5 Tips On Dog Safety During Halloween

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Halloween is a great fun for everyone. To make sure it stays that way for both youngsters out trick-or-treating and your four-legged friends, we’ve compiled a list of tips on dog safety around kids during this holiday of fun and scares. Some dogs may be upset or frightened by children in costumes and people ringing your doorbell or knocking, but never coming inside. If a dog is very frightened or startled, he may growl, snap, or even bite. To help your dog enjoy this holiday, here’s a list of things you can do to keep him comfortable and happy: 1. Keep your dog inside during trick-or-treating and keep her occupied with a tasty bone or Kong stuffed full of canned …

Bark Out Against Battering Pet Fest

2011 Bark Out Against Battering Pet Fest

  With even professional football players donning pink, most people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but many people might not be aware that it is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Bark Out Against Battering is a group that works to educate people on the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence. To help promote awareness of this abuse, they are putting on the 3rd Annual Bark Out Against Battering Pet Fest on Saturday, October 20th. This event is planned by Women Helping Women, the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, and the SPCA, and it is held at the SPCA in Sharonville, Ohio from 11AM to 2PM.  The day will be filled with pet trick or treating, pet portraits, live demonstrations, food & drinks, and …

4 Pet Food Companies To Know Series: HOLISTIC BLEND

Holistic Blend

The last company in our 4 pet food companies to know series is Holistic Blend. This family owned company based in Canada was founded fifteen years ago. Holistic Pet was chosen as our 4th company for their value. Holistic Blend’s all life stage formula comes in at a good price for a quality high protein pet food. Look for this little known company to grow  in popularity with Cincinnati pet owners. Holistic Blend goes out of their way to avoid chemicals, animal by-products, added salt, added sugar, artificial colorings or flavors, fillers or binders. They also provide alternative aids and supplements including probiotics and natural wormers. When feeding a higher calorie formula like Holistic Blend’s grain free, you need cut back on …

Labor Day Salute to Working Dogs!

Just being a puppy is hard work!

Labor Day definitely marks the end of summer.  It’s a day of vacation for most people, and that alone is reason enough to celebrate!  But did you know that Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1894 to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers?  Obviously, this refers to human workers, but what about the canine workers across the country?  At Naked Dingo, we would like to pay tribute to some of the working dogs in the United States this Labor Day. Assistance dogs help disabled persons live more normal lives, doing work or performing tasks which they would not be able to do on their own.  These dogs guide the blind, alert the hearing …

4 Pet Food Companies To Know Series: GRANDMA LUCY’S

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Who eats dog treats and likes them? Apparently I do. After trying Grandma Lucy’s organic oven baked blueberry dog treats, I found myself giving one and eating one. I’m not sure if this was Grandma Lucy’s intention, but I have never wanted to eat a dog treat before that’s for sure. Their bear shape treats remind me of Teddy Grahams, which come to find out were created and introduced in 1988 by Nabisco. Grandma Lucy’s has been delivering cooked and freeze dried pet products since 1999. Grandma Lucy’s is our 3rd pet food company to know in our 4 part series. Their very first product was homemade freeze died meatballs, and they were met with huge demand. Since their meatball …

4 Pet Food Companies To Know Series: CHAMPION PETFOODS

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Orijen and Acana are brands made by our second featured company in our “4 Pet Food Companies to Know” series. Champion Petfoods is located in Edmonton Canada and has been producing pet foods for over 25 years. Champion Petfood formulas are based on their belief in a biologically appropriate diet. This belief is centered  around dogs and cats naturally eating a higher animal based protein diet in the wild. Orijen is high protein formula, while Acana provides a slightly lower protein option. We found this fantastic video on Champion pet foods that we think you will enjoy.   httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONnTH-flAhs   Orijen has been named Glycemic Institutes pet food of the year three years running. Glycemic Research Institute® provides independent clinical & analytical ratings on …

Is Your Garage a Hazard to Your Pet?

Lily and Macy are enjoying some outside time!

In the summer, my garage is open many of the times my dogs are out, allowing them access to anything that it may hold.  They often venture in there to cool off and snoop around.  Since we never know what our family pets may get into in our garages, it is important to pet proof to ensure their safety!  Here are some tips for pet proofing your garage! 1. Keep the floor clear of anything sharp. Secure objects such as sharp tools and nails up high and out of reach of your pets. Make sure to clean up all of those pointy wood fragments after your projects are completed! 2. Make certain your pet cannot get to any chemicals, including …

4 Pet Food Companies To Know Series: FROMM FAMILY

Fromm Pet Food History

When any pet food recall happens it’s big news to any pet owner. Naked Dingo is highlighting 4 pet foods you need to know over the next 4 weeks. None of the featured pet food companies have ever been affected by a recall. It’s important to tell the story behind companies trusted to provide healthy food options for our dog and cats. Without a doubt there are a lot of pet foods to choose from.  While bigger brands like an Iams or Purina are easier to find, in this series we wanted to highlight smaller companies building their own tradition of producing quality pet foods. These smaller brands grow on word of mouth alone, and spend very little on marketing. …

Dogs and Fireworks

It probably wasn't firework noise that made Henry do this, but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt!

My Shiba Inu, Huggins, has always had a fear of fireworks.  On her first 4th of July, she managed to crawl her way into our in-laws’ couch to try to hide from the noise.  Already this year, as people are shooting off their preliminary 4th of July fireworks, I find her whining and shrieking at the louder ones.  And let’s face it, fireworks are not just confined to the Independence Day celebrations… You can hear them throughout the summer months.  So what can you do to help calm your dog’s anxiety about fireworks?  Here are a few tips. • Prepare your dog for the noise of fireworks.  You can go to dogsandfireworks.com to download a free mp3 of fireworks. Gradually increase the …

Vacationing with your Dog

Vacation with your pets

Recently we had friends take their first “family” vacation with their four-legged family member.  More and more families are opting to travel with their pets and more and more resorts/hotels are becoming pet-friendly.  So what are some of the things you must think about when planning a trip with your pet? Find dog-friendly accommodations:  Many hotels are becoming pet friendly but if you aren’t sure just ask!  Many will accomodate your dog or cat but don’t advertise so. Plan dog-friendly activities:  You can find local dog parks online or if you are going to the coast there are many beaches that allow dogs.  You can also just plan activities like picnics that would allow you to include your pet. Research …