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August 13, 2007

Garmin Astro 220 GPS Dog Tracking System

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At Super Cool Pets bird dogs have been our lifelong companions. We do not hunt, but if you are a hunter, you may be interested in the Garmin Astro GPS Dog Tracking System. This system is specifically designed for bird hunters, but is effective for other types of tracking as well.

Features:

  • Handheld GPS device and wireless transmitter with up to 5-mile range
  • 3-axis compass works regardless of orientation and shows dog's location
  • Shows dog's status, such as running, sitting, on point or treeing quarry
  • Includes barometric altimeter, microSD card slot, celestial information and an area calculator
  • Rugged construction has an IPX7 waterproof exterior
HOW IT WORKS: The Garmin Astro system consists of two components: a Handheld GPS unit (Astro 220) which looks like a walkie-talkie and a Dog GPS Unit (Astro-DC-20) with an antenna which is mounted on a harness or collar and transmits via radio signal.

The Dog GPS computes its location from the GPS satellites and detects whether your dog is moving or on point. The Dog GPS sends that info to your Handheld GPS every 5 seconds. The Handheld GPS plots the exact location of your dog on a map, shows distance, and whether your dog is moving or on point. On your Handheld GPS, the MAP SCREEN shows your location, your dog's location, and the path that your dog has hunted.

At Amazon.

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August 11, 2007

Role-Playing: When Your Child Wants a Pet

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When your child begs for a dog or cat and promises to take care of it, Baby Toolkit has a great suggestion:

If your child wants a dog, BEGS for a dog, and you don't want to shoulder the entire responsibility for a pet, test the child's promises to "take care of the dog." Make an agreement. If your child will wake at a specified earlier time and then "walk" the imaginary dog (10 to 20 minutes) every day for 21 days that you will then begin seriously considering getting a pet. I'd make it a month of walking because that's how long it takes to establish a habit.

The same role-playing can go for feeding the pet, changing the litterbox or bird cage liner, freshening their water--any responsibilities you want your child to assume.

Via Baby Toolkit.

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July 24, 2007

People Training for Dogs--The Dog Whisperer DVD

A Super Cool Pets relative recently picked up a new poodle puppy. He already has an older cream poodle, but lost her chocolate brother after a long battle with stomach bloat. If you have a new puppy in the house, or know someone who does, training tips can be really beneficial. Cesar Millan's DVD, People Training for Dogs: The Dog Whisperer, will provide an excellent and loving guide to understanding the basics of dog behavior.

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Super Cool Pets is not alone in regarding Cesar Millan to be one of the finest dog trainers to come along in a long while. Super Cool Pets has featured his media material before, as well as products. And for those of you who have travel plans, here are helpful tips from Cesar.

Available at Cesar's website or Amazon.

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July 20, 2007

Wordy Birdy Speech Training for Birds

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If you have no one to talk to, our Super Cool Pets suggestion is to talk to your bird. We talk to our doggies all the time but they just stare back. Wouldn't it be fun to have a bird that talks? Our cockatiels wolf-whistle, but how long can you fall for that?

With the Wordy Birdy Speech Trainer you can teach your bird to talk. Then if family members are ignoring you, or you live alone, you can have meaningful conversations anyway.

Record in your own voice the words you want your bird to learn to say. Then press the button and the speech trainer will play back your words over and over. You can adjust the time intervals from 30 seconds to 30 minutes until you want some peace and quiet and turn it off. Uses a microchip, no tape or parts to break.

For Canaries, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Parrots and Macaws. Requires four "AA" batteries, not included. Wordy Birdy Speech Trainer

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July 19, 2007

Lentek Pet Chime Portable Wireless Pet Doorbell

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Here is a wireless doorbell for your dog to summon you when it's time to go out and chase squirrels. And when it's time to come in. The paw either chimes or barks. The Portable Wireless Electronic Pet Doorbell consists of a transmitter shaped like a paw and a receiver that is wall-mountable or perches tabletop. No more yelping, howling, door scatching or whining. Easy directions included to train your pet. Works up to 100 ft. Transmitter (Paw) operates on one 9-Volt battery (not included). Receiver (Chime) operates on 3 AA batteries (not included). At Amazon and SmartHome.
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June 6, 2007

Cat Genie-Self Washing, Self Flushing Cat Box

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Popular item these days is the Cat Genie-Self Washing, Self Flushing Cat Box. Mess free, odor free. Your cat can still dig and cover, but you never have to buy or deal with cat litter again. Touch a button or pre-set the Genie to start the flushing. It uses permanent washable granules that never need changing.

The Cat Genie is not cheap, but considering that it eliminates the need for litter forever, a worthwhile investment.

Liquids drain through the granules and solid waste gets scooped and liquefied, then both are flushed with fresh water down the drain. Touch a button or pre-set the timer to start the wash cycle. Using water and veterinarian-approved SaniSolution, the unit scours and sanitizes the granules and cat-box interior to eliminate germs and odors. Its built-in dryer completes the cycle by blowing hot air over the granules to dry them. The unit acts like a cat box, washes and dries like an appliance, and flushes waste out of the home like a toilet.

Ideal for homes with two to three cats over six months old, the cat box sets up easily and maintains itself. Simply establish a one-time DIY connection to a cold-water supply line from a sink, toilet, or laundry; place the drain hose over a toilet rim or into a laundry drain; then plug the unit in.

Dimensions: 24" by 19" by 21". 2-year limited warranty.

Purchase from Amazon, SkyMall or SmartHome.

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May 15, 2007

Sirius Puppy Training DVD

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Know anyone with a new puppy? Unless we are breeders, most of us don't get a new puppy all that often. The Sirius Puppy Training Video could be a good way for the average pet owner to brush up on their training skills and learn new techniques. Product description:

SIRIUS Puppy Training redefined and revolutionized dog training. Before SIRIUS there were no puppy classes, and virtually no food lures and rewards in training. The SIRIUS methods have been adopted and adapted by most caring dog trainers worldwide. This DVD is written and hosted by veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and author Dr. Ian Dunbar - the creator of off-leash puppy classes, which sparked the revolution for positive, reward-based dog-friendly dog training. Dr. Dunbar is the founder of several dog training organizations, including th Center for Applied Animal Behavior; the Association of Pet Dog Trainers - the largest and most influential worldwide association of professional pet dog trainers; and SIRIUS Puppy Training - the Original Puppy Training School.

Voted "Best Video" (2000, 2001 & 2002) by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Available at Amazon.

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April 27, 2007

Dog Dazer

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Update: This product has been updated to the Dog Dazer II

As much as I love dogs, they live in a slightly different reality than most of us do and don't speak English. Sometimes they can be aggressive, and it can be hard to talk them down or instantly know the right body language to communicate with them. Perhaps the dog is trespassing in the yard or hassling the children. What to do?

The Dog Dazer uses ultrasonic technology to produce a discomforting but not harmful high powered sound, audible to dogs but not to us (humans). It can potentially stop the approach of dogs at up to 20 feet. Useful aid in training dogs.

Made of lightweight high impact plastic, includes a belt clip and low battery indicator. Powered by battery.

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April 24, 2007

TATTLE TALE® Vibration Pet Trainer

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Ever get tired of pet hair all over the sofa, the comforter, or your sheets? Must we close doors, install gates and cover our furniture for the rest of our lives? Maybe those days are over.

This TATTLE TALE® pet trainer is an alarm triggered by the slightest vibration. It could be effective in keeping cats off counters, car hoods, your dog or cats off the furniture, beds and maybe even Mr Tony the cat out of your baby's crib and playpen. The alarm will reset and sound again. Works 24/7, even if you are not home or in the room.

Our only reservation is intentionally scaring a pet. It can be hurtful and may even backfire. Depends on the disposition of your particular animal. TATTLE TALE® can also be used as a security alarm to detect tampering of doors, drawers, windows, gates, cabinets and any 'off-limits' area.

Dimensions: 4 1/2" x 2" x 1 1/2". Uses a 9 volt battery.

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March 28, 2007

Innotek Basic In-Ground Pet Fencing System

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We grew up in an era when dogs and cats pretty much ran free. Now, a roaming pet risks police arrest, kidnapping, injury, accidents, sickness and so on. The invisible containment fence is a great solution. We keep the dogs in a chainlink pen in the back yard while we are away, but use the electrical fence when we are home to give them the run of the entire yard. Even though the dogs are generally restrained from leaving, animals and other dogs can enter the yard freely, which can mean trouble if the owner is away from home.

The Innotek Basic In-Ground Pet Fencing System is easy to use. When your dog is wearing a containment collar and approaches the boundary area, he hears a warning tone. If he continues toward the boundary, he receives a harmless but effective electrical stimulus. We installed the fence ourselves--it is relatively easy. We feared the shocks would be inhumane, but one low-level zap was all it took for our dogs to learn.

Features:

* Gives your dog freedom with boundaries--for yards up to 5 acres
* Water-resistant collar operates on an easily replaceable 6-volt battery
* Features DVD that shows how to install system and train your dog
* Includes wall transmitter, collar receiver, training flags, wire

Note: Be sure to check the batteries on their collars from time to time--a dead battery is a ticket out for your dog. Innotek Basic In-Ground Pet Fencing System

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