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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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Dangerous Doggy Doo – Why You Need to Clean Up After Your Pet

Doggy-Doo-Free WalkYou take Fluffy out for an evening stroll, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying your sights and surroundings. Winding sidewalks, big trees, green bushes, squirrels scampering, children playing. Then, all of a sudden, you step on a landmine of doggy doo. Worse yet, Fluffy really wants to investigate these leftovers of another dog’s journey on this same path.

I’ve had my fair share of frustration over feces. [Read more...]

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...]

Five Tips to Help a Dog That is Afraid of Fireworks

Dog bed at dogIDsThe Fourth of July is a stressful time for a lot of dogs, and their owners. While there is no quick fix for helping a dog overcome his fear of fireworks, these tips are designed as starting blocks for helping a dog deal with fireworks and other stressful noises. Please share any additional tips in the comments section for how to help a dog that is afraid of fireworks.

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The Importance of Dog ID Tags

It may seem like a no-brainer, but having ID tags for your dog is incredibly important. Most dog owners would agree that having identification on your dog is important, but a study done by ASPCA in 2010 found that while 80% of pet owners thought Pet ID tags were important, only 33% of them said their pet wears an ID tag all of the time.

Here are a few reasons why we at dogIDs think ID tags are important to your pet’s well-being:
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What emotions do dogs experience?

If I don’t throw the ball fast enough for my Lab mix Ace, he will bark as though he’s frustrated. If I leave for a walk without him, I’m told Ace will sometimes whine as though he’s sad or upset. When he’s reunited with an old friend, he wiggles and wags with obvious happiness.

Of course, it’s easy to make assumptions about my dog’s emotions. I don’t actually know what he’s experiencing. But if you ask any dog owner if his dog has emotions, he will say, “Of course!” Anyone who’s lived with a dog knows that dogs do experience emotions of some kind.

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Five Reasons to Try Dog Agility

Dog agility is a sport where a handler and dog work together as a team. The handler directs the off-leash dog through an obstacle course. During an actual competition, each dog is judged on time and accuracy. Some people and dogs participate in agility for fun without actually competing. Others travel across the country to test their skills against other teams. Here are some reasons to give agility a try with your dog:

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5 Diet and Nutrition Tips for Dogs

The dog food world can be overwhelming. Is it better to feed a grain-free food? Canned food? How about raw?

Adding to the difficulty is the fact that every dog is different. The healthiest diet for one dog might not be the best for another. All kinds of factors come into play such as the dog’s breed, age, activity level and weight. Not to mention, some dogs have allergies or sensitive stomachs.

So how can you make sure your dog is eating a proper diet? Here are some tips.

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7 Methods to Exercise Your Dog

Dogs appreciate mental and physical challenges. Some dogs won’t feel tired or relaxed unless their owners find a way to accomplish both. Here are seven great options for exercising your dog:

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