Shih Tzu Terrier Mix

American teacher and composer James Mumford described the Shih Tzu as “… a dash of lion, several teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, a dash of teddy bear, and, for the rest, dogs of Tibetan and Chinese origin.”

With a description like that, it’s no wonder the Shih Tzu is one of the most popular companion animals around. Add in the tenacity, dogged determination and loyalty of a terrier and you have the perfect designer dog for nearly any family. But there are a few things you need to know about these ancient Chinese dogs and about terriers in general before you decide to commit to one and make it a part of your family.

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The Shih Tzu’s Regal Beginnings

The origins of the Shih Tzu breed have been speculated by historians and researchers for years. There is no doubt it is an ancient breed dating back to the time before the Common Era. But whether it was bred in Tibet and gifted to Chinese royalty by monks or bred by Chinese royals themselves is not known.

Some people think the name Shih Tzu is Mandarin for “lion,” but since I don’t speak Mandarin, I have no idea if that is true. The breed was probably named after Xi Shi, who was rumored to be one of the most beautiful women of ancient China. Beautiful dog … beautiful name.

Regardless of where the breed was developed — Tibet or China — it’s clear that the Shih Tzu was a treasured companion from the earliest times. There are references to the dogs from China’s Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), in documents and art from 990 to 994 A.D., in the 13th century by Marco Polo and again during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Shih Tzu Terrier Mix

Legend Has It

One legend says Buddha traveled with a little dog fitting the description of a Shih Tzu. One day, some thugs came upon the Buddha and decided to rob and murder him. The little dog changed into a ferocious lion, scared the robbers and saved Buddha’s life. The lion reverted back into Buddha’s fun-loving little companion, which Buddha picked up and kissed.

A Dog of the Earth

The word “terrier” means “of the earth.”

Terriers were bred to hunt vermin and other rodents that could be a danger to farmers’ crops and livestock. That meant the dogs would chase prey into their burrows and underground dens. Since the dogs wouldn’t leave the animal behind in its home without killing it, the owner would retrieve his dog from the hole by grasping its tail and dragging it out. That’s why such emphasis is placed on the strength of a terrier’s tail.

Just Want to Be With You

Shih Tzus were bred as companion animals, which means they are comfortable in your lap, but they can tend to be possessive of their humans. That loyalty, affection, and alertness can be just what you’re looking for. But start training and socializing early to make sure those positive traits don’t turn into something not so nice.

Terriers, on the other hand, were bred to hunt small animals and to work alone. They are happy dogs, but typically don’t imprint on their humans the same way some other breeds might. So early training and socialization will help terriers as well.

A Dog of the Earth

It’s Not 50/50

You might think the personality and characteristics of a “designer breed” between two “purebred” dogs would be a 50/50 mix of the two breeds. That’s not so. Every dog has its own personality, so get to know your own dog. Odds are you’ll see traits from both parents — and some that aren’t mentioned anywhere on the web or in dog behavior books.

In general, Shih Tzus are playful, stubborn, quiet, friendly and devoted. Terriers are brave, mischievous, independent, active and fearless. So you need to start training and socializing early.

That stubbornness and independence might mean your dog may not catch on (or may just ignore) attempts to teach it simple commands or even to house train. That playfulness and mischievousness may put other, smaller pets in your household in danger from being played with too aggressively or being actively hunted by a dog with a high prey drive. That fearlessness and devotion may bring out possessiveness in your dog that could mean picking a fight with the wrong (large) dog at the dog park.

As far as size goes, a Shih Tzu/terrier mix will tend to be on the small side — anywhere from 8 to 30 pounds. Since Shih Tzu/terrier mixes tend to be petite, they can get injured easily if they get caught underfoot.

Coat type can range from soft and silky to coarse and wiry. And color can span white to black and everything between. These little loads of love can live for 10 to 15 years; be prepared to be a pooch parent for a while.

And despite what some may say, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. When people say they are allergic to dogs, they typically have an allergic reaction to a protein found in the dog’s saliva, which also can seep through the dog’s skin onto its coat. Some dogs shed less than others, and some are bathed or groomed more often than others, which means their dander and hair don’t have as much of the protein available to trigger someone’s allergies. So, just like with temperament, those allergy triggers will be different for every animal. You’ll have to wait and see what you need to do with your dog to minimize your allergic reactions. Or be prepared for many trips to the groomer.

It might be a good idea to introduce your puppy to baths early on. And buy your own grooming kit so you can take care of simpler tasks — like toenail clipping and tooth-brushing — yourself. Spending time grooming, brushing, bathing and simply touching your puppy will be another way to socialize it and ensure those activities don’t become troublesome as the dog grows.

Stubborn or Not?

Both Shih Tzus and terriers can be stubborn, so training may be a problem — especially house training. That’s why crate training is so important. Don’t allow a puppy to roam around the house unsupervised. While in the house without supervision, a puppy should be in its crate. Then, as soon as it is let out, it should make a beeline for the door to get outside to do its business.

Obedience training will require patience and persistence. Reward training works best, and the terrier side of your dog should shine through as terriers tend to be more prey, food or toy driven. Try clicker training, and give your puppy an opportunity to solve problems — like how to get that treat out of the plastic ball. While your puppy is in its crate, give it a toy or puzzle that will keep it busy and built its confidence. For terriers, impulse control exercises (like waiting at the door) can be important and will teach your puppy the concept of delayed gratification.

Puppy

Many communities offer puppy classes, which are great ways to introduce your pup to obedience commands as well as other dogs. The proper socialization of your puppy could prevent problems in the future with food aggression, possessiveness of toys and people and fear of strangers.

Children should also be supervised when playing with a puppy, primarily for the child’s protection. Puppy play is very different from child’s play and tiny puppy teeth can be sharp. Encourage children to be calm and gentle and to talk softly to the puppy. Fun experiences for the puppy with children will go a long way in predicting how an adult dog will treat children in the future.

The same goes for other pets in your home. Kittens, hamsters, birds, guinea pigs and the like can look like prey to a terrier. Your puppy should learn that those other family pets are off limits and should not be viewed as toys or food.

Apartment or not?

Don’t let the relatively small size of your Shih Tzu/terrier mix lull you into a false sense of inactivity. Your dog may be small, but it is full of energy and needs regular exercise.

Shih Tzus and terriers both thrive in apartments, condos, and houses. But remember to try to meet the innate needs of your pet.

Terriers are bred to chase and catch animals that make their homes under ground, which means you may notice a lot of digging — in your flower beds, your couch or the corner of the living room. A simple solution is to create a space where it is okay for your dog to feed its digging craving, like maybe in a sandbox. Puppies can also be escape artists so make sure you have secure fencing around your yard and keep them on a leash when you are outside your yard. Also, invest in a microchip. It’s easy for your veterinarian to administer and it’s the first thing your local dog warden will check for if your dog is found roaming the neighborhood. A few dollars could save you and your beloved puppy a lot of heartache.

Both terriers and Shih Tzus thrive in dog agility situations. Your local kennel club may have opportunities to take part in agility courses, fly ball and other events that your active and extremely athletic terrier mix would love. These pups also make great partners while you hike, jog or wander aimlessly through your neighborhood.

Your Shih Tzu mix just wants to be with you and will be entirely content to be by your side in whatever you choose to do. But no matter what, your small Shih Tzu/terrier mix should be considered a house dog. Don’t chain this lovable, loyal and little pooch outside. Give it the safe luxury of being inside a home — with you.

Where can I get one?

Typically Shih Tzu or terrier breeders don’t go out of their ways to create designer mixes. But sometimes it happens. Make sure you get your pup from a reputable operation and not a puppy mill. Good breeding is as much a science as an art. Responsible breeders work hard to produce healthy and well-adjusted puppies. Some people call larger Shih Tzus “imperial,” and smaller dogs “teacup.” These are terms used by breeders to market the pups they have for sale.

Please, don’t shop … adopt! Each year in the United States 3.9 million dogs enter shelters. Of those, 1.2 million are euthanized. When you adopt a Shih Tzu mix from a shelter, you are saving a life. You may wonder, after you get your new companion, just who rescued whom.

Health and Care

Terriers typically do not have many health issues. Shih Tzus, however, are susceptible to several, not the least of which involves their noses, which are short and scrunched in. This condition is called brachycephaly, and it makes dogs with this shape of face highly sensitive to heat. If your Shih Tzu/terrier mix has brachycephaly, it should stay indoors in an air-conditioned room on hot days so he doesn’t suffer from heat exhaustion.

Brachycephalic dogs may experience snuffles, a condition that happens when a puppy’s adult start to emerge. If, for some reason, the adult teeth don’t push the baby teeth out of the way, all those teeth are in one very small mouth with not a lot of room. The gums may swell, and puppies may snort, snuffle, snore, or wheeze.

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Other issues, which are rare but should be considered are:

  • Problems with allergies and teeth.
  • Hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation of the hip socket that can cause pain and lameness.
  • Dislocation of the knee cap
  • Kidney, bladder, liver, thyroid, back, and eye irritations
  • Ear infections
  • Umbilical hernias, which may close up as the dog grows or may need surgery to repair.
  • Obesity. Make sure to feed your dog at fixed times. Dry food should be plenty. Make sure to check the bag to figure out the right amount of food to give and the number of times a day to feed your dog.

New puppies should have regular veterinary check-ups and should be up-to-date on all vaccinations.

Designer Dog Names

Many combinations of Shih Tzu/terrier mixes have been identified. Here’s what you get when you mix a Shih Tzu with a:

  • Rat Terrier = Ratshi
  • Scottish Terrier = Sco-Shi
  • Silky Terrier = Silky Tzu
  • Schipperke = Skip-Shzu
  • Smooth Fox Terrier = Smooth Fo-Tzu
  • Toy Fox Terrier = Fo-Tzu or a Toy Fo-Tzu
  • Mini Fox Terrier = Mini Fo-Tzu
  • West Highland White Terrier = Weshi
  • Yorkshire Terrier = Shorkie
  • Jack Russell Terrier = Jack-Tzu
  • Boston Terrier = BoShih
  • Bulldog = Bully-Tzu
  • Cairn Terrier = Care-Tzu

Whether it’s a Care-Tzu, a Shorkie, a Weshi, a Jack-Tzu, or any other combination, you’ll end up with a dog that is as comfortable snuggling with you on the couch as sniffing every inch of your local dog park.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Shih Tzu/terrier mixes can make excellent family pets. They are loyal, loving companions full of energy that will keep their humans entertained and on their toes. They may take a bit more effort than some other breeds, but the result will be well worth the extra work.

10 Best Dog Houses For Winter

When it comes to dogs in winter you need to provide them with extra care. If you are feeling the chill your pet most certainly is! Providing your dog with a winter dog house, extra supplies of warmth and special care to ensure your pet is as safe and comfortable as they can be in winter. Remember, it is a better option to bring them inside on the nights when it gets unbearably cold!

There are quite a few options available when it comes to winter houses for your dog. Ranging in prices and features, these are the ones dog owners are backing with positive reviews:

  1. Petsfit Dog House
  2. ASL Solutions Deluxe Insulated Dog Palace With Floor Heater
  3. DP Hunter Dog House And Floor Heater
  4. Pets Imperial Insulated Wooden Dog Kennel
  5. Petmate With Indigo Microban
  6. Tangkula Weather Proof Dog House Outdoor
  7. Petmate Barnhome 3 Dog House
  8. Animals Favorite Dog House
  9. Confidence Waterproof Pet Outdoor Dog Kennel
  10. Dogeden Open Yard Series Dog House
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Top 10 Best Dog Houses For Winter

1. Petsfit Dog House

This pet house is moderately insulated for mild winters. It is recommended by most dog owners who have tried this product. Crafted from furnace dried cedar boards it prevents heat loss and pests. Elevated off the floor and a door flap, it is great to have for those moderate winter climates. Built to prevent drafts and pre-drilled holes for easily assembly, you can’t get better than this. Not to mention the roof that lifts for easy access. Keep this one in mind when purchasing your cooler climate dog house.

2. ASL Solutions Deluxe Insulated Dog Palace With Floor Heater

This is one of the most respectable houses on the market and a favourite among pet owners. It is insulated with polystyrene to assist in heat retention. But don’t worry, this one includes a floor heater and self closing door for maximum heat retention and protection from the outside elements. Simple to clean and great looks, you won’t be sorry for investing in this one. There is a builtin viewing window in the door to ease anxious and curious dogs with whats going on around them. Easy to assemble, large enough for big dogs and a warranty for life, you’ll be surprised how much your pup love it!

3. DP Hunter Dog House And Floor Heater

Investing in this winter warmer is worth it because it is all about warmth. From the amazing insulation and the included heater that is stationed on the floor, your beloved pet will be staying warm. This house is build to last in all seasons as it has window panels that are adjustable to change the ventilation, accompanied by a self closing door with a window. A great pick for you warmer and colder months!

4. Pets Imperial Insulated Wooden Dog Kennel

Owners rave about this winter dog kennel. It is an amzing product with awesome insulation provided by 3 layers (timber, styrofoam and plywood board). It lasts for years when enduring the harsh elements winter has to offer. Door can be a little problem as it uses flaps which isn’t as secure as a self closing door, but many owners find that is isn’t too big of a problem because of the build quality. The ability to remove the floor and the ability to open the roo fup easily is great for cleaning and ventilation, so it can be used all year round.

5. Petmate Indigo With Microban

Although, this one is less expensive many owners are backing it due to its igloo shape which provides housing all year round. A strong construction with awesome insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in or the heat out and the cold in. Easy to clean and with the addition of the microban antimicrobial it is designed to protect against smells and stains. Built with an offset doorway, elevated floors and moats that keep liquid away you won’t have an issue with your pup getting wet. This is a durable dog house with an easy snap together assembly without any tools needed.

6. Tangkula Weather Proof Dog House Outdoor

This weather proof dog has is rather inexpensive with decent insulation. Water proofing has been made the priority for this product so it isn’t ideal for the extreme winters, but will do just fine in moderate conditions. It has a raised floor to assist in insulation your pet, and with that money you have saved you can invest in some good blankets. However, the main draw back for this on is its open entrance. But you can easily fix it yourself by blocking or insulating the door using a thick blanket or making a flap for it .

7. Petmate Barnhome 3 Dog House

This is one of the least expensive options on the market but is super easy to clean and store away. It has an overall great quality, but it isn’t a definitive solution for housing your pet. Ideally, this is for traveling from camping and trekking to long bush walks when you spend a night or two. It allows you to keep your pet warm in its sturdy PVC casing.

8. Animals Favorite Dog House

A great option for places where it doesn’t get too cold in the winter climates is this beauty as it is inexpensive but still has decent insulation. There is no self closing door on this one, so you may want to block or prevent the wind from coming in by creating a plastic flap or curtain. To ensure you pet stays warm in this house, invest in some blankets and an appropriately sized heating mat. You don’t have to worry about the assembly either as owners say its takes 5-10minutes to put the 7 pieces together.

9. Confidence Pet Waterproof Outdoor Dog Kennel

With ample room and it’s plastic construction, owners are loving this doggy house. Perfect for winter with its innovative waterproofing and amazing insulation, it can with stand all weather conditions. Not only that, but owner’s confirm this structure is sound and doesn’t leak! You can quickly set it up and easily clean it. You’ll want to invest in this sturdy k-9 den.

10. Dogeden Open Yard Series Dog House

With a design inspired by nature you’d be surprised to know that this is a favourite among pet owners.

Although, this does require a little extra labour when installing (you have to create a small bit by digging), it relies on the ground to keep your pet warm – just like wild animals homes. You can’t argue against nature that this wont insulate your pets heat! It has a lip that sits on the surface to prevent water from seeping in, while your pup crawls through the door and retreats to his/her comfortable and extremely cozy chamber. You can even add a few blankets for that extra plushness.

Bonus Options

Petsfit Insulation Kit

This isn’t a dog house but an insulation kit. Ideally it pairs with the Petsfit Wooden Dog House, so you can have it all year round. It is rather inexpensive but offers great insulation when installed. Your pet is surrounded by a sense of coziness and comfort during the cooler months. Easy to open up a couple zippers to remove the foam for quick machine washing. The most appreciated feature of this kit is the easy installation and the carry case for storage.

Best Pet Supplies Inc. Indoor Tent Bed

Do you own a little dog? This one is for you. Made to keep your small dog warm by using plush materials top to bottom, such as faux suede, corduroy and linen. This is only made for indoors use and will last a very long time. The soft poly foam lining provides a soft feel while insulating your pup. It also prevents it from collapsing or falling over. Easily machine washable. Pair it with a few blankets and you little dog won’t be feeling the cold.

How Much Is Too Cold For Dogs In Winter?

When it comes to your pet in winter you need to be aware of the temperature. Dogs can only handle so much. When it drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit you need to start watching out for symptoms of your pup getting too cold, as this is where they start getting uncomfortable. 32 degrees Fahrenheit, you need to start taking action to heating your dog up.

Insulated vs Regular Dog Houses

When it comes to providing your pet with a winter dog house you need to understand the differences between insulated and regular dog houses.

Insulated

An insulated dog house isolates the temperature difference inside from the outside. This is done by thicker walls, floors and ceilings that are stuffed with foam. They can also utilize the use to layers to prevent heat from getting out and the cold getting in. A winter dog house that’s insulated should ideally have no gaps or holes where the chill can seep in. Quality insulated dog houses will incorporate a door that’s closes by , extended entrance or at minimum a plastic flap. This assists in retaining heat and preventing your pup from getting wet. Raised houses help to stop the transfer of temperature from the ground through to the floor of your dog house. Adding blankets and extra accessories that encourage heat retention will have your beloved pet falling asleep all cozy and warm.

Regular

When it comes to a regular dog house, they don’t usually have any of the special features for battling the cooler climates. There is no insulation, thinner walls, ceilings and floors and they usually sit on the ground directly, which are all big no no’s for preventing heat loss. These regular dog houses are ideally

made for warmer months, so make sure you invest in an insulated dog house to give your dog the warmest winters ever.

Can I Use A Heater In My Dog House?

A dog house heater can be installed inside or directly outside of your dog house. Just remember to follow the safety instructions. Most heaters made for dog houses have a protective housing to make sure your pup is safe from getting burns by accident

Never use a human heater for you dog. Human heaters are made for us so your pup may cook from the heat it produces. A dog house heater wont cook your dog as it is designed to automatically turn off or reduce the amount of heat it puts out once it reaches a particular temperature.

How To Build A DIY Dog House For Winter

If you have a few basic carpentry tools and skills, you could build your own house for your pet with a little time. You have the ability to build whatever you want if you cant find that perfect house just remember to keep safety at the utmost importance.

Start with some research of dog house from things you like and don’t like. This will help you to determine how to build your dog house. You can then make up your own design. Otherwise you can find many blueprints and design of dog houses on the internet you can download.

When it comes to building there will be a few things that vary depending on your design but keep these following in mind:

  • Set up before getting started. Get your tools and supplies together and all in one location for easy findings, it prevents wasting time and having to stop half way through to look for a tool or piece you require.
  • Build to your skill set. Don’t go picking an extravagant design that is going to be difficult to build if you barely passed your wood work class in school. You will only get frustrated and be disappointed when the final product is not what you expect it to be.
  • Back to basics. Measure twice and cut once. When it comes to constructing anything in life this is a golden rule. It prevents wasting materials from things being cut too small, as well as saves time from having to do things over and over again.
  • Check again and again for hazards. Don’t let your pup inside to enjoy it and then he/she gets a nail in the paw. You need to check to make sure all surfaces are smooth, nothing poking out or little gaps. Little gaps can potentially pinch your dog or they could get stuck.
  • Water. Avoid your house decaying and rotting over time from water seeping in by using wood resistant to insects and rotting ie cedar and/or use a paint for outdoor use and a coat of a clear seal. If you prime the wood before you paint you’ll be in an even better situation . Remember paints and sealants smell so give it a few days to air out before letting your pup inside.
  • Strong roof. If your pup is a curious one and enjoys climbing you’ll need to make sure the roof you build has the ability to allow your pet to sit on it. Better to be safe then sorry and come to find your pup caught half way through the roof of his/her little house.
  • Electric cords. Planning on using a bed or mat that is heated, you need to make sure you drill a little hole near in the house to prevent the dog from chewing and getting tangled in the cord. It will also keep the house looking tidier. Insulainge around the hole will prevent your pup from feeling a chill coming into the house.
  • Incorporate Mylar. This is a thin film that is reflective which is used in making survival blankets. It bounces back the heat your dog emits back towards him. Remember to make sure it isn’t in a place that he/she cant chew on it.

Dog Care Tips For Winter

When it comes to taking care of your dog during winter you need to put in a little more care. Dogs that don’t handle the cold well can get sick, become lethargic and sore due to the cooler temperatures. To prevent that from happening, here are a few extra care tips for winter:

You should feed you pup just a little more as they are burning more energy to keep producing heat. It is best to give them several small meals. If that isn’t possible just add a little extra to their usual meal times.

Play games inside such as hide and seek to keep your pet warm and fit when it may be too cold to go outside and exercise.

Practice tricks to build your bond with your pup while training them and keeping them stimulated.

If your pup begins shivering, shaking, seeking warmth or is sluggish, you need to take action in heating them up. They rely on you to provide for them so keep your eye out for them getting too cold.

Additional Winter Dog House Equipment

When it comes to accessories to add to your pup’s house you should consider getting some of these items. They assist in keeping your pet warm and healthy during those harsh months.

  • Heated Bed. They are comfortable while assisting in keeping your pet warm. Has the ability to relieve dogs with ailing joints, arthritis or hip dysplasia. Choose a bed suitable for use and follow the guidelines explicitly to avoid any injuries (such as being shocked or burnt). It is advised to decide on a self heating bed as it requires no electricity. This avoids the problems of injuries and cords.
  • Heated Mat. These are a better option for owners who have already provided a bed or dogs that have never liked sleeping in a bed. Keep safety in mind as electricity is not a safe option for pups who like to chew. You should aim to protect any cords by threading it through a pipe, burying the it and drilling a hole for it to come into the dog house. Otherwise use a conduit to protect the cord and prevent your pet from accessing the cord.
  • Heated Water Bowl. You don’t want to come outside to find your dog extremely thirsty during winter because his water bowl has frozen. Use a heated water bowl to prevent the water from freezing. Place it just outside of the dog house to prevent spills inside!
  • Blankets, Litter, Bedding. By covering the floor of the dog house you are helping to insulate it while keeping it cozy. You could use a good blanket or more if you prefer your pet to have the extra heat and coziness. You could use a litter to assit in cushioning and insulating the house. By using a combination of litter under a blanket(s) for ultimate comfort. You should avoid using grass or hay for litter as they tend carry bacteria and parasites. Decide on using wood shavings such as cedar and pine. These are popular for their pest repellant properties and nice smell. Be wary of the strong smell in confined spaces as some dogs can suffer respiratory issues after resting on them. Wood shavings can be harmful to puppies or pregnant females so avoid using them in these cases; also be wary of females feeding new puppies.
  • Thermal Blankets. These are inexpensive and quick to stock up on to provide warmth. You can be wash them in a washing machine. Thermal blankets are made out of materials such as microfiber plush fabrics, sherpa and even fleece to keep them soft. These materials also hold heat better which is great for winter.
  • Insulate the gap between the ground and the dog house. Hopefully, your dog house is raised. Use Mylar or Styrofoam to assit in insulating the house from the ground. You should particularly do this if your dog house is sitting on the ground. Insulation boards are another option. You can get these or similar materials from a home improvement store.
  • Durable and safe chew toy. This ensures your dog doesn’t get bored, especially during winter when he is most likely to spend his time lazying about. It also prevent him/her from chewing their house, blankets or bed.
  • Dog House Furnace. They work extremely well and do what they say . Dog house furnaces are moderately priced but will last several years. These help to keep your pet warm, just remember to get an appropriate size.
  • Thermal Pads. These are flat heating devices placed under your dogs bed or alternatively used as a dog bed. You can get electric ones but we suggest you opt for the self heating and heat retention ones. They are simple to use and come in handy on those chilly nights. Not only that but they are cheaper then buying a heater.

What To Look For When Buying A Winter Dog House? The Buying Guide.

When it comes to purchasing a winter dog house there are a few things to look out for. Although, they may be similar, you will want particular features to ensure your pup is warm and safe from the harsh weather.

You need to invest in quality. You can’t go purchasing a cheap dog house and say that it will do because your pet will end up getting too cold, possibly ill, maybe even hurt from it collapsing, and not to mention that it won’t last. Look for houses that are built to block the wind and have no gaps or holes from which a draft can come up through. Quality and durability is what you need for a winter dog house.

Seek out a house that has an extended entrance, self-closing door or minimum a double plastic flap door. You need to make sure there is something to prevent water and wind seeping in through the entrance. Otherwise all your efforts to keep you animal warm will go out the window. Remember it is your pets house so be sure he/she can easily fit in an out without having any issues.

You need something that is solid and wont leak. Purchasing a house that is waterproof and constructed to withstand the elements is vital in keeping your pooch dry. If you don’t your beloved pet will get ill from being damp or wet from water seeping in.

Each dog is a different size, so you need to accommodate for that. You cant go buying a little chihuahua a big dog house because it will all be in vain. They won’t be able to produce the heat the house would need to stay warm. Then you have the other side of the scale. You don’t want to purchase a house too small for your Great Dane, that would be ridiculous, especially if he can only fit his head inside! The house needs to be large enough for them to stand comfortably and turn around when they are inside.

Look for a house that is raised and has adjustable feet. When a house is on the ground it will rot quicker. Not only that the chill from the floor will seep through the floor of your dog house. Getting a house that is raised is particularly important. Having adjustable feet allows you to keep it level when you place the house on uneven ground.

Good insulation is vital in your winter dog house. Thick walls, ceiling and floor helps to prevent heat loss and the cold coming in. Don’t forget to add in blankets and other accessories to assist in heat retention.

Now, I don’t know about you but when it comes to cleaning and assembling things it can be a pit of a pain. So, make sure you find a dog house that’s easy to clean, whether it assist drainage from the inside or opens up for easy access, just make sure you will clean it to keep it hygienic for your pet. Remember to pick something easy to assemble if you struggle with flat packs or putting things together. There are some really easy snap in place dog houses available on the market for those who struggle.

Do Small Dogs Need Extra Protection In Winter?

When it comes to small dogs in winter you need to take extra care. Smaller pups require a lot more heat to stay warm. This is because of their minimal body fat, thinner coats and limited muscle mass. So, yes small dogs need extra protection in winter.

Remember to keep an eye out for the bigger dogs with thinner coats and limited body fat and muscle mass (ie greyhounds) as well. They also feel the cold really easily. You older dogs with or without ailments will feel the chill easier as well. Any dog that suffers from conditions such as arthritis should be kept a close eye on and the cold makes their pain worse unfortunately.

Things To Remember

  • Check on your pet’s house thoroughly every week to ensure it isn’t deteriorating. You should make sure that the inside isn’t cold or damp as well. Although, dog houses for winter are meant to withstand the harsh conditions, they are being put through their paces with the cold, mud, snow, rain etc. so overtime, they will start to weaken and get old, especially during a big storm.
  • When cleaning out the dog house remember to dry it fully before allowing your pet back in. It is suggested to wash in the morning so it has plenty of time to dry out.
  • Remember to wash bedding, blanket etc often to prevent dampness and bacteria to build up, which can cause your pet health problems.

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TOP 5 BEST DOG NECK WARMERS and SNOODS FOR THIS WINTER

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Do you shudder at the thought of taking your dog for a walk in below freezing weather? Maybe even below 50°F (10°C) is a stretch for you! It can be conflicting for any pet owner when deciding between staying in and keeping warm, or taking your dog on their much coveted walk.

With that in mind, let’s check out the top 5 best neck warmers and snoods for 2019’s winter!

  1. Zoo Snoods (Website & on Amazon)

I think it’s safe to say that we all love Amazon, their deals and trust in the reviews of fellow dog-lovers. And who can deny that Prime’s two-day shipping hasn’t at times persuaded us to purchase something?

Whether you’re looking for a cute costume for your dog or a way to keep them warm, Zoo Snoods gives your dog a new set of ears while protecting their real ones! Thinking ahead, this is an economical purchase as Zoo Snoods is something you can use this winter and next fall for Halloween.

Zoo Snoods, a reputable company that provides adorable animal-knit snoods for pets, is on amazon, offers a 100% money-back guarantee and has a consistent 5-star rating on their products. In addition to feeling confident in your purchase, you can also feel charitable since they are committed to donating one dollar of proceeds to various pet charities.

Did you ever think your dog kind of looked like a bear? Well now they can have the ears to match. Maybe you thought they were more like a bull, a panda or a bunny. If you don’t see what you were dreaming of on Amazon, don’t have a prime account or want to make sure that the $1 is donated, check out over a dozen options on their website!

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Make sure you look at their website’s sizing chart to ensure the best fit for your pooch. Some previous customers suggested that if you have a very active dog, you might want to size down as the yarn has a tendency to stretch after a couple wears. You might want to hurry and add an adorable snood to your cart, because Zoo Snoods are selling out on some animal designs due to their end of the holiday’s sale! Prices for the snoods range from $15+ for a small to $25+ for a large.

  •  RC Pet Products (Website & on Amazon)

Does your dog love to snuggle? Then the Summit Snood by RC Pet Products is for you. Your pup can dive right into this cozy fleece snood for a cold winter day! Some customers have even reported that this snood is so comfortable that their dogs like to sleep with it on.

With three colors to choose from (Red/Gray drawstrings, Black/Lime drawstrings, or Teal/Orange drawstrings) your dog can happily roll around in the cold without worrying about their ears getting too cold. Thanks to the two adjustable drawstrings, the snood will be secured in place throughout all of the digging, running and rolling.

This snood comes with some appealing features such as reflectivity on the RC label and decorative piping, machine washable anti-pilling fabric and a stretch to ensure freedom of movement.

The Summit Snood is not only meant for the head, but also for the neck. To ensure the correct sizing for your dog, you should check out their sizing chart on their website.  Not only does RC Pet Products sell “The Summit Snood,” but they just came out with a new snood, The Polaris.

The Polaris offers many of the same benefits as the Summit including the easy to use drawstrings, three color choices (teal, plum or black) and machine washable. However, the Polaris is made of a highly reflective yarn material allowing the entire snood to become a safety feature.

In addition, the tight knit material of the Polaris can create an even warmer feel than the fleece of the Summit. Overall, both are great options for your pet and come with an amazing guarantee: repair or replacement products for the lifetime of your pet. Although this product may seem pricier than others, the lifetime guarantee can give you peace of mind for a smart purchase.

Before purchasing, make sure their guarantee is honored both on their website and amazon! Prices range from $20+ to $25+ for the Summit and $35+ for the new Polaris snood.

  • Crochet Snood by SeacliffeCottage (Etsy)

While Amazon offers excellent shipping and returns, it’s hard to beat the care put into handmade items such as this crochet snood by SeacliffeCottage offered on Etsy. If you’ve never heard of Etsy, you are in for an amazing discovery. Etsy is an online shopping medium to find handcrafted, unique, vintage or custom items sold by individual businesses from all over the world. SeacliffeCottage is a business located in Canada and has an excellent review rating of 1,099 5-star reviews.

Although SeacliffeCottage offers dog snoods and scarves in 159 different colors and designs, they also make other items like baby booties, adult hats, scarves and baby blankets. Even though this business is in Canada, they luckily offer reasonably-priced shipping to the United States.

This crochet snood is handmade to perfection and is ready-to-ship. This particular oatmeal colored snood is heavily textured giving extra warmth and comes in four different sizes: x-small, small/short, small and medium. The material can be washed in the washing machine and is meant to be laid flat to dry.

Lastly, the snoods from this business are stretchy for ultimate comfort made from acrylic yarn. Acrylic yarn is an excellent non-allergen material for dogs known for its durability and washability. Prices range from$10+ to $20+ subject to change based on current exchange rates.

  • Knitted Wool Snoods and Cotton Snoods By WoofCoutureDog (Etsy)

If you’re still feeling a little heartbroken from the first snood option because they didn’t have your animal of choice, WoofCoutureDog from Etsy may have what you’re looking for! They have a tropical frog, a fiery fox and a sweet little mouse snood! The Bear Snood and the rest of their animal snoods are made of wool and the sizing of each item can be found in the description within the post.

Wool is an excellent material for those who live in humid areas because wool can absorb roughly 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling cold or damp. However, wool can be an allergen for some dogs so it is important to check your pup for a skin rash or unusual behavior. If you know your dog has an allergy, don’t despair.

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WoofCoutureDog handmakes all of their doggy items from either 100% cotton, fleece or wool and has an array of coats, sweaters, hats, leashes, collars and over 100 snoods for every occasion. Another excellent product is the red buffalo plaid snood. This snood comes in four sizes and two different elastic options. The elastic option is great for those who might want a more secure feeling for their dog (three elastic bands) versus a typical two elastic band design.

WoofCoutureDog is targeted towards smaller breeds and has a unique collection of outerwear especially for French Bulldogs—although the items would work for any small breed. They have been on etsy since 2013 and are based out of Florida, USA. WoofCoutureDog offers special services such as “rushing” an item for a small fee, customization of an item and exchanges within 7 days of delivery. Prices range from $10+  to $50+ based on the material and size—subject to change based on current exchange rates.
  • Waterproof Snood By WoofCoutureDog (Etsy)

Maybe by this point, you’re thinking that you might not need a snood because your winter ranges from 32°F (0°C) to 50°F (10°C). However, if you live in a rainy location, you might want to reconsider! When dogs are wet, they are more prone to the cold, even at higher temperatures. 

Also, as mentioned earlier, dogs with floppy or thin ears or ears prone to ear infections can have a proclivity to being cold and may need a cover, too. This snood is a great option because it is 100% waterproof. Not only do people use this to keep their dog’s ears warm and dry from rainy walks, but also when they are giving their dog baths or when they’re feeding their floppy-eared friends their meals!

WoofCoutureDog has almost 2,000 five star reviews, and this waterproof design comes in several different colors and designs. This monkey pattern is adorable for bathtime or eating time and keeps dog’s ears clean, dry and infection-free. While this snood might not offer a lot of warmth, it is pretty inexpensive and will make a great addition to your budding snood collection. Prices range from only $10+ for an extra-small and $15+ for a large. This snood comes in four sizes: XS, S, M, and L.

At this point, snoods and neck warmers have grown on you and you’ve probably already got one on the way. To an untrained eye, one might think you only care for the appearance of your dog, but when you choose a snood for your dog, you’ve chosen a way to keep your little one happy, healthy and warm.

However, the task becomes less daunting if you have some facts. For example, you may ask the question, “Is going on a walk in the cold still in my dog’s best interest?” The answer is yes. According to PetMd, dogs need a minimum of 30 minutes (sometimes more, depending on the breed) of exercise a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Being busy, some of us can only manage to get one or two walks in a week, let alone seven.

And with winter in full-force, it is understandable to lean towards doing even less without the right equipment. In the end, we all want what is best for our furry family member. In this article, we have compiled the facts about chilly weather and some options that will keep your dog warm and happy even on the coldest winter walks.

Before we look at those top 5 best neck warmers and snoods for your pooch, it is important to consider if your dog even needs one and if they do, what to look for in a functional snood.

First things first, if you like to take walks longer than 30 minutes in the winter, you should strongly consider purchasing some warm outerwear for your dog! There are a lot of options including coats, sweaters, snoods, scarves, hats and booties.

Any of these options are viable choices, especially in combination with each other. Prolonged exposure to below freezing temperatures can cause hypothermia or frostbite in our furry friends and the best way to treat this is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Hypothermia is characterized by a 1 to 2 degree drop in a dog’s body temperature (which typically rests between 101 and 102.5 degrees fahrenheit or 38.3 to 39.2 degrees celsius).

This can happen very easily in some dogs, and not so easily in others. Some dogs are simply born with the tools to be in colder weather, like Siberian Huskies who have a thick layer of fur. Deciding if your dog has the proper attributes will depend on a bit of research regarding your dog’s breed.

However, if you have a small, old, hypoglycemic or short-haired dog, chances are you will need some sort of outerwear and preventing them from getting the shivers should be at the top of your list! You may be asking yourself, why a neck warmer or snood instead of a coat or sweater? What even is a snood? 

A snood is a knitted hood or scarf that originally was only worn by people. Now, dog snoods have become popular ever since their appearance at the Westminster Dog Show and they cover the dog’s neck and ears. While a snood seems very similar to a neck warmer, a neck warmer only covers the neck of a dog, leaving the ears exposed.

Although it’s a good idea to consider multiple forms of clothing to keep your fur baby warm, dog’s ears can be one of the first things to get frostbite when their body temperature starts dropping. Dog’s ears have over a dozen muscles in them, help them hear high frequencies, move their ears independently and express emotion. Due to how important a dog’s ears can be, they are very important to protect, which is exactly what a snood does!

This means that it’s a good idea to invest in ear-outerwear for your dog regardless of below-freezing temperatures— especially if they have floppy ears, thin ears or ears prone to ear infections. When considering the perfect snood, you should look into the material for warmth and comfort, functionality, style and price. Our list has a range of prices, styles and materials that can work for you and your lifestyle with your pet.
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As you can see, there are a lot of options out there for your dog. Even if you have got your heart set on one of the options above, there are a few things to keep in mind. Some dogs may not enjoy wearing something on their head–even in the extreme cold—and that’s okay! Afterall, outerwear is for the comfort and safety of your pet.

If your dog likes wearing it, it’s probably bringing them comfort. For example, Whippets and Greyhounds usually wear coats, jackets and snoods in any mild weather due to their short coat and little body fat. Sometimes they even wear their outerwear inside! Although there are sizing charts for each snood, every dog is different.

It is important that you can comfortably fit two fingers in between your dog and the item of clothing. If not, the item of clothing is too tight on your dog and you should exchange it for a bigger size. On the other hand, perhaps you have a picky dog but know it is too cold for your dog without a snood. Consult a veterinarian about the best course of action for your dog.

Another point to consider is that sometimes it is too cold to take your dog for a walk. If the temperature in your area is below 0°F (-17.7°C), you should refrain from taking your pup for a walk. There are plenty of wonderful alternatives to walking your dog such as tug-of-war, training games, or mind games to keep your dog mentally stimulated.

Lastly, if you have an outdoor dog, remember to bring them in when temperatures drop below freezing or make sure they have a heated space to relax. Whatever you decide, we know it will be best for your furry friend. Ultimately, if you’re worried about hypothermia or frostbite in your dog, consult a vet immediately for care and consider using preventative measures in the future. Happy 2019 and a happy warm winter, my fellow dog-lovers.

Top 5 Best Indoor Dog Houses

Does my dog really need an Indoor Dog House?

Everyone loves a cozy space that they can call their own- even dogs! And what better way to give your dog their very own personal space than with an indoor dog house.

You are probably aware of the importance of an outdoor dog house, but dogs require comfortable indoor protection just as much as humans do. So, it’s important to provide your dog with a safe, nontoxic dog house to provide them with that sense of comfortable protection.

But with hundreds of indoor dog houses on the market, how are you ever supposed to know what option is best for your dog and your living circumstances?

Continue reading below to learn about the top five dog houses that are on the market and what goes into choosing the perfect indoor dog house for your fur baby.

Best Indoor Dog House Reviews – Our top 5

1. Petmate Igloo Dog House with Microban Technology

This Igloo shaped dog house is unlike any dog house you’ve ever seen. Its adorable shape will make you and your dog think that they are sled dogs in the Arctic. The Microban technology that Petmate’s Igloo Dog House has implemented eliminates bacteria that cause odors, stains, mildew and even mold. Because this dog house comes in three sizes (medium, large and extra-large), dogs of all shapes and sizes ranging from 25 to 175 pounds can fit inside this igloo.

Another positive side to Petmate’s Igloo Dog House is that it doesn’t require any tools for assembly, so you can have it up and ready for your dog in no time. Plus, it’s long-lasting, so you don’t have to worry about it breaking or falling apart anytime soon.

Not only is this an indoor dog house, but it’s also constructed to work outside as well. The heavy-duty construction that the manufacturers implemented will protect your pet from even the harshest weather conditions. The raised floor, side moats and extended, offset doorway that the Igloo Dog House offers will keep your dog dry by preventing rain, wind and snow from entering. It also contains insulation to keep them cool during summer and warm during winter, and the roof ventilation ensures that there is a constant flow of fresh air for your pup.

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2. Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate

If you want to crate your dog when you leave the house but don’t want an ugly wire cage, the Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate is perfect for you. This dog house is more like a piece of furniture because it doubles as a gorgeous end table, which means that it essentially saves storage space as well. So, if you have a small apartment or townhome, this dog house would be a great option.

With a strong, lockable latch, this indoor dog house can also be used as a crate that can provide extra security and a peace of mind when you are away from home. The sustainable and solid wood that the Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate is made of promotes a private and relaxing space for your dog to relax and nap in. It also promotes durability and longevity, but the wood requires regular cleaning and upkeep. So, customers should only purchase this dog house if they know that they can make the time to take care of it properly.

This dog house is highly customizable as you can order it in rich colors including white, gray, black, espresso and taupe to ensure that it perfectly accentuates your living area. It’s also available in four sizes ranging from small to extra-large to provide a comfortable and spacious dog house for your fur baby.

If you aren’t very handy or simply don’t have a lot of time to allocate to a new project, then this dog house is for you. It’s rather simple to put together, and it comes with all the tools necessary for assembly.

3. Merry Products Wood Pet Home

Go ahead and spoil your fur baby with a dog house and a view. They probably deserve it! This dog house represents a two-story cabin condo made especially for a happy pup. The second-floor balcony features a ladder and a lattice fence that your dog can use to take a nap, relax, sunbathe, play or store their favorite toys in style. It’s important to note that while this dog house is meant for small and medium dogs, the Merry Products Wood Pet Home only comes in one size.

The naturally stained, brown cedar color of the Merry Products Wood Pet Home makes for an aesthetically pleasing and beautiful addition to your living space. But you can also restain this dog house to complement a specific color scheme.

One of the highlights of this indoor dog house is that it’s constructed from strong, kiln-dried cedar. This enhances durability and resilience, and it provides a natural and calming wood scent to complement your home. The stable, cellular structure of the wood this dog house is made of can withstand even the harshest temperatures and extreme humidity.  

All these features also mean that the Merry Products Wood Pet Home can be used outside as well. It’s lightweight enough to be transported inside and outside if your dog wishes for a change of scenery. And the lower lounge area contains raised panel floors to prevent rain from flooding the inside of the dog house.

4. Home Sweet Home Pet House

This is, hands down, the coziest indoor dog house on the list. It is crafted with two safe fillings to ensure that your dog is always comfy and ready for an afternoon nap. The first material it’s lined with is polyfoam, which molds to your pet’s favorite positions. The second material is polyfill, which adds extra cushion and comfort.

As for the outside material, the strong, coral fleece is extremely soft and comforting, and the nylon provides durable comfort that is water repellent. Plus, the extra cuddle inducing pillow is perfect for the dogs that love to make their bed or borrow in pillows. Say hello to your dog’s new favorite spot in the whole house.

Built to last a lifetime, the Home Sweet Home Pet House will be the last indoor dog house that you will ever buy. Not to mention that it is the cheapest dog house on this list. So, if you are on a tight budget, this is the dog house for you. This is also the easiest indoor dog house to clean on this list as all you must do is toss it right into your washer on the delicate cycle and let it air dry.

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The built-in zipper is the only thing you need to set this indoor dog house up, making it the easiest setup on this list as well. And, it’s extremely lightweight and portable, so you can essentially travel anywhere with your pup while keeping their housing consistent.

However, this indoor dog house only comes in one size, which is 16x16x14. So, this only houses small dogs and cats. Also, while many of the dog houses on this list are both indoor and outdoor, the soft fabrics and materials of this dog house should be kept inside.

5. Advantek Pointe Elizabeth Garden Cottage Dog House

We saved the most expensive dog house on this list for last, but it’s definitely worth every penny. Not only is it nicer than most apartments on the market, but it’s also extremely efficient.

It includes an elevated feeding area that is included with steel bowls, so your pup can eat in style. It also includes a stylish, built-in dog food container to keep their food fresh and dry. But you can also use this storage unit for toys or cleaning supplies if you would like. The front porch allows your dog to enter their dog house in style, and the garden box is a great place to store their favorite fetching balls.

The Advantek Pointe Elizabeth Garden Cottage Dog House is also one of the eco-friendliest dog houses on the market because it’s made with lumber that is grown in sustainable forests that are also government controlled.

The blue wood panels of this dog house are made with fir, which is both durable and lightweight. To increase longevity, this dog house is finished with a wood preservative that is nontoxic. It’s also insect and weather resistant, making this another great outdoor dog house as well. The naturally insulated walls paired with the nontoxic, weather-resistant asphalt roof make the Advantek Pointe Elizabeth Garden Cottage Dog House perfect for any weather climate and can be used year-round.

Our top choice

A lot of factors were considered when choosing our favorite of these five dog houses. At the end of the day, our favorite and most recommended indoor dog house is the Petmate Igloo Dog House with Microban Technology.

Not only is this indoor dog house unique and adorable, but it’s highly effective as well. Dogs can live in this Igloo Dog House year-round due to the insulation and roof circulation. We also appreciate that it comes in a variety of sizes to fit every fur baby.

The features that this dog house provides combined with their reasonable pricing makes this dog house one for the books. Not to mention that the Microban technology greatly enhances the longevity and durability of this dog house by eliminating bacteria that causes odors, stains, mildew and mold. Because it’s both an indoor and an outdoor dog house, this product gives you the most bang for your buck since it can be used in a variety of settings.

Trust us, your dog deserves this indoor dog house.

Does my dog really need an Indoor Dog House?

Dog houses aren’t just for outside. In fact, they are very beneficial to have in your home as well. You’re probably wondering why your dog needs another house if they already live inside. To some, it may seem counterproductive. But there are many positives to providing your dog with their very own space that is special to them.

For starters, indoor dog houses can serve the same purpose as a wire crate but without the eyesore. Puppies are known for chewing shoes, baseboards, toilet paper, furniture and basically anything else they can get their teeth on. But an indoor dog house that has a latch can keep those puppies, safe, secure and cozy while you are about and about. And luckily, indoor dog houses come in a variety of styles, shapes and colors to complement your inner living area.

Indoor dog houses are also important because dogs have an inherent instinct to build a den when they get nervous or stressed. Have you ever noticed that your dog hangs out under your bed, under your table or in any other tight spaces? This is because dogs like to be in areas that are snug and secure. Indoor dog houses are important for dogs because dogs have a habitual instinct that causes them to build a den, and a crate provides them with that maternal area.  

What to look for when buying an Indoor Dog House?

When purchasing an indoor dog house for your pup, there are a few factors that you should pay attention to. For one, you want to make sure that your dog has enough space to where they are comfortable, but they shouldn’t have too much space. The goal here is to find a happy medium. Choose an indoor dog house that provides your dog with room to stand up, turn around and stretch. Any more space can be counterproductive to their habitual instinct to build a cozy den.

You also want to make sure that your dog’s indoor dog house is sturdy- especially if you have a large dog. A high-quality and sturdy dog house is important because you want it to stand up to the power and weight of your dog.

The last thing you want is to invest in a dog house, spend time setting it up just for it to collapse in seven days. A sturdy dog house not only protects your dog, but it also protects you from the frustration of wasting money on a cheaply made dog house.
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What is the best material?

Before you go out and purchase a dog house with your ideal price point, you should first investigate the material that the dog house is made of. This is important because the material plays a role in both the safety of your dog and the sturdiness of the dog house. And different materials yield different benefits when it comes to your dog’s home.

Wood dog houses are extremely popular because they are both sturdy and visually appealing. However, if there is even the slightest chance that you will move your dog house outside, make sure the wood is both weatherproof and insulated to keep your dog dry and protected. You also want to look for wood dog houses that are raised off the floor to prevent flooding and rotting.

Canvas dog houses are beneficial to those who travel frequently. These dog houses are often tent-like structures that provide little to no insulation but are a cozy alternative to its wood competitors. Canvas dog houses are both portable and lightweight, so you can bring them with you on trips or to your dog sitter’s house to provide your dog with a sense of normalcy.

Another great material for indoor dog houses is plastic. Plastic dog houses are waterproof, which makes them extremely easy to clean. They are also lightweight and can be easily moved if you ever decide to rearrange your furniture or move houses. Plastic dog houses are also much easier to assemble than wood dog houses because they often just snap together.   

Indoor Vs. Outdoor Dog Houses what are the differences?

A dog house is a dog house, right? Not exactly. Indoor dog houses and outdoor dog houses have quite a few differences. And while outdoor dog houses can often double as indoor dog houses, indoor dog houses do not always double as outdoor dog houses.

Outdoor dog houses must be extremely sturdy, weatherproof and have excellent insulation to keep your pup safe, dry and warm. They also need to be raised off the floor to prevent flooding and rotting.

These factors can often be ignored when looking for an indoor dog house because your home will protect your dog from harsh weather, temperatures and UV rays. By passing on those features, you can essentially save money when purchasing a home for your pup. But it’s important to never put an ill-equipped dog house outside as they will not last in those harsh conditions.

Dangers and risks of indoor houses

Indoor dog houses are often implemented to provide your dog with a safe and secure space for their innate instincts. But this can be counterproductive if you aren’t aware of the dangers and risks that some indoor dog houses can come with.

One of the biggest dangers that you should be aware of is the toxicity of a dog house. It’s important to find a dog house that is built with safe and nontoxic materials. The last thing you want to do is subject your dog to a home that can essentially harm them.

Another danger is using your indoor dog house to crate your dog more often than you should. Dogs aren’t meant to be locked in a crate for long periods of time. Many dog owners crate their dogs just while they are at work, but even that can be pushing the limit. If you can, come home during your lunch break to let your pup out of their indoor dog home so they can stretch their legs and go outside. Even small breaks like this can improve the danger of over crating your dog.

Conclusion

Indoor dog houses can be highly beneficial to your pup because they are not only great for afternoon naps, but they also provide your dog with a sense of protection. Choosing the perfect indoor dog house for your fur baby may seem daunting with the wide variety of options on the market. But with a little knowledge and a few recommendations, you are bound to pick the best option for your dog.

The Best Dog DNA Test : Our Top 5 Picks

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What is the Best Dog DNA Test?

Over the past few years, DNA testing kits have become extremely popular. Companies like AncestryDNA and 23andMe are two examples of companies that made legitimate, accurate ways to test your genetics more accessible to the general public. With just a simple saliva sample, these kits give you the power to unlock the hidden messages encoded in your genes, as well as credible analyses of how these results impact your identity and health. But what if there was such an option available for your pets?

You may be shocked to hear that the market for dog DNA testing kits is exceptionally huge. However, this makes sense when you consider all of the benefits that dog DNA testing can have for you and your canine. Just as DNA testing for humans can give out invaluable information about your lineage, hereditary dispositions, genetic variants, and other related statistics – dog DNA testing can give you the same information about your beloved furry friend.

The Best Dog DNA Test
If dog DNA testing is something you’re interested in, you’re in luck – there are hundreds of different kits on the market to choose from. However, this poses a different problem: which testing kit is the best kit for you and your dog? Fortunately, we have compiled a list of the top five best dog DNA testing kits available for purchase. Find out which kits are worth your time and money, and which will give you a more comprehensive look at your pup’s personality and health.

Our Top 5 Picks for The Top Dog DNA Tests

  1. Embark Dog DNA Test Kit
Overview: Embark Dog DNA Testing databases crosscheck your dog’s sample against over 200,000 genetic markers, which is the largest and widest range out of all of the kits on this list. Embark also tests for more than 160 genetic conditions, including degenerative myelopathy (similar to Lou Gehrig’s Disease in humans), progressive retinal atrophy (which leads to blindness), and even resistance to certain drugs. With high accuracy and credibility, Embark DNA gives you the most bang for your buck.

2. Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification Kit

Overview: Mars, Incorporated has certainly cornered the market on dog DNA testing, providing a wide variety of kits that claim accuracy and effectiveness. The Wisdom Panel 3.0 has around 1,800 genetic markers in its database and can identify more than 250 breeds, varieties, and types of dogs. While it does test for less factors than Embark, it is cheaper and still just as accurate.

3. Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 2.5 Breed Identification Kit

Overview: An earlier version of the 3.0 kit, the Wisdom Panel 2.5 DNA kit. While not as updated as the Wisdom Panel 3.0, dog owners claim that it is reliable. The test is easy to perform, and provides accurate results for MDR1-gene testing and adult weight range prediction.

4. HomeDNA Orivet Dog DNA Tests

Overview: When ordering the HomeDNA health screening test, you truly get a wealth of information for a good price. However, if you want another detailed report on your dog’s breed identification results, you need to buy a separate test entirely. Therefore, HomeDNA is pricy, especially in comparison to Embark, which offers both tests in one. If you are only interested in looking at your dog’s genetic variants and health conditions, HomeDNA might be worth looking into.

5. DNA My Dog

Overview: If you’re a dog owner less interested in the complicated genetics of your pet, and more so in the specifics of its breed, DNA My Dog might be the kit for you. DNA My Dog is a fun alternative to some of the other kits that provide more hard, scientific results, and it is the least expensive of all the kits reviewed here. However, if you are looking for a more detailed and accurate assessment of your dog’s breeds, traits, and health, you may want to look into the other kits mentioned.

Best Dog DNA Tests Reviewed

  1. Embark Dog DNA Test Kit

For the most accurate, interactive, comprehensive, and credible results, look no further. Embark has stepped up to the plate as the most accurate DNA testing kit available on the market, testing more than 200,000 genetic markers, and over 160 health conditions. Partnered with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and backed by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, Embark promises easy to access results, as well as a vet report that can be directly delivered to your pet’s healthcare provider.

Pros: Highly accurate; Backed by credible institutions; Tests for over 160 canine health conditions.

Cons: More expensive than competing kits.

2. Wisdom Panel 3.0 Breed Identification Kit

Wisdom Panel 3.0 uses some of the most innovative, up-to-date technology to test your canine’s DNA. This kit’s breed identification technology can identify over 250 dog varieties, types, and breeds. It also tests for 1,800 genetic markers, and is and is especially adept in detecting the gene for multi-drug resistance and adult weight range prediction statistics.

Pros: Solid information about genetic makeup; Fast results; Affordable

Cons: Not as many genetic markers to test from when compared to Embark; Only covers breeds from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Western Europe.

3. Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 2.5 Breed Identification Kit

While not as in-depth as Embark, or as up-to-date as its successors, Wisdom Panel 2.5 has the validity of customer satisfaction on its side. This kit provides valuable information about your dog’s heritage for a low cost, and is exceptional in testing for drug resistance. Many pet owners trust Wisdom Panel 2.5, which means that at the very least, it is credible among customers.

Pros: Can test for drug resistance; Accurate for identifying breeds; Receive results within 2 to 3 weeks.

Cons: Only covers a few genetic markers, which can be an issue for dogs with mixed heritage; Outdated version.

4. HomeDNA Orivet Dog DNA Tests

HomeDNA provides in-depth testing on your canine’s health and breed composition. Unfortunately, the mixed-breed identification test and the health screening tests are separate, meaning you have to shell out for each if you want both heritage and health results. However, with over 235 recognized and developing breeds in their database, HomeDNA is sure to provide accurate and comprehensive results. Their health screening tests provide a lot of valuable information.

Pros: Great health screening tests; 235 breeds in database; Testing for over 150 health conditions.

Cons: You have to order two separate tests, making it more expensive than Embark, which only requires one; Results can take more than a month to be sent.

5. DNA My Dog

DNA My Dog is a genetic testing kit that is perfect for dog owners who want to know about the lineage of their beloved pup, but don’t want to spend so much money on testing procedures for other genetic conditions. However, the results of this kit do not seem to be the most accurate. If you are looking for detailed information about your pet’s health, then this is not the kit for you.

Pros: Very affordable; Custom certificate with breed and photo of dog; Results within 2 weeks.

Cons: Accuracy is questionable; Does not test for health or genetic conditions.

How Does Dog DNA Testing Work?

To understand how DNA testing works, it’s best if you have a general understanding of reproductive genetics. Like all dogs, your dog is the product of two reproductive cells. This means that 100% of a dog’s genetic makeup is given to them by their parents – the male parent gives 50%, while the female parent gives the other 50%. However, this idea is complicated once you move up the family tree and throw dominant and recessive traits into the mix; your dog’s parents have genetic makeup from their parents, and so on and so forth. This is why the most advanced and accurate genetic tests take a longer time to produce results, since they are sorting through generations of mixed heritages. 

To test your dog’s DNA, first you need a sample of their cells. Most DNA tests require either a swab or blood test. Once submitting the sample to your preferred testing company, the DNA testing technology will then pinpoint similarities between your sample and other existing data on various breeds. This is why its important to have a large breed database to pull from, as having more knowledge about various types of dogs allows for a wider range of data on the genetic predispositions unique to each breed.

Swab vs Blood DNA Test

Both swab and blood tests are valid ways of collecting cells from your pet. However, there are key differences that the two tests that you should be aware of.

Swab tests use a tiny brush with bristles (also called a swab) to collect cells from inside your dog’s mouth. This process can be done quickly and easily at home. Typically, the kit will provide you with a prepaid envelope to send in your sample to the company via mail, meaning this process doesn’t require any additional fees.

Alternatively, blood sampling is a bit more of a lengthy and expensive process, as it requires you to take your dog to the vet. The vet draws the blood sample and places it into containers provided by the kit. While it is more expensive, blood sampling is generally more accurate, since you don’t have to worry about contaminating the sample or incorrectly performing the procedures for a swab test.

How to Swab Your Dog with a DNA Test

Performing a swab test is the most convenient way to send in a genetic sample, as the process is free and fairly easy. All of the tools you need (a swab, container, and prepaid envelope) should be in your kit. Though swab kits are simple, there are still ways in which you can contaminate the sample. Here are the four steps you should take to ensure that your swab test is properly conducted:
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Step #1:  Examine the inside of your dog’s mouth to check for food or debris. If your dog has just finished eating, wait about 30 minutes to 2 hours before performing your swab test.

Step #2: Open the swab packets and read the instructions provided by your kit. Be extra careful not to touch the bristles of your swab, as it will contaminate the sample.

Step #3: Place the swab inside your dog’s mouth, and firmly rub the bristles up against the inside of their cheek for 15 to 30 seconds.

Step #4: After 15 to 30 seconds, remove the swab and allow it to dry for about 5 minutes before placing it back in its storage sleeve.

If you afraid that you may have contaminated your swab, don’t worry – many kits come with two swabs, and some even send you a free replacement if yours get damaged.

How Accurate is a Dog DNA Test?

Accuracy refers to how close a given value of something is to the real value. While all DNA tests are backed by science, there is no real way to be certain that your test is completely accurate. The accuracy of dog DNA tests relies largely on the credibility of the company and their resources. When looking for accuracy, it’s important to consider the amount of data the company has access to. Typically, if a company tests for the standard 180 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, it is more likely to be fairly accurate. However, the more statistics and information a company has in their database, the more accurate your tests are likely to be.

To assess the validity of your kit, it’s best to review the company’s procedures and cross-reference the kit with findings detailed in published clinical research studies.

How long do I have to wait to get the DNA test results?

The length of time it takes for a DNA test to be conducted relies on the information being tested for. Usually, companies have to run hundreds or even thousands of tests on a single sample, and this process takes a while to complete. Typically, companies will send you results in about 2 to 3 weeks, though this could be longer depending on the number of variables being tested.

Why Should I DNA Test My Dog? What are the Health Benefits?

As a dog lover, there are numerous reasons why you may want to get your dog’s DNA tested. That reason could be you satisfying a simple curiosity about the lineage of your pup. But your dog’s heritage holds a lot of important data. Figuring out what different breeds your dog is a mix of can provide value information about your dog’s personality and possible health risks.

Every dog is unique. Because breeders have spent years experimenting with different breed mixes, the dog population is incredibly diverse. Even if you may think your dog is a purebred, it could actually have a mixed lineage somewhere in their family tree. Due to the complicated history of dog breeding, no two dogs, despite being the same breed, act exactly alike – and this is where DNA testing comes into play. Finding out the mix of breeds that lies within your dog’s genetic makeup can help identify which breeds contribute to its personality and behavior. This information can be useful when coming up with behavior training or obedience training programs, since different breeds respond more positively to different training methods.

DNA testing can also help determine what genetically predisposed health risks or diseases your dog may have. Different breed mixes are more susceptible to certain kinds of genetic mutations, or are more at risk for developing certain diseases. For example, Shepherds and Collies are more likely to contain the multi-drug resistance gene (MDR1), which effects their tolerance for medications and antibiotics. Knowing what genetic mutations your dog has, and what health conditions they are predisposed to, can allow you to take preventative measures to maintain your dog’s overall health. For example, if your dog is prone to have weaker joints as they get older, you may want to begin giving your dog joint health supplements to minimize the impact this will have on your dog’s health later on.

DNA testing your dog can help you and your vet come up with a healthcare plan better suited to your pets needs. For instance, adult canine weight predictions can help evaluate if your dog is more prone to metabolic disorders or obesity. You and you pet’s healthcare provider can come up with a well-balanced meal program specifically designed for your dog to rectify these potential concerns.

DNA testing

While DNA testing can be an amazing tool to access to your dog’s health information, it’s important to keep in mind that just because your pet is predisposed for a certain health condition, does not mean they have that health condition. Because words like “mutation” and “disease” have such terrifying connotations, it’s easy to be misled by the health indicators on these tests. For instance, certain genetic mutations that may be associated with cancers in some breeds may not cause cancer in other breeds – however, the mutation will register as a cancer risk on both tests. Therefore, be sure to speak to the company about your results to make sure you understand them in their entirety. Before making important health decisions based on a DNA test, talk to your veterinarian.

The Most Important Things to Look for When Buying a Dog DNA Testing Kit

There are many factors to be aware of when buying a dog DNA testing kit, many of which I have detailed above. However, the five most important things are as follows: credibility, accuracy, comprehensiveness, speed, and affordability.

Credibility: The credibility of your kit relies primarily on the company and their methods for testing your sample. Do you trust the company running the tests, and how likely are you to question the results? Try looking into companies and their testing methods before purchasing a kit from them. Companies that are backed by legitimate educational and medical institutions are more credible, and are therefore more likely to produce accurate tests.

Accuracy: As I mentioned earlier, accuracy can be a difficult thing to measure. However, accuracy of results tends to go hand-in-hand with credibility. If your company uses legitimate testing methods, and has a sizable database to reference, they will produce more accurate results.

Comprehensiveness: Companies that have a large pool of information at their disposal are more likely to produce comprehensive results. If you are looking to test your dog’s DNA for the purpose of creating health or behavioral plans, comprehensiveness is important in getting a well-rounded look at your dog’s genetics. For instance, testing against 1,800 breeds is better than testing against 180 breeds when it comes to crosschecking your dog’s genes against known genetic predispositions.

Speed: Most tests take 2 to 3 weeks to produce results, but if a company takes longer, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A company running over 1,000 tests should take longer to produce results than companies only running 100 tests per sample. If you are expecting speedy results with a DNA test, they will be less accurate.

Affordability: DNA tests can be expensive, so it is best to look at your options to determine which kit has the best balance between information you are interested in, and a price point that won’t break the bank.

How Much is a DNA Dog Test Kit?

DNA test kits can range anywhere from $60 to $200. Note that usually (but not always!), more expensive DNA tests are going to give you a lot more results for your money. However, it may not be in your best interest to go with the most expensive kit out there – considering what information you want to know about your dog, as well as the legitimacy of these tests, are as important as price.

How Much Cold Can Toy Breed Dogs Tolerate?

How Much Cold Can Toy Breed Dogs Tolerate?

Unfortunately when it comes to cold conditions we need to keep an eye on our pets particularly smaller breeds and toy breed dogs. They feel the cold easier and its takes them less to be affected. From their size to how they fight the cold, you need to keep an eye out for the symptoms while knowing how to warm them up.

Why Do Small Breed And Toy Breed Dogs Loose Heat Faster Than Larger Breed Dogs?

Small breed dogs and toy breed dogs loose heat faster than larger breeds due to a couple of reasons. Firstly, Newton’s Law of Cooling. This states that the change of surrounding temperature affects smaller animals and/or objects to loose heat faster than larger animals and/or objects. Intern, this means that due to the smaller size of the animal and/or object, it will have an increased rate at which it looses heat. Not only that, but the surface area to volume ratio links with heat loss. This means that smaller animals that have a greater surface area for it’s size are prone to heat loss. While, larger breeds that have a minimal surface area to size are better adapted to conserve heat. Also, keep in mind that smaller breeds are more sensitive to drops in temperature.

How Cold Is Too Cold?

You need to keep temperature in mind to keep you dog safe and healthy. When the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit it is the threshold where most dogs begin to feel uncomfortable and chilly. Smaller breeds, sickly and older dogs, even those with thinner coats, when it gets below 32 degrees Fahrenheit you need to immediately take action to warm them up. When the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit this is the danger limit for small breeds and toy breed dogs. When it gets to this temperature there is the potential of causing great harm to your beloved brethren.
How Cold Is Too Cold?

Things to remember:

  • Shorter and thinner coat breeds don’t do well in the cold due to the lack of protection and insulation
  • Toy breed dogs and smaller dogs have a thinner layer of muscle so it takes less for the cold to go through to their bones
  • Short-legged and toy breed dogs are at an increased risk during cold conditions as their tummies can come into contact with snow and puddles that will cause them to become colder quicker.
  • Energy that is exerted by jumping and waddling through snow will take its toll on strength and heat loss
  • Lighter colour coats don’t absorb heat like a dark coloured coat. Darker colour coats can keep your pet warmer as they have absorbed extra heat compared to the light coloured coats.

How Long Can Dogs Be Outside In Cold Weather?

Determining how long you can have your dog out in the cold is important when it comes to monitoring their health. You can stop your pet from enjoying the outdoors, you just need to be aware time and conditions.

If it is 32 degrees Fahrenheit you should be able to be out and about for around 30-45minutes. If you and/or our pet are feeling the chill, it’s better to be safe and cut it short. If it is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, you should probably keep the walk short, perhaps 5-10minutes.

Remember if you are feeling the cold and you are huddled up in a coat and scarf, then your dog is probably feeling it as well particularly if they are use to being indoors.

How To Keep Your Dog Fit During Winter?

Many dogs become lethargic during cooler temperatures. Just as you might want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate, they just might want to curl up in a blanket. You need to keep your pet fit and healthy during the winter season. Here are some ideas on how you can get your pet to exercise, without putting them under stress from it being too cold.
  • Play a game- hide and seek the treat/toy/or even you! Throw something to get him or her to walk away from you ie a treat and then you can hide in another part of the house or the toy or another treat and your pup has to come and find you/toy/treat. Great for exercise as your pet rushes around the house looking for you.
  • Practice tricks-any trick from rolling over to playing dead, spending this time will create a great bond while giving your pet something to do to keep warm.
  • Stimulate their nose-hide a treat under something and they have to go find it. Have 3 cups and put a treat under it, see if they can find it – make it harder by mixing up the cups.
How Much Cold Can Toy Breed Dogs Tolerate?

Symptoms Of A Dog Being Too Cold?

You need to keep an eye on your pet during the cooler seasons as it takes less for them to be too cold. If you notice any of these symptoms you should go back inside if you are outside and take immediate action in warming them up. A great tool to have is a dedicated pet thermometer so you can tell exactly how cold your pet is and if they are experiencing hypothermia. A dog’s body temperature usually sits around 100.5-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If it drops below 100 or above 103, it calls for a trip to your local vet. If you don’t have a thermometer, a good way to check your fur baby’s temperature is by touching his ears or body. If his or her ears feel cold particularly on the outer edges, it is probably time to bring them in. If their body is cool to the touch, you should take action in warming them up. Here are some warning signs for you to keep an eye out for to prevent a trip to the vet:

  • Shivering
  • Shaking
  • Sluggish
  • Lazy
  • Whining
  • Acts Of Anxiety
  • Seeking Warmth
  • Paws Up (One or two – telling you to pick them up)

Best Dog Clippers for Poodles: Know the best type of Clippers.

Dog Clippers and Human Clippers

Whether elaborately coifed or minimally pruned into a short uniform length, poodles are a breed renowned for their unique coats. Poodles have soft, fine fur that tends to grow curly, wiry and dense. This distinctive fur is generally low-shedding and can be clipped, trimmed and shaved into many different cuts and styles. Whether being groomed by a professional groomer or being groomed from home, the coat of a poodle requires routine brushing, bathing and trimming to avoid matting of the fur. On average poodle owners take their pets to be groomed as often as 3-6 weeks! As this frequency of professional grooming can become costly and time consuming, many owners of poodles choose to do some or all of their pet’s grooming  themselves, at home. Whether concerned about economical grooming, or simply considering that your pet may be more comfortable at home rather than in the unfamiliarity of a groomer’s office, grooming from home is a common choice amongst poodle owners. Grooming from home may take practice, but can be a great way to save money and time when grooming your beloved pet poodle.

Best Dog Clippers for Poodles

Why Is It Important to Find the Best Clippers for Poodles?

Poodles and mixed breeds of poodles, have thick, curly fur that tends to “lock” together, resulting in tight, tangled knots that can pull at the skin, sometimes causing irritation. These thick coats of fur may pose a problem for pet clippers that operate with low performance and power. If planning to fully groom your pet poodle from home, it is a good idea to invest in professional quality grooming clippers to ensure a safe, efficient and accurate cut. The best dog clippers for poodles are models that work efficiently while operating quietly without overheating. These clippers posses the power to cut easily through dense and knotted fur.

The Different Types of Dog Clippers Explained

When purchasing a pair of dog clippers for your pet poodle, it is important to consider how you will be using your new tool. Know how you will be expecting to use your new pet clipper’s to make the best selection of model or style of to suit your needs. Will you be giving your pet a full grooming using different sized blades for long periods of time? In this case you will work best with a high quality professional  grade model of clippers. Will you, on the other hand, be using your new pet clippers to give your beloved pet quick touch ups between professional a professional grooming? If you will be maintaining your pet in this more casual manner you may work best with a light and easy-to-use model of clippers meant to be in use for shorter periods of time.

When you purchase pet clippers you are at basics paying for cutting power and comfort. Knowing how you plan to use your pet clippers will help to determine what type of model is best for you.

Important to Find

What to Look for in Dog Clippers for Poodles

The first step in the decision of which pet clippers will be best for your poodle, is to consider exactly which job you will be needing your clippers to complete and how often your clippers will be used. Selecting the perfect clippers for you and your pet poodle depends on the size of your dog, the specific areas you want to trim, the thickness of their fur and your dog’s sensitivity to loud noises.

If you will be using your clippers for a full grooming or for larger standard poodle pets, you may want to consider models with multiple blade attachments, speed settings and a cord for optimal power and performance. If you plan to use your clippers for quick trims of small areas or for teacup or miniature poodle types, you may opt for a more quiet, light and versatile model.

Once you determine how you will be using your clippers you can narrow down the choices of available models based on what features are important to you.

There are models that boast quick charging times for cordless models, quiet motors, comfortable grips and holds as well as strong build quality.

Regardless of features of personal preference, a quality model of pet clippers will feature sharp and sturdy blades as well as an efficient and reliable motor that is not prone to over heating.

  • Blades & Overheating

There are many different sizes and types of blades available to use when grooming your pet poodle. Some blades are manufactured in different sizes to cut at various lengths particular to a specific style of poodle cut. Others are designed for trimming and shaping delicate hair or tackling tough tangles and thick coats.

Many clippers of lower quality and performance are notorious for overheating while in use. All pet clipper blades warm up with use, but overheating requires that you stop and allow the machine to cool before resuming your grooming. Overtime, overheating the motor reduces the lifetime of your machine. Hot blades can irritate your pet’s skin and overheating is generally not good for the motor of your pet clippers.

Dull blades can be responsible for overheating pet clippers. Your clipper’s blades should be sharpened or replaced after an average of 100 hours of use.

A high SPM can cause friction that overheats your motor. Be mindful that a although a higher SPM is necessary for cutting through dense fur, higher performance will lead to greater friction and heat of the blades. Routinely applying clipper oil to your machine will help keep your blades and motor cool while in frequent or prolonged use.

What to Look for in Dog Clippers for Poodles

  • Multiple Clipper Lengths & Sizes of Blades

When groomed, poodle fur is traditionally maintained at different lengths at different points on the body. Because of this variation of fur length, is important to have a machine with detachable clipper attachments as options for trimming areas of different lengths. Many models are available with multiple attachments to make transitioning to grooming different lengths a bit easier as well as allowing hot blades to cool down while another blade is in use.

  • Speed Settings

It is also important to consider a model with multiple speeds. The slower setting is perfect for trimming and touching up more delicate, thinner fur in more sensitive areas. The fast setting is ideal for cutting through thick fur and tough to tackle matting. Further, human clipper blades tend to be thinner which may clog and blunt with use on your poodle’s dense coat.

  • Corded or Cordless

Pet clippers come in both corded and cordless models. The biggest difference between these types is generally power.

Cordless models operate with power from a rechargeable battery. These rechargeable models are limited in the amount of voltage they can provide to the motor which in turn limits power and performance. These models may also tend to be heavier in the hand than corded models, as they rely on dense battery packs for power. Cordless models are great for smaller types of poodles and between-grooming touchups.

Corded models are generally powerful, but may tend to overheat requiring a cool down period for the blades and motor when in continuous use. The length and flexibility of the cord may also limit mobility while grooming your pets. Corded models are durable and powerful enough to fully groom a standard sized poodle.

  • SPM & Torque

Manufacturers of pet clippers refer to the power of their machines in values of Strokes Per Minute or SPM as well as torque. SPM quantifies how many times the blade travels back and forth within one minute. SPM does not necessarily indicate more cutting power, but rather the speed at which the blades move. Torque refers to the measure of power that is supplied to the fast-moving blade.

  • Ergonomics

When purchasing pet clippers for your poodle it is important to consider the comfort in which you can use your new tool. If the pet clippers you purchase are uncomfortable or cumbersome to use you may avoid using them to groom your pet. To appreciate the full value of your new purchase, be mindful in selecting pet clippers with a design intended to provide comfort while in use.

Weight and noise are other important factors to consider. If your pet clippers are too heavy, it may limit your ability to use them for extended periods of time. If too noisy, your pet clippers might be upsetting to poodles sensitive to loud noises.

Corded or Cordless

What Type of Clippers Are Best for Matted Fur?

Thick coats and matted fur can pose a real problem for those models of wireless clippers that lack the power to cut through the knotting. Although mobility is important to consider with any purchase of pet clippers, to tackle the matted fur of your poodle, you will want to invest in pet clippers that have a cord designed to supply your machine with optimal power. As matted fur can be a stubborn problem to solve, pet clippers with different speed settings can be helpful. Slower speeds are best for a more versatile cut and trim where faster speeds can better cut through tough matting.

Tips for Safely Grooming Your Poodle

  • Routine brushing, bathing and trimming can minimize the occurrence of mats and tangles, making grooming more safe and enjoyable for your pet
  • Invest in well rated, quality equipment to perform an accurate, safe grooming. Replace blades and apply clipper oil to your machine routinely.
  • Use extra caution when grooming sensitive areas such as fur around the eyes, ears and paws. Exercise even greater caution when using a brand new machine unfamiliar to you or your pet
  • Groom your pet with calm, deliberate motions; Choose a comfortable spot for both you and your poodle where grooming is uninterrupted by other loud noises or sudden movements of pets or people
  • Take time to acquaint your pet with new pet clippers or grooming accessories
  • Be aware of any sudden movements from your poodle; gently and slowly move the clippers away from your pet if they appear disturbed or agitated
  • To complete your at-home grooming, you might choose to invest in additional grooming accessories for your poodle:
    • Scissors with rounded tips can be used to trim delicate areas around the eyes, ears and paws.
    • Blade coolant may or may not be included with your newly purchased pet clippers but is necessary for the proper maintenance of your blades and machine.
    • Styptic powder may be of use in the event of a small knick or cut. Even the most professional of groomers occasionally knick a spot that bleeds more freely such as around the ears. In this case, a small amount of styptic powder helps to stop bleeding immediately.

How to Groom a Poodle: Four Important Tips

How to Groom a Poodle: Four Important Tips

  • Use equipment that is appropriate for your dog’s breed and fur type; invest in high performance clippers for larger poodles with thick coats. All models of pet clippers are capable of becoming very hot while being use. Be mindful of this heat to avoid burning your pup’s skin.
  • Before trimming with clippers, carefully brush and bathe your poodle to clear any tangles and prevent the clipper blades from catching on any matted fur
  • Give yourself plenty of time to groom your pet; a calm nature will help your pet feel more calm during grooming as well
  • Select a cut that is maintainable for your poodle; for warmer months opt for a shorter cut

Prepping to Make Grooming Easy

Keeping your poodle on a regular grooming schedule helps to ensure that the soft, hair-like fur of your pet is free of tangles and matting. Routine maintenance of your poodle’s cut will help cut down on trimming time and protect your pet’s skin from irritation

Before each grooming, bathe, brush and dry your poodle. When bathed and brushed beforehand, your clippers will cut more easily through their clean coat, optimizing your grooming time. A bathe before grooming frees the fur from any grease, dirt or oil that could cause friction and clogging residue on your blades. When dust or dirt sits on the blades of your clippers friction is created causing the motor to heat more quickly. A quick bath before using your pet clippers on your poodle will extend the life of your machine and making grooming much more comfortable for you and your pet!

The Difference Between Dog Clippers and Human Clippers

The Difference Between Dog Clippers and Human Clippers

Many pet owners make the mistake of attempting to groom their pup with clippers designed for human hair. Human hair is generally much more fine and thin than pet hair, thus clippers designed for human hair lack the power needed to tackle curly, thick poodle fur. Most models of human hair clippers have motors that are not powerful enough for the coat of a poodle. If these weaker clippers are used, they pose the risk of pulling your pet poodle’s skin into the blades causing painful burns or cuts. Avoid human clippers and opt for a model of pet clippers designed for the thick fur of your poodle.

The Best Pet Clippers for You and Your Poodle

By considering which features are important to you and for what you will be using your pet clippers to complete, you should be able to find the best set of clippers for your household. By grooming your pet at home, you can either extend the time between professional grooming appointments or fully groom your pet from the comfort of your own home.

Tough Dog Toys : Here are the list of different toys to choose from!!!

Tough Dog Toys

We all know how hard it can be to find a toy our puppies won’t destroy in 5 seconds of playing with it. For those of us who have loveable monsters in our homes who like to chew and tear apart everything, it is always concerning to buy new toys for them. You never want to buy a toy, only to find that it was worth an hour of fun for your dog. Rather, you want to find toys that your dog can use over and over again without fear of it coming apart easily and with dangerous parts.

Tough Squeaky Dog Toys

There are so many types of toys to choose from. You have your plush, squeaky, chew and chase toys of all different kinds of materials. With so many options out there on the market, it can be hard to find ones that you can rely on for your playful pillager. It is good to find out what kind of toys your dog is drawn to. Some love to get at squeakers and others just like to chomp down and chew on toys. Either way, if you know what your pet likes best, it can be easier to find a toy that will be perfect for them.

One thing that you always want to keep in mind for your dog is their safety. When you have a chewer at home, it can be possible for them choke on small pieces that they rip off or out of their toys. Stuffing in plush toys can be harmful to your dog if they start to eat it or if they accidentally eat it. Other toys may have small parts that your dog can detach and play with on its own. You want to make sure you can rely on your toys to not be a waste of money and will stand up to your dog.

Now, unfortunately, there is no such thing as an indestructible toy because, let’s face it, when your dog sets their mind to obliterating a toy, they will eventually win. However, there are many toys that are extremely durable and can hold up much longer to your pet. Actually, there are so many options out there that it can be kind of overwhelming at first. So here are some toys that you and your dog will love.

Tough Squeaky Dog Toys

We all know squeaky toys can be annoying, but boy do our dogs love them! They are always so fascinated with trying to get the squeaker out that they will stop at nothing to make sure that they achieve just that. However, once the squeaker is gone your dog will just walk away and never touch the toy again. The ideal squeaky toy would be one that can hold up to being taken apart and one that your dog will continue to love and come back to. Otherwise, you can be throwing your money away on toys that don’t last and stop being fun for your dog.

Kygen Squirrel Squeaker Mat

Kygen Squirrel Squeaker Mat

This plush toy is unique because it comes with multiple squeakers for your dog to work on, which we all know is the dog’s end goal. Since the mat has many squeakers sewn into different pouches, your dog will stay occupied with this toy for much longer and the best part is, there’s no stuffing in the mat for your dog to choke on when they eventually rip it to shreds. Let’s face it, a plush toy won’t last forever, but this one will keep your dog entertained and safe.

Air KONG Squeaker Tennis Balls

These tennis balls come in a variety of sizes for you to choose from. Each tennis ball is made with a squeaker inside for extra fetching fun! They are made with a durable material and are also pressure-less to keep the chance of puncturing to a minimum. The material is non-abrasive, so it will not hurt your dog’s teeth during rough play. Best of all, the ball is great for poolside fun, as it floats and can be retrieved easily.

Playology Squeaky Chew Ball

These balls are scented with either all-natural bacon, chicken or beef to keep your dog engaged and coming back for more. Scents in the toy are released as your dog bites down on the toy and the scents can last up to six months. It is made with a durable material that makes it hard for your dog to puncture through the toy and get to the squeaker inside. The toy is bouncy and fun for your pet and it is also dishwasher safe!

Tough Dog Chew Toys

Chew toys are important for your dog, especially at a young age or if they are aggressive chewers. However, finding a toy that will last is a difficult challenge for anyone with a chewing monster of a dog. Luckily there are many chew toys out there that are not only durable and will last long, but also toys that help keep your dog engaged. On top of keeping them coming back for more, many chew toys offer benefits of promoting healthy chewing habits and better oral health.

 Tough Dog Chew Toys

 Zogoflex Hurley

This toy is great for your dog who loves to play fetch in and out of the water. These toys are bright colors which makes them easy to spot and are made with a great material that makes it hard for your dog to destroy. In fact, the manufacturer will replace the toy free of charge if your dog destroys one!

DuraChew Barbell Peanut Butter Dog Toy

The barbell is specifically designed for aggressive chewers. They come in three sizes so you can pick one that best fits your pet’s size. Each toy is made with durable nylon to keep your dog from ripping it to shreds. Plus, it is flavored with allergen-free peanut butter to promote healthy chewing habits. To top it all off, the toy is textured and designed to keep your dogs teeth and gums clean and strong.

KONG Corestrength Bow Tie Dog Toy

The bow tie is made with multiple surfaces to reinforce its durability and long lasting strength. It comes with a textured material to help promote healthy oral hygiene for your dog. Not to mention it has a strong core at the center of the toy that keeps it strong and held together.

Nylabone Proaction Dental Dog Chew

This bacon-flavored chew toy can withstand hours of chewing from your dog. It is made with a durable material that is textured to promote oral health for your dog. This toy also helps to promote good chewing habits and freshens your dog’s breath while doing so! It holds up great against strong jawed dogs and works great for dogs who just can’t stop chewing.

Indestructible Dog Toys

Now for those of us who have the hardest time finding a toy that can last even a day against our dog, it is frustrating trying to find a toy that they can use multiple times. Now even some indestructible toys can be torn apart, but there are many toys that can withstand months of chewing, biting and playing before falling apart. Even the toughest of dogs have trouble ripping these toys apart and can help save you money and time you spend researching what to get next.

KONG Corestrength Bow Tie Dog Toy

Dogify Indestructible Ball

This ball is made with a hard plastic and will keep your pet active for hours! The ball is incredibly hard to pop which makes it even more fun for your dog. Better yet, the ball is soft on furniture inside your house, so it won’t cause damage inside. Your dog will enjoy chasing this ball around and it even floats on water if you are playing in the pool. They come in a variety of sizes so you can find the best one for your size of dog.

DuraChew Hollow Stick

What dog doesn’t love to run around with a stick? This toy is scented and flavored with bacon to invite your dog in to play and chew on its durable material. It is a hollow toy, so you can add more fun by stuffing the toy with treats for your dog to work towards. The durable material holds up to the chewing of your dog, while keeping them coming back for more.

West Paw Design Tux

These little toys are so versatile and fun for your dog. They are bouncy, they float on water and are incredible chew toys. Not only are they fun on their own, but the toy also has a small opening that can be used to stuff with treats for your dog to gobble up while playing. The toy is dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to worry about the treats becoming infected with bacteria that can harm your pup. This toy is made in the USA and holds up against hours of continuous play. The one thing to watch out for with this toy is its bounce! While fun for your dog, it can make playing indoors a bit hectic and messy.

Kong Dog Toys

Kong is a company that has been around for many years, more than 40 to be more specific. They pride themselves on creating fun toys that your dog will love, while making them with durable material that keeps the toys in great condition. Their toys enrich playtime for your pet and help promote good behavior in your pet. These toys are great for your pet and keeps them happy and active.

Tough Dog Toys

Kong Classic Dog Toy- Treat Dispensing

This toy is one of Kongs classics and greatest. It is a toy that comes in a variety of sizes and is made with durable materials to keep your dog from ripping it to shreds. The toy stays intact so it can keep up with your dog’s need to chew, and the toy also bounces around so your dog can play. It is a great toy that promotes fun and activity for your pet.

Kong Plush Teddy Bear

Kong has made a plush toy that is built to last. This plush comes with a pre-loaded and removable squeaker for your dog, which means that you can replace it when your dog takes it out! Another benefit to this product is the fact that there is no stuffing inside the plush, so when your dog rips into it, you don’t have to worry about a mess or your dog choking on anything. Better yet, the toy is non toxic, so your dog is safe to play on.

Kong Extreme Flyer

This high flying disc is perfect for active dogs who love to chase things down. The disc is made with rubber which it easy on your dog’s teeth, but durable enough to withstand the impact of their bite without damaging the toy. The toy is able to fold in on itself for easy transportation and can be used as a chew toy for your dog.

Indestructible Dog Toys

Fluff and Tuff Dog Toys

Fluff and Tuff is a company that makes high-quality plush toys for your dog. Their products are reinforced with double stitched seams, durable mesh liners and non-toxic ultra plush fabric. These toys are fun and playful and your dog will absolutely love them. While they are strong and made to last long, they are not indestructible, because they are only plush toys. However, they pride themselves on wonderful products that your dog will love for a long long time.

Katie the Caterpillar

The toy is made to last and last as it is stitched so well that any dog would have trouble ripping it apart. It has three different squeakers in the toy that your dog will love. Another benefit of the toy is that it does not have any appendages that can be ripped off and eaten by your dog. It is also great for dogs who like to play tug-o-war.

Beach Ball

So many dogs love to take apart stuffed balls and make sure that they can’t come back from the dead, but this ball can stand up to even the toughest players. The toy is made to stay together no matter how much your dog tries to tear this one apart, it will last for months compared to the other plush balls that are out there. This is a great addition to your pet’s toy inventory.

 

Small Guard Dogs : Yes, they can provide added protection to your life!!!

Small Guard Dogs

One of the most cherished features of “man’s best friend” is a dog’s ability to alert and protect his owner by instinct.  While there are larger dog breeds known for their suspicious and, if necessary, aggressive behavior toward strangers, there are small dog breeds who are equally as passionate about fulfilling the job of “guard dog.”  They play a role of alerting their owner to possible strangers by barking, even though they can’t intimidate strangers like a larger dog can.  In fact, these small breeds are distinguished as “watchdogs” rather than “guard dogs.” The best small guard dogs for apartments and condos give you added protection along with adaptability.

Small Guard Dogs

About half of the top-rated small guard dogs appear on the list of most kid-friendly small dog breeds, and half do not.  While kid-friendly small dogs tend to be bred primarily as companion dogs, there are some small dog breeds originally bred as sporting or hunting dogs who are also compatible with kids and other pets.  Let’s look at both groups and see how they differ.

Best Small Breed Guard Dogs

One of the most highly ranked protective small guard dogs is the Bull Terrier.  They were originally sporting dogs and they still have the prey instinct.  For this reason they are not as compatible with smaller pets and while they are devoted to their owners, they have trouble distinguishing friends from strangers.

Bull Terrier

Also high on the small guard dog list is the adorable, yet powerful, Chihuahua.  As tiny as this dog is, he is aggressive by nature.  He may be better described as an “alert” dog, and he proudly fulfills his role.  He is so devoted that he is less compatible with other pets and sometimes family members, and for these reasons we don’t see the Chihuahua among the top kid-friendly small dog breeds.

Chihuahua

The adorable Dachshund also makes a superb small guard dog.  They are devoted to one owner, so they don’t appear on the top kid-friendly small dog lists.  Make sure this little protector gets plenty of exercise!

The Jack Russell Terrier packs a mighty punch!  While also recommended as a top contender for a small guard dog, you will want to make sure there is plenty of activity for this breed.  The Jack Russell is a working dog, and needs to defer to an alpha human or he will be unruly and bossy.  Your training will be rewarded if you need a devoted and alert protector.

Jack Russell Terrier

If you like beauty and brawn combined, the Lhasa Apso breed is your answer.  This gorgeous and intelligent small dog breed is also independent and protective.  They have been known to nip, and for that reason they are not generally the ideal kid-friendly small dog breed.  Don’t leave them for an extended time as they suffer separation anxiety.

Lhasa Apso

Best Small Guard Dogs for Families with Small Children

The beagle is ranked the most popular small dog breed in the U.S. by the American Kennel Club because it is family-friendly and low-maintenance.   This breed is a hunter by nature, and once they are properly trained, they direct that instinct toward protecting their owner and family.  Their lovely bark makes them seem bigger than life!

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The Boston Terrier is also a family favorite, but also ranked one of the top ten small guard dogs for apartments and condos because of its protective nature.  This breed is also a hunter by nature rather than a companion dog, so other pets need to be introduced to this breed at a young age.

Boston Terrier

One of the most surprising kid-friendly small dogs to make the small guard dog list is the Cocker Spaniel.  This little sweetheart has a jealous streak, and can go into what is called a “rage syndrome”.  He needs to be coaxed down to a quieter, calmer level when excited.  Introduce them early to the family and other pets.

Cocker Spaniel

The most intelligent small guard dog is the Poodle, and it is also a favorite among the kid-friendly small dog breeds.  This breed has hunting instincts and is devoted to its owners and families.  The Poodle needs lots of exercise and mental stimulation, as well as consistent grooming.

Poodle

Small Guard Dogs that Don’t Shed

Among the top ranked small guard dog breeds already mentioned, the breed that doesn’t shed at all is the Poodle, making this breed an all-around winner.   Other minimally shedding small breeds that can provide protection by barking are the Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer.  You will need to spend some extra time grooming these more hypoallergenic small breeds, but the added bonus is that these breeds are kid-friendly as well with proper training.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Basenji is also recommended as a small-to-medium guard dog breed, and its short hair makes it suitable for those with allergies.  This breed is also good with energetic kids and likes the company of other dogs.  Make sure to exercise the Basenji every day!

Small Medium Guard Dogs

If you have a bit more room, or have an area close by for dog exercising or walking, there are more guard dog breeds in addition to the Basenji to choose from in the more medium range, from 20 to 40 pounds.  Here are two of them:

The Shiba-Inu is a beautiful compact version of the Akita, a well-known larger guard dog breed.  This breed considers itself part of the family, and can be a good companion for active kids.  It is, however, quite protective and can be aggressive; it is best not to have small pets with this breed.  The Shiba-Inu is energetic but adaptable to any kind of activity.

Shiba-Inu

In the same way that a Miniature Schnauzer is suited for a small apartment as a small guard dog, the Standard Schnauzer is a great medium-breed guard dog.  This breed requires regular grooming and daily exercise, but his size gives him a more impressive bark and makes him heartier than smaller breeds.

Miniature Schnauzer

Is there an overall list of small guard dog winners?   That depends on your own personality and needs.  Whether you are alone or have a family with small kids, active or sedentary, or whether you are allergic or enjoy grooming, there are small guard dog breeds just for you.  Your small canine companion can also provide an added layer of protection to your life!

Small Dog Traveling Crate: What to Look for? What to avoid?

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Whether you want to travel with your dog or keep them out of trouble while you’re out, there are thousands of crating options to choose from. What should you look for? What do you avoid? There are many factors that you should consider when shopping for a  small dog traveling crate including where you are going and how you are getting there. Keep reading to find out more!

Small Dog Traveling Crate

What to Look for When Buying a Small Dog Traveling Crate

Type of Travel

One of the biggest factors in shopping for the perfect crate is your method of travel. A short distance in a car may require a different type of crate than an airplane. There are new crash-tested crates for cars, while others prefer a soft-sided crate for short car rides.

 

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Distance

If you’re going long distances with your dog, comfort is an important factor to consider. If your dog is comfortable, they will be less likely to act up. It will also prevent health problems, especially if you are planning on a lot of trips, or a trip with an extended duration.

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Materials

It is important to consider materials. Wire crates tend to be the most popular because they are simple and easy to clean. They have a large range of visibility so that if you are using your crate indoors, your dog can still feel like they are included (this may also be a con for these crates, but they are easily covered). Additionally, materials such as plastic or metal are generally easy to clean. They also tend to be more durable.

Plastic crates are typically viewed as travel crates, and are the most likely kind of crate to be “airline approved.” Metal (heavy duty) crates are used as travel crates as well, but usually for use in homes with destructive dogs due to their weight. Soft crates, while some people find them gentler and less imposing that other crates, tend to be harder to clean because of its shape and the fabric and netting used.

 

small dog travelling crate

Size

Size is an important factor no matter what your travel plans are. You will want a crate that is big enough to hold your dog comfortably, but not so big that they could get hurt. When measuring your dog for crate size, add three inches to its height and length. This will give you the minimum size of your crate. The crate should provide them enough room to sit, lay, turn around, and stand comfortably. Typically, a crate between 18 inches and 24 inches is recommended for small dogs. Be cautious when looking at crate guidelines on packaging. Each dog is different, and may differ from the recommended guidelines. It is important to go by your dog’s measurements rather than the manufacturer’s guidelines.

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Versatility

If versatility is a factor for you, there are also many options. Oftentimes crates are collapsible for easy transporting on the go. There are soft crates that have expanding sides and compartments for extended periods in the crate. Wire crates can be a good option because they can be used in crate training indoors as well.

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Airlines

If you are traveling by air, it is best to start your search with the airline requirements for pet crates, and narrow down your options from there. There are generic guidelines set forth by the International Air Transport Association, however; many airlines have their own guidelines which are stricter. It is important that you adhere to the strictest set of instructions when buying your crate. These requirements are intended to keep your pets and the airline staff safe.