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Why We’re Working with Centinela Feed to Help Dogs & Owners in Need

ANNOUNCEMENT –  Centinela Feed has joined the DOG for DOG mission, and you can now find DOG for DOG food & treats in every one of their Southern California locations.

When you purchase any DOG for DOG at Centinela, an equal amount of dog food is donated to dogs in need at Downtown Dog Rescue and to families in need through their Shelter Intervention program. This program is revolutionary and in August alone, 95 pets were prevented from entering the South LA Shelter.


To celebrate, September 12-20 Centinela Feed is doubling the food donation as part of their yearly #FOODFRENZY. Join the mission this week and make your donation count!  Support Downtown Dog Rescue by purchasing DOG for DOG DOGSFOOD, DOGSTREATS and DOGSBUTTER at Centinela Feed!


Meet Casper, one of the many rescue dogs that receive DOUBLE the donation when you purchase DOG for DOG DOGSFOOD during Centinela Feed’s #FoodFrenzy this week.

Casper is a deaf puppy that was brought to the Downey shelter by a heartbroken owner that had to give Casper up for financial reasons. Thanks to Downtown Dog Rescue Casper never saw the inside of the Downey Shelter and instead is living at their beautiful rescue center, safe and waiting for the perfect home.

When we see dogs like Casper given a chance at a new life with a new family, it’s easy to see why we support Downtown Dog Rescue. And you can, too! With every purchase of DOG for DOG treats and food from a Centinela Feed, an equal amount of healthy food is donated to DDR’s dogs in need –– pop in before the 20th and they will double that donation, giving two meals to dogs in need!


Pets for Patriots sets record for dog food donations

Originally posted to Pets for Patriots blog here.


Buddy is among many recipients of dog food donations through a record-setting campaign with DOG for DOG, makers of high quality, all natural, made in the USA pet food. The company ran a one-month promotion to benefit Pets for Patriots, and Buddy and his veteran Michael would like to say, “Thank you.”

Buddy DFD 2

For every purchase, the company donates an equal amount of their dog food to help pets in need. Our promotion with them was such a success that it shattered their one-month sales record through their Amazon store and yielded a whopping 101 bags of donated food.

At our request, DOG for DOG sent a full pallet – more than 900 pounds of food – to Humane Society of Pinellas, our partner shelter where Michael and Buddy adopted one another. The remaining 36 bags were delivered to Michael for Buddy’s enjoyment, and should last him til November 2016.

We chose Buddy to be our special canine recipient for a very special reason.

Shortly after Michael adopted the seven year-old dog, it was discovered that Buddy had a chronic skin condition. He was in constant distress with open sores on his body, and the medication to treat his medical problem is very expensive and in limited supply. Michael, an Air Force veteran, asked us for help. With his limited income he knew he could not afford Buddy’s care, but was heartbroken at the prospect of surrendering his new friend back to the shelter.

Pets for Patriots was determined to keep Michael and Buddy together.

Through an online fundraiser we generated enough donations to pay for Buddy’s medication for at least a year. Around the same time, DOG for DOG approached us about the one-month promotion, and we thought their all natural food would complement Buddy’s medical therapy. We checked with his veterinarian, who gave us the “paws up.”

We’re grateful to everyone who helped Buddy’s cause – whether by donation, by purchasing Dog for Dog food, or by sharing his need with their friends – and we thank DOG for DOG for their generous gift not just to Buddy, but to the homeless dogs at Humane Society of Pinellas.

P.S. Buddy loves his new food!


Our Five Favorite Dog Hacks to Keep Your Pups Busy

1. Foster Parent Crafts Amazing Puppy Playpen

Check out this video we shared on our Facebook page. We love how this foster is keeping this pack of wiley puppies busy!

2. Keep ’em busy and cool by stuffing a hollow bone with DOGSBUTTER and popping it in the freezer!

Photo (and idea) from @Mack_the_Bully

3. Repurpose empty bottles (and slow down mealtime) with this little handmade gadget!

By Bella the Malinois

4. Hide and seek with tiny treats!

This game helps your dog practice two skills: stay & nose work! Get them to sit and stay in their bed. Depending on your dog, you can have them watch you “hide” training treats around the room, or go into the next room. With my dog, I simply place the treats on windowsills, low tables, in the middle of the floor – that’s enough of a challenge for him. He’s a bit of a goober. When you’re ready, say, “Go get ’em!” and let your dog out of their ‘stay’. You may have to point out the first treat or two, but they’ll get the hang of this pretty fast!

5. Make Your Own Brain Game

Super quick & fun little hack! Check out this video.

Have a hack of your own to share? We’d love to hear it! Send it our way :)


Can Coconut Oil Improve My Dog’s Health


We hear a lot about the benefits of coconut oil from the human holistic community. They share tips like: a tablespoon of coconut oil ingested regularly (or rubbed into our skin or hair) brings us benefits from healthy, supple skin and glowing hair to raising the natural insulin levels of diabetics and improving metabolism.

But can coconut oil have the same effects for our dogs? Many holistic veterinarians are studying the human research and saying “yes” to recommending coconut oil for our pets.

Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”.  A medium chain triglyceride (MCT), coconut oil consists of a series of fatty acid molecule chains that are easily digested and absorbed, without causing the pancreas to go into overdrive producing the digestive enzymes needed to absorb regular saturated oils.

This is of particular importance to dogs suffering from digestive disorders (Irritable Bowel Disease, Pancreatitis) and metabolic disorders (Diabetes Mellitus, Cushing’s Disease) as it puts less strain on the animal’s digestive system.

Additionally, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects your dog from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil can improve dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions



DOGSBUTTER Skin & Coat Contains Coconut which can improve your dog’s wellbeing

Giving coconut to your dog is easy! You can either buy dried coconut and sprinkle it on your dog’s food. They might not even know it’s there. Alternatively, DOGSBUTTER, an all natural peanut butter for dogs, is infused with coconut oil which makes it really easy. Not all dogs love coconut but most dogs adore peanut butter!

Some of the other benefits of giving your pup coconut oil with a meal include…

For healthy skin and coat:

  • Clears up eczema.
  • Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin.
  • Minimizes doggy odor.
  • Reduces allergic reactions.
  • Creates sleek and glossy coats
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections.
  • When applied topically, coconut oil promotes wound healing.
  • Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings.

To improve digestion:

  • Improves digestion.
  • Increases nutrient absorption.
  • Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowl syndrome.
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath.
  • Helps with coughing.

“Superfood” benefits:

  • Assists with weight loss.
  • Provides powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents.
  • Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function.
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes.
  • Aids arthritis and ligament problems.
  • Helps prevent infection and disease.
  • Increases energy.

Veterinarian Karen Becker, known for her holistic wellness veterinary practice, recommends administering ¼ tsp. of coconut oil for every 10 lbs. of body weight twice a day for optimal effect.


Peanut Butter and Your Dog’s Health and Safety

Peanut butter is the treat of choice for many pet parents! It’s great for filling up hollow toys, making pupsicles, and hiding medication. Just remember, not all peanut butter is created equal! Here at DOG for DOG, we formulated DOGSBUTTER just for dogs, because many popular brands contain unhealthy and sometimes dangerous ingredients in their peanut butter.

When looking for the best peanut butter for your pup, we suggest our own DOGSBUTTER (of course!), however, if you can’t get your paws on our PB, here’s everything you need to know about keeping your pup safe!

Here’s a few of the many awesome DOGSBUTTER reviews & bonus! with every purchase of DOGSBUTTER, we donate an equal amount of food to dogs in need.



Want to check out our DOGSBUTTER?

Order today on DOGforDOG.com and get 15% off with code EMDB915


10 Durable, Eco-Friendly Dog Toys for The Toughest Chewers

dog playing with toySome dogs are master destroyers. No matter what toy you give them, no matter how much you spend, it seems they tear it to shreds within minutes. Not only can this get to be expensive, it can also be dangerous for your dog. Even the smallest pieces can cause obstructions in the dog’s gut, and any toy that can be easily destroyed is probably not a good fit for your pooch.

For many dog owners, it seems like there are no toys on the market made for their destructive and powerful dog. And let’s face it… We all want our dogs to have fun and to play with us. Whether it’s fetch or tug-of-war, it’s just nice being able to play with your best friend.

Thankfully, meaning not only are you helping out your dog, but you’re helping protect the environment as well. Win-Win!

Here’s our list of eco-friendly dog toys that were built for the toughest chewers out there.

1. Hurley Dog Bone by West Paw Design – This toy is a stick, a ball and a bone, all rolled into one. Not only is this toy guaranteed to last, it’s also recyclable and certified safe. It’s part of the Zogoflex line of dog toys, and it’s not the only one of their toys that have made our list. It comes in four colors and three sizes, and the price starts at $10.95. Not bad at all for a toy that’s guaranteed to last. And yes, it’s dishwasher safe too, so it’s easy to clean.

2. Jive Dog Ball by West Paw Design – Like the dog toy above, this ball is part of the ZogoFlex line of toys, and it’s the most durable ball from West Paw Design. Not only is it guaranteed to last, it’s also buoyant, making it the ideal ball to take to the beach or to play with in the pool. Perfect size for a ball thrower in case you don’t want to get slobber all over your hards. As above, this toy is recyclable and can be thrown in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

3. Tux Treat Toy by West Paw Design – If you haven’t discovered the joys of a treat toy, you’re truly missing out. The thing with treat toys is that it goes above and beyond the call of duty. Yes, it provides your dog with something to chew on, but it also provides your dog with treats as they chew on it, making them less likely to turn that powerful jaw on your shoes or furniture. Not only that, but West Paw Design considers this one of their toughest dog toys.

4. The Launcher with Orbee Ball – Does your dog like to play fetch, but you simply can’t throw the ball far enough to make them happy? Well that’s where The Launcher comes in handy. It allows you to pick up the ball and send the ball flying into the air. But not only is it great for fetch, it’s also durable and designed to stand up to hardcore chewing. And because we’re all about eco-friendly toys, yes, this toy is made from quality reclaimed materials.

5. Plaid Scottie Toy by Harry Barker – Perhaps you’re all stocked up on balls and bones, but would like something both cuddly and durable. Sound like an oxymoron? Well, it doesn’t have to be. This adorable stuffed toy is designed to look like a Scottie. But not only is it cute, it’s durable, and can withstand hours of playing. And it’s stuffed from eco-friendly fiberfill made from recycled plastic bottles, so you know it’s environmentally friendly too!

6. Cotton Rope Alligator Toys by Harry Barker – Okay, so maybe the plaid Scottie isn’t your style. If that’s the case, and you’re still wanting something cute to add to your dog’s collection, these adorable rope alligator toys by Harry Barker fit the bill. Not only are they durable and made for tough chewers, they’re made from a machine-washable cotton can help clean your dog’s teeth while they chew.

7. Cotton Rope Bone by Harry Barker – Teething puppies can do a lot of damage, but these toys are made just for them. An added trick is tossing them into the freezer a few hours before giving them to your pet, and then let them chew away. Durable, cute, and the recycled cotton yarn cleans their teeth too! And don’t worry, these toys are machine-washable, making them easy to clean.

8. Wreath Rubber Dog Toy by Harry Barker – See a trend here, huh? Harry Barker offers so many great durable, yet eco-friendly dog toys, but this is possibly one of the toughest toys they have. This wreath toy is 100% recyclable and meant to hold up to the toughest chewers. Also makes for a great game of tug of war!

9. Eco Rattler with Squeaker by Honest Pet Products – Dogs love squeak toys. Problem is, powerful chewers often find a way to remove the squeaker within a few seconds, destroying the toy in the process. This isn’t the case with this Eco Rattler toy, which is designed to be durable. This toy is made from durable HEMP canvas, making the outer layer 100% natural. Also, as an added bonus, it’s natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, easily cleaned and the company employs disabled people to help make the toys. Just an all around good product.

10. Diamond Plate Ball by Planet dog – With a name like Diamond Plate, this toy better be tough. It’s ranked as one of Planet Dog’s most durable toys. And if you already have too many balls, there’s also the Double Tuff made from the same Diamond Plate material. And yes, both are recyclable. Need you even ask?

Every single one of these toys can either be thrown in the dishwasher or tossed in the washing machine. But what’s the point in spending money on eco-friendly, non-toxic toys if you’re just going to clean them with chemicals? Go the extra mile in keeping your dog (and the planet) safe by washing your dog’s toys in an all-natural product.

For toys that are dishwasher safe, Grab Green Dishwasher Detergent will do the trick, and it’s non-toxic and safe, so you don’t have to worry about any chemical residue making your pooch sick. It’s naturally-derived and safe for the environment too, which is perfect for the person interested in eco-friendly, durable toys. If you still prefer to wash everything by hand, that’s fine. Just use Grab Green Dish Soap instead. It’s still made with naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients, so you know you’re doing right by your pet when using it.

And for the Harry Barker cotton toys or any stuffed toy that’s washing machine safe, Grab Green Laundry Detergent is a superior, yet safe, cleaner.  Made of naturally derived, plant and mineral based ingredients, you can rest assured that your dog’s toys will come out of the wash clean and ready for play again in no time!


Overcoming Separation Anxiety Once and For All

separation anxiety

We know it’s hard to leave your dog and go to work everyday. Many of us would rather stay home with our best friend all day if we could, wouldn’t we? But it’s an unfortunate fact that many of us simply can’t afford to do that. And we know it’s not just hard on you, but it can be hard on your best friend too. Especially if there’s a change in routine or you have a new dog in your life who’s not yet comfortable without you nearby.

When I first got Annabelle, my Great Dane, she was 8 weeks old. I had just completed graduate school and was trying to find work, so I was able to stay home with her all day, every day. Since it was during the recession, it meant this went on for a very long time. Annabelle got used to me being there with her. And honestly, I got used to it too.

When I took my first post-grad school job, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. She was already crate trained, but I didn’t want to crate her for eight hours a day, so we blocked off the kitchen and dining area for her instead. She had access to toys, her bed, everything she needed to be comfortable and secure. But even though she had everything she could possibly need, she was still missing one thing – me.

Because we didn’t transition her properly to ease her anxiety, she wound up tearing up the kitchen. Being that she’s a giant dog, she has a giant mouth and her ability to devour furniture knows no bounds. She ate my kitchen table, my chairs, even the railing to the stairs leading to the back door. She pulled up the flooring at the door and managed to open all of the cabinets and eat everything she found in there as well.

All of this in one eight hour day. Back then, I knew less about dogs than I do know, and it was extremely stressful. I didn’t know that Annabelle was stressed out and missing me. She was going through something very normal for a dog when their human leaves them alone for the first time. She was experiencing separation anxiety.

This is a very common problem for dogs. Like I mentioned above, it can stem from a change in routine or it could be a problem from the very first day you bring your canine friend home. Many dogs that are rescued might fear that when you leave, you’re never coming back. After all, they’ve likely been abandoned before and are fearful of it happening again.

The question is, how do you help your dog overcome separation anxiety once and for all?

The first step is to identify the type and cause of the anxiety and behavior. Some dogs are genuinely stressed out and act out, while others may do it because it’s a learned behavior that’s inadvertently reinforced through our own actions. Also, sometimes it’s not the stress of being alone that’s the problem, but boredom. Many dogs simply do not get enough exercise and fulfillment due to our busy schedules, and this can also lead them to being destructive when you’re away.

As much as we try to do what’s best for our dogs, sometimes it’s our own actions causing the anxiety.

Here are five ways we can increase anxiety in our dogs:

1) When we leave, we make a big deal out of saying goodbye. We make this seem like a sad time with hugs, kisses and encouraging words, hoping that this will soothe our dog before we leave.

2) When we return, we make a big deal out of coming home. Our dogs greet us with such exuberance, and it feels good! So we love on them and praise them over and over again.

3) We don’t give our dogs enough exercise prior to leaving them.

4) We don’t provide enough enrichment to keep them entertained while we’re away.

5) We don’t properly prepare them to be alone.

The first two are likely the most common issues. When you leave, you try to soothe your dog, but what you’re essentially doing is ramping up their anxiety. They now know you’re leaving, and because you’ve comforted them, they assume this is a big, scary time. They begin to associate you leaving with something that is sad or scary. And when you come home and they get super excited, and you in turn get super excited. By doing that, you’re telling them that you leaving is bad, and you coming home is good. Which leads to anxiety while you’re gone.

Also, many dogs act out because they’re bored. We often forget that many breeds were bred for specific purposes. Huskies may be beautiful to look at, but they are built to pull sleds through the snow. Sitting on a couch all day while you’re at work is the equivalent of you watching paint dry for several hours a day, every day, for the rest of your life.

No matter the reason, it boils down to your dog not being prepared for being left alone. So how can you work on separation anxiety and make sure your dog doesn’t eat your house when you leave for a few hours? How can you make sure your dog is comfortable, safe and secure while you’re at work?

Here are 8 tips that will hopefully help you and your pet work on these issues

1) Vet knows best. Especially if this is a new issue or you’re dealing with an older dog, it doesn’t hurt to check with your vet to make sure there aren’t underlying medical issues that are leading to the anxiety. Sometimes they can also prescribe medicine to help with the anxiety, but usually it’s best to work on training or other natural means before turning to medicinal cures. There are also essential oils that could help curb their anxiety, but again, check with your vet first.

2) Stop turning your departure into something bad. Yes, we like that our dogs miss us and don’t want us to leave, but that mentality isn’t good for your dog. The best way to fix this issue is to turn you leaving into a positive experience. Don’t make your goodbyes into an emotional affair, for one thing. Be calm and happy as you prepare to leave. But also give your dog something to look forward to when you leave. For instance, have specific toys that only come out when you leave. Or feed them when you leave. If you don’t want to give them an entire meal, you can give them special treats that are only given right before you head out the door. It’s best if these items last awhile, giving them something to do for awhile after you step out. Which leads us to our next solution…

3) Find news ways to keep them entertained while you’re away.
There are puzzle toys that dispense treats when your dog does certain tasks. Not only do they get a yummy treat, it keeps them busy. And for dogs that need mental stimulation and who are bored, it provides that as well. You can also fill up a Kong toy with DOGSBUTTER and freeze it, giving them a tasty treat they can savor for a while. Not only that, it keeps them busy, which in turn, keeps their mouths off of your shoes and electronics or whatever may be handy. It’s a win-win for everyone.

4) Take baby steps. If your dog suffers from severe separation anxiety, you may need to start slow. This means instead of leaving your dog for eight hours by themselves, you start out by leaving them for a few minutes as you walk down the street. Then gradually increase the time you’re away, letting them realize that nothing bad happens when you’re gone.

5) Hellos and goodbyes need to be calm. When you leave, don’t make a big deal out of it. Same when you return. It’s just another part of your day. The less you react to these events, the less emotion your dog will attach to them as well. You may pet your dog upon entering, but remain calm and don’t get overly excited. This way they don’t associate your absence with any strong emotions.

6) Do not punish your dog. I can’t state this enough, if you want your dog to be well-behaved and well-adjusted, you need to be careful in how you train them. Scolding, yelling or spanking, especially a dog that is already anxious, will only increase their anxiety. Sure, it’s frustrating when you come home and see your entire shoe collection torn to shreds, but at the end of the day, you should have made sure anything of value was put away until you know your dog can be trusted. If anyone deserves the scolding, it’s you. But even when you check and double check, accidents happen. And that’s fine. Just don’t take that frustration out on your dog because it doesn’t fix the situation. It only makes it worse.

separation anxiety27) Exercise your dog. Depending on the breed, this may mean going on a four mile run or simply tossing the ball in the backyard. This is why it’s important to consider the energy level of a breed before getting a dog and making sure you get a breed that’s right for you. If your dog is full of energy and you leave them confined to your house all day with no release, then you’re just asking for trouble. Exercise is key. Wear your dog out before work and they just might sleep the entire day away, oblivious to you being gone at all.

8) Crate train. Not every dog needs to be crate trained, but it can always come in handy. Annabelle was crate trained from the very beginning, and it was a breeze. To this day, she chooses to lie in her crate or other tight space (now that her crate isn’t up) when she’s nervous or wants to be left alone (because our cats like to pester her). Because she’s severely stressed when I leave, she put herself in harm’s way by chewing. I established her crate as her safe place, and to this day, it remains so.

We are just now working on leaving her out of the crate when we leave. She’s now showing progress. But she still prefers to lie in her crate, even if the door isn’t shut, because it helps her feel contained. And that’s fine. She’s very much a dog of routine. When she knows what to expect, she’s not stressed. And for her, going into the crate usually means tons of treats, something she looks forward to every day. It alleviates the stress of us leaving her.

We can’t stress enough about how great puzzle toys and Kongs filled with DOGSBUTTER can be though. It’s a great investment that can save you a lot on furniture and vet bills. Because let’s face it, dogs who eat the house are at a greater risk for obstructions and getting into toxic items. Give them something they can chew on instead. Something safe. Something healthy. And best of all, something yummy.



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