Ibiyaya Autumn Safety Equipment

The summer heat is slowly fading into beautiful, crisp fall weather. Now is the perfect time to head outside when the warm, humid days are behind you and cold winter nights haven’t quite arrived. Autumn is the perfect season to be outdoors with your family and pets.

Take a walk in the woods
Take a walk in the woods

But autumn comes with some unique safety hazards. Between the shorter daylight hours, falling leaves, rain, and fog, you need to be prepared before heading outside. Here are just a few safety tips for you and your pet:

Prepare for Shorter Days

Along with the cooler weather comes shorter days during the fall. When you’re used to long summer nights, it’s easy to be surprised by how quickly it gets dark. You don’t want to be out on an after-dinner walk and get caught in the dark without any safety equipment. If you’re headed out with your pup, we recommend using the Ibiyaya Bicycle Pet Trailer/Stroller (FS980). This stroller is easy to push or attach to your bike, and it has reflective strips and plates so drivers and other bikers and joggers can see you and your pup.

Ibiyaya Bicycle Pet Stroller (FS980)has round reflective plate and stripes.
Ibiyaya Bicycle Pet Stroller (FS980)has round reflective plate and stripes.

You also should attach a light to your bike and wear a reflective vest, or at least light colors. Be sure to put a light on your dog’s collar so that he or she can be seen if he or she happens to get away from you. It’s also a good idea to carry a flashlight and a first aid kit. These can be easily stored in the large pocket at the back or storage basket of the stroller.

Useful tools
Useful tools

Be Ready for Stormy Weather

Depending on where you live, fall can often bring chilly and stormy weather. Just like when you’re headed out at night, you need to be prepared with the right equipment. Before heading out on a walk, jog, or bike ride, be sure to pack an umbrella, rain jacket, and flashlight. Wear tennis shoes with good traction so you don’t slip, and bring a long-sleeved shirt in case it gets cold.

For your pup, make sure you can keep him or her warm and dry. While the stroller/trailer mentioned above is still a great option, you might want to consider the Ibiyaya Turbo Pet Jogger (FS801)when going for a run. Its rear wheel brakes and 360 degree swivel front wheels are easy to maneuver and have enough traction that you don’t have to worry about it sliding on wet cement or grass. It also has a roomy interior, so your pup can go inside and stay warm and dry. This pet jogger also has a one-click button folding mechanism, so you can quickly get it packed in the car without getting wet during a storm.

Turbo Pet Jogger with air filled tires and reflective stripes.
Turbo Pet Jogger with air filled tires and reflective stripes.

If you and your pup aren’t outdoorsy but still love to go out and about while the weather is nice, the EVA Pet Carrier is the right tool for you. You can easily take your dog along on your vacation, business trip, or simply out to dinner at a local dog-friendly restaurant. This carrier is a 5-in-1 combo so you can use it as a shoulder carrier, backpack, travel cart or pet car seat. This is a much safer way for you to take your dog with you without all the hassle of a crate or traditional carrier.

Ibiyaya 5 in 1 Combo Carrier. Comes with safety reflective stripes.
Ibiyaya 5 in 1 Combo Carrier. Comes with safety reflective stripes.

Ibiyaya cares about your Autumn outdoor safety; running with your dog, taking a walk in the autumn woods, or going on a field trip. Your needs, we heard it.

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Must-Have Tools for Well-Groomed Pets

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes – and coats. Short-haired dogs are a lot like little boys with buzz cuts: Just wipe them off with a wet washcloth, and they’re good to go. But anything beyond that basic smooth coat takes a little bit more care, and it starts with having the right tools. Here’s what you need to know:

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Grooming tools set – credited by Pet Education.
  • Bristle brushes: Bristle brushes, with their natural or synthetic bristles, look just like human brushes. They’re best for short-haired or smooth-coated dogs.
  • Pin brushes: These brushes look a lot like human brushes, too, but the “bristles” are actually little plastic or metal pins. Some of them even have tiny balls on the end of each pin to protect your dog’s skin. While these brushes aren’t very good at untangling knots and removing mats, they’re great for general grooming and do a fantastic job of smoothing the coats of long-haired and double-coated dogs.
  • Pet Slicker Brush
    Pet Slicker Brush

    Slicker brushes: Like pin brushes, slicker brushes are made with pins, most of which have the same little balls on the end. But these pins are curved and are usually packed more tightly. They’re intended to work through long, thick, or curly hair and to reach down to the skin. You can also use them on short-haired dogs, as long as you’re careful not to scratch the skin.

  • Detangling combs: These combs do just what the name says: They help remove mats and tangles. For severely matted hair, you can even get a comb that includes a series of blades that will cut right through mats.
  • I am groomed!
    I am groomed!

    Shedding tools: Most dogs shed some, but some shed a lot, up to and including “blowing” their coat once or twice a year. Shedding tools can speed up the process and get the loose hair where you want it – in one pile on the floor – instead of spread all over your carpets, clothes, and furniture. A stripping blade, for instance, is designed to extract a loose undercoat, leaving the outer coat intact. Shedding blades, on the other hand, do just the opposite: They remove the outer coat while leaving the undercoat in place. The right one depends on the breed of your dog and the way in which they shed.

  • Do I need to brush my teeth? - picture credited by Linderman Animal Hospital.
    Do I need to brush my teeth? – picture credited by Linderman Animal Hospital.

    Oral care tools: A lot of pet parents never think about their pet’s teeth, even when they get a whiff of doggy breath! But dogs’ teeth need cleaning just like ours do (although, fortunately, not as often), because dirty teeth can lead to infection. The best strategy is prevention, brushing your dog’s teeth with a special toothbrush (most fit over the end of a finger) and toothpaste. If your dog objects, you might have more luck doing it while he’s in a stroller or carrier, secured with the leash attachment. If your dog’s teeth are severely caked with plaque, your dentist can take care of it for you, although your dog will need to be sedated or put under general anesthesia. Some dog treats and toys are also advertised as dental aids and can help keep your dog’s teeth clean.

credited by softbroker.
credited by softbroker.

Whether you’ve got a smooth-coated rat terrier or a poodle with a show cut, there are tools designed just for your dog’s grooming needs. Help your dog stay happy, healthy, and gorgeous with regular care and grooming.

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IBIYAYA “Elegant Retro I Pet Stroller” Product News.

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I’ve heard rumors that some parts of the country may be cooling off, but, where I live, we still have another month or two of steamy weather. And, as much as I’m over the heat, my dogs hate it even more than I do. In fact, when I try to take them for a walk, they just lie down in the first spot of shade and refuse to budge. So I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my IBIYAYA Elegant Retro I stroller.

Here’s what I love about it.

We take all your concerns into our consideration.
We take all your concerns into our consideration.
  • My favorite thing is that, unlike a lot of strollers that accommodate only the smallest dogs, this one can handle up to 70 lbs. Between that and the roomy cabin space, I can take all three of my fur babies without them being on top of each other (although they frequently opt for a pile of noses, paws, and tails anyway!).green all
  • It also opens from either side, which is nice if your dogs are lazy like mine and don’t want to scoot over once they’re comfy. I often start loading from one side and then move to the other when somebody refuses to move.
  • Adjustable Handlebar
    Adjustable Handlebar

    The handlebar is adjustable, which is a big deal for me, since I’m really short. I imagine it would be just as appealing to someone who’s on the tall side. So many things are designed for people of “average” height that it’s really nice to find something that adjusts to fit you just right.

  • Cup Holder
    Cup Holder

    The lightweight aluminum frame is easy to fold and store.

  • There’s a big cargo area under the seat so that I can carry drinks, snacks, and waste bags for my dogs. There’s also a cup holder so that I can keep my own drink near at hand. That comes in handy when it’s so hot your glasses steam up as soon as you walk outside.
  • Mesh Insect Protector! It also maximize air flow.
    Mesh Insect Protector! It also maximize air flow.

    It’s got a net that keeps mosquitoes out without compromising ventilation. Have you ever encountered southern mosquitoes? Believe me, I’ve often been tempted to climb inside myself to get away from the annoying little pests.

  • The inner padding and all of the fabric are removable and washable for easy cleaning. That’s not such a big deal to me right now, but I know that in a couple of months, when my lazy puppies agree to walk part of the time, I’ll be dealing with wet, muddy paws (and other canine body parts). I’ll get more than my money’s worth out of this feature then!
  • Just because I’m a “dog lady” doesn’t mean I’m don’t like my fashion! The Elegant Retro I comes in three great-looking color combinations: pink/walnut, green/gray, and sky blue/navy.

    Ibiyaya Elegant Retro I stroller comes in assorted colors.
    Ibiyaya Elegant Retro I stroller comes in assorted colors.

These long months of ridiculously hot weather have turned my dogs into couch potatoes, so we’ve been using this stroller all the time. Even when it cools off, though, we’ll still use it for the times when they get tired or when it just isn’t convenient to have them running around, like when we’re out in a crowd. What’s your favorite way to use your pet stroller?

HIghfive

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Secrets to Stunning Pet Photos

IBIYAYA Elegant Retro I Pet Stroller.
IBIYAYA Elegant Retro I Pet Stroller.

I bet I know something about you. If you take your pet everywhere you go, I’m guessing that you take a lot of photos, too. Am I right? Don’t worry, I take too many myself. My husband is very grateful for digital photography; otherwise, we might spend our kids’ college funds on film and development!

Whether you use film or digital, however, a few perfectly executed shots that capture your pet’s personality are better than dozens of blurry, dark, unbalanced photos. So I want to share some of what I’ve learned (the hard way!) about taking great pet photos.

Lighting matters. A lot.

Natural sunlight is photographer's best friend.
Natural sunlight is photographer’s best friend.

Lighting can make or break a photo. And, while most digital editing software lets you adjust things like brightness and contrast, that’s no substitute for getting it right to start with. Here are a couple of tips:

  • Natural light is best.
  • If you can plan your photo shoot so that you don’t need a flash, so much the better. Leaving the flash off will help you avoid those scary red eyes you see in so many pet photos.
  • Aim for early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is near the horizon. This diffuse lighting is softer, warmer, and flattering for almost all subjects.

Timing matters, too. 

Time matters
Timing Matters.

Be flexible in your timing so that you can catch your pet in the mood you want the photo to reflect. If you want a close-up of a relaxed pet, trying doing it either right before or right after a nap. If you want an action shots, however, you’re going to have a tough time motivating a sleepy pet to cooperate.

Keep it casual.

Our pets know when something is up. If you approach a photo session like it’s a big deal, your pet will sense that, and you may not be able to get a shot that reflects who your pet really is. Be as nonchalant as you can, and, if your pet isn’t in the mood to cooperate, your best bet is to take a break and try again later. (If you’ve ever tried to get a wailing toddler to pose for a picture with Santa, you’ll understand why this is so important.)

The eyes have it.

The better your camera, the bigger difference choosing the right focal point will make. Still, whether you’re using a professional grade DSLR or the camera on your smartphone, focus on your pet’s eyes (unless you’re doing a side-shot, of course).

Fur Babies, Look at the camera! Yes, good job!
Fur Babies, Look at the camera! Yes, good job!

Put technology to work for you.

A lot of cameras have features designed to help you get better photos than you could on your own. If your camera has a “portrait” setting, use that for close-ups. The portrait setting will put your pet in sharp focus while blurring the background, giving it a soft, dreamy look. If you’re aiming for an action shot, check to see whether your camera has a “sports” setting that will keep taking pictures as long as you hold the button down. I’ve used this trick to get some amazing shots that never would have happened through random chance.

Don’t forget about props.

Props can make for some great photos, too. I’ve got several of my puppy on her back, paws in the air, stuffed animal in her mouth, looking at me over her shoulder. And few things are sweeter than a furry face peaking out from a pet stroller.

Fur babies are smiling and sitting up in IBIYAYA strollers.
Fur babies are smiling and sitting up in IBIYAYA strollers.

Are you inspired to try to get some incredible photos of your fur baby? A nice camera is helpful, but you can get memorable shots with a point-and-shoot camera, too. So what are you waiting for? Stop what you’re doing and go get those photos! Then post them on Instagram so we can all see how adorable your babies are. HIghfive

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Out-of-the-Ordinary Activities to Share with Your Dog

If agility competitions with your dog aren’t your cup of tea, there are still plenty of fun things you and your canine companion can do together. Check out some of these other activities people everywhere are doing with their dogs:

Dog Scootering

Dog scottering
Dog Scootering, a great exercise for large breed dogs. Fur baby goes: “Sir/Madam, do you want to go for a ride?”
Dog scootering

Dog scootering is one of several spin offs of the winter sport of mushing. Instead of pulling a sled, the dog runs, pulling a scooter (ridden, of course, by its owner). It’s perfect for the more athletic breeds of dogs – like Border Collies or Australian Shepherds – whose need for exercise can sometimes outstrip their owners’ stamina. But since scooter wheels offer little resistance, even smaller dogs can participate – especially if you have more than one. Just don’t forget to bring along a stroller or pet carrier in the event that your small dog tires out before you get back to where you started! If you want to give it a try, you can find a sled dog harness at a pet store or online.

Musical freestyle

Dance with Music.

I didn’t even know this sport existed, but it’s been around since at 1991. Musical freestyle is like a combination of obedience work and dancing. Each handler choreographs a routine for himself and his dog to perform to music. “Freestyle” means that just about anything goes for the dog’s movements, but, if you want to be competitive, they do have to be more difficult than simple heeling – things like circling or walking backwards (or maybe pushing a pet stroller).  

Treibball

treibball  

I am going to show you how to play with these balls.

Like many canine sports, treibball sprang from a real-life dog “job:” herding. With treiball, however, the dogs herd balls instead of animals. The dog’s role is to push a series of balls through a goal, while the handler uses commands and gestures to tell the dog which ball to work next. This is a great outlet for the herding instinct that is such a strong drive in shepherds and some other breeds. The sport is most popular in Europe, but you can learn more about opportunities within the U.S. here.

Dock jumping

Dock jumping

dock jumping is like the broad jump for dogs, but with water thrown in to give the sport a little more oomph. Dogs race down a dock and leap off the end into the water, going for height or distance. It’s a great outlet for retrievers and other dogs who love playing around in the water.

Flyball

Flyball
Flyball, a dog sport competition.

When I first heard of flyball, I thought of all the cute dogs I’ve seen leaping up to catch a Frisbee, but it’s actually a lot more complex than that. Flyball is a relay race, typically involving teams of four dogs each. The dogs run through an obstacle course, hit a target to release a ball, grab the ball, and race back to the finish line. There’s actually a lot of skill involved – for instance, you want your dog to jump high enough to clear the hurdle, but not so high that it wastes precious seconds. And, while speed is important, each race is made up of dogs of similar size and speed, so even the smallest dogs can participate.

You and your dog are definitely not limited to walk around the neighborhood and cuddle in front of the TV. If you’re looking for a new activity that you can do together, why not give one of these a try?

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IBIYAYA Pet Tent Bed: The Perfect Haven

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Two pets are the same. Some eat up all the attention they can get, while others get overwhelmed when there’s too much going on. If yours is more like the latter – a pet that likes his peace and quiet – consider a bed that gives him some much-needed privacy in addition to a soft, comfy place to sleep.

Pet tent bed. www.ibiyaya.com Pet tent bed. www.ibiyaya.com Pet tent bed. www.ibiyaya.com

This pet tent bed by IBIYAYA is the one I use for my introverted pup. Here’s why:

Zip to assemble/ Easy for in flat/ Ventilation holes / Slip-proof on the bottom
Zip to assemble/ Easy for in flat/ Ventilation holes / Slip-proof on the bottom

  

  • The tent gives him a place to retreat for a nap or just because life has gotten a little too crazy. He can look out and see what’s going on without feeling like he’s too exposed. And he heads straight for it during a storm! It’s definitely the place where he feels the most secure.
  • It’s just the right size (51cm x 51cm x 38cm) to give a small or medium pet plenty of room to stretch out without being so spacious it takes away from the sense of security.
  • The construction is sturdy but light – just enough to give the tent frame some support without making the bed too heavy to transport easily. It even has a Velcro strap on top that you can use as a handle to move it from room to room.
  • With both top and side vents for great ventilation, you don’t have to worry about your fur baby getting overheated.
  • It comes with a soft pad to provide your pet with a comfortable bed. The pad is washable, too; whether your pet has an accident or just muddy paws, cleanup is a breeze.
  • It’s also collapsible for easy storage – just undo the zipper, and fold the sides down.
  • The bottom is slip-proof, so even the most rambunctious puppy can get in without finding himself sliding across the floor!

Cozy, light, Space efficient
Cozy, light, Space efficient

Every pet parent knows that it’s hard finding a bed that your babies like. Sometimes, I come home from the store with a new, fluffy pad, and my puppy won’t even go near it. I try to put him on top of it, but he just gets up and walks away, and I’m left with a bed that neither of us can use, and no one’s happy. It’s impossible to tell what they’ll like–it seems completely random! And, a lot of the time, pet stores don’t accept returns.


Velcro handle also the attaching tape when storage.
Velcro handle also the attaching tape when storage.

That’s why I was so happy when I bought the tent bed…as soon as he saw it, my puppy loved it, and has ever since. No fuss, no guessing–just love and comfort! When do I use it? Anywhere and everywhere! Whether it’s the park, my kids’ school, the grocery store, the pool, nature hikes, or friends’ houses, I take it with us when we travel so that my skittish puppy can feel safe and comfortable even in a new environment. I also rely on it when we have guests in our home, and I bring it along to cookouts, picnics, and anywhere else I think my puppy may feel the need for a bit of privacy. In fact, your pet may like it so much you end up using it all the time!

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Restaurants Secret Menus for Your Travel Fido

If you take your dog everywhere you go (you do, don’t you?), you’re probably all too aware that meals and snacks can be a big problem. Few U.S. restaurants allow dogs inside unless they’re service animals. But just because the Health Department has a problem with dogs doesn’t mean the restaurants themselves do! In fact, there’s a whole network of restaurants with “secret menus” designed especially for your canine traveling buddy. While a steady diet of restaurant meals is no better for Fido than it is for you, most dogs are fine with an occasional treat, and you’ll be able to enjoy your own treat a lot better without those big, sad eyes staring at you pleadingly. Next time your adventures take you past one of these establishments, ask what they can whip up for your fur baby.

Starbucks
Puppies with pupchino
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While the barista is whipping up your Frappuccino, ask about a Puppuccino for your canine companion. Don’t worry; there’s no caffeine involved – just a cup of whipped cream that will make it possible for you to enjoy your own beverage with a minimum of guilt.

Dairy Queen
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Image via Daily Queen website.

This American favorite knows that it’s more fun to eat ice cream when your dog has some, too. Their answer is the “pup cup,” a mini helping of soft-serve vanilla complete with a dog biscuit on top.

Lazy Dog
dog-menu lazy dog puppy rice plate

As the name suggests, Lazy Dog restaurants have a soft spot for canine customers and their human companions, and most locations welcome them to their outdoor patios. If your fur baby wants his own meal instead of just nibbling off of yours, order him a puppy rice plate, which also comes with a generous serving of cut-up beef.

Johnny Rockets
Johnny Rocket offers a dog specialized menu.
Jonny Rocket offers dog menus. Items include doggie hamburgers, lickety split ice cream, and even pupcakes (nomz).

Visitors to Johnny Rockets locations with an outside patio can order a cut-up beef patty and a cup of water for their canine friends. The Victoria Gardens location in California has even teamed up with a doggy bakery to offer furry patrons a 20-item menu that includes such enticing offerings as Lickity Split Ice Cream and Pupcakes.

Shake Shack
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If you stop by Shake Shack for a burger and shake, don’t forget to order something for your dog, too. The canine-specific menu makes it easy! Choose from items like the Poochini (dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce, and vanilla custard) or the Bag o’Bones (a bag of five dog biscuits).

#IBIYAYA Transparant Pet Carrier is #aswesome
IBIYAYA transparent pet carrier allows you easily see through the carrier and interact with your pet.

Traveling with your dog doesn’t have to mean gobbling a cheeseburger while you’re driving down the freeway. Pets are mostly prohibited from the restaurant, some are allows when you have them in the carrier or a small cage. When you plan your trip around restaurants where he will be as welcome as any other guest, the only other things he’ll need are a pet carrier or a pet cage.  For a more complete listing of dog-friendly restaurants, check out BringFido.com.

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