Holiday Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers

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Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, HD Wifi Cam, and 2-Way Audio: Toss a treat to your dog through the free Furbo iOS/Android app. HD Camera & Night Vision: Discover your pet’s secret life when you’re not at home. With 720p HD video streaming, a 120° wide-angle view and night vision, Furbo lets you see your entire room, day or night.

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Underwater DogsPhotos of dogs are heartwarming and fun, but when the dogs go underwater, look out! Nobody has more fun swimming than a dog. Enjoy all the splashing, sloppy, wet fun in the hardcover book, Underwater Dogs. This 144 page photo collection from Seth Casteel is a great coffee table book for dog lovers of all ages.
$11.99
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The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 DogsPhotographed by Elias Weiss Friedman, aka The Dogist, every portrait in the book tells a story and explores the dog’s distinct character and spirit. Themed sections include Puppies, Cones of Shame, Working Dogs, and Dogs in Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over.

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ThunderShirt Classic Dog Anxiety JacketThe ThunderShirt design applies gentle, constant pressure to calm anxiety, fear, and over excitement. Calms during fireworks, thunder, separation, travel, vet visits, and much more with no training and no medication so your dog stays drug-free. Great for rescue dogs.

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Aikiou Interactive Dog BowlEncourages your dog to eat more slowly, which reduces digestive problems, discomfort and helps prevent weight problems. Manufactured from food grade plastic and is dishwasher safe.

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Outward Hound Fun Feeder Dog BowlPromotes fun healthy eating while preventing bloat, regurgitation & canine obesity. Made with high-quality, food-safe ABS plastic that holds up to 4 cups of dry dog food.

 

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Chuckit! Pro LaunchersThrow farther, faster, & never bend down to pick up a slobbery ball again. Made from lightweight flexible plastic that firmly grasps a tennis ball then releases it as you swing. Ergonomic handle for the ultimate comfort & control.

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Nylabone Dental Dinosaur Chew ToyDental Chews feature textures that help clean teeth and control plaque and tartar. Bristles raised during chewing help clean teeth and control plaque & tartar build-up. Made for powerful chewers weighing up to 50 pounds!

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Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toys3 squeaky squirrels and durable plush tree trunk. Trunk measures 6″ x 7″ & large squirrels measure 6.5″ from head to end of tail

How Healthy is Your Pooch?

We can’t simply ask our dogs how they’re feeling so we rely on other cues to check on them. Here are some tell-tale signs to look for regarding the status of your dog’s health.

Familiarize yourself with your dog’s usual tendencies. Dogs have personalities just like people, so notice if their behavior changes in any way… it gives you a heads up that something might be off. (Be sure to tell your Highrise Pet Care walker about your dog’s sick or distressed behaviors so they can contact you if something doesn’t seem right.)

Pay special attention to grooming habits. If your pup has stopped caring for him/herself and it is beginning to show on their coat, take this as a red flag. Refusal to take care of their coat may suggest that your pooch is feeling distressed or unwell.

Notice changes in energy level. Although it is normal to have your pooch range slightly in energy, be sure to take note when there are major drops or spikes in activity. If your pooch is becoming hard to contain when you get home at the end of the day, it may be a sign that they need to release some energy throughout the daytime hours. Consider hiring a walker to help get them more active.

Watch for changes in eating habits. Especially if your pooch usually eats a large quantity of food, sudden loss of appetite is a hint that something may be wrong. If you’re concerned about a change in eating habits, it is a good idea to bring your dog to the vet to get checked out for an illness.

Pay attention to aggression and friendliness. Changes in social behavior could be linked with multiple causes, including how much attention they are currently receiving, old age, or outside sources of stress. Take action if your dog is acting out, and evaluate any changes in their environment that could be the cause.

What did we miss? Send us a tweet or an email to let us know what signs you use to tell if your dog is healthy.

Adapting a Dog to Apartment Life

Most Chicago apartments are cozy. Whether it’s a Husky you’ve always wanted or a low-energy breed… do some research before welcoming a dog into your life.

Consider location.
Location, location, location. Keeping pet-friendly resources a short distance from your pup goes a long way. The Chicago Park District has a guide for dog parks near you! Talk with your neighbors to gather opinions and advice about having dogs in your building & neighborhood. Remember that it is important to find places where your pup can socialize.

Find a routine.
Consistency will help keep your dog happy (especially if they’re a puppy), regardless of the size of your apartment. Since your pup will be living in a smaller area without a yard, he or she will require daily leash time more than once a day to stretch and do their business. If you aren’t able to stop home at a consistent time to let Fido out in the middle of the day, consider hiring a dog-walker so your pup can get outside more often.

Familiarize your pup with the surroundings.
Highrise living in Chicago can be busy and noisy. Be sure to take your pooch into the elevators and lobby during high frequency times whenever possible. This will help cut down on his curiosity on the daily sounds of apartment living.

Furry Neighbors
If you’ve already spent time socializing your dog, introducing your pup to other dogs in your building may not be an issue. If your dog seems anxious around other dogs, adjusting to apartment life may be more difficult. Practice introducing your pooch to other four-legged friends in a more neutral setting like a dog park. Remember that it may take some time for your dog to feel completely comfortable around your furry neighbors.

House Training
House training a puppy in your apartment can be a little extra challenging since there is no doggie door or direct outdoor access. Consider using pee pads for training at first until your pup can go a longer time between urination. You should be prepared for some puppy accidents.

Keep things exciting.
Dogs are like people – having only one or two distractions won’t keep them happy for long! Changing up their toys is a simple way to keep them entertained while you’re away at work. Hiding treats or scented fabrics around the apartment will also keep things new and exciting for your pup.

Were these tips helpful for you? Send us a tweet or a comment on Facebook to let us know!