Please help even a 1.00 goes a long way. If you can not donate please share! Nyssa’s Emergency surgery

Hello,

Nyssa is a English cream Golden.  She helps out her mother during dog training in aggression cases as well as a demo dog.  She also helps with educational sessions with young children.  Before her emergency she was learning how to work along side her mother during a massage session to help out clients who are in physical and mental pain.  Any amount would help out and even sharing would help as well.
For more information about Nyssa please go to her Gofundme page:

http://www.gofundme.com/jj490k

Once again thank you  and happy new years!

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Yes, I know it has been a while-updates

I am sorry for those who have been stopping in and not seeing a new  update.  During the winter, the pups and I kind of go into deep freeze.   My once hyper pups  slow down and hate going outside.  Aya will even roll on her back and cry or hold her paws up within five minutes of being outside for a walk.  I will have to find a new place to start my videos.  After this winter our fence was attack by the evil Ice doers taking down large parts of my fence.  So hopefully we will get that fixed or I will find a safe place to work videos.

On other news Concord New Hampshire dog owners, or towns nearby.  E-mail the head of the local dog park/ facebook them and let them know you would like group classes!! I am trying to work with the local dog park, and give 50% of my profits back to the park itself for repairs.  The more people who ask for it the faster it can come.  This is a great way to support your dog park and have affordable classes.  Classes will be once a week, unless we have large group then we will have to look into setting up a second day.  It will take place in the small dog park area and each class will be an hour long.  Feel free to check out and leave messages on their face book at:http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=292039794761  If this link does not work look up Friends of the concord dog park!

Shortly I will be adding another toy review as well as talking about natural ways to keep the ticks and fleas away; I will also be adding some more blogs on training within the week as well as some hot topics for dog owners.  Hopefully the interview of “Tommy” will be added soon as I feel it is a story that should be told and hopefully open and change minds of some owners who is using outdated treatment towards dogs.

Social Time- Not just for humans

“Dogs should be left at home on the couch, not in public.” Too many times I have heard this or some other variation of this statement. We as dog owners are lazy at times, not willing to put the time in that our dogs need for socialization. In turn we have dogs that are not socialized, high strung, and unable to deal with changes in their settings, which leads to a very unhealthy dog. This leads to destruction of property, dog bites, higher vet bills, and a dog who doesn’t understand the world. Here are the top questions about socializing your dogs.

1: When should I start to socialize my dog?
A: The very first day you get your dog/puppy. If you are getting a puppy from a responsible breeder ask the breeder what type of training or socialization the puppies are getting during week 7 of it’s puppyhood, as this is when the first fear imprint period takes place. You want a breeder or foster home of the puppy to be working on positive environmental experiences. This is important as this can lead to how your dog reacts to everyday things in his or her life.

2:My dog meets people/dogs who come to my house and is fine. I don’t really need to do anything else do I?
YES! Dogs who may be fine with being in his or her own den (House) are most likely more confident, but as soon as your dog leaves your home, everything is brand new and that confidence will quickly turn into fear, which can lead to issues such as dog fights. This is also true about training; just because your dog is perfect at your home, as soon as the settings change it will feel as if he left his brain somewhere not understanding what you want from him/her. Dogs are contextual animals, meaning even though you were able to train the dog to sit perfect in your house or somewhere else as soon as you move him/her to a different surface, your dog will need to be retrained to sit, or any other command on that different surface or area.

3: What Social Activates can I do with my Dog?
A: There are many different things you can do to help socialize your dog, such as: Car rides, sitting outside of a store (training it as people come and go), puppy play groups, or professional canine sports such as Dock Dogs, Fly Ball, or Disc Dogs. There are also breed clubs (which do different activates for the breed of your dog), hunting (depending on breeds), walks, hiking, sniff and rescue, professional dog training classes, and much more! Check out Spirit of the Okami Blog “The Green Paw” for updates about different activities you can enjoy with your dog.

The main thing to always keep in mind is DO NOT rush your dog into something that he/she may be scared of. If the dog is showing fear, do not baby the dog, but instead slowly encourage the dog to make improvements, this means no yelling, hitting, or any negative actions from you as this will only imprint the fear even more so.
But most importantly, have FUN with your dog!

Dog park 101 what we all need to remember!

Spirit of the Okami

Dog Park’s 101 – Do’s and Don’ts

Yes, it is true! We have places that our furry family member can go off leash and play!  However, there are some tips and rules that should be followed at all times!  There is a reason that there are rules, and not paying attention to them can cause your dog, or yourself, potential harm. This is meant as a resourceful guide to protect you and your dog.

1:  Do not let your dog drink out of water bowls at a dog park!  There are sicknesses that can be spread through those bowls and you do not know when or how they were cleaned.

2:  Kennel cough:  It has been on the rise and this sickness can stay on a surface easily up to 6 months, and ANY surface can carry it (yes, especially a parks dog bowls).  Have your dog vaccinated every six months in order to stay safe.

3:  “My small dog loves big dogs” is a common statement among dog owners. A good number of big dogs may love small dogs, but quite a few may easily hate your little dog too.  Dog parks usually have large dog/small dog areas for a reason, and it’s just not out of preference!  Protect your animal and use the proper park for your sized pooch.

4:  While it’s great to chat with dog owners at a park, DO NOT take your eyes off your dog! While things may be going fine, just one wrong move can set off dog fights.  You’re there primarily for your dog!  People come second!

5: Smokers, please properly dispose of cigarettes. If you toss it anywhere, dogs WILL eat them, and potentially get sick.

6: Clean up after your dog. You need to know where it left its “present” in order to be a good, responsible dog owner! No one want’s a messy shoe (or paw).

7:  If it’s your first time at the park, do not rush your dog into it. He/she may be scared, whether you notice the signs or not. Be patient, and pay attention to your dog’s feelings. It can save stress down the road!

8: If you see a new dog trying to come in, remove your dog from the entry way as this can help the new owner and his/her dog enter without a hassle. It will take away any chance of a fight breaking out. Dog’s need their personal space.

9:  If your dog is hackling (hair standing up on back) do not take your dog into the park right away. This is a KEY sign that your dog is not feeling comfortable and is about to snap.  Give your dog a time out to relax him or her before entering the park.

10:  If your dog is starting to push other dogs around, your dog may need a time out, or it’s time to leave the park all together.  If your dog starts a dog fight, another dog could be hurt, which means you will be paying the vet bills (and no one want’s that!).  If a human gets bitten, your dog can get in serious trouble, and in extreme cases, be euthanized. No one want’s that to happen, so pay attention to your dog’s temperament, as well as the dog’s surrounding him/her.

Follow the rules at the dog park. They’re for your safety, and your dogs!

The Kong Wobba

Yes, I know this post is late… and I am sorry for that.  First of all I had to do more testing on the wobba.  This time around I had gotten two toys, each for one dog.  I can face it… my dog Nyssa is a Diva, and she demands her own of everything.  On top of that I had a loss the in the family which is why I did not post the other night like I was planning onto.  Any who, on with the show as they say.

The Kong Wobba is made of two Balls; yes that is right two balls.  One is a large white while the other is a tennis ball.  How could I know without pulling it apart, well I will get to that in a little bit.  Like I said before I had gotten two, Mr. Pink and Mr. Purple.  Everything was going well with the toys each dog would take turns pulling on the tentacles as the other pulled on the top… Sometimes I would catch them sleeping with their wobbas.  One day I went out for work, Aya with her Mr. Pink had it in her mouth as she was saying goodbye.  By the time I had returned home I had found Mr. Pink fur covering ripped open. Oddly enough it wasn’t the fur itself she managed to open however, right around the label that the company had placed on the toy itself.  I then started to do a little cut here and there to find out that even though wobble Pink was gone his spirit or balls could live on.  Both balls are still in use, and Mr. Purple is still going strong.  I honestly do not know if there was a defect with Mr. Pink the reason why I say this is because both Nyssa and Aya both really beat on Mr. Purple.  I can even join in on a bit of a tug of war between my two dogs and myself and it still doesn’t seem to bust open.

            Would I say go for the wobbas… It’s a 50/50 chance really… So far it has been a good five months with these Wobbas and at least one is still going strong.  On top of it what I like about these toys is even when the dog breaks into them they are still a lot safer than your normal stuffing toys.

Rating 1-4 paws

 Up for safety

 Up for life of the toy (mainly because one of the two has R.I.P)

Up for price (depending on the size you get)

 Up for play time (My dogs still go back to the Wobba)

½ Up Overall rating

Keep a look out on 9/26/2010 Spirit of the Okami will be at the SPCA Walk for the Animals in Concord NH.  Feel free to stop by ask me some questions.  Put your question of the month in the jar as well as a chance to win free two in home classes with the Aya Bundle.

Also next time on the Green Paw

How to be a responsible dog owners

Dog Parks

Out and about in town

Why do we have to clean up after our pets

The Whale Torpedo-Dog toy review

Hey there, Green Paw here.

I told you I was going to review the whale torpedo.  I was hoping it was going to be a little bit later in the week or maybe in the month… However, after just three days… lets just say I will explain in a moment.

I was walking through a pet store when my eyes caught onto a picture of a dog wearing 3-d glasses, under that was a large funny looking fish (or whale).  It has all the colors a dog can see: Yellow, blue with funky shapes.  The body of the toy is nice and pudgy, which then leads to a thinner tail. At the end of the tail is three separate fins.

The back of the packaging explained what colors dogs  can see, and the reason behind using the colors on the toy is so dogs will play with the toy more than usual (supposedly).  While yes, my dogs fell in love with the toy, which  is a bonus, it isn’t so much a bonus for the toy.

Little bit more info on the toy:

The toy is from HIGH VIZ technology, sadly made in China however….  As I was checking  on their company online site, I noticed the one thing I have been trying to stay away from.  “The Dog Whisperer” aka Caesar Millan.  There is a reason why I try to stay away from this dog trainer and ALL of his products which will be also talked about later on in the Green Paw.  On that note I would like to mention if you are going to follow any “Dog Whisperer”, please look up Paul Owens, the original Dog Whisperer.  Ok, time to get back on track….

Anywoof,

While at first I did not know that info about who the company supports,  I decided I would let the dogs play with the toy, after all I already had  paid for it.

Within in the first hour or so of the dogs picking it up, tossing it between each other, the white color on the whale had already turn dirty looking (this was inside as well) so the fabric of this toy picks up dirt, dust you name it, it will find it.  I shrugged it off ok not a biggie, it was bound to get dirty sooner or later.  While my oldest Golden grabbed a hold of one end the youngest tugged on the other. It began to stretch.  Oddly enough the toy itself did not break.  “At the moment I thought what a great toy, maybe this one will be worthy of the two paws up or more.”

The next day my youngest Golden picked it up and was carrying it around, soon she sat down.  I only took my eyes off her for about four minutes as I was working on my computer.  As I checked in with her I noticed the toy was on the ground however, something yellow was sticking out of her mouth!  It was one of the three fins, which sewing had come undone and off of the whale.

I quickly picked up the toy and the fin, eyed the toy itself, “well… no stuffing is out of the toy”, and it seems the fins themselves were not filled with any stuffing.

At this point I just threw out the one lonely fin, and on the third day allowed some play time with their friend the whale.  Both Goldens were playing and chasing each other around till my oldest decided she was ready to take a break.  Nyssa, the youngest, laid down cuddling with the toy…Another 20 minutes later both dogs had gotten up and headed to the door to be let out…there on the ground laid the Whale, and its little fishy guts spilling out from where the tail meets the body.  This however had stuffing, thus ends the tale (haha) of the Whale torpedo…  The poor thing didn’t even make it to the water testing as it states it can float…

Over all score:

Idea:   

toughness: o

Price: (was around 14 however, should have been very less with how it was made)

Buy again: 0 Paws

Long term toy: 0 Paws (unless you are a millionaire who can buy these ever other day, do not try it)

While the idea of this toy was great, and using colors that would keep a dog into the toy, there is still a lot that needs to be redone on this toy.  If you are just looking for a stuff toy for your bed, this one would be for you just don’t let your furry family member play with it.

Next time on The Green Paw

Dog Breed of the Month

Hello world! The Green Paw is open and ready to bark!

Hello,

First of all welcome to The Green Paw, I hope on this blog I will be able to help my customers as well as help those who are looking for any info about dogs.  This could be from training, or even the best toys that are out there, I will even try to review some health products as well as dog foods.  Most of all as my blog states, I am more on the green side of caring for dog that also ties into my training which is  positive reinforcement.  I do not believe in the use of harsh punishment as it only leads to a very unhealthy bond between pet parent and dog.

  

My own dog pack as of now has two wonderful Goldens, Aya and Nyssa.  They are also known as the Angry Puppy and the Puppy of Doom.   I am sure I will have many stories to share with fellow Dog parents.  So you as the pet parent  know that you are not alone on this road of doggy parent life.

 

 

 

 

 

A little info about myself..  I finish Animal Behavior College for dog training however, before that I used to train different breeds of dogs for friends and family (not to mention myself).  In the near future I plan on not only gaining status as a K-9 massage therapist but, also a PhD in Animal Behavior.  I have always had an open heart for dogs, and would love to see the USA start catching up to a lot of other countries who have open their arms and life to a better way of living for “Man’s Best Friend.”

 

In today’s world there is no need for the old ways of training a dog with fear and dominance, and new studies show even with wolf packs out in the wild it isn’t all about who can rough up who the most with alpha rolls, and biting down(choke collars)  on the neck.  So please, keep an open mind and I will try to bring you new ideas from different studies, and from my own experience as a dog trainer.

  

And hey, if you are in the New Hampshire area, feel free to check out my website www.spiritoftheokami.com

 

“It is time for humans to be humane to who they call “Man’s Best Friend.”  It is time to throw away the shock, choke, burning sprays, and all forms of anger and aggression and look towards a more positive way of training and care for our best friends.”
~Jennifer Williams~
Next time on The Green Paw….
High Viz Technology-  WHALE TORPEDO
-Do dog really love it?
-What the heck is it?
-Can it stand up to the test of two dogs?
-floating in water… we will see..
-How long has it last?
– How many paws up!