Thursday, November 23, 2017

3 Italian Dog Breeds That Are Popular With Celebrities

While biologists believe that humans have their origins in Africa, fossil evidence indicates that dogs first became man’s best friend in Europe. To this day, European dog breeds represent some...

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Friday, November 17, 2017

How To Walk Your Dog Like These Celebrity Dog Lovers

We all can’t be rich and famous, taking our canine companions to celebrity dog resorts or hiring architects for custom-built dog houses. But we can, with a little planning and the right...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

10 of the Best Canine Stars in Kid’s Movies (Dog Stars!)

Best dogs starring in kids’ movies: What was your favourite movie when you were younger? Children’s movies are enjoyable and exciting, filled with plenty of action, adventure and comedy. But in...

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Have Trouble Sleeping After A Bad Day? Your Dog Does Too!

Ever feel like your dog is just a human with paws? Now, a Hungarian study discovered that dogs suffer with sleep issues after enduring a stressful experience, just like we do.

The study found that, like humans, dogs who experienced a negative situation, took longer to fall asleep than the group who had a positive one. The dogs were subjected to negative experiences such as being tied in one place or being ignored by their owner. The positive experiences lasted six minutes and included fun, engaging things like petting and playing.

Not only did the stressed-out dogs have trouble getting to sleep, they continued to suffer even once they entered dreamland. The pups who had a bad day had less time in true deep sleep and had more minutes in the lighter REM sleep. While REM sleep is essential for dreaming, it doesn’t provide most restful sleep that our bodies need.

This study, done by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, used EEG monitors to track the sleep activity of 16 dogs, both purebred and mixed breed. Researchers also tracked heart rate variability to confirm the negative experiences were in fact being perceived negatively by the dogs. The positive experiences, however, such as petting, ear scratches and light play, increased oxytocin levels (the anti-stress hormone) in both dogs and their humans.

It’s important to note that the occasional restless night won’t harm your dog. However, consistent sleep issues can lead to problems with aggression and behavior changes, says Dr. Anna Kis, lead researcher of the study.

More research is needed on the sleeping habits of our four-legged friends, and it is a growing area of interest. In a recent study on sleep spindles, also led by Dr. Kis, it was found that proper sleep aids in dogs learning capabilities and memory formation.

Each day we discover something else that makes dogs even more amazing, as if we needed another reason to love them.
So tonight before you go to bed, give your pup a belly rub, scratch their ears, and wish them sweet dreams. They’ll thank you for it later.

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I Fed My Dog Freshpet Dog Food For 14 Days!

Freshpet® asked me if I wanted to try out their food for two weeks. I asked, “You’re making food for humans?”

“No dummy,” they replied, “would you like to give your dog Remy, Freshpet dog food for 14 days and report on any changes you see in him?”

Hmmm, I thought. “Okay, let’s give it a shot.”

The Freshpet dog food arrived a week later. It looked great in it’s beautiful packaging.

We started with the Chunky Chicken & Turkey Recipe Rolls. Slicing them up and giving them to Remy. Then when they were finished we moved over to the Home Cooked Chicken Recipes.

I really didn’t know what to expect over these two weeks. Of course this isn’t a scientific study and I wasn’t taking notes but I did notice two things over this time.

Remy is now 13 years & 4 months old. He’s much slower overall, even when I’m feeding him and especially in the morning. Sometimes I have to pull him out of bed to get him to eat.

With Freshet, that has stopped. When I got up in the morning he was waiting at the door to go eat. I haven’t seen that behavior in a long time. The second thing I noticed, was that he seemed to have more energy and acted, a little bit more, like a puppy when I was getting ready to take him outside.

And that is two very good things to see in your old pup. Thanks, Freshpet!

Freshpet Facts

  • You can find Freshpet at your local Pet Store, always stored in the Freshpet refrigerator.
  • Freshpet has no additives or preservatives.
  • It’s never made with pre-processed meat powders, “chicken meals,” or by-products – just real US meat as the #1 ingredient, and real veggies you can see.
  • Freshpet is made right here in the USA.
  • Freshpet is pre-cooked so it’s easier for you dinnertime.

Freshpet® brands include Freshpet® Select and Dog Joy™, available at select grocery and mass-market retailers; Deli Fresh®, Vital™ and Dognation™, available at pet specialty stores.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

5 Celebrity Inspired Dog Walking Outfits

Just because you’re walking your dog, it doesn’t mean you can wear pajamas! After all, you want both you and your pooch to look amazing. Most dog owners walk their pets for at least eight...

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Berkley Jenson Sent Remy A New Bed & Some Treats!

This post is sponsored by BJ’s Wholesale Club. Dog Files is being compensated for helping spread the word about BJ’s Wholesale Club Pet Food.

Today was a great day for Remy! Berkley Jenson of BJ’s Wholesale Club surprised us with a giant care package. As you can see from the photo above, Remy is in heaven about it. Okay, I maybe knew it was coming, but it was still a surprise for Remy!

Berkley Jenson contacted me a few weeks earlier and asked if they could send a package for Remy. As you can tell, since you’re reading this right now, I said “sure”.

The bed is 38″ round bed which is the perfect size for a 55 lb. doggie like Remy. It’s also reversible with warm and cool fabrics and machine washable. It’s also treated with MaxGuard to reduce odor and bacterial growth. Not that our dogs smell but, sometimes they do. 😉

One of the most important things when evaluating a dog bed is, of course, will your dog continue to choose it to lay on it. Let’s face it, it’s quite a big piece of furniture to have around if your pooch doesn’t like it.

On this account, I can happily say that this big, fluffy, round bed has become a favorite of Remy’s. He likes to sleep in it after breakfast and during the afternoon. What a life this dog has! I’m happy to have it for him! Thanks, Berkley Jenson!

As you can see from the photos, Remy took to the cushy bed right away!

The bed is called the Berkley Jenson 38″ Tufted Round Pet Bed and if there was one thing I could tell from Remy is that it is extremely comfy.

As an added surpise, (I only thought the bed was coming), Berkley Jenson added in a bunch of treats for Remy.

First up, is a giant 6.61 lbs. tub of Berkley Jensen Gravy Coated Baked Dog Biscuits. One of the best aspects of the tub is it’s resealable and that’s something that has always seemed to be  pain with most dog treats. In the tub are three flavors of dog treats, Chicken, Lamb, and Bacon flavor and they are crunchy enough to help clean teeth and reduce tartar. They are also fortified with vitamins & minerals and Remy really enjoys crunching down on them.

Secondly, we have their Pig Ears Bag and their Pork & Berry Links Bag. The Pig Ears are oven roasted and the Pork & Berry Links are grain and gluten free. Remy turns into a wild child when I throw a few of these to him! All in all, very nice treats at a good price.

As an added surpise, (I only thought the bed was coming), Berkley Jenson added in a bunch of treats for Remy.

First up, is a giant 6.61 lbs. tub of Berkley Jensen Gravy Coated Baked Dog Biscuits. One of the best aspects of the tub is it’s resealable and that’s something that has always seemed to be  pain with most dog treats. In the tub are three flavors of dog treats, Chicken, Lamb, and Bacon flavor and they are crunchy enough to help clean teeth and reduce tartar. They are also fortified with vitamins & minerals and Remy really enjoys crunching down on them.

Secondly, we have their Pig Ears Bag and their Pork & Berry Links Bag. The Pig Ears are oven roasted and the Pork & Berry Links are grain and gluten free. Remy turns into a wild child when I throw a few of these to him! All in all, very nice treats at a good price.

The Berkley Jenson Brand is sold exclusively at BJ’s Wholesale Club. If you are a member, you can find the coupon collection flyer with some great deals (listed below) at the front of your local club. Coupons are valid till 11/8/17.

Save $4 on Berkley Jensen Seafood Lover’s Classic Variety Pack Cat Food 
Save $6 on Cosequin DS Plus MSM Joint Health Supplement for Dogs, 132 ct. 
Save $5 on Berkley Jensen Pet Bed 
Save $4 on Berkley Jensen All Natural Wet Dog Food

 

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