The Best Dog Subscription Boxes in Canada

The Best Dog Subscription Boxes in Canada

Subscription boxes are becoming a trend in many industries. The pet world has also hopped on board with this trend. Subscription box companies have gained popularity for pet owners. The convenience of someone putting together your pet’s needs and having goods delivered to your door makes shopping easy and efficient. What better gift than surprising your pups monthly with a new gift box! Since the season of gift-giving is right around the corner, we’re taking a look at the best dog subscription boxes in Canada.

 

Woof Pack

Woof Pack is a popular Canadian subscription box for dogs! They offer and deliver a variety of treats, toys, and chews. In their monthly subscription packages, they pack products based on a new theme every month. The box they send contains toys, treats and a chew for your dog to enjoy. They carefully select the products they choose to send out and ensure they are all Canadian-made. In addition to the quality of products, they make sure to test and review every product before it comes to your door. Anything below grade will not make it out! If you think your dog would benefit from a subscription-like this, be sure to check them out!

BullyMake

BullyMake subscription boxes are exclusively made for toy lovers and big chewers in mind. They also customize their packages according to the weight and description of your dog, ensuring each toy is suitable for their size. If your dog likes to chew and gets into trouble chewing furniture and belongings, then maybe investing in a monthly recurring chew toy is best for you and the furniture in the house! Although an American company, BullyMake does ship to Canada but is limited to only sending toys at the moment.

Bark’N Fun

The Bark’N Fun Company is a great local gift and subscription box service for dogs. They provide the best and tastiest quality of treats and gifts. The Bark’N Fun company takes their time selecting and packing each subscription package with care. They will always consider your dog’s health and take any allergies seriously when preparing your box. The best part is that every time you receive a package, a portion of your purchase goes to helping charitable organizations in Canada like canine charities, rescues and shelters. This Christmas, you can make your dog’s wishes come true while also helping dogs in need.

WoofCrate

WoofCrate is another Canadian-owned and operated dog subscription box. They aim to bring delicious Canadian-made goodies and toys directly to your door for your pup to enjoy. Each month your subscription box will contain multiple items. You will always get two toys, treat bags and some delicious freshly baked goods or chews. Your dog will be excited to get their paws on this box! In addition to the excellent quality and service WoofCrate provides, it donates an amount from each purchase to the Edmonton Humane Society. You can’t go wrong supporting this business! It is also open and taking suggestions to help other animal organizations in need.

 

These are four of the best dog subscription boxes in Canada. Many more businesses and companies may offer subscription boxes, so be sure to do your research. There could be local businesses in your town or city that may be setting up a subscription or gift box for the holiday season. It’s always nice to support local businesses, so keep your eyes open. There’s no doubt that subscription and gift boxes are becoming more popular each year. Give your dog a monthly surprise and subscribe to one today! Please let us know your experiences with subscription boxes at Citizen Canine

The Best Dog Subscription Boxes in Canada

Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Halloween is a couple of days away, and we need to talk about Halloween pet safety! This spooky day can be just as fun for our four-legged friends as it is for us if we keep it safe. We know our dogs can be quite the troublemakers, so preparing for Halloween will be beneficial in the long run. Whether you’re hosting a party or just decorating and celebrating your favourite spooky day of the year, we got some tips to make this Halloween a safe success. 

 

Select Costumes Carefully

Costumes are a huge part of Halloween. Getting dressed up and looking silly is fun. Getting our dogs dressed up can equally be entertaining for us; however, keep in mind that not all dogs like to dress up. As cute as they may look in their costumes, these outfits can be uncomfortable to them. Ideally, it’s better not to dress your dog up for Halloween, but if you want a photo for memory and your pet doesn’t mind costumes, only putting on the costume for a short time is recommended. Costumes can be restricting to pets, and the lack of mobility can make them uncomfortable. In addition to the restriction, having an extra layer on them inside the house can get very hot and pull on their fur. If you are dressing your dog up for a short while, be sure to pick a costume that has thin fabric and is big enough to allow your dog to move. 

 

Pet Safe Decorations

Decorating the house for Halloween is a lot of fun. You can really get creative with all the accessories and decorations that are available. As pet owners, we need to be careful with the kinds of decorations we put up in our homes. It’s best to skip out on any embellishments that look like food or that can be choking hazards. Having too many wires and cables can also be a safety hazard. Having a few statement decorations can be enough for the occasion and keep your pet safe from any emergency visits to the vet. 

 

Be Aware of Superstitions 

Since there will be more people outside trick or treating and going to Halloween parties, it’s best that you keep your dog inside and away from the Halloween experiences outdoors. Unfortunately, old superstitions of black pets still exist, and it’s better to be safe than sorry and protect your pup from the outdoors. It’s also essential that you keep updated tags and have your dog microchipped in the occurrence that they run away. Your pet’s safety should always be your top priority, and taking these precautions can give you peace of mind. 

 

Keep Treats out of Reach

Halloween and candy go hand in hand. Although we enjoy the day and all the chocolate and candy it brings, this can be deadly to our dogs. We must keep all candy far from the reach of our dogs. Chocolate and candy can have harmful ingredients in them that dogs can not digest. Ingredients like xylitol can have deadly effects on canines in just a tiny amount. Instead, be sure to have some doggie treats ready for the day so that they can also enjoy a Halloween treat! Be sure to research tasty Halloween treats online or buy some delicious snacks for them at your local pet store. 



Halloween pet safety is important to follow and could make all the difference in having a great and safe Halloween. Follow these tips for Halloween, and you and your dog will have a fang-tastic Halloween! If you’re going out for Halloween, be sure to contact us for your dog walking needs and puppy visits. Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween Safety

Importance of Pet Insurance

Importance of Pet Insurance

September is National Pet Insurance Month. This month we talk all about the importance of pet insurance for our beloved pets. Insurance can be a safety net to provide you with financial assistance. It can be used to help you in a medical emergency or other costs. Insurance is an investment in your pet’s health. It could potentially save you money down the road when your pet ages or if there’s an unexpected accident. In this blog, we hope to teach you a bit about pet insurance. We hope to encourage your research into insurance companies to find out if this is the right for you. 

 

What is Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance is the transfer of risk to a third party in exchange for paying a premium. The premium you pay will determine the kind and amount of coverage you get. Your pet insurance company offers different packages and will cover various pet expenses. Life can be unexpected, and all sorts of things can happen. Even when we are careful and as safe as possible it’s important to be protected. As a pet owner, you must assess possible expenses of potential risks. This will help you consider whether insurance may be worth it in the long run. It may be more beneficial to have pet insurance than possibly surrendering or putting down your pet due to unaffordability. 



What Does Pet Insurance Cover?

Pet insurance can cover any potential expenses. From minor medical expenses to more expensive and serious ones, your pet will be covered. When researching a pet insurance company, be sure to look at the different coverage plans and which may be more suitable for your pet. In general, if you purchase a coverage plan that focuses on covering minor medical expenses, then there may be a higher premium to pay monthly or upfront. More extensive medical expenses may offer a different premium amount that can be paid upfront or in monthly installments depending on the medical package. 

 

Benefits of Pet Insurance

The most significant benefit of pet insurance is knowing your pet is protected and insured against any surprises life has in store. With pet insurance, there is less stress about finances and more time to worry about your sick or hurt pet. Pet insurance can help with medical costs, especially if you have an old and ageing pet with poor health. Without all the money going to medical expenses and medications, you’ll have the money to spend on other things to help your pet live more comfortably and spoil them to the end!

 

How are Costs of Pet Insurance Determined?

Pet insurance can range in price, so be sure to research and compare and contrast the various packages and coverage plans that companies offer. The cost of the premium is usually determined by the type of coverage you are looking for. The species and breed you are covering also determine costs and the age and overall current health of your pet. Typically a mixed breed pet in a healthy weight range can expect lower rates as they may not be at risk of potential genetic issues that are more common in pure breeds. Pets that remain indoors are also more likely to have lower rates as there is less exposure to potential risks at home. Your pet will be assessed depending on the information you provide, so be sure to get multiple quotes to get the best price for your budget.



Pet insurance ultimately provides peace of mind for a pet owner. The importance of pet insurance can range depending on the needs of your pet and your budget. It’s never a bad idea to look into pet insurance and see if it’s something that would benefit you and your pet in the long run. 

One way to ensure your pets stay in good health is to take them on regular walks. Check out our dog walking services for more information. 

 

Importance of Pet Insurance

How to Prepare Your Dog for Your Return to Work

How to Prepare Your Dog for Your Return to Work

This year was a massive change for us. For some of us working from home, our dogs loved having us around every day. They spent this whole year close to you and now probably think things are this way for good. Unfortunately, getting back to the new normal facing us may be a challenge for our dogs too. Separation anxiety and nervousness to be alone can be possible outcomes, so we’re here to tell you how to prepare your dog for your return to work. These 5 steps can help you set your dog up for success in the days to come.

 

Know Your Dog’s Triggers

Be sure to know what encourages your dog. Knowing what can make your dog nervous or react can help you target the behaviour to focus on. If your dog starts barking or whining at the sight of you putting on a jacket or saying goodbye, then you can start adding positive associations with the actions. For example, giving your dog a treat when you leave and come back can help your dog connect the act of going with a positive reward. In time, this will help mitigate the reaction and eventually, your dog will be quietly awaiting your return and their treat! The right method of encouragement and positive reinforcement will have lasting effects on your dog. 

 

Create a Recurring Schedule

Creating a repetitive schedule for your dog can help them prepare for certain things throughout the day. Your dog will grow accustomed to a schedule with set expectations of recurring activities each day. A structure can provide a sense of comfort for your dog, especially when they know when something is expected to occur. For example, walking your dog at a specific time every day can set the expectation for this daily occurrence, teaching your dog not to beg or whine for a walk throughout the day since there is a set time for a walk for them to look forward to. Having a schedule sets your dog up for success in a structured routine.

How to Prepare Your Dog for Your Return to Work

Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing mock departures can help prepare your dog for the final test when you return to the office. The earlier you start practicing, the better. Continuous and consistent training is key in implementing new habits. Start practicing mock departures by leaving for shorter periods. Going to run some errands and coming back can start getting your dog used to being alone for a bit. When you notice an improvement in your dog’s behaviour, you can increase those time intervals to reflect the time you would be away at work. Your dog will soon associate your departure and arrival as part of the new daily routine. 

 

Create a Safe Space for Them

Getting your dog used to leaving the house is just a part of preparing them for your return to work. When you leave your dog, you want to make sure that they have a nice calm oasis to escape to. Whether it’s a crate, a sofa, or a specific room, having a designated space for your dog can help them feel safe and calm. A parent leaving can be a stressful situation, so be sure to create a comfortable space for your dog to calm any nerves. Leaving their favourite toy or a blanket or sweater with your scent can also help your dog ease their nerves as they spend a couple of hours away from you.

 

Exercise Regularly or Keep them Occupied

Training your dog regularly does help fix unwanted behaviours; however, an energetic dog can still get into some trouble. Check out our dog walking services, where we can help you stay on track with regular walks for your pup! For young and active dogs, it’s recommended that you exercise them regularly and play with them to keep them occupied. The physical activity and mental stimulation will spend their energy. As the saying goes, a tired dog is a good dog, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing your dog is napping on the couch rather than looking for trouble while you’re gone.

 

Knowing how to prepare your dog for your return to work will help you make the difficult transition from working from home to going back to the office. These 5 tips can help you create a plan for success and tackle any anxieties your dog may have as you prepare to leave the house for long hours. Practicing and training consistently will surely get you results, and you and your pup can live stress-free and happy lives in the new normal. 

HEAT STROKE IN DOGS: PREVENTING, RECOGNIZING AND TREATING

How to recognize Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke in Dogs

Heat stroke is a medical emergency for both humans and dogs.  While many of us are familiar with it in ourselves, many of us know very little about it in our canine pals.  And unfortunately, it can have very serious consequences for your dog. Heat Stroke is the common name for Hyperthermia.  It is when a dog’s  temperature rises above 103º Fahrenheit.   Because dogs only have a few sweat glands in the pads of their feet, and their primary way of cooling their body is panting, they can over heat faster than we realise.   In this blog, we explore ways to prevent heat stroke, the symptoms to look out for if it does occur, and ways to treat the condition if it is happening. As stated before, heat stroke is a medical emergency, if your dog is suffering from heatstroke, take him to a vet right away. 

 

Prevention of Heat Stroke

The easiest way to prevent heat exhaustion is to keep an eye on your dog and their activity. Keep your home cool, and do not leave your dog in a parked car. On hot summer days, be sure to moderate your dog’s activity levels and their playtime outside. Dogs should not be outside playing for too long or too vigorously. You should also avoid taking walks in the afternoon when the temperature is the highest.  Short playtimes, staying hydrated and appropriate activities and exercise can prevent heat exhaustion in dogs. Maintaining their body temperature within a normal range will ultimately prevent heat exhaustion and stroke.

Note:  even being under a hot hair dryer for a long time can cause hyperthermia.  And brachycephalic breeds (flat faced dogs like: french bulldogs, pugs, boxers, pekingese) are more susceptible to heat stroke because of the structure of their airways. 

Techniques we use at Citizen Canine to keep the pups cool are: no ball playing on hot days, lots of shade breaks, shortened walks, beach trips, lots of water breaks, splashing water on any place that doesn’t have fur (bellies, inside of back legs, feet, jowls and, if tolerated, inside of ‘drop’ ears).

 

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

Some of the early signs of are: excessive panting, excessive drooling, thick and sticky drool, bright red gums,  dry or sticky gums, skin is hot to the touch. As their exposure continues, you can see other signs:  pale or blue gums, stop panting and drooling, rapid heart rate, dilated pupils, muscle tremors, vomiting or diarrhea,  unwilling to move, collapse.   

At Citizen Canine, we are constantly looking in our dogs’ mouths…..what colour are their gums?  Are they drooling?  What does the drool look like?  How much are they panting?  We want to catch any pups struggling with the heat early.  Then we have the ability to treat them without the situation becoming dire.

 

How to recognize Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke in Dogs

Treatment of Heat Stroke 

If you think your dog is suffering from heat stroke, walk them or carry them to a cool shaded area right away. It’s essential to get them out of the heat. If your dog will drink, you can give them cool water.  You can use a cool, damp towel on their exposed skin, i.e.. belly. Lowering the body temperature needs to be done gradually–do not use cold or freezing water. If you’re indoors, you can set a fan to blow over them. You should call your vet immediately, and discuss an appropriate course of treatment for your dog. The prognosis for recovery depends on how high their temperature is, and how long it remains high.  Treatment is critical.  

 

Being familiar with the basics of Heat Stroke in Dogs is essential, especially in the summer when it’s more common. It can be serious and life-threatening if not recognized and treated as soon as possible. Be sure to play smart and play safe this summer and prevent heat stroke from occurring. At Citizen Canine, we believe in the old adage: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and it couldn’t be more relevant than with Heat Stroke.  We are trained and experienced and will always be sure your dog is happy, healthy and in good hands. Check out our dog walking services and find out what makes our walks stand out from the rest!