What's Included in Your Citronella Dog Collar Kit?

Part of a dog's instinct is to bark; they were naturally gifted to do so – it is in a way, their form of speech when they are alerted to a threat or something which is new to them. While barking is acceptable to some owners, others find this to be irksome and disruptive; especially when they have a baby in the house or perhaps someone who works at home and needs peace and quiet – not to mention neighbors who start complaining on the first sign of disturbance. This is why the Citronella Dog Collar has become a popular item when it comes to the field of barking control training as it is humane, safe and effective. Citronella is non-toxic and will not harm the dog in any way; it is activated when the equipped microphone detects the dog's bark. This product has become easily available in specialty pet stores and online.

The MultiVet No Bark Spray Collar and the Premier Gentle Spray Anti Bark Collar are the top two popular brands, and to be honest there's not a lot of difference between the two. These collars come in a kit when initially purchased. The kit contains a comfortable nylon collar which is adjustable so any sized dog can use it. The kit also includes the actual device, a spray canister, a battery, user manual, warranty and in some cases, a training CD. Should the citronella canister run out, there are replacements available; the most common brands are MultiVet, Premier, Dynavet, ABS, PetSafe and Aboistop. If you're planning on using the citronella bark collar, I'd suggest buying a replacement of replacement canisters and replacement batteries at the same time.

This product is also available as a remote controlled device which uses a 6 volt battery. Using the remote controlled collar, a trainer or owner can voluntarily trigger the spray as needed. Remote controls typically have a 250 foot proximal to ensure that whenever the owner is within distance of their dogs, they can easily activate the spray while supervising their pet's activities and continuing on their daily routines. The sizes of these collars are not really a point of concern; although some brands fit most dog sizes, they can not attest to its fitting capacity on large dogs. However, some brands come with extra long straps which can be trimmed and sealed off as soon as the ideal length or fit has been reached. You can have peace of mind when you use the Citronella Dog Collar as it is safe, effective and humane in every single way. …

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Tips For Choosing A Dog Containment System

Summer is on its way, and you and your dog will be spending a lot more time outdoors. With warm weather enticing your dog to roam and explore, you might be wondering just how "dog-proof" your yard really is.

You still have not gotten around to putting in that fence, like you meant to do over the winter. Or if you do have a fence, you also have cringe-worthy memories of barely staying one step ahead of your dog's efforts to dig under or jump over the fence.

An electronic dog containment system could be just what you need. These systems offer a way to psychologically train your dog to remain in your yard.

Although most dog containment systems work the same way (you bury a boundary wire around your property, and your dog receives a static correction via a collar receiver when it gets too close to it), many of the systems have features that make them more suited for specific situations. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you choose the best dog containment system for you and your dog.

How big is your dog?

Your dog's size will play a definite part in what system you can get. You may find a dog containment system that meets all your other needs, but the collar itself is too bulky for your dog. If that's the case, it will be a lot more difficult to train your pet. Comfortable collar receivers are very important.

Some dog containment systems come with collar receivers specifically designed for smaller dogs, such as the PetSafe Little Dog Fence. If you have a pet that weighs less than 15 pounds, a system like that would be the one for you.

Is your dog hard to train?

Dogs that have difficulty learning will need stronger corrections than smaller or more easygoing dogs. Look for a dog containment system that caters specifically to hard-to-train or stubborn dogs to make sure you get the most out of your system.

Also, if you have more than one dog, you may want to look into dog containment systems that allow you to set different levels of correction for each dog. If one dog is difficult to train, but the other is really easygoing, your easygoing pup is not going to need as high a level of correction as your other dog.

How big is your yard?

Most dog containment systems are only designed to cover a certain area. If you only have an acre of property when all is said and done, then a system designed to cover a large area, like 100 acres, is an unnecessary expense. Make sure you know the size of the area you need to cover when you start shopping for dog containment systems. That way you'll avoid buying more of a system than you need.

What is the topography of your yard?

Although usually it does not matter, certain kinds of dog containment systems will not work well if your yard …

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The Revealed Secrets of Ball Python Information

Ball python information is important especially for beginners in snake growing. These are the important information you need to know in order for you to give your ball pythons the right and proper way of caring for them. Ball Python or Python Regius is a non-venomous python species found in Central and Western Africa. They are said to be the smallest of the African pythons and is popular in the pet trade as Royal Pythons. Their name refers to the animal’s tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened while the name royal python is based on the story that Cleopatra supposedly wore a snake around her wrist.

In knowing ball python information you will also know the proper way of feeding them. You will also know how to handle them properly. You will also be familiar with the breeding techniques that most breeders do in order to make lots of ball pythons. You will know the different diseases and disorders of ball pythons that we should prevent from affecting our snakes. All of these are the important details we should know and learn because it will make our ball python live a healthy and longer life with us. Giving them the care they need is our responsibility as a pet owner or breeder.

Ball python information also gives you details of providing a suitable home for your pythons. Choosing the right enclosure or cage is required in order for them to adjust in the environment of captivity. You should also make your enclosure a little bit like they are living in the wild. Put the right substrate like paper towels or shredded newspaper. Giving them hide boxes in order for them to relax in. you should also maintain the required amount of temperature and humidity it needs to be comfortable. Remember that a ball python that is not comfortable with its environment will not eat so make sure to give the suitable cage for them.

These are some of the ball python information that you should know especially if you want them as pets. Get to know more about them to make it easy for you to take care of them. These are the revealed secrets of ball pythons that we should know in order to have a happy and healthy pet.…

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Pet Containment – Do Electronic Dog Fences Really Work?

Most dogs like to roam. Yes, some dogs will stay by the house even when offered unlimited freedom. But, most dogs have a natural curiosity that leads them to stray when the opportunity arises.

In a perfect world, it would not matter if your dog took an occasional stroll around the neighborhood. The unfortunate reality is that a dog left to its own devices faces many dangers – from speeding cars to other animals. So, it's important to find a reliable way to keep your dog in his own yard. If you have a sturdy traditional fence that your dog respects, then your job is done. If you live in a fence-restricted neighborhood, if your dog is an escape artist, or if you simply can not afford an expensive traditional fence, an electronic dog fence may be a good option for you.

The first question most people ask about electronic dog wings is, "Do they really work?" The answer is a qualified yes. Electronic dog wings are a very effective way to contain your dog, but only if you consider these three factors: hardware, installation, and training.


Take a quick look around the Web and you'll quickly see that there are a lot of electronic dog fence options on the market. The most popular do-it-yourself dog fence brands are PetSafe®, Innotek®, and Guardian®. The most popular professionally-installed dog wings are Invisible Fence®, Pet Stop®, and DogWatch®. No matter what brand you choose, you should look for the following features:

  • Multi-level Receiver: Dog wings that provide only a single level of correction just do not get the job done. A single-level receiver will needlessly stress a sensitive dog and may fail to contain a large or confident dog.
  • Lightning Protection: Some dog fence products contain integrated lighting protection, while others require you to purchase a separate lighting protection unit. If your product does not include lightning protection as a standard part of the package, you should purchase it separately. You're putting both your dog fence hardware and your home's electrical system at risk if you do not.
  • Lifetime Warranty: If you purchase a dog fence product that does not include a lifetime warranty, you risk expensive replacement costs down the road. Most major dog fence brands offer at least a limited lifetime warranty.


You can install a do-it-yourself dog fence, or you can hire a professional to install your dog fence for you. Either way, the effectiveness of your dog fence depends on these factors:

  • Use Durable Wire: If the wire that creates the perimeter of your dog fence breaks, your entire fence stops working. So, you should make sure your installation includes burial-rated wire that's between 14 and 18 gauge to help prevent wire breaks.
  • Bury Your Wire: Unless you have unusual requirements, it's typically a bad idea to staple wire to an existing fence or to the ground. Instead, wire should be buried 1 – 6 inches underground to protect it from damage.
  • Protect Your Transmitter: Dog
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Hedgehog Litterbox Training

Litterbox training is definitely possible for most hedgehogs – however, it is important to understand that hedghogs have a limited capacity for litterbox training compared to, say cats. A hedgehog will very likely learn to reliably use a litterbox which is placed inside their own cage. The advantages to this set up is that it will greatly reduce the time and effort you as an owner will need to put into cage cleaning. However, many hedgehogs may not reliably use a litterbox exclusively when outside of their cage. For this reason you may want to keep your hedgehog to a restricted area with a litterbox to reduce confusion, gradually increasing available space overtime.

How to start litterbox training

First you will need to select a litterbox that your hedgehog can easily climb into. Look for a box that is about a foot square and only a few inches high. Fill the box with cat litter. Place the litterbox in your hedgehog's cage and then look for waste pellets in the bedding. Place any you can find in the litterbox to help your hedgehog realize that this is a place for using the bathroom. Alternately, if your hedgehog has a favorite bathroom corner in his or her cage, then simply place the litterbox in this spot and add the waste pellets.

Correcting behavior

If after placing the litterbox in your hedgehog's cage, your hedgehog still uses the bathroom in another location (which he or she will), simply have your hedgehog watch as you place the waste pellets in the box. Be sure not to scold if your hedgehog does not use the litterbox. Rather rely on positive reinforcement as much as possible.

Be patient

Some hedgehogs will take to litterbox training right away whereas others will take longer, or not learn altogether.


Lastly, always remember to clean waste out of the litterbox on a regular basis and once a week take the time to replace all the litter and wash out the box. …

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Budget Friendly Halloween Costumes

…by observing you, children learn how to create and they learn craft. These powerful memories imprint a more important message. They come to understand the superiority of the creative tightwad method. – Amy Dacyczyn, a.k.a. The Frugal Zealot

Halloween costumes are so different today. Super heroes, wizards, and cartoon characters rule the trick or treat. It was not too long ago…..ok it was maybe a while ago……when I was a small trick or treater that costumes were much more original.

You were not likely to bump into three or four other characters that looked exactly like you. Oh, you might run into a costume of the same theme, but it would be totally unique by comparison. Of course my mom created our Halloween costumes. You can create unique Halloween costumes and save money by recycling items.

Create your own unique costumes. Remember that Halloween costumes exaggerate to be most effective. So the more accessories, the better. Some easy to make costumes using items around the house, borrowed from friends and/or relatives, or purchased for next to nothing at your local thrift store include:

  • The little old lady or man – dress accordingly in an older man’s (a suit is great) or woman’s clothing. A hat is a nice touch. If you don’t have a real walking cane you can substitute an appropriate size stick. Add some creative face painting with lots of wrinkles of course. Be sure to add the cracking voice and a prominent limp.
  • The Hobo – Recycle some unwanted clothing. Paint on or put on patches, rip some areas (especially around the bottoms of pants, ends of sleeves, elbows and knees, since these areas show wear first). Use black or brown makeup to smudge the face a little to look un-kept. Blush the nose to look a little reddish. (hobos get cold outside) Sport the oldest pair of worn looking shoes you can find (or even better, two different shoes) and a tattered hat and you’re good to go!
  • Princess – This is a timeless costume. I think every little girl wants to be a princess at least once. But don’t rush out and buy the frilliest costume you see. The princess is merely an expression of elegance. As long as your little girl feels elegant she is a princess. If you don’t already have a full length fancy party dress, check the thrift store for a low cost floor length party dress. Just pick one that looks “princessy.” Even better, borrow one if possible.

    A princess wand can be easily made with a dowel or stick and a cardboard star covered with foil. Add frills with duster feathers or ribbons if desired. Make a crown. You can easily make one using a headband and craft materials. Here’s a great tip: Recycle a Burger King Crown. You know the crowns they give out to all the little kiddies at Burger King. You can cover with foil or paint and add beads or gemstones to decorate. They also

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    Breed Success in Your Puppy Search

    The numbers will make any pet lover blanch with disgust, anger, and sadness. The Humane Society of the United States calculates that as many as 500,000 puppies every year are sold in pet shops, and that many of these pet shops buy their pets from the worst breeders – so-called puppy mills. What do these puppy mills (and kitty mills) have to do with you if you're on the market for a new furry companion? You know what you're doing when it comes to buying a purebred, right?

    Truth be told, puppy mills are very responsible for even harsher statistic: as many as 25 percent of all purebred pups suffer from genetic difficulties because of bad breeding. And as knowledgeable as you think you are about buying a dog, you could come across one of these poor pups and not even know it.

    That could mean that you spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on a pet, only to have it succumb to a birth defect and maybe even die at an early age. Even if this worst-case scenario does not occur, buying from the wrong breeder can also land you an animal that picked up diseases because of the intolerable conditions at the breeder. That could lead to additional thousands spent on vet bills.

    Why leash yourself to such heartache? There's no need when there are so many great and trustworthy breeders out there, who can pair you with a loving new puppy.

    To find the right breeder for you, start local. Your best bet is to find breeders within driving distance. That way, you can visit the actual breeding facilities. And while there, be sure to scout out for the following characteristics that all best-of-show breeders possess:

    o A litter of dogs that play, smile, and show all the other signs of being happy and healthy. Take notice, too, that the pups are sociable to the breeder, you, and their brothers and sisters.

    o More demand for their dogs than they can handle. Usually a long buyers' waiting list at a breeder is like a wagging tail on a puppy – a good sign.

    o A discerning eye for customers. Good breeders should ask you as many questions as you ask them, on topics such as your reasons for wanting their dog, your past pet experience, if you have enough space at home, and who in your family will be responsible for daily puppy care.

    o The willingness to show you the puppy's parents during your visit if you provide the right answers to the above questions.

    o A wealth of knowledge on the dogs that they breed, including specific advice on the breed's standard and temperament, to satisfy all of your questions and concerns.

    o A health guarantee in writing that shows exactly what vaccinations the pup has had.

    o The friendly advice about what future vaccinations you should give, along with the best ways to train and care for the puppy.

    o A guarantee, again …

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    Choosing Toys That Are Safe for Your Cat

    To get the food sufficient for sustaining herself and her litter, a feral cat goes through the ritual of stalking, pouncing and killing, in a half-day's time. On the other hand, domestic cats feed on a diet that is commercially made and prepared by their owner, which is as effortless as using an electric can opener with their paw. It is no wonder why your cat weighs a little more than normal. If we confine our feline pets to the indoors, we take away their opportunity to work for a living. Although they may be safer inside, their body and mind tend to be inactive. So, you should decide on how to enhance their lives and environment.

    Luckily, it is easier to entertain cats. Most of the things in their surroundings could serve as cat toys. As a matter of fact, in most homes, cats ignore commercial cat toys and they would rather play with items meant to be recycled. These include paper bags, shoe boxes, bottle caps and pens that have dried out. What you consider as garbage may be good to rip to your cat. Some people place appliance boxes at the center of the living room so that their cats can use them when playing hide-and-seek.

    As you evaluate household items that are safe for your cat, take notice of the pieces that can be bitten and swallowed, get trapped on the claw and keep retraction, or get stuck in your cat's throat or mouth. Though a lot of cats love to hide inside paper bags, they hate it when their heads get used in the handles and the paper bag seems to have a life of its own, chasing them no matter how fast they run. To prevent this kind of problem, you just need to cut the handles before letting your cat have access to them.

    The most important law on safety is to know your cat. Find out the things that catch his attention. He may have an oral craving for aluminum foil, plastic milk cap rims or paper curling ribbon. If this is the case, it is crucial to properly dispose these items to prevent your cat from having gastrointestinal problems. However, these same things can serve as well-supervised toys that may be played with occasion by other cats. Before you consider commercial toys as safe to play in your home, they should be carefully inspected. Cats that bat at toys using their paws can play with wands that have fluttering mylar strips. However, if your cat likes to put anything she catches in her mouth, this is not safe for playing.

    When you know the habits, as well as play styles of your feline pet by heart, you can carefully select toys for your cat. This will, in turn, offer a mentally challenging surrounding, invigorating exercise and plain, good fun, creating a happier and healthy home companion. …

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    Make A Cat Tree From A Ladder

    Can you make a cat tree from a ladder? This is the question a friend of mine recently asked me after she mentioned a photo she’d seen of kitty play gym someone had made from a wooden ladder.

    Well, sure you can. All you have to do is buy a wooden ladder, wrap it in sisal rope and attach some carpet covered platforms or tubes to the rungs and you’re done.

    But why would you want to make a cat tree from a ladder? Aside from the novelty of the thing it’s not a very appealing, space or cost effective solution to your cat furniture dilemma.

    Why not build a cat tree that will effectively use the space you have, won’t cost you an arm and a leg (have you priced wooden ladders lately?) and won’t give you any nasty surprises when you are half way through building it. To do this you need a set of modular cat tree plans.

    I know, I know, I can hear you now… “But if I invest in a set of plans and change my mind (now or later) about what I want, I’m stuck. Or I’ll have to spend even more on another set of plans. So why not just wing it in the first place?”

    Good point!

    The truth is if you buy the wrong plans that could in fact happen to you. But seriously, if you’ve priced cat furniture lately you’ll know you can invest in many sets of plans and still come out ahead.

    OK, so what to look for in a good set of cat tree plans.

    Extensive instructions and lots of photos

    A complete materials list

    Tips on purchasing materials

    Use only basic tools

    Instruction for wood or PVC posts

    Part layout and cutting diagram

    Carpet types and where to shop for carpet

    Detailed step-by-step carpeting diagrams

    Modular assembly options

    This is what I looked for when I set out to build my kitty play gym. I was so worried that it would be difficult or I’d make a mess of it so the more photos the better. In fact the ones I used had about 90 pages of instruction including over 250 photos so I was able to move confidently forward with my project.…

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    The Right Fit For Dog Harnesses

    The other day I was reading news about dogs and came across this gruesome story. The animal Shelter reported that a puppy that was cut near in half, was left at their door. The owner was tracked down and she said that she had not changed the dog's harness from birth, and the dog was left out in the rain. This made me consider writing this article about how to measure for and maintain a dog harness.

    • To measure for a harness, one must measure the girth of the dog which is around the body, just behind the front legs.
    • Make sure the harness is made of shrink proof material
    • Do not let the harness stay wet, as in leaving the harness on a dog that is out in the rain
    • Remove harness when giving your dog a bath
    • Check to make sure that you can place a couple of fingers between the harness and the body of the dog
    • Remember to increase the size of the harness as your dog grows or gains weight
    • Make sure that the harness does not rub against skin of your dog and make it sore. Check for irritated or broken skin under the harness
    • Choose a comfortable material for the harness. Harnesses chosen for beauty, such as jeweled harnesses should be used only while under your direct supervision
    • To use a leash for a small dog, use a harness to attach the leash as a collar may occlude the trachea of ​​your dog causing it to choke

    When a dog is at the state where his body is almost cut in half, is nothing but total individuation to the care of a pet one acquires. It is really animal abuse. When a harness has cut into the flesh of a dog, and the fur has grown over it, it indicates that this dog was either bathed nor held. According to the news item, this dog owner left the dog outside in the rain. One wonders why a person who can not or will not take good care of a dog, chooses to adopt one. I do believe that adoption of a dog should be contingent upon the facility and ability of the owner to care for the dog. Dogs give us unconventional love, and that may be what a person expects when they adopt a dog, but we must be willing to care for the dog lovingly and humanely. …

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