Let's Talk About... Zoomies!

Zoomies/FRAPS are high-energy bursts of activity in which a dog looks like s/he is possessed, after which they often lie down exhausted as if they've run a marathon or played to their heart's content and need a break. On these zoomies, some dogs chase their tail until they spin so fast they fall over, only to do it again and again, some dash here and there but somehow seem to know the dimensions of their body and rarely run into an object, other dogs, or people, and then there's Darwin "the water fountain frapper dog."

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Hiking with Your Dog? Here's What You Need to Know

First off, just because it has four legs and a tail, does not mean all dog breeds are made for outdoor adventures. And yes, size does matter.

 

Smaller dogs have shorter legs which means, for every step you take, your dog has to take 2-3 steps. That makes even a short distance hike strenuous so you may want to limit smaller dogs to short, easy hikes. When it comes to longer, rough trails you may want to leave him at home.

 

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Dog Holiday Gift Guide 2018

TOP 8 HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR YOUR DOG

Any of the following gifts are sure to delight the Goodest Boy or Girl in your life!

We are just 1 week away from Christmas! Haven’t gotten your dog the perfect gift just yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

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Visit  City of Paws Pet Care  in Manayunk to purchase these excellent options!

Visit City of Paws Pet Care in Manayunk to purchase these excellent options!

  1. Training Treats

    Everyday presents new opportunities to train whether you have a little puppy or an older dog! Just like us, dogs are always behaving in accordance with their environment and it’s important to “Always be training!”

    ZUKE’S has many flavors to keep your pup engaged and interested.

We also recommend Happy Howie’s Meat Rolls for when you are working under distraction!  At Attention Dog Training now sells these directly on-site available in Beef or Lamb.

We also recommend Happy Howie’s Meat Rolls for when you are working under distraction!

At Attention Dog Training now sells these directly on-site available in Beef or Lamb.


2. Treat Pouch

Trainer Katherine’s pick is the PetAmi Treat Pouch for daily walks with your best friend!

Trainer Katherine’s very own PetAmi Treat Pouch for walks with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chandler and Bennett.  Not only is there room for your treats but there is a poop bag dispenser and plenty of room for your cell phone and other essentials.  Find yours  here !

Trainer Katherine’s very own PetAmi Treat Pouch for walks with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chandler and Bennett.

Not only is there room for your treats but there is a poop bag dispenser and plenty of room for your cell phone and other essentials.

Find yours here!


3. Chews

Looking for something to keep your dog busy and engaged while you wrap gifts or bake cookies?

Our friends at  City of Paws Pet Care  have you covered!

Our friends at City of Paws Pet Care have you covered!

Why not let them enjoy a Bully Stick or Beef Trachea? (Sounds delish!)

Want to really get your money’s worth out of the Bully Stick? Use it with KONG Toys!


4. KONG

Trainer Heather’s pick: What don’t we LOVE about KONG brand toys? When used correctly (with food reinforcers inside) they are an excellent enrichment tool!

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We suggest you use a combination of wet food, treats, kibble, fresh chicken or ground beef and veggies. Don’t forget the Peanut Butter (no fake sugars!) to seal the KONG on both ends and then freeze. Bully sticks also fit inside to create a more difficult challenge for your puppy or dog. WATCH us prep a KONG for our dogs: LINK.

Not sure what size to get? Shoot us a message and we’ll make a recommendation for you.



5. Snuffle Mat or Yummy Mat

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The snuffle mat is a fun way to let your dog get their sniff on! Engaging that seeker system is so important and with the weather getting colder, sometimes walks might get a little shorter! Give your puppy or dog an alternative way to eat their breakfast or dinner with the Snuffle Mat. You can make this a DIY Project if you wish or make it simple AMAZON order - here.


6. Licki Mats for Enrichment or Bath Time

Trainer Dave’s pick is the Licki Mat.

Freeze these mats with delicious high value food for enrichment puzzles and pairing potentially scary situations with something wonderful.

Freeze these mats with delicious high value food for enrichment puzzles and pairing potentially scary situations with something wonderful.

Licki Mats are great to keep on hand! We bring ours to our veterinary visits with Fear Free Pets Certified, Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital! We MIGHT ‘borrow’ some of the EZ-Cheeze they keep in their exam rooms… but boy does it help Otis when he feels stressed. The different textures create a ‘puzzle’ of sorts for him to navigate.

The same idea can be used for bath time to help any dog feel AWESOME about bath time.

BUY HERE: LICKI MAT | BATH OR GROOMING TOOL


7. BARK BOX

Trainer Lesley’s pick is BARK BOX!

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Copyright @BarkBox

We can’t say enough wonderful things about Bark Box! 2 new toys each month, 2 bags of treats and a special chew! It’s the perfect delivery service for any dog to ensure that toys are novel and fun!

USE THIS REFERRAL CODE and any new subscribers will help us send a BARK BOX to shelter dogs!


8. PET TUTOR

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Assistant Erika’s pick - The Pet Tutor.

Looking for a high-tech option? The Pet Tutor might be answer.

This Positive Reinforcement based tool was created to help train your dog to enjoy their crate, enjoy car rides, stop barking and more! Check it out here: PET TUTOR