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.

Drs. Foster & Smith offers a wide selection of clothing for your pet. Whether you simply wish to make a fashion statement, or want clothing to keep your pet warm, dry, and comfortable, we have the right apparel.

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Personal Grooming At Home

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Wash, cut, brush and dry. You can keep your dog well-groomed!

If you have seen your dog rub or roll on the rug, or chew and lick at her fur, you have witnessed her attempt at self-grooming. Have you ever tried to give yourself a haircut? Then you know we can all use a little help sometimes, even Fido.

Grooming should be a pleasure

A grooming session could be a challenge for you and your dog, especially if she is excitable or not used to you touching her. Here are some methods to help pave the way for an enjoyable experience for both of you:

  • Only groom your dog when she is calm, perhaps after a walk or a play period.
  • Keep your first grooming session short (maybe 5 to 10 minutes) until your dog becomes used to being handled this way. Slowly add more time to the sessions until there is enough time for you to do a proper grooming.
  • You can get a head start on making her at ease by petting all over her body, including touchy areas like tails, paws, stomach and ears.
  • Praise your pup all throughout the grooming and be sure to offer a tasty treat when you are through. She’ll soon come to think of it as a pleasant experience.

Combing and brushing

Dogs naturally gather dirt, grass, weeds, and other irritants in their fur. Brushing or combing regularly will help keep your dog’s coat and skin clean and healthy. Different coats require different tools and procedures.

Smooth, short-coat dogs like Chihuahuas, Beagles, or Doberman Pinschers only need a weekly grooming:

  • First, loosen dead skin and dirt by using a soft bristle brush (like those made for puppies) made of rubber or plastic.
  • Next, use a stiffer bristle brush to take out dead hair.
  • Lastly, rub a chamois cloth over her body to give it a nice sheen, and your easy-grooming dog is ready to go.

Short and/or thick–coated dogs like retrievers and huskies can be prone to matting. Here is a weekly routine to help control those irritating mats:

  • Use a slicker-style brush to remove tangles.
  • Pick up dead hair with a bristle brush.
  • Don’t forget to pull a comb though her tail.

For a long, luxurious coat, such as that of a Cocker Spaniel, you need to perform some grooming steps each day:

  • Daily use a slicker brush to smooth out tangles and remove matting.
  • Next, brush the coat with a bristle-style brush.
  • For dogs with very long hair, like an Afghan Hound, include the area around her feet known as the hock. You may also need to trim this area regularly.

Baths and grooming

Veterinarians and other pet specialists recommend that you bathe your dog at least every three months. Your dogs may require more frequent baths, especially if she spends more time in the yard or outside.Shampoos should be mild and approved for use on dogs to avoid skin irritation.

Follow these simple steps to bathing success:

  • Before bathing, brush your dog to remove any dead hair or mats.
  • A bath mat made of rubber should be placed in the tub to keep your pooch from slipping and sliding. Use lukewarm water, filling the tub to a maximum of four inches.
  • If the tub is equipped with a hand-held shower head, use it to dampen your dog from head to tail. Be careful not to aim the nozzle directly into her ears, nose or eyes. If you don’t have a hand-held shower head, a large pitcher or plastic container will do fine.
  • Lather in the shampoo all over the coat.
  • Thoroughly rinse the shampoo again steering clear of the ears, eyes and nose.
  • This is a good time to check your dog’s ears for odors or dirt. Use a vet-approved solution on a cotton ball to clean the ears. DO NOT insert the cotton into the canal.
  • Use a large towel and, if needed, a hair dryer set on low heat to dry your dog. Many dogs will want to run outside and rub all over the grass or dirt right after a bath. Confining her to the house for a little while will prevent having to repeat the whole process immediately.

Many dogs squirm and wriggle during a bath, especially young puppies. Puppies may also nip at you as you try to bathe and brush them. Toys and treats can help redirect their focus during grooming.

Trimming Nails

As we mentioned earlier, handling your dog from tip to toe to tail from the time they are very young will help you accomplish this sometimes unsettling task. Through gentle massaging and reassurance, you can get your dog used to you touching them in some of the most sensitive areas, including their nails. By doing this for at least two weeks before attempting to trim your dog’s nails, they will probably be open to it.

Here are the steps for a successful nail trim:

  • Examine each of the paws for grime and weeds, especially burs and foxtails, cleaning as needed.
  • Using sharp, guillotine-style dog nail trimmers, snip the tip of each nail at a slight angle, just prior to where the nail curves.
  • Stay away from the quick, a vein that runs into the nail. On many dogs you can see the quick as a pink area within the nail. In some dogs, the nail may be too black to see the quick so trim carefully. A smaller cut may be in order in this case.
  • If you do unintentionally trim into the quick, bleeding may result. Keep a styptic powder or cream on hand to stem the bleeding.
  • Use an emery board or file to smooth any jagged ends on cut nails.

Some breeds have unique needs

Breeds such as Pugs and Shar-Peis have loose skin and wrinkles. These dogs will require more attention during the grooming process.

First, to prevent grime and even bacteria from becoming a problem, clean in the folds of their skin with damp cotton and then dry well. Keeping these areas dry is also important after a bath or a walk in the rain.

Long droopy ears such as those on a Basset Hound or Cocker Spaniel must be checked weekly for buildups of wax and dirt. A cotton wad with a little water or mineral oil can help keep the ears clean and dry. Drops specifically designed to clean and dry the canal should also be applied for these ear-infection prone dogs. Hair that grows around the canal entrance should be kept trimmed. You can check with a professional groomer or veterinarian for instructions on how to properly and safely do this. Special tools may be available for this unique task.

Source: Adapted from the ASPCA

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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

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Give Your Dog A Little Happiness This Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day and our favorite four-legged family member, we pulled out the heart-shaped Ikea ice tray again this year to whip up some super simple and natural frozen treats. Peanut butter and Greek yogurt are some of Basil’s favorite goodies, so we came up with this fun twist on the frosty paws recipe we like to make for him. What’s great about these treats is how simple they are to make and store. They require minimal and completely natural ingredients, can be made in large batches to store in a freezer bag.

For those unfamiliar, a frozen dog treat might sound a little odd. We’ve found that Basil loves cold treats and when frozen, they take a little longer for our big guy to enjoy. Our doggie daycare actually tipped us off to their age old trick of putting a peanut butter stuffed kong toy in the freezer to make it last twice as long.

You’ll need plain organic Greek yogurt, natural peanut butter, a heart shaped ice tray (really any ice tray will do, we got ours from Ikea) and a spoon. Also — can anyone tell me exactly how Basil knows every time we’re getting ready to make something especially for him? It’s like his spidey canine senses kick in and he beelines for the kitchen:

Spoon a small amount of peanut butter into the base of the ice tray. You can heat up the peanut butter first to make it easier (and not so messy) to spoon in. The more you add, the thicker the top layer on the treats will appear. You can play around with different amounts to get varying final results:

Next up, dollop heaping spoonfuls of the yogurt to cover the peanut butter in each mold:

Press yogurt down into the molds using the back of your spoon to make sure they’re packed. This will help seal the peanut butter and yogurt together in the final treat. You can even gently “drop” the tray a few times in order to encourage further settling. If you have excess yogurt in any of the molds, gently scoop away until level with mold and pop into the freezer for at least 4 hours:
Once frozen, remove tray and pop out individual frozen treats — voila!

I love how the peanut butter layer adds some dimension and depth without looking perfect.

 

Somebody couldn’t wait to give them a try:

 

He definitely felt the love and has been enjoying these bite sized treats. You could easily change things up by layering in more of your pup’s favorite ingredients, like the crushed up dog treats or even oatmeal.

And for anyone wondering — while we made these for use as pet treats, they could easily make for a protein-packed people snack. Sweeten them up by tossing a few in a bowl with drizzled honey:

Yeah, we tried them! Have you been making any special heart-shaped or Valentine’s themed treats for your four-legged friends this time of year?

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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: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Glucosamine-Joint-Supplement-Dogs/dp/B00V3C2BJ2

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Boarding Your Dog

Puppy in an outdoor kennel

You’re all packed and ready for your much-needed vacation when your faithful companion jumps in the suitcase and gives you the sad puppy-dog eyes.

This time he can’t come with you, but the right dog boarder can still give him the love and care he needs while you’re away.

Here are several essentials to consider before boarding a dog.

Choosing a Boarding Option
The days of imagining your dog locked in a cage are over. Today there is a wide range of boarding options designed to keep you and your dog happy.

Whether you choose a pet sitter, a boarding home or a larger pet resort, there are questions you need to ask to make sure your dog has everything he needs:

  • Water
    Will your dog have access to clean, fresh water all day?
  • Food
    Does the boarder use a specific food or can you bring the food your dog is accustomed to eating?How often will they feed your dog?
  • Sanitation
    How often is the suite disinfected? The bedding? Is the air purified to prevent kennel cough or other airborne infections?
  • Exercise
    How often will your dog get exercise? Will he be able to run both indoors and out?
  • Social Needs
    How often will people interact with your dog? How often will your dog play with other dogs? Can your dog be kept away from specific breeds or genders of dogs?
  • Grooming
    Will your dog be brushed daily? Will the facility be able to bathe and clip your dog’s coat and nails?
  • Checking in
    Do you want the sitter to check in with you on a regular basis? Does the facility have a camera that lets you watch your little buddy online or from your phone?

Packing for the Big Trip
Whether this is the first time your pet has been away from you or she’s a weekly member of the kennel club, there are a number of things you should pack to ensure that her stay is happy, healthy and secure:

  • Vaccination Papers

    Most kennels and pet sitters require proof of vaccination from your vet. It’s a good idea to show proof of vaccination against rabies, parvo and kennel cough.

    Many also require proof that your dog has been using regular flea and heartworm medications.

  • Medications

    Pack any medication that your dog needs along with clear dosage instruction.

    Check your dog’s schedule for flea and heartworm treatments so that she doesn’t miss a dose while you’re out of town.

    In addition, be sure to pack any medication that you keep on hand and your dog might need, such as eardrops or lotion for heat spots, along with clear dosing instructions.

    Label every bottle with both your name and your dog’s name.

  • Emergency Numbers

    In addition to your contact number, make sure your pet care provider has access to your dog’s regular vet.

    Also ensure that there is a local person the kennel can call in case of emergency.

  • Food

    Whether the kennel offers food or not, you may want your dog to continue her regular diet. Be sure to pack enough to last your dog for the entire stay.

    And don’t forget to pack her treats! Include any feeding instructions, such as “she only gets a treat when she sits.”

  • Bedding

    Pack machine-washable bedding so that your little buddy can sleep on a familiar surface. Label each piece of bedding with your name and your dog’s name.

  • Toys

    Pack durable, washable toys. Mark the toys clearly with the names of both you and the dog.

  • Familiar Scent

    Add a T-shirt that you have worn sleeping or exercising. The familiar scent will help your dog feel your presence, even if you’re on the other side of the world.

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

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Military Working Dogs Facts

A military dog sitting down in front of soldiers

Military dogs are unsung heroes who protect and serve alongside the brave men and women in the armed forces.

From going through basic training to serving veterans who are home from combat, these amazing canines do their part without question, with only love and companionship as their reward.

Here are the stories of two amazing military dogs:

Jud, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog
In 2004, Mike Morrison fulfilled one of his life’s dreams by enlisting in the army.

Then, at the age of 19, he went from basic training directly to Iraq, where he served as a recovery specialist.

Unfortunately, Mike developed severe anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 2008, he made his way home after receiving an honorable discharge.

Upon his return, Mike was plagued with nightmares, and he found it nearly impossible to keep a job.

But the veteran was able to find joy when he met and married Tiffany, a wonderful, supportive woman who helped him through his darkest days.

But Mike still struggled to cope with his everyday life.

Finally, someone suggested a service dog. When the veteran was first presented with the idea of getting a service dog, he was hesitant.

“I had always thought service dogs were for the blind and the mobility-impaired,” he says.

But after speaking with other veterans who relied on their service animals, Mike quickly warmed to the idea and set out to be paired with a canine companion.

Unfortunately, he faced a road block. “I did some research and discovered that the average wait time to get a service dog was 2 t o 5 years,” he explains.

That’s when Mike discovered Mutts with a Mission, a nonprofit organization that trains pairs of veterans and dogs.

He soon set out to find the perfect service canine for him. “I’ll never forget the first time I saw Jud,” Mike recalls.

“He was a two-year-old lab. He stood beside me and wouldn’t leave.”

It was doggie love at first sight! “By the time we finished our first walk, I remember telling myself ‘this is the dog for me,'” says Mike.

During his first night in his new home, Jud jumped into action by waking Mike up from two different nightmares.

That was all it took for the veteran to know that his new canine companion was the perfect support system. The pair finished their training program and passed with flying colors.

Before he met Jud, Mike could barely leave his house and rarely spoke to anyone. But today, with his service dog by his side, Mike has found a new lease on life.

In fact, the veteran devotes most of his time to volunteering at Mutts with a Mission. He speaks in front of groups of people and even marches in parades, promoting the program and sharing his story.

Senna, a Mine Detection Dog (MDD)
Senna was born in 2006 in the Netherlands. When she was just a year old, she was selected by the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) to train as a Mine Detection Dog (MDD), the highest echelon of explosives dog.

This program trains dogs to sniff out land mines, creating a safer place for children, families and troops to work and live in war-torn countries.

Senna served the US Air Force in Afghanistan for two years by clearing areas so that airplanes filled with troops and supplies could land safely.

The military dog then cleared land for the US Army in Kandahar for two more years. MDD Senna’s final assignment in Afghanistan was to work with the UN for six months.

After more than five years clearing about 1.5 million square meters of land, Senna retired from active duty, becoming the Canine Ambassador to the CHAMPS Team in 2012.

The service dog traveled with her handler, Kimberly McCasland, to visit and perform simulated minefield demonstrations at schools, the State Department and the UN, until she died in October 2015.

One of the most important parts of the MDD Training is to teach each dog how to bond to his or her handler. After all, only the handler takes care of the service dog in the field — the pair is together at all times, until the MDD returns to the kennel each night.

This special relationship is what keeps them alive while working in dangerous conditions. “The love and the bond between dog and handler is incredibly strong,” says McCasland.

“These dogs bless our lives, and then go on to save so many others.”

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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: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Glucosamine-Joint-Supplement-Dogs/dp/B00V3C2BJ2

FidoActive Joint Supplement For Dogs