Walk Your Dog Day!

Grab a leash and hit the streets, National Walk your Dog day is February 22. Whether you have a dog, a cat, or just like to get outside for a stroll, a daily walk comes with a number of benefits. It is a great excuse to go outside and get some extra exercise, and now with charitable apps like Wooftrax’s Walk for a Dog App, you can give back to your local shelter at the same time. Dr. Kerri Marshall, veterinarian and chief veterinary officer at Trupanion highlights some of the best reasons to walk with your pet.

#1 – A daily walking routine keeps both you and your pet healthy.

Dogs need exercise in order to stay healthy in the long run, and the same is true for people. Regular walks can help reduce destructive behavior, maintain a pet’s healthy weight, and help your pet stay mentally happy and healthy.

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Image source: @FaceMePLS via Flickr

#2 – Walks are a great way to bond with your pet and get them the exercise they need.

Walking with your pet helps solidify the bond you have and allows you to experience new environments together. Dogs that are walked in new places meet new people and experience new things, which makes them a better socialized and good canine citizens.

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Image source: @FaceMePLS via Flickr

#3 – A daily walk lets you and your pet get the social interaction you both need.

Both dogs and people are social beings that need to get out regularly. Some dogs can benefit from spending time with other dogs, and an occasional trip to a designated dog park can be a great way to socialize. Pets are also a good icebreaker when meeting new people.

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Image source: @SkirtPR via Flickr

#4 – Walking reduces stress and relieves anxiety in both people and pets.

Walking a pet has been shown to reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. In addition, petting a dog or cat can calm frayed nerves and alleviate stress. Pets also benefit mentally and physiologically from some exercise and time spent outside.

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Image source: @TonyFischer via Flickr

#5 – Giving back is as simple as taking a walk.

Wooftrax’s Walk for a Dog app allows you to raise money for shelter pets simply by taking a stroll. Whether or not you have a pet, a simple walk around the block can help you earn much-needed funds for a local shelter of your choice. Looking to give back to a local shelter simply by taking a stroll? You can download Walk for a Dog for your Android or iPhone.

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Spoil Your Dog On Pet Day

Love Your Pet Day is Saturday, and although you may have never heard of it, it’s not too late to celebrate. Here are nine ways to spoil your pet.

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Dating service for pets

Sure, your pet may love your companionship, but there is nothing like another cat or dog being there. Give your pet a chance at love or friendship byconnecting them on a dating site. You may meet a new friend or companion yourself.

Pet stroller

This may sound obnoxious, but hear us out. It’s very useful and you don’t have to spend a ton of money to go on a neighborhood walk, or stroll, with your pet. Plus, there is a stroller for everyone: some look like baby strollers, others roll like two-wheel suitcases and some have a detachable carrier so you can carry your puppy, kitty, bunny or other suitable pet around.

Cat cottage

When a standard kitty condo won’t do, you can pamper your cat or cats with an entire house. At $1,004.99, this kitty house is pricey, but isn’t spoiling your cat worth it? You have the option of adding a porch and deck, heat and heated mats and AC. A comforting getaway house for your pet doesn’t have a price.

Pet massages

Pets need some pampering too. What better way than a relaxing dog massage? If your dog doesn’t mind being held and handled, this could be a good option at $85 for a session of 50 minutes. But it doesn’t have to be something you pay for. There are simple massages you can do at home.

Doggie perfume

Freshen up your dog after a bath with a tiny spritz of vanilla musk. Don’t worry. It’s a unisex fragrance for male or female dogs. You could even do this after that dog massage.

Pet nail polish

Hear us out: painting nails can be therapeutic and relaxing for humans, why not for dogs too? If nothing else, you can dress up your pups’ paws a bit. It doesn’t have to be one solid color, either. Nail art works too.

Pet monitor

If your pet is especially close to you, keep the bond strong even when you’re away. By talking, playing with and watching your pet on a $199 monitor, you and your pet can enjoy each other’s company wherever you are.

Beer for pets

You read that right. If you can unwind with a beer, why can’t your dog or cat have a beer too? Don’t worry about the alcohol — there is none and there are no hops or carbonation. This doesn’t have to be a regular thing. Just a treat. Plus, you can get your pet on the label for $34.

A glamorous collar

Spoiling your pet doesn’t always come cheap, but if you can spare $150,000, why not indulge your beloved pooch with a once-in-a-lifetime diamond collar? With so many diamonds, you can show your pet just how much you value them.

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Things That Dog Hates On Us

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Dogs try to be our best friends, but boy do we ever make it difficult sometimes. Here are some of the things we do that might make dogs question whether they want to remain best buds or cut ties completely:

Using words more than body language

We’re a vocal species. We love to chatter away, even at our pets, who can’t understand the vast majority of what we’re saying. Dogs might be able to deduce what a few key words mean — walk, treat, toy, off — and maybe even learn hundreds of words as some border collies have done. But they can’t understand human language. What they rely on to figure out what we mean is our body language. Dogs have evolved to be expert readers of the human body and can figure out what you’re thinking and feeling before you even realize you’re thinking and feeling it. But we can easily send mixed signals if we are only paying attention to what our mouths are saying and not what our bodies are saying. If you go to any beginning dog training class, you’ll see plenty of people saying one thing, doing another, and a confused dog trying to figure out what in the world is wanted of them. For instance, telling a dog to “stay” while leaning forward toward the dog and holding out a hand like a traffic cop is, in body language, actually inviting the dog to come toward you. But when the dog does, she gets reprimanded for breaking her stay command. It’s all so confusing!

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A great experiment (and something that will probably have your dog sighing with relief) is to try to spend a whole day not saying a word to your dog, but communicating only with your body. You’ll realize just how much you “talk” with your body without realizing it, how to use your movements and body position to get theresponse you need from your dog during training, and how involved a conversation can be without emitting a single sound.

Hugging your dog

While you might love wrapping your arms around a furry canine friend, most dogs hate hugs. We as primates think hugs are awesome and express support, love, joy and other emotions through hugs. It’s totally normal to us to wrap our arms around something and squeeze, and it only means good things. But dogs did not evolve this way. Canids don’t have arms and they don’t hug. Rather than camaraderie, if a dog places a foreleg or paw on the back of another dog, this is considered an act of dominance. No matter your intentions with hugging, a dog is hardwired to view the act of hugging as you exerting your dominance. Many dogs will tolerate it with grace — the smiling face of the family golden retriever with a child’s arms wrapped around it comes to mind. But some dogs will feel threatened, fearful, or just flat out loathe the feeling — and in fact, a child grabbing a dog for a hug is why many dog bites occur. Also, the same dog that enjoys one person’s hug might react entirely differently with another family member who tries the same thing. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dog that actually enjoys or seeks out hugs.

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This dog is barely tolerating a hug from the little girl. Everything about the tense mouth, eyes and ears say that this is not something the dog is enjoying, and this is a potential safety issue for the little girl. (Photo:Dwight Smith/Shutterstock)

If you’re wondering if your dog hates your hugs, just pay attention to her body language when you go in for a cuddle. Does she tense up? Lean her head away from you? Avoid even a hint of eye contact? Lick her lips? Keep her mouth closed? Pull her ears back against her head? All of these are signs that a dog is uncomfortable. Yes, even the dog licking her lips while someone snuggles her is not showing that she is overcome with love, it is showing submissive, even nervous behavior. So next time you want to go in for a hug, pay very close attention to whether or not the dog is okay with it. After all, you’re putting your face right next to a set of sharp teeth.

Petting a dog’s face or patting her head

Do you like to be patted on the head? My guess is no. Having someone reach out and tap us on the head, no matter how lovingly, is not something most of us enjoy. It’s annoying at best and painful at worst. And we really don’t want the hands of strangers reaching toward our face. If someone were to reach their hand toward your face, I’m guessing your reaction would be to pull your head back and lean away, and get a little tense about the invasion of personal space. Yet most humans think that dogs like being patted on the head. The reality is that while many dogs will put up with this if it’s someone they know and trust, most dogs don’t enjoy it. You may notice that even the loving family dog might lean away slightly when you reach for her face to pet her. She’ll let you because you’re the boss, but she doesn’t like it. It’s a personal space issue for dogs just as much as it is for us. This is why responsible parents teach their children to gently pet a dog’s back or rear, but don’t pat, and definitely don’t go for the dog’s face. If you really want to reward your dog for being awesome, don’t bang on their head, but give them a rub on their rear end right by the tail. They’ll thank you for it!

Walking up to a strange dog while looking her in the eye

We all know how powerful eye contact is. While we view steady eye contact as important, as a sign of trustworthiness or focus, we have to also be aware that eye contact can feel unnerving, uncomfortable and domineering. It’s creepy when a stranger looks us in the eye without breaking contact, especially as they’re approaching. It’s clear their attention is zeroed in, but what is their intention? We have to read the rest of their face for the cues. Eye contact is part of establishing dominance for many species, and in humans, we can use the tiniest of details about the rest of the face — the softness or hardness of the muscles around the eyes and mouth — to determine if the stare is friendly or not. And even then, it’s still creepy to have a stranger stare at us! It feels the same way for dogs. When you look a strange dog right in the eye, unblinking, you might be smiling and trying to warm up to them but the dog is probably reading it as an act of dominance or even aggression. They might display a submissive response — looking away, doing a little wiggle for pets, rolling over onto their backs — or they might start backing up and barking. Either way, for most dogs, a stranger looking it right in the eye while approaching is not a comfortable situation.

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If you want to say hello to a new dog in a way that is comfortable for both of you, approach with your body angled slightly (not with your shoulders squared toward the dog), your eyes slightly averted, and speak quietly with a gentle voice. All these body language cues of friendship will help a dog understand you mean no harm. The dog might still want nothing to do with you, but at least you didn’t approach in a scary way that could cause a defensive or aggressive reaction.

Not providing structure and rules

Dogs want, need and love rules. You might think having strict rules makes life boring or unhappy for your dog. But dogs really want to know what’s what according to their leader. And really, it’s not so hard to relate as humans. Children thrive when they have a consistent set of rules to follow, and they do less well in environments that provide them a free-for-all. Think about polite, well-balanced kids you know, and the spoiled kids who lack social skills or throw temper tantrums when they don’t get what they want. Which set of kids are the ones with consistently enforced rules and boundaries? And which set tends to be most consistently happy? With dogs, it’s pretty much the same thing. Rules make life a lot more predictable, a lot less confusing and a lot less stressful.

And speaking of confusing, dogs don’t understand exceptions to rules. They don’t understand that they’re allowed to jump on you when you have leisure clothes on but not when you have work clothes on. They don’t understand that they’re allowed on the couch after a bath but not after coming in from a romp in the mud. Additionally, saying “No” for breaking a rule but not actually doing something to help the dog stop the behavior and learn the rule doesn’t count as enforcement. Dogs thrive when they know where the boundaries are, and when you spend time enforcing consistent boundaries with positive rewards, you also are building up their trust in you as a leader. You’re setting up conditions for a very happy dog!

Forcing your dog to interact with dogs or people she clearly doesn’t like

Just like so many other social species, dogs have their favorite friends and their enemies. It is easy to see what other dogs — and people, for that matter — that a dog wants to hang out with and those with whom she’d rather not associate. Yet, there are a lot of dog owners who go into denial about this or simply fail to read the cues their dog is giving them. It is common for overly enthusiastic owners to push their dog (sometimes literally) into social situations at dog parks when their dog would rather just go home. Or they allow strangers to pet their dog even when she is showing clear signs of wanting to be left alone.It is important to note that there is a difference between positive encouragement with shy, fearful, or reactive dogs. Taking small steps to encourage them out of their comfort zone and giving them rewards for any amount of calm, happy social behavior is important to helping them live a balanced life. But knowing the difference between gentle, rewards-based boundary pushing and forcing an interaction is vital to your dog’s safety and sanity. When dogs are pushed too far in social situations, they’re more likely to lash out with a bite or a fight. They’ve given cue after cue — ignoring, avoiding, maybe even growling — and finally they’ve had enough and give the clearest message of all with their teeth. What is possibly even worse, is that their trust in you as a protective leader is eroded, and they have an even more negative association with a park, a certain dog or person, or a general social setting. So do your dog a favor: read the body language she gives you when she doesn’t want to be around certain other individuals and don’t force it.

Going for walks without opportunity to explore and smell

There are walks, and there are walks. It’s definitely important to have a dog that knows how to walk obediently on a leash. However, it’s also important to allow a dog to have some time to explore her surroundings while walking obediently on a leash. Dogs see with their noses, and they place as much importance on their sense of smell as we humans place on our sense of vision for interpreting the world around us. It’s probably safe to say that dogs appreciate the smell of a tree trunk the way we appreciate a beautiful sunset. Dogs loathe not being able to take in their world for at least a few minutes a day, and too often we humans are focused on going on walks for the sole purpose of exercise or potty breaks. We trudge along the same old route, often without any variety or sense of leisure, and in too much of a hurry to get back home again.

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The sense of smell is how a dog takes in the world, and sometimes they’re simply desperate for a chance to take a good sniff. (Photo:Csehak Szabolcs /Shutterstock)

Do your dog a favor and dedicate one of your daily walks to having a “smell walk” — going slow and letting your dog take in the world with her nose. Go somewhere entirely new, explore a different neighborhood or trail, let your dog sniff at a spot until she gets her fill, even if it’s for minutes at a time before moving forward. For helping your dog know the difference between a walk where she should be obedient and stay beside you, and a walk where she is free to explore, you can have a special backpack or harness that you use only for smell walks. Just make sure it is something very different from your usual collar and leash set-up so the different purpose for the walk is obvious to your dog. These walks are a wonderful opportunity for your dog to get some of the mental and sensory stimulation that keeps life interesting for her.

Keeping a tight leash, literally

Just as dogs are amazing at reading our body language, they’re amazing at reading our tension levels even through the leash. By keeping a tight leash on a dog, you’re raising the level of stress, frustration, and excitement for your dog, and conversely, for you. I know what you might be thinking: “I don’t want to hold a tight leash, but I have to. My dog is the one pulling, not me!” But this is why it is so important to teach a dog how to walk on a slack leash.

An amazing amount of energy is transferred between you and your dog through that little strip of canvas or leather. By keeping a loose leash, you’re letting your dog know that everything is fine and dandy, that there’s no reason to be worried or tense. With a slack leash you’re saying to your dog that you are calm and have everything under control so your dog is free to be calm as well. On the other hand, by keeping a tight leash you’re sending a message to your dog that you’re tense, nervous, on alert, ready to fight or fly, and your dog responds in kind. Just as you don’t like your dog pulling you around, it doesn’t feel good to your dog to constantly be pulled and thus cued to be on alert. They’re also well-aware that they can’t get away from you even if they think they need to. A dog that walks on a tight leash is more apt to bark or be reactive in even the most mild of social situations. But a dog that can walk on a slack leash is more likely to be calm. This is a difficult thing to master, and something the majority of dog owners can commiserate about, but it is so important to having pleasant walks with a relaxed dog.

Being tense

Tension on the leash isn’t the only way a dog can pick up how you’re feeling. You can tell when a person you’re around is feeling tense, even if you don’t realize it. Dogs have the same ability. The more stressed and wound-up you are, the more stressed and wound-up your dog is. And dogs, just like us, don’t like that feeling. You might roll your eyes, but the next time your dog is acting frustrated and tense, check in with yourself — have you been feeling that way for the last few minutes, for the last few hours, or the last few days? Your dog might just be acting as your mirror. If you need a reason to meditate, helping your dog calm down is a great one.

Being boring

You know that feeling of being stuck hanging around someone who is totally boring? Think back: remember having to be with your parents while they ran grown-up errands? None of which revolved around a toy store or park, of course. Remember that feeling of barely being able to contain yourself, of wanting to squirm and groan and complain. You couldn’t take part in the adult conversation, which was boring anyway, and you were told to sit still and hush. But oh boy did you ever want to just moooove! Just run around the block or something to break the monotony. That’s how your dog feels when you’re busy being that boring grown-up. Dogs abhor it when we’re boring. And it’s hard not to be! We get home from work and we want to unwind, to get a few chores done, to make dinner and sack out on the couch and relax. But that’s about the most annoying thing we could do to our dogs who have been waiting around all day for us to finally play with them.

If your dog is making trouble — getting into boxes or closets, eating shoes or chewing on table legs — she’s basically showing you just how incredibly bored she is. Luckily, there is a quick and easy solution to this: training games. Teaching your dog a new trick, working on old tricks, playing a game of “find it” with a favorite toy, or going out and using a walk as a chance to work on urban agility, are all ways to stimulate both your dog’s mind and body. An hour of training is worth a couple hours playing a repetitive game of fetch in terms of wearing a dog out. While of course exercise and walks are important, adding in some brain work will make your dog happy-tired. Even just 15-30 minutes of trick training a day will make a big difference.

Teasing

This should be obvious, and we won’t spend too much time on it. But it’s worth pointing out because too many people still think it’s funny. Don’t bark at a dog as you pass it on the street. Don’t wave or talk to a dog that is barking at you from behind a window or door. Don’t pull on a dog’s tail. The list can go on and on, but in short, don’t do something you know makes a dog mad just because you think it’s funny. It’s not funny to the dog and can lead to some serious behavioral problems — and, perhaps deservedly, you getting to sport some new dog-shaped teeth marks.

Further reading

If you’d like to learn more about how to be a better friend to your dog, try thesegreat book recommendations. For example, in “The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs” professional behaviorist and trainer Patricia B. McConnell goes into excellent detail about the species differences between primates and canids and why dogs don’t appreciate our hugs, as well as many other great ways of understanding a dog’s perspective about the world. Meanwhile, in “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know” by Alexandra Horowitz, you’ll get a chance to see the world through a dog’s eyes and learn so much about body language, the importance of scent, and other things that will help you know more about what your dog wants out of life. And for understanding more about how clicker training and training games can help you and your dog get along better, try “Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What It Teaches Us About All Animals” by Karen Pryor. Follow the link for these and more great reads.

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Easy To Make Envelope Bed For Fido

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Dog beds are quite popular in my house.  I have two little dogs, Faith and Ralph, who both enjoy not only the comfort of their own dog bed, but both have a thing about wanting to be under blankets.  Over a year ago, my daughter made an “envelope” style dog bed for Ralph that has both a blanket and a pillow attached.  He absolutely loves that bed.

Over a year later, that bed is still in great shape, and because of the way she made the seams, it is still in one piece.  Which is a major accomplishment for anything stuffed in my house.  Unfortunately, though, Ralph does not like to share it.  So poor Faith has been having to fend for herself over the last year.  My daughter has decided to remedy that, and made a pink one for Faith this week.  Want to know how to make one?

For this project we used:

3 Yards of heavy fleece
Poly-Fil Pillow Stuffing
Sewing Machine

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Begin by cutting the fleece into three pieces.  You can make your dog bed any size you would like.  We made our bed big enough for both dogs if they choose to share.  For our bed, we cut (2 ea). 39″ x 28″ pieces, and (1 ea). 30″ x 28″ piece.  Fold the top edge of the smaller piece over 1″ on the top and sew a seam, creating a finished edge.

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With right sides together, place the shorter piece over top of one of the bigger pieces and sew a 1/2″ seam around the sides and bottom.  Clip the corners, and turn the entire piece right-side-out.  You now have a pocket.

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dog bed tutorial and pattern

Of course, my daughter’s dog, Bam Bam had to get in on the action.  Always jealous!  We told him pink was so not his color!

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For the next step, cut the leftover large piece down a bit to match the size of the sewn together pieces.

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With right sides together, place the pocket piece over top of the back piece and sew a 1/2″ seam around the entire perimeter, leaving about 6″ unsewn so that you can add the poly-fil.  Now, flip it right side-out using the open section of seam.  Stuff with poly-fil, and machine stitch your seam closed.  (We do machine stitch here even though a blind hand stitch would probably look better, but a machine stitch is much more dog proof).

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And looky here!  Faith loves her new dog bed!

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Hey, that’s not Faith!  Ralph, you already have a bed!

Well, at least the beds are well loved, right?

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You and your best friend don’t have to live with pain!

Our product covers dogs of all ages and breeds, which encounter joint problems with age, need some post-op help to regain mobility or highly active dogs suffering from joint inflammation and pain after a hard day on the job or the trail. FidoActive Advanced Hip and Joint Supplement for Dogs supports joint health for dogs to get your four-legged friend back on their paws again. Get Fido active again the simple, safe way and treat your dog to a long & active life! Shop now and enjoy 10% off!!!

Last Few Days To Take Advantage of 10% Valentine’s Discount

Coupon Code : K37RCTMZ

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Learn More About FidoActive- here

Easy To Make Envelope Bed For Fido

 

Better Clothing For Dogs

Protection Against the Elements

Your dog may not be adequately acclimated to winter cold or summer heat. On the coldest of days, even indoors, you may find him seeking warmth, cuddled on top of a favorite throw, or next to a heat vent. Exposed to the cold, it may take only a few minutes for him to become dangerously chilled. Under the hot summer sun, and under a hotter fur coat, he can suffer heatstroke, while the scorching pavement can burn his paws. Rain-soaked, his coat can be a misery. Fortunately, because owners across America are waking up to the benefits of clothing, dogs no longer have to tough out the extremes of weather on their own. In fact, even on the nicest of days, clothing can keep your dog cleaner, safer, and more comfortable.

The Advantages of Clothing Your Dog Better
There is more to clothing than protection from weather extremes. Day in and day out, your dog can benefit from the protection of clothing, just as much as you do. Good clothing can help your dog better adapt to seasonal changes and enjoy more time outdoors, while costumes and sportswear can add fun to holidays and events. Also, good clothing will…

  • Warm your dog
  • Keep him dry
  • Protect his paws
  • Keep his coat clean
  • Reduce insect bites
  • Repel fleas & ticks
  • Cool him in hot weather
  • Protect him against sunburn
  • Keep him safer on the sidewalk and on the water

The Advantages of Better Dog Clothing

Outerwear
No pet enjoys being over-chilled, over-heated, or just plain filthy. Outerwear – jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters – work effectively to conserve your dog’s body heat. If he runs in brush, outerwear will help prevent mosquito and spider bites, and repel fleas and ticks. If treated with a flea and tick topical spot on that repels, these pests seldom come near. Outerwear will also help keep burrs and thistles out of his coat to simplify grooming.

Your dog does not sweat through his skin. Instead, he pants and releases heat through his paws and nose. If your dog is outside, light protective clothing, like cotton jersey, can help cool him by reflecting the hot rays of the sun, and also help prevent sunburn.

In cool, damp fall or spring weather, an added layer of protection can make all the difference. A lightweight sweatshirt, sweater, or coat is the perfect warm-up. An easy-care Basic Sweater is a great choice.

London Slicker Dog RaincoatWhen the temperature drops even further, your dog needs a heavier sweater. He’ll stay warm and dry in a Kodiak Coat. Click here to see all of our jackets, sweaters, and dog clothing.

When it’s raining or sleeting, a Packable Rain Poncho will save you from toweling off a soaked and shivering companion, or it will help protect your dog from high wind gusts. It’s lightweight, so it won’t weigh your pet down, yet it can keep your pet dry, especially around his ears and head.

Boots
Remember the pain of walking across hot sand at the beach? Your dog faces situations like this all the time on sizzling summer sidewalks. Winter is no kinder to his paws, especially if he must wade through snow or walk across ice. Boots provide excellent protection from these extremes, and can also be a good idea if you walk your dog regularly on hard, abrasive pavement, or off-road where he might encounter glass, thorns, or other hazards.Aussie Boots Leather soled Aussie Dog Boots take only moments to put on, and come in all-weather and lined, cold-weather styles to provide year-round protection.

Sleepwear
Because your dog cannot easily keep a blanket over him throughout a chilly night, pajamas are a good solution. My Favorite Dog Jammies are poly/cotton jammies that keep pet dander and hair to a minimum in your home. Jersey-style cuffs on all four legs help keep cold air out, which older pets are sure to appreciate.

Sportswear
If you run or walk after dark, you know to protect yourself with reflective gear. What about your dog? For optimum safety, dress him in a Reflective Coat. For added style, remember that many of our sporty sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets can be personalized.

Waterwear
Hiking near water? Boating? Swimming? If yes, always safeguard your pet in a pet life preserver.

Putting on the dog
Most dogs readily accept and appreciate clothing. For others, it may take a while. With experience, they usually come around. Offering treats will reinforce and speed cooperation. Also, to avoid problems, never mock your pet verbally when he is clothed. If you do, he won’t understand the words, but he will understand your tone.

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