Raise your hands and paws if you’re so happy that spring is upon us! Warmer weather, open windows, fun times outdoors for our dogs. Spring is definitely a great season!
Today we’re sharing our seven picks for spring fabrics to consider as you design your custom pet bed. You’ll find these available when you’re in the design process for our custom pet beds. This includes four new premium fabrics! To select these, be sure to click on “Premium Fabrics” at the top when designing your bed.
Anderson Black White Black and white gingham is a perfect look for your custom pet bed – in springtime or year round!
Amazon Sand Put a little extra animal into your dog or cat bed with this fun and feisty print!
Abbott Ecru This checkered look is neutral and goes great with other fabrics. Perfect for customizing your custom pet bed!
Starfish Vista Luxe Linen (Premium) The first of our four premium fabrics, this starfish design is sure to stand out on your dog or cat’s bed!
Coral Reef Vista Luxe Linen (Premium) Perfect for spring (or summer) this coral design really adds a water feel to your pet’s custom bed!
Starfish Harbor Luxe Linen (Premium) Another take on the starfish design, this premium fabric will give your dog or cat bed a definite “under the sea” feel!
Coral Reef Harbor Luxe Linen (Premium) Here’s another premium coral fabric design for you to consider for your custom pet bed!
To you, your dogs and your cats – enjoy the spring season and take lots of naps!
We know every dog is a good boy or a good girl! Some pups just need a bit of encouragement. From chewing to zoomies, there’s no behavior that a little patience, love, and care can’t fix. Consider these 3 ways to encourage good doggy behavior. The answer to “who’s a good boy?” might be closer than you think!
Keep It Fun
Much like busy toddlers, it’s easy for dogs to lose interest in obedience training. Dull exercises can feel like a chore for both you and your canine companion. Mix up the mundane by incorporating play into manners!
Instead of using treats, encourage your dog’s good behavior by using his or her favorite toys. Many owners tend to overload on snacks during obedience training. This can quickly add extra fluff to your best friend’s physique! Active play promotes health, exercise, and bonding. Have dogs sit before tossing the ball. Use a squeaky toy to teach your dog to roll over. Make playtime a teachable moment by having your dog bring you his or her toys, “leave it” when asked, and respond to your voice.
New puppy? Playtime is the perfect time to get to know your new friend. Not only will your pup learn important social skills, but playtime is a great opportunity to teach appropriate rough housing skills. Puppies learn to test out their bite strength on toys. When pups get too mouthy, it’s important to redirect and correct this behavior by immediately withdrawing your attention. Remove the toy if your furbaby is becoming too aggressive and ignore them (we know, this hurts all parents!). Once your pup has calmed down, return to playtime. This will teach your dog to associate good behaviors with positive reinforcement.
Patience is key when it comes to obedience training. Even the smartest dogs require consistency and repetition. This does not mean yelling your dog’s name over and over again to the groans of everyone else at the dog park, however! Avoid repeating verbal commands more than twice. Instead, give your dog a hand signal to associate with the command. Continue this practice and be prepared to maintain and refresh throughout the entirety of your dog’s life. Even old dogs can learn new tricks!
For new dogs or those still learning the basics, set aside 20 minutes per day for dedicated obedience time. This practice is helpful for even the most well behaved pups. Not only is reinforcement critical, but adding new commands to your dog’s repertoire is a great way to keep their brains active and their curiosity stimulated.
Every dog needs a calm, safe space when it’s time to wind down. Many puppies and dogs benefit from crate training. It’s important not to misunderstand the methodology behind crate training. Your pup’s crate should NEVER be used as punishment. Rather, crate training mimics a dog’s natural instinct to retreat to his or her den. Your little pup needs a designated place to relax!
This does not mean your dog needs to revert completely to the state of its wild ancestors. J’adore understands that even dogs with the heart of a wolf deserve to be pampered. Make your dog’s crate or kennel comfortable with our custom bone pillow and luxurious, easy-to-clean blankets. Familiar scents will give your best friend a sense of comfort and security.
Most of us associate October with brisk fall weather, shorter days and the spooky fun of Halloween. But did you know that October is also National Adopt a Dog Month?
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) have both established this month as a time to focus on the urgent need for people to adopt shelter dogs and other pets, and on the many reasons why adopting a homeless pet may be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. Here are some more facts about shelter dogs and other pets in the United States, and how you can make a newly adopted pet feel at home with a brand new custom pet bed of their own.
Why Homeless Dogs and Cats Need Our Help
According to the ASPCA, over six million pets wind up in animal shelters across the United States each year, for a variety of reasons. Of these, roughly half of these animals are dogs. While the number of pets entering shelters has declined since 2011, there is no denying the fact that at any given time there are thousands of pets in need of loving homes in every state in the nation.
Many U.S. animal shelters are full to the brink and understaffed, which is why over a million cats and dogs are euthanized annually—a tragedy that many animal rescue organizations agree could be prevented by more people taking the time to ‘adopt, not shop’ for their next four-legged friend. In fact, an overall increase in adoptions in recent years is believed to be at least partially responsible for declining euthanasia rates in shelters across the country. With any luck, this is a trend that will only continue to grow, until all pets have a safe and loving home.
The Benefits of Adopting Pets
Animals just seem to know when they’ve been given a second chance and are now in the safety of a loving home. Withdrawn and seemingly depressed dogs and cats often emerge from their shells and gain confidence with a little patience and loving attention. These before and after photos are amazing evidence of just how much pets seem to blossom after they leave the shelter!
When you adopt a new dog or cat from an animal shelter, you may not realize that the animals aren’t the only ones who benefit. There are also many ways that adopted animals help their owners lead happier, healthier lives too. Your new dog or cat will shower you with unconditional love and affection each day for the rest of his or her life, giving you plenty of reasons to smile. The joys of pet ownership will also help to relieve your stress, encourage you to be more physically active, and could even lower your blood pressure. It’s easy to see why, paws down, adopting a pet is one of life’s greatest win-win situations.
How to Help Your New Pet Feel at Home with a New Custom Pet Bed
Making the transition from a life on the streets or at a shelter to your home is a big change for any adopted pet. Wouldn’t you like to help them feel more comfortable and welcomed? Dogs and cats both appreciate having a place of their own as their personal ‘den’. A custom pet bed from J’adore, like our ever-popular Cuddle Pet Bed or luxurious Throne Pet Bed, is a fantastic way you can help your new furry friend feel right at home. Best of all, you’ll be able to design the way your pet’s bed looks down to the choice of fabric and any extras, including the ability to custom embroider your adopted pal’s name. It’s just one more way you can let your new dog or cat know you care!
Would you like to learn more before you buy? Be sure to contact J’adore with any questions you may have, and we’ll be happy to assist you in getting the perfect gift for your beloved pet.
Dogs, like people, like having a place they can call their own. When you retire to your bedroom at the end of a long day, does your dog have an area they can similarly unwind? If not, you may wish to consider the benefits that come from providing your dog with their own safe space, such as a custom dog bed made just for them or a crate where they can feel secure.
If you decide to provide a crate or a similar area for your dog, it’s important to know what you should and should not put in it. The goal is to let your dog know that the space is for them, and you can do just that by making it seem as enticing and welcoming as possible. Add plenty of toys and comfy bedding, with easy access to food and water at all times. Just be sure not to put in anything that could be easily chewed or shredded by your dog, resulting in a potential choking hazard.
When you provide your dog with their special space, you will be giving them a place where they can relax and feel at ease while they sleep. If you live in an area where it gets cold in the winter, or your dog suffers from arthritis, they could use a little extra support. To help them feel extra comfortable you can add safe bedding like chew-proof blankets that provide both warmth and a little extra padding.
You may already be familiar with our amazing beds, but did you know that J’adore also makes fantastic bed accessories as well? With the help of a new customizable pillow or blanket, you can give your dogs the creature comforts they crave while coordinating perfectly with their existing J’adore custom dog bed or looking great all on their own.
Our new bone pillow is a fun and cozy addition for your dog’s bed or crate. Just like with our tailor-made custom pet beds, you can personalize your dog’s pillow with up to three different colorful fabrics of your choice. You can also select between our three available sizes so that your new pillow will perfectly match your dog’s head as he or she lays down after hours of play. Feel free also to add your pet’s name embroidered in the center so that everyone will know just who your dog’s new pillow belongs to.
Other comfy bed or crate accessories to consider are our new extra-plush blankets for dogs. These super-cuddly blankets can also be made to fit your dog’s unique personality, or your home décor, with up to three different fabric choices from our diverse selection for the front or back side or for the band that extends along the edge. We’d love to see what you can come up when you share your design to Facebook, Twitter, or more!
Dogs who love to suck on blankets (it’s a thing!) or fluff them up with their paws before they settle will be able to get lots of use out of our durable bedding, thanks to our use of high-quality, upholstery-grade materials and fabrics. These blankets are so soft you’ll probably look forward to snuggling up to your dog while he’s under one.
With the addition of these fun and extra-comfortable accessories from J’adore, your pet will look forward to spending time in their own special space, just like you do when you head off to bed each night. After all, there’s no better peace of mind than knowing your four-legged friend is resting in safety and comfort.