Winter can be tough on all of us, and that includes your dog. Cold weather, snow, ice, dry air in the house, shivering wind chills when you take your dog for a walk – all of these wintry elements can leave your dog’s coat in desperate need of care. You might be left wondering what happened to the fluffy pup or sleek canine you were petting last summer.

Here are some grooming tips to help your dog survive the winter and keep his good looks.

Groom your dog regularly. Dogs need to be groomed on a regular basis in the winter. This is especially true when they are shedding old coat and growing new hair. Brushing your dog often will also stimulate the skin which spreads the natural skin oil over your dog’s body. These natural oils are good for the skin and they help condition the coat. Remember to clean your dog’s ears regularly and brush his teeth, too. When grooming your dog you should use your hands to feel all over his body. This will help you find any lumps or bumps when they are small so a vet can take care of them before they become serious.

Keep your dog’s coat clean
. Many people think that it’s not necessary for a dog to get a bath in the winter but it’s important to keep your dog’s coat bathed and clean. It’s easier to brush and groom a clean coat. A clean coat won’t smell bad. And keeping the coat bathed and clean will also cut down on the amount of hair that is shed in your home. When you bathe your dog, remember to towel dry or blow dry your dog so that he is completely dry after the bath to avoid skin irritations and hot spots.

Use the right conditioners. A good conditioner can be very important for your dog in the winter. For example, if your dog spends a lot of time playing in the snow, use a silicone based spray-in conditioner to repel snow from the coat. If your dog’s coat is dry and straw-like, trim the ends and use a good conditioning shampoo for his coat type.

Take care of your dog’s paws and nails
. Long hair around the paw pads will accumulate ice and snow when your dog is outside so keep this hair trimmed short. Check your dog’s paws for snow and ice when he comes inside the house. If he does have ice between his toes, you can remove the ice comfortably by placing his paws in warm water. Be sure to check your dog’s ear tips and pads for frostbite, too, especially if he spends a long time outside in low temps. Make sure you keep his nails trimmed regularly, too. If your dog’s paws or nose becomes chapped, you can soothe them with some lanolin. Avoid letting your dog walk on salted or chemical-treated sidewalks, if possible. You can also invest in some dog booties to protect your dog’s paws.

Dry your dog when he’s been outside.
If your dog has been outside playing in the snow, be sure to towel him off until he’s dry when he comes inside. Or use the blow dryer to dry him and warm him up.

Beware of sunburn! Yes, dogs do become sunburned, even in winter. Dogs with white coats, especially short, thin coats, are especially prone to sunburn, or winter burn. You can apply sunscreen to your dog to help prevent this burn. Hairless dogs will also need sunscreen to protect them from burning.

Put a coat or sweater on your dog if he needs one. Lots of people are uncertain whether their dog needs a coat or sweater. While dogs can usually tolerate normal winter temperatures, it’s important to remember that many breeds are now living in places where they didn’t develop. Chihuahuas, from a warm area in Mexico, get cold in northern cities. The same is true of many other small breeds who were bred to live in the home and be companions. A large Newfoundland who can jump into icy waters probably won’t ever need a coat; nor will a Siberian Husky; but there are many breeds who can use some extra warmth on a cold day. If you have a breed with a thin coat such as an Italian Greyhound, for example, and your dog shivers when he’s outside in the cold, go ahead and get him a coat or sweater.

Finally, keep your dog well-hydrated in winter and provide extra calories if necessary. Cold weather usually causes dogs to use extra energy just to stay warm so they often need some extra calories, especially if they spend much time outside. Feeding a nutritious dog food is one of the best ways to help your dog have a healthy skin and coat. Remember that snow and ice are not adequate sources of water for your dog. Be sure to provide plenty of fresh water for your dog in the winter. Clean water to drink will help your do maintain healthy skin and coat, too.

Celebrities may live a grander lifestyle than many of us, but it’s obvious that they love their pets just as much as the most down to earth person. Many celebrities even post about their pets on their Twitter feeds and take them with them wherever they go. Here are some famous celebrities who have gone to the max to pamper their beloved canine companions.

The Queen
We’re not sure if Queen Elizabeth II has a Twitter account, but there’s no shortage of stories in the press about the Queen and her famous Corgis. The Queen is a devoted dog lover and has had dogs all her life. She currently has about 10 Corgis and Dorgis (a cross between her Corgis and her late sister’s Dachshunds), as well as some of her late mother’s remaining Corgis. Needless to say, these dogs live in royal style. Nothing but the best will do for Her Majesty’s beloved dogs. We’re told that the dogs eat restaurant quality dinners prepared specially for them by the royal chefs. The Queen personally prepares Christmas stockings for each of the dogs.

Kate Middleton

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is not only a new mother, but she’s a dog lover, too. She and Prince William share their Kensington Palace home with the adorable black Cocker Spaniel named Lupo. Lupo was supposed to keep Kate company while William was away on military duty but now he’s a firm fixture in the family. He’s lately been photographed with the royal couple and baby George. They look like the perfect family with the ideal family dog.

Bo Obama
Bo Obama could be considered America’s “First Dog” since he belongs to the First Family. This Portuguese Water Dog first made a splash when he was only six months old. He was a gift from Sen. Edward Kennedy to the Obama family. The Obamas were concerned about getting a dog that would be suitable for kids with allergies and Portuguese Water Dogs are often recommended for people with allergies because of their relatively non-shedding coat. (No dogs are completely hypoallergenic. If you are allergic to dogs you should always meet the dog you are considering first to be sure you can tolerate being around him or her.)

Since his arrival, Bo has been modeled by a soft toy maker and he’s been featured in several children’s books, so he’s a celebrity himself! Bo now has a canine friend at the White House – Sunny, a female Portuguese Water Dog, who arrived in August 2013. There won’t be any puppies, however, since Bo is neutered.

Anne Hathaway
Actress Anne Hathaway, star of Les Miserables and many other hit films, has a beautiful chocolate Labrador Retriever named Esmeralda. According to reports, Anne has been known to take her dog with her to the set when filming her roles.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman may be a hunk, playing roles like Wolverine, but he’s a family man, too. His family chose an adorable French Bulldog named Peaches for a pet. The Australian actor and his daughter Ava have been sighted taking little Peaches for a walk to get some exercise. How adorable is that?

Will Smith
Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith seem to be ardent dog lovers. The family has four Rottweilers, including a dog named Indo. All four dogs have had obedience training with the “dog whisperer” himself, Cesar Millan. The family reportedly spent about $1600 on a treadmill to exercise the dogs when they can’t take them for other exercise.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah is a well-known dog lover. Some of the dogs she’s had that are known to her audiences are Golden Retrievers Sophie, Gracie, Solomon, and Luke. She’s had some of the best dog trainers in the U.S. work with her dogs. Oprah has also told insiders that she has left $30 million to her dogs in her will. Her current dogs are English Springer Spaniels Sunny and Lauren.

The Beckhams
David and Victoria Beckham’s dog Coco has been well-known in Hollywood. Coco is a Bulldog who was a Christmas gift from Victoria to David. The dog is also a playmate to their sons. Coco has been spotted walking around Hollywood with bright pink toenails. According to sources, the nails are really soft nail caps that help prevent scratches to the couple’s expensive furniture and carpets. The nail caps have become popular with many pampered dogs in Hollywood and come in all colors.

Tinkerbell Hilton

We can’t close out an article on pampered dogs without mentioning Paris Hilton and her little Chihuahua Tinkerbell. Paris Hilton at one time had 17 dogs on her estate, so she’s a real dog lover. We don’t know if she still has that many dogs, but Tinkerbell has always been close to her heart, literally. She’s been seen everywhere carrying the little dog in her designer handbags. When she’s not being carried, Tinkebell spends her time in the $325,000 dog house in the garden of Hilton’s Beverly Hills home. Now, that’s pampering.

Honorable mention has to go to Britney Spears’ Chihuahua Bit Bit who dines out in restaurants with her mistress and wears a diamond-encrusted collar. Then there are the three Jack Russell Terriers owned by singer Mariah Carey. When several airlines refused to allow Carey to take JJ with her in first class because of his size, she had him travel around the country in his own personal Mercedes. Pampered? Yes!

Finally, there’s Jinxy Longoria, the Maltese belonging to Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria. According to reports, Jinxy’s hair gets even more attention than Eva’s!

There’s nothing wrong with pampering your dog. Whether you’re a celebrity or you just enjoy reading about famous dogs, you can spoil your dog in fun ways. Just remember to always keep your dog’s best interests in mind and don’t do anything that would make them fearful or cause them distress.

Smart, trainable, and always cheerful, this smallest of the Schnauzer breeds can easily adapt to living in a city apartment or running around in his own yard in the country. Their double coat sheds very little but it does require regular trimming. Miniature Schnauzers can make a good choice for people who are allergic to dogs.

The Miniature Schnauzer is derived from his larger cousin, the Standard Schnuzer. He comes from Germany where he was first seen as a separate breed around 1899. Originally bred to be a small farm dog, the Miniature Schnauzer was also bred to go to ground after all kinds of vermin. Small Schnauzer-type dogs are seen in German paintings as far back as the 15th century. It’s believed that the Miniature Schnauzer was produced by crossing small Standard Schnauzers with Affenpinchsers and Poodles. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1926.

Charming and handsome, the Miniature Schnauzer loves to be home with his family. He is hardy, healthy, intelligent, and fond of children. Mini Schnauzers are very adaptable and enjoy city life as much as living in the country and having their own yard to explore. These dogs usually prefer to avoid a fight but they will stand up for themselves when necessary.

Miniature Schnauzers make good small guard dogs and will give a proper alarm when someone or something comes near the home. These dogs do require regular exercise or they can get into trouble. They are described as alert and spirited dogs, but obedient to command. “Friendly, intelligent, and willing to please…never overaggressive or time.” They are considered easy to train and they have a good territorial instinct but they are more likely to bark than harm someone. They are usually reserved with strangers until they know they are welcome.

Mini Schnauzers do have a high prey drive which means they can hunt other small pets in the home such as hamsters, rabbits, snakes, and birds. They will even attack cats in the home. This behavior can be stopped with steady training or if the dog is raised with a cat.

The Mini Schnauzer is handsome and distinguished in appearance. They are easily identified by their whiskers, wiry coat, leg furnishings, and stocky build. The breed has a double coat which has a hard, wiry outer coat and a close, soft undercoat. Coat colors can be salt and pepper, black and silver and solid black. The Miniature Schnauzer is 12 to 14 inches tall at the withers and weighs 12 to 20 pounds.

Proper coat care for dog shows requires that the dog’s coat be hand-stripped or stripped with a stripping knife that pulls out the dead hair. (This doesn’t hurt. The hair is already dead and is simply being dragged out since it doesn’t shed on its own.) This maintains the correct texture for the outer coat and keeps it wiry. However, most pet owners usually opt to have their pet Miniature Schnauzers clipped by a groomer. This saves time. You should be aware that eventually the coat will lose its wiry feel and only the undercoat will be exposed. This isn’t bad for the dog but it gives the coat a different feel and texture.

Since Miniature Schnauzers shed very little, they often do make a good choice for people with allergies to dogs. As always, if you are allergic to dogs and you are considering getting one, you should meet the individual dog to see how you react to it.

The median lifespan of the Miniature Schnauzer is said to be around 12 years, though it’s not unusual for this breed to live past 15 years. They are a hardy breed. They do tend to suffer from problems associated with high fat levels such as hyperlipidemia and pancreatitis. Diabetes, bladder stones, and eye issues can also be problems. A low fat diet (and fewer treats) are recommended for this breed. Comedone syndrome, a condition that produces pus filled bumps, usually on their backs, also occurs in this breed. Von Willebrand’s disease, an inherited bleeding disorder, can also occur in Miniature Schnauzers.

If you are considering getting a Miniature Schnauzer, you should talk to the breeder about these health issues.

Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent dogs and they are usually fairly easy to train. They are good at obedience, agility, rally, tracking, flyball, and other dog sports. They enjoy doing things with their owners. Since they are very playful, energetic dogs, they will have a lot of fun participating in these activities. Many Miniature Schnauzers are food-motivated but you should keep in mind that the breed can have problems with weight and high fat levels. Use low-fat treats if you use treats as a reward.

Popular Dog Breeds: Chihuahuas

Saucy and alert, the popular Chihuahua originally comes from Mexico. They are right at home in the city or cuddled up beside you wherever you may live. Don’t let their small size fool you though. Chihuahuas are quite feisty and can easily take charge of your home.

The Chihuahua is named after the Mexican state of the same name, where the earliest examples of the breed were discovered in modern times. The small dogs were used in religious ceremonies and were pets for the upper classes at one time. The dogs are probably descended from the Techichi, ancient companion dogs of the Toltecs. Records of these dogs date to around the 9th century but it is possible that the dogs were also present during earlier Mayan times. Dogs similar to the Chihuahua have been found in materials from the Pyramids of Cholula and at Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula. Chihuahuas were first recognized by the AKC in 1904.

Chihuahuas are alert, highly intelligent dogs and they make excellent companions. Although they are small in size, they should not be underestimated. The breed has many Terrier-like qualities, although they developed on their own, in a different part of the world from the Terrier breeds. They are smart, curious, often bold and confident, and they don’t always listen to commands. The breed standard describes them as having an attitude of “self importance, confidence, self-reliance.” Chihuahuas make good family pets but they are usually better in homes with slightly older children. Their small size means they can sometimes be injured by very young children who play too roughly or who might fall on them.

Chihuahuas often become very attached to one person in a home which may or may not be a problem. In some instances they can become overly jealous of their favorite person. They can also have problems getting along with other pets.

Chihuahuas come in both longcoats and smoothcoats. Any color is acceptable – solid, marked, or splashed. The dogs have a well-rounded “apple dome” skull and the body is a little off-square in shape. The breed is not supposed to weigh more than 6 pounds but many pet Chihuahuas weigh more than this. Chihuahuas typically stand 6 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder.

Smoothcoated dogs require very little grooming. Longcoated dogs need to be brushed a little more often.

Chihuahuas are a very long-lived breed. It is not unusual for a Chihuahua to live well into his teen years. Some Chihuahuas live to be 18 or 20 years old. The lifespan for the breed is estimated to be 10-18 years. However, like all dogs, they can have some health issues. Teeth can be a problem in the breed, as with many Toy dogs. They may not fit properly or some may be missing. They can also have more problems with tooth decay and losing teeth than larger breeds.

Hydrocephalus can occur in Chihuahua puppies. Molleras occur in Chihuahuas but this is normal for the breed. The skull is not fully formed at birth and there is a soft spot that continues to fill in during the puppy’s first six months. Owners need to be careful during these months so the puppy’s head is not injured.

Hypoglycemia can also be a problem for Chihuahuas, especially for puppies. This is not unusual with Toy breed puppies or very small dogs. It refers to low blood sugar. You should make sure to feed Toy puppies several small meals per day until they are older and can better regulate their blood sugar.

Since Chihuahuas have very large eyes they can be at risk of eye injury. Be sure to clean their eyes and face regularly and check for any wounds or scratches.

Other possible health problems include issues that can affect many Toy breeds such as luxating patellas (slipped kneecaps) and collapsed trachea (a weakness in the tracheal wall that can be exacerbated by pulling against a leash). Heart murmurs and pulmonic stenosis are also possible concerns.

Regular visits to the veterinarian will catch many problems before they become serious. If you are interested in getting a Chihuahua, you should talk to a breeder and be sure to ask about health issues in the breed.

Chihuahuas are very smart dogs but that doesn’t mean they are always easy to train. Like many Toy breeds, they can be hard to house train. Allow extra time for house training and lots of patience. Be sure to praise and reward your Chihuahua when he potties where you want him to go. Like other dogs, Chihuahuas respond well to positive reinforcement. Chihuahuas can be very strong-willed dogs and it’s important that you remain in charge. Even though they are small dogs, you should continue to treat them like dogs and not like small children. If you don’t maintain your authority with your Chihuahua, it’s very likely that he will take control. There is such a thing as Small Dog Syndrome where small dogs are spoiled to such an extent that they no longer respect their owners. In these cases the dog can become very hard to live with. You can avoid this problem by socializing your Chihuahua from a young age. Take him to puppy kindergarten classes. Attend a basic obedience course with him. Make sure he has good manners at home and when you go places with him. You and your Chihuahua will both be happier if you know which one of you is in charge.

Thanksgiving is nearly here once again and for most of us that means wonderful aromas wafting through the house and a table groaning under the weight of turkey and other favorite dishes. There will be family and friends gathered ’round and perhaps a slice of pumpkin pie. But, what about your dog? What does Thanksgiving mean for him?


Well, if you’re lucky, it won’t mean a trip to the vet because you’ve overfed him or given him some sharp bones to eat! Most of us want to share Thanksgiving with our dogs but, the truth is, Thanksgiving can be a dangerous time for pets. Rich foods can cause gastrointestinal upsets or even pancreatitis. Giving your dog a cooked turkey bone can lead to a punctured esophagus or other puncture in your dog’s stomach or G.I. Tract, so no cooked bones! Here are some other tips for you and your dog this Thanksgiving.


  • According to one poll, 56 percent of pet owners said they gave their pets Thanksgiving leftovers but you need to be careful about what you share with your dog. For instance, turkey is great. It’s an excellent protein that is nice and lean – as long as you remove the skin. And be sure to avoid giving your dog any cooked bones. Cooked bones are brittle so they can easily snap and form jagged edges that are harmful to dogs.


  • Say no to onion and garlic. Many Thanksgiving dishes contain onion, garlic, leeks, and scallions. If your dog eats these ingredients in any large amount, it can be harmful to him. These items are all members of the allium family and they have been linked to a form of anemia in dogs. Sure, you may occasionally give your dog something that contains garlic and it doesn’t hurt him, but don’t give your dog any foods that contain much of these ingredients.


  • Yes to veggies. It’s fine to give your dog some leftovers of green beans, cranberries, or even macaroni and cheese (if he can eat cheese). Mashed potatoes are good, too. Dogs enjoy many vegetable dishes. However, watch out for the “extras” and fancy fixin’s – those things added to a dish to make it special. For instance, if you add garlic or sour cream to your mashed potatoes, it could make it off limits for your dog. If you use cranberry sauce that has a lot of sugar added, it won’t be so good for your dog. If you would like to give your dog some veggies, try setting aside a bowl for your dog before you add the extras to it.


  • Avoid fat. Just avoid giving your dog extra fat, in general. While we like to see good named fat sources in dog food, it’s not a good idea to feed your dog leftovers that contain generous amounts of fat at Thanksgiving. Most dogs aren’t used to eating so much fat all at one time. The result can be an attack of acute pancreatitis. Vets report that the days following Thanksgiving are some of their busiest of the year for pancreatitis in dogs.


  • Be careful with other foods. There are some foods you should never give to dogs such as chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, pits from cherries and other pitted foods, and the artificial sweetener xylitol.


  • As for the pumpkin pie? Well, canned pumpkin, minus the spiced pie filling would be better for your dog. And dogs really don’t need whipped cream.


  • And one more time: No Cooked Bones! It’s fine if you would like to give your dog a raw bone such as a turkey neck. Raw bones are comparatively soft and easy for your dog to chew and digest. They won’t break off into jagged pieces when he chews them.


You can see there are many delicious things you can share with your dog at Thanksgiving. Just give some thought and care to what you give your dog and you won’t end up taking him to see the vet.

This year, when you’re thinking about Halloween fun and ways to include your dog, how about having a Halloween-themed party just for him and your friends with dogs? Parties for dogs are lots of fun. They give your dog a chance to have a play date with his friends and you can have a good time with your friends. And it’s lots of fun to decorate with the doggy Halloween theme.

If you would like to have a Halloween party for your dog and his friends, here are some ideas you can use.

Send invitations in advance
. You can use invitations for human Halloween parties but make sure it’s clear that the party is for dogs. Or, you can look online for doggy invitations. Or you can even make your own invitations. Some people are very creative and tuck paper invitations inside a Pupperoni stick, for example, to hand deliver them.

Keep guest numbers manageable. You won’t want to invite more dogs and guests than you can manage in your home and yard. Dogs can be very rambunctious when they get together in a group so keep the numbers low. If it rains, you will need to have all the dogs inside your house at the same time, too.

Plan for a daytime party. Daytime parties are usually easier to plan and they allow the dogs to play in your backyard. This also allows your guests to attend human Halloween parties in the evening.

Decorate with a Halloween theme. You can use many of the usual Halloween decorations – with a twist. Use rawhide bones in a fake cemetery in your backyard. Carve dogs and dog faces on pumpkins. Use hollowed out pumpkins for water bowls in the yard. (Be sure to supply multiple water bowls so dogs have lots of places to drink.)

Halloween treats. You can find lots of Halloween-themed treats for dogs online or you can bake your own Halloween-themed cupcakes and cakes for dogs. There are plenty of good dog treat and snack recipes online. Decorate in Halloween colors of black and orange. Be sure to use some black cats for fun.

Party favors
. Give out fun party favors to your doggy guests such as doggy treats and snacks and toys from the dollar store.

Party activities. Fun activities for a doggy Halloween party can include bobbing for frozen hot dogs and for apples, a photo booth so owners and their dogs can get their pictures made (or a photographer snapping pics), and a costume parade, But mostly at these events, the dogs have a great time playing together.

Keep things under control. Keep dogs leashed unless they already know each other and play together well. Be sure to provide treats and snacks in different sizes to accommodate dogs of different sizes. Don’t let the dogs raid the treat bowls or they will likely wolf all the treats down at one time. Keep an eye on all food items.

Doggy Halloween parties are loads of fun for people and for dogs. Really, parties for dogs in conjunction with just about any holiday can be fun. It just takes a little creativity and planning. The humans have just as much fun as the dogs. So, find a costume for your dog, get some treats and snacks, and send out some invitations to your doggy friends. You and your dog will have a scary good time!

Last weekend was the first time I had ever attended a dog show. This one was held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus. Oh, sure I had seen the Westminster Dog Show on television but, until you actually sit in on one there is so much you don’t see.

First of all, I was of the mindset that everyone had just one dog. That notion was blown out of the water when I saw one woman with 10 dogs of all the same breed. I also wrongly presumed that these dogs are just dogs; in this environment, far from it. These animals represent hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars invested into breeding, grooming and showing these dogs.

There are no ‘mutts’, Heinz 57 variety, mixed breed or any dog of questionable lineage attending these shows. This is all pure breed stuff, paper work and all. One of the participants told me that these shows accept no ‘riff raff.’
Once a dog has been judged to be worthy of a title, their picture is taken and the discussions begin. ‘What are your stud fees?’ ‘When will you allow her to breed?’ ‘How much do you charge for a pick of the litter?’ These questions don’t just lead to agreements and arrangements they pilot the dog’s owner into profit and prestige.
None of the dogs have been spayed or neutered. Each animal has the potential to be part of the next bloodline of a champion; basically big bucks. I felt badly for the male dogs in the show each one had their profit producing equipment checked as part of the competition. Not at all the standard ‘turn your head and cough.’

If you attend one of these shows you need to be prepared for several things. First, all anyone talks about are dogs. No politics, no discussions of the economy and sadly, no one even talks about the weather just dogs.

Secondly, expect many of the dogs to live better than you do. Thirdly, most of these K9s smell better than you do.
Regardless of the bashing these shows tend to take from the dog ignorant public they are a lot of fun to go to. There is an entire culture dedicated to man’s best friend that needs to be experienced to be appreciated.

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Lest you think that fashion is limited to clothing for dogs, there’s an entire world of dog fashion devoted to your dog’s surroundings. Beds and other furniture for dogs, carriers, strollers, backpacks for dogs, jewelry for dogs, sunglasses for dogs, hair dye and nail polish for dogs – even tiaras for dogs! If you can imagine it, someone is probably making it for your dog.

Beds and Furniture
Beds for dogs range from pretty blankets and cuddle-style beds that you can find at your local pet store to elaborate four-poster beds that are fit for a queen (or king). You can quite literally pay thousands of dollars for a dog bed if you’re inclined in that direction and you have the dough:

Of course, most dogs don’t sleep in beds so elaborate and you can find wonderful beds for your dog for reasonable prices. There are heated beds, beds with memory foam, bolster beds, and beds made out of all kinds of comfortable materials for less than $100. If you really want a bed with furniture style, you may have to pay a few hundred dollars.

You can find all kinds of stylish furniture for dogs, too. Perhaps your dog needs an armoire? You could hang his clothing in it. Some dogs have ramps or steps to help them get up and down from your bed or from sofas: And what pampered dog doesn’t need his very own toy box?

These are just a few of the pieces of furniture you can find for dogs. You can also find chairs, chaises, and small sofas designed for dogs that fit in with your own furniture.

Carriers and Strollers
Carriers come in many styles ranging from backpacks to purse styles. They can be extremely luxurious or more functional. Some of them are designed for flying with small pets on planes while others are good for taking your small dog with you when you go around town or if you’re in the car. There are also rolling carriers and sling/bag style carriers.

Dog strollers are made with a design similar to a baby stroller.

Other Accessories for Dogs

For the trendiest dogs you can find sunglasses, jewelry, and even go all out with the latest hair colors and nail polish. Glam hair colors wash out after a few shampoos. And fun nail polish for your dog is safe and easy to use. You can also use colored nail caps for dogs that fit over your dog’s nails.

We mustn’t forget all the ways you can decorate your home for parties involving your dog! There are colorful, fun cakes for dogs, party favors and toys for your dog’s guests, invitations, wrapping paper, paper plates and napkins, and decorations! Check online for terrific theme ideas for birthday parties and other parties for dogs. Your dog will be the host with the most when you coordinate one of these fashionable parties.

Really, there’s no limit to all the fun you can have with fashionable accessories for your dog, whether it’s in your home or dressing up your dog.

Halloween is a fun holiday that we can share with our dogs. Not only can we dress up in our favorite costume, but we can also dress our best friend up in a costume, too! You and your dog can be someone else and go trick or treating. Just be sure your dog gets doggy treats and no chocolate.

When it comes to choosing a Halloween costume for your dog, there are some things you should keep in mind: safety, comfort, and your dog’s personality. You may think your dog would look great wearing a three-foot wide aluminum flying saucer but if your dog wants to eat it and it’s not comfortable for him – and it’s totally not his personality – chances are that it’s not the best costume for him.

Safety. One of the most important things to consider when choosing a costume for your dog is safety. There are all kinds of Halloween costumes for dogs today. Some of them are very extravagant and they look like they might have come from Broadway shows. But please keep in mind that your dog has to wear these contraptions. If the costume has a hat, an eye patch, a visor, or something else that covers his eyes, it can impair his vision and cause problems. If your dog can’t see, he’s likely to walk into things or be unenthusiastic about walking at all. Take your photos with the dog wearing the hat but lose it before letting him try to walk in it.

If the costume has a cape or trails the ground, your dog could trip on it and fall. So, if you think your dog would look cute as UnderDog, if the costume comes with a cape, you may have to do some alterations to make it safe for your dog to wear.

Comfort. From your dog’s point of view, comfort is probably the most important consideration. Your dog is only wearing the costume to please you and make you happy. If he has to wear the costume, make sure that it’s comfortable for him. That means you need to avoid costumes that are very restrictive. Costumes that have tight bands, especially around the neck or the legs, will likely be unpopular with your dog. Make sure your dog has plenty of room in these areas.

You should also consider the fabric weight when choosing a costume. If you have a dog with a thick coat, he will probably appreciate a lighter weight fabric. Anything heavy weight will probably be uncomfortable for him. A smoothcoated dog will probably be able to wear heavier fabrics without much problem but don’t overdo it. Putting a sherpa parka on a smoothcoated dog, even in October, will probably make many dogs uncomfortable.

. Remember that every dog is a unique individual. Some dogs enjoy dressing up much more than other dogs. If your dog has dressed up for Halloween or is used to wearing clothes for other reasons, he will probably like wearing a costume better than a dog that has never worn a costume before.

However, just because your dog hasn’t dressed up for Halloween before doesn’t mean he won’t like it. Try choosing a simpler costume for him so you won’t have to fuss a lot when you put it on. Keep things simple and comfortable for your dog. Don’t make your dog wear the costume for long periods of time. Keep things fun when your dog wears the costume.

If you keep these three things in mind – safety, comfort, and your dog’s personality – you should be able to choose a great costume for your dog. Remember to start looking at costumes early. There are lots of costumes to choose from and you’ll want plenty of time to decide. Happy Halloween!

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Safety Tips for Your Dog on Halloween

Halloween is a fun time for people and for pets but there can also be some risks on this spooky night, especially for your dog. Here are some things to be aware of so your dog will have a good time, too.

Halloween parties. If you plan to have a party or any kind of gathering at your home on Halloween, don’t allow your dog to become stressed out. Not every dog enjoys being in the midst of a group of rowdy humans. Give your dog a quiet place to sleep, such as your bedroom, and close the door during the party. Leave him with lots of toys and safe things to chew on, and check on him often. If your dog enjoys being around people you should still keep an eye on him during the gathering to make sure he’s not becoming too tired or overly excited. Make sure guests don’t give your dog chocolate, candy, or other foods that are bad for dogs.

Chocolate. Most dog owners know that chocolate is a no-no for dogs. It contains a substance called theobromine which can be toxic to dogs if they eat enough of it – and it doesn’t take a lot to be harmful to a small dog. Theobromine is also found in coffee, tea, and cola beverages so you shouldn’t allow your dog to drink any of these beverages either. Halloween can be a dangerous time for dogs because of all the chocolate and other candies at hand. Be sure you don’t leave chocolate where your dog can get it. Non-chocolate candies can contain sugar which your dog doesn’t need, or xylitol, a sugar substitute which is bad for dogs. Raisins and grapes can also be toxic to dogs. So be very careful about giving any Halloween treats to dogs. Stick to doggy treats.

Doorbells and people at the door. On Halloween night your dog could become stressed out by the doorbell ringing constantly and people showing up at the door. If you have a lot of visitors at your door and your dog is becoming upset or too worked up, consider crating him or putting him in another part of the house where he won’t be near the door opening and closing.

Costumed strangers. Your dog might become upset at the sight of strangers in costume. Afterall, some costumes can be very surprising! Keep your dog calm. Remember to keep your dog leashed if you leave the house.

Jack o’ Lanterns. Jack o’ Lanterns and candles can be fire hazards if you have a dog. Even a happily wagging tail can knock over a candle and set things on fire. If you will be using a Jack o’ Lantern, consider using a flashlight inside. It’s safer, even if it’s less traditional.

Keep your dog inside. For his safety, keep your dog inside on Halloween. Unfortunately, there are people who like to play pranks on Halloween and some of them can be cruel. Keep your dog safely indoors on Halloween.

Halloween costumes
. Halloween costumes can be lots of fun but if your pet is going to wear one, make sure that it is comfortable for him and don’t leave him unattended. Many dogs will chew a costume or rip it off when you aren’t looking. It’s possible that your dog could hurt himself if you don’t supervise him.

Use these tips to have a happy and safe Halloween with your dog and he’ll have a howlingly fun time!