Raising a dog at home – tips

Dogs are a wonderful addition to a family home if they’re raised right, but a naughty dog can wreak havoc on your home. Some of the most common problems associated with puppies, such as wetting on the floor, chewing and begging can continue into adulthood if not addressed and remedied quickly. Bad puppy behavior can lead to fighting and discontent within the home and can even lead to health problems for the animal and the family. It’s important to learn how to raise a dog properly so that you can continue to live in peace and harmony throughout your pet’s life.

Wetting

Wetting is annoying at first, but it will completely destroy your flooring and make your house reak of urine if you don’t train your dog. The smell is be so overwhelming that guests will not want to visit your home and you won’t want to live in it. You can only shampoo carpets so many times. The smell won’t come out.

To begin potty training your puppy start with paper training. When you know they are about to wet, move them onto a piece of newspaper and let them go. Soon, they will go to the paper automatically. Move the paper a few inches closer to the door every day. Eventually, you will be able to move the paper outside and they will learn to go potty in the yard.

Chewing

New shoes, furniture, carpets and more are fair game in your dog’s eyes. Teaching them not to chew is one of the most difficult training exercises. Puppies need to chew in order to teethe properly. For this reason, you can’t get angry about what your puppy chews and destroys. You will have to keep a very close eye on your dog for about the first year. Be sure there are not objects that are available to them that could break and choke them. If you don’t want something chewed on, put it up. When your puppy chews on forbidden items, sternly discipline them verbally. Be consistent with your discipline or you will confuse the dog.

Begging

When puppies are babies they’re irresistibly cute. You want to hold them, snuggle and love on them as much as possible. Spoiling them with treats, holding them and loving on them is fun and can be a great way to bond, but don’t go overboard. Don’t feed dogs off of your plate or give them people food because it will teach them that if they beg you will give them what they want. Responding to begging creates a monster. You won’t be able to eat a meal without your dog standing beside you staring and whining if you don’t put a stop to it.

Food

Food is exeremly important for the development and hjealthiness of your pet. It is better to avoid commercial food, and to look for what is called hyppoalergenic dog food which contains health elements such as wheat and other natural ingredients like iron or zinc. For the best resource online I’ve found in this article: http://thepetslover.com/hypoallergenic-dog-food/

 

Whether young or old, saying no, disciplining them and resisting the urge to spoil them will result in a healthier, happier dog and family. Establish a set of rules and stick to them just as you would with your children. You’ll be more than pleased with the results!

Why Should You Buy A Generator?

There’s nothing worse than an electricity outage at home when using something useful. Boiling the kettle or using the washing machine. In the UK, we don’t suffer so much as the US with the terrible storms that cause outages, however, we can fall prey to electricity cuts. Some very well prepared people store their own generator at home – just in case – but it’s not always for an emergency! We’ve found some fun and useful ways that generators are utilised at home and work – in some cases, celebratory!

1. Storm outages

In emergencies, particularly in the US, houses require a backup generator to keep electrical appliance running in case of emergency. Many businesses also need generators, particularly hospitals.

2. Camping and Caravan

We tend to enjoy taking the kitchen sink on our holidays, so some holiday-makers will take a portable generator with them to enjoy using home comforts, such as cookers, fridges, kettles, lighting, air-con, GPS or the TV.

3. Mowing the lawn

For the areas of lawn that you can’t get to with an electric mower – a generator can help you get round areas that could be a distance away from an electrical source near a building.

4. Inflating tyres

If you have a vehicle that you can’t move or is difficult to access with a standard electricity point, a portable generator can certainly help you out of a difficult spot.

5. Air brush painting

Airbrushing as a hobby or as a job – often requires small portable generators to power the air brush gun. Generators can emit carbon monoxide, so be cautious on where you use one.

6. Bouncy castles

It’s that time of year when the kids love to have a bounce outside (and some adults may enjoy too!). Ideal for an afternoon of fun!

7. Marquee for a party

Many weddings are being celebrated in outdoor marquees in the summer, the role of the generator has become invaluable to fuel fridges, lighting, music and so on.

8. Jet washing

Difficult areas of the outdoors can be awkward to access, so a generator is ideal to power up outdoor tools.

9. Cement mixer

A builder’s friend – the generator is essential for powering up cement mixers – only one of many appliances needed for building work (as well as the kettle to provide the British cup of tea!).

10. Outdoor exhibitions

It’s the start of the summertime outdoor fete and exhibitions. You’d be surprised at the facilities that need electricity required to run a stall – water coolers, kettles, lighting, laptops, chargers, fridges and more!

To select the correct generator for the first time can be a daunting task, knowing the size and capacity depends on the appliances you intend to use, and choosing which fuel you wish to run the generator on can leave you scratching your head. We have a few simple pointers to help you decide on how to shop around:

1. Identify the appliance or tools you wish to operate.

2. Find out the required power for the items you’re about to use, ie watts of appliance.

3. Add the required Watts of each items that will run simultaneously (also allow for motor starting of appliance).

4. Choose the generator that has rated Watts that exceed or meet the total power.