Keepin’ Cool with Cool Pet Pad

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As I’ve already shared with you this Summer, Bear is just one of those dogs who is always hot. We  don’t have air conditioning in our home, so naturally we have several tricks that we use to keep him cool and hydrated in the summer months. Needless to say,  I’m always on the lookout for new technology that could lend a cooling paw as well.

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The Cool Pet Pad by The Green Pet Shop is a revolutionary self-cooling cushion for your pet. It provides a constant cooling spot for your pet to lay, and relieves aching joints/bones. The great part is that the Cool Pet Pad doesn’t need water, electricity or refrigeration in order to cool your pup which makes it an extremely eco-friendly option for continued use. The cooling pad recharges automatically as well and is perfect for traveling in the car or for use in your pets crate.

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Bear was sent a medium sized Cool Pet Pad to review and our only complaint is that it’s not a bit bigger. Bear can’t sprawl out on this pad, but it does work for his chest area which is where it is most important.We’re of the mindset that having a bigger mat would be better than having one that is too small, as it would work more effectively to cool him down more quickly. The medium sized pad is surprisingly perfectly sized for Scooter to lay on- which he really enjoys doing in the car.

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For Bear, we place the cooling pet mat centered on his dog bed in front of the fan and he’ll happily lay there for hours on end. The cooling effect of the mat lasts for about 3 hours, and then recharges on its own after 15 minutes of non-use. The only rule for use with this cooling pet mat is that you can’t leave it in direct sunlight, or a heated environment (like your locked car sitting in the sun) or this will affect the performance of the cooling pet mat. We love that the mat folds up as we take it with us when we travel, and it’s easy to wipe down with a damp cloth.

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Is a cooling pet mat something you think your dog would enjoy? We’re wondering when they’re coming out with the human version so the whole family can hang out on cooling mats together 😉

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the Cooling Pet Mat for the purpose of this review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible! 


Beating the Winter Blues with Best Bully Sticks!

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This winter, we’re using Best Bully Sticks as one technique to help the dogs beat the Wintertime blues. With less time spent outdoors, and more time cooped up inside, we often have to get creative in the ways we mentally engage with our dogs.

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Best Bully Sticks are the #1 selling natural bully sticks on the market, we were excited to have the boys try them!

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Best Bully Sticks are:

  • 100% natural
  • fully digestible
  • each bully stick, or chew has just 1 ingredient
  • a variety of choices appeal to pets of all ages & sizes
  • chewing natural chews promotes good dental hygiene
  • chemical, antibiotic, and hormone free

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The dogs always know when a package is for them, and around here, nearly all of them are! Still, Bear was really really excited when we opened the box to reveal a Beefy Bliss Grab Bag from Best Bully Sticks.

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Scooter also couldn’t believe his luck! He was officially in possession of more chew treats than he knows what to do with! Each bag of Best Bully Sticks is slightly different, but they average out to 4.5lbs- the same weight as Scooter. After that, it took some convincing for me to remind him that this was their bag of treats….

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So after sharing negotiations were settled, I opened the bag and let Bear take his choice. He was nervous to pull straight from the bag, like it was just too good to be true, and plucked the first item off top and ran away to a corner of the rug to dig in.

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Scooter had a hard time deciding on just which beef chew he wanted…first he had to check out what Bear was eating….

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then rifle through the bag of Best Bully Sticks a bit more…

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Before he finally found the right one! He took Bear’s suggestion and went for the same knotted beef chew as his big brother.

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The Beefy Bliss Grab bag has been the perfect way for our pups to try a huge assortment of different beef chews. Beefy chews range in sizes that are suitable for medium and large dogs so we typically have to help Scooter out by finding the smaller ones. All of the bully sticks and other chews found in the Beefy Bliss Grab bag are naturally high in protein which makes me feel great about feeding them to the boys.

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Beefy Bliss Grab Bag includes a combination of these beefy chews:

  • Jumbo Cow Ears
  • Beef Strap
  • Jumbo Beef Strap
  • Mini Bully Stick Knotted Bone
  • Thin Bully Stick Knotted Bone
  • 4″ Bully Stick Lollipop
  • 7″ Bully Stick Lollipop
  • Bully Bone
  • Super Toothpick Tail
  • Cow Hooves

The chews are 100% natural and fully digestible for your pet (unlike some chew products found on the market). They are all sourced from free-ranging Brazilian cattle. It is recommended to store the chews in the freezer because they don’t contain any preservatives- your dog will love them frozen too- an increased challenge!

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the Best Bully Sticks beef chews for the purpose of this review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible! 


National Walk Your Dog Week

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Did you know that the first week of every October is dedicated as National Walk Your Dog Week?

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National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist Colleen Paige. She wanted to bring awareness to the increasing problem of canine obesity, and behavioral issues that stem from lack of exercise and mental stimulation. Walk Your Dog Week aims to educate and improve the health and well being of the dogs in America. A worthy goal, no? 

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Bear, Scooter, and I are committed to taking (at least) one daily walk together this week to explore our new neighborhood. Today we took a mid day walk and it was a nice break for all three of us. We often like to take evening walks with their poppa and spend the time ‘catching up’ as a family.

How often do you and your dog go for walks together? Is it a daily outing that’s to be expected for you? 


5 Tips for Going to the Beach with Dogs

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How many of you have had the opportunity to visit the beach with your dogs? 

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We never had until we moved to Oregon. Since relocating here, we’ve visited the coast several times, always with the dogs in tow. Oregon is known for it’s many dog friendly beaches, many of which are also off-leash-something our boys love! We’ve learned a lot with just a few trips under our belts, so today I’m sharing my tips for going to the beach with dogs!

1. Pack right: Make sure you have leashes, pick up bags, a few treats, and your dogs favorite toy at all times.

2. Give your pet time to adjust: Especially on a first visit, the beach and all that entails (wind, water, blowing sand, so many new smells, strangers everywhere, etc.) can be a bit overwhelming. Stick to the outskirts and let your pup relax and take it all in before moving on. The few minutes of patience will really pay off in the long run.

 

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 3. Be prepared for a little extra clean up: I’ll be honest, I live with a pomeranian, so I’m almost always prepared for a little extra clean up! We try to keep a few extra towels and our soggy doggy towel in the car to make for an easy clean up after we’ve had our fill of sun & sand.

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4. Keep them leashed when appropriate: The Oregon coast varies between sand and rocky coast lines. When we’re on a sandy beach, we’re much more free with the dogs being off leash than we are on the rocky coastline. It’s so much easier to slip, get stuck in a tide pool, and just has a lot more hazards in general.

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5. Bring your own water: Just as it’s not good for us, drinking sea water isn’t good for your dog either. He runs the risk of vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydrating if he consumes too much sea water, so pack your own, and offer it often and freely to your pup. We have two dog friendly water bottles and a collapsible water bowl that we always travel with. For long trips, we buy a gallon of water to keep in the car to have on hand for the boys- we’d rather have extra than not enough!

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We practices these 5 simple steps each time we take our boys to the beach and we’ve always had a great time!

If your dogs’ been to a beach before- did they enjoy themselves? If they’ve never been- do you think the beach experience is one your pup would enjoy? 

These photos were taken at Rockaway Beach, OR (sandy beach photos) & Yachats, OR (rocky coastline photos)


Enjoying dinner with the Slo Bowl

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Bear has a new interactive feeding bowl that he’s really excited about!

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It’s called the Slo Bowl– have you heard of it? It’s a great way to slow down your dog during dinner time, and allow him to forage for his food. Simply pour your dogs’ required portion into the slow bowl chambers and let your dog do the rest!

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Bear thinks it’s so fun to chase his food through the maze- and I agree- I love anything that draws out his dinner time a bit longer. It’s better for his digestion, and fulfills his need to scavenge. Besides, like most of your dogs, Bear lives for food- so why not let him enjoy that experience for just a bit longer right?

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You can see our full review of the Slo Bowl here.


Our Favorite Tricks

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We’re joining in on the June edition of the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop. Today’s topic is ‘Our favorite tricks’

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Bear’s favorite tricks really include anything that earns him a treat- that boy is a food hound! I can say though, now that he’s older, he doesn’t do so much jumping and bouncing around in excitement as he used to in his younger years. He used to run through an entire repertoire of tricks, hoping, begging, pleading for a treat. Not realizing if he’d just slow down and listen….

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One of the hardest things about having two dogs is managing training sessions. It’s extremely hard for me to try to train Scooter if Bear is constantly bumping around and trying to push his way in. Scooter is too small to really interfere with Bear’s training sessions, so the reverse hasn’t really been a problem. They often compete for attention and it’s hard to pay either of them the 100% focus they deserve. Instead of kenneling Bear away for awhile and taking the opportunity to work with Scooter, I’ve often just given up, which really isn’t fair to Scooter at all. Bear had many years (pre-Scooter) where the focus was soley on him, but Scooter has never had that same training opportunity.

Here’s the thing too- it’s always amazing to me how smart Scooter is. He’s clearly smarter than Bear (ssshh! don’t tell Bear I said that) and has stronger problem solving skills. I know if Scooter was a larger dog he would have received the continued and constant training that Bear has had. Being small, and very easy to control, he’s gotten off easy. Scooter knows the basics (sit, lay down, come, and stay (sort of) ) plus a few fun tricks. He’s capable of so much more though! So I’ve decided this month to put forth the extra effort and set aside time to train Scooter alone.

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Scooter is actually fond of the clicker, something Bear has always been hit or miss with, so that will make my life easier. Now that we’ve finally found a treat that Scooter reliably will work for (besides leftover meat) I feel we’re on a roll. I got a new training book in the mail yesterday (I’ve read it before, needed my own copy to mark up etc) and plan to dedicate time toward re-reading & then training with Scooter alone- he’s going to love the new challenge!

Right now, my favorite trick with Scooter is when we ask him to ‘stretch’ and he sits back and puts both paws up on our extended hand:

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It’s cute- gets me every time! I’m excited to see what sorts of new tricks he can learn 😀


{Mischievous Monday} Avoid trouble + kong recipe

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Mischievously sweet would be the one-liner of Bear’s life if I had to choose one. One of my favorite ways to keep my mister Bear out of trouble is to give him a kong. I like to stuff a basket full at a time, and freeze them because it keeps him busy for so much longer. This latest kong recipe combines two of Bears favorite things, I’m calling it the “Sardine & Bean Kong”

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You’ll need:

-kongs, hollow bones, or other stuff-able toys

-kibble and/or broken biscuit pieces (I had a small bag of grain-free kibble from an expo that went into this batch)

-1 tin of sardines

-1 can of green beans (while I didn’t with this batch- I generally use french cut beans-dogs like them better)

-I also added a dash of cinnamon & garlic + a drizzle of honey

Mix it all together- breaking sardines into small bits, and stuff into kongs. Feed immediately or freeze. Freeze any leftovers/extras.

See our other kong recipe ideas here.

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What do you do to keep your dogs occupied if you’re busy? Any other fill & freeze kong fans out there??