Playing Tug of War With Your Good Dog

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I bet you sniffed out this blog post from home. Today I want to suggest a wooftastic bonding game for you & your good dog. Playing ‘Tug of war’ can provide a wonderful outlet for the natural canine urge to grab & pull. It’s a fun way to exercise your good dog too. I’m sure you’ve seen puppies playing this game with each other.

First you’ll need a good tug toy. All our Knotty Toys can be used for a game of tug but our Knotty Chaw Chaw & Mighty Chaw Chaw were created specifically for tug of war games.

It’s important to set the rules & be firm. We good dogs like rules. While learning the game always encourage proper play. Keep each round of tug short, no more than ten to fifteen seconds. You can end the round by commanding your dog to release or you can let the toy go & let your good dog toss it about.

Remember this is just a game, not a competition. If your dog is taking the game too serious & is showing signs of aggression, you need to stop immediately. Let go & step back.

It’s also important that grabbing onto anything but the tug toy (your hand for example) is not allowed. You want to be having fun not inadvertently encouraging what could become a bad & potentially dangerous habit.

If you want to read a more detailed article on playing tug, I sniffed out this article on the ASPCA web site.

Stay home, Stay safe.

#plankthecurve

CEO Olivia 

Are Essential Oils Safe for Good Dogs?

Health

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I live in a “scent free” home. That’s an odd concept for us dogs but what I mean is, huMom doesn’t wear perfume or use stinky soaps or burn scented candles. But some people like these things.

Some humans like to scent their homes using essential oils in a diffuser. Some essential oils are safe but many are toxic to good dogs & can cause serious harm just from sniffing them.

One popular oil in particular, Tea Tree oil, is highly toxic to both humans & dogs if taken orally. There’s no antidote, the more ingested the worse the symptoms.

Symptoms of toxicity vary depending on exposure. Minor symptoms like drooling or vomiting may happen with just a small exposure. A dog may appear weak, have difficulty walking, or seem partially paralyzed. Prolonged exposure can lead to life-threatening symptoms like organ failure, seizures, greatly reduced level of consciousness, or coma. It’s possible that symptoms may not be noticeable for up to 12 hours after exposure. That’s far too long to be breathing in a toxin.

Below is a list of essential oils you should not have in your home if you have a dog.

  • Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Birch (Betula)
  • Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
  • Boldo (Peumus boldus)
  • Calamus (Acorus calamus)
  • Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Cassia (Cassia fistula)
  • Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
  • Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Garlic (Allium sativum)
  • Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
  • Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
  • Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
  • Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
  • Mustard (Brassica juncea)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
  • Red or White Thyme
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens)
  • Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
  • Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
  • Savory (Satureja)
  • Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
  • Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

If you have a good dog, you might not want to have essential oils in your home at all. Please research before you plug in that diffuser. You may save your good dog’s life.

CEO Olivia

Artist Jason Lyons

Canine Culture

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here.  Us good dogs & cool cats have been known as ‘Upcycle Artist’ but our human audience is little more than amused if we’re lucky😉

According to Wikipedia, ‘Upcycling also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality & environmental value.’

Jason Lyons passion & creativity has dog gone driven him to be one of today’s wagnificent artist.

Strut on over to Jason Lysons’ website to sniff out more.

Have a pawsome weekend.

CEO Olivia