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New Year, New Dog Food Feeding Guide

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Happy new year DOG for DOG fans! With each passing new year, it’s commonplace for us humans to make resolutions for the coming year, whether it’s to spend more quality time with family and friends, to quit bad habits or – perhaps most popularly of all – to start new, healthier eating habits. But us dog parents don’t just have ourselves to think about in the coming year, we also have our dogs to consider! Since we’re the ones choosing what activities they enjoy and foods they consume, it’s up to us to help them make great choices. So whether your pup could stand to shed a few lbs or needs to focus on a diet made especially for seniors or puppies this year, we thought it would be helpful to put together a new year, new pup feeding guide! Our tips below aim to help your dog make the best of their diet and eating habits this year.

Overweight: Just like it’s bad in so many ways for us to be overweight (both mentally and physically), it’s also tough on our dogs bodies to have extra lbs. And just like us, the fix is usually simple (to discern, not always to do!) – dogs that consume fewer calories than they burn will lose. While we know all of this is true, nearly 45% of all dogs in the US are overweight! Besides the obvious benefits, keeping your dog at a healthy weight can add about two years to their life… and who doesn’t want their pup to live longer. A healthier diet and weight goals can also prevent your pup from getting diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, lung disorders, high blood pressure, the list goes on and on. Wondering exactly how much you should be feeding your pup? Check out this dog food calculator and consider consulting your vet if you have additional questions. Many vets advise against free feeding, a popular method that allows dogs to eat out of boredom and can also lead to unnatural hormonal changes. Most dogs should be fed two to four small portions a day and timed automatic feeders can help for those of us who have trouble adhering to a more frequent schedule.

While it’s easy to just grab a bag of low cal or diet food for our pups, that solution is unfortunately not the best fix in the long run. Many of these foods contain high levels of carbohydrate fillers that create a low calorie, bulky food that helps your dog feel full but only for a short time. This can leave your pup feeling constantly hungry and begging for more food. You’ll need to find a quality food that isn’t necessarily one with good branding about being for weight loss. Our DOGSFOOD Grain-free formula is a great choice. Many times this can include adding a bit of wet food into a dry food diet, or some home cooked food along with their kibble. Speaking of home cooked food, you can consider switching from regular treats 24/7 to healthier options like carrot sticks! No matter what food you decide to go with, be sure to measure out each serving with a with a proper measuring cup. Even in your busiest moments, you have an easy way to be sure you’re feeding the proper amount.

Puppy: As you read above, a balanced diet is critically important to your pup’s growth and overall health and this is never more true that when they’re a puppy! Think about raising a child – while it’s hugely important to think about what they’re eating throughout their adolescence, we’re super concerned with what they’re taking in when they’re very young. Barring any special needs or illness-related deficiencies, your puppy is safe to consume a normal high-quality commercial pet food and can get all of the nutrients they need from it. Or you can get a formula specifically created with puppies in mind such as our DOGSFOOD puppy formula. In general, puppies require up to twice the energy intake of adult dogs and, depending on the breed, will need to be fed food that contains between 25-30% protein. While you may eventually choose to feed your dog twice a day (six months in is a good time to do the change if you’re considering it), it’s often advised to feed puppies smaller portions more often. Smaller meals are easier to digest and energy levels don’t peak and fall as often. Another important thing to note is that unless specifically instructed by your vet, supplements and vitamins are not usually recommended for puppies, as they’ll get everything they need from a balanced diet. In fact, many of the supplements you can find sold online and in local stores could actually do more harm than good!

Senior: Dogs begin to show visible age-related changes between seven to twelve years of age, including both metabolic, immunologic and body composition changes. Health issues like deterioration of skin and coat, loss of muscle mass, more frequent intestinal problems, etc. are common. While some of these are unavoidable, others can be managed with a proper diet. The main objective should remain to maintain health and optimum body weight. Studies have shown that the protein requirement for older dogs does not decrease with age and it’s important to feed older dogs diets that contain optimum levels of highly digestible protein such as our DOGSFOOD Duck formula to maintain good muscle mass.

While older dogs may start to eat a bit less, they’ve also been shown to progressively put on body fat. In this case, it’s okay to feed a diet with a lower caloric density while making sure the normal protein level is in balance. Talk to your vet about Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and omega-6 fatty acid that plays a role in the maintenance of a healthy coat which can diminish in older dogs. Senior diets should also include FOS to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. Antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta-carotene help eliminate free radical particles that can damage body tissues and cause signs of aging. Senior diets should therefore also include higher levels of these compounds. A more fun tip? Add a booster of flaxseed oil to help with arthritis!

Active: Assuming your dog just likes a weekly run at the dog park or playing around your house, your current diet is probably fine for them. But if this new year includes plans to turn your dog into your daily running partner, you may want to make a few small adjustments to their diet such as our DOGSFOOD Chicken Formula. In a story for the New York Times, Dr. Joseph Wakshlag (professor of clinical nutrition and sports medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine) said that “for dogs jogging along with you for 20 minutes a few times a week, a normal commercial dog food containing about 15 or 16 percent fat should be fine. But if you and your dog run five or 10 miles a day, that dog likely needs a slightly higher-fat diet.There are special high-performance dog foods now that contain as much as 20 percent fat. Or you can just add a teaspoon of olive oil to your dog’s kibble. That increases fat intake by 1 or 2 percent, which can be plenty. On the other hand, fat is somewhat indigestible and can lead to greater fecal mass. So if you increase your dog’s fat intake, be prepared to carry an extra plastic bag or two when you go running. Athletic dogs need protein to build and maintain muscle. In general, their diet should consist of at least 25 percent protein, preferably from meat. In one study, dogs fed plant-based soy protein experienced far more musculoskeletal injuries than dogs consuming meat protein.” Check out the full article here.

Average (age and size): Once your pup is into adulthood, refrain from feeding them either senior or puppy food. Puppy food in particular is very high in calories and nutritional supplements so you want to make the switch appropriately depending on their breed and age (consult your vet if your unsure on best timing). When making the switch, do it slowly over the course of one to two weeks by gradually mixing in increasing amounts of the adult food with decreasing amounts of puppy food to minimize gastric upset. Making the switch will prevent obesity and orthopedic problems. An average, healthy adult dog can continue on the diet you’ve been giving them because, as the saying goes, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it! As long as they maintain a healthy weight and their stool looks good (dark brown and sturdy), you’re in the clear! If you ever decide to change their food anyways, use the same transitional advice from above for moving away from puppy food to get them used to their new food.

Popular add-ins for all dogs:

  • Salmon oil: showing benefits in both older dogs and puppies alike, salmon oil (normally squirted into food or available in pill format) can lead to better brains and bones and works as an anti-inflammatory supplement for older dogs suffering from arthritis. It may also help keep brain functioning sharp in aging dogs. Lastly, it can work as a cancer fighter!
  • Fish oil: Usually in pill form, this is a great treatment for dogs with allergies and/or skin conditions.
  • Coconut oil: Can aid in pets’ digestion, improve their coats and help prevent infection. It is important to dose correctly though, so check out this awesome story on the benefits and ways to administer.

Like any new resolution, these eating tips will require an ongoing commitment to making the best choices which we know change is never easy. Start small and create goals that are easily achievable and work up from there! Do research on your dog’s breed and age and consult with your vet on any questions you might have or further steps you’re interested in taking. We’d love to hear what changes you’ve already made to ensure a healthier lifestyle for your pups, so be sure to leave your own pieces of advice for fellow dog owners in the comments below! Have a safe and happy 2016. 

Holiday Shopping Guide that Give Back to Dogs

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When shopping for the dog lover (or, more likely, lovers) in your life, you’re lucky to have a never-ending supply of possible things to get them. Whether it’s a gift certificate to Wag.com, something handmade and/or personalized from Etsy or a trip to the groomer for their pup – there’s plenty a dog lover would love to receive. Or maybe you’re looking for unique ways to treat your own pup this holiday season. Whatever the case, there are places and brands out there that you can shop and not only buy some dog related products but also give back to dogs in need at the same time! We’ve rounded up four below for you to check out.

1. Thundershirt. If you haven’t heard of them already, Thundershirts are specifically designed to comfort dogs experiencing anxiety, preventing panic attacks and other behaviors that affect lonely pups. The company has donated thousands of their products directly to shelters and adoption organizations across the country and you can donate directly yourself or request a donation through their website. Buying a Thundershirt for your own dog or the dog of a loved one helps further them in their mission to help all dogs.

2. BarkBox. BarkBox is a themed, monthly box service delivered straight to your door full of doggie goodies. Give the gift that keeps on giving! Simply choose a subscription package based on how long you’d like to receive boxes and how big your dog is and receive your goodies (a mix of toys, treats and food) on the 15th of each month. The BarkBox program not only offers an amazing gift to dogs but also donates 10% of all profits to shelters. With their BarkGood program, they work with over 3,000 shelters and rescues around the US and Canada! 

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3. Amazon Smile. Who doesn’t use Amazon on a regular basis? Do something super easy then and click through to their AmazonSmile program, where you can purchase products and hand-select a dog rescue to receive a portion of the proceeds. Over 2,100 rescues and humane societies are involved and it’s so easy – you click, they give!

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4. Dog for Dog. You didn’t think we’d forget ourselves, did you?! Our mission says it all – “You buy a bag of our food or treats, and we give another equal bag to a dog in need.” It’s that simple! By buying our brand, you are directly influencing the life of a dog in need in a shelter, and what dog wouldn’t love one of our tasty treats? If you’ve never ordered before, you can save 10% off of your first purchase by signing up for our newsletter, which will also get you receiving updates and stories about how you can further help out dogs in need in your own neighborhood.

 

Some other options?

  • Subaru. In the past seven years, the car company has donated over $9 million to the ASPCA as part of their Share the Love partnership.
  • Build-a-Bear. This toy company supports a number of good causes, including shelters like Red Rover and Oregon Greyhound Adoption, so you know you can feel good about spending your money here.
  • Monkeez Makes a Difference. Monkeez advocates for animal welfare through their children’s toys, selling an exclusive line of toys to raise money for the Best Friends Animal Society, the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the country.
  • Puppy Luv Glam. This girly clothing line for young tots and infants is all about the love of dogs. They use their products to encourage adoption over buying from breeders and currently donate $2 to the ASPCA for every (adorable) garment they sell.
  • Lush. The cruelty-free cosmetics line has a special line of hand and body lotions called Charity Pots, with one in particular supporting the Beagle Freedom Project, a rescue operation which specifically rescues dogs from laboratory testing.
  • Bissell. The makers of home care products and vacuum cleaners, mops and stain removers also run the Bissell Pet Foundation, which finds homes for pets in need. A portion of every Bissell product purchase goes towards their foundation!
  • Ikea. Ikea has joined with existing shelters to form Home for Hope, a campaign that places cardboard cutouts of adoptable dogs in their furniture displays to show people what their home would look like with a pet in it. The cutouts feature scannable codes for customers to track their favorite adoptable dogs on their smartphone. How cute and smart is that?
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Feeling the doggie holiday spirit? This is just the tip of the iceberg. In the comments below, tell us where you shop that gives back to dogs in need and what dog related products you’re planning to stock up on this holiday season.

Jamie Chung Celebrates the DOG for DOG Mission!

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Jamie Chung Celebrates the DOG for DOG Mission!

Jamie Chung, actress, blogger and pet parent to an adorable rescue dog, Ewok, joined in on the red carpet celebration of DOG for DOG’s DOGSFOOD launch in PetSmart. Rocky Kanaka, DOG for DOG’s founder and star of Save Our Shelter, popped in a few photos with the dog-loving actress, and thanked her for coming out to support DOG for DOG and PetSmart’s new joined mission to feed dogs in need.

With every sale of DOGSFOOD at PetSmart, DOG for DOG will donate an equal amount of food to PetSmart Charities partner animal welfare organizations and their dogs in need.

DOG for DOG Wants to Save Your Shelter

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DOG for DOG Wants to Save Your Shelter

Who’s ready to see some rescue and shelter spaces get a DOG for DOG DIY makeover? We’re crazy excited to announce our new unscripted television show, Save Our Shelter. How did our founder, Rocky Kanaka, get so inspired that he launched a company AND a television show to help pets in need? Read on to find out, and hear more about our adventures!

It all started with our founder, Rocky Kanaka, who has always had a passion for pets and working in the pet space, starting with his business The Dog Bakery. Through local in-store events, he was awakened to the massive problem of pet homelessness in the US and he wanted to find a way to do more to give back. He started by donating proceeds from his store as well as hosting pet adoptions but the impact was just not big enough. That’s how DOG for DOG started, as a way to give back and provide great nutrition to dogs in shelters awaiting their forever home. Through DOG for DOG, Rocky was able to connect more with the local dog and cat rescue and shelter community, and see the resources needed to help these great communities grow.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

Pets for Patriots sets record for dog food donations

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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.”

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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.

 

Peanut Butter and Your Dog’s Health and Safety

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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!

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Here are 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.

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