How do I setup auto-payment?

Automatic billing is easy to setup.

Two ways to set up Automatic Billing include:

  • Contacting your bank
  • Sign up with PayPal

Contacting your bank

Some of our customers elect to setup automatic billing with their bank of choice. It is usually a simple process.

To setup Automatic Billing with your bank, ensure that you provide the following information to the bank:

  • Payee name: PetCorps.
  • Your PetCorps Account Number: Find this number on your invoice in the top right.
  • PetCorps’ Address: Your bank will mail us a check automatically, so make sure you have our correct address. When mailing paper checks or setting up automatic payments with your bank, address checks to PetCorps, P.O. Box 516, Radcliff, KY 40159-0516.

Sign up with PayPal

To setup Automatic Billing with PayPal, click here. When asked the maximum amount to be billed, enter the amount of your normal invoice. Sometimes, we issue credits for missed services or overpayments. When this happens, we will adjust your bill down from the regular amount. You will never pay more than the regular amount.

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Is there a military discount?

We appreciate our active duty military, retirees, and veterans for their service to our country. We also appreciate the diligence of law enforcement, health and safety officials for their service to our communities.

To show our support for these services, we offer a military discount that is 15% off our regular prices.

To claim your discount, please fill complete the form that follows:

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Is there a senior discount?

To assist our senior customers, we are pleased to provide a 20% senior citizen discount.

To be eligible for this discount, you must be at least 60 years old.

This discount may not be combined with any other discount. In other words, if you are receiving a service discount that is greater than 20% off the regular price, you cannot claim the senior discount. Additionally, if you have a service discount that is less than 20%, the maximum discount you can claim is 20% off the regular price of service.

To claim your discount, please complete the following form:

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How do I change my billing frequency?

Ordinarily, PetCorps bills customers once per month in advance for services in the coming month or billing cycle.

Some customers have decided to pay their bills at different intervals such as

  • Once per quarter
  • Semi-annually
  • Annually

If you would like to change your billing frequency, simply fill out the following form and we will be happy to assist you.

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How to Improve Your Jumbo Debris Pan

The focus of this post is reinforcing the handle on the Quickie Manufacturing Jumbo Debris Pan. Click here to read my review of this tool.

The other day, I was cleaning a yard for two Rottweilers. I was just about finished when the yellow bucket containing the dog waste fell off my handle and spilled waste down a hillside. How frustrating!

This is the second time in three months that I have had a handle fail on the Quickie Manufacturing Jumbo Debris Pan. The first failure happened after carrying a load of waste in the rain.

For those who don’t know, dog poop is a lot like a sponge. When it rains, the waste absorbs the water and becomes heavier.

To understand why this happened, let’s examine the tool itself.

The handle is an aluminum pipe that fits around a small plastic pipe. The small plastic pipe is a thick material at the top of the piece that inserts into the bucket.

Close examination of the fitted parts reveals that the aluminum pipe is not secured to the plastic pipe. Instead, it appears to have small indentations around the surface of the aluminum pipe.

Over time, as weight increases in the bucket, the indentations press into the plastic. Friction of the two surfaces causes small grooves to appear in the plastic. Eventually, the grooves become deep enough to allow the handle to slip off of the base.

My solution?

Reinforce the handle with a nut and bolt.

Repair Instructions

Materials needed:

  • 1 1/4 inch bolt
  • Lock nut
  • Socket wrench with 10-mm socket
  • Phillips screwdriver

Step 1: Acquire the necessary hardware

When my handle failed for the second time, I went down to my local hardware store and told one of the store associates my problem and proposed solution. He agreed that my solution should provide a suitable remedy.

He led me over to the bolts and asked me to bring my debris pan in so we could select an appropriately sized bolt. We selected a 1.25 inch bolt. There were several widths available. Because the handle is subject to heavy loads, I chose a larger width.

He offered a standard nut. I asked if I needed a washer to go with it. Instead, he directed me to a lock nut.

Step 2: Drill a hole through both pipes

I used a 3/8-inch drill bit to create a hole through the aluminum and plastic pipes.

Step 3: Insert bolt through the hole

From the opening of the bucket, insert the bolt through the hole.

Step 4: Finger tighten the lock nut on the bolt

On the threaded end of the bolt, finger tighten the lock nut until it stops turning.

Step 5: Tighten the nut and bolt

With a socket wrench, place a 10-mm socket over the lock nut. Hold the wrench in place. On the head of the bolt, use a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the bolt.

Conclusion

This repair is simple and costs significantly less than purchasing a new debris pan. The result is a handle that doesn’t wobble under pressure. I highly recommend you make this improvement after purchasing your debris pan so you avoid an unfortunate problem like I experienced.

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Potty Training Puppies

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“Lord…give me more patience.”

Anyone who has ever prayed that better watch out.

It usually means that something is going to come along to test your patience very soon.

I like to think that I have a considerable amount of patience. That is not always the case. My sons know exactly the right buttons to push to transform me into my father. Scary, right?

Puppies, too, can be a great test of patience.

They require a lot of care and training that some people cannot fathom.

When prospective pet owners are looking for a dog, they almost always want the same thing. They want a puppy they can have for a lifetime that is housebroken and trained.

That’s asking a lot. When humans have babies, they don’t come out walking, talking, and using their manners. They have to be trained. Some of them for eighteen years. Some even longer.

Puppies are baby dogs. They need training and compassion as much as baby humans do.

But people are lazy and don’t want to put in the work.

It’s true…we are lazy. We want dogs to come packaged like products in a store…just add water. If this is you, then don’t get a dog. You will be frustrated with the amount of work it takes to raise a great dog.

Puppies require training in many behavioral areas. One area is potty training.

Puppies do not know how to control the muscles regulating the flow of urine or the passage of stool when they are very young. Because of this, accidents in the house are very likely. How you deal with these accidents as a pet owner is very important.

Accident Prevention

The best way to handle accidents is to take your dog outside to potty very frequently. DogTime.com wrote, “A general rule of thumb is that a puppy can hold it for as many hours as she is months old, plus one–for a three-month-old pup, that’s four hours.” (Read More)

That means if you have a young pup, for example one month old, you will need to make sure the dog goes out once every two hours.

Every two hours might seem like a lot but if you stick with it, you will have your dog trained in short order.

Praise is Better than Punishment

The first accident is no big deal, right? But after you’ve stepped in puddles of pee or gooey puppy poop for the tenth time, frustration easily ensues.

No matter how angry you might be, you should take a deep breath, calm down, and not scold your puppy for having an accident in the house.

In my childhood, I was raised in the house that would return the dog to the scene of the crime and rub their nose in it. That was a very poor example for me and it was even worse for the dog.

Peeing and pooping are natural acts. A dog does it. And if you don’t pay attention to your dog’s signals, they will go inside the house. When you gotta go, you gotta go, right?

One problem with scolding your dog is they don’t understand why they are in trouble. By the time you have found the accident, they have already forgotten ever doing it.

So don’t make it a big deal. Clean it up and take your dog outside.

However, if you catch your dog in the act, pick her up and take her outside as quickly as possible so she can finish doing her business in the proper location. Then, offer her a great deal of praise or a treat. This positive reinforcement will help her understand that going potty happens outdoors.

Nighttime Potty Breaks

You will need to remain diligent even through the night. Take your puppy out right before bed and set an alarm to take her out again at the appropriate interval.

You might consider putting her in a crate at night to limit the damage; however, do not allow her to pee or poop in the crate. Even though you would rather be sleeping, you must get up and let her outside so she doesn’t have an accident in her crate. If she does, it will make potty training more difficult.

Conclusion

Yes, potty training a puppy is a great deal of work. If you remain steadfast in your approach, it is possible to train your dog in as little as two weeks. While every dog indeed needs a home, it is our responsibility to choose a dog that we have the capacity to serve. If you don’t have the energy to raise a high-maintenance puppy, choose an older dog that better suits your lifestyle.

What worked the best when potty training your puppy?

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Ten years later, we still scoop dog poop


Ten years ago today, I received my articles of organization back from the State of Kentucky. PetCorps was born today under the name ReALife LLC.

A few years ago, I dropped the LLC and started doing business as a sole proprietorship.

Like it was yesterday, I remember being up late at night sitting at my computer searching for business startup ideas. When I discovered I could be a professional pooper scooper, it resonated with me on a deep level.

Knowing that people hated to clean up after the dog and knowing that dog poop could spread disease to people and pets, I saw the opportunity to help pet owners make life better for their families and pets.

After I started PetCorps, then I learned how dog waste was also harmful to the environment.

For 10 years, I have been on a mission to help people. I always saw what I do as a ministry even though I get paid to do it. While most people would avoid work like this, I know my work is meaningful and makes a difference in the lives of those I serve.

All of those dirty jobs are important. Garbage men, plumbers, auto mechanics, stable hands, and even pooper scoopers are indispensable services. What would the world be like without them?

To celebrate ten years in business, we have been running a special on clean up service all month. Get $10 off new clean up service subscriptions. This offer expires January 31. To claim it, use Promo Code DECADE when you visit http://petcorps.net/pooper-scooper.html

While PetCorps is only available in Central Kentucky, you can find a scooper in your area by visiting http://pooper-scooper.com or http://apaws.org.

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