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Everything Your Service Dog Needs

Posted by sitstaydogs

Jun 17, 2014 11:30:00 AM

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When you have a service dog or therapy dog, it's important to have access to everything your dog needs. Service and therapy dogs frequently visit places that are off-limits to pets, and it's important for them to be properly recognized as service animals. This not only ensures that the dogs will always be welcome, but also helps identify them to curious passersby.

Vests are especially helpful and make it easier to identify service dogs. Store and office staff will typically identify a dog as a service or therapy animal when a vest is worn. Bright colors like red, blue, green and orange are easily spotted. These vests are made from durable material and options with reflective material for walking at night are available.

Patches help identify dogs used for service or therapy work to the public. It's very common for people to be tempted to pat dogs that they see in public with their owners. However, dogs involved in service or therapy work need to be able to stay focused on the task at hand. 

Some of the ways in which these patches help include:

  • Letting members of the general public know that they are service animals and allowed to be in a store, restaurant or other public place
  • Pointing out when service dogs are in training and must be exposed to the same situations as full service animals
  • Advising interested passersby to refrain from patting the dog or asking permission first, to avoid needlessly distracting him or her
  • Notifying the public that the dog assists its owner with mobility or hearing issues and alerts others to seizures or other emergencies
  • Alerting others to the fact that he or she is a therapy dog, allowed to enter nursing homes and other healthcare facilities 
  • Informing others that the dog is used for search purposes

There are several accessories that are helpful for people who own or train service dogs. Professionally designed service dog cards can be presented to anyone who questions a dog's legal ability to be in a public place. These cards advise the reader of the owner's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Other helpful accessories include web harnesses designed to be used with service dog vests. They are sturdy enough for the demands of even the biggest dogs. When owners have sight or mobility issues, it is especially important to make sure the dog is always securely leashed.

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Topics: Service & Therapy Dogs

Easter Treats For Your Furry Friends

Posted by sitstaydogs

Apr 11, 2014 2:23:00 PM

Spring has almost sprung, it is steadily starting to get warmer. Thank goodness we can finally shed our sweaters and boots for shorts, capris and t-shirts. With Easter just around the corner, we thought we’d help you (and the Easter Bunny) out with some special Easter and Spring themed treats (if you forgot Easter is April 20th, but these treats will stick around a bit longer through the end of spring!!!)

Jones All Natural Rabbit Jerky

The Rabbit Jerky Easter Pack is a yummy combination of FOUR packages of Jones All Natural Rabbit Jerky. If your pup has yet to try them, do yourself and your pup a favor and put them in his Easter basket this year. Rabbit is a lean, wholesome, gamey protein that will have your pup lickin his chops for some more! **If you are already a lover of this Rabbit Jerky then definitely get the pack, we are offering it at a reduced price**

Sam's Yams Carrot Crunchers

The Hopping Easter Treat Pack features THREE bags of Sam’s Yams Hoppin Good Carrot Cruncher Cookies. These “cookies” are not made with any grains, flours or fillers, but made directly from fruits and vegetables. Like many of Sam’s Yams products, they are made predominantly of all-natural sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are one of SitStay’s favorite superfoods. These Hoppin Good treats also have carrots (mhmm, duh), apples, and a bit of water. These Cookies are a bit like a chew, and will be a nice treat to keep your pup occupied (and clean their teeth).

Wet Noses Treat Bundle

The Hop Into Health Easter Treat Pack includes one of the newer brands to SitStay.com - Wet Noses. Wet Noses is all about good, fun, organic ingredients. We are offering TWO Big Bones (Large Bone Shaped Cookies) in the Apples & Carrots and Peas & Carrots flavors, and ONE package of Wet Noses biscuits in the Peas and Carrots variety. Wet Noses only offers organic, USDA approved fruits and vegetables into their treats. You will find NO fillers, by products, preservatives, corn, wheat or soy!

Max & Ruffy's

The cutest Treat Pack on the market right now -- Max & Ruffy’s Pastel Easter Treat Pack. Max & Ruffy’s was SitStay’s 2013 Favorite Find. These GoodDog approved treats are all-natural, organic, and vegan! They come in two different sizes (a bigger cookie for a treat, or smaller for training or small breeds). Max & Ruffy’s are great for dog’s with allergies or intolerances to certain ingredients. The flavors in the treat pack include one of each (all 5 oz): 24 Carob Gold: Strawberry and Carob, W.P. Pizza, Mother Quinoa’s Pumpkin Patch, and 327 B.C Banana and Coconut Treats.

Easter Bunny's Favorites
Finally, the Easter Bunny’s Favorites Treat Pack: combining all of the best spring flavors! This package includes (1) Wet Noses Grain Free Peas and Carrots Biscuits, (1) Jones Natural Rabbit Jerky, and (1) Nature’s Variety Instinct Rabbit and Apple Biscuits. All of these products offer both nutrition and flavor for your pup. The variety in the two different types of cookies - one meaty and the other with wholesome veggies - paired with the delicious lean, rabbit jerky will be the perfect gift for any pup!
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Topics: Treats

Spring Cleaning & Your Dog

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 31, 2014 1:32:55 PM

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Groans. Spring cleaning. The time everyone can anticipate when the weather starts to turn, the dust bunnies are starting to multiply, and that dreaded loss of the precious hour of sleep and turning our clocks forward. It's finally time, we are shedding our winter coats, boots and clutter for shorts, longer days and warmer weather! YES!

When making your checklist of necessary cleaning supplies, don't forget about Fido & the kiddos! Be sure that cleaning products are made of all-natural products or are NON-toxic. These two labels are very important to ensure that when our favorite family members are crawling/walking around the ground and cleaned areas they are protected from harmful chemicals.

It is so easy for children (four-legged children included) to get in to mop buckets and open containers when your back is turned for 1 second. So, make sure to set your pack up with a fun activity in the backyard or a confined space where you won’t have to worry about them coming across cleaning agents! (and this prevents them from creating more mess while you are trying to clean one up)

It is also a good idea to watch for any flare up of allergy symptoms. Cleaning can expose mold spores, dust, etc. Signs of allergy symptoms: excessive itching, runny nose, dry nose, biting, irritated eyes, etc. Properly throwing away materials cleaned with or doing a second spot clean can help these symptoms subside.

ALSO make sure you are always cleaning up after your favorite four-legged friends! SitStay has all of the essential receptacles to make sure the job is done! Including a few adorable poop bag dispensers that can easily be attached to leashes so a bag is always on hand - literally.

ECOLI IS BAD
Also, in the spirit of spring cleaning keep it fresh and bright with lavender scented poop bags! And for the human varieties: Poo Pourri for your own bathrooms: the before you go poo spray to ensure only pleasant odors!

Welcome, Spring!

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Topics: Wellness

Spring Cleaning: Don't Forget Fido's Pantry

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 31, 2014 1:30:42 PM

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Spring cleaning is in full swing around SitStay (and at home)! We all remember to cover the bases: sweeping, mopping, dusting (yes, that means dusting under things too!) and removing as much clutter as we can.

Spring cleaning can also mean a fresh start for your pantry, AND Fido's pantry. When was the last time you got your favorite furry friends a new bag of treats? What is the expiration date on the old ones? While spring cleaning you always want to be checking labels. Feeding Fido (and yourself and other humans) old or expired food can be harmful, and just isn’t enjoyable for your dog, and surely won't be enjoyable for you when cleaning up the result.

After checking the date on the label, be sure to check the quality of the ingredients. To ensure that your pup is actually getting the benefits from the superfood or featured ingredient, make sure that ingredient is near the top of the list. Ingredients are listed by the percent content it makes up the product.

While ingredients are important, what is the brand telling you? Is this brand environmentally and pet friendly? Are they trying to make a difference in the life of your dog or just trying to make a buck? SitStay believes in only featuring brands that are beneficial to your pup! Remember, we only recommend products that we also feed our own dogs!

A few of our favorite brands include:
- Max & Ruffy’s
- Wet Noses
- Evanger’s
- Scout & Zoe’s

 

Happy Spring, and happy cleaning!

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Topics: Wellness, Treats

New to SitStay Treat Deli: Lynchburger Pet Products

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 26, 2014 10:30:00 AM

 

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We’re excited to announce the new addition of Lynchburger Pet Products to SitStay’s shelves. 
Lynchburger is a unique company. With products that are proudly made in the USA and Canada, Lynchburger strives to sell the highest quality products. The company is built on the belief that their customers’ needs are of the utmost importance.  

Lynchburger offers many dog treat options that come in a variety of flavors, shapes, and sizes. These grain-free treats have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Packed with nutrition, there’s no room for added sugars, salt, or fat. SitStay is proud to carry the following treats:

Lamb & Apples: Hormone and antibiotic free lamb is combined with unsweetened applesauce, making these treats an excellent source of lean protein and fiber.

Wild Alaskan Salmon Nuggets: Salmon and kelp are combined to offer a natural source of Omega-3 in a low calorie treat. With one of the most unique textures we’ve seen, this treat can best be described as a semi-crunchy exterior with a moist cake-like interior.

Free Range Elk & Fruit: This duo creates an exotic combination of flavors that your dog is sure to love. Cut in cube shapes, these crunchy treats are perfect rewards or tossable snacks for your dog.

Tropical Coconut Superfood: Rich in fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and iron, this treat is made with coconut, garbanzo beans, and lentils. These ingredients help regulate blood sugar levels and are also rich sources of proteins and minerals that boost your dog’s immune system and help burn fat.

Blueberry & Prairie Bison: Made from grass-fed bison, meaning they are hormone and antibiotic free, these crunchy treats are a great source of protein. The delicious addition of blueberries throws antioxidants into the mix, which makes this treat a great way to add new flavors to your dog’s treat options.

Turkey Dinner: These flavorful turkey treats offer hints of pumpkin and cinnamon, bringing some favorite flavors of Thanksgiving to your dog’s bowl year-round. Festive treats that are grain-free and delicious.

You and Buddy won't be disappointed with any of these delicious, grain-free treats.

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Spring Into Outdoor Play

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 20, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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We’ve been stuck inside all winter. Trying to play fetch in the living room, braving the cold for a quick, freezing walk, and longing for those dog days of summer again. Well no more! As of TODAY, March 20th, it is officially spring, and we're excited! 

Exercise and play, which involve anything from fetch to a walk, provide many benefits for your pooch. Regular exercise helps keep dogs healthy and limber, reduces digestive problems, aids in weight control, and can put an end to bad behavior problems that a dog who doesn’t get enough play and exercise time might have.  

As you head outdoors to enjoy the warmer (and sometimes bipolar) weather of spring, don’t forget Fido’s toys. At SitStay, we love Twiggy the Stick, a member of The Sticks, a loveable family of totally terrified fetch toys. Made from recycled rubber, these fun toys are both dog friendly and eco-friendly. Twiggy’s slobber resistant rope means easier throwing and less slobber for you. Thanks to eyes that glow in the dark and Twiggy’s ability to float in water, you won’t have any trouble finding this member of the Sticks family.

Another great toy for that member of your family who loves to run and play fetch is the Hyperflite Jawz Disc. This tough, puncture resistant disc is perfect for big dogs. All Jawz discs feature Hyperflite's patent pending X-Flash™ Anti-Glare Technology. The Hyperflite Jawz Disc is a great flying disc for competition or playtime at the park. Still, while both of these toys are tough, neither are intended to be chew toys.

As you grab your tennis shoes and Fido’s leash, don’t forget to grab his toys. Head out and enjoy some backyard or park play in the beautiful spring sunshine with your favorite four legged friend!

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Topics: Playtime

Your Dog: The Perfect Exercise Partner

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 18, 2014 10:32:00 AM

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At the end of a long work day, we often come home to dinner that needs to be made, children that want to play, or a lengthy to-do list. When it’s cold outside, the couch and a blanket sound far more appealing than working out (trust me, been there!). Exercising is easy to push down the list. Thank goodness spring is just around the corner (March 20!). And thank goodness for that brown-eyed, heavy breather at your feet right now.

According to the World Health Organization, adults 18 to 65 years old need 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days per week, along with strengthening exercises two days a week. A study conducted at the University of Western Australia found that 7 in 10 adult dog owners achieved 150 minutes of physical exercise per week, compared to only 7 in 10 non-owners. Your dog is the perfect exercise partner. Buddy won’t cancel on your workout plans because of cold weather or a long to-do list. Hitting the pavement or trail with him is beneficial for the both of you.

We know that walking burns calories and wards off heart disease, but did you know that it’s also a great stress reliever? Getting outside, breathing in some fresh air, taking in your surroundings, and savoring a break before you dive into your evening activities, is a great idea for you and your dog, especially after a long day at the office.

If Buddy is getting himself into trouble at home or barking and whining a lot, he’s probably trying to tell you that he needs more exercise to help him burn off some energy and feel less restless at home. But your nightly walks won’t just benefit him. Walking, like any other cardiovascular exercise, produces stress-busting endorphins and boosts energy. Just being outside and spending time in nature, studies have found, can reduce stress. Walking your dog is also a fantastic way to meet other people in your neighborhood.

If you’re an avid runner, walker, or hiker, or simply need your hands free to deal with the kids, the Buddy System is a great leash system. With your hands free, your movement isn’t restricted and you can focus on the trail ahead. Or maybe your hands or pockets are often full when you leave for a walk. The DOOG Walkie Utility Belt comes complete with built-in pick up bags, anti-bacterial handwipes, a clip, pocket for valuables, and even a velcro patch for Buddy’s tennis ball, so you don’t have to juggle everything.

If you're looking for a bright, new collar or leash this spring, SitStay has plenty of colors and sizes to choose from so you can find Buddy the perfect gear. If Buddy's a puller, consider an Easy Walk Harness, which gently discourages him from pulling while walking.

If Buddy’s big brown eyes don’t always send you running to grab the leash, consider making a walking schedule to hang on your fridge. It doesn’t matter how or when you walk, whether you take three 10-minute walks or walk for 30 minutes straight, just be sure to get out and enjoy the spring weather.

See you out there!

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Topics: Wellness, Playtime

Green Tripe: Can You Stomach, Stomach?

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 17, 2014 10:04:01 AM

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Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea...GO Pepto Bismol. WAIT. This is for pups, not humans. Redo: Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea...GO Green Tripe!

Green tripe is an especially gentle food. It is the most natural food you can feed your dog. With vitamins and amino acids to spare, green tripe is full of the nutrients that boost your dog’s natural energy. Described as a well known secret among top breeders of performance dogs, green tripe is slowly beginning to gain the recognition it deserves among dog owners.

So what exactly are we talking about? Tripe is the stomach lining of ruminating (grazing) animals such as cattle, deer, sheep and goats. Remember learning about the four chambers of these animals’ stomachs on a field trip in grade school? Those four chambers consistently break down food with a mix of digestive enzymes, gastric juices, and amino acids. Delicious!

We know with that introduction, some of you are probably cringing in your chair. But it’s important to understand that the same digestive enzymes and bacteria that help the animal digest his food will do the same for your dog! Digestive enzymes are important because they help the body digest food, with as little energy used as possible. The less energy required to digest food, the more nutritional benefit your dog gets out of it.

Digestive enzymes also do far more than help with digestion. In a helpful article, Dogs Naturally Magazine explains that these enzymes purify and cleanse the blood and help to remove toxins and parasites. They also improve metabolism, hormonal function, and boost the immune system. Because of its impressive resume of benefits, we’re excited to introduce Evanger's 100% Whole Meat Freeze Dried Beef Tripe Treats. This treat boasts of the long list of benefits green tripe has to offer, which make it hard to ignore this product, even if we do wrinkle our noses a bit. Trust us, Fido won’t.

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SitStay Releases St. Patrick's Day Treats

Posted by sitstaydogs

Mar 4, 2014 11:34:00 AM

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Being a lucky dog has a whole new meaning thanks to ShinDig Dog, a brand of dog treats for the occasional celebration. 

LINCOLN, NEB. - March 1, 2014 - SitStay.com, the destination site for ‘Good Dog’ approved treats today unveils three new St. Patrick's Day inspired dog treats within the ShinDig Dog brand of dog treats. ShinDig Dog specializes in promoting dog treats for the occasional celebration. 

KISS ME BULLY STICKS
What's better than bully sticks & kisses? Each convenient jar includes FIFTEEN 8" Bully Sticks. Maybe they will bring you luck? Or, they will just bring you another great reason to spoil that good (and lucky) dog of yours!

PATTIES OF GOLD
Patties of Gold is a blend of all-natural green tripe, beef and seafood dog treat patties that make perfect rewards for your good dog. Each pattie is fortified with enriching nutrients including B vitamins to support your dogs immune system and a wide range of essential amino acids needed for growth, maintenance, reproduction and repair.


LUCKY DOG CHICKEN BITES
Each poultry packed bag includes 100% USDA inspected, human-grade chicken breast fillets. These wholesome single-protein-source rewards are the perfect way to reward your good dog.

ABOUT SITSTAY.COM
SitStay believes that “we don’t own pets, they own us.”  Since 1996, we have nurtured relationships between pets and their owners by discovering products that are healthful, enriching and “good dog” approved, and delivering these pet products to your doorstep. We aren’t just a business, we are first and foremost pet parents seeking only the best treats and toys available for our dogs.  Working closely with companies throughout the pet industry, we uncover great products and unleash them to you.  Our philosophy is simple: share products that empower pet owners to raise happy, healthy and good dogs. For more information, visit www.sitstay.com

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Topics: Treats, What's New

Happy Peanut Butter Lover's Day!

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 28, 2014 3:20:47 PM

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March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day! We’re all familiar with the sticky substance, whether we grew up on the staple PB&J sandwich or wrinkle our nose at it. But have you ever thought about giving it to your dog? Peanut butter is rich in protein and healthy fats, as well as vitamins E and H. What does that mean for your dog? A healthy and shiny coat! In honor of the day, we’re sharing a few of our favorites!

Buddy Biscuits offers peanut butter treats in both a crunchy, oven baked biscuit and a soft and chewy biscuit. Both options are grain and gluten free, making them wholesome, easily digestible treats!

Zuke’s makes several peanut butter treats we’re head over paws for. Both are corn and wheat free. Their Mini Naturals are an excellent choice for training rewards or anytime treats for smaller dogs. Each moist little morsel is only 2 calories, but packed with flavor. Or try Zuke’s Mini Bakes, which are small enough that they can be used for training or broken into several more pieces. These peanut butter and blueberry treats are the perfect combo for your pup.

Looking for something with a little more crunch? Wet Noses All Natural Big Bone Treats come in peanut butter & molasses flavor! This protein packed treat is great for the dog on the run who may need an extra boost of energy. This all natural treat also features organic sunflower seeds. Another source of protein and some healthy oils your pooch shouldn’t live without.

Putting peanut butter in a Kong toy is another great way to give your dog peanut butter. This way, your dog has to work for her treat, which will keep her busy while you’re at work or need to get things done around the house.

Regardless of how you and Fido prefer your peanut butter, Happy National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!

 

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We don't own dogs at Sitstay - the dogs own us.

The products we share are healthful, enriching and good-dog-approved. Everyday we strive to do our part in improving pet lifestyles and make it a point to have loads of fun along the way.

Join our mission to raise the most spoiled-rotten dogs on the planet … somebody’s got to!

Cheers from Nebraska!