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Sunday, August 14, 2011
It’s easy enough to head to the big box pet store, spend a minute or two staring at the shelves lined with bottle after bottle of dog shampoo, and then chuck the first offering that catches your eye into the ol’ shopping cart. Truly, on the effort scale this activity falls somewhere between lying on the couch stupefied by the latest reality show marathon and walking across the room to answer your cell phone because you can’t reach the darn thing with your foot. In other words: piece of cake.

But store bought dog shampoo isn’t always the best choice for your canine companion. Some dogs have allergies to the harsh ingredients that can be found in heavily processed washes, and other dogs may just have sensitive skin that dries out when foreign chemicals or fragrances are introduced. Luckily there is a wealth of dog shampoo recipes available, and with only a bit of sleuthing, one can easily find recipes for organic dog shampoo as well.

While individual recipes vary slightly, the majority of gentle, natural dog shampoos contain the following ingredients: any natural liquid dish soap, white vinegar, glycerin, and a whole lot of water. Generally these recipes can be made in a quart or gallon container (depending on how strong you want your wash) using one cup each dish soap and white vinegar, followed by a third cup glycerin. After filling the remainder of the container with water, simply mix the ingredients until well combined and store in reusable plastic shampoo bottles (available at many health food stores, drug stores, and dollar stores). If you seem to need a stronger shampoo, there are plenty of recipes that allow for a 1:1 cup ratio of water to soap and vinegar. Even at this concentration you will still end up with a shampoo far more gentle than the washes you will find in most stores. Glycerin can be purchased at most health food stores and pharmacies. If your pooch is having a particularly rough time of it skin-wise, you may want to also add a cup of colloidal oatmeal to your dog shampoo recipe. Colloidal oatmeal can be purchased premade, or you can make your own by simply grinding oatmeal (not instant!) into a fine powder.

Baking soda and cornstarch make for wonderful between bath dry shampoos. Simply sprinkle on your dog’s coat and brush through. Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful flea deterrent, and will keep your pooch smelling sweet-tart fresh!

Even dogs with healthy skin and a lustrous coat can benefit from a vacation from store bought pet shampoos. So, roll up your sleeves and give homemade dog shampoo a shot. We guarantee it will be worth the extra effort!

Resources:
http://www.datsplat.com/homemade-dog-shampoo/
http://sirbills.com/

by Joy Randel

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Most dog bites are fear related. Shy dogs or fearful dogs usually react to people based on the person’s smell, size or physical attributes. If a shy or fearful dog feels threaten they will bark. If a dog continues to feel threaten, then fear aggression in dogs lead to dog bites. Many rescue dogs are sent to shelters because they have behavior issues as a result of fear.

How can fear aggression in dogs be remedied? The best remedy for a fearful dog is to first identify the type of people or things that trigger your dog’s fear. On a daily basis as your dog is exposed to these triggers you should give your dog a reward such as dog treats or your dog’s favorite toy. The positive reinforcement associated with the things and people that your dog fears will soon get your dog to no longer be one of the many fearful aggressive dogs.

by Joy Randel

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com


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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
What’s better than a magnificent mutt? One of those flop-eared, dotted and dappled, paws-too-big, wiry-furred charmers that can capture your heart in two seconds flat? In our humble opinion, absolutely nothing. At Dazzle Dog Delight, we’re big advocates for rescue pooches, and the kind-hearted folks who love them. And let’s face it, the sturdy, bushy-tailed, too-tall, too-short, smiley-faced pups you often find at shelters are about as mutty as mutts can get.

But adopting a mutt doesn’t mean that you don’t, well, wonder … what exactly did I get my hands on here? The reasons for finding out the breeds behind the mutt can range from the practical (breed-specific disorders and illnesses to watch out for) to mere curiosity. Setting out to identify your dog’s heritage can be educational as well as fun.

A simple Internet search shows numerous companies that offer DNA tests for dogs. Before you shell out the big bucks for this, though, consider the fact that these tests are controversial and there are as many folks out there claiming that they simply do not work as there are those who swear by them. A simpler (and cheaper) way of determining your dog’s background is to take note of his physical features, personality and behavioral traits, and general temperament and compare notes against a comprehensive breed directory. Both Animal Planet and the AKC have excellent breed directories and other helpful information.

So, if you’ve ever wondered, “What breed is my dog?” you’re certainly not alone and there are many resources available to assist you in identifying what’s lurking in Fido’s gene pool. So, whether it’s a bullypoodlechowlab or a beagleaussiecollie, remember you have a unique mix of dogs perfect in her own way. All hail the magnificent mutt!

Resources:
Identify-Your-Adopted-Mutt

by Joy Randel

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The temperature gage just keeps climbing up and leaves you wondering what can I do for my dog? Summer heat can cause health and comfort issues for us as humans, and for our beloved four legged friends. And since many areas deal with extreme temperatures, ranging from freezing cold to sweltering heat this is a real problem for many people!

Dogs have a much harder time cooling down than humans. This is because they can’t sweat like us. They can sweat only a tiny bit through their paws, but this is not nearly enough to cool them off. Panting is a dog’s main avenue for keeping cool. But panting isn’t very effective in hot and humid climates. The best thing to do on warm summer days is to keep your dog in the shade as much as possible. Your pup is still going to be want to be active, but when you go to the park try to limit activity between noon and 2 p.m. since it is the hottest part of the day. This will help to prevent heat stroke.

Want to do more? There are some wonderful dog gifts available to help your dog cool down during the worst of the summer heat. To start you can buy your canine friend a dog pool which is made of tough PVC. They are made to be transported easily so you can even take it on your summer vacation. The dog pools are also easy to fill with cool water and empty for clean up. This will keep your dog refreshed for hours. A pool is relaxing and will provide your dog comfort in the heat.

Humans enjoy a cool shower on a hot steamy day, treat your best friend to a nice cool bath. If your dog is ready for a bath take advantages of a warm day to soap him up with organic dog shampoo and cool him down! Choose an organic dog shampoo with tea tree oil to naturally relieve some skin irritations and conditions. That will also help your dog be more comfortable.

If you are living in a hot but dry climate cooling coats for dogs is another option. There are two types of cooling coats. The first one has fabric that absorbs water and then as the water evaporates it slowly releases it over a long period time. This evaporative cooling coat will work to keep your dog cool for hours. The second choice to beat the heat is to get a dog cooling coat that uses an advanced technology. This type of coat has specially designed inserts which release long-lasting, temperature-specific (58 degrees F, 14 degrees C), cooling relief. They are designed to fit inside the dog coat. You can purchase cooling, coat.

If you cannot splurge on a cooling coat, then another designer dog summer gift item is a cooling bandana. These bandanas are made of a special material that absorbs water and then slowly releases the moisture over time. If you put the bandanna in the refrigerator it extends the time your pooch can stay cool. These bandanas are a hundred percent reusable. Just rinse and use a mild detergent on them after use and then dry it completely. There are several different styles to choose from featuring different designs or extras, like reflective tape for your dog’s safety.

Don’t let the summer heat catch you and your four legged pal unprepared! Remember to plan activity wisely for shaded places and cooler times of the day. And for extra comfort look into the following designer dog supplies. A pool designed to take rough play, organic dog shampoo to keep your dog’s skin in good shape through the heat wave, and a or bandana all offer your dog relief on even the hottest day!

by Joy Randel

Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com

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