Cold Weather Care Tips for Dog

Most of us are conditioned to believe that simply because most dogs have coats, that they are impervious to the cold weather. This belief is further promoted by the many clips on YouTube and other videos sites showing dogs frolicking in the snow during the wintertime. However, the truth is that depending on the breed and type, dogs can feel the cold just as much as we humans do. In fact, hairless breeds are especially sensitive to low temperatures. At Dog Stuff, where we sell a variety of gifts for dog lovers including a golden retriever statue, we want to remind owners to keep in mind the comfort of our four-legged friends as temperatures fall in many parts of the country. Here are some tips for keeping your pooch from freezing this fall and winter.

 

  • Watch for frostbite and hypothermia: Just as in humans, a dog’s body will naturally draw warmth and blood away from the extremities in cold weather leaving it susceptible to frostbite. Signs of frostbite in dogs include of pale or grey skin and skin that is hard and cold. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, lethargy and depression.
  • Bring them inside: Even if your pet is normally an outdoor pet, it can still get a chill when temperatures drop. Bring your pet inside during extremely cold weather.
  • Change his his/her walk times: We all know dogs like to walk even in the dead of winter. Try changing his/her walk times to typically warmer times of the day such as the middle of the afternoon or the early evening.
  • Make his/her bedding cozier: Remember that our dogs live very close to the floor at all times and that the floor becomes particularly cold in the winter. Try raising your dog’s bed, providing him with extra blankets, and placing him near warm spots in your home such as a heating vent.
  • Keep him safe from winter toxins: Anti-freeze, for example, is extremely toxic to dogs and cats in even relatively small amounts. Be sure to not let your dog wander near the garage or other places where he may encounters spills.
  • Watch his/her paws: Ice can freeze your dog’s paws and salt can burn them. Be careful to watch his pads and consider providing him with booties. We sell fleece booties in all sizes.

 

In conclusion, by keeping an eye on your dog you can insure that he and you both enjoy the coming seasons of fall and winter

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A Guide to Storing and Maintaining Your Collectible Figurines

Many of our customers are not just people who like to lavish gifts upon their pets, they are hobbyist who like to treat themselves as well. These are the collectors who wish to display and preserve the many figurines, ornaments and other tributes to our four legged friends that our site carries. But as any true hobbyist can tell you, half the fun of collecting any item of sentimental or monetary value is in proudly displaying it to others. Thus, we at Dog Stuff – where we specialize in unique gifts for dog lovers – would like to offer you some tips and tricks for storing and maintaining your dog related figurines decorations, memorials and Christmas ornaments.

Maintaining your collectibles

 

Dirt and the natural oils from your hands are two common enemies that your collectibles will face. You can best clean your collectibles by banning household cleaners, silicon based spray polishes and ammonia-based products from your cleaning supplies. Instead use a damp sponge and a mild detergent to polish your figurines. Additionally, use a can of air-propelled dust remover to eliminate dust from your items. Finally, be sure to be gentle when applying cleaners as harsh handling can break delicate pieces.

Storing your collectibles

Of course, securing your collection from dirt, grime and naturals oils and direct sunlight are best achieved by taking care of how you store your pieces. Experts recommend the following when storing your collectibles.

  • Shield them from extreme dryness as this can cause some materials to harden and lcr303a-2__59709-1486509885__36840-1497543041become brittle. These conditions can in turn damage your items.
  • Shield them from excessive moisture as this can attract fungus and other organic agents that may damage your collectibles.
  • Keep your figurines in a room where the temperature changes are moderate in
  • order to avoid cracking and warping.
  • Shield your figurines from too much sunlight.
  • When storing your figurines in boxes, be sure to seal each collectible in its own zip-lock storage bag.

In short, many of our customers would not dare think of leaving our site without treating themselves as well as their pets. On our site dog lover gifts range from toys for our furry friends to extravagant gifts that we lavish upon ourselves. It is this variety that causes our customers to return to us.

Signs Your Dog has Allergies and how you can help

As dog lovers, we hate to see our furry little friends suffer needlessly. Unfortunately, this is often the case when outside dogs, especially, are exposed to the various spores, molds and grasses of the summer and spring seasons. At Dogstuff – where we have gift ideas for dog lovers – we are also concerned that our four legged friends be comfortable and enjoy the season along with their owners. It’s no fun to watch them scratch themselves constantly or scoot across the floor. For that reason, we would like to give you some pointers on determining whether your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies and also give you some tips that may help relieve his/her suffering.

  • Itching: Does your dog scratch him/herself constantly especially when he/she is outside? It may not simply be fleas. Constant scratching is often a sure sign that your dog has allergies.
  • Rashes: Of course, constant scratching can lead to the formation of a rash. Check to see if your dog has red, irritated skin where he/she may have been exposed to certain grasses, pollen, etc. Areas to check in particular include your dog’s belly, ears, and paws and in between his/her toes.
  • Obsessive licking: For dog’s, licking is a cure-all for nearly any physical discomfort or injury. It may also be a sign that they have been subjected to some irritant in their environment.
  • Rubbing themselves against objects: Is your dog rubbing itself against the couch, a pillow or the carpet? It may be a sign that he/she is trying to relieve itchiness that he/she feels.

Biting and chewing are other signs that your dog may be suffering from allergies and may need relief. If your dog does any of these things excessively then you should consider taking him/her to the family vet. Other things you may consider doing to help include:

  • Groom your dog after walks: Wiping your dog down and giving him a bath using a hypoallergenic shampoo helps remove pollen and dander.
  • Use supplements such as biotin or omega-3s: Supplements are a natural way to relieve itching and improve your dog’s overall coat.
  • Consult with your vet: Chances are your vet will have seen his/her fair share of pets that have been bothered by allergies. He/she should be able to recommend other treatments for allergy prone pets.

Finally, while you are considering one of our many dog lover gifts for your pet, also consider adding to his enjoyment of the season by watching for these telltale signs that he may be suffering in silence. Dogstuff hopes that you and your pet(s) have an enjoyable summer.

Tips for Making the Dog Park Fun for You and Your Pet

There is an adorable video on YouTube about a dog practically bursting with excitement as he realizes that his owner is approaching his favorite play space – the dog park. [The video can be seen here.] And while there is no doubt that a day at the dog park can be one of the nicest experiences you can provide for your pooch, for us owners it can occasionally be exasperating. That is because other people and their dogs are sometimes inconsiderate and don’t follow a set of rules that would make these parks fun for owners and canines. At Dogstuff – where we have unique gifts for dog lovers of every kind – we believe that these shared experiences between human and canine can be enjoyable for both. It simply takes adherence to some basic ideas when visiting his/her favorite park.

  • Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered, has all her shots, and is in good health: If your dog has not been fixed or is ill, then you should not even consider taking him/her to the park.
  • Know your dog: As every pet owner knows, dogs have personalities that are as unique as ours. Before taking your dog to the park determine whether he/she is overly aggressive, passive, etc. If your dog has a problem socializing with other dogs, introduce him/her to smaller, more controlled settings before thrusting him/her into a situation full of strange dogs.
  • Introduce your dog to other dogs on leash first: Doing this will not only control your dog’s initial interaction with other dog’s and possibly avoid fights, it will also remind your dog that you are there to handle conflicts in your way.
  • Remain attentive at all times: Stay off your mobile device and watch your dog as you would a small child in a similar situation. It only takes a second for conflicts to arise and for your dog to get into danger or to endanger another dog or owner.
  • Note your dog’s behavior: Signs that your dog may not be enjoying itself should be evident to you as its owner. For example, dogs that are frightened often exhibit the following behaviors:

–   Tail tucked between legs

–   Low body posture

–   Looking away

–   Pinned back ears

If your dog does seem uncomfortable, take him/her away immediately.

  • Make sure your dog is properly trained: Does your dog ignore your commands? If he/she does then you may wish to train him/her more before taking him/her to the park. An undisciplined dog in an open area of any kind invites danger for other dogs and people.

Finally, just as you would take care in selecting a gift for dog lovers; take the time to ensure that you and your dog’s trip to the park will be fun and memorable for both of you.Dog Lover Gifts

How to Protect your Dog from the Heat of Summer

Imagine that you are wearing a fur coat that you cannot remove even in the midst of the hottest, most oppressive weather. Well, with the exception of certain hairless dog breeds, this is the situation that our furry friends are in all year round. They are just as vulnerable to the heat as we are except they cannot sweat in the way that we can nor can they vocalize when they are in physical distress from the sun. This is why we must be particularly mindful to watch them for signs of overheating during the summer days that will soon be upon us. At Dog Stuff, where we have gifts for dog lovers, we want to make sure that our patrons, who we know love their canine companions, look out for them as they look out for us. Here are a few of our suggestions for keeping your four-legged friends from overheating this summer.

 

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car: Don’t leave your pet inside a locked car in the summer as it can easily reach 140 degrees within minutes. This results in many pets dying from excessively hot temperatures.
  • Watch hot surfaces: Asphalt can quickly heat to a temperature that is distressing to a dog’s paws. In fact, the ground can get hot enough to burn your dog’s feet. When temperatures begin to soar, be sure to keep walks to a minimum and watch for surfaces that may be too hot.
  • Provide plenty of water: If your dog is an outside dog, in particular, remember to provide him/her with plenty of cool water. Change his/her water bowl frequently, otherwise he/she will be drinking hot water in an attempt to cool off. Finally, be sure that your dog has plenty of shade during sunny days.
  • Apply sunscreen: Consider using a veterinarian approved sunscreen and applying it to your dog’s ears, nose and areas vulnerable to the sun.
  • Let him/her go for a swim: If you have access to a pool, let your dog go for a swim with you to cool off. If you don’t have a pool, let him/her run through the sprinkler. You’ll both have fun and he/she will cool down considerably on hot days.

In short, humans sweat in response to high temperatures. Dogs pant as their way of cooling off. However, panting is not completely effective in cooling off dogs. When a dog’s normal temperature of around 100 to 102.5 reaches 106 or above they are in deadly distress and need the help of a vet. Treat your dog with the gift of caring this summer and yourself with one of our items such as a golden retriever statue.wg2802-2__33849-1486509883

Top Irish Dog Breeds

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner we at Dogstuff thought it would be a good idea to pay tribute to some of the top Irish dog breeds. We have dog collectibles for people of all tastes but with the popular Irish/American holiday coming up we knew our customers would appreciate a look at these special animals. So without further ado, here are the top Irish dog breeds.

Irish Red Setter: What says an Irish dog breed more than these intelligent, elegant, auburn-haired bird dogs? These canines are known for their good nature and their ability to get along with children.

Irish Wolfhound: A shorter-haired breed than the Setter, Wolfhounds are massive dogs. They can grow to weigh up to 100lbs. Despite their size, they are generally even tempered and loyal and are best for owners who have lots of space for them to play around in and explore.

Irish Water Spaniel: The tallest of spaniels, Irish Water Spaniel make excellent hunting dogs because of their webbed feet which help them in water. However, they can be somewhat high maintenance since their curly hair needs to be combed regularly in order to prevent matting.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: For people who prefer a mid-sized dog, there is this native of Ireland. These dogs, which have a somewhat wooly coat, are a favorite for people who desire a dog but may have children with allergies in the household. Note that because of their energetic and feisty nature, they may require patience when training.

Kerry Blue Terrier: This mid-sized terrier breed was originally developed as a eradicator of small pests such as rabbits, rats, badgers, etc. They are called Kerry Blue because their coat – which is actually silver-colored – resembles light shades of blue.dogstuff_logo

Kerry Beagle: One of the oldest Irish hound breeds, Kerry Beagles are a larger, longer hound than beagles that are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). These dogs are often very good in households with children but do require plenty of regular exercise.

Jack Russell Terrier: Known to some as the “Frasier” dog, the Jack Russell is a small
terrier breed that was originally developed to be used in fox hunting. This long-lived dog breed is energetic and sometimes stubborn.

Glen of Imaal Terrier: Also known as a “Wicklow Terrier”, this medium sized breed originates in Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland. They are energetic and tenacious and even a bit stubborn but can be trained by determined owners.
These are some of our favorite Irish dog breeds brought to you just a few weeks before St. Patrick’s Day. You can find collectibles that celebrate this most Irish/America of holidays at our store.

Tips for Starting a Figurine Collection

The one thing that everyone who visits our site has in common is that they love dogs. You can even say that for some of them dogs are obsessions. As we dress, care for and pamper them, dogs are never far from the thoughts of many of us. So it makes perfect sense to consider turning this love of man (and woman’s) best friend into a hobby. Indeed, collecting is an excellent way to demonstrate your passion for our canine friends and at the same time, develop a hobby that can be as inexpensive or expensive as you like (this of course depends on the size of the collection). Moreover, collecting is a hobby that people of all ages can begin. At Dog Stuff, we have several dog figurines and dog collectibles that you can make centerpieces to your collection. But in order to make the most of your collecting we offer the following suggestions.

Decide on a budget: As stated before, collecting dog figurines does not have to be an expensive endeavor. It ultimately depends on how much you want to spend on your collection. Do you have a specific amount that you wish to spend weekly, monthly, yearly? Keep what you want to spend in mind but don’t be price obsessed as this can lealivshd001-2td to your acquiring poor quality items.

Decide on a Niche: Are you partial to certain breeds of dogs? Do you favor specific kinds of items for your collection or is your interest in dogs more general. Either way we can supply you with all kinds of knick knacks that will help you grow your collection.

Plan your space: Decide where you wish to display your collection. Be aware that as the size of your collection grows you may need more space to branch out. Curio cabinets – cabinets with glass doors – make excellent display areas and they are also convenient for showing off your collection to visitors.

Keep records: You may wish to keep notes on which pieces you acquire so that you can avoid getting the same piece again. A binder will also help you better organize your collection by breed, size, etc.

Keep it fun: Some people collect items in order to “flip” those items later. There is nothing wrong with this but remember that if it’s not fun, then it’s not worth doing in the first place.

There you have it. We hope this list helps you begin the process of building the dream collection that will show everyone around you, your love and appreciation for our four legged friends. Just remember to keep it enjoyable and interesting.