One of the Most Inexpensive, Effective Dog Toys I Know For Small & Medium Dogs

Dogs, like people, have distinct personalities, so naturally what one likes is not what they’re all going to like. That’s my only caveat before I introduce the latest toy I discovered for my medium-sized shepherd mix entirely by accident.

I enjoy soft drinks as much as the next person, and I’ve always purchased the kind that comes in a six pack of plastic bottles (I like being able to reseal them for later, as opposed to cans. I always go for the sugar free zero calorie kind, because the full flavored kind are so bad health wise, and they taste all right considering what they are. A couple of times a week I’ll drink them as a mid-day snack of sorts to sooth hunger pangs and cravings with something sweet, filling and zero calories. Keep in mind I work at home, so when I’m done I simply set it to the side on the floor behind my chair and continue working at my desk. I do the same for dishware on days when I do have “real food.”

On one such day my dog, having effectively obliterated all of her current toys, decided to investigate. And promptly went nuts. Okay, so maybe she discovered it, not me, but I still think I deserve a little credit for setting up the circumstances for discovery, albeit unwittingly. From what I can tell, though, we just may have stumbled on the perfect puppy toy imaginable.

For one thing, it is thus far completely indestructible. She’ll hold a plastic bottle in her paws and try to gnaw it like one of her bones, but she can’t get any purchase and the plastic is thick enough to where her teeth don’t punch right through. This is the only reason why I say it’s a good toy for small and medium dogs, because a bigger dog might be able to get their jaws fully around it and generate enough leverage to puncture. My dog’s about thirty-five to forty pounds though, and so far nothing. The only part of the plastic bottle that does succumb to her …

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Tips for Buying Accessories for Your Dog

Dog accessories are available in various shapes, shapes and sizes and are used for various purposes. Some accessories make caring for your pet easier, some help make it comfortable and others are made just for fun. Whatever type of accessory you buy, it is important to prioritize safety. Here are some tips for buying accessories for your dog that can help you make good choices for your pet.

Collars, Leashes and Harnesses

Collars and leashes are two items that help to keep your pet safe when playing in the park or walking around the block. Look for lightweight, delicate collars when buying for small breeds. Large bulky collars can make your pet very uncomfortable and the weight can strain her neck muscles.

If your pet pulls and fights against the collar, you may want to consider a harness instead. These will put less stress on your pet’s neck and prevent him from hurting himself when he struggles. All collars and harnesses need to fit snug but not too tight. You should be able to get two fingers between the collar and your pet for a good fit.

Dog Carrier Bags and Slings

Dog carrier bags and slings are fashionable and functional. They make it easier for you to take your small dog with you everywhere you go but you do need to consider your pet’s special needs when choosing one. For example, dog slings usually work great for calm dogs but if she has a tendency of squirming around and trying to jump out of your arms, you don’t want to put her in one of these.

A dog carrier bag would be a better choice. Your pet can see out and look around but she can’t get out until you open the door for her, which will keep her safe. The carrier bag should be well ventilated and suited for her size and weight.

Clothing

Clothing is one of those accessories used to make a fashion statement but they can also help keep your pet warm and comfortable in the cold months. When buying clothing, look for items made …

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Selecting the Right Dog Harness for Your Pooch

These days, a lot of people are buying dog harnesses instead of collars. People love their dogs, and by buying a harness they’re less likely to choke while being  how do you decide which one to buy? After all, you aren’t a dog so you don’t know what they might like.

There’s a few things to consider here:

1) What kind would work best for your pooch? 2) How much money can you spend on a soft pooch harness?

Let’s jump right in to the first question-

What Kind do I Need?

Here’s a few questions to ask yourself to figure that out:

  • Is your dog male or female? You don’t want a pink harness on a male dog, right? 
  • Does your dog love to swim? If so, leather may not be a good choice- go with nylon instead.
  • Will the harness be used on long walks? Does your dog pull hard, or is it pretty calm and gentle while being walked?
  • Is their skin sensitive? What is their fur like? 
  • Is this small dog harness to help strap your dog into the car? If so, how long are the trips you’ll be making with it? You definitely want your dog to be comfortable, right?
  • Will your dog get the harness dirty, so it has to be machine washable?

The last thing to do is determine if a harness will be big enough. Because most harnesses are measured by girth, that is how you should measure your pooch. All you need to do this is a flexible measuring tape.

If you don’t have one, just measure it with a piece of string. Then measure the length of the string to a ruler or meter stick. Start by measuring around the base of your dog’s neck. A lot of the time, this is the only measurement you’ll have to take.

What’s Your Budget?

How much money can you afford to spend on your small dog harness? Prices for simple nylon harnesses can start at about $10 or a little more. Most quality harnesses tend to be in the $20 range, but …

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