Monday, August 15, 2016

7 Best Interactive Dog Toys To Keep Dogs Super Busy And Having Fun

Our pets needs us to be around them all the time, but that can’t be possible because we have to socialize, go to work, go to school, and do what humans do. It can be absolutely boring when our dogs are left alone on this kind of days. Whenever you are not around and they are bored, it can be predicted that disaster will happen. It should be avoided because this behavior is not a promising one. 

When you are not around for the whole day, we have brought about seven amazing interactive toys that you can use to keep your dog busy and they are easily obtainable at our discount dog toys store.

Kong Classic Dog Toy

This is the number one on our list because it has proven its value to most pet owners. It is a classic toy that let your dog have fun for hours. Treats can be added inside the toy to guarantee that your dog will not go hungry when playing with the toy. 

Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Mazee Ball

Your dog’s senses can be stimulated if your dog plays with this ball. It is built with an internal maze inside; as the toy rattles, it throws treats pieces when it rolls around. With every poke, prod and nudge, the food will continue to rattle, roll and shake, much more interesting than a usual tennis ball. This Orbee Tuff ball will keep them busy. It is simple to wash with hot water and can be put in the dishwater.
Entertaineze Puzzle Ball

This toy can spark your dog’s curiosity. For stimulating clever dogs, puzzle balls are a great option. It is made of durable rubber, the toy is slightly soft, therefore, it bounce level is decent. It is easy to put treats or kibble inside the toy because of the small hole on the toy that you can push treats into. The treats will not fall out easily since there is a little flap just inside the hole that makes sure the treats only becomes loose while the ball has been well toppled and thrown around by your dog. This is a great outdoor toy; it is easy to wash after play.

Orbee Tuff Snoop Ball

This toy can accommodate treats and smaller sized balls, this toy has a very irregular bounce because of it shape. It rolls and tumbles well and it is designed in a way that allows a dog to sniff out treats that are held inside the ball. After playtime, they are easy to clean and are ideal for both outdoor and indoor play.
AFP interactive food maze dog toy

This toy is a large one that keeps your dog stimulated. Not like the other toys mentioned, this is not a chewy or a ball toy. This toy is an interactive food maze that looks like a doggy puzzle. This toy permits you to leave treats on the crevices of the maze. Your dog will enjoy spending time licking, wiggling and biting them out. One of the benefits of owning this toy is that food will not be scattered around the garden or house.
Kong Wobbler

This toy is unique and it will really keep your dog curious. Kong wobbler shakes and sways releasing treats inside because of the wobblers curved shape with every nudge. It encourages your dog to play more just like other Kong toys. It takes a little more effort than just a simple chew and shakes tricks to dispense treats.
Aussie Dog Home Alone

This could just be the toy for you if your dog is always left at home for a prolonged period of time. This toy can be tied to a pillar or tree for your dog to play with during the day. It is essential you fill the ball up with dry food so when moved it will make a rattling sound. The toy is designed in a way that the more it is played with, the more treats it dispensed. The toy also has the tug of war features so your dog can still have plenty of fun while they are alone. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pet Obesity: Killing Our Canines With Kindness

Just like their human counterparts, animals are suffering from a growing problem with becoming overweight and obese in today’s society. Recent figures from APOP (Association for Pet Obesity Prevention) share some frightening statistics that show this dangerous dilemma is continuing to rise in our pet population. In the United States, over half of all dogs and almost 60% of cats are considered overweight or obese.

When we pack on a few extra pounds, sometimes it’s barely noticeable, but for dogs, just three pounds can often represent 20% or more of their total body weight. Similar to their two-legged masters, this extra weight also puts them at an increased risk for a number of different diseases and health problems. For dogs, the top ten include:

1.    Arthritis
2.    Bladder and urinary tract diseases
3.    Thyroid and hormone production problems
4.    Liver disease
5.    Torn knee ligaments
6.    Diabetes
7.    Diseased and degenerative discs in their spine
8.    Fatty growths and other tissues
9.    Chronic kidney diseases and failure
10.  Heart disease and failure

This increased weight can put enormous pressure on all of their joints, muscles and other parts of their body including their internal organs. It also causes CCL (cruciate ligament) and hock injuries, leads to carpal hyperextension, along with other painful and problematic conditions that often leads to dogs need to wear braces.

Reducing The Risks

The biggest factor with weight gain in our animals is from feeding them too much, followed closely  by a lack of exercise and activity. Feeding them table scraps, giving them too many treats and leaving a full bowl of kibble out for them all day long are some of the biggest culprits. The only way to reduce the risk of them becoming overweight is feeding them a sensible diet and maintaining a healthy exercise schedule.

Swap Out Treats For Healthier Snacks

As parents of two-legged children, some of us struggle with getting our kids to eat their vegetables, but you might be surprised to find out what healthy alternatives your pet might enjoy. For example, some dogs think carrots are colorful chew toys and will gnaw on them until there’s nothing left. Other healthy treats for dogs include:

     Apples (without the skin and seeds)
     Blueberries and strawberries
     Melons and cantaloupe
     Watermelon (again seedless and without the rind)

Avoid grapes and raisins that contain chemical compounds that are dangerous for dogs. Also steer clear of nuts, tomatoes, and avocados which are also unhealthy for pets.


 Increasing Activity Levels

While many of us will walk our dogs daily, sometimes this isn’t enough activity to prevent weight gain or help with weight loss. If your dog is already overweight, start out with smaller exercise sessions and work your way up to longer workout routines.

Think outside the box when it comes to exercising your animal. For example, while many breeds enjoy swimming, there’s a rising trend with a canine competition called Dock Diving. These traveling animal contests pit dogs against each other measuring the lengths and heights they can accomplish when running and then diving off the deck of a dock into a portable swimming pool. Even a trip to the lake or other local watering holes can offer them some low impact exercise, especially on a hot summer’s day.

Make sure to always consult your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet and exercise regimes. I’m sure they’ll agree with healthier eating choices, but depending on factors like age, breed, size and other circumstances, together you can make a plan for the best activity level for your four-legged friend.

You may Like to Watch this Video On Dangers of Pet Obesity by Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Top Products That Will Help to Maintain Your Dog’s Good Health

We are growing old, and so are our pets. Well, as much as we would hate to admit, old age comes with many health complications. It is also the same case for pets, as they face health challenges juts like humans do in their old age. To ensure your pet stays healthy and active, there are few products designed with exactly that in mind. Other than avoiding inflammation-causing foods and constant visits to the vet, these products help in enhancing your dog’s health.

Inflammation:herbal remedies can be well known for their ability in pain reduction. It can be an excellent remedy for old-age related aches, minor injuries and overexertion. By following instructions, your dog will be up and running within a short while. However, it should be noted that this is not a substitute for veterinary care. Therefore, any major ailments are to be attended to by qualified, veterinary personnel. Only little aches are to be relieved using this product.

Tender Tummy-Digestive Health Supplement

DogRubber Ball: we all know that dogs love running around. Whoever initially thought of playing ‘fetch” must have observed this. The balls come in different shapes, sizes, colors and they are even capable of floating. Get one and it will keep your dog running all day. Yours is just throwing, and the dog gets to benefit as the running is a form of exercise that keeps it fit.

Dog Tread Small Motorized Treadmill: most homes nowadays have treadmills and you probably have noted dogs’ fascination with this great exercise aid invention. Why not get your dog a treadmill? Sure, there are treadmills meant to help exercise their muscles. It is a great accessory for helping young dogs practice speed. It can also aid dogs; which age has caught up with in keeping their joints flexible.

DentalSprays:“Brush your teeth after every meal”. That is a phrase repeated so often brushing comes almost automatically for human beings. Regrettably, most of us forget about our dog’s dental care. Unfortunately, for dogs, other than having a cavity they can contract a heart disease named periodontal disease, due to lack of dental care. Before you start figuring how to brush your dog’s teeth we are here to your rescue. There is a broad range of dental sprays available. Some just consist of spraying, and the plaque falls off on its own, leaving your dog’s teeth in pitch perfect condition.  


Joint, Muscle and Hip Support: as mentioned earlier, hips, joints and muscles ache with old age. To rectify this, there are a number of supplements available in the market. These supplements have been proven as working. Therefore, if your dog has not been as playful as it was in the past, you might want to try out one of these.

Visit The Posh Puppy dog boutique for these and other products. There is plenty of information as well as products in other sectors other than the health sector. All of which are meant to make sure your dog lives its best life. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

If you’ve ever watched your dog sleep – and if your dog is like most dogs and takes a lot of naps, you have had plenty of chances to watch it sleep – you’ve probably seen it move its feet or its jaws, as if it were running or chewing. And you’ve probably assumed the dog is dreaming of chasing rabbits.

How Dogs and Humans Sleep

But you’ve probably also noticed that this dream-like behavior for your dog doesn’t seem to last very long. This occurs because of the way dogs sleep, which is quite a bit different from how humans sleep. As shown in the accompanying infographic, the differences in sleeping patterns require dogs to sleep longer than humans.
  • Human sleeping patterns. A human will sleep on a binary pattern, where he or she sleeps for about eight hours per night and is awake during the day. A human will spend about 25% of his or her sleep in REM sleep, which is the deepest stage of sleep where most dreaming occurs.

  • Dog sleeping patterns. A dog will go through various stages of activity and restfulness during the day, spending about 50% of its time in a sleep stage, about 30% in a restful state, and about 20% of its time in an active and fully awake state. Of its time spent sleeping, the dog is only in REM sleep for about 10% of the time. Because the dog spends less time in the deepest stage of sleep, the average dog needs more four to six hours more sleep than the average human.

Differences in Sleeping Dogs

If you’re concerned that your dog is sleeping too much or too little, it’s worth keeping in mind that many dogs fall outside the normal sleeping amounts. While most dogs will sleep 12 to 14 hours per day, individual dogs can need a different amount of sleep for a variety of reasons.
  • Activity. Dogs that work with a human on a regular basis, such as companion dogs or volunteer dogs, may begin to mimic the sleep patterns of the human. These dogs may sleep less than the average dog.
  • Bored. A dog that is bored or that isn’t getting enough exercise may sleep more than the average dog. You may find that as the dog exercises more or plays with other dogs more, it may end up sleeping a little less.
  • Large breeds. A larger dog, especially one that is bred as a guardian, may sleep more than average. It also may sleep more during the day, while being active during the night-time hours.

  • Puppies. A young dog will sleep much more than an average adult dog. Perhaps the puppy will sleep as much as 18 hours per day. As the dog matures into adulthood, it should begin needing less sleep than it needed as a puppy.
Rather than worrying about how much your dog is sleeping, it may be more important to pay attention to any changes in the dog’s sleeping habits. For example, if a dog suddenly begins sleeping a few hours more than is normal for it, the dog could have some sort of illness. There is a wise variety of dog illnesses that may impede dogs’ sleep, so it’s best to know how these may be effecting your dog. You may want to have the dog examined by a veterinarian, just to put your mind at ease. And having one less thing to worry about may help you sleep better at night!