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How to leave your dog without them chewing you out of your home!

Recently we have been pet sitting for a household that has a pet that has sever separation anxiety. Perhaps you have experienced this before? You leave the house for work or errands and come back to things destroyed. I don’t mean like your dog chewed up a toy…I mean like couches are eaten, holes in the wall, and anything they can get their paws on has been scratched, and teeth on has been chewed. This is separation anxiety.



As professional pet sitters we see this all the time. Dogs are den animals. I believe the American Humane Society describes it perfectly:


Why use a den?

Dogs are den animals. They need their own sanctuary that is just large enough for them to fit inside and feel secure. They need a “home away from home” where they can go when they are stressed. If you don’t provide your dog a “den” of its own, it may make do with whatever is around — a chair, the narrow place behind the couch, or the wedge of space between the bed and the wall.

A crate is an indoor doghouse that is used for brief periods of time. Its primary function is to serve as a bed or den. It can also be an ideal tool to housetrain your pet or to keep canines that suffer from separation anxiety from destroying the house while you run a few errands. However, the dog is not supposed to live in the crate. Endless hours in the crate can lead to severe social and isolation problems for your dog — and it will no longer see the crate as a special retreat.

When you are home, your dog needs to be out with you. In fact, the crate should be kept in the room where the family spends most of its time. That way, your dog can seek refuge from the hubbub of household activity, yet still feel like a part of the family.

Once your dog realizes that the crate is a sanctuary and that no one can bother it while it is in its “den,” your dog will begin to seek out the crate on its own. For more information on crate training, call your local animal shelter.


More information that you should read can be found here:


The next time you consider leaving for long amounts of time and your pet experiences anxiety, consider crating them, sectioning off part of the home, or providing them with a “safe” place. This will help easy their fears when mom and dad is not there.


This information has been provided to you by Danielle Vasta, the Pack Leader for Bella’s House & Pet Sitting in Scottsdale AZ. Danielle has been recongnised as a pet sitting expert in The FabJob Guide to Becoming a Pet Sitter, Martha Stewarts Cat Chat Radio Show, NPRs Dog Talk Radio, East Valley Tribune, Arizona Republic and more. Danielle is also the founder of Bella’s Business Consulting and the co founder of The Business of Pet Sitting online community.

Bark! Bark! Bark!

By Danielle Vasta

Is your dog responsible for the disruption of your neighbors peaceful day while you are at work or running errands? I know this can be a huge problem here on the ranch, and we have serviced residents that have had these problems. Barking dogs can result in noise complaints to authorities and conflicts with neighbors. Good news is, it is a behavioral problem and there is a fix for this! It takes some time, but try these tips if you encounter this problem:

1) Dogs bark to get your attention. Next time he does this when you are home, ignore it!

2) If they are barking, it could be because they are not used to being left alone. Practice leaving them alone and sneak back to your house to determine when the barking is happening.

3) If he barks when you leave, do not make a big deal (or say good bye) when you leave the house. Turn the tv or radio on so he still hears sound.

4) If he barks after a long while, they are board. Leave them a doggy popsicle in a kong or chew for them to gnaw on for hours. (contact me for free recipes!)

5) Hire a pet sitter to come into your home and exercise and play with your dog. Chances are they are board because you are gone for 8+ hours a day!

Remember, this is a serious problem and should not be taken lightly. It is getting to heat up this time of year and leaving pets alone outside and unattended could be fatal. Keep them indoors and consider giving them a friend at Bella’s to keep them company! Special discount if you mention this article. This article has been provided to you from Bella’s House & Pet Sitting (480)330-4552. See our website for more information.





You’re Invited!


What more could a loving pet parent want?
 Please join us on
Saturday, Nov 8th from 9-10am
for a…



Danielle Vasta, Pack Leader for Bella’s House & Pet Sitting, and Kari Kinny, one of the new owners of Caffe Portobello would like you to join us for breakfast!
This Saturday, November 8th from 9-10am. Take walk or ride on over to Caffe Portobello where the FOUR LEGGED member of your family is the guest of honor!
Why should you go?
Caffee Portobello is under new ownership – PET FRIENDLY ownership. Kari and her partner Bill thought it would be great  to welcome the pets on the patio of Caffe Portobello for breakfast, lunch or dinner! What a wonderful idea!
Bella’s supports their efforts and really want to help give them a great kick off to there new endeavour. Please, lets show our support for a breakfast spot in our neighborhood that is PET FRIENDLY (finally!!!!!!)
In addition….
Each guest of Bella’s House & Pet Sitting will receive a FREE juice or coffee with purchase of their breakfast.
RSVP here with the number two and four legged guests so I can reserve the right amount of space on the patio for our breakfast!
This of course goes without saying, but if you are a feline pet parent, you are welcome as well. We hope to take over the patio. Please come, relax, eat, and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
Breakfast menu includes:
Two eggs any style
Steak and eggs
Corned beef and hash
Diced ham and eggs
Seafood frittata
Nonna’s frittata
Nova lox platter
Yogurt and Granola
Bowl of fresh fruit
Map/Directions click here:
 Hope to see you there!!!!




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