What’s In A Name?

Canine Culture, News

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We all name our pets. But some times we go overboard. The critters in this household seem to get a new name every week. Call them ‘pet’ names or nicknames, either way we often end up being called anything but the name we were first given.

For example, my name is Olivia, but I have also many other names – Livi, Lulu, Lewinsky, Winsk, Olivia Von Toot (when I’m gassy) & the strangest name, “La-hi-la-ho”. But there are also very silly names such as Princess Puppy, Ms. Wiggle Bottom & when I look sad I’m, “Sad Eyes of the Lowlands”.

So how many names do you have?

CEO Olivia

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Pointing In The Right Direction

News

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We are located in the small Hamlet of Coe Hill, in Eastern Ontario, Canada. Our little community is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. New businesses & new ideas are popping up.

Several months ago local craftsman/artist Jono Gooch with Artisans Café owner, Shawna Lockhart, came up with a novel idea, an old fashioned “western” direction sign post with fingers pointing to various local businesses. The Coe Hill sign post is now on our main street. Since an online business such as Knotty Toys for Good Dogs, exists in the cloud, it’s represented as an ‘idea bubble’.

The first sign post is already full & phase 2 is already in the works 🙂

CEO Olivia

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The Importance of Exercise

Health, News

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Just as you benefit from regular exercise, so does your dog, both physically & mentally. Exercise is beneficial for all dogs, young or old; you just need to adjust the amount of exercise to suit your dog’s age & fitness level.

Just like us, a dog that doesn’t get enough exercise will not only run the risk of developing health issues such as obesity, heart disease & arthritis, he/she may also develop behavioral issues. Lack of exercise can result in boredom & frustration, the dog may try to deal with these feelings by developing destructive patterns of behavior such as aggression, destroying furniture, or OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).

To ensure that your dog lives a healthy & happy life, you should exercise him/her regularly. Ideally you should take your dog out for daily walks. Most dogs enjoy the outdoors & like to explore. Try to walk at least twice a day, start slowly until you both build your fitness levels. Walking will allow your dog to become more socialized. Try walking different routes. New situations and environments can help build self confidence.

Play is also very important. Most dogs enjoy chasing a ball, Frisbee or stick & your dog will love the opportunity to play with you. Tug of war is another activity dogs enjoy playing. Might I suggest a Knotty Chaw Chaw or Knotty Gnaw toy to play tug of war with your dog.  Playing with your dog is a great bonding opportunity that builds both communication & trust.

The key to exercise is regularity; try to maintain a daily routine. It’s simply one of the best things you can do for your dog.

CEO Olivia

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