DealDash Dog Grooming at Home

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If you have a dirty doggie, you can groom him at home. Here are some tips and tricks from DealDash.

Earlier this week we talked about how to wash your dog if he gets sprayed by a skunk. If you missed that article, then just click right here to read it. Sometimes your dog might get a little stinky even without getting sprayed by a skunk. Keep reading to get more information about grooming your dog at home.

Brush His Teeth Daily

You wouldn’t skip a day without brushing your teeth (I hope!) so why should your dog? He might hate it at first, but if you continue brushing his teeth every day he will eventually get used to it and co-operate with you when you do his daily brushing.

In addition to brushing his teeth, there are also different sorts of dog chews on the market that are meant to clean your dog’s teeth. These are really not a substitute for actual teeth brushing no matter what it says on the package, but they make a nice addition to regular teeth brushing. They can also be used when you aren’t able to brush your dog’s teeth such as if you have a dog-sitter for the weekend.

Brush the Dog Daily

Some short-haired breeds might not look like the need daily brushing, but you should, anyway. Not only does brushing straighten up the hair, it also loosens up the dead hair, gives a skin massage, and also redistributes the oils of the coat to make your dog’s fur look shinier and more healthy.

Clip the Dog’s Nails

Before you bathe your dog, clip his nails. If your dog has clear-colored nails, great! This will be easy. Simply trim away the clear part and stop before you hit the quick, which is the pink part of the nail closest to the paw. Unfortunately, if your dog has dark nails this will be more difficult to do, and you might need to take him to a groomer or vet.

Bathe Your Dog

It depends on your dog’s fur and lifestyle how often you need to bathe your dog. If you have a dog that rarely goes outside or gets dirty then you might be able to bathe him once per month. However, if you have an active dog who loves to roll around in the dirt and get messy then you might need to bathe him every week, or as needed.

The actual task of bathing the dog is simple. Just fill up your tub about 1/3 of the way with lukewarm water. Place your dog in the tub, get his fur wet by pouring water over him with a cup or by using a shower head attachment. Massage in some doggie shampoo, and rinse. Dry him with a nice, fresh towel, and give him a treat. Simple!

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Thanks so much for reading this DealDash blog on grooming your dog. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here are well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please feel free to leave a comment below.

If you want to groom your dog then be sure to follow these DealDash tips. Check DealDash for dog and pet items. DealDash has it all. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this blog article. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash De-Skunks the Dog

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Has your dog Been sprayed by a skunk? DealDash is here to help. Read on for more information.

Now that summer is here you and your pets are probably spending more time outdoors. Unfortunately, when your dogs are exploring outside, especially at night, sometimes there are skunks. Skunks are generally afraid of dogs and will spray them as a warning to go elsewhere. Sadly, skunk spray not only smells terrible but it can also irritate your dog’s eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s very difficult to get the skunk spray smell off of dogs, but there are a few things that you can try. Here are some tips and tricks from DealDash.

Keep Your Dog Outside

If your dog has been sprayed, be sure to keep him outside. You don’t want him to come inside and roll around on your carpet, sofa, blankets, or even his own bed because the skunk spray is actually an oil and will transfer to other surfaces. This oil is difficult to remove from the dog, but also from cloth surfaces as well.

Wear Old Clothing to Bathe the Dog

As I said, the skunk spray is an oil that will transfer from your dog to other surfaces, and this includes you and your clothing as well! When your dog has been sprayed and you need to give him a bath, you’ll want to put on some old clothing first.

Even though you are bathing the dog and he should be clean afterward, you should try to find an old towel that you don’t mind getting ruined. You might not be able to get out the skunk spray entirely, and you definitely don’t want to transfer that to any towel that you or your family might use for bathing later.

Make a Doggie De-Skunking Shampoo

Some people swear by using tomato juice to de-skunk a dog, however, I have used it and it just makes your dog smell like a tomato that for skunked. For a more effective de-skunking, use this recipe:

  • 1 Quart hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of Dawn liquid dish soap

This recipe is good for a dog that is 25 pounds or less. Double the recipe for dogs 25-50 pounds, and triple it for dogs over 50 pounds. Be sure not to get this solution in his eyes. If you need to get the solution onto his face, then dip an old toothbrush into the mixture and apply it carefully.

Leave this mixture on for 10 minutes. The Dawn dish detergent will break up the oils in the skunk spray so that you can wash it away. After 10 minutes, rinse your dog with water. If there is still a strong skunk odor, then repeat the process.

After the smell has mostly been removed, then re-bathe your dog with regular dog shampoo. Be sure to use a different clean towel, you don’t want to re-apply any skunk spray back onto the dog!

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If you want to de-skunk your dog then be sure to follow these DealDash tips. Check DealDash for dog and pet items. DealDash has it all. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Has Your Dog Spread His Fleas?

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Summertime is coming, and that means that the fleas will be out in full force. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping the fleas under control, from DealDash.

Fleas can be quite difficult to get rid of, and sometimes it seems like the arachnid invasion never end. DealDash is here to show you a few ways to keep the fleas under control. It will also give you a few tips on how to prevent the fleas from coming back. These methods are aimed at people who would like to do things more naturally.

This Isn’t Natural, But…

The first thing that you need to do before you tackle the fleas inside your house is to work on the fleas on your dog (or cat.) I personally suggest that you use the strong stuff that’s available from a veterinarian. A simple flea collar isn’t really going to do the trick. It will just make the fleas run from the head to the tail.

Vacuum Your Carpets Very Well

When vacuuming your carpets, start with where your pet enjoys spending his time. Then, vacuum the entire house, room by room, until you have gotten all of the carpets. Pay special attention to the corners of the room and baseboards. Fleas like to hide in dark, so move the furniture, vacuum underneath in all of the nooks and crannies. Don’t forget to throw away the bag or empty the canister when you’re done. Throw it in the garbage outside, not in the trash in the kitchen.

Wash All of the Bedding

Next, wash your pet’s bed as well as all of the bedding in the house. Even though you might not allow Fido up on the furniture, he might jump up there occasionally when you aren’t looking. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to fleas. Wash all of the items in hot water with an extra rinse cycle. Also, use the hottest dryer setting available. Be sure to do this every few days until the fleas are completely gone.

Spray With Vinegar

First, make a vinegar spray. Pour one part vinegar and one part water into a spray bottle. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar – your choice. Spray your carpet with the vinegar mixture. Be sure to focus on areas that your pet likes to spend time in, as well as around baseboards, near entryways, and under furniture. This spray is also safe to use on any surfaces, hard or soft, including your couch, bed, and carpets. The vinegar stinks when it’s wet, but once it has dried the smell goes away completely.

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Finally, thanks so much for reading this new DealDash article on fleas. Don’t forget to check back here often for new articles as well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Helps: Stop Your Dog From Begging

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It might have been cute when your dog was a tiny puppy, but begging isn’t so cute when he’s 60 pounds! Here are some tips and ideas from DealDash.

A dog begging at the table is commonly thought of as rather rude, and it’s a common complaint among dog owners. Many dog owners find it difficult to stop their dog from begging at the table, it can be a difficult habit to break. If you can find the time and dedication to work with your dog on this issue you can be well on your way to a more calm and enjoyable dinner, sans begging dog.

Just Ignore the Dog

Just ignoring your dog can be easier said than done, but if you are able to ignore his begging when you are eating then eventually he will figure out that there is no pay-off to begging at the table. However, if you give in sporadically, then you’re setting him back every single time. If he realizes that you will give in every 10 times that he begs, then he will just keep begging over and over again. It might sound a little bit mean to ignore him, but it’s really for his own benefit. Be sure to give him plenty of love and cuddles and maybe even a treat if you can get through a meal without him begging at the table.

Stop the People Food Altogether

If you’re a pet lover, then you probably think that you’re doing a nice thing for your dog when you give him people food. However, in most cases, this simply isn’t correct. Unless you’re giving him pure meat and vegetables, then the people food that you’re feeding him probably isn’t really healthy for him, anyway. If you can stop the people food altogether, including not giving him any in his bowl, then he will be healthier for it. In addition to being healthier, if you aren’t giving him any more people food, then you can’t give in to his begging at the table – unless you’re eating dog food, that is!

Make Sure the Family is On Board

It’s very important that your whole family is on board with the objective of not feeding the dog from the table anymore. No one really enjoys it when the dog begs at the table, so this should be an easy thing to agree on. However, if you have any small kids in your family, you will need to be sure that they understand what’s going on. Kids love to feed the dog from their plate, especially if there are things on there that they don’t want to eat! If your kids are younger than 5 or so, then you’ll probably need to keep a close eye on them to make sure that they aren’t either sneaking the dog treats or even accidentally feeding him by dropping things inadvertently.

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Finally, thanks so much for reading this new DealDash article on dogs. Don’t forget to check back here often for new articles as well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please feel free to leave a comment below.

DealDash often has animal supplies up for auction. DealDash carries dog, cat, bird, fish, bunny, and guinea pig supplies. Just click right here and it will take you to the area of DealDash where there are pet items.

You can also check out DealDash for a K-Mart, Wal*Mart, or Target gift cards, they all carry dog food and supplies. DealDash has hundreds of different gift cards. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Don’t forget to tell all of your friends about DealDash! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Helps: Keep Your Pet’s Food Bowls Clean

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No matter what type of pet you have it’s important to keep their food and water bowls clean. Here are some tips and tricks from DealDash to help you.

You like to eat from clean dishes and bowls, correct? Well, so does your pet! By regularly cleaning your pet’s dishes, you can prevent bacterial growth that could make him or her sick. In addition, you can make his or her eating and drinking experiences much more enjoyable! And that’s what we all want for our pets, right?

Hand-Washing the Old Fashioned Way

Not everyone has a dishwasher, and some people even prefer to wash the dishes by hand. If you choose to wash your pet’s dishes by hand, then be sure to choose a mild dishwashing liquid. If you are not sure which detergents are mild, check the product labels for indications that the product would be soft on your hands. If you want to be extra sure that the dishwashing detergent is safe for your favorite pet, then you can even make your own! It only takes a moment. Just combine equal parts of baking soda, warm water, and table salt.

After washing your pet’s dish, it’s smart to disinfect it as well. If you haven’t scrubbed the dishes quite well enough by just hand-washing, then you should definitely disinfect them. Don’t worry, it’s easy. To disinfect the dish after scrubbing it, mix one gallon of water with one tablespoon of bleach. Add this mixture to the dish and let it sit for about two minutes before rinsing it out. Be sure to rinse it very well.

Better Yet, Wash Them in the Dishwasher

No matter how hot the water is that you use when hand-washing the dishes, it probably isn’t as hot as a dishwasher gets. A dishwasher gets all the way up to 140 degrees F to remove and kill bacteria. To prevent cross-contamination with the human family’s dishes, it is preferable to wash your pet’s dishes by themselves in the dishwasher. Be sure to have two sets of pet dishes for when one of them is in the dishwasher.

Of course, doing a whole dishwasher cycle for just a few dishes is rather wasteful. If it doesn’t bother you to put your own dishes in with your pet’s, it is fine if you have a ‘sanitize’ setting on your dishwasher. This setting effectively kills and removes all bacteria, thus preventing cross-contamination issue that we previously discussed. Be sure to wash your pet’s dishes a few times a week. Your pet will thank you for it!

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Finally, thanks for reading the newest DealDash article on washing your pet’s dishes. Be sure to come back often for new articles on this blog as well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please write a comment down below.

DealDash has many pet items for auction. Go check DealDash for things that you need for dogs, cats, bunnies, and birds. DealDash has everything that they need and want. Visit DealDash today to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.com, DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Helps: Keep Pets Off the Furniture

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Pets are a huge part of the average American family’s lifestyle. They give so much love yet leave so much fur. Here are some tips from DealDash to keep the pets off of the furniture.

Many people have pets that live indoors all of the time, and these pets tend to get onto the furniture and leave fur. This is bad for the furniture and for your clothing as well. It can be tricky to break the bad habit of the pets jumping on the furniture, but it can be done. Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas from DealDash to help train Fido and Fluffy to stay off of the furniture.

Prevention is Better Than a Cure

If you haven’t gotten your pet yet, plan to spend some time when you first get them to train them to stay off of the furniture. It’s so much easier to teach them to stay off of the furniture in the beginning than it is to break them of the bad habit later on. Do yourself a favor and remember this fact for the next time you get a new pet.

Get Your Pet Their Own Place

You’re going to have a hard time keeping your pets off of the furniture if they don’t have anywhere else to go. With that said, you don’t have to buy your pet the fanciest, most expensive bed out there. A bed from the discount store will work, as well as a soft pillow or blanket. Just think, of you didn’t have a chair, couch, or bed to sit and sleep on – you would find a comfy spot for yourself, as well. Be kind to your furniture, and get your pet their own cozy spot to sleep and rest comfortably.

Confine Them to a Crate

Now, don’t keep Fido or Fluffy confined to a crate more often than you need to. However, when you aren’t around to supervise them then a crate can be a comfy and cozy little space for them to spend their time. This is an especially useful suggestion for dogs, who actually enjoy having a crate to retreat to when things get a little stressful.

Use Double-Sided Tape on Furniture

This trick is especially useful for cats – use double-sided sticky tape on any place that your cat likes to jump up on. This includes the counter tops and tables as well as the chairs and furniture. The double-sided tape is a completely safe and harmless alternative to keep your pets off of any areas that you don’t want them to lay on. The tape works great, give it a try.

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Finally, thanks for reading the newest DealDash article on how to keep your pets off of the furniture. Be sure to come back often for new articles on this blog as well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please write a comment down below.

DealDash has many pet items for auction. Go check DealDash for things that you need for your family pet. DealDash has everything that they need. Visit DealDash today to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.com, DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Dogs: Advanced Tricks

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If you enjoyed the DealDash article on basic dog tricks, then you definitely need to read this one on advanced dog tricks.

Everyone knows that a dog is a loyal companion, always there to give you puppy dog eyes and a head to pat, but they are actually very smart animals and can learn to do more than “sit” and “stay.” In this DealDash article we’ll look at some more advanced tricks that you can teach your best friend on four legs how to master and be the king (or queen) of the dog park.

Kissy Kissy

  1. Most dogs will lick your face without you even having to ask, but teaching them to give a quick no-tongue kiss without the saliva can be a little tricky. If you’d like, prepare the dog by brushing their teeth.
  2. Hold a treat in front of your face, and say the command “kiss”. Present your cheek near the dog, and get closer until she touches it with her nose.
  3. Immediately pull away, and give her the treat before she is able to lick you.
  4. If you are quick, the dog will learn soon enough that all she has to do to get a reward is to lightly press her nose against your cheek when you say “kiss”.
  5. Please note – If the dog likes to gently (or not so gently!) nip when over excited then this is probably not the best trick to teach her.

High 5

  1. Start by asking the dog to sit, and reward her with a yummy treat.
  2. Hold a treat in front of her but just slightly out of reach.
  3. Say “high 5” while tapping one of his feet. Usually dogs will raise their foot to try to paw at the treat in your opposite hand.
  4. When she raises her foot, lightly grab it with your free hand. When you make skin contact, give the dog the treat and lots of praise.
  5. Keep repeating these steps until the dog raises her foot automatically when you give the high 5 command.
  6. It sounds simple, and it is – but it takes a bit of practice, so make sure you have lots of treats with you.

Dancing Dog

  1. Dancing is usually reserved as a trick for smaller dogs, but medium-to-large dogs can also learn to dance with patience and some treats.
  2. Be warned, though, this trick is not recommended for dogs that are overweight or suffer from problems with their hind legs or back.
  3. As your dog to sit, then raise a treat slowly up and over the dog’s head. Give the command “dance” until she rises up on her hind legs.
  4. For the best results, move the treat slightly behind the dog’s head to get her to stand up on her hind legs.
  5. If the dog already has good balance, and is accustomed to standing on their hind legs and jumping as smaller dogs are prone to do, then hold the treat in front of her nose, and then slowly move it around his head until she spins in a circle.
  6. For bigger dogs that aren’t used to standing on their hind legs, this might take a little time and patience on your part.

I hope that you found this DealDash article on dogs helpful. DealDash has many pet auctions with items for dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and fish. DealDash has a great selection. Visit DealDash now to check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Keeps Pets Safe

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Like many Americans, you probably have some sort of pet, be it a kitty, dog, bunny, or reptile. DealDash wants to help you keep your pets safe over the holidays.

December is here and the Christmas season is in full swing, from the music on the radio, to the decorations, to the baking, and the present wrapping. Which one of these activities doesn’t match the other? The music! Do you know why? Because all of the other activities can be harmful to pets. Let’s go through the other activities, and I will explain why they can be harmful to pets, and what you can do to help keep your pets out of danger.

Decorations – Decorations can be dangerous to pets, especially dogs and cats, because they are prone to playing with them, chewing them, and sometimes accidentally ingesting them. Playing with your plastic or cloth decorations shouldn’t be too much of a problem, if if you have fragile glass ornaments or snow globes, keep them out of the reach of your pets. One wrong move and they could shatter the glass, hurting themselves in the process. You also need to be very careful that your pets don’t ingest any tinsel from your tree. If you have a pet that you know can’t resist tinsel, maybe you should substitute a garland instead.

Baking – Baking itself isn’t too dangerous for your pet, as long as they don’t touch any metal pans while they are still hot. However, chocolate can be extremely harmful, and in some cases even fatal for dogs. If your dog just has a small taste you will probably just end up with a mess to clean, but if they accidentally have a large amount you should call your vet. Remember, your pet is counting on you to keep them safe.

Present wrapping – Present wrapping is another activity that sounds relatively innocuous but can be a danger to pets. Why? Because if a cat or dog accidentally swallows any present-wrapping ribbon it can get caught in their intestines and cause a bowel obstruction. It’s a relatively rare occurrence, but please keep it in mind when you are wrapping your presents this year.

I hope that you found this article on pets helpful. DealDash has many pet items up for auction. DealDash has dog, cat, bird, and fish items up fairly often. Visit DealDash now to check out the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Talks: Rescued Pets

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If you’re thinking of getting a new pet, please consider getting a rescued pet instead of purchasing one. It’s the kinder solution.

When you are preparing to get a new pet there are various places to get them – online, the newspaper, a pet store, a rescue group, a friend, or an animal shelter. All of these are viable options, of course, but the kindest thing that you could do is adopt a homeless pet from a shelter or rescue group.

If you’re wondering why you should adopt a rescued pet instead of buying one from the pet store, the biggest reason is that you’ll be saving their life! It’s sad to think about, but every year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States. It’s because too many pets come into shelters and there is limited space.

Luckily for some animals, there are places called “No-Kill” shelters, and they are exactly that – they don’t euthanize any of the animals that they get, with a few exceptions. If they receive an animal that is very old and sick and doesn’t have a very good quality of life due to those factors they might euthanize him, or if an animal has shown to be aggressive towards humans. However, that isn’t usually the case, so most of the animals that they get live long lives in their kennels, until someone adopts them.

It’s great for the animal that is being adopted, and it’s great for you as well. There are many health benefits to owning a pet. Cats can lower your stress levels by being a low-key cuddle partner, and dogs can help you get more active with daily walks. Some of the other benefits of adopting a dog or cat from a rescue group or a shelter are:

  • Most either come spayed or neutered already, or come with a certificate to have it done
  • All come with vaccinations
  • Some are even microchipped
  • The cost is significantly less, though most shelters and groups have a small fee to adopt
  • You’ll be saving your pets life, as well as opening up another spot at the shelter to save another animal’s life

Doesn’t that make you want to adopt a pet from a shelter or a rescue? If you need pet supplies check DealDash first. DealDash has dog, cat, and small animal supplies for auction. Remember, if you don’t win the auction, you can always BIN (Buy It Now) and get all of your bids back to use on another auction. Visit DealDash today to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone! Image result for rescued pets

DealDash Pets: Calm in the Storm

Does your dog hide and your cat cower when there is a storm raging outside? Let’s discuss how to help your beloved pet when it’s scary outside.

Dogs and cats have come a long way from their brave and fierce ancestors who lived out in the wilderness. Our pets today have cushy lives with their own beds, bowls, and even clothing! Since we coddle our beloved pets they have lost the fearlessness and have become softies for the most part. Here are a few quick tips on how to make your dog or cat feel better when there is loud booming thunder and flashes of lightning outside.

The first tip, of course, is to let your pet inside! If you have an indoor/outdoor cat be sure that he comes in when it starts to rain. If you have an outside dog that you really don’t want inside on your couch or bed, at least let him into your garage or basement for the night. It will make him feel better, and you won’t have to listen to any terrified barking or howling all night.

Next, did you know that you can swaddle your dog or cat just like you would a newborn baby? There are actually special shirts that you can buy from the veterinarian or the per store that are made for this purpose, but instead of spending $40 and up on a special shirt, you can just wrap up your “baby” and snuggle up with them on the couch. It will make them feel a lot better, and it will most likely improve your mood as well.

Finally, be sure that you have a pet crate or carrier available to your dog or cat if they want to use it. If you normally keep their crate or carrier in the garage or in a closet bring it out and put it in the living room or your bedroom so they can retreat to the safety of their “cave” if they feel more safe and secure in an enclosed space. You can even make it more inviting by putting in a soft blanket, pillow, or even a toy inside to calm your beloved doggie or kitty.

I hope that you found these tips helpful for helping your pet feel more safe and secure in a storm. If you are in need of anything for a pet such as a nice comfy pet bed be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has lots of items that will pamper your pet and make them feel loved. Just click this link right here and it will take you to some great pet-related auctions on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps Kids Be Pet Owners

No matter what kind of pet your family has, from bird to bunny to turtle to the more traditional cat or dog your child should learn how to take care of the family pet.

What kind of pet does your family have? If its a less hands-on pet such as a bird, fish, or reptile the most loving thing that your child can do for the pet is to take good care of it. Taking good care of it means feeding it on schedule, changing its water, and cleaning it’s habitat. As far as I know turtles don’t really enjoy snuggles, so for these finned, shelled, and feathered pets sharing in the work of feeding and cleaning is a great way to help your child show love for your pet.

If your family has a little furry pet such as a hamster, bunny, gerbil, ferret, or guinea pig your child can definitely do all of the chores as discussed above for the more hands-off pets, but when you get into little tiny furry rodent-type pets then taking care of them can be even more fun. All of the pets that I mentioned above like little treats such as alfalfa hay, chew sticks, fruits and veggies, and more. Just read up on your family pet’s favorite snack and let your child show their love for the family pet by giving them little treats. If you start petting and handling these little pets from the time you get them they should enjoy (or at least tolerate!) being petted or held for short periods of time. Encourage your child to pet or hold their little friend for a few minutes every day, at the same time of day as possible. Pets like a routine, and kids usually do best with a routine as well!

If your family is lucky enough to have a cat or a dog then showing love and affection to these types of pets is the easiest! Almost all dogs and cats enjoy being petted. If you have a kitten or a puppy be sure to pet, love, and hug them as much as possible. That way they will come to enjoy and look forward to these hands-on displays of affection and won’t bite or scratch even when your child accidentally gets a little rough with them as little kids tend to do sometimes. Make sure to include your kids by letting them help you with the daily care of walking and grooming your dog, and feeding and playing with your cat.

If you’d like to show your pet some extra love be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has lots of pet supplies that your cat, dog, or other little animal will love. Check out this link right here and it will take you to DealDash so you can browse the options. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Dog Training 101

Sit! Stay! Come! Training your dog can be quite a chore if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here are some helpful hints to get you started.

The first command that most dogs learn is “sit.” This is a very important command to learn, because it can help keep your pet out of danger, for example if he escapes his leash and is running into traffic, or if you see a skunk in your yard you might be able to save him from being sprayed, which can be very unpleasant. Teaching a dog how to sit is the foundation to teaching your dog other commands as well, such as “stay.”
Teaching your dog to sit is actually pretty simple. Here is a quick course in Sitting 101.
  1. Get on the dog’s level, either on the floor or in a chair next to him. It will help him pay attention to you.
  2. Hold a dog treat or a sumptuous piece of lunch meat or cheese close to his nose and let his head follow the treat as you move your hand up.
  3. As his head moves up, his hindquarters will lower.
  4. When his bottom hits the floor, immediately give him the treat.
  5. Repeat multiple times every day. This is where using lunchmeat or cheese can come in handy – rip them up into tiny pieces and keep them in a ziplock bag. One piece of meat or cheese can last you for many many lessons.

Once he’s learned how to sit, it’s time to teach him how to “stay.”
  1. First, tell him to “Sit.”
  2. Then open the palm of your hand in front of you, like you are trying to get a car to stop, and say “Stay.”
  3. Take a few steps back…
  4. If he stays call him to you and immediately give him the treat.
  5. Do this multiple times per day, taking a couple more steps back each time.
  6. Always reward him for staying — even if it’s just for a few seconds.
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I hope that you found these two lessons helpful and easy to follow. If you are in need of dog supplies be sure to check out DealDash. They have dog food, pet beds, automatic pet feeders, and more. Just click this link right here and you’ll be taken to some dog and pet items. Bidding on items that you buy every month anyway, such as dog food, can be a great way to save money since if you don’t win you can always BIN (Buy It Now). Good luck and happy bidding everyone.

How to Care for Your Dog this Winter

The entire team at DealDash loves dogs just as much as some of our customers. We always are looking to give tips on proper care and help our customers give their pups the best life they can. This is simple article, probably a lot of stuff you already know, but is always good to be reminded about. So please keep reading and enjoy this delightful posts about dogs.

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Similar to people, canines have unique requirements throughout the winter to maintain themselves and stay safe, healthy and also satisfied. It is essential for you making sure that specific safety measures are taken during the cold months for the security and wellness of your dog. This post is stock-full of info on what to do and just what not to do, for your dog throughout the winter season and colder months. Adhering to these standards will certainly assist your pet in staying out of injury’s means and enable you as well as your pet to appreciate what to some folks is the best time of year.

Supply Fresh Water

Make certain your pet dog has fresh water during the cold months equally as you would certainly during the warmer months. They are equally as most likely to end up being dried out and suffer from dehydration in the winter as they are in the warmer climate. Remember that snow is not an excellent replacement for fresh water. Even if your pet dog avoids it, snow will not replace fresh water. It is specifically essential to be absolutely sure that they have a fresh supply of water if they stay outside in the cool air as the water will freeze – so alter it and move it on a regular basis.

Give Adequate & High quality Food

If your pet dog is outside a great deal or is a working dog, he will require additional calories to keep his body temperature controlled in the cold as it takes much more energy for his physical body to do this. Make sure to feed a quality food to ensure that your pet dog obtains ample nutrients (you’ll likewise have fewer poops to grab!). A good general rule of thumb to determine if the food is a high quality – if you can locate a pet food in the food store … DO NOT BUY IT! Visit a pet store as well as check out the whole list of ingredients on the bag. The initial 3 active ingredients need to be some type of meat (2 ingredients) as well as a whole grain, like rice (1 component). Stay away from corn as it is merely a filler – and a poor quality one at that.

Keep Your Canine’s Paws Clean and also Dry

Always make sure to wash and dry your pet’s paws after strolls as well as being outdoors throughout the winter. You could make use of either a warm, damp washcloth or a pail of warm water to clean your pet dog’s feet and also other damaged areas like the legs, belly and face. It likewise washes away any type of salt, sand or various other irritants that are made use of when driving as well as walkways that could jump on your canine’s pads. DealDash has nice warm dog beds available for your dog after he/she is done with their bath and needs to warm back up.

Cleaning the pads will help avoid pain as a result of little cuts and also cracked pads due to the cool, ice and snow. Making use of bag balm or petroleum jelly helps to make sure the pads on your pet’s paws are soft as well as protects against more fracturing. If your pet will use booties, they can be an excellent source of protection additionally. Canines could likewise obtain ice rounds in between their pads from walking in snowy locations. This could cause your pet dog to raise their paws or even limp. Make certain to clear the ice from between their pads. To assist them and avoid this from occurring, you can cut the hair in between their pads and toes to make sure that ice is much less likely to build up there.

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We hope this article helped you with some ideas on how to help your dog have a much nicer time this winter. These are just some ideas we have tried out and found to work. Now, we recommend you go into DealDash and stock up for the winter with heaters, and pet beds and anything else you can find to help you stay warm.