Monthly Archive:: May 2009

PediPaws Persuasion: The drama of trimming your dogs nails

Zazou sniffs the PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer

Keeping your pets nails properly trimmed is important for a variety of reasons, including your pets comfort and health, as well as the health of your floors, walls, furniture and whatever else your pets perform their daily tap dance upon. 

Over the years, any and all attempts to trim my dogs nails have been an absolute bust, resulting in nothing short of a spectacular meltdown on behalf of all parties involved. To avoid this drama and mutiny, I’ve instead opted to send the kids to the groomer for their paw-ticures and have washed my hands of the whole situation.

However, given that 2009 marks a major comeback for the Do it Yourselfer, and we’re all looking at ways to save our pennies, I considered bringing their nail trimming service back in-house when I recently spotted the PediPaws pet nail trimmer commercial on TV.

Don't let this loud buzzing stick scare you

Essentially, the PediPaws is a like modified dremmel tool and the instruction manual emphasizes repeatedly the importance of properly introducing the device to your pet and developing positive associations to best acclimate them to the concept of this buzzing and frankly somewhat disturbing device.

As you will see in this week's video, “PediPaw Persuasion,” I tried just about everything from fun car rides, trips to the dog park and taking in our favorite show to get Zazou to cooperate with my attempts to use the PediPaw nail trimmer on him.

Watch the video and see what it took to get Zazou to calm down long enough to let me trim one nail. If you have any tips, tactics or insights for how you’ve managed to trim your pet’s nails, please feel free to pass them along!

ps. Upon further trial, it appears that the PediPaws may be best suited for dogs under 20lbs and  individuals who possess the patience of a saint.

Article Reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley on Animal Planet

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Six Ways to Ensure a Righteous Road Trip with Rover

Julie's Dog Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner and millions of us will quite possibly spend our vacation by hitting the road with Rover or Rags in tow.

In fact, more than 10 million Americans include their 4-footed family members in their travels annually, according to AAA.  Eighty percent of us take the dog, while 15% carry a kitty and the rest of us bring other pets.

Proper Pre-paw-ration is key

Whether you’re headed out for a weekend junket or week-long affair, proper planning is essential to ensure good times are had by all.  The most important question to ask before hitting the road with Fido or Mr. Fluffybottoms is: “Is my vacay destination suitable for my pet?”  Some well meaning folks must understand that taking their cat camping or bringing their dog to the US National Lawnmower Races is not necessarily a good idea.

If you are looking for pet friendly destinations and accommodation ideas, Pettravel.com is a great resource as is FidoFriendly.com.

Herewith are my top six tips to ensure your adventure is both fun and safe:

1) Do what I say
Ensure your pet is taught how to “Stay!” in the car when you get out of the car as pets frequently get lost on trips when they jump out of the car during stops.

2) May I see your ID
Ensure your pet wears updated identification at all times – including your mobile phone information or the phone number of your hotel accommodations.

3) Buckle Up PupDog_on_car_seat
Pet Safety Restraints and Car Seats help restrain pets that won’t tolerate crating, as well as help tiny dogs from bouncing around the back seat. These devices lessen driving interference and reduce injury due to sudden stops.

4) Create familiarity and routine
Bring a familiar bed, favorite toy or treats as a great way to help reduce stress and keep them comfortable. Great foldable travel pet beds are comfortable yet compact and can be used in the car as well.

5) Take the edge off
If your pet suffers from anxiety while on the road, you can help take the edge off your pet during your travels with Calming Rescue Remedy, a natural, homeopathic anti-anxiety remedy that helps to relieve stress and aid in the prevention of nausea associated with motion sickness. A great natural alternative to pharmaceutical tranquilizing with all the negative side effects.

[A note on whining: If during your travels your GPS takes you to BFE instead of Joshua Tree, may I personally suggest a calming remedy/adult beverage of a different kind courtesy of Mutt Lynch Winery.]

6) Leave no man-ure behind
An inconvenient poop can make for an embarrassing moment while on vacation, so don’t forget to bring plenty of disposable “pick up bags for pet waste disposal.

Do you personally have tips to ensure a fantasterrifc trip with Fido? Share them with us in the comments below!

Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

Cat Man Doo Bonito Flakes: These fish flakes bring all the cats to the yard

Cat Man Doo Dried Bonito Flakes Just say yes to kitty crack

Healthy and natural for cats, the Cat Man Doo Dried Bonito Flakes are truly one of the seven wonders of the world, in that the most finicky, self-righteous and holier-than-thou cats actually come running for this mystifying treat. Ecstatic friends and gushing customer reviews report that their cats who regularly eat next to nothing will do backflips for these Bonito Flakes, which are preservative-free and made from Bonito fish, including the common or Atlantic Bonito and the Pacific Bonito.

The magic ingredient

According to the manufacturer, Cat Man Doo Dried Bonito Flakes offer the one and only stay-fresh sealed container on the market, allowing their flakes to arrive so fresh and flavorful with the tenderness cats crave. The nutritional value is maintained as a result of their special packaging process and the benefits are passed down to our pets by way of retention of the natural fish oils which provide urinary tract health, reduced hair balls, and a silky coat.

Containing no additives, preservatives or by-products, Bonito Flakes are an all-natural treat for both cats and dogs and are an excellent source of protein and taurine.

Priced at $4.99, you can find the Cat Man Doo Dried Bonito Flakes at muttropolis.com

Reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat on Animalplanet.com with Janet McCulley

Phone it in with the Dog Whistler by Mobeezio

Dog Whistler by Mobeezio My dogs Zazou and Lulu Schmoo come when I call them for the most part, but occasionally they will sniff out something or someone that is much more interesting than me and totally ignore my requests to return to home base.  They merely need to sniff out a wild rabbit running through our yard (which they will never catch) or the scent of a discarded half eaten Big Mac off the side of the road and my whistles and claps are all but ignored.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Enter The Dog Whistler App

Does your dog also periodically ignore you and your commands? Do you have an iPhone? If so, you can now take better control of your pooch and possibly teach your dog new tricks with the Dog Whistler App by Mobeezio. A completely free download from the Apple iPhone App Store, and rated one of the Top Ten Free Applications, the easy to use App mimics the sound of a dog whistle as you press the whistle picture on your screen. With four different presets, the sound range is adjustable from 800HZ to 2200HZ, and you can even create your own preset whistles.

I tried the Dog Whistler out on a range of dogs in different locations and some responded immediately while others were less impressed and/or slower on the uptake. Two of my test subjects responded quite unexpectedly, leading to the discovery of an entirely new application for the Dog Whistler. You can download the Dog Whistler for free at the Apple iPhone App Store.

Have you tried the Dog Whistler on your dog? If so, share your own experience and comments below!

ps. A note on dog whistles
According to trainers who use dog whistles, a dog whistle is best used with varying sequences to train your dog. For example, one long burst can mean "come," while a series of short, staccato bursts might mean "sit." Keep your whistle commands consistent and your dog will always know what you expect of him or her. For more information on dog training and behavior tips and techniques
, visit the Animal Planet Basic Training Dog Guide.

Watch the video and check out my research findings now!

Article and video reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat at Animalplanet.com

Bottom’s Up for Disabled Doggies with the Bottom’s Up Leash

Bul-001-bul If you’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing your life with a senior dog, you are intimately aware of the endearing changes that they undergo as they round the bend of life…the graying muzzle, the mellowing of temperament and the periodic senior moments.  However, one of the biggest bummers for the dear old souls is the degradation of their joints, progression of arthritis and other disabilities advanced age can bring. 

Having had both arthritic and disabled senior doggies in my family, I found one of the biggest challenges to be how to comfortably to “sling” their bodies to help them get up, walk and mobilize with more comfort and ease.  Using a towel as a sling just doesn’t do the job, especially if you have a small dog or if you have a male dog….uh, if you catch my drift.

The Bottom’s Up Leash to the Rescue

Developed by Watson’s Pet Company, the Bottom’s Up Leash was inspired by their Sheep Dog named "Watson" who at 15 years old suffered from arthritis and hip dysplasia.  His condition prevented the use of his hind legs and seriously hindered his mobility and comfort. Watson’s “parents” resolved to find a way to walk his best friend and enhance his quality of life…thus, a product idea was born!

The Bottom's Up Leash can help arthritic, post-surgical or otherwise disabled dogs move more comfortably and works by supporting a portion of the dogs hind legs while they walk, or attempt to go up or down stairs. Unlike a towel under the belly, the Bottom’s Up Leash allows your dog to eliminate without putting pressure on their bladder or stomach and keeps you from having to stoop over…bonus!

Fits Dog Booty’s of all Sizes

The Bottom’s Up Leash is adjustable in size and will fit any dog between 15 and 125 pounds and non-chafing neoprene pads are included that fit over the leg loops to add to the overall comfort.

You can find the Bottom’s Up Leash at Muttropolis.

Reprint courtesy of The Daily Treat at Animalplanet.com