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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

 

March 31, 2016 |

How to Create the Perfect Home for your New Dog

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In many ways, adopting a dog is a lot like becoming parents to a brand-new human baby: You’re excited, you can’t wait to meet the new addition to your family, and you have a lot of work to do to get your house ready.

Whether you are adopting a 6-week old purebred puppy or have fallen in love with a senior mixed-breed fella from the pound, take the time to prepare your home for your precious new family member. Check out these tips:

Shop for supplies

Don’t wait until you sign the adoption papers to do your shopping; instead, buy everything far in advance. Basic supplies include food and water bowls, chew toys, bedding, a collar and leash, pet ID tag, food and perhaps a crate. If you want to wait until you name your new four-legged friend to get the ID tag that’s fine, but try to get your other doggie gear ahead of time.

Look around the house for hazards

Dogs are pretty curious critters at times, and puppies are notorious for getting into everything. Take an honest look at your home and do everything you can to dog-proof it. Some dogs adore chewing on electrical cords, so if you can either tuck them behind furniture or unplug the lamps and other devices and put up the cords when they are not in use. Home Depot carries cord covers and other sorts of safety devices.

Many dogs will try “counter surfing” at least once, so be sure all of your counters are free from foods and beauty products that will hurt your dog. This includes fruit bowls filled with grapes or avocados, boxes of chocolates, cookies with raisins in them and bottles of yummy-smelling shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom.

Determine your dog-safe areas

While you hope to let your new family member eventually have full run of the house, it’s a good idea to set aside a dog-safe area for your pooch to hang out in, especially when you are at work or running errands. Depending on the size of your new dog, you can cordon off a large room in your home with either the door or baby gates, or you can confine her to a smaller space like a laundry room. Again, it’s important to have safety on the brain, so dog-proof the designated spot and also think about the overall comfort of your home.

In addition, summer is coming up, and your new family member needs to stay cool and comfy while you are away from home. Make sure your A/C unit is in good working order. You might look into protecting the A/C unit with a comprehensive and trusted home warranty — the money you save on repairs can be used for other expenses, like tennis balls, Frisbees and stuffed toys for your new pooch. TotalProtect.com outlines the typical costs to repair and replace a variety of home appliances and systems.

Keep your dog’s mind and body active

In order for your pup to be as happy and healthy as possible, it’s important to find ways to keep him mentally and physically active. Consider buying a puzzle cube for your dog and fill it with dry kibble. It can help keep your pooch happily occupied while you are away from home. Sign up for a dog obedience class to learn some basic commands and manners, and take your dog on lots of walks to get exercise and opportunities to come in contact with other pups and their people.

Finally, learn how to perform CPR on your dog. We feature a comprehensive guide on how to do it. It could just save his life one day!

March 15, 2016 |

The Best Dog-Friendly Vehicles on the Market Today

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Best Dog-Friendly Vehicles

It’s estimated that nearly 80 million people own dogs in the Unites States, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Pet ownership has skyrocketed over the years and that means more pooches are taking rides in cars. Car makers have caught on to the trend and some are manufacturing vehicles that accommodate your pup’s needs.

Toy Breeds: Mini Cooper Countryman

The Mini Cooper Countryman has four doors, five seats and plenty of cargo room. It’s also been an IIHS Safety Pick for four years in a row. In addition to being safe for both you and your pup, the Countryman is fuel-efficient, getting 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 25 in the city. The Countryman also comes with All4 all-wheel drive, a performance feature that helps you stay in control, no matter the terrain. And, although it looks small on the outside, the inside of the Mini is actually quite spacious, boasting 42.2 cubic feet of space. Your toy breed might not need all of that space, but it makes packing his or her crate and doggy accessories easy. We actually found it really easy for us to fit our 4 Border Collie mixes in this and everyone still had room to lay down.

Small Breeds: Kia Soul

Pugs, terriers and Frenchies have a lot of personality, and so does the Kia Soul. The interior was developed with comfort in mind, so it’s quiet on the inside, which makes the car ride stress-free for your pup. The Soul even has a panoramic sunroof that opens with just the touch of a button, letting the sunlight and fresh air into the cab. This feature is great for pups who love to feel the wind in their fur and pet parents who care about their dog’s safety. As DriveTime notes, keeping your pet safe starts with keeping them inside of the car. Letting your pup hang out of the window can put him or her at risk of injury. DriveTime recommends using restraint systems or carriers to keep your dog safe while riding in the car. If you’re ready to upgrade your wheels, consider contacting DriveTime to get a great deal on a used car.

Medium Breeds: Subaru Outback

The folks at Subaru are dog lovers, just like you. Subaru promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. If you’re ready to take an action-packed adventure, the Subaru Outback just might be the best option for you and your pooch. It’s the most fuel-efficient crossover in the U.S., and it has 143.6 cubic feet of interior space in addition to the cargo carrying space on the roof that can hold up to 150 pounds of gear. Your adventurous pup has plenty of space to relax on the drive to your destination, and once you arrive you can let your pup out through the hatch with the touch of a button with the Outback’s power rear gate opener. This is our best pick for trips with our pack.

Large Breeds: Buick Encore

In 2014, USA Today named the Buick Encore a top pick for dog parents based on its cabin space, storage options, fold-flat seating and easy-access tailgate. Large dogs have large crates, so they need all the room that the Encore provides. Not only is this crossover great for large breeds, it’s great for large families, too.

June 25, 2015 |

Live The Good Life: 4 Home Upgrades For You & Your Dog

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4 Home Upgrades For You & Your Dog

When it comes to dog digs, some upgrades are beyond extravagant. Take Samsung’s new “Dream Doghouse” equipped with everything a pup could need to stay happy and healthy. This puppy has it all: a hydrotherapy pool, an AstroTurf treadmill for physical wellness, a paw-operated treat dispenser and a tablet hooked up to the TV for mental stimulation and entertainment.

4 Home Upgrades For You & Your Dog

Sure, your furry friend deserves to live in luxury, but at $30K a pop (yes, you read correctly), these doghouses would break the bank for mostly anyone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give your pet the good life (while upgrading your own home too). You’ll enjoy the extra perks and even increase your ROI. Check out these four home upgrades to keep both you and your pup mentally and physically happy.

Door to Freedom

Doggie doors and stylish homes are in constant battle like oil and water. That is, until now. Install a wooden doggie door and your pup will thank you. Vintage Doors fancy pet doors come in 12 different types of woods and premium styles. These upscale designs integrate swinging mini doors for doggies.

Keep in mind, dogs forced to hold their urine and bowel movements can experience serious health problems like bladder or kidney infections, bladder stones and even incontinence over time, according to Holistic Healthy Pets. Give your dog the freedom to go out every 3 to 4 hours to keep them healthy and happy.

New Favorite Spot

Windows help keep your dog’s brain active during the day while you’re away. Champion Comfort 365 windows have ViewMax frames designed and engineered to provide a maximum viewing area. Your dog won’t miss any of the outdoor action. An added benefit for fido? Your furry friend will get a much-needed dose of Vitamin D, which helps protect the heart, prevent osteoporosis and even possibly prevent depression, according to TotalHealthMagazine.com. These window upgrades also are energy efficient, which saves you money in the long run.

Safe Haven

Many dogs struggle with anxiety issues. Your dog can get anxious if thunder strikes, too many guests come over or if you’re away on vacation (a.k.a. separation anxiety). Your dog needs a small area or room to de-stress and feel safe. This special spot should be windowless or draped with blackout curtains. Make sure your pup has food, treats and an open crate with blankets for your dog to get cozy in. WayFair.com offers stylish designer dog crates that can effortlessly blend in with an upscale interior design. The DenHaus ZenHaus Modern Pet Crate is an oval-shaped handcrafted dog den with a sophisticated and sleek look. It aesthetically blends in with decorative surroundings while giving your pup a comforting space to feel safe.

Interactive Care

The more time your pet gets to spend with you, the more his or her mental state can improve. After all, dogs love us more than they love themselves! A simple kitchen upgrade can virtually grow the love and increase your quality time together, even as you’re physically apart. The ICPooch Interactive Care for Dogs enables you to have two-way video chat with your dog while you’re away so the pup doesn’t get too lonely. It can even deliver a treat via smartphone to delight your dog even more. This handy device can also be used as video surveillance so you can monitor the behaviors and habits of your dog.

March 17, 2015 |
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