8 DIY Summer Snacks Your Dog Will Love

We love sharing with our dogs, but when it comes to iced cream, we don’t like to share with anyone:

Make your dog their own refreshing summer snack with our top summer recipe picks:

1. Your pup will love these healthy and refreshing Blueberry Dog Cookies.

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3. Let your pup experience the delicious and healthy mix that is fruit and nuts with these easy-to-make Apple and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
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4. Pupsicles: Frozen dog treats are great for keeping pups occupied and cool in the summertime, better yet they can be used to soothe teething pain in puppies.

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  1. Berries and cream, berries and cream, I’m a little pup who likes berries and cream.

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6. Add in some veggies with these Spinach, Carrot, and Zucchini Dog Treats.

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7. Your dog have a summer birthday? Celebrate with these creative and festive pupcakes.

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8. No time for cooking? Pop it in a blender and in the freezer like these easy to make frozen Dog Smoothies.

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Comment with any fun family recipes you want to share!

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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

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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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?

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

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Be Mine? Spoil your pooch this Valentines’

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Happy Valentine’s Day guys!

Single or attached- you are never alone if you have your dog with you. So make sure to treat them to a little something extra today.

Our favorites are:

  1. Spa day! Take your pet to the groomers for some R&R
  2. Bake them some homemade goodies- check our favorites
  3. Or buy them some delicious treats. We love the ones from Bocce’s Bakery
  4. Let them feel your loving embrace all year long with this pawsome heart shaped bed
  5. Extra quality time. Take a long hike together, or spend a few hours playing in the dog park. At the end of the day all they want nothing makes them happier than being with you.

Have a great day everyone!

Love is in the air… but that doesn’t mean your dog likes it

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There is nothing like the love between an owner and their dog. It’s a special bond that not everyone can understand and there’s nothing like it. So what happens when you find a new significant other?

Jealousy does not look good on anyone- dogs included. However when you introduce a new component into your ‘pack’ your dog is going to digest this information, and that may take time.

When it comes time to introduce your new SO and dog there are a few tricks that can make this process go smoother:

  • A dog’s home is their territory, and they can be over protective of perceived ‘threats’. Why don’t you make their first meeting be somewhere neutral
  • Try not to introduce too many changes at once. A new SO is a big enough challenge for your dog, so make sure their space remains safe and familiar
  • New relationships can sweep us off our feet, but if your new SO drastically cuts into your quality time with your pet- don’t expect them to warm up too quickly. Try and stick with your schedule as much as possible and involve your pooch. Go on an afternoon picnic, or go for a long after dinner stroll all together
  • Bribes bribes bribes. You want your dog to associate your new SO with a positive feeling, so keep a few treats by the door and have your SO give one to your dog when they come in. And then maybe give them a few more during their stay
  • If your dog starts acting out (barking, chewing, aggressive behavior) you should address it at once, do not forgive bad behavior due to the circumstances, but also try and adjust your behavior to give your dog the attention they need.
    • If your pooch is specifically acting out by destroying your SO’s belongings it may be easiest to keep them out of reach for a while
  • Give them time to bond- ask your SO to look after your pooch for a few hours. Some one on one quality time will go a long way
  • Also don’t forget that your SO can get jealous of your relationship with your pooch. Make sure you still give each one of them enough one on one time to feel special. And then take a moment to remember how lucky you are!

And in case you were wondering, this is what a jealous dog looks like. (Read: “pay attention to meeeee”)

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Additional Reading:

7 tips to get your dog to like your boyfriend

Introduce your dog to your new partner

My dog hates my valentines

How to prevent a green pooch

Dog Food Guide: The Basics

A dog’s gotta eat. But what should you feed them?

There are so many options and possibilities, and after writing about raw diets (in case you missed it check it out here) which require a lot of time and effort, we also wanted to look at other options.

Whole Dog journal has a great starting point.They recommend why starting by assessing your dog’s health. Start a list with write out health problems (such as bad breath, dental issues, itchy paws, gas, thinning coats, etc.) and health assets (clean ears, good breath, high energy etc.).

If the health assets are greater than the problems you may already be feeding your dog a great diet. If however there are more a lot of problems then it may be time to change your pooches diet.

Once you understand the dietary and health benefits you are looking for it’s time to dig into the different options out there. (Should you want to address specific problems l this is also a great time to have a conversation with your vet.)

Here are a few helpful guidelines to consider when looking at dog food options:

  • First ingredient: Look for quality sources of protein
    • Avoid any generic descriptions such as “meat”, “poultry” or “animal” and look for “turkey” “lamb” “beef” etc.
    • General rules to remember: if it says Beef dog food, it’s a minimum of 95% beef. If it says dinner then it’s 25% (Beef dinner for dogs). If it says with (Doof food with Beef) it’s 3%. And it if says flavor it’s it has minimum to no amount of beef. (more info on this can be found on Pawcurious)
  • The second ingredient after protein should be a meat source with the word meal (i.e. Turkey meal, beef meal etc.)
  • Next two ingredients should be vegetables, ideally whole grain or while fruits.

Try and avoid:

  • Anything containing corn, cornmeal or soy.
  • Ideally avoid wheat and look for barley, rolled oats millet quinoa or brown rice
  • Anything with by products (especially when the source is not specified)
  • Anything with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners. Namely avoid: BHT, BHA ethoxyquin and propyl gallate. (In stead look for foods preserved with Vitamin E or C)
  • Avoid labels with “splitting”- in these cases the main ingredient such as rice may be spilt into white rice, brown rice, rice bran etc. so it can be written lower on the ingredients list (more info on that here)

What food do you buy, and how did you choose it? Tell us in the comments below!

And don’t forget you can always make you own food and treats

Additional sources:

Check out Dog Food Analysis to compare different kinds of food

Dogster guide on how to choose healthy dog food

Good overview on The Bark

Check out other yummy blogs

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The Perfect Homemade biscuit (Yum)

Nothing shows love like slaving away in the kitchen for a few hours… right? We decided to shower our pooch with love (or at least are planning on doing so this weekend) and we are on the hunt for the best biscuit recipe!

Here is the list we have so far… let us know your favorites!

1. Peanut Butter, Banana and Parsley Biscuits from Margaritas in the Rain

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2. Cheddar and Blueberry Biscuits from Live. Laugh. Cook. Live. Love. Cook.

3. Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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4. Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits from Lola the Pitty

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