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Sunday, December 29, 2013


As this year draws to a close I wish to thank family, friends and all of you who have supported me through the start up of SimplyDogStuff.com.  It has been a long and difficult year.  I've learned a lot, but still have a long way to go.  I know your dogs are as special to you as ours are to our family and I plan to continue to provide what I hope is helpful information and products at the best prices I can obtain.  Please let me know if there is something you are interested in seeing on the site or if you see problems that I need to fix.  Remember I'm new at this!  Thank you for your support and your patience!  May you and yours be blessed this coming year!


Monday, December 16, 2013


 In my business I see how important it is for dogs to be well socialized.  Making sure your pooch gets along well with other dogs as well as other humans will relieve a great deal of his anxiety as well as yours when going out together or having to separate for a time.  Imagine having to leave your dog in a daycare or boarding facility while you go on vacation.  The difference between a well socialized dog and one who is not would be you could either be dropping off a scared, shivering, frightened dog causing anxiousness for you both at departure; or you could drop off a happy dog who is playful and thrilled to see some fun playmates and you could go on vacation feeling relaxed that your dog will be fine, having a good time with his friends.

The following article has some great information on ways to help socialize your dog.  I hope it's helpful!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Dogs are eager to please making positive reinforcement a great tool in dog training.  The following is a great video on learning to use positive reinforcement in training.  I hope it's helpful to some of you.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Why Do Dogs Urine Mark?

 Unspayed female and unneutered male are much more likely to urine mark than spayed/neutered dogs.  In females it is more frequent just before and while they are in heat.  Most dogs scent mark by raising a leg and urinating small amounts on vertical surfaces.

Some dogs urine mark when new dogs come into their environment or they smell urine left in their environments by other dogs. A dog’s environment may encompass his home, his yard, the route he usually takes when on walks, friends’ homes he regularly visits, and parks or other locations he frequents.
Exciting social situations can trigger urine marking. Some male dogs only urine mark when in the presence of female dogs, and some urine mark only when interacting with other male dogs. Some dogs only urine mark when visiting homes where other dogs have urine marked before. Other dogs only urine mark when they become overstimulated in social situations. 

Some dogs urine mark when they experience anxiety. Anxious dogs might urinate greater amounts than dogs marking for other reasons. They might also urine mark on spots that aren’t vertical surfaces.  Many things can cause anxiety and trigger urine marking, including the presence of new objects, furniture or luggage in a dog’s environment, the departure of a resident from a dog’s home, a new person moving into the home, and conflict between a dog and people or other animals in the home.

Medical Causes to Rule Out

There are several medical reasons for house soiling which should be ruled out before evaluating or treating your dog for urine marking.

Other Types of Urination Problems to Rule Out

Your dog might have a submissive or excitement urination problem if he only urinates during greetings, play, physical contact, scolding or punishment. If this is the case, you might notice him displaying submissive postures during interactions. He might cringe or cower, roll over on his belly, duck his head, avert his eyes, flatten his ears or all of the above. 

If a dog has always soiled in the home, has lived outside or in a kennel, or has an unknown history, it’s likely that she simply has never been house trained. 

If your dog only soils when left alone in your home, even for short periods of time, she may have separation anxiety. If this is the case, you may notice that she appears nervous or upset right before you leave her by herself or after you’ve left.

Treatment For Urine Marking

The easiest solution for urine marking in a reproductively intact dog is to spay/neuter the dog. Neutering male dogs successfully eliminates or greatly reduces household urine marking in 50 to 60 percent of cases according to WebMD.

If you plan to breed your dog and you’re resistant to spaying or neutering, you can follow many of the suggestions that follow for dogs who appear to urine mark in response to specific social or environmental triggers. Be aware, however, that the likelihood of successfully eliminating or reducing urine marking is lower if your dog is still intact.

The following ideas might help reduce urine marking if your dog performs the behavior when encountering new things in his environment or experiencing certain social situations:
  1. Restrict your dog’s access to things he’s likely to mark. Don’t allow other dogs to visit your home or yard. You can also try blocking your dog’s visual access to other dogs.
  2. If you have a male dog, have him wear a bellyband (also known as a male dog wrap) so he can mark but not soil in your home. You can purchase a bellyband made for dogs from a pet supply company. This option is especially appropriate if your dog only urine marks when visiting other homes.
  3. If your dog predictably marks certain objects (bags, suitcases or shoes, for example), or if he only marks in certain locations, place treats around those objects or in those areas. Your dog might start to regard objects he used to mark and places where he used to mark as sources of food rather than triggers for marking.
  4. Clean previously marked locations with an enzymatic cleaner, such as Nature’s Miracle® Stain and Odor Remover, to minimize smells that can attract your dog and cause him to mark again. You can find cleaners made for eliminating pet odors at most pet supply stores and some grocery stores.
  5. Try to make marked areas unpleasant to discourage your dog from returning. Try using double-sided sticky tape, vinyl carpet runner turned upside-down to expose the knobby surface, or other types of humane, harmless booby traps. Keep in mind, however, that your dog might simply select another place to urine mark.
  6. Provide your dog with an acceptable target for marking, such as a tree trunk or artificial fire hydrant. Expose him to something that prompts his marking, such as the urine of another dog, and then immediately take him to your chosen target. Wait until he marks, and then reward him with praise and a few tasty treats for marking in the correct place.
 A small number of dogs urine mark when distressed or anxious. Typically, this kind of marking is prompted by some perceived threat.  To reduce your dog’s anxiety-induced marking, try the following suggestions:

  1. Restrict your dog’s access to things that he’s likely to mark.
  2. Try to resolve conflicts between family pets.  If necessary seek help from a certified professional dog trainer for tips on resolving pet conflicts.
  3. If a new resident has joined your household, try to resolve anxiety between your dog and the new person. Make the new person a source of things your dog really enjoys, such as food, treats, chewies, walks, play and exciting outings. If conflict continues, please consult a qualified pet professional for help.
For more great information see:  http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/stop-male-dog-urine-marking/


Saturday, November 23, 2013


If you come home to household destruction or complaints from neighbors about the noise your pooch has created while you were away you may be dealing with separation anxiety.  Below are a few tips which may be helpful in easing your dog's anxiety.

1.  Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise (especially before you leave), so he's worn out and ready for a rest.  A nice long brisk walk followed by food and water will have him ready for a relaxing nap.  You could consider putting his breakfast in a Kong Toy when you leave so he has to spend some time working for his food and thinking about that after you go.
2.  Start small by only leaving for 5-10 minutes at a time.  Then work up to 20-30 and before long you can go to work for the day without coming home to a mess.
3.  Don't make a big deal out of leaving or returning.  If you feel like you need to say your good-byes do it a few minutes before you leave, but you want leaving to become a nonissue.  Give your pooch an article of clothing that smells like you, something you've recently worn for comfort.  When returning home wait until he's calmed down to greet him.
4.  You could consider creating a "safe place" which would limit destructiveness while in training.  A safe place should loosely confine the dog and have a window for sunlight. An example would be a laundry room where he could lay on a dog bed and also have laundry that smells of the family for comfort.  He should have some dog toys available to distract him as well. 
5.  You should establish a safety cue, a word or action you use every time you leave that tells your dog you'll be back.
6.  It will take time for your dog to unlearn his panic response.  While you're working with him you could consider trying a doggy daycare or kennel or even having a friend watch him to lessen his anxiety.
7.  Things that won't help are punishment or obedience training because the dog isn't just being bad because he's bored or angry at being left, it's an actual panic response from the separation anxiety.  Crating won't help as they will still have the panic and may hurt themselves trying to escape.  Creating a "safe place" as above is a better option.  Getting another dog usually doesn't help because the separation anxiety is due to being separated from you, not just from being alone.
8.  Try to put your own guilt and worry aside and project a feeling of confidence to your dog that everything will be good.  He will feel it!

Monday, November 18, 2013


SimplyDogStuff.com http://simplydogstuff.com/  has a new holiday collection http://simplydogstuff.com/category_98/Holiday-Dog-Collection.htm featuring darling dog dresses, super cute dog sweaters, and dog vests as well as some festive dog collars and a fun selection of dog toys.  Don't forget your furbaby this holiday! 

Our FALLFRENZY 20% off sale continues through the end of November so now is the time to get started on your holiday shopping for your four-legged family members.

Snow Drop Dog Dress

Little Red Riding Dog Coat

Winter Wonderland Dog Vest
Kyjen Christmas Hide-a-Squirrel
Fair Isle Snowflake Hoodie

Rudolph Dog Hoodie

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Animal organizations all over the country are observing the month of November as "Adopt a Senior Pet Month."  Some shelters are giving discounts on adoption fees for senior pets and some are giving discounts to senior citizens who adopt senior pets - a double win.

 Sadly, senior pets are often the most overlooked in the shelters as adopters think they need a cute puppy or kitten.  There are many advantages to adopting a senior pet.  Their personalities are already well established making matching a pet with a family easier for adoption counselors.  In most cases they are calmer, already housetrained, they have outgrown any chewing problems and know basic commands.

If you are considering adopting a senior you'll want to consider the expense of health care, but in exchange you'll gain a great sense of satisfaction in the life you've spared and the love and loyalty you'll get in return.

Senior pets still have a ton of love and compassion to share and they make amazing companions, so if you can find it in your heart, consider saving a senior pet.

Friday, November 8, 2013


Thanks to all those who jump in and pass on information about missing pets, rescue pets, and shelter pets.  You all are awesome!  If you think there are too many to help or that sharing info with just your friends won't help, this story may change your minds.


Thursday, October 31, 2013


Argyle Mode Collection
Pink Leopard Dog Sweater

SimplyDogStuff.com has a darling collection of Dog Sweaters http://simplydogstuff.com/category_69/Dog-Sweaters-and-Dog-Hoodies.htm for keeping your furbaby warm and cozy throughout the season.  During our FALLFRENZY SALE everything is 20% off.  Check out our great sweater collection as well as hoodies, coats and anything else your four-legged family member may need.  Now is a great time to do your Christmas shopping; stock up on dog treats, or your dog's favorite toys.

Red Argyle Dog Sweater

Bone-on-Board Dog Sweater

Apple Blossom Hoodie

Pink Snowflake Dog Sweater

You only have a few weeks left to take advantage of our FALLFRENZY SALE.  To obtain your discount on everything in stock be sure to enter FALLFRENZY20 in the coupon field at checkout.  We always have low shipping at $5.95 on each order as well!
Saturday, October 19, 2013


In celebration of the fall season we are having a FALL FRENZY sale with 20% off of everything in stock.  Now is the time to do your shopping!  Do you still need a Halloween costume for your pooch?  It's not too late! We have some darling Halloween Dog Costumes and at 20% off they are a great deal.  http://simplydogstuff.com/category_94/Halloween-Dog-Costumes.htm

Does your furbaby need a cozy sweater to ward off the chill of fall?  We have a great selection to choose from.  We have some darling winter Dog Coats and hoodies as well.  http://simplydogstuff.com/category_69/Dog-Sweaters-and-Dog-Hoodies.htm

If you're a sports fan SimplyDogStuff.com can have your little mascot all decked out to help you cheer on the team with our Sports Team Jerseys and Cheerleader Dresses.  http://simplydogstuff.com/category_89/Dog-Sports-Apparel.htm

Do you need a Crypton Throw Cover to protect your car seat or favorite sofa from muddy paws or does your four-legged family member need a cozy new bed for winter?  We have something for every personality!  http://simplydogstuff.com/category_3/Dog-Beds.htm

So whatever you may need for your furbaby come check out SimplyDogStuff.com and get started on your Christmas shopping at 20% off!  To obtain your discount you must enter "FALLFRENZY20" in the coupon field at the time of checkout.  Remember we always have our flat-rate shipping of $5.95 per order.
Monday, October 14, 2013


It seems that often people tend to make a big deal out of brushing their dogs, feeling that they don't have the time or it's too big of a job.  You don't have to spend hours on it.  It's actually better to spend 5-10 minutes a day brushing out your dog which will create a good habit for you, and help with bonding time between you and your dog.  This as well as an occasional bath, will keep your dog looking and feeling clean and comfortable.

This simple grooming routine will help your dog's appearance by distributing the natural oils throughout the entire coat.  It also keeps the coat cleaner, removes dirt and debris, as well as prevents matting.  Don't get overwhelmed if your dog is already matted.  For small mats working a little corn starch into the mats will loosen them up.  If your dog is severely matted you may need to take him to a groomer for a short clip, and once that is done begin your brushing routine right away, to get in the habit before he has a chance to mat up again.  The other thing to remember is don't bathe your dog until you have the mats out as the water will set the mats in tighter.

Even short-haired dogs can benefit from regular brushing.  Besides the emotional benefit from bonding with you, regular brushing will cut down on the shedding and help remove loose hair, helping keep your home a little cleaner.

If you take your dog to a groomer regularly you probably do not need to bathe them in between grooms.  Some people tend to overdo the baths, but this can strip the coat of its natural oils which protect the skin and the coat will lose some of his shine.  If you have a dog that doesn't need regular groomer visits, a bath every 2-3 months is sufficient.  Always remember to use a dog shampoo, as shampoos made for people may contain fragrances that can irritate the dog's skin.

Monday, September 30, 2013


Pets.webmd has some great simple 1-minute dog training tips.  They are broken down so you can work on sit, down, come or whatever specific command you would like your dog to learn. The earlier you start training the better your chance of success.  Happy Training!

Monday, September 16, 2013


A lot of us are guilty of giving in to those big begging brown eyes.  Before you do, consider whether what you are giving is healthy or dangerous for your dog.  Many foods can be very dangerous to your pooch.

Most people know chocolate is bad for dogs.  It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and possible death.

Grapes and raisins which have often been used as treats for dogs can cause kidney failure.  If you think your dog may have gotten into some, repeated vomiting is an early sign.  The best prevention is to keep them away.

I've heard of many people sharing their ice cream with their beloved pooches.  Although they may love it at the moment, later they will definitely not appreciate the stomach upset and diarrhea which stems from the milk or any milk-based products.

Raw meat and raw fish can contain bacteria that causes food poisoning.  Also there are some fish which contain a parasite that causes fish disease, and if untreated can be fatal.  Symptoms are vomiting, fever and enlarged lymph nodes.  Cooking your fish sufficiently will kill the parasite and protect your dog.

Bones as well as fat trimmed scraps, both cooked and uncooked are both dangerous.  Bones can splinter and cause a laceration or obstruction of the digestive system.  Meat fat can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

Onions and garlic in all forms can destroy a dog's red blood cells, leading to anemia.  Symptoms of anemia include vomiting, breathlessness, dullness, weakness, and decreased interest in food.  Even eating small amounts regularly can cause poisoning.

Macadamia nuts can be fatal to a dog.  Symptoms of poisoning include weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, muscle tremors, vomiting, increased heart rate.

Xylitol which can be found in candy, gum, baked goods, and some sugar substitute items is highly toxic to dogs, causing low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure and possible death.

This is just a few of the dangerous foods to be aware of for your dog.  For a more extensive list see http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/foods_poisonous_to_pets.html and think carefully before giving handouts to those big begging eyes.

Friday, August 30, 2013

PetsWebMD - 20 Things You Can Learn From Your Pet

This was such a cute slideshow I wanted to share it. 
Who knew we could learn so much from our pets?


Thursday, August 22, 2013


I started trying to write about this topic because I think it's so interesting.  However, I then ran onto this article from Womansday.com that was so good and had all the information that I wanted that I just decided to share it.  I hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013


The Humanesociety.org states, "In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.

The number of homeless animals varies by state—in some states there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year. These are not the offspring of homeless "street" animals—these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds.
Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats."

Benefits of Spay/Neuter

1.  According to the ASPCA approximately 3-4 million animals are euthanized across the U.S. yearly because there are not enough homes for all the unwanted pets.

2.  According to Petfinder only 1 in 10 dogs ever finds a permanent home.  This would leave the remaining 90% of dogs in shelters as part of the 3-4 million who never make it out.

3.  Spaying and neutering provides health benefits that lead to a longer life span including preventing uterine infection, breast cancer, and testicular cancer especially if done before first heat cycle in females and before six months of age in males.

4.  Spayed or neutered pets are more well behaved around the home.  Males are less likely to spray urine all over the home to mark their territory.  You will avoid the mess of a female in heat and a spayed cat is also less likely to yowl and urinate while advertising for mates.

5.   Pets who are spayed or neutered are less likely to stray away from home and therefore less likely to be hit be a car, get lost, or get into fights with other animals.

6.  It is more cost effective to spay or neuter a pet than to care for a litter of puppies or kittens.  There are also low-cost spay/neuter clinics available all across the country.

7.  Spayed and neutered animals exhibit less aggression issues and get along better in general with each other.

8.  If you want to take your pet to the dog park or daycare/boarding facility they will likely need to be spayed or neutered as most of these facilities require it.

9.  Pets who have been spayed or neutered are typically better behaved, calmer, and more affectionate as they are more focused on their family than on finding a mate.  Without the distraction of the urge to mate, they are more easily trainable and a more content member of the family.

10.  Contrary to the popular myth, spaying or neutering your pet will not make them fat.  Only overfeeding and lack of exercise will make them fat.  Spaying and neuter will increase their chances for a long healthy life.

Let's All Do Our Part and Save A Life!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

What's Your Favorite?

According to the American Kennel Club's 2012 AKC registration they list the top 10 dog breeds in America as follows:

  1.  Labrador Retriever
  2.  German Shepherd
  3.  Golden Retriever
  4.  Beagle
  5.  Bulldog
  6.  Yorkshire Terrier
  7.   Boxer
  8.   Poodle
  9.   Rottweiler
10.   Dachsund

According to Justdogbreeds.com they list the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. as:

  1.  Beagle
  2.  Boxer
  3.  Bulldog
  4.  Chihuahua
  5.  Dachsund
  6.  German Shepherd
  7.  Golden retriever
  8.  Labrador retriever
  9.  Miniature Poodle
10.  Miniature Schnauzer

I was a little surprised that the Shih Tzu didn't make the list.  They make up a large majority of my grooming business so I thought they were a popular breed.  So what's your favorite?  Did your dog make the list?
Well, no matter, mine didn't.  All three of my dogs are mixed breeds and they are the greatest!  It's kind of interesting to see what other people think though. 
Saturday, July 27, 2013


  1. The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake. The most popular female dog names are Maggie and Molly. 
  2. 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes.
  3.  45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed (we’re pretty sure a large percentage also hogs the blankets!) 
  4.  When dogs kick after going to the bathroom, they are using the scent glands on their paws to further mark their territory. 
  5. The Basenji is the world’s only barkless dog.
  6. The most intelligent dogs are reportedly the Border Collie and the Poodle, while the least intelligent dogs are the Afghan Hound and the Basenji.
  7. One survey reports that 33% of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on answering machines while they are away.
  8.  The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived 29 years and 5 months. In human years, that is more than 160 years old.
  9. Petting dogs is proven to lower blood pressure of dog owners.
  10. Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints and can be used to identify them.

Friday, July 19, 2013


With summer temperatures skyrocketing it seems the obvious choice would be to shave that long fur coat off of your dog right?  Not so fast!

Veterinarians often advise against shaving pets for the simple reason that their hair is not like ours.  Mother nature has designed a pet's coat to keep it warm in the winter and cool during the summer so the general rule is if you shave them you are interfering with their internal temperature regulator.  Shaving can also predispose them to sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

If you are dedicated to keeping up with maintaining their brushing routine and removing the old shedding hair before it becomes matted, this will help them tremendously.  However, if not, matted unkempt hair does not allow for air circulation.

 If you have a very thick-coated dog or an extremely matted one who seems to suffer from the heat, some veterinarians do recommend shaving, but some things to consider would be:
  1. No short shaves which would predispose to sunburn. 
  2. Be watchful of clipper burn.  It only takes a few minutes for clippers to heat up.  Use some coolant or take breaks to allow them to cool. 
  3. Try to leave about an inch of hair to protect from sunburn and any cool nights.  Then begin a good brushing routine to prevent matting and allow air circulation. 
  4. Never use scissors.  The chance of injury is much higher than with clippers. 
  5. Consider hiring a professional groomer to deal with nervous dogs and avoid the chance of injury.
Stay Cool and Have a Great Summer with your Pooch!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013



1.  According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats in the U.S. are obese or overweight.

2.  Twenty-two percent of dog owners and 15 percent of cat owners said their pet's weight was normal, when it was actually overweight or obese.

3.  There is a normalization by pet parents to the point that obese pets are becoming the new norm.

4.  According to the Purina Lifespan Study, obesity takes almost two years off of a dog's life.

5.  Being overweight or obese can put your pet at risk for diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, certain cancers, heart and respiratory disease, among others.

6.  To check if your pet is obese or overweight, you should be able to easily feel your pet's ribs without pressing on the pet and your pet’s stomach should be tucked in.

7.  Pets become overweight/obese from being overfed and lack of exercise.  Genetics and metabolism may also be involved.


1.  Check with your vet for recommendations on your specific pet's needs.  Choose light or low-calorie foods.

2.  Practice portion control, always measuring according to label serving size.  

3.  This is a good one for us all.  Give treats in moderation!

4.  Last but certainly extremely important for everyone -- EXERCISE!  Diet alone isn't enough to keep your precious pooch healthy, you must encourage some exercise.  Most dogs need around one hour of activity daily.  We can't forget the kitties.  They need quick bursts of movement, jumping up and running around, about 15 minutes a day.  So join me in some good playtime with our four-legged friends and let's all stay healthy!

Saturday, July 6, 2013


According to PetMD the top 10 Travel tips for Pets are as follows:

10.  IDENTIFICATION TAGS:  Outfit your pet with ID tags in case of separation.

9.  PERMANENT ID TAGS:  In addition to ID tags, consider microchipping your pet and registering with the National Dog Registry.

8.  TRAIN YOUR PUPPY YOUNG:  Train your puppy to remain calm and focused on your commands with practice car rides and a reward system.

7.  SECURE YOUR PET FOR THEIR SAFETY:  To avoid injury, it's always best to crate your pet.

6.  BEST TRAVEL CARRIER FOR YOUR PET:  Fabric carriers are a good way to transport your pet, but hard plastic carriers are the safer way to go.

5.  PETS AND CARS:  Pets are quick and agile especially if frightened.  It's safest for them to keep them crated for travel.

4.  CONSIDER SEDATING YOUR PET:  You may think this extreme, but if your pet experiences extreme anxiety, this could be the best thing for them.

3.  FIRST AID PET KIT:  Carry along a simply first aid pet kit including your pet's medical records.  The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) can provide information on the nearest animal hospital.

2.  PET FOOD AND WATER:  Prepare for unexpected travel delays with extra food and fresh water for your pet.

1.  BE EXTRA VIGILANT:  No matter how well you think you know your pet, you never know how he will react to stressful situations.  Keep your pet safe and secure at all times.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Quieting Fireworks Phobia

The 4th of July with all of its celebrating can be extremely stressful for pets.  The following article has some great tips for preparing your dog for dealing with the holiday. Happy Independence Day America!

Quieting Fireworks Phobia With Music Therapy, Among Other Tricks

Last week I received another one of Lisa Spector’s e-mails on the subject of dog-calming music. Ms. Spector is a Juilliard-trained concert pianist, agility enthusiast and co-creator of "Through a Dog’s Ear," an impressive collection of music designed to soothe the canine brain. (Here’s a past post of mine on this surprisingly scientific subject.)
In said e-mail, Ms. Spector directs us to her worthy blog post on the subject of Fourth of July Fireworks (which in my neighborhood go on for at least ten to fourteen days). It’s great stuff, advice I’d absolutely dole out. So I’ll offer it here for your consideration and spare myself the trouble:
"Eight Tips for providing a safe July 4th for your Canine Household:
1. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
2. Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it's hot, air conditioning will help.
3. Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. (I once had a dog who climbed in the bathtub during windstorms.)
4. If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed.
5. Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. (Dogs have been known to become Houdini around the 4th of July.)
6. Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.
7. Train with counter classical conditioning. Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB, has a very clear definition and tips here.
8. Sound Therapy: Play Music to Calm your Canine Companion, Vol. 1 and 2. It is most effective when you first play the music well before the fireworks start, at a time the dog is already peaceful and relaxed. He will begin to associate the music with being calm and content. Then play the music a couple of hours before the fireworks start and continue to play through bedtime. The music doesn’t need to be loud to be effective as it has been clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Click here for free samples and downloads. Last year, I received a heart warming e-mail from a woman who told me that it was the first 4th of July that she didn’t need to drug her dog, thanks to the music of Through a Dog’s Ear. On previous years, he had jumped out of windows. She said, 'It was like Dog Ambien! Dambien!'"
OK, so apart from the pitch-iness of number eight, I really like her suggestions (especially the first one!). But for some dogs, my preference runs to having owners play the Star Wars soundtrack at a high volume all day and night and burn something in the oven early on in the day to help mask all the noises and smells, respectively. But then, I guess some gentle Mozart is a heck of a lot more pleasant for most people. And probably for most dogs, too.
I’d also add a microchip suggestion to number five. And, for what it’s worth, here’s my party line on the sedation thing for storms (which applies well to fireworks, too).
Now it’s your turn: What will you do to prepare for this holiday weekend?
Dr. Patty Khuly
Monday, June 24, 2013

Rawhides - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Rawhide: The Great Debate.

So is your dog one who loves to chew anything and everything?  Then you've probably heard both sides of the rawhide debate.  Here we will try to cover the good, the bad, and the ugly.  

Rawhide is good for your dog's teeth, helps with plaque buildup and also helps freshen breath.  It also helps with his natural instinct to chew.  Chewing also provides stimulation and relieves anxiety and in the case of puppies rawhides may save your favorite shoes.

Now for the bad.  According to WebMD, contamination is possible when handling and ingesting rawhides.  Trace amounts of toxic chemicals as well as salmonella and E. coli may be found which can also be transferred to humans.

Some dogs may be sensitive to rawhides which can cause diarrhea.

And last and most importantly the ugly.  Rawhides pose a choking and abdominal blockage risk.  If your dog swallows large pieces it may get lodged in the esophagus or digestive tract causing choking or blockage, possibly leading to death.

I've given my dogs rawhides for years until recently when I started researching the subject.  They love chewing their bones, so I was torn over taking them away, but we actually had a couple of choking episodes where I had to pull a rawhide out of a dog's throat.  That was enough for me.  So I began looking for something to replace the rawhides and came upon Antlerz Dog Chews.  They are deer antler sheds that have been cut and cleaned.  They have no chemicals or artificial flavor or colors, and are not bleached or dyed.  They are 100% naturally shed deer antlers.

I ordered a couple of different sizes for my dogs to try and they have loved them.  They do not splinter or break and are very long lasting.  So I've made them available on SimplyDogStuff.com.  Enjoy!


* ANTLERZ™ are 100% naturally shed deer antlers
* Mineral rich dog chew that contains no plastics, no petrochemicals, no empty starches or artificial flavors.
* Rich in calcium, phosphorous
* Long lasting, no splinters
* ANTLERZ™ are not bleached or dyed....this is their natural color
* E - See more at: http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1281/Antlerz-Dog-Chew--Small-4-6-length-0.3-.5-width.htm#sthash.5VtfqEXy.dpuf
* ANTLERZ™ are 100% naturally shed deer antlers
* Mineral rich dog chew that contains no plastics, no petrochemicals, no empty starches or artificial flavors.
* Rich in calcium, phosphorous
* Long lasting, no splinters
* ANTLERZ™ are not bleached or dyed....this is their natural color
* E - See more at: http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1281/Antlerz-Dog-Chew--Small-4-6-length-0.3-.5-width.htm#sthash.5VtfqEXy.dpuf
We just added a new line of portable crates from Gralen to our site.  They come in sizes from 16" to 36" and will set up in seconds.  They are great for traveling with your pet or throwing in your SUV. 


We've also added several new Jaraden pet carriers that will keep you and your pet looking very stylish while out and about together.  They are on sale at 20% off. 

And don't forget everything is still 10% off through the end of summer by using the grandopening10 coupon at checkout.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kong Toy Delivery

My dogs received their new Kong Toys today.  While Bear our big lab was too lazy to be bothered with it, Penny our little shipoo, went wild for them.  I had purchased a small size for her and a large so I had one for my bigger dogs to try.

I smeared a little peanut butter on the inside and stuck a couple of pieces of treats inside.  She sniffed to see what it was, grabbed it from my hand and took off with it.  She ran to the bedroom and onto the bed which is where she always takes her good treats so no one else can get them.  She worked at it for quite some time until she had it pretty clean (at least as far as her little tongue could reach). 

Then she came out to see what Bear was doing with his.  He was just lounging with his, so she snagged it and headed back to the bedroom.  Since it was a large size, it was a little harder for her to fit in her mouth, but when treats are involved, she is unstoppable.

All in all, I would say the Kong Toys were a hit.  These are a good interactive and tough toy at the same time.  They look like they will tolerate heavy chewing and make her work for her treats a little.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Ten Best Family Dog Breeds

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Summer has finally hit full force.  So come over to SimplyDogStuff.com and see what's COOL for you and  Fido in our new Summer Fun Collection.  Do you need a new collar, leash or harness for your furbaby?  We have a variety of fun patterns.

Going to be taking your baby along on some outings?  Check out our Dog Strollers and Dog Bike Baskets.  We have a good selection of strollers available with many different options.  Our 3 in 1 Bike Baskets come in a variety of colors and can be used as a carrier or as a car seat.

Is your little Diva or Dude in need of a new outfit for the 4th of July or for a summer reunion or party?  We have a lot of darling outfits in our Dog Clothing Collection and be sure to check out our accessories to complete the outfit.

Do you spend a lot of time on the water?  Want to take your pooch along and make sure he's safe?  We have Dog Water Safety equipment along with Dog Water Toys for having some summer fun!

So come on over and take a peek at our Summer Fun Collection and see if we have something fun for you and your four-legged family member! REMEMBER everything is 10% off through the summer with coupon code grandopening10 used at checkout and $5.95 flat-rate shipping on all orders.