Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Housebreaker Kit has been Selected for the 2012 Gift Giving Guide

We are proud to announce that The Housebreaker Kit has been featured in the 2012 American Kennel Club's Annual Gift Giving Guide "Perfect Presents". The annoucement was made in the November/December 2012 Family Dog magazine featuring 21 of the year's most innovative and unique new products for dogs. The Housebreaker Kit was the only training product in the article and was chosen from a very long list of other products to be featured in the coveted Annual Gift Giving Guide.

AKC's 2012 Gift Giving Guide "Perfect Presents" in FamilyDog magazine features The Housebreaker Kit 
The Housebreaker Kit is a device to help dog owners potty train their new puppies and also works for adult dogs that need some re-training. The Housebreaker Kit was the only pet training device featured in the annual Gift Giving Guide and was selected from a long list of new products in the pet care industry. The American Kennel Club is an organization Founded in 1884 and is an organization dedicated to advocating for the pure breed dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership. 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wee Wee Pads for Puppy Potty Training - Just Say No!

Many, many people use wee-wee pads (also called piddle pads, potty training pads, puppy pads...). They were developed as an alternative to newspaper as a method of keeping puppy accidents off the floor while puppy potty training.

Wee-Wee Pads for Housebreaking - Please Reconsider
Advantages to Wee-Wee Pads

To be fair - the store bought wee-wee pads do:

  1.  Allow less moisture to get to your floors than newspapers since they have a plastic backing. 
  2. Allow your dog to go to the bathroom in your home while you are away (is this an advantage??? - kinda in the "maybe an advantage" category since your dog is going to the bathroom in your home....yuck!)
However, this is where the advantages end. 

Top 10 Disadvantages of Wee-Wee Pads

The list of disadvantages is long and includes:

  1. Train your puppy to go potty inside your home (this is a BIG one!)
  2. Cost $$ thousands of dollars over the life of your dog
  3. Require constant purchases 
  4. Horrible for the environment  - do not biodegrade 
  5. Are gross to handle
  6. Allow your dog to step in accidents and track across the home
  7. Stinky 
  8. Gross to your friends and guests (and you - right?)
  9. Horrible if you have a baby that is crawling on your floors
  10. Many dogs never learn the difference between a pad and the carpet because they look so similar.
There are no-doubt many more DIS-advantages but these are the top reasons. 
Have you considered fully-housebreaking your dog? There is an option that guarantees to fully potty train your puppy (instead of using wee-wee pads). It is fast and easy. Check out The Housebreaker here. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Talking Business : - Rapid City, South Dakota

Article in the June 10, 2012 Sunday Rapid City Journal Business Section about The Housebreaker. Gives a personal touch to the product's beginnings. 

Central Grad Invents Dog-Training Sensor

Traveling around the world as a consultant, Rapid City Central High School graduate Rua Gordon, now living in Michigan, liked to take her Maltese along for the trip. But with the dog not fully housebroken, she ended up replacing a lot of carpeting.
Gordon said she’d tried every technique she could find, until finally deciding to adapt a product used to help children stop wetting the bed.
She is now selling the Housebreaker Kit, a small sensor that can be placed inside a dog diaper (did you know there was such a thing?) that triggers an alarm when it gets wet. The dog’s owner can then immediately correct the dog’s behavior, training the dog where he can and cannot go.
“I was at my wit’s end,” before finding a solution, Gordon said.

Talking Business : - Rapid City, South Dakota

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Housebreaker on WZZM 13 "Take 5"

When should new pet owners start potty training? 
Puppy potty training begins on the first day the pet is brought into a new home. If you find that you have an adult dog that has not been properly potty trained, begin retraining your dog. Although it may take longer - old dogs can learn new tricks.

What are the Top 3 Mistakes Many Pet Owners make? 
There are many things that pet owners do that will actually make potty training their pets more difficult or even work against you. There are 3 that make the "biggest mistakes" list and some are very familiar.
  1. Allowing a dog to have even one accident in the house. Once an accident has occurred in the home, the dog has a memory of the incident and, until the carpet is torn out and replaced - there will always be a scent that your dog and other dogs can find in that spot.
  2. Putting your dog's "nose in it". This is an old-school form of punishment that has been found proven ineffective and can actually make matters worse. This is similar to putting a baby's face in a diaper. Not only is it cruel and confusing, it can cause infections in your dog's face from the bacteria. If you don't catch your dog in the act - you missed your opportunity to make a correction. Clean up the mess and make sure another accident doesn't happen.
  3. Allowing an untrained pet to roam the house unsupervised. Most people wouldn't let a baby roam their house without a diaper - the same consideration should be given to a dog that is not fully house trained yet. Until your dog is housetrained fully - constant supervision is key.

What are the BEST practices for housebreaking a puppy? 
There are 2 Key Things that pet owners can do to potty train their pup with ease. Doing these things will make the process quick, simple, and painless.
  1. Frequent Walks. Young puppies need to be taken out after every time they are done playing, after waking from a nap, after eating and after drinking. Don't just put the dog outside - go out with him to make sure he moves around and eliminates before coming back in.
  2. Constant Supervision. A puppy cannot have an accident if you are always watching it. Fortunately, there are 2 essential tools to help you: a crate and The Housebreaker Kit. A crate will be a safe place for your pup when you are away from home - providing a "bed room" for your pup to sleep and stay out of harm. The Housebreaker Kit will be your new best friend when you are home - preventing indoor accidents and alerting you immediately as soon as the pup tries to pee inside.

What is The Housebreaker Kit and how do you use it? 
Since it is crucial that you catch your dog "in the act" - The Housebreaker Kit is a product that not only prevents pee from getting all over your house but also catches your pup in the act. The wireless Wet-Sensor will signal the Alarm as soon as your pup attempts to have an accident in the house. The Wet-Sensor is attached using the Attachment Sleeve directly against the urine source inside any commercially available diaper or belly band. It is easy to use, some parts are made in the USA, and costs less than even one carpet cleaning service.

Does The Housebreaker Kit harm the pet? 
There is no shock or harm to the pet whatsoever. The Wet-Sensor senses the pee and sends a signal. The technology has been evaluated by the FDA, Canadian Medical Board, and European Medical Board and found to be safe enough for human use.

If viewers want to adopt the puppy: Who do they contact? 
The sweet pup shown here today was abandoned by his owner and available for adoption. He is 12-weeks old, neutered, micro chipped, has started his puppy shot series and whoever adopts him will be receiving all of the items shown on the set today courtesy of The Housebreaker: the crate, bedding, bowls, and The Housebreaker Kit.   Please contact Michele's Rescue for more information (231) 798-4935, (231) 327-7777,
Toll-Free: 800-884-1736 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top 5 Puppy Potty Training Mistakes Most People Make

Top 5 Puppy Potty Training Mistakes
"Umm....Is This Not OK?
We all make mistakes. When it comes to potty training a new puppy there are 5 mistakes most new pet owners make without even knowing they are mistakes! These whoopsies will keep your home flooded with pee and confuse your dog - leaving you frustrated and pulling your hair out. Even one of these blunders will prevent you from having a pee-free home and some will actually cause your dog to have more accidents.

Without further they are:

#5 - Not Enough Time Outside or Too Much Wasted Time Outside

Many pet owners make sure to take their young pups outside frequently during the day - which IS necessary for the puppy with a small and developing bladder to make sure to eliminate outside. However, when puppies are taken outside for too brief of a period and expected to pee on-command they will not have enough time to eliminate and will pee inside soon after their trip outside.

The opposite is true when puppies are brought out and are allowed long periods of time in the yard to play and wonder. Oftentimes, new pet owners assume that a puppy will automatically pee if given a ton of outside time and then discover that the pup pees once inside. The problem here is that the puppy is too amped to have "recess" in the yard and forgets to pee outside - or doesn't even think about peeing until they get back in your house. The way to avoid this is to bring the puppy out on a leash and walk the puppy around on the leash - forcing him to get some exercise. The exercise will stimulate the need to pee and you will be able to offer a verbal reward when the puppy does pee outside. Say something like "good dog!" in a gentle tone so the puppy knows he has pleased you. Do not take the puppy inside until it has eliminated.

#4 - Free Roam of the House Unsupervised

You cannot act surprised to find a puddle if you have allowed your pup to wonder around the house unsupervised. Puppies are like little babies. They don't really know when or where to go potty yet - so they "go" when they feel like going. Sometimes you may even be watching the pup and realize too late that they are having an accident - and it is too late - there is a mess to clean up!

In order to make sure your pup is always supervised you can keep him in a crate when you are not watching him. When you are home, you can either keep him on a leash the entire time (which is cumbersome and fiddly) or he can wear a belly band (females wear a diaper) with The Housebreaker on. The Housebreaker will alert you to any attempted accidents and the garment will stop the accident form hitting the floor. No mess. No fuss. Simple.

#3 - Putting Their Nose In The Pee or Poo

This is an "old-school" way of training dogs that is cruel and doesn't work. Putting your pets face in urine or feces is disgusting - your pet will have pee or poo on their face which you will have to wash off! The pet could also get an infection on their face from being smeared in pee or poo. This is highly ineffective for two reasons:

  1. The dogs doesn't know why you are doing this. Since you didn't actually catch the incident - the pet just will know you are mean and like to push his face in yucky things. Not a great way to befriend your Best Friend. He will learn to hide his accidents so he doesn't get subjected to this.
  2. Since you aren't actually correcting the problem (him going in the house) - putting his face in the accident is the equivalent of putting a baby's face in a diaper. You will not solve the problem and may even make it worse. 

#2 - Using Pee Pads, Wee-Wee Pads, Puddle Pads, Newspaper, Magazines...

Many, many people use a spot in thier home that is designated for the dog to eliminate. However, they unknowingly teach their dogs to go to the bathroom in their house and then are suprised when the dog doesn't know NOT to go inside. This is one of the most confusing things for a dog. Their instinct is to not go to the bathroom in their "dens". Since a home is so large, learning the boundaries of the den can be difficult. When a pad is placed on the floor - you are inviting your pet to eliminate in your house. Don't act surprised when they pee on the carpet, bath mat, towels,...these things are had to differentiate from a pad.

As a side note - if the puppy was being raised in a pen with shredded paper before you brought him home - he will need extra work learning that the carpet is not a toilet. Very confusing.

#1 - Allowing a Puppy to Pee Inside Even One Time

Many people believe (and dread) that there WILL BE accidents to clean up while training their puppy. These accidents will leave a stain where future accidents will repeatedly occur since that spot (or spots) will always have the faint reminder to your dog to pee there. There will be time on your hands and knees scrubbing up accidents. There will be frustration. Expensive floor cleaners to buy and at least one visit from the Professional Carpet Cleaner....This is not true!

As long as your puppy gets plenty of outside time, is kept in a properly sized crate, is never allowed to roam unsupervised, is never introduced to pads inside, and uses The Housebreaker when roaming the house - there will NEVER be an accident in your house. The process will be easier, faster, and simple.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Puppy Potty Training the Easy Way

Puddles the Pup snuggles in a down comforter.
Cute, cuddly, floppy-eared and innocent - who can resist a puppy? They give unconditional love and companionship. They guarantee loyalty to the end. But there is one thing that is not very awesome - nasty yellow puddles.  

Without a dog in your home you are unlikely to ever encounter a surprise urine puddle on your tile, seeping between the boards of your hardwood, or permanently soaking into the pad underneath your plush carpeting. Some dogs don't ever have accidents in the home (who are these steel bladdered dogs?) but for most dogs it is inevitable that they will have an accident in the house. It may be that they couldn't hold "it" any longer. It may be that they haven't learned any better yet. It may be that they are "marking" their territory (Yahoo - the dog owns the lounge chair. Do I need to buy another one since mine has been claimed by dog pee?). 

Whatever the reason for the indoor dog pee, noone enjoys it. There are several housetraining methods that are helpful but do not seem to fully solve the problem of indoor dog pee. Typical housetraining methods include:
  • Crate training -  This method involves employing a crate to help establish a safe zone for your dog. This does not help keep messes off the floor when the dog is not in the crate but is a helpful tool while teaching your dog to not soil indoors since dogs generally do not like to pee where they sleep. If you have a dog that is getting taken out frequently but still soiling in the crate you have either (1) a dog with bladder problems or health issues to be evaluated by the veterinarian (2) a dog that may come from a careless breeder that did not allow the puppy a place to eliminate away from the whelping box or (3) a dog that needs to be taken out much more frequently. 
  • Zone confinement - This method invloves making a smaller space, such as a kitchen or laundry room, available to the dog that is not ready to roam the entire house. Accidents generally still occur in this space but they are genereally easier to clean up. This does not really help housetrain the dog but instead makes the clean-up easier. Usually this method is employed by people who have given up on trying to housetrain their pet and do not want them to be in the crate all the time. 
  • Constant supervision - The theory is great - constantly monitor your dog's every move when outside of the crate. As soon as it attempts to soil inside the house, give a correction (such as "No, outside!") and take the dog outside immediately. Until now - this has been more of a joke than anything else. This method suggests that the dog never leave your sight at any time. If you look away for a moment and the dog has an accident - you automatically fail when using this technique. It is inevitable that you will be distracted by a phone call or someone at the door. Murphy's Law insists that the dog will soil your house as soon as you look away. 
  • Frequent Walks - This method is great for lots of exercise and to ensure that the dog has an empty bladder. This method also teaches the dog to start playing outside since they are bored and do not need to actually use the bathroom. Some dogs are not peeing inside because they "have to pee" they are peeing inside because they "want to pee" such as when marking their territory or preference for a soft white carpet (or the leg of your favorite chair). When this is the case, no frequency of walks outside will change their behavior. 
  • Any combination of the Above Methods - Usually a combination of the above methods are used to housetrain a dog. Sometimes a dog quickly accepts the system of only going to the bathroom outdoors and is housebroken easily. Some dogs are more resistant and still insist on going indoors. Another category of dogs never has an accident until they are older and lose bladder continence. 
When the above methods do not work for you - or you do not want to wait until your floors are soiled to find an easier method - try The Housebreaker. The Housebreaker is a proven safe solution to quickly help housebreak a young or older pet, guaranteeing no pee on your floors. If your pet has reached an age where they cannot hold their pee anymore, The Housebreaker can be used to add dignity to their golden years by alerting you when they have soiled their garment. Whatever age or stage your pet is at - The Housebreaker will ensure that your pet does not soil your home. 

5% of all Proceeds from the sale of The Housebreaker Kit are dedicated to charities.