The Privileging of Pets

People are spending more and more money on pets, increasingly regarding them as members of the family, substitutes for children, or even as companions superior to human beings.   As professionals in the pet care industry, pooper-scoopers must be aware not only of the depth of feeling that people have toward their animals for a number of positive reasons, but also that one of the things they love about their dogs compared to people is the trustworthiness and reliability they find in their furry companions.

This is why it is so important for those who own and manage dog waste removal services to be sensitive to the needs of their clients, provide “no questions asked” satisfaction guarantees with free re-cleaning of yards, ease of setting up service, and above all – reliability and dependability.

This article examines the issue of why “pet humanisation trends continue to accelerate” and why some people would rather trust their animals than other people.  As  writes at The Guardian,  “Who can blame us for anthropomorphising animals when it’s becoming harder to have faith in actual human beings?”

READ MORE:

We treat our pets as people. Is it because it’s getting harder to have faith in humans?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/16/we-treat-our-pets-as-people-is-it-because-its-getting-harder-to-have-faith-in-humans

Expanding the Roles of Service Dogs

It has been interesting – and gratifying – to see the areas into which people and dogs have been expanding their mutual support over the past 30 years. Pooper-scoopers are pleased and proud to be able to help  people keep their beloved helpers with them when they otherwise might not be able to keep up with all of the tasks involved with maintaining animal companionship.

“Seeing eye dogs were the first type of service dogs in the U.S., supporting the blind community. …

“As research on what dogs are capable of providing became more concrete, the Americans with Disabilities Act expanded the definition of service dogs in 1990 to include “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.”

Read more at Rover.com:

Service Dogs Provide Alert Assistance for People with Diabetes

Service Dogs Provide Alert Assistance for People with Diabetes

FANG-tastic Halloween Marketing for BOOOOOper-Scoopers

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“Halloween is approaching quickly. And for small businesses, that means it’s time to make plans for your Halloween marketing and promotions. There are many different tactics you can use to show off your holiday spirit and to get your customers involved as well.”  –  Annie Pilon

Small Business Trends (https://smallbiztrends.com/2016/10/online-halloween-marketing-ideas.html) has some ideas for you!  Read them here:

13 Online Halloween Marketing Ideas

Your Neighbors Will Love Your Pooper-Scooper Service, Too

Cop Log–
“10:15 a.m.: Police received a call from the 1300 block of 30th Street Road. The caller had a neighbor who did not clean up their dog’s poop. The smell was so bad the caller was unable to go outside.”
Your neighbors, and your dog, want you to get your yard cleaned.

Cop log: Dog poop keeps resident inside; police chase raccoon out of trench

Promote Domestic Bliss. Hire a Scooper.

“Research has shown couples with dogs enjoy greater well-being than those without canine companions…”

Professional scoopers often hear from clients about how great it is that having a dog waste cleanup service has eliminated the arguments about who has to scoop the poop.

Another good way to promote domestic bliss is to train your dog. Read more at DogTime.com:

How Dog Training Can Help Your Marriage

Pooper-Scoopers Help Control Rats

 Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th) blamed backyards filled with dog poop for recent sightings of rats in Mount Greenwood. Much of the conversation at a town hall meeting Wednesday night focused on the rodent problem.

Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) blamed backyards filled with dog poop for recent sightings of rats in Mount Greenwood. Much of the conversation at a town hall meeting Wednesday night focused on the rodent problem.View Full Caption

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MOUNT GREENWOOD — An emerging rat problem in the neighborhood can be attributed to one thing, the 19th Ward alderman said: dog poop.

“You know why rats come into certain areas? Dog feces.” Ald. Matt O’Shea

Read the full story here:

Dog Poop Blamed For Rat Infestation

People Want to Spend More Money on Pets

Always give the customer the option to spend more money, because lots of them want to.

“The trend to treat dogs like children is becoming increasingly popular,” added Jancy Ulch of K. Sutherland PR. Ulch represents both Bella & Beau and Planet Dog, both of which cater to humans who seek to give their pets special treats.

“This may be due to the growing population of young, working professionals who aren’t quite ready for children, but still want something to spoil and love,” Ulch continued.

Read more at SupermarketNews.com:

Humanization of pets drives spending

http://www.supermarketnews.com/winning-pet-care/humanization-pets-drives-spending

Is it Crazy to Hire a Pooper-Scooper? It’s Crazy NOT to Get That Mess Cleaned Up.

 

“The major concern with animal waste is that it is nasty stuff in it that can either make you sick or make the environment sick. Animal waste, like human waste, contains bacteria and viruses that if it gets into water bodies that people use can give them all kinds of nasty things, the most common of which is stomach flu.” — Jon Devine, a senior attorney at the National Resources Defense Council

Read more in this article at LifeHacker.com:

How to Keep Your Dog from Destroying the Environment