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Advice For The Children In Your Life

Thursday, 17. October 2013 12:55

This advice comes from Right Start Maryland trainer, Michelle Mange, who teaches classes at Your Dog’s Friend.


How to approach a dog who is walking with their human while on leash:


1.    Make sure you are 3 feet away from the dog  (jump rope length) and standing in a calm manner.
2.    Stand still while you say “may I pet your dog?”.
3.    Walk up the mini rainbow; this means you should walk in an arch as opposed to walking straight up to the dog.
4.    Stand sideways or kneel sideways, never facing the dog head on.
5.    Offer your hand to the dog – fingers in and down in a loose fist. This is an invitation for the dog to approach.
6.    If the dog approaches, pet him under his chin. If the dog doesn’t approach, he is saying that he’s not comfortable right now.


Ways children can help with their own dogs:

1.    Making sure their dog always has fresh water and filling the water bowls.  Fresh water should always be available unless your vet has told you otherwise.
2.    Helping to feed the dog by getting the food ready (dogs should be fed at least twice a day).
3.    Having two leashes hooked to the dog when going for a walk, so the child can hold one of the leashes.  No child under the age of 15 should be holding the leash or walking the dog alone.  No dogs should be walked on a retractable leash!  There is a risk of amputation (according to their own website), and the company actually says the leash should never be used around children

Do not share with your dog:

1.    Candy or gum
2.    Grapes
3.    Raisins


1.    Touch a dog’s food bowl while she is eating.
2.    Touch a dog while he is chewing on or playing with a chew toy.
3.    Pet or try and grab a dog while she is in a “hiding place”(like under a bed or couch or in the crate).
4.    Put your face in ANY dog’s face.
5.    Hug a dog.

When to get an adult:

1.     When you see a loose dog outside (no adult and no leash).
2.    If your own dog gets something she shouldn’t (one of your toys for example).
3.    If your dog seems hurt, frightened or is hiding.
4.    If your dog gets out the door and takes off.

Resources for Children & Parents:

The Animal Welfare Institute sells Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person by Sheila Hamaka.  This book, for children 4 – 8 years old, is inexpensive, yet beautifully written and illustrated.  You can also download a free board game, matching game, and coloring pages.

DogGone Safe‘s website has dog bite prevention safety tips, body language flashcards, games, storybooks and coloring books. Also, home to the “Be A Tree” program, teaching children what to do around a loose dog.

May I Pet Your Dog? – The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) by Stephanie Calmenson and Jan Omerod, teaches children in pre-school through second grade when and how to approach a dog.

At The Family Dog, you can find tips, videos, and an online training program for families, with a special section just for kids. The highlighted video on our website is a short, easy-to-understand body language video for families produced by The Family Dog.

Doggone Crazy sells a board game on dog behavior and body language for families and children.

Living With Kids and Dogs offers all sorts of useful information for parents, as well as a link to order the books,  Living With Kids and Dogs…Without Losing Your Mind and Puppy Training for Kids by Colleen Pelar.

Family Paws includes both Dogs & Storks and the Dog & Baby Connection. There are articles and resources for expectant parents and parents of babies and toddlers. Family Paws also runs a Dog and Baby Support hotline at 1-877-247-3407.

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The Benefits of Elk Velvet Antlers

Tuesday, 27. August 2013 5:50

The name Wapiti is from the Shawnee and Cree word waapiti, meaning “white rump” deer, which is an elk. The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species of deer in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America. Male elk grow and shed their antlers annually.  The antlers are a fast growing and biologically active tissue loaded with components that have demonstrated exceptional therapeutic value.  Elk Velvet Antler (EVA) has been used in Traditional Eastern Medicine for over 2000 years.


Some of the many benefits of Elk Velvet Antler:

  • Relieve joint stiffness
  • Support positive kidney function
  • Increase bone density
  • Boost energy levels
  • Aid muscle recovery
  • Stimulate and strengthen immune system
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase red blood cell production and circulation
  • Aid in treatment of arthritis
  • Enhance ability to cope with stress – physical, emotional and chemical
Craig Wylie, the owner of Wapiti Labs Inc, purchased a 160 acre farm in northern Minnesota about 10 years ago and started his own elk ranch.  Wolf Creek Ranch is managed and operated by Craig’s son Klint who cares for a herd of about 200 elk.  Only the best genetics are selected for the bulls & cows to breed the healthiest, most promising stock.  The elk are raised in a completely pollution-free, natural environment.  All animals are certified by the MN Board of Animal Health and routine health checks & inventory programs keep the elk in optimal health.  Wolf Creek Ranch has been Chronic Wasting Disease and Tuberculosis free for over ten years.
Wapiti Labs Inc. manufactures & sells supplements made from EVA for dogs, cats and humans.  They use a no heat, proprietary extraction process to produce our supplements which include the EVA and Eastern herbs.  Premium elk antler chews for dogs round out the Wapiti Labs line.

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Chevy Equinox is one sweet ride

Wednesday, 14. August 2013 9:23

I have the privilege periodically to drive a new car from General Motors and this summer I picked the Chevy Equinox, GM’s new crossover SUV. I chose the Equinox because we were heading out to Rehoboth Beach, DE and I thought it would be a great test to take it on the road and see how it handled on a mini-vacation with all of our gear, the new pup, etc.

I have to say that from the first drive over to our store, The Big Bad Woof, I was enamored with the vehicle. It has a great interior that is well laid out with all the amenities and was very roomy for not only me, but our General Manager who is an athletic build and requires more space in a car. After he showed me some of the hidden niceties (like plugs for the Iphone etc) I started getting together the gear for our trip.

The back of the car had a very good sized storage area for bags and food to take to the beach with a very roomy back seat for Atticus to relax in during the 3 hour drive. We connected the Bluetooth and settles in for great sound with the Sirius Radio and Pandora.

Aren't we packed yet?

The car handled extremely well in both good and rainy road conditions, and felt like a solid machine with some weight to handle an accident. The Collision aversion is a nice feature also, with several different settings to warn us if we were too close to other cars. It felt very safe and the adjustable seats left me felling good after being in the car for an extended period of time.

I also was impressed with the gas mileage for a car of this size, averaging 20MPG in City and Highway overall. This is definitely a winner in my opinion and worth a test drive for anyone considering a new SUV.

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