First Dog Checklist

Getting your first dog? Here’s a checklist to help.

You’ve decided that you want a dog, but what do you do now? When you get your first dog, it is important to do some research. I do not have any pets but decided that I would like to get a dog. I have been scouring the internet looking for the best breed, training tips and how to puppy proof my apartment. Here is a checklist that I made up that will help you when getting your first dog:

  1. Write down what is important to you
  2. Gather basic supplies
  3. Set house rules
  4. Plan a vet appointment
  5. Schedule training and obedience classes

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Orthopedic Dog Beds: Not Just for Seniors!

Reasons for getting an orthopedic dog bedHow many beds have you gone through for your dog? Personally, I’ve bought Brick about five beds in the five years I’ve had him.

I often went for the lowest-priced options thinking I’d save money, but they’d never last. Either they’d get lumpy or too flat, or simple wear and tear got the best of them too quickly. If only I had gotten a high-quality, durable bed off the bat, because that would have saved the most in the long run.

Durability aside, you may wonder if you really need an orthopedic bed for your pup. I mean, orthopedics are for senior citizens, right? Not necessarily! Doggies of all ages and sizes can benefit from a great bed. [Read more…]

How to Stop a Dog From Barking at Other Dogs on Walks

How to stop a dog from barking on walksIf you have a reactive dog, or even just an overly excited dog, then you know how frustrating it can be when your dog lunges and barks at other dogs on walks. It’s embarrassing, to say the least.

I reached out to three professional dog trainers to get some realistic tips that dog owners can try if they’re dealing with this type of problem. If you have a dog that tends to bark at other dogs, please feel free to share your own tips in the comments.

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dogIDs Awarded Google Trusted Stores Badge

dogIDs Awarded Google Trusted Stores BadgedogIDs is excited to announce that it was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program! To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service.

When visiting the dogIDs website, shoppers can hover over the Google Trusted Store badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. dogIDs currently has a 100 percent rating for customer service and 98 percent rating for on-time shipping. [Read more…]

What to Do if You See a Dog Left in a Hot Car

What to do if you see a dog in a hot carI leave my dog in the car from time to time.

I live in a coastal town where the mornings are cloudy, and we have a cool sea breeze. My dog waits for me while I run in to pick up a prescription or whatever it might be.

I love my dog very much, but I know some people would find my actions inexcusable.

There are, of course, very serious risks to leaving a dog alone in the car, and anyone who does so has to accept those risks:

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How to Get a Dog Used to Nail Trims

cutting a dog's nailsCutting your dog’s nails is no big deal as long as your dog is not afraid of having her nails trimmed! If you have such a dog, then you know how challenging and stressful nail trims can be.

This post will go over some tips on how to help your dog or puppy get used to nail trims. If your dog is especially fearful or aggressive while having her nails trimmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional groomer, vet or trainer for help.

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How to Choose a Veterinarian

How to choose a veterinarianSo, you’ve adopted a puppy or new dog. How do you go about choosing the right veterinarian?

You can assume all veterinarians are experts on canine and feline health, but that doesn’t always mean they are good with all types of dogs and cats. It also doesn’t guarantee they have good communication skills around people.

I thought I’d share a few ideas to think about when choosing a vet, because you want to find someone who makes both you and your pet comfortable.

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dogIDs Welcomes New Fargo Embroidery Partner, Justin Nelson

dogIDs Introduces New Partner

We are excited to welcome our newest partner, Justin Nelson, to the dogIDs pack! Justin’s sewing shop is located right here in our hometown of Fargo, ND. This new partnership means your dog can enjoy the safety and comfort of a custom-embroidered nylon collar in a variety of bright colors, shipped quickly and conveniently to your mailbox! [Read more…]

What to Do if You Find a Lost Dog

Homeless dogWhat should you do if you find a lost dog?

Hopefully the dog will be friendly and wearing ID tags. That way, you could just contact the owner yourself. But we all know it’s not always that easy. What if the dog is not wearing tags? Some lost dogs may not even be wearing collars. And some dogs may not be very friendly.

The following are some ideas on what you can do to help a dog if you come across one that appears to be lost.

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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…]