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Great Martingale Collars Made From Hemp

One of Kobi’s favorite styles: Wilson

I’ve been meaning to write this post about Earthdog martingale collars forever! Kobi has been wearing Earthdog collars for years and we love them!

What sparked the initial need to look for a non-synthetic collar was that Kobi has a lot of allergies and seemed to be bothered by nylon and other materials commonly used for collars. He would scratch at a lot of collars, but once we tried the Earthdog collars, Kobi seemed really comfortable in them. He’s also only 20 lbs and some of the leather collars seemed a bit too heavy / thick.

Another favorite style: sage

I also really like a Martingale collar because of the control it gives you over your dog. A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dogs neck and a lead is then clipped to the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the lead pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape. Properly fitted, the collar will be comfortably loose when “not in use” or alternatively…if your dog is going along with where you want to go, it will be comfortably loose.

Many Martingale collars are made with chain, which I don’t like with my smaller dog (Kobi is a 19 lb Havanese). Over time the Earthdog hemp collars will get quite soft, but due to the construction of the Martingale collar, it will still get tighter around the neck when Kobi isn’t interested in going in the direction I’m planning to go. However, it’s not as harsh or extreme as a Martingale collar with chain.

On top of all that goodness, Earthdog products are handmade in Nashville, TN, USA. The collars come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Best of all, Kobi loves his collar. Post bath or post brushing – he’s very happy to have his collar put back on and comes over tail wagging when I bring it out.

Top 5 Favorite Dog Shampoo Brands

earthbath dog bathThink about what goes into your shampoo shopping: What will this do for my hair? What’s in this? Does it even smell nice?

It’s the same for our furry family members. Dog shampoos tame and treat issues like dry skin, shedding and matting. Here are some of our favorite shampoo brands to check out for any dog’s needs.

1. Earthbath

There are so many pros to using Earthbath. Choose from its motto, “People tested, pet approved,” love of pets and the environment and the fact that products are phthalate, phosphate and cruelty free.

earthbath shampooOr simply choose from its line of 10 shampoos including tea tree and aloe, shed-control, eucalyptus and peppermint and a 2-in-1 conditioning mango shampoo.

All products are made in the U.S. and contain no artificial colors, fragrances or parabens, so feel free to revamp your dog’s shampoo routine with the rest of Earthbath’s conditioners, wipes, spritzes and waterless “grooming foam” collection.

 

2. Isle of Dogs

Dogs and owners will appreciate the luxury that comes out of Isle of Dogs’ spa-like shampoo and assurance that all of its products are made in the U.S.. Isle of Dogs’ mission is to make grooming enjoyable for dogs and their owners.

isle of dog shampooThat becomes easy when shampoos fighting shedding, coarse hair and thinning coats also smell like yummy apply blossom honey and a blend of jasmine and vanilla.

You can choose from 19 lines of shampoos, including one waterless foaming shampoo to freshen your pup in between washes or reinvigorate their coat. And if you go online, you can even customize a grooming routine with Isle of Dogs’ Coat Check system.

 

3. Pet Head

Pet Head, the creators of bright-and-punny hair care line Bed Head, lets you and your furry best friend share a similar brand. It gives dogs a chance to also indulge in edgy, fun products.

pethead shampooAll nine shampoos, like Life’s an Itch and Puppy Fun, come paraben free and without petroleum derivatives, propylene glycol, sulfate or DEA (diethanolamine).

They’re also pH adjusted, meaning the deshedding shampoo that smells like strawberry lemonade and spearmint lemongrass deodorizing shampoo won’t harm your dog.

 

4. EQyss

eqyss shampooEQyss’ three lines of dog shampoos are jam-packed with salon quality human formulas that leave out silicone, alcohol, oil and wax. It makes sure that your dog’s coat gets cleaned without residue. The Premier Color Intensifying Shampoo doesn’t just boost volume; it also helps coats dry almost 50 percent faster.

Flea-Bite Shampoo and Micro-Tek Medicated Pet Shampoo also soothe dry skin. If you’re not sure which line to choose, the EQyss’ site lets you search by problem area. It also shows complementary products, like a Marigold Scent Spray to rehydrate dogs – especially in the summer.

 

5. Nature’s Specialties

With more than 20 shampoo lines (and 12 specialty shampoos alone), Nature’s Specialties pinpoints any coat need and washes it away biodegradable, cruelty-free shampoos.

natures_specialtiesCitru-Mela targets hot spots and irritations like flea or tick bites with invigorating citrus, kiwi and melaleuca. For similar deep-cleaning results with a calming scent, work in Lav-N-Derm shampoo – a lavender antiseptic that doesn’t strip dogs of their natural oils.

Nature’s Specialties helps calm flaky, itchy skin, dermal inflammations and broken follicles by promoting hair growth. It doesn’t even have to stop with the company’s Sheazam shea butter shampoo; wrap up your pup’s grooming routine with conditioners, colognes or anti-itchy spray.

Safe Paw Ice Melter – a Pawfect Solution

safe paw ice melterRock salt and chemical ice melters can cause sores, infections and blistering on your dog’s paws. Toxic chemicals can also be ingested by your dog when he licks his paws. So many dogs are wearing dog boots because of the salt used to melt the ice on the sidewalks, paths and roads. However, a lot of our dogs don’t like or won’t wear dog boots.

We recently came across this product and thought “what a great solution”! Wouldn’t it be great if we all used a Safe Paw Ice Melter. While your city might not spend the money to purchase this, at least you can make it better on your own property (or where you have real estate influence). According to Gaia Enterprises, Safe Paw Ice Melter is 100% salt-free and is guaranteed to be pet and child safe.

How Safe Paw Ice Melter Works

Safe Paw ice melterSafe Paw’s pellets are green to make it easy to distinguish it from rock salt and salt-based ice melters. Safe Paw Ice Melter is a dual-effect compound made of a modified crystalline amide core infused with special glycol admixture and traction agents. This composition gives Safe Paw a two-way timed released action. The liquid component starts melting ice instantly while breaking surface tension. This allows the crystal-core to penetrate and destabilize ice which speeds up melting and the traction agent provides slip protection.

safe pawsWe were surprised to read that unlike other products, Safe Paw attracts solar heat to provide extra melting-power during daylight hours.

Once Safe Paw has melted the ice and snow, it leaves an invisible shield that prevents ice from sticking to surfaces for up to 3 days. Apparently, this teflon effect makes shoveling easier.

Stay warm and good luck with the snow storms!

Get a Custom Dog Raincoat

Kobi in his Custom Dog Raincoat

When it rains in NYC, our dog, who is blond, can get super dirty. I call it the “half Oreo effect” as he ends up black on the bottom half and white on the top half. We’ve used various raincoats, but decided to get a custom dog raincoat for Kobi because none of his raincoats gave him full neck to paw coverage.

We researched for a while and found a link on Etsy that took us to Custom-Made 4U. There we entered in all of Kobi’s measurements, picked out a style plus colors and ordered the custom dog raincoat for Kobi.

Julija from Custom-Made 4U, emailed us back to confirm our order and answer our questions. In a few weeks, we received the raincoat (from Lithuania) and we are super happy with it! We always get stopped of the street when Kobi is wearing his custom dog raincoat. Best of all, it’s well made and keeps him very clean from neck to paw – no more “half Oreo effect” when it rains!