Sitting with your dog As travel becomes increasingly accessible a rising number of people are choosing to take their four-legged best friends with them. If you’re planning a trip to Europe and hope to share the adventure with your dog there are a few things you’ll need to take care of before you leave. Here’s a convenient travel checklist from the folks at Auto Europe.

Overview of International Travel with Your Dog

It’s important to be clear before we begin: the rules for international travel with dogs vary according to your destination. For simplicity we’ll be focusing on the rules and restrictions which apply to bringing your dog into the UK. While many of these same regulations will apply to other countries in the European Union it’s important to do all of your homework before you depart.

To help clarify their guidelines and restrictions, most countries have a helpline which you can contact directly with specific questions and concerns. In the UK you can contact the Pet Travel Scheme helpline at 0870 241 1710 (there is an international charge for this call) or you can send an email to pettravel@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk.

For reference here’s a list of “Must-Have’s” list when traveling to a country within the European Union:

  •  A Microchip
  • A Rabies Vaccination (your pet must have a microchip prior to vaccination or this won’t count)
  • A Pet Passport (some countries will accept a certificate from a third-country veterinarian but obtaining a pet passport is your best bet)
  • Recent Tapeworm Treatment

Additionally you must use a carrier which is authorized for your destination country and you must enter the country through an approved route. For reference here’s a list of the approved air routes for entering the UK with a pet dog. You should note that procedures for traveling with a service dog are different, as are procedures for traveling with a dog you intend to sell or with multiple dogs (5 or more).

Microchip

It’s a good idea to have a microchip in your dog whether you’re traveling or not (it’s a great way to make sure you don’t lose your pooch if he is in the habit of wandering off at home or abroad), but it’s a requirement* for international travel to the UK. Important to note is that having your dog microchipped isn’t something you can do at the last minute – it needs to be done prior to vaccinations and the vaccinations must take place well in advance of your trip.

*If your pet was tattooed prior to July 3rd, 2011 the microchip requirement is waived in the UK (providing the tattoo is clearly legible and providing your pet was vaccinated after receiving the tattoo).

Required Vaccinations

If you are traveling to the UK from the US with your dog it’s important that all vaccinations (in particular rabies) must be administered to your dog at least 21 days prior to travel. All boosters must have been administered on-time and all shots must have been administered after your pet received his or her microchip.

Facts About the Pet Passport

Most countries within the European Union require that pets have a pet passport and this is true for pups visiting the UK. Your veterinarian can supply you with this paperwork, but as with your own passport it’s important not to leave this paperwork to the last minute. Contact your vet well in advance of your trip.

Many air transport companies also require that your veterinarian sign and date a statement declaring that your dog is in good health and is fit to travel. It’s always recommended that you double-check with the airline, car rental company and your destination country to see if their requirements have changed and to confirm that you have everything you’ll need prior to departure.

It’s important that all necessary treatments (vaccinations, tapeworm treatment, etc.) are recorded by your veterinarian in your pet passport.

UK Requirements for Tapeworm Treatment

If you’re bringing your dog with you to the UK you must have a record from your vet (recorded in your dog’s pet passport) stating that your dog received a tapeworm treatment between 24 and 120 hours (1-5 days) prior to your scheduled arrival in the UK. The timeframe is important here (you’ll have to schedule a visit with your vet just before your departure), but we recommend that you use this final appointment to confirm that your dog is in good health and to receive a timely, dated note from your vet stating that he or she is fit to travel.

Before leaving the clinic be sure that your vet has recorded the following information in your pet passport:

  • Name of the product (and the name of the manufacturer) used to treat your dog
  • Date and time the treatment was administered
  • Veterinary stamp and your vet’s signature.

To travel to the UK from the US the treatment used must have praziquantel (or its equivalent) as the main active ingredient. Double check with your vet to be sure the treatment your dog receives will meet this guideline.

What you Need to Know about Quarantine

All dogs which fly into the UK from the US will need to be quarantined if they do not meet all of the UK’s entry requirements (most of which we’ve already covered in this article). If you want to avoid quarantine then preparation is key and you’ll need to check with the specific rules and guidelines of your destination (call or email the PETS hotline mentioned above if you’re traveling to the UK) to be sure you your dog’s stay in quarantine will be brief.

If your dog does not meet the requirements he or she will be quarantined and one of your responsibilities will be arranging quarantine premises for your pet – here’s a list in the UK to help you identify a reputable, local quarantine location. It’s important to note that some charges do apply and these vary by facility – do your research and find a local, licensed animal specialist with a good reputation. It’s a good idea to have a copy of all documentation for your pet attached to its pet carrier (if arriving in cargo) in addition to the copy of the pet passport and paperwork that you’ll pack in your carry-on.

Driving Your Pets Internationally

One final note about international travel is that different countries have different requirements when it comes to restraining your dog. While many travelers pay close attention to securing an approved carrier for their air travel they may forget about requirements which await them on the ground. Rental car companies have different requirements to make sure that international travels are adhering to all local laws, so a good rule of thumb when you’re planning an international trip with your dog is to be sure that you call the airline, car rental company (this includes the local pick-up counter) and the government support line for your destination prior to your departure to be sure that you’ve covered all of your bases.

Final Thoughts

When you do reach out to authorities in your destination country be sure to verify that they will accept your breed of dog. Some dog breeds are considered dangerous and countries like the UK will not admit them even if you’ve met all of the requirements covered in this article. It’s important to know what you’re getting into before you land at Heathrow with your dog – for his or her safety and for the sake of your trip.

While this checklist may seem like a lot of work (it’s a lot to take in!) the fact of the matter is that traveling with your pet can be great fun (for you and for your dog). Seeing new sites, smelling new smells and experiencing a new set of circumstances is a great way to socialize and stimulate your dog and since you will be the one constant during your international adventure, taking a trip can forge a lasting bond between you and your dog.

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Dog-Friendly Summer Events -2014

by Dan on July 8, 2014

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Being outdoors with your pup is the best part of summer! In addition to hiking, biking, and camping we love all of the outdoor festivals and events. However, a lot of times our dogs aren’t welcome. Here we have put together some great events that welcome your and Fido. Do you know of a fun dog-friendly event? If so, post it in the comments or on the Kurgo Facebook page.

Outdoor Concerts

Outdoor concerts are a great place to bring a dog with a picnic and a bottle of wine. Look on your local newspaper’s website for free concerts in your area. BringFido.com also has a huge list of events around the country.

Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco on July 5 & 6 is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast and they welcome dogs. In addition to jazz performances on multiple stages, there are over 12 blocks of food, arts, and crafts to browse.

LL Bean holds its Summer in the Park events all summer, which include free outdoor concerts with some notable folk and Indie bands. Taking place in Discovery Park, bring your dog, a lawn chair and a picnic basket.

Throughout the summer, there are a series of outdoor concerts all over Orange County that welcome dogs — Fullerton to Newport Beach. Check out the OCDogFriendly.com website for the schedule.

On July 16, dogs are welcome at Milwaukee’s The Sounds of Summer Concert Series. In addition to the live music from multiple bands, your pup can also enter the dog show to win an assortment of prizes.

Major League Baseball

Most Major League Baseball teams have at least one, if not more, games where pets are given a warm welcome. Take your pooch along to enjoy a hot dog and cheer on your favorite team. For schedules, see GoPetFriendly.com.

Food & Outdoor Festivals

Awarded Best Festival in Chicagoland by the Chicago Tribune, West Fest (July 12-13) is a street party in the hip neighborhood of West Town. For only $5, you can see lots of music and sample delicious food vendors. Your pup is welcome, plus there is also a Pet Fest area with activities for dogs.

In Los Angeles, Street Food Cinema is a weekly outdoor event on Saturdays where you can watch a movie, hear live music and sample the numerous food trucks all with your dog. Check the schedule to pick your favorite movie and food trucks.

From July 30-August 3, you and your pet are welcome at the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, ME. The event includes an art show, live music on several stages, and of course lots and lots of lobster!

In Bluemont, VA about an hour from Washington, DC you can enjoy the Dog Days Peach Festival on August 9 & 10. Great Country Farms will offer u-pick peaches, live music, doggie Olympics, and an agility course. The first 100 dogs to arrive to get a doggie goody bag.

The Portland International Beer Fest (Portland, OR) is a high-end beer festival featuring over 200 beers from 16 countries. It runs from August 8 -10 in Holladay Park on the Willamette River. Bring your pup and his dog travel bowl to enjoy the beautiful park and run through the fountains.

Arts & Crafts Festivals

Dogs are welcome at the New England Open Markets taking place every Friday in Cambridge, Saturdays in Boston on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and every Sunday in SOWA in Boston. Find treasures made by local artists as well as sample fresh, artisanal food and the many varied food trucks.

First Sundays Arts in Annapolis, MD is a free monthly arts & crafts show featuring local and regional artists with live music, dance, street performers, food and more. Pets are welcome!

During the month-long Artown arts festival in Reno, Nevada there is an Art Paws event open to you and your pet on July 20. The event includes animal art, wine tasting, and live music.

The Tomato Arts Festival on August 9 in East Nashville, TN was originally an arts event that has expanded to an all-out street festival with a fun run, parade, live music and lots and lots of tomato art.

Enjoy an outdoor arts festival with artists, street performers, and a variety of foods at the SoNo Arts Celebration on August 16-17 in South Norwalk, CT. Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome.

For the Wine Lover

More wineries are welcoming dogs on their grounds while you wine taste. A list of Napa Valley dog-friendly wineries can be found here. Sonoma County’s list is here. In addition to these pet-friendly wineries, there are several winery events this summer that welcome your dog.

The Canines Uncorked Wine Tour on August 9 is a tour of 14 wineries throughout the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Many stops have special dog events and all proceeds benefit the Oregon Humane Society.

In the heart of California Wine Country (Napa Valley), Beringer Vineyards (St. Helena, CA) welcomes dogs to its Music on the Promenade concert series every Saturday & Sunday afternoon.

In nearby Sonoma County, you can enjoy the Dog Days at Trentadue Winery (Geyersville, CA) on July 28. The winery will be hosting family & pet fun with games, training tips, food trucks, and of course wine tasting! Proceeds benefit the Sonoma Humane Society.

Also in Sonoma in the Dry Creek Valley is Wilson Winery, which welcomes dogs to its Summer Music Series on the lawn every Friday evening. Enjoy wine, live music, and dancing. You can either purchase dinner at one of the food carts or bring your own picnic.

In Hudson, OH, on July 18 & 19 you and your pooch can attend the 7th Annual Hudson Wine Festival. The event will have 150 wines from local, national, and international wineries as well as craft beers. All proceeds benefit local animal welfare organizations.

The Grapehound Wine Tour in the Finger Lakes region of New York offers tastings & music at more than 20 wineries over 4 days from July 24-27. All proceeds benefit Greyhound rescue organizations in the Northeast. Dogs, especially Greyhounds are welcome. Check their website for certain breed restrictions.

Yappy Hours

Around the country more and more bars and hotels are hosting yappy hours on their decks and patios during the summer and early fall.

Here are just a few we found around the country:

Boston, MA, Yappier Hour. The upscale Liberty Hotel provides delicious cocktails for you & your furry friend in their outdoor space every Wednesday. Your pups can sample a puptail or a muttini.

San Diego, CA, Woofer Wednesday. Enjoy great wine & help a good cause every Wednesday at the Wine Pub. 10% of your dinner will go to support the Furry Fosters program, helping to place dogs in foster homes.

Asbury Park, NJ, Yappy Hour at Wonder Bar. Head down to the Jersey shore with your pup and enjoy cocktails at the Wonder Bar from 5-9 pm.

Dana Point, CA, Yappy Hour Season 3. Bring your dog into the lap of luxury at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel the third Thursday of every month. Wine and brews for you. Hand-made dog biscuits and water in a variety of flavors: bacon, chicken, cheese, beef and liver. All proceeds go to the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.

Charleston, SC, Yappy Hour. Enjoy live music and drinks each month at James Island County Park Dog Park. Upcoming Dates: July 10, August 7, September 18, October 16.

Arlington, VA, Barktails & Beer. The Le Meridien hosts dogs and their people on their terrace every Friday from 6-8 pm. Enjoy drinks as well as a gourmet menu from Amuse Restaurant. A portion of the proceeds benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

San Antonio, TX, Dog Daze. In their back bar, the Hangar welcomes dogs every Saturday between 11 am – 4 pm. They have a doggie play area to keep your pup busy will you relax and enjoy your afternoon.

Lake Oswego, OR, Pub Night. Maher’s Irish Pub is holding a benefit event for Project POOCH, Inc. on July 17. Families and dogs are welcome. There will be a $5 beer tasting as well as live

Healdsburg, CA, Mutt Lynch Winery’s Yappy Hour. From 4-8 pm the first Friday of every month enjoy wine at Sonoma’s most dog-friendly winery. Every event goes to benefit a local dog charity.

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The 4th of July is one of the best cookout days of the year, and not just for humans. I don’t have firm stats on this, but I’m pretty sure more hotdogs and hamburgers are dropped by kids (or inebriated adults) and stolen by dogs than any other day of the year, so of course our furry friends love the holiday.

Unfortunately, after a day of pilfered lawn food, the fireworks come.

The majority of dogs are terrified of fireworks, and that’s why more pets run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. Be sure to keep your pets safe and secure this weekend so your pet doesn’t become one of the 7.6 million pets that become lost each year.

Check out this great lost dog infographic from Tagg to learn more.

 

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Top 5 US Dog Friendly Beaches

by Jenn Brooks on June 25, 2014

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There is nothing worse than planning a fun afternoon at the beach with your pup, and upon your arrival encountering the notorious “No Dogs Allowed” sign.  It is not easy to plan a trip to the beach with your pet, especially with dog wardens snooping around.  Fortunately, dog-friendly beaches are becoming increasing popular as people realize it is a win-win solution.  Dog owners, however, need to do their homework first before planning a day of fun in the sand and sun.  Visitors must ensure their dogs are up-to-date on their vaccinations and license, obey leash laws, and of course bring a bag to scoop the poop.

We polled our Facebook followers and compiled a list of the top 5 beaches that will not force you to leave your tail-wagging friend behind:

Fort Funston, San Francisco CA

Fort Funston, which is located on the Skyline Boulevard, is a popular spot to walk your dog in California.  Four-legged visitors are encouraged to enhance their social skills by playing frisbee or chasing birds.   Off-leash activity is permitted as long as dogs are well behaved and under voice command.

Fort DeSoto, Tierra Verde FL

This beach’s award–winning Paw Playground hosts two large fenced-in areas for dogs of all sizes.  Man’s best friend can run without restrictions on this quarter-mile long dog playground.  On a hot summer day, dogs can play fetch or splash in the waves.  The park also has overnight camping, picnic areas, beautiful parks and an old Spanish fort for dog owners to explore.

Jekyll Island, GA

Even during the busiest hours of the day this beach feels private since by law 65 percent of the island must stay undeveloped.  Dogs are allowed to roam off-leash on the beach, which means it is the perfect spot for a day of fun.  As an added bonus, many neighboring restaurants and hotels also accommodate our four-legged friends.

Montrose Dog Beach, Chicago IL

Dogs are always welcome to join you at Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago.  Parking is free to all, but weekends can get crowded, hence be sure to arrive early.  The beach is kept clean and is the perfect spot to catch a gorgeous sunrise or sunset.  Although the beach is free to all, volunteers main the premises, therefore please consider donating a couple bucks.

Hunting Island State Park, SC

Hunting Island is home to a saltwater lagoon, maritime forests, hiking trails, campgrounds and sandy beaches.  At low tide, this beach can stretch over a mile wide, leaving plenty of room to enjoy some fresh air with your pet.  Entrance fee is $5 for adults and $3.25 for kids.

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Hiking With Your Dog

by Dan on June 16, 2014

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Enjoying the great outdoors with your pet is one of the best parts of the human-dog bond. Hiking through the wilderness together improves your health, brightens your mood, and brings you closer together. To ensure you have the best time possible on the trail, we’ve put together this easy checklist for you and your adventurous pup.

Planning

The first step in having a successful hike is planning. You should start looking around at the various hiking trails near you and see which one is the best fit. Some things to consider are:

            Terrain- How steep is the trail? How rocky? A one-mile hike can feel a lot longer if it’s all uphill. Before you head in, know how long the trail is and if you and your pup can handle the stress.

            Laws- Are dogs allowed off-leash? Are dogs allowed at all? Make sure before you get to the trail and get hit with a fine.

            Traffic- Who else is using the trail? If there are a lot of hikers with dogs, can your dog handle it? What about if there are mountain bikers flying by? Make sure your dog will be able to handle the traffic on the trail.

            Is your dog physically ready-  “Just as with running, gradually increase the length and difficulty of your hikes with Fido” says Dr. Susan O’Dell, DVM.  “If you plan to have your dog carry a pack, first fit it properly.  Adjust the harness so it is snug without causing chafing.  Allow him to wear it around the house first, then start with a small load on a short walk.  Increase the length of your walks and the weight of his loads until you are ready to hike!  His pack should not exceed one quarter of his body weight (some well-conditioned dogs may be able to carry a bit more than this).”

On the Trail

Once you hit the trail, make sure you have everything you need. Even if you’re just going for a day trip, you need to have along a few essentials:

            Food and water- No matter how long the hike, make sure you bring plenty of food and water. “Products like the Kibble Carrier and the Collaps A Bowl work great to keep your dog hydrated and energized,” says Dr. O’Dell. “Stop frequently for water breaks, and be sure to use clean water from home or filter water along the way. Dogs can get infections and parasites from contaminated water, just like us.”

            Dog gear- If your dog isn’t wearing a pack, he may benefit from another type of apparel. If there’s going to be water along the route, especially deep or running water, you may consider a doggie life vest like the Kurgo Surf n Turf. Also, if the trail is especially rocky and rough, you can try a pair of dog boots to keep their pads in good shape.

Safety

Hiking isn’t the most dangerous outdoor activity you can engage in, but it’s not without its risks. Here are some ways to hike safely:

            First Aid Kit- Just in case of little emergencies, make sure you bring along a small first aid kit when you go hiking with your pup. A good kit will have things like gauze, tape, tweezers and other general items. The Kurgo First Aid Kit is a great portable solution that contains everything you’d need on the trail.

Fleas and Ticks- Fleas and ticks are rampant in the woods so make sure you have taken the proper preventative measures. Once you finish the hike, make sure you give yourself and your dog a thorough check for pests.

            The Sun- Even though they have those beautiful fur coats, your pups can still get sunburned. Make sure you hit them with some sunscreen, especially around the nose and other less-hairy areas.

Lost Pets- Losing a pet in the woods can be a major problem. Avoid it by always keeping your dog on a leash. Also, make sure your dog is wearing a collar with ID tags and is properly micro-chipped.

Overnight Hike- “Don’t forget reflective gear like the Kurgo Reflect and Protect Vest or glow sticks to attach to the pack,” says Dr. O’Dell.  “Your pup could use a little comfort overnight too, so don’t forget a bed or blanket (unless you plan on sharing your own sleeping bag!).”

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Water Activites

There’s nothing quite like getting out and enjoying the refreshing water on a hot summer day.  Well, except maybe when you bring your favorite canine companion with you!  We’ve done a bit of digging to bring you some fresh ideas of how you can enjoy this summer’s beautiful weather together.

Surfing

There are few better nautical companions one can have other than their dog.  If your dog is one for the high seas, an excellent way to spend the day at the beach with them is to take them out on your surfboard while the surf’s up!  There are a number of surf shops who even offer classes for owners interested in learning more about this tandem activity.

Paddleboarding

While paddleboarding is very similar to surfing, the boards are considerably more stable.  This allows for your dog to feel much more comfortable with the experience since it is much easier for them to find their balance.  Besides, with you doing all the work, why shouldn’t they enjoy the free ride?  This is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your pet while being active and exploring.

Dock Jumping

Widely considered to be one of the most popular of canine water sports, dock jumping is exactly what it sounds like: dogs jumping from the edge of a dock!  Their goal is to jump as far as they can, with the distance being measured by where their nose touches the water.  This makes dock jumping an awesome spectator sport, as well as an incredible exercise opportunity for your dog.  It’s safe, refreshing, and even a little silly!

Canoeing

Canoeing has long been a popular American pastime, probably because there’s nothing quite like relaxing on a lake in a canoe on a beautiful day!  With a little bit of training, a paddle, a few lifejackets, and your favorite canine companion, you’ll be all set to enjoy it as well.  Just remember: if you’re the more adventurous type and prefer to canoe down rivers, make sure you know your route!

Aquatic Free-For-All

Aquatic free-for-all competitions are a ton of fun and offer all kinds of awesome activities.  From lip dives and underwater retrieval to distance jumps and rescue training, these AFFA opportunities are great for almost any breed.  Just make sure that your dog is well hydrated and gets enough rest after such an exhausting day!

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Dog Exercise and Fitness With the hot summer months right around the corner, it is important for pet owners to make sure they know exactly what they can do to help take care of their furry friends.  We’ve compiled together some excellent tips and tricks to help you be more aware of what concerns to watch out for and what to do in those situations, along with a couple fun activity ideas!

Remember, dogs are only capable of releasing body heating through panting because they lack sweat glands except on their paws.  However, panting is just not enough to release heat when temperatures are high.

Dehydration, exhaustion, fatigue, and heat stroke are all real concerns for pet owners.  These are directly results of overexposure to high temperatures, excessive amounts of sun, and lack of water.

Never leave your dog in the car, under any circumstances.  Even with cracked windows, shade, or the obligatory “I’ll be right back” excuse, even brief exposure to high temperatures in an enclosed space are incredibly dangerous.  This make sure that your dog is never placed in an at-risk situation while also saving you from any “owner shaming” that follows pet owners who leave their pets in the car.

Always be sure to bring plenty of water with you for your dog, regardless of what activities you have planned.  Taking day trips to places like the beach, going trail hiking, or even a car ride across town to visit Grandma should be prepared for properly.  Besides, if you always travel with a water bottle, why shouldn’t your pet?

Many breeds of dogs love spending time in the water with their family members.  Whether in a river, lake, or ocean, don’t be afraid to take some time out of your busy weekends to get out of the house and enjoy a refreshing dip on a hot day with your pets!  There are so many ways to get out and enjoy the great outdoors with your pet this summer.  We wish you all the best of luck in doing so safely!

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Beautiful Dog POV at Wedding

by Jenn Brooks on June 3, 2014

GoPro Wedding Harness The month of June has arrived, which means wedding season has crept upon us once again.   As the warmer weather rolls in, and most of us head to the beach, brides-to-be are stuck at home this summer anxiously preparing last minute details.  With the hustle and bustle that weddings bring, it can be difficult for brides and grooms to remember everything that happened during their special day.  Fortunately, Mr. and Mrs. DeBois did not let wedding anxiety cloud their memory and thought of a unique way to not only remember their wedding day, but honor the one they love the most.

On the morning of their wedding, the DeBois had a special surprise for their guests.  In the middle of the ceremony, their pup, Tuck, promenaded down the aisle wearing Kurgo’s Tru-Fit Smart Harness with Camera Mount for their GoPro. Tuck immediately grabbed everyone’s attention as he greeted the wedding guests before he leapt into the arms of his owner.  Forget the best man, this pup wanted to let all the guests know who really is man’s best friend.

Mr. and Mrs. DeBois when watching the video can truly walk a mile in their dog’s shoes, and relive the joy he felt upon seeing his owners tie the knot.  The Kurgo GoPro Dog Harness allowed this pup to give his owners a gift on their special day other than a mess on the carpet.  If only all “presents” from our pups could be packaged just as nice…

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Keep Your Dog Entertained in the Car

by Amanda O’Brien on May 27, 2014

The season of family road trips is upon us! Like you, we enjoy when our pet can come with us on our family vacations, road trips, camping trips and day trips. Sometimes to get from here to there, we need to spend some quality time in the car. While you prepare your best road trip playlist, your snacks, sun screen and beach chairs… pack a few things that will entertain your dog while you are on the road. IMG_8200

A Good Chew Toy – Most dogs just love to chew. It is fun for them and provides an excellent outlet for their emotions. Prepare your dog for success by giving them a fun chew toy to gnaw on as you cruise the highways and byways. We recommend a chew toy that actually has some give to it. Many people assume the harder the chew toy, the more durable but that isn’t exactly true. Dogs get more satisfaction from a toy that has some “chewability” to it so they can chew and chew and chew and feel the toy flexing in their mouth. Our two toughest chew toys are our Orbee-Tuff® Diamond Plate Ball and our Orbee-Tuff® Diamond Plate Double-Tuff® – perfect for aggressive chewers and long car rides.

Toys with a Treat-Spot® – Many chew toys have ‘Treat-Spots’ – a place for stuffing your dog’s favorite treats that they need to work to get out. For an added level of difficulty and more assurance that your dog will be occupied, try filling the Treat-Spot with peanut butter or cream cheese the night before your trip and putting it in the freezer. Then, surprise your pup with a frozen treat for the ride that will keep them occupied for a long time. Our Orbee-Tuff® Produce Line has a variety of sizes and shapes, each with a perfect treat spot for any size dog.

Toys for an Impromptu Leg Stretch – Car breaks and leg stretches are recommended at least every two hours. Whether it is a rest stop, park, beach or large clearing on the side of the road, take a break and enjoy some play time with your pup to break up a drive. We recommend anything you can play fetch with. Bonus points if you have something that is bright and easy to find and that floats. Don’t forget to update your dog’s collar tags with your contact information while on the road, and bring your leash and business bags.

Something New – A new toy takes figuring out. Consider buying a new toy for your trip – something your dog has not seen before. Let them use their time in the car to figure out their new toy.

We hope you and your dog have a great time on your trip! We would love to hear what your favorite toys are for road trips. You can share them with us in the comments or on our Facebook page!

Happy traveling!

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Pet Fire Safety Infographic

by Dan on May 19, 2014

A lot of people have fire safety plans for their families, but they forget to include special considerations for their pets. Now, we know that pets ARE family, so they need to be taken care of accordingly. Here’s a great infographic that illustrates some of the ways you can keep your furriest family members safe and sound in the event of a house fire.

Pet Fire Safety Infographic

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