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How Does the Moon Affect Your Dog?

While many theories associated with the moon remain mostly a myth, some strange animal patterns and behaviour have been linked to the lunar cycle. A variety of rationalisations explain these effects, but the question is how exactly do the different lunar phases of the moon affect our pets and what does it mean?

Full Moon

The full moon increases the psyche of both animals and humans with noticeable intensity. Studies and statistics have shown that during the full moon phase animals tend to be restless and often get themselves into trouble keeping animal control and veterinary staff very busy. Dogs and wolves howl; birds become agitated and disoriented while cats hide!

New Moon

Animals tend to naturally tune into the New Moon phase, meaning unlike the Full Moon, it’s a time to chill even though it can be a challenge because their senses and sensitivity is heightened during this phase.

Super Moon

This phase is when an alignment of the Sun, Moon and the Earth occurs and it is also during this phase when the Moon is closest to Earth – the power of the electromagnetic fields during this phase interacts with the magnetic field of animals increasing their ability to feel stress around them. This is part of their survival instincts to stay away from danger.

Waning Moon

The Waning Moon is a time when sensitive animals will tune into instincts and know it is time to hunt, gather and nest in order to protect their family and prepare for the future. The Waning Moon slowly reduces activity over time to prepare animals for the next, more restful, phase but for the most part this is a time for action, work and preparation.

Waxing Moon

Animals use this phase as an interval to slow down – sleeping and staying calm during this phase unlike the other action-oriented lunar phases

Dog Loving Companies That Give Back

We love that more and more businesses are interested in giving back to their communities. We also love that there are companies who specifically give back to causes supporting dogs in need. Here are 10 of these companies that you can be sure your money goes to a good cause when you shop with them!

Amazon

Thanks to the AmazonSmile program, you can purchase products through their website and hand-select a dog rescue to receive a portion of the proceeds. Over 2,100 rescues and humane societies participate in AmazonSmile. You click. They give.

Subaru

In the last six years alone, Subaru has donated over $9.2 million to the ASPCA as a part of their Share The Love partnership with the popular humane society.

Build-A-Bear

Build-A-Bear proudly supports a number of good causes, including the USO and Make-A-Wish, but they’re very modest about their generous donations to dog rescues across the country. While they might not like to brag about it, shelters such as 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Red Rover, and Oregon Greyhound Adoption are incredibly grateful.

Lush

This cosmetic company has a special line of hand and body lotions it calls Charity Pots. One Charity Pot in particular directly supports the Beagle Freedom Project, a rescue operation which specifically rescues dogs from laboratory testing.

Vans

Vans has collaborated with the ASPCA on several products to celebrate and promote the adoption of cats and dogs everywhere! So, these fresh kicks look good AND support animal welfare.

Ben & Jerry’s

Put another check on our list of dog-friendly office places! Ben & Jerry’s even profiles their office dogs (called K9-5ers) on their website, but they do more than that. Several Ben & Jerry’s headquarters use their legendary Free Cone Day as an adoption event to make sure local shelters find forever homes for dogs in need.

Bissell

These makers of home care products such as vacuum cleaners, mops, and various stain removal products also run the Bissell Pet Foundation, which finds homes for pets in need. The purchase of every Bissell product results in a donation to the Bissell Pet Foundation.

 

 

Answers to the Most Googled Dog Questions

It’s tough to remember the world before Google. Even this blog writer barely recalls a time without it. Today’s technological advances are great and having answers literally at our fingertips provides us with endless information. So we asked ourselves, “What are the most googled dog questions?” and we found out that we weren’t the only ones that were curious. Check it out…

1. How long are dogs pregnant?

Good question. This is the most searched question on Google regarding dogs, and we didn’t know the answer either. The answer: about 63 days!

2. Was Goofy a dog?

This is a bit silly, but very important. Of course Goofy was a dog! What on earth else is he mistaken for so often that people have to google this? In this case we’re left with more questions than answers.

3. Why does my dog lick me?

This is one of those questions that doesn’t have one simple answer. Maybe he just likes kisses and is being affectionate. Or it could be a sign of submission. Perhaps you just taste good. There are many possible answers and if you’re curious about this, perhaps your own Google search is in order.

4. How can you tell how old a dog is?

Here’s another question without a straightforward answer. You might be able to distinguish an older dog from a younger one because of gray hairs on his muzzle or paws. We say this is a question best answered by your vet.

5. What happens when a dog eats chocolate?

Chocolate contains stimulants called methylxanthines, specifically theobromine and caffeine. These chemicals can wreak havoc on your dog’s metabolic processes, resulting in chocolate toxicity. All dogs react differently to chocolate based on their own individual sensitivity, but chocolate is still at the top of the list to keep away from your pooch.

6. How to stop a dog from barking?

First off, barking is a totally natural behavior from a dog. They bark for many reasons, and not all of those reasons are negative. A few training tactics will help your dog know when to keep from barking.

7. Can you put Neosporin on a dog?

We always say contact your veterinarian with any health questions first. That being said, a well equipped doggy first aid kit should include an antibiotic cream such as Neosporin. This comes in handy for keeping infections out of minor cuts and scratches.

 8. How much Benadryl can I give my dog?

Again, questions like these should be directed to your vet. Anyone else does not know your dog’s health as well and therefore cannot give a certain answer. We feel much better leaving this one up to the vets rather than Google.

 

Presidents Love Their Dogs

It doesn’t matter what your political stance is, when it comes to dogs we can all agree that presidents sure do love their four legged companions. Dogs have been part of the White House environment for more than 130 years, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Check out a brief pictorial history of some of our favorite White House dogs below…

George Washington and his American Foxhounds. Washington famously had over 30 dogs. He got creative with their names including Drunkard, Tipler, and Tipsy. We see a theme going on there…

Warren G. Harding and Laddie Boy, the Airedale Terrier who often sat in on meetings in his own designated chair!

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Fala, the Scottish Terrier that starred in Hollywood films and was an honorary army private.

John F. Kennedy and his dogs Shannon, Charlie, Clipper, and Wolf. The Kennedy’s loved their dogs, so much so that they built a special play area near the West Wing.

President Lyndon B. Johnson and his rescue dog, Yuki. Yuki was found by Johnson’s daughter at a gas station.

Gerald Ford and Liberty, his golden retriever. Rumor has it that Ford had a special signal he used to get Liberty to wag his tail when the President wanted to cut meetings short in the Oval Office.

President George H. W. Bush owned a springer spaniel named Millie.

Bill Clinton took suggestions from the public for the naming of his adopted Labrador Retriever. He eventually chose the name Buddy.

George W. Bush owned a Scottish terrier, named Barney.

Barack Obama and Bo. The Portuguese water dog was a gift from Senator Edward Kennedy and his wife.

Dog Lover’s Must Read Books

I think it’s safe to say that we’re all dog people here. If by chance you found yourself here and aren’t a dog person, leave now – kidding! We’re confident that dog people and others will enjoy these four books that we recommend checking out! These books are perfect for dog lovers and those who aren’t will surely be converted…

You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness by Julie Klam

Thirty, single, and working as a part-time clerk at an insurance company, Julie Klam had resorted to consulting tarot cards about when she would meet that special someone. When he finally showed up, he wasn’t exactly as she had pictured. Flat-faced, eyesaskew, neutered, and irresistibly sweet, he was a Boston terrier named Otto. And he was only the beginning. This is the humorous, tender story of how Julie learned life’s most important lessons from her dogs. This is a quick and enjoyable read about rescue dogs that will tug at your heartstrings.

Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Stars by Bill Berloni

The sun always comes out tomorrow for the shelter animals Bill Berloni rescues—sometimes from death’s door—and then trains to meet the demands of the stage. Berloni was a nineteen-year-old theater apprentice more then three decades ago when he was offered his first big break: find and train a dog to appear in the original production of the Broadway hit Annie. Defying the odds, he rescued a down-on-his-luck dog from a local shelter and, together, they redefined what animal performers could do. This book combines all of our favorite things: dogs and showbiz glam!

Little Boy Blue: A Puppy’s Rescue from Death Row and His Owner’s Journey for Truth by Kim Kavin

When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle―advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jersey―was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. We love this book because a portion of the proceeds goes to Petfinder.com

Tails from the Barkside by Brian Kilcommons, Sarah Wilson

America’s premier dog trainers for the past 25 years–and authors of “Good Owners, Great Dogs”–present a heartwarming, humorous, and touching collection of true tales of remarkable canines. Illustrations throughout.

Get Your Pup Back to School Ready With Doggy Backpacks

Back to school is such an exciting time in households across the globe. With the hustle and fun of getting kids ready for school, don’t forget about to let your pup join in on the action! These mini dog backpacks feature a roomy pocket providing that extra cargo space for all those dog run toys, treats & umm poop baggies.

Get your four-legged (pup)il ready with these great doggy backpacks that we just added to our online store!

Pink/Orange Backpack ——Red/Blue Backpack —— Blue/Green Backpack

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Dos and Donts Around Service Dogs

This month is national service dog month and we thought it would be appropriate to share some etiquette guidelines to follow when you encounter a service dog team. As a dog person, it can be hard to “mind your manners” in the presence of a service dog, four legged friends are hard to resist. But, resist we must. Service dogs perform very important duties and they shouldn’t be disturbed from that.

Service dogs begin their training as puppies on the day they are born, and it takes at least two years before that training is finished. Every service dog is different and they come in many different breeds and sizes, but their jobs are to be taken very seriously.

A general rule of thumb is: don’t touch or distract them. Interacting with a service animal could put their owner in harm’s way. Here are some other helpful guidelines for when you encounter a service dog…

Speak to the owner rather than the dog. A service dog and his companion are a team, and if you want to speak to them, address the person first. Keep in mind that the animal is on the job and a human’s life could depend on them staying focused.

Don’t touch the animal. Touching or petting a service dog is a distraction. You do not want to interfere with the dog completing a task or command given by his team partner.

Keep your dog away. If you happen to have your dog with you when you encounter a service dog team, don’t allow your pet to approach them without first talking with the handler to see if it’s permissible.

Don’t offer a service dog any food. Food is a distraction for all of us, service dogs included. Also, most service dogs are fed pretty specific diets usually on a consistent schedule.

Always be respectful to the owner. Never ask a service dog’s handler personal questions about their disability. Doing so is not only rude and distasteful, but if you’re a business owner it is illegal. Questions like those are an intrusion of privacy and disrespectful.

Assume the service dog team can handle things themselves. They work together all the time, and a handler is usually just trying to get daily errands completed as efficiently as possible. Adding yourself to the mix can be a distraction. Be respectful if a handler declines your help, there is probably a good reason.

Inform the handler if a service dog approaches you. If a service dog approaches or sniffs you, etc., kindly tell the handler. Try to resist the urge to respond to the dog directly and let the handler correct them.

 

 

7 Amazing Dog Nose Facts

Dogs have an amazing sniffing ability, but what or why is that? Here are 5 interesting facts we bet you didn’t know about your dog’s nose…

1. We Can’t Compare Our Noses To Dogs’

Scientists have gauged the stellar sniffing abilities of dogs to range anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than a human’s. While humans have one olfactory receptor, dogs have about 50. This enables them to pick up even the faintest of odors over a mile away. In comparison, we kind of suck at smelling.

2. Short-Snouted Pups Are Less Smell Sensitive

Flat-faced and short-nosed dogs such as the pug, Pekinese, Chihuahua and boxer, have fewer scent-detecting receptor cells than dogs with longer snouts, such as a German Shepherd or bloodhound, which have 225 million and 300 million, respectively.

3. Dogs’ Noses Are Made Different Than Ours

When humans inhale, we use the same air passage to both breathe and smell. Dogs’ noses include a fold of tissue that separates the two functions.

Both human and dog noses contain bony turbinates, or plates, but inside a dog’s nose is a microscopically small, spongy membrane containing the scent cells. Like an accordion, if you could unfold all the crevices, the total surface may be as large as 60 square inches.

4. The Best Dog-Sniffing Breeds

Bloodhounds have such scent-sensitive noses that their excellent detection skills are helpful for purposes of law enforcement. They’ve even carried weight in court. Beagles are often chosen for sniffing duty by narcotics and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents.

German Shepherds are one breed used by police and the military for rescues and also drug detection. Dachshunds were bred to smell out badgers, and the Harrier was used to hunt rabbits (aka “hare”). Other notable noses belong to Basset Hounds, several Coonhound breeds and Labrador Retrievers.

5. They Smell Invisible Things

Research indicates that it’s quite likely that dogs can smell fear, anxiety, even sadness. The flight-or-fight hormone, adrenaline, is undetectable by our noses, but dogs can apparently smell it. In addition, fear or anxiety is often accompanied by increased heart rate and blood flow, which sends telltale body chemicals more quickly to the skin surface. Trying to mask your strong feelings with a casual smile may fool your friends, but it’s not going to fool your best friend.

6. Dogs’ Nose Prints Are Completely Unique

Like the fingerprints of humans, a dog’s nose print may be just as individualized. There are companies that register the nose prints of canines and store them in case the pet is lost or stolen, and kennels have begun a similar procedure. Canada has used this procedure to identify dogs for decades.

7. They Learn By Smell

When dogs start sniffing each other’s nether regions, chances are they’re learning far more about each other than you and the other dog’s owner are learning through idle chitchat. Exactly what the dogs are learning, and what they do with that information, has yet to be figured out by science.

Introducing the Briar Collection

We’re excited to share one of our newest collections, Briar. This collection is inspired by the clean silhouettes of the ’50s and ’60s. Mid-century styles have made a huge resurgence in the design industry over the past few years and continue to grow more popular. The Briar Collection is a response to this classic look. These sturdy feeders achieve a maximum look with a minimum footprint. We hope that you’re obsessed with it as much as we are!

About Briar

  • Made from Acacia Wood
  • Comes in a natural finish
  • Made of Eco-Friendly materials
  • Removable stainless steel liners
  • Suitable for indoors or covered patios
  • Outdoor use should be limited to covered areas only to avoid extreme temperatures and direct sunlight
  • Wipe body with damp cloth to clean
  • Stainless steel dog bowls can be cleaned by dishwasher or hand wash

 

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Tips to Alleviate Storm Phobia for Dogs

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This is Blair. Her daddy is Unleashed Life’s National Sales Manager, and she is terrified of storms.

Does your dog react negatively to stormy weather? If so, you’re not alone. Thunderstorm phobia is not uncommon in dogs but it shouldn’t be ignored. Most dogs to do not get over this fear on their own and it can even get worse over time.

What causes the fear?

Veterinarians don’t know all the triggers but suspect the dogs are set off by some combination of wind, thunder, lightning, barometric pressure changes, static electricity, and low-frequency rumbles preceding a storm that humans can’t hear.

What to do?

There’s no easy fix, and unless your dog is only mildly affected, it can be difficult to treat, vets say. But there are lots of tools to reduce your dog’s distress during storm season…

  1. Reward Calm Behavior Year Round – It’s our natural instinct to comfort and console our dogs when they are experiencing this anxiety, but this can be a mistake on our behalf. In your dog’s eyes, they are being rewarded for their anxious behavior when we comfort them. Instead, practice getting your pup to settle on command. Practicing this when there is no storm will let them know what to do during the storm.
  2. Give Them a Safe Place to Go – The key here is to let your dog decide. Often dogs experiencing storm phobia will hide in places such as a closet or under furniture. Notice where they go during the storm and if possible allow access to it. Do not ever confine your dog to the space though.
  3. Snug Fitting Garments – There are many garments out there that say that they help calm anxiety, and this is true to an extent. Research has shown that a snug fitting garment in general has the same effect on calming the dog as a garment specialized to be worn during a storm. Having something snug around them makes your pup feel safe, kind of like a hug.
  4. Ask Your Veterinarian. This is always good advice. The doctor may have more ideas for behavior modification and can assess whether medication may also be needed.

 

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