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Train Dog With Food

Train Dog With Food

Training dogs is important for teaching dogs right from wrong; and although there are many ways to train dogs, using dog food will surely trigger a response from your pup. Here's why it's okay to use food as a stimulus for dog training:

Positive Reinforcement

Who doesn't love food? Your dog is no different. Food as positive reinforcement works and will teach the dog that if they continue to listen and obey then they will get a treat. Instead of slapping newspaper on a dog's nose, use dry cereal or a dog treat to tell them that they did a good thing. 

Training New Dogs

Newly adopted dogs who are learning their surroundings should get a dog treat. This can be a small dog treat such as a carrot or biscuit. When your dog learns a new skill such as "sit" or "stop" then your dog can receive a bigger treat such as a slice of cheese or beef jerky.

 Using Food For Exercise

Food is not only useful for training but also for teaching dog exercises. As a dog trainer, when you ask a dog to "stand," fetch," or "jump," the dog is not only internalizing what you are asking from them but they are using their hind legs and arms to move. Moving about will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases as they age including limp joints and muscles. 

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Uses of a Cat Fence

Uses of a Cat Fence

Cats needs exercise and socialization just as much as dogs; and that is why cats benefit from a cat fence in the backyard. However, there are other reasons why pet owners should consider an outdoor catio for their pets. 

Can Be Used For Dogs

Outdoor cat enclosures are great for dogs, too! Not only can dogs play with other animals from within the enclosure, but they don't have to worry about encounters with stray cats that may try to taunt the dog. 

Keeps Out Wildlife

More often than not, there are news stories that show coyotes and wolves coming into yards and harming pets. An outdoor cat enclosure will stop a coyote or wolf from coming in-contact with animals, thanks to the top of the enclosure. 

In addition, the fencing for cats also keeps out white-tailed deer that may be carrying tick-borne illnesses that can transfer to pets. The use of a fence can reduce the risk of Lyme Disease by 97 percent. 

Keeps Out Birds

Speaking of wild animals, the enclosed top also keeps out birds that may try to swoop down and harm the dog or cat. 

Outdoor pet enclosures improve animal wellness for both dogs and cats. Owners will see a change in pet behavior to reveal a healthier, happier pet.

Don't Leave Dogs Out

Don't Leave Dogs Out

A recent news story from Ohio stated that a dog froze to death when the owner kept the dog outside in a dog house without insulation. The owner was charged with animal cruelty and is awaiting sentencing. 

While a dog fence benefits a dog for a number of reasons, it's important to understand that dogs need a place to keep warm. In Pennsylvania, dogs cannot be left outside in the cold for more than 30 minutes. (If they are, owners risk being charged hundreds of dollars including possible jail time.)

Dogs left in the cold for too long risk health complications and damage to foot pads. It's quick for us to think that dogs have fur coats, so they must be okay; but that simply isn't the case. Think about how cold you are while wearing a wool coat. 

After bringing in your dogs, remove wet snow from their feet and fur with a dry towel and be sure to check for ticks. As long as the weather stays above freezing temperatures, tick prevention is needed.

2018 Commit To Pets

2018 Commit To Pets

Perhaps your significant other surprised you with a dog this holiday; or maybe you have a dog and are hoping to surprise them with a big gift this year. Whatever your reason is, make one commitment to your pet moving into the new year: a pet fence. Dogs and cats need open space to play, learn and grow; and with pet fencing, dogs and cats will be able to do just that. It's time to make pet fencing a priority for 2018. Pet Owners: This is your New Years Resolution to your pet. 

Dogs and cats both need outdoor time to play with other animals. Although dog parks are a great way to make new furry friends, it's just not as convenient as having a dog fence or cat fence in the backyard. The outdoor pet enclosures are secure; so, you can feel good leaving your animal outside without fear of them being lost or stolen - unlike at a dog park.

Speaking of security, pet fences also keep out strangers and act as a home security system. Most intruders will not attempt a home robbery if they know a dog is on the premises. Showing off a dog fence will scare home intruders away from your property. 

A fence for dogs and cats also keeps out wildlife that may try to harm the domestic animal. Deer, for one, carry tick-borne illnesses that can spread from the white-tail to the pet and put them at risk of Lyme Disease and other tick diseases. Additionally, fences keep out birds, stay cats and homeless dogs that may try to get 'rough' with your pet. 

 A plastic dog fence is safer to build in the backyard than barbed wire fence or chain-link fence. As the weather breaks down the fences, dogs may be poked with barbed wire or corroding fences. PVC-coated steel dog fence or plastic fencing for dogs eliminates this concern. 

2018 is around the corner; and it's time to make your pet a top priority. Commit to your pets in the new year by building pet enclosures in the backyard. 

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Your family may see the Christmas tree as a beautiful living thing inside of your house; but for your pet dog or cat, they see it as a new toy. Before you invite family and friends over for your Christmas party, here are a few pet safety tips for the holidays:

Christmas Tree

First and foremost, it's best to keep the tree in the corner of the room where the dog or cat will not be able to easily knock it over. Make sure the tree stand is firmly holding the Christmas Tree and is not easy to shake. If you plan to buy a real Christmas Tree, be sure to vacuum pine needles so the animals don't get pricked by the needles or choke on the plant. 

Tinsel

When it comes to tinsel, [try to] pick up any loose pieces that may have fallen on the ground. Cats may find tinsel inviting - as it looks like yarn or string - but dogs may discover that tinsel is a choking hazard. Tinsel, if ingested, may cause intestinal problems and may need dog surgery for removal. 

Candles

If you plan to set out Christmas candles, be sure to move them away from edges of counters and tables. Keep an eye on cats that may try to jump on dining room tables to get an insider's view of the candle leading to a burning hazzard. 

Ornaments

Glass or clay ornaments may be dangerous to pet's paws and faces. In addition to being choking hazards, Christmas ornaments that contain sharp corners, or broken ornaments, may injure pets. Keep glass ornaments higher on the tree to avoid pet tails knocking them to the ground. 

Wrapping Paper

Gift wrap, string and glittery paper can cause intestinal blockage, if ingested. It's best to keep pets away from wrapping gifts. 

Christmas Baked Goods

As always, chocolate is a no-no for a pet. Anything sugar-related can cause the animal to become very sick. Local dog bakeries can make special dog cakes and cookies for dogs to celebrate Christmas with you.

Christmas Party

Some dogs become stressed-out or get wound up when company comes over. If your dog is like this, it's best to keep them inside a bedroom, or in an outdoor dog enclosure, for the duration of the party.

Cat Shelters Need Fence

Cat Shelters Need Fence

Cat Shelters are a place of refuge to homeless cats that are looking for a loving family to care for them permanently. Cat Rescues bring in hundreds of cats each week and quickly run out of room to house kitties. Animal shelters get stray cats off the streets; but because they lack space, cats end up in tight cages. This is where a cat enclosure comes into play. 

Outdoor Cat Enclosures allow cats to move around the property but in a secure environment. After all, homeless cats are used to being outside; and we want them to feel comfortable in their natural surroundings. Outdoor catios let cats breathe fresh air and make them feel at home.

Furthermore, cat fences help cats achieve better physical appearances. Cats that stay inside all day become lethargic, lazy, and often risk health problems such as obesity. A cat fence allows cats to move, jump and play with other cats while strengthening hind legs and arms. 

Cat Rescues or volunteer groups can use cat fencing to build foster cat care programs and help cats find forever homes. Fence for cats can be managed year-round or taken down at the start of winter, only to be installed in the spring.

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