Fetch!

Some dogs fetch naturally, but most have to be taught to bring a toy back and release it on command. Teaching your dog to fetch is simple!

Get your dog excited about playing with the toy and then toss it.  Make your throws short at first.  The closer your dog is to you the easier it is for him to return to you with the toy.  An arms length or even a few inches is fine for starters.

 
Reward the dog for returning with the toy by offering a food treat. Your dog will drop the toy to get the food, and you will have traded the toy for the treat. Once the treat is consumed, throw the toy to begin the process again.

You can use our Frenzy Ring with Leash, or a Jitterbug tug to help teach the return.
The attached leash helps you to control the toy, and prevent your dog from running off with it while they’re learning how to fetch.

Once your dog learns how to play the game, you can play fetch inside or out, for fun, interaction and extra exercise.

Large Frenzy Ring-  http://www.genuinedoggear.com/GDT-FRZY-LG-dog-dog_fleece_toys.html

Jitterbug Tug-  http://www.genuinedoggear.com/GDT-JBUG-dog-dog_fleece_toys.html

 

Another Benefit to Walking

Besides getting into shape, nicely trimmed toe nails are another benefit of regular dog walking.  You’ll know your dog is getting enough exercise when you don’t have to trim their toe nails.

The slight abrasion effect of the sidewalk and even dirt or grass surfaces will keep your dogs toe nails trimmed to perfection when your dogs are getting enough leash time.
I walk my big dogs a mile and a half every day, sometimes on sidewalks and sometimes on dirt.

This amount of exercise is sufficient to keep all their nails trimmed except for their dew claws which don’t regularly touch the ground.

Start Walking!

Exercise is necessary and vital to your dogs health and can extend their natural life span. Exercise helps to build a healthy heart, aids digestion, tones muscles, reduces stress and releases tension.

A Daily walk (or two) could be one of the most significant things you can do to help your dog live a full life. Regular lifelong exercise also makes us feel good by increasing endorphins. All of these benefits can help both our life span and our dog’s longevity.

The benefits of regular healthful exercise not only feel good, but combined with good nutrition are probably your best bet to maximize your dogs healthy years.

Remember, if your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise!

Watch That Puppy!

New puppies are famous for getting into trouble when we aren’t looking. You should always watch your puppy when he’s allowed to roam un-crated in the house. Knowing that your puppy is very interested in the lamp cord can prevent a chewed cord and an emergency trip to the vets.

With vigilance you can stay ahead of potential problems and prevent trouble before it happens, all by keeping your eyes on your puppy.

Never allow your puppy the opportunity to make mistakes or get into trouble because you weren’t watching. You can attach a leash or long line to the pup while you’re watching TV to keep him near you, and allow some freedom of movement. Or you can use puppy gates to keep your puppy in the same room with you, making it easier keeping him in your vision.

Remember to keep your eyes on your little prize, and prevent problems before they happen.