Water Safety Tips for Your Dog

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It may be spring, but Spot has still been busy with boats—boat shows, that is. These shows get us thinking about hitting the dock in the upcoming summer months here in the Northeast (and to our friends in warmer Southern climates who enjoy boating year-round, we envy you!).

We recently saw long-time customers and met some new friends at the New England Boat Show in Boston, the Hartford Boat Show at Mohegan Sun and the Palm Beach International Boat Show. It was so nice to hear stories, share pictures, and reminisce year-round about our favorite four-legged pals!

Boating is a way for families and friends to make memories. And as we count down the days until we hit the sea again, we’d like to offer a few tips for smoother sailing with your pets.

Rinse your dog after every dip

This will remove salt from the ocean or any bacteria from freshwater. Dried salt can be itchy and irritating, and it’s just smart to rinse off any pathogens from local waters. No need to shampoo your dog after every swim, according to Tufts University veterinary dermatologists. Just a rinse with tap water will do!

Don’t have too much fun in the sun

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Our resident Spot Dog, Torey, is more of a sunbather than a swimmer. But just like humans, dogs also need to be protected from too many rays. Dogs can get sunburns and skin cancer from too much direct sun. If your dog is spending a good amount of time in the sun, consider sunscreen protection. At a minimum, spray a light, unscented SPF 15 that’s free of zinc oxide on the dog’s belly and inside the hind legs.

Experts agree that after three hours of direct sun exposure, dogs should have some shade time. And of course, constant hydration is key to avoiding heat stroke. Always have a convenient, collapsible water bowl and plenty of fresh water for your dog to drink.

Keep those paws cool

Since dogs don’t have sweat glands, they pant to cool off and even perspire through their paws! So long exposure to hot surfaces (such as a hot deck or driveway) is not good. Know which surfaces on your boat tend to become very hot in the sun, and protect your dog’s feet.

Support your struggling swimmer

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If your dog isn’t a confident swimmer yet (or maybe if your dog is too confident, and barges into the water every chance he or she gets!) then a doggy life jacket is a great way to help keep them safe.

Powerboating, kayaking or rafting, all breeds benefit from a life jacket, especially in a strong current or choppy water. Look for these important qualities of a good life jacket: 1. a strong handle that lets you easily yank the pup out of the water; 2. reflective trim that enables you to spot him quickly; and 3. a bright color for maximum visibility (we prefer neon yellow). Always use the life jacket handle to lift the dog from the water; never grab the dog’s collar.

Keep a pet first-aid kit aboard

Keep a stocked pet first-aid kit on board your boat or handy for any active outdoor or water sport. Some useful items for your kit include antiseptic wipes, gauze, adhesive, bandages, cold pack, sting relief pads, tweezers, emergency blanket and seasickness remedy (yes, dogs can take Dramamine).

Thanks for reading! We’ll see you next time as we ‘dive deeper’ on dogs and boating.

We’d love to know…

Where is your family and dog’s favorite getaway for fun in the sun? And what are some ways you keep your dog cool?


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So Excited for the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2019

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Spot heads to the 34th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show this week, March 28 – 31, 2019.

This show is one of the top five boat shows in the country, and we love it! The show features over $1 billion worth of yachts and accessories. Hundreds of boats are featured, ranging from 8-foot inflatables to super yachts almost 300 feet in length.

There are plenty of fun and educational activities, including sportfishing seminars, kids’ fishing clinics, and action packed in-water demos and product exhibits.

We love meeting folks who share their boating lifestyle with their four-legged best friends and hearing about their nauti-dogs’ adventures. Visit us in our same location, Booth, #822.

We’ll be introducing The Royal Palm dog collar…distinctive style for the island pup…along with our latest spring/summer 2019 line of nautical design dog collars, leads and After 5’ bowties.

And although we’re delightfully busy during show times, we always schedule in a couple free days to enjoy the food and culture in the Palm Beach area.

Take your pick…fine dining, hole in the wall diner, or your favorite ethnic cuisine…there’s something for everyone, even the pickiest eater in your crowd.

Spot’s picks…

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Palm Beach Grill on Royal Poinciana Way: A heartfelt recommendation by anyone who’s ever been! Enjoy classic American dishes presented beautifully. Try the deviled eggs and slow roasted pork ribs!

The Royal Poinciana Plaza on Royal Poinciana Way: Luxury shopping and delicious food. Warmth and charm nestled in classic John Volk architecture and lush garden courtyards. An exquisite destination to while away the day.

The Breakers Palm Beach on S. County Road: On a private beach, this exquisite Italian Renaissance-style resort sets the standard in resort luxury and redefines what a glamorous experience can be. Stop in for a drink at the Seafood Bar.

West Palm Beach faves
Tapas at the Avocado Grill on Datura: It’s the spot for artisanal small plates, a coastal-fresh raw bar and creative craft cocktails. We love the relaxed, friendly vibe, and can’t get enough of the parmesan truffle fries.

Rocco’s Tacos on Clematis: They serve absolutely wonderful authentic Mexican food in a fun, casual environment. Their famous tableside guac is made to order and the corn tortillas are hand made. And if tequila is your poison, there’s hundreds of options to choose from.

Come visit us on Instagram or Facebook and share some of your favorite Palm Beach stops!

See you at the boat show!

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Vineyard Vines vs Our Good Dog Spot – Dog Collar Comparison

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Our Good Dog Spot has made some very exciting changes in the past few months. Along with redesigning our online store, we have also decided to focus exclusively on our own unique, nautical-themed dog collars and accessories.

In the past, OGDS also offered Vineyard Vines dog collars to all of our customers because they made a good quality collar with colorful and fun, preppy designs. However, going forward, we will be 100% Our Good Dog Spot!

We’ve experienced consistent growth and an increased customer base as a result of the development of our own exclusive, truly “Spot” designs. Our products have peaked the interest of the boating and coastal communities.

So we’ve decided that going forward we will no longer offer Vineyard Vines dog collars. We’ll offer our customers only OGDS original designs, the very best dog collars for your preppy and nautical pup.

For all of our loyal customers, we’d like to share the differences between Our Good Dog Spot collars and Vineyard Vines dog collars.

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Dogs everywhere are barking for nautical, preppy dog collars. OGDS’ exclusive, unique, fun dog collars, leads and After 5′ bowties are sure to impress your family and friends.

We’re fully stocked and happy to outfit nautical, preppy pups everywhere.

We just rolled out Spring 2019 new designs, but stay connected with us because we have exciting designs for the summer!

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Vineyard Vines Patchwork Dog Collars are back in stock in large and x-large.

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Get your big dog a new Vineyard Vines Patchwork dog collar for the new year…while supplies last.

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Every dog should look this good.

 

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Visit us at the Newport International Boat Show this Weekend.

We’re thrilled to be back in beautiful Newport, RI this weekend for the 46th Annual Newport International Boat Show. You’ll find us in the same spot as always – Tent B / Booth 35. The show encompasses 13 acres of historic Newport Harbor. Enjoy everything our grand City-by-the-Sea has to offer while experiencing a full range of powerboats and sailboats from both domestic and international companies.

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We’re excited to debut some brand new Spot original designs…lobsters, whales, repp stripes, holiday plaid…We wish we could give you a sneak preview of these fetching nautical and preppy dog collars here, but these are so fresh that haven’t even made it to photography yet! Stay tuned…they’ll be available on our website soon!

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“Catch” us this Weekend at the Providence Boat Show.

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We’re excited to return to the 23rd Annual Providence Boat Show this Thursday through Sunday. Come and explore the world of boating at one of the largest indoor boat shows in New England. This four-day expo will showcase boats for every pocketbook – from powerboats to sailing dinghies and paddle-powered watercraft.

Visit us in Booth #12 and see all Spot’s original design nautical, preppy dog collars. We’ll be debuting our preppy, whimsical Gone Fishin’ Collection, and we guarantee, once you see our Deep Sea Fishing Dog Collars and our Trout Fly Fishing Dog Collars, you’ll surely be hooked!

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We’ll also be hosting raffles and giveaways for fabulous prizes like Spot original design dog collars and dog life jackets throughout the event. Follow us on instagram for details, and stop by Booth #12 for more daily raffles and giveaways.

The show also includes free seminars to give you the know-how on boat handling, navigation, and even how to get involved in the sport; an indoor pool for boat demos; a special appearance by the coauthor of The Finest Hours, the book on which the recent Disney film is based; sea-to-table demonstrations with local chefs, and so much more!

And don’t sweat coming on Superbowl Sunday. The show ends at 3:00 pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to settle in before the game!

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Join us!

Providence Boat Show
February 4 – 7, 2016
Rhode Island Convention Center

Thursday 3:00 – 9:00
Friday     12:00 – 9:00
Saturday 10:00 – 8:00
Sunday    10:00 – 3:00

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Gone Fishin’ ….Get Hooked On Spot’s Latest Dog Collar Collection!

We’re sure hooked, and we know boating and fishing enthusiasts will love our newest collection of spirited and whimsical Gone Fishin’ dog collars. Heck, even landlubbers can’t resist! Spot’s own original designs, our Deep Sea Fishing and Trout Fly Fishing dog collars are lined with nautical navy blue ticking for the preppiest of canines. No other way to say it…we just can’t get enough of the delightful designs and luscious colors – our Deep Sea Fishing Collar in Atlantic Blue and Soft Coral, and our Trout Fly Fishing Collar in River Rock and Lakeside Mist.

 

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By no coincidence, the timing of the release of our Gone Fishin’ Collection is “Spot-on.” During February, we’ll be debuting our incredibly adorable and preppy collars and leads to the avid powerboaters and sailboaters at the Providence Boat Show and the New England Boat Show. Watch our blog for more info as the events draw closer.

Our Gone Fishin’ collars and leads are proudly made in New England. Machine wash in a laundry bag on “gentle” cycle, and dry flat.

Every dog should look this good.
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Snuggly PJ’s for Winter Nights…in Florida or New England!

We’ve finally had our first wintry blast of cold weather here in New England. Just as we’re pulling out our winter woolies, Torey is trading in her Cotton Knit Zoo Pal PJ’s for her Flannel Wintry Penguins. Fleece, flannel or cotton knit, all Spot’s pajamas are super soft, comfortable, and cuter than you can ever imagine. Great features, like turtlenecks that can be folded down, roll-up/down sleeves for shorter and longer-legged fur-babies, and D-rings for leash and tag attachment, all make these pajamas uber-practical, too.

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Summer or winter, pajamas are an important part of Torey’s nighttime routine. Whether she dons her Lightweight Knit Tropical Monkeys or her Preppy Fleece Argyle, Torey knows it’s time to settle down and snuggle up. And no worries about early morning trips outside…you see what we mean!

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Every dog should look this good.

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Introducing Spot’s Starboard Port Preppy Oxford Stripe Dog Collar and BowTie

We drew inspiration for our Starboard Port Preppy Oxford Stripe Dog Collars and BowTies from the Port and Starboard red and green lights of the nautical world.

Another Spot Original Design, our preppy red and green oxford stripe makes for a fun holiday collar.  Pair it with our Starboard Port Bows and BowTies for an extra festive and stylish look!

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For all the special “Nauti-Dogs” at Christmas-time…

Every dog should look this good.

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