Potty-Training Puppies with Bells

My pup was pretty quick to potty train but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my training bell! What a simple solution, it actually started because of myfront door decor!


Training Door Bells (CanineKingdomOK, $15+)

I had a string of colorful, stuffed fishies with a gold bell on the end-  Before I knew it, after only about a week of house-training, my dog – the young pup, was “ringing the bell” instinctively when he pawed at the door.  It must have realized the ringing got my attention and I realized I had found my solution to indoor accidents!

il_570xN.352250810EcoDog Blog, as always, has found a few handmade & eco-friendly options when it comes to training bells.If you’re trying totrain a young pup or troublesome dog, I would highly recommend adding a doggie bell to your door!
il_570xN.726093023_tlns->I guess if you really want to get down to it…house-training your pup faster can save you paper towels/cleaning products, and ultimately, keeps you on track to staying green!! 

What are your potty-training tips for puppies? Share in the Comment section!

Parsley for Pups – Natural Herbal Benefits

foodiesfeed.com_homemade-chicken-broth-vegetables1Parsley is often a staple on the side to brighten & decorate main dishes, appetizers – but it is simply just for looks? Of course not! Parsley contains many vital nutrients that can be a beneficial addition to any diet – human or animal!

*Parlsey is rich in vitamin A, C, folic acids & antioxidants

*A natural anti inflammatory helps arthritis & swelling

*Also helps lower blood pressure & prevent bad breath

-> How to get natural benefits from parsley: -Add fresh chopped parsley (1-2x wk) to food (or) -Steep and serve as tea (1/2 tsp 3-4xday) 

*Parsley Tea recipe: -Boil 4 c water, remove from heat -Add 4 large tsp full of fresh, chopped parsley -Let steep 20 mins -Strain, & drink hot or cold

Pup-a-chino! Dog Inspired Latte Art

At EcoDog, we are not just fans of coffee…but fanatics! Living on the West Coast we get to enjoy the abundance of easy-access coffee drive-thus, endless amount of local roasters and delicious new concoctions whipped up by the neighborhood baristas!
Portland, Oregon, being a hub for the coffee trend, has opened up a whole new world of coffee exposure to me!

Latte art is one of my favorite surprises when you order your drink only to discover a hidden treasure! Enjoy it while it lasts though, your one of a kind art piece is about to be destroyed with your first sip! Most commonly seen in the “rosetta” or flower/leaf shaped pattern, or, sometimes your barista will get creative.  At one of my favorite Portland coffee shops, Random Order, I’ve gotten everything from a skull and cross bones to my favorite heart with wings (and a rosetta! ooo!).

If you aren’t yet familiar with Latte Art, we won’t blame your barista for being lazy ( perhaps just uninspired?).
EcoDog dug up a few fun and inspiring animal-themed latte art pieces to help inspire your Monday!

Want to try your own hand at latte art?
Visit the websites below for some tricks and tips on how to create your own special designs!

RateMyRosetta.com – “How to Make Latte Art; Tutorials”

CoffeeGeek.com – “Frothing for Newbies & Intermediates”

Ehow.com – “How to Pour a Rosetta: Latte Art”

Solution for Tired Feet – Heated Massager Review

It’s no denying that a lot of us live busy lifestyles and after a long day, no doubt your *dogs* get tired! Yes, we are usually talking about canines but today we mean *FEET*! :) Who doesn’t love the feel of a good foot massage or a nice warm soak to soothe tired feet?

There is lots of evidence that our feet have pressure points that when massaged, reflect on other parts of our bodies, therefore increasing overall health. Not only is there science behind why it’s good for you – it just plain feels *great*!

With the new year here, I’ve been running my fair share of errands and it seems like the list keeps growing! It’s nice to know that when I come home, I can take just 15 minutes out of my day and give myself some much needed pampering / relaxation.

Read more about the benefits of massage on these helpful sites:

*Foot Massage Benefits from Livestrong

*Get In Touch with Benefits of Massage from Mayo Clinic


I’m a fan of the  Johnson Wellness Heated Foot Massager! It’s not your average foot massager – a higher end model with a modern lookseveral modes and a heat function as well. It has several different rollers that rub your feet in all the right spots (instead of just one massager rolling back and forth). Each mode lasts for 15 minutes and you can easily use while watching tv, on the computer or just lounging back and taking a few minutes to yourself and enjoy it!!

The  Johnson Wellness Heated Foot Massager also compresses your feet at certain points, giving the right amount of pressure and then releasing. It’s something different and what I think sets it apart from other foot massagers as well.

The heat function is nice but I wish it got a little bit warmer. One trick I’ve found that is an easy solution is to “pre-heat” but turning on the heat function before you turn on the massage and then it’s nice and warm for you. (Otherwise, you don’t really feel the heat until the end of the massage and it feels so good, all you’re wanting is more!)

Unknown-1The  Johnson Wellness Heated Foot Massager is also great for feet of all sizes. The pressure of massage is also adjustable so if you like more or less pressure that’s an option too. Another nice perk is the removable/washable cover – so I’ve let a few different friends try it to get their opinion too. It’s got great reviews from everyone who’s tried it and it’s funny watching people practically fall asleep, so relaxed, while using it!

Shop Online for the Johnson Wellness Heated Foot Massager !


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