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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.
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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).

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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!

Top 5 Dog Life Jackets for Safety on the Water

If you’re taking your best friend out on the high seas or local lake, you’ll want to make sure you’ve outfitted him in the safest gear possible. Perfect for boating and sailing. As you put on your life jacket, don’t forget about your dog’s life jacket – you want to keep him safe too!

Here are some great dog life jacket options:

All linked for easy shopping

ruffwear dog life jacket Ruffwear K9 Dog Life Jacket
This dog life jacket from canine outdoor adventure gear company, Ruffwear, scores top reviews. Perfect for dogs that love to join their humans rafting, kayaking, boating, surfing and paddle boarding, this life jacket is designed for dogs of all shapes and sizes. This premium, fully-featured dog life jacket has a strong handle, optimally positioned to lift dogs out of the water.
Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket
Dogs’ swimming abilities can vary dramatically depending on age and breed. Even “water” dogs can be susceptible to panic in strong currents. The Outward Hound award winning life jacket sports high visibility colors, multiple reflective strips, easy-grab handles, and outstanding floatation. It’s an ideal life jacket for dogs.
ezydog life jacket EzyDog Doggy Floatation Vest
The EzyDog life jacket combines top performing flotation with the comfort of life vest versatility. It also keeps your dog stylish with plenty of color options for your next trip out on the water. The grab handle makes it easy to take your dog out of the water. Adjustable neoprene straps form an ergonomic and secure fit.
Hurtta Dog Life Jacket Hurtta Life Jacket
The Hurtta Life Jacket is designed for use in swimming, water rescue, rehabilitation and boating. An adjustable belt and front allow the life jacket to fit most breeds of dog. The back of the jacket is fitted with sturdy handle so your dog can be easily lifted out of the water. A protective underbelly section distributes the dog’s weight over a larger area and keeps the jacket firmly in place.
1# Rated Dog Life Jacket in Europe!
WOpet Dog Life Jacket
Who says you can’t have a little fun with your dog safety! This comes in the shark (shown here) or fish tail versions. It has velcro and buckles around the waist and neck which are adjustable so you can tighten or loosen as much as you need. Will definitely be a crowd-pleaser at your next pool or boat party!

Top 10 Products to Stop Your Dog from Shedding

No one enjoys fur all over their clothes and home. So for those heavy shedders, we curated a group of products to help stop your dog from shedding.

 

FURminator de Shedding Tool for Dogs - Long Hair FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs
The #1 selling FURminator deShedding Tool for Dogs comes in 2 styles – one for long hair dogs and the other for short hair dogs and also comes in a variety of sizes (XS – XL). The stainless steel deShedding edge reaches deep beneath your dog’s topcoat to gently remove loose hair. It has an ejector button which easily removes loose hair from the tool. It claims to reduce shedding by up to 90%.
De Shed Me Miracle Deshedding Shampoo Pet Head De Shed Me!! Miracle Deshedding Shampoo
This super amazing formula drastically reduces shedding by laying down the hair neatly and removing excess hair, leaving the coat smooth and silky! Comes in a strawberry lemonade scent. Bathe your pet twice a week for maximum results!! Use DeShed Me!! Miracle Rinse immediately after shampooing.
Pet Head Deshedding Pet Head De Shed Me!! Miracle Deshedding Rinse
The Pet Head De Shed Me!! Miracle Deshedding Rinse with organic coconut oil helps remove excess hair and leaves the coat so amazingly soft and silky it’s crazy!! Whether short, coarse or long hair, your pet stays irresistibly petable for days! All Pet Head formulas are pH adjusted and free of DEA, propylene glycol, sulfate, petroleum derivatives and parabens.
Safari Shedding Blade Safari Stainless Steel Shedding Blade for Dogs
Safari Shedding blades are designed to remove loose hair and leave your pet with a clean, healthy coat. The Safari dual Shedding blade can be used with the handles together or separated. With handles together, stroke the dog from head to tail, covering small areas at a time. With handles separated , stroke dog from head to tail, covering large areas at a time.
Isle of Dog Isle of Dogs – Shampoo for Shedding Coats
Isle of Dosg No. 20 Royal Jelly Shampoo is a great professional solution in the fight against shedding. Formulated with Royal Jelly, a protein-rich botanical which stimulates new hair growth, repairs damage, and reduces shedding. It is also great for building extra volume. No. 20 features the Isle of Dogs signature fragrance, Apple Blossom Honey.
Dog Conditioner for Dry, Damaged and Shedding Hair Isle of Dogs – Dog Conditioner for Dry, Damaged and Shedding Hair
This rejuvenating, protein-based conditioner leaves a fluffier, more plush-feeling coat. Evening Primrose and Jojoba oils combine with Keratin Amino Acids to help strengthen dry hair and lessen shedding. The results are a richer, fuller coat that is hydrated and fresh. Comes in an ocean fresh violet + sea mist fragrance.
FURminator Dog Rake
The FURminator Dog Rake is an all-purpose tool that separates and untangles fur. A perfect tool for those heavy shedding dogs. The rounded pins fully rotate to eliminate skin irriation and minimize tugging. It can remove mats from undercoat and breeches.
HappyDogz Magic Pro Deshedding Brush
The HappyDogz Magic Pro Deshedding Brush easily removes your dog’s dead undercoat. It works for both double and single coats and comes in 2 sizes. It will quickly and easily remove your dog’s loose hair and reduce shedding. It’s also gentle on your dog and will not damage their skin.
Furry Fido DeShedding Tool
The Furry Fido DeShedding Tool has an effective stainless steel edge with uniformly distributed teeth, which quickly and easily removes loose undercoat hair. The ergonomic non-slip wooden handle is durable and light. It is made of eco-friendly, non-toxic material (basswood).
FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Shampoo
The FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Shampoo works to reduce dog shedding and promotes healthy skin and coats in dogs. It is enriched with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, calendula extract, and papaya leaf extract. It contains no parabens, artificial colors or chemical dyes. Use monthly as part of your dogs grooming regiment.

The Ultimate Toy for Dogs that Love to Play Fetch

Does your dog love to play fetch? Do you sometimes wish he would just play fetch by himself? Well someone has come up with a solution for that! This brilliant invention called the iFetch allows your dog to play fetch with himself.

Your dog drops the ball into the large blue funnel on one side and the ball shoots out on the other.  It’s an on-demand ball launcher! Check out this quick video to see how it works:

Of course you’ll probably need to train your dog to use the iFetch (unless your dog is an Einstein-dog). They recommend you train your dog with the iFetch at most three times a day and only for ten minutes at a time. It’s recommended that your dog is supervised while they’re playing with the toy. If your dog is a heavy slobberer the iFetch may require wiping off balls from time to time.

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Just Drop the Ball In!

How is the iFetch powered? All you need to do is plug it in (or insert 6 c-cell batteries), press the button on the back, drop in the special ball, and it’s playtime. Unfortunately it’s not created to use with full sized tennis balls. iFetch is designed to work with iFetch balls which are 1 ½” diameter.

iFetch was created by the Hamill Family from Austin, Texas. Their toy poodle, Prancer, kept begging them to play fetch. As we all know, sometimes you just don’t have time to play fetch. The patriarch, grandfather Denny, figured they could develop something that could throw the ball for Prancer and would be a fun family project.

After several months and hundreds of hours of prototyping, testing, and refining, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Within 30 days, they had more than 1,000 backers and they received $88,000 in funding – more than four times the original goal. Clearly there were a lot of other dog families that could really use an on-demand ball launcher too!

The iFetch is now available for any dog family (click to purchase). Your dog will have endless fun with their new toy!