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Boo Boo’s Best Rabbit and Kangaroo Dog Food Toppers

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By Christine Boswell

Do you love exotic new foods? Does your dog or cat as well? Have you ever tried rabbit or kangaroo or wanted to try it out on your doggos or puppers? Then, you really need to check out Boo Boo’s Best. It’s owned by Jocelyn Rosenthal, and is based out of San Francisco, California. My husband and I have not had kangaroo, but we had a rabbit kimchi sandwich from the famous Luke’s Inside Out food truck in Austin, Texas and let me tell you that was one of the best things I’ve ever tasted in my life. I figured that if all rabbit tastes that glorious, our dogs would love these treats / meal toppers.

Stats and Initial Thoughts

Here’s what you need to know about this K-9 kibble. There are seven training treat flavors: Kangaboo, Remarkable Rabbit, Perfect Pork & Wild Boar, Glorious Goat, Groovy Gator, Awesome Anchovies, and Mighty Mussels. We were given two packages each of the Kangaboo and Remarkable Rabbit recipes to test out on our puppers. The Kangaboo is made with Wild Australian Kangaroo, fruit, veggies, and coconut oil. Then, like a great jerky it is slowly dehydrated to perfection.  It smells like a glorious meaty treat and I was left wondering… if a bell had rung, would I have drooled? The rabbit is made with domestic French rabbit, fruits, veggies, and coconut oil. It too is slowly dehydrated into jerky chews for your pets. The bags were well made and durable. They tore open fairly well, and I was not left with a messed-up seal; a major plus for me. Of the two, the rabbit smelled much more glorious whilst the kangaroo was more meaty and manly. Our boarding facility’s kennel master told us that kangaroo is super popular in Australia and is like the beef of the continent. I’m not so sure about that, but our dogs’ ears popped up super straight when I tore open the bag and swished it around in the air for them to waft and bask in the glory of the meat smells. 

Love at First Bite

So there we were… standing in the kitchen. We were preparing the feast for our mighty beasts whilst they played tug-of-war outside with their gigantic rope toy. Each plate was filled with a small handful of their normal food, ¼ cup of the Kangaboo, and three pieces of the Remarkable Rabbit. We then separated the animals and gave them each a plate.  The cat dug in right away, and Charlotte did too. Helen took some coaxing (only because she’s old and blind), but Stan Lee about lost his mind trying to get the noms. If you see in the video below I told him to scoot back, and he did. That’s how much he wanted the plate of treats. All of the animals ate all of their samples plus they finished off the bag throughout the week. There were no upset tummies and everyone seemed to really enjoy the treats. Unfortunately, their breath was less stellar after eating said noms. Meaty goodness does that to you though so that can’t be helped. 

The Wrap Up

We love this delectable, delicious, and daring treat. It smells good, the dogs enjoyed eating it, and we were even able to teach the cat to fetch with it as a training treat.  I loved the packaging, loved how well behaved my dogs are when they want some kangaroo or rabbit, and how healthy this food is for my darlings.

How to Fight Back Against Puppy Farming

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By Amanda Bathory

Puppy farming is the commercialized mass-breeding of dogs, and unfortunately, a growing number of pet dogs start their lives in the cruel and squalid conditions common to the industry.

The criminals behind each farm have two things in common: they’re firmly focused on profits, and avoid welfare. Worse still, their pockets are lined with your cash – of the 8.5 million pet dogs in the UK, one in five are bred in puppy farms[1]— and dog lovers are often left to tend a poor animal that’s been separated too early from its mother, exposed to physiological torture, as well as a cocktail of genetic and environmental health issues.

Kennel Club research found that one in five owners that bought puppies through classified ads spent between £500 and £1,000 on vet’s bills in the first six months of the puppy’s life, leaving new owners with broken hearts and escalating vets bills.

In light of all this, it’s worrying that 1.2 million people in the UK think puppy farms are a good way of getting a responsibly bred dog.[1] 

Even if you know the risks and think: “this would never happen to me”, remember that irresponsible farmers are fronting well-oiled machines, raking in profits that can run into the millions. So tried and tested are their methods, they’re difficult to catch – it’s easier than ever to get online, post a classified ad and hide behind a digital veil, duping unsuspecting, innocent shoppers.

In April 2017, GoCompare stood side-by-side with the RSPCA to put cruel puppy farming and puppy shopping habits under the spotlight. So help us fight the good fight – here’s how you can shop for a new puppy, or older waggy-tailed companion, safely.

Shopping for a puppy? Read between the lines.

A farmer may post a classified puppy ad that looks like this:

READY NOW! Rare pomski cross litter, five weeks old. Vaccinated, wormed, £1,000. Free insurance for four weeks.

On the surface, it appears above board (and you could have a healthy, safe puppy tomorrow, great!) but all is not as it seems:

  • Puppies can’t leave their mother before they’re eight weeks old
  • The puppy in the photo may not be the one you’re buying
  • Rare, designer cross-breeds are a treat for farmers because they fetch higher prices
  • You may find the price is cheaper and more appealing than that charged by a registered Kennel Club breeder
  • Puppies can’t be vaccinated or wormed before eight weeks old
  • You need to meet the mother of puppy before collection, no excuses
  • An appointment to discuss your situation with the breeder suggests that they care about who you are and the home you can offer to the puppy, so accept an invitation with open arms
  • They may tout free pet insurance for the first few weeks after purchase, but this shouldn’t give you confidence in the puppy’s upbringing thus far if you can’t meet the mother or see its living conditions

Is it worth the risk? If you buy the puppy anyway, bear in mind the farmer will need to replace that puppy to fulfil demand. They have more opportunity to hurt someone else looking for a pet, who isn’t as clued-up as you are.

Shopping for an older dog? See-through the tall tail.

It’s not just farmed puppies on the market. Mother dogs that have exhausted their use are put up for sale, too.

A classified advert selling an overbred mother may read like this:

£300. Seven-year-old bichon frise. Selling due to personal reasons. Had five litters, but could have more. Call for more info.

Be wary of:

  • A designer breed at a knock-down price
  • A high number of litters
  • No mention of current health, vaccinations or microchipping
  • A vague, detached reason for sale which could suggest it’s not a loved, family pet

Push for what you know is right

If a breeder tries to evade doing the right thing by the puppy, it’s probably a bad buy. Watch out for these calling cards:

  • They let the puppy leave the mother before they’re eight weeks old
  • They leave the medical checks, vaccinations, microchipping up to you, or boast they’ve already had the necessary care earlier than legally allowed
  • They actively prevent you from meeting the mother. They may say she’s out for a walk, or at the vets, when you come for a visit
  • Try to meet you at a different location to where the mother lives

To make a safe, informed decision about where to buy a dog, and start a healthy friendship that will last a life time, read GoCompare’s guide to puppy farming.

Amanda Bathory is insurance editor at GoCompare

[1] Between the 8th and 13th March 2017 One Poll conducted an online survey among 2000 randomly selected UK adults. UK adult population (18+) estimated to be 48,595,258 (source: ONS Annual mid-year population estimates for the UK 2015). 50% of survey participants stated that they had bought or were thinking of buying a puppy.  5% of those participants believe puppy farms are a good way of getting an animal that’s responsibly bred and raised. 5% of 24,297,629 = 1,214,881.45

DinkyDogClub Product Review Round-Up – Good Dog! Gold Standard

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5/5 Stars – Good Dog! Gold Standard
https://www.dinkydogclub.com/

Neither the writer nor Good Dog! Magazine received compensation for this review.

By Christine Boswell

Oh my goodness gracious! We here at casa de la Sexton just got the most adorable tiny box from the DinkyDogClub, and we are in love. The DinkyDogClub has items for itty-bitty pupperz, but big dogs can find goodies there too so don’t fret. The DinkyDogClub has been around the dog park since 2014 when, after adopting their dog Dunkin, the founders of this cute club had trouble finding him pup play mates. Fast forward a few years, and their membership is at a whopping 400 Dinky Doggies and their online boutique serves their members and the teensy weensy doggie community at large. I don’t know about you, but the thought of so many small “floofy” dogs makes me smile and squeal from sheer cuteness overload.

The Unboxing

The Testers

Stan Lee is an almost two-year-old, 175 lb., King Shepherd. He is shy and very protective of his pack. He does not like meeting new people when we are around. His girlfriend is Charlotte, and she is one-year-old, 50ish lbs., and the most hyper and ADHD Aussie Shepherd mix you will ever have the joy of meeting. She, unlike Stan Lee, loves to meet anyone and everyone. However, not everyone likes her when she’s hyped up because she likes to jump (we are trying to get her to stop). Our senior pup, Helen, is fifteen years old, 50 lbs., and is a Corgi mix. She is one of those who does not like Charlotte when she is hyper, but when she thinks you are not looking, she will give the puppy sweet forehead kisses. It’s super adorable. Then, the odd man out is the cat. Ylva (EEL-VA) is six pounds. She thinks she is a dog and even tested the treats, but she was not a fan since they weren’t beef or chicken flavored. She’s a diva and is super picky.

The Selection

Needless to say, our dogs are not tiny, but Charlotte thinks she is and loves playing dress up like the fluffy butted princess that she is so, we decided to give the DinkyDogClub a try. The website was super cute and had lots of cool items to choose. We ended up with:

  1. A twilight black Hawaiian hibiscus dog dress with matching leash (size Large). I love flowers, and I adore this pattern. (5 stars)
  2. A doggie design diaper (size Large) to see if Charlotte would be able to get it off. (5 stars)
  3. A Bark notes collar sleeve (FRIENDLY) that can be used by Charlotte, but Stan Lee would need an, “I’m shy” collar tag. (3 stars)
  4. A pack of Vegalicious Crazy Coconut Crunchy Treats that was amazing and yummy smelling when I cracked open the bag. (4 stars)
  5. An itty bitty cute decal that is definitely going on my FIAT SPIDER 124 which is lovingly named Bart’s window.

The Review

Hawaiian Hibiscus Dog Dress w/ Matching Leash
Doggie Design Diaper

The first thing we tried out was that adorable dress. It was freakishly well made (almost indestructible), and the velcro and body shape helped make getting it on to Charlotte that much easier. The construction of the dress itself was unique. It was the like a hide-a-vest with a skirt on it which does a good job of fitting the dog without compromising the stability promised from a harness. Furthermore, Charlotte was so cute in it that I just had to put on her little diaper to see how it would go! It too was super cute, and to Charlotte’s chagrin, she couldn’t get it off which is saying something. Before she was spayed she would not keep on her diapers, and it was like chasing a fish with your bare hands every time a change was needed– not fun at all!

Vegalicious Crazy Coconut Crunchy Treats

After Stan Lee got done looking at and giving her two paws up for her cute new clothes, we cracked open the Vegalicious treats. First of all, those treats smelled glorious. As a human, I wanted to try them.  That’s how yummy they smelled, and apparently the dogs agreed because the treats are gone and I’m getting a death glare for not having more to give. They are made from coconut and are plant based. If your pup is ok with treats which aren’t chock full of meat, these would make for a perfect training incentive.

Bark Notes Collar Sleeve

The only product that I would make any changes to is the Bark Notes Collar Sleeve. While the small “Friendly” tag works for a friendly dog, there are a lot of inattentive and inconsiderate people in the world who will either not notice or not care about a smallish tag. We unfortunately have first-hand knowledge of this because a small girl ran screaming up to our poor Stan Lee when he was a puppy and scared the begeebus out of him. Then, other people kept approaching without asking to pet him and would just reach out and touch him without his consent… and bibbidy bobbidy boo he became the shy and protective dog that he is. If the tag was a little bigger with a bolder print, it would go a long way to identify if a dog is or is not ok to pet, but you still will have to practice heavy preventative screening if your dog is shy. That being said, the tag is rugged and well made. It can stand up to some puppy chewing on the lead (we put it there after people kept ignoring it on Charlotte’s collar).

All in all, I’d say this is a first-rate shop that knows their clients and gives them what they want. Good Dog Gold Standard and some very happy paws way up! (5 total stars)

Visit the DinkyDogClub at https://www.dinkydogclub.com/ and check out their products at https://www.dinkydogclub.com/collections/all

Five Crucial Tips for First Time Dog Owners

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By Julian Ward-Smith

1.  Environment

There are a few things you can do to keep your dog comfortable at home and when you are out and about.

a) Car travel
Unless of course your dog is driving (and I sincerely hope it is not!), always make sure your dog is secure when in the car. Use a dog guard or, if traveling in the back seat, use a seat belt. If you do have to leave your vehicle for any length of time, even for five minutes, be sure to leave your window open a crack and a bowl of water for your four-legged friend.

b) A comfortable bed
Dogs love a cosy bed. This should be situated in a quiet part of the house where your faithful hound feels safe and secure. It should be cleaned on a regular basis and any bedding should be washed to keep it fresh.

c) Hazards around the home
There are lots of hidden dangers in the home and garden that should be kept out of reach from our furry friends. You can find a comprehensive list at this website www.thekennelclubclub.org.uk

2. Diet

Dogs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  The type and amount of food they need depends on various factors including age, health and lifestyle. You certainly don’t want your pets to feel embarrassed in front of their friends!

a) What should you feed your dog?
A nutritionally complete pet food is the best way to make sure your pets gets all the nutrients they need. The odd treat is fine but remember those extra calories can soon turn to fat so it is better to keep them to a minimum. Don’t forget the water bowl!

b) How much should you feed your dog?
Weigh out each meal as it is very easy, as with humans, to put too much food in the bowl. This is especially important for some breeds that tend to overeat. It is obvious but if our pets eat too much they will gain weight.

c) How often should you feed your dog?
Like us, our pets prefer routine, so it is good to have regular mealtimes. It is usually best to divide the daily allowance into two meals such as breakfast and dinner.

3. Behaviour

a) Do you need to train your dog?
Training is a great way to keep your dog’s mind active. It is easier to have fun and enjoyable walks when you have a well-trained dog. Like us, dogs need boundaries and if your pet understands this it will respect you and your rules which will lead to a more fulfilling relationship.

b) Toys
Dogs love to be stimulated and this keeps them very happy. They love to play, run and most of them love swimming. It is a good idea to have a variety of different toys so your dog doesn’t get bored and remains engaged in play.

c) Exercise
The amount of exercise your dog needs depends on age, health and breed. All dogs however enjoy regular walks and being free of their lead whenever possible. They enjoy being out and about socialising with other canines and generally having fun!

4. Health

There are many things one can do to make sure your pet leads a long and healthy life. We all want our dogs to be happy so looking after their well-being is very important.

a) Vaccinations
These protect your dog against diseases, which can sometimes be fatal and they also prevent diseases from being passed to other canines. Vaccines help to stimulate your dog’s immune system to help fight off disease. Our four-legged friends should be vaccinated when they are puppies and then receive boosters during their lifetime. Your vet will tell you when you should vaccinate your dog.

b) Fleas and worms
All dogs should be treated regularly for fleas and worms. You can have your pet injected or you could use sprays or tablets. It is best to ask your veterinary practice for their advice on which treatment they would recommend.

c) Dental health
Looking after your dog’s teeth is as important as looking after your own. There is nothing worse than “dog breath” and there are plenty of pet friendly tooth pastes on the market suitable for your pet. Don’t forget, regular brushing will keep your canine’s canines sparkling!! You can also use special foods and toys that will keep teeth healthy.

5. Companionship

Dogs are extremely sociable creatures and they adore company. Adult dogs don’t really like to be left on their own for any significant amount of time.

a) Visiting
If you must leave your furry friend alone for longer than the recommended time during the day it is a good idea to have someone pop in and visit your dog. They just need to stay for a short while and let your dog out for a run or take it for a walk and check it has enough water.

b) Anxiety
If you do need to go out for a few hours on a regular basis this may mean that your dog becomes anxious when you leave the house. If you do notice a change in your dog’s behavior speak to your vet and get some advice. It may even be as simple as leaving a radio or television on while you are out as this may allay some of your canine’s anxieties.

c) Holidays
Dogs like routine and being in their own environment. Most vets will tell you that our four-legged friends don’t like kennels and are often miserable when their owners return from holiday. There is also a danger that your furry friend may get kennel cough or some other illness. It is very important that pets are looked after properly in your absence. For this reason, increasingly more people are using professional pet and house sitters to live in their home and look after their pets while away. Your faithful hound will certainly thank you for it and, with new people to play with, your dog will think it is on holiday too!

Julian Ward-Smith is the Founder and Owner of Professional House Sitters, bringing together pet owners and pet sitters worldwide. Find out more at: www.professionalhouse-sitters.com

Stop Your Doggo from Digging Your Flower Bed

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By Jackie Newton

Your dog has dug up your new flower bed for the hundredth time and you’re tearing out your hair wondering what to do. You can start by looking at the reasons why your dog may be digging.

Dogs dig because they can and because it’s part of their nature. Some dog breeds are hard core diggers. Terriers were bred specifically to dig, Dachshunds and Miniature Schnauzers were bred to dig deep into the earth looking for rodents, and Beagles were trained to track prey using their brilliant sense of smell.

So contrary to what you might think, your dog is not digging up your garden because he hates you, is trying get back at you for something or is trying to punish you. Your dog might be digging in your garden for a variety of reasons. Check out the four main reasons Fido likes to dig and our recommendations on how you can put a stop to this.

#1 Dogs Dig Out of Boredom

Is your dog well exercised, mentally and physically? If you just open your back door and say “Fido, go out and play”, your dog is going to find his own ways to play and keep himself entertained. You need to take an active role in his exercise activities and channel his energy in a positive manner.

  • Teach your dog to play fetch with a ball or a Frisbee. While you are working in the yard, you can keep your dog entertained by throwing the ball for him to bring back to you. Reward him with a treat when he returns the ball.

  • Take your dog for a walk twice a day. Depending on the size of your dog, he or she may require up to one hour a day of exercise. This can be a combination of playing fetch and taking him for a walk.
  • Just opening your back door and letting him outdoors does not equal exercising your dog.
  • Keep interesting chew toys out for him in the yard that he can play with on his own.
  • If you have the space, create a designated “digging area” for him. Bury a couple of his favourite toys or treats shallowly under the ground and encourage him to dig. If you find him digging in any other area, say “No” firmly and take him over to his digging area.

#2 The Dog May be Looking for Prey

If the dog is persistently digging in a specific area, in the middle of the garden for example, it could very well be that he is smelling some insects or other rodents in the ground that he is trying to uncover.

  • Examine the area for pests and eliminate them if necessary. Use a non-poisonous method of removal as insecticides and pesticides can be dangerous and even fatal for your pet.

#3 Dogs Dig to Build a Shelter or Den

When it is too hot or sunny and there is no shade, a dog may dig to cool off or get away from the sun or cold winds. He may also be digging for water. If your dog is digging near the base of a tree and is covering himself with mud then he may be trying to build a den and shelter himself.

  • Have a water bowl available for your dog in the yard.
  • Provide an acceptable shelter such as a covered, protected dog house.

#4 Dogs Dig to Escape

If most of the digging is at the base of a fence or an exit, then your dog is trying to escape. While this may seem like common sense, it is important to work on why your dog is trying to escape. Have you been leaving him out in the yard too long? In the meantime, use these methods to prevent him from digging his way out of your yard.

  • Bury some large rocks along the line of your fence. They should be large enough that he is not able to move them with his digging action.
  • Install the fence two inches into the ground and lay chain link fencing along the ground making the approach to the fence difficult for your dog.

Other Techniques to Stop a Dog from Digging

Some dogs are just diggers and there may be no reason to their digging other than they just enjoy it and get caught up in the process. After all, it can be fun to fling mud around. Here are a couple of techniques that should stop the most ardent of diggers.

  • Bury an air filled balloon in the spot that your dog digs and cover it loosely with mud. The sound of the balloon popping will be sufficient to dissuade him from digging in that area.
  • Gather some of your dog’s recent faeces and bury it in the area where he digs. A dog does not want to encounter his own faeces and will be put off by finding it where he is digging. This should be enough to stop him from any further digging.

Jackie Newton is a dog-lover and blogger at http://www.iconicpup.com/and can be followed @ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/iconicpup/ or @Twitter https://twitter.com/IconicPup.

 

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