Thursday, March 4, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
It seems like our lives just continue to get busier and more hectic each day, and it’s become more difficult for us to find time for ourselves, let alone time for our pets. But we are all doing our best to fit our pets into our busy life styles. Every morning as you leave for work, are your pets trying to “talk” you out of leaving by staring at you with those sad puppy eyes? Are you feeling guilty for leaving them home alone for yet another day? If you are, we are going to give you some tips* to relieve that guilt and let your pets feel a little less lonely.
For dogs that are home alone for the majority of the day, consider setting up a doggy door—this way your dogs can choose to come in and out as they please. Remember, leaving your pets outside for long periods of time is not a good idea. Pets may are more vulnerable to intruders and even heat strokes! But keeping your pets cooped up inside is not healthy either. Just like us, dogs need at least an hour of exercise everyday.
For those who are not too keen on the doggy door idea, opt for a dog walker! Adult dogs should be walked once a day; one long walk will be enough to tire them out. Puppies and seniors should be walked twice a day; two shorter walks are enough to keep them healthy and happy.
Create an ideal sanctuary for your pets by making their crates as cozy and as comfortable as possible. Crates with a soft padding will keep your pets more relaxed and at ease. Leaving their favorite toys in their crates help pets stay busy and occupied throughout the day. Rewarding them with a new toy every month will keep them entertained. But don’t forget to leave out plenty of food and water!
When you have been busy at work all day, all you want to do is to sit, relax, and unwind. This is the perfect time to cuddle with your pets! Some quality time with your pets before bed is a great way to end the day, and your pets will definitely appreciate this quality time.
Adopt another! This may seem crazy, considering one dog seems like more than enough. But dogs love the companionship. They can keep each other company while you are away during the day. They will also get plenty of exercise just by playing with each other!
If you have any other great tips, share them with us!
(photo via Daily Puppy)
*Disclaimer: The information provided here is general information for the reader. It is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Indoor activities that get K9 hearts pumping, like playing fetch with small treats or going through fun obstacle courses, are great, but indoor exercises are limited. These activities just never seem quite adequate enough. So have you ever considered walking your dogs on your treadmill?
There is a misconception that walking dogs on the treadmill is dangerous, but treadmills are actually relatively safe for pets. In fact, there are even treadmills designed especially for dogs, although normal treadmills are just as efficient. As long as a few simple rules are followed, walking dogs on the treadmill is a great cardio workout for dogs.
Some important tips to remember:
- Don’t tie your dogs to the treadmill. You should allow your dogs to walk off the treadmill at anytime.
- Don’t hold any treats or toys in front of your dogs while they are walking, as this could be extremely distracting!
- Don’t let your dogs walk on a treadmill right after a nice long nap in their crate. Dogs are groggy after a long nap too!
- Do start at a slow speed. Let your dogs adjust to the treadmill for a while before increasing the speed.
- Do put a pillow or a towel behind and next to the treadmill.
- Do stay close by and keep a watchful eye while your dog is exercising on the treadmill.
With a combination of fun indoor activities and ten minutes of steady walking on the treadmill, your pets will be in tiptop shape for the rest of this cold winter! Try it and share your stories with us!
For your enjoyment and as a confident booster, check out these fearless dogs taking a stroll on the treadmill!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Every pet owner knows how important having a cage is. It's often where our pets go to relax and unwind, but also a place where we send our pets for a time out when they have been behaving badly. To say the least, cages are a necessity. But wired crates are not the most attractive to look at, and definitely not a chic decorative addition to your home, especially when the crate is stuffed with your pet’s chewed up toys and wrinkled blankets.
A simple and elegant way to cover up the mess and make your pet’s crate seem even homier for your pets are crate covers and crate pads. Our customized crate cover and pads come in two classic colors, stone gray and sand beige. These covers will blend beautifully with your home, while providing privacy for your pets.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
So cute, I had to post double the pictures. More pictures at DailyPuppy.com
Unfortunately, they don't stay puppies long but they do grow up to be gorgeous dogs. Huskies are known to be masterful escape artists, although I've never witnessed such an escape attempt, crate training early with a proper exercise routine can help ease Huskies into your lifestyle as long as you stay active.
The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Siberian Husky is 21 to 23.5 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 45 to 60 pounds. The female ranges from 20 to 22 inches to the withers and 35 to 50 pounds. (Mitch Endick, PetPages.com)
Huskies aren't a particularly large breed but have a heavier coat and if not exercised properly, can put on some weight. There needs to be quite a large amount of exercise for them to be healthy. Leaving such an energetic breed in a crate for more than 8 hours a day can be harmful as huskies will grow more and more anxious. Schedule a good exercise routine that involves at least a full hour before and after crating to ensure that your Husky will get all that pent up energy out.
Check out our tips on crate training or consult with a professional trainer. Crate training is a task that requires a lot of time and patience and our store can provide you with the materials.
- iCrate (36" L x 23" W x 25" H)
- Lifestages 2 Door (36" L x 23" W x 25" H)
- Precision Pet 2 Door (36" L x 23" W x 25" H)
*Pictures from DailyPuppy.com
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
My first instinct was that this pup looks exactly like Nelly! Here are pictures of Nelly as a puppy for comparison...
It does make me want to drive all the way up to Modesto to meet this adorable pup who is available for adoption.
For more information, please visit his PetFinder Page.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
In heavy weather conditions, there is a tendency to track in lots of mud, snow, and dirt into our vehicles and our homes. A floor mat will help trap all the dirt and water on a rubberized material without getting your vehicle interiors dirty. WeatherTech FloorLiners are designed specifically for the purpose of providing a protective lining that acts as an aggressive barrier between dirt and your carpets, protecting against spills, crumbs, snow, mud, leaves, etc.
The design of the WeatherTech FloorLiners is the most advanced technology available on the market today with a reservoir to collect all the dirt that can be caked onto the mat. The bottom of the liner fits like a glove to your vehicle without any slippage providing friction to the bottom to keep it in place, while the top maintains a tactile surface. The FloorLiners come in three different colors to match the interior of your vehicle with gray, black, or tan.
WeatherTech FloorLiners are easy to clean with moderate hosing down to break down the trapped dirt. They do not require maintenance or care beyond a simple washing down with water and appropriate drying before placing back into your vehicle.
In addition to the FloorLiners, we also have matching Cargo Liners available to protect the cargo area of your SUV or the trunk of your car. They’re great for those who transport their pets in the cargo area, or if you are lugging around heavy items such as gardening tools, painting supplies, hardware, sports equipment without having to worry about dirtying or damaging your vehicle.
Since all the WeatherTech products are sized specifically to each vehicle model, it is important to have your vehicle information including any trims, body styles, or other vehicle options when ordering the product you want. In order to help you select the appropriate sizes, we have put together a chart that will match your vehicle with the available items.
If you have any questions, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the WeatherTech products we offer.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
"Hi there, we ordered a crate cover from you a little while ago and last night we received a follow up letter in the mail. We wanted to thank you so very much for that letter! What an amazing business practice that shows how much you care about your customers! Concerning the product, it pits perfect and looks really nice. Stella doesn't try to eat it like the blanket that was covering it before, so that's great! Also, it keeps her room looking a lot nicer and much more tidy. Before finding your product, I only found covers that were many times more expensive. You guys are a rare gem of a company and I want to shout you from the product blogging rooftops! Thanks for everything!"
Renee and Josh K.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Starting your puppy early with crate training is a major advantage to the growth and wellbeing of your puppy. Crates do come with a divider panel so you do not have to buy separate sizes and retrain with a different crate. The general rule for picking the right size crate for your puppy is, picking one that is just big enough for your pup to go in comfortably, turn around, and lay down. Anything larger can create potty training issues.
Rottie puppies do reach a full size at over 90 pounds around 13 months so you want to make sure to invest in a crate that is strong enough to support their strength and crate train early to prevent any problems like chewing. Typically, 48" long crates are about 33" in height which will support your full grown Rottie's size.
In our store, we have the right size crates for your pup as well as a crate cover and pad set that will help create a cozy environment for your Rottweiler. Unlike blankets, the pads are fastened securely onto the crate itself and is water-resistant so it doesn't soak up any potty accidents and trap odors in.
See our selection of 48" Crate with the Crate Cover and Pad Set:
- iCrate (48" L x 30" W x 33" H)
- Lifestages 2 Door (48"L x 30” W x 33” H)
- Precision Pet 2 Door (48" L X 30" W X 33" H)
Source: Von Keiser Wappen - Rottweiler Growth Chart
Friday, October 23, 2009
For caked on mud and dirt, you can spray the mats down with water and use a simple glass cleaner that foams up to remove dirt from the ridges.
For dark scratches on the floorliner, you can use an all-purpose cleaner and buff out the marks and scratches. You may also opt to use Magic Erasers that are commonly used for vinyl flooring that can also help remove black marks from the floorliner.
Does anyone else have any other tips to share?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Fortunately, most dogs have a thick coat of fur that'll keep them warm, but there are also other ways to help keep your dog at a comfortable temperature. Crate pads, for example, offer insulation which keeps them off cold, hard bottoms of the crates. Unlike blankets, they are water resistant so they do not soak up any potential accidents and give your pup the wrong message on where the appropriate place to potty is. Also, a potty blanket may create a generalized association that can cause your puppy to mistake your bed or your clothes for a potty blanket!
It is also ill advised to simply throw a blanket over the crates because blankets aren't designed to allow sufficient air to go through. Imagine the suffocation when you are completely under a blanket. AnimatedPet Crate Covers are coated with polyurethane which is known for its breathable waterproof and windproof properties and is widely used in outerwear clothing.
A little protection from cold with breathable material is better than stuffing the dog's crate with blankets that can quickly turn into chew or potty blankets. AnimatedPet Crate Covers and Pads provide the needed support and protection for a comfortable pup.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Pet boarding kennels are filling up quick and some are even booked through the winter months as people make plans to leave town for vacation. Before you start planning your winter vacation, research some pet-friendly accommodations that will allow you to take your pet with you!
Instead of spending $25-30 a day on basic pet boarding with little one-on-one attention, you can include your pet in your vacation. Pets Welcome offers listings of pet-friendly hotels, resorts, campgrounds, and vacation rentals that are perfect for your entire family. With ideas ranging from local travel to out-of-state travel, you can pick one that suits your family and your budget.
If you are traveling by car, make sure your pet isn't prone to motion sickness. There are multiple rest stops and vista points along interstate highways for your pet and yourself to stretch your limbs and get some fresh air. Also, make sure your pet is buckled up. Seat belt harnesses can save your dog's life in the tragic event of an accident. If you have a larger dog who sits in the cargo area of your vehicle, Pet Barriers keep your pet safely in the rear and prevent your pet from jumping to the front driver area.
Other things to pack:
Bed & Bedding from home - You want to keep it home-like and comfortable for your pet. For dogs, wire crates are collapsible for easy traveling so they can be comfortable in their own space.
Food & Water (bowls too!) - It's important to stick to the same feeding schedule, even on vacation. This is one of the advantages of taking your pet with you on vacation rather than leaving it in a boarding facility since pets tend to lose their appetites when their owners are away.
Towel - Wipe off dirty paws after being outside as paws tend to collect dirt and debris that can be harmful if ingested.
Leash, Collar, ID Tags - Always keep your dogs on a leash when you are traveling as they might get lost in an unfamiliar setting.
Other things to consider:
Changes in Weather - If you're going to areas with very cold temperatures, your dog may need a coat or booties to keep them bodies and paws warm. See paw-rescue.org for more tips on protecting your dog in cold weather. If using a crate, covers can offer some shield against the coldness without the stuffiness of a huge blanket over the crate.
*Photo by Bonnie MacPherson via Boston.com