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“The Dog Days of Summer” – Top Summer Gear for Dogs with Dr. Carol on Fox & Friends 8/13/17

Fox & Friends morning show aired a special on “The Dog Days of Summer,” a segment featuring top dog gear for beating the summer heat, presented by Dr. Carol Osborne DVM, an integrative veterinarian and TV personality. Our RYKO Pet Gear PaxBowl was selected by Dr. Carol as one of the top products, along with gear from Ruffwear, Kurgo, and others. Here is the clip from the live airing in New York City. As for air time, the clock ran out before Dr. Carol could get through all the products (including the PaxBowl).

Help us, Help Pets!

RYKO Pet Gear loves to help pets and their owners lead happy, healthy lives!

If you love to help pets and want to check out our newest products in person, we would love to see you at the next event we’re sponsoring or attending! We’re currently only doing product demonstrations at Colorado events.

RYKO Pet Gear most recently supported A Safe Place for Pets event “PAWS for Celebration” and BarkaBull‘s event for adopting and fostering pets. A portion of our proceeds will always be committed to helping animals in need. We keep our donations focused on local dog rescues, shelters, and humane societies.

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We Are Donating 10% Of Our Proceeds To BarkaBull!

RYKO Pet Gear will be donating 10% of our proceeds to BarkaBull at their Adoption and Fostering event!

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When: Saturday July 29, 2017 at 2 PM – 5 PM

Where: The Burrowing Owl 1791 S 8th St, Unit H, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905
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Come help us support a great cause with every purchase of a RYKO product, by fostering or adopting a dog in need!


About BarkaBull:
With so many homeless dogs in the world, our mission is to find a forever home for each and every one. BarkaBull is dedicated to their safe rescue!
 barkabulldogrescue@gmail.com
 http://www.barkabull.com

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Custom RYKO Nalgene® Bottles are Here!

RYKO Nalgene Arrival

We just got our custom RYKO Pet Gear Nalgene® brand bottles in! Nalgene® Tritan Wide Mouth 32 fl oz. Completely leakproof, easy to clean, dishwasher safe, BPA-Free, impact resistant and made in the USA. Get one to go along with your RYKO PaxBowl to ensure the whole pack stays hydrated!

Available exclusively on our RYKO Pet Gear website.

July 4th Pet Safety

Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away; holiday foods can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be dangerous; and potentially dangerous debris can end up lying on the ground where pets can eat or play with it.

Whether or not you’re planning your own Independence Day celebration, it’s important to take precautions to keep your pets safe both during and after the July 4th festivities.

Preparing in advance:

  • Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information. If you have horses, you might consider marking a safety (breakaway) halter with your contact information and leaving it on your horse during this stressful time.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Take a current photo of all of your cats, dogs and horses – just in case.
  • If your pet has historically been anxious on this holiday, or if you have reason to expect potentially harmful reactions, consider behavioral therapy to desensitize your pet and reduce the risk of problems. Some pets may need medication. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Are pasture fences secure enough to keep horses or other livestock confined? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animals; and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.

image credit: https://www.batcopetsitting.com/

Safety during July 4th celebrations:

  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • Keep horses and livestock in safely fenced areas and as far from the excitement and noise as possible.
  • If you’re hosting guests, ask them to help keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Placing notes on exit doors and gates can help both you and your guests remain vigilant.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewersaway from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are actually toxic.
  • Remember that too much sun and heat (and humidity!) can be dangerous to pets. Keep them inside when it’s extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors; don’t leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather; and know the signs that a pet may be overheating.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • If you’re travelling out of town for the holiday, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or boarding them in a kennel. If you need to bring them with you, be sure you know how to keep them safe.
  • Follow safe food handling and hygiene practices to protect your family and guests.

After the celebrations:

  • Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.
  • Check your pastures and remove debris to protect horses and livestock.
  • If you hosted guests, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers.

(Content originally appeared at: American Veterinary Medical Association)

Pet Ownership Costs Guide for 2017

Can you Afford a Pet?

That furry face and those corn chip feet try to sucker us into wanting to take home the whole litter. Can you afford to take care of just one for the long haul?

Keeping their tummies full is one thing. The adoption/breeder fees, vet visits (vaccinations, dental care, medications, spaying/neutering, emergencies), grooming, training, pet insurance, and of course, don’t forget about their toys, bedding, kennel and those cute sweaters can add up to thousands of dollars over the life of your pet.

Thesimpledollar.com has posted a guide and interactive calculator that covers nearly every expense imaginable for pet owners.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/pet-cost-calculator/

Average Initial and Lifetime Pet Costs by thesimpledollar.com.

Dangers of Leaving Your Dog Alone in a Car.

Most of us know that leaving a dog alone inside of a hot car is dangerous. But did you know, that even cracking a window or leaving the air conditioning on can’t always save your dog? They can still suffer from heatstroke, suffocation, cardiac arrest or even death, in some cases.

GLOBALTINT reminds us, with this great infographic, why it’s safer to make other arrangements for your dogs if they can’t go everywhere you go.

Danger of Leaving Dog in Hot Car

Dangers of Leaving Your Dog in a Hot Car

image source: http://globaltint.co.uk/blog/dangers-of-leaving-your-dog-in-a-hot-car-infographic/

35 States and 9 Countries!

Our Kickstarter backers are worldwide!  We shipped the PaxBowl to 35 US states and 9 countries!

Here’s a shout out to our first-in owners’ dogs who managed to snatch up our Super Duper reward tier:

@HughieTheSD

Kahlua

Snow White

Champ

Dehlilah

Eleanor

Lilly

Molly

Zeigler

Rocky

Bailey

My Friend

Hiking Neals

Koda

Pepper

Bear

We hope everyone is enjoying the PaxBowl! In order to help us grow our brand, share some love and take a minute to leave some feedback. Note, the Amazon reviews will go through, but won’t show on our product page until it has been active for more than 30 days:

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Cheers!

Chantel & Gina

RYKO Team

5 Things to Know When Running with Your Dog

image source: www.northeastdogrunning.com

 

Dogs, especially those with high energy levels, benefit from active owners. Risks of boredom, misbehavior, and even health issues can arise without a healthy lifestyle that incorporates exercise. The idea is to find a breed that matches your activity preferences, and design a supportable routine. Whether you are already regularly active, or you aspire to become active, adding a dog to the mix will help make sure you keep up on the active lifestyle.

 

Know your breed: Historically, dogs have been bred to support certain human activities, such as hunting, fishing, protection, or even just companionship. Depending on the breed’s size, and individual requirements, you should select a breed that is built for your workout routines. If you want to go long, run in the snow, or hit technical trails, some breeds definitely rise to the top. JT Clough, a professional dog trainer, has picked Weimaraners, Pointers and Vizslas as his top breeds for long distance running.  By contrast, scrunched-nosed dogs, such as pugs and bulldogs, don’t make good distance athletes because they’re prone to overheating.

Know your dog’s limits: Just like with humans, you can over it! Start slow, and learn your dog’s response to your activity level. Keep an eye on their breathing rate, hydration levels, and the condition of their paws. Their age matters too. Most vets will recommend waiting until at least 12 months of age before committing to any distance of routine running. Overall, read their signals, hydrate often, and don’t ever push them further than they are willing.

 

 

Know your gear: There are many companies with products for active dog owners. Research and buy the gear that aims for safety and protection of your beloved fur ball. Here are some suggested items:

  • A Lightweight, Reflective Leash
  • Portable Water Bowl
  • Comfortable Harness or Collar
  • Paw Wax

Warm up before sprinting: Again, just like humans, dogs need a warm up period. Start with a slower pace and gradually increase it. This allows you and your dog to loosen up the muscles to minimize risks of injury.

 

 

Train for Longer Distances: Monitoring your dog’s behavior following shorter runs can be a good indicator for readiness of longer runs. If you notice your dog tending to their paws after a run, or they are demonstrating soreness or fatigue, you are not ready to up the mileage. Build a training program that matches your dog’s readiness, and be sure to incorporate plenty of recovery time.

 

RYKO Pet Gear aims to provide functional gear for active dog owners. Find the best designs, and enjoy running with your dog by your side.