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What’s the Best Apartment Dog?

Aug 31, 2012

The best dog for dog lovers staying in apartments

Relocating presents a wide range of challenges. Where are you going to live? How are you going to get there? What can you afford? There are so many questions that the only way to find the answers is to take them on one at a time.

So, for those dog lovers out there, there is one question that is unique to the animal lover in us all. What do we need to know about our new home’s dog-friendly stance? First consider what your new environment will present. Then you must be able to match your dog’s characteristics (attitude, physiology, and activity levels) to suit your new home.

In a new town

What are the rules and regulations of the new town? Is there anything specific to your precinct or zone? A lot of towns refer to their zones for particular rules, such as leash-laws and tag information. You’ll need to research what your dog will need to live issue-free in their new area.

You’ll also want to locate parks that are designated pet-friendly. While more parks are working towards appealing to pet owners, there will still be locations that post: No dogs allowed. This can affect how often you can take your dog out to release their energy.

In an apartment

When it comes to your actual apartment, there are almost limitless combinations of rules and regulations that will apply. But, it’s also important to remember how a dog will react to living in relatively confined quarters.

What are your weight limitations? Most apartments will have a maximum weight, such as thirty pounds. They may also segregate certain breeds that are stereotypically a little more active or noisy. There is also the physiology to consider, because shorthair dogs may be more acceptable than long-haired dogs. This is usually done because shorthaired dogs are considered not to shed as much, which isn’t true at all. But, if there are rules, they need to be investigated before you bring a dog home.

Of course, you must also consider the activity level of your dog. It is unlikely they will have free-roam ability in an apartment complex, which means you’ll have to spend more time with them. Consider what you’ll need to do to address potty situations. What about walks? Will the complex allow you to walk your dog around the property? Not all do, so be sure you ask all the right questions before you settle in with a new companion.

In a new work situation

If you are moving into a new area, work is likely going to be very different. A new job might lead to new work hours and limit the amount of time you have available to spend with your new dog. You might be fairly busy, which does tend to limit how active your dog will be permitted to be. Active dogs without the opportunity to express themselves and release energy often become restless and destructive.

Matchmaking your dog

With the guidelines in place, you must now match your dog to ensure that their new home is adequate to suit their needs. Consider that there are several different characteristics that make up a dog’s whole-being. First of all, all dog breeds commonly have a certain activity need range. Border collies are undoubtedly some of the most hyperactive breeds demanding plenty of attention and room to run, while Chihuahuas tend to be a little calmer and do well with less activity. However, size doesn’t necessarily matter in this situation; after all, certain terrier breeds can be very hyper.

Some dogs shed constantly while others tend to be more fur friendly (poodles don’t shed fur because they have hair!) Size does matter, but breed and attitude will make a difference in how comfortably they will fit into your new home. Research your dog breed’s activity level to match their new home’s opportunities. And do remember that dogs still need to be walked regularly, so don’t think that just because they aren’t as active, you won’t have to enjoy some time outdoors.

Finding the right dog for the right home is just as important as adding the right furry friend to your life. If you plan on getting a dog for your new apartment, consider what you need to know about breeds, habits, and attitude, along with any pet rules your home may have. After all, you don’t want to bring a new friend home only to have to give him away.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Is It Spoiling Your Dog to Carry Him?

Aug 29, 2012

Why dog owners shouldn’t always carry their dogs

There are a lot of ways to spoil your dog. You can give them treats, rub their bellies every night, give them a comfortable bed to sleep in, feed them a good diet and regularly brush them to keep their coats shiny and lustrous, and otherwise show them that you love them.

These are great ways to spoil your dog, but there are some things that you can do that aren’t going to have the positive effects your dog really needs. With news pictures of celebrities carrying their pups becoming a popular trend, the act of carrying your four-legged friend around has grown in popularity, and that’s not just for the smaller toy sizes. Even larger dogs are being lifted off their paws and carried when they don’t really need to be.

Carry to care

First of all, we must start with when it’s a good idea to carry your dog. After all, there was some point in your life when someone else carried you. As a dog owner, you must understand that it will be necessary to pick your dog up and help them in their time of need.

How about when they’re sick? Maybe when they’re injured? Of course these are situations in which you should carry your dog when they need the assistance. They can’t always get into the car or want to eagerly hop up on the veterinarian’s table, so they need a little help. As a loving dog owner, it is your role to ensure they are happy and healthy, just like a parent would for a child.

Then there are the many situations in which dangers lay under-paw. Parking lots can have numerous dangers, as can any sidewalk or walkway. Broken glass, hot cement, or even stickers can all pose a threat to paws. If you wouldn’t walk on it with bare feet, your dog shouldn’t have to put their paws to it. Rather than having to carry your dog, you should work to avoid these types of situations in the first place.

Consider high risk areas, such as public walkways where small dogs could get stepped on or have their paws smashed by sliding doors. It’s better to avoid these locations if your dog is not socially ready, but when you must, it is better to carry them than to chance them getting injured.

Then there are situations in which you need your dog to get out of danger quicker than it might take them to respond, or if they are enticed by the danger such as chasing a moving car or a pursuing a cat into a dangerous area.

Let your dog walk

But do not be mistaken, because it is very possible to spoil your dog by carrying them regularly. Dogs quickly pick up on habits, and if you regularly carry them, it is as though you are training them to rely on you to transport them. It may not be considered spoiling. Rather, it has become a habit that they let you carry them around everywhere. And you can be assured that if you constantly carry your dog around, they will expect you to do the walking for them.

Let your dog carry themselves when they can. If they’re getting into the car, let them get in themselves. If they want to walk, let them (squiggly worms in your arms may be a hint they want down). Don’t hold your dog back from being their own dog, or they’ll always want you to carry them around.

Most importantly, they need the exercise. If you constantly carry your dog, they aren’t exactly getting the exercise they really need. They aren’t as active. They’ll wait for you to come get them or expect you to do things for them that dogs should do on their own (I’ve seen older dogs that wouldn’t eat unless fed by hand).

You may be thinking about situations in which your dog doesn’t want to get into the car because they know where they’re going (groomers?), but you really shouldn’t force them or you’ll always have to force them. Instead, treat or entice them to want to get in and go.

In truth, it is completely possible to spoil your dog by carrying them everywhere. But that’s only if you do it all the time. There will be moments in which you need to pick them up and move them around to keep them safe. After all, it’s your job to make sure they stay safe and happy, and it is nice to spoil them a little bit every now and then.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – While You Were Away

Aug 27, 2012

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Our trip was more than enough to keep us talking about extravagant adventures long after our arrival back into the “civilized” world. Though the trees would be missed, the mucky water and versatile array of so many different sounds (I do believe I heard a very big dog…I mean very!).

But even after some time spent sunbathing while the old man trapped fish with his stick and string (I figure fish must be just like cat since the trick works for both), I soon grew tired of trekking around in this jungle of a forest. Izzy however seemed to love the limitless space where his long legs could actually get stretched out and really put to the test. He might have beaten me in one or two races, but we’re not going to talk about that right now.

Our trip had led us far astray from the ritualistic habits of our regular world. There were plenty of newspapers piled up on the walkway and the house smelled very “ticklish” in the old sniffer. I was sure to inspect every nook and cranny, just like my very important job entails, but there was nothing out of the ordinary. Though, I did detect a faint aroma of the neighbors. I wonder how they’re doing.

The backyard was next, guaranteeing me a conversation with a few friends. Thieves and Buck were waiting. I guess they heard all the commotion upon our arrival. Happy indeed, I began telling them about the moon in the water and how Izzy…uh…threw me in. Yeah, that’s how it went, at least from my perspective.

Then we moved on to what’s been going on around here. And that’s were things really got interesting. As it happens, there was a prowler on the loose a few nights ago. It was quite possibly the same night I had taken a most undesirably sticky bath.

“Well, first the kitten came,” Buck started his story, at which point my attention had begun to wander away. Until he said, “But, after the kitty cat ran off, the man showed up. He was all covered up, just like a ninja off the video box. But he didn’t have a sword. Yep, no sword.” His expression turned deep into thought with his last words and he seemed to have forgotten the rest of the story. So I brought things back into perspective with a bark.

“Oh yeah, and then he started messing with your door. You know- your door. I never figured they made doggy-doors for humans. After all, they have their own doors to use. But, he was rather persistent about getting through that little door.” Buck paused and glanced up at the sky with a smile. He sure seemed proud of himself.

“Well…what did you do?” I asked very impatiently (it’s now very clear to me why Izzy hates it when I tease him the same way).

“I ‘arruffed’ at him,” Buck affirmed with a nod of his head. His ears flapped around. I have to admit, Buck’s “arruff” is almost deafening, not to mention all the slobber that flies out like a web of sticky slime. He waited for me clean the slobber off my face then proceeded with his story, “That’s when the man started trying to tell me to ‘be quiet.’ So I told him about how I’m not even quiet when I’m supposed to be. That only made him mad, but I am very persuasive. By the way, the fence is broken now.”  Sure enough, one of the boards was broken at the bottom, enough room for Buck to fit through. “Why don’t you come over and play for a little while? We can play ‘ball’ or ‘stick’ or ‘race.’

I shook my head no for now. I was still on my inspection-mission. But, it is very satisfying to know that I have good neighbors that will keep an ear out and a nose turned when I’m not around.  And in a strange way, it is quite wonderful to be home after a trip. After all, you never really think about how different your den is from the rest of the world. Some dogs travel, some don’t, but I go where the old man goes, so if it brings me to a new world, I’m right there with him, ready for the next adventure. Until then, we’ll be having our adventures at home- where I can keep my eye on things.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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Our Inspirational Star

Aug 24, 2012

How dog owners make a difference

For us, when something goes wrong in our lives, we pray and hope for another chance or another opportunity to make a difference. We have friends and family we can run to for advise and then eventually we get the second chance that we need. However, it’s not that easy for our fury friends. But here’s an inspirational story about a dog that went through a lot of abuse until she was given a second chance when she was rescued. At first, they told her owners that she was unadoptable but thanks to the owners’ will to take her in, she had a second chance and went to a happy home. Her name was Starfish and here’s her inspirational story on how she fought for her life until her last breath.

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Are Dog Walkers Robbed?

Aug 22, 2012

Dog walks and dog lovers

Not everyone has enough time to spend ensuring the complete care of their dog. Busy schedules combined with special needs and care has helped the profession of the dog walker become a growing industry throughout the world.

The Dog Walker

Though the professional title implies what a dog walker is, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s all they do. While the profession is relatively easy to get into, it takes the natural charm and personality of a dog lover to really excel in the business. In some cases where an individual works for a company, they may be required to have certain experience and qualifications, such as taking medical classes for animals (in case of emergency situations).

But for the most part, professional dog walkers are entrepreneurs who are performing a service they enjoy for those who need it. So, this raises the question concerning the grass litter boxes that have recently gained popularity amongst dog owners. Are dog walking professionals being robbed?

Such grass litter boxes as the Porch Potty have enabled pet owners to avoid certain situations and increase the comforts of their pet. Because one of the jobs of a dog walker includes walking the dog to allow them the opportunity to potty, indoor potty units have been seen as a threat to the dog walking profession. But this is not the case, because the profession of the dog walker applies to so much more than providing an opportunity to potty.

The job of a Dog Walker

The primary job of a dog walker is to keep your dog healthy by getting a regular dose of exercise. Dog walkers will often take on multiple clients simultaneously, which is a great social opportunity for your pet. So, while an indoor potty unit prevents the need for your dog to have to go out to potty every time, this does not mean that they should also forego their exercise practices. For the dog walker, this simply means that they won’t necessarily have to pick up as many droppings in the park.

Some dogs may have situations that require assistance when you aren’t there to provide it. Certain medications may need to be given or there may be situations where they would need help moving around. In these cases, you could almost consider a dog walker as a dog sitter, but it is often a job entitlement of the profession. There are even some services that include washing, keeping the dog clean, and regular brushing (dogs love the attention and it’s relaxing for them).

Entertaining is the biggest part, especially while you’re away and you don’t want your dog to stay home alone for extended periods of time (they might get lonely or they might get mischievous). In this particular situation, while an indoor grass litter box would be beneficial, your dog would still need the opportunity to get out, have fun, and get some exercise.

Dog walkers perform a unique service

In addition, consider the fact that in many situations, dog walkers are not simply performing a duty. It takes more than just credentials and a leash to perform this line of work. The profession in fact works because there are individuals who perform a very specific service for an owner’s dog. The profession isn’t the same as washing a car or analyzing business accounts. It is a profession that relies almost completely on personality, compatibility, and overall effectiveness when handling a living, breathing creature.

Grass litter box units cannot replace walking your dog or interacting as another dog lover would. These units are a device designed to help dogs by giving them the opportunity to potty whenever they need to. Though in some cases, owners may rely strictly on a litter box, this doesn’t mean certain care and attention can be forfeited. As a dog owner, you are responsible for your dog’s health and happiness, which requires attention, exercise, and socialization. These can’t be replaced by an indoor grass litter box, and that’s where the dog walking professionals can help out.

Dog walking professionals are an essential asset to the pet care industry because they are able to perform a very unique service for pets and dog owners alike. While indoor grass litter box units have made the lives of owners and dogs much easier, they have not negatively affected the profession of dog walkers. In some cases, indoor litter box units can actually prove to be a useful tool for those in the pet care profession.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – Wet in the Woods

Aug 20, 2012

Porch Potty: The Adventures of Rocky

So now that I’m all wet, things don’t really seem to be that fun anymore. Sure I’m used to the occasional bath, which I assure you is not due for a few weeks, but this was terrible. I couldn’t feel the bottom and the water felt sticky. It was almost like I fell in a big tub of bubble gum, only this wasn’t the sweet flavor that the old man’s grandkids like to stick under the table.

I doggy paddled around trying hard to find some solid ground. I called for help, but if any were coming, I couldn’t see them very well. The itchy water was getting in my eyes and my nose was all wet. But I assure you I wasn’t scared.

That’s what I told everyone after the old man had scooped me out of the moon-pool. And if the moon is in that water, I’ll be sure to stay away from anything else it touches. I feel itchy, sticky, and pooped. All that swimming definitely gave me the workout of the week.

Now it’s time to shake it off. I grinned when everyone around me scampered away and tried to shield themselves from the dreaded doggy-drying technique. It always brightens my day, especially after I’ve been soaked down against my will.

I looked at Izzy, who did little more than hop around playfully while I shook off the wetness. Sometimes that young pup just about drives me crazy.

“You.” I growled. “You pushed me in.”

“Nope. No way. No I didn’t.” Izzy chanted and bounded over to Debbie, possibly seeking her protection from the fury I was quite capable of unleashing. Oh yes, I can be Super-Rocky when I need to. But, I couldn’t stay mad at him. After all, I did get him good last week. (I talked him into getting one of Debbie’s pies down off the table so we could eat it. Of course, I’m the master of the eat-n-run skill, so Izzy took all the blame.) This was just payback, and the game will never end. We’ll play tomorrow…or maybe even this very evening.

That’s when a crash of thunder struck and the night sky lit up. I expected a mad-veterinarian to reach up into the sky and howl at the moon like they do on the picture boxes. But the only thing that happened was more wetness. The rain started as quickly as the very flash that brought it, and now we were all very wet. And stinky.

Back inside, we huddled together close to the fire trying to dry out. My coat is thin and dries easily, while Izzy on the other hand takes forever to get back to normal. He’s been rubbing himself on the rug ever since we got back inside, but it isn’t the same as carpet or towels I guess. I’ve seen him after a bath, which is primarily spent jumping out of the bathtub and Debbie picking him up and putting him back in. That goes on for a while, but when it comes to drying off, all he does is scrub himself on the floor. I think it’s funny because it seems to completely contradict the purpose of taking a bath.

So, while I sit here by the fire, now very dry and getting somewhat toasty, Izzy is rubbing himself on the rug with little success. I may not even have to get him back, because he seems to be doing it all by himself. Even the old man is chuckling at Izzy’s silly performance.

“Hey, Izzy,” I interrupt his mad antics. “You want to know the story about that rug?” That definitely got his attention. Izzy loves a good story, but hates it when you know one but won’t fill him in on the details.

What? What is it? Oh, I think I’ll like it, do tell!”

Izzy was now under my spell. I rolled over and stretched my paws out towards the old man. He and Debbie were obviously enjoying their own stories while the drying continued. Sure I had my own to share, but not yet.

“Oh, I don’t think you’ll like it.” I sighed. “It’s boring and silly. Nothing special really.”

Izzy was getting a little frustrated. He started by asking what the story was about. But then he began demanding the story. Circling me and trying to annoy me into submission. Yaps, yips, and even yelps. Yes, it is the taste of sweet revenge, because unlike my dear Izzy, I have what is known as patience.

I could tell he was getting on the old man’s nerves, so It was time to finish the job.

“Okay, you really want to know?” I asked the whining pup. Everything stopped and Izzy sat at alert. He nodded affirmation like he was in the doggy marines. “Once upon a time there was a huge lion that went potty on a rug and a dog named Izzy rubbed himself all over it!” I was sure I had him good with that one.

Izzy heaved a sigh of dismissal as he rolled his eyes. “That’s ridiculous. Lions are native to the grand prairies on the continent of Africa, which is really far away from here. We’re in the forest. Silly story indeed.”

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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Choosing the Right Raw Hide Bone

Aug 17, 2012

Proper dog care by choosing the right raw hide bone for your dog

Dogs love to chew. When we’re lucky, they chew on their toys. There are times when furniture and even pillows become very attractive, but that’s a different story. For the most part, a bone is your dog’s favorite treat (aside from the love you give them) and they love to chew on them.

But, there are a few important things to consider when it comes to your dog’s choice chewing selections because not all rawhide bones are made equal. Some might be too tough, others may be too soft, and there are even those that can hurt your dog in certain situations.

Chewing selection

There are many different types of chewable treats, such as pig ears, chews that are made from pork, the hard-bone, and the classic rawhide. Now, it’s crucial that you understand the difference between rawhide and pigskins or ears. Rawhide is the section from inside cow’s hide and is cleaned and processed before your dog ever sets their teeth on it. Unlike pig skin, it is usually a tougher material and comes in a wider variety.

Granulated: The softest of the classic chew collection is the granulated rawhide. Though soft, it is not generally a good treat for puppies. It breaks easily and processes through the body much easier than most rawhide treats, but because it tends to clump, it can cause blockages in a puppy’s airway.

Stripped: There are also rawhide strips, often cut and twisted. These are comparably smaller but are easy to soften. Because of their small size, it’s not a good choice for large dogs or those that chew aggressively.

Hard-Compressed: You also have the compressed rawhide which is normally several layers of material pressed into a dense bone-styled structure. These are often very tough and generally good treats for larger dogs.

Classic: While the others seem to take rawhide to a different level, there is still the very dependable rawhide bone with knots on the ends. This is familiar and still widely used, making a dependable treat that dogs of all sizes can enjoy.

What’s right for my dog?

So, what should you look for in your dog’s chewing choice? It really depends on the size of your dog and how vigorous they are going to chew. Puppies generally chew very fiercely, mostly because they’re teething. But, some adult dogs tend to carry over that habit later in life, possibly because they are bored or anxious. Chewing is one way for them to calm down and relax.

You have to compare what types of rawhide would suit your dog’s needs. Puppies can lose their teeth when chewing, which is why rawhide comes in handy. But, if you go too hard or too soft, your puppy’s teeth can get stuck or chewed and ingested.

On the other spectrum, senior dogs tend to have more fragile teeth, which won’t grow back and can easily be infected if they crack or break. Avoid hard-formed bones. The preference would be the granulated bones which are soft enough to satisfy their chewing desires.

There is also a very big difference between your large and small dog, and it’s not just size. Be sure that you select rawhide bones that are big enough so that your dog can’t try to swallow them whole. A bone too big can also be uncomfortable for a smaller dog to chew. The material is generally thicker with the bigger sizes, no matter what type you choose, making it difficult for a Chihuahua to chew a bone made for forty pound dog. Most manufactures will post a size recommendation on their packaging so pay attention to what the directions say.

Caution when chewing

Because rawhide tends to get a little tattered and will eventually break up into smaller pieces, only let your dog chew when under supervision. You don’t necessarily have to be in the room, but it’s never recommended that you leave them unattended while they’re chewing because there is a choking risk.

Do keep in mind that rawhide is not a food source. Though it is a great way to keep teeth clean, it isn’t really considered a consumable item for your dog’s belly. When rawhide gets too soft, take it away and substitute with another. You can then let the hide bone dry out and harden. Then they’ll be able to start back over. Be sure to take smaller pieces away from your dog. Sure they may look at you like “what,” but it is for their safety because the smaller pieces can lead to choking and in some situations, block their intestines. Keep in mind that ingesting too much rawhide can also block your dog’s intestines. Only give this treat occasionally, especially if your dog tends to bite off large pieces.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Smart or Just Lazy?

Aug 15, 2012

Dog owners and grass litter boxes

Consider what a grass litter box does for your dog. It gives convenience of potty time and they can easily take care of their business whenever they need to. After all, when you’ve got to go- you’ve got to go. So, why deny them that opportunity. We humans do enjoy the luxury of indoor plumbing, so why shouldn’t our four legged companions?

But, this does raise the question of whether we as dog owners have simply become smart or just plain lazy. For years, we have been there to let our dogs out to potty in the yard. We’ve taken them for walks, and we’ve even made time in our busy schedules to drive home from work just to let our friend out to take care of business.

Have we become lazy in this era of technology and innovation? Rather than taking the time to let our pet out, we rely on them to take care of their own business. With a grass litter box in the house, why should we get up and take them outside when we could simply train them to use some indoor plumbing. It’s easier than anything else, because basically our dog is now taking care of themselves.

But is that how we see it? Are there owners that frown upon the laziness of pet owners these days? Consider the fact that for centuries, dogs have been doing their business without anyone’s consent. They were in fact their own dog and answered only to the very instinctive nature that they were born with.

We are often lazy in comparison to what those before us have done. Long before technology, people would hunt and work the fields with their dogs by their side, working themselves to the bone to provide for their families. But things change. With time, we have developed technology to make life simpler so that we could have more time to enjoy what really matters.

We humans have created a special bond that is perhaps needed more than desired with our four-legged friends. Dogs have become a part of the family, living with us, eating, listening, and even comforting us when we need it most. And at the end of the day, we strive to do what is in the best interest of our dogs. We want to make them comfortable and we want to make them happy- in everything we do.

And with that in mind, being smart is another thing entirely, because at the end of the day, we can’t always be there when our dog needs to potty. We work, we socialize, and we even do some traveling (in some cases travel prohibits the accompaniment of our faithful friend). But we do our best to take care of our pets because we love them.

The thing to remember is that there is always the issue of supply and demand. Because we can’t always be there, we’ve grown smarter and developed a solution to our needs- and the needs of our pets. The indoor litter box may have many different forms, brands, and styles, but they all provide one solution: our dog can potty at their own convenience.

Technology, in some cases, may seem to make us lazier, but in truth, it is actually a method by which we can spend our time appropriately. Consider the fact that if you had to drive home during lunch or every work-break, you would use fuel, spend money, and ultimately have to spend more time at work. That saved time is something we get back so that we can spend with those that matter most. At the end of the day, I’m sure that your dog will thank you for always taking their needs and wants into consideration.

But, there are still the reasons that leave us wondering why indoor potty units are considered as a lazy solution. If you have the time, why would you need an indoor potty? Why don’t you simply walk your dog? It all comes down to why YOU want the potty. Is it for your dog’s benefit or is it so that your dog can take care of his needs?

These questions leave us all wondering. But the fact remains that only each person can truly answer it for themselves. Why would you use an indoor potty? Why don’t you? These are questions that we ask ourselves, but do keep in mind that our dog is probably asking the same question as well.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – The Great Outdoors

Aug 13, 2012

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

I can still remember the sound of cars and the smells of many different people that the big city presented us on our last trip. The old man had taken us on a trip that landed us in “high-scraper” as dubbed by Tim, and while the situation had been somewhat stressful, there had been the conveniences of a comfy bed and soft carpet. And the bathroom was outside. But that isn’t the case here.

To start, we’d packed early this morning, or at least I had done so (the old man never forewarns me of these kinds of plans). With bone in mouth, I waited at the door for the old man to pack up the car for another trip, which I presumed would be to visit the big city again. The luggage looked strange, and we weren’t even loading up in our car. We were, in fact, loading up in Debbie’s car. A strange machine, instead of a backseat, they have a box that holds their stuff. Occasionally, I have seen Izzy enjoying the breeze from back there, though he prefers the window seat which I’m sure we’ll have to argue to see who gets it.

The old man had won the seat by the window, leaving Izzy and me the backseat to ourselves. We took turns checking out the view, but for the most part we just took in the refreshing breeze that blew in through the open windows.

And the result of this particular trip has landed us in the biggest park I have ever seen. There weren’t other dogs or people though (not even the human-pups swinging and racing around in the sand. Instead, we found ourselves in a single cabin that overlooked a huge pond. No neighbors, no cars, and no familiar sounds at all.

In place of all those things were new smells and a range of birds chirping and squirrels chattering in the trees (nothing out here of mine for them to dig up). All these things demanded our immediate attention, so Izzy and I wasted no time in beginning our investigation. Izzy took the left side of the cabin and I took the right. There wasn’t much furniture in here and there were only three rooms. One contained the kitchen, there was the sleeping area, and the last was the washroom where the people bathed. Taking a bath every day seems a little extreme to me. I’m fine with…never!

With the house checked and secured, Izzy and I could move on to the outdoors, which would undoubtedly take at least a dog’s year. But, we ran into a little trouble in this part of our job. If we wanted to go outside, we had to go with either the old man or Debbie. And as long as they were unpacking, there would be no outside time. I was patient at first, but they took forever. I had settled in with my bone well hidden the moment we got inside (I’m not telling you where it is). Really, the fact that people always seem to take everything with them wherever they go seems very silly to me. As long as I’ve got the old man, I know everything is going to be all right.

We did finally get outside, but by then the sun had begun to set. Without the city lights, things were much darker outside. A small light illuminated the porch area, but the trees had already begun to dance with shadows. That didn’t stop us from exploring, and with a nose like mine, I’m sure I’ll detect anything long before it spots us. Izzy led the way with our companions straggling behind. They didn’t have to worry about sniffing every stick and rock like we do.

We made our way to the lake, checking out everything along the way. Though faint, I could smell only a few other people, but hundreds of other animals that had wandered across our path. But, that wasn’t the strangest thing we encountered. Luckily I had my good friend Izzy with me to confirm what I saw because it had obviously gone unnoticed by either of our companions. The sun was gone and the night sky had filled with tiny lights and the moon…but the moon wasn’t alone. There were two of them- one in the sky and one in the water. The lake had its own moon too. I wonder what else is in there…

And that’s when Izzy pushed me in.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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When Your Old Dog Starts to have Accidents

Aug 10, 2012

Potty training for dog owners with old dogs

As dog owners, we’ve all had our experiences with accidents in the household. But now that our dogs are a little older and have passed their potty training tests with flying colors, we expect our house to stay potty-free.

So what happens when an adult dog starts to have accidents again? This is something that tends to surprise many owners because it always appears when least expected. The first time might simply be a mistake or accident that resulted from strange circumstance or even an upset stomach or illness. But, when it seems as though you’re going to have to start potty training all over again, there are some things you’ll need to consider first.

Changing things up

Change has always been a dog’s weak point. As creatures of habit, often the smallest changes can cause stress or confusion. For this reason, consider that there are many rather common, but regularly overlooked, conditions that we often encounter.

Any change in the house can hike a dog’s interest. Furniture rearrangement does happen, and oftentimes it can result in curiosity. Furniture like couches, chairs, and even desks can cover things once hidden from your dog. Consider an old accident that was forgotten underneath the couch or even something that simply smells similar. Not only may a dog be curious or confused about the shift in scenery, but it may reveal a few things from the past as well.

Keeping their schedule

A change in schedule is possibly the most prominent cause for adulthood accidents. Feeding, watering, and even play time all influence your dog’s urge to potty. When these “appointments” are thrown off-balance, potty time will need adjusting as well. In some cases, altering a dog’s diet can also lead to upset stomachs, vomiting a yellow bile, and diarrhea.

These changes can all stem from vacation or even vacation’s end as children go back to school. These types of changes can be radical and affect a dog emotionally. They may become depressed or confused about the change. This can result in anxiety and occasionally lead to accidents. Don’t get mad at them because they’re not doing it on purpose, they’re just trying to cope with anxiety. You can discuss anxiety relief solutions with your vet. With today’s advancement in technology, there are plenty of anxiety relief solutions that are not pharmaceutical.

Adding new friends to your household

One thing never to be overlooked is that the introduction of a new dog or pet into the home will very easily influence your dog’s habits. You may be puppy-sitting for a friend for the week, having some house guests over, or you may be adding a new member to your family.

Adding another dog into your household equation can affect your dog’s habits in numerous ways. They may feel uncomfortable or even somewhat jealous of the other dog, resulting in marking (even neutered and spayed dogs can mark). At the same time, the other dog may present a few bad habits of their own. You may have to work with them together to correct any bad habits.

Then there is always the over-excited dog condition. This occurs primarily in younger dogs, but adult dogs can still get excited as well. This can be something as simple as getting home and your dog is so happy to see you- and they really have to go. In these cases, it may be a good idea to utilize an indoor potty where they can regularly relieve themselves.

Special situations

Diseases and conditions such as diabetes and even hormonal incontinence can also result in accidents. Diabetic dogs of all ages can experience issues with bladder control and often need to eliminate more often than normal. Some spayed middle-aged dogs can develop incontinence as their estrogen levels drop significantly after being spayed. This hormone actually helps to tone the urethral sphincter which controls the flow of urine.

There may even be side-effects of certain medications that can cause a dog to get the urge to potty more often. Always discuss these types of scenarios with your veterinarian.

Even though your dog has already been potty trained, that doesn’t mean there won’t ever be an accident again. But, as long as you know what to look for and what steps you can take to help your dog cope with the situation, you can get your friend back on the right potty track.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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