DOGZAR Reviews . . . Ecowelldog

EcowelldogThe Good:  Made in the USA, Eco friendly, cruelty free, all natural and herbal.  All herbs are ethically and organically grown and all bottles are made with recycled plastic. Manufactured in FDA approved laboratories and made with better than human grade ingredients. Ecowelldog products are designed for specific issues such as: itchy skin, dental solutions, eye and ear solutions, nervous dog solutions, older dog solutions, puppy solutions, outdoor dogs solutions and some products are made specifically for small and large size dogs.

The Bad: There is such a huge selection of products to choose from, it may get a little overwhelming, but Ecowelldog has created an easy solution.  On the website, they have a button you can click labeled, “Not sure what to order?”.  Just click on this button and it directs you to a page with six problem-solution categories.  Problem solved!

The Review: Ecowelldog is a newly merged company that was formed when Cain & Able and Happytails joined forces in 2011.  Ecowelldog now consists of five brands of high quality, all natural, eco-focused problem solving grooming and wellness products for dogs.

Ecowelldog
Sample of some of Ecowelldog's Product Line

The five brands are:

Cain & Able – Bath products and Spa Accessories
Happytails – Problem Solution Products
Kiss Able – All Natural Doggie Dental Items
Dirty & Hairy – For the Outdoor Dog
Dogmaceuticals – All Natural Line of Canine Cosmeceuticals

DOGZAR was able to review several of these products such as:

Flea the Scene a 3-in-1 spray which acts as an insect repellent, gentle emollient to sooth itchy skin and a UV protector with all natural sunscreen.

Itchin’ for Relief an all natural blend of ingredients designed with a unique “nozzler” that delivers exact application to your dogs skin to provide immediate relief of itchy skin.

Kiss Able Dental Wipes made with aloe, baking soda, peppermint, fennel and pomegranate extract to keep your dogs teeth clean, free of bacteria and their breath fresh.

Kiss Able Probiotic Anti-Plaque Spray helps prevent bad breath, reduces tartar build up and contains over 14 strains of probiotics.

We were extremely pleased with all of the products we sampled and reviewed.  All products had very pleasant scents that obviously reflected all of the ingredients accurately and beautifully.  Our dog, Bruce Lee has very sensitive skin and occasionally itches due to allergies.  When we applied Itchin’ for Relief, we found that it soothed his skin and stopped his urge to itch.  Living in Florida under the blazing hot sun, we were so excited to learn that Flea the Scene also provide UV protection.  So we now always do a quick spritz on our dogs before they head outside to protect them from fleas and mosquitoes and to keep their skin safe from the sun.  Thank you Ecowelldog for joining forces and developing such an amazing line of problem solving grooming and wellness products for our canines.  Thank you also for being so socially and ethically responsible by being carbon-neutral, using recycled plastic, using organically grown herbs and making all of your products and components in the USA!

Ecowelldog
Phone 1-866-364-7720
Casey@Ecowelldog.com
www.Ecowelldog.com

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DOGZAR Reviews . . . Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Products

Vet's Best Flea & Tick Products
Vet's Best Flea & Tick Products

The Good:  Made in the USA, affordable, all natural, made with safe, unique blend of peppermint and clove extracts, kills fleas, flea eggs, ticks, mosquitoes on contact!

The Bad: Vet’s Best is sold currently at only 6 stores nationwide, including Petco and The Vitamin Shoppe.  I found that when I called Petco, they didn’t have the complete line in stock, my recommendation would be to simply order online and have the products delivered right to your door.

The Review: We learned about Vet’s Best at the Global Pet Expo and had the opportunity to meet the representatives.  One thing we noticed at the Expo that out of the 900 vendor booths there were just a handful of booths that had all natural or organic products made in the USA.  We were ecstatic to learn more about all of the products from Vet’s Best.  We tested the Vet’s Best Flea & Tick product line which includes:

Flea & Tick Spray
Anti-Flea Easy Spray Shampoo
Flea & Tick Home Spray
Flea & Tick Yard and Kennel Spray

Our dogs, Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet, have been very lucky and haven’t had any real problems with fleas or ticks in the past.  We use Revolution, a monthly heartworm/flea & tick treatment combined with Perma-Guard and it has worked perfectly in the past at keeping the fleas and ticks at bay.  We recently relocated and moved into a new city and unfortunately found a FLEA on Bruce Lee! Luckily we had our Vet’s Best products. We grabbed the flea, put it in a ziplock bag and sprayed one small mist of the Flea & Tick Spray into the bag.  We tried this in the past with a flea, we put the flea in a bag and poured in a splash of rubbing alcohol and the flea would swim around for an hour then eventually die.  With Vet’s Best, the flea died in less than a minute!   The first thing you will immediately notice is the lovely fresh scent of peppermint oil and clove extracts.  We soaped up both Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet with the Spray Shampoo. We noticed a couple flea corpses floating in the soapy water.  The thought of any bug on my dogs is horrifying for me. I was so excited to see that this all natural, completely safe shampoo was working.

It is pointless if you remove the fleas from your dogs and do not remove the fleas from your house and surrounding environment.  So the next step is to wash all of the bedding, blankets, toys etc. Vacuum everything and immediately spray the Flea & Tick Home Spray all over EVERYTHING.  I found that you only need to spray a light mist and it works perfectly.  Don’t forget to immediately empty your vacuum outside.  I also sprayed the vacuum after I cleaned it just to make sure it killed any flea eggs that may have been trapped inside.  I also used the Yard & Kennel Spray all over my exterior courtyard and lawn. Which was very easy – when hooked up to the hose the spray misted a huge amount of product perfectly.  The lovely part of the Vet’s Best, is the incredible smell.  My yard, house and dogs all smelled like peppermint and cloves for days.

I continue to spray the Flea & Tick Spay on both of my dogs before they go outside a nighttime to protect them from mosquitoes and from any new fleas from jumping on them. The Vet’ Best Home Spray has become my favorite product.  If I could, I would wear it on a holster 24/7.  I am slightly horrified of spiders, and all bugs basically in general.  I sprayed the Home Spray on a gigantic spider on my courtyard and it curled up and died almost immediately!  In South Florida, we sometimes have these disgusting flying termites that take over at nighttime like a horror movie.  I, of course, sprayed the Home Spray on them and it stopped them in their tracks.  My courtyard was covered with thousands of little dead bugs.  It was great.

I absolutely LOVE this Vet’s Best Flea & Tick product line and you will too!  I cannot wait to try out more of all of the Vet’s Best products. Thank you Vet’s Best for providing us with an all natural, non toxic product that kills fleas, flea eggs, ticks and pretty much every other bug as well on contact!

Vet’s Best
Phone 1-800-272-6336
vetsbest@rpgdirect.com
www.vetsbest.com

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DOGZAR Reviews . . . Drymate Waterproof Bath Mats

Eco Friendly Drymate Waterproof Bath Mats
Bruce Lee enjoying a bath on the NO SLIP Eco friendly Drymate bath mat.

The Good:  Made in the USA and made from over 50% recycled fiber, a combination of post consumer and post industrial.  Protects dogs from slipping in the bath plus it drys quickly!

The Bad: Drymate has several products available for dogs that are available in select stores and online, to purchase the Bath Mats, currently they are only available online on the Drymate website.

The Review:  Drymate products are made in the USA and made from over 50% recycled fiber, a combination of post consumer and post industrial. The pet mats feature Zorb-Tech anti-flow absorbency technology (absorbent, yet waterproof). Soft, stain resistant, felt-like fabric is coated on one side with a clear, durable, special bonded backing that prevents “soak-thru” from above or below. All Drymate Waterproof Products are machine washable and dryable. Drymate has a full line of dog products to choose from . . .  place mats, kennel pads, cargo liner/seat protectors and whelping mats.

Drymate Bath Mat
Bruce Lee all soapy, sitting and enjoying his bath!

Drymate recently launched their collection of unique bathmats for your dogs, made out of the same material, keeping your dog safe and secure while bathing.  Most dogs are not very fond of bath time, it’s usually slightly stressful and causes most dogs some anxiety.  Drymate bath mat is extremely helpful in helping make your dog feel more secure and comfortable during the bath.  The soft felt like fabric is easy for your dog to walk on without any chance of slipping.  Bruce Lee and Rocco Jet both like to walk around the tub during a bath and the secure bath mat made this easy for them.  Both of my dogs have had surgeries in the past that make us constantly worry about an accidental “slip”.  Bruce Lee recently had back surgery to repair disc problems and we are still in recovery until his back strengthens.  During baths he is usually very nervous and trembles, but when using the Drymate bath mat, he walked around a little, then just sat comfortably and enjoyed the massage!  The only problem I found was that we were having such a great time that I filled the tub a little too much (to give him the full bath experience) and the mat started to float.  So my advice is to make sure not to put too much water in the tub.

Another exciting option for the Drymate mats is that you can personalize them.  Upload your dogs image or whatever image you would like. These are great gifts!

RPM, Inc.
c/o Drymate
6665 West Highway 13
Savage, MN 55378
Phone 800-872-8201
Fax 952-808-2277
info@rpmdrymate.com
www.drymate.com

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Earth Day 2012 Resolutions . . .

Earth Day 2012
Celebrate Earth Day, Sunday April 22nd. LOVE EARTH ~ SAVE EARTH!

Earth Day 2012 is this Sunday, April 22nd.  All of us at DOGZAR are very excited to celebrate Earth Day with our dogs by doing something special that shows that we LOVE EARTH and are making efforts everyday to SAVE EARTH.  Make some resolutions that start this weekend and will continue on throughout the year.

1.  Buy and use ONLY biodegradable poop waste bags.

2. Purchase products or services that are manufactured by green companies that ONLY use Eco Friendly practices and use ONLY sustainable materials for their products.

3. Donate gently used dog toys, blankets, beds, leashes to local shelters or to people that are in need and cannot afford to purchase brand new items for their dogs.

4.  Every Earth Day plant a tree with your dog.  Before you know it, there will be big, beautiful trees all over town (and wonderful memories with you and your dog)!

5.  Stop using bottled water and purchase a water filtration system to provide your dog with clean, fresh drinking water.

6.  Replace ALL of your old conventional light bulbs (and fluorescent bulbs) throughout your home and office with LED bulbs which do not contain any toxic mercury chemicals, are more energy efficient and helps you save money.

7.  When walking with your dog on the street, at the park, at the beach . . . if you see garbage . . . pick it up and throw it away!

8.  Recycle ALL or your waste.  If your community has recycling available utilize it!  Some communities are now even offering a financial benefit by using their recycling program – yes, recycle and receive money!

9.  Make this weekend pee pee pad free.  Instead, take your dog outside – enjoy each others company and shrink the landfills!

10.  Unfortunately at this time, smoking cigarettes is legal and a personal choice.  If your dog had a voice, they would BEG you to stop smoking.  Second-hand and third-hand smoke kills dogs too, not just people!  So please – save your lungs, your dogs lungs and the environment and stop smoking on Earth Day.

Happy Earth Day!  LOVE EARTH ~ SAVE EARTH!  DOGZAR ®

 

Have a Fun Photography Session with Your Dog

Bruce Lee at the Beach
Bruce Lee at the Beach

I am always trying to find fun ways to entertain my dogs.  Sometimes I feel so sad when I look at them and they seem so incredibly BORED.  Yes, they have their dog toys, though it’s funny I will spend a small fortune finding the coolest, organic dog toy for them to play with and they get the biggest thrill from the empty cardboard toilet paper roll.  Dogs are really easy, we usually do too much for them and they usually are not entertained.  There are so many events for dogs that turn out to actually be more for the dog parents than the dogs.  Next time you are at a dog event, look around at the dogs – they are usually bored out of their minds and miserable because they are dressed in uncomfortable outfits.  My goal is to find you a ton of really fun things for your DOG.

My first mission for you is to pretend you are a professional photographer.  Make a plan ahead of time of different shots you would like to “try” and get.  Examples (ideas):

1) Action shot – of your dog jumping, digging, rolling in the grass, etc.

2) Serious thinker shot – of your dog looking off into the distance, relaxing with the sun on their face, etc.

3) Water shot – (waterproof camera required) of your dog swimming in the pool or playing in the beach break, etc.

4) Personal shot – of you and your dog, either hold the camera out with one hand and take the shot of you and your dog, or if you happen to have a tripod and a camera that has a auto-shoot function or bring a friend to capture you and your dog doing something fun together (walking, swimming, playing, etc.)

All of these things require you to interact with your dog, your dog is actually having FUN and bonus, you may just get some amazing shots for your collection. Remember to bring tons of water, keep it fun and let your dog control the photo shoot. Once your dog gets bored – the photo shoot is over and on to the next mission. I will keep you posted on new ideas that are simple, safe, healthy and most importantly FUN!

Send us a cool shot from your photo shoot and we will post our favorite! For more information on how to submit your photo visit:

www.DOGZAR.com/photos

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DOGZAR Reviews . . . Dr. Rose’s Remedies Skin Treatment

Dr. Rose's Remedies Spray and Salve

The Good: Human grade elements, 100% natural ingredients, steroid and gluten free with no artificial coloring or preservatives, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-scarring, cools and nourishes the skin, heals burns, lacerations, surgical incisions, heals hot spots, tick and insect bites, dermatitis, itchy skin, allergies and dry skin plus it’s made in the USA!

The Bad: Only sold in select boutique stores which are listed on the Dr. Rose’s Remedies website.  The Salve and Spray are also available online at several online retailers and distributors.

The Review:   We met Tony DiLeva, the CFO and representative for Dr. Rose’s Remedies at the Global Pet Expo 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  Tony was extremely knowledgeable and quickly educated us on the wide range of skin problems that animals suffer from and how Dr. Rose’s Remedies Salve and Spray has helped heal all of these animals ranging from horses, rabbits, cows rodents, cats and yes . . . dogs.  He provided us with pre and post photos to show the healing results and it was amazing.  A little background on Dr. Rose DiLeva, the Veterinarian that developed the skin treatment.  She is a conventionally educated veterinarian with extensive training in complementary and alternative modalities.  She completed post-graduate studies in Veterinary Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbology.

It’s strange the way things work out, my dogs never get fleas – ever, because we treat our  house with Perma Guard Diatomaceous Earth. But we recently moved and unfortunately, we noticed that Bruce Lee was itching.  When we checked his skin the first thing we noticed was red patches on his skin where he was itching – he was having an allergic reaction to the flea bites!  After a bath and blow dry, we treated his skin with Dr. Rose’s Remedies Salve, applying directly to the red patches.  The next day, we went to apply more of the salve and we couldn’t even find the red patches! So we just applied the salve to the general area.  It was like a miracle!

It got me thinking . . . if it helped Brucie so quickly and with such great results, maybe it can work on my skin.  I had a blemish on my skin and thought, what’s the worse thing that can happen?  So I applied a light amount of the salve to my face and crossed my fingers!  The next day . . . the healing process was in full force.  It worked!  Dr. Rose DiLeva is a genius!  Needless to say, even though this skin treatment was developed to treat veterinary medical conditions, I will be using it as well.  The ingredients are safe and effective, consisting simply of: calendula oil, soybean oil, bees wax, shea butter, vitamin E, aloe vera oil, grape seed oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and rosemary oil extract.

Thank you Dr. Rose for  developing a magical combination of all natural ingredients that help heal skin conditions, helping our dogs and even human skin feel better and look beautiful!

Dr. Rose’s Remedies
Tony DiLeva, CFO
286 Wilmington West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford Pa 19317
Office:610 558 4610
Fax:610 558 9190
www.drrosesremedies.com

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DOGZAR Reviews . . . Premium Plus Skin and Coat by Doctors Foster & Smith

 

Doctors Foster and Smith Premium Plus Skin & Coat Omega Fatty Acid Supplement
Doctors Foster and Smith Premium Plus Skin & Coat Omega Fatty Acid Supplement

The Good:  Highly concentrated, contains a blend of essential linoleic acid (an Omega 6 fatty acid) plus Omega 3 fatty acids along with a blend of vitamins, zinc and antioxidant nutrients including Biotin for skin and coat health. Made in the USA.

The Bad:  Only sold online.

The Review:  I purchased Doctors Foster and Smith Premium Plus Skin & Coat Omega Fatty Acid Supplement several years ago.  I had purchased a very expensive comparable dietary supplement from my Veterinarian and I really liked the results, so I went on a search to find a similar product, only cheaper.  The reason I needed this supplement was because Rocco Jet had very dry skin and needed something to supplement his diet. His hair was brittle, itchy, he had dandruff and he seemed to be uncomfortable in his skin.  I noticed a difference after about a month of use.  Rocco Jets skin was definitely improving, less itchy and his hair was silky smooth.  It is very easy to use.  I use it once a day at dinner time, I spray one squirt of liquid into the food and Rocco Jet gobbles it right up!  Doctor Fosters and Smith offers three sizes to choose from: 12 oz./$14.99, 24 oz./$24.99 and 64 oz./$49.99.  These are all great prices compared to the Veterinary Clinic options, so any size is a good choice, but you can’t go wrong with the 64 oz. size.  With such an excellent price for such an excellent product – you will be happy you went with the largest size.

Doctors Foster and Smith
Item #36081
2253 Air Park Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
800-562-7169
DrsFosterSmith.com

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DOGZAR Reviews . . . Bo Regards – Fire Safety Plaques

Bo Regards
Bo Regards ~ Decorative Fire Safety Plaque in Burnished Nickel

Fire safety and fire awareness is an extremely important issue that is often overlooked.  In the event of a fire or emergency situation and when only seconds count, it is imperative to provide life saving information to the men and women firefighters and rescue workers that are risking their lives to save ours.  DOGZAR truly believes that our dogs are our family and so does Bo Regards.  That is why owners, Mark and Debbi Rath and Else Cunningham decided to provide visual aids to alert emergency personnel to the presence of your pet in your home.

Bo Regards, Inc. is a family corporation, Mark and Debbi Rath’s sons, Jason and Jeremy, are both firefighters.  They noticed that most homes, condominiums and apartments do not post or provide any information as to the presence of pets.  If a firefighter is aware immediately of how many pets are in the home, they will rescue them too.  Most fire trucks are not equipped with life saving pet rescue oxygen masks.  I am sure you may have seen video footage of a firefighter trying to use an oxygen mask designed for people on an animal, unfortunately these masks are not designed for animals so the effectiveness of the mask is diminished considerably.  In an effort to solve this problem, Bo Regards very generously uses a percentage of their profits to donate these pet rescue oxygen masks to stations that are not equipped.

Bo Regards
Bo Regards ~ New to the market . . . Fire Truck Chrome

These beautiful and very decorative plaques come in several different finishes to choose from: Burnished Nickel, Burnished Brass, Burnished Copper and new to the market Fire Truck Chrome.  The plaque is 8.5″ x 8.5″, lightweight and durable, made of highly durable ABS Resin that has been electroplated, antiqued and finished with a clear lacquer protective coating (this is the same technique used in automotive, plumbing and aeronautical industries for many years).  Best of all, Bo Regards products are made in the USA.   The plaques are $34.95, you can also purchase reflective window stickers for an additional $5.00 each.  All items can be purchased on the Bo Regards website: www.BoRegards.com.

DOGZAR is a huge fan of Bo Regards, we just love the owners. They are genuine, honest and extremely kind people that have designed a unique and innovative product that will help save the lives of our dogs.  Support this small business today by purchasing a decorative plaque for your home and your family and friends homes . . . your sale will help fire stations in need of pet rescue oxygen masks and will give your dog its’ best chance to survive an emergency.

Bo Regards, Inc.
727-807-5288

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Is Florida Dog Friendly?

Is Florida Dog Friendly?
Is Florida Dog Friendly?

Is Florida Dog Friendly?

I have lived in Florida now for about 10 years and have always been hoping that we would be able to find the perfect city to live in that is completely dog friendly.  I have lived in Daytona Beach, Palm Beach, Naples and Miami and still have not felt that my dog is welcome or at home yet.

To start with, there are very few Florida beaches to take your dog to – and those beaches have MAJOR restrictions like the beach is only open for dogs on certain days and only at certain times during those days, dog owners must pay additional fees to enter the beach, which to me is discrimination.  Aren’t all beaches in Florida, public? Usually, we all pay to park our cars, but then the beach access is free.  Why do only dog owners have to pay extra?  Where is this money going and to whom?  People shouldn’t have to search high and low and drive long distances to find a dog friendly beach.

Regarding restaurants, there are still several Florida restaurants that will not allow my dog to sit outside in their outdoor patios.  This really confuses me, why will they allow squirrels, birds, ants, geckos and every other animal to enjoy their patios except my dog?  I actually prefer sitting inside anyways, because the cigarette smokers ruin any chance at actually enjoying my experience “outdoors” anyways.  I absolutely love the idea of sitting outdoors to enjoy the beach atmosphere, ocean breezes, etc. but unfortunately the second-hand smoke invading my lungs I do not love, neither do my dogs.  There are just a handful of Florida restaurants that will allow you to actually bring your dog inside.   There are a few, and when we find them, we will post them on DOGZAR.com.

Don’t even talk to me about Florida condominium living and dogs.  The way I see it, usually a home or a condo is one of the largest investments a person will ever make in a lifetime.  Most of us only have one or two dogs and the reality is they live as our family members, in our homes (and in most cases, in our beds too).   Dogs have been a huge part of all stages throughout my life.  I have had dogs since I was a baby, throughout my childhood and adulthood and I’m sure I will have dogs when I am a senior citizen.  For the elderly, dogs not only bring unconditional love and constant companionship, they are a healthy lifestyle choice as well.  It gets people out and about, with daily walks and socializations.  Unfortunately, there are very few condominiums that allow dogs!  To me this is crazy, these are our family members.  And for those condos that allow dogs, they have MAJOR restrictions like only one dog, weight under 15 pounds, dogs not allowed to walk on the floors they must be carried and dogs not allowed in any common areas!  Why is it that ultra luxurious hotels like Loews, the Four Seasons and Kimpton allow dogs of all sizes to enjoy their hotels, but in condos – our actual homes, they will not?

Florida needs to move forward and accept the fact that most households have dogs, they are family members and we spend a fortune on keeping our dogs safe, healthy and happy.   Even during our current financial crisis in the world, the amount of money we spend on our dogs has not been affected, it has actually increased.  Restaurants need to open their doors to our dogs, they need to make ALL our beaches dog friendly without additional costs to dog owners and condominium associations need to change their rules on dogs and make all condos dog friendly.   If most households have dogs and Florida doesn’t become more dog friendly, what is keeping people from finding somewhere else to live?  We have investigated several cities throughout Florida and our search will continue.

DOGZAR is excited to begin our search for the world’s most dog friendly places to live.

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Introducing Your Dogs to Swimming, Boating and the Beach.

Swimming Dogs
A Hot Dog enjoying a Cool Pool . . .

So you want to introduce your dog to boating, swimming or going to the beach, you will want to do so carefully and have a plan, so that the experience is an enjoyable and safe one for both you and your dog.  Both of my dogs are interested in the water, but not big swimmers.  Every water situation is different and it all depends on the location.

The Beach: Most dogs are afraid of the waves that roll onto the beach, so in order to get your dogs comfortable with the water at the beach, go on days that are flat, with no waves.  This gives your dogs the confidence to just walk into the water and swim around. Large, loud crashing waves are too much for a beginner.  Be extremely cautious of sea creatures that will consider your dog  . . . food.  Most sharks feed in the early morning during sunrise and also again during sunset.

Boating: My dogs absolutely love boating. To them it’s just like being in the car, with the windows rolled down and their little faces loving the rush of the wind.  They get this same feeling while boating, plus they get to cool off in the water with us.  I strongly believe in dogs wearing life vests.  Anything could happen, if your dog falls or jumps in the water, the life vest will save your dogs life.  During your dogs first few times boating, avoid going fast, keep the boat slow, with no wake, so your dog does not get spooked by the loud engine noise or by being unstable.

Swimming: People forget that dogs usually cannot touch the bottom, they are usually doing the doggy paddle the entire time, which is exhausting.  I would definitely purchase a life vest, this allows your dog to float, relax and enjoy the water safely with you.  I introduced my dogs to swimming by purchasing something for them to float on first.  They sat on the float and enjoyed the water with us, then graduated to floating around in the water without the float (with life vests of course).

Life Vests for Dogs
This is the "Jacket Style" Life Vest for Dogs.

There are different types of life vests to choose from, the popular “jacket style” that you can get from Pet Supermarket, Petco, PetSmart and West Marine -or- the “bra style” that fits more like a bra or harness (this is the style I purchased for my dogs).  You have to take your dog to the store and try on the sizes to get the best fit, definitely ask the sales staff for assistance.  The perfect fit is very important for comfort and, of course, safety.

Remember to limit the amount of time your dog is in the water.  Keep the visits to the beach, boating or swimming brief and positive.  Even though you are enjoying the water, it may be extremely hot outside. Too much sun and too much heat is extremely unhealthy for your dog.  Remember to have a lot of cool, fresh drinking water available for your dog constantly.  Also, remember to bring a towel to dry your dog after the swim.  This is so important, especially if you go into a cooler temperature or air conditioning immediately after.  Just think about how you feel after a bath or shower if you didn’t dry off – it’s cold!

Most importantly, have fun and reward your dog with constant praises and kisses to let them know that this new experience is a positive one that they will eventually really love.

DOGZAR wants to help keep your dog . . . SAFE, HEALTHY and HAPPY!