How to Make Extra Money from Home as a Rover.com Dog Sitter

Benefits and Disadvantages of Being a Rover.com Sitter

Benefits

1. Easy to Start Making Money Immediately- as long as you spend a few hours making your profile look nice and inviting, showing people your house and backyard, and put up a happy picture of yourself, you should get your first business relatively quickly
2. Support from Rover- Rover offers 24-7 emergency vet care for accidents or sickness of animals staying in your custody
3. No Marketing Required- Rover.com has already done all the work of marketing, so you just have to sit back and accept leads they send your way

Disadvantages

1. Location is Key- If you live in a small town or a town that is not a destination city, you may not end up getting much business
2. Rover.com is dishonest- Rover.com can and will drop your profile from their search results to the very bottom if you get negative feedback from a customer. Also, Rover.com masquerades as a nice company, but they have attempted to change your local government’s laws regarding dog sitting to benefit their bottom line.
3. All or Nothing- Rover.com does not want you taking on any business aside from Rover.com, so in other words they want you solely reliant upon them for getting customers, and will often monitor your communications with customers to ensure you’re not getting their business off the Rover radar. One day you could be getting lots of business, and the next, it all disappears. I know sitters on Rover to whom this has happened.

My advice? Use Rover.com to get started making money immediately, and transition into your own independent dog sitting operation. I show you exactly how to do this here!

Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Killer for Dogs and Cats- Is It Actually Safe?

Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Killer

Frontline is a popular flea and tick killer for dogs and cats and it’s very effective. But the problem is, it’s too effective.

frontline plus for dogs reviewThe product has been known, along with many others that the EPA tested, to be fatal to some unfortunate dogs and cats tested in clinical trials. As usual, there is a spectrum of side effects so that even if your dog or cat does not immediately die, they can be changed drastically from their former happy selves.

My Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Killer Review

I tried Frontline because people I had met at dog parks recommended it along with people at PetSmart and other popular pet stores. I read the Amazon comments and saw that it was a highly rated product. I must have missed the negative reviews, because when I tried the product, I noticed some strange behavior from my beloved furry friend Printz.

Immediately my dog became lethargic, and I noticed when he was sleeping that he broke out into low grade seizures and tremors. I also felt strange myself after applying the product, becoming a bit nauseous, lightheaded, and my hands were tingling in the same way they would if I held my cell phone for an hour or 2 and looked at email or social media.

I went back and read the Amazon.com reviews and saw that yes indeed, seizures were a common side effect. I immediately stopped using the product and started looking for an alternative and natural flea and tick killer.

Diatomaceous Earth + Showers = Natural Flea and Tick Prevention

I got a DE based product like they offer at this bed bug killer website and applied it directly to the affected areas of my dog’s flea infestation, which I’m reasonably certain he picked up at a local doggy daycare. I brushed the white powdery DE through several times and gave the dog a few thorough showers, and I noticed the fleas reacted aggressively and frantically, because they must have realized they weren’t going to make it through the night.

All in all, using the DE was a safe method of getting rid of the fleas. I also avoided taking the dog back to the dog daycare facility where I was going regularly. One must be careful not to let your dog breathe in the DE directly, because while natural, can be harmful if breathed in too much.

Find something safe that works for you to stop fleas with your dog or cat

My final word is just be careful and look for reviews of negative reactions from other pet owners on Amazon.com when trying to find a good flea and tick killer. This way you can determine the worst case scenarios ahead of time. Many natural solutions do exist, but require a little more work. I think your best friend is worth it though, don’t you?

Take care and send your hound my love. 🙂

-Patrick

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Raw Food Diet for Dogs Review: the Benefits of Feeding Your Dog Raw Meat (with Bones)

raw meat and bone dog food diet reviewIf you are skeptical at feeding a dog uncooked raw meat and bones, answer the following question: how did dogs cook for themselves before humans came along?

Why I feed my dog a raw food diet

After much testing and feeding my dog even the best, most expensive kibble on the market, I’ve ultimately decided on a raw meat w/bone diet for my dog!

The benefits include:

*no added, unnecessary and artificial ingredients like those found in kibble

*natural canine weight maintenance and management (dogs tend to stop eating when full unlike kibble)

*reduced/non existent doggy stomach bloating

*shinier, more luxurious coat

*happier, less depressed dog with more energy

*greater emotional/mental acuity for dog when eating a raw diet

*fresh food that expires soon will always be the best option for dogs- and humans!

Try a raw dog food diet for your dog and see the results!

Want to learn how to turn your love of dogs into money?

How to make money by dog sitting or dog walking, and turn it into a lucrative home business today.

Best dog friendly hotels with no pet fee + dog friendly camping & hiking strategies

Hotels/Motels with no Pet Fee

la quinta inn dog friendly no pet fee review*Motel 6
*Red Roof Inn
*La Quinta Inn

Hotels/Motels that are Dog friendly but require a Pet Fee

Remember, many pet-friendly hotels offer accommodations for anywhere from $15 – $30 per night. Some have a pet fee for the duration of the stay, and not by the day.

*Super 8
*Travelodge
*Howard Johnson
*Holiday Inn Express
*Sheraton Inn and Suites
*Hilton
*4 Seasons

Sometimes (but not often) you can find hotels/motels not belonging to a big chain that will allow pets. It’s always best to call and confirm ahead of time. Additionally, Hotels.com offers information under “hotel details/fine print” on both their app and desktop version of their website letting you know if they are pet friendly or not. I’ve even found info from the reviewers comments saying a hotel was pet friendly when it was not expressly stated.

Best dog friendly hotels with no pet fee + dog friendly camping & hiking strategies

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Pet-Friendly Camping and Hiking Stategies

Your dog will love it when you take it camping and hiking. Many state parks in California will allow you to bring your dog camping and on the campsite itself, but will not allow you to take the dog outside of the campsite to go on a trail. Here’s a few ways to get around this.

*Sometimes a campsite has a “fire road” which is usually a paved road leading up the mountain for firefighters in the event of a mountain or forest fire, and they often allow you to take your dog for a walk on these roads.

*Another great strategy to finding dog-friendly trails is to look for a national park nearby the state park where you are camping. State and national parks are often located close together, and national parks often allow you to take your dog on the trail. National parks are a great place to get out and explore, and most of the time they allow you to simply park your car on the side of the road as long as it’s one full car-length away from the road for safety. Then, you can get out and take a walk in nature with Fido.

If you’re really feeling daring, you can duck out into the woods a half mile or so and set up your tent for some off-grid camping. It’s a lot of fun and it’s usually unlikely you’ll be caught or bothered by other campers at the usual overcrowded camp sites.

If you’re getting a traditional camping spot within a campsite, then one way to make the time more enjoyable (since dogs must remain on leash) is to tie a line from your car bumper or truck hitch to the picnic table at your campsite, then attach your dog’s leash to the line by means of a carabiner which is basically a latch that rock climbers use. Then your dog will have some mobility and not be restrained to a small area, while remaining on leash and not causing a problem for other campers!

Have fun and be safe! 🙂

-Patrick

Want to learn how to turn your love of dogs into money?

How to make money by dog sitting or dog walking, and turn it into a lucrative home business today.