How to Keep Your Dog Comfortable in Hotels

by Alex Stiles on December 29, 2014

Sleeping dog on bed

After driving on the road with your dog for a while do you ever want to just grab a hotel room and relax for the night? Are you afraid your dog might be overwhelmed by the whole experience of sleeping in an unknown place? It’s important that the hotel room is not only accommodating for you, but for your dog as well. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep  your dog comfortable in hotels. [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Kurgo Halloween Dog Photo Contest Winners

by Alex Stiles on November 4, 2014

Thank you to all who entered the Kurgo Halloween Dog Photo Contest! We enjoyed looking at all of your creative costume ideas! Congratulations to the top five winners!

Contest Winner #5

Lucky’s 1st Halloween – Submitted by Maria Bustos

Lucky’s photo wins spot number five with those spooky glow in the dark eyes!

Lucky

Contest Winner #4

Tyler Bug/ A.K.A Super Dog – Submitted by Becki Sheets-Klinger

Super Dog flies into the forth place spot with his superhero cape and shirt!

Super Dog

 Contest Winner #3

“Donut Stealers” Sammy and Patches – Submitted by Shannon Coy

Sammy and Patches rob the third place spot by being the most adorable cell mates ever locked up.

Sammy and Patches

Contest Winner #2

Charlie the Lucky Duck - Submitted by Charlie CsjCreations

Second place is awarded to this lucky duck whose bark is worse than his quack ;)

Lucky the Dog

Contest Winner #1

Rocket the Ghost - Submitted by Dixie Field

The first place entry goes to Rocket the Ghost for his frightening ghost sheet costume!

Rocket the Ghost

Way to go! Your $100 gift card is on it’s way!

{ 1 comment }

Car Crash Safety—A True Story!

by Dan on September 23, 2014

Maggie and Max

This post comes to us from our friends at TAGG

Everyday at Tagg we receive emails from customers telling us how Tagg has saved their dog’s life. Reading through them is one of our favorite parts of the day, but it’s also a constant reminder of how vital it is to protect your pet.

This month, one of our favorite save stories came in from a woman named Shanna, her husband, and their two dogs Maggie and Max. We thought it was relevant to share with this audience because it involved a car crash, something that Kurgo is prepared for with their many travel safely products. You never know what life will throw at you, so it’s important to be prepared for anything like Shanna and her husband were.

Shanna, her husband and her two fur-babies were enjoying a nice drive home one night when the unthinkable happened; they were T-boned by a large speeding truck. Their car spun around, all the windows got knocked out and the car was clearly totaled. But once the car came to a stop, the real panic began.

Maggie, the four-year-old Boxer/Rottweiler mix jumped out the broken window and took off, terrified from the impact. It was dark outside and impossible to tell which way she had gone. Shanna immediately looked for her phone, but it was lost in all the commotion of the accident. Assessing the heavily trafficked area, she knew that Maggie would not last long. She immediately asked a passerby to download the Tagg app from which she was able to log in with her account and track Maggie’s location. They jumped in the friendly stranger’s car and drove to her location, where they found Maggie unharmed.

“I’m confident had we not found her when we did, the outcome would have been horrible,” recalled Shanna. The other dog, Max, had to undergo surgery but will make a full recovery, and both Shanna and her husband sustained concussions and minor injuries, but all survived.

“The car is replaceable but our doggies aren’t! We feel very lucky, and are incredibly thankful to Tagg for creating a life-saving product!”

About Tagg:

Tagg GPS Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor empowers pet owners to keep their pets safe and healthy by using advanced GPS location and fitness monitoring 24/7 on your mobile device or desktop. Learn more at www.tagg.com.

Save

{ 2 comments }

5 Dog Friendly Fall Recipes

by Alex Stiles on September 23, 2014

Healthy Fall Dog Treats Have you ever wondered what healthy fall themed dog treats you could cook up for mans best friend? Don’t be afraid to experiment with different Autumn themed recipes, like the 5 listed below. These dog friendly fall recipes are sure to get your dog licking their lips and begging for more. [click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Foods to Keep Away from Fido

by Dan on September 8, 2014

14897180242_0618375f95_o This post is brought to you by our partners at TAGG:

Are you the type that gets worried every time your dog gets ahold of human food, or the type to share just about every meal with your best friend? Regardless of you and your doggie’s dining habits, it’s important to be aware of which foods are dangerous for your dog to consume. During these final days of summer, barbeques are a regular event with food and drinks often out where Fido can sneak a bite. Be sure to keep an eye on your pup, especially around the foods listed below.

Bread Dough – your dog’s stomach is pretty much Shangi-La for the yeast found in dough. The conditions of your dog’s stomach allow the yeast to multiply and expand the mass of the dough, which can stretch the stomach and cut off blood flow to the stomach resulting in the death of tissue.

Avocado – Avocados contain persin, which is toxic to dogs. This human super food can unfortunately make your dog super sick, so keep the avocados to yourself.

Chocolate – Everyone knows this one, but a little reminder never hurt anyone. The caffeine and a compound called theobromine are what cause your dog harm. The rule of thumb is that the darker the chocolate is the more harmful, so keep an eye on those brownies and cakes at summer picnics.

Ethanol – This is any type of alcohol. Dogs are much more sensitive to alcohol than humans – the ultimate lightweights.  If they get their paws on any booze their symptoms are much like you would expect from anyone that is extremely inebriated – trouble with balance, being sick to their stomach, and a lousy hangover.

Hops – to follow up ethanol, hops should also be kept away from dogs.  The symptoms of hops poisoning are restlessness, excessive panting, and sometimes tremors or seizures. Hops poisoning creates a spike in your dog’s body temperature, often greater than 108 degrees, and can seriously damage or lead to failure of multiple organ systems.

Pits of Persimmons, Peaches, & Plums ­– Peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which when broken and consumed can poison pet and person alike. The pits of persimmons, peaches, and plums will also cause inflammation and intestinal obstruction, so be sure to toss pits in a place your pet can’t get into.

Xylitol – This is that fake sweeter found in gum and candies, and baked treats. If Fido gets ahold of something with Xylitol, (as with the rest of the food on this list) take him to the vet immediately. Xylitol causes a rapid drop in blood sugar levels, which will induce disorientation, seizures, and sometimes death.

Garlic and Onions – Any member of the onion family can cause trouble for your pup because they contain a compound that damages red blood cells. One nibble of an onion infused burger may not hurt your dog, but concentrated quantities such as in garlic powder can cause major issues. You’ll know about 4-5 days after ingestion when your dog is lethargic, or if their urine has an orange tint. Take him to a vet to see if he will require blood transfusions.

Grapes and Raisins – This is a weird one because grapes and raisins don’t cause symptoms in every dog, or even the same dog at different times in their lives. However, when the grapes and their dried-out counterparts take their toll, your poor pup will experience vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea. Best not to risk it.

Be proactive about your pet’s health by making sure they don’t get their paws on any of the foods above. You can also make sure they are feeling their best with the Tagg GPS Pet Tracker’s activity tracking feature. Unusually low activity is often a sign that your pet is not feeling well. With Tagg, you can easily spot drops in your pet’s normal activity level and changes in trends. Learn more about how monitoring your pet’s activity can help you catch warning signs of health concerns before they become major issues at tagg.com.

About Tagg:

Tagg GPS Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor empowers pet owners to keep their pets safe and healthy by using advanced GPS location and fitness monitoring 24/7 on your mobile device or desktop. Learn more at www.tagg.com.

Save

{ 0 comments }

Tips for Camping With Your Dog

by Dan on September 3, 2014

Camping-Dogs This post comes to us from our friends at TAGG

Summer is winding down, school is starting soon, and Labor Day is just about here. It’s the perfect time to take one last summer vacation before fall comes, and camping is a great option for the whole family—including you dog. Here are some tips to make sure your camping trip goes off without a hitch.

If a long drive is involved, make sure your dog is ready.
If you don’t normally take your dog on long car rides, make sure you take a few practice runs. 50% of dogs get carsick, so bring materials to clean up a mess in case your dog is prone to carsickness.

Find a pet-friendly campsite.
Many campsites will charge an extra fee in order to bring your pet, and if they are pet-friendly they will have their own set of regulations. Double check the leash laws, trail regulations and other rules before bringing our dog along for the trip.

Bring a lead, tether and stake for the ground.
These will prove useful when you are at the campsite during the day. Many campsites will not allow you to tie your dog to a tree, which is why a stake is a great idea. A long lead will let your dog explore this new place and get familiar with the area, while keeping him nearby. A Tagg GPS Tracker will also provide the peace of mind that your dog is safe and accounted for in case he gets loose.

Prepare for the drop in temperature at night.
If it’s warm enough your dog will be fine sleeping outside of your tent, just make sure he’s tied up securely. But weather can always take a turn for the worst, so bring extra blankets or be able to make room for your dog inside the tent if it gets too cold outside.

Bring a first aid kit.
This will be crucial if your dog gets cut on the bottom of his pads, an injury that can quickly become infected. Having the tools to clean and dress any wound is necessary and can prove useful for yourself and your family. Make sure the kit comes with tweezers in case your dog picks up any ticks or other insects while exploring.

Camping is a great way for the whole family to bond and enjoy the great outdoors, so it only seems right to bring your furry friend along. Just do some research and go prepared to have a wonderful family vacation before summer comes to a close!

About Tagg:

Tagg GPS Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor empowers pet owners to keep their pets safe and healthy by using advanced GPS location and fitness monitoring 24/7 on your mobile device or desktop. Learn more at www.tagg.com.

 

Save

{ 0 comments }

Beach Days with Your Dog

by Dan on August 25, 2014

dog at the beach

 

This post comes to us from our friends at TAGG

Summer is in full bloom, which means beach days are a go-to activity for you and your pet. The ocean is a great way to keep your dog cool and comfortable during those scorchers, but take a look at some other tips to help keep Fido safe.

Look for signs of overheating.

Drooling, heavy panting, and rapid heartbeat are all signs that your dog may be overheating. Be sure to bring an umbrella or have a shady space nearby where your dog can take breaks from the sun.

Check rules and regulations.

Make sure you are aware of the beach rules and regulations before taking your dog. Not all beaches are dog-friendly, and even those that are may have regulations. If your dog is well-trained and likes to roam, try and find a beach where he can be off-leash. For less obedient dogs, leash-only may be the better way to go.

Come prepared.

This means bring plenty of water, poop bags, and a first aid kit in case anything goes wrong. Your dog may try to drink seawater if thirsty, which could make him sick so bring enough water for both of you. A first aid kit is a good idea in case your dog gets any cuts or abrasions on the pads of his feet.

Sunscreen for both of you.

You will want to ask your vet about this one, but for dogs with fairer skin and lighter coats, sunburn can be a big issue. The top of the nose and ears are especially vulnerable to burning, so check with your vet about bringing a dog-approved sunscreen. Your vet or local pet store may have what you need.

Know where your dog is at all times.

Especially if you let your dog roam freely, be sure you know where he is at all times. Luckily, Tagg GPS Pet Tracker is water-resistant and will let you know where your dog has gone off to. Just use your phone to track them down on a map! Long beaches are a great way for your dog to get the exercise he needs, and Tagg’s Activity Tracking feature will keep track of just how active he is.

 

About Tagg:

Tagg GPS Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor empowers pet owners to keep their pets safe and healthy by using advanced GPS location and fitness monitoring 24/7 on your mobile device or desktop. Learn more at www.tagg.com.

{ 0 comments }

14798281868_4e01cc9827_k

This post comes to us from our friends at TAGG

It’s that time of the year, when you are trying to fit in one last summer vacation before the kids go back to school and the days start to shorten. The perfect summer vacation requires planning, so we saved you a step and came up with some suggestions for summer hiking adventures. Below is a list of the top 5 dog-friendly, outdoorsy destinations to visit with your fur child.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Just 75 miles south west of Washington D.C., Shenandoah National Park is a great place to explore nature with the whole family – dog included. There are over 500 miles of trail with almost all open to pets. Whether you want to do day hikes and picnic, or camp in the backcountry, your options are open. The 200,000-acre national park is home to breath-taking views, cascading waterfalls, sleepy woodland areas full of deer, songbirds and plenty of fun.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Located along the rugged coast of Maine, Arcadia National Park is a perfect place to bring your pup. It is home to the tallest mountain on the east coast, 100 miles of hiking trails and two beautiful dog friendly campgrounds. As long as you keep your dog on a leash less than 6 feet long (standard rule across national parks) you can enjoy the trails and old carriage roads, which are also great for biking. Only reason it’s not number one on the list: Dogs are not allowed on the beaches – but who likes the smell of wet dog anyways?

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

The Great Sand Dunes National Park in Mosca Colorado is actually made up of a diverse landscape of forests, grasslands, wetlands, lakes, and tundra, but is named for its spectacular sand dunes. The park is entirely dog friendly so you and your pup can venture through the entire park. It’s important Fido stay on a leash since there is copious wildlife, but feel free to run, play, dig, and splash through the dunes and the beautiful Medano Creek.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The iconic Grand Canyon National Park is a site everyone should see – even Rover. Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times and are allowed on all trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, Trailer Village. If you want to hike down or take a mule below the rim, also called the inner canyon, the park has a kennel where your pup will be taken care of during your excursion.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is both the most visited national park and also possibly the most dog friendly. You and your best friend can hike through the ancient mountains on the Gatlinburg and the Oconaluftee River Trail and take in the diverse flora and fauna. Dogs are welcome to camp and picnic making this a destination the whole family can enjoy together.

About Tagg:

Tagg GPS Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor empowers pet owners to keep their pets safe and healthy by using advanced GPS location and fitness monitoring 24/7 on your mobile device or desktop. Learn more at www.tagg.com.

{ 0 comments }

The following post is from our friends at Tagg. You can find out more about them at PetTracker.com

Tagg Tracker Blue Collar Phone App At Tagg, our mission is to keep pets safe and healthy and bring pet owners peace of mind. Tagg uses advanced GPS, an accelerometer, and wireless technology so pet owners can locate and track the activities of their pets.

Long story short, if you pet gets out, Tagg will immediately notify you and let you track and find them using a computer or your phone. Tagg also enables to you to monitor your pet’s physical activity and make sure that they are getting the vet-recommend amount exercise.

At Tagg, we know how much your pet means to you, because we feel the same way about our pets. That’s why we are so excited to be partnering with Kurgo collar – they share our passion of improving the lives of pets and their owners though reliable products that keep your best friend safe.

The Kurgo collar is the perfect complement to the durable and water resistant Tagg GPS Pet Tracker because Kurgo harnesses and collars can be relied on for quality. Be it rough and tumble play-dates with puppy friends, adventures at the beach or lake, or just laying on the couch, both Kurgo and Tagg are there to keep your pet safe. Tagg GPS Tracker attaches to any collar or harness, so why not choose one of the best on the market?

For the next month and a half, we’re going to be working with Kurgo to share stories of adventure, travel safety info, dog-friendly summer destination tips, and a whole lot more. Be sure to check back every week for the latest!

{ 0 comments }

It’s International Assistance Dog Week! To help tell you what it’s all about, we have a great guest post today by Marcie Davis, the founder of International Assistance dog week. Enjoy, and make sure you visit the website or Facebook page!

international-assistance-dog-week-logo

 

This year during International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) we’re celebrating assistance dogs in the workplace.

IADW is celebrated each year starting the first Sunday in August—this year August 3-9. It was created to build awareness and recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations.

What do assistance dogs do?

One thing these amazing dogs can do is help people with disabilities increase their independence, making it easier to find a job or get ahead in their profession. These highly trained dogs have specialized skills, depending on the type of assistance they provide to their human partner.

In recent years, the numbers and types of assistance dogs has expanded greatly. It’s not just guide dogs and service dogs anymore. There is a wide variety of assistance dogs trained to help people impacted by spinal cord injury, hearing loss, post traumatic stress disorders, diabetes, or some other medical need. And you may notice a variety of dog breeds being used as assistance dogs—not just German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers or Labs.

How to behave around assistance dogs

Whether you see an assistance dog with his or her human partner while you’re shopping at the mall or in the office, your first instinct may be to go up and say hi by petting the dog. Please resist the urge, no matter how adorable the dog.

Even with a pet dog, you should generally ask permission before interacting, but these dogs are working, and really need to focus all of their attention on their human partner. So please don’t distract them. Never speak to the dog directly without permission, and definitely don’t whistle at an assistance dog to get their attention.

Speak directly to the individual with the assistance dog and ask permission to pet or interact with the dog before you do anything. It’s fine to ask questions about the assistance dog, but please be sensitive to the fact that the dog’s partner may or may not want to talk about their disability.

Assistance dogs are trained to be very attentive, while being very well-behaved. You might not even notice the dog at first, especially if she is curled up under a table at a restaurant while her partner is dining, or if he is sitting under a conference table while his partner is attending a business meeting.

—-

To learn more about International Assistance Dog Week, please visit the website or Facebook page.

To learn more about assistance dogs in the workplace, you can access the August 5 webcast being produced by the Job Accommodation Network, a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. IADW founder, Marcie Davis and West Virginia University professor and researcher, Margaret Glenn, will be discussing the issue. The webcast will be available for free to everyone at  http://askjan.org/webcast/archive/index.htm starting a few days after the August 5th event, which is already completely full.

Read  a story about one hearing dog team and how they work together at home, when traveling, and on the job.

Marcie Davis is the founder of International Assistance Dog Week. She is a writer, public speaker, advocate, and activist. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Davis Innovations, a public health and human services consulting firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marcie has been a paraplegic for more than 40 years and has been partnered with a service dog for more than twenty years. She is the author of “Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook,” and the host of the Working Like Dogs radio show on Pet Life Radio.

{ 0 comments }