Buckle Up for Safety: The Dangers of Loose Dogs in the Car

Dog travelling safe in carWe’ve all seen it, and maybe are even guilty of it ourselves: Driving down the road with a dog loose in the car, windows down, head out the window … or worse yet, sitting in the back cab of a pickup truck. It may seem harmless, especially when your dog loves to feel the breeze on his face, but the cost could be more than you’re willing to risk.

There are many dangers to this activity. Debris can strike a pup’s face outside, which can cause serious injury and costly medical bills. Ever been driving down the highway when a truck kicks up a rock on your windshield? Imagine that same rock hitting your dog. Not pretty.

What’s even scarier to me is that when a dog’s head is out the window, his front legs are often propped up on the armrest on that door. Some cars have those automatic window buttons right by his foot, and if he takes the wrong step, he may actually close the window on his neck.

Even worse still, if he tries jump out of the window, he could get stuck, or his leash or collar could get caught on something inside, leaving his body hanging or dragging outside, and at risk of chocking himself and great bodily injury if not death. Or if he makes it out, he is at great risk of getting struck by another car. [Read more...]

Safety Tips for Dogs During the 4th of July

4th of July Safety for DogsWe want to wish you all a happy Fourth of July!

Many of you will be spending time outdoors this week with friends and family and of course, your dogs. There will be lots of grilling, outdoor sports, parades and fireworks. While we hope you all have tons of fun, we also want to mention some important safety tips for our dogs. [Read more...]

How ID Tags Can Save Your Dog’s Life – Three Examples

How ID tags can save your dogHere at dogIDs we understand the importance of pet ID tags, and we want to encourage all pet owners to put collars and tags on their pets.

The following are just three examples of dogs who were reunited with their owners after getting lost. In all three cases, the fact that the dogs were wearing ID tags made all the difference.

You just never know what can happen, and we hope these stories will remind other dog and cat owners how important ID tags can be.

If you have ever lost dog or cat, please share your story in the comments section.

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Celebrating ‘Bring Your Dog to Work Day’ Everyday

eric playing with poochesToday is National Bring Your Dog to Work Day, a day when all pooches large and small get the opportunity to experience their human’s workplace.

At dogIDs, you could say that we celebrate this holiday every day. On a typical day, we have anywhere from 1-4 dogs roaming around our office. We truly believe that having our dogs around us keeps our stress level low and inspires us to provide the best products for them.

To celebrate this special holiday, we thought we’d reflect on our favorite aspects of having office dogs.  Each member of the dogIDs team has their own reason for enjoying the team pets. [Read more...]

How to Stop a Dog From Begging

My dog typically stares at me and drools while I’m eating until I eventually smile or give him some of my food. My behavior of course encourages Ace to beg, even if I only acknowledge him 50 percent of the time.

Since so many other dogs beg while their humans are eating, I asked a professional dog trainer for some tips on how to manage this behavior. Please leave your own suggestions or questions in the comments. [Read more...]

A Visit from Cooper, North Dakota’s Hero Dog

cooper1Do you remember hearing about Cooper, the hero dog from North Dakota, this past May? The dogIDs team was lucky enough to meet this canine celebrity this past week.

If you haven’t heard the story, this past May the Urness Family’s 3 year-old son, Carson, went missing while playing outside at their farm near Cooperstown, ND.  The family dog, Cooper, was gone too, so the family hoped the two of them were together.

A team of 200 people searched for many hours to find Carson and finally found him about a mile away from the family home. Sure enough, Cooper was there too – lying on the boy to keep him warm and safe.

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dogIDs Partners with Local News Station to Help Humane Society

dogIDs Partners with Local News Station to Help Humane SocietyThis past May, dogIDs happily partnered with local news station, Valley News Live, for a special promotion benefitting the Humane Society of Fargo Moorhead. [Read more...]

5 Commands Every Dog Should Know

5 commands every dog should know

While we’re all aware our dogs should know basic commands, sometimes we need a reminder on why certain commands are so important and how they can even save a dog’s life.

This is my list of the top 5 commands I believe all dogs should know and respond to. If you have additional commands to add to the list, please mention them in the comments.

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10 Ways to Show Your Dog Appreciation

10 Ways to Show Your Dog AppreciationWe’re excited for the fun pet holiday coming up next week! This month, “Pet Appreciation Week” is celebrated and is a great excuse to spend some time with your pup.

Here’s a list of some of our 10 favorite ways you can show your own dog some extra appreciation! [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Use a Harness to Walk Your Dog

Reasons to walk your dog on a harnessI’m a dog walker, so I use a variety of available tools for walking different types of dogs. One of those options is a leash and harness.

The following are some reasons why you may want to consider a harness for your dog.

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