photoIf you’ve followed us for awhile, you’d know that I recently (well not so recently) had a baby boy.  Well, that boy has grown up enough to want to take care of his dog already, just as I hoped he would.

He loves his Bubbs oh so much, Bubbs on the other hand is definitely making him work for his affection, but he’s allowing it.

We’re working on their relationship, and although Bubbs might not be gung-ho about this new human in his life, and LJ might not get the overwhelming surge of love that a puppy gives upon greeting, but they’re brothers and they know it. :)

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Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 8.21.42 PMGo HERE to print out a Buy 2, Get 1 FREE coupon for Nature’s Recipe dog food cups from Petco!

Be sure to have your Pals Rewards card ready at checkout.

Thanks, Petco!

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Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 7.52.44 PMIf you haven’t checked out Target printable coupons lately, you’ll want to head over there and print out some great savings in pet care HERE!

Here are a couple good ones to print…

  • $2 off a 36-ct pack of Arm & Hammer Puppy Pads (or $5 off when you purchase 2)
  • $3 off 15 3.5oz Cesar wet dog foods
  • $1 off select dog treats (milkbone, pup-peroni, etc.)
  • $2.50 off select Pedigree items
  • $1 off 4lb bag of Purina dry dog food
  • $1 off Beggin Strips treats
  • $1 0ff 5lb bag of Purina ONE dry dog food

There’s some really great savings over there this month!  If we come across any good store coupon match-ups and sales with these, we’ll post them here as soon as we know!  And don’t forget to hit the ‘back’ button to print each one twice!

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This guy on the left is my brothers dog GSXR (pronounced Gixer) who recently passed away from cancer.  He was a purebred boxer and was as active as can be!  In honor of him today I have a great guest post, courtesy of Ron Rutherford, about taking care of your high energy dog (or if you’re thinking about adopting one).

High energy dogs come in various sizes and shapes, and their energy level can depend on the breed and what they were bred for.  So don’t those little dogs fool you, some of the most active breeds are the little ones!  Terriers for example, will definitely keep you on your toes, and can be quite destructive if not kept active.

Unfortunately, a lot of dogs in shelters are high-energy which a lot of people just don’t understand or know how to deal with.  So before taking on a high-energy dog, take a minute and read up on some tips on how to keep them busy!

You might also want to invest in one of THESE. ;)

Taking Care of High-Energy Dogs

However people go about selecting a dog to join their family, they often find themselves challenged by the energy-level of their canine companion. Many have a hard enough time taking care of their own exercise, let alone that of a relatively cooped up, well-nourished, furry fireball. Unfortunately, lack of exercise can lead to several negative behaviors in a dog and one could certainly argue that their mental well-being may suffer as well. High amounts of energy coupled with negative behaviors can lead to many pet owners feeling frustrated and helpless which often results in the use of punishment as a form of correction. The use of punishment or even force to correct a dog’s behavior will more than likely only worsen the situation. If your dog regularly has excess energy to burn, here are some effective approaches to tackling the problem that don’t require you to use punishment or force.

Two Birds

If you are able to make time to exercise yourself, include your dog as much as possible. This may require you to adapt to exercising in different ways, but mutual benefit is always the best option. Taking your dog running is the most obvious option, but not at all the only one. Bringing a dog on a bike ride, a hike through hills, rollerblading, or skateboarding are also great ways for you to exercise together.

Breeds that traditionally are used as work dogs may also take to pulling a load (either you or a weight) which will help burn energy quickly and efficiently. A dog weight vest may also make a good option for exercising a high energy dog where pulling won’t work.

Dogs are fairly adaptable and generally love to get out and do things, but not all exercise activities we engage in as humans are necessarily suitable for a dog. Use good judgment and consult a vet if you are unsure.

Provide Options for Your Dog

Dogs will exercise on their own in the space they have available, but they need you to provide options that are healthy outlets for their energy. The more options they have, the more likely they will continually keep themselves engaged.

Energy that dogs need to burn is not limited to physical exertion. Toys that get a dog moving are great, but ones that get them thinking are important too. If dogs could speak, I think they would say they can never have too many toys. They will also take more to some than others, so you have to keep offering new ones to find out what sort they like best.

Space can be a trickier issue to handle for providing a dog options to get energy out. The goal is to limit their movement as little as safely possible. A dog door may be a good option if your dog is unlikely to get into any trouble in the yard.

One is the Loneliest Number

Some dogs get along better on their own than others, but most love to interact with other dog-friendly creatures (particularly humans and other dogs). Socializing a dog is a good way to take care of some of its energy demands and this also doesn’t have to take a bite out of your schedule.

If you have a friend who also has a dog (or dogs), getting the dogs together will probably benefit both of you by letting the dogs play some of their energy out. Off leash dog parks are another way to accomplish this, although a wide array of dogs in attendance may require more supervision on your part. Alternatively, it might be a good idea to allow any dog-loving friends to borrow your dog from time to time even if they are not dog owners themselves.

If it is an option, you may want to consider adding a dog to the family so that they can keep themselves busy with each other. Of course, you don’t want to take on more responsibility than you can handle. It can make it a bit easier to take care of your dog’s energy needs though.

Agility

If you have time for a little extra training, agility courses are a good way to provide a positive outlet for your dog’s energy. The variety of obstacles and movement required exercise dogs both physically and mentally. A course will require some sturdy and safe materials and space, but this makes a good option for those with available yard space.

There are plenty of options for keeping an energetic dog happy. It’s all about compromise and figuring out what works for you both. With a little exploring, you may find your dog’s demands are not as difficult to accommodate as you thought.

Ron Rutherford is a writer with a passion for nature and a soft spot for Thai food. He currently freelances for Havahart Wireless, which specializes in progressive and humane wireless dog fences.

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Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 3.01.11 PMGo HERE to print out your $3 off coupon for Nature’s Variety Instinct RAWBoost dog food!  You can also go HERE if you’d like to offer it to your cat.

Both expire June 30th, 2013.

Thanks, Nature’s Variety!

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51+aDAQvdiL._SY355_Head over HERE to Amazon to save $2 off your $10 purchase of select Zuke’s Treats and chews!  A lot of it appears to be ‘Hip Action’ treats and bones with Glucosamine and Chondroitin baked in to help with arthritis in older and more active dogs.

Believe it or not, we’ve never tried Zuke’s before?  How are they?  THESE look pretty good!

Price is adjusted at checkout once you’ve hit the $10 purchase requirement.

Thanks, Amazon!

*This post contains affiliate links to keep this blog going.

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51v8Gu14bsL._SL1000_Head over to Amazon and scoop up THIS Spotty Spring Action Scooper for only $10.50 after you clip the $2.50 coupon (Prime members are eligible for free shipping)!  Be sure to clip the coupon box to get your savings applied at checkout!

Perfect timing for this deal so you can clean up all that wet mushy poo leftover from winter and spring rains (which is happening here now as I type…uuuggh)!

“We neeeed one of these,” says my back. ;)

Love Amazon deals and coupons!

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0000496_vetisse-neem-fur-soap-for-dog-skin-problems_200Over at 1st Pet Naturals, you can purchase any Vetisse product and get the 2nd 50% off until 5/22!

Not familiar with Vetisse?  Vetisse is a line of herbal supplement treatments for pets, and was created to help stimulate healing and recovery from common ailments such as worms, wounds, infections, and arthritis.  You can visit their page HERE to learn more!

We like THESE soaps!  Vetisse Neem Fur Soap is a natural antiseptic soap that kills germs, repels fleas and ticks, and treats skin allergies!

We love natural pet products!

Thanks, 1st Pet Naturals!

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cosequin-couponsGo HERE for bunch of savings coupons on Nutramax Labs products for pets!

Save $2.50 on Cosequin for dogs is available ($1.50 off cat Cosequin), plus several more!

Thanks, Nutramax!

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Screen Shot 2013-05-15 at 10.29.00 AMFor all  you doggy owners with kitties, HERE is a special coupon to save $2 off any 3lb bag of Primal Raw Frozen Feline formula!

Thanks, Primal Pet Foods!

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