Happy 4th of July, or is it? Firework shows may be lighting up the skies for all humans to see bringing smiles to your faces, but for all of us dogs out there we are not amused. I teamed up with my friends to bring you our top tips for keeping us safe today.

Momo the PLAY Pug

1. Keep us indoors during the fireworks. Normally we would protest (especially if you are leaving us), but today is the one day of the year that we are more than happy to stay in and celebrate our freedom. 

Lucy

Lucy from Brea, CA

2. Don't feed me from the table. I know I am cute and it's hard not to give me scraps, but I don't want to get sick! While treats are always welcome especially from Bocce's Bakery - I need to stay away from onions, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough to name a few.

Buddy

Buddy from Newport Beach, CA

3. Take me on a walk...earlier in the day. I don't want to be out there doing my business with things that go boom so grab my biodegradable Earth Rated poop bags and let's hit the neighborhood. I am all dressed up and ready to mingle.

Toby

Toby from Bay Point, CA

4. Don't leave your alcoholic drinks unattended. I like to pawty just as much as you do, but those are poisonous to me. I'll take my water chilled in my bowl.

Spike

Spike from San Francisco, CA

5. I refuse to leave home without my collar and PetHub tags! If I get out tonight, I want to make sure I am coming home to my plush toy sets and comfy P.L.A.Y. bed. Make sure my microchip is up-to-date while you're at it.

Bailey
Bailey from Campbell, CA

6. Be sure to set the mood. I know I put on a brave front, but flashy lights and big booms scare me. So close those blinds, tuck me in and make sure to put on some soft music to drown out those loud bangs. 

Maggie May

Maggie May from Long Beach, CA

 

Do you have any tips for our humans to keep us safe? Please share! 

By Natalie Gomez 20 days ago at 5:23 pm 0 Comments
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Few things are as frustrating as home security investments that do not operate the way that you need them to. For example, take an alarm system that routinely mistakes your dog for an intruder... and wastes no time alerting you and the entire neighborhood by sounding an intrusive and obnoxiously loud siren. You purchased the system to protect your family and all of its members, not to discriminate against the four-legged ones, right?

Keeping Eyes and Ears on your Pets

What you should probably consider instead is a home security system designed specifically to address these common false alarms triggered by free-roaming pets and their innocently wagging tails. Additionally, wouldn't it be great to also see and hear your pets during the day? Fortunately, there are many new developments in home automation that can help you do just that.

Dropcam Pro 1080p HD Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

Dropcam Pro 1080p HD Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

Security cameras have been used for years for people to keep eyes and ears on their babies. Because many people consider their pets to be their babies, why should keeping visual and audial tabs on them be any different?

The folks at Dropcam believe that a desire to watch and listen to your furry babies is just as valid as if they were humans! To prove it, they designed the "Dropcam Pro 1080p HD Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera" as a cloud-based Wi-Fi video monitoring service that allows you to stay connected to your entire family.

For under $200, you can enjoy smartphone, tablet or computer alerts whenever the system detects activity within its 130-degree field of view. And with 8x zoom capability in premium HD video, you can truly feel like you are right there in the room with your pets even if you are miles away!

The time of day is also irrelevant, because the camera is equipped with night vision. And with the ability to interact via two-way talk, your pets can feel as if you are right there in the room with them, as well! Imagine how comforted you would both feel if you need not interrupt your nightly lullaby just because you've crossed state lines!

But the true brilliance of this system may lie in its optional cloud video recording capability. With this component, you can review footage, record it and make clips to share with friends, family and even the internet. Did you ever think your pup could be the next YouTube sensation?

Intellinet CMOS IP Bullet Shaped Surveillance Camera

Intellinet CMOS IP Bullet Shaped Surveillance Camera

If you want to spend less than $100, you can still feel safe and secure in your home as you monitor your pets from afar.

With the "Intellinet CMOS IP Bullet Shaped Surveillance Camera," you still enjoy the ability to see your home via the camera's remote viewing capability that provides excellent image quality using a progressive-scan image sensor. And with integrated multi-window motion detection, you'll always know who's wandering around your home when you're not there.

The only potential drawback here is the lack of a two-way talk component, but you can still hear what's going on in the room you're monitoring. But at the same time, the ability to connect to your home within your budget is a great thing and for around $90, this system has much to offer!

With summer vacations and more out of town trips scratching at the door, you can also leave your pets in the capable hands of an in-house pet sitter without fear of a complicated alarm system getting in the way of you enjoying your trip. Plus, with a hassle-free system, you can be sure your sitter will gladly volunteer for a repeat engagement rather than run screaming for the hills the next time you ask them to stay with your dog.

What other benefits can you see with getting an updated pet-friendly security or monitoring system for your home?

 

Rheney WilliamsAs a pet loving DIYer, Rheney Williams, often writes for The Home Depot about fun projects and solutions for your pets which include electrical topics such as home automation. Visit homedepot.com to find out more info on the Home Automation devices that Rheney mentions in this article.

By Natalie Gomez 34 days ago at 11:00 am 0 Comments
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When you are preparing to welcome a new pet into your home, you will need to make a few changes to ensure that your new furry friend will be safe inside and outside the home. If you've never owned pets before, you might have to make a lot of adjustments—you will have to get rid of things, move things around, and invest in a few things that will get your house pet-ready. Consider the following tips when getting your home ready to welcome a new pet.

Pet Proofing Your Home & Yard

Install Fences and Playpens Inside and Outside

Just as you would do for a baby, you can keep your new pet out of high risk areas using safety nets (this may be necessary if your new pet is a flighted bird), removable fences, and playpens. If your new pet is a puppy or kitten, and you are in the potty training process, it is a good idea to invest in a playpen, or plastic gates so that your pet won't wander into every room in your home and ruin the carpet. This is also a good idea for young animals if you have steep stairs where the little ones could fall and hurt themselves if left unsupervised. Until your pet gets a little older and more mature, these playpens will help you to keep track of them and keep them safe from harm.

Put All Hazardous Chemicals and Products Out of Reach

There are many household and yard care products that could be lethally poisonous to a new pet. Cosmetics, cleaning products, fertilizers and pesticides, medications, skin and hair care products, detergents and car supplies like antifreeze are all dangerous for pets. Be sure to move these behind locked doors or to high shelves. The professionals of Pest Free Now suggest that if you have your home or yard sprayed for pests, you make sure to keep your pets away from the sprayed areas because some pets will try to eat the chemicals that are meant to kill bugs or rodents.

Cover All Electrical Outlets and Wires, Cables, and Cords

Electrical outlets are not just fascinating to young humans - those small dark spaces can be alluring to young pets as well. Cover them with child-proof safety covers before your pet arrives. In the same way, electrical wiring can at the least induce a nasty shock and at worst cause a fire if your pet starts chewing. Buy pet-proof cord and cable minders or run your cables up and over the walls (instead of down along carpets or behind tables) to be sure your pet cannot get to them.

Keep Plants Out of Reach

There are many plants that, when ingested, are toxic to animals and humans. Some plants can provoke a rash just with casual contact (like brushing the leaves). Be sure to put all of your plants - inside and out - behind barriers such as netting or fencing or up out of reach of your new pet (for instance, hanging plants can pose less risk to all but pet birds).

Keep an Eye Out for Small Objects

Even if you do not think your pet will be harmed by chewing on your child's shoe or sock, you need to know there are instances where pets have died from complications of ingesting laundry, the stuffing from toys (even supposedly "pet safe" toys), panty hose, shoe laces, and other small items. If you can imagine a child gumming it, you can assume your pet might do the same. So be sure to remove it out of harms way before your new pet arrives.

You will soon learn what types of things pose a hazard for your particular pet, but take as many precautions before hand as you possibly can. If you need more suggestions or advice about how to pet-proof your home and surrounding area, the American Humane Society has a list of suggestions on their website about precautions to take before bringing your new pet home. Animals are curious, mischievous creatures, and unless you take the necessary precautions, they will get into everything. After a quick walk-through of your home, you will soon be able to remove any hazards, making it a safe place for you, your pet, and the rest of your family.

 

Dixie Somers

This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write about business, women's interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband, three daughters, and a spunky Jack Russel Terrier who makes life interesting! You can follow her on Twitter: @DixieSomers

 

By Natalie Gomez on Mar 05, 2014 at 2:35 pm 0 Comments
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