In June 2016, Mike and I (Steph) packed up our tiny New York City apartment and put almost everything we owned into storage. We flew to the Pacific Northwest with two suitcases and our long-haired dachshund, Django. Over the next 10 months, Mike and I worked remotely, lived in both Oregon and Southern California, and spent almost all of our free time adventuring, hiking, and camping with Django. One of our all-time favorite dog-friendly adventures was a road trip down California's Pacific Coast Highway.
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we highlight the best dog-friendly places to visit along the Pacific Coast Highway. Although the PCH technically ends just north of San Diego, we include our favorite pet-friendly beaches, parks, camping grounds, and vineyards to visit on your next road trip from San Francisco to San Diego. We also include an interactive Google Map highlighting each dog-friendly attraction along the route.
Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially lethal canine diseases. It is prevalent throughout the United States and found all over the world. Heartworms are silent killers that can damage your dog’s heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys if left untreated.
If you are a dog owner, you are likely well aware that it is important to protect your dog against heartworm disease. You probably give your dog regular heartworm prevention medicine to ensure your four-legged friend's health and wellbeing. But have you ever stopped to wonder what exactly heartworm disease in dogs is? What causes heartworm disease, and how do dogs contract heartworms? What are the symptoms of canine heartworm disease? Can the disease be successfully treated?
Here is everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of heartworm disease in dogs.
When we brought Django home in 2015, he had 28 razor sharp puppy teeth. Like a human baby, Django explored the world by putting objects into his mouth. Although we (Mike and Steph) always tried to direct Django's chewing energy towards puppy-safe chew toys, Django would put things in his mouth and chew on items he wasn't supposed to. Since Mike and I were a part of his world, he inevitably started nipping and biting our fingers, hands, and toes.
While mouthing is completely normal during puppyhood, it is important to let your puppy know what is and what is NOT allowed to be chewed on. Why do puppies gnaw on everything? How do you keep your dog from biting you? Are there outdated training techniques you should avoid? When should you seek professional help for your four-legged friend?
We spoke to Denise Harmon, the founder of Brooklyn-based dog training and consultant company Empire of the Dog, for tips on preventing puppy nipping and biting. Here is everything you need to know.
When Mike and I (Steph) got our dachshund puppy Django, we were over the moon in love with him. Our adorable little puppy was playful, adventurous, mischievous, and the best cuddler in the world. He, like most dachshunds, was also notoriously hard to housebreak.
Django, like all puppies, had regular "accidents" before becoming fully housebroken. While some dogs can learn to go potty outside by the time they are 3-4 months old, other dogs may take longer to train. Django was 7 months old when he finally stopped peeing in our Brooklyn apartment. What helped us teach Django that going potty was an outdoor-only activity? Dog bell training.
Training your puppy or adult dog to ring a potty bell to go outside allows your dog to easily and clearly communicate when he needs to go to the bathroom. Dog bell training is convenient for both you and your dog and helps prevent accidents. But how does dog bell training work? We sat down with Denise Herman, the founder of Brooklyn's Empire of the Dog, to walk us through the training process.
Travel has gotten relatively seamless for frequent flyers with Emotional Support Animals (ESAs). All major U.S. airlines permit ESAs on board, and an ever-growing number of international hotels now have welcoming pet policies.
When Mike and I (Steph) took ourwell-traveled dachshund Django to France and Italy, making travel plans and flying with Django overseas was a breeze. Flying to the European Union from the United States with a dog in-cabin is relatively easy, but what about flying to the United Kingdom? When Mike started working for a UK-based company, we started planning a family trip to London with Django. Unfortunately, we quickly learned that flying with pets in-cabin to the United Kingdom is not permitted except (and this is a big except!) for Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.
Are you looking to fly in-cabin with an Emotional Support Animal to the United Kingdom? Here is everything you need to know.
In 2019, U.S. pet owners spent more than $1.5 billion on insurance. More than 2.5 million cats and dogs were covered, according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. Demand is driven by the fact that every six seconds a dog owner is handed a bill for more than $1,000. This year, one in three pets also will need unexpected veterinary care.
Have you ever wondered what the benefits of having pet insurance are, and what is not covered? How much does pet insurance cost? What are the most common health insurance claims? Lastly, which pet insurance companies are the best?
Pet insurance policies to protect your dog’s health range widely. In this article, we (Mike and Steph) are going to help you understand those differences, so you can make the right choice for your dog.
When looking to buy your dog a new harness, collar, or winter-ready dog coat, you will always need to know your dog's measurements. While it might be tempting to select a product size based on your best guess, this can lead to unnecessary and time-consuming exchanges or returns down the road.
Dog apparel outfitters like DJANGO use a few key dog measurements in their size charts: chest girth, neck girth, back length, and height (also known as "withers"). Not sure what some or all of these mean?
We (Steph and Mike) know that measuring your dog for harnesses, clothes, pet carriers and shoes is confusing and may make you want to hide your measuring tape. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we cover how to correctly measure your dog's neck girth, chest girth, back length, height, and paws.
If you’re a new dog owner, you are probably feeling equal parts excited and overwhelmed. After all, the joy of being a dog owner is unparalleled. But it is difficult to get on top of everything that is involved with dog ownership, especially if owning a dog is uncharted territory for you.
To ensure you’re as prepared as possible for this new and exciting responsibility, we’ve highlighted three vital things to keep in mind. Following them will help ensure you get off to the right start from the get-go.
When Django's breeder unexpectedly called us a week early to say she was coming to NYC the following day and could drop Django off at our apartment, Mike and I freaked out. We hadn't yet had time to prepare for Django's arrival and literally had zero new puppy essentials... no dog food, no dog crate or bed, no dog harness or leash. We ultimately had to postpone Django's arrival by a week. We needed time to figure out what puppy items were needed and how we'd keep Django safe in our tiny one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment.
If you are getting ready to bring home your first puppy, you might not be aware of everything you need for the new dog's arrival. Here are the most essential pet items to get prior to bringing home your new four-legged family.
Have you ever wondered what fresh dog food actually is, why it is so popular among dog owners, and how it is made? Is fresh dog food a good option for your dog? Is it a more healthy and nutritious option than standard dog kibble? Lastly, which fresh dog delivery services are best?
In this article we explain what fresh dog food is and how it differs from standard dry dog food. We also share our favorite, Django-approved fresh dog food brands based on years of experience using the products.
Not all dogs are allowed to fly in the cabin of airlines. Larger dog breeds that do not fit under a plane seat in an enclosed pet travel carrier are required to fly via cargo. Additionally, some countries including the United Kingdom prohibit in-cabin pet travel entirely and require that all dogs regardless of size enter their country via the hold of the plane.
If you are planning to fly your dog via airline cargo travel, there are several steps you can take to ensure your four-legged family member's trip is as safe and seamless as possible.
Here are tips on how to best prepare your dog for a safe cargo flight.