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Signs Your Dog is Distressed

We are all pretty familiar with the body language a dog exhibits when he is happy and excited to see you, or ready to play and go on a walk. There are also many behaviors that your dog may demonstrate when he is feeling unsure of a situation.Fearful_dog

It may be difficult to determine the difference between when a dog is afraid and when the dog is preparing to be aggressive.  For your own dog, these behaviors may be more obvious to you. For an unknown dog, however, this may not be as easy to figure out.

When a dog is feeling fear and worry:

  • Tail will be down and it may wag a little
  • Ears are back
  • Body is lowered
  • May lick at the air or at a dominant dog
  • May be shaking
  • May have 1 paw raised
  • Some dogs show their teeth

Extreme Fear:

  • Dog will demonstrate a position of total submission, lying on his back
  • Ears are back
  • Head is turned to one side
  • Tail is tucked underneath the body

Dogs who are in fear and may be preparing to be aggressive:

  • Tail is tucked underneath the body
  • Fur is raised on the neck and back
  • Ears are back
  • Body is in a crouched position
  • Baring teeth



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Interior Cabin Space For Multiple Pets

A common question I get asked is whether more than one dog or cat can fit inside a pet stroller. For many strollers, the answer is “yes,” no problem! First, consider the weight of the two (or even 3) animals. Two dogs weighing a total of 40 pounds are likely to fit inside a stroller that can hold up to 60 or 70 pounds. In these larger strollers, you will be sure to have a cabin big enough for multiple pets.

For example, the PetZip Happy Trailer will hold up to 75 pounds and the interior cabin measures: 28″L x 17″W x 24″H. I have two French Bulldog-Pug mix dogs that weigh 26lbs and 23 lbs. In the sitting position, they measure about 12-13″ across and fit easily into the Happy Trailer cabin. Sometimes one dog lies down and the other sits. They both can lie down together, but they never choose this option. The two dogs also fit happily into the Gen7Pets Jogger, which measures: 26″L x 14″W x 22″H. There is a lot of extra room for them in the Pet Gear NV Stroller, which measures: 30″L x 13″W x 22″H. The Pet Gear AT3 (30.5″L x 14″W x 24″H) and Jogger (30″L x 13″W x 22″H) also have cabins large enough to accommodate more than one pet.

DRminitwoIf you prefer a smaller stroller with still enough room to carry more than one pet, look at the DoggyRide Mini (23″L x 15″W x 22″H) which can carry up to 55 pounds, and the Pet Gear Special Edition stroller (26″L x 12″W x 19.5″H) which has a 45 pound weight limit. The Gen7Pets Promenade (25″L x 13″W x 21.5″H) is a medium-sized stroller with a 50lb weight limit and a large cabin for multiple pets.

 These are just a few examples of stroller cabins that can accommodate more than one pet. Most pet strollers have an enclosure that is mesh to protect your pets from jumping out, but many have two tether clips for two leashes. The PetZip Happy Trailer actually has three tether clips.


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Is Chocolate Dangerous For Dogs?

Someone at some time told you that chocolate will make a dog sick, very sick. Is this really true? Well, yes it can be, but it depends on a few factors. The harmful compounds in chocolate are methylxanthines, which are respiratory stimulants used in asthma drugs. Theobromine is the specific methylxanthine found in cacao used for those delicious chocolate bars we eat.chocolate_dog_eating

Higher quality chocolate, with a higher percentage of cacao, is more dangerous to dogs than lower quality chocolate usually found at the drugstore counter. Dark chocolate is worse than milk or white chocolate. A larger dog (100 pounds) can eat more chocolate and not have adverse symptoms, whereas a smaller dog (20 pounds) can experience seizures, tremors, incontinence and/or vomiting from ingesting just a small amount of chocolate.

When a person eats a chocolate bar, he is able to metabolize the dose of caffeine within the course of a day. A dog, however, is unable to metabolize Theobromine effectively and a great deal of stress is placed on his nervous system and kidneys.

The first line of treatment for chocolate toxicity is to induce vomiting. Many vets will encourage giving the pet a few teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide to make the dog vomit at home. You should check with the vet if you decide to do this at home instead of going to the vet.

The following chart is from Dog Owners Digest and it gives a few examples of toxic amounts of:

  • White chocolate: 200 ounces per pound of body weight. It takes 250 pounds of white chocolate to cause signs of poisoning in a 20-pound dog, 125 pounds for a 10-pound dog.


  • Milk chocolate: 1 ounce per pound of body weight. Approximately one pound of milk chocolate is poisonous to a 20-pound dog; one-half pound for a 10-pound dog. The average chocolate bar contains 2 to 3 ounces of milk chocolate. It would take 2-3 candy bars to poison a 10 pound dog. Semi-sweet chocolate has a similar toxic level.


  • Sweet cocoa: 0.3 ounces per pound of body weight. One-third of a pound of sweet cocoa is toxic to a 20-pound dog; 1/6 pound for a 10-pound dog.


  • Baking chocolate: 0.1 ounce per pound body weight. Two one-ounce squares of bakers’ chocolate is toxic to a 20-pound dog; one ounce for a 10-pound dog.

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How to Assemble the Gen7Pets Jogger

The newest pet stroller made by Gen7Pets is the Jogger. It is a robust vehicle, dressed in a rich red fabric, that is able to hold 75 pounds of pet. This could be one big dog or two smaller dogs. The cabin measures 26 inches long, which is plenty of room for two pets to ride comfortably.

This stroller is simple to assemble, it does not require any tools. One big difference between this dog jogging stroller and others is the EVA foam tires. Most jogging strollers have air-filled tires. For people who prefer not to mess around with using a bike pump, these “never flat” tires will be just right. The rear shock absorbers give the stroller a smooth ride.

When assembling the front wheel, be sure to align the small metal “tooth” on each side with the hole on each side of the fork. Then the knob needs to be tightened until the metal lever can be pulled down to essentially lock the wheel in place. Keeping the wheel is swivel mode is optimal unless you are running with the stroller, or traveling over uneven roads. In swivel mode, the stroller is very easy to steer.

The rear wheels fit easily onto the posts by squeezing the metal piece. Release the metal piece after the wheel is on and be sure it is on securely. The following video demonstrates how to assemble the Jogger.


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Taking Care of Older Dogs

SONY DSCWhere do the years go? Our best friends seem so young until they start having trouble getting around. Our German Shepherd could chase sticks all over the yard, for hours, until large fleshy lumps started to grow on his abdomen. Those tumors got in the way of his walking and we constantly had to right him before he could start moving forward.

Nevertheless, he would slowly make his way to the outside perimeter of our property and “patrol.” He could still bark at deer and squirrels, he just couldn’t chase them anymore. We tried putting him in a wheelbarrow to help him patrol, but he was uncomfortable with the unsteadiness of the vehicle.

We got him a pet stroller, which allowed him to get a taste of the outdoors. He could sit up tall and still survey the property, he just couldn’t choose his path.

Most of us do our best to treat older dogs with as much care, love and respect as we did when they were younger and self-sufficient. The following video is an example of doing our best for our best buddies.



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