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Dog Won’t Swallow Pills? Pinterest to the Rescue!

How to Get Your Dog to Take Meds

Taking pills is awful no matter who you are.

Think about it.

Dogs, a species that enjoys eating its own poop, cringe at the thought of swallowing pills. Thankfully, Pinterest offers tips on how to be the [dog pill] Master of Disguise.

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Keep your dog safe in the dark

ScruffTag modelMornings and late afternoons are getting darker and darker for many of us this time of year. With the time change coming up, late afternoon and evening walks are only going to get darker!

You want to make sure you and your dog are visible to drivers when you’re out and about, so the following are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind this fall.

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Graphic Tees. Inspired by Dogs, Created for You.

Hooray! dogIDs has launched a brand new line of graphic tees for the humans! With 40 designs to choose from, our shirts are the perfect fit for you or the dog lover in your life.

THEMES

You’ve got some serious style, so we’ve created a variety of shirts to help you flaunt it and work it wherever you go.

Humor

For the love of dog, these shirts absolutely crack us up! If you like smiling, we highly recommend checking out these t-shirts.

 

Diets Are Hard

“Go on a diet, they said. It will be easy, they said.”


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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...]

DIY Pet Halloween Costumes

DIY Halloween Costumes for You and Your PetThe leaves are changing, temps are cooling and the pumpkin craze has begun. Fall is here! And that means Halloween isn’t far behind. Little children in costumes are adorable, but what’s even better than that? Pets in costumes.

I always try and dress my pets up somehow for Halloween, although two of my three won’t tolerate it for more than a second. If you have a pet that will tolerate being gussied up for this spooky cute day, getting a photo captured of that sweet (OK fine, upset) face is so worth it. Sure, you can go out and buy a costume at the store for your pup, but there are plenty of ways you can dress your pet at home. Here, we compiled a list of some creative and cute DIY Halloween costumes for your furry friends. [Read more...]

How to Get a Puppy Used to Walking on a Leash

Sheepdog puppy on a leashOct. 1 to 7 is National Walk Your Dog Week, so this week is a great opportunity to encourage other dog lovers to get out and walk more with their dogs.

For this post, I thought I’d focus on puppies and when to start teaching them appropriate leash manners.

If you’ve recently adopted a puppy, you’re probably already teaching her the basics such as “sit.” But at what point should you start teaching your puppy to walk nicely on a leash?

I reached out to a professional dog trainer and asked for her tips on when and how she begins teaching a puppy to walk on a leash. Here’s what she had to say:

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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!

How to Teach a Dog to Take Treats Gently

How to Teach a Dog to Take Treats NicelySome dogs will naturally take treats gently from a person’s hand, while others can be quite careless!

If you have a dog that snaps at your hand in a frantic attempt to get a treat, the following are some tips you can use to teach him to be more patient and gentle.

These are also good tips to try if you recently adopted a puppy. It’s much easier to start out by teaching good manners than it is to try correcting a problem later on.

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National Dog Week: Rescuing, Fostering & a Dog-Filled Life

Ashley with her most recent foster, Abby.

Ashley with her most recent foster, Abby.

Attention all you party animals, it’s time to celebrate canines! This week is National Dog Week, which runs through the last week in September. This barktastic holiday is said to be started by Captain William Judy in 1928 to educate dog owners about their responsibilities to their pets and communities.

Speaking of community, we wanted to honor this holiday while also highlighting one of our amazing staff members, Ashley Farkas, who is our resident Merchandising Manager. She’s a champion of all things dog and we couldn’t help but feature her here for you all to read about. Here’s what she has to say about her own dogs and her experience being a foster for area dog rescues.

Amanda: What do you think it is about dogs that makes them man’s best friend?

Ashley: The dogIDs “About Us” page hits the nail on the head for me. Dogs give us their unconditional love and are there for us no matter what. I believe that this sincere connection is what makes dogs man’s best friend … and woman’s best friend too.

Amanda: What are your favorite activities to do with your own dogs?

Ashley: It may sound simple, but going on walks is one of my favorite things. Walking is not only great exercise for both my dogs and I, but it’s also a great activity for building a strong, trusting relationship with a dog and their owner.

Ashley with her family and dogs, Jake and Maci.

Ashley with her family and dogs, Jake and Maci.

Another favorite of mine is teaching my children the proper way to interact with dogs. I am a firm believer that teaching a child how to properly treat an animal goes far beyond their interactions with dogs and is a lesson they carry with them in their human relationships as well. It has been a complete joy to watch my daughters and our dogs as they grow and learn together.

Lastly, snuggling is one of my favorite activities to do with my dogs … if you can call that an activity that is. Who doesn’t love a warm, cuddly puppy to snuggle on a cold, North Dakota winter day?

Amanda: What have dogs taught you?

Ashley: My dogs have most definitely had a hand in teaching me patience. I adopted my Black Labrador Retriever, Jake, four years ago. When Jake first came home, he needed some work, to say the least. He would stand with two paws in the left side of the kitchen sink, two paws in the right side and “pre-rinse” my dishes. He once gnawed on a thawing beef roast, ate half of a sheet cake that was supposed to be for our daughter’s fourth birthday and devoured countless packages of gum, a tube of poison ivy cream, golf tees, etc. This boy has done his part in keeping me on my toes and teaching me not to worry so much about the little things.

Ashley's former foster, Owen, was seized from a puppy mill.

Ashley’s former foster, Owen, was seized from a puppy mill.

Amanda: You’ve been a foster for dogs at a couple local rescues. How has this experience affected your day-to-day life?

Ashley: Any person that volunteers to foster an animal will tell you that it’s not easy. Adding an additional dog to your pack and day-to-day routine takes work. Fostering means an extra dog to feed, water, let out, groom and train. The moment you see that dog go to their forever family makes all the “work” worth every minute.

Amanda: How do your own dogs react to having fosters around?

Ashley: I have two dogs of my own. My family and I adopted Jake from 4 Luv of Dog Rescue in Fargo. Not long after that, I convinced my husband that Jake needed a friend and that fostering would be the perfect solution. We could temporarily have another dog around, but not have to worry about the added expense of a second dog. Plus, Jake was a young lab that needed a playmate to burn off some of his puppy energy. A few fosters came and went until Maci, a young Pit Bull/Boxer mix, came along. We picked her up at a local boarding facility where she was being temporarily housed until a foster home could be found for her. She lived with us for several months until the day came that she finally had a meeting with a potential adopter. I was sick to my stomach. Maci had the sweetest soul, but was a very timid dog. I didn’t know how any other family would be able to make her feel comfortable and love her as much as we had for all these months. The adopters decided to go with another dog. I did a huge sigh of relief, looked at my husband and said, “We have to keep her.” I signed the adoption papers a few days later and she’s been our friend’s and family’s favorite ever since.

Jake is a fun-loving guy. I’m fairly confident that his goal in life is to meet everyone and everything he can. He loves when we bring new fosters into our home. He gets so excited to meet them. Maci is a little more skeptical and timid around new dogs, but as soon as she gets a good sniff in, she’s spinning circles and can’t wait to play with all of our new additions.

Amanda: What challenges have you faced, or overcome, while fostering? What about successes?

Ashley: We have faced many challenges in our four years of fostering dogs. We’ve seen everything from dogs with dog aggression, food aggression, toy possessiveness, separation anxiety and kennel anxiety to dogs that have come from puppy mills and abusive homes that spent weeks hiding in their kennels.

Ashley's daughter shares her nap time with  Maci and  former foster dog, Dre.

Ashley’s daughter shares her nap time with Maci and a former foster of Ashley’s.

Thankfully, with hard work and dedication from the dogs and my family, all but one of the 23 dogs that have entered our home have been successfully adopted. Unfortunately, you can’t save them all. As emotional as it is, there will be dogs that cannot be safely placed into homes, whether it is due to aggression issues or health problems. The success in these situations is knowing that you did everything you possibly could to give these dogs the love and care they so desperately need and deserve in their remaining days of life.

Amanda: If someone were thinking about fostering, what advice would you give them?

Ashley: According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.9 million dogs enter shelters each year, and 1.2 million of these dogs are euthanized. My advice to anyone thinking about fostering is to jump in with both feet and do it.

Amanda: What is the single best thing about fostering?

Ashley: For me, the single best thing about fostering is bringing a dog to their new home and knowing deep down in my heart and soul that that is the absolute, most perfect home for them.

Amanda: How can people celebrate National Dog Week? Give us some suggestions!

Ashley: I am a huge advocate for volunteering. I love the saying, “If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, donate. If you can’t donate, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, educate.” In the world of animal rescue, there is always something that can be done. What better way to celebrate National Dog Week than to make a positive impact on the life of a dog?

 

We here at dogIDs are also helping you celebrate this fun holiday week with a special offer: free shipping! Happy National Dog Week! Ruff ruff!

8 Ways to Memorialize Your Loved Pet

Sunday is National Pet Memorial Day, which hits home to anyone who has lost a loved animal friend. Whether its been 10 days or 10 years, losing a beloved pet is never easy. My family’s dog, Katie, a black Australian kelpie and greyhound mix passed away in April. Every time I go to my parents’ home I feel like I can hear the jangle of her tags and wish she could sleep with me one more night. We had so many good memories that I decided it was time to commemorate her and acknowledge the loss that we had.

8 Ways to Memorialize Your PetWhat prompted this thinking was a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. What a long way to travel for a wake up call! When in Scotland, I visited the Edinburgh Castle where they have a dog cemetery that is built into the remains of a medieval tower and has been used as a burial ground for officer’s dogs and regimental mascots since the 1840′s. That is an exceptional way to show appreciation for the dogs in Scotland’s military. It had me thinking of ways that we can memorialize our loved pets, like my Katie, that would showcase the love they bring out in us. [Read more...]