Best Dog Accessories for the Cold – The Ultimate Winter Proofing Guide

A cold air approaches, you turn to see if your mother-in-law stopped by.. she’s not there. It must be something else. You walk across the living room. Maybe the Night King is coming you think? But no, Game of Thrones isn’t on either. Winter.. Winter is actually coming, as the seasons would have it! In the corner you see your dog, looking mildly cold. It strikes you all at once, your dog is your extension of your family and MUST BE WINTERPROOFED.

We understand your concern, and we got your back. This is our complete guide to winter proofing your dog for those cold winter months. Outside of cranking up the heater, there are two main categories for this.

  1. The things your dog is wearing
  2. Where your dog is sleeping

Luckily, there are many options to combat the wicked trials of nature. Fear not dog owners, warmth lies ahead

The first step of our journey in winter preparation involves the most important aspect of all, shelter! This is assuming your dog will be staying outside sometimes, or even some nights.

Best Insulated Dog Houses

ASL Solutions Insulated Dog House(With Heater)


Every panel of this dog palace is kept warm with thick foam. Up to 4 inches per side. The floor is raised off the ground and insulated as well. There are no weak points and the reviews reflect that. This is a durable, hard shell dog house that’s perfect for the winter months. You can be confident your dog will be warm and toasty in here.  Included in the purchase is a heating pad. During warmer summer months you may worry it would be “too insulated”, and trap the heat in. A valid concern, to counteract that there are removable window panes that open without any tools required. Perfect for the outdoors.

Key Features

  • Cross Ventilation Window Panes
  • Floor Insulation
  • Secure Entry Door

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JSNY Portable Dog House


Small Warm Portable Dog House

If you’re looking for a smaller dog house for your smaller breed, the padded offering by JSNY is perfect for inside your home. The benefit of it’s small size is that it’s portable. There is no plastic soft shell, you can fold this thing flat and take it anywhere for your little guy(or girl). Best for small dogs, this is not large enough for medium sizes. Coming in at 17″ x 16″ x 18″. Three different colors give you a variety to match the interior of your home. They’re tan, blue, and red.

Key Features

  • Folds Up Easily
  • Padded Interior For Colder Months
  • Cute Design and Three Colors

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Pets Imperial Extra Large Wooden Dog Kennel


A beautifully designed dog kennel made of real wood. Before everything was made of plastic and compacted wood bits, they used to make things like this! It’s insulated with timber, plywood, and styrofoam. The raised floor helps keep critters out and promotes good airflow. Along with a removable top for cleaning. This thing is huge, and can withstand big dogs of up to 150lbs. The legs of this kennel are adjustable, so it’s easier to set make it level on uneven ground.  You will need a drill for assembly, it will take a bit longer than most other options.

Key Features

  • Very Easy To Clean/Access
  • Made With Real Wood
  • Adjustable Legs for Outdoors

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Precision Pet Extreme Log Cabin


Since we are feeling a little lumberjack-y after our last post, we thought we’d offer you another wooden masterpiece. For winter, this would require a heating pad as it’s only insulation consists of wood. However we all know people suffer for fashion. This thing is sexy. After getting a heating pad, your dog will have the coolest spot on the block. Those people obsessed with tiny homes might try to move in, so watch out!

This is a weatherproof offering, it will keep moisture out. It comes in three sizes suitable for most dogs. Small, medium and large.

Key Features

  • Aesthetically Pleasing
  • Made With Real Wood
  • Raised Floors

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DP Hunter Dog House With Floor Heater


Dphunter Insulated Dog House with Heater

Need a new place for your kids to go in time out?! Just kidding of course, but if you want your dog to be snug as a bug this is your siren call. An insulated dog house that’s actually insulated, we are pleasantly surprised. You see, many companies add the word “insulated” in their posts to deceive us. But, we’ve got you covered.

It has foam in both the walls and ceiling, along with an included floor heater. The door is self closing so your pooch will be snug and ready for the elements. Well, more likely a long nap.

Key Features

  • Floor Heater
  • Actual Foam Insulation
  • Seals Up Tight

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Extra Large Dog House

Petsfit Dog House


If you have a dog that’s large and in charge, we’ve got you covered with the Petsfit Dog House. It’s spacious, has good construction, and can fit this lab like nothin. Another dog house that uses actual wood as well. How lovely. This is cedar with a stain. Everything is pre-drilled so assembly will be a snap.

Key Features

  • Reinforced Floor
  • Made For Large Dogs
  • Quality Construction

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Starplast Mocha/Brown Large Dog Kennel


starplast_large_dog_house

Light weight plastic and a snap together construction. If you don’t like wasting time reading manuals the snap together construction of this large dog house will have you filled with joy. On top of that it’s one of the cheapest dog houses in the large variety. We definitely recommend a mat for the floor, but with this option you’ll have plenty of room in your budget to squeeze that in.

Key Features

  • Affordable
  • Made For Large Dogs
  • Ease of Assembly

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Insulated Dog Beds
The pickings for insulated dog beds are quite slim. If you’re not looking to spend too much or already have an existing dog house, we recommend heated dog beds.

Heated Dog House Beds

K&H Pet Products Lectro-Soft Igloo Style Heated Dog Bed


K&H Pet Products Lectro-Soft Igloo Style Heated Dog Bed

Heating pads are a lot more reliable than they used to be. The Lectro-Soft doesn’t come with the igloo in the picture, but it does come with a 1 year warranty. It’s called “igloo style” because it’s shaped as a half circle.  As we know, dogs bodies aren’t made in square shapes. So this is great for sleeping on their side.To make it easy to clean, it has a removable fleece cover. One of the main complaints people have is that it doesn’t come with the igloo! We might have fallen for that too at first…

Key Features

  • Easy To Clean
  • Half Round Shape
  • 1 Year Warranty

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K&H Pet Products Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed


K&H Pet Products Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed - 6 watt MET Safety Listed

K&H at it again with another quality offering. This dog bed comes in two sizes, medium and large. If it’s getting cold or your dog is getting older and just needs a warm place indoors, this is perfect. The cupped shape and outdoor wall make for a secure sit. The medium size is 20″x26″ and the large is 24″ x 31″. These measurements take into account the exterior size and are not measured from the interior. Consider the inside of the “lip” when you are taking into calculation if it’d fit your dog. There is a few inches of difference.

Key Features

  • Tested To Meet Electrical Standards
  • Safe to Leave Plugged In
  • 1 Year Warranty, Only 6 Watt Power Draw

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Warmstore Dog Cat Electric Heat Pad ,Waterproof Adjustable Warming Mat with Chew Resistant Steel Cord, Soft Removable Cover


We regretfully must inform you these puppies are not included in the purchase price. Our condolences. If you have a very small dog, a puppy, or even a cat; this is a great option. We really mean small, the diameter is only 12 inches. We like that it’s chew resistant and waterproof. Watching puppies can be a handful, an adorable handful but still. They are prone to chewing.

Key Features

  • Removable Cover
  • Adjustable Remote
  • 2 Year Guarantee

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Dog Blankets For Winter

PetFusion Premium Pet Blanket. Reversible Gray Micro Plush.


PetFusion [NEW] Premium Pet Blanket. Reversible Gray Micro Plush. [100% soft polyester]

So, if we can get past the fact that this looks like the Harry Potter Cloak of Invisibility.. then we can get into the fact that this thing is freaking comfortable. Pure polyester and reversible, in a variety of sizes from small to large. The smallest coming in at 31″ x 27 ” and the largest at 60″ x 48″. That’s a big blanket. Very well received and very warm indeed, this blanket is a thing that everyone should see!

Key Features

  • Reversable
  • Machine Washable
  • 12 Month Warranty For Defects

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PAWZ Road Pet Dog Blanket Fleece Fabric Soft (Perfect For Cars)


PAWZ Road Pet Dog Blanket Fleece Fabric Soft

One of the most affordable options available, this is perfect for protecting a surface or adding bulk to a blanket structure your dog is craving. We even like it for cars, throw this on the backseat and if there’s an accident it’s easily replaceable. It comes in three different sizes and three different designs, all with warm colors.

Key Features

  • Soft Plush
  • 3 Colors
  • Machine Washable

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Sherpa Fleece Plush Dog Blankets (Large Dog Blanket)


Now we’re talking big, thanks to Pawsee. This is a an extra large dog blanket that has a cool feature. The reversible slip allows for two different textures. Plush fleece on one side, and wool on the other.  It’s a big one at 60″ x 49″.  So if you have a big old guy or maybe a few small ones, this is going to give them room to stretch their legs and still keep warm. Five different colors and four different sizes means you’ve got options. If you don’t have a dog and are looking for a super hero cape, we may have tested it for these purposes.. and it passes that as well.

Key Features

  • Huge
  • 2 Different Textures
  • Plenty of Color and Size Combinations

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Pet Fleece Blanket – Light Weight But Warm


pet fleece blankets colorful

Sometimes you don’t need to be thick to be effective. Wait, in blanket speak we mean. Fleece has longstanding been known for it’s warmth while being thinner than some less insulating counterparts. This pet fleece blanket is no different. It keeps you warm, maybe too warm sometimes. Your pet will love it, super cozy and durable. So many colors they make our eyes pop. They’re proud of it enough to offer a money back guarantee, putting the mula where the mouth is. We like that.

Key Features

  • So Many Colors
  • Warm
  • Heavy

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Comsmart Pet Blanket Warm Dog Fleece


comsmart pet blanket

We had to include these because of the adorable designs and colors. They come in either a 4 pack,5, or 6. Made of fleece, they size at 24″ x 28″. So they are a bit smaller than most options. But, you have six of them. Plus, look at those rad paw prints.

As we mentioned before, never underestimate fleece. These will keep your dog warm and snug during colder climates. They fit perfectly in pet carriers or on car seats as well.

Key Features

  • Colors and Paw Prints
  • Great Value
  • Great for Car Covers

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Now that we’ve covered where they sleep, the next is to cover how they roam. Equip your dog with the best goodies to go out there and get that ball in the snow. Phase 2 initiate!

Best Winter Dog Coats

Kuoser Cozy Waterproof Windproof Reversible British style Plaid Dog Vest Winter Coat


dog coats flannel and black

You may love your dog more than yourself sometimes, and what better way to keep them cozy than a cute little coat. These come in various styles of plaid and solid colors, and make for great insulation. They’re made of polyester, are windproof, and water resistant.  Ranging from very small to 3xL in size, these aren’t just for the small breeds! The 3xL fits up to a 23″ neck. Rated for dogs up to 100 lbs.

Their main purpose is of course to keep your dog dry and warm during colder elements, and for that they’re excellent.

Key Features

  • Water Repellent
  • Warm
  • Cute Plaid Styles

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Fitwarm Knitted Thermal Pet Clothes for Dog Pajamas PJS Coat Jumpsuit


Fitwarm Knitted Thermal Pet Clothes for Dog Pajamas PJS Coat Jumpsuit

Just remember next time you’re shivering in public, that there are no social rules for dogs. They can wear full sized knitted pajamas AND make you clean up their poop. How did they get a deal like that? This fitwarm knitted pet pajama is a full slip on. Covering nearly every part of your dogs body to give them that warm toasty feeling you used to get as a kid by the fire. Except they get to have it all day. These come in extra small to xxl. All shapes and sizes get to enjoy the comfort of full body pajamas.

Can you tell we’re a little bit jealous?

Key Features

  • Full Body
  • Perfect for Hairless or Tiny Breeds
  • Soft Thick Knitted Fabric

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PAWZ Road Large Dog Plaid Shirt Coat Hoodie Pet Winter Clothes Warm and Soft


Large Dog Plaid Shirt Coat Hoodie Winter Clothes

The surfer of the dog world, this Golden prefers water to cold which is why he has a rad hoodie on. Cowabunga.

Finely stitched and loose fitting, this may not provide as much warmth as the full body options but it fits snugly around the arms while giving a little breathing room for the body. It comes in blue and red flannel designs. Plus it has a hoodie, how cool is that?

Key Features

  • Snug fit on Arms
  • Hoodie for Rain Protection
  • Extremely Affordable

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Blueberry Pet 8 Pattern Dog Sweater


Blueberry Pet 8 Patterns Blue & White Diamond Pattern or Vintage Octagons and Squares Dog Sweater

But what about the cute stuff for little dogs? Well, we have you covered. Nine different styles of adorable dog coats are here. They might not provide the most warmth compared to previous choices but they do provide the most looks. We all know some tiny dogs suffer from little complexes, so what better way to boost their confidence by dolling them up in some stylish offerings?

These are made from 100% acrylic, and must be washed in cold water to prevent shrinkage.

Key Features

  • Lovely Styles
  • Affordable
  • Warm

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There are some dogs, who for whatever reason.. will not tolerate dog boots. Keep this in mind while shopping and try them in a pair if possible so you don’t have to go through the hassle of ordering something just to return it.

Dog Boots For Winter

QUMY Dog Boots Waterproof Shoes for Large Dogs


QUMY Dog Boots Waterproof Shoes for Large Dogs with Reflective Velcro Rugged Anti-Slip Sole Black

These boots were made for walking.. reflectively. Qumy dog boots are feature packed. They’re reflective, anti-slip, and secure with their Velcro strap. If your dog’s  feet used to get cold, say no more. These will keep the dry in, and keep the wet out. Owners find that these may help their dogs with arthritis get a better grip.  In fact even when dogs get the “zoomies” , these can handle that.

They only come in one style, but they do have 5 different sizing options.

Key Features

  • Reflective
  • Velcro Strap
  • Anti-Slip

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WeiMeet Dog Boots, Waterproof Dog Winter Shoes


Dog Winter Shoes

Waterproof, with a zipper and velcro strap to ensure a snug fit. These offer a bit more insulation than other options and are worthy of the name “dog boots”. Wet suit fabric keeps your dogs paws warm and is at the same time comfortable and giving. The rubber soles provide great traction and the stitching is top notch. They come in 6 sizes ranging from xs to xxl.

Key Features

  • Wet Suit Insulated Material
  • Two Strap Closing System
  • Rubber Soles for Traction

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My Busy Dog Water Resistant Dog Shoes with Reflective Velcro and Rugged Anti-Slip Sole


Water Resistant Dog Shoes with Reflective Velcro and Rugged Anti-Slip Sole

A vibrant red fabric and anti- slip soles catch your eyes when you first set sight on My Busy Dog’s shoes. All of their fabrics are sewn together so that they last longer. Heat won’t effect them as much as other soles. We really like the waffle pattern of the anti slip sole, it helps “grab” at the ground for traction.

They have reflective stitching and velcro straps. A wide split seam means that the shoe has a little give for your dogs potentially big feet. Best of all there are color choices, something lacking in previous brands. These come in red, orange, green, and black.

Key Features

  • 4 Color Options
  • Waffle Pattern On Soles For Traction
  • Reflective Stitching Increases Visibility At Night

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Small Dogs Shoes, Fashionable Boots By Winsoon


fur boot shoes

While this looks like something you would see the Kardashians put on their dogs, they still have a cute charm in a way. They’re stitched all the way up and down, and the fabric doesn’t appear to have much give. They have a solid rubber sole.

Not the most adjustable nor the tightest fit on our list, but we really do like that they have a very strong sole. Some of the most common complaints are related to the sizing, so make sure to triple check if you’re considering purchasing. Others had issues getting their dogs to wear them in the first place.

Key Features

  • Solid Rubber Sole
  • They Come in Pink
  • Fur

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LONSUNEER Paw Protector Dog Boots Soft Sole


lonsuneer paw protector

Our first review of a soft sole shoe. Water resistant, reflective, with a nonslip sole.  What makes these a good option is that they are soft all around. If your dog has a hard time fitting into shoes, the flexibility will make it much easier. And if your dog likes wiggling out of shoes, these are easy to get a snug fit on with a loop velcro strap.

Being softer on the soles, your dog will feel more. So we recommend these for terrain you are familiar with. Not our top choice for rough terrain.

Key Features

  • Soft Sole Design
  • 3 Colors to Choose From
  • Very Secure Loop Strap

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Dog Hat For Winter

Dogo “Trapper” Hat


dog hat for winter

In theory, putting a hat on your dog seems like a good idea for winter. In practice, the dogs end up having the same expression as this guy here. Perhaps he’s planning his revenge as they’re taking his picture?

Dog hats aren’t commonly a thing because.. they’re not usually tolerated well. But this hat has a great design and is made from a Polyester / Cotton combo. So, if somehow by an act of God you can convince your dog to wear one please let us see it!

Key Features

  • Velcro Strap
  • 100% Cotton
  • Insulated Soft Design

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Should I get a dog bed or a dog house?

This depends on a few things. Dog beds are fine for indoor use, but if you are thinking of putting one outside to keep your friend comfortable.. it’s not gonna last long! When you are looking for something outdoors, we definitely recommend a dog house. Additionally, this will shield your dog from the elements and give them a safe space. If they’ve been crate trained, they will prefer this option as well. If it gets to a decent drop in temperature there are many insulated and even heated options for dog houses that will work in short bursts. In that type of weather you should bring your dog inside, and the dog house.

We hope you and your dog are ready to face winter HEAD ON. Hopefully some of these trinkets will help you on your journey. If you have any funny winter stories about your dog, let us know 🙂

Why buy a dog bed?

Well.. why buy a mattress for yourself? Dogs have bones, muscles, and aches just like us. Especially when they get older. Sleeping on carpet or tile isn’t fun, try it yourself sometime and see how long you last. You should buy a dog bed for the comfort of your pet. If your dog is older, you can look into getting them an orthopedic option. Softer is better on joints that need it.

We hope you and your dog are ready to face winter HEAD ON. Hopefully some of these trinkets will help you on your journey. If you have any funny winter stories about your dog, let us know 🙂

More Bite Than Bark, 10 Of The Toughest Dog Toys

dog chewing
Look at me I’m tough

Dog toys aren’t cheap, and if they keep getting ripped up it will add up to a significant amount at the end of the year. Maybe you could have had a nice steak dinner with the money you saved. We might be a little bit hungry.

Does your dog have an alter ego of a great white shark? 

If they shred every toy you give them and you’re sick of hemorrhaging money; we have a list of dog toys that might be somewhat more resistant to their chewings.

The Hurley – Durable Dog Bone

The Hurley floats, if your dog actually thinks they’re Jaws what better way to appease their killer instinct. It has a chew proof guarantee and is made from hard plastic ready to tackle the challenges of abuse. Owners rave about it’s resistance.

A perfect option to get you through the warmer months of the year. Available on Amazon

It’s pretty rare to see things manufactured in the USA anymore, but this item is. That’s a huge plus for us. 

Elk Antler Dog Chew

Can a dog chew on Elk Antlers? Yes, they can and they have been for years. This is one of the hardest materials to work through. It’s perfectly safe and naturally shed by elk. Reusing natures droppings in a way.  Keep in mind if you have an older dog, or one with dental issues that this may not be the best option. 

Nylabone Dura Chew

A flavored bone made of nylon? It comes in bacon? While we might be tempted to try this ourselves, it seems to hold up pretty well to tough chewers. Labeled specifically for large dogs, this is a made in the USA durable toy. As an added benefit, it’s textured. So while your dog is trying their best to destroy it, it actually helps clean their teeth. 

With the textured surface it makes it a little easier to rip away from your pal for playtime. 

Indestructible Dog Ball – Lifetime Replacement Guarantee


indestructable dog ball

You heard that right. A toy with bold claims of , “virtually indestructible”.  This company offers a lifetime replacement if it isn’t up to par. Bright orange, bouncy, and made for tough chewers; this ball is comprised of rubber. It’s also very orange and reminds us of Tang. See it here

It’s very simple, but it does the trick. 

Plush Taco Toy For Your Foodie


taco doy plush toy

Okay this thing will probably get torn to shreds but we had to share it. It’s a freaking squeaky taco that is smiling at us. How adorable.  They also come in varieties of french fries, ice cream, pineapple, and steak. To name a few.. maybe you have a non-chewer and you could take cute pics with this. 

We’re getting hungry, or maybe we already were.

Ruffwear Turnup Durable Dog Toy


turnip dog toy

Perhaps your dog is a practicing vegan? Well, they would be in love with our turnip shaped offering.  Chew resistant and made of latex rubber, this toy holds a special hole for treats. So not only can your dog be enamored, but also engaged in the hunt. Aye aye captain! 

This is also a great training piece. If you don’t want to simply hand over a treat when your dog does something good, you can give them a little more entertainment with this. 

Gnawt-a-Rock


rock dog toy

Another treat hoarding, latex rubber made masterpiece. The Gnawt-a-rock won’t grind your dogs teeth, but it will elicit their imagination. If your dog ends up not liking it you can always use it as a hybrid sort of dice.. double 7’s anyone? 

For dogs with harder chomping powers, like a Pit Bull, this is an excellent option. With it’s hard rubber material it’s also great to throw at the park. Just make sure no one else is near by!

Benebone Wishbone Chew Toy


benebone dog chew

Two Ingredients listed: Nylon and Bacon. How these two things come together, we have no freaking idea. However the reviews are sparkling. Dogs love this thing, and it lasts a long time. The flavor choices are: REAL Bacon, REAL Chicken, and REAL Peanut. Yes, they are capitalized just like that. The reality is they are “infused” with real stuff but yeah, I’d prefer it fresh on a plate than in a bone. 

Puppy Chew Cotton Rope


Puppy Teething Chew Toy

Carrots are healthy for you, and if you lie to yourself you can still claim that even when they’re made of rope. While a full grown dog may make quick work of these cute cotton concoctions, for a teething puppy they’re perfect. If carrots aren’t your thing, there’s also a giraffe. 

Kong Red Rubber


kong dog toy

The original classic. Kong has been manufacturing dog toys for a while now. They started the whole hide the treat fad. Dogs hate them, people love them. These toys aren’t the most durable of all options above, but for a “medium chewer” they work great. 

It may have an unusual appearance, but don’t let that fool you. The Kong Red Rubber has been around a long time for a reason. Dogs and owners love it. 

Is there such thing as an indestructible dog toy?

As we’ve come to find out first hand, no there isn’t. Dogs love ripping things to shreds don’t they? Carnivores by nature, they are pretty good at it. I think they get it from their wolf brethren. But, a lot of these options we’ve listed above are the closest things we could realistically find to indestructible. If they have a warranty, even better. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVo-DrIdpjY

Tell us about what your dog likes to chew up in the comments!

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The Best 10 Dogs For Kids – Your Rugrats Need Playmates

our list of the best dogs for kids

Love, trust, and friendship are perhaps the biggest thing a family pet can teach. Some dogs have a little more patience than others as a right of genetics. If you are looking for a wholesome addition to your family and don’t mind the potty training; then we have ten choices for you.

10. Beagle

Beagle Puppy Family Dog

Playful, with a calm temperament, the beagle is all about the outdoors. Just like your kids, until virtual reality gets too good.

They range from 12-15 years on average. One of their main complaints is shedding. They shed a decent amount, so if allergies are a concern this may be a negative.

9. Dachschund

dachshund puppy

Oddly proportioned, sometimes stubborn, and devoted. The dachshund is that lovable little guy of the family. They are great cuddle buddies, we have some first hand experience with this.  The label of being stubborn comes from some people having difficulty training them, but fear not they do very well when they’re incentive is food.

8. Labrador Retriever

labrador retriever

Kind, trusting, and always up for a game of fetch. The Labrador has always been a common family pet and will continue to do so. They are forgiving and everyone is their friend by default.

7. Collie

Collie Dog

A beautiful coat and a beautiful personality. The Collie was etched into many peoples hearts when we first saw her as Lassie. They are protective dogs who are very active and friendly. For a medium sized breed their lifespan is also a bit greater than average, they live between 14-16 years. With a beautiful head of hair comes a lot of maintenance. So if you get a collie prepare to be on brush patrol at times!

6. Pug

cute pug

Playful and relaxed you say? We have the dog for you. Two seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum collide in Mr. Chill, the Pug. Perfect for kids because of it’s temperament, the pug likes to have fun. But he’s also down to relax and do nothing in his pajamas all day. They are a low maintenance breed, and outside of some shedding are very easy to take care of.

5. Pomeranian

pomeranian

If you’ve been looking for a cotton ball with legs, the Pomeranian is your answer. They are a sociable breed that loves to play. Not quite as forgiving as some of the more relaxed dogs, we recommend these for kids who are a little bit older. They will live with them into adulthood usually, with their lifespan at about 16 years.

4. Boxer

boxer super manly

Playful and goofy but also cuddly, kids love them just as much as adults. They don’t cause too much trouble and definitely bring lots of joy.

3. Black Mouth Cur

black mouth cur

On the more protective end of family dogs, we have the Black Mouth Cur. A cattle dog with origins from the southern part of the states. They do very well with kids and will watch out for them.

2. Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland dog

Oranges with their bright glow are in fact perfectly fine for your dog. They do have a lot of sugar, so give them in moderate amounts. Citric acid will not negatively impact your dogs digestion. But it does bother some cats. Although I’ve never heard of a cat eating oranges.

1. Golden Retriever

golden retriever

The epitome of the family dog. Loving and loyal. The Golden Retriever is our top pick as a dog for kids and families. Easy to train, and fun to play with. Shedding isn’t a big problem with Golden’s either.

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Top Ten Manly Dogs – Testosterone Fueled Amazement

Manly Dogs

Do you take turns without your blinker? Maybe you have a lifted truck with a muffler kit on it?

You know what we’re talking about. PURE MANLINESS. What can MULTIPLY the juices running through your veins? A macho manly dog of course.  Here’s our list, buckle your seat-belts. 

10. Akita

Akita Manly Dog

If you’re cunning, hatching plans to make you the most dominant force in the universe then you NEED an Akita. These dogs are from Japan. They probably used to roll around with Samurai’s scouting out potential weaklings to attack. You can’t mess with that. 

They’re described as being courageous, but also dignified. Because after they destroy the opposing army by tearing limb from limb, they’ll hold a burial for you out of respect. 

9. Boxer

boxer super manly

Named after a profession with people that sign up to get punched in the face, the boxer doesn’t give a damn who you are. It’s along for the ride if you meet their standards of masculinity. They’re also sweet and pretty cute. 

8. Doberman

doberman manly

Look at this girl. She’s thinking, “if only the guys at work were as stoic as my doberman I wouldn’t have to project the void in my life onto a dog.” She needed some freaking MANLINESS in her life because she probably works in an IT department. The answer is the Doberman. 

This thing is like the fighter jet of canines. They look like god made them in a wind tunnel to increase their chances of sprinting at you and showing you what real muscle is made of. You can’t stop that. 

7. Husky

husky manly

Bright eyes beaming with intelligence. These dogs pull lazy people around in sleds. But guess what? They don’t give a damn! Cause that’s their dog job and you will get no complaints out of a crazy freaking Husky. They can be a super hyper breed and they make great playmates. 

6. Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

How did a country that went through a famine find a way to feed these MONSTERS. The Irish Wolfhound is a big, bad.. friendly guy. They have shorter lifespans than most dogs because we aren’t meant to enjoy the pinnacle of creation for too long. It’s the same reason we don’t recommend buying one, you might be prompted to get a divorce when you realize something that can’t talk is better company than your SO. 

5. Malinois

malinois manly

This is sort of like the German Shepherd but not so mainstream. A blue jean wearing working dog that will sniff out bombs and swoon ladies. Used in enforcement applications with a mouth that looks like a crocodile yawning, you don’t want to mess with this bad boy. 

4. Mastiff

mastiff adorable

Wrinkly skin and all, the Mastiff has come to accept itself. Dignified, studious, and cunning. This dog would rather be at home studying on a Friday night than finding the quickest way to barf at a dive bar. 

3. Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland dog

Do you perhaps live in a treacherous environment full of fluffy snow? Here’s your new found friend.  This dog named an Island after himself as a blessing, that they could begin to reach his awesomeness. (don’t google that please)

It might be cold over there, but the 150 lbs of v8 muscle provide him warmth. 

2. Rottweiler

rottweiler

Majestic, kind, and full on. The Rottweiler were former herders of livestock, now they herd hearts. It’s the oldest of herding breeds. The wisdom of how to run around things in circles used to be their main occupation. Now girls run circles around them. How much more manly can you get? Not much my friend, not much. 

1. Saint Bernard

Bigger, faster, stronger. The saint bernard is a mix between the Hulk and Thor. They can get up to 260 lbs. Thick you say? Yes very thick. You will legitimately need a truck to haul around your mini giant, making this one of the manliest dogs of all. 

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The Perfect Little City Dog – Top 10 Dogs For Apartment Living

Dogs living in the city

If you’re living in an apartment.. space is a big deal,  but so is companionship.  Here we give you ten dogs that make trusty adorable friends, and also live well in smaller spaces. In no particular order.

Little City Dog List

10. Yorkshire Terrier(Sassy)

A constant theme among small dogs is confidence. The yorky is no different. It has a beautiful coat and peppy demeanor. It’s classified as being hypoallergenic, if you have allergies you won’t have to worry about this breed worsening them. As an added bonus they do not shed much.

9. Chihuahua

chihuahua

The procession of barks followed by getting in the “safe space” of a chihuahua can be a bit annoying! They are a polarizing breed and people seem to either absolutely love them, or despise them. We think the haters just haven’t had the pleasure of having one in their lives. If you’d like to read our breed breakdown of chihuahuas you can do so here

They can live up to 20 years, among the highest lifespan of all canines.

8. Dachschund

dachshund puppy

Adorable, affectionate, and very loyal. The Dachshund is the perfect pet to greet you from a long day at work. They do shed a bit and are not the best for people with allergies. If you’re wondering about the roots of their name, it was first spotted in 18th century books. “Dachs Kriecher” means badger crawler, their original purpose. Little hunters these buggers were!

7. Chinese Crested

chinese crested

Sometimes you just need to look at something hideous to feel better about yourself. When facebook is down and you can’t find your ex’s new partner, you could always buy a Chinese Crested. We kid we kid. This breed comes in two varieties, with the hairless type resembling something a little less mainstream in dog taste.

6. Havanese

havanese

The national dog of Cuba, can you feel the rhythm? This beautiful little chap has a lot of hair. They’re very attentive, respond well, and caring. Their coat is soft and to boot they are thought of as an intelligent breed. All of this makes them the perfect apartment companion.

5. Pomeranian

pomeranian

Little balls of fluffy energy, Pomeranians make great pets for home owners of a more active lifestyle. They do well in apartments but also would love to play fetch with you all day. Originating from Germany/Poland, their name hails  from a region called Pomerania.  They need a bit of attention for their coat and shed more than most dogs on this list.

4. Maltese

maltese

Would you ever think a dog like this would be suitable for people with allergies? We didn’t at first, but it turns out they’re just fine. They are a toy dog breed from the Mediterranean region.  With a lovely temperament, these loyal dogs make great pets. They are a little less active than other dogs on this list. Safe to say they’d be up for a “netflix and chill” night with you if your date suggested Burger King as the first place to get dinner..

3. Peekapoo

peekapoo

Yes yes we know, it sounds similar to peekaboo! This breed is a mix between a Pekignese and a Poodle. They almost look like golden-doodles except..they just never really grow. Taking traits from both parents, they can be easy to train(poodles) and very affectionate(Pekignese).

2. Pug

cute pug

Although the picture might make you think of E.T. , we promise this is an actual dog. Just testing out spring fashion trends. The pug is another dog that can be very affectionate. The breed can suffer from some breathing issues due to their anatomy, but tends to live in the same range as most other small breeds. About 12 to 15 years.  If you’ve seen one out in the wild you’ll notice they tend to be pretty relaxed. If this picture doesn’t prove this point I’m not sure what would!

1. Japanese Chin

japanese chin

Now some of you may look at this picture and jump to the conclusion that this breed would be on the short bus. How could you??? Japanese royalty loved these dogs. They generally represented nobility. Also thought to be one of the most “cat-like” canines. Independent, sassy, and affectionate when they want to be. That’s the Japanese Chin for you.

If you’d like to hear about low maintanence dogs, and have a little more space.. we have another article here!

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13 Healthy Foods Your Dog Can Eat – Dont Feed Them Grapes!

13 Human Foods that are safe for dogs to eat!

Alert! Don’t feed them grapes! Grapes are a huge no no for dogs.

Knowing what you can and can’t feed your dog can be guesswork. Did you ever realize pecans can be toxic? We didn’t either, but it turns out they can. Not all nuts are bad for dogs either, cashews for example are fine in small amounts. 

Here we give you ten foods that dogs can eat to supplement their diet.

13. Corn

dogs can eat corn

Corn is perfectly healthy for dogs. It’s everywhere in human food and in many things you wouldn’t expect, like toothpaste. It turns out it’s well tolerated by dogs as well. While it gets a lot of flack these days, corn does have nutritional value. It has good amounts of fiber, vitamin c, and folate. 

12. Honey

Honey Is Safe For Dogs to Eat

Yep, dogs can eat this too. It can even help your dog with it’s allergies if the honey is local. This is because the plants in your environment will have their pollen in the mix! Some components of honey are even being studied as having antibacterial properties. It should only be given in small amounts but it’s packed to the brim with nutritional value. 

11. Carrots

Carrots are Healthy For Dogs to Eat

The distinct orange color of carrots comes from carotene and vitamin a. Dogs and bunnies have both been eating all the carrots they can get their little paws on for centuries. 

10. Eggs

eggs healthy dog food

Dogs, bodybuilders, children on Easter, the list goes on for people who love eggs. They’re high in protein, b-12, and vitamin d. Scramble some up and see if your dog likes them. 🙂

9. Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

While you can’t feed your dog all varieties of nut foods, peanut butter is okay. It has good fats and it’s high in protein. Just make sure you don’t give them too much as this is something that should be served in moderation. 

8. Lettuce

can a dog eat lettuce?

Leafy greens are perfectly healthy for your dog and many are high in fiber. Brimmingwith vitamin A. One cup has half of a humans nutritional value for the day. 

7. Bananas

Monkeys love these things, and it’s probably because they’re delicious. While your dog might not have any idea what a banana split is, safe to say if he did it would become his main affection. Bananas are great for dogs, just don’t add in the chocolate or ice cream part :p

6. Apples

What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Taking a bite and finding half a worm. 
Okay sorry that wasn’t the best joke. Back to apples, they’re good for your dog. In general you want to make digestion easier so it’s best to cut them up and remove the core before serving them up. They are the high in vitamin C and dietary fiber. 

5. Oranges

oranges for dogs

Oranges with their bright glow are in fact perfectly fine for your dog. They do have a lot of sugar, so give them in moderate amounts. Citric acid will not negatively impact your dogs digestion. But it does bother some cats. Although I’ve never heard of a cat eating oranges. 

4. Oatmeal

Is your dog on a bulk? Maybe he wants to get that new golden doodle of your neighbors to pay him a second glance. Well, he can hit the gym and supplement his diet with oatmeal! Just don’t get the sugary stuff. Strawberries too. I’m hungry now. 

3. Pineapple

can dogs eat pineapple?

 

Raw pineapple is just fine for your dog. If you are thinking of giving them canned versions, we say avoid it. High sugar and preservatives can cause issues for your dogs intestines. 

2. Watermelon

can dogs eat watermelon?

Can dogs Eat Watermelon?

Only if it’s seedless and doesn’t have any of the skin on it. Both of those parts of the watermelon can cause problems. We recommend avoiding them for dogs, even though they look delicious they’ll be sure to find other things that mesh better with them! Seeds are known to cause intestinal blockages. 

1. Blueberry

Can dogs eat blueberries?

Next time you’re reading your dog food ingredient list, don’t be surprised if blueberries are there! They are packed with antioxidants and a compliment to your dogs help. As always, we recommend fresh over frozen. But, plenty of people feed frozen blueberries to their dogs as well. As long as they aren’t packed with sugar, the good is pretty damn good. 

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Dog Breed: The German Shepherd

I’ll Bite The Shit Out Of You

 German Shepherds have bitten the shit out of many a bad guy. Given the classification as a “working dog”, the breed has been found especially useful to humans. Did I mention they’ll bite the shit out of you if you’re a bad guy? Cops love them for their shit biting of people capabilities. 

German Shepherds have a high aptitude of learning. Trained properly they make great pets. Imagine having an obedient protector in your household? Dog food is much cheaper than a subscription to a security company.

The breed actually isn’t old at all in terms of age. They originated in 1899. In dog breed lineage land, that aint much. Keep them active. They need to be outdoors, they NEED to get exercise. If you don’t have the space, don’t get this dog.

German Shepherd

  • Sharp As a Tac
  • Obedient
  • Easy to Train

Don’t let that short coat fool you! German Shepherds shed yearlong, it is one of their drawbacks. If you have a specific question about them that we haven’t answered, there is a great forum for just that purpose. 

German Shepherd Lifespan

They typically live 9-13 years. A common and debilitating problem with the breed is hip dysplasia. 

Care

Like all similar working dogs, they need a lot of exercise. Naturally high motor breeds, these are not the type to do well cooped up in an apartment all day.  It would be a disservice to their mental and physical health to not give this breed adequate room to explore. They’re naturally curious and enjoy seeing whats happening in the outside world. 

Famous German Shepherds

Bullet the Wonder dog was a dog actor from the Roy Rodgers show. Over a hundred episodes, he had a lot of airtime! This picture warms my heart, look at that cowboy. When you hear the phrase “wonder dog”, this is thought to be the show that set it in motion. 

German Shepherd Price

If you get your dog from a respected breeder, they are generally affordable. Between 300-900 dollars. Always be sure to research the breeder as well and make sure they’re not just trying to flip a buck!

Conclusion

Obedient, strong, fast, and smart. The German Shepherd is one of our favorite breeds. If you have any pictures of yours that you would like to share, hit us up on @zeuspetsofficial to be featured 🙂

Reasons why your dog is pooping too much

It’s 11 am on a Sunday. I’m happy that I get to sleep in. Then I realize, the roommates dog is at my bed. Clearly distressed, she has something that needs to get out.

That’s alright, I’ll cover for my roomie. Little did I know what I was in for. The door opens, she bolts. The sound barrier may have shattered in her wake, I was too groggy to realize. To my horror, a poop factory turned on once we reached the grass. I only brought one bag and that wasn’t going to cut it.

I bring back three more. She must have pooped for 3 minutes. Finding separate spots to blast. Finally I’d made it through. Down to my last bag, the waste was reclaimed by the trash can and off to a landfill to give flies another happy day.

What causes dogs to poop a lot? I had heard it can be a poor diet. After checking the brand of the roommates dog I figured that must be the case.

My guess is, it’s because the poor ingredients aren’t digested as well. The answer is I don’t know as of yet, I just wanted to update with that little experience. 🙂

The Year Of The Dog(Chinese New Year)

year of the dog

10 Interesting Facts and Traditions On Chinese New Year

WOOF WOOF, until February 2019, it will be year of the dog! We felt an obligation around here to examine the Chinese New Year. 

#1 It’s a fifteen day tradition

Chinese New Year

Starting at Midnight, the party begins. People start cracking off fireworks and other explosive delights in celebration of the New Year.  The main theme of the first day despite the festivities is to pay homage to your elders. 

#2 Everything Shuts Down

“Made in China, oh wait I just promised 400 orders of.. stuff!” For about three weeks all production stops.  You can imagine how this affects businesses. The biggest industry is the production of goods for export, so there are many good stories online of this ruining peoples livelihoods for a bit. 

#3 It’s Not The Same Day Every Year

It’s a Lunar New Year. This means the moon decides when the party is happenin’. Anywhere between the 21st of January and the 20th of February. It’s decided by the new moon that appears between these dates. 

#4 Red Letter Envelopes

You’ve heard of the power tie in the USA? In Asian countries red is used for something a little bit different.  It’s a symbol of good luck and celebration. During Chinese New Year’s little red envelopes are passed among relatives and friends, and they’re filled with cold hard cash. 

#5 It’s Freaking HUGE

Imagine a place with nearly 5 times the population of the USA. Now imagine them partying. That’s Chinese New Year. 1.4 Billion People. 

#6 There’s good eatin’

They have  their own special New Year’s Cake. Called the “niangao”. A sticky rice snack that looks freaking delicious. We really like the meaning behind the food. That is to raise oneself taller. Basically, keep going and improving. Similar to the Japanese concept of Kaizen. 

#7 Gifts(In Addition to the Red Envelopes)

You thought money was enough? Well, when the fat wad of cash is weighing down your pants and your face is stuffed with niangao, expect grandma to slap you in the gut with a present! Doesn’t this sound delightful? It’s usually food, too. 

#8 They Have Their Own Song

In other parts of the world you might hear a scream, “Happy New Year!” That’s not the case in China. Translated in English as ,”New Year’s Good, YA”. 

The lyrics: Happy New Year! Happy New Year! Happy New Year to you all! We are singing; we are dancing. Happy New year to you all!

We like it 🙂 

#9 Brand New Clothing

You have to look fresh on New Year’s in China. Red is a common color all over the country during this time, but the clothing is usually brand new. A symbol of prosperity. 

#10 It’s also called The Spring Festival

Many other countries join in on the celebration. They can’t call it the Chinese New Year can they? So they rebrand it! Things like ,”Lunar New Year”, “New Year Festival”, and “Spring Festival”. 

 

FAQ about Chinese New Year

Why chinese new year is celebrated

Similar to New Year’s in other parts of the world, Chinese New Year’s is celebrated because of a calendar turning over. However, they use a Lunar calendar for this celebration. So, to us it might seem off but it’s only because they’re using a different metric!

How chinese new year is celebrated

By paying homage to the ancestors, giving gifts, celebrating the past and the future!

Along with food, there’s a lot of food. 

Where chinese new year originated

A really really long time ago is the simple answer. Like, before dvd. 

It is said to have started during the Shang Dynasty. Around 1700 BC. However, there is no true proof of the exact time it started!

The Chihuahua(A dragon in a dog)

A Bundle Of Sassyness

Have you ever been walking down the street and caught yourself startled by a demonic procession of barks? You look around, it takes you a second… What was that? Is that.. a dog? When your view finally settles and your eyes keep gazing lower and lower, finally you see it. It’s a god damn Chihuahua.(And we love them for it). 

Once you get past the obvious questions.. how do those eyeballs fit in that tiny head?! Then you can realize they’re actually kind of cute. It’s a very polarizing breed. People either love them or they don’t. To the people who are in the hater category, it’s only because they haven’t yet had the pleasure to befriend one of the little devils. We introduce to you, the Chihuahua!

chihuahua

  • Thinks It Can Kill You
  • Tolerates Your Presence For Food
  • The Canine Equivalent To a Barking AK-47

Have you ever caught yourself wondering on a slow day at work where their name comes from, but were too lazy to google it? This passing thought happened to us to, we finally had to research it for you. It’s a state in Mexico. Their history is uncertain but they are believed to have descended from a companion breed called the Techichi. There is evidence of Techchis on pots as early as 300 BC. Pretty cool eh?

Chihuahua Lifespan

These little balls of short haired fire live about 12 to 20 years. Longer than average! So that you get to enjoy their little tail waggings and attempts to fit a tennis ball in their mouth. 

Famous Chihuahaus

Remember Legally Blonde? Maybe? Well if you do, there was a dog in there called Bruiser. Tinkerbell belonged to Paris Hilton and is also an honorable mention.

While those might be appetizers, the bread and butter will always be the Taco Bell Chihuahua. Maybe you weren’t around to witness those commercials, but they tugged at our heart strings. They evoked emotion. It was a romantic symphony that may or may not have made us want tacos. But, damn it was beautiful. 

 

Health

A steady diet of chalupas is suitable. In all seriousness the smaller breed does lend itself to some typical symptoms. Their eyes are prone to infections and injuries. Also, since their teeth are very close they have weaker roots in their gums. Dental care is something to take serious with this breed.

Chihuahua Price

A tighter range than most dogs, we found puppies usually going between 500-800 dollars. 

Conclusion

A great companion dog, suitable for apartments or smaller living. We love Chihuahuas and think they’re a great pet for any owner.