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Dog New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

Happy New Year 2015With the New Year right around the corner, New Year’s Resolutions come to mind. But rather than just thinking about what you need to do for yourself…do you and your dog have any New Year’s Resolutions for 2017?

Our guilty conscience immediately thinks of 3:
1. I’ll brush you more and make sure you don’t get mats
2. I’ll try running with you so you get a bit more exercise (our dog tends to just walk & pee/mark)
3. I’ll teach you more tricks to exercise your mind and give you some more attention.

Here are some great ideas from around the web:
dog new years resolutionsPet Paradise Resort, asked customers for Dog New Year’s Resolutions, here are some responses:
1. I will not rush you to do your duty. No one puts a timer on me.
2. I promise to give you more “sniffing time”.
3. Yes, you can get into bed with me. Just give me a little more room.
4. At dinner parties, I will never again falsely accuse you of producing strange odors.
5. I will lose five pounds if you will…ok, three pounds.

Dog New Years Resolutions

“See more of the world”


The Rover
created a Top 10 list with the most awesome photos/videos. While it’s from 2015,  the list is soooo cute and we guarantee it will put a smile on your face.

Here’s one: “See More of the World”

We just love the fact that this Yorkie is not only seeing more of the world, but also schlepping the luggage. Maybe we’ve got to put that ability on the list of things for Kobi to learn in 2015.

Here are 4 from Cesar which we think are great:dog new years resolutions
1. Visit Ten New Parks or Trails
2. Learn A New Command – Young dogs pick up new commands quickly, but don’t forget old dogs can learn new tricks too. From roll-over to playing dead, even the simplest command can shake things up for you and your dog.
3. Make Your Dog a Home Cooked, Healthy Meal – Treat your dog to the joy of a home cooked meal by adding some healthy new recipes to their diet.
4. Make Time For Your Best Friend – With the duties of day-to-day life, we often forget to relax and spend time with the ones we love. This year be sure to simply enjoy playing, petting, and cuddling with your dog.

Happy Holidays from Dogsized!

Happy Holidays

We hope you are having a lovely holiday season and wish you all the best for 2017!

Happy Holidays

Top 20 Dog Gifts – Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays right around the corner, we put together our top 20 dog gifts list. All products are linked for easy online shopping. We love all the top 20 products so they are not listed in any particular order. If you’re getting a gift for your best friend or buying a gift for another dog, these top 20 dog gifts will be sure to put a smile any dog’s face:

west paw toppl - Top 20 Dog Gifts 1. West Paw Toppl Treat Dispensing Dog Toy
Our dog Kobi loves his Toppl. We can easily stuff a bully stick in it and the Toppl makes it much easier for Kobi to hold. It traps treats with its inner ridges. You can interlock two Toppl dog treat toys and it makes it more of a challenge for your dog to get at the treats inside. Learn more in our review.
Zero Shock Leash - Top 20 Dog Gifts 2. Ezy Dog Zero Shock Leash
We can’t think of a dog owner that wouldn’t want a zero shock leash. EzyDog’s Zero Shock Technology cushions and eases the pressure for both the owner and the dog. Drastically reduces strain and pull. A “one for two” gift! Read more in our review.
SturdiBag Green - Top 20 Dog Gifts 3. SturdiBag Flex-Height Carrier
It’s by far the lightest bag we’ve seen on the market! The large SturdiBag has been tested to safely carry a pet up to 40 pounds and the bag only weighs 2.6 pounds!!! The design is made to flex down when your dog is under airline seats and pops back into shape after the flight. Learn more in our review.
Pro-Treat Beef Liver - Top 20 Dog Gifts 4. Pro-Treat Beef Liver, Freeze Dried Dog Treats – Yum!
Paws down, Pro-Treat Beef Liver, Freeze Dried Dog Treats are Kobi’s favorite treats. In fact, we’ve nicknamed them “doggie crack”. They’re are made in the U.S. without additives or preservatives in a USDA inspection facility.
Dirty Dog Doormat - Top 20 Dog Gifts 5. Dirty Dog Doormat by Dog Gone Smart
We tested out the Dirty Dog Doormat and our dog LOVED it! It’s very soft and absorbent. In fact, he loved it so much that we’ve replaced it as his full time dog bed – a delightful surprise! Read more in our review.
KONG Squeakair Tennis Balls - Dog Toy 6. KONG Squeakair Tennis Balls – Dog Toy
You can get plain boring tennis balls or you can get these bouncy, squeaky balls! They are by far one of our dog’s favorite toys! It bounces and it squeaks – what’s not to love? The ultimate classic (and cheap) dog toy. These come in various sizes.
Jorge Bendersky book 7. Book: DIY Dog Grooming by Jorge Bendersky
This book is paws down one of the best books dog grooming we’ve ever read. It’s a quick read, includes excellent photos, illustrations and a lot of valuable information. The book goes through a variety of topics from tools to trimming and tough cleaning problems. Read more from this product review.
Cowboy-cookout sausage treats - Copy 8. Merrick Gourmet Sausage Treats
A perfect stocking stuffer for your best friend. These Merrick Gourmet Sausage Treats are real sausage and similar in texture to a hard Italian sausage. They’re created from real meats from USDA, New Zealand and Australian growers. Learn more in our review.
Dogs of Glamour 9. Dogs of Glamour Glam Tote Dog Carrier
Perfect for your jet setting dog! The Glam Tote from Dogs of Glamour fuses fashionable form and function into your look. Crafted from faux leather and featuring top and side ventilation, this dog carrier adds chic yet practical style to both you and your dog.
Slo-Bowl 10. Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder Dog Bowl
Did you just give your dog some kibble and seconds later it’s gone? Are you wondering if he inhaled it? Alas, there’s a great solution – we fell in love with the Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder, which will slow down your dog from eating too fast by turning meal time into a game.
Wahl Pet 11. Wahl’s 100% Natural No-Rinse Waterless Shampoo
During the slushy and rainy weather our dog’s paws can get very dirty. This No-Rinse Waterless Shampoo is amazing! We take a dry towel and spray the mousse on the towel or on his paws and rub them down with the towel. It does a great job at cleaning dirty paws and saves us from having to give our dog’s paws a bath after every walk in the rain. Read more in our review.
ClickIt Dog Harness 12. Dog Car Harness – Clickit Utility from Sleepypod
Sleepypod’s Clickit Utility was the Top Performer in the Center for Pet Safety test. Clickit Utility’s three points of attachment absorb force in a frontal collision by dissipating energy and keeps the dog in the car seat during impact.
Abe 1 - Copy 13. Starmark Treat Dispensing Chew Ball
Looking for a tough dog toy? We were forewarned that no toy could hold up to Abe’s jaws of steel, but this toy easily survived the test! It can be filled with a variety of treats to keep your dog mentally stimulated and happily occupied. The material is stronger and lighter than natural rubber and is free of latex, vinyl & phthalates.
messy mutts bowls 14. Messy Mutts Double Feeder
They call themselves Messy Mutts, but we think they aren’t messy at all – rather fashionable and function-able! Their products inspired us to do our first VIDEO product reviews. The Messy Mutts Double Feeder for dogs is made with a non-slip silicone base that prevents damage to your floors. The bowls are stainless steel and the base comes in a variety of colors.
GoPro Fetch 15. GoPro Fetch – See from Your Dog’s Point of View
With the GoPro Fetch harness you can affix a camera to your dog. The harness features two mounting locations for a variety of perspectives: the chest (for bone-chewing, digging and front-paw action) and your dog’s back (for over-the-head shots of running, jumping and play).
Glowdoggie LED Dog Collar 16. Glowdoggie LED Dog Collar
We were impressed how bright the Glowdoggie is! It’s the brightest all-around dog collar we’ve seen on the market and it’s not annoyingly bright either. Our neighbor has had one for over a year and loves it. Learn more in our review.
Popware H-Duo 3 17. Popware or Pets H-Duo with Companion Cup
The Popware for Pets H-DuO with Companion Cup is a bottle with two 12-oz watertight chambers so you can hold two different drinks or if you prefer, put water on one side and treats (or food) on the other. It includes an 8oz collapsible cup that clips onto the bottle, making it ideal to travel with your dog.
roomba-dog 18. iRobot Roomba – Cleaning & Entertainment!
Too much dog hair on the floor? We found a solution! This little robot vacuum removes dirt, dust, pet hair and other debris all on its own. Your dog will likely be amused by this little iRobot going around the house. You can make it even more entertaining by putting treats or your dog’s little toys on it.
flexi vario 19. Flexi Vario – Multidimensional Leash
This customizable lead has clever accessories from interchangeable belts to a light or treat holder attachment. It’s also comfortable for you with its ergonomic soft grip with adjustable grip size. Learn more about this product in our review.
Tasmans 20. Tasman’s American Bison Meaty Bones
Does your dog chew bones or raw hides in seconds? These are the largest bones for dogs that we’ve ever seen! We’re positive it would take quite a while, possibly weeks or months for your dog to chew through these. They’re made in the USA and raised without added hormones or antibiotics.

Canine Flu – Be Aware and Protect Your Dog

canine fluRecently, there’s been a “bug” circulating around the neighborhood dogs and it was believed to be kennel cough (i.e. bordetella). However, with the number of dogs it affected in such a short amount of time, tests were made and the “bug” is kennel cough caused by canine flu (aka canine influenza), which is highly infectious. According to Dr. Kristin Lester, DVM, kennel cough can be caused by numerous organisms and frequently occur concurrently (e.g. bordetella bronchiseptica, parainfluenza virus, advenovirus type 2 and canine influenza, distemper, reovirus).

canine fluIf your dog has not been vaccinated against canine flu, then your dog will have zero immunity towards this virus. Of course, no flu vaccine is a 100% guarantee you won’t get the flu (just like the human flu vaccine), but it’s better than zero defense. While this might not be going on in your neighborhood (yet), we thought it would be good to update everyone to help keep your dogs safe and healthy.

If your dog frequents doggie daycares, dog parks, or any other locations where dogs play and hang out, you might want to have a discussion with your vet and consider getting your dog vaccinated. I just made an appointment today to get my dog, Kobi, vaccinated and apparently it’s a two shot treatment. Kobi will get a flu shot today and then we’ll go back in 3 weeks for the next round.

sick dogUnfortunately, a friend’s dog caught the canine flu. We thought it would be helpful to let you know how it ran its course. They first had their dog (we’ll call her Bella) on antibiotics, which was possibly more preventative than reactive, but was suggested by their vet. Bella’s parents kept her away from other dogs to prevent spreading the virus. To be safe, if your dog catches the flu, they should not be in contact with other dogs for at least 7 days after symptoms have resolved. The flu virus can also take up to 10 days to gestate and your dog may not show symptoms for over a week.

sick dogBella had a nasty cough (sounded like choking), which lasted about a week. The cough got worse before it got better and it was horrible sounding. Bella’s parents gave her honey, to try and coat the throat a bit (mixed reviews on this, but regardless she loved it) and gave her a couple of spoons of coconut oil with her food (a natural anti-viral). They also gave her lots of water, including luke-warm chamomile tea as it apparently reduces stomach spasms from the cough and made her drink lots. They also cut back on the length of Bella’s walks, much to Bella’s annoyance.

After 7-8 days from presenting signs, Bella was no longer coughing and had a lot more energy. She is back to playing, chasing and chewing her toy duck and was bouncing around on their walks. We’re so happy Bella’s feeling better!!!

Thanks to Dr. Kristin Lester, DVM, Fetch Club and Downtown Dog NYC for keeping us up-to-date on canine health issues in the NYC area!