Friday, August 23, 2019

Should I Crate Train My Puppy?

*This article first appeared on Barking from the Bayou on March 17, 2015. 

 “To crate or not to crate.” That’s a question many new pet parents ask. The question is brought up because many people believe it is a form of punishment to crate their dog. Rest assured, just the opposite is actually true. There are many times in your pet’s life when the benefits of crate training will come in very handy. In the event of separation anxiety, injury, or illness, your veterinarian may recommend crate rest to help to heal. That is not the time to start trying to get your dog used to being inside their crate.
Why is Crate Training a Puppy Important?
  A puppy needs constant supervision when they are out exploring their new environment. Sometimes, you have to be in a different room, go to work, or make a trip to the store. Being able to leave your puppy secured inside their crate ensures you that they will not get into mischief or potentially hazardous situations while you aren’t looking. Think of it as a playpen for your pup. 
  Crate or kennel training is also one of the best ways to potty-train a new pup. Let them take naps inside their crate. Upon awakening, take them outside, and praise them for a job well done. Do not put puppy pads or newspaper in the bottom of their kennel. You want to take advantage of your puppy’s natural instinct not to go where he sleeps.
How does crate/carrier training help?
   In the home, proper crate training can help ease separation anxiety for your dog. When you leave them alone inside their crate, they get the sense of being in a den. It is a secure and safe place for them. If your pet is destructive when left alone, the crate can save your property and your pet from harm. A crate or kennel can be helpful if you have a house full of guests. Having your dog in their safe place can prevent them from being underfoot, given food they aren’t allowed, or being left to deal with excited children.   
   The benefits of traveling with a pet in their crate/carrier are enormous. Whether you are taking a trip to the vet or a vacation to the beach, crate training can make the journey easier and safer.  As much as we enjoy our dog riding along with us when we are driving, a loose dog is extremely dangerous.  It is never a good idea to allow your dog to ride unrestrained in a vehicle.  You and your best friend will be safer in the event of an accident if they are riding in their carrier/crate.
How to Make Crate Training Pleasant
   Your main goal with the crate/kennel is to make it a pleasant experience for your pet. Begin by adding a nice pad and a favorite toy. Leave the door open and allow your pet to explore by going in and out a few times. Once they are comfortable, try closing the door, but stay where your pup can see you. Let them out and leave the door open.     Remember never use the crate as punishment. The crate/kennel should be a positive experience for everyone. It won’t take long before your new family member falls in love with its own special place.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Back-to-School Pet Safety

*This post originally appeared on Barking from the Bayou August 14, 2014. A few updates have been made. 
Bentley: “Hey Pierre, it’s time our annual back-to-school safety post. We are at our local school so we can share some important information with you. It’s close enough to walk from home and that sure beats riding the school bus.  Mom even packed us a lunch.”
Pierre: “This is a great classroom. I’m going to sit up front, so I can be the teacher’s pet. We are learning about School Supply Safety today. It looks pretty interesting so far.  What kind of safety concerns can we find in a classroom?  I mean other than bullies, slamming our paws in lockers, falling out of my chair, and algebra?”

Monday, August 19, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News August 19, 2019


Bentley Basset Hound: “Welcome to this week’s BFTB NETWoof News. We have mostly personal news today but I’m going to let Pierre share the top story.”

Friday, August 16, 2019

Snoozing on the Original Dog Pillow

The Original Dog Pillow
Pierre: “As the official toy expert, I really lucked out when we received The Dog Pillow Company’s Original pillow. Although it is fun to run around with it in my mouth, it is so much more than a toy.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Why I Don’t Take My Dogs to the Dog Park

   Let me begin by saying that I think dog parks are a wonderful place. I encourage people to use them and feel like it makes communities more desirable to dog parents. We have never taken the Bayou Boys to a dog park for a number of reasons. The first being where we used to live didn’t have one and then when they opened it people dropped their dogs off and kids swam in the dog pond. Thanks, but no thanks. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News August 12, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of August 12, 2019. We have some good stories to help put a smile on your face today so let’s toss it over to my co-anchor, Pierre, for our top story.”
BFTB NETWoof News Top Story
Pierre Westie: “Thanks, Bentley and welcome to all of our friends! Our top story made me grin when it came across my desk. It is from Switzerland which is known for its wonderful people like our friends, The Swiss Cats.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Cruising Along with My Pet DMV License

Bentley Basset Hound: “They’re here! They’re here! Pierre, hurry!!”
Pierre Westie: “What are you barking about? What’s here? This had better be good because I was having a great dream.”
Bentley's licenses from MyPetDMV.com
*Barking from the Bayou received two sets of license from MyPetDMV.com in exchange for an honest review. We only share products that we love and think will benefit our readers. MyPetDMV is not responsible for the content of this article.
Bentley: “Well, this is a dream come true. We finally have our very own driver’s license. Mom ordered them from My Pet DMV, and they are absolutely incredible. We selected our Texas license, but you can pick from ALL 50 states and Canada! They look just like the real deal and only take about 5 minutes to create on their website.”
Pierre: “Oh my dog! I’ve been wanting my own license since I was a pup. They fixed us up with one wallet size and three keychain/collar ID tags. It’s hard to believe they only charge $19.95 for all of those and you can order additional pets’ licenses for only $9.95 at checkout. That kind of savings makes it easy to order licenses for the whole family…even your feline siblings. Cats like to drive too!”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Trip to the Vet

Westie at vet
Pierre Westie: “Y’all are not going to believe what we were forced to endure on Monday. Mom and Dad took us to the V-E-T. It all started a few days ago when I began scratching and rubbing my right ear. Mom examined it but didn’t notice anything unusual and there was no foul odor. Still, after watching it over the weekend, they decided I needed to see the doctor. I feel better sitting in Mom’s lap in the office.”

Monday, August 5, 2019

BFTB NETWoof News August 5, 2019

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hello and welcome to BFTB NETWoof News for the week of August 5, 2019. Well, if there was ever a need for some good news, this is the week. Humans have not made it very easy here in the United States. Pierre, what do we have to put a smile on our readers’ faces today?”
BFTB NETWoof News with two dogs anchoring
Pierre Westie: “We actually have the purr-fect top story that had tails wagging in our newsroom. 
   There is a Maine Coon cat living in Pennsylvania that is kicking litter over the myth about cats not liking water. Tissy is a five-year-old rescue who enjoys a dip in the family’s pool at least once a week.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Introducing the Smart Leash with Auto Lock

Smart Leash
   I want to introduce you to the Smart Leash™ retractable leash. Now before you roll your eyes and say all retractable leashes are a bad idea, let me tell you how this leash has changed my mind. 
   Most retractable leashes rely on the human at the other end of it to control the dog. While many pet parents are great at using their retractable leash, many are not and that results in their dog abruptly charging at other dogs, people, or even into the street. This is why people have such negative views on this type of leash.