Small Dog Accessories Needed for Traveling

Small Dog Accessories Needed for Traveling

Small dog accessories can make traveling with your pet much easier and safer. There are many places where you can take your pet where he can have a good time too. Take him on a fishing trip, to the beach, to the park, to visit friends or even for a short drive. Before traveling with your pet, it’s important to know that he can be injured in the same way as kids if you slam on the brakes or if you’re involved in an accident.

For this reason, pets need to be secured in a vehicle to keep them safer and there are several accessories available to accommodate this need. Small dog car seats and baskets will help secure your pet and keep her safer while riding. She won’t be flying into the back of the seat if you suddenly hit the brakes or from one side of the car to other when you go around sharp curves.

If your pet doesn’t seem comfortable in one of these or refuses to use them, there are other small dog accessories available. Try using a small dog harness instead. Place the harness on your pet as normal and then slip the seatbelt through the opening for the leash. This will strap him in and prevent him from bouncing around while on the road.

Once your pet is secured, you can think about some of the other small dog accessories that can make traveling even more enjoyable. Seat covers are a great investment if you want to protect your car, truck, or van from claw marks or any accidents that your dog may have. It can be hard to control the bathroom urge when traveling especially if your pet is not used to riding in a vehicle. Seat covers come in a variety …

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Pet Costumes – Ruin Your Pet This Halloween

Pet Costumes - Ruin Your Pet This Halloween

The pet fashion industry creates all kinds of dog costumes for small and large dogs. The style of each outfit varies for certain occasions. Some companies design the most awesome and newest pet clothes that can be found online. Clothing for pets must also reflect the personality of the owner. Large dog costumes always stand out from the rest and will always make a big impression.

Small pets wearing cute costumes also attract the attention of many people. Pets that are considered part of the family give their owners the idea to show off their emotions to pets through clothing and costumes. Some pet owners also like to dress their big furry friends in big dog costumes rather than letting them go naked. Clothing for these pets must always be in style. Like human clothing, pet clothing must be fashionable and must follow trends.

Some pet owners dress their pets only during pet costume competitions. Most of the time the big dog costume wins. However, there are also certain awards for small and cute pets who wear small costumes according to competition criteria. Thus pet costumes may not be out of date. Pet costumes are more attractive if you wear charming accessories.

Accessories can really enhance dog costumes. It must fit perfectly according to the design and style of clothing. Like humans, the accessory is ideally suited to the dress she wears. It is desirable that when we see our little friends, they look great in our eyes. Try matching collars and lead for costumes. Or maybe a hat that accentuates the costume? For example, a formal dog tuxedo will look better with a black hat!

Be sure to spoil your pet this Halloween with big or small dog costumes (plus accessories) for tricks or treatments or local pet costume …

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Dog Accessories – What is Important For Dog Grooming?

There has been an amazing trend in dog accessories over the last few years. Just look around when you go out and you are bound to see someone’s precious pooch all decked out in their latest fashion accessories purchased by their owner. It is not just pet accessories that are popular but pet grooming is a high priority as well.

Dog accessories have become a mainstay of everyday pet care in today’s society. At one time it was considered to be a luxury to have your pet groomed professionally but these days it’s considered routine. The benefits of a regular grooming schedule, whether it be at a professional groomer or at home, are quite beneficial for both you and your furry friend.

There are a couple of main things that are important to consider when addressing your pet’s hygienic needs. The first thing I’d like you to consider is that the importance of grooming is not just aesthetic in nature. Grooming is an important part of keeping them healthy. Some of the main items consist of bathing, brushing, flea and tick treatment, nail trimming, cleaning ears, teeth cleaning, worming and hot spots to name a few. However, it’s important to note that you are the one who spends the most quality time with your pet. So it’s up to you to notice changes in your dog’s behavior, coat or general health and address those needs.

Each of these task, time and product used will depend on your individual dog’s needs and requirements. For example, an animal with long hair will require brushing and bathing more frequently than a short haired animal. It is however important to realize that every pooch should have at least a quick brush several times a week. This keeps their coat clean, shiny and healthy, as …

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21st Century Dog Pampering

21st Century Dog Pampering

There was once a time when dog owners were content to give their K9 friends an old blanket in a chewed up basket for a bed, a ready supply of dry dog food, regular trips to the vet, and the occasional bone left over from a steak dinner. Today the status of pets has changed dramatically in our society, as dogs in particular are viewed more like children now than as pets. For example, 20 years ago, terms like “dog hotel,” “K9 cosmetic surgery,” and “designer dog collar” would have sounded alien. Today these terms are commonplace in many regions.

As a consequence, dog pampering (for lack of a better description), has become a massive market and a booming industry. The English retailer, Harrods, recently quadrupled the size of its pet department to eleven thousand square feet, and carries items like Juicy Couture dog tracksuits, and bejeweled dog hair clips. Harrods also hosts an annual pet fashion show. During this show, attendees can gawk at exquisite K9 jewelry like a $25,000 Swarovski crystal-encrusted dog bed and a nearly $500,000 diamond dog collar by the jewelry icon Stephen Webster.

Furthermore, this insanity is not contained just within the British Isles. Americans have managed to make the pet market a recession-proof industry, with the pet industry projected to grow roughly 5% in 2009. In the last decade, American spending on pets has doubled to the eye-popping total of $43.5 billion dollars. While most of that sum is made up of very normal pet supplies like food and medication, there are also those who will pay thousands of dollars for things like a “pet stylist,” who will help make more pooches appear more fashionable.

Another area where dog pampering has reach new levels is in the popularity of dog shows, or ‘confirmation shows’ …

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Spring Training For Your Dog

Spring Training For Your Dog

For our four-legged friends, winter means sleeping by the fire, short walks, and a slower pace to the day-to-day happenings of life. Often it means gaining a few extra pounds and losing a little muscle tone. It can also mean less time using their basic obedience commands around the off-lead park or during on-leash street walks.

Then spring hits and it is all about getting outside and having fun for both the furry members of the household as well as the two-legged, non-furry variety. How many of us do humans overdo our first long walk on the first warm, sunny day of spring? How many of us look and feel as fit and toned in shorts as we did six months prior, before bundling up in sweaters and long johns? Those short days and times sitting by the fire reading a good book took their toll on our health and fitness level, and the first few weeks of spring usually come with a series of aches, pains, and injuries.

It is no different for our dogs except often, the injuries are far more serious. Easing your dog into spring can alleviate those sore, stiff muscles and help guarantee your dog does not suffer any unnecessary accidents!

Obedience Training ‘Refresher’

Why do dogs need an obedience ‘refresher’ after the long, sedentary winter? Even an older dog who has many years of training under their collar can lose their ‘edge’ when it comes to obedience if they have not used it for a while. ‘Sits’ are slow, ‘stay’ means only for a moment or two, and ‘come’ is easily ignored, at least until the human resorts to bribery. And this is all while you are still in the house!

Now add the fun and excitement of a green grass on a sunny …

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