Exercise

Tips for Socializing a Puppy

How to socialize your puppyWe hear about the importance of socializing our dogs and puppies to new things, but what exactly does that mean?

At what age should we begin exposing our puppies to new places and other dogs, and how can we go about it without scaring them or exposing them to diseases?

I reached out to some professionals for their ideas on how to socialize a puppy safely. Here’s what they had to say.
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The Best Leash for Running With Dogs
Mendota slip leads KC Dog Runners

Photo: Jeff Graves

The following is my interview with Jeff Graves, founder of KC Dog Runners in Kansas City.

KC Dog Runners is Kansas City’s first and only dog running company, and Jeff and his team of runners take dogs on running and walking sessions throughout the Kansas City area. They also offer a pet sitting service and a yard cleanup service.

Jeff has been using Mendota Slip Leads from dogIDs to run with his clients’ dogs, so I wanted to ask him a bit about his business and why he prefers this product.

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Top 10 Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership

family with dogIn honor of February being Responsible Pet Ownership Month, we at dogIDs wanted to remind you of some of the ways you can make sure you’re being a great doggie owner. You love your animal companion, but sometimes we all need reminders on how to give your dog the very best and keep him happy and healthy. Aside from committing to the long haul, here are 10 things you can do to be a responsible pet owner. [Read more...]

How to Stop a Dog From Digging in the Yard
Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Some dogs love to dig, but their owners are not exactly impressed by this behavior.

For example, my parents have a springer spaniel named Sophie who enjoys leaving little “potholes” throughout the yard as she searches for mice and who knows what else. This often means Sophie’s feet and toenails are covered in dirt and she has to have her paws washed before heading back in the house.

So, is there anything dog owners can do to stop this behavior? Or is it a lost cause? I asked some dog experts for their thoughts.
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How to Stop a Dog From Barking in the Yard

Stop a dog from barkingDogs bark. They bark at the door. They bark in the yard. They bark when they see other dogs. They bark when they’re scared or excited or frustrated.

Not surprisingly, one of the most common behavioral questions dog owners have is how do I stop my dog from barking?

Of course, it all depends on the exact situation and the exact dog. For this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common problems with barking: Barking in the yard.

I’ll share some of my own tips on how to stop this behavior, along with some ideas from a professional dog trainer who focuses on positive reinforcement training.
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Do Dogs Need Boots in the Cold?

snow-and-go-dog-boots-in-use_1841_310x310You may have wondered whether your dog needs boots to protect her feet from the cold and ice. Really, it depends on the individual dog’s cold tolerance as well as her breed and how long she will be outside. My own dog has sensitive paws, and he tends to lift them up once it dips below 10 degrees Fahrenheit or so. On the other hand, some dogs act like they don’t even notice the cold on their feet.

So how do you know when your dog might need some extra paw protection? [Read more...]

How to Keep your Dog Warm this Winter

ProZip dog sweaterHave you wondered whether or not your dog needs a coat or booties in the winter? Every dog is different, so here is a guide to help you choose the right cold-weather gear to protect your dog from the cold, snow and ice.

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Tips for Running With a Dog
Tips for running with a dog

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Thinking of running with your dog? Do you know how many dogs would be so jealous if they only knew? I’ve gone running with about 100 different dogs over the years through my dog running business, and here are my tips for running with your pup.

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Dog Dock Jumping: How to Join the Fun

Daisy Birkeland Super LaunchPet parents have probably always had fun throwing toys off docks for their dogs to retrieve. It’s a great way to enjoy time with your furry friend. This summer activity of dog dock jumping turned into a sport at a Purina event in 1997. Then in 2008, the United Kennel Club added dock jumping as a recognized sport. Dogs can now get UKC titles by competing in dock distance or height jumping. Now in 2013, there are large, organized and smaller, local dock jumping events and competitions across the United States. Six years after the widely agreed upon “beginning” of this sport, dock jumping teams travel the country to compete and new pet parents are wondering how to join the fun. [Read more...]

Meet Syrus : Newest Member of the dogIDs Team!
Syrus in his Soft Grip Collar

Sryus in his dogIDs Waterproof Soft Grip ScruffTag Personalized Dog Collar

This summer, dogIDs owners Lori and Clint Howitz added a new furry friend to their family – and so did the dogIDs team! Meet Syrus, the Great Dane. He’s about six-months old and weighs 90 pounds.

Syrus was found wandering the streets of Grand Forks, ND and was held at the dog pound in Grand Forks for a week, but never claimed. 4 Luv of Dog Rescue took him in to try and find him a new home. Ashley Farkas, dogIDs Merchandising Manager, is also a long-time volunteer of 4 Luv of Dog Rescue in Fargo, ND.

Lori tells us, “Ashley found out that Syrus was being transported to Fargo [Read more...]