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A Zignature Feast!

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Mouthwatering Turkey

It’s the month of the turkey and what better way to celebrate then to eat lots of delicious food! Puppies everywhere understand what’s happening to an extent, meaning they smell that oh so juicy turkey on the table. One way to quell their appetite is to go out and get them their own version of a turkey dinner, Zignature Turkey Formula! Packed full of the nutrients your pup needs to stay healthy and palatable beyond compare to boot this would be a great dinner for the pooch. Our Turkey formula is sure to power your pup through any hectic Thanksgiving, or through any post meal nap!

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Holiday Thanks

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks to everything we hold dear, and everyone here at Pets Global would like to take this opportunity to wish a happy and safe holiday for everyone in our Zignature family. Of course, not everyone gets to go home for the holidays, as thousands of men and woman serving in our military will be working both home and overseas. Pets Global is proud to give back to our veterans and those who have given so much to us, which is why we were thrilled to participate in the Veterans Gala on November 10th, 2017!

Veterans Gala

Partnering with The Mission Continues, the Veterans Gala raised money to support programs for Veteran Housing, Healthcare, Education, PTSD Counseling, Employment & Entrepreneurship. The Mission Continues is an important organization that empowers veterans as they face the challenge of adjusting to life back home. Founded by a former Navy SEAL who returned from Iraq and discovered that many wounded veterans in military hospitals wanted to know how they could continue to serve their country outside of the military, Eric Greitens formed The Mission Continues to organize events to help those in communities who need it the most. The veterans work alongside children, teaching them various skills and life lessons as well as creating strong bonds that set great examples for the youth. As the veterans who work for Pets Global can attest to, it can be extremely difficult learning how to live as a civilian once again. Volunteer work presents a wonderful opportunity to give back while maintaining that sense of comradery that is only found in service. We highly encourage anyone who may be fortunate enough to donate to consider The Mission Continues.

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From left to right: LT Vargas (Navy), COL Michael Corrado (Marines), SFC Peele (Army).

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Dogs Really Are “Man’s Best Friend”

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Observation is a key component as to why people believe dogs can sense how they’re feeling. Dogs are very acute at picking up subtle changes in our body language or facial expressions. Body language is one of the main communication methods between dogs, so it only makes sense that they would pick up on our body language as well from living alongside humans for so long. A fun test to try with your pup is to show them different emotions such as smiling deeply at them while relaxing your body or looking directly into their eyes sternly while posturing. You should get two different and distinct reactions from your dog. Another thing to consider is your tone of voice. Canine reactions show that they can tell the difference between happiness, sadness, and anger just by reading our inflection.

 

Dogs, like humans, are all about family. This is shown by how they live in the wild within packs to survive. In a pack, there is always a hierarchy. The same as we have parents, elders and so on. The pack leaders provide for the pack and in return are respected. This leads many to believe that pack mentality contributes to the connection between humans and dogs’ due to us being considered part of the pack by our furry friends.

 

All of this coupled with their sense of smell makes for a fantastic companion. Studies have shown that dogs can smell 1 million times better than any human. This has some implications, such as the possibility that they experience their environment as a smell “image” as complex as sight. For example. when humans are anxious they perspire lightly. A dog’s keen sense of smell can detect this, hence how they know our mood has changed.

 

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With all of this said, dogs might just be “man’s best friend”!

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Why “Meat First” is Important

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A Physiologically Tuned™, nutritionally correct diet for your canine companion means meat first, limited ingredient recipes. Meat first provides canines the animal protein they need to thrive, while our limited ingredient philosophy eliminates troublesome staples such as Chicken, Corn, Wheat, Soy, and Potatoes. The result is optimal hypo-allergenic, low glycemic nutrition. We build on this natural foundation by adding vital supplements such as antioxidants, essential fatty acids and a complete spectrum of vitamins and minerals for holistic pet food that goes beyond nature to become your pet’s signature food for life.

 

While we all consider our pets to be members of the family, their dietary needs are different than ours. As carnivores, they require a diet rich in animal protein. That’s why the first ingredient in any Zignature® product will always be quality meat or fish, backed by meat or fish meal as the second ingredient. This isn’t just what your pet craves, it’s what they need to build a soft, silky coat, healthy muscles, and strong bones!

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Okay, maybe your pup won’t look like this. But we are confident a Physiologically Tuned™ diet should have your furry friend looking and feeling their best!

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Top 20 Most Common Dog Names

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Choosing the perfect name for your new dog can be a difficult and daunting task. What you decide to call your dog becomes a part of their personality! We put together a list of 20 most commonly used dog names; we hope we can help you determine the perfect name for little Fido. (Surprisingly, that name isn’t on the list!)

 

Male:

1.     Max 11.  Oliver
2.     Charlie 12.  Jake
3.     Buddy 13.  Bentley
4.     Cooper 14.  Teddy
5.     Jack 15.  Riley
6.     Rocky 16.  Milo
7.     Toby 17.  Bailey
8.     Duke 18.  Buster
9.     Bear 19.  Dexter
10.  Tucker 20.  Leo

 

Female:

1.     Bella 11.   Luna
2.     Lucy 12.   Lily
3.     Daisy 13.   Roxy
4.     Molly 14.   Zoey
5.     Lola 15.   Stella
6.     Sadie 16.   Penny
7.     Maggie 17.   Coco
8.     Sophie 18.   Gracie
9.     Chloe 19.   Zoe
10.  Bailey 20.   Abbie

 

Did your dog’s name make it on the list? If so, let us know in the comments!

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How to Make (Doggy) Friends at the Dog Park

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It can be great fun to bring your dog to an off-leash dog park so that they can meet and play with all of the other pups. Playing at the dog park can help to burn up some of that excess energy as well as socialize them with other dogs and humans.
Before bringing your pup to the dog park for the first time, it’s important to work on some basic training, especially if they don’t have a lot of prior socialization with dogs.
Here are some tips to help prepare your pup for their first trip to the dog park;

1. Work on your dog’s recall

Recall is a must in any off-leash situation. There are many situations in which recall becomes key; if your dog looks like it’s about to get into a fight, if they’re going somewhere they don’t belong, or if you simply want to leave the park are all great examples of when mastery of this skill becomes important.
Work on ‘come’ inside of the home first. Once they have it down inside, move training outside to a low distraction setting and practice the command. Slowly increase the amount of noise and distractions that are around your dog as you work on the command. Once they can come with no problem in any setting, you can feel confident when bringing them to an off-leash park.

2. Introduce your dogs to other dogs on leash.

Introduce you dog to many dogs while both are on a leash. Don’t introduce your dog to a dog that is off-leash while yours remains on, as this can cause stress to your dog and make them uncomfortable. You want their experiences with other dogs to be as stress free as possible.

3. Exercise your dog beforehand.

This may seem a bit counterintuitive. The reason you’re bringing your dog to the park is so that they can use up some of that excess energy, why would you want to tire them out first?
When first introducing your dog to the other dogs at the park, you don’t want them to be too excited. If they’re barking, jumping, and bowling into the other dogs, they will have a hard time making any new friends. You don’t want your dog to be known as the ‘park bully’. If your dog is too energetic in the park and bowling over all of the other dogs, many other pet parents won’t be pleased.
Additionally, an excited and energetic dog is less likely to follow that ‘come’ command you worked so hard on.

4. Bring treats and continue training at the park

Work on some of your basic training at the park. Come, sit, stay, down, etc. are great commands to reinforce at the park where there are so many distractions.

While making friends is reliant on the dogs being compatible, a lot of it has to do with how well you’ve trained your dog to act in the park. Your pup is more likely to find some puppy playmates if they are well behaved.

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What is a Proper Transition Period into Zignature Dog Food?

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If you’re planning on switching your dog’s food to Zignature from another brand, you may want to consider a transitory stage between foods.

 

A sudden change in diet could lead to some unpleasant bowl movements. When your pup’s stomach gets used to a food, switching it out suddenly can cause an upset in their GI tract.

 

To be safe, it’s best to switch out your dog food slowly. This is especially true if your dog has a sensitive stomach. We recommend a gradual transition from your pet’s current food to a Zignature brand food lasting anywhere from five days up to two weeks.

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Who is a Gradual Transition Most Important To?

 

  • Dogs that have previously been on a high grain, corn, wheat, or soy diet.
  • Dogs that have sensitive stomachs.
  • Dogs with food allergies

 

When transitioning your dog to Zignature start by introducing a small amount of Zignature mixed in with their old dog food. As the days progress, slowly start adding more Zignature and decreasing their previous food by the same amount.

 

A gradual transition makes it easier for your pets stomach to acclimate and can help avoid any stomach upset. If you’re switching between different Zignature recipes, this transitory stage is likely unnecessary.

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Weight Control and Your Dog

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How to tell if your pet is overweight.

It’s easy to tell if your pet is obese, but whether or not your pet is big boned or actually overweight may be harder to determine.

You should be able to feel, but not see your dog’s ribs when you run your fingers along their rib cage. You should also be able to see a distinctive waist when you look at them from above.

We see our pup’s day in day out and it can be hard to notice the minuscule weight changes until it’s too late. The best way to tell if your dog is overweight is by scheduling semi-regular vet visits so that your veterinarian can help you determine if your dog is of a healthy weight for their breed.

What causes weight gain?

Factors that can contribute to weight gain in dogs can include;

  • Overfeeding and overeating
  • Inactivity
  • Breed
  • Age
  • Reproductive Status (Neutered/Spayed or Intact)
  • Pre-existing Conditions

How to control your dog’s weight.

We all know that weight gain is when too many calories are coming in and too few are going out, but there can be more to helping your dog lose weight than simply feeding them less.

  • Know exactly how much you are feeding them and how many calories they are getting each day.
  • Choose the right formula of Zignature Dog Food.
  • Be aware of any additional treats you give them, and the calorie content.
  • Don’t give your pup scraps or other people food.
  • Make sure they are getting adequate exercise.

Have you ever had to put your pup on a diet? Let us know your experience in the comments below!

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Creating a Lost Dog Kit

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It can happen in an instant. One moment your dog is in the back yard basking in the sun, and the next they’ve realized someone has left the gate open and bound off of your property. If you have ever lost a pet before, you already know the anxiety, dread, and panic that quickly sets in the moment you realize your dog is gone.

 

In this situation it’s important not to waste any time. The best way to save time when searching for your dog is to have a kit ready. That way, if and when the time comes, you’re not wasting a second stressing out at the nearest printing service trying to print some missing fliers.

 

Below is a list of items you should include in your lost dog kit;

 

Lost Dog Posters

 

Making dog posters when you’re calm will ensure your poster will be effective. If done in a rush, you could end up using a photo that makes it hard to positively identify your pup. By doing it in advance you can even have fun with it by turning it into a photo shoot!

 

Phone Numbers of Local Animal Shelters

 

Gather a list of phone numbers to all of the places you’d call if your dog went missing. This includes all of the local animal shelters within a 100 mile radius. Having this list handy will save you a lot of time when your dog goes missing.

 

Have a Pet Finder App Already Downloaded to your Phone

 

Finding Rover is a great app that uses facial recognition to help you find your dog. If you already have this downloaded to your phone you’ll save some time.

 

There are also local Facebook groups you can join to alert the community that you’ve lost your pup.

 

Have you ever lost your dog before? What steps did you take to make sure they came home? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in the Bed

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Some dog owners love to have their canine companion sleep in the bed with them, while others would never even consider it. There are plenty of reasons you may not want to have your dog in the bed with you;

  • They are restless sleepers and wakes you up.
  • They take up too much room.
  • You’re a restless sleeper and might roll on top of them.
  • Your dog snores.
  • Your dog has nighttime flatulence.
  • You’ll likely need to wash your sheets more often.
  • Your dog gets out of bed and into trouble.

And more! However, saying no to those puppy dog eyes can sometimes be too much to handle. And luckily there are some benefits to letting your dog sleep with you;

  • They are warm.
  • They help us relax.
  • They make us feel safe.
  • Cuddling is good for the brain.
  • Makes you happy.
  • Makes the dog happy.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but be sure to take the following things into consideration;

  1. If your dog is not fully housebroken, you should not let them out of their crate at night.
  2. If they get out of bed and chew on things they should not be let out of the crate at night.
  3. If they have any form of resource guarding you should not let them sleep with you.

What’s your take on the matter? Do you let your pup sleep with you at night? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.

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