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10 Things You Must Know Before Hiring a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

The world of dog walking and pet sitting is unregulated in most areas so anyone can potentially call themselves a professional Dog Walker or Pet Sitter.

But, much like choosing the best care-givers for your children, it is essential that you make every effort to ensure you find a qualified, trustworthy and professional pet sitter and dog walker. You are entrusting the health and well-being of your pet family members to their care so ask the following 10 questions about Pet Sitting/Dog Walking professionals before you hire them:


  1. Can you check their background and do they do background checks on all of their employees? Some Pet Sitters/Dog Walkers may seem great when you meet them and say all of the right things but you are entrusting them with your pets and sometimes access to your home. You should confirm that the Pet Sitting/Dog Walking Company does background checks on their workers and you should look into the background of the company. You can use the internet or get more detailed information by using a background check service. Reputable Pet Sitting/Dog Walking companies will be happy to have you check their background.

Oxford Mississippi’s Full Service Pet Resort & Spa

Oxford Pet Resort & Spa is the home of The DogSmith, America’s only force free dog training and pet care franchise.
The resort offers your pet an opportunity to spend some time in a country setting. Dogs get to run, play, and romp in a safe environment. Our Certified Pet Care Providers are on hand to oversee your pets’ vacation and ensure they remain safe and secure while they have fun frolicking and breathing clean country air. Our resort provides loads of personal attention, country walks and lots of mental stimulation. We offer a unique, unrivaled pet care boarding experience. Let your dog take a holiday while you’re on vacation!
Take a quick video tour and learn more about our services and products

Dog Training & Pet Care in Oxford MS – The DogSmith, Who are We?

Schedule a Free consultation with your DogSmith Today. Providing force-free, fun ethical dog training services combined with personalized, flexible pet care programs. The DogSmith – Helping Pet’s Become Family!. Contact The DogSmith Oxford, MS. Register for dog training classes or schedule a pet sitting service. We are just a call away.  1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648) or visit us on the web at www.DogSmith.com.

What and How Much Can a Puppy Learn?

Well first of all let’s define a puppy. In The DogSmith puppy classes the dog must be under the age of 6 months, however a dog is not considered an adult until it is 12 months of age.

It is a great idea to get your puppy into a well run and safe puppy class when it is several weeks old. Begin your puppy’s education before any problematic behaviors can develop. If you wait until your puppy is 4-6 months of age then I can guarantee you are probably already experiencing some jumping problems, nipping problems and maybe some potty accidents. This means when you start your training program, at the same time you are trying to build appropriate behaviors such as sit, down, come, stay etc you have to work on reducing the other problematic behaviors. This often causes frustration for owners and this is when we begin to hear comments such as “my puppy is dominant” or “my puppy is stubborn” when really the puppy is just exhibiting the behaviors that it has learned from its environment during its early months of development.

At The DogSmith we encourage puppies into class at around 9 weeks of age; puppies are capable of learning some really nice behaviors even at this age, more importantly we can teach the owners how to manage their puppy’s environment during these first weeks so they do not inadvertently teach the puppy inappropriate behaviors. In my opinion the most important thing we need to teach our puppies is that training is fun and people are safe. If you want to raise a socially sound dog that can solve problems and live comfortably around your family then stay away from aversive and invasive dog training methods.

On our website you can watch some really nice videos of puppies who are just four months of age demonstrating sit-down, stay behaviors, come, up and off and walk nicely. We also have a really nice E-Book that covers all the behaviors you can begin to teach your puppy under our proprietary MTR Program. These behaviors are categorized under management tools, relationship exercises and training skills. Feel free to grab a copy and begin working through them.

Here is a copy of our DogSmith Skill Training Card for puppies, your local DogSmith will covers some or all of these skills in your Puppy Class depending on the number of dogs in class, age of dogs in your class  and your individual goals. What you and your dog will learn from a DogSmith puppy class is how much fun training can be and that the working relationship between people and dogs should be fun, effective and non damaging both mentally and physically for your and your puppy.

Luxury Pet Resort & Spa Seeks Professional Pet Groomer

A luxury pet resort located in Oxford MS, a vibrant college town, seeks the services of a professional pet groomer. Compensation package and working terms are fully negotiable. Bring your suggestions and ideas to develop a great working relationship and long term successful business relationship.

We offer a fun, dynamic work environment with a great clientele. The resort consists of a Pet Boarding facility, Dog Day Care, Animal Hospital and Private Dog Park located on 6 scenic acres just minutes from downtown.

The area offers a great lifestyle, low cost of living and huge growth opportunity.

Email your resume to Info@OxfordPetResort.com.

DogSmith Franchise Services and Pampered Paws Pet Resort Merge in Oxford MS

News Release

Contact:             Rick Ingram

DogSmith Franchise Services


1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)

DogSmith Franchise Services and Pampered Paws Pet Resort Merge

DogSmith Franchise Services National Dog Training and Pet Care Company announces its merger with Pampered Paws Pet Resort & Spa of Oxford Mississippi.

Oxford, MS, April 13, 2011 – DogSmith Franchise Services proudly announces the merger of the DogSmith Training Center with Pampered Paws Pet Resort & Spa, a deluxe full service, luxury pet facility in Oxford, MS -collocated with Pampered Paws Animal Hospital.  The merger combines The DogSmith’s comprehensive group and private dog training services, specialty programs, canine behavior counseling and dog agility classes with Pampered Paws’ exceptional doggy daycare, grooming, luxury services and deluxe accommodations.

Dr. Jennifer Stobbe, DVM and owner of the Pampered Paws Animal Hospital says, “I am excited that the DogSmith has partnered with Pampered Paws Animal Hospital to take the Pet Resort & Spa to the next level.  Not only does the DogSmith bring exceptional new services to our community but also the DogSmith is owned and operated by individuals who are compassionate and dedicated to improving the lives and relationships we share with our pets.  The DogSmith and Pampered Paws share a commitment to excellence for services offered to patients and guests whose care we are entrusted with.”

In 2001, The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science reported that when people give up their pet animal to a shelter it may “represent a breakdown of the human-animal bond” and that a majority of animals are given to shelters or abandoned because of “behavioral characteristics of the animals.”

According to Niki Tudge, Master DogSmith and President of DogSmith Franchise Services this is exactly what the DogSmith programs target.  “Our DogSmith programs perfectly complement the full service luxury accommodations and amenities offered by Pampered Paws Pet Resort & Spa.  Our mission is to provide affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden.  Our programs are designed to improve the bond we share with our pets and to make our pets a joy to live with.  We pride ourselves on ‘helping pets become family.’ Whatever you need, the DogSmith has an affordable program for you.  We also have specialty training like dog agility,” says Tudge.

For additional information on The DogSmith call 1.888.364.7648 or by email; info@Dogsmith.com.  You can also visit their website at http://www.DogSmith,com

About The DogSmith https://www.dogsmithfranchise/

The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about the DogSmith or become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmithfranchise.com or call 1-888-364-7648.

Find the Poop, Earn the Points! International Pooper Scooper Week

CONTACT: Rick Ingram
DogSmith Franchise Services
1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)
Find the Poop, Earn the Points!

To highlight the importance of cleaning up after your pet and help protect the environment, aPaws has established the first week of April as International Pooper Scooper week.

Oxford MS, April 1, 2011 – In recognition of International Pooper Scooper Week, The DogSmith National Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise encourages all animal lovers to support The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws) by cleaning up after your pets. aPaws was founded in 2002 by a group of professional pooper scoopers who want to make everyone aware of the importance of picking up and properly disposing of pet waste. With the growing number of dogs and other pets in the US, pet waste can pose a health hazard and it is disgusting in our yards, parks and public areas.

One artist is applying a clever solution to the problem of pet waste by combining services and gaming to help solve urban problems. Aram Saroyan Armstrong, a student at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Milan Italy, has developed Pooptopia LBS: Mobile Poop Awareness & Avoidance System, an urban game of pet waste removal.

The goal of the game is for teams to discover dog waste, photograph and email it, including the location of the disgusting ‘find’ with the name of your team. You earn points by finding the waste and you can double your points by marking the exact location of the waste on Pooptopia’s online ‘Dark Treasure’ map. Contract pet waste removal teams use the treasure map to optimize routes to clean up the offending waste. With enough data ‘Pooptopias’ and ‘Puptopias,’ zones are then established which are the basis for the fees the contract pet waste removal contractors charge. Higher rated communites enjoy reduced pet waste removal fees.

According to Saroyan, “Pooptopia LBS is much more than a super smart, fun and high-tech poop scooping service. It’s a lifestyle. We serve the people, not just wealthy dog owners. We encourage good citizenship and are helping people to reclaim their streets in a playful and positive way.” In addition, to make pet waste cleanup easier for dog owners of Milan, the city has installed pet waste stations on the streets. Pet waste stations provide waste cleanup bags and a convenient trash receptacle for the waste.

To learn more about Pooptopia visit http://aram.posterous.com/13368482. If you can’t pick up the pet waste yourself then you can always hire a professional pooper scooper to do it for you. There are hundreds of pooper scooper companies around the U.S. committed to making your yard or neighborhood poop-free. For more information on the hazards of dog waste or to locate an aPaws professional pooper-scooper, visit http://www.apaws.org and use their convenient Find-A-Scooper Directory to find a scooper near you. You can also contact your local DogSmith® at www.DogSmith.com

About The DogSmith – The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about The DogSmith, or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-364-7648.