The Top Dog Names of 2014

One of the best things about working at dogIDs is that you get to see all kinds of creative dog names go by. Whether you’re in engraving, shipping or talking with customers – you get to be exposed to a huge variety of dog names – for dogs of every breed, size and temperament!

We thought it would be fun to go back through the orders of 2014 and find out which dog names “reigned supreme” as the year’s top names.

Check out our results! [Read more…]

Shop, Donate, Save A Life

dogIDs Announces "Paw It Forward" InitiativeAt dogIDs, we improve the lives of dogs. Whether we’re sending supplies to the dogs affected by natural disasters or supporting our local shelter’s events and fundraisers or volunteering our time, our staff gives with a purpose.

We’re excited to announce that starting in January 2015, dogIDs has given our customers the chance to give back by launching our “Paw It Forward” program. [Read more…]

The Top 3 Leashes for Everyday Dog Ownership

The Top 3 Leashes for Everyday Dog OwnershipDepending on what activities you like to do with your dog, you may need a variety of different leashes for each situation.

In this post, I’ll go over a couple of popular leash options and give some examples of when each leash could be used. If you have a favorite type of leash, let me know in the comments!

Different types of leashes for dogs

The basic snap leash

Snap leashes are your typical nylon or leather leashes that snap onto your dog’s collar. Most snap leashes are either 4 or 6 feet in length. This type of leash is often the go-to leash for dog owners for everyday use like walks, visiting the vet, going to a pet friendly store, etc. [Read more…]

How to Help a Dog Lose Weight – 5 Tips

How to help a dog lose weight

It’s hard enough for some of us to stick to our own healthy eating and exercise plans, so it’s not surprising so many of our dogs are overweight.

Besides the obvious – eat less and exercise more – this post includes some tips on how to help an overweight dog return to a fit and healthy state. I hope you’ll also share some of your own tips in the comments section.

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So.Much.Dog.Hair : Why Dogs Shed and How to Reduce It

Thanks to our guest blogger, Emma Olson, for sharing her experience with shedding in her dog Brownie. 

Emma's dog, Brownie, has quite the shedding problem.

Emma’s dog, Brownie, has quite the shedding problem.

About a month ago, I started noticing how often I was sweeping my floors. It wasn’t dirt I was piling into my dustpan, but dog hair. So. Much. Dog. Hair.

This can’t be normal, I thought as I watched Brownie, my 7-year-old pointer/lab mix, walk across my clean floors. I could literally see the stray hair follicles fly off her shoulders as she moved. It was time to Google this.

Shedding is a natural process, of course, but a variety of factors can impact the frequency and amount of hair lost:

Breed

Each breed has a different hair and skin type. A German shepherd may shed year-round, while a poodle doesn’t lose much hair at all. Some have a prickly coat, others curly hair, while some are long and shaggy; getting to know your dog’s breed will help you learn the best methods for managing his or her fur.

 Environmental Factors

The changing seasons play a big part in your dog’s shedding. The whole process is a way for a dog to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, losing hair and growing more hair to make up for the climate shift. Shedding follows sunlight patterns so because most of our furry friends live inside under artificial light, their shedding cycle isn’t controlled. This is why indoor dogs are also more likely to shed throughout the year. For most, brushing and bathing your dog regularly can help curb excessive shedding.

Dietary Deficiencies

An all-kibble diet may not be providing your dog with the nutrients he or she needs, especially if it’s a lower-quality brand. Fillers like corn and grain can be difficult for your dog to digest, so look for meat-rich food to add the nutrients he or she needs. It may cost a little more, but its overall better for your furry friend.

If more expensive dog food isn’t in your budget, adding some of the leftovers from your plate can also be effective. Eggs, broccoli and chicken make great treats that add protein and vitamins to kibble. Or look for omega-3 in your dog food ingredients. This fatty acid can enhance the texture and shine of fur, and help decrease dandruff.

Keep in mind: although most of the foods you eat are safe for your pet, there are some things you should never give your dog. Check out another great dogIDs blog post for specific details on what not to share with Rover.

If your pup is prone to allergies, you may need to experiment with different types of food. Definitely consult your vet for advice. They may even have safe supplements at their office for you to purchase.

Health Concerns

The overall emotional health of your dog can also be a trigger for additional shedding. If your pup is high-stressed or there’s been a change in their environment (moving, death in the family, etc.), a little extra love and supplements (ask your vet) can get him back into a normal groove.

Hormonal imbalances also lead to shedding. Your vet can help you determine if your dog is producing too little or too much of something. Typically, medication can help to stabilize hormones.

Skin conditions including parasites, dermatitis and infections can cause hair loss. Call your veterinarian if hair loss is spotty or patchy, or the skin is bumpy, red or tender. This can be a sign of something more worrisome. Watch also for excessive licking and/or scratching.

Dog Shedding - The Problem and Some Solutions

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In any case, we recommend you check with your veterinarian. He or she can tell you if your dog’s shedding is natural or something more, and will be able to provide the best and safest solution for curbing hair loss. Regular trips to the vet and some at-home lifestyle changes can make all the difference.

In my dog’s case, we determined that diet was the issue. Her whole life, Brownie has eaten dry food. Her hair was always coarse and her skin was dry, but I really thought it had more to do with her breed and love of the outdoors, than anything to do with her health.

I started adding oil or egg to her meals, and sometimes even a tasty, meaty treat if we had leftovers from supper. In a week, I saw a difference in her coat. Now, it is soft and shiny, a complete change from before. I’ve also become more conscious of what’s in her manufactured food. Just like I do with my own food purchases, I’m checking the labels to make sure I understand the ingredients.

Remember, shedding is just a natural part of your dog’s life. These tricks likely won’t stop the shedding, but may help to reduce it. Brownie hair is still an accessory to my every outfit, but hey, that’s the joy of being a pet parent!

Are you about to pull your hair out (pun intended) because of out-of-control shedding? Share your experiences with us in the comments below. 

The First Steps to Training your New Dog

The First Steps to Training your New DogDid any of you adopt a dog or puppy over the holidays? Sometimes training a new pup can be overwhelming. Where do you even start? To help you out, I thought I’d go over some of the basics.

January is also National Train Your Dog Month, which was selected by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers to raise awareness about the importance of dog training. It’s a good reminder for all of us to train our dogs at least for a few minutes every day. [Read more…]

5 Fun Facts About Dogs

5 Fun Facts About Dogs

Have you ever wondered why dogs do the things they do? Or what makes their behavior so unique? We scoured the web to dig up five fun facts about our furry friends. Call it a doggie FAQ or things you never knew you wanted to know. Go ahead, impress your friends with your canine know-how. [Read more…]

4 Reasons to Use a Martingale Collar for your Dog

Sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of collar would be best for your dog, especially if you’ve recently adopted the dog.

The martingale collar is a good choice for a variety of dogs because it gives you a little more control than a regular collar. Plus, it has some safety benefits. It’s my go-to collar for when I’m fostering a dog.

This post goes over some of the details on why I like using martingale collars.

4 Reasons to Use a Martingale Collar For Your Dog

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The Best “12 Days of Christmas” You’ll See This Year

In the spirit of the season, we’d like to introduce “The 12 Days of Christmas”, as told by our favorite furry friends. Merry Christmas, and may your holidays be full of cheer and wagging tails!

Merry Christmas From Our Pack To Yours!

Christmas Photo

Happy Holidays!! Our dogIDs team would like to sincerely thank all our customers and fans for making this year one to remember. May you have a safe holiday season with all your human and pet loved ones!

In case you’ve ever wondered who’s behind the scenes at dogIDs.com, here’s who we are and why the holidays are special to us. Merry Christmas!

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