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dogIDs Announces "Paw It Forward" InitiativeAt dogIDs, we improve the lives of dogs. Whether we’re sending supplies to the dogs affected by natural disasters or supporting our local shelter’s events and fundraisers or volunteering our time, our staff gives with a purpose.

We’re excited to announce that starting in January 2015, dogIDs has given our customers the chance to give back by launching our “Paw It Forward” program. [Read more…]

The Top 3 Leashes for Everyday Dog Ownership

The Top 3 Leashes for Everyday Dog OwnershipDepending on what activities you like to do with your dog, you may need a variety of different leashes for each situation.

In this post, I’ll go over a couple of popular leash options and give some examples of when each leash could be used. If you have a favorite type of leash, let me know in the comments!

Different types of leashes for dogs

The basic snap leash

Snap leashes are your typical nylon or leather leashes that snap onto your dog’s collar. Most snap leashes are either 4 or 6 feet in length. This type of leash is often the go-to leash for dog owners for everyday use like walks, visiting the vet, going to a pet friendly store, etc. [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. 

The First Steps to Training your New Dog

The First Steps to Training your New DogDid any of you adopt a dog or puppy over the holidays? Sometimes training a new pup can be overwhelming. Where do you even start? To help you out, I thought I’d go over some of the basics.

January is also National Train Your Dog Month, which was selected by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers to raise awareness about the importance of dog training. It’s a good reminder for all of us to train our dogs at least for a few minutes every day. [Read more…]

5 Fun Facts About Dogs

5 Fun Facts About Dogs

Have you ever wondered why dogs do the things they do? Or what makes their behavior so unique? We scoured the web to dig up five fun facts about our furry friends. Call it a doggie FAQ or things you never knew you wanted to know. Go ahead, impress your friends with your canine know-how. [Read more…]

The Best “12 Days of Christmas” You’ll See This Year

In the spirit of the season, we’d like to introduce “The 12 Days of Christmas”, as told by our favorite furry friends. Merry Christmas, and may your holidays be full of cheer and wagging tails!

Merry Christmas From Our Pack To Yours!

Christmas Photo

Happy Holidays!! Our dogIDs team would like to sincerely thank all our customers and fans for making this year one to remember. May you have a safe holiday season with all your human and pet loved ones!

In case you’ve ever wondered who’s behind the scenes at dogIDs.com, here’s who we are and why the holidays are special to us. Merry Christmas!

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A Christmas Message From River

Dear Pet Parents,Christmas Message From River

As Spokesdog of dogIDs, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

This Holiday Season, I am especially grateful for my dogIDs office family and all the dogIDs customers. And treats. In no specific order… [Read more…]

What You Should Know If You’re Traveling With A Pet During The Holidays

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If your dog is traveling with you this holiday season, here’s a few tips and pointers [thanks, U.S. Humane Society!] to keep in mind before venturing out. [Read more…]

Deck The Halls With DIY Pet Decorations

Looking for fun ways incorporate your pet into your holiday decorations this season? Thanks to Pinterest, we’ve compiled a list of cute, easy DIY ideas for a pet-themed Christmas!

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornament

Simple salt dough ornament. What a great way to include your pet in the festivities!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • paint(optional)
  • parchment paper
  • straw for hole punch

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients. If the dough seems too dry, add more water.
  2. Split the dough into several parts.
  3. Shape the dough and place on a baking sheet (or oven safe plate), covered with parchment paper. I smoothed the top of the dough out by laying parchment paper on top and rubbing my hands on it.
  4. Gently push either a foot, hand, paw, etc into the dough circles.
  5. Use a knife to cut clean edges around imprint if you would like
  6. make a hole in the top of the ornament with the straw
  7. Bake at 200°F for 3-6 hours until dry.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. (Optional) Paint with acrylic paint.

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