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The holidays are about to be in full swing! This is also the most hectic travel season of the year, with airports and freeways filling up with people and their pets getting home to their loved ones.

Whether you’re planning on spending time with family or taking advantage of some time off with a vacation, traveling with your four-legged family member can definitely be a little stressful. Today, we’re sharing some useful tips for hitting the road with your pup.

Confirm logistics with airlines and hotels early on

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Traveling with a pet requires notifying airlines and hotels ahead of time. If you’re flying with your dog, make sure you check the airline’s pet policies regarding maximum pets allowed in the cabin, the size of the carrier you need, and rules you and your dog have to abide by. Hotels will often charge a pet fee so let them know ahead of time if your pup is coming along with.

Invest in a quality pet crate or carrier

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Whether you’re flying or driving, having your pup secured in a crate or carrier is a must. Get them used to their designated safe space by giving them ample time to use the carrier, lay in it, and get their scent in it so that when the big travel days come, they’re already comfortable!

Pack food and water in a portable fashion

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It can be tricky keeping your pup hydrated on the plane or in the car. Grab a portable pet bowl to make things easy for you and your dog. Make sure they’re getting ample opportunity to hydrate — it can be easy to forget when you’re on the go! Make sure to bring extra of your dog’s food with you just in case. You might not be able to find your brand wherever you are visiting.

Stick as closely to your daily schedule as possilble

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Even when you’re traveling, try to keep to your normal schedule as much as you can. Feed your pup and take them for walks as close to their regular times as possible. Dogs are creatures of routine, so this will make traveling easier for them!

Research what’s pet-friendly and what’s not at your destination

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It’s a good idea to have a rough itinerary of your plans going into your trip. If there are certain activities that are dog-friendly, consider planning them out so that your dog can be a part of the festivities. Dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants, and outdoor activities are a good way to keep them involved during your holiday travels!

Be considerate when traveling with your pup!

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Traveling with dogs is a privilege, especially with airlines and hotels that allow them to come with. Keep in mind that not everyone in the world is a dog lover. Respect others by keeping control of your dog, making sure they’re on their best behavior, and ensuring their presence isn’t affecting others negatively.

All in all, traveling with your furry bff to your holiday destination can make your holiday merrier and your New Year shine brighter. We hope these travel tips will help make the world a dog-friendlier place as you head out on your four-legged adventures. We’d love to hear your dog travel tips too! Share your tip in our comments below to help fellow dog parents and tag us @mybenebone with #benebone on your holiday travel adventures so we can follow along. 

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We are excited to announce the launch of our newest Benebone chew: the Zaggler!

Specially designed to roll, the Zaggler is still made with the same flavorful deliciousness as the rest of our Benebone chews. Only this time, the bacon is playing hard to get.

The chase is half the fun in life, right? Dogs know. They love to chase balls, frisbees, and the occasional squirrel intruding on their property.

That’s why we’ve made the first Benebone chew that moves as your dog plays with it.

The Zaggler is still equipped with ridges on both “handles” that make it easier for paws to grip on to it when it’s time to give it a good chew.

This added layer of difficulty that will keep your dog’s tail wagging (and noggin working) for hours!

Our new Zaggler will come in 4 sizes: large, medium, small, and tiny as a part of a 2-pack of chews. And yes, we’ve made a slightly softer version just for puppies that you can find in one of our new puppy packs! Because puppies like to chase and chew, too.

Just like all of the other Benebone chews in our family of products, the Zaggler is fully sourced and made in the USA. Only two simple ingredients is all it takes to make your dog’s favorite chew toy: nylon and real bacon!

Give it a try and let us know what your pup thinks. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using #Benebone!

We all know that puppies explore the world with their mouths. Whether it’s your shoes, the legs of your furniture, or the leaves on the ground outside, they love getting a taste of anything and everything as they grow and learn about the world.

Today, we are so excited to announce the newest addition to the Benebone family… The Puppy Pack!

Our existing line of Benebone chews, whether small or large, have always been suitable for adult dogs.

Because puppies have puppy teeth and need something a little softer to chew on, we sized and formulated our new variety of chew toys with smaller and younger puppies in mind.

While still quite firm and durable, the new puppy 2-pack is made a bit softer, especially for modest chewers and includes a dental chew with teeth-cleaning ridges and an easy-to-grip wishbone. These tiny-sized chew toys are for puppies under 15 lbs.

Because these tiny-sized chews are softer and made especially for puppies, they are a tad less durable.  Be careful not to let adult dogs or other strong chewers go-to-town on them.  Don’t worry, we’ve got a tougher chew for them!  For more, see www.benebone.com/safety.

While a tad softer than our adult line, our puppy are still quite hard and meant to last.  So ensure that your puppy has strong, healthy teeth. If you’re unsure, check with your vet to be safe. As always, please make sure to monitor your pup and ensure they are chewing safely. Check out our When To Replace Guide for guidance on when your Benebone should be tossed out.

Do you have a puppy who’s not quite so tiny?  Stay tuned – we are working on slightly larger puppy products for puppies under 30 lbs.  We expect them to hit the shelves later this year.

Happy 2019! With the new year often comes resolutions geared towards wellness and improvement for ourselves. This year, did you make any resolutions with your pups? 

Our team is gearing up for a new year’s cleaning of sorts for the four-legged members of our families. Check out these tips for refreshing your dog’s toy bin so they can kick off the year with a clean start! 

1. Make keep, donate, and purge piles

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Sort your toys so you can make room for new ones! It’s important to keep an eye on the lifespan of your toy. Depending on what it’s made of, if it’s past its prime, it can even be dangerous for your pup. 

Protip: Check out our When To Replace guide to see if your Benebone needs a toss!

2. Give dirty toys a wash

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Only toss plastic, rubber, or nylon toys into a dishwasher if the manufacturer has specifically stated that it’s safe to do so. Hand washing is always a safe bet, but be sure to fully rinse the toy of antibacterial soap. Try using a toothbrush for hard to reach crevices. Rope toys made of only rope can be disinfected with a quick soak and minute in the microwave. Plush toys can be placed in a laundry bag or tied up pillowcase to be washed in the washing machine. Air dry the toys rather than sticking them into a heated dryer.

3. Replace your toy bins 

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If necessary, get a new toy bin for your pup! Try and find something low and wide so your dog has easy access to his favorite toys. Even something with open sides like a wire basket might be good so they can easily pick out what they want to play with. Give a DIY project a try if you want to personalize the bin for your pup  — Pretty Fluffy has a great guide here

4. Add a play rug to the toy bin

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Dogs love rugs. It gives them traction when they’re ripping their favorite toy to shreds, and it’s also the perfect place for them to get a good back rub in. Consider adding a rug to your dog’s toy bin area to create a little space perfect for them to hang out in.

5. Organize your pup’s toys

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Perhaps you have one toy bin for plushies, one bin for puzzle games, and one for Benebones of course! No guarantees your pup will stick with your organization system, but it’s worth a shot 😉 

Have any other tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment or message us on @mybenebone social! 

It’s the busiest time for travel of the year, with vacations and visiting family members when the new year comes around. Of course, bringing your pup with you across country may seem like a daunting task, but you got to to do what you got to do to have your best friend with you! 

Today we’re sharing some tips to make bringing Fido with you on the road a little easier. 

1. Pack all of the essentials (but not too much)! 

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Food, treats, poop bags, and a favorite toy. Don’t go overboard on things your dog may need. Chances are, if you forgot something, you can get it when you arrive at your destination. Most important of all, don’t forget to bring any medications your pup may be on! 

2. Bring portable versions of everything you need.

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Forget the metal water bowl. Leave that at home! Get yourself travel-ready versions of those essentials if you can. Whether it be an on-the-go water bottle and bowl combination or a fold up pet bed, make your life a little easier with these made-for-travel items. 

3. Get your pup travel-approved by your vet.

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Not all dogs are fit for travel. If your dog is sick or injured, it’s probably going to be a no-no. If your dog is one that gets over-stimulated or upset when their routine is disrupted, they should also probably stay home. Have your vet give you the thumbs up before heading out with your dog. Make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and consider having your pup microchipped if he’s not already. 

4. Double check rules and regulations where you’re going

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If you’re staying at a hotel, make sure you study up on all the fees and rules associated with having a pet stay with you. Often times, you’ll have to pay a pet cleaning fee and it’s important to note that dogs are usually not allowed to be left alone without supervision. Leash laws where you’re going may be different from what you’re accustomed to, so double check there as well.

5. Do a trial run at home if you can.

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Whether you are driving or flying, you can probably try and get your dog accustomed to some of the things they’ll have to do when you head out for travel. Get them used to the crate or carrier they’ll be riding in. See if your pup needs a blanket or cover over the carrier to help with visual stimuli. The more they are used to this confined environment before you go, the easier the actual trip will be. 

6. Feed your pup early and potty often while you’re on the go

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To avoid motion sickness, feed your pup well before you hit the road or board the airplane. Empty them out as much as possible with a nice long walk before heading out. While you’re on the road, try not to give too much water. Ice cubes are a nice alternative and provide hydration in moderate amounts. Whenever you have the chance, potty your pup so they don’t have to hold it too long during a long and stressful journey. 

7. Find your vacation routine

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Dogs love a stable routine. Taking them on the go may disrupt their normal day-to-day, but it doesn’t mean you can’t establish a new routine while you’re on your vacation or visiting your in-laws. Try and keep them on the same schedule every day while you’re away. Your pup will thank you! 

Wishing you and your four-legged family members safe and happy travels this time of year! 

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Every year, deciding on gifts for your loved ones can end up being a head scratcher. Thankfully, dog people all have one thing in common: we love a good trinket that reminds us of our favorite four-legged family member.

Today we’re sharing some stocking stuffer ideas for the dog lovers in your life. Who knows, maybe you’ll find something in here that “Santa” will get for you, too 😉 

1. Customizable Rope Leash

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Chic and functional, this gift will be useful for any of your friends with a dog. Pick from a variety of colors to make the perfect customized combination.

2. Portable Dog Bowl Water Bottle

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This nifty contraption doubles as a water bottle AND a bowl. Thanks to gravity, it won’t spill when you’re on the go as the water is released into the bowl for your dog only when you squeeze the bottle. A great gift for the dog lover in your life who loves hiking or taking their pup with them on adventures.

3. Personalized Dog Plushy

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All you need is a photo of your BFF’s dog for this cute personalized gift to light up their holiday. 

4. Dog Wine Charms

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For the friend who just wants to drink wine and cuddle with their dog all day. These charms are super handy for ensuring guests don’t confuse their glasses at the next doggy playdate get-together.

5. Dog Massager

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If you know anyone who spends more money pampering their dog than themselves, gift them this therapeutic Dual Point Dog Massager. Perfect for alleviating muscle tension and stiffness that our four-legged friends experience from romping in the backyard all day.

6. Dog Tail Hooks

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Because who doesn’t love looking at dog butts all day? These Dog Tail Hooks are the cheekiest way to organize your leashes, collars, harnesses, car keys, or outerwear. 

7. 2019 Dog Shaming Calendar

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Who doesn’t love a good chuckle on a daily basis? These hilarious dog shaming photos are sure to get you through all of 2019, one day at a time.

8. Scented Candle

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Great if your friend has an especially gassy dog. These rich, fruity candles will fill the room with pleasant aromas (and cover up some of those inevitable nasty odors that come with living with a pup)!

9. Custom Dog Socks

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So you never have to be apart from your dog. Just look down to be reminded of how much of a good boy (or girl) they are!

10. Bad Dog Wisdom Tumblers

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A fetching set of tumblers featuring Fido teaching his owners a few new tricks.

11. “Tell Your Dog I Said Hi” hat

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It’s official, dad hats are in. This minimally designed hat tells others what’s really on your mind. Dogs. All day. Every day.

12. Custom Photo Book

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Print some favorite memories in this custom photo book for a well designed and sentimental gift, available in both hardcover and softcover. 

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The holidays are just around the corner and you know what that means… lots and lots of delicious treats. Turkey, pumpkin, cranberries, you name it. Now is the time to celebrate all that we are thankful for with those we love, including the four-legged members of the family.

We’ve put together some Thanksgiving inspired recipes perfect for your pup for this year’s holiday festivities!

1. Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Balls

Try these easy treats out for your pup. Pumpkin is good for dogs’ digestive systems and the peanut butter will have them droolin’ for more!

2. Crunchy BBQ Liver Treats

This wheat-free recipe is the perfect way to put a twist on those turkey giblets that are usually thrown out. Topped off with a smoky glaze, these will be too delicious to resist.

3. Frozen Turkey Dinner Treat

Is your pup a fan of ice cubes? These frozen Thanksgiving-inspired bites will have them crunching away with joy under the dinner table.

4. Sweet Potato Treats

Only 5 ingredients and a bit of time in the oven yields these homemade snacks that look store bought! Your pup will surely lick up every crumb.

5. Apple Cranberry Cookies

Got extra cranberries left over? Drop them into this recipe to make a tasty cookie for your pup. Cranberries are great for preventing UTIs which is also a common problem for dogs. We like cookies with benefits!

6. Cranberry Pumpkin Grain Free Treats

Another way to use cranberries, this time infused with pumpkin puree. Jam packed with vitamins, bake this healthy treat into the shape of a turkey leg so your pup can get in on the Thanksgiving dinner fun too!

7. Doggy Meatballs

A pup-friendly version of the classic meatball sure to satisfy your pooch. Filled with turkey, cranberries, green beans, and bread crumbs, it’s the perfect mini bite of Thanksgiving rolled up into a tasty treat.

8. Turkey Pumpkin Dog Treats

Turkey and pumpkin: two of the most classic holiday ingredients. Try this 30 minute recipe for a batch of cookies that will get your dog’s tail wagging.

9. Turkey & Veggie Dog Meal

Want a full homemade turkey meal for your pup for Thanksgiving dinner? Try this recipe for a proper bowl of dinner!

10. Apple Crunch Pupcakes

Can’t forget about dessert! DIY in less than 50 minutes, they look almost good enough for people to eat!

11. Mini Pumpkin Pies for Dogs

We had to include a pie recipe, since there’s no more fitting time for pie than this time of year. Plus, mini pies and desserts are just too cute not to display with your Thanksgiving spread. Just be sure to mark that these are for dogs (and not humans) because they look good enough for anyone to eat!

Finally, as always, check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet. Keep in mind any allergies your pup may have to certain ingredients, and introduce new foods in small amounts to your pup if they’re trying it for the first time.

Otherwise, have fun and enjoy the Thanksgiving festivities and let us know how your pup liked your homemade treats by leaving a comment below or tagging us on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter photo with #benebone.