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 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…]

ID Tags – Not just for Dogs!

Dante in his embroidered collarOur company name may be dogIDs, but you might be surprised by how many tags and collars we make every month that end up on a different kind of pet – from livestock to household animals!

Here are a few of our favorite engraving projects for other four-legged friends:

Goat Collars for Petting Zoos

One of our customers is a zoo with a group of friendly goats. They wanted a better way for their visitors to interact with the goats in the petting zoo, so they ordered personalized collars from dogIDs with each goat’s name embroidered on them. That way, every kid that met a “kid” could call him by name!

The following year, the zoo decided to upgrade the goat’s collar – this time they decided on the waterproof, smell resistant reflective collar and had the goats’ names engraved right into the collar. Not too surprisingly, goats are rather smelly and the fabric collars developed a bit of an odor over time.

Josey the Cow

Josey in her Reflective Orange CollarJosey the cow lives on a farm in an area that has quite a few hunters during the peak season. Her owner was afraid that she wasn’t visible enough to the hunters so decided to give her an added safety measure.

Josey got her very own personalized ScruffTag Collar with her owner’s information on the tag and a reflective strip on the bright orange collar to make her extra visible to hunters. Josey’s neck is quite a bit bigger than most dogs, so our inside sales manager, Chuck, worked closely with her owner to get the custom collar made just right. The collar is also a perfect place to hang her cow bell!

Cats vs. Dogs

While our office is run by the dog-lovers, plenty of our staffers are cat-lovers too! I myself, only own a cat right now and she gets the royal treatment. Many of our small dog collars and tags can be sized down for cats – we even have a specific line of cat-themed tags for our feline friends. If your cat is an outdoor roamer or an escape artist like mine, it’s incredibly important for them to be ID’ed in case they get lost.

Willow in her Italian Leather CollarFarm Tags

Our home state of North Dakota is farm country, so people have the usual pets like dogs and cats but they might also have horses, goats, sheep, cows, and other livestock. There are all kinds of creative uses for engraved ID tags and collars – many of which we haven’t even seen yet! We’ve had custom tag orders used as pendants for horse blankets as well as plates made for feeders. An engraved plate or tag can be sewn or riveted into all kinds of things to identify your pet or area for years to come.

Do you have a pet you’d like to ID? Share your ideas below in the comments!

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!

With that in mind, here are the top 5 things you can do today to celebrate. [Read more…]

Celebrating ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’ Everyday

eric playing with poochesToday is National Bring Your Dog to Work Day, a day when all pooches large and small get the opportunity to experience their human’s workplace.

At dogIDs, you could say that we celebrate this holiday every day. On a typical day, we have anywhere from 1-4 dogs roaming around our office. We truly believe that having our dogs around us keeps our stress level low and inspires us to provide the best products for them.

To celebrate this special holiday, we thought we’d reflect on our favorite aspects of having office dogs.  Each member of the dogIDs team has their own reason for enjoying the team pets. [Read more…]

A Visit from Cooper, North Dakota’s Hero Dog

cooper1Do you remember hearing about Cooper, the hero dog from North Dakota, this past May? The dogIDs team was lucky enough to meet this canine celebrity this past week.

If you haven’t heard the story, this past May the Urness Family’s 3 year-old son, Carson, went missing while playing outside at their farm near Cooperstown, ND.  The family dog, Cooper, was gone too, so the family hoped the two of them were together.

A team of 200 people searched for many hours to find Carson and finally found him about a mile away from the family home. Sure enough, Cooper was there too – lying on the boy to keep him warm and safe.

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dogIDs Partners with Local News Station to Help Humane Society

dogIDs Partners with Local News Station to Help Humane SocietyThis past May, dogIDs happily partnered with local news station, Valley News Live, for a special promotion benefitting the Humane Society of Fargo Moorhead. [Read more…]

Celebrating dogIDs Spokesdog, River!

Happy Birthday River!Today is a very special day. It’s River’s 5th birthday!

For the past five years, River has been the dogIDs spokesdog, fit model, product tester and morale booster. He spends every day helping us further our mission of producing and selling the highest quality dog products. [Read more…]

Meet Buzz: The Old Dog who Learns New Tricks

Buzz, the Old Dog with New TricksThe dogIDs team recently ran across Ann Flower’s photos of her dog, Buzz, posing in a hilarious variety of photos. When we found out that she and Buzz live in nearby Grand Forks, ND, we knew we had to learn more about this talented pooch
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