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From The Nose To The Tail: Keeping Your Pet Healthy - Infographic

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When raising your fur-kid its very important to not overlook the small things like food quality, grooming and waste.. We found this great infographic on visual.ly and thought we would share it with you.

Like what you see? comment below and let us know what you think.

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10 Reasons Nothings Better Than Coming Home to your Pets

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1. You’ve just had a long day of work

10 Reasons Nothing's Better Than Coming Home To Your Pet

2. So they’ve gotten the couch nice and warm for you

10 Reasons Nothing's Better Than Coming Home To Your Pet

3. And all they want to do is cuddle

10 Reasons Nothing's Better Than Coming Home To Your Pet

4. They’ve kept the house organized

10 Reasons Nothing's Better Than Coming Home To Your Pet

5. They understand that you might need some time for yourself

10 Reasons Nothing's Better Than Coming Home To Your Pet

6. And they’ll stay out of your hair if you do

10 Reasons Nothing's Better Than Coming Home To Your Pet

7. But they’ve been waiting patiently for you all day

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8. So they’d like to hang out with you

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9. Because they’ll do anything to be with you

10 Reasons Nothing's Better Than Coming Home To Your Pet

10. And they’re always happy to see you.

10 Reasons Nothing's Better Than Coming Home To Your Pet

Daily Training Tips: Beginner Obedience Heel-to-Sit

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Here's a quick video on how we introduce the sit command to new dogs during a heel. Count comes from an amazing bloodline (Homie Blood) but was kept in a backyard most of his life, so he had no idea of the real world and when he was introduced to it he froze. We took a couple weeks to re-imprint and socialize him with the pack now he is in first steps of our training program and has come ALLLLLONG way!..

Like i tell all of my clients there is no bad dogs, there is just bad or miseducated owners. In my pack i have no clean slates or working line bred dogs, we take pound puppies and turn them into full fledged service dogs or in some cases protection dogs. This is where the Primal Canine Philosophy comes in, we re-work the nerves and train these dogs with compassion and communicate with them the way you should.

For more information on Primal Canine or to get a FREE evaluation five us a call at 408.250.0026.

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DIY: Modern Dip-Dyed Rope Dog Leash

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We found this great DIY project on Curbly.com, These type of leashes are great for your everyday dog owner and can be costly if you go and buy name brand. Enjoy,

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

Colorful rope dog leads have been all the rage in the pet accessories world lately -- and I am obsessed! But, with prices ranging anywhere from $70 to over $150, they're a little outside most people's "dog stuff" budgets. If you'd still like to get your paws on a stylish leash for your pooch (in whatever color your heart desires) without breaking the bank, give this easy DIY rope leash project a whirl!

I am head-over-heels for the rope leash look. As a visual reference, here are a few awesome shops and brands that make them.

1. Mungo & Maud 2. RESQ/CO 3. Found 4. Grey Paw (at $35, definitely the most affordable option)

Many of these use traditional nautical splicing and whipping techniques, but today we're going to employ a bit of a shortcut! (If you want to learn how to splice rope, there are tons of video tutorials on YouTube, FYI.) So, are you ready to make your own rope dog leash? Awesome. Pawesome. Here's what you'll need!

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

Materials:

  • 2 to 2 1/4 yards 3/8" thick cotton rope
  • Fabric Dye
  • (2) Rope Clamps
  • (1) Snap Hook
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Large Cooking Pot

 

The rope clamps and snap hook can be found in the rope section of your local hardware store. Finding 100% cotton rope can be a little tricky, though. I ended up finding the braided style at JoAnn's in the trim section. You can order the 3-strand style from Knot & Rope Supply for pretty cheap. (I happened to have some on hand prior to this project.)

 

 

Instructions:

1. Determine about how long you want your leash to be (anywhere from 4-6 feet is pretty standard) and cut it accordingly. Be sure to tape or tie off the ends so your rope doesn't unravel.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

2. Soak your rope in some warm water. Meanwhile, prepare your dye according to the instructions on the bottle. You won't need very much! A bottle of RIT Liquid Dye will go a long, long way.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

3. Now for the fun part! For an ombré/gradient/dip-dyed effect, quickly dip and remove your rope from the dye. Then, re-dip at different heights/levels, until you're happy with the gradation. Want your rope all one color? Submerge the whole rope in the dye, stirring constantly, until the desired color is reached.

Note: I made two versions of this leash using different kinds of rope and found that the 3-strand variety creates a smoother, more subtle ombré effect.

4. Remove your rope and hang it up (outside or in the garage), dark end at the top, to allow the dye to creep down the rope. You can help it along by squeezing the excess dye/water down the length of the rope.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

5. Once you're happy with the way the gradient is looking, rinse the rope in cold water until the water runs clear -- or -- use some RIT Dye Fixative before you rinse out the rope if you want to super-seal the color.

6. Allow the rope to dry thoroughly. This may take up to 24 hours.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

7. Now that your rope is dry, it's time to attach the clamps and snap hook. Decide which end you want to place the hook. Feed the end of the rope through the ring then fold the rope over, creating a small loop.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

8. Place the clamp on a flat surface with the prongs facing up. Lay the base of the rope loop inside the clamp, between the prongs. With a hammer or rubber mallet, hammer all four prongs securely over the rope.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

9. On the other end, fold the rope over to create a 6-7" loop (bigger or smaller depending on how big your hands are and what feels comfortable to you). Then, repeat step 8.

Now, after you've attached the rope clamps, you could call it a day -- you have a perfectly functional leash at this point. (Heck, you could skip the dyeing altogether and just attach the clamps and snap hook and -- BAM -- you'd have a leash.) If you really want to take this project into über-stylish territory, though, you'll want to add some finishing touches and cover those ugly clamps up!

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

There are multiple ways to cover the clamps: you could wrap them in twine/yarn/string/leather cording/etc. etc. I chose to use up some leftover leather (from this project) and create a sleeve with some colorful stitching. If you'd like to do the same, read on!

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

Materials for Creating a Leather Clamp Cover:

  • Leather
  • Craft Knife
  • Embroidery Floss
  • #18 Darning Needle
  • Ruler
  • Hammer
  • Self-Healing Cutting Mat

 

 

Instructions:

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

1. Cut a strip of leather about 2.25" wide, or wide enough to cover the length of the clamp.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

2. From this strip, cut two pieces of leather, both about 2.5" long or long enough to wrap around the clamp.

 

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3. Soak one of the leather pieces in warm water until it becomes soft and malleable. Stretch it out a bit then pat dry.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

4. Fold the leather over. Take a hammer and your darning needle and create some small stitch guides/holes anywhere from 1/8 to 1/4 inch apart. You only need a few light taps from the hammer, don't go crazy.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

5. Lay the leather on a flat surface, then position and place the clamp on top. Cut a length of embroidery floss and tie a knot at the end. Anchor the floss to the rope itself by looping and tying the thread a few times.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

6. Stitch the two ends of the leather together with a simple whip stitch, pulling tightly. When you reach the end, anchor the floss to the rope as before. Cut the thread.

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the other clamp. Allow the leather to dry out completely (it'll tighten up around the clamp as it dries) and you're done!

Now for some pretty, pretty pictures!

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

And, of course, obligatory photos of my dogs:

 

Photo: Capree Kimball

 

Happy leash making!

12 DIY Dog Bed Ideas

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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 

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2. Crib Mattress turned Dog Bed 

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3. Outdoor Bed with Canopy 

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4. Dog Bed from End Table 

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5. Old Fashion TV turned Dog Bed 

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6. End table turned Dog Bed 

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7. Suit Case Turned Dog Bed 

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8. Another Old TV turned Dog Bed 

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9. Murphy Dog Bed 

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10. Great Dog Bed with Storage Above

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11. Wine Dog bed/ Toy box 

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12. Pallet Dog Bed 

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Caring For Your Pets in Warm Weather - Infographic

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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! ..

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Introducing a New Dog to Your Pack - Video

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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.

There is much more to add to this short post, so if you're interested in adding a new dog to your pack please contact us at info@primalcanine.com or to set up your FREE evaluation please contact us at 408.915.6173

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45 Animals That Are Pumped For The 4th Of July

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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.

This dog that's draped in the American flag.

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2. This bulldog with giant American flag pants.

This bulldog with giant American flag pants.

Source: i.imgur.com

3. This guinea pig that’s trying to be all that he can be.

This guinea pig that's trying to be all that he can be.

Source: i.imgur.com

4. This patriotic dachshund.

This patriotic dachshund.

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5. This hedgehog that’s showing his true patriotic colors.

This hedgehog that's showing his true patriotic colors.

6. This adorable horse with an American flag bow.

This adorable horse with an American flag bow.

Source: i.imgur.com

7. This cat complete with red, white and blue bandanna.

This cat complete with red, white and blue bandanna.

Source: i.imgur.com

8. This patriotic pair of dogs.

This patriotic pair of dogs.

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9. This puppy that’s doing his best to wave Old Glory.

This puppy that's doing his best to wave Old Glory.

Source: i.imgur.com

10. These two bloodhounds.

These two bloodhounds.

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11. This parrot.

This parrot.

12. This red, white, and blue dog.

This red, white, and blue dog.

Although he kind of looks like the French tricolor in reverse, its heart is in the right place.

Source: vh1.com

13. This chihuahua with an epic ‘murica hat.

This chihuahua with an epic 'murica hat.

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14. This cat that covers itself with patriotism.

This cat that covers itself with patriotism.

15. This yellow lab.

This yellow lab.

16. Even this dolphin is getting in on all the 4th of July America feels.

Even this dolphin is getting in on all the 4th of July America feels.

17. This musical patriot cat.

This musical patriot cat.

18. This llama.

This llama.

19. THIS HORSE!

THIS HORSE!

20. This cat that just can’t get enough America paraphernalia

This cat that just can't get enough America paraphernalia

21. This Uncle Sam cat.

This Uncle Sam cat.

22. This kitten that’s just screaming about how much it loves America.

This kitten that's just screaming about how much it loves America.

23. This dog that’s resting in a sea of American flags.

This dog that's resting in a sea of American flags.

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24. This dog who got its nails done for the 4th.

This dog who got its nails done for the 4th.

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25. Pigs, too, can show their patriotism.

Pigs, too, can show their patriotism.

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26. This cat who, by the look on its face, is ready to defend the USA from all who would threaten it.

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.

This bulldog who's readying itself for a transatlantic flight to prove America's dominance.

28. This dog with America shades.

This dog with America shades.

29. Another dachshund, this one is ready to fight for our freedoms.

Another dachshund, this one is ready to fight for our freedoms.

30. This America-cat.

This America-cat.

31. This bulldog that’s just elated to be holding an American flag.

This bulldog that's just elated to be holding an American flag.

32. This happy trio of dogs.

This happy trio of dogs.

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33. This adorable little guy who won’t let his disability stop him from joining in on the 4th of July fun.

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).

This dude (or dudette).

35. This puppy that’s just challenging you to slight America in his presence.

This puppy that's just challenging you to slight America in his presence.

36. This America-star dog.

This America-star dog.

37. This ferret.

This ferret.

Source: vh1.com

38. And his buddy.

And his buddy.

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39. This lizard.

This lizard.

Source: vh1.com

40. This ever-vigilant cat.

This ever-vigilant cat.

41. This sheep.

This sheep.

42. This squirrel that just can’t get enough of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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.

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.

And their mutual friend who's cheering them on while wearing an America hat.

45. And last but not least, this poodle.

And last but not least, this poodle.

The Pet Food Pyramid - INFOGRAPHIC

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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.

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Introducing Agility To Your Dog - VIDEO

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Agility is a great way to increase your dogs confidence as well keep them in shape and improve your bond. We use obstacles that dogs of all size and fitness levels can use. Take a look at this video on the proper way to stabilize your dog while introducing agility obstacles to them. Interested in getting your dog trained? give us a call today to set up your FREE evaluation – 408.915.6173.

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