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4 Ways to Get Your Four-Legged Friend Involved in Valentine’s Day

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4 Ways to Get Your Four-Legged Friend Involved in Valentine’s Day

At Christmas time, Santa fills special small stockings for your dogs, and you’ve been known to send them postcards when you are on vacation. To say that you love your dogs is probably the understatement of the year.

4 Ways to Get Your Four-Legged Friend Involved in Valentine’s Day

So, for a holiday that is devoted exclusively to love, why should humans have all of the fun? Get your precious pooch involved in Valentine’s Day with gifts and special treats just for them or by getting them in on the gift giving action. If you need some help involving your pets this year, consider the following four ideas:

Give Your Pup a Special Gift

Dogs know when a gift is just for them. This Valentine’s Day, show your adoration for your furry friend with a new heart-shaped collar. Elmo’s Closet features a selection that suits both boy and girl dogs. When giving the new collar to your dog, put it in a gift bag along with a couple of other goodies like a new squeaky ball, a Nylabone and a small bag of fancy dog treats. Then, add some loose Milkbones to the packaging so your dog can smell the present and will entice him or her to start pulling the tissue paper out of the bag. This way, your pup can find all the goodies and gifts himself.

Schedule Time for a Long Walk

Dogs love going for walks with their beloved humans. While you probably enjoy getting out with your four-legged friend, work, school, family commitments and other obligations sometimes cause that leash to go unused. So, a great way to show your dogs some love, set aside a good chunk of time on Valentine’s Day for a nice long walk around the neighborhood. Instead of walking as quickly as you can, go at a leisurely pace and let your dog stop and sniff the roses—or bushes, lawns and fire hydrants.

Plan a Doggy Spa Day

If your dog loves getting groomed, schedule a special spa day on or near Valentine’s Day. Call your favorite local groomer to set up a time for your dog to be pampered, massaged and shampooed. Or, if your dog gets a bit nervous at the groomer but likes getting a bath, do it all yourself at home.

Paw Nation offers great tips on how to do a spa day at home. For example, put on some music that your dog loves, give him or her a nice rubdown and massage before putting him or her in the tub—this will help to remove loose fur and prevent your drain from getting clogged. Then, give your dog a good shampoo with a special doggy spa scrub, like Doggie Vogue’s vanilla and blueberry scrub that will leave your four-legged friend smelling great.

Let Your Pup Give a Gift

Dogs love to be part of whatever you are up to. So, if you are giving your significant other a gift this Valentine’s Day, buy another goodie from your dog. For example, FTD sells Valentine’s Day arrangements that come with flowers, chocolates and a plush puppy. This way, when the big day rolls around, your beloved dog can give him or her a Valentine’s Day gift, too.

February 11, 2021 |

5 common Valentine’s Day toxins for pets

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Valentine's day

Valentine’s day is this week and with all the human festivities, there are hidden dangers for your pets. Below are toxic items that you may give or receive on Valentine’s day to hide from your best friend.

  1. Chocolate – Ingestions of more than 0.1 ounces per pound of body weight of dark or semi-sweet chocolate may cause poisoning.
  2. Roses – Although not really poisonous, the thorns can tear through a puppies throat and stomach.
  3. Lillies – Sometimes given instead of roses, lillies contain a toxin that is deadly to pets
  4. Macadamia nuts – Poisonous to dogs but no cats.
  5. Xylitol – The sugar substitute can cause drop in blood sugar as well as liver damage in dogs.

Stay safe this Valentine’s day!

February 10, 2021 |

The Joy of Fostering a Dog

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fostering a shelter dog

A DogGeek.com exclusive by Teresa Barker

Whether you’re a family with a few dogs already, experiencing empty nest syndrome, or simply looking for something meaningful to do, fostering a dog can be a source of great joy in your life. There are many reasons why you should consider being a dog foster family that you may not have thought of.

Companionship.
Whether you’ve recently lost a canine loved one, or your human children have gone off to college, dogs provide outstanding companionship and love. You can work with a shelter to customize the personality type of the dog that you foster to ensure that you bring home a snuggler, a buddy, or whatever type of companionship you may be seeking.

It’s mutually beneficial.
While you enhance the quality of your own life, you will simultaneously be helping out the entire pet adoption industry by easing the burden on overpopulated shelters. It may seem minor to have one dog at your house for a few weeks or months, but it all adds up.

You can become part of the solution.
When you make the decision to foster a dog in your home, your friends and family become aware of the enormous need to help stop the homeless pet epidemic. You can take the opportunity to educate your friends and family on the statistics that are staggering. If, as a result, just one friend or family member decides to adopt from a shelter (instead of buying from a breeder), you’ve now helped out exponentially.

You will make new friends.
By getting involved with a local dog rescue, you will certainly be meeting other like-minded individuals. Most rescues provide an immense amount of communication and support, often provided by other volunteers. There are events and functions you can attend and you needn’t worry about ice-breaker strategies..your dogs do it for you!

It’s a chance to role-play parenting.
In the case that you’ve not been a dog parent recently, fostering can provide you with the opportunity to see if your current lifestyle would be conducive to committing to the next 15 years with a dog. It also gives you the ability to consider specific dog breeds, sizes and ages that might be best for you long term.

If you’ve ever found yourself rooting for the underdog, becoming a foster parent will bring you great joy. No matter what level of a commitment you can make, it will have a ripple effect in terms of how much it helps. Talk to your local shelters and find a good fit for you and them and feel good about your contribution to your community!

January 4, 2021 |

5 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog

5 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Dog

The new year is upon us and it’s time to make those annual changes that we always strive to make, the resolutions. This year, why not make it a little more fun and invite someone to join you? You know you always do better when you the motivation of another person! So this year, instead of going at it alone, bring along your best friend, I know they won’t let you down. Here’s some New Year’s resolutions for you and your dog to try:

  • Loose a little weight. As the saying goes, if you have a fat dog, then you’re not getting enough exercise. You know your dog would go for a walk if you just asked. Take that walk around the block or a few miles, your choice.
  • Watch your calories and stop munching. Just like you, your dog’s diet most likely isn’t the best in the world. It’s not their fault, they just eat what you put down. Look for foods for both of you that don’t have a ton of preservatives or additives in them. The fresher the better. And watch that portion control.
  • Make new friends. If you have a social dog, get them out to the dog park to interact with others. Who knows, you may meet a few new friends too.
  • Pamper yourself and dog a little. Enjoy life! Make yourself a spa appointment and get that massage you’ve been wanting. While you’re at it, get a spa day for your best friend too. Make an appointment at the dog groomer. Although they may act like the don’t like baths, a clean dog is a happy dog. When they are matted it can be uncomfortable and unhealthy for them.
  • Learn some new tricks. Both you and your dog can benefit from dog training. It strengthens the bond and cuts down on the frustration.

Happy New Year from all of us at DogGeek.com!

January 1, 2021 |

Pet Friendly Holiday Travel Tips

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Pet Friendly Holiday Travel Tips

Pet Friendly Holiday Travel Tips

The holidays are a fun and hectic time for all of us, including the family pets. Here are some tips to make your trip safe and worry free.

  • Get their ya-ya’s out before you get in the car! A tired dog is a happy dog. Take them for a walk or to the dog park to get some of the travel excitement out. Besides, you could use the fresh air too! You’ll just be sitting on your butt all day in the care anyway.
  • Plan in advance! Before you hit the road, plan out where you can stop with your pets for potty breaks, food and lodging. Don’t wait till the last second! Many hotels, especial pet friendly hotels, sell out quickly. Book your dog friendly hotel in advance.
  • Bring water along with water and food bowls. You don’t know if where you stop will have them and it’s always better to have something that your pet is familiar with.
  • Pack wisely. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve packed up our pack only to get to our destination to see that we forgot a Frisbee for our Border Collie mix. A Border Collie without a ball or Frisbee is the equivalent of a small child crying on an airplane… no one is going to be happy! Check, double check, then triple check that you brought everything you need!
  • Don’t forget the food. Many pet stores are closed (as they should be) on holidays. Don’t let your pet have an upset stomach because they had to eat table scraps that they are not use to.
  • Don’t let your gifts get destroyed. No one wants a hole if their gift from a dog that stepped on it during the car ride to Grandma’s. Plan ahead on how you will store everything in your vehicle so that everything gets there in one piece.
  • Make sure all tags are up-to-date. Ensure that your correct mobile phone number (including area code, you are traveling) is on all tags and is readable. Also make sure rabies and other tags are up-to-date too. If you have your dog micro-chipped, ensure that all information is correct there too.
  • Don’t forget the pet medications too.

Last of all, don’t forget to have a good time! It is the holidays, enjoy them!

December 11, 2020 |

Top 5 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays to Ensure Your Dog has a Safe and Merry Christmas

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Top 5 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays to Ensure Your Dog has a Safe and Merry Christmas

The Holidays bring excitement, parties, meals and decorations all of which can be a hazard to your pet. No need to cancel the festivities, just be prepared so that you and your best friend have a safe and merry Christmas! Here’s a top 5 list to of things to remember to make sure your holiday is safe for your pets:

Top 5 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays to Ensure Your Dog has a Safe and Merry Christmas1. Keep all holiday food on high ground out of your pet’s reach. Just like how people pack on the pounds during the holidays because of irresistible food, dogs want to eat too. Remember, chocolate, alcohol and other feeds can be toxic to your pet.

2. Secure and/or hide all lighting and other electric cords.Whether its the desire to see what the cord tastes like and having a shocking experience or the rough play running around the house and tripping making the tree fall down, cords can get in the way and wreak havoc if not properly secure. Make sure they are tucked up against the wall securely so they won’t be played with. If needed, spray down with Bitter Apple or another taste aversion spray.

3. Carefully choose holiday plants and where you put them. Many of them are dangerous to your pets. Mistletoe, holly, lilies and poinsettias call all be poisonous and affect them in different ways. Make sure they are out of reach as to not be eaten and secure so they won’t be tipped over.

4. Keep their safe spot safe. Many dogs have a safe spot. Whether it be in their crate in a certain spot or their bed in the living room, don’t make their safe spot the new place for the tree or other holiday items. Pets thrive on routine, let them know that even with all the fun, this is still their home too and they have a safe spot.

5. Ensure ID tags are on and readable.With people coming and going during all the parties your dog or other pets may get out. Make sure they get home safe with proper ID tags, microchips if you can.

Have a safe and Merry Christmas from our family at DogGeek.com to yours.

December 10, 2020 |
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