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Safe Flowers for Your Pets

Now is the time to get planting and landscaping, but it is always good to remember your pets! The last thing you want to do when turning your place into a colorful leafy haven is to accidentally poison the dog. Plants like aloe, American holly, and elephant ears to name a few can all be toxic to your pooch (for a complete list: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants). Read on below for some gorgeous flowers that will be 100 percent safe for your canine companion!

  1. Lavender

-This plant not only exhibits a pretty purple color, but also has calming properties for both people and dogs. You can plant it almost anywhere, though it does best in full sun and dry soils. Honey bees love lavender too!

  1. Marigold

-Marigolds can come in lots of different orange, red, and yellow variants. What’s more, they can sometimes act as a natural bug repellent!

  1. African Violet

-This plant makes a lovely indoor addition to any home. They can be a bit finicky when it comes to water, so be sure not to leave them dry or leave them in standing water.

  1. Orchids

-Orchids are sure to brighten any space they are put into. They can last a long time too—just be sure not to over-water them! Did you know that orchids are used for a number of purposes, which include perfume and Asian medicine?

  1. Snapdragon

-In ancient times it was said that this plant could offer protection from witches! Whether that is true or not, growing snapdragons will provide months of color ranging from pale pastels to vibrant oranges and reds. They do really well in full or partial sun with dry soils.

  1. Impatiens

-These lovely annual plants do best with some shade and moisture. They are great for attracting birds and other pollinators to your yard, something your dog will no doubt enjoy watching!

  1. Rose

-Roses can come in so many different colors! When planting them, it’s a good idea to use some bone-meal to give them some extra energy for their first couple of weeks as they establish themselves in your yard.

  1. Petunia

-The annual petunia absolutely adores the sun! Water them regularly and cull dead blooms to encourage the plant to continue blossoming throughout their lifespans.

These are just a few of the wonderful kinds of flowers you can use to brighten up your yard. Happy planting!

Earth Day Part 2!

 

Did you know Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970? Last week we shared tips on how to be sustainable on Earth Day, and today we are going to show you tips on how to be eco-friendly with your canine companion!

  1. Sustainable Dog Food

-Consider looking into the type of food you are purchasing for your pooch. There are some dog food companies that feature organic ingredients, that are locally sourced and from small family owned operations. This cuts down on chemicals (which can harm the environment) and the amount of gas to transport ingredients for your dog’s meal.

  1. Compostable Waste Bags

-Consider investing in some compostable waste bags for when you next take your canine companion on a walk! A much better alternative to the traditional plastic, which will end up in a landfill and never go away.

  1. Get an Eco-Friendly Dog Bed

  • Try and find a dog bed that is made with eco-friendly materials, and made in the USA. We happen to sell such a product (https://www.bedtime4dogs.com/collections/beds/products/bed)! The bed comes without filling so you can fill it with standard-sized pillows or clothing that smells like you--music to doggy's nose!
  1. Make Your Own Dog Toys
  • While it is fun to go on a shopping spree and buy your pooch all the latest toys, why not try making use of your craftier side? Find those old T-shirts you have and turn them into pull toys! Want to see how? Click here (http://stories.barkpost.com/how-to-make-a-t-shirt-dog-toy/).

Happy Earth Day! 

Earth Day!

April 22nd, a week from today is Earth Day! This is a great time to celebrate the wonderful world we live in, and think about sustainable practices that will help our planet be around for generations to come. Read on below for five tips on how to be more ecofriendly, on Earth Day and every day!

  1. Shorter Showers

-Who doesn’t love a long hot shower, or even better a bath? The problem is though, both waste a lot of water! Try and opt for a shower that takes five minutes or less. Studies show that shaving even one minute off your daily shower can save almost 1,000 gallons of water every year! Awesome for the environment, and awesome for your water bill 😊.

  1. Favor Florescent Light Bulbs

-Consider switching the light bulbs in your house to CFLS, or compact fluorescent lights. While it is true they are more expensive than the typical light bulb, they use ¼ of the energy and can last up to 10 times longer, so they pay off in the end! Plus, less energy means a lower energy bill at the end of the month.

  1. Unplug

-When you’re not using something, unplug it! Even when something is not in use, such as a toaster or microwave, when it is still plugged in it continues to draw small amounts of energy from the outlet. If your phone isn’t charging, unplug the cord from the wall. This is really a safe practice to have with dogs anyways, in case your furry friend decides to chew on cords around the house.

  1. Line Dry

-When the weather is good, instead of putting your laundry in the dryer hang them up outside. Clothes dryers can use a large amount of energy, so let Mother Nature do the work!

  1. Reuse

-Consider purchasing a reusable water bottle. An estimated 80 percent of plastic water bottles don’t get recycled, and due to their plastic production process, it takes almost three times the amount of water in a water bottle to produce just one! Not only is a reusable bottle better for the environment, it is also better for your wallet. A typical plastic water bottle costs about $1.50, while a decent BPA free re-usable bottle costs maybe $15, and can be used for years.

 

Here at Bedtime4dogs we are committed to ecofriendly practices too! For example our Sleepy Sheep Cuddle Toy is made with ecologically friendly materials right here in the USA. The box it is shipped in is made from recycled materials and is produced with wind power. Go sustainability!

Canines and their Crazy Companions

Dogs are descended from wolves, and are as such social animals. They intuitively desire to be in a pack where there is both structure and friendship. In the wild, that pack would be made up of other canines, but in today’s world, anything goes!

            

Dogs are capable of developing relationships with animals across species, ranging from cats (their sworn enemy!) to orangutans. Part of the reason dogs can do this may be due to how we historically bred them with the ideals of friendliness and sociability. Additionally, if your pup is exposed to other animals at a young age, they are more likely to develop a friendship with the other animals.

Awareness of inter-species friendships are becoming increasingly common, especially with the rise of social media. If there is one thing we can take away from it all, is that our four legged canines are so accepting of all sorts of friendships, and we should be too!

Want to see more inter-species friendships? Check out the link below!

http://www.boredpanda.com/unusual-animal-friendships-interspecies/

 

 

Puppies Part Two!

Spring is here, and the time for a puppy is upon you. If you’ve read our last article then you’ve taken steps to prep, and have your pooch at your house. Now that they’re home with you, the real work begins. Read on for ways to make sure your puppy gets raised right!

  1. Obedience training

-Consider obedience training! Some puppy boot camp classes can be an excellent start for getting your pooch to become a well behaved citizen. Many animal shelters are now requiring adopted dogs go through training, and it is a great investment. Spend some time looking up obedience training workshops around you, and get yourself signed up!

  1. House Training

-House training your pet is a very critical milestone. For best results be consistent in your schedule, leaving times for bathroom breaks outside whenever possible. Be positive and light-being nervous or anxious while taking your puppy outside to relieve themselves will only aggravate the situation. If your puppy does have an accident indoors, don’t punish them! Rather, always praise them when they go to the bathroom outside.

  1. Vet Trip

-It is a very good idea to take your puppy to the vet once you’ve purchased him or her. Your local vet can make sure the puppy is healthy, assure they are all up to date on shots, de-wormed, spay and neutered if needed, and get your furry pooch entered into their data system for future visits.

  1. Walking on a Leash

-Training your puppy to walk on a leash is critical for both obedience and exercise. For many this is a key way that your canine gets a chance to move around and explore. When starting your puppy on a leash remember to be patient and take baby steps. Start by walking small distances in places your canine friend feels comfortable, such as in your backyard or right in front of your home. Put the collar on during other parts of the day to normalize it, and when you do walk make it fun! Consider bringing treats or your puppy’s favorite toy on the walk to make the experience a positive one.

  1. Socialize

-Think about exposing your puppy to both dogs and people as much as you can. The earlier of an age that you do this, the better your puppy will be when dealing with guests and visitors. Try and take your puppy to the dog park and set up play dates so they can learn how to socialize with other canines!