Benefits of Antler Chews vs. Other Chews for Dogs

elk antler chews for dogsHave you ever given your dog an antler chew?

dogIDs now carries elk antler chews for dogs in three different sizes. Antler chews are a natural alternative to traditional rawhide chews, and they even last longer.

The following are some of the benefits to antler chews vs. rawhide chews, along with safety tips to keep in mind no matter what type of chew you give your dog.

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8 Ways to Memorialize Your Loved Pet

Sunday is National Pet Memorial Day, which hits home to anyone who has lost a loved animal friend. Whether its been 10 days or 10 years, losing a beloved pet is never easy. My family’s dog, Katie, a black Australian kelpie and greyhound mix passed away in April. Every time I go to my parents’ home I feel like I can hear the jangle of her tags and wish she could sleep with me one more night. We had so many good memories that I decided it was time to commemorate her and acknowledge the loss that we had.

8 Ways to Memorialize Your PetWhat prompted this thinking was a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. What a long way to travel for a wake up call! When in Scotland, I visited the Edinburgh Castle where they have a dog cemetery that is built into the remains of a medieval tower and has been used as a burial ground for officer’s dogs and regimental mascots since the 1840′s. That is an exceptional way to show appreciation for the dogs in Scotland’s military. It had me thinking of ways that we can memorialize our loved pets, like my Katie, that would showcase the love they bring out in us. [Read more...]

Tips for Preventing and Managing a Dog’s Food Aggression

How to stop a dog's food aggressionSome dogs have a tendency to guard their food, toys, bones or whatever they view as valuable. They may guard these “valuables” from other dogs, or they might guard them from people, too. Some dogs will just growl, while others will actually try to bite.

The following are some ideas on how to prevent and manage this type of aggressive behavior, often referred to as resource guarding. For the sake of this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common issues – guarding the food bowl.

As always, if you are even slightly concerned about being bitten by your dog, it’s a good idea to reach out to a professional trainer in your area for some help. Even one session with the right trainer can make all the difference.

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You Won’t Believe These Embarrassing Dog Stories!

Artie the black LabIf you live with dogs, I know you definitely have a few embarrassing stories to tell. And, you can probably relate to the stories I’m about to share!

I hope you can get a few laughs out of these, and of course, feel free to share your own embarrassing dog stories in the comments. At least we can all laugh about them after the fact!

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Local Dog Elected Mayor…What a Time to be Alive!

Duke the Dog, Elected MayorOn a beautiful Saturday in August, the small township of Cormorant, Minnesota held a ceremony to be remembered. After a five-hour grooming session, the town’s favorite dog, Duke, was elected and sworn in as honorary mayor of the city!

Cormorant Daze is the township’s annual summer festival weekend, so the committee decided to do a fun and different competition this year to get everyone involved. Hence, the ballots, which cost $1 each, were cast for Cormorant’s Mayor-Elect. [Read more...]

Tips to Consider if Your Dog is Scared of Children

Tips if your dog is scared of childrenChildren and dogs often do really well together. I always had a dog growing up, and our family golden retriever was very tolerant of us kids playing rough with her, chasing her, taking her toys and so on. She didn’t seem to mind one bit and likely enjoyed this kind of attention from us.

For other dogs, though, children can be stressful, annoying or even scary, especially if the dog is not used to them.

The following are some tips to consider if your dog is uncomfortable around kids.

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5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog DayToday is National Dog Day, a day where we celebrate man’s best friend and bring awareness to the many worthy dogs that need a home.  Dogs are great companions,  always there to comfort us when we’re sad and make us laugh with their antics. They deserve some appreciation!

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You’re Not Making These Dog Training Mistakes, Are You?

Dog Training MistakesI write about dog training fairly often on this blog, including all the things you should teach your dog such as to heel or to interact appropriately with other dogs, etc.

But what are some things a dog owner shouldn’t do while training a dog?

The following are some of the top dog training mistakes people make, according to the dog trainers I interviewed. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little guilty of most of these …

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New Collars. Same Quality. Added Safety!

The Benefits of a Safety Collar

Believe it or not, dogIDs now offers collars that keep your dog even safer than our current lines of custom engraved collars. These collars are still personalized and just as industrial as ever, but we’ve added a center ring for additional safety! High-five to technology!

Benefits of a Safety Ring

If your dog spends time in the woods, in the field, or really anywhere with things that can get caught on collars, there is a concern for safety. But fear not– you don’t have to keep your pup in a padded room. Thanks to the new center ring, if your dog gets hung up on a branch or object he has more room to swivel his head and keep his airway clear. [Read more...]

First Dog Checklist

Getting your first dog? Here’s a checklist to help.

You’ve decided that you want a dog, but what do you do now? When you get your first dog, it is important to do some research. I do not have any pets but decided that I would like to get a dog. I have been scouring the internet looking for the best breed, training tips and how to puppy proof my apartment. Here is a checklist that I made up that will help you when getting your first dog:

  1. Write down what is important to you
  2. Gather basic supplies
  3. Set house rules
  4. Plan a vet appointment
  5. Schedule training and obedience classes

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