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You’ve probably heard a few differing opinions about what kinds of collars, harnesses, and leashes you should use on walks. As a dog sitter, you won’t be making decisions about which training tools are right for your dog, but familiarizing yourself with the different tools out there will help you identify how to use them. And, if you have a dog of your own, you’ll be able to make more informed decisions about what’s right for your needs.

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As a sitter, you’ve endured slobbery kisses, surprise accidents, and made dog hair a fashion statement. But what do you do when you’re faced with a more challenging dog client—one who acts out when they miss their owner or growls when they see another dog? Never fear—we want to share some tips that’ll help you tackle everything from separation anxiety to leash pulling.

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Can you tell if a dog is happy, angry, or nervous, just by looking at them? As a sitter, you meet new dogs all the time. Learning to identify how they’re feeling—and greeting them appropriately—will help you be successful.

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Occasionally, a dog in your care may be reactive and overreact to stimuli they encounter on walks. So what do you do if the sweet dog in your care barks and lunges on leash? Whether they are uncomfortable around people, bicycles, or other dogs, a reactive dog can have a great walk if you follow these tips.

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Your Rover dog is known for clearing the room with his farts and running around in circles. But suddenly he’s drinking water as though he’s lost in the desert and promptly throws up in the living room.

Although as a sitter you know every dog is different and their care will vary, it’s important to recognize the little signs that can make a big difference in the health and safety of a pet—and to take them seriously.

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, millions of people are bitten by dogs every year, but the good news is most dog bites are preventable. Whether you’re a pet parent or a pet sitter, you can protect yourself and dogs in your care by learning to recognize signs of dog anxiety and aggression before it turns into a bite.

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Summer means long dog walks with your canine clients, setting up a kiddie pool in the yard, and—unfortunately—fleas and ticks. Luckily, we can help you make sure these pests don’t interfere with your summertime stays and dog walks.

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Whether you’re a pet parent or a pet sitter, you can protect yourself and dogs in your care by learning to recognize signs of dog anxiety and aggression before it turns into a fight. We’re here to help you 1) learn the signs of dog anxiety, and 2.) find dog anxiety solutions that work for you and your Rover guests.

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Dogs are some of the most loyal, loving creatures around—it’s no wonder 94% of Americans consider their dogs part of the family. And one of the joys of being a dog sitter is becoming an honorary member of each dog’s pack.

However, in order to form that bond, you may have to go through some growing pains, separation anxiety being the most common. The good news is there are things you can do to help your dog clients feel more comfortable.

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We’ve been there: The pet parent pulls out of the driveway, and you realize you forgot to ask that really important question. Whether you’ve been a sitter or dog walker for years or you’re just getting your paws wet, we want to share some tips that will help you have a great time, every time.

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As a pet sitter, you’re in the habit of checking boxes on your pre-stay to-do list. Making sure you prepare your home—or the pet parent prepares theirs—for a safe stay should be right up there with restocking poop bags. So what exactly should you do to prepare for a safe stay?

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Sure, dogs are man’s best friend—but what about dogs and kids? Many dogs love children—who else will run in circles with them for hours on end? However, many dogs aren’t comfortable around kids, and even dogs who are normally comfortable around kids can react negatively in a stressful situation.

In the U.S., over 359,000 children were bitten by dogs between 2010-2012 (source: AVMA). The good news: You can teach your kids to develop long-lasting, loving relationships with dogs by recognizing and respecting a dog’s body language.

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As a pet sitter, you probably hear a lot about dog proofing. Beyond keeping the door closed and tasty treats out of reach, what does dog proofing really mean? And, as a pet sitter, what are you responsible for? We’re here to walk you through how to dog proof your house—and even your client’s house.

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Even if you’ve been around the block a time or two with your own dog, it’s important to know that walking someone else’s dog is a whole different ball game. We’re here to walk you through some dog safety tips that’ll help you make sure each walk goes well.

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Dogs are full of surprises: most of them wonderful, some of them silly, and a few a little gross. Although it’s rare, it’s important to know what steps to take if your Rover dog runs away. Here’s what you do if your Rover dog takes off after that squirrel.

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As a pet sitter or dog walker, there’s plenty you can do to greatly reduce the chance of losing a dog during a visit or walk. The first thing to know: preventing dog escapes starts long before you (or your dog guest) walks through the door. Here are concrete steps you can take to keep your Rover dog safely in bounds.

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Can you tell if a dog is happy, angry, or nervous, just by looking at them? As a sitter, you meet new dogs all the time. Learning to identify how they’re feeling—and greeting them appropriately—will help you be successful.

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Let’s face it, when you think of a dog, “serious” is not in your vocabulary. Dogs are meant to play, run, and act goofy with humans and their dog friends. But sometimes play can get a little out of hand. What one dog is trying to communicate to their fellow canine may get lost in translation. This could lead to a dog indicating “Stop it” which, in our human language, sounds like: “Bite!”

There a few key things to keep in mind when taking care of pets to prevent bites—both friendly and not-so-friendly.

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As a sitter, you probably pride yourself on your epic stash of poop bags and stockpile of treats, but you may be missing a crucial part of being prepared—a safety plan. A safety plan details exactly what steps you’ll take to keep your dog clients safe. If you have a solid safety plan, you’ll be able prevent health and safety issues from happening—or, if something comes up, you’ll know exactly what to do. To help you get started, we’ve come up with some basic questions to inspire your personal safety plan.

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While their ability to sense how their humans are feeling makes them seem, well..almost human, it’s easy to forget that dogs also share some traits with their wilder cousins. Luckily, a lot of these traits are easy to anticipate and prevent—even if you don’t know a dog very well. As a pet sitter or dog walker, you should watch out for prey drive and pack mentality.

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Dog parks are a great addition to communities. They bring people and dogs together in a safe area to play and socialize, whether indoor or outdoor. They’re increasingly popular, but they’re not necessarily a great fit for all dogs. So what are the keys to making your dog park visits the best they can be?

First of all, consider whether your dog will be successful in that environment. For instance, tense dogs may struggle to have a great time at the dog park.

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Taking your Rover guests on a hike is a great way to get in extra exercise, and add something really special to their stay. With plenty of action, adventure, and lots of things to sniff, dogs will have a blast hiking by your side. Plus, taking dogs along helps give you a vote of confidence as they encourage you to make it to the tops.

So, how should you do it? If you prepare well and bring necessary supplies, as well as keep an eye out for good trail behavior, you’ll be set.

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Occasionally, a dog in your care may be reactive and overreact to stimuli they encounter on walks. So what do you do if the sweet dog in your care barks and lunges on leash? Whether they are uncomfortable around people, bicycles, or other dogs, a reactive dog can have a great walk if you follow these tips.

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Introducing dogs on a leash can be tricky. Luckily, this short video gives you all the tips you need for successful doggy introductions on walks.

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As a sitter, your Rover pets’ safety is your top priority. While we hope you never have to experience a natural disaster, making sure you’re prepared for all eventualities will only help you, your Rover pets, and your clients. Of course, make sure to keep in touch with the pet owner as much as you can—beyond that, there are a few key things you can do to make disasters much less disastrous.

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