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Can’t Wag Without

An insider’s look at what Muttropolis dogs can’t wag without.

 

Meet Gatsby, a Boxer rescue, and his proud Mama Ria, a member of the Muttropolis pack. Gatsby was adopted in July of last year weighing in at a measly 57 pounds and suffering from pnemonia. Ria came to Gatsby’s rescue and now he is a very healthy and happy 71 pounds. He is spoiled with the luxuries of being a Muttropolis pup, acting as a “product tester” of sorts, but Ria can attest that if she really wants to get Gatsby’s tail wagging, she must turn to a few of his favorite things.

Gatsby + Ria

Plato Thinkers + Tucker’s Chicken Breast with Bacon

Plato Thinkers Dog Treat SticksGatsby is hooked on the ginkgo baloba in these so called “Smart Dog Snacks,” the Duck variety being his favorite. Plato Thinkers are made from only all-natural and organic ingredients, they are fortified with antioxidant vitamins, a great source of iron, and with ginkgo biloba they even nourish brain function. Watch out Ria, Gatsby may start outsmarting you with these in his daily diet!

Tucker’s Chicken Breast Dog Treats also get Gatsby’s tail wagging. Gatsby gets to enjoy these when he deserves something decadent, and according to Ria that’s more often than not! His favorite flavor is made with just two simple ingredients, human grade chicken wrapped in bacon. Yum yum.

Fleece Stick Animals + Talking Toys

Being a big boy, Gatsby generally gravitates towards larger dog toys. Currently he can’t get enough of his Huge Monkey Stick Dog Toy. Fun to carry around and cuddle up with, Gatsby’s monkey is never far from him, even when he’s playing outside. Gatsby also gets a kick out of talking toys. When Ria gives them a sound activating squeeze, Gatsby perks up and leaps to play.

Huge Monkey Stick Dog Toy

The One & Only Katie Puff Bed

Plush Companion Katie Puff Dog BedAt the end of each day, or simply when Ria is away, Gatsby loves to cuddle up in his Animals Matter Plush Companion Katie Puff Dog Bed. Generously overstuffed with down-like fiberfill and covered in lavish chenille, Katie Puff dog beds bring luxury to a whole new level and lucky Gatsby agrees. Ria enjoys the easily removable cover. All she needs to do is unzip to clean in cold water and hang dry.

Luxury Leather Collars

Gatsby is short haired and has sensitive skin so Ria keeps him in leather dog collars of the highest quality, often handcrafted. Collars are a great way to highlight a pup’s personality, but they’re often also representative of the owner’s preferences. Ria is a huge fan of decorated leather collars, so Gatsby is always adorned in turquoise stones or metal embellishments, making him all the more handsome.

Turquoise on Chocolate Leather Dog Collar

Belmont Raised Bowl

Belmont Elevated Dog BowlIf you haven’t noticed already, Gatsby is living a life of luxury, so of course he dines in style too. Since he’s taller in stature, Ria knew the importance of investing in an elevated dog feeder. Raised feeders are recommended by veterinarians to help prevent pups from gulping down their food, which reduces air intake and the possibility of bloat and gas. Being a sophisticated pup, Gatsby dines in a Belmont Elevated Dog Bowl.

What keeps your pup wagging?

All products mentioned can be found in Muttropolis stores or at Muttropolis.com

Get Back to the Basics for Your Pup

Now that we’re all back in the swing of things, with New Years festivities behind us, it’s a great time to get back to basics! To us, basics are those things you wouldn’t want to, or shouldn’t have to, live without. So what would those basics be for your pup? Worry not, because we’ve got you covered with four categories that are important in maintaining your pup’s happiness, health and safety.

Dog ToysDog Grooming

Toys – Having fun is definitely a basic need, so be sure your pup has the right kind of toys to keep their endorphins up! Our vast assortment includes plush, interactive, toss and retrieve, tough, rubber, and funny dog toys. With an array of options, you’re sure to find at least a few your pup will fancy, tempting them to up their playtime.

Grooming – Every dog gets dirty, so grooming supplies are essential to keep your pup feeling fresh, smelling good and staying clean. Our grooming supplies include dog shampoos, conditioners, sprays and more. We recently started carrying BASS brushes, an excellent choice to aid you in keeping your pup’s coat tangle free. For nearly 30 years, BASS has designed, produced and sold the finest professional hairbrushes, and now they’ve created an innovative line of pet grooming brushes. And don’t forget about dental care. Keeping your pet’s gums healthy reduces bacteria and helps to keep them infection free. Dog toothbrushes and toothpaste are must-haves, but dental dog treats and dental dog toys are also excellent supplemental ways to fight plaque.

Dog DiningDog Collars

Dining – Food is an undeniable basic, a staple, an essential for a healthy life, and much like us, our pets have evolved to enjoy their meals served in some sort of bowl or feeder. Our dining department is stocked with dog bowls, raised dog feeders, treat jars and dog placemats. When determining which style is right for your pup, consider height. Raised feeders and bowls are recommended by veterinarians as they help your pup not to gulp down their food, thereby reducing air intake, and you guessed it, air outtake

Collars – We recommend regular walks to keep your pup fit and full of life, and what’s needed for a walk? A dog collar of course! Without a collar you can’t attach a leash, or an engravable pet tag, another basic we recommend to keep your pet safe. Whether your four-legged friend is big or small, likes to pull or keeps a calm pace, is a fashionista or prefers to look classic, our dog collar assortment includes just the right collar to meet their needs and suit their personality.

We could go on and on about other beneficial basics, but you get the gist. Visit us in-store or online to shop for these, and other, essentials for your pup. We’d love to help your pup get back to basics!

The Pursuit for the Perfect Dog Collar

Shopping for Dog CollarsWhether your four-legged family member is a fashionista or an avid outdoor explorer, moves at a slow pace or constantly pulls on the reigns, we have just the right dog collar to meet their needs. Looking for a new dog collar can be confusing, especially with such a plethora of different sizes, styles, materials and more to choose from! This is why we’ve compiled some tips to help guide you towards the right collar. To get started, we like to consider a few features including size, durability, safety and ability to clean.

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SIZE

Unfortunately there is not a set of standard sizes for pets like there are for humans, so it’s very important to always look closely at the sizing for each collar you are considering. For the ideal fit, you will want to allow for one to three fingers to fit between the collar and your dog’s neck, depending on your dog’s size.So, when you measure your pup’s neck, Dog Collar Sizingbe sure to place the appropriate number of fingers underneath the measuring tape to find the true size.Below is a breakdown of how many fingers we advise according the size of the dog.

Small Size Dog (20 pounds or less) – 1 finger’s width
Medium / Average Sized Dog – 2 finger’s width
Extra Large Dog – 3 finger’s width

 

DURABILITY

Soft Italian Leather Dog CollarDurability comes from both the fabric used to construct a collar as well as the closure. Quality nylon webbing is a sure bet when it comes to strength and durability! But leather collars can also provide the strength your pup needs, and quality leather softens with wear for a very comfortable fit. One thing to watch out for if you choose leather is potential wear around the buckle, so stay mindful of that.

Most nylon collars have plastic buckle closures. If you are purchasing your pup’s new collar in a store, be sure to open and close the buckle a few times and give the collar a good tug when closed to ensure it doesn’t pop open with force. If you choose a collar that has a traditional metal buckle and loops, you don’t have to worry about the risk of the collar popping open per say, but make sure that the hardware is quality and solidly secured on the collar.

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SAFETY

Safety correlates quite a bit with durability, so be sure to cross-check the quality of the material and closures, but there are a few other things to be mindful of as well. Many pups need collars specific to training. These collars are often referred to as “slip,” “choke” or “martingale” collars, and are made with mostly leather or nylon with additional nylon or a chain link. This design is used to reduce tugging with a swift, clean correction. We don’t recommend using training collars everyday, just went necessary or until the behavior is corrected.

   Martingale Training Dog Collars

Another safety concern that many small dog owners face is pressure on a pup’s neck. For smaller breeds, placing pressure on the neck, specifically the tracheal area, can cause coughing, gagging or choking. Harnesses are a great option for pups that have trouble with pulling, as they control the dog without placing pressure on their neck or back, but instead around the chest and breastbone.

It’s important to also be mindful of visibility when it is dark out. Check out our Night Safety Tips to learn the importance of outfitting your pups in the appropriate gear to ensure they are seen when it is dark out. We carry a collection of lighted and reflective collars to help keep your pup safe.

 

CLEANING Ruffwear Waterproof and Reflective Dog Collar

Is your pup extra active, often getting messy or playing in the water? If so, then a waterproof collar might be the perfect solution. Specially made to not absorb moisture, retain dirt and harbor bacteria, waterproof collars generally stay clean as is. And if your pup does manage to get them dirty, all you need to do is rinse the collar under warm water.

For those pups that aren’t quite as active or messy, but still need their collar to be freshened up from time to time, there are many nylon and fabric collar options that are easy to hand wash, or are machine washable. But pay special attention to the instructions on each collar, as many cannot be machine dried.

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Velvet Dog CollarOnce you’ve considered these key collar features, it’s time to search out the style that best fits you and your pup’s personality. Colors, patterns, embellishments and more! Our astute buying team has made Muttropolis the best place to shop for the latest, design-driven and functional collars. Our selection is one of the widest in the pet products marketplace, so take a look for yourself, as we’d love to outfit your pup with their next new collar!

Muttropolis collar categories include Fabric + Nylon Collars, Stripes, Plaids + Solid Fabric Collars, Leather Collars, Sparkle Collars, Training Collars, Teacup Collars, Lighted or Reflective Collars, and Holiday Collars, all of which can be found in stores or online.

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