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“Butterflies” Leash for Yellow Dog Designs

We’ve updated our website with some new styles and collections from exciting designers here in the USA and from around the world. As you browse our site, look for the red “New Tag” that identifies these items. Here’s a breakdown of some of our newest styles, but you can view all our new arrivals here: Dog Collars Boutique New Arrivals.

Anchors on Stripes Collars and More

Anchors up. Just in time for summer, these delightful products feature decorative anchors on blue and white stripes. You’ll love the convenience of these products. Not only are they machine washable, they’re also made with durable plastic buckles, plastic slip locks, and metal D-rings. To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Crystalized Tuscany Italian Leather Dog Collar

Tuscany Italian Leather Dog Collars

Pictured: Tuscany Italian Leather Dog Collar – Crystallized

Our original Tuscany Dog Collars were so popular, they’ve been dressed up with all-new colors and embellished with crystals. Featuring contrast stitching and bright nickel hardware, these collars are well-made and perfect for your pampered pup. To view all Auburn Leathercrafter’s products, click here.

Tweed Collars and More

Pictured: Tweed Step-In Harness

Pictured: Tweed Step-In Harness

Our collection of Tweed dog collars, harnesses, leads and more are made in the USA from 100 percent vibrant color-fast polyester. They feature durable plastic slip locks, metal O-Rings and metal D-Rings. They’re also machine washable. To view all Yellow Dog Designs, click here.

Aztec Designs Collars and More

Step-in to another time with these uniquely designed products from Yellow Dog. The Aztec design comes in two styles, blue and white or brown and orange. Both are visually striking, and feature all the elements that make Yellow Dog products so great, such as plastic buckles and slip locks.  To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Bacon and Eggs Collars and More

Pictured: Bacon and Eggs Leash

Pictured: Bacon and Eggs Leash

Another Yellow Dog Design, Bacon and Eggs are a funky new offering featuring everyone’s favorite breakfast staples. Made of 100 percent vibrant color-fast polyester, these items are washable. To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Butterflies Collars and More

Let these unique designs flitter into your heart. Yellow Dog Design “Butterflies” standard easy-clip designer collars are made in the U.S.A. of 100% vibrant color-fast polyester with durable plastic buckles, plastic slip locks, and a metal D-ring. Best of all they are washable! To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Dragon Collars and More

Pictured: Dragon Coupler

Pictured: Dragon Coupler

Does your dog embody the mythical awesomeness of a dragon? This style is made for him. Made of 100% dye-sublimated durable polyester, colorfast and machine washable. The designs are printed with a special heat transfer process onto a heavy braid. Made in the USA. To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Indian Spirit Collars and More

Available in three different collar options, the Indian Spirit line is perfect for your stylish pet. Made of 100% dye-sublimated durable polyester, colorfast and machine washable, the designs are printed with a special heat transfer process onto a heavy braid. Made in the USA. To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Neon Leopard Collars and More

Featuring vibrant colors and fun designs, these products are made of 100% dye-sublimated durable polyester, colorfast and are machine washable. The designs are printed with a special heat transfer process onto a heavy braid. Made in the USA. To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Paisley Skulls Collars and More

Is your dog bad to the bone, but also has a sweet side? If so, the Paisley Skulls line is perfect for him. Step-In Harnesses are made to allow your pet to do just that…step in to the harness. Best of all, all Yellow Dog Products are made in the U.S.A. of 100% vibrant color-fast polyester with durable plastic slip locks, metal O-Rings and metal D-Rings, it is also washable. Couplers, collars, and more are available. To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Pink Cow Leashes and More

Pictured: Pink Cow Designer Dog Leash

Pictured: Pink Cow Designer Dog Leash

Moove over other leashes and harness, you’re pudgy pup is stepping into a cow pattern. Yellow Dog Design “Pink Cow” designer leads and harnesses are made in the U.S.A. of 100% vibrant color-fast polyester and come equipped with a metal lead hook. Best of all they are washable. To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Skateboard Life Collars and More

Pictured: Skateboard Life Dog Collar

Pictured: Skateboard Life Dog Collar

Are you and your dog living the skateboard life? If so, you’re going to love this unique new collar. Yellow Dog Design “Skateboard Life” standard easy-clip designer collars are made in the U.S.A. of 100% vibrant color-fast polyester with durable plastic buckles, plastic slip locks, and a metal D-ring. Best of all they are washable! To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

SnakeSkin Collars and More

Pictured: SnakeSkin Dog Leash

Pictured: SnakeSkin Dog Leash

Although made from 100 percent vibrant, color-fast polyester, these “SnakeSkin” products feature the look of actual snake skin. Like most of Yellow Dog Design’s products, these are washable and feature strong metal hooks and latches. To view all Yellow Dog’s products, click here.

Superman Shield Leash and Collar

Pictured: Superman Shield Blue Yellow Red Dog Leash

Pictured: Superman Shield Blue Yellow Red Dog Leash

Officially licensed by DC Comics, the Superman Shield leash and dog collar is perfect for your superhero dog. Made in the USA, the superman emblem is emblazoned on a durable nylon. The collar features a seatbelt locking mechanism. For a look at all Buckle-Down’s products, click here.

 

Genuine Leather Dog Collars

Pictured: Ostrich Dog Collar

Pictured: Ostrich Dog Collar

Finally, we have a brand new array of exotic leather collars, including ostrich and alligator leathers. These collars are exceptionally crafted, beautifully styled, and are made of luxuriously soft fitting exotic leather. These genuine leathers are made with supple, strong lambskin leather and nickel hardware. To view all of our Shenandoah Exotic Leather collars, click here.

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The Dog Collar Museum at Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle England

Dog collars have a rich history, most of which is on display at the grand Leeds Castle. Located in Kent, England, the massive castle is England’s most-visited historic building, but it wasn’t always open to the public. It began its rich history as a Norman stronghold, but eventually the castle became the private grounds of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his first wife Catherin of Aragon. It wasn’t until Lady Baillie took ownership of the castle that it was made public, and it has remained a public space ever since.

A Brief History of the Dog Collar Museum

Most people agree that the castle’s last owner, Lady Baillie, had the greatest impact on the historic castle. She gave her life to restorations and improvements, and her last act was to donate the castle to the Leeds Foundation. In doing so, she opened up the castle to the public, so its extensive grounds can be visited by more than just England’s elite.

In 1977, just a few years after Lady Baillie died, Mrs. Gertrude Hunt made the generous donation of her husband’s collection of historic dog collars. The collection included the earliest dog collar on record, a late 15th century Spanish iron herd mastiff’s collar, which according to the official Leeds Castle website, “would have been worn for protection against wolves and bears roaming Europe at the time.”

Leeds Castle Great Danes

It’s likely Lady Baillie would approve of the Dog Collars Museum, as she was a dog lover herself. A portrait of her massive Great Danes still hangs in the castle.

Since that initial donation by Mrs. Hunt, the museum has amassed more than 130 rare and valuable collars. This includes a number of collars that were discovered in storage and are now on public display for the first time. The museum is dedicated to amassing a valuable collection, so the Leeds Foundation continues to acquire collars by purchase and donation.

A Virtual Tour of the Dog Collar Museum

Leeds Castle Welcome Sign

Members of the Dog Collars Boutique team were fortunate enough to make their way to England recently and visit the iconic Leeds Castle. So much was learned, and lots of pictures were taken.

Dog Collars in Tudor Times (1485-1603)

Made of iron plates or chains with spiked links, these collars were meant to intimidate but also to protect the dog’s throat from attack.

Dog Collars during the Renaissance (17th Century)

These collars are less brutal. Although still used for hunting, dogs were growing in popularity as domestic pets. It was a good time for some dogs who were treated to pampering by Europe’s aristocratic classes.

Dog Collars from the 18th Century Onwards  

Although the plain brass circle remained the most common dog collar, it was during the 18th century that people started inscribing their collars to help ensure a lost dog could be returned. Sometimes these inscriptions would be silly. Here’s an example of that:

“I am lost return me to my master, I am to go without a log, I am Mr. Millard’s dog, my brother was Christn’d Prickly Dick and my name is Nimble Come Quick.”

Finally, for a look at today’s collars, browse what’s available on www.DogCollarsBoutique.com. We have a variety of 20th century collars available, and each showcases the unique styles of today’s collars.

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Dog and Owner Reunited After Two Years (Video)

Jose adopted Chaos when he was just a puppy more than two years ago. It was a difficult time for Jose, who admits to being homeless and recently divorced. His life had not gone to plan, but in Chaos he found comfort.

“Chaos helped me through so much in my life, I took him everywhere with me!” He told Winnebago County Animal Services.

Unfortunately for Jose, he asked the wrong friend to watch over Chaos. It had been their agreement that the friend would only keep Chaos until such a time that Jose could secure a home for the two of them. The friend refused to give the dog back, and for two years Jose missed his dog.

Who knows what the friend did exactly, but Chaos was found two years later in a woman’s driveway. Coincidentally, the woman was an employee of the Winnebago County Animal Services. She brought Chaos to the shelter where employees were able to track down Jose using the microchip embedded in Chaos.

Jose was initially worried that Chaos wouldn’t recognize him, but a dog’s nose knows. They’re able to catalog and hold onto smells, which allow them to recognize people even after terribly long absences. The above video has been viewed more than a million times because it shows a touching reunion. Jose hopes that the reunion will inspire you to microchip your dog because it may be the only way you can reconnect with your dog after a separation or theft.

Keep reading to learn more about dogs and their incredible ability to remember

Human beings have about 6 million olfactory receptors in our noses; dogs have up to 300 million. According to PBS.org, “The part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours.” And, dogs have an olfactory memory, or smell memory; although, science isn’t exactly clear on how long a dog can remember something by smell, dogs remember the affection for their owners for years at a time. Soldiers who’ve left home for four years or more are affectionately greeted by their dogs upon their return.

Although it’s this sense of smell that most triggers a dog to remember, facial recognition plays a role too. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Padua, dogs rely on their eyes more than their noses to recognize their masters. Unfortunately, for blind or visually impaired dogs this method is unreliable, so let the dog smell you if you’re meeting him for the first time after a long absence.

The most beautiful thing about all of this is how much Chaos missed his owner. Contrary to popular belief, dogs do understand that a lot of time has passed. In fact, dogs are going to show more affection depending on the length of time you’ve been gone. It’s recommended to take reunions slow and in a place that is quiet and secluded, as the dog may have suffered some anxiety having not seen you in so long. Once reunited, don’t be surprised if your dog continues to shower you with love and affection. Jose said that Chaos kept his head lovingly placed on Jose’s shoulder the entire hour-and-a-half drive home.

 

 

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The Simple Way to Train Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

This harness has a unique front-chest leash attachment that stops pulling by tightening slightly across the dog’s chest and shoulder blades. It’s safe and painless.

Regardless if your dog is a puppy or full-grown, you may be having some difficulties getting him to walk on the leash. Finding the right collar or harness and leash combination doesn’t have to be a trial and error process. A steer harness is almost always a smart choice when it comes to training; and, it has long-term obedience training potential.

Training with a Steer Harness

Did you know obedience experts, such as world renowned dog training expert Cesar Milan, recommends that you walk in front of your dog? Cesar walks as many as ten dogs at a time, and yet he’s always up front. “The dogs see me as their pack leader,” writes Milan. You need this title when walking your dog; otherwise, he’s going to think he’s the pack leader, and he’ll be less inclined to learn commands.

A steer harness is an easy way to get you to the front of the pack. Sometimes called a no-pull harness, it allows you more control over your dog without hurting him. With a steer harness you lead your dog from the front, which gives you more control; hence, you’re steering your dog, much like you would lead a horse or cattle.

Combine your steer harness with a short leash. A short leash is a good training tool because it doesn’t let your dog get away from you. They keep his focus on you, and will teach him to stay at your side or behind you while walking.

Putting on a Steer Harness

Steer harnesses are easily placed on dogs. Rather than maneuvering his legs into designated holes, such as with ordinary harnesses, steer harnesses are placed over the head of your dog. Simply place and click it together underneath his chest. It’s a no hassle harness, which is pleasing to both you and your dog; additionally, it means you can very easily fit them over the giant breeds as well as small and medium-sized dogs.

Steer harnesses come in a number of designs and patterns. Look for one that is comfy for your dog; meaning, it should fit his side and not irritate his skin. Our Easy Walk Harness comes in 7 colors and is designed to gently discourage your dog from pulling. It also comes with training instructions, which will help you use it in the most productive manner.

For a full list of steer harnesses available, click here.

Steer Harnesses are Safe

Unlike traditional collars and harnesses, the steer harness never causes choking, coughing, or gagging because it doesn’t pull on your dog’s neck. Because the chest strap rests along the breast bone, he’ll never feel it pulling against his neck. This also means you can give a gentle pull to get your dog back on track and he won’t be hurt.

Training a dog to walk on a leash doesn’t have to be hard work. If you take the correct steps in terms of training and you use a steer harness, you’re guaranteeing comfortable walks every time. A well-training dog is a great achievement, and a steering harness is a great way to ensure he’s well-training, as well as happy, healthy, and comfortable.

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Is a Collar or a Harness Better for Your Dog?

Martingale Rolled Dog Collar

No two dogs are the same (just like people). That means what works for one dog may not necessarily work for another even if they’re the same age and breed. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and with all sorts of personalities. In order to help you make an informed decision, here’s everything you need to know about collars and harnesses.

Remember: your ultimate goal in selecting a collar or a harness is to meet your training and behavioral goals, but your dog’s size, personality, and any medical conditions should factor into your choice.

All About Dog Collars

You should choose a collar for your dog if your dog doesn’t pull on the leash. It’s not recommend to choose collars if your dog has throat issues, such as respiratory issues or trachea problems. If your dog meets these requirements, he’s the perfect candidate for a traditional collar.

Collars come in many different styles and sizes. We don’t recommend you choose any of the negative reinforcement collars, such as choke chains, to train your dog. Instead, choose a collar that’s stylish and comfortable. Use treats and other rewards to provide your dog with incentive for good behavior.

If your dog slips collars, we recommend a martingale collar (aka the greyhound collar). Martingale collars get a bit tighter when your dog pulls or backs up, which is traditionally when he can slip out of a customary collar. Don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt your dog; it only ensures he won’t slip loose. They offer gentle control, and are typically wider than traditional collars.

All About Harnesses

If your dog has any throat issues, such as those mentioned above, absolutely avoid collars at all costs and choose a harness instead. Harnesses are also the perfect solution for dogs who are able to slip collars or who pull or lunge while being walked. If your dog pulls on the leash, he may cause injury to himself, but this won’t happen while in a harness.

Most veterinarians recommend harnesses for small breeds because they’re so delicate. They are more prone to injury. Any slight pull against the collar can cause their fragile neck to become injured, so don’t take the risk with these breeds, especially toy breeds.

There are two types of harnesses, front-attaching harnesses and back-attaching harnesses. Front-attaching harnesses are best for large dogs because it allows for more control during walks. Back-attaching harnesses do not provide this leverage, but they are better suited for small and toy breeds as they’re less likely to put on too much pressure and injure the dog.

There are lots of options to choose from on our website, www.DogCollarsBoutique.com. Check out our selection to browse the right collar or harness for your dog. Your dog is unique and his fashion should reflect this uniqueness, but more importantly it should keep him safe and act as a training tool for you.

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The Benefits of Walking Your Dog + Giveaway

Dogs love walks, especially in spring when the weather has turned from frigid to comfortably warm. It’s this time a year that your dog is treated to new smells and fresh air. We welcome spring to all our visitors by offering you the chance to win our ultimate dog walking package, which includes everything you need to ensure comfortable walks all season long. Enter below, but first read up on the benefits of walking your dog (you may be surprised that the benefits aren’t just for your dog, but for you as well).

Regular Exercise and Potty Breaks

If you regularly walk your dog, you understand that it provides both of you exercise. It’s such a healthy activity and we encourage all of our friends with furbabies to walk their dogs once per day for at least 30 minutes. Most veterinarians agree that this activity should exist separate from bathroom breaks to encourage exercise and exploration.

That being said, dog walking encourages your dog to evacuate outside. So, it’s important to participate in short potty walks too. If you’re struggling to potty train, regularly walking your dog gives you the opportunity to reward him when he evacuates outdoors. Give a treat each time he goes to reward him for this good behavior and you’ll soon come to find he only goes outdoors and never inside.

Manage Your Stress and Connect with Nature

According to Psychology Today, dog walking isn’t just good for your dog it’s also good for you. Besides exercise, dog walking provides you with therapy because it helps to balance your stress and connects you to nature.

“Research has shown that being around a dog can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and dampen other physiological stress responses. The effect is so strong that service dogs are sometimes used to help war veterans manage PTSD.”

Physical activity is also a great remedy for stress, so you’re doing double duty by spending time with your dog and taking long walks. Nature also plays a role in your happiness, as studies have shown that a connection to nature can increase your sense of well-being. Take your dog for walks in parks and on trails to really get away from the bustle of the city and attune with nature’s beauty.

Dog Walking Tips

Before loading your dog into the car and heading out to a state park or nature reserve, double check that the location allows dogs on the premises. Not all do. Local parks may have ordinances against dogs too. It would be disappointing to be ticketed or turned away when you arrive.

Once you’ve chosen a place that is natural and encourages dog walking, you’re most of the way ready for your walk. You need a few supplies, such as a collar, leash, and fresh water for your dog to drink. We’ve included all of those goodies and more in our giveaway, which is located at the bottom of this post. Walk your dog for at least thirty minutes, and make sure to bring a plastic bag or scoop to clean up his refuse.

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Earth Day Tips for Going Green with Your Dog

In honor of Earth Day, which is on April 22nd, here’s an infographic that tells you how you can go green with your dog. The graphic provides 14 tips on how you can reduce your dog’s “carbon paw-prints” while helping your dog live a healthier life and saving a ton of money. Happy Earth Day, and if you need more tips for staying green with your dog, please leave a comment with your questions.

Oh – one more thing – dog collars can be green too. When choosing a new collar, look for earth-friendly and sustainable materials.

The Green Dog Owner

Infographic Courtesy Of Ultimate Home Life

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The 10 Best Live Action Animal Movies

Pal as Lassie 1942

A picture of “Pal” who played Lassie in the original film

Judging by the popularity of Disney’s Zootopia, it’s safe to say people love films with animals in them. Because animals can sometimes lead a stressful life on-set, it’s a good thing live animal actors are being replaced by animations and CGI effects; however, that doesn’t stop us from loving the animals who had starring roles in some of the most cherished movies of all time. These are my picks for the best movies that starred live animals. What are some of yours? Leave a comment at the bottom of this post to let me know if I missed anything.

1. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

I was lucky enough to see Homeward Bound in the theater with my childhood bff. It was one of the best movie going experiences of my life. Now, I get to relive the story of Chance, Shadow, and Sassy with my kids and they treasure it as much as I do. Homeward Bound is truly a timeless classic, and continues to delight kids, which is why it’s at the top of my list. Also, I ship Shadow and Sassy… I don’t care that one is a cat and one is a dog; those two were meant for each other and love knows no bounds.

2. Milo and Otis

I remember the first time both of my daughters watched Milo and Otis. My oldest was around six years old and cried “This looks old…” and “The animals don’t talk…” The narrator soon grabbed her interest and to this day she’s a huge Milo and Otis fan. When my youngest had the same complaints, her older sister told her, “Hush, you’re going to love it.” An orange cat and a pug on a wild adventure with bears and a snake; what’s not to love about that?

3. Benji

I’m an 80s and 90s kid, and growing up it seemed there was a new Benji movie every year. The seminal film, 1974’s Benji introduced us to the heroic mix-breed stray who saved two kidnapped child and found a forever home. Amazingly, the original film grossed $39 million and cost just $500,000 to make.

4. Lassie Come Home

To my late grandmother and me, Lassie Come Home was so much more than a movie. It was a book to read and a television show to watch on lazy summer afternoons. Lassie made us drive really slowly by the neighbor’s house because they had a few collies roaming around. She was the dog growing up, the name you always thought of when the Family Feud question was, “What’s a popular name for a dog?” The original film and its six sequels released throughout 1951.

5. Marley & Me

The 2008 film based on the book that made me cry for two days… Marley & Me is the story of a writer and his golden retriever, who is comical in his disobedience, but beautiful in his ability to love unconditionally. If you haven’t seen the movie, read the book first. Both are a true joy to experience.

6. Babe

Babe is one of those startling deep movies that’s cute enough to make you laugh and then cry. You don’t walk into a lot of kid’s movies thinking they’ll change you in any significant way, but Babe was one of those movies that did because it dealt with issues of abandonment and finding peace and acceptance between widely different cultures. For its time, it was incredible and it remains a treasured classic. Babe won an Academy Award for best visual effects, and was nominated for six more awards, including best picture.

7. Beethoven

I’m not a huge fan of the myriad of sequels Beethoven spurned, but I am forever a fan of the original. I’ll never forget when Beethoven rushed to save the little girl from drowning in the pool, but disappointed her father at every turn until such a time that he could save the family. St. Bernard’s are among the giant breeds, and this film perfectly highlights the difficulties and the joys of owning one.

8. Free Willy

The plight of the orca (killer whale) is one not widely known before Free Willy. It introduced the world to the horrors of captivity, and the magical way orcas communicate. They are among the smartest creatures of the animal kingdom, and in Free Willy it became a boy’s mission to return him to the wild.

9. Shiloh

Based on a book of the same name, Shiloh tells the story of Marty, who finds a runaway beagle. Unfortunately, the dog’s owner is abusive to him. It becomes the boy’s mission to secretly care for the dog and keep him from his abusive owner. Don’t watch this film until you’ve read the book, which expertly raises ethical questions kids can relate to, such as is it ever okay to lie?

10. Old Yeller

Okay… Old Yeller isn’t one of my favorite movies per say. There’s no denying it’s a classic, but the end is full of so much shocking sadness, only the strongest among us can get through it without crying. But, it has to make the list because I still watch it if it’s on television, and before it’s sad it’s a beautiful tribute to the relationship kids have with their dogs.

What are your favorite movies starring animals? Leave a comment and let me know.

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3 Quick and Delicious Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

homemade dog treats

Healthy, homemade dog biscuits.

Why bother with the store when you can whip up delicious and healthy dog treats in less than the time it takes to run to the pet store? Dog treats are an essential part of training, and that means you’ll need a lot which can get costly. By making your own dog treats, you ensure you’ve always got treats on hand and you know exactly what you’re feeding your dog.

The following is a few of my dog’s favorite recipes, which are adapted from the recipes of some of the best human chefs in the world. Yes, they make dog treats too. The links to the actual recipes are below the recipe.

  • Please consult with your dog’s veterinarian about possible allergies before feeding him any new foods.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Damn Delicious calls these treats, “The easiest homemade dog treats ever.” They take only 25-minutes to make, and they feature a dog’s favorite ingredient: peanut butter. With only four ingredients, you may already have everything you need to make these treats in your fridge and pantry.

Set your oven to 350 degrees, and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat together 2/3-cup pumpkin puree, ¼-cup peanut butter, and 2 large eggs. Once fully combined, slowly mix in about 3 cups whole wheat flour. You may need more or less than this amount; basically, you want the dough to be well-mixed and not sticky.

Knead the dough for a few minutes, and then roll it out with your rolling pin. Use cookie cutters and then transfer the cookies to the baking sheet. Bake in the oven until the edges are golden brown (about 20 to 25 minutes). Let cool before serving.

Get the full recipe here: http://damndelicious.net/2015/01/07/homemade-peanut-butter-dog-treats/

Julia’s Barkilicious No-Bake Bites

This recipes makes about 18 balls. They’re a little sticky, so maybe store them in a container where they won’t be flattened, dried out, or mushed together. Your dog is going to love these treats, and they only take a couple minutes to whip up.

You’ll need a food processor, but if you don’t have one a pestle and mortar will work too. Grind about a ½-cup of rolled oats up this way until you’ve got a soft oat flour. Then mix the grinded oats up with another ½-cup of rolled oats (not ground), 3 tablespoons peanut butter, 1/3-cup coconut oil, ½-cup low-sodium chicken stock, and a small handful of finely chopped fresh parsley.

With wet hands, you can roll up the dough into yummy balls or flatten them for more traditional looking treats. You can freeze some of them if you don’t think you’ll use them all before they go bad, or you can store them in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Get the full recipe here: http://barkpost.com/5-ingredient-no-bake-dog-treats-recipe/

Martha Stewart’s Easy Homemade Dog Biscuits

The great thing about Martha’s biscuits is how many they produce. The recipe makes about 5 dozen biscuits, and calls for only a few ingredients. The biscuits are flavorful to dogs and they make inexpensive treats for training, but they’re not as healthy as a few of the other recipes; however, they have no dangerous filler ingredients, which makes them a great alternative to store-bought, non-organic biscuits. They take a little over an hour to prepare, and another hour or so is needed for cooling.

Mix together 1-cup all-purpose flour, ¼-cup wheat germ, ¼-cup brewer’s yeast, and 1 teaspoon salt. In a separate bowl add 1 ½-tablespoons of canola oil. You’ll need approximately 1 cup of low-sodium canned chicken stock. You’ll need to ration some out for brushing the baking biscuits, but most will be mixed into the oil as you also mix in the flour mixture. Once fully combined, roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it’s about 3/8-inch thick. Then use a cookie cutter, such as a bone shape, to cut the biscuits. Bake them for 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 400-degrees, and then brush them with the remaining chicken stock. Bake another 10 minutes or until they’re done. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for at least one hour.

Get the full recipe here: http://www.marthastewart.com/264802/homemade-dog-biscuits

Dog Collar Boutique has a vast array of training tools to help you train your dog. This includes specially designed training collars, gentle leaders and head collars, and dog training leashes, harnesses, and additional accessories.

 

 

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Lhasa Apso Holds the Record for Longest Eyelashes on a Dog

longest eye lashes on a dogAt a whopping 13.6-cm (5.35-in), Prince Albert of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada currently holds the world record for longest eyelashes ever measured on a dog. If you’re looking for a breed with beautiful long lashes, Lhasa apsos are certainly the breed to buy; or, perhaps, you’re reading this because you think your dog may have the longest lashes. If you think your dog can give Prince Albert a run for his money, you’ll need to first measure his lashes and determine they’re longer than 13.6-cm and give Guinness World Records a call, so they can send someone out to verify the length truly wins. Prince Albert has held his record since November 27th, 2004.

Breeds with the Longest Lashes

Lhasa apso are predisposed to thick, long lashes because they have such long hair. The lashes grow to keep their long tresses from falling into their eyes. Any dog that is predisposed to long hair is also going to be predisposed to long lashes. Cocker spaniels, Old English sheepdogs, and Maltese are a few breeds that are predisposed to very long lashes.

How to Get Your Dog’s Lashes to Grow

Although it’s never recommended by groomers to let your dog’s hair grow too long (because of matting and other issues), you can encourage lash growth by choosing a longer hair cut especially around the eyes. This doesn’t guarantee your dog’s lashes will grow longer, but it could help. The most important thing is that you don’t allow your dog’s hair to grow so long it irritates the surface of his eyes. His eyes are extremely delicate, and it’s essential they’re kept free from hair, particles, and debris.

You can avoid matting by regularly brushing your dog and by washing with high-quality shampoos and conditioners. A great choice is Tora Honey & Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioner. Follow up with the Wild Orchid & Almond Detangler when you go to brush his fur. Be careful not to let any of the products you use get into your dog’s eyes, although Tora products are safer than most because they’re formulated with no volatile organic compounds and no questionable preservatives or toxic chemicals, such as parabens, sulphates, and formaldehyde. You can view the full range of Tora’s grooming products by clicking here.

Long eyelashes are beautiful on a dog and they’re harmless; unless, they somehow become entangled in his fur. If they become entangled call your veterinarian to schedule a visit or get his advice before you trim the lashes. You can choose to trim your dog’s lashes at any time, but be careful if you do because a single scratch or poke could cause permanent damage. If you’re worried, ask your groomer to do the trimming for you.

Finally, it’s important to be aware of trichiasis (aka distichiasis), which is a rare eyelash disorder. These eyelashes should never be trimmed, and instead your veterinarian should be contacted immediately. Trichiasis is when one or more eyelashes grow from an abnormal spot, such as higher on the eyelid or inside the eyelid (ectopic cilia). Your veterinarian is the only one that should remove these lashes.

 

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