15 Gifts On Your Dog’s Christmas List

 

Christmas shopping can be a stressful and daunting task when you’re standing in the middle of a store with the pressure of finding the perfect gift for those special people in your life. But finding the perfect gift for your furry best friend has never been easier, and you can feel great about what you picked out from the comfort of your own home when you order online from our store – RadioFence.com! With 100′s of pawsome dog-approved presents to choose from, you really can’t go wrong with anything you choose.

1. AutoSlide Automatic Door


For a lot of us, the holiday season is a great opportunity to spoil yourself and your loved ones with the newest and greatest invention or technology. The AutoSlide is the latest, brand-new dog product that you won’t find anywhere else! It doesn’t get any better than the AutoSlide automatic patio door system which turns your existing sliding glass, patio, screen, or even interior door into an automatic door that opens and closes using Infra-Red sensors much like the doors you walk through at the grocery store. Never worry about getting up and down to let your dog in and out of the house multiple times a day – because we all know as soon as they come inside they’re ready to go back out again! The simple do-it-yourself system can be installed in less than 30 minutes. You can also open and close the automatic door with switches on the wall or a remote that you control. Check it out:

2. Holiday Clothes

Dog clothes are not for everybody, but if you love to get festive with your dog around the holidays, then our holiday dog clothes are perfect for you and provide the comfort your dog craves!

We also have other holiday varieties including themed holiday dresses and holiday hoodie sweatshirts for a more casual Christmas all cuddled up with the family.

3. Dog Crate End Table

Having a dog crate is a necessity for some, but they often exist in our homes without much thought put into how they look, where they should go in the room, or how they go with the rest of our decorating theme. A dog crate end table has all of the luxuries your dog needs in a dog crate but is also extremely functional and attractive-looking for you and your family which makes it a great gift for you and your dog. No more wire crates that stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of the room!

4. Cozy Cave Pet Bed

A new bed will make your dog feel amazing this holiday season. We know they can get worn out after awhile, and there’s no better time to freshen up and get a replacement than Christmas time. We have such a huge selection of dog beds that it’s hard to choose just one as our favorite.

The bed we’re getting our dog Jem for Christmas this year is the Cozy Cave because of it’s unique design. It’s perfect for dogs that like the burrow or nest in bed. Jem nudges my arm for me to lift the blanket up so she can burry herself and feel warm and secure under the covers. This bed is perfect for her, and we can’t wait to see her reaction on Christmas morning!

 

5. Dart Interactive Toy

Everybody loves opening a new toy on Christmas morning, and your dog will love you for getting her the Dart Interactive Laser Toy to keep her occupied with fun for hours. Especially dogs that are stuck inside for hours at a time due to the harsh winter weather and need to burn some energy!

6. Car Seat

Dogs love and need car seats for so many reasons. Safety, comfort, anxiety relief, spacial awareness, etc. Imagine being in the car and being too short to see anything that is going on outside the moving car. That can make even the most relaxed dogs feel uneasy even if they don’t show it. Car seats boost dogs up so they can see out the windows. Dogs are very vulnerable in the car without the safety of a seatbelt like humans have. A car seat is the perfect place in the car for your dog to be safe and comfortable for even the longest road trips or just short errands around town!

 

We bought our Beagle Jem her first car seat two years ago for Christmas when she was just a small puppy and it made such a huge difference for her. She immediately relaxed, felt secure, and let loose for all of our car rides. I loved being able to strap the Console Car Seat to the center console and have her close to me while I drove, and she seemed to love our quality time just as much as I did.

 

 

7. Bicycle Basket

Your dog won’t be able to contain her excitement when you present her with a bike basket! Spending quality time with our dogs is priority number one, and any time there is a new opportunity to get out of the house and explore together is exciting. Going on walks is already so thrilling for your dog, but going for a bike ride with the family is a dream come true.  

8. Elevated Dog Bowl

With so many dog bowls to choose from out there, how do you ever know if you’re picking the right one? Veterinarians suggest elevated dog feeders because they allow dogs to eat using proper posture, promote good hygiene, alleviate pain due to arthritis, neck, or back problems, help dogs with megaesophagus that have difficulty swallowing, dogs with digestive issues, and dogs with disabilities. Comfort is so important, and your dog will love you even more for improving his eating abilities.

9. Automatic Meal Feeder

Automatic meal feeders are an amazing tool to have in the house that use timers to feed your dog his meal at the same times every day. Sometimes your schedule gets crazy, you find it hard to be home at the same time every day to feed on schedule, you feel guilty for having to stay late at work, or you get caught up with an emergency. You can have peace of mind knowing that you never have to worry about your dog missing a meal no matter what happens when life gets crazy. Automatic feeders also aid with preventing obesity and overeating.

10. Water Fountain

Research shows that one of the best ways to improve your dog’s health is to get her to drink more water. Water fountains are the best way to encourage dogs to drink more water and are much better than standard bowls. Humans don’t like to drink water that has been sitting out all day, and your dog is no different. Fountains provide your dog with fresh and filtered water all day every day and look beautiful in any kitchen with the variety of colors and styles available.

11. SUV Cargo Liner

SUV cargo liners are an awesome alternative for dogs that are too big for a car seat but still desire a comfortable place to call their own in the car. They’re great for you as well because they shield and protect the carpet in your car from dirt, dander, fur, spills, or accidents.

12. Strollers and Bike Trailers

If your dog is too big to fit into a bike basket, there’s nothing better than a bike trailer for your family. If you love to travel and explore with your dog, you definitely want a stroller that converts into a bike trailer. If you’d rather just have a stroller or just have a bike trailer, there are those options as well. You and your playful pup can have so much fun biking together!

13. Wicker Crates and Cozy Crate Covers

Wicker crates are a great alternative to traditional wire crates because they tend to go better with the rest of the decor in your home rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. If you don’t want to make the upgrade to a new crate, you can still accessorize your existing wire crate to make it more aesthetically pleasing with a crate cover. More importantly, crate covers provide supreme comfort for your dog far beyond what he can get with a traditional crate alone. They give you the style you want and the comfort your dog deserves. Even better, research shows that crate covers reduce barking because they ease stress.

14. Play Pen

Play pens are awesome to have whether you use it at home or on the go since they are very portable. Just when you thought you’d considered every option there is to entertain your dog, we found an amazing video of a pug having a blast with his playpen and about 100 plastic balls. Check it out and see why your dog needs a playpen too! 

15. Pet Steps

Pet stairs can provide life-changing relief for your dog. There are so many instances when we wish they could talk and tell us what they need, and if they could they would ask for a set of pet stairs! Your dog needs help getting onto the couch, bed, or into the car. Stairs are recommended by veterinarians for all dogs to prevent injury and arthritis from excessive jumping and are necessary for small, older, or disabled dogs. There are also pet ramps for easily getting in and out of the car.

 

There are so many amazing dog products that improve the lives of our furry best friends as well as our own lives tremendously. This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to spoil your dog and yourself. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family at RadioFence.com to yours!

Our Dogs Jem and Zoey - Christmas 2013

 

10 Dog Breeds That Can’t Stand To Work

A lot of us think of our dogs as our most cherished companion that we bring with us to run errands, watch movies with cuddled on the couch, and take walks in the park with. But for centuries dogs have been used for working and can do such amazing things when they are assigned to a job. But what happens when there are just certain dog breeds that are notorious for absolutely hating to work?

Maybe you can relate to the feeling of hating to work and are thinking you may just be a certain breed of human that instinctually hates work. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could blame our lack of motivation and third snooze of our alarm to our “breed” like these dogs?

Our friends at The I Love Dogs Site  have put together another great article featuring the 10 dog breeds that absolutely hate work. Although the following dogs have been known to prefer couch surfing to working, of course there are exceptions to every stereotype!

1. Akita

Akitas are smart dogs who will work on their own terms and have no problem deciding for themselves whether or not they want to follow your command. They have been known to look at you when you’re asking them to do something, consider whether or not they want to make the effort, and turn away from you acting like you aren’t even there.

 

2. Shiba Inu

They are similar to the Akita because they are very intelligent and have energy when they feel like it. They’ve been known to question whether you are seriously asking something of them or not and decide for themselves if what you’re asking is worth the reward in the end. No reward? They probably aren’t going to make the effort.

 

3. Dachshund

They were originally used as hunting dogs, but they have evolved into full-blown lap dogs. And they’re proud of it! Dachshunds have been known to be difficult to train, especially with potty training.

 

4. Havanese

The Havanese is another proud lap dog but is a little easier to train than the Dachshund. The Havanese still aren’t interested in sticking around and working on a bunch of tricks, however. A few tricks is plenty before they settle back down onto their favorite spot on the couch.

 

5. St Bernard

The St Bernard undeniably looks lazy with the droopy, tired eyes, and the saggy skin. These loyal companions are perfectly content just relaxing at your feet or snuggling up in the living room with the family. They are happy just with the company of their loved ones and don’t have interest in working on much else in their life. If you’ve seen the “Beethoven” movies and how hard those St Bernards work you may disagree!

 

6. Husky

When I read the article, this one surprised me the most. Huskies have been known to pull sleds in the snow and be able to work for hours in extreme climate conditions. However, if you talk to many Husky parents they will tell you that getting their Husky to do what they ask can be quite a difficult task. Just think of the 100′s of viral videos of Huskies protesting with their hilarious howls and comical commentary that sometimes sounds almost human!

 

7. Beagle

Now this is the one that I was waiting for! When I think of a lazy dog, our dog Jem is the first thing that comes to mind. She’s the sweetest little girl there is, but when she gets out of bed in the morning it’s only to eat her breakfast. Then she is right back on the couch or in the bedroom for round two of her beauty sleep. She will sleep all day unless we make her get out of bed to play outside and get some exercise! Beagles are also known for being “stubborn” and only able to focus on what is interesting to them rather than what you’re trying to tell them. If a Beagle catches a scent, it doesn’t matter what commands you use, he will be off on a chase! We got really lucky with Jem because she listens really well and never runs off after a scent when we’re outside. However, she is stubborn because she will only listen to her daddy’s commands and nobody else’s!

 

8. Pekingese

These dogs are known for being low energy and loving lap dogs. They can also be hard to teach and especially difficult to potty train.

9. Clumber Spaniel

If you want a dog that is going to be an enthusiastic running companion, this is not the breed for you. They have been known to be “independent” thinkers and hard to train.

 

10. English Bull Dog

This may not be surprising to you that the Bull Dog isn’t known for being a high-energy worker. But we can’t necessarily blame them… their wrinkly rolls and round bodies make it difficult for them to be anything other than cuddly couch dogs.

 

Do you have any lazy pictures of your dog? We’d love for you to share with us!

 

Healthy and Yummy Thanksgiving Meal for Dogs

Our dogs are a bigger part of our families than we can put into words. We’re always trying our best to let them know just how much we love and appreciate them. We want to take this special opportunity on Thanksgiving to show them that we are thankful for them, and they deserve to have a special feast with us as we enjoy our holiday meal.

But what can dogs eat on Thanksgiving? The last thing you want to do to show your dog appreciation is give him food that leads to a trip to the “V-E-T” when you should be at home enjoying your pumpkin pie for dessert.

There are many foods that dogs can’t eat, and some may be surprising to you. That is why it’s so important to educate yourself and learn what foods are toxic to dogs.

 

According to PetMD, it’s extremely important that your dog doesn’t eat anything with alliums (i.e., onions, garlic, leeks, scallions) because eating these in large quantities can lead to toxic anemia. Stay away from the stuffing since it includes alliums and sage which causes central nervous system depression.

 

 

Yes To Turkey!

Plain, white meat turkey is a perfect protein for your dog on Thanksgiving. Make sure there aren’t any bones, skin, or fat and you’re good to go!

Bring On The Potatoes!

 

Plain mashed potatoes are a great vegetable to share with your pet on Thanksgiving, but make sure you cook them plain without the added butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, or gravy that you like in your mashed potatoes. When it comes to cooking human food for your dog, plain is always the key. Their sensitive tummies can’t handle all of the extras like ours can.

 

 

Green Beans Are Great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plain green beans are a wonderful vegetable to add to your dog’s Thanksgiving treat. But if we’re talking about green bean casserole, that’s another story. There are ingredients in green bean casserole that might not agree with your dog or could be toxic like onions and garlic. Stick to the plain green beans.

A Tiny Bit of Cranberry

 

Cranberry sauce is another yummy treat to add to your dog’s thanksgiving feast, but be careful of the sugar content. Check the nutrition facts and make sure there isn’t too much sugar. Add just a tiny bit to your dog’s meal if you’re unsure just to be safe.

 

 

This Thanksgiving we’re going to cook up a very simple yet wonderful platter for our dogs Zoey and Jem consisting of:

  • White meat turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Cranberry sauce 
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving treats to feed your dog? Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions? Let us know in the comments, and have an awesome, safe, and relaxing holiday!

 

How To Choose The Perfect Dog Bed

You would never consider your bed a luxury rather than a necessity, and the same is true for your dog’s bed. Dogs spend much more of their lives sleeping than we do which leads some vets to believe that finding the perfect bed could be even more important to dogs than it is to people. Choosing the right bed can seem intimidating with all of the types, sizes, shapes, and colors, but we’ve narrowed it down to make it easy for you to confidently choose the perfect one for your dog!

Quality beds give your pet support, a sense of comfort, warmth, and relief. Dogs love to lounge on the floor or on the sofa, but getting your pet his very own bed provides a sense of security. When the bed is kept in the same spot it gives your dog a cozy place that he knows is special. Dogs are naturally territorial and appreciate a place to call their own. You can assess what kind of bed will be best for your dog based on his health, habits, age, and size.

Step 1: Make Sure It’s Washable

Vets believe that “the most important element to any dog bed can be summed up in a single word: washable.” Always choose a washable bed or a bed with a washable cover. It is essential for controlling odors, dirt, and fleas. All of our beds are either washable or have a washable cover.

Step 2: Measure Your Dog for Size

When your dog is sleeping or lounging in her favorite position, measure the length of your dog and add 5 inches. If it’s too difficult to measure your dog while she’s laying down, you can measure her from the base of the neck to the tail and add 5 inches. This will allow for extra “wiggle” room so she feels comfortable in her new bed.

Step 3: Assess Your Dog’s Age and Level of Health

Older, arthritic, aching, or sick dogs require more features from a dog bed than a young puppy. These include orthopedic, memory foam, and heated options. You need the bed to support your dog’s joints, and an orthopedic, foam, or heated bed is essential for dogs with dysplasia or arthritis. Choosing the right bed can help alleviate pain and make your dog more comfortable.

Orthopedic Lounger Bed from RadioFence.com

 

Orthopedic: Orthopedic beds have a mattress-type padding to provide support. These are perfect for older dogs with joint pain or thin dogs that need extra cushion to alleviate painful pressure points. Orthopedic beds are also usually roomy which is great for dogs that like to spread out when they sleep.

 

Luxury Memory Foam Sofa from RadioFence.com

 

 

Memory Foam: Soft memory foam beds support the skeletal system of older dogs and minimize callus development on your dog’s elbows. It also retains heat which eases the pain of arthritis. Memory foam provides comfort, warmth, and support.

Orthopedic Heated Bed from RadioFence.com

 

 

 

 

Heated: Heated beds are a great choice for older dogs because they help relieve aches and pains from arthritis and joint discomfort because they sooth and reduce stiffness. Dogs become less and less active the older they get and need the help of a heated dog bed to keep them warm and comfortable.

 

Step 4: Determine Your Dog’s Sleeping Habits

Some dogs like to sleep spread out, curled up in a ball, hidden and burrowed, or leaning against something for support. Watch your dog and observe the positions he prefers to sleep in. This will help you determine the best bed style to match your dog’s sleeping style.

Pillow Top Dog Bed from RadioFence.com

 

Dogs That Like to Spread Out: A Pillow or Cushion style bed is great for dogs that like to spread out when they sleep. It leaves them with a wide-open space to flop around without any restrictions. They will love the free and cozy feeling.

 

 

Self Warming Bolster from RadioFence.com

 

Dogs That Like to Curl Up, Lean Against Support, or Have a Pillow: Bolster beds,  bumper beds, and pet sofas have a cushioned bottom and a raised side, which is great for dogs that love to feel the security of leaning against something. Dogs who like having their head rested on a pillow also love bolster beds. The shape helps retain body heat naturally, which smaller and older dogs appreciate.

Orthopedic Cozy Cave from RadioFence.com

 

Dogs That Like to Burrow: If your dog likes to crawl beneath the bed, sleep under the table, burrow under the blankets, or find secluded areas in your house to sleep, he may enjoy the hooded cozy cave pet beds rather than the traditional open beds. They provide a sense of security that they can’t get from a traditional open bed. Humans probably couldn’t imagine sleeping on their beds without a blanket, so imagine how your dog feels sleeping on his bed without any covers. Small dogs, dogs with light coats, or thin body types like Greyhounds really benefit from cozy cave beds.

 

Dogs That Get Hot When They Sleep: We’ve all seen the fluffy dogs that just can’t seem to cool off after play time or on a hot day. It can leave us feeling helpless seeing them panting trying to get relief from the tile floor. If your dog is a hot sleeper there are great solutions available.

Indoor/Outdoor Cooling Bed from RadioFence.com

 

Cooling Beds: Cooling beds are great to have indoors as well as outdoors during hot summer months. Sometimes the cool floor isn’t enough to give a hot dog relief. You can also get a cooling gel pad to use on top of your dog’s existing bed or cot.

 

 

Landing Pad from RadioFence.com

 

Mats: Useful for dogs who prefer the cool tile rather than a typical bed but still provides some cushion or protection from hard floors or bare crate bottoms. If your dog loves to sleep in bed with you or on the furniture you can use a mat to add a layer of protection to keep your furniture from getting damaged or worn.

 

Cooling Cot from RadioFence.com

 

Cots: Easy to care for and clean but aren’t as padded as some alternative bedding. Perfect for dogs who just want to be up off the hard floor. They are very durable and can last for years with very little maintenance or upkeep. A simple spray-cleaning and air dry will do the trick. Ideal for dogs living in hot climates or young dogs who don’t require padding.

 

Step 5: Decide If Your Dog Needs An Outdoor Bed 

An outdoor dog lives a very different lifestyle than a dog that spends all of his time inside. These dogs require outdoor types of beds to go along with their adventurous tastes including waterproof beds, heated beds for the winter months, cooling beds or cots for the summer.

Indoor/Outdoor Dog Bed from RadioFence.com

 

Waterproof Beds: If your dog likes to hang out or sleep outside, he still deserves a cozy bed to relax on. A traditional indoor bed will get ruined quickly outside, but our waterproof outdoor/indoor beds are perfect for a dog that likes to explore.

 

Indoor/Outdoor Soft Heated Bed from RadioFence.com

 

Heated Outdoor Beds: Smaller dogs lose body heat easily and can greatly benefit from a heated bed. If you live in a colder climate a heated dog bed is a must, especially if your dog lounges outdoors. You can buy pet bed warmers to place inside your existing pet bed or add a heated kennel bed to an existing crate or dog house.

 

Cooling Lounger Bed from RadioFence.com

 

Cooling Outdoor Beds: It can get brutally hot in the summer, and any dog that stays outside is at risk for heat stroke unless its owner takes precaution. Large and brachycephalic breeds have a hard time staying cool and benefit from the cooling relief of a cooling dog bed.

 

 

Pet Cot from RadioFence.com

 

Cots: Cots are perfect for dogs that love to lounge outside because they are raised off the ground. This keeps your dog feeling cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. Cots have a waterproof fabric, which makes them extremely easy to clean. The sturdy framing makes them great for bigger dogs. The cots have heating and cooling mats available as accessories.

 

Wood Pet Stairs from RadioFence.com

If the idea of buying a pet bed for nighttime makes you uneasy because you love sharing your bed with your dog and can’t let go of that quality time you have together, there is the option of purchasing pet steps which will make sleeping in your bed much easier for your dog. Pet steps are a necessary accessory for smalls dogs, long-backed dogs who are prone to back injuries and shouldn’t be jumping (such as Dachshunds), or older, arthritic, and ill dogs who need help getting in and out of your bed safely and comfortably.

 

Once you have established your dog’s unique sleeping habits and health concerns, you can easily blend features and find the perfect bed for him. Many dogs require more than one feature from a bed. Some will need an orthopedic bed with a heating feature, a hammock with a cooling feature, or a cozy cave with memory foam support. Once you’ve established what features your dog requires in a bed, you can find the perfect one from our selection that combines the features you are looking for.

Get a Doggy Play Pen for Hours of Playtime Fun!

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If you’ve seen doggy play pens, you might have assumed that they were to keep a dog contained and out of trouble. But would you believe that they can actually be used to stimulate your dog’s playtime imagination and open a whole new world of possibilities? We found a video of a pug who couldn’t be more thrilled to have his owner place him in his play pen. The catch? Add about 50 plastic balls and a few of his favorite toys and you can see why he’s so thrilled!

Check out the video to see for yourself just how much fun this little guy is having. And remember to check out the awesome play pens we sell on our website! Don’t forget, you can get 5% off your entire purchase if you use the special coupon code that donates 5% to Pets for Patriots!

This could be just the right holiday present for your dog that you’ve been looking for. Our dogs are certainly getting one of these for Christmas after seeing this video, and we can’t wait to see what creative ideas we can come up with!

Click Here to Watch the Hilarious Video!