HuggleHounds Crunchy Monkey Dog Toy Review

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HuggleHounds Crunchy Dog Toy Review

HuggleHounds Crunchy Monkey Dog Toy Review. Are you looking for a fun and durable dog toy? Check out this funny monkey.
HuggleHounds Crunchy Monkey Dog Toy Review

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

How do you like my new HuggleHounds Crunchy Monkey? HuggleHounds was kind enough to send me one to try and one to use as a giveaway! Thanks, HuggleHounds! I’ve been a fan of HuggleHounds toys for some time now. You can read my review of my Knotties Raccoon here.

This crunchy monkey is referred to as “monkey” in our house. That’s strange. Mom and Grandma call me monkey too. I don’t think we look alike at all. Anyway, my HuggleHounds Crunchy Monkey is super fun! I have a real good time tossing him up in the air, shaking my head like I’m trying to kill him, and playing tug with Mom. My monkey dog toy is quite large and tough. From head to bottom he measures 12″ long. HuggleHounds Crunchy Monkey has a crunchy recycled bottle inside his body. The cool thing is there is a Velcro enclosure on the bottom so the bottle can be replaced with a new one…..or even with something else. You can even put a squeaker toy inside, or treats, or whatever else you can think of for a new game.

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Fun dog toys.

HuggleHounds Crunchy Monkey has really long arms and legs. They are great for tugging and dragging the dog toy around the room. He is made of soft corduroy plush and lined with Tuffut Technology for extra strength and durability. The monkey has squeakers in his arms and long, fun bungee legs. I am really digging my HuggleHounds Crunchy Monkey. This has been at the top of my toy box this past couple of weeks. He’s a real hit! He is holding up strong to my tugging and fetching and tossing.

However, I did manage to pick away at his furry head (he had hair) and chewed his ears off. But once I got those out of the way, he’s tough. Seams are holding strong and no holes. For most dogs, he probably would hold up nicely. As you know, I’m just a focused picker.

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Great for tugging and tossing.

So the verdict? HuggleHounds Crunchy Monkey is a win for being fun, large and tough for tugging.
I’m still able to pick at pieces, but fabric toys are just that way.

Thank you again HuggleHounds for your toy to review.

Pros: Durable soft dog toy, lots of fun points to tug and chew on, tough squeakers and fabric, affordable, machine washable
Cons: Didn’t stand up to my picking, made in China

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TweetPinShareShareRedditShareFlipYumGoogle Adsense—> Easy Dog Chew Recipe You know I love a little doggie DIY recipe, and Dexter does too! If you follow me at all, you also understand I’m a stickler concerning healthy ingredients, when it comes to Dexter. Not so much me, but Dexter. Hahaha Watch the process! And don’t forget to subscribe. Healthy and safe dog chews can be costly, that’s for sure. And I’m always willing to shop when I run out of time, but if you do a little preparing, you can easily and, for less money, make your dog his own healthy, nutritious, and mouth-watering snack! Today, dehydrated duck feet! You will only need one ingredient and one dehydrator, and you are all set. Before I dive in, are you aware that even when a dog chew is labeled as “all-natural” it may actually have been through a process such as irradiation? Yes, that means radiation! And the kicker, most of our single-ingredient chews do go through this process. You have to dig deep and sometimes contact the manufacturer to find out if they use this process. Ah, more sneaky marketing! The DIY Advantage Creating your own dehydrated dog chews comes with several advantages. You can carefully source the raw ingredients to meet your needs carefully handle the product and avoid chemicals or radiation. I’m always shooting for no antibiotics and no hormones. Okay, a little more than shooting; I require it for Dex! Prepping Your Duck Feet for Dehydration You can trim the duck’s feet with scissors or clippers. You don’t have to; it’s a personal option. Place your dog’s duck feet evenly spaced on the dehydration racks. Close, turn on low for 24-72 hours. Time will vary on the type of dehydrator and size of the duck feet. Dexter’s took 28 hours to develop a nice, crunchy chew. Once cooled, I placed all but a couple of duck feet in a container and into Dexter’s freezer. Yes, he has his own freezer. Okay, he has two freezers! Thaw as needed. Nutritional Benefits of Duck Feet Apart from being a tasty dog chew, dehydrated duck feet offer nutritional benefits. They’re a great source of natural collagen and glucosamine, which promote good joint health. The act of chewing also helps remove tartar from your dog’s teeth. Instead of relying on a manufacturer, grab some fresh duck feet and your dehydrator and go! Print Recipe DIY Healthy Dog Chews: Dehydrated Duck Feet Yum Apart from being a tasty dog chew, dehydrated duck feet offer nutritional benefits. They’re a great source of natural collagen and glucosamine, which promote good joint health. The act of chewing also helps remove tartar from your dog’s teeth. Course Healthy Dog Snacks, Healthy Pet Snacks Prep Time 5 minutes Passive Time 24 hours Servings Ingredients 2 pounds duck feet Course Healthy Dog Snacks, Healthy Pet Snacks Prep Time 5 minutes Passive Time 24 hours Servings Ingredients 2 pounds duck feet Instructions You can trim the duck’s feet with scissors or clippers. Place your dog’s duck feet evenly spaced on the dehydration racks. Turn turn on low for 24-72 hours Placed all but a couple of duck feet in a container and into the freezer. Thaw as needed. Recipe Notes Your questions or comments are welcome below. Are you looking for even more ways to stay up to date with Raising Your Pets Naturally? Sign up for the newsletter for more tips and promotions. Don’t forget to be social and Like, Follow and Subscribe. Comments below are always welcome. Facebook   Twitter   Pinterest   Instagram  YouTube Check out My Cavalier Eats Better Than Me apparel and gifts     Recent ArticlesCaring for a Blind Dog: A Guide for Pet Parents (Early access for our Patreon community) Read more...Overcoming Dog Car Anxiety: Tips for Dog Car Anxiety Desensitization (Early access for our Patreon community) Read more...Celebrating Dexter’s 14th Birthday (Early access for our Patreon community) Read more... Google Adsense---> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Share this Recipe [...] Read more...
Google Adsense—> Tips for Caring for a Blind Dog As a dog lover and positive dog trainer, I have always been amazed by dogs’ adaptability, even when faced with challenges. I am constantly amazed at Dexter’s persistence and determination to meet every challenge he’s faced with. At fourteen, Dexter’s eyes may be a bit hazy, but his eyesight seems to be fine. However, many dogs are born blind or develop blindness at some point in their lives. Dogs can become blind for a variety of reasons, but they are very adaptable and resilient. In this article, I will talk to some pet experts and take a deeper look into the world of dog blindness. Understanding And Identifying Blindness in Dogs A variety of conditions can cause a dog to go blind. Genetic factors, age-related degeneration, trauma or injury, and certain medical conditions can all contribute to a dog’s loss of vision. 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Google Adsense—> Stop Puppy Biting Hands Today, I’m going to address a common behavior in puppies – puppy mouthing and biting. I received a question from a concerned dog parent whose almost one-year-old Golden Retriever often play-bites for attention. They’re looking for tips on how to stop this behavior. Let’s dive. Understanding the Puppy Adolescent Phase It’s essential to recognize that a one-year-old dog, like a Golden, is transitioning into adolescence. Much like human teenagers, adolescent dogs can become a bit more mouthy, bitey, and full of energy. This phase typically lasts from about six months to two years of age. So, when your dog starts asking for attention through mouthing and biting, it might be a sign that they need more engagement. Increase Playtime and Bonding One way to address this behavior is by increasing the amount of play, exercise, and bonding time you share with your dog. Dogs often resort to undesirable behaviors when they feel they aren’t getting enough attention or mental stimulation. Engaging in games, tricks, or even short play sessions can help redirect their energy and reduce the need for inappropriate attention-seeking behaviors. Watch on YouTube Provide Appropriate Chew Toys Golden Retrievers are known for their retrieving instincts. These dogs often enjoy carrying things in their mouths. To encourage them to channel this behavior positively, offer a variety of toys and teach them to have a toy or ball in their mouth. Reward Appropriate Behavior Whenever your dog has an appropriate item, like a toy, in their mouth, shower them with praise. Reinforce the idea that having a toy in their mouth is a good thing. You can also carry treats in your pocket to reward them when they exhibit this behavior. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in training your dog. Dealing with Inappropriate Biting Sometimes, your dog might grab onto something they shouldn’t, like your shirt. In such cases, it’s essential to teach them a “drop” behavior. You can wait for them to release the item or gently offer a treat near their nose until they let go. Once they’ve dropped the item, reward them with praise or a treat. However, avoid turning this into a game. You want your dog to understand that letting go of inappropriate objects leads to rewards, while inappropriate behavior results in no attention. Managing Excess Energy It’s worth noting that excessive jumping, body slamming, and biting, excluding playful “zoomies,” can be signs of pent-up energy. Ensure your dog gets enough exercise and mental stimulation to prevent these behaviors from emerging. Puppy mouthing and biting involve a combination of increased playtime, providing appropriate toys, rewarding good behavior, and teaching a “drop it” cue. Remember that patience and consistency are key when training your pup.   Your questions or comments are welcome below. Are you looking for even more ways to stay up to date with Raising Your Pets Naturally? Sign up for the newsletter for more tips and promotions. Don’t forget to be social and Like, Follow and Subscribe. Facebook   Twitter   Pinterest   Instagram  YouTube         Google Adsense—>   [...] Read more...
Google Adsense—> How PEMF Therapy Can Help Pets | What is PEMF Therapy? As a dog parent to a senior dog with special needs, I understand the importance of finding safe and effective natural treatments for their care. In today’s natural pet blog, I want to share my personal experience with PEMF therapy and its positive impact on my nearly fourteen-year-old Cavalier, Dexter, who suffers from Chiari malformation and syringomyelia. I’ve worked closely with Dexter’s veterinarians, including his incredible rehabilitation vet, together, Team Dexter has used a variety of treatments to improve and enhance his quality of life. One treatment that has made an improvement in Dexter’s overall health and care has been PEMF therapy. PEMF therapy, short for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, is a non-invasive treatment that uses pulsed electromagnetic fields to stimulate and help rebuild the body’s cells. I initially learned about this therapy through Dexter’s rehab vet, who has been using PEMF beds for years. In particular, Dexter has benefited from resting on a PEMF bed while receiving acupuncture and laser treatments. Dexter’s veterinarian told us about an at-home PEMF treatment, the Assisi Loop, a portable PEMF device. Knowing Dexter enjoyed the PEMF bed treatments, I purchased the Assisi Loop. The Assisi Loop helped in relieving Dexter’s pain, especially if he was having an off day. However, it only provides 150 fifteen-minute treatments before reaching the end of its useful life. Following our positive experience with the Assisi Loop, I decided to invest in a Respond Systems PEMF bed. Dexter’s PEMF bed has been a great addition to his care, giving him comfort and relief. To make this treatment financially accessible for Dexter, his vet created a treatment protocol in his records, and I’m thrilled to report that Dexter’s pet insurance covered most of the cost as part of his CM/SM care. I aim for Dexter to use his PEMF pet bed once a day, but honestly, it usually ends up being every other day. I remember one summer being particularly tough on Dexter. There were a few occasions when he was feeling restless and uncomfortable. So, I encouraged him to lie on his PEMF bed for a treatment. Once he settled on the bed and decided to relax, he quickly dozed off, entering a deep and peaceful sleep. That’s quite noteworthy, especially during his restless moments, as he typically doesn’t sleep soundly even when he settles down. Understanding PEMF Therapy PEMF systems have been helping people since the 70s and animals for more than thirty years. They have been used on pets such as dogs, cats, horses, and even zoo animals. But how does PEMF therapy work? Dexter’s physical therapy practitioner Samantha Amodeo D.C., CCRP, explains that, “ PEMF treatment is great for increasing circulation throughout the whole body or targeting specific areas. It helps improve blood flow to help heal the body. I notice the dogs getting very relaxed on our mat and sometimes will even move their body to target more specific areas in need. It also helps reduce the amount of muscle tension.” PEMF therapy is a non-invasive procedure to stimulate and revive the body’s cells. It works by sending magnetic energy into the body. The result? The cells start working better, the blood flows smoother, and decreased inflammation leads to healing and less pain. This natural treatment supports the body’s natural healing and regulating processes while treating a range of medical conditions in dogs. How PEMF Treatment Helps Pets Relieving Pain and Swelling Enhancing Joint Mobility and Health Improving Post-Operative Recovery Supporting Wound Healing Reducing Inflammation Increasing Oxygenation of Tissues PEMF Therapy Products for Pets There are various kinds of PEMF products made specifically for pets, each with its own applications. PEMF Mats or Pads: These are flat, flexible mats or pads that pets can lie on or be placed upon. They emit PEMF therapy through the surface, providing whole-body or localized treatment. They are frequently used for relaxation, increased circulation, and pain relief. PEMF Therapy Beds: Similar to mats, PEMF therapy beds are designed for pets to lie on while receiving treatment. These beds are typically larger and can accommodate larger animals. They provide whole-body therapy and are frequently used to treat joint problems, arthritis, and general well-being. PEMF Collars or Wraps: These are wearable PEMF devices that can be strapped around a pet’s neck or body. They are made for specialized therapy, especially for diseases that impact certain body parts like the neck, back, or joints. PEMF Devices for Specific Body Parts: Some PEMF products are designed for specific body parts, such as PEMF therapy wraps for legs or hooves. They are designed to treat localized problems, like localized swelling or wounds. Portable PEMF Devices: These handheld or portable devices are designed for on-the-go use. Pet owners or veterinarians can administer localized PEMF therapy to specific areas, making them convenient for travel or field use. PEMF Blankets: PEMF blankets are versatile and can be used as wraps, laid over a pet’s body, or placed in their bedding. They are frequently used for comfort and relaxation and provide freedom in applying PEMF therapy to different body areas. PEMF Massage Devices: Some products combine PEMF therapy with massage features. These tools provide both physical massage and PEMF therapy, which has the dual effects of relieving stress and reducing pain. PEMF Applicators: These are handheld applicators that allow precise targeting of PEMF therapy to specific areas on a pet’s body. They are often used to treat localized pain or severe injuries. A veterinarian should be consulted before using any PEMF products on your pet. They can help you determine the most appropriate type of PEMF therapy for your pet’s specific condition and needs. It’s important to keep in mind that not all PEMF therapy units are made equally. Do your homework before buying a PEMF product for your pet. Check the reputation of the business. PEMF therapy has been a great addition to Dexter’s overall treatment and care. If your pet is suffering from pain, I would highly recommend chatting with their veterinarian about PEMF therapy. 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