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July 30, 2012

Promote Outdoor Pet Gear This Camping Season

By Julie Jacobs

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We’re in the mid-summer doldrums, so what to do? A new adventure seems in order.

Camping with dogs
Set up a section in your store to accomodate customers who camp with their dogs.
Many Americans love hitting the campgrounds this time of year; some in RVs or campers and others roughing it in tents and sleeping bags. Either way, camping in the woods or along a shoreline is a great way to escape the city heat, relax and have some fun. And, people often take their four-legged campers along for some outdoor time.

Set up a little wilderness outpost in your pet store or on your website. Offer gear that customers may want for a camping trip. Products to consider: portable little doggy houses or tents, travel beds, portable or disposable water and food bowls, water bottles for hiking in the woods, spikes to put in the ground with extra long leads so a dog can enjoy the great outdoors while still in eye’s reach, and maybe a shorter lead for when lighting a campfire, so they do not get to close to the flames and singe their fur or burn their paws.

Don’t forget to offer raingear, including rain boots, as well as wipes as it can get dirty (and smelly, too) out there. Poop bags, of course, should be in the outpost section, as well as life preservers for those camping near water. A section full of rugged-look collars and leads, cool/wet collars for hot days, strobe-light collars or leads and pull-resistant might also be a good addition. Of course, food and treats need to be included, as well as plenty of outdoor, rugged, easy-to-clean toys and maybe even doggy visors and sunglasses.

Juno's Garden Pal Dog products
Julie recommends Juno's Garden's Pal Dog Boo Boo Gel when vacation outdoors with dogs.
How about some instant insect repellents? I love Juno’s Gardens Pal Dog Botanical Collection (www.paldog.com). Tell Juliann I referred you. It offers two products ideal for outdoor ventures. Freshen-Up Spray-Outdoor Formula is a great all-natural paraben-free insect repellent. I actually spray myself with this as I spray the dogs. And my most favorite product that I love, love, love is Boo-Boo Gel—a natural first-aid treatment that soothes skin abrasions, burns, cuts, scratches, stings, hot spots and toenail breaks, among other things. I put it on my dogs and they forget about the problem as though it never existed. Living in Florida, I use this all the time on myself. I think I have a sign on me for all bugs to bite me. Nothing works to take the itch away as well as Boo-Boo Gel. I live by this product and cannot say enough wonderful things about it. It is a miracle worker and a great item for your and your pet’s first-aid kit.

Last but not least, don’t forget to offer that first aid kit, as well as a good book on both people and animal first-aid. It’s better to be prepared should a unfortunate situation occur. Maybe even offer a Red Cross pet first-aid course in your store as a reason to host an event. Get together with your local Red Cross; it often offers a pet version of its course. Good for the campers and great for all. As always, feel free to reach me at julie@dogandfriends.com with any of your questions.


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