Monthly Archive:: March 2016

Surf’s Up: Dog Beach Etiquette

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Living in sunny San Diego with a pup has its perks – not only are many San Diego restaurants dog friendly, but dogs are allowed to enjoy the surf and sun on the beach! Check your local spot for regulations on dogs. Some beaches allow dogs off-leash during certain times of the year, some only allow on-leash and some don’t allow dogs at all.  It’s a great advantage for families with dogs, but pet parents must also remember the do’s and don’ts of dog etiquette. When bringing your dog to the beach, remember these important tips:

    1. Do bring a leash. Keep them safe when walking to and from the beach. Once you arrive, if the beach you are attending is an off-leash spot, then release your pup’s leash and harness to give them the ultimate, enjoyable experience.
    2. Don’t bring your dog if they don’t have all their shots. This is a no brainer!
    3. Do be aware of heavy surf. Even if your dog is a good swimmer, they may not be able to manage through some big waves. Keep them out of the water or only up to their paws if the surf is big. A float coat is ideal for riding the big waves. Be sure to always supervise your dog while swimming.
    4. Don’t let your dog drink ocean water. The salt water in the ocean will make them sick and cause vomiting or diarrhea. We NAP-GULPYrecommend you bring fresh, clean water with you to the beach. Gulpy water dispensers have an attached cup that makes it easy for dogs to slurp water.
    5. Do walk your dog before going to the beach. It’s easy for dogs to get excited at the beach with all the sights and
      smells, but with a little exercise beforehand, they’ll be nice and calm. Taking them out beforehand can also encourage them to go to the bathroom before heading to the beach. If you plan to take your dog to the beach after work or don’t have time for the walk, consider this dog walking service from our friends at rover.com.
    6. Don’t let Bowser walk on hot sand. If the beach sand is hot on your feet, then it’s definitely going to be hot on your summit trexpup’s paws. If it is too hot, we recommend covering their paws in shoes, like the paw-protective Summit Trex Boots.
    7. Do bring poop clean up bags. This is important! Not only is it disrespectful to not pick up after your own dog, but it’s just plain gross.
    8. Don’t let your dog visit others without permission. Some people may be scared of dogs or have a dog that does not do well with others. Ask before you let your pup visit.
    9. Do bring a toy. Floating toys like the Hydro Disc are great to take to the beach – it’ll keep you and your pup entertained!Chewey_DogTag_04_Resized
    10. Don’t bring a dog that won’t listen. If your dog isn’t properly trained to be out and about in public, then it’s best to keep them at home.
    11. Do have fun!

The same rules apply when bringing your dog to a restaurant or dog park.

MUTT’S UP: Do the Bunny Hop!

Decorate the eggs and get the baskets ready – Easter is almost here! We couldn’t be more excited about Easter – we love Easter because that’s when we have the cutest apparel and accessories! Our Hip Hop Shop is filled with all you’ll need to spoil your pup this spring, from colorful clothing to entertaining toys!

regWhen we think of Easter, one of the first thoughts is pastel colors. Dress your pup up in their Easter Sunday Best with our fun, pastel filled apparel, included gingham dresses and plaid bowties! For those pups that prefer loungewear, our fleece bunny pajamas are a sure bet – pull up the hood to turn your dog into the Easter bunny for extra fun!rIMG_9957

Don’t forget to make bowser’s Easter basket before it’s too late! From talking chicks to crinkling bunnies to tough toys, we have everything you need to give your pup the ultimate Easter basket.
rIMG_0413Easter Sunday shouldn’t be the only day you celebrate Easter – visit our Solana Beach + La Jolla stores the day before Easter, 3/26, from 12-2PM for a special Easter Egg-Stravaganza! Come dressed in your Easter Best for a chance to win a prize! Patrons in Solana Beach will enjoy an Easter Parade, while La Jolla friends will enjoy Easter-themed paw print art and games. It’s sure to be a fun time!

MARCH TREAT OF THE MONTH: Save 20% on Bixbi Treats!

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When it comes to feeding our pups, we want them to enjoy only the best. American-made and sourced Bixbi treats are not only delicious and nutritious, but they’re 20% off all March long!

Bixbi treats are made to specifically tailor your pup’s needs. Treat your pup to a day at the spa with the Skin and Coat treats – these yummy chicken chews are packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that help support shiny, full-bodied coats. For the pups that need help supporting hip and joint function, there’s chicken flavored Hip and Joint treats packed with glucosamine to lubricate the joints. Daily Essentials treats are made of a blend of blueberries, organic reishi mushrooms, cranberries and meat that will keep your pup’s immune system nice and strong. For the training pup, low-calorie Pocket Trainers are super soft and moist and will have your dog doing tricks all day long! All Bixbi treats contain no wheat, corn, soy, preservatives or byproducts.

Keep your pup’s tail wagging with yummy USA-made Bixbi treats! Our Treat of the Month promotion on Bixbi treats is only valid from March 1st thru March 31st, so stock up now! Online customers can redeem this 20% offer online by using the code BIXBI20 at checkout or stop by our Solana Beach and La Jolla locations to save!