Three Things for Making Life with Your Dog More Enjoyable

Simple ways to make living with your four-legged best friend better than ever.

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One of the great things about owning a dog is how easy it can be to make them feel safe, comfortable, and happy.Helena Lopes

While dog ownership is linked to better physical help, canine owners also receive mental benefits from spending time with “man’s best friend.” Studies examining the link between pets and mental health have shown that petting and playing with animals reduce stress-related hormones, and the benefits can occur as quickly as five minutes after interacting with a pet. In this true win-win situation between dogs and man, finding ways to make living together even more enjoyable is a bonus for both species.

Dog Camera

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This remote dog camera not only allows you to monitor your dog while you are away, but lets you reward it with a treat.Furbo

Leaving a dog at home when you have to go to school, work, or some other place and can’t take Fido along is stressful for both you and your pooch. In fact, some dogs suffer from separation anxiety, making prolonged absences even more traumatic. Remote pet cameras are one answer to this difficulty. Most utilize your home’s WiFi and allow you to visually monitor your dog when you are away. Many high-end ones also make it possible to hear your dog and allow your dog to hear your voice. As a bonus, some remote cameras even allow you to give your dog a treat from afar. That’s another win-win situation for both dog and man!

Dog Crate

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This folding crate will protect your dog and your belongings at night or when you are away from the house.New World Crates

While some people consider crates to be cruel, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many experts say crate training benefits dogs in a number of ways, including allowing them to have their own comfortable lair, assisting in house training them, keeping dogs from being underfoot when an activity could be harmful to them and even allowing them to still be around the family even in situations where their being loose just isn’t feasible. The fact is, for many dogs, their crate is their happy place. Crating a dog when you have to leave the house for a while also gives you peace of mind in knowing the dog is safe where it can’t be hurt or destroy anything in the home. When choosing a crate, size is the most important consideration.

Stain & Odor Eliminator

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This enzyme-activated stain and odor eliminator can keep you house smelling clean, resulting in a happier dog and a happier you.Rocco & Roxie Supply Co

If you have a dog, one thing is certain: At some point he is going to have an accident in the house. How you handle the cleanup might determine whether it happens again and whether you can trust your dog moving forward. Once a dog urinates in the house, it’s likely he’ll return to the same spot to do so again. If he gets into a habit of repeatedly urinating in one spot, he’ll continue to do so until the smell is completely eliminated. While that’s not an easy chore, specially made cleaners for pet owners can make eliminating the odor possible. Some of the best stain and odor eliminators use “good” bacteria to digest wastes or urine by producing enzymes that break down the molecules into much smaller pieces, which become food for the bacteria.