May Special: Nulo Freestyle

Nulo is where nutrition meets love, and they live by their word.  With over 80% of proteins coming from real meat like lamb, chicken, salmon, turkey or cod, you can be assured that your dog is getting the amino acids and fuel they need.  Whether you need a great dog food  or you’re looking for something more feline in nature, Nulo Freestyle has you covered.

We’re offering huge savings on Nulo this month at both stores:

  • $2 off of all small bags
  • $4 off of medium bags
  • $7 off all large bags


Buy a Toy – Save a Life

A lot of our customers happily drop money in our donation boxes at both stores, helping many rescue groups around Kansas City.  And now we have a new way to help two great groups while buying a fun toy for your furry friend!  Just look for Monkeez & Friends plush toys when you visit our store, and purchase one of the cute toys (which crinkle and crunch noisily when your dog bites them!). A percentage of your purchase will immediately go to both the Best Friends Animal Society and the Annabelle Buckner Allen Foundation.

Best Friends Animal Society‘s mission statement is “Save them all” and to that end, they save all the animals they can, from dogs to birds to guinea pigs to livestock to fowl, giving them all a save and nurturing home.

The Annabelle Buckner Allen Foundation is the legacy of an amazing and generous woman who Barkery manager Tom Allen was lucky enough to call his wife.  The Foundation seeks to help all grassroots community animal organizations, and to help people deal with the emotional toll caused by cancer.

The Barkery is so proud to be able to help both of these  extraordinarily worthy organizations!

Problematic Puppy Behavior

Tips for Puppy Behavior Problems

Yes, your new puppy is cute. And cuddly. But is also destructive and constantly getting into trouble. Here are some tips from Pet MD to help solve your new family members’ issues.

To Discourage Destructive Chewing

  • Experiment with various toys and look for those that interests your pet, especially those than have compartments for food
  • Keep forbidden objects out of reach
  • Close doors to deny access to forbidden areas
  • Interrupt any unacceptable chewing with a sharp “no”


  • Provide plenty of exercise and activity
  • Use toys to distract the pet during the act of playbiting
  • Leash and halter can be used to provide minimal restraint
  • Avoid games that encourage playbiting behavior
  • Put your puppy in puppy classes as early as possible
  • Take control of resources and train your pup to sit before receiving toys, food, attention, and food
  • Ignore any pushy social behavior like barking, whining, or pawing for attention

Jumping on People

  • Teach the pet to sit on command
  • Avoid games and play that may encourage it to jump on people
  • Gain your dog’s attention with a loud, sharp noise when it does jump
  • Head halter can also be used to provide minimal restraint

Getting on Counters/Furniture

  • Keep your counters and furniture free of any food or other objects that might get attention of the pup
  • Move dog to a confined area when it does misbehave
  • Provide interesting toys for mental stimulation, and a comfortable living space

It is important you follow-up with your veterinarian to ascertain the effectiveness of these tips. Prognosis in most cases is good; in addition, the frequency and intensity of such behaviors typically decrease with age.

If the dog is still misbehaving after several weeks, your veterinarian may recommend a trained behavioral therapist for a more intense training program. To read the full article, click here.

Obesity in Cats: How to Help

Did you know that  55% – or 47 million – of U.S. cats are overweight or obese?

The average domestic cat should weigh 8-10 pounds. Persian and Siamese cats can range between 6-12 pounds, and Maine Coon cats can be normal at up to 25 pounds. But these are the exceptions to the rule.

When a vet recommends that a cat lose two or three pounds, pet owners usually don’t take action. But that is often thinking in human weight terms.

Here’s what a few extra pounds on a cat would equate to in a human:

  • Two pounds is similar to 28 pounds on a 140-pound woman
  • Three pounds is similar to 42 pounds on a 140-pound woman
  • Five pounds is similar to 70 pounds on a 140-pound woman
  • Eight pounds is similar to 112 pounds on a 140-pound woman

Obesity contributes to many medical conditions in cats including diabetes, arthritis, heart and lung disease, high blood pressure, compromised immune function and may even predispose them to certain types of cancer. It has been well documented that cats maintaining an ideal body weight live longer, and with less disease, than overweight cats.

What Foods Help Cats Lose Weight
As carnivores, it is often easiest and healthiest for cats to lose weight on high-protein, low-carbohydrate canned food. These foods allow cats to lose weight while still maintaining lean body mass and strength. Treats must also be chosen wisely, with no more than 10 percent of a cat’s daily calories.

A Few More Tips

  • Remember your cat needs exercise! Purchase a laser pointer for lots of activity
  • Be sure to have your cat weigh in so you can track progress
  • Avoid filling the bowl full just because it’s empty. Use a measuring cup and set feed times

BioPel: Ensuring Pest-Free Pets and People

 Innovet introduces the BioPel system, allowing you to prevent pests with three easy-to-use products

BioPel offers safe products that kill and prevents ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and ants. They also offer a supplement to add to your pet’s food.

The first option is BioPel Plus, a supplement mixing the proven pest fighters garlic and diatomaceous earth.  Mixed with beef liver, it’s a food topper your pet will love.  High in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids that are proven to aid in repelling insects and parasites from the inside out.

There is also BioPel leave-in conditioner, a lotion you rub on your pet.  It contains lemongrass and neem oils, which are strong deterrents for all sorts of insect pests.

And lastly, BioPel spray.  Safe for use on not only your pets, but also bedding, clothing, even your skin while hiking or camping.

The Barkery now has the full set in stock! Purchase all of these separately, or triple your pest-fighting power and save money by buying all three in a bundle! Stop in today to learn more about BioPel.

Bizarre Dog Behavior Explained – and Solved!

Why did your dog just roll in something smelly? Or why must he hump everyone that comes through the door? Modern Dog tells us:

I know; why on earth would any animal eat its own waste or that of another animal? It’s a bizarre behaviour from our perspective and one that can sometimes be detrimental to a dog. So then, why would your beautiful little fur ball stoop to such a vulgar level?

If you have ever raised a litter of puppies, you’ll know that their mother will normally clean up after them by eating their feces. This is not only a sanitary solution, but an age-old survival mechanism. In the wild, predators hungry for a bit of puppy could locate the den simply by the scent of feces. It became necessary, then, for the mother to get rid of this evidence. Good canine mothers today do the same thing, even though those nasty predators are by and large no longer a threat.

Additionally, in dirty kennels, puppy mills, or overcrowded shelters, the waste of puppies and other dogs can lie around for hours; the curious puppy will often eat the feces, which still contains some scent of food. This behaviour self-reinforces over time and when the puppy goes to a good home, the nasty habit often goes with them.

Another cause of coprophagy is poor diet. If a puppy or adult dog is eating a nutritionally deficient diet or is not being fed enough, it will instinctively seek out another food source. This often means feces in the yard or dog park.

To prevent coprophagy, keep your dog’s environment perfectly free of any waste. Pick it up right away! Try not to leave a dog with this habit alone in a yard or dog run for any length of time, as he will eat the waste and self-reinforce the behaviour. Be sure to feed the best food possible, in amounts suitable for your dog. Then, whenever you’re walking your dog, let him sniff around only in spots where you know there is no other waste present.

It’s an awkward moment when your dog saunters over to another dog at the park and starts humping away. Even more awkward is when it happens to human guests in your home. Why is this happening?

Though unneutered males are the most likely culprits, any dog—male, female, young or old—can develop a humping habit. Often evolving out of play, puppies will often hump each other, as will older dogs. The anxious, isolated dog can evoke this behaviour as a stress release mechanism. Status confusion among a group of dogs and/or humans can result in a dog humping sequential “victims,” in an attempt to clarify his/her standing. Some pushy dogs will do it simply as a way of controlling others, while the un-socialized dog just might not know any better, because no other dogs taught him or her the finer points of getting along. Lastly, humping can become an obsessive-compulsive behaviour; like barking or tail chasing, it can self-reinforce over time and be nearly impossible to stop.

Solutions to humping are comprehensive. First, make sure your dog is getting enough stimulation. Exercise, play, socialization, training, and routine are all vital. Obedience train, as it teaches your dog to think, calms him, and gives you a way to control and refocus. For instance, instead of letting two dogs hump each other all over the yard, put them both through some obedience exercises such as down/stays, paired walking, or recalls. Neuter or spay your dog at the appropriate time to lessen sexual urges. And if a dog compulsively humps people, employ a plant spray bottle filled with water. A mist in the schnoz and a “Quit” can be effective in shutting down the behaviour, as well as keeping a short lead on your dog to guide him away from a potential “victim” before it happens. Put him in a down/stay, then reward with a treat after a few minutes.

Reverse Sneezing
Your dog suddenly sucks air into his nose, while making a snorting, choking sound. He extends his neck and head and seems to be choking on something. After a few moments, the event is over, and he seems fine. This is the “reverse sneeze,” one of a dog’s most bizarre behaviours.

Technically known as “paroxysmal respiration,” reverse sneezing sounds awful but really isn’t. Reverse sneezing can be caused by an irritant in the air, by eating or drinking too fast, by a foreign body or hair balls, or even a nasal infection. The resultant irritation of the palate or throat causes a spasm, resulting in quick inhalations of air into the dog’s nose. The trachea can narrow, causing difficulty in air movement. The condition is more common in older dogs.

To reduce the chances of reverse sneezes, minimize chemicals, cleaners, rug deodorizers or other potential irritants from the home. Groom your dog often, and vacuum up hair very day. If a nasal drip is present, see the veterinarian.

During a reverse sneeze, try rubbing your dog’s throat to ease the spasm. Very briefly cover his nose to encourage swallowing, which can dislodge a foreign body. Look into his mouth if need be, to see if anything is obstructing his throat. If so, remove it. Though a disconcerting experience for you and your pooch, it’s nothing to worry too much over, though if this happens all the time, it never hurts to see your vet.

Tail Chasing
The sight of a dog whirling around in a circle with his tail in his mouth might be one of the funniest scenes in dogdom. I suppose if we had long, fluffy tails and could chew on them, we might even give it a try. It’s a behaviour that often starts early on; a puppy, barely aware of his own individuality, sees the tail and begins to whirl around after it. It’s fun, and serves some deep-seated need to chase something. Of course when humans see this, they laugh, and often encourage the dog on. And so the behaviour slowly becomes engrained.

Other dogs go for their tails because of a flea, tick or worm problem; they try to chew on it to relieve the itch. Dermatitis or dirt can also initiate the need to bite the tail. Still other dogs begin the behaviour out of boredom, or because of underlying stress.

Tail chasers often slip into an obsessive-compulsive mode. Some will literally spin and spin until dizzy, or until their nails or pads wear down from the constant friction.

To prevent obsessive tail chasing, be sure to keep your dog as pest-free and clean as possible, thus preventing tail biting spurred from infestation or dirt. Remove tangles from his tail fur, use a flea/tick preventive prescribed by a veterinarian, and get dermatitis diagnosed and treated. If your dog tail chases, ramp up obedience training to divert him into more appropriate behaviours. Use a “Quit” command when you see him begin to spin; match this with a soda can filled with pennies tossed nearby if the behaviour has become obsessive. If you can divert and redirect him quickly the moment he begins the spinning, you can eventually extinguish the behaviour.

Rolling in Stinky Stuff
Why would a perfectly normal dog choose to roll around in garbage, dung, or rotting corpses? Like it or not, some do, and seem to get great pleasure out of it. And it’s rarely the dog’s own mess; rather, it’s nearly always something else’s putrid leavings. Go figure.

Why? One theory claims that dogs want to mark over a strong scent with their own smell, rising to the olfactory “challenge.” Others posit it’s a holdover from when dogs wished to camouflage their own scent in order to sneak up on prey. Or it may simply be that dogs to whom scent is everything, simply revel in the fragrances emitted by gross things. To dogs, what we find horrid is actually interesting. Think teenage boys wearing cheap cologne.

To prevent your dog anointing himself with eau de rotting seal keep things as clean as possible around home and property. While on walks, make sure you decide when your dogs stops to relieve themselves, or investigate. Keep an eye out for garbage, dead animals, or generally stinky stuff. Work on the Leave it! command, as well as a reliable recall command to stop an off-leash dog from rolling in stink. If needed, use a loud clap and a verbal Leave it! if you see him going for that flattened squirrel. Otherwise, you’ll be spending a lot on dog shampoo.

Customer Blog: Cat Food Case Study

Greetings fellow Barkery patrons!

My name is Amanda and I have a 10-year old black, domestic, medium-haired cat named Marcello. Marcello has been with me since he was about 6 months old. He is very loving and has the loudest purr you’ve ever heard, but that is sadly due in part to his feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR).

FVR is one of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats, and causes Marcello to sneeze, have congestion, and watery eyes and nose. I’ve spent countless dollars at the vet trying to find something he can take regularly to help with this issue, but it always seems to come back.

Recently, his sneezing was out of control, so back to the vet we went. I was given two different (and expensive) medicines to try, which helped temporarily, but then I was back at square one. My vet also mentioned trying a grain-free diet. Thankfully, I had recently discovered the Barkery and went to the experts for help. I left with a new flavor from the Fromm line: “Beef Livattini Veg” – a grain-free dry cat food entree.

The first thing I did when I arrived home was compare the ingredients on the two bags of food. Here’s what I was comparing:

Purina One Beyond – Salmon and Brown Rice 

Salmon, chicken meal, whole brown rice, soybean meal, whole barley, whole oat meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), soy protein isolate, dried yeast, dried egg product, dried beet pulp, natural flavor, fish oil, phosphoric acid, caramel color, calcium carbonate, whole cranberries, dried tomatoes, dried spinach, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, calcium phosphate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.   B-4261

Fromm Beef Livattini Veg 

Beef Liver, Whole Dried Egg, Salmon Meal, Chickpeas, Peas, Dried Tomato Pomace, Pea Protein, Pea Flour, Russet Potatoes, Beef, Pork Fat, Turkey Liver, Sweet Potatoes, Salmon Oil, Wisconsin Cheese, Flaxseed, Olive il, Carrots, Celery, Parsley, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Spinach, Zucchini, Eggplant, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Taurine, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Vitamin A acetate, Vitamin D3 supplement, Vitamin E supplement, Vitamin B12 supplement, choline bitartrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, L-Ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine, mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganous sulfate, mangesium sulfate, copper sulfate, cobalt carbonate, calcium iodate, sorbic acid (preservative), ferrous proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, magnesium proteinate, cobalt proteinate, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product

When comparing the main ingredients (that the average person can identify) I noticed that only three ingredients were the same in the Fromm food, and one is questionable since it is a “whole dried egg” vs. a “dried egg product.” What concerned me about the Purina food (which I thought seemed ok at the time of purchase) contains three whole grains – brown rice, barley and oatmeal – items I’m certain cats aren’t meant to ingest. I was also surprised to see that Marcello was getting a few different meats from the Fromm meal: beef liver, salmon, beef, pork and turkey liver. There are also three vegetables in the Purina vs. eleven in the Fromm meal.

And so, I have fed the Fromm to Marcello for over two weeks now and I am happy (as well as he) to report that not only does he LOVE the Fromm (he literally used to spit bits of the Purina out) but his sneezing has gone from out of control to a sneeze here and there. He also begs for Fromm now, something he’s never done before! I also like that it is in smaller pieces and easier on his adult teeth.

In conclusion, I’m a believer in grain-free all natural food. Just as I feel better and have more energy when sticking to protein and fruits and vegetables, my sweet kitty is the same way. I’m so thankful I found the Barkery and would highly suggest that any pet owner stop in and see the difference in their pets’ lives.

Top 5 Apps for Dog Owners

“There’s an app for that” – yes, even for pet owners.

Mashable released a helpful list of 10 apps that can make your life a little easier when it comes to your four-legged friend. We’ve narrowed it down to 5 to make it even easier!

1. Tagg

Tagg is essentially a GPS attachment for your dog’s collar, and because of its many features, it can give you peace of mind. The app will track your dog’s activity and send you a message if he goes beyond the boundaries you set. Not only that, Tagg allows you to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise by measuring movement.

2. Pet Phone

The Pet Phone app lets you track your dog’s health with ease. You can keep track of vet appointments, medications, allergies and food preferences for each of your pets, and the app can be synced with your calendar to get reminders.

3. iCam

If you want to see what your dog is up to in real-time, iCam is the app to get. You can watch your canine friend remotely, just to make sure everything’s all right. This is especially useful if you’re leaving your dog home for the first time, you recently moved or you’re traveling. Also great when you have a sick pet at home.

4. Pet First Aid

Raising pets is fun, but it’s also a big responsibility, which means there can be some scares. If anything should happen to your dog, Pet First Aid helps you take the right steps to make sure he’ll be OK. Detailed videos and illustrations include restraint, muzzling, CPR, bandaging and more.

5. Petoxins

A perfect resource after our recent blog on poisonous plants and pets. It’s tough, if not impossible, to know everything that is harmful to your dog. The Petoxins app from the ASPCA helps you out by having a impressive list of poisonous plants, and most of them you probably didn’t know. For example, did you know that tulip bulbs are hazardous? Now you can keep similar vegetation out of your dog’s reach.

So go ahead, try them out and let us know what you think – and what you find the most useful!