Dog toys to help the environment

water bottle dog toyThere is some great dog toys on the market that can help us reduce our rubbish and at the same time occupy active dogs, at D4DOGZ we are always excited if we can find a dog toy that is both fun for the dogs and great for the environment.

The Water bottle Buddies are an excellent idea, they make good use of empty water or cool drink bottles, simply wash the used container and insert into the bottom of this dog toy.  A Velcro enclosure will keep the empty bottle inside the plush cover.

Dog just love the sound empty bottles make as they chew and play with this top little dog toy, for extra fun try adding some small treats or dry food inside the bottle to make a rattling sound and watch your pooch get excited.

When the bottle is chewed to bits or too flat, just pop another clean, dry bottle up to approx 600ml size inside, and you’ll have a happy dog.

In summer you can put water in a capped bottle and freeze, this will help your dog to stay cool in the hot weather, now that’s a versatile dog toy!

The water bottle buddy dog toy currently is available in two styles, a cute yellow dog and a brown cow they are both a little over 30cm long, so are a good sized dog toy for smaller breeds. The insides of this dog toy are lined with a tough fabric for extra durability.

So if you are looking for a dog toy to amuse your pooch and at the same time would like to be environmentally aware, we think we have a great option for you! They make a great idea as a Xmas present as well.

Kangaroo Dog treats

kangaroo jerky dog treatDog treats made from Kangaroo are lean and very nutritious, dogs love the rich taste of the meat which is high in protein and low in fat.

Kangaroo tails are particularly good as a longer tasting dog treat with plenty of meat & bones that are shaped well for helping to keep their teeth cleaned, recommend for feeding outside or an area inside that can be cleaned easily, these dog treats are longer lasting and are dried not cooked.

Kangaroo jerky dog treats are a favourite with our customers, currently we have three varieties available. Kangaroo jerky bites that are dried in a human grade processor, these are 100% meat and of exceptional quality, so you can be confident your beloved dog is getting the very best you can buy in roo dog treats. A chunky jerky dog treat which is very chewy and will last longer, these are also dried and are the cheaper alternative. Lastly we have a Premium dehydrated kangaroo jerky which are the top of the range dog treat, these are higher in nutritional value are crunchier than our other varieties, dehydrated meat helps to retain the same enzyme and nutritional value as fresh meat.

Chewy kangaroo sticks in small and large sizes, great dog treat for dogs teeth, a harder treat so dogs need to chew, small kangaroo sticks are approx 16cm long and large are approx 23cm long.

New in-store are crunchy dog biscuits with real kangaroo meat, which is also of human grade, available in 100g bags and a really good crunchy dog treat.

Kangaroo dog treats are considered a hypoallergenic meat source and therefore are great for dogs with allergies or as an alternative protein source also a good source of Iron and Zinc, Additionally it has up to 5 times the level of omega-6 fatty acid as compared to other meats.

Essential Dog Supplies for the Responsible Owner

dog shampoo and conditionerCaring for a dog is a responsibility, and a very enjoyable and rewarding one at that. Ensuring the welfare of your furry friend is made easier by having the right dog supplies. We have listed below some of the basic necessities that you should have on hand as a responsible dog owner:

Dog Grooming Supplies

Dog grooming tools and products are essential items that any dog owner should have. These will ensure that your dog is clean and that their fur coat is healthy and beautiful. For short haired dogs, a good bristle-brush and nail-clippers may be enough. For long haired canines, you’ll need more grooming tools like a dematting comb and trimming shears.

Dog bathing Supplies

Depending on the breed of dog that you own, bathing may need to be done as frequently as twice a month to once a month or less. When bathing, you should fore-go shampoo made for humans, as this may be too harsh. Instead, buy a shampoo and conditioner developed especially to care for your dog’s coat and skin, at D4DOGZ we even have dog shampoo for smelly pooches.

Dog Treats

Your dog will agree with us here – quality dog treats are a high priority. Avoid cheap dog treats found at the $2 shops, these are more than likely imported, therefore irradiated, instead choose Australian dried or even better Dehydrated dog treats. Our dog treats are all packaged to avoid any contaminants coming into contact with them, thus ensuring your dog is getting the very best just as they deserve.

Dog Toys

Dogs need entertainment, exercise and mental stimulation as much as people do. Dog toys divert your dog’s attention and energy, and are also useful as rewards during dog training. And for those days when you’re not feeling as energetic as your dog, then having toys on hand benefits the both of you.

You may well want to go beyond basic dog supplies, especially if you’re the type who loves to spoil your pooch. Designer dog clothes, dog accessories, and stylish matching dog collars and dog bowls are just some of the wonderful products we stock at D4DOGZ. Please look around our online store, and we are sure you’ll find plenty of dog supplies that you and your dog will love.

Leather Dog Collars

dog collar and leashDeciding between the different styles of dog collars to purchase for your pet can be confusing. As you look at all the options available you can easily become overwhelmed at the variety, at D4DOGZ we can help you decide what type and colour is ideal for your dog.

Wide Leather Dog Collar – Perfect for handling Large Breed dogs and active dogs. We stock dog collars from Rogue Royalty which are of the highest standard, made of premium grade bridle leather and sporting stainless steel fittings. These collars are fashionable yet functional.

Rolled Dog Collar – These are great for dogs who have coats that tend to matt or get tangles, they are great for long-haired dogs in that they keep the hair from lying flat against the coat. They are a stylish dog collar and the brand we like is Weaver which are made in the US from heavy steer hides and solid brass buckles.

Soft Leather Collars – Dogue have the highest quality and softest leather dog collars with either studs or Swarovski crystals adorning them, we have chosen the Foxy dog collar for one of our own dogs ‘Charli’ as they last so well yet very comfortable.

Hamish McBeth Dog Collars – Are made using vegetable dyes to colour the leather, which are low allergenic, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and safe for you and your dog. These dog collars are incredible tough our dog ‘Buster’ is still wearing his after 3 1/2 years, they have a versatile middle ‘D’ ring to attach a Dog Leash to leaving the buckle for the Dog ID Tag.

Plain Leather Dog Collars – If you are simply looking for a practical solution to your dogs needs, then a plain dog collar is ideal, available in an assortment of colours including the basic Black, Red & Pink for the girls.

Dog Clothing on sale now.

At D4DOGZ we are clearing out all the excess winter dog clothing at heavily reduced pricing.

Grab a bargain on Dog Jackets, coats, pyjamas, jumpers and more. We have a minimum 30% off so take advantage and stock up for next winter.

Dog Jackets

We have styles from Puppia & Louis Dog on sale, some less than half price, the Puppia range of dog jackets have removable hoods and sizes to suit larger dogs, something most brands don’t cater for.

Dog Coats

If your looking for a top little coat for your pampered pooch, then look no further than the Pawsome styles available from D4DOGZ from $10.50 for a snugly pola fleece dog coat, to the gorgeous Coco Wool coat in a grey/black floral print from $30.80. We also have some Driza-Bone Dog coats left in the classic & Patterned styles.

Dog Pyjamas

Cosy and warm dog Pyjamas from Hamish McBeth, in 4 different colours, these have been a huge success this year, both online and in our store. They are great for dogs with larger chests as they are very roomy, most of our clients had said they would wear them all day as they were too nice just for night time, priced from around $20.00 these will go quick as limited sizes are left.

Dog Sweaters

Many great colours and styles still left and priced from $13.95, the pure wool Dog jumpers are particularly great for boys as they are cut further back so no mess when going to the toilet and they also have a lead hole in the rolled neck.

The Dog Clothing sale extends to our designer range of dog coats and jackets as well, with 30% off rrp until stocks last. Luxury Italian leather jackets, Silk dresses suitable if your pooch is attending your wedding, a Audrey Hepburn inspired trench coat and dog coats Lady Gaga style.

Arachnoid Dog Toy

The latest dog toy to be tested in our home by our beloved ‘Buster’ is the very impressive Arachnoid dog toy.

We took Buster into D4DOGZ on Saturday morning to meet one of our new employees and after inspecting then approving her, he had a couple of dog treats and was allowed to choose a new dog toy.

I picked out a toy that played some animal sounds when rolled around but Buster was not overly taken by it, he then noticed the Arachnoid dog toy and gestured to me that he wanted to take a closer look by tapping it with his nose, sitting down, then looking at me and back at the toy. I knew he liked the look of this one.

We had quite a few yellow and orange but only a couple of the green Arachnoid dog toys So I picked up the yellow and as I took the toy up to the counter Buster climbed into the shelf to ge the Green Arachnoid dog toy – so Iam guessing we are going to be buying the Green one now.

Buster has played with this dog toy non-stop for the last week, he was so funny the other night he wouldn’t eat his tea until I got the toy and sat it next to his bowl. I think this is the fastest he has ever eaten just so he could get back to playing.

The Arachnoid dog toy is a medium sized ball at approx 11cm, the webbed design that encases the odd shape is easy for smaller dogs to pick up. It has a squeak and is suitable for play inside and out.

It even won first place at the Global pet expo for ‘Best in show award’ in 2010, which I think Buster would totally agree with.

arachnoid dog toy

Premium Lamb Puff Dog Treats

Treats play a big role in doggy life. They’re incorporated into training programs, as special bonding moments, or as a pick-me-up for a dog feeling under the weather. The only trouble is that deciding which treat food you’re buying, off a shelf overflowing with choice, can be a difficult one.

An option that we highly recommend is Premium Lamb Puff. It beats criteria across the board for nutrition, stomach sensitivity, and purity of ingredients. Best of all, this dog treat comes from healthy, well-kept lambs.

The high protein content helps with growing muscles, and doesn’t contain fattening carbs, making it great for puppies and chubby dogs. It is rich in iron for muscle energy, for those with really active dogs. The high zinc content bolsters the immune system, and B group vitamins enable general good health. B vitamins also encourage an appetite for a dog who is stressed or feeling poorly.

Most dog treats contain additives and preservatives, not to mention a lot of filler supplementing the main meat ingredient advertised. Dogs have a highly developed sense of smell, so offering a higher quality treat generates a keener interest from your dog. Premium Lamb Puff Dehydrated is made of 100% human grade lamb from free-range and naturally fed herds that are raised on Australian pastureland.

Another benefit of this dog treat is that it is mild and light on the digestive system, making it suitable for dogs with sensitive stomachs, allergies or skin conditions. It is free of artificial colourings, preservatives and additives.

The dehydration process keeps the lamb savoury and flavourful, the dehydration process does not allow fat to dry out so the dog treat is virtually fat free. What your dog gets is a lean, almost fat-free delicacy that tastes terrific and is healthy to boot. Order online today for Premium Lamb Puff treats to be delivered to your door.

Using Dog Toys for Fun and Training

Dog toys can be an entertaining diversion for your canine friend. They can also be very useful when training your dog. It’s commonplace to reward a dog’s obedience during a training session with food treats, but giving only food rewards should be avoided because this can result in your dog obeying only in the presence of food.

Therefore, you should have some variety in your dog’s training rewards. Toys make a good alternative for food treats. However, choosing the right dog toy will depend on the personality of your dog and the type of training they are receiving. To give you an idea, here is a list of some of the most popular types of dog toys:

Throw Toys

Throw toys such as tennis balls and frisbees are perfect for the most basic form of dog training there is: “go fetch”. They allow you and your dog to share exercise and quality time together, while getting your dog used to obeying simple commands. A great warmup for more advanced types of training.

Stuffed Toys

Stuffed dog toys are a classic choice. They come in many shapes, sizes and colours, so you’re bound to find something that tickles your dog’s fancy. For training purposes, use dog toys that are chew-resistant, durable, and easy to wash.

Talking Toys

Talking toys adds a level of interaction that most dogs love. It makes them curious and it holds their attention wonderfully well. Getting to play with a talking dog toy can be a great incentive to motivate your dog to obey your commands.

Puzzle Toys

These dog toys provide simple problems which your dog can solve. More intelligent breeds of dog respond to puzzles very well. They are less useful during most training sessions as they require your dog to stop and think, but can be appropriate reward for afterwards.

Dog Jackets: Function before Fashion

Imagine yourself strolling through a pet store looking for things your dog might need. You pick up some nutritious dog foods, choose some toys for exercise and entertainment, make sure you don’t forget a grooming  brush and a bottle of dog shampoo – but then you pass straight through the clothing section because you think a dog jacket is unnecessary.

The sad truth is that many dog owners still think of dog jackets as mere accessories with no real use. Well, they are wrong. Dog jackets have two primary uses, function and fashion, and of the two, function is a much greater concern to responsible dog carers.

That’s right, dog jackets are most often worn for warmth. Different dogs were bred over time to suit their native climates, which is why breeds originating from colder regions have thicker coats. An Alaskan malamute will be fine in any Australian winter, however, short haired dogs might not fare so well. Dogs with thinner coats will definitely be grateful for a jacket to keep them warm during winter months.

In other cases, dog jackets may be worn for protection. For example, long haired dogs can catch dirt and dust in their coats, but dog jackets help prevent this. They can also protect curious dogs from scratches when exploring forested areas, or thin-haired dogs from sunburn on hot days.

It’s true that dog jackets are still associated predominantly with fashion over function. Though in our experience helping concerned owners find the right jacket to warm or protect their pooches, this is not always the case in reality. But saying that – at D4DOGZ we love dog fashion and think that a dog jacket is a great investment in both style and practicality.

We have jackets for dogs of all sizes; in a range of materials such as leather, silk, and wool; and by designers such as Doggles and Louisdog. Browse our online selection today to find the perfect jacket for your furry friend!

This Picture shows the practibility of our famous Oilskin coats as one of our customers models so beautifully.

Nina Ottosson Dog Twister Dog Toy

How to keep you and your dog entertained!

Does your dog find ordinary dog toys tedious? Do they get fed up because all they can do is chew, squeak or roll their toy around? Or do they work out how to get the treats out in 2 seconds flat?

D4DOGZ has the answer for you! The fantastic Nina Ottosson Dog Twister dog toy will keep you entertained and your dog coming back for more.

Like many dog owners you have encountered a problem that can be hard to fix. Dog’s are like children, they need to be entertained or have your full attention to be happy. And we all just want our pooches to be happy.

This fantastic dog toy will keep your dog guessing with all of its secret compartments and it makes treat time fun. This is a fantastic dog toy for you and your dog to use together. The first time you and your pooch sit down to use this dog toy you need to put a treat in every compartment, and have some so that the dog can see some of the treats. Each round of ‘dog twister’ that you and your dog enjoy together can be made harder and more interesting just by putting in less treats or ‘locking’ some of the compartments. This is a sure-fire way for you to get your dog interested in this dog toy. There are just so many possibilities.

This dog toy is also a fantastic way to teach your dog some simple, yet effective, commands, such as sit, stay, OK etc. This can make a whole variety of encounters more pleasant, like dinner time, or meeting a new dog or human friend.

The Nina Ottosson range of dogs toys consists of several different styles, ranging in dificculty levels, the Dog Twister is rated 2-3 on a scale of 1 to 3, Once you get one you’ll want to try more.