4 Reasons To Ditch Your Retractable Leash

4 Reasons to Ditch Your Retractable LeashWhile retractable leashes may seem like a way to make dog walks easier, you might want to take a second look. Below is a list of the top 4 reasons why we are absolutely, positively not in love with retractable leashes: [Read more...]

How To Win A Custom Pet Painting In 3 Minutes Or Less

How To Win a Custom Pet Painting in 3 Minutes or LessIt’s crazy to think that Thanksgiving is peeking around the corner! Here at dogIDs, we are especially thankful for the pets and their owners that make it possible for us to do what we do every day. As a token of our appreciation, we’d love to give you a chance to win a beautiful canvas portrait of your pet, valued at $200! [Read more...]

3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Dog Today

I wanted to come up with a couple of easy tricks dog owners could teach their dogs of any age. The tricks are “speak,” “play dead” and “roll over.” These aren’t necessarily the only ways to teach these commands, but hopefully they can help you brainstorm.

And let us know if your dog can do any fun tricks!

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5 Life Lessons Dogs Teach Us

As a pet owner, this Thanksgiving, once again I am thankful to have happy and healthy pets. I can’t imagine my life without furry companions in it.

When I sit back and think about the quirks of each of my pets, it’s really interesting to compare my cats to my dog. Captain is my old man cat and is cranky, lazy and finicky, albeit a cuddle bug at night. Little Girl is young at heart, rambunctious, a little crazy and always into something.

And then there’s Brick. He often sports his sad, gentle eyes during downtime, but mostly he is a happy dog.

Lessons Dogs Teach Us

Anything for an ear scratch! (Photo credit: Nichole Seitz Photography)

Dogs have it right, don’t they? Everything they do is their favorite thing.

With this in mind, I wanted to list the 5 life lessons we all can learn from dogs. [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer

How to Choose the Right Dog TrainerHow did you go about choosing a trainer for your dog? Did you read reviews? Did you choose the trainer a friend recommended? Did you make your decision based on cost? We would love your feedback because choosing a trainer can be such an overwhelming process for new dog owners.

The following are some ideas from two professional trainers to hopefully help you make the best choice for your dog if you need help with training.

Also check out our post on common dog training mistakes.

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13 Dogs That Hate Monday More Than You Do

The first five days after the weekend are always the hardest. On the plus side, you’re probably handling Monday a lot better than these dogs are.

Disclaimer: This post may cause you to smile, even if your attitude is “anti-cheer-because-Monday-is-here.” But that’s okay. These dogs aren’t feeling today, either:


 

1. This dog, who still hasn’t woken up.

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November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes in Pets

Photo by Len Saunders

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, so I wanted to learn more about the signs of diabetes in pets, what causes it and if there is anything pet owners can do to prevent their pets from becoming diabetic.

Here’s what I found out:

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Senior Dogs Still Have Lots of Love (and Life) to Give

Senior Dogs Still Have a Lot of Love to GiveNovember is Adopt a Senior Dog Month! Because older dogs are often overlooked in shelters in place of a fluffy, energetic puppy, we wanted to highlight some of the amazing things that come with having a pup in your home with more mileage.

There are various reasons people prefer younger dogs, but older dogs have so much to offer as well! Here are some reasons you might want to think twice about the age of your next adopted friend. [Read more...]

Clean Safely: products that do the job without harming your dog

dog via gratisographyThese days it seems like nothing is safe anymore. Artificial ingredients, chemicals and GMOs, report after report caution against the dangers in using many commercial items, from beauty products to food to medicine. While it’s important to be an informed consumer regarding the products we buy for ourselves, how it affects our pets is a whole other animal (no pun intended).

Many cleaning products that you can pick up at the store contain chemicals that are known toxins with a long list of dangerous side effects in both humans and animals. Since our furry friends tend to be curious creatures, they won’t know better to not get into them, so it’s best to store all cleaning products in a safe place away from them. Even then, once they’re put away, fumes can linger. When it comes to the products we use on our floors and carpets, our pets walk on the surfaces after we’ve cleaned them, and when they lick their paws, they’re ingesting that product. [Read more...]

Dog Fans Recycle Cans

River loves to recycle and help a good causeGetting involved with a local shelter or rescue is easier than you might think. While you may be familiar with the idea of volunteering at a shelter or fostering dogs, there’s a new way to give back that requires little to no commitment on your part: recycling cans for a local shelter! Now you can simultaneously help the environment and animals. Talk about a win-win! [Read more...]