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Saturday, December 12, 2009
A top-seller, the Kyjen Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy is more than just play - it's learning for your puppy.
The Hide-A-Squirrel™ will not only keep your dog occupied and help eliminate boredom (read .. stay away from chewing your furniture), but they also develop a dog’s intelligence and puzzle-solving skills.
Just hide the soft plush squirrels inside the plush log for dogs to remove over and over again. Durable and long lasting, these puzzle dog toys provide important mental stimulation.
Remember: Bored dogs cause problems for themselves and you. If you don’t keep your dog’s mind stimulated, chances are that he’ll find activities to stimulate his mind, himself. And you won’t like those activities, if you know what we mean.
A dog that is mentally stimulated on a daily basis is a content dog.
And content dogs don’t cause dog problems.
Toys that the dog can play with when you are otherwise occupied, or when he is alone, are particularly important to the long term mental health of your dog.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Even though the dog days of summer are coming to an end, fall is a great time of the year to get some exercise with your dog. Your typical walk around the block can be lacking in the cardio department, especially if your dog enjoys sniffing every mailbox or stopping at every pole. It is time to step up your exercise routine for both you and your dog. Dogs need a good cardio workout just like people and working out with your dog can be fun and inspiring.
The next time you take your dog for a walk, try increasing your speed while keeping a tight rein on your dog. By keeping a tight rein on the leash, your dog won't be able to take a sniffing break or potty break every three feet. A retractable leash, such as the Comfort Grip All Belt Retractable Leash, is ideal for keeping your dog next to you and allowing you to gain the benefits of a great workout.
Once you have mastered the brisk walk with your dog, step up your speed to a jog or even a run depending on the shape and condition of you and your dog. Jogging or running will get your heart and your dog's heart pumping, while it helps to melt away the calories.
Be creative and explore new undiscovered areas with your dog. A park with a bike path is a great place to walk, jog, or run with your dog. Each time you go out to exercise, think of a new challenge for you and your dog to master in order to keep it interesting.
In addition to walking, jogging, or running with your dog, consider a game of frisbee throwing for a good workout. Playing with the frisbee, such as the Toss n Catch Disc, is also a great workout for the both of you. It allows your dog to burn off calories and build muscles, while you burn calories chasing your dog and throwing the frisbees.
When exercising with your dog, always be sure to take a break when needed or your dog seems tired and remember to bring along some cold water for a quick refreshment. Exercising with your dog is great for you and your dog and allows you to spend more time bonding with your dog.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
"I agree with Agassiz that dogs possess something very like a conscience.......Dogs possess some power of self-command, and this does not appear to be wholly the result of fear"
After reading a recent article posted on USATODAY.com about dogs having a sense of fairness and that "animals react to inequity," I thought back to the days when we had two dogs. Was this true? Did my dogs think we were fair? Did they feel any inequity? Was I a fair and just pet parent? Interesting....................... So I read on.
The article went on to explain about an experiment where two dogs were placed in the same room and were asked to perform the same trick. After both dogs performed the same trick, only one was rewarded with a dog treat.
Apparently, the dog who did not get the treat felt slighted. One might even say he felt betrayed by his best friend--- man. And, in turn, when when asked to repeat the trick again, the dog who did not receive a treat the first time, actually snubbed the person! Imagine that. A dog with a sense of dignity....
After reading this article, I began to think about how my dogs acted when I gave treats or played games with them. I do remember that there was a "sense of order". The older dog, Arthur, would always be first to push his nose into my hand, while Suki would bark, bark, bark and wiggle closer, but wait her turn.
But, then I remembered that sometimes Suki would plow through and go first, and Arthur let her. However, when it came to a certain toy bone that they both loved, my dogs would start to play a game that my husband and I labeled as"The Samoyed Bone Games."
Both of my dogs were Samoyeds, or Sammy's (the common nickname for the breed). Samoyeds are smart and stubborn. They are also known as the "laughing" dog because they appear to be smiling at all times. Believe me, there is a reason for that smile. I love this breed of dog and would not think of getting another, but they are sly... and fun.... hence, the bone games
The games began when I decided to purchase two very indestructible dog bones, for my pets. Samoyeds are big chewers, and the harder the bone, the happier they are to gnaw relentlessly through it. But, as time went on, I realized that I did not need two of these bones. One was enough. In fact, one was plenty because both would sneak, slither and steal one bone away from the other while the other perfectly new bone was used as a decoy.
The Samoyed Bone games got really good when the dogs started to use me as the bait. Unbenownst to me, Arthur would steal the bone away from Suki and come by my feet and chew away. As he happily chewed, Suki would bark at the back door and pretend she had to go outside. As soon as I got up to let her out, Arthur would get up, leave the bone, and Suki would make a run for it- the bone that is.
It took me a few times of getting up to let Suki out to realize what was really happening. In fact, it was my husband who told me that the dogs were playing me. I was incredulous. "No way".... I said. "just watch" he said. So I watched, and waited, and sure enough, I was being played like a violin.
After that incident, I really began to watch them and see how they played this game. Sometimes, when they were outside, Suki would start barking at the tree and Arthur would drop the bone to come over and investigate. She would immediately take possession of the bone and Arthur would end up the loser.
At other times, when Arthur was happily gnawing away, Suki would come to me and bark for attention. I am somewhat oblivious when I am reading or engaged in something else, so I just reach down and pet whoever wants some love. However, Suki was not quite as affectionate with me as Arthur was, so I should have known something was up. But before I could figure out what was happening, Arthur would see me petting Suki, get jealous, leave the bone and come over. Suki would instantly dash for the bone, pick it up, and start to chew. I would just look at Arthur and say "Well, now we know".
So, being a double dog owner for over a decade, I can certainly relate to thinking that dogs do have a sense of fairness and that animals can react to inequity. One thing I can say for sure is that both my dogs had a sense of dignity. They would try to outsmart each other over and over again, until the best dog won. But through it all, I believe I benefitted the most because I was able to observe the fun and baffling behaviours of two of the most beautiful animals a human could ever have.
felt slighted and actedonly one dog received a reward or treat for performing the trick. Apparently, the dog who did the trick, but did not receive a treat acted differently had two dogs. And a cat. But, for this blog entry, the cat shall the cat shall remain anonymous for this short story...............sorry Kimba. We still love you.
So, we had two dogs. A male named Arthur and a female named Suki. Both dogs were the Samoyed breed. Arthur was 2 years older than Suki, and they came from different litters and different states. they loved each other. Different litters Big, white, fuzzy, stubborn, friendly, sled dogs who have an uncanny sense of the human spirit. The Samoyed is sometimes referred to as the "laughing" dog because it seems as if they have a smile on their face at all times. This is true, they are completely adorable and lovable.
and are bred to be sled or "working" dogs. Trust me, neither dog pulled a sled or anything resembling a sled in their life. As for work, I don't believe either of those dogs ever knew what the word meant. They lived very charmed lives.
In any case, as I read the article
And not just two ordinary dogs. We had two Samoyeds. Big, white, fuzzy, friendly, stubborn, fun-loving, sled dogs who never pulled a sled or anything else for that matter.
Their names were Arthur and Suki.
We started with Arthur the Samoyed in 1992. He was 6 months old when we found him. I've always loved the Samoyed breed. My brother used to tease me that I was brought by the Eskimos by a sled dog and that's why I loved the breed so much. All I know is that I used to babysit for a summer at a house that had a Samoyed. I loved that dog. So, as soon
And a cat. This was all before we had a child. Now we have only one dog, and a child.
We always had two dogs. Both were Samoyeds because I am a glutton for
A recent article featured on USATODAY.com discussed how dogs can think no fair. "he may even turn away and refuse to look at you.
After owning 2 dogs and a cat I can attest that this is true. However, getting 2 treats for each dog doesn't seem to work either. This is where the "Samoyed Bone Games" begins
The Samoyed bone games.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I have heard a couple different versions of the holiday story, but this version is my favorite. I think you are going to like it even if you are not really a pet person. Nicole and her husband, Greg had a dog named 'Peppi'.
Peppi was a real character as far as pets go. Whenever Nicole and Greg had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because
Peppi would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.
Nicole or Greg would go to Peppi's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Peppi's other favorite toys like the Nobbly Wobbly featured above. Peppi always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.
It happened one Christmas season that Nicole found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease ....in fact, she was just sure it was fatal.
She scheduled the double mastectomy exactly 12 days before Christmas day, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Peppi. A thought struck her ...what would happen to Peppi? Although the three-year-old dog liked Greg, he was Nicole's dog through and through.
If I die, Peppi will be abandoned, Nicole thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder on Nicole than her doctors had anticipated and Nicole was hospitalized for over two weeks. Greg took Peppi for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Nicole to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Nicole
was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Greg made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Peppi stood watching Nicole but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Nicole sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.
When Nicole woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Nicole realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Peppi owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.
He had covered her with his love. Nicole forgot about dying. Instead she and Peppi began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Nicole is still cancer-free. Peppi? He still steal streasures and stashes them in his toy box but Nicole remains his greatest treasure.
Remember.... live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget.... the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards They are the ones that care for us.
Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer. Amen
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Loofa Sport Dog Toys - Your pet can get in on team action with the Loofa Sport toys. Each Loofa Sport Dog has a squeaker for additional interest.
Assorted sports include: baseball, basketball, and football.
Collect all three for your canine friend!
Available in a 12 in. and 18 in. size.
This funky style terry covered pet toy can be used as a retriever and a back scratcher. Either way, this toy will be your pet's favorite snuggly companion.
Each Loofa Dog has a squeaker for additional interest
Made of non-toxic materials
Great for interactive play