• Durable training pads and professional tips help pet parents housebreak new pets

    SECAUCUS, NJ (February 3, 2011) - The average American parent spends almost nine hours a day on work or work related activities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey. Add in time spent doing household chores, caring for others, sleeping, and eating, and parents don’t have time to do much else – let alone care for a new pet. Oftentimes, new pet owners find themselves searching for time in the day to dedicate to dog training. To help pet parents balance a busy schedule with training a new pet, Hartz Mountain Corporation, a leader in the pet products industry, is introducing Hartz Home Protection Training Pads to help keep households mess- and odor-free. With 12 hours of protection, the pads are constructed to last well beyond the average eight-hour work day.

    Housebreaking a new pet can be difficult — especially if new pet parents don’t have the flexibility to rush home during the day and immediately after work to effectively eliminate accidents,” says veterinarian Melinda Fernyhough, D.V.M. “When leaving your pet home alone, it’s important to have confidence in a training pad, like the Hartz Home Protection Training Pads, you know will keep your house clean and your pet comfortable.”

    To help new pet owners successfully conquer housebreaking, Dr. Fernyhough is offering the “3-C’s” every new pet parent should know:

    • Containment: When introducing a puppy to a new home, make sure to keep him in a small area with a training pad. By creating this small space, pets will learn the places they are allowed to go without having access to places they are not. In addition, animals usually don’t urinate and defecate where they sleep, so they will be more conscious about doing so in smaller places.
    • Consistency: Follow a consistent schedule seven days a week through puppyhood to create a routine for your new pet. This can be difficult for new pet parents with varying or busy schedules, but planning ahead helps you stay on schedule and provide your pet with repetitive training.
    • Cues: Be alert of your pet’s behavior. While it may take a while for you to learn your pet’s ways and for them to you learn yours, often your pet will tell you when it is time for them to eliminate. Some animals will sit by the door, scratch at the door or begin sniffing around the house, so take notice of what your dog is trying to tell you so that you are alert and can counteract any bad behaviors before they happen.

    “Hartz Home Protection Training Pads are also convenient for busy pet parents who don’t always have time to walk their dog, even beyond the training phase,” says Dr. Fernyhough. “With 12 hours of odor neutralizing, anti-leak protection, the Hartz Home Protection Training Pads will give new pet parents peace of mind when leaving their furry friend home alone.”

    For more pet training tips and information, new pet parents can visit Hartz’s Training Academy to access training tips from professionals like Dr. Fernyhough and fellow pet-owners, as well as helpful training tools by visiting www.hartztrainingacademy.com.

    About Hartz

    For over 80 years, Hartz has offered products that optimize your pet’s health and overall well being. The Hartz Mountain Corporation line of pet products was born in 1926 with packaged bird food, and expanded through the 1950s into goldfish, tropical fish and a full line of aquatic supplies. Dog and cat products, most notably the Hartz flea & tick collar—still the #1 selling flea & tick collar for both cats and dogs—were added in the 1960s. Based in Secaucus, New Jersey, Hartz today offers over 2,000 innovative products catering to dogs, cats, parakeets, canaries, parrots, cockatiels, finches, goldfish, tropical fish, reptiles, ferrets, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits—through 40,000 U.S. and Canadian retail outlets.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Nikisha Williams, GolinHarris, 212.373.6026, nwilliams@golinharris.com

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