Mr. Peanut’s Collapsible Dog Bowls Review

Mr. Peanut’s Collapsible Dog Bowls Review

We’ve been using the collapsible dog bowls from Mr. Peanut’s during our adventures like trips to the park, long walks and trail running. They are made of silicone and can be used for food or water. The bowls collapse flat to a disc shape and easily fit in a small bag or pack.

This post is sponsored by Mr. Peanut’s Premium Products. The company is hosting a sweepstakes where you can enter to win a set of two XL bowls. Click here to enter.

Mr. Peanut’s Collapsible Dog Bowls Review

My thoughts on the bowls:

I really love these bowls! They’re durable, sturdy and lightweight. I can easily stick them in my bag when we go to the park or on long walks. They are also nontoxic and dishwasher safe, according to the company.

I’ve started wearing a small backpack for carrying my own water on trail runs. My weimaraner Remy goes along when I run, and now I stick the regular-sized Mr. Peanut’s bowl for him in my pack.

You can see the two sizes (regular and XL) in the pic. I actually prefer the regular, smaller size since it takes up less space.

The bowls come in two sizes. The XL size is 7” wide at the top and holds 4 cups. The regular size is 5” wide at the top and holds 1.5 cups. They both pack flat and take up very little room. They also come with carabiner clips in case you want to clip the bowls to the outside of your pack.

Our dogs are going on a roadtrip with us over the Fourth of July and these will be their travel bowls. We also plan to take Remy camping. Again, these are the perfect bowls.

Mr. Peanut's collapsible dog bowls review

Cost of the bowls

The collapsible bowls from Mr. Peanut’s are available on Amazon Prime.

$12.95 for a set of two XL bowls. Click here.

$8.95 for a set of three regular bowls. Click here.

What’s unique about the bowls?

The bowls collapse flat (like a frisbee). They are made of silicone which makes them very durable but lightweight and easy to clean. They’re also nontoxic and dishwasher safe.

Mr. Peanut’s donates a percentage of its gross profits to animal welfare organizations. I’m not sure what percentage but will update once I find out.

Pros of Mr. Peanut’s collapsible bowls:

  • Two sizes (one holds 4 cups and one holds 1.5 cups)
  • BPA free / nontoxic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Lightweight and great for the park, camping, hiking or travel
  • Great price!
  • Easy to rinse/clean
  • Can clip to the outside of your pack

Cons:

  • Some people might want a size in between the two existing sizes. There is quite a bit of difference between 1.5 cups and 4 cups.
  • You still have to pack the water (or food) in a separate container, obviously.

Mr. Peanut's collapsible dog bowls review

I would recommend the bowls for …

These bowls are great if you go on long walks or hikes with your dog in warm weather. Since they’re lightweight I plan to bring them on my trail runs with Remy. He needs water on these runs and I prefer the Mr. Peanut’s bowls over the Guply bottle I was using for him.

The Mr. Peanut’s collapsible bowls work well for the beach because sand rinses off easily. They’re also great for taking to the dog park, traveling or almost any adventure.

I really, really like these bowls and the price and highly recommend them to any dog owner.

The bowls are available on Amazon HERE.

Giveaway! Win a set of collapsible bowls

Mr. Peanut’s is giving away a FREE set of collapsible bowls to five dog lovers through a sweepstakes HERE. (This is not managed by That Mutt. It is a larger sweepstakes open beyond this blog.)

To enter, you’ll just need to enter your name and email address. Good luck!

Contest runs through the end of June. Winners will get to choose which size they receive.

Enter HERE.

Do you have any questions about the bowls?

Mr. Peanut's Collapsible dog bowls review

Do you think they’d be a good fit for your dog?

Let me know in the comments!

-Lindsay

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How to Stop My Dog From Jumping On Me

How to Stop My Dog From Jumping On Me

My dog Remy jumps on me a couple of times per day during his “wild” spells. He leaps up and bites, bounces off of me, then tears around the room. He grabs a toy, growls and play bows, then charges and jumps again.

It’s embarrassing to admit and really bad behavior!

I guess you could compare it to how an 8-week old puppy might act during one of those “psycho” moments. Only, my dog is 60 pounds with big teeth, big paws and hard nails. I get new scratches from him almost every day.

I know this is related to Remy’s energy and excitement. His jumping only lasts about 30 seconds, and he is just playing. But it’s also way too rough and I clearly have not gotten control of the behavior.

Thankfully, he only seems to do this to me. He’ll jump on people (also bad) but not with this kind of intensity. I suppose this is because he’s usually leashed if we have people over so he does not get to that level of arousal.

How to stop my dog’s aggressive play jumping and biting

This isn’t a general “how to” post on how to stop a dog’s jumping in general. This post is specifically about my dog’s aggressive play jumping and biting. Feel free to add to the discussion in the comments or read the most general posts linked to below.

More general posts on jumping:

So, back to Remy …

Remy is a 16-month, 58-pound weimaraner.

He jumps on me a lot but rarely jumps on my husband Josh.

I think that is for a few reasons:

  • I’m the one who’s with Remy all day. We interact more.
  • I’m usually the one who plays with Remy which equals excitement!
  • I talk to, look at and show more emotion (excitement) around the dogs.
  • Josh is larger, calmer and more assertive.
  • Josh shows no emotion if Remy does jump on him. He’ll give a calm, firm correction in the form of a bop on the nose, a calm “no” or snapping his finger and moving forward. Remy respects this.
  • I tend to get angry and emotional when Remy jumps, and he thinks this is a fun game! (See below)

So there you have it. Dare I admit I need to be more like Josh and just be calmer and more assertive around Remy?

Usually when you have a behavioral problem with your dog, the solution is very simple. Not easy, but simple.

In my case, I think my best bet is to stop reacting to Remy.

This is difficult for me because even though he is just playing I view his jumping as rude and disrespectful. So I get angry!

Sometimes I’m able to ignore him, but sometimes I lunge right back at him trying to shove him away aggressively (usually missing). Or I’ll try to grab his collar in a huff. Or I’ll scold a frustrated “NO!” at him or shove him in his crate as he’s fighting and biting the whole way there.

Like I said, it’s embarrassing! Not so much my dog … but how I react as well!

A high-drive, excitable dog paired with an overly emotional human can be a bad combination. So Remy and I are both working hard to help the other chill the fuck out.

He’s teaching me about patience. I’m teaching him about patience too.

It’s a work in progress.

How to stop my dog’s aggressive jumping

Here’s my personal plan for decreasing Remy’s jumping on me.

1. Not to engage at all with Remy when he jumps. Give him the cold shoulder.

It doesn’t work when I try to scold Remy. It’s best if I ignore his jumping. This means not acknowledging him in any way.

I might calmly leave the room or go to my desk and focus on my phone or something else. I will truly ignore him for about five minutes no matter what he does. (He will probably try to get my attention by doing something else naughty like chewing the rug.)

2. Carry dry dog food as a prevention method.

I’m pretty good at predicting when Remy is going to charge and jump. He often does this when I’m walking across the living room and he does it during the times of day when he’s most excited like before a meal or before a walk.

Instead of ignoring the jumping, I can toss some kibble on the ground to prevent the jumping before it happens. I’m not going to look at him or engage with him when I drop the food. I’m just going to casually drop a few pieces as I walk by, pretending I didn’t even know they dropped. Hopefully this will help remove the jumping habit.

3. I’ll use the food as a reward.

I might occasionally give a piece of food to Remy when I see he has chosen to remain lying down or sitting rather than jumping. I don’t want to do too much of this because food tends to get him excited. But an occasional piece of dry dog food for staying calm should help reinforce sitting or standing vs. jumping.

What about corrections?

In my case, I’m not going to give any corrections for jumping as of now. We will see how this plan goes.

Like I said above, it seems to work well for Josh to give a calm correction but I tend to become too frustrated and emotional. In my case, I think it will be better if I truly ignore Remy’s jumping.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t correct your dog. Every situation is a little different.

If my above plan does not seem to be working, I will think about using a tool to correct Remy such as a squirt bottle of water, the Doggie Don’t Device or a shock collar. These kinds of corrections are more consistent than my voice and will help me remain calm while letting the tool do its job.

But for now, I’m going to stick with my plan of ignoring Remy and using food.

It will take consistency and patience on my part, but I should see some progress quickly.

Some additional tips if your dog is jumping:

  • Make sure he is getting enough exercise. Try longer walks with a dog backpack.

  • Work on basic obedience in general.
  • Give your dog puzzle toys to drain mental energy such as a Kong with frozen peanut butter.
  • It’s OK to keep him leashed when you have visitors over.
  • Don’t hesitate to hire a trainer. It’s worth the money if it decreases your stress!

Do any of you have dogs that do this kind of aggressive jumping?

What has worked for getting control of this kind of behavior?

Let me know in the comments!

-Lindsay, Ace & Remy

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How to Live With a Hyper Dog in an Apartment

How to Live With a Hyper Dog in an Apartment

We have a 1-year-old weimaraner and a senior black Lab mix living with us in our 2-bedroom, 2nd-floor apartment.

Our senior dog is very mellow, and he’s lived in apartments most of his life.

Our weimaraner Remy on the other hand is a typical weim. Calling him high-energy would be an understatement.

Not only do we live in an apartment, but we also use a baby gate to keep Remy in the living room 95 percent of the time. It’s a small space for a smart, active hunting dog.

Some people think this is wrong, cruel even, to keep a large dog in an apartment with no yard. That’s up to each individual to decide, but I don’t feel one bit sorry for Remy. This dog has it good!

I’m proud I’ve walked my weimaraner almost every single day for the year and 2 months that we’ve had him. The first day we got him, we walked 1 mile. He was 8 weeks old. Most days we go about 3 miles, which isn’t enough, but we get by.

Here are 9 ways we manage our hyperactive dog in our apartment …

How I manage my hyper dog in an apartment

You’ll notice that this is no different than managing a hyper dog in pretty much any environment!

1. We go for walks every single day.

And I mean EVERY day. We can’t miss a day.

Even on the day Remy was neutered, we walked before I dropped him off at the vet. The following day, we still walked 20 minutes with the vet’s approval. The day after that we were back to our usual 40 minutes.

If you have an active dog and you live in an apartment, you walk. A lot. Period.

2. We have clear rules.

Dogs need to learn boundaries whether they are tired, excited, bored, playful or anxious.

We live in a small space, and we can’t have our maniac of a dog tearing around non-stop even if he has energy to burn.

So, we don’t tolerate a lot of rough play, chasing games, wrestling, etc. It helps that our senior dog does not tolerate this either. I will play tug with Remy for about 5 minutes most days, and then I put the toy away.

Here are some of our other rules. Our dogs understand these rules because there are no exceptions.

Rules:

  • No dogs on the couch.
  • No paws on the counter.
  • No bothering us while we eat.
  • No chasing the cats.
  • No chewing our stuff.

Now, if I could also get Remy to stop jumping on me, we’d be doing pretty good …

3. We use a kennel/crate.

We use a kennel as needed to give Remy (and us) some down time. He sleeps in his kennel at night and even though we work from home, we put him in there for about 2 hours on the average day. This is a place where Remy knows to be calm.

See our post: Is it mean to use a crate for a dog?

4. We stick to a routine.

We walk for a half-hour at 6 a.m. and again for 40 or 45 minutes at 4 p.m. nearly every day. Remy also has his potty breaks and meals at roughly the same times every day and we put him to bed around 9 p.m. every night so he knows what to expect.

5. We run together every Saturday.

Part of our routine since January has been to go for a long run every Saturday morning. For us, a long run is an hour or more.

This seems to keep Remy slightly less energetic until about Monday afternoon when combined with his usual daily walks. We’ve recently started training for an ultra marathon with our dog, so these Saturday runs will keep getting longer.

6. We go to training classes

Training with a local obedience class helps me focus on making training a priority. I’m not good at planning training throughout the week so the class really helps because at least we have that 1 hour every Saturday where Remy and I work on heel, sit, down, stay and come.

Classes HELP us a lot!

7. Chew toys & bully sticks

We give Remy things to chew on like:

He has access to something to chew almost all the time. Because of this, he hasn’t chewed up our shoes or anything else of much importance.

I recently bought the Kong Wobbler puzzle toy, and I’m so glad I bought this! You fill it with dry food or treats and the dog has to push it around to get the food out. This keeps the pup busy for 30 minutes or so! Amazing!

Get the Kong Wobbler on Amazon HERE.

Kong Wobbler

8. Mental work & giving your dog a job

This is an area where I’m trying to improve. My dog is smart and he needs some sort of work to do. I’m not quite sure what Remy’s “job” is yet but he needs one. Maybe it’s our Saturday long runs. Maybe it’s wearing a dog backpack. Maybe it will be agility.

I’ve been playing “find it” with him where he looks for treats I hide throughout the room. He also has his new Kong Wobbler toy.

The point is, working dogs need to work and a walk generally doesn’t cut it.

9. Off-leash running

I have to admit I’m not very good at bringing Remy to places where he can run off leash, wrestle with other dogs or play fetch. This probably happens once every other month. I know, it’s bad!

I’m just not much of a dog beach or dog park person. But when I do take him, it makes a big difference. Probably more so than anything else we do.

So that’s pretty much it!

  • 2 walks per day
  • 1 long run on Saturdays
  • 1 training class a week
  • Plenty of chew toys.
  • A crate for when we need a break from Crazy!

He’s rarely tired but at least he’s manageable!

Other ideas

A dog backpack. Add it to your shorter walks (We’ll be getting one soon!)

Dog daycare. Try it once a week and see if you like it and if it’s a good fit for your dog. I’ve thought about it but haven’t tried it yet.

Hire a dog walker once a week: Use this in addition to the walking you’re already doing or to give yourself a break once a week.

Join a dog walking group. This is a good way to tire your dog out mentally as he’ll be walking in new places and seeing other dogs.

So as you can see, living with a super high energy dog in an apartment is a lot of work but it’s really not that bad. You just have to change your routine quite a bit and be dedicated to exercise. Otherwise, it’s not fair to the dog and he’ll probably start having more serious behavior problems.

Sometimes we joke about how Remy might be if we never walked him … he’d probably be at the humane society by now!

Do you have a dog in an apartment?

What are your management and exercise tips?

Let me know in the comments! It is helpful for myself and others to hear from people who understand the madness! Haha.

-Lindsay (and dogs Ace & Remy!)

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Delectables Dog Treat Review and Giveaway

Delectables Dog Treat Review and Giveaway

Delectables dog treats are a new low-fat, lickable treat that come in 2-ounce pouches. They are in a “stew” format with pieces of meat and veggies in a stew sauce.

My dogs Ace and Remy loved Delectables and this was a fun treat to give them.

To serve, you open the pouch and pour into a bowl as a treat between meals or as a topper or mixer. The treats come in four flavors.

This review is sponsored by Hartz pet products.

We’re giving away a FREE 12-pack of Delectables to two lucky readers of That Mutt. If your dog would like IN on the drawing, just leave a comment at the end of the post. *The winners have been chosen.

Delectables dog treat review

My thoughts on Delectables

I was happy to receive Delectables treats for my dogs Ace and Remy. Since we received a pack of 12, I let them both try it and my cats even had a taste! They were all super excited about this, and this was a fun treat to give them. (The dog version is not intended for cats but there is a cat version available.)

The ingredients in Delectables are OK. I’m comfortable feeding this product to my pets as a treat, but it does contain corn and artificial flavors. When I open a pouch, it reminds me of the canned soups and stews I sometimes buy for myself!

Delectables chicken with beef ingredients, according to the package:

water, chicken, beef, peas, carrots, corn, natural and artificial flavors, tapioca starch, rice flour, guar gum, carrageenan, xanthian gum, locust bean gum and a vitamin E supplement.

Delectables dog treat review

What is the cost?

The cost for a 2.1-ounce pack is about $1. They are available in 12-packs at Walmart and on Amazon for about $12.

Click here to order Delectables on Amazon.

What’s unique about the product?

Delectables stews are marketed as “lickable” treats, which is a cute idea. They come in small, single-serving pouches designed as a quick treat for your dog.

The nice thing about Delectables is you can just serve the whole thing as a treat and you don’t have to worry about re-sealing it for a later meal. I don’t like when I need to store half-used cans of pet food in my fridge.

Delectables are also low-fat treats, which is good if you’re trying to watch your dog’s calories. I believe fat in moderation is good for my dogs so I don’t care if their treats are low fat.

Pros of Delectables treats:

  • Made with real chicken and veggies!
  • No by-products
  • Very appealing to my dogs and my cats
  • Short list of ingredients
  • Low-fat treat, if you’re trying to watch calories
  • Affordable treat! Just $1 per 2.1-ounce serving
  • Don’t need refrigeration if unopened so you can easily toss in a bag for travel, hiking, etc.
  • Helps encourage picky eaters to eat
  • Works for hiding pills!

Cons:

  • There are four flavors but they all contain chicken (some dogs have allergies to chicken)
  • Contains some artificial flavors
  • Contains corn (not necessarily bad but some dogs have allergies to corn)

Delectables dog treat review

I would recommend Delectables for …

I would recommend Delectables if you’re looking for an affordable treat for your dog in a stew format, perhaps as a treat between meals. This is not really a training treat but more of a fun surprise to give your dog just for being awesome! They are available on Amazon HERE.

Sometimes I need to give my senior dog medication mid-day and I was able to hide his pills in the Delectables stew. He will spit his pills out if I hide them in turkey slices so this was a better option.

If you have a picky eater, Delectables would probably make most dogs interested in their food if used as a mixer.

The four flavors include:

  • Chicken
  • Chicken with beef
  • Chicken with cheese
  • Chicken senior formula

If you would prefer not to feed your dog artificial flavors or corn, then I would not recommend these treats.

Learn more about Delectables on its website HERE.

Giveaway – Win a 12-pack of Delectables for your dog!

Delectables dog treat review

We are giving away a FREE 12-pack of Delectables to TWO lucky readers of That Mutt. Just leave a comment below to enter. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

*The winners have been chosen and notified. Congrats to Mary S. and Diane R.

Each winner will receive:

  • One FREE 12-pack of Delectables.

I’ll choose the winners at random on Sunday June 18 and notify them by email.

Everyone signed up for the $7 reward or higher on That Mutt’s Patreon page receives automatic entries into ALL giveaways. There are 8 spots remaining. Click here.

Do you have any questions about Delectables?

Let me know in the comments!

More about Hartz:

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of pet care products in the United States and Canada. The company offers more than 1,200 products for dogs, cats, birds, small animals, reptiles and fish, according to a press release.

Ultra Marathon Training With Dogs

Ultra Marathon Training With Dogs

When you have a dog meant to RUN all day, sometimes you end up running a lot too. And then you might do something crazy like sign up for an ultra marathon.

Ultra marathon training with dogs

I’ve been running for years and completed a marathon and many half-marathons. I even started a business where I took dogs on running sessions and covered up to 20 miles per day with dogs at my side.

But I’m new to “ultras.” And I’m new to distance running on trails. Most of my distance running has been on pavement or sidewalks.

My husband Josh and I signed up for a January 2018 50-mile trail race. Dogs aren’t allowed for safety reasons unfortunately, but our pup Remy can still train with us.

I thought I’d write a bit about our training since we’re just getting started. If people seem interested, I’ll update this post as we progress.

For a more basic guide on how to run with your dog, see:

Training for an ultra marathon with your dog

Distance running and dogs

First things first, not all dogs are cut out for distance running, and not everyone agrees dogs should even go running at all. There are also people who believe I should not be running with my weimaraner until he’s 18 months old. Heck, some people lost their goddamn minds when I took my puppy walking. See my post: How far can I walk my puppy?

So, what it comes down to is knowing yourself and knowing your dog. Consult with your dog’s vet and breeder, and then ultimately you have to make the best choice.

I personally believe running is great for most dogs and I tend to start them out running at an earlier age than most. This is because people are SLOW and when I run with my dog he is actually just trotting. You can read more about my general opinions on what age to start running with puppies HERE.

Ultra marathon training with dogs

Ease into the miles

This goes without saying, but you obviously need to gradually train your dog to handle distance running.

Remy has been walking daily since he was 8 weeks old, and he’s been running regularly a few times per week since January. This includes a weekly 5-mile run.

Needless to say, his paws are tough and he’s in great shape with a lot of muscle. His joints also appear to be healthy, according to his vet.

I believe now is a safe time to start increasing Remy’s miles.

Running with my weimaraner Remy

Our ultra marathon training plan

Our current training plan consists of:

  • 1 weekly long run
  • 1 sprint workout mid-week
  • 2 cross-training workouts or light running
  • 3 days for rest/walking

Our dog tags along for all of this.

We plan to add about 15 minutes to our long runs each Saturday, so these will gradually start to get longer and longer.

Our training is more about time on our feet vs. speed. We have been generally running 20 minutes, then walking 5 minutes, repeat.

This is no problem for Remy so far, especially when we head out early and it’s not too hot. It will get more challenging as the longest runs get longer and we’ll have to think about bringing enough water for him and keeping him cool.

Obviously, once we start hitting longer runs of 15, 20 and 25+ miles we will evaluate how far we think Remy should go. Our dog does not have an off switch. He will go until he drops, so it’s up to us to watch out for him.

Update: I’ve found Remy’s limit to be about 90 minutes at least for this time of year (mid July). He gives 110% and gets hot and tired even when our runs start at 6 a.m.

Trail running with dogs

In general, people can outrun dogs once we hit a certain distance. Dogs are fast, but most are not capable of the distances people can do. There are always exceptions, of course.

Can we say, Iditarod?

Like huskies, weimaraners are not your average dogs either. They are bred for endurance!

I don’t know how many miles the average bird dog covers in the field hunting, but my dog is bred for work! His parents are working dogs, and this pup is 100% committed to run, run, RUN!

Quick stats: June 13

  • Days till race day: 214
  • Current weekly miles: 25
  • Weekly long run: 75 minutes

Beach dog!

Gear we use for our dog:

Mighty Paw hands free leash

Looking into buying:

The joy of running with dogs

Running with a dog is relaxing for me, even if I’m running with a maniac like Remy. Time on the trail is my weekly meditation, and I’m so glad Josh can experience this too.

This is why I love dogs so much. They’re eager for adventures and the outdoors and they’re just as eager to crash on the couch afterwards. Yes, even weims eventually do crash!

Dogs are grounding for me. Inspiring, simple and peaceful.

Our weim may not be a trained hunting dog. He’s not a very obedient dog or a well-mannered dog. But he’s an adventure dog!

He leads us where we want to be.

How about the rest of you. Do you run with your dog?

Do you have any questions about running with dogs?

Let us know in the comments!

-Lindsay, Josh, Ace & of course Remy!

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See related posts:

Off-leash hiking with your dog

Mighty Paw hands-free running leash

More on ultra trail running with dogs

P.S. Just want to give a little shoutout to the world’s best dog, Ace! He may be retired, but I do not forget the thousands of miles we covered together. He’s very much enjoying his retirement. Good boy, Ace!

Ace the black Lab mix

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