1 2016 Jun

Aluminum Gates

Outdoor Safety Gate

Outdoor Safety Gate

Aluminum gates can be used for either indoors or outdoor areas.   Most of the aluminum gates are made from a light weight rust-proof composite of aluminum and stainless-steel.  Many of them can be used for both indoor and outdoor purposes.  Many of these gates also have extensions available depending upon the model purchased.  Many of these gates also have a powder coating that results in a long lasting and easy to clean surface.

The photo shows an example of an outdoor gate.  These gates work well for stairways as they will mount at angles up to 30 degrees.  Many dogs that are in their senior years have a difficult time navagating stairways so a gate may be needed for the dog’s protection if the dog is unstable when he walks, if he does attempt to navigate the stairs he could fall and injure himself badly and that is something you definately don’t want to happen with your best friend and companion.  This will also reduce your worries about your senior pet as you know he will be safe in your yard for several hours as long as he has fresh water and the weather is mild.  So if you do need to leave him outside for awhile and he enjoys it then there are no worries!

 

23 2016 May

Extensions

Duragate 12.5 inch extensionMany dog owners may purchase a gate that works fine for their current dog.  However should they add a new canine household member it’s possible that their requirements for a dog gate could change, especially if the new dog is larger or a breed that tends to jump.  If this is the case there are a varied assortment or gate extensions available for different models of gates.

The extensions mostly come in two different sizes which increases the likelihood that there will be an extension available for your particular choice of gate.  Extensions are available for many of the gates and for all types of material, aluminum, steel and wood.  The extension shown in the image is a twelve and one-half inch extension for the Duragate model of gate, however there are plenty of other models and styles of dog gates that do have extensions available.

If you find that your dog has found a way to get over the fence and into mischief or worse inside the home or outdoors, then it is imperative that something be done to remedy this situation.  Gate extensions are the most economical and aesthetically pleasing option as opposed to rigging up some ugly looking mess that your dog will probably figure out how to escape from anyway.  Some dogs are escape artists and it is great to have such a healthy and physically able dog his safety still comes first and hopefully a different outlet for his physical abilities can be found such as dog agility.

 

16 2016 May

Auto Lock Pressure Gate

Auto Lock pressure gate

As much as you love your furry companion there may be times when her movement about the home and the yard will need to be contained. An auto lock pressure gate is a great solution particularly for areas in the home or yard that have a lot of traffic in and out of the confinement area and there is a danger to your dog or your home if the gate is left open. This type of gate wll close and lock automatically once someone goes through it.  This particular gate may be used indoors and outdoors.

There are a wide variety of pet gates available and, depending upon your need you should be able to find a perfect solution for your home and yard.   If this is not the type of gate you need other suggestions include

29 2016 Feb

Food & Treats — Keep Your Dog Healthy With Plenty of Good Food

holistic-healthy-dog-treatsThe most important factor in your dog’s health is the food and treats he takes in on a daily basis.  There are so many different brands of food and treats, but an excellent example of  very healthy treats is Dr. Harvey’s Power Patties.  Power Pattie’s are a natural and very healthy way to give your dog digestive enzymes, gastric juices, amino acids, essential fatty acids that he needs.   It’s very important that your dog receives a good quality protein and not a lot of fillers and biproducts.  The best way to make sure that what you are feeding your dog is good quality get used to reading nutrition labels on your dogs food as you do your own food.  The ingredients mentioned at the beginning of the nutition list are the majority of what the food is made from.  Look for pure protein sources such as chicken or beef and not unspecified ingredients like poultry or any thing followed by the word “meal” is not specific enough.

Also pay attention to the percentages of protein and fat to be sure your dog is not getting too much fat in his diet.  This is also true in treats.  Also pay attention to how your dog  acts and his stools to be sure that he isn’t having any intestinal problems with this food.  If he has been eating the same food for awhile and later on after a few months he starts to seem listless and maybe has loose stools then be sure to have him checked out by a vet to be sure that he isn’t suffering from anything that needs medical treatment.

With plenty of exercise and playtime and good healthy food and treats your dog should be a happy healthy and hopefully well adjusted dog and a good canine citizen.

21 2016 Feb

Dog Toys — Be Sure You Have Plenty of Toys

dog-toy-made-from-jute-cow-with-ropes-for-tug-of-warThere are so many toys of available for your dog’s entertainment.  You may have to try several different types of toys before you find the type that youe dog loves.  Some dogs can be entertained for hours by running after a ball and retrieveing it from where ever it may end up which could include water for some dogs and land for others.  There are also dogs out there that don’t have any interest in balls.

Many dogs really love toys that squeak and they can be entertained for long periods of time especially by toys in which the squeaks vary depending upon where the dog chews it.  Most dogs also love to play Tug a War.  One of our toys functions as a dental chew a squeak toy and tug a war toy.  This toy, the Jute and Rope Plush Cow, is a real favorite of most dogs because of all that it provides.  There are many types of toys some of which are puzzles to challenge your dog and develop his brain.

19 2016 Feb

Dog Accessories — Be Sure You Have What You Need

interactive-dog-feeder-puzzleMany different products can be included in this category including some every day items like collars, leashes and harnesses.  This category also includes unusual products that are in a category of their own.  For example the Food Activity Center turns an ordinary meal into a puzzle to exercise your dog’s brain he must figure out how to get the food out so he can eat it.   This product has an added benefit as it prevents dogs from gulping their food which can result in excess gas in the best of cases but in the worst case this can result in a dog’s death do to a condition called “Bloat” that can be fatal for dogs if not treated immediately.  Some dogs are more succeptible to “Bloat” than others but to be safe it is best to not allow your dog to gulp his food down.

24 2016 Jan

Feeders & Waterers

img_petstores_PTM24880WaterIt is always best to ensure that your dog always has access to clean fresh water.  The Petmate Fresh Flow water fountain will provide your dog with a constant flow of filtered fresh water.  This continuous flow of circulating filtered water is oxygenated to keep it nice and cool which entices your pet to drink more water which is essential for good health.  You will save time also because all you will need to do is change the filter every couple of weeks to keep it clean.

Some dogs tend to gobble their food down too fast which can cause many problems some of which could be fatal.  If a dogs eats too much too fast without chewing the food enough a serious condition called gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). The gulping of food results in excessive air, fluid and food filling the stomach, followed by swelling (dilatation) of the stomach cavity. As the stomach expands, it can twist around on its axis (volvulus),  which makes it impossible for anything to pass through the stomach to the intestines. If this happens, your dog can go into shock and die quickly.  One method of avoiding this problem is to use a special type of feeder that only releases a small amount of food at a time so when you are rushing to get to work or school you won’t have to worry about your dog eating too much at a time as the food would be released every 2 hours or however you set it and would dispense a small premeasured amount of food.  This condition is more common in large breed dogs.

21 2016 Jan

Doors & Gates

364_img_dynamicaccentsGates_42607There are times when it becomes necessary to either keep your dog from entering a room in the house or even a section of the home.  This situation can be easily remedied by the addition of one or more pet gates to keep your dog in a certain area of your home.  There are a wide variety of styles and sizes of pet gates which include wide dog gates to cover an extensive width doorway or a freestanding pet gate there are many sizes and styles to choose from.  The gates are very well made and attractive so they will be a positive addition to your style of furniture and are not ugly or bulky.

Pet doors are really freeing for both you and your pet.  As long as you install your pet door within a door that leads to a fenced yard then your dog is free to come and go as he pleases without your involvement.  However this should not stop your walks you take with your dog as these are special times for your dog when your attention is focused on him so it is a bonding experience.  Also the walks provide a much needed way for both you and your dog to get exercise.

20 2016 Jan

Attractive and Functional Dog Clothing

in_images_HD3BR_hoodie5All dogs, regardless of size need to be able to keep warm and dry while outdoors where they are subjected to the same cold, wet weather that we experience.  While some dogs are more suited to cold weather and my not need protection, for example Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes and several other breeds,  many  dogs are not really built to tolerate severe weather.

For these breeds with thinner fur and not as much fat on their bodies, we carry a selection of stylish and functional dog hoodies as well as an assortment of water repellent dog raincoats.  With this clothing you can be assured that your pet will be protected from the elements.

10 2015 Dec

Keep Your Dog Safe and Protect Your Car With Dog Car Seat Covers

german-shepherdIt is important when driving in your car with your dog to stabilize your dog so he doesn’t come flying up to the front seat if you have to make a sudden stop.   It is also important to keep your car from being trashed every time you take your dog in the car.  Much harm can come to your car’s interior due to your dogs nails, shedding or having an accident on the car seat.

Also your dog could be injured if he is not held using a dog harness and a seat belt.  Simply feed the seat belt through your dog’s harness and this way he won’t fly around and during sharp turns or sudden stops.  This takes care of your dog but what about your car upholstery?  This is where dog car seat covers come in to play.  Covers come in a wide variety of styles and materials, however some of the facts you should keep in mind are whether or not the seat cover is washable,  is there a way to secure it so it won’t slip off and a lot of these decisions depend upon the price you are willing to pay for the seat cover and how much you want the seat cover to accomplish.  Should it protect your upholstery from accidents?  This would require  a plastic or rubber seat cover, or do you simply want to protect your car seat from shedding fur.