Rehoming a Shelter Dog – Preparing Your Home and Garden Before You Bring Your New Dog Home

If you are serious about rehoming an unwanted dog, please read the following before you bring your new dog home. It will save you a lot of money and distress if you take some simple precautions. You have done the right thing by choosing a shelter dog but you have to remember the dog doesn’t know this. If its had a history of abuse or neglect or both you are going to have to prove yourself as a competent pack leader it can trust. This will take time and patience from you but it is well worth the effort.

Choose which rooms your dog will be allowed in and make sure all the family agree on this. It is OK to ban your dog from certain rooms if you are worried about dirty paw prints or any other mess. However, you will have to allow your dog in to at least one area of your home. This will help your dog settle quicker. If you leave it outside alone on its first night, it is more than likely to bark, howl and/or run away.

Make a bed for your dog from old towels or use an old one. Don’t worry about buying it a new, expensive bed at the moment. It may soil its bed or rip up the bedding from stress. Place some toys, treats and other things you think the dog will like near its bed. Normally a dog won’t soil in the area where it sleeps but stressed and unhealthy dogs may do so you might be better off letting it live in the laundry for a while.

Get a water bowl and food bowl ready. When your dog arrives home, give it some food but not a lot.

Be prepared, the dog may scratch at the door and damage it. It might try to get out or it may want to be closer to you. Fix thick cardboard to the door along the edge where it opens. This will have to be replaced and may make a mess at first but it will save the paintwork and you a lot of time and money.

A new dog may go to the toilet inside because it hasn’t been trained properly or because it wants to leave its mark. There is information at regarding toilet training which will be useful. In particular, cleaning up the mess and not making the dog more anxious which may cause it to repeat the behaviour.

Don’t leave the dog inside on its own for very long. You are only asking for trouble. I did this once and came home to find every curtain ripped and shredded. Remember your new dog may not have had much experience being inside a nice home. The best place is to leave it in a room where it can’t do a lot of damage like the laundry or bathroom, but don’t forget to remove all chewable and poisonous objects.

Check the fences then check them again. I know of a dog that jumped on the rubbish bins, the neighbour’s garage and then got itself stuck in a tree when it first arrived home. Don’t ever under-estimate how high or low a dog can get to run away. Remember, it is only running away from stress and loneliness. You have done the right thing by rehoming it but it will need some time to adjust.

If you are worried about the dog digging out, place dog proof wire along the bottom of the fence about 30cm out from the fence and about 30cm up the fence. If you are worried about the dog jumping over the fence, place a piece of string 1/3 of the way down the fence and 30cm out from the fence. This will break the dog’s line of sight and it will think it won’t be able to get over the fence. Remove anything from the fence, shed or garage that the dog can use to jump on and get over the fence. These things can be taken down later on.

Remove anything and everything from the yard where the dog will be staying. Again this is only temporary but you don’t want the dog developing the habit of destroying your property. This would include shoes, boots, mats, pot plants, garden furniture, hoses, garden tools, ornaments and any other feature that can be chewed or ripped up.

You can use strong pepper or citrus smells to keep dogs away from certain areas. This may include gardens or verandahs. Some shelter dogs are used to going to the toilet on concrete because they’ve had little choice to go anywhere else. A light sprinkling of red pepper powder will deter the dog from going near this area but remember to take your dog to the area where you want it to go so it has an alternative.

Make a safe area outside for your dog. Wild dogs are den dwellers so a kennel would be the perfect choice. If not, a dry area with a bed off the ground is just as good. You may want the dog to make the choice, it after all has to sleep in the area and it will choose a place that it feels safest in.

Ask your neighbours to report to you any barking or howling that might have gone on while you are not home. Record the time and see if there’s a pattern. Ask them for help and to keep an eye on your new dog until it has settled in. If any problems occur, get onto a dog trainer straight away. Don’t allow your new dog to become aggressive or destructive. Don’t allow them to get worse because they won’t get better on their own.

How to Buy a Folding Wagon for Home and Garden Purposes

Deciding to buy a folding wagon is one of the most common things today. To carry the weeds that you have plucked, to carry along the tools like spades, trowels, gloves, pesticides, pruners and the rest of the team, it becomes very challenging to move them to and fro in the backyard. A person finds it hard to carry multiple items, hence, the need for a wagon. This handy, fold-able, comfortable and portable utility is by far the best in providing the support one needs when they go gardening.

Dimensioning: With its weight no less than 30 pounds, as most of them come around 22.5pounds, these rectangular carriers with wheels and a pulling handle work like a charm. With larger room space of 35.5″ x 20″ x 22.5″ inches, these folding wagons are a steal. There is no assembly required for it to fold and it takes a couple of seconds to fold them to its diminished size of 29.5″ x 20″ x 8″, which would fit into any blocked space in the store room or shelf. This truly is an engineered product as it is very large when unfolded and very small when folded. Furthermore, they come with a handy and convenient carrying case making it perfect for easy transportation, setup and pack up.

Strength and Durability: The wagon’s sturdy frames and material have the capability to hold 150 pounds of your gear. The fabric is made durable with high-quality Denier fabric. The features list goes on, the utility wagon comes with an adjustable handle, making the transport of the wagon effortless across pavements, grass and other surfaces. Smartly designed, these also have two cup holders on either side of the handle keeping your beverages secured.

Sturdy Wheels: Whatever your purpose be, outdoor sporting events, beach or park trips, or gardening in the backyard, these folding wagons are very easy to use and have high durability. The pull type handle extends up to 16″ past the wagon. Wheels are smartly designed, not small like one would think of, but big and thick to make easy mobility on sand and water with better grip. Working very well on dirt and hills as well, apart from the usual grass and road sidewalks.

Applied Benefits: Furthermore, it is not only a pulling wagon, if you lock it in an upright position, it increases the ease of usage. It is easily foldable and can be placed in cars. Because of the build quality, when you begin or grow your gardens, it is often very tiresome to carry the heavy soil packages. The 55 pounds (25 kilograms) of fertile soil when it has to be applied in the garden, is extremely hard to carry manually. It needs at least two people to carry out the task. With wagons, even a single person can carry out the task with ease.

Wonderful Garden Accessories Brighten Up The Home And Garden Too

It seems that most of us love a green space to relax in these days and it is certainly a good way to get away from the rush of everyday living. If the garden is laid out beautifully, anyone who wants to buy a new home will certainly be swayed by how it looks. Indeed, some experts say that it is the garden that sells the house in the first place. Bird houses and water fountains just add to the whole effect so this money is well spent for future sales for sure.

Garden centers, and do-it-yourself stores, usually have great selections of this kind of equipment. But probably the best, and most varied, choice is available online. These stores collect goods from around the world and bring them together all in one place. The choice is often phenomenal too with sizes made to fit into any garden or home itself.

The idea of bringing the outside inside the home is not new. This phenomenon started centuries ago with plants and trees being put into pots so that the home would have a lovely green look to it. These days, however, there are many more accoutrements that can be added to lift the decor and make the place look smart and chic at the same time.

Try placing a few plants under a glass-topped coffee table to bring some interest to this place, or just put a few plants in a group at the base of the stairs. Anything like this will do and they can be moved at will until the right look is achieved. Indeed, those who are afraid of killing off the plants have been told by experts to just ditch them regularly and bring in new ones when they are looking a little yellowed or diseased!

Outside areas are the perfect place to let the imagination run wild. Some people have resorted to building in fully functional fire places complete with chimney breast. The enclosed seating too makes this a wonderful meeting point for family and friends, but if this sounds too over the top, try doing something a little less formal.

Fire stoves are wonderful little gadgets that can be placed here and there for when there are family gatherings. Since they are highly portable, these gadgets go where the people are. Fired by charcoal or wood, these gadgets throw a lot of heat out and are great for barbeque times when the weather is chilled.

Also putting in little nooks around the place is a good way to make private hideaways for those times when someone just wants to read a book etc. There are some wonderfully rustic benches available online and this would be the ideal seating to put in such a place.

For those who have been inspired to try changing their home areas, try first to make a floor plan of the space which is going to be renovated or tidied up. Then put in measurements for all the kinds of things that one wants to bring to the area. Even a few inches extra on a seat will throw the balance off for sure.

Having an Automatic Lawnmower May Prevent the Worry of Having to Downsize Your Home and Garden

If you know anyone thinking of moving house to downsize because their lawn is too large please tell them about the automatic lawnmower. It is usually the lawns that present the problem. It takes a lot of energy to push even a powered lawnmower and many older people find lawn upkeep a chore beyond their capabilities. I have had one of these robots cutting my lawn for three summers and cannot believe how much extra time I have for other activities – and I do not get back ache any more from all the pushing and pulling that the old type mower needed.

By having an automatic lawn mower, the garden really can be a much less time and energy consuming activity. Older people are probably happy with the size of the house; after all the family need bedrooms when they come to stay, but the garden, and particularly the lawn is often too much to cope with. An afternoon mowing is sometimes the last straw which prompts the idea of downsizing. If they knew of a way to get the lawn cut automatically the spectre of a move might never crop up.

The robotic mower cuts the lawn by itself once installed. The lawn will always be pristine – short and green even in winter. There will be no fertiliser to spread as the lawn clippings that the robot cuts are so small that they fall into the grass and provide nutrients for the lawn. There will be no heaps of rotting grass either.

An automatic lawnmower is just that – completely automatic. A wire is laid, by a trained technician if wanted, or by an able bodied person, and it grows in to become invisible, making an enclosed area for the robot mower to move within.

The lawn size could even be increased which sounds illogical but the larger automatic lawnmower would quite happily cut up to 4 acres if need be. The whole garden could be all lawn with just trees. The size of the robot needed would depend on how much of the garden was made into lawn.

It is accepted that moving house is one of the most stressful events on a par with getting a divorce! An automatic lawn mower may not prevent the latter but this robot can certainly make the former unnecessary if the only reason for a move is that the lawn needs mowing.