Dogs and the 4th of July

The 4th of July has always been one of the biggest events we would have with my family.  No one enjoyed the fire works more than my father.  No matter how much us two legged members of the family enjoy the 4th, for a very large percentage of our 4 legged family members, it is one of the scariest times of the year.

Sudden loud fireworks can scare a dog and they will do their best to stay away from them, but if it is happening on all sides of them, they don’t know where to run.  Even for a dog that is outside the vast majority of the time, it can be a tough day.

To help your dogs deal with the fireworks, let them have a place inside to hide, alone; company that your pets don’t know or know well can add to the confusion.  I have heard by having the lights on, they won’t see the flash of fireworks as much.  Others have said that “Thunder Shirt” help a lot.

The biggest part is that your dogs not be scared and panicky while outside.  Scared dogs often run into the street, which can become a story I never want to hear.

Be safe and enjoy,

Ken

This picture was not taken on the 4th of July or during a thunder storm.
This picture was not taken on the 4th of July or during a thunder storm. That is Joe on the right and Bella, who joined us in April.

How to make peanut butter popsicles

While you’re drinking an iced coffee, give your dog a summer time treat also. Here is an easy-to-make treat will keep her occupied
Peanut Butter popsicles
Ingredients
1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened (Check your peanut butter’s label to make sure it doesn’t contain any kind of xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)
Half a ripe banana, mashed
Water as needed
In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. (The water and banana aren’t essential, but they help with freezing consistency.)
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, or use Kong-style rubber toys that have a cavity you can fill.
Spoon the mixture onto the tray just like you would cookie dough, or stuff it into the toys. Freeze the tray or toys for several hours or overnight. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.
Serve, and turn any hot dog into a happy camper.
• Pet popsicles can be made out of all kinds of things your dog (or cats) eat normally, so experiment to see what your dog likes best.
• The frozen Kong-style toys make a great cool-down treat for when you will be away for a few hours.
• Try treats suspended in water, watered down wet food and favorite frozen veggies.
• Avoid: onions and onion powder, grapes and raisins, salt, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb leaves and stems,

Batteries, the small parts matter

I had a call from a Dog Guard customer I had not met, who has had his fence since the early 2000’s, he was not sure.  He told me that after many years, his receiver had stopped working.

He has been getting his batteries from the “Battery Store”.  When I saw this, the first thing I did was to replace the new batteries from the store with a Dog Guard battery that is made solely for our DG9XT and DG5000 receivers.  The receiver worked like a champ.  Eby Jeb 1

Dog Guard Batteries are tack welded together to ensure positive contact.  If you were to remove the shrink wrap on them, you will see how this is done.  Where the batteries are located is engineered for our batteries also.  Batteries heat up and expand a bit when in use.  We have had non Dog Guard batteries expand to a point that the threads on the battery cap or receiver were damaged.  A stack of loose batteries fall out of alignment and there is no current.  Martin, Pedey

At Clear Boundaries with Dog Guard, a battery costs $10.00, every battery has 6 tack welds and then shrink wrap added.  There is nothing better for your pets safety than the battery that is made for your dog’s receiver.  With Dog Guard, only the best is good enough.

Take care,

Ken BrandsDalgarn, Jack 1

Safe pets, happy pets.

Hinton, Elizabeth and Lizzy Ellie I am proud to have installed a fence for this family. They had a fence that was not doing the job and they received estimates from a big name in the industry and from Clear Boundaries. I am always happy when I can give a discount with a trade-in of old pet fence equipment.

Elizabeth is showing off her new dog Lizzy and the older family dog Ellie.  A side benefit to keeping the dogs in the yard is Elizabeth will not have a need to run after her dog, keeping her safe also.

The Dickson Home & Garden Show

2016 home showI had a great time at the Home Show this weekend. I found two vendors were also customers who have had their pet fence for over a year now. I also got to chat with other customers who were there to see the show.

Sadly, the weather kept a lot of people away from the show. I had a special for all people who met me at the show that I am going to extend to all who read this blog. If you request an estimate and have your in ground pet fence installed by 5/15/2016, you will receive 2 years of batteries free for each pet you buy a receiver for.

Remember, you have to mention this blog to get the Home Show special.

Take care,
Ken

The problem with traditional fences

2/24/16

I had an estimate the other day with a man who was irritated that he was talking to me.  He was not irritated with me, he was irritated with the chain link fence in his backyard.  His dogs were able to look at the fence and figure out a way to get through it.  His dogs figured out they can dig under it.  I have installed 3 fences in the past year where the customer had either purchases a house with a fence or had a traditional fence installed to contain their pets.  Dogs will dig under, jump over or the really clever ones will bounce off the gate until it opens.  If they don’t open the gate, they wait for it to not close properly and then they are off on an adventure.

A Dog Fence works for many reasons.  First the pets cannot see it, they know something is there, but unlike a physical structure, they cannot plan a way around or over something they cannot see.  Second, there are no other places in the world that creates a sound and a very annoying correction.  The third reason is it is very consistent.  Your pet will get the same correction in the same area at the same strength every single time.  A large part of this due to the coded signal that T4 Transmitter sends out.  By removing the risk of stray signals activating the receiver with our coded signal and the 14 gauge solid copper wire used in the ground; your pet will know exactly where they can and cannot go and what will happen if they do go where they shouldn’t.

All pet fences sold and installed by “Clear Boundaries with Dog Guard” come with a 90 pet containment guaranty.  If you are not completely satisfied with how your pets are contained in your yard, you get your money back.  All of it.

Tell your dog I said hello,

Ken Brands

Things I have learned

There are traits that can be found about any group of people. In this case I am talking about my personal observations of the mutual attitudes that people who call me about a fence have. Without exception that I could observe, they all want to give their dogs more room to roam and play, while keeping them safe.

When I opened Clear Boundaries with Dog Guard, it was a very good business that met the various items or characteristics I wanted in a business. Last year about this time I was doing a second training with Ken & Connie, my friends at Cactus Creek Barn. I told Ken that I was going to install a fence at my house after the training session. He immediately asked if I was looking for a dog. That is how “Joe” came to live with me.

Since then, I have learned lots that my customers already knew. Coming home to someone who is always glad to see me is just the start of things that have improved in my life. I often say that Joe is 100% obedient, 80% of the time. While he has never chewed anything up, he does have a place he hides his treasures, such as my shoe. He will want to play at a moment’s notice and wants to stop just as quick; always fun. He enjoys going for walks and has become a large part of my exercise program. He really is a great friend. I would be a fool to not realize how much more I enjoy life and being home, with him here.

If you were wondering what characteristics I might have been looking for in a business, one of the most important is good karma.

Welcome

My dog “Joe”. He came to live with me on 1/27/15 and he is 8 years old.

Hello,

Welcome to “Clear Boundaries with Dog Guard”. Hopefully you have found answers to your questions regarding me, my business and the Dog Guard products that I sell. If not, please use the “contact us” link on my website and I will get you an answer.

This blog is going to focus on most things “dog” and pet containment. I know that is not surprise. It will have a lot of the same information that you can find on my Face Book page, but it will not be a carbon copy. It will give me a chance to brag a bit about the dogs I have worked with, along with their owners.

I intend to have some fun with this also. While keeping chocolate away from your dog and heart worm prevention are paramount, it has nothing to do with why we love our dogs. Dogs add a quality to life that cannot be easily be described to someone who has not had a dog. I can talk about that aspect very well, my dog “Joe” is the first dog I have had, outside of about 4 weeks when I was in the 1st grade.

I am looking forward to seeing what this grows into, I am always open to suggestions, please send them.

Tell your dog I said “Hi”,
Ken Brands