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The Pros of Artificial Turf

dog-run-1When you think you have had all you can take of the destruction your dogs have done to your yard, artificial turf gives pet owners a piece of their sanity back. No matter how many dogs or how big, synthetic grass will be able to stand up to the wear and tear of their paws and claws. In addition, it also eliminates any problems you have had with mud and puddles.

Artificial turf has come a long way since its inception years ago. Today, it looks and feels realistic and extremely low maintenance. Our dog run here at the office has an artificial turf that the dogs absolutely love – and so do we. Considering artificial turf? Here’s what you need to know!

Do your research. There are so many different companies that offer many types of turf, and it’s important that you get the right type for your climate and situation installed.

Consider artificial turf for its superior drainage qualities. It drains quicker and more effectively than that of natural or real grass. One of the first steps in the installation process is putting down the drainage system, and once again the type depends on the company you choose to go with.

Think about the cost. When considering the costs of maintenance for a natural lawn, a synthetic grass lawn actually saves much more money and is less costly than many people think. Aside from being an asset that raises value to your property, synthetic grass lasts for several years, and thus saves money on monthly bills that add up, including water and gas.

It’s tough. Take into account the fact that artificial grass has been used on both professional and college sports fields around the nation. With its meticulous engineering and lasting materials, artificial grass is made to withstand the most rough performance and play.

Maintenance is minimal for artificial turf. Picking up loose objects and materials regularly helps turf to keep its manicured aesthetic. Rinse periodically to avoid the smell of dog urine if you live in a drier climate, and treat it as you would grass….you can rake it or use a leaf blower.

 

Spring Cleaning – Don’t forget about Fido!

Wow, it’s finally Spring! The trees are sprouting leaves, flowers are popping up, and the coats are stuffed back into closets. Typically this time of year is also associated with sprucing up the house to recover from winter’s woes. This spring season, don’t just dedicate your attention to the house, show some of that spring cleaning love towards Fido.

We got a head start and took everyone’s favorite office corgi, Misty, to the groomers for a full cleaning treatment. Check out our roundup of our grooming/cleaning posts below – and look how adorable Misty looks getting a bath!

10 Expert Grooming Tips

Silver Liner Care Tips

How to Choose a Groomer

5 Ways to Combat Your Dog’s Bad Breath

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3 Reasons You Need Pet Insurance

pet-insuranceEvery pet owner knows that having pets means that your days are filled with little surprises. Sometimes these surprises aren’t as great…such as when your dog gets sick. Vet visits can be pricey and bills for an unhealthy pet will add up quickly. Knowing your options when it comes to pet insurance can ease the sting and be beneficial to your pet. Statistically, 1 in 3 pets will need unexpected veterinary visits this year…better safe than sorry perhaps.

Here are three reasons to have pet insurance:

Pets get sick.

Just like humans, pets catch illnesses such as infections and viruses. They can also develop chronic illnesses like diabetes, allergies, and arthritis – to name a few. These things are rarely planned for by pet owners. Pet insurance can help ease some or all of the cost of treating your pet.

Pets get injured.

It doesn’t matter if your pet is clumsy, mischievous, or just plain unlucky – accidents happen at any time. Emergencies like these are quite common and scary. 4 out of  pets will experience a medical emergency in their lifetime. Insurance comes in handy during these times and can literally be a life saver.

Why not?

We have insurance on almost every other thing in our lives. From house, car, life, and health insurance, we make sure that our financial needs will be met in these emergencies. Why exclude your pet?

Proper Puppy Feeding Rules

When it comes to figuring out what to feed your puppy, all of the options can quickly become overwhelming. This is especially true for first time puppy owners. Looking at dog food reveals nearly endless options which means higher quality ingredients with better sourcing and specialized diet formulas that lead to overall better health for your pup.

The American Kennel Club suggest dog owners know these things about nutritional needs:

6–12 weeks: Growing pups should be fed puppy food, a diet specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs for normal development. Feeding adult food will rob your puppy of important nutrients. Four feedings a day are usually adequate to meet nutritional demands. Large breeds should be fed unmoistened dry food by 9 or 10 weeks; small dogs by 12 or 13 weeks.
3–6 months: Sometime during this period, decrease feedings from four to three a day. A pup should be losing her potbelly and pudginess by 12 weeks. If she is still roly-poly at this age, continue to feed puppy-size portions until body type matures.
6–12 months: Begin feeding twice daily. Spaying or neutering lowers energy requirements slightly; after the procedure, switch from nutrient-rich puppy food to adult maintenance food. Small breeds can make the switch at 7 to 9 months; bigger breeds at 12, 13, even 14 months. Err on the side of caution: Better to be on puppy food a little too long than not long enough.
After age 1: Most owners feed adult dogs two half-portions a day.

They also suggest holding off on table scraps. One little French fry will invariably lead to another, and another. Before long, an obese dog will be crowding you off the love seat. Also, a steady diet of table scraps can create a nutritional imbalance, and certain ingredients and spices in your favorite dishes can cause upset stomach in dogs.

The pleading gaze of a begging dog can be irresistible. This is no accident. During his long partnership with man, the dog has perfected cunning methods of exploiting the human habit of associating food with affection. In prehistoric times semi-domesticated canines first cultivated human beings as a food provider. As the two species grew closer, dogs modified begging behaviors to maximize results: The more pathetic a dog seemed, the more scraps were tossed his way. Dogs have since refined this approach into a low-risk, high-reward hunting technique.

Other puppy information:

  • Feeding your pup the moment you get home may encourage separation anxiety. Play or grooming is a more positive way to say hello.
  • When medically necessary, you can purchase canned or dry prescription diets from veterinarians to feed dogs with kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious conditions. These foods should never be fed without a prescription.
  • Some vitamin or mineral supplements, when utilized incorrectly (such as extra calcium given to a large-breed dog on a good diet), will do more harm than good.
  • Before making a major change in your dog’s diet, consult with your veterinarian and, when possible, the breeder. Once the formula is chosen, stick with it. Sudden changes in food may cause digestion problems.
  • Small portions of carrot or apple chunks are healthful low-calorie snacks most dogs love.
  • Fresh water should be available at all times. During the summer months, consider setting up multiple indoor/outdoor water stations. To avoid a buildup of bacteria, wash the water bowl daily.

 

Jax & Bones Beds Now Available!

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Mod Ash Donut Dog Bed available on Unleashed Life. PC: Jax & Bones

We’re so excited to be offering Jax & Bones products on Unleashed Life! Not only do we strive to offer you the very best dog bowls in the industry, it’s also important to us to offer items that make every aspect of you and your pet’s lives better. Partnering with Jax & Bones was an easy choice for us.

We’ve been in love with the company’s dog beds for quite awhile – we looked high and low for quality beds that were beautifully designed and fairly priced and few could compare to Jax & Bones craftmanship.

Another thing that attracted us to the California company was their passion for animals, something we believe should be the heart of any pet industry company. Their love for animals, dogs especially, related well with us. Founder, Tina Ngyuen wanted to create a business that would allow her to take her dog to work and cater to two of his basic needs: sleeping and playing!

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Jax the Beagle

Her dog, Jax the beagle is the inspiration behind the company and continues to inspire her to create new bedding shapes and styles and toys for all seasons. All Jax & Bones beds are entirely MADE IN THE USA in their facility based in Baldwin Park, California.

The beds are stuffed with Jax & Bones’ signature filler Sustainafill made from recycled soda bottles. All Jax & Bones toys are dyed using eco-friendly vegetable dyes and the rope toys are all hand tied. Jax & Bones creates beautiful and durable product with as little paw-print as possible.

What’s not to love?

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Classic Glam Meets Modern Art in Hawthorne Bowl

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When it comes to the inspiration for the design of our dog bowls, a specific aesthetic and environment is what shapes the outcome. The Hawthorne collection is inspired by the classic glamour of old Hollywood and the excitement of modern art.

The Hawthorne collection features a jaw dropping metallic gold finish that makes this bowl a conversation piece as well as a functional feeder for the most discerning pooches.

Isn’t it time you ditched the dingy plastic bowl and upgraded to something that showcases your refined taste?

Shop Hawthorne here

The Health Boosting Power of Dogs

Numerous studies all conclude that interactions with pets, specifically dogs, can decrease stress in humans. Anyone with a pet can attest to this, but what is the science behind it all?

kids-dogSimply put, playing with or petting an animal increases levels of oxytocin, which is a natural stress reducing hormone that our bodies produce. To further add to the hormonal benefits, animals can also reduce the stress hormone called cortisol.

Reduced stress has endless benefits on the mind and body. In a 2001 study, researchers established that pet-owning patients with high blood pressure kept their blood pressure lower during times of mental stress than patients without pets.

Other studies suggest that dog owners may also have increased odds of surviving a heart attack.

And in 2008, a group of researchers documented the successful introduction of a shelter dog to Alzheimer’s patients. Patients were given questionnaires, and many responded that engaging in activities with the dog was beneficial.

To add to the evidence that dogs have a positive effect on our health, children are believed to grow up more confident and perform better in academics if they are raised with a pet. The children are also less likely to suffer from depression. Not only do children love their dog, but they receive enormous amounts of health benefits from their beloved pet.

bbTo recap, here’s how dogs benefit our mental and physical health:

  • Lower stress
  • Decrease high blood pressure
  • Stimulate the mind
  • Provide exercise
  • Decreased chances of suffering from depression
  • Provide companionship

Science has proven that children and adults alike can benefit from playing with dogs. They are a source of calmness and relaxation, and provide stimulation for the brain. We may not have been aware of the science behind the health benefits of owning a dog, but were all aware of one obvious benefit: joy.

 

What to Look for in a Groomer

Lets face it, most dogs aren’t a big fan of bath time. Wrestling Spot into the tub is stressful and some parts of grooming are best left to the professionals. That’s why most of us consider taking our loved pets to a groomer. But finding the right one isn’t always as simple as it should be. Here are some of our tips for finding a groomer that you and your dog will love.

-Groomers don’t have to be licensed. Technically anyone with a pair of scissors can say they are a dog groomer. You need to look for a groomer with good references. If you’re unsure about where to start, ask a friend where they get their dog groomed. Or, if you see a dog with a great clean look walking with their owner, engage with them. Pet owners love to share information like that. Good credentials and pleased customers are key.

-When you get to the shop, check to ensure that it is clean. First impressions are everything. Ask for a tour of the facility. There should be no spaces they refuse to show you. If they turn down giving you a tour, that’s a big red flag. This usually means that they are hiding something.

-Ask questions. Even if your dog is well behaved and doesn’t stress about going to the groomer, ask them how they handle fearful or aggressive dogs. Their response should be a genuine and heartfelt. Something like “We understand it’s uncomfortable for some dogs. If we only get 5 nails clipped, we only get 5 nails clipped. We don’t use force the dog into anything that clearly frightens them.” Also, make sure that the groomer doesn’t sedate the animals. More commonly than you think, groomers will give your dog sedatives to make them easy to handle. This can be dangerous and illegal.

-Make sure your dog likes the groomer. Does your dog seem happy when you pick them up or are they anxious / stressed? A good sign that your dog was treated right is how happy they are around the groomer. Of course, some dogs just don’t like being groomed and will never like the groomer. Trust your instincts. 

 

5 Ways to Combat Your Dog’s Bad Breath

puppy-kissing-boothThere are very few things that are worse than bad dog breath, and if you haven’t been taking care of your doggy’s teeth, you’ll know the next time they try to give you a sloppy kiss. The main cause of awful smelling breath is poor teeth and gum health. Here are 5 easy ways to combat your dog’s bad breath and get their mouth smelling fresh again.

Give your dog a bone!

Chewing is a natural cleanser of plaque and bacteria in your dog’s mouth. This is because it produces saliva which naturally removes odor causing agents and it removes plaque from their teeth. Make sure that the bone isn’t too hard for your pup, or too small. Chipped teeth cause issues and you don’t want them to swallow anything they could possibly choke on.

Add chopped up parsley to your dog’s food.

The benefits of parsley will make you think “why didn’t I do this sooner?” First off, parsley is a natural breath freshener (this is true for humans too) because it has Chlorophyll, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which kills and prevents bacteria in the mouth. Parsley not only helps breath, but it also helps enhance the function of organs and studies show also help prevent cancer. Just add a few pinches to your pup’s food and they’ll be set!

Keep your dog’s diet clean.

No matter how irresistible those begging eyes can be, avoid giving your dog table scraps and canned food. The best thing for your dog is a natural diet. Switching to natural food works wonders for your dog’s health, and it also freshens breath. Ask your vet which food they recommend.

Clean their feeder often.

Dog bowls can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Our stainless steel liners combat this issue because they are non-porous, so bacteria cannot seep into natural cracks and crevices you find in plastic bowls. Plus, all of our liners lift right out of our designer dog bowls and are dishwasher safe for the easiest cleaning imaginable.

Brush your dog’s teeth.

This seems like an obvious tip, but many people under estimate the importance. Be sure to purchase a pet-friendly toothpaste (the Crest you have in your medicine cabinet is not safe for dogs) and brush their teeth once daily. We recommend having your dogs teeth professionally cleaned as well. It will probably take some practice, but setting up a brushing ritual with your pup will make their breath better and ward of decay.

What other tips do you have for combating bad puppy breath?

 

 

 

Adore Adour – Casual Luxury in a Dog Bowl

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Style isn’t just reserved for us humans, that’s our mantra here at Unleashed Life. One of our very favorite styles of dog bowls is the Adour Collection. Adour offers a timeless and upscale design combined with function and quality.

When we design our dog bowls, we like to imagine the type of stylish environment they would compliment. The Adour collection was created to have a traditional feel but be versatile enough to work in transitional settings as well. Designer and co-founder, J Kent Martin, designed Adour to be reminiscent of a pedestal or statue by giving it visual weight and offering the aged stone finish.

Indeed Adour does look like a sculpture, but it isn’t all about appearance. The collection is lightweight for easy mobility and comes with our removable stainless steel liners. This makes refilling and cleaning easy, especially since the liners are also dishwasher safe.

We love the Adour collection and hope that you do as well!

Check out Adour in gold here! 

 

 

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