Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

As adorable and energetic as Reagan is, recently she seemed to have a ton of health problems. While some we accounted to Reagan growing out of her puppy stage, others we knew we needed to address.

For one … dandruff. Yes, it may seem like a vanity thing (and maybe it is). But who wants a dog with dandruff?

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Then comes the acne. Alright it’s another vanity thing. But dogs with acne? I had never heard of such a thing before we got Reagan. The photo below is from one one of our most popular posts about a DIY toy storage solution. Can you see that acne on her face?

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Oh and then there’s the diarrhea like poop and farting. Lots of farting. No pictures necessary.

All of this was going on for months. And it was driving us crazy. We weren’t sure to what extent all of this was just what happens with dogs and what was serious. But we knew Reagan didn’t seem too happy and we wanted her to look AND feel healthier!  Her energy and playfulness are some of our favorite qualities and we wanted to make sure she was able to enjoy the summer playing outside.

So we decided to take the IAMS™ Challenge. IAMS™ is so confident that you’ll see a Visible Difference in your dog that they’re offering a money back guarantee. Our vet had also recommended transitioning Reagan’s dog food, so it was a no brainer!

Here’s what we did during our IAMS™ Challenge

1 Keep Hydrated

Does this sound familar? Ironically it’s a common beauty tip for humas as well. Well Reagan (just like me) doesn’t always love to drink a lot of water. We were constantly worried that she was dehydrated. Ugh. So we tried to make drinking water as fun as we could. I freezed a couple pieces of dog food in each ice cube tray mold. Once frozen, Reagan couldn’t get enough of them. To my surprise she seemed to think it was the greatest treat EVER. We would give her a couple of these at a time, typically several times a day.

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

The ONLY problem we ran in to is that every time I opened the freezer, she assumed we were getting her treat 🙂 .

Use these tips to get rid if Rusty's acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

2 Change The Food

For the IAMS™ Challenge, we opted for IAMS™ Grain Free Naturals Dry Food with Salmon & Red Lentils. Joe laughed stating that Reagan is probably having better meals than we are. Embarrassing I admitted he was right (#awfulcook).

It was the perfect choice for Reagan. Their dog food includes Omega 6 & 3 fatty acids that keeps Reagan’s skin & coat look healthy (goodbye acne and dandruff). In addition IAMS™ includes a fiber blend in their dog food. Just like humans need fiber, this helped Reagan with all her digestive & tummy problems.

Remember IAMS™ is so confident that you’ll see a Visible Difference in your dog that they’re offering a money back guarantee. For more info on all the IAMS™ products and to get the full scoop on their Visible Difference Guarantee, visit iams.com/visabledifference.

We took 7 days to transition Reagan to her new food. Any quicker might have caused MORE tummy problems, which is the last thing we wanted. We started by mixing 75% of the old food with 25% of the new IAMS™ diet. Then on days 3 & 4, we mixed 50/50 of old diet and new. By day 5 & 6, the mix was 75% of the new IAMS™ with 25% of the old diet. On day 7, Reagan was ready to eat the new IAMS™ diet exclusively.

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Note that we monitored Reagan pretty closely. You’ll want to do the same with your dog and adjust the transition timing as needed.

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

3 Slow Down Eating

Apparently like mother like daughter. Reagan eats her food just as quickly as I do. I’m truly hoping I’m a little neater of an eater than her although Joe often disagrees 🙁 . While there’s tons of doggy gadgets to encourage your dog to eat at a slower pace, you’ve likely got the solution right at home already. Simple put a tennis ball in the middle of dish filled with food. This will force your dog to slow down as they eat AROUND the ball. It even makes meal time more mentally stimulating as they have to move the ball around the dish to get at the food.

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

The Results of the IAMS™ Challenge

At the end of the IAMS™ Challenge we saw a huge difference!  The dandruff was GONE and her coat was super shiny. The acne had literally disappeared. Her tummy seemed to be doing better as she had tons of energy! Scroll down look at some of our adventures with Reagan below. She had a lot more energy and was running around like crazy! Just like we knew she would.

Not only did it make Reagan feel better, but it was great for Joe & I as well. We could finally stop worrying about how Reagan was feeling! She was enjoying the summer and the outdoors iwth one of her favorite activities …. playing frisbee. AND she’s finally able to CATCH the frisbee!

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

The smartest tips to get rid of puppy acne, dandruff and tummy problems!

Take a look at these videos … Reagan is back to her ‘normal’ crazy self. We think she definitely succeeded in the IAMS™ Challenge!  Yet, apparently one thing she didn’t obtain is a sense of coordination. We’re still working on that 🙂 .

And then there’s Regan’s FAVORITE way to exercise outdoors ….

Come join the IAMS™ Challenge to get your dogs outside enjoying the summer!

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As prepared as we were for Reagan, our doberman puppy, there were MANY things we learned along the way. Some things we’re laughing about now and for others the wound is too fresh. Ugh. Yes, we had our to-do lists prepared and purchased all the essentials, but we still learned quite a few lessons along the way. It took a little trial and error, lots of caffeine and quite a bit of humor, but we got through the first month with Reagan and are still alive to tell about it!

Oh how could this cute little face get in to any mischief ???

Need to read later, first 30 days new puppy checklist. Read through.

What we wish we would have known: New Puppy Checklist

Although Apple Spray, that spray that will prevent puppies from chewing on whatever your spray it on, should have been a blessing it was one of Reagan’s favorite treats! She would literally lick it off our furniture (and THEN chew the furniture). FAIL.

There’s SO many puppy products on the market nowadays. Some of them seem just down right silly. I tried the less is more approach at the beginning, but wish I would have bought a couple key items right away. One of those was a dog dish tray to prevent water from spilling all over. Our wood floors started to warp because Reagan thought the water bowl was for playing not drinking 🙂 .

Make sure everyone in your house is consistent with rules and puppy commands. I started going rouge and using the same commands/hand signals that I used with my childhood puppy without confirming with Joe. Sure enough he was using different hand signals.

Reagan wasn’t a fan of getting brushed, although she REALLY needed it! Anytime she saw the brush coming, she would jump up and start trying to play with it. I wish we would have started grooming her when she was sleeping instead of wide awake to get her used to it.

Need to read later, first 30 days new puppy checklist. Read through.

We never really did the math of how much dog food we would go through daily. It seemed like almost every week we would come close to running out of food before buying more! I highly recommend buying several bags of puppy food at a time!

I had NO idea how much energy playing at the dog park would burn! Once Reagan got all her shots (about 3 months), we started taking her to the dog park almost daily and she became a different dog! Running around at a dog park for an hour burned WAY more energy than taking her on 3 or 4 long walks.

Say goodbye to full night sleeps for the first month! If you’re sharing puppy responsibilities with someone else, make sure you come up with a plan of WHO is going to be on nighttime duty each night. It took Joe & I a week or so to get in to the groove of this. Before that we would BOTH wake up in the middle of the night to take Reagan out to go to the bathroom. What were we thinking?

We bought doggy carpet cleaner that also eliminates the scent to prevent dogs from coming back to that same spot. Well, it neither prevented Reagan from peeing in the same spot and or got rid of the stain. We ended up switching back to regular carpet cleaner.

Skip the nice bed and opt for old towels. It may not be as luxurious or comfy as a puppy bed, but you also won’t be wasting money on something that your dog may use as an expensive chew toy! Admittedly Reagan chewed up TWO beds before we switched to the towels.

Need to read later, first 30 days new puppy checklist. Read through.

Research what the diameter of your puppies neck should be BEFORE buying a collar. I just bought a medium size collar for Reagan, but when we first got her it was WAY too big. That meant we had NO collar for her and had to run to the store within the first hour after bringing her home.

We put off brushing Reagan’s teeth because …. well it seemed like a miserable process. I wish we would have started the very first week we brought her home so that she was used to it. Now every time we brush her teeth its a huge production because she has no idea what’s going on!

After weeks of sleepless nights for both Reagan, Joe & I, we got a great tips from my sister. Fill plastic water bottles with hot water and cover with socks. Then place these in her crate next to her when going to bed. It supposedly mimics the feeling of sleeping next to her brothers and sisters. This was LIFE CHANGING for us. Hello sleeping through the night!

Good luck with your new puppy! Any tips you learned along the way?

 

 

 

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In December Joe & I picked up our 7 week old little doberman girl, Reagan, a couple weeks earlier than originally planned. Fortunately we had done a lot of preparation so we were ready for our adorable (and WILD!) bundle of joy! Here’s our top 10 things that we did to prepare for a new puppy!

Before bringing home your new pup, take a look at our list of the top 10 steps to prepare for a new puppy to be as prepared as you can be!Here’s our top 10 tips to prepare for a new puppy! 

1 Location location location | Decide where all the puppy stuff is going to go. For example, where will your puppy sleep? Where will you bath her? Where will you store all the supplies? Where will her food bowls go? We actually tested out a couple of locations for the food bowls to find a spot that would work!

2 Dog sitter | We took a look at our vacation schedule to decide if there were any trips that we could bring Reagan with us as opposed to others where we would need to get a puppy sitter. We found some great folks to watch Reagan on Rover.com.

3 Puppy classes | My dog training classes have young puppy classes as early as 8 weeks. We found that it was well worth the money to get her in to a puppy class right away as opposed to waiting a couple months. This way we’re encouraging the right behaviors from the beginning. I also had NO idea how to train a dog.

Before bringing home your new pup, take a look at our list of the top 10 steps to prepare for a new puppy to be as prepared as you can be!

4 Off limits rooms | You’ll want to decide what rooms, if any, are off limits. We opted to make the bedrooms off limits or now, possibly allowing at a later time. For us it was easier to only give Reagan partial access to the house. We had to get disciplined with keeping the bedroom doors shut at all times as Reagan has a nack for getting in to things that she shouldn’t!

5 Off limits furniture | On a similar note, will any furniture be off limits? We decided that beds were absolutely off limits, but our family room couch was OK. In fact the family couch is the only ON limits piece of furniture that Reagan is allowed on. Admittedly we initially we against letter her up on the couch, but changed our mind a month in 🙂 .

6 Find a vet | We spent some time researching vets near by to find the best option for us. We not only found a vet but also a dog emergency room that was close by our home. Make sure to call your chosen vet is accepting new patients!

Before bringing home your new pup, take a look at our list of the top 10 steps to prepare for a new puppy to be as prepared as you can be!

7 Schedule | Joe & I sat down to create a daily schedule of puppy duty. Remember that your new puppy is going to need pretty much constant attention. We alternated evenings & mornings AND overnight duty. For the first month or so Reagan needed to be taken outside in the middle of the night so one of us would set an alarm to get up.

8 Puppy food | We reached out to our breeder ahead of time to find out what type of puppy food she will be eating when we pick her up. Even if you want to switch food, you’ll need to have some of their current stuff on hand so that you can make that transition smooth and over the course of at least a week or two.

9 Make a list and check it twice | Before we bought ANYTHING, we compiled a list of everything that we thought we needed. Then we showed a couple of our dog owning friends. Sure enough these friends had some great suggestions to both add to and take off our list.  I made my own list of rather surprising puppy supplies that I would have never thought we needed!

10 Shopping | A couple weeks before we brought home Reagan, we did all the shopping at once. This was more efficient, but also helped us not go crazy buying unnecessary puppy items.

Before bringing home your new pup, take a look at our list of the top 10 steps to prepare for a new puppy to be as prepared as you can be!
Before bringing home your new pup, take a look at our list of the top 10 steps to prepare for a new puppy to be as prepared as you can be!

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Before bringing home your new pup, take a look at our list of the top 10 steps to prepare for a new puppy to be as prepared as you can be!
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It’s no mystery that being a mom is a tough job, but I don’t think I ever really appreciated all that they do. It took me getting our new puppy, Reagan, to START to understand what my mom went through raising me. Yes, I realize that raising a dog isn’t the same as raising a child, but if it’s ANYTHING like raising a child, my mom deserves a drink!

Speaking of a drink …. JaM Cellars is a great easy-to-love everyday California wine, because moms know that wine could be needed every day 🙂 . Follow JaM Cellars on Facebook and Instagram for daily wine-spiration, just when you need it the most!

I thought puppies were supposed to be easier than kids! Being a mommy to a puppy has made me drink for ten different reasons.

Here’s my top 10 ways raising a puppy can be like raising a child

Potty training | Now I know it takes longer for kids to become potty trained, but, hey, at least there’s diapers. Before Reagan was pooping outside, she preferred to go on only our expensive rugs. Heaven forbid she poop on the cheap ones I was about to replace. I guess I should appreciate her good taste?

Kids hiding things from the parents | Just like parents of teenagers, nothing gets past puppy parents. No Reagan can’t lie to us directly to our face, but her body language says it all. It’s amazing how she’d inadvertently lead me right to the poop in the corner of the kitchen or the chewed up scrap booking supplies in my closet (I cried for days over that one).

Kids not appreciating all the nice things their mom buys for them | Reagan definitely didn’t appreciate the not one, but two, different beds that we bought her. Or maybe she appreciated them too much, because she likely digested half of them.

I thought puppies were supposed to be easier than kids! Being a mommy to a puppy has made me drink for ten different reasons.

Worrying about the foods you’re feeding your child We had Reagan on a very special and overpriced diet that included cooked rice and pumpkin. It got to the point that I realized I was spending more time making Reagan’s food than Joe’s. Too bad for Joe because EVERYONE in the family then started eating rice for dinner!

If you’re nodding your head right now, you deserve a drink! Grab a glass (or two … no judgement here) of JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay. It lives up to the name!

Kids growing out of their clothes before they even wear them | The picture below was Reagan’s winter coat that she only wore two times before she outgrew it. Why on earth are dog clothes SO expensive? I know what you’re thinking. You’re one of those owners who puts clothes on your dogs. In my defense, dobermans are very sensitive to both hot and cold weather, which brings me to …..

Panicking over the littlest things | Like the time we thought Reagan was drastically dehydrated. We even tried to get her to drink water using an eye dropper. Apparently after a $1,000 trip to the emergency room we found out that she just wasn’t thirsty. Expensive lesson.

I thought puppies were supposed to be easier than kids! Being a mommy to a puppy has made me drink for ten different reasons.

Babies sleeping in the master bedroom | For the first month Reagan’s cage was in our bedroom so that we could watch over her. We even rearranged the lamps in our room to ensure just the right amount of evening light so that she wouldn’t be scared of the dark. Having her in the bedroom also meant that we couldn’t even get up to use the bathroom at night for fear of waking her up. Because waking her meant …..

Crying | I know I know baby crying isn’t like dog wining, but ahhhhh. Puppy wining is pretty awful. We would even put water bottles with hot water inside wrapped in a sock in to her cage at night. It was supposed to mimic the feeling of sleeping next to her brothers and sisters. What did we learn? Apparently she didn’t like sleeping next to her siblings.

Sleepless nights | I would often hear from coworkers about their lack of sleep the previous night because their little one kept them up all night. Let’s just say that my coworkers didn’t seem to have the same sympathy when I would tell them the same story with my puppy.

I thought puppies were supposed to be easier than kids! Being a mommy to a puppy has made me drink for ten different reasons.

This is to all the puppy moms who found themselves with a glass of wine!

And to all the moms of children, YOU definitely deserve a drink 🙂 .

Find Butter Chardonnay in a store near your with the JaMCellars WineFinder. You can find Butter Chardonnay at select stores across the nation including Wholefoods, Bevmo, Total Wine & More, Kroger and HEB. Be sure to check the JaM Cellars WineFinder to find a store nearest you.

I thought puppies were supposed to be easier than kids! Being a mommy to a puppy has made me drink for ten different reasons.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 

I thought puppies were supposed to be easier than kids! Being a mommy to a puppy has made me drink for ten different reasons.

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Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

As many of you know Joe & I got a doberman puppy, Reagan, in December and although we are absolutely in love with her, I’m NOT in love with the mess a puppy can bring to a home. As someone who cleans her baseboards regularly, I’m adjusting to have ‘dog dirt’ (as I call it) in my house at all times. We’re also learning just how much energy puppies have and might be hitting a world record in time spent playing fetch. This all equates to lots and LOTS of toys! Walking in to our family room likely resembles a dog store at times as we toss anything to Reagan to keep her entertained.

toy storageMy dad sent us a huge container of Garretts popcorn for Christmas which brings back awesome memories as I used to live next door to a Garretts store in my Chicago days. You can’t tell from this picture, but our favorite flavor is the cheese! Reagan was trying to chew on the tin as I was taking it out to the garbage (Joe & I devoured it in less than a week), which made me realize that it would be a great toy storage container! Yes, she may like to chew on it, but because it’s metal, she can’t actually destroy it as she has other baskets. With a couple craft supplies and a cute label, this would be a sustainable storage solution for Reagan’s toys.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Supplies for Toy Storage Container:

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Since I do a lot of arts and crafts, I had everything in my craft room (aka – tiny storage closet) minus the labels. Before I even started the project, I cleaned out the container really well. That popcorn smell can linger!

Now the Garretts popcorn tin design, although cute, definitely wasn’t the look I’m going for 🙂 . Enter spray paint. Using painters tape, I taped the top ring of the container to create a nice line where the spray paint would stop. The inside of the container is silver, a color that would go nicely, so I opted NOT to spray the inside.

I laid down a couple broken down cardboard boxes outside our front door to create a space to spray paint the tin. Two light coats were enough to cover it completely. I can’t emphasize LIGHT coats enough. There’s a couple spots that I was a little (a lot) too aggressive with the spray paint. When that happens, the paint clumps up and doesn’t dry flat. I’m obviously still learning the virtue of patience and less is more! I let the tin sit at least 1 hour in between coats. I probably don’t need that much time, but spray painting a second coat on top of wet spray paint can look REALLY bad.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

While I was letting the paint dry (literally), I started on the labels. I use Font Bundles to get these really cute font styles. Personally, I like these better than the standard ones that Microsoft has. I went a little overboard one weekend and relabeled my laundry detergent (and my blog). I opened up a Microsoft word document and typed out the wording I wanted to stick on the tin.

‘Reagan’s Toys’

I then enlarged the words to the biggest font size I could get. Now before you go crazy and make your font a size 500, take a moment to measure your container to ensure that you won’t run out of room with your labels. I should have taken my own advice because I didn’t have enough room for the s on toys, so my container reads “Reagan’s Toy”. Let’s just say that this dog definitely has more than ONE toy!

After printing out the labels, I cut out each of the letters. Since I used a cursive font, most of the letters connected to each other; sometimes I cut them apart (see the R in the photo below) to make it easier to cut out. The nice thing about using clear label paper is that no one will notice if you cut outside the lines.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Once you’ve got all your letters cut out, simply peal off the paper on the back of the label and stick away! I didn’t use a ruler or anything to keep my letters even around the container as the popcorn tin had a ridge on the top that I followed. If it hadn’t I would have likely used a ruler & a couple post-it notes to measure and mark where the labels should go. I like using post-it notes instead of a pencil mark so that I don’t have to try to erase it.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Once you’ve got the labels attached, it’s modge podge time! Modge Podge will act as a great sealer to the spray paint and labels. This is essential as Reagan’s nails would have completely scrapped the labels and paint off. With the modge podge acting as a protective cover, Reagan can attack the tin as much as she wants and nothing gets damaged. It’s been a while since I’ve used modge podge, so there was a moment of panic when I started applying it. It doesn’t look great at first. But DON’T freak out like I did. Remember, it’s a glue. It goes on white, but drys clear.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

From popcorn to puppy toys. Who would have thought??

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!I really liked that I could ‘customize’ this toy storage tin to the color scheme I wanted (white), but also had the cute font on it for a punch of DIY. I can easily tuck this tin away next to our couch. Reagan is slowly learning to accept this storage solution after spending the first two days aggressively barking at the tin.

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Let’s just say that Reagan was not as excited about this new storage solution as I was. Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

Now if I could just teach Reagan to PUT her toys in to the container 🙂 .

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend! Thanks for helping support this site!

 

 

Clean up those puppy (or kids) toys easily with this fun and stylish DIY upcycle toy storage solution by reusing a popcorn tin!

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