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Dog-Safe Bubbles

Yorkshire Terrier dog playing with bubbles outside

Your dog has lots of energy and loves to run and chase things. Be it toys, sticks or a slobbery tennis ball, the act of chasing is an innate trait in dogs. But has your dog ever chased after bubbles? An enriching game of running, chasing and jumping after bubbles is one of the best ways to engage your dog in mental and physical activity! With easy to make DIY recipes, tips and tricks, we have everything you need to know on how to make dog-safe bubbles.

Do dogs like bubbles?

What dog doesn’t like chasing after a soapy floating orb of water and popping it with their wet nose? For most dogs, playing with bubbles is as fun as any other playtime activity! While certain dog breeds may enjoy the challenge of chasing bubbles more than others, there’s no denying that every dog receives the benefits of brain/body coordination and physical movement when playing with a bubbly concoction!

Think about the last time you blew bubbles for your child or even just for yourself. There was running, chasing, jumping and lots of fun involved! The same is true with dogs and bubbles! It’s a highly engaging activity for dogs that entertains the focus of the mind and the movement of the body! And bonus – playing with bubbles means you get to spend more time with your furry best friend!

Are regular bubbles safe for dogs?

Go to any toy store or party store aisle and you will find every color, size and scent of bubble solution available. But are store bought bubbles safe for your dog? We don’t recommend them. Here are some important facts to consider when it comes to buying ready made bubbles for your dog:

Even though packaging is labeled “non-toxic”, it can still contain some ingredients that are harmful to your dog. Some of the chemicals used in ready made bubbles are harmless to humans but could cause chemical burns or upset stomachs for your pup, especially if your dog likes to pop the bubbles with their mouth!

Dogs like to lick in order to sense the world around them. So an accidental spill of store bought bubbles could mean lots of harm for your dog if ingested. It’s always important to remember that when using any substance around your dog, harmful or not, to keep at a safe, out-of-reach distance to avoid any disasters!

There are now a variety of “dog specific” bubbles on the market, complete with meat and bacon flavors! However, be sure you read all the ingredients before purchasing. Even with these special made solutions, there can sometimes be a remnant of ingredients that will still pose a danger to your dog if ingested.

DIY dog-safe bubble recipes

With too many unknowns that come with store bought bubbles for your dog, it’s best to stick to at home recipes that you can make yourself. Not only are these DIY bubbles inexpensive and easy to make, but they are safe for every member of your family to play with – two and four legged alike!

The following recipes all include dish soap and it’s important to note that the amount used will not harm your dog in bubble form. However, still adhere to the “keep out of reach” rule when playing with these bubbles as an accidental ingestion of the entire solution could cause your dog some serious GI issues.

Simple solution
1 cup water + 1 Tbsp dish soap (ex: Dawn)
Combine together in a bottle or dish until well mixed.

Advanced solution
½ cup biodegradable dish soap (ex: Seventh Generation) + 1 cup water + 1 tsp glycerin
Mix together in a resealable container and store overnight for best results.

Flavored solution
1 cup water + 2 Tbsp castile soap + 1 Tbsp glycerin + 1 tsp bone broth
Mix well in an airtight container and let it stand overnight before using.

Now that you have the bubble solution, it’s time to make bubbles! You can use a variety of household items to help create the popping party – straws, strainers and even whisks all work well at creating bubble magic! You can even bend a paperclip into a rounded shape to try and mimic a traditional bubble stick! No matter how you choose to make bubbles, your dog’s going to love it!

How to introduce your dog to bubbles

Just as with any new experience, some dogs may be initially confused with bubbles. Can you remember the first time you saw these tiny water circles floating around you? It was strange wasn’t it! So be patient when first introducing your dog to bubbles. Let’s check out these helpful tips:

Doggy see, doggy do: One of the best ways you can show your dog that bubbles are tons of fun is by chasing them yourself. When they see you having fun, they will quickly understand they can, too! If you have kids, get them in on the fun as well and before you know it, the whole family will be chasing bubbles around!
You can also get down on your dog’s level and gently blow a few bubbles so they can get a better viewpoint. Hold a bubble in your hand and pop it with your nose so your dog can experience the wonder of this activity.

Bubble machine: If you have kids, you’re in luck!, because that means you most likely have a bubble machine. And when it comes to making bubbles for your dog, what better way than with one of these! All of the homemade dog-safe bubble recipes are ok to use in a machine and will make your job much easier on producing bubbles!

Safety measures: All dog-safe bubbles contain soap – and soap is slippery! So to avoid any potential slips or falls, it is best to have your dog play with bubbles outdoors. If indoors is the only option, be sure to do the activity on a non-skid surface so fido doesn’t lose footing! Be sure to also pay close attention to your dog when playing with bubbles and never leave them unattended. Too many bubbles near the eyes means irritation for your dog, so if you see them acting uncomfortable, immediately wipe away any soapy residue before you resume play!

Seeing your dog chase, jump and snap at bubbles is not only entertaining, it’s also great exercise! But if for any reason your dog doesn’t find the fun in bubble play, or gets bored with them quickly, you can always encourage continued play with dog toys! And don’t forget to have a comfortable dog bed for fido to rest on when all that bubble playtime is over!

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How to Give Your Dog a Spa Day

Dog with towel on head getting groomed

Everyone deserves a day of tranquil relaxation! When the stresses of life get hectic, treating yourself to a day at the spa can make all the difference. But do you know what’s even better? Treating your best four-legged friend to a spa day! That’s right – pampering your pooch not only benefits your dog with de-stressing relaxation, but the act of giving an indulging wellness experience will bring you and your pup closer together. Here’s everything you need to know on how to give your dog a spa day.

Setting up the spa environment

When planning to treat your dog to the ultimate escape of calm and serenity, you first need to make sure you have the spa essentials on hand. Does your pup just need a blissful bath or will they get a massage and pawdicure as well? Decide ahead of time exactly what spa specials you want to give your pup and then gather the shampoos, nail trimmers and brushes all together so you have them in one place. 

Next, pick out the perfect place to pamper your pooch! Whether it’s in a large bathtub, walk-in shower or outdoor lanai, make sure the spot you pick is quiet and calming. This will ensure the spa experience is relaxing. You can even play some soft music, such as classical or nature sounds, to add another layer of tranquility.

If this is the first time you are treating your special friend to a spa experience, it’s a good idea to have one of their favorite dog blankets on hand to help them stay at ease. Some dogs are unsure about new things and having a familiar scent and snuggle will allow them to enjoy the spa day much more quickly!

Now before you begin the spa day, you want to be sure you give your dog a bit of exercise first to get them nice and tired. Help your dog ease any jittery feelings by taking a brisk walk around the block or playing a game of fetch. Giving your dog a workout beforehand will help keep you from having to workout too hard trying to keep them still during the spa! A relaxing spa day is the perfect reward after some exercise!

Doggy massage

Who doesn’t love having their sore muscles massaged? Dogs carry stress and strain in their joints and muscles just like we do. So spending time gently massaging your dog can provide continuing benefits of relief and relaxation for your pup long after the spa day is over! Here are some tips on how to give your dog the ultimate spa massage:

  • Always start slowly and with gentle pressure when giving your dog a massage so they can get used to the experience. 
  • Begin the massage by using your thumbs to make small, circular motions on your dog’s head. 
  • If your dog is maintaining a relaxed state, slowly work your way onto their shoulders and down their back by applying the same gentle pressure.
  • Your dog may decide to roll over and request a belly rub, which is completely normal! Feel free to scratch that tummy while also massaging through any tension points.

The massage portion of the spa day may last a few minutes or more depending on your dog’s temperament and comfortability with the new experience. Pay attention to your dog’s body language and adjust accordingly so the massage remains a positive experience. Before long, your dog might just be begging you for more!

Blissful bath time

For some dogs, the ‘b’ word can be a dreaded sound that means “run for cover under the bed”! Your dog’s hygiene is vital for their health but bathtime doesn’t have to be a bad time! Creating a welcoming and calm environment is the key to success with spa day baths. Follow these essential bath time tips and your dog will start running for the tub instead of the covers the next time they hear the ‘b’ word!

  • Since the bath is the spotlight of the spa day, you want to be sure you have the water temperature just right! Keep it on the warm side and add some soothing scents of lavender or chamomile oils to make it more inviting. Spa day baths should not be done with the outdoor water hose!
  • Slowly introduce your dog to the bath – nobody wants a spa day to feel rushed! Once you can see that your pup is relaxed and ready to be pampered, you can slowly begin wetting down their fur.
  • Apply generous amounts of shampoo onto your dog to create a luxurious lather. This is the part of the bath experience where you can really create that calming effect by gently massaging in the shampoo and getting them clean!
  • Once rinsed off, towel dry your dog completely from head to tail. When done right, your dog will look just as good as they smell!

Doggy spa day baths are the best part of the experience! Not only does your dog get a soothing and relaxing treatment, but you get a clean and fresh smelling dog!

Pawdicure and proper grooming

No doggy spa day is complete without the final touches of a pawdicure and brushing! Depending on your dog’s breed and coat, you may need to spend a little or a lot of time brushing them. But even just a regular dog brush can work wonders at removing dead hair and redistributing skin oils throughout their coat. Maintaining a regular grooming schedule for your dog is essential not only for spa days but throughout the year!

When it comes to nail trimming, dogs and pet parents alike can become hesitant! But more than for just looks, keeping your dog’s nails trimmed is important in making sure they can walk and run without issue. How do you know if your dog’s nails need to be trimmed? The best rule of thumb is to listen as they walk on a hard floor – if you hear the click-clacking of nails, it’s time for a trim!

If trimming your dog’s nails on your own, be sure to start out small, only cutting away tiny tips at first. You can even use a doggy nail file to more swiftly whittle down the excess length. However, if giving your pup a pawdicure is not something you are comfortable doing, you can always seek out the assistance of a professional groomer to help! 

Your dog gives you unconditional love every day! So pampering your pup with a relaxing massage, bubbly bath and essential grooming is one of the best ways you can show them the same. A doggy spa day means spending more time with your dog and that will make the experience that more special. Your dog is a big part of your world, but to your dog, you are their whole world! So give them a spa day to show them how much you care!

Terrier dog relaxed after spa lying on Omlet Luxury Faux Sheepskin Dog Blanket

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How to Create a Doggy Obstacle Course

Dog doing dog obstacle course - jumping through a ring

Creating a doggy obstacle course at home is much easier than you think! You already have materials in and around your house that can be used for agility and provide your dog with the incredible benefits of physical exercise and mental stimulation. And any activity that involves you and your dog working together is sure to build a closer bond between you both! Start your obstacle course today with these simple tips and tricks!

Can all dogs do agility?

The great thing about agility training is that every dog breed can do it! The only exceptions to this type of activity would be puppies younger than 12 months due to their still developing joints or any dog that has a medical condition, such as arthritis. But, if your dog falls into one of these categories – there are still many ways you can keep your dog active and stimulated!

So what exactly is agility? Simply put, agility is a series of obstacles paired together to form a course for your dog to navigate through with direction. It doesn’t matter if your dog has training experience or not – you can start easy and small and work your way up as you and your dog learn more. 

You love spending time with your dog and creating an obstacle course is just one more way to bring you both closer together! As with any new activity, if you have any concerns about your dog’s ability to participate, consult with your vet first to be sure.

Safety first!

Before getting started creating your at home doggy obstacle course, you want to make sure you pick out a location with enough space to allow room for lots of movement. This may be indoors or outdoors depending on your home and backyard. The most important thing to remember in keeping this activity safe for your dog is to remove any objects from the area that could potentially hurt your dog or get damaged. After all, your dog will be running and jumping!

Now that you have your course location picked out, you want to make sure your dog is familiar with listening to and following commands. Any doggy obstacle course is only as good as the human that is verbally navigating where to go, so make sure you practice simple commands so you both are comfortable and stay safe. Your dog doesn’t have to become a professional but a simple understanding of commands such as sit and stay are a great starting point!

Once your obstacle course is set up, you want to make sure you give your dog a good warm up before running through it. You wouldn’t try a new physical activity without first properly stretching, right? The same goes for your dog! Just a quick walk around the block or a game of fetch will suffice to warm up your dog’s muscles to safely enjoy the obstacles.

Hurdles and jumps

If you and your dog are new to obstacle courses, jumping is a great first activity to try. But how do you know what height to set your jumping bar to? It all depends on your dog! Smaller dogs, like Chihuahuas or Dachshunds, only need a short height to try and clear while bigger dogs, like Labradors and German Shepherds, should be able to jump over higher obstacles.

So what can you use to create a hurdle for your dog to jump over? Here are some great ideas with materials you likely have at home already:

  • Grab two laundry baskets and a curtain rod. Place either end of the curtain rod onto each laundry basket and, voila! You have a jumping hurdle! Move the rod up or down for varying heights depending on your dog’s ability.
  • Have any PVC pipes laying around from an old plumbing project? These make a perfect tool to make a hurdle of any height!
  • Check your beach bag for a leftover pool noodle – they make great jumping hurdles! Not only are they soft, they are also easy to hold for your dog on their first obstacle run!

There are countless options that can be used to create a DIY hurdle for your doggy obstacle course. Just make sure they are lightweight or soft so they do not hurt your dog in all the fun. And if your dog has never jumped over a hurdle before, you can encourage them to explore the new activity with dog treats or verbal commands. No matter your dog’s age, you can teach them new tricks!

Dachshund dog jumping on the Omlet Topology Dog Bed

Zig zag

Next, you can move on to the weaving portion of your obstacle course. Similar to the hurdle portion, you want to make sure the materials you use for the zig zag are lightweight or soft to avoid your dog getting hurt!

Let’s take a look at some options to make a zig zag obstacle for your dog.

  • If you have kids, you likely also have some small orange play cones as well. These make a great option to set up a zig zag for your dog’s obstacle course! Start spacing them out far apart to allow your dog plenty of room to navigate. As your dog gets better at weaving you can slowly move them closer together.
  • Not sure what to do with all of your leftover cardboard boxes? Use them to make the perfect weaving obstacle! Not only are boxes lightweight and easy to set up, but if your dog crushes them in their run, you can simply break them down to recycle.
  • Did you know some Christmas decorations make a perfect zig zag obstacle for your dog? Before you put away your plastic candy canes from the yard, try using them as part of the course. These lightweight poles are a great option to train your dog to weave in and out of.

Start out slow when teaching your dog to weave in and out of any object. With consistency of hand and verbal commands, your dog will quickly learn this new and fun activity!

Tunnels

The tunnel portion of the obstacle course may be the most intimidating for your dog if they’ve never done agility training before. One of the best ways to help your dog learn? Make sure you navigate the tunnel first to show them how it’s done!

Creating the perfect tunnel obstacle for your course is as easy as setting up items you have around your house. Here are a few options to choose from:

  • Line up some chairs and drape a lightweight blanket across them. Now you have a tunnel! Show your dog how to go under the chairs by crawling through yourself so they can follow the fun! If your dog is of bigger stature, you may need taller chairs or pick a different option.
  • Do you have a collapsible fabric tunnel that your kids climb through? Your dog can use this fun toy, too! Get the whole family in on the fun of a doggy obstacle course by having your child show your dog how to crawl through the tunnel first.
  • Those large cardboard boxes can be used once again! Open up both ends of the box to create a square-shaped tunnel and watch your dog run in and out with ease.

While some dogs may enjoy running through tunnels more than others, agility training is an enriching experience for every dog! 

Putting it all together

Once you have created each individual obstacle, you can start to put them all together to create the ultimate course! Be sure you have practiced the hurdles, zig zag and tunnels all separately before you set them up in any sequence. This will ensure your dog is familiar with what to do.

You can set up the course any way you like! Does your dog like the zig zag the best? Put that obstacle at the start of the course to encourage movement through the rest of the obstacles. Once you have created each separate obstacle you can move them around to try different combinations and course options!

The trick to any successful doggy obstacle course experience is patience, consistency and fun! And having plenty of dog treats on hand will help to encourage activity and reward hard work! Creating an at home obstacle course is a great way to add exercise to your dog’s life and create a closer connection between you and your best friend!

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Kong Recipes

Jack Russell Terrier chewing on Kong dog toy

If you’ve ever given your dog a Kong you know how fantastic these indestructible toys are at keeping your pup active and stimulated for long periods of time. Not only are they great for games of fetch, but they’re also great for stuffing yummy treats inside to encourage mental agility with reward! To better help your dog’s natural instinct of hunting food, here are some delicious recipes you can make to stuff inside your dog’s Kong!

Kong benefits

Before we dive into the treats, let’s first explore why Kong toys are so beneficial for dogs in the first place. The hard rubber chew toy was first invented over 40 years ago by Joe Markham as a way to stop his German Shepherd from chewing up all his socks. Since then, dogs all over the world have enjoyed the fun of a Kong toy! It not only encourages positive chewing habits, but also improves oral health. 

For dogs who are prone to separation anxiety and being left alone for too long, the Kong is also a great way to keep their brains distracted and engaged. Dogs are innately programmed to chew – it’s how they search out the world around them. So having a toy like the Kong that is virtually indestructible is a great way to keep your dog busy and happy!

The Kong was specifically designed with a hole in the middle to house treats and encourage a dog’s natural instinct to hunt for food. The act of hunting the food out of the Kong provides dogs with increased mental stimulation that is super beneficial to their overall growth and development! We know it’s important to maintain a well-balanced diet for your dog, so adding these small, healthy treats to the Kong will provide the benefits of good nutrition and activity!

Recipe #1 – Savory Snacker

For the dog who craves the savory tastes and smells of meat, this recipe is sure to get the tails wagging! These ingredients are staples of most households and the recipe is simple to make!

  1. Take one small sweet potato and microwave or bake it until it is soft in the center. Once cooked, let it cool for a few minutes. Then, scoop out the inside of the potato into a bowl and mash with a fork to get any lumps out.
  2. Next, boil plain chicken until thoroughly cooked. You want to make certain this meat is not seasoned as some spices can be detrimental for a dog to ingest. Once the chicken is completely cooked, fork shred a small piece into smaller bite sized pieces and add it to the bowl of sweet potato.
  3. Last, shred one small carrot into fine pieces and add it to the mixture.
  4. Stir all ingredients together until they mix and marry completely.

You can add the mixture just as it is to the Kong from here or roll into small balls and place in the freezer for a frozen savory treat later! Either way, your dog will love hunting down the savory morsels of this yummy treat!

Recipe #2 – Sweet Treat

Did you know that dogs have a sweet tooth just like we do? While the taste buds of a dog are a fraction of that of humans, their smell is a million times stronger! And when dogs smell the delicious, sugary scents of sweet food they can’t help but indulge! So if you want to treat your sweet pup to a sweet treat, here is a recipe that is sure to have them begging for more.

  1. Take one cup of plain greek yogurt and put it into a bowl.
  2. Next, add two large tablespoons of any nut butter – peanut, almond or cashew are some great options! Whatever you have on hand in your pantry will work!
  3. Finally, chop up fresh strawberries into small bits or mash up some fresh blueberries into a fine mixture. The sweetness of the fruit is what makes this treat so indulge-worthy! 
  4. Now mix all the ingredients together and then smooth out the mixture onto a parchment lined pan. Place the pan in the freezer for at least 2 hours so it can completely harden. When you are ready to stuff the Kong, simply break off a piece and place it inside!

This sweet treat is sure to provide hours of engaging activity for your dog – with a delicious reward for their work!

Recipe #3 – Dinner Delight

Is your dog an “invite me to the dinner table, too” kind of dog? If your pup has a hard time keeping their nose (and their mouth!) away from the dinner table, this Kong stuffed recipe is sure to occupy their time so you can enjoy a peaceful meal.

  1. About one hour before your dinner is ready, boil one cup of rice until tender and add to a bowl to let it cool.
  2. Take one can of plain salmon canned in water and drain it into a strainer so only the salmon meat is left. Mash the salmon into small pieces with a fork and add it to the cooked rice.
  3. Next, finely chop up some fresh spinach and mix it into the rice and salmon mixture.
  4. Depending on the size of your Kong, take one spoonful of the combined ingredients and spoon it into the Kong. Then place the stuffed Kong into the freezer.

When you’re ready to eat, take the Kong out of the freezer and give it your pup! We guarantee they will be happily entertained and licking away for the entirety of your dinner, if not longer, with this frozen, delicious treat! And you will have enough of this recipe leftover to make more Kong dinner treats another time.

The Kong toy is a favorite of so many dogs and pet parents because they are easy to stuff with store bought treats, or allow you to create your own recipes. Making homemade treats to stuff in your dog’s Kong is as easy as combining a base, a protein and an add-in. Some other simple ingredients to consider are cottage cheese, yogurt, peanut butter, ground turkey, and apples. No matter what treat you make your dog, be sure to have a sturdy and easy-to-clean dog bowl on hand so they can eat any leftovers without much mess. Try out one of these recipes today and let us know how your dog liked them in their Kong!

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5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Winter

Terrier asleep on Omlet Luxury Faux Fur Sheepskin Dog Blanket on sofa

Most dogs dig the winter! Jumping in piles of fluffy snow and running through forests with winter white paws is most dogs’ dream! But depending on dog breed, some find the winter season more magical than others.

While enjoying the beauty of the snowy colder months with your dog can be loads of fun, without proper care and preparation, extreme weather can also be quite treacherous for dogs and humans alike! That’s why we created this list of 5 helpful tips to keep your dog safe this winter.

Shorter walks

Walking in a winter wonderland is a dreamy thought especially if it’s with your bestest furry four-legged friend. But as idyllic as that holiday scene may be, the truth is, some parts of the country get entirely too cold for dogs to handle being outside for extended periods of time. 

So what does that mean for your dog’s treasured walks each day? Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean their walks have to stop! Instead, increase your usual 1-2 long walks per day to 3-5 short walks so the amount of time spent outside is the same, but in shorter periods of time. 

This way, your dog can still enjoy the fresh air and release some energy but without getting frozen paws in the process! Don’t forget to thoroughly dry those foot pads before coming back inside – because no dog likes cold, wet feet.

Appropriate attire

While you are digging through your closet to pull out your wooly winter sweaters, feel free to fetch a dog coat (or two!) for your furry friend as well! Even though dogs are covered in coats of hair and fur, they can still get too cold in the winter months if not protected.

Your dog’s ability to handle colder temperatures is entirely dependent upon their age, breed, and size. Thicker coat breeds, such as Huskies and Akitas, may be able to handle lower temperatures, but even these “winter dogs” need to have protective gear when being outside in winter!

Make sure you have a warm, waterproof dog jacket or sweater that is not too tightly fitting for your dog to wear. If your part of the country has snow on the ground most of winter, think about getting some dog booties as well for your pup. The salt and ice can get stuck in their paws on even short intermittent walks causing irritation later if not cleaned out. 

And for those last potty breaks before bed, attach a flashlight to your dog’s harness or collar so both you and your dog can avoid any icy patches!

Winter dog grooming

Making sure your dog’s fur is well-groomed is not just a hot weather activity. In fact, keeping up with your dog’s coat in the winter is almost just as important as any other time of the year!

Here’s why – a healthy coat on a dog acts like a temperature regulator. It can keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. So maintaining a regular brushing schedule of your dog’s coat is essential during winter to ensure their bodies continue to do what they naturally do which is keep them comfortable! And be sure to avoid any complete hair shavings during this time of year.

What about the paws? Don’t forget to pay closer attention to your dog’s nails this winter and keep them trimmed. Walking on snow lined pathways may seem soft and nice, but this means that your dog’s paws aren’t getting the natural manicure they are used to when walking on hard concrete. 

Indoor winter fun

Frost-covered windows and snowy white drifts outside create a need for warm places to cuddle inside! And who better to enjoy a cozy snuggle with than your dog?

When weather conditions become too extreme to be outside longer than a quick puppy pee, that means it’s time to create a cozy cuddleland indoors! In order to avoid cabin fever, have lots of dog toys on hand to keep your pup physically and mentally active. This is a great time to play new games of “hide and fetch” with your dog so they can get out some energy while also engaging more with you!

And after they have a good round of tug and play, be sure your dog has a cozy spot to snuggle into for a nap or the night. Even if your house is heated, the floorboards can still be too cool for a dog to lay on, so get a bed that is elevated to allow for more warm air to flow around them. The Topology Dog Bed designed by Omlet is a great option as the toppers and mattress covers are machine washable, making it super easy to clean!

Is your dog more of a “need a retreat” kind of dog? Then get them a comfortable dog den of their own to get cozy in like the Fido Nook Dog Crate designed by Omlet. Add a super soft sheepskin blanket to their sleeping quarters and you will have your dog dreaming of sugar plum fairies in no time!

Cold weather pet care

Dogs are no different from humans when it comes to health and the dangers of extreme cold weather conditions. Have you ever noticed that small aches and pains in your joints tend to feel worse in the winter? That’s because colder temperatures increase the pressure inside your joints, causing pain receptors to be more sensitive and resulting in a greater sense of discomfort.

Well the same is true for dog’s who have any medical conditions with joint pain or arthritis. The colder winter weather decreases their circulation and increases the stiffness in their already strained muscles and joints.

So what can you do to make your dog more comfortable this winter? Several factors can account for your dog’s medical condition so it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian about your dog’s specific needs. But some best practices include keeping weight gain at a minimum, finding lots of ways to keep them warm, and being sure they have a comfortable dog bed to rest on.

Dogs who are prone to joint pain should also continue to move despite the thought that rest will make it better. Just be sure to stick to walks on cleared paths to avoid the slippery ice and snow that can make walking difficult for both you and your dog!

Winter is here! Experiencing these colder months with your dog can make this season more memorable and enjoyable for everyone as long safety measures are in place! So gather the dog blankets, heat up the hot chocolate and watch the snow as it gently falls out your window. With these 5 tips and lots of your love, your dog will be kept safe and warm all winter long!

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Transitioning Your Dog Into Winter

Terrier asleep on Omlet Bolster Dog Bed with Omlet Luxury Faux Sheepskin Dog Blanket

In almost every city across every state, the leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping. Fall has faded into winter and the crisp air is beckoning us to prepare accordingly.

As you transition to winter coats and cozy blankets this holiday season, don’t forget to help your dog transition too! One of the best parts of dog ownership this time of year is watching your dog wag their tail goodbye to crunchy leaves and welcome in the joy of jumping in soft snow! Here are some tips on how you can make sure your dog stays safe, warm and happy this winter.

How cold is too cold?

Most dogs can tolerate cold temperatures pretty well! They do have a built-in fur coat, after all! But how do you know when winter cold is too cold for your furry friend? The best way to get a temperature check on your dog is to ask them! Since they can’t speak our language though, you’ll have to decipher theirs. Here are some signs that your dog might be too cold this winter:

  • Reluctant to go on a walk when they usually love a good stroll
  • Sitting in a hunched position with paws under their belly 
  • Whining incessantly – this is usually dog speak for “I’m cold! Let’s go get warm!”

Generally speaking, temperatures of 45℉ or below are too cold for long dog walks or extended outdoor play. This doesn’t mean your dog can’t experience the winter wonderland, just don’t let them linger longer than usual in it!

Which dogs are more susceptible to the cold?

While all dogs need some extra care and warmth during the winter months, certain breeds are more susceptible to getting too cold. The dogs that are most likely to need a winter coat are the smaller, short-haired breeds like Beagles, Pugs, and Chihuahuas

But, surprisingly, there are several large breed dogs that stand out like giants when it comes to being more sensitive to the cold. If you have a Great Dane, Mastiff, or German Shorthaired Pointer, you want to pay close attention to their time allotted outside in the colder months. These breeds may be big in size but their short hair and temperament make them more averse to chilly temperatures.

Indoor dog entertainment during winter

Cold-weather walks around the block may suffice in some parts of the country for dogs this winter, but when the temperatures start to plummet too low, it’s time to move the exercise indoors. Keeping your dog mentally and physically stimulated indoors is important during the colder months as time spent outside may be limited.

Here are few ways to keep your dog active indoors when it’s too cold to play outside:

  • Toys, toys, and more toys! Whether plush or hard, squeaky or silent, dog toys are an excellent way to get your dog’s playtime fun going when indoors.
  • Hide and see the treats! One of the best ways to get your dog moving is to have them hunt for hidden treats throughout the house. Just make sure you remember where you hid them!
  • Have a playdate. When it’s too cold to meet up at your favorite dog park, consider having a dog friend over instead to burn off some energy.
  • Teach something new. Take advantage of the extra time with your furry friend by teaching them a new trick. This mental stimulation will keep your dog alert and active!

Should my dog’s diet change in winter?

While humans may sometimes gain an extra layer of warmth during the holiday seasons, be careful your dog doesn’t follow suit! Monitoring your dog’s diet during the colder months is important for their health and well-being. Depending on your dog’s breed, they may try and consume more calories during winter to try and create an extra layer of warmth. But overconsumption of food can lead to problems if not watched carefully!

If your dog is naturally active the rest of the year but they start to slow down during the colder months, you want to maintain a steady calorie intake to not add too much weight. Try and switch their diet away from foods high in carbohydrates and more rich in protein and fiber to keep them fuller longer. 

For dogs who make snow pile jumping an Olympic sport, a few more calories this winter may actually help them! Regardless of breed or activity level, your observation of your dog should direct the change or steadiness of your dog’s diet when it’s colder out. 

Winter proof your home

To make sure your dog stays snug this season, create a winter wonderland inside by cozying up your quarters! Winter proofing your home for your furry friend has never been so easy with these delightfully warm and comfy products designed by Omlet.

Topology Dog Beds: Nothing is better than a soft snuggle in a warm bed after being outside on a winter day. Your dog should get the same experience! With the Topology Dog Beds designed by Omlet, not only will you give your dog an unparalleled sleep experience on a supportive memory foam mattress, but you can customize their topper from a variety of options that will keep them warm and cozy all winter long! Plus, the toppers are quick and easy to zip off and throw in the washing machine when they become damp and smelly. 

Luxury Faux Sheepskin Dog Blanket: Layer your dog up in winter warmth with a luxury faux sheepskin dog blanket designed by Omlet! This plush throw can turn any spot in your house into a warm and comfy sleep haven for your furry friend. 

Winter can be one of the best seasons of the year, especially with your dog! And transitioning your furry friend into snowy walks and snuggly warm cuddles is as easy as a little prep and a lot of love. Add some dog toys and warm blankets and this will be the winter you and your dog will absolutely love!

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Upgrade Your Dog’s Sleep

Terrier asleep on Omlet Super Soft Dog Blanket in Omlet Fido Dog Crate

If there’s one thing that dogs have their paws on the pulse of it’s sleep! Whether on their bed, on your bed, on the couch, or on the floor, dog owners everywhere are envious of how much their dog can snooze.

But what if your dog’s sleep is not quality sleep? What if they are catching most of their snoozes during the day and are restless at night? We know that sleep is super important to our dogs so we have the tips and products to help you get your dog sleeping better through the night!

Why quality sleep is important for your dog

Just like us, dogs need sleep in order to stay healthy in mind and body. A good rest not only provides their body the recharge needed to maintain a strong immune system, but quality shuteye also gives their brains a chance to process all the day’s events and improve their memory.

While your dog lies in a dreamland sleep, the cells in their brains and body are regenerating to allow for stronger and more healthy joints and muscles. A restful sleep also increases your dog’s natural production of antibodies which, in turn, allows them to stay healthy!

How do you feel after a good night’s sleep? Refreshed? Energized? Happier? Your dog gets all those benefits as well! Quality sleep isn’t just important for humans. 

How many hours of sleep does my dog need at night?

Out of the 12 to 18 hours a day that an adult dog logs in sleep, approximately 8-9 of those hours should be spent in night time slumber. However, age and breed can have a big impact on these sleepy hours! 

Puppies: Anyone who has ever owned a puppy knows that sleep comes quickly and often for these pint-sized pooches! With an average of 20 hours a day spent in snoozy snuggles, most puppies should be getting an average of 6-10 of those hours at night. Of course, potty breaks can account for a more staggered sleep schedule, but by 8-12 months of age, most puppies should be getting about 30%-40% of their total sleep at night.

Seniors: As we get older our sleep becomes more important – and more frequent! The same is true for older dogs. Depending on breed, most dogs will start logging more naps and earlier bedtimes around 7-8 years of age. Senior dogs require more sleep than their younger counterparts because the changes in their bodies require more downtime to recharge! Rest assured that this change in sleep pattern is completely normal and natural.

Breeds: Certain dog breeds require more shuteye than others and the results are often surprising! Tiny breeds like Chihuahuas and Dachshunds typically only need 14-16 hours a day in order to be at their best. Whereas larger breeds, such as Great Danes and Mastiffs need closer to 18 hours a day for a fully rested recharge. When it comes to sleep, size really does matter!

Three reasons your dog isn’t sleeping at night

While there are many factors that can impact a dog’s night time sleep, there are three common reasons why your dog may have restless night wiggles. Here are some ways you can help them sleep better!

 

  • High Energy Levels – An exercised dog is a tired dog! One of the biggest reasons your pup may not be able to settle into slumber at night is because they still have energy to get out! While keeping your dog physically and mentally stimulated all day long is important, those end of day, nighttime walks or play sessions are key to their nighttime sleep. So before you both snuggle in for the night, enjoy one last walk together or a round of play with dog toys to tire everyone out!
  • Separation Anxiety – There is a reason the saying “man’s bed friend” rings so true for dog owners – our pups are family! And your dog feels the same about you! Separation anxiety can occur in any dog and leaves them feeling stressed or fearful when left alone for too long. But there are many ways you can help ease your dog’s worries and get them sleeping better through the day and night! Try keeping a soft blanket on their bed or favorite nap spot that will help provide them calm and comfort when you are out. You can also leave one of your unwashed shirts with them, too – a familiar smell will help to quickly calm the anxiety!
  • Too Uncomfortable – Have you ever been able to sleep well on a bumpy mattress or with a lumpy pillow? Your dog doesn’t like uncomfortable sleeping situations either, and that could be the reason they are up all night. Thankfully, Omlet has designed several sleeping solutions that are not only undeniable in dog comfort, but they can be perfectly placed anywhere in your home! 

Your dog may need a more denlike space to snooze and snuggle, so the Fido Nook Luxury Dog Crate and Bed designed by Omlet is the ideal answer to snoozy prayers! Or maybe their dog bed just needs an upgrade just like our mattresses often do. In that case, the Topology Dog Bed also from Omlet allows you to not only customize your dog’s specific sleeping style, but their design style as well!

Can my dog sleep in bed with me?

Sharing your bed with your dog can be a truly enjoyable experience! However, while many dog owners agree that co-sleeping with your furry friend is harmless, there can be some drawbacks to shared snuggles.

If your dog is prone to separation anxiety or regular stress, then allowing them to snooze alongside you at night may provide them the sense of security they need to sleep restfully. Plus, snuggling with your pup is a terrific bonding experience. Allowing your dog to co-sleep with you can also strengthen both your relationship and happiness! And we all know that sleepy dogs are happy dogs!

But some of the drawbacks in sharing your bed with your dog could potentially be impactful to your health. If you have any dog hair or dander allergies, then co-sleeping at night with your dog is not the best idea! Spending the night covered in dog hair will lead to nightmares rather than good sleep. So in this case, make sure fido has a comfortable dog bed that they will love just as if it were yours!

Creating a bedtime routine

Dogs are creatures of habit, so establishing a routine around bedtime will not only appease their innate desires for consistency, but it will also ensure a better night’s sleep! We have dug up several tips that will help make night time tuck in a breeze for you and your dog. Use just a few or incorporate them all to maintain a regular and restful night’s sleep!

  • Because exercise is key to a dog’s sleep demeanor, start by setting a time right before bed to have one last run in the yard. Whether a long walk around the block or just a quick game of fetch, your dog’s breed and exercise needs will help you determine what activity is best to help tire them out!
  • Keep mealtime consistent! Feeding your dog at the same time every night before bed triggers an association signal in their brains. When dinner is served they know that bedtime is right around the corner. And this will make sleeping through the night much easier!
  • Bathroom before bedtime is essential! Just before you are ready to snuggle up under the covers, be sure your dog has one last potty break to empty their bladder. Both you and your dog will be thankful!
  • If you crate train your dog for a more secure slumber, be sure to keep the crate somewhere quiet and calm for the night. Whether that’s your bedroom or another cozy spot, your dog will more easily fall asleep and stay asleep in their dog crate when in peaceful surroundings!
  • Final tuck in for bed! Make sure your dog has a comfortable and supportive bed to spend the night. The Topology Dog Bed designed by Omlet not only gives your dog the snuggled cozyness they desire, but it will keep them comfy all night long. Add a soft dog blanket to their bed and bedtime is sure to be a success!

Upgrading the quality of your dog’s sleep is often just as easy as upgrading their routines and sleep spots. With a little patience, a lot of love, and an Omlet dog bed, your dog will be drifting off to dreamland in no time!

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The Anxiety Dog Beds for Anxious Pups

Small brown dog happily lying on soothing dog bed

An anxiety dog bed can help to soothe your pup, and give them a calm place to rest and recuperate. Anxiety is an issue that affects many dogs. Some breeds are prone to nervousness, and some individual dogs may have had a tough puppyhood that results in anxiety as an adult. Others may have issues such as joint pain that require extra comfort and a cozy corner. Our guide to anxiety dog beds could help you decide whether your dog would benefit from one, and the best choice for your dog to slumber.

Symptoms of anxiety in dogs

Before investing in a dog bed to help ease anxiety, you may need to identify if your pet has anxiety. Understanding your dog’s body language will help you identify a problem. The symptoms of anxiety in a dog or puppy may include:

  • Hiding
  • ‘Burrowing’ under blankets, cushions or on a bed (the dog bed or the owner’s bed!)
  • ‘Cringing’ (with the tail between the legs)

Some dogs will express anxiety through the following:

  • Whining and whimpering
  • Panting when there has been no energetic activity
  • Shivering
  • Jumping 
  • Occasionally an anxious dog may even express itself through nipping and snapping.

Whilst a comfy dog bed can help to ease symptoms, if you’re concerned that your dog is showing any of these signs, you may wish to have them checked by a vet. 

What can calm an anxious dog?

Treating dog anxiety is not a straightforward issue, neither in humans nor dogs. While humans can talk to someone about the issue and receive good advice, the options for a dog are more limited. Positive training can go a long way towards reducing dog anxiety and boosting confidence. Whilst a calm environment can have a very positive impact, too. A soothing dog bed can make a big difference here, giving your pet a safe place to unwind and relieve anxieties.

Dog anxiety often stems from puppyhood stress. With rescue dogs, the events in the early months of your pet’s life are often unknown. Dog anxiety is usually linked to separation, though. Out and out abuse manifests as fear and lack of confidence in dogs, but anxiety is something slightly different. A high quality calming anxiety dog bed can help pets with a mild form of separation anxiety. That is, if your dog frets when left alone, or is particularly ‘clingy’ with one member of the family.

Dog anxiety can also be brought on by discomfort. Many dogs suffer from joint pains, notably in the hips as they grow older. Lying on a blanket or a thin dog bed that’s too small will not give these dogs the comfort they need for a good night’s sleep. Which leads to a vicious circle of anxiety-inducing poor sleep and stress. An anxiety dog bed is designed to give your pet the support they and their joints need for a peaceful rest. Which could in turn help to lower their anxiety levels. Choosing the right dog bed for your pet involves a number of factors from the size, to how easy the dog bed is to wash, to material, and color. 

How an anxiety dog bed can help

A comfortable anxiety dog bed provides your worried pup with that all-important sense of security. Such dog beds may feature orthopedic padding, dog blankets or quilts for really snuggling down, extra-soft cushions and raised sides for resting a lazy head on.

Even the best anxiety dog beds alone will not ‘cure’ a pup’s anxiety. They need to be part of a general dog-friendly environment. Combined with a consistent behavioral dog training program, a healthy diet, supplements, and – if absolutely necessary – medication. Anxiety dog beds, then, are where dog owners should start when addressing anxiety issues, but they are only part of the wider solution.

4 characteristics of an anxiety dog bed

For those searching for a soothing dog bed to help ease their pet’s anxiety, these are a few key features you should look out for:

  • A raised outer border – the enclosed shape will help your pup feel safe and secure. 
  • Machine washable – having a dog bed that can be cleaned easily means your pet will always have a clean, comfy place to relax.
  • Super soft – just like humans, dogs enjoy soft fabrics and this can help soothe them. You can always add a luxury sheepskin dog blanket for extra comfort.
  • Memory foam – having an ultra comfortable mattress on their anxiety easing bed can help your pet feel at ease.

Choosing the right anxiety dog bed

Every dog is different and so requires a slightly different dog bed to soothe anxieties. Here are our top things to consider when choosing an anxiety soothing bed for your dog:

  • Size – Every breed of dog has a different size, from very small dogs such as chihuahuas, to very big dogs like Bernese Mountain Dogs. Choosing a small, medium, or large dog bed that will fit your dog comfortably is especially important for those pets with anxiety.
  • Material – Make sure the bed has a soft material that your pup will love lying down on.
  • Color – Whilst the vital part of a dog bed for anxiety is that it fits your pet’s needs, you may also wish for it to suit your interior. Our range of beds for pets come in a wide range of colors perfect for every home.

Finding the perfect spot for your anxious dog’s bed

The central part of a calm environment for dogs is the bed. The location of the pet bed is important. It needs to be somewhere relatively quiet, where the dog can feel safe and in control. The design of a bed for dogs is equally important, and a comfortable dog mattress is the beginning, rather than the end of the story.

So, what type of bed does a dog prefer? For many dogs, a bed is simply the place where they lie down and sleep. It doesn’t even have to be the same spot each night. Some dogs like to spend one night on their allocated bed, the next night in a cool spot on the kitchen floor, and the next night your pet may want to share a bed with you. But with anxious dogs, consistency is important, and the right anxiety dog bed in the right place is the key.

An anti-anxiety dog bed can actively reduce stress and worry. When combined with anti-stress training, the anxiety dog bed can go a long way towards eliminating the issue. Calming supplements can also help, and in extreme cases, a vet will recommend anti-stress medication, too.

Do anxiety beds for dogs work?

An anti-anxiety dog bed is all about giving dogs and puppies a sense of security, reinforced by sheer comfort. The key is in the design of anxiety dog beds, and there are many models to choose from. The best options include dog beds that go the extra mile to enhance your dog’s comfort, including features such as a removable cover, orthopedic foam, memory foam, and a washable cover (machine washable, ideally). Dogs love their comfort, and a consistently good night’s sleep, after all, is one of the best ways to tackle and reduce their anxiety.

Comfy, soothing dog beds from Omlet

We have two types of dog bed that could be used to calm anxious pups:

  • Topology Luxury Dog Beds – Designed to be easy to clean, and super comfy with a memory foam mattress, this anxiety dog bed is a cozy place for your pup. Available in three different sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for the dog breed you own.
  • Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed – The Bolster dog bed for anxiety is set apart by its high sides that are the ideal place for your pup to snuggle or rest its head.

A top class calming dog bed won’t cure dog or pup anxiety on its own. But a good night’s sleep is half the battle. Providing the dog with a comfortable start and end to each day, making the rest of the anti-anxiety routine a little bit easier.

Introducing Omlet petcare

Make your dog as comfy and happy as possible with our range of dog products. With cozy dog blankets, fun dog toys, and yummy treats for pups, they’ll be excited when their delivery from Omlet arrives!

Terrier asleep on Omlet Sheepskin Blanket on Bolster Dog Bed

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A Dog’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Family sat at Thanksgiving dinner with Labrador looking at them

The Thanksgiving holiday is a festive time to celebrate everything we are thankful for, and that includes your dog! With wagging tails to welcome you home and sweet snuggles to keep you warm, we can’t help but give our furry friends great thanks this holiday season!

But how can you ensure your dog enjoys Thanksgiving, too? Is it ok for your furry friend to dine on the traditional family feast? Fetch yourself a seat at the table as we outline everything you need to know to make sure your dog stays safe and has fun this Thanksgiving holiday!

Safe Thanksgiving foods for your dog

While feeding your dog from the table can be tempting, serve up safe Thanksgiving foods in their normal dog bowl or as you would a treat. And to be sure your dog doesn’t consume anything harmful, here is a list of some safe foods you can let your pup indulge in small bites:

  • Turkey – That’s right! Your dog can have a few nibbles of the star of the Thanksgiving show! Turkey is a great source of protein for your dog and they will undoubtedly love a bite (or two!) of the savory meat. Just be sure their portion is fully cooked, unseasoned, and doesn’t include any skin or bones, which aren’t safe for your dog to devour.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Rich in beta carotene, fiber, and vitamins, sweet potatoes are a super treat for your dog at Thanksgiving! Some dogs like to eat them baked, other dogs like to eat them broiled, but no dog likes to eat them with seasonings! Spices like garlic and onion will make them sick, so stick to the plain potato variety when serving your dog at dinner!
  • Pumpkin – No Thanksgiving meal is complete without pumpkin and, thankfully, your dog can safely indulge in this traditional treat, too! Your dog’s digestive system and skin will benefit greatly from the nutrients in fresh and pureed pumpkin. So when you cut yourself a slice of pumpkin pie, drop a spoonful of pumpkin puree in your dog’s bowl to dine on dessert together!

Not safe Thanksgiving foods for your dog

As any dog owner understands, the nose knows! And especially at Thanksgiving, a dog’s nose will sniff out almost any food or flavor! So in order to make sure your dog stays safe this holiday season, here are a few foods that you want to make sure you avoid letting your furry friend feast on.

  • Raisins – These tiny little morsels may seem harmless, however, if ingested, they can have a very big impact on your dog – and not in a good way! Raisins, and their parent fruit grapes, are extremely toxic to dogs, causing intense vomiting and diarrhea if eaten. So when preparing the holiday menu, substitute the raisins and grapes with a fruit that is more dog friendly, like apples, bananas, or blueberries!
  • Casseroles – If you have ever celebrated Thanksgiving you know that a staple on the dinner table is casseroles. And while some of the main ingredients in casseroles like potatoes, celery, and carrots are ok for your dog to eat, it’s all the other ingredients that are the real danger. Spices, such as onion, pepper, garlic, and nutmeg can cause irritation to your dog’s digestive system and make them sick. So since most casseroles include at least one spice, best to avoid sharing this dish with your dog altogether!
  • Bones – Give a dog a bone, right? Wrong when it comes to turkey bones! It may seem only natural to give your dog a bone from the carved turkey, but doing so could be very dangerous to their health. Unlike dog chew designed bones that are safe for your dog to gnaw on, turkey bones can be small and splinter, causing your dog to potentially choke.

In the unlikely event that your dog does happen to eat any unsafe foods this Thanksgiving, be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately to seek help.

Fido fun on Thanksgiving

One of the best parts of the Thanksgiving holiday is the time off from work to relax and enjoy with friends and family. And no family member is more excited about getting to spend time with you than your dog! The most magical time of the year is meant to make magical new memories and who better to do that with!

So take full advantage of this quality time to do more fun activities with your dog. If your furry friend is used to quick morning or afternoon walks before and after work, use this extra time off to linger longer on those strolls. Or, create new adventures and memories by exploring new trails or parks in your area.

What if it’s too cold where you live to be outside for long periods of time around Thanksgiving? Just take the pawty inside! Stock up on some favorite dog toys so you and your dog can play for hours while staying cozy and warm. Your dog will love a good game of “fetch and seek” and you will love that your dog still gets exercise to tire out!

Dogs and Thanksgiving guests

When the Thanksgiving holiday rolls around, you are bound to welcome friends and family into your home. While most dogs love meeting new people and getting pets and pats from strangers, some pups can get very anxious and stressed with too much commotion. 

So how do you make sure your dog is ok with the holiday hustle and bustle in your home? Thankfully, Omlet has the tips and products to make sure your dog stays jolly and joyful this holiday!

Extra Exercise: A tired dog is a happy dog! So before the fun festivities of Thanksgiving begin, make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise to tire out those wiggles. Take them on a longer walk than usual or for an extra long game of fetch outside before guests arrive. You can also play some mental stimulation games inside so they can release some pent-up energy! That way when your company arrives, your dog won’t feel chaotic or stressed!

Designate A Doggie Den: For the dogs who get anxious with people coming in and out of your home, creating a familiar place for them to escape to is essential! Place their bed in a quiet room or corner where they feel comfortable and secure so they can get a nap when needed. The dog beds designed by Omlet are a great snooze option for any dog as they can be customized to fit your dog’s exact needs! And if your dog is crate trained, consider upgrading their safe place to a “home within a home” with one of Omlet’s wide variety of dog crates.

Layers on Layers: If welcoming guests to your home is a regular and stress-free experience for your dog, then this Thanksgiving should be without worry! For the cuddle pups who like to snuggle family and strangers alike on the sofa, make sure you have some layers to protect your furniture and your guests! The Super Soft Dog Blankets designed by Omlet are a great option because they offer a warm, snuggly spot for your dog to land when greeting guests!

Before you roast your turkey or bake your pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, remember to give thanks for the constant companion in your life! We think dogs can receive love in many different ways and that’s why we created our exclusive line of dog products to give thanks back! Making sure your dog enjoys the magic of the holiday season is just as important as the festivities themselves!

Dog relaxing in Fido Studio Dog Crate away from Thanksgiving guests

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Where Should You Place Your Dog’s Blanket?

Terrier dog on sofa stood on Omlet Sheepskin Dog Blanket

One of the best ways to relax after a long day at work or on a slow weekend morning is cuddled up on the couch under a blanket. And regardless of the temperature outside, blankets make us feel cozy and secure.

But what about dogs? Do they need blankets too? We absolutely believe they do! And it’s for the same reasons we humans love them! So, where should you put your dog’s blanket? We have everything you need to know on blanket placement so your dog can rest better!

Do dogs need blankets?

The short answer is, yes! Every canine should have a comforter to call their own. And while blankets are essential for keeping your dog warm, that’s not the only reason they are beneficial for our four-legged friends.

Blankets also give your dog the security they need to feel safe. Why do small children always carry around their favorite stuffed animal? Because the smell and comfort of the item makes them feel secure! Dogs feel the same way!

Some dogs feel anxious or have separation anxiety, so a blanket can help comfort them to feel better. Puppies love blankets too because they are a good chewing tool to help their sharp puppy teeth! Regardless of age, any dog loves a blanket for the reassurance it gives them!

But wait! There’s one more very important reason why dogs need blankets. Or rather, why your furniture needs a dog blanket! Dog blankets are a great way to protect your couch and bed from the unwanted hair and fur that will inevitably make its way all over.

Terrier dog asleep in Omlet Fido Studio Dog Crate with Omlet Sheepskin Dog Blanket

Best blankets for dogs

So can you give your dog just any blanket to lie on? Sure. But would you want to sleep on an old, torn, scratchy blanket? We didn’t think so!

The qualities we like in a blanket are the same your dog likes, too – soft, comfortable, and warm. But when it comes to dog blankets, you also want to make sure you find one that’s durable and easy to clean after they walk in muddy puddles!

Dogs are innately denning animals, which means they naturally seek out the comfort of a small, cozy space to rest or feel secure. Adding a soft blanket to their bed will provide them extra comfort and relaxation.

So what if there was a perfect dog blanket that was soft, durable and easy to clean designed for all dogs of different sizes and breeds? Introducing the Sheepskin Dog Blanket designed by Omlet! Upgrade your dog’s sleep with this machine washable luxury blanket that is sure to be your pet’s new favorite blankie!

Where to place your dog’s blanket?

So where should you put your dog’s blanket? Dog beds are a great place to start, but there are many more options. Let’s take a look!

On your dog’s bed

Sure, the most obvious place to put your dog’s blanket is on their dog bed. Especially if that is the place they nap and sleep most often. On their bed, dog’s will use a blanket for warmth and cuddling as they nest into their naps! And what dog doesn’t love a good snuggle with their snooze?

On your bed

Are you and your canine co-sleepers? Then you definitely want to invest in a dog blanket! Not only will your dog appreciate the personal sense of comfort in having a blanket of their own, but you will appreciate keeping their fur off your comforter. It’s much easier to wash a dog blanket daily then it is a large bed cover!

On the sofa

If your dog is a lazy lap lounger that likes to lie on the sofa all day, then a dog blanket is an absolute must! Let’s be honest, you love your dog like family, but you don’t want to look like you’re wearing them! Instead of covering your pants in dog hair after sitting on the sofa, get your dog covered in a blanket and let the fur be gone! And if you are trying to train your dog to find a new spot to snooze other than the sofa, get them a bolster dog bed that will look and feel like their own canine couch!

In the car

Traveling with your dog can be lots of fun! But for some dogs, car rides can also cause lots of anxiety. One of the greatest qualities of the Sheepskin Dog Blanket designed by Omlet is that it is lightweight and easy to clean, making it your dog’s ideal travel companion! And having a scent from home, like a well-loved dog blanket, will ease your dog’s stress level in car rides!

Next to food and water, dog blankets are one of the most essential items you can buy your furry friend! Not only do they provide the warmth and comfort they seek, but they can be the sense of security that many pups need. Whether on the bed, on the sofa or on the go, your dog will be happier with a dog blanket!

Terrier dog asleep in the car on Omlet Sheepskin Dog Blanket

 

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Tips For Grooming Your Dog This Winter

Afghan Hound dog on Omlet Topology Dog Bed with its long hair flowing

The leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping and that can mean only one thing – winter is coming! Time to get warm by digging out those winter coats from the closet!

But what about your dog’s coat? Grooming your dog’s coat is not just a spring or summer activity. In fact, keeping up with your dog’s coat in the winter months is likely more important for their health and safety. Let’s take a look at all the winter grooming tips you need to know to keep your furry friend happy!

Why does your dog need grooming in the winter?

A dog’s coat is a two-way protector of temperature – it keeps them cool in the summer months and warm in the winter months. But should a dog’s coat still be groomed in winter? Absolutely! Here are 3 reasons why grooming your dog in the winter is essential for them to maintain a healthy coat and body:

Take out the tangles

If you have ever seen a dog jump in a fluffy white pile of snow, you know all too well how quickly their fur can get wet and matted! Maintaining a daily or weekly brushing schedule will not only ensure your dog’s coat stays clear of any tangles, but it will also help to rid of any unwanted salt or snow that could cause irritation.

Don’t be fooled into thinking more hair in winter will keep your dog warmer! Good winter hygiene for your dog means brushing frequently to de-shed any extra build up of hair. Their coats will naturally do what they do best in keeping them warm!

Protect the paws

If you live in a state that gets lots of snow in the winter, then you know the snowplows are famous for dumping chemicals on the ground to make the ice melt quickly for safer driving. But those chemicals are not pet-friendly!  Wiping down your dog’s paws after every snowy romp is very important to make sure they don’t have any residue left behind that they could potentially lick off later!

And don’t forget to trim your pup’s nails more frequently in the winter, too! Winter walks are much softer in the snow and mud so your dog doesn’t get the chance to naturally file their nails on the concrete like they do in hotter months! 

Keep skin hydrated

What’s the first thing you do when the temperatures get colder? Turn on the heat inside! But guess what? That artificial heat is what makes our skin drier in the winter and it also does the same thing to our dog’s skin, too! A dog’s coat is only as healthy as the skin below it, and staying hydrated in the winter is key!

If you normally bathe your dog once a month in the hotter months, increase that frequency to twice a month during winter. Just be sure to use comfortable warm water and a moisture rich shampoo or conditioner so you can keep the skin hydrated and the dry patches at bay!

Winter clean dog tips

Snowy dog walks and muddy puddle jumps can make for a dirty dog! So how do you make sure they don’t track winter in from the outside? Here are some tips on keeping your dog clean this winter:

  • Keep a dry towel by the front door to wipe down muddy, wet paws
  • Get your dog some snow booties to protect their paws and your floors!
  • Be sure to wash their bed often! With the Topology Dog Bed designed by Omlet you can buy extra toppers to use throughout winter for the fresh, clean sheet feeling! And, bonus – they are all machine washable!

Does winter dog grooming differ from state to state?

Depending on what part of the country you live in, your winters may not be as harsh as others. But don’t let geography stop you from making sure your dog’s coat is still well-groomed!

Dogs who live in the “endless summer” states, like Florida, Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana, may only get a few weeks (or even just a few days!) of colder temperatures each winter. Even though they may not be running through plump pillows of snow, your dog’s skin is still affected by the change in temperature, so be sure to keep up a regular schedule of brushing and bathing if you live in the South!

For northern state residents, like those in Vermont, Maine and Minnesota, a well-prepared grooming routine is essential for your dog’s health! If you live in a state where every potty break is like walking in a winter wonderland, consider getting your dog some shoes to help protect their paws even more! Warm dog paws give way to warm dog hearts!

Tips for grooming long hair dogs in winter

Long haired dog owners listen up! Yes, that extra fur on your dog will provide greater warmth, but it’s also a magnet for tangles when wet. 

There’s a big misconception that long-haired dogs can be left ungroomed when the temperatures dip because that extra hair will keep them extra warm. Let’s debunk that myth with a few key tips:

  • Follow the snow rule! Bathing and brushing your long-haired dog should be kept consistent in the winter, but best to always follow the snow rule: When outside play leaves your dog with lots of snow, a warm bath with shampoo should quickly follow!
  • Coats for coats! If your winters see more temperatures below freezing than above, consider getting your long-haired dog a coat of their own. Even though they have all that fur, they could still use some extra protection on walks and outdoor play!
  • Add extra layers! Who doesn’t love a good snuggle under a cuddly blanket after coming in from the cold? Cover your dog in cozy with a soft, warm blanket that you can layer on their dog bed for extra warmth!

Tips for grooming short hair dogs in winter

Short-haired dogs tend to feel the cold quicker than their long-haired counterparts, so when winter arrives, make sure you are prepared! Here are a few important tips to make sure your shorter hair dog stays warm and healthy this winter.

  • Lots of layers! Your short-haired dog may be your best friend but in winter, sweaters and jackets are theirs. The best way to keep your dog’s coat healthy when it’s cold is to give them extra warmth protection!
  • Protect the paws! Most short-haired dogs do not originate from colder climates, so they are not as naturally equipped to deal with winter. To keep their feet warm and dry on walks, invest in some dog booties! 
  • Indoor play! If winter is a season that stays around for a long time where you live, you need to get creative with how you can still give your short-haired dog playtime without freezing! Stock up on lots of dog toys and turn your living room into a pup playground for winter! 

When do dogs lose their winter coats?

Around the same time we start to pack our wooly winter coats back in the closet, our dogs are starting to shed their winter coats too. In fact, you will know spring is around the corner by the amount of furballs you start to see on your floor! The term “spring cleaning” likely came from a dog owner who knows all too well how much fur can be accumulated when winter fades away.

But don’t let this natural shedding process stop the dog grooming routines! Continued daily or weekly brushing, depending on dog breed, is essential during this season change as it will help to keep your dog’s coat healthy. 

Keeping up with your dog’s coat in the winter is easy as long as you are prepared. So before you move your thermostat from AC to heat, be sure you have plenty of dog brushes, pup shampoo and dog blankets to get your winter grooming routine ready! Oh, and keeping damp and mud at bay with an easy clean dog bed isn’t a bad idea either!

Golden Retriever dog in the bath having a groom

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How to Get a Dog Used to a New Bed

Dachshund on Omlet Topology Dog Bed - getting used to new bed

We know that parting Fido from their beloved smelly, ripped bed isn’t always an easy task. And now all of a sudden, you’re in the doghouse after welcoming home an amazingly soft, ultra-comfy mattress that your furry friend refuses to sleep on! Sound familiar? Here’s what you need to know to make sure your pup’s new bed becomes top dog.

A match made in dog bed heaven

Before considering how to get a dog used to a new bed, consider whether you’ve got the right one for your dog’s needs.

We know that a new bed always takes some time to get used to but finding the right one – even trickier!  The same goes for our canine companions, which is why we’ve taken all the hassle out of shopping for a new dog bed. 

Super comfy, memory foam mattress, easy to clean! What if one bed could do it all? We’ve designed the ultimate sleeping retreats for dogs, which makes settling into a new bed easier than ever. 

The Topology dog bed, designed by Omlet, allows you to change up the most used part of the dog bed – the top – without throwing the whole thing away. The machine washable toppers come in lots of styles to suit your dog’s needs and zip off and on in seconds for easy cleaning. No more thin, smelly dog beds – just wash or replace the topper whenever it’s time for refresh. The Topology is a bed for life – they’ll never experience bed heartache again!

Getting your dog used to their new bed

We all know how fantastic your dog’s new Topology bed is, and want them to love it too. But, to some dogs, this brand new thing in their home is ultimately, an intruder. So, how exactly can you resolve this and get them to sleep like a dog in their new bed?

Old bed? Smell ya later!

Ever noticed that your dog loves to stick their nose in everything? That’s because they have an amazing scent. In fact, their noses can detect the equivalent of a ½ a teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. It’s inevitable that having their old bed (however smelly it was to us) and having it replaced by a shiny, new bed can throw them off a little at first. 

To make their bed feel like home again, rub your hands on the mattress, or use a familiar scent such as their favorite dog blanket, or an old t-shirt of yours, which can be placed on top of the bed.

As happy as a dog in a new bed

Build up positive associations with their new bed by using dog treats, fun and stimulating dog toys, and plenty of praise when they lie on the mattress to make it somewhere they love!

Location, location, location!

We know that dogs can sleep practically anywhere, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a preference for where they nod off. If your pup’s bed was in a suitable and safe space before, don’t put the new one somewhere else! 

Make it extra cozy

You’re definitely wondering how we could possibly make our incredible memory foam dog beds any cosier. How about an incredible memory foam dog bed with a super soft sherpa luxury dog blanket? For one, dogs enjoy having layers to den in and to paw about to get comfy. A blanket is also a familiar scent, making your pup’s space will be far too irresistible to keep away from! 

Remember, patience is key when getting a dog to use a new bed, and different dogs will take to their new space in their own time. But with Topology, we know that your furry friend will be blissfully enjoying hours of dreaming in no time.

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How to Crate Train a Puppy

When a new pet joins the family one of the first things to work out is how to crate train a puppy. It’s fantastic when a puppy quickly learns that their new crate is a safe and comfortable little den. Teach your pup to enjoy his new dog crate by introducing him to it slowly and at his own pace. Your puppy needs to feel safe inside his crate. If he ever feels frightened or forced to rest in his crate he will always be reluctant to enter. Eventually, the idea is that you will be able to command your pet to go into his crate when you want him to calm down and rest after a long walk or just before bedtime.

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Making your puppy comfy in their crate

Ensuring your puppy has a comfy dog crate is the first step in training them how to use it. With an inviting dog crate that contains a soft dog bed and comforting dog blanket, your pup is far more likely to feel relaxed in the space. 

Whilst your puppy is bound to grow into a larger dog, it’s important to choose the right size dog crate. Having a crate that they fit perfectly will make sure they’re as comfy and settled as possible. 

How to introduce your puppy to its crate

Introducing your puppy to crate training can be easy when you follow our steps below. Remember to take it slow and to be patient with your new addition.

Step one: tempt your puppy into the crate

The first step in crate training a puppy is to get them in the crate. Tempt your puppy into the crate with a tasty dog treat while offering lots of generous praise. If he doesn’t want to go in, pick him up and place him in and then give him a treat and lots of praise. If your puppy seems scared or agitated about crate training, talk to him in a positive yet calm voice and stroke him until he calms down. Only leave your puppy inside the crate for a couple of minutes. Then move back and call him out. When he comes to you, give him lots of praise again, but don’t give him a treat. You should only give your puppy treats when they’re inside their crate.

Step two: closing the crate door

Once the first step of crate training your puppy is done, and your pet is comfortable with going in and out of the crate. Without your puppy getting agitated or frightened, you can begin to close the door. Keep it closed for just a minute and stay in range so that your puppy can see you when crate training (If your puppy does get slightly overwhelmed, open the door, invite him out and then repeat step one a few more times). After the minute is up, open the door and invite your puppy back out again. Don’t forget, give him lots of praise but not a treat when he is outside again – right now you need him to associate the treat with the crate!

Step three: praise your puppy during crate training

Repeat step two while gradually increasing the time that your puppy is spending training in the crate. After the allotted time is up, always give your puppy plenty of praise when you open the door and invite him out. Repeating this process as part of your puppy crate training routine will have them ready to use it daily in no time!

How to train your puppy to sleep in their crate at night

Starting crate training your puppy straight away is the best way to get your dog settled in quickly. It is very important that you make his crate a comfortable and enjoyable place. The idea is that the crate should provide him with a ‘den’ where he can feel safe and secure. If your puppy enjoys his little den, he will want to use it on his own accord, which will make crate training so much easier.

Here are four easy steps that will help you crate train your puppy for nigh times

Step one: exercise your puppy

The first thing to do when training your puppy to sleep in their crate at night, is to give them lots of exercise. Play with him and tire him out, feel free to use fun dog toys, so that he uses up all of his excess energy. It is really important that you do this before you start crate training your puppy, otherwise your dog might be rather reluctant to rest inside his crate.

Step two: encourage a nap

After you have tired your puppy out, invite him into his crate with a treat and lots of praise. You do not have to close the door behind him if he is not entirely comfortable with the crate. Sit with him until he calms down, and then reward him. Hopefully your puppy will want a rest, and might even have a little nap. If he falls asleep, close the door behind him and supervise him until he wakes up. Usually a puppy will only have a short minute nap, but depending on how much exercise you have given him, he could rest for up to a couple of hours.

Step three: gradually increase puppy crate training time

Next time you crate train your puppy, invite them in for a rest, extend the time to about an hour, and keep extending it by 30 minutes each time. If your puppy wakes up before an hour, sit with him until he is calm. He is more than likely to fall straight back to sleep, providing that you gave him enough exercise before you started crate training. Again, you don’t have to close the door if your puppy is not comfortable enough yet. But if he falls asleep (and hopefully he will) then close the door and supervise him until he wakes up.

Step four: train your puppy overnight

As soon as your puppy is able to rest quietly for a few hours he should be ready to stay in the crate overnight without a problem. But remember, persistence and repetition are key. As long as you make crate training an enjoyable experience for your puppy, it will take no time at all for him to feel comfortable resting inside his little den.

Sometimes placing an old t-shirt of yours inside the crate will comfort your puppy. The smell of you will calm him down and help him sleep.

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Making your new pet as comfortable in their new home is simple with Omlet. Our range of dog cooling mats and dog mattress toppers will help them settle into your home in no time.

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How Much Sleep Do Puppies Need?

When it comes to puppies, you should know that they sleep…well…A LOT! Yes, these amazing furballs of energy can require up to a whopping 20 hours of sleep per day depending on their breed and size. That’s almost 85% of their day spent in slumber!

But is my 8 week old puppy supposed to sleep as much as a 16 week old puppy? And how do I get my puppy to sleep through the night? Just like human babies, puppies are growing quickly and sleep is an essential factor to make sure they stay healthy and strong. Whether you are a new puppy pet parent or considering a pint-sized pal, here are some things you need to know about puppy sleep!

Puppy in Fido Nook Dog Crate with Green Bolster Dog Bed

Why do puppies need so much sleep?

Sleep is important for puppies for the same reasons it is important for children – development! All dog breeds start out life as small, four-legged furballs. Whether they grow to the size of a Great Dane or stay as small as a Chihuahua, all dogs need sleep in order to grow.

One of the biggest benefits that sleep offers puppies is healthy brain development. At their very young age, puppies are taking in tons of new sights, smells, and sounds every day! Sleep offers their brains a chance to process all the new information and compartmentalize the do’s and don’ts of being a dog. 

Have you ever seen a puppy tear across a room like a tiny tornado only to collapse into a snoozy nap seconds later? Puppies, like humans, require rest in order to restore and conserve their energy. Getting lots of sleep in the early weeks/months of life means puppies are just preparing to be healthy, energetic dogs for years to come!

But why do they need to sleep for 75-85% of the day? The “puppy stage” is short relative to the average life of a dog – lasting approximately 6 months to 2 years depending on dog breed. So obtaining more sleep on the front end helps to build their developing immune system to be healthy and strong adult dogs. When it comes to puppies and sleep, “let sleeping dogs lie”!

Typical puppy sleep 

If you’ve ever raised a human baby you know all too well that life in those first few months consists of a revolving schedule of eat, sleep, play, and poop. Guess what? Puppies are much the same! As they grow and mature, puppies – like humans – will need less sleep, but here is a breakdown of average sleep hours at the different stages of puppyhood.

Birth – 8 weeks: Puppies get the most sleep in these first few weeks of life. On average, you can expect your pint-sized pal to log 18-20 hours of snoozy time each day. Frequent, short-burst naps are how they start their lives.

10-12 weeks: Your puppy is growing and sleep is still of the utmost importance! While they may still be logging lengthy sleep schedules of 18-20 hours per day, you will start to notice they have more energy during their wake hours – that’s a good thing! This means all that sleep is giving their bodies exactly what it needs.

12-16 weeks: As your puppy nears the 3 month old mark, they may start shortening their naps a bit during the day and increasing their length of sleep stretches at night. Average daily sleep for puppies this age is around 16-18 hours and that will depend heavily on your dog’s age and breed. Large breed dogs have to grow more quickly than smaller breed dogs to reach the same age maturity, so you may notice a Labrador Retriever sleeping longer than a Pug at this stage.

16-18 weeks: By now, you and your puppy have (hopefully!) settled into a sleep routine and schedule. This is the perfect time to start training your puppy! Learning new commands and how to walk on a leash are examples of “firsts” you can introduce to your puppy at this age. This is also a great time to start socialization with other dogs as most puppies will have been fully vetted at this time to safely be around the pack!

Black and brown puppy sat on Omlet Topology dog bed with Sheepskin Purple faux fur topper

Sample puppy sleep schedule

Just like babies, puppies naturally thrive on a routine! So the earlier you can create and stick to a schedule, the better! Here is a sample sleep schedule for puppies under 16 weeks of age:

MORNING

Potty first thing!

Eat breakfast

Potty (repetition is key here!)**

Play with toys

Nap 

Wake and potty

AFTERNOON

Eat lunch

Explore and play

Potty

Nap

Potty

Nap (see a trend here?)

EVENING

Eat dinner

Play with toys

One last potty before bed

Nighttime sleep

Several more potty breaks throughout the night (especially in the early months!)

** Rule of thumb when it comes to puppies and potty training: every month of age equals the amount of hours they can go between potty breaks. For example, a 2 month old puppy will need to go potty every 2 hours, a 3 month old puppy will need to go potty every 3 hours, and so on. So be sure to position your puppy’s crate close by so you can hear the “I need to pee” whines….which could start way before dawn! But with every passing month of age, this will get later and later!

How to get my puppy to sleep through the night

The goal for most pet parents is to get their dogs to mimic their sleep patterns by logging most of their zzz’s at night. For puppies, this can be a hard task as they are still too young to go several hours between potty breaks. So, while it’s unlikely that your puppy will sleep a straight 8 hours a night right away, there are some things you can do to eventually get there!

Exercise, exercise, exercise!

A tired dog is a happy dog and that is true for puppies, too! One of the best things you can do to promote night time sleep is make sure your puppy has lots of exercise throughout the day. In between naps, be sure to stimulate their minds with interactive games, like tug-of-war with the toys! Having a dedicated toy storage box helps cue the puppy that it’s time to use some energy!

Calm, relaxed, slow

Like humans, puppies learn by seeing the environment around them. And we all know that a calm environment promotes better sleep! So try and get all of the play and exercise in before dinner and then start to slow down and relax at least an hour before bed. Remember, puppies thrive on routines, so keep night time consistent and they will begin to learn to relax sooner.

Potty, potty, potty!

Make sure your puppy actually does “go potty” one last time before settling into bed! These tiny furballs get distracted easily and sometimes go outside but don’t actually “go outside” – so be sure they are emptied out before bed!

Close, comfortable and chews

In an effort to make everyone’s sleep as best as possible, try and keep your puppy’s crate close by you so you can hear them when they whimper for a wee outside! Omlet’s Fido Studio Crate is a great option as it seamlessly doubles as a nightstand or end table as well as your puppy’s sleeping quarters! Sleeping close to you will also make your puppy more comfortable – a good comfy bed will help, too! And don’t forget a chew toy or blanket to put beside them! Like human babies, puppies experience teething, and chewing can be a calming night time activity to help soothe them back to sleep!

Make no bones about it – all dogs like to sleep! But some breeds do like to hit the snooze button more than others. While these breeds are not exempt from sporadic puppy sleep, they are more likely to sleep longer – and more often! – as adults! 

Saint Bernard

Pug

Great Dane

Basset Hound

English BullDog

Owning a puppy can be an exciting and exhausting experience! But the rewards of being a dog owner far outweigh the few sleepless nights you may encounter when they are puppies! With an established routine and cozy sleeping quarters, your puppy will quickly learn great sleeping habits! And happy sleeping puppies usually grow into happy sleeping dogs!

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What Size Crate Should I Get For My Dog?

In the wild, dogs naturally seek out small enclosures like homemade dens to retreat to for sleep or safety. So it only makes sense that they look for the same comfort in our homes as domesticated animals. Dog crates are the perfect solution to this innate canine need, but how do you know what size crate your dog needs? And with all the options available, how do you choose the right one?

Dog crates come in all shapes and sizes and flavors of style so choosing the right one for your pup can be a little overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start! Thankfully, we have our paws on the pulse of finding the right dog crate!

Omlet dog crates

At Omlet, we know all too well that dogs are denning animals! They crave and even seek out small, enclosed spaces as a way to feel safe and secure. Our product team factors in that essential need when creating all our dog crates and they have come up with many different options to fit almost any dog!

When it comes to picking the right size crate, there are two things to consider:

  1. What is the measurement of your dog from its nose to the base of its tail? 
  2. And is the crate big enough for your pup to comfortably stand and turn around in? 

On average, most dogs do well in crates that are about 6” longer than their length and 6” taller than their height. Let’s take a look at the Omlet Dog Crates to see which one suits your dog the best:

The Fido Classic

Designed as a portable crate option, the Omlet Fido Classic Crate is perfect for the family that likes to travel with their small to medium breed dog. This easy folding, steel wire crate is super secure and can go both in your home and in your car. One of the biggest advantages of the Classic Crate is the twin door openings. This unique feature allows you to position the crate against any wall or space with the option of front or side door openings. 

The Fido Classic comes with a plastic tray bottom that is easy to clean when your puppy or senior has an accidental potty spill inside. For a luxury upgrade, you can add the Fido Classic Dog Bed which comes in the same sizes as the crate for a perfect fit!

The Fido Classic is available in three sizes:

  • 24 inch: Fits breeds up to 25lbs. Ex: Lhasa Apso or Pug
  • 30 inch: Fits breeds up to 44lbs. Ex: Cocker Spaniel or Basset Hound
  • 36 inch: Fits breeds up to 70lbs: Ex: Border Collie or Dalmatian

Black dog in Fido Classic Dog Crate - owner smiling at dog

The Fido Studio Dog Crate

Did you know that you can have a dog crate that fits in seamlessly with your home? Meet the Fido Studio Dog Crate – a classic crate built into a contemporary piece of furniture! This brilliantly designed indoor dog crate is a perfect complement to your home as it doubles as a nightstand or end table! And not only will this crate offer your dog the safety and secure space they seek, but it also comes with a small storage compartment to keep all their toys, chews, and blankets!

Do you have a fashion forward pup? With the Fido Studio, you have the option to customize the storage area into a closet space – complete with clothing hooks and a mirror! Not only will your dog love this new space, but you can now add it to any room in your house for a contemporary and practical piece of furniture.

The Fido Studio Crate is available in two sizes:

  • 24 inch: Fits breeds up to 25 lbs. Ex: Pomeranian and Yorkshire Terrier
  • 36 inch: Fits breeds up to 70 lbs. Ex: Whippet and Pointers

Woman stroking puppy sat in Omlet Fido Studio Dog Crate

The Fido Nook Dog House

If you are looking for a home within your home for your dog, look no further than The Fido Nook Dog House! This one-of-a-kind dog den is the best of both worlds. Combining the easy portability of the classic dog crate with the luxury of the contemporary furniture look, this dog house is the last crate you will ever buy! 

Similar to the Fido Studio Dog Crate, the Nook Dog House offers a stylish design that complements modern and traditional interiors alike. The biggest benefit being that the classic crate can be removed, revealing a perfectly pawsome ‘nook’ for your pup to call their own. That’s right! Once your puppy has successfully house-trained from using the crate, you can take it out and put a standard dog bed in its place.

The Fido Nook Dog House is available in two sizes:

  • 24 inch: Fits breeds up to 25 lbs. Ex: Dachshund or Chihuahua
  • 36 inch: Fits breeds up to 70 lbs. Ex: Labradoodle or Goldendoodle

Brown Dachshund in Fido Nook Dog Crate with its tongue out

When do I need a crate for my dog?

When introduced to a crate early on as a puppy, some dogs will appreciate a crate well into their senior years. Most veterinarians and dog trainers agree that crate training is essential for puppyhood as it helps with potty training, chew toy use, and providing a comfortable safe escape for puppies to unwind and get their all important sleep.

Once your pup has been fully house trained and learned the difference between a chew toy and a shoe toy, then utilizing a crate may no longer be necessary. However, many dogs will still desire that enclosed secure space to call their own, so don’t be too quick to get rid of it! Investing in a dog ‘nook’ will allow you to have a crate option that can grow with your dog from puppy to prime years! Just remove the crate when your dog is ready, and your dog can still enjoy their denning space away from the hustle and bustle of the home.

The benefits of crates go far beyond the training tools of potty and obedience. The truth is, dog crates provide our furry friends the comfort and space that they innately crave! Dogs can use their crate as a peaceful retreat to help self-soothe, deal with any anxiety, or just get an uninterrupted power nap in! Finding the right crate for your dog is as easy as www.omlet.com

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First Time Dog Owner

Woman walking her dog on lead to Omlet Fido Studio Dog Crate

So you’ve taken the plunge into unconditional love and loyal companionship and decided to become a first time dog owner – congratulations! There are few things in life that offer as much joy as owning a dog! With all the excitement that comes with having a new fur pal, there is also the commitment of time, energy, and money.

To make this a momentous experience for everyone, you want to do your research before  bringing home your new canine companion. Which breed of dog is best for you? Should you get a puppy or a rescue? And what exactly should you expect in this new relationship? Grab a pen and paper – we have all the answers you need to become a first time dog owner!

Choosing the right breed

If you have never owned a dog before, there are many things to consider when choosing which dog breed is right for you. The most important thing to consider? Your lifestyle! Dogs are great companions because they become an integral part of your life and family. Just like humans, some dogs are content lying around all day, while others like (and need!) lots of exercise and movement. So first, evaluate your own lifestyle and then take a look at this list to see which dog breed matches your personality and lifestyle the best.

  • Outdoor Enthusiast: If exploring the wilderness and long nature walks are your thing, then there are several dog breeds that will perfectly complement your energy! Border Collies, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers make great canine companions for outdoor enthusiasts with their innate high energy and desire to move. However, if you have them as a puppy, just remember to limit their exercise to five minutes for every month of age for less impact on their developing joints! The “working dog” breeds like to do just that – work! – so be sure you have the time to commit to their lifestyle, too!
  • Lazy Loungers: You yourself may not be a lazy person, but you may work a lot. If your evenings and weekends are dedicated to relaxing and resting from the busyness of work, you will want to consider a dog breed that can appreciate the same! Dachshunds, Pugs, and King Charles Spaniels are just a few breeds that love a lounging lifestyle. All dogs need mental and physical stimulation but these breeds do not require a ton of exercise and can happily keep your spot on the couch warm until you get home! 
  • Hypoallergenic: If you long to own a dog but suffer from pet allergies, fear not! – there are still several dog breeds to consider! There is no one dog breed that we can guarantee as completely safe for people with allergies. However, many breeds don’t shed as much or have as much dander so it’s easier for mild allergy sufferers to handle. Dog breeds such as Maltese, Lhasa Apso, and Poodles are great options as they are all relatively low-shedders. Always consult with your doctor first before getting a dog to make sure you are not putting your own health at risk.
  • The Family Pet: Have the kids been begging you to get a dog? When deciding on a canine companion for the family, it’s important to consider the lifestyle of the family as a whole, rather than just yourself! There are many dog breeds that are kid friendly, but some will do better when it comes to the playful energies of our children! Golden Retrievers, Beagles, and Sheepdogs all make excellent family dogs as they are gentle in nature and easy to train. These dog breeds have a perfect balance of energy and cuddle requirements that make them ideal companions for every member of the family!

Expectations of first time dog owners

Understanding the expectations of dog ownership is crucial in your decision making process and can also vary depending on where you decide to get your dog from. Are you adopting a rescue dog from the shelter? Or have you fallen in love with a puppy from a breeder? As a first time dog owner, you undoubtedly want to make sure your new canine companion loves your home as much as you do! Here are some things to expect when bringing home your new dog:

Adoption dogs

Shelters across the country are filled with sweet, soul-loving dogs that are ready and willing to become your new best friend! It’s important to remember that many of these dogs may have had a rough start to life. So, while still loyal in nature, some rescue dogs may be hesitant at first homecoming to relax into a routine straight away. 

The first few weeks at home with rescue dogs will be the “get to know each other” phase where they are understanding you and vice versa. You will want to spend lots of time together in these first few weeks to establish a foundation of trust. Adjust your schedule so you can fit in devoted time for training and playing alike. Dogs, like many people, are creatures of habit! The more you can establish a consistent schedule initially, the quicker your bond with your new dog will strengthen.

Puppies

Unlike adult rescue dogs, puppies do not have much of a past history! These adorable pint-sized pals are learning everything all at once, which will include the rules of the house. Like adopted dogs who may be older, puppies need a lot of extra attention in the initial months of coming home. In addition to moving your schedule around to spend more quality time together, puppies also require focus on potty training, crate training, and social interactions. 

Tips for success

Stepping into the role of “first time dog owner” can feel overwhelming and like a huge undertaking if you are not prepared. Fortunately, we have compiled this list of successful tips that will help you both adjust easily!

Dog’s Domain: Dogs are denning animals and like to retreat for sleep and a sense of comfort. So before the pitter patter of puppy (or adult!) paws hit your floor, be sure you have selected a certain place in your home that is just theirs. 

Vet Visit: Even if the breeder or shelter provides you with past medical records of your new dog, you want to go ahead and establish a relationship with your dog’s doctor. Just like humans have doctor check-ups, our four-legged friends need medical care, too. In fact, most vets will accept appointments prior to becoming a pet parent so you can ask any questions about breed, care, and overall responsibility.

Consistency is Key: Dogs love routines! So establish early on a schedule for walks, playtime, and feeding. You also want to be consistent in your commands and rewards when teaching new behaviors – adults and puppies alike! Yes, even old dogs can learn new tricks!

Exercise Everyday: Walk, walk, walk! Dogs are not meant to be indoors all day, every day! All dogs, big and small, enjoy a nice walk and this is a great way to familiarize your new best friend with the neighborhood. Walking is also a great bonding experience for you and your dog to enjoy some quality time together!

Basic Dog Supplies

As a first time dog owner, you may be tempted to buy ALL the dog toys, accessories, and gadgets on the market! But remember, most dogs are simple. They like to sleep, eat, walk, and play. Here is a list of the basic essentials that you will need to have on hand as a first time dog owner:

Dog Bed

A comfortable and durable dog bed is one of the most, if not THE most, important item to have before bringing your new dog home! Dogs crave a space of their own where they can feel safe and secure. They also like to sleep a lot, so make sure you identify a bed that will suit their style and needs.

Dog Bowl

Good nutrition is a key factor in being a responsible dog owner, so you will need durable and easy to clean dog bowls to keep fido fed and watered! 

Dog Leash

Having a durable and sturdy dog leash is important for both the safety and enjoyment of walks! And pack some extra patience on the first few walks as your dog may be getting used to that as well!

Dog Toys

Whether you are a first time dog owner of an adult dog or puppy, all dogs like to play with toys! A great way to bond quickly with your new fur friend is through interactive play! So be sure to have a few chew toys and balls on hand to quickly enhance that activity!

First time dog owners experience something that pet parents all over the world know all too well – pure, unconditional love! While it requires work, time, and plenty of patience, owning a dog is one of the greatest joys in life! The fact that you have found yourself here – gaining insight and information – is an excellent indicator that you are already going to be an amazing pet parent!

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How to Wash a Dog Bed

Golden dog sleeping on washed dog bed being lovingly watched by owner

Washing a dog bed regularly can help to ensure your pet always has a clean environment. It also minimizes the risk of fleas, germs, and dirt build up. Our guide shows you how to easily wash your dog’s bed, as well as the best beds to keep your dog happy and healthy.

Why do dog beds need washing?

An unclean dog bed can cause serious problems for your beloved pet. Infections can be passed from dog poo and urine or anything the dog has regurgitated. The bacteria in these bodily discharges can linger in the mattress for several months. There are potential problems with an unwashed dog bed that a simple brush or vacuum-clean cannot tackle. Sleeping in this unsanitary condition could result in your dog becoming ill, with the knowledge to keep their dog bed clean you’ll be able to reduce this risk.

All dog beds provide a good night’s sleep for your dog, but the best ones do far more than that. They keep dirt and bacteria at bay and make the home environment healthier for everyone.

Dog beds become dirty and smelly over time. They can also harbor flea eggs or ticks. Washing them is essential, and this can be a simple or complicated task, depending on the type of dog bed your pet has.

Washing a dog bed with a removable cover is simple. Without a removable cover, a thorough clean becomes more challenging.

Simple steps to wash a dog bed with removable covers

Washable dog beds with a cover are easier to clean than ones without a cover. Our easy steps on how to clean a dog bed with removable covers will help you give your pet a sparkling bed in no time.

How to wash the dog bed cover

  1. Vacuum the dust and hair from the dog bed and dog blanket to prevent the fine hairs from clogging up your washing machine filter. A vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment is ideal. 
  2. Remove the cover and vacuum the mattress and all other parts of the bed. 
  3. The cover of the dog bed can then be washed, along with the blanket. Use a pet-safe washing liquid and, if needed, a stain remover.

Washing your dog’s mattress

Depending on the type of bed you have, you will sometimes have to wash the mattress of your dog bed too. A model like the Topology dog bed has a waterproof cover that keeps the dirt away from the mattress. Although there may be occasional leaks if the dog has soiled the bed, in which case the mattress will need washing. 

  1. The dog bed mattress should be soaked in a bathtub of hot water using a pet-safe washing product. 
  2. Alternatively, it can be soaked for 15 minutes in a tub of water in which two tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda have been dissolved.
  3. Some mattresses are pliable enough to be washed in a washing machine and dried in a tumble dryer. 
  4. Otherwise, it will have to dry outside. Choose a warm sunny day if possible – easier said than done at certain times of the year! The important detail is to choose a well-ventilated area, which will prevent mold from growing as the bed dries.

Washing a dog bed without a cover

Even if your dog bed does not have a removable cover, you can still wash it with ease. The following steps detail how to hand wash your dog bed. 

  1. First, vacuum-clean the bed, getting into all the folds and corners. 
  2. Next, use a brush to loosen any hairs caught in the dog bed’s fabric and then vacuum it again. 
  3. Individual stains can be spot-treated with an enzyme-based cleaner before soaking the whole bed in hot soapy water for 15 minutes. Squeeze and turn the bed a few times during this time, to remove as much dirt as possible.
  4. If the bed is very dirty and the water turns brown, soak the bed for five minutes and then replace the water.
  5. The bed should then be scrubbed all over using a damp brush dipped in baking soda. Use a toothbrush for the folds, seams and corners. This will add the finishing touches to the cleaning and will also deodorize the dog bed.
  6. Fill the tub with warm water again and soak the dog bed, squeezing and kneading it to remove all traces of detergent. 
  7. Repeat until the water shows no traces of soap bubbles.
  8. The dog bed can then be air-dried in a warm and well-ventilated place.

Omlet’s easy to clean dog bed

The perfect easy to wash dog bed is a waterproof one made with cleaning in mind. If it has a machine washable cover that zips on, the bed can be washed and dried within a few hours. This system also has the advantage of longevity, as a worn-out cover can be replaced.

Our Topology dog beds employ this system and come in various versions and colors, all machine-washable at 30C (85F). You’ll also find the Omlet Bolster Dog Beds have removable covers for easy washing too. By matching light and dark colors to your dog’s coat, the hair will be less visible. A minor issue, perhaps, but white hair on a dark mattress, or dark hair on a white bed, looks very messy. The Topology covers are also waterproof, which protects the memory-foam mattress underneath. They come in different sizes, too, to suit all breeds of dog. Topology beds also prevent dirt from accumulating around the bed or mattress, as they have frames with legs that keep the structure off the ground.

How often to wash a dog bed

Now you know how to wash your dog’s bed, you may wonder how often you should be cleaning it. Washing the dog bed cover once every week or so eliminates issues of dirt and germ build up. The frequency will depend largely on how much hair the dog sheds and how dirty it tends to get. If anyone in the household has a dog allergy, frequent cleaning is essential. 

To kill any potential nasties lurking in the bedding, it will ideally need to be washed at 60C (140F). Although lots of dog bedding will have washing instructions recommending a lower temperature. A waterproof cover, which is a feature of the Topology range, prevents the mattress from soiling, and these covers can be washed at low temperatures.

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How to Introduce a New Puppy to Your Dog

So you’ve decided to add a new member to your fur family – congratulations! While you are preparing for all the ways you can make the new puppy comfortable at your home, it’s equally important to prepare for the introduction of your new pup to your resident dog. You know, the one who has held the title of “only dog in the house” forever?!

Dogs are innately social animals, but that doesn’t mean they all get along at first sniff. Taking the time to prepare for a puppy homecoming and the new adjustments will help make this transition easier and enjoyable. Here are some ways to be certain that every pet feels at ease when you bring home a new puppy.

Black and brown older dog playing with its puppy

Preparation

In the last few years, many pet owners have adjusted their work schedules to include increased flexibility and working more from home. And with more time spent at home, it’s been the paw-fect opportunity to introduce a new puppy to the family! But what about the furry friends that are already part of your family? How do you know if they want a new friend, too? And what should you do before you actually bring your new pint-sized pal home?

The key to any great success is preparation! When it comes to introducing a new puppy to your resident dog, that is no different. Your current dog has become accustomed to certain routines. They eat in certain places, sleep in specific spots, and have at least one (or seven!) favorite dog toys. Prior to bringing home a new pup, it’s best to separate your resident dog’s “stuff” in one area so it is safe and secure away from the new dog’s area. Even if your reliable resident rover has never shown aggression before, this is a cautious approach for the first few weeks to prevent your current dog from becoming territorial of their toys and spaces. 

On top of all the other puppy essentials you will need for the new arrival, this is also a good time to set up gates or dog crates to separate spaces. This will provide two benefits: making sure your new puppy does not feel overwhelmed with access to the whole house and comforting your resident dog who already has their favorite spots to snooze, lounge, and play. Plus, your resident dog may just need a break from all that puppy energy!

The first meet

The humans in your family have met the new puppy, but now it’s time to introduce your resident dog to the new fur member! Here are some tips on how to have a paws-itive first meeting:

  1. Locate a neutral spot for first introductions. Neither dog should feel territorial to the meeting place so pick somewhere that is away from your house for first sniffs. And since most puppies have to wait until 12 weeks of age to receive all of their shots before safely being around other dogs, try and avoid areas with lots of other pups running around.
  2. Allow both dogs to meet naturally like dogs do! Sniffs, whiffs, and even ignoring one another can be expected – and allowed! – on their first meeting.
  3. Try to keep the initial introductions brief and then head out on a walk with both dogs. This will allow their interactions to continue while also being distracted by other sights and smells.
  4. Before heading back inside, allow some additional play between the two dogs in the front or backyard of your house. This will allow you to see how your resident dog feels about having a new playmate on their ‘territory’. 
  5. Once everyone has expended some energy, it’s time to bring the paw-ty back inside to continue to get to know one another!

Spaniel and bulldog sat together on Omlet Bolster Dog Bed

The first few weeks

Now that everyone is getting acquainted and settled in, you want to start to establish new routines. For the first few weeks after the new puppy comes home, it is best to feed your resident dog in a separate area. Puppies need to eat specific food that helps them to grow big and strong! So make sure your bigger dog eats separately to avoid any urges in helping themselves to the puppy food buffet! 

Also, keep an eye out for any sudden changes in behavior from your older dog. Remember, they lived here first so adjustments to the new member of the fur family may take some time. Patience is key!

The goal to work towards after the first few weeks is to slowly get all four-legged friends living cohesively together. Slowly move bowls and beds closer to each other and keep engaging group play and walks to encourage the inevitable bonds. Before long, you and your resident dog will wonder how you ever lived without the puppy in the first place!

5 essential new puppy products

Just like human babies, new puppies require a lot of “stuff” to make your home, their home. Here is a list of new puppy must-haves to make the homecoming transition seamless:

Dog Crate

While some pet owners might worry about putting their precious new puppies in a crate, there are actually many benefits of an enclosed space that your dog craves! Dogs are denning animals so they naturally seek out small, secluded spaces as a way of feeling safe and protected. Most veterinarians recommend crate training your puppy as an essential way of housetraining and keeping your new dog safe. Having a crate for your puppy will also help the transition with your resident dog who already has a chosen safety spot! The Omlet Fido Nook Dog Crate is a great option as it combines a modern look with a cozy place for your puppy to call its’ own!

Dog Bed

You likely already have a dog bed (or three!) for your dog, but don’t forget to have one for your new puppy, too! Dogs like to have a space that is their own and with as much as puppies like to sleep, it’s important that space is comfortable! Because puppies are still small in stature, be sure to get a bed that is not elevated so it’s easier to climb in and out. And don’t forget to find a bed that is durable and washable as puppies are still learning the ropes when it comes to potty training!

Dog Toys

If you have ever had a puppy you know all too well how sharp those tiny puppy teeth can be! When bringing a new puppy into your fur family, it’s important that you have new dog toys that are not part of your resident dog’s collection. Ensuring each pup has their own set of squeekers and chews will help reduce any issues! 

Dog Treats

Rewards with food are what any dog lives for! Puppies will need lots of training in the first few months, so having mini dog-friendly treats on hand will reinforce those good learned behaviors. After they obey a command or do potty outside, give the new puppy a treat to show them they did a good job! Your resident dog can also get treats for showing good behavior with the new pup. Just remember that good behavior has to be rewarded right when it happens in order to be effective!

Dog Bowl

All dogs need to drink water so it’s important that every fur member of your family has their own bowl. Over time, your dogs may start to share, but when you first bring your puppy home, be sure it has its own separate bowl. The Omlet Bowl is a perfect choice – made of melamine, it is easy to clean in the dishwasher and virtually impossible for puppy to flip over and spill!

Signs of success

When bringing a new fur family member home, be patient in knowing it will take time for your resident dog to welcome the new pup with open arms (or paws!). In general, it can take 4-8 weeks for your resident dog to adapt to the changes that come with a new puppy. However, it can take as long as 6-9 months for both dogs to feel truly comfortable around one another. You will know you have succeeded in adding a new member to your fur family when both your resident dog and puppy can happily coexist! 

Introducing a new puppy to your resident dog can be a tricky time if not handled well. Will there be sibling rivalry? What if my resident dog doesn’t like him? Have no fear! With proper preparation, patience, and a persistent positive attitude, you will likely have two tails wagging with joy!

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Comfy Dog Beds

Spaniel relaxing on green Omlet Memory Foam Bolster Dog Bed

If you have been mattress shopping lately you know how tiring it can be to find a new bed. What about finding the right bed for your four-legged friend? Shopping for someone, or some dog, else can make the options feel even more overwhelming. Should you get a round or square bed? Soft or firm? And does paying a premium for a dog bed really make a difference like it does with our own mattresses?

If our dogs could talk, the one feature they would all agree they want in a bed is comfort! Fortunately, Omlet not only knows dogs (we speak their language fluently!) but we know dog beds, too! So let’s sort the stuffing from the fabric and break down the best in comfy dog beds.

Importance of comfort

Everyone needs a comfortable place to sleep and our dogs are no different! Whether your four-legged friend likes a firm surface or a fluffy pillow to slumber on, comfort and support are essential to their health. A comfy dog bed can not only give your pup the support and warmth they need to aid in providing more quality sleep, but can also support aching joints or other health conditions such as hip dysplasia and arthritis.. And more quality sleep = more quality of life! Once you understand your dog’s specific needs, you can better identify which bed will provide them the best comfort.

We know that dogs love to sleep and, like humans, they enjoy being comfy when they snooze. Our pups are both daytime nappers and night time snoozers so their happiness is directly dependent on the comfort of what they are sleeping on. When their sleep is disturbed, particularly due to lack of comfort, dogs can get grumpy, just like sleep deprived humans! And no one person or pup can function very well after a poor night’s sleep! That is why a comfy dog bed not only gives your pup the support they need to slumber, but also a cozy spot of their own where they can relax!

How to choose the right dog bed

By nature, dogs are denning animals which means they instinctively look for safe, warm spots where they can retreat. Dogs in the wild would not lay to sleep on the hard, cold ground as their first choice. Instead, they would seek out a soft patch of grass or kick together leaves to create a cozy spot to lay. So, naturally, our four-legged friends that are part of our family want the same comfort!

But how do you know which bed is best for your dog? Considering what position your dog likes to sleep in will give you lots of clues. A curled up Chihuahua will prefer a much different bed than a spread out Spaniel. Once you’ve determined your dog’s favorite way to sleep, now you can focus on what they will sleep on the best.

Soft vs. firm?

Soft pillowy beds can offer duvet-like comfort for dogs who enjoy really squishing down into a dreamy slumber, but they can be difficult for more senior dogs (and puppies alike!) to get in and out of. Memory foam mattresses provide excellent support to give your pup the dreamy comfortable sleep they need! Just be sure to find a bed that will supportively mold to your pup’s body as that will provide the greatest comfort. 

Elevated vs. ground?

An elevated dog bed with sturdy leg supports may be a good option for your canine as it allows for greater airflow. For dogs who tend to sleep hotter in the summer months, you can add a cooling mat to increase the sleeping comfort level. And conversely, for the pups who get colder in the winter months, an added dog blanket will make the elevated bed that much more comfortable. A raised bed also helps to reduce the dreaded dust hairballs and eliminates carpet stains altogether. Plus, an elevated bed looks like a piece of furniture so now your dog bed just gave your interior an upgrade!

Quilted vs. sheepskin?

The type of material your four-legged friend sleeps on is almost as important as the dog bed itself. Your puddle-jumping Pincher may benefit more from a washable microfiber topper, while your Bulldog may better like a bolster bed topper. Regardless what material your comfy dog bed is made of, make sure it can be removed and is washable! If you are still unsure which material your pup would prefer, try taking this short quiz to identify the perfect match for their personality! 

Big dog comfort

When it comes to big dogs, such as Great Danes, St. Bernards, and German Shepherds, they need big beds! While every breed is different, a big dog that sleeps on his side or curled up requires a bigger space to provide adequate comfort. Because big dogs weigh more, it is important to find a bed that is not only firm enough to cushion their joints, but also a bed that is durable to handle their more powerful digging! Omlet recommends memory foam mattress beds as the best option for your big dog.

Small dog comfort

If you have a pint-sized pup at home you know all too well that they usually like a good cuddle session! Most smaller dogs like Pomeranians, Papillons, and Terriers, prefer a smaller space to snooze where they can comfortably nest and feel secure. Donut beds or smaller bolster beds are both great options for the small four-legged family members! In addition, non-elevated beds are easier for really tiny breeds to climb in and out of.

Puppy vs. senior comfort

While puppies and senior dogs are different in age, their idea of comfortable sleep is very much the same! Senior dogs need lots of support to comfort their aging joints and possible arthritis, so firmer memory foam mattresses are the best option to keep them happy sleepers. Puppies also need a firm, supportive mattress to provide comfort for their quickly growing bodies. Just be sure your puppy dog bed has a removable and washable cover for the inevitable “puppy accidents.” Both senior dogs and puppies can experience more anxiety, so a bolster bed that provides the extra sense of security they need is a perfect option for younger and older furry friends alike!

Luxury beds

When it comes to comfort, our dogs are not that different from us humans – they appreciate a luxurious place to sleep as much as we do! But should you ‘break the bank’ on a new dog bed for your furry friend to ensure they have the most comfort? Not necessarily. Omlet recommends three main factors to consider when finding the perfect comfy dog bed for your canine companion: Good for the dog. Good for your wallet. Good for the environment. 

Take time to understand your dog’s specific needs and sleeping style and then look for beds that offer both the comfort they require as well as the capabilities to be a bed they will use for a long while. At Omlet, our mission is simple – offer a dog bed that is crafted with ultimate comfort to be a constant companion for your constant companion! Sure, you could buy a new, run-of-the-mill dog bed every few months that will end up in a landfill when you are done. Or, you can invest in a customizable sleeping solution that can grow with your dog and his changing needs! 

When the Omlet product designers created the Topology Luxury Dog Beds, they asked themselves one simple question: what if a dog bed could live forever? And, as a result, the “only dog bed you will ever need” was born!

How to make your dog’s sleeping environment comfortable

Now that you have a perfect comfy dog bed for your pup, how do you make the sleeping environment around the bed comfortable as well? Here are some tips to help create a relaxing and comfy environment:

  • Get some steps in! Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise as this will help to tire out any extra energy that may prevent a relaxing siesta!
  • Eat good food! Nutrition is an important part of your dog’s overall sleepy happiness so be sure to feed them high-quality nutrition that is easily digestible.
  • Your energy is their energy! Remember that dogs (and most animals!) are highly sensitive creatures. They can sense your energy – both positive and negative – so the more you can remain calm, the more they will too.
  • Create a safe place! There is nothing wrong with having multiple dog beds throughout your house if your dog likes to sleep in all the rooms! Just try and avoid placing beds in open spaces and look more to locate them against a wall in a quiet spot so they can feel the most comfort.

We can all agree that there truly is nothing better than a restful and comfortable bed to snuggle and snooze in! No matter the breed, age, or size of dog, they would all agree that a comfortable bed is paws-itively the best option for them, too! 

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How to Cool Down Your Dog

Cooling down your dog in the hotter months is good for their health, and their happiness! Some dogs, like humans, are sun worshippers and love basking in the saturated golden rays of warmth. Whereas other dogs prefer a nice cool spot to lay in the shade with a big bowl of cold water to sip. But are some dogs more susceptible to the dangers of heat than others? And once they are too hot, how do you cool down a dog?

When it comes to hot temperatures, the age, dog breed and health of certain canines can be a big factor in whether they can handle the heat as well as others. So wherever your dog falls on the summer sun scale, Omlet has the products you need to help your canine companion stay cool during hot weather months.

How to tell if your dog is too hot

Unlike humans who sweat when we are overheated, dogs do not perspire. Instead, their breathing starts to increase in an attempt to regulate body temperature and cool themselves down. If you are out with your furry friend enjoying a hot summer day and they start rapidly panting, that is your first sign they are getting too hot. Understanding these signs of overheating and steps to cool down your dog are vital to your dog’s health. 

Have you ever pet your pup outside in summer and felt their skin was super warm to the touch? This is because dogs innately divert their blood away from their organs when too hot to try and allow the heat to leave the body faster. So a good rule of thumb to remember is when your dog feels hot to the touch, it’s time to get them somewhere cooler right away!

In the event these natural canine cooling mechanisms are overlooked, other signs that your dog is too hot will be more blatant. These will include:

  • Extreme lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Bright red gums
  • In severe cases, seizures

Overheating is a serious concern in dogs and, if overlooked, can be quite dangerous. When any of these symptoms are cause for concern or become severe, take your dog to the vet to be seen right away.

Dachshund resting in Omlet Fido Nook 2 in 1 Luxury Dog Bed and Crate

Causes of canine overheating 

Heat stroke, or elevated body temperature, in dogs is generally associated with a body temperature of 103 °F (39.4°C) or greater. There are many different ways this can happen and it’s important to be aware of them all:

  • Hot cars: The most common cause of canine heat stroke is being left in a parked car without any ventilation. Even on days that may seem tolerably warm to humans, the temperatures in a locked car can rise to well over 100°F rapidly. And we all know that even a parked car in the shade with the windows down on a hot day is still not good for our dogs! So while it’s fun to have our furry friends go everywhere with us, it’s best to avoid any summer heat trips that will require your pup to stay in the car.
  • Exercise in heat: Did you know that too much exercise in the heat of the day can be detrimental to your canine? Even with adequate water and shade, excessive exertion at high temperatures can raise a dog’s body temperature too quickly to be cooled down. So try to only walk in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler and place plenty of water bowls around the house during the day! 
  • Specific dog breeds: Certain flat-nosed breeds, like pugs or bulldogs, have an even harder time handling the heat due to their restricted airways. These dog breeds need even closer monitoring when outside in the heat. In addition, dogs that have underlying medical issues, such as lung or heart conditions, are also more susceptible to hotter temperatures.

Understanding what causes heatstroke in dogs is vital to their health. But the best way to cool down your dog in the hotter months? Make sure they don’t get overheated in the first place!

5 Ways To Cool Down Your Dog

So what if your dog is too hot and you need to cool them down quickly? Here are a few tips on how best to keep dogs cool in the summer months or during any unexpected heatwave:

  • Adjust exercise times! The early morning hours are the best time to get out on a walk or play a good game of fetch during the hot summer months. But before you leash up your pup, be sure to feel the pavement with your hand or bare feet to see if it feels too hot. If the ground is too hot for you, then it’s too hot for your furry friend, so head back inside to stay active with some dog toys instead!
  • Get a cooling mat! One of the quickest ways to cool down your dog quickly is to lower the temperature on their skin. Laying directly on a cooled mat will provide the perfect comfort solution! The Omlet Dog Cooling Mat is a great option because it doesn’t require any electricity or refrigeration to effectively cool down your dog. Designed as a foldable memory foam mat, you can take this mat wherever you and your furry friend go so they will always have an escape from the heat!
  • Brush, brush, brush! Certain breeds, especially those with thick fur and long hair, are more susceptible to heat because of that extra coat they are carrying. One way to cool them down is to groom and brush them more frequently during the summer months. A dog’s health and hygiene are always important to stay on top of for your pup, and brushing out some of that extra fur is a big help! Just don’t grab the clippers and give your dog a buzz cut – many dogs, like Labradors, have a second coat that actually acts as a natural ‘first-defense’ cooling system so trimming that away would actually be worse!
  • Fresh cool water is a must! Think of how good a big glass of iced water feels to you on a hot summer day – your dog appreciates it just as much! During hot summer months, it’s important to keep your canine hydrated with lots of fresh cold water. You can even place bowls throughout your house to encourage frequent drinking. And don’t forget a portable water bowl or ice cubes to chew on when outside – your dog will love a frozen treat to cool off with!
  • Summer swimming for everyone! A cool dip in a lake or the ocean is a favorite summer activity for most humans, and for dogs who are used to swimming, they love a summer swim just as much! Splashing in the waves and water is a great way to cool your dog down – just make sure they don’t overdo it on the exertion! If you don’t live near a body of water, you can always grab a kiddie pool or sprinklers to keep your pup cooled off. Who doesn’t love cool water on a hot summer day?!

Golden Retriever dog diving into water to cool down

Tips To Stop Your Dog Getting Too Hot

When it comes to high temperatures and hot summer months, we know that the best way to keep your dog cool is to avoid anything that will create more heat. 

  • Avoid putting your dog in cars altogether during the hotter months.
  • Try not to exercise in the heat of the day. Instead, enjoy shorter walks and the air conditioning inside together!
  • Stay away from any activities that are not near fresh water to dip in or sip on.
  • If it’s too for you, it’s too hot for your dog!

Summer routines often change for humans, and that is a good time to adjust schedules for your furry friend, too! 

Dog Cooling Mats

An excellent option to help your canine stay cool in the hot summer months is a cooling mat they can lie on while sleeping. The Omlet Memory Foam Cooling Mat is a great choice because it provides hours of comfort without the need for refrigeration. Here are some benefits of the Omlet Cooling Mat:

  • Designed with self-cooling gel: This mat is made of a highly conductive material that absorbs the heat from your pet and provides up to 3 hours of cooling effects. The closed cell structure design also keeps the cooling gel exactly where you want it – directly under your dog!
  • Completely portable: Because this mat does not require any electricity or refrigeration, you can take it with you anywhere your dog goes! So for those summer beach vacations with your dog, don’t forget the cooling mat to keep him comfortable!
  • Ultimate comfort: Designed with dogs in mind, this cooling mat uses premium memory foam to ensure the most comfortable cooling solution. This mat will not only keep your dog cool in the summer months, but also help to cushion any achy joints!
  • Easy to clean: Constructed of non-toxic materials, the Omlet Cooling Mat is safe to use for dogs of all ages, including puppies! And speaking of puppies, this mat is also waterproof and rip-resistant so it can grow with your dog!
  • Multiple sizes: The Omlet Cooling Mat is not a “one size fits all” cooling solution – it comes in 3 different sizes to fit every dog! And whether you have a large bolster bed or a small sheepskin bed, this mat can easily fit inside to provide hours of cooled comfort!

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overheating in a dog allows you to react more quickly. And when you know how to cool your dog down and be safe in the hotter months, you can both enjoy the summer better! 

Dachshund with Omlet Memory Foam Cooling Mat for Dogs behind them

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