We’ve hired a new dog walker in St. Louis Park, MN!

Pup Culture has hired a new dog walker in St. Louis Park, MN!  We’re pleased to welcome Kris to the team!  You can read more about her in her own words:

 

FullSizeRenderAfter nearly three decades in the corporate world, I’m happy to be retired and out and about with my canine friends! I live in St Paul – Highland Park with my husband and our cat Albert (“Bertie”). A big family – five kids and three grandkids – keeps me very busy when I’m not walking dogs, and I do a lot of reading and writing in my spare time as well. I grew up around cats and dogs, and love walking, cuddling and “conversing” with them. Love and attention are the best gifts we can give our pets, and you can be sure when your pets are with me, they’ll get plenty of both.

 

If you are looking for dog walking services in St. Louis Park, please contact us today!

We’ve hired a new dog walker in Plymouth, MN!

Pup Culture Dog Walking and Pet Sitting is pleased to announce that we’ve hired a new dog walker in Plymouth, MN.  We’re excited that Cortney is joining our team!  You can read more about Cortney in her own words:

 

Dog walker Plymouth MNHi!  My name is Cortney.  I live in Bloomington with my husband and our two cats, Pyewacket and Clementine.  I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember.  As a kid, I used to call up the neighbors and ask to walk their dogs for fun.  I spent many years volunteering in rescue shelters with cats and dogs and most recently have been volunteering in wildlife rehabilitation.  My degree is in Mathematics, but after a few years in an office job I decided it wasn’t for me.  Now I teach dance in the evenings and walk dogs during the day.  I’m so excited to get to know your furry children and to enjoy some time with them outside.

 

If you are looking for dog walking services in Plymouth, please contact us today!

We’ve hired a new overnight pet sitter!

Pup Culture is pleased to announce that we’ve hired a new overnight pet sitter!  We’re excited to welcome Emily to the team.  If you’re looking to schedule overnight pet sitting, please contact us.  Read on for more information about Emily in her own words:

 

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Hello, my name is Emily Nelson! I live in St. Paul and am the proud mama of a 5-year-old kitty cat, Lily. My primary occupation is teaching music and I have degrees in Piano and Music
Education. I enjoy exploring the lakes and trails of this beautiful state, discovering new places, reading, and spending as much time as possible with the people I love. I grew up in Illinois in a family that tended to attract (and keep) the neighborhood stray cats, and I was always caring for pets when their owners were on vacation. In recent years I have house-sat for a former professor which required living at her house for a couple of weeks in order to take care of the animals.  Since none of my living situations have allowed for a dog, I’m excited to care for yours!  I deeply love and respect animals and try to provide the kind of care I would want for my own, knowing exactly how you feel when you need to leave your pet for even a couple of days.

Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween Safety Tips for PetsHalloween is a fun time for humans, but our pets may take a different view on Halloween festivities.  Keep your pets safe and happy during this holiday with our Halloween safety tips for pets.

1.  During trick-or-treating time, keep pets in a contained area.  The constant doorbell-ringing and loud children can stress out even the most well-behaved pets.  Keeping pets away from the door in a  contained area can guarantee your pets won’t bolt while you’re passing out candy.

2.  Speaking of candy… Keep pets away from candy.  Chocolate is harmful for both dogs and cats.  The artificial sweetener xylitol is incredibly toxic to animals as well.  Do not leave Halloween candy out where pets can get it.

3.  Don’t leave pets outside on Halloween.  With so many people out and about, you don’t want to subject your pets to greater stress.  Pets may be more likely to escape or face teasing from trick or treaters.

4.  Bring in outdoor cats.  Pup Culture does not condone letting cats out anyway, but please bring cats in around Halloween.

5.  Keep jack-o-lanterns away from pets.  We don’t want any pets on fire on Halloween.

6.  Only dress up pets if they don’t mind it.  I must admit, I am guilty of dressing up my pets.  They’re not huge fans of costumes, so I only dress them for a quick photo op and then take off the costumes.  Pet costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, or breathing.  If your pet seems stressed while wearing a costume, take it off immediately.

7.  Update microchips and ID tags.  If your pet does get loose, make sure their microchips and ID tags are updated with your most current contact information.

We Have a New Dog Walker in Saint Louis Park!

Pup Culture is pleased to announce that we’ve hired a new dog walker in Saint Louis Park!  We’re excited to have Kate join our team.  If you’re looking for dog walking services in Saint Louis Park, please contact us today!  You can read a bit about her in her own words here:

 

dog walker saint louis parkI grew up in MN and was rasied on a hobby farm. This is where my love of caring for animals was sparked.  Today I share my home with one dog and two cats. I attended college at St. Cloud State where I majored in Social Work. I have worked in human services since 1984. Caring for animals is my ideal job.  What I can offer you and your pets is a hardy native Minneasotan who is not easily intimidated by the weather. In partnership with you, I will care for your pets in a way I would like my animals cared for.

 

 

 

Safety Tips for Dogs in the Summer in Minnesota

We’ve suffered through another Minnesota winter and have made it out alive.  Finally we can again enjoy some outdoor time with our dogs!  Even though we live in Minnesota where we’re not known for our hot weather, we still need to be mindful of the heat’s effects on our pets.  Read on for some safety tips for dogs in the summer in Minnesota.

1.  Walk dogs during cooler times of the day.  Your dog would love an early morning or evening walk.

2.  Never leave a dog in a car.  Even if it is not that warm outside, temperatures in cars can increase rapidly.  Either leave your dogs at home or only take them to dog friendly locations where they can come inside with you.

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Dogs with dark fur are more affected by the heat. Keep dogs in the shade.

3.  Walk dogs in the shade.  If you must walk your dog on hot days, stick to the shady side of the street.

4.  Walk your dogs on the grass.  Asphalt can heat up quickly in the sun, so to protect your dog’s paws, let them walk in the grass.

5.  Use a kiddie pool.  If you have a fenced-in backyard, your dog will appreciate cooling off in a kiddie pool.

6.  Keep your dog hydrated.  Always make sure dogs’ water bowls are filled.  Bring a water bottle on a walk for your dogs, and stop to let them drink.

7.  Limit walks for older dogs, overweight dogs, and flat-faced dogs.  All of these types of dogs are much more susceptible to heats’ effects.

If you don’t have time to walk your dogs in the summer, or if you don’t like to walk your dogs in the heat, we can help you out!  Check out our dog walking services.

What are some other safety tips for pets during the summer?

We’ve Hired a New Pet Sitter in the Northwest Metro in the Twin Cities!

We’re pleased to welcome Linda to the team!  Linda will be working as a pet sitter in the Northwest Metro suburbs of the Twin Cities including Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, New Hope, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, and Golden Valley.  She has a lot of experience working with both dogs and cats, but she can tell you more in her own words:

pet sitter plymouth mnI have been a foster and volunteer for a local rescue, and currently share my home with two German Shepherd mixes: Doc, a GSD/Chow Chow mix, who is training to be a Therapy Dog, and Bena, a sassy senior Belgian Malinois/GSD. Before buying a house with a yard, I was a cat person: I had kittens to seniors, healthy cats to ill cats, and even a diabetic, so I am practiced in administering insulin and other meds. I have fostered post-surgery dogs, shy dogs, flight risk dogs, and until his passing in December, I owned a dog with Irritable Bowel Disease who received B12 injections and a myriad of meds and supplements. I am certified in Pet CPR by the Red Cross. My background before I fell in love with dog walking and pet sitting included operations management in higher education, retail sales management, human resources, and marketing. I recently tried going back to the corporate world, but missed working with animals too much.

If you’d like more information about our pet sitting services, you can find out more information here.

Would you be a good pet sitter?

People assume pet sitters have a pretty cushy job because they get to play with pets all day.  Playing with pets is definitely a wonderful part of our job, but pet sitters do much more than that.  Luckily you can now find out whether you too would be a good pet sitter.  So please take out a piece of paper and number 1-7.  This highly scientific quiz will help you determine whether you have what it takes to be a successful pet sitter.  Would you be a good pet sitter

1.  Do you like to clean?  Whether it’s cat litter all over the floor or vomit on carpet, pet sitters do a lot of cleaning.  At Pup Culture, we make sure that clients come home to a house at least as clean (if not cleaner) as it was when they left.  Sometimes vacuuming, sweeping, and scrubbing is part of the pet sitter’s day.

2.  Can you handle vomit and poop?  Sometimes pets get sick, and we ALWAYS pick up poop when we’re walking dogs.  Also, we sometimes have to describe poop and vomit consistency to clients.  So you should be very comfortable with dealing with vomit and poop.

3.  Do you enjoy driving?  When you think of pet sitting, you probably imagine lots of dog walking.  Although we do a lot of dog walking, pet sitters also do a lot of driving.  We drive to clients’ houses; sometimes multiple times a day.

4.  Are you obsessed with pets?  Pet sitters visit a lot of different pets.  An extreme love of animals is vital for a pet sitter.  If you can get shy or fearful animals to warm-up to you quickly, then bonus points for you!

5.  Can you follow directions?  At Pup Culture we work with clients to maintain a consistent routine for their pets.  Following clients’ specific directions is vital to successful pet sitting visits.

6.  Are you reliable and responsible?  Pets are relying on you for their bathroom breaks, exercise, food, and cleaning.  It is important that we don’t let them down!

7.  Are you a morning person…and a night owl?  Depending on pet clients’ needs and schedules, you may need to visit pets in the morning for breakfast time and again before bedtime for a potty break.  Pet sitters’ hours are not easy by any means.

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, you are in luck!  Pup Culture is currently hiring part-time pet sitters.  You can find more information on our Employment page.  We are always looking to hire reliable animal lovers who are excited to be working with pets.

 

Dog Running in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park

We’re pleased to announce we are now offering a new service!  Pup Culture is now offering dog running in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park.

What is dog running?

Instead of standard dog walking, your dog now has the opportunity to get even more exercise.  We will work with you and your dog to create an exercise regimen to meet your dog’s energy level.  Our employees Brittany and Kate will run with your dogs.  Just like a sedentary person can’t go out and run for an hour, neither can a dog who has not done much running.  We will train with your dog and work up to running at a comfortable pace for an extended period of time.

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Photo credit to https://www.flickr.com/photos/glaciertim/

Benefits of dog running:

1.  Dog running helps anxious or high-energy dogs calm down.

2.  Reduces problem behaviors like chewing, barking, digging, and scratching.

3.  Dogs sleep better.

4.  The extra exercise helps with digestion and reduces constipation.

5.  Dog running helps maintain a dog’s weight.

Please click here for more information on our dog running services and fees.

Hiring Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Employees

Pup Culture is going through some exciting changes at the moment.  We’re steadily growing, and to continue to provide excellent pet sitting and dog walking services for clients, we’ve hired some new employees.

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Our dog walker Angela took this great photo of Kana.

Unlike many pet sitting companies, Pup Culture hires employees rather than using independent contractors.  By hiring employees, we have more control over who we hire and how they perform their duties.  We can train employees and require them to operate according to Pup Culture’s standards.

I was asked recently by a potential client what my process is for hiring employees, so I thought I would share how I hire employees.  I’m so impressed by my employees that I think it’s important for you to know why I choose them.

First, all pet sitting candidates must apply with a cover letter and resume.  An animal-related background is not necessary, but some experience with animals is a must.

I adopted both of my fur babies Ellie (my cat) and June (my dog) from shelters, so they are what you might call “high maintenance” pets.  June is initially very timid in new situations, she barks quite a bit, and has a lot of energy.  Ellie can be very sweet, but if you give her one too many pets, she’ll turn on you.  Because of these quirks, I would not hire just anyone to take care of my pets when I’m gone.  When I’m interviewing potential pet sitting employees, I always think to myself, “Would I give this person keys to my house and let them take care of June and Ellie?”  I think this is the most critical test that a pet sitting candidate must pass.

We also check all of our pet sitting candidates’ references.  We make sure they are reliable and honest.  I want all of my employees to have integrity, and checking references helps me determine this.

All of our employees are also background checked.  We are bonded and insured, but we want to know that we’re sending trustworthy people into your homes.

Once employees pass background checks, they go through training.  I train all of my employees.  We cover company policies and procedures.  Employees also shadow me on dog walks before taking over pet sitting and dog walking visits for themselves.

Finally, all of my employees are monitored through a program called Leash Time.  Employees must check-in to visits on Leash Time through their smart phones.  Leash Time tracks their GPS location and times they arrive and leave clients’ houses.  I can then log in to Leash Time and track employees’ visits.

I am so grateful to have found some amazing employees.  I am continually impressed by the love they show for our animal clients.  They are reliable, trustworthy, and conscientious animal lovers–exactly the people I would want taking care of my June and Ellie.

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