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New App Lets You Make Your Dog Sing with Animated Mustaches (And Antlers!)

New App Lets You Make Your Dog Sing with Animated Mustaches (And Antlers!)

Holiday cards are good when they have a dog. But they’re REALLY good when they have a talking, singing dog that’s wearing reindeer antlers. At least, that’s we think. We’re the crazy dog people behind BarkBox, and we think everything is better with a dog. Specifically your dog. So we created Say BARK!, an app that lets your dog be the star of the holidays… and your holiday greeting card. All you have to do is:

    go to link 2. Pick from one of our fun filters (reindeer antlers, elf costumes, the works)

    4. Share it with everyone you know!

Alright, well, we’re going to go back to hanging with our dogs. Happy Holidays to you and the pups in your life!

***Looking for a gift to blow your pup’s mind? Spoil them with a BarkBox! Every month BarkBox delivers 2 original toys, designed in-house, 2 full bags of all-natural treats, and a chew. Our treats are made in the USA and Canada, and our recipes never contain any wheat, soy, or corn. Because we want #BarkBoxDay to be incredible for pups AND their parents, every box is wrapped in a fun surprise theme that changes monthly. Sign up here and receive a free extra toy every month. <-- This deal is worth up to $120 in value if you sign up for a 12-month subscription! :)

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What Are Jobs for Dog Lovers Where You Work With Dogs?

What Are Jobs for Dog Lovers Where You Work With Dogs?

***Looking for a gift to blow your pup’s mind? Spoil them with a BarkBox! Every month BarkBox delivers 2 original toys, designed in-house, 2 full bags of all-natural treats, and a chew. Our treats are made in the USA and Canada, and our recipes never contain any wheat, soy, or corn. Because we want #BarkBoxDay to be incredible for pups AND their parents, every box is wrapped in a fun surprise theme that changes monthly. Sign up here and receive a free extra toy every month. <-- This deal is worth up to $120 in value if you sign up for a 12-month subscription! :)

Remember when people used to ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? And you’d invariably say something like veterinarian or astronaut? (Why yes, I did want to become a space veterinarian. Dream big, I always say.)

Ok, so maybe space vet isn’t a real option (YET), and everyone knows you can start a dog walking business or become a groomer if your idea of a perfect job is being covered in dog hair all day. But there are other ways you can get your doggy fix while bringing home the bones.

Here are 10 careers that are pawfecto for crazy dog people.

1. Dog Photographer

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Photographers willing to turn their lens on four-legged derpfaces are rewarded with face licks and nose boops. What better way to capture your love of dogs than by documenting memories of them for their owners? Extra brownie points go to those who use their talent for good, like photographer Guinnevere Shuster, whose photobooth style photos made a huge difference in finding shelter pups their furever homes.

2. Animal Rights Lawyer

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It would be great if dogs could speak out against abuse and the terrible ways some people treat them, but since they can’t, animal rights lawyers fight the good fight against injustices committed against animals. So if you want to help give pups a voice, while putting bad people behind bars, maybe this is the career for you.

3. Pet Communicator

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If law is not your thing, maybe connecting with the spirit world is more your taste. Regardless of your personal opinion on the supernatural, there is a market for psychics who help people send and receive messages to their deceased pups.

4. BARK Employee!

DUH. Who knew there was a job that allowed you to pet dogs all day while being surrounded by the craziest bunch of dog people you’ve ever met? Yep, it’s a dream come true for us BarkFolk to be drowning in dog toys, treats, and design every day. Best part? We’re hiring! Paw on over to our job board to find out more.

5. Therapy Dog Handler

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Anyone who’s ever gotten lost in a good belly rub can attest to the fact that sometimes a helping paw from a furry pal is just what the doc ordered. There are humans whose job it is to train, register, and handle therapy dogs, so if you have a love for helping humans with the power of a tail wag, this might be the path for you.

6. Dog Behaviorist

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Also known as dog psychologists and dog therapists, these are the folks whose expertise can come in handy when your fluffy pup exhibits undesirable behavior. They can help with separation anxiety issues, resource guarding, and general training, among other things.

7. Dog Massage Therapist

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Let’s think about this one real quick:
Rubbing doggies? ✓
Making doggies feel better? ✓

Alright, so there’s definitely more to it than that. There are some basics you need to cover first, like physiology and anatomy, but the reward is sweet. Making dogs feel better with a magical touch? Such a beautiful thing.

8. Service Dog Trainer

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Service dog trainers are different from other trainers in that they specialize in choosing and training dogs for specific tasks based on the needs of the person who requires their companionship.

9. Dog Show Handler

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Ever watch a dog show and think, “Gosh, those people get to stand there and be around dogs all DAY. SO jealous right now”? (I can’t be the only one.) Dog show handlers are experts in the field of presenting dogs in dog shows. The AKC has a registered handlers program for more information.

10. Any position at a dog-friendly company

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Your job doesn’t necessarily have to revolve around dogs for you to get your daily fix of doges. Companies like Google, Etsy, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka allow employees to bring their dogs in. Even if you don’t have a dog, you can spoil your coworkers’ dogs, so everyone wins.

Do you know of any unconventional careers dog lovers might be interested in? Let us know in the comments below!

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What Are The Best Fetch Toys For Playing In The Water?

What Are The Best Fetch Toys For Playing In The Water?

While some dog breeds are more inclined to go bounding into lakes and oceans every chance they get, that doesn’t mean that most pups don’t like to go for a dip now and then. One way to help ease those paws into the water is with a simple game of fetch. You toss, your dog chases, and before you know it they’re splashing around like they invented the doggy paddle. But not every toy is made to be thrown into the water. So how do you know which ones are best? You’ve got us to figure it out for you, that’s how!

Shape And Weight

Right off the bat, unless your pup is into doing some diving, we know we want something that floats and can fit in your dog’s mouth. This will make it easier for your dog to bring the item back to shore once they’ve finally grabbed it, and avoid them getting caught up in any ropes or dangly parts. Tennis balls and round rubber balls are perfect for this. BarkShop has an entire section specifically for Fetch Toys that are the perfect shape and size for a pup’s mouth, with the “Best Balls Ever” for every size of pup. Flatly-shaped toys like frisbees are also great at being buoyant and are typically lightweight, allowing them to float on the water.

Speaking of which, weight can play an important factor as well. A toy that is too heavy is going to be difficult for your pup to carry back to you and may dip down into the water, making it hard for your pup to spot and grab. In addition, the perfect toy for fetching in the water will be solid, without any holes that you might find in treat-stuffing toys. This will keep the toy from sinking and make it much easier for a dog to snatch up when they’re moving around out there in the water.

Materials

Not just any toy can be thrown into the water. Materials are important to take a look at when picking out water-friendly toys for your dog. No one wants a handful of soaking wet plush delivered to them – and that’s if your pup manages to rescue it from the bottom of the water. Waterproof materials like rubber are the best way to avoid any unsatisfactory soggy sinking experiences when playing fetch with your pup.

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Rubber toys like the “Orbee Fetch Ball” and “Sledgehog” found in the Super Chewer collection are perfect for getting wet because the water runs right off them. These materials are also great at staying afloat and bobbing around in the water to await their eventual capture. As an added bonus, these hard rubber toys are just as fun on land and are made to stand up to the toughest pups. That means that chomping down on these babies while your pup is towing them to shore is no problem.

Monthly Possibilities

While the summer months might be best for taking trips and dips, there’s nothing wrong with stocking up throughout the year, and having some awesome fun while you’re at it! The Super Chewer BarkBox is a great option for tough pups who are looking to expand their collection of rubber toys. With two chews, two bags of treats, and two tough rubber toys each month for as low as $29, it won’t be long until you’ve got a whole pile of water-safe toys to pick from.

Plus, every Super Chewer box comes with a guarantee. If your pup destroys or a toy or something totally misses the mark, BarkBox will work to make things right for you and your pup no matter what. How awesome is that?

At the end of the day, there are a ton of great toys out there that are perfect for water fun. When considering what items would be best to throw into that beach bag, keep materials, shape, and weight in mind for the perfect playtime experience for your pup.

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What Are Interactive Dog Toys?

What Are Interactive Dog Toys?

Interactive toys are designed to catch your dog’s attention and keep them coming back for more, all while providing a paws-on experience for your pup. These are toys that ask the question: what do pups love, and how can we make that even better? With all that said, there are many variations of an interactive toy, with many things to offer the pup who loves to be engaged with the items they play with.

Stretching Their Brains

Dogs are pretty much famous for their super snooters. Whether it’s another dog’s butt from half an inch away or a cheese wrapper from across the room, pups are great at putting their noses to work. But did you know that dogs have the brains to go with that winning nose? Puzzle Toys are a great way to test their sniffer and their mind all at once, creating a truly interactive experience. These are the pinnacle of interactive toys, requiring your pup to sniff, search, scratch, dig, and flip before their delicious reward is delivered to them.

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What makes Puzzle Toys great is the different levels of difficulty they can bring to the table for your pup, and the different sensory experience this can create as well. Not only is your pup interacting with the scent of treats, but with the tactical aspect as well. Puzzles can offer a variety of methods for solving. Some puzzles have flaps the pup must paw open, while others need to be rotated to reveal different compartments for treats. Puzzle Toys can even require dials and knobs be turned before the pup can get access to the solution. While it might sound like a lot for a dog, these toys are the perfect way to keep your pup focused while flexing your dog’s mind.

Keeping Pups Busy

The best interactive toys are ones made with the safety and happiness of dogs in mind. Super Chewer Toys are an excellent example of this. These toys have extra tough materials, like hard flavored nylon and durable natural rubber, which are made to stand up to even the strongest jaws. This makes them great for a pup who likes to get up close and personal with their toys. The more durable an item is, the longer lasting and safer it will be, and the more fun your dog will have. This also makes Super Chewer toys a great option for pups in crates, as there is a far lower chance of stuffing or sections coming off that could lead to ingestion.

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As far as interactivity goes, Super Chewer Toys are the perfect mix of safety and function. Flavored nylon toys with fun shapes keep your pup moving and chewing. Wishbone and infinity shapes keep your pup working around the chew, while other shapes offer places to put treats. Pups interact with the toy as they work to hold it still and simultaneously remove the yummy treat. Hard rubber toys often have spots to insert treats as well, which holds your pup’s attention as they try their best to nibble and chew those tasty rewards out.

Playing With Human

Interactivity doesn’t have to be a one-player game. Nothing brings pups and humans closer then spending time together playing and having a ball. So what does this mean in terms of toys? While any toy can be shared between best buds, these toys foster interactivity by providing the chance for humans and dogs to actively play together. This is where Fetch Toys and Tug Toys come into play.

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When it comes to Fetch Toys, there are a ton of options out there. The key is to make sure the toy is something you can easily throw, and your pup can just as easily bring back for more fun. Not only are you providing an interactive experience, but you’re bonding with your pup every time they bring the toy back. Tug toys are in a similar category because they provide a hands-on chance for you and your pup to play together. With you on one end, and your pup on the other, Tug Toys can easily make you feel like members of the same pack, while also creating a fun, engaging playtime.

Fun Materials

Playtime with plush can be fun, but exciting materials can kick it up to the next level and keep your dog coming back for more time and time again. When a pup goes to play with a toy, it’s safe to say they usually aren’t expecting much more than the usual squeaker. That’s where adding a little something extra to Plush Toys can seriously change the game and make playtime even more interactive.

By adding materials that make different noises and textures, you can make playtime a seriously interactive experience for a pup. Crinkle fabrics, for example, bring a fun texture and sound to a toy that a pup might not experience anywhere else. Different types of squeakers can create grunts or high pitched squeals, calling your pup to action. Some toys can even contain secondary toys on the inside, with spiky squeaker balls and hidden layers that encourage pups to dig in for even more fun.

Can I Make Interactive Toys?

If you’ve gone through this list and thought you’d like to give interactive toy design a try, you absolutely should! Interactive toys can be made by finding out what your pup loves and playing to that. For example, if your pup is a fan of sniffing and ripping for treats, try putting some treats inside a cereal box and closing it up. Your pup can tear away the outside of the box to get to the treats inside.

Is your pup a fan of tugging at playtime? Take an old towel and tie in some knots. It’s a great way to create a tug that has a good grip for you both. There are a ton of great toys you can create that will keep your pup entertained for hours. The important things to remember with interactivity is whether it will keep your dog entertained and whether it’s safe for your pup to play with for extended amounts of time. These are toys that your pup will likely want to play with for quite a while, so ensuring that they will be strong and safe enough to stand up to your power pup is important for fun and safety.

Where Can I Buy Interactive Dog Toys?

There are so many places out there to buy toys, it can be overwhelming. But when it comes to finding toys that fit the bill for your pup, BarkShop is the place to go. BarkShop sports a wide variety of toys, treats, and chews, with their toys designed in-house by some of the biggest dog lovers out there, specifically with pups in mind.

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BarkShop toys range from plush to the toughest stuff out there, but every toy is made with the happiness and health of the pup in mind. With categories like Puzzle Toys, Super Chewer Toys, Fetch Toys, and even double layered toys, you’re guaranteed to find something that works for your dog and keeps them invested in playtime. And if anything misses the mark? The Happy Team is there to help get the perfect replacement into your pup’s paws.

New Interactive Toys Each Month

What about an entirely interactive experience for both you and your pup? Enter BarkBox! Every month brings a brand new super surprise theme for you and your pup to explore together. BarkBox is 2 toys, 2 delicious bags of treats, and 1 meaty chew, all revolving around a special theme and delivered right to your doggy door.

These toys are all brand new, custom-made for each month’s theme, and with the happiness of pups in mind. BarkBox toys have awesome features like tuggable hair, crinkly fabrics, and spiky balls, all meant to capture your dog’s attention and keep it. And with their Scout’s Honor guarantee, you can rest assured that if your pup isn’t a fan of something, BarkBox will do their absolute best to make it right.

When it comes to interactivity, the features that keep a dog engaged and coming back for more are going to vary as much as the pups themselves. Every dog has different preferences, so testing out all sorts of different toys is the best way to find what works best. Interactive toys work to pull a dog in and give them a paws-on experience from start to finish, whether that be slurping up treats, or discovering the source of that weird crinkly noise.

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How Do You Wash Dog Toys?

How Do You Wash Dog Toys?

Your dog loves his toys. But in the process of loving his dog toys, chances are he’s getting them filthy.

Whether it’s carrying a Plush Toy around in his mouth, dragging his Fetch Toys through the mud, or slobbering all over his Tug Toy, your dog will find inevitably find some way to make sure every one of his toys gets nice and dirty. But you don’t want them to stay that way—so how do you take your dog toys from “nice and dirty” to “nice and clean?”

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Let’s take a closer look at how to wash dog toys:

Use The Right Materials

The most important thing to keep in mind when figuring out how to wash dog toys? Making sure you’re using the right materials.

The cleaning solutions you use to clean your bathroom or your kitchen counter aren’t going to work for cleaning your dog toys. Many cleaning products contain chemicals, dyes, and fragrances that can be toxic for dogs. So when you’re cleaning your pup’s toy collection, skip the Clorox and use natural, non-toxic materials like baking soda or white vinegar.

Now that you know what kind of materials to use to clean your dog toys, let’s talk about how to actually clean them.

Pop Them In The Washing Machine…

If you want to clean your dog’s soft, plushie toys, throw them in the washing machine. Not only will a cycle through the washing machine get rid of any dirt or grime on your dog’s toys, but it will also remove any dust mites that might be hiding in the plush.

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Sprinkle each toy with a bit of baking soda and put them into the washing machine. Skip the detergent and add a tablespoon or two of white vinegar during the rinse cycle.

Once the toys are nice and clean, squeeze any excess water from each toy. Let the toy air dry before giving back to your pup.

…Or The Dishwasher

If your dog has toys made out of plastic or rubber, the quickest and easiest way to wash them is by loading them into the dishwasher! One cycle will give your dog toys a deep and thorough clean – zero scrubbing required.

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Make sure to load all dog toys into the top rack of the dishwasher, along with any other items you want to clean (like your dog bowls). Add white vinegar in place of dishwashing detergent and run through a normal cycle.

Soak Your Toys

If you don’t have access to a dishwasher or washing machine, soaking your dog toys in a solution that’s equal parts white vinegar and water can be just as effective. Fill a bucket or sink with the vinegar/water solution. Sprinkle a bit of bathing soda on each toy and let it soak in the solution. After it’s done soaking, squeeze out any excess water and let air dry.

Toys too dirty to salvage? Try BarkBox

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If your dog’s toys are just too dirty to salvage, it may be time to throw some new toys into the mix with BarkBox.

With BarkBox, you’ll get a selection of brand new toys, treats, and chews delivered straight to your door each month. New toys for your dog, less cleaning for you—it’s a win-win!

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Which Dog Breeds Are Good With Babies?

Which Dog Breeds Are Good With Babies?

Young couples often start out with pets before bringing tiny hoomans into the world. While many pups transition easily into life with babies, others find it difficult to share their homes with a pooping, screaming bundle of need. In this post we will discuss the dog breeds widely considered to be good with babies.

But rather than just focusing on breed, it is also important to touch on the specific characteristics of a child-friendly pooch. After all, every dog is unique, no matter the breed. You may even find that a mutt is the perfect pup for your family.

Golden Retriever

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When researching this post, the Golden Retriever was the most commonly named breed by veterinarians and dog trainers alike. These friendly cuties are everything you could ever ask for in a family dog. They are intelligent, loyal, and highly responsive to training. Although they are on the larger side, they tend to be quite gentle and eager to please their humans.

Joel Silverman, a professional dog trainer with more than 30 years of experience, says:

“In general, there are a few breeds that I am constantly recommending to families, especially that have small children; they are Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers. One of the biggest reasons is that both these breeds are generally extremely tolerant of a variety of things, one of them being young kids.”

Pug

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Pugs are the loveable clowns of the canine world. Not only will they fill your home with laughter, they are also good with babies and small children. Unlike other small dogs, Pugs do not take themselves too seriously. They are sturdy and unlikely to snap when bumped or grabbed by a toddler. As an added bonus, they love to eat and are sure to clean up any food your baby leaves behind!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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These regal pups are basically babies themselves! They love snuggling in the laps of their favorite humans and are typically welcoming of all kinds of people. They are known for their gentle, caring nature, but sometimes suffer from separation anxiety if left alone too long. This trait may be a dealbreaker for families on the go. However, stay-at-home moms and dads may enjoy the deep bond these dogs form. If you want to see just how good Cavvies are with babies, check out some of these adorable YouTube videos.

Beagle

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Beagles are an extremely diverse breed. They were originally bred as hunting dogs, but also make wonderful family pets. Beagles tend to thrive within a pack and are intelligent, happy and friendly with all kinds of people and other pets. When it comes to babies and small children, Beagles tend to treat them with the same deference they’d show their own pups.

Collie

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Collies are classic herding dogs – intelligent, obedient, and highly trainable. They are known for being good with babies, but may try to herd your older kids! Keep in mind that as working dogs, Collies require lots of exercise to stave off boredom and anxiety.

Bulldog

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Bulldogs have not gotten the memo that they are in fact, dogs. Since they consider themselves human, these squishy-faced goofballs relish every second they spend with people – whether big, little or tiny. PetMD describes them as “docile, friendly, and loyal,” as well as “the perfect fit for a busy, social family.”

Newfoundland

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Don’t let their size fool you, Newfies are among the most gentle dog breeds. Their love for children has even earned them the nickname, “Nature’s Babysitter.” In addition to their powerful devotion for their humans, Newfoundlands are extremely intelligent, protective, and known for saving loved ones in emergency situations. Now that sounds like a dog you want to have around your baby!

Poodle

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Standard, miniature and toy Poodles are all known for being good with babies and children. They shed very little and are great for families with allergies. Poodles tend to be smart, responsive, obedient and playful. They may be a bit timid around strangers, but they bond deeply with the humans in their families. Just ask this mini pooch valiantly protecting his baby sister from the hair dryer!

Labrador Retriever

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Veteran dog trainer Joel Silverman mentioned Labradors alongside Golden Retrievers as his top choices for family-friendly dogs. Maybe that’s why they’ve been America’s number one breed choice for 27 years running! Labs are known for their intelligence, playful nature, and patience with children and other dogs. They are also extremely loving, protective, and reliable. Add in their highly trainable personalities and their desire to please humans, and you’ve got one good dog to raise your baby around.

Bull Terrier

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Some people shy away from any dog with “Bull” in their name, but these Terriers make wonderful family pets. They were bred as companion dogs and tend to be friendly and loving towards grown-ups and kids alike.

What To Look For In A Dog That Is Good With Babies

When it comes to trusting a dog with your children, there are specific personality traits you should look for. A dog good with babies will have a friendly, outgoing personality and a gentle nature. Many dogs are a bit too friendly for small children due to their boisterous behavior. You want a dog that eagerly approaches a variety of humans without jumping up, pawing or mouthing.

Robin Bennett is a certified professional dog trainer, author, and consultant. She notes that when it comes to choosing a dog that will be around babies or small children, temperament trumps everything else.

“Even among the breeds considered “pet-friendly,” you can find temperaments that are not suitable for a family with children,” she says. “A dog with a kid-friendly temperament is one that is highly social. That means the dog actively seeks out soft, social interaction with people, and especially with children.”

Dogs that are “people pleasers” respond well to training and positive reinforcement, making them excellent companions for hoomans large and small. They should be calm, loyal, obedient, and tolerant of noises and physical contact. Babies often vocalize loudly or reach out and grab tails, ears and fur. With some dogs this may result in a growl or snap, so it is important to choose a pooch that can handle a variety of stimuli.

You should also consider a dog’s activity level to ensure that it matches the needs of your family. If the specific breed you want is known to require large amounts of daily exercise, it may not be the best choice for parents with a new baby.

How to Choose a Baby-Friendly Purebred Dog

  • Consider a breed-specific rescue group, they often have older dogs whose personalities are already formed and well-known to the volunteers.
  • Avoid pet stores and go directly to a reputable breeder to ensure a healthier puppy.
  • Ask friends, family, co-workers, and of course, your vet, to recommend a breeder. Word-of-mouth is invaluable when searching for a well-adjusted dog.
  • Visit the location where the puppies are raised and ask to meet both parents of the puppy you are interested in. This will allow you to assess their personalities.
  • When you find a puppy, take it to a separate meeting area where its true personality can shine through.

Reasons to Consider a Mixed Breed Dog For Your Family

  • Approximately 2.7 million pets are euthanized in American shelters each year. The majority of these animals could easily have become cherished family pets.
  • A dog’s breed only gives you a general idea of what to expect. Temperament varies from dog to dog.
  • Mixed breeds adopted as adults hold few surprises, what you see is what you get.
  • Shelter staff encourage meet-and-greets between their dogs and families interested in adopting. Many even offer after-adoption resources such as additional training and professional advice.

If you already have the perfect pooch, remember there is always an adjustment period when introducing a new family member. To help things go smoothly, follow these important tips from a real mom who’s been there, be patient with your pup, and don’t forget to ask for professional help if necessary.

 

H/T to Daily Parent & PetMD

Featured Image via Flickr/mliu92

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What Are The Best Toys For Cavalier King Charles Spaniels?

What Are The Best Toys For Cavalier King Charles Spaniels?

Have you ever noticed that your dog reacts differently to different toys? Some are a hit, giving your pup plenty of engaged playtime, while others remain untouched. Who knew dogs could be so picky? Well, different breeds tend to enjoy different types of toys. So here’s a guide to getting the best types of toys for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

Fetch Toys

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels love a good Fetch Toy. They’re born to chase, which means playing fetch can become a staple activity for dog owners at home or outside to both entertain and wear out your dog on high-energy days. Look for toys that are both great for fetch and chewing – like “The Best Balls Ever” or the “Orbee Globe Ball” as these dogs love to chomp down on a good toy after (or during) a game of fetch.

Keep in mind whether you’ll be playing fetch inside or outside with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. If you’re planning to play fetch outside regularly, make sure to buy a fetch toy that’s both indoor and outdoor friendly. Keep fabric-based fetch toys indoors and use easy-to-clean bouncy balls and other toys for outside use. Simply wipe down the toy when you want to take it inside to keep dirt outside where it belongs.

Plush Toys

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While Cavalier King Charles Spaniels love to gnaw on a good toy, they also love Plush Toys. These dogs enjoy chewing, but don’t have tough jaws like some other breeds that can wear away tough toys. The combination of a penchant for chewing and smaller jaws make Plush Toys a great option for these Spaniels. You may find them carrying around their favorite soft toy – maybe “Consuela The Cactus” or “Knitwear Heggie” –  in addition to interacting with the toy during fetch.

Bonus cuteness opportunity: these pups may use their favorite plush toy as a pillow or cuddle buddy in their beds.

Thinker Toys

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Puzzles and mazes make for great thinker toys for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Spend some time training your dog to use these toys and you may be surprised by how much they take to these more challenging playtime options.

Thinker Toys – like the Dog Brick Puzzle or “Dog Casino Puzzle” – are great for keeping this breed busy and mentally engaged in between games of fetch and some solid couch time. Teaching your dog to use these toys is also a great way to bond with your pup and to keep them engaged in a different kind of activity. This is especially great for younger dogs while you’re still training them in earnest.

Super Chewer Toys

Pit Bull with a BarkShop Benebone

While your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may love to chomp down on a soft plush toy, they also take to Super Chewer Toys. If you notice your dog tearing apart soft toys, grab a Super Chewer Toy – perhaps “Max the Marching Penguin” or a Benebone –  for them instead. These durable toys have a much longer life and can provide a great option for longer chewing sessions when your dog is in the mood for a bit of a challenge.

Over time, you’ll learn even more specifically what your dog loves to play with. Try out a few toys in the categories above and soon you’ll find the ideal toy for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

BarkBox

Dog With BarkBox

With BarkBox, you’ll get a selection of two toys, two bags of delicious all-natural treats, and 1 chew delivered to your door each month. And because each box is tailored to your dog’s size and preference, you can rest assured that everything that gets delivered will be a huge hit with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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What Are Good Interactive Dog Toys?

What Are Good Interactive Dog Toys?

There are plenty of criteria you want to keep in mind when shopping for dog toys. You want to buy toys that are engaging, that are going to keep your dog happy and entertained, and that aren’t going to be easily destroyed.

But something else you might want to consider? Whether a toy is interactive.

Interactive dog toys are any toys that are…well, interactive. They can be high-tech or classic, simple or complex, but as long as they encourage interactivity and connection? They’re a go.

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Let’s take a look at some good interactive dog toys that will provide your dog (and you!) with hours of enjoyment:

What Are Interactive Dog Toys?

Before we jump into the best interactive dog toys for your pup, let’s take a moment to define what an interactive dog toy actually is.

When most people hear the word “interactive,” they think high-tech. But a toy doesn’t need to have a bunch of bells, whistles, or battery power in order to be interactive. All it has to do is provide a high-level of engagement for your pup. So, there are plenty of more simple, classic toys that will do the trick.

Puzzle Toys

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Arguably the best kind of interactive dog toy you can get for your dog? Puzzle Toys.

Puzzle Toys are incredible stimulating for your dog. Not only are they fun for your pup, but they provide multiple levels of engagement and interactivity; your dog has to figure out how to solve the puzzle, where the treats are hiding, and how to get to every last treat in the puzzle. This level of engagement can provide hours of fun for your pup—and makes for a great interactive dog toy.

When it comes to Puzzle Toys, there are tons of options. If your dog isn’t used to solving puzzles, you might want to start them off with something simple, like the Bacon Pawplexer. This will get them used to the concept and avoid any frustration or overwhelm. Once they get used to the idea, you can move on to something more complex, like the “Treat Maze” or the “Dog Casino Puzzle.”

Spiky Core Ball Toys

Lady Liberty Spiky Core BarkShop Barkbox

What do you get when you take a Plush Toy and make it interactive? A Spiky Core Ball Toy.

Spiky core ball toys (like “Mr. Chewniverse’s Muscles“) are like two toys wrapped up into one. Your dog has to figure out how to get through the plush toy to find the squeaky, spiky ball hidden inside. Similar to a Puzzle Toy, this will keep your dog entertained and engaged for hours at a time. (Not to mention you get two toys for the price of one—which is never a bad thing!)

Fetch Toys

Yorkie Yorkshire Terrier Fetch Toy Best Balls Ever BarkShop

Some toys aren’t inherently interactive—but when you play with them, they become interactive. That’s the deal with Fetch Toys. While a simple tennis ball, like the “Best Balls Ever,” aren’t interactive on their own, as soon as you take it in your hand and throw it to your pup? Voila—interactive.

Fetch Toys are a great option because the interactiveness doesn’t necessarily happen between your dog and the toy. It happens between your dog and you. And isn’t that the best kind of interactivity?

Keep Stocked With Interactive Toys With The Super Chewer BarkBox

Super Chewer BarkBox and person

If you want to keep your dog stocked with plenty of interactive toys to keep them engaged and entertained, the best way to do it? The Super Chewer BarkBox.

With the Super Chewer BarkBox, you’ll get a selection of two toys (including interactive ones), two bags of treats, and two chews delivered to your door each month. And because each box is tailored to your dog’s size and preference, you can rest assured that everything that gets delivered will be a huge hit with your pooch.

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