Linus here! Daddy says he needs his Monday break so I’m taking over the blog today. Besides Dad has been sick all weekend so he deserves a little break.
It was Mother’s Day weekend so we put together a short blog post and fixed up a nice mother’s day picture for mom from the dogs. However we also had a chance to get into a little bit of mischief even though dad was feeling a little under the weather.
Our little buddy, Yuki spent the weekend with us. We tried to play with her, but she’s a lot smaller than us and didn’t really like it when I pounced at her.
Here’s Yuki in her comfy little bed:
I really liked Yuki’s dog bed and she made it look so comfy I decided to steal her spot when she wasn’t looking 🙂
Yuki sure made that dog bed look comfortable, but I thought it was a little bit lumpy. I hope she comes over again next weekend and brings a bigger bed for me, Stetson, and Apache to enjoy.
I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day Weekend!
Linus, Stetson, and Apache write a guest post every Monday called “Monday Mischief“, where they talk about their mischief, antics, and adventures from the past weekend.
Welcome to this weeks Puppy In Training weekly roundup. As we mentioned before we are doing our best to roundup our favorite dog blog posts from the past week across our favorite doggy blogs.
Our goal is to try and help you by sifting through the best of the best blog posts (well at least the best posts in our mind) and getting you a short, concise list of our favorite 5-10 posts for the week.
We also like to post an adorable puppy picture for the week and here’s this weeks pic:
6 Blog Links You Should Not Miss!
- 10 Interesting Facts About Dogs – One that I found very interesting was nose printing your dog…a dogs nose is like your fingerprints. Another one that might be interesting to our Puppy In Training readers is that puppies have difficulty holding it during potty training until they are about 4 months old. Check out the article for all 10 interesting facts about dogs.
- Pet Obesity Chart – This infographic was actually brought to us by Pet 365, but I found it through my Blog Paws feed. Since I have Labrador Retrievers I always keep an eye on their weight (Labs have a tendency to be obese due to their love of food). Stetson was getting a bit chubby about a year ago so I cut back on his feeding and now he’s looking quite svelte. Take a look at the chart to see a few stats on dog and cat obesity.
- Should You Let Your Dog Sleep In Bed With You? – We let Stetson and Linus sleep in bed with us. All of our Guide Dog Puppies In Training have to sleep in their crates. However, are we allowing our dogs to many liberties by letting them sleep in our bed? This article may answer that question for you.
- Merry Christmas, Kids. I Poisoned The Dogs – Don’t worry this one has a happy ending. This article just goes to show you that we all make mistakes with our dogs. In fact my guide dog puppy, Dublin got into a box of chocolate cookies last year. We ran to the emergency vet and ended up inducing vomiting. Lucky for us no permanent damage. No matter how close you watch your pups you never know what may happen.
- A Puppy For Christmas! Things To Consider – This is a must read article if your considering purchasing a puppy as a Christmas gift. If you ask us then our answer would be “No, do not get a puppy as a Christmas Gift!” unless you know the amount of time and responsibility a puppy requires (and the person receiving the puppy knows this too) the holidays are a difficult time to take on a new pet. We wrote a very similar article on Christmas Puppy As A Gift a few years ago. Go with the alternative and buy a picture of a puppy, a collar, or a leash and after everyone agrees go out and adopt a puppy at your nearby rescue or shelter.
- 21 Things You Can’t Do With A Puppy In The House – This one is a good reminder that puppies are a large responsibility and even thought they are cute and adorable they will take up a large chunk of your day. The one I always fear the most when getting a new puppy is #7 “Sleep More Than 3 Hours In A Row”. I’ve been lucky my last two pups have slept most of the night, but if I have another Stetson (he only slept 2 hours in a row for the first 4 weeks) I might not make it.
That’s this weeks list of my favorite blog articles for the week.
I notice a Christmas theme in this past weeks readings. I’m sure that trend will continue for the next couple weeks and perhaps a few new years articles?
Enjoy the articles and if you have an awe inspiring article you’d like me to read and possibly link back to in our roundup then leave us a comment with a link in our comment section below.
It was a great and busy weekend for me starting on Friday with the Orange County Pet Expo. The Pet Expo actually wasn’t the only event I had scheduled this weekend after volunteering for Guide Dogs of America all day Friday I hopped on a plane to Las Vegas for a friends bachelor party. I scheduled an early Sunday morning flight back to Orange County in attempt to make our guide dog puppy training train trip to Universal City. Unfortunately, I was too tired to make the final leg (train trip with Guide dogs) of my weekend.
Anyhow I wanted to give you guys a short recap of my experience at this years OC Pet Expo.
Orange County Pet Expo Recap
Did anyone get a chance to stop by the GDA booth over the weekend. I was there from 10am to 2pm on Friday. Some of our other friends manned the booth the rest of the afternoon while I grabbed lunch and walked around the pet expo.
I was a little too tired this year to hang around for the demonstrations. I did catch a few of the splash dog contestants jumping into the pool. I caught a glimpse of the K9 demonstration, but overall I just checked out the latest pet products, the different dog breeds, some of the other service dog organizations, and the cat and dog rescues. We even saw one of the therapy dog groups we hope to one day join.
Overall it was a great experience my feet were barking by 4:30pm so at that time we headed home.
Interesting Dog Training Opportunities
While we were working the Guide Dogs of America booth we were visited by two of the other exhibitors at the Pet Expo that really caught my attention. The first was Beach Animals Reading with Kids also known as BARK. We visited an attended a BARK group meeting a few months ago. BARK is a volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. I’ve been procrastinating with Stetson, but I really want to get involved in a Therapy Dog program like BARK.
Next, a couple of young ladies stopped by to say hello and also introduced us to K9 Nose Work. From their website:
“Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The sport of K9 Nose Work is designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise.”
COOL! Stetson loves to sniff! This would be an excellent sport for him to take up. We’ll be investigating this in the near future.
Any New Pet Products At The Pet Expo?
So now I guess you’re wondering what about the latest and greatest pet products. Well we did walk away with a few purchases that we plan to review in the coming weeks. The pet-friendly Honda Element made it’s debut at this years OC Pet Expo. Unfortunately, I did not come home with a new dog car.
However, I did find a new dog bowl for Stetson. Well, it’s not exactly a dog bowl, but it’s the latest in a long line of dog bowls/products I found to help slow down Stetson’s fast eating. It’s called the Amazing Treat Machine and I plan on getting a review on the site as soon as possible. Also, I want to see if it’s viable solution as Stetson’s new dog bowl.
One pet product I did not buy was a new bed made out of PVC piping. It was a little pricey at $70 and I’m going to see if it’s something my dad can custom make for Stetson and Linus. Here’s a photo:
If you’re wondering who our dog bed model is that’s GDA Puppy In Training Winter. We hung out most of the day greeting people at the GDA booth.
In the past I’ve also talked about Stetson and his dog skin allergies. Well, we found something to kill the bacteria on Stetson’s skin and hopefully relieve him of his itching. The product was recommended to us by good friends from Sudsy Dog Wash. The stuff is called Vetericyn and is said to kill 99.999% of bacteria, single-cell organisms and fungi. YAY! hopefully no more dog skin allergies or itching for Stetson.
That’s about it for the 2010 Orange County Pet Expo. Hopefully you had the chance to visit. If not, there’s always next year.
Tell us about your experiences at the 2010 OC Pet Expo.