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Does My Dog “Watch” TV?

Does My Dog “Watch” TV?

If you’ve ever curled up with your pup for a nice weekend of TV watching (and who hasn’t?) you might have wondered if your dog is enjoying that Teen Wolf marathon as much as you are. Well, turns out some top-notch science types have asked themselves the same question and a few researchers have helped paint a reasonably clear picture of your dog’s TV-watching experience!

So can my dog watch television and what does it feel like for them?

    Dogs are color-blind, but not blind to ALL colors; the color they really can’t see is red. The world isn’t quite black and white for them. It’s more blue and yellow.
    Dogs process visual info even faster than humans. So shows on an older TV, with a slightly slower frame rate, might flicker “like a 1920s movie” for dogs, in the words of Nicholas Dodman, a veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University.
    Dogs can absolutely tell when a dog is onscreen– and it’s no surprise that their favorite part of pretty much any show is “when the dog came on.” They’ve also got keen ears for their favorite sounds… like a bark, a squeak, or words of praise.

As for their TV preferences? Well, some research has shown that when presented with three screens, dogs can’t decide what to watch, and prefer to watch one screen no matter what is on it. I guess it makes sense not being too picky, when your paws haven’t adapted to use a remote!

source The verdict: Dogs definitely can focus on screens but they do not experience watching television in the same way humans do because of the way they process visual information. And some dogs like watching TV while others don’t care one bit!


Want some screen-free entertainment for your pup? How about a delivery of toys and treats from BarkBox?  With its creative monthly themes, top-quality products (all of them designed and made in-house), and incredible customer service, http://ibprairies.org/privacy-policy/ BarkBox is a great time for pups who love toys and treats. BarkBox also tailors each delivery to your pup based on size, needs, and wants. Plus, all of the edibles are free from wheat, corn, and soy, and—most importantly—they taste delicious.

BarkBox

Terrier Dog Paradise Unleashed BarkBox
Cost: $29 for 1 month, $25 for 6 months, or $20 for 12 months.  

If your pup needs tough toys, the Super Chewer BarkBox could be an awesome option for you. The http://ezeta.com.ar/index.php?option=com_content Super Chewer version of the BarkBox is very similar to the one above (fun monthly themes, original products, and so on) but with the added benefit of having toys that are virtually indestructible. It’s made for the pups who want a bit more of a challenge for their teeth – and for you humans who are sick of throwing away destroyed toys five minutes after getting them.

Super Chewer BarkBox

Super Chewer BarkBox
Cost: $39 for 1 month, $33 for 3 months, $30 for 6 months, $28 for 12 months.  

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What Toys Are Best For Huskies?

What Toys Are Best For Huskies?

Huskies are highly intelligent and extremely active dogs. They can also howl with the best of them! While we haven’t figured out a way to help huskies play bass and sing in a local band, we listed plenty of toys that will have huskies howling with joy.

To keep huskies busy, we’ll take a look at: toys with a surprise inside, puzzles, and Super Chewer toys.

Super Chewer Toys:

Huskies are known to be hyper-focused, which means they will be looking for a way to open toys in record speed. A more durable toy option for a husky are Super Chewer toys from BarkShop. Super Chewer toys are always fluff-free and are made with tough materials like nylon and rubber.

dog with toy in mouth

To further engage a husky, check out the Super Chewer toys that squeak, like Wobblin’ Walter and the Buns Of Steel Hot Dog(pictured above).

If you want a regular delivery of tough toys for your heavy-chewing husky, the Super Chewer BarkBox could be an awesome option for you. The Super Chewer version of the BarkBox is very similar to the one above (fun monthly themes, original products, and so on) but with the added benefit of having toys that are virtually indestructible. It’s made for the pups who want a bit more of a challenge for their teeth – and for you humans who are sick of throwing away destroyed toys five minutes after getting them.

Super Chewer BarkBox

Super Chewer BarkBox
Cost: $39 for 1 month, $33 for 3 months, $30 for 6 months, $28 for 12 months.

If your husky is more gentle on their toys, the original BarkBox might be your best bet. With its creative monthly themes, top-quality products (all of them designed and made in-house), and incredible customer service, BarkBox is a great time for pups who love toys and treats. BarkBox also tailors each delivery to your husky based on size, needs, and wants. Plus, all of the edibles are free from wheat, corn, and soy, and—most importantly—they taste delicious.

BarkBox

Terrier Dog Paradise Unleashed BarkBox
Cost: $29 for 1 month, $25 for 6 months, or $20 for 12 months.

 

Puzzles:

Puzzles are great toys for huskies to use their sharp brains. The first few times that a husky is using their puzzle, let them see you hiding treats in the slots. This will help a husky visualize how each part of the puzzle works. Then once your husky catches on, set up the puzzle somewhere they cannot see which slots treats are hidden in.

hide n slide toy barkbox

If your husky has a habit of chewing, wooden puzzles like the Dog Hide n’ Slide will last longer than puzzles made with plastic. This is primarily because the plastic pieces would be more prone to not fitting exactly back in place if a pup nibbles on them.

 

Toys With A Surprise:

The first time a husky tries out a toy with a surprise inside, they are going to be hooked! Huskies naturally enjoy finding new ways to open toys. So, having a toy with multiple layers will keep them engaged and make for a longer lasting toy. Consuela The Cactus, pictured below, will make for a new, entertaining and interactive challenge.

Additionally, Mutta Morphing Butterfly is another exciting toy on BarkShop, that will have a surprise waiting for pups.

If you have any questions about what toys would be best for your pup, always feel free to write in to Happy@barkbox.com for recommendations! Our dog-obsessed team is here to help. 🙂

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Is It Okay To Have Sex In Front Of Your Dog?

Is It Okay To Have Sex In Front Of Your Dog?

We’ve all been there.

Things are getting hot and heavy — whether it’s between you and your soulmate or the not-as-hot-as-their-Tinder-pic-but-it-it’s-been-awhile stranger you just met — and it feels like nobody else in the world exists. When you finally come up for air, eager to dive back down into the depths of your steamy sexcapade, that is when your eyes meet.

white dog in the shadows

Your dog. Sitting just a few feet away, their eyes widened watching as you perform perhaps the most animal act of all. What do you do? What exactly is the protocol here?

As with everything these days, there are many schools of thought. Some people banish their dogs from the room until the deed is done, some let their horndogs watch, some refrain from sex entirely for the approximately 15 to 16 years of their dog’s life (I don’t know any personally, but there are some weird people out there). Whatever your preference, you’ve got to admit, you’ve at least thought about it.

“Does she know what’s happening?”, “What is he thinking right now?”, “Is this messed up?”, “Is she critiquing my form?”

And while it’s normal to wonder, if you’re obsessing over any of these questions while actually having sex, the answer is “no.” Do yourself a favor: if you can’t stop thinking about it, confine your dog to another room so that you and your partner can both enjoy yourselves without an overly eager third wheel standing by.

Many find sex to be upsetting or exciting. Some dogs perceive it as an attack on / by their owner, some perceive it as playing, some are all too anxious to get in on the action. Nobody knows your dog better than you do. You can tell if they are exhibiting signs that they are upset or uncomfortable with anything that is going on.

Basically, as long as everyone present is okay with what’s happening, that’s all that matters. If you, your partner, or your dog are exhibiting any signs of discomfort, it’s time to figure out a solution that works for everyone.

(Maybe confining your dog to another room and apologizing with a special treat afterward — happy endings all around?)

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Sous-Vide Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup

Sous-Vide Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup

The following post is brought to you by Grocery Pup. We’re very paw-ticular about our partners and only feature those we think are top dog.

Sous-Vide Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup

Attention busy pup parents! (That’s basically anyone who breathes and also has a dog, let’s be real!) Are you looking to level up your dog’s food? Grocery Pup is bringing fresh, human-grade dog food to the canine masses — just like you might make at home, but delivered right to your door! Using only the freshest whole foods available, Austin-based Grocery Pup cooks up human-grade meals using the sous-vide method. Sous-vide is a restaurant-quality, low-heat cooking process that enhances flavor and preserves the nutrients and vitamins of the farm fresh ingredients. This unique cooking process makes the food nutritionally on par with raw food, but safer since it’s cooked and tastier so it appeals to even the pickiest of pups!

Human Grade Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup

Human Grade Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup

Each Grocery Pup recipe was created under the guidance of a veterinary nutritionist to ensure that your dog gets a properly balanced meal that’s healthy, delicious, and easily digestible — especially important for pups with sensitive tummies! There are three recipes to choose from, each cooked in a USDA certified kitchen using human-grade, non-GMO, pesticide-free ingredients: Bitchin’ Beef Stew, Turkey Pawella, and Porky’s Luau.

Human Grade Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup

Human Grade Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup

Whether you choose a variety pack or stick to one recipe, you can order à la carte (great if you want to try before you buy) or you can sign up for a subscription (which also includes free swag with your automatic deliveries as well as an overall discount compared to à la carte pricing). For those who live in Austin or Central Texas, you’re in luck! Grocery Pup is available to purchase in-person at your local Tomlinson’s Feed stores. Check out all the plan and delivery options here!

Human Grade Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup

Human Grade Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup

So, what does this all add up to? Safer, healthier, and tastier dog food that will help your pup thrive, not just survive — or as Grocery Pup likes to call it: dog years delivered! Learn more about the recipes, ingredients, and Grocery Pup’s mission at grocerypup.com.

Super pawesome bonus: Enjoy 30% off your first order with the discount code DOGMILK30. Valid through 12/31/18. Bon appétit!

Human Grade Dog Food Delivery from Grocery Pup


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Why Is My Dog’s Skin Dry And Itchy?

Dry, itchy skin is among the most common complaints vets here from dog parents. Not only is this problem uncomfortable for your pooch, the constant licking, chewing, and scratching are enough to drive you crazy!

Uncovering the root cause of your pup’s brittle coat and flaky skin is easier said than done. There are several possible culprits from creepy, crawly parasites to simple changes in weather. As always, if your pooch is a senior or is suffering from severe itching, hair loss or skin lesions, it may be time to check in with your vet.

Skin Parasites

One legged french bulldog running

Fleas are usually the first thing that comes to mind when a dog starts scratching. The details of what they do to the canine body are like something from a horror movie.  They puncture the skin with their sharp mouthparts and suck your poor pup’s blood. Yep, that’s right. Fleas are basically tiny vampires.

As if that weren’t bad enough, they also cause tapeworm infections, reproduce rapidly, and may lead to allergic reactions. Dogs hypersensitive to flea saliva suffer intense itching throughout their body, not just at the site of the bite. They often lose their hair, and develop sores and scabs.

In addition to fleas, dogs may become infested with microscopic mange mites. Both Demodectic mange and Sarcoptic mange cause severe hair loss, scabs and itchy skin. While Demodex is often passed down from mother to pup, Sarcoptic mange – commonly known as Scabies – is highly contagious to other pets and even humans. Yuck.

Allergies

Fleas aren’t the only allergy-causing trigger that can leave your dog itching and scratching. Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to just about anything. Common food ingredients like chicken, beef, soy, wheat, and corn could be the source of an otherwise healthy dog’s irritated skin and ears.

Similarly, many pups react to environmental factors such as dust mites, mold spores, pollen, or cigarette smoke. Some are even allergic to the dander of other pets in the home or the feathers inside your down comforter.

Bacterial & Fungal Infections

Brussels griffon mix in a suit

Did you know that Ringworm isn’t a worm at all? The dry, flaky bullseye-like lesions are actually caused by a fungal infection that is highly contagious to other pets and humans.

Dry, itchy dogs are also at an increased risk for developing bacterial skin infections. They tear and chew at their skin so incessantly that a lesion or hot spot forms, leaving them open to infection-causing microbes in the environment.

Systemic Diseases

Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s Disease are common metabolic illnesses in older dogs. Both can cause dry, itchy skin and dull, brittle haircoat. Other symptoms include hair loss and skin infections. Certain auto-immune diseases, forms of cancer, and breed-specific conditions can also cause dry skin.

Weather

Frank English Bulldog Paw On Human Leg

Changes in temperature and humidity may also lead to dry, irritated skin in dogs. Similarly, air conditioned and heated homes may contribute to the problem. If you live in an area with low humidity, running a humidifier may help keep your dog’s skin balanced.

Over-Bathing

Excessive bathing or using overly harsh soaps may strip vital moisture from your dog’s skin. It can also cause irritation, damaged hair follicles, and an increased risk of bacterial and fungal infections. How often you bathe your dog depends on a number of factors including age, health and lifestyle. If in doubt, contact your veterinarian for advice and a shampoo recommendation.

Poor Nutrition

A lack of vital nutrients like protein and essential fatty acids can leave your dog’s skin and hair coat dry and dull. Luckily, proper diet, supplements, veterinary care, and lots of love can transform even the shabbiest pup into a shiny, lustrous show dog!

Chihuahua BarkBox Dog skin and coat supplement

BARK Dog Skin & Coat Supplement: Veterinarian-formulated, this supplement is made with all natural ingredients (including Omega-3, 6, 9, and Vitamin E) and comes in the form of 120 soft chews. Basically, it looks and tastes just like delicious treats, and it could really help soothe your dog in their time of need. ($19.99.)

As always, if your pooch is a senior or is suffering from severe itching, hair loss or skin lesions, it may be time to check in with your vet.

H/T to AKC.org & PetMD

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Why Does My Dog Destroy Toys?

Have you ever wondered why your dog takes so much pleasure in disemboweling the toys you so lovingly select for them? Does it seem like you spend more time choosing the perfect plushie than your pup spends tearing it limb from limb? Don’t worry, your pooch isn’t a serial killer, they’re just doing what dogs do!

For many canines, soft, noisy toys awaken their inner wolf. For others, it comes down to boredom or learned behavior. Pinpointing your pup’s destructive motivations will help you choose toys that can withstand his savage play style.

BarkBox Puppy Toy Bindle Bundle

Prey Drive

Many dogs seem to retain traces of their wild ancestors’ instincts to hunt, capture, and kill weaker prey. While scientists and animal behaviorists differ on just how similar our domesticated dogs are to their canid cousins, it makes sense that certain innate impulses remain.

Those who support the prey drive theory say it is the high-pitched sound of a squeaky toy – eerily similar to the cry of a frightened or injured rodent – that sparks the instinct to hunt and kill. They rip and tear at the “flesh” of the toy in an attempt to destroy the squeaker and render the toy “dead.”

Boredom

Without adequate exercise and mental stimulation, dogs are bound to get into mischief. Some bark incessently or gnaw on your furniture. Others take their frustrations out on their toys.

Pimm terrier dog with BarkBox toys

Alleviating boredom is as simple as spending more time with your pup. Instead of putting them out in the yard alone, head out back with them and throw the ball. Or snap on his leash and take a walk around the block.

If your dog only destroys toys when left home alone, they may be suffering from separation anxiety. Left untreated, this problem can escalate into more dangerous behaviors. Set up a consulation with your veterinarian and consider altering your routine to better meet your dog’s needs.

Learned Behavior

You have to admit, it’s pretty adorable when dogs vigorously tug and shake their toys – especially when they’re puppies. However, every time you giggle and engage in rough play with your pup, you reinforce their behavior.

Interactive play with their favorite human is pure bliss for your dog, so don’t stop the fun. However, you may want to stash your dog’s more vulnerable toys before leaving the house. Shredded bits of fabric can pose a choking hazard or cause an intestinal blockage. Instead, give your dog a fresh chew or a stuffable treat toy to keep them occupied.

Dogs Love A Challenge

Dachshund Wiener Dog With BarkBox Puzzle Toy Tornado

Exercise is just as important for your dog’s mind as it is for his body. Whether it’s puzzle toys, brain games, or nose work, dogs love to meet challenges and solve problems. For some, dismantling their toys until they reach the squeaker is just another way to test their mental acuity.

You May Be Choosing The Wrong Toys

No matter the reason for your dog’s destructive tendencies, if they is consistently making minced meat of his toys, it is time to invest in some tougher play-things!

Dogs with high prey drives belong in Bark’s exclusive Destroyer’s Club. These toys are designed with ruff and tuff pups in mind. Some are built to last, while others give your hunter just what they wants, shredding to bits in his powerful jaws.

Mix breed dog destroying barkbox toys

Puzzle Toys may be just the thing to keep bored or brainy dogs occupied. They challenge your dog to use his body and mind to earn treats. And if toy-shredding is a learned behavior for your pooch, try something the two of you can play with together. Tuggable and tossable toys allow you to spend quality time while also providing the exercise and mental stimulation they needs to thrive.

Have You Considered Buying BarkBox?

Of course, if you’re okay with your dog destroying their toys, you might want to consider buying a BarkBox subscription to replenish their wares and keep the destruction going month after month. A classic box contains 2 large bags of treats, 1 long-lasting chew, and two sturdy but definitely destructible toys for as little as $21 a month.

Shepherd Mix with Doznes of BarkBoxes

On the flip side, if you’d rather the toys stick around a little longer (i.e., basically forever), you can upgrade to the Super Chewer BarkBox. The toys in this version are made to withstand even the strongest of canine teeth for as little as $29 a month.

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Photos of Dogs Catching Treats Look Hilarious

Photographer Christian Vieler’s unexpected images of dog delight

Christian Vieler can thank his dog for helping him make the move from amateur to professional photographer and to internet sensation. Vieler wanted to test a new flash for capturing high speed action that he had just purchased. Nobody else was around, so his Labrador Retriever, Lotte, became his first model. Lotte just sat there and looked at him, exhibiting behavior that photographers usually appreciate. In this case, his dog’s calm manner was not helpful—it was a problem since Vieler’s goal was to capture fast movements.

Screenshot of photos © Christian Vieler

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Boo Oh, a new Seattle-based lifestyle brand for pets and their owners, just arrived on the scene and we are smitten! The brand recently launched line of pet accessories created to “elevate everyday moments”. Boo Oh’s patent-pending designs speak to pet parents who appreciate style, quality materials, and attention to detail — all things we can get behind here at Dog Milk!

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Their debut collection includes the Lumi Leash and Collar, the Ray Harness, and the Toto Waste Bag Carrier. Featuring simple yet sophisticated designs, the collection aims to combine utility and comfort with modern aesthetics. Shop the complete Boo Oh range at www.boo-oh.com.

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh

Sophisticated Dog Collars, Leads, and Accessories from Boo Oh


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