We Leash

Does your dog pull when you walk him or her? Or, perhaps you have a dragger who doesn’t even seem interested in walks. Either way, last month I was introduced to an interesting product called the We Leash that I want to share with you.

I could try to explain the We Leash myself, but I think it’s easier to share their video. 🙂

The We Leash is undoubtedly one of the most unique leashes I’ve ever seen and I love that it’s designed to reduce the feeling of restraint while also promoting the connection between a dog and his or her Dog Mom or Dad.

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Available in two sizes – one for dogs under 40 pounds and one for dogs over 40 pounds – the We Leash can also be configured as a “regular” leash if for some reason your dog doesn’t hold his or her end on a particular day or for a period of time.

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As if the We Leash weren’t unique enough, you can also get one of three We Toys – a giraffe, aardvark, or chicken – or one of the We Binkies to aid in training.

We Toys and We Binkies attach quickly and easily to the We Leash and are free of stuffing and nice and floppy so that they can be easily held in your dog’s mouth at one end of the leash.

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(Close-up of the We Toy Aardvark We Leash attachment)

We Binkie

(We Binkie in action) 

If you’ve been struggling to walk your dog and find that toys are a motivator for your pooch, why not give the We Leash and either a We Toy or We Binkie a try? If you do, I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy tails…

DISCLAIMER: HER DOG BLOG WAS SENT THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR HONEST REVIEW AND NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN THE PRODUCT WAS RECEIVED. 

Primal Venison Lung Puffs

Before I get to posting, just a heads up that I’m playing with photo and text size on Her Dog Blog. Bear with me as it make look different from post to post. And feel free to let me know what you like or don’t like!

Welcome to Tuesday. It’s not any better than Monday, is it?

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Teton’s Tuesday is going quite swimmingly despite the photo above because he’s been chowing down on our latest treat from Chewy.comPrimal Venison Lung Puffs!

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The bag didn’t stay sealed long enough for me to take a photo of it intact. Teton and his cousin Henley P. could smell these treats the instant I pulled them out of the box and lost their little minds so of course I had to rip it open to let them have a taste. 🙂

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Primal Venison Lung Puffs are made of one ingredient – venison lung. These treats are dry roasted and sourced from animals raised in New Zealand without added hormones or antibiotics.

This 1.75-oz bag will run you $6.99 and has the potential to last quite a while.

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You see, these treats can be fed whole or can easily be broken into smaller chunks, thus prolonging the life of the bag.

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Primal has a complete line of dog and cat food on Chewy.com that includes a multitude of other treats as well as freeze-dried food.

Teton likes these treats so much that he straight up drools when I grab the bag. I think they give him good energy for runnin’ at the dog park, too.

Dog Park

One more thing before I go…

This Girl Shirt

Best shirt ever.

Thanks to Chewy.com for the treats this month!

Happy tails…

Dogs & Kids

I could probably blog about dogs and kids for days, but for today I just want to share a few posters that I recently came across.

These posters are from Dr. Sophia Yin, an animal behaviorist and veterinarian.  The first gives a summary of how kids should interact with dogs.  The second, how kids should not interact with dogs.

I particularly like the second poster.  As a, ahem, passionate dog owner, nothing infuriates me more than parents who don’t teach their children about how to appropriately interact with dogs.  If I had a nickel for every time a child ran up to Teton and tried to pet him without my permission, I’d be rich.  It’s up to us as dog owners, in my opinion, to always assume that a child does not know how to interact with dogs, and err on the side of caution.  For example, if I’m walking Teton and a child runs toward us, I always move to the other side of the road so Teton is not frightened.  I’ve also been known to put a child in his or her place if they try to pet Teton without first asking permission.  If a complete stranger walked up to you and hugged your toddler, would you like it?

The upside to dog-kid interaction is that rare occasion when you have a child ask  for your permission to pet your dog.  It’s rare, but when it happens I always thank both the child and parent for asking permission and being polite.

Here’s another fun way to teach kids about interacting with dogs:

Wendy Wahman’s Don’t Lick the Dog

(Click here if the video won’t play.)

What’s been your best experience with your dog and kids?  Your worst?

Mad Dance Skillz

Happy New Year!

(Source)

Teton and I hope that what ever you did on New Year’s Eve didn’t leave you feeling like this guy, but if it did, we hope you’ve recovered by now.

We’re starting the year off right by choosing two new tricks to learn and master.

Before we started working on our first new trick, we practiced some of our old ones.  Oldies but goodies, of course.

First we worked on down.

Which The Little Blogger has down.  Heh heh…

Then we worked on shake – one of our favs.

And high five – another keeper.

Albeit a difficult one to photograph.

That’s better.

And then we started working on our new trick – dance.

Which, at its early stages, looks an awful lot like jump-up-and-down-like-a-lunatic-until-mom-gives-you-the-treat.   As evidenced here.

Jeez, Teton.  Why don’t you have mad dance skillz like Rookie?!

We won’t quit our day jobs.  😉

Once we master dance I’m not sure what we’ll work on.  I’d like to see if Teton can play dead but I’m worried that he’ll confuse bang! and roll over, so we’ll have to play that one by ear.  Maybe if we practice hard enough we can get this good…

What’s your dog’s favorite trick?  Any unique ones out there?

See y’all on Thursday!

Tips for Rock Star Walks

1.  Gear up with the accessories that work best for your dog.

Your dog walks better with a collar than they do a harness?  Don’t force them to wear the newest, hottest harness on the market.  Just stick with what works!

You live in a city like Seattle and your dog doesn’t like walking in the rain?  Consider investing in a doggie raincoat.

Your dog prefers treats over verbal praise?  Pack plenty of treats on your walk!  Alternatively, if your dog is like Teton and prefers verbal praise, leave your pride at home and throw out lots of “good boys,” “great walking, dudes,” and “way to gos!”

As far as leashes go, I don’t care what you use as long as it’s not a retractable one.  Retractable leashes, aside from giving you a false sense of control over your dog, are horrifically dangerous.

2.  Know your dog’s strength and limitations. 

If your dog prefers short, easy walks, don’t make their lives miserable by dragging them around the neighborhood for hours.  Respect their limitations and make your 20-minute walks fun by offering lots of praise and/or treats.

The same idea goes for whether your dog is well socialized.  If they don’t do well around other dogs, that’s just something you need to work around.  Take them to places where there aren’t other dogs, and when you’re walking around your neighborhood, anticipate their poor behavior around other dogs before it turns sour and be proactive.

3.  Be firm, but remember to stop and smell the roses every once in a while.   

This is your dog’s walk, but you’re the boss.  You can walk at a pace that’s comfortable for you while still respecting your dog’s abilities.  Don’t let your dog take advantage of you.  Teton tries this every now and again by abruptly stopping mid-walk for no apparent reason.  I’ve had to learn how to recognize when he’s stopping because he needs to (to go potty, because there is another person or dog approaching, etc.) and when he’s stopping just to test me.

Sometimes we have rock star walks with hardly any rose smelling time, and other times we walk and sniff our little hearts out.  It’s nice to mix it up.  For both me and Teton.  😉

4.  Remember to be alert, cautious, and safe.

Safety first!  Know your surroundings.  Don’t want in unlit areas or at ridiculous hours of the day.  If every area around you is unlit and you can only walk very early in the morning or very late at night, go with a buddy.  Wear reflective clothing and invest in a reflective collar and/or leash or a safety light for your dog.  The Ruff Wear Beacon is our new favorite, but there are a handful of great dog safety lights on the market.

5.  Be positive and have fun!

Have you ever taken your dog for a walk when you’ve been in a bad mood?  Did they misbehave more than usual?  If I’m being a grump on our daily walks, Teton can tell.  He’ll test me by stopping periodically and refusing to keep moving or he’ll pull incessantly.  If I’m in a good mood and visibly excited to be walking (shoulders back, head up, moving briskly), he’ll walk like a rock star!

Next time you walk with your dog, try acting overly excited.  I’m guessing you’ll see positive results in your dog’s walking behaviors.

Now, I want to know…what tips do you have for rock star walks?