Posted in Bloggies on February 23, 2014 by Emily West
Come see us at the 2014 Central Ohio Home and Garden Show so we can talk about keeping your dog safe in your yard. We also have a display of our newest product offering removable mesh fencing. This type of fencing is typically used as a barrier to keep young children and dogs out of pools, but really has a vast variety of uses that we'd love to share with you. If you set an estimate up at the show, you can spin our prize wheel which has some great add on freebies or a chance to win 1/2 off a Performance Series System. If you set up an installation, you spin the wheel AND receive $100 off the standard installation price. Let us know you saw this post when you stop by and we'll have a give away for your dog.
Check out the H&G Show website for times, locations, ticket prices, parking, etc. We hope to see you there!
Posted in Bloggies on February 16, 2014 by Emily West
It looks like we may get a hint of Spring this week. Finally! So our guess is that most people will be coming out of hibernation, which means their dogs will be too. We want to make sure that your DogWatch Hidden Fence (or other brand of system) is ready to be used again. Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your dog will remain safe in your yard.
- Check the battery in your receiver. If you can't remember the last time you changed it, then you should probably get a replacement ASAP. For DogWatch customers, please head on over to our on-line store to order now.
- Make sure your system is switched on via the transmitter (which is usually in your garage, basement or shed). If you hear a buzzing sound, that means you have a wire break and will need to call your local dealer. If we're your local dealer in the Columbus, Ohio area, please call us at 614-527-3799 or contact us via our website.
- Readjust the collar size for your dog due to heavier winter coats or shedding of winter coats, weight gain during winter, or just normal growth for younger dogs. Remember the collar needs to fit SNUGLY. If you have questions regarding collar fit, here's a You Tube video that may help.
- Walk the areas where you think your line has been buried. Make sure all the snow and shifting ground hasn't worked any of the wire to the surface of your lawn. Even though lawn mowing is probably a few weeks off, it's better to know now if you need a repair or need to tuck the wire back in the ground.
- As silly as it may sound, be sure to put the collar on your dog. Although you think the dog may be perfectly trained to stay in the yard without it, the system cannot work if your dog is not wearing his or her collar.
- Take your receiver out to the boundary line and test to make sure it is working properly. This can be easily and quickly accomplished by taking your receiver and test tool (contact us if you are in need of one) and approaching a spot in the yard where you know your line is buried (the driveway is often easiest). Hold your collar down at the level of your dog’s neck and listen for the audible warning. Once you hear that, continue towards the line and watch for the light on the test tool, which indicates the receiver is shocking. Please keep in mind this light may be difficult to see in direct sunlight.
If you have any problems or questions, please feel free to contact us. And remember that we always give free in-yard estimates, so let your friends and family know that we are here to help. Now get off the Internet and go enjoy the sunshine!
Posted in Bloggies on December 23, 2013 by Emily West
Some may find this blog article totally outrageous, but you know you've been in this situation. You are sitting around your family or friend's Christmas exchange and someone gives the family dog a gift. You feel like an idiot because the thought didn't even cross your mind. I know I've been guilty of it and I love our little pup and all the family pups for that matter.
So we thought we could outline a few possibilities of when it might be appropriate, even expected to, well, "give the dog a bone" if you will.
- A newly adopted dog is a new and exciting addition to the family. Support their adoption choice by bringing a gift.
- If the dog will be in attendance, it's nice to know you thought of the pup and bring a toy or treat for them too.
- If your guests consider their pets their "fur-children", most definitely bring a gift.
- If your guests have gone to trouble NOT to bring their dog to the festivities, it's also a nice time to remember the poor pup left behind.
And there are other times that it is definitely okay not to bring a gift for the four-legged family members
- If the dog is not in attendance.
- If the owners do not expect, in the least, a gift for their pup.
- If it has been discussed in advance that pooch presents will not be exchanged.
- If doggy gifts have never been exchanged before.
And if you do decide to wrap up a special something for Fido, here are a few ideas (some of which may also double as a gift for their owner) besides the standard bag of treats or a toy:
- The Fur-minator - a fabulous solution for high shedding dogs (especially if they live with hard wood floors).
- Homemade dog treats – check out these fantastic Pumpkin Biscuits (http://www.dogwatch.com/dogtails/)
- Go to the meat counter at your local grocery store and request a dog safe bone for their gnawing pleasure. Remember chicken and turkey bones are totally unsafe.
- A dog Snuggie - truly, I have no idea how this would go over, but they sell them year after year so some pooches must like them.
- A new leash and/or collar, especially if you've noticed the current one is looking worn or not smelling so great.
- A DogWatch Hidden Fence - did you really think I'd get through this whole post and not plug us!
- Pedipaws nail trimmer - especially great for the "do it yourself-er" in the family.
- St. Francis "God Bless My Dog" tag - this is very thoughtful and quite budget friendly gift for the religious minded.
- Big Leash Remote Trainer - to help with behavioral or training issues.
- Pet related in home services such as yard clean up, dog food delivery service, a gift certificate to the owners groomer or kennel of choice.
- A day or two stay at a local doggie day care is always fun.
- A pet first aid class
If you need more ideas, just give us a call as we're happy to help!
Please also keep in mind that it's never a good idea to give a dog as a gift. Getting a dog is a very personal decision and commitment - it's a choice that should be made only by the potential owner and no one else.
Family tradition may dictate your answer here as well. Although this post may seem silly to some, others may find it helpful for the dog lovers in their life. Think of the two-legged owners and that may also dictate the correct answer. And if in doubt, grab a bag of treats, a toy, or a butcher's bone as you leave the grocery store. It's an awkward feeling showing up to a party without a gift, even if the expected recipient would only drool on it anyway. At the very least, give your dog an extra bit of snuggle time and be thankful for the love and support your fur-kids give you.
We hope you a safe and enjoyable Holiday season.
Posted in Bloggies on November 26, 2013 by Emily West
Okay, so maybe Thanksgiving isn't necessarily for the dogs, but why shouldn't it be? We know plenty of families out there that are certainly thankful for their four-legged companions. So let's talk about making Thanksgiving fun for your dog as well as your family.
Dogs will beg for anything that you will give them and they will positively drool at the sight of your plate full of gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes. However, a fatty meal of these "human foods" will wreak havoc on their digestive system and you will both feel badly later that you gave your pup foods he should not eat. So instead, indulge your pet wisely. Give him some bits of turkey without the gravy. Give him some mashed sweet potato without the butter or marshmallows. Let him try a small bit of cranberry sauce to see if he likes it. You may feel like you're holding back, but if your dog has a steady diet of kibble, these healthy Thanksgiving Day treats will be heaven that won't upset his stomach later.
For dessert, remember that dogs love apples. Instead of a fatty piece of apple pie, slice a few apples up for your dog’s bowl and watch them enjoy.
One more important reminder: NEVER give your dog turkey (or chicken for that matter) bones. These bones are too small and fragile for a dog’s strong mouth. Inform everyone in the house that no bones should be giving to the family pet.
Keep an eye on your pet in the kitchen. Great food smells will draw both man and dog to the kitchen. Make sure not to put hot dishes near the edge of counters so as not to tempt your pets. This will avoid ruined dinners and possible burns from scalding juices or sauces.
In addition, keep an eye on the oven. With the constant checking of all the dishes, make sure a wandering nose doesn't wander too close.
If you are having visitors for Thanksgiving, upon their arrival introduce them to your pet and inform them of his routines and special quirks. This should help avoid any unnecessary mishaps. Also, be aware of children running around the house. Make sure they are aware of pet safety rules and know how to play nice with your pets. Even the nicest of dogs can bite or scratch if they are excited or surprised. If you are the visitors, ask permission before bringing your pets along with you and have a plan ready upon your arrival.
If your dog seems bothered by all the activity, he/she may enjoy a little quiet time in their crate or room by themselves. Give them their favorite toy, bone or deer antler and they can enjoy the holiday in peace and quiet.
Before your meal, let your guests know the policy on feeding Fido. If the rules are set up ahead of time, there should be no issue. If you don't have a policy of feeding your dog at the table, pre-make a special plate for your pup. Allow guests to pass the plate and feed your dog what is there. Once it's gone there are no seconds for Fido and everyone will have had their fun.
We hope your two and four-legged family have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving! If you have any questions, please contact us at 614-527-3799 or use our contact form to e-mail us questions.
Posted in Bloggies on October 30, 2013 by Emily West
Halloween is fun for everyone, right? That fact may be true for creature of the two legged variety, but not so much for dogs. For dogs, Halloween is a scary and quite confusing time for them. They don’t understand what is going on and why what is going on is okay for this one night of the year. We wanted to list the following reasons why dogs do not like Halloween to try and encourage you to keep your dogs safe at home while the festivities of the evening proceed.
- Trick or Treating while the dog stays home but is free to roam. How frustrating must it be for your dog to see you open the door to stranger after stranger that evening? He isn’t allowed near them to check them out. He doesn’t know if they are safe or not. His job is to keep you safe and that must seem pretty tough for him to do under the circumstances of Trick or Treating.
- Trick or Treating while out with you and your kids. Walking at night may be enough of an unusual experience for your dog. Walking at night with gobs of other people out that are dressed very strangely makes the experience that much more foreign to your dog. Plus watching his little people go to house after house of strangers, again can he protect them that way?
- Dogs don’t like costumes. At all. They pinch, they pull, they constrict movement, they can’t walk or run as well, they may have trouble using the bathroom, they may not be able to see or hear as well, for all of these reasons and more, dogs do not like costumes. So even though they look cute, spare your dog the aggravation and humiliation and leave the poor dog costume-less.
- Dogs and fire are never a good combination and Halloween is a prime night for bonfires, firepits, pumpkin candles, lanterns, torches, etc.
- Halloween is all about candy and candy and candy wrappers are just not good for your dog. Be sure to put those treats up high, in the freezer and/or in a dog-proof container immediately upon it entering your house. Not only is the chocolate lethal for dogs, the wrappers could be as well.
- Halloween can often be a night of tricks as well as treats. Please keep your dog safely inside so he/she does not become victim to a cruel prank.
- Loud noises such as yells, screams, music, car horns, sirens, etc often accompany the Trick or Treating chaos. Dogs NEVER appreciate loud noises.
- Let’s just mention costumes one more time. Dogs hate costumes.
- Dogs will be jumpy on Halloween. That means there could be a higher bite risk for small children and adults alike.
- The costumes children wear could also present a danger to your four-legged friend. Small parts, strange substances, make ups, hair dyes, wigs, and funny fabrics could be tempting to your dog to eat. Anything non-food that is ingested by your dog is a big-time danger, so be sure to put the costumes away quickly as well.
The point we’re trying to make here, is Halloween is just not a great night to try and include your dog in the festivities. He/she would be much more comfortable if they were obvious to the going’s on and kept safely in his or her crate or small room with one of their favorite toys, butchers bones, or deer antlers. Keep them busy and occupied with a favorite treat and they will enjoy the evening as much as his/her people will!