10 Must-Have Dog Products

Products and Dog Toys Your Pet Need

Americans spend a lot of money on their pets. In fact, the American Pet Products Association predicts that we’ll spend over $60 billion this year on products. With so many  choices, how do we know what we need?  How do we keep from spending $60 billion ourselves? I’ve compiled a list of products that dog parents must have: 1) Bed: This is one of the first things we bought Coco, but one of the first things I replaced. There are many types of beds. It’ll be helpful to pay attention to how your dog sleeps before you buy a bed, … Continue reading

A Personal Story: Trust Your Intuition When It Comes to Your Dog’s Health

Dogs and Dog health: Ares after surgery

Last week was a rough week for 4Knines… We were dog sitting my mom’s Great Dane Riley who is an expert counter surfer.  We know this, therefore, whenever we leave the house we make sure there is no food or tempting items on the counter.  However, we never even thought about putting up a pill bottle that was on the counter. Our Doberman Ana has incontinence issues and is on a medication to help her. We leave it on the counter right next to their food bowls so that we remember to give it to her.  Well, since we have a … Continue reading

One Important Way to Prevent Your Dog From Developing Arthritis

Dog seat cover

Did you know that one of the most important ways to prevent your dog from developing arthritis is healthy weight maintenance? How and Why Your Dog’s Weight Impacts Dog Arthritis: Aging is an inevitable process happening in all animals, so the development of disease conditions that commonly occur during adult and senior years is unavoidable. One such condition is osteoarthritis (OA), which affects nearly all aging dogs at some point in their lives. Arthritis isn’t exclusively a senior canine condition, as painful joint inflammation can occur at any point in a dog’s life. Yet, owners can take steps to reduce … Continue reading

Keep Your Pup Safe From Rattlesnakes This Summer

Rattle Snake

One of our favorite summer activities to do with our pups is to hop in the car (with our dog seat cover!) and go on nice nature walks or hikes. While these outings can be fun and especially exciting for your dog, there is one real danger that every dog owner should be aware of, especially if you are in an area that is prone to this threat. If you live in areas like Arizona or Colorado, rattlesnakes can be a real threat while you are on your walk or hike. Rattlesnakes are not only dangerous for you, but they … Continue reading

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities – May Charity Spotlight on Retrieving Freedom Inc.

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities - May Charity Spotlight on Retrieving Freedom Inc.

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities. RFI (Retrieving Freedom, Inc.) is a non-profit corporation whose mission includes improving the quality of life for wounded veterans, disabled citizens, and children with autism through the placement of skillfully trained service, therapy, and companion dogs. RFI trains Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers to use their natural traits to become a perfect assistance dog.  RFI’s service dogs go through a twenty-four month training process tailored to meet the precise needs of the person with whom they will be placed.  RFI is not a “one dog for all” type of organization.  Nationally, the … Continue reading

10 Human Foods You Can Feed Your Dog

Human Foods That are Safe for Your Dog: Cheese

We all know there are some human foods we shouldn’t feed our dogs, but what about the safe ones? I don’t know about you, but I love being able to whip up a snack for the human children, and pass some on to my dogs (who happen to be giving me the big blue puppy eyes every time.) Lets take a look at 10 human foods you can feed your dog, as well as the benefits of each: What human foods are safe for my dog? Carrots Sweet Potatoes Peanut Butter Yogurt Pumpkin Eggs Broccoli chicken Apples Cheese Carrots:  My … Continue reading

Obesity and The Effects It Can Have On Your Dog

Obesity and The Effects It Can Have On Your Dog

An extremely high percent of Americans suffer from obesity. We all know the effects obesity can have on our bodies. From heart disease to cancer, obesity in humans has been linked to a number of deadly diseases. But what does obesity have to do with your dog? Just as your weight and obesity directly affect your overall health, they also directly affect the health of your pup. Many pet owners do not take things seriously when they hear from the vet that their dog is overweight, however, this is something every pet owner should take very seriously as this can … Continue reading

The 5 BEST Remedies for Dog Allergies

Allergies in Your Pet Dogs and How to Stop It

You can clearly see that your dog is itchy and miserable. So you take her to the vet and he tells you she has allergies. The first thing he suggests is switching her food. Okay, easy enough. So you switch, but it’s been months and she’s still having issues. Now, hold off on the Benadryl and/or steroids. There ARE other solutions that are gentler on her, more natural AND actually work. We researched the BEST way to relieve your pup’s allergies because we know you just want her to feel better and get back to being her happy self. 1. … Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About Dog Parks!

Dog Parks Benefits

Dog parks – we love them right? Who wouldn’t dive at the chance to take their beloved 4 legged friends to a place of what seems to be sheer paradise to them? A place where dogs can meet, greet, play, sniff and do all the things dogs love to do! But what really lies behind dog parks?  Are there dangers you should be aware of?  What are the benefits? Stick with us today and i’ll do my best to answer all those dog park curiosities! Dog Park Risks: While dog parks are a great place for our fur babies to burn off some … Continue reading

What Does It Mean When Your Dog Is Barking?

Barking Dog and the Reason Behind It

A barking dog is generally perceived as an annoyance by majority of people. However, a dog’s barking can have a wide variety of meaning behind it, ranging from; boredom, excitement, frustration, fears and alerting when something is out of the ordinary. Many owners look to rid their dog of the barking behaviour but tend to look at the exhibiting behaviour to fix, not the underlying problem which is causing the barking in the first place. When we look at “fixing” a barking dog, you must understand what is causing it, simple examples below: Barking In The Backyard A bored and under stimulated dog. When … Continue reading