Your pet is part of your family. Its unconditional love and care keeps you happy, its company keeps you sane. In recent years, the market for pet products has vastly increased, but in the plethora of gimmicks, here are some guidelines to help you choose wisely.
The Perfect Leash – When you are looking for a leash for your dog there are several things to keep in mind. First you need to find one that fits. If there is a space for two of your fingers between the leash and the dog, then you are on the right track. Make sure the leash is neither too heavy nor too long. Small dogs will be burdened with a heavy leash and get entangled in one that is too long. Bigger dogs on the other hand require a longer leash for more freedom and a heavier one for more control. In terms of color and design, you could check out different fabrics and shades. However, try and match your dog’s fur to the color of the leash for a more pleasing effect. It’s important to shop around before choosing a leash – compare prices (most start at $10 and go upwards depending on how fancy you want it to be). Look for durability and leashes that are water-resistant as well. Online stores are a good place to start looking for the perfect leash for your dog.
Chew Toys – Dogs can’t help chewing. It’s a natural instinct that unfortunately could lead to destructive behavior if left unchecked. If dogs don’t have the correct toy for their chewing habits, you could end up with your shoes and furniture bitten to bits! When choosing the safest chew toys for your dog look for ones that are large enough that they can’t be swallowed. Materials used should be non-toxic and safe, durable and easy to clean. Ensure that there are no loose buttons or small parts that could choke your pet. Bones should not be treated as toys as they do not break down easily and might be hazardous to smaller dogs.
Brands such as Nylabone® and Kong® come highly recommended and can keep your pet occupied for hours thus dealing with unnecessary chewing and boredom as well. Choose toys that come with a guarantee for more peace of mind. When introducing chew toys to your dog, offer a variety to begin with to see what grabs his fancy. Supervise the usage for a few days before leaving your pet alone with the toy and rotate the toys to keep him interested for longer.
GPS Pet Tracking Collar – A GPS Pet Collar works in much the same way as the tracking system on your automobile does. Now, pets can be tracked down online with the help of detailed directions to their location courtesy of the collar. It sounds like the perfect solution but before you rush out and buy one, ensure that you are making the right choice. There is already a staggering array of choices available when it comes to GPS Pet Tracking Collars, ranging from those giving you only the location of the missing animal while others are more sophisticated providing the location as well as detailed directions on how to get there. You need to figure out how much you can afford in terms of inclusions and services offered. Most GPS Pet Collars are best suited for medium to large sized dogs. If your pet is smaller, weighing 10 pounds or less, the collar might be too heavy and cause discomfort. A good GPS Pet Collar should be water resistant. Look for the most durable device you can get your hands on for long-term satisfaction.
A GPS Pet Collar fitted with a bright LED beacon is much more useful when your dog goes missing at night. Keeping all these factors in mind, Securus has teamed with the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) team to officially launch the SpotLight GPS Pet Locator to reduce the number of lost dogs. It has the advantage of being water resistant, compact, lightweight, and long lasting. With its LED beacon & utilization of advanced technology, you can now be informed of your dog’s whereabouts around the clock through text or email alerts. And with a lifetime enrollment in the AKC CAR’s Recovery Service (American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery), owners of this GPS Pet Locator have access to their call center and the best recovery team available. With this, tracking and recovery of lost dogs is no longer an issue and your missing pet will be returned safely to your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.