Pet Play Dates in India

Dogs by nature are social creatures, it’s part of who they are as animals. So they need a healthy dose of interaction with fellow doggos every once in while in order to be as happy as they can be.

But if you share your home with only one dog, how can you make sure they’re getting enough puppy play time with other dogs?

 It’s simple, doggy play dates!


By meeting up with other pet parents for puppy play dates you give your favorite friend an opportunity to run with other dogs and enjoy the best parts of being a canine.

And puppy play dates are good for more than just your furry friend.

They get a chance to play around with new friends while you get an opportunity to connect with other like minded individuals in your area. It’s a win-win for your entire family!

And beyond being a fun time, meeting up with other pet parents provides your four legged friend with much needed socialization. Without it, your dog will be more wary and suspicious of the world around them. This can lead to certain behavioral problems and an overall tendency to be more aggressive. All of which just means your favorite friend is not as happy as they can be.

So, since socialization is a key component to your dog’s mental health and a great way to have fun, you’re probably asking yourself…

Well, where do I go to meet other proud pet parents? How can I schedule healthy doggy play dates for my friend?

 So let’s find out!

Going Online For Meet Ups…

Given that our world has become more connected than it has ever been, starting online is the best place to begin.There you can find local people in your area that are doing exactly what you are and looking for ways to connect with other pet parents.dogs-2450047_640

And while there are quite a few platforms for bringing together people for pet play dates, there are a couple that are a little more popular than others.

For one, there is Meetup which allows you to not only join in on the play date fun but also create and manage your own meetups.All you need to do is create an account and then start looking for meetup dates around your area. It’s that simple!

Or if you don’t see one around your area, you can start your own group to meetup and begin enjoying puppy play dates with other pet parents in your area.


Taking a trip down to your local dog park…

 If you aren’t one for making scheduled play dates, you could always take a trip down to your local dog park. There, you can let your furry friend meet and play with other doggos for an afternoon of socialization.

And depending on your local park, there might even be scheduled meetups for different activities like swimming and other fun stuff. So find a dog park around you, pack up your furry friend and get ready to make some new friends!


Good Old Fashioned Dog Play Dates with Your Neighbors…

 More than likely you know of a few other proud pet parents in your neighborhood. You probably even have similar schedules as you pass by each other on your daily walks.

So why not take the opportunity to build your connections with your neighbors while giving your doggo a chance to make a new friend.

Even if you can’t meet up for more formal pet play dates, scheduling a walk or two with other pet parents gives your furry friend a chance to socialize with other dogs, even if only for a walk.

A Happy Dog is Social Dog…

 Often as pet parents our busy work schedules mean that after work we just want to go home and unwind before tackling the next day ahead. But we have to remember while we were out enjoying the world, our best friend was at home waiting.


And all that waiting around the house can make your pup anxious, nervous, and deprive them of some much needed socialization with others.

So make some time to schedule puppy play dates, even if it is just for a walk around your neighborhood.

You’ll find your furry friend will be healthier, happier, and of course around to love you all the longer!

Do you have any ideas for pet play dates in your area or are there ways we missed? Stop by our Facebook page and let us know by leaving a comment!


Potty Training Your Puppy

So you’ve brought home your new best friend!
Everything is hugs and playing until… oops your new friend answers the call of the wild indoors. And before you get upset, remember this is all part of the process of teaching and guiding a young animal into becoming an amazing creature. So now that the mess is taken care of and your home is back to being puddle free, what do you do?pexels-photo-59523

Well, it’s time to start house training your new best friend before the next accident.

So let’s jump right into everything you’ll need to know and learn to help your best friend make the transition into sharing a home with you.

Beginning Your Training….

Yes, you read correctly, we need to begin with your training first. Because after all, this is probably new to you as well. So let’s take a moment to get everything you’ll need to know out of the way before moving forward to teaching your best friend.

First and foremost, your training begins with understanding that accidents will happen. It’s all part of the process.

As your new best friend is learning, sometimes mistakes will happen and sometimes those mistakes may happen on your part. What’s important to take away from here is how you handle those mistakes.

While it may be easy to let your frustration get the better of you, there is never a reason to get physical or angry with your best friend.

What does that mean?

Well, it means, focusing on the things your dog does right and putting less emphasis on punishing your dog for the things they do wrong.pexels-photo-374906
As dogs will always remember getting praise over the times you lose your cool or yell, focusing on teaching with positive reinforcement has a greater effect than relying on other means. And while we are on the topic, punishments such as yelling or rubbing their nose in it, simply do not work. There’s no real evidence that such things have any effect beyond confusing and scaring your pup.

So remove negative reinforcement from your list of options and instead replace it with healthy positive reinforcement.


Reward your pup every time they follow the rules of potty training! And simply clean up the mess and move forward the times they don’t. They’ll be eager to make you happy again, making them more likely to remember the rules of staying indoors!

Manage Your Time and Schedule It Out…

 One of the most important aspects of training a young pup is repetition and scheduling. As creatures of habit, dogs will be able to fall into positive behaviors after enough time repeating the behavior.

So what does that mean for your training?

It means helping your dog learn by setting a schedule and sticking to it. So find a schedule that prevents your pup from needing to answer the call of the wild indoors and stick to that schedule!

It should look something like this:

  • After waking up in the morning, take your pup to the designated spot to handle their business.
  • After the first meal of the day, it’s time to go back out to the spot.
  • Once they finish lunch, you guessed it, back to the spot.
  • Dinner over? Back to the spot again.
  • And finally one last trip back to the spot before calling it a night.

By setting a schedule and sticking to it, you allow your dog to pick up on the training more easily while establishing that the designated spot is the only place to handle their business.

So do what you have to and make sure you stick to whatever schedule you set!
Remember, repetition is king when trying to pick up a new skill and house training your pup is no different.

So what did we learn…?

Accidents happen…
Instead of punishing your pup, just clean up the mess and focus on getting it right the next time.

Positive beats a negative…
Rewarding your pup every time they get the training correct is a much better training tool than negative reinforcement.

Time, Time, and Time Again…
Set a schedule your pup can learn and stick to it. This way your pup knows when it’s time to handle their business and where to handle it.

Patience is More that a Virtue…
Training takes time and there will be mistakes along the way, so be prepared to help your new best friend learn while accepting mistakes along the way.

So now that we’ve got your training out of the way… It’s time for training your pup!


DIY Pet Smog Mask

By now you’ve certainly read about the toxic smog enveloping much of Delhi which is currently causing massive shutdowns across the city and wreaking havoc on many people’s daily lives. While this level of smog is certainly unprecedented, it really comes as no surprise to many of the people who have grown accustomed to the declining air quality levels affecting many of the metropolitan area across India.

And while there are quite a few known ways for us people to deal with the smog, there are not too many options for our pets. And considering that our four legged best friends are more susceptible to the harm caused by smog, we felt it prudent to create this guide.

As of writing this piece, there is no commercially available smog mask created specifically for our furry best friends. This has left concerned pet parents with very few options in terms of protecting their pals while outside and exposed to the harmful toxins.

 Unfortunately just putting a regular unmodified dust mask over your pooch’s face doesn’t offer much protection as mask maintain a seal to function.

So we decided to get our hands a little dirty and bring out the crafting supplies to find a solution of our own. And after more than a couple prototypes, we’ve found what we consider the best way to protect your furry friend from the dangers of smog while out on walks.

Before we begin, it is important to note that the best way of ensuring your pet is completely safe from the dangers of smog is keeping them inside during what is considered peak hours for smog. Though we understand sometimes that’s not always possible, so with that said, let’s jump into it!

What You’ll Need:

  • Muzzle – It’s best to find one that is a bit larger than your pup’s normal muzzle, this gives you room to make adjustments while still ensuring a proper fit.
  • 5 Disposable Dust Masks – try to find some that filter out the smallest particle possible.
  • Hot Glue Gun and Some Hot Glue Sticks – most hot glue sticks are non-toxic once they’ve dried but check the package just to be safe!
  • Scissor- Whatever you have works perfectly!

 Making Your Own Smog Mask for Your Pet:

  • Begin by cutting the disposable masks lengthwise in 5 cm wide strips – Simply hold the masks as if you were going to put it on, then simply cut from each side. After cutting each of your masks into the appropriate width strips, set them aside.
  • Once you have your strips, begin glueing them to the outside of the the muzzle – It’s important that you completely secure each strip of the dust mask to the muzzle with a thin strip of hot glue. Begin by gluing one piece completely to the outside of the mask. Then simply layer each additional piece of the dust mask over the previously glued section. Be careful not to leave any gaps.
  • Continue to layer the dust mask strips around the muzzle until it is completely covered – Once you’ve completely covered the entire muzzle in dust mask stripes, gently blow on the open end to ensure that there are indeed no gaps or holes.

Then, simply let the glue dry and you’re almost ready to protect your pal from smog!
All that’s left is teaching your pup to wear their new mask!

 That  said…

Teaching your dog to wear the mask might be a little more difficult than making the mask, but with a few treats and a couple practice runs, you can train your dog to wear his new muzzle/smog mask.

If you need a few tips for teaching your pup to wear the mask, check out this video for training your dog to wear a muzzle!

Well, there you have it, with just a few things you can pick up from the store, you can make sure your favorite four-legged friend is protected from the smog!

Be sure to stop by our FB page to post a picture of your pal in their new mask!


About Unikorn, Inc.

Unikorn is an all-in-one marketplace for pet services that provides affordable and convenient solutions to your pet needs– directly to your home! Through our easy to use website and mobile app, you too can give unconditional love to your pet through our community of caregivers and pet-centric  services.  Order pet food & accessories from the best stores in town, request a vet for house calls, find the best place to care for your pet while you are away, discuss your day to day pet questions with the community, and more!

*NEW!* Unikorn recently launched Social Butterfly, a social networking platform to connect with other pet lovers. Share your favorite photos of your furry friends and follow other pet parents in our exclusive online pet community.

Download the Unikorn App now!

Taking Care of Your Dog During Winter


Fall is in the air…

As the weather begins to drop, the days get shorter, and we bring out our sweaters, it finally signals the season of snuggling up inside and choosing the coziest spot to relax.

Just as we like to be warm and cozy during this season, our furry friends enjoy the same feeling. Except they probably much prefer a warm lap over a hot chai any day.

And while taking care of our little furry friends is a year round duty, during this time of the year, we have to take a few extra steps to keep out best friends safe and well throughout the season.

So grab a warm blanket, some nice chai, and of course your favorite furry best friend, while getting ready to explore some awesome ways to make this winter a safe and happy one.

Bundle up, it’s cold out…

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our pets get a little cold from time to time as there are times a nice fur coat just isn’t enough to beat the winter chill.

And while some dogs are more suited to the chill of winter than others, more furry friends will need a little extra layer of warmth to make having fun outside a bit more enjoyable.

So if it’s cold enough for you to reach a sweater, you might want to pull out your pupperino’s sweater as well. While they may not show it and certainly won’t be able to tell you, sometimes your pup needs to bundle up.

And besides being super cute, a little sweater will help keep your four legged friend healthy and well throughout the winter.

Just be sure to find one that fits properly, because anything too tight or loose can cause problems of their own. A bit unsure of how to find the right sweater for your pooch? This dog sweater buying guide should point you in the right direction!

Nothing beats a nice warm room…

This one is more for those four-legged friends that are kept outside while their parents away. While it may be tempting to just throw on your pupperino’s sweater before leaving them outside to avoid coming home to a mess, doing so might hurt your best friend.

There’s always the risk that they may become tangled in the sweater, possibly injuring them, while running the risk that the temperature will dip below safe levels, even with a sweater.

So instead of leaving your best friend outside, find a way of bringing them inside. Whether that means giving your pupperino the run of the whole house or simply a safe space within it, is up to you. Just be sure to puppy proof the area, hiding all hazards and things you wouldn’t want them getting into.

If your pup is a bit rambunctious and has you worried about them making a mess, considering picking up a few puppy fences to create a safe little corner, one that will keep both your pal warm and you worry free.

A clean pup is a happy pup…

We all know the feeling of stepping out of a warm shower during the winter, right?  Unless your bathroom is heated, it can be teeth chattering experience leaving you rushing to get dressed.


Your pup feels the same way about showers during the winter, except they may not have a cozy sweater and blanket to hide under.

So instead of giving your four legged best friend a bath during the winter, opt for some less chill inducing options.

There are plenty of safe and fur friendly options that will keep you puppers smelling good, feeling clean, without putting them at risk for developing a cold.

A blanket and friend to share it with…

While taking these steps to keep your puppers safe all winter long, be sure to remember the best way to keep your pup happy during the chilliest days of the year, nice warm snuggles and some belly rubs!


About Unikorn, Inc.

Unikorn is an all-in-one marketplace for pet services that provides affordable and convenient solutions to your pet needs– directly to your home! Through our easy to use website and mobile app, you too can give unconditional love to your pet through our community of caregivers and pet-centric  services.  Order pet food & accessories from the best stores in town, request a vet for house calls, find the best place to care for your pet while you are away, discuss your day to day pet questions with the community, and more!

*NEW!* Unikorn recently launched Social Butterfly, a social networking platform to connect with other pet lovers. Share your favorite photos of your furry friends and follow other pet parents in our exclusive online pet community.

Download the Unikorn App now!



Three unusual pets, You can take home with you

We might be a little biased, but we believe every home needs a little furry friend to be complete. For all they bring to our families and the love they share, pets add a valuable piece to the family dynamic that just isn’t found anywhere else.

Whether its being the cutest little alarm clock, the perfect place to hide your face during scary movies, or just someone who always enjoys your cooking, animals offer their unconditional love while all they ask for in return is some snacks and maybe a few belly rubs.

So needless to say, we are pet people. Cats, dogs, hamsters, even rats, we love them all! So in honor of our animal best friends and the love they share, we thought we would share with you some rather unique pets that you can bring home with you!

Because a family isn’t about who’s in it, but the love that is shared!


These little cuddly pin cushions may not look like the perfect pet to snuggle up to, but hedgehogs offer some of the best companionship you can find.

Despite their rather prickly exterior, beneath those little quills is a little heart of gold that just wants to spend time with you.

And on the topic of their quills, while they can provide a bit of a sting, hedgehogs only stiffen them when they feel threatened. Which means you can give them all the little kisses you want without a face full of quills in return.

Hedgehogs are known for their quirky personalities and rather shy nature. So if you bring one of these little cuties home with you, be prepared to keep an eye on them while they set out exploring their new home.

And while they can be a bit shy, once a hedgehog bonds with its new family, they quickly become attached and offer affectionate cuddles.

Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs…

Commonly called teacup pigs or mini pigs, these cute little oinkers are the perfect little companion for someone who wants a friend that is a bit on the unusual side.

pexels-photo-133468Though extremely cute, and almost impossible to say no to, Vietnamese Potbelly pigs require a special kind of family to call their own. Often praised for their intelligence and curiosity these little piggies will get themselves into anything and everything, so be ready to piglet proof your home when you bring one of these little cuties back with you.

Though you wouldn’t expect it, these domesticated pigs are some of the most expressive animals you can share your home with as they are eager to let you know how they feel.

It is often said that Vietnamese Potbelly pigs are almost human in the way the express emotion as they can squeal in happiness when you come home or sulk when they get into something they shouldn’t have opened.

Though, they may be called teacup pigs, once they fully grow, these little oinkers can weigh up to 45kg, so be ready for some heavy duty hugs if you bring one home!

 Sugar Gliders…

These flying marsupials are probably the cutest member of the marsupial family you’ll ever meet, and that’s saying something since they are from the same family as koalas.

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Native to Down Under, these flying sweeties are as unusual a pet as they are cute.Seriously, just look at those little hands and eyes!

Since these little flyers are prone to, well, flying, they need a bit of space to enjoy themselves. But given the right home and the right family, sugar gliders can become a cute addition to any family.

Although it is probably best that you enjoy some late nights, because these gliders are nocturnal by nature and rarely enjoy quality time when the sun’s out. So if you don’t mind spending your nights hanging out with your new little sweet companion, a sugar glider could be the perfect new addition to your home.


Love Comes in Types and Sizes with Furry Friends…

While there are some rather unusual animals you can share a home with, the one thing you’ll always find is unconditional love. For whatever size, color, fur, or preference, animals will always be there to hear about your long day, offer a wet nose for comfort, and a happy hug. All they ask for in return is a safe place to call home and a happy family to call their own.

 If we missed any unusual pets or if you have a unique pet of your own, we’d love to hear about it. Better yet, head over to our Facebook Page and post a picture of you and your unique pal on our wall!


About Unikorn, Inc.

Unikorn is an all-in-one marketplace for pet services that provides affordable and convenient solutions to your pet needs– directly to your home! Through our easy to use website and mobile app, you too can give unconditional love to your pet through our community of caregivers and pet-centric  services.  Order pet food & accessories from the best stores in town, request a vet for house calls, find the best place to care for your pet while you are away, discuss your day to day pet questions with the community, and more!

*NEW!* Unikorn recently launched Social Butterfly, a social networking platform to connect with other pet lovers. Share your favorite photos of your furry friends and follow other pet parents in our exclusive online pet community.

Download the Unikorn App now!


It’s almost that time of the year where spooky costumes and night time fun take over…


If you are a lover of all things Halloween like we are here at Unikorn, then you’re probably just as excited as we are to get dressed up!

That’s right, it’s almost time to put on our costumes, put out some candy, and of course get ready for some friendly scares!

And the only thing we love more than Halloween is our favorite four-legged friends. So any opportunity to include them in on the seasonal fun is a win in our book. So it only seems fair that while we get ready to dress up and scare up some fun, our furry friends get to join in on the action!

And while there are plenty of places selling costumes for our little loved ones, we believe that the best costumes are made with a lot of love, a little crafting, and of course a great idea. So instead of buying a costume, we decided to put together our own this year.

And now you can too!

All it takes is a free afternoon, some crafting supplies, a willing dog, and maybe a few treats, for the both of you. And just let your creativity flow!

Though if you are looking for some inspiration, we could help you out with these awesome costume designs that are super easy to finish and a bunch of fun to do!

The Cutest Little Monster…

This one is rather easy to do, doesn’t require your furry friend to wear too much, which is probably for the best, and best of all requires no sewing!

All you need is a couple of ping pong balls, some colored felt, a spare marker, a pair of scissors, and simply just a patient furry friend that is okay with becoming a not so ferocious monster for a night.

Halloween Dog No Attr. Needed

We tried it out for ourselves and were able to go from friendly four-legged friend to friendly monster in less than a couple hours, although we should say at least half of that time was spent taking videos and laughing.

 If you want to try it out for yourselves, there is super easy to follow set of instructions for your own four legged monster costume detailing every step of the way, so try it out!

Your Very Own Beanie Baby…

Out all of the costumes we tried to make, this one was by far the easiest and according to a couple of us here, the cutest. If you were one of those 90’s kids that just had to have every Beanie Baby they made, then this one is perfect for you!

In less than an hour you can have your very own life size Beanie Baby, best of all, this one is definitely a collector’s item and one of a kind!

All you need is access to a printer, some red and white felt, a pair of scissors, a bit of ribbon, and a glue gun! That and a cute little friend to become your newest Beanie Baby…

It’s super easy and makes for a pretty comfortable costume for your favorite furry friend as well.

If you want to try this one out, there is pretty easy to follow guide for making your own DIY Beanie Baby costume right here.

Boooo-ark Booo-ark Boooo-aaark…

Ghosts and Halloween go together like a happy puppy and a new chew toy, so it wouldn’t be a complete list of costume ideas without a friendly ghoul or two.

This DIY ghost costume is a different take on the old classic bed sheet turned ghost costume but adapted for a smaller ghoul. Unlike the others, this one requires your best friend to wear something over their face, so it’s best to only try this one with a patient pet.

But if you want to give it a go, all you need is a spare bed sheet, a marker, some elastic bands and a pair of scissors.

After a few quick measurements, a couple cuts, and placing the elastic, you’ll have yourself a friendly ghost to keep you company while you watch scary movies.

If you need a little help, you can check this easy guide for turning your pooch into a friendly ghost and just follow along!

There you have it, everything you need to let your four legged friends enjoy this Halloween as much as you will!

Be sure to snap a few photos of your new costumes and post them on our Facebook page so you can share them with all of us!

From all of us here at Unikorn,
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!


Dog Grooming Routine To Keep Your Pet Healthy And Clean

Pet Groomers In Hyderabad

The happiest dogs are definitely the healthiest dogs. Many dog owners take great care to provide the best food for their pets but neglect grooming of their pets. The facilities that dog owners provide their pets sometimes gets negated because of poor health of the dogs. It is imperative to groom your dog well regularly to keep the pet happy and healthy, while preventing unwanted expenses towards treatment. A whole host of dog grooming services are available, that take care of the specific needs of dog owners. Let us take a deep look at what you can expect from services that take up dog grooming in Hyderabad.

A proper bath is mandatory

More often than not, dog owners tend to give a quick and hurried bath to their pets. This does not really serve any purpose. Time needs to be spend to work up a proper lather so as to rinse the dirt, dust and grime that collects on a dog’s coat. If, for instance, the coat of the dog is dense and deep, sufficient time needs to be spent to rinse thoroughly. Professional dog grooming services take great care to give pets a comprehensive and clean bath.

Cleaning of ears and clipping of nails

The ears of pets need to be cleaned carefully. Dogs experience great discomfort when the wax in the ears begin to collect dust. It is a fact that due to dietary preferences, dogs experience more wax formation. Therefore, the need to clean dog’s ears is more heightened. Professional groomers spend considerable time to thoroughly clean ears of dogs, leaving them squeaky clean after the session. Similarly, the nails of dogs, if left unclipped, can cause the dogs more harm. For instance, the hind legs of dogs are generally used to scratch themselves. Sharp nails can cause damage and infections. Professional grooming services clip the nails of pets to blunt them.

Keeping risk of infections low

The services of professional dog groomers can help to ensure that the pet remains healthy. This is primarily because of the fact that professional groomers are better equipped to understand the coat condition of the pets. The skin of dogs help to give a better understanding of the health of the pet. Professional groomers can discern the difference and suggest better care or a visit to the vet for intervention.