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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.

Watch those Hips!

Posted in Pet Health Issues with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by exigentbarker

Hip dysplasia is a very common and unfortunate part of many older, larger dogs’ lives. Though this disease is most common with larger dogs, it can still be found in medium size dogs and rarely even in small dogs. Hip dysplasia results from abnormal development of the hip joints in young dogs and most researchers have concluded that they believe it to be a genetic disease. However, obesity and over exercising can be factors as well. The symptoms of this disease for the most part are very noticeable, and in most cases can be detected in the early stages. You may notice that your dog seems very sore after or even during exercise, it is common for the dog to show signs of stiffness in the hind legs and hop gingerly as they run. For many dog owners it is very difficult for them to watch their pet fight the pain caused by hip dysplasia day in and day out, and unfortunately there is no magical medication to make it go away. Surgical procedures can be performed, but there are many limitations and the surgery can be extremely expensive. One of the best ways to prolong the mobility of a dog affected by displasia, is to make everyday activities as easy and painless as possible for your dog. Thankfully there are many products available that can assist you in doing this. Many dog owners have installed doggy doors in their homes to make their lives easier, but are these doors safe for dogs with hip dysplasia? The answer is yes, as long as the owner has carefully considered available pet opening sizes and rise heights of the door when it was purchased. Pet doors that are too small or have a rise height that is too high can affect your dogs joints in a negative way. Therefore it is important to think of these factors when purchasing a pet door to make your dogs life easier. In order for your dog to be comfortable using its pet door you should consider a door with a large pet opening. This will ensure that your dog wont feel like it has to squeeze through the door and the dog will transition inside/outside with ease. The rise height of the pet door is also a key factor. You want to make sure that the dog doesn’t have to step over a mountain to get through the door! Typically mounting the pet door as low to the ground as possible is best for dogs with hip dysplasia, however you must also consider how tall the pet door is so your dog doesn’t have to duck to get under the top frame of the pet door to get through. Because hip dysplasia is more common in larger breed dogs, you may have to get a door custom made to be large enough. Security Boss Manufacturing has created a very high quality insulated pet door called the MaxSeal, this door can be ordered in custom sizes and is a great option for those with dogs that suffer from dysplasia. Other options for simplifying your dogs everyday activities are also available. Installing pet gates at the entrance of stairways will to make sure that your dog is not going up and down steps when not necessary. Using pet ramps to load your dog into your vehicle can help as well.

Dogs of all ages can be affected by this disease and in some severe cases the dog could be as young as five months old. The earlier in your pets life that you notice symptoms of hip dysplasia, the earlier you can fight the disease by utilizing products that are made to make your dogs life easier.