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Yummy Treats You Can Give Your Dog This Summer

There’s something about the warm weather that makes people start to have cravings for yummy and sweet treats. Although that statement typically applies to people, what would make dogs any different? Of course, they want to enjoy a yummy treat with you to cool off! Unfortunately, the summer treats we enjoy aren’t always suitable for dogs. Check out these summer snacks that will help your dog cool off and keep them satisfied.  Homemade Ice Cream Homemade ice cream is much safer for your dog than traditional ice cream. The ice cream that we eat is high in lactose that isn’t suitable for dogs. They can suffer from bloating, gas, vomiting, and more if we try to share our treats with them. A simple homemade ice cream recipe includes peanut butter, bananas, and a small amount of yogurt. Yogurt does contain lactose, but in a much smaller amount than ice cream does. Combine the ingredients and freeze them to create dog-friendly ice cream! You can even add oats, apples, and other healthy snacks your dog enjoys.  Vegan Ice Cream If you don’t have the time to make your own ice cream, vegan ice cream is a great option you can find at the grocery store. This ice cream doesn’t contain any lactose that will upset your dogs’ stomach, but you still need to be wary of artificial sugars. Stick to either vanilla or fruit flavors and only give your dog a small amount at a time. After the first serving, observe your dog for a period of time to ensure they aren’t having a reaction to the ice cream. Avoid... read more

Why Training Your Dog is Important

Dog owners have a special relationship with their animal. In most cases, the dog is a part of the family. Of course, that means that you want what’s best for your pooch! Dog training is something that’s been around for a very long time. Despite the fact that it’s an old profession, the methods used are constantly evolving. If you’re on the fence about training your dog, check out these 4 reasons why it’s more important than you realize. Building a Relationship Training your dog is a wonderful way to build a relationship with them. You’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of how your dog processes and learns new things, as well as what types of positive reinforcement they respond the best to. Dogs that are trained with understanding, patience, and positivity show better results than those who are trained with intimidation tactics. Show your dog that you’re proud of them as they continue to learn! Teaching Daily Skills An important part of training your dog is teaching them daily life skills, not just cool tricks. Simple things like learning to greet without jumping, only chewing on their designated toys, and controlling their barking will make daily life easier for both of you!  Loyalty  Training your dog using positive reinforcement creates a strong bond of loyalty between you. Your dog will trust you more than ever before and they will look to you for guidance during stressful situations. Keep this loyalty intact by continuing to offer constructive criticism to bad behaviors, such as a time out, rather than using an intimidation tactic.  Reducing Negative Behavior  When you’re... read more

Helping Your Dog Deal With Anxiety

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from anxiety too, for a variety of different reasons. It could be separation anxiety, which may be common in rescue dogs that were abandoned as puppies, or travel anxiety, thunderstorm anxiety for dogs that fear loud noises, and more. Depending on what triggers your dog’s anxiety, you may notice different symptoms. There are several ways you can help your dog deal with this. The first step is recognizing the signs of anxiety. Common Symptoms of Anxiety in Dogs Include: Trembling/shaking Panting Having accidents around the house Excessive barking or whining Shedding more than normal No interest in toys, food, or treats Destructive Behavior Hyperactivity However, it’s important to remember that just because your dog is displaying one of these signs, doesn’t necessarily make it a cause for concern. Pay close attention to his behaviors, and determine if these behaviors are out of the ordinary, when they’re happening, and then take action from there. Exercise Similar to how some humans deal with anxiety, exercise is a great way to help mild forms of anxiety. While it’s not necessarily a “cure” that will make the anxiety disappear completely, it certainly will help. You should aim to get your dog out for a minimum of 1 hour per day for a walk or other form of physical exercise. This can especially help dogs with separation anxiety, as it reduces boredom and allows you to spend more quality time with your furry friend.  Treats or Toys When you were a kid, you probably had a favorite stuffed animal or blanket that brought you comfort. When you were... read more

New Puppy Checklist

Getting a new puppy can be one of the most exciting times in our lives! Just like welcoming a newborn baby into the family, it’ll be a big adjustment for the whole family. Puppies can be a lot of work, so it’s crucial that you’re prepared with all the essentials before he arrives. We’ve put together a checklist of a few necessities you’ll want to have on hand before bringing your new furry friend home. Dog Crate First, you’ll want to have a crate to bring your puppy home in! Crate training has many advantages for you and your new friend. A crate acts as the dog’s den, and becomes a safe space for them. This can be especially helpful if you’re rescuing a puppy, or have a puppy with anxiety. The crate is a place where they can go to find comfort and security. It’ll also allow you to be able to leave your dog at home for a few hours while you run errands, without having to worry about him tearing up the house while you’re gone! To ensure that your puppy doesn’t develop negative feelings towards the crate, never use it as a punishment and avoid leaving your dog in there too long. Chews In case you’ve never had a puppy, we’re here to tell you; they love to chew everything! Having good dog chews can help redirect them from chewing furniture, clothes, or shoes, to the chews you give them instead! These are key to have around until your puppy matures and loses his puppy teeth. Toys This one may be obvious, but you can... read more

How to Freshen Your Dog’s Breath

Dogs have a reputation for having bad breath, but the truth is that when taken care of properly, dogs really should not have bad breath. If your dog’s breath is bad enough to make you gag or recoil it’s time to make a change. Bad breath in dogs can actually be a sign of a severe health issue. Visit the Vet Bad breath in dogs stems from the teeth, much like it does in humans. If your dog has bad breath, it indicates bad oral health. The first step in getting rid of it is to have your dog’s teeth professionally cleaned and treated by a vet. This will give you a fresh start in an oral care routine for your dog. It can also be a time when your vet may tell you gum disease has progressed far enough that some teeth need to be pulled. Getting to the vet sooner rather than later can save your dog’s teeth and risk further health complications. Brush Your Dog’s Teeth The next step is to get into a regular brushing routine with your dog. The more you brush their teeth, the less chance you will need another expensive trip to the vet to have their teeth cleaned. This might be something your dog hates, but pet stores have everything you need to make the process easier. There are dog-friendly kinds of toothpaste in pleasing flavors and toothbrushes that fit right over your finger, so you are always in control. Make sure you never use human toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth. Dental Chews Your pet store will also have dental... read more

Spring Activities to do With your Dog

Temperatures are warming up outside, the sun is shining, the snow has finally melted; The long-awaited spring season is finally here. Chances are, after a long winter of being cooped up inside, you’re not the only one that can’t wait to get outside! Your dog is probably running in circles wagging his tail, grabbing his own leash, and waiting for you by the door to go out and play! Here are a few fun activities you can do with him outside this spring to get him moving, and even learn some new tricks. Set up a DIY Obstacle Course Working on your dogs agility and tricks doesn’t have to involve any fancy equipment or facility. Use household items that you already have to make a DIY obstacle course in your backyard; Set up lawn chairs, hula hoops, cardboard boxes, and other objects to make a safe and fun course to challenge your dog.  You’ll both enjoy some fresh air outside, and he may even learn some new tricks along the way! A day at the Beach It may not be bathing suit weather just yet, but that doesn’t mean you and your pup can’t enjoy a fun adventure to the beach! Grab a tennis ball, frisbee, soccer ball, and any other toys to play with. Your dog will love having some open space to finally run around freely and stretch his legs. He might even be brave enough to splash around in the water for a bit! Spring Cleaning This one might benefit you even more-so than your dog, but he’ll still have fun! Cleaning out the closet can... read more

Hiking With Your Dog in the Winter

If you and your dog are an active pair that don’t like to be cooped up inside even on cold winter days, hiking can be a great way to let out some energy! While it may seem obvious to bundle yourself up in a warm coat, scarf, hat, mittens, and appropriate hiking boots, it may be a little more difficult to determine exactly how to get your furry friend ready for the adventure. Check out the tips below to keep your dog warm and safe during your hiking trip. Protect his Paws The toughness of a dog’s paw pads will vary greatly depending on his breed. While some pups may be able to withstand a rough terrain with ice and snow for hours without pain, others might be bleeding or sore under the same conditions. As a general rule of thumb, most dogs will require booties on frigid winter days. Be sure to let your dog wear them around the house to get comfortable and break them in beforehand, or he might not last very long on the trail. You can also rub his paws with musher’s wax to prevent ice from accumulating between his toes or in his fur. Even with these preventative steps, it’s important to regularly check on his paws to remove ice buildup or notice if he’s experiencing any pain or discomfort. Invest in a Dog Jacket On cold winter days, sometimes his own fur coat just isn’t enough. Buying him a dog jacket will not only keep him warm, but will also cut the wind, and protect his fur from being covered in icy... read more

What to Consider Before Adopting a Dog

Adopting a dog can be one of the most rewarding decisions, for both you and your new furry friend. Now only will he have a safe home, but you’ll have a new loving companion. Taking them out of the shelter or off the streets could quite literally be saving their lives. Adopting a dog is a big commitment and one you’ll want to put full thought and consideration into before acting upon. Finding a dog that will fit in with you and your family’s lifestyle is essential for the overall happiness of you and your new pet. Here are a few things you’ll want to think about. Activity Level Finding a furry friend that has a comparable energy level to you is a must. If you want a low maintenance dog that doesn’t need an excessive amount of exercise, avoid any breeds that are known as the herding or sporting type. Instead, you’ll probably want a smaller “lap-dog” breed. On the contrary, if you’re looking for a dog to keep you active and to go for a job with, there are plenty of high-energy breeds to choose from! Other Pets/Children If you have another pet in the home or small children, the shelter may warn you against certain dogs. Most shelters do testing to see how dogs will react around other pets, children, and adults. If they say that a dog needs a quiet shelter with no small children again, don’t try to go against there word. They’re looking out for the safety of the dog and your family. There are plenty of breeds out there with different needs,... read more

New Year’s Resolutions for You, and Your Dog

The New Year is always a great time to reflect on the past, and plan ahead on some important goals you’d like to focus on for the future. You’ve probably thought of a few for yourself already, but what about your dog? Choosing a few specific goals to work on with your furry friend throughout the year is a great way to keep him happy and healthy. Check out some of our top picks for resolutions you can work on together! Measure Dog’s Food, and Choose Wisely Portion control is important not just for humans, but for pets too. After a while, many pet owners just “eyeball” their dog’s food for each meal. This can eventually lead to overfeeding and weight gain for your dog, or just the opposite if you’re under-scooping his meals. Be sure to use an 8-ounce measuring cup every time, unless otherwise specified by your vet, to control exactly how many calories he’s intaking. You’ll also want to check that the food you’re using is age-appropriate for your canine. For example, growing dogs have more substantial nutrient requirements than older dogs that may have low energy. Try New Activities It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks! Whether this means new commands that your dog has yet to master or a new activity such as hiking or swimming that you can do together. Switching up his exercise routine keeps things new and exciting for you both. Prioritize Oral Health It’s not the most glamorous activity, but oral health for your pets is imperative for his health. Did you know that as many... read more

The Best Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Dog

When checking your list to see who’s been naughty and nice this year… We hope your furry friend falls on the nice side of the list! While shopping for your dog should be fairly easy, it can be tricky to find something creative when he’s already spoiled with toys and treats! If you’re struggling with what to leave under the tree for your furry friend, here’s some of our favorite unique ideas that we think you, and your dog will love. Stuffingless Toy Is your dog an aggressive chewer? If so, you might be sick of buying him plush toys that he rips open, just for you to clean up the stuffing all over the house. No-stuffing toys are a great alternative. They are double-stitched for durability, yet light and freely moving which your dog will love. They’re easy to play fetch, with or use as a tug toy. And when they start to get dirty or smell, throw them right in the washer machine to be good as new again! Bob-A-Lot This interactive toy is an easy way to get your dog some exercise, and food at the same time!  All you have to do is fill it up and show your dog how to roll it around to dispense the food. The opening can be adjusted, allowing you to change the level of difficulty for your dog. The Bob-A-Lot can fit up to 3 cups of food, which should keep your dog busy for a bit! Interactive Dog Ball The FurryFido ball is another treat dispensing toy that allows your dog to simultaneously get some exercise. This... read more
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