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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Utilizing Treats to Raise a Good Dog

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 28, 2014 11:25:39 AM

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We're all familiar with the concept that positive reinforcement is used to promote good behavior. The more that reinforcement occurs, through treats and other rewards, the more that behavior is strengthened. This doesn’t limit your treat giving to only when you’re teaching your dog to sit or stay. If you’re gone for most of the day at work and you come home to find Fido hasn’t chewed anything or taken any naps on furniture he shouldn’t be on, a reward is a great idea. On the other hand, if you know you’re going to be gone all day, leaving your dog with something to chew on or keep him busy all day might help him to not dread your leaving, knowing that he’ll have something to keep his attention while you’re gone. There are a number of reasons to treat your dog and we have a number of things to treat him with!

Purina Pet Foods breaks treats into five categories: rewards, treats, biscuits, chews, and health treats. Rewards are smaller, meat-based treats used mostly during training. Your dog shouldn’t get more than 10% of his daily calories through this category. General treats shouldn’t exceed more than 15% of your dog’s daily dietary requirement. Biscuits can be fed as a snack or added to canned food. They can help clean your dog’s teeth and can account for up to 15% of your dog’s total diet. Chews are great for strengthening your dogs teeth and keeping them busy while you’re away. Health treats are specifically designed to support healthy bodies, with additional benefits such as vitamins and minerals.

Now that we have a better understanding of when to give treats, let’s find some that your dog will love!

SitStay's own Brown Beggers™ Chicken Breast Bites are born, raised, and made in the USA. High in protein and low in fat, these dog chews have no preservatives and have been slow roasted to ensure a crunchy bite. They are great general treats or dog chews, making them an ideal choice for after a long walk or when you need to keep your dog busy for a little while.

With only one ingredient, Polkadog Cod Skins offer numerous benefits. With every crunch comes omega-3 fatty acids, freshness and bold flavor. These healthy dog chews make a fantastic alternative to rawhide and bully chews. Fish skins also make a great alternative treat for dogs with allergies to chicken, beef or lamb proteins. Made by hand, these cod skins are a twist on dog treats - literally.

If your dog has any allergies to meat or gluten, Brown Beggers™ Canine Sweet Potato Patties are the perfect solution. These cookies are vitamin and mineral enhanced goodies for your dogs. Rather than using wheat, corn, or gluten, Psyllium seed husks are a key ingredient, which promote a healthy digestive system. Offered in several flavors, these cookies are easy to break into smaller pieces, making them great as whole treats or smaller training aids.

Max & Ruffy's organic, vegan dog treats are hard to categorize with other mainstream products. Made with 100% certified organic, human-grade ingredients, these natural treats stand alone. Blueberries, which are rich in antioxidants, are fantastic for skin, coat, and digestion, among a number of other things. These morsels of culinary goodness are the perfect size for training treats.

Treats of all kinds make rewarding your dog for good behavior, training, or just because, easy. So go ahead, spoil that lucky dog of yours!

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Add LUCK to Your Dog Treat Purchases

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 27, 2014 3:19:22 PM

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Imagine not being able to have a snack unless someone thought to give it to you. Or knowing dessert was in the fridge but not being allowed to eat it until you performed some task. Welcome to the world of dogs.

While treats are great for training purposes, as they reinforce good behavior, we don’t have to be teaching Buddy to sit and shake in order to give him a treat. Giving treats is an excellent way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. But giving too many treats or the wrong kind of treat/table scraps (I know those big brown eyes are hard to resist at dinner) can do more harm than good. In order to ensure you’re giving your dog the best treats, add some LUCK to your dog treat purchases. Let us explain.

  • Look for new products. The treat market is full of options and is a growing market, so don’t be afraid to branch out from your “usuals.” We’re currently digging Sam’s Yams Fruit & Veggie Cookies and have a team committed to finding the next greatest. 
  • Understand the ingredients Buddy will be soon be eating. At SitStay, we pride ourselves on carrying natural treats that are made in the USA and with all natural ingredients, quality meats, and no fillers. It’s easy to read up on treats through the product descriptions on our site. For example, products like Distinctive Dog treats feature coconut oil as a functional ingredient, which can help balance your dog’s metabolism, contribute to a shiny coat, improve digestion, and so much more.
  • Cater to your dog’s palette. Just like us, dogs have their favorites. As dog owners, we want what’s best and Buddy wants what tastes best, to him. With treats featuring salmon, chicken, peanut butter, cranberries, venison, kangaroo, lamb, and yams, to name a few, there’s plenty of potential favorites. Not sure where to start? We make it easy with treat bundles, made especially for your dog’s palette.
  • Keep a variety of those favorite treats on hand. Mix up the textures and flavors though, to ensure your dog won’t become a picky eater. Brands like Cloud Star have mastered this concept, offering treats that are both soft & crunchy. The grain free, gluten free treats are a SitStay favorite.

Giving your dog treats is a good thing, regardless of whether or not you’re teaching him new tricks. Like any good thing though, it has to be done in moderation. Next time you’re grabbing a treat for yourself or the kids, don’t forget about Buddy. We’ve got plenty of options to help you treat him right!

 
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Top 10 Best Dog Biscuits for Fido

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 23, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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SitStay.com is committed to finding and sharing the best treats on the market. We've found treats on ropes, treats that heal, treats that prevent, and treats made from exotic ingredients. No matter how far our industry continues to stretch, dog biscuits - which date back to the Roman times, will continue to prevail as a dog's favorite treat.

By definition, a dog biscuit is a baked dietary supplement that is made with a starchy binder. We all know there is a tremendous difference in taste and quality among the dog biscuit category. Quality that dog owners demand and taste that wags a dog's tail. The Top 10 Best Dog Biscuits For Fido is a list of the ten finest dog biscuits on the market. They include gluten free, organic and superfood recipes that challenge the longstanding definition of dog biscuits. 

Top 10 Best Dog Biscuits for Fido

1   Distinctive Dog Gourmet Dog Treats
2   Buddy Biscuits Grain Free Oven Baked Biscuits
3   Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free Biscuits
4   Wet Noses Organic Dog Treats
5   Wag More Bark Less All Natural Dog Biscuits
6   Max & Ruffy's Natural Organic Dog Treats
7   Polkadog Treats
8   WildSide Lamb'n Dog Treats
9   The Honest Kitchen Pecks Dog Treats
10   Grandma Lucy's Organic Oven Baked Dog Treats
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Dog Joint Issues Inspired High Quality Products

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 18, 2014 4:58:13 PM

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We all want the best for our family. Whether it be a two-legged or four-legged member, we hate to see our family members in pain. Who better understands that than a family-owned company on a quest to help provide a higher quality of life for people and animals? Response Products is an innovative company dedicated to the development of progressive joint health and nutrition products for people, pets, and livestock. Since its beginning in 1998, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. Headquartered in Broken Bow, Nebraska, the company now serves customers on a global scale.

Response Products has developed an effective family of joint action formulas featuring cetyl myristoleate (correct pronunciation not required) and other tested joint health ingredients. Its proven products are scientifically formulated to help with joint health, meaning your dog will have a much easier time getting around on his own.  

Devoted to creating products that support a better quality of life for people and animals of all ages, Response Products takes quality seriously. It’s simple: quality ingredients lead to quality products which lead to quality results. Because all of the company’s products are made in an FDA approved and cGMP facility, and are audited by NASC (National Animal Supplement Council), the company proudly holds its products to a higher standard (the more acronyms the better, of course).

With its embrace of quality and results, it’s no surprise that Response Products has success story after success story to its name.  The story of JAP (video below) shows the remarkable turnaround a dog suffering from joint problems can have after only a short amount of time on Cetyl M.

One customer was told by her vet to ‘face the fact’ that her 14-year-old dog would likely die because he had so much trouble getting around by himself, due to years of arthritis. Within weeks of being on Cetyl M, the dog was not only able to get around by himself, but was wagging his tail again, something his owner explained he hadn’t done in months. Others have deemed Cetyl M to be a “miracle” and a “success all-around,” as they have seen change in their dogs after only a day. Still others have watched as their dogs have been given a “second life” or older dogs have been able to “play like a puppy again.”

It’s always a relief to know we can do something to help those we love most. Advanced Cetyl M® Joint Action Formula for dogs is an amazing solution to your dog’s joint pain.

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Topics: Wellness

These Teeth Are Made For Chompin'

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 18, 2014 8:13:43 AM

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And that's just what they'll do ... 

Have you ever been having a nice game of fetch or tug of war when all of a sudden you catch a whiff of your dog’s bad breath? While it’s easy to tease our dogs about needing a breath mint, we shouldn’t brush off our pets' bad breath. Bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems, such as damage to our pet’s teeth and gums, or even internal organs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dental care is not only important for people, but for our four-legged companions as well. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal (gum) disease by the time they are three years old. Some symptoms of dental disease include bad breath, excessive drooling, a reluctance to eat, listlessness, and discolored teeth. Imagine what your mouth would look like if you never brushed your teeth.

With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, there’s no better time to learn about the importance of our pet’s dental health and what role we can play in keeping our pets healthy.

Not only is it important to regularly check your pet’s teeth and gums for any discoloration or inflammation, it’s equally as important to keep up with your pet’s teeth by cleaning and brushing them as often as possible. But because your dog probably isn’t too crazy about having his teeth brushed everyday (I know mine isn't), SitStay carries various toys and treats that will make it much easier to keep his teeth clean.

Emerald Pet Canine Dental Treats are treats designed with your dog’s dental health in mind. The outer layer focuses on your dog’s dental care while the inner layer, made with real parsley, dill and spearmint, freshens your dog’s breath. Toys and treats that require your dog to do a lot of chewing are great for your dog’s teeth. Zuke’s Z-Bone, a grain free dental chew, is easy to digest with an ideal texture that helps to scrape and polish teeth. Made with powerful breath freshening herbs and healthy whole food antioxidants, and offered in a variety of flavors, the Z-Bone will both keep your dog busy and clean his teeth. The Kong Dental Rope cleans your dog’s teeth and gums as she chews. Easy to toss, fun to tug, this multi-purpose toy has patented grooves that clean teeth and gums as your dog chews.

While daily dental care may not be a feasible option, there are plenty of treats and toys to help make maintaining your dog’s dental health a cinch.
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Addiction Dog Food Speaks for Itself

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 17, 2014 8:30:00 PM

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If dogs could talk, they would probably tell you that Addiction dog food is rightfully named. With an ever growing selection of pet food for both dogs and cats, Addiction Pet Foods has plenty to offer your pets. Its extensive product line for dogs features dry foods, raw dehydrated foods, canned foods, and of course, treats, and has dogs everywhere begging for more.

Addiction Pet Foods is quickly becoming a global leader in premium pet food products. The company prides itself on using the highest quality of natural ingredients. Founded in 2002 by a forward-thinking veterinary surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Addiction set out to transform the pet food industry. After realizing just how lacking in nourishment many everyday pet foods were, the founder of Addiction sought to create wholesome pet food packed with nutritional benefits to enhance the health and well-being of our beloved pets.

With this mindset, product integrity and food safety have always been Addiction’s top priority. The company stands by the ideal that pet food is only as good as the ingredients that go into it. That’s why the company has made research and development so important, employing a team of experienced food technologists and nutritionists.

On top of that, Addiction strives to use its resources responsibly. With a manufacturing facility located in New Zealand, Addiction adheres to the highest of manufacturing standards. Because of its location, the brand is able to find the majority of its quality raw ingredients from New Zealand and Australia, where the food safety standards are extremely high. The pages of success stories on the Addiction dog food website speak to the quality of this brand.

With its premium products, Addiction dog food is an excellent choice for any dog, but for dogs with allergies to beef or chicken, meats commonly found in dog foods, Addiction offers a solution. With unique ingredients such as venison, kangaroo, lamb, rabbit, and salmon, along with grain-free options, Addiction dog food offers a healthy choice for dogs with food allergies. Check out the Addiction dog food line at SitStay.com today!
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Topics: Mealtime, What's in The Bag?

Starbucks Service Dog Incident Raises Awareness

Posted by Sara Dreamer, CEO

Feb 9, 2014 1:00:00 PM

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Today we learned about Yancy Baer’s unfortunate experience with his service dog at a Starbucks in Houston. As a company committed to outfitting service dog vests and apparel since 1998, we see this as a great learning opportunity for so many.

As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service dog is one that performs a task for the benefit of a person with a disability. A disability can be any physical or mental condition that substantially limits a major life activity. Some disabilities are not visible, such as deafness, epilepsy, diabetes, & psychological conditions.

Assistance dogs not only provide a specific service to their handlers, but also greatly enhance the quality of their lives with a new sense of freedom and independence.

There are three types of Assistance Dogs:

  • Guide Dogs – for the blind and the visually impaired

  • Hearing Dogs – for the deaf and hard of hearing

  • Service Dogs – for people with disabilities other than those related to vision or hearing 

Unfortunately, no registration is required by the ADA for service dogs. There is no federal  requirement for the dog to wear any special gear or identification. There is also no requirement that the handler carry any certification papers showing that the dog has been trained as a service dog.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no federal registry or certification program for service dogs. United States Service Dog Registry seems to be the most well-known and respected.

Because of the amount of grey space that fills this industry, not all legitimate service dogs are received by the public with the respect they deserve, as we see with Yancy Baer’s story.

SitStay.com is an online retailer that often gets scrutiny for selling service dogs vests to individuals without requiring registration or proof of certification. We can assure you, this is not a business decision, rather a limitation within the service dog industry as a whole. Without having registration requirements from the ADA, we can’t reference a governing database or ask a dog owner for proof of disability - today, that is the law.

It is concerning when we hear stories like the one at Starbucks, however, there is silver lining with occurrences like these to raise awareness and remind us that there is tremendous room for growth in the government, legitimacy and protection of service dogs.

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Finest Joint Health Product For Dogs Made From Cetyl Myristoleate

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 7, 2014 4:50:44 PM

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Cetyl Myristoleate and its unique joint health properties were first discovered by Dr. Harry Diehl, a research chemist at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 1964. It was during his research that Dr. Diehl discovered a particular family of mice with remarkably healthy and trouble-free joints. He theorized that mice carried a specific trait and, ultimately, discovered their secret - their unique ability to synthesize Cetyl Myristoleate.

Cetyl Myristoleate is a unique esterified Omega-5 fatty acid with a distinct structure that supports joint health and function. Most animal species are unable to manufacture Cetyl Myristroleate on their own and must, instead, aquire it from outside sources.

This wax-like substance can be found in both plant and animal sources, including the African Kombo Nut and beef tallow. 

Building on Dr. Harry Diehl's groundbreaking work, Response Products developed a process for synthesizing the inudstry's finest joint health product with a 100% percent plant-derived source of Cetyl Myristoleate from the African Kombo Nut. 

Advanced Cetyl M® Joint Action Formula for dogs can be found @SitStay.com.

Features:

  • 250 mg of Cetyl Myristoleate Complex per tablet
  • Carries the NASC Seal (National Animal Supplement Council)
  • Great tasting, meat flavored, chewable tablet
  • 250 mg of Glucosamine HCI per tablet
  • Easy to chew tablets - no need to disguise 
  • No artificial flavorings & dog's love the taste!

Benefits:

  • Ease dog's aches and discomfort due to aging, competition or overall health issues
  • Powerful Omega-5 fatty acid helps support structural integrity of joints and connective tissues
  • Helps to maintain synovial fluid that lubricates a dog's joints
  • Maintain dog's active lifestyle
  • Very affordable way to prevent issues and minimize existing hip and joint discomfort for dogs
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Service Dog vs. Therapy Dog

Posted by sitstaydogs

Feb 7, 2014 3:03:40 PM

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People often ask, what’s the difference between service dogs and therapy dogs? While both provide essential assistance, service dogs and therapy dogs are not one and the same. Oftentimes, these phrases are used interchangeably, but we’re here to tell you exactly how service dogs and therapy dogs are different.  

Service dogs are trained to assist individuals with specific disabilities, while therapy dogs offer joy and comfort through the kind of affection that only a dog can give. According to Assistance Dogs International (ADI), service dogs are “for people with disabilities other than those related to vision or hearing.” These dogs are trained to perform a variety of tasks, such as pulling a wheelchair, opening doors, retrieving objects, or alerting individuals to a medical crisis and providing assistance during that medical crisis, among many other things. While both service and therapy dogs provide relief and companionship, service dogs are for people with recognized mental and psychiatric disabilities.

Service dogs are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They are considered working dogs, not pets. This allows them to enjoy a list of benefits that includes the ability to enter restaurants, stores, and other public places and fly in the cabin of an airplane. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs are not allowed the same privileges unless they receive special permission.

Therapy dogs are generally someone’s friendly and good-tempered pet. These dogs receive specific training that differs greatly from what service dogs go through. They often visit hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and schools. Sometimes they even participate in various physical rehabilitation therapy. Therapy dogs provide love and comfort and often boost the confidence of children, students, adults, and seniors alike. Therapy dogs and service dogs often wear vests, though it isn't mandatory. 

The dogs who work as service dogs and therapy dogs are amazing animals. It’s helpful to understand the difference between a service dog and a therapy dog for a number of reasons, one being that you know how to interact with these dogs when you meet one.

If you encounter either a service dog or a therapy dog, make sure to ask before you pet. While both are friendly, both have specific jobs and tasks. As mentioned before, service dogs are working animals which often means they shouldn’t be petted. You may even see them wear service dog patches that say "Ask To Pet Me, I'm Friendly" or "Please Don't Pet Me, I'm Working". 

To both service and therapy dogs, and their incredible owners, hats off to you.

 
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Topics: Training, Service & Therapy Dogs

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