With reports of overcrowded shelters, this winter season could be the perfect time to add to your pack! Considering it? We help you find “the one” with personality tests for rescue dogs.
Looking for further proof of how amazing dogs are? We take a closer look at how dog owners are using assistive technology to teach their dogs to talk. Marvel at the sophisticated musings—and bathroom humour!—of Bunny the “talking” dog who forms incredible phrases by selecting buttons that say words when pressed.
And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There are heartwarming reader-submitted stories, giveaways, expert behavioural advice, and so much more.
We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we loved putting it together. Thank you for being a part of the Modern Dog family!
Connie Wilson, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
The Dog Bowl That Fights Germs
(spoiler…you'll be surprised!)
4)…Our pooch's food and water bowls!
Would you have guessed?
We all love our pets and wash their bowls thoroughly every day… right? But did you know that this is not enough to kill the germs – as microbes, such as bacteria, mould and fungi continue to multiply even after a thorough wash. Interestingly, we learned that 67% of bowls coming out of the dishwasher still have Salmonella bacteria present on their surfaces.*
WHAT THE SCIENTISTS SAY – AND WHY CLEANING OUR PET’S BOWLS EVEN EVERY DAY DOES NOT KILL GERMS
What does this mean and what can we do about it? A team of very patient microbiologists explained to us that the effects of cleaning are short lived, and once they have worn off, our dog bowls are subject to recontamination, leaving bacteria to thrive unchecked until the next clean.
So, sort of like the antibacterial hand sanitizers or surface sprays we all love to use constantly. If a surface isn’t continuously resistant to bacteria, the germs continue to thrive and multiply. The fat found in pet food for example is breeding-ground heaven for bacteria! We often get told by our readers that they have to keep cleaning the face area of their dogs after they have eaten or been drinking out their regular water and food bowls because of the bacteria build up which can lead to skin irritations and even dog acne.
WITH 25 YEARS GUARANTEED ANTIMICROBIAL PERFORMANCE THE HERO BOWL IS THE ONLY DOG BOWL YOU WILL EVER NEED
Armed with this new knowledge, our friends at HOWND decided to innovate the world’s most hygienic food and water bowl: The HERO Bowl. In an increasingly hygiene conscious world, the patent-pending HERO Bowl is a must have for pet owners that care as much about their pets’ hygiene as their own. It has built-in antimicrobial protection provided by BioCote®, a world leader in antimicrobial technology.
THE TECH BIT
The technology is present throughout the HERO Bowl, providing protection even if it becomes scratched or is chewed by the family dog. The antimicrobial protection will last for the lifetime of the bowl as it cannot not wash off or wear away.
A superior alternative to stainless steel, glass or ceramic products, the HERO Bowl is made from recyclable polypropylene and has 24-hour protection from a technology that works constantly to reduce microbes by up to 99.99% on the protected surface. Like all pet bowls, the HERO Bowl should be cleaned regularly, but unlike on an unprotected bowl, the risk of microbial cross contamination from the HERO Bowl is actively reduced as the BioCote® technology continues to perform against the colonisation of bacteria, perfectly complementing existing hygiene practices. The BioCote® additive has been proven to reduce up to 86% of bacteria in just 15 minutes, 99.5% in two hours and has even been proven to inactivate the H1N1 virus. The technology is resistant to microbes, such as bacteria, mould and fungi, and also prevents the formation of biofilms – a defence mechanism from certain bacteria that is a secretion of mucus which builds up until visible to the naked eye. BioCote® technology is proven to last for 25 years!
ARE YOU A DOG OWNER? A GROOMER? A DOG FRIENDLY CAFÉ? A VET SURGERY? A BOARDING KENNEL?
With modern day dog owners taking more interest in the health and hygiene of their pets than ever before, the HERO bowl – which by the way is non-slip and dishwasher safe – is also ideal for multiple pet households as well as vet surgeries, grooming salons, rescue centres, kennels and dog friendly cafes where bowls are often shared and hygiene is of the utmost importance.
The innovative HERO Bowl is available to order from today until July 28 only from Indiegogo with fantastic early bird discounts.
*According to the NSF – national sanitation foundation
7 Reasons Why Dogs Need Pet Joggers
Petique incorporates beautiful design and excellent engineering in all our products. With quality bike tires and EVA foam grip for long lasting comfort, our lightweight All Terrain Pet Joggers are not only made to run smoothly, they are also made to be an overall enjoyable ride for your pets.
We all know dogs need their exercise, but there are also times when dogs can really use a pet jogger. If you own a pet jogger or have ever considered owning one, then you have an idea of how beneficial pet joggers are. Below are the seven reasons why dogs need pet joggers in their life.
Benefits of Pet Joggers
Did your dog just get groomed or you simply do not like having wet dogs in the house? Petique's All Terrain Pet Joggers come with a rain cover to protect your pets from getting wet and other harsh weather.
The concrete can get extremely hot during the summer and extremely cold during the winter. Putting your dog in the pet jogger protects your dog's paws from getting burned. The pet jogger also provides shade, protecting your dog from overheating.
Have you ever seen a dog lie down in the middle of their walk? When humans take their dogs out to exercise, some dogs get tired after a while. You can put them in pet jogger and continue exercising while they rest and enjoy the breeze.
Holding up to 60 LBS (30 kgs), Petique's All Terrain Pet Jogger can help older dogs and disabled dogs get around. Whether it's from the vet or to the park, the pet jogger is great transportation for your pets. There are two entrances on our pet joggers: the front and a large back entrance, giving your pets easy access.
A lot of places like hotels, restaurants, and stores are becoming more pet friendly. Petique's All Terrain Pet Joggers makes transportation and traveling easy. They're basically carriers on wheels!
Pet Joggers lets you easily take dogs into pet friendly restaurants. Your dog will be an obedient dog by sitting or lying nicely in their pet jogger. Everybody will be able to have an enjoyable meal!
You can easily transport your pets or litter of puppies to the vet in the safety of Petique's All Terrain Pet Jogger. Putting your pets in the pet jogger will help them feel safe and stress free.
Once upon a time, there lived a Chihuahua named Bean. She had a sassy attitude with a strut to match, and she loved her fabulous lifestyle next to her best friend Makeda, who happened to be a Rottweiler. Minus their noticeable size difference, they were twins – they did everything together from lounging around the house to conquering new territories in the backyard. There was just one problem, they couldn’t celebrate their friendship the way they wanted – through fashionable, matching accessories.
Consider the scenario of 8 pounds versus 80. Small dogs had such limited jewelry options; but there was even less, actually none, for large dogs. Per Bean and Makeda’s request, our mission was to find the solution that would allow dogs of every breed, size, shape, weight, and height to wear the same glamorous styles.
The search to find a necklace that could endure typical dog behaviors sold from Bean’s size all the way up to Makeda’s yielded no results. So, on that day of utter devastation, Thy Fairest Fido was our ultimate creation! We proudly present Thy Fairest Fido’s customizable Jewelry for Dogs that supports a Pawsitive Cause! We’re so thrilled to offer a variety of high-quality jewelry styles that are handcrafted and tailored to fit pets of all sizes.
Ordering is easy! Measure your pet’s neck using a soft tape measure ensuring it’s an exact fit. We kindly ask that customers refrain from adding “wiggle room” or additional inches to their measurement as we factor this into each design based on the necklace style.
Thy Fairest Fido is for both humans and dogs! This fun-filled, feel-good experience is great for everyone because it’s an opportunity to slow down and share a moment of positivity, laughter, and genuine happiness. We love the creativity of Fido’s Jewelry, but it all stemmed from the desire to express our love through dog rescue. Profits earned from jewelry sales are instrumental in supporting our efforts to rescue and shed a positive light.
We’d be delighted to have you join us on our journey, and we welcome you to the bold and beautiful #FidoLife.
The Items that Changed the Way We Travel with Our Dog
Dogs are a part of the family; therefore, they go where we go. Although fun, there can be challenges to traveling with your dog.
How do you make sure they don’t chew something up? Are they going to listen and stay in a designated area? Are they going to bark at inappropriate times? Where will they sleep or have quiet time?
As someone that travels often with their dog, we have used many products to simplify our adventures. We have a few essentials that come on every trip like a comfortable travel bed, collapsible dishes, and our newest must-have travel item, a portable pet pen.
We will share just a few reasons why these items have changed the way we travel.
The pet pen has been the perfect contained play area. They can still get the sights, smells, and fun of being outdoors with you – without wrapping themselves around the picnic table leg.
To give our dog more freedom than a crate, and to have one less thing to pack, we even have our dog sleep in the pet pen.
2. Travel Dog Bed
Our dog needs to be comfortable while traveling with us – but we also need to save on space. We have done both road trips and plane rides with our dog, both require the use of compact items.
Our first few travels we brought the standard bed from home – cumbersome and awkward to pack.
We then stumbled upon a bed that rolled up and secured via Velcro to make the travel process SO much easier. There are a few different versions and price points for this type of bed – but we highly recommend it for travel.
3. Collapsible Bowls
Most dog owners are familiar with collapsible bowls. If you’re familiar with them, you understand the amount of space saved when traveling. Lately, we have really enjoyed an elevated dog bowl that is collapsible.
It still stores nearly flat but makes meal time much easier for our senior dog when traveling.
Portability, functionality, and size have been the key factors in our decision-making process for travel products. That is why all three of these items have become an essential part of traveling with our dog.