Need some holiday gift ideas for the dog parent in your life? Looking for the perfect present for a pandemic puppy or a frosty-faced senior dog?
We have rounded up the best gifts for dog lovers and dogs this year, including luxury dog accessories, "pawesome" household accessories, drool-worthy dog food and dog treats, and epic monthly dog toy subscription boxes. Our present picks are based on our own bestsellers, consumer reports, customer reviews, and product testing.
What is been missing from dog diets ever since we started feeding them processed pet foods? Naturally occurring probiotics from whole foods, says Dr. Ian Billinghurst, the father of biologically appropriate, ancestral nutrition for dogs. Thirty years ago, he taught us about the evolutionary diet for dogs with his book, Give Your Dog a Bone. He also famously coined the term “BARF” (Biologically Appropriate RAW Food).
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we host Dr. Billinghurst and Rob Ryan, the founder of GussysGut.com for a conversation on good bacteria. Dr. Billinghurst and Rob Ryan also address why relying on probiotic supplements may not be the best long-term answer for our pups.
While interviewing Dr. Ian Billinghurst, the father of the raw dog food movement, we discovered he is the senior advisor to Gussy's Gut. Dr. Billinghurst came out of retirement to create the dog supplement company which produces a fermented and probiotic rich dog superfood topper called “Daily”. He’s called the product “the single most important upgrade to canine nutrition in over 25 years.”
They source the highest quality and most responsibly-sourced organic ingredients. The supplement is made from 19 superfoods that come from biodynamic, grass-fed, organic, and regenerative farms.
Unlike raw vegetables, fermented foods like Gussy's Gut are easier for dogs to digest and their nutrients are more accessible to them. Studies show that dogs regularly given fermented foods often have fewer allergies, better blood sugar levels, and healthier stools.
If you are considering adding a high-quality dog food topper to your pup's diet, or if you simply want to better understand the canine health benefits of fermented foods, this DJANGO Dog Blog article is for you. Here is our comprehensive overview of Gussy's Gut, the freeze-dried, probiotic rich dog food topper.
If your dog has been paralyzed from a back injury, you will also want to acquire a dog wheelchair so your pup can move around freely and without difficulty. Dog wheelchairs are expensive—as much as $500—and may not be affordable to those who need them.
Enter Gunnar's Wheels. This wonderful Wisconsin-based nonprofit company donates dog wheelchairs and carts to disabled pets in need.
We caught up with Jason Parker, founder of Gunnar's Wheels, to talk about his beloved black labs, Gunnar and Bennie. We discussed why Gunnar’s Wheels was founded and what types of pet wheelchairs it provides. We also chatted about the paralyzed animals it has helped and how Gunnar’s Wheels stays afloat with donations from Facebook or GoFundMe.
We have been getting our dachshund Django KONG products since we brought him home 7 years ago. KONG is one of the most popular dog toy and treat brands in the U.S, and we've been huge fans of this pet brand for years. Therefore, we were stoked to learn that KONG Box was upgraded to KONG Club in March 2022.
KONG Club is a monthly subscription pet box for dogs and cats. Django has received a few KONG Club dog boxes this year already, so we are excited to share our feedback on and experience with the new monthly subscription dog box.
After being customers of KONG for 7 years, what do we think of KONG Club? Is this members-only club worth it? What comes in a KONG Club box, and what is included with the subscription? How much is KONG Club, and is it worth it?
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide a comprehensive overview and review of KONG Club based on our experience getting KONG Club and using the KONG Club app for our dog Django.
If you are anything like us, you love a clean home but don't necessarily want to spend hours each week trying to keep it clean. Keeping a tidy house is especially challenging when dogs, cats, and kids are in the picture. Food gets thrown and pet hair gets everywhere.
So what is the secret to crumb- and hair-free floors and zero hours wasted dragging a manual vacuum around? Robotic vacuums!
For our family, robotic vacuums are a game changer. Our small and quiet automatic vacuum picks up our dog Django's fine hair and our toddler's endless food crumbs. It works quietly and effectively while we're working from home, playing with our children, and relaxing in the evening hours. Best of all, Mike and I no longer spend the little spare time we have vacuuming our floors ourselves.
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we rank the best robot vacuum cleaners for pet hair, bare floors, and carpets. Some of the robot vacuums on our list our premium and higher priced models, others are more budget-friendly, and all models are incredibly effective at cleaning and well-rated by customers.
Beagles are sometimes called “a nose with feet.” These scenthounds track down the things they like, and we are betting you do, too. Hunting for a meaningful beagle gift for your favorite beagle fan?
We have rounded up 23 Beagle gift ideas guaranteed to make any beagle lover grin, even if that is you! We have included Beagle Gifts for Her, Beagle Gifts for Him, Beagle Gifts for Children, and Beagle Gifts for the Home.
Canine distemper is one of the most common and lethal dog diseases. The airborne virus targets unvaccinated puppies under 6 months old and young adult dogs. While distemper can be prevented through a series of shots, it kills a large majority of unvaccinated puppies and a significant proportion of unvaccinated adult dogs.
What causes distemper in dogs, and how does the virus spread? What are the symptoms of canine distemper, and is your puppy or dog at risk? How effective is the canine distemper vaccine?
Here is everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of distemper in dogs.
Our adorable sausage dog Django recently had back surgery for Intervertebral Disc Disease. Four weeks after Django's surgery, our family moved into a new home with hardwood floors everywhere. Although Django has been recovering nicely after his surgery, his back legs are still wobbly at times, and he tends to slip on smooth surfaces—especially hardwood! Since moving, our goal has been to find top-quality pet products that not only help Django be comfortable in the home but also protect our new floors and furniture.
In addition to looking for a new orthopedic dog bed for Django, I began searching for high quality and nice looking pet blankets for the couch and bed. In my search, I soon discovered Paw.com and the high quality pet products they offer. Paw.com offers modern orthopedic dog beds and matching faux fur waterproof pet blankets, among other original designs. After reading reviews from passionate Paw.com customers, I ordered the PupRug Bundle for Django which includes both Paw.com's memory foam pet bed and faux fur blanket. Django has been obsessed with his bed and blanket ever since we opened our Paw.com boxes!
The following is an honest review and in-depth overview of Paw.com’s PupRug Faux Fur Orthopedic Dog Bed and PupProtector Waterproof Blanket based on our experience with both. If you have any questions about our Paw.com experience or want to share a story of your own, please leave us a comment below!
Does your dog jump for joy when he hits the pool, beach, or anything wet? Maybe he crashes kiddie pools or belly flops into any body of water like our sausage dog Django. Or maybe your dog is downright afraid to dip his paw in the pool. Every canine is unique, and not all are dripping with excitement at the thought of getting wet. Depending on your dog’s breed, personality, and experiences, he might be a natural swimmer or water-shy.
Whether your dog is a seafarer like Django or a landlubber, he needs to learn how to be safe in the water. You might want to catch a wave or backcountry canoe with your dog. Maybe you even have an inflatable kiddie pool or a swimming pool in your backyard. In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we discuss the best and worst dog breeds for swimming and look at how long your dog can safely stay in the pool. We also explain how to teach your dog to swim and provide water safety tips.
Most dogs detest having their teeth brushed. Many pups won't even let their owners come near them with a doggy toothbrush! Brushing your dog's teeth is obviously not always easy or enjoyable. It is also very easy to forget to brush your pup's teeth on a daily basis. Fortunately, one very reputable company, BARK, came up with a way to make doggy dental health much easier for us pet parents.
We discovered BARK Bright’s enzyme-powered monthly doggy dental kit last year and have been fans ever since. BARK Bright's chicken-flavored dog toothpaste and dog sticks turbocharge the enzymes in dogs' mouths to keep their teeth clean and breath fresh. They are incredibly simple and effective, and the kits are conveniently shipped straight to your door.
Is BARK Bright right for your pup? In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we provide an in-depth overview and review of BARK Bright. It is based on our own experience getting the dog teeth cleaning kit for our sausage dog Django.
Dr. Ian Billinghurst is the father of the raw dog food diet and the founder of the BARF ('Biologically Appropriate Raw Food' or 'Bones and Raw Food') diet. In late 1993, he wrote Give Your Dog a Bone. The worldwide best seller is one of the most important books on dog nutrition ever written. It discussed why raw, whole food is best for your dog.
As an Australian veterinary surgeon with 50 years of experience, Dr. Billinghurst has one consistent message: raw-fed dogs are healthier than their kibble-fed counterparts.
We caught up with the long-time raw food champion and international lecturer to discuss the controversial raw dog food diet. We also dig into how gray wolves evolved into modern dogs, and we weigh the benefits of the raw dog food diet against safety risks like foodborne pathogens. Finally, we chew over how to solve the companion dog population boom and why so many veterinarians have raw emotions about raw pet food.