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Help Improve Our Cats Life
by Doris Canova

Outside cats lead fast paced and complicated lives. They have very large territories that often contain a variety of things to see and do, including woods, and gardens. They hunt for prey, and they love to explore and hunt, and they may even interact with other cats. Our inside cats can only explore the house and basically have little to do. Without a mother there to teach them what to do, and how to do it boredom may set in, especially with indoors only cats. Here are some ideas to help your cat lead an active and healthy life.

Make sure that your cat has a variety of toys to keep them pacified. Some cats love toys that they can throw around themselves ping pong balls are great. Other cats want toys that require owner participation, such as kitty teasers. Stimulating play for a cat involves opportunities to 'hunt' so you have to move the toy in such a way that it looks like something moving like a rodent or bird. Every now and again you will have to bring in a new toy to keep the cat interested in playing.

Have objects for your cat to explore, such as a cardboard box, a paper shopping bag, or toys that looks like a giant piece of cheese with holes in it, the cat will investigate with her paws. An aquarium with fish, really think about this one for sure. Rotating the toys and play items often so the cat does not become bored.

Some cats like to watch the commercially available cat videos the most popular ones contain close-ups of various types of birds feeding, flying, and singing. Some cats will watch the same videotape for hours each day, tracking the birds' movements, chirruping and swatting at the screen. Some cats will even watch lamps, that have moving parts, with these be vary careful that the lamp does not get to hot and can burn the cat. I know that sometime we think that's high--she can't get that, but the cat's reach, is a lot higher then we think.

Cats love to watch birds, squirrels and other small animals. Position bird, and squirrel feeders outside windows where your cat can observe the goings on. Make really sure the cat can not get out. If you live in an apartment, There is a pet veranda this attaches to the window ,but the cat will be outside in a screened compartment, a bird feeder can be affixed directly to the outside of a window.

Provide several small meals per day rather than one or two large meals. If you can't be there to do this, then you can purchase a programmable pet feeder, designed to open according to a preset schedule. Your Cats health and well being should be your major concern at all times.

About the Author
We plan to post articles that are informative and helpful to other cat lovers. Having been "owned" by cat for years, we know they can be demanding, but also be very intertaining and fun.
Talking Photography with Dog Pictures
by Jron Magcale

Taking a photo shoot with a dog is kind of fun, people might think it is hard because dogs need to be trained so that a photographer can get a good shot at them, well that is not always the case. We all know that a dog is a beautiful animal, it has a lot of breeds that can make you pick which is the best, and so with that a dog is best in front of the camera. It doesn’t necessary needs a trainer for them to have a good pictorial rather just get the proper timing for them. Well, dog pictures are great to have and collecting it is another hobby that you can be fond with. Dogs are interesting creatures and we all know that they are indeed man’s best friend. So when taking a picture of a dog, what are the things that we should keep in mind?
Apparently there is a lot but sometimes the basic terms can be useful, so I am here to give you some helpful tips on taking a dog’s picture:


Well most people thinks it is a cliché but actually having focus on taking a good picture especially with animals (In this case a dog) can be really useful, we have to be serious on looking for a good shot and come prepared with it. Our focus will determine our willingness to take the dog picture.

Patience is a Virtue

We all know that dogs unlike humans can’t really fake emotions or can do whatever we want in one sitting. So, patience come a big factor in it. We should have patience on taking their pictures, although there are trained dogs that can post in a pictorial, a great amount of patience is still needed to be able to get the perfect dog picture that we always aims for.

Timing and Coordination

Well, when taking dog pictures a lot has to be in consideration, when we finally have everything prepared we should now try to focus on getting the picture, sometimes it is the hard part because you need to get the right timing and coordination to get the perfect shot. Sometimes the light maybe off, the dog might move or not in a proper angle, so if we have timing on it, we might get the shot that we wanted.


To finish everything off, your execution on taking the picture can come in handy, this is where you have to get a good picture the execution of the shot should be in great shape to get everything in single coordination. Execution is really important is you might as well take that in note. Remember that dog pictures can always be a great collection and if you want to make dog pictorial as a hobby you may want to take note on what I just explained.


Rescue 9-woof-woof
By Allison T. Williams Suffolk News-Herald

Firefighters are trained to save human lives.

But when they rush into an inferno and discover four-legged creatures – cats, dogs, ferrets, hamsters and the like – firefighters are just as quick to respond.

Now, thanks to a donation by the staff of local veterinarian Delmon Harbour, the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue’s ability to rescue animals has gotten much easier. After having several yard sales and taking donations from patrons, the East Constance Road veterinary clinic on Tuesday donated 11 oxygen masks, made specifically for animals, to the department.

“It’s a great addition to our tool box,” said Fire Chief Mark Outlaw. “In the past, we have been limited how much we could assist … because most emergency apparatus are designed for humans.

“We have to save all lives.”

The department already had two animal oxygen masks, which cost approximately $60 each. With the new ones, every frontline engine will be permanently equipped with an animal mask.

The pet masks have a rubber seal that are designed to fit over an animal’s muzzle, which makes it easier for firefighters to deliver the right amount of oxygen to the animals, said Battalion Chief John Hoffler. Each dome-shaped mask has three sizes, which will vary depending on the size of the four-legged patients. The smallest can be used to cover the snout of a Chihuahua or a hamster; feasibly, if firefighters removed the rubber casing, the largest could be used to deliver oxygen to a cow rescued from a barn fire, Hoffler said.

Before animal oxygen masks, firefighters would use mouth-to-snout resuscitation or human oxygen masks, Outlaw said. That sometimes demands creativity; for example, Hoffler recalls using a fire helmet and towel to give oxygen to a kitten.

Bobby Umphlett, who lives on Holland Road, was glad to learn of the donation. About nine years ago, when his mobile home caught fire, Suffolk firefighters were able to rescue and ultimately save four cats that were inside the building.

“I think it’s great,” he said. “A lot of people think a lot of their pets. They treat them like family.

“They (firefighters) went way above the call of duty to save my cats.”

Umphlett’s cats received oxygen at the fire scene and were then taken to the vet, he said. One stayed in the vet’s office for over a month.

“They got a lot of smoke and soot in their lungs. One of those those cats is still living today.”

Chew on Prices, Coverage When Considering Pet Insurance
By Kathy M. Kristof, Los Angeles Times

Your bank account and level of attachment to your pet are key factors when pondering whether insurance is worth it.

Justin and Brandy Besemer were newly married and trying to pay off their wedding debt when they decided their family needed a dog -- an American Bulldog named Kaila.

Thus started one of their first arguments.

Brandy, who had never had a dog before, wanted to spend a little over $300 a year to buy pet insurance. Justin, who had always had dogs, thought it was a waste of money.

"His parents told me this horror story that made me insist we get it," explained Brandy, 28. "They were talking about their dog having to have a knee replaced and it cost them like $2,000. We couldn't afford that. I just didn't want to get a dog if I couldn't afford to take care of it."

When Kaila chewed up a string of Christmas lights a few months later, landing the dog in an emergency veterinary center, the Santa Monica couple was relieved that Brandy had prevailed. When they found that the dog had chronic urinary tract infections and food allergies, they realized that without the insurance they wouldn't have been able to afford treatment for Kaila.

"We joke that she's our little lemon," Brandy said. "This is the longest we've gone without having to take her to the vet, and it's been maybe three weeks."

Although the Besemers are delighted that they spent the money to buy pet insurance, plenty of experts agree with Justin's first assessment: It's a waste of money. If the couple had a different policy or a different disposition, it might be. However, as is true with many personal finance decisions, the smart choice on pet insurance is a personal one.

By and large, experts maintain that it's wasteful to insure against risks that are not catastrophic. It doesn't make sense, for example, to buy pet insurance to pay for routine medical issues such as shots and checkups. That's because you'll pay roughly as much for the coverage as the treatment. Whether it makes sense to buy a policy for major medical bills hinges on two things: emotion and finances.

If you would be emotionally devastated to lose a pet simply because you couldn't afford to treat it -- and a $5,000 vet bill would be more than your budget could take -- you might want to consider a policy. But if you have the resources to pay for emergency vet care -- or wouldn't be devastated to lose a pet if you didn't -- you could skip pet insurance.

Some suggest you set aside the amount you saved in premiums for future vet bills. If the dog is healthy, you could be far better off. If it's not, your economic health will depend on whether or not you choose to treat the animal.

Pet policies cost an average of $300 a year. But the cost can vary significantly based on the animal's breed and age and your ZIP Code.

Why? The cost differences for ZIP Code and age are relatively simple. Vets in high-cost urban areas charge more than those in rural locales, where the cost of living is less. And, like people, pets are more likely to get seriously ill as they age. Consequently, it would cost $181 to insure a mixed-breed puppy in Los Angeles with Philadelphia-based Petplan, but the same coverage would cost $281 if purchased for the same dog when he was 6 years old.

Then, too, just as it costs less to insure a Camry than a Camaro, it costs less to insure a mixed breed than a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, a breed that's prone to allergies and heart conditions, said Natasha Ashton, chief marketing officer of Petplan. Specifically, the annual premium for the spaniel puppy is $308. But the price would be $478 if bought when the dog was age 6.

Cats, by and large, are less costly to insure.

However, those who do choose to buy a pet policy would be wise to dive into the details.

Pet policies are not all alike. But to ferret out the differences, you need to carefully review the terms and conditions. This can be particularly pivotal for those with pure-breed animals, which are subject to a wide array of congenital ailments. Many policies exclude these diseases, which could make buying insurance a waste of money.

For example, Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best Insurance Services has a basic policy that has no annual limit on how much it will pay out. But if your dog suffered from hip dysphasia -- a common condition that can render a dog lame -- it would do you no good. That's because the company excludes coverage for hereditary and congenital ailments.

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., a Brea-based company that markets itself as "nose-to-tail" coverage, also doesn't cover hereditary disorders. The company publishes a list of exclusions that apply to all breeds and has a second four-page listing of breed-specific disorders that are not covered, which includes narcolepsy in beagles, giant schnauzers and Irish setters, as well as the urinary tract problems that proved troublesome for the Besemers' bulldog.

(Kaila, who had Petplan insurance, was covered for those problems.)

Even when VPI does cover an ailment, it may not cover the costs completely. Outside of deductibles and co-payments, VPI, like many other plans, imposes a benefit schedule, which limits the amount it will pay for any specific diagnosis.

Deductibles for various plans can run as high as $500 per incident, along with co-pays of 20% of the allowed cost of the treatment.

Unlike human health coverage, in which doctors often agree to take the reimbursement rate as payment in full, pet insurance limits usually have no bearing on how much the vet will charge. If the vet charges vastly more, the coverage could prove woefully inadequate.

In addition, most pet coverage excludes preexisting conditions, and some insurers will boost your premiums or refuse to renew your policy if the pet proves costly to cover.

"You've got to look at the terms and conditions very closely," Ashton said. "Look at what's included and what's excluded and look at all the limits on your policy. The difference between pets and humans is you can choose to euthanize a pet if it's the best thing for them. But you don't want to have to do that because you can't afford the cost of treatment."

Pet Sayings: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
SF Tails of the City

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is one of the best-known pangrams that is used to test the skills of typists and computer keyboard operators. Why? Because it is coherent, short and contains all 26 letters of the English alphabet.

The phrase is frequently misquoted as "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog," which lacks the letter 's' and is therefore not considered a true pangram. It was first known in the late 19th century and appears as a sample typing practice in L. Bronson's, Illustrative Shorthand, 1888. The pangram remains popular today and is still used to display font samples.

Couple Splits Up -- Pet Custody Battle Begins

When relationships don't last longer than pet, couples can head to court.
Some divorces lawyers now argue over who gets to keep the cat or dog. Unmarried couples also fight over pets after breaking up. Some courts determine outcome by who purchased or adopted animal.

By Hannah Seligson

(LifeWire) -- Five years ago, Sara Vreed got embroiled in soap-opera-style custody arrangements with her ex-boyfriend -- and they don't even have children. What was at stake were the living arrangements for their 5-year-old canine, a Shetland sheepdog named Ivo.

Divorce left Jennifer Keene and her husband with one dog each and she later adopted Buffy.

"After we broke up, my ex got Ivo on the weekends," says Vreed, 31, an associate at an architecture firm in Portland, Oregon. "But it was really taxing on (the dog), and he started having a lot of behavior problems."

Things changed when Vreed's ex got his own Shetland sheepdog, Tuk, and the two pets became friendly during visits. Like children scheming to get their parents back together, the visitation led to a reconciliation, but even two cute pooches couldn't prevent a second breakup.

After round two, Vreed says the joint-custody arrangement was scratched.

"We had to split the pack and take the repercussions of whatever was going to happen," she says. "Spending time together with the dogs was not good for us."

Vreed is one of many cohabiting pet parents who have faced a sobering problem: Who gets the dog, cat, horse or boa constrictor when the relationship ends?

That question has sparked some human catfights; pet custody disputes in divorce are a growing area of the law. In a 2006 survey of 1,600 members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a quarter said they had noticed an anecdotal uptick in pet-custody cases in the past five years.

Unmarried pet parents

You don't have to be married to get mired in a pet tug-of-war. Adam Karp, an animal rights lawyer in Bellingham, Washington, says most of the calls he fields are from singles in their 20s and 30s.

Even among the unmarried set, these battles can carry high stakes and high drama. Take, for instance, a Washington state case in 2004, when Karp represented Ashley Wilson, the music director of a Seattle rock station and the owner of a boxer named Marley.

When Wilson, who was in her mid-20s, broke up with her live-in boyfriend, Todd Templeton, the couple agreed on a joint-custody arrangement for the dog.

Everything was fine until Wilson met someone else. Templeton "accused her of destroying the family and retaliated by hiding Marley," Karp says.

The case went to court and, although Wilson and Templeton were technically co-owners, the judge awarded custody to Wilson.

A pet prenup

Experts and lawyers say pet owners, married or not, must prepare for the worst-case scenario by laying out in writing what will happen if their relationship doesn't outlast Fido.

Elizabeth Elliott, a Seattle animal law attorney, says most pet owners neglect to do this, relying instead on a goodwill custody-sharing arrangement. "That works fine," she says, "until one party refuses to give the dog back. "

Karp warns anyone sharing a pet to be crystal clear about ownership. "At the beginning of the relationship, you really have the best expectations and think you are going to be together forever. But then the cops show up over who owns the dog or cat, and the law will most likely view the matter in terms of who has possession."

Ownership is defined by purchase or, in the case of a shelter animal, who paid the adoption fee, so the best evidence is a bill of sale or an adoption record, Karps says.

Elliott also recommends the agreement be enforceable across the U.S., "because what happens when one party leaves the state? You have to have the foresight to think about all the different scenarios that could play out."

The courts have yet to institutionalize the standard of "the best interest of the dog," as they have for children, but it's the benchmark experts like Jennifer Keene, a dog trainer and the author of "We Can't Stay Together for the Dogs: Doing What's Best For Your Dog When Your Relationship Breaks Up," advocate when it comes to working out new pack arrangements.

"I call it canine-centricity," says Keene, "which means thinking about how you can work together for what is best for the dog."

The extended pack

That's exactly how Keene, 31, and her ex-husband approached the end of their four-year marriage in 2005 -- they agreed on a split-custody arrangement. He got Sixxy, a 3-year-old pointer mix. Moxxy, a 4-year-old Australian cattle dog, stayed with her in Beaverton, Oregon.

The two still do what Keene advocates most strongly: communicate for the sake of the animal. "Just the other day we were talking about Sixxy taking a refresher obedience class and he wanted to get my input on the training style," she says.

They came up with their custody arrangement by considering each dog's personality. "If your dog is really attached to one of its owners, like Moxxy was to me, then it's going to be much more stressful for the dog to be separated from that parent," Keene says.

Keene hasn't seen Sixxy in years, but every year she mails birthday and Christmas presents to the pooch, who now lives three hours away in Washington state. "The little gesture of sending gifts," she says, "is one way I can stay connected to Sixxy."

Dogs versus Cats: Which makes the Best Pet?
by Isla Campell

For years a sometimes fierce - but mostly fun - and vocal debate between dog and cat lovers has ensued over which pet is best. Of course, many pet lovers have both animals in their household or at times have owned one or the other, but like many stereotypes there is an element of truth to determining the difference between a â 'cat' person and a 'dog' person.

Dog lovers will say that dogs are interactive and fun whereas cats are passive at best and totally indifferent at worst. "What is the fun in stroking a cat that purrs and dribbles on your knee?" say dog lovers, when you could be out in the great outdoors having fun with your pet. You can't train a cat, says the canine lover, so therefore it must possess less intelligence than my clever pooch.Felines also don't love mankind in that way that the loyal and grateful hound does is another argument of the ardent dog lovers.

However, those devoted to cats will say that canines are high-maintenance creatures whereas felines are highly independent and therefore require little owner care and attention. A cat will take a cursory glance out of the window when the weather is atrocious and decide to curl up into a ball until it is more pleasant for an outing. No such luck for dog lovers as their faithful hound will always demand a walk, whatever the conditions outside! Additionally, dogs are only loyal and obedient because they know their place in the pack and that love would be easily transferred to another owner or leader of the pack, according to the cat devotee.

The debate rages on and many points could be considered moot by both sides. Most are made only in jest and the most important consideration as to which pet is best would actually be determined by the personality and lifestyle of the owner. People who are rarely at home would have problems keeping a dog happy, whereas they could easily care for cats. On the other hand those at home alone may love to have a dog to keep them company and also be in a position to be able to adequately look after their pet.

However, one thing on which responsible dog and cat lovers both agree is that they are passionate about the care of pets. Many will obtain a pet insurance quote when taking a puppy or kitten into their household and subsequently take out a pet protection policy. They know that their 'little baby' will immediately become one of the family and therefore want the same access to healthcare for their pet as they would expect for their children.

The cat versus dog debate will continue forever, but not open to debate is to treat a pet with care and love, whether they are moggie or pooch!

About the Author
Isla Campbell writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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First Aid For Dogs With Respiratory Problems
by Daniel Waser

One of the most dangerous things that could happen is when someone stops breathing. The truth to this is undisputable and even rather obvious for anyone reading it, but interestingly this is something that dog owners rarely think about in relation to their dog. What would you do if your dog stopped breathing? Or, even began choking? No, panic is not the answer I was looking for!

The most common reason for respiratory problems in dogs is some type of blockage in the airways. For instance, there is a good chance that a dog will swallow his tongue if he somehow knocks himself unconscious. Should this happen, you must clear the airway with first aid for dogs and attempt to get him breathing again.

First aid for dogs pertaining to the respiratory system is, actually, fairly similar to first aid used with humans. Listen to the heartbeat, feel for a pulse and look for any respiration signs. In fact, artificial respiration is something to consider in first aid for dogs. Applying a combination of both a heart massage and the kiss of life can be equally effective in saving a dog's life as it can on a human. For respiratory problems, first aid is fairly similar.

However, you should not attempt artificial respiration when giving first aid for dogs if you suspect poison has been used. Trying to resuscitate your dog when poison has been used puts you in danger. Always take your dog to the vet after you have given first aid for respiratory difficulties. But, when poison could be involved, always take him or her to the vest before administering first aid. Go ahead and try the heart massage technique but stay away from the mouth area.

First aid for dogs has saved many dog's lives and will continue to. Unfortunately, though, the odds are not great once he or she begins experiencing breathing problems. Performing artificial respiration may not save your dogss life, but you must try as it has saved dog's lives in the past.

About the Author
Daniel Waser is a dog lover since his childhood. Visit his website for more information about Dog Health Care or get his latest Dog Training Tips.

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Top 10 Problems Dog Parents Have
Author: Mary Beth

Do you have a destructive chewer? Does it seem there is no end to your dog’s energy? Do you feel guilty leaving your dog home alone for hours? Does your dog soil in the house despite all housebreaking efforts?
Rest assured, you are not alone. More importantly, there are solutions to your problems.
While there is an abundance of information about these common issues, many dog parent’s still fail in their efforts.

At Canine Kingdom, we know this is not the dog parent’s fault, because the right advice and the most effective products are difficult to find.

For example, studies have shown that when chewing is directed toward objects that are acceptable, less energy is left for objects that are not, such as the leg of your antique dining table. Many dog parents do realize that chew toys help to reduce the amount of chewing on the ‘wrong’ things, such as shoes and fingers. However, many dog parents do not solve chewing problems with toys because they find that either their dogs are not ‘interested’ in the chew toys, or they chew them up in 30 seconds, still ready to take on the rest of the home.

At Canine Kingdom we provide problem-solving products that work, and our customer service team will make sure that you know how to use our products, and are completely satisfied with your results.

Proven training advice coupled with the right tools enables dogs and people to live together in harmony.

And so…Canine Kingdom announces the Top Ten Problems - and provides the Best Products for solving them.

#1 Chewing


The Kong is the safest, most chew-proof item on the market today and has received the Canine Kingdom Seal of Approval.

Think you know about Kongs? Think again! Many people don’t know the clever ways Kong Toys solve serious chewing problems.

Kongs can be stuffed with delectables – dogs just can’t resist them. If you freeze a stuffed Kong it can take hours for even an avid chewer to get to every tidbit in the Kong. Hours of fulfilling entertainment – hours that don’t include munching on the couch pillows.

Tired dogs are less likely to chew on your new Dolce & Gabbana pumps. The Kong has been designed to entice your dog’s innate prey drive. When you throw a Kong it hits the ground and bounces around unpredictably. Bring out the hunter in your dog. A Kong on a rope is perfect for fun fetching and a proven way to burn up excess energy.

See our article on exactly how to use the Kong Food puzzle in our Protocol Center.

Give your dog a chew toy that is safe and as indestructible as possible. There are so many chew toy products on the market today. Many of them can be dangerous and even fatal. Despite what the manufacturers state on packaging, all chew toys should be inspected regularly for damage and wear. Always choose a chew toy that is appropriately sized for your dog. A toy that is too small can be swallowed and cause choking. Powerful chewers can devour some inappropriate chew toys, possibly resulting in impactions and digestive tract perforations.

#2 Too much energy!

The Long Lead

Most dogs have more energy than their parents would like. Unspent energy can lead to unwanted behaviors such as jumping, chewing, digging, and barking. Exercising your dog on a regular basis is as good for your dog as it is for you. Learn your dog’s optimal exercise level. When your dog is relaxed, he has reached that state.

Many pet parents are limited in their choice of safe exercise areas. Likewise, most dogs do not have a totally reliable recall if they are let loose in an area with many distractions. Using a long lead ensures your dog’s safety yet allows him to burn up energy. Dogs can jump, sniff, run and explore without the restraint of a short leash.

When learning to use a long lead, it is best to start out in quiet, large, tree-less areas. Soon, your dog will learn the distance of his freedom.

Incorporate some sit-stay lessons into your walks. A thinking dog uses up as much energy as a running dog. Toss a Kong a few feet from your dog while in a sit-stay position. Release him to fetch after a few seconds. Treats and verbal praise follow. Great fun for you and your dog and an enjoyable way to teach her an important control lesson.

#3 Pulling on a Leash

Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness

Far too many dog parents forego walking with their dog because of leash pulling. Neck collars, despite their design and material, all put pressure on the dog’s trachea and may cause permanent physical damage. Traditional harnesses, that have leash connections on the top of the harness on the dog’s back, can actually encourage dogs to pull harder because of the opposition reflex. That is the reflex that makes sled dogs do what they do—pull.

The Gentle Leader Easy Walk™ Harness redirects the pressure through the unique front leash attachment. A patent pending martingale closure tightens slightly across the chest and shoulder blades when your dog attempts to pull forward. When your dog slows down and stops pulling, reward him with treats and verbal encouragements.

When training your dog to walk with a loose leash, first, make sure you run out as much energy as possible in your backyard or home. Initially, put the leash on your dog in your home and ‘take your walk’ around the house. Reward him with treats and praise when he walks without leash tension. Gradually move your walks to quiet areas where there are few distractions such as other dogs or critters. Repeatedly reward your dog when he is walking with a loose leash. Increasingly, walk to places where your dog will see or meet other dogs, people or wild animals. Remember to continue the treats and praise. Soon, both you and your dog will enjoy your walks together – without pain or distress to either of you.

The unique design of the Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness is easy to put on and has easy adjustment buckles to ensure a proper fit.

#4 Barking

Dog Door

‘Nuisance’ barking, caused by loneliness, boredom, stress from being home alone, or ‘commenting’ on the goings on around the house is often relieved with the ability to go in and outside, at will, to a safe and secure enclosed yard.

There are many dog doors to choose from. We chose the Staywell Electronic Infra-Red Pet Door, as its unique technology allows your pet to enter and exit safely, without the threat of other animals or people using the door. The Staywell Electronic Infra-Red Pet Door uses a small infra-red collar tag that signals the door to unlock for your pet and only your pet. The Staywell Electronic Infra-Red Pet Door locks in both directions preventing young children from leaving the home and other animals from entering or leaving. It runs on batteries so if there is a power outage, the door still works.

Allowing your dog access to the inside as well as outside, combined with a relaxing in-home setting, a digging pit outside, and a NON-citronella bark collar are often successful in stopping barking problems. For this and more information on dogs home alone, don’t miss our E-book "Creating a Better Life for the Home Alone Dog”.

#5 Housetraining

Penthouse Potty

In certain situations, a dog just must have an indoor toilet. Is your dog getting on in age and having ‘mistakes’? Is your little dog sometimes unreliable in his housetraining habits? Do you live in a 6th floor walkup and the thought of a dog walk at 2:00 a.m. is not that appealing? Has a new puppy joined your household?

The Penthouse Potty is the answer to these problem situations and more. Dogs can ‘hold it’ for only so long. So many variables determine how often a dog must eliminate. What is known about dogs is that they do determine where to ‘go’ by their sense of smell. If a dog learns to eliminate in the home on your Oriental rug or on your teak floors, he may very well choose that spot again and again because it has been ‘marked’ with his odor.

Train your dog to go in one place when the need arises – the Penthouse Potty. If you know there will be times when your dog may not get to the outdoors to eliminate, consider the Penthouse Potty. Your dog can happily go to an ‘approved’ area and the rest of your home will stay fresh and clean.

#6 Arthritis

Pet Wellness Bed

There’s no reason for any dog to suffer from the pain of arthritis. Pain can have a tremendous impact on your dog’s quality of life.

A heated dog bed? Absolutely! Heat and Massage make this therapeutic bed the best choice for arthritis pain all year long. Many arthritic dogs show increased signs of pain when the temperatures dip, humidity rises or barometric pressure drops. The plushy loft, the gentle heat and the massage functions of the Pet Wellness Bed provide a comfortable and therapeutic refuge for your dog.

The first thing you notice about our Wellness Bed is the 3" thick orthopedic foam. When your dog plops down for a nap, his body is cushioned, protecting further damage to the joints and bones. The gentle heat relaxes tense muscles that surround achy joints, helping your dog’s pain related stress.

Massage is an effective way to manage arthritis pain. The massage feature of the Wellness Bed can help improve joint movement, relax tense muscles, and stimulate the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin and underlying tissues. What's more, it just feels good, and the relaxation it brings can help break the cycle of pain and stress that often goes along with arthritis The Pet Wellness Bed provides three beneficial features that will enhance your dog’s life – cushiony supportive softness, gentle heat and therapeutic massage.

See your dog’s health care professional to learn about arthritis and forms of treatment and palliative care available today.

#7 Boredom


Sometimes, you must leave your dog home alone. Wouldn’t it be great if you— and your dog—could feel good about it? Canine Kingdom introduces KongTime—all day entertainment for the home-alone dog.

Stuff soft foods inside a Kong Toy and what do you have? Magic. Your dog will happily chew and lick the Kong Toy, trying to get out every last morsel. It's fun!

Our clients call KongTime ‘Doggy Daycare in a Box’. It was developed for those times when you will be away from home, and your dog, longer than usual. One food-filled Kong just won’t provide enough quality entertainment for your dog. Wouldn’t it be great if a neighbor came by and gave your dog another food-filled Kong to keep him busy?

KongTime automatically dispenses, at a predetermined time, food-filled Kong Toys while you are away. KongTime entertains your dog and gives your dog something to look forward to while you are away.

#8 Dry Skin

Drinkwell Fountain

Many pet parents are concerned about their dog’s dry skin and the resulting itching and flaking. The causes of a dog’s dry skin, just like ours, are primarily environmental.

In general, skin—ours and our dogs’—is driest in winter, when temperatures and humidity levels plummet. But the reverse may be true if you live in desert regions, where summer temperatures can top 110 degrees and humidity levels sink to 10 percent or less. Central air and heating, wood-burning stoves, space heaters and fireplaces all reduce humidity and dry your skin and your dog’s.

We all know that drinking up to eight glasses of water is recommended for people. Water is essential to all living beings—including our dogs. But, like us, dogs sometimes just don’t drink enough water. Without proper hydration, a dog’s skin, just like ours, gets dry and flaky. How can you entice your dog to drink more water?

In nature, moving water is much fresher than stagnant water. The movement constantly breaks the surface tension of the water and draws oxygen from the air into the water. This process is called aeration and it makes water more appealing to drink. Dogs may be drawn by instinct to moving water for this reason.

Some dogs drink water with gusto. But, others have to be coaxed to take just a sip. Developed by a veterinarian for her kidney compromised cat, the DRINKWELL® PET FOUNTAIN filters and aerates continuously moving water to keep it much fresher than standing bowl water – and much more enticing.

#9 Lost Dogs

Roameo GPS Dog Location System

Few situations can be as terrifying as learning that your dog is lost.

Canine Kingdom recommends that you always have ID tags on your dog's collar and your dog is microchipped. Now that there is a universal system for detecting microchips, there is a much better chance a vet or shelter will find it. Be aware that both tools are passive in finding your lost dog. You are dependent on someone finding, catching, reading your dog's ID, and returning him to you. Many people who find "stray dogs" keep them, assuming their dog parents don't want them.

Now there is a far more reliable way to find a lost dog.
GPS technology now enables you to take an active approach to finding your dog. The RoamEO GPS dog location system tracks your lost dog’s movements on an easy to read hand-held screen. You will know where your dog is immediately if he or she escapes from your care.

Canine Kingdom applauds RoamEO for providing a user friendly, no-hidden-cost-approach to actively find lost dogs. There are no other tools to buy, no set up fees, monthly fees, "find" fees or service charges.

The RoamEO has many features, including the ability to track up to three dogs at the same time. The RoamEO also allows you to set up a safe area for your dog. If he leaves the perimeter the RoamEO alerts you immediately.

And, at Canine Kingdom, we offer the lowest cost available.

#10 Dog Fights!

Premier SprayShield

We speak to so many dog parents who describe frightening incidents where they and their dogs have been attacked by loose, marauding dogs. Do not allow yourself, members of your family, or your dog to become a victim of a dog attack. Take a proactive approach and always carry Premier SprayShield.

Many preparations, such as pepper spray and taser-type devices are sold as protection from attacking or threatening animals. But, many trainers agree that some of these products may actually antagonize aggressive animals and they can cause bodily harm.

Stop an attacking animal in its tracks with this highly effective, safe and humane spray. The citronella formula halts low-to-medium-level aggression from dogs, cats, snakes, raccoons, opossums, etc., without harmful side effects. It also won't injure you, your family or your dog if it accidentally gets sprayed into eyes.

#11 Bonus! Jumping up

- Don’t knee or yell at your dog when he greets you with a jump, simply turn away and ignore him until he sits, then slowly greet him, pulling back your greeting if he escalates his excitement.
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