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Benefits of Taking a Puppy Training and Dog Training Classes

Thursday, October 22, 2015 2:23:07 PM America/Los_Angeles

When you adopt a dog, one of the biggest and most important decisions that you have to make is whether or not to sign your dog up for a training class. While attending weekly classes with your new pet is a commitment of time and money, dog or puppy training classes are a great way for you and your pet to bond while you learn basic commands. Knowing what's expected of them helps your new best friend become the loyal, loving and well-behaved member of your family they long to be. Attending a dog training class with other dogs is also a wonderful way to make sure your puppy continues to get regular socialization with a variety of other dogs and people at a crucial stage in their development.

Dog training classes vary, but most classes for puppies start slow and start off by teaching basic commands and self-control. Your puppy is a ball of energy, so it’s important to teach them the right behavior early on, including how to greet guests, younger family members and strangers, how to walk on a leash properly without pulling, coming when called and a host of other good habits that will make it easier for you and the new pet to enjoy each other.

A good trainer can also be a big help in helping you head off any negative behaviors or habits your puppy may be starting to form that will cau

se you major problems if not corrected early, such as chewing, being too possessive or territorial, play biting, problems with crate training or potty training, etc. If your dog is exhibiting traits or behavior that is concerning to you, ask the trainer for tips on how to handle it. You will be surprised how easily some of these behaviors can be addressed and corrected if caught early enough before they have a chance to get well-established. A well-behaved dog is always a better fit for a family than an animal that doesn’t know how to control their energy and aggression.

After your basic puppy training class, there will be more advanced options available for teaching tricks, getting their Canine Good Citizenship certification, agility training and even training your dog for dog shows. These types of classes can be found at many dog training centers and many owners enjoy continuing on with their dogs education, bonding and learning with their pet as they go.

Even older dogs can benefit from a high-quality dog training class. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks, especially if positive reinforcement methods are employed. Many older dogs have the patience and attention needed to learn difficult tricks that require combinations of movements.

Now, back to the puppy stage, once you decide to proceed with a puppy training course, the next step is finding the right class that works best for you and your pet. Some good places to start are to check at your local pet store. For instance, Petsmart has an excellent (and affordable) training class that takes your dog from learning the basics to more advanced classes.

Another good source of information on good training programs is to ask your veterinarian for a recommendation. Friends, family and the internet are all great places to find information about local trainers, but you’ll never really know how well you and your dog will click with a particular trainer and their methods until you go to a class. If you’re unsure, look for a free trial class where you and your dog can meet the trainer.

It’s also important to mention that only one person should be responsible for taking the dog to the training class. It should be a person the dog feels is an authority figure and someone who isn’t distracting. It should also be someone who can ensure that the training is continued after the class ends. Most training classes teach you the technique and then it is up to you to follow through. So wh

oever takes the dog to classes should be someone who is capable of being responsible to consistently follow up on that training. Of course, that person can and should teach other members of the household, including children, the commands being taught so that everyone is using the same methods and commands.

Once your dog is properly trained, you will quicky realize that your investmet of time and money was absolutely worth it as you and your pet reap the life-long benefits. Trained dogs make excellent companions and can be depended on to behave while out and about on walk, at the park and enjoying life with. The greatest gift you can give your dog is the gift of obedience, so sign up for a dog training or puppy training class today.

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More Amish-Made Wood Crates and Pet Gates

Thursday, October 8, 2015 10:02:18 AM America/Los_Angeles

Are you looking for an Amish made wooden dog crate or pet gate? If so, you’re in luck! Our selection of these beautiful, sturdy, yet stylish wooden crates and safety gates just got bigger! Dynamic Accents is under new ownership and these pet crates and dog gates are now Amish made. While Dynamic Accents crates are not custom made and offer fewer customization options, one big pro to to these versatile wooden crates is that they don’t take as long to ship out. Your order for one of these dog crates or gates is generally ready to go within days as opposed to our custom made crates which typically take 3-5 weeks to ship out. So if you’ve got a new pet on the way and need one of these beautiful Amish End Table wood dog crates or a sturdy wooden pet gates in place before the big day, click here to see what styles are currently available.

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Why Choose Amish Style Wood Dog Crates?

Saturday, February 14, 2015 10:00:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Pet furniture styles tend to follow the same trends as other types of furniture. That being said, one of the most desirable types of pet furniture right now is Amish style pet furniture. Everything from beds to crates to feeding dishes are being styled in this beautiful and simple design.

One of the most sought after pieces of Amish pet furniture are wooden dog crates. Amish wooden dog crates are hand-crafted and designed to blend beautifully into your home. They can be kept in the living room, a bedroom, the den or any other space that your dog will feel comfortable with the added bonus that these wooden structures are lovely enough to leave in plain sight, even when company comes over.

Wooden dog crates have the advantage of being much more durable than traditional wire crates. They can also be stained or painted to match your decor and some styles integrate end tables or other useful functions that are perfect for small spaces. End table dog crates can be custom made to match your existing furniture, which is ideal for people with specific design tastes and custom homes.

Wooden dog crates can be more expensive than their wire counterparts, but the style and durability more than make up for the cost difference. In terms of durability, wooden dog crates are the way to go. They last longer than wire crates and provide a safer environment for your dog.

That's not to say that they are indestructible, however. If you have a pup that is teething or an animal that likes to chew, a chew proof wood dog crates provide the perfect solution. The chew proof variety often use wire grates that protect the fine detail of the crate while still maintaining their good looks.

Many Amish wood dog crates are designed to blend in with your living room or bedroom furniture. End table dog crates combine the function of a dog crate and an end table into one sleek piece of furniture. Most end tables have a large empty space below them which goes to waste, but end table dog crates take advantage of this space to house your dog.  Like end table dog crates, entertainment center dog crates combine two pieces of furniture into one convenient design.

The Amish are known for their beautiful styling and exquisite woodwork, which makes Amish pet furniture a natural choice for combination use pieces. Entertainment center dog crates give you a place to house your TV as well as a place to house your dog. By cleverly disguising the door to your dog crate, you can blend it in with your furniture in a way that will fool even the most observant of guests.

The next time you’re in the market for pet furniture, consider Amish pet furniture as a way to blend style and function. The beautiful, hand-crafted designs tie in seamlessly with your rooms decor, while providing a safe and comfortable place for your dog.chewproof wood dog crates

 

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Entertainment Center Wooden Dog Crate (above)

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The Benefits of Going Green With Your Dog Bedding

Saturday, December 13, 2014 10:18:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

As a pet owner, you only want the best for your canine best friends. Luckily, there are plenty of high-quality dog beds on the market that are made with green materials. Choosing eco-friendly dog beds is a great way to minimize your environmental impact without sacrificing style or quality.

Many eco-friendly dog beds are made with recycled materials or renewable materials that have little to no environmental impact. On top of that, many manufacturers also use green practices when making the eco dog beds.

For example, Bowsers dog beds are known to be some of the best eco dog beds on the market. Bowsers is also known for taking a leading role in green manufacturing practices that reduce emissions and help preserve the environment. Another benefit of going green with your dog bedding is reduced odds of your dog's health being affected by his or her bedding, especially given the amount of time many dogs spend sleeping. By using eco-dog beds, like Bowsers, you ca rest at ease that you are providing your pet with the comfort they need, while minimizing or eliminating their exposure to hazardous materials or chemicals in the fill or fabric used to make the pet bed.

Many other brands of eco-friendly dog beds also reduce or eliminate potentially hazardous materials, giving your dog better quality sleep and improved overall health. Green dog beds have become so popular that manufacturers are making them more attractive than ever before. Many of the trendiest dog beds on the market are made by companies that are committed to green practices.

By choosing eco dog beds, you’ll be saving the environment while enjoying some of the most stylish and trendy products on the market. With all the reasons to buy green dog bedding, why would you choose anything else? Choose eco-friendly dog beds for your animals and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with purchasing green products.

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Why Not to Give in to Your Puppy’s Whining to Get Out of His Crate

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 10:01:40 AM America/Los_Angeles

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It’s 3am and your puppy is whining. He is in his crate and for the last 5 hours he has been making a racket that you’re sure is waking the neighbors. You can’t sleep, he isn’t sleeping and you both have a big day ahead of you tomorrow, so what do you do? Do you let him out or ride out the night? When you’re sleep deprived, it’s easy to make bad decisions. Sometimes, it’s helpful to remember why you don’t want to give in to your puppy’s whining and let him out of his crate before you make what could be the worst decision you’ve ever made.

Puppies Need Supervision

The main point of using a crate is so that you can sleep and know that your puppy is contained and safe. Likewise, your furniture, shoes and carpets will also be safe. An unsupervised puppy is a dangerous puppy. When you wake up the next morning, you are guaranteed to regret your decision to let the puppy out of the crate as you piece together your shoes before heading to work. It may seem tempting to just lock your puppy in your room with you, but there are things in there that he can get into as well.

Look around your bedroom and you’ll probably see shoes, bedding, pillows, clothing and maybe books or computers. All of these items look like chew toys to a young dog. It’s better to keep him out of temptation’s way than to risk it and see what happens. If your dog has a bad chewing habit, use chew proof wooden dog crates to curb his habit and protect your sanity. There’s nothing worse than being kept up all night by the sound of your puppy chewing on his crate and eventually breaking through.

Potty Training

Another obvious reason you use a crate at night is to housebreak your puppy. Crate training teaches your dog when he can go out and when he needs to control his bladder. Letting him out of the crate in the middle of the night is a signal to eliminate. You can expect that to happen on your carpets, your clothing or anywhere that your new puppy sees fit. Avoid the mess, the smell and the cleanup by staying strong even when the whining becomes nearly unbearable.

If your dog has a tendency to throw temper tantrums in his crate when he needs to go out, you may want to look into indestructible dog beds. Indestructible dog beds are a great defense against puppy tempers and the chaos that they can cause. Whatever you do, don’t give in to your puppy’s whining to get out of his crate.

It may seem like the easy and obvious choice when you’re tired at 3am, but in the long run, it will very likely be a decision you live to regret for years to come. You must train your puppy when he’s young or he will never be properly trained. Stay strong and remind yourself that this time will quickly pass and your dog will soon have a great relationship with his crate.

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Introducing Your Pet to a New Baby or Children

Monday, December 1, 2014 12:27:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

For many pet owners, your animal was your first baby. Engaged couples and young married couples often undertake the responsibility of pet ownership before starting their families. This leads to an often tense situation when it’s time to bring a new baby home from the hospital. Your dog may feel jealous, confused or worried by the change in the family dynamic.

If you’re bringing home a new baby, take a blanket from the hospital that has been used by the baby to your pet. Allow them to sniff it and get used to the baby’s scent before you introduce them to the baby. You may even want to put the blanket in your dogs bed. Baby blankets are the right size to fit into dog crates and other small areas.

Talking to your dog can also help. Use soothing tones and tell them you’re bringing home a new baby. Pet them and give them treats while you discuss the changes. They will begin to associate the tone of your voice and the word baby with praise, love and attention, making them less likely to misbehave when they meet the source of the new word.

Keeping your dog crated when unsupervised or the use of pet gates to keep your pooch away from the baby is very important for safety reasons. This is also helpful if you’re introducing new children to the pet. It not only keeps the pet away from the kids, but it also keeps the kids away from the pet until they understand how to interact with the animal.

When introducing your pets to older children, it’s important to discuss with the children how to treat the pet before they are brought around it. Explain that pets don’t like to have their fur pulled and that they must be treated gently. Practice petting a stuffed animal to get the hang of it. When they meet the pet, they may get nervous. Remain close as the pet will be able to pick up on their nervousness and they may lash out.

It may be helpful to keep the animal on a leash during the first meeting to avoid any dangerous situations. If your pet seems shy around the new children, have the kids offer treats or other enticements to the pet. A favorite toy or a special food item are great ways to get the animals to approach the children.

If the weather is nice and the animal is a dog, letting the kids throw some balls outside for the dog to chase can show the pet how much fun kids can be. Both the child and the dog are sure to have a great time playing and bonding.

Introducing pets to babies and children can be exciting and stressful. Taking the time to make the introductions the proper way is essential to creating a mutual understanding between the children and the pet that will hopefully lead to a life-long friendship.

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Do's and Don'ts for Air Travel With Pets

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:17:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

With the holiday season upon us, many of us may be planning to travel by air to visit family and friends and plan to take along our furry friends.Here are some pointers to consider before the big day arrives.

Traveling with your pet by air can be stressful not only on the animal, but on the owner as well. Being confined to a crate and taken somewhere unfamiliar is not something most animals enjoy, but by taking a few precautions, you can make the trip easier on both of you. Read on to discover the dos and don’ts of traveling with your pet by air.

Do call ahead and check with the airline before booking your flight. Most airlines have a maximum number of pets allowed in the cabin of each flight, so make sure that number has not been exceeded before you book your flight.

Also, don’t be surprised when the airline tells you there is a fee for bringing your pet. Expect your pet to add about an extra $100 to your ticket, give or take.

Do make sure that you use an airline approved pet carrier for your animal. Check your airlines website for information on size restrictions and carrier recommendations before making your purchase.

Don’t assume that your pet carrier is good enough to use. Have courtesy for the airline and your fellow travelers by doing your homework before you arrive at the gate.

Do get your pet checked out by your veterinarian before flying. You’ll probably be required to provide a health certificate before being allowed to board the plane. Your pet should be up to date on vaccines and should be in good health before flying. You can also ask your veterinarian about tranquilizers to help your pet stay comfortable during the flight.

Don’t attempt to fly with a sick or injured pet. That will not be a good experience for you or the animal. Flying can be stressful on pets, so only take your animal along if they are in good health and are able to travel.

Do give your pet a pre-flight meal.

Don’t make that meal too heavy or too close to the flight time. In general, it’s best to feed your pet about 8 hours before a flight to prevent the need to eliminate on the plane and avoid motion sickness. A light meal is the best bet with only water after that.

Do give your pet a potty break before entering the airport. Make sure you give your animal ample time to do their business. This may require leaving your house early.

Don’t assume your pet doesn’t have to go if they won’t eliminate right away. Your pet can pick up on your travel-related stress and that may make them nervous. Nervous pets can’t eliminate on command.

Do check with your airport about their rules regarding pets. Some airports don’t allow animals outside of their carriers, while others have special areas for leashed pets.

Don’t assume everyone likes your animal as much as you do. Many people just don’t like pets and others may have allergies. Be sensitive to your fellow travelers.

These tips should help you have a safe, comfortable flight with your pet. Planning ahead and being considerate of others is the key to having a good travel experience with an animal. Flying with your pet doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult on either human nor animal.

 

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Pet carriers for small pets which are designed to fit under your seat in the cabin. Click here for some example of small pet carriers. Again, not all pet carriers meet airline regulations, so be sure to call ahead and make sure the crate you have meets requirements.

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Larger dogs generally have to be checked in using a plastic dog crates such as this one. Wooden dog crates and wire are not suitable to air travel. Click here for examples of airline approved dog carriers

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Proper Care for Wooden Dog Crates

Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:09:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Proper care and maintenance of your wooden dog crates will help ensure that they last for many years to come. A regular care regimen only takes minutes each week and the results are well worth the effort.

When cared for properly, wood dog crates will look and function like new even after heavy use. Each week you’ll want to perform light maintenance duties on your wooden dog crates. Dusting the crates and checking them over for structural integrity is important. If you notice a crack or a weakness, work to immediately remedy the situation before the structure is compromised.

Keep wood glue on hand as well as some wood polish to make your weekly maintenance tasks easier to manage. You should look for a wood cleaner that is designed for use with the particular finish of your dog crate. Most crates with smooth, shiny exteriors can be dusted with furniture polish.

Unfinished crates will benefit from a hearty dose of wood oil applied every other week. With time, the wood oil will penetrate the crate and help prevent the wood from breaking down.

If your dog soils the wooden crate, it’s important to clean it up immediately. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on any wet spots to absorb the moisture, then remove the caked baking soda with a vacuum or shop vac. Go back and use an enzyme based cleaner to saturate the wood and break down any urine.

If your dog vomits in the crate, baking soda on its own should be sufficient to clean the mess and a typical household cleaner like Lysol should work to sanitize the crate. Consider using a disposable puppy pad underneath your dogs bedding to prevent accidents or vomit from saturating the floor of the crate.

Some wooden dog crates come equipped with a removable lining on the bottom for such events. Another acceptable technique is to use a silicone baking sheet mat or oven liner in the base of the crate for easy cleaning. Unless the crate has been soiled by your pet, avoid using harsh chemical cleaners as they can be absorbed by the wood and later cause harm to your pet.

Warm water on its own or combined with a few drops of dish soap should be sufficient for regular cleanings of the crate interior. During your weekly cleanings, be sure to use the crevice attachment on your vacuum cleaner to pick up any hair or debris in the corners of the crate. Remember to only do this when your pet is not in the crate, as that can scare them and make them afraid of their crate.

Once a month, you will want to check the tightness of the hinges on the crate and tighten them if necessary. On a bi-yearly basis it’s a good idea to oil the hinges to keep them swinging freely and easily. Use a pet-friendly oil, or a cooking oil such as olive oil to lubricate moving parts. Wipe any excess oil off and avoid contact with wooden surfaces.

Taking a few moments to care for your wood dog crates will extend their useful lives by a considerable amount. A clean crate is more attractive to your dog and will be more comfortable for him to rest in.

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Keeping Your Pet Healthy Through Nutrition

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:07:15 PM America/Los_Angeles

They say that you are what you eat and the same thing is true for your pet. Keeping your four-legged friends looking and feeling their best is a matter of giving them the right types of foods for their needs.

A healthy diet for your animal and a little bit of exercise can go a long way to extending their life and keeping them healthy. The type of animal you have will dictate what you should feed them. Cats and dogs require diets that are high in protein. Small animals, like rabbits, guinea pigs and birds have special needs including grains and high-fiber foods.

You can get a pretty good idea of what your animal needs by going to your local pet store and comparing foods or by simply asking your vet. Once you’ve figured out what types of foods your animal should be eating, it’s time to experiment with brands. Try a couple of different types of food to see what your pet prefers. Maybe they like fish, or poultry or beef.  Whatever it is that they like, you can find a healthy food in that flavor to keep them happy and healthy.

Read food labels carefully and check out dog food reviews, as not all pet foods are created equally. Some will use fillers as their number one ingredients. Stay away from those types of foods. Once you’ve found the right food for your pet, it’s time to figure out how much to feed them. Many pet owners overfeed their animals without knowing it.

For cats and dogs, leaving food down at all times is not necessary. Many animals can’t control themselves and will gorge on food rather than just eating until they are full. To avoid this, ask your vet how much your animal should be eating each day and use a measuring cup to dispense the right amount.

Many dog owners tend to give their dogs scraps and bits of meals. This is actually a very dangerous practice that can lead to serious side effects. Many human foods are considered poisonous to dogs including grapes, chocolate and some types of mushrooms. Dogs that have diets that are too high in carbohydrates can develop flaky, dry skin and ear infections. Watch for these symptoms to determine if your dog is getting too many grains.

Feeding your pet the right foods in the right amounts is an important part of keeping him healthy. Do your research and speak with your veterinarian to determine what and how much to feed your pets. Eating the right diet will play a big role in keeping your pet healthy and active for many years to come

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Keep Your Sanity While Crate Training a Whining Puppy

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:51:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Getting a new puppy may seem like a great idea right now, but as you lie awake for the first few knights listening to him bark and whine, you may rethink your decision. Getting a whiny puppy to use his crate can be a frustrating, exhausting experience. Read on to discover how you can get your whiny puppy to quiet down and use his crate.

Show Him Who’s Boss

You need to establish early on who is the boss and the leader of your pack. Your dog needs to understand that you mean business. Don’t coddle him or show too much sympathy when he whines or whimpers about being in his dog crate. If you don’t feel like you can hold out, have someone help you who has a stronger will.

Another way you can teach your dog that you are in charge is by not letting him on to your bed. Your bed is your private sleeping space and your dog should not be allowed on it if you expect him to stay in a crate at night. Don’t give your dog a glimpse of comfort and then cruelly take it away from him. It’s better not to let him on your bed at all.

Create a Sleeping Environment

Some puppies can’t sleep in their crates because it’s simply not the right environment for them. Help them get used to their sleeping quarters by using a crate cover. Dog crate covers block out light and dampen sounds so that your dog’s crate becomes a cave-like atmosphere. Your dog will feel safe, secure and relaxed in his dark, quiet space.

To further create a sleeping environment, line your dogs crate with bedding, blankets or clothing items that smell like you. Your scent will be comforting to him as he adjusts to his new bed and gets settled down for the night.

If your puppy tends to chew when he gets nervous, chewproof wood dog crates are the way to go. These types of crates resist the damage caused by dog teeth, providing a safe place for your pup to rest. You’ll not only stop the whining as your dog drifts off to sleep, you’ll also spare your dog crate from being chewed by an anxious puppy.

Making the Crate More Attractive

One thing that drives dog owners crazy is that dog crates are simply unattractive. While you’re using a cover to calm your whining puppy down, why not pick one that’s attractive to look at as well.Luxury dog crate covers come in a variety of patterns, colors and designs, so you can match the crate cover to your decor. No more looking at ugly dog crates when you use a luxury cover.

Getting your whining puppy to quiet down and use his crate is a matter of patience and having the right tools. Getting rest is essential to both you and your dog, so take the time to find the method that works for you and use it!

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The Dos and Don’ts of Bringing a New Pet into Your Home

Saturday, November 1, 2014 12:27:57 PM America/Los_Angeles

Bringing a new pet into your home can be exciting and scary at the same time. While it’s always fun to expand your family with a loving pet, being unsure of how the animal will adjust to being with other pets, other family members or in a new setting can be nerve wracking. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ease the transition and make the adjustment easier on your new friend. Read on to learn some helpful dos and don’ts for bringing a new pet into your home.

Do plan ahead and arrange to make the transition on a weekend or other time when you can be home with the pet for at least a couple of days. You need a chunk a time to bond with your new pet and to help them transition into their new environment, so plan accordingly.

Don’t shirk the responsibility and pass this important responsibility to another family member or assume that the pet will be better off alone. Animals need guidance and attention as they make the adjustment and it’s important to be there to help them learn what is and is not acceptable in their new surroundings.

Do confine them to a small part of your house at first. Transitioning to a new environment is difficult enough, so get them used to your home slowly. It’s a good idea to keep their food, water and bed nearby so they have everything they need in one convenient location. You can use pet gates to section off parts of your house.

Don’t leave them unsupervised. New pets don’t know your house rules and they can get into a lot of trouble in very little time. Make things easy on both of you by keeping them in one area.

Do introduce them to a dog crate early on if you plan on crate training. If you get your dog as a puppy, consider looking into adjustable dog crates that can grow with your animal as he gets older. This will save money and make the transition process easier on your pup. Don’t try to force them into the crate. Introduce them to the idea, but don’t be surprised if they are reluctant to enter it at first. Take your time and be patient.

Do make changes to your home to make it more safe for your pet. Keep cleaning supplies locked up and provide dog stairs if your pet is too small or too old to safely make it onto furniture or your bed.

Don’t leave anything out that your pet can get ahold of that’s poisonous or a choking hazard. Treat your new pet like a small child and assume they will get into everything. It’s better safe than sorry.

These tips will help you successfully introduce a new pet into your home with the minimal amount of stress for both of you. Take advantage of these tips and help your new friend enjoy his new home and his new family.

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Tips for Happy Vacationing With Your Dog

Monday, October 27, 2014 11:04:50 AM America/Los_Angeles

Vacationing with your dog can be fun and relaxing. Bringing your canine companion along can make vacationing less lonesome, especially if you’re traveling alone. However, there are special considerations you need to make when planning a trip with your four-legged friend. Read on to discover the dos and don’ts of taking your dog on vacation. If you’re traveling by car... Do take your dog's safety and comfort into consideration. Animals need basic amenities like a comfortable place to rest and plenty of water. They also may need to take potty breaks more frequently than you, so be sure to watch for cues to know when they need to go. Don’t think traveling at night will relieve you of having to stop for your pet to go to the bathroom. Animals aren’t like children - they won’t sleep through a long car ride just because it’s night time. Do use pet carriers to keep your animal safe during the trip. You can also use a restraint system if you plan to keep your pet in the backseat. Look for a doggy seat belt or other device to keep your dog properly secured in the back seat where he can’t distract you. He’ll be safer in the back seat in the event of a crash and a well-made restraint can also prevent serious injury. Don’t let your pet freely roam the car during your trip. Pets on laps can be distracting and may cause a traffic accident. Do provide opportunities for your pet to stretch and change position. Make sure the carrier is large enough for your pup to freely move and possibly even sit up from time to time to avoid muscle aches. Consider dog booster seats if you have a small animal that may like to look out the window. Booster seats are usually designed with a built-in restraint system for safety. Don’t force your pet to remain laying down in one position throughout the trip. That will result in discomfort and unease for your animal. Make their ride comfortable by giving them ample space in the car and taking frequent breaks to stretch. If you’re traveling by train... Do call ahead and reserve a spot on the train for your pet as well. Some train lines reserve special cars for people traveling with animals. Don’t assume your pet can just sit with you wherever you please. Remember that not everyone likes animals and some people may be allergic. Be considerate to other travelers. Do make an effort to calm your pet. One of the great things about the train is that you are free to read, play a game or soothe your animal if they get upset. Take the opportunity to talk to your pet and calm them down if they become agitated. Don’t ignore your animal. A loud barking, whining or whimpering pet is a distraction to other passengers and can make their train journey unpleasant. Pay attention to your pet and make sure they are calm, quiet and comfortable. If you’re traveling by plane... Do plan ahead for your trip. Call the airline to confirm your pets reservation and leave your house with plenty of time to give your animal a potty break. Airport security can be difficult with pets, so don’t forget to budget time to make it through the checkpoint as well. Don’t try to rush through the airport with an animal. They will pick up on your stress and the journey will be more difficult on everyone. Do take into consideration the airlines rules. Only let your animal out of his crate if it is allowed in the airport and keep them on a leash even if they are well-trained. Make sure your carrier meets the airlines standards in construction and size before you get to the airport. Wire crates are typically not allowed on airplanes. Don’t think that the airline should accommodate you. They are under no obligation to allow you to use a carrier that is outside of their specifications, nor do they have to tolerate you breaking airport rules. Be courteous and follow any rules regarding animal travel. Do make your pet comfortable. Portable dog beds are often small enough to fit into dog crates, creating a comfortable and relaxing place for your pet to sleep during a flight. Leave the crate and bed out before your trip to get your dog used to it. Don’t expect your dog to lay in a hard crate with no bedding. Your dog should be comfortable and relaxed during the trip. Traveling with animals can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Plan ahead and take the necessary precautions to ensure that your journey goes as smoothly as possible. Whether you’re traveling by car, train or plane, use these tips to make the trip more enjoyable for both you and your pet.
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Camping with Pets

Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:59:43 AM America/Los_Angeles

Spring break is right around the corner and guess what? We're going camping. Since our favorite pooch will absolutely be a part of camping crew, we thought we'd take a little time to research and share some tips on camping with pets. For starters, finding a pet-friendly vacation can be a daunting task.

Fortunately, camping is the one family activity where fido is always welcome. Dogs and humans alike can enjoy the thrill of sleeping in the outdoors and cooking over a wood fire by camping together. Both you and your dog will enjoy the rush of living in the wilderness and being unplugged for a few days or, hopefully, a whole week of fun. When camping, make sure you call ahead to make sure the campground you reserving is pet friendly. While it seems like any campsite should allow dogs, not all of them do. In today’s campgrounds, many spots are close together, so campgrounds try to segregate the animals to prevent other campers with allergies or just an aversion to dogs from being uncomfortable.

Always make sure you alert the campground that you’re bringing your pet. When packing for your camping adventure, you’ll also want to remember to bring a few things to make the adventure easier on your dog as well. Depending on the size or your tent, or camper, you may want to pack along a dog crate where the dog can sleep at night or where they can be left for short periods for their safety. Not only is this a practical consideration, but it's a safety one as well. While you may be able to keep your dog on a leash while you're around, setting up camp, etc., never leave your pet, especially a medium or smaller sized one, alone or unsupervised. Depending on where you live, coyotes, which hunt in packs, have been known to attack pets who are left on their own. Another great reason to have your pet's crate handy is it's a great way to calm an anxious or nervous dog.

Another thing many pet owners find helpful is a simple pet play pen. The pen can be set up at the site to allow your dog some off-leash time. Pet play pens are especially helpful for younger dogs that need a safe place to play with their toys. The playpen will also help keep your dog away from the campfire to prevent injuries.

Pet cots or dog hammocks are another piece of pet furniture which may come in handy when enjoying the great outdoors with your dog. The slight elevation off of the ground that pet cots offer not only keeps your dog cleaner, but it protects them from ant attacks and other insects, spiders and so on that may cause anxiety or discomfort.

If your dog has a favorite item or piece of pet furniture, such as their favorite dog bed or dog throw, or if they need a pet ramp to easily reach your car, etc. you may need to bring those along as well. Pet beds give your dog a comfortable place to sleep at the end of the day and can make a dog, who may be a little nervous about the unusual surroundings, feel more at home.

While none of this equipment is strictly necessary for camping, it can make your vacation a lot more enjoyable. Make the most of your time with your dog and enjoy exploring the outdoors together. Reconnect with your pet, refresh yourself and take some time away from the high-tech world by going camping with your dog whenever possible.

Tips on Camping with Pets

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Why Do Cats and Dogs Fight and How to Help Them Co-Exist in Your Home

Monday, November 11, 2013 3:43:27 PM America/Los_Angeles

We’ve all seen the cartoons and heard the jokes about cats and dogs fighting. These jokes and generalizations aren’t based on fantasy, they’re actually based on fact. Most cats and dogs do not instinctively get along. However, if you’re a pet lover that can’t choose between cats or dogs and you’d like to have both in your home, there are some things you can do to help fido and fifi get along.

Before you can help you animals get along, you need to understand why they fight. Cats and dogs fight because they are different creatures. Dogs are typically dependent on their humans and awake during the day. Cats on the other hand are awake at night and have a very high level of independence. They are very different and sometimes those differences can cause problems.

First, it’s important to get one or more of the pets young. Whether you get a puppy or a kitten, having one of them go into the relationship as a baby is the easiest way to ensure peace and harmony and prevent too many territorial spats. Usually, full-grown dogs will take to kittens easier than full-grown cats will take to puppies. Use this knowledge to plan the entrance into your family accordingly.

Whether you’re introducing a baby to an older animal or two older animals to each other, keeping them separated at first is a must. This is when pet gates, dog crates or pet carriers can come in handy. If you don’t have a crate for your dog, you should consider getting one. There are many different styles available so you can usually find something that suits your lifestyle, needs and decor preferences, from the simple plastic crates that are easy to transport, to beautiful wooden dog crates, or the more utilitarian wire crates. For cats, a small pet carrier can be a great safe place for a cat looking to get away from the dog. Besides having a place to put the dog or cat when they need a break, it’s also important to make sure that both animals have a special place in your home to call their own.

Tips on Introducing a Kitten to Your Dog

Introduce your pets to each other slowly and for short, very supervised periods. If your dog is grown and you're introducing a kitten, go very slow. Their first experiences will set the tone for future encounters. An anxious, excited dog can also injure a kitten very quickly. If the dog gets the cat in their mouth, things may get out of hand very quickly, so keep the dog on a leash during the early introductions so you can quickly remove the kitten from the dog's reach if necessary. Let your dog see the cat, but keep the kitten out of their reach until you are sure they won't attack, bite or scare the kitten.

Be liberal with the dog treats when the dog displays good behavior towards the kitten, such as being calm, sniffing or licking the cat, etc. Repeat this process for short, supervised periods on a daily basis until you see that the kitten feels comfortable playing around the dog, or at least doesn't feel threatened, and until you are sure the dog won't hurt the cat. Once they are well introduced, you shouldn't have to worry too much. Do keep an eye on them though until the kitten is old enough to fend for itself, in case the dog gets too frisky with him or her.

 

Stay in control of first meetings and go slowly

Tips on Introducing a Cat to your New Puppy

While introducing a full grown cat to a new puppy may be a bit more challenging, they can also learn to co-exist with the new pup if the introductions are handled properly. Puppies, in their exhuberance, can quickly irritate an older cat and can wind up with a good scractch or bite and become fearful of the cat. So to start things off, keep the puppy in their dog crate when the cat is around and let the cat sniff around and examine the new specimen for the first few days.

After a few days, you can take it to the next step. Let the puppy out and hold him while you let them meet the cat. If the cat gets anxious, you can put the cat or dog back in their crate. Don't push it too far. The use of treats may not work as well with cats, but it's worth a try to teach the cat that being nice to the puppy is a good thing.

Once the basic introductions are done, you should be able to start letting your pup walk around when the cat is out as long as the cat has a way to escape, or a cat tower to get up and out of reach from all that puppy love. If you notice the dog getting too frisky or pestering the cat too much, call a time out and put one of them away in their crate or carrier, but otherwise, let them learn to play and at least tolerate each other. The cat may never be best friends with your dog, but the goal should be to get them to co-exist peacefully.

Finally, make sure you spend time with both animals equally. Pets are not immune to jealousy and if one pet feels that you are spending too much attention on the other, they may start seeing green. Avoid this by spending time with both pets. Take your dog for a walk, then sit and pet the cat for a while. If you're training the dog with treats, be sure you keep a stash of cat treats handy.

There are plenty of ways you can bond with both pets equally to ensure that nobody feels left out. Common sense and some the right set up can make your home a more habitable place for all of your pets. Having a cat and dog that can co-exist in a home is a real possibility if you take the time to make the introductions and ease the animals into the relationship.

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Travel Safety for Pets

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 11:00:44 AM America/Los_Angeles

As man's best friend, most dogs love being part of the action! If your dog is anything like mine, as soon as she sees me grab the car keys, she tails me until she is safely in the car seat. The challenge has been finding ways to travel safely with her. Not only can an unrestrained dog be a potential distraction, but in the event of an car accident, they can be severely injured and/or become a projectile that can cause cause serious injury to the driver or passengers.

When trying to decide what the best restraint or safety system to use, there is a lot of contradictory information regarding where your four legged friend should sit, how he should be secured, etc. Fortunately, car safety for pets isn’t as complicated as it seems and depending on how you plan to travel, safety considerations can be very simple.

Car Safety with Dogs

Traveling with a pet in a car is by far the most common method. Some dogs travel go everywhere with their owners while others remain home bound until a trip to the vet or a vacation. When planning to travel with your 4-legged friend in a car, you’ll want to first protect the car.  Installing a car seat cover can provide a comfortable place for your pet while protecting your car from claws, dirt and hair. Some car seat covers even connect to the driver and passenger seats to form a protective barrier that keeps your pooch safely secured in the back seat.

Bowers car seat covers

Front car seat cover by Bowsers

Your next consideration should be where the dog will be traveling. Knowing where they will primarily be sitting will help you choose the best safety options. For instance, many dogs like to sit in the front seat. A dog crate, while a safe way to travel with your dog, is not really an option in that case. A dog seat belt or a harness that can attach on to the seatbelt is the best option.

If you have a small dog, a dog booster seat not only boosts your dog up to where they can see, but they also generally come with a way to attach your pet's harness to it.

dog booster seat

 

A dog crate is a good option if you have the space and your pet will primarily be in the back seat or the cargo area of your vehicle or truck. Of course, dog crates don’t fit in all styles of vehicles and many animals prefer the ability to sit and stretch during long car rides. For these reasons, having a good strong harness and seat belt on hand, will give you the most versatility. The seatbelt connects to a comfortable harness that keeps your dog secure in the event of an accident. Seatbelts also prevent your dog from climbing into the front seat.

Safety Options for Other Types of Travel:

For animals traveling by air or train, a crate is usually required. Check with your airline or rail provider to get specifics on dimensions and construction. When purchasing a crate, look for one that is hard, sturdy and labeled airline approved. These crates can withstand the rough handling that may occur at an airport.

Before you travel, check with your vet about getting a sedative for your pet to make their ride more comfortable and be sure you have your done your research to make sure the airline or rail provider you are using has a good safety record for transporting animals.

Once you arrive at your destination, your dog will need somewhere to sleep. Travel dog beds can provide the comforts of home even on the go. Typically, travel dog beds are thinner than normal dog beds. For this reason, you may want to bring a blanket or extra layer of padding that smells like home.

When traveling with your pet, consider their safety and comfort both while traveling and when you reach your destination. Most safety considerations aren’t difficult to comply to and in the event of an accident, a simple seatbelt or crate could save your dogs life.

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What to Puppy Proof Around Your Home Before the New Arrival

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:36:21 AM America/Los_Angeles

Taking in a new puppy is a lot like taking in a new baby. Suddenly your home goes from a magazine-ready oasis to the front lines of a virtual war zone where every piece of furniture and decoration could be a weapon. If you’re bringing a new puppy into your home, or even an older dog that hasn’t been properly house trained, there are a few things you need to do to puppy proof before your new arrival comes.

Safety

The first things you should puppy proof are the things that threaten the animal’s safety. This includes cords, open stairwells and fireplaces. To help identify potential safety risks, get down on your hands and knees and look at your house from the height of a puppy. You’ll be surprised how many dangers you can spot.

Make sure that cords are out of reach and can’t be chewed. Many puppies have been tempted to chew through power cords, only to be electrocuted and seriously injured. Roll cords up, put them behind furniture and make sure that anything that doesn’t have to be plugged in is out of the way.

If you have open stairways in your house, your puppy could accidentally fall down them and get hurt. Close off basement accesses and put up a pet gate at the bottom of the stairway to make sure that your puppy can’t get up the stairs, which will prevent him from falling down them. Pet gates can be used throughout your home to block stairways and limit your dogs access. If you have a large home or a multi-level home, you may want to keep your puppy in just one room at first and focus your puppy proofing efforts there.

For the fireplace, a simple pet play pen that’s opened and placed around the fireplace will keep your puppy away from the tools, extra wood and opening of the fireplace. Even if you have a gas unit, it’s not safe. Your dog may accidentally turn on the gas or get too close to the fireplace when it’s turned on. A puppy gate will teach your pet to stay away from the fireplace regardless of whether it’s being used or not.

Other Considerations

Aside from safety, you’ll want to do other puppy proofing before your dog arrives to save your belongings and sanity. Keep shoes in a closed location, such as a closet or mudroom that may be closed off. Keep movies and electronics in a closed location or up high. Don’t leave blankets or laundry lying around that your dog may feel the need to urinate on. Look around for potential puppy targets and move things as necessary.

Some items that catch your dog’s attention may surprise you, so keep and eye on your puppy and make sure they aren’t getting into anything they aren’t supposed to. Sometimes, it’s helpful if your dog has their own space. A pet bed or dog stairs leading to your bed can help your puppy feel like they have their own area within your home. Whenever your dog starts to chew or play with something that they aren’t supposed to, you can gently guide them to their area and their toys to give them a safe alternative.

A little bit of puppy proofing can make the arrival of your new dog as stress-free and happy as possible. Take the time to look at your house from your dog’s perspective and find ways to make it a safe and stress-free environment for both of you.

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Summer Safety Tips for Pets

Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:40:24 AM America/Los_Angeles

With summer at its hottest, it’s important to pay extra attention to your pets need to keep them safe. Pets can’t verbalize when they are getting too hot, so it’s up to their owners to watch for signs of heat stroke and overexertion. Read on to discover some great safety tips to keep your pets comfortable and safe all summer long. • Do not leave pets in a parked car. - Even if you think the animal is safe because the windows are rolled down, temperatures in parked cars can easily soar over 100 degrees. Just running inside a store for 10 minutes is enough time to cause serious harm. Many states have laws about leaving pets in parked cars, so do yourself a favor and leave fido at home when you run to the grocery store. • Make sure to leave out plenty of water. - When the temperature rises, pets need additional water to stay cool. Make sure you leave out plenty of water and change it frequently to prevent pests from leaving eggs in it. Mosquitos are fond of standing puddles, so change your dogs water daily (if it lasts that long!). • Supervise your pet even in the back yard. - When the days warm up, it’s tempting to let your dog frolic in the backyard alone while they do their business and enjoy some fresh air. Unfortunately, even the best behaved dogs can get curious and decide to see what’s beyond the boundaries of their yard. For the greatest safety, use a leash, even in the back yard, unless you are able to supervise them. Even in a fenced yard, dogs need supervision as they can dig under fences or wiggle between loose boards. • Don’t let the kids share their ice cream cones. - While it may be handy to have fido on hand to clean up any ice cream spills, certain flavors such as chocolate or chocolate chip can be dangerous to dogs. Chocolate in any quantity is toxic, so make sure the kids keep their cones to themselves. Another summer time favorite - grapes - are also quite bad for dogs. • Watch out for other dogs. - While you may be a responsible pet owner, not everyone is. Watch out for stray animals that may approach your pet and act aggressively towards it. You don’t know whether a dog is friendly or not by looking at it, so play it safe and keep stay dogs away from your pet. Simple summer safety tips can ensure that you and your pet both enjoy the warm summer sun. Common sense and pre-planning can prevent nearly any dangerous situation in the summer, so remember to think about your pet as the temperatures rise.

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Tips to Consider in Choosing a Bed for an Older Pet

Friday, August 16, 2013 2:56:04 PM America/Los_Angeles

Older pets have special needs when it comes to bedding. While a young animal may be able to sleep virtually anywhere, changes in bone and body structure may make it difficult for your older pet to find a comfortable sleeping place or to rise from their sleeping place. As your pet ages, their needs will change and it’s important to find the right bed to suit their needs at every age.

When looking for a new pet bed for an older dog, it’s important to find something that offers support for their joints. Orthopedic dog beds are a great choice as they help take the strain and pressure off of aging joints so your dog wakes up feeling rested rather than sore. These types of dog beds come in a variety of sizes and styles, giving you the freedom to choose the right bed for your dog.

When it comes to brands, it’s important to pick a reputable manufacturer. Bowsers dog beds are known for being some of the best beds on the market. Their orthopedic collection is made with the highest quality materials that will stand up well to repeated use. Your dog will love the firm support of a Bowsers orthopedic dog bed and you’ll notice the change in the way he moves and walks after sleeping on the bed.

Another thing to consider is whether or not your dog is crate trained. Crate trained animals sleep in a crate and need bed that fits in the crate without taking up all the space. When searing for a crate bed, look for something that is the same dimension as the floor of the crate. It should completely cover the crate without going up the walls. You do not need a lip on the bed as the walls of the crate will confine your dog.

Finally, you need to consider the size of your pet. If your older dog is of a larger breed, raised dog bed or a dog bed in a raised crate will be easier for them to get into and out of than a bed that sits directly on the floor. Smaller dogs will appreciate dog beds that lack high walls, especially if their knees or hips are causing problems. Look at your specific dog and their individual needs to determine the right shape, size and height of dog bed.

When you find the right dog bed, your older pet will finally get the comfort and rest they deserve. Your dog can’t tell you whether they like their bed or not, so watch them for signs. They should enjoy going to their bed and when they awaken, they should look and act refreshed.

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Why Use a Crate for Older Pets?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 10:17:50 AM America/Los_Angeles

As pets age, their needs change. Crate training, while essential for a puppy or new pet, may not seem as important once your dog is well trained and can be trusted to roam around the house freely. That's not to say you should stop using a crate. Dog crates have their uses throughout a dog's life and an excellent way to help your dog stay out of trouble and feel secure when left alone.

However, as your pet ages, you may discover new benefits to keeping a dog crate around and available as a getaway for your aging pet. For instance, older pets may begin to have mobility issues, hearing loss or even eyesight issues that can require special attention. The changes in their mobility, hearing and eyesight may lead to personality changes if not properly addressed. If your older pet is finding it difficult to see, hear or walk, their home may start looking like a scary and dangerous place when they are alone. A simple crate can resolve this problem by giving your pet a small, confined area that’s easy to navigate and always safe.

Dogs tend to feel the most safe when they are in their den setting. A crate mimics the type of den a dog would naturally seek out in the wild by being small, dark and quiet. Many times, sensory loss in pets can lead them to seek out these types of safe places, especially when tired or frightened. By giving your pet a crate, you can provide them with the safety and security they crave.

End table dog crates or wood dog crates are an excellent choice for older pets. Unlike the wire crates commonly used for crate training, wooden dog crates are more attractive and more comfortable. They are available in dozens of designs that provide the dark, warm, safe place your pet craves. Like their wire counterparts, wooden crates also have a door, so you can secure your pet when you aren’t around to know that he’s safe.

Pinnacle wood dog crate

If your dog has never been crate trained, he may not like the idea at first. Rest assured that no matter what age your pet is, he can be successfully crate trained. A little perseverance and a few reassuring words will help him understand that the crate his is new special space.

If you’re concerned about the look of a crate, check out the different types of pet furniture available on the market. Innovative manufacturers have designed dog crates that are built-in to other types of furniture, such as end tables, sofa tables and more. This allows you to offer a safe and secure place for your dog, without having a bulky crate sitting in the middle of the room.

Mr. Herzher's Side Opening Dog Crate

If your older pet is suffering from sensory loss, you may not know it. Look for signs such as slowing down when navigating new places, disobedience, aggression and nervousness to determine whether your older pet may be having trouble hearing, seeing or walking. If your pet displays any of these signs, consider getting them a crate to help provide the peace and security they need as they age and adapt to a senior lifestyle.

One point to keep in mind if keeping your senior pet crated is that you want to provide them with a good crate pad, mat or crate bed especially if your older pet suffers from conditions such as dog arthritis or calluses on their elbows or knees. The right pet bed can make all the different to an older pet, so in picking out a crate, be sure you factor in some sort of pet bedding along with that.

Bowsers Luxury Crate Mat

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Dos and Don’ts of Taking Your Pet on Vacation

Friday, July 5, 2013 2:41:43 PM America/Los_Angeles

With summer in full swiing, it's very likely that you are considering whether to board your pet or take him or her along with you on vacation. Vacationing with your pet can be both fun and relaxing. After all, bringing your companion along can make vacationing less lonesome, especially if you’re traveling alone. However, there are special considerations you need to make when planning a trip with your four-legged friend. Read on to discover the dos and don’ts of taking your pet on vacation.

If you’re traveling by car...

Do take your pet's safety and comfort into consideration. Animals need basic amenities like a comfortable place to rest and plenty of water. They also may need to take potty breaks more frequently than you do, so be sure to watch for cues to know when they need to go.

Don’t think traveling at night will relieve you of having to stop for your pet to go to the bathroom. Animals aren’t like children - they won’t sleep through a long car ride just because it’s night time.

Do use pet carriers or a dog crate to keep your animal safe during the trip.You can also use a restraint system and car seat cover if you plan to keep your pet in the backseat. Look for a doggy seat belt or other device to keep your dog properly secured in the back seat where he can’t distract you. He’ll be safer in the back seat in the event of a crash and a well-made restraint can also prevent serious injury. Don’t let your pet freely roam the car during your trip. Pets on laps can be distracting and may cause a traffic accident.

Do consider using a front or back car seat protector or pet travel hammock. A car seat cover or protector can prevent you have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to replace seating or paneling caused by an anxious or bored pet. It also gives you peace of mind and reduces distractions while driving. The right car seat protector can prevent damage done by scratching, chewing, peeing, dirty paws or shedding, but it can also keep your pet secure in the backseat by acting as a barrier between the two seats. Some car seat covers also have openings for dog harnesses.

Do provide opportunities for your pet to stretch and change position. Make sure the crate or carrier is large enough for your dog or cat to freely move and possibly even sit up from time to time to avoid muscle aches. Consider dog booster seats if you have a small animal that may like to look out the window. Booster seats are usually designed with a built-in restraint system for safety.

Don’t force your pet to remain laying down in one position throughout the trip. That will result in discomfort and unease for your animal. Make their ride comfortable by giving them ample space in the car and taking frequent breaks to stretch.

Having a car If you’re traveling by train...

Do call ahead and reserve a spot on the train for your pet as well. Some train lines reserve special cars for people traveling with animals. Don’t assume your pet can just sit with you wherever you please. Remember that not everyone likes animals and some people may be allergic. Be considerate to other travelers.

DO make an effort to calm your pet. One of the great things about the train is that you are free to read, play a game or soothe your animal if they get upset. Take the opportunity to talk to your pet and calm them down if they become agitated.

Don’t ignore your animal. A loud barking, meowing or whimpering pet is a distraction to other passengers and can make their train journey unpleasant. Pay attention to your pet and make sure they are calm, quiet and comfortable. Be sure you remember to pack a dog bowl, some extra food and a few treats, toys or something that will help distract them and keep them calm. If you’re traveling by plane...

Do plan ahead for your trip. Call the airline to confirm your pet's reservation and to confirm that the crate you have meets the airline specifications. Leave your house with plenty of time to give your animal a potty break. Airport security can be difficult with pets, so don’t forget to budget time to make it through the checkpoint as well.

Don’t try to rush through the airport with an animal. They will pick up on your stress and the journey will be more difficult on everyone.

Do take into consideration the airlines rules. Only let your animal out of his crate if it is allowed in the airport and keep them on a leash even if they are well-trained. Again, make sure your carrier meets the airlines standards in construction and size before you get to the airport. Wire crates are typically not allowed on airplanes.

Don’t think that the airline should accommodate you. They are under no obligation to allow you to use a carrier that is outside of their specifications, nor do they have to tolerate you breaking airport rules. Be courteous and follow any rules regarding animal travel.

Do make your pet comfortable. Portable dog beds are often small enough to fit into dog crates, creating a comfortable and relaxing place for your pet to sleep during a flight. Leave the crate and bed out before your trip to get your dog used to it.

Don’t expect your dog to lay in a hard crate with no bedding. Your dog should be comfortable and relaxed during the trip. Traveling with animals can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work.

Plan ahead and take the necessary precautions to ensure that your journey goes as smoothly as possible. Whether you’re traveling by car, train or plane, use these tips to make the trip more enjoyable for both you and your pet.

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Changing the MIcrochip Info For Your New Pet

Friday, June 28, 2013 12:51:40 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you’re adopting a pet from a shelter, or are adopting a pet from someone you know who can no longer care for their pet, good for you. With so many pets needing a home, pet adoption is an excellent choice. When adopting an older pet, however, it’s very likely that your new pet has already been micro chipped with the information of their previous owner.

Micro-chipping pets is quick, easy and economical. Many breeders offer optional microchipping when you get a new puppy. Some shelters offer this service and pretty much any vet should be able to do this procedure as well. Having your pet micro-chipped makes tracking down your lost pets that much easier, but not if that micro-chip points potential "finders" and vets to another person. Having updated information on your pet's microchip is essential to make it easier for your lost pet to be reunited with you. Another problem you may encounter with an outdated chip is that you may also face delays in treatment or uncomfortable questions on ownerships if the vet has strict policies for establishing ownership prior to treatment.

Changing the information on an existing micro chip or re-chipping your pet is fairly straightforward. The best option is to get the information and paperwork you will need to make the switchover of the existing chip at the time of adoption. The previous owner or shelter should be able to provide you with the chip number. If they don’t know the number, you can often get the chip information from the vet they used or from their medical records.

Once you know the chip number, you can proceed to the next step of finding out what the switchover process is for the company who manages your pet’s micro-chip. Most micro-chipping companies require a pet release form signed by the previous owners or an adoption form if you are adopting from the shelter. Some micro-chipping companies charge you a monthly fee while others charge you a one time – lifetime membership fee.

Attaching a dog tag with the chip number and the name of the company your dog is registered should speed up the re-uniting process should you get separated from your pet. Once you have your pet’s micro chip switched over, you’re all set and ready to enjoy your newfound canine pal.

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Is It Okay to Let Your Dog Share Your Bed?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:38:30 PM America/Los_Angeles

 

The question of whether or not to allow your dog to sleep with you in your bed is a tough one. Allowing your pup to curl up in bed with you is an easy choice to make when they’re a puppy and crave that closeness with you. They’re so cute and cuddly, it can be hard to say no when they howl or bark and want to snuggle.  However, you should be aware of potential repercussions of allowing a dog to share your bed.

First of all, think about the size your dog will be when they reach adulthood. While allowing a 10lb pup or dog to curl in bed with you may be cute and easy, if that dog will wind up being 80 lbs, you may have a tough time getting comfortable and getting the rest you need as they grow.

Second, a dog who is allowed to sleep in your bed may become more possessive over you and may start to act out and be aggressive with your children or other dogs in your household who do not share your bed. In some cases, dogs have even bitten a spouse who they felt was threatening “their” bed space.

Third, once a dog gets used to sleeping in your bed, teaching them to use their own bed may pose more of a challenge than you realize. Even if you plan to eventually allow them to sleep in your bed at times, it’s best to start things off right with them sleeping in their crate or on their dog bed and then, once they’ve been trained, allowing exceptions.

If you are experiencing problems with your dog acting aggressively, barking, growling at family members, children or other pets in your home, it may be a sign that you need to give the co-sleeping a break. Your best bet if you are trying to change your pet's sleep habits is to get them a dog crate and crate train them. If they're used to sleeping with you, commands to get off the bed and go sleep in their own bed may be ignored and they will likely sneak into your bed at some point during the night. You may experience a fair bit of complaining at first, but if you stick to your gun and don’t give in, things should calm down and your dog will start to enjoy sleeping in their crate.

Some techniques to help your dog adjust to a dog crate include giving your dogs a treat whenever they go into their crate. You can also cover the crate so it’s darker and more denlike and they aren’t able to see everything going on around them. The use of a dog crate cover is especially helpful if the dog barks a lot when in their crate.

If your dog is used to the coziness of your bed, you may also want to get a comfy crate mat or crate bed to ease the transition from your bed to their crate. While it's not absolutely necessary to use a crate mat inside your dog's crate, dogs do love their comfort and it can make their new den just a little bit more inviting.

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Tips on Fighting Flea Infestations

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 12:34:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

Need help fighting fleas? If you’re having trouble getting rid of the fleas this year, you’ve got company. The word on the street is that the usual flea treatments such as Frontline Plus, Advantage and other topical flea treatments are not as effective as they used to. Whether it is due to fleas becoming resistant to these flea treatments or it’s just “the year of the flea”, here are some alternative options we have researched to assist you in your fight against fleas.

Indoor flea Control:

--> Vacuum every day and throw out the bag or empty out the dirt immediately into a sealed plastic bag.

--> Sprinkle FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth onto dry carpet. You want it to sink into the carpet a bit so it reaches the fleas. Vacuum thoroughly

--> Spray your dog bedding and areas your dog or cat frequents with an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator). IGR does not kill fleas, but it does prevent their eggs from hatching. Many pet owners mix a flea killer into the spray to kill adult fleas. Spray under beds, furniture, under sofa cushions – anywhere flea eggs could be hiding. Take special care to thoroughly cover the areas near your pet’s bedding or favorite hang outs. If using an IGR spray, be sure to follow directions. It is harmful if absorbed through the skin, so only spray when children and pets are not around and allow the floor to dry thoroughly.

Flea treatment for your pet:

--> Comb your pet daily, rinsing the comb in warm soapy water frequently to drown the fleas.

--> Bathe your dog more frequently. Dawn dish soap is a well known flea killer, however, if your dog has sensitive skin or allergies and you are bathing them more often, you may want to stick with a flea shampoo made with oatmeal or something made for sensitive skin.

--> If Frontline Plus or other traditional flea treatments are not working or you prefer natural flea treatments, there are a a variety of natural products on the market. Keep in mind that not all natural substances or oils are safe for pets. Some can cause skin conditions or severe allergies. Natural flea treatments containing lemongrass, cedarwood, rosemary, peppermint and thyme are generally safer and less toxic for your pet. Products containing citrus, cinnamon, d-limonene, tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus oils, which are harsher, should be used sparingly.

-->FOOD GRADE diotamaceous earth is a natural product which has proven effective against fleas when used properly. Please note that this should be FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth which can typically be found at your local feed store. Diotomaceous earth can be used on your pets, in your home and also outdoors. If using on your pet, rub the earth into their fur, but try to keep them from inhaling it.

Outdoor Flea Control:

--> To control the outdoor flea population, cedar wood chips have proven to help control fleas. You can use these under your outdoor dog beds, dog houses, or around your dog crate.

--> Keep grass short so the yard stays dryer and sunnier.

--> Sprinkle Food Grade diatomaceous earth around the yard to control outdoor flea infestations. It’s non-toxic and works by drying out the fleas. Just be sure to only sprinkle it on dry ground. Even morning dew can render the DE ineffective, so sprinkle it onto dry grass or dirt.

Posted in Dog Health By Store Owner

How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Dog Bed

Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:26:19 AM America/Los_Angeles

If you’re in the market for a new pet bed, there are a few simple steps you can take to find the best bed at the best possible price. Follow the five simple steps below to narrow your selection and choose the perfect dog bed for your needs.

1.) Decide between traditional dog beds and eco dog beds. Eco-friendly dog beds can be more expensive than other dog beds, but are made with recycled materials that have less environmental impact. Some brands, like Bowsers dog beds, offer multiple eco dog beds to choose from in an array of sizes and styles.

2.) Do your research. Search online for information about eco dog beds including the types of materials they are made of and different manufacturers in the industry. A quick google search will reveal that Bowsers dog beds are some of the leading eco-friendly dog beds on the market. They are made with recycled fillers, eco-friendly materials and are completely washable for added convenience.

(The Eco-Orbit by Bowsers Dog Beds)

3.) Choose a style of bed. Once you’ve narrowed down your selection by doing research on brands, you will need to choose a style. Most brands of eco-friendly dog beds make several styles to choose from, so having an idea of what you want for your space before you begin is the easiest way to ensure that you find just what you’re looking for. There is no need to compromise with your desires as there are plenty of different dog beds on the market to choose from.

4.) Make your selection. After your narrow down your choices to specific brands and styles, you’ll likely be left with a couple of beds to choose from. Weigh your options carefully and decide on which dog bed you want. If you’re shopping online, compare prices of your favorite eco-friendly dog beds at several different stores to get the best possible prices. Don’t forget to factor in shipping costs!

 (Eco-friendly Oval Hemp Dog Bed)

5.) Buy the bed. The last step in choosing the perfect pet bed is making the purchase. Once you’ve found the bed of your dreams, don’t hesitate to seal the deal. The sooner you place your order, the sooner your dog will be sleeping in luxury and style. Many brands of beds, such as Bowsers dog beds, can be found at several retailers, many of which offer free shipping or expedited services.

When your new dog bed arrives, air it out before allowing your pet to sleep in it. Most dog beds must “rest” out of the packaging for at least a few hours before being used to ensure that no chemicals from packaging remain on the bed when your dog gets in it. Instructions for use of the bed should come with it, so be sure to read all literature carefully to maximize the life of the pet bed.

Posted in Dog Bedding By Dog Supply

Wooden Crates, Different Types of Wood Used in Wooden Crate Construction

Monday, May 13, 2013 3:13:27 PM America/Los_Angeles

Wooden dog crates are growing in popularity because of their durability and exceptional style. Wooden crates are fashioned in a variety of stunning displays that can mimic furniture or just add to the general decor of your home. Wood dog crates are most often sold online and are made from a variety of different types of wood to suit the needs of a variety of dog owners. Read on to discover some of the types of wood used to construct wood dog crates.

Softwoods

Softwoods are called such because they are softer than other types of wood. Because they are softer, they are easier to manipulate and may warp when exposed to elements if untreated. Softwoods have their place in furniture making and can be useful in making dog crates for smaller dogs or puppies.

Pine - Pine is one of the least expensive types of wood on the market. Wooden dog crates made of pine can be stained or painted to match your homes decor and typically pine is free of knots or obvious grain marks. It is also resistant to shrinking and swelling, which makes it the perfect choice for puppies that are not yet housebroken.

Fir - Fir is another inexpensive type of softwood. It has a lovely uniform texture and is resistant to decay. Many furniture makers consider fir one of the easiest woods to work with, and it is a great choice for detailed or ornamental wooden dog crates.

Cedar - Cedar is a softwood with a distinct odor. Many dogs find cedar to be unpleasant because of their sensitive olfactory systems. Many dogs find the idea of chewing on cedar repulsive, so some chewproof wooden dog crates are made with a coated cedar material. As a bonus, cedar also repels a variety of pests such as ants, termites and moths.

Hardwoods

The opposite of softwoods is hardwoods. Wooden dog crates for larger, heavier breeds should be made of hardwoods that can stand up to the weight and physical demands of a larger breed animal. There are a variety of hardwoods to choose from, each with its own unique advantage.

Mahogany - Mahogany is a favorite wood for a variety of furniture applications because it resists warping, shrinking and swelling. It’s fine texture and beautiful red color is highly sought after. Wooden dog crates made of mahogany are durable, beautiful and strong. They are ideal for larger breed dogs that require a stronger crate.

Oak - Oak is easily bent, which may not seem like the best quality for a dog crate, but in fact is a terrific quality. Bendable woods like oak are easier to shape and design, making it ideal for luxury dog crates. It also finishes well and resists water absorption.

Cherry - Cherry wood is a very popular choice right now. The stylish red wood can be found in a variety of home furnishings. Because of the popularity of cherry wood in furniture making, it’s a natural choice for dog crates that are designed to be integrated in a home’s existing decor. Cherry wood resists warping and shrinking and the color improves when exposed to direct sunlight.

A variety of different types of wood are used in the manufacture of wooden dog crates. Choosing a wood type will depend on your budget, your dog and your individual needs. When shopping for a wooden dog crate, look to online retailers for the largest selection of crates at the best prices.

Pinnacle End Table Wood Dog in Oak

Posted in Dog Crates By Dog Supply

Should You Attempt to Finish Your Own Wooden Dog Crate

Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:01:46 AM America/Los_Angeles

When shopping for a wooden dog crate, you will quickly discover that there are as many finishes as there are sizes and designs. If you find a dog crate that you love, but it’s not in the finish you prefer, you may find yourself considering refinishing or finishing the crate yourself - but is that a good idea?

Finishing wooden dog crates isn’t like finishing other types of furniture. There are a variety of considerations that must be looked at to ensure that the crate is safe for your pet. Many commercially available stains and paints are toxic and aren’t recommended for use on pet furniture.

However, if you are willing to educate yourself on the proper way to finish a dog crate, you can create a customized product that matches your home’s decor and is both decorative and functional. Finishing your own dog crate can also be fun for people that enjoy painting, staining or decorating. If you decide to attempt to finish your own dog crate, you first need to decide if you’re going to paint or stain it.

Paint can be chipped if your dog likes to chew on the crate, whereas stain does not chip. Many chewproof wooden dog crates that are commercially available are stained rather than painted for the most durable finish. You can find pet safe finishes and paints online through specialty retailers.

If you decide to look at your local home improvement store, look for a paint or stain that is non-toxic and water based. Speak with your local professional to get the best idea of which product you should use. If no products are available at your local store, you need to shop online because your pets safety is your first priority.

Once you’ve made your selection, you’re ready to begin. Start by making sure that all surfaces are smooth and ready to accept a finish. If they aren’t, you can use a sander to smooth the wood. Be sure to remove all sawdust and debris by wiping the crate with a dry cloth before you begin the finishing process.

Next, you’ll need to apply the first coat of finish to the crate. Paint typically can be done with just one coat, while stain may take multiple coats depending on the color you wish to achieve.

To apply stain to the crate, use a soft bristled brush or a soft cloth to work the stain in and then remove any excess that is not absorbed within a moment or two with another cloth or paper towel.

Once your wooden dog crate is finished, you’ll have a custom made piece that you can be proud of. You can add a clear protective layer over the paint or stain for added durability and long lasting beauty. Your hand-finished wooden dog crate is sure to be a focal point in your home as well as a comfortable place for your pet to relax.

Posted in Dog Crates By Store Owner

The Dos and Don’ts of Bringing a New Pet into Your Home

Monday, April 29, 2013 3:01:27 PM America/Los_Angeles

Bringing a new pet into your home can be exciting and scary at the same time. While it’s always fun to expand your family with a loving pet, being unsure of how the animal will adjust to being with other pets, other family members or in a new setting can be nerve wracking. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ease the transition and make the adjustment easier on your new friend. Read on to learn some helpful dos and don’ts for bringing a new pet into your home.

Do make the transition on a weekend or other time when you can be home with the pet for at least a couple of days. You need to be around to help them transition into their new environment, so plan accordingly. Don’t skirt the responsibility on another family member or assume that the pet will be better off alone. Animals need guidance and attention as they make the adjustment and it’s important to be there to help them learn what is and is not acceptable in their new surroundings.

Do confine them to a small part of your house at first. Transitioning to a new environment is difficult enough, so get them used to your home slowly. It’s a good idea to keep their food, water and bed nearby so they have everything they need in one convenient location. You can use pet gates to section off parts of your house. Don’t leave them unsupervised. New pets don’t know your house rules and they can get into a lot of trouble in very little time. Make things easy on both of you by keeping them in one area with a good sturdy dog gate.

Do introduce them to a crate early on if you plan on crate training. If you get your dog as a puppy, consider looking into adjustable dog crates that can grow with your animal as he gets older. This will save money and make the transition process easier on your pup. Don’t try to force them into the crate. Introduce them to the idea, but don’t be surprised if they are reluctant to enter it at first. Take your time and be patient.

Do make changes to your home to make it more safe for your pet. Keep cleaning supplies locked up and provide dog stairs if your pet is too small or too old to safely make it onto furniture or your bed. Don’t leave anything out that your pet can get a hold of that’s poisonous or a choking hazard. Treat your new pet like a small child and assume they will get into everything. It’s better safe than sorry.

These tips will help you successfully introduce a new pet into your home with the minimal amount of stress for both of you. Take advantage of these tips and help your new friend enjoy his new home and his new family.

Posted in Dog Training By Dog Supply

Different Types of Foam Used in Crate Beds and Mats

Monday, April 15, 2013 2:26:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Dog crate beds come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. The material the bed is made of plays a large role in the function of the bed. Some pets require a firm support, while others need the cushioned luxury of memory foam. Whatever your pet's individual needs are, there is a crate bed to meet his demands. Knowing about the different types of foam used in crate beds and mats can help you make the right decision for your pet.

Convoluted Foam

One of the most popular types of dog beds for crates are the convoluted foam varieties. Convoluted foam is similar to what is used in inexpensive mattress toppers known as egg crates. It has the advantage of being lightweight, inexpensive and durable. Convoluted foam is suitable for dogs that are relatively healthy and require little more than a comfortable place to rest. You can generally find convoluted foam dog beds at any pet store or mass merchandiser that offers pet supplies.

Upholstery Grade

Upholstery grade foam is a thicker, more durable variety of convoluted foam. It can be shaped into a collection of peaks and valleys, or cut flat depending on the bed. Upholstery grade foam is more costly than convoluted foam, so it is not often used in pet beds or crate mats.

Bowsers Luxury Crate Mat

(Bowsers Luxury Crate Mats, pictured here in Green Apple, are made using furniture grade foam).

Memory Foam

For older dogs, memory foam may be a better choice. Memory foam pet beds are often labeled as orthopedic because the variable support of the foam is ideal for aging joints. Dogs that experience stiffness or soreness in their knees or hips should use memory foam crate beds or crate mats to help ease pain and reduce swelling.

Dual Density Foam

Dual density foam is made of two types of foam. It can be any combination of foams, but typically the lower density foam is on the bottom layer and the higher density foam is on the top layer. The bottom layer is the thickest, as its job is to provide the support and base of the bed. Popular combinations include convoluted foam bases topped with a thin layer of memory foam. Outfitting your dog’s crate with a foam mat is a great start to creating a safe and inviting place for him to rest. They can be used in conjunction with dog crate covers and other accessories to make a special place for your dog to rest his head.

When considering a foam bed or mat for your dog's crate, look for a design with a removable cover, as this allows for the easiest removal and washing of the product. Foam dog crate beds and crate mats are economical and comfortable. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs and are widely available. If your dog is in need of a new bed, take into consideration the types of foam available and make the best choice for your pet.

Posted in Dog Crates By Dog Supply Network

When to Use a Dog Crate Cover Versus a Covered Crate

Monday, April 8, 2013 12:20:38 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you are new to the world of dogs, you are probably just learning about crate training and all the great reasons you should consider using a dog crate for your pet. Pet owners who crate their dogs will quickly come to realize how practical having a way to cover your crate at times, effectively turning your pet containment/training furniture into your dog's very own den.

You can do this in one of two ways. Either through the use of dog crate covers or by choosing a covered crates. Crate covers are designed to go over an existing crate, while covered crates are a one-piece unit. The use and function of each create is very different, so it’s important to understand what each is before deciding which product you should choose. Crate Covers

Crate covers are classified as an accessory, such as crate beds and crate mats. They are additional, removable pieces that serve to make the crate more habitable and pleasant for the animal. Crate covers can also be used as training aids to temporarily calm an anxious or nervous pet. Dog crate covers are designed to go over a crate to block light and prevent your dog from seeing people or other animals in the same room as him. They are removable, so if you want to allow your dog more light, greater visible and fresh air at times, you can take off the cover and store it. When you need to limit their visibility to calm them down, or send them the signal that it's nap time or bed time, you put out the cover and voila. Your dog get a cozy, dark, quiet place to rest.

Another reason why you might choose a crate cover over a covered crate is that dog crates used in very public places, such as your living room don't generally blend all that well with your home decor. They may not look bad, but if you have a wood theme going on, a wire dog crate may look pretty out of place.

Crate covers come in a variety of styles and are designed to suit any decor. You can get a plain or neutral colored cover that helps your crate blend in with its surroundings, or, make it an accent piece by getting a luxury dog crate cover in a fabric that compliments your color theme and decor. The choices are virtually limitless.

 

(A Luxury crate cover)

Wire Dog Crate | Dog Supply Network

(Wire Dog Crate without a cover)

Covered Crates

Covered crates are one-piece units. The cover is built into the crate and is not removable. Typically, covered crates are made of plastic so that they are lightweight and easy to maneuver. however, you can also find higher end styles such as wooden dog crates, which are more den-like in feel for your dog, meaning they feel less exposed and more secure. Many dog owners find used plastic covered crates for transporting animals in vehicles.

Plastic Dog Crate | Dog Supply Network

(Plastic style dog crate - Provide decent privacy for your pet and are great for traveling, but not very attractive in your living room)

Covered wood crates are designed to be more stationary as they are heavier and are classified more as a piece of pet furniture. Typically, a covered crate has 3 sides, a bottom and a top that are made of plastic drilled with holes for ventilation.

Wood Dog Crate | Dog Supply Network

(Wood dog crates offers more privacy, but are attractive enough to use alongside your other furniture)

The front of the plastic crate is a wire door that can be opened, closed and secured. Wood dog crates usually have a wooden door with a latch. Covered crates, like wire crates come in a variety of sizes to fit a variety of dog breeds.

Plastic covered crates or soft tent-like dog crates can be found at any pet store or mass merchandiser. They are relatively inexpensive and for that reason, they are preferred for travel or other types of rigorous use. The hard plastic covered crates are also more durable than wire or wooden crates, so they are better for situations that may result in an unusual amount of jostling or bumping.

Wooden dog crates, on the other hand, are a little harder to find. Shopping online for these types of crates is usually the best option. Some of the larger pet retailer carry some varieties, but depending on your needs and budget, you can find a wider variety and better quality online.

So What is the Difference Between a Covered Crate or a Crate Cover?

One of the major differences between a covered plastic crate versus a plain wire crate with a crate cover is that while both offer your dog greater security and limit their visibility, calm them down, etc., the wire crate with a cover is more versatile and can be changed if you decide to change your color scheme or home furnishings or taken off altogether at times when the crate could use more ventilation.

Your plastic or soft crate, while helping your dog feel cozy, may not be something you want to show off in a public area. It is however, the crate of choice for pet owners who travel a lot with dog in tow.

Pet furniture style wood dog crate, if within your budget, is the option that offers both the added security of a covered crate, while also being able to stand on its own alongside the rest of your furniture.

Deciding whether to use a crate cover or a covered crate depends on the situation and your personal preference. While a covered crate may seem like the most versatile choice, a crate cover can provide the flexibility needed in daily use.

Posted in Dog Crates By Justin Paone

Amish Pet Furniture Styles

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:21:47 AM America/Los_Angeles

Pet furniture styles tend to follow the same trends as other types of furniture. That being said, one of the most desirable types of pet furniture right now is Amish style pet furniture. Everything from beds to crates to feeding dishes and are being styled in this beautiful and simple design.

One of the most sought after pieces of Amish pet furniture are wooden dog crates and one of the big reasons for this is that they are made from real wood. Amish furniture makers do not use more modern techniques and construction materials such as plywood, press board, etc. When you get an authentic Amish wooden dog crate, they are hand-crafted and made using old world construction methods. These crate are designed as a solid piece of pet furniture which blends beautifully into your home. They can be kept in the living room, a bedroom, the den or any other space that your dog will feel comfortable. The wooden structures are lovely enough to leave in plain sight, even when company comes over.

Amish Made Heirloom Quality Wooden Dog Crates:

Wooden dog crates have the advantage of being much more durable than traditional wire crates. They can also be stained or painted to match your decor and some styles integrate end tables or other useful functions that are perfect for small spaces. End table dog crates can be custom made and stained to match your existing furniture, which is ideal for people with specific design tastes and custom homes.

Although wooden dog crates and other Amish made pet furniture can be more expensive than their plastic or wire counterparts, their heirloom quality, style and durability more than make up for the cost difference. In terms of durability, wooden dog crates are definitely the way to go. They last longer than wire crates and provide a safer environment for your dog. If you have a pup that is teething or an animal that likes to chew, you should look into the chew proof wood dog crates as this is the style of wood crate that holds up best for young dogs.

Many dog crates made by Amish furniture makers are designed to blend in with your living room, bedroom or kitchen furniture. End table dog crates, for instance, combine the function of a dog crate and an end table into one sleek piece of furniture. Most end tables have a large empty space below them which goes to waste, but a coffee table or end table style dog crate take advantage of this space to house your dog. Like end table dog crates, entertainment center dog crates combine two pieces of furniture into one convenient design.

The Amish are known for their beautiful styling and exquisite woodwork, which makes Amish pet furniture a natural choice for combination use pieces. Entertainment center dog crates give you a place to house your TV as well as a place to house your dog. By cleverly disguising the door to your dog crate, you can blend it in with your furniture in a way that will fool even the most observant of guests.

entertainment center wood dog crate

Pet Gates:

Pet gates or dog safety gates are another type of furniture that Amish furniture makers really excel in. Many pet owners, especially those who prefer not to crate their dogs, use pet gates in their stead. If you have a dog, you have probably already realized that you do not want to allow them to roam free in your home if unsupervised. This changes as a dog gets older and better trained, however, leaving a puppy or untrained dog to their own devices generally ends up being an expensive or messy mistake.

A pet gate is perfect as you can restrict a dog to an area such as the laundry room or a pet safe room where they can't chew anything important or eliminate on your expensive rugs, etc. Amish pet gates are ideal, again, because they are made using solid wood, attractive and matchable finishes and are a good product all around. If you have opted to get a furniture style pet crate, you can find pet gates in matching styles and stains.

amish pet gates

The next time you’re in the market for pet furniture, consider Amish pet furniture as a way to blend style and function. The beautiful, hand-crafted designs tie in seamlessly with your rooms decor, while providing a safe and comfortable place for your dog.

Posted in Dog Crates By Store Owner

The Dos and Don’ts of Bringing a New Pet into Your Home

Thursday, March 28, 2013 8:06:03 PM America/Los_Angeles

Bringing a new pet into your home can be exciting and scary at the same time. While it’s always fun to expand your family with a loving pet, being unsure of how the animal will adjust to being with other pets, other family members or in a new setting can be nerve wracking. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ease the transition and make the adjustment easier on your new friend. Read on to learn some helpful dos and don’ts for bringing a new pet into your home.

Do make the transition on a weekend or other time when you can be home with the pet for at least a couple of days. You need to be around to help them transition into their new environment, so plan accordingly. Don’t skirt the responsibility on another family member or assume that the pet will be better off alone. Animals need guidance and attention as they make the adjustment and it’s important to be there to help them learn what is and is not acceptable in their new surroundings.

Do confine them to a small part of your house at first. Transitioning to a new environment is difficult enough, so get them used to your home slowly. It’s a good idea to keep their food, water and bed nearby so they have everything they need in one convenient location. You can use pet gates to section off parts of your house. Don’t leave them unsupervised. New pets don’t know your house rules and they can get into a lot of trouble in very little time. Make things easy on both of you by keeping them in one area.

Pet gates help contain your pet into "puppy proofed" areas of your home.

Do introduce them to a crate early on if you plan on crate training. If you get your dog as a puppy, consider looking into adjustable dog crates that can grow with your animal as he gets older. This will save money and make the transition process easier on your pup. Another option is to get your new puppy a starter crate by choosing a style that is durable and that won't be damaged by typically puppy behaviors such as chewing, digging. A good starter crate is a simple wire crate. Then, once your puppy has grown out of the most destructive phase, you can progress to a more stylized crate like a wooden dog crate or other designer type crate. Just remember, don’t try to force your puppy into his or her crate. Introduce them to the idea, but don’t be surprised if they are reluctant to enter it at first. Take your time and be patient.

A good starter crate

Do make changes to your home to make it more safe for your pet. Keep cleaning supplies locked up and provide dog stairs if your pet is too small or too old to safely make it onto furniture or your bed. Don’t leave anything out that your pet can get a hold of that’s poisonous or a choking hazard. Treat your new pet like a small child and assume they will get into everything. It’s better safe than sorry. These tips will help you successfully introduce a new pet into your home with the minimal amount of stress for both of you. Take advantage of these tips and help your new friend enjoy his new home and his new family.

Posted in Dog Training By Justin Paone

Do You Have to Use a Crate Bed when You Crate Your Dog?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:37:19 AM America/Los_Angeles

New dog owners are often confused about what the best way to train their new dog is. Many people swear by crate training, while others deem it cruel and completely unnecessary. The fact is that whether or not crate training is right for you depends a lot on your dog. Some dogs love their crates while others react in a similar way that a claustrophobic human would.

If you decide to go ahead and crate train your dog, you’ll need some initial supplies including a crate of an appropriate size and a crate bed or crate mat. Whether or not a crate bed is necessary depends on the type of crate you use and your dog. In general, dogs will take to crate training a lot easier if you also use a bed or crate mat. It gives the animal a comfortable place to lay, while also designating the space as his bed.

A crate bed is especially helpful for dogs that tend to eliminate in their crates. Adding a simple crate mat will tell your dog that the space is designed for resting. Dogs naturally avoid eliminating where they sleep, so in some cases a bed is a helpful tool in curbing unwanted behavior.

Crate beds are also great for animals that experience anxiety related to the crate. Adding the bed can help make the crate cozier and a more welcoming environment. If the bed alone doesn’t ease the dogs tensions, using a dog crate cover in addition to the bed may help create an atmosphere that makes your pup feel safe and content.

In conclusion, you don’t absolutely have to use a crate bed or crate cover when you crate train your dog, but it will make things easier on both yourself and your animal. Crate beds come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so get one that covers the bottom of the crate, but isn’t so fluffy that it becomes suffocating. With the right tools and a little bit of patience, your dog should be crate trained in no time!

Posted in Dog Crates By Store Owner

Why You do Not Want to Give in to Your Puppy’s Whining to Get Out of His Crate

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:45:14 PM America/Los_Angeles

It’s 3am and your puppy is whining. He is in his crate and for the last 5 hours he has been making a racket that you’re sure is waking the neighbors. You can’t sleep, he isn’t sleeping and you both have a big day ahead of you tomorrow, so what do you do? Do you let him out or ride out the night? When you’re sleep deprived, it’s easy to make bad decisions. Sometimes, it’s helpful to remember why you don’t want to give in to your puppy’s whining and let him out of his crate before you make what could be the worst decision you’ve ever made.

Puppies Need Supervision

The main point of using a crate is so that you can sleep and know that your puppy is contained and safe. Likewise, your furniture, shoes and carpets will also be safe. An unsupervised puppy is a dangerous puppy. When you wake up the next morning, you are guaranteed to regret your decision to let the puppy out of the crate as you piece together your shoes before heading to work.

It may seem tempting to just lock your puppy in your room with you, but there are things in there that he can get into as well. Look around your bedroom and you’ll probably see shoes, bedding, pillows, clothing and maybe books or computers. All of these items look like chew toys to a young dog. It’s better to keep him out of temptation’s way than to risk it and see what happens.

If your dog has a bad chewing habit, use chew proof wooden dog crates or wire crates to curb his habit and protect your sanity. There’s nothing worse than being kept up all night by the sound of your puppy chewing on his crate and eventually breaking through.

Wire dog crate (left) Wire dog crate with a crate cover (right)

Potty Training

Another obvious reason you use a crate at night is to housebreak your puppy. Crate training teaches your dog when he can go out and when he needs to control his bladder. Letting him out of the crate in the middle of the night is a signal to eliminate. You can expect that to happen on your carpets, your clothing or anywhere that your new puppy sees fit. Avoid the mess, the smell and the cleanup by staying strong even when the whining becomes nearly unbearable.

\If your dog has a tendency to throw temper tantrums in his crate and start chew up or destroy his bedding or toys when he needs to go out, you may want to look into indestructible dog beds. Indestructible dog beds are a great defense against puppy tempers and the chaos that they can cause.

As mentioned in our last post on this topic, one technique that many pet owners swear by is the use of a crate cover to calm your pet and help you both get a good night's sleep. Before you run out and buy one, you may want to see if covering your dog crate works for you. To try it out, start by throwing a large blanket or sheet over the crate when you want your dog to relax and calm down. Limiting your dog's visibility and darkening the crate can help your dog relax, calm down and go to sleep. If covering the crate works, there are a variety of crate covers which are designed to fit the average sized crate, some of which dress up the crate and come in fabrics and prints that help the crate blend into to your other existing home decor.

Whatever you do, don’t give in to your puppy’s whining to get out of his crate. It may seem like the easy and obvious choice when you’re tired at 3am, but in the long run, it will be the worse decision and will set back your effort to crate train the little pooch. You must train your puppy when he’s young or he will never be properly trained. Stay strong and remind yourself that this time will quickly pass and your dog will soon have a great relationship with his crate.

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How to Keep Your Sanity and Still Get Your Whining Puppy to use His Crate

Monday, March 4, 2013 2:17:53 PM America/Los_Angeles

Getting a new puppy may seem like a great idea right now, but as you lie awake for the first few nights listening to him bark and whine, you may rethink your decision. Getting a whiny puppy to use his crate can be a frustrating, exhausting experience. You may want nothing more than the ditch the whole crate thing and bring the puppy over to your bed like he or she seems to want to, but if you plan on crate training your dog, you need to stay the course and not give in. Read on to discover how you can get your whiny puppy to quiet down and use his crate.

Show Him Who’s Boss

You need to establish early on who is the boss and the leader of your pack. Your dog needs to understand that you mean business. Don’t coddle him or show too much sympathy when he whines or whimpers about being in his crate. If you don’t feel like you can hold out, have someone help you who has a stronger will. Another way you can teach your dog that you are in charge is by not letting him on to your bed. Your bed is your private sleeping space and your dog should not be allowed on it if you expect him to stay in a crate at night. Don’t give your dog a glimpse of comfort and then cruelly take it away from him. It’s better not to let him on your bed at all.

Create a Safe, Sleeping Environment

Some puppies can’t sleep in their crates because it’s simply not the right environment for them. Help them get used to their sleeping quarters by using a crate cover. Dog crate covers block out light and dampen sounds so that your dog’s crate becomes a cave-like atmosphere. Your dog will feel safe, secure and relaxed in his dark, quiet space. To further create a sleeping environment, line your dogs crate with bedding, blankets or clothing items that smell like you. Your scent will be comforting to him as he adjusts to his new bed and gets settled down for the night.

If your puppy tends to chew when he gets nervous, chewproof wood dog crates or wire crates are the way to go. These types of crates resist the damage caused by dog teeth, providing a safe place for your pup to rest.You’ll not only stop the whining as your dog drifts off to sleep, you’ll also spare your dog crate from being chewed by an anxious puppy.

 

chew proof wooden dog crate

Wire crates and chew proof wood dog crates are two crate styles that work well for dogs who chew. Even plastic crates can be chewed through with time.

Dog Crate Covers Make Your Crate More Attractive in More Ways Than One

Dog crates covers have more uses than you may realize at first glance. Not only do they calm your dog down by cutting off his or her view of what's going on outside of their crate, they make it darker, warmer and more cozy for your dog. It feels more like a den, which dogs instinctively love. Another reason for adding a dog crate cover to your crate training ensemble is that unattractive crates can drive dog owners crazy. While you’re using a cover to calm your whining puppy down, why not pick up a crate cover that’s attractive to look at as well. Luxury dog crate covers come in a variety of patterns, colors and designs, so you can match the crate cover to your decor. No more looking at ugly dog crates when you use a luxury cover.

 

luxury crate covers

Crate covers both in open and closed position. These are Bowsers Luxury Crate Covers which can be ordered in a variety of prints, colors and patterns. Matching crate mats complete the look.

Getting your whining puppy to quiet down and use his crate is a matter of patience and having the right tools. Getting rest is essential to both you and your dog, so take the time to find the method that works for you and use it!

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Introducing Your Pet to a New Baby or Children

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 9:39:09 AM America/Los_Angeles

For many pet owners, your animal was your first baby. Engaged couples and young married couples often undertake the responsibility of pet ownership before starting their families. This leads to an often tense situation when it’s time to bring a new baby home from the hospital. Your dog may feel jealous, confused or worried by the change in the family dynamic.

If you’re bringing home a new baby, take a blanket from the hospital that has been used by the baby to your pet. Allow them to sniff it and get used to the baby’s scent before you introduce them to the baby. You may even want to put the blanket in your dog's bed. Baby blankets are the right size to fit into dog crates and other small areas. Talking to your dog can also help. Use soothing tones and tell them you’re bringing home a new baby. Pet them and give them treats while you discuss the changes. They will begin to associate the tone of your voice and the word baby with praise, love and attention, making them less likely to misbehave when they meet the source of the new word.

It's important to stress that no matter how sweet and friendly your pet is, you should never allow a situation where your pet is alone with the baby. While you couldn't imagine your pet harming your child, you should only allow adult supervised interaction until your child is old enough to be more in control of the situation and can alert you to behavior that is getting too rough. Pet gates are ideal for containing your pet and limiting his or her access to the baby. A dog gate is also helpful if you’re introducing new children to the pet as it not only keeps the pet away from the kids, but it also keeps the kids away from the pet until they understand how to interact with the animal.

When introducing your pets to older children, it’s important to discuss with the children how to treat the pet before they are brought around it. Explain that pets don’t like to have their fur pulled and that they must be treated gently. Practice petting a stuffed animal to get the hang of it. When they meet the pet, they may get nervous. Remain close as the pet will be able to pick up on their nervousness and they may lash out. It may be helpful to keep the animal on a leash during the first meeting to avoid any dangerous situations.

If your pet seems shy around the new children, have the kids offer treats or other enticements to the pet. You want the pet to feel positively about the children. By praising the pet and offering them a treat when they let the children pet them, you are telling the dog that being nice to the kids is the behavior you are looking for. A favorite toy or a special food item are great ways to get the animals to approach the children. If the weather is nice and the animal is a dog, letting the kids throw some balls outside for the dog to chase can show the pet how much fun kids can be. Both the child and the dog are sure to have a great time playing and bonding.

Again, when you have children and babies in the house, it's very important that you don't just let the dog roam free and have free access to the children and babies. The use of a dog crate or teaching your dog the "place" command make it easy to put the dog away or send him or her to their place when they are getting too excited, become tense from all the activity or you know you will not be able to keep a constant eye on any interactions. One word of caution if you depend on your dog obeying the "place" command, you should still use a pet gate or child safety gate as a back up or safeguard, just in case the dog doesn't do as you expect and decides to try and join the action.

Introducing pets to babies and children can be exciting and stressful. Taking the time to make the introductions the proper way is essential to creating a mutual understanding between the children and the pet that will hopefully lead to a life-long friendship.

    

Pet gates and dog crates -- a great way to keep little ones and pets separated when unsupervised.

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Dog Crate Covers

Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:02:42 PM America/Los_Angeles

Bowsers Luxury Crate Cover in Tickled Pink

If your dog barks a lot when in its crate, you may benefit from the use of a dog crate cover. Dogs are den dwelling creatures and enjoy den-like enclosures. In the wild a den is a small, private enclosure usually in the ground that separates its tenant from the world around it. A den offers safety from predators, shelter from the elements, a safe environment to relax and rest in and a place to safely raise young. A dog crate can offer your dog many of these same benefits a den offers such as security, a personal, private space where your dog can retreat to and relax when stressed. Dog crates that feature solid walls can offer this den-like environment, however, when using wire dog crates, which are popular for keeping dogs out of trouble, your dog may miss out of this benefit due to the open feel of the wire crate. Take that same wire dog crate and place a dog crate cover over it and you've created a private place for your dog. When your dog's crate is dark, your dog is not being bombarded with visual stimuli that makes your dog want to get out and play and be part of the action going on in your house. The best dog crates are the ones that offer privacy for your dog where they can shutout the world around them and relax. If you have a dog that tends to bark a lot when in its wire dog crate, try placing a blanket over the crate and see what happens. Make sure that you allow for ventilation. Chances are you will find that your dog will calm down within a short amount of time. If placing a blanket over your dog crate works in calming your dog down, you don't have to be stuck using an unsightly blanket. Their are many stylish crate covers that can give your dog the privacy, but which enhance the look of your dog's wire crate while complementing your home's furnishings. There are some crate covers such as Bowsers luxury crate covers that have matching crate mattresses that can give your crate a stylish makeover.

For more information on dog crate covers visit our dog crate resource page

Click here to view our selection of dog crate covers

Posted in Tips and Tricks Dog Crates By Store Owner

Dos and Don’ts of Traveling With Your Pet by Air

Monday, February 18, 2013 1:44:28 PM America/Los_Angeles

Traveling with your pet by air can be stressful not only on the animal, but on the owner as well. Being confined to a crate and taken somewhere unfamiliar is not something most animals enjoy, but by taking a few precautions, you can make the trip easier on both of you. Read on to discover the dos and don’ts of traveling with your pet by air.

Do call ahead and check with the airline before booking your flight. Most airlines have a maximum number of pets allowed in the cabin of each flight, so make sure that number has not been exceeded before you book your flight. Also, don’t be surprised when the airline tells you there is a fee for bringing your pet. Expect your pet to add about an extra $100 to your ticket, give or take.

Do make sure that you use an airline approved pet carrier for your animal. Check your airlines website for information on size restrictions and carrier recommendations before making your purchase. Don’t assume that your pet carrier is good enough to use. Have courtesy for the airline and your fellow travelers by doing your homework before you arrive at the gate.

Do get your pet checked out by your veterinarian before flying. You’ll probably be required to provide a health certificate before being allowed to board the plane. Your pet should be up to date on vaccines and should be in good health before flying. You can also ask your veterinarian about tranquilizers to help your pet stay comfortable during the flight. Don’t attempt to fly with a sick or injured pet. That will not be a good experience for you or the animal. Flying can be stressful on pets, so only take your animal along if they are in good health and are able to travel.

Do give your pet a pre-flight meal. Don’t make that meal too heavy or too close to the flight time. In general, it’s best to feed your pet about 8 hours before a flight to prevent the need to eliminate on the plane and avoid motion sickness. A light meal is the best bet with only water after that.

Do give your pet a potty break before entering the airport. Make sure you give your animal ample time to do their business. This may require leaving your house early. Don’t assume your pet doesn’t have to go if they won’t eliminate right away. Your pet can pick up on your travel-related stress and that may make them nervous. Nervous pets can’t eliminate on command.

Do check with your airport about their rules regarding pets. Some airports don’t allow animals outside of their carriers, while others have special areas for leashed pets. Don’t assume everyone likes your animal as much as you do. Many people just don’t like pets and others may have allergies. Be sensitive to your fellow travelers.

These tips should help you have a safe, comfortable flight with your pet. Planning ahead and being considerate of others is the key to having a good travel experience with an animal. Flying with your pet doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult on either human nor animal.

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Tips to Keep Your Designer Dog Bed Looking Like New

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 9:23:08 AM America/Los_Angeles

There are many types of dog beds on the market and some of the high end or designer dog beds can get to be quite expensive. With all of the money you spent on your pets luxury bed, it’s probably important to you to keep it looking like new. Luckily, there are a few tips you can use to keep that pet bed looking great.

First, before you purchase a bed, make sure it has a removable cover. Many of the Bowsers dog beds, Caroline Pet Co. beds and other high end brands include this very important feature. A removable cover allows you to wash the bed without messing up the stuffing inside.

If you have an older pet that’s starting to lose control of his bowels, you’ll want to give the dog bed some added protection against accidents. When you first get the pet bed home, take the cover off of it and encase the inner padding in a waterproof mattress pad protector. You may need to alter one with a sewing machine to make it fit. Buy the smallest one you can and work from there. The kind that completely encase the mattress are the best for this application. Crib size protectors work great on dog beds.Next, you’ll want to apply a fabric protectant to the pet bed cover if it doesn’t come with one already applied. Scotch Guard is a popular brand, though you can use whatever you like. This will help the fabric repel any fluids your pet excretes. After the mattress and cover are protected, you can put the bed back together and put it on the floor for your pet to use.All you have to worry about from this point out is routine maintenance and cleaning if the bed becomes soiled.

Normal routine care of your pet bed is simple. If you have orthopedic dog beds or memory foam dog beds, you’ll want to flip the mattress regularly. Plan to flip it whenever you flip your own mattress to ensure even wearing and to reduce sagging. When you flip the mattress. take a moment to sprinkle it with baking soda. Allow the baking soda to sit undisturbed for about an hour, then vacuum it up. You can sprinkle the mattress while the cover is in the washer and by the time it is dry, it will be time to vacuum the baking soda.

Most dog bed covers can be machine washed and dried, however, it's very important to read the tags for care instructions. If it doubt, always wash with cold water on delicate wash and dry cycles. Never use hot water to wash dog bed covers. If the cover can be machine washed, use a small amount of vinegar as a laundry aid to help get out any residual stains or odors.  Never use bleach on your pet bed’s cover as this can dull colors and reduce the life span of the cover. You should plan to wash the cover at least monthly, though many owners choose to wash it more frequently.

Another common mistake is for the pet owner to wash the entire bed in the machine. While most dog beds have zippered covers which can be removed and washed, the foam or fill of a bed should generally never be washed in a washing machine. The fill will bunch up and be difficult to dry and the foam can fall apart. Likewise, the bolster of a bed should not be put through the machine or you can risk damaging the shape of the bolster. Both the fill and the bolster can be hand washed with warm soapy water and being put out to dry. Some thinner types of dog pillows and beds, with quilted tufting that prevents the fill from bunching up, can be machine washed in their entirety, however, it is rare that all parts of a dog bed, especially a higher end or designer dog bed can handle being machine washed.

With regular washings and periodic maintenance, your high end dog bed will stay looking like new for years to come.

Now, for some examples:

This Bowsers Home and Travel Bolster dog bed has a removable cover, a bolster and a 2" orthopedic foam pad. The microvelvet cover can be machine washed, however, you will need to remove the bolster and foam and hand wash these (if needed) separately.

Bowsers Home and Travel Dog Bed

 

This CPC Proctector Pad Ortho dog bed has a built in protector pad which protects the orthopedic pad from moisture. Again, the zippered cover is machine washable, however, the orthopedic pad should only be hand washed.

 CPC Protector Pad Ortho Dog Bed

This Double Donut Bowsers dog bed has a washable cover, but the fill and bolster should be removed prior to washing. The bolster and fillcan be hand washed separately. Of course, just like with your own pillows, the less you have to wash the fill the better. It's much to protect the fill, if necessary, than having to wash frequently.

Posted in Dog Bedding By Store Owner

How Long Does It Take To Crate Train A Dog?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:36:12 PM America/Los_Angeles

Before adding a new dog or puppy into your life, you’re probably considering how long and how hard the training process will be.Many dog owners choose to crate train their pets before they complete any other types of training as completing this first will make other aspects of dog ownership much easier.

The length of time it will take to successfully crate train your dog will depend a lot on the animals personality as well as your consistency. Some dogs immediately take to their crates, while others are resistant at first. There are few dogs that cannot be crate trained.

Before you begin your training, you’ll need to get the right equipment. Having the right tools will make the process easier and less time consuming. First, you’ll need a good dog crate. Wood dog crates are popular for older animals, while adjustable wire dog crates are more desirable for puppies that will grow a lot. You’ll also need a dog bed or crate mat that fits snugly in the crate and some treats. Another helpful crate training tool that is often overlooked it a dog crate cover. The crate cover makes the crate seem more like a den which works wonders for calming a nervous puppy or dog and helps them relax. Restricting a dog's view by using a crate cover also prevents the dog from feeling like they can whine their way out of the crate.

Once you have your equipment assembled, you can begin your training. Spend the first day or two letting your dog sniff and explore the crate. Leave it in your main living space, so your dog can see that you’re comfortable with it. You can even find stylish dog crates that fall more into the furniture category if you would like to keep it in your living room.

Dogs also love their treats. So using food to make the crate a "happening" place is one method many pet owners have found successful. For more detailed information on crate training with treats and other methods, visit our dog crate training resource page.

After your dog is familiar with his dog crate, you’ll want to start putting him in it for short periods of time, gradually increasing the length until he can remain in it overnight or throughout the workday. Your four legged friend will grow accustomed to his home in less time than you may think and then you may begin other training regimens.

Posted in Dog Crates By Dog Supply Network

What's Inside Your Eco Dog Bed?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:46:21 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you are in the market for a new dog bed and are considering choosing from one of the many "green" or eco-friendly dog beds available, you may be wondering what the difference is between regular dog beds and eco-friendly dog beds. The difference is the materials used to create the beds, and, to some extent, the types of manufacturing practices used to make the beds. Eco dog beds are made from recycled or biodegradable materials and contain no harmful chemicals. Most eco-friendly dog beds are also hypoallergenic and give your dog a comfortable place to sleep or rest without irritating his allergies. The types of materials used in each individual bed can vary by brand, however, most manufacturers of eco friendly dog bedding utilize a combination of green materials and recycled fibers to create beautiful, comfortable beds that are safe for your pet and the environment. One of the more common environmentally friendly techniques is creating eco pet bedding is to use poly fil and eco-tech fleece created by recycling plastic bottles. Other eco dog beds earn the distinction of being environmentally friendly by utilizing green manufacturing processes, natural dyes and recycled or biodegradable materials. On top of being safe for the environment, eco-friendly dog beds are also known for being stylish, comfortable and durable. You really can have it all when you choose eco dog beds for your pet. While you can find eco-friendly dog beds in select pet retailers or online, shopping on the internet is one of the easiest way to get the largest selection of dog beds at affordable prices. You’ll save time and money when you shop online for all of your eco dog beds needs.

Here are some of our favorite eco dog beds

Designer Oval in Natural Hemp Fabrics by Bowsers dog beds

http://www.dogsupplynetwork.com/bowsers-designer-oval-dog-bed-in-natural-hemp-fabric-8493.html

This designer oval dog bed utilizes fabric made from natural hemp, but is also filled using a poly fil made from recycled plastic bottles. By Bowsers dog beds.

Cuddle Sleeper Oval by K&H - Fill made from recycled plastic bottles

 

http://www.dogsupplynetwork.com/k-h-mfg-cuddle-sleeper-oval-in-gray-paw-bone-7702.html

These lovely Cuddle Sleepers by K&H also use recycled plastic bottles to fill the bed.

 

The Eco-Orbit - also made by Bowsers using recycled poly fill made from plastic bottles

This eco-Tahoe dog bed by Bowsers utlizes recycled plastic bottle fill and an eco tech fleece which is made from recycled fibers.

Posted in Dog Bedding By Justin Paone

Making Your Older Pet Comfortable

Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:42:15 AM America/Los_Angeles

As your pet ages, you may need to make special accommodations to keep him or her comfortable. It’s not unusual for older pets, especially dogs to suffer from discomfort in their joints and hind legs. To combat this, pet owners should use a combination of medication and specialized pet furniture to help ease any pain their pet is experiencing. Pet furniture includes things like dog stairs and orthopedic pet beds. Both of these items aim to reduce the impact on the joints during common activities such as sleeping and climbing onto furniture. Older pets aren’t the only ones that benefit from this type of pet furniture. Small dogs that have difficulty reaching couches will benefit from pet stairs due to the reduced risk of falls. Medication or supplements to help ease the effects of aging should be prescribed or recommended by your pets veterinarian. It’s important to seek advice before administering any type of medication to your pet, as some medications may have dangerous interactions with other medications and supplements you use. Carefully combining pet furniture like pet stairs, the right type of dog bedding such as a good quality orthopedic dog bed make from memory foam or other supportive materials and medications like dietary supplements will help your pet live a longer, more comfortable life. It’s important to monitor your pet as they age and watch for signs of pain or discomfort. Often, there are easy solutions that are readily available to help your animal live a better life.

Posted in Dog Health By Justin Paone

New! Resource Section of Our Site!

Monday, January 14, 2013 7:17:11 PM America/Los_Angeles

We now have a resource section and shoppers guide on our website with tips and ideas on pet care, dog training and as much helpful information as we can gather. For starters, we delve into topics like how to get a dog to want to use his or her crate, which crate works for different situations and needs, the differences between various styles of wooden dog crates and more. We plan to add on to this and provide a shoppers guide to pet supplies. Check it out and let us know if you have any other questions along these lines which we may not have covered.

Dog Crate Resource Page

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How long should I leave my dog in his crate at a time?

Monday, December 17, 2012 9:47:51 AM America/Los_Angeles

If you are a new dog owner who is trying to master the art of crate training, you are probably wondering how long you should leave your dog in his crate at a time. The short answer is that it varies. The length of time you should leave your dog crated will vary from pet to pet and from owner to owner. Your dog’s personality and your individual circumstances should dictate the length of his confinement. You must remember that your dog needs to run and exercise. He can’t do that when he’s confined to a crate. Whether you’re using a wire crate, a wooden dog crate or a play pen style crate that give your pup more wiggle room, your animal won’t be able to move very much when he’s in it. He also won’t be able to relieve himself or get the affection he needs. When you first begin training your dog, you’ll want to only leave him in his crate for short periods of time. In the beginning, your dog may not be able to go an hour without breaking. After some training, you should be able to keep your pup crated all through the night, or through a typical work day. The more comfortable you make your crate, the easier it will be on your dog. While dogs can use their crates without any special padding or beds, a nice, comfy crate mat or pad will definitely make it more comfortable and more attractive for the pooch. When you are first starting out with your crate training, if your dog can see you, you may soon find that he's doing his best to sound miserable in hopes you will cave and let him out to play. If you need your pet to get used to staying in his crate for hours at a time, consider (at least in the beginning) keeping the crate in the kitchen, garage or somewhere where he can't see everything going on around him that he may feel he's missing out on. If this is not an option, a dog crate cover, such as those made by Bowsers Pet Products and other leading pet supply manufacturers, will darken the crate and limit your dog's visibility, making it easier for him to stay calm and even sleep while in his crate. Once your dog gets used to the idea that spending a portion of his or her day in the crate is just a way of life, you will have more options and your dog should be fine even if he's crated in your living room while you have company over, etc. This stage is nice because not only can your pet feel more like part of the family by being able to be in the middle of the activity, but you can also move into using more furniture style dog crates, such as end table dog crates and other wooden dog crate styles. and keep the wire or plastic crate as a spare out in that garage. Back to our question of how long you can leave a dog in his crate. The ideal is to try to let them out for a break after 4-6 hours, however, some pet owners who do not have that option keep their dog crates for the duration of a normal work day. They can stay in their crate all night as well. If you do have to leave your dog crated for longer periods such as 8 hours, be sure they are getting plenty of attention and exercise when they do get out. They do need a good workout, walk, run or time in the yard and, of course, a lot of love, attention and interaction with their family. That being said, if you find that your dog is not doing well and is soiling their dog crate often, you should reconsider your arrangement and try to arrange for someone to come and give the dog a mid-day break if you are unable to do so yourself. Only you and your dog can know how long you should leave your dog in his crate at a time. Take your cues from your animal and strive to meet both of your needs for a harmonious relationship.

Posted in Dog Training By Store Owner

Essentials for your dog during cooler months:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:22:12 PM America/Los_Angeles

As the weather cools down, it’s important to remember to take care of your four-legged friends needs. There are certain essentials that ever dog owner needs to keep on hand to ensure that their dog stays warm, safe and comfortable throughout the winter months. Read on to discover four easy things you can do to keep your dog warm and comfortable during the cooler months.

1.) Winterize his dog crate. Winterizing a dog crate is easy. Whether the crate is indoors or out, you’ll want to take a look at dog crate covers. Dog crate covers are designed to go over the top of the crate and provide a protective barrier against the elements. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, so you’ll always be able to find just what you need for your space. If your pet lives outdoors and doesn’t come in for the winter, you’ll want to choose a dog crate cover that can stand up to the elements.  Both Midwest and Bowsers crate covers are favorites amongst dog owners because of the brand’s reputation for quality and durability, however, these are only recommended for outdoor use if your dog has some other form of shelter over their crate, such as the garage or patio roof or if the crate is placed a shed or something that will bear the brunt of wet weather.

Outdoor animals require thicker coverings that can help insulate their crate and keep in heat, but these coverings should also block moisture and repel the rain that comes with the changing seasons. If your pet does not have any other shelter besides their crate, you really should purchase or make them a sturdy, wooden dog house. Wood is a natural insulator, so it helps keep your pet warmer in cool weather.

If your dog lives indoors, you can add luxury crate covers to your list of considerations. Luxury crate covers, besides helping to blend your dog crate in with other home furnishings, are designed to create a calm and soothing atmosphere that is relaxing and comfortable. They block out light and noise, giving your dog the dark, quiet place he craves. Create a den for your pup in virtually any room of your home.

2.) Invest in high-quality crate mats. Whether you’re housing your dog indoors or out, older dogs can experience joint pain during the cooler months. Even young animals aren’t exempt from the discomfort that cooler weather can bring, so no matter how old fido is, high-quality crate mats are a must. When choosing a crate mat, take into consideration your dogs needs. Do you need a heated mat, an orthopedic mat or a washable mat? Look online and in pet stores to find the greatest variety of crate mats available.

3.) Let him sleep. Dogs naturally sleep more in the winter. They do this as a way to conserve energy in cold temperatures and as a natural reaction to their Biology. In the winter, less food is available in the wild, causing many animals to limit their activity. Don’t be surprised if your animal is more interested in sleeping than frolicking through the winter landscape with you.

4.) Consider getting him clothes. If you have a small breed dog or a short haired breed, you might want to look into winter sweaters or jackets for your pup. Smaller dogs or shorter haired dogs have a harder time staying warm in the winter than large or long haired breeds do, so give your animal a helping hand by clothing them in a warm and fashionable sweater. Be sure that the clothing you choose doesn’t have any parts that could snag on your dog’s crate, as that could pose a harm if they were to get tangled while you are away from home.

Keeping your dog warm and comfortable in the winter months is easier than you think. With a little bit of preparation and some small modifications to his crate, your dog will have safe and cozy place to sleep all year long.

Posted in Dog Health By Store Owner

How to get your dog to want to go into his crate?

Friday, December 7, 2012 9:54:13 AM America/Los_Angeles

When crate training your dog, you may find him reluctant at first to enter his crate. Fear not, for this behavior is completely normal and can easily be overcome. There are some simple tricks and tips you can use to help coax even the most reluctant dog into his crate without resorting to traumatic tactics. First, you need to make sure that the crate is inviting. Try putting your dog’s bed in it. If the bed is too large or too small to fit in the space, it’s a good sign that the crate is not the right size. You can try getting an adjustable wire or wooden dog crate if you're not sure what size you need. Once you have the crate dressed up with a soft blanket or your dog’s bed, you can try coaxing him into the space by simply leaving it out and open in an area of your home that the dog feels comfortable. Try putting the crate in the living room or bedroom while you’re there so that the dog can see there’s nothing to be afraid of. Pet owners who want to try this method, but who do not want their pet crate to interfere with their overall look and decor can a wood dog crate end table, which are essentially crates disguised as furniture and are great for people who want to keep the crate out in the open. This will allow you to have your pet in his crate while you are close by and where he or she can see you and feel more secure. If all else fails, try using gentle praise and a delicious dog treat to help your four-legged friend decided to venture into his crate. A nice a soft bed and a delicious bone or their favorite treat inside will be hard for your animal to resist. Pick your dog's favorite treat as the lure and be sure to praise your pup when he finally ventures into the crate. With a little bit of creativity and a lot of persistence, you’ll be able to persuade your dog to go into his crate without much of a fight at all. This entertainment center wood dog crate is the perfect way to get your pet used to the idea of dog crating with you close at hand resting and relaxing in your living room.
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Which Type of Crate is Best for a Puppy?

Monday, November 26, 2012 1:39:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you are thinking about adopting a new puppy will soon, good for you! Puppies who receive the proper care and training they need go on to make wonderful pets and companions for years to come. A piece of dog equipment which comes highly recommended by the experts and veteran pet parents is a dog crate. However, to make full use of a dog crate and use it to train your dog, you need to start young. Here are some tips and pointers to help you in selecting the right crate not only for your new pal's puppy days, but which will continue to provide shelter, protection and containment as your dog grows. There are a few common problems pet owners face when picking the right crate for a pup that can be minimized or eliminated with a little planning ahead. One of the main problems is getting the right size crate for your new canine pal. If you do a little research on the correct sizing for a dog crate, you will quickly learn that a dog's crate should not be too small, but it should also not be excessively large or your pet will be more likely to eliminate in their crate. Your pet's crate should fit them comfortably, and be slightly larger than your dog in standing position. Dogs should be able to sit, stand and turn around comfortably. One way to avoid having to buy a new crate every time your dog hits a growth spurt is to look for a crate that is adjustable. Adjustable crates come in both wire or wooden styles to fit in your decor and your budget. They may cost a bit more than your average wire or wood dog crate, but if you don’t want to buy multiple crates and are willing to spend a little more on the initial investment, an adjustable crate is definitely the way to go. These crates often have an adjustable panel that can be moved and finally removed once the dog reaches if full growth potential. This panel is most common in wire crates, however, you can find some wooden dog crates and plastic dog crates with this feature. Another common problem in picking out a crate for your puppy is that puppies have a lot of energy causing them to dig or scratch or try to find a way out of their crate. Young puppies will also be going through teething which means you will probably catch him or her chewing on everything. So take this into account when purchasing your new crate and, especially with the wooden or plastic style crates, you'll want to make sure you get a chew proof wood dog crate or a plastic crate designed for puppies to meet two needs with one high-quality product. Finding the perfect crate for your puppy can seem daunting, especially if you don’t know much about dog crates before you venture to the store. Have no worries, with a little bit of work and research, you can get the perfect dog crate for your new canine companion.

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Why You Should Use a Crate Cover

Monday, November 19, 2012 11:49:42 AM America/Los_Angeles

Some dog owners are appalled by the idea of crating their pet, but others swear that their dog loves their crate and goes there frequently to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. If that describes your pet, you might want to consider getting a crate cover to enhance the effects of his or her crate.

If you are unfamiliar with crate covers, these are a fitted cover, usually made from a thick fabric or vinyl that covers the top and all four sides of a wire or wood dog crate. The front can usually be unzipped or rolled up so your dog can come and go easily. Dog crate covers dampen sound, block light and help insulate the crate to keep in warmth or to protect your pet from drafts. By making your dog's crate more inviting, warm and cozy, your dog will love using his crate even more, especially when used in combination with a crate mat.

There are several different brands of dog crate covers on the market. If you are looking for a budget, utilitarian cover, a Midwest crate cover may be your best bet. Midwest makes a very basic crate cover, but it does a great job at keeping the warmth in and providing your pet with privacy. This style is recommended if you keep your pet crate in a place that is out of sight and not very visible. If your dog crate is in a very public area of your home or you have chosen a more decorative furniture style crate such as an end table dog crate, a Bowsers luxury crate cover is an option which make be more in line with your needs. Bowsers crate covers are available in all the same durable, yet attractive micro velvet and microfiber fabrics Bowsers offers which makes it easy to find a print which matches your home's color scheme and decor. Bowsers also lets you pick out a crate mat and crate cover to match. Bowsers Luxury crate cover gives you both the traditional crate cover with the style and sophistication of a boutique brand. So, to sum it up, dog crate covers are a great way to create a more comfortable environment for your animal while helping enhance the look of the crate. Both you and your dog will benefit from a carefully crafted, well-made dog crate cover.

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Eco-Friendly Pet Furniture by New Age Pet

Monday, November 12, 2012 2:09:08 PM America/Los_Angeles

Chances are you have probably heard about eco-friendly dog beds. Although they used to be a lot harder to come by, you can now find really incredible green dog beds from most major manufacturers of pet beds. What’s harder to come by is an eco-friendly dog crate. That’s what makes New Age Pet’s Habitat’N Crate Table so special. Not only do these dog crates look like a classy, Mission style wood dog crate or end table dog crate, but they are actually made out of Eco-Flex or EcoConcepts™ materials.

 

The New Age Habitat'N Crate End Table dog crate

The reason ecoFLEX is classed as an environmentally friendly material is because it is made by grinding up clean, recycled polymers and leftover wood byproducts from hardwood furniture makers –all materials which would otherwise be discarded as trash or burned in a landfill. The ground material is then mixed with UV inhibitors and color blending compounds before it is molded into parts for ecoConcepts dog crates, pet beds and other everyday pet gear.

Because of its unique make up, Eco-Flex material possesses the best qualities of both wood and plastic while minimizing the downsides to both of these materials. For instance, wood expands and contracts when it’s cold or hot. This contracting and expanding eventually leads to splintering, cracking, warping, gapping and, in climates which are very humid, mildew can start to form on the wood. Eco-Flex does not contract and expand with the weather. The poly resin makes this crate moisture proof, weather resistant, free from critters and bugs and very easy to wipe down and clean whenever necessary using warm soapy water. It doesn’t retain smells. If scratched, because the color blending compounds are mixed in thoroughly and not just surface deep, the scratches won’t reveal another color underneath.So, if properly cared for, your eco-friendly dog crate may outlast its traditional wooden counterparts and keep its good looks for years to come.

If you decide to get a Habitat’N Crate, these can either be used on their own or they can be paired with one or both of the other pieces of the InnPlace Collection, which include the Buddie Bunk Bed with its EcoConcepts frame and 2” thick cushion, and the Raised Double Diner. All of these products are made out of the same eco-friendly materials and the same color scheme, so you have a matching set.

The New Age Buddie Bunk Bed

While we’re on the subject of color schemes, espresso and chestnut are the primary colors in the InnPlace Collection as these colors are neutral and one or the other tend to match well with just about any other furniture. However, if there is a specific color you want to get a closer match to existing furniture, or you want to make these pieces of pet furniture into accent pieces, etc., both the Habitat crate and Buddie Bunk can be painted very easily.

Of course, no product is perfect. There are several reasons why you may not want to go with a dog house, crate or pet bed made from Eco-Flex or EcoConcepts materials. The first is, while durable, they are not indestructible. If you have a puppy or a dog who is very active who likes to chew or who is continually try to push their way out -- they may succeed. Of course, this would happen with any wood dog crate. What you want for a dog or puppy who chews, digs or is rough on their crate is a chew proof wood dog crate. The chew proof design usually consists of a combination of metal and wood either by having the crate itself be a wire dog crate with a wooden cover, or the wooden dog crate has built in wire grates on its siding and door. The metal components prevent your dog from trying to chew his way out or just chewing it up out of boredom.

Another reason a New Age Pet eco-friendly product may not be for you is if you just love the look, feel and smell of real wood. The reason for this is that while New Age eco-friendly products may look like real wood, they don’t have the traditional “wood” feel to them as the poly resin gives it more of a plastic feel. So if you are set on real wood, an Eco-Concepts product may not be right for you and you may want to go for a real wood dog crate, such as those offered by Pinnacle Woodcraft or Dynamic Accents.

Pinnacle Chew Proof Dog Crate

The important thing is that your dog has a place to call his own and to get away to when he or she are tired and need a little privacy or time to de-stress and unwind and you have a piece of dog furniture which doesn't take away from your overall interior decor, but rather enhances it.

Posted in Dog Crates By Justin Paone

Different Types of Orthopedic Dog Beds and Their Benefit

Friday, November 9, 2012 11:12:41 AM America/Los_Angeles

If you’re looking for a new dog bed, you may have seen several different types of orthopedic dog beds on the market. Each type of bed provides a unique benefit to the user, and choosing the right bed for your dog is an important step in ensuring their comfort and happiness. The main difference between the various dog beds available is the price. There is a huge range of prices of pet beds available, and because they all look similar it may be tempting to simply buy the cheapest one. This is a mistake. The range in prices reflects the inner material that the dog beds are made of. The cheapest orthopedic dog beds on the market are likely made of a foam “egg crate” material. Though this is inexpensive, it only provides minimal support for aging dogs. If your pet has an advanced degree of arthritis or other age-related ailment, cheap “egg crate” dog beds won’t help alleviate their pain. If your dog is fairly young and in decent health with only minimal signs of discomfort, this type of bed may be sufficient. The more expensive dog beds are usually made of memory foam. A few of the main pet bed manufacturers who makes some of these higher quality ortho dog beds include Bowsers dog beds, Carolina Pet Co and K&H pet products. Carolina Pet's ortho sleeper and the Protector Pad Bolster bed with a memory foam insert are both excellent beds for dogs who need that extra support. Most of Bowsers dog beds offer some type of orthopedic support, however, if you're specifically looking for a good memory foam dog beds, you may be interested in their Indoor/Outdoor Contour Lounger. K&H's Deluxe Ortho Bolster and Feather Top Ortho Beds are favorites amongst pet owners whose dogs need a better bed. While we're on the topic of memory foam, there are many types of memory foam on the market, ranging from thin memory foam slabs to thick, hypoallergenic varieties. The thickness you choose will depend on the size of your dog and their overall condition. Dog beds for small pets are typically thinner and less expensive than dog beds for large pets. Orthopedic dog beds, especially ones made of memory foam, tend to be more expensive and the cost increases dramatically with size. If you invest in a high-quality bed, you may only need to buy one during the life of your animal.

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Creating a Special Place for Your Dog

Monday, November 5, 2012 3:20:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

When you first adopt your new dog, you’re probably thinking about how dog ownership is going to change your life. You’ll have to wake up to take him out, housebreak him, feed him, walk him and do all of those other little things your dog needs done to be happy. If you think the change is big for you, imagine what your dog goes through. Suddenly he’s taken from his mother and thrust into a new house with new humans and he doesn’t know all the rules or how to communicate with his new family. The transition can be stressful, but you can help your dog adjust by creating him a special place within your home. A dog crate with a cover provides the perfect safe haven for your animal to go when they need some time away from their new family. Dog crates come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can always find the perfect fit for your home and your pup. Additionally, dog crate covers help create a dark and safe environment that will help calm your dogs nerves and make his crate into more of a den than a cage. There are many different types of dog crate covers on the market, however, Bowsers luxury crate covers are a popular choice amongst pet owners because you can a crate cover and crate mat to match, giving you the opportunity to add style and sophistication to your animals home. Depending on where in your house the crate will be kept, you may want to consider various alternatives for their style and durability. It’s important to give your dog their own space. Dog crate covers and crate mats help turn any crate into a relaxing destination for your animal. Think of your dogs crate as their bedroom, and choose the accessories that will help your dog feel calm and secure.

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Great Paw Intrepid Soft Pet Carrier AND the Great Paw Haven Soft Playpen

Monday, October 29, 2012 5:06:39 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you are looking for a portable soft dog carrier, take a look at the latest from Great Paw. The Intrepid Soft Pet Carrier is a soft dog crate designed with a sturdy semi-rigid frame that gives this soft dog crate it’s shape and sturdiness, while the three reinforced mesh windows make sure your dog gets plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Of course, another very important feature is the handy external elastic pocket designed to give you a place for your pet’s snacks, treats, water bottles, a leash – the essentials that you will need while on the road with your pet. The Intrepid comes in two trendy colors, black and pink, and also comes in small and large size to accommodate most small sizes and dog breeds comfortably.

Great Paw Intrepid Soft Pet Carrier Black and Pink

Click here to view to the Great Paw Interpid Soft Pet Carrier product page

Another new addition to the Great Paw soft dog carrier line is the Great Paw Haven Soft Playpen, a sturdy, yet portable dog pen that comes complete with heavy duty zippered doors and mesh covered windows that allow your dog to see out and get plenty of fresh air while remaining safe and secure in this portable dog crate. Use this to secure your pet while out camping or enjoying other outdoor activities where you want to know your dog is safe and protected from too much attention or from wandering or running off. You can also use it in temporary situations such as hotel stays or car travel, anywhere your pet needs a place to be safe and contained. This handy Haven Soft Playpen by Great Paw is fully collapsible and easy to set up or take down in seconds. A storage bag is included when you want to pack it away for travel or storage.

 

Great Paw Haven Soft Playpen

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All New!!! Two New Pet Carriers from Great Paw

Monday, October 29, 2012 4:47:30 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you are looking for a portable soft dog carrier, take a look at the latest from Great Paw. The Intrepid Soft Pet Carrier is a soft dog crate designed with a sturdy semi-rigid frame that gives this soft dog crate it’s shape and sturdiness, while the three reinforced mesh windows make sure your dog gets plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Of course, another very important feature is the handy external elastic pocket designed to give you a place for your pet’s snacks, treats, water bottles, a leash – the essentials that you will need while on the road with your pet. The Intrepid comes in two trendy colors, black and pink, and also comes in small and large size to accommodate most sizes and dog breeds comfortably. Another new addition to the Great Paw soft dog carrier line is the Great Paw Haven Soft Playpen, a sturdy, yet portable dog pen that comes complete with heavy duty zippered doors and mesh covered windows that allow your dog to see out and get plenty of fresh air while remaining safe and secure in this portable dog crate. Use this to secure your pet while out camping or enjoying other outdoor activities where you want to know your dog is safe and protected from too much attention or from wandering or running off. You can also use it in temporary situations such as hotel stays or car travel, anywhere your pet needs a place to be safe and contained. This handy Haven Soft Playpen by Great Paw is fully collapsible and easy to set up or take down in seconds. A storage bag is included when you want to pack it away for travel or storage.
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The Uttermost Lucky Pet Bed

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 1:53:25 PM America/Los_Angeles

Lets face it, your dog likes the couch because it's comfy...which is probably the same reason why you like it too. If your dog thinks that your living room couch is his, then the lucky pet bed by Uttermost might be worth a look. Not only does this designer dog bed look awesome, but it's also made for comfort. With its russet brown plush foam and fiber cushion your dog will still get the comfort of a couch, but unlike the couch, the bed will be all his. The bed's cushion is also reversible, and it buckles down to the frame allowing it to stay firmly in place. The frame is made out of hardwood that is covered with a classy, yet durable, brown imitated leather. The imitated leather is easy to clean, and gives the over all bed an elegant look to it. This dog bed was designed by Matthew Williams and is made to be a classy piece of pet furniture that can be placed in your home creating a pet friendly environment while still keeping your home's fashionable look and feel.

Uttermost Lucky Pet Bed

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You can also find other high quality Uttermost dog beds here.

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Have You Seen These New Bowsers Dog Beds?

Monday, October 22, 2012 10:46:40 AM America/Los_Angeles

Have you seen the latest additions to the Bowsers dog beds collection? Their newest addition is their Crescent dog bed. Its open front design makes it easy for older pets or those who may have trouble stepping over a high bolster to get in and out their bedding. The Bowsers Crescent is also unique in that you get two different looks in one quality bed simply by flipping the bed inside out. The Crescent is made using Bowsers famously soft, yet durable microvelvet and microtwill fabrics, which repel pet hair, moisture and dirt.

The Reversible Bowsers Crescent in Flax  (Pictured below)

Another relatively new addition, which is now available in new fabrics and prints, is the Urban Lounger dog bed. This high quality orthopedic dog bed is now available in microcord, microvelvet, microtwill and denim fabrics and features a unique one piece design. If you’re unfamiliar with orthopedic dog beds, here a brief rundown on their makeup. Many of these specialty dog beds are designed using high quality, sometimes even medical grade, foam inserts. These orthopedic inserts are what provides our pets with superior support and relieves achy joints and muscles. These work great for your average dog. They're easy to take out when you need to clean the bed, etc. The problem with removable inserts comes in when you have a dog who loves to nest and dig around to get comfortable before settling down to sleep, or one who displays bad habits such as chewing or scratching when nervous or bored. In these cases, you dog may dig out the insert and damage it. To prevent this from occurring, the Bowsers Urban Lounger are designed so that the orthopedic foam insert zips right into the bed. Of course, it can still be removed by you as needed, since you don’t want this foam insert going through the wash when you wash your dog bed, but you can rest at ease that you’re not going to come home from work one day to find the dog bed that you carefully selected and paid good money for torn to shreds or chewed to pieces.

The Urban Lounger -- In Daydream (Pictured below)

In addition to these new beds, many of the our favorite Bowsers dog beds such as the Bowsers Donut, Double Donut and the Dutchie are available in new prints, fabrics and colors, including fun fall colors and peppermint or candy cane red, to compliment our home's holiday decor and help ring in the holiday spirit.

The Urban Lounger in Candy Cane Red (Pictured below)

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The Handcrafted Chew Proof Wooden Dog crate From Pinnacle Woodcraft

Monday, October 15, 2012 3:29:31 PM America/Los_Angeles

For those who have a dog that loves to chew, you are probably aware of the difficulty of finding fashionable dog gear that will look nice in your home and that will also work for your dog. When it comes to dog crates, the best option for a dog that chews will be a wire dog crate. The trouble with a wire crate is that they don't always look nice in your house. Wire crates are utilitarian and are designed to offer you practical solutions in caring for your pooch.

A wooden dog crate, on the other hand, is a piece of furniture as well as a crate. Designed to be used as a living room end table or a nightstand, a wooden dog crate offers an excellent way to help create a pet friendly home while not losing your home's “look” with an unsightly wire, or plastic crate. The standard wood dog crate end table, however, was not designed with the chewer in mind. Most wood crates feature wooden spindles that can be chewed. Pet owners with dogs who chew, but who still want to maintain their home's interior look, can still get the furniture style crates, however, they should opt for a chew proof wood dog crate. On a chew-proof wood crate, instead of wood spindles, a wire grate is used, similar to that of a wire crate. The crate's outer frame is made of hardwood giving the crate the same “wood” look as other wooden dog crates. The grate attaches to the insides of the wood frame. In the case of the chew proof dog crate from Pinnacle Woodcraft, and other brands, this crate does not feature a crate floor, instead it allows you to customize your crate by choosing either a plastic tray and/or bed (each sold separately) that can be placed at the bottom of the crate. This creates a comfortable floor or bed for your pet. The benefit of not having a wood floor on your crate is that over time, the flooring of a crate can become scratched, causing the floor's moister protection to become compromised. Depending on the material used in the construction of the crate's floor it can become damaged by moisture over time.

Click here to view the chew proof wood dog crate by Pinnacle woodcraft

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Go Green With Stylish Dog Beds

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:53:53 PM America/Los_Angeles

Long gone are the days when buying an eco-friendly pet bed meant choosing from unsightly beds in awkward shapes and colors. Going green no longer means choosing muted, faded shades of brown and green for your pet. Now, you can save the environment with a stylish and comfortable pet bed. Eco-friendly dog beds are easier to get than ever before. Many of the major dog bed brands are joining the new trend of going green and as a result, eco dog beds are popping up all over the market. The surge in competition has led manufacturers to offer more stylish and more comfortable eco-friendly dog beds than ever. One of the leaders in the eco dog beds industry is Bowsers Pet Products. Bowsers dog beds are comfortable, environmentally friendly, and stylish. Some of their most popular eco-dog beds are the Eco-Tahoe, the Bowsers orbit, or the Eco-Buttercup for small dogs. Your dog will love relaxing in one of their ultra cozy designer dog beds and you’ll love knowing that your pets favorite place to rest is made with environmentally friendly materials. K&H Pet Products is another dog bed manufacturer with high quality beds made from recycled material and fill. An added bonus with K&H dog beds is that many are also self heating or self cooling which is ideal for pets who live in colder or hotter climates. Some of K&H's best pet beds include the You can find Bowsers dog beds online or from select retailers. Shopping online is the easiest way to find the best selection of eco dog beds in the styles you want and need. Shopping online for eco dog beds also gives you the opportunity to compare prices at several stores to help you find the best deal. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the a good quality dog bed when you choose to go green with your pup.

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Bowsers Eco-Orbit in Sienna

Bowsers Eco Tahoe in Rainforest

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Save 10 Dollars On All Wooden Dog Crates

Friday, October 5, 2012 5:38:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Wooden dog crate

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Luxury Dog Crate Covers, Anyone?

Monday, October 1, 2012 1:13:50 PM America/Los_Angeles

Families with pets know first hand how important it is for your dog to have a place to call his own. Sure, they may love being part of the family, but there comes a time when they need a break and basically need to be off limits from having to perform or entertain. They need a den of their own. That being said, dog crates and other key pet furniture doesn't always fit into a home's decor. There are several solutions to this problem, which we will discuss in this post.

1) Purchase a crate cover. This is often the most cost effective of the options as you can keep your simple, utilitarian wire dog crate, but cover it with a crate cover in your choice of fabric. There are simple dog crate covers made out of plastic or vinyl, such as this Midwest dog crate cover. This type of crate cover will provide your pet with added privacy and keep out drafts and noise, however, they aren't recommended for dog crates that are being used in a very visible or central area of your home, such as your living room.

For these more public areas of your home where you have likely invested a lot of thought and money into the decoration and set up, you should consider a more stylish or decorative crate cover. Bowsers luxury crate covers, for instance, can be ordered in any of their fabulous prints and fabrics. Here is an example of a Bowsers luxury crate cover in its closed position.

2) Invest in a wood dog crate or some other designer dog crate that is made to look like a piece of high end furniture. This option, which a little more expensive, is worth it if you want pet furniture that not only lasts, but which looks modern and blends nicely with your existing furniture. The other benefit to a wood dog crate is that they provide more privacy without the need for a dog crate cover. They naturally have a darker, more den-like feel to them, which dogs need when they are looking for a break.The wooden dog crate in this picture is actually an Amish made entertainment center dog crate, but there are also end table dog crates and other furniture style pet crates on the market.

3) Finally, whether you choose to utilize your wire crate and simply add a crate cover, or opt to upgrade to the more deluxe wooden dog crates, be sure you include a comfy crate mat for your pet to rest on when they are in their crate. It doesn't have to be fancy -- that is unless your pet has special needs and needs an orthopedic dog bed or memory foam dog bed. Dynamic Accents makes a crate mat that is designed to fit perfectly inside their wooden dog crates. If you're thinking to go with the more deluxe Bowsers luxury dog crate covers or other similar style, these can be purchased with a matching crate mat, (seen below) which makes for a cozy, yet decorative dog crate set up which dogs and their human families with love.

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Why Amish Wood Dog Crates are so Popular

Friday, September 28, 2012 2:03:42 PM America/Los_Angeles

One of the newest trends sweeping the market today is Amish-built products for your home. The Amish have a long-standing reputation for quality, and anything that these skilled crafsmen produce is snatched up almost instantly. For pet lovers, Amish wood dog crates are one of the hottest selling luxury items. The difference between Amish wood dog crates and regular wood dog crates is the quality. Pet furniture and dog crates made by the Amish are made with higher quality materials and are built to last. Other wooden dog crates can be made with anything from particle board to hardwood, making the quality of other wooden dog crates uncertain. People prefer the Amish wooden dog crates because they know exactly what they’re getting. Another reason Amish pet furniture is so popular is because the style of Amish furniture blends well with today’s modern designs. You can get an Amish end table dog crate that will blend beautifully with your modern living room furniture, allowing your dog a safe and comfortable place to rest that you feel good about leaving in plain view. The desire to give pets a beautiful and functional place to rest has created a demand for designer dog crate manufacturers to try to match current styles and make multi-functional pieces. Choosing an end table dog crate or a designer dog crate is a great way to keep your furry friend comfortable while maintaining your homes style and decor. Choosing Amish wood dog crates over other styles of furniture style pet crates is the easiest way to meet the needs of both you and your pet. Your dog will enjoy the comfort and luxury of a designer dog crate, while you’ll enjoy the way it seamlessly integrates into your home.

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Different Styles of Dog Crates

Monday, September 24, 2012 11:23:54 AM America/Los_Angeles

When it comes to dog crating solutions, there are three basic styles of crates: wire dog crates, plastic dog crates and wooden dog crates. All three types of crates can be used overnight or whenever the dog is left alone for an extended period of time. Crate training your dog is an excellent way to housebreak them and provide them with a safe and secure location during times when you are unavailable. An extra feature you can look for with all three styles are the adjustable crates. This last option is popular with people who obtain their dog as a puppy. Adjustable dog crates usually contain an extra wall that can be adjusted depending on the size of the dog. As the puppy grows, the wall may be moved back to enlarge the size of the crate. Part of the reason the adjustable feature is so important if you are purchasing the larger size for a puppy to grow into is that you really do not want to provide you puppy with too much space. If you do, your potty training efforts may be hampered as the puppy will tend to use the extra space in his crate as a toilet. If cost is the most important consideration, wire crates tend to be less expensive than wooden dog crates and the plastic variety tend to be somewhere in the middle. When using a wire crate, one point to keep in mind is that it's more of an open design. This being the case, to make it feel more enclosed and provide security while crate training young dogs or puppies, a towel or blanket should be placed over the crate during the night hours. This helps darken the crate and tell the dog it is time to sleep. As the puppy gets used to the crate and grows into adulthood, the blanket is used less and less often until it is removed all together. Plastic dog crates have their benefits. Namely, they are the only type allowed when taking a pet along with you by air. They also are easier to travel with than either crates made from wood or wire. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more money on your crate, a wooden dog crate is one of the most attractive options on the market. Wooden dog crates function in a similar way as wire dog crates, but are more like an indoor dog house. Wooden crates are darker and provide a more secure feeling. Some dogs prefer this environment. The main advantage to a wooden crate is that it’s more attractive than either plastic or wire crates. Wooden crates blend better with furniture and can be painted to match virtually any decor. There are many styles of crates on the market to choose from. Your budget and personal preference will help determine which crate you ultimately choose. Dogs of any age may be crate trained and will do equally well in any appropriately sized crate.

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Pet Gates For All

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:18:17 PM America/Los_Angeles

Pet gates are an essential tool for keeping your pets out of certain areas in your home. Pet safety gates or dog gates usually include a built-in door, so you can easily pass through the gate, but your animal cannot. There are many reasons you may want to restrict your pets access to your house, and a sturdy dog gate is one of the easiest non-permanent solution to a very real problem. The number one reason people use a gate to contain their pets is safety. Safety for the animal or for other members of the family are both great reasons to purchase and install a pet gate. Large dogs can tend to be clumsy or intimidating and pet owners often wish to keep them away from small children. Dog gates can help you prevent the dog from entering the area with the child, while still allowing the dog to visually see the family members. Pet gates are also great for training purposes. If you don’t want to crate train your dog, but you want them to stay in a certain area throughout the night, the use of a safety gate can help you confine your dog without the use of a crate. When used in conjunction with dog furniture, you can create a special place for your dog that they can be kept in throughout the night. There are many reasons you may want to use one of these handy pieces gates for dogs. Pet gates are great non-permanent ways to confine your animals to certain parts of your home for the safety of the pets as well as other members of the family. You can find pet safety gates at most pet supply stores, mass merchandisers, or online.

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Bowsers Microvelvet Donut Dog Bed

Sunday, September 9, 2012 8:20:03 PM America/Los_Angeles

Bowsers donut dog bed microvelvet

For those looking for a quality dog bed Bowsers microvelvet donut dog bed is worth taking a closer look at.

Covered with Bowsers plush diamond microvelvet this quality fabric excels in repelling pet hair, dirt and moisture, but its also a very comfortable bed cover. On hot days this breathable fabric offers a nice cool bed for your dog, and on those cold nights the microvelvet cover makes a nice cozy sleep surface.

A plush outer bolster pillow surrounds the bed making a soft surrounding pillow that can give your dog a pillow to rest its head on, or a pillow that will wrap around your pup giving it the warmth and comfort your dog seeks when sleeping. For dogs that like to sleep curled up a donut bed can be a good choice because of the surrounding bolster pillow. The bolster pillow is filled with high-memory 100% virgin polyester fiber. To wash the bolster pillow you can unzip the microvelvet bolster pillow cover and remove the bolster insert and machine wash the bolster cover. It is a good idea to re-zip the bolster cover before you machine wash it. The bolster insert should be hand washed.

The bottom cushion of the bed features a removable 'tufted' cushion that can also double as a crate mat or travel mat. The 'tufting' not only makes the bed look great, but it keeps the cushion's fill from shifting and clumping during washing. The entire cushion insert can be thrown into the washing machine. It should be dried on a cool setting. The fill for the cushion is also high-memory 100% virgin polyester fiber which makes a very comfortable base.

Bowsers donut microvelvet bed is available in many different prints, colors and patterns allowing you to find the bed that matches your home's decor. This dog bed is not only made for practical use, but is designed to go with your home's furnishings and decor.

We carry a large selection of Bowsers donut dog beds in microvelvet fabric and other nesting dog beds at low prices. To view our selection click here.

 

 

 

For those looking for a quality dog bed Bowsers microvelvet donut dog bed is worth taking a closer look at.

 

Covered with Bowsers plush diamond microvelvet this quality fabric excels in repelling pet hair, dirt and moisture, but its also a very comfortable bed cover. On hot days this breathable fabric offers a nice cool bed for your dog, and on those cold nights the microvelvet cover makes a nice cozy sleep surface.

 

A plush outer bolster pillow surrounds the bed making a soft surrounding pillow that can give your dog a pillow to rest its head on, or a pillow that will wrap around your pup giving it the warmth and comfort your dog seeks when sleeping. For dogs that like to sleep curled up a donut bed can be a good choice because of the surrounding bolster pillow. The bolster pillow is filled with high-memory 100% virgin polyester fiber. To wash the bolster pillow you can unzip the microvelvet bolster pillow cover and remove the bolster insert and machine wash the bolster cover. It is a good idea to re-zip the bolster cover before you machine wash it. The bolster insert should be hand washed.

 

The bottom cushion of the bed features a removable 'tufted' cushion that can also double as a crate mat or travel mat. The 'tufting' not only makes the bed look great, but it keeps the cushion's fill from shifting and clumping during washing. The entire cushion insert can be thrown into the washing machine. It should be dried on a cool setting. The fill for the cushion is also high-memory 100% virgin polyester fiber which makes a very comfortable base.

 

Bowsers donut microvelvet bed is available in many different prints, colors and patterns allowing you to find the bed that matches your home's decor. This dog bed is not only made for practical use, but is designed to go with your home's furnishings and decor.

 

We carry a large selection of Bowsers donut dog beds in microvelvet fabric at low prices. To view our selection click here.

 

 

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Uttermost Rugby Dog Bed

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 1:27:05 PM America/Los_Angeles

Uttermost Rugby Pet Bed

For those of you who are looking for a dog bed with style, this designer dog bed may be the right bed for you. Designed by Matthew Williams, this beautiful piece of furniture is meant to be more than just a dog bed. With its elegant design and its suede polyester, this bed is more about making a fashion statement. The bed is ideal for those who are looking to accommodate their dog in the house and not have to compromise on style while doing so. Dog gear has traditionally been utilitarian in nature. Today’s manufacturers of dog gear have realized the need to create gear that can help make homes pet safe while adding to the home's overall decor at the same time. The bed's dimensions are 27 inches wide, 10 inches high and 27 inches deep. The beds construction materials include: Solid wood, plywood, fabric, foam, fiber.

 

Click here to go to this beds product page

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Dog Safety Tips

Monday, August 27, 2012 12:37:13 PM America/Los_Angeles

Dogs, especially puppies can get into a lot of trouble if left unattended. When you’re going to be out of the house for any length of time, it’s beneficial to use a crate to keep your dog safe from hazards around the house. Crate training can be done at any point in a dog’s life, but is most easily accomplished when the dog is a puppy. There are many different types of dog crates on the market. All crates fit into two basic categories: wire crates and wooden dog crates. Wire crates tend to be less expensive than wooden crates, but they are also less attractive. Which type of crate you pick is a personal decision. If you obtain your dog as a puppy, it’s a good idea to look for a crate that is adjustable so you won’t have to buy a new crate when the dog grows. Crate training your puppy is a great way to housebreak them as well. Besides providing your dog with a secure place to sleep at night, crates are also great when the dog will be left alone for a long period of time. Crate trained dogs view their dog crates as a safe place, and often go there when they have anxiety. Giving your dog its own safe place is a great way to alleviate stress and keep your dog happy. Some people don’t like dog crates because they feel that they are unattractive. To solve this problem, there are wooden dog crates available. Wooden dog crates are designed to blend in with furniture and become part of the rooms decor. Consider a wood crate if you are concerned with appearances. Dog safety is a serious concern. Crate training your pup is the easiest way to ensure he is safe and secure when you’re not home, or when you are not awake. Any dog can be crate trained, so no matter how old your four legged friend is, you can enjoy the benefits of a quality crate.

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Best Dog Beds for Preventing Calluses on Your Dog

Thursday, August 9, 2012 10:17:46 AM America/Los_Angeles

A callus is a patch of rough skin caused by repeated exposure to a hard or abrasive surface. Dogs are prone to calluses on their elbows and back legs. It is common for dogs to also lose the hair over the callused area, leading to an unattractive, unkempt appearance. Luckily, calluses can easily be prevented with the use of high-quality beds for dogs, such as a Bowsers dog bed or a K&H dog couch. Most people are surprised to find out that just by getting your pet to use their bed, you can prevent calluses. In order to be successful, however, you need a well made dog bed of the appropriate size for your pet. The reason we recommend Bowsers dog beds and K&H products is that they are a premium brand of dog bedding that not only helps lessen existing calluses and prevent new ones from forming, but they also provide superior support and quality and they have taken our needs for having our dog furniture be aesthetically pleasing into account. In addition to using well cushioned dog bedding, you may also apply an ointment or lotion recommended by your veterinarian. A combination of medication and padded, supportive dog beds are the best way to help your dog recover from the callus while preventing new ones from forming. Whether you choose a Bowsers dog bed or a simple pet bed, the most important thing is that your dog comes to see their bed as a cozy spot to rest and lounge. Whether your dog is a toy poodle or a great dane may determine which type of bed your pet will prefer. Some breeds prefer a large open pet bed which allows them to stretch out. Other breeds will use their bed more if they feel safe and are able to snuggle up in their favorite spot. Observe your dog's favorite sleeping style and get a pet bed to match their needs. Then place the bed in your dog's favorite sleeping spot, as well as any other place he may lie down frequently. Having plenty of cushioned resting spots is the key to preventing calluses!

Posted in Dog Health By Store Owner

A Custom Made Wooden Dog Crate

Friday, July 27, 2012 11:03:53 AM America/Los_Angeles

This beautiful wood dog crate from Pinnacle Woodcraft is worth a closer look. Pinnacle Woodcraft Wood Dog Crate Entertainment Center

What sets this particular crate out from the rest is:

1) Its size. The jumbo version of this crate measures 47 inches in length (that’s one inch shy of four feet.) This dog crate is larger then most wooden dog crates and is too large to be use as a standard end table dog crate. This, in itself, is not a bad thing though. It's design was intended to be used as an entertainment center, curio table or sideboard.

2) Most wooden dog crates are not designed as an entertainment center which makes this wooden dog crate rather unique. By far the most common design is the end table. The end table in itself is very versatile and can actually be used in many parts of the home, but so can this crate. For the home decor conscious pet owner, a crate like this can offer many possibility.

3) While many wooden dog crates have excellent craftsmanship, not many are custom made. This crate is made to order giving you various choices, such as a top drawer, the color of stain, the addition of a wire grate (chew proofing it.) The turn around time is longer then most wooden dog crates, but what you are getting return is a crate that is crafted to your specs and a crate that is heirloom quality. The craftsmanship also stands out from other crates as this crate uses no plywood, particle board, or fiber board in its construction. The crate is manufactured using solid wood and old world woodworking techniques and boast feature such as mortise and tenon joints giving the crate strength.

Click here to view the wooden dog crate entertainment center product page.

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Puppy Time! What You Need for the New Arrival?

Monday, July 23, 2012 3:39:50 PM America/Los_Angeles

Getting a new puppy is an exciting experience. While you’re probably stocking up on toys and treats for your family’s new addition, it’s important to also consider the less exciting, but still vitally important parts of puppy ownership. Preparing your house for a new puppy will help ensure the safety of not only the puppy, but every member of your family. To start, you’ll need to get some dog furniture. This includes everything from a dog bed, to feeding dishes, to crates, to dog stairs. You might not need all of the items listed, and that’s okay. Decide ahead of time if you plan to crate train your dog to avoid an emotionally based decision that might not be best for your family. Crate training has a lot of advantages, though it can be emotionally difficult in the beginning. One word of advice on this purchase, start simple. If you’ve got your heart set of one of those beautiful wooden dog crates, you may want to wait till the little pooch finishes teething. There are chew proof wooden dog crates on the market which will hold up to the chewing and scratching, but you may want to wait and stick with the simple wire crate till he or she gets a little older. Pet gates are another important safety device that every puppy owner should have. Pet gates help to confine your dog to a certain part of your home and are an essential tool in potty training and obedience training. If you have young or small children, pet gates can be used to keep the children and the dog separated to ensure the safety of both parties. Once you have the basics taken care of, namely the key dog furniture and the pet gates, you can feel free to stock up on the fun stuff like toys and treats. You’ll enjoy your new puppy more knowing that your house is pet-safe and ready for your new family member.

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Prevent Dog Calluses

Monday, July 16, 2012 3:37:28 PM America/Los_Angeles

A callus is a patch of rough skin caused by repeated exposure to a hard or abrasive surface. Dogs are prone to calluses on their elbows and back legs. It is common for dogs to also loose the hair over the callused area, leading to an unattractive, unkempt appearance. Luckily, calluses can easily be prevented with the use of high-quality dog beds, such as Bowsers dog beds. Most people are surprised to find out that dog beds prevent calluses. Having a well made dog bed of the appropriate size for your pet is vital to keeping your four legged friend healthy and happy. Bowsers dog beds are a premium brand of dog bed that has been proven to help lessen existing calluses as well as prevent new ones from forming. In addition to using a well cushioned dog bed, you may also apply an ointment or lotion from your veterinarian. Medication and padded dog beds are the best way to help your dog recover from the callus while preventing new ones from forming. Bowsers dog beds come in a variety of sizes and styles. Whether your dog is a toy poodle or a great dane, you’ll find the perfect dog beds for your beloved friend. Place one in your dogs favorite sleeping spot, as well as any other place he may lie down frequently. Having plenty of cushioned resting spots is the key to preventing calluses!

Posted in Dog Health By Store Owner

Where to Shop for Pet Furniture

Thursday, July 12, 2012 4:09:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Shopping for pet furniture can be fun or it can be a burden depending on which retailers you have near you. Fortunately, with the rise of online retail sites, even people in remote areas have access to thousands of different retailers. Whether you're shopping for dog throws that match your sofa, a fine wooden dog crate that matches the wood work in your home or dog stairs that match your bedroom decor, It’s easier than ever to find and select the perfect pet furniture for your home! If you’re lucky enough to live near a pet store, you’ll find plenty of interesting and unique pet furniture in-stock and ready to take home. You’ll find everything from pet beds to pet stairs and maybe even a cute treat jar. Even if you don’t find the exact product you’re looking for, shopping at a pet supply store is a great way to discover new products and talk to specialists who can help recommend features that are right for your pet. Another great place to look for pet furniture is at mass merchandisers, such as Walmart or Target. These types of stores are notorious for carrying everything, and pet supplies are no exception. While they may have less selection than a specialty pet store, you’ll be able to get the basics at great prices. If you're not in a hurry and can afford to wait a little to get that specialty item, you can always shop online. There are thousands upon thousands of online retailers specializing in pet products. Even stores that aren’t well-known for their pet supplies, such as Bed Bath and Beyond, carry a large selection of pet furniture, such as dog crates, pet steps and more online. When you shop online, it's must easier to find the exact piece you are looking for. For instance, if you're looking for a specific items, such as a Bowsers dog bed in green apple with a set of dog stairs to match, you may not find that in a store, but online, you can not only find it, you can compare prices easily. A little bit of research will help you find the pet furniture and supplies that you want and need. Take the time to browse and you’ll discover a variety of different items for your pet in wonderful styles that will look great in your home.

Posted in Tips and Tricks By Dog Supply

Why we love North States' Pet Gates

Friday, July 6, 2012 12:35:57 PM America/Los_Angeles

When it comes to picking a pet gate, North Gates has an excellent selection to choose from. Our top picks are their metal pet gates. They are sturdy, decorative (burnished steel, bronze, etc.) and versatile. One of our favorite features about North State's pressure mounted pet gates is that they are slightly curved to ensure a steadier hold under normal use. Some of their dog gates mount and require some installation. Others are pressure mounted gates which are easier to move around as needed. They have a variety of opening styles. Most close automatically, but some can be opened with a foot mechanism and most have the one handed opening latch. So, if you're in the market for a way to keep your dog safe and contained, check out our selection of North States dog safety gates to find something that works for your home.

Slide opening style

 

Easy to open latching system

 

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Why Dog Crates Work!

Friday, June 29, 2012 2:55:12 PM America/Los_Angeles

New pet owners face many decisions, one of which is what type of training they plan to use for the new arrival and whether to crate train or not.  One of the reasons crate training is so popular is that it offers many benefits to both pet and owner, and the potential benefits make it well worth the effort.  Crate training your dog is a commitment that may require persevering several weeks to reach the end result.

Crate trained dogs enjoy the security their crates provide.  Whether it’s wire crates or wooden dog crates, a dog will see their crate as their very own indoor dog house.  Be sure you pick a good quality dog crate that is sturdy and made using quality materials, as ideally this piece of dog furniture should last you for many years to come.

Now, on to the reasons why many choose to crate train their pets. First, it’s a great way to speed up the potty training process. Dogs naturally avoid eliminating in their bedding, so if a crate is sized properly and only affords the space necessary for the dog and its bed, your dog should quickly learn to let you know when they need to do their business. This training is great for avoiding potty accidents both at night time and while you are away at work during the day.

 When a dog learns to enjoy their crate, it becomes their “go to” spot whenever they feel stressed or tired. You want to make sure that whichever type of crate you choose, whether wooden dog crates, wire or other varieties, that you are able to provide a den like atmosphere when necessary. Wooden dog crates naturally lends themselves to feeling more like a den, but wire crates can be covered by a blanket or a crate cover to provide a similar atmosphere.

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Opting for Eco Friendly Dog Beds

Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:04:26 AM America/Los_Angeles

If it’s time to get your dog a new dog bed, you may notice that there are a lot of different styles of beds on the market. One of the newest and most popular varieties are eco friendly dog beds. Eco friendly dog beds are made from natural organic materials and are the perfect blend of softness and support for your dog. Your dog will love snuggling up in his dog bed when you choose a comfortable eco friendly model that’s great for both your dog and the environment. A popular brand of eco friendly canine beds are Bowsers Dog Beds. Bowsers Dog Beds are comfortable, supportive and stylish. Your four legged friend deserves the best, and choosing a high quality dog bed like Bowsers Dog Beds is the easiest way to ensure your dog gets the rest he needs to be healthy and active for many years to come. When shopping for a new dog bed, choosing an eco friendly dog bed is the best choice. Today’s eco friendly dog beds are just as comfortable, stylish, and luxurious as regular dog beds, but they have a significantly smaller impact on the environment. The next time you’re in the market for a dog bed, consider choosing Bowsers Dog Beds, your four legged friend will love you for it!

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When You Shouldn't Use a Dog Crate

Monday, June 18, 2012 8:44:07 PM America/Los_Angeles

One question we are often asked is when it comes to the more stylish furniture style end table dog crates is whether these are recommended for all dogs, or if there are situations where a wooden dog crate would not be recommended? While wooden dog crates are the king of dog crates, there are several reasons why you may want to opt for another style, such as a wire, plastic or soft dog crate. The first being if you need a portable solution. If you need a crate that accommodates an active lifestyle and are looking for a one size fits all solution, you would be better off with a wire or soft dog crate. Another factor in which crate you choose is what temperament and habits your dog exhibits. Does your dog love to chew furniture? Are they destructive and love digging? If the answer is yes, this does not preclude you using wooden dog crates, but you will want to make sure that you get the chew proof variety. Pinnacle Pet Products wooden dog crate Pinnacle Pet Furniture makes a wooden dog crate that is perfect for dogs who tend to be destructive. The frame is wooden, so you still get the end table dog crate look, but the sides and doors have a metal grate, so you also get the security of a wire dog crate with these chew proof wooden dog crates.
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Dog Beds Help Dogs with Arthritis

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 8:56:54 AM America/Los_Angeles

If your canine companion suffers from arthritis, you should consider purchasing a special dog bed to help ease the pain. There are several types of dog beds that have been proven to reduce arthritis pain by cushioning and supporting your dogs joints while they sleep. Both you and your dog will sleep better when he is cradled in a new orthopedic dog bed. Choosing the best dog bed to help with arthritis can be difficult. There are so many types of dog beds on the market that picking just one may seem like an impossible task. Reading reviews online and taking recommendations from friends and family is a great way to settle on a high quality brand of orthopedic dog bed. One brand that is known to deliver high performance is Bowsers Dog Beds. Their orthopedic dog beds come in several varieties and sizes, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect bed for your dog. The colorful patterns look great in any decor, so no matter what your personal style is, your dogs bed will blend in beautifully. Bowsers Dog Beds are known for their quality and precision construction. Your dog will enjoy the theraputic way the bed cradles his aching joints, and you’ll love the long-lasting, high quality design of the beds. Both you and your dog will be comfortable, refreshed, and satisfied after a good nights sleep using Bowsers Dog Beds.

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The Pros of a Wooden Dog Crate

Friday, May 4, 2012 7:27:31 PM America/Los_Angeles

Many dog owners choose to crate train their pets from an early age. Buying a dog crate can be an expensive endeavor, but if you’re committed to the training, you will see great results. There are two types of crates on the market to choose from, wire crates and wooden dog crates. Each has their own advantages and the one you choose depends on your unique situation and preferences. Most notable is the cost difference. Wooden dog crates tend to be more expensive than wire ones, so most people opt for the less expensive option. However, the cost is justified as wooden dog crates are considerably more attractive than wire ones, an important consideration if you will keep the crate somewhere visible. Like wire crates, wooden dog crates come in a variety of sizes to fit different breeds of dogs. Some wooden crates include dividers to temporarily make the crate smaller for puppies. The dividers can be moved and removed as the dogs grow and age into adulthood. This flexibility allows you to only ever have to buy a single crate. The same feature is becoming available more and more in wire crates as well.

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Eco-Friendly Dog Beds Go Mainstream

Monday, April 30, 2012 1:06:31 PM America/Los_Angeles

We all know our dogs need a place of their own to lay their weary heads and put up their tired paws. By choosing an eco-friendly dog bed solution, our dogs get the comfort they need and crave, while you can rest easier knowing you’ve taken a step to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve the wonderful world we live in. More and more dog bed brands are creating eco-friendly pet bed collections. Bowsers dog beds, for instance, have a line of eco-friendly dog beds that are made using an “eco-tech” fleece fabric. These include the Bowsers Orbit, Bowsers Eco-Futon, the Bowsers Eco Tahoe for larger dogs and the Bowsers Eco-Buttercup for smaller dogs and cat. Their Eco-Tech Fleece is made using recycled plastic soda bottles which have been broken down to create a soft, luxurious, warm fleece fabric that looks and feels every bit as plush and cozy as its non eco-friendly counterpart. Dog beds made from natural hemp fabrics are another popular choice if you’re looking for eco-friendly alternatives. This crop is easy to grow and needs very little water. Hemp fibers produce a fabric which is very durable, strong and mold and fade resistant. The fill in an eco-friendly dog bed is also made using recycled fiber from recycled plastic soda bottles. By choosing an eco-friendly dog bed, such as Bowsers dog beds, you are keeping anywhere from 20 to 30 soda bottles from adding to landfills and, all without having to sacrifice the comfort, durability or design of your pet’s bed.

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Identifying Essentials for the New Pup

Friday, April 27, 2012 1:08:38 PM America/Los_Angeles

The new puppy’s going to be arriving any day and you are down to the wire needing to figure out what you need for the big day. Sure, there are is a world of dog gear, supplies, toys – everything a pup could need or want, but what are the essentials you are going to want to have on hand to make sure the transition goes smoothly when the little guy or gal arrives? Before you start the shopping process, you will want to decide what your plans are for the new pup. Do you plan on toting the pooch along with you wherever you go, or will he be primarily at home in his dog crate during the day? If a dog will be traveling with you, essential gear you should consider are, a portable dog bed, a dog crate that fits nicely in your car, a car seat cover, a harness and possibly a booster seat or dog seat belt to keep your dog safe in transit. If you plan to leave your dog at home primarily, you may prefer dog gear that fits more into the pet furniture category, such as wooden dog crates, a sturdy pet gate and a dog crate mat or bed that fits inside your dog crate to minimize clutter around your home. These items are designed to blend in with your home furnishings and add to your overall home decor instead of distracting from it. For instance, some wooden dog crates are designed to double as end tables or night stands. A wooden pet gate, especially if it matches your home, can look like it came with the house. And then a crate mat dog bed provides your dog a place up off the cold, hard flood, but is easily concealed within the wooden dog crate.

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Why Every Kid Should Have a Pet

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:37:24 PM America/Los_Angeles

Chances are, if you have children in your family, you have considered the possibility of getting a dog. After all, there’s hardly anything sweeter than watching your kids run through the yard with the pooch in tow, or seeing them relax with the dog on their lap after a long day at school. Besides the joys and fun of having a pet in your household, adopting a pet brings other benefits as well. One of the main ones is that it is a great way to teach kids about taking responsibility. Dogs also boost your kids confidence by being a loyal friend who is always happy to see them, and is always there to be a listening ear whenever needed or the kids have had a bad day. To help your kids feel a part of bringing this new member into your family, try, as much as possible, to include them in as many of the adoption related decisions. Start by asking them to help select the puppy and what name should be bestowed on the lucky hound. Then, follow it up by including them in on shopping for supplies and having them pick a great Bowsers dog bed or Caroline Pet Co dog couch for the new pup. Get the kids involved in the dog’s training from the start, explaining why it’s so important to be consistent in training the puppy. Older kids can take on the responsibility of walking and exercising the dog, giving both the dog and the child an opportunity to get fresh air, sunshine and exercise. By teaching your kids how important and how easy it is to care for and train their dogs, you are setting the stage for life long good habits and ensuring good care for this pet and their future pets. Not only does this mean your child will enjoy a life time of well trained pets, but you are also doing your part to ensure that a few less pets wind up in the pound or shelters due to poor training or problem behavior.

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Pet World Blends with Human World

Friday, April 20, 2012 3:28:48 PM America/Los_Angeles

Wouldn’t you just love to have a stylish pet set up that was indistinguishable from the rest of your home furnishings? While we know our pets need special gear, dog crates, dog beds, pet gates and so on, many a pet owner cringes at the thought of having their pet gear spoiling the look of their existing home décor. That’s why wooden pet furniture is fast becoming all the rage. Dog product manufacturers have done an excellent job at designing and creating a wide range of beautiful wooden furniture, including wooden dog crates that can double as end tables, pet gates, wooden dog beds and housing that looks like a human house reduced to doggie scale. A few of our favorite manufacturers of quality wooden pet furniture are Dynamic Accents and Merry Pet Products. Between them, you have a wide range of products in a variety of finishes to choose from including wooden dog crates, pet gates, beautiful wooden dog houses, wooden dog beds and futon dog beds. Check out their lines of wooden dog crates and other pet furniture. There’s something for everyone, so pull up a chair and enjoy the show!

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Why Dogs Love Bowsers Dog Beds

Thursday, April 12, 2012 4:11:56 PM America/Los_Angeles

What dog doesn’t love to be treated like canine royalty? One of the best ways to treat your dog like the prince or princess he or she is, is by bringing home one of Bowsers dog beds. Bowsers has put a lot of time, effort and research into creating the perfect dog beds, so plush and comfortable that pet owners might wish they had one too. Bowsers dog beds are available in a variety of styles and you can find the perfect bed for your dog’s needs and your lifestyle. Whether you need decorative, fade and mold resistant waterproof outdoor dog beds that keep your dog comfortable and dry while they nap and lounge outdoors, or an memory foam, orthopedic dog bed that will provide your older or special needs dog with the support they need, Bowsers has you covered. If your dog loves to travel with you, they will love Bowsers travel dog beds, dog booster seats and car seat covers that protect your car while keeping your dog safe and comfy on the road. Pet owners who wants to spoil their favorite hounds will love Bowsers’ ever popular donut dog beds, dutchie dog beds and orbit beds made for ultimate comfort. And, if you haven’t already heard, get the look you want by customizing your Bowsers dog beds using any of Bowsers beautiful signature microvelvet, microtwill or cotton fabrics.

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When Dog Crates are Your Friend

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 9:20:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

One of the joys of owning a pet is being greeted by your favorite hound at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, one of the realities of owning a pet is that if that favorite hound has been allowed to roam free while you were out, you will probably also find a potty mess or two on your favorite rug or some signs of boredom such as chew marks on your furniture or treasured possessions. Many dogs spend a good portion of their day at home alone while we work and go about our business, which is why pet owners are increasingly choosing the dog crate solution when they are unable to oversee their dogs. Do a quick google search for dog crates and you'll soon realize that shopping for a dog crate can get complicated. Should you spring the money for the more stylish wooden dog crates that blend better in your home, or stick with the basic wire dog crate? Here’s a simple guide to help you decide. First, you want to evaluate if you or your dog has any special needs. For instance, are you often on the go with your dog? If so, a soft dog crate will give you the portability you need. Is your dog a chewer or a digger? You may want to stick with the wire or plastic dog crates until your dog is a little older. Do you want your dog gear to match your home décor? Wooden crates or end table dog crates, while a little pricier, blend well with your existing furniture. Just make sure your dog is old enough and has gotten over his puppy habits before making an investment in a wooden dog crate. The main goal behind dog crating is to ensure that your dog has a space of their own where they feel safe and where they can learn to wait for potty time and keep their personal space clean and tidy.

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A Furniture Style Dog Crate To Love

Friday, March 2, 2012 4:54:03 PM America/Los_Angeles

We all know of the many benefits of crate training and the use of a dog crate in providing our pets with a getaway spot, but not everyone wants a dog crate as the centerpiece in your home. That is, unless it’s a beautiful wooden dog crate. Wooden dog crates, especially the ones that double as a piece of furniture, such as the end table dog crate or the nightstand dog crate, can look every bit as classy as the rest of your home furnishings and interior décor. You can find wooden dog crates with a variety of finishes to match your existing furniture, but if you’re looking for a more budget friendly solution, you may want to check out the Merry Products Dog Crate and Wooden Cover, or the Merry dog crate. Besides being easier on the pocket book, Merry dog crates, are also popular because they are made using both a metal dog crate and a beautiful wooden crate cover. The metal crate makes them extra durable and the wooden cover gives them their “furniture” look.

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The Perfect Indoor/Outdoor Dog Bed

Friday, February 24, 2012 12:03:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Does your dog love to lounge and lay around outdoors? If so, you will want to be sure you provide them with a good dog bed, but one that is made to hold up to being outdoors. A good outdoor dog bed should be made with water resistant or water proof material that resists mold and mildew. The fabric will be more fade resistant and durable as it will likely be moved more often and may be placed on surfaces that are less than ideal, such as decks, dirt, gravel, or on wet surfaces near a swimming pool, on a boat deck, etc. The cover should be removable and easy to clean, so you can wash it whenever it gets soiled. For a good quality, indoor/outdoor dog bed, check out Bowsers Deck and Garden Collection. Some of our favorite Bowsers dog beds for indoor/outdoor purposes include the Indoor/Outdoor Contour Lounger Dog Bed and their Rectangular or Circle Patio Cushion Dog Pillow Bed. These Bowsers dog beds have a memory foam like cushion that keeps your dog comfortable and off of the hard ground, while the fabric is both durable and fashionable.

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What Dogs Dream Of -- A Bowsers Dog Bed

Friday, February 17, 2012 3:01:01 PM America/Los_Angeles

Have you seen a Bowsers dog bed? Chances are, if you have, that you have secretly thought that you wouldn’t mind checking out the human equivalent. Their Donut Beds are a favorite with soft, luxurious fabrics, trendy designs and quality workmanship. Bowsers super loft rectangles are another of Bowsers dog beds that will keep your dog napping comfortably all night (or day, in some cases) long, if you let them. Of course, the list goes on. They have a variety of products on the market, including dog booster seats, dog stairs and a wide variety of indoor, outdoor and designer dog beds. Each one of these quality dog products is available in a variety of beautiful fabrics enabling you to find the perfect match for any room in your house. If you like personal service, you will be happy to know that Bowsers made your dog’s bed especially for you as each bed is hand crafted upon receipt of your order. So, to provide your pet with the pampering they deserve, check out Bowsers dog beds and find one that you and your dog will love!

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Pet Furniture and Wooden Dog Crates

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:44:26 AM America/Los_Angeles

Are you looking for ways to crate your dog, but need solutions that looks more like pet furniture rather than just standard pet gear? If so, check out wooden dog crates! These classy looking pieces of pet furniture do a great job of containing your dog, but can also double as end tables, nightstands and more. Many pet gear designers are coming up with new and innovative solutions for classier looking pet gear, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding just the right one that matches existing furniture and décor and suits your budget. Among our favorites are Merry Products’ Cage with Wooden Cover. This crate is a simpler style and it’s more budget friendly. Dynamic Accents is another favorite. Their wooden dog crates are sturdy and decorative, but they also offer a variety of finishes ranging from black, oak, mahogany and, most recently, artisan bronze, Dynamic Accents wooden dog crates are popular because their crates fall more into the pet furniture category and blend to match their existing home décor. They also provide pet gates in the same finishes, so if you are looking to match your pet gate and wooden dog crate, you’re in luck!

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Tips On Adopting a Dog from the Pound

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 4:11:15 PM America/Los_Angeles

Are you considering adopting a dog from a dog shelter or the pound? If so, let me first begin by congratulating you! Rescuing a dog and giving him or her a home of their own, is one of the best feelings in the world. After you make the decision to adopt, your next consideration before you head the pound is what type of dog you are hoping to bring home. Having an idea on the size and breed will also help you in choosing the right sized dog crate, dog house or dog pillows and beds, but it will also prevent you from making an emotional decision once you see all the cute puppies and dogs who need homes. When deciding on the breed or mixed breed, factors to consider are: do you need a breed that is good with kids? If so, ask for help choosing a dog with a good temperament. Next, how much time do you have for a dog? Pet owners who are frequently on the go need a low maintenance dog and having a dog with high exercise or grooming needs may put a strain on a busy schedule. Another factor is what are you looking for in a canine companion? Are you looking for a hound who can get you up and out the door, or one who is more laid back and chilled that will help you relax and de-stress? Another factor to consider is your pet budget. The smaller the dog, the less you will likely spend on them between food, dog pillows and beds, dog crates and other essentials. Of course, whenever you adopt from the pound, you want to leave room for “love at first sight.” You may have an idea of what you’re looking for, but sometimes a dog will choose you. So unless there is some reason why it would not be a good idea (such as, you've got little kids and it's a notoriously aggressive breed) there's nothing wrong with going with your gut instinct. Now that you have decided on the basic breed, let’s focus on preparations that need to be made for the big day. First, be sure you’ve got the essentials supplies such as dog pillows and beds and dog bedding, a dog house or a dog crate, some dog food, a good collar and a sturdy leash before your bring the new hound home. With a little luck and a whole lot of love, the new member of your family should be happy, healthy and right at home for years to come.

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Why Use Dog Stairs or a Dog Ramp?

Thursday, February 2, 2012 4:05:55 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you have an older dog, you know how important it is to take care of your dog’s joints and muscles. That’s what pet stairs or a dog ramp are such a great option. Dog stairs and ramps help to prevent injuries to your pet because you’re making it safer for your pet to easily get off the bed, couch or other beloved spot. You can use them coupled with dog crates and beds as well to ensure their safety. You can even use dog stairs for swimming pools, decks or docks, and into boats, trucks and other hard to reach places. It reduces the strain on your dog’s muscles by making it easier for them to reach these places. A dog ramp or stairs come in different models, and can be easily folded to make transportation a breeze. Simply use your dog crates to transport your dog wherever you’re going, fold up the pet stairs, pack some food for your dog and you’re good to go. Veterinarians believe you should never allow your dog to jump up or down from difficult to reach places. Dogs that are in great shape can hurt their joints, muscles and bones doing that. Dogs with short legs and longer spines are at an even higher risk. A dog ramp or stairs are particularly beneficial for dogs that are overweight and have experienced a lot of stress. You may not notice it at first, but your dog’s joints and muscles will suffer in the long run if you don’t use dog stairs and allow them to jump from higher objects.

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Sports, Fun and Exercises to Include Your Dog In

Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:10:31 AM America/Los_Angeles

The great thing about owning a dog is that you are able to do things together and they won’t really complain about it. They’ll happily accompany you to go play in the park or get some exercise. So take down your pet gates, load up your dog crates, and head outside and start exploring the world around you! The health benefits both you and your dog will see will lead to a much happier life for the both of you. Whether it be simply grabbing the Frisbee or football and heading down to the park for some casual fun or something more advanced like agility sports, your dog will enjoy it. What are agility sports for dogs? Simply put, agility sports is a course of obstacles that both you and your dog run through, with or without a leash. An agility course will consist of mainly jumping, tunneling, weaving in between poles, climbing and hitting obstacles and more. You can even make your own agility course at home! By utilizing pet gates and dog crates, you can turn them into fun obstacles for your dog to get exercise with. Practice jumping over them or even climbing on top. Try using cardboard boxes as tunnels, and PVC pipe to make poles for your dog to play with. Use what you have around you, that is the best approach for getting your dog exercise. Don’t keep your dog cooped up all day in dog crates, let them run wild at least once a day!

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Essential Supplies to Keep your Dog Happy and Healthy During Winter

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:38:54 PM America/Los_Angeles

With the frigid days of winter upon us, it’s important to make sure you have proper dog bedding for your beloved pets sleeping area. Whether it be a dog house, crate, or somewhere else, it’s important to keep your dog warm during the winter to ensure he or she stays healthy and happy in the winter so they can enjoy the warm days of spring that are right around the corner. So you’ll want your dogs sleeping area to be properly insulated and ventilated to make for a comfortable sleeping environment. Dog throws are a great way to keep your dog warm and healthy throughout the winter. They provide great comfort and warmth to any type of dog, regardless of size. Adding dog throws to your dog bedding will go a long way in keeping your dog happy. Having a dog house that keeps cold drafts from coming in is important. So any combination of heated dog bedding and dog throws will keep your dog warm throughout the night, when the temperatures are lowest. It’s important to remember that winters are very cold. We sometimes forget that because our houses are so cozy. All you have to do is imagine yourself sleeping outside in those conditions. You wouldn’t enjoy that, not one bit, so if you simply add dog throws to your dog bedding it will help you keep your dog warm and happy this winter, no doubt about it!

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Every Dog's Winter Dream - A Cozy Den and Warm Dog PIllows and Beds

Friday, January 13, 2012 11:33:14 AM America/Los_Angeles

Now that the cold days of winter are upon us, and snow is (finally) falling pretty much everywhere, you should make sure that your dog houses are properly heated and insulated. So, what exactly is considered good shelter for a dog during the cold winter months? It all starts with dog houses. You’ll need a house for your dog to sleep in that is well insulated, and possibly even heated. Dogs do a great job themselves of keeping warm, but why not give them a little extra help? Dog houses with foam or fiberglass insulation work best, and it’s also important to have a sturdy roof on their shelter, to help keep the heat, because heat, as we all know, rises. Next up, be sure to raise their shelter off the ground about 6-12 inches, and put some kind of insulation underneath to help shield it from the cold ground.

Now that we have the insulation figured out, it’s time to think about the inside of our dog houses. Dog pillows and beds are a necessity for any comfortable dog house. So you’ll want to use dog beds that provide the cushion and comfort your dog needs, particularly if you have an older dog. There are dog pillows and beds available for older dogs that have arthritis, so you may want to look into that as well. Next up we have dog pillows. Dog pillows may seem kind of silly, but if your dog has ever slept in your bed, you know how much a dog loves a good pillow. So provide your beloved canine with dog pillows that have all the comfortable fillings you can think of. If you follow these steps, your dog just may be cozier than you this winter!

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Good Dog Bad Dog, the Difference Could Be The Dog Crate?

Friday, January 6, 2012 2:23:23 PM America/Los_Angeles

Dogs are masters at finding ways to get in trouble. They’re not trying to be naughty, but left unsupervised, unless they’ve been specifically taught that something is off limits, anything, including those new slippers you got as a Christmas gift, are up for grabs, chews or playtime. This doesn’t have to be the case, however, as there are precautions you can take in your every day life to make sure your canine is well behaved and staying out of trouble. Dog crates are a great way to keep your dog in line and to teach him or her some discipline. Dog crates can be used to train your canine on right and wrong, and to give them a place to be punished when they do something wrong. On the flip side, they can also be used to give your dog a sense of privacy, their own private getaway when they need to relax, chill and catch their breath.

In addition to dog crates, dog throws are an excellent way to keep your pet dog calm. They can be used to give your dog a place to snuggle up and stay out of trouble, because all dogs love a good warm place to sleep, and that is exactly what dog throws provide them with. A place of their own to lounge around for hours on end without being bothered.

Dog crates paired with dog throws are one of the best ways to keep your canine out of trouble and in a good mood, which will make for a pleasant experience for everyone involved.

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A Place to Call Home - Dog Houses for Your Favorite Hound

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 4:34:45 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you own a dog, and chances are you because you’re reading this, then have considered looking at the various dog houses and dog crates available? If not, why? Both dog houses and crates are very important for both you and your canine. They give your dog an area of his or her own, somewhere to hide and be comfortable, rather than right on your bed. Dog houses and dog crates are more comfortable than ever thanks to the various types of material available. Even better, they are warmer than ever and can protect your dog from the harsh elements like rain, wind and snow. Dogs are sensitive creatures and may be sad when they don’t have dog crates of their own.

One of the overlooked features of having dog houses and dog crates is that there is less of a mess inside your home to clean up. This doesn’t only involve your dog going to the bathroom inside your home, but using dog crates and dog houses inside your home also gives them a place to eat on their own. A dog is man’s best friend, so it’s important to treat them like a member of the family, by providing them with safe dog houses. Your dog will be around for years to come, so the investment is worth it. After all, those long winter months can be quite hard on a dog if their dog houses and crates don’t have sufficient insulation. So when you’re thinking about it, there really is no reason to not buy nice dog houses for our beloved pets.

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Why Does an Older Dog Need Different Dog Bedding?

Sunday, December 18, 2011 7:04:23 PM America/Los_Angeles

If you have an older dog, chances are your beloved canine is starting to suffer from health problems. This can be a number of things, but the most common is arthritis. Many dogs suffer from arthritis later in life, however they can’t communicate their problems to us, so there are signs to look for if your dog isn’t acting normal. Luckily, your dog’s aches and pains are perfectly manageable if the proper steps are taken. By using the proper dog bedding, such as orthopedic dog beds and dog pillows, you can alleviate many of the problems associated with getting older.

Orthopedic dog beds are a key piece of dog bedding that provide extra levels of comforting and padding for your dog, and will make their lazy days that much better. Dog pillows are a great option as well, as we all know how much our pet dogs love sleeping in our beds and stealing all of our pillows! But by giving them their own beds, we may actually end up being jealous of their sleeping arrangements.

Because you’ve been around your dog so much, you know when something isn’t right. So if you start seeing signs that your dog is in pain, get it checked out, and look into purchasing the right type of dog bedding that will be accommodating for them. Orthopedic dog beds and dog pillows are a great way to make your older dog feel like a strapping young pup once again. With a little extra care and love, your older dog will still be enjoying many more days ahead of him or her.

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Is the Dog Being Naughty? Are You Using His Dog Crate?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:19:13 AM America/Los_Angeles

If you own a pet, chances are you have experienced coming home to find that your lovable young (or older) pooch has left a path of destruction. This is typically due to the fact that a puppy (or a bored dog) loves to chew, play rough, and even use our home furnishings as a bathroom. Whoa! Dogs left unattended will chew on almost anything. Anything left lying around or in view is fair game from slippers, socks and shoes to the legs of your furniture or the trash in your trash can. There are ways you can keep them from causing all of this trouble, and the proper use of dog houses and dog crates are one of the best.

What you need to do is get them the right type of dog house that are made to withstand the wear and tear of a rough dog. Top it off by getting them some good, indestructible toys and you’re good to go. Your pet should quickly learn what they are allowed to chew on if you use a dog crate to keep them contained and out of trouble when unsupervised.  When you let them out, give them fun dog toys that they are allowed to play with. By following these simple steps, you can say goodbye to the days of having to constantly replaced damaged personal items, because the dog houses and containment devices are made to last. Of course, even better than a dog house is the use of dog crates which keep the dog out of trouble unless you’re watching him or her. If a dog has been naughty or caused damaged, sending them to their house is a great way to discourage this behavior. You may feel you are being too tough on them, but showing a little tough love will go a long way in teaching your dog acceptable behavior. Through the use of dog crates, your dog is learning boundaries, which is crucial to a peaceful co-existence of dogs and their families.

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Great Christmas Gifts for Dogs -- Dog Pillows and Beds and More

Friday, December 9, 2011 8:32:44 AM America/Los_Angeles

A dog can provide your family with years of enjoyment, comfort and love. In most cases, our dogs become part of the family, as we sometimes spend just as much money on our pets as we do ourselves. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! Dog bedding is perhaps one of the best things you can buy for your beloved canine, along with dog pillows and beds. All dogs love to be lazy, so by giving them a gift like dog bedding, you could very well have one happy pup on your hands.

Unfortunately, dogs are very rough of their beds. They quite often will pee on them, and chew on their dog pillows and beds. But that’s okay, because there are products available that are meant to withstand that type of behavior. Dog bedding has never been more durable, and it is very possible to get a long lifespan out of your dog bedding, dog pillows and beds. So this holiday season, when purchasing gifts for the rest of your family, don’t forget about the other member of your family that would love new beds. Dog bedding is a great gift for you canine no matter the time of year, so never stop thinking about him or her!

Everyone thinks cats sleep their entire day away, but did you know that dogs sleep an average of 14 hours a day? So knowing that, you’ll want to give your dog some dog bedding that will withstand the test of time.

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The Outdoor Dog, Winter Coats and a Cozy Dog House

Monday, December 5, 2011 9:00:01 PM America/Los_Angeles

Dogs are social creatures and, if properly trained, do best if allowed to live in your home where they can feel like a part of your “pack.” However, the ideal is not always possible and many dogs do end up as backyard dogs or outdoor dogs. If you plan to train your dog to live outdoors be sure you will be able to devote the time need to still properly socialize your dog. Also be sure that your yard is properly secured. A chained up dog is a miserable one and these dogs will often start to display behaviors that will cause problems for them and you down the line. You also want to be sure you provide adequate shelter for your outdoorsy hound. He need a good, well insulated dog house – a place where he can go when he needs protection from the wind, rain and harsh elements.  It doesn’t need to a mansion dog house though. Most dogs are happy with a place that has four walls, is up off of the cold ground and a good, solid roof over their heads. If cost is an issue, don’t let that stop you. Do a quick google search on how to make your own wooden dog house. Believe it or not, wood is one of the best insulators and wooden dog houses are attractive and durable. If you need a more mobile solution, plastic or fiberglass dog houses, such as dogloo or igloos are well insulated, lighter weight and do an excellent job at protecting your pet from the harsher elements. As a final note, if your dog is just making the transition into becoming an outdoor dog, make sure he or she is the right breed to be an outdoor dog. Not all breeds are able to grow the thick coat needed to endure cold weather. Even if he or she is the right breed, remember that thick coats take time to grow out. They usually grow out gradually over time as the seasons change.

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Dog Throws and Beds -- Keeping Your Pet Warm and Cozy This Winter

Friday, December 2, 2011 9:05:51 PM America/Los_Angeles

Are you enjoying the cooler weather, snuggling up in front of the fire place in your warm bathrobe and cozy slippers? While you’re busy finding ways to stay warm and toasty, be sure you remember to find ways to keep your dog warm and toasty too while he or she is indoors. A great way to ensure they’re comfortable and warm around your home is to provide them with warm dog beds with good padding. You even find several types that include a small heater that provides extra warmth during especially cold weather. Throw in a plush dog throw and your dog will be sleeping like a puppy, or better yet, a happy old dog since puppies aren’t notorious for being exceptional sleepers. If your dog is a puppy or is a short haired breed, you may want to invest in a good bolster dog bed or a nesting dog bed as these provide these dogs with the feeling of being wrapped up and warm, and it protects them from drafts and cold breezes.  If your dog is older or suffers from hip dysplasia or canine arthritis,  consider getting them a heated dog bed or crate pad as these help them maintain a steady body temperature which prevents discomfort. Most importantly, however, be sure they are elevated and off of the cold ground by making sure their dog bed has a good thick orthopedic pad.  Another very important piece of dog bedding you will want to consider is a good dog throw. This gives them protection from the cold air and gives them a warm and cozy spot to curl up in.

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Considering A New Puppy For Christmas?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:11:56 PM America/Los_Angeles

Is a new puppy on someone’s Christmas list this year? Puppies do indeed make wonderful gifts. They’re cuddly, cute, great pals and recent studies have even proven that pet owners live healthier lives. The choice of getting a new pet is a good one, the question is whether you can handle the many needs of a new canine bundle of joy during the busy holiday seasons. Getting a puppy brings many of the same responsibilities that you are faced with in bringing a new baby into your home in that they will require lots of sleep, quality food, regular vet visits and vaccinations, the right kind of dog pillows and beds, a good dog crate and plenty of toys. One added factor in getting a dog, however, is that those first few weeks after you bring a puppy home are very important in their training and socialization. If their training and care is back burnered for too long, or if bad habits are allowed to develop, you may find yourself with a problem dog. If you feel you can keep up with the puppy’s needs and want to go ahead with bringing them home for Christmas, here are some tips on ways to help the transition go smoothly. First, do your puppy shopping ahead of time. Get your new pet a plastic or wire dog crate, the right type of dog pillows and beds, some good quality dog food (preferably the type they are already used to eating), chew toys, dog dishes and a leash and collar.  Try to limit their interactions with guests to short 10-15 minutes periods and never leave them alone with kids of any age. Make use of their dog crate when they are done interacting with friends, kids or visitors to give them some down time and avoid them getting over stimulated. Last, but not least, be sure to get your new holiday pooch into dog training or some sort as soon as you can, whether through classes, or through you working with them consistently. 

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Tired of Getting Home to Dogs Gone WIld? Time for the Dog Crate!

Friday, November 25, 2011 7:38:10 PM America/Los_Angeles

While having a stay at home pet mom or dad would be ideal for your favorite pooch, the reality is that with today’s lifestyles, most of us have to leave our pets home for long periods of time while we work, study, run our kids around and so on. Leaving a dog unattended, whether in your house or out in the yard, is generally a bad idea. As many pet owners have learned the hard way, you eventually come home to a “dogs gone wild” scenario at the expense of your home furnishings, their dog pillows and beds, your favorite pair of shoes or your new flower bed. The tough part is that you know your dog isn’t intentionally trying to be naughty. He’s just bored and needs the oversight you are unable to give him while you are out and about. Well, guess what?! In lieu of “oversight,” the use of a dog crate meets a variety of goals. First, you get peace of mind that your dog hasn't turned in a pooch hooligan tearing through your house. And second, your dog feels more secure and will tend to rest and relax while in his crate, especially if you’ve got adequate dog pillows and beds for him to rest on.  Throw in his favorite chew toy or raw hide and your dog’s got everything he need to be happy and self entertained. Although some dog owners initially feel like they’re being cruel by keeping their dog behind bars, once they see how happy their dogs is, they realize that they are actually meeting their dog’s natural need for a den of their own. One point to remember is to make sure you have some sort of padding if your dog is going to spend a good deal of time in his dog crate by throwing in some cozy dog pillows and beds or a crate mat. If they don’t have padding, you may start to notice them developing dog calluses over time.

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Dog and Cats - Can They Get Along?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:48:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

Just because most cats and dogs fight like, well, cats and dogs, doesn’t mean they can’t learn to co-exist peacefully with a little patience and gentle socialization. Of course, the very easiest is to introduce kitty to puppy when they both young and easygoing and will cheerfully share their dog bedding or kitty cave with one another.  If that isn’t possible, however, don’t despair. You can still introduce cat to dog at any age and if you handle it properly, in most cases, they can learn that diversity is a good thing.  To start off, be sure that any interaction is always in your presence. Never leave them in a room to “figure it out” for themselves. They need you to help them out. Make sure the cat is at the dog’s eye level and keep a firm grip on both animals so they know you are in control and they are safe. If either animal is just too frightened or panicked, don’t push it. Give them a break, but don’t give up. Keep your socialization sessions short, but do keep it up. In between times, keep your dog in his dog crate, out in the yard or in an enclosed area to prevent accidental meetings. Given a little time, they should start to lose their fear of each and get used to the new member of the family. Occasionally, some animal’s personalities just won’t jive and in those cases, even after long periods of socialization, you will find that something needs to give in your pet situation, but for the most part, just take it slow and remain relaxed and you will eventually see progress. You may never come home to that idyllic kitty and pup snuggling together in the dog bedding scene, but they should learn to respect each other.

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Those Magnificent Pet Gates and How to Use Them

Friday, November 11, 2011 10:43:13 AM America/Los_Angeles

Do you have a new puppy in your home? Congratulations! Pets make wonderful additions to our lives and families, but it’s important to get off to a good start with establishing boundaries and training your pet what is expected of him or her in your household.  This includes teaching your pet that certain areas of your home are restricted and off limits. A dog left to his own devices can get into a lot of trouble. Many pet owners use dog crates as a way to house train their dogs and to keep them contained whenever they will be left on their own. However, even if you plan on using a dog crate, pet gates are another way to teach your dog boundaries and keep them safe. Pet gates are available in multiple sizes and styles to accommodate a variety of spaces, home décor, sizes and temperaments of dogs, etc. You can find pet gates made from wood, metal or plastic and in many different styles ranging from the simpler, more portable, pressure gate to the designer metal or wooden gate that are designed to look like a piece of furniture. Some types are held in place using pressure while others need some installation, which, in turn, makes them sturdier and more permanent.  When choosing a pet gate, first find out which one will fits your specific needs. Factors to consider include how the size of the area, how big your dog is and if your dog is an escape artist or jumper or if he’s rather docile and will avoid a gate just because its there. First, be sure to take good measurements of the area you plan to close off. Next, pick the type of pet gate you need.  If you need it for the top of the stairs, for instance, don’t get a pressure gate, get one you install which is sturdier.  After you install your new gate, take some time to teach your dog to wait or stay whenever you pass through.

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Dog Crates for Your Road Trip

Monday, November 7, 2011 9:32:28 PM America/Los_Angeles

Do you love to travel with your favorite hound in tow and need a dog crating solution that is portable, which can be set up and taken down quickly and easily and be able to hold up to the wear and tear of being on the road.  Soft dog crates are made for just such a purpose. Although they won’t work for air travel, they are a great way to keep your dog secure and contained while in temporary situations such as staying in hotels, camping, or staying with friends and family.  These portable dog crates are built for the road. They are lightweight, durable, are quick and easy to set up and pack away. They often come with a carrying or storage case or pouch and are made with water proof or water resistant canvas.  The idea is to provide your dog with a home away from home. If your dog loves chewing, digging or finding creative ways to get out of his crate, these types of crates are not recommended. Destructive dogs tend to do better in a wire or hard shell plastic crate which are built to withstand these types of behavior.  Soft dog crates can resemble a dog tent, although they come in a variety of styles, shapes and materials. The mesh is extra heavy duty and the durable metal frames give the dog crate stability and form. Some varieties have extra ventilation flaps on the side or on top which can be rolled down whenever you want to give your dog more privacy.

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Ways to go "Green" With Your Dog Bedding

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 12:00:17 PM America/Los_Angeles

By now you most likely read about the benefits of using dog bedding that is eco-friendly.  What you may not know is that there are a number of styles of dog beds available using a variety of recycled materials.  Some of the styles of eco-friendly dog bedding include dog mattresses, the typical dog bed, waterproof eco-tech fleece that can be used indoors or outdoors and even travel beds or crate beds that can be used in your car or dog crate. These “green” dog beds can be made of hemp, 100% cotton, recycled plastic, old furniture and blankets and so much more.  They can be used for any size dog, whether small, medium or large. In determining which type of dog bedding to use, the main considerations to take into account when choosing any type of dog bed is your dog’s favorite sleep position and where you plan to use the dog bed. For instance, if you plan to use it in your dog crate, you will want to buy one that is specifically made to be use in dog crates.  Bowsers pet beds makes some pretty impressive eco-friendly dog beds. Bowsers beds are also customizable to your liking as they have the option to do special orders.  Eco-friendly dog bedding are washable, warm, durable and color fast.  You can use this dog bedding in pretty much any climate and for any dog.  The Bowser pet beds are very soft and comfortable, in fact, that it will be hard to believe that the dog bedding was made from recycled products!

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Got an Extra Dog House? Give It To Charity!

Thursday, October 27, 2011 11:53:09 AM America/Los_Angeles

Are you an animal lover looking for ways to help dogs this winter? If you have a gently used dog house, dog crate, carrier or other pet supplies, you can try donating these to a local animal shelter or a local pet charity that focuses on bettering the lives of our pets. Gently used and new dog supplies donated to these charities and shelters are typically donated to low income families or individuals with dogs or to animal shelters in need of supplies. Especially in cooler weather, a shelter and a place for a dog to be protected from the elements is very important. If no shelter is provided, you will often find dogs trying to shelter in boxes, under houses or somewhere that will keep them as warm and dry as possible. So, if you have a dog house or dog crate that your dog no longer uses and are looking for a way to dogs this winter that goes beyond financial contribution, do an internet search and find a shelter or dog charity that accepts contributions of this type. Not only are you giving a dog a home of their home, but you can get a tax deduction while you’re at it. Some points to remember are, it’s not advisable to donate used dog bedding or dog beds as these are more difficult to clean and can carry diseases. The simpler the dog house or dog crate, the better as these are easier to move, set up and transport.

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Flying With the Dogs?

Saturday, October 8, 2011 10:56:54 AM America/Los_Angeles

Planning to travel with your dog? With a little planning, preparation and research, it doesn’t have to be stressful for either you or your dog. First, make sure you call around and find the best deal ahead of time. Some airlines are more geared to ensuring a comfortable, safe travelling experience for your favorite hound. A friend of ours recently had to ship a dog and discovered the while the first airline she called  would carry the dog, the trip would have lasted over 8 hours, during which time the dog would have been locked up in her dog crate. To make matters worse, there would be several stops along the way and the cabin was not climate controlled. These conditions seemed risky, to say the least, so she contacted a second airlines and discovered that they had a 2 hour direct flight, the cabin the dog would be kept was climate controlled and, their prices were similar to the first.  So, be sure you ask a lot of questions and make sure you’re comfortable with the conditions in which your dog will be traveling. Next, be sure your dog crate is an airline approved dog carrier. The last thing you want when traveling is to show up at the ticket counter and discover you’ve got problems with your dog’s crate. Last, try to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. If you’re tense and nervous, your dog will pick up on it. When both owner and pet are stressed, your trip may become just a little bit more than you bargained for.

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Wondering Why Your Dog Needs their Own Dog Pillows and Beds?

Monday, October 3, 2011 4:03:10 PM America/Los_Angeles

Why does your dog need a dog pillow or their own dog bedding? First of all, a dog who spends too much time sleeping on hard surfaces can develop rough spots and dog callouses on their elbows and joints.  Older dogs and dogs with health conditions like arthritis, hip dyplasia suffer when spending too much time on hard, cooler surfaces or from the stress of getting up off of the ground, or worse yet, having to climb on and off of couches or beds.  Now that you know your pet needs a dog pillow, how do you go about picking the right one? To do that, determine if your dog has a need for a specific attribute. Olders dogs or dogs with special conditions need dog beds with extra support such as a memory foam or ortho dog bed An older dog or dog with special needs needs a bed with good support such as a memory foam dog bed, or an orthopedic dog bed. Smaller dogs do best with dog pillows and beds that provide them with a sense of security, such as a bolster bed, while your average dog will appreciate more generic dog pillows and beds. A dog bed is an investment. A cheaper one may be easier on the pocket book, but may not last as long as one that is higher end or more quality. To make sure you get the right size dog pillows and beds, measure your dog when they are lying in their favorite position. Add five inches to the measurement. Alternatively, measure the dog from the base of their neck to the base of their tail and, again, add on 5 inches. Once you have the right attributes and size, go ahead and pick one out to suit your fancy and your home décor. Happy shopping for dog pillows and beds!

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Soft Dog Crates: The Traveling Dog’s Dream Dog Crate

Monday, September 26, 2011 2:46:29 PM America/Los_Angeles

We all know that dogs love their dog crates. A dog views his crate a their very own den -- a familiar place, with their favorite dog beds and toys, where they can get away when they need a little peace, quiet and won’t be bothered.  So, what do you do when you are on the road with your dog and are unable to pack along their favorite dog crate? You bring along one of these handy, soft dog crates. These portable dog crates provide a dog with the comforts of home while on the road and are “win” for both pet and owners alike.  From the dog’s viewpoint, he’s getting his very own portable den and “get away” spot, whether camping outdoors, staying in a hotel or visiting friends and family.  As a pet owner, you are getting a quick and easy solution and way to contain your pet, keeping them calm and quiet in unfamiliar surroundings when they may otherwise get stressed or aggitated. These dog crates are quick to set up and take down and, best of all, when you’re ready to get back on the road, they fold down and pack into convenient totes or carry cases. Most portable dog crates are soft sided, however some styles look more like a dog tent. You will want to avoid the soft variety, however, if your dog is very young and still loves digging and chewing, or if your dog is especially destructive.  

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New Dog Throw Creations Keep Your Pet Warm This WInter

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:00:20 PM America/Los_Angeles

Fall is here! Vacations are over. Kids are back in school and now we’re all enjoying the last rays of summer.  We’re starting to roll out the fall décor, along with our warmer clothes and cozy bedding.  While we’re preparing to welcome the cooler weather, why not consider ways to keep our favorite hounds warm and fuzzy too. Creators of some of our favorite pet gear haven’t let us down. They have new creations on the market, such as the Box Quilt Microfiber and Sherpa Dog Throw, to make sure our dogs are every bit as warm and fuzzy as we are this winter. The Box Quit is Carolina Pet Co.’s latest addition to the dog throw scene and was designed using a neutral color scheme so they would be blend in easily with our home furnishing and décor. To top if off, the Box Quilt dog throw is reversible. One side is plush Sherpa, the other durable and easy to clean microfiber.  Besides keeping your canine best friend comfy, one of its best features of a dog throw is their ability to protect your home furnishing from collecting pet hair and soaking up potty accidents. When a dog throw gets dirty, all you have to do is throw them into the wash – a much easier solution than trying to clean your couch or your favorite down comforter, right? Dogs who spend their evenings out of doors in their dog houses or dog crates will appreciate a plush throws as part of their dog bedding ensemble, while you will rest assured knowing your dog is warm and toasty on those cool winter nights. Go ahead and get your favorite dog one of these Boxquilt Microfiber and Sherpa Throws and then sit back and enjoy the falling leaves, holidays and winter cheer.

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Don't Let the Dogs Out - Use a Pet Gate!

Friday, September 16, 2011 8:16:32 AM America/Los_Angeles

Although our pets are every bit a part of our families, there may be times when you want to prevent their access to parts of your home where they could get hurt or cause damage when unsupervised. Some dogs love to dash for the front door when they see it open. Others may love playing or scrounging around in the kitchen while you cook, causing potentially dangerous conditions. If you’re looking for a way to keep your favorite pet safely corralled without spoiling your home décor, you’ll be happy to know you can easily create a dog free zone with a variety of classy looking wooden pet gates. Before deciding on the style, its important to measure the area you are trying to close off and know exactly what style you need. For instance, the pressure fitting styles work well if you have two parallel walls and want something with very little set up required. If your dog is stronger and may push over a pet gate, you may want to consider one that is built in that affords more security.  If you need something more portable, a free standing pet gate can be moved around easily and used in different parts of your home. Some styles, such as the Gate and Crate can even be positioned against a wall to make a three sided wood dog crate in a pinch.  The next step is to decide what kind of opening device you prefer, whether its the accordian style, the sliding type, the swinging door, and so on.  Whatever you settle on, the main purpose is to find a pet gate that protects your dog when you need it to.

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Dog Bedding: The War Against Pet Hair and How To Get the Upper Hand

Monday, September 12, 2011 11:35:21 AM America/Los_Angeles

You may already know of all the good reasons why you want to make sure your dog has the right dog pillows and beds. However, besides getting the right dog bed, you may also want to check out dog sofa covers, dog blankets or dog throws.  Dog bedding accessories, such as dog sofa covers and dog throws have a two-fold benefit. First of all, no one wants to be constantly fighting the pet hair battle in their home. Finding dog hair on your favorite couch or your own bedding is a problem many pet owners face. After all, washing your comforter is no easy task. When it comes to washing your couch or couch cover, too much washing can cause it to fade or run. A dog sofa cover or dog throw can effectively protect your furniture by catching the hair and any potty accidents. When soiled, it’s easy to throw them in the wash. Second, dogs often need extra warmth.  A person can throw on an extra sweater in cooler weather, but a dog who lives in a cooler climate, or an aging dog with medical conditions, can really suffer if they’re not kept warm.  Dog throws, sofa covers and blankets are an excellent solution to this problem. They can be used anywhere your dog love to hang out, whether it’s the sofa, his dog houses or dog crates. And, best of all, dog bedding accessories, like dog beds, are available in a variety of styles, fabrics and colors enabling you to find just the right one that that compliments your existing home décor.

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When the Dog House Just Isn't Good Enough

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 1:56:16 PM America/Los_Angeles

Have you recently purchased or built a new dog house for your pampered pooch only to find that he or she doesn’t seem to notice it, much less use it? First of all, you want to make sure your dog house is fully equipped and up to not only keeping your dog clean and dry, but also offers protection from extreme climates and elements. Dog houses should have good insulation and be built up off the ground enough so it doesn’t flood when it rains. Wood is a great insulator, but igloo dog houses are also designed to keep your dog at comfortable temperatures in cold or warm weather.

To introduce the dog to his dog house, start off by encouraging him to check out his new abode by bringing him to the house and then throwing a few of his favorite dog treats inside. Take it a step further by filling a dog kong with peanut butter and attaching it to the back of the dog house using a short string. Some pet owners also place their dog’s food inside, but you will want to make sure this doesn’t end up being a rodent feeder by removing the food when your dog’s done eating.

Keep your dog’s favorite dog pillows and beds in the house. To inspire your dog to use his dog house, you want it to to be irresistibly cozy. --A simple rug on the floor or dog blanket may not be your dog’s idea of cozy. If temperatures are expected to drop, add some extra dog throws or blankets to make sure your dog stays comfortable and warm.

In the end, a dog will retreat to his dog house if they are cold or in need of shelter. So make sure everything is set and then sit back and relax and know that if your dog is still chilling outside, he’s probably just fine.

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Video - Dynamic Accents Wooden Dog Crates

Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:45:58 PM America/Los_Angeles

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Getting Off To a Good Start: House Training Your Puppy With a Dog Crate

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:51:18 AM America/Los_Angeles

House breaking your dog can be relatively simple. The most important thing to remember is that repetition and consistency are the key. To start off, house breaking will made easiest if you use dog crates. Any dog crate will do the job, provided it is big enough to where they won't bump their head when they stand up, and wide/long enough to allow the dog to turn around easily. Feeding your dog in their crate, and giving them treats when they go into it, will make them feel like it’s their personal “den” and will result in them enjoying spending time in it. Dogs naturally like to keep their personal den, dog houses, dog bedding and so onclean and smelling nice, so you have that going for you if you use their dog crate as a training tool.

Next, keeping your dog inside the crate when he or she is not being overseen will prevent them from forming bad habits. If you see the dog start to pee on the carpet, you can quickly rush them outside, but if you aren't there, peeing on the carpet will have no consequence and it will quickly become a habit for them.

So, every morning, the first thing you should do is remove your dog from her crate and take her directly outside. In fact, every time a dog is let out of their dog crates, they should be taken outside to go pee. The dog will come to associate being released from the crate to the outdoors as potty time. By reinforcing this behavior, your pet will eventually learn that outdoors is the only place to do your business.

It’s important to always praise your dog when they do their business outside. If they slip up and have an accident indoors, punishment won’t help. Simply take the dog outside immediately and see if they need to go again and then put them away.

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What To Look For In Choosing Your Puppy's First Dog Pillows and Beds

Sunday, August 28, 2011 10:38:24 AM America/Los_Angeles

Got a new puppy? Getting a new puppy is loads of fun, but when it comes to choosing their dog bedding, you may want to put some time and effort into picking out the right dog pillows and beds that hold up to new puppy behaviors such as chewing, digging, and pee accidents while they are being house broken. If you plan on crate training your new puppy, make sure your dog bedding works well inside dog crates. To avoid damaging your new dog bed with too much washing due to a pee accidents, check out dog pillows and beds with a protective pad, or with washable components. These dog beds hold up better to frequent washing.  A dog throw can also be useful as these can be thrown into the washing machine when dirty. The size of your dog may also dictate the type of dog beds they prefer. Although a very young puppy will probably prefer a nesting bed which helps them feel more secure, as they grow, larger breeds often prefer to sleep sprawled out on dog pillows and beds without sides or bolsters. Smaller breeds often prefer enclosed styles of dog beds which make them feel more secure and protect them from drafts. Since chewing is often a problem with puppies, you may want to avoid dog bedding made from softer fabric. Soft dog beds seem to remind a puppy of his favorite stuffie and before you know it, their new dog bed is a bundle of stuffing.  Dog beds made with heavier, thicker canvas-like fabric seem to hold up better. So until your puppy outgrows some of his puppy habits, you may want to stick with the more practical dog bedding options and save the more specialized,  higher end dog beds for later.

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Car Rides With Your Favorite Hound -- The Importance of Dog Crates and Car Restraints

Thursday, August 25, 2011 11:22:41 AM America/Los_Angeles

Whatever your schedule or lifestyle, getting your dog used to traveling in a car is not only a good idea, it will make any travel with your pet a smoother experience.  Even if you are you not the “take your dog everywhere you go” type, even short trips to the dog park or vet, can be stressful for a dog who is not accustomed to car travel.  To help your dog get comfortable with car travel, you will want to spend a little time socializing them to the car and use positive reinforcement to get them excited about the experience. If done right, before long your dog will love his travel time and may want to accompany you wherever you go. It’s important to keep your pet constrained and safe in transit, however.  Some pet owners train their dog to sit or lie quietly on the floor or back seat while in the car.  However, if you are lacking the time or dog training experience, you may want to consider car restraint options. For pet owners with larger vehicles and larger breeds of dog, a dog barrier can be set up to keep your dog in the back seat. Car barriers allow your pet to move about more freely, while keeping them from jumping into the front seat and distracting the driver. Dog crates are ideal for dogs who tend to be extra hyper or nervous. Dog crates can give your pet a sense of security, and give dogs the feeling of being in a cave or den. A cage covers can offer even more security and calm your dog down even further. Smaller or more fragile dogs may need a “dog seat belt” which attaches directly to the dog’s collar or harness and keep the dog stationary and secure in transit.

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Video: Tips On Caring For Your Aging Canine Best Friend

Monday, August 15, 2011 3:41:33 PM America/Los_Angeles

As much as we may wish otherwise, age changes all of us, including our canine best friends.  As your dog ages, you will start to notice that their needs change too, especially if your dog begins to develop some of the more common dog ailments such as canine arthritis, hip dysplasia or just achy joints and muscles.  In this video on “Choosing Dog Bedding For Your Aging Dog” we give tips and ways that we can keep our pets healthy and comfortable as they grow older. Of course, our primary goal should be to prevent or minimize or avoid these conditions and ailments by making sure our dog stays at a healthy weight through a combination of proper feeding and good exercise. This includes getting your dog on a regular feeding schedule and asking your vet or doing your own research to find the right type of dog food and portions to suit your dog’s age and activity level.  In addition to keeping your dog as healthy and active as possible, finding the right pet supplies, including supportive dog bedding, ortho dog beds or memory foam dog beds, designed for the older dog, is equally important. Supportive dog pillows and beds are a key to your dog getting a good rest by relieving their achy or stiff joints and muscles. You can also ensure your dog’s comfort by making sure their body temperature remains stays at a comfortable level. This is best accomplished by using heating or cooling dog beds or crate mats and keeping these in places where your dog is most likely to rest, lounge or spend a great deal of time, including their dog houses, dog crates and other places around your home.

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Pet Gates and Dog Crates - The Key to Dog Safety and Security

Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:02:54 AM America/Los_Angeles

If you own a dog, chances are there are areas of your home that for some reason or other should be kept pet free. While it’s recommended that you crate train your dog and keep him in a dog crate when you are unable to oversee him, even when he is out and about in your home and being overseen, there will be times when your dog can get into mischief or trouble. Pet gates are a great way to keep your pet out of potentially dangerous places, from bolting out of an open door or from getting into mischief in parts of your home which are not doggie proof.  

Pet gates, are easy to set up and take down. They usually they require nothing more than unfolding or sliding the adjustment bar to place or remove. As in shopping for dog crates, pet gates come in several colors or shades, different materials, styles or with different add-ons. Several popular materials that pet gates are made from are wood, wire, plastic, and metal, with each having their own value and uses. Some pet owners prefer to get a pet gate that matches the style and materials of their dog crates and dog houses to avoid having clashing dog gear around your home. One of the most popular types of pet gates are the wooden pet gates.  These are great if you want to add to the beauty of your home decor, or have a dog that needs a gate stronger than a wire or plastic gate, but don't want to use a metal gate.  Wire pet gates are ideal if you have smaller dogs or puppies who could possibly try to escape through the bars of a wood one. Plastic gates are typically the most economical, easy to assemble and lightweight, but can be less durable than the other varieties.

You may be wondering how you get around a pet gate, especially if you need a taller one for a large dog. Pet gates come with a variety of door styles. Sometimes a swinging door is included with the gate. These have release handles that are impossible for dogs to accidentally hit and open. These mini-gates make it much easier for you to pass through the pet gate, especially if they're extra tall or you have trouble stepping over it. Some have "small pet doors" that allow smaller pets, such as cats, to pass through unobstructed, while still containing the larger dog. Most pet gates have either a sliding adjustment bar or are folding gates. Folding gates are especially great for larger areas or entrances with an unusual shape, as they allow you to customize shape of your dog gate to your heart's content. Sliding gates are more commonly used for regular doorways and staircases. They're typically smaller, but also take less time to assemble. 

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As your dog ages, they will naturally start to show signs of wear. Obesity is especially common in older dogs and obesity, in turn, causes other problems. For example, obese dogs are much more likely to develop and suffer from hip dysplasia and joint problems. If you have a dog who looks a bit more plump than normal, first, make sure they're getting enough exercise. Just because a dog is getting older, doesn't mean that they don't need to exercise. Take your dog on a daily walk, or even a jog if they can handle it.

Older dogs love to go on walks, play, and enjoy variety and stimuli. Another factor that contributes to a dog's weight gain is that is many people tend to let their pets "free forage." This means they let their dog eat whenever he pleases. By allowing your dog to free forage, you are creating the environment where your dog will eat out of boredom, or to gorge themselves, which can lead to weight problems. To prevent this, check with your vet and figure out what is a healthy portion for your dog based on his or her size and then set specific feeding times.

Something else you should know is that an older dog, shouldn't be sleeping on the floor or a hard bed, especially if they are suffering from any type of joint pain or arthritis. Orthopedic dog beds were made specifically with older pets in mind and will help them relax and will relieve some of that joint pain. They conform to your dog's shape and will support their joints better than most other dog beds. There are a variety of styles of orthopedic dog pillows and beds. Some are made entirely of orthopedic foam, while others merely have an insert that goes inside a dog bed made of different materials. The latter is generally cheaper and typically the insert is also washable.

Older dogs also tend to have more problems controlling the bowels and bladder.  To prevent the dog from soiling his or her bed, another addition that is very useful to help prevent this, regardless of what type of dog bed you have, is the protector pad. A few companies make a washable pad that you can put on top of your dog bedding to absorb any messes.

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Picking a good dog crate is something you want to consider carefully. They aren't cheap, and with all the different options and styles out there, a mistake could cost you dearly. First, you need to ascertain the style you want for your dog. There a number of different types, namely: wire, plastic, airline approved, soft, and wood. Wire makes a sturdy dog crate, especially for puppies or dogs in training. They deter the dog from chewing, and are often much, much easier to clean out than other varieties.

Plastic and airline approved dog carriers are similar in structure, but airline approved dog carriers have certain features that allow them to be taken on airplanes. These often have built in food/water dishes, special ventilation, and a few other minor differences. Plastic dog crates can often double as dog houses on a outdoor patio, in a garage or other sheltered spot outdoors. Soft dog crates are typically for older dogs or small dogs that need more security when sleeping. Soft dog crates can also be airline approved, and often serve a dual function of a travel carrier and dog bed. Wood dog crates are great if you want your dog's crate to "blend in" with the rest of your decor. They can function as an end table, coffee table or centerpiece, as well as the dog crate.

When choosing the size, you need to be sure your dog will be able to turn around completely in it and be able to stand up without his head being pushed down by the crate. Measure your dog from neck to shoulder and then from shoulder to toes and add these measurements together. Add several inches to this measurement. This is the height you need for a crate. The width should generally be proportionate and hence won't be as much of an issue. As always, in case your crate doesn't work out, make sure the company you're buying from allows you to return the item if you are dissatisfied.

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Choosing the Correct Size Dog Bed

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:12:07 AM America/Los_Angeles

So, you've picked out the dog bed you want. Whether it's a dog couch, a dog throw, bolster dog bed, or any other type of dog bed, there's still the same issue. Which size do you pick? You don't want to buy a great Dane sized bed for your chihuahua or vica versa. Some descriptions for the items may contain sizing charts, but how does that relate to your dog?

Here's some guidelines. There are two types of different sleeping habits that most dogs may possess one of. First, there are the cuddlers, these often need less spaces, but also need more security and warmth in a bed. Second, there are the sprawlers; these actually come in two different styles. There are those who enjoy sprawling on their side, legs and neck stretched out to the fullest extent, then there are the dogs who just spread out period. These two last ones will need the most space. Depending on what type of dog you have, the size you need will be different. Cuddlers won't take up as much space when they sleep because they often sleep curled up or with their paws tucked under them. Sprawlers on the other hand, need at least enough space that their legs will not be hanging off the bed.

Dogs that are about 15 lbs. should be comfortable on either a round bed at 18 inches across or a square bed that is about 10 inches longer than its length from nose to tail. Small dogs like these tend to be more inclined to be cuddlers, and will typically need less space, but when in doubt, opt for the larger size.

Dogs up to 25 lb will need a round bed at least 22 inches around or a bed at least 10 inches longer than its nose to tail length. Of course, if your dog is lighter, but has a longer body you'll need to adjust this to the size of your dog.

Dogs up to 35 lbs will need a bed 35 inches. For a square bed this size or larger, the best way to size the dog bed is to get it to lay down on a piece of newspaper. Measure the space on the newspaper that the dog takes up and add about 10 inches extra to that.

For round beds, dogs up to 50 lbs will need a 35 inches bed, dogs up to 80 lbs will need a 42 inches bed, and dogs over 80 lbs will need a bed that's at least 50 inches. As always, if in doubt, get a larger size.
Especially if your dog is still growing, or if you aren't sure about his sleeping habits. Just as you wouldn't enjoy having a mattress that's too short, dogs don't enjoy having a bed that is too small.

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Eco-Friendly Dog Bedding: Going "Green" With Your Dog

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:36:58 PM America/Los_Angeles

Going green is all the rage right now. Green cars, green improvements you can do on your house and property and many other creative ways you can decrease your carbon footprint.  One of these ways is to upgrade your dog’s lifestyle and stuff to be more “green.” You can do this by buying organic food, using dog supplies created using recycled or organic material, and getting your favoirite pet an all-natural dog bed. Dog beds made using organic materials come in a great variety of styles and types. If you have allergies, these are especially great as many of the of these naturally repel dust mites, mildew, mold, fungus, bacteria. A few of the dog bedding options available to the person wanting to upgrade their dog beds to more eco-friendly choices are: Hemp, latex and all natural cotton. Hemp is an all-natural, sustainable crop grown without the need for pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.  It is a very durable fabric that is resistant to tears and abrasions. It also softens as it ages and is overall very comfortable for your dog. Latex is another option for an eco-friendly dog bed. It is a natural material acquired by milking a rubber tree. It is a thick and durable material that is much more dense and heavier than plastic. It is also quite comfortable and acts like an all-natural memory foam for your hound. It resists dust mites, mold, fungus and bacteria. It’s one of the few 100% washable foam materials. It can last up to 30 years if properly cared for. Cotton is a great option for those looking for more variety. Be careful though as not all cotton is eco-friendly. A good deal of cotton is grown with pesticides and other such chemicals, so to be sure you're getting a "green" bed, you will want to check that it is made using 100% natural chemical free cotton.  There are other options out there and new, green technologies are being introduced all the time.  There are also a great variety of natural fillings that will further the “greenness” of your dog bedding.

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VIDEO - Tips for Traveling With The Dog -- Dog Crates

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:03:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

Summer vacation is a great time to enjoy family, friends. With just a little planning ahead, some pre-flight yoga and the right dog crate or airline approved dog carrier your canine family member can join in and be a part of all the summer fun. Traveling by car is even easier as you pack up the dog, his dog crate and his favorite dog pillows and beds. Enjoy! 

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Donut Dog Beds; Giving Your Dog A Feeling Of Security

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 8:36:40 AM America/Los_Angeles

Are you looking for cozy dog bedding for your favorite hound?  Here are a few tips on choosing a style that suits your dog’s sleeping positions and preferences.  Although there are many styles on the market, donut dog beds, or nesting beds, which are rounded or oval shaped beds with an outer rim or bolster, are a popular choice for pet owners with dogs who like to sleep in the curled up position.  Young dogs and puppies who have recently been separated from their mother and littermates often do very well in this style of bed.   The donut dog bed gives them the feeling of being nestled or enveloped in a cozy environment, similar to that of sleeping with their mom or littermates. As dogs grow, although dogs sleep in various position, many show a preference for the curled up position.  One of the main reasons for this is that curling up keeps their bodies at a comfortable temperature and provides warmth, By providing these curled up sleepers with donut or nesting style dog pillows and beds, you are also providing them with a feeling of security as they rest.  Getting the right size dog bed is very important as you don’t want a bed which is too large to where it’s no longer a “nest,” or one that is too small leaving the dog to hang off of it.  One way to find correct size is to draw a chalk outline of your sleeping dog, or to measure your pet from neck to tail.  Once you have your dog’s basic measurements, add on 5 inches all around to find the correct dog bed size.  If you’re not sure if the bed is big enough, go with the larger size.  It’s better to have a bed that’s a little too big than one which is too small.

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You Tube Video -- Dog Crates: A Dog's Crate Is His Castle

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 10:34:49 AM America/Los_Angeles

Is dog crating humane? Here are the why’s behind dog crating and how to find a dog crate to suit your particular needs and lifestyle. http://youtu.be/4UCasbe37mY

Posted in Tips and Tricks By Nadia Paone

Have you noticed how a clean, newly bathed, wet dog wants nothing more than to make a mad dash for the yard to roll around in the dirt and rub their fur in something extra stinky or rotten?  That was one of my dog's favorite post-baths rituals. To avoid this, you may have tried keeping your dog indoors until they were dry, only to discover that your resourceful hound paid you back by instead rubbing his wet dog smell all over your furniture, bed or whatever else he could find didn't yet have that "eau de dog".  The solution that worked best for me in the end was to lock that wet dog up in his dog crate for an hour or two after his bath and let him drip dry in dirt-free environment. However, I recently came across these awesome K-9 Airforce dryers, which act as a powerful blower or fan that can be attached to your dog crate or which can be used on their own, to blow dry your dog in a fraction of the time. Of course, you do need to be careful when using any kind of drying unit to dry your pet.  You will want to make sure the unit doesn’t use heat or have a heating element. Heat is not beneficial to your dog and will dry out their fur and skin setting the stage for skin irritations and hot spots. And while we're in the dog cleaning and grooming mode, go ahead and throw your dog bedding in the wash as well to make sure your clean dog has a nice, clean spot to go to after his bath. Just don't let the dog around his dog pillows and beds until he's thoroughly dry.

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Dog Crates: Why Dogs Need Them and Pet Owners Love Them

Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:10:14 AM America/Los_Angeles

Dog owners often squirm at the idea of confining their freedom-loving hound, but in reality dogs, like people, need their own personal space. Their dog crate is like their "den". It's often suggested by dog trainers that you even feed your dog in his crate, as this allows him to eat his food in peace, without having to worry about guarding it from intruders. Potty training is also made considerably easier by the use of dog crates.

By keeping you dog put away at night (which by the way, also ensures that he'll get a much better chance at uninterrupted sleep) you can control when he goes out to pee and where he goes to do so. Dogs are often loathe to soil their kennels and dog pillows and beds because they like to sleep in a place that is warm and dry. Most dogs will learn to "hold it" when they are in their crates, and wait till they are let out before "doing their business". This means that when you let them out you can either put them on some paper, or let them outside.

What kind of dog crate you use depends on how old your dog is, how big he is, and what his habits are. A wire dog crate is ideal for a young puppy, as it allows him to see you, and will deter him from chewing on his crate. A plastic or travel crate is great for people who travel often with with their dogs. These allow the dogs some privacy in new places, are easy to move, and often have attachable food and water dishes that won't spill.

Soft crates are similar to dog beds with a top.They are a popular option with dog owners who are often on the go and like to have a secure location to keep their dogs when on the road. These fabric or soft dog crates allow dogs the comfort of a bed and provide plenty of privacy. These crates are no recommended, however, for young dogs who still like to chew or destructive dogs.

Wooden dog crates can double as fashionable pieces of furniture. They are similar in function to the other crates. There are two main varieties. One that is made entirely of wood and styled on the outside to look like an end table. The other type is a "crate cover." These can be used on top of existing wire dog kennels and crates. They both serve the purpose of beautifying the functional dog crate so it doubles as a piece of furniture and matches your home decor and furnishing.

If you are the more adventurous, handy type who like to "build it yourself," check out this article by "This Old House" with a how to build your own wooden dog crate. -- Enjoy!

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Dog Houses: Tips On Finding the Perfect Outdoor Dog House For Your Favorite Hound

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 2:13:38 PM America/Los_Angeles

Does your outdoor dog need a well insulated, durable and attractive looking dog house? Outdoor dog houses are a must for dogs who  spend time outdoors, but there are many types available including wooden dog houses, plastic, insulated dog houses,  portable dog houses and even the eco-friendly barrel shaped dog house.  Here is a little rundown of what you can expect from the different types of outdoor houses to help you choose one that meets your dog’s specific needs and lifestyle.

Wooden Dog Houses

To begin with, let’s review the classic, time tested favorite, the wooden dog house. These houses are popular because wood is one of the best insulators available.  Some varieties of plastic dog houses, such as the Dogloo, and other igloo dog houses, are built using foam insulation and do provide protection from extreme climates, but nothing beats plain old wood.  Another reason wooden dog houses are so popular is they are very attractive and durable.  A good quality wooden dog house with a durable finish can last you for years.  And then there is the aesthetics aspect.   Wooden dog houses come in many, beautiful styles ranging from cozy, log cabin dog houses with their own porch to the mansion dog house complete with patios and lattice fencing.  If you have multiple dogs, duplex dog houses give each dog their own space within the same house.  The downside to a wooden dog house is that they take some time to set up and can be heavier and more difficult to move around.  

Plastic or Igloo Dog Houses

Plastic dog houses are increasing in popularity. Not only are they easy to set up, but plastic dog houses can be shaped in styles that are not available in the wood varieties. For instance, one of the more popular plastic dog houses is the Dogloo,  a well insulated dog house that keeps your dog warm in cool weather or cool in hot weather. Its extended doorway also provides protection from wind and rain.  Some pet owners prefer using a plastic dog crate as a dog house as these can be used for both indoor and outdoors.  The downside is they lack insulation so you will want to make sure your dog stays warm by adding some good dog bedding and crate covers in cooler weather.

Soft Dog Houses or Dog Crates

Soft dog houses or fabric dog houses resemble a tent or soft dog crate.  These are popular choices to take along on camping trips or anytime you will need to contain your dog while outdoors or in temporary environments.  These soft dog houses are not recommended for chewers, diggers or destructive dogs. 

Other Styles

A few other styles of dog houses worth mentioning are metal dog boxes or aluminum dog houses  which are typically used by hunters who take their dogs along with them.  There are also inflatable dog houses and eco-friendly, barrel shaped dog houses made from old wine barrels.

If you are feeling espeically ambitious and have the time, skills (or the money) check out these custom made dog houses made to match your home. 

Posted in Tips and Tricks By Justin Paone

Got A Dog Who Loves Being Indoors? Check Out These Indoor Dog House Options

Thursday, June 2, 2011 10:23:52 AM America/Los_Angeles

An indoor dog house is an excellent way to give your dog his own space without having to keep him outdoors. These versatile dog houses come in a variety of styles, but some of the most common are cloth or fabric dog houses, wooden end table dog houses, and loft style dog houses.

Fabric Dog Houses:

Fabric or soft sided dog houses are just that: they're constructed using cloth of fabric material with a plastic roof (to give it stability) and mostly function as a very cute and draft-free, contained dog bed. These indoor dog houses take seconds to set up and are often foldable making them easy to pack up and take with you, giving your dog a home away from home. Fabric dog houses are available in a variety of trendy colors, materials and fabrics. They have built in mesh windows and doors with flaps so you can give you dog extra privacy when needed.

Fabric or soft dog houses are not the house for you if your dog tends to be destructive or loves to chew or dig.

Wooden Dog Houses:

Wooden dog houses are amongst the most popular type of indoor dog houses. These wooden dog houses have a variety of wood and finishes to choose from enabling you to find one that will compliment your existing home furnishings and interior décor.  These dog houses can also double as a nightstand or an attractive end table blending in nicely with your other furniture.

Loft Dog Houses:

Loft dog houses often have an attachable porch in the front or on the top for when your dog wants to have a little variety or wants to keep an eye on what is going on around him. Some of these dog houses include adjustable ramps or decks and other fun features making them more exciting and keeping your dog entertained and occupied.

Please note that most wooden dog houses come with all the parts and pieces, but do require some assembly. Most manufacturers include detailed instructions, however, if you need how to’s,  you can often find youtube videos or manufacturers videos to give you extra tips and direction.

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Confused About How Often To Bathe The Dog?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:33:52 PM America/Los_Angeles

Dogs naturally like to stay clean, but as we all know, they can be experts at attracting dirt. The question of how often to bathe your dog can get you all sorts of answers. There are those who say dogs never need to be bathed, others say to bathe the dog once a week, once a month and so on. There are no shortages of opinions on the matter. As a general rule, however, the rule of thumb is if your dog smells and his coat is dirty, go ahead and give him a bath. No one enjoys being around a dirty, smelly dog.

If your dog isn’t dirty or smelly, however, how often you bathe him or her depends largely on his lifestyle, habits, coat/hair and habitat. For instance, if you have an outdoor dog that who loves to play in the dirt, you'll need to bathe him more often. On the other hand, if your dog is an indoor dog that only goes outside to do his "business," you wouldn't need to bathe him nearly as often. A dog with a short, smooth coat, may need fewer washing than a dog with thick, shaggy hair.  

Before shampooing your dog, take a few minutes to brush them out.  This loosens the dirt off of their hair and can even prevent your dog from needing to be bathed for a while.  Brushing your dog at least twice a week stimulates the natural oils in your dog’s skin and spreads the oil throughout the dog’s coat making it shinier and healthier.

In general, it is recommended not to overbathe a dog or to bathe them unnecessarily as bathing can strip their hair/skin from their natural oils and be the cause of hotspots or skin irritations.  That being said, if you prefer washing your dog more often, go ahead, but choose a gentle or natural dog shampoo. You can also add a rinse of a cupful of apple cider vinegar to keep your dog's skin from drying out. 

Another good practice is to put your dog in their dog crate immediately after bathing them to prevent the dog from either getting the furniture wet or from rolling in the mud immediately after bathing. Now that your dog is clean, another good practice is to take that opportunity to rinse out your dog crate and dog house and to throw their dog bedding in to the washing machine. It can be easy to overlook this aspect of dog cleanliness, but by keeping his habitat clean, you keep help your dog stay cleaner for longer and keep his doggie gear smelling nice and looking good.  

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Crate Training As a Tool To House Break Your New Puppy

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 9:07:54 AM America/Los_Angeles

When bringing home a new puppy, it is very important to get them off to a good start on developing good habits. Dog crate training is a great way to help you accomplish that. Cultivating good Housebreaking habits is especially at this early stage as once a dog develops the habit of urinating or defecating wherever he pleases, it’s a very difficult habit to break. Ideally, if you could always catch your dog every time he say starts urinating on something, you could train him without crating, however, this is unrealistic if you have a dog who roams the house 24/7. With crate training, you are essentially teaching your dog to wait until he is released from his crate. Dogs are generally clean creatures who don't like to soil their living quarters, crate or dog pillows and beds.
If you keep their dog crate next to, or not far from a door, you avoid the dog having an pee accident on the way outside. Your dog will quickly develop a routine if you are consistent with this routine.

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Exercising With Your Hound

Thursday, May 12, 2011 9:08:34 AM America/Los_Angeles

We all dream of having the perfect exercise companion who would always be on call and wouldn’t let you off the hook too easily if you tried to skip your daily walk or run. Guess what? If you own a dog,  you have got that perfect companion right in your own home. He may be sleeping on his dog pillows and beds or resting in his dog crate, but pull out the leash and see him come to life. Once they get in the habit of exercising with you, they will be reminding you that it’s time to put on your running shoes and get out the door. Some dogs may need a little time to build up to a longer jog or run, but once they get the hang of it, they will be setting the pace and encouraging you to keep that heart rate pumping. Smaller dogs or very large dogs do best if you are a walker and may not be able to keep up with running or jogging, but medium or large breeds of dogs typically do very well once they build up their stamina. If you are exercising with your dog in the heat, remember that they need adequate water. Bring along a portable water bottle or container for your dog, or plan your route so that there is water available along the way. While some dogs may be trained to heel and your can depend on them to stay by your side without a leash or harness, for most dogs it is recommended that you keep them on a leash to avoid a split second dash across the street chasing a squirrel, cat or another dog.

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Pet Gates: Keeping the Dog Safe

Monday, May 9, 2011 10:09:28 AM America/Los_Angeles

Dog owners often have areas of their home that are unsuitable or unsafe for their dog and need a way to limit their dog’s access to these areas. Some pet owners use baby safety gates. While these can do the job of keeping your dog safe, they often clash with your interior décor and look out of place.  Pet gates, especially the wooden variety, are increasing in popularity. They are easy to use and install and can also be folded up and stored when not in use.  Wooden pet gates do the job of keeping your dog safe, but are decorative enough to blend nicely with your other furniture or home décor.

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Goldendoodles: The Designer Dog of Choice

Sunday, May 8, 2011 4:41:11 PM America/Los_Angeles

Are you shopping around for a new puppy? If so, I recommend you check out a Goldendoodle dog by visiting a local breeder.  Goldendoodles are hybrids or designer dogs, a mix between golden a standard or toy poodle and golden retrievers.  Goldendoodles can range in size from small/medium to extra large to medium/small depending on if their poodle parent was a toy or standard and how large their golden retriever parent was.  Their color can vary from white to red or brown.  These dogs’ coats generally darken somewhat as they age.  Goldendoodles possess the best traits of both breeds and are smart, energetic, playful and very trainable. They are becoming a popular choice as service dogs because of their good temperament, curiousity and love of learning. Other popular traits of a Goldendoodle dog is their non-shedding coat and the fact that they are hypo-allergenic, making them the ideal dog for individuals with pet allergies.  A Goldendoodles with long hair can resemble a loveable “shaggy dog”, or they can be trimmed and groomed. Either way, these dogs are beautiful.   If you choose to add a golden doodle puppy to your household, invest a little time and provide them with basic obedience training. These dogs love to learn and with a little training, you already wonderful pet will become a dog to show off. Goldendoodles are very social and love to please. They love  to be by your side as much as possible.  At home, spoil them by always keeping them  close by.  Keep their dog bedding or dog crates in your room, or next to your desk or beside your sofa and give that pooch the attention he craves and deserves. Enjoy!

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Wooden Dog Crates: Crating in Style

Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:41:52 PM America/Los_Angeles

Do you love the idea of dog crating, but cringe at the thought of having an unsightly dog crate dominating the décor in your living room or bedroom? Crate training and the use of dog crates is on the rise. Experts recommend them and dog owners everywhere are discovering how practical and useful these versatile pieces of dog equipment can be. Some of the more common uses for dog crates include using them as an aid to house break or potty train your dog since dogs are naturally reluctant to soil their personal space, such as dog pillows and beds and dog crates. Crating also provides you with a place to keep your new dog or puppy safe in between training sessions or during times when the dog would otherwise be on their own.  So, for those who love the idea of crate training, but don’t want a wire or plastic dog crate clashing with your living room or bedroom furnishings and decor, the new furniture style or wooden dog crates which are now available may be exactly what you are looking for. These decorative wooden dog crates double as night stands or end tables and fit right in with most living room or bedroom furniture. By using wooden a dog crate, you get all of the benefits of a dog crate without having to sacrifice the style you love.

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Early Puppy Training and Toy Boxes

Monday, April 25, 2011 12:11:06 PM America/Los_Angeles

Got a new dog or puppy in the house? If so, check out tips and tricks for getting your new pet off on the right “paw” and helping your new best friend develop good habits from the get go.  One nasty bad habit you want to avoid at all cost is allowing your dog to roam freely and chew on or destroy personal items, shoes, furniture, or their dog bedding, etc. Your dog needs to be taught what is okay to chew on and play with is off limits. To get things off to a good start, keep your new puppy in his or her dog crate for the first few weeks or a month and only allow them out when you are able to oversee them and keep an eye on what they are doing. Next, build or buy a good quality dog toy box and keep it full of lots of fun dog toys, chew bones, kongs, rawhides, balls and so on.  A trick to making a toy irresistible to your dog is to smear it with a little peanut butter.  As soon as you let your dog out of his crate to play, bring them directly to the toy box.  Play around with the dog for a few minutes, showing them just how much fun they can have with their new toys. Praise them for chewing on the right things. When your dog’s attention starts to wander to items or areas which are off limits, give them a firm “Ah, ah” or “leave it” command and return the dog to their toybox and (freshly smeared with peanut butter) toys. Play around with the pooch a little more and repeat this process several times before returning your dog to his crate for rest and unwinding. It may take several weeks, but your dog will soon learn that their toybox is the doggie place to go for fun and games. Beginning early with some initial dog training and teaching your pooch what’s hot and what’s not is an important step to keeping your new best friend from accidentally ingesting unsafe items which could damage their health and cause life threatening intestinal blockages or poisonings.  It also help protect your personal items and furniture from chew marks and doggie damage.  

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Surviving Those “Dog Days of Summer”

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:18:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Summer is fast approaching and the days are growing warmer. Are you and your dog prepared for the heat?  If your dog is used to spending time outdoors, he will gradually adjust to the warmer days. Some dogs, however, are more prone to overheating and need extra care and consideration.  If your dog is obese or is a short nosed breed, such as pugs or boxers, be especially careful and avoid having them in the heat for too long.  Of course, any dog can struggle on an extra hot day, so keep a close eye on any pet who is outdoors over the summer months and make sure they have what they need to stay cool and safe. A few precautions you can take to ensure your dog’s safety on hot days are to check your outdoor areas to make sure there is plenty of shade all throughout the day for your dog to retreat to when necessary.  You should also provide your dog with plenty of fresh water both for drinking and cooling down. Keep several buckets and dishes of water in different locations around your yard and property, making sure that the drinking water in particular is kept in the shade so it stays cool.  Some dogs love soaking in their water buckets.  While this is a great way for your dog to stay cool, the water will often be dirty and muddy afterwards.  By putting their drinking water in an elevated dog feeder or watering dish, you can make sure your dog always has fresh, clean water available.   Some newer (and drier) methods of keeping your dog cool include providing them with a cooling dog bed or dog mat. These cooling dog beds vary in their cooling methods.  Some function by filling them with water, while others include a gel pack that can be frozen and placed in your dog bedding, dog houses or crates effectively keeping your dog cool for hours at a time.  Other popular solutions include providing your pet with elevated dog beds that are lightweight, well ventilated and keep your dog off the ground and dirt.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Works Wonder for Dogs

Thursday, April 14, 2011 2:50:43 PM America/Los_Angeles

You have probably heard of Apple Cider Vinegar and all of its health and dietary benefits, but did you know it can also be used on your dog? Apple cider vinegar as a dietary supplement, acts as a natural digestive aid.  It also keeps your dog’s urinary track functioning properly and even changes the properties in your dog’s urine, preventing it from killing the grass and causing brown or yellow spots in your yard.  The vinegar also has natural antibiotic and antifungal properties, which when applied to your dog’s coat and skin, helps heal and sooth mild skin irritations and inflammations such as those caused by fleas or hotspots.   For internal use, simply add several tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s food or water on a daily basis.  For external use, prepare a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water and use it on your dog as a final rinse every time you bathe your dog. I also recommend putting some of the solution into a spray bottle and keeping this by your dog crate or dog beds, or some place your dog loves to spend time.  This will help you remember to use it on your dog every day for a healthier, shinier coat and smoother skin.

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What to do if your child is scared of dogs

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:11:09 PM America/Los_Angeles

Children and dogs belong together, right? While this is true, and some children bond with the new little bundle of fluff  from day one, others may be frightened by dogs and need a little more time to get used to the idea.    Exposing children to a variety of experiences and stimuli at an early age, including positive interactions with dogs and pets, is an important part of their development.  Finding ways to help your child have positive experiences with dogs is not difficult, but may require a little time and effort.  Try and view the situation from your child’s point of view. While that puppy may the cutest thing on earth, maybe he jumps on them or nips and the child feels threatened or powerless to stop them.  Spending a few minutes to teach your children what to do when a dog displays unwanted behavior can help resolve this situation.  For instance, teaching a dog not to nip is as simple as holding his snout closed for 3-5 seconds or until he whines.  To stop a dog from jumping on you or your child, try grabbing their front paws and holding the dog in a standing position for several seconds.  This position is uncomfortable for your dog and will stop this behavior.  Help your child feel in control and a part of caring for their pet through simple activities such as helping you soap up the dog during their bath, or drying and brushing the dog afterwards, etc.  Get your child involved in helping to pick out the dog gear and supplies, such as the dog bedding, dog toys or even the dog house. The more they feel a part of welcoming the new member of your family, the quicker they will lose their fear and begin to experience the many joys of having a dog of their own. 

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Using Lavender Oil to Calm Your High Strung Dog

Thursday, April 7, 2011 9:51:59 PM America/Los_Angeles

Lavender oil is one of the more well known essential oils used in aromatherapy for calming tired nerves and helping you relax, but did you know it’s equally as effective when used on wired, high strung, panicky or frightened dogs? This essential oil is safe for use on dogs and can be put directly onto their fur and skin, typically on the bridge of their nose, nape of their neck, high on their chest, or somewhere they can smell it, but aren’t able to lick it right off.  You can also try putting a few drops of the oil onto their dog beds or in their dog crates to help them calm down and sleep better.

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Tired of your home going to the dogs?

Monday, April 4, 2011 12:15:33 PM America/Los_Angeles

Finding ways to squeeze in your essential dog furnishing can be a challenge if you live in tight quarters, such as a town home or apartment.   Dogs need the comfort and security of their own space such as dog houses, dog crates and their own dog bed,  but you need solutions that enable you to fit this gear into your home without it clashing with your home décor.  Fortunately, new styles of dog furnishings are emerging that double as furniture or that look like an extension of your home’s furnishings. For instance, nightstands and benches with built in dog housing are perfect for a smaller or medium breed of dog.  Dog crates are getting more stylish due to their increasing popularity and now include beautiful wooden dog crates that blend beautifully with your living room furniture.  Some styles of dog beds and crate mats can be placed directly inside your dog’s crates or housing keeping them hidden away.  Some points to consider when shopping for indoor dog furnishing include the following:  is the dog crate or house lightweight and easy to move ?   Is the flooring and/or roofing removable or in some way easy to keep clean and smelling nice?

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Nature's Flea Control

Thursday, March 24, 2011 5:00:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Have you heard of using diatomaceous earth (food grade) on your dog and its surroundings as a natural solution for eradicating fleas, mites, and even ticks?  Diatomaceous earth is an environmentally friendly and has been used for generations as a natural bug killer. This powder, unlike commercial brands, is non-toxic for you and your dog and can usually be found for sale at your local store. This natural flea killer works does an amazing job fighting flea and other bug infestations in three main zones -- on your dog, inside your home (focusing on your dog's favoriite hang outs -- such as their dog beds, dog crates, and dog houses), and outside areas around your property, lawn and yard.  To treat your dog, apply the diatomaceous earth against the direction of dog’s fur growth. The powder is applied first to your dog's back, and then worked down to his stomach and feet. Avoid rubbing the powder in, as for earth to work as a flea killer, the flea must be affected by the powder directly. Go slowly to avoid the powder billowing and creating a cloud of dust during application

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The fight against dog calluses

Saturday, March 31, 2001 4:00:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Has your dog developed a callus? Dog calluses, although common and generally harmless, are more likely to form on medium to larger, short haired breeds.  It’s best to get any calluses checked by a vet in case the calluses are being caused by allergies or a zinc deficiency, however, the more common reason for dog calluses, is allowing your to rest or sleep directly on hard flooring, unpadded dog crates or dog houses.  Dog calluses can be treated by rubbing Vitamin E on the callus, but prevention is the best cure.  One of the best ways to prevent new calluses is to keep a variety of dog pillows and beds all around your house and in places where your dog is likely to rest and sleep. Keeping your dog off the floor also aids in the healing of old calluses.

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