BarkBox – Ipsy for Dogs?

It doesn’t surprise us that the rage in monthy trial clubs has hit the pet community.  Most of you know what IPSY is – after you sign up, a GLAM-BAG shows up on your door step each month with lots of cool beauty items.  Some are trial size and some are quite substantial.

Well … now you can do the same thing for your dog

When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected dog products and cool stuff for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural, organic treats to hygiene products and innovative new trinkets!

If your dog is begging for more or you want to gift a favorite item to a friend of your pup, they will give you exclusive opportunities to order more products at a great rate.

Best of all, a portion of profits from each box will go to help doggies-in-need. To learn more about our causes, read about our giving program.

BarkBox is the monthly solution for fun and excitement – for both you and your PUP!

Boundary Brand Pet Repellants by Lambert Kay

Boundary Cat and Dog Repellants

Our featured brand this week is “Boundary”. Keep your pets away from furniture, carpet, trees, shrubs, garbage cans/bags, and other “forbidden” areas. Boundary® will repel dogs and cats for up to 24 hours when applied daily. Use as directed on each individual’s label directions – but make sure you do your due diligence and consistent training.

As long as you follow label directions, all Boundary products are safe around children. It is recommended that you wait until this product is dry before children or pets are in the area you sprayed.

Even if your pet eats a small amount, it will not be harmful.

Use indoors to break your pet of undesirable habits such as sleeping on furniture and rugs or to keep out of forbidden areas. Always use with consistent training. Praise your pet for good behavior and scold for bad behavior.  Remember to always read the package instructions.

Pretreatment Directions: Before spraying large areas of rugs, fabrics or plastics, test the effect of this product by treating a small, inconspicuous area. This product may stain or soften some fabrics or plastics. To avoid possible damage, spray a piece of cloth lightly and place it on the object or area to be protected.

Finally, an animal that is motivated by food will find it practically impossible to resist even if the Boundary product is sprayed near by.  So, it really is not effective if the kids left a hotdog in the couch crease.

Get the picture?

Training Collars Help Dogs Learn How to Walk Properly!

When you get a puppy, one of the first things you need to do is to to get him a regular collar (like a buckle or quick-snap collar).   On this collar, you must have a tag with your contact information on it.  I recommend that you do not put your dog’s name on it, because if someone finds your lost dog and knows him name, they may want to keep him!  However, when you are training your dog to learn how to walk, you will most likely need a special collar.

Many people think they should be using a choke collar, but in reality this is usually never a good idea.  If you have an expert come to your house who is trained to use a choke collar, then it is okay.  But in general, if you do not have lots of experience with choke collars, you will use it incorrectly.  However, if you are using a choke collar for walking, you should always take it off after the walk.  Choke collars can easily get snagged on many household items and could cause death.  The fact that choke collars could potentially kill your dog should be a good enough reason for you to not use them!

There are a couple collars that are great for training your dog to walk well with you.  One of my favorites to use for larger dogs is a prong collar, like the Chain Prong Training Collar. If you think that a prong collar seems inhumane like the choke collar, you should know that the Humane Society supports their use!   These collars can tighten around your dog’s neck when he pulls you during a walk, but unlike a choke collar they can only be tightened so far.  This means your dog can not accidentally choke to death.  The prongs just give your dog a little pinch which shows him that he is pulling to hard.  The prongs in the Chain Prong Training Collar, pictured above, comes in 2 different sizes: 2.3mm and 3.2mm.  The thicker your dog’s neck, especially if the thickness is due to muscle, the large collar you should use.  Just like the choke collar, you should only have your dog wear the Chain Prong Training Collar when he is going for a walk.  When he is not walking, put on his regular collar (with the contact information tag!).

If you do not want to use a prong collar, you can use a harness that is designed to prevent your dog from pulling during walks.   They are ideal for smaller dogs, but if you have a larger dog who only needs a small amount of guidance, then you can use harness for them too!  I have the Four Paws No-Pull Dog Trainer, and I use it on my small size dog and medium size dog.  You will be surprised how much the Four Paws No-Pull Dog Trainer helps your dog walk better.  I would recommend that these harnesses are your first line of defense, and then if they do not work you can use a prong collar!