Posted: Jun 06 2012
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With the 4th of July quickly approaching many dog lovers are dreading what should be a wonderful family holiday. It's not uncommon for dogs to exhibit fear of the sudden loud noises that come with fireworks and 4th July festivities. Unfortunately, many animal shelters all over the country see a significant increase in their lost dog populations, as these dogs try to flee the loud noises they encounter over the holiday weekend.
Plan for a safe holiday by ensuring that your pets are safe and secure in your home while fireworks activity is happening. And, consider providing additional comfort for your dog with Canine Calm. This all natural remedy mist is formulated with natural ingredients, including pure essential oils lavender, tangerine and geranium. These natural botanicals have been traditionally used in remedies for relaxation. Canine Calm has been recommended by dog lovers and professionals to relieve whimpering, cowering, trembling, panting, pacing, drooling, barking, shaking, vomiting and other signs of upset during non-routine or unsettling times in over 90% of dogs.
Posted: Mar 28 2012
Everybody needs a comfy place to sleep. And, since most dogs and cats sleep 10-16 hours a day or more, it's important to choose the right bed for your precious pet.
Today, dog and cat beds are fashionable as well as functional, so it's easy to mistakenly buy the dog bed that looks best to you or will coordinate with your couch. Before making your purchase consider the following: Size, Shape and Texture.
Mistake #1: Choosing The Wrong Size Dog BedThe biggest mistake people make when purchasing a bed for their dog or cat is guessing on size. First and foremost, measure your pet's length. This will give you a general idea about the dimensions your pet needs. There's nothing worse than a bed that's too small. Can you imagine trying to sleep with your feet hanging off the bed? Of course not!
Mistake #2: Choosing The Wrong Shape Dog BedTake a day or two to analyze how your pet sleeps. Does she curl up in a ball or does she like to stretch out? Most pets will sleep in a variety of different positions but if you spend some time watching your pet's behavior you can get a good idea which type of bed he or she will most enjoy. Beds are available in round, rectangular and square shapes. Additionally, beds come in a variety of styles, like traditional stuffed style, bumper style or flat mat style. If your dog is older or has joint or muscle pain, consider opting for an orthopedic dog bed for extra support and comfort.
Mistake #3: Choosing The Wrong TextureJust like people, pets have their own unique preferences. Some dogs and cats prefer nappy textures, while others like smooth fabrics. Take a look at the spots your dog likes to flop and this will help you determine the best kind of fabric for your pet's bed.
Additionally, consider the climate in which you live. If you're in a colder area, think about getting a heavier fabric like a berber or fleecy fabric. In warmer climates, a sleek, cool faux suede dog bed might be more appropriate.
Keep in mind, it can take some time for your dog or cat to warm up to a new bed. Just like new sheets, new dog beds require a breaking-in period. Think about washing the outer cover to soften it. Dogs and cats are very sensitive to smell and may prefer the scent of their old blanket or bed to the new one so give you pet time to adjust. You can also make the bed smell more like you (which your pet also likes) by putting your old t-shirt on the bed for a few days. Making the bed smell familiar to your pet is key.
Dogs are social creatures and they want to spend time with you. It's a good idea to put your dog's new bed in the room where you are. Don't be afraid to move it around from room to room. Where ever you happen to be hanging out is where your pooch wants to be!
Finally, you can create a reward system when your pet uses his new bed. Take a few minutes each day and train your dog to sit on his bed. Using positive reinforcement, it's easy to teach your dog a basic sit/stay right on the bed. Reward your dog with a dog treat each time. Soon enough, your dog will associate his new bed with really good things.
Posted: Mar 15 2012
Spring is in the air, and with the excitement of warmer weather, longer daylight hours, birdsong, and new green sprouts, we know it also means thunderstorms. If your dog suffers from thunderstorm anxiety now is the time to prepare in order to help your dog cope this common behavioral issue.
Many dogs suffer from thunderstorm anxiety and can exhibit behaviors including excessive shaking, digging, panting and whining during storms. In addition to providing a safe, indoor space for your pet during storms there are several natural, holistic products available that utilize your dog's sense of smell and touch to help them stay calm.
Canine Calm offers soothing aromatherapy with essential oils including bergamot, lavender and geranium. This soothing mist can be lightly sprayed behind your dog's ears or in her crate or bed for a gentle, effective way to calm jittery nerves.
Sleepy Time Tonic is an herbal elixir made with all-natural valerian root and Bach flower remedies. Custom formulated by leading herbalist, Robert McDowell, Sleepy Time Tonic works to balance the metabolic system and the nervous system providing relief for overstimulated dogs.
The Anxiety Wrap has been providing gentle, effective relief from thunderstorm fears for over a decade. Based on the Tellington Touch method of Maintained Pressure, the Anxiety Wrap affects your dog's sensory receptors that communicate with the brain and the central nervous system. Our blog post on how the Anxiety Wrap Helps Dogs That Are Afraid Of Thunderstorms is a great primer. Wearing the Anxiety Wrap, your dog receives positive input that is even, rhythmic, and repetitive, producing a calming of the mind and body even during the worst storms.
Posted: Mar 01 2012
A new study by Pethealth, Inc. shows that more stray cats are being returned to their homes rather than taken to animal shelters. Increased use of pet tags and microchipping is helping to decrease the stray pet population and ensure that lost cats find their way home.
While this is good news for the cats that are returned home, overpopulation of cats and dogs in animal shelters continues. It's important to make sure your pets' tags are up-to-date with your current contact information. It's also a good idea to make sure the ring connectors on your tags are in good working order and that collars and harnesses fit properly.
Posted: Nov 19 2011
We've been huge Big Shrimpy Dog Bed fans for years and for good reason. They are comfy, durable and very eco-friendly. How eco-friendly? Well, most folks know that you can purchase a new cover for your bed to extend the life of your bed. Or, if you like, you can even have it recycled. That's right, Big Shrimpy dog beds are made from recycled material, AND you have them recycled when (or if) you decide your pet's bed is no longer needed. This video shows how to recycle your Big Shrimpy bed. Comfy, classy, durable and recyclable. That's why Big Shrimpy Dog Beds are totally awesome.