January is Walk Your Dog Month, so grab your pooch and take them on your daily walk. Even if you have a large yard, walking your dog on a leash is a great training opportunity for them to socialize with other people and dogs, as well as listening to commands. [Read more…]
Service dogs are vital in the lives of numerous people with different disabilities. We came across an article that featured a special service dog to help people with autism.
Sawyer Hamilton, a teenager with autism in Utah, uses an autism assistance dog provided by Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a nonprofit organization in California. Sawyer’s mother noticed that he interacted better with animals, so in 2000, she applied to CCI for a service dog. After two years of waiting, Sawyer received his first service dog at no charge. Hal, a black lab, changed Sawyer’s life. He began reading above his grade level, could take the bus to and from school by himself, and has plans to go to college.
Similar to other service dog programs, CCI has a strict breeding program. The puppies go to volunteer families until about 15 months then to go to training centers across the US for 6 months to train to be a service dog. The service dogs learn roughly 40 different behaviors before being placed.
Although Hal passed away in 2011, Sawyer received another service dog, Topper, and continues to thrive. Sawyer’s mom says she cannot imagine where he would be without his service dogs.
If you are interested in donating to CCI, you can donate here.
Argyle Bow Tie for Dogs This collar accessory classes up your pooch for social events or just lounging around the home. Attaches easily to their collar with Velcro!
Durable “Jive” Ball This ball is tough and good for the environment and it’s perfect for the dog that loves to play fetch. Comes in different colors and it is made right here in the USA!
Unique Christmas Tag. Perfect for the holiday season and you can customize the tag with your pet’s name.
Sports Team Dog ID Tags. Love the Vikings? Packers? Or are you more of a baseball fan? Now your dog can also wear your favorite team’s colors!
Dog Treats & Chews. It’s no secret that dogs love treats. We have a wide selection of top quality, natural dog treats that make the perfect gift.
Hopefully this gave you an idea what to get your furry friend for this holiday season!
Exercising your dog isn’t just to control their weight, but it can also help with diseases such as hip dysplasia and heart disease. It also improves bone and joint health, as well as lung function. Having your dog exercise everyday will help with energy levels while they are indoors and will behave better if they are left alone.
Traveling with your pet this Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some quick tips to keep them safe when travelling by car:
1. Keep them safe & secure in a well ventilated dog crate, container, or back seat cover for dogs. Make sure it is large enough for them to move around comfortably, especially on long car rides. [Read more…]