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How to Create a Backyard Oasis for You and Your Dog

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It is important that your dog receives lots of opportunity for exercise and recreation. Make sure your backyard can provide your dog a place to freely roam, without sacrificing the quality or design of your landscape. With a couple of tricks, you can create the perfect outdoor environment for your pup. Here are some ways to make a dog-friendly backyard landscape:

Dogscape Your Garden

Create an outdoor space that creates harmony between your dog and garden. Keep in mind the needs of your dog when designing your garden. Make sure your dog has the means for exploration, without messing up your plant presentation. Build a running track or path that weaves through the garden to keep the dog on an established path away from plants.

Make the path comfortable for your dog’s paws with small cedar chip mulch or smooth flagstone rocks set in pebbles. Your plants should be soft yet sturdy — anything too delicate can be trampled by your pet. Create stone or driftwood borders around plants for increased protection.

Fence

A dog’s good training can go out the window when distracted by the lure of a squirrel chase. Make sure a fence protects your dog from its own uninhibited excitement.

You can provide a solid boundary with a wood fence that surpasses the height of your dog’s jumping capabilities. Set your fence into the ground a few feet deep so that your dog can’t dig a hole under it.

If you’re worried about the solid and stark aesthetic of a fence, plant large shrubs or ornamental grasses along the perimeter. This will keep your yard a green oasis while also keeping your beloved hound safe.

Training Facility

A training course is a way you can engage your dog’s brain or condition it for any course competitions. Create a fun and ideal training course with a circuit setup with structures and fixtures that test a dog’s physical agility.

For a variety of tricks within the course, set up hurdles, a seesaw, cones and tires. Tires are great for your dog to jump through. Use your old tires as a method of sustainable recycling. This is good for the planet and also gives you an excuse to replace your vehicle’s tires with new ones.

Watering Hole

Provide your dog with access to water for refreshment after a hearty play session. You can create a natural spring or pond within your landscape that has regular circulation of water. However, if you live in a mosquito-prone region, a large body of water will draw them onto your property.

Alternatively, consider a small drinking fountain for your dog. You can install a water circulation pump within a galvanized tub or trough. This will look rustic and stylish, while providing a water source for your pup.

If you want a more transportable option, iMounTEK makes a hygienic dog fountain. Your dog can quickly be trained to use the paw-pressable pedal that controls the water stream. Since the water is never stagnant, there is less threat of bacterial growth or water contamination.

March 4, 2018 |

Setting up a Dog-Friendly Backyard

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Setting up a Dog-Friendly Backyard

A quick walk around the block on a leash isn’t enough physical activity for dogs. Dogtime recommends 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day, depending on the type of breed and how active they are.

Setting up a Dog-Friendly Backyard

But what if you don’t live near a dog park for additional play? Make a dog retreat in your backyard complete with an obstacle course and design an inspired resting area. Here are five aspects you need to create a dog-friendly backyard that is fit for a king.

Shady Retreats

Dogs love playing and resting in the sun, but can get overheated after a day of play. Create a shady retreat in your backyard where human and dog friends can cool off. Position benches, an outdoor chaise or a porch swing attached to a tree to cool off. Make sure to put some of your dogs’ favorite calm down toys and lovies nearby so they can nuzzle and gnaw in the shade.

Place a few bowls of water out and break out the frozen treats to make it a family affair. Sugar-free popsicles or cucumber ice water for the kids and grown-ups and Frosty Paws for the dogs are a good place to start.

Doggy Dining Area

Dogs are loyal companions and want to be where the people are. Situate your outdoor patio furniture in a shady area, or add patio umbrellas to block the sun. Roll out an outdoor island or bar cart to stock with snacks and treats. Get inspired by the W Hotel’s Fido’s Kitchen in Los Angeles where patrons and pooches dine together with an organic dog menu of Apple Crunch cakes and blueberry scones.

Obstacle Course

Dogs often flee their yards because they’re bored or curious about the greener side of the grass next door. Set up your own agility obstacle course with tunnels, a teeter totter for running and balancing and plenty of things to jump through to keep them occupied. Try tying a tie to a rope and hang it from a tree limb that’s low enough for Fido to soar through. Situate a line of PVC piping to let your dogs weave in and out of the course and show off their skills.

Fencing

A fence is necessary for dogs and children to play safely in your backyard. But that doesn’t mean you need to let an unattractive wooden or chain fence distract from your dog-friendly retreat. Add green vines or paint a wooden fence with a mural or your favorite dog motif to turn it into a canine-inspired beautification area. Your dogs will feel more at home in their natural retreat and can watch the butterflies and birds playing along the green vines and flowers along your fence.

Doggy Sandbox

Dogs love to dig, so give them a place to do it that doesn’t involve your flower beds. Set up a dirt or sand box in a small wooden encasement and let your dogs dig and bury to their heart’s content. A tiny wooden fence or retainer around the box keeps the dirt where it belongs.

Arrange some favorite toys or bones nearby so your dogs can hunt, dig, hide and retrieve. If you discover your dogs are actually using their digging depot as a bathroom spot, create a separate dirt spot alongside it and put a small doghouse around it that makes it easy to hide and clean up later.

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April 3, 2017 |

Cute Valentine’s Day Dog Collars

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Hearts Martingale Collar

Valentine’s day is this week and your dog deserves some new bling to show the love. We’ve found these cute dog collars to celebrate.

1. The Carly from Earth Dog. Love and peace, what more says Vaentine’s day? From $22

Carly Dog Collar from Earth Dog

2. Hearts Martingale Collar from Huggable Hound. Handmade with love. From $19.99

Hearts Martingale Collar

3. Red Hearts Dog Collar by Collars By Design. From $16.50

Red Hearts

4. Hearts dog collar with Ruffle from Woof Couture Int. From $18.99

 

Hearts dog collar

5. Valentines Day Dog Collar from Wagologie. From $18.00

Valentines Day Dog Collar

 

February 1, 2017 |

Eco-Friendly Gadgets And Tools For Your Furry Best Friend

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Dog Gadgets

You want to spoil your dog with the newest pet care products. However, you may also want to be mindful when buying the latest pet gadgets and accessories on the market and take into account the size of their eco footprint. Luckily, there are both high- and low-tech pet accessories that have been designed with the latest earth-friendly industrial materials and sustainable power sources. Take care of your furry friend, and the earth, with these eco-friendly gadgets and tools:

Dog Gadgets

GPS Tracker

The Whistle GPS Tracker attaches to your pet’s collar and lets you track their daily activity on your phone. The tracker comes with a rechargeable energy source, so you aren’t going through multiple batteries that will be discarded as toxic waste. The device sends you text and email alerts so you know what your pup is up to. It also provides you with food and medication reminders so you, or your dog’s caretaker, can take care of their health needs. You can use this tracker in tandem with a high functioning smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S7, which can accommodate the Android app for the Whistle GPS.

Earth Friendly Waste Bags

A low tech accessory that will respect both your pet, your neighborhood and the earth are biodegradable waste bags. Pogis Poop Bags utilize EPI technology that allows the bags to break down in as little as 18 months. The leak-proof pet waste bags are boxed in 100 percent recycled cardboard cores and other recycled materials. Plus, the bags have a fresh powder scent that will shield you from the water odor.

Eco-Minded Grooming Tool

The Balakie Grooming Brush is an earth-friendly item that will keep your pup’s coat in top shape. This low-tech tool has a practical design with an ergonomic, no-slip handle and a hidden button that can quickly separate the brush blade from the handle. The brush is made with eco-friendly material that’s non-toxic, non-polluting and safe to use. This accessory reduces shedding up to 90 percent and will keep your dog’s coat healthy and knot-free.

Energy Efficient Fencing

Keep your furry best friend safe, within the confines of your yard. Install an invisible fence that will monitor your pet’s whereabouts and ensure they stay secure when they roam outside. The Eco Extreme invisible fence batteries are eco-minded as a long-lasting energy source that will reduce battery waste. The company utilizes earth-friendly materials when building the batteries, so the battery technology is less damaging to the environment than many alternatives.

Video Monitoring and Feeder

Keep an eye on your dog when you are away, so you can ensure they are happy and safe within your home. The Furbo pet monitor is a means to interact with your pup, even when you are away from home. Furbo is a smart dog camera that will let you view, talk to and play with your dog. The Wi-Fi-connected camera can be accessed through your smartphone or tablet, so you can check in on your pet anytime and anywhere. Furbo can also serve as a container for your dog’s treats, so you can toss their favorite treats in the air for a game of fetch. This eco-friendly feature keeps you from wasting dog food that you may set out in your absence, and instead make sure they are fed in a sustainable and waste-free way.

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January 3, 2017 |

10 Geeky Star Wars Halloween Dog Costumes

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Jedi Robe for dog

It’s that time of year! There’s a chill in the air, Octoberfest beers are out in stores, pumpkin lattes are here, yep… It’s fall! You know what that means don’t ya? Halloween is just around the corner! We at DogGeek love Geeky Halloween costumes for our pups! Here’s our 10 favorite geeky halloween dog costumes.

Jedi Dog:

Darth Vader Dog:

R2-D2 Dog:

Chewbacca Dog:

Princess Leia Dog:

Yoda Dog:

Bantha Rider:

At-At Dog:

Ewok Dog:

 

What’s your favorite Star Wars dog costume?

 

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September 28, 2016 |

Not Your Average Collar: When and How To Use Halters, Headcollars And Harnesses

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Picking the right dog collar

Ever walk through the aisle at a pet store wondering what type of collar I should get for my dog? Well… it all depends on what you are trying to do. Our friends at Petco created the below infographic to help make your decision.

 

Picking the right dog collar

 

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March 31, 2016 |
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