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‘Tis The Season: A Tail Wagging Worthy Wish List

Crowded mall parking lots? Long lines? Who has time for that!  We’ve put together a list of tail wagging worthy holiday gifts for that someone special.  Who might you ask?  Oh, just your most loyal companion who has given you an endless supply of slobbery kisses, morning cuddles and unconditional love all year long.  So sit back, relax, and curl up with your pup while you find the perfect gift for him from the comfort of your own home – just make sure he’s not peeking!

 

Friendship Dog Collar

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Proudly proclaim your pup as your #1 BFF with these super stylish friendship collar sets.  Choose from 7 different patterns, and you can rock a bracelet that matches your dog’s collar.

Shop: https://www.freepeople.com/shop/friendship-dog-collar/

 

 

Pet TeePee

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Regular dog beds are so 2016.  This awesome Pet TeePee is a bed that doubles as a cave.  Great for playing hide-and-seek or just chilling.

Shop:  https://www.amazon.com/Merry-Products-Orange-Stripe-Teepee/dp/

 

 

Happy Hips® Duck Strips


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Choose a stocking stuffer that will make your pup drool with delight.  We’ve dressed up our best-selling Duck Strips recipe just in time for the holidays. Made with delicious 100% USA-sourced duck, and added Glucosamine and Chondroitin, Happy Hips® Strips help keep your dog's hips and joints healthy year-round.  Tis’ the season to Unleash the Happy®.

Shop:http://www.petsmart.com/dog/food-and-health/treats-and-rawhide/chewy-treats/dogswell-happy-hips-dog-treat---grain-free-hip-and-joint-support-duck-39021.html

 

 

Virtually Indestructible Best Ball for Dogs

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Just as the name implies, this ball is indestructible.  Say goodbye to the days of destroyed tennis balls.  This toy comes in 5 different sizes and is great for large dogs that enjoy a riveting game of fetch. 

Shop: https://www.amazon.com/Virtually-Indestructible-Best-Ball-10-inch/dp/B0002DI32C

 

 

Outward Hound Hide A Squirrel Puzzle Dog Toy

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This puzzle toy is the perfect thing to help occupy and entertain your dog during the winter months.  Squeak the squirrels, and then hide them in the tree to be captured by your pup.  This plush tree trunk is available in a variety of sizes and comes with either 3 or 6 squirrels.

Shop: https://www.chewy.com/outward-hound-hide-squirrel-puzzle/dp/39461

 

 

Starbarks Frenchie Roast Latte Squeaker Plush Toy

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Brrrrr it’s cold outside!  What better way to warm up then with a nice cup of Starbarks Frenchie Latte?  No, but seriously, your dog will love this novelty plush toy and you will get a kick out of watching them squeak it.

Shop: http://www.healthypets.com/starbarks-frenchie-roast-latte-squeaker-toy.html

 

 

Custom Frisbee Toy

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What’s better than a dog toy? A customizable dog toy! This frisbee toy from Pride Bites allows you to select from 8 colors, add your dog’s name and upload their photo.  Voilà, a toy made especially for your pooch!

Shop: https://pridebites.com/collections/toys-all-products/products/custom-frisbee

 

 

Good Dog Toy Bin

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Is getting organized one of your resolutions this year?  This cute and colorful toy bin from Harry Barker is made from 100% recyclable material and makes it easy to keep your dog’s toys tidy.  Okay, so this may be more of a gift for you than your dog, but we’re sure he won’t mind keeping his toys in such a sleek and stylish bin.

Shop: https://www.wag.com/dog/p/harry-barker-good-dog-toy-bin-1236902

 

 

Cool Cactus Toy

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All of the dogs in the dog park will be green with envy when they see your dog and his cool cactus toy.  This squeakable succulent is made with 100% non-toxic rubber and is great for stimulating your pup’s gums.

Shop: https://barkgoods.com/products/cool-cactus-dog-toy?variant=20411005574

 

 

Loofa Dog: The Original Plush Dog Toy

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Ah, the classic Loofa Dog.  You can’t go wrong with this oh so popular squeaky plush toy.  This fan favorite will have your dog’s tail wagging from side-to-side.  It comes in a variety of colors and sizes so you can choose the perfect combination to best suit your pup.

Shop: https://www.chewy.com/multipet-loofa-dog-original-plush/dp/53001

 

 

You've Got To Treat It To Believe It!

Let’s face it, dogs know more than we sometimes give them credit for.  They know just when to come over and give you kisses after a bad day, they have skillfully mastered the art of puppy eyes under the dinner table, and a few have even cracked the code of human spelling (“should we go for a W-A-L-K?!”).  When it comes to treats, this is an area that they are naturally knowledgeable in.  They can tell the difference between the good and the bad with just one sniff.  We should too!  And when it comes to your dog, they only deserve the best.

Ask any pup and they will wag their tail in agreement, Jerky is a top notch treat, great for special occasions or just because, or as one pet parent put it “it’s the champagne of dog treats”.  At Dogswell, we take a lot of pride in our Jerky.  We use lean cuts of USA-sourced chicken breast then fortify them with added vitamins and supplements for proactive wellness.  We know that it’s not only what is put into their treats that’s important, but also what we choose to leave out.  That’s why our jerky does not contain any grains, corn, wheat or soy.  We also ensure that our Jerky is made without artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.  Pet parents can rest assured; our Jerky treats are also 100% USA-made and sourced!  What’s not to love?

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At Dogswell, we strive to provide safe and superior quality products to help pets live long, happy and healthy lives. How we make our products is just as important. That’s why we hold our manufacturing techniques to the same high standards as our recipes.  We closely monitor our facilities to ensure the quality and safety of our products. In fact, we manufacture our jerky treats at our very own SQF Level 3 Certified factory in the Midwest.  We oven-bake these treats in small batches to ensure superior quality and taste!

 

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The ingredients we select are just as important.  We carefully choose our raw materials so that only the best, purposeful ingredients are in our final product.   We watch every step in great detail and take pride in knowing that that our Jerky treats are made using 100% USA-sourced ingredients; we even source our chickens from local farms in the Midwest.  

 

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We love our dogs, and our dogs love Dogswell Jerky.  That’s why it’s so important to us that these treats are made with such great care and only the best ingredients for our furry family members. Find out what all of the barking is about, give ‘em the good stuff!  100% USA-Made Chicken Breast Jerky from Dogswell in Happy Hips and Vitality.

 

 


Dogswell Unleashes The Happy With Dogs On Take Your Dog To Work Day ™

 

At Dogswell, we believe healthier, happier dogs make for healthier, happier people.  At Dogswell® where our dogs come to work with us daily, we know dogs add a positive energy to the workplace while offering pet-parent employees a unique benefit.  Today, bringing your companion pet to work is still a rare perk despite a recent study that confirmed dogs in the workplace reduces stress and improves overall job satisfaction.  Unfortunately, workplace stress is rated by 60% of Americans as a "very or significant" source of stress according to the APA.  So we decided to do something about it.  In 2014, we surprised an office with a stress-relieving canine takeover by unleashing over 20 dogs and puppies in celebration of Take Your Dog to Work Day™.  What resulted was all but magical!  Take a look at the video capturing their reaction. 

Treating 101 With Rick Woodford, The Dog Food Dude

 We all know how much our dogs love treats. We love how excited and happy it makes them. But treating is a bit more complex than simply popping open a bag and dispensing treats. What kind of treat should you choose? How do I choose the ‘right’ one for my dog? How many is too much? When should you treat your dog? Are some treats better or healthier than others. We asked “The Dog Food Dude” himself – expert and author, Rick Woodford.

 

A GOOD RULE OF PAW

When asked about a general guideline for treating your dog, he says, “The most important thing to keep in mind when providing treats is that they shouldn’t be any more than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake. It’s easy to overdo a good thing. If your dog is eating treats but forgoing a meal, maybe they’re filling up a little too much on treats.”

Dogswell agrees—treating should be part of a balanced diet. It’s the reason we fortify all our treats and use only the best whole, real, recognizable ingredients. That makes every treating occasion purposeful.

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PAWSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

One great use for treats is as positive reinforcement.  Rick shares that “part of your dog learning a behavior or a trick is part skill and part luck, much like a gambler.  When your dog hits the lucky combination, treat him to a jackpot! I tear a treat into six or eight small bits of treats and dole them out slowly while conditioning a behavior in small steps. But when one of my dogs successfully meets the goal I’m hoping for, they know it because I hand over one piece after another.  It’s almost guaranteed to get a dog to repeat a desired behavior.” Dogswell’s Strips – soft, slim and easy to tear – are ideal training treats in this situation.

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JUST BECAUSE

Training aside, is it okay to treat your dog ‘just because’?  Rick says “there are many great treats out there that have added benefits like glucosamine, fish oil, or vegetables that are high in antioxidants. Treats like these aren’t “junk food”, they’re nutritional bonuses.  Food is one of the ways that we show love and when you provide something that’s extra healthy, it’s a way of loving and caring for them at the same time.” Our new Happy Hips Chicken Breast Jerky treats are fortified with glucosamine and chondroitin to keep your dog’s joints moving smoothly!

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WHEN THE PET PARENT’S AWAY, THE DOG CAN PLAY

One thing Rick would love to see more pet parents do is providing “some healthy treats in a play toy to keep a dog busy during the day. Barking at the mailman and messing up your couch pillows are pretty much all that your dog has to look forward to while you’re away all day.  Of course, you need to subtract a little food out of the food bowl if you’re providing some additional treats during the day.” Dogswell’s Grillers are an absolute hit – their natural smoky scent will keep a dog occupied for hours trying to get them out of its toy.  You can also try using Super Boost Veggie Chews.  These easy-to-digest, antioxidant-rich sweet potato chews are marinated in a delicious beef or chicken broth that your dog will love!

Whether you are training your pup or just showing them you can’t resist that face (just this once) or providing a healthy distraction, treating can play an important role in you and your dog’s life. Thanks for the tips Dog Food Dude, Rick Woodford!

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'Tis The Season For Treatin'

Give a gift to all of the special dogs in your life this holiday season! You can customize this Mason jar gift project to suit any pooch, no matter their size or taste preference. Plus, the Mason jar doubles as both a creative gift-wrap and reusable treat container that will keep the treats super fresh. Check out the step-by-step DIY below and give every dog you know something to wag their tail about because - as we like to say – ‘Tis the Season… for Treatin’!

 

What you will need:

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Various sizes of Mason jars

Variety of holiday ribbon

To/From tags

Scissors

Marker

Variety of Dogswell treats (usually one or two 5oz bags per jar for 8oz+ containers)

 

First, wash out and completely dry each jar and lid. Fill each jar with Dogswell treats. And, of course, we don’t have to tell you to select your doggy friend’s favorite formula! We used Vitality Chicken Grillers in the large jar, Happy Hips Chicken Jerky Strips in the medium sized one, and Nutrisca Raw Freeze Dried Bites in the smaller jar.

 

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 Next, completely seal the jar by tightening the lid. Then, fill out your To/From tag!

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Finally, tie a holiday ribbon around the top of the jar and affix the tag. And there you have it: the cutest holiday treat a pup (and their owner) could ask for!

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If you find yourself running out of time to put together a Mason jar gift, you can always stuff those stockings with bags of Dogswell treats.  We recommend seasonal friendly flavors like our Super Boost Squares-Chicken with Cranberry, or naturally smoky flavored Grillers- Duck Tenders.  Don’t be surprised if someone sniffs around and tries to peek, these treats are worth wagging for!

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All Dogs Deserve To Livefree®

   

It's our mission to make dogs as happy as they make us. Earlier this month, we got to watch hundreds of local shelter dogs get adopted at the NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) Adoption Weekend hosted by Best Friends Animal Society at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.  Taking this opportunity to honor our mission and start each newly adopted pooch off on the right paw, we gave away a 3 month supply of LiveFree dog food to anyone who adopted a dog. Celebrities, Instagram-famous pups, and hundreds of local pet owners/seekers turned out in support of the event.  We were lucky enough witness over 400 shelter animals find forever homes. Check out this video to see some of the weekend’s highlights.

We Unleashed The Happy At Petco’S Dog Days Of Summer.

On July 29, we joined Padres fans and their furry family members in Petco Park for the annual Dog Days of Summer event.  Before the game, dogs and their owners were invited to participate in a tailgate party, where we were ready to unleash the happy with some tasty treats and giveaways.  

We were armed with 1000 samples of our naturally smoky Chicken Grillers treats, as well as Dogswell bandanas and sunglasses. We hooked up over 500 pooches with giveaways and invited all attendees to take a picture in Padres inspired photo cut out that included a special placement for canine faces.

Once the tailgate party commenced, pet parents and their pooches lined up to parade across the infield for a feature on the jumbo-tron. It was pretty cool to see both humans and pups decked out with Dogswell garb. Overall we had a blast and enjoyed spending the evening with Padres fans and their pups. 

New Products Unveiled At Superzoo Pet Show

On July 22nd, we joined over one thousand exhibitors at the SuperZoo Pet Show in Las Vegas.  This is one of the largest pet shows in America, attracting retailers from all 50 states and 52 other countries.

This year, we were especially excited to unveil the launch of several products. We proudly showcased our new Artisan Meats treats line which featured two drool worthy treat options, Sliders and Deli Slices.  These premium meat treats are sure to get any dog's tail wagging.  Our other new product launch was none other than our innovative Super Boost Squares! These bite-sized, soft and chewy meat squares are packed with superfruits such as blueberries or cranberries.  Antioxidant-rich ingredients pack a powerful punch and help to support immunity.  The Dogswell team had a great time as we met with our retail partners and talked with industry professionals.  Until next year, Vegas!