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Dog superpowers

Did you know that your pup has superpowers? In fact, your pup has at least six superpowers that you don’t have. It would be a dream to have any of these superpowers that your pup does.


Your pup’s sense of smell is incredible. It’s actually unbelievable. Try to hide your dog’s treat, a small one even, somewhere where you think the pup won’t find it. Get your pup excited for a treat and ask her to go get it. Give it two minutes, and your pup will be eating away. It’s incredible how amazing your dog’s sense of smell is. Coinciding with the sense of smell is your dog’s ability to SEE its own farts. Ever notice your dog fart, and then she immediately turns her head? You think, oh, she noticed her fart. Well, she actually SAW her fart. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty okay with not being able to see my farts.


Your pup can sense two different kinds of harm: natural disasters and illness. It’s well documented that dogs are used in “smelling” cancer. This doesn’t just apply to cancer. Ever wonder why your pup gets up all close to you and the next day you’re sick? Well, it’s because your dog can actually sense all illness in you. It’s an evolution that occurred only in man’s best friend, and it makes our pups invaluable to us and our health. Similarly, our dogs can sense natural disasters. Again, you can easily YouTube a pup reacting to an earthquake or a major storm before it happens. The same sensory system that senses illness senses natural disasters, which, similarly, helps humans in the long term. It’s nice to have your best friend available to you to help you navigate the more challenging things in life.

Internal Map

Your dog has a built-in map. It’s like a GPS that doesn’t need a satellite. Dozens of stories exist where dogs were lost for days, weeks, and sometimes months, only to find their way home. Your little pup triangulates your home position as soon as it recognizes your home as its home. This is a great tool in case your pup gets lost. We don’t really understand the mechanics behind it, but your dog pays attention to all landmarks, smells, and other geolocating tools to figure out where you live and always find her way home. You can even test this if YOU’RE lost. Let your pup off leash and ask her if she wants to go home and start following. Your pup is ready to get home at all times, to the warmth and comfort of its bed. It’s an incredible superpower that we only wished we had!

Doggy sitting services

There are dozens of options for dog sitting services. From in-home sitting to in another home to sitting in a commercial spot, dog services are a plenty. The question is what is the best doggy sitting service for your pup.

In home sitting

The first type of sitting is in home sitting. Is it in your home or in someone else’s? If you use a service like Rover or Care.com you can easily find a sitter who would be willing to either come to your home or host your pup to in their home. There are some concerns and liability issues with both options, but using a home-sitting service through an online service provider limits a lot of those issues. If you use a friend, it can be a little trickier, but a trusted friend or relative is also preferable to a stranger, even if it’s a trustworthy stranger from a verified internet site.

There’s a really good chance your pup is more comfortable at your own home, but if your dog-sitter has a better housing situation, like a bigger yard, a quieter neighborhood, or a more dog-friendly house, it’s a good idea to screen that living situation for a good in-home sitting situation. In any case, ensure that your dog is comfortable by having the sitter home for a test visit or taking your pup to the other dog’s house to look for red flags.

Out of home sitting

Taking your dog to a commercial facility, or anywhere that’s not someone’s home, is an entirely different animal. There are plenty of facilities that are meant for dogs, but they are not all created equally. Some dog facilities are old, have poorly trained staff, and are brimming with disease and danger. Most facilities are well-maintained, have highly trained staff, and are doggie playland.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine which is which without visiting. And by the time you are ready to visit, it’s hard to spend a lot of time visiting other places. Unfortunately, many people don’t do the same kind of due diligence with their pups that they do with their children, even though they should. It’s important to start with Yelp and Google reviews, use referrals, and actually visit the facilities and interact with the staff before making the leap and allowing your precious pup to stay out of home in a commercial facility.

Kennel or to not

One of the most challenging decisions to make for any dog owner is whether or not to put your precious pup in a kennel when you are not available. We always will defer to neighbors, friends, and relatives, but sometimes you have to make a decision in a pinch, and this article will help you make that decision.

Kennel: pros

There are loads of benefits to kennels. They are fast and available. Generally, kennels are cost-effective (but not cheap by any means). Kennels are usually high-capacity, and there’s a great chance that your pup can learn a lot of socialization skills in a kennel facility. Some of the nicer kennels have high-end staff, and they often have dog training skills. You can kill two birds with one stone, get your dog training and kennelling both at one facility.

Kennels are open 24/7, meaning that your pup is likely going to be taken care of day and night. A lot of dogs are scared of storms and fireworks, so you can be rest assured that your pup will have its needs taken care of at a kennel, as long as it’s a good one. You can take your dog’s bed, a few toys, and its food to a kennel to give your pup a home-like experience if you have to send your dog to a kennel. But, kennels also come with cons.

Kennel: cons

Kenneling has a lot of negative connotation. There’s even a doggy disease (though temporary) named after it called Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is a condition that impacts your pup’s respiratory system in the short term. There’s a vaccine for kennel cough, called Bordetella, but it’s not 100% effective. So, before you even think about taking your dog to a kennel, you should take your dog to your vet and let your vet know. The vet will determine whether you pup is healthy enough to go to a boarding facility (or even doggy day care). Once you get the Bordetella vaccine and the vet’s bill of approval, it’s time to make the decision.

Remember, that there will be a lot of dogs there. A lot of dogs with very different levels of training. The staff can be anywhere from completely untrained to highly trained dog trainers. Your dog could sit in a crate, maybe not the biggest crate in the world, for the most of the day (up to 20 hours). If you don’t have any alternatives, have read all the reviews, and thoroughly vetted the kennel facility and staff, you can take your shot. There’s a very good chance that absolutely nothing bad will happen to your pup, but consider the cons before you make the final call!