Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year’s Resolution for You and The Dog

2009 is only a few hours from being behind us. On to 2010 and what many put hope of a new beginning. Its really a great thing to do and New Year’s resolutions aren’t cliche anymore. Its a time to set goals, go for a better way of being, thinking, and doing.

Number one on everyone’s list should be:

Wag more.

Yep. Even if you aren’t a dog owner it’s a good rule to live by. Of course dog owners know exactly what that means. Dogs tend to wag at the slightest hint of possibility. For the most part, those who wag more have more joy, harmony, gratitude, and peace of mind than those who spend their time barking about whatever is presented them on a moment to moment basis.

Along with wag more the highest of priorities should be health and fitness. Without it the chances of your happiness and self fulfillment becoming a reality are much smaller. Doesn’t matter if you are person or dog, if you don’t feel good, if you are overweight, if you can’t get out and move its not a fun place to be.

So here they are. Top priorities for 2010. You and the dog:

  • Wag more.
  • Get fit.
  • Loose those extra pounds.
  • Find peace of mind.

For the dog finding peace of mind and wagging more are easier than for most of the thinking two legged communities we live in. Make it a point to take a lesson from our four legged friends there on a daily basis. Wag more.

Getting fit and losing extra pounds.... well.... those are more under the two legged friends control and our dogs rely on us for the opportunities to join in the movement on those fronts.

The truth of the matter is it is much easier to accomplish weight loss and getting fit when you have a loyal training partner to rely on. Perfect for dog owners. You’ll never find a more loyal training partner, ready to go at any moment’s notice, never an excuse and always with a big inviting wag of excitement to go.

Awesome. So we have established that weight loss and getting fit are big on the New Year’s resolution list. We’ve also established that the chances of it actually happening are high when you have someone to rely on.


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Go ahead. Make 2010 your year. Look good, feel good, get fit, and wag more.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dog House and Potty Training: Pet Stain Removal

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Monday, December 28, 2009

10 Best iPhone Apps for Dog Lovers

Its the aftermath of the gift giving holidays. Time off before the New Year is common and its a great time to figure out how to use all of those fun electronic gadgets and gifts you received. For dog lovers there are interesting new aspects to gifts that pertain to your world.

From training your dog to teaching dog tricks to finding a local dog park in your area or an area you are visiting, the new iPhone dog apps are a must for dog owners.

Make sure to leave us a comment about what your dog got for the holidays and remember our fitness program starting January 1st tailored for you to get back into shape, lose some extra pounds while relying on your most loyal training partner ever. Your very best friend. Your dog.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Dog Food - The Good and The Bad

Just plain dog food kibble, especially the same kind of dog kibble every day can get a little boring. Since we love our dogs so much, we tend to give them a special treat during the holidays. Usually something from the more than fabulous holiday dinner being prepared to share with friends and family.

The truth of the matter is a little “real” food isn’t a bad thing for your dog. Most commercial dog food is REALLY scary and knowing the facts on some premium dog foods quickly explains why our dogs are getting fat, acquiring health problems and dying younger.

That being said, not all food good for humans is good for the dog either. In fact there are some very common foods that can be harmful, even deadly to our dogs’ long and short term health.

Because these foods are so common and many of them a good healthy choice for humans yet not well known to be harmful or toxic for dogs here is a list to help spread the word to dog lovers. *Send this article to all your dog people friends so they know!

  • Turkey Skin - Tis the season for this food item in most households. A little turkey for the dog. What a great idea. Just remove the skin first. Turkey skin is known to cause pancreatitis dogs.
  • Bones - Cooked bones can be a real problem for your dog. Small or large they become brittle once cooked, causing the bone to splitter and lodge in the throat or even worse yet the intestines. Bad news. Uncooked larger soup bones are not a bad thing for the dog and can be gotten from your local store meat counter.
  • Grapes/Raisins - This is one that is not commonly known and surprises most dog owners. This fruit is extremely toxic to dogs. Grapes and raisins contain an unknown toxin and as little as a handful can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Nuts - Macadamia nuts are known to cause tremors, weakness or paralysis in the hindquarters or your dog. The good thing it isn’t deadly and the symptoms wear off after a short while, still not a good thing even short term. Walnuts are considered poisonous to dogs and can cause gastroenteritis.
  • Chocolate - Bakers chocolate or dark chocolate contains the substance Theobromine. The substance is similar to caffeine and is described as poisonous for dogs but the most common toxic effect is heart attack.
  • Nutmeg - Is a hallucinogen in dogs. Some may have the thought cross their mind... “cool”.... However your dog might not think the altered state is that cool really!

Enjoy your holidays. Get some exercise with your dog, and drink lots of water.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Dog Events - Cocktails and Canines

San Diego, America's Finest City... and incredibly dog friendly to boot! San Diego offers some of the finest dog friendly events as well.

Check out what's on the calendar for the upcoming holiday week and get out and have some fun with your dog....

Canines N Cocktails Happy Hour - December 22

Hotel Indigo and City Dog
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Tuesday December 22, 2009 6:30pm-9:30pm

Hotel Indigo 950 Island Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

Gone are the dog days of dining! Hotel Indigo and City Dog are going arms wide for you and your furry friends. What could be better than listening to good music, enjoying tasty drinks and socializing with other dogs and their humans...

Dog Happy Hour - December 23

The FleetWood
Dog Happy Hour
Wednesday December 23, 2009 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Fleetwood 639 J Street San Diego CA 92101

The FleetWood Serves Up a Doggone Good Time. Now dogs can eat, drink and mix at The FleetWood. Back by popular demand,dogs of all sizes and breeds are invited to The FleetWood's Dog Happy Hour every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Dog lovers will abound to the lush heated patio, while sitting back, relaxing and enjoying half-price wine bottles and $4 "You Call It's." Guests can also choose from a variety of specialty cocktails, such as the "FleetWood Mojito," "Applejack" and "Julius." The pups will feel right at home with their very own dog treat menu.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Mixed Breed Dog? How To Find Out What Breeds Make Up Your Dog

Mixed breed dogs are cool. Shelter dogs and rescues dogs are a combination of more than one breed or many breeds, though pure breed shelter dogs are on the rise as well. Many times we wonder what breeds our dog is made up of out of love and out of curiosity.

As dog owners we tend to adore our dogs and the question comes up. “I wonder what kind of dog you are?” Curiosity is known for killing the cat but when it comes to knowing what breed your dog is the answers can help with many aspects of your dog’s life.

Dog breeds come with a variety of traits and knowing what those are can aid in training, especially if you have a dog that is showing signs of behavior problems. Diet and exercise needs are different according to breed and knowing the facts can aid in a prolonged dog life. Dog health and fitness varies and can be breed specific. Knowing the breed facts is a huge advantage in your relationship with the happiest friend and confident most people have.

In the recent past it’s been an extensive vet lab procedure to find this information out, but as our technology continues to evolve in the pet care industry, there is now a DNA Identification test available at a very low cost, sent right to your home. You don’t have to load the dog up and find yourself in for way more than you bargained for at an expensive doggie doctor appointment.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dog Bone Treat Recipe - Perfect Christmas Dog Gift

The holidays are upon us and the shopping malls are a bit crazy these days. For those of you with dogs on you Christmas shopping list here’s a great idea that’s cost effective and the dogs will love.

Everyone knows chocolate is not good for the dog. A fact not well known though is carob is a substitute that dogs can eat and it makes us humans feel so sweet to give that special bonus dog treat.

Carob information: The carob tree is cultivated for its edible seed pods. Carob, dried or roasted has a slightly sweet taste. It's used in powder or chip form as a substitute for chocolate in cakes and cookies. Carob is used as a non-toxic alternative to chocolate in dog treats, as the theobromine in chocolate is toxic to most dogs.

Carob Dog Bone Treat Recipe

Dough Ingredients

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter (non sweetened)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups unbleached flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup rolled oats

Keep additional flour ready to roll dough without sticking to the rolling pin.

*Personally I flattened the dough using my hands and additional flour.

Mix water, oil, eggs, vanilla and peanut butter with a wire whisk. Add flour, cornmeal and oats using a mixer or by hand mixing.

Divide dough in thirds and place 1/3rd on floured surface. Flour top of dough and gently knead, adding more flour until dough is pliable enough to roll. (Or flatten evenly using your hand)

Roll to 1/2 to 3/4 inch thickness and cut using a bone shaped cookie cutter. (Another shape of your choice will work too!)

Preheat oven to 400 F. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes depending on thickness.

Carob Dip

1/2 lb carob chips
1/4 cup milk

Melt carob chips in microwave at half power for 1 minute. Stir in milk and microwave at half power for 1 more minute. Stir to smooth consistency.

After bones have cooled dip one end in warm carob mixture. Place on surface to cool.

Store these dog treats the same way you would homemade cookies. An airtight container is best. Since there are no preservatives in these treats refrigeration is best or if the treats are not used within a couple of weeks freeze them. Thaw completely before feeding.

Your dog will love the treats. It’s a great idea for all of your dog owning friends and family as a holiday gift.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to go outside and get some exercise with your dog. Its good for you. It’s good for your dog.

©Jt Clough and K9 Coach, Inc. 2009

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Potty Training House Cleaning Help

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Shelters in California filling with Chihuahuas

Sad but true. There are more pure bred Chihuahuas in some California shelters than any other breed. Click the link below to read full story.

Find out why.

Shelters in California filling with Chihuahuas

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Gifts for The Dog: What to Avoid

More dog owners than not buy holiday gifts for their own dog which usually results in something that is not only useful but safe. Knowing that your dog is one of the closest things to you, friends and family tend to buy gifts for your dog as well. Though the intentions were very good from the gift giver some holiday pet gifts can be down right dangerous to your dog.

Gifts to Avoid:

  • Rawhide Chews
Talk to any vet and you’ll find out that these popular dog “treats” have caused emergency surgeries in many dogs during the holidays. Especially dogs who aren’t used to getting them get excited and ingest large pieces in hopes to get the next one.

  • Balls Smaller than a Ping Pong
A ball small enough that it could accidentally be swallowed is a bad thing. Think about it, your dog is not only excited about the ball while running with it. At the same time many dogs are breathing threw an open mouth. Make sure the balls you give your dog are not small enough that they could become lodged in the airway or ingested far enough that surgery is required to remove the ball without a fatal ending.

  • Squeaker Toys
These type of toys can be very enticing as dogs are intrigued by them. However your dog can get so intrigued that the only goal is to the squeaker out and many dogs swallow the plastic part whole. Another bad thing that may not come out with surgery or an incredibly sad ending.

  • Stuffed Toys
There are those dogs who carry around a stuffed toy as though its a baby or their favorite security blanket but without knowing the dog stuffed toys can be dangerous to your dog. Dogs who chew the stuffing out and ingest it can end up in trouble. The material is not digestible and can get lodged in the intestinal track again causing a fatal outcome should surgery not be done in time to remove the foreign substance.
  • Toys With Small Parts (Easily Chewed Off)
There are some really cute dog toys on the market, however they may not be all that safe. Small parts that can easily be chewed off are a danger to any size dog.
  • Treats Produced In China
Chicken and beef treats promoted as “all natural” and produced in China have been the cause of severe damage to the kidney often resulting in renal failure and death. There are multiple complaints of the chicken strips causing kidney failure. There is already an existing history of dangerous pet products from ingredients from China. Here’s what is happening. There are American corporations manufacturing these products in China using Chinese materials and the Chinese workforce. And they’re saving money. Not only are they endangering our pets, but we’ve seen horrible evidence of children’s toys with lead. We all blame the Chinese, but let’s remember that these are American plants with plant managers who have gone there to save money.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Santa Dog Photos At Cocktails and Canines

Dog photos with Santa - cocktails and canines

Wedndesday, Decebmer 8th, Canines and Cocktails and the
Indigo Hotel San Diego
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Don't miss it, dog photos with Santa, dog goodies, apparel and more....
A good time for you. A good time for your dog.

Enjoy and evening out before getting ready to put on your own holiday festivities...

Christmas and New Year's celebrations are coming soon and you still have time to clean up before your guests arrive. You and I both know that pee, poop and vomit happens!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - San Diego

Gaslamp holiday pet parade - San Diego
Click on the above link to get details on San Diego Dog Friendly Holiday Event

Now go have some fun with your dog and remember that if your dog hasn’t done activities like this in the past you can do a few things to make the experience better for you both. A well balanced dog is one that can hang out with you in your lifestyle. Exercise is key to any well trained dog’s life.

Take your dog for a walk, jog or run prior to the event. Burn off that edge that may make it difficult to contain the excitement in new surroundings, other dogs and food. As an added benefit your dog will have the chance to take care of the “gotta go” thing and you won’t have to run around with your bag during the event. Always be prepared though, a big mess isn’t going to encourage more planned dog events in the future! Good owner, good dog, good times!

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Chihuahuas, Lap Dogs and Other Small Dogs 2nd Chance

These days Hollywood seems to have a hold on many of our everyday decisions. What we wear, what weight we “ideally” should be, who’s cool, and what kind of dog we should own.

With the release of movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua and the number of celebrities like Paris Hilton, Serena Williams, & Oprah Winfrey with small dogs, those who are even thinking about getting a dog tend to make a choice based on cute rather than temperament, the need for dog training, how much exercise is required, or the difficulty to potty train.

The joy of bringing home a new puppy turned nightmare when uncontrollable barking, peeing in the house, chewing shoes, furniture, and cell phones, snapping at guests, or growling at other dogs appears is often the case with dogs that people think of as small and completely controllable. The number of breeds like Maltese, Chinese Crested, Italian Greyhound, Silky Terrier, and King Charles Cavalier’s ending up in shelters due to this problems is alarming.

The sad thing is with a little research and some professional dog training these problems could be avoided entirely or at the very least fixed. The mistake of thinking a small dog needs little exercise is a big one and many don’t realize until after all the damage is done. People aren’t willing to change the lifestyle or realize that by changing exercise level and communication with the small dog the result is a really great little companion.

Thus large numbers of small dogs are ending up in shelters. Really sad and unnecessary but never the less true. It turns out that its also happening in some areas of the country more than others.

For instance the shelters in LA or filling up with these small breeds while other areas of the country like New Hampshire have very few of these breeds and many people who with lifestyles that can support the well being of a small dog.

Hollywood and the people who make up the scene there do a lot of good things to and in this case Katherine Heigl has done a very cool thing in that she paid thousands of dollars to have small shelter dogs shipped from LA to Nashua, NH.

Heigl one of the stars of Grey’s Anatomy felt she had the means and the joy of a small dog united with a owner who has time, energy and understanding is admirable from all aspects.

Small dogs can be trained just like big dogs to be great companions. The two biggest problems are potty training and over excited energy. Because toy breeds tend to be able to get away with things big dogs aren’t, expectations from the beginning are different. By practicing good dog training habits and establishing a potty training routine just like a big dog, these small breeds can be the best companions ever that can go anywhere because of their size.

If you are dealing with these problem with your small dog, its not too late. As with anything, today is the best day to start a new program whether it be diet, exercise or program to get your dog training off on the right paw!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ricochet Surf Dog New Holiday Project for Childrens Hospitals

Ricochet is back at it again with her unconditional ability to give to her community. Ricochet, known as Rip Curl Ricki the Surfin’ for Paws-abilities Surf Dog raised over $10,000 and 3 year grant from her sponsor WebMD Health Foundation for Patrick Ivison, a quadriplegic who was also her 15 year old tandem surf partner throughout the Summer and Fall surf season in San Diego.

Since the water has cooled down for the season, Ricochet has donned her Surfin Santa Paws outfit and let the life jacket have a rest in her box of toys she uses to help raise funds for those in need.

The new project taken on by Ricochet benefits children who have been hospitalized this holiday season. She is once again eager to make a difference and donation efforts will go to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and Hurley’s Living The Dream Foundation, which together with Ricochet, will distribute the toys to CHOC Children’s Hospital.

Toys are most useful and books are always a welcome interactive gift for any child. Ricochet is accepting tax deductible toy donations, or gift cards for toy/book stores through December 18th, via the US Postal Service. Toys can be mailed to:
Surfin for Paws-abilities/Ricochet
306-N West El Norte Pkwy, #47
Escondido, CA 92026.
Or visit her website for more info

You can find a complete list of toys, books, and gift cards that would best suit the children for Rady Children’s Hospital at
Hurley’s Living The Dream Foundation at

Enjoy your holidays and wag more!

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