staff turnover, build a rock star team

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Here are five preliminary questions

Think of each team member as a

you can ask yourself as you evaluate

gear; each gear functions in a particular

the efficacy of your new–hire on–

way, doing specific things that help

boarding regimen:

move all the other gears, giving us the

1. Do you have a plan?

momentum to do more, offer more.

2. What does it entail?

Think of each team member as a gear; each gear functions in a particular way,

3. How long is your new hire training program/protocol? 4. Ultimately, after the training, what will this prepare your new hire for? 5. Will what they have learned be fulfilling for your needs and

1. Who will be responsible for your new hires’ learning? 2. When and how will you evaluate their learning as well as your teaching?

your team’s needs?

doing specific things that help move all the

Now you are ready to address the next two big questions:

Training your team and not leaving It is imperative that each member of

them under–resourced is truly the most

your team fully understands their role

powerful and impacting contribution

and that role’s relevance to your goal.

to growth. And, it’s an important way

the momentum to do

Then, it becomes very clear for them to

to honor the people who bring your

more, offer more.

focus on the why, and develop proficien-

vision to life by helping them grow in

cy in the how (in time, with training).

confidence, aptitude and leadership.

other gears, giving us

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Prescription Diets

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Major pet food manufacturers offer prescription diets for the treatment of certain illnesses and disorders CERTIFIED in pets. Examples of health issues that may be treated with specially–formulated prescription diets are: • Kidney disease • Liver disease • Inflammatory C bowel E R Tdisease I F I C A T I ON • Diabetes • Bladder stones or bladder inflammation • Heart failure • Arthritis • Cancer • Dental tartar and gingivitis • Overactive thyroid • Food allergies If a pet in your care is on a prescription diet, you should take care to make sure it gets the proper food. If a pet receives a food other than its prescription food, it could suffer a relapse or worsening of its illness. Pet care facility owners often require that owners with pets on such a diet bring food from home for use during the pet’s stay.

carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water; however, they have different nutritional needs and should not be fed the same formulation. In addition, there are different nutritional needs depending on the pet’s age (puppy, adult, senior), pregnant or nursing, breed, size and health status. Pets may need to be on prescription diets for health issues, weight management diets or lowallergy diets.

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The Overweight or Obese Pet An average Chihuahua should weigh around

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If a chubby Chihuahua weighs

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difficult job. If diet instructions say to feed, for example, “2 cups in the morning,” that means two level cups, not heaping cups. In addition, the cup should be a standard 8 oz. cup that would be used in baking, not a coffee cup, scoop or giant soda cup from the convenience store.

The Overweight or Obese Pet Just as human Americans are likely to be overweight or obese, so are our pets. No one wants to hear that their pet is morbidly obese, or that the special treats they so lovingly provide their pet could be harmful. Discussing obesity with pet parents should be done respectfully, without placing blame. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (https://petobesityprevention. org/) has good information for pet parents and pet care facility staff members. For example, an average Chihuahua should weigh around 6 pounds. If a chubby Chihuahua weighs 12 pounds (6 pounds overweight), that is equivalent to an average human woman (5’4” tall) being 145 pounds overweight! The Pet Obesity Prevention website also has calorie contents for many commercial dog and cat food brands. Different brands vary considerably— from 250 to 500 calories per cup!

The Special Cases Occasionally you will lodge a pet that needs to gain weight, although this is not as common. Some pets arrive at their proper weight, yet experience a change of eating habits due to the change in environment. In addition to providing these pets with extra attention in an effort to get them to enjoy the experience, you will need to make certain that they get adequate nutrition. In both of these cases, you may need to get a little creative to entice them to eat. 48

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Food Allergies Food allergies are common in pets as well as humans. In pets, food allergies most commonly cause skin symptoms (hair loss, itching, ear infections and rashes) and/or gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite). Pets, like people, can be allergic to anything in their food or environment, but the most common food allergens for pets are chicken, beef, dairy, egg and wheat. Food allergies are diagnosed with a “diet trial,” meaning that a hypoallergenic (low allergy) diet is fed exclusively for 8–12 weeks or more. Once stabilized on a food that does not cause an upset to the pet’s system, it is imperative that their diet be maintained. Even a single bite of a regular food to which the pet is allergic could cause a flare–up of symptoms. There are two main strategies for the design of hypoallergenic prescription diets. Some hypoallergenic diets, called “novel

protein,” utilize a major protein source that is different than the pet has previously eaten. Most commonly–fed over–the– counter diets contain beef, chicken and/or lamb, so hypoallergenic diets eliminate those animal proteins and use more unusual proteins. Examples are fish, rabbit, venison and even kangaroo meat! The novel protein foods also use non–corn and non–wheat carbohydrate sources, including green pea and sweet potato. Other hypoallergenic diets, called “hydrolyzed,” are treated so that the proteins and carbohydrates are broken up into such tiny pieces that the immune system “ignores” them, although they still provide all the nutrition the pet needs.

to sustain life. WATER. Although it contains no nutritional value, without it a pet will die. In fact, going without water will more rapidly cause serious side effects than going without food will. All pets should be provided an ample supply of fresh, clean water. Be careful to ensure that water bowls are clean and free of detergent residue. However, if a dog is to quickly lap down water, it can cause stomach upset and vomiting. In rare cases, drinking a very large amount of water can cause life– threatening electrolyte imbalances (cause water toxicosis). This can especially be seen in young dogs drinking water from a pool or hose. Some illnesses will cause a dog to drink excessively, such as diabetes

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