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Winter Bonding Activities for Pets

Winter Bonding Activities for You and Your PupWinteractivities

There’s no denying that it can be “ruff” finding activities to keep your pup active during the winter months.  Despite the cold, wintry weather, it is important that your dog still receives his or her necessary exercise. On days where taking a walk or playing outside is too unbearable, try these indoor bonding activities to keep your dog’s mind and body active.

Hide and Seek

If your dog has a strong nose, this game is the one for you. Hide your dog’s favorite toy or treat somewhere in the house and tell him to “find it.” This is a prime time to teach your pup the “go find” command.

Brain Games

Collect three empty containers in the house (these can be plastic bowls or even coffee canisters) and place your pup’s favorite treat underneath one of the containers. Tell your dog to “go get it” and wait until he finds his treat under the right canister. This is a great way to test your pup’s sniffer and to stimulate his mind.

Tug and Fetch

The traditional tug of war and fetch don’t require too much moving room – and are great ways to keep your dog’s frame strong during the winter months. Just be sure to take down any breakable items that may get in the way during play time.

Clean Up

Channel your dog’s energy with the “clean-up” command. First, place all of your dog’s toys on the ground. Then have your dog pick up a toy and bring it back to your toy bin. Reward your pup with treats at this time and continue until each toy is picked up.

Bubble Chase

It’s true – dogs really do love bubbles! Find animal-friendly bubbles at the store and let ‘em blow once you get to the house. If anything will get a dog to prance around, it’ll be this when he gets the chance to chase and pop them.

Stair Dash 

Throw one of your pup’s ball toys down the stairs and wait for him to bring the toy back up the stairs to you. This is a great way for him to burn calories and stay strong while stuck inside. Get some exercise yourself by running up and down the stairs with your pup.

 

 

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

The holiday season brings decorations, celebrations and travel. There are, however, things to keep in mind to make the holidays a happy and safe time for your pets, too.  With a Holidaysafetyfew holiday pet safety tips, your pets are sure to enjoy the holidays.

The Christmas Tree

Pets, especially cats will eat tinsel, which blocks the digestive system. Skipping the tinsel may be smart while having pets in the house.

If you have a live tree, make sure your pets don’t drink the water. This water can be a source of toxic fertilizer.

One of the most dangerous parts of the Christmas tree is the lights.  They are attractive to pets, and if they chew on them they can get burned, shocked or even start a fire. Make sure to unplug light strands when you are not around to supervise.

Poisonous Plants

Poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and lilies can make pets very ill.  Poinsettias are only mildly poisonous and may cause an upset stomach or rash. Holly can cause vomiting and diarrhea and mistletoe can cause an upset stomach or even seizures.  Lilies are one of the most toxic plants, especially to cats. Just one or two bites can cause kidney failure. Keep these plants out of reach or consider using imitations.

Holiday Treats

Turkey, gravy, dressing and pumpkin pie are delicious, but these fatty, rich foods pose serious health risks to your pet. Too much can lead to pancreatitis. Be sure to tell your guests not to feed your pets.

A good deal of holiday candies and cookies contain chocolate. Some varieties of baking chocolate can be fatal to dogs while others can make them very ill. Cats become very sick after eating chocolate, too.

Make sure garbage cans are out of reach.  Bones and fatty leftovers are tempting to pets and can be a choking hazard.

Traveling with Pets

The season comes with a lot of traveling to see family and friends. If your pet is traveling with you, it’s important to keep them comfortable and safe.

Using pet carriers, safety auto harnesses or boosters are great ways to protect your pets while traveling.

Check out how Coastal’s travel line helps reduce distractions while driving and keeps your pets comfortable while traveling.

 We all want the holidays to be the most wonderful time of the year. Taking the time to follow these holiday pet safety tips will ensure you and your pets have a wonderful holiday season.

Keeping Your Cat Active Mentally and Physically

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Kittens and cats are curious by nature. Finding activities to keep them mental and physically is a challenge, but essential to the health and wellbeing of your favorite feline friends.

Feeding

Those “don’t play with your food” rules don’t apply to cats. Puzzle feeders and find-a-treat games are perfect for getting your cats to use their natural hunting instincts. Hiding small treats, small mice or ball toys around the home gives them a surprise treat throughout the day and keeps them active by searching for more.

Playtime

Interactive playtime twice a day also helps with that hunting instinct and provides exercise too. Use a wand that has a string with feathers, ribbons or a mouse on the end to entice kitties to follow you through the house. Be sure to let them “catch the prize” so they stay interested. Change out the toys periodically to keep boredom at bay.

Socialization

Cats are social creatures so having another cat in the home provides companionship when you’re not at home. It’s also a good idea to begin socializing kittens to guests at a young age. Take the time to introduce your new kittens to visitors so they won’t become stressed and try to hide.

Grooming

Besides reducing shedding, grooming also strengthens the human/animal bond and socializes you cat. Grooming should be done at least weekly for a healthy coat and cleaner home.

Climbing

Kitty condos and window perches are perfect for cats that love to climb and view the world from above. Be sure to use a condo with plenty of perches. Give them a change of view by moving the perch to different windows.

Hide and Seek

“If I fits, I sits” is a true statement for all felines. Empty boxes and paper bags provide hiding places for your cat to make sneak attacks on anyone brave enough to approach.  

Check out Coastal Pet’s offering of toys that are sure to keep your cats entertained for hours and grooming tools that will reinforce your bond with your favorite felines.

 

History of Morris Animal Foundation

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It was the late 1930s when Dr. Mark Morris Sr., veterinarian and small animal practitioner, realized he had a problem. He was diagnosing kidney disease with alarming frequency in his veterinary practice, more than he had seen in the past. He began carefully looking at each dog’s environment and came up with a startling conclusion; dogs were eating large amounts of poor quality protein, which was producing too much waste for their kidneys to process. The end result was kidney failure.

Dr. Morris’s solution was to formulate his own diet, which he and his wife Louise made in their kitchen. The diet grew in popularity and eventually Dr. Morris partnered with Burton Hill and Hill Packing Company of Topeka, Kansas, to help produce the diet on a larger scale. Not long after, Prescription diet k/d was born.

Dr. Morris’s own experience told him that there was a need for scientific inquiry into diseases affecting pet animals. He envisioned an organization that would fund health research for animals, so he worked out an agreement with Hill that the royalties of one half-cent of each can would go into a special fund. In 1948, the Buddy Foundation was established, renamed Morris Animal Foundation in 1962.

Since 2010, Coastal Pet has supported Morris Animal Foundation and increased donations starting in 2013 through sale of its Pet Attire Styles Orange Brown Tan pattern collar, harness and leash. Donations from Coastal Pet help to support research programs at the foundation.

To date, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward 2,400 studies that have improved the health and quality of life for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife worldwide. These studies have led to better preventions, diagnostic tools, treatment protocols, and even cures to benefit animals worldwide. Some of these breakthroughs have become industry gold standards and are used in every veterinary practice in the country.

 

New Coastal Pet Website Features Education Center

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Knowledge is the key to a healthy pet and a happy pet owner. At Coastal Pet, we are committed to providing high-quality, lifestyle products that support the care and safety of dogs and cats. Our newly-launched website features an Education Center filled with Tips and Advice, Videos and Newsletters, along with this new blog. Our blog will feature pet care, health and safety tips to make life with your pet an even better one. Check back often for the latest trends, products and ideas to keep your pet safe and happy, including the expert advice of guest pet bloggers from around the world.

Helpful Tips and Advice includes:

The Grooming and Sizing Guide lists the best grooming choices for your pet and guides you step-by-step on how to fit a collar or harness. Breed-specific pages offer custom nail and pet hair solutions and size ranges to take the guess work out of choosing the right product. Do you buckle up your pup? From state regulations on pet travel to pet-related accident data, our Car Safety page shows why we are committed to car safety and have been conducting independent safety crash-testing for years. Remove the mystery from chain and nylon training collars and accessories with our Proper Use of Training Collars pages. We explain the “why” behind each item so you can make an informed choice. Check out the Cat Safety Solutions page to see all of the ways we help your kitty stay safe, indoors or out.

Coastal offers quick and easy demonstration videos on grooming, training and specialty items to show you hands-on proper use to optimize your results. QR codes on our packaging link directly to each of these videos to help you choose the perfect product for your needs.

Be sure to sign up for our educational newsletter to stay updated on what’s new for you and your pet. From health and travel tips to helpful solution for all of your pet needs, we are committed to sharing our expertise to make your life easier and your pet’s life better. 

Walking a Dog at Night

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It’s that time of year again.  The sun is rising later in the morning and setting earlier at night. With 70% of dogs being walked at dusk or dawn, safety becomes a concern. There are several precautions you can take to keep safe while walking a dog at night.

Know Your Surroundings
Being aware of your surroundings will provide safety and a sense of calm. Stick to paths with which you are familiar.  Keep track of how far you’ve walked to know how long it will take you to get back home as nighttime falls. If you’re listening to music, keep it low so you can also hear what’s happening around you.

Walk Against Traffic
As the law states, walk against traffic.  This will also help you see what’s coming toward you so you can get your dog out of the way if necessary. Always walk on sidewalks when possible to avoid traffic.

Make Yourself Visible
Visibility is the biggest concern while walking a dog at night. Carrying a flashlight makes seeing your surroundings easier.  The flashlight should be bright enough to allow you to see where you’re stepping and what’s around you. Wearing bright, light colors make you more visible to oncoming motorists.

Make Your Dog Visible
Reflective collars, leashes and harnesses provide more visibility when walking a dog at night. Coastal Pet offers a variety of reflective dog collars, leashes and harnesses. Our reflective collars are adjustable and available in different sizes and patterns.

Reflective dog collars, leashes and harnesses include:

K9 Explorer® Reflective Dog Collar, Leashes and Harness

  • Feature reflective stitching woven into luxury nylon
  • Reflective nylon and rope leashes are strong, durable and comfortable
  • Reflective harnesses feature a comfortable neoprene chest pad 

Lazer Brite® Reflective Dog Collar and Leash

  • Same reflective material used by safety professionals
  • Visible up to 600 feet away
  • To be safe, you must be seen

Pet Attire® Pro Reflective Adjustable Dog Collar and Leash

  • Sporty colors include stitching that reflects oncoming light
  • Trending colors to keep dogs fashionable
  • Comfortable, padded, edged webbing

It’s important that your dog gets daily exercise. Don’t let the time change affect your routine. Stay safe while walking a dog at night with these tips.  

Authorized Dealer Program

Become a Coastal Pet Authorized Dealer

As a way of thanking loyal customers and rewarding retail excellence, Coastal Pet developed the Authorized Dealer program.

Retailers that maintain a clean and orderly pet store that stocks and focuses on dog and cat supplies can be recommended by a Coastal Pet representative to become an Authorized Dealer. Qualifying stores must carry Coastal Pet as the primary brand of nylon and at least three of the following six categories: Titan® or Herm Sprenger® chain chokes; Titan® Cable Tie-outs and Stakes; Advance® Housebreaking Pads; Safari® Grooming Tools; Circle T® Leather and Rascals® toys. 

Authorized Dealers receive many benefits, including a co-op advertising program, listing on Coastal’s “Dealer Locator” with store front photo and link to your store website, Dealer of the Month feature in A/D Newsletter, exclusive online access to product information and photos, “Authorized Dealer only” promotions, priority service and field support, advance opportunities to purchase and receive new product samples and Authorized Dealer signage.

Practice makes perfect, so be sure to take advantage of these useful ways to increase your profit potential. Contact marketing@coastalpet.com today to sign up.

Retailer Best Practices

Getting in the habit of placing orders frequently and on a consistent basis, equipping your associates with the expertise they need to sell your products, and taking advantage of special programs are great ways to set yourself up for success and maximize your profit potential.

Order Frequency Maximizes Profit

It’s a simple fact that you can’t sell what’s not on your wall. A stocked wall, coupled with the proper SKU mix, maximizes turns and increases profitability.

Setting up a routine for placing orders on a consistent basis enables retailers to increase inventory turns, reduce costs and enjoy more bottom line profit. The best way to get in the habit of placing orders on a timely basis (typically biweekly) is to submit a refill order as soon as the current order has been hung on the wall.

Knowledge is Power: Selling Specialist Program

Product expertise and advice will help set your store apart from the competition, giving you the edge you need to keep your customers coming back. To arm you with the tools you need in your product arsenal, Coastal Pet has developed a Selling Specialist Program to educate your employees on all things Coastal Pet.

New for 2014, Coastal Pet is offering the entire Selling Specialist Program in a convenient, interactive online format. Check out exactly what you need from the full library of product knowledge and merchandising tips, available at your fingertips anytime. The program encourages employees to become familiar with products, make the best recommendations, and satisfy the specific needs of your customers.

Upon completing the program, associates take a quiz and receive a Selling Specialist shirt. From instructions on how to fit a harness or choose the right grooming tool to effective merchandising and detailing the wall, the Selling Specialist Program covers it all.

Contact marketing@coastalpet.com for your link to the free Selling Specialist Program.