Friday, October 28, 2005

Happy "Howl"oween & Other Holidays



Here in this country we seem to have a holiday almost every month.

If your dog likes to join in the fun here are some easy to make and inexpensive ideas for costumes and dog treats.

You can make costumes for each holiday out of odds and ends that are lying around your house.

Most of these ideas are taken from 101 Ways to Spoil Your Dog.

Santa Hat: Red cloth wrapped around an old knit cap with some cotton pasted around the brim and on top works just fine.

Angel: Cardboard, a wire coat hanger, string, plastic food wrap and a silver colored pipe cleaner make great wings.

Ballerina: A couple of feet of tulle will make a cute skirt. (if you don't have any on hand you can find some at a craft or sewing store).

Dracula: Use some black cloth to fashion a cape.

Baseball Player: Strap a baseball cap to your dog's head and dress him in an old T shirt.

Beach Bum: Use an old sun hat and a pair of sunglasses

Rooster: A red glove with the fingers up will make a cute rooster

By using your imagination and supplies on hand you can make costumes for almost every holiday. And don't forget your camera.

To add to your fuzzy faced friend's fun, here are two easy to make treats from 180 Delcious Gourmet Recipes by Kevin J Cook

Steak Snaps

Serves: 2 dozen Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 T whole wheat flour
  • 3 T wheat germ
  • 3 T nonfat dry milk powder
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce

Preparation and cooking:

Beat eggs in large mixing bowl while dissolving bouillon cubes in 6 T of hot water. Add flour, wheat germ, dry milk, bouillon and Worcestershire sauce to eggs and mix until a stiff dough forms. Roll out dough to 1/2" thickness on lightly floured surface and use cookie cutters or knife to make doggie themed shapes. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, then turn over and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool overnight.

Baby Biscuits

Serves: 2 doz Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup dry milk powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 T garlic
  • 2 T Molasses
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 6 T beef broth
  • 1 jar baby food meat puree

Preparation & Cooking:

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and roll out to 1/4" thickness on lightly floured surface. Use a pizza cutter to cut small rectangles from dough and arrange on cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cool overnight.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Dog Boots, Coats, and Sweater for Winter: Luxury or Necessity?

According to the ASPCA: “Ice melt products may contain ingredients that can be very irritating to the skin and gastrointestinal tract, and could also potentially result in more severe effects including depression, weakness, disorientation, low blood pressure, cardiac problems, seizures, coma and death depending on the type of ice melt and circumstances of exposure”.

Dog boots, sweaters and coats can help keep these products from coming into contact with paws and stomach. Boots, sweaters and coats can also protect your dog from the sleet, snow or ice and minimize the potential for skin irritation. In addition to keeping your dog’s feet warmer the boots can help prevent painful ice balls from forming on the feet.

Puppies and short haired breeds will also benefit from warm apparel because they are especially susceptible to the cold.

To ensure a proper fit when purchasing sweaters and coats measure from the base of the tail to the base of the neck.

Do not allow your dog to chew on boots, sweaters, and coats during or after using.

Marge Holdorf
http://theactivedog.com/
http://theactivedog.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Story of Kong Dog Toys


Kong Toys Dog and Training Products

There once was a German Shepherd named Fritz who loved to chew rocks. The rocks were hard on his teeth. His owner, Joe Markham, unable to break him of this destructive habit, was very frustrated because he couldn’t find anything else that Fritz would rather chew.

One day when Joe was working on his Volkswagen Van, Fritz started chewing on rocks once again. So Joe, in desperation began disassembling his van and throwing parts toward Fritz to see if he could entice him away from the rocks. Nothing seemed to work until he pulled off a suspension part.

Fritz may have invented Kong but it was Joe who saw the potential of a VW suspension part.

Production of this super strong rubber toy began in 1976. Today millions of dogs around the world can attest to its durability and unpredictable bounce. Kong Toys are used and recommended by veterinarians, trainers, and dog owners.

Rubber Kongs:
Red Kongs come in a variety of sizes for small to extra large dogs and are made for dogs with typical chewing temperaments. Black Kongs are for large, tenacious, power chewers and come in large, extra large, and King. Puppy Kongs are designed specifically for a puppy’s mouth and assist in teething. Kong Retriever Toys: Glo Kong, Cool Kong, and Training Dummy all come with throw ropes for long throws.

Air Kong Tennis Toys:
Air Kongs are 100% pure tennis toy and come in a variety of fun shapes and sizes. They bounce erratically and float.

Kong: Dr. Noy’s Plush Toys:
Dr. Noy’s Plush Toys are double stitched and come with easy to remove or replace, replaceable squeakers. The Dr. Noy’s plush toys are available individually and in the puppy toy combo kits.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

What is Agility and how does it help your dog?

Agility: a great activity to keep your dog's mind and body active!

According to the Kyjen Outward Hound Doggames package:

What is Agility? An agility course is like an amusement park for your dog. The dog takes cues from a handler to make his way through an obstacle course while racing against the clock or other dogs. It has become the most popular dog sport and has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last few years!

Strengthens Dog/Human Bond
Enhances the bond between dog and human. Keeps your dog's senses sharpened, body properly exercised and brain occupied.


Easy to Learn
Unlike many other dog sports and competitive activities, dog agility is relatively easy to learn and most dogs can do well and have fun with minimum training.


It
enhance your dog's natural abilities as they maneuver their way through an obstacle course guided by a handler. Provides quality exercise for both dog and human.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Mental and Physical Stimulation for an Active, Healthy Dog


A Mind and Body Approach to Dog Exercise and Activities

Insufficient exercise and mental stimulation can lead to stress, often creating behavior and health problems including but not limited to aggressive and/or destructive behavior, fatigue, and skin problems such as itching or excessive shedding.

Exercise is also good for the canine mind.
Running through the woods or along a beach, swimming in a lake, navigating an agility course, chasing a ball or Frisbee, playing with other dogs in a dog park, or playing with interactive dog toys all challenge your dog’s mind, help to calm him down, and provide exercise as well. Many of these activities can also provide fun and exercise for you.

How to avoid these common behavior problems in your dog
· Excessive barking
· Soiling in the house
· Destructive chewing
· Hyperactivity

These dog behavior problems often stem from boredom, separation anxiety, and too much pent-up energy. Increasing your dog’s activities and exercise time will help your dog become well adjusted, better behaved, and much more happy and healthy. In addition, the cardiovascular system will improve, more calories will be burned, helping to keep your dog trim and fit, and his muscles will be better toned. An added benefit is that you and your dog will have a stronger bond by sharing more quality time together.

Excessive Barking
· Excess energy and boredom can cause excessive barking.
· Not enough exercise creates pent-up energy that your dog may be releasing by barking.
· It may help to provide more interesting toys and activities to relieve boredom and increase stimulation.

Soiling in the house
· Stressful situations can cause accidents
· Older or sick dogs often soil in the house
· Mind and body exercise helps relieve stress, keeps dogs of all ages healthy, and encourages elimination in more appropriate places.

Other dog behavior problems such as destructive chewing and hyperactivity can also be addressed with mind and body exercises and activities.