MY DOG SPOT at PHS WIGGLE WAGGLE WALK 2016
Thank you for stopping by our stand.
MY DOG SPOT would like to thank you all for stopping by our stand at the WIGGLE WAGGLE WALK on Sunday 25th September. We were so happy to see so many well-adjusted dogs out and about with their people for a day of fun and adventure.
We'd like to share some of these pictures of you at the event.
OUR RAFFLE PRIZE went to:
BRENDA TRAINOR and her Doodle.
OUR PACK WALKS AND GROUP HIKES HAVE TAKEN OFF!
We are so glad to be able to offer your dogs these communal services and have so enjoyed watching the dogs' behavior and social skills improve with each hike or walk.
These walks are such an enriching mental and physical experience for the dogs that we encourage more of you to sign your dog up.
Hikes take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.00am and run for 2 hours. This does include travel time.
Pack walks take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9.00am and run for 2 hours.
NEED PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND?
Why not head on down to America's first and only
At the Dog Cafe, located just down the road in Silverlake, you can grab a coffee with friends and snuggle with a dog at the same time.
"But I have my own dog," I hear you say.
All the dogs at the dog cafe are rescues looking for forever homes and really don't mind that you have your own dog! They'll take an extra cuddle any day.
The Dog Cafe’s mission is to revolutionize dog adoption by reinventing the way people connect with rescues who need homes. The Dog Cafe offers a comfortable and fun space for humans and dogs to hang out with each other away from overcrowded shelters which can provoke fear and aggression in perfectly adoptable pups.
My Dog Spot is always looking for innovative and groundbreaking ways to connect dogs and people. We have PARTNERED with Dog Cafe in an effort to spread the word about this new way of adopting out rescue dogs, in a happy and healthy environment, one cup of coffee at a time.
So, take a family trip, go pet some dogs and tell them MY DOG SPOT sent you!
HAPPY 4th JULY
We wish you a fantastic long weekend this 4th July Holiday.
Living in Pasadena, a day of grilling and family fun is not replete without the explosive world-renowned fireworks display at the Rosebowl.
While magical, exciting and awe-inspiring for us and a fantastic way to celebrate our independence and freedom, fireworks can be a paralysingly traumatic experience for dogs. In fact, this is the day of the year that the most dogs escape their yards or homes and get lost.
Here are some tips that can help keep your dog calm during a fireworks display.
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
- Keep your dogs inside during fireworks preferably with human companionship.
- Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
- If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
- Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar.
- Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.
- Use sensory enrichment to calm dogs eg:
- Sound Therapy: The psycho-acoustically designed music of Through a Dog's Ear has been specifically designed to reduce canine anxiety and has been successfully utilized by dog lovers world-wide. It is most effective when you first play the music well before the fireworks start, at a time the dog is already feeling peaceful and relaxed. He will begin to associate the music with being calm and content.
- Tactile Therapy: There are two canine wraps on the market that reportedly help sound phobic dogs. The original Anxiety Wrap was invented by professional dog trainer Susan Sharpe, CPDT-KA. The patented design uses acupressure and maintained pressure to reduce stress. The thundershirt is also a wrap for your dog that provides gentle, constant pressure. Their website reports that over 85% of Thundershirt users see significant improvement in noise anxiety symptoms. Most dogs respond with the very first usage; some need 2-3 usages before showing significant improvement.
- Scent: Canine Calm, an all-natural mist from Earth Heart™ Inc., can help dogs relax and cope more effectively with loud noises and other stressful situations. Directions on their website say to spray Canine Calm onto your hands and massage the dog’s outer ears or abdomen. Or lightly mist the air behind your dog’s head, inside the travel crate or car, or directly onto bedding or clothing.