Category Archives: Dog

Stop Food Gulping with the Gobble Stopper

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Does your dog gobble his food too quickly? The Gobble Stopper slows down feeding and helps prevent bloating (the #2 health risk for dogs), gas, choking, and vomiting.

The unique design forces dogs to slow down and eat around it. It also turns ANY bowl into a slow feeder. Simply attach it with the suction-cup bottom and remove it with the easy-lift tab. It’s available in three sizes, is top-rack dishwasher safe and is phthalate and BPA free.

House Guests with Less Pet Stress

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Does Fido accept house guests easily? Holiday events and house guests will be here before you know it, so it’s a good time to prepare.

Here are a few tips to help Fido accept guests with less stress:

  • Provide a safe area: Your dog should have a quiet area he can escape to if he’s overwhelmed by noise and foot traffic. In a separate room, set up an area with his food, water bowl, toys and cozy dog bed.
  • Stick to the schedule: Holidays can be hectic, but your dog will be less stressed if you stick to his regular schedule for feeding, playtime, etc.
  • Offer guests dog treats: We’re not suggesting you add dog treats to the holiday menu, but a few extra treats for Fido wouldn’t hurt. Let a few guests offer him treats (under your supervision). It won’t lead to instant friendship, but may break the ice.
  • Mind those door manners: Does your dog follow “sit” and “stay” commands? Treat him when he sits and stays calmly at the door before you open it to visitors.
  • Pay attention to the little ones: If child visitors want to pet and play with Fido, show them how your dog likes to be pet and which toys or treats to use. Also, make sure they’re supervised at all times. Continue reading

New Product Focus: Burt’s Bees Grooming Products

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You may know Burt’s Bees® for its natural health and beauty care products. Its Natural Pet Care line now brings nature’s solutions to our beloved pets as well.

These products are made in the USA with no parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances or sulfates. They use natural ingredients instead, like buttermilk, chamomile, lavender, and honey. Look for these natural, earth-friendly items:

  • Puppy Shampoo with buttermilk
  • Tearless 2-in-1 Shampoo with buttermilk and linseed oil
  • Oatmeal Shampoo with oatmeal and honey
  • Deodorizing Shampoo with apple and eucalyptus extracts
  • Itch-Soothing Shampoo with honeysuckle
  • Hot Spot Shampoo with apple cider vinegar and aloe vera

5 Ways to Help Your Dog Age Gracefully

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Just as people slow down with age, so do dogs. If your dog is entering his senior years, there are a few things you can do to maintain his quality of life. Here are some tips…

Provide the nutrition he needs
Most senior dogs will need fewer calories to avoid weight gain as they slow down. For this reason, most premium dog foods for seniors offer less calories, less fat and more fiber.

Keep him fit and fabulous
He may move more slowly, but that’s no reason to skip the exercise. Extra weight puts more stress on your dog’s joints and body, so take him for frequent walks, but make them shorter and less strenuous. Continue reading

Tropiclean Fresh Breath +Plus

Dec_2013_5Does Fido have fresh breath?  He will after using Fresh Breath +Plus water additive. It’s designed to clean teeth, freshen breath and promote pet wellness. Aiding your dog’s oral hygiene can be as easy as adding a few drops of this supplement to his water bowl. It’s also available in 3 formulas with ingredients to support your dog’s health: Hip & Joint, Endurance and Skin & Coat.

Use Fresh Breath +Plus for 12 hours of fresh breath and support your pet’s health!

Safe Doggie Introductions

Mar_2014_1Dog introductions can get complicated.  Scent, body language and territorial natures all figure into how dogs react when meeting other dogs.

But whether your furry pal is social or aloof, it’s your job to read the signs and keep him as safe as possible. Use these tips when meeting other dogs at the park, at home or in the neighborhood.

  • Watch body language – Body language will let you know if either dog is ready to meet. If he’s relaxed, wags his tail or faces the other dog in a crouch with hind end in the air, your dog’s feeling friendly or ready to play.  If there are growls, bared teeth, a rigid stance or a fixed stare from either dog, it’s best to move on and avoid conflict.
  • Mind your own body language – If you’re hesitant or fearful, your dog might sense it and be more aggressive in his own behavior. Keep your tone calm and try not to tense up or jerk his leash. Continue reading

Sensitive Stomach? Use Ultra Gluten-Free & Grain-Free Formulas

Mar_2014_6Gluten-free diets can be helpful for dogs with food sensitivities or allergies. If your pet has itchiness, skin problems, poor appetite, gassiness or diarrhea, he may benefit from a gluten-free diet (check with your vet).

Ultra Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Formulas use a protein-rich blend with real meat or fish as the primary ingredient, followed by easy-to-digest carbohydrates that don’t contain wheat, barley, rye or related extracts. The result is a healthy diet that doesn’t aggravate food allergies or sensitive stomachs.

The Basics of Puppy Leash Training

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An important activity for you and your pup is walking.  Training your puppy to walk comfortably on a leash will ensure safety for both you and your dog and make your walk more pleasurable.

Get started with these tips…

Begin at 8 weeks

The best time to start training your puppy is 8 weeks of age. First, familiarize him with the collar and leave it until he’s comfortable wearing it.

Introduce the leash

Once you’re ready to introduce the leash, clip it to his collar and let your puppy simply drag it around for about 10 minutes a day (under your supervision). This will help him get used to the feel and weight of the leash. Do this for about a week. Continue reading

Can Your Dog See in Color?

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Despite common misconception, your dog can see in color. He can’t see the same range of color you see, but he can use color to distinguish between different objects.

Scientists believed for many years that dogs could only see in black and white, but recent research has shown differently. In fact, dogs see colors the way a color-blind human sees them. Read on to learn how your dog sees the world in color…

A sky of blue and grass of… gray?
Because dogs have fewer light-catching cells, called cones, they can only see colors in the blue and yellow wavelengths. So they can see blue and yellow, but not red and green. Overall, their world is colored in yellow, blue and gray. Continue reading