Creative Campaigns Help Shelter Dogs Find Forever Homes

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At Clawguard, we're big advocates of "adopt, don't shop." Foster, the inspiration for the very first Clawguard, was adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society in 2000, and we've shared our experiences fostering dogs as well. With so many amazing animals looking for homes, you need only stop by your local animal shelter or rescue to discover a new best friend! That said, shelters continue to be overwhelmed with thousands of homeless pets, and not nearly enough homes to put them all in. With the growth of social media over the last decade, rescue organizations have gotten more creative about showcasing their adoptable animals, resulting in some innovative, hilarious and heartwarming campaigns.

Dog Meets Photobooth Photobooth Dog Portraits Every dog owner knows that it's nearly impossible to capture your pet's personality in just one photo. In an irresistible new campaign to show off the many faces of their adoptable dogs,  The Humane Society of Utah created photobooth-style portraits of their adoptable dogs. The charming images worked wonders-- all the pups featured in the project have now found forever homes.  

Home for Hope While the Ikea showroom is known for it's homey feel, dog lovers know that no house is complete without a dog curled up on the couch next to you. The Singapore-based Home for Hope campaign made use of this idea by creating life size cut-outs of adoptable dogs from local shelters that were displayed throughout an Ikea store. A QR code around the dog's neck let visitors learn more about the real animal, and other pups hoping to find homes.  

Photobombing for Good

Selfies with Shelter Dogs

Who says the rise of the selfie is all bad? One Dallas animal shelter turned the Instagram craze on it's head, photoshopping adoptable dog photobombs into people's Instagram photos in a move they dubbed "muttbombing." Each photo was reposted on DPA's account with a caption written as the dog, encouraging viewers to consider adding a real dog to their life, and their next photo session.  

Swipe Right for (Puppy) Love While it can be tricky to find the perfect human partner online, one NYC animal shelter hopes that Tinder users will take a chance on actual puppy love. Rescue organization Social Tees teamed up with the dating site last year to post profiles of adoptable dogs, and so far more than 1500 matches have been made.  

Every Home Needs a Harvey

Finally, we couldn't resist sharing this video created by British marketing firm Thinkbox. Though the spot was designed to promote TV advertising (just look how effective a commercial "sells" Harvey!), the message about a dog looking for his forever home is still a powerful one. Every shelter is full of Harvey's just waiting to find their forever homes. And while we can't guarantee they'll be able to pick the kids up from school, adopting a dog is sure to improve your life in plenty of other ways!

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Springtime Tips for Dog Owners

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Spring is in the air! And when it comes to our pets, the warmer weather means new opportunities, and sometimes new challenges. From creating a yard that's welcoming to your pet, to dealing with springtime shedding, we've got the best seasonal tips for dog owners.  

1. Spring Training 


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Baseball players don't have to be the only ones getting outside for spring training this time of year! After being cooped up in the house all winter, sunny spring days are the perfect opportunity to help your pet develop good leash manners. Check out these positive leash-training tips from ASPCA in you could use a little training help, too.

2. Dog-proof your Yard

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Your dog will likely be spending more time outdoors over the coming months, and if you're fortunate to have a yard for her to play in, it's important to make sure the space is safe and dog-friendly. Notes from a Dog Walker has a great post with tips on dog-proofing your fence, and don't forget to consider your furry friend when planning your landscaping.

3. Springtime Shedding

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The dreaded shedding season is right around the corner. If your pup is of the double-coated variety, you know that spring means constantly fighting the furballs on the floor, and doubling up on lint rollers before you head off to work in the morning. Regular grooming, baths and good nutrition are your best weapons against shedding anytime of the year, and everyone has their own favorite solution for dealing with dog hair at home. We like this post on Apartment Therapy where readers weighed in with their favorite pet hair solutions.

4. Allergies

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Spring means flowers and trees are in bloom, and just like humans, dogs can be affected be seasonal allergies this time of year. Keep an eye out for symptoms like itching, sneezing, coughing and flaky skin, and check with your vet if you think your dog might be suffering from seasonal allergies. 

5. Protect Your Exterior Doors

Your dog will want to be outside more now that the sun is shining and the grass is green, but eventually she'll want to come inside, too-- and that often means scratching at the door and door frame to get your attention. Even if you already have a one inside,  Clawguard is a great option for protecting your exterior doors as well. You'll feel good knowing your pet can run and play to her hearts content while your back door is protected from scratching and muddy paw prints as well.

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Dogs We Love: Grinning Gluta

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Dogs are naturally pretty happy-go-lucky, so to saw that you've got the happiest dog in the world is quite a statement. One look at Gluta, though, and you've gotta agree, she's one happy pooch.

Gluta was a stray dog rescued in her native Thailand. Her owner discovered troubling symptoms that eventually turned out to be cervical cancer. After surgery and chemotherapy, the lucky pup was eventually deemed cancer-free. From the joyful look that never seems to leave Gluta's face, it's clear she's made a full recovery. These days, Gluta is the star of her own Tumblr where photographer Sorasart Wisetsin documents her adventures. Whether lounging in fields of grass or wearing a variety of items on her head, Gluta brings joy wherever she goes.

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How to Install Your Clawguard

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So you've got yourself a shiny new Clawguard, but aren't sure exactly how to install it? Don't worry-- we've got your covered! Check out our new video walking you through the process of protecting your home's doors and door frames with the help of Clawguard.

Quick tips to keep in mind: - Clawguard works on both interior and exterior doors. Use it on whichever side your pet is most likely to scratch (or better yet, both!). - Clawguard can be trimmed to fit your space. If it's longer or wider than you'd like, simply cut with household scissors to a custom shape. - Easy on, easy off! Just pop Clawguard off your doorknob when you want to remove it for company or cleaning.  

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10 Best Gifts for Your Dog

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Last week we featured 10 of our favorite gifts for dog lovers, but we didn't want to leave out the dogs! Like any other member of the family, our pets deserve to get spoiled just a little during the holidays, too. With that in mind, here are our 10 favorite gifts for your furry best friend.

1. Bonbal Toy

Bonbal dog toy

For the dog who can't decide whether she loves her bone or her ball the best, the Bonbal is both! Made from 100% rubber, this convertible toy is sure to keep your pup entertained. From $7 at Pet Fancy.

2. Elevated Feeding Stand

Elevated Dog bowl

With a sleek look and colorful options, this elevated feeding stand will have your dog eating in style. We like that these rigs keep bowls from sliding all over the floor, spilling food and sloshing water, and are more comfortable for larger breeds to feed from. $68 from Modern Mew.

3. DIY Suitcase Pet Bed

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For those on the crafty end of the spectrum, this DIY dog bed turns a vintage suitcase (cheap and plentiful at thrift stores) into a cute, shabby chic resting place for your furry pal. With a few hours and a few bucks you've got a one-of-a-kind project! Full instructions on Houzz.

4. Puffer Vest Dog Jacket

Dog puffer vest

If the fanciful hoodie above doesn't suite your fancy, this sportier "puffer coat"-style dog vest just might. We especially love the zipper and piping details. Heck, it looks so snuggly we wondered if they make a human version! $55 from Stay Jacket.

5. Floating Toss Toy

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The genius of this toy is that it keeps the dog slobber where it belongs-- on the dog's side! This toss toy has separate grips for you and ol' Slobbery Sam. Plus it floats, so it's perfect for fetch in the lake. $12.95 from Dublin Dog.

6. Slow Feeder

Slow feeder for dogs

Got a pup with energy to burn? This "slow feeder" turns mealtime into a challenging game, keeping Fido entertained and full (eventually!). These sorts of challenge games and feeders are a great solution for dogs who get bored and destructive, or excitable puppies. $30 from PetSwag.

7. Treat of the Month Club

Dog treat of the month

Spoil your dog rotten month after the month with a Treat of the Month subscription. We like the one from CahaBones, which features organic, locally-sourced ingredients baked into treats that'll have your pup howling for more. Starting at $26.25 from CahaBones.

8. Tattoo Love Dog Collar

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Everyone looks tougher with a cool tattoo, even your pup! This fun collar features a traditional nylon collar decorated with cute ribbon, and comes in buckle and Martindale styles. Starting at $21 from The Mod Dog.

9. Murphy Bed for Dogs

Murphy bed for dogs

The idea of a hideaway Murphy Bed for dogs is, frankly, long overdue. We love this as a solution for large breeds and homes with multiple dogs. While the Murphy's Dogs Bed isn't yet available for sale, we're excited that they plan to begin a fundraising Kickstarter soon! Via Murphy''s Paws Designs.

10. Clawguard!

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Clawguard is a great way to protect your pups precious paws from broken nails and other injuries caused by excessive door scratching. Not to mention, Clawguard's protection to your door and door frame are a gift to you!  Consider a Clawguard door protector for the dog or dog owner on your list today!

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