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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How to: choose a doggie daycare

A few posts ago we looked at how to choose the best pet sitter for your dog, and today we are looking at it from a different angle- Doggie Daycare.

Doggie daycare is a helpful tool for dog parents while traveling, but it’s also a great option for those days when you are working long hours and don’t want to leave your pup alone all day.

If your pet suffers from separation anxiety, or tends to get destructive when you are gone this option can be a life saver.

Here are things to keep in mind and questions to ask to help you find the best facility:

  1. Visit the facility- check it out, and poke around and see how the rest of the dogs seem
  2. Ask for a trial run- leaving your dog there for half a day will tell you alot about if its a good fit for him, and how he is treated
  3. How are they prepared for emergencies- anything from fires, floods to burglary should be addressed
  4. Do they ask for proof of latest vaccines?
  5. What tests does the daycare conduct to see if your dog will be accepted
  6. How do they organize dogs? Size? Play style?
  7. What is the schedule of a typical day?
  8. How do they handle bad behavior?
  9. What training has the staff gone through
  10. What is the ratio of staff to dogs
  11. What is the procedure if your pooch has a medical emergency? Do they contact your vet or do they use their own?
  12. How do they communicate/ report to you? Daily report cards?

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To crate or not to crate?

There comes a point, sooner or later, when every dog parent is faced with a decision: to crate or not to crate.

While most experts agree that dogs should be crate trained, since some situations require it (for example after vet procedures or plane travel), there is a definite split between those that use crating at home for training/ containment purposes or for car travel.

Crating as a training/containment tool:

Many dog owners use crates with puppies and adopted adult dogs to train them and also to make sure dogs stay out of harm’s way when they are left alone.

  • Pro’s:
    • It can keep dogs safe- and prevent them from getting into trouble by chewing power cables, or running around the house
    • The carte can be a sanctuary for you dog- a safe place for them to go that is their own
    • It’s a great training tool
  • Con’s:
    • It is very easily abused- PETA is very firm in it’s guidance that crating as a training tool can have adverse effects
    • It deprives dogs of freedom- dogs that spend most of the day in a crate are limited in their movements, and limits their interaction with the environment
    • Can lead to behavioral problems when used excessively

Crating while travelling:

While in some situations, such as plane travel, this is not a decision left to us (then we need to decide if it’s worth the crating- but we’ll get into that later) we have come across an interesting debate in terms of crating during car travel.

  • Pro’s:
    • Less distracting for the driver- having your dog jumping or sliding around, or worse sitting on your lap (which is illegal in some states) can put both you’re and your pup in an emergency situation
    • Protects the dog in an emergency stop- there are also crash tested crates, so think of this as your dog’s seatbelt
  • Con’s
    • Owner guilt associated with putting their dog in a crate- we recommend taking frequent stops (every 2-3 hours) and let your dog out for a quick sniff and jog
    • Do not leave your dog in the crate (or loose in the car) when you leave- hopefully this will seem obvious but nevertheless always an important reminder

What do you think? Do you crate your dog? What are the benefits and downsides? Let us know in the comments!

And if you are looking to crate here’s some of the more popular crates out there:

Midwest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate

Petmate Vari Kennel

Precision Pet ProValu2 Dog Crate 

Remington Wire Kennel

Precision Pet Products Precision Pet ProValu Great Crate Double Door Dog Crate

And check out this guide to choosing the right size crate for your dog

Top 10 holiday tips for dogs

Nothing can ruin the holidays faster than a dog catastrophe (or should we say dog-astroph?) which is why we have scourged the web for you to find the best and most important tips to make sure you have the best holiday season ever!

  1. Tire out your dog before you get to your destination- they will probably get over excited, so the more you run around before the more likely they are to behave!
  2. Weather smarts- going someplace colder than usual and packing warm clothes for yourself? Don’t forget your dog can be cold too- stock up on warm garments for both of you (general rule of thumb- short hair breeds will be cold!)
  3. Maintain discipline and rules (even after your fourth glass of eggnog)- there will be many temptations lying around for your dog- from sweets to yummy holiday meals to presents to trample on. Use this time to reinforce positive behavior! And remember what’s delicious for us can be poisons to dogs so monitor what they eat and what treats your family members try and sneak them- keep chocolate and turkey bones out of reach!
  4. Decorations are a must, but can be challenging with your dog- decorative plants (such as poinsettia, mistletoe and holly) are toxic, tinsel can tear up your dog’s intestines, and cute holiday doggie outfits can be dangerous around the fireplace. Oh and we always keep our delicate tree decorations on the top, with the sturdier ones on the bottom.
  5. Don’t worry if your dog takes a nibble from your tree- they are not toxic and should not pose a threat (just keep clear on chemicals in the water)
  6. Trying to guess what’s in your wrapped presents- if it’s food chances are your dog will know before you and be more than happy to help you unwrap it. Keep those gifts out of your dogs reach. A pen is also a great solution here!
  7. Keep your gift wrapping supplies hidden away- they are tempting for pups and can be mistaken as toys
  8. If you are hosting and have lots of guests over make sure your dog has a safe space- guests can be overwhelming for dogs, and their overexcitement can be overwhelming for guests. Plan ahead by making sure they have their own corner where they feel safe. Also with the influx of people opening and closing your door make sure to keep their collars and identification on them.
  9. Dogs and kids don’t always mix- never leave young kids unattended with dogs.
  10. Keep candles on high shelves, and out of reach of wagging tails.

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