It’s a Piperoid Giveaway!


Piperoid GiveawayWhat’s a Piperoid, you ask? Why, they are the adorable, Japanese paper dogs you see above. They’re fun and easy to assemble. All you need is a pair of scissors and you’re ready to get creative transforming the paper tubes into your artsy, posable pup. So, get ready to enter our Piperoid giveaway!

Kids and adults alike enjoy putting these together and they make perfect stocking stuffers or gifts for the holidays. The Piperoid people have also created a collection of cats, as well as other characters including Hello Kitty and Hatsune Miku.

Piperoid DogsMy son and daughter-in-law gave me the beagle as a gift, but I couldn’t resist collecting all five of their delightful dogs and I’d love to share the French Bulldog and Miniature Dachshund with two lucky winners in a giveaway this week.

How to Enter the Piperoid Giveaway

Piperoid Dogs GiveawayIt’s easy! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below stating which Piperoid you would like to win, the French Bulldog or the Miniature Dachshund. I’ll choose two winners at random (one for each dog) next week.
Please Note: The giveaway is only open to people with a mailing address in the Continental United States.

If you don’t want to enter the Piperoid giveaway, but would like to order one, you can find them at and

Good luck!?

Update: The Winners! Congrats to Lindsay from ThatMutt for winning the French Bulldog and Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie for giving the Doxie a good home. I wish I had one for each person that entered but if you didn’t win, watch for Haley’s Holiday Gift Giveaway coming up next month! Piperoid Giveaway

10 Reasons Why I Love


Why I Love ChewyNote: This is NOT a paid or compensated review, but a review of a company that I’ve purchased products from. I enjoy sharing information about companies that provide great value and service and you’ll always receive my honest and unbiased opinion.

I’ve been ordering food and pet supplies from Chewy for quite a while now and I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the company, but what they did last week for my mother just blew me away. Here’s why I love!

10 Reasons Why I Love

1. Chewy Cares
It’s been a pretty rough year for my family, as my Dad had been sick most of the spring and summer, then passed away last month. It’s been most difficult on my mother, but at least she had their senior dog Lucy to keep her company through it all. Sadly, one evening last week Lucy passed away. My mom had just ordered a case of food from Chewy that arrived earlier that day. She contacted them a few days later to see if she could return the unopened package. A very caring customer service representative listened to my mom and offered her very sincere condolences. Chewy refunded the entire order and asked my mom to donate the food to a local shelter in Lucy’s name. My mom was utterly surprised a few days later when a beautiful bouquet of flowers showed up at her door—from!

Chewy Sympathy NoteMy mom was so touched by this thoughtful gesture, I just had to share this with you. What an amazing company! Chewy also cares about pets, of course. They even have a program to support registered, non-profit organizations that do so much to help pets and shelters in need.

2. Great Prices
Let’s face it, we all like saving money. Chewy has low prices on almost everything they carry. It’s much cheaper for me to order Haley’s food from Chewy than to purchase it from any of my local, chain pet stores.
3. Fast Shipping
With warehouses all over the country, Chewy can usually get your order to you within 1-2 days. They only ship within the contiguous US, but if you order by 4:00 pm EST, your order will normally ship the same day. All of my orders have arrived within 2 days shipped via FedEx.
4. Free Shipping
Besides getting your pet food, toys and supplies at low prices, Chewy will ship your order for free, if your order totals $49.00 or more. If your order total is less than $49.00, it ships for a very reasonable flat fee of only $4.95!
5. Autoship Option
Do you want to save even more money? Choose the Autoship option when you place your order. You tell Chewy how often you want a product shipped and they make sure it arrives on your doorstep when you need it. Autoship is easy to set up and you can pause, change or cancel shipments at any time. No more running out of food if you forget to reorder.
6. Easy Returns wants you to be satisfied with your purchase. That’s why they offer a 100% Unconditional Satisfaction Guarantee. They give you 365 days from the sale date to return any item you’re not completely happy with, for any reason. You get a complete refund and they’ll even pay for the return shipping. Just call one of their customer service reps at 1-800-672-4399 for more details if you need to return an item.
7. Exceptional Customer Service
If you have a question or problem, Chewy’s customer service is available 24/7 by phone, email or online chat. You’ll get a real person on the phone that’s responsive and knowledgeable, ready to help with whatever you need.
8. Vast Selection of Products
Chewy carries around 18,000 items for dogs, cats, fish, birds, small pets and reptiles! Everything I’ve purchased at my local, chain pet store is also available on Chewy’s website, usually at lower prices.
9. Quality Brands
I’m impressed with Chewy’s selection of high quality foods, many of which can’t be found at the local big-box pet stores. You can also be assured you’ll receive fresh food when you order from Chewy.
10. User-Friendly Website
The clean design and usability of Chewy’s website makes it simple to order (and re-order) your pet supplies. It’s easy to search for items and view a history of your orders, as well as track orders that have already shipped. was founded by people with a passion for pets, and it shows. I have to apologize if this article reads like a sponsored post. It is not. I just believe in supporting and rewarding companies that go above and beyond and this is certainly the case with Chewy.

Here’s a picture of my parents when Lucy and her sister Nikki were puppies. I’m sure my Dad is up there somewhere, playing with the dogs, laughing and giving lots of belly rubs.
Mom and Dad With Dogs

Thank you Chewy for bringing my mom some joy last week with your very compassionate and thoughtful gesture. The flowers are gorgeous and it gives me even one more reason why I love!

Have you tried yet? Why I Love Chewy

An Easy Halloween Costume With Dog Safe Paint


Skeleton Dog With Dog Safe PaintI admit it. I shamelessly copied Bryn Anderson and her dog Nixe’s incredible Halloween costume idea. And since Haley already has the triangular shapes around her eyes from her naturally graying face, it just seems like it was meant to be. She’s going to be a skeleton dog for Halloween this year! But don’t let my lack of creatively stop you. Design your own canine creation for Halloween (or any occasion) with this dog safe paint from Dollipop Cosmetics on Etsy.

Dog Safe Paint From Dollipop Cosmetics

Dog Safe Paint From Dollipop Cosmetics

The paint is a non-toxic mineral powder that you mix with water, coconut oil or pet-safe gel. Just mix it up and paint any design on your dog’s fur. It’s perfect for pups that don’t like wearing traditional Halloween costumes. I mixed the white mineral color with a gel, then used a large paint brush to spread on the color. Haley’s not quite as patient as Nixe with the whole process, so my design was anatomically and artistically flawed, but the gel dried nicely and the color stayed in place well. The mineral paint comes in different colors and you can also request a custom order made specifically for your pet.

Halloween DogThanks again to Bryn and Dollipop Cosmetics for creative inspiration and dog safe paint products and be sure to check out these 10 Halloween tips for your pup.

Do you plan on dressing up your pet this Halloween? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

Skeleton Dog With Dog Safe Paint

Dog Drive Types – An Outdated Theory?


Dog Drive Types - An Outdated Theory?Have you ever heard someone say their dog has a strong prey drive and wondered what they meant? After reading a lot about dog drive types, I understand why some dog trainers and behaviorists rely on them to motivate their client’s dogs. But just how useful are they? Can they really help you better understand and train your dog? First, let me explain what drive types are.

There are three basic canine drive types that make up a dog’s personality, character or temperament, so to speak. Although some theories further break down the three types, they are the motivators that cause a dog to respond instinctively in different situations.

Dogs inherit all three drive types and act on them at different times, but one or two drives may be stronger or more dominant, depending on the dog and breed. Here’s a breakdown of the three drive types.

The 3 Basic Dog Drive Types

1. Prey Drive
This drive is associated with tracking, stalking or hunting prey and also the killing and eating of prey. Along with using their sense of smell, vision and hearing, chasing moving objects is a big trigger for dogs with high prey drives. Some other behaviors related to prey drive are: pouncing, jumping, shaking, tearing or ripping things apart, digging, burying objects, stealing food, enjoying chasing games (and tug-of-war) and high-pitched barking.

2. Pack Drive
Dogs with a strong pack drive are very social and enjoy interacting with humans and other dogs. They like playing, being petted and being groomed. They’re typically easier to train because they enjoy working with people and they easily interpret our body language and cues. They’re good at following the rules and they also follow you around the house. The pack drive is also related to mating and reproductive behaviors.

3. Defense Drive
The defense drive is all about survival. It’s broken down into two self-preservation types, fight and flight.

  • Fight Drive – This drive is observed in dogs that some people might call dominant, but most of these characteristics show up after a dog reaches sexual maturity. Dogs with a high fight drive are confident, standing erect and often staring down people and other dogs. They may guard their food, toys, family or territory. They enjoy challenging games such as tug-of-war more than being petted or groomed. A dog with raised hackles from the shoulders and up the neck are displaying this type of drive.

  • Flight Drive – The flight drive is seen in dogs that are often characterized as submissive or fearful and it’s a common trait seen in younger dogs. They display a lack of confidence with their body language and actions. Dogs with high flight drives may freeze, cower, rollover to expose their belly, run away, tuck their tail between their legs or even urinate when stressed or when greeting strangers or new dogs. A dog in flight drive may also have raised hackles, but from the shoulder area going back towards the tail. It’s interesting that many dog bite injuries come from fearful or insecure dogs with high flight drives.
Dog Personalities

Are Drive Types Really That Useful?

Some trainers and behaviorists base their training methods on drive types and they tailor the training to the particular drive of a dog. That makes sense. After all, if you understand what motivates a dog, it’s easier to work with their nature or personality. Trainers will also attempt to decrease a particular drive that might be counterproductive in certain types of training or situations.

Others argue that the theory of drive types is outdated and understanding dog behavior is much more complicated than breaking down their personality or instinctual tendencies into a few simple groups. That also makes sense. Most dogs display strength in all three of these drives depending on the circumstances. Dog behavior can also evolve over time and can change depending on the environment, as well as the people and dogs they spend time with.

What’s Your Dog’s Drive Type?

You can probably guess your dog’s drive type from the descriptions above, but if you need a little help, try taking this Canine Psychometric Test from K9 Magazine. I took the test and it confirmed my thoughts about Haley. She has a strong pack drive, medium-high prey drive and low flight defense drive. When she was younger though, she had a much higher flight defense drive.

I think it’s interesting to learn about dog drive types and they help explain a lot about dog behavior, but I do feel they’re probably overly simplistic and outdated. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my fellow bloggers, it’s the fact that every dog is different and you can’t train or explain dog behavior with a single theory or method. What do you think? Leave a comment below! Dog Drive Types - An Outdated Theory?

14 Things Your Dog Hates


14 Things Your Dog HatesWe all know that most dogs hate fireworks, baths, vet visits, and dressing up for Halloween. But here are some other things your dog hates that might not be as obvious to you. Could you be irritating your dog and not even know it? How many of these things do you do?

14 Things Your Dog Hates

1. Hugs
Child Hugging a Dog

Photo by GlitterandFrills / CC BY 2.0

Even though we humans like hugs, most dogs don’t. They may tolerant them if they trust you, but many dogs feel threatened when hugged. They might turn their heads away, lick their lips, struggle to get away or even lash out aggressively. Stick to belly rubs if you want to show affection. It’s especially important to teach young children not to hug dogs.

2. Yelling
Dogs don’t understand why you’re raising your voice and will only feel intimidated by loud vocal reprimands. Instead of yelling, put that energy into training your pup and you’ll both be much happier. Another good reason not to yell at your dog is, they’ll eventually ignore you and if you need to yell at them one day to get their attention in an emergency situation, it won’t be effective. I shouldn’t need to say this, but you should also never hit or be physically abusive to your dog. Sadly, we’ve all seen it happen.

3. Face or Head Touching
Touching a Dog's Face

Photo by Eli Christman / CC BY 2.0

I’m not sure why we humans tend to pet or pat dogs on the head or get right in their faces, but they really don’t like it. Just imagine how you would feel if someone approached you and started touching your face or bonking you on top of your head. Yep, that’s pretty much how dogs feel too. They prefer to be petted on their chests or backs instead.

4. Inconsistency
Dogs like routine and they also like to know what the rules are and what’s expected of them. They’re big on the concept of fairness and can get confused or frustrated when a behavior is allowed one day and chastised the next. If you’re not consistent in how you treat your dog, they may lose trust in you or ignore you completely. Be fair and consistent with the rules and ask all family members to do the same.

5. Boredom
If you put yourself in your dog’s paws, you might realize just how boring their day might be. Are you providing enough exercise, mental stimulation and playtime? A bored dog with excess energy may become a destructive dog as they create their own form of entertainment. Make sure daily walks don’t become boring by ensuring your pooch has time to sniff around and explore interesting scents. Don’t always follow the same route on daily walks; switch things up by walking in different locations or try some hiking trails. Challenge your dog by training new commands or find interesting activities for them.
Bored Dog

Photo by Markus / CC BY-ND 2.0

6. Too Much Talk
We all talk to our dogs, but rambling and baby talk can be irritating to them. Maybe it’s similar to how we feel when listening to someone speaking in a foreign language or when a dog barks endlessly for no apparent reason. Dogs prefer clear hand signals, gestures or reading our body language over trying to decipher our words. I’ve actually seen a few people try to logically reason with their dogs verbally, as if they could possibly understand complex sentences and concepts. Too much talk or repeatedly shouting commands will cause your dog to ignore you.

7. Being Alone
Dogs are social animals, so being alone can be stressful for them. Whether they’re left alone in the home all day or isolated from the family by being kept outside, they’re sure to get lonely. There’s a reason dogs go a little nuts when you ask “Do you want to go for a ride?”. They want to be with us and they love exploring new environments. Take your pup along with you when you can!

8. Intense Eye Contact
Dog With a Hard Stare

Photo by Ty Konzak / CC BY 2.0

We find it intimidating or threatening when someone stares at us too long or gets in our face. Dogs feel the same way. If you use direct eye contact or stare at a dog when greeting them for the first time, it could be perceived as a threat and may provoke an aggressive response. Avert your gaze and turn your body slightly sideways (away from the dog) for a less threatening posture.

9. Being Pressured
If your pup is uncomfortable in any situation, look for ways to reduce the pressure. Don’t force your dog to play with other dogs when they’re resistant and never force a dog to face their fears, which will likely be counterproductive. If a dog doesn’t seem receptive to meet you, give them some space to approach if and when they’re ready.
Pressuring a Dog

Photo by kellinahandbasket / CC BY 2.0

10. Bad Moods
It’s stressful being around someone when they’re upset or angry, right? Our dogs feel the same way. They sense the tension and it generates a certain level of stress within them too. We obviously can’t avoid getting annoyed or agitated once in a while, but if it causes a noticeable negative effect on your dog, it’s time to work on relaxation or de-stressing techniques. You and your dog will both be healthier!

11. Tight Leashes
Tension on the leash creates tension in the dog. Tight leashes can definitely have an adverse effect on our dog’s behavior. It can cause frustration and anxiety, especially if you’re constantly pulling back or sideways in attempt to get your dog under control. I absolutely know how frustrating it is to train your dog to walk on a loose leash (I’m talking about you Haley!) but it’s an important technique to keep working on, since it can prevent your dog from becoming defensive or reactive when on leash. Remember to keep the leash slack when your pup’s meeting another dog so they don’t feel tense or trapped.
Dogs Greeting With Tight Leashes

Photo by State Farm / CC BY 2.0

12. Offensive Aromas
Since a dog’s sense of smell is so much stronger than ours, certain aromas can be overwhelming to them. Unfortunately those nasty things they discover in the yard and like to roll around in aren’t offensive to dogs, but strong fragrances, cleaning products and other household sprays do irritate them. Avoid spraying anything directly on your dog, especially around their face.
13. Teasing
Child Teasing a Dog

Photo by Donnie Ray Jones / CC BY 2.0

Light teasing during playtime is fine, as long as it’s not excessive or too frustrating for your pooch. Mean-spirited teasing for human amusement isn’t fine or funny. This is usually more of an issue with kids that might not realize that pulling a dog’s tail, ears, or poking them could provoke a dog to react aggressively.

14. Being Woken Up
We like to wake up gradually and dogs feel the same way. Remember the adage “Let sleeping dogs lie”? Suddenly jolting a dog from their sleep is like being startled by an obnoxious, blaring alarm clock. A common dog bite scenario happens when a young child suddenly touches or grabs a sleeping dog, especially if the dog is a little older. Keep an eye on the little ones and teach older children to respect sleeping dogs and allow them to wake up on their own.

Sometimes it’s not all that obvious to us humans when our pups are annoyed. They may tolerate some of these things, but they might not be happy about it. I’m guilty of giving Haley hugs and sometimes I balance a treat on her nose, even though I know she doesn’t like it. It’s a good thing that most dogs are pretty tolerant of our antics!

Did I miss any of the things your dog hates? Share them in the comments below! 14 Things Your Dog Hates