We came across this great post by www.alittlecraftinyourday.com regarding DIY dog beds and had to share it with you. As we all know pet products are a bit pricey (especially quality products) so here at Primal Canine we want to help you save as much as possible, plus a DIY project is always fun. Enjoy, 1. Dog Night Stand
10. Great Dog Bed with Storage Above
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Heat can be a tricky thing for dogs, some dogs do just fine in the heat in fact some thrive but on the other side some dogs could suffer extreme health issues when over exposed to heat. Here is a great infographic on your pets and heat. One rule of thumb we tell our clients when it comes to heat is if you don't think a baby would be comfy in that situation then for sure you puppy wont! ..
The introduction of a new dog to a home with existing dogs can be a bit tricky and should be taken very seriously. When introducing a new dog to your current pack there are a few things to take into consideration.. 1. Are you your current dog(s) pack leader? - A dog without a strong stable pack leader will feel the need to go out of their way to protect the pack and may lash out on the new addition. Also a dog that is not sure in their leader will under go a huge amount of stress which is not good for your dog health.
2. Do you use a crate?- A crate is the safest way to introduce a dog into a household with a current dog or dogs, this way your newest member will feel safe and secure in their crate while your dogs can see and smell them without any threat of a fight.
3. Does your current dog(s) display dog aggression?- This maybe one of the most crucial parts to take into consideration and is best to be dealt with before you add a new dog into your house. The best way to deal with this is to contact your local dog trainer for some advice and training classes, remember not all dogs have to like each other but ALL dogs must display manners when around other dogs.
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We found these great pictures on buzz feed.com and wanted to share them with you.
1. This dog that’s draped in the American flag.
2. This bulldog with giant American flag pants.
3. This guinea pig that’s trying to be all that he can be.
4. This patriotic dachshund.
5. This hedgehog that’s showing his true patriotic colors.
6. This adorable horse with an American flag bow.
7. This cat complete with red, white and blue bandanna.
8. This patriotic pair of dogs.
9. This puppy that’s doing his best to wave Old Glory.
10. These two bloodhounds.
11. This parrot.
12. This red, white, and blue dog.
Although he kind of looks like the French tricolor in reverse, its heart is in the right place.
13. This chihuahua with an epic ‘murica hat.
14. This cat that covers itself with patriotism.
15. This yellow lab.
16. Even this dolphin is getting in on all the 4th of July America feels.
17. This musical patriot cat.
18. This llama.
19. THIS HORSE!
20. This cat that just can’t get enough America paraphernalia
21. This Uncle Sam cat.
22. This kitten that’s just screaming about how much it loves America.
23. This dog that’s resting in a sea of American flags.
24. This dog who got its nails done for the 4th.
25. Pigs, too, can show their patriotism.
26. This cat who, by the look on its face, is ready to defend the USA from all who would threaten it.
27. This bulldog who’s readying itself for a transatlantic flight to prove America’s dominance.
28. This dog with America shades.
29. Another dachshund, this one is ready to fight for our freedoms.
30. This America-cat.
31. This bulldog that’s just elated to be holding an American flag.
32. This happy trio of dogs.
33. This adorable little guy who won’t let his disability stop him from joining in on the 4th of July fun.
34. This dude (or dudette).
35. This puppy that’s just challenging you to slight America in his presence.
36. This America-star dog.
37. This ferret.
38. And his buddy.
39. This lizard.
40. This ever-vigilant cat.
41. This sheep.
42. This squirrel that just can’t get enough of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
43. That squirrel’s friend who’s posing with the flag.
44. And their mutual friend who’s cheering them on while wearing an America hat.
45. And last but not least, this poodle.
Here's a nice infographic breaking down what type of foods and amounts your pet will probably need. Keep in mind all dogs are different as well as cats depending on your pet these amounts and types will need to be adjusted. The best way to see what works for your pet is to experiment with their diets using quality whole foods. Remember your dogs food should be just that FOOD.
from - www.ammothedachshund.com So mom noticed lately that I’ve been ooh and ahhing over this trendy rope leash from Mungo & Maud. And while I’ll always think it’s super stylin’ – $110 for a new leash for me just wasn’t in the budget.
Instead, on a recent trip to a tack shop in Delaware – mom came up with a plan to make me my very own Rope Leash. For $5!
D.I.Y. $5 Rope Dog Leash
Supplies: cotton horse lead rope, hammer, rope clamp
Step One: You will need to obtain a cotton horse leadrope. I got mine at a horse tack shop in Delaware for $3. You can also get one online at most tack supply places like here. Or check your local horse supply store.
Step Two: You will need to buy a clamp to make the end of your rope into a handle. I bought a package of two (you know, incase I need a rope leash for my best pal Trooper) for $4.39 (about $2 for each one) at the local hardware store. Most hardware stores should carry them in the rope section, and you can find some online here.
Step 3: Figure out how big of a handle you want at the other end and adjust your rope into the clamp accordingly. It also helps to have a cute little dachshund around for supervision.
Step 4: You will need the help of your dad to hammer the clamp shut around the rope.
Then Tada! You are ready for your next walk in your stylish dog leash!
If you don’t have access to a horse lead rope, you can also use any cotton rope. You will just need too metal rope clamps and a snap for the end – all supplies can be found at the local hardware store.
Yeah, you know you want to beg your mom or dad to make you one of these bad boys!
I think I need one of these in every color! Almost as good as the real thing…..
Rope Leash from Mungo & Maud
We found this great post from www.Buzzfeed.com on Dog-Care ideas that you can easily do yourself, enjoy!!
1. If you have a hard time brushing your dog’s teeth, squeeze some enzymatic doggie toothpaste onto a Nylabone or rope toy and let your pooch go to town on it.
2. Make your own pill pockets when you need to feed your dog some medicine.
This is a copycat version of the kind made by Greenies.
3. Learn how to make your own chicken jerky.
It’s a healthier alternative to the store-bought kind. Get the directions here.
4. A carabiner is a quick and easy way to leash your dog.
5. Got a lot of studying to do? Here’s how to read and play with your dog at the same time:
Put a rope toy around your foot.
6. Use baking soda to get dog urine out of carpet.
If you don’t happen to have a product like Nature’s Miracle on hand (maybe you’re traveling or at a friend’s house), pour some baking soda over the spot, let it sit, and then sweep or vacuum it up.
7. Put a ball in your dog’s food bowl if he or she eats too fast.
They’ll be forced to move the ball around to get to all the food.
8. For a dog who loves to tear apart stuffed animals, make a durable activity ball with a Hol-ee rubber ball, scraps of fabric, and treats.
Once your dog has removed all of the fabric from the ball, you can stuff the scraps right back in!
9. If your dog isn’t feeling well, add some low-sodium chicken broth to the drinking water.
10. To remove pet hair from upholstery, dampen a rubber glove and run your gloved hand over it.
The latex/rubber will attract the hair.
11. Use a teapot to rinse dogs off in the bathtub without getting water and soap in their eyes.
12. A shower caddy makes a great storage solution for all your doggie stuff.
13. Use a plastic pitcher to store and dispense dog food.
It takes less time and keeps the food fresher. I use the MUJI rice storage dispenser, which comes with a handy measuring cup.
14. If you’ve got a teething pup who loves destroying cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe the cord with it.
This covers more surface area and wastes less product than simply spraying the entire thing.
15. Make an ice lick by freezing toys, bones, and chicken broth into a cake mold.
16. Invest in an escape-prevention harness if you have a small dog and a fenced-in yard.
A little silly looking, but it’s safer than risking a runaway dog. Buy it here.
17. Run a dryer sheet over your dog’s fur when there’s a storm — chances are, they aren’t freaked out about the storm but the static electricity built up in their fur.
According to Martha, this should work at least 50% of the time.
18. On a hot summer day, fill up an inflatable pool with water and ice.
19. Make a dog-walking station for the entryway if you have more than one dog.
See how this is done here.
20. Dilute your dog shampoo to make it last longer and easier to apply.
Fill the bottom of an empty shampoo bottle about ¼ inch. Fill up the rest slowly with warm water.
21. If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats.
A 1 lb. roll costs $6.98. Cut it up into the desired size, store most of it in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and leave the rest on the counter for immediate use.
22. Make your own hammock-style car seat cover.
The hammock style keeps the dog from getting hurt if he or she falls during any sudden stops or starts. Get the pattern here.
23. Print out and keep this handy chart of what foods your dog should NOT be given.
24. Make your own flea shampoo.
1 cup Dawn, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Massage in and let it sit for five minutes. According to one testimonial, “The fleas just floated in the water and died and best of all little Libby did not have any reactions at all to the process.”
25. For easy tick removal, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball and swab the tick with the cotton ball for a few seconds.
The tick should come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you remove it.
26. Remove pet hair from carpet with a squeegee.
27. An inexpensive and easy summer treat for dogs: Cut up apples in chicken broth and freeze in an ice cube tray.
28. If you have an older dog with tooth troubles, add a little water or chicken broth to his or her kibble and microwave for 20-30 seconds.
This softens the kibble and makes the food much easier to chew.
29. Teach your dog to file his or her own nails by attaching sandpaper to a piece of wood.
Apparently, dogs can be trained to use a scratching posts just like cats! Get the directions for how to build a giant dog nail file here.
30. Read your dog’s body language.
31. Sprinkle parsley on your dog’s food for fresher breath.
32. Here’s an ingenious leash that has a built-in waste-bag dispenser and a compartment for keys, cards, phone, and treats.
$39.99 from Fozzy Dog.
33. Instead of buying special Kong stuffing, stuff a Kong with cheese cubes and place in the microwave for five seconds.
The cheese will melt just enough to stick to the inside of the Kong.
34. Turn an empty pancake-syrup bottle into a portable squirtable water bottle.
Use a carabiner to attach it to a belt loop for a long hike.
35. It’s certainly unpleasant to take your dog outside when it’s snowing or raining, but don’t forget that dogs’ paws are just as sensitive to heat as human skin.
On hot summer days, walk your dogs before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m. — or walk them only in shady or grassy/dirt areas.
36. Have an extra kitchen drawer? Use it as a dog food holder.
37. Print out this guide and bring it with you when dog food/treat shopping.
38. Possibly the best use of old jeans ever: a lap pillow.
Stuff an old pair of jeans with stuffing to simulate a human lap that smells just like you!
GoGo is our latest board & Train, he's been with us for about a week now and is a total fun-loving energetic dog. Learning how to harness his energy without shutting him down is the main key since he is a working Gun Dog. Here is GoGo's first attempt at loose leash walking, enjoy.
Its really important to maintain the sense of fun when working obedience with your dogs, here is a quick video of a short fun training session i did with my my dogs at our local park after a little workout. Head Trainer - Mike Jones
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Summer is on its way and you know what that means, Allergy season is in full swing! Here are some give aways that your dog may have allergies. Please note that it does not have to be allergy season for your dog to show signs in fact a lot of dogs could have allergic reactions to foods, surfaces (grass, dirt, etc.) and bugs (fly bites, fleas, etc.).
If your dog shows signs of allergies do them a favor and take them to the vet.
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