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Dogma – Life, With Your Pet: must-haves

Virginia Byrnes, co-owner of Dogma-Life, With Your Pet believes in an eco-friendly and health conscious life for you and your dog.  At Dogma’s two locations–Canton and Mt. Washington–a dog owner can find all the essentials a dog needs and all the fun products a dog wants.  Yes, Dogma even has something for those cat people.

Byrnes’ inventory is packed full with items from all over the world and for any type of personality, but here are a few of her favorites:

  • Raised Dog Bowls

    Raised dog bowls

    Water and food bowls: Dogma carries an array of pet bowls, but Byrnes believes stainless steel over plastic or ceramic.  “They’re easier to clean and better for your dog,” she says.  Byrnes also stresses that if you don’t go with stainless steel, make sure your plastic is coated and your ceramic contains no lead.  Raised feeding and water bowls are more friendly for larger breeds, because according to Byrnes, they encourage good digestion.

  • Antlerz

    Antlerz

    Food and snacks: The bone and snack section in the Mt. Washington store is packed with worldly treats, sure to satisfy your dog’s hunger.  Byrnes suggests you pick up real-deer Antlerz, cheese-based Himalayan Dog Chew and stingray tails from Canine Caviar.  All three products are organic, and contain a great balance of nutrients your dog needs to stay healthy.  Plus, Byrnes thinks dog’s need, “things to chew on other than your hand.”

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Promote better leash etiquette

Dags models her new doggie-harness

If you dog is like mine and is difficult to walk on a leash, I suggest investing in a doggie-harness.

I picked one up at my local PetSmart today, before taking my pit bull terrier mix out to the trails at Robert E. Lee Park.  The harness seemed to improve her pulling, stamina and overall behavior.

Harnesses come in all colors, sizes and materials and can be found at almost any pet supply store.

Do you have any tips for owners of pups with poor leash etiquette?

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Baltimore’s Dog-Friendly Outdoor Eats

Spring is just around the corner and your pup is itching to get outside just as much as you are.  As the snow melts and the weather begins to warm up, why don’t you take your dog out to lunch?

There are dozens of restaurants, cafes and bakerys in the Baltimore area that offer outdoor seating for their guests.  I’ve put together a map of the top 10 best places to dine with your dog.  All locations allow dogs, though most require they remain on a leash.

Do you know about any other places that are missing from the list?

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