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  • Holiday Toys For Your Dog

    There are what seems like hundreds of dog toy options out there today, so many it can be hard to make a decision. From tug toys to frisbees here are some of my dogs favorite toys, that make great holiday gifts.

    Kong Wubba

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    My dog L.O.V.E.S. this toy! I would consider this his all time favorite toy, and probably mine too because its been able to withstand a constant beating. He has been able to figure out every toy given to him finding every loose seam and weak point of a toy.  But the Kong Wubba is a tank! Plus they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, made out of plush, tough nylon, or designed for the water. Each Wubba has a squeaker in what I would consider the head of the toy plus 4 tail like flaps gives they toy very interactive feature that dogs love.

     

    Oasis Dog Catcher Frisbee

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    By far the best dog inspired frisbee I have ever used. The Oasis Dog Catcher is made out of a light weight plastic that is easy to throw and catch.  No sharp shreds of plastic when your dog bites down on it, ands the large hole in the middle makes it easy for your dog to pick up the frisbee when lying flat on the ground.  The only problem I would say is since it's made out of such a soft plastic, dogs with a strong bite force will puncture the plastic pretty quickly.  Luckily the frisbees design allows it to glide fairly well even with holes punctured in it.

     

    PetSafe Busy Buddy

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    Another one of my dogs favorite toys.  These cute rubber toys are a fun engaging treat dispensing ball, shaped as a hippo, elephant, and a cow. Each toy has a small hole on the top with what PetSafe calls Treat Meter® prongs that allow treats to be dispensed slowly.  Even though they are made from  a softer rubber these toys are very durable.  I advise getting the larger one it makes it harder for your dog to to chomp down on it and bite through it. They are also dish washer safe which is great because if your dog likes it as much as my dog does its going to get pretty slobbery.

     

    Wizdog Chew Toys

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    Wizdog's very own line of Pop culture chew toys. These ultra nostalgic toys are a fun and interactive, suitable for any dog. The 3 plush toys; The Joker, Fred Flintstone, and George Jetson have two interactive features with a squeaker in the head and a crinkle in the body. The Mystery Machine is made out of a durable nylon with one squeaker inside.  The thin stitch lines prevent dogs for chewing them open.

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    HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE WIZDOG FAMILY!

  • Holiday Guide

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    The holidays are a busy time for all of us, and sometimes our dogs don't get the attention they need.  Here are some tips and tricks to keep your dog included and well-behaved during the holidays.

    Your dog is part of the family, and whether you are entertaining guests or enjoying the holidays at a loved one's house, your dog needs to be on its best behavior.

    As a trainer, one of the most common questions I get is, “how do I stop my dog from jumping on my guests?” Correcting this behavior starts with you. You can't allow the dog to jump on you and expect it NOT to jump on everyone else.  You encourage the jumping behavior, so by not allowing him to jump on you and telling your guests to only pet him when his paws are on the floor, you are deterring the bad jumping behavior and rewarding him for the good behavior.  This behavior is never corrected immediately so be patient and stay consistent!

    We all know the holidays mean a abundance of delicious food dishes, but what about our dogs? What delicious do they get around the holidays? Here are some holiday foods that are safe for dogs.

    1. Sweet potatoes
    2. Fresh green beans
    3. Corn
    4. Pumpkin(NO SEEDS)
    5. Fully cooked deboned skinless turkey meat

    These foods are commonly found in their existing diet and are safe to feed your dog, IN MODERATION, and with plenty of water.  There is also an abundance of homemade dog treat recipes you could find online that use holiday leftovers.

    **A tip from a trainer**
    If you plan to give your dog any of the above foods make sure to make them work for it. Even during the holidays there are no free lunches! This means a dog should be on its best behavior when given holiday treats and foods.  Do not give an overly obnoxious dog a piece of turkey if he is jumping on family members.  This behavior should not be rewarded with food. Instead, ask him to sit or lay down and stay on his mat while everybody eats, then give him a piece after dinner.  This ensures two things- one, he is not begging at the feet of your guests snooping for scraps that might fall.  Two, it reinforces his down/stay by giving him a reward while he stays on his mat.

    The holidays can also present many dangers to your dog. Knowing these dangers can help you
    sail through the holiday season without a trip to the vet.

    1. We all know Chocolate can be harmful for pets, but there is also an artificial sweetener called xylitol, which is used in sugar-free baked goods, that can be deadly to your pets.
    2. Yeast dough is another harmful holiday food that can lead to painful gas, and dangerous bloat.
    3. Turkey bones pose a choking hazard so make sure you secure turkey bones in the trash away from easy access by you dog.

    Some holiday plants can also be a danger to your dog. Here are some plants to keep an eye on:
    1. Mistletoe, and Holly.
    2. Christmas trees.
    3. Lilies and Daffodils.
    You can find the full list of toxic plants here.

    Quick action is vital to the safety of your dog. If you believe they might be poisoned or have gotten into something poisonous contact you Vet immediately.

    **Side note- I have had a wonderful experience in a very trying time with the ASPCA poison control when my own dog ingested a potentially poisonous substance.  They were very helpful, and calmly guided me through the necessary steps. They have a 24 hour 365 day hotline you can call (888) 426-4435**

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  • Surviving Halloween

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    Halloween can be a stressful experience for your four legged friends and it's up to you to keep them safe from the monsters. Whether you plan on staying in to greet trick-or-treaters, or join them on their mischievous quest for a sugar rush, brushing up on some good manners and safeguarding your pet will help you navigate a spook-filled night.

    Dog training is a lifelong process so it's a good idea to refresh your dog on commands that will prepare them for the upcoming holiday season. Halloween, for example, comes with 3 major training situations.

    1. Doorbells- Most dogs are reactive to the doorbell. Whether it's out of excitement, fear, or aggression, almost every house pet reacts to the sound of a doorbell.  Working on calm behaviors like sit or lay down while ringing a doorbell can help reduce the reactiveness of your dog.  This method desensitizes them to the doorbell sounds. So when they hear it, they will stay calm in their sit or down position, since they'll understand that's the most rewarding behavior.

    2. Leave it-  As a trainer I stress the importance of a strong leave it.  This command can save a dog's life. With a plethora of halloween treats that may fall on the floor, there is potential for  disaster.  By teaching leave it you can have faith that your dog won't pick up everything that hits the floor. Also, reminding kids that treats are for humans, not for dogs, will ensure your dog doesn't eat anything they are not suppose to.

    3. Boundary control-With the door opening every 5 mins there becomes a huge opportunity for your dog to bolt out the door. Safeguarding the area around your dog can help you both enjoy the halloween festivities. Placing your dog in a kennel or crate with a comfy Wizdog flower bed and their favorite chew toy can help them relax while you pass out candy.  If you want to show off their halloween costume make sure you leash and secure them to your person or a strong post. Always remember to check up on them and make sure they have extra water available.

    Don’t wait to start training, get a head start, work as a team and get the whole family involved. Halloween can be a frightful time for your animal, but with the right training and patience, you and your pooch will put all fears to rest.

     

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