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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New Wearable Dog Technology? Why yes! Exclusive Launch event May 30-31st in NYC at Zoomies

Big News everyone! We are proud and happy to be hosting our NYC launch event on May 30-31 in NYC at the iconic and legendary Zoomies.

If you are in the area we would love to meet you, and if you are not then be sure to tell your friends and family!

We also have a brand new website, and would love it if you took a look!

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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?

DANGER! Foods to never feed your dog!

We are all guilty of letting our dogs snack from our plate- but some foods are unsafe for them!

We found (and love) this simple infographic from ASPCA that details everything we should not give our pets. We are printing this out and putting it on our fridge.

Share this to make sure our dogs eat safe!

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Waiting for spring: Ultimate Winter Doggy Survival Kit

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For us March should be spring. It just makes sense.

But the snow outside clearly states that is it not. So we are planning a sit it and staying at home until the weather warms up. This means we need to stock up on supplies. Flannel PJs, a super soft blanket, and Netflix is all we need.

Our dogs however are spoiled and have put together  their “If we have to put up with winter we want these goodies survival kit”:

  1. Keeping warm in style with a Max-Bone cable knit jumper. These adorable sweaters are designed and crafted in LA, and no we checked they don’t come in human sizes.
  2. This Jax & Bones bed is colorful enough to bring some spring feeling into the house, while at the same time being perfect for lazy snoozing. Jax & Bones also designs and manufactures in sunny California (maybe we’ll get some sunshine from them too?)
  3. We will be getting our exercise in the form of tug-o-war. These rope toys from Neroko are made in Finland using traditional sailor knots.
  4. Now this one we are very excited about, since we can now easily play fetch from the couch with this sleek bamboo ball launcher from Bambeco. Extra points for using mainly reclaimed materials.
  5. Winter also calls for comfort food. We will rely on seamless, our pooches will get delicious soup which we have (semi) made ourselves by adding some ingredients to this organic natural base of Mutt Soup.
  6. And for those extra snugly moments, we will snuggle in the our soon to be new favorite blanket (which also should keep our pooches hair from going everywhere). But we can’t decide between the Big Sky Blanket in Blue or Red?

What is in your winter survival kit?

National Pet Dental Health Month- Our Favorites!

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We are in the last week of National Pet Dental Health Month.

To celebrate we have put together a list of some of our favorite Doggie Dental products (from toys to chews and more).

Also there have been some really terrific posts during this month- you can find a roundup of our favorites below!

  1. Toys that clean? Yes please! We love dental chew toys which pack a double whammy of entertainment & health. The rubber and gently rounded dental nubs that help clean teeth plus control plaque & tartar build-up. Nylabone has a great selection 
  2. There are lots of treats out there that also help combat tartar control, plaque and bad breath, but the C.E.T chews are a top pic (and extra plus they are approved by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
  3. One of the simplest year round products are water additives. We like HeatlthMouth’s products which are free of all synthetic or artificial and made with 10 natural antioxidants, vitamins, and natural flavorings. They have also conducted clinical trials with impressive results!
  4. For a more hands on approach we use Oral Care Gel. We like the all natural PetzLife Pepermint Gel (believe us you’ll want the big bottle)

And check out these great posts:

Wags Ahoy, DIY Doggy Dental Care

Sugar the Golden Retriever, Brushing Up on Dental Health- Guest post by Dr. Jules Benson

Ottowa Valley Dog Whisperer, Dental Care for Dogs and Cats – Natural, Herbal DIY Remedies, Treatments

Dog Food Made in the USA

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Here at Hachiko we love local, independent and small batch producers. It’s about living greener, supporting our communities and making sure our pets get the same love and care we put into our food.

There are a few companies out there that have amazing products- and just in case you are not yet familiar with them, here are a few of our favorites USA made Dog Food companies (please tell us yours in the comments!)

  1. Small Batch– Grown and made in California, Washington and Oregon they are a small family owned business using only organic, free range and raw ingredients. They have a great line for puppies on their website
  2. Froom Family Pet Food– A 5th generation family owned business based in Wisconsin. Follow their guide to find the perfect food for your dog
  3. The Honest Kitchen– Prepared in the USA, with ingredients carefully sourced from around the world Honest Kitchen prepared FDA approved Human Grade Pet Food. The have a large line (including grain free, whole grain and base mix)
  4. Abby’s Choice– If you are in the NY and fans of a raw food diet it’s worthwhile to take a look at Abby’s Choice. The frozen meals are made weekly in small batches, and usually are made to order
  5. Munster Milling Co– A family owned company based out of Munster Texas, who aim to source their ingredients locally from farms only 20-30 miles from their plant
  6. Nulo– An Austin, TX based company which makes and distributes in small batches of domestically grown pet food and promises to always be grain free, high meat protein, Glycemacare, probiotic and without any artificial preservatives, colorings or flavoring

To get more tips on great local and small vendors follow the blog or sign up on Hachiko’s website to get stay up to date

Moving With Your Dog

Moving . With your dog

Moving. That word can send a shiver up our spine like no other. Packing everything into boxes, hauling it across town (or even worse across country). It’s exhausting just thinking about it. But you also know the silver lining. The new house, new town- and in the end it’s worth it.

You dog, however, has no idea what’s going on.

So as you are planning your move and trying to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, don’t forget to make sure to take extra precautions to make the move as simple as possible for your pet.

  • Before the move – Build a checklist of things to take care of- be sure to include:
    • A visit to the vet- If you are moving far and you are leaving your vet go in for one last visit. Use this time to:
      • Get refills on all medications
      • Get any vaccines you need
      • If you are traveling long distance it may be worth getting a sedative
      • Ask for a copy of your dog’s medical history and vaccination records
      • Also always worth checking with them if they have a recommendation for a vet in your new area
    • Visit your groomer- here again if you are moving far then it’s worth a last to your favorite groomer. This is especially useful if you are going to travel by car because clipping those nails and a little trim can help keep your car looking spiffy.
    • Build a travel plan- You may just be moving a few streets down, but if you are moving farther away make sure to think out your travel plans
      • If you are flying to your new home double check the airline requirements- you may need a health certificate or an updated vaccine record
      • If you are driving to your new home be sure to plan the trip in advance:
        • Look at dog friendly hotels, restaurants and plan plenty of pit stops
      • Update your dog’s microchip- We The night before you leave update your dog’s microchip information with your new address
      • If you are moving close it’s worth to take your dog there ahead of time to start exploring the area
  • Packing:
    • Order your packing supplies (boxes, tape, etc.) and have them arrive a few days in advance so your pooch can get used to them
    • Involve them in the process. Let them sniff the boxes and poke about so they are not surprised when everything is packed away
    • Be reassuring and give a little more attention than usual (extra treats and snuggles)
    • But also try to maintain your normal routine- normal walks, feeding schedule and no special treatment like sleeping in your bed!
    • Pack your pooches belongings (bed, toys, etc.) last

More after the jump…

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