Clean Air for a Healthier Pet-Friendly Home

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Are your pets safe in your home? You probably already know that you need to keep harmful materials like cleaners stored where your animals can’t reach them. One of the most important things you must do to keep your pets happy and healthy is to provide clean air. You may not think about it, but the air you and your pets breathe inside the home every day can affect everyone’s health.

Performing regular maintenance on your heating and air conditioning systems is an effective way to create a healthy environment in your home. Find a trusted, local HVAC service provider that offers affordable maintenance plans. That way, you’ll know that your system will always provide clean, fresh air for you and your pets. Routine maintenance includes cleaning the ducts and changing filters. Ask your HVAC provider about air cleaners that continually circulate fresh air throughout your home. HEPA air cleaners can also remove allergens like pet dander from the air.

Other ways to create a pet healthy home include checking your landscaping and houseplants for any species that are poisonous to your four-legged friends. Household items you use every day can also hurt different animals that share your home. Did you know that non-stick cookware is unsafe for birds? Other common items like string and yarn should be kept away from dogs and cats. Taking some simple precautions can help you create a safe environment for all of your pets. Check out the following four steps to a pet-friendly home.

Homemade Chicken, Broccoli, & Rice Casserole + Mina’s Adoption Story

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NutrishFureverHome #CollectiveBias

Did you know that October is National Pet Adoption Month?  As an animal lover and pet parent,  I’m celebrating this event today with a delicious family recipe inspired by Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® cat food, and I’ll also be sharing my own pet adoption story, plus a sweepstakes and information on how you can help shelter animals this month through Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Furever Home™, an organization Helping Shelter Pets Find The Home They Deserve.

Let’s start with the sweepstakes!  During the month of October, you can enter to win a grand prize of $25,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat or one of three first prizes of $5,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat. For more information on contest rules and how to enter, check out the sweepstakes page.

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5 Ways to Kill Fleas on Your Dog or Cat

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As you know I am a very proud cat and dog mommy.  I love my furbabies and would do anything for them.  A year ago we adopted Mina.  In the past year, she has gone from a scared and basically feral kitten to the most loving cat in the house.  Unfortunately when we got Mina, she brought a few friends along with her: fleas.

My plan was to keep Mina separate from the other animals until she could be seen by a vet, but that plan fell by the wayside, and unfortunately Mina shared her flea friends with her new cat and dog siblings.  As a result, we have worked very hard to get rid of the fleas on the animals and the house.  It is a very difficult process, because even as you kill fleas on your animals, you also have to work to kill them in the house, so that new fleas don’t just jump back on your pet after you’ve killed others.

Today we are going to talk about the first part of this equation:  killing fleas on your cats and dogs.  I’ve used several methods and products, and today I will tell you what we’ve tried, what works best, and what specific products we like. [Read more…]

7 Actionable Tips on How to Train Your Dog to Potty

One of the first things every dog owner encounters is dog’s need to pee all over the place. As soon as you bring a dog to your home, you can be certain that it will start peeing after just a few minutes.

Although this is really irritating and forces you to clean after it all the time, it is normal and within dog’s nature. You are the one that needs to facilitate the change. This can of course be done through a proper puppy potty training.

For most people this is nothing more than taking your dog out when it needs to pee or poo. However, there is much more behind the training. It is an interesting and precise process that builds dog’s discipline and affects everything else dog will do in its future life.

It is also very important for your relationship. Mistakes on owner’s behalf can cause your dog to be disobedient, stubborn or in some cases fearful. It all depends what you make out of it.

Puppy training basics

When it comes to dog training, you always have to start from fundamentals.

It is necessary to mention that potty training, like any other training, is actually a bonding process. It is something that is particular to dog owner and the dog and in most cases, it should be done by one person.

Later on, it is ok to allow other person to step in for walks but it is much easier if only one individual teaches the dog. Sometimes, when there is more than one owner, puppy can become confused especially if there are more than one command being used or if people have different gestures.

Potty training is really important for dog’s discipline as well. It creates hierarchy where you’re the master and your word needs to be obeyed. This will come into play later on if you wish to teach your dog some other types of training on top of this one. It is also important for dog’s behavior within the house or the yard.

Lastly, it is necessary to mention that this process is good for both hygiene (teaches dog where to pee and poo) as well as for teaching the dog to walk with you as you will likely walk it around. In fact, those two go hand in hand in first months.

So you can see, doing everything right is paramount in this case.

Actionable tips for potty training – learning about dog’s behavior

· Puppy will have to potty every morning after waking up. Make sure you’re ready and don’t let it wait for too long. Puppies have smaller bladders and can’t keep it inside for a longer period of time.

· Besides morning, puppy will have to potty in the evening before going to bed. Otherwise there is a high chance it will experience an accident during sleep.

· If a puppy has full bladder do not excite it. This will cause an accident.

· Dogs always have their favorite place to pee. They have strong sense of smell and they will always return to it. Make sure that is possible. You should always have a type of soil that the dog prefers nearby.

· Meals are very important for diet. Always give same portions during a meal and if the dog doesn’t finish it, make sure to remove it. This will allow you to monitor its metabolism and predict when it will poo.

· Puppy will sometimes pretend it needs to go out for a pee and instead, it only wishes to play. Recognize this and prevent it.

· If you’re going out during the evening or during some other time exclusively so that the dog can take care of the business, make sure this is obvious. Pull the dog back if it starts playing. It is necessary to set up limits.

Hill’s Youthful Vitality for Kitty #AwesomeAsEver

 Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hill’s® Science Diet® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the new Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality pet food for cats and dogs over the age of 7, but Simply Sweet Home only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.
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If you are a regular visit to my blog, then you know that the Simply Sweet Home dog and cats play a huge role in my life.  I love them like children, and I try to do everything I can to make sure they are healthy and happy.  One way I do that is by feeding them good food like Hill’s® Science Diet®.

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Rebel is my oldest cat.  He just celebrated his ninth birthday! (Happy Birthday Rebel!)  According to the age calculator I found on the Hill’s® Science Diet® website, this makes Rebel 52 years old in human years.

As an older cat, Rebel spends a lot more time lounging and napping than he did in his younger days, and he certainly isn’t the ball of energy our kitten Mina is.  But he still gets around well and has a very happy disposition.  Recently I started feeding Rebel Hill’s® Science Diet® Youthful Vitality.  The food is formulated to give complete nutrition to cats ages 7 and up.  The company also has a similar product for 7+ dogs and 7+ small/toy dogs. [Read more…]

Nature’s Recipe Dog Food and Making a Gift Basket for Your Dog

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Natures Recipe and Making a Gift Basket for Your Dog

I always say that our dog Shadow is the center of attention at our house.  She is always first in line to get hugs and kisses when anyone walks in the door, and she is definitely spoiled with love and gifts!  One way I love to spoil her is with yummy and nutritious foods like Nature’s Recipe®.  Today I’m going to tell you why I love serving Nature’s Recipe to Shadow, and I’m going to show you how you can put together your dog’s favorite foods, toys, and essentials to create a fun dog gift basket. [Read more…]

SmartBones Review + SmartBones & $25 Visa Giveaway

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with SmartBones. The opinions are my own.

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My furbaby and bloggy assistant Shadow is happy to be here today to share a treat (or two) with all of you.  Shadow recently received an assortment of SmartBones dog treats.  SmartBones offers a great variety of products for dogs of all sizes and breads.  Their products are natural and are a healthier alternative to rawhide, making them a great choice for you four legged friends. [Read more…]

DIY No Sew Pet Blanket and Pet Stockings with Purina

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ToPetsWithLove #CollectiveBias

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When I go out shopping these days, the aisles are decked with Christmas decorations and great gift ideas.  I can’t help but get in the spirit of the season and start planning my holiday shopping list.  And as I get ready to prepare my gift list, I always include my four legged family members!  The Simply Sweet Home dog and cats get a stocking each year, filled with food, treats, and toys.  And we have a good time watching as they receive these gifts.  Today I’m going to show you how a few products from Purina can help you to make your pets Christmas merry and bright!  And I’m going to share a tutorial for a DIY Pet Blanket, the perfect handmade gift for your dog or cat.

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Protect Your Pet with Healthy Paws Pet Insurance + a Giveaway

Disclosure:  I received a PetSmart gift card as compensation for this post.  The opinions are my own.

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As you know, I have quite the collection of fur babies, and I love them all!  If you love your fur babies as much as I love mine, I’m sure you give them everything they need: good food, a nice place to sleep, toys, proper vaccines and medicications, and of course, a lot of love!  But what about insurance?  If something happened to your furry friend, would you be able to take care of the expenses?  Healthy Paws Pet Insurance® may be the solution you are looking for to give you the peace of mind you need and the ability to take care of your pet in times of an accident or poor health. [Read more…]

Fun with Friskies Pull ‘n Play #MostPlayfulCat

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Purina®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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As you know, my dog and cats aren’t just pets, they are members of the family and the Simply Sweet Home team.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that we recently added a new member to the family, a little black and white kitten named Mina.  Today I’m excited to let Mina make her blogging debut and do her first product review and feature.  Together she and I will be telling you about a product that every toy and treat loving cat should have: the Friskies® Pull ‘n Play. [Read more…]