Hints and Tricks On Using Dog Doors


We have lots of experience with dog doors.  (We don’t want to restrict our blog to only dogs as many cat owners use the doors for their free roaming kitties) A few of our homes have actually sold, we think, due to the new owner head over heels with our dog doors. So here are a few tips and tricks to using and maintaining your dog door.

Installation of Dog Door

First, we can’t offer advise on how to install the door. Please look into a very handy person who has experience installing these types of doors.  We have had to cut through stucco, cement and brick to install our dog doors and frankly it is not for the faint of heart. However, if you have dogs who are in and out of the house constantly, and your knees are tired of getting up and down every time they paw at the door, a dog door is for you!

Training Your Dog to Use Dog Door

You might be curious to know how we train our new pups to go in and out of the door. If you have an experienced dog who knows how to use the door, newbie dogs will simply follow the leader. However, when teaching a new dog to use the door without another dog, we use the bologna method. Stand on the outside of the dog door and stick your hand inside with a small piece of bologna. Of course you can choose whatever treat floats your dog’s boat. When the dog eats the treat, offer another treat so they have to go deeper into the door. (The width of your wall determines how deep your dog door will be) Pull further back until they have to come through the door for a treat. Give the pup great praise when she comes through. Then, repeat the process back on the other side of the dog door. Before you know it they will be flying through the door.

Maintenance of Dog Door

One thing to know is dog doors will get dirty. We use soapy water and a brush to keeps ours in top shape. If you don’t, eventually you won’t be able to see outside the flap. Also, it will not close properly when it gunks up. When cleaning the clear flap, we recommend a MisterClean Magic sponge.  We found it to be the easiest way to keep it clean and clear.

Using the Dog Door Lock out

Dog doors come with a plastic hard door for times when you need to “lock” your dogs inside or sometimes outside the home. There is a common mistake when doing so. Use the hard door only on the side where your dogs will be. In other words, if the dogs are outside, slip onto the outside of the door. In turn, if the dogs are inside the home, slip onto the inside of the door. The reason for this is the dogs most likely will paw to get inside the door. What happens then is they will paw at the plastic flexible door, causing scrapes dulling the finish. Even worse they could pull and tear the plastic off of the door frame.

Indian Land Pet Sitting hope you have enjoyed reading this post and find our tips and tricks helpful. We are professionals when it comes to pets and are always happy to offer advice! Give us a call at 803-228-3963 or check us out at  http://www.IndianLandPetSitting.com

Indian Land Pet Sitting – Not A Side Hustle Pet Sitter


www.IndianLandPetSitting.comWhat makes Indian Land Pet Sitting different than hobby or side hustle pet sitters?
1)We are fully bonded and insured pet sitting company.
2)Our pet sitters have experience to take care of all types of domestic pets
3)We offer easy online scheduling
4)Pet sitting and dog walking appointments are never cancelled once they are scheduled.
5)Pet Sitting and dog walking appointments are never missed leaving pets unattended.
6) We accept all major credit cards for all pet care services.
7) GPS tracking shows the client when the pet sitter has arrived and leaves their home.
8)Our pet sitters properly take care of a client’s pets and home with the utmost of care.
9) Detailed feedback and photos of the pet sit visit are sent on every visit.
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Keep Your Home Safe During Winter Travels

When you’re out of town escaping the winter blues, nothing is more important than knowing your beloved pets and home are under good care. No matter how beautiful that sunny resort may be, true relaxation requires a plan to keep things in order at home. At Indian Land Pet Sitting, we give our clients peace of mind while they’re on vacation, because we treat their pets as if they’re family. We also treat their homes as if they were our own! We’re part of the local community and we care about our neighbors, so we go the extra mile to provide light house sitting duties during our visits.

Here are some tips to keep your home safe and in good order when you’re traveling.

Bring in Packages, Mail and Newspapers

In the cold winter months, bundling up to go to the mall is a chore, and online shopping becomes much more appealing! Unfortunately, when we get the chance to escape to a warm vacation destination, those online purchases may stack up at the front door. Packages are an easy target for thieves, and when they sit untouched for days, they alert potential intruders that you’re out of town. At Indian Land Pet Sitting, we provide light house sitting duties such as bringing in your packages and mail to help protect your home.

Turn Lights on and off

Changing your lighting configuration while out of town helps to show potential intruders that people are still at home. There are many electronic solutions to this now, from simple timers to complete smart home systems you can adjust from the beach! When we visit your home to care for your pets, we arrive in unmarked cars and turn on lights, helping your house to look attended.

Stay on Schedule with Trash and Recycling Bins

Doesn’t it always seem that the best day to depart on vacation is the day before garbage pickup? Nothing is worse than coming home from a relaxing warm resort to a stinky heap of trash in the garage. Well, perhaps there is something worse – putting the trash out anyway, only to give away a big red flag that you’re out of town when the bins sit there for days. At Indian Land Pet Sitting, we are happy to do light house sitting duties such as bringing trash and recycling bins to the curb and returning if needed. Just give us the scoop on how pickups work in your neighborhood!

Keep your Potted Plants Healthy

Pets aren’t the only adorable living things in our homes. Plants are precious, too! They clean and moisturize the air in the house, and add a touch of life in those cold winter months. If possible, and depending on the plant, place pots where they can get some sun on an upper level of the home (but not directly next to a cold window). Self-watering pots assure the soil will stay moist. If your indoor plants will need to be watered in your absence, please let us know so we can help!

Protect your Plumbing

Thankfully in Charlotte, we don’t often get sub-freezing temperatures. However, it’s always wise to look ahead at the temperature at home before you travel on that winter vacation. In especially cold weather, it’s important to protect your plumbing from freezing. Remove outdoor hoses, and drain and turn off the water to outside hose bibs. Set the thermostat to an appropriate temperature to keep your house warm for your pets; this will also prevent pipes from freezing. Opening cabinet doors near sinks will also help expose the pipes to warm air.

At Indian Land Pet Sitting, we treat your cats, dogs, birds and other pets like family. We respect and care for our clients’ homes as well so they can have complete peace of mind while on vacation! Contact us to get started with our caring pet sitters.

How Many Dogs Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?

Here at Indian Land Pet Sitting, we love the fun, sweet personalities of all the pets in our care. Each dog or cat seems to have its own philosophy on life! For a good laugh, here are 12 dogs (and 1 cat!) sharing their opinions on how many dogs it takes to change a lightbulb.

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Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

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Border Collie: Just one. And then I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.

Photo Credit: Erda Estremera on Unsplash

Dachshund: You know I can’t reach that stupid lamp!

Photo credit: Florian van Duyn on Unsplash

Rottweiler: Make me.

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Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

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Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeze, please please!

German Shepherd: I’ll change it as soon as I’ve led these people from the dark, checked to make sure I haven’t missed any, and made just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

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Jack Russell Terrier: I’ll just pop it in while I’m bouncing off the walls and furniture.

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Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I’m sorry, but I don’t see a light bulb.

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Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Pointer: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there…

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Greyhound: It isn’t moving. Who cares?

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Poodle: I’ll just blow in the Border Collie’s ear and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

The Cat: Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is: How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?

Whether they have goofy or serious personalities, your pets will be treated like family by the pet sitters at Indian Land Pet Sitting. Contact us today to get started with the best pet care in the Charlotte area!

Countdown to Christmas: Cute Pet Outfits

Christmas is the time of year for much celebration. Of all the festive moments, though, the most exciting ones are when we dress up our pets in silly holiday outfits. Okay, maybe there are more important things during the holiday season, but who can deny the cuteness of an adorable pet in a winter wardrobe?

From sophisticated scarves on kittens, to cozy sweaters on puppies, here are 7 adorable photos to fill the cute pet quota as we count down the days until Christmas! Out of town for the holidays? Our Indian Land pet sitter team will treat your beloved animals like family while you’re gone.

A very “meowy” Christmas

Photo Credit: Love and Olive Oil

These sweet kitties look ready to celebrate in their tiny red and white accessories in front of the sparkly white Christmas tree. Our Indian Land pet sitter team cares for many cats in the Charlotte area. We would love to meet your pet!

Husky in a Christmas bow tie

Photo Credit: Stephanie Sterjovski

This husky dog named Bandit is wearing the most gorgeous Christmas bow tie! Doesn’t he look dapper? Huskies are notoriously high-energy, so this is the perfect way to dress up for the holidays without overdoing it. Our Indian Land Pet Sitter crew has lots of experience with huskies and we’d love to care for your gorgeous dog!

Heidi the Christmas Goat

Photo credit: Rachel Smith

Meet Heidi the Christmas Goat! She is looking so festive in her fluffy red oversized Santa hat. Did you know we care for miniature goats at Indian Land Pet Sitting? We find them to be so affectionate and adorable.

Parrot in a Santa Hat

Photo Credit: Flight Quarters

This sweet bird wins the award for patient Parrot of the holiday season! If your bird is into the latest avian fashions, check out Flight Quarters for more birdie bonnets like this Santa Hat or the Santa Claws Flight Suit. Our Indian Land Pet Sitter team loves birdies!

Sleepy Golden Retriever Christmas Pup

Photo Credit: Pet Dog Boutique

Golden retriever puppies are so soft and snuggly that adding a Christmas sweater pushes into cuteness overload. Some of our favorite holiday moments are cuddling sweet doggies while they relax on chilly winter days.

Rudolph the Red-Cheeked Reindeer

Photo Credit: Hungry Chirpers

Did you know that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was actually a baby cockatiel? This tiny bird’s owners made custom reindeer antlers for the holiday season. Now this birdie’s rosy red cheeks can light up the night sky for Santa’s sleigh!

Snuggly Christmas Kitty

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This cozy little kitty is all warm in his green, red and white Christmas sweater. He does look a little confused, though! Pet outfits aren’t for everyone, we suppose.

Is your Christmas wish for the very best pet care during your busy holidays? Our Indian Land pet sitter team will treat your sweet cat, dog, bird or miniature goat like family. We also serve Waxhaw, Marvin, Ballantyne, and Blakeney! Contact us for more information. We are excited to meet you and your beloved animal companions.


Homemade Thanksgiving Pet Treats

At Thanksgiving, we gather around the table with friends and family to enjoy the best home-cooked meal of the year. Many of us travel to see cherished people we may not get to see very often. Sometimes, though, that means our favorite furry and feathered friends need to stay home. Not to worry, though! Our Indian Land pet sitter crew treats your animals just like family (or better!) while you’re away.

After you return home, think twice about sharing tempting leftovers with your fuzzy companions. Onions and other seasonings can be harmful to pets! Instead, why not help your pet to join in the fun of the holiday season with some homemade healthy Thanksgiving treats? Here are some yummy recipes to consider.

Turkey and Sweet Potato Dog Treats

This recipe from The Corner Vet combines oats, anti-inflammatory cinnamon, sweet potato and turkey to create delicious meatballs that your dog will love! The quick and easy instructions product treats that are ready to share in no time. What a perfect way to share a Thanksgiving feast safely with your pup!

Sweet Potato Bird Balls

These brightly colored, tasty Thanksgiving bird treats are made with veggies, bananas, raisins and apples. What makes them even better is that they can be easily stored in the freezer. You can even customize the recipe to include your pet bird’s favorite table scraps!

Chewy Cat Treats

This recipe from cat fanatic Joy the Baker creates simple soft homemade cat treats that can be cut with small holiday cookie cutters to make extra-festive shapes. For a special Thanksgiving thrill, add a bit of catnip!

Turkey Jerky Dog Treats

These dehydrated turkey treats from Homemade Food Junkie are the perfect way to reward and train your dog around Thanksgiving. However, here’s an important tip for health and safety: leftover turkey works well for this recipe if unseasoned. That’s because you should avoid feeding onions or salt to your sweet pooch!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats

You just may be tempted to eat this Crayons and Collars recipe yourself! We all love a nice big slice of pumpkin pie at the end of Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe provides a healthy way for your dog to join in on the holiday fun! With just 5 simple ingredients, this is a recipe your pup will be so very thankful for!

Will you be on the road this Thanksgiving? Because our Indian Land Pet Sitter team treats your pets like family, you can relax while you’re away. The holidays can be stressful, but we’re here to make pet care the easiest part of the season! Contact us today to get started.

Favorite Top 5 Cute Pet Videos


Our 5 Favorite Cute Pet Videos

Caring for a pet makes life more joyful and has even been proven to improve physical health. Pets decrease stress, help to lower blood pressure and boost the immune system! At Indian Land Pet Sitting, we adore animals and we know first-hand the significant positive impacts they have on our lives.

We treat your beloved pets like family because we understand how important they are. Whether you have dogs, cats, birds, or even goats, we’re here to help you have peace of mind when you’re away for work or travel.

Here are our top 5 favorite cute pet videos!

Lexi Wakes up Dad

This adorable white Samoyed puppy says it’s time to wake up! Who needs an alarm clock when you have an adorable dog like this to help you get motivated for the day ahead?

Bird Sings to Dog During Lunch

While we don’t recommend letting your bird too close to your dog (or his lunch), we’re impressed by this adorable little serenade. Birds are surprisingly affectionate, and they’re among the smartest, cutest pets out there. We once owned a cockatiel named Dangerous Dave who could sing the opening song to the Flintstones. He adored getting head scratches, and when you asked him, “Do you love me?” he would even nod his head enthusiastically!

Surprised Kitty

Smaller than the palm of a hand, this adorable kitten just doesn’t know what to do about getting tickled. From playful and affectionate, to independent and sophisticated, all cats have their own sweet personalities. We love caring for them all!

The Official Guilty Dog Video

This one is an oldie but goodie. There’s no way to watch it without melting! Poor Denver. What a sweet dog! Surely he didn’t mean to eat all the cat treats. Maybe if he had a pet sitter to come spend time with him every day, he could avoid this terrible guilt!

Goat Kid Pajama Party

Why would anyone put pajamas on a goat? Or maybe the better question is, why wouldn’t anyone put pajamas on a goat? Our clients are surprised to know that our pet sitting services extend beyond typical domestic animals like cats and dogs. We love caring for miniature goats, too! They are affectionate and playful companions.

Your adorable dog, cat, bird or goat brings so much happiness to your life. Don’t they deserve the best when you can’t be there? At Indian Land Pet Sitting, we’d love to be your go-to pet caretakers. Our experienced pet sitters treat your cute pets like family every time they visit!


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The Best Pet Care in Indian Land South Carolina for your Dogs, Cats and other Domestic Pets


Indian Land Pet Sitting has a different business model than other pet sitting and petcare companies. We are so very fortunate to have several pet sitting “couples” that work together to give our clients the best service for their pets. We have experience with dogs, cats, bunnies, goats and any domestic pet you may have. Our couples will back each other up. So you never have to worry about your pets being unattended. Indian Land Pet Sitting never cancels or no shows on a scheduled visit.

Indian Land Pet Sitting is fully insured and bonded. We know how to properly walk a dog and how to keep the dog safe from other dogs and out of reach of humans. We know how to administer medications such as topical, oral and insulin injections. On every visit we clean the litter boxes.  We also clean the food and water bowls. We happily bring in the mail and packages. If the client has any special requests we are happy to oblige.

If you think you may worry about your sitter showing up to the visit, we give you peace of mind. Our clients can sign onto their account as see what time the pet sitter has arrived and see their location on the GPS map. When the visit is complete, the client will get an email from Indian Land Pet Sitting with all the information on how the pets are doing and some beautiful pictures of their beloved animals.

We also make doing business with us easy. We have online scheduling. All of  the client’s info is at our pet sitter’s fingertips so the client can rest assured we are up to date on any changes they may make. We take all major credit and debit cards. Indian Land Pet Sitting is also always happy to take a personal check too!

Find out why so many Indian Land SC residents are choosing Indian Land Pet Sitting for all their pet care needs. Our meet and greets are always complimentary.  803-228-3963



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Ideas To Make Owning A Dog Easier

Easier Dog Ownership

As Pet Sitters and dog owners for many years, we have come up with several ways to make caring for your pet a little easier. Whether you live in a home or an apartment we hope you can use a few that you haven’t tried. Let us know what you think!

As any dog owner will tell you, at some point your dog will experience tummy troubles. We have never met a dog who hasn’t. If they are exposed to something at the dog park or eat something smelly in your backyard the problem will begin. A trip to the vet is always in order, and many times they will suggest a bland diet which includes rice. This means real rice. NOT quick cook rice. This is why a rice cooker is invaluable. It is very inexpensive, easy to use and quicker than a trip to the Asian restaurant.

Towels, towels, towels. You can never have too many towels for your dogs. If it rains or snows you will need towels. Towels are great to put down on the floor and use as piddle pads for your puppy. Bath time will require towels. There are always messes that require towels. Make sure before you throw out your worn towels you have enough for your pups. If you have some towels to pass on, please give them to local animal shelters and rescues, as they are always looking for donations of clean towels.

We have met lots of dogs who happily drip water outside the water bowl when taking a drink. If you have a wood floor, this is going to be a problem over time. If you have some cloth placemats that you no longer use, combine those with a piece of waxed paper underneath to help protect the floor. The waxed paper can be changed out regularly and the placemat can be washed in the machine.

Having a carpeted staircase and dogs with fur is a backbreaking battle. Vacuuming stairs is not a delight. This is when the dog brush comes in handy. Start at the top of the stairs, brushing each tread with the brush. Working top to bottom is the best way. Not only will you get up all the dog hair, but it nicely fluffs up the nap of the carpet making it look fresh.

Dog or child gates are invaluable. Whether in an apartment or home, there is usually an area that can be gated off to secure your dog. Kitchen, hallways, baths and laundry rooms are usually good choices. Using a gate will make your dog feel less “trapped” as he will be able to see what is beyond the gate. They are wonderful when you have visitors that come to your home or any time your pet needs to be secured. They have come a long way since the wooden variety of gates, and many are very attractive for your décor.

If you live an apartment and have a secure balcony and a sliding glass door, we have one last idea for you. We have many clients who live in apartments with their dogs. They are constantly opening and closing the sliding door so their pups can sit outside on the balcony and watch the world go by. There is a dog door made specifically for sliding glass doors. It makes living in an apartment with dogs so much better. Now we don’t recommend leaving it open when you are not home as many apartments have strict rules about leaving dogs unattended on the balcony.

Do you have a clever idea that makes your life easier with your dog?

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Have You Thought About Using a Professional Pet Sitter?

Have you thought about hiring a professional pet sitter to take care of your dogs,  cats or other precious pets? Here are a few reasons you might want to consider doing so.

We have received many calls from prospective clients who have in the past obligated friends or neighbors to pet sit and it hasn’t turned out very well. A friend may say yes when asked to pet sit, even though they really don’t have the time or inclination to properly take care of your animals. One event comes to mind when the pet sitting neighbor somehow forgot to put new litter in the litter box after throwing out the old litter. I imagine I don’t need to describe the horror scene that the owners faced when they walked in the door.

There are dog and cat owners who happily use kennels. For some pets that works out just fine. However if you have a sensitive dog, being around the sometimes constant barking in a kennel will stress them out severely. The sights, sounds and smells of their comfy home simply cannot be duplicated in any kennel setting. The pathogens and exposure to other animals are additional reasons why a professional pet sitter maybe a better choice for you and your pets.

If you own many pets, a pet sitter can end up being a good value when you travel. Indian Land Pet Sitting has different rates depending on how many dogs and cats you have. The more you have the better the value. However if you also have a bird, a lizard and need the fish fed daily we can accommodate that with no up charge. Also we have experience as professional pet sitters to administer oral meds, diabetic injections, and special diets without charge.

Don’t forget that your home is looked after, your mail brought in, plants watered and other general care taking requests of the home. We can provide a lockout service for you when you keep your keys on file. We also provide daily pictures and updates and you can see on GPS when we arrive and leave your home. Fully insured and bonded, any property damage done by your pets while the pet sitter is present, or medical expenses incurred are covered. One last, very important point to having an ongoing relationship with a professional pet sitter is simply this: the sitter will become important to your pets and enrich their lives. We have many dog walking clients whose dogs start howling in anticipation of the pet sitter’s arrival.