6 Dog Toy Trends That Are  Worth The Hype

6 Dog Toy Trends That Are Worth The Hype

As pet parents, we want our dogs to be as happy as they possibly can be! This means making sure they have the best of everything they want and need. From the tastiest treats to the coolest toys, to the best food, we want them to have it all. 

These Toys Are Totally Worth It 

All dogs have their own taste, needs, and their own preference. Some like chew toys, more intelligent breeds benefit well from puzzle toys, and some dogs prefer something soft to cuddle up with. No matter what your dog likes, there’s a toy for it! 

  1. Chuck-It – The Chuck-It is the perfect toy for the dog the balls-to-the-wall ball obsessed! Most people can’t throw a ball as far as our dog is willing to run for it. With the Chuck-It, you simply load the ball into the end of a long wand-like object and fling it as if you were throwing the ball yourself. The extra length gives you the leverage to essentially catapult the ball as far as it can go. If your dog is ball crazy and loves to run, this toy is exactly what you need! 
  2. Benebone Bacon Flavor Wishbone – If your dog is a big chewer, the Benebone is absolutely the toy for them! This bacon-flavored Nylon chew bone is durable and long-lasting, holding up to even the heaviest of chewers!
  3. Snuffle Mat (Nosework Feeding Mat) – The Snuffle Mat is great for the dog who has the tendency to vacuum down their food. This mat engages your pup’s sense of smell, when you hide treats within the scruffy design, and encourages your dog’s natural foraging skills. This will also help slow down your speedy eater, helping to avoid any possible bloating, gas, and bellyaches. 
  4. Goblets Pig Latex Dog Toy – We’ve all seen the typical squeaker toy, with the high pitched squeal that our dogs seem to go crazy for. This toy brings something different to the table. With raised polka dots that create a different sensation while biting and chewing, a durable latex outer coating and a plushy inside it also comes with a surprise… It snorts! Your dog will go crazy over this interesting, realistic piggy noise!
  5. Wobble Wag Giggle Ball Dog Toy – The Wobble Wag ball is great for those dogs who seem to get bored with the typical dog toy. This ball is made extra tough and durable to stand up to those heavy chewers and is designed to engage your pup with sound. With a noise that was created to mimic the sounds of human laughter, it is meant to get your dog excited for play! As your pup rolls and tosses and plays with the Wobble Wag, the ball will make more and more noise.
  6. Automatic Ball Launcher – An automatic ball launcher is fantastic for the more intelligent dog who doesn’t mind, or could benefit from, keeping himself busy for a while. There are many different designs and brands, but they all accomplish the same task: helping your dog throw the ball for himself! When the ball is dropped into the launcher, after several seconds, the ball is shot out of the toy for your dog to chase. With a little practice, your dog can eventually learn how to retrieve the ball and drop it back in himself. Automatic ball launchers are great for the dog who spends time alone during the day. Always make sure you aim the launcher away from anything breakable and the balls are the correct size for your dog to prevent choking.

Whether your dog is a ball nut or loves to chew, chew, chew, there is a toy for everything! Find your dog his perfect toy and let the good times (and the balls) roll! 


Guest blogger: Abi Pennavaria 

Abi Pennavaria is a dog mom, avid veterinary volunteer, and co- author of the Saved By The Bark dog blog. She enjoys sharing tips and tricks for volunteers and animal lovers through thoughtfully researched blog posts and is working to become a veterinarian

How to Add A New Dog into a Home with Resident Dogs

How to Add A New Dog into a Home with Resident Dogs

We all love dogs. Their adorable eyes and unmistakable loyalty can melt even the coldest heart. Dog families come in all sizes. Some families adopt two dogs at the same time and they grow up together. Others don’t decide to add to their pet family until later. Adding a new dog into a family with resident dogs can be complicated. But, it doesn’t have to be. You take the necessary steps. In this post, we’ll share some best practices to ensure you are doing all you can to create a loving pet home.

Puppies

When adding a new dog into a family, most people gravitate towards a puppy. Puppies are adorable and so much fun. They have seemingly endless amounts of energy. And while we humans find that rambunctiousness endearing, it may not be seen as a good thing by our resident dogs. Pups have a great capacity to learn and more mature pooches can help teach the new addition our social norms and the routine of your household.

When introducing your puppy to your current dog, it’s important to supervise the encounters. Try introducing them in a neutral place. Keep both dogs on a leash so that you can prevent the youthful pup from overstimulating your resident dog. And, when you do bring your new puppy home, be sure to have separate hideaways so that your resident dog has a place to retreat when the excitement becomes too much.

An age difference should definitely be a consideration when adopting a new pet but adding some youthful exuberance into the mix can help to keep your older pooch vibrant.

Adult dogs

While puppies are adorable, you may not want to take on all the work that comes with raising them. Adult dogs can also make a fantastic addition to any family. The process of incorporating an adult dog is different from a puppy but the introductions are very similar.

Similar to introducing a puppy, initial interactions are best done at a neutral location to remove any territorial inclinations. Keep them on leashes to control their interactions until you feel they can behave appropriately with each other. This process may take awhile but, it’s important to understand that these first few meetings greatly impact the long term relationships between both pets.

It is not enough just to supervise the first few interactions. You really need to plan and manage how your new and resident pets will get to know each other. Unlike puppies, adult dogs are familiar with what types of interactions they do and don’t like. Resident dogs can be territorial so, forcing them to share space immediately is never a good idea. It is important that both members of your pet family have their own space where they can feel comfortable.

Rescue dogs

Adopting a rescue dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences a pet owner can have. Even with no other pets, rescue pets can present unique challenges. If you are introducing a rescue into your home with a resident dog, strict adherence to the process is even more important.

Just like with puppies and adult dogs, monitoring how they interact is vital. When adopting, it is crucial that you find out the struggles your potential new pooch has endured. This will allow you to set the proper expectations for integrating the adoptee into your life.

Unfortunately, the chances are high that they will have experienced trauma and may be less patient in uncomfortable situations. The introduction phase may take longer but, taking the necessary time will make a difficult situation more manageable for you and your pets.

Conclusion

For many people adopting a pet sibling can be an intimidating dream. But, if we take the necessary steps to properly introduce a new dog to our resident dog much of that stress can be eliminated.

Planning and patience are the keys to success. It is important to empathize with your four-legged friends. Show them equal amounts of affections and set reasonable expectations. Remember, your pets will respond to your emotions. So, be sure to put on an encouraging face to aid in initial bonding.

Guest Blogger: Abi Pennavaria

savedbythebark@gmail.com

 

Abi Pennavaria is a dog mom, avid vet volunteer, and co-author of Saved By The Bark blog. She enjoys sharing tips and tricks for dog owners of all breeds.

Cleaning House with a Dog:  Tips for Pet Owners

Cleaning House with a Dog: Tips for Pet Owners

Cleaning House with a dog and keeping it clean can be a challenge for even the most experienced pet owner.

Many have busy schedules and aren’t able to tidy-up as much as they’d like. Housebroken and well-behaved pets can leave messes. Whether you experience rainy, muddy seasons or own a dog with long hair, there are ways to help keep things clean.

Fortunately, there are things that can help your home look and smell nice, even if your pet leaves fur, mud, dander, or saliva. Preventative maintenance goes a long way toward helping to keep things tidy, like keeping your dog well-groomed and brushed. You can ask your Sit. Stay. Grow. provided pet sitter to brush your dog. If your dog likes to jump on furniture, you can place an old sheet or towel on his favorite spot to protect it. Read on, if you are interested in other ways to help keep your home clean.

Clean Your Carpets

Many homeowners have their carpets cleaned a couple times per year to remove stains and get odors out as the season’s change. A mixture of hot water and vinegar will help neutralize the odor left by urine without destroying your carpet. You may clean the carpet with a soft-bristled brush and this mixture after the wet urine is blotted-up with a paper towel.

Cover Your Furniture

Even older, less active, or well-behaved pets can unintentionally leave damage on furniture with nails, saliva, or fur, and it may help to cover their favorite napping spot or find a comfy bed to lure the away. These days, you can find heated pet beds, which may even help fight arthritis pain for your senior pet.

Keep Him Groomed

Good grooming is essential; Even short-haired dogs shed, especially during warm weather. Many dog owner’s keep their pet’s toenails short. He can be bathed and brushed on a regular basis. This practice will help keep your home clean and help keep your pet healthy. If your dog isn’t a fan of baths, a spoon of natural peanut butter on the tub wall may keep him distracted.

Give Him Exercise

Dogs that don’t get enough exercise will let their energy out in other ways. such as running around your house, destroying furniture, and window blinds. Your Sit. Stay. Grow. provided dog walker can help exercise your dog when you have long hours at work or trips. Sometimes, destructiveness can be a sign of behavior issues but usually, they are the best way your pet can release the pent-up energy. Frequent walks, trips to the dog park, or even a fenced-in backyard will help to tire him out.

Keeping your home cleaner with a dog doesn’t have to be stressful. By keeping him healthy and addressing some preventative measures, you can help keep your house tidy which is good news to those who work long hours or travel.

Guest Blogger: Nick Burton
nick.burton@ourbestdoggo.com

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Sources

Modern dog Magazine
My Dog’s Name
Angie’s List
Orvis
The Dog Clinic
Dog Bed Zone
Pet MD
Bark Magazine
ASPCA

 

Why Hire a Professional Pet Sitter?

Why Hire a Professional Pet Sitter?

Simply put, “You love your pets.”

Professional pet sitters are truly dedicated to the welfare of the pets in their charge. They continually improve their knowledge of pet first aid, traits of different breeds, and strive to improve the lives of all they service. 

Sit. Stay. Grow. gives you the added peace of mind knowing that your pet sitter is thoroughly character-referenced, background-checked, bonded and insured. You will meet your hand-selected sitter, free-of-charge at an initial consultation, so you can see for yourself that they love what they do for a living.

You may be tempted to find a less expensive alternative for your pet but, honestly, do you really want to gamble with the health and happiness of your best friend? Is peace-of-mind worth a few extra bucks a day? Those dollars are easily offset by the training and experience your pro brings to your home.

Many of our clients will tell you about the kid they hired that didn’t show up, the sitter they hired online that had a party in their house, or the neighbor that fed cat food to their dog. Our clients realize the value in hiring a professional to care for their pets.

Often, there are stories in the news about a horrible pet sitter that abused a pet. It is usually someone hired online from one of the hobby-sitter services that have popped up, seemingly overnight. 

To make sure you are hiring a true professional, ask about references. A great sitter will have great references. “I love to play with kitties and puppies” is not a reference. Read the fine print on those websites. They are not responsible for outcomes. They are in the business of making money, not the business of pet care.

The professionals used by Sit. Stay. Grow. give you comfort knowing that you are hiring a sitter that will provide the very best care for your beloved pets and plants. Simply put, “You love your pets.”


Simple Ways to Improve Life for your Senior Pet

Simple Ways to Improve Life for your Senior Pet

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Nothing is quite like the love of a senior pet.

That silver-speckled face and those soulful eyes serve as a reminder of all the wonderful memories you’ve shared together over the years. To make the most of your senior pet’s life, however, you need to provide special care that focuses on comfort. After all, quality of life has never been more important, so use these tips to give your aging pet(s) the warmth and care they deserve. 

Keep an Eye (and Ear) Out for Indications of Pain

Senior pet owners may not know when their furry companions are experiencing pain. Some signs are easily visible, such as limping or a wound. However, other indicators may be more difficult to spot if you don’t observe your pets closely. Pets can emit verbal cues when they’re in pain. With a dog, pain signals include whining, whimpering, howling, and yelping. Cats can express pain by constantly meowing, purring, or by hissing when you approach them. Another sign if pain may be a hunched-over stance.

Make Mobility Easier for Aging and Arthritic Animals 

Aging affects senior animals in many of the same ways that it does senior people. Senior dogs and cats are prone to arthritis and inflammation, which can make moving around a little more difficult. So, if you notice your pet limping or struggling to get off and on furniture, it may be time to invest in a set of pet steps or stairs. Using steps and stairs to help your pet climb in and out of your car, as well as access furniture, can really make a difference in their quality of life. As you shop, be sure to read through reviews to pick the best steps or stairs for your pet’s mobility needs and size specifications. Enhanced mobility can also be achieved with the use of supplements, so ask your vet for specific recommendations for your pet. Bone broth can be a tasty treat for senior pets and can also provide chondroitin for healthy joints. 

Provide Specialty Care for Senior Pets with Disabilities 

Arthritis is not the only health concern for aging companion animals. Many pets experience decreased vision as they grow older. A happy life is still possible for pets who are blind or have limited vision, but it does require a little more work on your part. Sound and smell will become the most important cues for getting your pet’s attention. You can attach audible tools, like bells to yourself and other companion animals to help comfort your pet. Some senior pets may also experience a more severe loss of mobility as they get older or experience illness. Animals are pretty resilient, however, and can still enjoy their life with the help of mobility tools, such as supportive harnesses, strollers, and even wheelchairs. Love and patience are always the most important things you can offer your pet with disabilities, but these aids can help as well. 

Heal Sensitive Senior Tummies with Quality Food and Treats 

Just like arthritis and limited mobility, food sensitivities seem to come with the territory of being a senior pet parent. Your dogs or cats may have different nutritional needs than when they were younger. Diet changes may address these needs. For many pet owners, that means adding probiotics to their pet’s food to provide much needed digestive health support. Having a healthy gut is just as important for your pets as it is for you, so selecting a probiotic source can help your senior pet thrive. If you have a picky eater or a pet with fewer teeth, you may also cook healthy meals for your aging pet using your crockpot. 

Take Your Senior Pet’s Oral Health Very Seriously 

Cooking easy-to-chew meals for your senior pet is a sweet gesture but you may prevent painful tooth and gum problems in the first place. Regular brushings and dental cleanings are two of the most important steps for keeping your pet’s mouth healthy from their youth to senior years. With these two simple steps, you may prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and serious bacterial infections. Plus, you may add more years to your pet’s life! That’s enough of a reason to make your senior pet’s dental health a priority. Proper dental care may also reduce pet odors. This may make cuddle sessions more enjoyable for you. 

Pets provide so much unconditional devotion. Repay that unparalleled love by supplying endless amounts of compassion and care during their senior years. Take special care of your pet’s health and be on the lookout for common senior pet problems that need to be addressed. Doing so may not extend the life of your pet but it will enhance the time you have remaining.

Guest blogger: Nick Burton

nick.burton@ourbestdoggo.com

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Photo credit:  Unsplash

Angie’s List
Dogs Naturally
Hill’s
Pet Guide
Mercola Pets
AKC


Why Your Dog Needs a Walk

Why Your Dog Needs a Walk

 

We know we can’t take our dogs out every day for a walk. But do you know what happens if your dog doesn’t go out for a walk?

A Little Bit of History 

Dogs evolved from the Gray Wolf.  They were mainly used for hunting back then. They were thriving in the wild. 

But with the course of time, dogs were bred to accentuate the features that were beloved as they became human companions and evolved with them. They started living with us in the same house. The advancements in science and technology that have eased our lives have not accounted for our furry friends.

So, considering their wild instincts, we should never ever confine them in a house or a backyard. This is suppressing their natural way of living.

What’s The Need of A Dog Walk?

So, not taking them out of the house for a dog walk will have an adverse effect their natural instincts. Dogs are energetic and they need to exercise. However, the energy levels of a dog depend on the dog breed, thereby having the different exercise needs. But the fact remains the same for all, they need to exercise (in different amount) and need to spend the pent-up energy. Not walking your dog will make your dog lazy, depressed, or lead them to excessive barking, digging, and chewing.

A dog walk is the easiest way to exercise and make the bond with your dog stronger. A walk can be a good exercise for both of you.

A dog walk (even on the same route every day) even with collars and harnesses on them make them feel they are not confined. They learn to socialize with other humans, animals, and pets on their way.  Moreover, they will enjoy sniffing around, exploring, and investigating, and chasing as they had been doing in the wild.

So walking your dog every day will not only provide a good exercise but also will help them to keep up their spirits. Of course, there are super energetic exercising methods for your dog but dog walking is crucial.That will be covered in another blog.

A dog is a big responsibility. When you don’t have enough time and/or resources to care for them, you need services like Sit. Stay. Grow.. professional dog walkers to help.

Guest blog submitted by:

Clara Lou

Co-founder & Head of Marketing at Pet Loves Best
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