Keeping your dog safe at Howloween.

Howloween Safety Tips for Dogs

Most pet parents are aware of safety issues for children at Halloween, but what about our dogs? Unfortunately, this holiday can be an unexpected safety hazard for dogs if we’re not diligent about keeping them from harm. Here’s a checklist of things to keep watch of.

  • Chocolate is a very real danger to dogs. Even relatively small amounts can do damage. Theobromine is the ingredient in chocolate that’s poisonous to dogs; it’s related to caffeine, and can present a number of symptoms including hyperactivity, muscle tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and increased urine output. Unfortunately, the outcome for many dogs who ingest large amounts of chocolate is death. The darker the chocolate, the more poisonous it is to dogs. Therefore, baker’s chocolate is the worst for dogs, while milk chocolate contains the least amount of theobromine.

Should you worry if your dog eats just one M&M? Not if he’s a Great Dane. But if he’s a Chihuahua, call your vet immediately! The usual course of treatment is to administer a vomit-inducing agent if your dog ate the chocolate within the previous two hours; after that, activated charcoal is usually given to your dog to help absorb any of the chocolate remaining in his digestive system. To try to cut down on damage to his heart, intravenous solutions may be administered.

On a busy Halloween night, candy may be left around waiting for trick-or-treaters, and your kids will surely come home with a bag full of goodies, so the potential for chocolate poisoning is high. Kids need to be taught never to give their dogs candy, particularly chocolate, and the goodies they bring home need to be put away where your dog can’t reach them. As always, have your vet’s emergency phone number taped near the phone. Even if you have a big dog, don’t assume a small candy bar won’t be dangerous — you need to immediately inform your vet so she can decide the appropriate protocol.

  •  Does your dog like to make a run for it when the front door is opened? Even a very well-trained dog can become stressed during Halloween trick-or-treat time, with all the commotion, new people to meet, and interesting activity in the streets. Please be sure your dog is safe, comfortable in his crate and occupied with stuffed Kongs, and teach your dog to go to bed when the doorbell rings for all the other days of the year! Haven’t yet microchipped your dog? Oops — make sure he at least has an ID tag on his collar, just in case!
  • Watch out for jack-o’-lanterns, electrical cords and decorations.
  • Keep your dog in the house. Your dog may be too tempted to dig under a fence or wall to get to all the fun stuff going on!
  • Be sure your dog is adequately clean, from top to bottom. Take care of his feet by trimming your dogs’ nails and his head by brushing all along the skull.
  • Dogs are territorial. Anyone approaching and ringing the bell can be seen as a potential threat to your dog. Unless he’s very well socialized and used to this kind of commotion, as well as very reliable when given a command, it’s best for everyone if your dog is taken out of the picture, crated as described above, or kept in a bedroom with someone who’s watching TV. Don’t leave your dog alone; his stress level will go up if there’s no one around for him to interact with. Play games or have a training session; just don’t be passive, allowing stress to build up because of the noise and “intrusions.”
  • If you have a puppy, take him or her with you and walk around where the kids are, allowing lots of interaction but being oh-so-careful no candy is grabbed from the goodie bags! This is a perfect opportunity to introduce new things to your puppy, including weird costumes and small children. Get really happy when you approach a kid in a silly costume, so your puppy sees it as a good thing, rather than potentially scary. Bring treats with you to give your dog, and let people feed him treats, too. You can also have your puppy on the porch with you, if he’s on leash. Be sure to have doggie treats with you that the kids can feed him. Forego the potentially distracting dog Halloween costume for young dogs, and focus on socialization!

What to do if you dog cant hold his leaker.

Your dog leaking uncontrollably is a very bad habit for the dog and a very frustratiting thing for an owner.I will try here to address the basic steps you need to take in order to help your dog pee in an organised manner.

How to train your do to abolish these nasty behaviours.

Look at their daily routine and environment. Since they’ve both started acting stressed at the same time, it very well could be something’s changed, such as how long they’re home by themselves, new construction close to your home (which can be very stressful for dogs because of the perceived invasion of their territory and the loud noises) or someone has joined or left the household.

If your boyfriend is new to the household, for example, that could easily spur the behavioral changes. I suggest introducing some fun, easy new things to your dogs to lower their stress levels.

The licking Abbey is doing isn’t an “attack,” per se, but a symptom of her feeling insecure and stressed. If Bubba only cries at the kitchen door when your boyfriend goes into the kitchen, I’d say it could be that your boyfriend’s possibly giving Bubba some extra treats, which Bubba expects when your boyfriend goes in the kitchen. However, I don’t think so in this case, since he’s also acting depressed and anxious.

To help get Bubba and Abbey’s stress levels down, you’ll need to begin some rituals with them that enrich their lives with structure, routine and fun.

Train Your Dogs!

Start by teaching your dogs basic obedience commands. When you’re working with a dog, using motivational techniques and positive reinforcement, they become very focused on the activity, using a lot of mental and physical energy. It also creates a bond like nothing else!

Please refer to these training instructions before you begin:

When you start, work with Abbey while your boyfriend works with Bubba in another room. Switch dogs each training session. After your dogs have become addicted to the training game, you can train them in the same room, because their focus will be on who’s working with them, not the other dog or person.

Be as consistent as you can with your hand and voice signals, but perfection isn’t the goal here. De-stressing your dogs is the goal, so focus on keeping the sessions upbeat and fun, and be very happy with a bit of progress each time. Tell them what geniuses they are! Don’t overwork them, asking them to do too much too soon. Focus on having fun, being their cheerleaders and being as silly as it takes to get them to really enjoy their training.

A good rule of thumb for how long to train is to do it during commercial breaks when you’re watching TV. That way, it’s a piece of cake finding the time to train, and keeps your sessions short. An hour-long TV show gives you about six nicely timed little training sessions.

The Importance of Exercise

You can train a dog to title-winning levels, but if he’s not given enough exercise to help get rid of his energy and release calming endorphins, you’re opening the door to any number of stress-related symptoms, including those you describe. A tired dog is a happy dog!

Take your dogs for a walk when you get home, so they (and you!) can enjoy the benefits of the walk for the rest of the evening. The value of the walk is optimized when the four of you take off together for a half hour each evening and walk  as a “pack.”

Look at this very informative video, on how to train your dog to pee in a specific place

Other Factors

It’s very important that your dogs have enough interactive toys when you’re not home. Present some awesome toys to them as you leave.

As long as your dogs don’t get possessive over their food, be sure to give them both some biscuits or other hollow toys stuffed with their regular food (read my “How to Stuff a Kong” instructions) to give them a really good outlet for any stress they may be feeling during the day.

Get at least six biscuits so you always have some stuffed and ready to go. To get your dogs really hooked on the toys, stuff the biscuits loosely the day you buy them so your dogs get the food relatively quickly.

Put the biscuits in the refrigerator and say, “Want your biscuits?” Act really excited about it. Ask your dogs to sit, then say “Yay!” and toss them their biscuits. Get ready for the next morning by stuffing more biscuits with food, more tightly this time. The more tightly packed the toys are, the longer it will take your dogs to score the food.

You must be very careful though with how many biscuits you give to your dog. Check this article about clucosamin and how to best feed your dog.

Make your leaving and coming home very unemotional. Keep your morning interaction with your dogs to a minimum 15 minutes or so before you leave. Head to the fridge, ask the dogs to sit, act excited, then toss their biscuits away from the front door area. You’ve just shifted their emotional energy from watching you go and feeling some stress to “Oh boy! biscuits?!”

After about a week of this, they will be glad to see you go, because it means it’s time for their stuffed biscuits. Major emotional improvement!

Routine and predictability are also key to keeping their stress down, so any time there’s a change in their environment or routine, increase the amount of training sessions and walks. And be sure to ask your dogs to sit or lay down for everything they get that’s a reward for them: their meals (preferably in a Kong), getting up on the couch with you, going out the door for walks, being patted, etc.

Happy training!


How glucosamine and chondroitin contribute to your dog’s health

Many dogs – perhaps yours – take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements. But what are they, and how do they contribute to your dog’s health?

Glucosamane is found in almost all desserts  so be careful and read our Halloween safety tips for dogs.

What is glucosamine?

Glucosamine is a type of amino sugar produced in the body that plays an important role in forming and repairing joint cartilage. Cartilage is the main tissue that cushions and protects joints during movement. Glucosamine provides the raw materials needed to strengthen cartilage, while also inhibiting enzymes that break down cartilage.

What is chondroitin?

Chondroitin is an element of cartilage, which functions in a way similar to glucosamine. It is part of a large protein molecule that gives cartilage elasticity.Does my dog need a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement?
As your dog gets older, the amount of glucosamine and chondroitin his body produces decreases, leading to stiff joints, lessened mobility and joint pain. Decreases in glucosamine also contribute to conditions such as arthritis. Joint injuries or surgery can also affect the amount of cartilage protecting your dog’s joints.

Supplementing your dog with glucosamine and chondroitin can help replace lost glucosamine and restore the proper glucosamine balance.

Benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin supplements

Your dog can benefit from glucosamine and chondroitin supplements if:

He is very active and exercises regularly
He participates in agility events and other high impact activities
He has previous joint injuries
He has had joint surgery
He has signs of pain and stiffness of joints
He is a senior dog (7 years or older)
He is limping or lame
Because glucosamine and chondroitin are a naturally occurring substances in the body, there are very few side effects. There have been no reported drug interactions with glucosamine.

However, take the following precautions before giving your dog glucosamine and chondroitin supplements:

Consult with your veterinarian if your dog is diabetic — glucosamine may increase insulin resistance
Discontinue use one week prior to surgery, as it may have a mild blood-thinning effect
Do not use if your dog is on medications that thin blood
May cause mild digestive upset such as nausea and diarrhea
If lameness worsens or persists, consult your veterinarian
Safe use for pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven


Reinventing the Axe

Do you know what it means to “reinvent the wheel”? The Finn Heikki Kärnä, who passionately likes to chop wood, has reinvented something that is much older than the wheel: the axe!

Vipukirves means about “lever axe” and it is hard to believe that there is not much earlier someone has come on it. This axe is just awesome. The special design makes use of the physical laws, which makes the axe twist easily when it hits the wood. And the log is automatically cut off at the first stroke. It has a lot of advantages: you can chop with it on any pad, because the punch never goes through the wood completely, the blade does not stick in the wood, you need less strength and thanks to the long shaft the risk of injury is minimal. With some practice you can create a whole log in less than a minute.

Vipukirves has been designed in Finland and is made of high quality steel and hickory wood. In the 10 years since this axe has been there, not one axe head has ever been broken. Shut up and be happy. Because you know: even chopped wood warms best.

Product features Vipukirves – Finnish Spaltax:

  • Vipukirves Leveraxe, effectively cleave wood with an axe, which makes use of the physical laws
  • Turns slightly at the blow and thus separates the wood log
  • When striking, you should keep this axe slightly looser than an ordinary axe
  • Even less powerful persons will enjoy it
  • If the wood is not fully penetrated, it can be used on all surfaces
  • Patented Finnish design
  • Material: steel, hickory (the blade is made of leather)
  • Safer than a normal axe
  • Measurements: 90 x 20 x 7 cm
  • Weight: 3 kg

Gadgets to make your life easier

Dynamic mood light: Avea

“Avea” from Elgato is a LED lamp, which fits into a normal E27 socket and can be individually controlled by app with the iPhone or iPad. Up to ten of these lamps, which are automatically tuned to each other, can be used in your premises. There are different predefined light moods, which not only simply radiate a clumsy red, but also gently alternate between different nuances. Beautiful: If you fall asleep the integrated light alarm, the next morning will be awakened with a simulated sunrise.

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Remote controlled droid: BB-8 from Sphero


He is small, round and probably high on the wish list of many Star Wars fans. The rolling drones BB-8 from the 7th Star Wars films (a kind of sphere R2-D2) are available from Sphero as a remote-controlled mini-toy robot. The promise: BB-8 is supposed to respond to language commands, to move authentically, to make holographic messages and develop a personality of its own.

The BB-8 from Sphero in the test
BB-8 consists of a ball body with unbalance and a magnetically adjustable head, which moves automatically along. The roll robot is remotely controlled via app (connection via Bluetooth is completely automatic), loses however with times too hard collisions however also the head. After initial alignment, the control works well – with slight delay. Best substrate: flat floors, such as wood or concrete. On carpet the robot colleague gets slight difficulties.

60 minutes of fun
BB-8 has a few pre-programmed moves on it, can patrol the room explore and gives the loudspeakers of the smartphone or tablet droll beep sounds from itself. The speech control currently only reacts to prefabricated English commands. Proper holographic projections can not be the small one either. The recorded video messages are reproduced in a kind of augmented reality environment within the app on the smartphone display. The colleague also does not develop his own personality, in the sense of “capable of learning”. But: Controlling the BB-8 through the living room and office is really fun – at least for a certain time. The battery lasts for 1 hour, then the droid needs to go back to the charging tray.

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

Images and video recordings in 720p resolution from a new perspective – from above: The “Parrot AR.Drone 2.0” is a flight drip with built-in HD camera. The Quadrocopter is controlled by the app “AR.Freeflight” for iOS and Android. The image of the camera is transmitted live on the smartphone or tablet. In addition, the system is compatible with the “Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED” VR video projector and the “Nvidia Shield” console, both devices can be found here in our gallery.

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Outdoor speakers: UE Megaboom

The “Megaboom” from Ultimate Ears is a portable Bluetooth loudspeaker with rich all-around sound on the road, controllable via app for iOS and Android devices. The highlight: The chic sound cylinder in the simple design has the best outdoor qualities for sports and leisure. The rugged housing is completely unimpressed by light falls, is water resistant to a depth of one meter (for 30 minutes) and weighs just under 900 grams.

With these details it should be clear that the Megaboom would like to perform outside in the open their sound work, embeddled in the sand on the spontaneous beach party, hitched to the hiking backpack or hitched in the drink holder. The weather does not matter. Streaming is via Bluetooth on up to two Megabooms, which can be linked to each other. The range is about 30 meters; the battery lasts up to 20 hours.

Conclusion a
In the test, the Megaboom made a consistently successful impression. The proud price of just under 300 euro is a lot of brows, but there is also a lot of quality offered. Especially sporty outdoor fans, who want to enjoy their music on the go with friends, will appreciate the hard-wearing speakers. If you prefer something more compact, grab the smaller brother “UE Boom” for 199 euros.

Sound LED Lamp: Sengled Pulse

The LED lamp “Pulse” from Sengled with integrated loudspeaker from JBL fits into every E26 version and can be controlled immediately by app for iOS and Android via WLAN or Bluetooth. The right music comes from the smartphone, tablet or PC wirelessly via stream. Up to seven additional satellite bulbs can be integrated and controlled at the same time via a master bulb.

Cinema simulator: Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED

The perfect entertainment gadget for longer journeys by train, bus, car or plane: the 3D VR video block can be combined with video-enabled iPods, iPhone or Android smartphones and simulates a 40-inch screen. The “Cinemizer OLED” can also be connected to PC, laptop, game console or Blu-ray player, to bring the event directly before the eyes. The application possibilities are extensive: For example, the Cinemizer OLED can also be used for “First Person View” (FPV), for example with a model aircraft with a built-in camera, which transmits its images in real time to the VR glasses.

Useful for spectacle wearers: A diopter value can be adjusted between -5 and +2 per eye by means of visual adjustment.

Stay tuned for more gadgets…