Personalized Items

As mentioned earlier, spoiling your dog need only take the form of sincere public displays of admiration and some hugs and kisses too . Short of walking around with a sandwich board strapped to your shoulders that proudly displays a picture of your pet, there are other ways you can show your appreciation for your dog that don't involve two pieces of wood and a couple of straps Personalized t-shirts have been around for years. The majority you see will have some proclamation such as 1Dad or I...

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Glamour Shots

Look around your house for a nice background for a picture. Maybe you have a formal sitting room or an attractive looking den. When you find a background you are happy with, get your dog into position and take a shot. It is often easier to have another person with you to get your dog to look into the camera. Have your friend squeeze a squeaky toy behind your head and when your dog looks up, take the picture. You can also take great outdoor shots in the backyard or at the park. The world is your...

Toys

Dog toys have become a very lucrative industry for pet suppliers. There are some that are very reasonably priced while others can cost up to 15. And it is a little known fact that those cute little bears for Bowser will actually teach him that all bears are fair game much to the chagrin of your children, should you have any. Dogs don't care what the toy looks like, just as long as it is chewable, throwable and destroyable. So why spend mucho dinero on commercial dog toys when you can make just...

Symphony in Bark Flat

Although this is not a substitute for your presence, leaving the radio on while you are out does help to reassure your dog that he is not alone. Some dogs develop likes to certain types of music, while others enjoy talk radio. With a little experimenting with the radio dial, you will find something that your dog will enjoy. My dog seems to enjoy classical music. As soon as I put it on the radio, he lies down and gets a dreamy look in his eyes. If I put on some be-bop type jazz music, he becomes...

Blankets

I feel that having a blanket for your dog is one of the most important dog-essential there is. If you have ever watched a dog get ready to lay down you know that they will turn in circles over and over again and scratch the area they have decided to make their nest in. If they do this on your carpet or floor, there is a chance that these surfaces will eventually begin to show wear - not with a blanket though I gave my dog an old throw blanket for the kitchen because he insists on lying down on...

Doggy Breath Be Gone

Whenever my dog and I meet someone on the street and they bend down to plant a kiss on the top of his head, I always warn them that he, hands down, has the breath of death. I have tried all the pet store remedies that claim they will rid dogs of smelly breath, but none of these miracle cures worked that well. Finally I went to the vet and begged for the secret of how I could once again sit beside my dog when he yawned and not almost pass out. What went wrong, I asked the knowledgeable doctor....