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Share The Joy Giveaway from @Beneful

Does your dog have the dinner doldrums? More than one-third (34 percent) of the U.S. dog owners surveyed say they have to entice their dogs to eat their food at least once a week and nearly one-in-five (19 percent) say they have to entice their dogs to eat their food every day. Nearly half of the dog owners surveyed (46 percent) say their dogs get bored eating the same food every day and 89% agree that their dogs’ nutrition is as important to them as their own.

Beneful

To help bring more joy back to mealtime and end dinnertime disappointment, Beneful wants to Share the Joy of a nutritious, delicious meal with dog owners across the country! One lucky reader will win a one-year supply of Beneful brand dry and wet dog food and treats!

Baby, the very picky little princess, loves the Baked Delight Stars and goes crazy for the Beneful Healthy Smile Twists. This is saying a lot friends! She even enjoys the food for a nice little change now and then.

Are you ready for a chance to help your dog beat the dinner doldrums and share the joy? Enter to win using the form below. This is open to those in the USA only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway winner will receive coupons for a one year’s supply of dry dog food, wet dog food and treats, so you can choose the type of food that’s best for your dog.

You can learn more about each product at the following links:
- Beneful Dry Dog Food options here
- Beneful Wet Dog Food options here
- Beneful Snacks & Treats here

Beneful provided us with the giveaway opportunity and product samples for this post.

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Creature Comforts: Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving is a stressful endeavor. There are boxes to pack, valuables to secure, and furniture to disassemble. But when your shift from one home to another involves a pet, the undertaking becomes even more, err, ruff. And if you’ve got a dog or cat that doesn’t travel well, things can get downright hairy. But with careful planning and preparation — and plenty of patience — you can get through any location change without feeling as though you’re chasing your tail.

Before the Big Day

  1. Educate yourself on your destination locale’s pet entry regulations, licensing regulations, and laws by contacting the State Veterinarian or State Department of Agriculture and the City Clerk’s office, local humane organization, or area animal control facility.
  2. Renting? Verify that your house or apartment allows pets. Local laws may also limit the number of dogs or cats in a single household, so be sure to check such regulations.

  3. Make a visit to the veterinarian for a final check-up. If you have an animal that gets overly excited or motion sick, inquire about any medications that might help ease your pet’s discomfort on the trip. Be sure to obtain your pet’s records (including a certificate of rabies vaccination), as well as an interstate health certificate if your new state requires it for entry. If you don’t yet have a vet lined up in your new town, ask your current provider for recommendations. It’s also a good idea to have your pet’s nails trimmed to avoid damage to your car’s upholstery.

  4. Have a tag made with your pet’s name, your destination address, and your cell phone number, so that you can easily be contacted should your pet become lost during the move. (You may also wish to include on your pet’s collar a second tag with the name and address of an alternate contact in case you can’t be reached while in transit.)

  5. If you plan to travel over the course of two or more days, make advance reservations for pet-friendly overnight accommodations.

Moving Day

  1. Designate one family member to be responsible for your pet. It’s up to that person to make sure the animal has been properly fed, exercised, medicated (if necessary), and comforted.

  2. Provide your pet a safe and quiet sanctuary while the movers shuffle in and out of your house. This could be a bathroom, empty bedroom, carrier/crate, pet day care, or friend’s house. This will not only give your animal a stress-free place to ride out the move but will also ensure that he or she does not run away amidst the chaos.

  3. Stock a car kit with collapsible food and water bowls, a jug of potable water, plenty of your pet’s regular food, a can opener (if needed), a collar and leash, waste bags, litter and a litter box, favorite toys and blankets, a worn T-shirt (your scent may lend your pet comfort), paper towels and cleaning wipes (just in case), and your pet’s usual bedding.

  4. During the drive, secure your pet in a portable kennel or in a proper pet restraint, if desired. Try to stick to your pet’s typical feeding, medication, and exercise schedule. Be sure to provide your pet fresh water during the journey, and never leave him or her alone in the car.

After Your Arrive

  1. It’s best if the moving company can unpack your furniture and boxes ahead of time, but if this isn’t possible, provide your pet with the same sort of quiet and safe space that you did while moving out.

  2. Use the food and water bowls, bed, blanket, and toys with which your pet is already familiar. Try to place these items in the same areas of the new home that they occupied in your previous abode.

  3. It may take several weeks for your pet to become accustomed to your new location, so take care to keep cats confined and dogs on leashes until they realize that they are staying in the new place. Otherwise, your pet may try to return to your previous home.

Have you moved with a pet before? What other tips do you have from your experience?

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Dogs love getting mail too! #BarkBoxGifts!

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BarkBoxForMe

Baby is a very picky girl, so sometimes finding a treat that she will love is hard. Enter the BarkBox! Each month you can surprise your furry friend with new treats and toys from this awesome subscription box for dogs! Baby’s BarkBox arrived on her birthday, and somehow she knew right away that the package was for her!

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We loved what came in our first BarkBox. The toy was a huge success, Baby was running around with it all day long, and she even tasted some of the treats (this friends, is saying a lot). Besides being filled with great items, we felt great about this dog box because the company donates 10% of proceeds on each box to animal welfare organizations!

BarkBoxDivingIn

Every month, Scout, the head dog at BarkBox, picks out four to six treats, toys and hygiene products to send to your dog. All their products are sourced in the United States, Canada, South America and New Zealand. They never send products that they don’t feel comfortable giving their own dogs. They don’t send rawhide or anything that’s been processed with formaldehyde. They are trying to get products with minimal processing and are moving towards limited and single ingredient treats. We love that!

BarkBox Box

We also love that BarkBox customizes the boxes to fit different sized dogs. We got the small dog box, and it was a great fit for our girl. What was in our box:

  • Pet Lifestyle And You (P.L.A.Y) We were thrilled to find an item from P.L.A.Y in our BarkBox! The P.L.A.Y zucchini toy was a big hit!
  • N-Bone Always nice when something can clean and freshen dog breath! The all-natural Pearly Whites chew bone is wheat-, corn- and soy-free.
  • Bocce’s Bakery Baby wasn’t sure what to make of the Truffle Mac & Cheese delights! The truffle was a very new flavor for her, and this was a new item that BarkBox introduced to us.
  • Happy Howie’s Happy Howie’s treats are all-natural, and convenient. Break them into tiny-sized training portions for a real treat.
  • Etta Says The 7-inch Crunchy Deer Chew is a natural way to keep your pup busy. Great for dogs with allergies.

BarkBox Sizes include:

  • Small & Cute (0-20 lbs)
  • Just Right (20-50 lbs)
  • Big & Bold (50+ lbs)

They also offer a range of plan lengths:

  • 1 month – $29
  • 3 months – $72 ($24 per month – save over 17%)
  • 6 months – $114 ($19 per month – save over 34%)

Be sure to connect with BarkBox on Facebook and Twitter for more fun deals throughout the year.

I have written this post on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network for BarkBox. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about BarkBox, as always, we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.

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DogTV

For many of us, our dog is one of the most important friends in our life. Of course, when we aren’t with our human friends, they can generally entertain themselves pretty well and know that they will eventually see us again. Unfortunately, a dog has less of an ability to occupy itself while we’re away, and for some pups, the idea of us leaving is truly heartbreaking to them. If your dog is one of many that suffers from separation anxiety (this is more common in rescued and re-homed dogs, but also varies in all dogs no matter their origins), leaving him alone while you’re off working a 9 to 5, or even a part-time job, is enough to send your dog into boredom or anxiety which may cause bad behaviors.

Many tips and tricks have been discussed in order to prevent bad behavior caused by separation anxiety (which usually takes the form of some sort of destruction, barking or defecation) from occurring. For example, leaving your dog’s food hidden around the house, or creating a puzzle filled with
treats
, can trigger foraging instincts and keep your pal occupied for some time. Cesar Millan, the well-known dog trainer and television star, has also suggested starting out small and increasing the time your pet is left alone.

Another possible tool has been rolled out in order to help bored, anxious and lonely pups while their owners are away. DogTV, a new channel available from Direct TV, is a 24/7 program that has specific dog-optimized shows for your pal to watch while you’re away. For owners who already leave the radio or television on, this may seem like a familiar, and improved-upon version of an existing concept. The channel replicates those same comforting methods by attempting to reduce stress levels through soothing music and sounds paired with video of various scenes thought to appeal to dogs. For others, though, it’s still hotly debated whether or not dogs truly benefit from television.

Not every dog reacts to television. Some may bark at the screen when familiar sounds (other dogs barking, car horns honking, doorbells, etc.) are heard, some may watch intently no matter what is on, and others may have zero interest in the brightly lit box their owners are so enthralled by. Though the channel doesn’t cost much at five bucks a month (on top of a require DirecTV subscription), it still might be wise to factor in whether or not your canine friend has ever had any interest in television before committing to the purchase.

The scientists and animal experts behind the creation of the channel insist that the programs are “scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone,” and that the both the visual aspects and sounds are specific to a dog’s vision and hearing. DogTV advocates insist that new LCD technology (which limits the amount of dark spaces between shots dogs see, since their vision processes at a faster rate than ours) and enhanced details and brightness are tweaked enough that canines will see these shows more normally. Still, without smell, dogs’ most favored sense, the chances of every dog showing an interest are unlikely.

Whether or not the purchase of the channel is something you believe will benefit your dog’s daily routine and activities, it’s important to remember that physical play and attention should not be replaced by a TV channel. It seems obvious, but is still a good reminder that before leaving your pal with the television, still make sure to give him a nice, long walk, and some love and adoration! Afterwards, perhaps trying some samples of the channel will confirm whether or not your dog has any interest in the dog-friendly programs DogTV is offering.

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