How To Give Your Dog Freedom While You’re at Work

There are so many joys that come along with owning a dog. These pets have long been man’s best friend and today, they have made their way into so many families and are treated no different than a sibling or child.

As our four legged friends become more accustomed to doing everything their human counter parts are doing —sleeping in the same bed, eating meals at the same time, maybe even swimming together —it’s become difficult to lock them in a cage for eight hours a day while everyone is out of the house for work and school.

The alternative can be dangerous. Not just because your dog may get into something or destroy everything in its path while you’re away, but other accidents that are more serious could result.

If you’re opposed to using a crate to control your dog while you’re at work, there are other options that help with containment and monitoring to consider.

Video Monitoring

While some older dogs who have lived in the home for many years and don’t do much but lay around seem safer than a wild pup to leave unattended all day, you should still consider getting a video monitoring system to at least tune into what’s happening at your home. There are many cost sensible options today that work via an Internet connection. Using your mobile device, you can easily tune in at any time to see what’s happening at a specific location. This will give you peace of mind and can even be used to secure your premises.

But the downside is that most of these systems only monitor one or a few different spots. Most dogs will travel all over the house and get into places even you don’t understand how they managed to get there. So video monitoring a dog that is free to roam the whole house isn’t a perfect option.

Wireless Containment Systems

Hidden fences use wireless technology to keep dogs contained within a preset boundary. These systems make it possible to designate safe portions of the house for the dog to access as well as limit them from entering other areas.

dogwatch indoor fence chartDogWatch Pet Boundaries is an indoor dog containment solutions that includes a user programmable receiver which can be customized for your pet’s personality and training requirements. The offering keeps your dog within boundaries using a collar and coded FM radio signal.

Only you know your dog, but used together, and with proper training, these options could create a perfect opportunity to let your dog have freedom while you go to work and without having to worry about coming home to any catastrophes.

Contact Dog Watch of Western Mass to learn more about our indoor and outdoor hidden fence offerings.

How to Stop Your Dog From Digging Through the Litter Box

A dog and a cat sitting by a desk.

It’s a beautiful thing to belong to home with the love of pets in them. Both dogs and cats provide companionship and comfort that only pets can provide. It’s even nicer when the two species can live together in peace.

Having a dog and cat in your house presents some obstacles like keeping their food seperate, sharing space on couch or who gets cuddles first, among other issues.

Here are some tips to stop your dog from digging through the litter box. Continue reading “How to Stop Your Dog From Digging Through the Litter Box”

How to Train Your Dog to Stay Off the Bed

a chocolate lab relaxing on a bed

The bond shared between man and dog is incredible. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of being a canine owner then you know just what we mean.

Some of us love snuggling up with our four legged friends at night. They can be great for keeping you warm, feeling secure, or they can crowd the bed and leave little room for a comfortable night’s rest.

If you prefer your pet keep his fur and snoring in his own area, here are some tips for how to train your dog to stay off the bed. Continue reading “How to Train Your Dog to Stay Off the Bed”

How to Keep Your Outside Cat in Your Backyard

A Siamese cat sitting on a table outdoors.

Anyone who has been lucky enough to care for an animal knows how special having a pet can be in life. But for cat owners, keeping these beloved animals close while outside of the home can be difficult.  Unlike a dog, that can be conditioned to stay close to his owner with voice commands or use a leash, cats have a more wild and free personality so taking them outdoors safely takes some getting used to.

Here are some tips for  keeping your outside cat in your own backyard. Continue reading “How to Keep Your Outside Cat in Your Backyard”

Will Your Cat Get Along with a New Dog? How to Help Introduce Dogs & Cats

dog and cat snuggling in the grass

For years we’ve seen depictions pitting cats against dogs. The endless comics and cartoons and even arguments in adult life have focused on why one animal is better than other. But the reality is that these animals, like any living being, can live together in harmony if they are just given a chance to get to know one another.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a cat, or a dog, don’t let the worry of old tales that these two can’t cooperate stop you. In fact, there are some easy tips to help you introduce cats and dogs to one another to allow them to lead great, comfortable lives in each other’s company. Continue reading “Will Your Cat Get Along with a New Dog? How to Help Introduce Dogs & Cats”

Helpful Tips for Moving to a New Home with Your Dog

A dog laying down in an indoor pet house.

Moving into a new home is a pretty exciting time for new couples and for families. Besides the proud and fulfilled feelings that come with owning a home, there are some things to consider along with the big life event.

Getting the U-hauls loaded and unloaded isn’t the only challenge you’re going to run into as you make this transition. If you have kids in school they may need to readjust to new settings, friends and schools and if you have pets, you’ll have to plan to help them accept and feel comfortable with their new stomping grounds.

Many pets can become fearful and confused by the new smells and might even try to run away. Here are some helpful tips for moving a dog to a new home. Continue reading “Helpful Tips for Moving to a New Home with Your Dog”

The Best Alternatives to Crate Training for Dogs and Puppies

A dog sitting in a metal crate

Crate or no crate? This is a big question in the doggy community. You’ll typically get a mixed set of responses from people and professionals about their opinions on crating dogs and puppies.

Many people turn to crates to help in the potty training and chewing phases. The idea is that if the dogs are in  the cage while you are not able to be around them, they can’t use the bathroom in the house or chew up your belongings.

There is also the reality is that dogs can still eliminate in the cage if they are left there for longer than they can hold it, and they can also be trained to use the outdoors to potty without having to be crated with just a little extra care and attention.

For those who are on the fence about which method to choose, here are the best alternatives to crate training dogs and puppies. Continue reading “The Best Alternatives to Crate Training for Dogs and Puppies”

Top 3 Ways to Keep Your Dog From Ruining Your Garden this Summer

A husky dog lying in a hole it dug.

Summer gardening is a favorite pastime for so many. There’s nothing that compares to the relaxation and satisfaction of spending time outdoors on a mild summer day planting beds of flowers and veggies that will grow over the next few months.

Most gardeners are also aware of pesky insects that can wreak havoc on their crop and are usually prepared with treatments and preventives to allow their plants to grow fruitfully.

However, one sneaky visitor that you may not suspect may be behind your dug up flower beds: your dog.

Having a dog does not mean forgoing the beauty and care that comes with planting flowers. Here are the top 3 ways to keep your dog from digging up your flower beds this summer: Continue reading “Top 3 Ways to Keep Your Dog From Ruining Your Garden this Summer”

How to Train Your Dog to Keep Out of the Kitchen

A dog in the kitchen, expressing interest in a plate of meat on the counter.
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Of all the rooms in the house, it’s only natural your dog or dogs should have a particular affinity for the kitchen. Dogs are scent and appetite-driven animals, and the kitchen is where the best smells and tastiest foods are found. Not to mention, the kitchen is often a very social place for many households, a place where family members gather to talk, relax, and yes—eat.

Unfortunately, kitchens and dogs don’t always mix. Smaller dogs, hoping to catch crumbs or scraps of food, can crowd your feet while you cook, risking a potentially severe accident. (The last thing you want when holding a sharp knife or a pot of boiling water is to trip over your dog.)

When there’s less supervision, many larger dogs are also prone to rummaging through the kitchen trash for food scraps, snatching up humans’ food before they can eat it, or even getting into pantries or refrigerators. This makes a mess of course, but it can also lead to injury or illness on the dog’s part.

With all this in mind, it might seem like a good idea just to keep your dog out of the kitchen altogether! Continue reading “How to Train Your Dog to Keep Out of the Kitchen”

Do Electric Dog Fences Work? (Spoiler Alert: Yes. Here’s How.)

a white dog jumping in the air

If you’re a dog owner with your own property, it’s most likely that your pup loves to run around the yard for exercise and play. But no matter how well-behaved your dog is, it’s simply irresponsible to let your dog loose without any kind of barrier or restraint to keep them in check.

What’s the best way to keep your dog on your property? Run cables can get tangled and break easily. Yard kennels can be jumped over or dug under by many dogs. Traditional perimeter fencing is often prohibitively expensive.

What about electric dog fences? Do they work?

Electric dog fences, sometimes called invisible or underground fences, are increasingly common but frequently misunderstood.

The first thing to understand about electric dog fences is that yes, they do work.

Keep reading to learn more about electric dog fences—how they work and why they’re a great choice for many dog owners. Continue reading “Do Electric Dog Fences Work? (Spoiler Alert: Yes. Here’s How.)”