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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...]

How to Safely Introduce Dogs
How to introduce dogs

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

“Don’t worry. He’s good with other dogs.”

I’m sure you’ve heard that statement before. But some dog owners forget that just because a dog is good with one dog doesn’t mean he’s good with all dogs. Sometimes certain personalities or energy levels don’t mix. This post includes some safety reminders on how to introduce two dogs for a walk or playdate.

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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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Stop a dog from barking in a kennel
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Available at dogIDs

There are plenty of good articles out there about how to stop a dog from barking in her kennel (crate). Most dog owners know they should ignore their dogs for barking, return to them when they’re quiet and provide them with food and other goodies in their kennels. The following are some extra tips to expand on these ideas to stop a dog from barking in a kennel.

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How to stop a dog from scratching at the door
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Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

This is a tough problem. Your dog scratches at the door, and you want to go to him to tell him to stop. But then he learns that scratching at the door gets him what he wants – your attention. So what should a dog owner do? This post will help you come up with your own ideas on how to stop your dog from scratching at the door.

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How to stop a dog or puppy from chewing
Beagle Puppy Chewing

Courtesy: Bukowsky18 on Flickr

Dogs chew for all kinds of reasons. Their jaws are built for some serious gnawing, but they also seem to chew because it’s fun and probably relaxing. While it may be unfair to expect your dog to stop chewing completely, you should be able to teach her which items are appropriate for chewing.

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Dog adoption – planning ahead

Are you thinking about adopting a dog? Congratulations! While adopting a new dog should be fun, it’s still a little overwhelming to bring in a new family member – especially if you’re the one doing all the work. It can also be stressful for your existing pets. While some stress is unavoidable, here are a few suggestions to help the process go as smoothly as possible.

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Playing fetch, with rules

Have you met the dogIDs spokesdog, River? One of his favorite sports is fetch. If there were a professional fetching team, River would be captain.

Playing fetch can be a great form of exercise for a dog, but it can also give the dog a mental workout if there are a few “rules.” Adding rules to a simple game is a great way to build a dog’s self control. While we want our dogs to have fun, it’s also important that they learn not to grab the ball from our hands or to bark at us to throw the ball sooner. Let’s get to some examples:

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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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