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Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City

Hypoallergenic dogs are great for allergy sufferers. Living in NYC, we see and know loads of hypoallergenic dogs and here’s our recommendation for the Top 10 Hypoallergenic Dogs for the City:

10. Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie)

audrey hepburn's yorkieThe Yorkshire Terrier has been one of the most popular dogs in NYC for years, so we had to put it on the list. Ziggy and G.M., both Yorkies, are also our friends. Yorkies are a small, intelligent and very adaptable for apartment living. Some of them can have a tendency to bark (i.e. yapper) and want to be the leader of the pack &/or need a lot of attention, but they are trainable. More info: Yorkshire Terrier wiki

9. Miniature Schnauzer

mini_schnauzerThe typical Miniature Schnauzer is alert and spirited, yet obedient to command. He is friendly, intelligent and willing to please. He should never be overaggressive or timid. The Miniature Schnauzer is characterized by its whiskers and double coat, which has a hard, wiry outer coat and close, soft undercoat. He is the most popular of the three Schnauzer breeds, which include the Giant and the Standard. More info: Miniature Schnauzer wiki

8. West Highland White Terrier (Westie)

West-Highland-White-TerrierWesties are highly social and are the most friendly and jolly of all the Scottish breeds of terrier. Having a typical terrier prey drive, they tend to be highly interested in toys especially chasing balls. They are also inquisitive and investigative. Our friend Aron has two “sister” Westies. More info: West Highland White Terrier AKC

7. Norfolk Terrier

norfolk terrierMaybe not so well known, but we could not leave the Norfolk Terrier off the list as Jake, our friend’s Norfolk Terrier is one of the reasons we got a dog in the first place. The Norfolk Terrier is a smallest of the working terriers. It’s brave, loyal to their masters, and has great charm. Jake lives in WDC and is loads of fun! Here’s a puppy picture of Jake and his “dad” Scott. More info: Norfolk Terrier AKC

6. Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (Wheaten)

Soft-coated_Wheaten_TerrierThe Wheaten is a happy, steady dog and shows himself gaily with an air of self-confidence. He is alert and exhibits interest in his surroundings; exhibits less aggressiveness than is sometimes encouraged in other terriers. We have the sweetest Wheaten on our building named Sheamus. More info: Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier wiki

5. Shih-Tzu

Shih TzuThe Shih-Tzu is another very popular NYC dog. The Shih Tzu is bread to be a companion and house pet. Its temperament is outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly and trusting. Due to its friendly nature, the Shih Tzu tends to interact well with other dogs and with children and adults. More info: Shih Tzu wiki

4. Maltese

malteseThe Maltese is spirited, lively, playful and small. Gentle, loving, trusting and devoted to its master. Highly intelligent. Good at learning tricks. Bold and quick to sound the alarm. It is a classic companion dog: graceful and lovable. It does well with other non-canine animals and other dogs. Our friends Beth Ann and Al recently got the cutest Maltese named Cobie. More info: Maltese Dog wiki

3. Tibetan Terrier

tibetan terrierKobi’s girlfriend, Fiesta, is a Tibetan Terrier so clearly we love the Tibetan Terrier! Boots is another cute Tibetan Terrier in our building. They are both super friendly and our dog loves to play with them. The Tibetan Terrier is a brave, intelligent, dedicated, medium-sized dog. Sweet and loving, it’s lively, mild and fun, with great agility as well as endurance. This breed’s bark is deep like a rising siren. Here’s a picture of Fiesta. More info: Tibetan Terrier AKC

2. Bichon Frise (Bichon)

Bichon CasperWhen we were looking for a dog, we almost went with a Bichon Frise. They are great dogs and our friend George from WDC has two of them. Here’s his cute dog Casper. The Bichon is a fluffy, little white dog that loves human company. It’s intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog is not a yapper. They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of a family that takes them everywhere. They are great with other dogs, pets and children. More info: Bichon Frise wiki

1. Havanese

havaneseOf course we’re totally biased because Kobi, our dog, is a Havanese! While our dog is white/cream, they do come in a variety of colors. Havanese are natural companion dogs, gentle and responsive. Very affectionate and playful with a high degree of intelligence, these cheerful dogs are very sociable and will get along with everyone including people, dogs, cats and other pets. This curious dog loves to observe what is going on. It has a quiet and gentle disposition, but enjoys loud play sessions. The Havanese has a reputation of being a circus dog, probably because it learns quickly. It’s also the National Dog of Cuba. More info: Havanese AKC

EzyDog – Award Winning Active Dog Products

EzyDog Cujo

The Cujo Leash

We fell in love with EzyDog when we saw their leashes. From just looking at their products, you can see that they build their dog products based on sports technology!

We also love that they incorporated zero shock technology into their leashes as we’ve all experienced that horrible jerk at the spotting of a squirrel. EzyDog also has come up with some other great leash variations from the coupler (2 dogs on one leash) to the multi-function vario.
We got the opportunity to interview EzyDog to get more of an inside look of their company and inspirations:

Tell us about EzyDog and how the company got started.

Brothers, Phil and Luke Hatcher, from Australia originally started out in the water sports industry. At the same time, John Hatcher (not related) was working for a major water-ski manufacturer in the USA. Sharing the same last name in the same small industry eventually got them introduced. Phil, Luke and John’s experience in this industry and love of dogs sparked the idea to combine the best of both worlds, which inspired the original shock absorbing leash – the Cujo.

EzyDog Neo Collar

EzyDog Neo Collar

They saw that materials from the water sports world work well for the dog market. For instance, neoprene is a very durable material that does not absorb oils so it does not get stinky like a typical nylon collar. The Cujo leash was the first product to be introduced to the pet industry and started what would eventually become EzyDog.

EzyDog officially began about 10 years ago and has developed into a highly technical, full line of dog products that focus on function, durability and unique designs. The focus has been to enhance the outdoor experience with our dogs.

EzyDog Convert Harness

Convert Harness

Tell us more about the materials used to make EzyDog products?

We make our own webbing, which allows us to more closely monitor the consistency and quality. We end up with a webbing that is super soft and extremely strong and durable. We use materials such as Neoprene for padded comfort, easy to clean and absorbs less stink than traditional materials. We also use EVA to form to the dog’s body for truly a custom fit. These “outside the box materials” make a superior product.

Summit Backpack

Summit Backpack

What are your most popular products?

Our Chest Plate and Quick Fit Harnesses along with our shock absorbing leashes are really popular. The combination of these with your pup can truly transform your walking/running experience. Our DFD (Doggy Floatation Device) and Summit Backpack continue to be popular as well. We attribute these items popularity with the ease of use and the problem solving features these items provide.

Road Runner Leash

Road Runner Leash

Tell us about the Road Runner leash.

The Road Runner Leash is out and we’re are very excited about this leash. It incorporates our Zero Shock Technology, reflective trim for night-time safety and the hands-free adjustments make it perfect for running with you dog. Our proprietary webbing ensures a super soft leash that is just plain comfortable.

Zero Shock Leash

Zero Shock Leash

Some people might assume your products are only for large &/or tough dogs ?

While our active look may appear to cater to the medium and larger breeds, we actually make products for all shapes and sizes of dogs. The Sparky, as well as, our Lite range of leashes, use clips and webbing widths more appropriate for the smaller dogs.

EzyDog Vario Leash

EzyDog Vario Leash

This is also true of our collars and harnesses. We even have a Micro line of Life Vests. The Sparky weighs 3.9 oz while the Cujo (40 inch) weighs 6.0 oz. We do offer our Soft Trainer Leash, Vario 4 and Vario 6 leashes, as well as, couplers available in the Lite versions. Sometimes the little guys are the hardest to control and they need our products most!

A Frisbee Your Dog Will Love!

Soft bite floppy disc dog frisbee

Soft bite floppy disc dog frisbee in action!

The Soft Bite Floppy Disc dog frisbee is by far one of the most fun toys we got for our dog. It comes in different sizes so you can get the right size for your dog. Here’s why we love it:

  • It’s light, flexible and perfect for traveling.
  • It’s durable and ideal for playing fetch.
  • It floats! Yep – perfect for the pool. Dries out quickly.
  • We’ve used it as a quick water bowl. If you’re on a walk outside and need to give your dog a quick drink of water it comes in handy.
  • Our dog loves it!
dog frisbee

Lucky loves her frisbee!

Last summer, our dogsized fan, Lucky, was looking for some tough dog toys and we recommended the Soft Bite Floppy. It ended up being her favorite toy of the bunch! She’s tough on dog toys and the Soft Bite Floppy passed the test. Here’s an updated photo of Lucky with her favorite new toy, the Soft Bite Floppy dog frisbee!

What’s your dogs favorite toy? Let us know!

Dog Anxiety from Thunder or Fireworks?

thunderWith July 4th right around the corner, you might be worried about how your best friend will do with all the firework sounds.

Hurricane season has also started and we’ve already experienced some lightning and thunder which can be scary for your dog too!

Dog anxiety is always worrisome for a pet parent. Clearly you want to appease your dog, but often they will just hide and shake. Many dogs flee, which is why July 4th is the #1 day in which pets get lost and end up in shelters.
Dog anxiety

What can you do to help out your dog during July 4th and Hurricane Season?

1. Keep your dog inside during fireworks or thunderstorms, preferably with human companionship.
2. Provide a safe place inside for your dog to retreat. When scared of sounds, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. We highly recommend using a crate (see our article on the Dog Crate) and perhaps putting a blanket over the crate.
3. Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day – a tired dog is a happy dog.
4. Keep the windows and curtains closed.
5. Make sure your dog is wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. They should also be micro-chipped just in case they are lost and brought to a shelter.
6. Distract your dog by giving him a bully stick to chew on or an interactive food toy (see our article on Treat Dispenser Toys).

Thundershirt camo

Thundershirt in Camo

Try Out the ThunderShirt – a medicine free solution!

If you haven’t tried one before, we recommend trying a ThunderShirt to help your dog with anxiety.

How does ThunderShirt work? Pet experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system, possibly by releasing a calming hormone like endorphins. The ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure relaxes most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Just to be clear, this does not mean you can hug your dog and get the same results – a hug from a shirt/wrap is different from a hug from a person.

ThunderShirt has conducted surveys on over 2,000 customers and over 80% of dogs showed significant improvement in symptoms when using a ThunderShirt.

ThunderShirt comes in a variety of colors, so even if your dog is anxious, he can now be extra stylish in a ThunderShirt. We love the new camo / orange color for our male dog!