Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stranger Danger!

Edison has been watching too many After-School Specials.  He thinks anyone else on the street is there to abduct him and he has to scare them off.  He does so by barking "Stranger!" very loudly for all to hear.

We've been trying to explain to him that he is fine as long as he's with us.

Luckily, he seems to be understanding as his stranger bubble has gotten a bit bigger - now it isn't every person/dog/bicycle in a 2 block radius.

Is your dog aware of strangers?

Monday, August 18, 2014

PEDs: Pack Order

For our walks, we generally let them unfold naturally.  As pooches and their humans find their stride, they fall into the pack line up.

Sure, every once in a while we'll get two dogs who don't mesh well next to each other and need to rearrange, but our members pretty much take care of it.

This week, however, we had many new faces and several "yellow" dogs.  With so many different personalities, we did a quick line up order to get us going.

We knew that our members would still find their order, but we want to make sure that all our pooches are set up for success - and that our human members don't get defeated before they get started!  We may not do this every week, but we definitely found it helpful!

How do you set your pooches up for success?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dog Friendly Friday: Shakespeare in the Park

Every summer, Gannon University (my alma mater!) puts on Shakespeare Summer Nights - productions of two Shakespeare plays.  One show of each of these plays is done at the Aboretum at Frontier Park.

This week, we loaded up the pooches and a picnic dinner and headed to the park for the production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ( a tale of Hamlet as told from the view of Rozencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play).

The pups had a great time at the park - although I have a sneaking suspicion that they were more interested in our picnic dinner than the play!

It was great to support our local arts, Gannon's Schuster Theater, and enjoy an evening in the park!

What are your favorite things to do with your pooches in the summer?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ed & Tess's Favorite Things: Jolly Egg

With a dog like Ed, we're always looking for ways to keep him entertained.  Since most stuffies we get him meet a tragic demise, we also want to find things that will hold up.

We recently got to test drive the Jolly Egg from our friends at Fit for a Pit.  I've heard good things about this toy, but wasn't sure how the pooches would take to it.

Tess was...well, Tess was thoroughly unamused.  Edison was, however, intrigued.  We ended up playing in the yard together for almost a half hour.

We're digging this toy.  It's so far held up really well and has been a great interactive toy for us to play with the pooches.

What's your dog's favorite toy?

Monday, July 21, 2014

PEDs: Sharing Responsibilities

It has been a super busy summer for us.  With so much less free-time, it has been hard keeping up with everything.

Our weekly pack walks take planning - setting up a location, checking the weather, notifying our members.  And once that is complete, there's getting to the walks, taking photos, and posting the pictures.

I love doing it all, but sometimes not every week!  It has been so nice to hand over some of that responsibility this month.

Releasing the reigns isn't always easy for me, but it has paid off!  We've had beautiful walks this month in a location I didn't even know about!

Thanks to everyone who has helped with the walks this summer!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Infinite Weight Technique

Our pooches are ninjas.

There are a few reasons we think this, but what has absolutely convinced us is a certain technique they employ: the Infinite Weight technique.

This is a highly advanced ninja technique used to put the weight of a thousand kibble bags into an enemy.

Unfortunately, the pooches practice on us!

Is your pooch a ninja?  Does she have any special skills?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PG-K9: Parental Supervision Required

Ed is rarely left alone around the house.  We crate the dogs when we're not there, and usually make sure Edison is within eyesight while we are.

When we first brought Edison home he had constant supervision - either in the crate or on a leash around the house.  But as time has passed, he's gotten more and more freedom.  First we ditched the leash, and now don't worry about having him in eyesight constantly.

Even still, anytime he is out of eyesight and being too quite, I get suspicious.  When I go looking for him, he'll be laying on one of the rugs or pillows relaxing.

But there are still times I don't go looking for him - figuring he's lounging on the couch - only to hear the distinctive crash of something being pulled off of the kitchen counter.

Do your dogs get left alone in the house?  How do they do?