Category Archives: Dog

Collar or Harness? The Benefits of Both

Dec_2014_1Is a collar or harness better for walking your dog? Despite what you may have seen on TV or on other dogs in the neighborhood, the decision depends on your dog’s training and your goals.

Do you want to train your dog to stop pulling or is he already trained? Is your dog’s breed known for having issues with the spinal column or trachea? Read on for options and tips.

Content with Collars

The most common recommended collars are traditional buckle or snap collars, break-away collars and head collars. (Choke chains and prong collars are best used by owners with dog-training experience.) Continue reading

Training Your Dog Leash Manners

Dec_2014_1It’s a challenge to teach your dog not to pull on his leash when he’s busy exploring the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors. But it’s possible with consistent training. The next time Fido pulls ahead to explore, use these techniques to teach him leash manners.

Method 1: Stop and Go

  • When your dog starts to pull, stop walking and wait.
  • When he stops, praise him then move on.
  • Repeat this every time he pulls on the leash and he’ll eventually learn that pulling will keep him from walking.

Method 2: About Face

  • With this method, your dog’s pulling will have you making an about face.
  • When your dog starts pulling, turn around and walk back from where you came. Let the leash check your dog (gently). Continue reading

Waterless Bath

May_2012_1If getting your pet into the bath is difficult, cleanse his coat with the Waterless Bath instead. It uses natural enzymes and Aloe Vera to remove odor and refresh your pet’s skin and coat. It’s safe, non-toxic, non-irritating and ideal for pets of all ages. Use it as an easy bath alternative or as a quick refresher between baths.

Waterless Bath is available at your local Pet Supermarket store!

Keeping Your Dog Hydrated this Summer

Dec_2014_1Here’s something you might not know about your dog: he can lose 50 percent of his muscle or body fat and survive, but losing just 10% of his water weight could be dangerous. Water is easy to overlook, but its importance can’t be understated. Read on for tips on how to keep your dog hydrated.

Signs of dehydration

Your dog may be dehydrated if he:

  • Is lethargic or sluggish
  • Has sunken eyes
  • Shows a loss of appetite
  • Has dry, sticky gums
  • Seems depressed Continue reading

Training Your Dog in 5-Minute Sessions

Dec_2014_1You’re busy and don’t really have enough time to train your dog… or so you think. Did you know you can train your dog in sessions of 5 to 10 minutes?

Short training sessions are great for busy parents and they also help dogs. Learning in shorter chunks keeps them motivated and focused. Here’s how to get started…

Choose a time for training

Walk your dog every day? Include a short training activity in one of your daily walks. If you don’t walk your dog, set aside 5 to 10 minutes for a playtime session that will double as training. Daily sessions are best, but if you can’t fit them in, shoot for a few times a week.

One command at a time

Focus on one basic command—sit, stay, come, heel or down—until your dog has mastered it. For example, show your dog the command and what you expect, reward him when he does it correctly and keep reinforcing it. With practice, your dog will start following your commands consistently. Continue reading

Delectable Delights from Natural Balance

Sept_2012_2Indulge your pet’s taste buds with Delectable Delghts™ gourmet dog stews from Natural Balance. These stews are a great addition to a Natural Balance dry food diet and offer wholesome ingredients. The tasty options range from Bowl ‘O Barkgundy (beef, chicken liver & barley) and Chow-Down Chowder (chicken, peas & carrots) to Pawpaya Pilaf (whitefish, tuna, turkey & papaya) and others. They also come in convenient, re-sealable containers. Find Delectable Delights from Natural Balance at your nearest Pet Supermarket Store!

Top Tips for Tick Removal

Dec_2014_1Do you know how to remove a live tick from your dog’s skin? It’s a skill every pet owner should have. It’s especially important if you live near wooded areas or have a year-round pest season.

 

Here are our tips for tick removal…

Ditch the home remedies

You may have heard a few remedies for handling ticks, including using a lit match or petroleum jelly, among others. But these remedies don’t always work and may even make things worse. If the tick gets stimulated, it could release more (possibly infected) fluids into the bloodstream—the opposite of what you want to achieve. Continue reading

Zuke’s Lil’ Links: Healthy Sausage Links Made in the USA

Oct_2012_1Your dog won’t be able to resist Zuke’s Lil’ Links treats. In fact, he’ll be on his best behavior to earn one of these treats! They’re made with real meat, apples, potatoes, carrots and antioxidant-rich herbs. They’re also grain-free and made in the USA.

You won’t have to worry about mystery ingredients, byproducts or artificial flavors, just healthy goodness with real meat as the first ingredient. Get chicken pork or rabbit, seasoned with antioxidant-rich fruits, veggies, rosemary, turmeric and sage. Your dog will sit, stay and heel for this tasty treat!

Find Zuke’s Lil’ Links at your nearest Pet Supermarket Store!

How to Find Your Dog Breed Match

Dec_2014_1Here are a few questions that will help you find the best doggie for you:

Why do you want to get a dog?

What’s your main reason for getting a dog? Is it for your kids, for companionship, or to have a pet for play and exercise? Thinking about this first will help with your breed choice later.

Level of activity: couch potato or fireball?

This answer will depend on your lifestyle and how much time you can devote to your dog. In other words, don’t get a sporting or hunting breed if you can’t spend time outdoors with him. Keep in mind, puppies and toy breeds need play time too.

Size: From tote-sized to massive

The cute puppy will eventually grow to full size and that size needs to be accommodated. Whether you live in an apartment or home, your space may dictate the size of your dog. A Chihuahua will be at home either way, but an Akita will have a tight fit in a small space. Continue reading

Mixed Breed DNA Test

Nov_2012_1Would you like to learn more about your pet’s family tree? With a DNA swab sample, you could learn more about your dog’s breed makeup. This could reveal inherited traits behind your dog’s behavior, personality and wellness needs. With the Mixed Breed DNA Test, you can…

  • Get a breakdown of breeds in your dog’s last 3 ancestral generations.
  • See the 5 best breed matches for your dog.
  • Use this information to customize your dog’s diet and nutrition plan.
  • Cater to your dog’s breed-specific needs for health, diet and training.

Learn more about your dog. Get a Mixed Breed DNA Test kit at your local Pet Supermarket.