Old Mother Hubbard Partners with PupStar2

Old Mother Hubbard and PUP STAR: BETTER2GETHER are partnering to celebrate three fun new flavors AND an exciting all-new movie! PUP STAR: BETTER2GETHER continues the story of Tiny, an adorable Yorkie pup who, after winning the ‘Pup Star’ TV singing competition, is suddenly launched into an adventure when she’s replaced by a street Yorkie, Scrappy, and the two swap lives in a dog-filled, fish-out-of-water tale that ultimately demonstrates life truly is ‘better together.’

Air Bud Entertainment, the proud creators of wholesome family entertainment for more than 20 years, including ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Disney Air Buddies,’ created the fun-filled PUP STAR franchise. PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER is filled with incredible singing pups, fantastic new paw-tapping songs, and an action packed heart-warming story that will have audiences of all ages howling for more. PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER debuts on Digital and VOD August 29. You can watch the original Pup Star on Netflix today!

For updates on AirBud Entertainment and PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER join Club AirBud here.

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How to Tell if Your Dog Has Bad Manners (and How to Fix Them!)

Just as humans aren’t born with good manners, neither are dogs. They have to be taught appropriate behavior for various situations (like dinner time, the park, visiting friends, seeing other animals, etc.). While some pet behaviors are tougher to modify than others, with patience, understanding, training and positive feedback, it’s possible to have a very well-mannered dog.

What are Bad Dog Manners?

First, it’s necessary to understand what “bad” dog manners are. Bad manners and bad behavior are pretty similar. Bad manners tend to be those poor behaviors that make other pets and pet owners uncomfortable in social situations such as:

  • Trying to steal food off of the table or the grill
  • Jumping up on people
  • Leaping onto furniture
  • Barking at other dogs in the park
  • Ignoring you when you call or make a command

All of these less than savory pup behaviors can make it uncomfortable for people to visit your home or to welcome you and your dog into theirs. It can also make playtime at the park a stressful experience for you and for other pet owners.

Importantly, not every “bad” manner listed above is a concern for every dog owner. For example, many pet owners allow their dog to lounge on the couch. What rules you enforce are to your discretion as a pet owner. The key sign a dog has manners that need addressing is when you’ve established the rules and your pup still ignores them.

How to Address Bad Dog Manners

When it comes to addressing bad manners, there are several things you can try.

  • The best approach is early training. The earlier you get a dog, the sooner you should establish the house rules. If you aren’t up for training, look for an obedience school that will ensure your pet gets the lessons they need to be the perfect house guests (in your home and elsewhere).
  • If you missed the boat on early training, that’s okay. Keep in mind, though, that punishing your dog for bad behavior isn’t the key. Reward your dog when they happily wag their tail at house guests instead of jumping up on them. This will teach your dog to feel positively about their actions and to prefer it.
  • Try to figure out what’s causing the bad behavior. For example, your dog’s tendency to bark at or jump on strangers could be a sign of anxiety, overstimulation, or hyperactivity. Regardless of the reason, it is possible to address the situation. You might need to slowly introduce your pet to social situations. You might also need to keep your dog on a leash until he learns appropriate behaviors for social situations. Just as with encouraging new good manners, reward your dog when he does the right thing as this will foster future good manners.

As you can see, dogs are like people in more ways than one. When it comes to breaking bad behaviors, here are positive ways to encourage building good manners. At the end of the day, a healthy relationship between you and your dog is all that matters.

Encourage good pet behaviors with treat rewards. Old Mother Hubbard dog food makes a variety of healthy, natural treats perfect for rewarding your pup for using good manners.

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4th of July Pet Safety Tips

4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Hot dogs, watermelon, flag waving, and fireworks. All the things that make July 4th fun for us, makes it not so much fun for our pets – especially the explosion of fireworks.

In fact, according to the pet microchipping company, Home Again, July 4th is the biggest day of the year for lost pets. Imagine, your dog is hanging out in the backyard with you, perfectly happy. But Cousin Joe comes over and leaves the gate open. Before long, someone starts lighting firecrackers. Max panics at the explosions and escapes through the open gate.

Scenarios like this occur around the country every year and few of those dogs make it back to their homes and instead wind up in crowded shelters.

Avoid the heartbreak and stress of a lost pet with these tips.


4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe During July 4th Celebrations

  • An up-to-date ID is always a good idea. If your pooch needs a fresh tag with his current address, you can get those engraved while you wait at most pet stores. If your pet is microchipped and you’re not sure if your address is updated and current, take a few minutes to log in to the microchip database and check.

    Shelters and veterinarians will check lost pets for a microchip. If your dog has one and can be matched with a current address and contact information, that will increase your odds of being reunited.

  • Keep your pet away from Citronella candles, lighter fluid, charcoal, insect repellant and anything else that may seem attractive to your dog. This is especially true if you have a chewer. Any of those items would be dangerous if ingested and could require an emergency vet visit. Nothing puts a damper on fun like emergency trips to the doctor.
  • During fireworks, put Fido in a safe spot inside your home. A favorite crate, a room with the door closed, whatever makes sense for your dog and environment. You might even put on soft music and offer your pet a favorite treat to occupy him. The snap, crackle, boom of fireworks distresses dogs and even the most social pooches don’t want to go to the fireworks display.
  • Don’t let guests feed your dog from their plates. You could have a very sick pooch on your hands if Max eats his weight in hot dogs. If they simply can’t help themselves and want to feed your dog, offer them dog treats. That way, you know what your dog is eating and even if he has too many, he’s not likely to get seriously ill.

    It can take a little planning and management of your pet (and sometimes people) but it’s worth it. What dog safety tips do you have?

 Feeding your pet all-natural treats like those made by Old Mother Hubbard is another way to show your pet your appreciation 365 days a year.

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Genius Pet Products to Get This Summer

Summer is here and while you no doubt show your pet 100% love and appreciation all of the time, why not go the extra mile this year and spoil your pet (and yourself) on one of the latest genius pet products. From safety and security to creature comforts, these gadgets, apps, and pet gear items will make you wonder how you and your pet have lived without them.

Slobbr App 

You like to get out and about and play with your pet and explore new territory, but did you know there’s an app for that? The Slobber app helps you sniff out dog-friendly territory in your neighborhood or on the go when you’re traveling.  The app also tells you when other pups are playing around nearby and they give tips and advice. Get the app; find out where all of the cool dogs are hanging out; follow on Instagram and share pictures of your pup in action.

In case you’re not ready to “fetch the app”, keep in mind that every time you check in with your app, Slobbr donates a half-cup of kibble to a pre-selected rescue or shelter. Drool.

Petcube Technologies

Top-rated Petcube literally does it all. There are multiple Petcube products that give you peace of mind and that can feed, monitor, and play with your pet when you can’t be there.

  • Petcube Camera is the “original, best-selling pet cam”. Just link via your phone app to check in on your pet, take photos and videos on demand, two-way talk to your pet, play with your pets with a certified safe built-in laser toy, get alerts of major events in your home, and more.
  • Petcube Play is the more compact, next generation camera with added features like night vision.
  • Petcube Bites takes the camera to the next level with a built-in treat dispenser that enables you to feed, train, or treat your pet while you’re on the go.

These products are so clever that even Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) couldn’t resist. Watson is quoted on the Petcube webpage as saying, “This is life changing.” We’re pretty sure Crookshanks agrees, too.

Chillz Cooling Pad

Sometimes simple is best. With warmer weather coming, the Chillz Cooling Pad is all you need. Use this portable mat indoors or outdoors or in your pet’s bed for a quick respite from summer’s intense heat.

HALO MINI LED Dog Collar

When summer gets hot, it’s nicer to walk your dog in the evening after the sun goes down, but walking in the dark can be dangerous. The HALO MINI LED Dog Collar is a lightweight and highly visible 360-degree reflective collar that makes your dog super visible.

Litter Robot

Every cat owner loves their cat but hates cleaning the litter box. While it’s not cheap, the automatic, self-cleaning Litter Robot is the real deal and is everything you’ve been dreaming of all of these years. Dirty litter is sifted from clean litter. All you have to do is change the pan when the robot tells you it’s full.

Kyon Sense

Ever wonder what your pet is feeling? With Kyon Sense, wonder no more. This techy collar (and app) available for preorder uses unique algorithms that interpret what your pet’s needs and feelings are.

360-Degree Pet Shower Kit

Though lower-tech than some products, the 360-Degree Pet Shower Kit qualifies as genius. The simple washing system enables you to thoroughly bathe a dog of any size. Multiple pressure settings makes for maximum comfort, which means rinsing away summer sweat doesn’t have to be a pain.

New pet products aren’t the only genius way to celebrate Pet Appreciation Week. Feeding your pet all-natural treats like those made by Old Mother Hubbard is another way to show your pet your appreciation 365 days a year.

 

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In Celebration of Pet Appreciation Week

Hopefully, the ways we show appreciation to our pets are better received than our dogs’ slobbery kisses may be.

It’s a common sentiment to hear a pet parent say something like, “I cuddle my cat until he gets mad at me and runs away.”

Hmmm…

Sometimes there’s a fine line between appreciating and annoying. Not that you NEED a special Pet Appreciation Week to show your pets appreciation, but it is kind of fun to spoil them a little extra.

How can you appreciate YOUR pet and make them feel loved?

Ways to Appreciate Your Pet

Playtime

Ask yourself, what does your pet most enjoy? Many dogs love rides in the car, trips to the dog park, or long walks – maybe all of the above. Carve out time in your schedule to spend time with your dog doing what he or she loves to do.

Cats may enjoy stuffed mice filled with catnip or time chasing a laser pointer. Not sure? Try it and see!

Grooming

In many parts of the country, the weather is warming up. This means both dogs and cats may be shedding more and you can help relieve them of loose fur by brushing them more often. This helps them feel better by thinning a heavy coat – it also helps you keep your house cleaner by corralling the fur in one place rather than coating everything in your home with a layer of pet hair.

Why not book a grooming appointment for your dog? They may not love the actual grooming, but everyone feels better after a good bath.

Nutrition

Pets’ nutritional needs change as they age. If your pet is transitioning to a senior – (which can be as young as 5-6 years old for giant breeds) then it’s worth a discussion with your veterinarian to see whether adding nutritional supplements might be an option.

You’ll want to make sure they’re getting what they need on the inside so they feel great and look great on the outside.

New Treats

old mother hubbard dog biscuits

Sometimes picking up a new bag of an old favorite is all it takes to have your dog barking your praises! Our pantry staple is Old Mother Hubbard Classic Original Assortment oven-baked biscuits.

New Duds

Old mother hubbard dog with harness

Is your pet due for a new collar/leash? Why not celebrate the approach of summer with a summer themed duo? Flowers, lady bugs, or a simple plaid pattern could adorn the neck of your pet and replace the worn set you’ve been meaning to replace.

Photos

dog licking woman's face

If you’re like a lot of pet lovers, you have dozens of pictures of Fido on your iPhone’s camera roll. Why not share your favorites with us by using the hashtag #OldMotherHubbard on Instagram! We regularly re-gram our favorites.

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#SmoochYourPooch Dog Photo Contest Winners!

Although love is always in the air when you have a loving pup, this year, Old Mother Hubbard decided to celebrate the unique bond pet parents have with their pups during the month of February with our 2nd Annual#SmoochYourPooch Dog Photo Contest. We asked Old Mother Hubbard fans to submit photos of their dogs showing affection. We had an overwhelming response to this challenge, with nearly 1,600 entries. It was touching to see so many loving pet parent/dog bond captured on camera. It was very difficult to narrow down the entries as everyone did such an amazing job with their submissions.

After plenty of evaluation, we’re excited to share the grand-prize winner of the Old Mother Hubbard Smooch Your Pooch Dog Photo Contest! This winner will take home a year’s supply of Old Mother Hubbard natural dog treats!

#SmoochYourPooch Grand Prize Winner:

 

 






 

 

 

 

 

“Brotherly Love” – Leslie B.

Second Runner Up:

“Kirby and Bane love each other so much they formed a heart and fell asleep.” – Jennifer K.

Third Runner Up Winner:

“Just want you to know…I love you! Love Seiger” – Aimee D.

#SmoochYourPooch Honorable Mentions:

“Welcome Home Skylar”- Melissa M.

 

“Chocolate smooches … Now free with Old Mother Hubbard Dog Snacks. Unlimited supply of kisses.” – Sue Z.

 

“My love, my heart, my Diego” – Susan S.

 

“Bromance Boys”- Kathryn D.

 

“Morgan and her little sister hanging out” – Brandy W.

 

“Kobi Kisses” – Becki S.

 

“My Dublin was rescued from the NYC ACC about a year ago, soon after my dog Spot passed away.  Dublin is the most loving an affectionate creature ever! He never turns down a chance to give kisses” – Wendy C.

 

“Rescue dog love” – Karen L.

 

“The Best Bridesmaid Ever”- Jacqui W.

 

“I love snuggles!” – Linda F.

 

“Kira Sandwich Double Smooch” – Rachel M.

 

“Kisses from Mom!” – Taylor P.

Our 2nd and 3rd place runners up will each be receiving an Old Mother Hubbard basket filled with treats and vouchers. Honorable mentions will each receive an Old Mother Hubbard Prize Pack!

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our contest. It was fun and inspiring to see the love the we share with our pets firsthand.

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Celebrate International Dog Biscuit Day

In 1907, inventor of margarine and paint remover Carleton Ellis created the now iconic bone shape for early dog treats. Before that, dog treats didn’t have a special shape meant to appeal to humans. They also weren’t as widely available as they are today.

Of course, fast forward 110 years and dog treats come in shapes ranging from paws to cats. Beyond that, they’re filled with antioxidants and other “good for your pup” ingredients to fill a range of nutritional needs.

From our most popular Classic Biscuits in four flavors, Original, Cheddar, Chicken, and Charcoal, our dog biscuits today range widely in texture, shapes, and even purpose.

Combining Dog Treats with Other Benefits

For humans, a piece of cake may feel like a reward but it has no side benefit beyond the present moment.

Certain dog treats do, like our Mini & Training treats. These bite-size nibbles keep your dog engaged and focused on you during training sessions or anytime you want to say “good dog” with a tasty tidbit. As any pet parent knows, training your dog with treats is far easier than training without!

We also like to celebrate your dog’s healthy mouth.

Take our Tarter Control biscuits. Made with cranberry fiber and baking soda, they help keep your pup’s teeth clean between brushing. Cranberries have microbial properties that help to kill bacteria in your pet’s mouth and form a protective shield on your pet’s teeth so they’re protected from tooth decay.

It’s no surprise that we have such a variety of dog biscuits available today. Humans are focused on health and nutrition in their own diets, so it of course, they’re concerned about that of their four-legged family members.

Old Mother Hubbard fan Leia, is a fan of the Classic. “Leia came into our lives as a pup & quickly became the center of attention, as any terrier will have it. She has grown up with the Old Mother Hubbard Classic Original Assortment Oven-Baked Dog Biscuits and can tell the smell of the different flavors. She will sniff & turn her head to the side if that’s not the flavor she wants. Such a little diva!”

This International Dog Biscuit Day, which biscuits will your dog enjoy? Post a picture of your pup on our Facebook page!

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Celebrate National Train Your Dog Month and Enjoy a Better Trained Dog

Think of the best mannered dog you’ve ever met. Got him or her in mind? Good. What stands out to you about that pooch?

Was it the fact that he walked politely on a leash, was well-behaved towards other dogs and children that you could count on him to listen to his guardian when called? When you get down to it, a well-mannered dog is one you can count on for the same behavior every time. They’re an asset to the family.

Yet, even well-trained dogs usually have at least one area they’d benefit from “improving.” What area could your dog improve on?

National Train Your Dog Month is a great time to focus on helping your dog with better obedience.

Dog training

First, You Establish the Ground Rules

Dog trainers will tell you that training starts with you. Consistent (and positive) action reaps the reward of a well-mannered family member. That consistent (and positive) action starts with you and your household members.

Which means, if you want to teach your dog to keep all four paws on the ground, then EVERYONE in the family needs to be on board with that behavior and not encourage Max to jump up to greet them. This may require a family meeting to discuss why you want to keep Max earthbound (he’ll knock over Grandma!) and get agreement.

As dog trainers often say, you’re really training the people.

Once you have agreement from your household members, you can put a box of favorite treats by the door (out of Max’s reach of course.) Then, when you come inside, and all four paws stay on the floor, you can praise and offer a treat.

If you have consistency, it won’t take Max long to get the message of feet on the floor equals a treat.
dog training

 

As dog trainer Heather Skelly of Sweet Paw Dog Training in Wilmington, DE, says, “Praise and reward are effective training tools for dogs. It’s the equivalent to offering a gold star to the child who raises her hand and answers the question in school.”

You may already know your dog wants to make you happy. When you show him HOW, everyone wins.

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National Dog Day!

After all, “Every Dog Will Have His Day” and this year, it’s August 26. National Dog Day is an opportunity to celebrate dogs of all types. Of course, we think every day is an opportunity to celebrate our canine friends so this just makes it extra special.

6 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

Yappy Hour: August 26 is a Friday and a summer Friday afternoon seems perfect for a Yappy Hour either at your home or an area restaurant. If your pooch is the social type, you can invite a couple of dog loving pals to meet you at a nearby pet-friendly patio for appetizers and a drink.

Doggie Massage: Everyone loves a massage. Why not give your dog one. Start around the shoulders and gently massage in circular motions, then move down to the hips. This is especially good if your dog is feeling stiff joints due to arthritis. Like people massage, there is a bit of an art to it and some veterinarians and pet stores offer dog massage training on occasion.

Hike: Find a nearby trail and go for a hike. Your pet will love the opportunity to experience the new scents in the woods. Just be sure to keep Fido leashed so he doesn’t run rampant and check him carefully for ticks afterwards.

Bath: Time –Your dog may not love being bathed, but everyone feels better clean. When was the last time your dog went to the groomer? If it’s been awhile, why not book an appointment? Your dog will feel great when he comes back.

Post a Picture of your Dog on Social Media: You probably don’t need an excuse to do this but share your cute pup photos and add #NationalDogDay so everyone who searches the hashtag can see yours.

Donate to Shelters: Toys, food, money, time, even old towels/blankets can help. Many animal shelters need some or all of these. So, if you have the opportunity, please contact your local shelter and see how you can help.

National Dog Day is a chance to not only shower our own pets with love but also remember those less fortunate who are still waiting in the shelters for their forever homes. You can share their pictures in your social media feeds to encourage adoption.

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DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

How do you celebrate DOGust? That’s right we said “DOGust” not August. The Animal League has deemed the month of August as a universal birthday for shelter dogs. Many dogs end up in the shelter after being brought in as a stray or rescued from unfortunate living conditions and there is no way of knowing their actual date of birth. DOGust is a great way for these dogs to have an official birthday celebration. Anyone can celebrate this holiday and we’re here to give you some ideas on how to celebrate this special day.

Plan a Party for Your Rescue Pup
Do you have a rescue dog of your own? Well, even if you already have a special day that you choose to celebrate his birthday, there is nothing wrong with throwing in an extra celebration on DOGust! After all, shelter dogs deserve to be celebrated EVERYDAY – don’t you agree?

Volunteer at Your Local Animal Shelter
Animal shelters are always in need of extra volunteers and DOGust would be the perfect day for you lend a helping hand. Shelter dogs are so appreciative of even the smallest acts of kindness and displays of affection – what better way to celebrate their special day than by showing up to give them some love and donate your time to the shelter’s needs?

Make a Donation to the Animal League
Organizations like the Animal League do so much to save and protect the lives of homeless animals and they deserve to be shown appreciation for all that they do. These organizations also rely so much on the charitable donations of others in order to continue to thrive and carry out their passion for helping homeless animals. Making a donation to the Animal League is a great way to celebrate DOGust and show your appreciation for the organization that cared enough to create this special holiday.

Donate Supplies to Your Local Shelter
Even the smallest animal shelters go through an overwhelming amount of supplies on a daily basis in order to keep the animals healthy and to provide an environment that they can thrive in. Some shelters even rely solely on donations to keep these supplies in stock. Check the website of your local shelters or give them a call and find out what supplies they are currently in need of and help out in any way that you can. It wouldn’t hurt to throw in some birthday treats for the DOGust celebration!

Adopt a Shelter Dog in DOGust
We can’t think of any better way to celebrate this special holiday – can you? If you have been on the fence for some time thinking about adopting a shelter dog, during DOGust would be the perfect day to do it! Talk about making a dog’s day – celebrating a birthday AND finding a forever home all in one day!

Thank you to the Animal League for making it possible for shelter dogs all around the country to enjoy a special birthday celebration. How are you going to choose to celebrate?

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