No Need to Paws and Reflect, Dogs are the Best Valentines!
Whether you are looking forward to some romantic time with that special someone or wishing this would all just go away, as Valentine’s Day gets closer and we are bombarded by heart-shaped candy boxes, pink and read bonbons, and ridiculous “Be Mine!” cards, it’s clear to dog lovers why dogs are always the best Valentines. Are we suggesting you bail on that special someone – absolutely not. But whether or not you have a special human in your life, your dog is always a reliable and loving Valentine’s companion, and here’s why:
1. Dogs are a person’s best friend. And who doesn’t want to spend time with a BFF?
2. You can train a dog to speak, but in general, dogs don’t talk. Enough said.
3. When your dog follows you around, it is “like a puppy” rather than “like a stalker.”
4. Dogs don’t care if you dress up or not. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie or that LBD for them to think you’re absolutely wonderful.
5. You don’t have to feel guilty about not sharing your chocolate bonbons with your dog, because dogs and chocolate don’t mix. You are being a responsible dog lover and keeping them safe. (Please pass the chocolates!)
6. Snuggling with your dog is never awkward. Dog snuggles are always sweet. (We’ll overlook the leg humping this time and call it cute and enthusiastic – something we might not do for another Valentine’s date.)
7. Dogs don’t complain about your cooking.
8. Dogs are always happy to see you. (You know if they had cell phones they’d never keep you waiting for that call back.)
9. Dogs enjoy long walks. (Walk with ease. Pull-eze.)
10. Dogs love unconditionally.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!
Winter Dog Safety
Winter walks can be lots of fun and very beautiful., but winter hits hard in many places. It is important to be familiar with extreme cold weather hazards for your dogs so that you can both continue to enjoy your time outdoors. Keep in mind that puppies, senior dogs, and dogs with illnesses are the most susceptible to the cold.
1. Dress appropriately for your walks. Dogs with short coats or low body fat can benefit from wearing a coat or sweater outdoors when temperatures drop, but dogs accustomed to the cold can overheat if put in a sweater or a jacket. Dress your dog accordingly based on dog breed, body fat, and fur thickness and length.
2. Bring outdoor dogs inside in the cold but take them for frequent walks. If it is too cold for you to stay outside wearing a coat, chances are it is too cold for your dog to stay outside. If you cannot bring your dogs inside, be sure to provide them with a warm, windproof, heated (if possible) shelter.
3. Never leave your dog in the car in cold weather – your dog can quickly freeze to death.
4. On your walks, keep your dog on a leash. If your dogs run off in the winter, they can lose their sense of smell in the snow and ice and have a hard time finding home. Also there is a risk of running onto a partially frozen pond or other body of water and falling through the ice.
5. Keep in mind your dog’s diet in the winter. Dogs who spend more time outside can burn up to 30% more calories keeping warm. Those who go out less, burn fewer calories. Be sure to adjust your dog’s meal sizes appropriately. Ask your vet if you are unsure about your dog’s caloric needs in winter. Make sure dogs fed outdoors have water that is not frozen.
6. Protect your dog’s paws. Chemicals on the snow and ice in combination with lower levels of humidity indoors can lead to dried, cracked paws. Consider boots for your dog. Always wash your dog’s feet after coming indoors to remove salt, ice melters, and antifreeze. Consider bringing a towel with you on walks to clean your dog’s feet if they start burning while you are outside.
7. Remember that antifreeze is extremely poisonous for dogs. Clean up spills and consider switching to a safer product such as a propylene glycol.
8. Make sure your dog is completely dry after bathtime before going for a walk in the cold.
9. Limit time outdoors to avoid frostbite and hypothermia.
10. If you normally have your dog shaved or clipped, leave the fur longer in winter to keep your dog warm.
Remember, any season is a good season for using a Pull-eze. Winter is particularly good, because you don’t want to get pulled along by your dog in the snow and ice. Use a Pull-eze and the days of your dog pulling you along as you walk are over!
Pawsitively Yummy Homemade Dog Treats
‘Tis the season for baking Christmas cookies, but have you ever tried making dog biscuits? These look good enough to eat yourself, but are a special recipe just for dogs. In addition to giving your dog lover friends a Pull-eze for Christmas, you might think of this baking project and making some delicious doggie treats not only for your 4-footed family members, but for those of your friends as well.
One of my dearest friends is a wonderful cook and collects and modifies recipes all the time to share with her family and friends. The other day we were having coffee and discussing our final preparations for the holidays, when she told me about her latest baking project. She had clipped this from a newspaper* years ago but had not tried it until this holiday season. Her dog gives this a very pawsitive, paws up, tail wagging, “please may I have another, Mom!” review. The version in the paper wasn’t very easy to read, and so here’s a rewritten version my friend made to share with Pull-eze readers.
Do you have any favorite dog treat recipes? Please tell us about them. If you make these, send us a picture and let us know how it goes. We think they are pawsitively delicious!
Wheat Germ Dog Biscuits
3 c. whole wheat or rye flour
3 c. rolled oats
½ c. plain wheat germ
6 Tbsp. margarine, at room temperature
¼ c. molasses
1 c. evaporated milk
1 c. water
Combine flour, oats and wheat germ; set aside. Thoroughly mix together margarine, molasses, milk, and water. Add to dry ingredients, stirring well. Dough will be stiff. Chill for 1 hour.
Roll rounded teaspoonsful into balls. Place on parchment lined baking sheets. Flatten (hint: use a soup spoon dipped in water).
Bake 50 minutes at 300 degrees F. Oven rack should be placed at middle of oven or slightly higher.
Makes 10 dozen biscuits.
*She tried to find the original source, but didn’t have it – so if you know the creator of this recipe, please let us know, and we will give him/her full credit.
Doggone Thankful: Ideas for Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holiday Festivities
It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is upon us here in the USA, and the holiday season is about to begin in full force. (I’ve already seen Christmas decorations up on main streets in nearby small towns.) This is a season for gratitude, and we here at Pull-eze are thankful for our friends and family – of course including the four-footed, tail-wagging members – and you.
As the celebrations, travel plans, family gatherings, and parties commence, we must remember our four-footed family members in our planning and in our activities. Dogs (and cats) don’t always do well with foods from our celebrations. And for many of us, the days after Thanksgiving mark the beginning of the Christmas season, including decorating the house, putting up the Christmas tree, and planning parties.
It is best to keep your pets on their regular diets through the holidays to avoid stomach upset, diarrhea, or pancreatitis. If your pet does get into trouble, contact: ASPCA Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 or your vet
Here are some great tips to keep the dog (and cat) members of your family safe in this festive season. These are compiled from ASPCA and PetMD sources:
Foods for Pets to Avoid
Under or un-cooked turkey or other meats (may contain salmonella and/or E. coli bacteria)
Turkey carcass and other bones (it may seem natural and healthy to feed your pet these bones that your pet might have encountered if he or she lived in the wild. However, these be very dangerous for a domestic pet, causing choking or splintering and becoming lodged in or puncturing your pet’s digestive tract.)
Raw eggs, including batter containing raw eggs (contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems; also can contain salmonella or and E. coli bacteria. )
Veggies & Fruits
Onions, chives, & garlic (can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although more dangerous to cats, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed.)
Grapes and raisins (can cause kidney failure)
Beverages & Sweets
Alcohol (can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.)
Chocolate, coffee and caffeine (contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee, and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. In pets methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death.)
Xylitol (used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial symptoms of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. This can progress to seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can occur within a few days.)
Milk and dairy (cause diarrhea or other digestive upset)
Baked Goods & Snacks
Raw dough (when ingested, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol, and this can become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization. Symptoms include drunkenness and bloating.)
Citrus (stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain citric acid; can cause irritation and possible central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts. Small amounts are not likely to present problems beyond minor stomach upset.)
Salt and salty snack foods, such as potato chips, pretzels, salted popcorn (can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death)
Coconut, coconut water, and coconut oil (in small amounts, coconut and coconut-based products are not likely to cause serious harm, but the flesh and milk of fresh coconuts do contain oils that may cause stomach upset, loose stools, or diarrhea. Coconut water is high in potassium and should not be fed to your pet.)
Macadamia nuts (can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia, signe usually appearing within 12 hours of ingestion and lasting about 12 to 48 hours.)
Other nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts (are high in oils and fats, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis)
General Holiday Tips
Take out the trash (trash might be enticing for pets and contain dangerous food remnants or decorating or gift wrapping items such as ribbon)
Provide your pet with a get away (changes at home such as visitors, parties, or decorations can cause pets stress. Set aside a safe room for them to be alone if they need.)
Toys (Keep pets occupied with chew toys or catnip to keep their minds off of human foods and/or stressful situations)
ID (make sure your pet is tagged and/or chipped. Holiday stress can lead pets to run away.)
Guests (make sure guests keep harmful items, including medications, and gift ribbons away from pets)
Holiday Decorating Pet Safety Tips
Tree water (Keep pets from drinking this, as it can contain fertilizers and other toxic substances)
Pine needles (can puncture intestines if ingested)
Lights at the bottom of the tree (can cause fire or shock your pet)
Candles (wagging tails can easily knock these over can cause a fire)
Tinsel (can block intestines, which needs surgery to cure)
Decorations at bottom of tree (choking and intestinal blockage hazard, also shards from broken ornaments can cause injuries)
Edible decorations (depending on what they are, can cause illness or injury and can also inspire your pet to pull over the tree)
Holly, mistletoe, poinsettia (poisonous to dogs or cats)
Wrapping paper, string, ribbons, scissors (ingesting paper, string, or ribbons could cause intestinal blockages, and scissors can be a hazard. Keep them off of floors or low tables where pets have access)
Raising a Healthy Best Friend
We all know that living a healthy life can lead to living a longer life. But what about your dog? He is man’s best friend, after all, and you should make sure he gets the care and attention he needs to live a long and happy life with you. Learn some of the basics of raising a healthy and happy pup.
We know how important it is for humans to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and get plenty of exercise to live a long and happy life. The same is true for our four-legged friends. It’s far too often overlooked, but like humans, overweight and obese dogs are at much higher risks for developing more serious health conditions. Monitoring your dog’s weight, making sure he gets the proper nutrients and vitamins in his diet, and ensuring he remains active and energetic will make for a happier and healthier companion.
Chances are your dog has his own unique way of communicating his wants and needs. When he is hungry, he might sit at his bowl while giving you his saddest puppy eyes. Or when he needs to go outside, he’ll bark at the door until you let him out. Unfortunately, your dog cannot tell you things like, “My leg hurts.” Therefore, it’s important to monitor your dog’s unusual behaviors, as they might be signs that your dog is hurting. If your usually active pet is suddenly sluggish, or your speed-eater becomes a slow nibbler, chances are there might be something more serious going on internally. If this happens, it’s best to seek medical attention right away.
Most of us go to the doctor’s office for regular checkups, even if we feel fine. It’s preventative care, and it’s an important step in ensuring we stay strong and healthy. So why not do the same for your dog? Most of the time we only take our dogs to the vet if something is wrong, but regular exams are a great way to monitor and catch small medical worries before they become serious problems.
Like regular wellness exams, making sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations is a sure and simple way to keep him healthy. Many fatal diseases in dogs can be prevented by vaccination, e.g. distemper, parvo and leptospirosis, just to name a few. Ensuring your dog is protected from these and other diseases is one of the most effective ways to keep him healthy for the rest of his life.
Keeping your dog healthy now will ensure that he stays around for many more years of memories.
Begging: The Struggle To Avoid Giving In
Your pet is family, and of course you want to feed them like family. But even though the puppy eyes are a consistent thing at the dinner table, there are some things that the Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash team thinks you should know when it comes to harmful foods & snacks to avoid:
Milk & Dairy
The iconic imagine of a cat drinking a saucer of milk is actually a big no-no, especially when it comes to your dog. Many canines, similarly to their human companions who may be lactose intolerant, lack the enzyme in their digestive system that breaks down certain components in dairy. This can lead to one upset tummy for your pooch.
Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash says: VETO Milk & Dairy
Most people know that a pan of brownies was meant for human visitors, not your pooch, but few understand why. Chocolate contains caffeine, as well as a couple other chemicals that can cause not only vomiting, but irregular heartbeat and muscle tremors. In extreme cases, ingesting chocolate can cause death, especially in a smaller dogs.
Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash says: VETO Chocolate
Onions & Garlic
Keep an eye on that bloomin’ onion blossom, when you bring it home! If Sparky gets ahold of it, a compound in the onion can actually damage red blood cells and cause them to feel weak and tired.
Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash says: VETO Onions & Garlic
While humans are often encouraged to up their fruit intake, grapes can cause rapid kidney failure in dogs. Although it is unclear as to what exactly the cause may be, many vets advise that grapes be omitted from your dog treat repertoire. So to be safe, consider avoiding grapes in your dog’s diet.
Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash says: VETO Grapes
All parts of an avocado, including the bit and leaves, contain a toxin called Persin. While this toxin does not have an effect on humans (as we know that guacamole is a food staple in many southwestern restaurants!), in dogs, it can cause upset stomach, and in extreme cases fluid buildup in the lungs.
Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash says: VETO Avocado
Most people don’t consume much raw dough (unless it’s the cookie variety!) but make sure you keep all raw dough away from the edges of the counters so your fuzzy little buddy can’t “help” you with quality control. It can expand in their stomach and digestive track, making them ill with an unnecessary upset stomach.
Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash says: VETO Yeast Dough
So what can you do to keep your dog safe and healthy? Make sure that food is not left out on the edge of the counter and that your fridge, pantry and cupboards are securely closed. This is all especially true if you have a tall dog!
And if you do want to share your meal with your buddy, make sure to stick with dog approved foods, like pumpkin, cooked chicken, and carrots. They may not know it, but they’ll be grateful for your keen discernment!
We’re All Going to Grandma’s!
We’ve been seeing a lot of articles this summer about traveling with your dog. You may think that since summer’s drawing to a close that all road trips are also coming to an end. But with the holidays coming frighteningly close (where has our year gone?), there’s a whole new round of plans that might need to be made. And those plans should include bringing every member of the family; including Fido and Mr. Snuggles. Many think that traveling with your pet is stressful; for all parties involved. But it doesn’t have to be. Besides having your trusty Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Dog Harness in hand, there are plenty of things you can do to make travel easy on you.
The first thing you should do is make sure that your dog is crate trained. A crate can make car rides much safer for your pet, and in many cases, you’re required to use a crate for air travel. Sure, everyone feels a little guilty crating their pup; but you shouldn’t. Most animals, not just dogs, like a cozy place that they can retreat and call their own. But make sure your dog is comfortable before you go anywhere. Practice just sitting in your driveway with your dog safely crated in your car. Make sure that the crate is big enough for your dog. They should be able to stand, turn, and lay down comfortably. And if you’re flying, please make sure to clearly write your name and contact information on the sides of your companion’s cubby.
To make sure your dog won’t get motion sickness; try having them travel on an empty stomach but with plenty of fresh water. Make sure to take plenty of breaks for your dog to stretch their legs. In addition, take a long walk before you load up and after you get to your destination. And of course, NEVER leave your dog in a hot vehicle, or other unattended or dangerous areas.
Before you plan your trip, give your buddy a quick trip to the vet to make sure everything’s in tip-top shape, and remember to fill up on any medications if needed. And while you’re packing leashes, fresh water, food, and medication, make sure your Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Dog Harness is well within reach!
Hellooo, Good Dog!
When you bring home that squirming little fuzzy bundle of love, you sometimes don’t think that your 3 pound baby will become a 60 pound ball of energy. But it happens all right. And now you have a jogging partner, a built-in T.V. buddy, a new family member. And okay, sometimes he digs up your flowers, and once in a while he chews on the furniture. And maybe he has at times tackled friends, family, and unsuspecting postmen in his enthusiastic rush to great them. But you love him, so you accept. But are you really doing the right thing for your dog?
Let’s talk about the benefits of training courses and classes, both for you and your dog. Training can be a very good bonding experience for the both of you. Because the two of you are working together as a team to accomplish something, you will learn more about each other, therefore, strengthening your friendship and mutual understandings.
Training also leads to better behavior, as is widely known. And this improvement in behavior can lead to less stress between the two of you. And you can take your buddy to a whole new variety of places with you! A well trained dog can go to select restaurants and stores, or they can go hiking and jogging with you – and it’s all virtually stress-free!
If you start their socialization and training as a puppy, you’ll have a polite and easy-going new friend before you know it. And of course, a Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash will help wonderfully when it comes to leash training!
Visit our Online Shop today to find a No-Pull Harness / No-Pull Leash that’s right for you!
Preparing For Your Annual Veterinary Exam
Just like people, your fuzzy buddy needs to see his or her doctor every once in a while for a check-up. Especially because they can’t always communicate whether or not they’re experiencing a problem in a way that you might recognize. So let your vet be your guide to interpreting your dog’s behavior.
Your dog ages at a faster rate than his or her human counterparts, so they could go through stages of maturation before you’re even aware. Luckily, a yearly wellness exam could help prevent any issues that your dog may encounter from going unnoticed, and help ease your dog into a long, healthy life. But how should you prepare for your trip to the V-E-T?
The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has provided an excellent resource to prepare pet owners for questions that your veterinarian may ask during your pet’s check-up. Be sure to keep an eye on their behaviors the week before so you can be prepared!
Here are a few questions that you may encounter:
- How long have you had your dog?
- Where did you get your dog?
- Has your dog been vaccinated? Against what diseases?
- What brand of pet food do you feed your dog?
- Is your dog’s appetite normal? How much does he eat?
- How much water does your dog drink?
- Has your dog lost or gained weight recently?
- Have you noticed any significant changes in your dog’s behavior?
- Are you experiencing any behavior problems with your pet (chewing, jumping, barking, aggression, etc.)?
- Have you traveled outside of the area with your dog?
*Louise Murray DVM, Courtesy of the ASPCA Website
One thing you’ll know for certain using a Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness is that choke collar injuries are one less issue for you and your pet to worry about! So you’ll be taking a happier, healthier pet in to the veterinary office, strutting through the door with the cool comfort and confidence that only a Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Dog Leash can provide.
No-Pull Dog Leash: The Wiser Walk
Why would one want to choose a no-pull dog leash & harness as opposed to a traditional collar & leash? It all depends on your dog. Does your dog trot along like a four-legged angel and never stray from your side? A traditional dog collar may be ideal in a perfect world for a pooch who puts zero pressure on their neck during their walk – but as we as real-world pet owners know, a 100% pull-free walk is about as rare as a pack of New Guinea singing dogs. So if your furry friend’s excitement tends to result in tugging or pulling during your walks, a no-pull leash & harness is definitely the wiser choice for an optimum walking experience.
And what about our social pups who love to say ‘hello!’ to every passerby? These social tuggers tend to put a lot of pressure on their necks and tracheas over time, which can cause some serious and permanent damage. This is especially true for certain types of dogs. Toy breeds have very delicate necks and vertebrates that cannot handle the strain of traditional dog collars. Similarly, dogs with shorter faces, like pugs and boxers, can already be predisposed to breathing issues, so collars that further restrict their oxygen can be doubly harmful.
So what’s the solution? Simple: A no-pull harness or no-pull leash can help avoid these types of health issues attributed to excessive pulling, and result in a walk that’s safer, and more enjoyable for you and your pet alike. A no-pull dog harness brings comfort and control to your walks without prongs, spikes, or any other painful gimmicks.
And for a no-pull harness that is easy to use and fit to your dog, try a Pull-Eze™ No-pull Leash & Harness in One! With three colors to choose from, the Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash is second to none in style, safety and comfort. Visit our store today and see the difference that the wiser walk can make in your dog walking experience.
Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash Presents: A Walk To Remember
What gives you complete control over your daily dog walks, is easy to use, and prevents frustration for both you and your pooch in every walking experience? No, it’s not a mind control device – it’s the Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash in One!
A solution to the age-old struggle between finding a no-pull dog harness that is comfortable for your dog, and a no-pull dog leash that gives you the control that you need, the Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness has the benefits of both worlds! Our no-pull harness allows full control of your walks without the dangers of uncomfortable constrictions to your dog’s neck or collar, because it takes the pressure off of your dog’s neck and provides evenly distributed comfort and control through an easy-to-use dog harness. This is beneficial for all dogs, especially those who tend to pull and tug during daily walks. With the Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness, there is no need to use inhumane pronged collars ever again.
Have a four-legged Houdini on your hands who constantly manages to wiggle out of his or her collar with the use of a traditional dog leash? Never a worry with the Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash – we have that covered! Our no-pull dog leash provides optimum comfort and reliability with its quick and easy secure-fit mechanism (please take a moment to view our video on proper use of the Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness & Leash for more information). No need to struggle with tricky measurements and sizing – the Pull-Eze™ No-Pull Harness fits most dogs from 25 to 100 pounds, fitting easily over any collar to deliver an easy, effective and outstanding walking experience.
Order online today to bring instant ease and comfort to your daily walks that both you and your furry friend will appreciate. Visit our online store now to get started!