Mar 2014

Building Off Leash Reliability

I think we all strive to have a well enough mannered and obedient dog that at any point we could decide to unleash them and let them roam free with ease knowing they will come back at our call. The truth is, this type of skill in your pet takes time, dedication, patience, and most of all trust. There definitely are ways to make this happen for you and your pet but some things to keep in mind. According to whole-dog-journal.com they have some words of caution. There is no way to guarantee the safety of your dog off leash. No matter how long and hard you train your pet, when outside there are unsecured areas that can always cause a chance of their instincts or desires to lead them into a path of danger.

Lets face it, our environment is unpredictable and there is always a chance of running into another dog, large bang noise, or something else that may frighten or harm them. Knowing these dangers why train them off the leash? There will always be unforeseen moments were the gate may be left open or they dig a whole large enough that they can break free. Time spent off leash gives our dogs physical and mental exercise, keeping them healthy and happy. The key to training off leash is to practice whenever possible in safe and secure locations like a large field away from traffic.

Incorporating off-leash training into your daily activities can help you and your dog prepare for off-leash adventures. Your dog will learn to respond to you everywhere, all of the time. Offering big rewards for good behavior when you and your dog play, walk, feed, or just hang out is going to reinforce the positive behavior. So whip out those bacon treats and have fun!

Written By:
Megan Spencer
Blog Artist

Dogs in the Wedding

Whether it’s the proposal, engagement photos or a walk down the aisle your pup is a crucial part of your life and your big day won’t be the same without those paws. Our dog missed the proposal due to some aquatic features my fiancé chose for our proposal, but you better believe she will be in every other part of the wedding.

Proposal: Everyone knows the classic puppy proposal, tie it to the collar, puppy rushes in she squeals and yells yes! Well if you’re not looking for the same old song and dance feel free change it up. First teach your puppy to fetch a ring shaped box, yes we know slobber is a factor here but if you’re reading this that’s probably not an issue. Take her and the dog on a hike to one of your favorite trails and at the most scenic spot available have your dog fetch the ring and get that knee dusty!

Engagement Photos: If you are thinking of including your dog in your engagement photos, make sure to check first with your photographer. Not all photographers have experience with animals, but I’m sure they will be open. We planned ahead for our trip by making sure to bring plenty of treats, poo baggies, and a dog whistle. We also had some fun and made an announcement sign for her to wear. The treats come in handy to keep your dog’s attention and position them for photos. The whistle is to get your dog to look at the camera, luckily for us our photographer had an assistant who was able to help. And lastly the poo bags are for courtesy.

The Day: Just as a guest or as your flower pup, the wedding day has many opportunities to showcase your quirky family. Personally we have decided to get our dog a flower crown and have her walk down the aisle with another wedding guest. We also considered having her be the ring bearer and or a bridesmaid.

Written By:
Megan Spencer
Blog Artist

Should Dogs Wear Clothes?

Yes! I mean look at how CUTE they are! I tried to give this answer to my Fiancé, but he wasn’t going for it… So I got to thinking, should they? They do have all that fur and what not. Well it turns out the folks over at www.petmd.com had a similar question. The way they see it is your dog may have fur, but not all dogs are adapted to winter conditions the same. Short/Thin haired and smaller breeds such as Chihuahuas, Grey Hounds and Terrier Breeds would benefit from some extra warmth on those cold nights. Beware however; larger breeds such as Siberian Huskies, St. Bernard and Malamute have been genetically adapted to winter conditions and would be very uncomfortable or overheat.
 
Now as far as for when it’s not winter I say go for it! As long as you are making sure to dress the animal appropriate for its weather situation a little fashion won’t hurt. My dog loves to wear shirts and dresses so much that she even drags them out of the dirty hamper! Have fun with your dog, it’s 2014 and everything has the right to look fabulous!

Written By:
Megan Spencer
Blog Artist