Monthly Archives: April 2014

Special Dog Collars for Walking Your Dog

Walking the dog is an important activity between dogs and their owners as it makes for great bonding time and provides some much needed exercise for the dog.  Sometimes walking the dog can be difficult, especially if your dog is pulling you around, which makes it important to train your dog to walk beside you during walks.  Some dogs are more challenging to train than others but with these special types of collars, you can effectively take control of your dog during walks and train them to walk beside you without pulling you in different directions.

The Choke Chain

The phrase choke chain may make many dog owners uncomfortable but the term is misleading as the collar does not actually choke the dog.  The tightening and releasing pressure from the collar is just an uncomfortable pressure to train dogs to obey and if it is done correctly, it will not cause harm to your dog.  This collar is great for keeping excited dogs under control and guiding absent minded dogs but it is not effective to use when training from scratch.  It is important to make sure the choke chain is the right size and that you use it correctly with a firm tug and release to avoid hurting your dog.

The Gentle Leader

The Gentle Leader is a rather odd collar that wraps around the dog’s nose and fastens around the neck.  The leash attaches to the collar at the nose which allows you to control the dog’s head.  This configuration relieves the pulling and makes it easier to control dogs that must sniff everything on a walk.  Gentle Leaders are great for teaching your dog to heel but are ineffective on dog breeds with small noses and faces.

The Training Lead

The training lead is a slip collar that works in similar fashion to a choke chain.  It slips on right over the dog’s head and tightens when you pull it.  Even though the training lead is made of nylon, it is important to apply the same pull and release technique as with choke chains to avoid hurting the dog.  This collar is great for training and everyday use but it should only be put on the dog before a walk.

By using these collars, you can train your dog to walk beside you during walks which will make the experience much more enjoyable for you and your dog.  Make sure to look into each collar type or ask a professional for more information if you are not sure which collar would work best for you.  If you work unconventional hours and cannot walk your dog during the day, contact The Pet’s Home for dog walking services.  Regular exercise is important for raising a happy, healthy dog.

Easy Ways to Remove Pet Stains

One of the biggest challenges of caring for a young puppy or kitten is making sure they are fully potty trained to avoid accidents in the house.  However, even with excellent training, it is still possible for pets to have an accident due to an illness, too much time passing between being let out, and aging in older pets.  Pet messes are not only unpleasant to clean, but they can also lead to stains and even cause adverse health problems if they are not properly cleaned up.

While pet stains that have been ignored are often difficult to remove, cleaning up fresh pet stains is actually pretty easy.  The materials required to effectively clean up pet stains include paper towels or newspaper, a sponge, and one of many available enzyme-based pet stain removers.  The following are four easy steps for removing pet stains from the carpet.

  • Start by soaking up as much of the mess as possible using the paper towels, newspaper, or sponge.  The stain and odor can be removed much more easily if the majority of it is soaked up while fresh.
  • Next, apply the pet stain remover to the affected area and let it soak into the stain.  The amount of time the cleaner should be left to soak will depend on the specific product being used.  Check the label of each product for instructions.
  • After letting the cleaning product soak, use a damp paper towel or sponge to scrub or blot the area and encourage the stain to work itself out.  This step may need to be repeated for desired results.
  • It is more effective to remove a stain when it is fresh but sometimes you may not discover a pet stain until much later after it has dried.  Dry pet stains can be removed using pet stain removers but blotting the area with a damp sponge or paper towel first can help remove the stain.

We understand that potty training a pet can be difficult and finding pet messes throughout your home can be frustrating, but by following these simple steps you can help prevent pet stains.  It is best to act on pet messes when they are fresh but stains from dry pet messes can also be removed from your carpet.  If you work long or unconventional hours that prevent you from letting your pet out at regular intervals, contact The Pet’s Home to learn about our pet sitting services.  Making sure that your pet is allowed to go at regular intervals is perhaps the most effective way to prevent pet stains in the first place.