Monday, February 20, 2017

4 Ways to Love Your Pet

If you love your furry friend (and we know you do!) February 20th is the perfect day to do it! Celebrate Love Your Pet day in the best way possible by loving your sweet four legged friends and celebrating them in your life. Here at the PetCot Company, we know how easy it is to love those furry creatures, and how quickly they work their way into your heart and lives. So, we have a few ways you can celebrate, and show your love!


1. Play a Game

If your pet LOVES to get out and play new games, take some time today to do that with them! Whether it's playing fetch in the back yard or hide and seek in the house, you can show your four-legged friends some love today by playing the games they love so much.

2. Get Them a Special Treat

Every pet loves a good great! Whether that's a big juicy bone, a new toy, or their favorite snack. Take them out and spoil them with their favorite snack this afternoon and show them how much you love them. Sometimes when you go to get your daily coffee, the shop will also give you a cup of whipped cream - which could be a fun way to celebrate as well!

3. Plan Lots of Cuddles

Sometimes all your furry friend needs to feel loved is a night full of cuddles. Put on your favorite dog movie and curl up on the couch with their favorite blanket. If you don't know which dog movie to watch, here are a few classics:
  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis
  • Turner & Hooch
  • Lassie
  • Lady & the Tramp
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
  • Best In Show
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven
  • Beethoven
  • One Hundred and One Dalmations
  • Bolt
  • Oliver & Company

Make some popcorn, cuddle up, and enjoy some of these great classics.

4. Get Them a PetCot!

If you want to give your pet the ultimate surprise, a PetCot would be perfect! Our raised pet beds come in many sizes and colors so that you can find the perfect fit for your furry friend and your family. Our premium pet beds are ideal for any pet of any age. They are strong enough to last through the puppy stages but supportive enough for your older pets. Show your pet some ultimate love with a pet bed that they will love!

Love Your Pet Today

While we know you love your pet EVERYDAY, sometimes it's fun to make one-day special. We hope you enjoy this special day with your pampered pooch, and give lots of extra loving to your furry friend on Love Your Pet Day. Don't forget to visit our website to learn more about our premium raised pet beds, and follow our social media channels to learn more not only about our products but also about caring for your furry friends.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dental Care for Your Doggie Friend

Your sweet furry friend relies on their teeth just as much as you do, and while you may not think about dental care for your doggie - it’s extremely important. Did you know that 4 in 5 dogs have some type of dental disease by the age of three? Those numbers are really high, and we would love to see some changes. Especially because when dental disease is untreated it can spread to your dog’s vital organs, and become dangerous. Here are some other interesting facts you may want to know about your pup’s teeth and how you can care for them.


Caring For Teeth Preventatively

ONE
Your dog needs to get ONE professional cleaning each year. This is important because it can help keep their teeth and gums in good condition, as well as help spot any issues before they become worse.

THREE
In order to keep your dog’s mouth clean and healthy, you need to brush their teeth THREE times a week. If you don’t know how to brush their teeth, stay tuned - we’ll give you some tips.

TWO
By the age of TWO years old, your dog should get their first dental cleaning. By this time, you should have been practicing at home, and hopefully, they won’t be too scared.

SIXTY
You will want to brush your pup’s teeth for SIXTY seconds per session. This ensures that you’ve had time to get all of the hard to reach places, and have covered the surfaces.

Your To-Do List

  • Brush their teeth at least three times per week.
  • Examine their teeth and gums weekly.
  • Provide vet-approved chew toys for your pup to play with.
  • Schedule a professional cleaning once a year.


Teeth Cleaning Tools

If you don’t know what you need to keep on hand to clean your dog’s teeth, here is a generic list to get you started:
  • Finger Brush
  • Nylon Toothbrush
  • Dog-Specific Toothpaste
  • Chew Toys


Caring For Your Pet

At the PetCot Company, we know how important it is to care for your pet in every way. From exercise to dental care, and even proper rest. While we can’t help you with everything, we CAN help you provide your pup with an amazing pet bed to rest on. Our raised pet bed was designed to give your pet a great place to rest and relax. We carry many sizes and colors to fit your pet’s size and your home's decor. Visit our website to learn more about our premium pet beds, and order yours today!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Training Your Pet with Positive Reinforcement

There are a few things every pet needs to learn, and some pets have more training required than others. No matter what standards you have for your furry friend, it’s important to make sure that you are training them appropriately. Just as you are more apt to cooperate when you are given positive reinforcement, the same goes for your pet as well. Positive reinforcement can help to encourage good behavior and maybe even limit bad behavior. Here are a few popular training tips for your pet utilizing positive reinforcement.


Verbal Affirmation

Affirming your pet verbally is a key technique in training. While you want to enforce the affirmation with treats, there’s nothing that can completely replace your pride in their behavior. Try to stick with the same verbal praise like “yes!” or “good dog!” Keep in mind that your tone of voice can also make an impact on your commands and your affirmation.

Reward

Rewards are a great way to build positive reinforcement in your pet. Keep in mind, though, that you should only offer rewards for behaviors you want to encourage. Food treats are an easy way to encourage good behavior. Contrary to the typical pet treats, though, they only need to be pea sized. Food treats need to be very small so that long training sessions don’t interrupt their regular feeding routine. If your dog isn’t motivated by food, you can keep a favorite toy on-hand for a short playtime.

How to Treat Bad Behavior

In the training process, it’s important to not punish bad behavior - this is not positive reinforcement. You can ignore bad behavior, or redirect it to an alternate good behavior that you can then reward. In time, your pet will learn to perform the alternate behavior first and the ignored behavior will go extinct. It’s important to not expect too much too soon out of your pet. They will learn, but it could take plenty of practice or “shaping.” Shaping is when you reward small actions that will begin to lead to the desired actions.

Long Term Training

As your pet begins to learn the desired behavior, you can switch to intermittent reinforcement. One way to incorporate intermittent reinforcement is to slowly decrease the number of times your pet is rewarded with a food treat. The first week you may reward them every single time they are successful, whereas the next week, you only reward them ever other time or so. Finally, the third wee, you only reward them a few times to keep up the good behavior. Always use verbal praise when your dog does what is right, even if you don’t use physical treats. You can also use a variable schedule so they won’t get used to a pattern. Eventually, you can phase out food greats and use lots of era-life rewards like petting and play.

Training with the PetCot Bed

You may not have thought of your raised pet bed as a tool for training, but it can be! Many dog trainers, veterinarians, and kennels use the PetCot to aid and reward their trainees. Some use it for the “place” command, to give pet’s a place to go and stay until you release them. Others use it as a great place for the pup to relax. No matter what your method for using the PetCot bed, it’s a premium pet bed that we are sure you will love. Visit our website to learn more about our colors and sizes that are available.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Removing Pet Stains & Odors

For all of the things to love about our furry friends, like their kisses, the way the snuggle, and how they greet us at the door when we come home, there are a few things that aren't so lovable. Pet odors and stains are not a force to be reckoned with - especially when they start to affect the overall quality of your home. At the PetCot Company, we know how important it is for you to keep your home clean for both your family and your fur-family, so we have a few tips to help you!


Carpet Stains

Whether your sweet pup is still learning how to let you know when they need to go outside, or your older dog has the occasional accident - sometimes you just need to know how to get some stains out of the carpet. You can use a mixture of Borax to help remove the stain and the odor. Mix 1/2 C. Borax in 1 pint of hot water; if carpet, then use 1/4 c. Borax + 1/4 C. Salt (table) + 1/4 C. Vinegar. You can apply this mixture to the stain, and then blot it out or let sit for 30 minutes. Blot the rest out with water and then let it dry.

If you don't want to get the item wet, you can put the Borax on the stain and let it sit before vacuuming it up.

Hardwood Floor Stains

Hardwood floor stains can seem tricky to remove, but if you have the right tools it should come out - even after a little work. First, clean up the area if there is any pet urine left. Then put some paper towels down over the stain and spray hydrogen peroxide on the towels until they are wet. Let it sit for several hours. If you notice the towels drying, you can spray more peroxide on them. After the towels have covered the stain for a while, remove them and put baking soda or kitty litter on it. This will help remove the moisture and the odor.

Lawn Stains

Unfortunately, there aren't any great ways for removing the stains once they are on your lawn. The best plan is to wait and let the grass grow back on its own. There are some preventative things you can do, though. Try not to let your pet go to the bathroom in the same spot repeatedly. After they have urinated on a spot, you can neutralize it by spraying water on the area.

Can it Fit in the Washing Machine?

For all items that can be thrown in the washer, you can add a baking soda to your wash, along with your regular laundry soap and you should see it appears good as new. If you still see or smell the soiled area, you can use and enzymatic cleaner to help break down the pet waste odors and stains.

Did you know that the PetCot raised pet bed is actually designed so that you don't have to worry about pet odors and stains? Our bed is made from a vinyl fabric that is not only easy to wipe clean, it doesn't hang onto odors. If you're ready to get your premium raised pet bed, we would like to invite you to visit our website at www.PetCot.com. You can see the sizes and colors that we have available. Get the premium pet bed that you and your pet will both love!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

Traveling is challenging enough without having to plan the trip with your furry friend. At the PetCot Company, we know that any trip with your pet can involve some planning - whether it's across town or across the country! Here are a few ways you can help keep your pet happy and safe during road trips.


Before the Trip

In the weeks leading up to your trip, be sure to include your pups needs in the planning process. There are over 12,000 lodgings that are pet-friendly in the U.S. so you should look up ones along your travel route.

You can also schedule a checkup with your pet's vet to make sure that their vaccinations are up-to-date. If your pet takes any medications, you'll want to bring enough for the entire trip. You should also get a record of their health certifications to bring along.

Gather multiple forms of identification to bring with you, and make sure that your pet has been microchipped. Attach an ID tag to your pet's collar with their name, proof of rabies shot, your name, and your phone number.

Come up with a plan on how to secure your pet in the vehicle. Whether you use a seat belt, car barrier, or dog crate - it's important to come up with these plans ahead of time. Crates are one of the safest choices for your pet, just make sure that there is proper ventilation, that it's large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in, that it has good handles, a leak-proof bottom, and is padded with comfortable mats.

Preparing Your Dog for Car Travel

Some dogs LOVE to ride in the car, while others are a bit apprehensive about it.You can start to get them used to the vehicle by letting them sit with you in the driveway. Next, you can feed them a few meals a week in the car, follow that up with taking a few very short trips, and then slowly introduce longer trips that end in a fun destination!

Does Your Dog Get Car Sick?

If you notice that your pet starts to get car sick when they ride in the car, you can talk to your vet about motion sickness medication. Common signs of motion sickness are vomiting, excessive drooling, trembling, and a hunched posture.

Create a Happy Travel Environment

While on your road trip, try giving your furry friend an interactive toy that can take up their attention. This can be an old favorite toy or a brand new one that inspires excitement. Plan to stop often and let them stretch their legs and get out pent up energy.

Remember to NOT leave your pet in the vehicle alone. Even if it's only warm outside, it can get very hot in a parked car. If the temperature is 78° outside, a car in the shade can get up to 90° and in the sun your vehicle can reach 160°.

Happy Pets Make Happy Pet Owners!

From traveling with your pets to giving them a comfortable place to relax, the PetCot Company knows how important your pet's happiness is. Because of this, we have created a pet bed that is not only stylish and easy to clean but also comfortable for your pet. If you're looking for a premium pet bed for your furry friend - we would be honored to show off our product. Visit our website today to learn more about our raised pet beds and make the change today!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Healthy Practices For Your Pet

While you may be making resolutions for yourself in the new year in regards to health, maybe you should do the same for your pet as well! From food needs to exercise - there are many ways to care for your pet. At the PetCot Company, we know how important your pet is, and keeping them healthy is just one important part of caring for your pet. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for the coming year!


Caloric Needs

While your pet does need food, there is a fine line between having too much and not enough. If you don't give them enough food, it can affect their growth, their ability to stay warm in cold months, and even their energy levels. While overfeeding them can cause them to become obese, which has it's own set of issues. Here is a good guideline to make sure you're feeding your pet the correct amount of food for their weight.

Cats
If your furry feline is around 10 lbs. you want to make sure they are consuming between 180 and 200 calories.

Dogs
You can figure out how much to feed your pet with this formula: 30 x (your pet's weight in kilograms) + 70.

5 lbs.
They need to consume 138 calories in a day.

10 lbs.
Between 200 and 275 calories, a day is a perfect amount.

20 lbs.
This size dog needs 325 and 400 calories a day.

30 lbs.
478 calories is a perfect amount for your pup.

50 lbs.
Limit this size to 700 through 900 calories.


Daily Exercise For Your Pet

While we can offer some suggestions and recommendations for your pet in regards to exercise, it's always best to check with your pet's vet before starting anything new or rigorous.

For long-legged short-nosed dogs like Boxers, Chow Chows, and Mastiffs, brisk walks for about 20-30 minutes are a great way to get some exercise. You'll want to avoid overheating them or over-exerting them, though.

Do you have a large breed dog like a Great Dane, Bernese Mountain Dog or Greyhound? A short 30 minutes walk are a great way to keep them active. Remember that hikes and lengthy runs can be hard on their joints.

Short-legged, short-nosed breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, or Shih Tzus love obstacle courses and walks. You can create a hallway course with cardboard boxes and rolled up towels and let them run around for 20-30 minutes.

If your pup is a short-legged dog with a standard snout, like a Chihuahua or Yorkshire Terrier, slow jog that appeals to their love of sniffing is perfect. Hiding treats and letting them find them is a great way to stretch their muscles.

Long-backed and short-legged dogs with a long snout like Basset Hounds and Dachshunds like brisk walks. Avoid leaping and trying playing fetch for 20-30 minutes instead.

Does your furry friend have long legs and a standard snout? Pointers, Rhodesian, and Ridgebacks love to run. After a year they can run as many as 3 miles at a time!

If you have a water dog, like a Labrador, Golden Retriever, Springer Spaniel, or Poodle they love to swim. 20-30 minutes in a clean body of water that they can get in and out of easily is a great form of exercise.

Giving Your Pet the Best

Just as you care about the food they eat and the way they exercise, we're sure that you care about your pets sleep as well. At PetCot, we've done research to create the best raised pet bed, and now it can easily be yours. Not only is it a great place for your pet to rest and relax, but it's also easy for you to clean, and even a safe place for them to relax by being easy on their joints. Do you want a premium pet bed in your home? Visit our website today to learn more about the PetCot and how you can get one!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

A Premium Pet Bed Your Dog Will Love

Having a bed for your pet isn’t always as simple as going out to the store and buying one. For many dogs, a special bed is required, whether it’s because they have health conditions or they cause a lot of wear and tear on it. Because of this, it’s important to do your research and find the premium pet bed that your pets will love as much as you. Here at PetCot, we have designed a bed that you can appreciate, as well as your pets! Here are just a few advantages to owning a PetCot raised pet bed.


Easy to Clean

If you hate washing your dog's pillow bed - we have a solution! Our pet beds are made of woven, vinyl-coated polyester fabric that is breathable, but will not puddle water - and it dries quickly and odor-free! This material is the favorite choice for cleaning ease, and you can easily do it with a cloth or hose with soap and water or a safe disinfectant. Your dog will love it as much as you do because it’s durable and breathable, providing a healthy, cool environment.

Use Indoors or Outdoors

Not many beds can match the quality of a PetCot raised pet bed. Their attractive design makes them beautiful for indoor use - while their rugged construction is perfect for outdoor use as well. The fabric is UV light resistant so the color will look new day in and day out.

Comfortable And Hygienic

While we know that comfort is a very important feature to your dog, we know that a hygienic pet bed is important to you. Our PetCot dog beds provide comfort and support for pets while NOT providing a breeding ground for bacteria and odor found in pillow beds.

Durable

Have you ever found a pet bed that is lightweight, but also tough enough that kennel runs nationwide count on it? That is what you will get with a PetCot bed. They are light enough that you can easily pick them up and move them, but strong enough to handle the weight of even your heaviest dog. Our exclusive cover is heat-sealed seamed, not sewn, and with corner, to corner fabric, you won’t feel weakness in the design. The farm is made of strong, rust-resistant steel tubing - not of PVC plastic, which can easily break and crack.

Replacement Parts

Our beds are one of the most durable on the market. If, however, you have a digger or chewer, we offer affordable, easy to install replacement parts. Just replace the part - not the whole bed! We also offer a 35 oz. vinyl for those dogs that could eat a bus!

Elevated Dog Bed Design

Our unique 4 ½" elevated dog bed evenly distributes dog's weight while keeping the dog away from excessive cold, heat, moisture and pests. Other cot-style beds on the market are higher elevation making it hard for older pets to get on and off.

Attractive

The PetCot bed is designed with you in mind. We know that your pet bed will most likely be located in busy areas of your home, and will be visible to everyone. Because of this, we have many fabric styles available - including our BRAND NEW color, Winter Wheat. This color is only available for a limited time, though. If you fall in love with it, we suggest your order today!

A Comfy, Cozy Pet Bed

If this sounds too good to be true, the testimonials we have from our hundreds of happy customers can help. From all over the country, individuals, kennels, veterinarians can appreciate the design and functionality of our premium pet bed. Visit our website to choose the size that works best for you!

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