Wouldn’t you want to know if there were a way to make dog grooming less messy?
“Confession: My dog enjoys being brushed much more than I enjoy brushing her. Part of the reason is that it is a messy process with hair flying everywhere. That problem is solved with my new Bonza Massage Brush!”- PAWS Development Director and proud Bonza customer, Colette Beighley.
Our friends at Bonza have designed a brush that is easy to use and enjoyable for the dog, PLUS it removes hair deep into the fluffy undercoat. The best part is, when the brush is full, you pull the silicone tab and out pops the hair in one clump. Easy peasy! Happy dog … happy human!
Check out this video to see it in action, and you can purchase one for yourself here. And a big PAWS thank you to Bonza for their support of our mission.
Exercising, just like for hoomans, keeps our dogs happy and healthy! Especially after we have been cooped up inside, it is even more important to get your pups moving. Check out these three easy ways to get active with your dog.
1. Take a walk
Going for a walk with your dog is a great way for you both to get active and get some energy out. Remember that if the blacktop or sidewalk is too hot for you to put the palm of your hand on for 10 seconds, then it is too hot for our furry friend’s paws as well.
Lots of dogs love to swim or play in the water, but make sure they have had a slow and safe introduction to the water first! Try playing a game of fetch with your dog in your pool or favorite dog-friendly lake. If swimming in a lake, consider having your dog on a long line, so they don’t get too far from shore or people. You may even want to get a doggy life vest! Dogs that swim are more prone to ear infections and hot spots, so pups should be rinsed and dried off entirely after swimming to try and prevent this from happening. Be careful to make sure your dog is taking breaks; when swimming, they are using muscles they don’t use often and can easily overexert themselves.
3. Backyard agility course
This fun and easy idea is sure to get your pup moving. Set up a DIY agility course in your backyard. Use items that your dog can run under, weave through, and jump over. Make sure you have plenty of water available for your pup to stay hydrated!
We asked our National Foster Puppy Coordinator, Julie, and our Foster Puppy Trainer, Haley, what their favorite DIY dog treat recipes were, and we are sharing them with you! After you make them, let us know what your pups thought!
Julie’s Choice- Pupsicles
This super easy DIY is PAWfect as it gets warmer outside.
What you’ll need:
- Dixie cups
- Fill dixie cup with water
- Drop milkbone(s) into a cup
Easy as that! This treat will cool your pup down while they are busy trying to get to the treat.
Haley’s Choice- Tuna Fudge
This is a fish-based treat that is easy to make and easy to handle. This tends to be a higher-value treat!
What you’ll need:
- 2 cans tuna (don’t drain)
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- 5 cups whole wheat flour
- Parchment paper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Blend ingredients together
- Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350⁰ F for 20 minutes
- Cut treats!
#ProTip: Haley uses this mold so she doesn’t have to cut up the treats.