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Kotes by Kobe: Accessories made of recycled dog fur

Leah is my Whoodle pup (Poodle/Wheaten Terrier mix), but Kobe is a Great Pyrenees from Australia who is the inspiration behind Kotes by Kobe. With the large amounts of soft hair these dog breeds shed, it was thought of how great it would be to us the recycled dog fur and make scarves and coats for other dogs (and their humans too). The fur of a Great Pyrenees is so soft and makes a perfect wearable (Leah’s, not so great as Whoodle’s do not shed fur).

Leah is wearing the scarf for their line. So soft and light, this is the Red Mally Knit Scarf. This Mally scarf comes in other colors but this rich red looks great on Leah. Then you can also get dog coats, puffy vests for owner and more.

The Mally Scarf is made with a custom blend of Alaskan Malamute fur, merino and Corriedale wool, plus a touch of nylon for added durability. It is adjustable to your dogs exact neck size and matches the dog coat and puffer vest in same color.

Available on: www.kotesbykobe.com.au 

2020 Valentine's Guide, Pets Products

Our Crown & Paw Custom Pet Portraits – The Ambassador

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Better than your pet’s portrait on canvas, is your pet Ambassador on canvas! Isn’t this an adorable touch? At Crown & Paw they take the photo of your pet and put them in costumes of your choice for adorable custom pet portraits that make great gifts!

This is Louie and we thought he’d be a great Ambassador. We uploaded his photo and they sent the canvas print. It came out very clear and he is so adorable dressed up. There are minor overlay on the color on the corners but I assume that was the wrapping. My photo of his canvas doesn’t do justice for how clear Louis’ print came out. They did a great job cropping him to naturally look like he is in his Ambassador outfit.

If the Ambassador is not your dog’s style, there are many other costumes to choose from like Astronaut, Princess and even put both your pets on one print such as Lord and Lady or The Outlaws (this one is adorable).

The prints you can choose from are authentic 19th century portraits and rare Renaissance era oil paintings and combine them with pets of all shapes and sizes. Create yours today in times for a fun Valentine’s Day gift! Visit Crown & Paw today!

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6 Adorable Dog Breeds Who Get Along Great with Young Children

If you’re introducing a dog to your family while your children are still young, you’ll need to take care when choosing dog breeds. Young children won’t be able to follow instructions as well as older children, when it comes to how to behave around their new family addition. 

Therefore, a family dog that will be spending lots of time around young children should be calm and gentle, easy to train and eager to please their owners. 

Here are six of the best breeds for families with small children.

Laborador Retriever

Image by LabbiLover from Pixabay

This intelligent and loving dog is great with children. They are kind, rarely display aggressive traits and are very even-tempered. 

Labs are easy to train which a must in a family with young children. Any family dogs needs to be able to learn quickly, and respond well to commands. 

Labradors love being cuddled, and will happily play fetch or tug with your child in the garden for hours. They have a very easy going attitude which is suited to many family dynamics. 

Pug

Image by Tobi Berger from Pixabay

This toy dog is an entertainer and will love to show off and make your children laugh. Pugs need constant human companionship, which makes them an ideal breed for a family where there is always someone at home. 

This breed is low maintenance, and don’t require a huge amount of exercise, half an hour a day will be plenty. 

They do shed a lot though, so you might not want this breed if you aren’t a big fan of dog hair around the house!

Cocker Spaniel

Image by Katrina_S from Pixabay

The Cocker Spaniel is a trustworthy and loving family dog, and is typically great with everyone including young children, older family members and even other pets. 

They love to get stuck in with family activities and need plenty of exercise which makes them a perfect match for any active family who love to spend time outdoors. 

As long as a Cocker is raised alongside respectful children, they will fit into any family effortlessly.

West Highland White Terrier

Image by Norbert Oriskó from Pixabay

This confident little dog has oodles of personality and will easily fit into your family with his fun and happy nature. 

He will happily greet all family members at the door with a wagging tail, and will love playing games and having a belly rub from your children. 

Terriers do tend to have a strong will which can cause training difficulties, so he’ll need a consistent and regular training routine put in place. 

French Bulldog


Image by GLady from Pixabay

French Bulldogs are the perfect companion dog, with his adorable squashed face and pointy ears, all children are bound to love snuggling up to this breed. 

This dog loves to spend plenty of time with his owners, so would be well suited to a family where there is always someone around at home. 

Bulldogs are easy to train but can be stubborn so will need an owner who is firm and fair.

Poodle

Image by Jörg Vieli from Pixabay

This dog would be perfectly suited to a family who has a member that suffers with allergies. The Poodle is hypoallergenic which means it sheds less than other dogs, and because of their closely packed curls, they don’t drop as much dander which is what triggers allergies. 

Poodles are extremely intelligent which makes them very easy to train; they are also lively and inquisitive making them a great friend for your children. 

Whether you are looking for a small, medium or large sized dog, there will be a Poodle to suit your family, as they are bred in three different sizes: toy, miniature and standard.

Choosing Your Dog’s Name

As well as getting your children involved in choosing which dog you’d like to introduce into your family, perhaps you could also include them in naming your dog. 

Try to choose a name which is easy for your children to say, one or two syllable names are often best.

Also bear these things in mind when choosing a name:

  • Make sure it isn’t a fad name which will go out of fashion in the next year or two. 
  • Make sure it is something you’re comfortable shouting out loud across the dog park.
  • Make sure it doesn’t sound too similar to any commands you’ll be teaching your dog.

Summary

Raising your children alongside a dog has many benefits, including giving them a friend for life, teaching them responsibility and compassion, and health benefits as it keeps them active. 

It is important to remember that choosing a family friendly dog is just the start to creating positive relationship between your dog and children. 

All dogs need proper socializing and training with children, and your children should be taught how to behave around the family dog, and be respectful of their space. 

Whichever breed you choose, you’ll be sure to have years of family fun ahead of you!

Author Bio: John Woods is an experienced dog trainer, and set up his website All Things Dogs to share his knowledge and passion for everything dog related.