Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, or even out in the sticks, barbecues are one of the events that define the summer months. Grilling chicken, burgers, or hotdogs with some delicious side dishes and cold drinks – what could be better on a lazy summer afternoon? Your dog thinks so, too!

If you’re one of the many Americans who will be cooking outside this summer, there are some things you can do to make your barbecue safer for your dog.

  • Be sure to secure gates to your yard before your guests arrive. Check them as guests arrive and leave and then once again after everyone leaves. You don’t want your dog to accidentally slip out of your yard during any confusion while people are coming and going.
  • If you’re expecting guests for a cookout, consider keeping your dog indoors. There are lots of potential accidents that can occur around a barbecue grill. Plus, some dogs have trouble controlling themselves when they see people trying to balance food in their laps. Your dog might get in trouble with your friends. If you know your dog has bad manners, keep him inside.
  • If your dog stays outside while you cook out, make sure you put away sharp objects such as barbecue forks. Put food wrappers in a covered trash container immediately so your dog won’t be tempted to eat them. And, be especially careful with any food, cooked or uncooked. Dogs are notorious for snatching food when you’re not looking. You could discover that your dog has stolen five pounds of hamburger meat for your burgers and eaten it before you even noticed it was missing.
  • If possible, put your dog on a long leash and put someone in charge of him. This way he’ll be part of the gathering without being able to get in trouble.
  • You can also keep your dog entertained – and your guests, too – with some fun games while everyone is waiting to eat. Consider providing your guests with a Frisbee or some other toys that your dog likes to play with. Your dog and your guests can have a lot of fun while you grill. These games can be especially fun if you or your guests have children.
  • Once everyone starts eating, don’t forget about your dog. The grill is still hot and dogs can easily burn their paws or muzzles trying to reach something that smells good.

If your dog has had some obedience training and he knows the “down-stay,” you can put him in a long down-stay outside with your guests. Remember to reward him for being good! It’s hard for a dog to resist the tempting aromas that come from the barbecue grill.

Most dogs love a happy gathering as much as people do. Add some food cooking over a fire, and your dog will be delighted when you barbecue. If you take the precautions suggested here, your dog should be safe when you cook out this summer.

dog crates

If you have a dog, you need a dog crate. Here’s how to choose one.

A crate is a vital piece of dog furniture. Dogs are most comfortable when they have a personal den available, and crate-training is also a great way to house-train your pooch.

A look at what crates are made of

There are three common materials for dog crates:
• Wire, looking like a basic cage
• Plastic or fibreglass, typically sold as a “flight kennel” or “pet carrier”
• Fabric over a wire frame, like a pop-up tent

Flight kennels have the advantage of doubling as a safe and comfortable enclosure for transporting your dog to the vet, on vacation, and so on. These are very easy to clean, and they are less likely to scratch floor surfaces than other crates are.

Wire cages are inexpensive and safe. In our climate, the easy airflow through the walls is a big plus. Wire crates will scratch bare floors. There’s an easy way around this, however: Put a mat under the crate.

The tent-like fabric crates have a devoted fan-base, and they can be decorative, which is nice in the living room. They are the riskiest choice, though, unless the dog will always be under supervision when he’s in the crate. A dog can chew through most fabrics. The only real questions are how long it will take and whether you’ll notice the damage before there’s a significant hole. Fabrics with prints are more likely to hide damage. Also, these crates are the most difficult to clean and disinfect.

Some dogs like to have the cave effect that a covered crate provides. Covering the crate with a blanket will produce a nice, dark cave. Be careful about ventilation and temperature. The inside of a blanketed crate can heat up pretty quickly.

Check any crate for sharp edges and loose pieces when you buy it, and from time to time at home. There’s always a small possibility of damage to a crate in the warehouse or in transit.

Looking at Structures

The shape of the crate isn’t a big problem. Most of them are rectangles, or rounded versions of rectangles. Sometimes, just to be different, the occasional crate will be shaped like a pup-tent or a tube. Pup-tents waste height, because the ridge area is not very usable for the dog, and tubes are awkward to turn around in, so stick with basic rectangles.

Some crates are sold with an internal divider which can be removed. These are very convenient if you are crate-training a puppy. You can buy a crate that will be the right size for your dog as an adult, and use the divider to make a puppy-size den while the dog is still small.

Choosing the right size

You might be wondering, “Why can’t you just use an adult-size crate for a puppy? Isn’t bigger better?” When you’re crate-training a puppy, the crate should be small enough that the puppy doesn’t have the option of sleeping in one end and peeing in the other. It should be big enough for the pup to stand up comfortably, turn around easily, and stretch out when he lies down.

How to furnish your dog’s crate

A well-chosen crate is a comfy den for your pooch. A nice den needs some furnishings.

The biggest piece of “furniture” is bedding. There are low-padded dog beds that can be fit into dog crates. Some dog crates come with bedding, and some dog bedding retailers, such as Hot Dog Collars, make beds especially for crate-use or have a wide range of alternatives. Or use a sturdy blanket with a dog cushion. Just be sure the dog can’t tangle himself in the blanket.

The kinds of sturdy drip-bottle such as are sold for hamsters, rabbits, or rats will be handy. Choose the size according to your dog’s breed and age. You can fill these with cold water, or even ice-water, and attach them to the side of the crate to keep your dog well-watered on warm days, on road-trips, and whenever he needs to be left alone in the crate for any amount of time.

Finally, a good sturdy toy or non-messy treat will be appreciated by your pooch.

The next step

The next step is to figure out how big or small a crate you need. Measure your dog’s height and add a few centimetres to determine the minimum height for the crate. Sneak a measurement in when your dog is sprawled on the floor. There’s your length. For most dogs, if the crate has those two measurements as minimums, the width will take care of itself. If your dog has mobility challenges or is a member of a particularly un-agile breed, err on the side of too wide.

Now, take a look at the pet-store and online on pet-supply sites like Love That Pet, and see what your options are, comfortably within your budget.

With 7 years of small animal practice and after surviving 5 years of veterinarian school, it’s no surprise that Dr. Eloise Bright has a passion for dogs and all animals. With Pomeranian, Duster, in tote she has practiced in Sydney, Australia with Love That Pet and has taken the opportunity to volunteer at local charity clinics while completely her Masters in Small Animal Practice. Chat with her on Google+.


How to House Train a New Dog or Puppy

New puppy, new buddy, new rules
If you get a new puppy, you should have nerves of steel. Patience is something you will need lots of when housebreaking your new bundle of joy. Puppies need to visit the little dog’s room approximately six times a day. As soon as you feed them, you should take them out so they could relieve themselves, because a full stomach means pressure on their tiny bladders and digestive system.
Your housebreaking routine should be effective as soon as possible so that the new puppy can learn quickly and so that you do not have a lot of messes to clean up. The faster you establish a good routine the more time you have to cuddle with your new puppy.
When your puppy needs to go
Watch out for signs that means your puppy needs to do number 1 or number 2, signs such as turning in circles, being restless or even squeaking loudly. Form a good bathroom routine that you and your puppy can follow, setting up a small box that is easy to clean and your puppy can easily access in a part of the house can help establish this routine. If it is possible, train your puppy to relieve itself outside.
Whatever routine you develop, stick to it. Puppies need to learn the rules, and you need to be consistent. You need to show them how they have to behave, especially in the early weeks when puppies still cannot control their bladders. An early well established routine will ensure that your puppy becomes housebroken and happy.
What is your dog thinking?
You have to be aware that dogs do not think the same way as we do. Positive reinforcement, praise and punishment can teach your dog right from wrong. When housebreaking your dog, try to praise or punish its actions immediately, so that the little fellow can relate what it did wrong. Especially when you are housebreaking them, do not let them relieve themselves where it is inappropriate and you punish them later. You should either praise or punish them when they do something.
When you get a new dog you have to make sure to housebreak them as well, similarly to puppies they need to be taught what is expected from them. Do not let them control you and try to make sure you set yourself up as an authoritative figure. Because they have already been taught.
A new dog, a new buddy
Having a new dog in your house means that you will have to change a lot of things to accommodate your new buddy. Housebreaking your new dog also implies that you will have to be careful what its previous diet was and how you will form the new diet. With new eating habits also comes bathroom habits. Just when teaching a new puppy, you have to have patience and the will to train your new dog to obey the house rules.
Whenever housebreaking your new dog, always pick the same spot for them to relieve themselves, to form a routine. Pay attention to signs, pacing in place, soft moaning sounds, looking at the door and similar signs can mean that your dog is ready to go.

- Catherine Daniels, huge animal lover, loves writing about them in spare time, enjoys hiking with her dog Cookie and cuddling with her cat Zoe.

antifreeze and dogs photo credit flexpetz.com
With its pleasant aroma and sweet flavor, Antifreeze is an enticing but fatal poison for dogs. Antifreeze, also known as coolant, is the colored fluid found in your car’s radiator. Ethylene Glycol is the toxic component found in antifreeze, which is also an ingredient in brake fluid, liquid rust inhibitors and hydraulic fluids. Dogs usually come into contact with antifreeze when it leaks from a car’s engine onto the ground, when it is spilled onto the ground while being added to a car’s engine, or when the container is left uncapped. Intake of even a small amount of antifreeze can be fatal to your dog since it could badly affect their key organs such as brain, kidneys and liver.

How to Identify Antifreeze Poisoning and Help Your Pet
If the dog is exposed to antifreeze, you need to detect the exposure and act fast. Since ethylene glycol is an alcohol, the early signs of poisoning resemble drunkenness, euphoria and/or delirium, nausea as evidenced by excessive salivation, lip smacking, dry heaving, and vomiting. If you come across any of these significant symptoms, rush your dog tothe nearby veterinarian. Explain the situation quicklyso that they can run appropriate tests and act appropriately before kidney failure occurs.

How to keep your dog away from Antifreeze
As they say, prevention is always better than a cure! So how do you keep your pooch away from poisonous antifreeze?
• Keep antifreeze sealed and away from pets.
• Switch to a brand of antifreeze that contains propylene glycol instead of toxic ethylene glycol.
• Keep other products that contain ethylene glycol – like paint or cosmetics – away from your pet’s reach.
With these important things taken care of, your home is a safer place for your pets to live in.

About the Author:
KG Rogers is a blogger on various websites. He also manages the digital marketing campaign for KVsupply.com – a leader in online pet supplies.

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility, especially if you think about pet health. However, this responsibility also comes with a huge reward in the form of the adoration and sweetness that your pet will show towards you. Wouldn’t you see yourself smiling foolishly whenever you see your dogs wagging their tails at you or your cats dozing off on your lap peacefully? It is like the best feeling in the world that you have made such animals feel safe and happy even if they can only express it in their cute gestures.

First Aid Kit
One of the first things that you need to do in order to ensure the safety of your pets is to have a pet first aid kit at home. You never know when your clever yet naughty animals will get into trouble so you better be ready to handle any crisis that will come your way. The kit should have the following things:
• Cotton swabs and balls
• Bandages and sterile gauze pads
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Rubbing alcohol
• First aid tape
• Scissors
• Antiseptic wipes
• Flashlight and batteries
• Leash
• Muzzle
• Splint
• Gloves
• Eye wash
• Antibacterial ointment
• Mineral oil
• Ice pack and hot pack
• Buffered aspirin
• Thermometer
• A bottle of water
• Veterinary documents
• Book on pet first aid
• Other drugs

Cleaning Up After Pets
Once you feel quite secure about being able to respond to emergencies from pet disease or injuries, you have to think about the daily needs of your pet. An important one would be cleaning up after them. Not only is this a pet care requirement, it is also necessary for the entire household’s health.
For one, regular brushing can reduce shedding. This will not only prevent hair from being scattered at home but it will also protect your pet, especially cats, from hairballs. You may also need regular vacuum cleaning to remove pet hair from your furniture. Sticky lint rollers will help in removing their hair from your clothes too.
When it comes to odor and stains, there are cleaning products that can remove them from your carpet or furniture. Proper cleaning will ensure that your home will be as homey and as clean as before.

When to Call for a Vet
Just like as parents would, you might feel rattled whenever you see some strange symptoms in your pet. For instance, dogs may be exposed to kennel cough, which shows symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, or eye discharge. If you notice these symptoms, make sure you separate the infected pet from the other animals to contain the contamination. It would make sense to bring them to the veterinarian right away.
The common reasons why owners bring pets to the vet for emergencies include the following:
• Feeding the pets the wrong food. This often happens if you treat your dog, cat or pet as another human being. There are human foods that the animal cannot digest properly so be cautious what you feed them. Chocolate may be heaven for humans, but it can be deadly to dogs and cats.
• Swallowing foreign things. Some pets cannot differentiate foreign objects from food so they end up eating them. This will however show symptoms such as discomfort, distended abdomen, constipation, vomiting, and diarrhea.
• Poisoning. When pets get poisoned, they vomit, experience diarrhea, foaming at the mouth, nosebleed, and bleeding from the mouth. This situation usually happens when your pets mistook rat poison as a treat.
• Allergic reaction. Dogs are prone to allergies, which have symptoms such as sneezing, itchiness, runny or itchy eyes, and excessive scratching.
If you can’t figure out what’s wrong with your pet, make sure to call your vet for advice. Be accurate in giving your vet details about your pet’s symptoms so the right medication will be prescribed.
Rewards for Having a Pet
It’s true that it can be quite burdensome to care and be responsible for another creature. However, having a pet at home means that you will experience the following things:
• You will always have an eager greeter by your door every time you come home and a refreshing goodbye before you go to work.
• You will always have someone warm to cuddle with.
• You will have a pet to talk to who is willing to lend you a listening ear and a warm coat to lay your head on.
• You will never have a dinner table all to yourself as your pet will keep giving you the “please-give-me-food wide-eyed look.
• You will never be deserted no matter what happens to you.
• You will have an exercise buddy.
These are only some of the things that you will enjoy if you take care of a pet at home. When you think about it, the benefits that they can give you certainly overweigh the things that you have to do to care for them.
If you’re ready to have a pet at home, you may want to think of adopting a rescue animal. There are many abandoned animals that need your care and love. Nothing beats the feeling that you have finally stood up to be responsible for another creature that cannot take care of themselves.


Author Bio:
by Jordan Walker
Jordan Walker is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages

With the hectic lives we live, it gets harder and harder to keep the family together. Everybody is constantly busy and there are days when we hardly get to see our loved ones. But, love is what keeps us going, so that’s what softens the blow.
Having crazy working hours, my husband and I hesitated about having a dog. The kids wanted one badly, so, we came up with a solution – we will buy them one, but they will need to take care of it. And that’s how this whole having-a-dog-odyssey started.
You would think that having a dog just added to the pressure of keeping everything in order. Actually, it didn’t. In fact, we are all more bonded now. Our dog has this wonderful energy that makes us all happy, even in our most stressful.
If you also have a dog, or are thinking of getting one, here are some useful things that will help you see why having a dog is a wonderful thing.
Even if you are crazy busy, you have to get home sometime, don’t you? And, when you do, you have your children happy to see you and your new furry friend. He jumps all over you, excited that you have lived through yet another hard work at the office. Yep, the fella gets your pain! Joke aside, when weekends come, you and your family get to spend some quality time together and play. The dog brings about a homey atmosphere that tends to lack from time to time. Its joyful barks and hops will certainly bring a smile to your face! Even when you want to have some time alone with your thoughts, but you don’t feel like wandering the streets alone like a crazy person, you can take your dog for a walk and enjoy it!
Having your kid take care of the dog, teaches him/her responsibility. Your child will learn how to think of some other “person” but him/herself. Plus, if we are talking of an only child, your dog will play a sibling substitute and make your child happy. Taking a dog for a walk, feeding it, bathing, etc. occupies your child and this kind of family dynamics is great. Your partner and you can engage in making dinner and choosing a movie while your kid is occupied with the dog, just to later have everybody around the table, enjoying warm family atmosphere.
Staying happy and active
Having a dog is amazing because not only your child but the whole family can organize a back yard party where you do some fitness or dancing together! Make a little barbeque, dance, exercise, capture all this on film or photos and have some amazing memories with those you love the most! Invite some friends, too. Why not!
Picnic time!
If there is a nice park or a beach nearby your home, organize a family picnic! This will be a wonderful time to bond with your family, to catch up with your family members, maybe even plan a family vacation… and have your dog run free along the beach/shore! Be sure your kid will join your doggy’s playful activities and so should you!

Catherine Daniels of http://www.boomerangpetfood.com.au/ Huge animal lover and a proud owner of pug Cookie, her hiking companion.

It’s not unusual these days to encounter dogs with three legs. While it was once something of a rarity to see a 3-legged dog, veterinary care is more advanced today which means that many dogs with injuries, bone cancer, or a neurological disorder can survive just fine after a limb is removed. These dogs can live a long, happy, healthy life with three legs.


If you get the news that your dog needs to have a leg amputated, it’s still devastating news for any owner. But you should take comfort in the fact that nearly all dogs can quickly learn to adjust to life on three legs. A dog with three legs seems to forget that they have a missing limb – and so does the owner. They run, play, and continue to act like any other dog.


If your dog does need to have a leg amputated, you will need to take care at first while your dog adjusts. Be careful with slippery floors and other surfaces that can keep your dog from getting good traction. You might consider providing your 3-legged dog with paw wax or something else on his paws to help him grip the floor. Some owners recommend doggy boots for good traction, especially at first. You can also put down throw rugs for more traction, especially if you secure them in place so they don’t slide.


It’s also important that you don’t allow a 3-legged dog to become overweight. Excess weight can put extra strain on the alternate leg and possibly cause injury. Be sure that your “tripod” dog gets regular exercise.


Some owners provide a 3-legged dog with a wheelchair or cart made for disabled dogs but it’s usually not necessary. Such carts are more often used for dogs with only two legs.


Sometimes you will find a 3-legged dog at a shelter or rescue. These dogs can live a completely long and happy life but they may have been taken to the shelter because their previous owners didn’t know how to care for them or thought that the dog was less than perfect. If you would like to adopt a dog with three legs, it’s important for you to understand that the dog will need some special care. You will need to pay special attention to the leg opposite the leg that’s been amputated to make sure it doesn’t become strained or carry undue weight. If this leg seems weak, you can provide more support for it with a splint or brace. Or, you can provide a pet cart or wheelchair.


If any of the amputated leg remains, you’ll need to make sure the bottom of the stump remains healthy. In some cases it’s possible for the dog to have a prosthetic limb attached. This is something you would need to discuss with your veterinarian.


A number of celebrities own tripod dogs which has probably helped people understand that these dogs make perfectly good pets. Comedian and talk show how Jon Stewart has a 3-legged pit bull mix named Little Dipper who accompanies Stewart to work at his show.


Sandra Bullock has a 3-legged Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix named Poppy that she adopted in 2005. She later adopted the 2-legged dog Ruby with her then-husband Jesse James.


Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain takes her dog Chaplin to work with her and walks him herself. Chastain is one of the stars of Zero Dark Thirty. She has two other rescue dogs – Radley, a Corgi-Spaniel mix, and Roman, a Chihuahua mix.

Help Your Kids Train Your Dog

Dogs and kids just seem to kind of go together. As one sage dog lover noted, every dog deserves a kid. It’s true. A dog’s life can be immeasurably enriched by living with children. And the same goes when children are raised with a dog. But it all depends on having a responsible adult teaching a child how to interact with dogs. Lots of kids are bitten each year because they don’t know how to behave around dogs.


There are a few basic Dos and Don’ts when it comes to what you should teach your kids about dogs:


  • Don’t let a child put his face near a dog’s mouth, especially a strange dog. When kids are bitten, it’s often on the face.


  • Teach children not to run from dogs – dogs will chase them. Even if they are playing, things can escalate and children can get injured.


  • Tell your children not to scream around dogs. If your dog has been raised with your kids, s/he probably won’t mind, but the sound of children screaming can be very upsetting for some dogs.


  • Teach kids not to bother dogs when they are eating. Some dogs guard their food and they can become irritable at dinner time.


  • Teach kids not to take toys or other treasured objects from dogs. Some dogs guard favorite toys and can become gruff if a child tries to take the toy.


  • Don’t let children tug on tails, pull ears, or otherwise do things to aggravate dogs. Some dogs will put up with this kind of play but others won’t. Teach your child to play with dogs appropriately.


  • Never, ever leave a baby alone with a dog. Although we love dogs and often consider them as family members, it’s important to remember that they are still animals. It’s not safe to leave a baby alone with a dog.


It’s recommended that all children under the age of 5-6 years old be supervised when they play with dogs, just to be safe. It’s very easy for running and rough play to get out of hand and someone – even the dog – to get hurt.


Along with these safety basics, you can teach your kids how to pet the dog gently. Show your children how to brush and bathe the dog. Your kids probably see you feed the dog every day but take time to explain something about the dog’s meals. As your children get older, you can tell them about your dog’s veterinary care and the other things that dogs need for good health. In this way, you’ll be teaching  your children how to properly care for a dog as a pet and setting a good example. These may be small things over the course of your dog’s life, but they’re important for children to learn. You would probably be surprised by how many kids grow up without knowing anything about dogs.


Another great way to teach your kids responsibility is by getting them involved in training your dog. Dogs need to be trained and it’s a wonderful way for a child to bond with a dog. Here are a few basic things that your child can train your dog to do:


  • Teach “down”: Show your child how to hold a treat in front of the dog’s nose, and then drop his or her hand to the ground. The dog will follow the food and drop into the down position. As soon as the dog is lying down, make sure your child gives the dog the treat and lots of praise.


  • Teach “sit”: Have your son or daughter hold the treat just about your dog’s nose and slowly move it back over the dog’s head. As your child does this, your dog will rock back into a sit. As soon as the dog sits, have your child praise your pup and give him the treat.


  • Teach how to walk on a leash: Your child can help train your dog to walk on a leash. To do this, have your child hold a treat or your dog’s favorite toy waist high. Have him or her tell the dog “Let’s go” and start walking. Your dog will watch the toy or treat and start walking along nicely.


That’s all there is to it! With a little assistance from you, most kids can train their dog to learn these obedience basics

Top Traits to Look For In Your Vet

One of the important things you need to think about when you purchase or adopt a pet is choosing a veterinarian. Making sure to select the right veterinarian is vital to your pet’s health. Of course, you’ll want a vet that offers the best pet care possible.

What to look for in a vet?

You need to get familiar with the veterinarians in your local area, and the services they offer and/or specialize in. Veterinarians are evaluated on the quality of their staff, facility, equipment and animal care. You may also want to ask local family and friends for recommendations. They may also be able to offer good tips on traits to look for in your vet.

Which Veterinarian is right for my pet?

Here are some tips for helping you choose the best local vet for your furry family member:

  • Make your first vet appointment without your pet. That way, you can speak with the veterinarian, meet the staff and get a good feel for what they have to offer.
  • Look around at the facilities and check to see whether it’s clean, organized and modern or not.
  • Be sure to ask how many pet care specialists are on staff, as some offices may share duties.
  • Ask any and all questions that come to mind. Your pet is a member of your family. So, do not be shy!

Note: Communication with your vet is essential to health of your pet.

Questions to Ask your Veterinarian

Here are some questions that you should ask your vet upon your first visit to the pet care facility:

  • Are you AAHA-accredited?
  • How does your facility handle overnight patients?
  • What protocols do you have in place for patients that need anesthesia before surgery?
  • What is your protocol for patient pain management?
  • Do you refer your patients to specialists when needed?
  • Are your technicians licensed in your state?
  • What different kinds of medical pet care equipment does your facility use?

Can I switch veterinarians?

You have the final choice when it comes to who provides your pet’s medical care and treatment. Because you love your pet, getting the highest quality pet care possible is a goal of yours.

So, if you ever have problems or feel that you are not getting the proper care for your animal, remember that you have the right to change veterinarians. What you look for and how you choose a veterinarian is your decision. No one else has the right to make that decision but you. If you do choose to leave your current vet, make sure to get a copy of all of your pet’s medical records to take to the new vet.

It’s very important to choose your veterinarian early-on, in case of an emergency. You also want to get your pet acquainted with the new veterinarian as soon as possible. Health care for your pet is important for him/her. Your furry friend is a significant part of your family. So, make sure you know what to look for in a vet so you can make an educated decision about your pet’s health care.

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to think about holiday gifts for your dog and for the dog lovers in your life. Whether your dog has been naughty or nice, Santa likes to visit every single puppy and dog in December! And, really, aren’t all dogs good at heart?

Here’s a look at some of the gifts that will be at the top of your doggy’s wish list this year.

No matter what your budget is, you can find some great holiday gifts for your pet this year.

Under $10: Look for delicious organic treats for your dog. This price range should allow you to buy a nice bag or box of terrific treats made with the very best ingredients. Check online or at your local pet store. Your dog will love them! There are lots of good brands. You can also give your dog favorites like Nylabones, Kongs, squeaky toys, and rope toys. What dog doesn’t love toys and chews?

Under $25: Look for a stocking filled with toys and treats. Zanies has a great holiday toy stocking filled with squeaky balls, rope toys, and more, but other manufacturers also offer terrific holiday stockings, too. These toys and treats can keep your pup entertained for days.

Under $50: Look for a warm, cozy dog bed for your favorite four-legged friend. Many companies make excellent dog beds around this price. Features to look for include good stuffing or memory foam for older dogs and washable covers. You can also buy heated dog beds.

Under $100: Crates and pet carriers. You can purchase your dog a terrific crate or pet carrier in this price range. Crates and carriers are great for traveling with your dog in your vehicle or if you are flying with your dog. Large dogs can also use a crate in the home as a place to nap.

There are plenty of other gifts that are good for your dog at any time such as a new collar and leash, a harness, new dinner bowls, and other things you and your dog need on a regular basis. It’s always nice to spruce up your dog’s belongings and have something new.

If you are looking for a gift for a dog lover, there are plenty of great gifts to consider. Most dog lovers enjoy mugs with a picture of their favorite breed or calendars featuring dogs. Consider having a T-shirt or sweatshirt made with a picture of your friend’s dog on the front. If you’re looking for something for yourself, consider a vacuum cleaner that picks up dog hair. That’s something that most dog owners can use! Also new this year is Bake-A-Bone, a kitchen appliance that lets you make cookies right on your kitchen counter. Simply mix the cookie batter and pour it into the cookie cut-outs in the appliance to cook. Voila! Dog cookies in any flavor your dog likes.

Don’t forget those less fortunate this holiday season. You can always make a donation to your local shelter – either monetary or by donating things they need. Local shelters often need blankets and dog food