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New Owner’s guides are useful for more than just new owners; they provide a wide overview of a lot of different types of information, from basic care to training and grooming. Informational guides are good because they usually give more detailed information than New Owner’s guides about specific topics, like grooming. Training guides are helpful to owners who want specific fundamentals and tips on training their dogs. Wall calendars are great for any dog owner, because the full spectrum of breeds are represented in calendars and there are many calendars for the owners of mutts.
Dog Bowls & Feeders
Stainless steel feeders are great because they are heavier and don’t move around while your pet is eating or drinking. They have a rubber bottom that enables them to grip the floor a little better. They are especially great for bigger dogs. Auto feeders are good if you are always on the run and don’t always remember or have time to feed your pet. They hold a certain amount of food and they have a timer to feed your pet every certain amount of time. They are definitely better than self feeders, which can tip over or clog, and some pets can over eat. Food bins can help keep food fresh and you don’t have to keep the food in the sack, it can be thrown away. Ceramic bowls can be good because they are also heavy, but if broken can hurt your pet. Travel bowls are great for traveling with your pet, especially if they include a lid so it can be used as a container, again, to keep the food fresh. Heated bowls are good for keeping food and/or water warm, if your pet is used to that. Disposable bowls are not good for everyday use, although, they can be reused a few times. They are good for people who don’t like cleaning their pet’s bowls. Although not as environmentally friendly, most, if not all, should be recyclable. They are good for when you rescue pets and don’t want them to share the same bowl as your pet or other rescues.
There are many product options for dog clean up depending on what your purpose and goal are: Waste bags require some effort on the part of the pet owner in order to clean the waste, and disposal of the bag itself becomes an issue. However, these are miniature trash bags that are portable and easy to use on walks. Diaper garments are always on the dog and therefore always in use, however putting them on and taking them off the dog can be a hassle, and dogs wearing diapers often draw unwanted attention in public. Housebreaking pads are good for puppies learning to be
housebroken, but run out of use after that. They are placed around the house to help catch puppy accidents. Disposal systems vary in efficiency and can often be expensive. Carpet cleaners are useful for accidents pertaining to indoor carpets, but have no use outside. Scoopers allow the owner to scoop waste from a short distance away, thereby sidestepping the smell. However, for use on walks, the owner must carry the scooper with him at all times, and the scooper requires occasional cleaning. Litter pans work well for cats, but dogs are not accustomed to using them. Plus, they require periodic cleaning and can be somewhat expensive.
There are many different dog collars to choose from: Nylon Collars are great for all types of dogs and are comfortable for them to wear daily. There are several sizes and colors to choose from. Adjustable collars are great for puppies as one does not need to constantly purchase a collar as his or her dog grows. Some types that snap together are not suitable for large dogs because they can be known to break if they pull too hard. Jeweled collars are very popular among smaller dogs. Some care should be taken to make sure the jewels do not get caught or stuck on anything. Owners should not leave jeweled collars on dogs that are unattended, or tend to get into things. Personalized collars are wonderful and come in a variety of styles and prices. They can be stylish while being informative if one’s dog becomes lost. Can be great as gifts! Leather collars are great as they tend to last a long while and don’t leave color stains on one’s dog like some nylon collars can. Leather collars come in a variety of styles as well. Chain collars are designed for training purposes only and should not be left on a dog. An owner should make sure to use a chain collar properly as one can seriously inflict pain and injury on the dogs throat. Some chain collars are designed for beauty purposes only and are not training tools. Head collars are becoming more and more popular for training instead of chain collars. Head collars do not inflict pain like chain collars can. E-collars are only used when the dog has had surgery or when an injury or wound needs to heal. E-collars are not “everyday” use collars and dogs who need to wear them temporary, should be watched carefully.
There are many different types of dog beds available. Decide on the bed based on your dogs need and where the bed will be located. Classic beds are pads that can be either square or round. They are available in many colors and usually filled with cedar shavings and batting. Nesting beds provide a softer base for small pets. Designer bed offer luxury fabrics and often come on a frame that resembles real furniture. Flea and tick beds claim to offer pest repellants fabrics. Orthopedic styles are great for older pets that would prefer a firmer foundation. Cots can be used indoors or outdoors. They are usually easy to clean. Bolster beds have sides which make the dog feel cozy like a den. Heated beds are a necessity for young pups or elderly pets.
If you don’t have enough room in your house or prefer to keep your dog outdoors, consider a dog house for his/her comfort. If you are interested in the safety and comfort of your dog an insulated house would be preferred. Not only would this type of house maintain warmth during the winter months but would also be cooler during the heat of the summer months. These types of homes are generally constructed better with various types and thickness of insulation. A non-toxic insulation, such as honeycomb panels, are also available. A dog house with insulation would also be an aid in muffling loud noises that may tend to startle your pet. Plastic houses and porches seem to offer minimal protection. An enclosed porch would obviously be better than an open porch, however, both tend to be wide open spaces and a dog would not seem to have the coziness of its own space. Plastic houses do nothing to ward off the cold of winter or the heat of summer, although they would help keep your pet dry. Plastic houses are generally light weight and if you have a larger dog they would probably be able to move this type of structure. A wooden dog house, on the other hand, is somewhat heavier and would tend to provide a little more of a comfort zone for your pet than a plastic house would, depending on the type and thickness of wood used. A dog house door would help in keeping the elements outside, however, some dogs tend to feel claustrophobic and “left out” if they are unable to see what is going on. Most dogs, with doors, tend to inhabit their houses with their heads sticking out the door.
Flea and Tick Prevention
There are many different products for Flea & Tick control: Flea and Tick drops and tablets are given and taken internally. Usually, these products are given once a month. This is convenient, but it also may be difficult to remember. Powders are applied to the dog externally. This is messy and maybe more ineffective depending on the activity level of your dog. Flea and Tick powders are usually applied daily. This can become quite burdensome. A flea and tick bed is a passive. It consists of bedding treated to repel fleas and ticks. This is a good addition to a flea and tick regimen, but it is not a complete solution.
Spot-On Flea products are effective and convenient. They usually protect for up to 30 days with one application. The better ones are available from you vet. Over the counter types vary in effectiveness.
Flea & Tick Collars give moderate protection against fleas and usually last for 3 to 6 months.
Sprays can be used in conjunction with collars after the dog has been wearing the collar for about a week. Sooner than that might cause an overdose of the flea product. Sprays are moderately effective. It is good to spray the dog’s bedding get rid of any fleas that may be lurking there.
Foggers & Aerosoles are a good alternative for your home if you have a heavy infestation. You will want to take your dog and any other pets out of the home. Have the pets flea dipped at the vet or groomer, while you fog your home. Have permanent flea control products in place (such as a prescription spot-on product when you return.
Shampoos can be good to begin getting rid of fleas. If a dog was heavily infested, you would want to shampoo, following the instructions, then follow up with other products like a combination of collar and spray or a spot on product.
Electric Comb is good for immediate, temporary removal of fleas, but it offers no protection in the long run.
Carpet Powders are good to use in your house occasionally. Say once a month, powder the carpets half an hour before vacuuming.
Repellent would be a good idea for a hunting dog going into the woods. It could be used in conjunction with a seasoned flea collar or a spot on product to protect against ticks.
Dog Food Sources
Canned Food–exactly as described. It is moist, wet food, which comes from a can and must be opened with a can opener.
Dry Food–again, exactly as described. Dry food is usually in some type of nugget form, and comes from a bag to be poured into a bowl for feeding.
Food Pouches–Food pouches are sealed, individual servings of dog food. The food inside is more moist than traditional dry dog food, but may not be as moist as a can of food.
Food Rolls–These types of dog food come in a tube-shaped roll, much like we would purchase ground beef or other ground meats from a supermarket. These are moist and flavorful for dogs, and can be sliced into individual servings as either treats, or for a meal.
Food Toppings–These are usually in a food pouch, and can be poured over the top of wet or dry dog food. These come in a variety of flavors, and are used as a kind of “gravy” for dogs, usually rich in vitamins and minerals.
Natural/Organic food–This can be wet or dry food, but it is certified organic and/or all natural. This is an excellent choice for people who have gone “green” or organic.
Genetically Engineered Food–Genetically engineered dog food is what caused the largest pet food recall in history. A genetically engineered source of urea, created a compound called melamine, which is used in manufacturing plastics, ended up in our pets’ food bowls. This caused a great number of sick pets, as well as a number of deaths.
ID Tags or Microchips
When it comes to selecting dog ID tags you have as many choices to fit your taste and your dog’s personality! A bone shaped tag definitely identifies that this is a dog tag. The heart tag could be mistaken for a heart health alert ID but is a symbol of love. A circle dog tag is simple. 2-tone tags are great if you can’t choose a color but may not be as easy to read. Solid color tags are better for information visibility.
Microchips are surgically put under the dogs skin by your vet and around a size of small grain or rice. Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. An animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number. But because due to how your pet is lost its is still always best to put an ID tag on your pet as well.
Dog or Pet Leashes
Leashes allow for management of your dog while also keeping your distance. Leashes are great if your dog is not trained to walk along side you, is in a new environment or situation that they might react different from the new stimuli, or in a general public area requiring control of your dog. A harness is usually secured to multiple parts of the dog, like around the neck, chest and around their stomach at the same time. A harness can be used in conjunction with a leash, and so can a collar. Unlike the harness, which goes around the dog at multiple points, the collar only goes around the neck.
Nylon leashes are tight and durable. Retractable leashes give ample room for a dog’s mobility. Personalized leashes are attractive but usually expensive. Adjustable leashes are the classic inexpensive go-to leashes. They work fine but aren’t the best. Leather leashes are also attractive but can be very expensive and elegant. They’re also quite durable. Chain leashes are the worst when it comes to your dog’s comfort. They can cause pain to the dog. Sometimes used for training or simply a fashion statement.
Raw Hides & Chews
Raw Hides & Chews: Dental Chews are many critters’ personal favorite. These tend to be bones that have a type of cleaning agent that freshens a dogs breath and tastes great to them. A great toy to keep a bored pup busy for hours. Many dogs have issues digesting wheat in dog foods as well as other components placed in dog food. A good cure to aid digestive dog health is to buy allergen free food, such as Blue, or buy the food or chews that is actually made for digestive health. Dogs seem to love it. Natural chews are food and treats that do not contain so many different additives. They are much similar to human’s “organic” foods. They’re usually on the more expensive side but you are assured of what your dog is eating. Bones are always a crowd pleaser with dogs. This come in various forms such as dental chews, raw hides, flavored, etc. Theses are fairly inexpensive depending on what type. A dog may have one forever, bury it, and then get it again when they are ready to chew more. These save furniture from chewers and dogs always love a “good bone.” Jerky is a treat similar to a bone, except it has a chewy consistency where a bone is more firm. Dogs tend to love to chew these especially when those teeth are coming in. It is like a teething ring for babies and perfect for pups. Munchies also known as doggy snacks similar to snacks for in-between meals. A yummy treat for “Mans Best Friend.” Chips are another type of snack given to our furry friends. Little chips may be given at different times making this a great treat for training new pups. Few of these make great in-between meal snacks.
There are many different kinds of dog chews and toys. Chew toys are used to keep your dogs mind stimulated, for teeth cleaning, and for exercise. Rubber toys are usually best for smaller dogs that are not aggressive chewers. Attention needs to be paid to dogs chewing rubber toys because they may be chewed up into small pieces, causing choking or intestinal blockage. The advantage of rubber chews is that they come in many shapes and colors. They also can make noises very appealing to dogs. Rope toys are great for dogs that are light chewers or for bigger dogs that like to play tug-of-war. Rope toys are very safe and usually will not cause intestinal blockage. Rings (plastic and rubber) are great chewing options for teething puppies. All you need to do is put them in the freezer and then give to your teething dog. Rawhide rings are another option and they are perfectly suited for medium-intense chewers. Twists are good options for chewers that are aggressive and need something thicker to chew through. Twists usually refer to rawhide twists that are thicker that regular rawhide bones. Rawhide chews such as twists are excellent to keep the teeth clean. Nylon bones are made out of a boiled plastic and are extremely thick and extremely safe. Nylon bones are impossible for most dogs to chew through. They are great for very intense chewers that chew through everything else. They come in many colors and flavors. Rolls also come in many flavors but they are an option for smaller dogs and lighter chewers.
If you have pets all the products listed are important. Shed control tools such as brushes, combs, etc are necessary not only to maintain your pets coat, health and well being but to maintain a level of cleanliness within your home. These items would be your first defense against pet dander and allergies for any member of your household. The appearance of your pets skin and coat is a reflection of their overall health and, as owners, we should be constantly observing both. While there are many products available for your pets skin and coat, such as shampoos etc many animals are subjected to dry coat, itching, red skin, hotspots, dandruff and just an overall bad odor which can reflect a deeper problem such as food allergies and/or poor digestion which may contribute to a potentially weakened immune system. If you have a pet that tends to shed a pet hair roller is a good item to have in your home although with time the “stickiness” does wear off and a new roller will need to be purchased. While this item can be effective in lifting pet hair from drapes, furniture, clothing etc it is better to maintain your pets overall health to prevent large amounts of shedding. If you have a pet with a thicker coat a shedding blade would work well in removing all the underneath hair grow before it has an opportunity to actually shed. A blade is generally made of stainless steal, tends to last longer and is easier to clean and sterilize. Supplements are great for your pets overall health. Much to often needed nutrients are not included in commercial brand pet foods and supplements are a good way to ensure a long and happy life for your pet and prevent many of the conditions previously mentioned. Pet wipes can be a useful tool in cleaning our pets feet and other areas, although a damp rag would serve the same purpose without the added chemicals. Pets tends to groom themselves and the chemicals are easily transferred into their digestive tract.
Rubber toys are great for all ages and sizes of dogs. There are also different strengths of rubber. If one’s dog is inclined to chew up toys, the dog should be watched so small pieces do not get eaten. Rope toys are also great for all types of dogs and are great interactive toys. In addition, dogs who enjoy chewing will be flossing and cleaning their teeth while having fun. These types of toys generally last longer for larger dogs as they take longer to destroy. Chew Toys vary in size, strength, material, and cost. All dog toys can potentially be “chew toys”. Vinyl Toys are great for larger dogs as the material is stronger. Plush toys are a favorite among dogs as many like to tear the stuffing out of the plush toys. Typically, smaller dogs like smaller plush toys and do not tear apart their toy, while larger dogs like medium to large plush toys and enjoy tearing them apart. Owners should watch their dogs so they do not eat the torn parts. Balls appear to be one of the favorite toys for dogs. This is also a great interactive toy and dogs get wonderful exercise also. This toy is a great training tool as well as it teaches dogs retrieving and coming back to their owner. Canvas toys are great for large dogs that like to destroy toys. The material is strong and lasts. These types of toys are generally more expensive.
Neoprene toys are tough. They are a good choice for large-breed puppies and active chewers. Terry toys are pretty easy to destroy, but they make a nice choice for smaller dogs and also for soft-mouthed dogs like retrievers. Laser pointers are a good choice for an active, feisty type dog like a Fox Terrier. They are also lots of fun for cats. Treat balls are excellent for problem chewers and dogs that are home alone quite a bit. With treat balls, you fill a tough, hollow toy with treats, and the dog must occupy itself trying to get the treats out. This helps prevent boredom and problem chewing. Fleece toys are kind of like terry toys. They are pretty easy for a hearty chewer to destroy, but if you have a dog that is not a destructive chewer, it may enjoy these types of toys. Tug rings are great fun for athletic types like Pit Bulls, however, trainers caution against playing tug of war with this type of large dog. It would be very difficult for a person to win in a game of tug of war with an athletic dog. If you don’t win, you may lose your position as “boss”, so it is better to avoid this. Flying rings are terrific for runners and leapers like German Shepherds, Border Collies, and other active, athletic breeds. Interactive toys, that is toys with batteries that simulate live companions, may tend to terrify most dogs. It would really be hit and miss to know whether or not your dog would like this, and they are expensive and not exactly indestructible.
There are many different kinds of doggy treats depending on the purpose and goal of what you need the product for: Dental treats clean teeth and freshen breath. Natural treats are healthful, tasty treats that contain no artificial ingredients. Training treats are small, several may be given within a short period of time to encourage positive behavior. Meat treats are high protein snacks. Fortified treats offer nutritional supplements. Cookies are truly treats, tasty and to be given sporadically. Organic treats have higher standards regarding the land on which ingredients are produced and the way they are grown or raised, in addition to being natural.