National Pet Obesity day is coming up and it’s a HUGE deal!

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Believe it or not, an estimated 52.7% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. October 7th’s National Pet ObesityDay is approaching and now is the “paw-fect” time to address this unfortunate epidemic. Obesity shortens lives and will negatively impact your dog’s overall health, wellness and happiness. Although in North America obesity is the most common disease in pets, the good news is that it is preventable. Here are 5 ways to help prevent pet obesity in our canine companions.

And also don’t forget to join the Fit Pet Challenge!

1) Feed Less

Each dog has a different body and activity levels, all of which need to be considered when setting the pace on diet. Although there are guidelines on the pet food bags, it’s important for you to experiment with your dog to find out what is best for him or her. Some dogs regulate their intake well, while others eat everything in sight! It’s best to feed scheduled meals rather than free feeding. It’s important you have full control over the amount of food your dog eats. If your pup still seems hungry after mealtime, share a few steamed green beans, carrots or fresh blueberries with him. Avoid sharing unhealthy table scraps. The extra calories and decreased nutritional value of treats and table scraps are often the biggest offenders when it comes to weight control.

2) Walk More

Grab the leash and get moving! Walking is the easiest, cheapest, most convenient and most popular way to keep Fido happy, healthy and fit. Pet owners must make it a daily routine to walk. It is absolutely essential for both their physical and mental health. As they say, a tired dog truly is a well-behaved dog. Neglecting those daily walks can led to destructive mischief in the home. Imagine how bored you would be stuck in the house all day long. Whether you take a circle around the block or trek through the woods, focus on maintaining a good, steady pace. In the end, both dogs and their owner benefit from the physical activity! 

3) Playtime

Few things in this world get a dog more excited than playtime! Make sure to set time aside each day to have your pet play. Not only is playtime with your pooch important for establishing a close bond; but once again, it is vital for a dog’s development, mental and physical stimulation. While your pet is moving around he or she is burning off calories and working out muscles and joints. For dogs who are social, scheduling weekly play dates at the  local dog park is a great way to get your pup moving and grooving with other fur-friends. Whether you’re fetching, tossing a toy, tug-of-war, or romping around on the floor, playtime is much more than just plain fun!

4) Monitor With Hachiko

Monitoring your pet is a crucial step in maintaining health and proper weight. Unfortunately, with our busy lives and work schedules this is not always possible. Thankfully, with the new Hachiko Canine Fitness Monitor, pet owners have the unique opportunity to connect with their pets like never before! In today’s society, most pet families hire pet sitters to care for their beloved furry friend. This sensor and app will allow owner to always know their pooch is taken care of. With Hachiko, you can set exercise goals, and view where and how far your dog walked.  Users can receive expert advice and information on their pet’s activity, which will motivate pet parents to continue giving Fido a healthy lifestyle. Monitor how much food, water and treats your dog gets daily, as well as monitor their health and medication. Hachiko is simple and fun way to stay on top of Fido’s weight and activity each and everyday!

5) Workout

Taking your dog to the corner to do their business is not considered a workout. Jogging, hiking, swimming or simply playing in the backyard are the best ways to workout with your pup. Running is a great activity to do together for cardio, but always be sure your dog has enough energy to withstand a long run. Do not push your pooch to do something he or she is not capable of. With the fall season in full swing and the winter months approaching, it’s important to continue engaging your dog indoors. Climb the stairs or play hide and seek! Do your best to provide at least 30 minutes of brisk exercise every day to facilitate weight loss.

Remember pet parents: eat less, exercise more, and monitor with Hachiko! Pet obesity is preventable. Follow these steps and the outcome will be a win-win for both you and Fido. It’s that simple!

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Join the #fitpetchallenge

Bark Heard Round The World

Where in the world are all the dogs?

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We have the answer! Maybe this has been the question keeping you up at night… or maybe not. Well we did the research on dog demographics and found out where all the dogs are.

Whether traveling with your pup or trying to decide where to move, it is great to know the cultures and places that are best for your pooch. Using statistics brought to us by statisticbrain.com, we see the most popular countries dogs:

Most Popular Countries of Residence for Dogs Number of Registered Dogs
United States 403,760
Canada 23,068
Philippines 13,232
United Kingdom 7,835
Australia 5,301
Singapore 2,688
Malaysia 1,726
Indonesia 1,537
Brazil 1,085
New Zealand 868
India 747
Mexico 702
Germany 683
Netherlands 594
South Africa 583

http://www.statisticbrain.com/dog-statistics/

The US seems to have the most pups by a landslide! Lets see which states within the US are in the dog state of mind? Can you find your state?

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Most Popular States of Residence for Dogs Number of Registered Dogs
California 52,051
Texas 31,011
Florida 23,116
New York 21,717
Pennsylvania 15,191
Ohio 13,841
Illinois 12,918
Washington 11,383
Michigan 11,180
Georgia 10,929
New Jersey 10,638
North Carolina 10,604
Virginia 9,608
Massachusetts 8,281
Ontario 7,965

Within these states, we have found the top ten friendliest cities for dogs. Does your city welcome dogs with open paws? Find out which do:

1. Austin, Texas

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015AustinDoga

2. Bar Harbor, Maine

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund/Flickr

3. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015El Condor/Flickr

4. Carmel, California

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Vicki and Chuck Rogers/Flickr

5. Chattanooga, Tennessee

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Michael Hicks/Flickr

6. Chicago, Illinois

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Chris Bentley/Flickr

7. Colorado Springs, Colorado

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Andrew Doak/Flickr

8. Key West, Florida

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Anna Val

9. Portland, Oregon

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015Lulu Hoeller/Flickr

10. Sonoma Valley and Napa, California

10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015

Anna Vallery

Do you think your city is dog friendly?

What do you think can be added to your city to make it more dog friendly?

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!

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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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