10 dog names predicted to be most popular in 2020

Are you planning on getting a new dog next year? Choosing what to call your dog would be a big decision. These 10 names are going to prove very popular in 2020.

1. Charlie

Charlie is expected to the most popular dog name in 2020. It has been in top 10 for last two years and inspired by release of film Charlie’s Angels.

2. Loki

Loki continues to be a popular name for pooches, ranking second in the list. It is inspired by Marvel TV show.

3. Harley

Harley takes the third spot in the list. It is inspired by release of Birds of Prey

4. Elsa

Disney film Frozen sparked the popularity of the names Anna and Elsa, with Elsa expected to be a popular choice among dog owners next year.

5. Bella

The film Twilight resulted in the spike in popularity of the name Bella, with it expected to be a popular name for puppies in 2020.

6. Luke

The name Luke claims the sixth spot in the list. It is inspired by The Rise of Skywalker.

7. Simba

Lion King fans can rejoice, as the name Simba is set to be a popular dog name next year.

8.Lady

Lady and the Tramp fans may also wish to take inspiration from this popular Disney film, with the name Lady set to be a popular dog name in 2020.

9. Millie

The name Millie continues to be popular,inspired by Millie Bobby Brown’s performance in Stranger Things.

10. Maggie

Maggie also continues to be a top choice for dog names, inspired by Downton actress Maggie Smith.

What to call our dogs? According to the media report, popular culture has had a big influence. Many dog names are inspired by Disney and Marvel. We also love naming our dogs after celebrities.


Fun & Safe Hike With Dogs (Guide + Check List)

Hiking with dogs is a healthy and enjoyable outdoor activity. However, sometimes an accident could happen unexpectedly. To ensure having a fun and safe hike, here we have tips that everything you need to know, bring and do to plan your trip properly.

Before loading up your backpack

1. Make an honest assessment for your dog

Know your dog’s fitness level, health condition is to ensure your dog can comfortably go to the trail.

Hiking is more energy-consuming than walking. It is not enough if your dog only have casual walking daily before hitting the trail. It needs a ton of more exercises.

In addition to its fitness level, health considerations could be another concern. Remember that an elder dog should carefully be assessed.

2. Choose a trail wisely for both your dog and you

Not every hike is dog-friendly. Those elements that seem attractive to you but could pose a danger to your dog. 

Generally speaking, a dog owner should practically choose a trail based on your dog’s age, breed and experience. Besides the length of the route, the considerations also include cliffs, ladders and water on the route.

All in all, make sure your pup is fit for the trail. This principle should also apply for dog owners as well.

When hitting the trail

1.  Measure safety elements

Weather – A dog owner could adjust the destination and plan accordingly. Facing hot and humid weather, a flat route to a lake is a better choice than a steep, rocky scramble up an epic 3,000-footer. Or save hiking for another time.

Dog behaviour & body – If you notice your dog lying down, panting intensely or foaming at the mouth, these are all signs they need to cool down, slow down and possibly turnaround.

Route condition – Help your dog to jump off a cliff and avoid ladders. When approaching cliffs, you can put your dog on a leash and keep it calm and close.

2. Keep canine trail etiquette

It is unnecessary to train your dog becomes a mountain-savvy. However, a dog with well-behaved is essential to the hiking trail.

First of all, your dog should have trained to follow your verbal command so that you can keep your dog with you and under control at all times, even when its off leash.

Canine train etiquette includes not to disturb plants or wildlife and give other hikers the right of way. Using Leave No Trace principles, carry out or bury dog waste in a hole and make sure the hole is at least 200 feet from water sources.

After  getting off the trail  

Always check your dog’s whole body for ticks, cuts and burns. A post-hike bath would be necessary.

10 Essential Items for Hiking with Dog

1. Treats for all-day energy

2. A first aid kit for pets

3. A cooling vest for dog on hot days

4. A dry place to keep treats or kibble

5. A QR code-enabled dog tag to help locate your dog

6. A hands-free dog leash

7. A pick-up bag for Leave No Trace behind

8. A multi-purpose dog backpack life jacket

9. A collapsible dog bowl kit for food and water

10. A waterproof dog blanket/bed cover

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Editor note:  The original article ~ A GUIDE TO BRINGING YOUR BEST FRIEND ON THE TRAIL.

10 Tips for Finding your Lost Dog


I lost my dog! Possibly the worst nightmare for all dog owners. Every missing dog case is unique, but there are easy, well-proven tips to find your lost pet.

First Respond Immediately…

1. Search your home methodically for your missing dog. Do not overlook an area just because your pet doesn’t normally hide there. Check every room including the basement and attic. Do not overlook closets, cupboards or empty boxes.

2. Go over the outdoor areas of your property carefully, do not forget to check the garage, sheds, storage areas and other outbuildings. Do a thorough search of the garden, hedges, bushes and shrubbery. 

3. According to surveys, half of missing dogs are found in their own neighborhoods. Expand your outdoor search to include neighboring properties and areas were you normally walk your dog like parks or where you last saw your pet. Call out your dog’s name as you search and bring along their favorite treats and toy. Using a drone, you can easily and effectively cover larger areas like large parks, dense forests, lakes, canals, beaches and large fields.

Don’t Forget to Enlist Help from Neighbors, Friends, Family, and Local Organizations …

4. Ask neighbors, friends and family to help you with your outdoor search for your lost dog. They may think of areas you have overlooked in your search and can keep eye out for your lost pet.

5. Reach out to people in your contact list via email or text to check if they have seen your lost dog. Ask them to keep a look out and contact you if they spot your lost pet.

6. Call or drop by local veterinary clinics, dog shelters and dog pounds to see if your lost dog was dropped off or a sighting reported. Leave your contact information and a flyer describing your pet so they can call you if need be.

It’s Important to Get the Word Out …

7. Print flyers which include a photo of your lost dog and your contact information. If you are offering a reward, mention it on your flyer but it’s best to not print the amount. Post these flyers everywhere in your neighbourhood and other high visibility areas where the public will notice them: telephone polls in your neighborhood, community centres, public parks, dog parks, local businesses, bus stops.

8. Use social media to reach a wider audience. Post information about your missing dog on your own social media accounts or create a new Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts just for your lost pet. Don’t forget to use hashtags like #LostDog #LostPet #HelpFindMyDog and the name of your city and neighborhood so your posts get more visibility.

9. Craigslist is a good place to post your lost dog ad. Renew it daily so the ad stays close to the top of the page for maximum visibility.

10. Pay for a print and online notice for your lost dog in your local newspaper. Contact your local radio and tv stations and ask if they will mention your lost dog on their news segments. Recently a local CBS reporter helped a stolen dog back her family in Texas.

Lastly, and most importantly, do not give up hope in finding your missing dog! Keep your missing pet search broad and methodical. Make sure you search areas more than once over several days or weeks because you never know where or when your lost dog will show up. Repost flyers and ads for your missing pet regularly. We often hear of lost dogs reunited with their owners after weeks, months, even years after going missing.


7 Questions to Ask When Finding Dog Care

How to find reputable dog care during the busy travel season? Learning the 7 questions in Bark (the dog culture magazine), it helps to vet a business before allowing them to care for our pets. While some of these questions seem obvious, overlooking them can lead to insufficient care going on longer than they should.

1. What background checks are done for pet care providers at the company?

The background check has become a relatively standard practice in the pet care industry. However, we often hear the news about dog owners suffer the consequences of pet sitter’ inappropriate behaviors.

Who are you letting into your home? A background check is more than just knowing a name. Dog owners want to find a professional to care for their pets.

2. What is the owner’s experience?

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Do they have certifications?
  • How do they train their employees?
  • Are their staff trained in pet first aid & CPR?
  • What types of pets do they have experience with?

Getting more information is to help you to get an idea of how well your dog will be cared for.

3. Are the staff independent contractors or actual employees?

Using app-based pet care listing sites to search for services has become a phenomenon. Plenty of users praise those companies for their convenience, but they’re not without controversy.

Some people argue that those companies use independent contractors rather than real employees. When finding the right pet care, degree of education and experience are the core considerations. 

4. Do they provide references upon request?

The best pet care providers will have glowing reviews from former clients. Therefore, they will not be shy about providing references. Make sure to vet  because references are another way to know the pet care provider.

You might find that some experienced pet care providers may only have a few clients. However, if those are long-term clients, then that speaks well to their satisfaction.

5. What is the company’s policy on training? Does staff have medical and emergency training?

Training is an essential component to pet care providers as it will set a professional pet care provider apart from a hotline pet care provider.

Educated pet care providers mean they can safely care for people’s pets. Dog owners want to hire the person who cares for their pets know what to do in an emergency, describe the issue, get instructions then act.

6. Does the company have some kind of accountability system so you know your pet is being properly cared for?

Many dog owners lure with WAG! because of their app offering the features designed that allows dog walkers to track and share information with pet owners about pee, poo, food, and water activity during the walk.

To make real-time certainty that your dog is being taken care of, choosing the dog walkers or pet sitters who use technology tools that facilitate dog owners to follow the pet’s activities. If you have a sitter staying over, then having a security camera in your home is necessary.

7. Are they bonded and insured?

Pet care service is a profession as much as a passion; it’s not a hobby. Having a license and insurance shows that this person is professional and serious about the services he/she offers. Professional pet care providers also know that things can happen beyond their control.

Whether you’re traveling for vacation or work, pet care providers are a good solution if dog owners leave their dogs behind while traveling. Finding  a good pet care provider is a dog owner’s responsibility.

Confused about dog grain-free food?

After the FDA report regarding 16 brands of dog food associated with dogs who had developed dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), many dog owners worry about grain-free pet food.

To follow the recommendations of experts studying DCM to feed diets, recently I read an article on Whole Dog Journal – “Update on grain-free diets and DCM cases in dogs”.

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Naming companies was the way to alert a dog owner to check their dog foods and dog condition

Late June the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update. The only conclusion so far is that “DCM in dogs is a complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors. Hence, the point is, the cause of the DCM cases is still unknown.

The news coverage “There are 16 brands of dog food that are killing dogs” sounds pretty scary. The investigation is based on a potential association between diet and heart disease in fewer than 600 dogs. However, it has inevitably raised as a concern about whether we choose the healthiest products for our dogs.

According to Dr. Jennifer Larsen, a professor of clinical nutrition, department of veterinary medicine at the University of California, pet food labels often focus on ingredients rather than nutrition. Moreover, a lot of the pet food ranking lists available on the internet rely on the label and focus inappropriately on the ingredient list.

Therefore, look at the nutrients, not ingredients. For dog owners, a better understanding of those nutrients in dog food becomes necessarily important.

Consideration for peas, lentils, chickpeas, and  other legume seeds in dog food

The majority of cases using products that were grain-free and contained either peas or lentils, or both. Although the FDA doesn’t suggest avoiding certain brands or diets, it still encouraged a caution with  peas, legume seeds and other ingredients noted as the common thread in the FDA report. Here is the helpful tip when purchasing pet food:

We wouldn’t worry unduly about one of these ingredients appearing on an ingredients panel in a minor role – 6th or 7th or lower on the list, say. But if there is more than one of these ingredients on the list and/or one in one of the top five or so positions on the ingredients list, for now, we’d look for another product to feed our dogs.

Focus on what owners can do immediately to protect their dogs

  • Visit veterinarians as soon as possible if your dogs have signs of DCM. No matter what you feed your dogs. Loss of appetite, pale gums, increased heart rate, coughing, difficulty breathing, periods of weakness, and fainting are signs commonly seen.
  •  Switch among products that are made by different companies, with different ingredients. Experts recommend owners change their food on a regular basis, because different proteins offer a different nutritional spectrum. Dogs like diversity in their food too. 
  • Look for products without peas or legumes for dogs who absolutely can’t consume any grain. Remember that feeding grain-free foods only to dogs with a demonstrated allergy to or intolerance of grains. 

Honestly, My heart skipped a beat when I learned my puppy’s premium kibble might be linked to a serious heart condition. My veterinarian advised I need to notice if my puppy has unusual behaviour. If so, I should bring my fur baby to his clinic immediately.

 

“Sick as a dog” – A new meaning for dog owners

Dogs make the best life companions, and they are good for our health. Giving a different perspective, I am interested in reading an article on Washington Post – A new meaning for ‘sick as a dog’? Your pet’s health may tell you something about your own.

Sick as a dog

A pet’s health reflects its human’s health status

“As veterinarians, we often see pets who have the same health issues as their human companions or who are sentinels for a human health problem.” – Joseph Bartges, professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia.

Dogs are family. Under the same roof, dog owners share factors influencing health with our dogs, such as daily routine, emotion interactions, environment and living standards.

Not surprisingly, dogs can provide insights into our health issues. “How dogs could help us explore our own gut health” supports the same idea ( see Dog News ).

Humans and dogs surprising similarities

 We tend to impose our own snacking patterns and attitudes about portion size and processed foods on our pets, which can influence how many calories they get in a day.- A study from Germany 

One obvious phenomenon is obesity. Researchers found that overweight dogs were more likely to have overweight owners. Moreover, it has been rapidly increasing in both humans and dogs.

We all know that obesity is associated with nutrition, habits and lifestyle. Just as a veterinarian mentioned, the trend of processed foods and everything that occurs with industrialization is making us both sick.

Sick as a dog- a new perspective on our own health

A pet’s health can often reflect our own: anxiety, obesity, allergies, gastrointestinal infections and even insomnia are all disorders that can exist in pet-owner dyads. 

The human-canine connections give us a new perspective on our personal health. Study finds that dogs affected by stress, the anxiety felt by owners. Therefore, dogs could provide the insight we need for both physical and mental health.

Some doctors even advocate that giving a multispecialty practice for both the dog owner and a dog in the same room. Do you think it could be the next health-care trend?

Life is better with a dog. Owning a dog prompts people to stay active and live a healthier lifestyle. It also can help us gain a better understanding of our own health. Sick as my dog, I would have my own story to share!


6 helpful tips for dogs to have a cool Summer

Summer is finally here!  It’s the time for both dog owner and our pets to enjoy backyard barbecue, beach and other activities.

Well, as temperatures continue to soar, dog parents should pay more attention to our dog’s need. Here at dogtreatsmart.com, we want to share some helpful tips – giving dogs a fun and safe summertime.

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Tip 1. Dogs and water often go together like kids and candy

Make sure that your dogs drink enough water daily. During the hottest day, adding some ice cubes to the water dish and offering an ice pack or wet towel for your dog. When going out, remember to bring a collapsible water dish on your way. In hot weather, water is essential to help dogs staying hydrated and keeping cool.

Tip 2. Knowing symptoms of overheating in dog
    • Heavy panting
    • Rapid breathing
    • Excessive drooling
    • Dark or red gums and tongue
    • Vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Weakness
Tip 3. Paying extra attention to vulnerable areas of dog body

Like ears, belly and nose, a dog’s body where they have less fur is easily getting sunburned. Preventing overexposure under the sunshine is the best action before getting sunburn potential. 

Dog Owners need to protect pet’s paws in Summer too. Look out for paw pad burns on your dog whenever your dog is outside. Learn  Paw Pad Burns on Dogs: What to Do “ at our Help Tips section.

To know when it’s too hot to walk your dog, we are pleased to find this infographic explaining what can happen when your pooch gets exposed to hot pavement.

Tip 4. Purchase some fantastic sun protection products for your dogs

Choosing high-quality sun protection items for your dog is to help prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature skin ageing.

There are various products specially made for a dog, such as a suncream, sunscreen wipes, sunglass and UV-protective coating. That all is available in-store and online.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised its rules for regulating sunscreen labels recently. Picking the products are labelled “broad spectrum”, those products that can block both UVA and UVB effectively.

Tip 5. Don’t leave a dog alone in a hot vehicle 

It sounds that everyone knows the importance of never leaving pets in a hot vehicle. However, police still address an urgent warning every Summer as some forgetful dog owners.

Tip 6. Keep the dog inside during extremely hot days

When having the hottest of days in summer, dog should stay inside of the house.

Keep the room temperature cool enough  for your dog. Turn on air condition or a fan. No dog walk during peak sun exposure hours (10 am to 4 pm).

Enjoy summertime fun while staying safe! What ideas have you implemented for your dogs in Summer? We would like to hear your advice.

How to help timid dog

Recently a friend adopted a timid dog from a local shelter. “My dog does not want going out !” ” He is afraid of meeting people!” ” I have to find a groomer come to my house for him.”

Is this normal? By reading the article “How to confidence -building exercises can help timid dogs” written by Dr. Sarah Wooten, I have gained new insights and ideas.

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Many times, a dog develops fear because something happened during the critical socialization period that scared him

According to Dr. Sarah Wooten, between the ages of 7 and 14 weeks, puppies undergo a critical socialization period, which is associated with dog fears.

Although a good amount of puppies are naturally more shy or fearful, negative experiences inevitably make dogs in fears of certain things. Consequently, those life experiences cause puppies to become fearful dogs while growing up.

Therefore, during the critical socialization period, helping puppies have a variety of positive experiences in the real world is very important.

Confidence-building exercises work for dogs. It takes a lot of courage for dogs to work through their issues

Simply speaking, confidence-building exercises is a training method that helps boost dogs’ confidence by learning how to shift their focus away from the scary thing; help dogs to establish a positive response to the object.

There are common dog fears, such as fear of strangers, fireworks, thunder and fear of staying alone.

Let’s take the fear of fireworks as an example. To start, playing a recording of fireworks at a soft enough volume. Until getting closer and closer to the real sound record of fireworks that the dog does not have a sign of fear, the approach takes step by step with each repetition.

A timid dog  can become confident, people-friendly with appropriation training

Each puppy is trainable. Training a timid dog needs extra compassion and patience. Adult dogs often need more adjustment time, especially if they lived in a shelter for a while. Design a training plan is to help your dog to feel comfortable around people slowly.

First of all,  finding a training reward for confidence-building exercises. Dog treats are a powerful reward to earn timid dog’ trust.  Remember to reward any tiny improvement for your dog

Secondly, design a few simple steps and set goals for the exercises. Remember not to push or punish your dog.

  •       Step 1. Keeping distant from people
      • Bring the dog to a park where has few people
      • Keep walking with the dog while on loose leash
      • Don’t force the dog to sit or stand
      • Feed the dog treats if he stands there around people
  •      Step 2.  Getting closer to people
      • Bring the dog to a place where has slightly more crowded people
      • Places like a local post office, grocery store can be daily visit
      • Keep feeding the dog treats while closer to the  people
      • Let the dog walking around the place if he does not feel stress
  •     Step 3.  Stay longer time with people
      • Bring the dog to a place where can stay a longer time with people
      • Places like  pet- friendly coffee shop, restaurant
      • Still, need to feed dog with delicious treats when it is associated with people around
      • Eventually, you can take your dog to exposure to people everywhere you go

       

    Last but not least, timid dogs need your emotional support to make progress to a point at where they feel comfortable round people. The process helping  your timid dog, it is also improving the bond between you and your dog.


What do you need to know about CBD products for dogs

Veterinarians urge caution in using the CBD products for dogs. Looking for more information, I read an article written by Dr Karen Becker  The Hot CBD Trend for Pets – Risky or a Godsend?.  As a “canna-curious” dog people, I am glad to gain more pieces of knowledge about CBD products.

CBD products for dogs

The main difference is that CBD has no psychoactive properties like the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana, but has a wider range of medical benefits.

As a health trend, Cannabidiol (CBD) is growing in popularity for people and now gaining more attention for pets. However, some pet owners still have not clearly understood the differences between CBD and marijuana. In contrast to marijuana that can be toxic to pets, CBD is non-intoxicating and easy to take as a CBD oil. As we know, pet parents do whatever we can do to search for nontoxic remedies for pain and other conditions for our loved ones. CBD products make an appealing treatment option for pets.

Dogs are 10 times more sensitive to THC than humans, and THC levels in marijuana are significantly higher than in the past.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has non-psychoactive effects, which means it will not get the user high. CBD comes from the hemp plant that is a cannabis plant but contains less than 0.3% of THC. While Marijuana has more than 0.3% of THC,  and the worse thing we hear is that marijuana poisoning for dogs has increased dramatically in recent years.

Much more research is needed to determine other veterinary conditions CBD may benefit, as well as the most effective delivery methods and dosing ranges.

According to the study, the therapeutic attributes of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors. From relieving chronic pain, anxiety, seizure to anti-cancer, there are many health benefits for dogs, especially senior dogs.

However, dogs can not tell you what they feel. That’s why some doctors think that the results on giving pets CBD have been anecdotal so far. Dog parents also have questions for veterinarians. For example, what is the correct dose for a 5-pound chihuahua or a 140-pound mastiff? How the CDB interacts with the other medications? Unfortunately, no answers from current studies. Therefore, there is still a lot of research that needs to do.

In addition, the popularity and marketing of CBD products are outpacing for researching and regulation. The FDA has issued significant warning letters to companies selling CBD products.

A bit of advice for all dog owners:

  1. Choose the CBD products manufactured under good practices and supported by the national animal supplement council.
  2. Check for a certificate of analysis to make sure what is exactly in the products.

Is raw food diet good for dogs

Whether raw dog foods are dangerous or not, it has been a controversial topic. Recently a piece of news about raw dog product recall gives rise to concern again.

We notice that a product recall for Thogersen Family Farm — a raw pet food company based out of Stanwood, WA. Here is the announcement of FDA:  Thogensen Family Farm Recalls Raw Frozen Ground Pet Food (Rabbit; Duck; Llama; Pork) Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk

We were educated that a high level of potentially harmful bacteria found in raw dog food. However, a raw meat-based diet has become popular because people think it’s better than commercial foods. I was pleased to learn the article titled Raw Dog Food Diet: Benefits and Risks.

 What it is raw dog food diet?

   A raw dog food diet typically consists of:

  • Muscle meat, often still on the bone
  • Bones, either whole or ground
  • Organ meats such as livers and kidneys
  • Raw eggs
  • Vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and celery
  • Apples or other fruit
  • Some dairy, such as yogurt
The pros and cons for raw foods for dogs

I. Potential benefits include:

  • Shinier coats
  • Healthier skin
  • Cleaner teeth
  • Higher energy levels
  • Smaller stools 

II.Potential risks include:

  • Threats to human and dog health from bacteria in raw meat
  •  An unbalanced diet that may damage the health of dogs if given for an extended period
  • Potential for whole bones to choke an animal, break teeth or cause an internal puncture

What do vets think about raw diet for dogs?

  • According to the research, raw meat dog food products contain high levels of bacteria that pose potential health risks to both animals and people, particularly for infants, the senior people, and those who have a weak immune system. Therefore, careful storage and handling of raw meat dog food are important.

     

    Regarding raw meat dog diet, researchers note that many of the benefits attributed to a raw food diet for dogs are the result of the high-fat composition of the typical raw diet. Yet high-fat commercial foods that would produce the same effect. Dog supplements can also be used as an alternative to increased fat in the diet.

    As said, raw dog food has shown bacterial contamination. Moreover,  experts warn that unbalanced food diets are associated with feeding dog a home raw meat-based diet. Lack of certain nutrient content, it could cause a dog’s health issues, such as anemia, bone fractures and dental problems.

    Dog owners have the desire to feed ‘healthier’ and more ‘natural’ food to our dogs. However, we should carefully feed our dog with raw foods. Experts suggest a cooked homemade food if you don’t like commercial food, taking recipes designed by a nutritionist certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.