Happy National Dog Day!

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Olivia & huMom

Hug, kiss, play & paw all over your canine companion every day!

Happy National Dog Day!

CEO Olivia & her huMom ❀

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually & was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert & Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige (also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day …to name a few).

National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, & acknowledges family dogs & dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs & drugs & pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. We strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions, to consider choosing adoption first and if you’d like a pure breed dog, look into a pure breed rescue to see if they might have just the dog you’re looking for.

(Credit: http://www.nationaldogday.com)

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Playing with Pull/Tug Toys

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Playing tug with your dog can provide a wonderful outlet for their natural canine urges to grab & pull. You can also use this game to exercise your dog & teach important lessons. It’s also a great bonding exercise.

First get a good tug toy. All our Knotty Toys can be used for a game of tug but our Knotty Chaw Chaw’s were created specifically for tug games.

It’s important to set the rules & be firm. Dogs like to know the rules. While learning the game it’s a good idea to have some treats in your pocket to reward & 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 the 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, we found this article on the ASPCA web site.

Enjoy & have fun.

CEO Olivia ❀

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