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Is Your Dog Happy? Here’s How To Find Out!

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Is your dog as happy as you hope?

How many times have you wished your dog could talk just so you know what they are feeling and wanting? Luckily, even without language dogs are pretty great at telling you how they feel using only their posture, and facial expression. According to veterinary behaviorists you can tell if your dog is happy by simply analyzing their body language. In general, a happy dog is a relaxed dog, with calm eyes, relaxed ears, a gentle pant, and an overall laidback look.

It’s not just one thing your dog does that tells you how they feel, but all parts combined. Here are some of the most important ways your dog uses to communicate how they feel, plus 4 ways you can make your dog even happier!

How To Read Your Dog’s Body Language

Each part of your dog communicates something different. You must take into consideration each aspect of their body language in order to accurately analyze if they are happy, threatened, angry, or stressed.

The Eyes

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This dog’s facial expression says he is happy, and his ears show he is interested in something up ahead

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, and this saying includes dogs as well. The expression in your dog’s eyes can clue you in if they are scared, sad, relaxed, or happy.

According to the ASPCA, when your dog’s eyes appear larger than normal this may signal your dog is feeling threatened or aggressive. If your dog’s eyes are smaller than usual this may indicate they are scared or feeling stress. Squinted eyes often signal your dog is not feeling good or is in pain.

The Mouth

Your dog’s mouth is full of telling signs about their emotional state. The positioning of a dog’s jaw and lips indicates if they are feeling aggressive, territorial, or happy and at ease. A happy relaxed dog will usually hold their mouth slightly open or gently closed.

When a dog starts to feel scared or threatened you may notice the lips pull back at the corners. This expression often exposes a dog’s bottom and top teeth, as well as the back molars. Some dogs will also move their tongue in and out of their mouth.

The Ears

Depending on the type of ears your dog has they will use them to signal their feelings in different ways. Generally speaking, a happy and relaxed dog will hold their ears naturally. A curious dog will hold their ears up and in the general direction of whatever has their attention.

If your dog’s ears are slightly pulled back, this often signals they are feeling friendly. When a dog is feeling threatened or frightened they tend to draw their ears much further back so that they are stuck to the sides of your dog’s head.

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This is the same dog in both images. On the left side the dog is displaying a happy, relaxed expression. On the right, the dog is showing an aggressive expression. Photo Credit: ASPCA

Dog Tail

A wagging tail doesn’t always signal a happy dog. When a dog is comfortable and happy they usually hold their tail in a relaxed, natural position. If your dog’s ears, eyes, and mouth signal happiness and they are wagging their tail, they are likely very happy. When your dog becomes really excited they will wag their tail so hard it causes their whole body to swing side to side. When your dog is feeling scared or threatened they will tuck their tail between their legs, and possibly near their belly.

Dog Fur

Your dog’s fur coat will also signal how they are feeling. If they are rapidly shedding this is a sign of nervousness or fear, hence why your dog may shed a whole lot more when you take him to the vet than on an ordinary day. Another way your dog’s fur can speak to you is if it is raised up near their withers or along the entire spine. This can signal playfulness if your dog is currently running about and having a great time. It can also signal fear or aggression, depending on the other signs your dog is signaling through body language.

In order to know how your dog is feeling at any given moment you have to take the entire body into consideration. Your dog’s face, tail, fur, and overall posture all work together to signal everything currently running through their mind.

Is My Dog Mad At Me? Analyzing Your Dog’s Actions

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Simply taking your dog for more walks might solve any issues associated with acting out or showing signs of unease.

Dogs are not as complicated or spiteful as humans can be, and analyzing their behavior requires thinking like a dog instead of a human. If you come home from work to find your dog has chewed up a pillow or dug through the trash you may instantly assume this is a sign your dog is angry with you. This is not always the case though, dogs are not trying to be spiteful, and instead they might be afraid of being alone. Since dogs are pack animals it’s not uncommon for them to display signs of separation anxiety, which may include tearing up your house when they are left alone.

Upon your arrival home, your dog may hold their tail between their legs and wear what looks like a guilty expression. Some dogs may feel guilty, but generally this posture signals fear because your dog doesn’t know how you are going to react to what they have done. Some dogs cause a mess because they need more stimulation, in which case giving your dog more exercise might help cease the problem. If exercise doesn’t help, maybe your four-legged friend wants another friend to hang out with, especially if you are gone for much of the day.

4 Ways You Can Make Your Dog Happier

1. Always Be Calm Around Your Dog

Dogs pick up on emotions and read your body language very well. If you are nervous they are going to know it. Dogs feel anxious, nervous, and a host of other negative emotions when their pack leader is signaling nervousness or anxiety. Take a deep breath and focus on acting calm around your dog at all times.

2. Claim The Role Of Pack Leader

Your dog wants you to be the dominant pack leader and not just a member of the pack. Your dog needs you to take on this role so that they feel protected and safe. According to Cesar Millan, “Being a pack leader is not a part-time occupation; it’s all the time. Your dog is always looking for consistency and structure.”

3. Give Your Dog A Job

A dog that is given three solid meals a day and let loose to play in the yard can easily get bored. Dogs want a job, so give them one! Strap a pack to your dog’s back when you go out for walks, or create obstacle courses that require your dog to put their nose to work. Giving your dog the sense that they have a job can make all the difference in terms of overall happiness.

4. Keep your Dog Healthy And Happy

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When your dog doesn’t feel good it’s usually pretty obvious, for instance they might not want to eat. Yet, less obvious signs can also signal your buddy isn’t feeling his best, like a dry, rough dog nose.

If your dog is feeling healthy they are far more likely to feel happy. The moment your dog seems sick you want to take him or her to the vet for the medical attention they need to feel better. A good appetite, soft fur coat, consistent weight, soft paw pads, and a wet nose are all signs your dog is healthy.

GW_SS_nobkgrdIf your dog has a dry, crusty nose this is a key indicator he is not feeling well, or is allergic to something in his environment. Without a moist snout your dog can’t smell as good, and smelling is your dog’s number one sense. Without scent your dog can start to feel lost, nervous, and unhappy, after all dogs use their nose to analyze the world around them.

All-natural Snout Soother cures even the worst dry dog noses time and time again. Make your four-legged friend happier than ever with the soothing relief of Snout Soother. After all, at Natural Dog Company our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag!

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Is Human Food Bad For Dogs? The Facts About The Best And Worst People Foods For Dogs

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Meet Zeus, his nickname is Drooler Of The Universe.

Some pet owners are excellent at denying their dog table scraps. Then, there are the rest of us dog owners that struggle desperately saying ‘no’ when their dog looks at them with those big pleading eyes, and drool creeping from the corner of their mouth.

When you slip your dog some scrambled eggs you might wonder, is people food really bad for dogs? The truth is somewhere in the middle. Some people food is horrible, and potentially life threatening to dogs, but other people food is 100% harmless and even healthy for dogs.

Here we break down some of the best and worst people foods for dogs so that you can spoil your canine while still keeping them safe and healthy.

10 Human Foods Your Dog Can Eat That Are Actually Good For Them

1. Cooked chicken is a great source of protein for you and your dog. Plain unseasoned chicken can be added regularly to your dog’s normal diet.

2. Peanut butter is a treat many dogs go barking crazy over! Peanut butter, so long as it is raw and unsalted, is actually good for your four-legged friend. Peanut butter contains protein, as well as heart healthy fats such as vitamin B, vitamin E and niacin.

3. Cheese is a surprisingly okay human food for most dogs, so long as portions are small and your dog is not lactose intolerant. Low or reduced fat cheeses are the safest options, as some cheese can be incredibly high in fat. A great option is cottage cheese.

4. Goat yogurt makes a healthy addition scooped on top of your dog’s regular dinner. Just make sure you find an all-natural yogurt with no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Yogurt works as a probiotic for your dog, just like it does for humans.

5. Oatmeal gives your dog a healthy dose of soluble fiber. If you have a senior dog with irregular bowel movements oatmeal can be rather helpful. Oatmeal makes a great grain substitute if your dog is allergic to wheat. Just make sure the oatmeal is cooked and does not contain flavor additives or added sugar.

6. Carrots cut up into small pieces make a healthy and yummy snack many dogs adore. Carrots are low calorie and high fiber, plus they are good for your dog’s teeth!

7. Eggs are just fine for dogs to eat; in fact they can even be healthy for your dog because they contain riboflavin and selenium.

8. Pumpkin is good for dogs too. When Halloween rolls around you now know it is safe to give your dog some pumpkin—just say no to the pumpkin pie! Pumpkins offer a healthy dose of fiber, and beta-carotene/vitamin A. They can also help keep your dog’s GI tract moving and ease a number of digestive issues.

9. Green beans are a yummy, healthy treat for dogs because they are low in calories but very filling. Just make sure the green beans you select have no added salt.

10. Salmon provides omega 3 fatty acids to your canine, which promotes a healthy, shiny coat and helps improve your dog’s overall immunity.

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6 Human Foods That Are Bad For Your Dog

1. Macadamia nuts have recently been identified as bad for dogs; in fact some dogs experience a toxic reaction after ingesting macadamia nuts. If your dog reacts poorly to this type of nut they may experience weakness–especially in their rear legs, vomiting, lethargy, hypothermia, and tremors.

Grapes and raisons are healthy for you and I, but not so much for your dog. Some dogs are more susceptible to damage from eating grapes and raisons than others. Worst-case scenario they can cause rapid kidney failure, or vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.

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Always be careful what human foods you feed your dog, after all they are your best friend in the woofing universe!

Avocado pits, bark, fruit and leaves contain persin, a toxin to dogs. Persin can cause an upset stomach, difficulty breathing, and fluid buildup in the chest. The pit is also easily swallowed and can obstruct the gastrointestinal tract.

Apple cores are bad for dogs because they contain cyanide, although apple slices are good for your dog. Plums, peaches, pears and apricots also contain cyanide.

Caffeine contains Methylated xanthine, which stimulates the nervous system and can cause vomiting, heart palpitations, restlessness and even death.

Bacon might seem like your dog’s dream food but it can actually cause a number of issues related to digestion and nutrient absorption. Bacon is rich in fat, which contributes to the development of pancreatitis in dogs.

Looking for more ways to improve the health and wellbeing of your dog? Check out Natural Dog’s full line of all natural, organic dog products made especially for sensitive canines here.

How To Naturally Protect Your Dog’s Nose From The Sun

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Protect your dog’s skin from harmful UVA rays with sunscreen protection provided by all-natural Snout Soother.

It’s June, the sun is shinning and the weather is warming up. You might have a whole world of summer adventures planed for you and your dog, but how do you plan to protect your dog from the harmful rays of the sun? When it comes to sunscreen, dogs are commonly forgotten. It’s often wrongly assumed that their fur will keep them safe from the sun, but dogs are just as susceptible to sun damage as you and I. Dogs love to spend the day in the sun, but without protection they are especially prone to sunburns on their nose, belly, and ears. If your dog does develop sunburn it is painful and uncomfortable for them, plus they have no idea why they are feeling this way. In your dog’s innocent mind the lovely sun couldn’t possibly cause pain!

Is Your Dog Getting Sun Burned?

For dogs, summertime means car rides, long walks, and lounging in the sunshine. But if your dog’s nose is exposed to the sun for too long, negative effects will start to arise, such as a discolored, chapped, peeling, or flaking canine nose. Dogs that have short hair, white or light hair, and dogs with shorter legs are the most likely to develop sunburns. Without proper preventative care, over time sun exposure can lead to canine cancer, skin ulcers, and other types of infections your adorable doggy doesn’t deserve.

The first thing you might be thinking to do is grab some sunscreen for your furry friend. Although beware, dogs are sensitive and they like to lick at everything. Not all sunscreens are appropriate to use on your dog, some sunscreens (even some marked for dog use) are laden with harmful chemicals that can do damage to your dog’s precious insides. To protect your dog from the sun and potentially harmful sunscreens, Snout Soother is proven to provide a protective layer for your dog’s skin.

If your dog’s nose is already sunburned, Snout Soother is packed with healing ingredients to help soothe the associated discomfort and get to work healing your dog’s sunburned nose.

Canine Discoid Lupus & The Importance of Dog Sunscreen Protection 

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Ralphie once had canine discoid lupus. Now, thanks to Snout Soother, Ralphie has a smooth and healthy dog nose!

If your dog has canine discoid lupus, their skin is even more sensitive to the sun and canine sunscreen is very important. Discoid lupus in dogs is an autoimmune disorder that impacts the layer of skin known as the basal cell layer and is considered the most common skin disease that dogs develop. 90% of dogs with discoid lupus first show signs of pigmentation color loss on their nose. Next, your dog’s nose can start to turn grayish and overly smooth without the normal ridges associated with dog noses. Lesions or other formations can start to grow from your dog’s nose, especially if they are exposed to the sun. Canine discoid lupus can spread to other skin surfaces on your dog including their ears and belly.

If you are unsure if your dog has discoid lupus, a biopsy sample can be taken for testing in a laboratory. Some dog nose ailments can appear similar to discoid lupus but be caused by a different issue such as nasal pyoderma (staph infection), hyperkeratosis, nasal lymphoma (canine nose cancer), VKH-like syndrome (immune related disorder), and dermatophytosis (ringworm).

If your dog is positive for discoid lupus it’s important to keep them out of direct sunlight for long periods of time. While it is recommended you use a sunscreen on your dog’s nose, many sunscreens contain toxic chemicals that can create problems for your dog in the future. The beauty of Snout Soother is that it’s 100% safe for your to dog to lick, it contains zero toxins and every homeopathic ingredient is carefully sourced. Completely safe and natural, Snout Soother does its job providing protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

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Let your dog party in the sun all summer, but not without protection from the sun. Keep their nose free from doggy sunburns with the natural sunscreen found in Snout Soother.

 

A Healthy Dog Nose With No Sunburns All Summer Long

With or without discoid lupus, your dog needs to be protected from the sun, especially when they are outside for prolonged periods of time. Snout Soother will keep harmful rays away from canine noses as well as help treat already burnt dog noses. Snout Soother is the perfect summer product to keep your dog’s skin safe and healthy today and in the future.

This summer you can protect your dog from the harmful rays of the sun with our all-natural 100% vegan dog product, Snout Soother. At Natural Dog we strive to keep dogs happy and healthy all year long, our mission is simple soothe, heal, wag!

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Amazing Things Your Dogs Nose Can Do: Bomb Detection

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A dry, rough dog nose can’t smell well enough to save the world. On the other hand, a smooth canine snout has unlimited powers!

Every day people die from bombs. Bombs are dangerous and take innocent lives all of the time. Someday, a dog might protect you from a bomb threat. Dogs play a big role in the bark against bombs, all with the amazing power of their nose. With far more receptors than the human nose, dog noses can smell out the details of just about anything, even something that seems odorless can be packed with distinct smells to your dog.

Brandy was a famous bomb smelling dog that worked for the New York police department back in the seventies. In 1972, a bomb threat was made citing a bomb on one of the planes about to leave from New York to Los Angeles. Authorities remained unsure which plane contained the possible bomb, that’s when four-legged Brandy was called in to help. Using all of the receptors on Brandy’s moist dog nose, she found the bomb and sat down to signal the familiar scent to her partner. Instantly authorities whisked the bomb away, disabling it only 5 minutes before it was set to explode.

Brandy saved a plane from blowing up using the receptors lining the outsides of her nose, which on a dog extends all the way to the back of their throat. Your dog’s sense of smell is further heightened by the moisture on their nose, which attracts particles in the air. This brings scents even closer, allowing dogs to smell every last detail near and far.

While Brandy made headlines back in 1972, bomb sniffing dogs have come a long way since then. Back in her day, Brandy was a rarity; today there are thousands of bomb detection dogs used to fight crime and terrorism regularly. In fact, according to Homeland Security, explosive detector dogs (EDD) make up the most valuable deterrent for criminal threats against bombs. In 1998, the first sets of bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in by the Federal protective services. Since then the true skill of the dog nose has proved itself necessary, now there are over 70 teams of bomb sniffing dogs working closely with law enforcement.

 

How Does A Dog Become Certified To Detect Bombs?

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German Shepherds have super-sonic dog noses and a great attitude. This breed is commonly used for bomb-sniffing canine teams.

This is a prestigious canine job that requires attention to detail and a great attitude. In order to be considered for the job, dogs must complete a 10-week course located at the Basic FPS Canine Academy. This is a two-person job and requires a human officer; officers are paired with dogs early on in the process before the training really gets going. Once human and dog make a great partnership and get through the training program successfully, they are sent out across the nation wherever they are needed most. Every year explosive detector dog teams undergo maintenance training and are retested to ensure everyone’s safety. If all goes well, the same dog and handler may work together for 8-10 years.

Dogs know how to smell well, but they need to be taught how to identify certain smells, and where to look for smells—such as on the seams of zippers. During training, dogs are continually exposed to the chemicals in bombs, when they are able to identify these smells they are rewarded. Dogs are natural pleasers, and so this positive reward creates a memory in dogs’ minds. In the future, they want to find the smell of a bomb so that they can receive a reward.

The most important component for a good bomb-smelling dog is their attitude. German Shepherds are commonly used as bomb smelling dogs. Golden Retrievers smell great and are super smart, but their intelligence can get in the way, causing them to do what they want, when they want. And while Labs want to be rewarded with food, German Shepherds are excited to work all day just to play with a ball. This sort of attitude makes them ideal for the bomb-sniffing job. Dogs that are not smart enough are a hazard instead of help; this is why the job of being a bomb-smelling dog is so specific.

Wounded Dogs & Heroes

When out on the line of duty, dogs can get hurt and they can also become traumatized. PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) impacts the lives of many heroic men and women who have served their country. Dogs are not exempt for PTSD, it’s estimated that about 50 dogs developed PTSD last year. Often these dogs can be healed and trained to continue doing their job; others are better suited to do something different to keep them busy throughout the rest of their lives. Anyone who works to protect their country puts their life on the line, be they canine or human, each and every one is a hero.

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No matter if your dog protects the whole world, or just your sweet little family, they use their dog nose to do so. If your pup has a dry dog nose give them the soothing relief they need with our all natural dog product, Snout Soother.

At Natural Dog, we love dogs more than anything. Think of everything dogs do for families, children, the lonely, and the sick. Then there are all of the dogs out there fighting crime and smelling-bombs. Dogs deserve a lot of credit for all of the good deeds they do around the planet. Your dog might not sniff out bombs or save the world on a regular basis, but they use their nose to protect you and your family every moment they are awake. If your dog has a dry, chapped, or rough dog nose they won’t be able to smell properly. Thus, taking away their natural ability to stay on guard using their powerful nose.  If your dog’s nose becomes rough and dry they will notice they can’t smell as good, this can make your dog’s safety feel threatened. Many dogs with a dry nose become grumpy, or change in temperament simply because they don’t feel right. We created all natural Snout Soother to soothe and heal chapped dog noses, granting dogs everywhere the chance to smell to the best of their ability. By applying a layer of our soothing dog balm to your dog’s crusty nose, the results will be nearly instantaneous. Within only a few applications your dog’s nose will look, feel, and smell better. No bombs about it! Snout Soother is proven to work, and your dog is guaranteed to love it. Our mission is simple, soothe, heal, wag!

 

Give a big thanks to your dog, purchase all-natural Snout Soother risk free today! 

One Of The Rarest Dogs In The World: All About Campeiro Bulldogs

Have you ever heard of the Campeiro Bulldog? If not, it might be because this short-nosed dog breed is one of the most rare in the world. Until recently only a few Campeiro bulldogs remained, and you’d have to travel vast distances to find one.

Campeiro bulldogs are incredibly loyal, and smart too! They don’t waste much time barking, this breed of bulldog feels brave enough to keep his cool, wearing his stoic and agile body build. While campeiro bulldogs are not very tall, they are big boned, weighing as much as seventy to ninty pounds. The campeiro bulldog is incredibly brave and will do anything for his master and family pack—so much so campeiros lean towards being the jealous type.

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Campeiro bulldogs were originally working dogs, breed for stamina and strength to help out around farms in the rural mountains of Brazil.

The campier bulldogs’ ancestors were Old English Bulldogs, who at some point were brought to the rural countryside of Rio Grande do Sul near the border of Santa Catarina in Brazil. It is here that the campeiro bulldog was breed to better met the needs of the local people. Campeiro Bulldog literally translates to “rural bulldog,” in reference to the rural mountains of Brazil. Since the land is hard to navigate and includes long journeys, the campeiro bulldog was breed to be durable, capable of going long distances to fetch cattle, or round up pigs. It’s this dog breeds’ dominant appearance that suits them well when it comes to leading many types of animals. Interestingly, when taller campeiro dogs were breed, the dogs lost their natural skill to hunt prey properly, this got a few dogs injured from high-flying horns and kicking hoofs. Therefore, the shorter size proved better for the breed.

Campeiro bulldogs have a wide strong muzzle that characterizes their adorable face. This dog is so rare because for the longest time only a few existed, all working on rustic farms around slaughterhouses in the mountains of Brazil. That is until Mr. Ralf Schein took an interest in the breed, and decided to embark on an adventure bulldogs everywhere are proud to bark about. While traveling across the mountains in search of the last remaining campeiro bulldogs, Schein encountered many natives that spoke of the campeiro bulldogs admirable persistence and ability to endure long trips without ever tiring out.

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If your dog does a lot of exploring, like this campeiro bulldog, make sure his or her paws are smooth to the touch. For cracked, rough paw pads dogs love Paw Soother and PawTector.

Mr. Schein didn’t need any persuading, he already knew that he adored the bulldog breed and wanted to do something to save them. Once he was able to find some of the last campeiro bulldogs, he began a rescue foundation with a mission to repopulate the breed. The campeiro dogs that  Schein was able to uncover are now known as ‘icons’ for this breed, and they include Luma, Alfredo, Rambo, and Sarrago–among a few others. As a responsible breeder, Schein realized that this select group needed new blood for proper breeding, which is why he chose to breed the campeiro with pure breed English bulldogs. Although he was careful only to use bulldogs close in identity to the campeiro, he didn’t want to lose their natural appeal—on the contrary, Mr. Schein has worked tirelessly to preserve the natural beauty of the unique camperio bulldog.

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Look at the soft, smooth dog nose! If your bulldog suffers from a dry, crusty dog nose try all-natural Snout Soother–and you are guaranteed a lot of moist kisses in return!

At first sight one might be intimidated by the powerful stance of the campeiro bulldog, but upon getting to know one you will see just how sweet and loving they are. So long as no one tries to challenge the campeiro dog, they are calm and collected. That doesn’t mean the campeiro is a bully by any means, if you are their established leader they are not likely to challenge you, this breed is too loyal a canine for that.

The campeiro bulldog is relatively slight on complications, and able to adapt to many climates. Some campeiros from Schein’s rescue mission have been relocated to homes all the way in Alaska, where life is far different than in Brazil. Although, turns out they do just fine in freezing climates too!

Although, like many other short-nosed dogs, the campeiro bulldog can be prone to dry dog noses and crusty nose folds. While this can be aesthetically displeasing, it can also cause your dog discomfort and a decreased sense of smell. To give your bulldog the relief they deserve, our all-natural dog product Snoot Soother is proven to do the trick, providing a soothing solution for dry bulldog noses. Within days of your first application, the differences will be noticeable to both you and your beloved canine.

Every dog has a story, and behind every dog is a whole heritage of tales. We love hearing about them all at Natural Dog Company, where our mission is simple: soothe, heal, wag!

A Round Of Barks For The Greatest Dog Moms!

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3 adorable golden pups: “Happy Mother’s Day Mom!”

Since Sunday was Mother’s Day, this past weekend was spent giving lots of love to the wonderful moms out there. Not just humans joined in on the fun, many dogs gave their human moms a card or other touching gift–with a little help from the family, of course. Dogs are just like kids, loved and protected by human moms across the globe. You might be thinking of your own sweet dog, but before you took your pup in , he had a canine mother who also loved him with her whole doggy heart.

 

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Family resemblance much? This mommy enjoys a break from feeding her hungry pack of puppies!

Dogs make great mothers, especially considering puppies are born completely clueless—deaf, blind, and solely obsessed with finding food, aka mother’s milk. The first pup to reach mom’s milk supply is rewarded for being an alpha of the pack. While real moms worry endlessly about both their furry and non-furry children, dogs don’t waste as much energy fretting about their pups. Dog’s that have moist, healthy noses are able to smell incredible distances, meaning a mother and her pups are only a sniff away. Dogs make good moms because they never hold a grudge or dwell on anything, are you kidding?! There are too many bones to be dreaming about, too many shadows to be chasing!

They might be cute and cuddly, but dogs don’t feel bad about disciplining their puppies; if a little one misbehaves mom reacts firmly, but not aggressively. Say for instance one of her puppies bites at her, mom will shove the pup away, but remain gentle, using mainly her looks and energy to signify her anger. That’s mom after all, powerful enough to speak volumes without ever saying a word—the whole pack knows when mom is angry!

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Just like human moms, dogs are protective of their little loved ones!

When a puppy is old enough to part from his natural-born mom, another special relationship with you can be established. If you consider your dog like a child you are not alone, it’s only natural to develop motherly feelings for your dog. You feed him, clean up after him, teach him right from wrong and keep him safe from harm—which is what being a great mom is all about.
If you are a mom of dogs, a mom of kids, or a dog that just had a litter of puppies, you are doing the hardest, and yet most rewarding job on the planet: teaching young ones to grow up and be good citizens—at doggy park or college university! While dogs don’t speak our language, they do understand many words, as anyone with a dog can attest to—treat, ball, walk, are all common words dogs learn to adore. Dogs also have some pretty human characteristics. Take moms for instance, both canine and human moms are loyal to their children, always putting the kids first and happy to do so.

womanwithdogWe know Mother’s Day has already come and gone, but you can never thank mom enough—dog or human. A litter of kids is hard work that continues around the clock, regardless if the children are covered in fur or not. To every type of mom out there, Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Natural Dog Company! May your life  be forever full of dog kisses, someone cute to take care of and lots of love.

 

Does your dog have a dry or crusty dog nose? If so treat him or her to the soothing relief of all-natural Snout Soother.

And for vegan, all-natural relief from chapped or cracked paw pads, try Paw Soother.

 

Amazing Dog Hero Stories: Be Kind To Animals Week!

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It’s Be Kind To Animals Week–have you hugged your dog today?

Have you hugged your dog yet today? It’s Be Kind To Animals Week (May 4- May 10) meaning your dog is surly deserving of a couple extra snuggles–and perhaps a few delicious dog treats as well! 

Be Kind to Animals Week grants animal lovers the chance to show appreciation and spread awareness about proper animal treatment. Plus, it helps bring attention to shelter animals in need of a fur-ever home. Without a doubt we owe it to animals–which happen to be among some of the most loyal creatures on the planet. There are so many dog hero stories out there, each one more amazing than the next!

 

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This is a photo of the real Hachi, a loyal dog who now has a statue in his honor.

Take Hachiko for example; born in 1923 Hachi grew up to be one famous Japanese Akita dog that showed love and loyalty without any hesitations. His life started out normal alongside his owner, a professor at the Univeristy of Tokyo. Everyday after his owner returned from work Hachi would be there waiting at the Shibuya Station. That is until one day when his owner didn’t return on the train; a massive brain hemorrhage had stollen his life, preventing him from meeting up with his faithful companion, Hachi. With his dog nose stuffed between his paws, Hachi remained stoic, unwilling to give up. For the next 10 years Hachi would stop at nothing to wait at the train station for his owner. People couldn’t believe the dog’s devotion, yet day after day there he was. In March of 1935 Hachi passed away on the streets of Shibuya near the train station, while his passing was sad to everyone who knew and loved the dog, Hachi was at last at peace with the one person he never learned how to live without—his original owner. Today a statue stands in proof of Hachi’s memory near the Shibuya Station, and a movie has been made depicting his wild tale of loyality.

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Your dog is a part of your family, if they have dry canine skin, give them the gift of all-natural relief with Snout Soother and Paw Soother.

Dogs are not only loyal, but they are smart. Jenna Brousseau has her dog Duke to thank for saving her human baby’s life. It was the middle of the night when Duke, a usually very obedient pup, did something rather unusual. He jumped on Jenna’s bed and began shaking uncontrollably. His sign of fear prompted Jenna to check on her daughter, a 9 week old infant named Harper. To Jenna’s absolute shock her baby was in her bassinet but not breathing. Immediately she called the paramedics and sweet little Harper was revived and saved. Although had it not been for Duke’s intelligence and persistence, Jenna would have likely lost her baby that night.

Stories about everyday dogs turning into heroes makes us think of Lacey—the great TV dog that understood how to help out us humans in any situation. While Lacey is only a character, her intelligence and bravery is modeled after real dogs. Just ask Ben Heinrich who owes his German Shepard Buddy more than a big hug and a tube of Snout Soother. When his Anchorage workshop caught on fire back in 2010 all he could do was call to his dog Buddy for help. To his surprise Buddy responded, darting off to find and retrieve an Alaska State Trooper. For his heroism, Buddy was awarded a silver plate from the Alaska State Troopers.

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Dogs are a precious gift we must not forget to honor, appreciate and treasure–especially not during Be Kind To Animals Week!

Maybe your dog has yet to save your life but you never know what the future holds, and a trusted four-legged pal might be what you need to save the day. It seems people know how special their dog is, considering 70% of people sign their dog’s name on greeting cards, and 58% include their dog in family portraits.

In honor of Be Kind To Animals week, make sure your dog’s nose and paw pads are as healthy as can be—if any part of your canine’s skin is dry or crusty they could be experiencing discomfort and unease. Since dogs give us so much joy, we feel it’s our duty to give back to them as much as possible. Cure your dog’s crusty nose or cracked paw pads with one of our all-natural pet products—made just for your dog, but safe enough to use on your own hands, feet, and even lips. With ingredients like natural vitamin E and soothing coconut oil, you can’t go wrong and your dog is sure to thank you!

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Your dog is fast, smart, and has an incredible sense of smell–unless they have a dry dog nose or rough paw pads.

Give your dog an extra special thanks this week with our all-natural pet products dogs love and owners swear by; Snout Soother for dry dog noses and Paw Soother for rough, cracked paw pads!

Around here everyday is dedicated to dogs, our mission is simple: soothe, heal, wag! Remember, a happy healthy dog is your loyal friend for life. In honor of Be Kind To Animals Week don’t forget to give your dogtastic 4-legged friend lots of hugs and kisses!

 

Drug Detection Dogs: How Your Dog’s Nose Can Smell Drugs

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High-paw to all natural dog product Snout Soother! The soothing dog balm relives dry, chapped dog noses, so that your dog can smell as accurately as a drug detection canine!

Did you know that if your dog has a dry or cracked canine nose he might not be able to smell to the best of his ability? Dogs that have healthy, moist snouts have some of the most powerful sniffers on the planet. In fact, dog noses are so detail orientated, canines are used to detect some pretty serious stuff, including crime scenes, bombs, and drugs.

Every day scent dogs are playing the undocumented hero; just a few weeks ago, near the Mexico and Arizona border one drug detection dog discovered $4 million dollars worth of marijuana in the back of a trailer. And in England, a handful of hospitals are adding ‘canine drug sniffer’ to the list of their regular employees. Hospital staff is eager for these dogs, each one trained to alert the right person if the scent of drugs is detected on the hospital’s premise. Canine drug detection is used in many instances, including on school campuses where dogs sniff student backpacks for drugs, or out on the roadways where dogs can sniff suspicious cars for drugs.

How To Train Your Dog To Detect Drugs

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This canine drug dog says: “Too much drug sniffing for one day, my brain feels fried!”

You might be thinking dogs simply love the smell of drugs, like they love the smell of other dog butts, thus spurring them to act crazy whenever drugs are nearby. In reality, training dogs to detect drugs is a process that requires learned recognition of certain smells, and positive reinforcement. The process begins by the trainer and dog playing with a tug toy—often a simple towel. You know how easily pleased dogs are—a towel, woof woof oh my!! This toy comes to represent fun, at which point the trainer begins to add the scent of marijuana, or any other drug to the toy, so that the smell becomes associated with the fun of play time. Now, when trainers go to hide the toy the dogs will seek it out, in hopes of playing a good ol’ game of tug-of-war. Out on the field, when a dog goes nuts, altering their handler of nearby drugs, the dog really thinks they are playing a game, trying to find their favorite toy so that they can have some real fun.

 

 

Well Trained Team of Canine Drug Detectors—But Dogs Will Be Dogs

Word around the kennel, dogs that detect drugs can be valued at around $6,000, and dogs that can smell out bombs are worth up to a whopping $9,000! Although any dog can be trained to identify certain smells, the dogs that make the best drug sniffers are those so curious and smell-crazy you wouldn’t want them alone in your house for fear they’d turn your place upside down. A dog this curious is sure to do a great job smelling out every last detail in a situation.

Still, even the best of the best sniffer dogs will act like, well dogs! Patricia Curtis’s book, Dogs On the Case, recounts amazing and hilarious stories of dogs that work with law enforcement for a living. One story in particular details a cute canine all too eager to play with a tug towel; he actually broke free from his handler, darting between cars at the populated Mexican border. Moments later the canine sniffer reappeared, a brick of marijuana in his mouth. Although he was proud of his find, his doggedness couldn’t be properly put to work—his quick moving actions created complete confusion over where the drugs had actually come from. When a drug detection dog behaves properly though, he’s to alert his handler before running off in search of the drugs, or rather the chew toy.

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Actual thoughts of drug sniffing canine: “If I can get to my toy, I’ll be having fun in no time!!”

Your Dog’s Nose Knows It All

Dog noses are incredibly sensitive and can smell a whole host of drugs, everything from strong smelling cannabis to seemingly odorless drugs, such as pills. Dogs can smell so good that even if drugs are hidden in something else they will know. Case and point, on more than a few occasions drug transporters have attempted to hide drugs in raw meat, that way drug dogs go crazy for the meat, and criminals assume law enforcement won’t suspect anything because dogs simply love meat. But canine detection dogs are smart, well trained and know exactly what they are searching for; the meat might only make them more eager, but they will also think their toy is in the package, a fact no dog will allow their handler to ignore.

The Power of a Healthy Dog Nose

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Your dog depends on their snout to make the most of life, don’t let a dry, chapped dog nose mess with your dog’s favorite sense.

Your dog’s whole life revolves around their little moist sniffer, the moment that their canine nose becomes dry, irritated, or flaky; your dog might be at risk for losing their absolute favorite sense—their sense of smell. Even if your dog is not a drug sniffing canine on a task force, he still uses his nose to identify his favorite things and to learn about the world around him—from what the neighbor dog eats, to the scent of your smelliest garments! Give your dog the pleasure of smelling it all in, if your dog’s nose is chapped or peeling, dry or otherwise abnormal, Snout Soother is proven to work, soothing even the driest dog skin in only a few applications. Our 100% all natural dog product is safe enough to use on humans, but made especially for your dog’s dry nose or paw pads. Dogs make up the bones of a family, give them the soothing relief they deserve—from our family at Natural Dog Company to yours, we are on a mission to save the world, one snout at a time!

Give your dog the gift of a chap-free snout; try Snout Soother risk free today!

 

What Is Pemphigus In Dogs? Plus, How To Help Heal Pemphigus Fast!

When you find out your dog has pemphigus, your first instinct is to ask, “what can I do to help?” While there are simple steps you can take to help your dog live a comfortable life, the sobering reality is that this autoimmune disease can be a lifelong battle filled with medication and therapy.

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Can’t figure out what’s wrong with your beloved dog? If dry skin, ulcers, or painful irritation persist anywhere on your dog’s skin, the problem might be an autoimmune disorder called Pemphigus.

What Is Pemphigus in Dogs?

Pemphigus is a broad term used to define a group of closely related skin conditions caused by an autoimmune disorder. It’s one of the most common skin conditions in dogs (and cats), characterized by crusty ulcers, pus-filled lesions (pustules), and cysts (vesicles). As with any autoimmune disorder, pemphigus causes your dog’s body to treat healthy cells and tissues as if they are foreign invaders. The body quite literally attacks its own skin.

What Causes Pemphigus?

There are two primary categories of pemphigus: endogenous (internal) and exogenous (external).

 

  • Endogenous cases are usually the result of genetic defects in the immune system. But they can also be triggered by a variety of conditions, including cancer and chronic skin allergies.
  • Exogenous cases are the result of outside triggers like viral infections and UV light.

Certain breeds are more likely to develop pemphigus, including Collies, Akitas, Dobermans, Setters, Newfoundlands, Dachshunds, Chow Chows, and Siberian Huskies.

 

The Different Types of Pemphigus and Their Symptoms

There most common types of pemphigus are pemphigus foliaceus, pemphigus erythematosus, pemphigus vegetans, and pemphigus vulgaris. All four are somewhat unique in symptoms, appearance, and intensity.

Pemphigus Foliaceus (PF)

Pemphigus foliaceus affects your dog’s skin at the surface level, causing blisters, scales, ulcers, itching, and redness. It most often appears on your dog’s mouth, nose, face, anus, and paw pads. You might also notice swollen lymph nodes, depression, and limping (if paw pads are impacted). This type is most frequently diagnosed in Akitas and Chows.

Pemphigus Erythematosus

Pemphigus erythematosus is similar to pemphigus foliaceus but tends to be less intense. A telltale sign is the loss of color in the lips, and lesions are often confined to the face and paw pads.

Pemphigus Vegetans

Pemphigus vegetans is typically void of canine mouth and gum ulcers. Dogs don’t experience as many secondary health problems with pemphigus vegetans either, although large oozing pustules are common.

Pemphigus Vulgaris

Pemphigus vulgaris attacks the entire epidermis and can include painful ulcer formations in the mouth that keeps your dog from eating. It can spread throughout your dog’s entire body making secondary infections more likely. The prognosis is often poor, and despite modern therapy, the disease can be fatal. Fortunately, it’s also the least common type of pemphigus.

 

How Is Pemphigus Diagnosed?

To diagnose your dog, your veterinarian will need to run some tests, including a urine sample or an electrolyte panel. Dogs with Pemphigus often have normal blood test results, so a skin biopsy might be required.

Make a note of when your dog’s symptoms started and any factors that might have contributed to the onset. A full history of your pet’s health can be beneficial to make an accurate diagnosis.

 

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Did someone say canine Pemphigus?! This skin condition can cause pain and discomfort no adorable doggy deserves! Thankfully with Snout Soother you can bark back against Pemphigus in dogs!

Treating Your Dog’s Pemphigus

The fight with pemphigus can be a lifelong battle with many ups and downs, and potentially even routine therapy. And if it’s caused by a genetic disorder (endogenous pemphigus), your dog might need corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive drugs — some of which won’t go easy on your wallet.

While you can’t wish away your pet’s condition, you can help them live the most comfortable life possible. Since UV light can exacerbate your dog’s symptoms, keep your dog inside during peak sunlight hours. Using a natural balm on crusty sores, ulcers, and red skin can also minimize itchiness and help keep your dog’s symptoms in check.

Are Allergies Irritating Your Dog’s Nose? Snout Soother Can Help!

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This is Kai’s nose before Snout Soother treatment. Does your dog’s nose look like this? The cause could be allergies.

What are you allergic to? Is it pollen in the springtime, a certain laundry detergent brand, or a type of medication? Just like us, dogs are susceptible to allergies too—some more so than others. Sensitive canines can develop allergies to a number of things, from plastic to weather changes; often the first sign a dog has allergies shows up on their nose. In fact, a warm dry dog nose can indicate a number of problems, as a healthy dog should have a cold wet nose. Left dried out for too long and dog noses begin to crack, discolor, and even break off to the point of bleeding. When faced with this scenario, dog lovers understandably want quick answers; are allergies to blame, and are there any real solutions?

What Causes Dog Allergies?

A chapped or flakey dog nose is often the body’s reaction to something it doesn’t appreciate. Trying to isolate the cause of a specific ailment gets tricky, especially considering dogs can be allergic to almost anything, including the bowl they eat their food out of. In particular, dog bowls made with plastic and dyes can cause a dry nose. The weather can also play a part in irregular dog noses, just as our own skin dries out in frigid temperatures, so do dog noses. On the contrary, warm weather can reduce nose moisture temporarily, or create a pink and peeling sunburn. The cause of a dry nose can be as minimal as a pup spending too much time with his nose in the air, to as serious as cancer—although before you panic, know that canine cancer typically comes with more than just dryness and flaking.

How Can Snout Soother Help?

In hopes of reducing your dog’s exposure to allergens, you can switch dog bowls, change backyard plants, and even limit outdoor time against your dog’s wishes, but what do you do when nothing seems to be working? To soothe even the most sore and sensitive dog noses, Snout Soother includes a combination of carefully selected, natural ingredients proven to treat dry, cracked, flaking, dog noses—and paws too. Every ingredient plays its own special role treating a different part of the problem, such as Candelilla wax, the ingredient that keeps the balm in place, nourishing long after application. Don’t believe us? Just ask Benson and Kai, two adorable dogs that can both agree Snout Soother changed their lives.

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Thanks to Snout Soother, Benson no longer suffers from a dry, cracked dog nose!

Meet Benson from Pennsylvania, a big black adorable dog with a lot of allergy sensitivities that cause his nose to dry out, crack and even break off in bloody chunks. Throughout the first years of his life, his family (the Miller’s) tried everything to ease his painful problem, until they started to think Benson’s dry nose was a permanent ailment. After trying Snout Soother, the Miller family couldn’t believe Benson’s nose actually looked normal for the first time ever. Overjoyed, they continued to use the product until it ran out, at which time they had started to take his wet nose for granted. Shortly after Snout Soother dried up, so did Benson’s nose again, that’s when the Miller’s knew, Benson would be a lifelong fan of Snout Soother.

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Before Snout Soother, Kai’s nose would become so dry it would flake off in bloody pieces, he sure is happy to have a moist dog nose these days.

Kai is an equally adorable dog with another tale of recovery we are overjoyed to help make possible. Kai’s reaction to Snout Soother even surprised her veterinarian, who had been puzzled from the start about the original diagnoses and the lesions that continued to develop along the ridge of Kai’s nose. Chunks of skin were falling off regularly, to the point that Kai would be bleeding and in pain all too often. His family did everything they could to help their beloved dog, but nothing was working, that is until they gave Snout Soother a try. The first night after they applied the product, Kai’s nose was already less red. Within days the carefully sourced, natural nose balm turned out to be the answer to their prayers, as Kai now continues to live a happy healthy life with his gorgeous black nose always perfectly in tact.

At Natural Dog Company, it’s our mission to help as many dogs as possible, if your dog’s nose is dry, cracked, peeling, flaking, or showing any similar symptoms caused by dog allergies, Snout Soother has been specially formulated to work. Just as our mission states, Soothe, Heal, Wag; grant your dog instant relief, a healing solution, and a reason to wag their adorable little (or big) tail!

Holly Moose! How To Cure Hyperkeratosis In 3 Days!

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This is what Moose’s dog nose used to look like due to canine hyperkeratosis.

Meet Moose, he’s a busy dog always playing with the kids, going for rides in the truck, eating watermelon, or playing in the snow; around his house, Moose is the man. Despite all of the good times, Moose has suffered from a dry, crusty dog nose that continually flaked off in chunks. After being diagnosed with hyperkeratosis his loving family didn’t know what to do, nothing seemed to work! Approaching his third birthday, Moose’s family decided to try something new, and ordered all-natural soothing Snout Soother. Unsure what would happen at first, they spread a nice thick layer of the dog balm across Moose’s nose–what happened next some might call a “miracle.” Here at Natural Dog, we call it our mission to rescue the world, one snout at a time!

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Moose looking handsome with his supply of all-natural soothing Snout Soother.

After dealing with canine hyperkeratosis for years, it seemed like a miracle to Moose and his family when after only 3 days of applying Snout Soother to his rough canine nose, his snout become moist, smooth, and normal looking! The best part? Day 3 just happened to be Moose’s birthday–and what better surprise for his special dog day than having a fully-functional nose cured from hyperkeratosis. Happy Birthday Moose! A dry, cracking dog nose can cause a whole litter of problems, at times it might even seem like there is no hope or cure for the flaking chunks that fall from your dog’s nose. Moose’s family can relate, they couldn’t believe their eyes when almost instantly Moose’s dog nose began to appear moisturized and healthy. They are so excited about Moose’s new dog nose after using Snout Soother for only 3 days they shared this pawsome testimonial with us…

“MOOSE: THREE DAYS!!!

Hyperkeratosis is what he has . . .

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Look at the difference in Moose’s canine hyperkeratosis after only 3 days of applying Snout Soother–the results truly speak for themselves.

All I have to say is that MIRACLES ARE HAPPENING! Day 3 and we are seeing shocking results. I’m sure we won’t be able to live without Snout Soother. You have made me a believer! I’m going to be spreading the word about this miracle product. Best of all, today marks Moose’s 3rd birthday . . .Day one of a healthy, radiant snout!”

moosecollage It’s not uncommon for Natural Dog customers to be shocked after seeing just how fast Snout Soother works on otherwise incurable dry dog noses. That’s why we are so passionate about spreading the word, we know how to help dogs naturally find relief from hyperkeratosis and other dry skin conditions dogs commonly suffer from. There’s nothing we love more than dogs at Natural Dog Company– that’s why our effective line of products only contains 100% safe, responsibly sourced, natural ingredients; we believe that in order for a product to be healthy enough for your dog, it has to be healthy enough for us humans too. Feel free to use Snout Soother on your own dry lips, hands, or feet, this stuff is so good you and your dog just might get into a tug of war over who gets some first.   [youtube=http://youtu.be/mpm1GGy92Wk] Meet more dogs like Moose who once suffered from a dry canine nose and now live with a wet, pain-free snout. Click here to see more Snout Soother before and after testimonials! Watch your dog’s dry, chapped nose turn magically moist and smooth, buy Snout Soother today! 

Snout Soother Treats Theo’s Canine Hyperkeratosis!

Dealing with a dry dog nose? One that seems to persist no matter what you do; is your dog’s nose so dry it is falling off in chunks? Theo, the French bulldog, displayed a dry, crusty dog nose his entire 3 years of life, leaving his owners completely stumped. It might surprise dog owners that even a trip to the vet might not deliver answers, as all too often hyperkeratosis goes undiagnosed and untreated. Here we provide answers how to naturally treat canine hyperkeratosis with Snout Soother.

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Meet Theo! This cute little French bulldog has a perfect, flake-free canine nose now, but he was once bothered by hyperkeratosis. Thanks to Snout Soother, the all-natural soothing dog balm, your dog can find the same relief from hyperkeratosis as Theo!

Hyperkeratosis can develop on a dog’s nose or paws, causing the skin to appear dry, brittle, and often flake off in big, alarming chunks.  Sometimes known as canine nasal callus, hyperkeratosis is stereotypically seen in older dogs although young pups (like Theo) are often plagued by this condition as well. In order to treat hyperkeratosis you want to soften your canine’s nose; our specially formulated and all-natural dog product, Snout Soother, does just that, relieving dogs like Theo of hyperkeratosis for good!

When Theo’s dry French bulldog nose just wouldn’t get better, his parents decided to do some research online where they thankfully discovered Snout Soother and decided to give it a try. The results have been nothing short of amazing; here is Theo’s testimonial about Snout Soother and how it treats his canine hyperkeratosis.

 “Improvement in Theo’s nose within the first few days….” 

“Theo is our 3 1/2 year old French Bulldog. He has had this condition, which we now know to be hyperkeratosis, since we got him, but were never able to figure out what it was or what we needed to do about it. Several vets we visited had no answers but suggested putting a warm compress on it several times a day, which didn’t seem to ever help. It didn’t seem to bother him, so we were not ever that concerned about it. But recently after doing a little more online research we came across your product and decided to order it to see if it might help. And it worked amazingly well! We saw improvement in Theo’s nose in the first 2 days. The dryed out, horn like crusting on his dry nose just seemed to start breaking apart on day 2 and we were able to wipe it away and find a very healthy pink nose underneath. He doesn’t seem to mind when we put the Snout Soother on and we’re just hopeful maybe he’s feeling a little bit better not having such a dried out nose! Thanks so much for such a wonderful product!”

-AJ Maxwell 
Denver, CO

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Here are the before and after Snout Soother pictures of Theo’s nose. As you can see in the left image, his nose was dry and crusty, breaking off in brittle chunks. In the right image you can see how moist and healthy Theo’s dog nose looks now that his hyperkeratosis has been treated!

 

Many dogs have hyperkeratosis, and Theo isn’t the only dog to go undiagnosed with this disorder for so long. If your four-legged buddy is displaying a rough, chapped, flaking dog nose that won’t go away Snout Soother can help. We are serious dog lovers around here and so we don’t take our job lightly, our goal is to soothe, heal, and treat dogs all over the globe so that they can have the best barking life possible.

At Natural Dog we are so thankful to our customers who give us the opportunity to prove our all-natural line of dog products truly work! While Theo didn’t display any obvious signs of pain with his hyperkeratosis, many dogs do experience pain and even loss of smell if their nose becomes too dry or flaky. After using Snout Soother, many dog owners report that their dog has a happier disposition, no longer bothered by constant discomfort. For hyperkeratosis, or any other dry dog nose condition, you can give your dog the natural soothing relief they deserve with Snout Soother.

Click here to discover what Snout Soother can do for your dog’s nose, and your dog is sure to thank you. After all, we are on a mission: saving the world, one snout at a time!

Still unsure if Snout Soother is right for your precious pup? Click here to check out more customer testimonials.

Four-Legged Heroes: A Search & Rescue Dog Might Save Your Life!

Dogs amaze investigators and researchers everyday, simply by using the power of their noses to save lives and solve crimes. While chapped, or dry dog noses can become too damaged to properly smell everything around them, healthy, moist dog noses are capable of truly incredible feats.

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Not only does this dog see the butterfly, she can smell every part of the butterfly! Are you wondering what butterflies smell like? So are we, perhaps we should ask our dogs!

You might be able to identify if a teaspoon or two of sugar is added to your morning cup of coffee, but your dog can sniff out one teaspoon of sugar added to one million gallons of water! Your dog’s nose is 10,000 to 100,000 times more powerful than yours, meaning even the smallest scents can attract your dog’s attention; this is why your dog uses his or her sense of smell to analyze the world around them. Things that have no smell at all to you or I, have a distinct smell to your dog, some scientists even attest that dogs are capable of smelling out cancer and other illnesses. It’s no wonder dogs are being used by search and rescue teams everywhere to smell out the answers to today’s most puzzling and chaotic cases.

How Dog Noses Save Lives

For over 300 years dogs have been helping to search for and rescue humans. The Monks of the Hospice located in the Swiss Alps were the first to use dogs, in particular St. Bernards, in their search efforts; sending them out to find lost or stranded travelers along the trails between Italy and Switzerland. Since then, dogs have been used for a variety of search and rescue efforts. After all, a dog only needs access to a few footprints to detect which direction a person headed along a path or trail. It’s barking mad, not only can dogs smell what seems nonexistent, they can do so without being distracted by all of the other scents present. A dog’s nose can locate a child who has wandered away from home, a missing Alzheimer’s patient, or even someone buried beneath layers of snow or ruble. Depending on case-by-case, the exact source of smell a dog picks up during a rescue mission may vary, but includes perspiration, respiratory gasses, bacteria on human skin/tissues, decomposition gasses, and the 40,000 skin cells we shed every minute.

Types of Search and Rescue Dogs

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Any breed of dog has the smelling power possible to accomplish big search and rescue dreams.

Using their incredible canine nose to pick up smells is a natural talent all dogs posses, still training a dog to be an efficient search and rescue aid is intensive for both the dog and the handler. SAR dogs do best when their training begins at an early age with socializing, obedience, and agility. Training typically lasts for around 12-18 months before a dog is ready to join a search and rescue team. Most search and rescue dogs are given an early retirement, between 5 and 10 years old.

Bloodhounds are commonly associated with search and rescue efforts, although any dog breed can be trained to take on this job, so long as they have a moist, healthy nose. As mentioned previously, if a dry or chapped canine nose persists dogs can’t pick up as many smells around them. Also, dogs that can adapt and get around in tougher terrain are the most popular selection. There are 2 common types of search and rescue dogs, one is scent discriminate, meaning they can smell out someone after being introduced to their particular scent—perhaps through a piece of their clothing. The second type is a non-scent discriminating dog; these SAR pups are able to search out any human scent that might be present. Some dogs have particular training in searching avalanches, water, or ruble.

Nose Psychics—Smelling What Others Can’t

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Dogs protect us in so many ways, protect their dry or cracking canine nose with Snout Soother. Who knows, the power of a healthy chap-free dog nose might someday even save your life!

Not only are search and rescue dogs trained to find people, criminals, and other animals, but they are also trained to respond in a certain way to indicate their discovery. Some will bark to notify their handler of something, while others are trained to stand up on their hind legs, there are many ways dogs can be trained to communicate with search teams, what is amazing is that they truly understand their mission and how to communicate once they’ve completed it. Even when a particular person is nowhere to be found, dogs can use their nose to identify if they were in a certain location, or if a specific item came into contact with them. Often excluded from the media, search and rescue dogs are responsible for saving lives, providing closure, and helping law enforcement every single day.

How To Treat and Prevent A Dry, Crusty, Chapped Dog Nose 

Even though your dog might not be an official search and rescue canine, they still depend heavily on their super strong nose. If your dog has a dry, rough or chapped nose they are at risk for losing their heightened sense of smell. Allergies, weather, and so much more can impact the outer texture of your dog’s nose, which ideally should be a smooth, moist surface. After only a few applications of all-natural Snout Soother, your dog’s nose will be moist and healthy—ready to take on the world, nose first.

At Natural Dog, our mission is simple: heal, soothe, wag!

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You can smell all that with your nose?! Dog noses continue to amaze us, but if your dog’s nose is chapped or flaking it might be causing your pup more problems than help. You can count on Snout Soother to heal even the driest, and most sensitive dog noses.

Humans and Dogs form “Mutualistic Relationships”

A Mutualistic Relationship is when two different species “work together” each benefiting from the relationship.  This is truly the relationship between dogs and humans.

Let’s take the dog side of this equation.  It is quite obvious that dogs benefit from being loved and cared for: being fed, groomed (in many cases) taken for walks, being played with and just being together with you.  After being away from you, the minute you come home your dog is wagging its tail or rubbing up against you, running in circles, jumping, bringing you its toys and just waiting for a pet and a hug. Pure joy!

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According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the human–canine bond is influenced by emotional, psychological, and physical interactions that are essential to the health and well-being of both people and dogs.

Dogs also like to feel useful.  Take for instance the therapy trained dog.  When you meet a therapy dog, they are very well trained, professional and always seem to love taking care of sick or handicapped children, adults, and seniors.  Many dogs are born to be worker dogs, herders who tend to the sheep, bomb sniffing dogs, police dogs, rescue dogs and if you ask any owner, they will tell you how much their dog loves their work and will perform their jobs even when tired or achy, as they want to please.

Now take the human side of this Mutualistic Relationship, dogs provide love, unconditional love.  They know when you are sad or sick and will stay by your side.  When you are away, even if for a short period of time, your dog will come running like you have been away forever, and this makes you feel happy, often putting a smile on your face.  Who doesn’t feel better knowing that the one you love misses you when you are away.

It has been proven that having a dog (or for that matter any pet) often improves your health. By just petting or touching your dog, this releases hormones that can lower blood pressure and reduce stress.  They often know when you are feeling “blue” and will provide you with emotional support that can help elevate the hormones that help lift depression.  It is said that petting a dog will also reduce stress and anxiety in pets.

Dogs help to increase your physical activity through walks, ball playing and other games. They also help to encourage more social interaction. It is a rare day when walking your dog in a busy area, that you will not be stopped to have your dog petted or you are asked a question about your dog.

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The AVMA officially recognizes that the human-animal bond exists, that it has existed for thousands of years, and that it has had a major impact on veterinary medicine.

We have been reading more and more about how dogs are detecting cancer or other illnesses.  There have been studies that people who own a dog live longer than those that don’t.  There are studies that children who own any pet tend to be less likely to develop allergies, skin ailments and asthma.

Because we love THEM, for all that they are, all that they stand for and all that they give, we have the perfect all natural and organic balm to help you pamper and take care of your furry companion.

A dog’s nose is highly sensitive and can become very painful when their tissues are dry, chapped or cracked. No pet parent wants to see his or her beloved dog in pain or discomfort and Natural Dog Snout Soother can come to their rescue.  Our nose balm for dogs is the perfect blend of 100% all natural nourishing, healing and moisturizing ingredients for crusty dog noses and cracked paws.  Our soothing balm can be applied to a dog’s nose as a preventative measure for dryness or cracking or it can be used to treat painful cracking and dryness that has already occurred.

There are probably studies that show that dogs that do not live in loving homes, do not live as long, either.  What we do know is that dogs provide us with unconditional and uncomplicated love that leads to healthier and happier lives. In turn, we provide dogs with the care and love they deserve-what a wonderful “Mutualistic Relationship”.

Blog post written by Susan Lyman of Tails Untold Personalized Pet Books.  Please visit Tails Untold Blog at http://blog.tailsuntold.com to read about many other interesting pet topics.  Also, if you are looking for a great pet gift, please visit this website http://tailsuntold.com

Wrinkles Never Looked So Good: All About English Bulldogs

English bulldogs are incredibly sweet family dogs that carry a rather shocking history. These sturdy looking canines might appear fierce, but they are gentle bullies with many sensitivities. At Natural Dog we have helped many English bulldogs discover relief from dry, crusty, dog noses thanks to our all-natural dog balm, Snout Soother. This month we discuss characteristics, history, and health related to this amazing breed of dog.

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English bulldog puppies are absolutely adorable! Their wrinkly little bodies are just perfect for cuddling.

There are few things cutter than a wrinkly English bulldog puppy! As these dogs grow they still keep their same adorable and unique qualities, such as a droopy lip and a common under bite, but it’s not just their appearance that makes them so popular, they also have awesome dispositions. While the English bulldog’s massive square jaw might intimidate some, they are known as one of the most gentle dog breeds. The English bulldog is a great family dog, as they do well with children, and they are also dedicated watchdogs. Protective and loyal, these buff bullies will guard their loved ones without any hesitation.

English Bulldog Characteristics

As anyone with a bulldog knows, they can be extremely persistent when it comes to securing what they want, in fact some can become fairly dominate. So while English bulldogs require a lot of attention and love, they also need consistent discipline to make sure they don’t develop any bad habits—such as thinking they rule the house.  Consistent exercise is also important, such as a daily walk, to help prevent canine behavioral issues from arising. As young pups, the English bulldog can be full of energy, but if you are dealing with a hyper bulldog puppy you can rest assured that with age all bulldogs begin to calm down.

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Is your bulldog full of hyper energy? As the English bulldog ages they will naturally start to calm down.

English bulldogs come in a variety of colors including fawn, yellow, red, white, and numerous shades of brindle. Although there is no standard height for a bulldog, shorter bulldogs are preferred in the show arena. They typically range in weight between 40-55 pounds, with males being larger, especially in America as compared to the UK. Despite the fact some weigh-in around 50 pounds, this breed still prefers to sit right in your lap like a small dog.

English Bulldog History

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This little English bulldog doesn’t look like a fighter– we can’t even imagine him picking a fight with a bull! Thankfully, the English bulldog’s bull-fighting days are long over.

Paintings and written references of English bulldogs can be found as far back as the 1500’s, at which time their name was spelled bolddogge or bondogge. It wasn’t until 1631, that the modern day spelling and pronunciation of ‘English Bulldog’  became official. Originating from the Asiatic mastiff, the English bulldog is originally from the British Isles. Back in the day, these dogs were used for bull baiting and breeders thought they looked like bulls, hence how they became the English bulldog. At this time bulldogs were raised to be vicious and were trained to attack full-grown bulls. The bulldog capable of bringing a bull down first was crowned the winner, as any dog lover can imagine this was horrifying and caused many bulldogs to be injured and even die. We are so happy this sport was outlawed in the 19th century; at which time breeders began working to breed out the aggressive tendencies these dogs needed for their bull fighting days. Within the span of a few generations, the English bulldog started to act like the dogs we know and love today. No longer the same temperamental attack-dogs their ancestors were breed to be, they now make some of the best family pets.

English Bulldog Maintenance: Keeping Your Dog Healthy & Happy

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Did you know a dry, crusty bulldog nose can cause your dog pain? Soothe their discomfort and heal their bulldog nose with Snout Soother.

On average, English bulldogs live around 8-10  years, although with a certain amount of genetics, luck, and dedicated care you can keep your bulldog alive for as long as possible. The largest cause of bulldog deaths is due to cardiac issues, being aware of their short nose and their tendency to overheat is adamant, these are not outdoor dogs and they shouldn’t be left in the heat for any extended period of time. While in some instances the English bulldog can be high maintenance, they are very easy to groom with their short coat that doesn’t tend to shed too much. Bulldogs are notorious for having skin ailments though, one of their many sensitivities that must be addressed in order to keep your English bulldog happy and healthy. With so many wrinkles along their face it’s important to clean between these folds regularly, otherwise dirt builds up and skin irritation can occur.

Snout Soother soothes and heals conditions related to a rough, dry English Bulldog nose and nose folds. Our all-natural soothing dog balm is completely safe for even the most sensitive English bulldogs, plus it works quickly, it will start moisturizing and healing after only one application. Your bulldog loves and adores you, show him or her just how much you love them back by purchasing Snout Soother.

We know your beloved English bulldog will thank you, after all our all-natural product is made especially for dogs. Our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag.

Why Dogs Are Barking About Organic Sweet Almond Oil Benefits

For months, maybe even years, you’ve been staring at a crusty dog nose, perhaps it is also discolored or even flaking off. No matter what you try, nothing seems to work. Then, just as you almost give up hope, you discover our soothing dog balm, Snout Soother. Within days of spreading a nice layer of Snout Soother over your dog’s crusty nose you notice the dry, chapped flakes beginning to heal. Your dog’s demeanor begins to improve as moisture returns to their previously dry dog nose, and you wonder—how does Natural Dog Company do it?

 

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Healthy dogs are happy pups!

It wasn’t all a game of fetch creating a line of soothing natural dog products but all of the hard work has proven well worthwhile. Every last ingredient included must play an important role in healing dry dog noses and cracked paws, without any negative side effects or questionable sources. One of the proven beneficial ingredients naturally sourced is organic sweet almond oil.

Sweet almond oil is a non-greasy moisturizer that does not leave any oily residue behind, as so many other similar products can. Almond oil slowly absorbs into the skin so that it provides active healing throughout the day. The useful quality of sweet almond oil has been recognized in many industries, prompting its use in massage therapy, aromatherapy, and hair care. Plus, it’s safe enough to use on infants, and moisturizing enough to use as a wood conditioner!  Not only is sweet almond oil a great moisturizer, but it can also help reduce inflammation issues as well. At Natural Dog, we want your dog to experience the healing benefits of almond oil as it works alongside our other valuable ingredients to provide soothing relief to dry dog noses and dog paws.

Where Does Organic Sweet Almond Oil Originate?

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Sweet almonds contain 44% oils, these oils are incredibly moisturizing and play a big role in Snout Soother’s ability to heal dry dog noses.

Sweet almond trees (aprunus amygdalus var. dulcis tree) grow as a native plant in South Asia and the Middle East. Not only are almonds eaten by themselves, sold both shelled and unshelled, but they are also used to make a variety of other products. Have you ever heard of almond milk? Or almond butter? Almonds are tasty and they also offer a healthy solution to other ingredients. Almonds carry a lot of oils, in fact about 44% of total almond content is made up of oils. But beware of the 2  types of nuts, sweet and bitter almonds, both of which come from similar but different trees. While sweet almonds have many healing attributes, bitter almonds can produce deadly effects if not properly prepared thanks to high levels of cyanide. We source all of our sweet almond oil carefully and from trusted locations to guarantee our products only contain pure all-natural sweet almond oil.

Organic Sweet Almond Oil For Your Sweet Dog

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Hi-five pups! We utilize the healing properties of sweet almond oil, creating a soothing dog balm that heals dry skin including dry dog noses, and dry dog paws.

We wouldn’t put anything less than the best in our organic, natural dog products, we selected almond oil  specifically based on its natural moisturizing properties and ability to soften dry skin, while balancing the amount of moisture skin maintains over time. So long as your dog has no nut allergies, almond oil is 100% safe to use on their paws, nose, and even coat. Since one of Snout Soother’s main ingredients includes nut oils, it’s no surprise your dog might want to lick at it. No worries if they do, considering it’s 100% safe to consume, and Snout Soother will still work even if your dog licks off most of

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Organic Sweet almond oil is putting a smile on dog faces everywhere, allow us to provide answers and explain why!

it. Heck, even humans admit using this soothing balm on their own lips and feet. The key is to apply our all natural dog balm as needed, and make sure to apply some before bedtime, while your dog sleeps their body goes into healing mode, allowing Snout Soother to provide the most benefits possible. While Snout Soother is fairly resilient to dog licks, the more time it has to penetrate, the better results you will get. Keep in mind, distractions work wonders, try giving your pup a raw dog bone or bark-worthy treat so that Snout Soother has a few undisturbed minutes to soak in and truly start working its magic!

Snout Soother combines sweet almond oil and a number of other all-natural, healthy ingredients proven to provide a dry dog nose remedy that works on any skin surface. Thanks to Snout Soother’s convenient packaging, you can soothe your dog’s dry nose without any mess; simply use our easy to apply dog balm. We thank sweet almond oil for helping our passion continue to thrive--saving the world, one snout at a time!

Ready to be amazed? Try Snout Soother risk free, we guarantee your dog will thank you with lots of kisses from a very moist nose! 

What’s That Smell? 10 Funny Facts About Your Dog’s Nose

dognose4Your dog’s nose smells everything—from a delicious new dog bone, to a nasty surprise left behind by a neighbor dog. A dog’s nose might seem basic, a tool used to smell the world around them, but on the contrary, your canine’s nostrils are fairly complex. Enjoy these 10 funny facts about your dog’s nose, perhaps some of the strange things they do will start to make more sense.

1. Items that have no smell to you or I can have a unique and identifying scent to your dog. On average a dog’s nose has 200 to 250-million scent receptors. As a comparison, us humans only have 5 million. Some breeds can smell even better than others; Dachshunds have only 125 million (only, ha!) while the Bloodhound has a whooping 300 million scent receptors.

2. While 5% of the human brain is dedicated to analyzing the smells around us, 33% of dog brains are dedicated to sense of smell.

dognose13. Just like human fingerprints can help identify someone, a dog’s nose print can help identify dogs. Insurance companies, breeders, and others that need to identify your dog might require a nose print.

4. Ever wonder why your dog’s nose is wet? When working properly, lateral glands release fluids so that healthy dog noses have the lubrication they need to continue smelling everything.  After all, it’s the mucus on a dog’s nose that helps them pick up surrounding scent particles. Looking for a dry nose remedy for your dog? Snout Soother is the go-to Natural Dog product for everything from rough pug noses to crusty dog noses.

5. A warm dog nose is a key indicator that your dog is not feeling well. The moment you discover your dog’s warm nose is no reason to panic, instead give it some time and if within 24-hours a warm, dry dog nose persists, there might be something going on under the surface. Snout Soother has been able to relieve many precious pups of a consistently dry dog nose.

6. A metal detector might fail to detect a plastic mine, but your dog’s nose will not. Dogs can even smell out a landmine, specially trained canines can detect the molecules explosive materials let off in the air, identifying the exact location of a smells’ source.

7. When you take your dog to the vet he can actually smell if the dog that was previously in the waiting room was nervous or excited.

dognose28. Dog owners know how often butt sniffing takes place, but with such a strong sniffer why in the world would a dog want to smell a butt?  To us humans, every dog butt smells the same—like poo, but to your dog every butt has a slightly different scent, indicating if a dog is a male or female, what they recently ate, how old they are, and their emotional state, among other things that help a dog decide if they should be friends or not. Just like we recognize each other by facial features, a dog can recognize an old or new friend by smelling their backside. Butt smelling isn’t only useful during new encounters though; dogs that live together also sniff each other’s behinds, often after a stressful event, or simply after playing outdoors. According to some dog trainers, butt-smelling has a calming effect on dogs.

9. Even worse than smelling butts is when your dog presses their nose into a pile of dog poo—perhaps even going so far as to eat it. Why in the world would a dog do this? In the wild the scent of a dog’s feces can alert predators to their existence. This is especially true with puppy poo, as the high milk content makes their bowel movements smell entirely unique; in order to protect pups from predators, dogs have adapted a natural instinct of eating their own poop.

dognose310. What about human crotches, why are some dogs so keen on smelling down there? Since the butt is the first place a dog goes to seek out information about another dog, the crotch is a logical place to start uncovering the intentions of any humans in the room as well.

Your dog’s nose is an incredibly important asset to them, they depend on it to analyze and make assumptions about the world. Therefore, if your dog’s nose is dry, crusty, flakey, or discolored, their nose might not be working properly, and might also be causing them pain. Give your dog the relief they deserve with Snout Soother, our all-natural organic pet product proven to work on a number of dog nose conditions.

There’s nothing Natural Dog Company loves more than dogs, our passion for pups fuels our mission to bring the relief of Snout Soother to every dog in need. We are driven to save the world, one snout at a time!

So Puging Cute! All About Pugs

February’s featured Natural Dog breed is all about Pugs. For Pug lovers everywhere, learn more about this adorable dog; including, how you can keep their prominent pug nose healthy. 

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Pugs are incredibly loving and give lots of kisses. If a dry, chapped pug nose is bothering your dog, all-natural Snout Soother can help!

Pugs are adorable companion pets; they are small enough to cuddle on the couch with, and cute enough to cause hysterical laughter. These dogs are little height-wise, but they have thick bodies, a massive head, and a prominent muzzle. So cute in fact, pugs’ moles and wrinkles are considered beauty marks as opposed to blemishes. Pugs come with either apricot, black, brown, or gray coat colors—although variety in shade and markings can be extensive, setting every little pug apart in their own unique way. 

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One of our Natural Dog celebrities, Buddy Love the Pug looking rather stately in his Burberry scarf and flower-power top hat! You can befriend Buddy Love the Pug on Facebook by clicking here. 

Did you know that Pugs are one of the oldest known dog breeds around the world? Since before 400 BC the pug has been taking peoples’ hearts captive. These dogs have Chinese origins and are considered a part of the Toy group, although there are multiple theories about the specific lineage of pugs. Some think they are descendants of the Pekingese, while others think they originated from the miniature bulldog, and still others say it is the small French Mastiff. Pugs became very popular during the 19th Century Victorian era, even Tibetan monasteries were known to have pugs for pets. When the breed spread out to Japan and Europe its popularity really sky rocketed, in fact Pugs become a royal pet considered the official dog for the House of Orange in Holland.

Pugtastic Qualities Every Pug Lover Adores

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Gretta Rose from Pugs and Kisses shows off how heartwarming the simple sight of a pug can be! Follow Pugs and Kisses on Facebook by clicking here.

Pugs can be high energy and are good for a lot of laughs, but they don’t tend to overexcite as similarly sized dogs can. Pugs are notoriously known as good watchdogs, but that doesn’t mean they bark all day. Instead, they pick and choose what they bark about, one of the reasons their watchdog techniques are reliable. Pugs are so very smart, they thrive with a calm owner that uses consistent training tactics and speaks with a kind voice, offering more praise than punishment. Pugs are people-pleasers and don’t wish to be yelled at often. Although beware if they know they can get away with bad behavior, they will. If you don’t show your pug who is boss they have a tendency to take on these responsibilities themselves, causing them to display signs of jealousy and over-protective traits, such as guarding over certain furniture with too much intensity. For some, disciplining a cute little pug is tricky, but keep in mind that dogs want a leader, because this makes them feel safe.

While a chubby pug might make you chuckle, pugs don’t need any extra weight on their frame or else health problems can arise. Since these pawsome pups will eat until their bellies might explode, pug owners must be careful how much they feed their pug. Exercise is important, but walks must be approached with caution, try not to go out at the hottest time of the day, since Pugs are sensitive to heat. Also, if you hear your pug wheezing or having difficulty breathing they have had too much physical activity and need to stop immediately.

A Pug Might Save Your Life

Cute, smart, and a great companion, Pugs are also incredible watchdogs that have saved a few lives and aided a few famous names throughout history. Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, had a pug of her own named Fortune. On the first night of her wedding to Napoleon she reportedly refused to sleep in their bed unless Napoleon agreed her pug could sleep in their bed as well. Later, when Josephine was sent to jail, she used her devoted little dog to send messages to her husband, slipping notes beneath his collar. Then there’s Prince William II who owes his life to one of his pug watchdogs who warned him of approaching Spaniards in 1572.

Is A Pet Pug Right For You? 

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Pugs are a sensitive dog breed, they require a certain level of pampering. As you can see in this picture, pugs need plenty of cold weather protection, and still they say: it’s woofing cold! For more adorable pug pictures, follow Pugs and Kisses on Facebook by clicking here.

There’s nothing more loving than a pug, but with all of the love and laughter they provide there are a few things one should consider before buying a pug of their own. For starters, pugs require extra special attention and need more pampering than other pet dogs.  Pugs are not outdoor dogs and shouldn’t be expected to spend any majority of time outdoors, as they are susceptible to overheating, and equally sensitive to the cold. Pugs love to share the bed with you, if you are you a light sleeper you might want to invest in some earplugs; pugs are known to snore very loudly! Thankfully, Snore Stop, our homeopathic nasal spray for dogs, can help stop dogs from snoring.

Snout Soother For Sensitive Pugs

At Natural Dog we adore pugs and are proud to help them everyday! Their extra sensitivities mean they are also more prone to skin allergies and conditions, including a sore, flakey, or chapped pug nose. All of the creases that adorn a pug’s face can get full of dirt and cause irritation, dry dog nose, and even bacteria growth. Snout Soother helps make cleaning a pugs’ face wrinkles easy and the specially formulated ingredients prevent the formation of bacteria. The best part? Since Snout Soother is 100% natural even the most sensitive dogs can enjoy its healing benefits without potentially negative side effects, this is especially helpful for allergy prone pugs.

If you love pugs as much as we do, see what Snout Soother can do for the pug of your eye. At Natural Dog, our mission is to save the world, one snout at a time!

Fame, Belly Rubs, & Bitches: The Life of 3 Celebrity Bulldogs

This month we interview Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi, three Natural Dog Celebrity bulldogs who live, play, and love together. Learn more about this trio of French Bulldogs with over 40,000 followers on Instagram!

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Meet this famous family of bulldogs: Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi! Follow them on Instagram @3bulldogges

Three adorable best friend bulldogs that all live under one roof; Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi have become a real sensation with dog lovers everywhere. Having reached over 43,000 followers on Instagram, this trio remains humble about their quickly earned fame. “We don’t really think of us as celebrities to be honest… If you think that, then we are truly flattered.” They casually reply when asked about their superstar status. Humble and cute—what more could one ask for? Starring in some of the cutest dog photos on the web, these 3 bulldogs spend their days dressing up, going for walks and bike rides, and at the end of each fun-filled day they can be found cuddling side-by-side.

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Frenchies cuddling close after a day of fun. Look at Ayumi tucked under Sumo, hard to believe they are less than one year apart! @3bulldogges

Having acquired so many fans it’s surprising to learn how young these dogs are, Buddha and Sumo are only 1 year old while baby Ayumi is just nearing the 4-month mark. With many adventures ahead of them, these dogs have only begun to make their mark on the world. Although a barking big deal, their wishes remain simple, currently they can’t wait for the weather to warm up so that they can attend some local dog socials.

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Perhaps a costume like this will get these 3 bulldogs into Disney World– looking oh-so professional and ready for the office! @3bulldogges

While everyday provides a new world of fun, we want to know where these dogs would go on vacation if they could go anywhere in the world. Their first request? “The best vacation would be for our humans not to work and just spend the entire day with us!! They’re busy people so quality time at home is the best!!!” It’s not about sunny destinations and 5-star hotels with this famous trio; on the contrary it’s all about the love! Still, they are not immune to all temptations, quickly they add, “If we did have to go somewhere who doesn’t want to go to Disney World and meet Mickey Mouse?!” We agree—Disney World is pretty cool. We are not sure if they let dogs into the park, but perhaps these 3 could skim past security dressed in one of their many costumes.

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Bike rides are a regular activity that these 3 French bulldogs throughly enjoy. With a basket like that to sit comfy in, we can see why! @3bulldogges

While adventures and vacation are the dog bones of life, it’s what we do everyday that makes us who we are. For these 3, the average morning starts with a trip outside to use the bathroom before spending their day with the, “best of the bestest friends anyone could ever ask for!!!” Admittedly some days are more fun than others, although according to Buddha, Sumo, and Ayumi the best days involve sitting on the porch, enjoying the scenery and watching all of the neighborhood dogs strutting on by. In the evenings, Buddha goes on to explain, “We love sitting by the fire pit at night, enjoying the night sky.” These are the types of dogs that enjoy the simple things in life, including old broken toys. In particular their go-to toy is a nearly dead stuffed squirrel that long ago lost its noisy center, although this doesn’t seem to bother them! Broken or not, these bulldogs  can’t get enough of their favorite toy.

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Many might want to date these good looking goofballs but mommy says hands off! These adorable French bulldogs have some growing up to do before dating is even an option. @3bulldogges 

Fun, easy-going, sweet, gorgeous and full of love—there must be many dogs out there that would love to date these popular bulldogs. But before you get any ideas, Mom is quick to jump in on this one, reporting that all 3 are currently single and way too young for dating.

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Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi loving the winter white snow, although Sumo might have just broken one of their own rules: don’t eat the yellow snow! @3bulldogges

As the interview nears a close it’s clear that these are some very positive pups— for instance, when prompted for their least favorite destination I imagine answers like the vet, or the groomers, but instead these 3 perky dogs look at each other in confusion—a least favorite place? What’s that? I suppose we should have guessed, after all their advice to other dogs out there is: “Enjoy what you do… Have fun with it… Life’s too short to worry… Oh and don’t eat yellow snow!!” While these are great words of wisdom for everyone, people included, what do they have to say to dogs that aspire to be famous like them?  “We try to answer everyone’s comments on our posts… We look forward to reading them!! Everyone should be heard… not forgotten.” Even though Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi are too cute to know what it feels like to be forgotten, they are too sweet to let it happen to anyone else. As much joy as these dogs spread around the world, we are so happy Snout Soother has been able to help Sumo and Buddha as well. “Snout Soother is the best!! No more chapped snouts for the ladies!! Thanks guys for everything!!!”

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Sumo and Buddha are our adorable February Natural Dog Calendar models! Get your own Natural Dog Celebrity Pack Calendar here. 

You are so welcome; anything for 3 adorable bulldogs with a mission to spread happiness, laughter, and fun to other dogs and doggie lovers everywhere!  French bulldogs can be sensitive, therefore flaky crusty dog noses often result from allergies, hyperkeratosis, and a number of other potential problems. For any irregular colored, chapped, peeling, or flaking bulldog noses, Snout Soother is formulated to soothe and heal. Just like this trio of French bulldogs, at Natural Dog Company we have a simple mission of our own: soothe, heal, wag!

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Thanks to Snout Soother, Buddha and Sumo now have moist healthy dog noses and so they are happy to give away free kisses– very wet ones at that! @3bulldogges

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The cuteness continues with Ayumi–too young to date but not too young to dance! @3bulldogges

 Don’t forget to follow Sumo, Buddha, and Ayumi on Instagram for adorable photos and pawsome videos @3bulldogges 

All About French Bulldogs: Pups With Personality

There’s just something about a French bulldog, that smart little face, those loving eyes, or how about when they sleep with their legs splayed out behind them, just like an oversized frog? Once you own a Frenchie you become obsessed—and those who have one French bulldog usually move on to adopt another, and then another.

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Meet Steve Segares the adorable French Bulldog with an Instagram account!

So where did this adorable dog originate? Ironically not from France, instead it was the 19th Century in Nottingham, England when a smaller version of the English Bulldog was breed. When the Industrial Revolution got underway and men traveled from England to France, these miniature bulldogs, called toy bulldogs at the time, came along for the ride. Obviously the French feel in love fast with this unique breed of canine, and they ended up fondly calling them the French Bulldog. For those that don’t own a bulldog all of the nicknames for this breed might seem confusing, they can be called: frenchies, bat pigs, frog dogs, and even clown dogs. Perhaps clown dog is the most fitting, simply because of the joy and laughter a French bulldog is sure to bring.

French Bulldog Characteristics & Personality

Arguably the most intelligent of the bulldog family, their smarts make them easy to train. These naturally pleasant dogs have a good demeanor although some are more playful than others.  Each Frenchie you meet is different than the last; their unique personalities are part of their appeal. Some are extremely hyper and others would rather sleep all day. Almost all of them are a bit hardheaded though, it’s as if they have their own set of logic sometimes—it’s this component of their personality that makes them bad candidates for negative training tactics, instead you want to train French bulldogs with praise and consistency. As varied as their personalities can be, so too are their appearances. For instance, some French bulldogs have a straight tail and others have a piglet corkscrew tail. And while they all have a short and smooth coat (that thankfully does not shed a lot), they can come in a variety of striking colors. Female frenchies tend to have a more slender head and body compared with bulkier males.

Why We Love French Bulldogs So Much

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Steve showing off that some French bulldogs can swim… at least a little!

There are so many loveable traits about the French bulldog, but the only way to truly ‘get it’ is to own this breed yourself. In other words, the more you learn about these dogs firsthand, the more you can’t help but fall face first in love. For starters, Frenchies need a lot of babying, especially if you take them to play in the water. After all they are not the best of swimmers, although some can tread water better than others make sure to keep a close eye on them as they waddle around the shallow area.

This adorable neediness carries over in all aspects of their lives, starting at birth when French bulldog puppies often have to be delivered via cesarean section because they are born with such big heads!  From the moment they are old enough to come home with you, they want to be by your side, craving constant attention. This is not the dog for someone who is gone all day and wants to leave him or her alone outside. Not only because they will get lonely, but also because they are not outdoor dogs; as a brachycephalic breed—otherwise referred to as a short-nosed dog—French bulldogs don’t have an efficient panting system and can easily overheat. When it’s too hot their throat will swell, restricting airflow.

Sure your French bulldog might not be a great contestant on a show like Survivor, but that doesn’t stop them from being an incredibly loyal and heartwarming pet. For all of the work you must put into them, you will get buckets of laughter in return. Frenchies never cease to amaze, just playing with or watching these adorable dogs is enough to make anyone smile.

Snout Soother For Sensitive French Bulldogs 

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French bulldogs are gorgeous but they also tend to be sensitive, using all-natrual dog products is highly recommended. For allergies, dry dog noses, or rough paw pads Snout Soother is the go-to product for Frenchies everywhere!

Known as a high-maintenance dog, French bulldogs are kind of like a French handbag, way out of budget—but so worth it! A sensitive breed, vet bills tend to be higher, often because frenchies are prone to allergies, something Snout Soother is engineered to treat. At Natural Dog Company we love French bulldogs with all of our hearts, in honor of all the smiles they bless our hearts with, we want to help any French bulldog we can with our all-natural line of dog products that won’t irritate even the most sensitive of canines.

Once you love a French bulldog there’s no going back. For all the dogs you love, Snout Soother is specially formulated to help with a number of problems that can afflict French bulldogs, such as a flakey pink nose or cracking dry paw pads. Our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag. Click here to follow our model Steve Segares the Frenchie on Instagram! 

Weather Wounds: Protecting Your Dog From Weather Changes

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Does your dog love playing in the snow? Protect paw pads and sensitive noses from extreme weather by simply applying all-natural Snout Soother.

Have you ever noticed your dog is always warmer than you? That’s because dogs have a naturally higher temperature than us 2-leged humans. Even wearing a big beautiful coat though, dogs still get cold and often need assistance to maintain a healthy reading on their internal temperature. It’s all too often assumed that dogs are ‘outdoor’ animals and therefore can weather any storm; thankfully, this dangerous attitude is causing a big push back from dog advocates everywhere. Many are calling for laws to protect dogs from overly relaxed guardians, these laws would allow dogs to stay outside all day and night, but only if they have proper shelter to escape from the elements. Think about being stuck outside yourself, the last thing anyone wants (dog, human, elephant, or bug) is to be stuck under torrential rains with nowhere to escape, yet with a warm dry place of refuge, the storm becomes a nice thing to watch instead of a nightmare to endure. Snow and rain are not the only forms of weather that can cause your dog grief, being prepared for all four seasons will help you maintain a happy canine.

Protecting Dog Paws and Noses

Paw pads seem durable and strong but in reality they are fragile no matter the season. In the summer time, hitting the hot pavement all day turns paws rough and dry, and in the winter paws and noses dry out due to the cold. Some choose to strap on rubber boots, or other weatherproof gear made to keep dog’s feet out of the elements. While some dogs do just fine with footwear, others march around like they have weights on their feet and never seem to get used to the idea of wearing shoes—they just like to eat them, not wear them!

Noses are used for smelling, a dog’s strongest sense, and paws are used for running and playing, every dog’s favorite pastime. All year long, two of your pups most necessary body parts are in potential danger, thankfully you can keep your dog safe from painful cracks or drying. With or without dog shoes, Snout Soother can help your dog’s nose and paw pads remain moisturized and healthy. Carefully formulated, Snout Soother provides a barrier that soothes any current discomfort your dog is experiencing due to drying out and cracking, while also actively protecting against further damage.

Playing in the Sun or Snow

Dogs are clueless when it comes to certain things, like how much trouble a pond of frozen water can get them into, so even though they enjoy playing in the icy weather, make sure you guard over them like you would a child. The same can be said indoors, a roaring fireplace seems cozy but dogs know no boundaries and so you want to keep up a barrier and be sure no sparks can fly out and scorch their unsuspecting bodies.

It is equally important to protect your dog during the summer months as well. Time flies by, one day there is a chill in the air and the next day it’s over 100 degrees, and it’s suddenly summer. To prevent your dog from overheating, make sure they have a shaded shelter, plenty of clean drinking water, and if necessary clip some of their fur to make the weather feel less unbearably hot. Other seasonal threats will also present themselves, depending on where you live poisonous snakes might be an issue during the hottest months. In this case, check out local snake training courses for dogs and talk to the local Fire Department or Animal Control to discuses ways you can limit the potential for snakes to hide or nest on your land. The weather directly impacts the life of your pet, knowing how to plan for each season will benefit your dog greatly.

Quick Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy Throughout Any Weather Change 

  • During the coldest months of the year an adorable doggie sweater will truly benefit a dog with short hair (think, Chihuahuas, Boxers, Greyhounds, etc.). For some super cute selections, including adorable dog hats, check out All You Need is Pug!
  • Puppies cannot keep warm as well as mature dogs, therefore be extra careful with young dogs during the winter.
  • If your dog spends a lot of time out in the cold, a heated dog bed and heated water bowl is a must.
  • Download a weather app or flip on the nightly news, if you know what to expect, you can set your dog up for comfort no matter how fierce an approaching storm might be. On the contrary, if this same storm catches you by surprise, it can jeopardize your dog’s wellbeing.
  • Simply use Snout Soother! Our all-natural soothing dog balm is made with love, each ingredient works together to soothe and heal weather ravaged dog paws and noses. Snout Soother can be used during all four-seasons to protect against damage, and also heal side effects commonly caused by weather exposure.

Happy dogs are healthy dogs, and in order to keep your dog feeling great during all 4 seasons of the year we have crafted the perfect product. Protect your pet’s most vulnerable assets against every type of weather with Snout Soother. Our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag.

How the Most Popular Dogs on the Web Celebrate Christmas

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Does this costume make my nose look big? Click here to follow the adorable Digby and Alo on Facebook.

Pets add to our Christmas, imagine all of the great stories your pet stars in. I remember the year a friend’s dog ate the entire turkey right off her counter—before her family even got a chance to taste it! Sure they might have been upset then, but how much laughter does that story bring about now, long after the drool-worthy turkey ended up on the floor, covered in slobber. The thing is, even when pets act naughty they still add special warmth to the holidays.

At Natural Dog Company we are lucky to work with a neat pack of Celebrity Dogs, all of which were nice enough to share their favorite holiday photos with us for this blog. The results are too good to be true, seriously, why are dogs so cute?!

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Chubbs can already tell it’s going to be a good Christmas! Click here to follow Chubbs the Wampug on Facebook!

Let your dogs in on the Holiday fun this year, stage a holiday photo shoot with your dog to use for Holiday cards, treasured family photos, or even fun holiday decor. Kids will love to partake in the action, plus since dogs are so delightful and enjoy any sort of attention they will let you do just about anything to them. The best part is looking back at the photos to see their unique expressions in each shot.

Don’t have winter weather where you live? Or having troubles staging a hyper-active pup? Take photos in any scenery and then Photoshop in the fun holiday details.We’ve learned that you can do all of the preparations you want but it’s the dogs that create the final version of the picture.

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Our little wannabe reindeer in the front says: Are you seriously going to make me pull this? Click here to follow the adorable Digby and Alo on Facebook! 

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Ginny’s note says that she has been good, but what is she really thinking? “Hopefully Santa Paws doesn’t consider pooping on the rug naughty….if so, I didn’t do it!” Click here to follow Ms. Ginny and her many adventures on Instagram! 

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I’ve been a good boy, now when can I see this Santa Paws character? Click here to follow Buddy Love the Pug on Facebook!

Hire the best photographer in town, or simply snap some shots with your smart phone, either way the adorable and unique personality of your dog will come alive, making you laugh all the jingle-way home.

Think you’ve thought up the perfect caption for one of these funny photos? Don’t hesitate to comment your ideas about what these little (and big) dogs might really be thinking! Plus, don’t forget to share your own holiday pet photos using the hashtag: #naturaldogchristmas

Benny found a tree his size!

Our hearts and prayers go out to Benny’s family, we are sad to say that in October Benny passed away due to cancer. This precious picture was taken of him last christmas. Click here to visit Benny and his sister Lilly’s website

Precious is her name for a reason!

Precious is her name for a reason! Click here to follow Precious on Instagram.

See more of our adorable Holiday Celebrity Dogs modeling in the slideshow below!

Top Tips For Finding the Best Place to Board Your Dog this Holiday

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Give your dog a vacation of their own this holiday season, just don’t forget to pack the Snout Soother to natrually heal those dry dog noses thanks to the chilly winter air.

Dogs are a part of the family, but unfortunately they don’t stand on two legs, speak fluent English, know how to use a public restroom, or have much control over what, or whom, they bark at. Therefore, one of the hardest parts about going on vacation is leaving your dogs behind. For some, the idea of being separated from their beloved furry friend over the holidays is just too much, but if you do decide to take your pet along for the holidays, other challenges present themselves. In order to truly enjoy your vacation, it’s important to know that your dogs are safe, happy, and comfortable. If ever uncertain, you will only spend your time stressing about your pets instead of enjoying your holiday. In order to bless you and your pup with a beneficial break, enjoy these tips for traveling with or without your pets.

5 Things You Should Know to Secure a Safe Pet Boarding Facility  

Don’t let your dog be sad over the holidays, find a boarding place for dogs that will provide a fun environment, offering distraction from your absence.

There are numerous pet boarding facilities around the nation, and each boarding place that you visit is going to dramatically vary. There are even a number of dog boarders that are getting in touch with technology.  Imagine logging into the computer, or even onto your smart phone, and with a few clicks watching a video of your dog in the present moment. This is a real reality at a growing number of boarding facilities, do your homework and you can secure the opportunity to watch your pets even from miles away. Technologically savvy or not, here are some important things to check out before selecting a boarding place for your pets.

  • Do your research, and extensively so! Check reviews, Google a company’s name, reach out to friends or family that might know a thing or two about pet places in the area. Any boarding place that has a bad reputation is going to try and cover it up, although if you dig deep enough you might uncover something that changes your mind about boarding your precious pets there.
  • Playtime is important! You don’t want to put your pet somewhere that keeps them locked up in a small kennel most of the time. Once you’ve secured a facility that offers an abundance of playtime, make sure that big dogs and little dogs are properly separated and watched. Often the worst injuries occur because dogs are not properly grouped, separated, and/or observed during free time.
  • What is the boarder’s policy if your dog does become injured or sick while staying there? Do they have a vet on call that they work with? You want to pick a place that has a professional system to ensure your dog is given the best care if a worst-case scenario does arise.
  • Not only should a boarding place be clean, and free of any odd smells, but you also want to make sure they are willing to work with you and accommodate your dog to the best of their ability. For instance, find a place that will let you leave behind your natural pet products; since winter weather often leads to dry, cracked dog noses, don’t forget to leave some Snout Soother with whoever watches your dog this holiday season.

Even when everything checks into place, leaving your pet(s) behind is difficult, and can even trigger tears for some of us. Try not to show too much emotion though when you drop your dog off, make the goodbye quick and painless for both of you. Animals are very intuitive to emotions and if they sense you are deeply upset they might start to worry, become stressed, or think they are forever trapped at the boarding facility.

Have Pets Will Travel

What do you do if your pet is not a good candidate for a boarding facility? Or, what if you simply hate the idea of leaving them behind? Pets are portable, and there are a number of ways to plan a trip where your pet can come along and enjoy the adventure.

Taking a road trip is a great way to include the family dog, but most airlines also allow pet cargo onboard. If your pet is small enough, you can take them on the plane as your carry-on; just make sure they are in a carrier that will easily fit beneath the seat in front of you to avoid problems when you arrive. Pets can not have water or food during the flight, they also can not leave the confines of their carrier, so be sure that your pet will stay calm under these conditions. For larger dogs, all of the same rules apply but they will be transported under the plane with the luggage. Planes are not the only form of travel making life with pets easier; there are also a number of websites instituted to help people plan their vacation around pet-friendly destinations.

Soothing One Snout at a Time: Treat Discoid Lupus with Snout Soother

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I love returning home everyday. Of course, we all eagerly await the end of a long workday when we finally kick off our shoes and relax but that’s not why I love unlocking my front door. No, I love arriving home because I am greeted with tail wags and happy dancing feet and sloppy kisses and more love than I could ever deserve. After all joyous “welcome home” elation dissipates, my pit bull rescue inquires, “what did you do today?” The details of my lunch date, morning meeting and afternoon coffee are revealed as Jumper carefully and methodically sniffs my shoes, my clothes, my handbag and just about anything else she can get her nose on.  Her nose is a portal into my day. In a few moments, she knows where I’ve been, who I’ve seen, what I ate and most importantly, if I saw OTHER dogs.

Dogs interpret the world through their noses – and their noses need care. Discoid lupus is just one of the conditions affecting our dogs most important communication tool.

What is discoid lupus? Discoid lupus is a condition similar to lupus where the body’s own immune system begins to attack the DNA in the body. Discoid lupus is usually limited to a dog’s nose, primarily on the nose leather, however it is also seen in the ears and inside the mouth.

When a dog has discoid lupus, the coloration of the nose fades as the nose leather loses pigmentation. As the condition worsens, the nose becomes cracked and scaling on the skin occurs. Eventually, the condition causes the nose to ulcerate which is extremely painful for the dog.

Treatment is often vitamin E therapy, however many dog owners recommend Snout Soother for suffering pooches. Snout Soother is a great all-natural product designed for soothing your pet’s dry, cracked, chapped and sunburned nose. The ingredients also quickly and effectively sooth sore skin and correct the degeneration of nose leather associated with Discoid Lupus.

Lola and Ralphie are two sweet pups suffering from discoid lupus. Check out their stories below:

Lola’s Story:

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Lola, an 8 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback, suffered greatly from her discoid lupus. Her nose was ulcerated and painful sores formed on the mucus membranes of her nose. Poor Lola! Her wonderful owner, Alice Caplinger decided to try Snout Soother. Lola felt immediate relief after just one use! After two months of use, not only was Lola a happier dog, but she also sported a nice, healthy black nose – free of sores from the disorder.

Ralphie’s Story:

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Ralphie is a Great Pyrenees. In addition to discoid lupus, Ralphie suffered through sunburns and allergic reactions to the sunscreen prescribed by his veterinarian. After years of suffering, his owner, Kristine Zano, used Snout Soother and saw immediate relief to Ralphie’s sore, chapped and cracked nose. Within weeks, his nose healed dramatically. Ralphie was happy and Kristine was even happier.

A dog’s snout is their door to the rest of this big wide smelly world. Be mindful of caring for this important (and cute) part of their body. Try treatments like Snout Soother if your pup simply has a dry nose or suffers from more serious conditions like discoid lupus.

Long live wet dog noses!

Misconceptions about Shelter Dogs

Dog in Val di Scalve, Alps mountains, ItalyOver the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many shelter dogs.  I have provided them with products from the Natural Dog Company, volunteered in shelters and fostered dozens of dogs for rescues in the Austin area.  I personally, know how wonderful shelter dogs can do and how one act of saving a life can change not only the dog’s world but your own.

Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the joys a shelter dog can be and they often ignore the dogs available in shelters because of the myths surrounding these dogs.  It is important to realize that dogs at shelters are not what you think and it takes education and awareness to help destroy the misconceptions that are surrounding them.

While I often feel that the best advice for anything is to get involved, if you are not sure where to start or even if a shelter dog is the right dog for you, take the time to read through this article to learn that many of the misconceptions of shelter dogs is not true.

Misconception Number One: There are only Mixed Breeds in Shelters

One of the biggest misconceptions regarding shelter dogs is that only mixed breed dogs end up in shelters.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case and even a well bred, purebred dog can wind up in a shelter.  While many reputable breeders strive to rehome all the dogs produced by their kennels, some purebred dogs still slip through the cracks and can wind up in shelters. In addition, there are hundreds of purebred dogs who are not from ethical breeders that can end up on a shelter.

When it comes down to numbers, it is believed that roughly a quarter of dogs in shelters are purebred.  What this means for the average dog owner is that it is very easy for dog owners or potential dog owners to find a breed that they want without having to purchase directly from a breeder.

That being said, the many mixed breed dogs in a shelter are as worthy of attention as their purebred counterparts and I would recommend going to a shelter with an open mind and an open heart…who knows, you may end up with a mixed breed dog stealing your heart.

Misconception Number Two: Shelter Dogs are Old and Unwanted

While there are many dogs that are old, and all shelter dogs are unwanted, not all shelter dogs are old. In fact, it is very common for whole litters of puppies or a pregnant female to be brought to a shelter and you can enjoy puppyhood when you adopt from a shelter.

In addition, a large number of dogs in shelters are less than two years old, making the majority of dogs in shelters still young.

Misconception Number Three: They have Behavioral Problems

While it is true that some dogs end up in shelters either because of behavioral problems, itPuppy is not the case for a vast majority of them.  In fact, many dogs end up in shelters because owners didn’t have the time for them, an owner died or relocated or because the dog was lost.

Those that do have behavioral problems is usually due to lack of training and can be fixed very easily.  Shelters and rescue groups work to provide these dogs with the behavior and training modifications that they need in order to properly integrate into their new homes.

Misconception Number Four:  You can Never Trust a Shelter Dog

Another common misconception that is seen with shelter dogs is that people often feel they are sent to the shelter due to aggression problems.  The fact of the matter is a shelter dog that shows signs of aggression will never be placed up for adoption.

Shelter dogs can be trusted as much as a dog that you raise by yourself. You should never leave dogs alone with young kids and all dogs will go through destructive periods.  Having a crate will help curb a lot of the problems that can occur due to boredom.

Finally, shelter dogs are surprisingly resilient.  They often bounce back from their ordeals, no matter what they are, and with a loving and supportive owner, they quickly capture the hearts of everyone who meets them.

Misconception Number Five: I Would Never Get Approved

DogOne of the most common misconceptions that people have is that they would never get approved for a shelter dog.  While this can be the case with some rescues, shelters are usually just looking for a committed and informed rescuer.  For many shelters, it is not where you live, your income level or your job, it is about being physically and emotional prepared and committed to take on any challenges that a shelter dog needs.

Now that we have dispelled the misconceptions involved with shelters and shelter dogs, there are ways that you can help shelter dogs without adopting one.  Some excellent ways to help are:

  • Donate your Facebook or Twitter Status:  One of the easiest ways to help a shelter dog is to share their information on your facebook or twitter accounts.  You can also remind everyone that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month.
  • Foster a Dog:  If you are not prepared to adopt a dog fully, why not become a foster parent to a dog in need.  Many rescues take the dogs out of shelters and place them into temporary homes.  This enables the dog to experience less stress and experience training while they wait for a forever home.
  • Volunteer at the Shelter:  Shelters often need extra hands and there are always a number of jobs that you can do from photographing the dogs to taking them for a walk.
  • Donate Funds:  Many shelter and rescue groups need extra money to ensure that they can meet the needs of their shelter animals.  Donations are always welcome.
  • Donate Goods:  Finally, shelters often need food, treats and other goods, including Snout Soother, for their shelter dogs.  Gather a bunch of supplies and head on down to your local shelter to make some special dogs happy.