dogIDs "How-To" Dog Blog

How to Potty Train an Adult Dog
There are plenty of helpful guides out there on how to potty train your puppy. But what if you adopt an adult dog from a shelter? The dog may or may not be potty trained. The following are someTips to help set your adult dog up for success.1. Don't assume the dog is potty trained. When it comes to potty training, treat your adult dog like a puppy until you know she is potty trained. Even if t…
Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Pet Parents
What Are the Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Pet Parents?Every dog is an individual, regardless of her breed or mix of breeds. When you're thinking about getting a dog, you'll receive tons of opinions about which breed of dog is best for you and you'll have to take that advice in stride. For example, golden retrievers and Labs are often recommended as great family pets, but some retrievers can also…
New Year's Resolutions for You or Your Dog
As 2015 draws to a close and 2016 is right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about New Year resolutions for you or your dog. I know some people who say they never make any because they never follow through on them, but I still like to make them whether I stick to it or not. The effort is what counts, right? Even if for a short time, it’s better than nothing.My Own ResolutionsI have se…
Puppies as Christmas Gifts - What to Think About
Adopting a new dog or puppy is an important decision that should involve the entire family. That’s true no matter what time of year it is. Keeping that in mind, the following are some tips to consider if you’re planning to give a family member a dog or puppy this Christmas. Choosing a dog as a family gift together I can’t think of a better surprise than a cute puppy with a red bow around…
Should You Allow Your Dog on the Bed?
I don't allow my dog to sleep on my bed because he's a little, um ... gross. Ace is one of those big, drooly-types who always has "shoelaces" hanging from his mouth. If I do allow him to sleep in my room on the floor, he's constantly waking me up by flapping his ears, flinging drool or snoring. Needless to say, my dog does not sleep on my bed. But what if your dog isn't as noisy and…
Thanksgiving - Should You Share Food With Your Dog?
Do you plan to share some of your turkey with your dog this Thanksgiving? Turkey can be a safe treat for dogs in moderation, but feeding table scraps can also lead to unwanted behavior such as begging. The following are some tips from veterinarians on how to help dog owners decide what's best for their own unique dogs. Table scraps as treats Dr. John Faught is the medical director of Fireh…
Fur Babies - An Alternative to Having Kids?
I am a newlywed, which means everybody is asking when my husband and I are going to have kids. It’s a tough question to answer. Am I ready for children? Do I even want to have kids? Can’t our two cats and Boxer-mix dog be enough? They sure feel like kids to me, and truth be told, I usually prefer spending time with animals anyway. Not to mention the fact that we are still paying off debt, sa…
Helpful Tips on How to Foster a Dog
Dog lovers are always looking for ways to help homeless pets. While adoption is out of the question for some of us, perhaps fostering a dog could be an option. Fostering a dog means you provide the dog with a temporary home until the dog gets adopted. The following are someTips to help you get started with fostering a dog.1. Realistically evaluate your lifestyle. Welcoming any new dog into…
How to Safely Introduce Dogs to Each Other
"Don't worry. He's good with other dogs." I'm sure you've heard that statement before. But some dog owners forget that just because a dog is good with one dog doesn't mean he's good with all dogs. Sometimes certain personalities or energy levels don't mix. This post includes some safety reminders onHow to introduce two dogs for a walk or playdate.1. Prevent direct eye contact between the d…
New Artisan Partner - New Designer Dog Collars
dogIDs is always on the look-out for awesome artisan partners.Designer Dog CollarsThis summer we were thrilled to meet Kaydi Grunhovd at a local street fair, and with her wonderful collars, we knew she would be a great addition to the dogIDs artisan group.Her love of pet products happened by accident when she received a sewing machine for Christmas. After making dog collars for her friend's dogs a…
How to Stop a Dog From Counter Surfing - 4 Tips
You set a bag of rolls on the counter and then head out to your car to carry in another grocery bag. You’re gone a whole 30 seconds and … the rolls are gone! Raise your hand if your dog is guilty of this! Do any of you have dogs that like to steal food off the counters? Not only is this frustrating, but it can even be dangerous if the dog takes something that could be harmful, like ch…
The Many Benefits of Exercising Your Dog
As dog owners, we want our furry friends to live as long as possible. Here are some tips for exercising your dog!Benefits of Dog Exercise Exercising your dog isn’t just to control their weight, but it can also help with diseases such as hip dysplasia and heart disease. It also improves bone and joint health, as well as lung function. Having your dog exercise every day will help tire them…
5 Puppy Exercise Tips: How to Get Your Puppy Tired
If you have a puppy, you’re probably looking for some ideas on how to safely tire him out, especially if he’s in that naughty, “teenage” stage. Taking your puppy for walks is a good idea, but you may be wondering how far you can walk him without putting too much stress on his joints. And, is it safe to take him running? I asked two dog trainers to share some of their ideas for exercising…
What do our customers really think?
At dogIDs, we’ve been customer-focused since day one. We know that we would not be able to do what we do without our customers and their love for their pets.That’s why we LOVE hearing what our customers think about our products and their experience shopping with us. We are even more tickled when they leave us an awesome review and send us photos of their pooch.Check out some of our favorite custom…
You Won’t Believe These Embarrassing Dog Stories!
If you live with dogs, I know you definitely have a few embarrassing stories to tell. And, you can probably relate to the stories I’m about to share! I hope you can get a few laughs out of these, and of course, feel free to share your own embarrassing dog stories in the comments. At least we can all laugh about them after the fact! Embarrassing Dog StoriesArtie the Labrador Far…