Get Inspired! Here are the top 12 most viewed dog collars on DogCollarsBoutique.com in April, 2013. Enjoy!
Get Inspired! Here are the top 12 most viewed dog collars on DogCollarsBoutique.com in April, 2013. Enjoy!
The issue of restraining pets in cars sometimes can fluster passionate pet parents. Yet, only 17 percent of drivers restrain their pets, according to AAA. In addition to being less safe, unrestrained pets often make messes in cars, either with their dirty paws or from accidents. Most pet-advocacy organizations agree that pets and their guardians need to be “trained to restrain.”
Paws to Click warns that a 60-pound dog traveling at 35 mph could be the equivalent of a 2,700-pound projectile in a crash. Tether your pet using a wearable harness. The Tru-Fit Smart Dog Harness is recommended, which has an adjustable safety tether that can attach to the car’s seatbelt, as well as a padded chest plate for extra safety. It comes in sizes from small (for pets under 25 pounds) through extra large (for pets weighing more than 80 pounds). ASPCA.org suggest you don’t let your pet ride with his head outside the window, no matter how much he seems to enjoy it. He could be injured by objects that come too close to the car.
Browse Hondas at Jean Knows Cars or other car review sites. The Honda CR-V and other models will accommodate products purchased separately specifically designed to keep pets comfortable and cars clean. The CR-V has 37 cubic feet of cargo space, enough to keep a kennel or a tethered dog.
Petside.com says the FJ Cruiser has rugged rubber flooring that allows for easy cleanup of spills, drool and dirt and has been lauded for its generous cargo space and swing-out back door. The Jeep Liberty SUV has a truly flat surface for pets’ comfort and is available with a moon roof so they can enjoy the sky and an overhead breeze, according to DoggyLoot.com.
To enhance traveling, there are a number of truly useful products to help with transporting pets. A pet partition separates the compartment where you place your pet in the car from the rest of the vehicle’s interior. Custom canine covers in a variety of styles especially tailored to the dimensions of your vehicle stop pet hair and can prevent claw marks and accidents from ruining your vehicle’s interior. They can cover just the bench of the back seat or be more of a hammock and extend to the back of the front seat to prevent pets from falling to the floor. A vehicle door protector that almost completely covers the inside of the doors prevents animals from damaging doors with their claws. A pet tent gives a dog or cat an enclosed den to enjoy in the back of an SUV. And consider installing a dog hitch step that attaches to the back of your SUV or bringing along a folding pet ramp. It helps your four-legged friend get in and out of your vehicle with ease, according to AutoAnything.com.
A car model that’s optimal for you and your pet and unique products that protect both your pet and your vehicle create a recipe for years of enjoyable road travel for the whole family.
Being shown how to recycle by your pup may well be something to be ashamed of, but perhaps not if you consider the many enjoyable activities you can do with your dog while trying to reduce you and your pet’s carbon footprint. Let’s explore ways to “go green” that benefit not only the health of the Earth but the health of your pet as well.
10 ways you can go green with your dog:
Do you have ideas of how you and your pet could make the earth a better place? Be creative and start today! It would be a real shame if Earth Day was the only day of the year we did anything about it!
I chose a veterinarian who made me feel like crap. Actually, I made me feel like crap.
A secret about me is that I’m crazy insecure when I’m stressed. It has a little to do with (probably a lot) my upbringing. I want people to like me so it sucks when someone doesn’t share my enthusiasm for the topic of the day. It’s a little pathetic, but I bet a lot of people can relate.
One day I took our dogs to the veterinarian and wanted to discuss something I’d read while researching an article. That’s the cool thing about being a pet blogger, we’re always learning new things and a trip to the veterinarian is a great time to get clarification on a topic; or so I thought.
My veterinarian showed no interest in the discussion; I imagine that he was sighing internally at another Google diagnosis. He may have been busy that day, but this attitude wasn’t new with him and I decided that he wasn’t the vet for us. I paid the bill and went home. That was our last visit. I knew that I needed to choose a veterinarian who would listen to me.
I Want a Vet Who I Can Talk To
Our dogs and cats can’t tell us what’s wrong so I think it’s only natural that we’re going to race to Google to try and figure out what’s going on. Having lost a pet this past year, I’m a little sensitive when we have a sick pet at home and try to learn as much as possible so that I can…
Veterinarians Don’t Know Everything
I think that most vets keep up on the advances of veterinarian medicine, but there are hundreds of dog breeds out there and a fellow blogger (Amanda, A Mastiff Blog) taught me that “Vet schools teach our Veterinarians about dogs, not specific breeds and these 161+ breeds are all a little bit different.” So I try not to be too hard on veterinarians. I don’t expect them to know it all, but I do expect them to help me understand our dogs better. Give me a little peace of mind please.
When a Vet Won’t Speak to Pet Owners
If you have a vet that won’t speak with you about your pet’s health – Run. This is not the vet for you. In my opinion, the best way to help us raise happy, healthy dogs is to arm us with information. So when I was speaking with our new vet, I asked her for 10 minutes of her time (yep, made an appointment) to ask her some questions that she was only too happy to answer. Both my boyfriend and I love to ask questions and she has been nothing but patient and we couldn’t be happier.
If You Don’t Have the Option to Change Vets
We’re lucky. We live in a town of pet lovers and I can think of 5 veterinarians as I type this and I know that there are several more within 10-15 minutes of our home. Not everyone has this luxury. So if you have a vet who won’t speak to you and you don’t have the option of running, then explain what you need. Explain that you would like to better understand your pet’s health so that you can give them a good life. And keep explaining this until they hear you.
I’m not a fan of conflict and sometimes being a little pushy can feel uncomfortable. But, it’s not about confrontation; we’re just asking for clarification. So find a vet that you feel comfortable talking to; our pets count on us to speak for them – so speak up! Loudly!!! Choose a veterinarian who will listen.
What do you love about your vet?
A life-long friendship
There’s nothing quite as captivating as a new puppy. Who could resist those big, trusting eyes, that wiggly bottom and those wonderful, wet kisses? But, while puppy charms may fade, the relationship between pet and pet parent only deepens with the passing of time. Charm quickly grows into love, trust and loyalty. A dog can be both a friend and a companion: someone who will listen when no one else is there. Even the worst day is suddenly brighter when you walk through the door at night and are greeted by an exuberant ball of fur who loves you without reservation.
Your aging pet
Eventually, though, every dog starts to show its age. Now it’s time to give back a little of the undying devotion they have showered on us over the years. Just as a puppy needs house-training pads and its first set of shots, older dogs have their own set of physical and emotional requirements. Here are a few things to keep in mind while helping your devoted companion through his or her golden years.
These few simple steps can help make your pet’s golden years the truly enjoyable time they deserve.
Animal lovers can attest: There’s no such thing as too many puppies. According to HumaneSociety.org, more than 78 million dogs have homes in the United States. For this legion of puppy-possessed owners and the ranks of wanna-be pet parents comes a growing collection of dog-specific TV programming. From behavior tips to dog contests to highly trained canines, these shows offer an intimate look dogs from all angles.
If you love man’s best friend, enjoy the entertainment provided by these best puppy-loving programs:
No bark is too loud for renowned dog trainer Cesar Millan. On National Geographic’s “Dog Whisperer,” Millan travels around the world rehabilitating dogs and demonstrating effective training tactics for owners. In a recent episode, Millan described why a couple’s dog goes into a frenzy when its owners kiss. Hungry for attention, the dog responds to Millan’s snaps and quiets down. Millan’s list of celebrity students includes Jillian Michaels, Kelsey Grammer and Hugh Hefner.
“The Dog Whisperer” alone is enough reason to sign up with Comcast at cable.tv. Owners looking to foster better relationships with their dogs can learn tips and tricks from Millan. Even if your dog is well behaved, Millan’s uncanny ability to connect with man’s best friend is a sight to behold.
A long NFL season culminates with the Super Bowl, America’s most-watched television event. Die-hard animal lovers aren’t focused on football, halftime or commercials, however, because over on Animal Planet there’s an even more exciting competition: “Puppy Bowl.” Watch puppies of every shape and size in a miniature football field as they wrestle for toys. This annual event uses slow motion cameras to capture the cuteness. Forgive the pups if they don’t play by the rules.
For dog enthusiasts, the chance to gather so many different breeds in one place is an elusive dream. “Puppy Bowl” is the next best thing.
Some dogs are destined for greatness. “Alpha Dogs” chronicles the development of police and military dogs from around the world. Physically gifted canines need training and practice to master skills like finding illegal substances, pursuing criminals and scaling walls. These dogs go through boot camp just like regular soldiers. Soldiers and dogs compete in challenges that test the strength of their bonds. Lead trainer Ken Licklider demands excellence from his dogs. “Alpha Dogs” airs on National Geographic Fridays at 9 p.m.
Watch “Alpha Dog” to see dogs perform at the highest level. The next time you see a police dog, you’ll appreciate the hard work that goes into its training.
If you’re ready to own a dog, but you’re not sure what kind, “Dogs 101″ is a good place to start. Highlighting a different breed each episode, “Dogs 101″ reveals the personalities, temperaments, likes and dislikes of dogs. Learn whether a certain breed would fit in with your lifestyle, and get to know more about dogs in general. Episodes that highlighted the affenpinscher, the English bulldog and the golden retriever have garnered the most attention so far. If your passion is pups, “Dogs 101″ will be your favorite class.
Catch “Dogs 101″ every weekday morning at 8 a.m. on Animal Planet.
When Bianca got Maxwell, her two year Labradoodle in 2011, she didn’t realize that her cosmetology license would come in handy in keeping her puppy at his most handsome. After working at a hair salon for years, Bianca realized that she could use skills on her own pet.
Although Maxwell goes to the dog groomer on a regular basis, sometimes his fur grows so long that it covers his eyes, and impedes his vision. So every four to six weeks, Bianca will trim the fur around Maxwell’s face with a buzzer.
Bianca is quick to say that her skills don’t replace Maxwell’s regular trips to the groomer, but it’s not impossible for any pet owner to keep his or her dog looking great and feeling comfortable. Wahl makes a pet clipper kit that allows pet owners to give their pets “touchups.” Note, however, the pet clipper is no different than a human clipper, so use what is most comfortable to you.
Bianca believes that Maxwell belongs on the cover of “GQ for dogs,” and doesn’t stop at the a fur trim to keep him looking camera ready. Maxwell has his eyes wiped with pet-friendly “baby wipes” to keep his eyes clean, and his ears cleaned with cotton swabs and warm water. To keep Maxwell’s coat looking shiny and soft, Bianca uses a pet friendly conditioner. Bianca makes sure to brush Maxwell on a regular basis, so that his curly fur doesn’t get matted and knotty.
The finishing touch for any grooming touch-up? A snazzy collar, of course! Right now, I’m loving the Tailbow Swarovski Crystal Heart Collar; it’ll stand out even amongst the chicest collars in all of Manhattan. With all of these basic grooming tips, who knows? Maybe your dog could be scouted to be a puppy model!
If you follow the major dog shows, you will know that Banana Joe took top honors at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show . Banana Joe, a cute, gremlin-faced breed, is the first affenpinscher to win! Attending Madison Square Garden arena on Tuesday, February 12th, let me see all the action!
The Westminster Dog Show is the most competitive canine contest in the Western Hemisphere, and the second longest continuously held sporting event in the United States, second only to the Kentucky Derby. With over a century of tradition and the highest honor in dog showmanship at stake, each dog from the 177 breeds had to give its best performance.
With the judging broken up over two nights, I was able to watch three of the seven groups compete (Sporting, Working, and Terrier), and then watch the final judging for Best in Show- the overall winner of the entire show.
Who were my picks for winners of the Westminster Dog Show? I thought that the fluffiest dogs should win, partly because grooming them for a show seems like a lot of work, and partly because they seem so cuddly! The Golden Retriever gets my blue ribbon for the sporting group, the Samoyed and the Tibetan Mastiff win for the working group, and the Norwich Terrier for the terrier group. Although it’s not a conventional way to spend a night out in NYC, visiting a dog show is a new experience that any dog lover should try at least once.
At the beginning of each group, the announcer gave a brief introduction about how breeds are separated into groups. For example, terriers are grouped together because they were all originally used to hunt vermin with their exceptional digging skills. All the dogs of this group entered the ring and lined up. Each dog was then examined individually: handlers would “stack,” or pose their dog while the judge examined its bone and muscle structure, coat, and teeth. The dogs would then run down the ring and back in order for the judge to analyze its gait compared to breed standards.
The short version shown on television highlights the most notable breeds and crowd favorites, but watching the show in real life is much longer. Each judge (there’s a separate one for each group) makes sure to examine each breed closely so that he or she can make the fairest assessment. A judge is assisted by a steward: a person who doesn’t get much recognition, but is responsible for keeping each group judging running smoothly. Even though the audience had clear favorites—the golden retriever from the Working Group being one of them—the judges made their own decisions, and picked the dog that they preferred best to be the winner.
What did I observe while I was there? For one thing, watching a dog show can be a great drinking game, just ask the gentleman sitting in my section (he seemed to take a drink every time he heard the word “terrier!”). Seriously though, there is a giant following for dog shows. Those interested in the sport actively track a dog’s career, and will have a pretty good idea about how their favorite dogs will place, based on their performances throughout the year.
Many dogs took top honors as expected, but there were still surprises when the winners were chosen, even for the seasoned dog show aficionado. The Doberman “Fifi” was expected to easily win the Working Group, but was out-showed by the German Shorthaired Pointer.
Dog showing isn’t a cheap hobby that any pet lover can pick up, either. Handlers can spend upwards of $100,000 each year in the grooming, training, and competing of a show dog. The high costs of showing a dog makes a win all the more worthwhile, be it “Best in Breed,” “Best in Group,” or “Best in Show.”
It was an exciting Best in Show win for Banana Joe, since it was the first time an Affenpinscher has won top honors at Westminster, and also Banana Joe’s last time in the ring, as he will be retiring. Most dogs only show for a few years- the oldest dog to ever win a Best in Show at Westminster was ten years old, which is not common. Banana Joe beat out the likes of hometown hero the Portuguese Water Dog, and crowd favorite the Old English Sheepdog. Even though he’s finished in dog show business, Banana Joe has a bright future ahead of him.
Did you watch the Westminster Dog Show? Who were your favorites to win?
The word is out: “Stella … got a dog? Are you serious?!”
I’ve been inundated with a steady stream of incredulous, giggly, sarcastic and mostly wisenheimer e-mails from people who assumed – probably because I reinforced the idea at least 6 zillion times – that I would never, under any circumstances, come hell or high water OR another pitiful “but-the-puppy-needs-a-good-home” story take care of another dog in my lifetime.
“So tell me about this dog of yours,” one e-mail began. “Is it a stuffed lab, a stuffed beagle or a stuffed collie? What kind of stuffed animal did you get?”
Now that I’ve relented – the pleading pitch did me in this time – amazement has given way to widespread encouragement, which is nice, and invitations from people I don’t even know to a social phenomenon called “puppy play dates,” which I’ve never heard of.
Puppy play dates? Excuse me? What do I do? Sit out in the car – with the windows cracked open – while the puppy cavorts with his fellow fuzzballs, devours puppy treats and slurps down ice-cold bowls of water? Do I serve as the designated driver as he slumps in the back seat, passed out after a fun-loving cocker spaniel spikes his water with sweetened sugar granules? Or does the invitation extend to me, too?
“Oh, we definitely want you join the fun, too!” an eager but unknown puppy owner said in response to my inquiry. And when I say “eager,” I mean eager. She tracked down my phone number through a friend of a friend’s former co-worker’s sister. “Once you see how much fun they have, you’ll definitely understand why puppies need socialization time. You definitely have to put it on your calendar.”
I was so lost for words that I could barely stutter. All those “definitelys” made me nervous: What is this? A form of puppy peer pressure?
I recovered long enough to ask two reasonable questions – or at least what I thought were reasonable questions: What do the puppies “do” at these play dates? And if puppies need socialization – and OK, I get that, to a point – why can’t our little Havenese “get his needs fulfilled” through me and my daughter?
I can’t believe I actually said that, but I did: “get his needs fulfilled.” Five minutes on the phone and already I was babbling like a puppy psychologist.
“This is like … quality time for puppies to interact with other puppies. You just definitely have to show up and see for yourself. It’s definitely hard to explain.”
All I know is, I’d like somebody to explain this phenomenon. Puppy play dates. Socialization for puppies. Quality time for them to “interact.” What am I missing here? Will he “grow up” to be a misfit if I skip this step in his, um, maturation process?
I mean, I’m not sustaining this little Havenese to become a productive, well-adjusted member of society. It’s not like he’s going to one day leave my care and stake his claim in the world, remembering all the upstanding lessons I tried to teach him about interacting with his peers. He will not have to compromise with a domineering German shepherd, ask his dog boss to reconsider firing a lazy basset hound or make only gentleman-like comments when a newly shaven poodle struts by with her new ‘do and painted nails.
Puppies are not people; they’re animals. So aren’t puppy owners a bit misguided to ascribe human tendencies to fuzzballs who – let’s be honest – cannot even differentiate between puppy food and a skuzzy garden shoe?
One puppy owner doesn’t seem to think so. “Mom! I want to go, I want to go, I want to go!” said my sweet, blue-eyed girl when I told her about the invitation. “Can we? Can we? Can we go?”
Another pleading pitch. What else could I say?
When the Parks and Recreation Department of New York City put together this year’s Winter Jam, they made sure that dogs could be a part of the fun, too. While humans could learn how to ski, snowboard, and snowshoe in Central Park, there were plenty of pup-friendly activities, as well. Dogs let loose in the Doggie Snow Zone, which included a dog run, and an agility course where urban dogs could stretch their legs with other canines without the confines of a leash.
After playing, dogs and their owners could enjoy refreshments, shopping, and have their pet care questions answered by celebrity dog stylist Jorge Bendersky, pet behavior experts, and animal nutritionists. The Doggie Snow Zone was possible due to the sponsorship of Unleashed by Petco, as well as Biscuits and Bath; thank you for making this event a success for NYC pets!
For those NYC dogs that didn’t get a chance to play, the snow, made by Gore Mountain will be in the park for days to come, so be sure to head over to Central Park to enjoy it before it melts! Don’t forget to keep your pooch warm in colder winter temperatures- a doggie jacket and bootie will help your pet stay cozy and dry against the elements.