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TIP TUESDAY: Summer Pet Safety Tips

As the temperatures rise (or fall, in the winter) so do pet safety concerns.

The sun is shining but don’t let the carefree summer days lead you astray of proper pet safety.

Here are 8 quick safety tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

What would you add to the list?

Samoyed dog sitting outside

Menno sits comfortably in the cool dirt outside

 8 things you can do to protect your dog in the summer

  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws;
  6. If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if she or he has a thin coat.

via: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/summer.aspx

TIP TUESDAY: Poignant Pet Fourth of July Safety Tips

How You Can Design A Healthy And Stylish Bed For Your Dog [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

Have you been wondering what makes elevated dog beds, particularly DoggySnooze beds, so unique, and how to go about designing the best one for you and your dog? Well check out our infographic to learn about the benefits of elevated dog beds and how DoggySnooze can meet your needs.

How You Can Design A Healthy And Stylish Bed For Your Dog

Learn how to design the right elevated DoggySnooze dog bed to best meet the needs of you and your dog

How To Keep Your Office Dog Comfortable and Happy

Ringo the French bulldog enjoys a rest on the snoozeSleeper dog bed

Ringo the French bulldog enjoys a rest on the snoozeSleeper dog bed

Neil Sedaka once sang, “breaking up is hard to do” but, is it as hard as leaving your precious pooch at home while you go to work every morning? Surely with that sweet face and those beady little eyes, it is just as hard.

A sign of the times, more and more workplaces are recognizing the health and business benefits of bringing dogs to work and slowly across America, more workplaces are filled with 2-legged workers and their 4-legged canine companions.

Now, with dogs by their sides, employees need not fret over how their pooches are doing at home, alone. Bringing dogs to work can improve an employee’s health by reducing stress, reducing cortisol levels and increasing happiness.

It is also important to remember and consider a dog’s health when bringing it to work, though. Dogs sleep anywhere from 12 to 18 hours per day, or 50% to 75% of the day. With so much lying around going on, it’s important for a dog to have a healthy and comfortable dog bed on which to rest and sleep. When sleeping, some dogs like to stretch out and lay against something, others like to curl into a corner, and some like to rest their heads on something soft and elevated. Remember all those times your dog fell asleep next to you on the couch with its head propped on your lap?

Elevated dog beds are an excellent, healthy option for your dog’s bed. DoggySnooze beds, for example, are elevated which means that your pal doesn’t have to sleep on the floor, while also increasing air flow around the bed and the dog helping to reduced condensation and keep a dog cool and dry, and keep the floor around the bed much cleaner.

The snoozePad and snoozeSleeper dog bed models come with bed layers for the dog to sleep on with the option to add a 1” thick orthopedic memory foam mattress as well, while the snoozeLounge and snoozeSofa dog bed models come with the 1” thick orthopedic memory foam mattress standard. Having a healthy back and spine isn’t just a human thing, it’s a dog thing too.

For those of you who are looking for multiple customization options, designs abound with DoggySnooze beds. Elevation options, bed layer color options and bolster color options can be made to fit with most any office’s décor. The bed elevation can be changed from short to tall. For dogs that like to stretch against something while sleeping, a bed with one back bolster is an excellent option as it provides a comfortable place to rest with the addition of a support to lay against and open sides to allow for plenty of sprawling.

Menno enjoys his DoggySnooze snoozeLounge in our office

Menno enjoys his DoggySnooze snoozeLounge in our office

On the other hand, if you’ve got a dog that likes to snuggle into corners and sometimes rest its head on something, a bed with a side and back bolsters is a great option as the side and back bolsters offer multiple options for places to snuggle and many places where a dog can rest its head.

Going out for a doggy break will give both of you a bit of mid-morning or mid-afternoon exercise and time to get outside for some fresh air. Don’t forget some tasty treats and terrific toys to help keep your dog entertained during the day.

Also don’t forget to mind your doggy’s manners when back indoors. Keep him on a leash when not inside your office or cubicle as to not disrupt other office mates and remember to keep Fido secured during those meeting or conference calls.

Interested in learning more about dog-friendly workplaces? Check out some of these top dog spots:

Dutch Dog Design

Amazon.com

Banyan Branch

One Call Now

Trupanion Pet Insurance

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Meet Menno: The Smiling Samoyed Dog of Dutch Dog Design- A Look into the Life of Menno

Chief Inspirational Officer, product tester, chaser of dog treats and master burying treats for a rainy day, Menno the smiling Samoyed is a wonderfully fun office mate.

Wearing a Dutch Dog Amsterdam van Heemskerck printed leash while at the park

Menno enjoys the sights and sounds of Elliott Bay in Seattle.

Menno is a sprightly Samoyed whose human companion is Dutch Dog Design owner and designer, Matthys van Leeuwen. This spunky Samoyed enjoys plenty of hiking and biking with his people.

The Buddy in use, enjoying hands free hiking with the dog

Menno enjoying a hike while being safely connected with the Buddy hands free leash connector

Day and night, Menno gets to test out the DoggySnooze dog beds and with that, inspire product innovations and redesigns. In fact, the DoggySnooze snoozeSleeper was inspired by Menno’s love of sprawling out in his sleep and desire to rest against something. The elevation of the snoozeSleeper allows for Menno to not have to sleep on the floor and experience increased airflow under the bed and around his body, keeping his fluffy body cool, dry, and comfortable while also reducing condensation. The interior foam, and optional additional memory foam give him a healthy and orthopedic place to rest and be comfortable.

Read more about the benefit of orthopedic dog beds.

DoggySnooze elevated chew resistant orthopedic dog bed in snoozeLounge style

Menno gets comfortable on his snoozeLounge dog bed

On weekends, Menno enjoys exploring the parks and trails of the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his owners while riding in his DoggyRide Novel dog bike trailer. With his own personal sunroof unzipped, he can enjoy the fresh air and wind in his fur just like any dog should. Many afternoons are then spent hiking and exploring the trail, chasing after a few sticks and even meeting some new furry friends.

DoggyRide Novel dog bike trailer exploring the outdoors

Menno enjoy the beautiful views and fresh air from his DoggyRide Novel dog bike trailer.

When venturing out for a stroll to the local dog park a bit closer to home, Menno enjoys accompanying his avid bike rider owner. Without the necessity of a trailer for longer trips, Menno is safely attached to his owner’s bike via the Buddy hands free dog leash connector. This way, his owner can focus on safely riding his bike, without having to focus on leading a dog on a leash in his hands at the same time. With the Buddy, Menno is once again fulfilling his duties as Chief Inspirational Officer as he also inspired this product’s creation. Seeing that Menno was afraid of using a different, more obtrusive dog leash connector, his owner decided to craft something that was easier to use with a much simpler design. The Buddy can be looped onto a bicycle, belt loop or backpack while its other end is clipped to a dog’s leash. The Buddy’s bungee material will absorb part of the pull and shock if Menno happens to get a bit too distracted by a wayward squirrel. Upon arriving at the dog park, Menno’s leash is unclasped from the Buddy and the bike and he can go roam the grassy fields with his other doggy pals. Many there’s even a game of pick-up frisbee going on, too?

The Buddy hands free dog leash connector while biking

Menno enjoys a jog as his owner enjoys a bike ride.

The fun doesn’t stop when it’s time to go back to the office. Menno enjoys spending some time outdoors playing with doggy toys and digging up his little buried treasures. He’s even made friends with local delivery drivers who “throw him a bone” which is in all actuality, a tasty doggy treat if he’ll open the front door. Just kidding! Menno gets excited to see his delivery driver pals and will either greet them excitedly or wait patiently to receive a treat.

As you can see, the life of Menno the smiling Samoyed dog is rather arduous, don’t you think? Eat, sleep, treat, repeat; head out for a doggyride somewhere in between? I wouldn’t mind trading places with him for a day.

Thanks, Menno, for being such a delightful canine companion.

Menno the samoyed outside Dutch Dog Design in Snoqualmie, WA

Menno relaxing outdoors.

Learn more about Samoyed dogs with this helpful Animal Planet Dogs 101 – Samoyed video.

DoggySnooze Elevated, Chew Resistant Dog Beds on JustLuxe.com

DoggySnooze elevated chew resistant orthopedic dog bed featured on JustLuxe.com

Read about DoggySnooze dog beds on JustLuxe.com

Team DoggySnooze enjoys reading about how much dogs are enjoy their new, comfortable, elevated dog beds. Here’s a recent article from JustLuxe.com detailing how Bertha is having a grand time with her new DoggySnooze snoozeSofa.

DoggySnooze snoozeSofa elevated dog bed as enjoyed by a bulldog

Bertha the bulldog enjoys her snoozeSofa

DoggySnooze elevated dog bed — fleas are not allowed here

What are the benefits of an elevated or raised dog bed, you ask? There are many benefits, which we shall explain here.

Elevated snoozeSofa by DoggySnooze

Have you ever realized that your own bed is also raised? First and foremost, the reason that beds are raised is that anything that comes from the floor, like cold, wet or fleas, will not come in contact with the bed. For dog owners in particular this is a concern because dogs can contract Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD), a common ailment caused by fleas. Fleas can to jump 6-7 inches up the air and almost one foot horizontally. The DoggySnooze is about 6 inches high and with the bolsters installed around the perimeter, the total height goes up to 9-10 inches of protection. Some pet stores recommend spraying conventional beds with a chemical, but why expose your pet to this why an elevated dog bed is a simple solution?

Besides keeping your dogs free of fleas and insects, a raised dog bed like the DoggySnooze also ensures that your dog is always raised above the cold, hard floor. Unlike foam beds placed on the ground, an elevated dog bed prevents condensation, a factor which causes foam to rot.

Furthermore, clean up is easy as the DoggySnooze comes with a machine-washable cover which can be simply removed by releasing the holding rods. Maintaining the cleanliness of the DoggySnooze bed frame is even easier; just wipe the bed with a wet cloth. Being a raised bed, it also allows you to clean the floor without moving the bed at all. Now that is comfort at its finest!

There is also an aesthetic benefit with some of the elevated dog beds, especially the DoggySnooze. The legs and the side bolsters make it look more like a sofa to blend with other furniture. Function has met fashion.

With so many benefits the question now becomes why not use an elevated dog bed, like the DoggySnooze?