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This is a heartwarming ending to what has become a tragic story that is being told, day after day in cities across the United States. 5-year old Beagle mix "Daniel" was set to be put to sleep via a gas chamber on Oct. 3rd at an Alabama shelter along with 18 other dogs. However, after the procedure was completed, one tail-wagging Daniel came waltzing out of the chamber as if nothing had happened. What's more incredible is that after tests and evaluations by local veterinarians, Daniel received a clean bill of health. Daniel received his name from his foster family, who drew inspiration from the biblical story of Daniel who walked out of the lion's den unscathed.

Unfortunately, miracles like these don't happen as often as we would hope. According to the Human Society of America, over 4 million dogs and cats will be euthanized this year, that's one animal every 8 seconds. Please consider adoption when looking for your next pet, so great little guys like Daniel won't need a miracle to keep them alive. Check out www.petfinder.com as well for a possible love connection in your area.


Dublin Dog Co has just released our newest member to the Original All Style, No Stink family, and she packs a punch, a Poinsettia Punch that is. Modeled after our best selling collection, the Daisy Daze, our Poinsettia Punch features our brand new E3 formulation (Extreme Element Elastomers) with a color palette that just looks festive. The white background looks like crisp white snow, while the poinsettias seem to float right off the collar with their dimensional design. Even though the design features Poinsettias, they're abstract enough to work for both male or female dogs.  However, for those men who are a little scared of the flower power, Dublin Dog has released a brand new Simply Solid color way featuring traditional Red & Green, the hallmark color of the holidays. Whichever model you choose, any recipient will be overjoyed to be on your shopping list this season.


It’s funny, as the owner the Dublin Dog company I get asked all the time what’s the best way to train a dog, as though by my ability to make cool collars, leashes, and toys I automatically have the answers to all things dog related....hardly. The way in which you train your dog is a very personal choice, and one that needs thoughtful consideration. One must consider their amount of time with the dog, the age and breed of the dog, and the desired results you are trying to achieve.

There are countless methods, and each has it’s merits and drawbacks, from reward-based training, clicker training, RCC or radio controlled collar training, negative punishment, and on, and on. And for each of these examples, there are small nuances and philosophies that go along with each.

As a parent of two small children, I can see a lot of correlation with my kids and my dogs and the way I promote certain behaviors and try to eliminate others.

With each:

  1. I promote with love, praise when I see good things and verbally correct when I see things going astray.
  2. When danger/harm is imminent: ie. going into traffic, biting, or all out craziness, I correct with more stern resolve but patience, and my response is consistent each time I witness the error. The result, I don’t send mixed signals and everybody knows why I’m giving the correction.
  3. Yes, kids and dogs are not the same thing! No question. However both learn from experience, both thrive from love and praise, and more patience means less stress for all involved.

 

Bottom line, do your research when thinking about how you want to interact with your dog and what behaviors you want to create and/or eliminate. There are a lot of options, and there are a lot of “experts”, but consider your dog, your situation, and your goals. Once you have that nailed down, be consistent and do it with love and respect. You’ll both get more out of it.


Happy Halloween everybody. Today's the day we're able to sneak a few treats under the guise that's it's just part of the holiday. However, for our four-legged friends, those treats could be tragic if you're not careful. Here's a short list of some of the foods you should never feed your dogs, no matter how much they beg you with those sweet brown eyes.

Avocado- Contains a substance called persin which can can be fatal to dogs in large amounts. Persin is found on the leaves, stems, and fruit of the avocado, so be careful when planting with overly curious dogs.

Onions & Garlic- Both have been found to destroy red blood cells in dogs, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and lead to anemia. An occasional small amount would be ok, however one large quantity, or feeding your dog small amounts on a more regular basis could have serious consequences. This is true of all forms of onion and garlic, fresh, powdered, dehydrated, etc.

Grapes and Raisins- Although research has not been able to tell us exactly why, Grapes and Raisins can cause kidney failure. Despite the fact that grapes could cause a choking hazard, avoid them regardless for the more dire side effect.

Caffeine- Yes, that mid afternoon Red Bull to pick you up is a big No No for Fido. With no antidote, caffeine in large quantities for dogs can be fatal, regardless of what form it comes in; coffee, tea, chocolate, etc.

Chocolate- Since it's Halloween today, we should all be mindful of the candy grab bag, or Bowl of Goodness probably sitting on an entry table right about now. Most everybody knows that chocolate in all forms is bad for a dog, however, dark chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened bakers chocolate are the major offenders. Chocolate contains theobromine which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and even......

Should your dog get tricked by these or any other food items that are potentially dangerous, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.


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It almost goes without saying that our dogs make us feel better throughout the day, however did you realize that owning a dog can literally make you feel better, as in providing real health benefits? They can and do.

-When interacting with a dog for 15-30 minutes, a hormone in our bodies called cortisol, which is associated with stress will actually lower. Conversely, the amount of serotonin which is associated with feeling good will naturally increase.

-In a study of 240 married couples, pet owners had a lower blood pressure and lower heart rates than did those of couples who did not own pets. (so you may be better off in the dog house after all)

-Children that grow up with dogs in the house, often grow to have less allergies and a stronger immune system than their non-dog owning counterparts. Even with a marvelous Dublin Dog, All Style, No Stink dog collar on, our four legged friends still offer a plethora of not so sanitary surprises in their fur, paws, and mouths.

-As the owner of a therapy dog, I can testify to the healing, comfort, and unconditional love that dogs often provide to our elderly family and community members. In fact, it’s not uncommon for therapists to prescribe owning a dog to folks suffering from depression or isolation. Sometimes nothing makes you feel better than open ears, a closed mouth, and quiet companionship. Note to self...open ears, closed mouth. Got it.

For more health benefits, visit: http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health


Two cockers plus one sunny afternoon and a big back yard. The ball has been played with, the pool sits silent, the two cocker buddies await their next move. Enter the Roxxter.

Roxxter is a fun toy for dogs from the Dublin Dog Company. Made in the USA, it is designed to make Fido think, try to dispense the treats and have a rolling good, intellectually stimulating time doing so.

Our trusty testers went tally ho and em”barked” (pun intended) on the Roxxter toys. We filled them with a few of their favorite treats and made certain the treats would not get stuck inside. The idea is to have the dog toss the toy around, get the treats out, and in the meantime, get a pretty fun cerebral workout doing so. Double cockers, double fun, two Roxxters and a yummy vanilla scent provided a half hour of giggles to the human pet parents. Supervision is recommended with this and any toy so Fido does not chew through it. However, the super tough material of the Roxxter did not get damaged by the cockers. Actually, after the treats were dispensed, these two buds decided to flip the toy in the air (no doubt, looking for more goodies).

The Roxxter is available and a variety of stores and online. Check out the Dublin Dog Company website at Dublin Dog Company. They retail at about 13.95 and wash clean quite easily; available in a variety of colors.
Note: We accept no monetary compensation for reviews. Review is NOT sponsored Dublin Dog Co and is the sole opinion of the reviewer for FIDO Friendly magazine. We welcome your feedback and comments.


Here's a fun little video that showcases the Roxxter dog toy from Dublin Dog Co. The design is meant to keep your dog active and on their paws if you will. The toy has a clever counter balance moulded in the bottom, so it will have wibble, wobble, whacky fun. The toy is best suited for medium chewers, yet having said that our resident 70lb German Shepherd Dog has been gnawing on one for the last 6 months with no issues. Made in the USA from recyclable materials.


You’ve heard it a thousand times, that over time, owners and their dog(s) start to look alike. True? Who knows? What I do know is that dogs will start to match the energy level of their owners, be that for good or bad. So if you live a sedentary lifestyle, then over time your dog too will learn to adapt to that lifestyle, as will their metabolism. With that comes an expanding waistline and a whole host of related issues.

The solution: Get Active! Not all of us are in the best shape of our lives, however there are tons of ways to get back into it, especially now that the weather is finally getting cooler in some parts of the US. Here are a few quick ideas to step it up in the energy department.

  1. Human’s best friend- the dog; A Dog’s best friend- the walk. That’s right, one of the best things you can offer your dog is a brisk 20-30 minute walk. Not only do you get exercise during the walk, but you establish pack rules and obedience training opportunities while your buddy’s behind (not in front of you pulling) the leash. Use that time to reconnect with your dog and to use stop signs, other dogs, and all things furry that scurry out in front of you as training opportunities.
  2. Get involved in various types of obedience & agility trials. There are so many wonderful groups that can be found on sites like Meetup or local blogs that can direct you to well established groups. This week alone I have heard of two great classes,  one was on agility and the other was an urban scent class. How much fun would that be! One class even had a “bring me a beer” retrieval command. I saw it first hand and was so envious!
  3. Finally try something brand new. You don’t have to walk laps around your neighborhood, those sights and sounds can get old after awhile. Go for a hike at a new park, make a go of Dock Diving, or take your dog geocaching for the first time. Keep it fun & fresh and the experience will be great for both of you. Just remember, if your heading to the water, just grab your Original All Style, No Stink collar to stay as fresh as your new found spirit for exercise.

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The long wait is now over! After 4 years of watching the original all style, no stink collar grow, both in popularity and in pure scope we have learned a lot. We are grateful to our customers and critics alike, who remind us that we too can't rely on luck alone to make our products better. Every version of the original All Style, No Stink dog collar has taught us invaluable lessons about what makes a product more than just a commodity. It has to do with safety, reliability, design, and an unspoken agreement of trust with the company behind the product. So with that, we feel we have answered the most pressing desires of our customers and of our own goals for the collar. Featuring completely new hardware, new tooling, new materials including our extreme element elastomers (E3) that has made our collars, softer, stronger, and lighter than ever before; and did I mention made in the USA? So thank you for your patience and we hope that you agree with us, that the wait was well worth it.


As many of you have noticed we are currently out of stock of 90% of the Original All Style, No Stink dog collars? "What's the deal with that?" you say. Well, unless your dog has drug you into the closet or buried you in the backyard you've probably heard a little something about Dublin Dog Co now producing our world renowned collars in the USA. That's right, starting the first full week of July, we'll begin selling our newest version of our versatile All Style, No Stink collars. However, while we've been in production with our new E3 formulation (see blog below), new tooling, and new hardware, we had to deplete our existing stock without manufacturing new inventory from our former factory, using our previous methods. Our success has been predicated on "going for it", taking chances where others were afraid to go. The result; a really good product that makes a lot of sense. However, through your feedback, comments, and wonderful stories, we've found ways to correct our mistakes, improve where we could, and make some advancements. The result is a brand new facelift to our tried and true product line. So thank you for your patience and we hope you love what you see, and feel. As a way of saying thank you for reading this blog, enter "blowout" at checkout to receive 50% off your order from June 29th-July 7th, 2011 on whatever Original All Style, No Stink dog collars are left in stock. It never hurts to have a few on standby. (supplies are limited) Lucky day to you and yours.


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