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Crate
DAP Dog Phenonems

Gate
Remote Training Device
Toy
Water Dispensing Unit
CDs/DVDs


Crate

photograph of small dog coming out of metal Midwest two door crate

Midwest Life Stages Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate

A crate is a secure, safe den for your dog. If you use it for housetraining, you can
lock your dog in it until it's time to go potty. Keep in mind, for a small dog that means
no longer than 4 hours.

I leave the door open for my dog and she goes in it herself when she wants to nap.
I have a cover over the sides, top and back so it is a secure haven for her.

I love the Midwest brand and use their double doored crate that comes with a panel
that you can position and eventually remove as your puppy grows.

The front and side doors give you more flexibility in how you position the crate and
how you get your dog in and out or remove any bedding. It also has handles so it can
be moved around.

And yes, it really is foldable. I opened the box, pulled it out and had it standing in less
than 3-minutes. Highly recommended.

Choose the size of crate that your dog will need when he reaches his full adult size.
Remember your dog has to be able to stand up and turn around in the crate and then
lie down.

Once your dog is potty trained, leave the door open. I have a soft pad on the bottom and a cover over it. My dog now has a safe and quiet retreat when she wants it.


DAP Dog Pheromones

Farnam Comfort Zone DAP for Dogs Diffuser

Female dogs secrete special pheromones while nursing their offspring. Called "appeasing pheromones", they act to comfort and reassure the puppies in times of stress. They have been shown to have the same effect on adult dogs as well.

Comfort Zone with D.A.P has been formulated to mimic these pheromones to calm dogs of all ages and reduce or even completely stop undesirable stress-related behavior.

It helps comfort dogs and puppies in stressful situations such as: being alone in the house, visitors to the home, new pet or family member, moving to a new home, visits to the veterinarian, adjusting to a new environment, thunderstorms or fireworks.

Plug-in module gently releases this pheromone for up to four weeks. Nontoxic and odorless. Not a drug or tranquilizer. Will not affect humans or other pets.

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Farnam Comfort Zone DAP for Dogs Diffuser


Gate

 photograph of white IRIS plastic dog pen that can be used as a gate

IRIS Plastic Exercise / Containment Pet Pen for Dogs, White

This is one of my favorite products because it's versatile, easy to put together and lightweight enough to be moved around to suit my needs.

It comes with four interlocking commercial-grade plastic panels (you can buy additional panels). Set up one to four to block a door or create a penned in area for your dog. If you have a climber, get an additional panel(s) to tie down over the top of the pen.

  • Flexible design allows you to use the door or not
  • Set up as many panels as you need. You don't have to
    make a pen
  • Plastic is easy to clean
  • Measures 36 x 36 inches and about 26 inches high
  • Can be used indoors or out

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Toy

Kong small biscuit ball holding dog treats

KONG BISCUIT BALL SMALL

Challenge your dog's intellectually and physically. This biscuit has a hollow center and four bone-shaped openings where you can put your dog's dry dog food or treats such as Bil-Jac Little-Jacs Small Dog Training Treats,
(a favorite of every small dog I've ever owned).

If you really want to make him work (and stay occupied for some time), wrap the dry food in applesauce or other soft food that will slide out and then place it in the toy.

My dog especially likes this because she can push it, bounce it or roll it around the floor. She then leaps on it to push the food out.

  • Made in the USA
  • For dogs under 20 pounds

 


Water Dispensing Unit

Drinkwell Water Dispensing Unit

Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain

The Drinkwell is designed to entice dogs to drink more water, keeping them happy, healthy and hydrated. Not to mention keeping them out of the toilet bowl.

The Drinkwell holds 50-oz, or about 6-cups, of water and has a snap-on lid to prevent accidental removal, and a submersible pump for quiet operation.

By using a falling stream of water, the Pet Fountain continually aerates
your dog's water with healthful oxygen. A charcoal filter also removes bad tastes and odors, giving your dog the best possible - and most appealing - way to stay hydrated!

Dishwasher safe reservoir. Rubber feet prevent sliding. About $50

This is especially a nice choice if you have more than one pet dog at home and can't
just leave a water bowl on the floor. No telling who would get the water or tip it over.

Some dogs also love to drink from a stream of water as opposed to a static bowl of water.

This is definitely a luxury item.


CDs/DVDs

Leave a CD or radio playing or TV tuned to Animal Planet to help your dog avoid boredom and lonliness.Any soothing classical music will do but no Rap, Hard Rock or Punk, please! DVDs are another option especially if your dog likes to watch TV.

Here are some music CDs my dogs seemed to enjoy:

Some dogs will watch TV or a DVD and some have too short attention spans to enjoy shows.

Try a DVD from the library and see if your dog gets engaged with it. Choose something like Lady and the Tramp or Beverly Hills Chihuahua. If this seems to work for your dog, you might consider purchasing DVD For Dogs : While You Are Gone.

This is a clever DVD that takes your dog through a woods where he encounters deer, ducks, geese, wolfs, prairie dogs, birds, horses, fish, butterflies, and more. It has an auto-loop function so it can play all day long. Not all dogs will like this though.

Enjoy your dog and enjoy your life together.


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