Friday, December 10, 2010

Puppy Gates - Select The Best Style For You

Congratulations on your decision to provide a home to a new puppy! Now it's time to stock up on all the accessories necessary to keep your pup healthy, happy and safe. At the top of the list is a strong puppy gate.

While there are a tremendous number of gates to select from, the best gate is one that is functional, inexpensive, easy to use, enables you and the puppy to see each other while you're on opposite sides, doesn't damage your walls or door jams, and portability would be a bonus. Does that sound like the gate for you?

If so, keep reading and I'll tell you about just such a gate and why so many pet owners have selected it.

Made of Mesh Material.
It's a fact. Puppies chew. So you want a gate made of a material that won't hurt the puppy if she chews on it. Avoid wooden gates. Depending on the breed you select, you might also avoid the plastic gates because your pup could poke her head through the spindles. That leaves mesh. It allows air to flow through it. You can see through it. And it holds up to your pups curiosity.

No Screws Or Nails.
Rather than a gate that must be attached to a door frame or wall, opt for a gate that is spring-loaded with rubber ends that grip and protect your door frame.

Ergonomically Correct.
The ideal gate has multiple adjustment points so that you can use it in doorways that may not be even at all points. For example, if one side has molding at the bottom and the other side doesn't, without multiple adjustment points a gate wouldn't fit.

Economically Priced.
Whether you're planning to use your puppy gate for your dog's entire life, or just until she outgrows the puppy stage, you still don't want to spend more money than necessary on a gate. Would you believe there are gates for sale that cost more than $500! Don't worry - I'm not suggesting you even consider that one!

Protection For Kids' Fingers and Hands.
If you have small children in your home I can see them holding on to the top of the gate, peering over at their new friend. A gate without pinch points is especially important if you have children.

Why buy two gates (One you take with you when you visit friends and family and one that stays at your home) when one will do the trick? Quick and easy to set up and take down is the key to this benefit.

85% of people who have tested the gate and have chosen to share their opinion of it rank it a 4 or a 5, on a 5 point scale. Visit PuppyGates to access this leading puppy gate.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

To Bring In A Playmate or Not To Bring In A Playmate: That Is The Question

I belong to an online network of dog lovers and today one of my community members posed the question, "I just took in a rescue dog that isn't very well socialized.  Should I get another dog to socialize this one?"

I'd love to hear what you think about this.

Here's what I think.   I don't think she should.  What if the two dogs don't, or can't, get along. That's not fair to either one of them.  Instead I would seek a dog training facility that has socialization classes for dogs.  The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul has an excellent facility with a great track record of this type of training. It's called The Canine Coach.  If you live in another city and have first hand knowledge of a training facility that works with socializing dogs, please post a link in the Comment Section below, along with your thoughts on how you would suggest she handle her dilemma.