Do you sleep with your pets? If you do, you’re not alone. Co-sleeping with your dog or cat has now become more than a normal routine for pet parents in this country.
In fact, a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, found that nearly half of all dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. Broken down further — that’s 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs that sleep with their owners. And that’s nothing compared to the 63% of cats who sleep in their parents’ bed!
Whether you side with the experts who say sleeping with a pet is good for your mental and emotional health and perfectly OK, or you prefer to have your pet sleep in their own bed, the reality is that our dogs and cats live right along side us, up close and personal.
Our pets living alongside us (in our homes, in our cars, on our furniture, in our beds!) means that our lives are surrounded with the wonderful companionship of those sweet animals, but it also means we will be regularly surrounded in some not-so-wonderful things, like muddy paws, pet hair, stinky odors, urine stains, etc.
At Skout’s Honor, we get excited about creating Better, Faster and Stronger products to support pet parents in their quest to keep things fresh and clean. One of our latest additions to the Skout’s Honor product family is our LAUNDRY BOOSTER – a Stain & Odor Removal Additive that can be used to supplement your regular laundry loads. Whether it’s their own blankets, bedding, towels (or yours!), this extra-strength 3X concentrated solution provides the necessary boost to clean even the most “doggy” or “catty” laundry when combined with your everyday detergent. Available in a 32oz pour spout, simply add our laundry booster to the bleach or fabric softener reservoir.
Bonus use: Got more than just fur babies in your life? Our Laundry Booster works wonders to remove kid-related stains & odors like food, urine, vomit and more. Calling all potty-training parents…this is a must-have for your cleaning arsenal!
“Whether it’s bringing a new puppy home, adopting a rescue animal, behavioral or health-related issues, urine stains can be a real challenge for pet owners,” said Macon Brock, president of Skout’s Honor. “We’re pleased to be able to offer Mud Bay’s customers two of our best-selling items—these are absolutely the strongest cleaning products on the market that are easy to use and specifically designed to tackle even the worst dog and cat urine problems.”
Skout’s Honor is Better, Faster, Stronger than other leading products in its category, due to a proprietary odor eliminating technology and BioKore™ – a revolutionary green cleaning technology that breaks down and lifts away stains on contact. Both ingredients are biodegradable, bio-renewable and non-toxic – offering the most powerful and easy-to-use cleaning solutions on the market, while still being safe for use around pets, family and home.
The company’s eco-friendly approach to cleaning is coupled with a socially-conscious business model via its Skout’s Paw Pledge – a program that donates a day’s worth of food to a shelter animal with every product sold.
About Mud Bay
Founded in 1988 just outside of Olympia, Washington, Mud Bay is the Pacific Northwest’s largest retailer focused on healthy, natural nutrition for dogs and cats. With more than 40 locations in Washington and Oregon, Mud Bay is focused on providing wonderful shopping experiences for pets and their owners. For more information about Mud Bay, visit MudBay.com
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At Skout’s Honor, we love to provide educational tips and tools for our customers, to help them deal with their everyday pet stain and odor issues. Adopting a new puppy (or any rescue animal for that matter) can be one of the most trying times for pet owners and is one of the most common reasons why they seek expert advice.
We’re excited to offer these specific tips for Housetraining Your Puppy from our Guest Blogger Renee Jones, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer & Canine Specialist!
The amount of time it takes to housetrain your puppy is primarily dependent on you. If you do it right, it shouldn’t take long at all, perhaps just a few weeks. Dogs are unique – some “get it” right away and others don’t get it quite so fast.
The most important thing to remember when housetraining your puppy is that unless you actually catch him in the act of having an accident in the house, you should NOT punish him or yell at him. Above all, do NOT take him to the spot and put his nose in it or show it to him. First of all, if he had an accident it is your fault, not his. You should have been watching him more closely. Secondly, he will have no idea why you are mad at him. He’s gone potty hundreds of times before and been praised for it. He does not fully understand the concept of “place” yet, so punishing him for something that is natural (going potty) only confuses him.
If you do catch him in the act, quickly (but calmly) pick him up and without raising your voice, say NO! and take him outside. When he finishes, praise him.
Most puppies will go into a “pre-potty” routine. Some of the common signs that he is getting ready to go potty are sniffing the floor and circling an area. Watch for these signs and go outside immediately!
If you are crate or cage-training your puppy, there are a few important things to remember:
Make sure your crate/cage is properly sized for your puppy.
Do not put food or water in the cage.
Take your puppy outside immediately after you open the cage.
Whenever your puppy is not being watched by a responsible family member, he should be in the cage. You might also want to have a leash on your puppy and loop it through your belt or keep it on your wrist so he can’t wander off to go potty when you aren’t watching him.
Like most training, housetraining is about consistency & positive reinforcement. Use specific commands to tell your puppy what you want him to do and use the same command all the time. For example, say “Outside” when it’s time to go out to potty. Once you’re there, pick another word or short phrase like “Hurry Up” or “Find a spot” to have him do his business.
If you keep your puppy leashed when he is outside you will make certain he is actually going potty when he is outside. If we just let the puppy out in the yard unattended, he may easily get distracted and forget to go. Then when he comes back inside and has an accident we can’t understand it! He was just outside!!
As soon as your puppy goes to the bathroom, praise him!! Let him know that was exactly what you wanted him to do. Then take him back inside right away so that he only associates the word “outside” with going potty. A few minutes later you can take him out to play, if you wish.
If your puppy does have an accident in the house it is extremely important that you thoroughly clean the area with a product specifically made to clean pet stains and odors. If you don’t use a product for pet accidents, even if you can’t smell an odor your puppy can and he will return to that spot again and again. To him it will smell like it is “ok” to eliminate in that place.
Remember, until your puppy is accident-free, he is not housetrained. Even though you thought you were about done with this stage, you must go back to the same level of monitoring and training you were doing at the beginning of the training. Be patient! You’ll get there. The better job you do, the better your puppy will do!
More About Renee:
Renee Jones, CPDT-KSA is a certified professional dog trainer, having received instruction from canine behaviorist Dr. Pamela Reid, plus nationally acclaimed trainers: Patricia McConnell, Pia Silvani, Jean Donaldson and Victoria Stillwell, to name a few. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She serves as the Pet Marketing and Canine Specialist for JeffersPet and JeffersPet.com.
“We believe that empowering our customers to give back through the opportunity to create a personal, meaningful experience of helping an individual animal, will help make the world a better place. So we created the Skout’s Paw Pledge: together with our customers, we will feed a shelter animal in need for one day with every Skout’s Honor product sold.”– Pete Stirling, VP of Customer Development for Skout’s Honor