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 27 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 41 days ago at 11:00 am 0 Comments
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While bringing home a rescue dog can be exciting for you, it can be terrifying to your new dog, especially if he is a more timid sort. Oftentimes, rescue dogs have gone through some sort of trauma, whether it's the trauma of abandonment, abuse, or having been a stray for an extended period of time. Before you bring your new family member home, put a plan in place for helping him adjust quickly to his new forever home. 

Rover Rescue
Give Three Days of No Demands
If your dog is particularly nervous, let him have space. Don't force attention he may not want; if he wants to be left alone, respect that. Give him his own space with a comfortable bed, food and water, toys/treats, and a kennel. Dogs are den creatures and feel more secure in their environment when they have their own "den" to escape to when they're feeling overwhelmed. Take him outside when he needs to, go for walks for exercise, and monitor him closely. Potty accidents, hole digging, or other destructive behavior can't occur if he's closely supervised. Make sure he feels safe, but also knows the rules. Be firm.

Provide Structure
Be consistent with your dog and use positive reinforcement. Simply put, bad behaviors get ignored or redirected and good behaviors get endless amounts of praise. When your new dog goes potty outside, make it a happy time. Lots of happy praise and treats will make your dog realize that going outside is what makes his new family happy. If he has an accident in the house, immediately take him outside and praise him heavily when he does his business where he's supposed to. However, don't be overly permissive. Yes, your dog has had a hard time, but that doesn't excuse poor behavior like growling, jumping, or destroying household items. 

Don't Bombard Him
You'll want to show your new furry friend off to everyone you know, but it's best to keep the environment quiet for a few weeks. One or two people coming in and out probably won't stress your pet out, but a birthday party or barbecue absolutely will. Avoid places like pet stores, dog parks, or other heavily populated social places, too. He needs to focus on adjusting to his new home and dropping new people or places in on him during this adjustment period can cause setbacks in getting adjusted. Make sure your dog won’t attack strangers. Often rescues have adapted to become more aggressive to deal with their environments. According to Taylor and Blair, personal injury lawyers in Surry BC, they say it is great to praise soft play. Be sure before they meet new people and animals they are well trained enough to avoid an accident like this.

The basic rule of having a new rescue dog is to keep things quiet. Allow him time to learn about his new people, his new bed, and his new rules. He's gone from a noisy shelter environment to a home and that can be intimidating, no matter how good of a change it is. If you ever have any dog behavior questions, contact a professional dog trainer to help you stay on the right track for a long lasting relationship with your dog.

 

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

 

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