Fresh Patch Shares Tips on Caring for Valentine-Gift Dogs and Puppies

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Valentine gifts often include a new puppy or dog. Now that February 14 has come and gone, it’s time to make sure these furry Valentines are comfortable and well-trained in their new homes.

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A good way to avoid problems is for owners to put their eyes at dog level and then walk through their homes looking for potential safety hazards.

Fresh Patch—maker of the real-grass, disposable dog potty—offers some helpful advice about taking care of a dog or puppy Valentine gift. Now that February 14 has passed, the real work begins in helping a Valentine pet successfully adjust to a new home. Unfortunately, pets that are gifts may be returned to shelters and pet stores if this transition process doesn’t go smoothly.

The Fresh Patch Company notes that the safety of a new pet needs to be the first concern. Valentine’s day can leave behind a trail of things that, if eaten or chewed by a dog, can result in harm or death. These include chocolate, other sweets, alcohol, petals of some flowers, thorny rose stems, gift paper, ribbons, and ties. New owners are well-advised to dog-proof their homes, just as parents do for a child. In addition to the dangerous things left from Valentine’s day, there are year-round hazards, such as loose wires on the floor, which can be easily chewed by dogs. A good way to avoid problems is for owners to put their eyes at dog level and then walk through their homes looking for potential safety hazards, especially for mischievous puppies.

House-training a new Valentine pet, or any new pet, can be a special challenge. According to the Fresh Patch Company, a large percentage of their customers are new dog owners who want to train their pets on real grass—not on synthetic products such as pee pads and fake grass. A Company spokesperson says that dogs will make a natural connection between the real grass in Fresh Patch and the real grass outside the home. That association will make house-training easier. The Company points out that Fresh Patch is made with dirt-free hydroponic grass, which is super absorbent and lighter in weight than regular sod. Most customers who try Fresh Patch for house-training purposes continue their convenient delivery service after the training period ends. The reason is that they can avoid walking their dogs early in the morning, late at night, or in bad weather. “In many parts of the country, this winter has been particularly hard on dogs and their owners,” says a Fresh Patch Company spokesperson. “Fresh Patch is a convenient way to cope with a dog’s bathroom needs in snow, ice, and freezing cold, as well as other times when dog walking is not safe or possible.”

To learn more about the Fresh Patch company, visit http://www.freshpatch.com.

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