Category Archives: Dog

Train Your Dog Not to Leap & Greet

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Does your dog greet you with a jump for attention? It’s his natural way of saying hello, but it can become a problem, especially if you have a large dog.

Training him out of this behavior is possible and easy, with consistency and the right rewards. Read on for a few tips.

Negative attention can be a reward

Jumping is a common behavior issue that is often reinforced, inadvertently, by the pet owner. What you may not realize is that any attention you give you dog after he jumps on you, even if it’s to say “no,” can be positive reinforcement. Your goal then is to offer no reward for jumping or to ignore him. This will help him learn that only dogs with their paws on the ground will get your praise. Continue reading

How Does a Pet-Safe Garden Grow?

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With the first day of spring approaching, we offer answers to an important question for pet-loving gardeners. Follow these tips to ensure your pet enjoys a fun and safe playtime outdoors.

A pet-safe garden grows…

With care for chemicals

While pesticides and herbicides protect your garden from pests, they may also be toxic to your pet, even in small amounts. Be sure to follow instructions and consider watering the pesticide into your yard after applying it. Then wait 48 hours or the directed time period before allowing your pet into the area. Continue reading

Seresto: The Advanced Flea Collar by Bayer

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Seresto™ by Bayer offers the latest advancement in flea collars. Its design and ingredients offer the performance of an effective spot-on treatment. And with its continuous-release design, your dog or cat gets 8 months of uninterrupted protection against fleas and ticks.

Seresto is:

  • Easy to apply
  • Long lasting with 8 months of flea and tick control
  • A great value. Regular price is $69.99 for 8 months.

Keeping an Odor-Free Dog & Home

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As a dog owner, you must inevitably deal with doggie odor. But it doesn’t have to be difficult to manage. Use these tips for a better smelling dog and home…

Find the cause

It’s best to find out what’s causing your dog’s odor first. Does Fido love to roll in smelly things or does he have a skin condition? Check with your vet if you suspect the latter. Also, some breeds have an oily hair coat that can build up odor, while others are predisposed to skin problems. Don’t forget, ear infections and gum disease can cause odor as well. Determine the cause and ensure there are no health problems before choosing the best solution.

Bath time

Barring any health issues, the smelly dog problem could be cleared up with regular bathing and the right shampoo. Dog shampoos have gone beyond the flea and tick variety. There are now medicated shampoos, anti-bacterial shampoos, formulas with oatmeal or chamomile, waterless shampoos and others. Choose one that suits your dog’s needs and bathe and groom him regularly. Continue reading

Richard’s Organics Grooming Products

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Richard’s Organics offer natural solutions for better pet health. From their Incredible Skin Spray to natural shampoos and moisturizing conditioners, all products feature 100% naturally gentle formulas. They nourish pet skin with rich emollients and antioxidants. They also protect against environmental damage with ingredients like shea oil and green tea extract. Care for your pet with the naturally effective formulas of Richard’s Organics.

Featured products:

  • Naturally Gentle Tea Tree & Neem Oil Anti-Bacterial Shampoo
  • Incredible Skin Spray for Dogs
  • 100% Natural Deodorizing Shampoo
  • Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Nourishing Conditioner

Flea & Tick Myths

Dec_2014_1You may have heard a lot of advice about fleas and ticks. But there are surprisingly many untruths or myths about them that are still circulating today.

MYTH: Fleas and ticks are a warm-weather problem

In certain areas, they’re a year-round problem. Even in states with cold winters, fleas can survive in microclimates. These areas (under decks, in sheds or elsewhere) are warm enough to keep a population of fleas or ticks alive during the winter.

MYTH: Indoor pets don’t need protection

Think your indoor puppy or cat is safe from fleas and ticks? Think again. These pests can hitch a ride indoors on other visitors, both human and animal.

MYTH: Fleas live best in carpeted spaces

Believe it or not, wood and tile floors can also harbor fleas. In fact, it may be harder to treat these areas as flea larvae and eggs can survive in small crevices, along baseboards and under furniture. Continue reading

Pet Safety Tips for Happy Vacation Trips

Dec_2014_1If you’re preparing to hit the road or take to the skies this summer, there are a few things you should keep in mind if Fido is traveling along.

While we now have many pet-friendly options available, attention to a few details will ensure happy tails on your happy trails.

On the road:

  • Make sure you have a sturdy pet crate or carrier for safety in the car, hotel or both. It should be large enough for your pet to stand, lie down and turn around.
  • Feed Fido a light meal 3 or 4 hours before hitting the road.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked car, even with the windows open!
  • Does your dog have a travel kit? Create one with his food/water bowls, leash, bags for waste, Continue reading

Kyjen Invincibles Flappy Friends™

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If your dog loves to play with socks, he’ll love Kyjen® Invincible® Flappy Friends™! Modeled after socks, these plush buddies can provide serious playtime with rip-resistant material and fun squeakers.

Your dog’s new Flappy Friends offer …

  • A nubby texture and tough material
  • Two squeakers that squeak even when punctured
  • Simple construction and embroidered facial features that can’t be chewed off
  • The flap-ability dogs love with the durability you will love
  • Designed for supervised play only, not for aggressive chewers

Swimming Safety for Pooches in Pools

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Does your pooch love to swim? Whether he jumps in the water with glee or dips his toe in nervously, there are things you can do to ensure he’s safe.

Follow these safety precautions while at the pool, beach or lake this summer:

  • Never let your dog swim without supervision – Always keep a watchful eye on Fido, especially as he’s entering or leaving the water. He’s most vulnerable at these moments.
  • Buy your dog a life jacket – Just as humans can get exhausted, be overwhelmed by waves or get muscle cramps, so can dogs. A life jacket such as the Fido Float will help him stay afloat. Continue reading

Do You Know the Symptoms of Heatstroke?

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Heatstroke. It’s one of the hazards of playing outdoors in the summer–for dogs and humans alike.

But since dogs don’t sweat the way humans do, they rely on panting and sweating through the pads of their feet. This isn’t a very efficient process, especially for short-nosed breeds, like pugs, bulldogs, boxers and Pekinese.

When outdoors, keep an eye on your dog’s behavior. If it’s hot and your dog is acting strangely, it may be your first sign of a problem. Here are others:

The signs of heatstroke

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Heavy panting
  • Bright red tongue
  • Red or pale gums
  • Thick, tacky saliva Continue reading