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Spoil your furry valentine with this delicious dog-friendly version of chocolate covered strawberries. Super easy and fun to make!
Thanks to our friends at Chewy.com for making this pup-tastic recipe!
New Year, New Pooch!
For Pet Parents who have made the resolution to help their dog eat better, get more exercise or training their dog, now is the perfect time to get into new habits. January also marks National Train Your Dog Month & Walk your Dog Month!
Here are some training and exercise tips for your dog!
1. For new pet parents, or beginners to dog training – it’s always a great idea to take an obedience class to learn the basics. Your local shelter or pet store should provide great training classes!
2. Training & Exercising your dog shouldn’t be a chore – Play games so it’s fun for both you and your dog! Find 5 easy games here.
3. Take multiple short walks during the day to help your dog get exercise and get used the the environment. Shorter walks are great while training your dog to heel and walk calmly beside you. Here are some great heeling tips.
4. Socialization is very important for your dog to be comfortable around new people, dogs and places (like the vet!) It helps your dog become a happy well behaved pup! It’s great to start this as puppies but adult dogs can learn or freshen up their skills!
5. Food is the #1 motivator for most dogs, but make sure you are feeding your dog healthy low calorie treats during training sessions! The best treats for this are training treats, jerky treats, peanut butter or cheese flavored treats. No matter what kind of treats you are using, make sure they are pea-sized or smaller, so your dog doesn’t get too full.
7. This may sounds strange, but there is a correct way to give treats while training. Learning this trick while training can sure help you out! Here’s the facts.
Let us know what you are doing this year for your dog’s New Year’s resolution in the comments!
Yappy New Year!
Here’s our list of last minute gift ideas for your furry friends & all pet owners!
1. Custom Dog Blankets..choose the name, color and style:
2. Custom Dog Tags..we hope you don’t ever have to ugly cry for your dog!
3. Bone shaped stockings for your pup!
3. Cute fish shaped stockings for kitties!
4. Pup Box..perfect gift straight to their door!
5. Coffee mugs that match your dog’s mug!
6. Dog Cookie Gift Box…Perfect Pooch Pack!
7. Flannel Dog Bandanas – can be personalized with a leather monogram!
9. PJ’S for your dog, you can order matching ones for yourself too!
10. Wilderdog Leash for adventure pups! So many fun colors available!
Personally, we here at Exclusively Pet LOVE dressing up our pets. We have seen a ton of different costumes, but here are a few of our favorites this year.
Jasmine is the cutest pumpkin we’ve ever seen! Look at that hat!
Angus is the most intimidating Batman…and he won a Halloween costume contest this year!!
He portrays Michelangelo quite well! I’m sure he already ate the pizza, but where does he keep the nun-chucks?
What a cute gnome! Can he come sit in our garden?
Pooh Bear had too much honey…#naptime
The “Footrest” from Beauty & the Beast..now that’s just really clever!
Robin Hood is looking FOXY!
What are you dressing up your pets as this Halloween? Let us know in the comments!
It’s a time for spooky tales, dressing up and lots and lots of candy. The kids are probably already excited to make plans for this eerie tradition, but when it comes to your dog and Halloween, you need to,
The canine species can be a mastermind at getting into things they are not supposed to, which can be hazardous to your pup’s well being. In this post, we have dug up 5 things to protect your dog from on Halloween. You may be surprised at number three.
# 1 Chocolate, Candy & Gum, Oh, My!
We’ve probably all heard by now that chocolate is (in all flavors and forms) bad for our dog’s health. The key component that makes it hazardous? Theobromine. This is found in the largest quantities in dark chocolate with milk and white chocolate falling in behind.
If your dog consumes chocolate in sufficient amounts (which will vary from pooch-to-pooch), he could experience rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, an increase in body temperature and heart rate as well as muscle rigidity and possible death.
Okay, so chocolate is bad, but what’s up with the candy and gum?
These delectable treats are loaded with sugar, which over time and in large quantities can lead to weight gain, oral issues, and possible diabetes. However, sugar isn’t the terrifying villain in this duo. It’s a chemical called Xylitol found in the sugarless varieties of candy and gum that can do the most harm to a curious canine.
Xylitol even in the smallest dose can cause a drop in your dog’s blood sugar, seizures, liver failure and even death. Plus, the wrappers hiding sweet treats could pose a choking hazard.
# 2 Open Doors Equal Easy Escape
Trick-or-treaters go from home-to-home looking for a sweet reward. But remember each time you open that door to a spooky ghost or super hero, your dog has a chance to slip out. This is more true for those pets that are upset or over-excited due to all the commotion.
To prevent Fido from fleeing, be sure to crate him or keep him comfy and cozy in a different area of your house. And just to be on the safe side, make sure your dog has his ID tags safe and secure around his neck.
# 3 Cute Costumes Can Be Counterproductive
The big pet retailers sell oodles of adorable costumes we can dress our dogs up in to join the kids on the big night. But remember when you choose that fairy or monster costume that your dog needs to be able to move, see, hear, and breathe freely in this get-up.
To prevent a fun night from becoming a trip to the veterinarian, do a test run with your costume-clad canine. Let him wear it in the house under your full supervision to see if any of the areas mentioned above may be restricted.
If it can be adjusted, then go ahead do so. If not, you may want to take a quick pic, then scrap the costume.
# 4 Candles & Decor, a Dangerous Duo
What would Halloween be without a little spooky ambiance to enhance the night? Whether it be a scary jack-o-lantern lit up with a-fright, or cardboard, plastic and even floral centerpieces these can all be dangerous to a dog if chewed up and swallowed.
Depending on what your pooch consumed, holiday decor can pose a choking hazard or may even cause a blockage of the intestinal tract. And of course, an open flame in the form of a candle is never a good idea around a curious pup.
Be sure to keep all Halloween decor well away from your dog and try flameless candles. These last longer, won’t blow out, don’t melt and pose no risk to child or pet.
# 5 Pranksters & Pets Don’t Mix
Unfortunately, Halloween tends to bring out those people that are intent on harming. Whether this is for fun or folly, your fur baby shouldn’t be in their path.
Keep your pets inside on Halloween night or make sure they are supervised when outdoors. This is especially true if your pets are black. Both dogs and cats have been targeted on this night and the night before (All Hallows’ Eve) so keep them close to home under your watchful eye.
Keep ‘Em Safe & Sound
Whether it be from sweet treats, open doors, decor or pranksters, keeping your pets safe and sound on Halloween is a must-do. Be aware of the dangerous aspects of this tradition, then take preventative measures against them.
Keeping your canine companion tucked away with his favorite food, toys, and blanket will ensure he stays happy and healthy.
This article was written by our friend & editor, Alexandra Segal over at Animalso.com – The Amazing World of Dogs!
Taking your pet to the vet is a fact of life. Whether it is for their yearly check-up or if your pet becomes sick or hurt…the trip may not be very enjoyable for your fur-baby. Since you might have to take your pet to the vet unexpectedly, these tips are great to know beforehand and they will help your pet get comfortable going to the vet!
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