The dapper Boston Terrier is one of the few breeds that was entirely developed in the United States. He is a true All-American. Gentle, lively, and highly intelligent, the Boston Terrier makes a wonderful companion. He is particularly well-suited to apartment life and being a house pet.

History

Although they may not look like it today, the Boston Terrier was originally developed to be a fighting dog. Bostons were originally bred in the stables of Boston, Massachusetts after the Civil War. Almost all modern day Boston Terriers trace their lineage back to an imported dog known as “Hooper’s Judge” who was sold to a man from Boston in 1870. The breed was the result of a cross between an English Bulldog and a white English Terrier. They took the name of Boston Terrier in 1891. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1893. Much of the progress in developing the Boston Terrier came in the 20th century and the breed became well-loved as a smaller companion dog instead of a fighting dog.

Temperament

In temperament Boston Terriers are very gentle and they love to be with their owners. They are lively in the home and they typically get along with other dogs and pets. They get along well with children. They are friendly dogs so don’t expect them to act as guards or watchdogs. They don’t usually bark very much which makes them a good choice for people who live in apartments. They are somewhat cat-like in their habits and actions. They are very clean and like to stay that way. They can be stubborn at times but they usually like to please their owners. Boston Terriers are known for having naturally good manners and they are considered to be easy to train. Bostons only need a moderate amount of exercise and grooming is minimal.

Appearance

Boston Terriers come in three sizes: Under 15 pounds; 15 pounds and under 20 pounds; 20 pounds and not to exceed 25 pounds. The appearance is the same for all sizes. They are short-headed and have a compact body. They have erect ears, short tails and a short muzzle that is usually free of wrinkles.

The coat is short, smooth, bright and fine in texture. Colors include brindle, seal, or black with white markings. Bostons typically give a clean-cut, striking appearance and are easily recognizable.

Health

There are a number of health issues that can affect Boston Terriers. Eye problems such as glaucoma, corneal ulcers, and cataracts can be common in the breed. Mitral valve disease, heart murmurs, epilepsy, and allergic dermatitis can also occur. You can find out more about genetic health issues in Boston Terriers here: http://www.bostonterrierclubofamerica.org/boston-terrier-health/Boston-Terrier-Health-Links.htm

Boston Terriers are a brachycephalic breed, meaning they have a shortened muzzle like some other breeds. This means that they may not be able to tolerate heat or humidity very well. You should not leave a Boston Terrier outside in the heat or allow them to over-exert themselves, especially in warm weather. Bostons may also need special care if they need anesthesia.

Boston Terriers have an average lifespan of 12-13 years but many of them live even longer.

Training

Boston Terriers are considered to be very intelligent dogs and are usually easy to train. Owners say that they can be stubborn at times but they usually have a strong desire to please. While Bostons are not usually the most athletic dogs, you can train them to learn anything you would like to teach them. They are friendly dogs and they will enjoy going out with you, taking classes, and participating in dog events for dogs their size.

Despite their name, the Australian Shepherd probably originated in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France and then they were brought to Australia – and then to America – by Basque Shepherds in the 1800s. The breed is known for being intelligent and versatile as well as very energetic.

 

History

The Australian Shepherd is something of a world traveler. Despite their name, the breed as its known today was developed in the United States, though it originated in Europe. There are a number of herding breeds in the Pyrenees region of Spain and France and these dogs probably contributed to the early gene pool. Dogs were brought along to Australia with Basque immigrants in the 19th century. Later, these Basque shepherds immigrated to the United States and brought their dogs with them. The name “Australian Shepherd” stuck, although the breed had a number of other names through the years such as Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bob-Tail, Blue Heeler, New Mexican Shepherd, and California Shepherd. Because of their herding ability and versatility, the breed proved to be an asset on farms and ranches, especially in the western U.S. They became especially popular after World War II when Western riding became popular through rodeos, movies, and TV shows. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1991. The kennel club in Australia does not recognize the breed as a native breed.

 

Today the Aussie is still used by ranchers for herding livestock and working as an all-purpose farm and ranch dog.

 

Temperament

Australian Shepherds are described as animated, adaptable and agile and they live to have a job to do. They love to work which, in their case, means herding. These dogs needs lots of activity and they generally need a purpose in order to feel happy. They are very intelligent, versatile dogs but they are usually not happy if they are left home alone all day with nothing to do. They have strong herding and guarding instincts and they need a job. They also require vigorous daily exercise. Simply taking an Aussie for a walk a few times a day will not be sufficient.

 

Australian Shepherds love to be with their families but they can be reserved with strangers as you would expect with a dog who is able to guard the farm. Some dogs “smile” by showing their teeth. They are very loving, loyal dogs to their owners. They tend to form very close, intense bonds with one or two people. Aussies are usually playful at home. Since they are very intelligent dogs, they learn quickly and they are usually easy to train. However, if they are left alone or not trained, they can become destructive and get into trouble. This is also true if they don’t get enough exercise. They love to learn tricks and perform. They usually get along well with other dogs and other pets and they are good with children, although they may try to herd other pets and kids.

 

Appearance

Aussies are medium-sized, solidly-built dogs. Male Australian Shepherds are 20-23 inches tall and females are 18-21 inches tall. Males usually weigh 50-65 pounds and females weigh 30-45 pounds. The breed is somewhat distinctive for the fact that many dogs are born with a naturally bobbed tail. Historically, tails have always been docked in the breed and they still are in the United States. Eyes can be brown, blue, amber or any variation or combination thereof, including flecks and marbling. The coat is of medium texture, straight to wavy, weather resistant and of medium length. Aussies come in a variety of colors: black, blue merle, red merle and red with or without white markings.

 

Health

According to the United States Australian Shepherd Association, the AKC parent club for the breed, the most common health problems found in Aussies are hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hereditary eye defects, MDR1 [Multi-drug sensitivity], thyroid disease, cancer, and epilepsy. The club encourages testing for these issues where tests exist. There is ongoing research into many of these issues in the breed. http://australianshepherds.org/health-genetics/usasa-health-genetics-program/

 

There is some discrepancy about how long Aussies live. Some owners report dogs that live 12-15 years on average. Small Internet samples asking about the longevity of the dogs have found lifespans between 11-13 years.

 

One issue that does occur in the breed is the merle allele. Merle is the mingled or patchwork coat pattern. When two merle dogs are bred together the resultant offspring have a 25 percent statistical chance of having two copies of the merle allele. Such puppies are more likely to be deaf or blind. For this reason, many breeders avoid merle to merle breedings.

 

Training

Aussies are considered to be very easy to train. They have natural herding ability so if you’re interested in a herding/working dog, you should find your dog to be easy to train. According to experts, Aussies are a loose to medium-eyed dog in the way they work stock – “eyed” referring to the way they control other animals with their gaze. They do not stare at the animals as intensely as some other dogs.

 

But Australian Shepherds are very versatile and they can learn to do many things. They have been used as guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, therapy dogs, narcotics detection dogs, and search and rescue dogs, for example. They also excel at sports such as agility, flyball, and frisbee.

It’s time to deck the halls – and your dog, too! Christmas and the holidays just don’t seem right for many people without adding some festive touches to their pets. Whether it’s a glittering new bow in your dog’s great hair cut, or some cozy pajamas while your dog waits for Santa, most dogs enjoy dressing up for the holidays because it means getting extra attention from their owners.

Subtle touches. If you’re not one to dress up your dog in doggy clothes, you can mark the season by getting your dog a lovely new collar and leash or a harness. Collars, leashes, and harnesses come in many holiday styles such as plaid, black or red velvet, leather, and glittering with rhinestones and other faux gems. Of course, if you enjoy finding outfits for your dog, you can also find collars, leashes, and harnesses to match any outfits you might purchase so your dog will be coordinated.

For longhaired dogs, especially Toy and small breed dogs, you can look for bows, barrettes, and other hair accessories to celebrate the season. You can also find hair accessories to match outfits. Don’t forget to buy the rubber bands you usually need to hold your dog’s hair when using these accessories. A doggy topknot can be very cute with a bright Christmas bow.

Party outfits. Many owners like to dress up Toy breeds and small dogs in party clothes over the holidays. Outfits range from party casual to very elegant ensembles. You can find beautiful clothes in velvet, satin, silk, man-made materials, and gauzes. You can even dress your dog like an angel with wings. You can be as traditional or as creative as you like with your dog’s outfits.

Bedtime. You can also find bedtime clothes for your dog. These outfits are particularly popular during the holidays when owners may be spending time at home with their dogs on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Look for pajamas and nightgowns in fun styles and in traditional looks. You can even find handsome robes for your dog, too!

Miscellaneous. In addition to clothes, you can make your dog more festive for the season with some touches like painting his nails or using nail caps over his nails. Nail caps are plastic temporary nails in various colors that easily fit over your dog’s real nails. Don’t forget that your dog needs some good grooming for the holidays, too! A nice bath and haircut for your dog this time of year is always a good idea, especially if you will be having friends come to your house or taking your dog to visit others.

Whenever choosing clothing and accessories for your dog it’s always a good idea to keep your dog’s personality in mind. Is your dog playful and fun? Is he noble and aristocratic? Is he laid back and cool? There are clothes to fit every dog’s personality. Look for styles that suit your dog’s individual nature.

Toy breeds and small dogs are dressed up more often than larger dogs but most dog clothes come in larger sizes. There’s no reason why you can’t dress up your medium or larger dog. Check the descriptions for the clothes to see if they come in larger sizes. You might be surprised how fun dressing up your dog for the holidays can be! Remember, if dressing your dog up isn’t for you, he’ll always appreciate a beautiful new collar.

Our pampered pets will get to go on plenty of fun outings with us. Of course, you want them to look their best, so what do you need to dress your baby up and be on trend? Here are some of the hottest dog fashion trends:

Bright Dog Bows

Just like dressing up a little girl, your pampered princess pooch needs some super cute dog bows for this Spring and Summer. They should be bright and match any outfit that she’s wearing. They should also be adorned with curls or with cute, interlacing ribbons that make a pattern. Most of the hottest bows right now also have a shiny charm in the middle that stands out from the rest of the bow. The great thing is that these are really reasonable, even the designer ones, and you can also recycle children’s bows that you can find anywhere for your sweet furry baby.

Bling Charms

Bling charms for your dog’s collar are all the rage right now and you’ll want to have plenty for each different look. These are pretty inexpensive and can be found online, at your local pet store or at different pet boutiques. You can also easily use different jewelry charms that you can purchase at discount stores for your pet’s collar to make a unique, totally “you” look that stands out.

Rhinestone Collars

Even boy dogs are sporting some bling this year with the wonderful rhinestone collars that are out. You can go as bright and blingy as you want, or as muted as you want – but rhinestones are all the rage right now when it comes to collars. You can either buy your own rhinestone collars at local stores or online, or you can make your own for a completely unique look. Either way, this is one accessory that you cannot do without.

Spaghetti Strap Dresses

Your little princess needs cute, springy spaghetti strap sundresses to be on trend this year. These can be found anywhere you look – online, at pet shops, discount stores. And, you can even make your own out of recycled baby dresses. These are usually pretty reasonable to purchase, even the designer ones, so make sure that you have several to choose from for your next outing with your baby.

Printed T-Shirts

Boys and girls are on trend with dog fashions this year if you have several different printed t-shirts for them to sport when you’re out. The great thing about this is that the more custom or DIY they are, the better! Old baby onsies and t-shirts for newborns make great additions to your dog fashion collection this year and keep you on trend with everyone else.

Remember that no matter what type of fashions you are looking for  for your pup, these different trends are sure to keep you and your dog looking as hot as possible. And, the best part is that you can do it without spending a fortune.

We have all heard of the coveted “Best In Show” title at the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show every year, and chances are that you love to see who wins it each year. The breed, the color, the style, the size – no matter what draws you to see who wins the best in show title each year, every dog owner can see a bit of their best furry friend in that show dog. Most dog owners aren’t familiar with all of the work that goes into getting a dog ready for a dog show. Even more owners have no idea what it takes to win the best in show title over the hundreds of other dogs that are at the show. So what does it take for a specific dog to win “Best In Show”? And what does the “Best In Show” title even mean for those who win it at the Westminster Dog Show?

Let’s start with the title itself and what it means at the Westminster Dog Show every year. The “Best In Show” title is given to the overall winner of the show itself. The judges view hundreds of dogs each year at the annual contest and the overall winner of the show is given the “Best In Show” title. The Westminster Dog Show is an all breed show, meaning that every dog there is judged overall together for the best title as well as several other different awards throughout the show. So, this means that Great Danes will go up against Chihuahuas, Rottweilers will go up against Silk Terriers, and so on, no matter what breed you enter into the show, it will be judged against all of the others. To win that coveted “Best In Show” title, means simply that specific dog is the very best one in the whole show according to the judges.

Now, let’s get into what makes up a “Best In Show” dog and how they are chosen. Every dog in the Westminster Dog Show are judged by the overall standards of their breed. For example, each different breed, such as the English Bulldog, have specific standards according to the Westminster Kennel Club and each English Bulldog in the show will be judged by those standards. These will be different for every breed and every dog entered. Once a “Best Of Breed” winner is crowned for each different breed of dog at the show that year, they then go into a competition with all of the other “Best Of Breed” winners for the “Best In Show” title.

The judges will get all of the “Best Of Breed” winners together and they will take their time going over every one and how high they rank on that breed’s standards. From there, they have to decide which of the “Best Of Breed” winners takes the title of “Best In Show”. Once a winner is crowned, they then start their responsibility of becoming “America’s Dog” and traveling all over the US to different events, shows, and fairs. The winner of the “Best In Show” also gains almost immediately popularity, meaning that any offspring of that particular dog will be highly sought after for many years.

What would any posh pooch be without some haute designer accessories? Just like you, won’t your furry pal love a cool new Coach or Juicy Couture item to show off around the town? Of course they would and if you are someone that loves designer accessories of any type, there are always some wonderful designer dog accessories out there to love too. Here are some of our favorites:

GG Collection Personalized Pet Jar

With this gorgeous personalized treat jar, your pooch will never have to really beg for a treat again. You can get this Tuscan style jar, complete with a customized antiqued aluminum base and label to ensure that your dog is simply the best around. Also, you’ll never have to worry about hiding those treat bags when company comes over any longer – you’ll be dying to show off this beauty to anyone that comes into your home.

Louis Vuitton Dog Leash

Hey Louis Vuitton fans, here is exactly what your dog needs when you’re out for a stroll. This beautiful Louis Vuitton dog leash matches all of the luxury accessories that you own and everyone will know that you only buy the best for your furry friend – even if it’s just for your daily walk.

 

Coach Collar

Oh Coach, we couldn’t have a list of designer dog accessories without you! We all love Coach purses and why should your dog suffer without something cool to match? Well, Coach offers a wonderful line of dog collars that come with different little charms and designs to match any style that you might own. And with a pretty decent price for a Coach accessory, you may end up buying several to match all of your Coach items.

Paul Frank Julius Dog Bed

We have all see that funky monkey from Paul Frank Julius around in designer stores, discount stores, and the mall and chances are that if you have kids (or are simply a kid at heart), you have something with this monkey on it. Well, don’t leave your pet out. Here is your chance to get your dog their own cute bed that offers something colorful, yet still posh and designer for your pet. Plus, they are completely eco friendly and made from recycled plastic bottles – meaning that now you’re stylish and eco friendly!

Juicy Couture Dog Trench Coat

While all of the other dogs shiver in the cold, why not let your dog stand out in a gorgeous herringbone trench coat from Juicy Couture? You can find it to match your favorite Juicy Couture trench and the two of you will look adorable as you stroll around town. Of course, this designer accessory is only for dogs from 2 up to 15 pounds, so if you own a bigger dog, then you are out of luck for this cute luxury item.

No matter what designer you are in love with at the moment, you will easily find some great designer dog accessories online and through some of the larger designer stores in your area. The best part is that the vast majority of them are priced so reasonably that you have no excuse not to get a few of them for your favorite fur ball.

Every dog owner wants great dog accessories for their furry friend, but sometimes we just don’t want to pay a massive amount for them. Shopping online, shopping clearance sales at the local pet shops, and even finding cute hand made items can still end up costing more than you really want to spend. Well, instead of spending a ton of money on little accessories for your favorite pooch, why not learn how to make some cute ones at home without spending any money? Here are three easy do-it-yourself ideas for cute dog accessories that you can easily pull off at home:

 

  1. Onesie T-Shirts: For those with smaller dogs or toy breeds, you love seeing them in cute little shirts and other dress up fun but those outfist can be expensive. So why not make your own out of some cute little onesies? You can easily take old or new onesies for babies and turn them into super cute dog shirts. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 onesie, needle and thread (or sewing machine), scissors, pencil or pen, and a ruler. Rule of thumb for these cute DIY shirts, if your dog weighs less than 15 pounds you will need a newborn size if they are 15 and above you will need the 0-3 months size, and if you have a 6 pound or under pooch, look for preemie sizes. Now, put the onesie on your dog with the graphic up on their back. Mark off where the bottom should be cut right about where their hips start, so nothing is in the way of them walking. Cut along that line, then sew a simple hem in that area of the onesie. Once your hem is done, so is your new dog shirt! It really is that easy!
  2. Snazzy Dog Collars: Oh don’t fall for those cute little blinged up collars at the pet store that cost $20 or more. You can easily make your own at home with just a few things and you’ll be able to totally customize it however you want! Here’s what you’ll need: a plain dog collar of your choice, different sized and colored rhinestones, hot glue gun, and tweezers. Now, you simply warm up the hot glue gun (which can be found at most larger discount stores for less than $10) and use the tweezers to hold the rhinestones as you put a small dot of hot glue on them. Place them on the collar where you want them to go with the tweezers and let dry. You can use strong craft glue for this, but hot glue will give and bend a bit more when the collar is bent around your dog’s neck. With this easy idea, you can make different collars for different times of the year or as your dog gets older.
  3. Costumes: Halloween and other holidays mean fun dress up times for your tiny dog but expensive items for you. Thank goodness there are thousands of different dog costume patterns out there that you can easily make at home! It is a bit harder to show you exactly how to do these all in one article, because there are so many different costumes out there. The great thing is that there are hundreds of free patterns that you can find all over the place for costumes like hot dogs, a shark eating your dog, a cowboy, and so on. Or with just a little bit of imagination at a thrift shop in the kid’s section, you can find some great ideas for the perfect dog costume for your little baby.

 

With just these three little ideas, you can easily cut out some of the biggest costs that come with dog accessories. Making your own collars, your own clothing, and your own costumes for your dog will not only help you save money, but it will help keep you up on the latest trends in dog accessories as well as your pooch looking as cute as possible.

DIY Doggie Pjs

One of the cutest trends  is doggie pjs. While they can get a little pricey if you’re looking at designer ones, others are pretty reasonable. Of course, if you can’t find ones that you totally love on your dog, then what do you do? You can make your own doggie pjs and still be on trend this year for cheap. Here is what you’ll need to do:

Find some cute baby onesies with legs at your local discount store, online, or even at garage sales. You can always find ones that match your pjs, or that compliment them. Finding a few that are really cheap at a discount store or garage sale can be great to practice on until you get everything down just the way you want. Not sure what size to get? It’s pretty easy, for dogs under 6 pounds, look for preemie clothes. For dogs from 6 to 15 pounds, look for newborn clothes. For dogs over 15 pounds, look for 0-3 month old baby clothes. If you have a larger dog, you will have to look for child sizes. Buying cheap child pjs at garage sales gives you an easy way to determine what size will fit your dog without spending a lot of time, energy, and money buying the wrong one and having to take them all back.

Once you have a few to practice on, start by putting them on your dog, but be careful with their tail for right now as you’ll make an area just for this later. You want the cute design to be up on the back, even if the zipper or buttons are there. Now, take a pen and mark along the behind (for the tail) as well as the stomach. You basically want to leave an area open for your dog to use the bathroom without getting it all over their pjs as well as a opening for their tail to move and wag. Once you have these areas marked, take the pjs off your pooch and cut along the line.

After you’ve got everything cut out, take a needle and thread or your sewing machine, and sew simple hems along every area that you’ve cut. This can be a bit time consuming until you get the hang of it, and you can also find hem tape as well as seam glue at local craft and sewing stores, or online. Once you get a little better with hemming up your dog’s pjs, you can get more fancy with different types of ribbon around the hem and other cute bric-a-brac as well.

Now that everything is sewn up, you are ready for your furry baby to sport their new pjs. It might take a bit for them to get used to the new clothes, but once they do and realize that they are snuggly and comfy, you’ll have a pj fan for life

We all know that our dogs have to have food and water and love, but there is more to caring for a dog than just those three things. There are many other areas, such as exercise, bathing, brushing, and so on that help ensure a dog is happy and healthy. If you are new to owning a dog or you simply want to make sure that you’ve got everything covered, here are five dog accessories that you simply cannot live without:

  1. Collar – This might seem like a given but you need to make sure that you have the right collar for your dog. Smaller dogs won’t need a big, sturdy collar, a thinner one will do just fine, but larger breeds will need a sturdy collar that won’t break when you’re out for a walk on a leash. You also want to make sure that you have the right fit on your dog’s collar, if it’s too small, you can choke your dog, and too big means they can slip out of it, losing any ID tags they have.
  2. Brush – You may think that you don’t have to brush your particular dog breed, but every dog needs to be brushed. There are several reasons for this, the main one being that it helps to curb shedding any time of the year. Every dog breed sheds, some just more than others, by brushing your dog, you can stop most of the shed hair from sticking to your furniture, clothing, car, and carpets. Plus brushing is a great way to inspect your dog for any bites, bumps, or other problems that you may not notice by simply patting them on the back. Talk with your groomer about what brush is right for your particular dog breed.
  3. Leash – Sure this one goes hand in hand with the dog’s collar, but do you have the right size leash for your dog? You want to make sure that you give your dog enough room to run without being so far away that you cannot control them. Also, you need a strong leash with a good clasp that isn’t going to break if your dog tugs on it. The last thing you want is for your dog to go chasing after a squirrel on a walk and get away from you and get hurt. Make sure that your dog’s leash is good quality that won’t break, yet still gives them enough room to run and exercise.
  4. Bedding – Some of us are guilty of letting our dogs sleep on our beds with us, but they still need their own bed, their own space. You can find all different sizes of pet beds that will fit your dog perfectly. These are pretty inexpensive, usually less than $20 (except for the very large ones) unless you want something very specific or designer, which will cost more. Pet beds offer your pet their own space in your house. You should set up their bed along with some of their toys in a corner or spot where they know that is their own space. It will give them a place to feel safe in when they are scared or lonely.
  5. Treats – We all love to reward our dogs with treats, but are you giving the right ones? Some treats can be bad for your dog, packing on extra weight they may not need or just being overall junk food for your pet. There are plenty of great treats out there that help with cleaning their teeth, bad doggie breath, and so much more. And if you are wary of all the different ingredients in your dog’s treats, you can easily make some of your own for your furry kiddo.

 

Of course, you may decide that you need other dog accessories for your pampered pooch, but these are the main five – aside from food, water, and love – to keep your dog happy and healthy for a long time to come.

Safe Toys For Your Pampered Pooch

If you’ve ever been inside a pet store or wandered through the pet aisle of your local discount store, you’ll notice a plethora of dog toys. However, just because it’s labeled and tagged as a toy for dogs doesn’t mean it’s a good option for your pet. Before buying a toy for your dog, there are several factors to keep in mind regarding safety.

Why buy toys at all?

Dogs are people too, right? They get bored and need some form of entertainment, especially if their humans are busy or away at work. Some toys give a dog something to do, while others provide comfort. It’s good to have a variety of each type and hide them around the home or rotate for play time.

The size of the toy and dog matter.

A small lightweight toy is going to be destroyed quickly by a large dog and pose a choking hazard as well. A large heavy toy may be harmful to a small or toy breed by being too much for little jaws to carry around. Make sure to get toys appropriate to your dog’s size and jaw strength.

Dogs and kids are eerily similar.

Just like kids, dogs are often attracted to dangerous things. Anyone that has ever had a dachshund for instance, knows they love to silence the squeaky toy. The squeaking mechanisms can be the equivalent of giving a marble to an infant. In the mouth it goes, where it can easily cause a choking hazard or lodge further down in the digestive tract. I wouldn’t recommend making a habit of giving squeaky toys to dogs and strongly suggest constant supervision when doing so.

For comfort

Many dogs love a ‘lovie’ of some sort. Many female dogs will treat a stuffed animal like a puppy by carrying it around, licking and putting one paw over it for sleeping. Just make sure the stuffed animal doesn’t have button eyes that pose a choking hazard and check frequently for rips that might lead to lost stuffing. The stuffing can cause choking and vomiting so either sew it up or replace when it starts to come apart. You’ll save yourself and your dog an extra trip to the vet.

Make-do dog toy

If you’ve had to toss all your dog’s toys and haven’t been able to pick up new ones, make one from old laundry. And old t-shirt rolled up and sewn or tied in knots makes a good toy and probably smells great to your dog!

Rawhides:

Rawhides should be given with caution. Dogs that race to finish their treats are at risk of swallowing big chunks that can get lodged in the esophagus, so supervise your dog and ensure he chews appropriately. Not all rawhides are made with strict manufacturing principles so they can cause stomach upsets due to E.coli or Salmonella. They are also high-fat and high salt treats (this is what makes them tasty!). Depending on what you purchase rawhides can also support unethical trades such as the fur industry, so consider what animal the rawhide comes from and whether you want to support the industry and company that made it. That being said, rawhides are a great (relatively) natural treat that can be excellent for dental health and satisfy your dog’s urge to chew.

 

Vet recommended toys for active dogs:

ezydogflyer

Source: www.lovethatpet.com

 

  1. Ezydog Dogstar Flyer – Made of durable nylon, this frisbee is recommended for two reasons. It floats and is durable yet soft enough not to cause trauma to teeth or gums.

 

kongwubba

Source: www.lovethatpet.com

 

  1. Kong Puppy Wubba Toy – Whether playing a gentle game of tug-o-war or fetch, this toy is sturdy enough for hours of interactive play.

omegapaw

Source: www.omegapaw.com

 

 

  1. Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball - This is a toy designed to entice dogs with the scent of a treat inside or can be used for playing fetch.

karmarope

Source: www.jaxandbones.com

 

  1. Jax and Bones Good Karma Rope Toy – These toys are sturdy yet comforting for dogs to carry around and keep nearby.

hurleydogchew

Source: www.hotdogcollars.com

 

  1. Zogoflex Hurley Dog Chew Toy – Dogs love the flexible chewiness of this toy. Humans love that it’s very long lasting, practically indestructible and floats.

Most importantly, enjoy time with your furry friend. Remember, you’re his human for life. Make it count.

 

Bio:

 

Eloise Bright is a mom to Duster, the Pomeranian, and Jimmy, the cat. As a Sydney based veterinarian of 7 years currently working with Love That Pet, Eloise has taken the opportunity to volunteer at charity clinics and is now completing her Masters in Small Animal Practice.

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