February 23, 2016


Let's Get Ready for Spring

Spring is on it's way!  It may seem as we were shouting "Happy New Year" only yesterday, but springtime and the spring holidays are upon us once again!

While many look forward to this season as it means beautiful flowers, beautiful hiking trails, warmer days and a chance to reduce a little of the clutter with some Spring Cleaning!

Here are some Spring safety tips that are perfect for sharing with all your fellow dog lovers.

    1. Chocolate still ranks as the number one pet poison according to vets across the United States. This time of year, chocolate may be wrapped in the form of cute green shamrocks or colorful eggs. Faster than you can say "Where's my Chocolate" your pup can ingest it, foil wrapping and all. Chocolate poisoning can be very serious. Since it's also easy for a Pup to confuse chocolate Easter eggs with their own treats, make sure you keep them up high and out of sight. Don't allow children to leave their baskets of treats on the floor either!
    2. Even if the Easter baskets in your home are not filled with chocolatey treats, fake grass often used in Easter baskets can cause whicked gastrointestinal obstructions in pets. Cats in particular seem to enjoy chewing on this shimmering, wiggling temptation, eventually swallowing it strand by strand but dogs too seem to love the crinkle and the fact that it goes all over the place when rolled around in. Be a diligent and pick up any grass that falls on the floor and if you think that your Pup might have ingested it, contact your vet. 
    3. Plastic eggs and even unpeeled hard-boiled eggs are also favorites for dogs to eat. They can cause horrible GI complications or even obstructions that will need medical attention. Some dogs also get some pretty pungent gas if they eat hard boil eggs so make sure you error on the side of caution and keep those out of reach.
    4. Spring-cleaning is important for everyone in your family. Just know what you are using to clean your home. Just because products are labeled “natural” doesn’t mean they are healthy for your pet. Although natural cleaners are better, know what you are using at all times. It's best to keep pets secure and away until all cleaning substances are dry and out of reach. Plus if you are moving furniture, you never know what you'll find underneath!
    5. Did you know that Easter Lily and other springtime blooms are often toxic to pets?  Some of the first signs of a problem are vomiting and lethargy, and if untreated, may progress to kidney failure and death. Daffodils, another popular component of spring floral arrangements, are also toxic to cats and don't agree much with dogs. 
    6. If your dog has been less active during the winter (just like some of us) be sure to work your way into an exercise plan gradually. This will help your Pup rebuild muscle tone and cardiovascular health. Just like humans, Pups can develop exercise-related injuries. Older Pups are generally even more at risk of these types of injuries. 
    7. Did you know that your Pup can have allergies to the plants and pollens of springtime just like humans? Spring and autumn are the peak seasons when most pet parents notice an increase in their pet’s chewing and scratching (especially on the feet and legs) but don’t be alarmed if your pet develops a new itch, but do seek veterinary advice and see if there is a change in diet or a supplement that you can give them to easy discomfort.

Now you are all set for Spring! Grab your TurboPUP bars and hit the trails, park or lake!

 

January 19, 2016


4 Ways to Help Your Pup Through the Cold Winter Weather

When the temp drops, it's important to be mindful of your pup's needs. Not all dogs (and dog breeds) handle the cold well and it's important that we help them not only stay healthy (did you know dogs can get pneumonia?) but also that they are getting enough rest and nourishment.

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December 15, 2015


Make Sure You Are Protecting Your Pup From Food Hazards During the Holidays

It's the holidays and that means lot's of things to tempt your pup! Make sure your pup is safe this holiday season.

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October 31, 2015


Rescue Puppies Steal Halloween

Pure cuteness! How can we not love this super cute puppy video for Halloween!

October 15, 2015


October 05, 2015


It's Time for TurboPup Fun this Fall

Ahh, the cool relief of fall. Fall often kicks up opportunities to get up and get outside and enjoying the weather. It’s not too hot, cold or muggy — it’s just right for playing outside with your dog.
Here are some fun activities you can do with your dog during this awesome time of year.
Get out and enjoy fall!

Get out and get moving

Exercise is so important for dogs any time of year, but it’s made easier when the weather’s ideal for outdoor fun.

Hiking is a great fall activity to try with your dog — and it gets you both moving. Just remember, if your dog is only accustomed to flat, even terrain like pavement or lawns you need to teach them to tackle something different.

It’s a good idea to start with short hikes and build your way up to longer ones. Remember hiking uses muscles differently than running and walking, and your dog will need to develop some endurance and learn to use those muscles (you might too!).

Give camping a try

Fall is one of the best times to go camping hands down. The weather is wonderful, the trees are changing color and it's all just outside your tent flap!  

If tent camping isn’t quite your thing, a number of state parks and campgrounds offer cabin rentals so check those out. You’ll get the best of both worlds: a bed to sleep in, running water and access to a fire pit and picnic table. This will allow you the comforts of home while you  still enjoy the experience of s’mores and outdoor adventure. 

Agility parks

More communities are offering dog parks and agility courses. They are like great big playgrounds for dogs. At an agility course, your dog can try out ramps, hurdles, bridges and some obstacles designed to challenge both their mind and their body.

Dog parks are great places for socializing as well — and not just for dogs! You might create your own "pack" of pup loving friends!

The old standbys and a few new ideas

You can go walking, jogging, set up puppy play dates, or playing fetch in the yard are always great fallback activities for making sure your dog gets exercise and has a blast.

Have you ever tried blowing bubbles for your dog? Some pups love it! Raking up a pile of leaves for your dog to jump in? Sounds like a blast! Watching your dog try new activities is always entertaining so don't be afraid to give them a try!

Fuel your dog the right way

Of course, your dog will need proper nutrition to ensure the necessary energy and endurance for all of these activities. That's one of the reasons we've made TurboPup bars! Also you want to make sure they have plenty of clean water!

What are you up to with your TurboPup today?

August 05, 2015

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Finding the Right Bed for Your Dog

If your pup is like most, they will sleep just about anyplace. Even if you have beds for them all around the house, you might find them on the sofa, snoozing on top of the paper bags in the pantry, on the bath mat or on top of the pile of laundry on the floor.

Check out Norman's bed of choice on this day.

We know that pups can sleep anyplace but that doesn't mean we want them too. So here are 4 types of beds for your dog that might just get them to nap on them rather than the kids toy box.

 

The Hideaway

If you have a pup that likes to snuggle and hide then these beds are wonderful.  They have a open spot and then a little pouch for then to burrow under. Small dogs generally like these types of beds.

Bolster Bed

These types of beds are great for big dogs and they generally have at least three soft sides to them. They are larger and take up more space but you can have multiple small dogs sleep on one or one larger dog rule the roost.

 

Round Pillow

These are basically one really large pillow.  Sometimes they have the ability to remove the cover and wash it, which is nice.

 

Soft Dog House

These are so cute! They are great for dogs under 8 pounds.  They are simple soft, fabric dog houses.  You can put a blanket inside for snuggling too! They come in a lot of styles and prices.

July 13, 2015


Helping Your Pup Find His Zen: Lesson for Helping Dogs Stress Less

Pets, particularly dogs, can absorb the stress and tension around them.It can be hard for people to realize their beloved best friend can get just as stressed out as they do. So where does stress come from for your dog? Stress in dogs is often the product of a change in their environment.

Since your dog is a part of your life and as we know our lives will certainly not be free of change, we can expect that on occasion your four legged BFF is going to need to find a little zen.

While there is no need to worry about occasional, excessive or prolonged stress can produce the same negative effects in dogs just as it does in humans. This is because stress triggers your dog's internal defense mechanisms (yep, just like us!) making her heart pound and raising her energy level to the max!  It causes dogs their reserve strength just to cope and get by. This can affect a dog's resistance to illness and disease and she may get sick.

Canine Stress Reactions

So what are the signs of stress in your dog? Just like with humans, personality is a big indicator. You may see a more aggressive dogs take out their stress on you and your home whereas more shy or nervous dogs may turn their stress inward and make themselves detached. Here are some symptoms of a "stressed out" dog:

  • Bathroom Accidents- The number one sign of stress is house the onset of accidents
  • Barking-Excessive howling or barking both inside and outside the house can signal anxiety. The more that you yell at them to stop the more it actually makes them bark.
  • Irritability- If your dog begins to have behaviors like as growling, snarling and even biting it could mean there is something else going on.
  • Sudden Illness-Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and over eating are all signs to take notice of
  • Chewing and Biting Skin- allergies and skin reactions are some of the ways that dogs internalize what they are feeling
  • Destructive behaviors-Your dog may try and relieve her stress by biting, licking or chewing on herself, the furniture, your personal belongings and more.

 

How to Help Your Pet Cope With Stress

If you believe your dog's stress is caused by loneliness, boredom and separation anxiety, the best way to relieve it is to spend more time with her. Many experts have also found that an increase her exercise opportunities can help too.

Since dogs are social creatures they can suffer from loneliness just like us.  So make sure you make time to hang out. Even if it's just kicking back together on the couch watching the game while you scratch their ears.  Some dogs are calmed simply by being close to you.

Of course we all know that time spent with your dog is a win-win situation for both of you. There are hundreds, if not thousands of medical studies proving that people with pets live happier, healthier and longer lives.

Prevention

Set your dog up for success just like you would yourself. You can stop stress before it starts by having a clear consistent communication and training method with your dog. You should not only start obedience training as early as possible but also show them that you can be consistent with their care. Although puppies are more receptive to learning new discipline routines, older dogs can learn new tricks with consistent, prolonged training and great incentives.

If you are just giving a dog a forever home then know that from the moment you walk through the door with your new dog, you need to establish clear boundaries.  You should also set aside a safe environment for her.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Give your puppy or dog a crate of her own in which to feel safe. Everyone likes to have their own spot.
  • Set rules early to let her learn what is appropriate behavior and what is not.
  • Establish clear differences between your space and hers. If you don't want them on your bed for instance, then don't ever let them on your pet for any reason.

One of the the worst things you can do is punish your dog. You will only succeed in making her fear or resent you causing even more stress. Just like with a young child, the chances are she will wait until you are not around to act out the bad behaviors that you yelled at her for in the first place.

Fortunately for dog lovers, a dog's easily trainable nature works in your favor. You'll need to provide the three "Cs": control, consistency and companionship as much as possible.

Routine - More Than Just the Daily Grind

Routine something that we all do, even if we don't realize it. Routine is a key element in developing stress-free dog. Your dog needs a structure to feel secure and to behave appropriately. This is true for even the simple things like knowing when she will be fed, walked and played with. These can all go a long way to making her feel more relaxed and secure.

Routine is rooted in regular companionship too. Without it she will not adapt well to unavoidable life changes and feel abandoned.

Here are some situations that could disrupt your dog's routine and cause her stress:

  • Traveling (vacation, to the vet, for a visit to your local pet store)
  • New home (moving to a new home and being adopted by a new owner)
  • Dog shows/encounters with strange smells, people and other pets
  • Environmental changes (even something like painting a room)
  • Boredom (no activity opportunities is huge)
  • Your absence (lot's of overtime at work, new schedule or even because you have a new hobby or interest that keeps you away from home)
  • New family member or visitor
  • New pet, including new puppy
  • Changes in your own health

Here are some ways you can reduce your dog from stressful situations:

  • Creating a Safe Space
    • A crate can be a "safe house" for your dog when the world around her is shifting. Any time you travel, move, or leave your dog for short periods, put your dog in her crate with some comfortable bedding, a shirt or towel that has your scent on it, and her favorite toy. This is their safe space and it's all theirs.
    • If you are having a party or some other gathering, or introducing new family members into the home, confine your dog to one room where she has her bed or crate and allow her to feel safe rather than feeling that her territory is threatened by people she does not know. Always introduce your dog to new people slowly.
  • Keep up routines

    • If her stress is caused by moving to a new home let's say then before, during, and after the move try and maintain your daily routine with your dog. Make sure she has regular mealtimes and lots of walks, time with you and play breaks. 
    • Don't coddle her

      • If your dog seems nervous and fearful, don't speak to her consolingly. It seems like this would be the right thing to do but she may interpret this as positive reinforcement for exhibiting her stress. So better to just redirect and go for a walk or outside to play fetch.
      • New baby introduction

        • This one can be tough. If there is a new baby in your home and your dog is at all fearful or aggressive, always proceed with caution. Never leave your dog alone with a baby or small child, as neither fully knows how to react to the other. It's often a good idea to put your dog on a leash when she first meets the baby. This way if she gets excited you can correct her, and praise her when she obeys. We don't want any likelihood of sibling rivalry to be on the horizon!
        • Get regular check ups

          • If your dog still appears to be stressed after you have worked with her for a day or two, take her to the vet. Sometimes the stress may have aggravated an illness or caused one or an illness may initiate a stress-type response. Your vet can rule out any physical causes and should be able to offer suggestions on how to help your dog physically as well as from a behavior standpoint.


        By working to maintain the daily routine in your dog's life and keeping her healthy, active, stimulated and well fed, you can really make a difference preventing and treating stress she may feel.

        Don't you wish it were that simple for you? Sigh.....

        July 09, 2015

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        5 Tips for Traveling with Your TurboPUP

        Summer is a great time to travel with the whole family-including your TurboPUP!  One key to having a successful trip with your pet is being organized and prepared!  We've put together a list of our top picks for successful traveling with your TurboPUP.

        Organized Pet Essentials

        Set yourself up for success by having a travel pack filled with all the pet essentials needed to take care of your dog while on the road. Don't forget those TurboPUP bars too!

        Find a Dog Friendly Place to Stay

        There are several dog friendly hotel chains to choose from.  Usually a pet deposit is needed to secure a room.  There are also many pet friend rental homes if you are looking to have an extended stay!  Some even come with a yard for play and supplies for your pet.

        Map Out Pet “Pit Stops”

        When you gotta go, you gotta go! Plan out some rest areas on your next road trip so everyone gets a chance to take care of some personal business.

        Managing Doggy Anxiety

        Dogs can get suffer severe anxiety while traveling.  They don’t understand what’s happening most often and can get car sick.  The Thunder Shirt is great at reducing anxiety for some dogs without the use of medication. You can also look at diffusing essential oils to help calm nerves and tummies.

        Safety Harness

        Like any passenger, dogs should wear a seat belt while traveling.  A safety harness keeps them in place while letting them move about the seat to find a comfortable spot. 

        Do you have any other tips you would like to share?