|Through the bustle of the holidays, a small gift for our dogs often ends up on the bottom of our lists. But the holidays are about giving after all and our dogs give to us all year. Your pooch may certainly enjoy a new dog toy following Santa’s visit to your place. West Paw Design offers recyclable rubber toys that can actually be returned for a replacement toy should your dog destroy the first one. Canine Genius interactive toys keep your pet challenged by making him figure out how to reach the treat that you place inside. Planet Dog offers floating rubber balls that can be flung using their innovative Wood Chuck which keeps your hands slobber free. And unlike your mother-in-law, your dog won’t mind if the gift arrives a day or two late.
D.P. Hesano is a co-founder of the all-natural, online dog-supply shop FidoDogTreats.com
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|Your friends come over for a party and leave their purses on the floor. Your dog discovers two tasty things inside them: lipstick and chewing gum with xylitol (a low cal sweetener). Lipstick is non toxic, but xylitol is very dangerous to dogs and dogs are very much attracted to it. For parties, invite your friends to put their purses in a designated closet or bedroom and then shut the door. Moochers thwarted! Lipstick saved! Moochers also saved!|
|Your dog got a box of designer bakery biscuits, but hates them. She also got a hooded bath towel that says “Diva” on it, but it makes her feel ashamed. And somebody also gave her a sock monkey that scares her. Take the whole caboodle (opened or not) to the local shelter. All dogs have different perspectives and tastes and surely some homeless dog will love that Diva towel.|
|You know that tail will be wagging while your dog investigates the Christmas tree. And you know your dog is not one of Martha Stewart’s perfect pups, so consider hanging the fragile ornaments at the top and the durable ones at the bottom of the tree. If your dog is really relentless, consider a cute picket fence around the tree – that beats finding the tree fallen on the presents on Christmas morning. You cant blame that on Santa.|
|Play it safe with your dog on Halloween with these tips:
1. Keep all candy, particularly chocolate, out of reach. 2. Cellophane and wrappers can block intestinal tracts so secure all rubbish. Also watch for leftover Halloween litter while walking your pooch the next day. 3. Be smart with decorations. Wagging tails can easily knock over lit candles and jack-o-lanterns. 4. Only dress your dog in a costume if he can tolerate it. Don’t cover her eyes or airways. 5. Keep Fido away from the front door, especially if he is not properly socialized with children or is known to escape. 6. Occupy your dog and avoid anxiety with a special chew. 7. Don’t leave your pup outside. Pranks, taunting and theft are common this time of year.
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|During the week after Halloween, keep an eye on your dog as you go about your regular walks. Dogs love chocolate, but chocolate is toxic for them. So keep your eyes peeled for Fido and Fifi to make a dive for a few of those Hershey’s mini bars dropped by careless trick-or-treating children along the sidewalks.|
|If your neighborhood is exceptionally dog friendly you can expect to see some of the family pets roaming about with the clan looking for treats on Halloween too.
Now is the time to stock up on a box of high-quality, small-size dog biscuits. Big dogs don’t mind small treats (give them three) and small dogs can’t manage big treats. It’s only fair. You know the neighbor’s dog didn’t squeeze herself into that vampire outfit for nothing, did she?
|As Spring days grow longer, many of us are becoming more active with the outdoor activities we enjoy with our dogs. Here are a few tips to help your pooch ease into the fun of hitting the trails:
1. Start the day early by getting outside and enjoying the cool morning air in order to prevent your dog from overheating.
2. Protect your pet’s nose, ears and other sensitive areas with sunscreen.
3. Monitor your dog’s overall condition; be cautious to prevent exhaustion.
4. Let your dog build up his endurance, don’t overdo it by attempting an extended hike early in the season.
5. Make sure that fresh water is readily available.
6. Inspect paws for wear, damage and injury.