Porch Potty Benefits The Elderly

The Porch Potty is the only self-cleaning canine grass litter box on the market. Available in different sizes for different breeds, it provides a clean grass area on the porch, patio, or even indoors. Not only is the Porch Potty ideal for apartment dwellers, it’s also great for elderly dog owners and canines.

If you’re an elderly person who cannot take your dog outside or if you have a senior citizen pooch that has difficulty walking long distances, the Porch Potty is the perfect solution. With the Porch Potty, there’s no need to head outside every time Fido has to go to the bathroom. There’s also no need to wake up early or go for a walk late at night.

photoThe Porch Potty comes with realistic, synthetic grass and a scented fire hydrant that will encourage your dog to use the box and give him something to aim at. The built-in drainage system includes a removable catch basin for indoors and a 14-ft. drain hose for outdoors.

Cleaning the Porch Potty is easy and hassle-free. For the Standard model, simply pour two gallons of water over the grass 2-4 times a week. This minimal routine is enough to keep the grass fresh and free of odors. The Premium model makes things even easier by offering a fully automated rinse and drain system that employs embedded sprinklers and an optional water timer.

Having the Porch Potty means not having to take your dog out several times a day and not having to spend hours cleaning up. Fido simply has to walk a few steps to the Porch Potty and relieve himself there whenever he pleases. The Porch Potty is the most convenient potty box for elderly owners and dogs.

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Over The Top Active?

Adult dogs that are noisy and hyperactive are that way because they are untrained and have been unintentionally encouraged to behave like that. Unfortunately, they’re also punished for being energetic and enthusiastic, which is unnecessary. Hyperactivity in your dog can be photocontrolled and channeled through proper outlets.

Helpful commands

Basic commands like sit and lie down are very effective solutions for almost all canine behavior problems. Instead of telling him, “No, no, no!” whenever he does something that annoys you, ask your dog to lie down, then praise and reward him for doing so. Lying down and misbehaving
are mutually exclusive; your pet cannot do both at the same time.

Instead of feeding your dog from a bowl, weigh out his kibble in the morning and use individual pieces as rewards and lures during plenty of five-second training breaks throughout the day. Practice in every room of your home, in the car (while stopped), and on walks. Pause every 25 yards and ask your puppy to perform a series of body positions, e.g. sit, down, sit, stand, down, stand. You’ll have a completely different dog in only a couple of days.

Reward and reinforce

Simple reward training strategies work wonders with uncontrollable canines. Hold a piece of kibble in your hand. Don’t give it to your dog; just stand perfectly still and watch what he does. He’ll most likely go through his entire range of behaviors, but eventually he will sit or lie down.
When he does, praise him and offer the kibble. Then take a huge step to “reactivate” your dog and stand still with another piece of kibble in your hand.

Repeat the process until your dog sits or lies down immediately after you take a step, and gradually increase the time delay before giving the kibble. Do this exercise room to room. When walking your pet, stand still every 25 yards and wait for him to sit or lie down, then praise him and continue walking. Soon your dog will be calmer and a lot more attentive.

To be fair to your pooch, make sure he has sufficient opportunity to let off steam in an acceptable manner. Enroll him in flyball or agility classes. Play fetch with Frisbees and tennis balls in the park. Have an official block of “crazy time” – train your dog to jump on cue or play tag with him around the house.

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Welcoming Spring With Your Pooch

photoAt last, spring has arrived! Depending on where you live, you’re either about to enjoy or already basking in sunshine and warmer weather. Aside from your annual spring cleaning tradition, now’s also the perfect time to get to work on your pooch’s spring checklist of activities to prepare him for the seasonal transition.

Bust those pests

If your dog is not on flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives all year round, the warmer weather is your cue to start administering them. Book an appointment with your vet to make sure your pet is free of heartworms, which is a prerequisite for a prescription. Additionally, check his entire body for ticks after coming in from outside so they can be spotted and removed right away.

Safety first

Put together a canine first aid kit or replenish your current one so it’s always ready for outdoor excursions. Also check with your vet to ensure your dog’s rabies vaccination is up to date. Furthermore, some spring flowers and plants are hazardous to pets, so read up on pet-toxic vegetation and pet-safe gardening.

Freshen up

Give your dog a thorough spring cleaning of his own. Schedule a trip to the groomer or set up a doggie spa at home. Try a different canine shampoo and conditioner, or get a new grooming tool to help remove any loose hairs. If you don’t have one yet, begin a grooming routine to keep your pet feeling and smelling great. Don’t forget to clean his ears, give him a good brushing, trim his nails, and keep his teeth spotless.

The same thing goes for your pet’s stuff. Since you’re already in cleaning mode, wash his bedding and toys, and repair or throw them away as needed. Go through his treats as well and discard those that have already expired.

Wardrobe update

Get your pooch a new colorful spring collar, as well as update any hard to read or incorrect information on his identification tags.

Take a trip

Prepare for a spring or early summer weekend break with your dog. With several dog-friendly accommodations and dog-friendly travel websites to help you plan your getaway, the choices are endless.

Try something new

Participate in fun activities you’ve never tried before, such as a training or agility class, hiking, or dock diving.


Keep your local animal shelters in mind as you go about your spring cleaning routine. Set aside commonly requested items such as carriers, kennels, pet beds, towels, bedding and blankets, and cleaning supplies. To find out exactly what they need, give them a call.

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