January 16, 2017

Best Dog Beds

When it comes to comfort, you want your furry best friend to have as much luxury as you do with you mattress (or maybe even more). If you want the ultimate doggy bed for your pup, you're in luck. Here are some of the best doggy beds you can get. 

Big Barker 7" Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed

This bed is one of the best ones you can get for your pup. You can throw it in the washing machine to clean it and it has comfy memory foam.  Supposedly it will hold its shape for ten years. And if it doesn't, you can get your money back. 

Pet Goods PetCare Coil Spring Mattress

This is a real mattress - just dog sized! It comes in three sizes so it'll be ideal for your dog, whatever size they are. This bed is especially good for older dogs who have arthritis because the coils offer more support than other beds. 

Kuranda Chewproof PVC Dog Bed

This is an ideal dog bed for dogs who love chewing up fluffy things. It's made out of PVC pipes that sit up from the ground with a tough mat stretched across. It may not be fluffy, but it's perfect for dogs who can't have fluffy beds.

Beasley's Couch Dog Bed

If you dog loves the couch, they will surely love this bed. It comes with a cotton-poly blend cover that you can remove and wash when you need to. It's great quality and your dog will love the couch shape. 

Midwest Quiet Time Pet Bed

This bed is an Amazon best seller, and for a reason. It's lightweight and comfy, with a curly fabric that gives your dog warmth in cold temperatures and cool in hot temperatures. 

If you want to see even more beds, check out this list here. Or just take your dog shopping with you!

January 14, 2017

Breed Feature - Kerry Blue Terrier

This week's breed feature is on the adorable and fluffy Kerry Blue Terrier. 

 

What They're Famous For: These pups are most famous for their very distinct look. Many styled Kerry Blue Terriers have a "beard" on their face. They also have a dull blue hue to their coat. They are also known for their snappy personality. When they were first being bred, aggressiveness as a trait was bred into them purposefully, which is how they earned the nickname "Blue Devil." Since then, though, they've become calmer and more loving.

History: The Kerry Blue Terrier was first recognized as an official breed in 1922 by the American Kennel Club. Originally, though, they hailed from Ireland, from an area called County Kerry. That's where they got their name! They were used as a working terrier and hunted small game, rodents, and birds. They were also used for herding sheep and cattle.

Size: Medium. These dogs are in the terrier family, so you could probably guess they don't get that big.  They weight anywhere from 33 to 40 pounds and stand at about a foot-and-a-half high.

Appearance: Kerry Blues are full of tight, curly blue hair. Depending on how they're groomed, they might have that famous Kerry Blue beard on their face. 

Who They're Perfect For: Kerry Blue Terriers are ideal for families that don't have other dogs. They tend to get a little agitated and aggressive around other dogs, so they should be the main canine focus of the family. Ideally, these terriers would be the only pet in the house. Since they have those hunting instincts, they might chase cats or other small animals. Kerry Blues also needs lots of exercise, so they'd be best in a home with a fenced-in yard that they could run around.

 

January 13, 2017

Happy National Dress Up Your Pet Day!

Tomorrow, January 14th, is National Dress Up Your Pet Day. This might not sound like a real holiday, but it totally is (in the pet world). You can celebrate my stepping up your dog's fashion skills for a day. 

So how did this ho(w)liday start? It was founded in 2009 by Colleen Paige, Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate. She is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day. Dress Up Your Pet Day. 

This holiday isn't just a fun chance to dress up your pet. As Paige, the founder, stresses, "all of my holidays have the underlying goal to help save lives and give homeless animals as much exposure as possible."

This holiday is also a chance to stress the importance avoiding wearing real fur or animal skins. Make no mistake, killing an animal for their fur or skin isn't fashion, it's a form of animal cruelty. Show your support for animals by avoiding anything with real fur. 

And now for the fun part of your day - dressing your dog up! Keep in mind that if your dog doesn't like to wear clothes not to make them. Some dogs or cats don't mind, and some do. Instead, you can buy them a cute new collar or tags. But you can celebrate this silly holiday a bunch of way, not only dressing up your dog. Here are a few ways you can celebrate National Dress Up Your Dog Day:

  •  Dress up your dog! This is the obvious one. Make sure your dog is comfortable and that the costume is safe for them to wear. Take pictures and share it, including the #dressupyourpetday.
  • Donate blankets, food, and toys to a local animal welfare organization. No kill shelters could always use more supplies.
  • Dress up as your favorite pet! Put on some ears or face makeup.
  • Have a "pets parade" with your family or your neighborhood with all of their costumes.
  • Have a Dress Up Your Pet Day party with your friends and their pets.
  • Volunteer at a shelter for the day to walk dogs or play with the adoptable cats. 

There are tons of ways you can celebrate Dress Up Your Pet Day! How will you?

 

 

January 09, 2017

Best Dog Groomers in L.A.

When you live in L.A., you get pretty lucky weather-wise, especially when it comes to winter weather. But even in 60-degree weather, there can be plenty of wind and rain. So if your pup seems to be looking a little, well, weathered, you might be in search of some good grooming skills. Well, we're here to help! Here are some of the best-rated groomers in the L.A. area. 

1. Alex the Happy Dog Grooming 

Neighborhood: Mid-Wilshire

Customers love this grooming place because it's so personal and consistent. The owner, Alex, takes special care with every dog he gets to ensure that they're getting the exact grooming job you request. Not only does he do well with grooming, but he also is happy, friendly, and relaxed. This, in turn, makes the dogs relaxed! And there's nothing you could happier with than a good groom and a calm dog.

2. Blue Pooch

Neighborhood: Sawtelle

Blue Pooch is a doggy groomer as well as a pet boarding location. Returning customers admire the personal care each groomer at Blue Pooch takes to ensure they're grooming your dog exactly how you'd like them to be groomed. Be prepared to answer questions on how you would like them to look because they'll listen! If you're willing to schedule groomings in advance, you can be sure to get the same groomer every time.

3. Happy Tails

Neighborhood: Eagle Rock

Customers who love Happy Tails note that their dogs seem to immediately bond with their groomers. This is especially good for anxious or excitable dogs who need a calm and loving hand. They are experienced in grooming all types of dogs, big or small, and will expertly deal with any hair type. If you do plan on visiting, though, make sure you have cash because they take cash only for payment.

4. Canine Cuts

Neighborhood: Pico-Robertson

The owner of this grooming place, Alan, works with every dog that walks in. And if your dog loves friends, it's perfect because once their grooming is done, the dogs are allowed to walk around and mingle while waiting for you instead of being stuck in a cage. He is time-efficient, too, so you won't be kept waiting long. He'll even take time to give you some tips on brushign and bathing your dog.

5. Olympic Pet Shop

Neighborhood: Koreatown

Olympic Pet Shop caters to the busy working bee, which pertains to many people in L.A. Customers love that they are able to make an appointment through text even after business hours are over. They will also text you when your pet is all done with their grooming. Fun bonus: If you ask for a purple mohawk, they will give your dog an awesome one! Just see the review from this customer

 

 

January 05, 2017

Breed Feature - Siberian Husky

It's a new year, and that means we're bringing back breed features! Check our blog weekly to catch features on all different kinds of dog breeds, from the popular to the obscure.

This week's breed feature is on the Siberian Husky.

What They're Famous For: Being mischievous. If you have ever known a husky then you know that they can get into just about any kind of trouble. If you own a husky, you better have a secured yard because they are sure to find a way out. They're even known to bust out of fences. They're very intelligent, almost too intelligent for their own good.

History: Siberian Huskies broke American ground in 1908 when they were used as sled dogs in Alaska. They were all imported from Siberia, where they were also used for transportation. While some huskies still have sled-dog careers, many are now loving couch potatoes. 

Size: Large. Huskies can grow quite big, standing at about 22 inches high and weighing up to 60 pounds. 

Appearance: These dogs have a very furry, fluffy coat. Huskies are typically black and white, brown and white, or grey and white.

Who They're Perfect For: Huskies are perfect for people who have endless energy and lots of determination. Since huskies can be hard to train, they need someone committed to teaching and disciplining. They're also ideal for those who live in more rural areas, since there tends to be more land and less traffic. Because of their thick fur, they would also do well in a colder environment.

 

January 02, 2017

January's Dog Holidays

Congratulations, you and your pup have made it to 2017! With a new year comes new dog holidays (or old, really, but you can keep celebrating them all the same). Here's how the month of January is dedicated to dogs. 

National Train Your Dog Month

The month of January is a month you can devote to training your dog. You can make it your New Year's resolution to teach your old (or new) dog new tricks. This holiday was founded in 2010 by the The Association of Professional Dog Trainers. They don't just promote this holiday because they are a group of dog trainers, though.

The benefits of training your dog make it worth your time and commitment. Training your dog by yourself can be a worthwhile challenge. Even teaching them basic commands like "sit", "stay" or "down" can help promote your dog's cognitive health. You can even watch free webinars for some assistance at www.trainyourdogmonth.com

Training your dog will also benefit you in their behavior. You'll have an easier time with them off-leash and might be able to take them to dog parks when you haven't been able to before. Plus, you could always train your dog to bring you a bag of chips when you want it. 

Either way, if you celebrate this January dog holiday, you won't regret it. And neither will your pup. 

Walk Your Pet Month

While you should always be walking your pet, January is the official National Walk Your Pet month. 

There's a few ways you can celebrate this month! Take your dog for a walk every day this month, once in the morning and one at night. Not only will it help your dog get exercise, but it'll help you, too! Exercise for both you and your pet can promote cardiovascular health and weight management. 

You can also use this month as a warning if your dog is overweight. More than half of America's dogs are obese or overweight, which means there's a serious lack of exercise and/or overfeeding. While you may love your dog no matter their size, they might have a shorter life if they don't maintain a healthy weight. 

Walking your dog a little extra this month will promote their health and help foster that parent-dog bond that you love. 

December 31, 2016

New Year's Dog Resolutions

The New Year is almost here! You know what that means... resolution time. While your dog should be making New Year's resolutions, they might not be able to wrap their minds around the concept. But you can make resolutions to be an even better dog owner. Here are some New Year's dog-themed resolutions you can vow to keep. 

Give Correct Food Portions

Even though your dog could probably eat however much you give them, they'll be happier and healthier if they're getting the proper amount of food. On your dog's food bag, there should be a chart telling you exactly how many cups of food your dog should eat a day according to their weight. Measure exactly this amount every day to ensure your dog is maintaining a healthy weight.

Try a New Activity

Never been hiking with your dog? How about kayaking? Swimming? Make a vow to explore new activities with your pup in tow. Not only will exploring the outdoors be fun for them, but it will also get both them and you a good amount of exercise. 

Learn Some New Tricks

What's more fun than learning some tricks? Your dog might already know a bunch of tricks, but why not explore some new ones? Learning to sit or stand on two legs isn't just fun for you to show off to your friends, it's mentally helpful for your pet. "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is a total lie. You should teach your older dog new tricks to help maintain their cognitive abilities. 

Keep Up with Vet Appointments

You might think your dog is fine because they're young and healthy-looking, but it's still important to get them checked out by the vet at least once a year for middle-aged dogs and twice a year for older dogs. That way, the vet can keep an eye out for any problems before they happen. 

Adopt, Foster, or Volunteer

Why not show your love for animals by giving directly back to them? Whether you'd like a new furry friend of your own (adoption), want to give a dog a home while they wait to be adopted (fostering), or whether you just want to go to the local shelter and walk dogs, all of these things are sure to make you and the dogs feel good.

December 30, 2016

Man vs. Cougar vs. Dog

Humans make a lot of sacrifices for their dogs, and dogs sometimes make sacrifices for their humans. One man made a daring move in order to save his furry best friend in Red Deer, Canada.

Just like any other day, 31-year-old Will Gibb pulled into a Tim Horton's to grab a coffee. While there, he let his furry friends Sasha and Mongo out of the car to run around the parking lot. (This isn't recommended, by the way. But maybe Canada's cool with it, eh?) Shortly after Gibb let the pups out of his car, he could hear his husky, Sasha, screaming in pain. 

Before Gibb even registered that a cougar had hold of his dog's neck, his instincts kicked in and he punched the cougar in the side of it's head. The cougar ran off into the woods, and that's when Gibb realized he had just taken a huge risk. 

The cat, however, wouldn't give up. As Gibb was trying to carry his dog, Sasha, to safety, she got scared and bit him. The cat came back out and Gibb began punching the cougar with one hand while trying to protect his injured dog and injured hand. 

It doesn't end there. As Sasha ran to the car in fright, the cougar came back out and tried attacking the other dog, Mongo. But Gibb had come too far at this point. He grabbed a large stick and chased it off into the woods. 

Thankfully, the vet clinic was only a mile away so Sasha quickly got the help she needed. Thanks to her owner, she pulled through, just with a lot stitches. 

The cougar, unfortunately, had to be killed by police because of its odd behavior. While cougar sightings are common, it is rare that they attack.

So, how about you? Would you punch a cougar for your dog? Or a kangaroo? (Yeah, that happened, too). 

December 29, 2016

Flying with Dogs

Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, a lot of travelling happens within a few short months. If your pup is accompanying you on your travels, you'll want to make sure they're comfy and happy, and that everyone else is, too. Here are FAQs on how to fly easily with your dog.

How do I take my dog through the airport?

Your dog goes through the security checkpoint just like an extra special luggage baggage. Except instead of going through the scanner, they walk with you through the metal detector. 

Do I need a reservation for my dog?

Yes. Most airlines require you to contact them and make a reservation for your dog, since around six pets/pet carriers are allowed on each flight.

Can I carry my dog on? 

Yes. Most airlines do not allow dogs in cargo as it is not very safe and will be a frightening and even dangerous experience for your dog. 

How much does it cost to travel with my dog?

It varies from airline to airline, but typically it costs from $85 to $200 to travel with your dog each way. 

Can I bring my dog on in a carrier?

Yes, but the carrier itself will usually be counted as a personal item, which you are typically only allowed two of. 

What if I have a big dog?

Depending on the airline, big dogs might not be allowed. Currently most airline policies only take into account smaller dogs. 

 Some other helpful tips are to muzzle your dog if they're large. While you may know that your dog won't bite anyone, it puts passengers at ease. If you can, make sure that you get an open seat next to you to leave room for your dog. Have happy and safe travels! 

December 27, 2016

Adoption Tips

If you've recently welcomed a new pup to your home, or if you're planning to, you'll want to make sure you're prepared for them. There's no better way to bring home a dog than through adoption. Follow these tips for a new, happy, furry, family member.

Before

If you've found your new best friend, get your house ready before they come home. 

- Set up a "dog area" where you think they will spend most of their time. Put a bed here and make sure it's somewhere easy to clean, because sometimes dogs might go to the bathroom on the floor in a new environment. 

- Dog-proof that same area. Make sure they don't have access to anything breakable, edible, or electrical. 

- Block off areas of the house you definitely wouldn't want your dog having an accident. Slowly, as you become more confident in their house training, allow them to explore and have access to these rooms. 

- If you're crate training, set up a crate in the "dog area" before the dog comes home.

When They're Home

Yay, your pup is home! Here are some tips to get them acclimated. 

- Replicate their feeding schedule. Ask the shelter when they are fed and try as much as you can to stick to that. It will be easiest on their digestion and tummy. If you want to switch out your food, do it gradually by mixing in more new food with the old food every day. 

- Show them the bathroom immediately when you get home and spend time with them there until they go to the bathroom. This will encourage them to go in this bathroom spot and not in the house. 

- Stay calm and collected. It's hard not to be excited around a new dog, but keeping your cool will allow your dog to settle in much easier without being overwhelmed. 

- Being training immediately. Even if your dog is already trained, you'll want them to get used to your commands. 

- Visit the vet, even if your dog doesn't need fixing or vaccines. Your vet will be able to give you advice on how often and when they should come back.

Good luck with your pup, whether you have them or are still looking!

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