Coastal Pet Blog

Auto Safety is not only for Humans -- Pets need Protection, too

Pet Safety, Auto Restraints

Friday, January 13, 2023

When you get in your vehicle, you may not think twice about buckling your seatbelt for safety. Can the same be said when it comes to your pet? According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 70% of people traveling with their dogs are not restraining them. Using a proper restraint for your dog while in the car makes the ride safer for them as well as yourself.

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The Importance of Kitten Collars

Kitten, Collar, Safety

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Collars are commonly seen on dogs of all sizes and even on some cats, but should your kitten wear a collar? The short answer is yes! As tiny as kittens can be, wearing a collar is important for a variety of reasons and it is best to familiarize them with one at an early age.

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Harness vs. Collar, which is best to use when training your dog?

Dog Training, Animal Behavior College

Monday, November 28, 2022

The question of which tools are best to train dogs has been discussed among pet owners and dog trainers for decades. For many years, the standard tools for teaching basic obedience commands (AKA cues) were a six-foot leather or nylon leash and a properly fitting slip collar, more commonly known as a “choke chain.” However, times change, as do preferences and attitudes. Nowadays, many trainers elect not to use a slip collar and instead opt for a body harness or head collar.

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Taking a Look at Dog Training Collars

Dog Training, Training Collars

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

When it comes to training a dog, owners should be aware of their dog’s unique needs as well as their own goals and desires. With multiple training tools available, it can be difficult to understand the benefits of each one and choose a product. We are going to break down the uses and benefits of two training collar options.

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Smart Practices for using Dog Training Dummies

Dog Trainer, Dummy, Water & Woods

Monday, October 31, 2022

Whether you are a hunter training your dog to hunt or an owner who would like your dog to get involved with retrieval competitions, dummies are a tool that can be incorporated during training processes. Coastal Pet Products’ Water & Woods® collection offers a variety of training dummies, scents, and fowl trainers for any retriever training situation.

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The "Whys" Behind the Water & Woods® Collection

Friday, October 7, 2022

While the name of Coastal Pet Products’ Water & Woods® collection may seem self-explanatory, there is so much to know about these products created for those who love the outdoor lifestyle. The items in this collection are perfect for anyone with hunting and retriever dogs, as well as for camouflage enthusiasts. As hunting season approaches, learn about the “whys” behind Water & Woods®.

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Pack these Essentials for your Next Camping Trip

Essentials, List, Outdoors, Camping

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Fall is a fun time to take outdoor adventures with your four-legged friends. From colorful leaves to cooler temperatures, there is something special about this time of year. If you are planning a camping trip and would like to take your pet along, there are some essentials you need to add to your packing list.

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The Importance of Breakaway Buckles on Cat Collars

Breakaway Buckle, Cat Collars, Safety

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Cats are naturally curious creatures. No matter if your cat likes to explore indoors or outdoors, hazards like branches or kitchen hooks can be present. If your cat’s collar gets snagged on such objects, it could lead to entanglement or a choking hazard. To protect the safety of your feline friend, consider a collar with a breakaway buckle.

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Using a Head Halter, Front-Connect Harness or Clicker to Train Your Dog

Animal Behavior College, Dog Training

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

There are numerous ways to train a dog with simple voice commands among the most common. While voice commands are effective, there are several training tools that can help make the process easier. Coastal Pet Products offers a few such products, including a head halter, no-pull chest harness, and a clicker.

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Why Cats Love Corrugated Toys

Turbo, Cat Toys

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Anyone who’s ever owned a cat – or seen a cat-themed YouTube video – knows how much our feline friends love cardboard boxes. But cardboard doesn’t have to be in the shape of a box to get their kitty hearts racing.

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From Pet Store Basement to 400,000-Square-Foot Manufacturing Plant

History, Jim Stout, Coastal Pet

Thursday, July 14, 2022

What do horse feed baskets and dog collars have in common? In the case of Tom Stout, one of the original co-founders of Coastal Pet Products, making horse feed baskets from poly ski rope inspired him to make dog collars from the same type of material – at a time when dog collars were only available in leather, and always had been.

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Is Your Outdoor Cat Safe at Night?

Cats, Safety, Reflective

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

One of the easiest ways to ensure the safety of your indoor/outdoor cats is to make them more visible, particularly to drivers who most likely won’t spot them when it’s dark outside until it’s too late. Cats are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. In other words, cats that have access to the outdoors are most likely to be roaming their neighborhood streets during these two low-light times of day.

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What is Quality Assurance & Why It Means You Never Have to Worry

Testing, Quality

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Merriam-Webster defines quality assurance as “a program for the systematic monitoring and evaluation of the various aspects of a project, service, or facility to ensure that standards of quality are being met.” That’s a whole lot of nice-sounding words but at the end of the day what does Quality Assurance mean for a pet owner wandering through a retail store looking for a new collar and leash set?

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Choosing the Right Dog Collar

Safety Tips, Sizing Guide

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Choosing the right dog collar involves selecting the right kind of collar, the material that’s best for your dog, and the right size. We break down everything you need to know about choosing the right dog collar for your furry best friend.

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Travel Essentials for Your Dog You Don’t Want to Leave Behind

Traveling with Pets, Dogs

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Sometimes a vacation is only as good as your packing list. Forget the bathing suit on a beach vacation and you’ll spend more time at the shopping mall than you like. It’s the same when traveling with your dog. Forget his favorite food and you may find yourself pet food store hopping to find the right brand. Forget her favorite toy and you might have to endure days of whining. Worst of all, forget to bring adequate ID and if your dog bolts at a roadside rest stop, you might never see her again.

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How to Crate Train Your Dog for a Stress-Free Experience

Crate Training, Dog Training, Traveling with Pets

Monday, May 23, 2022

Whether you’re heading out on a road trip or hitting the open skies with your pooch, a little preparation can go a long way. Especially if your dog is going to need to spend any length of time in a travel crate. Ensuring sure your dog is familiar with and comfortable in his crate can help make what might be a scary situation a little easier.

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9 Patterned Dog Collars that Will Have You Ready for Summer

Dogs, Summer

Thursday, April 21, 2022

A dog collar’s primary purpose is to carry your pup’s ID tags so that if he gets lost, whomever finds him can help him get back to you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t – or shouldn’t – have fun with them. Dog collars come in all kinds of styles, colors and patterns, so you can match them to your mood, your dog’s outfit, and even the seasons.

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8 Water Safety Tips for Dogs

Water, Safety

Friday, April 8, 2022

As the temperatures heat up, many dog owners start dreaming about days lounging by the pool, hanging at the beach or jumping in the boat for a lazy afternoon of fishing. With their dog bestie in tow, of course!

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6 Tips for Trimming Your Dog’s Nails at Home

Grooming at Home

Friday, March 25, 2022

Hear your dog’s nails clicking on the kitchen floor? That’s an excellent indication it’s time for a nail trim. Dog’s nails should be clipped every two to six weeks depending on your dog’s breed and lifestyle. Taking your dog to a professional is one way of seeing to your dog’s nail needs. Doing it yourself is another.

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Fleas and Ticks on Dogs: Why Prevention Is Important

Healthy Pets

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Aside from the annoying itchiness they cause, fleas and ticks can carry diseases that are dangerous for dogs. From tapeworms to Lyme Disease, these illnesses are sometimes fatal if left untreated. Prevention is the number one defense against the harmful effects fleas and ticks can have on your dog.

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8 Simple Ways to Spoil Your Pet

Spoil, Dog, Cat, Happy Pets

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Doggy day spas and designer cat collars are not the only path to making your pets feel pampered. Spoiling your furry besties can be simple…..

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The Mental Health Benefits of Having a Pet

Mental Health, Pets

Friday, February 11, 2022

Pet owners and researchers agree, pets provide their owners with several mental health benefits. From alleviating loneliness to reducing feelings of anxiety to boosting feel-good chemicals in the brain, pets help people feel less stressed and lead happier lives.

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What to Do If Your Dog Isn’t Well Socialized

Dogs, Happy Dogs, Socialization

Friday, February 4, 2022

The most confident, easy-going dogs were likely socialized at a young age. Dogs learn how to interpret the world around them between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. This is when they learn that other dogs can be friends and new people aren’t dangerous. But not all dogs are lucky enough to grow up in an environment where positive socialization occurred. For these dogs, new people and other dogs can be scary. Some react fearfully. Others turn their fear into aggression.

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Tips to Help Your Pet Avoid Winter Dehydration

Winter, Healthy Pets

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Ever notice your cat has more dandruff during the winter? Or that your dog is drinking more than usual when the temperatures plummet? Many pet owners may be surprised to learn that dehydration is as much of a risk in the winter as in the summer.

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6 Tips to Keep Your City Dog Happy, Healthy & Safe

Tips, Healthy, Happy, Safety

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

There are more than 76 million companion dogs living in households in the United States. Rural areas tend to have the highest percentages of dog ownership, but there are plenty of dogs living the big city life, as well.

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