dogIDs "How-to" Dog Blog

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe at Night
Whether it's a long summer evening or a brisk winter walk after work, you and your dog like to spend time outside when it's dark out. 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, no matter the season.Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe at NightKeep your dog close Last October I was driving home…
Dog ID Tags - Not just for Dogs
Our 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 vis…
How to Care for Your Dog’s Paws in Winter Weather
Depending on where you live, you may need to consider extra care for your dog’s paws in winter months. For example, winter weather can cause cracked or dry paws. Plus, some dogs are sensitive to the cold, snow and ice on their feet. For these reasons, I reached out to two veterinarians to get their advice on winter paw care. Should your pup wear dog boots? I wrote a whole post on dog b…
5 Benefits of Quick-Release Buckle Dog Collars
All buckles are not created equally. Many dog owners prefer buckle collars for their dogs, but you want to make sure the buckle on your dog’s collar is safe. We’ve all seen collars with those cheap, plastic buckles that break way too easily, so obviously you want to avoid those! The buckle collars from dogIDs are made with a quick-release side buckle designed for durability, safety and con…
Creating the Perfect Garden for You and Your Dog
As gardening season begins, you may have many questions when it comes to planting a dog-friendly garden: What plants are poisonous to my dog? What plants are healthy for my dog? What mulches/fertilizers/pesticides are safe for my dog? What does a dog-friendly garden look like?This article will serve as your guide to creating the perfect garden not only for your backyard, but also for your furry f…
Dangerous Doggy Doo – Clean Up After Your Pet
You take Fluffy out for an evening stroll, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying your sights and surroundings. Winding sidewalks, big trees, green bushes, squirrels scampering, children playing. Then, all of a sudden, you step on a landmine of doggy doo. Worse yet, Fluffy really wants to investigate these leftovers of another dog’s journey on this same path. I’ve had my fair share of frustr…
4 Reasons To Ditch Your Retractable Leash
While retractable leashes may seem like a way to make dog walks easier, you might want to take a second look. Below is a list of the top 4 reasons why we are absolutely, positively not in love with retractable leashes:4 Reasons to Ditch the Retractable Leash1. They’re dangerous for your dog. These leashes can practically extend across state lines. The extra length gives your dog freedom…t…
Pumpkin For Dogs - The Ultimate Guide
At dogIDs we are all about improving the lives of dogs. Because of this, we have many people ask us health questions about their dogs. One of the most common questions that you ask is about healthy superfoods for dogs. Specifically, you ask if your dog can eat pumpkin. The short answer is yes!Pumpkin For Dogs - The Ultimate Pet Superfood Here's the long answer: Pumpkin has many health benefits…
What is Dog Bloat and How to Prevent it
Mealtime is probably one of your pup's favorite activities. But did you know that your dog's meal can be dangerous?Here is a quick lesson in dog bloat that could save your pet's life.What is Dog Bloat?According to PetMD.com, dog bloat (or Gastric Dilatation Volvulus - GDV) is caused when your dog's stomach fills with gas, liquid, or food, causing a large amount of pressure on their diaphragm. This…
How To Keep Your Pet Safe From Ticks
From April through September, there’s a common parasite to look out for on your pet: ticks.These bugs are small but mighty and can cause serious problems for your pet if they’re not removed. Pet owners of all types should be well-versed in where their pets can pick up ticks, how to remove them, and how to prevent ticks in the first place. Here are all your tick questions, answered: Where can my pe…
Why Is My Dog Eating Grass and is it OK?
The other day, my dog, Peanut, and I were on our daily stroll through the park. Instead of trying to chase down the squirrels or sniff every park bench like he usually does, he was obsessed with eating the grass. I’ve seen Peanut eat a few blades of grass before, but this time I could barely pull him away from mowing down the lawn. This got me thinking… Is my dog sick? Is eating grass bad for hi…
4 Reasons to Use a Martingale Collar for your Dog
Sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of collar would be best for your dog, especially if you’ve recently adopted the dog. The martingale collar is a good choice for a variety of dogs because it gives you a little more control than a regular collar. Plus, it has some safety benefits. It’s my go-to collar for when I’m fostering a dog. This post goes over some of the details on why I like usi…
How to Prevent and Treat Heartworm in Pets
It’s something all pet owners hear about, but rarely have more details on: heartworm.Heartworm is more common than pet owners realize, and can seriously affect the health and well-being of your pet. However scary heartworm may seem, there are plenty of prevention methods and treatment options for your pet that makes it a lot less intimidating.What are heartworms?Before even getting into the preven…
When is it Safer to Use a Harness for Your Dog vs. a Collar?
When is it safer to use a harness for your dog vs. a collar? No surprise, but, it depends... With my own puppy, a rambunctious Weimaraner, I might use two different types of collars in one day depending on what we’re doing. For example, his harness is better for hiking and his training collar is best for walks in “busy” areas. Each dog is different, but here are some examples where you might…
The Power of Pawing It Forward
At dogIDs, our mission is to improve the lives of dogs. With our Paw It Forward program, we are able to donate to deserving organizations thanks to our customers. With your help, we have raised an amazing amount for Best Friends Animal Society, World Vets and Military Working Dog Team Support Association Inc in the past year! To celebrate our year of Paw it Forward, we're featuring our first pa…