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!

Naturally protect your dog’s nose from sun damage, buy Snout Soother risk free today!

Why Are My Dog’s Paws Itchy? How To Relieve Itchy, Irritated Paw Pads!

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Do you notice your dog constantly licking at their paws? If so, your pet likely has itchy or irritated paw pads. If your dog continues to lick and chew at their paws they will only increase the problem.

A normal amount of paw licking is nothing to worry about, as this is part of a dog’s natural grooming process. BUT, if you notice your dog doing it all of the time something is bothering them.

Other signs of irritated or itchy dog paws include dry, red, rough or cracked paw pads. In some cases, the itchiness is reserved to the paws, while in other dogs the itchy skin may extend to other areas.

Why Are Dog Paw Pads So Sensitive?

Your dog sweats from two places, their nose and their paw pads. That means your dog’s paws are moist and bare, exposing them to a lot of potential allergens, pesticides and other landscaping chemicals.

In the winter, salts used as deicers present a problem for sensitive dog paws. In the summer, your dog’s bare paws race through grasses, lakes, leaves, mud and more. Imagine taking a moist cloth and running it over these same environments, chances are the cloth would get very dirty looking as well as contaminated with bacteria. Your dog’s paws are no different. Despite their natural durability, paw pads need a little extra TLC to keep them free of issues.

How To Determine The Cause Of Your Dog’s Itchy Paws

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These questions can help diagnose the cause of your dog’s itchy paw pads.

In order to determine the cause of your dog’s irritated, itchy paw pads here are a few questions to consider:

1. What Breed Is Your Dog?

Certain dog breeds are more prone to paw issues than others, such as Labrador retrievers, poodles, Chihuahuas, terriers, and Maltese. Working dogs that are highly alert and more prone to stress are at a greater risk for paw licking, such as greyhounds, cattle dogs and Dalmatians.

2. When Did You First Notice The Problem?

If you have noticed your dog licking at their paws since they were very young it could be a hereditary trait, as paw licking tends to run in the family. If your dog starts licking their paw pads excessively out of nowhere, it’s likely a new life style or dietary exposure that is causing irritation.

3. When Does Your Dog Lick Their Paws The Most?

Notice when your dog does the most licking, is it when they are left alone, or after they play outside? This can help you determine the cause of your dog’s licking and chewing, and if it is a nervous habit or a response to a certain exposure. Write down your observations to help determine if it is seasonal, as well as what activities make it worse.

4. Is It All Paws Or Just One?

If your dog is only licking one paw the problem is likely isolated to this one paw. It might be a deep cut, or a foreign object trapped beneath the paw pad. You may need to carefully shave away some hair in order to identify the issue.

5. Is Your Dog Experiencing Other Health Issues?

Paw licking can be a part of a larger health issue. Make sure you don’t notice any other signs of irritation, such as an ear infection, hair loss, musty odors, excessive sneezing, rashes or abnormal eye discharge. Taking your dog to the vet for a general health check up is always advised to ensure your dog is healthy.

Paw Soaks

Treat your dog to a spa day made for canines with a paw soak. Soaking your dog’s paws is a good idea even if they do not have itchy paws, simply because it helps remove any potential containments they may come into contact with while out on a walk or playing in the yard. Irritants can also be found in the house, for example certain abrasive floor cleaners.

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Rub-a-dub-dub soak those paws in the tub!

Regular foot soaks can help ease your dog’s discomfort and stop the obsessive non-stop licking. A sink or shower makes the perfect place for a paw soak.You can also use a kid’s plastic pool, a large bucket or whatever you have available.

Add povidone iodine or Betadine® solution to the water, as this is a natural non-toxic, non-abrasive, antifungal, antiviral that is very effective at disinfecting paws.

Have your dog walk around the tub, or soak each paw in a bucket for around 30 seconds before removing and drying all paws off with a towel.

You can also soak a cloth in water and iodine and then wrap around the paws for approximately 2 minutes before removing and drying. Research has found that soaking dog paws is far more effective than simply rubbing with a moist cloth, or quickly dunking paws in water.

Protect Your Dog’s Precious Paw Pads Every Day Of The Year

A paw soak will remove potential bacteria or funguses growing between your dog’s paws, but you still need to moisten, smooth and strengthen the paws somehow to prevent future reoccurrences.

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Sold together or separately, PawSoother and Paw Tector are made to heal and protect even the most sensitive dog paws.

Natural Dog Company now carries a complete line of all natural, organic products made to soothe irritated, rough and itchy dog paws.

Paw Soother and PawTector are easy to apply and fast acting. Paw Soother instantly goes to work soothing rough, itchy paw pads, turning them smooth and healthy within as little as a few applications. Paw Soother will also protect your dog’s paws against future exposures by providing an extra barrier.

We recommend starting with Paw Soother. Once your dog’s paws are smooth and healthy, PawTector will keep them this way. PawTector is made with less soothing properties in exchange for more barrier protection, granting smooth paw pads the added defense they need in winter and summer.

Try Paw Soother or PawTector risk free today.

 

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! 

Smellorama: How To Teach Your Dog Cool Tricks Using Their Powerful Nose

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SMELLORAMA by Viviane Theby explains awesome tricks you can teach your dog using their most powerful sense.

As a veterinarian specialist for canine behavior, Viviane Theby has worked with dogs her whole life. One of her latest books about dogs, Smellorama, details the inner workings of your dog’s curiously wet nose. Your dog has a far more sensitive nose than you or I, when something goes missing you are on the hunt with your eyes, your dog on the other hand is busy using their nose. This puts dogs at a serious advantage, while your eyes can’t tell you if you are getting close to finding something, your dog’s super-sonic nose sure can! In Theby’s book Smellorama, she describes the important role that your dog’s nose plays in his everyday life. Including what your dog’s nose might be telling you about their overall health and wellbeing. Plus, Theby goes on to explain that by tuning into your dog’s keen sense of smell you can teach him all sorts of amazing things. Including how to find your car keys, remote control, or cell phone with a simple cue. Theby explains how to teach your dog these things using easy to understand pictures and an assortment of fun games both you and your dog are sure to love. Theby writes so that any level of dog handler can begin to teach their dog cool tricks.

The first step to teaching your dog how to use his nose to find those pesky car keys is to make sure that they have a moist, smooth dog nose. If your dog’s nose is rough, dry, or cracking this is typically a sign that something is off. If your dog’s nose lacks moisture for more than a few hours it could mean they have a fever or feel sick in general. A dog with a moist nose is a healthy dog, able to constantly take in the surrounding air using the aid of their nose moisture. The moist mucus membrane coating your dog’s nose helps collect all of the scents so that your dog can better smell the world around them. If your dog’s nose is dry, crusty and/or flaking, they are not able to take in as many smells because they are lacking the moisture necessary to do so.

 

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“I can smell your keys, they are behind the fridge!”

Dogs use their sense of smell to detect danger, friends, and familiar places; in fact a dog’s sense of smell is their absolute favorite sense. For this reason, the most important thing you can do as a dog owner is make sure your dog’s dry nose receives instant attention. Snout Soother, our all-natural soothing dog balm, is guaranteed to sooth your dog’s dry nose instantly.

Once your dog’s nose is moist and ready to go, there are plenty of tricks you can teach your dog using Theby’s book, Smellorama. She includes how to teach your dog to search for people, maneuver through the city, play hide and seek, plus much more. Exercises range from basic to more advanced, like teaching your dog how to decipher between different smells, follow trails, and complete complicated trail challenges. Teaching your dog these fun exercises will improve your bond and make your dog even more reliable than they already are.

 

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Your dog is very smart, and when your dog’s dry nose is healed by Snout Soother, they can smell out just about anything!

A dog can have a normal nose all of their life, and then suddenly develop a dry or bumpy texture on their nose. Other dogs are practically born with a dry nose, and nothing seems to work to sooth their skin.  Snout Soother is proven time and time again to provide soothing relief for all dry dog noses. A healthy dog nose should be evenly colored, somewhat moist, and uniform in shape. If all of this appears true, you can tell that your dog has a healthy nose that is ready to be put to work using the engaging dog exercises found in Smellorama.

At Natural Dog we are constantly researching new ways to increase your dog’s natural nose potential. Which is why we are proud to offer the pawsome book Smellorama for sale on our website. This book helps you entertain your doggy while paying respects to their sensitive, and oh so important dog nose.  After all our number one priority is Saving the World, One Snout at a Time! 

Give your dog the soothing relief of Snout Soother, we guarantee you’ll get lots of moist kisses in return! 

Start teaching your dog cool tricks from Viviane Theby’s book, Smellorama.

 

 

 

 

What Do I Do If My Dog Licks Off Snout Soother?

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“But it tastes so good!” Dogs like to lick just about everything, the important thing is making sure they don’t have access to lick any harmful ingredients.

One of the most common questions we get from our customers is: what do I do if my dog licks Snout Soother off?

If you love your dogs as much as we do, you probably get worried when you find them licking (or full on eating) a lot of things. How many times have you found your dog going through the trash? As you try and clean up the left behind mess you are picking your brain, what was in here? Did I throw away any glass or chocolate this week? Thankfully, dogs tend to be more durable than we give them credit for. That doesn’t mean they are immune to toxins, many dog products claim to help your dog but overtime the listed ingredients can actually cause health problems to arise.

We don’t want you to worry for even one moment if your dog licks off Snout Soother, even if it happens again and again! Dog health and safety are top priorities around here, which is why we carefully source every last ingredient that goes into each product. With ingredients like sweet almond oil, natural vitamin E and shea nut butter, Snout Soother is just as healthy for your dog’s delicate insides as it is for his dry dog nose!

snoutsootheringredientsIt’s perfectly natural for your dog to lick at Snout Soother. For starters, dogs like to get a taste of everything, and of course one lick is never enough. If your dog licks off Snout Soother he will be completely fine, and so long as Snout Soother has enough time to soak in, it will still be able to get its job done. Right when Snout Soother is applied, the healing ingredients begin to absorb and go to work. These first few minutes are the most important time to distract your dog from licking at Snout Soother. Try distracting your dog for 5-10 minutes after you apply Snout Soother with treats, tricks, or games.

While the Snout Soother begins to soak in, pull out your dog’s favorite toy, nothing distracts dogs better than a game of tug-of-war or go-fetch. If your dog isn’t about to let a silly ball or chew toy distract him from licking at Snout Soother, try and outsmart him with a bone or other treat. Your dog is sure to want a juicy bone over Snout Soother, although if you’ve got a chubby pup you might not want to feed him every time you apply the soothing dog balm. Another way to distract your dog is with attention, dogs love kisses and cuddles. By talking to your pup, petting him, and providing a loving distraction, Snout Soother has the chance to soak in before your dog’s curious tongue gets a chance to attack!

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Yum, what is that on my paw? It is Paws-itively delicious! At least you don’t have to worry when your dog licks at all-natural Snout Soother for dry dog noses!

If your pup starts to lick at Snout Soother the moment all distractions come to an end, he won’t be able to get all off it off at this point. The soothing ingredients have already had a chance to properly soak in. Since Snout Soother is 100% safe and natural, you can re-apply it as many times as you need throughout the day. The best time to apply Snout Soother is right before bed, not only is your dog about to fall asleep but at night the body goes to work healing and repairing. During sleep Snout Soother has the greatest opportunity to assist in the healing of your dog’s dry nose.

Your dog’s nose is so important, it allows him to smell everything around him and interoperate what’s going on. When a dry dog nose persists, the strength of your dog’s nose can become compromised. Plus, the dry and flaking chunks associated with dry dog noses can cause pain and discomfort–something no dog deserves. Getting Snout Soother on your dog’s nose is important for more than just aesthetic reasons.

Day or night, if your dog licks at his Snout Soother you can simply kiss him atop the head and know, at least he’s ingesting some of the worlds most soothing and healthy ingredients.  Our mission is simple, saving the world on snout at a time!

Click here to learn more about our all-natural ingredients used in Snout Soother.

Watch your dog’s dry nose transform and heal, purchase Snout Soother risk free today!

For more Frequently Asked Questions about Snout Soother, click here. 

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!

 

A Cure For Dry Dog Noses At Last: ‘Ear’ You Excited? Tibbe Sure Is!

Dry, crusty dog nose got your sweet doggy feeling down? By simply soothing chapped canine noses and paws you can improve your dog’s mood and provide instant relief worth barking about. It’s not comfortable to have a crusty dog nose! Just ask Tibbe, a fun Sweedish Cockerpoo living a very active, and rather famous life. You might find Tibbe running through the neighborhood, jumping over obstacles, or perhaps even practicing Kung Fu, Tibbe knows how to keep the party going, which means he doesn’t have any time for dry dog nose conditions.  A dry snout doesn’t put any pup in a party mood, so to keep Tibbe feeling fine and entertaining his 30,000+ Instagram followers, Snout Soother came to Tibbe’s rescue!

Watch Tibby’s ears dance for joy at the very site of our all natural dog product Snout Soother!

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Woof Woof Hooray! Tibbe uses Snout Soother to cure any dry dog skin conditions that may arise.

Considering Tibbe the Sweedish Cockerpoo cuddles up in plush beds and plays on sandy beaches, he knows a thing or two about quality, our all-natural vegan dog product makes the cut, it’s even safe enough for humans. Tibbe better watch out or his human mom might take his Snout Soother for her very own–she finds it works great on her dry lips! One look from Tibbe and he’s sure to get his way though–how can you resist that big fluffy body and those adorable springy moves? We sure can’t, after all we are dog-gone crazy for canines! Our mission is to save the world one snout at a time; thanks Tibby for helping us spread the message!

 

Follow Tibbe on his many hilarious and oh so pawsome adventures on Instagram http://instagram.com/bingelibong

Want your dog to jump for joy? Try Snout Soother today! 

 

 

 

Brutus Knows Best: Dry Mounds On Pug Nose Solved!

 

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Meet Brutus the Pug! See his crusty, dry pug nose? Thankfully Brutus no longer has a dry dog nose thanks to Snout Soother!

 

Brutus the Pug has a dry dog nose with rough mounds that surface and flake off, only to regrow again. His family is concerned, what will they do about his dry pug nose? They wonder if Brutus is in any pain from his canine nose condition, and the truth is he very well could be experiencing discomfort.

Then suddenly, one day, Brutus no longer had a notoriously dry pug nose! Instead he is now happily living it up with his new moist snout. So what brought about the sudden change in Brutus’ dry pug nose condition? All natural dog balm Snout Soother of course!

It’s not just parents that worry when their dog appears sick, some grandparents feel just as attached to their granddogs–as was the case for this lucky pug. His granpug knew something had to be done about his crusty dog nose condition, she was tired of continually seeing the dry chunks appear like concrete builders on poor Brutus the Pug’s nose.

 

Brutus gives all of the credit for his new smooth, moist snout to his grandpug, Katherine Koziesek. Katherine simply thanks Snout Soother–and oh dog are we proud to share her testimonial! After all, our mission is to save the world one snout at a time–looks like we did it again!

Brutus The Pug’s Testimonial

Dog Nose Condition: dog nose with dried out concrete boulder with gnarly stalagmite

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Before you can see the big chunks on Brutus’ nose, after only 3 applications of Snout Soother they are completely gone!

“We LOVE Snout Soother!!  I ordered the combo pack (2oz. and .25 oz travel size) for my Grandpug, Brutus.  Brutus’ pug nose was typical . . . It looked like a dried out concrete boulder with gnarly stalagmites growing along the lick ridge.  Snout Soother is AMAZING!  Started applying the Snout Soother, seriously . . . after just 9 DAYS, his nose now looks like a shiny black button!  After applying Snout Soother twice on day one, the stalagmites started to drop off.  By the end of day three, the last of the stalagmites were gone.  Now it’s nine days later (by day 5 his nose was as good a new) and with daily applications, his nose is moist and smooth and kissable.” 

-Katherine Kozisek from Centralia, Washington

BrutusleavesDescribed as “stalagmite” by Brutus’ loved ones, this adorable Pug’s nose literally looked like so many other Pug noses–dry with jagged mounds growing atop. Yet after only a few applications of our all natural dog product Snout Soother, Brutus’ Pug nose began to heal, and grow back moist, smooth, and normal. While the outward appearance of Brutus’ canine nose was reason enough to worry, dogs can also become agitated from the discomfort of a dry or flaking nose. If the condition persists, a loss of smell can ensue.

Often dogs that suffer from dry nose ailments never seem to find relief, that is until you spread a cooling layer of Snout Soother over your dog’s dry, cracked, or sore nose. Instantly your dog will reap the benefits, and within a few days the results will speak for themselves. At Natural Dog Company, we care deeply about canines and wish all dogs to live a long, happy, healthy life full of treats, belly rubs, and healthy snouts–all the better to kiss you with!

Our all natural soothing dog balm, Snout Soother is made to relieve even the most severe dry dog noses. Check out more pawsome testimonials and before and after pictures by clicking here! 

Give your dog the chance to feel relief, try Snout Soother risk free!

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! 

Cute Dog Pictures & Snout Soother–What More Could You Ask For?

We LOVE our customers and get quite a hoot out of the pawsome photos they regularly share with us. Not only are the dogs downright adorable, but none of them have rough, dry, dog noses anymore! Thanks to Snout Soother so many dogs have found relief from chapped, flaking canine nose issues, which can be caused by allergies, hyperkeratosis, weather, and so many other contributing factors.

Since our mission at Natural Dog is to heal the world, one snout at a time, we are mighty proud of all the snouts we’ve been able to cure lately. Here are some of our favorite dog photos our customers have sent us of their canines posing nice and pretty with their favorite all-natural dog product, Snout Soother!

We can’t get enough of these fun dog photos, which one is your favorite?

 

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Alicia says, “Being a dog is a balancing act!” She surly isn’t going to let her favorite soothing dog product fall to the floor–unless, did someone say treats!?!?! Follow Alicia on Instagram: @innis2winnis

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Kuvo loves looking professional in bow ties for dogs, but Snout Soother remains closest to this canine’s heart! Follow Kovu on Instagram @thedogsaga

 

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Rootbeer the Frenchie makes sure to apply Snout Soother every night before bed in order to fight off a chapped, crusty, Frenchie dog nose! Follow Rootbeer on Instagram @rootbeer_frenchie

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Mom, Can I have some more Snout Soother now?! Golden retrievers are sweet and smart, they know Snout Soother not only relieves their sensitive dry nose, but it sort of tastes good too! Follow Desmon @desmonthegolden

 

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Look at that beautiful face and dog nose!!! This dog was born to model, and thanks to Snout Soother she looks great in every photo now! Follow Blaze on Instagram @husky_quartet

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My package came!!! Getting Snout Soother in the mail is so exciting, especially unwrapping the pretty blue bow. Although the best part is seeing your dog’s nose change after only 1 or 2 applications. Follow Hector on Instagram @hector_the_frenchie

 

Do you have cute photos of your dog posing with Snout Soother? If so we’d love for you to share them with us! We aren’t just another dog product company, at Natural Dog we really do care about dogs–in fact, dogs are our life. We want your dog, and every other dog around the world, to experience relief from their dry, chapped, or peeling dog nose. Our all-natural dog product contains 100% safe ingredients so that you can give your dog the natural relief they are silently begging you for.

Try Snout Soother risk free– we guarantee your dog will thank you!

Can’t get enough cute dog photos? Check us out on Instagram for more woof-woof fun @naturaldogcompany!

And don’t forget to send us your photos, perhaps your dog could be the next Natural Dog Celebrity!

 

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! 

Watch How Bella the Frenchie Heals Her Dry Dog Nose

How do our customers use Snout Soother? Where and when do they apply it, and how do their dogs respond to the process?

Our new weekly feature is going to answer these questions and more! Snout Soother is an all-natural dry nose remedy for dogs, proven to treat a number of ailments including allergies, canine hyperkeratosis, and much more! This week, meet Bella the Frenchie as she receives her application of Snout Soother, the all-natural dog balm, Bella doesn’t appear to LOVE her mother’s fingers all over her nose. Nonetheless, she lets her apply the soothing balm, perhaps knowing what her dog nose feels and looks like without Snout Soother.

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Snout Soother has been getting a lot of media attention lately from some of the cutest dogs around the world. We love to receive fun videos and photos of the dogs Snout Soother helps on a regular basis, it fills our heart with so much gratitude. Natural Dog wants to help as many canines as we possibly can; after all, we are on a mission: saving the world, one snout at a time!

Purchase Snout Soother for any dry dog nose conditions and your dog is sure to thank you.

Dry, Cracked English Bulldog Nose? Tugg Provides Answers

Once upon a time, Tugg the English Bulldog had a very dry, cracked dog nose. Tugg’s devoted owner tried for years to heal and moisturize Tugg’s bulldog nose, but all to no avail. Thankfully one of our ads for all-natural Snout Souther reached Ashley via Facebook, granting Tugg the dry dog nose remedy he needed all along.

This week we are proud to share yet another Snout Soother success story. Here is Ashley’s testimonial about her sweet English Bulldog named Tugg.

“I’m definitely sold and will never use anything else . . . ” -Ashley Baudler on Snout Soother.

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Tugg is one super cute English Bulldog, but as you can see in this picture he used to always get a dry, chapped dog nose.

“Hello my name is Ashley and I recently purchased your product because I saw an advertisement on Facebook.  I have an English bulldog and I’ve struggled for years to get his nose healed from being dry, cracked and chapped.  I’ve been using your product for almost 2 weeks and I’ve seen remarkable progress!  I’ve been telling all of my friends to use your product.  I’m definitely sold and will never use anything else for my baby’s nose.”

-Ashley Baudler, Rockport, Indiana 

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Before and After Snout Soother: Pictured at top is Tugg’s nose before Snout Soother. The bottom photo shows Tugg’s new chap-free dog nose thanks to our all-natural dog balm, Snout Soother.

We are so happy to hear about Ashley’s pawesome results using Snout Soother, we are woof-woof wild about our customers and their beloved pets. Just like any company, we want to make sales to stay in business, but more importantly we want to help dogs just like Tugg all over the world. After all, our motto is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag!

Finding a canine dry nose remedy is a must, dogs with chapped, cracking dog noses often experience discomfort, along with a lack of smell (you dog’s favorite and most trustworthy sense).

Our customers continually send us amazing photo testimonials of their four-legged friends, once plagued by dry dog nose conditions, they now live a healthy life with a moist, wet, healthy dog nose. To see more before and after Snout Soother photos click here. 

Give your furry friend the dry dog nose remedy they need, purchase Snout Soother here.

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!

Free Snout Soother Give Away + A Pawsome Dog-Approved Photographer

One fun pet contest on Instagram gives you a chance at winning Snout Soother, our all-natural dry dog nose remedy. Proven to soothe most dog nose conditions, Emily-Wang tells her blog readers why she loves Snout Soother so much…

Emily Wang is one of our favorite pet bloggers here at Natural Dog, today in honor of February 20th being ‘Love Your Pet Day’, Emily (who is a very talented photographer) is hosting a Snout Soother free give-away! Emily’s adorable dog, Kokoro uses Snout Soother to keep her dog nose crack-free, even in the icy cold winter. In her latest blog, Emily points out the benefits of using Snout Soother to keep dry, cracked dog noses at bay.

Natural dog is passionate about our eco-friendly pet products, well because they are our products! But Emily shares her passion for Snout Soother with her readers because it has proven itself to be a great natural dog product to her and Kokoro. To help more dogs feel the soothing relief from dry dog nose conditions, Emily is giving away free Snout Soother to one lucky contest winner.

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To enter for your chance to win, follow Emily Wang on Instagram @emwng, repost the photo above with #snoutsoother, and set your Instagram profile to public. For more detailed instructions, and to read Emily’s latest blog about Snout Soother, click here. 

For special offers, pawsome photos, and guaranteed smiles follow us on Instagram @NATURALDOGCOMPANY 

Snout Soother Cures Another Crusty Dog Nose!

charlotteDoes your four-legged friend have a dry dog nose, or dog nose condition that seems irreversible, or even unexplainable?

If yes, Helen Boek understands exactly what you are going through. Hellen’s adorable dog Charlotte developed a mysterious white crusty build up on her dog nose, and although Hellen tried everything, it continued to persist. That is until Hellen and Charlotte discovered Snout Soother, a soothing balm for dog noses proven to naturally treat a variety of dog nose conditions. Here, Helen details her story about Charlotte and the dog nose remedy she needed all along.

Helen & Charlotte’s Testimonial:

“Thank you for your cream . . . truly a miracle cream!! My dog’s nose was suffering from some kind of infection for about a month. I live in the desert and thought maybe she had been bit by something or the intense heat was affecting her nose. I had tried applying Neosporin, a natural dog spray, and salt water . . . but with no good results. After one application of your cream, the crusty white stuff fell off Charlotte’s nose and it began healing. After one week, her nose looked almost completely healed. Thank you!!”
-Helen Boek
Borrego Springs California 

You Are So Welcome Helen & Charlotte! 

CharlottebeforeandafterWe wish Helen and Charlotte all of the best, and are so happy to help with Charlotte’s crusty dog nose. With some help from all-natural dog nose balm, Snout Soother, Charlotte has a healthy, smooth, and moist dog nose. Dogs with cracked noses, dogs with chapped noses, and even crusty dog noses are continually relieved of discomfort and symptoms with only a few applications of our all natural dog product, Snout Soother.
Here at Natural Dog we are barking mad about dogs, therefore it fills us with such gratitude each and everyday to help doggies all over the world live a pain-free, pawsome life. We create all-natural eco-friendly dog products with a mission: Saving the World, One Snout At A Time! 
Want to see more proof that Snout Soother really works? Click here to see more before and after Snout Soother photos.
Purchase Snout Soother for your precious pup and we guarantee your dog will thank you!

It’s True Pug Love! Buddy Love & Gretta Rose

Meet Buddy Love and Gretta Rose, 2 Natural Dog Celebrity Pugs that have fallen in love! Both of these adorable pugs have experienced the soothing relief of Snout Soother dog balm for their dry pug noses, and now with 2 perfectly moist and healthy dog noses they can share lots of kisses! Learn how their pug love bloomed in this special Valentine’s Day blog written by Buddy Love the Pug.

Hello, my name is Buddy Love the Pug and I love Valentine’s Day! Why, you ask? Because I am in love!!! Gretta Rose the pug has stolen my heart! You probably know her; after all, my darling is a Natural Dog Celebrity, and she has even been featured on Good Morning America and The Today Show. Her stunning beauty and popularity made me very shy at first, but doggone am I glad I got up the nerve and gave her a bark! Well I guess I didn’t really initiate the start of our relationship, but the results ended in fireworks nonetheless. We are rather public with our affection, regularly sharing love notes on Facebook, but since it’s nearly our one-year anniversary—Valentine’s Day—I thought I’d share how our love first bloomed. I have written a love story this month in honor of my darling pug dearest.

Gretta Rose and Buddy Love the Pug… a Love Story By Buddy

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Isn’t she barking beautiful?! That’s my love, Gretta Rose the Pug.

It was love at pug sight the first time I saw Miss. Gretta Rose. I was up late one night playing on Facebook, daydreaming about dog bones and Snout Soother when I saw the most beautiful dog I had ever seen, her name was Gretta Rose and she was featured on a Facebook page called Pugs and Kisses. Instantly I started barking at the screen, I just couldn’t control myself! I knew I had to meet her; she was the most gorgeous pug I had ever seen before. The only thing standing in my way? My extremely shy demeanor, every time I had a chance to ask her out I couldn’t get the right bark out. I started thinking Gretta was nothing more than a fantasy until January 30, 2013—with some spare time on my paws, I logged into my Facebook account and nearly fell out of my chair. The very first thing I read was a new message from THE Gretta Rose I’d been dreaming about:

Buddy Love…will you be my Valentine?

Xoxo Gretta Rose

I couldn’t believe my little pug eye—in fact I nearly rolled right off my chair in excitement. Was I really reading that Gretta Rose was asking me, Buddy Love, to be her Valentine? My heart skipped more than a few beats as I shamelessly ran full speed around the house ArrrooooooArrroooo! I barked uncontrollably, I didn’t care who tried to quiet me down. I was sick with puppy love and my dreams were complete!

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Buddy Love the Pug sure does have a lot of dog toys–but he’d trade them all in for Gretta Rose!

After all this excitement I almost forgot to answer her back…that is until I got a little winded running around. Oh no! I thought, I better hurry and reply before she finds another Valentine—I didn’t know then that Gretta Rose would never do that. I rushed to snap on my finest looking bow tie before replying with shaky paws:

It would make me the happiest pug in the world

to be your Valentine Gretta Rose <3

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I love Gretta Rose the Pug so very much I had a star named after her for Valentine’s Day because she is my star! How beautiful is her little pug nose and face? Become friends with Gretta Rose on Facebook, click here.

Ever since, it’s been nothing short of true pug love. Gretta Rose and I remain so strong because we share a common passion, that is to share our love in anyway we can. We do this through a number of pup-friendly platforms, including: Pugs and Kisses Facebook page, Buddy Love The Pug Facebook page, B4- Barktastic page, and Gretta Rose’s very own Blog. I hope to one day ask the love of my life to be my pug bride, but if I know my Gretta Rose she will likely beat me to it! Who knows… there could be wedding bells in 2014….

After all, Gretta is just as woof woof crazy about me as I am about her, in proof she wrote me this response to my love letter.

Buddy Love the Pug and Gretta Rose… a Love Story By Gretta Rose

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That’s me, Gretta Rose the Pug! I love cupcakes, frosting, napping, Buddy Love the Pug, and Natural Dog Snout Soother, it makes my rough pug nose feel smooth and pretty.

Buddy Love is the sweetest Valentine a pug-gal could ever dream of! I hope you read his account of our story…wasn’t it just adorable?!? Oh my, he really knows how to tug at my heartstrings! Buddy Love the Pug’s best quality is his capacity to love, he truly extends his heart to everyone he meets. We barely knew each other when I asked him to be my Valentine, I could only hope he was the genuine gentle-pug I imagined him to be after seeing how loyal and kind he is to his many friends. Once I got to know him I knew it was for real, he truly is the pug for me. I feel so lucky that he wasn’t already taken. It fills my heart with joy to be Buddy Love’s Valentine and I hope he knows that he has my heart forever.

Seriously, how cute are these pugs!?!! There’s nothing like a little puppy love to inspire romance this Valentine’s Day. At Natural Dog Company we love dogs so much we include them in all of our holiday celebrations; what sorts of fun plans does your dog have this Valentine’s Day? For sensitive rough pug noses, try our all natural Snout Soother balm for dogs. According to Gretta Rose and Buddy Love, it is a pawsome solution for any sore dog nose!

Follow Buddy Love the Pug on Facebook!

Follow Gretta Rose the Pug on Facebook! 

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!

The Power of a Wet Nose: Dogs Assist Diabetics

You know the scene. Happy dog face emerging from passing car window, ears, nose busy. Those curious noses precisely punch the air, pinpointing the smells of every surrounding restaurant and gas station and grocery store.

Oh yes, exploring the world one sniff at a time.

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The Nose Knows! Diabetic Alert Dogs love AND assist.

Dogs view the world, in large part, through the lens of their nose. But a dog’s nose can do more than smell the neighbor’s meandering cat or the lingering scent of lunch. A dog’s nose can actually save lives. Yes, save lives!

It’s no secret that dogs have often assisted their human owners. For years, properly trained dogs aided people with vision impairments, hearing impairments and seizures (just to name a few). But now diabetics are also living healthier lives thanks to man’s (and woman’s) best friend.

Diabetics have often shared antidotal evidence of being warned by their dog while experiencing a drop in blood sugar. These stories suggested dogs could potentially detect changes in blood sugar levels. But now research seems to confirm these stories and reconfirm the amazing power of the canine nose – opening the door to new generation of service dogs: Diabetic Alert Dogs!

Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to use their powerful noses to smell certain changes in their owner’s breath or sweat which indicate a drop or rise in blood sugar levels. The training process requires an individual with Type I Diabetes to breathe into a container or tube while having a low blood sugar episode. Dogs are then exposed to the smell and trained to respond appropriately.

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Trained dogs alert owners after smelling blood sugar changes.

So, when blood sugar levels change, properly trained dogs bark, paw, jump, lick or fetch traditional blood testing kits to alert their owners. Dogs assigned to diabetic children will even seek help by alerting a child’s parents or caregivers. Amazing!

Obviously, a Diabetic Alert Dog does not replace traditional blood testing methods but they can fill potential dangerous gaps. For example, diabetics may experience  blood sugar changes while sleeping.  A blood testing kit can’t help but a Diabetic Alert Dog can! A trained dog can wake a sleeping owner or seek help (I know  there’s a Lassie reference in here somewhere).  The direct benefit of a properly training dog could be crucial in these type of situations but the indirect benefits such as greater peace of mind shouldn’t be overlooked or discounted.  I told you a dog’s nose is powerful . . .

And those powerful, protective noses need protection of their own!  Snout Soother’s  protects, calms and heals chapped, dry and cracked noses (in addition to a variety of other conditions including rashes, hyperkeratosis, and discoid lupus).  Snout Soother’s natural ingredients also act as a natural sunscreen for Fido’s all knowing nose.

Of course, every dog owner knows that a fuzzy companion enhances your life and well-being.  Dogs make you smile and laugh.  Dogs are always happy to see you. Dogs make your corner of the world a little better.   Individuals with a Diabetic Alert Dog must surely also benefit from the joy of loving and being loved by a dog.

Dogs (and their noses) continue to amaze me. Sniff on, Furry Friends!

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More than just a pretty face!

Woof, Woof! Another Satisfied Customer

Dog nose fungus doesn’t sound pretty–and it sure isn’t! Just ask Beanie the Boxer, a dog who once had fungus growing on her nose causing a scaly, rough dog nose that was painful to the touch. That is until her mom discovered all-natural  Snout Soother for dogs, now Beanie’s dog nose is happily fungus-free.

We enjoyed Beanie’s testimony so much we wanted to share it with everyone. Hopefully Beanie’s experience with boxer nose fungus can help other dogs out there find the relief they so desperately deserve.

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This is the before and after Snout Soother photos of Beanie, a boxer that developed a nose fungus. Luckily her mom searched ‘Boxer Nose Fungus’ and found Snout Soother, now her boxer nose is healthy and fungus-free.

“We had a recent move across country and during that time I noticed our boxer, Beanie, had a rough looking patch on her nose. Since we were moving, I didn’t get a chance to take her to the vet and it got bigger and more irritated looking and she didn’t want it touched. I was worried it was some kind of fungus, so once we got settled in the new house, I googled “boxer nose fungus” and the first link was for Snout Soother.  I read through the testimonials and was very impressed so I placed an order. Within just 3 days of using Snout Soother, the rough, scaly skin was gone and her nose was looking shiny and healthy again. After a week of applying every day, I switched to once a week to maintain her new, beautiful nose!

“I just wanted to thank you for your awesome product! As you can see from the pics, you have another very satisfied customer! So glad we found you!”

Denise Berge from Peoria, Arizona

Denise and Beanie, thank you for your purchase and we are so glad to help adorable Beanie out with his boxer nose fungus. Another happy dog means our motto is working: Heal, Soothe, Wag. The more dogs we are able to help, the more dog tails wag all over the world–including the tails here at Natural Dog. Discover the healing powers of Snout Soother, your dog is sure to thank you.

See what Snout Soother can do for your best four-legged friend, click here to purchase.

Want to see more pawsome before and after Snout Soother photos? Please click here. 

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 

January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day – How Changing One Dog’s Life Changed MY Life

January 24 is Change A Pet’s Life Day and there is no easier way to change a dog’s life than to adopt from your local animal shelter. If you need a reason to adopt a dog, just read my story.

On October 13, 2003 my husband and I adopted a malnourished and timid pit bull from our local animal shelter. I knew we were changing this dog’s life. What I didn’t know was how much she would change mine. Jumper’s story is just as much my story. Let’s start from the beginning.

Sweetest face ever.

Sweetest face ever.

Our local animal shelter is a stone’s throw away from our local airport. My husband, a private pilot, was a regular at this airport and decided to visit the shelter on a whim. As he walked thru aisles of homeless dogs, one pup didn’t excitedly beckon for his attention. Rather, she sat quietly in the back of her kennel. No barking. No jumping around. No whining. Just sitting.

Jonathan walked over and put his hand through her cage. The dog cautiously approached, sniffed then licked his hand. Immediately, he called me. “You need to come see this dog at the pound. They say she’s a pit bull but I don’t think she is. She is too sweet. Meet me here.”

He was right. She was sweet. But she was most certainly a pit bull. Despite unsupportive warnings from friends and family to NOT adopt a pit bull, she became our dog. She became Jumper.

Doggie Smile!

Doggie Smile!

Within a month, Jumper transformed from a dog too frightened to come into the house to a dog sleeping under the blankets in our bed. The insecure dog frantically eating every crumb of kibble slowly disappeared. She learned food was no longer scarce. She learned to sit and stay. She learned that car keys equaled car rides and leashes equaled long walks. Most of all she learned that we loved her. And she loved us. My husband often looked and her and remarked, “She is nothing BUT love.” He was right.

We learned the power of a connection between living creatures. Jumper hates water. During a camping trip, Jonathan and I waded out into narrow, slow moving river while Jumper sat patiently watching from the riverbank. Ten minutes later, and much to our surprise, Jumper gathered up all her courage and stepped slowly into the water and began to swim toward us. Real love is greater than fear. I think my heart grew 10 sizes that day (to borrow from Dr. Seuss).

Trite as it may sound, she became part of our little family. Vacations and holidays weren’t complete without our sweet girl. The back seat of our small single engine airplane became Jumper’s seat. A once unloved stray pit bull traveled to New Orleans, Washington D.C. Savannah, and Chicago (just to name a few).

Almost four years later, I woke up snuggled between my sleeping husband and my sleeping dog. I felt so loved by these two beings that I lingered an extra ten minutes. I wanted to memorize the feeling. I knew I was lucky. The next day, my husband died in a car accident.

Four years earlier, Jumper needed me. She needed rescuing. Now, I was the one who needed rescuing. I needed her. I’m not sure how I would have survived the acute sadness of the very earliest periods of grief without my dog. She forced me out of bed for food and walks. Her ears caught an endless quantity of tears. Her snuggling and snores made the bed less empty. Her kisses and wagging tail made me less empty.

Every bed is a dog bed!

Every bed is a dog bed!

A homeless dog shrinking into the wall of an animal shelter showed me humanity. She showed me love and compassion and expected nothing in return. I did very little to deserve this kind of love. She took me in. I owe a lot to that dog. I am indebted to her. Not the other way around.

To this day, Jumper remains the only consistent thread of the last 11 years of my life. Her muzzle is now peppered with white hair and our walks are not nearly as long as they once were and her coat is now littered with scars of successful cancer treatments. But she is still my traveling companion and best friend.

Most of all, she is still nothing but love.

Written by Natural Dog Blog’s Friend – Mariah P.

Wiener Race Helps Rescue Dachshund Dogs In Los Angeles

If you were lucky enough to attend the Doxie HobNob Wiener races held in Hollywood, California you witnessed the cutest scene ever: a pack of low-riding wiener dogs racing towards one finish line. Their long noses adorned by two brave eyes, a number of Dachshunds and other similar small dog breeds competed in this adorable competition.

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And they’re off! Wiener dogs might have short legs but they sure can run fast.

Doxie HobNob is a group of some 90 Dachshund members who meet twice a month to catch-up as friends while letting their wiener dogs off the leash to do the same. We are so pleased to have sponsored their Doxie HobNob Weiner Race on December 8, 2013. Even the dogs that came in near last place, too distracted by their adorable peers to get their legs in motion, spent the hilariously entertaining day contributing to a good cause.

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The Doxie HobNob group enjoying some beautiful weather on the day of the wiener dog races.

At Natural Dog Company we are all about helping dogs live a better life, and so for us the best part about this race was that the organization Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles benefited from the per dog entry fee. The Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles serves little dogs in need, from those that are out on the street homeless, to dogs in danger of being euthanized at their current shelter, and even Doxies that need surgery. The more money this organization is able to secure, the more dogs they can save. If you are interested in adopting a Dachshund, they always have a selection of adorable small dogs up for adoption.  Not only did the wiener race save a few Doxies from a kill shelter, and offset the cost of a few Dachshund surgeries, but it also garnished attention to small dogs in need, inspiring a few new adoptions!

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How cute are these little champion dogs? Congratulations to the adorable wiener dog winners! 1st: Joey, 2nd:Place, 3rd:Penny Lane

So what were the results of this extremely successful race? Clearly the dogs themselves didn’t care, even the winning dogs were too wound up to sit still for their champion photo. It took lots of bribing to get the 3 first place dogs to pose as cameras feverishly snapped. Apparently dogs are always teaching us lessons, like treasuring time spent playing instead of worrying about who wins what. Still, this was the best sort of competition because so many dogs (and people) walked away winners. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this event, including the first place winner Joey and the 2-leading contenders, Place and Penny Lane.

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.

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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 I Became a Celebrity Dog – Luna the Dachshund

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Luna’s bright blue eyes and striking posses take the cake when it comes to cuteness! And thanks to Snout Soother, her dog nose is moist and healthy for every picture that comes her way.

You know how they say anything can happen? Well it’s true. One day I was just another gorgeous young Dachshund with bright blue eyes, and the next I was a real life celebrity! Now I’m getting spa treatments, and new clothes all of the time, simply because I have to look fabulous for my 13,000+ followers on Instagram. My mom never meant to make me famous, she only wanted to create a place to post pictures of us hanging out, she didn’t even know if anyone would like our first picture —it’s just us on the couch, her holding up the peace sign. In fact, she didn’t even know she liked taking pictures, not until she realized how much fun photographing me was! While she was completely clueless, I knew these blue eyes and colorful coat were going to go viral.Even though my mom never imagined I’d turn into a celebrity, I always knew it would eventually happen. I had even established my own signature pose, where I turn my head one-way to the other. You can even see for yourself, after all I’m honored to be the Miss. January model for the Natural Dog Company 2014 calendar. Looking cute in pictures is the only job for me; what else could I do for a living that allowed me to sleep through the majority of my days? Visit the spa? And have an endless supply of new clothes? Not only do I like to be pampered and pretty, I also have a heart as deep as the ocean—which I really like to play in by the way! I cuddle with stuffed animals, other dogs, and humans too; if you’re soft and sweet I’ll be your friend. Plus, I’m a guaranteed good time, if you want to get into some trouble I can fit between the bars on almost any fence!

Sure you’ll catch me wearing bow-tie dresses, and frilly lace hats, but I’m also a fan of getting down and dirty. I spend a lot of time running through beach sand and dancing at the water’s edge, rolling in fields of flowers, splashing in the pool and going on hikes. Since I’m a celebrity now I get to go just about everywhere, including the mall.  All of my adventures are documented in pictures, and although I adore a good photo shoot, even the best models get tired sometimes. When I’m finished performing I simply turn away from the camera. It took a few times, but now everyone knows my signal for ‘finished.’

“Thank You Natural Dog Company! Snout Soother is the only all-natural product that heals my dry, crusty dog nose!” -Luna

So how did my fame on Instagram lead me to become a part of the Natural Dog Pack? Well you see, Snout Soother saved my nose! I live a very busy life, therefore I don’t have time to feel sick, or look bad. Unfortunately, my nose gets this uncomfortable feeling sometimes, not only does it feel itchy for me but also it ruins my photos because my nose looks flaky, and discolored. I always need to look prim and perfect, no icky dry dog nose for me. I admit, it wasn’t love at first sight, at first I tried to squirm away from my mom as she smeared the soothing dog balm over my nose. But after 3 days of being held down and forced through application, I knew why my mom had been so adamant about applying Snout Soother, my nose felt so much better! In proof I give her less of a hard time now when she puts it on me.

Woof Woof,

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You can join Luna on all of her regular adventures, click here to follow Luna on Instagram!

French Bulldog Craze! Is A Frenchie Dog The Right Breed For You?

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Too cute to ignore, more and more people are falling in love with French bulldogs. Photo Credit: Pinterest

The French bulldog has sky rocketed in popularity over the last decade. In 2003, the French bulldog was the 54th most popular dog breed, and in only 12 years they have been promoted to the 9th most popular dog breed.

The French bulldog is gaining popularity all over the world. Britain’s Kennel Club received 6,990 new registrations for French bulldogs last year, an increase of 49% over the previous year, and a 1,000% increase since 2003. Every day, more people are falling head over paws for French bulldogs. With or without a famous owner, a number of Frenchies have rose to fame via social media simply because they are so darn cute!

The French bulldog was bred in England as a miniature version of traditional bulldogs, and was originally recognized as an official breed by the AKC in 1898. Since then, these cute and cuddly pups with a squashed snout and bulging eyes have won the world over. If you are seeking out French bulldog breeders in your area you are certainly not alone. But is a French bulldog the right breed for you and your family?

French Bulldog Personality

Every dog has his or her own unique personality, but in general French bulldogs make excellent companion dogs due to their naturally pleasant and affectionate nature. French bulldogs are also known for their humor, as they love to clown around and keep you laughing. Curious and playful, there’s never a dull moment when you have a French bulldog.

Due to their bull and terrier roots, some can be more aggressive than others. French bulldogs can be successfully trained into very well behaved dogs with calm but firm training and plenty of positive reinforcement. French bulldogs are great with children, but just like most breeds they are best with considerate children that know how to act around a dog.

While some French bulldogs are known to slobber and drool frequently, most are pretty clean and may even avoid stepping in puddles. French bulldogs require less exercise than other breeds, but require even more attention. Some Frenchie dogs have way more energy than others, but most can play for hours on end before tiring out. Since they are small and not the biggest movers, they can get a lot of their exercise simply playing indoors.

French bulldogs make great apartment dogs. As long as they get plenty of love and at least one longer walk each day, your Frenchie will be just as happy in an apartment as big house on 10 acres… and that’s not something you can say for all dog breeds!

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French bulldogs are sweet and love to cuddle, they also tend to appreciate their beauty sleep more than other dog breeds.

More Facts About French Bulldogs

The average French bulldog stands around 12 inches in height and can vary in 3667_612738267696_833405228_nweight depending on a dog’s particular weight class. Smaller Frenchie dogs tend to weigh around 19-22 pounds, while larger Frenchie dogs weigh 22-28 pounds.

The average French bulldog lives between 10 and 12 years.

The French bulldog is high maintenance in many regards, but at least they don’t require much brushing. This breed has a medium-fine coat that sheds an average amount compared with other dog breeds.

French bulldogs are very sensitive, and they don’t do well in any extreme temperatures. If it is very hot you must be careful leaving them outside as they can overheat and experience related complications.

French bulldogs come in a wide variety of colors. The AKC standard recognizes all combinations of bridle, fawn, and white. The AKC disqualifies French bulldogs that are solid black, liver, black and tan, black and white, mouse, and white with black.

Common French Bulldog Health Complications

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French bulldogs sure are cute but get ready for the vet bills!

This breed looks sturdy but they are prone to a number of potential health issues. The French bulldog is high maintenance and is likely to cost more in vet visits than other dog breeds. French bulldogs often incur spinal disorders, heart defects, joint disease and eye problems. Like all brachycephalic breeds, the French bulldog also has a few unique health conditions concerning their nose and respiratory function.

At Natural Dog Company we soothe a lot of dry, crusty French bulldog noses. Many Frenchies suffer endlessly with dry nose issues, and nothing seems to work to fix the problem. We are crazy for canines, which is why we created Snout Soother, an organic balm for dog noses that offers a safe, affordable and 100% natural way to heal damaged skin in as little as a couple days.

Try Snout Soother risk free today!

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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.

What Does Your Dog Want From Santa Paws This Year?

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Soothe any dry, crusty dog nose this Christmas and enjoy 15% off your order!

It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting colder and holiday decorations adorn crackling fireplaces everywhere! Pets know what time of year it is too, they can smell it in the air and see it all around them. They even know what everyone is getting for the holidays, as they have full access viewing of everyone wrapping presents.  We are true pet people around here, so our holiday shopping starts with our furry friends. After all, there’s nothing a dog loves more than having their very own gift to unwrap, just like the rest of the pack family! Put some bark into your celebrations and give your dog something to be surprised about this year.

One of our Celebrity Dogs, Pumpkin, sure has a lot of wishes on her letter to Santa Paws this year. First of all she wants belly rubs, you can never get enough nice deep scratches—you know, the ones that make a dog’s leg wave uncontrollably in the air!  Next on her list is Snout Soother, you see Pumpkin can’t live without the stuff or else she deals with an uncomfortable, crusty, and, chapped dog nose; plus she likes the way it feels when the soothing balm glides on. Next on the list is bacon, it’s just so good, and she doesn’t see why she can’t have it for every meal. Also very near and dear to Pumpkin’s heart are shelter dogs, therefore she wishes for a fur-ever home for every dog without a family.

Remember it’s not just the holidays, but it’s the howl-idays too, so let your pets in on the fun. The way we see it, our dogs bless us with presents every day, why not use this special time of year to gift them back?

We treasure our customers and all of their furry friends, which is why we are offering 15% off all orders right now through the holidays. Enjoy saving money while also providing your dog with the relief and comfort Snout Soother naturally supplies. From one pet lover to another, we wish you all the happiest Christmas, and a dog-gone great New Year!

Warm Wishes,

The Natural Dog Company

2014 Natural Dog Celebrity Pack Calendars have ARRIVED!!

Can you believe we are only days away from a brand new year? Yes, it is that time where we reset and begin anew, when we resolve to eat less and exercise more, to work less, give more, play more, sleep more, and love more. Call me crazy, but does it sound like we are aspiring to be more like our four legged best friends? Okay, maybe not the eat less part . . . .

So, what better time to introduce our first annual Natural Dog Celebrity Pack Calendar?

Our Natural Dog Celebrity Pack 2014 Calendar features many inspiring fuzzy faces but, first, let’s cover the basics. After all, you will use this calendar for an entire year so it’s gotta be durable and functional.

Specifications:
• Made from top quality recycled paper with card stock cover
• Generously sized 12 x 12 dimensions
• Wire bound design with hole for easy wall hanging
• Includes U.S. Holidays
• Includes DOG holidays (like National Puppy Day and World Spay Day)
• 10% of proceeds donated to Short Mugs Rescue Squad and French Bulldog Village

Now, to those cute, funny, inspiring and silly fuzz faces! Each month features one or two members of the Natural Dog Celebrity Pack. Frenchies, Pugs, Jack Russells, Pomerians, Bulldogs and more! Celebrate the dog days of summer with Mr. July, Buddy the Love Pug (I dare you to not smile at a Pug in a bow tie). Give thanks with November’s suave Frenchie, Pierre Brando.

The calendar is dedicated to the late great Benny, not even cancer could darken this courageous Frenchie’s light heart. Shine on, Benny.No Valentine this year? No problem! February’s Sumo and Buddha are far better than flowers and chocolate! A bulldog, wearing a pink Hello Kitty helmet while riding a pink princess scooter. Need I say more?

Click thru slideshow below for a quick preview of features and some of our favorite calendar photos.

We also included Dog Holidays! Is it just a coincidence that World Spay Day is right after all that Valentine’s Day love? Who knows, but I much prefer celebrating World Puppy Day and Take Your Dog to Work Day over Columbus Day.

As mentioned, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Short Mugs Rescue Squad and French Bulldog Village (so check “give more” off your resolution list!). These worthy 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations rescue, rehabilitate and rehome French Bulldogs.

Smile more in 2014! Order your Natural Dog Celebrity 2014 Calendar today!

Click here to order!

Happy Thanksgiving Dog Lovers!

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We are so thankful to our loyal customers; because of you, we can do what we love every day – saving the world one snout at a time!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? As you go around the table sharing all that you appreciate, you surely can’t forget your fuzzy four-legged friend(s)! After all, dogs bring us joy everyday of the year. Did you know that statistically dog owners are happier than their pet-less peers? Dogs really and truly improve our wellbeing, although we aren’t the only ones giving thanks. Your dog appreciates you everyday of his life, when you bring him his food, fill up his water, or make some space beside you so he can cuddle close.

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget to give thanks to your dog—both verbally and by sharing some of those yummy turkey leftovers! Although the holidays get busy, keeping your pet in mind is important. Cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your dog’s sensitive nose. Snout Soother can prevent and cure chapped, peeling, dry, or crusty dog noses this winter, and all yearlong! From our dog-crazy family here at Natural Dog Company to yours, we wish you all kinds of happiness this Thanksgiving; and may your world always be full of dogs to give thanks for!

Snout Soother Ingredients

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We have scored the globe in search of the very best, all natural dog ingredients for our dog nose balm!

Snout Soother is an all-natural remedy made to heal dry, crusty, chapped, or irritated dog noses. Having built this nose balm from the ground up, we know every last ingredient that goes inside, and dog-gone are we picky! After all, a dog’s nose is an incredibly sensitive and important part of his or her life, and so to honor this we make sure every last ingredient is pure in quality. So many ingredients go into in any one product, leaving ample opportunity for things to go wrong, take for instance the recent dog food recalls out of China that terrified dog owners everywhere. I knew our product had to be different; in order to keep dogs safe we had to seek the source of every last ingredient. Due to the way certain produce is grown we quickly learned that buying organic is more important with some ingredients than others, in order to keep Snout Soother affordable we like to use organic products but only where it really matters.

We searched all over Canada, Spain, throughout the US—including Hawaii, and even as far as Ghana Africa to select the most natural, beneficial, and high quality ingredients for your beloved pets, and ours! While each product is beneficial in its own unique way, it’s when all of these ingredients are combined that the real magic happens. Our extensive research, guided by a blind obsession with dogs, has led us to create a soothing dog balm worth bragging about; not only does Snout Soother heal even the most chapped, dry dog noses, but it is also good for your dog down to every last ingredient!

Snout Soother Ingredients:

Shea Butter

Many moons ago Shea Butter was declared amazing for human skin, yet it wasn’t until recently that the same properties were found to benefit dogs as well. Shea Butter soothes sore and irritated skin by naturally hydrating the surface. For dogs with light colored noses, Shea Butter also offers protection of SPF 9.

Organic Hempseed Oil

Hemp is an excellent source of protein containing Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also packed with vitamins B1, B3, B6, B12, C, D, and E, along with Calcium, Fiber and antioxidants. Hempseed has also been linked to a strengthened immune system, which will ultimately improve the condition of skin, particularly sensitive skin like what is found on the nose.

Kukui Nut Oil

Kukui Nut Oil is stuffed full of many good fatty acids that have proven beneficial to the overall condition of skin. This nut oil actually increases skin cell regeneration, which allows the skin to better protect itself, and also reduce water loss.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil is a neutralizing oil that originates from the Jojoba plant, growing in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. In honor of your canine’s sensitivity to smells, Jojoba Oil is added to reduce the odor of the other ingredients in our dog balm, Snout Soother. Jojoba is also a moisturizer and can help unclog skin follicles.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond oil has been used for centuries to soften and moisturize dry, damaged skin.  In doing so, almond oil helps balance the amount of moisture skin loses and absorbs.

Rosemary Extract

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Rosemary is a powerful ingredient for dog noses included in Snout Soother, it soothes, protects, and even calms your dog down!

Rosemary Extract is a powerful aromatherapy tool used to promote better digestion and circulation, pair this with Rosemary’s ability to strengthen capillaries and this ingredient actually helps keep dogs calmer while wearing the balm. Rosemary is also a powerful antioxidant that helps eliminate and protect dog noses from free radical damage to DNA.

Natural Vitamin E

Another powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E eliminates skin of free radicals that can otherwise cause damage. Pulled directly from the plant, Vitamin E is imperative to healthy cardiovascular function.

Candelilla Wax

Candelilla Wax is one of the most important ingredients in our soothing balm for dry dog noses. Derived from the candelilla shrub, it is used to increase the effectiveness of the protective coating so that Snout Soother stays in place and does its job.  A moisturizer in itself, candelilla wax is high in fatty acids and ester.

Dog Nose Best—The Importance of Your Dog’s Nose

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What’s that smell? Dogs have an incredible sense of smell, they take in scents us humans could never recognize, let alone even know exist! But when a dry cracked nose appears, your dog might lose some of their sense of smell– and that’s not all.

Your dog smells everything. He smells you coming in through the front door, where you have been, and whom you’ve come into contact with. While us humans have 5 million receptors in our nose to smell everything around us, dogs will beat us any day at a smelling completion with a whopping 1,000-10,000 times more nasal receptors. Dogs depend on their noses to keep them safe, find food, and just be a curious dog, some dogs more so than others. For example, the average Dachshund has 125 million receptors in its nose, while the Bloodhound has 300 million receptors. No matter the breed though, there is so much your dog understands about the world simply because of his ability to smell.

Made For More Than Just Smelling

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Make sure your dog has a healthy nose at all times! A chapped, crusty, dry, or flaking dog nose might not be doing its job right.

A dog nose is more than just an extra-sensitive smelling machine, it’s also the equivalent of a human fingerprint; every dog has a unique set of ridges, and dimples that can be used to identify one dog from another. In fact, over the last few years, companies have begun recording nose prints in an effort to help find and identify lost or stolen dogs. Just as a nose can identify a dog, it can also help pinpoint other problems, like if a dog is dehydrated his nose will dry up, and if a dog becomes warm, his nose will get wet to help cool him off. While human strangers might not realize it, dogs also lick their noses as a calming message to unfamiliar new friends.

A Dog Without His Nose 

A dog’s most reliable attribute is his nose, and without full function and health of his or her little black or pink-tinted nose, a dog can quickly become depressed. For starters, without full range of smell dogs are cut off from the world around them; this can also lead to fear because everything will feel less familiar. A dry, cracked, or crusty dog nose might seem all about aesthetics, but in reality the appearance of a dog’s nose can help determine how he is feeling on the inside. If your dog’s nose doesn’t look moist or smooth, it’s likely causing him pain, irritation, and potentially even a loss of smell or troubles breathing all together.

For the Love of Dogs

When I first started this business people would often ask me, “Why the nose? Why not a more exciting aspect of the dog?” But my answer is, and always has been, simple: what’s better than the nose? Just ask your dog, after all it’s one of their most beloved senses and yet it is vulnerable to a whole host of problems. I developed Natural Dog Company knowing that the overall health of a dog starts with the nose, and in aims of keeping all dogs healthy and happy we have formulated the perfect soothing balm for dry dog noses.  Our mission? To save the world, one snout at a time… with Snout Soother!

Senior Dogs Rock!

Meet Chubbs the Wampug and all of her Happy Hairs; this adorable little lady is a member of our Celebrity Pack!

I’m just a simple pug trying to make my way through the universe! I am best known for my Wampa costume, aka “The Wampug”. A picture of me wearing this costume went viral on the Internet turning me into an overnight celebrity dog.

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Although my little pug nose has remained perfectly unchanged, this photo comparison shows how much my coat’s color has changed over time.

Let’s start at the beginning. My name? Well see, it’s sort of a long story— it was originally Viva Las Vegas, or Vegas for short, but somehow Mommy started calling me Chubbs, and by the time I was two, Chubbs was my official name. Now don’t go thinking my name has anything to do with my physique, I’m a very good-looking dog, I just, I like to eat! Born in Tucson, Arizona with a coat of shinny black fur, I was lucky to find my forever home when I was only 5 weeks old. It’s been nonstop fun ever since, like the time I spend as the mascot for Stockton Hill Animal Hospital. Now those are some wild times—I have to work extra hard to keep the cats in line around there! Almost equally as fun, are all of the days I play dress-up, allowing Mommy and Daddy to go crazy over how cute I look in their custom creations. What dog would ever grow tired of it all? I live the good life, begging for snackies, barking at (and if I’m lucky, chasing) big horses or other dogs that invade our home through the TV, but above all else, my most important job, the one that brings me the most pride, is keeping my pack and our territory safe and sound.

As they say, everyone has problems, and one day even I discovered I had an issue of my own. I noticed it one afternoon, the grimace on Mommy’s normally sunny face, as she sat puzzled looking at my fur, then back at old pictures. When I passed by the mirror, I saw what had her frazzled. I was changing colors!! Over time, it continued until I was sure I’d someday have an all white coat instead of a black coat. While I didn’t really mind changing colors, Mommy didn’t seem happy about it. I knew for certain that she wasn’t a fan of the white after I caught her asking Daddy to Photoshop out my white hairs! I just didn’t understand why— and neither did Daddy, and so he asked her. At that moment we both realized what I never would have thought up on my own, “Chubbs looks like she’s getting old.” She admitted with a sad sigh.

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As you can see in the photo above, taken of me at 10 years old, I am a VERY VERY happy pug with lots and lots of Happy Hairs!!

I sure didn’t feel old, what’s ‘old’ anyways? For a few seconds I started to feel what must be sadness, when Daddy came to the rescue, as he likes to do—did I mention he’s my hero? Anyways, Daddy explained that all of the fun I had been having throughout the years had made me a very happy girl, and that in return for all these good memories I needed something to prove that I lived in and enjoyed so many moments. Every white hair that grows in my coat, he said, that’s the proof of a happy life. The more fun I have in the future, the more white hairs I will grow; that’s why, he explained, I didn’t have white, old hairs, I had Happy Hairs! Daddy and I were both watching Mommy’s face this whole time. I was practically holding my breath until I saw a smile tug at her lips, the sparkle in her eyes reappearing. “You’re right!” She exclaimed, grabbing me up tight into her arms, “The more white hairs Chubbs has, the happier she is! Oh Chubbs!” She cried, “I love your Happy Hairs!”

Now something that doesn’t make me so happy is a dry, crusty, or chapped nose. For years my Mom would come at with me all sorts of wet towels and dishcloths, I’d tug my neck back in protest but her strong hands held firm as she uncomfortably rubbed at my sensitive dog nose. No more, I would tell her with my eyes. “I know Chubbs.” She would say, but still it happened again and again. Then, one day Mommy said she was going to try something new. Within seconds something soft and cool had been spread across my nose, but I didn’t feel like squirming back in protest, whatever Mommy was doing to my sore pug nose actually felt soothing and good!

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Here I am again, looking cute! All I have to say is Snout Soother is the best stuff ever for a chapped, crusty, or cracked pug nose!

Turns out whenever my nose gets full of those thickened bits, the ones Mommy used to scrub at to no avail, all I need is Snout Soother, and within days my nose is back to beautiful. Plus, I don’t have to deal with the uncomfortable cleaning I used to endure only because I do love my Mommy, and being that she’s a Vet I know fighting her off would be counterproductive to my wellbeing. Snout Soother is the best thing ever for little pug noses! So thanks Natural Dog Company for making my dog nose look and feel great— Hey is that a snackie? Got to go!

XOXO,

Chubbs the Wampug

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Why I Adopted a Senior Dog

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The one and only Bumblesnot.
Cutest. Senior. Dog. Ever.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet month but choosing to adopt a senior pet may not be an easy decision.  You may not know their behavioral past, they may have health ailments, and life expectancy is shorter than a younger pet’s. Despite all these concerns, adopting our senior Pug, The Bumblesnot, was one of the best things we ever did.  He taught me firsthand that neither age nor handicap can diminish a dog’s capacity to love.

 In January 2011, our family lost our beloved 12-year old Lab. We mourned her loss greatly but eventually our hearts and home needed to be healed and filled.  We wanted to give a needy dog a loving home so I started searching the websites of local shelters.

I must admit that when I first saw Bumble’s photo online, I was unsure.  He was 8 years old and did not appear very healthy. I continued looking at hundreds of photos every day for the next week.  But something brought me back to Bumble. So, it was decided the entire family would go to the shelter and check him out.  As Bumble entered the shelter’s “visiting area”, he immediately ran and curled up in my lap.  It was love at first sight for both of us.  There was no doubt we would be adopting him.

Apparently, Bumble was dropped off at the shelter after his previous owner passed away. He was not the healthiest boy when we got him – nearly 10 pounds overweight (tipping the scales at 25 pounds), ear mites, two eye infections, rotten teeth and nails so long they curled up into his paw pads!  On top of all that, he was not house trained.

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Doggie Transformation! Bumble’s pre adoption photo.

The first order of business was attending to Bumble’s medical ailments and implementing a strict diet.  Within a month, he dropped to a healthy 15 pounds. Around this time we noticed the poor guy slightly dragging one of his rear legs.  A vet’s examination indicated this was result of nerve damage caused by either previous abuse or years of jumping from the couch/bed or other high places.  We will never know for sure.

The vet discussed possible options including surgery. But Bumble had been through enough.  We weren’t going to put him through surgery too.  The next option?   A dog wheelchair.  Yes, we bought Bumble a dog wheelchair.  He took to his cart right away and never looked back!

These days his rear legs offer no support for standing or walking but his front legs are very strong from years of compensating. Even though the cart is a huge help we carry him outside to go to the bathroom and express his bladder for him. Eating from a bowl has become difficult so he is also hand fed.

But we are not complaining!  Bumble is a very loving and affectionate guy.  His favorite hobby is cuddling on the couch.  He barks when you leave the room and barks if you don’t greet him upon return.  He begrudgingly tolerates his three canine siblings (also rescues). We love our handicapped senior dog!

How could Brumble’s gruffy grumpy persona NOT advocate for pet adoption?!?

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Don’t tell me a senior dog is not just as cute as a puppy. Just look at that face!

So, the Bumblesnot started his own Facebook page and Instagram account promoting awareness on the importance of rescuing shelter pets – particularly seniors and special needs animals.  Adopt! Don’t Shop!

There’s Bumblesnot merchandise for sale in his Zazzle store. All proceeds are donated to Pug and pet rescue organizations.  Bumble even inspired our 10-year old daughter to create and sell clay animal figurines called “Puggables.” We match and donate sales of Puggable sales to rescue organizations.

We don’t know how long our little black snotball will be with us, but The Bumblesnot has already enriched our lives with hilarity, happiness and joy.  Despite all his ailments, we could not love him any more than we already do.

As Bumble would say, “snort snort.”

-Melissa Gregory, Proud Mother of Senior Dog 

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.

The Miracles of Hemp Seed Oil

ImageHemp oil.  You know, at one time, hemp oil was believed to have many negative qualities to it.  People weren’t sure what it was or there was a lot of misinformation generated about it.  Thankfully, people have managed to navigate past the myths regarding hemp and have realized that it is a beneficial plant that offers many health benefits.

In fact, the health benefits that it does offer makes hemp seed oil seem like a miracle ingredient whether you are a human or a dog.  Hemp oil aids the body in a number of ways because it is filled with many nutrients.  Before we look at those nutrients, however, it is important to note that hemp is one of the oldest plants in human history and it was grown as far back as 12,000 years ago.  Hemp has been used for a range of different uses such as for clothing, paper and even for food.

That is where the miracle of hemp comes into play with Snout Soother.  While we do not feed Snout Soother to dogs, the hemp is completely edible and it offers a wide range of health benefits that both promote healthy skin growth on the nose and give the dog the nutrients it needs for cell repair.

The nutrients that are commonly found in hemp seed oil are:

  •  Fatty Acids:
  1. Omega 3Image
  2. Omega 6
  3. GLA
  • Phosphorus
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin E

As you can see, there are so many nutrients in hemp seed oil and all of those nutrients are important for the function of the body.  It leads healthier joints, skin and coat in dogs and has a wide range of other health benefits if it is ingested.  These includes:

  • Reducing Dry Skin
  • Promoting Improved Organ Function
  • Boosts Metabloisms
  • Increases Engergy
  • Reduces Allergies
  • Soothes Skin and Helps Reverse skin diseases and dermatitis
  • Promotes Organ Function

While the benefits really prove what a miracle hemp seed oil offers, it is, after all, a balanced oil, at Natural Dog Company, we looked at the many ways that hemp seed oil can help your canine without having to add it to the food.   We realized that the main reason why hemp seed oil was so amazing was the simple fact that it is a binder oil.  It not only adds its own health benefits to whatever it is in but it works together to boost Imagethe effectiveness of the other ingredients.

Snout Soother uses the amazing properties of hemp seed oil and applies it directly to your dog’s nose, which is where it will do the most good.  Skin diseases, dry skin and damaged nose leather is quickly healed with the soothing properties of hemp seed oil.

In addition, the oil promotes skin cell regeneration that leads to a decrease in reoccurring infections for your dog.  We know that a healthy nose, which is benefited by the use of hemp seed oil in our product, leads to a happier dog.

Meet Meatball: Celebrity Dog & Ambassador

Woof. My name is Meatball and I like to smile– but then again, I’ve got a whole lot to smile about! You see, I’m an important dog, a local celebrity of sorts; I am the Ambassador of Groomingdales in Austin, Texas. Groomingdales is not just any full service grooming and animal care center; with their focus completely on us—the pets—they offer an all-natural approach to pet grooming. I wouldn’t oversee anything other than the best for my fellow pups out there, how could I wear this smile all day otherwise?

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Even though I look mighty cute here, dog noses that are dry cause discomfort.

My fame was quick to catch on. It seemed one day suddenly everyone wanted a piece of Meatball! Even the Austin Pet Directory called me up for an interview, and I was featured in a Q&A article about my favorite natural pet products. And now I’ve even won the title of Celebrity Dog at Natural Dog Company! Even though being a celebrated dog seems like all fun and games, I am still a normal, everyday canine that hates when I’m not feeling 100% like myself. Say for example when my dog nose gets dry, cracked and sore.

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As you can see in this picture, my dog nose looks rough and abnormal.

At one point it got so bad, I thought I couldn’t take anymore! Thankfully my owner, Tomay Ryder, is always looking out for me, and she applied an all-natural balm called Snout Soother over my big black nose. Instantly, I felt the cooling relief and my mouth started to peel back into a grin bigger than I’d managed in days! While for me the benefits were instant, my owner didn’t notice until a few days later, right in the middle of the Groomingdale’s Care Center. I noticed her take a step back, tilt her head to one side, before suddenly rushing over and tugging me in close. “Do you see this?” She asked anyone that would listen, “Do you see the difference in Meatball’s nose?” As everyone muttered their oohhs and aahhs I simply nodded, I sure felt the differences they were discussing.

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Here I am in my ‘after’ photos– as you can see my dry chapped dog nose has been cured! Now my mission is to spread the word about this all-natural soothing pet product.

Then a thought struck me, as a Pomeranian with a crusty dog nose trotted by, I wanted all fellow dogs to know relief existed. Then, as if in answer to my doggie prayers, I heard Tomay go on to say, “The change in Meatball’s nose is amazing, I am carrying Snout Soother in my shop!” This made me go giddy with delight, if we sold this soothing dog balm all of my favorite pup friends would have a chance to experience relief that does not even smell bad—as so many other pet products do.

Thanks to Snout Soother, if you ever come visit my pals and I in Texas, some very moist, soft noses will be waiting to greet you!

Yours Truly,

Meatball

We here at Natural Dog Company love dogs so much that we want to hear anything and everything about your furry companions! We are thrilled at the opportunity to meet dogs doing big things in their communities. Share what your pup is up to and they might just be selected as our next dog celebrity of the month! 

Doggy Crack: What’s Your Dog’s Addiction?

“Glory,” I call as I head towards the front door.  I don’t have to wait long because Glory, my (age and colour) Australian Shepherd is close by. She knows from the way I am dressed that we are doing her favorite activity and she is just waiting for me to say it.

I smile at her as she prances around my feet, her eyes bright and a large smile spread across her little canine muzzle. She is such a ham and I know that as soon as say the word, her barely contained excitement is going to burst free like an explosion.

“Rocky?”

And that is all it takes for her bright eyes to become even brighter and for her blast through the dog door into the garage and up onto Rocky.  She makes hilarious whiney noises and howls out a big “Arrooo” with barely contained excitement. I have now discovered Glory’s own personal Doggy Crack.

For those who don’t know, Glory’s favorite activity is not a person; it is actually a thing, my Kawasaki Mule, which is an all terrain vehicle.  Glory loves going for a ride and whenever I get the chance she is right there beside me, happy to be out with Rocky.

This last time that I gave Glory her fix of personal Doggy Crack, it got me thinking.  How many other dogs experience the same excitement over one thing, whether it is a treat, person or a special event that they enjoy going to.  Asking around, I came back with some pretty funny answers.

Anna from Ontario Canada, who is an avid fan of Snout Soother, wrote,

dreamstimefree_109931“I have a 10 year old Labrador Retriever named Petey. He is a wonderful dog that had a lot of energy when he was younger but he is starting to slow down now.  A lot of things that used to get him excited doesn’t anymore…except his Doggy Crack.

When the weather warms up, we load Petey into our van and head out to the lake.  He knows the way and he will usually start the drive lying down on his seat.  By the time we reach the city limits, he is up; panting slowly as his eyes watches the road.

10 minutes from the lake, Petey starts a soft whine and his panting becomes more pronounced as he sits up then stands up, then sits back down…the whole time his gaze is on the trees ahead.  When the first sight of the lake comes is seen between the trees, he can’t contain himself and will run to the back of the van, whining and whimpering, his excitement through the roof.

Finally, when we get there, he runs back and forth the length of the van as we get out and open his door.  He will always jump out, whine, jump, twirl and be a big goofball as he eagerly waits for us to get our stuff to head down to the lake.

The minute we take him off the leash, he runs at breakneck speed and launches himself into the air before he crashes down into the water.  After that, we can’t get him out of the water and he would be happy to swim around the small lake all day.   Swimming at the lake is definitely Petey’s doggy crack!”

It seems like Petey has a lot in common with Glory when it comes to being outside doing something he loves.  So what about you?  What is your dog’s favorite thing…or rather what’s your dog’s doggy crack?  Please share in the comment section below as I love to hear stories about your dogs.

All about Noses – Why Noses?

dreamstimefree_70216One question that I am often asked when it comes to my company is “Why did you focus on dog’s noses?”  The answer is both complicated and simple and I often reply with “Why not?”

Although many people are unaware of it, a dog’s nose is a very important part of a dog.  It is the used by the dog to realize the world around her and to help her interpret it.  Much of the information that the dog gathers day to day is found through scent as the nose sniffs around.  In fact, a dog’s sense of smell is so much stronger than humans, even breeds that appear to have a non-function nose.

When we look at scent, we often refer to the term scent receptors.  These are receptors in the nose and nostril cavity that picks up and identifies smells.  When you look at the human nose, which has 5 million receptors, we often think that is an amazing sense of smell.  However, dogs, on average have 1000 to 10000 times more receptors than people.  The average Dachshund has 125 million receptors in its nose while the Bloodhound has 300 million receptors.

As you can see, when it comes to learning about the world around us by the use of scent, dreamstimefree_209775dogs have us beat hands down.

But outside of smelling things, dogs’ noses are unique and amazing things.  In fact, a dog’s nose is covered in ridges and dimples.  While we often don’t think of anything of these ridges and dimple, every dog’s nose is unique to that dog.  A print of a dog’s nose is exactly like a fingerprint of a person and it helps identify dog.  Over the last few years, companies have begun recording a dog’s nose print in an effort to help find and identify lost or stolen dogs.

Another interesting fact about a dog’s nose is that it can help the dog in many other ways.  A dry nose could indicate dehydration while a wet nose has been linked to helping a dog stay cool in hot weather.  In addition, dogs often lick their noses as a calming message to strangers.

As you can see, there are many reasons that make a dog’s nose wonderful and amazing all at once.  When it is dry, cracked and damaged, a dog’s nose becomes less than wonderful.  It can be a source of pain for the dog and can hinder his sense of smell.

When his sense of smell is hindered, a dog’s connection to the world around him is Dogdiminished.  He can’t smell what is around him and this can lead to behavioral side effects with the dog becoming fearful or depressed.

While everyone at Natural Dog Company wants dogs to be healthy, we know that much of that health begins with the nose.  If a canine has a happy and healthy nose, his overall well being is increased and this affects his whole body and promotes healing.

So it is our motto to save every dog starting with their snout.

Support Our Military Dogs Event

ImageEvery day, the brave wake up and take one step forward. They don’t think about where that step is taking them or the danger that they will face.  They don’t know why they are being called to service but as they look up at their handler, they know that they have a job to do.  For them, it is all about the work and the few minutes at the end of their day where they get the rewards for working hard.

While we often think of brave soldiers when we think of wars overseas, the brave soul in that image is not the soldier but the military dog he is handling.  There are so many stories of their inspirational work and they have spanned the generations.  In fact, there is an excellent book called War Dogs by Michael G. Lemish that goes over the history of war dogs in this last century.

But our focus today is on the canines that are serving overseas right at this moment.  Every day, these dogs are put at risk protecting life, love and freedom, they don’t ask for much, which is probably why this event has touched our hearts here at the Natural Dog Company even more.

Every October, a small community is Michigan, known as Wolverine Lake Village, along with Support Military Dogs, makes a big contribution to showing their gratitude to the soldiers and military dogs that are currently serving overseas.  In the cool autumn day, they gather and pack up care packages for soldiers and military dogs.  These packages are filled with treats and general commodities that offer comfort to the troops who receive them.

About Support Military Dogs

Before we go on about the initiatives for this fundraiser, I wanted to take a moment to introduce the main contributor that Imagewe are overjoyed with helping.  Support Military Dogs was started by Starline Nunley when she contacted her son, Major Parker Frawley (who is now a Lt. Colonel), when he was stationed in Iraq in 2008.

Starline knew that being a Longbow, Apache helicopter fighter pilot was extremely hot work and she asked him if he wanted a cooling vest to cope with the temperatures.  Major Frawley’s reply was “Mom, I am and we (soldiers) are all right. The military provides for us very well, but dogs have different needs. It is so hot that they are having trouble doing their job and that puts us all in danger.”

And with those words, an idea was formed.  Not only could Starline help her son, she could help all the military dogs that were serving in Iraq.  While many of the breeds used in Iraq are better suited to colder climes, military dogs face temperatures nearing a 140˚F.  Since the dogs are often the first line of defense in many situations, it made sense to provide the cooling vests for them. Not only would they be protected but they would be able to do their jobs better so the initiative for providing military dogs with cooling vests and other gear was born.

About Wolverine Lake Village Fundraiser

The fundraiser that Support Military Dogs is happy to support is one that was started by the Wolverine Lake Village. The community started this initiative to provide care packages for these men, women and canines as a way to honor the late Marine LCpl Justin Ellsworth, the son of the community’s police chief, served in Iraq and made the ultimate sacrifice.  He was killed in Iraq in 2004.

To help carry on his name and to honor the man and his sacrifice, the community began creating the care packages.  Last year alone, their efforts raised enough supplies to send over 478 care packages to soldiers last year and to purchase five K-9 protective gear packages.  As you can imagine, their efforts have been greatly appreciated and this year, they are striving to create even more care packages to send out.

While the focus is primarily on the care packages for the troops, the Natural Dog Company has joined forces with the Wolverine Lake Village and the Support Military Dogs to bring the K-9 troops some special care and attention.

About the Fundraiser

Military dogs have a hard job in the service.  They are used for a number of different jobs from detection to guarding to patrolling and all of their jobs bring them into harm’s way.  Many service dogs are lost in service and often, these dedicated working dogs are often overlooked when it comes to fundraising initiatives.

But not anymore! In addition to making some excellent K-9 doggy care packages, which will contain their very own package of Snout Soother, the fundraiser is hoping to buy some much needed protection gear for the dogs.  Remember that military dogs put their life on the line every day, along with their handlers, and they need the right type of protection to ensure that they can continue to do their job and make it home after their tour.

But this type of care and treatment relies heavily on donations from sponsors such as the Natural Dog Company and supplies and donations from dog owners and caring people like our many clients.  They are in need of a large amount of supplies and there is no limit to the amount of items you send – after all, it just means more dogs can have their very own care packages. If you prefer to send a cash donation, all money raised will go towards the purchase of new protection gear packages for dogs that do not have them.

If you want to donate, the list of items that they need are:

  • Collapsible Fabric Water Bowls
  • Waterless Dog Shampoo
  • Dog Ear Cleaner
  • Dog Eye Drops
  • Flea Collars
  • Large Kong Toys
  • Large Rope Toys
  • Silicone Dog brushes
  • Prepackaged Dog Biscuits
  • Cosequin
  • Nylabones
  • Medium to Large Dog Beds
  • Heavy Duty Retractable Leashes
  • Baby Wipes

There are some restrictions on what can be sent.  Nothing made in China is allowed and you should avoid rawhide, pig ears and pig hoofs in the dog treats and biscuits. Also, do not send tennis balls or dog food.

If you are interested in helping get care packages to soldiers and their canine partners serving overseas, please contact Kristy Nedrow (248) 960-0244 or Joann Sullivan (248) 624-1706.  They are building the care packages on October 12, 2013 and any help is greatly appreciated by both the town of Wolverine Lake Village and the service men, women and canines who receive their care packages.

I have attached a PDF flyer of the event so please, give a little to bring comfort to a large group of people and dogs serving our country.

About Us

glory_in_my_armsIt all started with an idea…a dream to live a better life for myself after being diagnosed with a debilitating disease; a dream that was quickly applied to all aspects of my life, including my dogs.

I know I have started with an idea but I think that is probably why you have found your way to my blog – you are trying to live a better life free of chemicals, preservatives and by-products that are found in our environment. And as I have found, everyone looking to live a healthier life wants the benefits of that lifestyle to apply to their furry companion.

Before I go on about myself and my company, which is the driving force behind our blog, I wanted to say welcome. I am overjoyed that you have found my blog and are working towards natural dog ownership. This blog is more than a resource; it is a community of like minded individuals looking to create a better lifestyle for our dogs through natural methods.

It is about cutting away all of the unwanted chemicals and preservatives and focusing on the facts that will educate us and provide us with the tools to make natural dog ownership a reality. But while we will be hitting those hard facts, this is a blog where you can kick back and enjoy everything from celebrity dog interviews to fun and heartwarming stories.

This blog is for you and about you and your wonderful dog. The goal is for it to be interactive and fun, informative and helpful and above all, it is about celebrating the day to day with our beloved dogs.

So again, welcome to the blog and please stay awhile. We encourage you to share your own comments and personal stories of natural dog ownership.

About the Founder

If I could tell you the moment in time that I became interested in holistic and natural living, it was the moment my doctor said that disheartening word, “Fibroymalgia.”elice_and_horses

There it was, a seemingly bleak sentence, as he shuffled me out the door with a fistful of prescriptions and supposedly “no cure.” I got to my car and felt numb. I began praying to God for an answer to my bleak future.

Thankfully, He answered and gave me the strength to discard the prescriptions and seek out knowledge on my condition. As I researched my condition and ways to minimize the symptoms, I realized that changing my lifestyle was paramount to my returning health.

I made the decision quickly; eating a healthy diet and living a life free of unnatural preservatives and chemicals was the path to health. I enrolled in college to become a Nutrition Consultant and Master Herbalist.

But how did my health turn towards natural dog ownership?

The answer is simple. As a young girl, I had a natural love of animals. When other girls were playing with dolls, I was busy playing with my stuffed animals. I loved animals and always felt an affinity for all of them.

However, the animal that had stolen my heart from my earliest memory was the dog. I loved everything about them from their cold noses burrowing under my blanket to wake me up in the morning to their soulful eyes comforting me as I dealt with my illness. Dogs are the very best parts of us and there is no doubt in my mind why they are considered to be “Man’s Best Friend.”

My own dogs were there with me through all the challenges I faced as I started this new, healthier chapter in my life. It was only natural that my love for my dogs as well as my passion to live a natural life combined and became the new direction for my life. And with that, the Natural Dog Company was born.

About the Company

While this blog is for dog owners, it has been inspired by everything I have learned through my journey with Natural Dog Company. For that reason, since it is the roots and the elice_and_roxydriving force of this blog, I want to touch on it briefly.

As you know, Natural Dog Company is geared towards providing healing solutions that are natural and effective. We strive to provide the best holistic and natural healing products for your dog at affordable prices.

While our products are of the highest quality, Natural Dog Company is all about giving back to you and the community. We work closely with dozens of rescue organizations throughout the world and we provide sponsorship towards fundraising events. We often donate our products whenever there is a need.

In addition, we are about education. We want you to be educated about the better choices you can have for your dog. We strive for a pain free world for dogs and are doing our best to save the world . . . one snout at a time.

Elice Davis, Founder