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The Dog Treadmill – when it’s too cold/wet to go outside

In case it’s very cold and wet outside or you are not feeling well, a dog treadmill might be the right gift for both you and your dog. Of course, taking your dog out for a walk (or run) is the most ideal thing to do at least once a day, there might be circumstances when you can’t fit it in your schedule.

A dog treadmill can give a dog a great workout and ensure your dog maintains a consistent exercise regimen. Dog treadmills have been shown to provide increased muscle definition, toning, improve vitality, increase life span and help curb destructive behavior or excess energy often associated with the lack of regular exercise.

Here are a few Dog Treadmill models to check out:

The DogTread
The Small DogTread features a pet-friendly design, whisper-quiet motor and training guidelines that make it easy to train small dogs quickly. It is portable and easy to store or transport anywhere you go with your pet. Perfect for small dogs and small spaces. Includes the DogTread K9 Fitness Program with instructional DVD containing a 30 Day Step-by-Step Training Program and a 2 year warranty.
dogpacer-dog treadmill dogPACER Dog Treadmill
Made for dogs weighing from 1 to 179lbs, the dogPACER treadmill provides a more than 71″ x 16.5″ running surface, a whisper-quiet motor, patented folding technology and customized running programs. The running speed is 0.5 to 7.5 MPH and has an adjustable incline (5 – 9 Degrees). 1 year warranty on all parts and 3 years on the frame.
Go Pet Petrun Dog Treadmill GoPet Petrun For Dogs Up to 44 lbs
The PetRun PR700 Dog Treadmill for dogs up to 44 lbs and is easy for your dog to climb aboard, walk and run without fear or shyness. This dog treadmill is foldable making it easy to store and features a silent driving system for quiet operation, wireless remote controls and a safety lock system. The PetRun Dog Treadmill has push button controls which provide gradual increase and decrease in speed.
GoPet PetRun PR720F Dog Treadmill GoPet PetRun Dog Treadmill for Small to Medium Dogs
The GoPet PR720F Dog Treadmill is designed for dogs up to 132 lbs. If there is a snow or thunderstorm outside, this is a great way to give your dog some exercise. It has an  air cylinder auto-fold that makes it easy to store when not in use.

GoPet also has dog treadmills for medium, large and extra large dogs (up to 175).

So if the weather is just too bad outside, go ahead and get your dog (and perhaps yourself) on a treadmill. A great way to stay in shape and still be able to eat all those holiday meals and treats!

Why Not Be a Dog Sledding Musher?

dog_sleddingAre you bored with your job and want some adventure? Why not become a musher for dog sledding? We just saw that Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is looking for mushers and will train! Wow – now that would be some excitement.

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is a premier dogsled touring operator in New England located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Their is a kennel comprised of over 100 sled dogs, ranging from racing Alaskan Huskies, to more traditional breeds like Siberians and Malamutes. Regardless of breed, their dogs all share common traits of friendliness towards people, the love of running, and an athletic & competitive nature. Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel focuses on rescuing Alaskan huskies in need of a home, giving them a “job for life”.

Not ready to leave the corporate life, but want a taste of adventure? They offer dog sledding rides ranging from 2 – 50 miles, including dog sledding overnight trips. They welcome guests of all ages and abilities to meet their rescue and second chance sled dogs, pet them, help to harness/hitch the teams and even help drive!

Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel is located in the heart of the White Mountains, 2 hours from Burlington, VT, and 45 minutes from North Conway, NH. They are near the Mountain View Grand Resort, Applebrook Bed & Breakfast, the Town and Country Motor Inn, and the Gorham Motor Inn.

Top 10 Dog Coats for Winter

Here are our Top 10 Dog Coats for Winter! With the freezing temperatures across the U.S., we’re sure you want to keep your best friend as warm and comfortable as possible. We’ve selected these stylish and functional dog coats for our Dogsized fans. If you’re looking for dog boots too, please check out our post on: Top Dog Boots and Paw Protection for the Winter.

Top 10 Dog Coats for Winter

dog coats Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Jacket dog coats  Zack & Zoey Duck Ranch Dog Coat
Zippy Cozy Dog Suits Suede Shearling Coat Hurtta Frost Jacket for Dogs Ruffwear Quinzee Dog Jacket
Hurtta Pet Collection Winter Jacket, Red Hurtta Rainwear Slush Combat Suit

If you’re looking for something a little different – let us know. We’re always searching for great products for our Dogsized fans. You can also check out our Apparel & Accessories page which has more coats and fleeces.

Top 20 Dog Gifts – 2014 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:

(Note this is our 2014 list and we still love all these items. We should be done with our 2015 list shortly – pls check back)

Popware H-Duo 3 1. 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.
Cowboy-cookout sausage treats - Copy 2. 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.
Jorge Bendersky book 3. 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.
Zero Shock Leash 4. 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!
Dogs of Glamour 5. 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 6. 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.
Abe 1 - Copy 7. 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.
Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain 8. Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
Your dog will love this water fountain! It’s also very healthy for them as it increases aeration in your dog’s water with oxygen. It has an adjustable water flow. Bowl and reservoir are dishwasher safe.
SturdiBag Green 9. 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.
Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried 10. Stella & Chewy Freeze Dried Surf & Turf
Dogs just love Stella & Chewy’s. They are freeze dried and can be given as a meal or broken into pieces for a treat. When you check the list of ingredients, you’ll see it that every patty is made with select organic produce and meat.
Pet Tunes 11. Pet Tunes by Pet Acoustics
Does your dog suffer from anxiety or excessive barking when you’re away or during thunderstorms? Pet Tunes is a speaker pre-loaded with special frequency modulated music clinically proven to reduce stress and calm anxiety for dogs. It’s an innovative and non-invasive way to help your dog relax.
Orvis LED Dog Collar 12. Orvis Safety Light for Your Dog’s Collar
The Orvis Safety Light is waterproof, impact resistant, and visible up to 3 miles away. Best of all, the Orvis LED safety light fastens anywhere on your dog’s collar via a clip or hook-and-loop strap. Wearing a dog collar light can be a great safety device and life saver.
antlers for dogs 13. Antlers for Dogs – Acadia Antlers
Antlers for dogs are loaded with calcium and minerals and are a superb long lasting treat, especially for those aggressive chewers. Dogs aren’t actually able to chew through the antlers, but rather they gradually grind them down, which makes them a great way to keep tartar and plaque off your dog’s teeth.
dog farts 14. “Fart & Away” – Sniff Pet Candles
If you have a dog, you know they can be guilty of farting (just like humans) and sometimes those dog farts can clear a room. The Fart & Away candle works like a charm to dissipate any awkwardly unexpected emissions and ease the cause of your dog’s unpleasant condition.
ClickIt Dog Harness 15. 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.
GoPro Fetch 16. 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).
KONG Squeakair Tennis Balls - Dog Toy 17. KONG Squeakair Tennis Balls – Dog Toy
This is by far one of our dog’s favorite toys! It bounces and it squeaks – what’s not to love? The ultimate cheap and classic dog toy. These come in various sizes. Our dog has both small and medium sized ones.
Tasmans 16. 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.
orvis wraparound dog bed - blue 19. Dog Bed
Rather than picking just one bed for our list, we’re recommending you to Our Top 4 Favorite Dog Bed Brands! We’ve done the homework for you to find you the best quality and stylish dog beds on the market.
Zippy Cozy Dog Suits 20. Dog Coat / Dog Jacket
As with the dog beds, we’re recommending you to our Top 10 Dog Coats for Winter! We searched and selected the best style and quality dog coats for our Dogsized fans. This will help you select the best coat that suits your dogs needs for the weather you’re in.