14 Tips for Crate Training Your New Puppy

Written by Peggie Arvidson-Dailey

Your new puppy is arriving and you have heard of crate-training, but are not sure how to make it work for you and your newest addition. From years of experience as a pet-owner, lover and specialist, I have learned some things about crate training that I’d like to share with you.

Crate training is wonderful part of an overall family training program if handled correctly. Your puppy will feel secure in his space if you make it a pleasurable experience fromrepparttar very beginning by following these 14 tips.

1.Get a crate large enough to allow your pup space to turn around, stand up and lie down for a nap. 2.Put a soft blanket inrepparttar 125743 crate, preferably with his mother’s scent on it when you bring him home. 3.Make sure to put his toys for chewing and a treat or two inrepparttar 125744 space furthest fromrepparttar 125745 ‘door.’ 4.Putrepparttar 125746 crate in a corner of room where he can feel out ofrepparttar 125747 way, yet have access to you. 5.Let your pup wander in and out ofrepparttar 125748 crate to get a feel for it,repparttar 125749 crate makes a nice ‘den’ for your puppy and he will likely take to it for comfort and solace when he is tired, over-excited or worried. 6.Remove your pet’s collar/s before closingrepparttar 125750 crate to avoid any choking; 7.Have a bottle of water with ice hooked torepparttar 125751 crate if you will leave your puppy for more than an hour; 8.When it’s time to be crated, tell your puppy “Crate” or “Bed” and show him torepparttar 125752 crate. You may put a treat in there if you have been training him with treats.

Got Fleas?

Written by Nell Bennett Liquorman

Got Fleas? By Nell Liquorman Author of Keep Fleas Off

Still using allrepparttar chemicals you can find to combat those fleas? Have you done everything outside of trying to shootrepparttar 125742 fleas offrepparttar 125743 dog? You are not alone, there are an estimated more than 50 million households with pets, and yes, most are not just fightingrepparttar 125744 war against these pesky parasites, they are losingrepparttar 125745 war. Most people do not realize just how devastatingrepparttar 125746 losses are. If only 10 per cent of these pet owners are treatingrepparttar 125747 yard for fleas, can your imaginerepparttar 125748 amount of harmful chemicals that is getting intorepparttar 125749 ground water? These chemicals make their way torepparttar 125750 sea where they have been found in fish andrepparttar 125751 seabirds that feed on fish. Clean water is a valuable resource, we cannot afford to destroy it. Think about allrepparttar 125752 chemicals put in our water now just to make it “safe to drink”; if you want to believe that it is.

Bathe your pet with a so-called flea shampoo, and you leave behind a petrochemical residue that can be unsafe forrepparttar 125753 pet andrepparttar 125754 household. If that is not bad enough,repparttar 125755 pet will lick himself and yes, take an oral dose. Go into any grocery store and head forrepparttar 125756 pet care aisle. If you smellrepparttar 125757 flea products inrepparttar 125758 store, you are experiencing a nose full of their off-gassing. Face it, chemicals off-gas.

Perhaps, you think that flea powder is a better choice. Guess again! After holding your poor animal down long enough to sift this disagreeable stuff into his fur, he is going to shake off as much of it as possible, and who could blame him. This fine dust will migrate into anything around,repparttar 125759 carpet,repparttar 125760 furniture, and maybe even your own hair. It is sure to get up your nose. Maybe this isrepparttar 125761 universe trying to get you to stop this harmful practice. At any rate, nowrepparttar 125762 flea powder is further out intorepparttar 125763 pet’s fur, clearingrepparttar 125764 way forrepparttar 125765 fleas to continue to travelrepparttar 125766 skin onrepparttar 125767 pet, biting him and leaving behind debris. At minimum, you have fouledrepparttar 125768 environment, and you probably didrepparttar 125769 powdering inside your home. Since we have all probably done it, don’t beat yourself up, at least notrepparttar 125770 first time.

Flea collars are another dangerous choice that we have all made. The poison is right there onrepparttar 125771 collar forrepparttar 125772 purpose of rubbing off ontorepparttar 125773 pet. Will it rub off on anything else, likerepparttar 125774 hands of a small child, or even your own? You bet! Does your pet sleep in his collar? In your bed? What do you think is happening here? Essentially, we are just rubbing heaven knows what kind of chemicals all over us when we sleep with a pet that is wearing a poison necklace. Should you quit associating with your pet? Absolutely not! Pets are a valuable part of our lives. They offer companionship and teach us a lot as well. Just show them more respect and stop using those awful flea collars.

Continuing your sojourn throughrepparttar 125775 parasite jungle,repparttar 125776 veterinarian’s office is probably going to be your next stop. Aha! The flea dip. It has to work! Well, why not, it contains a contact killer, and because you got it fromrepparttar 125777 vet you will assume it safe. Maybe it will killrepparttar 125778 fleas that showed up onrepparttar 125779 pet today. Of course, submerging him in this poison means that some of it will be absorbed intorepparttar 125780 pet’s skin. Cats are especially sensitive, and dips have been known to kill some. It makes many sick. If it poisoned or weakened your pet, would you know what to look for? How many hours would you need to monitor your pet? When you pour outrepparttar 125781 dip, where doesrepparttar 125782 poison go? So many questions, so many freaky answers. This should steer you away from flea dips.

The average pet owner is pretty sure that a flea spray for mistingrepparttar 125783 pet on a regular basis will not only work, but is a real easy solution. Coatingrepparttar 125784 outside ofrepparttar 125785 hair doesn’t work becauserepparttar 125786 fleas will travel under it alongrepparttar 125787 skin whererepparttar 125788 blood cells can be reached. Use this method, only if you want a toxic cloud that will float aboverepparttar 125789 pet for you to breathe, or maybe, it will make its way into your air conditioning ducts and be well distributed throughout your home. Remember that these sprays contain poisons. If we breathe them in, our bodies can store them. Many people will think that this is justrepparttar 125790 price that must be paid, after all this is a war on fleas! The bigger question here is: “Do you really want your home to become a toxic waste site?” The residue spewed into your environment is going to stay there until someone cleans it up. And depending upon how you go aboutrepparttar 125791 clean up, you could just be making it worse, especially if you are using chemicals forrepparttar 125792 cleanup. Unless you are a chemist, don’t assume that it is safe to mix one chemical with another.

Of course, you could always use pet meds, that is, medicine forrepparttar 125793 fleas thatrepparttar 125794 pet must take. That hardly seems fair! Would you be able to tell how bad your pet feels fromrepparttar 125795 side effects? At one time or another we have all taken a medication that we found to be disagreeable. The problem here is one of communication. The pet cannot tell you thatrepparttar 125796 medicine does not suit him.

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