It’s hardly an original observation that dogs are like people in many ways. One way that they are certainly like us is that some are built for cold weather while others are not. In general, dogs with coarse coats and extra body fat fare better in cold weather than short-haired or hairless breeds. At Dogstuff, where we have gift ideas for dog lovers, we can’t help but envy dogs that thrive in bitter winter environments. So bundle up as we feature some of [our favorite winter dog breeds.
- Akita: This dog breed hails from Japan and was once owned by the Imperial family. Its dense undercoat and harsh outer coat protect it from temperature extremes that would cause discomfort to other dog breeds. A word of caution about owning one: They can be fiercely independent making them a challenge to train.
· Alaskan Malamute: Many people see this dog as the ultimate winter dog breed. They are the largest and oldest of the Alaskan sled dogs.
- Chow Chows: This dog is known for its black tongue as well as its thick, wooly coat. Moreover, Chow Chows have an even disposition and crave human companionship.
· Siberian Husky: Huskies originate in Northeast Asia and were originally bred as sled dogs. Although they have an almost legendary tolerance for cold weather, they shed quite a bit. Moreover, they require lots of attention and daily exercise.
- Saint Bernard: This low energy breed can weigh from 120 to 200 pounds and are known for helping to find people who have been lost in deep snow drifts. Additionally, they are muscular and are not particularly playful. However, they are affectionate and very loyal.
- Great Pyrenees: Originally bred to protect livestock and homes against predators in the Pyrenees Mountains, this breed is gentle and long-lived. Additionally this breed loves the cold and has great stamina making it a good hiking companion.
- Newfoundland: This cousin of the St. Bernard originated in Canada where it was bred to withstand the freezing temperatures and icy waters of the region. They can weigh up to 150 lbs.
Finally, we love all kinds of dogs at Dogstuff. That is why we have dog figurines that feature some of the same breeds that are mentioned above plus others. Our figurines come in sizes from small to large. We even have lighted and musical statuettes.
Trees and dogs – there is usually no closer relationship in nature. However, as Christmas approaches and many of us bring trees indoors, that relationship can become an inconvenient one for us pet owners. Think about it: Suddenly your home is full of something that usually sits outside. Fido is bound to be a bit confused and excited by this sight. So, how do you make sure that your puppy does not get into all kinds of mischief and ruin your Christmas tree? Just as importantly, how do you make sure he does not injure himself as well? Here are some tips for making sure that your puppy and your Christmas tree can co-exist peacefully in your home.
- Elevate the Christmas tree: Raising your tree off the ground will not only prevent puppy from making potty around your most valued Christmas tradition, it will also protect him by preventing him from eating potentially toxic pine needles. Consider putting the tree in a tall pot or up on a high pedestal.
- Cover the water: If you use a natural Christmas tree, cover the water to prevent your puppy from drinking from it and potentially toppling it over.
- Use a scent deterrent: Many dogs, and cats, simply don’t like the smell of citronella. Spray your tree with citronella for a scent that dogs find objectionable but that humans can bear.
- Place your ornaments wisely: Pay special attention to where you place your dog Christmas ornaments. Consider placing safe paper ornaments near the bottom of the tree and more fragile, breakable ones at the top. If your puppy is especially fond of chewing everything in sight – and what puppy isn’t – you might even consider putting away delicate bulbs altogether.
- Avoid edible ornaments: If your tree holds candy canes, popcorn, cranberries, etc., your puppy’s nose will find it. In particular, avoid placing chocolate anywhere near your tree. Place plastic candy canes, etc., on your tree instead. Our dog ornaments are not made of real food for this specific reason.
- Wrap cords and wires: Protect your dog from shock by covering your wires and cords with cardboard or plastic tubing. Finally, avoid using tinsel completely as this can be toxic to a dog.
- Consider using a baby gate: Restrict your dog’s access to all those irresistible, shiny new objects by erecting a baby gate around areas that may endanger him/her.
In short, dogs and Christmas trees can co-exist as long as we pet owners remember that what may be fun and exciting for us may be confusing and alien to our dogs. Follow these tips so that you and your puppy will enjoy the holiday season together without incident.
The stories that came out of Texas, Louisiana and Florida this year, not to mention Puerto Rico, were heart wrenching as we read about families losing everything in the midst of hurricanes, floods, etc. Not surprisingly, most of these troubling stories involved people who were not only unfortunate enough to have to brave this extreme weather but who also were separated from the four legged members of their families. Pets are especially vulnerable to extreme weather events and they rely on us to protect them. At Dog Stuff, we would like to make sure that you are prepared to protect your canine – and feline – friends from natural disasters which are as inevitable they are unwanted. Here are some tips for protecting your dog during natural disasters.
- Make a “pet kit” – Keep a kit that includes important supplies your pet will need and will last them for three to seven days. Include with the kit food and water, a dish and water bowl, flea and tick medicine, ownership documents, comfort toys, first aid kit and related equipment.
- Keep vaccinations up to date: In the event your dog should need to be boarded in a shelter, it is essential that you keep his/her shots updated and that you keep a vaccination record with you. Animal shelters, boarding facilities, etc. require that you have these records.
- Create an emergency plan: Make sure that you create a plan that includes your pets in the event of: blackouts, floods, hurricanes, etc. As a part of your plan, know where your nearest shelter is and how to get there. Finally, practice your plan so that it can be perfected.
- Evacuate them early: If your community is on a severe weather alert be prepared to lead your pets and yourself to a designated shelter. Never leave your pets behind during a natural disaster.
- Make sure your pet has ID: It is very easy to become separated from your pet during a natural disaster. Microchipping your pet is best but if you use a tag to identify your pet include on it his name, your name and telephone number.
In short, taking certain precautions helps to protect your pet and gives your family peace of mind. However, you do not have to undergo the rigors of a hurricane, flood, etc., to show your pet how much you care for them every day. You can always treat him and yourself with our gift ideas for dog lovers. We have gifts such as dog ornaments for you and many gifts that are practical and fun for your pooch such as winter clothing that will help make short haired breeds more comfortable as they brave the winter months ahead.
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
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 become 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.
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.
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.