Top Social Network for Animal Lovers –

Our staff was just invited to join: – the newest social network available for pet owners, pet businesses, brands and others associated with the pet market.  This social network has a new twist and we think it will be one of the first to stand the test of time.

Social networks for pet lovers have come and gone – while none of them truly catching on.  Either there was difficulty in use, or they were setup as actual “pet” networking sites.  (we all know that it’s the owner’s doing the networking) – or maybe they were not really targeting what the user is truly looking for.

As pet owners and animal lovers, we want to be entertained, understand what’s new and impressive in the pet market, and get our questions answered by someone that is NOT a marketer for a pet store or manufacturer.  We want to talk to real people about real pet and animal problems.

Entertainment:  We don’t necessarily have to own pet’s to enjoy the laughter and love that animals can bring to our lives.  FunnyPaws has taken the lead in understanding that need.  Dedicated to laughs and love, you don’t have to be a pet owner to join.  (Joining is free and you can join straight through your twitter account if you have one).

Finally, if you own a pet store, are responsible for marketing a pet brand, are a vet, or a dog walker, you are welcome to create your own “Brand Group”, “Business Group” or “Local Group” on the website.   This can drum up business, but note that FunnyPaws will not tolerate spamming it’s members.

Although FunnyPaws is limiting it’s advertisements for now (all development was funded internally by owners) – we wonder where the revenue stream will eventually come from?  Stay tuned – but for now, please take a peek and join:

How do I get my puppy/kitten to eat from a dish?

The age at which to begin teaching a kitten or puppy to lap from a dish is dependent upon its ability to stand up over the dish without toppling over.

A few tips for teaching to lap:

  • Start each feeding with a session where you dip your fingers into the shallow dish and let the animal lick your finger.
  • Repeat this several times, each time making the animal lean closer to the dish.
  • Every animal is different, but it shouldn’t take long for the animal to get the idea.
  • Finish the feeding session with a bottle depending on the amount lapped from the bowl.
  • Don’t push the animal’s nose into the dish. It might inhale the liquid into its lungs, which can lead to pneumonia and only stresses the animal, making your task all the more difficult.
  • Be patient.

Find Stainless Steel pet dishes at GregRobert

Dog Training at it’s Best in the Palm of your Hand

With affordable remote dog training product, you can train your pet off-leash wherever and whenever you need to.

Simple to use and completely safe for your pet, electronic collars can help you put an end to unwanted behaviors like barking, chewing, jumping, pulling on the leash, and not coming when called.

Electronic handheld transmitters deliver correction signals to your dog’s remote training collar from a distance of up to 1,000 feet, effectively placing the key to positive behavior conveniently in the palm of your hand.

You’ll gain better control and your furry friend will soon learn to obey your commands, giving you both more freedom.

Pictured to the right is the latest. The easy-to-use PetSafe® Remote Trainer with Vibration features 15 adjustable vibration levels. You can teach standard commands or eliminate misbehavior. At the push of a button, the handheld remote transmitter sends a signal, causing your dog’s receiver collar to vibrate.

The vibration safely and effectively gets your pet’s attention.

The vibration trainer is getting wonderful reviews from trainers and owners that do not agree with the shock method of training dogs.

Gripsoft Pet Grooming Tools – New Packaging / Same Great Quality

GRIPSOFT by JWPET – the standard in dog and cat grooming tools has cool new packaging.

With a rubber handle designed in combination with groomers and a hand surgeon, Gripsoft grooming tools are the most comfortable you can buy. Their non-slip grips are made to optimize your comfort and control.

And the complete line means there is a specific Gripsoft tool made especially to match perfectly with your dog’s unique coat.  Don’t be fooled by the new yellow handle – it’s the same old great feeling grip to make sure you and your pet are comfortable when grooming.

A few of our favorites:

The Undercoat Rake loosens lightly matted parts of the coat and lifts out dead and shedding hair from the undercoat. A row of round-tipped teeth tend to your dog’s under layer of hair. The non-slip, ergonomically correct handle makes grooming a more pleasurable experience for both of you.
Slicker Brush – Ideal for daily brushing to remove dead and shedding hair. This brush has a rounded head and slightly angled pins, great for double coated breeds. The non-slip, ergonomically correct handle makes grooming a more pleasurable experience for both of you.

Take your pick: Cherry, Blueberry or Vanilla Cow Ears

Gotta love innovation and gotta love innovation that works.

Best Buy Bones – a Michigan based dog treat supplier has capitalized on a dog’s love of cow ears a human’s love of variation.  A hot seller in the dog treat vertical, Best Buy Bones’ cow ears in multiple flavors are not only super duper delicious, they are actually healthy for your dog.  Baked, they are low in fat and high in protein.

Besides being nutritious and good for your dog, they are also good for your pocket book – as an entire case of 50 goes for a little more than $1 each.


Pictured to the right, Yup you guessed, are the Blueberry Cow Ears.

Don’t forget to use coupon: dogday to save an addition $4.00 on the case!



Dog Days of Summer Celebration at GregRobert Pet Supplies

The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the timing of the “Dog Days” as the 40 days beginning July 3 (tomorrow) and ending August 11, coinciding with the ancient heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius.

These are the days of the year when rainfall is at its lowest levels.

GregRobert Pet Supplies lists the traditional timing of the “Dog Days of Summer Sale” as the 30 days beginning July 1st and ending August 1st.

But both GregRobert and The Old Farmer’s Almanac can agree that the Dog Days are traditionally very hot and when it’s hot, special precautions should be introduced to ensure the safety of your pet while he is outside or even while he is inside and you are away at work.

If your dog or cat is a stay-at-home pet while you work – it’s important that you don’t shut your air conditioner off during the day while you are gone.  Make sure that it is not in need of maintenance or parts.

Make sure your pet is hydrated outside and inside.  During the dog-day sale at GregRobert – items such as the outside dog or cat waterer and numerous water toys for dogs are on sale. Picture above right is the Flappy Floatie Fetchy Toy that dogs love.

Best of all, GregRobert offers great discounts and coupon: dogday – during the dog days so that YOU don’t have to run to the store in the stifling heat to stock up on any necessities for your pet.  So go ahead and splurge while they sizzle and enjoy the dog days with your dog or other pets.


A Natural Alternative to Frontline and Revolution for your dog

Sentry Natural Defense for Dogs

How Does Natural Defense Work?

Certain plants contain compounds that give them the ability to defend themselves against insects. Natural Defense is a synergistic blend of botanical extracts including peppermint oil, cinnamon oil and lemongrass oil. This combination of oils significantly enhances the pesticidal activity of Natural Defense.

How? Octopamine! 

Octopamine is a key neurotransmitter found in insects, it is the insect’s equivalent of adrenaline. It regulates their heart rate, behavior and metabolism. The unique molecular structure targets and blocks octopamine neurotransmitter receptors in insects. Blocking octopamine results in a total breakdown of the insect’s central nervous system. As mammals, fish and birds have no receptors for octopamine, the ingredients do not have this affect on them… or people!

Directions for Use

Do not use on animals under the age of 12 weeks. Do not get this product in your pet’s eyes or mouth. Do not bathe pet within the first 24 hours after squeeze-on has been applied. Households with more than one pet should not allow pets to groom each other until solution has dried. Pets may be treated indoors or outdoors. Safe to repeat application as often as needed. Apply contents of one tube as a spot or stripe, starting high on the back of your pet’s neck to in front of the shoulder blades. In order to help reduce the occurrence of fleas and ticks, this product is best if used year around.

How to Apply

Remove product tube from package. Holding tube with notched end pointing up and away from the face and body, cut or tear off the narrow end at the notches. While holding the animal with one hand use the other to apply the solution. Invert the tube, and use the narrow end to part the animal’s hair while gently squeezing to apply to the animal’s skin. Hold the animal for a few seconds to give the solution time to be absorbed into the animal’s coat. When finished, wrap the tube in paper and put into the trash.

Petstages ORKA Dog Chew Toys – Lowest prices

Designed for dogs that love to chew, PetStages ORKA chew toys are made of a durable, non-toxic, synthetic rubber that combines fun and function in one toy.

By providing a dog with an appropriate chew object, owners can help reduce a dog’s boredom and destructive behavior.

Click here for a listing of all ORKA toys, with pictures and comparison pricing.

Orka dog toys consist of the Orka Tire, Orka Flyer, Orka Tennis ball, Orka Jack (both large and small), Orka Jack with Rope, Orka Pine cone chew, Orka stick, Orka Dental Links, Orka bone and teh Orka Jack with rope (small).

Petstages Orka brand also consists of mini Orka toys that address the needs of the smaller breed dog.