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Small Dog Doors ? Advantages and Disadvantages

Small Dog Doors ? Advantages and Disadvantages

Small dog doors are made to provide security to your small pet dogs and puppies. Since, small, toy dogs are playful and loves to roam around, these doors can give them special access and escape route if bigger animals are chasing them.

Lets talk about pet doors for a while. In general, dog doors, or most often referred to as doggie doors, are small swinging doors that can be installed in an entrance or wall.

They can give access to your pet animal without making necessary assistance in letting them in or out of the house.

It is a very convenient device since pet owners can actually do their daily chores or activities without interruption since their pet has freedom on wherever they want to go. You can also eliminate scratches and damages from your doors and furniture.

However, there are different kinds of dogs that an individual can choose to own a pet dog. Some of us would love to own the large ones while some would love to play with the small toy dogs.

Whatever we choose, each pet needs care and security. That’s why in providing protection and security, without compromising their freedom, dog doors are made.

Advantages of Small Dog Doors

Small pet doors are made to allow access to puppies and small breeds of dog like Chihuahuas and Teacup Poodles. Most dog owners find themselves being a “door man” especially if he have puppies to look after.

Since the animal is small, they are more likely carefree and playful. Small pet doors are made for them to fit and give access to the backyard to play. You won’t need leashes or chains to restrain them. They can go freely, move in and out of the flap without hurting themselves and with minimum effort.

If big pets are bullying your puppy, this door can be its protection and escape route. Of course, when they enter this kind of door, the bigger animals will remain on the other side since they are not fit to enter the small pet entrance.

Why does knowing your pet size and weight important before you install a dog door in your house?

This is to make sure that your pet door is fit for your dog. Imagine installing a small dog door and you have a Rottweiler dog? It doesn’t make sense, does it? You can’t use the pet flap for it. On the other hand, if you have a small dog and you purchased a large pet door, any animals can come and go inside your house.

There are types of small dog doors for different types of entrances: wooden, vinyl and even sliding patio types. The flap, which is very popular kind of dog door, is usually made of aluminum or high impact vinyl, are durable, lightweight and very easy to install. This type comes with installation instructions. They require less or no maintenance at all once installed.

Disadvantage of Small Dog Door

One common disadvantage of having a small dog door is they don’t grow as the animal grows. Of course, its size stays the same even if the puppy becomes an adult.

Most owners are not sure if they would really like to install a lesser size pet door.
Whenever your pet dog gains height and weight each day, the door becomes small and unfit to them. For this reason, you need to upgrade the doors often which is costly and takes your time too. This is also to avoid bruises to your dog if the door becomes small for them.

No matter what your dog size is, it is important that you take care of them. Providing their needs will lessen your cost and load if done accordingly and properly. It is our responsibility as a pet owner to protect and give them their needs so they can also function better in our care.

Keep in mind that it is important to get your pet’s measurement too before choosing the right door size for them. Providing a dog door that fits your doggie or cat would also give comfort to your pet.

Visit dog doors guide to learn more about small dog doors. You can also find great information about dog house doors.

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The Calming Face Wrap Ends a Dog’s Unwanted Barking

The Calming Face Wrap Ends a Dog’s Unwanted Barking

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Huntington, Indiana (PRWEB) November 20, 2010

The Calming Face Wrap ™ is a gentle, non-pharmacological way to lessen/end anxious, constant barking. It’s made by Animals Plus, LLC, manufacturers of The Anxiety Wrap(tm); the product that invented the category of Pressure Wraps in the pet industry in 2001.

The Calming Face Wrap is an elastic band that uses the techniques of Maintained Pressure and Acupressure to calm dogs. It was patented by a 25-year professional dog trainer, Susan Sharpe, APDT, CPDT-KA, owner of Animals Plus, LLC, and co-owner of Canine Companion dog training center. It helps reduce and even end unwanted barking by affecting the sensory receptors which are especially prevalent on the dog’s muzzle area. The Calming Face Wrap also helps lessen/end destructive digging and scratching. It’s often used in conjunction with The Anxiety Wrap for even more anxiety relief. Pet owners also find it helpful in preparing a dog for wearing any brand of head halter.

Holiday visitors can exacerbate a dog’s anxiety level and result in an increase in unwanted barking. Susan suggests pet owners have a plan in advance and offers these training tips to help owners and their dogs get through the upcoming season more calmly.

Susan Sharpe’s Training Tips

Step 1: Plan ahead. Be prepared for his barking and know what you’re going to do ahead of time. Place the Face Wrap where it’s easily and quickly accessible and have tasty treats ready. Get toys that you can stuff with food and pre-stuff them. Use calm and relaxed body language and voice.

Step 2:     Have a “time-out” room. Use the dog’s crate or a room that will separate him from the distraction.

Step 3:    Use the Calming Face Wrap. At the sign of your dog’s trigger (i.e., visitor) and the first bark, say “enough” one time only. With the second bark, immediately place the Calming Face Wrap on the dog and offer tasty treats.

Step 4:     Three Strikes, You’re Out. If your dog barks a third time, place him in his crate or special room for a time-out. This should last 30-60 seconds or until he has quieted down. If he has pawed the Calming Face Wrap off, reapply it.

Step 5:    Reward The Behavior You Want. Allow your dog to join you immediately after quieting and give him a pre-stuffed toy to help redirect his attention. Remove the Calming Face Wrap once your dog is calm and quiet.

Step 6:    Reinforce. Repeat this as often as necessary until the dog learns that “barking equals the Face Wrap/time out.” When the trigger (visitor) is no longer present, remove all food-stuffed toys. They are only to be used when the trigger is present and your dog is quiet.

The Calming Face Wrap can be used in any situation, in or outside of the home. Barb Gadola, CPDT-KA, a dog trainer from Distinctive Dog Training, LLC, tried the Calming Face Wrap on her seven-month-old dog, Pip, at a recent workshop. “Last weekend was our Karen Pryor Academy workshop where Pip had to remain in her pen for a good part of the day. The last time we attended the workshop, Pip barked off and on during the day.”    At this workshop, Barb used the Calming Face Wrap with Pip and explains, “During our workshop sessions when the dogs were crated, I alternated having her wear it and go without it. There was a definite difference when she had it on – she was calm and lay down during the sessions. When she wasn’t wearing it, she was sitting up, staring at me and barking.”

The Calming Face Wrap is manufactured by the makers of the Anxiety Wrap that has been featured on NBC’s “Today Show,” Womens Day magazine, The Boston Globe, the World-Herald, and has received positive reviews in major trade magazines such as Whole Dog Journal, Animal Wellness, Fido Friendly, and The Bark. Animals Plus, LLC, invented the category of Pressure Wraps in 2001 and The Anxiety Wrap is still the only patented Pressure Wrap in the pet industry category. The Calming Face Wrap is available at, 1-877-652-1266, and is sold through catalogs and stand-alone pet stores across the United States. The Anxiety Wrap is on Facebook, Twitter and Blogspot: .

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Leashes and Lovers Greyhound Featured on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101 Helps Dog Lovers Find Love

Leashes and Lovers Greyhound Featured on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101 Helps Dog Lovers Find Love

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) November 6, 2010

They say a baby can change your life – well in this case it was a dog! When Sheryl Matthys decided to rescue Shiraz – the Greyhound, little did she know her dog would LEAD her to help others find love, real friendships, and even a best selling book.

And, that story will be featured on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101 this Saturday, Nov. 6th at 8 PM when the show profiles the Greyhound breed. (The show will rerun several times – look for local listings.)

Shiraz inspired Matthys to create Leashes and Lovers – an online dog lovers club to connect for a date, friends, same breed or even your soul mate. She’s known as The Relationship Expert with a Doggie Twist™ as she works with dog lovers to bring balance and love into their lives – resulting in more a more fulfilling relationship than ever before whether as a couple or in search of the right match.

In her new best selling book, Leashes and Lovers: What Your Dog Can Teach You About Love, Life and Happiness, author Sheryl Matthys encourages dog lovers to let your dog lead the way to successful relationships by asking yourself this important question, “What Would My Dog Do?” Sheryl shares tips and stories including celebrities like Cesar Millan, Howard Stern, Rachael Ray and more. The book covers life’s spectrum on how one’s dog impacts dating, couples fortitude, friendships, break-ups, bereavement, and even family ties.

Interview Topic Ideas on how your dog can help you find the right match.

1. What would my dog do? How your dog can teach you 3 secrets to a most successful relationship: listening skills, an open heart and mind, and admiration.

2. Five categories to knowing what you seek in a dog – you also seek in a mate! What are they and what kind of dog should be slobbering at your feet so you know who should be holding your hand!

Sheryl’s a sought out speaker, author, columnist for FIDO Friendly magazine, dog expert guest, actress, entrepreneur, former TV/Radio reporter, Greyhound rescuer, and certified dog trainer with a BA in psychology and a master’s in Radio/TV from Butler University. She’s also been an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, and IU–SB.


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Keep Your Dog Safe & Happy This Holiday Season By Following These Seven Simple Rules

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) December 22, 2005

Keep your dog safe and happy this holiday season by following these seven simple rules:

Rule #1: Chocolate is for you, not for your dog.

Rule #2: Dog food is for dogs and people food is for people. If you give your dog cookies, candy, turkey or other holiday foods, it can cause stomach upset, allergies or in some cases— death. A quality dog food will meet all of your dog’s dietary needs.

Rule #3: Keep a training collar and leash on your dog, whenever your dog is around friends and family. Using the holidays as a training opportunity is a good way to teach your dog that he must behave, regardless of distractions.

Rule #4: Your dog doesn’t need expensive gifts to have a happy holiday. Let’s face it—we’re talking about an animal that derives pleasure from eating cat poop and rolling in dead fish. You don’t need to spend $ 80 on a doggie sweater, when a rawhide bone covered with peanut butter will bring your dog hours of delight.

Rule #5: Confine your dog to a crate or a kennel when you can’t supervise him. Dogs are “den animals.” They derive a sense of

security and well being when they’re confined to a small, enclosed area. Think of a kennel in the same way you’d think of a baby’s play pen or crib: If your dog isn’t old enough (or responsible enough) to be left unsupervised— then put him in the crate.

Rule #6: Keep all trash containers safely closed or behind a cabinet door that your dog cannot get into.

Rule #7: Dogs are social pack animals. Include your dog in family holiday activities and your dog will be a cherished part of your family.

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Is there something wrong with my dog whistle?

Question by ketty: Is there something wrong with my dog whistle?
when i blow this dog whistle i bought from petsmart i can cleary hear it. Is there something wrong? or are some dog whistles like that.

oh and on the box it said “silent dog whistle”

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Answer by Kayla
i got the same exact dog whistle from pets mart and was wondering the same thing!

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