Tag Archives: dogs and cottages

Happy Holidays From Ruckus Dog!

How’s the holiday season treating you so far? Shopping frantically OR are you one of the one’s who’s calm and cool and has that shopping list all planned out?

In case you’re still looking for THE perfect gift, Ruckus D. has some really (p)awesome stuff to tell you about!

What type of F-U-N are YOU? Here’s our FUNATIC ‬belt buckle! (ideal for the too cool for school friend in your life!)

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 1.30.44 PM

Wiggle wag wag wiggle, take a look at these “typedography” leash and collar hangers!

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 1.35.57 PM

We had a BLAST at the One of a Kind show this year in Toronto!

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 1.39.56 PM

Visit us online @ ruckusdog.com!

Yappy Holidays and may your little furry bundles be spoiled with L-O-V-E!

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!


Ruckus Dog At The One Of A Kind Show 2015!


One of a Kind Show 2015 Ruckus Dog

We’re so happy to be at this year’s One of a Kind Show AGAIN! Our retro fab, shabby chicness will be hanging out in booth P10 where we’ll be showcasing our ultra cool breed specific collar & leash hangers, along with a bunch of other really GREAT STUFF!  Keep it local, get a head start on that holiday shopping!

***NEW to the house of awesome!

Ruckus Dog Leash & Collar Hangers

Leash & Collar Hangers – 8″(w) x11″(h) wood – Canadian handmade

Another great addition to our doggie collection of goodies are these belt buckles! Dress up that already happening fashion style of yours with these zinc alloy and resin buckles with antique silver finish.

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 9.46.51 AM

#OOAK2015 happens November 26th – December 6th. Grab your tickets online by clicking HERE! 

Ruckus D. is looking forward to seeing you!

You can always shop right from your sofa by going to ruckusdog.com!

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! 

Woof Wiggle Wiggle Woof!   26331bbfcfb45f106941aef7f5c2eacd

Summertime = Dogtime – Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer!

tumblr_inline_npfi3oTfZe1s70klf_500Keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Things are heating up, and remember that a parked car can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, you’re looking at closer to 120 degrees. Don’t leave your pets inside cars even for just a few minutes, your pet will suffer irreversible organ damage and/or die.

When it comes to exercise, you may want to limit the amount on hot days as well as adjust intensity and duration. Early morning or evening hours are the best times to get out there. Asphalt gets hot and can burn your pet’s paws. Walking on grass is best, if possible, and always remember to carry water with you.

9af57ac19acdd95a3b5f07be45758be5If you’re planning a picnic or play date outdoors with your pet, make sure there are shaded areas with unobstructed air flow – trees and tarps are ideal for this and please make sure your pet is protected from the sun.

Pools are F-U-N but keep pet safety front and centre!

Here are a few things to remember when it comes to pools and your pet:

  • Not all dogs are good swimmers. Some breeds can even drown if left unsupervised around a pool.
  • Teach your dog to swim.
  • Invest in a dog life vest.
  • Take care with older and senior dogs – they are more likely to suffer from arthritis, vision loss, seizures and a host of other health issues that may require special attention around the pool or prohibit them from swimming altogether.
  • Learn dog CPR. Please click HERE for how to give your dog CPR.
  • Consider fencing your pool.


Be safe and ENJOY your summer!

Visit us @ ruckusdog.com

Let’s stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

TOP 5 Reasons Why Dogs Are Good For Your Health!

59b3bdce316193464da732e13cd9be67Owning a pet can be a life changer. The relationship that develops between a dog and its owner grows and develops as years go by. We can learn a lot from dogs such as loyalty, friendship and how to take care  of ourselves and others. Just like humans, dogs feel emotion. Their loyalty, intelligence, devotion and affection are incredibly rewarding and for dog owners, nothing could be more enjoyable than a long walk in fresh air with our pets or relaxing at home in each other’s company.

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 4.58.45 PMOwning a dog can be great for your health. Here are 5 reasons why:

  • You spend more time outdoors. This forces most us to get away from our devices, computers and TVs and get outside enjoying long walks and runs with our furry pals.
  • You become more social. If you’re feeling a little isolated, getting out talking and meeting other dog owners is a rewarding and refreshing experience.
  • Learn to relax. If yoga or meditation isn’t exactly your thing, being with your dog during downtime can relax the noggin’ and stimulate calmness.
  • Practice patience. If patience isn’t your forte, playing with your dog or teaching them tricks is a lesson in patience. Try it, the rewards are endless.
  • Become physically fit. If the gym or busy fitness outlets turn you completely off, running or taking brisk walks with your dog can get you (and fido) into shape in no time!

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 4.59.16 PMIt’s spring! Get outside and enjoy that springtime air!

For more on Ruckus Dog, please visit our website @ ruckusdog.com

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. 

Keep Your Furry Friends Happy. Pet Trends For 2015.

Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 3.07.54 PMTrends. Whether you follow them or not, they come and they go. We often don’t know what to make of them. Should we follow? Pay attention? Trends can be fun to test and try out as ridiculous as some may seem.

What’s on the plate for 2015 as far as pets go?

Here’s what we’ve come across recently, in case you were curious!

Dog Resorts. These locales are created specifically for pet owners who need a place to send their furry friends during the day while at work, or overnight while at play. These places offer new takes on kennel care and offer a more luxurious, sociable experience for pets. Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 3.07.33 PM

Natural High End Pet Foods. Many new trendy boutique style pet shops are carrying high-end, all natural food products such as baked treats and canned wet food. These items have little to no preservatives and aren’t necessarily lackluster or bland either. The ingredients and formulas have been perfected compared to some of the offerings of the past. If you’re a health nut, following the same nutritional path for your furry friends is definitely the way to go.

Natural Holistic Grooming Products. Now it may seem a bit ridiculous however holistic grooming products are coming up the ranks such as blueberry dog facials and anti-itch oatmeal based sprays. Again, if you see a product you wouldn’t dare try on your own person, apply that same thinking when it comes to your precious pets.

Upscale Spa Services. Ever thought about taking your pet to a dog spa? How about a massage? They are out there!

Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 3.09.01 PMSelf-Serve Dog Wash. Self-serve dog washes are hugely popular. Just imagine not turning your bathroom into a disaster zone each time you have to wash your pooch!

Not all of these trends may appeal to everyone but they sure can be fun!

Wags and wiggles all around, happy 2015!

Check out our website @ ruckusdog.com

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram! 




Prepping Your Dog For Winter Weather And Keeping Them Safe.

6ab732b9b2a95f9de3d7de4d8c973f5bWinter can be a challenging time not just for pet owners but pets themselves. As the colder weather begins to settle in, we really need to be aware of how our pets are fairing outside when colder and often wetter temperatures begin to happen.

When it comes to our pets’ plush fur coats, we have to remember that as gorgeous as they may be, they aren’t the greatest when insulation comes into play and weather extremes can really take a toll. Wetness causes depleted insulation ability and nose, toes and ears can be very vulnerable in chilly temps.

In winter, dogs need a lot of protection from extreme temperatures and one key thing to note is if it’s too cold for you, it’s definitely too cold for your dog! Clothes and coats are absolutely essential keeping in mind that purchasing from reputable companies who ‘know’ the essentials of what actually protects from the cold would be best.

Something else to keep in mind is your pup’s pads. Salted sidewalks can really play a number so protective booties and socks wouldn’t be a bad thing to try out. It may take a bit of work to get them used to having something on but the benefits once they’ve become used to it are endless.

Walking your dog during darker days takes a bit of extra care, especially when your pet will be a little harder to see. Reflective collars, tags and leashes embedded with LED lights are great things to incorporate within your pet’s wardrobe.

e357a3d395e0211587e687d71fc22af1If you own a dog that LOVES being outdoors and actually enjoys colder temps, having plenty of food and unfrozen water are essential. There are actual inexpensive warmers in the market that keep water from freezing.

Many dogs aren’t too crazy about pottying outdoors. How can this process be made easier and more comfortable? Here are few ways to do just that:

  • Shovel a small area in the yard that’s clear of snow.
  • Wear booties to avoid freezing and burning paws.
  • Stay close to your pets when they’re outdoors so that you can let them indoors right away once they’re done.
  • For more mature senior dogs, creating an indoor area may be necessary for the sake of comfort.

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 12.34.24 PMIf your pet has been outdoors for too long and there’s a hypothermia concern, here are a few signs and symptoms:

  • violent shaking
  • muscle stiffness
  • a weak pulse
  • a lack of appetite
  • problems breathing

If any of these signs are visible, place your pet in a warm blanket or coat, bring them to a warm area and call your vet immediately.

For frostbite, look out for the following:

  • skin colour changes (grey/pale at first then turning to red)
  • painful ears, paws and tail when touched
  • shriveled skin and/or skin that doesn’t warm and stays cold.

If any of these signs occur, apply warm water to the affected areas. As tempting as it may be, do not use blow dryers or heating pads to expedite the heating process. Call your vet immediately.

Big warning: beware of antifreeze! If there is leakage anywhere, some pets will lap it up. It’s toxic and it doesn’t necessarily take lapping it up to cause serious harm. The slightest bit can make your animal very sick. If your dog has come into contact and has ingested it, immediate attention is essential. 35fea231ace311b5916cbfe4555e72f3

Have an excellent few months and remember that winter can be SO MUCH FUN for both you and your pets! Enjoy!

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram!

You can visit our website at ruckusdog.com

Planning Any Road Trips With Your Dogs? Get Their Papers In Order!

1dognewTraveling with your pets can be so much FUN and a really great experience for the entire family. Along with all the ‘special’ things that have to be prepped for your road trips, if you’re planning on crossing the border into the U.S., make sure to have not only your passports in hand but a rabies certificate as well.

Each year, thousands of Canadians head south each fall pets in hand. At border crossings into the United States (keep in mind this applies for quick afternoon jaunts and weekend getaways) you will be asked for an up-to-date rabies vaccination certificate. Customs and Border Protection ask that vaccination papers be signed by a licensed veterinarian AND must show that your dog has been vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry in the U.S.

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 12.28.17 PMThere are also breed restrictions in certain states so even though your customs officer may allow entry into the country, be aware and check prior to your trip that the state you’re heading to allows your dog breed. States such as Ohio, Texas and Utah have adopted statewide breed-restriction legislation. For instance, a pit bull could be allowed in one area of a state but not the other. Check online for more information. Websites such as dogster.com list breeds that could be affected so be sure to do your homework before you hit the road.

Also, when returning back to Canada, did you know that you’re only allowed up to 20 kilograms of dog food? Loading up on cheaper American brands in the hopes of bringing back a stash will only be taken away.

Bottom line, make sure you’re 100% prepared and informed before you take that road trip!

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 12.29.22 PM

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest!

Please visit our website @ ruckusdog.com for more.

Water Can Be Dangerous Even For Your Pets.


Pets LOVE water, well most do anyhow. Some choose to avoid it at all cost but for those who love hot summer days in water, they drink it, play in it, swim in it and would probably live in it if they could. While water is a life source, it can also be quite deadly for dogs if ingested in large quantities. Beware of water intoxication.

1dogSo how does it happen exactly and how can we tell when something just isn’t right? When your dog swims around they ingest water. Drinking too much causes electrolyte levels to drop and blood plasma to thin which ultimately leads to the swelling of the brain and other organs. Most people are completely unaware of it.

If your dog has been in the water and they show the following symptoms, PLEASE seek treatment from your veterinarian as soon as possible!

 Symptoms include:
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Dilated pupils
  • Light gum color
  • Excessive salivation
  • Lack of coordination
  • Glazed or glossy eyes

Advanced symptoms include:

  • Collapsing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

1dog3The most important thing is to be aware and be careful. One way to avoid intoxication is to take regular breaks and try to avoid letting your dogs dive for objects under the water. Remember that swimming is great exercise for your pooch, but always in moderation!

Be aware, enjoy the water and stay safe this summer!

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest!

You can also visit our website at ruckusdog.com

5 Tips To Keep In Mind When Having Summer Fun With Your Pets.


1dog1If you’re a pet owner, summer with your pets can be so much fun with trips to the cottage, weekend morning walks to the local coffee shop and longer playtime outdoors. There is nothing more fulfilling than savouring these relaxing moments with family, friends and our animal companions.

Remember though that a few extra precautions should be considered when heading out of the city, especially into more rural areas where the drive may take up more time.

Consider the length of the trip. We know that summer days can be HOT so controlling the temperature inside your vehicle is key and remember to never leave your pet inside.

Although dogs often LOVE to hang their heads out the window and feel the wind flapping their mouths and ears, be aware that sudden stops can lead to injury. Also, remember to take regular stops and breaks to stretch, to rehydrate your pets and to stretch muscles.

Here are 5 tips on summer safety for pets that you may want to consider:

1 – Keep your pet on a leash when walking through wilderness. Surrounding stimuli could possibly have your pet bolt out of knowhere and you never know what dangers may lie ahead. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2- Gear up! Safety vests and car harnesses aren’t only for people and are always great things to have around especially if canoeing with your dog is part of your summer cottage activity.

3 – Plan ahead especially if you’re visiting an area for the first time. Make sure you pack a little kit with basic supplies such as bandages and tweezers. Also, having your vet’s phone # and insurance information is never a bad idea in case of an emergency.

4 – Stick to habits and try not to break any patterns. If walking your pet first thing in the morning and after dinner is what they’re used to, then continue on. Sticking to routines and patterns helps create a more calm/comfortable environment especially if the surroundings are new.

5 – Remember that not all pets are the same. Some pets may simply sink into a new environment seamlessly however not all pets are built the same. Others may panic especially if you’ve entered a campsite with other people and pets around. This may seem a little silly but if you’re planning to hit a campsite during the summer, do a test run before you invest time and energy only to find out it wasn’t the best idea after all. Pick a night and pitch a tent in your backyard. A ‘sleep outside’ night will give you an idea on how comfortable your pets are with the outdoors during night time hours.  1dog5

Summer’s here, let’s ALL enjoy it and have FUN!

Stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest!

To see some really COOL dog type stuff, please visit our website @ ruckusdog.com.