Author: Shirley Stone

Dog Owner’s Guide to Setting Up Indoor Fountain

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Imagine going back home after a long, tiring day and listening to the relaxing sound of an indoor fountain’s moving water. Not only are indoor fountains comforting, they can also add aesthetic to your house and increase its value. And since there is no better place to relax than home, why not go all out and put an indoor fountain in it? If you’re interested, you can set up the indoor water fountain yourself. Here are simple steps you can follow:

Choose a location

To start, you have to choose the best location. Do not place it too close to a wooden door as you will risk splashing water on it. Wood does not fare well with water. Water may affect its texture and can even weaken its substance. In the worst case scenario, it will cause rotting. If you own a dog, then you know how they can be frolicsome. Thus, you need to secure the fountain in a place where it won’t be hit, knocked down, or capsized by your pets. Also, the cords shouldn’t be suspended all over the place to avoid dangers like tripping or fire.

Assemble the fountain

There are usually detailed guidelines on how to assemble an indoor fountain provided by the manufacturer.  Simply set up the container and follow the steps given to you. Then, add the lights. Afterwards, install a water pump to prevent the dirt from accumulating. Then, fill the container with water and turn it on.

Decorate your fountain

The most fun step in setting up the fountain is decorating it. Here, you can choose any design you like. You can add pebbles, plants, flowers, and lights with varying colors. Because there’s no limit to creativity, you can have as much fun as you can.

Even with your dogs around, setting up an indoor water fountain can be achieved. Just make sure that it is in a safe spot, away from wooden doors and unreachable by your frisky pups.  If you try it yourself, it is really not a hard thing to do. It is super simple. When successful, you’ll have something that will make your home more soothing.

Categories: Equipment, Tips

Dogs are the Best Companions

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There is no need to question the cliché quote, “Dogs are man’s best friend.” You’ve heard the experts prove them time and time again. Though raising dogs can be a challenge, they will stay with you through the toughest times. Personally, I have the foundest memories of relaxing on my comfy recliner every night while my adorable greyhound sat right on my lap.

If you own a greyhound, then you know how playful, curious, and approachable they can be. Not surprisingly, they are labeled as one of the friendliest dogs with the nicest temperament. They can be aloof with strangers, but exposing them to different people and experiences in their young age can make them more open. Greyhounds can socialize with people close to their owners, too. If you treat them as your lifetime companion, they will do the same to you. ]

If you need a powerful, loyal, and protective dog companion, the Persian dogs are perfect for you! If trained well, these dogs are like special-force dogs. They can quickly respond to threats and protect itself, its owners, or whoever you have trained them to protect. These dogs’ devotion and loyalty make them such good companions.

Afghan dogs are nothing less than a stunning pal. It thinks independently. Thus, it outperforms other dog breeds when it comes to decision making. Yes, it is the least cooperative dog breed in the list, and it is a challenge to train them as they are not ‘pleasers’.  But with patience, kindness, and gentleness, these dogs are just what you need as a companion.

Dogs are sometimes hard to please, maintain, and train. But at the end of the day, there is truly no better companion than them. When all you want to do is relax, snuggle, or sit on your reclining chair at night, just go look for your pup, and your stress will be relieved. They can give you the kind of loyalty and love that you can rarely find with humans.

Categories: Companions, Socialization

Maintaining and Tidying the Backyard: A Dog Owner’s Guide

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One tough challenge for dog owners is keeping the yard clean and tidy. After all, these animals need a free-run area for housetraining and a healthy exercise. While some owners choose to go to parks with their dogs, there are certainly ways to keep the beauty and sanitation of your backyard without restricting your dogs from the lawn. A key strategy is to set a regular cleaning schedule. Here are some tips:

Mow backyard grass regularly

A regularly mown lawn with a quality zero turn mower is not only pleasant to the sight but also reinforces the owner and the dog’s health. If brown patches of dog pee become visible in the lawn, it greatly affects the lawn’s appearance and may have health consequences on those exposed to it as well. Mowing twice a week will make these patches less visible, and slowly remove them.

Clean up dog waste and water urine spot daily

If you are yet to train your dogs to poop and urinate in the right spots, you will have to do the whole process of cleaning yourself. Keep in mind that dog waste and urine may spread bacteria. Children playing around may get sick due it. Needless to say, daily waste removal using the proper tools like bags or scooper can reduce health risk.

Set up off-limit areas

Greyhounds and Afghan dogs are particularly playful if they are in the mood. These dogs can run just about anywhere in the garden when not on a leash. If there are areas in your garden that contain delicate plants, you should put up a barricade around them. Hardscaping, such as setting up wood fences or walls, should keep your dogs from off-limit areas.

Adjust your dog’s diet

There is a need to consult a vet before following adjusting your dog’s diet. However, a lot of dog owners have vouched that adding tomato juice to their dog’s food reduces the strong smell of dog urine. Reducing the nitrogen content in dog pee can also make the lawn less scorched.

I have followed all the tips above myself, they’ve worked incredibly well for me and my dogs. I hope they will work well with yours, too.

 

Categories: Cleaning