Thank-you Thundershirt from Buster and myself

We had some wild weather here last night in NE Victoria, and Buster our JRT x Mini Foxie wasn’t the least bit happy about it.

So out came the Thundershirt!                        It reduced his stress level from about 500% (give or take a bit – No exaggeration – really), down to a manageable level, and allowed me to be able to cook tea without having a dog try to clamber up my leg, seriously this dog puts his arms around my legs and has a good crack at it, he may just have some Monkey in him.

We have used the Thundershirt on him for a couple of years now; it has been a real sanity saver not only for him but for us as well.

This Thundershirt has also been used on Charli our female JRT x Australian Terrier, she has a problem with visitors, especially if you’re Male, wear a Hat and/or are wearing a fluoro workers vest, so tradesmen really don’t stand a chance with her.

So when we know someone is coming that fits any or all of the criteria, we pop on her Thundershirt and instantly she is a calm gentle little dog, no one would ever know that she is a ferocious tiger in disguise – Thank-you again to the makers of the Thundershirt.

So with more wild weather due as the seasons change, I guess we will be giving this wonderful product a real workout, then we can maintain a calmer Jack Russell Terrier in our home – I can get more work done, not that i mind any interruption or excuse to stop work and cuddle my dogs.

New Tastybone Dog Chews Now available

D4DOGZ is proud to be stocking the new TASTYBONE dog chew.

The only dog chew that has the flavour right thru, these are not merely coated, they are impregnated with natural flavour the whole way so the flavour goes on and on and on.

TASTYBONE is the UK’s No.1 manufacturer of Nylon, edible and rubber chew, and play toys for dogs.
Designed and made in the UK, they are stocked and recommended by vets worldwide.

With 6 Varieties you are sure to find a suitable one for your dog.

Tastybone Flexi Range, was designed for light to medium chewers, great for teething puppies, this dog chew is chicken flavoured.

Tastybone Gourmet edible Range, suitable for light chewers, full on flavour and just the best chew if your want to really spoil your dog, perhaps for a Birthday! Four fabulous flavours to choose from Duck, Pheasant, Stilton, and Venison Yummo.

TastyBone Mega, The big daddy of the dog chews, a massive sized bone designed for giant breed dogs, this thing weighs over 700g, two delicious flavours Beef or Chicken to choose from. Should stump the strongest Chewers.

Tastybone Nylon Range, these dog chews are available in three sizes to suit toys to large breed dogs, choose between Beef, Chicken or Lamb flavours. and again the flavour just goes on and on and on until the very end of the dog chew toy.

Tastybone Rubber Trio, Not just a Vanilla flavoured Chew, this one is bouncy, with the odd shape it will produce an erratic bouncing motion when thrown to the ground. Two dog products in one, you just got to love that!

An lastly The Tastybone Trio Bone Chicken Flavoured, a dog chew with unique nubs for dental care, the design same as the Rubber Trio bone, will encourage your dog to chew on this toy to promote good dental hygiene.

Happy 8th Birthday Buster

Happy 8th Birthday to our first little man. Buster

You have given us so much joy, many, many laughs, a few heartaches & stress! BUT most of all an inspiration to start the very best online dog supply store in Australia.

You certainly took us by surprise in those first few weeks!

But you taught us so much about owning a tenacious little terrier.

We love you.

Being the very reason we started our online dog supply store , we would like to thank-you for all the antics – Oh there has been many! The love – the love every minute of the day! & the Reason – The reason we love our online store.

You have tried and tested many dog toys for us, the ones you destroyed in seconds we decided weren’t worthy to be a part of our Dog Toy catalogue! although you had fun shredding those dog toys to bits and then testing our Dyson Vac to it’s very limits.

Buster you have helped us choose many of the dog treats we now stock at D4DOGZ, we know you love the Calf Tails, Roo Tendons & lamb ears dog treats, which you seem to savour every mouthful.

We love the Hamish McBeth Dog Collar you wear so much that after 4 years we bought you another one slightly different colour BUT Still the same style, you look so dam handsome we didn’t’ want to change.

We know you love love your ROGZ dog bed, you look so comfy in it, even when we call you up to our really soft & luxurious lounge for a cuddle you just lift your head and go ….mmm it ain’t worth the move … loving my position right now!…

We could go on Buster…. BUT we love you!. You have changed our life THANK-YOU .. Love from Mum, Dad and all the team at D4DOGZ

Winter dog clothing sale starts now

Its that time of year again! We have reduced the price on most of our winter dog coats & Jackets.

Its time to grab a bargain before they all disappear, prices start at $14.00 for a Driza-bone dog coat! Now that’s got to help the budget.

We have only just started winter and it is getting pretty chilly around Australia now. So a Dog Coat can help keep your precious Pooch cosy & warm especially on early morning walks.

At D4DOGZ we have many different styles of Dog Coats, from the basic Oilskin type made right here in Victoria, to super fancy Dog Jackets for the Diva.

One of my favourites is the Coco Wool dog coat this style is fabulous for dogs of all shapes & sizes, we have sold Dachshund owners this dog coat and it fits really well. I love the colour it has a 60% wool shell & 90% wool lining, so it is nice and warm.

We have a very limited amount of Puppia dog Jackets left in stock, these have hoods and one style the hood can be removed when not needed, colours of Pink & Black to suit both male & Female dogs, they are heavily reduced so great bargains to be had.

If you are looking for a really practical dog coats then you can’t go past our Oilskin coats with adjustable cross over straps under the belly and a Velcro adjustable strap at the neck, you can get a nice fit.

So with discounts of up to 80%, you can’t go wrong with D4DOGZ’s Dog Coats & Jackets this winter. Buy now

Keeping your Dog cool in Summer.

dog bandannaDogs need to stay cool in hot weather.

D4DOGZ has a great dog product to help you with this – the Outward Hound Cooling Bandanna for your dog.

You can keep your dog cool for several hours just by soaking the Outward Hound Cool-It Bandanna for about 20 minutes.

Dogs get dehydrated just like we do in hot weather, so keep your dog healthy and safe with a cooling bandanna from D4DOGZ.

Its the stylish way to keep your dog cool! Made with nontoxic polymer crystals that absorb up to 30 times their weight and stay cool for several hours, to get the cooling bandanna cooler pop them in the fridge for an hour or two.
They have a long Velcro closure, to ensure an adjustable fit for your dog. The cooling bandanna’s are edged with reflective tape for visibility, not that your dog will be going too far in this hot weather.  Being reusable and hand washable, the cooling bandanna for dogs make a great option to help you cool your precious pooch this summer.
The Cooling bandanna’s are available in 3 sizes to fit most dogs, small suitable for chihuahuas, Medium we use on JRT, Maltese and Scotties etc, and large we use on our Labrador Shadow.

We also use one of those Shells for our dogs that are made for kids, you know the ones you can use for either water or sand!, we fill it up with clean water each morning so our dogs can pop themselves in whenever they feel hot, they often just use it as a super large dog water bowl.

Please whatever you do DON’T leave your dog inside a car in this heat, if you plan on just popping down to the shops for a minute and thought your dog would rather come with you, than be left at home in the cool of your house, think twice either leave your dog home or take them out of the car whilst you pop into the shop, some really nice shop owners may even let you bring your dog in.

Edited July 2014 – The Cooling bandana’s have been discontinued.

Xmas Dog Toys

christmas dog toysWe still have a few excellent dog toys for Christmas, so don’t forget your precious pooch next Sunday. The xmas dog toys are all reduced and still time to order before Christmas.

What about a cute gingerbread man, we recon he is a super cute dog toy and an ideal Xmas gift,  he is wearing a cheeky short red sweater, and has a soft golden brown fabric, he has a squeaker now your dog will love that and is approx 20cm, ideal for smaller dogs and puppies.

Fuzzyard has a special edition Xmas flea dog toy it is made from the the finest quality non-toxic plush, this dog toy can be machine washed which is always a bonus, it has floppy limbs and a squeaker of course.
He’s called Scratchy the happy holiday flea and has even got a cute Santa hat and antlers. And as a bonus this year if you spend over $100.00 we’ll even give you one of these Xmas dog toys!

Or what about an adorable little reindeer dog toy, he is such a cute little fellow he’d make a great little Xmas gift for a new puppy.
He has floppy little legs and little xmas hat and scarf, this sweet little dog toy also has a little squeaker in his belly. at approx 23cm high makes the ideal puppy gift.

We have a few hats and stockings left, so grab a bargain dog toy for Xmas or buy for next year and save money.

Things To Remember When Buying Dog Products

dog accessoriesAt D4DOGZ, we believe that every dog deserves the best and as dog owners, it’s our responsibility to provide everything that our dogs will ever need. Fortunately, for dog lovers this responsibility never seems like work, because we’re overjoyed to give only the best to our beloved canine friends.

However, knowing how to check for superior quality dog products is a different story.  You might want to give your dog the best, but what if you do not know what to look for? To help you, here is a list of things that you need to check when buying dog products:

Dog grooming supplies

For products that are applied to your dog’s skin, it is important that you select only grooming products designed for dogs. This is important because your dog’s skin has a different pH to humans and will be sensitive and become irritated by chemicals found in soaps, shampoos and conditioners mad for us. And as a general rule, you shouldn’t consider cleansing products designed for humans to be appropriate for your dog.

Dog treats

For premium quality dog treats, look for products labelled ‘dehydrated’ and are 100% natural with nothing added. This is important for your dog’s health. The chemicals and preservatives found in inferior quality dog treats can have a long-term detrimental effect on your dog’s well-being. Choosing dehydrated and 100% natural dog treats is especially important for puppies and pregnant dogs.

Quality dog products

Basic dog products like grooming tools, leashes, bowls and toys should always be durable – that is, well-constructed from quality material. Check each item carefully, and consider its weight and how it feels. For example, a strong dog can easily break a poor quality leash so it is important to choose dog products that are of superior quality.

When you choosing the best dog products, you usually end up with a higher price tag. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you consider that a higher quality dog product will give you better results and last longer than an item that is cheaply made.

At D4DOGZ we own 3 dogs and they are fortunate enough to test dog products we sell before we stock them, they don’t mind at all.

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.