Waste Stations Improve Public Areas and Trails

“Earlier this month Marin supervisors approved a contract for a pet waste removal service they’ve used before to scour our open spaces twice a week to clean up after dog owners and walkers who can’t — dare I say won’t — pick up after their dogs.  … emptying and relining dog waste cans by the open space gates, and restocking the dispensers holding biodegradable pet waste bags.”

Tidy Turf Pet Waste Removal of Sonoma, California was awarded the job of helping to keep the trails and open spaces of Marin clean, beautiful, pleasant and healthful.

“It’s not an easy job,” said Brian Sanford, Marin Open Space District superintendent.

Read the full article by Vicki Larson, at the Marin Independent Journal, here: http://www.marinij.com/lifestyle/20171113/its-a-crappy-job-but-someone-has-to-do-it

It’s a crappy job but someone has to do it

 

 

Know Your … uhm…. STUFF! Reading Doggie Diarrhea

Continuing Education for pooper-scoopers:

Knowing when and what to tell clients about what you see adds value to your service.  Dogtime ran this article that will be very helpful in knowing what to look for in dog stool. Color, texture, and more characteristics of dog stool can carry important information about the dog’s health. Your expertise in this topic can make you much more than “just a poop scooper.”

Diarrhea In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatments
“Diarrhea in dogs is the passing of loose or liquid stool more frequently than usual. Treatment for diarrhea can be simple or more complicated depending on the underlying cause. Diarrhea symptoms could be related to problems with your dog’s small intestine, large intestine, or other organs. To help your veterinarian determine the cause, be prepared to answer questions about your dog’s diet, habits, and environment, as well as specific details about the diarrhea. Once your veterinarian has narrowed the list of possible culprits, they can plan for specific tests to determine the exact cause and treatment. Here is what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for diarrhea in dogs.”
Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/1878-dog-diarrhea-wsu#jJMulzvbm27FZb7X.99

 

Dog Lovers Spend Whatever it Takes. Fortunately, Scooper Service Doesn’t Take Much!

Life is better with dogs, and people are increasingly spending big bucks on pets.  How much is too much?  For some dog-lovers, it seems that no amount is too great.

Steve Burgess explores the issue in this article at the Calgary Herald:

“We get people who want to euthanize their animals because of fleas. On the other hand I know a woman who took her cat down to UC Davis in California for a kidney transplant—it probably cost about $100,000.” –Dr. Adrian Walton of Dewdney Animal Hospital

Read more at:

Pets, Vets and Debts

Fortunately for us all, Pooper-Scooper service doesn’t present such a problem!

Scooper service is a terrific value!

Price is No Barrier When Only the Best Will Do

“You don’t have to send a dog to college. You could buy him a $10,000 doghouse and still come out ahead.”  – Bob Vetere, American Pet Products Association

 

These $450 Dog Jackets Are Completely Sold Out and…What?

Read the story at PureWow.dot com:

https://www.purewow.com/news/moncler-dog-jackets

These $450 Dog Jackets Are Completely Sold Out and...What?

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

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

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

You + Dog + Yoga = Doga

It’s axiomatic in the pet industry that anything that can be sold for people can be sold for dogs. The trend of dog lovers increasing the amount of money they spend to express their love of dogs and include them as family members continues.  It is a good time to be in a business that helps people with their dogs.

Read the story by  Claudia Romeo at BusinessInsider.com:

Dog yoga is London’s latest fitness trend aimed to help you bond with your pet

http://www.businessinsider.com/dog-yoga-class-london-bond-pet-doga-funzing-animal-2017-9

Is it Time to Hire Help?

A recent article at Dogtec.org has some useful ideas for scoopers who are running up against the limits of their time.

“Most dog service businesses are one-person affairs. If you run one, you know what it’s like to juggle a multitude of tasks and wear too many hats at once: Trainer/walker/sitter/daycare or boarding operator, administrative assistant, marketing manager, bookkeeper, accountant, customer service rep, even janitor.
We find in our business consulting work and when on the road speaking at conferences and seminars that many dog pros are exhausted by the pressure of keeping up—or the stress of not being able to. When we suggest hiring some help, the reaction is often shock. “Oh, I couldn’t do that. I can’t afford it.” The question is, “Can you afford not to?”

You can afford it. Really.”

READ MORE at http://dogtec.org/articles/hiring-you-deserve-some-help

Dogtime Article: Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Mike Clark writes about a subject of great importance for all pooper-scoopers in the article at Dogtime.com

“If you see the signs of tapeworm infestation in your dog, [LET THE CLIENT KNOW SO THEY CAN] get to the veterinarian immediately so they can prescribe treatment. Here is what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for tapeworm in dogs.”

Read more at http://dogtime.com/dog-health/55775-tapeworms-dogs-symptoms-causes-treatments#lDdSXeSWPIpVkHZ6.99