Healthy, grain-free dog treats made in the United States
Note: This review is sponsored by Droolers and Pipeline Pet Products.
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What are Droolers?
Droolers are small, soft treats perfect for training or rewarding your dog.
They are about the size of a penny and come in five recipes such as duck, kangaroo and salmon. Yes, kangaroo! Woo!
I love the name “Droolers” because, well, if you know my black Lab mix Ace you know he has a bit of a drooling problem. I’ve found drool on our ceilings! It’s like these were designed with Ace in mind. 🙂
Droolers Treats Review
That Mutt has partnered with Pipeline Pet Products to feature the company’s brands (with giveaways!) over the next few months. One of those brands is Droolers, and you might also remember Green Bark Gummies.
The bottom line:
[quote_right]Droolers treats are perfect for training because they are small and soft.[/quote_right]Droolers treats are perfect for training because they are small and soft. You can easily tear them into smaller pieces if you wish, which is what I do.
Both my weimaraner puppy Remy and my Lab mix Ace are interested in the Droolers treats.
I bring them to Remy’s puppy training classes. I also stuff them into his Kong toy to keep him occupied when I’m trying to watch TV without him pawing at me!
The cost of Droolers:
The price for a 4-ounce bag is $4.99 online.
There are around 50 treats per bag. (I counted them.) The whitefish-flavored variety has slightly smaller treats, so those have about 70 treats per bag.
1. Good value. Pipeline Pet Products says on its website that one of its goals with all of its brands is to provide healthy treats at an affordable price.
2. Unique protein varieties. With Droolers treats, dogs with an alternative to the standard “chicken based” treats (chicken is a fairly common source of allergies in dogs.) Some of the Droolers varieties include whitefish, kangaroo and duck.
3. Droolers contain Omega-3s and chia. Droolers are also manufactured in the United States.
Pros of Droolers:
No corn, soy or wheat
No artificial flavors
Source of Omega-3 fatty acids
No chicken (a plus if you think your dog might have an allergy to chicken)
Manufactured in the United States
They keep the attention of my puppy who has the attention span of a goldfish
Droolers also interest my senior dog who is picky these days
(This one can hardly control himself.)
The treats do get a little messy when you shove a handful in your pocket like I tend to do for training classes. Not such a big deal if you use a pouch for your treats.
The treats come in one size (4 ounces). Some people might wish they could order a larger bag.
Would I buy Droolers treats for my dogs?
I would definitely buy Droolers if we were running low on treats. My dogs love them, and I prefer to buy soft treats I can use for training. Droolers are a good value and a good product.
Would I recommend Droolers to others?
Yes! I highly recommend you try these treats for your dogs if you’re looking for a soft, highly motivating training treat.
You can order them online or enter our giveaway below. We’re giving away a bag to 10 readers of That Mutt.
Since I started writing about my own business I’ve received a lot of questions from others on how to get started.
Here are the three questions I hear the most:
1. How do I get more clients? (Or even one client!)
2. Which dog walking insurance company should I use?
3. How do I stand out from the “competition”?
Here are my answers …
Top questions about starting a dog walking business
1. How do I get more dog walking clients?
Well, the most common problem I see is new dog walkers wait as long as possible to fully commit to starting their business, and then they pass out fliers a few days before they’re ready to start dog walking.
The problem is, you really need to get out there many weeks in advance!
Start advertising now. Start handing out fliers and business cards now. Start introducing yourself to other pet-related business owners now. Start attending dog-related events in your community now. Before you’re actually starting to take clients.
Word of mouth takes a month or two (or three) to take off. So don’t wait!
If you do this early enough, then once you’re actually ready to start taking clients, you might have some lined up already.
Another thing I always recommend is introducing yourself to a few established pet sitters in your town. Invite the other pet sitter out for coffee and ask if she’d be willing to recommend you when she’s full. Successful pet sitters are always turning away business and it’s nice to have someone else to recommend.
2. Which dog walking insurance company should I use?
The main thing is to have insurance. The cost for insurance ranges from $130 to about $400 per year, with different coverage options and coverage limits. I recommend you call and speak with a licensed insurance agent and review coverage options for your unique business.
PetCare Insurance, a sponsor of my blog, provides insurance starting at $129/year, and it offers coverage for both dog walkers and pet sitters. The price is affordable, and it’s worth the peace of mind if nothing else. To speak to a licensed agent about the PetCare Insurance policy visit PetCareIns.com.
Pet sitting is stressful enough as it is, and you just never know what can happen when you’re working with animals.
3. How do I stand out from the competition?
If there aren’t many dog walkers in your area, you’re lucky. You’ll have an easier time taking over the market.
However, if it seems like your area is “saturated” with dog walkers that is not necessarily a bad thing. If these businesses are truly successful (some are not!), it means there is a high DEMAND for dog walking services in your area. That is a good thing!
Trust me, there are plenty of dogs to go around and you really only need about 20 clients.
Look at it this way: Focus on what you’re good at and what’s unique about you and your business.
For example, some businesses focus on taking 6 dogs on off-leash hikes for 2 hours at a time. Others focus on one-on-one pet sitting visits in the pet’s home, often offering overnight visits. These services are very different. One is not better than the other. Just different.
You might want to focus on taking 1 or 2 dogs out running at a time during normal weekday business hours as an alternative to dog daycare. Or, you might want to focus on house sitting and petcare for cats, horses, puppies, senior dogs or whatever it might be while the owners are traveling. Again, very different services, right?
This is why it’s so important to network with similar business owners. Stop looking at them as “competition.”
There are plenty of animals to go around and each business focuses on different things. Plus, if one business is full they can recommend you.
OK, so what other questions do you have?
Get my ebook on How to Start a Dog Walking Business ($17) to learn how to quickly grow or start your business. It helps to learn from someone who’s been there.
Should you give a senior dog pain medication for things like sore joints?
This was a hard decision for me.
My older Lab mix Ace has had chronic pain in his back legs for about two years.
On top of that, the poor guy had to deal with a skin condition that was causing open wounds on his body. I am thankful we finally got that problem under control (blog post on that coming soon!) so now we are only dealing with joint issues.
Obviously I don’t want my dog to be in pain, but I’m also concerned about the potential side effects of pain medications (more on that below).
How do you find the right balance? Should you give your senior dog pain medication?
For me, it comes down to improving my senior dog’s quality of life. Yes, there are potential side effects to medications but this doesn’t mean every dog will have issues.
In our case, natural alternatives are not enough on their own to make my dog comfortable. That’s why his vet prescribed Rimadyl.
What is Rimadyl?
Ace’s vet prescribed a pain medication called Rimadylto help with sore joints on a long-term basis.
We went with a less expensive generic version called Novox Carprofen, and we save more by ordering it through the online pet pharmacy 1-800-PetMeds® (prescription still required).
Rimadyl is a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and inflammation in dogs due to:
other joint diseases such as hip dysplasia
The medication works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the dog’s body, according to 1-800-PetMeds®. This allows the dog to move and exercise with less pain. Read more about NSAIDs here.
It’s like if I were to take Advil, which is also a NSAID. Rimadyl is designed specifically for dogs and requires a prescription from a veterinarian.
With Ace, I originally gave him a dose on days where I knew he was going to be more active (and more likely to be sore later). For example, if we were going to the dog beach that day, I would give him his pain medication in the morning.
[quote_center]If we were going to the dog beach that day, I would give him his pain medication in the morning.[/quote_center]
Ace’s vet said it is OK to give the medication on an as-needed basis. It does not necessarily need to be given every day.
These days I do give Ace his pain medication every morning with breakfast. This seems to be the best choice for him at this time because it helps him enjoy his daily walks and playing with his tennis ball.
What are the potential side effects of Rimadyl?
One of the reasons I was hesitant to give Rimadyl to my dog was because of the risk of certain side effects, especially over the long term.
I ultimately decided it was worth the slight risk in order to make my dog’s life more enjoyable. According to PetMeds®, about 1 percent of dogs taking NSAIDs will experience some of the following:
Potential side effects of NSAIDs in dogs:
damage to the dog’s liver
damage to the dog’s kidneys
damage to the dog’s stomach
More info on NSAIDs’ side effects here (including Rimadyl’s).
To potentially decrease these side effects:
1. One option is to add an over-the-counter nutritional supplement to improve your dog’s liver function such as Denamarin, according to 1-800-PetMeds®. I have not tried this but it sounds like an option worth considering.
2. You can also consider occasional bloodwork to monitor your dog, especially if you plan to keep your pet on Rimadyl long term. Ace had bloodwork back in December and at that time there were no obvious problems.
3. Give the medication with food to decrease chances of an upset tummy.
Alternatives to prescription pain medications for dogs
Because of the potential side effects of NSAIDs, you may want to consider some natural options first or work with your dog’s vet to find a balance between the two.
In Ace’s case, making sure to take him out for a couple of short walks each day seems to help keep his joints more limber and his muscles stronger. However, he does need to avoid running or chasing full speed after a tennis ball.
acupuncture, chiropractic care or physical therapy
the Assisi Loop
Benefits of glucosamine for dogs
Giving your dog a glucosamine supplement might help reduce your dog’s joint pain because it has an anti-inflammatory effect. More info here.
It can also:
restore your dog’s joint health
lubricate the joints
benefit dogs of all ages
Your dog’s vet can help you find the right balance between prescription pain medication and joint supplements for your dog. Sometimes with the right dose of glucosamine your dog may not even need pain medication.
For me, it comes down to weighing the pros and the cons of each product I give my dog, and improving his quality of life the best I can.
I’m thankful my dog is still able to enjoy visiting the local dog beach or strolling around our favorite parks. Senior dogs are so special and I appreciate the time I have with my boy.
Giveaway – Win a bottle of Super Joint Enhancer for your pet (3 winners)
PetMeds® is giving away a bottle of its Super Joint Enhancer to three readers of That Mutt.
Just leave a comment below to let me know which one of your pets could benefit from these products. I’ll choose three winners at random on Wed June 22. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.
Could your dog benefit from a joint enhancer?
Let me know in the comments!
Note: If your dog is in need of urgent or emergency care, contact her veterinarian. This post is for informational and educational purposes and not intended to supplement or substitute your dog’s vet. It may be necessary to consult your dog’s veterinarian regarding your dog’s pain management, arthritis or any other medical condition.
It depends! There’s no magic age or amount of time, but generally people set their expectations too high for their puppies.
It depends on the individual puppy and the consistency of the puppy’s owner.
With my weimaraner puppy, it took about 6 weeks from when we got him for the potty training to “click.”
We got him at 8 weeks old and once he was 14 weeks I realized he hadn’t had an accident in a long time. (And he definitely was not 100 percent yet. More like 80.)
Six weeks may seem fast but during that time I kept thinking, when will he “get it”?
It got really old taking him out 12 or 13 times a day, but it paid off.
So I wanted to write this post because potty training might take longer than some new puppy owners realize.
How long does it take to potty train a puppy?
I get a lot of emails that say things like:
“I just got a puppy and I’ve been taking her out every 2 hours but she still goes potty in the house. She just isn’t getting it!”
And when I ask how long they’ve had the puppy, it’s usually a short time like 3 or 4 days or maybe two weeks.
It takes longer than two weeks (generally) to fully potty train a puppy. (Some do catch on much faster.)
It’s very simple to potty train a puppy, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. It’s hard work. I had to take my little guy out literally 13 times a day. That’s every day. For 42 days … before he seemed to finally catch on.
Patience … patience.
I had an easier time than most potty training my puppy because:
1. Weimaraners seem pretty easy to potty train. They’re smart!
2. Larger breeds in general seem fairly easy to potty train (or are their owners more consistent? Hmm?)
3. But the main reason is that I work from home and have a flexible schedule. I can take my puppy out every hour. Not everyone can do that.
So what I’m trying to say is it took me 6 weeks to (mostly) potty train my puppy, and I have the luxury of a flexible schedule. If it’s taking your puppy a little longer, don’t worry. That’s OK! It’s not fair to compare your puppy to mine. Just stick to your routine and he will get it.
Puppy potty training reminders:
To keep it simple, what your really need to know is:
take your puppy out often, like every hour.
crate/kennel him whenever that’s not possible.
do NOT expect your puppy to “tell you” he needs to go!
1. Take your puppy out OFTEN to the same spot every time. You’re creating a habit/routine.
2. Give a highly valued treat every time he goes potty outside. Immediately after he goes.
3. Carry him out to the correct area if he’s having accidents on the way. I carried Remy out every time for about three weeks or more.
4. Crate/kennel your puppy when you can’t supervise him, and keep him on a leash or at least the same room as you when you can supervise.
5. Ignore accidents unless you catch him in the act. If you catch him in the act, calmly say “no” and carry him out to the correct spot. Reward him there! Yay! Good boy!
6. Head out the same door and take the same route every time. Remember, you’re creating a habit.
Bottom line is your puppy will catch on eventually as long as you are patient and consistent (or at least consistent!).
It does get easier.
Please share this post with anyone you know who could use some encouragement. Sometimes new puppy owners are under the impression that potty training happens much faster than it really does.
How long did it take your puppy or dog to become fully potty trained?
Let me know in the comments.
And by the way, my puppy Remy was definitely NOT 100 percent potty trained at 4 months. I just mean he seemed to “get it” and generally could hold it for 3-4 hours, but I took im out at least that often to make sure he was successful.
I’m sure he would’ve had more accidents if I didn’t do that. And I have not noticed any signs of him “asking” to go out. Some dogs never learn to “ask.”
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I like having a slip lead on hand for my older dog Ace because it’s so easy to slip the leash on and off for those quick potty breaks or days spent at the beach or park.
A slip lead is a simple leash that loops through itself (like a choke collar or slip collar). It creates a 2-in-1 leash/collar system but you can also just leave your dog’s normal collar on.
This type of leash is a good option for dogs that are trained but still need a few gentle reminders every now and then. For example, Ace knows how to heel and pay attention but he’s still 70 pounds and overly interested in greeting other dogs or following his nose at times.
Slip leads gently tighten under tension and quickly loosen again once tension is gone. For this reason, it’s a great leash for obedience training and for walking a dog who already has some leash skills.
dogIDs sent me this picture of one of its dog models. Sort of resembles Ace!
A slip lead would be a terrible leash for my 4-month-old puppy Remy! It would be too tight on his neck the whole time because he has no sense to stop pulling! But, the slip lead is perfect for my older dog Ace who knows how to “heel” with an occasional, gentle reminder. See my post:how to stop my dog from pulling.
Mendota slip leads for dogs from dogIDs
Below is the slip lead I ordered for Ace (just $16 at dogIDs). I plan to use it for Remy once he becomes, um, less of an idiot!
The Mendota slip lead is:
Water resistant and resistant to mold and mildew
Made in the USA
Comes in about 40 color options!
Often used for hunting dogs or show/agility dogs but perfect for everyday use
Has a leather stopper for safety (to prevent the leash from becoming too loose)
I went with the 3/8-inch width because I wanted a lightweight leash I can stuff in a bag or pocket.
Reasons to consider a slip lead for your dog
Is a slip lead a good choice for you?
1. Extra control while walking your dog.
A slip lead is a good option if you want a little more control over your dog than the standard buckle collar and leash you’re using. For most dogs, a slip lead is not going to stop the pulling as much as a prong collar or Gentle Leader would, but not all dogs need those types of tools.
2. Helpful for training that involves off-leash work.
Sometimes you need a leash that can quickly and easily slip on and off your dog such as during agility practice or competitions, field work, dock diving, etc.
A slip lead is a good option if you do any sort of off-leash exercise or adventures with your dog where you need to quickly slip the leash on and off. For example, if you visit a dog beach or dog park often.
3. Great for general obedience training.
Slip leads for dogs come in handy for working on obedience like heeling, especially when walking in circular patterns (like an obedience class). It’s not the best for outdoor power walks where you’re walking in a straight line (right, Remy?) unless your dog has some training already. (It’s a good choice for my senior dog Ace).
The rescue I volunteer with uses slip leads for its dogs at adoption events to prevent the dogs from slipping out of their regular collars. The reason a slip lead is safer for them is because it gently tightens around their necks under tension. This prevents the dogs from accidentally slipping out. Believe me, this happens way too often on normal collars.
5. It’s nice for quickly leashing a loose dog.
Yes, you can quickly slip this on your own dog, but it’s also helpful if you need to leash any other random dog you come across. It’s not always safe to reach down and grab a dog’s collar, not to mention fumbling around to clip a leash to the D-ring.
Sometimes it’s just quicker and safer to loop a slip lead around the pup’s neck. I know I’ve helped a couple of lost dogs get home and there was one little dog who tried to bite me if I reached for his collar. However, he wanted to remain close enough so I could’ve easily thrown a slip lead over him.
Do any of you prefer a slip lead?
What other benefits would you add to this list?
If you’re not sure if a slip lead is right for your dog, let me know what questions you have.
Lindsay Stordahl Lindsay Stordahl (with her mutt Ace) is the blogger behind That Mutt.
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