Moving house with pets…. And the LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick Vacuum

IMG_8097Moving house is incredibly stressful, they say it’s 1 of the top 5 stressful life events that a person goes through. Now imagine for a moment that you’re moving with 9 dogs (3 adults and 6 two and a half week old puppies), a cat, a ferret, a rabbit, a mouse and a frog! Think of all that pet hair left behind after you’ve lived in a property for around 3 years! What were we thinking? What were we going to do!?

Thankfully we recently got our hands on the LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick Vacuum, thanks to LG and Social Soup, so we were a little more prepared for the task at hand. It took a number of trips with the moving van, 3 cars and a lot of manpower but we got everyone to the new house safe and sound, but of course it was then time for the dreaded clean up!

Whilst we hired professional cleaners to do the most part, I did some quick spot cleaning to test out the CordZero on the carpeted floors at the old house, before moving to the new house and hardwood floors. IMG_8093

So how does the LG CordZero stack up?

There are a few things that I absolutely love about the CordZero:

  • Moving around the house is a breeze thanks to the dual battery packs meaning you don’t have a cord to accidentally pull out of the wall (I’ve done this SO many times)
  • The front LED lights make it easier to see the mess just in front of the vacuum
  • With so much pet hair around the anti-tangle brush is a real life-saver! It really lives up to it’s claims and so far, no tangles!
  • It’s really lightweight and maneuvers well, turns corners and goes under couches, tables, etc. really easily.
  • Easily works on different floor types and the quick release hand-held is great for getting those harder to reach spots and corners.
  • You can easily tell how much battery power you have left and switch batteries over if you need to
  • Doesn’t overheat like our last vacuum (true story, our last vacuum actually melted it’s own plastic!)

IMG_8096As an upright and hand-held it’s great for spot cleaning smaller areas. The collection canister is only small and so I found myself needing to empty it after only a couple of minutes vacuuming due to the amount of pet hair around!

The Verdict: The LG CordZero™ 2-in-1 Handstick Vacuum is a great vacuum to have around the home for smaller messes and spot cleaning. It’s lightweight and easy to use and would work well in conjunction with a bigger vacuum to cover the whole house. Being able to take the vacuum around the whole house without needing to continuously plug cords in is also a real plus.

The LG CordZero was provided by Social Soup for review purposes, this has in no way influenced our thoughts on this product.

 

Dog Dancing Basics 101: Teach your dog to Roll Over (video)

Welcome to Dog Dancing Basics 101, where Cynder and I demonstrate, and teach some of the basic moves of Dog Dancing.

Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Let’s try teaching them to stop, drop and roll!

Join Cynder and Sprocket as we take you through the process of teaching your dog to Roll Over!

Any questions? Leave a comment below or find us on Facebook! Happy training!

Attn Sydney Dog Lovers: The Dog Lovers Show returns!

unnamed (1)Following on from three successful Melbourne shows and their Sydney debut last year, the award winning Dog Lovers Show returns for the second time at the Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park, Sydney on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August. 

What is there to do?

From canines that have gone above and beyond to keep our country safe to dozens of dogs available for adoption from rescue groups across NSW, these are just some of the highlights dog loving visitors would be barking mad to miss:

  • Following its inaugural success at last year’s Sydney show, visitors will again have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of beautiful breeds in the Pat-A-Pooch zone. Dog owners and qualified handlers will be available at all times to provide reliable information on what it’s like to live with each pooch, whilst visitors have some quality canine cuddle time.unnamed (2)
  • The CANIDAE Rescue Dog Zone provides a chance to meet dogs from a wide array of shelters and rescue groups from around NSW who are desperate to find safe, loving homes. Visitors will also have access to experts who can discuss rescue and what’s really involved, whether it suits your lifestyle and how you can actually start the process of adoption if you fall in love with the perfect pooch.
  • The Rose-Hip Vital Arena will be bursting with high energy and endless action as some of Australia’s most talented canines, including Dr Katrina Warren’s Wonderdogs, present live doggy demonstrations including Agility, Flygility, Flyball, and Frisbee shows. An Explosive Detective Dog (EDD) demo will also be presented by the Australian Defence Force simulating a mockcheck point in a war scenario. Qantas Welcome Aboard program co-host, David Whitehill will introduce all the action as the arena’s new daily MC.
  • From dapper Dachshunds to snuggly Samoyeds, the Royal Canin Breed Showcase will give visitors the opportunity to compare and cuddle over 30 of Australia’s most lovable and popular breeds from puppy to adult dogs. unnamed (3)Reputable DOGS NSW Breed Clubs will be on hand to ensure visitors considering a new canine addition are equipped with all the right information to make informed decisions.
  • To acknowledge the 100th Centenary anniversary of WW1 and the ANZAC, a special tribute to Australian Military Working Dogs with be presented at the show. It will showcase the contribution Australian dogs have made in war throughout the decades through various educational elements, including profiles on some of Australia’s most decorated and famous military dogs. President of the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation, Queensland Police dog handler and war veteran, Nigel Allsopp will also present a history of our four-legged diggers on both days, with Cpl Mark Donaldson VC presenting on the Sunday.
  • The KONG Celebrity Vet Stage will provide expert seminars for a healthier, happier dog from some of Australia’s most popular vets. Topics cover training and behaviour tips, first-aid and nutrition advice with everything you need to know about living with a new puppy! Speakers include James and Anthony from Village Vets Australia on Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel, Bondi Vet Dr Lisa Chimes, Laura Vissaritis and Dr Katrina Warren.

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There will be plenty of dogs for you to pat and cuddle, but visitors are unable to bring their dogs to the Show. For full details on this policy visit this page of the website: dogloversshow.com.au/about/can-i-bring-my-dog

When?

Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 August 2015

Opening Times? 

10am – 5pm

Where?

Royal Hall of Industries and Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park

Tickets?

Adult (ages 16 and over): $20 online or $25 on-site

Child (ages 5 to 16, kids under 5 FREE): $9 online or $12 on-site

Pensioner (proof of card required at entry): $15 online or $20 on-site

Family (2 adults and 2 children, must arrive together): $50 online or $60 on-site

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A few things to remember when thinking about how to train a puppy

IMG_5501Welcoming a new puppy into your life is a joy and puppy cuddles make the whole experience worthwhile, but it also means sleepness nights, stressful days, accidents in the house and plenty of time spent with your new pup to help them grow and develop into a well-behaved and well-mannered adult dog. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and everyone with a new puppy has gone through some of the same experiences that you will have.

Here are a few different things to remember when thinking about how to train a puppy: 

Basic Training

I always recommend to new puppy owners to get their puppy straight into puppy school as soon as they can. These classes help teach you some of the basics of owning and caring for a new puppy, but also ensures that your puppy is getting some very important socialisation in with other dogs and people during their critical socialisation period.

Reward based training is enjoyable for the dog and positively enhances the relationship between dog and handler. It is also one of the most humane and effective ways of training dogs and addressing any unwanted behaviour. You can read more about reward based training in my article “Oh, you give her treat rewards?” Positive Reinforcement Training Methods.

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When your dog barks, cries or whines during the night it is usually a cry for attention, especially during the first few nights in a new home. Being in an unfamiliar environment for the first time can  be a bit distressing, confusing and lonely for your newly adopted dog but it’s important to ensure you don’t reinforce these behaviours.

Ensuring that your dog has a warm and comfortable place to sleep, such as a bed in the laundry or bathroom, is a good starting point. Check out my article, Help! My dog barks, cries or whines at night! for more help on this

Teaching  Bite Inhibition

One of the single most important lessons your dog will learn as a puppy is to develop bite inhibition and a c1“soft mouth”- that is, the ability to softly bite.

An important lesson that all domestic dogs must learn is to inhibit the force of their biting towards all animals – especially towards other dogs as well as people. Dogs develop teeth and jaws in their adult years that can hurt and harm. Check out my article on how to teach your puppy bite inhibition.

Toilet Training

The key to toilet training a puppy is consistency. Just like when we first adopted Sprocket you need to keep a close eye on your puppy whilst they are in the house. There’s no point rubbing the dogs nose in it as unless you’ve caught them in the act they won’t understand what you mean by it. Even then though, you shouldn’t rub their nose in it as this will just make them shy about where they go! If you catch your puppy toileting inside then pick them up and take them to a more appropriate toilet location (such as outside).

As your puppy is only learning the appropriate place to go it’s important to take them out there after a few different times:

  • When they’ve finished eating
  • After play
  • After a nap
  • First thing in the morning
  • Before going to bed
  • When puppy starts sniffing around the ground inside

When your puppy has toileted in the appropriate location make sure you give them plenty of praise and rewards, this will help get them learn the correct behaviours much sooner. Remember to be consistent with training and accidents will happen in the house, so be armed with plenty of paper towel and cleaning spray!

Flea and Worm Treatments

Flea and worm treatments are very important for your puppies first stages of life. Products such as Frontline Plus can help across the lifetime of your pet to prevent any issues! Always check with your local pet supply store or your veterinarian on the best product for your pup.

Disclaimer: This post was written by That Dog Dancing Guy and sponsored by Frontline Plus. This has in no way impacted the content of the article.