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Tips for Camping with Your Dog

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Camping with dogs

Camping with dogs

It’s getting cool outside. The leaves are turning and starting to fall. You know what that means… Camping and bonfires! Here’s some tips for camping with your best friend.

  • Bring pleanty of dog food. People food at home is bad enough for your dog. People food while camping tends to even be worse. Remember to bring their water and food bowls so that they have something to eat out of.
  • Don’t let them wander. Always keep an eye on your dog. There are poisonous plants, wildlife that can hurt your dog and more. Make sure your dog’s tags are up-to-date and readable just in case.
  • Watch out for other animals. SQUIRREL! You know your dog will be curious so you need to watch out for snakes and other wildlife.
  • Have fun!
August 12, 2018 |

3 Tips to Keep Your Pooch Safe in The Car

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Dog Care Safety

Dog Care SafetyIf you want to get your dog all excited and wagging its tail, just jingle your car keys and ask “Do you wanna go for a ride?!” It (almost) never fails.

Like many pooches, your pup adores riding in the car with you. Whether you’re heading out on a road trip or merely running some errands in town, you also love having your four-legged bestie along for the adventure.

Check out the following tips to keep your best pal as safe as possible on the open road.

1. Invest in a Doggy Restraint System

Much like you prioritize wearing a seatbelt — hopefully for your kids, too — you also want to make sure Fido is safely restrained before putting your car in reverse. Indeed, don’t let your dog go unharnessed and suffer an injury.

According to PetMD, when you get in an accident with an unrestrained dog, they can incur broken bones, punctured lungs and other serious injuries. To prevent this altogether, purchase a restraint of some kind to keep your dog safe and secure. You can find canine seatbelts at any local or online pet store.

For example, the website for Doctors Foster and Smith carries vehicle safety harnesses in a number of sizes for about $25 each. So if you’re heading out on a long trip with your dog, you might want to test drive the harness first, allowing you to practice safely strapping your dog in as they get used to the idea of wearing it.

2. Keep Your Car in Tip-Top Shape

Getting a flat tire on your way to Starbucks with your pup for a latte and “puppaccino” is stressful enough; having car trouble in the middle of nowhere is even worse. To prevent this from happening, follow your car’s regular maintenance schedule by getting regular oil changes and tune-ups. Also, keep a close eye on your tires to ensure they’re in good, working condition.

To evaluate your tires for baldness, use a penny or a quarter to determine each tire’s remaining tread depth. Simply insert a penny into the tire treads on all four tires, with Honest Abe’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tires are at 2/32nds of an inch or less of tread and should be replaced immediately.

3. Don’t Let Fido Stick His Head Out the Window

We’ve all seen it: Carefree, happy-looking dogs sticking their heads out of the car window. Despite the joys it may bring Fido, it’s definitely not a safe activity. Of course, road debris and any number of other things can fly up and hit your dog in the face, and if they spot a small animal (squirrel!), they may very well try to jump out, leading to serious injuries or death.

Have Fun, and be Sure to Send a Postcard

Despite these and other safety warnings, it’s definitely fine to bring your pooch with you on driving trips. But by incorporating these tips into your routine, your time together running errands and going on vacation will not only be fun, but it will also be safe for your beautiful dog.

June 25, 2018 |

Keeping Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

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fireworks

Fireworks can wreak havoc on a dog’s nerves and you can not control which neighbors will let them off when. Here are some tips to help when fireworks are being set off:

  1. Stay calm and gentle. Don’t mirror your dog’s anxiety.
    This is your time to shine as the alpha leader of your family. Be empathetic but confident, so your dog knows that he is protected and doesn’t have to play that role for you. Don’t coddle!
  2. Don’t punish your dog or command that they “relax.”
    Your dog’s surprise by all the noises would be the same if your house came under air raid. Imagine how you would feel with someone sternly telling you to lay down and relax.
  3. Try distracting your dog.
    This is a great time to bring out special toys (like the ones that squeak in ways that might drive you to drink). Or, special occasion treats. If you have a combination, even better! There are many toys that feature areas to stuff them with a treat where the treat removal becomes a puzzle for your dog. But, if your dog doesn’t want to play or eat treats, don’t force the issue.
  4. Let your dog be in the place that he feels safest.
    This might mean your lap, which could be comfortable if your dog is a pug, not so comfortable if it’s a German Shepherd. If your dog wants to be on the floor at your feet, let him. Don’t command that he be on the couch with you, where it’s more comfortable for you to pet and soothe him. Try getting on the floor with him to see if that helps.
  5. Stay in an enclosed room with your dog.
    Basements and man caves are typically already designed to drown out the noises of everyday life. These are great places to retreat with your dog and put on some music or a movie to help cover the erratic sounds of fireworks.

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June 24, 2018 |

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe on the 4th of July

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dog and fireworks infographic

Fireworks have long been the nemesis of our best friends along with thunder. The loud booms can be frightening and cause even the most mellowest of dogs to freak out and run out the door aimlessly trying to find shelter. Our friends at K9 of Mine have put together the below infographic to help with safety.

dog and fireworks infographic

From our friends at K9 of Mine.

June 23, 2018 |

Keeping Your Dog Calm During July 4th Fireworks

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4th of julyA DogGeek.com exclusive by Teresa Barker

Hopefully, you’ve already pre-planned your mid-week holiday this year. You’ve got burgers for the grill, cold drinks, a summer playlist, and maybe even guests coming over. If you’re a dog owner, add to the list one-on-one time with your pooch, plenty of exercise during the day, and potty time before dark. All of the loud noises (bangs, pops, sizzles) can wreak havoc on a dog’s nerves, so it’s important to plan for your dog’s comfort during this potentially stressful time. If you’ve already brought your dog inside, drawn the curtains, turned on the lights, started the music, and lit the calming aromatherapy candles, you should be in good shape. If, however, your dog still shows signs of fear and stress at the sound of each firework going off, here’s a few tips to help soothe him.

1. Stay calm and gentle. Don’t mirror your dog’s anxiety.
This is your time to shine as the alpha leader of your family. Be empathetic but confident, so your dog knows that he is protected and doesn’t have to play that role for you.

2. Don’t punish your dog or command that they “relax.”
Your dog’s surprise by all the noises would be the same if your house came under air raid. Imagine how you would feel with someone sternly telling you to lay down and relax.

3. Try distracting your dog.
This is a great time to bring out special toys (like the ones that squeak in ways that might drive you to drink). Or, special occasion treats. If you have a combination, even better! There are many toys that feature areas to stuff them with a treat where the treat removal becomes a puzzle for your dog. But, if your dog doesn’t want to play or eat treats, don’t force the issue.

4. Let your dog be in the place that he feels safest.
This might mean your lap, which could be comfortable if your dog is a pug, not so comfortable if it’s a German Shepherd. If your dog wants to be on the floor at your feet, let him. Don’t command that he be on the couch with you, where it’s more comfortable for you to pet and soothe him. Try getting on the floor with him to see if that helps.

5. Stay in an enclosed room with your dog.
Basements and man caves are typically already designed to drown out the noises of everyday life. These are great places to retreat with your dog and put on some music or a movie to help cover the erratic sounds of fireworks.

If your dog is scared by fireworks noises, be sensitive. July 4th isn’t a good time to try to desensitize your dog to loud noises or ignore them. If, in fact, you get through the holiday with loving comfort but find that your dog does get fearful and stressed by the ruckus, consider working with a certified trainer to help ease their stress in future situations.

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June 23, 2018 |

Hi-Tech Gadgets That Could Change the Way Your Pets Live

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Hi-Tech Gadgets for Dogs

Hi-Tech Gadgets for Dogs

Dogs are finally getting their day as technology races to catch up to what their owners really want. In fact, Grand View Research reports that the global wearable pet market is expected to reach $2.36 billion by 2022. And that just accounts for the pet wearable market. There is also a growing market for monitoring devices, interactive toys and pet feeders. Fortunately, those gadgets aren’t just about novelty and fun, but can make a big impact on how your pets live. Here are five hi-tech gadgets to put on your dog’s wish list.

Wifi monitoring cameras

If you’ve ever wondered what your pup is up to while you’re at work, you can set-up an inexpensive monitoring system to watch them online. Protect your best friend and your home with a DIY security system. Lorex Technology offers indoor and outdoor wireless camera systems so you can monitor what’s going on at home whether you’re around the corner or across the country on a work trip. Their app can also compile a list of motion-triggered alarms so you know if your dog or someone else is in an area of your home they shouldn’t be.

Interactive toys

It’s a common worry for dog owners to wonder if their furry ones are feeling lonely or want a playmate when they’re flying solo. This is where interactive toys come into play. The Go Bone moves around on its own to challenge your dog and get him on his paws. You can even control it from your smartphone so you can play with him while you’re away from home. The ultra-durable bone can take a chewing or beating and still work great for the next round of play.

Smart collar

Dog collars have gone from basic to ultra glam to super smart with the Link AKC Smart Dog Collar. The GPS pet tracker keeps tabs on what your dog is up to and if your dog is safe. Bonus point that you can also monitor your dog’s health and his activity to make sure your best friend isn’t getting too hot or overworked. And just because this collar is ultra smart doesn’t mean it’s not highly attractive. It comes in high-quality leather in a range of sizing options.

Automatic pet feeder

It’s one thing to have a pet feeder to make sure your pups are getting fed every day while you’re out, but you can take charge of your pet’s unique nutritional needs with Petnet. Their automatic pet feeders schedule out your pet’s meals like a culinary pro and also measures out the portions right from your phone. Their app also helps figure out daily meal goals with recipes and ingredient ideas so you’re never left wondering if your dog is getting sound nutrition.

Activity trackers

Humans have been wearing FitBits for years, so why shouldn’t dogs? The FitBark helps take control over your dog’s health and get them moving again. According to FitBark, 54 percent of U.S. dogs are affected by obesity and represented the single largest epidemic of pets today. And it’s not just a cute gadget that keeps track of your dog’s activity levels and keeps them fit and sleek. The FitBark 2 was also created in collaboration with over 45 veterinary schools and research institutions that use the FitBark to study mobility and skin issues, nutrition, vision and other ailments facing dogs today.

Taking control of your dog’s safety, health and happiness creates a strong bond between you and your best friend and streamlines your daily life at the same time. Start with the tech that makes the biggest impact in your dog’s life and then branch out to those fun must-have gadgets you don’t want to live without.

June 3, 2018 |
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