dog bed Archive

MUTT’S NEW: Patriotic Pup

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The 4th of July is right around the corner – are you ready? It’s time to celebrate the American way – hot dogs, beer, and your patriotic pooch! Our newly curated 4th of July Collection is complete with All-American favorites that will be sure to make any dog’s tail wag!

What’s more American than a good ‘ol BBQ? Let Bowser join in on the fun with a larger than life sized hot dog Toy, a Blue Cats Tippin’ Dog Beer Toy (modeled after PBR, of course!) or a yummy-looking hot dog collar and bandana. If you’re more into dressing up your furry BFF, we can help. From neckties to dresses to collars and bandanas, we’ve got the perfect styles for any patriotic pooch!

Although this is a fun holiday, pets may get a little nervous. If you’re unsure on how to keep your pets safe during this holiday, read up on our tips here. Happy 4th of July!

MUTT’S NEW: Talk to Me!

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Everyone has something to say. Why not make yours known? Complete with shirts, leashes and bowls that say so much, our Talk to Me Collection gives you the opportunity to wear your feelings without having to make one peep!

Let Bowser tell the real truths of being a pup with a hilarious shirt, like “Sleep. Eat. Poop. Repeat,” “Where’s the Food?” and “Sorry Not Sorry.” If you want to keep people guessing, the “One of Us…” leashes are perfect and are a great laugh! Add some more attitude with plush thought bubble toys, like “WTF,” “LOL,” “OMG” and “XOXO.”

It doesn’t hurt to add some humor to your pup’s wardrobe, and the Talk to Me Collection is just that. Visit our Solana Beach and La Jolla stores + online to see the full collection!

MUTT FAVORITES: Halloween Collection + Halloween Night Tips

Trick or Treat

BOO! Just as we are recovering from the summer heat, we jump right into ghosts and goblins! We love Halloween – not just for the scary stuff, but for costume-wearing, party-throwing and trick-or-treating fun! Depending on what event you and your pup are going to, you’ll need the goods. We’re a huge fan of hilariously fun costumes, as you can tell! For those that prefer to not dress up in a costume, grab a Halloween-themed bandana – they’re easy to take on and off and are festive enough to celebrate this spooky holiday. Halloween-themed toys are a fun addition for a dog that doesn’t enjoy wearing clothing at all!

Whatever type of Party-Animal you may have, safety is most important. Here are a few ways to ensure everyone has a great time:

  1. Nighttime visibility is key. You always want to know your dog’s whereabouts, especially when trick-or-treating. Use lighted or reflective collars, leashes or harnesses and make sure they are securely fastened – you never know if your pooch will get frightened by all the costumes!
  2. No candy or decorations for Bowser. Candy (especially chocolate) can be toxic to pets and decorations like fake spider webs or small favors could be a choking hazard to dogs and cats.
  3. If they don’t want to go out, let them stay at home. Some pets can be frightened or agitated by the unaccustomed sights and sounds of costume visitors. If this is the case, keep them in a quiet space away from trick-or-treaters. We recommend a room with their bed and a favorite toy!
  4. ID tags on collars is essential. With doors opening constantly on Halloween night, there’s multiple opportunities for your pet to run out. We recommend your furry friend wears a collar with an ID tag just in case of any accidental getaways!

We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween! ☺

MUTT’S UP: Save 20% during our Labor Day Sale!

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Stop everything you’re doing – we have an announcement. For a few days only, we are giving you 20% savings storewide*!

We’re excited about this sale not only because we love to give our Mutt friends savings on our vast assortment of new merchandise and also our favorites, but this sale also includes TREATS! As you may know, we are serious about our treats and always want to keep our pups’ tails wagging. We have brought in a variety of our favorite treats from brands like Zuke’s, Stella and Chewy’s, Bixbi, Plato and (of course) our very own brand of treats, San Diego-made Mutt Munchers.

This dynamite sale runs from Thursday, September 3rd through Monday, September 7th at midnight PST, so act now! Customers can stop by any of our three Southern California stores or visit Muttropolis.com to shop the sale. Online customers can redeem this special 20% offer by using the code LABOR20 during checkout.

*Sale excludes food and gift cards. Cannot be combined with other offers.

MUTT’S UP: BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES

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Empty Nest Syndrome for dogs? It’s true! While the kids and parents are excited about heading back to school, the four-legged family members may not share the same joy.

They’ve had a summer of fun with their human brothers and sisters, and now they have to leave – wouldn’t you be sad too? Professor Nicholas Dodman from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine told the Today Show that at least one in six dogs and numerous cats will show symptoms of separation anxiety after the kids go back to school. What are these symptoms, you might ask? They’re easy to spot once you realize what they are: chewing furniture, ripping the stuffing out of pillows, going to the bathroom in the house, obsessive barking/whining and shredding paper are just a few, according to Banfield Pet Hospital. How do you reduce this stress? We have a few ideas:

  1. Avoid emotional departures and greetings. Teach your kids to avoid over stimulating your pup at these times.
  2. Plan to exercise Bowser before you leave and always make a calm exit.

atlantisKeeping your pet comfortable or preoccupied is a great way to beat Bowser Boredom. Consider a few of these tools to help you and your pet:

  1. Crate/Crate Cover/Crate Mattress: A crate is the safest place for your pup to be when you’re out. Adding a mattress keeps them more comfortable and a crate cover simulates the feeling of a den which makes it a calm and peaceful setting.rIMG_4560
  2. Bed: If they’re not crate-trained, a bed is a great option. Beds with bolsters that surround your dog give a feeling
    of security. Choose a pillow bed if your dog likes to sprawl out.
  3. rphoto-3Gate: Letting your pup have free roam of the house can be dangerous if curiosity gets the best of them and they get into something that can be harmful. Choose a dog-proof room in the house that gives them enough space to move around and can fit a water bowl and bed.
  4. Interactive toys: Although no toy is completely indestructible, a sturdy toy or an interactive treat-releasing toy will give notrIMG_5538 (1) only stimulate your pup’s brain, but will keep them preoccupied! You know your dog best, we don’t recommend leaving toys with puppies or dogs that are tough chewers.
  5. BabyBark2Bark Collar: Our Citronella or Air spray bark collars are a safe and humane way to correct your dog when barking. The spray is released once the dog barks to interrupt the behavior.
  6. Thundershirt: If your pup gets excited or scared when you are in the process of leaving, try the Thundershirt. thundershirtOriginally invented for dogs that are scared of loud noises, the Thundershirt can be used anytime a dog is feeling anxious.  The burrito-like constant pressure that the shirt gives your pup gives them a feeling of security and calms them down.
  7. rIMG_0888Pet Calm Drops:  This all-natural remedy settle nerves and reduce anxiety prior to any stress-enhancing event. Add a few drops to their water each morning.

Take these steps to prevent your pup from separation anxiety and back to school time will be a breeze for you and your pup!

Fetchingly Fresh: New for your Cruising Canine!

Row Boat Dog Bed

Does your hound have sea legs? Do they jump with joy for any opportunity to be in the water? Or do they simply look stylin’ in sea-inspired styles? We’ve compiled our favorite nautical styles with these water dogs in mind!

Puppia Anchor and Gingham Dog HarnessOur Canine Cruise Collection is filled with anchors, stripes, sea creatures and more. We love the Sailor Boy Dog Tank for boys and the Nautical Dog Dress for girls. Both are striped, in true nautical fashion, and have adorable details. Is your pup in need of a new summertime harness? We have two Puppia styles with gingham trip that screams summer. If a collar is more your dog’s style then check out our Anchor Dog Collar, you can’t get much more nautical then that! Or chose one of our festive bows to pair with your pup’s preexisting collar. The Anchor Dog Bow and Red and Navy Stripe Dog Bow are beautifully crafted and sure to add some spring to your pup’s step.

Nautical Dog Dress Sailor Boy Dog Tank
If you have a beach house, or simply like nautical décor, take a look at the adorable Row Boat Dog Bed pictured at the top of this post. Decorated with rope around the rim, striped details, and an embroidered anchor, it’s a true summer statement piece. You’re pup will love snuggling up against the bolstered sides. The Nautical Boat Print Indoor-Outdoor Dog Bed Cover is also an excellent choice. It can be used to cover an old bed or stuffed with standard sized pillows, blankets or clothes to create a brand new bed. The versatility to move this bed from indoors to outdoors is a great feature for summer when pups love to bask in the sun! We’ve included quite a few futons in this collection as well, as they are lightweight and portable, can be used in crates, rolled up for travel, or used as a great alternative to a bulky, heavy bed.

Nautical Boat Print Indoor-Outdoor Dog Bed Cover

Now for the fun stuff! This collection is full of captivating canine crowd pleasers. The Lobster Knottie Dog Toy is made of high quality super-soft corduroy plush, a fabric great for cuddling yet strong enough for chewing. If your pup is squeaker obsessed, the Ultrasonic Whale Dog Toy brings a whole new meaning to squeaking. This innovative toy contains a patented squeaker that is tuned to an ultrasonic frequency that only your dog can hear! And for playtime in the pool, at the beach or even in the tub, grab a Life Ring Dog Toy, it's neoprene and floats.

  Life Ring Dog ToyUltrasonic Whale Dog Toy

To shop our full Canine Cruise Collection, stop in to one of our Southern California store locations or visit us online.

Bonjour! Our Parisian Collection is Here!

Parisian Collection

We agree with Audrey, Paris is always an excellent idea, not to mention French inspired fashion! Stunning dresses, chic toys, and glamorous carriers, our Parisian Collection includes it all and much more. Fashionable fabrics like toile, tweed and quilted, keep this collection exuding high-end elegance.

Koko Chewnel Plush Dog ToyIf Paris isn’t in your pup’s future, at least they can dream about France in one of our fashionable and luxurious dog beds! The Toile Rectangle Dog Bed and Ritz Urban Lounger Dog Bed are just two of the many classic black and white designs included in our Parisian Collection. While snoozing, your pup can snuggle up to Eiffel Tower Dog Toy or Koko Chewnel Plush Dog Toy, both also excellent for playtime. And with the Crispaw Champagne Dog Toy, you can include your pup in toasts and celebrations for special occasions.

Toile Rectangle Dog Bed

If your furry friend is an avid traveler, you’ll love our Black Mixed Quilted Mia Dog Carrier and Chic Quilted Dog Carrier, both designer inspired styles built for function and fashion. Their cozy interiors will keep your pup comfortable, safe and secure. If neither of these carriers tickle your fancy, take a look at our entire Handbag Style Dog Carrier Collection, filled with an abundance of fashion-forward styles.

Black Mixed Quilted Mia Dog CarrierChic Quilted Dog Carrier

Silhouettes are something to talk about in our Parisian Collection! Both the Black and White Stripe Dog Dress and Black and White Polka Dot and Tulle Dog Dress have full and fashionable, show-stopping silhouettes. The stripe dress features delicate pink rose details, a sassy pink tulle petticoat, and a polka dot collar. The dot dress features floral and rhinestone buttons around the waist and a white petticoat. Black and White Polka Dot Dog BowAdd a little more Parisian pizzazz with one of our adorable dog bows, the perfect accessory whether worn alone or with an ensemble.

For more French fashion, peruse our entire Parisian Collection online, or visit one of our Southern California store locations.

Dog-Friendly Home Design

Spring is underway, and for many this is the season for home improvements.

Whether you are about to embark on spring cleaning, redecorating, or even construction, we have a few share-worthy ways to incorporate your pet in your home improvement projects.

Light up their world.

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The Barkitect recently wrote a great blog post about dog windows. Studies have shown that allowing dogs to see what is happening outside their confined space tends to reduce their stress. This concept is picking up steam and we’re seeing doggie daycare and boarding facilities incorporating dog windows in their facilities. As The Barkitect mentions, it’s a very interesting concept, one that can be incorporated in home design as well. Not only will strategically placing windows at low levels potentially elevate your pup’s mood, it will also create a visually unique look-and-feel, and bring more light into your home.

 

Maximize space with nooks.

Dog house under stairs

Whether your home is big or small, there is no need for wasted space, especially when your pet can benefit. How are you using the space underneath your stairs? Or the lower half of your closet? These are just a couple of the areas often overlooked in terms of design. Don’t fall into this trap, especially if you have a hound. Using these spaces for a dog nook, house, or built-in bed, is practical and can be a very visually pleasing solution to creating a special place for your pup. Need some inspiration? The Barkitect and Atticmag have great pictures to peruse.

 

Build dining in.

Dog feeding station in kitchen Dog bowl drawer
This dog-friendly design tip is a little more do-able for those of us who aren’t interested in a large overhaul. Creating a built-in feeding station is a great space saver, one that frees up floor space and keeps inevitable messes confined. Most built-in feeding stations are raised, which is recommended by veterinarians to help prevent pups from gulping down their food, which lessens the chances of digestion issues. Most of the designs we’ve seen are built into a kitchen island or a cabinet, some are even built-in to a drawer, offering quick and easy access and the ability to hide the bowls when breakfast or dinner is over. If you choose the latter, don't forget to have your pup's water elsewhere. Head over to TMS Architects’ site for more examples.

 

Keep them clean, conveniently.

Pet shower

You’ll never have to visit your local dog wash if you have one in your home! Adding a pet bathing station may be the most common of all these dog-friendly design additions, and what a great one it is. If you have a smaller pup you may want an elevated bath, whereas with larger dogs it’s nice to have a step-in standing shower design. Most people put them in their laundry room, but if space inside is limited the garage is a great alternative. It may be a pricey addition at first, but think of the money you'll save in grooming bills.

 

Don’t forget outdoor design.

Outdoor dog chaise lounge

For many down here in sunny Southern California, an outdoor living space is equally as important as indoor. So how do you incorporate your pet in your outdoor space? A traditional dog house is one way, but there are much more contemporary designs available these days. Take the Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounge for instance. It’s waterproof, made with synthetic weatherproof rattan, and provides your pup with shade from the sun. And did we mention how stylish it is? Traditional dog houses can take up a lot of room and are often too heavy to move. Instead, choose a lightweight design that provides your pup with a special place while also adding style to your outdoor setting.

 

Let the dog-friendly home improvements begin!

Rest Assured: How to find the Perfect Dog Bed

To sprawl out or cuddle up? Sink in or feel firmness? Whatever sleeping style your pup prefers, we have just the right dog bed for them, the commonality being exceptional, luxurious quality that provides a comfy place for your pup to relax.

 Katie Puff Lounge Dog Bed by Animals Matter

You may be asking yourself, “Where to begin?” Searching for the perfect dog bed for your pup can be rather confusing. There are an abundance of different styles, shapes, sizes, materials, and more, making the choices endless. Our goal is to help you narrow down those options, so we’ve put together a few pointers to help guide you towards the perfect bed. Determining your dog’s needs and likes are most important, but there are quite a few additional things to consider. So read on, and hopefully you’ll feel much more educated on your next purchase!

 

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Why does your dog need a bed?

Bright Indoor and Outdoor Dog MatEvery pet deserves a comfortable place to rest, and so a bed is an essential, but beds can also be used for a variety of training solutions. Giving your dog a place of their own makes them feel more secure and comfortable in your home, and often will keep them out of trouble. Beds can also be used for travel. Placing a small bed or mat in your car teaches your dog to stay in a safe place and alleviates distractions while you’re driving. Determining how and where your pup will use their bed is the first step in making the right choice.

 

Observe your dog.

Plush Companion Katie Puff Dog BedDoes your dog like to curl up in a ball or sprawl out? Do you have a puppy that might need a more durable fabric or a senior dog that could benefit from orthopedic support? Shape and design are the next features to consider when making your bedding choice. Bolstered beds, often called donuts or cuddlers, come in square, circular and oval shapes and are perfect for snuggly dogs who like to tuck their paws in and curl up tight. If you have a sprawler, your pup would be more comfortable on a pillow bed where they can easily stretch without restriction from a bolster. If you have an aging pet, a low, orthopedic bed may be easiest on their joints.

 

Doghouse Fun Dog Bed CoverMany beds are constructed to be machine washable, but some have components that must be hand washed. This is important to know prior to making your purchase, especially if you prefer to wash often or have a dog that is prone to making a mess. Have a new puppy? We recommend choosing a bed that you can easily care for, accommodating for their extra messes.

 

Sizing is key.

Honeycomb Couch Dog BedA bed purchase is a big purchase, so be sure you’re choosing a bed that is the correct size for your pup. While shopping you’ll notice that sizing is not standardized across manufactures or shapes, so just because you have a medium sized breed doesn’t mean that you should purchase a medium sized bed. If you’ll be buying your dog’s next bed online, we often recommend pulling out a tape measure or meter stick to get a good visual picture. While lying flat, completely stretched out, your dog should not hang off the bed. If your pet's measurements are in-between sizes, we recommend purchasing the larger of the two sizes.

 

Introducing a new bed to your dog.

Champagne Mousse Faux Fur Trundle Dog BedMany dogs are skeptical of their fancy new pad for the first few days. Properly introducing them to their new dog bed is a simple process. To help your dog get comfortable, use positive reinforcement and never use the dog bed as a place to go for punishment. Hide some healthy dog treats inside, cuddle with them on the dog bed, or give them a new bone to chew when they are lying on their bed. All of these supportive experiences will convince your pet that the new dog bed really belongs to them.

 

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Once you’ve answered these questions and considered these features, it’s time to search out the style that best suits you and your pup’s personality. Colors and prints are in abundance in our stores and online. With an astute buying team behind the reigns, Muttropolis has become the best place to shop for the latest, design-driven, luxury dog beds. So take a look at our selection, one of the widest in the pet products marketplace, as we’d love to help you find the next bed for your pup!

 

Our dog bed categories include Square Bolstered Dog Beds, Round Donut Dog Beds, Double Donut Dog Beds, Pillow Dog Beds, Dog Bed Duvet Covers, Outdoor Dog Beds, and Dog Mats and Blankets, many of which can be found in stores and all available online.

Fetchingly Fresh: Nautical & Surf Inspired Collection for Your Dog!

Our new Nautical
collection has arrived at Muttropolis stores and online at Muttropolis.com!
Whether your pup is an avid sailor or simply loves the ocean infused style, this
collection is sure to offer some fun, fashionable additions to their wardrobe,
toy box, or resting place.

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Stripes,
flags and anchors decorate our new nautical apparel offerings. Have a boy dog
that likes to take the helm? Then the 100% cotton Captain Dog Tank is just what he needs! For girl pups, we have the Nautical Sailor Dog Dress or Anchor Dog Dress, both dainty and
adorable. Our very popular Puppia offerings, the Love Boat Dog Tank and Anchor
Dog Harness
are great gender neutral options. Puppia vest harnesses are
often a customer favorite, constructed with velcro closures at the neck and
chest to eliminate pulling and ensure the pup is safely secured and
comfortable.

 
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Dress
Harness
Care for
something a little more cultural? The Nautical
Flags Dog Collar
and Leash set
and Nautical Dog Collar and Leash set are covered in bright flags
and symbols, perfect for pups that enjoy the open ocean! If anchors are more
your speed, the Anchors Dog Collar and
Leash set features red anchors on
crisp blue and white stripes. All sets are made in the USA with quality ribbon sewn onto
durable nylon webbing, featuring buckle closures and D-rings.

 

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If you have
a beach house, or simply like beach décor, you should take a look at the Nautical Boat Print Indoor-Outdoor Dog Bed
Cover
. It can be used to cover an old bed or stuffed with standard sized
pillows, blankets or clothes to create a brand new bed. Having the versatility to move
this bed from indoors to outdoors is a great feature, especially during the summer when pups love
to bask in the sun! We’ve also included quite a few futons in this collection since they are lightweight and portable, can be used in crates, rolled up
for travel, or used as a great alternative to a bulky, heavy bed. The Anchors Print Dog Futon and Coral Starfish Dog Futon are two of our
favorites for ocean lovers. 

 
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Last but
not least, our nautical toy collection is full of fun canine crowd pleasers.
The Lobster Extra Tough Dog Toy is
built to last, made with multiple layers of flexible materials and two rows of
double stitching. Have less of a rough-houser? The Rope Starfish Dog Toy is beautifully crafted and built to withstand
throwing, slinging and gnawing, while also aiding in keeping your pups teeth
and gums clean. Toys are a great gift, whether for your own four-legged family
member or a friend’s. Every pup deserves something new for summertime!

Pop
into one of our southern California stores
locations
or visit us a Muttropolis.com to see what other new
Nautical styles have arrived!