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When Should You Replace Your Dog’s Gear?

No matter what kind of dog you have, whether an agility-loving Border Collie or a purse-riding Yorkie, eventually that pup is going to get dirty. And that means their collar, harness, and other wearables are going to get messy too.

Unlike humans, dogs don’t sweat, but they do secrete oils and their adventures take them into dirty, often wet, places. So, chances are their collars are going to start to get as funky as they do. To prevent bacteria growth and odors, pet owners should keep an eye on their dog’s gear and wash and replace as needed.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you determine when it might be time to replace your dog’s collar or leash.

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Tips for Replacing Gear

1. Choose the right material

If your dog loves the water, consider a waterproof harness, leash, and collar, such as our Pro line. The waterproof coated webbing doesn’t absorb moisture and bacteria, doesn’t hold odors, and is easy to clean. 

2. Know how to care for your gear

Most leashes and collars are washable in some form, but cloth gear may have special care instructions, such as spot cleaning, to prevent fading or wear.

3. Don’t forget the leash

It’s easy to think about the grime on the collar, but your leash may be even worse—consider what it picks up being dragged through the dirt, getting urinated on unknowingly, and who knows what else.

4. Watch for dog-inflicted damage

If your dog is a chewer, store leashes and harnesses out of reach. If they do manage to chew through part of the material, replacement is the best way to ensure full functionality.

5. Check buckles and clips regularly

Coastal Pet’s collars are built for quality and each size is tested to 7 times the max weight of a dog. But if you have other products, be sure to check them often for wear and tear to ensure your dog can’t break free due to a failure.

6. Flaunt your fashion sense

Even if you don’t see any wear and tear on your collars, don’t be afraid to mix it up with something new. Just like a new outfit makes us feel good, a fresh look on your dog may add pep to both of your steps. If you love to show off your style, check out our Styles line of adjustable collars, which come in perky patterns and colors.

7. Watch the size

If your dog is gaining or losing weight, make sure their harness and collar keep up with the change. Check the fit often to ensure they can’t slip out or that a too-tight harness isn’t digging into their skin. When you reach the limits of adjustability, replace with a new size. 

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Grooming Tools

Along with collars and other wearables, the products you groom your pets with also may need occasional replacement. Coastal Pet’s Safari brand grooming products are made with quality top of mind, so with normal use, they should last you a long time. But if you’re using other brands or have had your Safari by Coastal tools for a number of years, here are a few things to look out for.

When to Replace Grooming Tools

1. Dull edges

In the kitchen, pro chefs know that sharp knives cut better and prevent accidents; similarly, your nail trimmers and scissors should be sharp. If they’ve gotten dull over the years, it’s time to replace. One sign? If trimming starts to splinter nails or scissors start to pull instead of cut, they should be replaced.

2. Corroding blades

Lower-quality trimmers, may get rusty or corroded. This is definitely a sign that it’s time for replacements.

3. Bent or missing bristles

Under normal use, Coastal Pet brushes should last a long time. But if bristles accidentally get bent or damaged, it’s time to replace. With lower-quality brushes, replace if bristles start to fall out to avoid your pet swallowing them.

When in doubt, check with your pet store or the manufacturer for advice. They can help you determine what has some life left and what is ready for something new. Find your closest retailer here.

Can Cats be Trained. No, really!

In 1981, when I first started training dogs professionally the only cats I was aware of that had any type of training were those trained for TV commercials. The idea that cat training would ever be offered to cat owners seemed ludicrous. Common sentiments then and now include; cats can’t be trained because they don’t care about pleasing you, they are too independent, etc.

Part of this perception is due to a natural and unfortunate comparison to dogs. It is easy to picture the noble Lassie rescuing Timmy or the bouncy Labrador Retriever working for a belly rub. Picturing this with kitty isn’t so easy. What’s more, when people think about “training”, they often visualize teaching obedience cues, something many cat owners don’t consider.

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The truth is dogs are motivated by many different rewards, some are food motivated, some work for toys, some for praise. Cats are much the same. In a nutshell, cats are highly trainable if you know how.

Here are a few reasons you should look into training for your cat:

  1. It can solve a lot of problems: A great deal of cat training is about problem solving. Cat owners are less concerned with teaching kitty to lie down then teaching her to eliminate consistently in the litter box, not scratch up furniture, spray all over the house, and to be more accepting of other cats, dogs and people. These are all behaviors that can be modified.
  2. It can prevent challenges: Prevention is always preferable to reacting to problems once they take place. Some preventative methods are surprisingly simple. For example; to reduce litter box problems, make sure the box is cleaned regularly, once you find a litter the cat likes stick with it and make sure you have multiple litter boxes if you have multiple cats. Training of behaviors like acceptance of dogs and people may take more work, but are important if you have a busy, pet friendly home.
  3. It can help with veterinary care: On average cat owners take their pets to the veterinarian less frequently than dog owners. One reason owners site is the difficulty in placing cats into a carrier. However, with training, a carrier is something cats can learn to tolerate and, in some cases, even like.
  4. It creates opportunities: Cats can and should learn to walk on a leash with a harness. It’s good exercise, allows owners to take them places without having to always place them in a carrier and believe it or not can be fun. Like most training, leash and harness training goes easiest when introduced early, so start them young.

For more information about cat training please visit Animal Behavior College's page on cat training.

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Steven Appelbaum has trained dogs professionally since 1981. He is the founder and President of Animal Behavior College a school for dog & cat trainers. Steve writes a column for Pet Age magazine, is the former editor of Off Lead Magazine, his book The ABCs of Practical Dog Training was published in 2004. His beloved Basset Hound Truffles (pictured) attempted to chase a cat in 2012. She was unsuccessful and so slow it is doubtful the cat even knew she was being pursued. Truffles prefers to sleep on the couch.





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8 Tips for Running With Your Dog

One of the perks of owning a dog is having a live-in fitness motivator—they get us off the couch and moving (whether we like it or not), for walks around the neighborhood, short hikes, or games of fetch. For many pet owners, their dog is also their jogging partner, a steady companion as the miles tick by. Jogging can be a great way to use up your dog’s energy and improve their behavior.

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If you’re considering starting to run with your dog, consider these tips and strategies:

      • Check your dog’s health: Just like people are advised to consult with their doctor before beginning an exercise program, the same goes for your dog. Check with your vet to make sure your dog can handle the extra stress on joints, heart, and more, and that their age isn’t a prohibiting factor. The vet also can advise on the appropriate distance for your dog.
      • Consider your dog’s breed: Though every dog is different, some breeds are better built for running. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breeds that make the best running partners include Weimaraners, Dalmatians, Vizslas, German shorthaired pointers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, English Springer Spaniels, Dobermans, American Foxhounds, Salukis, Belgian and Malinois. Labs, Golden Retrievers, Huskies, and many others are often well-suited, as well, so check with your vet.
        “Even within breeds, every dog has his own personality, and some will take to running more than others,” says AKC. “Consider your dog’s temperament, research its breed, and take your dog to the veterinarian for a physical checkup to ensure that this is a safe activity.”
        Dogs with breathing issues, such as bulldogs and pugs, typically should not go on runs, nor should puppies or seniors.
      • Run safely: “Just like people, dogs need to build up distance and speed gradually,” advises Vetstreet. “Start by alternating walking with short intervals of running. As your dog gets more comfortable running, his distance and speed can be increased over time.”
        And just like with people, it’s important to have a warm-up and cool-down period, says Heidi Beck, a volunteer with the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Get With Fido adoptable-dog running program.
      • Potty first: Barkpost recommends taking your dog for a short walk so they can take care of business right away, rather than in the middle of your run.
      • Monitor your dog: Watch your dog carefully for signs of fatigue or injury. “We observe the dog closely as we run, to see if it’s happy and having fun,” says Beck. “We monitor the dog during the run—if it starts limping or dragging, we stop or slow down.”
        “If your dog is panting excessively, having difficulty breathing, or his normally pink tongue has taken on a blue tint, he has overdone it and needs to stop,” Vetstreet adds. “If stopping for a few minutes doesn't do the trick, call your vet.”
        Regardless of signs, give your dog regular breaks, AKC advises.
      • Be prepared to stop: If you want an uninterrupted run, go alone. Even dogs that love to run may still be tempted to stop and sniff, mark their territory, etc. “Let the dog set the pace,” advises Beck. “If they enjoy stopping to sniff or are just slow pokes, we respect that.”
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      • Watch the weather: Dogs don’t sweat to cool down, so don’t take them running when it’s too hot out. Also be conscious of the pavement—touch it with the back of your hand to make sure it’s not going to be too hot for your dog’s paws.
      • Choose the right leash for you: Most leashes will work for running, provided you can maintain control. Avoid flexi-leashes, which don’t offer the necessary control. “The dog should be under control at all times because you never know what you’ll run into,” Beck says. “It should be on leash and kept away from people, bikes, strollers it might jump up on, etc.
        Coastal Pet’s Loop 2® Double Handle Leash can be used as a standard walking leash or a short handle traffic leash, perfect for high-traffic urban running where you might need to get a close grip quickly.
        Another option is Coastal Pet’s Multi-Function Nylon Dog Leash, which can be used as a 3-foot, 4-foot, or 6-foot leash, a shoulder leash, or double leash for walking two dogs.
        For runs outside in crowded areas, a Bungee Leash can provide for gentler stops.

With a few precautions and mindfulness, running with your dog can be a fun and functional experience for both of you. Happy trails!

Coastal Pet Authorized Dealers Reap Exclusive Rewards

Coastal Pet Products is proud to offer an exclusive package of benefits under its newly relaunched Authorized Dealer program. The platform not only rewards our top specialty retailers for their commitment, but further supports those sellers’ crucial role in connecting pet owners to the quality Coastal Pet products that make the lives—and the lives of their pets—better.

Retailers are eligible for the Authorized Dealer designation if they have a brick-and-mortar, dog and cat specialty store that stocks Coastal Pet as their primary brand of solid nylon. They also must carry at least five of eight strategic product lines, such as Circle T® leather products, Titan® cable tie-outs, Bergan® travel products, Rascals® dog toys, and Turbo® cat toys.

Pet Retailer Perks

In support of these product categories, and in recognition of the retailer’s loyalty, Coastal offers a host of marketing and training options to help Authorized Dealers drive traffic and sales. Coastal Pet Authorized Dealers reap numerous advantages and rewards, with a recently expanded list of perks.

Exclusive Benefits:

  • Product designs shoppers can’t get anywhere else, including on ecommerce sites.
  • Promotions and specials throughout the year.
  • Portal on CoastalPet.com with value-added content sellers can use to market their business in person and online, including:
    • videos
    • social media posts
    • high-resolution images
    • POP displays
    • direct-mail postcards customized with their store logo
  • Lower drop-ship minimums ($150) to qualify for pre-paid freight.
  • Business development funds for events, promos, and advertising to support converting the store and customers to new Coastal Pet lines.
  • Quarterly visits from manufacturer’s reps to further retailer knowledge of industry trends and product offerings.
  • Special recognition on Coastal’s “Where to Buy” online directory, searchable by location.

In addition, Authorized Dealers can take advantage of Coastal Pet’s selling specialist program, an in-store training unit designed to get employees engaged in the selling process. Participants learn about the products and how to assist customers in finding the right options for their pets’ specific needs, ideal for new or existing employee training. Coastal’s selling specialist program also helps staff members build confidence in and passion for their work, which can help boost both the retailer and the Coastal Pet brand.

“The Authorized Dealer program is perfectly in step with Coastal Pet Products’ reputation for quality,” says Eric Humbert, Director of Sales. “Authorized Dealers are leaders in the industry, creating true shopping experiences for customers and taking tremendous pride in their shops and offerings. They love serving the pet owner community, and we love supporting them. We truly value the opportunity to recognize and bolster their efforts.”

Retailers interested in becoming an Authorized Dealer should inquire with their manufacturer’s rep or their Coastal Pet regional sales manager. Don’t know your rep? Contact customer service at 800.321.0248 to get connected.

Seven Years of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

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When Morris Animal Foundation launched its Golden Retriever Lifetime Study in 2012, the organization was taking a bold step into uncharted territory. Using the groundbreaking Framingham human heart study as a model, the Foundation design a similar study focused on canine cancer. Seven years later, the study is going strong and researchers are looking forward to the first published papers coming out later this year looking at early health outcomes.

The idea for the study was the result of a fortuitous conversation in 2008 between three key individuals: Bette Morris, long-time Foundation trustee and respected scientist; Dr. Rod Page, Professor and Director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University; and Dr. Patty Olson, CEO and President of Morris Animal Foundation at the time.

Cancer was the topic of conversation. It remains the major cause of death in older dogs and, although great strides have been made in treating cancer, the conversation turned to identifying risk factors for the disease. If we could understand what leads to a higher risk for cancer, steps could be taken to remove these risks, ultimately preventing cancer from developing.

But how to do this? The best way to identify risk factors would be to follow a group of dogs prone to cancer throughout their entire lives, documenting everything: their diet, their environment and their activity. It also would mean that biologic samples – urine, blood, hair, nails and feces – would need to be routinely collected and stored.

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The underlying genetic background of the study group would have to be well-documented. Finally, enough dogs and dedicated owners would need to be recruited and retained for more than a decade. It would be a massive undertaking – no one in veterinary medicine had ever attempted this type of study before! The Foundation accepted the challenge and moved forward with planning and fundraising. The golden retriever was selected for the study because of its high incidence of cancer, and because the popularity of the breed meant there would be lots of dogs that would qualify to participate. The first dogs were enrolled in June 2012.

Although daunting at first, the study has been a tremendous success. We enrolled our 3000th dog in March of 2015. Seven years in, we have a staggering 85% compliance rate among our study participants with almost 97% of dogs still enrolled, statistics rivaling the best seen in human medicine. Almost half a million biologic specimens have been collected and banked. We have thousands of questionnaires filled out carefully by owners and veterinarians documenting everything from diet to environment.

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Once the study was underway, we turned to the next challenge – using our samples and data to help researchers answer important questions about canine cancer and other health issues. We have several studies in progress. Current studies include a look at the gut bacteria differences between lean and obese dogs, another is looking at the effects of inbreeding on litter size and adult stature and yet another is looking at bloodwork changes over time.  These studies are just winding up and we’re excited to see what our researchers find!

Closer to home, our staff epidemiologist, Dr. Missy Simpson, has been starting to crunch the data and looking first at the effect of early spay/neuter on health outcomes. Her particular area of interest is the interaction of timing of spay/neuter and the development of obesity. Dr. Simpson’s current project is looking at timing of spay/neuter and non-traumatic orthopedic injury.

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Unfortunately, as our cohort ages we’re seeing more cancer development. We’ve lost 60 dogs to cancer out of 131 total deaths – that’s 45% of our total losses. Lymphoma is the most common cancer diagnosed in our cohort, followed by hemangiosarcoma, which accounts for 10% of our deaths. We need at least 500 cancer diagnoses for us to make valid associations between an environmental risk factor and cancer, and we anticipate that it will take approximately 5 more years to reach this goal. It’s a long time to wait but the information we’ll get from watching this large group of dogs through their lifetime will provide invaluable information that will be used to improve the lives of dogs everywhere.

We couldn’t do this work without the veterinarians, owners and dogs enrolled in the study, and without the support of individual donors and companies like Coastal Pet Products. Thanks to all who are making the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study a going success.

UpDog and Coastal Pet Pro™Fit Products Make Staying Active Fun

One of the many joys of owning a dog is that they offer a way to stay active. Whether twice-daily walks, jogging, backyard fetch, or agility classes, exercise is a crucial part of keeping canines of nearly any breed healthy.

“Dogs and humans are better when they’re active,” says Jason Rigler, a co-founder of UpDog Challenge, a disc and dog sport organization. “Being sedentary has as much of an impact on mental health as physical.”

UpDog offers dog owners of all kinds an opportunity to stay active while nurturing their competitive side. After growing concerned about hyper-competitive dog contests that were often intimidating to novices, UpDog founders developed a slate of new games that range in skill level and whose difficulty can grow alongside skills. For example, 4WayPlay involves earning points for throwing/catching in four score zones on the field, Frizgility combines agility obstacles with frisbee catches, and TimeWarp challenges teams to complete three catches and race back in the shortest amount of time.

The other component that sets UpDog apart is its scoring and tracking system. In addition to just first, second, and third place in competitions, UpDog tracks all results and accomplishments, allowing teams to view lifetime stats online, accumulate points, measure progress, and unlock achievements. “For the teams that may not make the podium, they can play for something else,” Rigler says.

UpDog hosts events all over the country and around the world, culminating in the International Finals, which were held earlier this month, April 4-7.

Toys for Active Dogs—and UpDog Challengers

Competitors at this year’s UpDog International Finals were some of the first to try Coastal Pet’s brand new Pro™Fit flying disc, part of a lineup of toys designed to be engaging and durable for active dogs.

The ProFit disc, which was included in Player’s Pack swag bags as part of Coastal Pet’s sponsorship of the event, looks like a traditional frisbee but has four raised areas that make it easier for dogs to pick up off of the ground. Rigler got a chance to try out the new frisbee and was impressed by the toy’s foam material, noting that it merges the durability and fly capabilities of a hard-surface frisbee with a softer give that is gentler on the dog’s mouth. The toy floats well too, Rigler says, rising to the surface quickly so the dog has to spend less time looking for it underwater.

The ProFit toy line also includes a Stick, a Mini Ring and a Mega Ring, a Rope Ball, and the “Flying Jack,” a frisbee-like flyer featuring four balls around the edges and a hollow point in the center; the toy tosses like a frisbee but bounces around when it hits the ground for an extra-fun challenge.

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All of the toys in the ProFit line were designed for ultimate durability, made with a self-healing, waterproof foam that survived even the harshest of factory pull tests.

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Collars and Leashes for Active Dogs

ProFit toys come in easy-to-see bright blue and yellow, matching or complementing Coastal’s Pro collars and leashes. Also designed with active dogs in mind, Pro includes a reflective leash and collar, featuring sporty contrasting colors:

  • aqua + neon yellow
  • fuchsia + teal
  • lime + orange
  • bright blue + gray
  • bright green + gray
  • bight orange + gray
  • bright pink + gray
  • purple + yellow

The line’s waterproof harnesses, leashes, and collars are ideal for dogs that love to get wet; they are designed for easy cleaning and durability and come in four bright colors:

  • aqua
  • fuchsia
  • lime
  • purple

Getting active with your dog is as simple as taking regular strolls around the block, as easy as a game of toss in the backyard, or as engaging as a competition like those from UpDog. Coastal Pet’s toys and gear can help you get there.

8 Tips for Preventing and Treating Fleas and Ticks

The warmer temps of spring bring humans and pets alike out of their homes—and out of their shells—for playtime, longer walks, and lounging in the sun. Unfortunately, they also bring out the fleas and ticks.

The threat, and timing, of flea infestations and ticks varies around the country, but in general they thrive in warm, humid environments, says PetMD. Ask your veterinarian about the risks for your area and recommended prevention options. And be aware that trends are shifting.

“In recent years, ticks that were more commonly found in the Southern part of the country have started to expand their populations into northern areas,” the website cautions. “[Some types of ticks] are making their way to climates that were previously too cold for them. With warming temperatures, wildlife conservation programs, reforestation, and expansion of urban areas, tick migration is on the rise.”

Flea bites can be itchy and even painful for your pup or kitty, and if the infestation gets out of hand, the blood loss could lead to anemia. Even worse, if your dog ingests fleas while grooming, it could lead to parasitic tapeworms in their intestines. Ticks may carry life-threatening diseases for dogs and humans.

Dogs and Fleas — Prevention Is Key

  • The best way to avoid flea and tick issues is to keep pests off your dog altogether or ensure they’re killed soon after. The most common forms of preventative treatments are flea collars, topically applied treatments, sprays, and oral or injectable medications. Be sure to follow directions to ensure effectiveness of any treatment.
    If you go the flea collar route, check out Coastal Pet’s SecureAway collar too protect it and add some style.
  • Consult with your veterinarian before deciding on a treatment plan to ensure you’re using the best option for your particular dog’s needs.
  • Keep your property clear of grass clippings, leaves, straw, and other piles of organic matter. The warm, moist, shady environment they create is flea paradise. Try to keep your dog from rolling around in these areas, as well. Fleabites.net also suggests keeping your grass trimmed short, since fleas can hide in tall grass.
  • Check your dog for ticks every day. If you find one, remove it with clean tweezers or a tick remover. Pull it straight out, ensuring the head or other part doesn’t get left behind. Clean the wound with disinfectant and treat with a triple antibiotic ointment.

Flea Treatment Tips for Pets

Once fleas take hold, pack your patience. Treatment may take some time—and a lot of repetition. Follow directions and be vigilant.

  • If your dog or cat gets fleas, flea shampoo and a flea comb can help capture adult fleas. (Be sure to consult with your vet first to make sure you’re choosing an approved shampoo and one that is suitable for your animal’s breed and fur type.) Because younger fleas and eggs may remain, you’ll need to repeat the process multiple times to ensure you are getting the fleas that are earlier in their life cycle when treatment starts and to keep eggs from hatching; a one-time bath is likely not going to be enough to eradicate the issue.
  • At the same time, treat your home. Vacuum high-traffic areas, including furniture and under furniture, every day and the whole house weekly; empty and discard vacuum bags after each use.
  • Wash your pets’ beds weekly until the problem is eliminated.
  • If the situation doesn’t improve, consider a whole-house treatment, such as a fogger, to kill adults as well as eggs and larvae. Make sure to follow all instructions and plan ahead for keeping your family and pets out of the home during treatment.

Protect Your Pet From Fleas In Style

Protect your flea collar while your flea collar protects your pet: Coastal Pet’s SecureAway collar slips over flea collars to protect them from damage and help keep them in place. Plus: with bright collars and fun patterns, SecureAway delivers a more stylish look. Design options include a simple solid black, solid red, blue with multi-colored bones, or pink with paw prints. Extra small, small, medium, and large sizes are available, up to 26 inches.

“Even if you live in an area of the U.S. that may not be known for having large numbers of fleas and ticks, your pet may still benefit from preventive medications,” says PetMD. “Your veterinarian can give you the best advice as to your pet's risk for flea infestation or tick-borne diseases. Prevention is always easier, safer, and less expensive than treating a disease once it's become established in your pet.”

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Time at Global Pet Expo 2019

Sixteen football fields worth of pet products¹ is exciting — and overwhelming.

The best way to navigate the Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest trade show, is to go prepared, so you leave happy. Try these strategies for planning ahead:

5 Tips for Success at the Global Pet Expo
March 20-22, 2019 | Orlando, FL

  1. Know the vendors you need to see
    Review the 2019 Global Pet Expo exhibitor list to see who is attending, their booth number, and location on the expo floor. Use the interactive floor plan to map out your visit so you know exactly where you’re going.
  2. Know what products you’re looking for
    Whether you plan to purchase at the show or simply browse, make a shopping (or window-shopping) list. Start with product categories — toys, harnesses, etc. — and then identify your go-to vendors for those products.
  3. Ask if your sales reps will be attending
    Is there a manufacturer you want to speak with? Contact your sales rep to see if they will be attending and can facilitate that conversation. While other sales representatives will be on site, no one knows you like your rep.
  4. Bring business cards
    If you’re placing orders, expedite the process by bringing business cards with your mailing address. Not only will it save time, it will help guarantee delivery by confirming your shipping and account information.
  5. Know your budget
    Be sure to know your authorized spending limit, which can help prioritize which vendors you visit.

Discover the Latest Trends and Innovations in Pet Products

As you’re making your list, be sure to add Coastal Pet Products, booth #2601 so you can be one of the first to see and order our new products. At the booth, you can:

  • Get a sneak peek at the Inspire® line of collars, leashes, and harnesses — coming June 2019. Inspire products feature a black neoprene backing against bright nylon webbing, providing comfort, durability, and eye-catching style.
    Bonus: Visitors who purchase an Inspire Kit and additional products will receive co-branded Coastal Pet T-shirts for their store associates. Visit the booth for full details.
  • View the latest Bergan® travel products, perfect for everyday (and night) adventures.
  • Discover new looks for popular products, including our Styles collars and leashes, and Lil’ Pals® toys for cats and dogs.
  • Experience an area specifically for cats, featuring new bulk bin containers (some including catnip!).
  • Christmas comes early these days! In fact, you can pre-order the entire calendar of Coastal’s new Celebration collar patterns and embellishments at the show.
    Bonus: Commit to four or more 2020 holidays and the shipping is on us!
  • Meet Coastal Pet Products leadership, including President Kim Stout and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Brown.

Coastal Pet’s knowledgeable sales reps and product experts will be available at the booth throughout Global Pet Expo to answer your questions and discuss what products can help meet your customers’ needs.

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Grooming Tips and Tools for Small-Breed Dogs

From Yorkies to Chihuahuas, small-breed dogs delight us with their petite size, fun personalities, and, of course, adorable looks. But just like these compact canines need smaller harnesses, collars, and coats, it’s also crucial to use grooming tools sized just for them. Brushes and combs designed for larger breeds may scare a smaller dog and will be too cumbersome to maneuver around their little bodies, making the process more stressful for you and your dog.

Here are a few other tips to keep your small dog’s fur in top shape while making the process less stressful for you both.

Top 9 Tips to Keep Your Dog's Fur in Top Shape

  1. Because small dogs are energetic, Animal Planet recommends playing for 15 to 20 minutes before the grooming session to tire them out a bit; alternatively, conduct the grooming session after a day at doggy day care.
  2. If a puppy or small dog is new to grooming, introduce each tool with treats as a reward, recommends The Spruce Pets. Also, for puppies, keep grooming sessions short but frequent.
  3. Brush from the head, moving toward the tail and down the leg.
  4. Always brush in the direction of hair growth. Exception: When it’s time to fluff the fur, for those breeds that require it, comb in the opposite direction.
  5. To detangle, use a comb like the Li’l Pals® Double-Sided Comb. Start with the wider-spaced teeth until the comb runs through smoothly. Then comb small sections of the coat until the fur is tangle free. Finish with the other side of the comb, where teeth are spaced closer together.
  6. De-shedding can enhance your dog’s look and comfort as well as keep fur off your furniture. With the Li’l Pals Shedding Comb, comb starting at the head and working toward the tail. Then, comb behind the ears, at the base of the tail, under the legs, at the nape of the neck, and the abdomen. Repeat the process until all loose hair is removed.
  7. To remove mats, use a special brush like the Li’l Pals Slicker Brush With Coated Tips. Brush one section at a time in long, gentle strokes that continue beyond the ends of the hair. Pay attention to areas where matting typically occurs, such as behind the ears, on the loins, and under the legs.
  8. Keep their coat smooth by using a bristle brush. Begin brushing at the head, working toward the tail and down the legs. Use long, flowing strokes to distribute natural oils from the skin.
  9. When bathing your dog, brush them first, Animal Planet advises, otherwise the fur will tighten up and be hard to brush afterward.

Tools of the Trade

Grooming is an important step in properly caring for your pet, and many dogs enjoy the process. To make it easy on both of you, Coastal Pets’ Li’l Pals line includes brushes and combs designed specifically for smaller breeds. Each comes with an easy-grip handle.

To see these tools in action and see more tips for brushing your smaller dogs, check out our Petite Pet Grooming video series.

Trendy Fashions to Wow at the Dog Park

From New York to Milan, February means Fashion Week. And as supermodels strut the runway dressed in Givenchy and Prada, pups are flaunting their own flair with the latest colors and patterns in neckwear at dog parks across the country.

Whether your dogs fancy themselves fashionistas or just want to keep up with the bulldog down the block, Coastal Pet Products’ latest collars, leashes, and accessories boast trendy looks that can elevate the style cred for canine and human alike.

“For many pet owners, their dogs are a reflection of their own lifestyles, so we draw inspiration for our collars, harnesses, and leashes from the popular elements of everyday life, from interior design to men’s ties to, yes, the fashion catwalk,” says Cathy LeDonne, Product Development Product Manager for Coastal Pet.

Here’s a look at our newest offerings:

Collar Patterns That Spark a Smile

Kmephotomn 2@kmephotomn modeling Resolve

First, we’re giving some of our most popular Styles Adjustable Dog Collars an update. Plaid Bones retains its popular bright blue hue and always-fashionable dog bone pattern, but now boasts the plaid that’s back in style and lighting up Instagram. Our Resolve collar, featuring alternating diagonals of bones, arrows, pawprints, and hearts, has been upgraded with a teal colorway reflecting the latest home décor accents.

Resolve collars are as pleasing to the soul as they are to the eye, with proceeds from the sale of each going to Leader Dogs for the Blind. Coastal Pet has a similar commitment with our Outreach collar, whose proceeds are donated to the Morris Animal Foundation; the perky circles of blue and green in this pattern directly reflect design elements from the Foundation.

Styles collars are smooth and comfortable, with a pattern on both sides. Color-coordinated hardware includes a contoured snap-lock buckle that’s both sleek and easy to use. Ten additional patterns range from fun to flirty to match every dog’s personality.

Comfy, Color-Blocked Collars and Leashes

Inspire Coming Soon

Not into patterns but still want a bit of zip? Coastal Pet’s newest collection, Inspire™, combines comfort and functionality with just the right amount of style. We’re enhancing nylon webbing with a black neoprene backing. The effect of the black against the bright, solid-colored webbing (available in blue, red, pink, purple, teal, and goes-with-anything gray) elevates the look of the collars and leashes while preserving utility. What’s more, the puffy neoprene provides a soft cushion around the dog’s neck and around the user’s wrist and hand.

Inspire collars feature a moving D-ring that allows for freedom of attachment anywhere around the neck. A matching harness includes an additional handle on the back to provide increased control when necessary.

Collar Accessories

Don’t forget the embellishments! Just as a dramatic necklace or the perfect pair of cufflinks can make or break an outfit, accessories help your dog’s personality shine. Our new Accent® lineup starts with a soft-and-sumptuous microfiber collar that is comfortable yet durable. Then, dress it up with a dashing bowtie or sprightly flower in one of five bold colors. Choose from a Red collar with red plaid bowtie, Boho Blue with polka-dot bowtie, Mod Black with leopard-print bowtie, Vintage Yellow with yellow flower, or Posh Pink with pink flower.

Each embellishment has an elastic backing for easy adjustment and removal, so you have freedom to dress up or dress down for every occasion. Rose gold hardware adds an additional level of sophistication to these stylish collars.

Is your dog runway-ready? Browse all of our collar, leash, and accessory designs here.

Kmephotomn 9@kmephotomn modeling an Accent Microfiber Collar