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DIY Eat- Mix & Match Dog Treats!- Modern Dog Magazine

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
We always LOVE to try new recipes for our dogs and this one is easy, low in cost, and gives you the option to choose between many different ingredients. This is especially good if you have some leftover ingredients (such as brown bananas) that you want to use up.
DIY Eat – Mix & Match Dog Treats
Healthy, fast and budget-friendly, these mix and match treats are sure to please
By Maxine Matishak

Step 1: Choose your add-in (choose just one)

  • 1/2 c sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 c tuna or salmon
  • 1/2 c canned or cooked pumpkin, puréed
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 c sardines mashed
Have too-ripe bananas stored in the freezer? Thaw one to use in this recipe! (Peel bananas & throw them in a Ziplock bag before freezing for ease of use)

Step 2: Choose your healthy flavour booster (choose 1 – 2)

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut (soaked for 1 hour)
  • 1 tsp chia seed (soaked for 1 hour)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped

Step 3: Mix 2 cups all-purpose flour (or one cup whole wheat and one cup all-purpose if preferred), 1 egg, your choice of add-in and healthy flavour booster in a large bowl.

Step 4: Roll mixture into 1 – 2″ balls and place onto lightly oiled baking sheet. Press flat with a fork if desired.

Step 5: Bake at 325° F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.

Step 6: Cool and share! Store in an airtight container. Treats will keep for up to a week (freeze any extras).

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DIY Leash Craft- Modern Dog Magazine

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
As we all know, leashes can be pretty expensive sometimes. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and fun craft for your canine companion, Modern Dog Magazine has a great tutorial! Happy Woof Wednesday!
DIY Ombre Leash
DIY Craft – Dip-Dyed Ombre Leash
Make your own ombre rope leash in a few easy steps
By Capree Kimball

We simply swooned over this DIY dip-dyed leash, so we asked the very cool Capree Kimball, blogger/crafter extraordinaire of and fame, to show us how it’s done. Turns out it’s not as tricky as it looks—a length of rope, some fabric dye and you’ll be the envy of the dog park! Take it away, Capree…

Colourful rope dog leads have been all the rage in the pet accessories world lately—and I am obsessed! But with prices ranging anywhere from $70 to over $150, they’re a little outside most people’s “dog stuff” budgets. If you’d still like to get your paws on a stylish leash for your pooch (in whatever colour your heart desires) without breaking the bank, give this easy DIY rope leash project a whirl!

Many rope leads use traditional nautical splicing and whipping techniques, but today we’re going to employ a bit of a shortcut! (If you want to learn how to splice rope, there are tons of video tutorials on YouTube.) So, are you ready to make your own rope dog leash? Awesome. Pawesome. Here’s what you’ll need!


  •  2 – 2 1/4 yards of ⅜ thick cotton rope
  • Fabric dye
  • 2 Rope clamps
  • 1 Snap hook
  • Rubber mallet
  • Large cooking pot


STEP 1 Determine about how long you want your leash to be (anywhere from 4 – 6 feet is pretty standard) and cut it accordingly. Be sure to tape or tie off the ends so your rope doesn’t unravel.

STEP 2 Soak your rope in some warm water. Meanwhile, prepare your dye according to the instructions on the bottle. You won’t need very much! A bottle of RIT Liquid Dye will go a long, long way.


STEP 3 Now for the fun part! For an ombré/gradient/dip-dyed effect, quickly dip and remove your rope from the dye. Then re-dip at different heights/levels, until you’re happy with the gradation. Want your rope all one colour? Submerge the whole rope in the dye, stirring constantly until the desired colour is reached.


STEP 4 Remove your rope and hang it up (outside or in the garage), dark end at the top, to allow the dye to creep down the rope. You can help it along by squeezing the excess dye/water down the length of the rope.

STEP 5 Once you’re happy with the way the gradient is looking, rinse the rope in cold water until the water runs clear or use some RIT Dye Fixative before you rinse out the rope if you want to super-seal the colour.


STEP 6 Allow the rope to dry thoroughly. This may take up to 24 hours.

STEP 7 Now that your rope is dry, it’s time to attach the clamps and snap hook. Decide which end you want to place the hook. Feed the end of the rope through the ring then fold the rope over, creating a small loop.

STEP 8 Place the clamp on a flat surface with the prongs facing up. Lay the base of the rope loop inside the clamp, between the prongs. With a hammer or rubber mallet, hammer all four prongs securely over the rope.


STEP 9 On the other end, fold the rope over to create a 6 – 7″ loop (bigger or smaller depending on how big your hands are and what feels comfortable to you). Then repeat step 8.

Now, after you’ve attached the rope clamps, you could call it a day—you have a perfectly functional leash at this point. (Heck, you could skip the dyeing altogether and just attach the clamps and snap hook and—BAM—you’d have a leash.) If you really want to take this project into über-stylish territory though, you’ll want to add some finishing touches and cover those ugly clamps up!

There are multiple ways to cover the clamps: you could wrap them in twine/yarn/string/ leather cording/etc. I chose to use some scrap leather and create a sleeve with some colourful stitching. If you’d like to do the same, get the how-to for the leather finishing here. Then sit back and await the compliments!

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How to Ease Separation Anxiety in Dogs- Modern Dog Magazine

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Dogs are very loyal in nature and get attached to their owners, sometimes a bit too attached and have problems with separation anxiety. We found this very informative article in Modern Dog Magazine that goes over how to help your dog deal with separation anxiety. Happy Woof Wednesday!

  • Give your dog a minimum of 30 minutes to 1 hour of aerobic exercise each day.
  • Work on basic obedience commands (come, sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay) for 15 or 20 minutes each day. Use rewards for compliance (praise, a quick pat on the chest, a food treat) rather than reprimands or punishment for lack of compliance. If you need help getting consistent obedience from your dog, work with a professional trainer.
  • Wean your “Velcro dog” from being attached to you at all times when you’re home. Use a baby gate to barricade her in a separate room for part of the time when you’re home.
  • Provide her with a delicious distraction, such as a Kong toy stuffed with a food treat (peanut butter is a popular Kong stuffer) while she’s by herself. You can also use a “down-stay” or “get in your bed” command to put some distance between you.
  • Ignore her for 20 minutes before you leave and 20 minutes after you return. Effusive goodbyes and hellos make a dog with separation anxiety feel worse.
  • When you leave her alone, don’t give her the run of the house or apartment. Instead, use a baby gate to confine her to one room, such as the bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen—wherever she’s least likely to do damage or disturb the neighbors. Leave a radio or TV on very low to provide distracting background noise.
  • Do not leave a dog with separation anxiety in a closed crate. Many dogs with separation anxiety have panic attacks when crated and will injure their mouths or front feet trying to bite or claw their way out of the crate.
  • Don’t use an anti-bark collar. It’s unlikely to work on a dog with separation anxiety.
  • Start a program of desensitization or “flooding.” Flooding for separation anxiety would involve setting aside several hours on a weekend during which you enter and leave your apartment so often that you essentially wear the dog out. Leave the apartment every few minutes, on a varying schedule, for a minute or two at a time then come back. Be sure not to return while your dog is barking or howling, or else you will be rewarding her for that behaviour. If it’s impossible to walk out the door without having your dog bark, you might have a friend remain in the apartment while you go in and out. Desensitization for a dog with separation anxiety involves giving her your customary cues that you’re leaving—such as picking up your car keys or briefcase, opening the coat closet, putting on your “work shoes,” and so on—without actually leaving.
  • A DAP diffuser or collar may help calm an anxious dog.
  • An antidepressant may be helpful for a dog with separation anxiety. Clomicalm (clomipramine) is widely used for that purpose. In severe cases and for occasional use, an anti-anxiety medication can also be given one hour before your departure. No drug can extinguish separation anxiety on its own, however. Desensitization is essential.

Excerpted from Hound Health Handbook © 2004, 2009 by Urbanhound, LLC Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. New York All Rights Reserved Available wherever books are sold.


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DIY Treat Jars!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Looking for a fun gift to give your friends for their dogs? Christmas is coming up and what better way to celebrate than with your canine companion? These jars are easy to make and makes it easy to see when you are running out of your dog’s favorite treat! Happy Holidays and we hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Custom Jar Labels
Mason Jar Craft

Click here to download theCustom Treat Jar Label Template

Homemade treats in a Mason jar adorned with a personalized label make a quick, thoughtful, and easy gift idea. Or label jars of treats for your own dogs and jazz up your countertops with this cute DIY!

STEP 1 Download our custom treat jar label template here. Print your labels onto a full-page self-adhesive sticker/mailing label sheet (available at office supply stores), then hand-letter your desired text, such as the recipient dog’s name or the kind of treat.

STEP 2 Cut out the label and affix to the treat jar or treat jar lid.

STEP 3 Fill jar with treats.

Treats to try

The inexpensive, easy, and delicious Baconator Dog Treats. Get the recipe at

Or the single-ingredient winner, Sweet Potato Dog Chews. Get the recipe at


Cute Lid Toppers

Take it to the next level with a canine-figure-adorned lid. The charmingness of the end result belies how easy this project actually is.


• Plastic dog figurines. These generally come in a bag or tube of assorted breeds. You can sometimes find them at the dollar store. We got ours (Animal Planet’s Tube of Dogs) at Toys ‘R’ Us for $6.

• Spray paint or craft paint such as Martha Stewart’s craft paint in assorted colours. Metallics, neons, and pastels are all great options.

• Super glue or a glue gun and glue sticks


STEP 1 Lay out some newspaper and give your figurines a coat of paint in your desired colour(s). Let dry. Figurines may need a second coat.

STEP 2 Once fully coated in paint and dry, get out your jar lids and glue. Apply a tiny bit of glue to the feet of the dog figurine and position the figurine on the center of your jar lid. Allow to dry and you’re all done! Super-cuteness in just a few easy steps!

Tip Have dogs with allergies? Keep your dogs’ treats separated and labeled so you know what is for whom at a glance—especially ideal if you have multiple dogs and a dog walker!

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DIY- Bacon Treats

Monday, October 14th, 2013
We know that all dogs go crazy over bacon, so here’s an easy, and inexpensive bacon treat recipe that your dog is sure to love, just make sure not to spoil him too much with it!
DIY Eat – Baconator
Homemade deliciousness your dog will devour (just don’t spoil it by telling him how inexpensive and easy this recipe is). Makes approximately 100 one-inch square treats.INGREDIENTS2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water or low sodium chicken stock or the water from canned tuna
6 tablespoons bacon fat, melted (save your bacon grease!)
4 cups whole wheat flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in milk, water, and bacon fat until well blended. Gradually stir in flour to make a stiff dough. Roll out dough to 1/4” thickness and cut out with a pizza cutter or cookie cutter of your desired size and shape.Regardless of your dog’s size, small is always good. Place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes for a softer cookie or 30 minutes for a crisper cookie. Cool on racks, then store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Freeze those that won’t be consumed in two weeks time to keep them nice and fresh.

TipYou know what they say about too much of a good thing. Bacon fat, in smaller amounts, such as that in these cookies, adds a flavour dogs love. Too much—like a whole can of drippings—can cause pancreatitis and land your dog in the vet or worse. Remember, treats are just that, treats. Treat accordingly.

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Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Although it’s never a great idea to feed your dog table scraps, apples can actually be really good for dogs and they provides lots of vitamins and nutrients. Looks like not all human food is bad for your dog! Happy Woof Wednesday everyone!
Can Dogs Eat Apples?
We answer this commonly Googled question
By Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott

Many dogs love apples which is great because apples can be a super, healthy treat. Apples contain calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and pectin (soluble fibre). One small apple contains 52 C.

Things to do with apples for dogs

There are many different ways to feed apple to dogs; you can serve it as a frozen slice, you can wedge it into a Kong, you can make apple pops with apple sauce, or serve grated as a dinner topping. Avoid large amounts of apple seeds and stems in fresh apples, as they contain cyanogenic glycosides which can cause tummy upset and more serious problems if consumed in large quantities. Also be cautious feeding dehydrated apples. Dehydrated apples contain all of the nutrients of the hydrated ones but they have no water, so only feed little bits of dried apple to prevent tummy upset.

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