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Summer brings with it a whole new list of seasonal treats and activities for humans -- watermelon slices, fresh fruit smoothies, gardening and early morning runs. The season brings on a healthy glow, but how about for your dog? What do you look for when choosing the right dog treat? Read on for the top five things to consider when picking your dog’s summer treats.
Just like pet owners have to watch their calories, our furry friends need the same considerations. According to the WebMD Pet Section, no more than 10% of your pet’s daily calories should come from treats. Over-feeding even tiny treats leads to unhealthy pets. Calories add up fast, so be sure to check the calorie count and serving size before picking up your next package.
How can you tell if the pet treat you’re buying is healthy? Just using common sense goes a long way. Look for wholesome quality ingredients and Google those you’re not familiar with. Prefer organic or ingredients from the USA? Not comfortable with artificial ingredients? Want corn, wheat, and/or soy free? Read the label and make an informed purchase.
Dental Health Treats
Looking for a treat that promotes healthy teeth and gums along with fresh breath? One way is to look for safe chew toys, like rubbery balls or flexible bones. These treats serve two purposes by providing chewing time and activity. For edible treats, pay attention to the texture and design, which help prevent plaque build-up and keep bad breath and tartar to a minimum. Tasty and/or playful treats are a winning combination.
Exercise Encouraging Treats
Unique snack activity toys allow you to hide the treat inside them. These make it a fun challenge for your pup. They need to play, paw, and scuffle with the toy to get their tasty rewards. Of course, there’s always the tried and true tether and rope tug toys that dogs just love to tangle with. Pick what best suits your dog’s size and temperament.
And the BEST Treat… YOU!
Your dog loves you the most. Making time for your pet keeps him healthy, happy, and adds excitement to his day. A run on the beach, a quick trip to the dog park, or a simple walk around your city block… Show your dog some extra love this summer season and watch your bond strengthen. You’ll both feel better for it.
Bring on summer! Nothing feels better after a long winter and rainy spring than the warmth of the summer sun. And while we’re ready with shorts and sunscreen, our pets deserve their own special summer gear and protection. Check out our recommendations for proper hydration, cool comfort, safety on land and water, and tug of war fun. [...]
The weather is finally showing signs of the spring season -- warmer temperatures and sunny after-work skies. Walking the dog takes on a renewed pleasure. Is your leash, dog and owner friendly? Is it durable? Does it offer lead length flexibility? Spring is a good time to reevaluate your leash choice and consider [...]
Pet owners lead busy lives that require making the most of the time spent with their furry family. Technology to the rescue! Tech driven dog-training products are designed to make pet ownership easier. A recent wave of new state-of-the-art training systems use what every pet owner already has -- a smart phone.Dog lovers are increasingly adding [...]
As the winter season marches on, February arrives often-bringing chocolate Valentine treats into your home. However, chocolaty delicacies for animal lovers equal danger for your pets.According to the Healthy Dogs section of WebMD, chocolate will not only make your pet sick, it can also be fatal. There is no such thing as a safe amount. In all cases, [...]
This is an updated post to highlight product changes. In 2015, Garmin introduced an updated version of the Delta Series Remote Trainer. The new features on the Delta XC, Delta XC Sport and Delta XC Upland make this trainer a good choice for about 95% of dog owners. You can still run up to 3 [...]
Many people think of keeping dogs safe in hot summer months. With cold weather quickly approaching it is important to consider safety when temperatures drop. Do not mistake your dog’s long hair, size or fluffy coat for adequate protection from the harsh cold.Here are a few simple tips to help protect your dog when the mercury dips. Proper Hydration-Making [...]
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SportDOG recently added the following remote training collars to their line-up: the SportDOG FieldTrainer 425 and SportDOG FieldTrainer 425S (SD-425 and SD-425S, respectively), the SportDOG WetlandHunter 425 (SD-425CAMO) and theSportDOG SportHunter 825 (SD-825). Each one uses a lightweight collar that only weighs 3.3 oz. (including strap). The systems can be fully charged in just 2 [...]
Invisible Fence Collars are so over-priced that consumers demanded an alternative money-saving solution . This demand led to the launch of Perimeter Technologies, ironically by the same people who originally created Invisible Fence in 1976.When designing a compatible collar for the Invisible Fence Brand systems, Perimeter wanted to improve the collar in every way possible. [...]