Petsafe Underground Wire Radio Fence Review – Will an Underground Fence Keep Your Dog In?

Does your dog constantly jump over the fence or dig under the fence? Are you spending the day patching holes and propping up various yard furniture by the fence to keep your dog from going through a hole? Have you been poring over reviews of fencing to keep him or her in? Then this review of the Petsafe Underground Wire Radio Fence is for you.

I did this for years and I'm sure you would agree with me that it's a major bother, not to mention it's very unsafe for your pet to be roaming about the neighborhood unattended whenever he or she pleases.

I live on 5 acres, and I had a beloved dog who constantly got out of the fence. She was not even a dog who lived outside as all of my dogs are house pets. However, they do go out sometimes, and she unerringly would head straight for a weak area in the fence and head out to the fields next to me. I did not worry too much because we are not near a real busy highway but eventually she got out and got hit by a car. The loss of that dog devastated me, and I became obsessed with keeping my other dogs inside the fence no matter what. I considered another brand of wireless fence product but on checking into it, it was extremely expensive, I think it was going to be more than a thousand dollars, and this was about 9 years ago so it's probably even more expensive now.

What I ended up ordering was the Petsafe Underground Radio Fence. The one I purchased was not wireless although they do sell that type. The product I bought is the kind which has a wire and you can either bury it if it would be in the way, or you can just lay it along your fence line or even tack it to your fence.

The kit comes with a transmitter, wire, boundary flags for training, a receiver collar for the dog to wear, and a training and installation DVD. The cost is very low for this type of item, and at the time of this writing the kits range from $ 159 to $ 269, just a fraction of the cost of the other wireless product I had considered.

You may now wonder, since it is such a reasonable price, does it work? I am here to tell you it works perfectly. I've had this underground fence for 9 years now and the only problems I've ever had with it are when we cut the wire with a lawnmower and have to splice it back together (easy), or when, living in Florida, The transmitter gets stuck by lighting because I forget to unplug it during a storm. In this case, the PetSafe Radio Fence company will replace your transmitter. For the first year we had it replaced free, and then after that we paid a small fee of about $ 50. …

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Eliminate Barking When You Are Gone With the PetSafe Stationary Bark Control

Barking is a natural instinct and response for dogs of all sizes. They bark out of excitement, fear, boredom, and other various reasons. In all cases something triggers the barking. Finding the cause of the barking is very important because the problem could have been eliminated or drastically reduced without additional help. If the cause can not be removed, you may have to look for assistance from dog training products.

The basics of eliminating barking are very simple. First find and try to eliminate the cause of the barking. For excessive or nuisance barking, this may not be possible. This type of barking is normally done because your dog is bored or lonely. Second, use a device that will distract them and teach them there is a consequence for the barking. Many devices are available for this including collars and remote devices. These devices use methods such as a slight shock, ultrasonic sound, or a bad scent to distract your dog and stop the barking. Occasionally they will associate the two and the negative behavior will be fixed.

It is normal to spoil your dog and reward them for doing nothing. This can actually make their barking and negative behaviors worse. A dog will bark when they are not getting attention because they feel neglected. If they are given constant attention, it is expected of you. You must teach them that barking for attention is unacceptable. The same goes for any other negative behavior or barking problem.

There are things you can do when away to help reduce the amount of barking your dog does and make staying home alone easier for them. When you are leaving, use body language and your tone to portrait they will be okay and being alone is not a bad thing. Do not praise your dog and reward them for nothing. Teach them that positive behaviors will get them the attention and treasures that they want. Let them get familiar with not being the center of attention all the time. By slowing removing some of the constant attention, they will learn that being left alone for a little while is not being neglected. Find a way to distract them when they are barking and make sure they have something to do when they are by themselves.

The PetSafe Stationary Bark Control can also help. It is designed for indoor use with a range of twenty-five feet. The stationary bark control detects your dog barking through a microphone and then emits an ultrasonic sound that interrupts the barking. A sound like this does not hurt your dog but is distracting and annoying to them. It uses a nine volt battery and has a light indicator for low battery. Batteries last on average for six months or approximately 2,000 corrections. Corrections can be automatic or manual. Use it to keep your dog from barking in a specific location in your home. This barking device requires no collar and is very effective and easy to use when …

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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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Seven Secrets To Choosing A Safe, Healthy Pet Food

Do you choose canned food or dry food? What brand? There are so many different brands, all shapes and sizes of pet food to choose from and pet owners are provided with very little information to base your decisions on (other than advertising) – it can get so confusing! Well, buckle your seatbelt depending on how much you know of the pet food industry, this could be a bumpy ride! You are about to learn seven secrets – well kept secrets – of pet food. Sit back, brace yourself, and keep reading.

Beneful says it’s ‘Premium Dog Food for a Happy, Healthy Dog’ and sells for around $18.00 for a 31 lb. bag, Science Diet “promises” ‘precisely balanced nutrition through continuous research and the highest quality food backed by your Vets endorsement’ and sells for around $21.00 for only a 20 lb bag. Then there are numerous pet foods that make the very same statements – ‘Premium Dog Food, Highest Quality’ – that sell for $30.00 or more for a 20 lb bag. And the same holds true for cat owners…Do you choose Whiskas that states ‘Everything we do is about making cats happy!’ or do you choose one of those high end cat foods that make the very same claim of a happy, healthy cat but cost 3 times as much?

Now with the on-going pet food recall pet owners have questions such as ‘Has this food been recalled?’ or ‘Is this food the next one to be recalled?’…’Is my pet safe?’ Wow this is confusing! And scary too! What exactly is a pet owner to do? How about learning a few secrets! Equipped with the knowledge of a few secrets of pet food, it’s not nearly as confusing.

Secret #1…

All pet foods use descriptive words like choice and premium, though few of them actually use premium or choice ingredients in their food. The ‘secret’ is that per the rules of the pet food industry, no pet food can make any claims or references on their label or advertising as to the quality or grade of ingredients. You see, the word ‘premium’ when it’s related to pet food DOES NOT mean that the ingredients in the food are premium. With pet foods, premium does not (can not) describe the food nor does it (can it) describe the quality of the food. It is a marketing term and that is all. Per the pet food industries own rules and regulations, “There are no references to ingredient quality or grade” (regulation PF5 d 3). So, words like premium, or choice, or quality are just marketing or sales terms. They should not be interpreted as terms describing the quality of the food.

Now why wouldn’t a pet food label be allowed to tell a prospective customer the quality of their ingredients? Doesn’t a pet owner deserve to know what they are buying? This leads me to the next secret…

Secret#2…

If I can compare ‘people’ food to pet food for just …

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Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent Reviews – PetSafe Outdoor Bark Deterrent

Many dogs especially small dogs will tend to bark at just about anything, some dogs will bark for territorial reasons, others will do it as a way to communicate fear, protection and show excitement. Barking is a natural and normal for all breeds of dogs, however as we are forced to live closer to each other the constant barking can be a nuisance to yourself and your neighbors.

Being able to train your dog to bark only when it is appropriate can be an essential part of good dog ownership. There are many products on the market that are very effective in this, one of the most popular products is the PetSafe Outdoor Ultrasonic Bark Deterent.

In order to get the best results when training a dog to do anything you first need to understand why they do a particular behavior in the first place.

Why Do Dogs Bark?

Often a dog will bark for instinctual reasons, something may be wrong or to help protect the family. It can also be a way for your dog to communicate something that they need like food or to go to the bathroom and many dogs will bark around other dogs and animals as a way of interacting.

Before you can effectively eliminate the cause and remove the reason why your dog is barking you must determine what the triggers are make your dog bark. This will make the training a lot easier and a lot more effective.

Understand The Training

Many dog ​​trainers will tell you that before you can effectively train a dog you first need to understand the training and know your dog. What this means is that you understand what the dog goes though and experiences through the training, this helps prevent confusing your dog and contradiction in your training.

The PetSafe Outdoor Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent or hand held devices are excellent training tools if used correctly and understand a little bit about your dogs behavior.

All training takes time and constant correction, sure training tools and device like the PetSafe outdoor Ultrasonic bark deterrent will help speed up the training time and be a great help and with the correct use and training you can teach your dog from barking in specific situations.

Your goal is not to have your dog to completely stop barking as there are many times when their bark is welcomed and could help prevent from a break in or some other catastrophic event. To ensure you get the best results train yor dog for one thing at a time and do not rush the training. By doing this you will end up with a well behaved dog. …

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Slippery Elm – Your Pet’s Best Holistic Friend

Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva) is an exception to the fears and cautions surrounding the use of herbs in animals. It is very safe and non-toxic. The part of the tree used is the inner bark, which is soft and stringy. Simplest to use is the powdered form, which can be purchased in bulk, or pre-packed in capsules, at most health food stores. It is readily available over the Internet from herb suppliers.

Herbalists attribute many wonderful healing properties to Slippery Elm: demulcent (soothing, mucilage-forming), emollient (soothing and protective for skin), nutritive (providing specific food nutrients), tonic (promoting healthy function of one or more body systems), and astringent (constricting, binding or drying effect). It can be used both internally and externally. Slippery Elm is one of the herbs used in the original formulation of “Essiac,” an herbal brew widely promoted as a cancer-fighter.

In the gastro-intestinal tract, Slippery Elm acts directly. It can be thought of as a sort of natural  “Pepto-Bismol.” (Pepto-Bismol itself should not be used because it contains salicylate, a.k.a. aspirin). Its mucilage content coats, soothes, and lubricates the mucus membranes lining the digestive tract. Slippery Elm is an excellent treatment for ulcers, gastritis, colitis, and other inflammatory bowel problems. It is high in fiber, and so helps normalize intestinal action; it can be used to relieve both diarrhea and constipation. It may also help alleviate nausea and vomiting in pets suffering from non-GI illnesses, such as kidney disease. A syrup made from Slippery Elm Bark can be used to help heal mouth ulcers from all causes (see recipe below).

Slippery Elm is said to relieve inflammation of virtually any mucus membrane, and has been used in the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the lungs (bronchitis, asthma), kidneys, bladder (cystitis, FLUTD symptoms), throat (tonsillitis), and joints (arthritis).

Slippery Elm contains many nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene,  calcium, and several trace minerals) that can be beneficial for recuperating pets, and it may stay down when other foods are not tolerated. It is known as a “survival” food; George Washington and his troops survived for days during the bitter winter at Valley Forge eating nothing but gruel made from Slippery Elm bark. However, Slippery Elm may interfere with the absorption of certain minerals and pharmaceuticals, so is best given separately from any concurrent drug therapy.

In the case of cystitis (bladder inflammation), Slippery Elm is thought to soothe the bladder lining. However, it is somewhat high in magnesium, so may be contraindicated in dogs who have an active infection with an elevated urinary pH, where struvite crystal formation may be a risk. (In cats, urinary tract infections are very rarely bacterial.) Slippery Elm bark contains natural pentosans, a class of complex sugars that contains the same compound found in the drug “Elmiron®,”the major pain-relieving treatment for interstitial cystitis (IC) in women. Pentosan has been used by the pharmaceutical industry as an anti-coagulant and anti-inflammatory for more than 40 years. (Anti-coagulant effects are not seen with normal oral administration.) …

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How to Make Your Own Homemade Halloween Costume

Let's face it, with the economy going the way it is, more and more families are searching for ways to save a few dollars here and there. And now, with the fall season upon us, we are approaching three main festivals that require the spending of money – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Would not it be great if we could get a few ideas to help us save some money during these times, instead of spending more?

Well, I've got great news for you! Why not take some time to make your own homemade Halloween costume. This will not only save you some money, but it can be a great family activity for you and your children. And in this day and age, we could always use a little more quality family time.

Most of us are not very creative, so here are four ideas to get you started in making your own homemade Halloween costume:

1. Clothes from Your Closet

Old prom dresses or bridesmaid dresses can turn into a bride's gown or a beauty pageant costume for a little girl. Or raid dad's closet and dress like a Nerd or Businessman. If you dig deep enough into your closet, you might even be able to pull off a last-minute Punk Rocker or Hippie costume.

2. Headbands

Many costumes require little more than a headband and a hot glue gun. If you have those two items at home, look around your house for items to start gluing on. If you have some tulle, a doily, lace, or any piece of fabric, you can make a veil. Add flowers to really 'fancy it up'. Cut some felt pieces and glue them on to make ears (bunny ears, cat ears, dog ears, or any other animal you can imagine). You can even quickly make antennae to be an alien or bug by simply gluing some pipe cleaners onto a headband.

3. Sweatsuits

A white sweatsuit can easily become a cow or Dalmatian. Simply take a Black Sharpie and draw spots onto the fabric. Then put a little black on your child's nose. (Add ears if you have time, using a headband and felt – see above.)

4. Cardboard Boxes

Got a large cardboard box laying around? Cut holes for your head and arms, and then create any number of costumes in minutes. For example, your child can be a TV – just take a black marker and draw a screen and some buttons onto the front. You can even take an old cord and glue it to the back of the box. How about a computer? Same idea – draw a screen on the front, and then glue a computer mouse (or even a furry mouse as a joke) to the side of the box. Or my favorite – a washing machine. Make an opening on top of the box (in front of the child's head), or on the front of the box. Inside this opening you can glue a smaller …

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Dog Halloween Costumes – Pimp Your Pooch

Halloween is not just for humans anymore. Nowadays, pets are weighing in on Halloween fun as well. So get into the spirit and discover how you can pimp your pooch with a dog Halloween costume.

While it can be overwhelming enough to search for your own Halloween costume, there is no need to stress out when looking for just the right look for your dog. Below you will find the Hot Seven Dog Halloween Costumes to pimp your pooch. So without further ado, here we go:

Big Doggie (Big Daddy) . This is a Halloween costume for a dog with an attitude. The costume consist of a vest style jacket with the leopard skin collar. And no respectable Big Doggie would step out on the doggie park without the matching hat. This costume works well on a dark-muzzled dog to give the illusion of a day old beard.

Playboy Bunny Maid . The Bunny Maid costume will bring out the feminine instincts of your dog and coax out admiring or jealous glances from the other dogs in the neighborhood. And be careful if you see Big Doggie lurking around. The costume includes a black and white dress with the signature Playboy logo. It also has a collar, an apron and a headband.

Dog Vader (Darth Vader) . Star Wars fever is alive and well. If you choose this costume, do not be fooled by your dog's cute wagging tail. Darth Vader's force might just actually push your pooch to the dark side. This costume includes the classic helmet, a jumpsuit with attached arms and a cape with a belt. Before you make this selection though, look deep into your dog's eyes to see if they can take on Darth Vader's intimidating personality.

Princess Leia . In Star Wars, Princess Leia is a driving force behind the Rebel Alliance, the New Republic and even later, the Galactic Alliance. Dress your pet as the driving force in your life in a charming Princess Leia pet costume. The costume includes a Princess Leia character headpiece / wig and a jumpsuit with attached arms.

The Joker . The Joker dog costume is great for boxers with a propensity for mischief and the boldness to believe they can get away with anything. The costume includes an eye catching dress shirt, vest, tie and pinstriped pants. There is a nutty wig for the full crazy Joker effect.

Indiana Bones (Indiana Jones) . If your dog has a suave and charming personality, let the adventure begin …. This dog Halloween costume includes a jumpsuit consisting of classic Indiana Jones attire and the unmistakable fedora hat. In this outfit, your dog will be able to instinctively sniff out, find and dig for hidden treasures.

Prisoner Dog (Bad 2 The Bone) . Some dogs just never stop chewing up, hiding or destroying whatever lies in their path. So here's your chance to get even. Hook your pooch up in a striped prison outfit, complete with a ball and chain! …

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Walking Your Dog With a Dog Harness

Teaching your dog to walk properly is very important. Your pet should always be under control, both as courty to others and for its own safety. There are advantages to using the dog harness rather than a collar or a choke collar. Regular collars and choke collars can be harmful to your best friend. They can damage your dog's windpipe and neck. The dog harness is a safe alternative. Make sure it fits properly and does not chafe.

Begin by training your pet to walk with the lead in your house. Keep the lead loose and move slowly and signal and treat your dog when it is in the right place. Stop if you feel tension on the lead. Only move again when your canine has slackened the lead, no matter how long this takes. When leaving the house, do not let your dog go out first. If he tries to go through the door ahead of you, shut the door quickly and gently, taking care not to hit his nose, to block its path. Repeat this until it takes a step backwards to allow you right of passage. This teachers the canine to respect you and it gives you the leadership. Graduate to the yard, then to larger places like the park. If he begins to pull on the lead, stand still. The dog will soon learn that walking calmly will get it to the park faster.

You need to use a lot of verbal praise and you can use dog trees also as a reward when teaching your dog to walk properly with a dog harness. He should not pull or walk ahead of you. You need to show who is dominant and your dog should walk nicely by your left side. Use the word "Heel" and tug gently on the lead so that he is at your left side. Then praise and pet him or her whenever he or she is walking in the correct position.

Other people and especially other dogs will distract your dog. When approaching another canine you may want to have your pet sit at your side until the distraction has passed. Once again, praise or give your dog a treat for sitting patiantly until you tell them it is OK to walk again. Stop at every street corner and tell your dog to sit. This is a very good habit to develop in your dog to prevent it from running out into the street.

Walking your dog should be a pleasant experience for both of you. It is a great form of exercise and you also get to socialize with others and their dogs too. …

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Dog Crate – Why is it Necessary For a Dog, Especially Puppy?

I want to start my article with one vocabulary question – When you were raising your children, did you use a playpen? I think that almost all answer will be YES. What I want to let you know here is that a crate for a puppy is like a playpen for a child. Moreover, the dog's ancient is the wolf, and they used to live in the cave, so the crate for the dogs reminds them of the cave of the wolf, a place that make them feel comfortable, safe, securable, and warm. And just like babies, puppies sleep most of the day, and they prefer the comfort of their den.

Below you can see some of many advantages of a crate for you dog

1. A create is a very good babysitter for your dog. Sometimes you are busy and do not have time to pay attention on your dog, but want to make sure he is still safe, you only need to put him in his crate. In that way, both you and your dog can relax.

2. When you get a puppy, maybe you will need to housetrain him, and make him familiar with a crate soon will be ideal for housetraining.

3. A crate is especially helpful when you have to keep your dog quiet, especially after being altered, or after an injury.

4. During a dog's lifetime, he maybe has to go to hospital when he is sick. And the dog's private room at veterinary hospital will have the crate. If your dog is not familiar with the crate before, maybe he will get stress when he's in the hospital crate alone, and of course it is not good for your dog.

5. One of the funniest things when we have a dog is taking him out on vacation with our family. And the dog crate probably very important in this case. It will protect your dog from accident, such as a suddenly stop on the way. Moreover, his crate is his home away from home, and we can leave him in a hotel room, and we can be sure that he will not be happy or stressed.

To summary, a crate provides a dog with his own place. It's secure, cozy and his place to go to get away from it all. Make sure your dog's crate is available to him when he wants to sleep or to take some rest. Because the crate is his house, so please make sure he always has access to it. Depend on where he is, your dog will spend much of his rest time in his crate. …

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