A dog collar is a dog collar isn’t it? Well – even dog collars are getting more advanced these days. One example is the canny collars – a collar designed to stop your dog pulling on the lead. Its’ made from a simple dog collar with a slip line that fits over your dog’s nose and works with a ‘pressure and release’ system. This applies gentle pressure to the bridge of doggie’s nose when he starts to pull,. The pressure is released as soon as he stops. It’s more comfortable and less restrictive than a traditional head collar. The Canny Collar won’t jerk your dogs head sideways or ride up into the eyes. It’s a kind, safe and effective method of training.And what about electric dog collars? The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors has condemned the use of devices which deliver electric shocks to for training or behaviour problems. Users of devices like this need advanced training without which, pets can become distressed – as you might imagine. A dog experiencing a nasty shock to the neck will associate it with whatever it happens to be focusing on at the time. Unwanted side effects could occur when the dog being shocked becomes afraid of a particular area, or an owner, child, other dog etc. It’s also possible that the device could be triggered by external influences, or could malfunction, resulting in disastrous consequences for the dog. Others may be triggered by barking – enough to send a dog “around the bend” if shocks are received for an extended period. Training by punishing may be considered a sloppy and lazy way of trying to get a pet to do what the owner wishes. A dog trained in this way is unlikely to be happy, behaving in a certain way for fear of dire consequences – like a circus bear. These devices should only be used in exceptional circumstances, where other methods have failed. Owners with problem pets should understand that the unwanted behaviour can be altered winder kindness and patience – after all, would we train our kids with electric shocks when they didn’t do as they were told?
One of the greatest joys of being a dog owner is the opportunity to dress up your loyal pet. Owing to the ever escalating number of people with dogs, designers have set their eyes to creating outfits and dog accessories. The promising market for these products is proving to be a rewarding business opportunity. Many people are willing to spend a lot of money dressing up their four-legged friends; funnily enough, some even spend more on their pets than on themselves.Fashion is universal, and pet fashion is slowly becoming a much more authentic part of fashion. This can be exhibited through the many dog shows around the world, where the judges do not only base their results on the ability of dogs to perform tricks, but also on their type and quality of dressing. Designers are coming up with trendy clothing and fashionable dog accessories, like with humans. Pet owners enjoy pampering their pets with outfits and stylish pet blings. Pet items costs as much as the ordinary human clothing and accessories, some even cost more.Do not be too quick to regard dog fashion as something cute yet totally needless. Dogs are indeed much the same as humans and need many things to stay comfortable. Here are just some of the other items that they also need and why they need them:Dog guard- dog guards form a very essential part of all the dog accessories as they help in ensuring a good interaction between a pet dog and its owner. They are meant for confinement of dogs for specific areas for various reasons. Your dog deserves the freedom and joy of a nice yard to play in with a clear view of what is going on around your home. You also deserve the peace of mind, knowing your pet will be safe and secure, even if left outside unattended to.When you settle to buy this dog accessory, ensure that it is Veterinarian tested, it is not like traditional dog guard fencing systems that reduce your visibility and require costly maintenance and upkeep, and it should be maintenance-free, saving you time and money. The fencing should also include the training flags used to give your pet a visual reminder of where “not to go.”Car mesh dog guard- This is a type of dog guard used for confinement of the dog inside the car during trips or even short distance travels. These guards are made in such a way that they are easily adjustable for any type of hatch back car that you may have. This is made possible through the adjustable extending side panels. They are also made of tough steel material so that your dog cannot push over or through. This steel is coated with a thick rust proof and scratch proof coating so as to increase its durability. This coating, in most cases is made up of non toxic polyester powder that is pet friendly and can easily be wiped out using a damp cloth to clean out dirt marks made by your dog’s paws.When choosing a mesh dog guard, also ensure that you go for one that does not require any use of tools during its extension or assembly.