Virtual Shopping Parties

We Now Offer Virtual Shopping Parties!

Treat your pup to stylish pet accessories and have the chance to save money or get free stuff. Host a virtual shopping party. They’re quick (only 45 minutes), easy (it takes place on Facebook) and are a great way to spend time with friends.

C & K Pet Designs Virtual Shopping Party

Training Tips & Planner: Preparing Your Dog For The Big Day

Photo: Stacie

Photo: Stacie

As everyone knows, organizing a wedding takes time and planning; preparing your dog for your wedding day is no different. This training schedule will help your dog be ready in time for the big occasion.

12-16 Months Before

Now is the time to practice the basics: sit, stay, come, and most importantly to “check in” with you. Start with short training sessions (15 minutes) twice a day in a distraction-free area. Initially, you will likely need to use small pieces of a high value treat to shape and reward the desired behavior. Having trouble? Consider enlisting the services of a trainer now, to avoid issues and disappointment later. Continue reading →

Dog Grooming Trends

Photo: Patti

Photo: Patti

Dog grooming was once limited to bathing and a trim. Today, groomers are pushing the boundaries to give your pampered pooch a unique look.

Hair Dying

Photo: garycycles

Photo: garycycles

Fancy your dog with pink highlights? Or maybe you want to express your dog’s wild side with an animal print? Pet safe hair dyes make this (and more) possible.

Be sure to select a groomer who has experience with product and never use on dogs with irritated skin or who have allergies. Continue reading →

Pet Medical Alert Tag

Pet Medical Alert Tag

Although Canada does not currently have a central registry that manages medical alert pet tags, you should still consider adding an alert tag to your pet’s collar if your dog or cat has medical issues. This way, if you get separated from your pet, whoever finds your furry friend will know that your pet has special needs.

Photo Credit: Dog Tag Art

You could have the tag engraved with the words “takes medication” or “diabetic” as a caution. In the United States there are several organizations that provide medical alert pet tags and keep a registry of these pets. These registries were proven to be valuable when natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods struck certain parts of the U.S. Pets who were wearing these medical alert tags received the medical attention they required more quickly than if they had not been wearing them.

Hi-tech dog gear

Whether you love gadgets or for the dog who has it all,here are some hi-tech dog gear to help keep your dog healthy, happy, and safe.

Photo: Go Go Dog Toys

Photo: Go Go Dog Toys

If you have trouble keeping up with your dog’s activity level or just need a new way to entertain him/her then Go-Go Dog Pals might be the perfect toy. It is similar to a remote controlled car except it has a durable cover designed to look like a squirrel, turtle or a number of other creatures. It can cruise up to 25 MPH, has a range of 350 ft, and its chassis’s ”shape and material is designed so dogs cannot grasp and puncture it…[and] is engineered to operate on most surfaces.”

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Want to Contribute to Dog-ology? (No Degree Required)

dog-1551699_640Have you ever wondered why your dog doesthat? Or maybe you’ve heard in the news about the latest study that says dogs will snub people who are mean to their owners?

Thanks to scientists around the world, we are learning more about canine behavior than ever before. But these researchers don’t use special “lab” dogs…they typically use dogs just like yours! So if you would like to contribute to science without needing a degree (or in some cases leaving the comfort of your home) here are a few places to check out:

  1. The OVC Companion Behavior and Welfare Lab
  2. The Canine Research Unit
  3. And this great list of research projects from around the world

They’re coming….weeds! How to control them naturally

Photo Credit: Aplum

Photo Credit: Aplum

The days are getting longer and the weather is warmer making it the perfect time for….weeds! Just because you have children or pets doesn’t mean your yard should be overrun by those dreaded yellow flowers. Here are three options to keep your lawn healthy without using harsh chemicals or having to removing weeds by hand. Continue reading →

Dog Friendly Gardens

Photo: E M

Photo: E M

Whether you’re planting a kitchen or a flower garden here are a few ideas to help make yours dog friendly.

Herbs are a great addition to any garden because they add greenery and they smell wonderful. Oregano is a good choice if you are looking for a compact, bushy plant and it is beneficial for a dog’s digestive system. Rosemary looks a little like a pine tree and it is often used as an indoor plant during the holiday season. Rosemary is a good source of vitamin A and C for both humans and canines. Parsley was once viewed as a simple garnish however, it is an awesome breath freshener for dogs. Lavender is known for its beautiful flowers, calming properties and antibacterial effects. Best of all it’s safe for dogs!

Another option is to include edible flowers in your garden such as violets and pansies. Finally, fruit plants such as blueberry bushes provides not only tasty treats but beautiful flowers and structure to a garden.

When planting flowers, remember to consult the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants to ensure that any dangerous ones are fenced or otherwise protected from your four legged friends.

DIY Dog Boots

Dog boots can be expensive but making your own is easy and you don’t need to be an expert at sewing.

You will need: .5 to 1 yard of microfleece (depending on how large your dog is), a leather patch, small roll of 1/2″ double sided velcro.

  • Start by tracing your dog’s front paws followed by the back paw on a piece of paper. Use this as your pattern.
  • Next, fold the microfleece in half so you end up with a double layer. Cut four rectangles; they should be about .5″ larger than the width of your dog’s foot to allow for the seam and 2-3″ longer than the length of their paw (again depending on the size of your dog, longer is better). Cut a smaller rectangle from the leather patch for each boot; the patch should be about 1/2 the size of the boot
  • Take one patch and one boot piece and sew along the bottom edge. Repeat this with the other 3 boots.
  • Cut a piece of double sided velco that’s slightly longer than the width of the boot. Take the boot pieces from the previous step and place the velco at the top of the boot an another in the middle. Sew back and forth across the velco to affix it.
  • Now it’s time to put the boots together. Sew all along the boot, rounding the edges of the bottom of the boot. Stop about .5″ from the top of the final side. This will make putting on and removing the boot easier
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