State College, PA 16801, US

(814) 234-4338

Pet Sitting and Dog Training in State College and Surrounding Areas

Pet Sitting and Dog Training in State College and Surrounding AreasPet Sitting and Dog Training in State College and Surrounding Areas

Pet Sitting FAQs

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What is included in your daily pet care service?

During our daily visits we will perform all that tasks that you specified  during our Consultation Meeting. Your pet's needs come first and foremost. For cats, litter boxes are scooped every day, fresh water and food are provided in clean, washed bowls. If your cat is social, we will play with them or spend time talking and petting them. For dog visits, we will walk (or exercise in your fenced yard) each visit as per your instructions. Food and fresh water are provided in clean bowls. Play time or quiet socializing is part of the job. We want your pets to feel safe and loved while you are away.

How much notice do you need to book pet sitting services?

We advise that you give as much notice as you have but in general about a week or so in advance is good. If you are planning a big trip, it is wise to check that we have time available before you book your flights and hotel. If you are already a client, we can respond much more quickly because we do not have to fit the Consultation Meeting in prior your departure.

Do you give medications?

Yes, absolutely! We will administer the usual tablets, capsules and ointments according to your veterinarian's instructions. We are also comfortable giveing injections for diabetes and administering subcutaneous fluids.

How often do you come?

Unless specific circumstances prevent it, our normal schedule for cats, birds, small animals and others is once a day. For dogs the most common interval is three times a day: morning, mid-day and bedtime. 

Can we contact you while we are away?

Yes! Definitely! You may call at any time. If we are out of the office we will return your call as soon as we can. Another easy way is via email to the computer in our office. We check the email three or four times a day and will reply with updates about how your pets are doing.

Dog Training FAQs

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How do I schedule a lesson?

First, you need to contact us by calling 814-234-4338, email us at training@auntiegs.com or using the " Schedule Training" button at the bottom of this page. We will promptly get in touch have a short phone interview to get all the needed information about you, your dog and the problems you are having. Then we pick a date and time that suits your schedule.

What do I need to get started?

All you need is your dog wearing a regular or martingale collar and a six-foot leash, also a bunch of yummy treats. Your first lesson will include your Starter Package, which consists of a customized training booklet, a clicker, a wrist coil and a treat pouch. We will also need a clear space to work, but it does not have to be huge. Most often pushing a chair or coffee table out of the way provides us with plenty of space.

What kind of treats should I have?

You will need a large amount of small soft treats that your dog can swallow very quickly. This training relies on a high rate of reward in the beginning, so biscuits that need to be chewed are not going to work. We also need variety that are of different values to your dog. If he gets tired of one thing we can switch to another. We will discuss treats in more detail during your phone interview.

How long does it take to train my dog?

There are many variables to this question - such as how much prior train experience you may have, how old your dog is, environmental factors and how much you practice! Most teams are able to work through the entire syllabus in approximately six to nine weeks.

How much to I need to practice?

In an ideal world, you would be able to get about 3 or 4 short sessions in every day. It is much better to practice in short bursts that in one long session. It stays fun and exciting for the dog and it is much easier to work into your daily routine if you do it in short bits

My dog is having serious problems, what should I do?

If your dog's behavior issues are beyond the scope of normal training, then we will need to schedule a Behavior Consultation. We will come to your home evaluate the situation in detail. We will make notes on what the dog is doing and initially set you up with some situation management tools to use right away. We will also devise a behavior modification plan to work on these specific behavior issues as well as a general training program that you can use on an ongoing basis.