Does your Dog have allergies? Use this handy infographic to find out!

We are loving this infographic from the helpful Vet’s over at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group which details common symptoms, signs and treatment for Canine Allergies.

Stay healthy and share the care!

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August 15th is Check the Chip Day

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Friday August 15 has been declared as “Check the Chip Day,” by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

What is the day?

Check the Chip Day serves as a good reminder to make sure your dog’s microchip contact information is correct.


What are the benefits?

Microchips greatly increase the chances that you’ll get your pet back if he/she is lost or stolen…but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate.


What steps do I take?

Step 1: Make an appointment with your veterinarian for microchipping if your pet isn’t already microchipped (then make sure that your pet’s chip is immediately registered)

Step 2: Check your already-microchipped pet’s registration information in the microchip manufacturer’s database, and make sure it’s up-to-date.

*To check your pet’s registration information go to AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool


How do I spread the word?

Celebrate and join Check the Chip Day event on Facebook

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Where can I hear more?

American Animal Hospital Association‘s President Dr. Kate Crumley talks about the importance of microchipping. Listen HERE from Steve Dale’s Pet World about the importance of proper pet identification, most importantly microchipping.

Grab your kleenex for this emotional video of a reunion between a dog and dad thanks to the chip:


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How to Make Your Dog Happy

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I don’t know about you guys but I spend far too much time staring into my dogs eyes trying to understand if she is happy.

I know a few things for fact:

  • She loves snuggles
  • She loves treats
  • She loves elephant the toy she’s had since the day I got her 13 years ago (Who I have managed to not lose, which I consider a feat, even though he may have been damaged slightly by a curling iron once and years of her playing with it..)

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Souffie happily asleep after getting hours of cuddles

The there’s all those human things I think I project on her- her need for having more dog friends her desire to sniff a new scent. So even though she is not exactly what you would call friendly towards other dogs, I still feel she needs to socialize and keep trying to help her make friends. This is a losing battle. I’ll also try and spice up our walks and take a different path so she’s not bored by the usual smells and sights on our walks.

But all this wasn’t enough for me. Because doing this once in a while wasn’t going to make her happy in the long run.

So I’ve devised a method to measuring Souffie’s happiness. While not a direct formula (snuggles x treats x 20 minute walk) this at least makes me feel like I am taking care of all her needs. And I’m sharing it with you, because I’m sure I’m not alone in this!

After a bit of research, I found Tamar Geller’s Loved Dog. And I love it. In the book she talks about the 7 needs a dog has. Building on that I’ve broken it down into 3 main elements that I call the Doggie Happiness Index, DHI, which address a dog’s needs: physical, mental and social.

Physical- pretty straight forward… but happiness starts with health right? Here I look at all health, exercise and nutrition. Making sure she is moving enough, not eating too much and not getting over spoiled with treats

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Mental– dogs crave routine and security for peace of of mind. So I try to make sure Souffie has a built and established routine (which is not always easy). Also I make sure she is mentally stimulated. She spends a lot of time on her own so I like to get her games that require some thinking, like puzzle toys and treat balls and when we are together try and play more challenging games or teach her a new trick (it is possible to teach and old dog new tricks!)

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She demands to be the center of everyone’s attention

Social– well obviously snuggle time falls in this category. And we can’t forget that dogs are pack animals and like hierarchy (which is also linked to their sense of security) so I make sure to get her around other people (and dogs when possible) and make sure she feels loved all the time.

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In fact she wouldn’t even let me write this post since it was Souffie time!

So that’s my DHI. This is still a work in progress and would love to hear from you if you have any more ideas or improvements!

I love using Hachiko to help me track all of this! I can set goals for Souffies activity, with an added bonus of knowing how active she was on her own, so I know for how long we need to talk. Also I make sure to log her food and treats so I can both set a routine and also make sure I don’t over feed her (she is getting a bit well… huskier lately!).

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Souffie with her Hachiko Sensor. Stylish and fun!

Hachiko Smart Sensors are a great way to keep track of your dog’s activity and behavior. To set routines and make sure they are receiving the care they deserve. Learn more about it and how it can help you keep your dog happy on their website. And to make you happy use the promocode HAPPYDOG to get $5 off!

9 Things to do this National Mutt Day July 31

Happy National Mutt Day!!

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What is a Mutt?

A mixed-breed dog is a testament to nature. Without any input from humans, the mixed breed defies description. Available in all sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns, he might have a long snout or a short nose. He may display prick ears or floppy ones. He could have a stubby tail, spindly legs, a giant spot over his left eye or all three. Drawing from a broader, more diverse gene pool, his intensity is softer than his pedigreed cousins, his drives and compulsions mercifully muted.

Or in simpler terms just the cutest dogs ever! Proof:

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How can you celebrate national Mutt day?

1. Adopt a Mutt from your local shelter or rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a Mutt or play with a  Mutt, clean cages or anything else they need help with.

2. Are you prepared for a new Mutt? Make sure you have all the items necessary when bringing a new mutt home.

3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.

4. Offer to walk the Mutt of an elderly neighbor.

5. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.

6. Buy some all natural, organic dog shampoo and give that Mutt a bath!

7. Have a National Mutt Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!

8. Join the Facebook page and post pics of your  Mutt for the world to ooh and ahh over!

9. Order your collectible National Mutt Day tee here!

For more celebration ideas check out nationalmuttday.com

What did you do for National Mutt Day?

Share your beautiful dogs with us on Instagram @hachiko.me #hachikome

Comment below!

Chic Canines

 While diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend, dogs are giving all sparkly gems a run for their money in the fashion world. Some of fashion’s biggest models have been photographed with furry little accessories and the results are beautiful:

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Photo: Henry Clark for Vogue

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Photo: Herb Ritts for Vogue

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Photo: Emily Shur for Paper Magazine

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Photo: Karen Radkai for Vogue

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Photo: Mario Testino for Vogue

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Photo: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italy

Can’t get enough of these fashion-forward pups? You can purchase the full book of dog’s in Vogue here.

Take any fashionable shots with your dog? Pupload them in the comments below:

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Translate that Bark

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Language barriers are hard! Especially between species! Understanding your dog’s wants and needs can be ruff. How can a dog be man’s best friend if they cannot understand one another?

It is imperative that every dog parent communicate with their dog and learn to understand what it means when their pup runs to the door or wags their tail. Our dogs have minds of their own and it is our job as parents is to try and understand the speechless conversation that goes on every day between pups and their parents.

Use this handy infographic to decipher your pooch’s body language:

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Unfortunately no dog-human translator exists just yet but until then we’re loving October Jone’s blog Text From Dog. Check out his book being sold on Amazon!

Until doggy translator’s exist, Hachiko is the closest we’ve found to giving your dog a voice!

Remember, to listen to your pup:

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4th of July: Have Fun, Stay Safe

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Ah, July, a month known for its beach days and summer nights. But lets focus on the most important aspect of July: Pet Safety Month of course!!!

In the spirit of both national and puppy independence heres a few tips on how to keep your dog safe while celebrating the 4th of July

1. Skip the fireworks– Is your dog afraid of thunder and lightening? They’ll probably have a similar reaction to the loud volume and bright lights of this fine tradition. So while you enjoy the muse of Katy Perry’s hit song, it may be best to leave your dog at home.

*If you feel strongly about bringing your dog along, check out Cesar Millan’s tips for how to prep your pup.

2. Identify your dog– Because the 4th can be a crazy time with tons of people and dogs, it is super important to have your dog’s information up to date so in case they decide to walk on the wild side, they can be safely returned back home. Get a colorful custom dog tag to match your dog’s Hachiko!

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3. Dog’s want to celebrate too– Red White and Blue bring out your dog’s eyes… Play dress up with your pup. Doggy dressup is fun for all and keeps your pup the center of attention. Check out Bloomingtails (we love the clever name) for some apparel and accessories you’ll want to wear yourself.

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4. Keep em cool– It can get hot out there in this summer heat. Visit our tips for how to keep your dog cool on these hot summer days.

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5. Stick to waterCheers to the weekend and drink up but be sure to keep the alcohol to human consumption only as alcohol is poisonous for dogs and is very dangerous. Read more here.

6. Food danger– It is not only the drinks that can be bad for your dog’s health. There are lots of foods at those delicious BBQ’s that your dog should steer clear of. You may think it’s ok to sneak your dog a bite of burger but beware because they might grab an onion or chive which could be harmful. Check out a complete list of dangerous foods here. Keep it festive and feed your dog some made in the USA dog food.

7. Celebrate Dog Health!- If you’re in the NYC area, enjoy a post 4th safety celebration with low cost vaccinations.

BONUS: Patriotic pup saluting the American flag

Read more from our dog sources:

Top Ten Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips from PetMd
Fourth of July Safety Tips from ASPCA
Pet-Friendly 4th of July Tips from American Kennel Club

9 Summer Tips for Your K9

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It’s hot this summer so be sure to keep cool but don’t forget about your furry best friend during your dip in the pool. Here are some tips brought to you by dog experts Cesar Milan and Tamar Geller on how to care for your hot dog this summer!

 

1. Exercise at sunrise or sunset- Are you an Early Bird? Night Owl? Use it to your advantage and sneak in a walk either early morning or late at night to avoid the scorching heat of mid-day.

2. Use doggie boots- As the sidewalk can be hot, be sure to protect your dog’s paws with boots. Were lovin’ these kicks- and they’re a fashion statement too! 

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3. Beware of dog dehydration- Dogs cool themselves by panting so be sure to check for signs of panting hard, staggering gait, rapid heartbeat, dazed look, restlessness, dark red or purple gums and/or tongue, vomiting, excessive drool, bloodshot eyes, and lethargic behavior- these are all signs of dehydration.

4. Have water handy- Throw us a bone here, or just a drop of H2O every so often. Make sure to carry a water bottle while on your walk. You can even strap it onto a doggy vest which can double to cool down your pup.

p-3605-73758K_005 5. Keep it shady- Be sure to take breaks in the shade if your dog has been out in the sun for a while. Set up a fan or sprinkler to allow your dog a bit of relief from the rays. If theres no shade in sight, create some with this handy pet canopy.

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6. Start from the bottom- Dogs cool from the bottom up so be sure to spray from underneath when rinsing off. Try laying down a cool wet towel for your canine pal to lay on and rest.

7. Let em’ dig- By nature, dogs dig to keep cool so if they start digging at the ground, let em’ go!

8. Let them test the weather- Let them out for a bit before your walk to feel the weather for themselves. They will understand better why they are going for a shorter walk than usual if they assess the weather beforehand.

9. Dogs can swim too- Next time you go for a dip to cool off, bring your pup. Swimming can be another great form of exercise for dogs if they are comfortable in pools. Keep it safe with a flotation device!

Click here to read more from our experts Cesar Milan and Tamar Geller!

Comment below how you’re keeping your dog cool this summer:

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Spring is here! 8 things to do to prepare your dog for the changing season

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Spring is in the air!

The spring breeze, the longer days, the joys of being outside in the warm sunshine. We love spring, and we are oh so glad it’s back!

But before you throw reckless abandon into the wind, use our easy spring checklist to make sure your god is just as ready for the changing season as you.

  1. Grooming– ‘Tis the season for shedding. Get a leg up on hairballs but taking your pooch to the groomers for a weather appropriate cut.
  2. Flea control- Warm weather brings back an assortment of fleas, ticks and the likes. Check out our recommendations on various methods to keep them away.
  3. Heartworm prevention– mosquito’s are back ad can bring with them one of the largest dangers to household pets. Now’s the time to get back on the heartworm prevention medication if you took a break during winter.
  4. Seasonal allergies– While we may be sneezing with watery eyes and a leaky nose, dog allergies tend to show up on their skin. Keep an eye out for excessive itching. If you think your dog has allergies visit your vet, and look at our guide to homemade remedies that can help ease their itching.
  5. Exercise and get into shape– This is the perfect time to start working off those winter pounds. If you have been extra lazy this winter start slow with long walks and work your way up a jog in the park.
  6. Shade and water– While this is important year round it’s even more important now! If you are for long periods made sure that your dog is getting some rest in the shade, and enough to drink. We love this portable water bowl which is a snap to carry around.
  7. Microchip– if your dog is going to be spending more time outside it’s best to get them a microchip. Just in case..
  8. Keep e’m clean– Running around in the spring to us = running around in the mud. We absolutely love Dog Tails to clean up after a long days play!

Get your lazy dog a little more active

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Some dogs are just content to sleep all day, hang out and chill. But even the laziest of dogs needs a little action in their lives. And sometimes you just have to be the tough love parent and get them moving!

Try these 5 simple tips to get them going:

  1. Be social and fun, try taking your lazy pooch to a dog run, or a dog park. Being around other dogs may wake them up and at the least get some playful time in
  2. Dust off those old cobwebs and get some mental stimulation by teaching your dog a new trick
  3. Get fit! Try and incorporate more exercise on walks such as sprints or running up and down some stairs
  4. If the only thing they will get up for is food, make them work for it. Hide treats around the house and turn it into a game of “hide and seek”
  5. Try and understand the reasons they may be lazy. Could it be health or diet related? Worth having a conversation with your vet about this!

What do you do to motivate your lazy pets?