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Discriminating Your Hallway

Posted in Pet Products, Training with tags , , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by exigentbarker

Picture the situation. You have a room or rooms in your home that you want to keep the dog from getting into. Perhaps there is a room of valuables, sensitive equipment, or a nursery. Getting a pet gate is an excellent way to keep the dog cut off from one area of the home. They are commonly easy to install and have pass-through gates with latches or locks, allowing you to move freely through the designated areas.

Now, suppose you have multiple pets? If you want to keep the dog out of an area but don’t mind the cat being there, this solution presents a problem: how to gate off the dog and let the cat roam free?

The solution: Gates with Pet Doors. These are incredibly useful gates that operate just like most others. Pressure mounted or hardware mounted, preventing your dog from going where you don’t want him. Included in these gates are smaller openings with swing-style doors that allow a much smaller pet access. Cats can roam just as easily as us and you can still keep the dog away.

The uses for this are sure to arise in many situations when you have two pets living together. For example, keep the dog away from the cat’s litter box.

It is not just limited for larger pets, either.

What if you have smaller dogs, and don’t want the hassle of uninstalling or removing a pressure mounted gate every time the dogs want to go outside? Use the locking pet door built into the gate to let them through when desired. These gates commonly feature latches allowing you to do just this.

Keep your dog separate and allow access for other animals. These gated pet doors are the perfect solution.

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Pet Gates Give you Control in your Home

Posted in Pet Products, Training with tags , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by exigentbarker

As a pet owner you have to be prepared for your pet to do things that it is not supposed to do when you are not there to supervise. For the most part your pet seems to act out when you are not home for an extended period of time. After you get done with a long day at work, the last thing you want to come home to is a house looking like it was just hit by a hurricane! Yet you feel bad locking your pet in a closed room for 9 hours a day. What are your options? Simple, you invest in a pet gate.

Pet gates are an excellent way to keep your pet out of those “off limits,” areas and avoid damage to your things while you are gone. They also can be a barrier between your pets and small children if you don’t want your pet and child to interact without your presence. There are many different sizes, heights and install types of pet gates. You can buy free standing, pressure mounted and permanent install pet gates, depending on how you want your gate to operate and what kind of pet you own. Free standing gates are a single solitary unit that requires no installation, they just block the opening or your hallway, doorway or whatever area you are trying to bar. If you are looking to barricade a puppy or small breed dog, a free standing gate may be a commendable choice as a larger dog may be able to knock a free standing gate over. Pressure mounted gates also require no installation with mounting hardware or screwing into adjacent walls, but are still considered a semi-permanent gate as they are secured into place by tension. These gates are great for someone looking to move or relocate the gate with ease, but need a gate sturdy enough for their larger pets. Permanent gates are installed with hardware that mounts on walls or surfaces adjacent to the gate. Permanent gates are the strongest available but do require tools and/or basic “handyman,” knowledge to install. Many gates available are JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certified and are designed to work as baby gates also. Nothing like killing two birds with one stone!

Many people have difficulties with their dogs destroying things when they are gone no matter how obedient there dog is when they present. In many cases damage is done by accident or clumsiness of your dog and can be completely avoided by taking precautions like installing pet gates.

Training your pet to use a pet door

Posted in Training with tags , , , on February 15, 2009 by exigentbarker

In a perfect world, your pet would have the ability use your restroom at home, flush the toilet, and go about their business. If your pet was hungry it would go to the kitchen, open the refrigerator and get something to eat, but as we all know, our world is far from perfect and pets unfortunately do not have the capabilities to function as we do as humans. Instead, we are forced to tend to our pets constant need to go outside just to be let in moments later. Quite a few people have purchased pet doors to make their lives and duties as a pet owners a bit easier. Purchasing a pet door is a great way to give your pet the freedom and independence they deserve. Not only will a pet door offer your pet an easy and convenient way to come and go as they please, but it will give you your life back as well! No more having to open and close your door constantly to let your pet in and out. As we all know, pets do not have the same physical abilities that we do, however, each and every pet has different characteristics, tendencies and personalities, similar to humans. Therefore training a pet to utilize the convenience of a pet door can be difficult in some cases. Some outgoing, courageous pets will be using a pet door with no issues within hours of being introduced to the door, while other shy, less courageous pets might have a very hard time understanding the concept of something so new and out of the ordinary. Fortunately, there are many different methods of training pets, even very shy pets, to use pet doors.

One of the most effective ways to get a pet to use a pet door is to entice them with what they love most…food and toys. Placing treats and toys on the other side of the door, or even in the frame of the pet door has been an effective method of training for many pets. Some pets have a hard time pushing the flaps open in early stages of training and it can be beneficial to tape the flaps up or take them out if possible. This will help your pet understand that a hole does indeed exist. Once your pet gets used to going through the door, try using the flaps. If your pet is still reluctant to push through the flaps, it may be time to step it up a notch. Try placing your pet in the opening with the flaps resting on its back. This will show your pet that the flaps will not and cannot hurt them. Always remember that your pet has a unique personality and might not understand what you are trying to teach them at first, although you may get frustrated, do what you can to keep your cool. Yelling and hitting your pet will do nothing but prolong the learning process and may scare your pet away from the door for good.

If your pet is still having trouble with its pet door after you have implemented these strategies don’t get discouraged. It may take a couple of weeks for your pet to get familiar with its new door, give your pet some time and keep training daily. Eventually you will be reaping the benefits of your new pet door and on to a happier, healthier relationship with your pet!