Category: Pets & Animals


To Discount or Not to Discount Your Pet Sitting Services

November 16, 2017

Pets & Animals

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I think it’s an excellent idea to have a killer introductory offer for your pet sitting services to attract new clients to your business and for you to run promotions to your client list. This is not the discounting I’m referring to. In this post when I refer to “discounting,” I’m speaking of discounting for the hagglers and bargain shoppers.

Selling Yourself Short

When people haggle with you and you decide to lower your price, you inadvertently dilute your service’s value, and worst yet, the type of people that haggle with you are not the people you even want on your client roster. Hagglers are the people who will not give you referrals because they want to monopolize your schedule and keep you their convenient little secret. They are the kind of clients who will eat up your time and patience with a long list of requests that in the long run will become unreasonable. And, these are the people who will bog you down and eat up your valuable time for little value in the long run and burn out your stock of happy thoughts.

The Solution to Hagglers

Since hagglers are not the kind of people you would want on your client list, here is my suggestion; When speaking with them about the pricing of your pet sitting services, emphasize the value of your service and politely tell them that your prices are set with no room for negotiation. Next, tell them they are more than welcome to call you in the future if the are in need of top-notch professional pet care. Finally, send them on their merry way with a friendly, “best of luck!”

Bargain Shoppers

Bargain shoppers are a different breed from hagglers. They are the people who will call you and every other pet sitting business in a 15-mile radius trying to find the cheapest deal. Is this really the type of client that you want? Your answer should be a resounding “no!!!!!!!” You are not a pack of batteries or a flashlight. You are a service that offers unbelievable value, and you should be compensated accordingly.

The Solution to Bargain Shoppers

Don’t waste your time waiting for a callback or giving them an offer they can’t resist. These people are, again, not your kind peeps. These people are short term clientele and will not help in the growth of your business.

Final Thoughts on Discounting Your Pet Sitting Services

Your client list should include people who understand the value you offer, who happily pay you for your outstanding pet sitting services, who leave you and your staff generous tips and kind words of thanks, and who will refer other people to your wonderful pet sitting business.

Colleen Sedgwick is the Owner of Pet Nanny, LLC. She is devoted to providing her customers with the highest quality, in-home professional pet care available by offering unsurpassed personal service to the pets and their parents. Colleen is dedicated to providing peace of mind to pet owners who struggle with the guilt of having to leave their precious pets at home when they travel or work long hours.

 

Tick Prevention and Control

November 16, 2017

Pets & Animals

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Your initial line of protection against ticks is to keep them away. Build a fence to help keep deer, a well-known host, away from the lawn. Employ repellent as well as traps to keep smaller rodents, including mice or chipmunks, removed from your property. If you can, install a two or three foot walkway of concrete, gravel or bark between all woodlands or bushes and your yard, play sites and residence. Ticks must have water and as a consequence these kinds of drier regions cause them to dry out and thus deter them from getting across. Always keep your grassy areas and bushes trimmed short and far away from pathways where you, as well as pets, could rub against them and also get rid off any sort of fallen foliage or lawn clippings. Edge sprays utilized in May or June can be successful in high population locations. Popular natural tick applications for your household or backyard are Wondercide Yard And Garden Spray, Wondercide Home Spray as well as Vet’s Best Home Spray. Inorganic products include products like Vet Chem or Adams Plus Yard Spray. For those who don’t choose to add chemical compounds to their yards, experiment with treating the yard with diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth works as a desiccant and can be very effective.

Attempting to keep the animals tick-free doesn’t need to be a full time occupation. For starters, prohibit your pet from going in tall vegetation or playing in foliage and similar tick hiding places. Next, employ a tick poison or tick repellent. There are tons of all-natural oils that get rid of ticks for instance geranium, eucalyptus, peppermint, clove, neem, citrus as well as the earliest shield against bloodsuckers, garlic. These repellents may be rubbed right on your pet; a few droplets behind the skull as well as a one or two drops on the lower back before heading outside. Any of these natural oils can readily be manufactured into sprays in your own home.

A couple of excellent commercially available herbal items are Terra Pet Naturals Drops or Spray and Pure Neem Oil. There are a lot of very good external chemical-type solutions to be found. Recommended are Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix II. Tick collars will also be effective longer term coverage. Seresto Collars for cats and dogs are very effective. You might want to try an oral tick killer like NexGard. NexGard is straightforward to employ, just feed your puppy the flavorful snack one time each month. Wash animals often with a tick repellent and or tick eliminating shampoo. Ovitrol can be particularly reliable for cats and dogs or alternatively utilize the Wondercide Shampoo Bar or Wally’s All Natural Shampoo. Don’t neglect to brush after washing to clear off all dislodged ticks before they get the opportunity to reattach.

Just a few drops of your favorite all-natural tick repellent around ones cuffs before taking off on an outing should be ample protection for most of us. Tuck your trousers into your socks and or utilize gators to help keep ticks outside of your clothes. Maximum potency DEET repellents will also function effectively against ticks. Spraying garments with a Permethrin application will eradicate ticks on contact. You should not use Permethrins directly on your skin. There are actually bug and tick resistant clothes for sale and also do it yourself clothing applications. These products appeal to a lot of people however their capabilities are going to disappear gradually over the course of time.

In summary, create an environment that is unfriendly towards ticks around your home. Apply repellents or poison to yourself, your pets and your yard or home. Use tick shampoo to kill any existing ticks on your pets. Apply more repellent. With these easy steps you should be well on your way to a healthy tick-free home!