dogIDs "How-To" Dog Blog

Is Tug of War a Safe Game to Play With Your Dog?
Tug of War is a fun game between dogs or between a person and a dog. I play tug with my Lab mix Ace almost every day. He loves it! But, my dog also growls and shakes the toy and gets overly excited at times, so I can see why some people might think tug encourages a little too much aggression. You may have even heard some people say you should always make sure to “win.” I asked a few others…
Christmas Gifts for the Dog Lover Without a Dog
As a 25-year-old, all I want for Christmas is my first dog. Please, Santa, please send me a fluffy puppy to call my own!!!Oh, wait. I can't...I live in an apartment that isn't dog-friendly.So Santa, change of plans. Can you send me these gifts instead?Gifts For The Dog Lover Without A Dog If I can't have a dog, I'll settle for an adorable t-shirt that reminds me just how much I lov…
What Makes a Dog Tennis Ball Different
If your dog is anything like my dog, they’re obsessed with tennis balls. My dog will carry it with him everywhere he goes, he will make me throw it for him 1000 times in a row and then he will destroy it into as many pieces.I will then find myself at the store once again to replace his collection, even though I know these too will fall victim to Teddy’s love for ripping his toys to shreds. Have yo…
Celebrating dogIDs Spokesdog, River!
Today is a very special day.It’s River’s 5th birthday! For the past five years, River has been the dogIDs spokesdog, fit model, product tester and morale booster. He spends every day helping us further our mission of producing and selling the highest quality dog products. River is a yellow Labrador retriever and his pet parents are dogIDs owners, Clint and Lori Howitz. He also has a human…
Should You Kennel Train Your Dog?
When you adopt a new dog, everyone you talk to will give you unsolicited training advice. Visit the dog park/don't  visit the dog park. Use a slip collar/don't use a slip collar. It's a lot of conflicting information to work through! When it comes to kennel training a dog, you will also hear a variety of opinions, and it's hard to know what to do. Personally, I'm a big fan o…
4 Tips to Get Your Dog Ready for Warmer Seasons
Spring is here, it is time to get your dog ready for the new season!Spring is in the air and our dogs know it. They are excited to get outside and breathe in the warmer air while splashing their way through the puddles that are formed from the quickly melting snow. Longer days means more hours of potential fun with our four-legged friends and there is no doubt an exciting summer up ahead.Here are…
What Should You Do If You Find a Dog in the Cold?
With winter storms sweeping across the United States, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your pets outside and look out for other animals as well. The Bomb Cyclone has passed, but cold weather is here to stay a while longer.It seems that every summer local news stations air story after story about what to do if you find a dog locked in a hot car. Yet, we don’t seem to hear a thing abo…
What to Know About Dog Daycare Best Practices
If you’re considering sending your dog to daycare, there are some things you should consider.Dog daycare is a place for your pup to socialize with other dogs and it gives them ample opportunity to exercise throughout the day, which is especially great if they’re left alone at home for most of the day. However, there can be problems with dog daycares: if your dog is anxious or aggressive around oth…
Can Dogs Eat Butternut Squash? Are There Benefits?
Plenty of pets parents wonder, can dogs eat butternut squash? It's easy to incorporate a variety of proteins and vegetables into your dog's food, which you can make from scratch alongside your own meals. Healthy food can increase the length and quality of your pup's life. Take a look at the benefits of butternut squash for dogs, then prepare a few delicious doggy recipes from dogIDs.Starchy Foo…
Should Your Dog Wear Their Collar All Day?
Your dog’s collar is an essential accessory many owners always leave on. Is this an okay thing to do? Should your dog wear their collar all day? Continue reading to discover the answer to this question. Plus, you’ll learn how to size your dog’s collar correctly. Let’s Explore the QuestionUse a collar that’s comfortable enough for your pup to wear all the time. Collars are essential identification…
5 Home Remedies To Soothe Your Dog's Itchy Skin
Is your dog constantly scratching because of itchy skin? We found some of the most effective remedies for your itchy dog that are already in your home. We always feel sad for our poor little pups when they are constantly itching. These remedies are easy, effective, and already at your fingertips. In addition to taking the DIY route, you might consider a daily supplement to help your dog’s…
Going Green: Tips for Pet Owners
Sure, you might recycle your cans and use CFL lightbulbs, but have you “greened” your life for your pooch? There are several things pet owners can do to be more environmentally conscious. Here’s a roundup of some of things you can add to your own routine to be a bit more green. Going GreenFor Dogs -Pick up their poop. As we shared in a past blog post, pet waste is actually conside…
Common Mistakes at the Dog Park
Dog Park Dos and Don'ts Visiting the dog park is a positive experience for a lot of dogs and their owners. However, it can also be stressful or even dangerous when dog owners aren’t paying attention to their dogs or aren’t picking up on their dogs’ signals. I asked two professional dog trainers to share some of the most common mistakes dog owners make at dog parks. Hopefully the rest of us can…
What to Do if You Find a Lost Dog
What should you do if you find a lost dog? Hopefully the dog will be friendly and wearing dog 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 yo…
How To Get The Perfect Picture Of Your Dog
Pets In Pictures Every crazy dog lover knows that your dog needs to be in any many photos as possible. But dogs can be some of the trickiest of models. Want to take your dog's photos to the next level? Check out these tips we got from our in-house dog photography expert, Lacie.Have a Helper Keeping your pup posed and ready is difficult when you are behind the camera. Ask for a helping hand whe…