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June 14, 2017


Posted in Dog Health

Dog seasonal allergy symptoms and relief [Springtime and Seasonal] | Part 2

Enjoy, comment and SHARE our 2 Part Series on how to manage your dogs itching sensation this spring. [Blog Link Part 1]


-Third check the Treats!

This can often times be overlooked, remember your dog and their internal body systems are fighting with allergies and sometimes it is compounded by additional meat based proteins in treats which under normal circumstances would be fine, but are currently adding to the problem.


Drool Tip: Use treats without meat proteins or common grains, which have been proven to cause allergic reactions in some dogs.


100% Organic and Made in USA treats are a great option: Artisan treats by BePawsitive…….are some of our favorites.


-Use the re-direct method:

Dog are creatures of habit just like humans.


If you are in the room and your dog starts itching those paws try redirecting their attention. Go over to the toy box [you do have a toy box for your pup don’t you?] and get out that toy, play a little bit with them.


Trust me the rest of the world can wait. Playing with you and your dog is some of the best stress relief out there and they will love you for it. {link toy pic}


Looking for a new and interactive product for your dog? ……Check out the CRINKIT,

Recycle a water bottle inside and watch your dog go crazy!


-Maintain allergen free paws and face on your dog with daily use of cleansing wipes.



These inexpensive wipes will make a huge difference in REDUCING the amount of springtime and seasonal allergies and itching your dog will experience.


Drool Tip: make sure to use one on each paw and get in between and under your pups pads and toes [This is where many pollens hide and are a constant irritant]



 Thanks for trusting us and sharing this knowledge with your friends or passing it along on social media, you may make the difference with someone else as they experienced the same symptoms and finally relief.


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Keith Kotschwar-CEO


June 14, 2017


Posted in Dog Health

Dog seasonal allergy symptoms and relief [Springtime and Seasonal] | Part 1

Seasonal dog allergies - skin, eyes, and food…Yep our dogs have them!


Enjoy, comment and SHARE our 2 Part Series on how to manage your dogs itching this spring. [Blog Link Part 2]


-First is recognition that something is going on, each dog is unique and nobody knows your pets better than you.

Some signs your dog is suffering from seasonal allergies include:

-Change in mood from easy going and playful to more sit around and mope may be small hints that something is lingering and not feeling their usual self.


-Itching repeatedly is of course a good indication of seasonal allergies and pay attention to the areas that are affected.


Feet itching? Maybe unusual redness in the underbelly area?

These can offer clues to what is the root cause of the allergen. [Grass and weeds go thru changes in the spring, if your pup likes to enjoy the warming temperatures by lying more in the backyard grass, they may be exposed longer to the specific grass irritant.


Redness in and around the eyes and increased tear production can sometimes be noticed as are more frequent sneezing. [Sounds similar to those human symptoms doesn’t it]


-Second BATH BATH BATH …… Lets get them some relief, yes it sounds simple, but most people are un-aware just how helpful this can be.


Simply bathing the skin helps to remove the pollen and grass allergens from your dog.


Giving your best friend a bath is a great way for the two of you to bond more and we guarantee your pup will love the massage.


Drool Tip: Use a shampoo that is neutral; for example Oatmeal based.


Please pay attention if you are trying a new brand or formula, your dog may actually react in a negative way.

This actually happened to our dog Cyrus and the very next day after his bath (that was meant to help) he was actually worse, itching continuously.

A little common sense told us that we needed to undo what we just did. So after bath number two with a different more neutral based shampoo he reacted so much better, ……Ahh relief at last!

Thanks for trusting us and sharing this knowledge with your friends or passing it along on social media, you may make the difference with someone else as they experienced the same symptoms and finally relief.

 [Blog Link Part 2]

Our passion is pets!

Our business is

Keith Kotschwar-CEO

December 30, 2016


Posted in Dog Health, Dog Training

Getting In Shape With Your Dog [2017]

Have the holidays left you a little thick around the middle? You’re not alone! Weight loss was the top New Year’s resolution going into 2017. That’s not much of a surprising statistic, but how about this one: experts estimate that up to 35% of pets are overweight too. Maybe you both need a little bit of exercise! January is the perfect time to get moving!

One of the easiest and most effective ways to lose weight and get into better shape is by walking. We can’t think of a more fun way to walk than with your canine companion! Make sure you have a great leash and get out there and pound some pavement. You’ll both benefit from the exercise and the fresh air.

Many runners also bring their dogs along for the trek. They make great companions, love the exercise, and can be wonderful protectors if you need them to. Running and walking with a canine friend makes the workouts seem shorter and is great for both of you. It’s a win win situation. Keep in mind, however, that the smaller the dog is, the shorter the distance they can run. Smaller dogs do better with short sprints and walks than long distances.

Is it too cold and snowy to take lengthy walks in your neck of the woods? Look into canine-friendly gyms! They do exist! A simple Google search will help you find some. If you can’t find one, why not start your own exercise group? Get together with a bunch of friends in a pet friendly place and work out together.

Exercising with your dog doesn’t necessarily have to be structured either. Play Frisbee. Throw a ball around. Hold up a bone and see who can jump the highest. Play, play, play, and then play some more. It’s good for your body and your spirits. Besides, everyone knows that the more fun you have exercising, the more likely you’ll be to make it a habit! If you need toys to play with your dog with, we’ve got a few here!

This is just the tip of the ice burg when it comes to exercising with your dog. There are many different ways to do it that will be fun and beneficial for both of you, but there are a few guidelines you need to keep in mind.

First, be mindful of the weather. If you’re hot, your dog is probably hotter. If you’re wearing a coat, he needs one too! In addition, be sure to keep your dog hydrated the same as you would keep yourself hydrated. 

Start out small and go big later. Just like a human, a dog gets stronger with daily exercise. And if you’re already in shape and your dog is not, remember that it will take a little time before he’ll be able to run long distances with you.

Also, always watch for injuries in your dog. Keep an eye on the pads of his feet and make sure that he isn’t limping. Just like with a human, never let him run through an injury. It could cause permanent damage.

Getting in shape is beneficial mentally and physically for both you and your canine friend. With a little bit of thought and care, you’ll be the best looking pair in the neighborhood before you know it. Stick to it and most of all, have fun!

November 16, 2016


Posted in #rescuedog, #TrueDrool, Dog Training

The ABC’s of Dog Training

The ABC's of Dog Training

“Your dog is so well behaved” is one of the best comments that I could receive from an individual.

Usually that is followed by the question: How do you get them to behave so well?

So I have come up with a few basic points that you can start using with your dog and I think you will like the outcome…[just remember your ABC’s]


A: Attention- All dogs love it, but I am talking more specifically about –YOU-paying attention to your dog, Let me explain. Far to many people expect a pet or even a child for that matter to just behave and be good. Life just doesn’t work that way. You have got to put in some time and attention into your fur kids.

Start by getting yourself and your dog on a walking routine, say 3 times per week to start out. Plan it and stick to it, put it in your smart phone for goodness sake (they all have a calendar app).

This does a few things: First it is healthy for you and your dog and who wouldn’t want to shed a pound or two. Secondly, it gets you and your pet on the same wavelength, let them burn off a little pent up energy in the beginning then they will start to pay attention to you and your commands during the second half of the walk so focus your training and attention towards them on the later half.

Try sitting by a curb before you cross a street or intersection, count to 10 while your dog patiently waits by your side (your parents did teach you to look both ways didn’t they) then start the walk again. When you reach another intersection repeat the sit -10sec- walk routine.

Pretty soon if you ask this same behavior of your dog in the house when company comes over your dog already knows what to do sit -10sec- wait for another command. WOW it all makes since to your dog now!

Attention can carry over into the house also; take time to pay attention and work on small training steps.

Try this one, before your dog heads outside for a bathroom break and again before they come inside make them sit -10sec- then open the door and give them a command to go outside only after you have stepped thru the door, i.e.: [the human gets to have priority going thru a door].

Stay with me on this one, YES you can do this: SIT -10sec- STAY command-you go outside then tell your dog to COME. This should be repeated on your way back inside.

 By repetition and consistency with this exercise you are subconsciously training your dog that you are the leader and they need to pay attention to you.

 Keep at this one it takes time and patience, but your reward will come when the neighbors stop by unexpected and you open the door up after you have told your dog to SIT -10sec- STAY while the guests walk into the house without “Crazy Dog” jumping up all in their face. You may even here the comment: “Your dog is so well behaved”.


 B: Boundaries- All pets and humans for that matter need more of this one.

         Without even thinking about it by sticking with your 3 time a week walks and paying attention to your dog you are setting boundaries. You and your dog are starting to click, and the exercise puts them in a perfect frame of mind to pay attention to you with the task you are asking them to do.

 I will let you in on a secret: YOUR DOG LOVES TO INTERACT WITH YOU!

One of the truly basic happy feelings any dog can get is just to be with you, the humans, no matter what you are doing.

 Don’t want your dog to hop up onto the furniture, set those boundaries, try giving them a nice pet bed to sit next to you on the couch this way they are with you but not on top of you. Your dog will still feel like they are with you.

Another Example: Don’t want your dog to be up in your business at the dinner table, stick to your boundaries, patiently move them 6 feet away from you and tell the SIT – STAY, you will no doubt have to repeat this a couple of times but your dog will get it and you will feel amazed…Set those [Boundaries]


C: Consistency- This one is hardest for us the humans!

Yes we are busy with the job, family, bills etc. but nothing worth doing ever comes easy so stick to your guns and be consistent in your training.

The fact that you are reading this says you are a passionate pet parent and want the best dynamic for you and your dog.

 Our Home has been volunteering as a Foster Family for rescued dogs and although you can never tell the background of these great dogs when they come into the program I can say that by applying these simple ABC’s of Dog Training you will see results, and the end reward is worth the effort when you hear someone comment: “Your dog is so well behaved”


Our passion is pets!

Our business is

Keith Kotschwar-CEO


October 16, 2016


Posted in Dog Toys, Dog Training

Make |dog toys| last.


     I cannot tell you how many times we are approached and ask if we have any indestructible toys or we get the comment “my dog can chew through a tire”.  Sadly if that is true I hope they keep their dog far away from cars. While I sure hope Fido is not in the garage snacking on the family car, I do understand the need for durable toys. Durable does not mean “indestructible” and almost nothing is, in fact indestructible.

     So how can you make your dogs toys last? Dogs are basically furry children when it comes to toys, however most of them never get past the “teething” stage. So children should play in moderation, quite play indoors should be combined with outdoor activities and they should have time for mind stimulation, so should your dog. If you leave Fido all alone with nothing to do all day but chew on a tire, that’s what he’s going to do. When a child gets rough and destructive with a toy, you take it way, same with a dog. If they have stopped playing with it and lay down and decided it’s time to rip its guts out, it is time to take it away before that happens. When children are quite too long, they are usually doing something they are not suppose to, same with your dog.

     All toy use should be monitored and understand the way each toy is designed to be used. Active throw toys are designed for just that, going outside and playing fetch with your dog, not for them to sit alone and actively chew on. If it is quiet time you are after with a toy then you need a toy designed for chewing like a Kong, but understand if the toy is not interesting and does not engage them in some way, they won’t chew on it. So if you’re going to do a Kong make it interesting, if you don’t mind the mess, stuff it with something exciting. Stuff inside peanut butter, a dry treat or freeze a treat inside during the summer.  Still in the category of chew toy, try antlers or actual bones for strong chewers. Antlers have tasty morrow inside like a bone but they do not splinter apart. As for bones, you have to do your homework, not all are the same and you need to be careful. Things like chicken bones and bones from your leftovers are never what your dog should have and stay away from baked and broiled bones, this process can leave them more apt to splinter causing a choking hazard. Always make sure you pick a bone large enough for your dogs size and supervise they while they are chewing.  Only let them chew on any item in the chew category for short periods of time, too much can lead to bloody gums or worse yet broken teeth.

     So if your dog is one who destroys it’s toys, moderation is the key to making any toy last. Let them have “active” play time and then put it up to play with again at another time. Our pets get bored and boredom can lead to destructive behaviors if you do not give them the proper channels for their energy. So get out and play, run in the yard chasing after a favorite throw toy. Go for a walk, play in the house, just do everything in moderation. Know your dog and understand how they play, then moderate and monitor toy use and your toys will last a lot longer!

October 15, 2016


Posted in #RescueApparel, #TrueDrool, Rescue Apparel

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October 14, 2016


Posted in #TrueDrool, Dog Health, Dog Safety

Adopting a Rescue Dog [like a Car Fax Report]


   There are many ways of rescuing a dog. One would be to actually go to a shelter and pick a dog out. Then there is one step removed from that process - adopting from a rescue group. A rescue organization houses its pets a couple of different ways. One is they have a facility where the animals are housed and cared for until they are adopted. The other involves foster homes, and just like with children, these fosters open up their homes and hearts to these dogs. The later was the route we took in adopting our dog Oslo. We have been able to know Oslo almost from the day he was born; his mother was rescued while pregnant.


   These great volunteers took in his mom, cared for her, helped her deliver and care for the pups. And while this rescue took one dog off the street, they had now one mom and all her puppies to care for and adopt out so none of them would ever end up on the street again. These volunteers spend countless hours caring for these dogs, as you would care for your own, loosing sleep and worrying about finding them the best home. I did not realize the extent of care and worry till we decided to foster.


   I volunteered for the group that we adopted Oslo from and I was not going to foster at first. Our group has an email system set up that alerts volunteers of things needing done in the organization. This includes the dogs that are currently in area shelters. I had no idea how many there would be, week after week, face after pitiful face that needed help. So after saying I wouldn’t, I did; then off to the shelter to “pull” my first foster dog.


   The shelter: I have always been an emotional person, so I have avoided these places that I deemed as sad so I wouldn’t turn into a giant bawl bag. I tucked emotions aside and went in; knowing that at least one of these dogs was coming out with a better life. After seeing all of them, row after row, cage after cage, I could realize how overwhelming it would be to come here to find your next furry love. But that is what I was there to do. I help out a breed specific rescue so I knew who I was after, they took me to a huge bouncing ball of energy and excitement, and I started thinking; are you truly crazy? You really know nothing about this dog that you are about to take home, have I let my heart talk me into something completely nuts?


   He was laying down after we completed all the paperwork and didn’t even get up when I went in to put on the collar and leash I had brought with me. Here I am, about to take this 75-pound stranger home with me. He happily trotted out with me and loaded in the car like he had always been my dog.


   The whole first night, as he slept in his kennel, I worried what had I done, how is he going to be with my dogs, does he like kids, is he potty trained, is he going to bark all night?  I’m happy to say we made it thru that first night and all the others since.


    His name is Hurley, a tribute to the character from J. J. Abrams hit show LOST, and he is a very good boy. It has been thru this experience that I have come to realize the great importance of foster homes. You open up your house to a furry stranger, they don’t know what to think of you and while you might be thinking your crazy, they are just as afraid.



   A foster dog is like buying a car with a [Car Fax Report]. This dog has been living in someone’s home for weeks to months, they know all of their good points, and they know all of their flaws. When I walked out of the shelter with Hurley I didn’t even know what I was going to call him, let alone how we were going to get along. Adopting a dog from a foster home eliminates all of those fears for the next person.


   He’s been test-driven. He’s had any repairs needed, he’s micro chipped and neutered, he’s put on weight if needed, and he has been loved. And unlike a shady car dealer, the foster home loves this dog; they want him to go to the best family and to be a successful match. You become truly vested in this dog.


   While a potential adopter is thinking about all of the information on the “Dog Fax Report” and falls in love with a cute face, the foster parent and the rescue group are looking the adopters over like a dating service would. Are they right for this dog? How is he going to get along in their family? Are they willing to put in the work if needed? Will they love him forever? Like it or not, try as you may, you fall in love with these dogs, and they fall in love with you.


   So whether you are adopting from a shelter or from a rescue group realize that people are on your side and looking out for the best interest of these dogs. Any method of saving a dog in wonderful, but if your nervous about introducing a strange dog into your house, know that you have options thru rescue groups. Your perfect match is out there, maybe even napping on someone’s couch till you find him or her that Forever Home.


Sarah -

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