Keeps them busy for hrs

Raising The Perfect Puppy And Beyond

Okay, so dog training basics.Well there is a lot to say but I will attempt to keep it brief. During my recent research into training my dog, I found some every interesting information about dog training.

First of all, it seems to be a generally accepted fact that a trained dog is a happy dog. Apparently dogs are like children in this way and crave rules and boundaries in the family unit. They like to know their place and what they are and are not allowed to do. This I found interesting, especially when this information was followed up with the information that much like children, dogs will test their boundaries with you to see what they can get away. I guess this makes sense when you think about it, especially when you realize that your dog actually does test your boundaries even after you have had him for 13 years.

Each time you let him out he will run to the edge of where he is allowed to go and then look back to see if you are watching before contemplating whether or not to go further.

The second piece of information that seems to be universally agreed upon is that the most important part of the dog training basics is praise. I have heard it stressed over and over again that the important thing with training your dog is not yelling at him/her when they do something wrong, but praising them when they do something right.

While I understand this, it is basic positive reinforcement theory, I also wonder about not yelling at the dog when they do something wrong. It seems as though you want o show them the correct thing to do but is the dog really capable of comparing the two behaviors and realize that one is used in place of the other?

It seems as though in order for them to cease to engage in the incorrect behavior you would need to reprimand them for it. However I guess this thought of mine is incorrect, which is why I recommend this site on dog training basics. It is hard to know what to do as the most logically response to a problem is not always the correct response.

PS: If you're looking for a professional dog trainer who can help you with your dog's behaviour, then you need to check out the
The Online Dog Trainer, by Doggy Dan – he is the real 
deal and his methods WORK…period! 

The site has tons of great videos that anyone can implement
Click HERE to Watch Them Now


It’s downright infuriating to look out the window and see Buddy digging another hole in the yard. You yell out the window; he may or may not even acknowledge he’s heard anything; then back to the digging. This dog behavior has got to stop.

WHY DOGS DIG

Did you ever stop to think WHY Buddy digs? (except to make you mad!). This is the real trick – to figure out why he’s digging in the first place, the motivation behind the dog behavior. Then you can take dog training steps to discourage it, redirect that energy and possibly stop it completely.


1. I’M BORED!

Location: Digging along the fence lines and at the gate. 

Why? He is bored and wants to get out for some action. 

Solution: Provide more exercise for your dog, both physical and mental. The more exercise the better, according to your dog. A tired, happy dog will rest nicely between great outings. 

2. I’M HOT!!

Location: Digging along the edge of the house or shallow "pits," especially in the heat of the summer. 

Why? Your dog is most likely creating a cool spot in the cool under-earth. If under the porch, he’s creating a den. 

Solution: Check to make sure you are providing fresh cool water throughout the day and night. 

Is there adequate shade to protect your dog from the hot sun? Is good air circulation available or possibly a nice breeze? Or is the space filled with stagnant air? 

Provide plant life (trees, bushes) for shelter from the hot sun. Cool grass keeps the ground heat down. 

3. IT’S JUST MY NATURE!

Sometimes it’s the breed of dog, not so much the environment. Some breeds tend to be burrowers — hounds, huskies, malamutes are a few examples. 

Solution: If this is the case, work with your dog to agree on a place he can do his thing and camouflage it with something like plants or fencing.

4. I LIKE IT!!

Some dogs just like to dig, and dig they will, no matter how much you yell and scream.

Solution: Create and help them with the ideal digging place — a sandy blend with hidden treasures that reward digging at that spot. Having a prepared area encourages the digger to focus the digging to the area you set up in an out-of-the-way place. Remember to keep the area stocked with assorted treats and toys. 

TO FILL OR NOT TO FILL ….. EXISTING HOLES

The second part of the story is…..

What to do with the holes that keep reappearing, no matter what you do? Have you back-filled holes dug by your dog only to find them dug again, over and over? 

When this happens, the next stage of hole-filling is called for. 

You might think this next step it involves yelling at your dog, or rapping on the window. Nope. Are you really going to stand and stare out the window hoping to correct the situation while it’s happening (which would be the only way to really correct it using this method)? 

TECHNIQUES FOR "FILLING" HOLES

There are two better techniques to encourage your dog to rethink digging that hole. 

The easier of the two is to fill the hole until almost full. Mix the last portion of dirt with dog poo, pinecones, moth balls, or other repelling non-harmful substance. The next time your dog arrives for the big dig, he quickly finds the game has changed. Most dogs quickly change their behavior.

The second method is more time consuming but effective. Cut a section of chicken wire or similar to cover the hole plus 8 inches or more. Dig a hole a few inches deep that surrounds the hole and will fit the wire shape. 

Fill the hole and then press wire in place and cover with dirt. Pack the area well, particularly around the wire edges. When your dog returns, the wire will stop his digging progress. 

If along a fence line, secure the wire to the fence along the inside of the fence, just a short distance from the ground. When the wire gets to the ground, keep going vertically a short distance underground. Then bend the wire so the bottom is perpendicular to the top (forms an L). Bury the horizontal part underground inside the fence, pointing away from the fence. When your dog digs he is stopped by the wire and his weight on the earth helps keep the wire in place. The result is the dog gives up on that area. 

Pretty cool, huh?!

CONCLUSION

We humans see digging as bad dog behavior. Dogs don’t, and they dig for different reasons. If you can figure out why they’re digging, you can put dog training steps in place to stop it. Some dogs dig, that’s what they do. Set them up a space to dig and you both win! 

Try these dog training techniques to change unwanted dog behavior. They seriously work.

PS: If you're looking for a professional dog trainer who can help you with your dog's behaviour, then you need to check out the
The Online Dog Trainer, by Doggy Dan – he is the real 
deal and his methods WORK…period! 

The site has tons of great videos that anyone can implement
Click HERE to Watch Them Now


There are of course many reasons for owners to want a calm, obedient and faithful dog.  

For one thing, obedient and trained dogs are happier dogs, less likely to get into tussles with people or with other dogs.  

Another reason is that many communities require that the dogs living in their neighborhoods be well trained.  

This is especially true for many breeds thought to have aggression and behavior problems – dog breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers for instance.

And of course, training your dog well, will also make it a much better family companion, especially in households where there are young children.  Many studies have shown that proper dog training makes a big impact when it comes to cutting down the number of dog bits and other behavior problems encountered by dog owning households.

When considering training your own dog, or having someone else help you train it, there are certain basic commands that must be mastered in order for a dog to be considered truly trained.  These basic commands include:

Heel – it is important that any dog learn to walk beside its owner on a loose lead, neither pulling ahead nor lagging behind
 

Respond to the word No – the word no is one word that all dogs must learn.  Training your dog to respond to this important word can save you a ton of trouble.
 

Sit – Training your dog to sit on command is a vital part of any dog training program.
 

Stay – A well trained dog should remain where his or her owner commands, so stay is a very important command in dog training.
 

Down – Lying down on command is more than just a cute trick; it is a key component of any successful dog training program.

Dog training does much more than just create an obedient, willing companion.  Training your dog properly actually strengthens the bond that already exists between dog and handler.  Dogs are pack animals, and they look to their pack leader to tell them what to do.  The key to successful dog training is to set yourself up as that pack leader.  

Establishing yourself as pack leader is a very important concept for any potential dog trainer to understand.  There is only one leader in every pack of dogs, and the owner must establish him or herself as the dominant animal.  Failure to do so leads to all manner of behavior problems.

A properly trained dog will respond properly to all the owner’s commands, and will not display anxiety, displeasure or confusion.  A good dog training program will focus on allowing the dog to learn just what is expected of it, and will use positive reinforcement to reward desired behaviors.

In addition to making the dog a good member of the community, obedience training is a great way to fulfill some of the dog’s own needs, including the need for exercise, the security that comes with knowing what is expected of it, a feeling of accomplishment and a good working relationship with its handler.  Dog training gives the dog an important job to do, and an important goal to reach.

Giving the dog a job is more important than you may think.  Dogs were originally bred by humans to do important work, such as herding sheep, guarding property and protecting people.  Many dogs today have no important job to do, and this can often lead to boredom and neurotic behavior.  

Basic obedience training, and ongoing training sessions, provide the dog with an important job to do.  This is especially important for high energy breeds like German shepherds and border collies.  Training sessions are a great way for these high energy dogs to use up their extra energy and simply to enjoy themselves.

Incorporating playtime into your dog training sessions is a great way to prevent both yourself and your dog from becoming bored.  Playing with your dog helps to strengthen the all important bond between you – the pack leader – and your dog.  

 THIS SITE has the best dog training tips that i've come across.Go check it out.Who knows..you might learn a thing or two

For years, dog houses have been a part of the backyard scene, even for those who have inside dogs. A dog house is a place the dog can go to when he’s outside and just wants to chill.  Plus, there’s a variety of places that require outdoor kenneling of dogs that are there to protect the property.

During the daylight hours, dogs enjoy sleeping outside, if you have a dog, you’re probably familiar with this. If your dog enjoys snoozing outside, then you need to choose a good dog house for him. While there are many different dog houses currently on the market, we couldn’t help but to notice the Suncast DH250 dog house – it stands out from the crowd because of its quality and price.

About the Suncast Dog House

The suncastdog house is made of thin plastic sheets. These plastic sheets get their rigidity when you start to attach them to other pieces. Parts of the dog house do snap together and as this takes place, they start to gain their strength.

 

70 Pounds

According to the product details, the Suncast DH250 dog house is specifically made for dogs that weigh no more than 70 pounds. If your dog is over 70 pounds, you can purchase a larger model of this type.

Pros

Flaps Keep Rain Out

This Suncast dog house has flaps on the side that are there in order to keep the rain out. The flaps are on the inside of the doorway. The door flaps are easy to remove and add back to the structure.

Snaps Together Easily

While many dog houses currently on the market may take some time to put together, the good news with this one is the fact that it’s not hard to put together at all. In fact, when it comes time to assemble it, no tools are required. The parts should snap together easily, so it should only take minutes to assemble. Personally, we feel that this is good news, because no one likes having to take hours to put together a dog house.

Includes Letters

Letters are included and this is something the company didn’t have to do, so it’s a nice added bonus. The letters are included so that you can personalize the dog house with your four-legged best friend’s name. They will easily stick on the front of the house and they are weatherproof, so they won’t fade.

Affordable

When you compare this dog house to the other dog houses that are currently on the market, we find that this one is inexpensive. It is one of the most affordable high quality dog houses available.

Cons

Where there are pros, regardless of the product, there will be cons. Sometimes, you have to really dig deep in order to find the problems, but they’re there. In this particular one, there were a couple of problems we discovered.

Insulation

For starters, the dog house doesn’t provide much insulation at all. This can be fixed by adding a self-heating pad for your dog on those cold winter days …or simply bring your dog inside and only let him outside in the dog house when the weather is comfortable.

Can’t Raise of the Ground

This dog house cannot be raised off the ground. Unfortunately, this is the problem with most dog houses.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a good dog house that isn’t going to break your bank account, the Suncast DH250 dog house would be a viable option.

Get one here

 

 

 

 

 

Many dogs have inadvertently learned incorrect behaviour

from their owners and require to be educated in how to

behave correctly. It would be very unusual for a dog to be simply "bad" or "untrainable"

In the vast majority of cases, the dog has simply learned bad behaviour – or not learned

"good" behaviour!

 

The first step is to remain calm and in control, shouting, smacking and screaming are

not as effective as consistent positive training (i.e. rewarding the dog for good behaviour

– with treats initially and then just with attention, cuddles etc – and ignoring them when

they behave inappropriately).

 

Secondly make sure the dog realises that you are the "pack leader" and not the other

way around, many owners try to spoil their dogs in the vain hope of an easy life – this is

far from the case, once your dog realises that it can get the attention/treats/rewards it

desires by repeating patterns of (bad) behaviour, essentially the dog will be training you! 

 

This is why many people have barking problems with their dogs. Most dogs don't realise

whether barking is a good thing or a bad thing. Sometimes when the dog barks, it is

ignored. Other times, the dog is praised (warding off possible intruders). And yet other

times, the dog is shouted at (owner has a headache/is tired/is on the telephone etc).

People are consistently inconsistent, especially when it comes to their pets! 

 

When it comes to housetraining, remember that your dog is an instinctively clean

animal. If the dog can avoid it, it would rather not soil itself or her usual eating and sleeping area.

All the dog needs is positive encouragement when it eliminates in correct places.

 

A popular, modern method for dog training and obedience is "Clicker training". This is a

slang term used to describe a way of training dogs that has become increasingly popular

in the last decade due to its gentle and effective methods. The scientific term for it is

operant conditioning. 

 

Simply put simply, a dog tends to repeat an action that has a positive consequence

and tends not to repeat one that has a negative consequence. The problem with other

types of conditioning is that it is difficult to reinforce good behaviour at a distance, the

clicker allows you to mark with great precision the good behaviour for which the dog is

being reinforced, even if it the dog is some distance from you.

 

The clicker is a simple cheap and effective device, basically it's just a metal strip

encased in a plastic box that when pressed makes a unique sharp clicking noise that the

dog can distinguish easily from background noises. If you are having any problems

training your dog this should be the first product on your shopping list.

 

Looking for more dog training tips? Go HERE

 

 

Designer dogs are the new mutts we all love to adore.

I’ve always been a sucker for a floppy-eared brown dog, but designer cross breeds have taken the mixed-breed adorableness to a whole new level. Check out these heart stoppingly cute new dog breeds that will make you want to adopt another furry friend right now. So. much. cuteness!

  1. The Pomsky (Pomeranian/Husky)

2. The Pitsky (Pibble/Husky)

3. The Corgipoo (Toy Poodle/Corgi)

4. The Basset Pei (Basset Hound/ Sharpei)

5. The Schorgi (Corgi/Sheltie)

6. The German Chow (German Shepherd/ChowChow)

7. The Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Poodle)

8. The Bullpug (English Bulldog/Pug)

9. The Horgi (Husky/Corgi)

10. The Bulldog Shepherd (English Bulldog/German Shepherd)

11. The German Pei (German Shepherd SharPei)

12. The Cocker Pei (Cocker Spaniel/SharPei)

13. The German Beagle (German Shepherd/Beagle)

14. The Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle)

15. The Sheporgi (German Shepherd/Corgi)

16. The Chug (Chihuahua/Pug)

17. The Dalshund (Dalmation/Dachshund)

18. The Chusky (ChowChow/Husky)

19. The Dalcorgi (Dalmation/Corgi)

20.  The Golden Dachshund (Golden Retriever/Dachshund)

21. The Cheagle (Chihuahua/Beagle)

22. The Goldsky (Golden Retriever/Husky)

 

So many choices! Which one is your favorite?

If your looking for the best online training for your dog..go HERE

 

 

What if I told you that 99% of ALL canine diseases – cancer, diabetes, heart disease… have a common cause, an underlying pathology, and that it’s scientifically possible to prevent almost ALL of them?

That sounds crazy, right?

But what if it were true?

…What if all disease truly does originate from a single source… a solitary cause?

What if disease doesn’t just happen to our dogs? What if one definite preventable cause is the reason our dogs are getting sick… and even dying?

What if the problem were as obvious as your dog’s food?

Suddenly, you find that your dog’s seemingly unexplainable behaviors and ailments are no longer a mystery.

Have you noticed:

  • Your dog’s energy level is lower than ever before
  • Your dog’s stress level is higher than it should be
  • Your dog always seems to be hungry or never wants to eat
  • Mystery hotspots, skin conditions, and crankiness plague your once happy pup

We all want our dogs to live long, healthy, happy lives, right?

Then why are so many pet parents overlooking this glaring problem?

The solution is simple once you understand how your dog’s body functions differently than your own.

The simple truth is dogs aren’t meant to eat:

  • high heat treated foods
  • starches, carbohydrates, and byproducts
  • highly processed foods
  • sugar
  • non-food substances
  • chemicals, additive, and pesticides
  • medications, antibiotics, and steroids

Yet all these ingredients can be found in your average bag of dry commercially prepared kibble bought from the nearest grocery store.

Hi, my name’s Lori Taylor and I’m a mother of five (including twin boys), wife, and a working mom. I set out to find out the truth about dog food when I lost my beloved Great Dane Truman to cancer.

I lost my Truman way too soon, and the worst part was it didn’t have to happen. I wholeheartedly believe that Truman’s cancer was preventable.

I was stunned by what I found when I took the time to look into why so many dogs are getting sick so young.

It turns out that the vast majority of dogs today are missing a vital element of their natural diet: raw meat.

Raw meat contains vital amino acids and enzymes that can’t be obtained from any other naturally occurring source. And being deficient means your dog simply cannot digest and utilize foods properly. Our dogs are starving to death despite having full bellies- for want of wholesome, natural meats they would normally obtain in the wild.

Without these vital enzymes and amino acids your dog cannot break down foods or utilize the building blocks of nutrients to help repair injuries, fight disease and illness, or provide cellular energy for activities.

An alpha prey model raw meat diet is the primary source for intact enzymes and amino acids. Most processed and canned pet foods are cooked at temperatures above 212 degrees Fahrenheit, and most enzymes are damaged with heat as low as 120 degrees. The common practice is to process dog kibble at high heat, then add back in vitamins and minerals removed during processing. Common sense tells us that this is an inefficient and ineffective replacement for what nature provides.

Pets fed an enzyme-deficient diet experience:

  • dry, itchy skin
  • weight problems
  • lethargy
  • dull coats
  • allergies

Essential biological catalysts, like digestive enzymes and amino acids found in raw meat, help your dog assimilate nutrients. Proper nutrition not only helps your dog utilize food, it helps them strengthen their immune system to naturally protect themselves against illness, injury, and cancer.

One day when I was sitting at my desk reading scientific studies about cancer in dogs, looking for hope, I had an Aha! Moment…

That’s when I realized…. my veterinarian was treating my dog’s symptoms, but not the cause.

Skin problems, obesity, lethargy, allergies, autoimmune disorders, hotspots, excessive shedding, heart disease, cancer…. all these diseases are symptoms of an underlying problem.

why raw dog food

Many pet parents today are saying “No thank you” to processed kibble and turning instead back to nature to provide for their fur babies. They’re providing raw nutrition despite staunch opposition from Big Name pet food manufacturers and their proponents.

And many dogs got better when proper nutrition was introduced. They gained back vitality, and energy. But not all dogs….

Some dogs are so depleted their digestive systems are wiped clean of all natural defenses. The yeast and bad bacteria overgrowth takes over and creates an unhealthy environment that spills over into every aspect of the dogs health. They’re tired, achy, itchy, allergic, and sick. These dogs need a complete doggie detox and prebiotics coupled with probiotics and a healthy diet to restore the natural balance.

Did you know…

Scientific analysis shows both homocysteine, a marker for degenerative diseases, and methionine, which shown to increase tumor growth rate, decrease in a dog’s body when that dog is fed a raw meat diet.

Watch this live video presentation by canine nutritionist Rodney Habib:

 

Feeding your dog as little at 20% raw meat can significantly impact their health. BOOST ME raw meat booster for dogs allows you to add that 20% with just a scoop a day- without changing your dog’s regular diet.

And recent studies show that dogs rely on bacteria found in raw meat to complete digestion of macronutrients. Without sufficient bacterial counts, the nutrients are passed through the digestive system-unutilized. This means your dog cannot put to use the high-quality food you’re feeding them without the necessary digestive bacteria to process then food. It’s like having a four-course quality meal in front of you, but it’s locked inside a box- out of reach. Your dog hates the food, it fills his belly, but it never nourishes his body.

TruDog’s PROTECT ME prebiotic and probiotic supplement for dogs allows you to put these essential enzymes into any dog food for optimal digestion. Adding BOOST ME raw meat booster or FEED ME freeze dried meat foods further adds essential nutrients and enzymes to give your dog the best nutritious edge possible.

 

Cooked Food Vs. Raw Food for Dogs

TruDog’s FEED ME freeze dried raw foods use fish oil as the only “additive”. Fish oil is a natural source of mixed tocopherols that aid in digestion and provide Omega oils from a natural source dogs would get from the wild.

Home cooking fresh foods is certainly better than high-heat processed kibbles, but nothing beats a raw diet for your dog’s best health. Our recommendation is always to give your dog the very best foods you can obtain and supplement your dog’s diet with digestive enzymes and OMEGA supplements to combat the effects of a cooked diet. COMPLETE ME omega supplement for dogs strengthens your dog’s immune system to help stop the effects of homocysteine and methionine.

Is Raw Food Safe for Dogs and Humans?

 

The U.S. Government has taken a firm stand against feeding pets raw meats due to the potential risks to humans. Handling any raw foods, including human-grade vegetables and meats, poses a risk to human health. But using safe food handling practices minimizes this risk. Washing surfaces, utensils, bowls, and hands after handling raw foods is generally more than enough to protect humans from possible cross contamination.

Plus, in order for contamination to take place, harmful bacteria must be present in the food to begin with. Raw pet food companies go to great lengths to enact stringent safe handling practices during processing of the foods to ensure the food is safe and healthy. Only when these processes go wrong do contamination problems occur. As a double-check, TruDog tests each batch of prepared raw food before it leaves the building to check for common contaminates. As long as the food packaging is not compromised prior to feeding, each bag arrives fresh and free from contaminates that could harm humans. Each bag of TruDog FEED ME, BOOST ME, or TREAT ME arrives fresh and free from dangerous pathogens. The natural digestive bacteria found in the dog’s food are easily managed by washing hands after handling the food.

In essence, the benefits of feeding your dog a raw foods diet far outweigh the risks for most pet parents. Using common sense and normal safety practices can keep you all safe and healthy.

freeze dried raw dog food

Nutrition truly is the key to good health for your dog. Every bite you put in your dog’s bowl is either promoting health or feeding disease.

Take a look at this liver recipe that i make for my dogs.It's very good and your dog would love it

All dog owners wish, at some point, that they did not HAVE to take their dogs for a walk. And for those who have busy lives, unpredictable schedules, and/or live in extremely hot, rainy, or cold climates, taking your dog outside to pee or poop may not only be an inconvenience, but a real challenge. The good news is that there are alternatives to taking the dog for a walk – dog potties.

5 Best Indoor Dog Potties

 

Dog potties don't look much like human potties, but they don't require plumbing either.  Most of them try to look like grass – some are even made of real grass or other ground cover, in an attempt to make your dog think he's outside.  Dogs don't really fall for this disguise; nevertheless they can be trained to 'do their stuff' on a dog potty with a combination of scents, treats, and persistent operant conditioning.

Based on human considerations, however, I've selected five of the top options for dog potties, plus a few extras, and provided some tips on getting your dogs to use them.

 

Types Of Indoor Dog Potties 

There are a variety of dog potties available. One of the biggest issues to consider is cost. Some potty options, like the fresh grass potties or doggy pads, can get expensive. Others will be less expensive, but will require more work from you to keep odors and mess under control.

Another issue is whether your dog will use the dog potty you choose. Your dog may be trainable on real grass but not accept the fake grass.  You may need to try a few different options to find the best potty for you and your dog. But don't get discouraged, because once you find a potty option that works, it will change your life, freeing you from the leash when you're unable to take your dog out.

Unfortunately, there is no dog potty that is completely self-cleaning. Therefore, you will have to actively manage the cleanup of the dog potty.  While some dog potties do a good job in helping you manage liquid wastes and their odors, you will have to promptly collect and discard any solid waste in order to keep your house from stinking up.  And, if you have a really large dog, there are few options besides lining up several smaller dog potties together, or using doggy pee pads.

In considering which dog potty will work for you, look at the overall cost of the potty over time  (include supplies), the frequency of cleanup requiredthe size of your dog, and the placement of the dog potty in your home.  In covering my 5+ top dog potties, I have tried to highlight some of the key factors:

 

1. Doggy Lawn Disposable Potty With Fresh Grass 

DoggieLawn Disposable Dog Potty is an excellent indoor potty solution for several reasons. First, for those who would prefer not to clean a potty, DoggieLawn is "no fuss no muss." It comes in a "pizza box" type cardboard container that you can simply throw out when it's full and replace it with a new one when it's needed. Second, for pets and owners who prefer something that is not artificial, DoggieLawn is real grass. It smells like grass and feels like grass because it IS real grass and dogs seem to really like it for doing their business. Third, this product is effective. And fourth – this is the one I love…

The company will send someone to your home to train you and your dog on using it!

DoggieLawn is especially designed with a complex root system that absorbs urine and odors. After one to three weeks of use (depending on the how much your dog uses it), all you have to do is discard it and open up a new one. 

The manufacturer states that one potty is usable for dogs up to 25 pounds; to accommodate larger dogs, arrange several boxes together, depending on the size of your dog.  You will know how much space your dog needs by trying one out. In my opinion, one DoggieLawn, at approximately 25" x 21", is not large enough for a 25 pound dog, especially a male dog. But again, try it out.

The only downside to this potty is expense. Depending on how often your dog uses this potty, you will have to get replacements every one to three weeks, but if the cost is worth the convenience for you, this product may work well for your needs. It is definitely cheaper than a dog walker!

A similar product, but more pricey, is Fresh Patch Dog Potty Grass Litterbox. It also uses fresh grass, hydroponically grown fresh grass.  
 

2. Pet Loo Pet Toilet Works Well … Especially For Medium to Large Dogs

Pet Loo Dog Potties

The Pet Loo Pet Toilet comes in 3 sizes and it works well for most dogs. It is one of the better options for medium to large dogs.

The Pet Loo is a tray with a top layer of synthetic grass and a unique collection tray on the bottom. The shape of the collection tray allows urine to be directed to a smaller collection bin called the "Pee Pod." The Pee Pod only is removed, emptied, and then both the Pod and the tray can be rinsed.  Baking soda or white vinegar can help diffuse urine odors and should be mixed with the rinse water. You can use a gentle washing solution, but make sure to rinse the parts thoroughly with water.

There are some concerns about the grass topper being 'poor quality.' But there are alternative grasses you can use with the system, for example, a premium synthetic grass like Pet Zen or replacement grass pads. If you want more odor control, the Pee Pod can also hold Wee Sponge Powder, a powder that absorbs the pee and turns it immediately into a gel that traps odors. It seems to work well on odors and may be a great option to try. 

 

 

3. PAW Puppy Potty Trainer Is Good For Smaller Dogs

Paw Puppy PottyPaw Puppy Indoor Potty

The PAW Puppy Potty Trainer is a popular three-layer system that includes 1) an artificial grass layer that is non-toxic and odor-resistent; 2) a plastic drain; and 3) a base that collects the urine.  It's easy to clean – all parts are washable with soap and water.

The PAW Puppy comes in small and medium sizes.  Both sizes are suitable for small dogs of both genders and, possibly, okay for medium females.  You can purchase a double small pack or a double medium pack. The doubles are a good bet. For larger dogs, you can attach multiple Potty Trainers together.
 

Another similar system, also quite popular, is the Pet Zoom potty for dogs. The Paw Paw Prince Dog Shaped Potty Patch is another more simple two layer option that gets decent reviews and has a fun bone shaped design.

Paw Prince Dog Potty

 

 

5.  Shake Dog Potty Is Perfect For Travel

The Shake Dog Potty is an award winning dog potty! It was the winner of the "2014 Red Dot Product Design Award" and the "Pet Business – 2104 Industry Recognition Award." The most notable feature of the Shake Dog Potty is that this potty folds for easy travel.  The clever design makes it easy to fold and transport the potty wherever you take your dog. For liquid messes, you simply clean the potty by filling it with water, shake the Potty, and then drain the water out. Solid messes, as you may guess, still need to picked up by hand (with a glove or bag preferably). The Shake Dog Potty is treated with Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial protection to reduce odors in the potty. The design of the Shake Dog Potty directs all liquids into sealed reservoirs, almost eliminating the risk of leaks. This potty is best for medium sized dogs less than 40 pounds.

 

With one of these top 5+ best doggy potty solutions, you don't need to have your life controlled by your dog's bathroom schedule any more. So make the investment and try one or two of them out to see which will work best for your dog. In addition to the training instructions that accompany some of the above dog potties, there are some really good training ideas on the web that will help your dog learn to use his potty

It will take some experimentation to see which product your dog will use and which works best for your lifestyle and pocketbook. But the investment of money, effort, and time you make to find a great indoor bathroom solution will definitely be paid back many times over by the freedom and convenience a indoor potty will provide for you and your family.

 

Bonus Pet Care Potty Tips:

Definitely put some real outdoor grass or bark on top of your dog potty, better yet if it's peed on. 

For male dogs, there should be something like a small (peed-on) fire hydrant, or a small tree stump on the dog potty. Frankly, another dog's pee is even better to entice your dog to the dog potty.

If your pet leaves a spill around your house, you may want to try Particular Paws Pet Stain Remover It really works for pet stains. 

OdoBan not only removes stains, it removes odors. 

Also, if your pet tends to miss the potty area, lining the exterior with these All-Absorb Training Pads may be a good way to keep the mess to a minimum. 

Most dogs require a good deal of training to use an indoor potty.  But if your dog is so trainable, she doesn't even need grass, or fake grass, to encourage her to use a dog potty, there's the bare bones Any Pet Indoor Dog Training Toilet.

 

Soon, your dog will be enjoying the toilet as much as this big guy!

Dog Enjoying His Potty Time

Dog Enjoying His Potty Time 

How to help your dog adjust to a new home

10 Tips to Help Your Adopted Dog Adjust to a New Home

 

Adopting an adult dog is an extremely rewarding experience, but just like bringing any pet home there’s going to be an adjustment period. Dog’s thrive on routine, so keep in mind that it might take awhile for your new dog to fully adjust to your schedule. 

How to Help Your Adopted Dog Adjust to a New Home

It might take a day or two, or it might take months – each dog comes with their own personality and experiences. Going from the shelter environment to a home is a big transition, so don’t get discouraged if your new dog takes awhile to get comfortable in their new surroundings. To ease the transition here’s some simple steps you can take to help your dog adjust to a new home:

1. Give Your Dog Time to Decompress By Starting Slowly

You can help your dog adjust to a new home by taking it slow. He’ll appreciate some one on one time getting to know his new family and surroundings. Let him explore the house and yard at his own pace.

Some dogs take awhile to adjust to new settings, and sometimes that can be exhausting for them. If you adopted your dog from a shelter realize that he just came from a noisy and stressful environment; your quiet and cozy home is likely the first place he’s gotten a good sleep in awhile.

Don’t over stimulate your dog during the first couple days. If your dog is a bit standoffish just let them check things out for themselves. If they come up to you for attention by all means be as affectionate as they seem comfortable with.

Not all dogs bond immediately with a new owner – don’t take it personally. They’re in a brand new environment getting used to new sights, smells, and sounds. It can be a stressful time for your new dog so try to make them as comfortable as possible by keeping things calm and positive.

2. Give Your Dog His Own Space

To make your new dog more comfortable consider getting him his own comfy bed or safe spot where he can retreat to when he’s tired. Some dogs need some extra time to just chill out every once in a while, especially with the stress of being in a new environment.

If your new dog isn’t in the mood to cuddle or play you can give try giving him something to do on his own by offering stuffed Kong. By offering yummy & fun stuff like treats in a Kong you’re showing your new dog that you’re the provider of awesome things. It’s a simple way to build trust, and if your dog is feeling uneasy in his new situation he might appreciate having a nice treat on his own.

Allow your pets to take their time sniffing around their new digs. Let them explore — and if they decide to hide for a while, that’s OK as long as they know where the doggy door or litter box is. – AARP

bringing home new dog

When bringing home your new dog it’s important to give him his own dedicated space. Somewhere safe that he can go to if he starts to feel stressed out, tired, or overwhelmed.

3. Be Prepared For Stomach Issues When Changing Diets

Diarrhea is common amongst newly adopted dogs either from sudden dietary changes or stress. You can ask the shelter or rescue which food your dog has been eating to help prevent an upset stomach from a sudden change in diet. If you’re not a fan of the brand they’ve been feeding you can switch but you may want to consider slowly transitioning them over to a new food by mixing some of the old in with the new.

Stress from moving into a new environment can cause diarrhea in newly adopted dogs. Ease their stress by taking things slowly the first week and giving them time to adapt. If your dog has diarrhea for more than a few days you should consult your veterinarian.

4. Dogs May Lose Their Appetite in New Surroundings

The stress from being in a new environment can cause dogs to lose their appetite. If you’ve adopted a shy dog they might need a few days before they’re comfortable enough to eat a normal meal. A new diet or change in food can also cause a dog to refuse to eat.

If you’re concerned about your dogs appetite offer them a piece of high value food such as chicken or ham – if they’ll readily eat high value food they’re likely just going through an adjustment period. If your dog doesn’t take the high value food it’s tome to check with a veterinarian. A dog won’t starve himself; as long as your dog is healthy he’ll learn to adapt to his new diet.

5. Make It Easier In The Long Run By Keeping Your Routine

Dog’s thrive on routine and the sooner your new dog learns how your home functions the more comfortable he’ll be. You can help your dog adjust to a new home by:

  • Feeding at the same time every day
  • Going outside for potty breaks consistently
  • Going for your daily walk at the same time
  • Going to bed around the same time each night

This also includes exercise time, cuddle time or any other daily activities he’ll be involved with. He’ll feel more secure once he starts learning your routine and what is expected of him at any given time.

I know many owners want to spend as much time as possible with their new dog, and that’s wonderful. But try to incorporate at least some of your normal activities into the day during those first few weeks to help your dog adjust to what will become his normal routine.

dog adjust to new home

Keeping a consistent routine can help your dog adjust to a new home.

6. Supervise Your New Dog

If your dog is already crate trained you might want to consider leaving him crated while you go to work, and this is especially true if your have other animals at home. Some dogs can become destructive or overly anxious when left alone. If you’re unsure how he’s going to react crating can be a good way to have some peace of mind while you’re at work.

7. You May Have a Few House Training Issues

You and your newly adopted dog aren’t automatically going to be on the same schedule, so be prepared for a few accidents during the first couple of weeks. Your new dog might be getting fed more than usual and he very well might be drinking a lot more. Make sure you take him out regularly to decrease the likelihood of any accidents.

8. Beware of Escape Attempts

When going outdoors keep your new dog on a leash at all times. When in a new environment some dogs will have a tendency to try and run away or escape. Don’t leave your new dog unsupervised in a fenced yard since dogs can dig under or jump over fences. Until you know your dog is comfortable with you and will come back when called it’s best to keep them leashed at all times when outdoors.

Help Your Dog Adjust to a New Home

Be sure to supervise your new dog when outside until you’re confident they won’t try to escape. Many dogs are able to jump 6 foot fences, and a lot more can dig under them. When dogs enter a new environment they can become stressed out & fearful, and that can lead to escape attempts.

9. Don’t Overwhelm Them if They’re Anxious

I know it’s tempting to introduce your new dog to all of your friends & family right away by inviting everyone over, but make sure your dog is comfortable in your home first. Some dogs can get overstimulated and excited by all that excitement, and some are extremely nervous around strangers. If your dog shows any signs of discomfort take it slow. Make sure they have access to their own safe space or area that they can retreat to if they get overwhelmed.

The same goes for trips to the park or store. Until your dog is comfortable around you take it easy when introducing them to new areas.

10. Be Patient With Your New Dog

Imagine yourself in your dogs shoes (or paws) for a moment – surrounded by strangers in a new land filled with the unknown. It’s a bit scary to say the least. Your dog might adjust within days or it may take weeks. Each dog is an individual with a history all their own. Some dogs came from a nice loving home and therefore might find it much easier to adapt – others have been waiting for years at a shelter.

Take it slow and make it easier on them by giving them space when needed. It won’t take long until your adopted dog becomes your new best friend.

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