National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day – Tips for Adopting A Shelter Dog

April 30 is National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day, celebrating the special bond between a human and animal who have been through their own hardships and have crossed paths through adoption. Although many continue to write off shelter pets as “damaged” or “problematic”, the ASPCA reports that shelter adoption rates have risen steadily since 2011– and that in itself is something to celebrate! Those who have rescued a shelter pet know that they are loving and forgiving animals who are just looking for a place to settle down after a rough start. If you are thinking of adopting your first shelter dog, or maybe thinking of adding a member to the furry family, here are some helpful tips!

Dog and a person out for a walk.

  1. Heed the breed. With shelter dogs, sometimes it is tricky to determine the breed. Most of the time, it is based off the breed that appears most dominant in the dog’s appearance. If a breed has been determined, educating yourself on the breed will allow you to decide if you’re a good match for the pup. For example, some breeds require an active lifestyle while other breeds do well with lazy living.
  2. Make it a party. When visiting the dog pre-adoption, be sure that all members of the household are present and interact with the pup. On the other hand, don’t expect the pup to take to everyone right away; some shelter dogs may have had unfortunate experiences in the past, causing them to fear certain people. Gently conditioning the pup over time to the friendliness of this person may ease their fear.
  3. Take a trip. The environment also plays a factor in a shelter pup’s behavior. A dog that is normally friendly and loving might act nervous and skittish in a scary place like the shelter. Take your prospective pup on a trip before adopting, and observe how they react to the different environments.
  4. Patience is key. Shelter dogs have been through a lot. Whether they got lost and never found their way back home, or were dumped by an owner they loved, it might be awhile before they trust you. To ease your new pup into your home, create a routine for him like feeding him in the same spot or using the same route on walks.

Adopting a shelter dog, or any shelter pet, might require more care and patience. However, once the pet realizes they no longer have to be worried about where their next meal comes from or if they’ll end up on the street again, they’ll truly love you like no other pet can. If you’re looking for this special bond, check out your local shelter or rescue; there are always plenty of furbabies looking for a forever home.


5 Valentine’s Day Date Spots for You & Your Dog

When your Valentine is furry, has four paws, and drools a little, it can be hard to find a date spot on February 14th. Not all restaurants recognize pups as the most loving, dedicated, and loyal Valentine dates, so you may have a difficult time finding the pawfect place. Luckily, we’ve taken the time to compile a list of restaurants that are fido-friendly. Just as with any Valentine date, be sure to call ahead; these are chain restaurants across the U.S. and not all locations may be open to canine customers.


  1. Johnny Rockets. The infamous burger joint is often known for welcoming pups, with special menu items like pupcakes and doggie hamburgers. Again, every Johnny Rocket’s is different, so be sure to call ahead to confirm that furry friends are welcome.
  2. Sonic Drive-In. Bring your dog through the outdoor drive-in at your local Sonic– some locations even carry dog treats, just ask!
  3. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. If you’re on the west coast, look for your local Lazy Dog! As the name suggests, this chain is pretty pup-friendly. Dogs even have their own menu, with tasty treats like plain chicken breast, hamburgers, and brown rice.
  4. Shake Shack. Shake Shacks are also known for being welcoming toward canine companions, with menu items like the “Pooch-ini”, which includes treats, peanut butter sauce, and vanilla custard. It’s best to call ahead and confirm your pup’s acceptance.
  5. Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Panera, Chili’s. More and more restaurants with patios are opening their outdoor spaces to dogs. If your local chain restaurant has an outdoor patio, just give them a ring and ask if they’ll welcome your furry friend!


If you don’t have any dog-friendly spots near you, plan a night in for you and your furry Valentine! All you need is a dog movie, full water dish, and plenty of Bark at the Moon Treats! We can assure you that your pup will enjoy a night in just as much as a night out– as long as they get to be with you! Shop for our tasty All-Natural Treats here. Happy Valentine’s Day from Bark at the Moon!

New Year, New Dog

You might’ve set some New Year’s resolutions for yourself, but what about your pup? 2018 is the Year of the Dog, so help your dog to make this his best year! To ensure that this is your furry friend’s healthiest and happiest 365 days yet, we’ve crafted some resolutions for him– but he’s going to need your help!

Cute dog border collie lying in the snow


  1. Be More Active. For many dogs, bad behavior is a result of lack of exercise. Getting outside, getting proper exercise, and releasing energy will lead to a dog that doesn’t get in that much trouble.
  2. Eat All-Natural. Eating all-natural food and treats means there’s no harmful additives, preservatives, artificial flavors, or colors that’ll slow your dog down or make him sick.
  3. Eat Healthy. Eating healthy is easy for dogs! Just be sure to buy treats made of real meat, which means your pup will get plenty of vitamins and nutrients, as well as essential proteins.
  4. Make New Friends. If your dog enjoys other dogs, why not take them to the local park? Sometimes a little canine companionship will lift your dog’s spirits and lead to a happier year overall!
  5. Earn More Treats. Better behavior equals more treats! It’s a win-win for pup and pawrent!


Following these resolutions, your dog will be on his best behavior, so you should be prepared with tasty treats for rewards! Try Bark at the Moon Treats– all-natural and healthy, so your pup can check off two resolutions already. Happy New Year, from us at Bark at the Moon!

7 Infamous Dogs In Christmas Movies

We’ve gathered the best of the best Christmas movies in which canines have starring roles. So grab your hot chocolate and your hound, and cozy up to watch these Christmas classics!


  1. Max from How The Grinch Stole Christmas


Although the Grinch himself is less-than-lovable, everybody loves his adorable canine sidekick, Max! Max goes along with the Grinch’s destructive plans, but keeps him in line by making sure he saves Cindy Lou from going down the present shoot or off the cliff of Mount Krumpit.


  1. Beethoven from Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure


Hollywood’s most well-known St. Bernard, Beethoven, must go on an adventure to help save Christmas for Santa. This sweet tale is perfect to watch with your pup!


  1. Snoopy from A Charlie Brown Christmas


Ever since 1965, this movie has been a favorite around Christmastime– and it wouldn’t be the same without Snoopy! Snoopy gets into the Christmas spirit by decorating his doghouse, but it’s Charlie who teaches him and the others that there’s more to Christmas than the material things.


  1. Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas


Even though he’s a ghost, there’s nothing scary about Jack’s playful pup, Zero! Just like any normal dog, Zero is faithful to his owner, Jack Skellington, and follows him wherever he goes.


  1. Weenie from Eloise at Christmastime


The pampered pug, Weenie, is always ready to help Eloise meddle in something she’s not supposed to. In addition, the trusty pug shows off a variety of cute, pink outfits throughout the film– what’s not to love?


  1. Zeus from The Dog Who Saved Christmas


A canine twist on the classic Home Alone, Zeus the Labrador Retriever is a former police dog who must protect his home after two burglars break in while his owners are away. Oh, and did we mention Zeus is voiced by Mario Lopez?


  1. The Bumpus’ Hounds from A Christmas Story


Who can forget the scene where the Bumpus’ hounds break into the Parkers’ kitchen and devour their Christmas turkey behind the Old Man’s back? We triple-DOG-dare you to watch this Christmas classic this season!

Top 5 Reasons Your Dog Is Thankful for YOU

We don’t have to tell you the reasons you’re thankful for your dog– you already know! But have you ever wondered what your pup is thinking about you? Here are the top five reasons why your dog is thankful for YOU this Thanksgiving!

young Australian shepherd playing with leaves

  1. Love and snuggles. Your pup is never happier than when you two are spending some quality time together. Also science shows that petting your pup relaxes them, and you too!
  2. You gave him a place to stay. You opened up your home to your furry friend, and provided him with food, water, and warmth. Without you, your little pup would’ve been lost.
  3. You always come home. There’s nothing that produces more tail wags and exciting barking than the sound of you coming home! It’s the best part of your pup’s day because he’s relieved to see that you won’t neglect him.
  4. You sometimes let him get away with things. Discipline is important, but sometimes you let Fido jump onto your bed or feed him from the dinner table. How can you resist those puppy eyes all the time!
  5. Treats! Treats, treats, treats! Your pup is super thankful for the little tasty treats he gets after he does a trick, is on his best behavior, or as a bedtime snack.


So while you’re at the dinner table giving thanks this November, give your pup something to be thankful for with delicious, meaty Bark at the Moon Treats. All Bark at the Moon Treats are made of real meat, made in the USA. Right now, you can get your pup their very own bag for a discounted price with our exclusive coupon code! Just use code THANKPUP at checkout for 10% off. Happy Thanksgiving, furriends!

Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

You may know October as the month of Halloween, pumpkins, and apple cider. But it gets even better than that– what you may not know is that October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Shelter dogs can be loving, wonderful pets; no matter what they’ve been through, they have a chance at a new beginning by way of adoption. Adopting/rescuing a shelter dog often means that you are saving an innocent life. Puppies from breeders will always find homes, but it’s the neglected dogs waiting in shelters that need homes, otherwise they might be put down. If you’re as passionate about shelter dogs as we are at Bark at the Moon, check out these five tips to make the most of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.

dogs people connection adoption

ADOPT. If you’re looking to expand your furry family, there is no better time to do it than during October. Adopting a shelter pup saves a life, and is often much cheaper than buying from a breeder. Visit your local shelter or rescue to meet these pups– you’re sure to make a connection.

DONATE. If you’re not in a place to adopt a shelter dog, you can still help out by donating money, blankets, toys, and food to your local shelter. Any of these gifts will improve the quality of life of those waiting for a forever home.

VOLUNTEER. How else can you better spend your free time than taking care of shelter dogs? Many shelters welcome volunteers to feed the dogs, play with them, and take them on walks. You might even end up making a furry friend and deciding to take them home.

SHARE. The easiest thing you can do is promote the message of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month on social media. Simply posting “October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!” with a link to Petfinder, or other rescue sites, can spread the message to hundreds of people. Before you know it, someone could be encouraged by your post to save a shelter dog’s life.

POST. Another simple solution is to post a pic of your own shelter pup, with the message of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. There are many stigmas that shelter dogs are wild, disobedient, or unloving animals; by sharing the compassion of your own shelter pup, you are helping to shed a more positive light on neglected animals.


Another effective way to spread awareness is to share this post to your social media– No step is too small in the journey to empty shelters across America!

Hug Your Hound Day

Hug Your Hound Day, celebrated on the second Sunday of September, is not just a day to give your dog a big ol’ hug (although that is encouraged as well). Created by renowned dog trainer Ami Moore, Hug Your Hound Day was originally intended to bring attention to your pup’s health and happiness, as well as the tight-knit bond between owner and dog. To celebrate, we compiled a list of five fun ways to spend Hug Your Hound Day!

Woman Hugging Dog Silhouette

  1. Hug Your Hound! If you don’t have a hound to hug, check out your local shelter to rescue a new furry friend.
  2. Healthy is Happy. Maybe you’ve been putting off that vet trip, have recently noticed a strange lump on your pup, or are worried about his recent-developed limp. Take this day to check up on your pup’s health, because dogs cannot tell you when they’re not feeling well.
  3. It’s a Big World, After All. Ami Moore, founder of Hug Your Hound Day, also promoted the day as a time to see the world from your dog’s perspective. Take the time to realize something that seems so small to you may be frightening or uncomfortable for your furry friend, and understand that this can trigger negative behavior.
  4. Post a Pic! Honor your precious pup and their obedience and love by posting a photo of them to social media, using the hashtag #NationalHugYourHoundDay.
  5. The Easiest Way to Say ‘Thanks’. How do you say ‘thank you’ to a furry friend? Try saying ‘treat’! Treating your pup to Bark at the Moon’s All-Natural Meats shows your love and gratitude, and feeding them these healthy treats shows you care.


Take the time on September 10th to wish your pup a Happy Hug Your Hound Day by following any (or all!) of the tips above. As a gift from us to you on one of our favorite holidays, use code HOUNDTEN for 10% off your next entire order of Bark at the Moon Treats! Happy Hugging, friends!

Beat the Heat with These Tips

Funny dog sunbathing on summer

Summer can be a lot of fun for your furry friend– more walks, more time spent outdoors, and a lot more to explore! But, with August being the hottest month of the year, summer can also be a dangerous time for your dog. Dogs that are overheated can quickly become sick, resulting in heat stroke or even death. Follow these essential tips to keep your pup happy and healthy:

DODGE DEHYDRATION. Keep a bowl constantly full of fresh water outside during summer days and make sure your pup has a shady place to escape the sun (this is especially important to remember when bringing your dog along for a beach trip).


KNOW YOUR PUP’S LIMITATIONS. Avoid exercising your dog during extremely hot weather and pay special attention that dogs who are old, overweight, ill, or have flat faces (like pugs) remain in a cool, air-conditioned space to avoid heat stroke.

BETTER OFF AT HOME. While you might think it fun to take your pup along while you run errands on a nice day, you are actually putting him in danger. Regardless of whether or not you’ve parked your car in the shade or cracked a window, the inside of your car can easily heat up to 120 degrees in minutes during warm weather.

*IMPORTANT* If you notice a distressed dog locked in a car on a hot day, please ask store management to alert their shoppers of the crisis or call the police department. It’s your responsibility to take action, as the dog has no way of escaping this dangerous situation on their own.

TOO HOT TO TROT. The rules are simple: if the ground is too hot for bare feet, it’s too hot for bare paws. If you’re wearing shoes, test the ground with the back of your hand for excessive heat. The padding on your pet’s paws can burn easily, causing your pup pain and even injury.

We know that keeping your furbaby safe and happy is your #1 priority as a pawrent; following these tips will not only keep your pup healthy, but decrease the number of pets each year that succumb to heat stroke. Please share to spread the word!

National Pet Fire Safety Day – July 15

Happy Family at Cabin in the Woods

While you may have practiced fire safety drills or planned escape routes with household members, many forget to make a safety plan for their pets! While it may seem easy to write off pet fire safety as “if there’s an emergency, we’ll grab the pets and get out”, when the time comes you may find that this is not the case. National Pet Fire Safety Day exists for this purpose– to educate pet owners on the many ways to feel secure about their pet’s safety in any emergency situation. Pets are a part of your family, so be sure to follow the steps below to treat them as such.

1. KNOW GENERAL FIRE SAFETY. Fire-related emergencies are often the fault of the homeowner. Whether it’s being sure to blow out candles before bed or turning off the stove before leaving the house, don’t feel silly returning to your bathroom a second time to see if you unplugged that hair dryer. It could stop an emergency before it occurs.

2. BE CAUTIOUS FOR YOUR PET. It’s quite universally agreeable that furry friends are not exactly careful creatures. That’s why, as a pet owner, you should strive to be wary of them around fire. Furry, wagging tails are a danger around candles and fireplaces should be effectively barred to deter your pet’s curiosity.

3. MAKE IT EASY FOR RESCUERS. In the case that you are not home at the time of an emergency, it should be easy for rescuers to reach your furry friend. Keeping them secured in a space near an entrance will allow for a quicker and more seamless rescue.

4. MAKE IT EVEN EASIER FOR RESCUERS. The best way to achieve peace of mind when it comes to pet fire safety is a window sticker. Firefighters are accustomed to these stickers, which tell them what pets to look for and who to contact in an emergency. Stickers should be placed on a front-facing window of your home in clear view. These pet fire safety stickers are readily available FOR FREE by simply signing up for our Bark at the Moon Newsletter– so you have no excuse!


Remember that, unlike people, pets alone cannot escape an emergency situation. It is vital for you, just as a parent would with their child, to have their best interest in mind. Following the above steps will make your home a safer place for your pet to live and will work to decrease the inhumane number of pets that are affected by fire safety each year. Your first step toward pet fire safety can be a window sticker, provided free by us by signing up for our Bark at the Moon Newsletter, here. Stay safe!



Using Bark at the Moon Treats for Positive Reinforcement Training

Positive reinforcement has been praised in the dog training world for its harmlessness and progressive results. In a nutshell, positive reinforcement training requires owners to reward their pups for good behavior, as opposed to punishing them for bad behavior. Dogs are animals, and adjusting to the world of humans is not so easy. Positive reinforcement is a safe way to ease your dog into the rules of your home while not damaging the trust between you two with threatening actions. The main reason why positive reinforcement works so well relies on the reality that dogs live in the moment. You should react to your dog’s good behavior right away by, for example, rewarding him with Bark at the Moon Beef Liver Jerky. Your pup will associate the good behavior with a tasty Bark at the Moon Treat, and strive to repeat this good behavior in order to get more treats. This is the basis of positive reinforcement training.

This form of training is much more than just indulging your pup in all-natural treats– that’d be too easy! There are a few other things to keep in mind. The first is the most important: consistency. You’ve can’t reward your pet with love and affection when they jump on your bed one day, and then berate them when they jump up the next day. The same rules should be consistent with all household members as well; inconsistency will only confuse your poor pup as he tries to please everyone at once. The second thing to keep in mind is simplicity. Your furry friend may be smart, but not enough to know the whole English language. Keep your commands to a one-word minimum. For example, “sit” instead of “sit down”; “drop” instead of “drop the ball”; “down” instead of “no jumping”. Avoid “stop”, as you’re not giving your dog an alternative action to the one they’re currently performing. Keeping it simple will allow for better understanding between you and your pup. The last tip for effective positive reinforcement training is persistence. Raising a fur baby can be similar to raising a child. Keep a patient attitude and continue their training until you see improvement. Just like a child, your pup may take a while to learn the rules or even surprise you by catching on quickly.

The driving force of positive reinforcement is that you are not creating a barrier of fear and anxiety between you and your pet by resorting to physically hostile behavior. Instead, you are building a bridge of trust and understanding between you two by compelling your pet to associate good behavior– and you– with treats, belly rubs, and praises. The four key elements of positive reinforcement training to remember are: consistency, simplicity, persistence, and a cupboard stocked with Bark at the Moon All-Natural Treats for rewards! Want to begin now? Here’s 10% off your next order of Bark at the Moon Treats so you can start training right away: just use code BARKIN10 at checkout.