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When you bring home a new puppy, you want to be sure that potty training is as fast, easy, and painless as possible. By keeping in mind these three essentials, you can be sure that your pup transitions into proper elimination without hassle or too much difficulty:

Crate

If used properly, their crate, or den, can become their favorite spot in the house and it helps control toileting because dogs will not use their crates as a bathroom. However, you have to pay attention to the size of your dog’s crate. Make sure it is large enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lay down in comfortably but not so large that they can use a corner as a bathroom. Where you put the crate is equally as important. Dogs are very social and want to be part of the family activity. The crate should be in a bright area of the home where people are.

Diet

Your puppy’s diet is also very important in housebreaking your dog. A good premium food (no fillers, additives) will provide the nutrients your growing dog needs while ensuring their toileting isn’t compromised. Dry kibble is best, but you can use a little wet food every now and then. Be sure to feed your dog at the same time every day to control potty habits.

You

Be supportive, active, and encouraging with your pup. This is a new and exciting time for the both of you. Use potty training best practices and soon the transition will be over!

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Everyone seems on edge about the latest outbreak of avian flu. People in China are told to kill their poultry in order to keep the virus from spreading. Meanwhile people in the United States watch on in fear that the avian flu will come to their shores. So what exactly is all the hubbub about? After all, every winter millions of people come down with bird flu.

Origin of Influenza

Influenza, the term, came into use around 1504, though it had little to do with the virus. It came from the word: influence. At the time, influence meant: “the ethereal power of the stars acting on men.” It was basically a supernatural way of explaining the effects of disease on people at the time. During a particularly nasty outbreak of the flu in Europe during 1743, the term was officially attached to the name of the disease. 96 years later, the term was shortened to just: flu.

The flu, itself, is a whole family of viruses called Orthomyxovirids. They are a diverse family that are commonly found in the guts of birds. The specific type of viruses that infect birds, are called type A flu. It was one of these type A’s that was believed to have infected people a long time ago. Thus giving us, the flu for the first time. Though the virus that initially infected man, has long since evolved into a variety of human specific strains, the initially origin appears to lay squarely among birds. As such, all human flu bugs could, technically, be called: avian flu.

Pathogens and specificity

Pathogens are viewed as being any living organism that is capable of causing a disease. It is a term that is generally reserved for bacteria, fungi and viruses. Pathogens are usually very specific in who, or what, they infect. This has a lot to do with the way in which they are constructed.

Both bacterial and viral outer structure, consist of a receptor binding proteins. These proteins give the pathogen a certain geometry. This geometry allows the pathogen to attach to complementary receptor sites on the cells of the critter that they are trying to infect. Because of the wide variety of life forms on the planet, each cell type has a different arrangement of receptors. Most of the time, the pathogen’s geometry will not fit these receptors, and the critter remains immune. Only those unlucky few species, whose cell receptors do fit, are the ones that have to suffer the infection.

Occasionally, though, a new pathogen comes along that has a geometry that is general enough to allow it to latch onto many different species. These are the pathogens that are often the more deadly.

Influenza is one of these general viruses. It is capable of infecting most bird species. It’s also very good at doing what all life forms do. It evolves. This has allowed it to cross multiple species barriers, and jump from birds, to people, to pigs, cows, and horses. Thus making influenza a very cosmopolitan virus family. This still doesn’t explain all the worry about this recent outbreak of avian flu though. For that, one must go back in time to 1918, and the Spanish flu.

It was the close of World War I, and the world appeared to be returning back to a more peaceful state. Then, in various parts of the globe, people started coming down with a particularly virulent form of the flu. This was a unique case though. Instead of the very young, and elderly dying, it was affecting young men and women instead. Usually these are the most immune to the effects of the flu. By the end of 1918, this form of the flu had killed ~50 million people. It was the largest pandemic (worldwide epidemic) in recorded history. So what happened?

Normally when one gets the flu, it is more of a hassle than anything else. This has a lot to do with the fact that the flu types we normally catch, are viruses that have infected us before. They have changed just enough so that they can infect us again, but they still remain recognizable to our immune system. As such, our bodies can keep the virus in check, and then eventually eliminate it. The 1918 flu, though, was different. It is now largely believed to have been a case where a new flu virus had hopped species. It went from birds to humans, possibly after circulating and hybridizing inside pigs (which can catch both bird and human versions of the flu). This new bug was completely alien to our immune systems and thus, took many completely by surprise.

This is what has many scared about this newest avian flu virus (dubbed: H5N1, for the specific proteins found on it). It has proven to be particularly virulent among birds, and the few cases of it infecting people have many worried that another pandemic is on the rise.

Zoonoses.

Influenza is a type of disease referred to a zoonosis. It means that it can be transmitted from one animal group, to another. Zoonotic diseases used to be further broken up into those that humans catch from other animals (anthropozoonoses) and ones that other animals catch from humans (zooanthroponoses). Unfortunately, both terms have been misused and confused so much, that neither is particularly favored anymore. Now they are all viewed as zoonotic diseases. In the end this makes the most sense, as human beings are animals anyway. To break things up any further, just seems excessive.

The flu is not the only zoonotic disease that humans get from other animals. Our primate cousins have given us quite a few different diseases including: malaria, hepatitis B, Dengue fever and lymphoma. Of course the most infamous of these zoonotic diseases would probably be HIV.

Though there are those that would like to believe that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus was a genetically engineered weapon that was released among the African populace (they give far too much credit to genetic engineers, who are proud enough to make yeast that can fluoresce), the simian origin of HIV is pretty well established. HIV has close ties to the simian version: SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus). The big difference between the two, besides their first letters, is that SIV rarely kills the apes it infects. In fact, many apes are capable of carrying viral loads equivalent to those seen in humans with advanced AIDS, yet rarely show any signs of trouble. This suggests that the host and the pathogen have been doing this for a very long time, and the host’s body has found a way to handle the virus. Humans only recently acquired HIV. As such, our bodies have yet to “learn” how to deal with the threat that this virus poses. Which is one reason why HIV is so very virulent at the moment.

These are just some of the diseases that other animals have given to humans. But what of the reverse? What have we given our animal brethren?

Many of the “classic” diseases that most humans catch, are ones that we are capable of giving to our primate cousins. This includes the flu, measles, chicken pox and tuberculosis.

One particularly nasty disease that we are capable of transmitting is the infamous Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). FMD rarely affects humans, but it does use us as a carrier for it. The disease can hang out in our nasal passages, throat, and on our clothing. It usually infects various forms of livestock (cattle, pigs, sheep, goats). Symptoms usually include fever and prominent sores on the feet and mouth (hence the name). Most infected animals do survive. Only ~5% die from the disease.

The second disease is far more pernicious, and the victims have us to blame. It is the coral disease referred to as: white pox. This disease can kill up to 10 square centimeters of coral a day (~120ft a year). Over the past decade over 90% of Caribbean reef coral (Acropora palmata), have died. The culprit behind it is the little human gut bacterium: Serratia marcescens. While humans can occasionally fall victim to this bacterium, it usually doesn’t infect us. Instead it lives in our guts and gets expelled in our feces. Improper sewage treatment has resulted in human excrement flowing out into the Caribbean, where the newly released bacterium has infected the local coral.

So remember; the next time you start to feel under the weather, don’t worry about coughing on your dog. Chances are, your canine pal probably won’t get it. Unless, of course, it is the flu.

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What is your dog’s name? Each dog owner has their own reason behind their name choice, and more often than not, it is a reflection of their dog’s personality and appearance. Of course, some of the top dog name choices are also a reflection of today’s trends.

Stories, movies, and even music are reflected in the top name choices. So when it comes down to the top male dog name choices, we note some of today’s popular trends and the symbolism they present in our dog’s unique characteristics.

Bentley

It is a rather popular name, perhaps because of the automobile manufacturer. The name Bentley is actually a very old name, meaning “clearing covered with bent grass” in Old English. Of course, the interpretation of this name reflects in the very nature of its meaning, and a pup sporting this name might be defined as sly and sneaky, like playing hide and seek in the bent grass. These pups are often smart, creative, and rather mischievous in nature, and are wily companions of the adventurous sort.

Thor

With the recent trend to action hero movie characters, one name that suits a strong and powerful dog is Thor. This name was sourced from the Norse god of strength and thunder, and is widely popular for male dogs. These dogs are often clever and eager to learn new tricks. You can bet that with such a name your pup is going to be strong willed and determined when it comes to solving problems and puzzles (like getting into the kitchen cabinets), so be ready for an adventure.

Dexter

The most popular name of 2013 happens to be a rather unique one. The name Dexter is largely popular as a result of the widely acclaimed television show featuring a rather dark character by the same name. Other more light hearted sources can point to the classic kids cartoon, Dexter’s Laboratory.

The characters the name Dexter represents are relatively independent, strong, and patient, which is what you can expect from a dog with this name. They are great listeners, and are often ready to seek out their own adventures.

Personalities differ in every dog, and each name can be interpreted differently according to your own reasons. The fact remains that no name is more important than the other. Each owner should decide the name that suits their pup the best, because the relationship and companionship are unique to the both of you.

The reasons we name our dogs are unique to our expectations and your dog’s natural personality, creating different scenarios for similar names. The question at the end of the day is: Will they fit the name or does the name fit them? Whichever way you look at it, one thing is clear: come up with a name that will suit your lovable and loyal companion.

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Cold weather conditions will have you snuggled up warm inside your home. It might be a cold drizzle, a windy chill that freezes your fingers, or even snow that looks pretty but isn’t something you’d want to spend too much time in. For a dog, these weather conditions are felt the same way. In such conditions there are several things to consider before you ask your dog to head out and take care of their business in the cold, wet snow.

Oh, the weather outside is…

Whether it’s coming down as a blizzard or just settling down as a light frost, snow can prove a harsh condition for any dog. Aside from being cold and wet, snow is actually very hard on paws. Over time, the snow can cut into and “burn” your dog’s paws. The initial signs are irritation, which will often have your dog licking their paws incessantly. Despite what you may think, paws are actually quite sensitive. If you wouldn’t stick your hand in it, your dog isn’t going to find it any more comfortable.

The cold and wet environment is a factor on its own. Not all dogs are going to like these conditions, though you may find yourself with a breed that absolutely loves the snow. You have to be careful of the dangers lurking underneath though. Snow can be beautiful, but it has a knack for blanketing its environment. Dangers under the snow, such as branches, rocks, and even ice can become a hazard to an unsuspecting dog or even yourself. If you’re walking out, it’s easy to trip or slip on something unexpectedly, such as ice on stairs, which are already difficult for dogs to navigate in general.

Keeping warm when it’s snowy

Consider the advantages of indoor plumbing. Just as you have a restroom in the warm comfort of your home, your dog will enjoy similar benefits from an indoor litter box. The Porch Potty indoor litter box gives your dog the opportunity to go whenever they need to. There’s no need to face the weather or even come back inside soaking wet and have to dry out by the heater. Your dog can go when they need to without having to navigate the frozen terrain. And it does help to keep you out of the cold as well, especially when it’s dark out, limiting your sight and awareness of the environment.

And don’t forget, staying out of a freezing wet environment also means you and your pup have less chance of getting sick. After all, there’s no need to take risks when you don’t have to.

While the use of an indoor dog potty unit can help keep you warm and dry during the winter months, it’s still important to get out and provide the dog with the opportunity to get plenty of exercise. Just be sure you spend the time outdoors safely and only when you both want to have a little fun.

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With the cold weather fast approaching, more people are beginning to pull the jackets out of their closets and putting on their long-sleeved shirts to keep the bite of the weather at bay. We humans adapt very well to the climactic changes of the season, but our dogs aren’t always as versatile.

When it comes to our dogs, the most protection they might have is to grow a thicker coat. Dogs that aren’t used to the cold- such as Chihuahuas and other short-haired breeds, may not find the great outdoors so fun when it’s icy-cold. It’s up to us dog owners to find solutions to keep them warm and comfortable this winter.

While we can stay out of the elements most of the time, there is still the need for a dog to do their natural necessities- potty time. Regardless of the season, they have a basic schedule which needs to be addressed. This brings to attention the value that indoor potty solutions have to offer.

Amongst these is the Porch Potty with its new wicker design. While cluttering up your home with an unfashionable and obtuse potty unit might be a seasonal thing, the Porch Potty has a trendy appeal that continues to maintain a solid structure that can accommodate just about any dog of any size.

The potty unit mixes with the interior in a fashionable sense, both in structure and grass style. One of the biggest issues with a grass litter box is maintaining a green patch on the unit. With artificial grass, the green never dissipates with the winter cold. There’s no need to worry about caring for the grass to keep it looking fashionable in your home environment.

Additionally, it’s simple to clean and you don’t need to lug the entire unit outdoors to keep it maintained. A three-gallon storage container traps any liquid waste from the unit for quick and easy disposal. There is also the option of a built in sprinkler system and a hose drainage system, which can be run between one location and another. If you don’t want to use the storage unit, you can run the drainage hose outdoors or to a drainage system to further simplify the cleaning process. Simply pour fresh water over the unit to flush the system and keep things fresh.

Of course, you get the benefit too. You don’t have to get out there with your dog every time they need to potty. No need to navigate slippery, icy steps. You don’t have to bundle up to take your dog out every couple of hours anymore because you can both stay inside in the nice and cozy atmosphere of your home.

When there’s ice, snow, or just a cold chill in the air, your dog can find it very uncomfortable to potty outdoors. Give your dog a solution they can really appreciate this upcoming winter so they can keep their paws warm while they potty.

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There are numerous styles and types of grass litter boxes. Some of them appeal with a low-profile purely synthetic design while others appeal to the more natural senses. With numerous designs currently available, we must take into consideration our own dog’s particular needs.

Housebreak your adopted dog with Porch Potty

Providing a versatile approach to every dog’s desires, the Porch Potty can utilize either natural or synthetic grass. Because many dogs enjoy the familiarity of real grass, this can be an extremely helpful tool when introducing your adopted dog into a new home.

When considering an adopted dog, you really don’t know what to expect. Ask yourself the questions: What is their history? What types of habits do they have? Have they been potty trained? In all honesty, you just never know what to expect from a newly adopted dog.

While many grass litter boxes utilize synthetic grass as their choice, the Porch Potty prefers to remain versatile in all characteristics. Since real grass is one of the primary choices for any dog owner that is in the process of potty training their adopted dog, the real grass solution provided is as durable as synthetic and lasts for approximately six months. Your adopted dog’s habits may be different, and because grass is generally familiar, it makes the best solution for a new and unfamiliar dog. When there is a change in environment, it is always helpful to provide familiarity.

Because your adopted dog is new to the home, limiting space and wandering ability while you’re at work will help prevent any surprises when you get home. Of course, your dog will still need to take care of their potty needs, which is where the indoor grass litter box comes into play. In addition, the deluxe version of the unit provides a self-maintenance device that helps keep the grass fresh and green for long-term use.

Because of its durable design, the Porch Potty can also be used outdoors, unlike many other available units on the market. When placed in a covered location to keep your dog out of the elements, your dog can enjoy a comfortable spot that is easy to use and that keeps their paws clean. However, if you use it indoors, sleeping in a little later in the mornings could be a convenience for you.

The Porch Potty is an excellent tool that will help your adopted canine friend adjust to their new home. Providing a safe and comfortable place to take care of their business, it is a design that will make everyone’s life a little simpler.

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Dog grass litter boxes come in all shapes and sizes. Some are designed for a specific breed, while others work to appeal to every dog. There are multiple designs, each manufactured to be as effective as possible in achieving their purpose.

A fairly unique approach to the grass litter box design is PetZoom’s low profile structure. This setup is easy for your dog to mount, making it useable by the smallest dog. Synthetic grass that is easy to clean is the choice of this design, which makes the entire potty lightweight and simple. With little effort, you can place multiple pads close together to create a large potty area for big dogs that need the space.

While it is low profile, this condition makes it easy for people and dogs to accidentally walk across, potentially making a mess. Synthetic grass isn’t as enticing as natural grass choices like Porch Potty offers, limiting the versatility and trainability that can be offered by multiple grass solutions. Another problem that arises is that the low profile doesn’t provide much storage, leading to the need for frequent cleaning.

While the PetZoom is a simple and lightweight device, the Porch Potty has options that make it a far more versatile unit. Such choices as the synthetic and real grass option give owners the ability to choose what style is appropriate for their dog, appealing to a larger audience of pet owners. While it is larger and more spacious, it weighs more than the PetZoom, but not by much. Other options, such as the self-maintaining feature help keep the potty fresh with less upkeep on your part. The low profile is transferred to incorporate raised sides, but helps to designate the area as a separate location to avoid stepping on or tracking through.

Both of these grass litter boxes have a certain appeal for different purposes. The PetZoom would make for an excellent travel potty where maintenance and capacity are exchanged for the advantages this style offers in low size and weight, while the Porch Potty makes for an all-around quality in-home potty unit that can be easily maintained and has a variety of options and combinations to choose from so you can ensure that your dog has the ultimate potty experience.

The upcoming spring season is bound to stimulate some allergies. This typically results in sneezing, coughing, and other discomforts for both you and your four-legged friend. Yes, dogs can get allergies too. Among the most common causes of these problems include pollen and the dust in the air. Unfortunately, all dogs must do potty somewhere, and this often means that you both have to go outside.

With an indoor grass litter box, such as Porch Potty, however, the need to go outdoors to take care of business is greatly reduced. Both you and your dog can enjoy the comforts of home while still keeping your carpet free from dirt and debris. Using an indoor potty reduces the amount of time that both you and your dog need to spend outside, especially if the wind is stirring up some allergies.

Another benefit is that you don’t have to worry about raking up the poop in the yard. This can quickly stimulate a sneezing reaction, especially as you knock dirt and debris into the air. Dog poop needs to be cleaned up periodically, requiring that you rake or scoop up any poop that accumulates in the yard. This can be a source of allergies, and even diseases for your dog.

Accumulated dog feces are a breeding ground for mites, fleas, and worms, all of which can be irritating or detrimental to you and your dog. By using an indoor potty, you can help prevent feces from accumulating in your yard since your dog will do potty in one designated area.

Although the Porch Potty can definitely help prevent allergies from becoming a hassle this spring season, it is still important that your dog gets plenty of exercise. Regular walks and other activities are an important part of your dog’s life.

This spring season, you can prevent allergies from irritating both you and your dog by utilizing the Porch Potty inside your home. You won’t have to go out as often, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the yard all the time. But you still get to give your dog a comfortable and allergy-free place to potty.

When shopping for your pup’s indoor plumbing solution, you may be considering the differences of synthetic and natural grass options. While both have their own specific characteristics, you have to consider what you want for your pup, and the care and maintenance that a Porch Potty will require with either option.

We all know that synthetic grass won’t age or succumb to the natural life cycle that real grass undergoes. This is perhaps the best advantage that synthetic has, but Porch Potty has strived to address this characteristic. Their natural grass solution will still eventually need to be replaced, but does have a much better life expectancy in comparison to other natural grass options. The material isn’t a dirt based sod, rather they use a sod that is nutrient based to ensure long life. On average, potty training for pups is about three to four weeks, which is the minimum life expectancy for their natural grass mats. With proper care, which the self-maintenance system that is available with some Porch Potty units, the natural grass sod can last up to six months before it succumbs to puppy urine burn.

Because the natural grass sod doesn’t use dirt, you won’t have to deal with a muddy mess or dirt clods on the floor when installing or removing the mat. This makes maintaining your potty just as easy as using synthetic options. You simply remove it when the time comes, and place the new one in.

Another bonus is that you can use both natural and synthetic grass in your Porch Potty . Just because you ordered it with one specific material, doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with it. You can use natural grass when it’s available, and keep a synthetic mat to the side when it comes time to order a new mat. It can definitely alleviate the worry of wondering where you’re pup’s going to potty while you wait for a new mat to come in.
Natural grass does make your pup’s potty a naturally comfortable place to potty. The feeling of real grass on their paws makes it easier to train, and is often more enticing for a pup to want to continuously use their potty. Porch Potty ’s real grass solution is indeed a quality solution for your pup’s indoor plumbing needs without the mess of the outdoors.

Chelsea sat and waited for her companion to open the door. She could hear the keys jingling on the other side, informing her of Sam’s imminent arrival. The door opened, and in walked her faithful friend. Unfortunately, Sam wasn’t as excited to see her friend as Chelsea was. A mess was sitting there, soaking into the hallway rug. Sam did what seemed right to her, and reprimanded Chelsea for the mess. Although she knew what it was, Chelsea didn’t quite comprehend the meaning of her discipline. Hours ago, she had relieved herself inside just like she usually does. Except this time, it wasn’t behind the couch.

photoBut, this is the way things have gone for months now. Chelsea uses the carpet as a toilet, and when Sam gets home, Chelsea gets in trouble. Unfortunately, it only made the potty problem worse, since Chelsea figured that Sam was just mad. She didn’t understand that Sam didn’t want her going potty inside the house. After all, the scent was already there, so she figured that the carpet was for going potty.

When she got outside, it was just playtime a far as Chelsea was concerned. It was time to romp around and play with the insects in the yard. It didn’t really occur to her that it was actually potty time.

Sam, unsure of what to do, finally decided that Chelsea was going to keep going inside the house. With her late hours keeping her from frequently checking in on Chelsea to let her loveable, yet troublesome, pup to let her out. She had seen ads for the Porch Potty come across as she surfed the web, and decided that an indoor potty would definitely make it a little easier for Chelsea to potty during the long work days.

When Chelsea discovered her new potty, she was relieved to find a good spot for her business. The grass tickled her paws when she used it. And quite frankly, she didn’t like going on the floor, especially when things got messy. It felt weird going on the rug, and since Sam didn’t seem to care much for poop on the floor, it was better to put it all in one spot. The nice thing is that Sam seemed to like it when Chelsea used the inside box- especially since it wasn’t in that hard to get to spot behind the couch anymore.