How do I register my rescue on the Chuck & Don's website?


Question

I would like to register my rescue so we may have adoption days events with you. The store manager directed me to the website but I don’t see where I can register. Can you help?

Thank you!
Shannon

Answer

Hello Shannon,

Here is the link to fill everything out online; https://chuckanddons.com/host/

Thank you for your time. Please let me know if there is anything else we can help with!

“The Chuck”

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Does Chuck & Don's carry bone meal supplements?


Question

Wondering if you have a bone meal supplement in stores? We make our dogs food, due to allergies, and the vet recommended a bone meal supplement to help with calcium.
Sara

Answer

Hello Sara,

Thank you for inquiring about supplements within our stores.

Without knowing all of your dog’s vital statistics and what exact ingredients you are using, it’s difficult to make a specific recommendation on a product. We have several supplements that may work for you and can certainly order others for you if you know which you’d prefer.

  • The Honest Kitchen’s Pro Bloom (dehydrated goats milk) is 1.2% calcium.
  • The Honest Kitchen’s Bone Broth is .23%
  • Solid Gold’s Sea Meal is approximately .03 g/tsp
  • Steve’s Real Food has a line of freeze dried raw goats milk:
    Cannagurt is .47%
    Carnaforage is .82%
    Dog Nog is .47%
  • Steve’s Real Food also has a raw frozen goats milk yogurt that is 1.08%

If you prefer to go with a calcium powder or meal, consider looking at plant-based calcium or egg shells rather than actual bone as it tends to be more easily digestible. There are a few kelp- or seaweed-based calcium supplements on the market today that fare well when compared to some of the bone meals that don’t identify their animal sources or simply add calcium to their bone meal to ensure their guaranteed analysis.

If they wouldn’t be an issue for the allergies you are dealing with, also consider adding whole egg or egg shells rather than a supplement. Their calcium to phosphorus ratio is about as perfect as you can get. A 20-30 pound dog would get about one egg per day if that were their only calcium source.

Stop into any of your local Chuck & Don’s to speak to any sales associate for more help!

Have a great day!

“The Chuck”

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Dog Play and Color Changing Eyes


Question

My granddaughter has a husky pit mix. He has light blue eyes, but the other day, they were playing and his eyes turned red. Not the whites, but the color went from blue to red. We they were done playing his eyes went back to blue.Is this something to be concerned about. I’ve never heard of a dogs eyes turning red except for the white area. He has also been wanting to fight our older smaller dog. The husky pit is only about a year old.
Linda

Answer

Hello Linda,

At the back of the eye, there is a layer of reflective pigment called the choroid layer. This mirror-like layer reflects available light and allows dogs to see well even in very dim light. In an eye with normal pigmentation the eye reflects a silvery greenish color in bright light. In eyes lacking pigment the eye reflection is red. Pupils dilate when dogs are excited, exposing more of the choroid layer and allowing for greater reflection. You don’t need a camera flash to see this – any light at the correct angle can make the dog’s eyes appear bright green or red!

As for the attitude, know that bully breeds have a different play style than most other dogs. When other dogs will make brief, jerky movements and have pauses in play to “check in” with their playmate and make sure everyone is still okay with the play behavior, many bully breeds don’t do this. Their play is constant and can come across as aggressive to dogs who aren’t used to it. When he’s getting excited and playing without pause, your older dog may be sending signals that the puppy isn’t picking up on or is reading incorrectly and reacting to. As a large dog is growing, they take time to realize how large they are in comparison to other dogs. As a puppy, it’s entirely possible that he has no idea how big he is or that he’s coming across badly. If you’re going to let them play, do so with supervision and distract them every few seconds to create the “break” in play that your senior dog needs.

Best of luck!

“The Chuck”

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Potty training an already trained and small dog


Question

My neighbor has a maltise dog that is not quite house broken and has problems. They think he’s about 2 years old now and the family needs help. What’s your advice? They have trained him but it’s not working for some reason. What’s wrong in this picture?
Yosef

Answer

Hi, Yosef!

Without knowing what your neighbors have done, it’s difficult to give specific advice. Most of the time, dogs that are difficult to potty train are lacking communication with their guardians. How do they “tell” us they need to go outside, and are we “listening?” Is this a dog who regularly sniffs and circles, whines or scratches at the door and is let out quickly after doing so? Or is this a dog who quietly wanders to the back door, waits five minutes in silence, gives up when no human appears and then tinkles in the dining room? Learning what signals the dogs gives that he needs to go to the bathroom and then helping the dog connect that behavior with heading outside and getting praise and possibly treats to reinforce that pottying outside is a wonderful thing and doing so with the utmost consistency is the key.

Tiny dogs are more difficult to train as they potty so quickly that it’s difficult to catch them in the act and take them outside to finish. Many small dogs have a difficult time staying out long enough and relaxing enough to empty their bladder when it’s super cold as well. If they are unable to keep an eye on the little guy when he’s inside they could consider crate training him – going all the way back to the beginning of crate and potty training to help them reinforce positive behavior.

For marking behavior, using a Simple Solutions Pee Post outside and having the dog wear a belly band inside can work wonders. Additionally, a neutered male tends not to mark as much as an intact male. Keep in mind that there are numerous health concerns that can cause incontinence and encourage a visit to the vet to discuss these.

We wish the best of luck to your neighbors! Let them know their local Chuck & Don’s has several potty training and cleaning tools (Nature’s Miracle and Skout’s Honor!) as well as advice to help them out. Thank you!

“The Chuck”

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My dog keeps itching, why?


Question

I am looking for a food for a recently adopted one year old Brittany. She is suffering from severe itching and vet has been unable to find cause. We are feeding her taste if the wild salmon based currently. Any suggestions
Charles

Answer

Hello Charles,

 

Thank you for contacting me regarding the issue you are experiencing with your dog.

 

I would suggest that you discuss your pet’s issues with your vet. I am not a vet but it does sound like it could be an allergy.  Sometimes the allergy could be the protein source of the food, other times it could be the treats.

 

An easy way to find out if your dog’s itching is related to an allergy is to change her food to a different protein source. So right now she’s eating salmon, I would recommend trying the boar or lamb. You can also consider a limited-ingredient diet for her.

 

Another option would be to change them to a raw diet. It’s a great way to get your dog the nutrients and moisture they need and it offers some alternative protein sources like rabbit or pheasant which can be harder to find in a kibble.

 

If you do choose to switch foods, I recommend you do it slowly over a two-week period of time, so start by adding 5% of the new food in with their old kibble for the first day or two and then up it to 10% and so on until the dog is 100% onto the new food. While you should see results in as little as two weeks, there could still be flair ups for the first three months.

 

When determining what is causing the itching, be sure to take away all treats and chews except for ones that have the same ingredients as the food. I would recommend using their dog food kibble as a treat. You could even give her pieces of apple, bananas or blueberries. Also, if you choose to not take treats away, keep in mind that even though the food is grain free, the treats or people food she receives may have grains. Grains are a culprit for itching. Make sure anything she receives is grain free.

 

If you stop into the nearest Chuck & Don’s store, a Team Member would be happy to help you choose a new food for your dog.

 

“The Chuck”

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Does Chuck & Don's sell skijoring gear?


Question

Do you sell skijoring harnesses for dogs, belts for the people, and the bungee type leash (within the rule requirements length) required for your Feb 2017 skijoring event in Minneapolis? If not in stock, how long to order and price? If no, where is the best place to buy this? I would rather support a local business than a big online store if I can. : )
Anja

Answer

Hi Anja,

Thanks for reaching out and for your interest in skijoring!

 

We do have some Skijoring harnesses we can order for you from the store. Here is the information on them below along with prices.

Thanks and good luck at the event!

 

Ultra Paws:

784079001891 Regular Each Ultra Paws Two Dog Tow Line, 8 feet $34.99
784079001907 Regular Each Ultra Paws Double Neck Line $12.99
           
784079001877 Regular Each Ultra Paws Tow Line, 10 feet $24.99
784079001860 Regular Each Ultra Paws Tow Line, 8 feet $21.99
784079003680 Regular Each Ultra Paws Tow Line, 5 feet $18.99
           
784079001846 Regular Each Ultra Paws Skijor Belt, XLarge $74.99
784079001839 Regular Each Ultra Paws Skijor Belt, Large $74.99
784079001822 Regular Each Ultra Paws Skijor Belt, Medium $74.99
784079001815 Regular Each Ultra Paws Skijor Belt, Small $74.99
784079001808 Regular Each Ultra Paws Skijor Belt, XSmall $74.99
           
784079001853 Regular Each Ultra Paws Skijor Package $129.99
           
784079002133 Regular Each Ultra Paws One Harness, Huge $31.99
784079002126 Regular Each Ultra Paws One Harness, Large $29.99
784079002119 Regular Each Ultra Paws One Harness, Small $27.99

 

The Skijor package is an 8 foot tow line, a large harness and a medium hip belt.

 

Ruff Wear:

 

Code Color Size UPC MSRP
Omnijore™ Joring System        
30401-615S Red Currant Small 748960963767 $175.99
30401-615M Red Currant Medium 748960073299 $175.99
30401-615LL1 Red Currant Large/X-Large 748960940027 $175.99
Omnijore™ Hipbelt        
30401HB-615 Red Currant   748960877057 $69.99
Omnijore ™ Towline        
30401TL-035 Granite Gray   748960153786 $49.99
Omnijore ™ Harness        
30401H-615S Red Currant Small 748960949457 $74.99
30401H-615M Red Currant Medium 748960286361 $74.99
30401H-615LL1 Red Currant Large/X-Large 748960993795 $74.99