Helping the begging problem

Begging is a problem that many dog owners experience. In many dog owning households a dinner isn’t a dinner without that telltale nose poking up over the side of the table.

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Canine Connect is a dog training and behaviourist company in Adelaide. In the first of many training articles we asked Scott from Canine Connect for some tips in avoiding and fixing the begging problem. Continue reading Helping the begging problem

Keep Cancer on a Leash

Pet Trust is Canada’s first charitable fund entirely dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of companion animals, like dogs and cats. Knowing that cancer currently takes the lives of 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 8 cats, Pet Trust created the Keep Cancer on a Leash campaign to not only raise awareness of animal cancer, but to raise money for the treatment of dogs and cats with cancer at the Ontario Veterinary College Mona Campbell Animal Cancer Centre at the University of Guelph.

The Animal Cancer Centre is one of the leading animal care centres in North America, providing outstanding cancer care and treatment for dogs and cats from all over the world.

Click here to donate to Pet Trust to help Keep Cancer on a Leash.

Purina Canada  are generous supporters of Pet Trust and the Keep Cancer on a Leash campaign. Purina are also matching donations up to a maximum of $125,000.

Quick tip: Early walks

When do you walk your dogs? We’ve had a routine for a while now where during the week they get walked after work, and on the weekend they get walked a few times starting from about 10am. The one thing we’ve noticed, walking in the morning is so much easier.

Tayla is troublesome to walk at the best of times. She is highly energetic, easily distracted, and fairly relentless. She is getting better, but still a hassle. We’ve found when walking her early in the morning she is happy, doesn’t pull, listens to what you say, and is generally pleasant to walk.

Walking in the morning means the dogs have plenty of energy, they are still relatively happy and alert, but without being pent up and anxious like they may be after being pent up all day.

If you have a dog that is difficult to walk and you have the choice of doing it in the morning or after work, then try it out.

Clearly a tie in with another quick tip

Dog Sled Saga on Kickstarter

With a dogsledding team of your very own, enter randomized races to earn money so you can climb to higher leagues, buy new gear, and hire dogs, whose skills will grow if they’re treated right.

I often keep an eye on Kickstarter for awesome projects, but this time someone else found one for me. Dog Sled Saga is a game about sled dogs and racing that you can help get developed. And for some of us this may be the closest we get to sled dog racing in the snow.

A desktop and mobile racing game with a saga of rank climbing, reputation building, team management, and pet loving.
A desktop and mobile racing game with a saga of rank climbing, reputation building, team management, and pet loving.

They have already achieved their funding goal, so the game is definitely being made, but the more funding they get from here on in the better and more detailed the game will be.

Dog Sled Saga has simple, pick-up-and-play interaction, but also deep systems for dedicated players to uncover. Outside the races: use your winnings to hire new dogs, pay dues for higher racing leagues, or buy items to bolster you team. Treat your dogs well, and their innate hangups will transform into skills. Long-term success and a little luck will win dogs fame, potentially getting sponsorships and more.

The game can be simplified down into two intriguing basics. Neglect your dogs and they’ll be unable to race, but treat your dogs well and they will work for you, with dedication to your dogs and the craft you will even be able to begin new careers with your dog’s offspring.

The graphics in the game look awesome. I love seeing those eight bit sled dogs running.

Dog Sled Saga

Just in case you don’t know or haven’t heard of Kickstarter:

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen.

Depending on how much you decide to pledge you can get some pretty awesome rewards, such as die-cut stickers, custom Dog Sled Saga USB drives, art prints, and t-shirts. Personally we have pledged the tier to get Logan and Tayla’s name in the pool of in-game dog’s names. I can’t wait to play the game and be able to race with Logan and Tayla.

To find out more about the game and decide if you want to help make it better, check out Dog Sled Saga on Kickstarter.

What is the soundtrack to your walks?

We want to know what you all listen to when you are out walking. I often find a great soundtrack really helps me to stay motivated and really enjoy my walks with the dogs.

Check song below for an example of the sort of motivation I’m talking about. From the Muppets cover album, The Green Album, this song has been the motivator at the start of my recent walks.

I know I’m not alone here because I always see others out walking their dogs at the same time with the telltale buds shoved in their ears too. Well, what do you all listen to?