The Ten Best TV/Movie Dogs of All Time 0
Dogs are our best friends in real life ... and in fiction, they're just as important. Here's our list of the ten best movie dogs from TV and movies!
10. Brian Griffin
By far the most normal member of the entire "Family Guy" household is ... well, a talking, oft-inebriated dog. We'll put him here instead of the Simpsons' Santa's Little Helper. Here's a clip of his greatest moments (a highlight reel that is definitely not for children).
A dog that brought us wonderful stories every day? What a pal! This Jack Russell terrier remains one of the greatest figures in public television history.
8. The Beast from "Sandlot"
The fearsome dog that threatened to menace Squints, Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez and the rest of the childhood baseball gang actually turned out to be kind of a lovable softy. However, the "Pickle the Beast" scene remains one of the greatest movie scenes ever (in our humble opinion).
Of course, every dog is a superhero! However, Underdog is one that actually got his own television show. For almost a decade, the heroic (and oft-rhyming) dog battled crime - often having to save Sweet Polly Purebred from the clutches of evildoers. Have no fear - Underdog is here!
All movies should be sure to include a gigantic St. Bernard in its cast somewhere, just so they can compete with the slobbering beast at the heart of this funny, heartwarming family comedy from 1992. A fun fact about this movie - it was co-written by John Hughes (writing under the name Edmond Dantes), writer and director of famous 80s comedies like The Breakfast Club and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
5. Buck from "Married With Children"
It couldn't have been easy for the Bundys' shaggy Briard dog, not in that dysfunctional household; no wonder poor Buck grew up to become so snarky. Still, of all the Bundy members, he might have been the smartest.
4. Brain, from "Inspector Gadget"
Poor Brain, always having to bail the bumbling and perhaps overly resourceful Gadget out of whatever sticky situation the detective finds himself in. It's not an easy task. Luckily, he's got a significantly more intelligent owner in Penny to take care of him - most of the time.
Star of books, film, radio and television, the legendary rough collie is the go-to canine when a hapless little boy (or girl) somehow gets stuck down a well.
2. Eddie from "Frasier"
Despite some behind-the-scenes mischief, the faithful companion of Martin Crane (and a constant pest to Frasier, Niles and the rest of the gang) was always a welcome part of the Seattle-set sitcom.
1. Air Bud
This multi-sport star is the Bo Jackson of the canine world - a golden retriever who earned all-star stars in basketball, football, soccer, baseball and volleyball over seven fun movies.
What are your favorite TV or movie dogs? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
- Jennifer M
6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy This Winter 0
Winters can be tough on humans. There's the cold, the snow, the freezing rain, the sleet, the lack of direct sunlight ... that's tough. However, they can also be tough on our favorite four-legged friends. Winters can be just as hard on doggies as they can be on humans. So, how can you ensure your favorite doggie pal makes it through the winter unscathed? Here are 6 quick tips to keep your dog happy and healthy this winter.
1. Try giving them a warm coat...
Yes, your mom or dad's favorite wintertime admonishment works just as well for your dog. If they're not of the overtly hairy or shaggy type, putting a snug little sweater on your dog before they head out on their walk will help them to keep warm in winter. Plus, if you poke around online, you should be able to find an adorable design or too (maybe something winter or Santa themed?).
2. Be judicious with the doggie baths...
You may have a regular frequency for a doggie bath, depending on how smelly/dirty your furry friend gets. However, excessive baths during the wintertime can actually dry out the skin on your dog during the cold winter months - which could lead to some health problems. Don't go overboard with the canine baths in these cold months. If you do notice dry skin on your dog (especially prominent in elderly dogs) during these months, apply moisturizer.
3. Take a "paws" to look at your dog's feet...
There's a chemical smorgasbord on the grounds of most cold-weather climates during the winter, with all of the deicers and rock salt that gets tossed around to help eliminate the snow and slush. Those chemicals can be harmful to a dog, especially if they're ones to lick their paws. Be sure to give a quick wipe of their appendages after a walk on the sidewalk or a road so you can get those chemicals off of their skin.
4. Don't go crazy with outdoor time...
Your dog may love to play in the snow, but they're still at risk for hypothermia and illness if they're out there for too long. Make sure you tightly regulate how often they're out in the cold and the elements.
5. Keep up their caloric intake...
Trying to stay active in the cold could require a boost in your dog's food; make sure they're getting enough calories in order to maintain the needed energy during the colder months.
6. Make sure they have plenty of water...
Dogs can just as easily become dehydrated in the wintertime as they can in the summer. Make sure that their water bowl is constantly full (and ensure that the wintertime bowl is plastic, so they don't run the risk of having their tongues freeze to metal).
- Dana S
Doggie Communication 101 0
Ever catch yourself feeling silly for talking to your dog when they can't talk back? We've all been there, but wouldn't it be amazing if they could talk back? Well, they actually can! Your dog tries communicating with you every day and understanding what they're saying can make your bond even stronger.
The Importance of Dog Talk
Just like humans, dogs experience physical and emotional problems that can impact their health. Understanding how dogs communicate with humans is essential to helping them out when they're suffering and for learning what makes them happiest. Plus, since communication is the key to all relationships, understanding doggie communication will have you and your dog feeling closer than ever.
To help you understand dog talk better, we've got some of the most common forms of doggie communication and what they mean for you, right here.
The adorable look your dog gives you as they tilt their head is more than just being cute. A head tilt is your dog's way of letting you know they're trying to understand you better.
Through head tilting, dogs can pick up on more auditory information, and it can help them tune in to familiar verbal cues. Head tilting can also help them focus on your tone and figure out how you're feeling.
We'd all love to think that our dogs stare at us because of how much they love us, and while this might sometimes be true, staring usually means they want something. They could want anything from a bite of your tasty snack to a walk. While staring is generally a good thing, it's important to remember that in an aggressive situation direct eye contact usually means a challenge.
As you've probably noticed, dogs move their tails in many different ways, and for the most part, they all have different messages too.
A tall tail means your dog is feeling mighty confident. If your dog's tail is wagging along with their entire body that means excitement. Wagging without the rest of the body means anticipation and thinking. A relaxed tail means a calm dog and a tail tucked between the legs means that your dog is feeling scared.
These are just some of the many ways your dog talks with their tail!
Trashing the Place
Ever come home to a disaster in your living room when the only one home all day was your dog? While it's easy to get frustrated when this happens, especially if you've trained your dog, it's important to remember that it's not a ploy to annoy you.
Torn apart pillows, dug up carpet, chewed on slippers….these are all your dog's way of dealing with anxiety when no one is around.
If you catch your dog yawning, you probably assume they're tired. While it might be time for a doggie nap, yawning is often a way for dogs to calm down. Yawning for a dog can be pretty similar to taking a deep breath for humans.
Panting is how dogs cool down. But, if your dog is panting when there's no physical activity or warm temperatures involved, this can be a sign of anxiety, excitement, or even illness. Showing your dog a little love when they're panting anxiously is usually all they need to calm down. But, if panting is paired with other symptoms it might be time to visit the vet.
Dogs communicate with us frequently through body language, but they also communicate verbally.
Howling might signal loneliness, that your dog wants attention, or that they're not feeling the best. Growling can mean disapproval or be a warning signal. Multiple rapid barks is usually an alarm, but when your dog barks once it's generally just a way of saying "hey!".
Happier Dog, Happier You
Understanding how your dog communicates will lead to a happier dog and a happier you too. Now you've got what it takes to communicate with your dog and are well on your way to mastering dog talk!
- Dana S
How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog? 1
Some dogs love baths and some hate them. Either way, they need to be bathed! It's simply a part of regular dog care items like feeding them and taking them on walks. Dogs don't often clean themselves the way that cats do, so that's where you come in, shampoo and towel in hand.
Exactly how often you bathe your pup depends on their breed, skin conditions, and how often they like to roll around in the mud, but a general guideline to follow is to bathe your dog at least once a month. Certain breeds may need bathing more often, especially those with skin conditions and hairless breeds. Hearty short haired breeds could probably go a bit longer in between baths. In general, once a month will make your dog clean and happy, as long as you're using the right products that won't dry out their skin.
Qualities of the Perfect Dog Shampoo
The most important thing is using something that won't dry out their skin and fur. This means a soap-free shampoo and conditioner made from natural ingredients with moisturizer included. The shampoo should not interfere with topical flea medications, so your dog (and your home) can stay bite free.
Consider factors of your dog's behavior and age. If your dog has gotten into some garbage, a deodorizing shampoo may do the trick. Shampoos for puppies are a bit more gentle on your soft and furry friend. So, the qualities of the perfect shampoo depend on your mutt, but in general, think soap-free and moisturizing.
Dog Bathing Tips
So, your dog doesn't like to take a bath. Or maybe he does but your bathroom ends up looking like it got hit by a hurricane after all is said and done. Here's how to make bath time easier for both you and your dog.
- Have everything nearby. Before you even bring your pup into the bathroom, bring the towel, and any shampoos and conditioners you plan to use. Dogs are unpredictable, especially when they do not want to take a bath, and having everything close will make it faster and easier.
- Use a shake towel. Putting a towel over your dog while you're getting ready for the next step of the bath could prevent them from shaking off and getting water all over the walls.
- Stay inside. Keep your pup inside until she is fully dry because dirt plus water equals a big mess. If your dog can handle the sound, blow drying is a faster way to make sure she won't get too messy if she needs to go outside.
- Make it quick. Have your plan in place of how you are going to bathe your dog right when you start. Experts recommend to start at the neck and work your way down the body.
- Stay positive. Even if your dog resists, don't get angry or annoyed towards them. They are very sensitive to your emotions and they just want to please you, but they are scared. Keep a loving and positive tone in your voice - and perhaps give a treat or two - and your dog might come out on the other end loving baths!
Keeping Your Dogs Coat & Skin Healthy
Bathing is just one part of your dog's coat and skin health. There are other things you can do to keep your fur baby looking great.
- Make sure your dog's diet is on point. A healthy diet will keep your dog's coat looking beautiful, so make sure that you buy high-quality food and treats with balanced nutrition and great ingredients for your dog's size and weight.
- Doggie vitamins can help their coats stay beautiful. Make sure to supplement with omega fatty acids like flaxseed oil or fish oil for an extra lustrous coat. Even a simple scoop of coconut oil can have a similar effect!
- Use doggie sunscreen. Pets with pale skin under their fur can be just as sensitive to the sun's rays as you are. Use a pet-safe spray sunscreen on exposed areas, or put a shirt on them.
- Brushing your dog is an important part of grooming, especially in particularly hairy breeds. It keeps long haired dogs from getting matted fur, and helps to keep their coat clean in between baths.
Go Forth and Clean!
The first step towards giving your dog their monthly bath is picking out the right shampoo. One option to try is our new Clean Condition 2-in-1 Shampoo for Dogs. This product meets the recommended conditions for moisturizing and caring for doggy's fur and skin. It is soap-free with a light coconut scent that can combat trips inside the garbage and other smelly pup endeavors. Use it on puppies and even your cat. Give our dog shampoo a try and then let us know how much your dog loves it in the comments below! As always, our products are backed by our 100% money back guarantee.
- Jennifer M