Dogs and Hardwood Floors – DogBlog

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Guest Post by: Aedan Kiernan
Digital Marketing Executive
Wood Finishes Direct
Folkestone, Kent, UK

For many home owners, who are also dog owners, hardwood flooring is but a dream. Dogs claws, vomit, urine and dirty paws are all things that can cause havoc to a hardwood floor. However this doesn’t mean hardwood floors are out of the picture. Providing you choose the right wood, finish, sheen and cleaning products, your dog and floor can coexist in relative harmony. Although there is no way to stop damage altogether, you can reduce and limit the damage.

Wood – Choosing the wood will be the first thing you do, and there are so many woods available, oak, pine, walnut, ash, cherry, maple, the list goes on, but which one is best. The key to choosing wood flooring for a home with dogs is finding one which is strong and light in colour. You want it to be strong so it stands up well to your dogs claws and light in colour so any damage is less visible. This sums up oak perfectly as it is one of the strongest woods available, is naturally light in colour, and it is affordable. Although you could try an aged or distressed looking wood so any damage look like it is intentional.

Finish – Now that you have chosen the wood, now the question looms, what finish should I choose? Your new hardwood floor needs a finish to protect it from dirt and wear, otherwise it will quickly become damaged and eventually ruined. There are two main finishes on the market for floors and these are oils and varnishes. Oils are very popular as they offer a natural look and feel, but they are not suited to standing up to the wear caused by dogs. For this reason a floor varnish is the best choice of finish to provide the resilience you need. A varnish offers a hard and durable protective coating on top of the wood, helping to prevent damage and protecting the wood. The great thing with a varnish is multiple layers can be built up to increase protection. Make sure you use a specific “floor varnish” as these are made for floors and have increased protection to other generic varnishes. You can find a range of floor varnishes at Wood Finishes Direct. Continue reading

DogBlog Review: Zuke’s Mini Naturals

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Review byZuke's Mini Naturals Dog Treats DogBlogger Julie Walton
DogBlog: A Dog’s Eye View
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Product: Zuke’s Mini Naturals
Received from: Chewy.com

Blue Belle loves to do tricks and one of the best treats for rewarding our dog are small treats like these little mini treats from Zuke’s.  We received the Zuke’s Mini Naturals Fresh Peanut Butter Formula from Chewy.com to review.

The 6 oz. package is actually a pretty large package.  And I see that they are on sale at Chewy right now.

These treats are wheat, corn and soy free and there are less than 3 1/2 calories per treat.

Blue Belle really likes these tasty treats, in addition to using them for training purposes, we also use them inside her Odin Toy.

Ingredients

Peanut Butter, Ground Rice, Ground Barley, Malted Barley, Gelatin, Vegetable Glycerine, Tapioca, Natural Flavor, Cherries, Sunflower Oil, Lecithin, Salt, Phosphoric Acid, Rosemary, Turmeric, Sorbic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Mixed Tocopherols

DogBlog Review: Orijen Free-Run Duck

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Review byOrijen Free Run Duck Freeze Dried Dog Treats DogBlogger Julie Walton
DogBlog: A Dog’s Eye View
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Product: Orijen Free Run Duck Freeze Dried Dog Treats
Received from: Chewy.com

We received a 2 oz. package (approximately 55 treats) of freeze dried dog treats made from duck and duck liver. The treats are proudly made in Canada. The package indicates they use regional ingredients delivered fresh.  The founder says the quality is never outsourced, preparing Orijen treats in their own kitchens, where they freeze-dry fresh local ingredients and control every detail of preparation.  They are freeze-dried to lock in flavor and nutrition.

The first thing I noticed about the treats is the fact that they are very light in weight.  The first thing my granddaughter noticed, is the smell.  But Blue Belle loved the smell.  We are very careful to feed our special loved one only the best dog food and treats.  This product by Orijen qualifies as a healthy good snack which we feel we can trust.

Review: Dogsters Frozen Dog Treats

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Would your dog like a frozen treat?

Product Review by:  Julie and Blue Belle Walton
DogBlog: A Dog’s Eye View

Product:  DOGSTERS Ice Cream Style Treats for Dogs

DOGSTERS WEBSITE: jjsnack.com/dogsters
DOGSTERS on FACEBOOK: facebook.com/DogstersHealthyTreats

Dogsters Frozen Dog TreatsWe received a request to review a treat for our dog, Blue Belle, DOGSTERS ice cream style treats for dogs.  They are made in the USA (a key to this dog loving family) all natural, low fat and low calories.  Dogsters says man’s best friend deserves healthy and delicious treats, too.

Who doesn’t love a good treat. BUT, the question on this beautiful fall day is will Blue Belle, the rescue dog, agree that a frozen treat is cool and refreshing and much better than staying under the tree to keep the pesky squirrels out of our yard.

The frozen treats are found in your grocery store alongside the frozen novelties.  But because we are special (ok, we are just dog blogging reviewers, but we think we are special) we received ours at our front door packed on ice.  We received two boxes of these delicious flavors:

  • Mint
  • Peanut Butter and Cheese

Each treat comes in a plastic container with a paper lid, so obviously you will want to keep an eye on your dog and throw the trash away, so they don’t eat up the container.

I think you will agree when you see Blue Belle’s reaction that she thinks they truly are DELICIOUS!

 

Pooch Perks Dog Box Subscription Review

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DogBlog Canine Contributor, Blue Belle, Reviews Pooch Perks

Review by: Julie Walton and Blue Belle the Rescue Dog
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EXCTITING NEWS: Use this promo code BESTDOG20, it gives customers 20% off their first box $25 or more.

Pooch Perks Website Link

Pooch Perks Website

Go to their Website: www.poochperks.com

We were told to expect a box for our canine contributor, Blue Belle, to review. She was so excited. Oh my goodness. What an awesome box full of treats and toys.

PoochPerks is a monthly box subscription service for your four legged family members which include a unique collection of organic treats and interactive toys. Their treats are gluten free, have no artificial preservatives and are made with natural ingredients. Their toys are tested for durability and safety. They give preference to local batch gourmet and socially aware companies. (Blue Belle, Murry and Julie really like that fact).

Blue Belle absolutely loved the box full of treats and toys. One of her favorite toys is a little rubber toy from HuggleHounds.  Stuffed Ruff-Tex is 100% natural rubber that is stuffed and extremely flexible.  We use it to play a game with her. We put the toy on her head and tell her to wait and then when we say “OK”, she throws the ball off her head and catches it. SUCH FUN!

DogBlog Review - Pooch Perks

DogBlog Review – Pooch Perks

We highly recommend this subscription box full of goodies. You can purchase a subscription for your pooch, or a gift for a doggie friend. If you choose to cancel your subscription, I see that you can go to the contact page and submit a request to cancel.

About the service: PoochPerks

Shipping is included in every package price. (GREAT IDEA!)

Step 1

Choose your pet’s size Small Pooch (less than 35 lbs); Medium-Large (35 lbs or Bigger)

Step 2

Choose your Pooch package.

Pennypincher Pooch $20.00 package/month

Box contains toys and made in the USA Treats
2 to 3 items
Approximate package value: $25

Popular Pooch $29.00 package/month
Box contains toys and made in the USA treats
4 items
Approximate package value: $35

Patriotic Pooch $45 package/month
Entire box contains made in the USA products
5 to 6 made in the USA items
Approximate package value: $55

Pampered Pooch $50 package/month
Box contains toys and made in the USA treats
6 items
Approximate package value: $60

Custom Box

Treats only boxes for only $20
Contains 2 to 3 packages of all natural, made in the USA treats.

Step 3

That takes you to the cart, select the quantity and don’t forget to add our coupon code to get 20% off your first box of $25 or more.
Use this promo code BESTDOG20

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Dog Toy Review – The Odin A Geometric, Puzzle Dog Toy

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Blue Belle, the Canine Dog Blogger reviews the Odin, a geometric puzzle dog toy.

Information about the Odin:

The Odin is a dog toy designed to look great in your home, while being a full featured puzzle toy. You place dog treats into the toy and then your dog tries to get the treats out by playing with the toy. It gives dogs the mental and physical stimulation they need and stays interesting to any dog who loves food.  The Odin was a kickstarter campaign reviewed by our dog blog.

Product:  The Odin by Up Dog Toys

Website: updogtoys.com

Discount for our Readers: Our readers can take 10% discount before 8/30/15 with the code DOGBLOG10.

Key features:

  • Modern, geometric design looks great in any home and stands out from other dog toys.
  • Geometric shape also makes the toy more fun and enjoyable because it prevents the toy from rolling around excessively and causes the toy to bounce unpredictably when thrown.
  • Male and female interlocking pieces allow The Odin to be chained together to offer more challenge and versatility. We plan to create new toys to attach to it as well.
  • Tough and large enough to not be swallowed by big dogs but light enough that small dogs can roll it around.
  • Dishwasher safe, non-toxic and phthalate free.
  • Four differently sized holes to allow treats of varying sizes to fall out. Smaller treats come out easier, while larger treats increase the challenge for skilled dogs.
  • Flaps to allow treats to be easily placed inside without falling out. Flaps also are a way for dogs to try to lick the treats instead of rolling or tossing the toy to get treats out.

We received two of the toys.  Blue Belle was so excited to see that the treats we placed inside the toys can easily drop out as she rolls the Odin around with her paw and nose. We do recommend this toy.  We will let Blue Belle tell the rest of the story.