Saturday, July 9, 2016

Crazy Crate

What I like about this wood crate is that it has been put into practical use.  Not only is it an end table beside your bed, but it also serves as a sleeping area for your pet.  Your pet can be next to you at night with its own space.  Don't you think it is interesting that the color of the dog matches the bedspread? Do you think the owner likes the champagne color or just wanted to match the color of their dog?

I would like to know if this is a certain breed of dog. Can you identify it? It could be a Champagne Poodle that has been groomed short.  However, it has a "liver" nose.  The dog definitely looks like it would like a walk in the sunshine.

                                                    Cheer Up! Think walk in the park!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Crazy Crate

A crate is a good item to use to train your new puppy to sleep through the night. Since it is the dog’s natural tendency not to soil his den, having a crate of proper size can help you train your new puppy.

When puppies are eight weeks old, they should pick up the routine of night and day and the sleeping schedule of the household.  By the age of twelve weeks, they are capable of sleeping through the night. Most breeders do not let their puppies go to their new homes until they are twelve weeks old. As a result, you will need to have your puppy get acclimated to their new home before you start the training.  The puppy’s last meal should be at least three hours before bedtime.  But do not let them drink close to bedtime.  Take your puppy outside before bedtime in order to potty. This will encourage your dog to make it through the night.

What do you think of this crate to help your puppy sleep through the night?

What I like about the crate is that it is near the family. This could be comforting to your new pet. It looks warm and comfortable. If you watch TV, this crate may help sooth your companion. Most of all, I like it being part of the decor and the feeling of open space for the puppy.

I am not crazy about the brown bar-like design, but I guess that fits in with the rustic structure of the floor and bed. It does not coordinate with the black and orange. The steps up to the bed seem like an invitation to your puppy to venture onto the bed and fall off.

What do you think? Do you like the Crazy Crate? Would it work in your home?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


I have heard of many types of service dogs. There are guide dogs, hearing dogs, seizure alert/response dogs, but until now I had not heard of a “courtroom dog”. It seems that canines are being used to help crime victims handle the outcome of violence and abuse.

Jill Felice started Assistance Dogs of the West which is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has students train the dogs to learn to listen to “little voices”. The key Jill says is to instill calm and trust. The dogs help people release the hormone oxytocin that fosters trust and bonding instead of the stress hormone, cortisol. The presence of the dogs helps the children tell their story to the court. More of the caniines dogs from Assistance Dogs of the West are finding work in the judicial system, helping child victims and witnesses find a voice to testify in court.

Dozer and Lupe are two Labradors that have their own office and work for DA Michael Ramos in San Bernardino, California. Wally and Giovanni have joined the FBI as the bureau’s first crisis response canines. The dogs comfort victims and families and help relieve the stress caused by the victims’ experiences.

If you would like to view the interview conducted by PBS Newshour, you can view it here.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Crazy Crate

When selecting a crate for your dog, remember that by nature the dog is a pack animal; and this includes having a den.  A dog crate resembles the shelter of a small den.  In the natural environment, this den is a narrow passage or hole.  The den is big enough for the animal to stand up, turn around or lie down.  The den needs to be comfortable and able to protect the dog from predators.

What do you think of this den/crate accommodation?

I like the thoughtfulness of the dog's owner.  They gave their pet "a room of their own". At least you would not worry about the dog standing up or turning around in this spacious den/crate.  What I like the most is it definitely provides a den-like space in which your dog can relax and feel safe.

On the down side, you cannot use this dog crate in the car.  Being collapsible for easy storage is not one of its traits.  It is definitely not a light weight den/crate for air travel.

What do you think about this well constructed dog crate?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dog Travel Sickness Tips

There are dogs that really love riding the car with their masters but there are those that can't tolerate car travel. For dog owners who face the problems of travel sickness in dogs here are some helpful ways to prevent them from happening:

Puppies are most susceptible to car sickness this is because they have under developed ear structures that makes them easily nauseous. If you have a puppy it would be best to prepare for the worst case scenario. Place several towels or newspapers underneath your pet in case he vomits. Training your puppy for short trips is best done at a very early age. This way as your dog grows and develops his inner ear structure he will be able to tolerate and enjoy car travel with you.

Securing your dog with a harness or a dog car cage can make him feel at ease and comfortable. The main cause of travel sickness in adult dogs is anxiety, making your dog comfortable and at ease will remove his anxiety and will make car travel with your dog a fun and pleasant experience.

Training your dog to car travel with you is still the best way to prevent car travel sickness in dogs. When training your dog to the motion of the car it is best to secure him at the back seat of the car facing forward to avoid visual cues that could make him dizzy. Train your dog for 10minute car trips at first and if he is doing fine you can gradually increase the time of his car training.

Unrestrained dogs are very susceptible to motion sickness. Dogs that are not properly restrained in the vehicle while moving is often prone to motion sickness securing your pet in a harness at the back seat or a dog car cage can prevent car sickness and other possible injuries.
Travel sickness in dogs can be avoided without the help of medication. With proper training and a little patience you can help your dog overcome car travel sickness. Your dog can easily overcome car travel sickness or motion sickness with the proper training and if you are successful with your pet's car training you are now on your way to a wonderful journey with your beloved dog. Just remember to always observe safety when car traveling with your dog to avoid any possible accidents on the road and always plan ahead if you want to travel with your dog.