16 March 2017

Yourspecialdog  in collaboration with Pridebites is giving away a Custom Frisbee . This  is the perfect gift for your favorite 4 legged friend! Customizing is as easy as 1,2,3... Choose between 5 color options, tell us your dogs name, then upload 2-3 pictures and your done!

PrideBites is a company that prides itself on making every product your pet needs, and they mean it! From toys , coats to beds, you can find exactly what you’re looking for, and personalize it to make it even better! When PrideBites started, they were unhappy with the dog toys on the market, so they set out to create something unique and special for the consumer. I think they made it!

Enter to win this Custom Frisbee from PrideBites below. While you are waiting for the winner to be announced, make sure you check out their website. You can enter the code YOURSPECIALDOG at check out to save 20% on your order of anything on their site. Good luck!

@Yourspecialdog Custom Frisbee Toy Giveaway

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 by YourSpecialDog

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06 March 2017

It's a beautiful time of the year our birthday and I think a joyful day must be for your dog too! So basically  what can you give to your dog to make them happy ? First would be of course food and than entertainment . Your special dog of course must feel joy on his/ her  special day .

So some birthday gift ideas for your dog might be :

1. Peanut Butter Delight Pupcakes

Such a fancy name don't you think :p .I found this really easy and tasty-looking peanut butter recipe from RUN DMT .It's dog-friendly and has also simple ingredients that you can find anywhere.

 2. Personalized frisbee from PrideBites

A really nice and beautiful toy which will make your dog happy. This toy has some qualities like:
  • Squeaks & Floats
  • Personalized with your dog’s name and image 
  • Machine Washable  
You can use code YOURSPECIALDOG to save 20% from your order!

3.  Dog House/Fort

Make your dog feel special

4. A personalized placemat

Your dog will surely look cool with this this fancy placemat . It is personalized and it helps keep the place clean .

5. A slice of pica

Your saw it well a pica slice toy . It looks like food and it feels like game :P . I bet your dog will really love this

If you made something really unique and special to your dog as a birthday gift , please share it with us in the comments below :D

Posted on Monday, March 06, 2017 by YourSpecialDog

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18 February 2017

You already know Pridebites and also you must love their dog products that are uniquely  designed  for your unique furry friend . I think also you as any buyer deserve a discount when you purchase something you like. I am sharing some coupon codes with you guys so you can earn 20% OFF from your order on Pridebites.  As a partner YourSpecialDog offers the  coupon code YOURSPECIALDOG and lets you save  20% of the money  you would spend :).

The coupon codes with 20% discount from PrideBites: 


There are also 2 coupon codes for 10% discount   in case something goes wrong :P


Personally I like the products that are made with 100% love for animals so much . I am really happy that i can help you with an extra discount and save some money for you .

Below I am sharing a video of the co-founders of this company on SHARK TANK in case you missed it

Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2017 by YourSpecialDog

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13 February 2017

Car sickness, which essentially is a form of motion sickness often coupled with anxiety about the car ride itself, is a common problem for dogs and for dog owners. Let’s talk about some of the reasons for car sickness and what we can do to help our dogs.

Many owners like to be able to take their dogs with them on outings. But when your dog gets sick and ends up vomiting all over the backseat of your car, the situation becomes uncomfortable for your dog and frustrating for you. Too often, it’s easier just to leave your dog at home rather than take him with you and risk the vomiting. At its worst, car sickness can even damage the bond between you and your dog. So finding a solution is important to many dog owners. Fortunately, there are ways to help your dog if he gets sick in the car.

Recognize the Signs of Fear and Understand How Anxiety Is Related to Car Sickness

It’s important to realize that many dogs are fearful of the car and this fear can make the car sickness worse as well. For some dogs, the car is simply an unfamiliar object and scary as a result. For others, a car ride may bring back memories of unpleasant experiences such as trips to the groomer, veterinarian, or boarding kennel. Some dogs may even be fearful of the car because of memories of previous episodes of car sickness, making the car even more scary.

Look for early signs of apprehension or anxiety in your dog. These signs may become evident when the car is first sighted, before the motor is even started and the car is moving. Signs that your dog is anxious about the car include ears facing backward or sideways, tail held low or tucked between the hind legs, yawning, licking the lips, shivering, whining, restlessness, and drooling. (Drooling may also be a sign of nausea.)

Dogs that are anxious or fearful of the car may need to be conditioned to ride in the car. Start slowly and don’t forget to reward generously for good behavior.
  1. Begin by placing your dog in the car without starting the motor. Start with a short stay in the car (perhaps only a minute or two at first) and gradually increase your dog’s time in the car as your dog becomes more comfortable. Offer treats as a reward for being in the car.
  2. For dogs that are particularly fearful of entering the car, feeding near the car and gradually moving the food closer and closer to the car until the dog is comfortable being near the car may be a logical first step. Eventually, you will be able to lure your dog into the car with food.
  3. Once your dog is comfortable in the car, try starting the motor for a moment or two but do not attempt to move the car. Again, offer treats and increase the time spent in the running car gradually as your dog becomes more comfortable.
  4. Once your dog is comfortable in a running car, try a short drive of a block or two. Offer treats. Consider driving to a favorite location within a short distance from your home as a reward for riding in the car.
  5. Once your dog is riding comfortably in the car, you can gradually begin to increase the distances traveled.

Some dogs may need additional help in overcoming their anxiety. Options to consider include:

  • Thundershirt or Anxiety Wrap – these products are designed to reduce anxiety and are essentially tight-fitting “shirts” for your dog that use pressure to calm your dog. Despite the name, Thundershirts are useful for all forms of anxiety, not just for thunderstorm phobias. The Anxiety Wrap is a similar product that works on the same principle.
  • Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) – this pheromone product is a natural product that acts to calm your dog. It is a natural product with very little if any risk of side effects. DAP collars are useful for car sickness. DAP spray is also useful and can be sprayed inside your car or in your dog’s carrier. DAP is also known as Adaptil or Comfort Zone.
  • Other natural calming products such as herbal anxiety remedies and flower essences may also be useful for some dogs.
  • Anxiolytic drugs such as alprazolam (Xanax) may be needed for extreme cases to reduce anxiety associated with riding in the car.

When in the car, don’t forget to make the environment comfortable for your dog. Adjust the temperature accordingly in your car. Consider cracking a window for airflow/ventilation. When your car is moving, always make sure your dog is safely harnessed or in a carrier to prevent injury to either of you.

Pharmaceutical Help for Car Sickness in Dogs 

Dogs that are severely affected with car sickness may need additional help to prevent vomiting. Several options are available.

  • Maropitant (Cerenia) is an anti-emetic (anti-vomiting) medication that is labeled for use in preventing vomiting as a result of car sickness.
  • Meclizine is an antihistimine that also has some sedative and anti-emetic effects. Postafen is a similar product that may help with car sickness.
  • The spice known as ginger has also been advocated as a means of controlling vomiting and may be worth a try before moving on to more potent drugs.

Some people have advocated withholding food for approximately one hour before travel for dogs that get car sick and vomit. Others have advocated feeding only a very small amount (i.e. a bite or two) before travel so that the stomach is not empty but is not full either. It may be that these approaches may work differently for different dogs. So, if withholding food does not prevent vomiting for your dog, try feeding a small amount before traveling to see if that works better.

Some dogs may need a combination of conditioning to the car, calming agents or sedatives, and anti-emetic medications to successfully overcome car sickness. Talk with your veterinarian about which medications are suitable for your dog. Your veterinarian may be able to offer further suggestions to help your dog with this issue also.

This is a collaborative post  . Check out  Kevin Davies blog

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 by YourSpecialDog

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27 January 2017

Caring for small breed puppies

Adopting a puppy for you and your family is a delicate aspect that needs to be properly analyzed to ensure yourself is a good decision to make. Puppies are cute and charming, but they also need attention and time, proper education as well as regular budget for their food and health checks and issues.

If you have already searched for small breed puppies for sale, you probably know they are the most suitable for almost any type of environment, especially for apartments as they don’t need too much space and exercise to be in a good shape. We have made a list of specific aspects you should reflect before taking a new puppy home, as your companion.

Photo credit: Premier Pups

Reasons to adopt a small breed puppy

Think about why you want to adopt a puppy: it is about your need to replace another pet that you have lost or you’ll be the first time owner of a gorgeous puppy? A dog changes your life completely for at least 10 years. A small dog breed life span is between 10 to 15 years and he needs constant care during this period.

Attention and time

Depending on the breed, puppies can be attention needy and demanding, so you won’t have the possibility to ignore him when you are busy or tired. Furthermore, you’ll have to feed him constantly, make sure you offer him fresh clean water. Also, you have to get him exercised, both mentally and physically in order to keep him healthy and to avoid bad behavior.


Caring for a puppy involves money to feed him and pay all the necessary vet checks, vaccinations, emergency care and specific vet actions such as spaying or neutering him as well as training classes.
There are also lots of things that you should buy such as dog bowls, blankets, toys, leads, micro chipping and dog cage and save some money for boarding kennels when you go on holidays. You may need a pet insurance if you want to have vet bills covered.


Puppies need to be well trained and socialized during puppyhood to become a well-rounded dog at maturity and to avoid destructive behaviors.

Living conditions

If you are living in a rented house, you should ensure you are allowed to live with a pet and always take into account the necessity to move. You’ll have to find a place where pets are allowed, so it can become difficult for you to find a new home. A small dog breed is a great option if you live in a small apartment as he won’t need lots of space and high activity level to be happy. Choose a breed that suits your home environment.

Lifestyle and responsibilities

Think about your lifestyle and the ways you use to spend your free time. If you are likely to travel a lot or if your job is very demanding and involves being away from home overnight, think twice before adopting a puppy. Your holidays are periods that need special care for your dog. You’ll have to let him with reliable persons, take him to boarding kennels or apply for pet-sitting service so your dog can stay at home.
Be aware that a dog involves responsibility such as looking after him the way he needs, taking him to vet when needed and periodically for regular health checks, picking up any mess he makes in public spaces etc.

Tips to handle the first days with your puppy

If you have decided upon the breed and already moved forward to getting your puppy, get a crate to make housetraining easier. Let your pup sleep in your bedroom at least for the first few nights to avoid offering him a scary experience. Use baby gates to keep him out of places you don’t want him to have access and supervise him carefully. When you cannot supervise him, put him in a small area and arrange it with a bed and pee pads.

Pick a potty spot in a certain area and take him directly there when it’s potty time. Take him outside after each meal to eliminate and to choose his own potty area.

It is useful to set a daily routine to make the housetraining easier. If you have the possibility to enroll him to puppy classes, your pup will learn quickly basic commands and will socialize with other puppies and people.

Set common rules regarding puppy care with the entire family and don’t encourage bad behaviors. Make time to play training games and get him properly exercised on a regular basis.

Start grooming early to get him accustomed. Expose him to various experiences to be properly socialized. Make sure you introduce new experiences slowly and avoid to increase his fears and get him overwhelmed. Provide him proper toys and baby carrots to chew.

Always reward good behavior. Don’t take him to dogs’ park until he is not vaccinated against various diseases.

Feed him 3 meals a day and don’t leave the food to eat whenever he wants.

Pick up anything you don’t want to be destroyed by chewing up.

Take your pup to vet to install a microchip. If he gets lost, you’ll find him easier.
Separate him from you, take him in his crate or room so you can avoid separation anxiety.

Treat him gently even if he bites you when he is a puppy. Do not yell at him, smack him or make any other action to punish him. Biting or chewing you is not a sign of aggression.

Offer him treats when taking him to the vet in order to make it a friendly environment and experience for him.

Teach him to walk nice on leash so to avoid bad leash manners at adulthood.

Enjoy every moment you spend with your puppy and take as many photos as possible as puppyhood won’t last too much!

This is a collaborative post.

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2017 by YourSpecialDog

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22 September 2016

The subject of dog intelligence is an interesting one. We all know that dogs are clever. For centuries, they have been helping humans to complete tasks that would otherwise be very difficult, or, in some cases, impossible. Dogs can be trained to do all kinds of things. Including tasks that humans are not capable of, even when using specialist equipment.

It is widely accepted that dogs are intelligent, but we have only recently started to try to answer questions like – how clever are dogs?, and which breeds are the most intelligent?

 The findings are still coming in, but over the past few decades several methods have been developed to rank dog breeds by intelligence. One of the best, and biggest, bodies of research into this area is that carried out by Stanley Coren who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He, and his team, have spent a lot of time analysing the intelligence of dogs, and have ranked many breeds using a simple, and easy to understand method.

How Coren’s team ranked dog intelligence 

They simply used the number of times a dog needed to be shown something before they would learn it as a way to measure intelligence. The most intelligent breeds only had to be given the command up to five times before they understood, and obeyed. These dogs obey commands that they already recognise 95% of the time.
Dogs that understand commands after five to 15 repetitions make up the second tier. They obey 85% of the time, once trained. The third tier of dogs require between 15 and 25 repetitions before understanding what they need to do. Once they understand what is required they then obey around 70% of the time.

Which are the most intelligent dogs? 

Unsurprisingly the working breeds came top of the list. The top ten includes border collies, German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, Australian cattle dogs, and Doberman pinchers. This is not surprising because they are all working dogs that are still used, today, for important tasks.

At number two on the list, is the poodle, something that surprises many people because poodles are rarely put to work in the modern world. As a result, their exceptional talents, and intelligence, are now not well known.
You can read more about Professor Coren’s work here, and check where your pet appears in his dog intelligence list. It is a bit of a revelation, and is sure to help you to better understand why your pet behaves in the way they do.
 Using the list will also help you to work out which type of dog is right for you. The next time you see puppies for sale in Scotland, or elsewhere, you will be able to use the list to gauge how clever the puppy is likely to be once it has reached adulthood. For those who want a dog that is quick to learn and obedient this is an important consideration. Knowing which breeds to focus on, will help you to find a puppy that is right for you and your family.

This is a collaborative post.

Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016 by YourSpecialDog

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31 May 2016

This introduction to Chicco was submitted by Augele Wiedijk . Chicco was a part of our Instagram Halloween Contest.  As the winner of the contest he was also featured on our Instagram account

This is Chicco he's a Chodsky Pes, better known as Bohemian Shepherd. He was born on the 30th of April 2013 in Czech Republik. He now lives with me and my boyfriend in The Netherlands. He looks a bit like the Old German Shepherd but this breed is much smaller, kinda the samen size as a Border Collie and only 20-25 kg in weight.

He really loves to play fetch or to catch his frisbee. He's so friendly and tries to play with every dog we come accross during our daily walks. Chicco really likes the nature and to exporing new places, he has so much energy we go for a long hike twice a day. But in the evening he jumps on the couch do have some quality time and to cuddle with us.

This is the winning photo 

Since a few weeks I have my own dog photography business. Chicco is so photogenic and we loved to share our shots with the world by using Instagram. Now I want every owner to get a change of having amazing photo's of his/her dog. A dog is like a child in my eyes, they are family and also your best friend. So its nice to have these shots to always look back at.

We are so honored that we won the Halloween contest from Yourspecialdog! And so sweet that you like to post a little blog about Chicco! Thank you so much!

 If you are curious to see more click here to check out all the entries. If wish your dog to be featured on this blog please submit here . We love all our new pack members . Love

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by YourSpecialDog


29 October 2015

"When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'tis near Halloween"

Two days until Halloween! Have you already got a costume for you furry-love? If you're still struggling on ideas, here are 5 awesome ways you can dress your dog this Halloween.

1. Donald Trump

It's the most trending idea even among people. Wonder how our dogs will feel in the shoes of a presidential candidate. 

2. A pumpkin (a very cute pumpkin)

3. As a King (Queen)

4. A version of Beauty and the Beast, with a cute princess and Frankenstein. 

5. And if you want to take it to the scary side go for  A Mutant Giant Spider.

You all remember this prank from last year right? 

Don't forget to enter our Halloween Photo Contest in instagram  @yourspecialdog, the winner gets to be featured on our instagram with 3.2k followers and here in our blog.
Have a fun and safe Halloween! 

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 by YourSpecialDog

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22 October 2015

What your dog is trying to say to you? Do you know anything about your dog's  body language ? In the infographic below are some of the most common dog signals and how to know what they mean.

Also you can learn how to prevent a bored dog or how to calm down your dog and even how to make your dog feel safe.

Did you knew this about your dog ? What other signals makes your dog ?

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015 by YourSpecialDog


03 October 2015

Getting a push from the story of Annie and Jodie , we thought to dedicate an article to dog depression. Yes, dogs can get depressed too, and the causes and symptoms are very similar to ours.

Some of the symptoms to look out in case you suspect your dog of having depression are change in appetite, oversleeping, limp tail, loss of interest, avoidance.

Many factors can be the cause of depression in dogs:

Seasonal and weather changes. You've probably heard that dogs can sense when storms are coming, and also may have noticed changes in your dog's behavior when seasons change. Changes are a big cause of depression in humans too, but dogs can feel these changes in a bigger scale than us humans. 

Change of place and/or environment. Dogs may find it hard to deal with moving to a new place. This changes make them feel unsure about they new surroundings. You can try to avoid this by taking all their belongings and try to recreate the same atmosphere you had at the old place. This way he will feel really at home.

Loneliness and neglect. Not paying enough attention to you dog and living alone at home most of  the time, is one of the most frequent causes of depression. If you decide to adopt / buy a dog, treat him like family (because that's what he really is for you and that's what you are for your dog). Always pay enough attention to your dog so that he knows he is loved and cared.

Medical conditions. This is the number one cause of depression in dogs. That's why you should always take your dog to the vet as soon as you see any sign of depression in your dog. There are many medical conditions that can make your dog feel depressed and have low energy.

Family additions. Whether it is a human or a another animal, many dogs may feel threatened and may not like the idea of sharing your attention. Before adding to your family, try to get your dog used to the new situation. You can read more about preparing your dog for a new baby in the house here.

There are several ways on how to deal with dog depression, but the first thing you should do is taking them to the vet, and following his guidance. Your dogs might need  medical cures, or therapy sessions depending on the causes of the depression.
But, don't forget to give to your dogs that one thing that cures all ... LOVE. Make them feel loved, cared, and give them all the attention they deserve so that you can prevent things from the start.

Posted on Saturday, October 03, 2015 by YourSpecialDog

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