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Give Thanks for Dogs!

Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be grateful for in life including our wonderful dogs. Yes, they’re loyal, funny and lovable. But dogs help us in so many ways. On this holiday, let’s not forget to thank our dogs for:

Lowering our cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Bringing down our blood pressure and reducing stress.

Increasing our survival after heart attacks.  The odds for surviving following a heart attack is 1 in 87. If you have a dog, your survival rate jumps to 1 in 15.

Increasing our physical activity.

Comforting us in times of illness and death.

Calming us and reducing anxiety.

Lifting our mood and loneliness.

Providing us with a routine and something to care for.

• Helping us meet new friends.

• Providing us with non-judgmental, unconditional love.

Give your dog a hug from us and enjoy your day!



What to Know About Doggie Day Care and Boarding Facilities

With the holidays approaching, many of us will be busier than ever and may be traveling to visit friends and family. If you don’t have as much time for your dog or can’t take him with you, what to do? Doggie day care can help when your cooped-up dog needs to play and socialize with other dogs. For overnight stays, a professional boarding kennel will care for your dog when pet sitters aren’t available. Since we all love our fur babies, we want to find a place where they will be safe and happy. Ask your vet, dog park friends and pet store owners for recommendations. Also, don’t forget that you can park your pooch at Dawg Gone Good’s relaxation area while you shop or dine in Nob Hill.

Doggie Day Care

With these business popping up all over, how do you know if a doggie day care facility is reputable and that your dog will be safe?  Consider the following to help you find a day care that suits the needs of your dog.

Screening: A responsible facility only accepts well-socialized dogs and will assess your dog to ensure he’s a good candidate for doggie day care. You may be asked to bring your dog for a play session so that the staff can observe his personality and energy level.

Vaccinations: To ensure the health and safety of all dogs, the day care center should ask you for proof of current vaccinations that includes rabies, distemper/parvovirus, parainfluenza  and bordetella. Your dog will also need to be parasite-free and in good general health. If you’re not asked for vaccination records, don’t leave your dog at the facility.

Cleanliness: The day care facility should be clean and relatively odor free with a good indoor ventilation system. When considering a facility, ask for a tour. If the staff is reluctant to show you around or keeps you out of certain areas, be wary.

Experience: Ask about the staff’s experience. They should be trained to administer canine CPR and handle emergencies. You’re also looking for knowledge of dog and pack behavior, discipline and positive reinforcement and sanitation.

Supervision. Dogs at a day care facility should never be left alone. A staff member should be monitoring them at all times. Look for a facility that has a staff-to-dog ratio of 15 or lower.

Safety. Your dog may be placed in a play group, either with dogs his own size or with those with compatible energy levels. The facility shouldn’t feel cramped and should have a secure outdoor area.


When leaving your dog overnight at a kennel, follow the tips above and also consider:

Availability. During the holidays, boarding kennels can fill up quickly. Call to see if openings are available and plan to visit the kennel before you leave.

Comfort. The temperature, lighting, bedding and sleeping quarters and exercise areas should all be comfortable for your pup.

Schedule. Find out when your dog will be fed, exercised and put to bed. Let the staff know of any concerns you have. Keep in mind that boarded pets should be checked on regularly throughout the day by a staff member trained to recognize signs of distress.

Your initial impression. Listen to your gut as you form your opinion about the facility. Is everything clean and orderly? Is the staff eager to assist you? Is the business running smoothly? You can also ask for referrals and speak to other owners who have boarded their pets there.

Keep Doggies Safe This Halloween

"I can haz candiee?"

Halloween is around the corner and that means dress-up, candy and fun. Many of us like to include our dogs in the festivities; putting them in costumes or taking them trick-or-treating. It’s up to us to make sure they don’t get into any mischief that could hurt them. To keep your dog calm and secure, follow these common-sense Halloween safety tips.

• No candy treats. Don’t leave candy out that your dog can get into and eat. Chocolate, especially dark and baking varieties, can be toxic to dogs and cats, causing vomiting and diarrhea even in small amounts. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in candy, mints and gum, causes rapid low blood sugar and liver failure in dogs. Call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 if you suspect your dog has eaten toxic candy.

• Watch out for wrappers. Foil from candies, lollipop sticks and small plastic decorations can cause intestinal blockage if ingested by your pup. Don’t let an emergency vet visit for a ruptured intestine ruin your holiday!

• Keep pumpkins and other decorations out of reach. Your dog’s tail (or a freaked-out cat) can knock over candles and start a fire. While fall decorations such as pumpkins, squash and corn are non-toxic, your dog may have an upset stomach if he eats them. Don’t let your dog chew lighted decorations or electrical cords; he could get burned, shocked or cut.

• Bring your dogs and other pets inside. Unfortunately, some people can play cruel tricks on animals, especially black cats.  To be safe, don’t let pets out alone on Halloween and in the days leading to and following the holiday.

• Consider putting your dog in a bedroom if you have trick-or-treaters. A constantly ringing doorbell or knocking can stress some dogs. They may also become afraid when they see strangers in costumes.

• Don’t let your dog dart out the door. If he becomes startled or afraid, he might just make a run for it. It’s a good time to make sure your dog has the proper I.D. tags. Lost dogs with identification have a much better chance of being returned to their owners.

• Dress your dog in a costume only if he’s comfortable. Some pups like dressing up and some find it stressful. Try on the costume before Halloween and see if your dog feels distressed. If he doesn’t like it, don’t force him to wear it. Also, make sure your dog can see, hear, move and breath freely in his costume.

• Always supervise  your dog while he’s in costume. Some dogs try to eat their costumes or get tangled on trees and fences.


For a safe and fun Halloween celebration, join Dawg Gone Good on October 31st from 4-8 p.m. We’ll have food, witches brew, prizes, discounts and more. Have your dog’s paw read by a real animal communicator for a $5 donation to NM Dogs Deserve Better. See which pooch has the winning costume. Let your dog get a treat for doing a trick. We’re located in Nob Hill, on Central at Wellesley, in beautiful Albuquerque, NM.


How to Control Shedding

Do you love your dog but hate his hair everywhere? We put up with hair on the furniture, in our cars and on our clothes just because we love them. Some dogs have been advertised as non-shedding, but that’s not true. All dogs shed in order to get rid of old, damaged and extra hair, and some shed more than others.  Breeds such as poodles, schnauzers and certain terriers are considered light shedders. Dogs with undercoats, such as huskies, labs and German sheperds, shed a ton. Shedding usually occurs during spring and fall as the seasons change, but some dogs shed year round. While you can’t stop your dog from shedding, try the following tips to control it.

1. Brush daily. This is the best thing you can do to control the amount of hair in your house. Brushing loosens the hair so you can remove it before it falls on your furniture or clothes. It will also keep your dog’s coat soft and clean.

2. Choose the best brush. A slicker brush with stainless steel pins will smooth your dog’s coat and collect hair. If your dog has a double coat, try an undercoat rake or shedding blade to quickly remove the dead hair without hurting the top coat. A mat breaker will help you brush through tangles and snarls without hurting your dog’s delicate skin.

3. Use a deshedding shampoo. This type of shampoo removes excess hair and strengthens the hair shaft without drying out the skin. Many formulas contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat. Oatmeal shampoo will also help soothe the skin for a shiny coat.

4. Bring your dog in for our Desert Dry Grooming. If you’re short on time or don’t have deshedding tools and products, drop your dog with us. We will brush, clip and dry shampoo him so the fur doesn’t fly in your house.

5. Feed a diet that encourages a healthy coat. Some manufacturers brand food specifically for healthy skin and coat. Look for a high-quality, nutritious food with fatty acids and digestible protein sources.

6. Give your dog fatty acid supplements. Increasing your pup’s intake of Omega 3 and Omega 6 will encourage a sleek, shiny coat and healthy skin.

7.  Keep allergies and parasites under control. Allergens along with fleas, ticks and other external parasites cause extreme itching which leads to lots of scratching and flying hair.

8. Remove pet hair quickly. Pet hair works its way into the fabric of your upholstery and your dog’s bed. Newly shed hair is easier to vacuum up or get off with a brush or lint roller.

Excessive shedding can be caused by ringworm, skin infection, mange, cancer, thyroid imbalance and stress. If your dog is losing lots of hair or has bald spots, take him to the veterenary for a check up.

Dawg Gone Good’s Top 4 Shedding Control Products

1. Furminator, a deshedding tool that easily removes loose undercoat to reduce shedding by 90% after 4 to 6 weeks.

2. Ark Natural’s Don’t Shed on Me, an all-natural spray-on mist with lactic acid to reduce excessive shedding and moisturize the coat.

3. Taste of the Wild, a grain-free food with an Omega fatty acid blend to maintain healthy skin and a shiny coat.

4. Happy Tails Canine Spa Fur Butter, a deep conditioning treatment that combats itching and leaves the coat silky and easy to brush.

Legal Disclaimer

This post is for informational purposes only and should not be substituted for a vet’s professional diagnosis and treatment.

Reduce Your Dog’s Carbon Footprint

Could your dog be worse for the environment than an SUV?
That’s the claim that two New Zealand scientists made in 2009, citing that a medium-size dog has more than a 2 acre carbon footprint while an SUV has a 1 acre one. (A carbon footprint measures the impact our activities have on the environment based on the amount of greenhouse gases we produce.)

Dogs like meat–a medium-size dog eats 361.5 pound each year–and producing meat requires land and energy. But how can we blame dogs for our environmental woes? They are an irreplaceable part of our lives, lowering our blood pressure, getting us off the sofa and making us laugh. While many disagree with this claim, it has opened up a conversation on “green pet options.” As we all work to sustain and preserve our natural resources, you can choose environmentally responsible foods and products for your dog.

Ways to Reduce You Dog’s Carbon Footprint

1.  Choose natural food and treats. Your dog’s food should be free of artificial colors and flavors, preservatives and synthetic ingredients which create their own carbon footprint.

2. Look for environmentally friendly toys and accessories. You can find a wide range of dog products made from recycled materials such as beds made from plastic bottles or balls crafted from recycled rubber.

3. Use non-toxic grooming products. Look for shampoos and conditioners that have natural ingredients to avoid dumping more chemicals into our ecosystem.

4. Switch to bio-degradable bags to dispose of your dog’s waste. “Green” poop bags stay out of our overfull landfills.

5. Seek out food and products in recycled packaging. This will conserve water and raw materials needed for future resources.

Top Five Eco-Friendly Products (available at Dawg Gone Good)

Orbee balls and toys from Planet Dog, made from recycled rubber


Petcurian’s Go! Natural, wholesome food with natural preservatives


West Paw Design’s Eco Mat, made from recycled bottles


Taste of the Wild, hormone- and antibiotic-free foode

Happy Tails, cruelty-free, all natural grooming products

Dog Park Etiquette and Safety Tips

Dog parks can be wonderful places for dogs to run, play and interact with other canines in a secure area. Unfortunately, not all dogs play well together and not all owners take responsibility for their dogs. If you decide to take your dog to the park, have realistic expectations. Be prepared to watch your dog at all times and protect him if needed. Ultimately, your dog’s safety at these parks depends on you.

Dog Park Etiquette and Safety Tips

Spend a few minutes observing the dogs from outside the fence if you’re visiting a dog park for the first time. If they seem aggressive or unattended by their owners, don’t bring your dog inside.

Be careful at the front gate. Dogs tend to rush to the gate to greet a new dog which could intimidate your dog or lead to a fight.

Supervise your dog. You should keep an eye on your dog at all times to make sure that she is behaving well and that other dogs are behaving well toward her.

Don’t let your dog stay if she seems frightened or other dogs threaten her. Some owners think that dogs should “work it out themselves” when there’s a conflict. Not removing your dog from an aggressive dog will just make her fear worse.

Speak up if an owner needs to pay attention to his dog.  Don’t be afraid to ask an owner to control his dog if there’s a problem.

Remove your dog from the park if he is aggressive or bullying other dogs. Make the safety of other dogs as important as the safety of your own.

Learn to read dogs’ body signals and postures. Dogs communicate with us when they are scared, threatened, aggressive, stressed and happy. Learn to recognize the difference between rough play, which can look and sound violent, and actual threats.

Leave small children and babies in strollers at home. Some dogs are frightened of small children and vice versa.

Don’t take toys to the park unless your dog is willing to share.

Use caution when rewarding your dog with a treat at the park. If your dog doesn’t like other dogs crowding around, treats can be a problem.

Signs a Dog Might Bite

In addition to keeping your dog safe, you need to watch out for yourself. Use caution if you see a dog:

•  standing stiff and still with its hair up

•  staring at you

•  holding its tail stiff and up in the air. Friendly dogs wag their tails in a relaxed way. A dog with a stiff tail up, wagging fast is sending a danger signal.

•  growling, snarling, showing its teeth or barking

Keep in mind that some dogs may not give any signs before biting. When in doubt, be careful, stay calm and slowly back away.


Dog Park Goodies

Stop by Dawg Gone Good for the latest products to enhance your time together with your dog.

Planet Dog Wood Chuck, an ergonomic bamboo chucker that works with Orbee Tough balls






Vibram Disc, a durable fun flyer made from dog-friendly rubber









EZY Dog Mongrel, a shock-absorbing stretch leash that’s perfect for pullers

Taking the Doggie on Vacation

We treat our dogs as part of the family, so it makes sense that we want to take them along on our vacations. But before you pile into the car with your four-legged friend, do some planning and make sure you have everything you need to make your dog’s vacation safe, relaxed and happy.

Traveling by Car

• Feed and water your dog 2 hours before you start the trip. This will lessen the chance of an upset stomach.

• Keep your dog safe in the car using  a travel harness with a seat belt. You can also have your dog ride in a crate or use a dog barrier to confine him to one space and keep him from distracting the driver.

• Plan frequent stops so your dog can have potty breaks and exercise. Make sure she has proper I.D. and is on leash when leaving the car.

• Never leave your dog in a parked car. Even with the windows partially down, temperatures can reach over 120 degrees quickly.

Traveling by Plane

• Before booking your flight, check the airline’s policy for transporting pets. You want to keep your dog with you in the cabin if at all possible.

• Avoid flying your dog in the cargo hold. Temperature extremes, lack of oxygen and poor ventilation could harm your dog.

• Consider an alternative airline such as Pet Airways which flies dogs and other pets in the cabin. You will have to fly separately from your pet and pick him up once you get to your destination.

Pet Friendly Hotels

• Research via the Internet for hotels that accept dogs. Usually,  hotels charge a pet fee which can widely vary.

• Check out websites such as that not only list dog-friendly hotels but also provide guest reviews.

What to Pack

• Medications

• Dog crate

• Blanket or pet bed

• Harness or seat belt

• Supply of dog food to last the entire trip

• Water bowl and 3 gallons of water

• Plastic bags and paper towels for clean up

• Chew toys

• A buckle collar with legible ID tags

• Extra leash

• Blankets or towels if your dog likes to splash in water or mud

Dawg Gone Good has products for you and your dog’s vacation. Stop in and ask us about:

Too Hot for Spot, a static cling window thermometer that alerts you to the temperature inside your car






EZY Dog Harness, with seat belt attachment in all sizes and colors






Sandia Pet Products Collapsible Travel Bowl, with clip for easy attachment to a backpack






Happy Tails Flea the Scene, all natural insect repellent with sunscreen






Poop Snoop, waste bag holder with a built-in LED light and clip