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Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 30th is National Holistic Pet Day!

August 30th is a very important day in the life of a green dog.

It's National Holistic Pet Day!

Originally founded by Colleen Paige of the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network, this day is set aside to think more about your dog (or other pet), how they live their life and how you are helping them live the healthiest, happiest life possible.

What exactly is holistic?

According to Webster Dictionary:
  • ho•lis•tic - (adj.) 1. incorporating or identifying with the principles of holism
  • ho•lism   - (noun) 1the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole
Today we're sharing a few tips to help your dog live a more holistic life:

Think of food as medicine.

A diet that's whole in nature, species appropriate, full of all the proteins, vitamins and minerals in their most whole form (with the least amount of processing) is the best diet you can provide your dog for a healthier life.

Water, it's the basis of a dog's life.

Water is a very important part of a dog's diet. So be sure to keep it as healthy as possible by utilizing a water filtering system that filters out potential dangerous chemicals in your water, including fluoride.

Take a close look inside your home, where your dog lives and plays.

Paying attention to what your dog is exposed to through their daily inside life, and eliminating or minimizing potential exposure to dangerous chemicals, can make a big difference in the health of your dog. Inside your home, look at their beds, the cleaning products you utilize, what you wash their beds and them with, the toys they enjoy; evaluate all of these items and see how you can make healthier changes to help your dog.

Observe your dog's outside environment.

Dog's really enjoy their outside time. From eating a little grass from your lawn, drinking from that tempting puddle on a hot day, or a good romp at the local park - dogs are curious creatures. Be sure to pay strict attention to what your dog is exposed to when out and about in the great outdoors. Utilize organic lawn care and reduce exposure to dangerous, cancer causing chemicals in your lawn. Take along filtered water from home so your dog isn't tempted to drink out of a potentially contaminated puddle or pond. Find local walking paths and local parks that don't treat with herbicides, insecticides and pesticides to reduce your dog's exposure. These are are just a few things to consider when your dog is outside to keep them the healthiest they can be.

Seek out healthier care options.

Think of your dog's health preventively, as prevention is the best cure! Look for and support your local holistic veterinarian for help and to provide advice for your dog's health care needs. They can help you make the best decisions about annual blood work to look for very early signs of illness, titers for checking vaccine immunity, good weight management, preventing fleas and ticks, alternative and preventative healthcare options like chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and more.

Body, mind and soul.

Consider your dog's life holistically and nourish their mind, body and soul.
  • "An active mind is a healthy mind." - Nourish their mind by getting involved in dog sports or other dog related activities, teaching them tricks and behaviors with positive training, providing interactive/intelligent toys and thinking games. 
  • "Good Food is Good Medicine.' - Nourish their body by providing healthier living options and a healthier diet.
  • "Our bodies need food to keep us healthy. Our souls depend on love to grow." - Whether you call it soul, spirit or a living state of being; nourish your dog's soul by spending high quality time with your dog enjoying nature, playing together, or giving a good belly rub while cuddling on the couch. Showing love individually, completely and meaningfully develops a bond with your dog that's indescribable, and will not only nourish their soul, but yours as well. 
You can learn more about how to help your dog be green in our Learn To Be Green Section, as well as sniff out hard to find green products provided by our RAGD Partners. And don't miss connecting with us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest for lots of updates, discussions, info and more!

Keep your dog safe while traveling this holiday weekend!

Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching and many dog loving families will be hitting the road for that last great weekend heading into Fall.

We wanted to share an important safety tip to keep your dog safe in the car while traveling. Just as humans need to buckle up, dogs need to be safely secured while in the car, as well.

We know first hand how important it is to keep your dog safe while traveling. In July 2007,
while coming back from a dog agility trial, Johann, Gracie and I were involved in a dangerous accident. My two dogs, and I, were safely secured so, we only suffered some bumps and bruises, even though our car was completely disabled.

There are four very important reasons why dogs should be secured in the car, including:
  • Your pup could distract you and cause an accident.
  • If you were involved in an accident, your pup could escape from the car and become lost.
  • They could be seriously injured or needlessly die if loose in your vehicle.
  • Other equipment or items in your car can injure your pup in just a slight fender bender.
What are the options for keeping your dog safe? Basically there are three safe options:
  • Utilizing a high quality, tested dog seat belt harness,
  • Securing your dog in a high quality crate,
  • And for small dogs, a safely secured and well tested car seat may be an option.
You can view and read more about options for dog car safety on this Squidoo lens.

Have fun and be safe this upcoming Labor Day weekend!

Photo courtesy of Variocage.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DIY: Make your own doggie cooling vest and backpack from old cargo pants

Surfing around the Internet, we found this really great idea for a dog cooling vest and backpack all in one made out of some old cotton cargo pants.

We thought it was a great DIY idea we wanted to share with you!

Just  few helpful tips:
  • Utilize light colored cargo pants for darker dogs, especially, to reflect the heat from the sun.
  • You can mix one part rubbing alcohol to three parts water and add to a freezer bag to make your own ice packs.
  • Utilize sand in reused baggies to add weight to your dogs pack. Be sure that your dog can handle the extra load of a backpack before venturing out on a long walk/hike.
  • This design includes a water proof layer on the inside so you can utilize it as a cooling vest and a dog raincoat, too.
  • Don't have cargo pants? Visit your local Goodwill or Salvation Army store and pick up some, larger sizes for larger dogs, smaller sizes for smaller dogs.
  • Some dogs needs some training to wear a vest or pack like this. Utilize clicker training and some treats inside for a few minutes at a time to get your dog used to wearing this great vest/pack.

Photo and instructions courtesy of obake on Instructables.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Welcome Island Dog Design as a Raise A Green Dog Partner!

Raise A Green Dog is proud to introduce our newest RAGD Partner, Island Dog Design.

Big dogs, small dogs, green dogs will love the dogs beds and pads from Island Dog Design!

The company got their start with a mission to satisfy large dogs who need a little extra support for their large frames that were attractive additions to the home, with eco-friendliness and health in mind.

Created using natural, plant-based and eco-friendly materials, Island Dog Designs dog beds come in a wide variety of styles, suitable for any taste, and come in two styles - dogs beds and dog crate pads.

The beds are made of 100% natural, breathable, and durable cotton, using earth-toned fabrics. The inserts are made of top-quality natural latex foam, providing the extra cushioned yet firm support dogs need for a comfortable and restful sleep.

The insert is also naturally anti-microbial, chemical-free and biodegradable, which makes it a healthier alternative for humans and dogs alike. The zippered covers are easily removed and machine washable.

Be sure and visit the Raise A Green Dog website to see all the Island Dog Design dog beds and crate pads or visit their website for more information!

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