Clean Safely: products that do the job without harming your dog

dog via gratisographyThese days it seems like nothing is safe anymore. Artificial ingredients, chemicals and GMOs, report after report caution against the dangers in using many commercial items, from beauty products to food to medicine. While it’s important to be an informed consumer regarding the products we buy for ourselves, how it affects our pets is a whole other animal (no pun intended).

Many cleaning products that you can pick up at the store contain chemicals that are known toxins with a long list of dangerous side effects in both humans and animals. Since our furry friends tend to be curious creatures, they won’t know better to not get into them, so it’s best to store all cleaning products in a safe place away from them. Even then, once they’re put away, fumes can linger. When it comes to the products we use on our floors and carpets, our pets walk on the surfaces after we’ve cleaned them, and when they lick their paws, they’re ingesting that product. [Read more…]

Dog Fans Recycle Cans

River loves to recycle and help a good causeGetting involved with a local shelter or rescue is easier than you might think. While you may be familiar with the idea of volunteering at a shelter or fostering dogs, there’s a new way to give back that requires little to no commitment on your part: recycling cans for a local shelter! Now you can simultaneously help the environment and animals. Talk about a win-win! [Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

7 Ways to Save Money on Dog Care

7 ways to save money on your dogDog care can get expensive, especially if you have multiple dogs. The following are some tips and tricks from me and fellow dog lovers on how to save money in the long run on food, vet bills, boarding and other expenses. Please share your ideas in the comments.

1. Buy higher-quality items.

If you spend more up front on higher-quality items, you can usually end up saving over the long run because you won’t have to replace the items as often, if at all. A couple examples include high-quality dog beds, durable dog toys and high-end collars and leashes.

[Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

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.”


[Read more…]

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:

[Read more…]

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!