About Shelby Cochran

Shelby Cochran is People and Projects Coordinator at dogIDs, taking part in customer service, human resources/culture, social media, marketing and special promotions. Shelby has a fiery little mutt named Simon as well as an odd cat, Gengar. When she’s not enjoying working with the team at dogIDs, she does committee work for a local Habitat for Humanity chapter and performs in community theatre productions.
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The Best DIY Projects for Your Four-Legged Friends

Are you cThe Best DIY Projects for Petsrafty? Would you love to make your home more pet-friendly with a one-of-a-kind DIY piece of furniture?

We’ve got some great ideas for you. Thanks to a number of crafty bloggers out there, we’ve compiled some of our favorite DIY projects for pet-themed items.

These projects are a creative and eco-friendly way to show your pet how much you care. [Read more…]

dogIDs Expands into International Shipping

dogIDs is  excited to announce our partnership with a company called GlobalShopEx, who will help us  provide reasonably priced and reliable international shipping options for our products.

dogIDs Partners with GlobalShopEx for International ShippingThe majority of our personalized ID tags, collars and leashes as well our top dog products will be available for purchase no matter what country you are shipping to.

We know that dog lovers live around the world and we are very happy to now have the opportunity to improve the lives of dogs worldwide! [Read more…]

What do our customers really think?

What do our customers really think?At dogIDs, we’ve been customer-focused since day one. We know that we would not be able to do what we do without our customers and their love for their pets.

That’s why we LOVE hearing what our customers think about our products and their experience shopping with us. We are even more tickled when they leave us an awesome review and send us photos of their pooch.

Check out some of our favorite customer quotes and photos:

 

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Why Spay or Neuter your Pet?

February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. It’s a month where we remind all pet owners that unless you are planning to become a responsible dog breeder, the best option is to spay/neuter your pet.

To shed some light on the subject, we created an infographic that shares all of the benefits that come from caring for your pet through a spay or neuter.

The Importance of Spaying or Neutering your Pet

dogIDs Wins “Happiest Company Award”

dogIDs Wins TINYpulse Happiest Company AwarddogIDs has been using TINYpulse’s employee feedback and engagement system over the past year. Their focus is “to make employees happier around the globe.”

We’re happy to report that based on our TINYpulse entries and surveys from the past year, dogIDs was awarded the “Happiest Company Award” for eCommerce & Retail. We’re honored both by TINYpulse’s recognition and by the fact that our own team members got us there with their positive engagement in our culture.

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Sharing the Puppy Love this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, we put together something special for our customers and followers. Maybe it will give you an idea for your loved ones or maybe it will just make you smile!

Have ideas for our next video? Leave it in the comments below! 

Customer Memorial Story: Deborah and Smokey

Back in September, we talked about Pet Memorial Day and the ways pet parents can remember their four legged friends after they’ve passed away.Customer Memorializes Dog With Custom Collar

One of the things we love at dogIDs is hearing real life stories about our products being used by our dog-loving customers. Deborah was one of these customers.

“I wanted to thank you for this special Italian leather collar that you made for my boy Smokey. I bought it for him because he had gotten jumpy in reaction to noises, and the lack of jingling with this collar soothed him.Customer Memorializes Dog with Custom Leather Collar
Sadly he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge now. I worked with a leather smith who was able to alter the collar into this wonderful bracelet. Now I can have a memory of Smokey with me as often as I like.”

Customer Memorializes Dog With Custom Collar

Thanks Deborah for sharing your story and keeping Smokey’s memory alive!

Have you found creative ways to memorialize your pets? Share in the comments below.

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…]

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. 

Fargo’s First Dog-Friendly 5K

See Spot RunThis past Sunday, the dogIDs team joined in the fun during See Spot Run, Fargo’s 1st dog-friendly 5K. The event was put on by SoleMotion and sponsored by dogIDs, Swanson Health Products and nonprofit partner, Diamond In The Ruff Pet Rescue.

The event drew runners, walkers and dogs of all sizes.  We had a great time watching the runners and their pooches, as well as meeting some adoptable dogs from Diamond In The Ruff. [Read more…]