Anything is Pawsible July Photo Contests!

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As humans, or better yet, our pets’ people, we like to focus on how we can help them. We adopt them from shelters or rescue them from unhealthy situations, provide loving homes and give them daily attention. This month, we’re thrilled to reverse the roles and hear all abut how your pals have helped you!

So, in celebration of our pets and America’s birthday, we are giving away one Pet Prize Package full of goodies that are all made in the USA, every Friday this month!

A perfect, patriotic way to show appreciation for our pets! (Say that 10 times fast!)

To enter, simply upload a photo of your pet who has helped you overcome an obstacle in life and provide a short description of how that pet helped prove that Anything is Pawsible! If you have a story of an exemplary pet, we want to hear about it!

Submissions will be accepted through July 24th, and each Friday a winner will be randomly selected among the Top Three photos/stories with the most votes! So what are you waiting for? Head over and enter today and be sure to tell friends and family to log on and vote for you!

For details and to enter, visit the contest page at: http://woobox.com/o5vjqj.

Good luck and paws crossed!

 

 

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Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

 

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Get Fido’s briefcase and memo pads ready because Friday, June 20, is Take Your Dog to Work Day! Created to celebrate the unparalleled companionship dogs provide and in turn, prompt adoptions, Take Your Dog to Work Day is honored among thousands of businesses across the nation – and for good reason! Pets in the work place help reduce stress, encourage longer work hours but prompt short, necessary breaks, and increase camaraderie among coworkers. According to the 2013/2014 National Pet Owners Survey, more than one million dogs are brought to work with their owner daily, but that doesn’t mean every dog is office-ready. Below are some tips that can help you and your pal celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Be considerate – Before bringing your dog in, make sure nobody in your direct vicinity has allergies or strong aversions toward dogs. 

Be aware – You know your dog best, and while some pups may love all the attention and goings-on, some may be overwhelmed and anxious. Make sure you are attuned to your dog’s signs and be his relief if he needs a break. 

Be prepared – You can’t expect to bring your dog to a space intended for humans, without any of his own stuff and have an enjoyable, content day. It’s important to have things for Fido to chew, play with, and lay on when bringing him to work. Bring his favorite toys or bone and a bed or blanket from home, water bowl and plenty of food and treats of course.

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In case you missed the “buzz”…

In case you missed it, we were thrilled to be a part of The Daily Buzz morning show last week! In honor of Adopt-a-Cat Month, they shared fun facts about cat ownership and why they make great pals to adopt. Check it out and watch here!

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PAL buzzes on The Daily Buzz tomorrow! Tune in!

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Jumpstart your morning with PAL! In honor of Adopt-a-Cat Month, we’re thrilled to be a part of The Daily Buzz tomorrow morning (June 13th) where they’ll be sharing some fun facts about cat ownership and why they make great pals to adopt!

The daily morning show airs across the country, and we encourage you to check out your local listings to find out what time and channel it airs in your neck of the woods. We hope you’re able to tune in, and if not, check back with us as we’ll post the segment afterwards as well!

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Just Launched! New Talking Animals Video!

In case you missed it…. Check out our latest Talking Animals video, Dog HATES the Internet, featuring a pup who is really, really excited to swap the Internet for a new furry pal! Share with your pals and comment below to let us know what you think! Enjoy!

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Honoring Four-Legged Heroes This Memorial Day

Memorial DayThey’re comforting, loyal and above all, heroic. In honor of Memorial Day, we’d like to take a moment to not only recognize the men and women that selflessly serve our country, but the four-legged heroes who bravely protect our country as well.

Since World War 1, the U.S. has been using working military dogs to assist soldiers in a number of ways due to their keen visual and olfactory sensory abilities, which are often unparalleled to humans. Their super powers have made them ideal for assisting in tasks including tracking, detecting explosives or narcotics, casualty locations, search and rescue, and more. Their senses are so remarkable they can even sniff out intruders up to 200 meters away!

Over the years, military dogs have had a wide range of roles, but in modern times specific duties have been defined where dogs can give their best service. While in the past they’ve assisted from catching rats to draw fire to expose enemy positions, today they are given even more tasks that apply best to their skill levels with categories including Scout or Patrol Dogs, Tunnel Dogs, Mine Dogs, Casualty Dogs, and more.

Another way dogs benefit our two-legged service men? They’ve been proven to benefit those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), common among many war veterans. Among the many benefits, service members have reported improved sleep, decreased use of pain medications and lowered levels of stress after engaging with service dogs.

Needless to say, we tip our hats to thousands of dogs who have played tremendous roles in military work and we truly salute them this Memorial Day, and every day!

To learn more about our military dogs, visit the United States Department of Defense or The United States War Dogs Association.

 

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Three Easy Tricks to Teach Your Pup!

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Training is an enormous tool in caring for a dog – it not only gives you better control, but also gives your pet the confidence and knowhow when entering an unknown situation. But training doesn’t have to be all ‘sit,’ ‘stay,’ and ‘come,’ you can have fun with it too! Dogs are generally eager to learn and training gives them mental exercise, which is crucial to their overall wellbeing. Below are three easy tricks to teach your dog to break up the monotony of come-when-called.

“Bow to Me”

Bowing comes naturally to dogs – you’ve probably seen them do it when stretching or prompting a fellow pooch to play – so teaching them to do it on command isn’t such a difficult feat.

  • Start with your dog standing up.
  • Place one arm underneath your dog’s belly to keep their rear “propped up” during the bow (only for the first few attempts – your dog should catch on quickly to the movement.)
  • Place a treat at the tip of his nose and slowly drag it down, near their body, so their eyes (and torso) eventually follow the treat downward.
  • Reiterate the command throughout so it registers and he begins to recognize it.
  • Once completed, click your clicker (if that’s your training method) and give your dog the treat accompanied by lots of praise and petting.

Not all dogs will master this trick right away so, if you need to, go in phases – click and treat when your pet accomplishes a half bow and from there only treat as they get progressively lower.

“Say Hi (or Bye)”

If your dog already knows shake, waving hello should be a simple transition that’s sure to impress visitors as they’re coming or going. (If he’s not familiar with shake, a quick online tutorial will have you up to snuff in no time.)

  • Give your pup the command to shake. When he reached his paw out toward you, raise your hand a bit higher than normal so he has to do the same.
  • Once he successfully raises his paw higher, click and treat. Or just praise and treat if you don’t clicker train.
  • Repeat this several times while raising your hand higher and higher, until above your dog’s head.
  • Now you can start integrating the command. Start with “shake” and, once your dog reaches out, say “wave, wave” and raise your hand higher. As he follows suit, click and treat. Do this repeatedly so he starts recognizing the command and associating it with what you’re doing.
  • Now eliminate starting with the command “shake” and just go right into “wave.” Be sure to treat every time so he’ll want to keep at it!

“Spin!”

Teaching your dog to spin is easy-peasy, but integrating a direction is downright impressive.

  • Start with your dog in a standing position.
  • Hold a treat in front of his nose and command him to “right (or left) spin.”
  • Slowly pull the treat toward the respective side of his head – his head should automatically follow.
  • Pull the treat around their body so they have to move to follow it.
  • Be sure to be repeating the command to build his familiarity with it and the action.
  • Once he’s completed a full circle, click and treat.
  • Focus on one direction at a time until you feel your dog’s ready to switch it up.

Remember that dogs can get restless and sometimes frustrated when training (and he may not be the only one!) so practicing daily for short periods of time is the best way to keep things fun. Training your pet is a wonderful aid in building your relationship with your dog and it’s also a great opportunity to tout your pup’s smarts! Happy training!

 

 

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