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Register, Post and Win a Sleep-ezz Dog, Cat Bed on the Pet Dreams Forums

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2005

Pet Dreams is announcing a contest for new members of its recently launched online discussion forums. By registering a free account and making at least two posts before August 15, visitors can be entered for a chance to win a free Sleep-ezz Reversible Dog / Cat Bed in your choice of size and color. All eligible entrants will receive a 10% off coupon for their next purchase at

Forum visitors can get advice on crate training, housebreaking puppies, and other pet-related topics from Pet Dreams and fellow pet lovers all around the globe. Several trainers, veterinarians, breeders, etc. are expected to join soon to provide even more expert advice. In addition, visitors can get information and ask questions about Pet Dreams’ products, including Cratewear bedding for dog crates and Sleep-ezz Reversible Pet Beds.

Pet Dreams intends for to become the web’s premier interactive forums for discussing dogs, crate training, and pets in general. This contest will help us build that community!

Terms and Conditions:

Register a free account on the Pet Dreams Forums at and make 2 or more posts before 11:59 pm, EST on August 14, 2005.

Then, email us with your name, phone number, email address, and registered forum “screen name” by 8/15/05 for your chance to win a Casual Sleep-ezz 2-in-1 Reversible Dog/Cat Bed in your choice of size and color.

All eligible contestants will receive a special coupon worth 10% off their next order at

Posts by unregistered “Guest” users or that violate the Forum Registration Agreement are not eligible. One entry per person. Winner will be chosen by random drawing on or around 8/16/05. Winner must provide a US mailing address to claim prize. Chances of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. Sleep-ezz prize has a retail value of $ 14.99-$ 34.99.

About Pet Dreams:

Pet Dreams was founded in 1999 to make metal dog crates safe, comfortable & attractive. Our line of Sleep-ezz Reversible Beds, introduced in 2003, has become a popular option for people seeking an inexpensive mat for their crate, home, car, kennel, SUV- everywhere a dog or cat sleeps. Pet Dreams products are available in a variety of online, mail order, and retail outlets.


Dogs Who Lick Too Much — Excessive Licking In Dogs

Dogs Who Lick Too Much — Excessive Licking In Dogs

Ever wonder why dogs seem to constantly lick things?  Canine licking is a natural behavior for dogs.  But some dogs go a little too far with their licking behavior.  Excessive licking in dogs can become one of many aggravating bad dog habits if your dog overdoes it.  While dogs normally lick each other to say hello, most humans don’t really want a slobbering dog greeting them with a big wet tongue.

Why Do Dogs Lick People?

Since canines can’t talk, it’s up to us as dog owners to figure out why they’re engaging in certain behaviors.  Nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and excessive licking in dogs is no exception.  Your dog may lick you for different reasons at different times, depending on what’s going on around him, and how he feels about it. 

It’s usually pretty easy to tell when your dog is licking you to express affection for you.  You’ll be able to tell from his body language that he’s feeling relaxed.  Everyone’s happy, and nobody is feeling stressed.  An example is when your dog reaches out of the back seat to lick your ear when you’re driving him to the park. 

Another reason for excessive canine licking is that your dog is feeling anxious and stressed-out.  Your dog may cope with upsetting situations in his life with obsessive-compulsive behavior like excessive licking.  He may lick himself until his hair falls out, or he may lick you to the point where he’s driving you crazy.

A very common reason for dog stress is that he’s cooped up inside by himself for hours every day.  Dogs need lots of attention, and lots of time to run and play.  If you’re too busy to spend much time with your dog, you may need to readjust your schedule by getting up earlier in the morning, or by spending more time with him in the evening.  Make the time to play with him, groom him, train him, hang out with him. 

Most people don’t realize how much exercise dogs need in order to burn off excess energy.  A quick ten minutes here and there isn’t enough.  The average dog needs about an hour and a half of exercise a day.  If you don’t have the time, you may need to consider hiring a dog walker to take him out during the day.

How To Stop Dog Licking

You spend lots of time with your dog, and he’s happy and high-spirited and obviously not stressed about anything.  But a slobbering dog is still a problem for you.  What can you do now?

Most of the time, excessive licking in dogs is simply because your dog loves you, and he wants to let you know right now how happy he is to be with you.  When it gets to be too much for you to handle, let him know that he needs to back off by saying “no!” loudly, turning away from him, getting up, and moving away.  Make sure your face is turned completely away from him. 

He’ll probably follow you and start licking you again.  When he does, tell him “no” again, and move away from him.  He’ll probably be persistent, but you’ll just need to be more persistent.  Keep rebuffing his advances, and eventually he’ll get the message.

Now that you’re armed with this information, you know how to stop dog licking, or at least how to slow it down.

Darlene Norris has worked at a vet clinic and an animal shelter, and has had lots of experience with dogs. If you’re dealing with excessive canine licking, visit No More Bad Dogs at to learn about a dog training course that will help to solve your problem.

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Smart, stylish pet-food storage solutions

Smart, stylish pet-food storage solutions



If pets had their way, they’d raid the bags containing their kibble and help themselves to an all-day feast, every day. This is hardly a desirable scenario, as it leads to obesity] and digestive upset, so take care to store food where pets can’t get at it while you’re not looking.


Dogs, by the way, are not the only ones guilty of raiding bags of kibble; hungry cats have also been known to apply their claws and teeth to almost-full bags – even those heavy-duty foil models! – and help themselves to heaps of between-meal snacks.


Most pet-food storage containers are made of plastic, which is porous (so their contents are not safe from bacteria) and easily gnawed open by a large, determined dog.


Pet-supply stores sell large clips to “reseal” opened bags of kibble – but these do nothing to prevent the contents from growing stale, or permitting the entry of hungry insects.


Happily, there are much better, more sanitary ways to store large bags of opened kibble.

If there’s room in your refrigerator, stick the opened bag of kibble in there. Or, decant the contents of the bag into glass food-storage jars. These are widely available at kitchen-supply stores and online, and they come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from round to square. Some have threaded metal lids, others close with a rubber washer that securely closes with a metal clamp.


If you’d like double protection – refrigeration plus a glass jar – investigate refrigerator glassware, widely available in nesting sets, complete with convenient plastic lids. Just don’t subject glass that isn’t made for refrigerator storage to your fridge’s chilly atmosphere, or it will crack and break, and you’ll have wasted all that kibble.


In the fridge or out, glass jars keep pets and bugs away from the food, and they look quite decorative just sitting there on your kitchen counter or shelf. The good habit of transferring kibble from the bag to the jar could even inspire you to be better about putting away flour, sugar, and other bagged food items!

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