How to Train Your Dog using a Shock Collar

If your canine is displaying classic disobedient issue signs – barking at objects, jumping out at small kids, using the bathroom on your couch – it might be finally time to consider using a pet shock collar. A pet shock collar includes a humane method of assisting in training a pooch. Unlike using sarcasm or positive reinforcement, methods that do not work on every dog, the collar possesses an effect which can’t be ignored by any furry friends. Try an electrified collar and witness your pet as he learns to eliminate these annoying kinds of behavior.

Shock collars do not harm the dog

It is a fact that dogs are man’s best friend. We would not have a desire to injure that friend. We would additionally never want to witness that friend chewing up our duvet cover. Thankfully, you can merge these desires by using a shock collar. Such collars don’t injure the animal whatsoever, yet send a shock that is unpleasant all throughout their system which will allow it to understand not to repeat that act again. With this collar you will have the ability to set your shock level in order to trigger more of a jolt than you would like. If your dog is digging your garden up, just provide it a little shock with his shock collar. If he is chewing on your table leg, provide him a higher shock. Is your pet’s mouth clamped onto your mailman’s leg? Permit him to understand that he is doing something wrong using the collar. The collar is a humane, yet very effective way to display your real feelings.

Concept of dog shock collar

A shock collar’s concept is extremely simple and may be available in several designs. The collar is connected to a dog’s neck similar to a regular collar and is going to deliver either a noticeable vibration or static electricity jolt as it is triggered. You can buy this type of collar that will automatically trigger as your pooch barks, to operate with your electric fence in order for your dog not to stray, or the collar may be triggered by an owner’s own device.

Install an electric fence for your dog

A pet containment system, additionally referred to as an electric dog fence, helps to keep the dog contained inside a certain area of your home or yard. The systems operate by burying wire around the yard’s perimeter. The dog will then wear a unique receiver collar which provides a shock as he gets too close to the wire.

Putting in an electric fence for your pet may be a costly project, yet it’s a more visually attractive choice than the majority of standard fences and it will allow a higher quantity of freedom than a leash. An electric fence may be used in this way as a great way for your pet to stroll your yard without the risk of being in any restricted places or running away.

Dog shock collars are a good training device

Shock collars also are an efficient device for training. Even though positive reinforcement and encouragement may assist in teaching your dog when he is behaving well, at times it might be difficult to allow your dog to understand when he is behaving badly. Little shocks using an electric fence is going to get your point across without raising your voice or causing any injury to your dog. The collar includes an effective and humane device of training and it’s extremely easy to use.

Have you ever used a shock collar to train your dog? If so share your experience in the comments section!



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Ways to Housebreak a Puppy

Are you interested in knowing how to housebreak a puppy? If so, you have come to the right place! Here, we’ll let you in on some of the most important steps to keep your puppy from having an accident inside your home.

Step One:  For housebreaking includes knowing your pup’s routines and cues. Most pooches need to use the bathroom 15 minutes after they eat. Therefore, after feeding him/her, it’s best to take him outside to do his business. You also should know some cues. Pups often will walk around or sniff in corners before they need to go. As you witness this type of behavior, be certain that you take him outside.

Step Two: Includes taking your pup outside the home, according to his routine. As he shows his cues and does his business, praise him. You also can provide a treat in order for him to continuously poop repeatedly at the same time.

As you learn how to potty train a puppy, you must shout ‘No!’ if you see him pooping inside the house. Afterwards, take him outside and allow him to poop. However, make certain not to hit your pet if you witness him go inside the home. Hitting your pet never will do any good. Rather, ignore your pet and let him recognize for himself that going inside the home isn’t a good thing to do.

He also should be inside a crate as you leave your home. It’s the ideal method of housebreaking a puppy. Many pups don’t want to remain inside an area filled with their own mess. Often, pups will merely attempt to control their poop and then wait for their owners to take them outside of the crate.

It is also possible to use a scented pad or paper to control his bathroom habits. If you witness your pooch trying to go to the bathroom, grab him and put him where the paper is and allow him to poop there. Continually do this until he finally knows that there’s an ideal place to go to the bathroom inside your home.

These conclude the steps on how to potty train a puppy. Make certain to be patient while in the training phase. Puppies aren’t that simple to train as compared with adult dogs. But, they are able to learn new things, so long as you keep training them. The more time spent training, the better results you’ll see in your home.

Tips on housebreaking a puppy during the winter

Housebreaking pups during the winter is similar to training during better weather-friendly times of year with the exception of a few important areas.

First, you should never leave him alone outside in the winter weather. As you let him outside to relieve himself, make certain to be there with him until he’s prepared to return inside.

Second, pups are a lot more sensitive to harsh and cold weather conditions. Never leave him out in cold weather for lengthy spans of time. While potty training a pooch in the winter, it’s critical that you know that they’re more vulnerable to frostbite and hypothermia.

Hypothermia includes a condition of too little warmth. A pup’s body temperature will fall too low to keep him warm. If you witness him beginning to shiver, immediately take him inside and warm him up.

Frostbite includes tissue damage to the skin caused by cold temperatures. You’ll see damaged skin turn white or pale. The most susceptible areas are the webbing between the toes, the ears, and potentially the tail region.

Add to the list! If you have a puppy, what methods have you used to get him/her to become potty trained? Share in the comments section!

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2013 Pet Names of the Year

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Naming a new pet can be bewildering. Sure some animals just seem to scream name me “Blackie” or “Snowball,” and are titled instantly. But others can take a good amount of pondering before landing on just the perfect moniker.

After all, naming a dog is akin to naming a child. One resource for pet names is to choose a name off the top 10 list. According to Vetstreet’s database of 925,000 puppies and 425,000 cats born since January 1, 2013, this is is a list of the most popular puppy and kitten names of the year.



         Males Names Female Names Male Names Female Names
1. Max Bella Oliver Bella
2. Buddy Daisy Max Lucy
3. Charlie Lucy Tiger Kitty
4. Rocky Molly Charlie Luna
5. Cooper Sadie Simba Chloe
6. Duke Sophie Mile Molly
7. Bear Lola Smokey Lily
8. Jack Chloe Leo Sophie
9. Bentley Zoey Jack Nala
10. Toby Maggie Kitty Daisy


Top Ten Puppy Names

The top four female puppy names have held the number 1 through 4 slots for the past 8 years. You have to wonder if the Twilight saga has helped bolster the name Bella for the past few years since it is also the number one name for kittens.

The name Lola has been moving up and down in slots for the past few years, but other dog names haven’t changed much this past year.

Not much is new for the male dog names other than swapping places a bit. In fact, for the past several years, the names Max and Buddy have swapped between the number 1 and 2 slots. Both have been in the top two for over a dozen years now according to Vetstreet.

Puppy Names on the Rise

The hottest name on the female puppy list is Luna. The name has moved from the number 84 position to the number 13 position this year. As for the fastest-moving male dog name, Diesel, has risen three slots just since last year.

A mere 10 years ago, the name Zoey was number 33 on the list, and now it is number 9. That’s also a significant increase in popularity.

Top 10 Kitten Names

While the number 2 female name, Lucy, has been the number two name for six out of the past 11 year, the name Bella has held the number one position for seven straight years now. Prior to Bella, the number one spot went to the name Kitty for several consecutive years.

We do have a new number one male name, Oliver, which dropped the name Max out of its reign of five years. For more than 15 years, Tiger has been in the top three of the list. Now that’s true popularity!

This year’s top list includes the name Nala for the very first time.

Kitten Names on the Rise

While the name Luna didn’t make it into the top 10 dog names, the name has increased in popularity each of the last 10 years. In fact, Luna wasn’t even part of the top 50 list 10 years ago.

Mittens is a name to watch as it pawed its way up 10 slots in a single year (from 28 to 18). And the name Pepper leaped from number 42 to number 21. It will be exciting to see how these two names do in 2014!

Non-Traditional Pet Names

Some pet owners wouldn’t dream of giving their new pet a traditional or popular name. They want a name that is unique.

As a child growing up, our pets always had very unique names. I should preface this with telling you my mother has a sense of humor.

We had a dog named After You, another one named Same As Yours, and a cat named Who. These monikers always got a rise out of the humans who were baffled and confused.

Another option is to create a name out of your own. After dozens of years of humorous pet names, my folks combined their names, Janice and Daniel, into a name and went with Jada.

While naming a new pet can take some time and isn’t always chosen prior to getting said pet, preparing for caring for our four-legged friends begins before bring them home.

A new pet requires a variety of items. At Pet Super Store, we offer the convenience of purchasing a puppy package that contains almost everything you need for a new puppy. We also offer an extensive supply of dog gates and training collars to help you in your new journey.  Also, check out of Learning Center where you can learn about techniques for dog crate-training and much more.

This will most likely be our last blog post for 2013 – we want to take a moment and express our deep gratitude to our readers and customers for a wonderful year. We look forward to bringing you all the best training tips, health tips and general pet news into 2014 and beyond…

Deck the Halls with Safety: Pet-Proofing Tips

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Thanksgiving is over, and the hustle and bustle of Christmas is full-on. During this season of holiday festivities, any experienced pet owner can appreciate how important it is to pet-proof your Christmas tree and other indoor and outdoor decorations. December brings cooler temperatures and beautifully decorated homes—and dangers for Fido!

One of the first signs that Christmas is coming is the tradition of decking the halls with boughs of holly and such. It is important to remember that some of the trappings of Christmas can cause your pet harm, so it’s up to you to take adequate pet-proofing precautions.

Pets instinctively want to explore and taste all these new bobbles and bits of trimmings that seem to have invaded their home.

And perspective changes everything, so physically get down to your pet’s view level and look around—see things from your pet’s perspective. You will get a better idea of how your pet views all these new items and the upcoming exploration-of-every-single-item-waiting-to-get-pet-approved.

Pet-Proofing Christmas Plants

Whether your Christmas plants are placed indoors or outdoors, some plants require precautions be taken so that pets are not harmed.

For cats, most types of lilies are quite deadly. In certain lilies’ species, for example, a single leaf or a trace of pollen can result in sudden kidney failure.

The popular Christmas cactus, which blooms in December, and festive holly (English) are known for causing significant damage to the intestinal tract and the stomachs of both cats and dogs. While not fatal to Fido, these plants should be placed out of reach of your pet. Should your pet consume even small amounts of either plant, call a veterinarian immediately.

An urban legend is that both mistletoe and poinsettias are highly toxic to pets. Not true. They will, however, cause minor discomfort. The tiny crystals on poinsettias can cause irritation to pets’ mouths or skin, but fatal poisoning is extremely rare. And while European mistletoe is highly toxic, American mistletoe is likely only to cause minor stomach upset.

Pet-Proofing the Christmas Tree

Christmas tree ornaments and decorations provide irresistible temptations to your pets. The blinking lights, shiny tinsel, and dangling ornaments bring out the curiosity in all pets.

Any cherished or heirloom ornaments should always be placed in the top half of the tree where they will be safe from Fido’s wagging tail and Fifi’s batting paws.

You may want to re-think the shiny tinsel and skip it altogether. Dogs and cats both love to eat it! While not poisonous, they can get tied up in your pet’s stomach and cause serious problems. Do not attempt to pull out tinsel or ribbon from either end of your pet as serious cuts can occur. Contact your veterinarian, as the only treatment is surgery.

If you have a live Christmas tree, be sure your pets don’t drink the water especially if you have used additives to keep the tree alive longer.

And don’t forget about those beautifully wrapped presents. As curious animals, both dogs and cats can wreak havoc on them overnight, leaving everything wet with slobber.

We all know how great a dog’s sense of smell is. Know that your dog can smell food and candy through wrapping paper, so never tempt your dog by placing these within reach of Fido.  Most types of Christmas foods are dangerous to your pet.

From the raisins and currants to the alcohol soaking, fruitcakes and other traditional holiday cakes, cookies and breads are highly problematic to pets. Pets absorb alcohol into the bloodstream rapidly, which can cause drops in blood pressure, blood sugar and body temperature.

Ideal Pet-Proofing Tool

You can always play it safe by screening off decorated areas or Christmas trees with a pet gate. There are many types that will protect your tree while also looking stylish and decorative. As an added bonus, a good pet gate also keeps toddlers a safe distance away from these same dangers.

For more information on how a pet gate works, please visit our Learning Center.

It only takes a short time to walk through your home and yard and pet-proof your pets’ Christmas.

Let us know if you have a pet-proofing tip to share. Pet Super Store wants to hear about your pet-proofing ideas!

Time to Take the Train? Amtrak May Soon Allow Pets to Ride the Rails


If you’ve ever wanted to take a train ride and bring your pet along, you were probably disappointed to find out that Amtrak doesn’t allow pets on its trains the way that commercial airlines do. But a group of animal-loving congress members are working to change Amtrak’s restrictive policy.

The bi-partisan group of Congress members including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), and Michael Grimm (R-NY.) led a Capitol Hill event to show their support of the legislation that is also supported by Amtrak and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.  The legislation is called the Pets on Trains Act of 2013, or more formally H.R. 2066.

What the Bill Proposes

The bill, which the Representatives introduced to congress in May of 2013, proposes that the government-owned Amtrak would enact a pet policy that allowed ticketed passengers to transport domesticated dogs and cats in the same manner as a carry-on bag, provided that

  • The animal is contained in a crate
  • The kennel can be stowed according to Amtrak’s carry-on size requirements
  • The passenger is traveling less than 750 miles
  • The passenger pays a fee for the transport of its animal.

The bill would also allow a crated animal to travel in the same manner as cargo.

The legislation would not affect standing Amtrak policies that regard the ability of passengers to travel with their service animals.

Get Involved

You can track the progress of the bill through congress by visiting the website, which predicts that the bill has a 71% chance of becoming passed legislation.

The Humane Society of the United States offers a pre-fabricated email form urging your legislator to support H.R. 2066 that you can fill out and send from their website.

Ensuring Safe Travel

We at Pet Super Store advocate for the safe travel of all pets, regardless of if traveling by plane, train, or automobile. We offer a wide range of crates, carriers, and car seats that can help keep your pet safe, however you choose travel.

Crates are usually considered the preferred method of travel for animals. The American Kennel Club (AKC) suggests the following guidelines when purchasing a crate for your pet:

  • The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn, and lie down.
  • Make sure the crate is sturdy, free of any dangerous interior protrusions, and has quality handles and grips.
  • The crate should have a leak-proof bottom that you should cover with an absorbent material.
  • The crate should be well ventilated.

Keep the crate free of clutter, but do provide a blanket and toy for comfort, and a water dish. You should hydrate your pets throughout travel, but should limit the amount of food intake they receive.

If you have questions or concerns when looking at crates or other travel accessories to purchase for you pet, don’t hesitate to contact Pet Super Store’s customer service. We’ve hand-selected the products we sell to ensure quality and we’re always available to help you choose the best fit.