We are committed to enriching the lives of dogs and their people with products that promote activity and interactive play. Chuckit! does not just make toys that dogs love; we create new ways to play. We believe that knowledge and education are an important part of keeping pets happy and healthy for life.
Get a Little H2O
Water: the most common molecule on Earth. It makes up over 80 percent of our bodies, and dogs and cats are no different. Water is something we rarely think about for our pets, but it is one of the most important ways we can keep them healthy. Digestion, body temperature regulation and other internal processes simply can’t happen properly unless your pet is getting proper hydration. Seems elementary, right? Well, keep reading. Read More >
Catching Some ZZZ’s
Your pet’s sleeping patterns and how you can both get some rest. Getting a new pet is a leap of faith, especially for first-time owners. You’ve picked out an adorable puppy, kitten or bird, shopped for the necessary supplies, got him home … and now what? What do you expect? Well, when it comes to sleeping, you can expect a lot. Read More >
The Three Rules to Training
When people tell me they can’t train their out-of-control dog, I tell them to remember three words in this order: Control, Train, Treat. Let’s break this down step by step…Control: It’s very typical for a puppy or any untrained dog to be wild and out of control. It’s frustrating to most people when they’re trying to train them and the dog is running wild all over the place. Read More >
How to Choose the Right Pet Sitter
While we adore our pets and often take them with us on errands and the occasional road trip, sometimes we have to leave our furry friends behind. If you’re a parent, you understand the importance of choosing the right babysitter to care for your children. Well, pets are no different – they need the same supervision, love and care as our children do – especially since our pets cannot communicate their specific needs with us or let us know if they’ve been hurt. Read More >
Tips to Help You Pet Proof Your Backyard
Our furry friends, whether old or young, love the great outdoors. The fresh air and open spaces give them the freedom to be themselves. However, just because our pets are descended from outdoor animals doesn’t mean they are still just as well suited for it. As pet parents, we must take steps to ensure their safety always. Read More >
Types of Service Dogs
We often consider our dogs as another member of our family or our best friends, but to many people with physical or mental disabilities and those who serve in the military or police force they are much more. To these people their dogs serve as a lifeline to safely get through their daily tasks. From helping police track down a lost child to alerting their deaf human of a smoke alarm going off, service dogs can be trained to help their human with a wide variety of different situations. Read More >
The Top Five Reasons For You To Walk Your Dog
Daily walks are the perfect way to get in some exercise while also sharing some quality bonding time with your best friend. While there are many more we could call out, here are our top 5 reasons why you should include at least one walk as a part of your dog’s daily routine. Read More >
Mutts: What’s Not to Love?
We think all dogs are pretty awesome, and if you’re reading this then there’s a good chance you agree. Every dog, no matter what breed, has their own unique personality, and will likely be a great fit for someone out there. Some dog parents like purebreds because you can pick the exact dog you want. Their temperament and behavioral traits, and even their shedding may be more predictable. However, there is a growing trend to adopt or rescue a mutt from a shelter. For many pet families, not knowing exactly what you’re going to get is half the fun, but, it basically comes down to preference. So if you’re looking to add a new pooch to your family soon, here are some of our top reasons to consider a mutt. Read More >
The Dangers of an Overweight or Obese Pet
“He’s just fluffy.” “Aww, look at her cute little belly!” “He’s just getting older.” These are some of the things we say about our pets to make light of the fact that they might be overweight. As pet parents, we must realize that pet obesity is something we need to take seriously as it could lead to many preventable diseases and ailments. Over the last five years, both dog and cat obesity have been on the rise. In the United States, an estimated 55% of our beloved pets are currently classified as overweight. Pet parents should be concerned! Recent data shows that this elevated number of overweight or obese pets led to over $54 million in pet insurance claims. Read More >
Overcoming Obstacles with a Shelter Dog
Adding a new dog to your family is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences that a person can go through, especially when you know you’ve saved a life rescuing him or her from a shelter. When dogs are kept at a shelter for a period of time, or if they had a negative experience with people before they were taken in, it can understandably have an effect on them. They may have developed “shelter shock” (a form of PTSD), they could have separation anxiety, or other obstacles to overcome. It may not be easy, and it may take time, but this should certainly not discourage you from rescuing a shelter pet. Read More >
Why Should You Adopt Or Rescue A Pet?
Adding a four-legged member to your family is a wonderful way to bring home some fun and excitement, introduce responsibility to kids and really make a house feel like a home. If you’re thinking about adding a new furry family member, that’s great! But where do you start? There are plenty of options when it comes to picking out a new pet, but there are several reasons why you should consider adopting a pet from a local shelter or rescue organization. Read More >
How to Crate Train Your Dog
Kennel, carrier, crate. Whatever you call it, it provides key benefits for your dog, from puppyhood through his senior years. Dogs are natural “denning” animals,1 and a kennel creates a special, safe place for them to curl up and rest, providing needed security and stress relief. It’s also a comfortable and safe environment for your pet while traveling – either long distances or quick trips to the vet. Proper crate training leads to more effective behavioral training, housetraining and overall happier pets and pet parents. Read More >
Pump Up Your Pet
There are many obvious benefits to your pet getting proper exercise. It helps your pet maintain proper muscle tone, proper weight, and it improves heart health. Exercise also has other benefits that aren’t tied directly to physical health. Regular exercise can help with your pet’s mood and behavior. It stimulates her mind, which helps her mood and alleviates her tension or anxiety, which can lead to destructive behaviors. In essence, plenty of exercise leads to a happy, healthy pet, which leads to a happy, healthy pet parent. Read More >
Frisbees, Balls and Ropes … Oh, My!
Teaching Your Dog To Play With Toys. Some dogs are just like kids when it comes to their favorite toy. They take it everywhere with them and love it more than anything else. Getting their paws on their special toy is better than any treat could ever be. Other dogs, however, don’t find toys all that interesting. That doesn’t mean that these dogs can’t be taught to be toy aficionados. It just takes a little time and creativity. Read More >
Reeling It In
How To Properly Use Your Retractable Leash. Retractable leashes offer dogs and their owners more freedom than traditional leaders. Dogs can move at their own pace, stop and sniff, run and check something out, or use the bathroom in a bit of privacy. Owners like them because they can walk without having to stop every three minutes while their canine companion stops to smell the roses. Retractable leashes can make walks more enjoyable by allowing the dog and owner to do exactly what they want. They do, however, require a bit more care and proper usage to ensure the safety of you, your pet and others around you. Read More >
Where Did You Go?!
It’s great to know that your pet loves being around you. It’s part of why you adopted him in the first place. Like any relationship, however, there are times when that attachment can go a step too far. When your pet acts out whenever he is left alone, it can damage both your house and your relationship. Here is how you can help your pet become a strong, independent member of your family. Read More >
Keeping Your Dog and Your City Clean. Let’s face it: nobody likes dealing with dog poo. It’s simply … gross. But as a pet parent, it becomes a part of your daily life — when did my pet last go? Does she need to go? And, most importantly, how do I clean this up? New ordinances in most cities mean that picking up after your dog is not only recommended, it’s enforced. Read More >
From Puppy to Senior
Caring for Your Dog Through Every Stage of Life. It’s basically a proven fact: There’s nothing cuter in this world than a puppy. They’re adorable. Floppy. Fuzzy. Warm. And … they’re messy, and a big responsibility. As any seasoned dog owner will tell you, having a 10-week-old puppy is very nearly like having a baby — suddenly you’re waking in the middle of the night for potty breaks, speaking freely about subjects like poop, and fretting over whether your puppy ate that stray red berry on the sidewalk during her walk. Read More >
Dog Grooming 101
How to Groom a Dog to Be Healthy and Happy. Oh, dog grooming. You don’t love doing it. Most dogs sure as heck don’t love getting it done. But, along with proper food and water, proper grooming can ensure your dog stays healthy and never has to bear the shame of being the “smelly kid at the dog park.” Here are some dog grooming tips to help you know the ins and outs of keeping your pup pretty, and sometimes, healthy. Read More >
My Pet Destroyed My Stuff!
Why is your pet being destructive and what can you do about it? Bringing home a new pet is always an exciting time. You introduce him to the family, the house, maybe even his new yard. You show him his bed and his toys. And then, the inevitable happens. Your new pet will destroy something. He will destroy something you probably really like. It is what pets do. Why do pets do this and, more importantly, how can you stop them? Read More >
Do Dinnertime Right
Feeding dogs seems like it would be a simple thing to do, and for the most part, it is. Feeding a dog properly, however, is a bit more complicated. What, when and how to feed a dog are questions every owner must ask. This article will help you sort through all of the opinions and claims and help you keep your pup healthy and happy. Read More >
Dog-Friendliest U.S. Cities
Deciding where you want to live is both exciting and stressful. Factors such as the cost of living and climate, among myriad of other things, determine whether or not you’ll experience the best quality of life. For pet parents in the U.S., the decision revolves around our pets. A pet’s quality of life is just as important as our own. Whether you live in the heat of Texas or the cool shores of Maine, there’s a dog-friendly city ready to welcome your furry best friend with open arms! Read More >
Housebreaking Your Favorite Dog: Step By Step Process…House Training Triangle
Of all the methods there are to housebreak a dog, one of the ways I find most effective is crate training. Many people complain to me about how their dog simply won't learn to go outside. Here's a simple 3 part process I use that can get even the worst dog house trained in 2 weeks or less. I call it the "House Training Triangle." This method is very easy and effective if followed correctly. The reason I like this system is because it teaches the dog to hold it and understand what they're doing right when they do go outside. Many people don't use crates when housebreaking. They just take their dog out every hour which is totally fine if that works for them. Read More >
Choosing the Right Kennel for Your Dog
For dogs, a kennel is much more than four walls and a roof. A kennel can become a cozy home for dogs to call their own, a personal space where they can relax and feel secure. They also serve as effective training tools for puppies and make car and air travel safer. There are a variety of styles to consider when choosing a kennel for your dog. But before you decide between a plastic kennel or wire crate, it’s important to understand some sizing basics. Read More >