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Hello all pet lovers! It is a New Year…which means New Year’s Resolutions!
One of the best resolutions for you and your dog is getting into shape and eating right! Get some motivation and lose a pound with your pooch! Exercise can include walking, playing, & training!
Is your dog eating right?
A great way to make sure your dog is eating right is to work with your vet to choose the best kind of food and feed your dog the correct amount specific to their needs. While monitoring food intake, you also need to continue to exercise your dog, even in winter weather. In certain areas of the country, that can be easier said than done, so here are some tips:
How can I exercise with my pooch?
Here are some great ways you and your pooch can exercise together, indoors and out:
- Take a daily walk together! Use the app, Walk for a Dog on your smartphone every time you take your dog out. This not only tracks your walk, it’s also an
easy way to donate to your local animal shelter for each mile you and your dog walk! Learn more here!
- Begin teaching your dog advanced tricks like speak, stay, roll over & high five! This will mentally stimulate your dog and also provides a way for you to bond with your dog. Here’s 52 tricks to teach your dog here.
- Get new toys for your dog, especially brain games and puzzles! A treat dispensing toy is an easy way for your dog to interact and problem solve how to get treats out! Try this Muffin Tin treat guessing game you can make at home here.
- Play Tug-a-War together! Get a durable tug toy to play this mentally and physically draining game for you & your dog.
- Another good game to play is…Hide and Seek! Tell your dog to stay while you go hide, call them when you’re ready and praise them with treats and excitement when they find you.
- Use the stairs for a workout! Run up and down the stairs with your dog to both get exercise! For your dog only, try to play fetch up and down the stairs with your dog if they’re capable.
- Play tag with your dog! Grab another person and each of you have a handful of treats. One at a time, each person will call your dog and he will go back and forth between the two of you for treats! This not only tires out the dog from running back and forth, it will help train your dog to come when called.
Do you have any interesting ways you and your dog exercise together? Let us know by leaving a comment!
Should I reward my dog?
Of course! Dogs love any kind of treat and we give our dogs treats for many reasons: training, as a reward, as a snack or just because we can! Too many treats can lead to your dog becoming overweight, so it’s very important to monitor the amount and the kind of treats you choose. During winter, you may need to switch to a lower calorie treat.
Our Chewy Training Treats are made with all natural ingredients that are wheat, corn and soy free and have less than 3 calories per treat! We have 3 flavors: Bacon Apple, Chicken & Cheese. These are made with natural ingredients like real chicken, apples & herbs. Did your family get a new puppy over the holidays? Training Treats are a necessity while training a new puppy. These strong smelling treats will entice your dog and make it easy to teach them to sit, stay and learn how to walk on a leash with you. The earlier you start, the better your dog will behave!
Our training treats are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
Here is general guideline to follow of how many treats to give your dog each day
(Based on Dog Size):
Toy: 2-3 treats per day
Small/Medium: 3-5 treats per day
Large: 5-7 treats per day
Here’s what we want for ourselves and our Fur-babies this holiday season!
Personalize your own dog tags however you’d like from WowieGoods!
Each tag is individually hand-stamped so it can be just as unique as
you and your dog are! Get one for each of your dogs, or one for your dog and one for you.
This is the perfect give for both pet lovers and pets this holiday season. Since they are handmade, there is a 2 week lead time to have them made and shipped…so be sure to plan ahead for this gift.
Create Puppy Shaped Sunny Side Up eggs!
We are in love with these cute egg molds! Perfect for all ages…Who wouldn’t want a puppy face egg for breakfast?! They also make the process of cooking sunny side up eggs easy, just crack and watch the face come alive.
Also available in Cat and Owl Shapes from Sur La Table for all animal lovers.
These Squeakie Emojiz from ZippyPaws are on trend!
Your pups want to express themselves by playing with their own emojiz that we hoomans use everyday! You may need to purchase multiple for your dog’s good, bad and hungry days!
Let your pup get his squeak on!
We here at Exclusively Pet love our scarfs and hats! Why shouldn’t your dog enjoy them too?
This festive Snood covers and protects both ear tips and necks from the chilly winter weather! This snood is the perfect way, to not only keep your pet warm, but get them into the Holiday Spirit!
We are diggin’ these friendship bracelets from Friendship Collars!
Buy a collar for your cat or dog and get a matching bracelet to show off your friendship! Tons of designs to please even the pickest friend.
These collars are durable and soft, made with Vegan leather!! It’s another way to bond with your dog and show off how much you love your fur-baby!
We love these interactive Toys that will keep your dog busy, especially while you are away!
This toy challenges the brain in fun and stimulating ways! It’s translucent so the treats are visible which keeps your pooch occupied until he manages to get the last treat.
These toys from Planet Dog will entice dogs to pounce, nudge, nose, and nibble to release the hidden reward.
One of the best grooming products that every pet owner needs! This is perfect for everyday grooming needs and even better in Spring to prevent all that shedded hair ending up on your couch…and clothes…and car seats. Well, you get the idea.
Perfect for all longhair & shorthair cats and dogs! Find the perfect FURminator for your pet here.
A stylish bag to store all your animal’s necessities.
Three cute designs to choose from, these bags are perfect for home storage or when you’re on the go with your pup!
The edge can be folded to reduce the height of the bag and reveal a different color or pattern, perfect to throw toys into!
Get your sylish bag at Goodies!
The labels on these wine bottles feature homeless shelter dogs! The wines alone are hard to choose from, but choosing between the featured dogs is even more difficult!
Chateau La Paws supports all no-kill shelters and each bottle of wine supports their cause:
“Keep dogs cared for and happy until they become members of their new families.”
A great gift for the wine connoisseur and animals lovers everywhere!
You watch the game on Sunday with your pup, right? Show off their team spirit AND keep them warm this winter season!
Vests, harnesses and hoodies available for all sizes of dogs and all football teams at HipDoggie!
We can’t forget the Perfect Pooch Gift Pack filled with a variety of treats perfect for you dog this holiday season!
Perfect as a gift for all dog lovers and their dogs! Festive box doesn’t need any wrapping which makes it one of the easiest gifts to give this holiday season!
Happy Holidays from Exclusively Pet! We hope you have had a safe and fun holiday season so far. We are continuing to work on new treats for the 2015 year coming just around the corner. We invite you to send us your recommendations on what new dog treats you would like to see this year. Maybe it is a new flavor or size of something we already make or maybe it is something completely different. Either way we would like to hear your opinion. Submit your responses here……. http://exclusivelypet.comcontact-us/
If you haven’t checked out our new 3 oz. Jumbo Bones already, be sure to get your pooch to try these tasty treats! Don’t let the size fool you – they can break apart for the smaller dogs out there too. They are wheat, corn and soy free and like all our treats – 100% natural and made in the USA!
Cheers to a prosperous New Year!
Summer Fun: Hiking with Your Dog
Ah, summer. The warm weather is perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities. Perhaps the best part of the season is being able to enjoy the sunshine with your furry family members. There are tons of fun outdoor summer activities to enjoy with your dog. One activity that is pretty much guaranteed your dog will love is hiking. Going on a hike in the woods, whether it’s a real trek or an easy stroll, will get you and your pup some well-deserved fresh air and exercise. Your dog will love the new smells, and you can enjoy the beautiful summer scenery. If this sounds like something you want to try this season, check out our tips for safe hiking with your pet.
There are tons of parks and hiking trails that allow dogs, but most of them do require that your dog be on a leash. This is for the safety of you, your dog, the wildlife, and other hikers. Even if a park allows off-leash dogs, it’s best that you keep your furry friend leashed up at all times, no matter how well-behaved they are. There can be all kinds of new smells and sights on a hike, from the scent of other dogs to small (or large) animals roaming the woods nearby. It’s better to have a firm grip on your dog just in case then need to worry about them chasing something off the path and getting lost or hurt.
Water, Water, Water
Hiking is hard work, for both you and your dog. No matter what hike you’re going on, whether it’s a short, easy path or a long uphill climb, bring water for both you and your pup. Remember, water from streams and rivers may not always be safe for your dog to access or drink. It’s best to just bring water in a bottle that you and your dog can drink. There are many convenient “pop-up” containers that you can use to pour some water for your pet while you are on-the-go. Offer water often, especially on those really hot summer days.
Your Dog’s Physical Ability
Many people get excited to go hiking and forget to consider the physical ability of their dog. They end up halfway through a trail and their dog is tired, panting, and refusing to go any further. This is dangerous for you and your furry friend. If you push your dog too much, they can become seriously injured or ill, and this could be fatal. Before you go on a hike, make sure you take into account your dog’s physical ability. Never force elderly dogs, smaller dogs, or out-of-shape dogs to go past their limit. If you want to go on a long hike with a dog who isn’t very athletic, either be prepared to carry your pup or leave them at home.
Hiking can be a great way to celebrate the great outdoors with your pet. If you remember to be prepared before you head out to the trail, hiking can be an activity that becomes a beloved summer pastime for you and your dog. Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy exploring!
Our Fillet Stix are 100% natural chewy dog treats that are made with Whitefish as the #1 ingredient. They have a pleasant, savory aroma – no fishy smell! Fillet Stix come in three flavors (Zesty Dill, Tomato Basil, Honey Hickory). Some other added benefits of the Fillet Stix are no added sugars, Wheat, Corn and Soy Free, and are proudly made in the USA. Fillet Stix are available in 7oz. size packages that can be merchandised on a shelf or peg-hook.