Choosing an Wireless Dog Fence – RF Vs WiFi

Until this year if you wanted an wireless dog fence, the only game in town was the PetSafe IF-300. Using traditional radio wave technology, the IF-300 creates a containment radius of up to 90 feet giving it a coverage of 0.5 acres. The IF-300 works well and gets good reviews from our customers, but the range limits its usefulness. After all the most common use for wireless systems, with their circular containment area is rural properties where a 90 foot range is simplify too small.

Perimeter Technologies is introducing in April 2009 a WiFi Fence, a wireless containment system based on the WiFi technology that is used in the wireless internet routers that are in most people's homes. This has two significant advantages, range and the ability for two way communication. It also has one significant disadvantage, power usage.

The WiFi dog fence claims a containment radius range of 200 feet giving it a containment area of ​​over 2.5 acres, a major improvement over the IF-300. Although, we would love to see something even larger, using occasional WiMax which has a reported range over a mile. WiFi still gives a large enough coverage area for your dogs to get some real space.

The WiFi fence also has two-way communication between the collar and the base station, telling the owner immediately how far the dog has wandered. I also gives you instant alerts if the dog challenges the boundary, if the battery is running low, or if the link between the collar and base station is lost. This alert is really useful and we hope it finds greater adoption, since particularly in the early days of the training you are constantly worrying about if the dog has escaped.

The downside is that WiFi is notoriously power hungry, so we are concerned that this will result in poor battery life. The collar for the WiFi dog fence is not rechargeable, and is reasonably proprietary so we hope that Perimeter has this problem solved because the feature set should make this the new leader in wireless dog containment. …

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Hearing and Your Pet

Ever catch your cat staring at a blank wall and wonder why?

More than likely she was listening to sounds coming from inside the wall.

Did you know that a “whole tone” (like in music) that we can hear, a cat hears it as 10 separate tones.

A cat can hear ultrasonic sounds (high pitched) that we cannot even imagine.

Dogs on the other hand are equipped with ears that hear the lower spectrum of sounds. They cannot hear as well as cats, but have a range of about 250 yards away, while a human is lucky if it can hear something that is 15 to 20 yards away.

A dog’s hearing is dependent its size. A small dog has small ears and can hear high pitched sounds almost as good as a cat can, while a large dog is better equipped to hear low sounds.

Research has shown that with the passage of time humans have lost some of the sharpness of their hearing and cats and dogs have sharpened theirs.

Nature has given humans a less complex set of ears, while our pets are blessed with superior pieces of machinery.

The outside of you pet’s ear is like a satellite dish that picks up the sound waves and moves them down the ear canal to an organ called the Corti, which has more than 7,500 working parts.

Your voice becomes a sound wave that then travels through miles of nerves, until it gets to the brain and your pet hears what you are saying.

Did you know that puppies and kittens are deaf for the first 2 weeks of life. During that time their hearing is really the picking up of body vibrations, so they are actually feeling your words instead of hearing them.

The ear canals open up little by little, and by the time they are 4 weeks old their hearing is almost up to Mom’s standards.

Cats really like high pitched voices better than lower level voices. Cats are more apt to pay attention to words that are spoken with a higher pitch.

Since we usually talk to our pets in our normal voices, most of the time they rather ignore us. If you want to get their attention, change the tone of your voice, speak some words softly, others a little more loudly and whisper to them. It is guaranteed to get their interest.

We humans use our ears for hearing and sometimes for adornment, our pets however, use their ears to convey their feelings.

Ears, along with other body parts, are all a part of a dog or cat’s language.

In many cases the shape of a dog’s ear depended on its job.

In a dog’s world ears have evolved from the pointy straight-up ears, wolves have, to the many looks of today, all dependent on what the dog was bred for.

The straight-up ears or the semi straight-up ears that you find on German Shepherds, Collies and most Terriers are great for …

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Dog Costumes – Helping Your Dog Look His Best on Any Occasion

You can find some really charming costumes for your dog that will draw the attention of any onlooker. Some dog costumes are primarily for Halloween, Parades and Costume parties, but you can also find dog costumes for special events like Christmas parties, weddings, birthday parties and so on. Dressing up your dog for a party is really entertaining and an easy way to make a party more fun and interesting.

Finding a great dog costume is easy, thanks to the internet. You can buy complete dog costumes online, or just a hat, mask, sunglasses, bells for their feet and ribbons for their hair, and assemble your own. Always go for a comfortable costume, that will not make your dog go cranky or have him working hard to get it off. It's a good idea to let your dog wear the costume several times in advance of the big day. If you can play with him or engage him in something fun, he will quickly forget he's wearing it.

Here Are Some Fun Dog Costume Ideas You Probably Have not Thought Of

1. Why not try a Dog Pirate Costume? It will look so cute on your dog.

2. Lobster Dog Costumes also look very cute on many dogs.

3. Sometimes, a flower frock for Easter can be a great idea too. Dog dresses suit many occasions and can be made to order for around $ 30.

4. A Frenchman's costume looks amazing on a French bulldog, with different jaunty beret and horizontally-striped shirts.

5. Bumble Bee Dog Costume is another really cute option.

6. Some people would already think of their female dogs as princesses and a Princess Dog Costume is just perfect.

7. A Tuxedo Costume for your dog is good choice for a wedding. It can be worn and modified for many other occasions, too.

8. Pet Pajamas are great for your short haired dog. They will help keep him warm at night, and can be a cute costume with a few curlers added and painted toenails. Slumber party anyone?

Other great dog costume ideas include: being a witch, superhero, groom, clown, goblin, pumpkin, scarecrow, bride, or fire fighter. There are also a lot of "current" costumes (like Harry Potter themed dog costumes) that are tied in with recent movies, books or other events in pop culture. …

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Dog Harnesses

What are some of the uses of dog harnesses? We will discuss a few medical purposes to use a dog harness. Usually a harness is best for small dogs, and large dogs. When your dog drags you down the sidewalk it is best to attach the lead to a harness.

Uses of dog Harnesses:

1. An extra large dog – so that the collar will not cut into his neck.

2. To help a large dog into the car – using the harness you can easily lift your large dog into the car.

3. Help with dogs who are partially paralleled – provide support for their body and to move them.

4. Assist dogs with severe arthritis or osteoarthritis

5. Small dogs – support their little bodies

A harness is placed around and under the dog's body. It may be made of leather, cloth, or material. The leather harness may be plain, or it may have metal spikes on it. The harness with metal spikes are used for dogs such as pit bulls. There are some made with fancy colors and jewels on them. The dress vest type harness affords the best support. The regular ones are made of strips of leather like ribbons, but the dress vest harness is a complete apparel in itself. So it can be used to protect the dog from the cold, or the wind, or even the heat. We must be sure to have the right fit for the dog or it would cause more harm than good.

For a large dog, a padded harness may do the trick, especially if he is fond of yanking on the harness while you are walking him. Be sure to change the size of the harness as your dog grows. If he gains weight, you might find it fits too snug, then it is time to get a new one that will fit well, and be comfortable. Of course, if you have a diva dog, you might own several types, such as those that have bling or jewels on them. …

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Dog Crate Training – Great Answers to Your Questions

What is It? A crate acts as a shelter, den or safety net for your dog. In times when your dog is ill, feels scared or simply wants to get away from it all, A crate is a safe haven for him. We all need that place of security as we all need in stressful times in our lives. Should I crate train my dog ​​and why? Yes, yes, yes.

There is absolutely no doubt about it. If you do not do this, you are depriving your dog of a sense of belonging. A dog need to know that there's a "place" he can turn to when the need arises. Dogs have a natural instinct for seeking shelter when it feels threatened. Dogs tend to seek shelter under a chair, table or bed. Bidding your dog this safety net is just the right thing to do from your part. Is dog crate training safe? If you are looking for a good house training tool, look no further.

Dog crate training by far is just about the best house training tool you will find. It not only brings a sense of territory and ownership for your dog, but it also protects your furniture from a growing dog's "explorations" and accidents. NOTE: Do not leave a collar on your dog's while inside his crate. It may cause strangulation. Crate sores. What is it and what causes it? Crate sores are caused by repeated friction of your dog's skin against something else like metal. When a dog is in a crate, he tends to curl up against something and this causes pressure to his body. Because most crates are made from metal bars, it is common for dogs to get irritations on the skin from being inside the crate. That is also one of the reasons why it is so important for you not to leave him in the crate for long periods of time. Another suggestion is to get or even make some nice doggy jackets for him which will give some of the pressure. My dog ​​barks at the crate.

Is this normal? When first introducing a crate, make sure that it is introduced in a positive and happy way. The first time your dog sees the crate, make sure it is arranged and "decorated" fully. Make sure you put some of your dogs favorite toys in there. Make an immediate positive impression. Praise him when he goes into it. Do not close the crate the first time. Every time you want him to go into the crate, put his favorite snack inside and gently lead him in. Make sure he sees you put it in. As he becomes more relaxed inside, you can start closing it for short periods of time. Lengthen the time as the training progresses. Watch him while he is inside. If it shows signs of distress, make sure to open immediately. You do not want your dog to equate the crate to an unpleasant experience. Sometimes …

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Jeweled Dog Collars

Dog collars are used for different purposes. Some use the dog collar to train their dog, some use it to identify their pets, and then there are some who use jeweled dog collars. What helps you decide when to use the different types of collars. I personally believe that a dog collar should not be used for a choke hold on the dog. That seems more abusive than training to me. Training of a dog should begin as soon as one adopters their pooch. If your dog has a habit of running around the park or the neighborhood, there are chances that he could get lost or picked up by the pound. If your dog has a collar with his name and other identifications on it, it would be easier to get your pet back.

There are some dog owners / lovers who use the dog collar as part of jewelry. There are many varieties of jeweled dog collars. Some are leather or imitation leather with a row of jewels, rhinestones, precious stones or even diamonds. These are still at the useful purpose status. A leash may still be attached to this type of collar. There are pendants in different colors and types of jewels that can be attached to the collar just as one attaches a pendant to a necklace.

Then there are the collars that are really only for adornment. These could be made of strings of jewels or maybe just one string of jewels, and matching hair clips. The wealthy dog ​​owner can afford to have diamonds, rubies and emeralds in these collars. Many have matching jewelry created for themselves and their pooches. These dogs live the high society life, with designer dog clothes, designer dog food and special dog food dishes all customized for them. These dog collars are simply for the purpose of adornment, as humans wear necklaces and earrings and other jewelry. So the jeweled dog collars are really not serviceable, and used for the adornment of the pet. Usually, the pets who wear this type of jewelry, are close to their owners and probably are carried in a designer bag or purse. The small dogs so become part of the accessory of the dog owner. …

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Choosing a Dog Day Care

If you are going to enroll your dog or puppy in a day care service, it is recommended that you case out day cares with scrutiny the same way that you might scrutinize out a school for one o your kids. You should take a tour of each individual facility and ask a lot of pertinent questions each step along the way. You will of course only wish to place your dog into the hands of a facility that you trust. Here are a few tips:

1. Apart from searching online, ask other dog owners for referrals of places they have used and check with your local pet store, veternarians and also your grooming parlor for references. You can also call the American Boarding Kennel Association for a list of their members.

2. Dog day cares should be clean with a minimum odors. It is difficult to avoid at least some hint of a doggie smell, but avoid any putrid-smelling place.

3. Dogs should be well supervised. Note the dog-to-staff ratio to be certain that there are enough care givers to provide for proper supervision.

4. Make certain that each individual facility that you visit allows you to see exactly where your animal will be sleeping and eating. Stay clear of places that refuse to let you visit parts of the facility.

5. Get a feel for the staff. Are they knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating?

6. Does the place require proof of vaccinations and spay/neutering? If not, don’t send your pet there.

7. All facilities must clean with agents that kill bacteria and virus, rinsing well afterwards.

8. All facilities must have a relationship with a local veterinarian so that if there is a problem, help is surely on the way. Ask the name of the veterinarian and make a phone call to the clinic, just to be sure.

9. Visit places without an appointment.

In addition, it should be noted that many pet spas are now giving parents the option of self-serve as well as full-serve pet grooming.

We all know that getting our pets cleaned and groomed can be expensive and trying to do it yourself at home can get chaotic and messy. With self-serve pet spas, you have the best of both worlds.

To top it all off, at a self-serve pet spa, you can make your mess and leave it all behind … water and bubbles everywhere! The staff thoroughly cleans and sanitizes the stations after each client.…

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Dog Training Guide on Debarking Surgery

One of the most controversial subjects in the field of dog training is the question of debarking surgery. Debarking surgery is a procedure designed to minimize the volume of a dog's bark. It is generally used by those with dogs who have both a loud bark and a tendency to bark incessantly. The procedure is most commonly used on very loud larger dog breeds. Shetlands and collies, for instance, make up a large percentage of those dogs subordinated to the surgery.The procedure generally requires the use of a general anesthesia and involves punching, cutting or otherwise manipulating the tissue around a dog's vocal chords to soften or significantly reduce His ability to bark. Access the areas targeted during the surgery can come either through the dog's mouth or via an incision on the dog's neck.

Debarking does not, usually, complete eliminate dog's bark. The volume of the bark is decreased substantially by the surgery, but most dogs will still have some bit of "bark" left subsequent to surgery. It is sometimes referred to a bark softening for this reason.

Not surprisingly, debarking is a very contentious issue, with experts having lined up on each side of the argument. Some advocating debarking as a helpful last-resort for incessant barkers while others maintain the process is cruel and unnecessary.

The Debarking Advocates

Those who support the continued use of debarking procedures argument that it is generally pursued only in egregious circumstances. Only dogs who have been resistant to alternative methods of reducing their excessive barking tend to be subject to the procedure. The surgery is reserved, the say, for problematic pets when no workable alternative exists and when the nature of the dog's bark makes them a legitimate nuisance-not merely an inconvenience.

They argue that the debarking surgery, if conducted by a properly trained veterinarian creates a more pleasant life for the dog. No longer subject to constant criticism and correction for his barking, the dog's quality of life is enhanced.

Some have even maintained that the debarking process saves dogs' lives. They state that dogs with constant barking issues are often abandoned by owners or given to Shelters and promptly euthanised as result of a barking problem that can be surgically corrected. Proponents of debarking see the surgery as a form of behavior modification can be a great benefit to frustrated humans as well as the dogs themselves.

The Debarking Detractors

Those who oppose debarking operations often do so on the grounds of inhumanity. They object to the surgery on principle, noting the dog has no ability to consent to the action and that since since it is not a health-related matter, the elimination of a dog's bark via surgery is simply moral wrong. There is no justification to expose the dog to the risk of surgery for the mine sake of convenience, they will argue.

Additionally, they note that the surgery does nothing to eliminate the undering reasons for the dog's constant barking. The dog is likely to continue to …

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Innotek SD-3000

The Innotek SD-3000 starts with a very bare system. Basically you add the Innotek SD-2000 and a remote correction for $ 50 bucks more. All you are getting is a system with remote correction that is not as effective.

Base Station
The SD-3000 shares the same base station as the Innotek SD-2000. It is a small unit that can power up to 5 acres of boundary wire. The center dial adjusts the boundary width, there are two ports for the boundary wire on the bottom and an on / off switch.

The Innotek SD-3000 collar is a boxy collar similar to the SD-2000 on which it is based.

It uses a generic disposable 3V lithium battery. The battery is good for about 2 months in containment mode and about 300 hours in remote correction mode. Notably the SD-3000 has an LED indicator that tells you when the battery is low, an important feature missing in the SD-2000.

The SD-3000 has one correction level in containment mode, which makes it not flexible enough for most installation. You want at least three correction levels to be able to increase or decrease the correction level to suit your dog. Using the collar in conjunction with the supplied remote control you can use the collar for remote correction. You switch the collar into remote containment mode by holding the red dot on the collar against the same dot on the remote. There are four levels of correction in the training mode.

A word of caution, remote training is not an easy solution to behavioral problems and should not be used unless you have some experience or are working with a good trainer. It can be a very useful tool but it is not for everyone, and particularly not for novice dog owners. It is very easy to do more harm than good.

The system comes with the standard 500 feet of 20 gauge wire, 50 flags and two splices. Innotek's one year full warranty after which time repairs are performed along a fixed price schedule.

It should be a good deal for $ 50 to add remote correction to the dog fence. But, the problem is that this is still an average containment system, with only a single correction level. With the extra $ 50 you could get a very decent system like the PetSafe Stubborn which does not have remote training. It does have the basic containment function and that is where you are better off spending your money.

If you have a little more and want something with remote correction, Innotek's IUC-5100. With a smaller rechargeable collar, three correction levels and the collar tester, the IUC-5100 is a vastly better choice. …

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Training Your Dog With a Wireless Dog Fence

Having to keep your dog tied up to a leash in the backyard can be tedious and stop your pet from running freely and getting the exercise that he or she needs. What is the point of taking your dog outside if they are just going to be tied up and only able to walk fifteen or twenty feet in any direction. If keeping your dog tied to a leash in the backyard does not sit well with you there may be another way.

Most dogs are obedient by nature, after all, they are man's best friend. The reason your pet will run of or leave you property is that they simply do not understand that it's wrong. Dogs have no sense of property or the dangers that may occur if they run off into the street. Unfortunately, you can not sit down with your dog and explain it to them. Would not it be nice if you could let your dog out of the house without and restraints to be able to happily run free in the backyard?

The key to allowing your pet to have free rain of your property outside is proper training. A wireless dog fence can help you to train your dog not to leave the boundaries of your property. These devices are very simple and easily setup. There are two main parts to a wireless dog fence. The transmitter which can be places anywhere in your house and set to a certain radius and the dog collar. All you need to do to help train your dog is to set the transmitter to the appropriate radius, this can be anywhere from 50 to 200 feet and place the special dog collar on your pet. When ever your pet tries to roam outside the boundary they will hear a warning sound, if they continue, they will get a small painless static correction.

This will help to train your dog not to leave your property and allow them to play outside without any restrictions. …

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