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March 7, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release--DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show

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Our dogs love to look beautiful--it's just that their idea of beauty (covered in mud) and ours can be miles apart. Grooming a dog regularly helps keep him/her in good health. Their family can keep an eye out potential physical issues and stop the spread of dirt, fleas, and germs that crop up all too often.

However, professional grooming is one more household expense. So how about DIY? If you want to try doggy grooming in the privacy of your own home, Jorge Bendersky, a celebrity dog groomer in New York City, has just released a how-to DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show: Everything You Need to Know, Step by Step. He grooms Manhattan area dogs and consults on dog grooming, having appeared on Animal Planet, The Today Show, ABC Nightline, CW11, and E! News, and in the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, and more.

DIY Dog Grooming has practical step-by-step tips and photos to teach you how to bathe and trim your dog, plus care for his/her nails, ears, teeth, and more. Included are solutions to common problems like fleas and ticks, dirt and mud. Dog too tense for grooming? You can learn how to train your dog to relax and enjoy grooming.

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February 13, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release -- Decoding Your Dog by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

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Our dogs are excellent communicators. Trouble is, we don't speak their language and they don't speak ours. So it is up to their doggy family to figure out what they are trying to tell us, and one way is to educate ourselves. A new release Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones is a first-time publication for the public by members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

As suggested by the subtitle, the book should help us provide our sometimes mystifying dogs with the loving guidance and direction they need to fulfill their needs and avoid unwanted (by us) behavior. Certainly there are differences of opinion on dog training techniques and theories of dog behavior. This is one more book to add to your library in the eternal quest to understand and love our pets.

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January 15, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release -- How to Foster Dogs: From Homeless to Homeward Bound by Pat Miller

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Fostering dogs involves welcoming into your home a dog who needs a family and shelter while waiting for a home of his/her own. While this is a loving act, given that it is only on a temporary basis, it is also a challenging one, especially if there are dogs already living there. How does one prepare and train for foster care-giving? And steel oneself for the inevitable parting of ways?

Pat Miller, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, dog trainer and author of six books on dog training and behavior recently published a manual How to Foster Dogs: From Homeless to Homeward Bound. Read an informative quick review here, by Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

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September 13, 2013

Sofa Scram Sonic Dog and Cat Deterrent Mat

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We sometimes need our pets to stay off certain spots in our house, but many of us balk at using shocks to train them. This affordable Sofa Scram Mat works quickly and effectively without applying shock or pain to your pet.

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All it takes is the touch of a paw to instantly activate the mat. It will then emit 85 decibel startling beeps that encourage the cat or dog to move quickly away. Use the Sofa Scram on the sofa, chairs, counter tops, beds, in front of doorways, trash cans, etc.

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July 10, 2013

Kong Aqua Retrieving Dog Toy

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Summer is all about playing outdoors and cooling off in the water. Exercise your best buddy in the ocean, lake, pool or backyard with this Kong Aqua Dog Toy.

It floats for endless water fun and has a long-distance throw rope. Great for training or just blowing off some steam.

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June 29, 2013

Percher Portable Training Bird Perch

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Most pet birds love free time out of the cage. This Percher Portable Training Bird Perch can be used either as a hand-held or free-standing perch perfect for training sessions or just hanging out. You can create multiple setups to suit your needs.

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The Percher is comprised of a textured perch, a protective cone to catch droppings, a grip handle and a decorative base. This universal perch accommodates birds of all sizes--African Greys, Cockatiels, Conjures, Parakeets, Senegals, Amazons, Lovebirds and any bird that loves out-of-cage attention.

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May 6, 2013

$10 Off a $50 Purchase of Select Pet Training, Containment, Water and Feed Products

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For a limited time, receive $10 Off a $50 purchase of select PetSafe, Drinkwell, and Premier products at checkout at Amazon. Find affordable and easy solutions to many pet problems: Training, Fencing, Containment and Door, Water and Feed and save $$$!

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May 2, 2013

Keep Unwanted AnimalsOut of Your Home -- Electronic Cat Doors

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Many cat owners nowadays keep their cats indoors full-time, but we still spot plenty of non-feral cats roaming the countryside. If you live with an indoor/outdoor cat who enters and exits the house through a cat door, you will enjoy Ridding the House of Errant Raccoons and Other Animals | NYTimes.

To keep out unwanted critters, the safe move is to upgrade to an electronic programmable system, such as the Cat Mate Elite Selective Cat Flap. Only animals with an electronic collar ID tag programmed into the door can enter or exit.

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May 1, 2013

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Train Your Dog Positively by Victoria Stilwell

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Do you believe that dogs are striving for dominance? That training them is a power struggle? Some experts take a different approach, one being dog trainer and Animal Planet TV star Victoria Stilwell in Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling, and More!.

Rather than focusing on punishment-based methods, she goes with positive reinforcement. This book helps owners actually change the way their dog thinks, feels, and learns, using her time-tested and scientifically-backed brand of positive reinforcement training solutions. Create a bond with your dog based on mutual trust, respect and love!

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October 24, 2012

Every Step You Take, Every Move You Make, Your Dog is Watching You

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Dogs certainly can learn and understand some words, though they naturally communicate with us through body language. Our dogs are watching us closely and taking their behavior cues from our actions and facial expressions.

We often unwittingly reinforce "bad behavior". Martin Deeley elaborates in Showing Pack Leadership in Dog Training | Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan:

Training is not just a formal five, 10 or 15 minutes of your day. It is all the time - your dog learns from everything you do.

You shout at your spouse or the kids and guess what? He picks up on that energy and may think it is directed at him. You feel irritable and under the weather? He knows it.

If you make a mistake with your dog, he will remember the body language and repercussions. Of course, the opposite is true too.

It is important when we are with a dog to realize that they are always learning. They are watching our movements, listening to our sounds and, I am certain, ''scenting'' our emotions.

Sometimes we may even take our feelings out on our dog. He did not create the feeling but we have to vent somehow and he happened to make a small mistake.

Therefore when you are feeling a little under the weather or are getting a little frustrated - put your dog somewhere he cannot get into trouble and will not be the recipient of your mood.

Or, if he is the one that can calm you, sit nicely with him, breathe deeply, and let each of you find calmness together.

For more tips, visit Cesar Millan

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June 25, 2012

Pet Books -- 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

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Trick training is a terrific way to bond with your dog and help him or her feel like one of the family. It's an activity that keeps your pet mentally and physically challenged, which we know they all need. If you are interested, trick training prepares your dog for common dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work.

101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog requires no special tools (such as clickers) or knowledge of specific training methods. The author Kyra Sundance is a world-acclaimed stunt dog show performer, dog trainer, and internationally best-selling author.

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The book's step-by-step approach, difficulty rating, and prerequisites allow readers to start training immediately. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while "build-on" ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill.

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January 2, 2012

Safely Turn Your Indoor Cat into An Outdoor Cat -- Train Your Cat to Walk on a Leash

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Ever wish your indoor cat could be an outdoor cat and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells while staying safe? According to Training a Cat to Walk on a Leash | NYTimes.com, more and more animal behaviorists, such as trainer Jackson Galaxy quoted below, are convinced that training and walking cats is not only possible, but good for the cat.

First equip yourself with a cat leash, such as this Come with me Kitty Harness to obtain gentle and comfortable control of your cat or kitten for your outdoor excursions. Next, follow these tips from Jackson Galaxy for training your cat on a leash:

1. Know your cat. If it doesn't mind being handled, is pretty confident and not easily spooked, it's probably a good candidate for leash training.

2. Get the right gear. It is not safe to walk cats on a traditional collars; if they escape up a tree, a breakaway collar will detach, while a standard collar can strangle them.

3. Hungry is good. Many cats respond to food treats, so start with a hungry cat. Cut treats into tiny pieces, because when a cat gets full, it will stop working. Only give the cat treats when you're doing the training, and limit the overall amount.

4. Start small. In the first session, place the harness on the cat with confidence, and fit it snugly but not tightly. The moment you've finished putting it on, give your cat a treat.

5. Set goals. Push the cat a little farther each day, by breaking up leash walking into small steps. When it walks around each new area with its tail up, it's ready for the next step.

6. Expect some setbacks. If the cat is afraid of something, try to redirect its attention to another area. If the cat completely freaks out, retreat to the previous area you were walking until it is confident again. Try not to pick up the cat, which erases its confidence.

7. Be careful if your neighborhood has lots of off-leash dogs; consider taking the cat to an area that's more protected.

Come with me Kitty Harness is available in many colors:

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October 20, 2011

Use Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls for Training Treats

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A well-trained dog is a pleasure to be around. Many, if not most, dogs want to please their human companions and will respond to positive reinforcement rather than punishment. Just break off a bit of a Natural Balance Dog Food Roll at a time to reward your pet's good behavior.

These made-in-the-USA pet food rolls provide high quality nutrition and do good things for your dog's skin and coat condition. When you need to administer medication, hide the pills in a chunk, and your dog won't suspect a thing. The rolls come in different flavors (beef, turkey, duck, lamb) and are super convenient at home or on the road.

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August 2, 2011

Mountainsmith Dog Pack 2011

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Does your dog yank on the leash, no matter how many dog training techniques you try? Dog owners report that some dogs calm right down when you fit them with a backpack.

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This streamlined 2011 Mountainsmith Dog Pack will keep everything stowed for extended trip to town or an all-day outing. The Dog Pack has a D-ring attachment point for your leash and 3M reflective trim for year-round visibility. In three sizes for Small, Medium and Large dogs.

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