I don't know about you but River is ready for summer! All the kids are out of school and the warm weather gives us lots of time to spend outdoors with our dogs. Before jetting off on vacation make sure that you and your dog are ready for the warm weather. Set your dog up for success with a nice new treat pouch, and make sure that the haircut you are getting your dog is really necessary.
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Wait! Does Your Dog Really Need that Summer Hair Cut?
The answer to that question depends entirely on what type of fur your dog has. The short answer is that if your dog has a double coat then they should not get that hair cut and if your dog has hair then yes, they can get a short summer cut. One thing to keep in mind after shaving fluffy is that dogs do get sunburned and their hair often protects their skin.
I recently found this infographic that talks about how a dog with a thick double coat is able to stay cool with all that fur and I thought I would pass it along.
Treat Pouches- Your Favorite New Accessory
One of the nice things about training dogs in winter is that all of our jackets have big pockets that make carrying around treats much easier! In summer we lose the layers and no longer have a convenient place to keep treats. Here I wanted to share some good treat pouch options for you to take on your walks so you can continue to reinforce your dog’s good behavior.
What I look for in a treat pouch
Large enough to hold enough treats to last a whole walk.
Has a waistband. I find that the treat pouches that just clip into your belt fall off way too easily.
Easy open, easy close closure- I usually find that something magnetic works best. I do not love the drawstring ones. By the time you have opened the treat pouch, your dog is already off doing something else. It is not a productive way to immediately reward behaviors. And if I try to keep it open I always tend to spill everywhere.
Extra pockets to hold other things. In my treat pouch, I have the main compartment stocked with treats and the side compartments hold poop bags, a clicker, keys, some business cards, and maybe a tennis ball if I need one that day. Having extra pockets seems minimal, but it actually comes in very handy!
Easy to clean. You are putting food into your treat pouch, you need to be able to clean it easily!
This is the Doggone Good treat pouch. It checks all the above boxes of everything that I personally like in a treat pouch. It is the standard treat bag that most trainers use. It's good and it lasts!
The treat pouch that I favor is by Olly Dog. Unfortunately, they discontinued the model that I have. The new one is very similar but I have not tried it yet. I included it here in-case anyone is interested.
This is the Pet Safe treat pouch. It is the best bargain treat pouch that has a waist strap. It 's functional and does the job well. But, I have had a few of them break prematurely on me.
Kibble Bubble https://amzn.to/2GMsqK7
If you are one of those people who really can't fathom the idea of walking around New York city with a treat pouch strapped to your waist the Kibble Bubble might be a good option for you. I have not used this brand before but I have used similar products. You can clip it to your belt loop and squeeze the bottom to get a treat to come out. It does not hold a ton of treats, but is easy to wash and nice and small.
Blog Post: But, What's a Flirt Pole?
Lately, I have been recommending a flirt pole to many of my clients. It is a product that I have really liked for a long time, and I recently realized that I don’t recommend it enough. So many dogs love it! It is a versatile dog toy that I feel is very underrated. You might see it in the pet store, or on amazons recommended section, and keep moving past. It’s not flashy or pretty, but it is an entertaining, functional toy, that many dogs find fun and exciting. It will provide your dog’s hours of enrichment, it can help with some training, and it can get your dog exercise in a small space. Continue.
Last Month's Blog Post: Quick Fixes, Buyer Beware
The other day I was sitting at my desk throwing a ball into a glove while Dustin looked on. He was mesmerized by the ball, his head moving from left to right, staring at the ball as I threw is back and forth. Soon he approached me and started barking at the ball. Being the amazing disciplined trainer that I am, I found the behavior amusing, and I took a cute video (even posting to my personal Instagram with a funny comment about how bossy Dustin can be).