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September Is National Service Dog Month + Proper Etiquette

September is National Service Dog Month! Have you seen a service dog team lately? Were you unsure of the proper etiquette? Service dogs provide valuable, sometimes life-saving assistance to their handlers, so “paws” before you’re tempted to interrupt them! Brush up with these helpful tips and reminders from PetMD and Canine Companions for Independence.

1. Always speak to the owner first.
Address the owner first, rather than the dog. Treat him or her with respect and sensitivity, and avoid asking personal questions about the nature of his or her disability.

2. Do not pet or touch the service dog without permission.
Refrain from whistling or making other sounds too. Keep in mind that the dog is working on behalf of the handler; confusing or distracting the dog may prevent it from carrying out commands or devoting its full attention to its handler and surroundings.

3. Don’t be insulted if you cannot pet the service dog.
The handler may choose not to “release” the dog from work mode so that you can pet it. Be sensitive to the fact that the dog is performing critical tasks, and it may not be a good time.

4. Do not feed the service dog.
The service dog is performing an honorable task, but don’t be tempted to intervene with a treat or snack as a reward. Food can distract even the most well-trained dog. In addition, the service dog may be on a particular diet or eating schedule.

5. Keep your dog away from the service dog.
To be on the safe side, keep your dog away from the service dog so that it can work without extra distractions. If you must approach them for some reason, speak to the handler first to make sure it’s okay.

6. Ask before offering help or assistance.
The service dog team is quite capable, but if you think they need help, be sure to ask first. Don’t attempt to grab the leash or harness away from the handler. If the owner rejects an offer of help, respect his or her wishes.

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Product Spotlight: The Gobblers Thanksgiving Dogs Pillow

You celebrate holidays with your pets, so why not decorate with your pets in mind? The Gobblers Decorative Pillow might become your favorite fall accessory with its adorable depiction of friendly dogs in turkey attire.

This indoor/outdoor pillow is weather-, fade-, and mildew-resistant, so you can use it to perk up your entryway chair, living room sofa, or outdoor bench. From an original by artist ©Sherri Buck Baldwin, this accent pillow features canine pals with turkey tail feathers and beaks. The words “gobble gobble” embellish the top of this 18” square pillow.

Click here to shop this cute decorative pillow on the Touch of Class® site.

The Gobblers Thanksgiving Dogs Pillow

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August 15th Is Check the Chip Day

Perhaps just as important as Love Your Pet Day, Check the Chip Day is a reminder to make sure that your pet’s microchip information is up to date.

This pet “holiday” was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). These two organizations encourage you to take time to verify that all of your pet’s microchip details (especially phone number and address) are correct.

You can read more about Check the Chip Day by clicking here.

If you’re interested in learning more about microchipping, the AVMA has an FAQ page here.

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Product Spotlight: His Hers and Pup Dog Leash Wall Hook Rack

Do you find that your entryway area needs an organizer for all members of the family—including the one with four legs? The His Hers and Pup Wall Hook Rack is the delightful answer!

Use the “His” and “Hers” hooks for jackets and scarves, and put the dimensional “tail” to good use by hanging your pet’s dog leash. You’ll always be ready for a quick walk around the block or a leisurely stroll. This hook rack also makes a unique gift for a couple with a furry friend of their own.

Finished in white, the distressed wood wall plaque has cast iron hooks and measures 11”Wx2.5”Dx6.5”H. The back has two keyholes for hanging.

Click here to view and order the His Hers and Pup Dog Leash Wall Hook Rack from Touch of Class®.

His Hers and Pup Dog Leash Wall Hook Rack

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July 15th Is National Pet Fire Safety Day

If you have a plan in place in case of a fire, give yourself a pat on the back—but make sure that plan includes your pet too! Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day, and it’s great time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your pet.

Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross and American Kennel Club.

  • Include your pet in your family plan.
  • When you practice your escape plan, include your pet.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit for your pet.
  • Never leave pets unattended around open flames.
  • Use flameless candles instead of ones lit with real flames.
  • Remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before you leave.
  • Use pet notification clings noting the number of pets in the house.

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Mason Ultimate Personalized Recliner Covers

Are you looking for a unique, customized gift for the pet lover in your life? Consider a personalized recliner cover!

The Mason Ultimate Recliner Cover can be personalized with up to 14 characters, including spaces. The quilted, microfiber faux suede cover is a great way to protect a recliner from a pet; the cover is soil-resistant, snag-resistant, and water-repellent with a polypropylene backing. Just machine wash and line dry the furniture cover when it needs freshening up.

Choose from several solid colors to complement any decor!

The Mason Ultimate Recliner Protector is a Touch of Class® exclusive design, so you won’t find it anywhere else. Click here to view measurement information and to shop this furniture cover.

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Keep Cool! How to Protect Your Pets This Summer

Bring on the summer! What activity does your pet like best? Maybe it’s the simple pleasure of rolling around blissfully in the green grass, leaping into the air to capture a Frisbee in his teeth, or sprinting after a neon yellow tennis ball. Soak up the fun, but keep these summer pet safety tips in mind.

We’re Having a Heat Wave
Though a walk around the neighborhood can be relaxing for you and your pet, common sense dictates that it’s not always a possibility in the summer. Avoid the midday swelter, and opt for early morning or late evening strolls. Shorten your walk when necessary, and keep your pup hydrated. Remember that your pet’s feet aren’t protected by sneakers, so lead him away from scorching pavement that can burn his paw pads. In addition, never leave your pet alone in a parked car, no matter how short the errand.

“Paws” at the Pool
Splashing around poolside or taking a dip in the cool water might be the epitome of summer fun for you, but not necessarily for your pet. When possible, teach your dog to swim and consider outfitting him in a bright life vest. Even if your pet is wearing a life vest, stay vigilant.

Keep your furry pal from drinking chlorinated water, especially large amounts. The AKC recommends that you gently rinse him off after he exits the pool and then dab his ears with a dry towel. Remember that pool-time might be a challenge for puppies, short-legged dogs, arthritic or debilitated pets, and pups with vision loss, so consider spending quality time indoors.

Chemical Reaction
While you’re slathering yourself in sunscreen, keep in mind that the common zinc oxide formulation is only intended for you, the pet parent. PetMD recommends that you protect Fido’s ear tips and nose with a pet-safe sunscreen created specifically for dogs.

Where, Oh Where, Can He Be?
Summer brings with it all sorts of curiosities and even a few scares for your pet. Even calm or well-behaved pets might scamper after a taunting squirrel, or flee after a turbulent bout of thunder or fireworks. Bring your pet indoors before stormy weather or a pyrotechnic display that might cause him discomfort. Make sure his ID tags and microchip information are up-to-date.

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