Here's a fun little video that showcases the Roxxter dog toy from Dublin Dog Co. The design is meant to keep your dog active and on their paws if you will. The toy has a clever counter balance moulded in the bottom, so it will have wibble, wobble, whacky fun. The toy is best suited for medium chewers, yet having said that our resident 70lb German Shepherd Dog has been gnawing on one for the last 6 months with no issues. Made in the USA from recyclable materials.
You’ve heard it a thousand times, that over time, owners and their dog(s) start to look alike. True? Who knows? What I do know is that dogs will start to match the energy level of their owners, be that for good or bad. So if you live a sedentary lifestyle, then over time your dog too will learn to adapt to that lifestyle, as will their metabolism. With that comes an expanding waistline and a whole host of related issues.
The solution: Get Active! Not all of us are in the best shape of our lives, however there are tons of ways to get back into it, especially now that the weather is finally getting cooler in some parts of the US. Here are a few quick ideas to step it up in the energy department.
- Human’s best friend- the dog; A Dog’s best friend- the walk. That’s right, one of the best things you can offer your dog is a brisk 20-30 minute walk. Not only do you get exercise during the walk, but you establish pack rules and obedience training opportunities while your buddy’s behind (not in front of you pulling) the leash. Use that time to reconnect with your dog and to use stop signs, other dogs, and all things furry that scurry out in front of you as training opportunities.
- Get involved in various types of obedience & agility trials. There are so many wonderful groups that can be found on sites like Meetup or local blogs that can direct you to well established groups. This week alone I have heard of two great classes, one was on agility and the other was an urban scent class. How much fun would that be! One class even had a “bring me a beer” retrieval command. I saw it first hand and was so envious!
- Finally try something brand new. You don’t have to walk laps around your neighborhood, those sights and sounds can get old after awhile. Go for a hike at a new park, make a go of Dock Diving, or take your dog geocaching for the first time. Keep it fun & fresh and the experience will be great for both of you. Just remember, if your heading to the water, just grab your Original All Style, No Stink collar to stay as fresh as your new found spirit for exercise.
The long wait is now over! After 4 years of watching the original all style, no stink collar grow, both in popularity and in pure scope we have learned a lot. We are grateful to our customers and critics alike, who remind us that we too can't rely on luck alone to make our products better. Every version of the original All Style, No Stink dog collar has taught us invaluable lessons about what makes a product more than just a commodity. It has to do with safety, reliability, design, and an unspoken agreement of trust with the company behind the product. So with that, we feel we have answered the most pressing desires of our customers and of our own goals for the collar. Featuring completely new hardware, new tooling, new materials including our extreme element elastomers (E3) that has made our collars, softer, stronger, and lighter than ever before; and did I mention made in the USA? So thank you for your patience and we hope that you agree with us, that the wait was well worth it.
As many of you have noticed we are currently out of stock of 90% of the Original All Style, No Stink dog collars? "What's the deal with that?" you say. Well, unless your dog has drug you into the closet or buried you in the backyard you've probably heard a little something about Dublin Dog Co now producing our world renowned collars in the USA. That's right, starting the first full week of July, we'll begin selling our newest version of our versatile All Style, No Stink collars. However, while we've been in production with our new E3 formulation (see blog below), new tooling, and new hardware, we had to deplete our existing stock without manufacturing new inventory from our former factory, using our previous methods. Our success has been predicated on "going for it", taking chances where others were afraid to go. The result; a really good product that makes a lot of sense. However, through your feedback, comments, and wonderful stories, we've found ways to correct our mistakes, improve where we could, and make some advancements. The result is a brand new facelift to our tried and true product line. So thank you for your patience and we hope you love what you see, and feel. As a way of saying thank you for reading this blog, enter "blowout" at checkout to receive 50% off your order from June 29th-July 7th, 2011 on whatever Original All Style, No Stink dog collars are left in stock. It never hurts to have a few on standby. (supplies are limited) Lucky day to you and yours.
Join the Dublin Dog Foundation, along with a whole host of celebrated artists from around the country to participate in Luck. Powerful Art. Positive Purpose. Artists were commission to create an original piece of artwork around the theme of "luck" or good fortune. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these original pieces will go towards our goal of raising $25,000 in order to help 10-year old Clarke get a service dog. Clarke was born with a genetic disorder that has left him without the ability to speak or walk, however with the use of a service dog we hope to increase his capabilities.Please check out this video of Clarke and artist Edwin Gil, as together they create one of the cornerstone pieces for the Art Show taking place on August 25th, 2011 at the Gil Gallery in Charlotte, NC.
Dublin Dog just announced one of our newest secret weapons when battling dirt, grime, and all things nasty when speaking of dog collars. The highly anticipated new release of the Original All Style, No Stink dog collars set to arrive in early July will be comprised of a new E3 formulation, which stands for Extreme Element Elastomers. The Dublin Dog brand has been built around blending the best of fashion and function, and that has never been more true than with our latest release of our all element collars. Every year we listen to our customers, sometimes with smiles on our face, and other times it leaves us scratching our heads. "How can we make our products better and more effective?" The answer came from your suggestions. The new round of collars are thinner, softer, yet maintain a pull strength of over 1,200lbs per square inch of material. We've switched to a new double bar buckle, new d-rings, all with a sleek brushed satin finish. The other big move; producing our collars here in the USA! We feel we have the perfect trifecta now, better designs, better materials, and made in the USA. Now who's the lucky one? We all are.
The results from the Fido Friendly independent review of the Dublin Dog Co, eco-Lucks collection are in. Take a moment to hear what they have to say about our newest recycled line of collars and leashes made here in North Carolina. We appreciate Fido Friendly taking the time to look and test our product line. We hope that you find these types of reviews about Dublin Dog Co helpful when choosing the perfect product for your pet.
So the swing of Spring is certainly here, with days in the Carolinas (Dublin Dog’s Headquarters) already reaching the mid 80’s. That’s got me thinking, how do I get out there and enjoy the wonderful weather, while at the same time giving the dogs a new form of exercise and excitement?
While many of us are already contemplating bathing suit season, and “finally” getting in shape, let’s discuss some new ways of doing just that with your best exercise buddy, your dog.
Bikejoring- Think urban mushing on streets or trails versus snow. This is a great low impact exercise for you; bicycling, and some wonderful running for your dog. This may take some getting used to, however for those breeds, human and canine alike that want to get out there, this could be your calling.
Rollerblading- Now don’t go and pull out your walkman, knee high socks, and daisy dukes, this is active blading. I’ve found this to be a blast, however ensure that your brake pad is in good shape and that you’re in control of your own actions before introducing a dog into the equation. I’ve also done this with a longboard style skateboard and have had a great time. My dogs love it, however I've found it easier to do the longboard while only having one dog pull, versus both. With two big breed dogs, I've picked up some serious speed and got the speed wobbles. Should have been on youtube, you would have died laughing.
The main thing this Spring is to find activities that make you sweat and increase your heart rate while allowing your dog(s) to get some much needed exercise in the process. Be sure to check with your vet to ensure your dog is in good health prior to establishing a routine.
What’s your favorite routine? How many times a week do your exercise with your dog? Below is a video from youtube showing a bikejoring club up in Boston.
You’re at the park, enjoying the sunny afternoon and your four-legged friend is having the time of her life. Then, as if being pulled by some invisible lasso, she makes a b-line to that dark area in the grass over by the tree. Suddenly, she stops, drops and rolls as if trying to put out a small fire set by worker ants (it must be a big fire, cause there's a lot of rollin' taking place). Then just as unexpectedly she trots over to you as if looking for a merit badge for her accomplishment. Then it hits you, like an uppercut to the nose. “The Funk”.
So why do dogs roll in the nasty nectar of dead things, poop, and all things gross? Here’s three explanations:
1)Dog’s use the scent or odor of what we would otherwise find disgusting as a type of perfume for themselves. Many times, we clean our dogs with perfumed soaps and sprays, however that can smell horrible to them. In return, they shop down a slightly different aisle and go for the scent that is most pleasing to them, like the nasty tidbits left laying in the field.
2)The dominant theory is that this is a trait carried over from their wolf ancestry, whereby canines would use these scents to cover up, or disguise their own scent as a way to sneak up on their prey. In some cases, they could almost be invited by their prey to come closer if they chose the most appealing scent.
3)Getting covered and smothered in nasty goodness can also be a way of alerting their pack or pack leader “hey look what I found over here, take a whiff”. It’s a way to communicate that they’ve found the booty, and you’re missing out. No really, you are.
It’s for this reason I created the Original All Style, No Stink dog collar for Dublin Dog Co.. Dogs will be dogs, and that’s why we love them, for all their quarks, traits, and characteristics. But leave the funk in the field and keep your collars clean. Did you know you can put your waterproof ASNS Dublin Dog Collar in the dishwasher? Try it.
A few weeks ago I found myself outside a coffee shop, chillin’ with the dogs and my two little daughters, enjoying a scalding hot chai latte. It’s great people watching, with tons of dogs making the Saturday voyage with owners in tow for the coffee and scone pilgrimage.
Suddenly I see my German Shepherd’s ears perk up, and Jake, my 110lb lab backs his rump into the bistro table, almost giving me a chai latte steam bath. With an outburst of giggles from my daughters, I see the culprits; two white cotton balls with four legs each. Cute dogs as they were, they gave new meaning to the word spastic. Needless to say, after watching their owner with her 37ft corded, retractable leash, I understood where they got it.
So do the math, two big breed dogs with a combined weight of 180 lbs, and two scrappy powder puffs being held in check by what I can only imagine was steel guide wire. Needless to say, these two creatures, who were not wearing Dublin Dog collars by the way, weaved through my legs as if they were building Easter Baskets, all the while my children laughed and the dogs’ owner chirped, no hissed at her dogs to behave. The result, both of my legs looked like I was the cover model for Whippin’ Boy Weekly.
Folks, if you have less than "perfect" dogs, you may want to consider a flat, fixed length leash. Many, if not most dog trainers recommend a leash where you have more control, forcing your dog to follow your lead. As an example, hint, hint, wink, wink, consider the 5ft. eco-Lucks Leash from Dublin Dog Co. It’s the Goldilocks of leashes. Not too long, not too short, and certainly not too vein cutting sharp.
It was the best of days, it was the worst of days. We laughed, we cried, I bled, however the chai latte and orange scone was almost worth it. Happy weekend to you.