Tips for Staying Active with Your Dog

Want to exercise with your dog to stay healthy and have fun? There are a few things you should consider before you get started.  Staying active with your dog can be beneficial to both of you, but don't jump into it too quickly!   How much exercise to dogs need? The amount of exercise a dog needs is really dependent on the breed and age.  If they are putting on weight or destroying your house, you may want to increase the activity level of your pet. Many years ago, my husband and I discovered the joy of competitive dog … [Read more...]

Give a New Puppy Care Package (NOT a puppy!) for a Gift!

If you are considering adding a dog to your family, PLEASE give a new puppy care package on Christmas day and not the actual puppy. The holidays are a stressful time and chaos is not healthy for raising puppies.  A puppy care package, with a sweet 'puppy IOU' and a new pet gift or two is a much better plan! I thought I would share a few puppy supplies you might want to include in your pet gift basket.     New Puppy Care Package Ideas Christmas is actually not a very good time to bring a puppy into your home.  … [Read more...]

17 DIY Dog Treat Recipes Make Great Gifts for Dog Lovers and Pets!

Do you have a canine friend in your life that would appreciate these DIY dog treat recipes?  Or are you looking for gifts for dog lovers? Making homemade dog treats is easy and they make a fun and personal gift for the dog people in your life.  Most of the time, the ingredients are already in your pantry and they take very little time and energy to make.  I thought I would share this roundup of homemade dog treats to inspire you to get busy creating a few healthy dog treats this month! You can also put homemade treats in a puppy care package, … [Read more...]

Healthy Dog Coat Tips and Nature’s Recipe Launch at Walmart!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nature’s Recipe®. The opinions and text are all my own. For the last 20 years, my husband and I have owned a breed of dog called the Dutch shepherd.  Similar to a German shepherd, Dutchies are hyper, high drive, protective and incredibly smart.  They are also very hairy!  With a double coat to protect them from cold, winter weather, shepherds tend to shed quite a bit. While they shed year round, spring is the absolute worst when it comes to finding dog hair all over my house.  I … [Read more...]

Tips for Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

Spring is approaching and with it comes lots of new baby animals.  If you are considering adding a critter to your house, I encourage you to check out these tips for choosing the right pet before you shop.  Animals are a huge commitment and they deserve to be a full-fledged member of your family. Growing up, I had a dog until I was about 10 years old and he passed away from old age.  That was the first time I had ever seen my father cry and that memory has stuck with me for decades.  I begged and pleaded for years after that to be allowed to … [Read more...]

Choosing a Limited Ingredient Diet for Your Dog #HealthyPetHappyPet

This limited ingredient diet discussion is sponsored by CANIDAE® Pet Food and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I am being compensated to help create awareness about the GrainFree PURE® line of pet food but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. CANIDAE® is not responsible  for the content of this article. Many years ago, I had a German Shepherd puppy who loved terrorizing my house.  She chewed furniture, jumped on guests and in general acted just like a German Shepherd puppy is supposed to act.  She also … [Read more...]

How to Tell Your Dog Loves Pinnacle Grain Free Dog Food #PinnacleHealthyPets

This post is sponsored by Pinnacle® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Pinnacle’s reformulated Grain Free Dog Food but Suburbia Unwrapped only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Pinnacle is not responsible for the content of this article. A few weeks ago I shared some tips with my readers on how to stay active with your dog.  Getting out and moving more is good for both canines AND humans!  We switched our Dutch Shepherd over to Pinnacle® Grain Free … [Read more...]

Dog Training Tips and a Twitter Party for Pet Appreciation Week #PSP4Pets

These dog training tips have been sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus and The Motherhood but all opinions expressed here are my own. Back in my life before I had HUMAN children I was totally devoted to my canine kids.  My husband and I were active in many different dog sports including flyball, agility, obedience training, and disc dog competitions.  We had two shepherds, a large truck and our weekends were spent traveling from one dog trial to another.  It was an amazing amount of fun, for both dogs and humans!  Then, my husband and I had our … [Read more...]

Frugal Dog Care Tips for a Happy, Healthy Dog #sponsored

This post about frugal dog care tips has been sponsored by the Dog Bark Collar Store but all opinions expressed are my own.  When my husband and I were just out of college and struggling to make end's meat we decided we wanted to get a dog.  We decided we wanted to get a BIG dog!  Not only did we end up getting a German Shepherd, we got her a friend to play with a year later when we brought home a Dutch Shepherd, too. We quickly had to learn a few frugal dog care tips so we didn't go broke!   We jumped right into dog ownership with both feet … [Read more...]

Pet messes are no match for Clorox! #icktionary #ad

This pet messes blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Clorox blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here. Having pets in the house is a great way to teach children valuable life lessons.  Taking care of pets teaches children responsibility and compassion and those are lessons they will need for the rest of their lives. Of course, if I actually relied on the children to feed  the animals they would probably all starve but ONE DAY, they will figure it out, right?   … [Read more...]