Back to School Tips to Help Your Pets

22613431 - purebred australian shepherd  and books in front of white backgroundIt’s that time of year again where parents are busy buying bouquets of pencils and backpacks with the latest movie characters on them and having lively discussions with the kids about what clothes are appropriate for school. It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time again.

But what about the four legged members of your family? While this time of year is exciting, it is also stressful not just for parents and kids but for the family pets as well. Maybe they have spent all summer running in and out of the house at will and playing outside with “their” kids. Maybe they have just spent many hours snuggled up together watching TV, reading, playing games, etc. Whatever the case may be, the kids are now gone for many hours a day and your pets may struggled with separation anxiety. Or they may just become a pest and bug Mom or Dad a million times a day to “let them in, let them out, let them in, let them out…”

How can you help?

Here are a few short tips to make the back to school transition easier for you and your pets.

  • Make time to spend with your pet even if it’s just a few minutes a day while the kids are away.
  • If possible, when walking or driving your kids to school, take Fido with you.
  • If you are gone from home all day as well, get your pet some “smart toys” that will engage him more fully or maybe invest in a “Pet-Cam” that allows you to talk to your pet. Some models even allow you to push a button on your smartphone and reward your pet with a treat.
  • There’s also the low-tech approach by getting your pet some new toys or treats to distract him.
  • As crazy as it may sound, getting another pet may be a solution if your pet is feeling especially lonely and starting to show signs of depression or acting out.
  • To prevent accidents, stress for your pet, or even just as a convenience for you, consider adding a Hale Pet Door to your home. This will allow your pet to relieve himself as needed and also give them access to the great outdoors where there are many more sights and sounds to entertain him until “his” kids come home.

Keep Your Cool and Save Money with an Energy Efficient Hale Pet Door

It’s August and the long, hot dog days of summer are upon us.
Each time you open your house door to let your dog or cat in and out, you let in a blast of hot air. This makes your air conditioner work harder, and that costs you money.
A Hale Pet Door can help you save on your energy bills because the double flaps close securely and the opening is smaller than opening your ‘people door’ every time your pet wants to go out and come back in the house.
A Hale Pet Door also saves your personal time and energy because you don’t have to stop what you’re doing and get up to attend to your dog or cat’s need to go in and out.
So save on your utility bill and be more efficient—whether you’re completing tasks or just relaxing—with a Hale Pet Door.

Find the perfect size and type for your home and pet here.23194774 - border collie taking a refreshing swim in a water trough

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy – When You Have a Hale Pet Door!

 

doginfountainThere are so many fun summer activities you can do with your dog. But when you have to leave your dog home – it’s nice to know he’ll be comfortably getting out to ‘take care of business’ whenever you are gone having summer fun.

Energy Efficient Hale Pet Doors Can Help You Save on Utility Bills

Instead of letting your dog or cat out by opening your full size entry door, the double flaps of the Hale Pet Door open just enough to let your pet through and immediately close – keeping your conditioned air in while the hot summer air and insects stay out.

 

4 Pet Door Frame Colors to Enhance Your Home

Unlike other brands that offer only 1 pet door color, Hale Pet Door gives you 4 frame color choices: white, brushed aluminum, Arizona beige (tan) and dark bronze (black) to make sure your new doggy door coordinates with your windows or trim. You can even order different interior and exterior frame colors on most models at no extra charge.

5 Year Warranty Even Covers the Flaps

Dog door flaps are the moving parts of the pet door, so are most susceptible to wear and tear. Hale Pet Door warranties all parts of the pet door: 100% for the first year. The flaps are then covered at 50% for the second year, 40% for the third year, 30% for the fourth year and 20% for the fifth and final year of the warranty.

You can be sure that your Hale Pet Door will give your pet years of good service because all products are backed by the warranty.

Keeping Pet Owners’ Homes Safe Since 1985

Because Security has been Hale Pet Door’s middle name, you can rest assured that when you insert the security cover and lock it that your home is secure. The security covers are made of HDPE polymer that is used in the marine industry because it’s strong and won’t rot.

These Made in the USA dog doors have frames made of heavy extruded aluminum that stand up to years of use by all sizes and temperaments of dogs.

The Best Pet Door for the Perfect Place in Your Home

Hale Pet Door makes pet doors for walls, doors, screens, window and patio slider panel inserts and even right in-glass so you’re sure to get a dog door that’s best for your pet and fits your lifestyle.

Be Sure to Enjoy Summer with the Freedom Your New Hale Pet Door will Give You and Your Pet

Check out all our Hale Pet Door products or give us a call at 800-646-4773 Monday through Friday 7 am to 4 pm Mountain Time.

 

 

 

 

 

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

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Pit Bull type dogs are usually the last to be adopted from shelters

When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you’re saving a life while adding to your own. Dogs make you healthier because when you exercise and care for them, you’re improving your health and fitness as well.

October is also National Pit Bull Awareness Month that began as an effort to educate the public about this much maligned breed type. There is no Pit Bull breed, so this name takes in ‘bully breeds’ such as Staffordshire Terriers and American Bulldogs with people mistaking boxer and mastiff mixes as Pit Bulls.

Unfortunately due to the public perception that Pit Bulls are dangerous dogs, they are often the last to be adopted from shelters. In shelters with high-kill rates, this means that perfectly healthy dogs are destroyed for no reason.

These bully breeds are bred for strength and perseverance, so it’s critical that they are well-socialized. Early learning of good responses to new people and animals will ensure that they will not have to be rehabilitated as adult dogs.

Your Shelter Dog Deserves the Best Dog Door

As the newest member of your family settles in, you’ll want to provide them with all they need. If you’re away from home for many hours – the most energy efficient and secure Hale Pet Door will ensure that your pet can get out to take care of business, so you don’t come home to unpleasant surprises on the floor.

Hale Pet Doors are the most energy efficient, good-looking and secure dog doors available. Because you saved a life by adopting a shelter dog, you’ll get 10% off your new Hale Pet Door, and we’ll donate that same amount to the shelter to help more dogs and cats find their forever homes.

The Best Pet Door for Your Best Friend

Because pet ownership is a lifetime commitment, you want products that will last. Hale Pet Doors have been made in the USA since 1985 and have stood the test of time.

The Hale Pet Door 5 Year Warranty gives you peace of mind that should anything go wrong during the first 5 years, you’re covered. Hale Pet Door even warranties the flaps on a pro-rated basis for 5 years.

Rescued a Pet? Get a Discount

With Hale Pet Door’s Rescue Rewards Program, you’ll get a 10% discount on your new pet door if you have rescued a pet. Hale Pet Door will donate that same amount to the Rescue or Shelter of your choice.

Check Out All the Hale Pet Door Models Here

Don’t Forget Your Pets in Your Back to School Plans

LaptopDogSummer will soon be over, and you’ll be focusing on getting the kids—and maybe yourself—back to school. Every change in routine can be stressful, so be sure to plan for those hours alone that your pets will have to endure.

Start Planning Now for a Smooth Transition

Just as you prepare the kids and yourself for a new routine, get the fur-kids ready by starting with one change at a time. Perhaps they’ll have to eat their morning meal earlier than on your summertime schedule, so start feeding them at the school schedule time about 2 weeks in advance. This will ensure that your dog’s elimination will be on schedule when there’s no one home to let her out.

Providing your dog with a high quality Hale Pet Door can save you from discovering unexpected accidents to clean up because your dog will be able to get outside to your safe fenced yard, so he can answer ‘nature’s call.’

Provide Plenty of Toys for the Long Day Home Alone

If your pet will be on its own for many hours, it’s a good idea to offer some new toys that will keep him busy while you and your family are away. When you offer new toys on a rotation in addition to favorites, your pup will be more interested in them than other things she may find around the house to chew.

When dogs can get outside — to run, explore the scents in the air and play with toys they’ll be happier to come into the house to nap instead of finding things to chew and destroy.

Plan for Potty and Exercise Breaks

If your dog is crate trained and you leave her in the crate while you’re gone, remember that during the day 5 hours is the maximum time you can safely leave an adult dog confined. They need to get out to eliminate and stretch their legs, so if you’re gone more than 5 hours, be sure to arrange for a friend, neighbor or dog walker to come and let your dog out.

Puppies need to get out more often depending on their age and bladder/bowel maturity.

When you have a high quality pet door, your dog can get out and ‘take care of business’ whenever necessary, and you can save money on dog walking fees.

Plan Ahead for Success

Your dog is part of your family, and you want him to enjoy the peace and quiet of staying home alone. When you consider your dog’s needs and plan for them, you’ll all have a successful school year.

Check out all the Hale Pet Door models here

Planning Your Vacation? Plan for Your Pet’s Staycation

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Make plans for your pets’ enjoyable staycation while you’re away

It’s great to get away – a vacation can be an experience or just time to relax without the day to day stresses and responsibilities of work and homeownership.

If you’re going someplace that won’t be fun for your pet or the travelling is too stressful, planning a safe and stress-free staycation for your pet is just as important as the destination you pick for yourself.

Options for Your Best Friend While You’re Away

  • Kennel Your Dog
  • Home Boarding
  • Ask Friends, Neighbors or Family to Care for Your Pets
  • Hire a House Sitter: Full or Part Time

Kennel Your Dog

If you just have a dog or dogs to care for, a professional kennel may be the option for you. Be sure to check the facility and staff out in person to make sure that your dogs will have consistency of care while you’re gone.

If you have more than one dog, will they be able to stay together for company? Will the routine be similar to yours at home with plenty of human interaction and potty breaks? Is the kennel clean and climate controlled?

Your dog’s emotional health affects her physical well-being, so visit the kennel with your dog to see if she’ll be happy at the kennel while you’re gone.

Home Boarding is a new option in some areas. Dogs are boarded in a home and live with the family and other pets. Ask dog trainers, your veterinarian or check pet message boards to see if this is an option for you.

Always ask for references and visit with your dog if you’re considering the home boarding option.

Staying with Friends and Family

If your dog feels at home with friends or family, this could be your best option. Just be sure to let your friends know if Fido regularly has to go out at midnight if he’s fed after 5 pm or any other special behaviors that are triggered by any change in schedule.

When your dog can keep his regular schedule, even in a different environment, there will be less emotional and digestive upsets.

Let Your Pets Enjoy a Staycation

If you have other pets in addition to your dog, a house/pet sitter may be the best option for you because you need to have someone care for your cat, bird, lizard, fish, etc.

This could be an extended family member, friend or professional pet/house sitter. When you have a dog door, the caregiver can keep their work schedule while your dog can get out to answer ‘nature’s call’ whenever necessary.

The familiar environment is the least stressful for dogs, and this arrangement can give you the best peace of mind while you’re on your well-deserved vacation.

Check out the many pet door options available at Hale Pet Door Products

 

Want Your Dog to Go Out the Pet Door, But Keep Your Cat In?

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Dogs and cats can be great friends, but you may have different ideas about who should use the dog door.

 There’s no doubt that cats are safer as inside cats. Cats like to roam and hunt, and they can climb the fences that keep your dog contained.When you want to keep your cat inside, yet allow your dog free access to the yard, you can train your cat to avoid the dog door with aversion or avoidance training.

This is easiest to accomplish with kittens or cats that have never enjoyed the great outdoors.

The objective is to make the area near the dog door an uncomfortable place for your cat. You can accomplish this by taking these steps:

  • Put your dog in another room, so she doesn’t inadvertently get ‘trained’ to avoid the dog door.
  • Have a helper with a noise maker like a metal garbage can lid and hammer stay quietly outside the dog door, out of sight from inside the house, close to the pet door.
  • Bring the cat to the area inside the house near the pet door. You may want to use a rug right inside the pet door for your dog to ‘wipe his feet’. When the cat walks near the pet door or on the rug, silently or quietly signal to your helper to make loud noises. Your cat will probably run away.
  • If your cat is bold, you may want to repeat the performance until the cat no longer wants to go near the pet door.

When your cat gives the dog door a wide berth in his daily wanderings, you’ll know that he won’t be in danger of going outside.

People often ask me about electronic pet doors where the dog wears a collar with a transmitter to open the pet door only when the dog approaches the door. Unfortunately, the electronics that I’ve experimented with are not reliable. The door sometimes fails to open when the dog comes to the door, and the door would open when someone walked by with a pocket full of change or keys. Also, if your cat and dog are best friends, the cat can run out the door on the heels of the dog, then not be able to get back in. These doors can also open when the dog is resting near the door, making feline escape a possibility.

Use aversion training to keep your cat away from your pet door so your cat is safe inside your home while your dog can get out to answer ‘nature’s call’ whenever necessary.

You can choose the right size, energy efficient, attractive Hale Pet Door for your dog here

 

Choose Safe Pet Toys to Avoid Accidents

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Dogs Love to Play with Balls

It’s so much fun to buy toys for our pets. We want toys that will attract and amuse them while keeping our cat or dog occupied. Safety is not often a concern while we’re shopping, but it should be.

Squeakers are very attractive to both cats and dogs as they mimic prey animal noises. When the squeaker stays safely inside the toy, it’s great. There have been cases, however, when a dog tears a toy apart, swallows the squeaker and becomes very sick requiring lifesaving surgery. If you get a toy with a squeaker, watch your cat or dog as they play with it, so they don’t tear it apart and swallow the squeaker.

Dogs love bones and rawhides to chew. Hard bones can chip teeth. Softer bones can chip off and get stuck in the dogs’ teeth, gums or soft palate which could require veterinary intervention. Some dogs will consume rawhides without much chewing. This can cause choking or digestive problems. Nylon or hard rubber bones are good options for dogs who enjoy chewing. But be sure to inspect them regularly and discard them when they show pieces breaking off.

Chasing balls is great fun for most dogs and some cats. Be sure to have a large enough ball that won’t get caught at the back of your pet’s mouth which can cause suffocation. Also get a ball that your pet can’t chew apart. When the ball becomes weathered or damaged, discard the potential choking or blockage threat.

Feathers and yarn can be fun cat toys, but if your cat pulls the feathers or yarn apart and swallows them they can create problems requiring veterinary care. Mylar film is often part of cat toys because it floats, is shiny and attractive to cats’ prey instincts. This material is also made into tinsel for Christmas trees, and it can be hazardous when cats chew or swallow it.

One of the best and safest cat toys is a laser pointer. Your cat can chase the red light to her heart’s content. The light can go over and into cardboard boxes or paper bags. Just pay attention to where you’re pointing, so kitty doesn’t climb and claw the curtains or knock that Ming vase off your shelf.

If your pet likes to cuddle soft toys, be sure to get a child safe toy. When the toy wears thin or too much exuberant playing tears the toy, discard it as stuffing can cause choking or digestive system blockages. Be aware of any small parts that can come off and be chewed or swallowed can be hazardous.

When you rotate your pet’s toys, they’ll stay interested in the ‘new’ toy when you bring it out again. Always put questionable toys out of pets’ reach when you’re not available to watch them.

If your pet is fortunate to have a Hale Pet Door, be sure to put the inside toys away while you’re not home.

Share your pets’ favorite toys in the comments below.

How to Really Love Your Pet

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February is the month of love, and you know how much love your pets add to your life. You want to return that love to let them know how precious they are to you. But have you thought of what your pet needs to be truly loved?

Give Your Pets What They Need

It’s only natural for people to give their pets the things that they would appreciate receiving, but pets are different species, so they have different needs and desires.

Dogs are pack animals, so your presence is the best present you can give your dog. Exercise and playing with you simulates hunting with the pack—a necessity for your dog’s mental, emotional and physical health.

Cats are usually more solitary types, but they appreciate play that simulates hunting. Short bursts of intense physical activity followed by a snack and a nap is the cat’s meow.

Give Your Pets What They Want

There is one constant between humans and pets. The desire to be near and to interact with loved ones. Give your pets your time. You may not have large blocks of time to spare, but there is truth to “quality time” even if it’s a few minutes at a time.

A peaceful environment where pets feel safe is another gift you can give your pet. Take time for training, so your pet knows what acceptable behavior is. Pets don’t understand punishment, so catch them doing the right thing and praise that behavior. Instead of yelling, “No!” which raises your blood pressure and confuses the animal, give him something to do – go lie down in his bed or safe spot with a small treat or favorite toy.

Be consistent with your expectations for your pet. If you like your dog to jump up to greet you when you have your sweats on, remember that she will also jump on you when you’re wearing your good clothes too. You can have it both ways by teaching your dog a cue to give you a hug when appropriate and a different cue for staying down.

High quality food, a comfortable place to rest and good company are the ways to show love to your pet. Don’t forget to get a Hale Pet Door  so your pet can go outside when necessary and come back into the house again.

Getting in Shape with Your Pets

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Let your pet be your fitness coach

New Year’s Resolutions come and go, but this is a great time of year to resolve to let go of that extra baggage – for you AND your best friend.

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that Americans and their pets are too well fed, resulting in overweight and obesity. Carrying too much weight can cause health problems from diabetes to heart problems to bone and joint damage for people and their pets.

Try some of these ideas to burn calories and build strong muscles and bones. Always consider your and your pet’s health and conditioning before beginning any exercise regimen. If you’re not sure that you or your pet is healthy enough to workout, contact your physician or veterinarian.

Too Cold and Icy for a Run?

If you live where winter becomes an impediment to your outdoor exercise schedule and your gym doesn’t allow dogs, consider a brisk walk in the park instead of running along icy roads. When you walk in snow, you’ll be using more energy than on a smooth road, so your walk can turn into a calorie burner for you and your dog.

Turn Training into Indoor Fun and Exercise

Whether your dog needs to learn Stay and Come commands or could use some practice, you can turn training into a game while you both get some exercise.

If you have carpeted stairs you and your dog (or cat) can get some extra aerobic exercise. Just ask your dog to Stay while you race up the stairs (or down the hall, or across the yard) then call her to Come. Praise her lavishly while you reward her with a treat and repeat until you’re both breathing hard.

When your pet gets good at Stay, you can turn it into a game of Hide and Seek by using the Stay command or distracting him with a few treats while you hide then give the Come command or whistle to get him searching for you. If you have helpers at home, they can hold or distract your cat or dog while you hide then give the Find and your name command to teach another behavior.

If your pet is in better shape than you, a game of fetch can stretch out muscles and create those feel good endorphins that will make your pet happy and relaxed when the game is over.

Make Getting in Shape Fun

Just the thought of exercise can make you tired, but if you make working out a game for you and your pets, you’ll both enjoy getting in shape.

And don’t forget to get a Hale Pet Door to make sure that your pets are healthy and happy in 2014!