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Starting Off On The Right Paw: Some Essentials Part 1

Did you bring home a whole pile of doggie toys, treats and accessories along with your new four-legged friend? My wife and I have definitely bought our fair share of doggy products over the years. In Canada, half the households have pets according to an article from The Globe and Mail news site. In 2012 alone Canadians spent 6.5 billion dollars on our pets. I have seen very cool products from one trade show; engraved dog bowls, pet gates, staircases for small or older dogs to get up on the bed. Now there are even tear proof dog beds. I have even seen doggie strollers. It seems there are more dog toys out on the market then children’s toys when I was growing up. What should you bring home as a new dog owner? The simple answer is whatever you can reasonably afford for your new friend. There is excitement...
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Gentle Leader Head Collar Review

If you have or have had a dog, you have probably been through the dreaded pulling stage (or maybe you are one of those unlucky ones whose dog never actually left the pulling stage). You know what I’m talking about- dog is super-duper excitable, can’t control said excitement, and practically pulls your arm out of its socket when on the leash. You may have tried every type of collar from chain/choker style to pronged collars, harnesses and everything in between with no luck. Or you may THINK you have tried every type of collar- have you heard of the Gentle Leader? No? Then if you want your pups pulling to end, read on! The Gentle Leader is an adjustable head collar that works similarly to horse reigns- while a regular neck collar or body harness is used on the most powerful parts of the dog’s body (the neck and the...
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The Retractable Leash Debate: Pros, Cons and Truth

Dog trainers hate them, pet lovers can’t imagine life without them. The retractable leash has been a hot topic of debate among dog owners for quite some time. When this product was first released into the market, the idea was to provide a way for dogs to gain a little more freedom and exercise while on a typical walk with their human family. The top brand names in the pet industry were releasing their own versions of the item, and while many owners love giving their dog that ability to walk off the trail to get a sniff that they would not have been able to on a normal flat leash, some people and pets have been greatly injured by these items. The Pros The original idea of the retractable leash still provides the benefits it was meant to give owners and their dogs. An easy to hold plastic, or...
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Starting Off On The Right Paw: An Adjustable Harness

You have gone and picked out your newest member of your family, congratulations! Now your puppy or mature dog will need some essentials before you pick them up for your journey home. The basics of bringing home a loyal four-legged friend: collar, leash and food bowl. No, I have not forgotten dog food either. That topic alone could have its own series of articles. As a dog owner, I would like to encourage anyone who has a small to medium sized breed to consider a harness in place of or in addition to a collar. There are a number of dog breeds that a collar is sufficient to hold them securely. Then there are some dogs that can slip a collar on occasion when they get excited and start wiggling around. For these dogs, I recommend a harness arrangement. My wife and I have found that our Beagles have adapted...
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Chew Proof Dog Bed Cover

A puppy or active dog may find joy in making a toy out of his bed. This means dealing with a destroyed bed, a floor covered in bed fluff, and replacing your best friend’s sleeping spot often. Let’s not forget the potential dangers that lurk in your dog’s bed. That fluff he enjoys tearing out could have toxic flame retardant chemicals or simply cause blockages in your pet’s tummy if he swallows any. All of this can be prevented with the investment of a chew proof dog bed cover! Variety for Every Dog You can find a variety of chew proof dog bed covers for any size and shape of pet bed your dog may have. These covers are typically constructed of tear resistant and water proofed materials that are also pliable and comfortable for a dog to lay on. Furthermore, you don’t even need to already have a dog...
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Chew Proof Water Bottles for Dogs

It is a growing need to use water bottles for our canine companions in a variety of settings from travel carriers to inside then crate when they must be safely secured for a bit of time. Plastic water bottles are typically used, but for puppies and the bored pooch, teeth can turn a plastic bottle into a huge, wet mess inside a confined area. Using chew proof water bottles is a route to take when you’re dealing with a chewer and need to make sure the water stays in the bottle until he drinks! The Bottle’s Purpose When you make the choice to use a water bottle for your dog, it is most likely to make sure he has access to water while either providing the most floor space and/or to prevent a potential mess that some dogs or young puppies may make with a water bowl. These bottles will...
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Dog Proof Gate

Whether inside or out, dog proof gates are often a necessity for many dog owners. Outside gates ensure that an owner’s dog does not escape, while inside gates keep dogs away from mischief. Below are a few tips to help dog owners find, purchase, and install the perfect dog proof gate. To get you started, check out what Amazon has to offer here with the following tips in mind. Tip #1- Measure twice, read thrice, buy once. Every gate has different dimensions. Not only are some higher than others, but some are capable (or incapable) of expanding to be seamlessly installed into current gate setups or hallways. Be sure to read the gate’s description and measurements to ensure that the dog is not able to squeeze between the design and/or jump over the gate. Also make sure that the gate is scratch resistant if being installed inside the home, as...
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Dog Proof Cat Feeding Station

Dog Proof Cat Feeding Station
Owning a dog and a cat at the same time presents a whole slew of problems. While most problems are behavioral, some are simple, everyday problems. Perhaps the greatest everyday problem is separating dog food from cat food, and ensuring that the right animal gets the right food. Since dogs tend to be more territorial, however, cats should stay away from their food. Most dogs, on the other hand, would love to get their paws on some cat food. Pet owners stuck in this classic scenario should invest in a dog proof feeding station like the Feed-Safe Feeding Station. There is also furniture sations like the ones you can find here. Before investing in a whole specialized station though, be sure to check out other options. If the cat likes to roam around outside and the dog does not, then try keeping the cat’s food and water bowl right outside the...
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Review: Citronella Spray Bark Collars; Are They Worth It?

Almost any correctional collar is always dismissed by any trainer worth their salt. However, the majority of dog owners, almost all of them in fact, are not dog trainers.  Excessive barking can pose a great problem beyond simple annoyance.  A dog who barks at every little sound may end up in a shelter after neighbors complain or even deemed aggressive due to the barking out windows or even on walks if he reacts to other people or dogs.  Keep in mind that nearly all correctional collars pose far more harm to a dog than good if not used right, but what about the citronella spray collars? A citronella spray bark collar, such as those made by Innotek and PetSafe, offer a quick and immediate negative reinforcer when a dog barks – it sprays the dog in the face with a potent, but safe spray of citronella. The collar, when combined...
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Belly Bands and Diapers For Dogs; What Is Their True Purpose?

There are many types of Belly Bands and diapers available on the market. Some stylish and other disposable. Just check out the selection on Amazon here, there is over a thousand to choose from. Some may laugh at the thought of a doggy diaper while others may see it as a quick fix for a dog with poor potty habits.  The truth is, belly bands and diapers are not meant to be used for potty training at all!  In fact, far too many pet owners misuse these items as a training tool or a band aid for a lack of house training instead of tackling the problem head on.  It is the root of the problem, the dog not understanding that he must eliminate in a designated place, that causes potty problems and using an item to simply allow him to go where ever he wants or needs will only...
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