Magisso Self-Cooling Ceramic Pet Bowls

Magisso, an award-winning housewares brand based in Finland, is bringing their clean and modern design aesthetic to the dogs! Their Happy Pet Project collection launched this year and includes self-cooling ceramic water bowls and slow feeders. To activate the unique self-cooling properties, simply soak the ceramic bowl in cool water for about 60 seconds — the cooling effect will last several hours!

Magisso Self-Cooling Ceramic Pet Bowls

Magisso Self-Cooling Ceramic Pet Bowls

Each Happy Pet Project bowl is available in 3 sizes and your choice of blue, pink, or black. Look for the Happy Pet Project collection to hit retailers soon. In the meantime, you can snag these bowls on Amazon.

Magisso Self-Cooling Ceramic Pet Bowls


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Snuggled. Spoiled. Doted upon. Loved within an inch of her life. Our dog, Finley, is truly our baby. She’s been my constant companion and the apple of my husband’s eye for the past two years. But we’re about to welcome a newborn human into our home and have heard that babies and dogs can be a tricky combination.

We’ve been bracing ourselves for the transition over the past seven months, but quickly realized that crossing our fingers and hoping for the best wouldn’t be enough. Taking a proactive approach, we registered for a “bringing a baby home” class with Jeris and Eve Pugh, owners of The Martial Arfs, to learn all about introducing a new family member when a furry, four-legged one has gotten used to being the center of attention.

A close up photo of a Vizsla dog.

Our first child, Finley. Photography by Whitney C. Harris.

We soon discovered that once an infant enters the picture, everything changes. And that can be especially stressful for the family pet. An animal you might otherwise trust — much like our sweet, sensitive Finley — can become anxious or aggressive and act out in fear. In fact, many dogs you wouldn’t normally consider very threatening — from a Papillon to a Lab — have all appeared in police reports for fatally wounding children.

The thought of our cherished Vizsla attacking our new baby was upsetting of course, but also eye-opening. That’s the kind of worst-case scenario most people prefer not to think about, but there are lessons to be learned from such incidents. Here are our 20 takeaways about mixing babies and dogs:

1. Bring your dog to the vet

A vet examining a large dog.

Schedule a visit to the vet for before the baby arrives. Veterinarian examining dog. Photography by Shutterstock.

Jeris and Eve suggest requesting a full exam with bloodwork to make sure your dog isn’t experiencing any undiagnosed health problems. Managing both a newborn and a dog with a serious health issue can be especially challenging and time consuming, so it’s better to know what you’re dealing with ahead of time. Even though Finley seems relatively healthy, we’ll still get her checked about a month before the baby is due.

2. Desensitize your dog to new sights, sounds and smells

Turn on the infant swing, put up baby gates around the house and go for walks with the stroller. Play baby sounds like crying and cooing. Use baby lotion on your skin. Start carrying around a baby doll. Slowly introduce new stimuli before the baby arrives. Gradually making changes in advance will help manage your dog’s stress levels.

3. Keep all baby and dog toys separate

Better yet, teach your dog the “leave it” command. Do this well ahead of time so you’re not trying to train your pup when you have a newborn around. Finley is fairly good at leaving items alone but has a hard time giving something up once it’s in her possession — something we need to work on.

A Chihuahua puppy with a toy.

Dog toys and baby toys are often hard to tell apart, especially for the little ones. Chihuahua puppy with toy. Photography by Shutterstock.

4. Let babies and dogs mix beforehand

Try to recruit nieces, nephews and children around the neighborhood for short-and-sweet visits. We’ve been walking Finley through the park and near playgrounds where kids are running around and making noise.

5. Reduce activity levels

Inevitably, your dog’s physical and mental needs are not going to be met as readily as they were pre-baby. So we’ve tested out how Finley fares with reduced activity before the baby comes. Some days she’s fine, others she’s visibly frustrated. We’re getting her accustomed to less attention and activity overall.

6. Establish a baby-free zone for your dog

This can be a crate, a corner of the house or an entire room if there’s space. For us, this is the basement where Finley is free to roam and hang out with her toys and treasures sans crying baby.

A Vizsla dog in her crate, wearing a Thundershirt.

Finley relaxes in her crate. Photography by Whitney C. Harris.

7. Practice closing your dog out of certain rooms

You may need to keep your dog out of the baby’s room, your bedroom, or any other area where your little one is sleeping, playing or eating. Getting Finley used to closed doors isn’t easy. She always wants to be part of the action, but practice makes perfect.

And now, let’s talk about making the introduction.

8. Exhaust your pooch first

When you first come home, your dog should be mentally and physically exhausted so their energy level is nice and low. Hire a dog walker or ask a close friend or relative to exercise your pooch an hour before you’re due to arrive home. For us, Finley will likely have spent a day or two at doggy daycare prior to our return home — more than enough to exhaust her.

A Vizsla running in a park.

Finley will get plenty of playtime before we bring the baby home. Photography by Whitney C. Harris.

9. Don’t rush things

Many new parents are in a hurry to get the dog and baby together as one big happy family. But the introduction should be slow and gradual. Your dog can see the baby more and more often, but they shouldn’t necessarily interact on a regular basis until boundaries are set and everyone is comfortable with how things are going.

10. Invite a sniff between the dog and baby

Once your dog seems at ease with the newest family members, try offering the baby’s feet for a little sniff. Keep interactions brief and positive with plenty of treats.

11. Always know where your dog is in the house

Be aware that your dog may be able to get into the baby’s crib. Closely monitor your pup in the nursery to make sure curiosity doesn’t take over. I have no doubt that Finley would jump into the baby’s crib given the chance, which is why she will never be left alone with the baby or in the nursery unsupervised.

A Vizsla near a dog bed.

Finley might think the baby’s bed looks more comfy. Photography by Whitney C. Harris.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind:

12. Your dog still needs some attention

Find out whether your dog benefits from 15 minutes of your intense focus or a little play throughout the day. As expected, dogs with more energy (looking at you, Finley) will present larger challenges, and you might want to consider a dog walker or daycare for some help. The same goes for smart dogs and attention seekers. Puzzles and games help to occupy a needy dog.

13. Don’t scold or punish

If your dog exhibits unwanted behavior, don’t yell at her and create bad associations between the baby and punishment. Instead, ignore the bad behavior, which is what we already do with our pup.

14. Do not give in to attention-seeking behavior

If your dog barks to be petted, ignore her. Remember not to scold or punish; simply ignore any efforts to get your attention.

15. Make eye-contact happen between babies and dogs (and other guests!)

It’s important that your dog practice a lot of eye contact with people because babies and toddlers are at the pet’s eye-level. Anyone who visits our home will be asked to make eye contact with Finley first.

A baby in a basket next to a dog.

Your dog and baby will make a lot of eye contact when they’re at the same level. Baby and dog. Photography by Shutterstock.

16. Plan a safe feeding space for your baby

If you always cuddled with Fido on the couch, don’t use that same spot to feed your newborn. We plan on using a glider in the nursery for most of our newborn’s feedings. We also learned to feed Finley during one of the feeding times to create positive associations.

17. Keep faces apart

Your dog may love licking your newborn’s sweet, milk-dribbled face. But it’s safer not to let the dog and baby faces get too close. There could be too much excitement, the baby could laugh or scream; there are too many unknowns.

18. Recognize your dog’s anxiety cues

A concerned dog has his ears back, looks away and licks his lips. If your dog exhibit these signs, bring him to a safe space away from the baby.

A white dog with a baby.

If your dog looks anxious around the baby, let them seek refuge in their safe space. Dog with baby. Photography by Shutterstock.

And lastly, don’t forget:

19. One at a time

Don’t ask the same person to watch babies and dogs at the same time. It’s too much at once.

20. Dogs can sense our anxiety

Don’t be afraid of the new situation, but take the proper precautions.

What do you think about dogs and babies? Have you ever brought home a new baby when you already had a dog? How did it go? Tell us your tips and experiences in the comments.

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About the author: Whitney C. Harris is a New York-based freelance writer for websites including StrollerTraffic, Birchbox and WhattoExpect.com. A former book and magazine editor, she enjoys running (with Finley), watching movies (also with Finley), and cooking meatless meals (usually with Finley watching close by).

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There are few things in life as rewarding as adopting a dog, but it’s a commitment of 10 to 15 years and many factors come into play. Scores of dogs end up in shelters every year because pet parents didn’t fully consider factors such as money, time commitments and other family members. We’ve asked some experts to help devise a pre-adoption checklist to find out — are you really ready to adopt a dog?

A dog relaxing on a gray couch.

A dog relaxing on a gray couch. Photography by adogslifephoto/Thinkstock.

1. Do you know what it costs to adopt a dog?

Beyond the adoption fees, which can run anywhere from $5 to $500, there’s the yearly cost of caring for a dog — which is an estimated $650. This includes food, heart worm prevention and flea and tick medications. That figure doesn’t account for dog walkers, pet-sitting services or emergency vet visits.

Dr. Justin Molnar, medical director at Shinnecock Animal Hospital says, “I recommend that new dog owners have at least $1,000 available to them in case of medical emergencies. Of course, it varies from area to area, but a serious injury is expensive regardless of where you live.”

2. Do you actually have enough time to commit to a dog?

Are you looking at the bigger picture and ready to take the time to adjust your latest charge to his new digs? Whether you’re adopting a rambunctious puppy or a sweet senior, every dog needs training — from a young pup who requires complete housetraining to an older canine who just doesn’t know your routine yet. And, depending on the dog, walks will range from 10 minutes to multiple hours per day.

From training to exercise, every new dog is a serious time commitment. Jean Keating, executive director of Lucas County Pit Crew, says, “People have to understand that dogs do not come with the knowledge of how to successfully live in a family home. Those skills have to be taught to them through the building of a relationship and relationships take time.”

3. Is there any chance you’ll have to move or change jobs?

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, said, “change is the only constant in life.” From antiquity to modern times, this statement holds true. Your work and home life might be stable now, but a dog is a 10-to-15-year commitment. Your entire life can be greatly altered with one career change.

Are you ready to take your dog with you if you have to move? And what happens if your career gets demanding and you have to hire a dog walker — are you willing and able to pay extra for pet care?

4. Is there any potential for people or other pets to develop an issue with the new dog?

Take a good long look at your circumstances. Who else will be sharing the space with your dog? Has that person — or pet — lived peacefully and healthfully with other dogs before?

Michele Forrester, senior director of operations of Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, says, “Sometimes [dogs are returned] after they are in the home for a while and a family member finds that they have developed allergies to the pet and they don’t take the proper steps to manage the situation. Or [they’re returned] when a food guarding or a toy issue that wasn’t evident during our mandatory meet and greet with their existing pet occurs.” If you are certain you have the ways and means to handle any unexpected issues, then you’re ready to adopt a dog.

5. Are you ready to be selfless?

It’s easy to walk your dog on a sunny Saturday afternoon. But what about at 3 a.m. on a snowy Wednesday night? Dogs are demanding of your time and resources, even when you don’t feel like it. They’re a big responsibility and sometimes an inconvenient one, especially when all your friends are road-tripping for the weekend and your pet sitter is out of town.

For potential first-time dog guardians, if you can pass up some of your previous lifestyle choices because you’ve got a new full-time dependent, then you’re ready to adopt a dog. For those not 100 percent sure, fostering a dog is a good way to learn if you’re ready.

There’s so much more to dog guardianship than unconditional patience and love. If you’ve answered “yes” to the questions in the checklist above, you are ready to adopt a dog. Now all that’s left is finding the right dog for you!

Thumbnail: Photography by GeorgeRudy/Thinkstock.

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“Yikes! I ate way too much! I feel so bloated!” Ever hear a phrase like this after a big meal? When you rapidly consume large quantities of food, you also tend to swallow a great deal of air. For humans, feeling bloated is physically uncomfortable, but it’s also an inconvenience of our own making. Bloat in dogs, on the other hand, is a serious and dangerous medical condition that requires immediate treatment. Let’s look at dog bloat: What it is, how it arises, and what can be done to treat and prevent it.

What is bloat in dogs and why does it occur?

What is bloat in dogs?

If I say “bloated dog,” chances are the first thing that pops into the layperson’s mind are images like the ones in this article — to wit, overweight or obese canines that resemble Jabba the Hutt. Bloat in dogs is an informal term that covers a pair of related but distinct digestive issues. The first of these is related to the holiday-meal scenario described above.

Dogs, as we know, will eat anything they can wrap their jaws around, and as much as they can get. Eating too fast, whether you’re a human or a dog, causes aerophagia, literally, eating air. Dogs who belch after a hearty meal are better able to avoid the more serious sort of bloat.

A bloated Basset Hound.

The second, far more dire form of dog bloat is called gastric dilatation volvulus, or GDV for short. Bloat in dogs that involves GDV is more complicated than an excess of gas, fluid, or food, because it comes with a horrifying twist. Quite literally, in cases of GDV, the stomach itself is twisted anywhere from 180 degrees to a full 360 degrees from its normal position in a dog’s abdomen.

Not only are fluids, gasses, and food matter distending the stomach, but they are effectively trapped there. A twisted stomach allows nothing to escape, in or out. All avenues for relief — belching, flatulence, and defecation among them — are blocked, a situation that can be fatal if professional veterinary assistance is not sought immediately. Our research shows numbers ranging from 30 percent to 50 percent mortality rates for bloat in dogs accompanied by a twisted stomach.

What causes bloat in dogs?

In milder cases of dog bloat, the causes are similar to those in humans. Dogs who eat too much, particularly when they eat quickly, can develop bloat, and the same is true for rapid overconsumption of water. Remember your mom telling you to wait 30 minutes after eating before going out to play? Strenuous activity or exertion, especially after a large or rapidly devoured meal, is another potential path to a bloated dog.

A bloated dog lying down.

Not only is GDV, bloat with a twisted stomach, more dangerous, it’s also less predictable. The reasons why the stomach twists, denying food, liquid and air any point of egress, remain unclear. The best we have are risk factors based on observed cases of bloat in dogs, who it affects and when. All breeds of dog may potentially fall prey to a twisted stomach and GDV, but larger dog breeds, along with those who have deep and narrow chest cavities, are the most frequent sufferers.

Breeds that are prone to bloat include the Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Boxer, Briard, Bulldog, Cane Corso, Chow Chow, Great Dane, Greyhound, Irish Wolfhound, Komondor, Labrador Retriever, Leonberger, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Standard Poodle, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Samoyed and the Weimaraner. This severe type of bloat is also most common among adult and older dogs.

A bloated pug lying down.

Symptoms, treatment, and prevention of dog bloat

Symptoms of bloat in dogs range from the obvious, which is to say, an abnormally distended abdomen, to the strange, such as relentless and aimless pacing or walking around. Bloated dogs may also be seen trying to vomit with no positive results. That restless movement, if the case is growing worse or developing into GDV, may turn into listlessness, fatigue, and inaction. A further sign to watch out for, whether the dog won’t stop moving or won’t move at all, is labored breathing. As the bloat in dogs worsens, their heart may start racing and their gums turn pale. Any combination of these signs should send you and your pet scurrying to the nearest animal hospital.

Treatment for bloat in dogs with GDV is risky and painful. If a bloated dog’s stomach is twisted, a veterinary surgeon must operate in order to restore function to the stomach at its entrance and exit points. Even if surgery is successful, a very high and troubling number of GDV cases recur, often necessitating another surgical procedure called gastropexy. This involves pinning the stomach to the wall of a dog’s abdomen so that is incapable of becoming twisted again. Some owners of dogs from high risk breeds have even wondered whether they should subject their pets to preemptive gastropexy to avoid twisted stomach altogether.

A bloated dog looking upset.

Risky preemptive surgeries aside, how can we prevent our dogs from becoming bloated and possibly developing GDV? For owners of at-risk breeds, the first and simplest approach is smaller regular meals, and keeping their food and water dishes on the ground. Dogs who crane their necks to the ground to eat have less chance of ingesting excess air along with their meals. A second easy tactic is to keep human food and table scraps out of a dog’s food. Food that a dog is unaccustomed to, or which is high in carbohydrates, is more likely to produce gas, and too much gas can lead to bloat.

Bloat in dogs, with or without a twisted stomach, is an uncomfortable, painful and serious condition. Monitor your dog’s diet and make sure that they exercise either before or well after they eat. Have you ever had to deal with standard dog bloat or had a dog with a twisted stomach? Please share your experiences with bloat in dogs in the comments below!

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Also called “ghost-walking” or “weed-walking,” trancing (is that even a word?) refers to a behavior in which some dogs walk — no, creep — excruciatingly slowly, in an almost trance-like manner, usually under hanging leaves, tablecloths or clothes that lightly touch the dog’s back. But dog trancing sometimes happens just walking to the water bowl!

If your dog does it, you know what I’m talking about. If he doesn’t, here’s an example:

How dogs behave when trancing

The first time I saw this was with a friend’s Saluki, who liked to trance in her closet under her clothes. My friend called it “playing slo-mo dog.”

Since then, I’ve had a Saluki of my own who tranced when he walked under a particular bush in the yard. No, he wasn’t having a focal seizure, as some people who’d never seen it suggested. You could call him out of it (with effort), or interrupt him, and he’d be back to normal, although noticeably miffed at having his trance time interrupted. Trancing seems to be something the dogs that do it enjoy immensely.

Donna Moran’s Greyhound, Festus, is a trancer. “His favorite place to trance is under our crape myrtle,” Moran says. “He goes into a deep trance and we judge how deep he is by how high he raises his tail. While in a deep trance you can call, whistle or squeak a toy and you will not distract him, you no longer exist nor do any of the other hounds. Festus’ trances last three to five minutes; when he comes out of them he trots off, happy-go-lucky, all is right with the world.”

Her little male Whippet, Tigger, has watched Festus and now trances for a very short period of time under the same tree, but she has never been quick enough with the camera to capture him.

A dog trancing.

It’s not the scent that appears to trigger it, as various dogs choose different types of bushes, and some prefer hanging clothes. Some even prefer odder things, but most have in common something that hangs down and scarcely touches them. Kathy Vogel, who owns the Hunt Club boarding kennel in Virginia Beach, Virginia, recalls a Saluki whose owner warned her of her dog’s odd behavior.

“She told us not to worry if he did it; apparently they thought it was a seizure when they first saw it happen!” she says. “This dog did it when we opened the guillotine doors in the kennel; the cable was overhead and if you just held it instead of opening and closing the door the cable fell suspended over his head bringing on the trance like state — very strange to witness.”

Are certain breeds more likely to trance?

A dog in a trance.

Some people think certain breeds trance more than others, and it’s probably true. Greyhounds and Bull Terriers seem to head the list. But Salukis also seem to have more than their share, as do Basset Hounds. I’ve also heard of it in at least one Whippet, Jack Russell, Labrador, Irish Setter, Cane Corso, Cavalier, Australian Cattle Dog and Puggle.

What triggers dog trancing?

A dog displaying trance behavior.

Back in 2004, a group of Bull Terrier owners conducted a survey to see if there was any correlation between trancing and neurological problems. They found none.

There was also some thought that trancing could be a type of obsessive compulsive disorder, which are more commonly seen in Bull Terriers. Maybe, but if so, it’s not going to lead to other obsessive behaviors. A leading researcher, Dr. Alice Moon Fanelli of Tufts Behavioral Clinic, had this to say: “I should mention that an extraordinarily large number of Bull Terriers trance. Some tail chase while others do not. While trancing is an abnormal behavior, I now view it as separate from tail chasing. In other words, if any of you have a Bullie that’s currently walking in slo-mo under your Norfolk Pine as you read this — don’t panic that this will eventually evolve into tail chasing!”

Should you be concerned if your dog trances?

Probably not. It’s not associated with known neurological disorders, doesn’t seem to be a cry for attention (as one site suggested), doesn’t seem to take over the dog’s life, and doesn’t seem to leave anyone worse off. It just seems to be something they greatly enjoy. Of course, there are always those who want to whip you into a panic. One person who asked on a pet dog forum about her Irish Setter trancing was warned not to touch him, as “bully breeds that were interrupted when trancing often attacked.” We couldn’t find even one report of such trance-attacks, but would be interested in hearing about them if they exist.

But most of all, we want to know: Does your dog trance? Tell us his breed, send a link to a video, and tell us what sets him off!

Thumbnail: Photography by Shutterstock.

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About the author: Caroline Coile is the author of 34 dog books, including the top-selling Barron’s Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds. She has written for various publications and is currently a columnist for AKC Family Dog. She shares her home with three naughty Salukis and one Jack Russell Terrier.

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Growing up, I was a card-carrying lover of large canines. My 100-pound Terrier mix was great to go running with — and according to my parents, “way more dog-like” than small dogs like Toy Poodles. But as I grew older, I realized that daily strolls and stressful vet visits with huskier hounds get somewhat exhausting. I also realized that streamlined, fuel-efficient cars weren’t necessarily optimized for, say, Great Danes.

So over the years I’ve parented, fostered, and absolutely adored a succession of progressively smaller dogs. Small-breed dogs are perfectly comfortable in condos and apartments, they don’t dominate the furniture and they’re easier to lift and carry in the event of illness or injury. One thing I’ve noticed, however, is that little dogs come with their own set of tricky tribulations:

Cute Shih Tzu puppy on a couch.

Cute Shih Tzu puppy. Photography by Shutterstock.

1. Little dogs are easier to lose — even in your own home.

Small-breed dogs can be easy to misplace, even indoors. My first small-dog foster was a petite Pomeranian named Tabitha, who weighed all of 5 pounds. I quickly discovered that when it came to finding her in my modest condo, Tabitha was the canine equivalent of a lost sock in an 875-square-foot laundry basket. I eventually tied some cute jingle bells to her collar, which solved the problem. A friend suggested balloons instead, but I’m guessing those may have lifted Tabitha right off the floor.

2. Pint-sized pups can be persecuted by other pets or even become prey.

My gentle Maltese mix was constantly roughed up by the family cat, who slightly outweighed him. This poor pooch would get stalked, smacked on the snout and slammed into bookshelves until we finally coaxed kitty up high, where she could have dominion. Some smaller dogs have naturally alpha personalities, but others can experience bullying by more overbearing pets. Comical? Maybe — but it’s no laughing matter if the aggressor starts viewing your vulnerable canine as lunch. Also remember: Petite pups sometimes become the target of dangerous predator/prey behavior at dog parks and are vulnerable to attacks from animals like hawks and coyotes.

3. Small dogs are susceptible to certain health hazards.

Dr. Lisa McIntyre, founder of The Welcome Waggin’ Mobile Veterinary Service, notes that smaller dogs often have more fragile neck structures than their larger counterparts. This can make them especially susceptible to tracheal injury — and gives dog parents even more reason to ensure their small-breed dogs wear chest harnesses versus collars. Additionally, flatter-faced, or brachycephalic, breeds like the French Bulldog or Brussels Griffon tend to have respiratory issues. “For example, having a flatter snout can quickly cause breathing difficulties in hot weather,” Dr. McIntyre explains. “Small dog [parents] should take stringent measures to guard against heatstroke in warmer temperatures.”

4. They’re often delusional about size.

My spirited Shih Tzu mix Grant often tries to act much bigger than he really is. When we meet a German Shepherd Dog or Saint Bernard on the street, he’ll instantly try to jump up and “hug” the larger dog’s neck. Naturally, I prevent him — because while some pooches take this pesky behavior in stride, many perceive it as an immediate challenge. Since Grant appears bent on taking his life in his paws, my job is keeping him safe.

5. Tiny pups are subject to accidental injuries.

It’s easy for tinier pups to get underfoot, even when you’re trying to be careful. So inadvertent kicking is always a concern — and literally, rolling over in your sleep could suffocate smaller dogs like Papillons or Chihuahuas. Remember, too, that some miniature breeds enjoy improving their vantage points by scrambling up high. If your canine leaps or accidentally falls from tall furniture, fractures could ensue. “It’s a recognized fact that certain small breeds like Italian Greyhounds have thinner, more fragile bones,” notes Anna Payton, executive director of the Naperville Area Humane Society. Dr. McIntyre also points out that the standard space between banister or railing spindles may be wide enough for smaller canines to squeeze through. Never let a diminutive dog out of your sight on a deck, loft, boat or balcony.  These are high danger zones for small dogs as they can easily jump or fall off. Even if there is a protective barrier, it is more likely to protect humans than it will small dogs.

6. Small dogs are mobility challenged.

Smaller dogs with sufficient determination can hurt themselves trying to get into cars or onto couches. Some will miss, bounce off, jump again and fall to the floor repeatedly — until you stop them, or they wind up at the emergency vet. A set of pet steps or a canine-friendly dog ramp can help eliminate this issue.

7. Little dogs tend to be treated like toys.

I once walked in on a neighbor’s first-grader preparing to fling my frightened furkid off the edge of a dining room table. “I want to see if Rudy can fly,” she explained brightly as I protectively whisked him away, wondering where her parents were. It’s worth remembering that smaller dogs are sometimes treated like the stuffed animals they vaguely resemble. Sure, they’re small, cute and cuddly — but they’re also living, breathing creatures with measurable intelligence. That’s why canines value the mental stimulation that training games provide — and your guests will value their good behavior. Monitor your small dog around others, and take the time to teach basic commands.

Educate yourself before making any breed a member of your family.

Payton says she’s not aware of aggregated statistics specific to small dog surrenders at the shelter. Regardless, it’s always smart to conduct careful research before any adoption or purchase decision. “Educate yourself going in,” she recommends. “Understand the tendencies and potential challenges of any breed you’re planning to bring into your family.” That’s the best way to ensure your furry friend will always have a permanent place in your pack.

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Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

In this age of food recalls and mystery by-products, it’s encouraging to see companies stepping up to deliver truly wholesome–and safe–dog food! Ollie is one such company changing the dog food game. Ollie is a subscription-based food delivery service that offers human-grade pet food. Their custom-tailored menu items are designed to fit every dog’s nutritional needs, regardless of age, size, or activity level.

Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

All ingredients are free of any by-products and are portioned, packaged, and delivered directly to your door every two weeks. By working with a specialized veterinarian to formulate their AAFCO-compliant recipes, Ollie is able to derive each dog’s exact nutritional needs based off a proprietary algorithm. That’s pretty dang fancy.

Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

In short? Ollie is bringing the kind of real, whole food your dog needs and deserves!

Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

We recently tried Ollie out for ourselves and I have to say I was seriously impressed with the quality of the food, not to mention the whole entire experience. There are three basic recipes to choose from (lamb, chicken, or beef), and for Wrigley we opted for the chicken due to its low fat content. (Wrigley has had pancreatitis and we have to keep a careful watch on what he eats, so the chicken recipe’s 5% fat content was just right!) We slowly transitioned him over to his customized Ollie recipe, which was made especially easy thanks to the personalized scoop size and probiotics included with our first delivery. Wrigley has been on Ollie for a month now without any problems and seems as spry as ever!

Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

You can read more about Ollie’s delivery service and all the human-grade ingredients that go into their recipes on myollie.com. Bonus: new dogs get 50% off their first box of food!

Human-Grade Dog Food Delivery from Ollie

[Disclosure: Ollie sent us a box of food for review. All views and opinions are our own.]


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