THERAPY DOGS CAN HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY

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Did you know that therapy dogs can increase your health and wellness? Well, they can. Read more here:

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A Happy “Doggie” Thanksgiving from WayCoolDogs!

Our “Doggie” Thanksgiving seems to be early this year, catching our  ol’ dogs and us quite off guard, thinking Halloween was just last week or so ago!  We decided to stay at home with our old girls and one blind little black male toy poodle by the name of “Little Man,” celebrating with them as […]

A Dog To Color

We at WayCoolDogs hope you have a new box of crayons, as our coloring page of Ms. Holly Higgins is ready to go!  A bright-eyed little dachshund, she also has several stories for you to read that will make you laugh until you cry. But meanwhile, have some fun and color Holly with a lot […]

Barnyard Coloring Page!

WayCoolDogs is celebrating October by starting its own brand of dog internet games, with a new fun game once a week. Top internet games very seldom have children in mind, or even we young-at-heart adults who love coloring with a brand new “smelly” box of crayons. But we sure remember! Here at WayCoolDogs, children’s games […]

Pick The Perfect Dog Breed For Your Children

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A dog can be a wonderful companion for a child. How many of us can say that we think back fondly to our childhood pets? A dog can offer a child companionship as well as hours of fun and playtime, and teach responsibility and love. But that doesn’t mean every family is ready for a dog, or that every dog is great for children. To make the best choice for your family, there are a few important things to consider.

This may sound like common sense, but I always make sure to add this disclaimer anyway: dogs are living things that need a lot from you! They are not just something to take care of or a tool for teaching life lessons; dogs are part of your family. They are a long-term commitment, often longer than 15 years. You should not get a dog for the sole purpose of using him to teach your children how to take care of him.

That brings us to my next point: dogs are a lot of  work. Even if you set care guidelines and decide who has to walk and clean up after the dog, be prepared to do the work yourself. If your child doesn’t do his part in taking care of the dog, you can’t just ignore the problem. It’s not fair to let the dog suffer from neglect because a child was not fully cognizant of the care needed. Before you get a dog, I recommend you think long and hard about whether you have the time, energy, and funds for taking care of an animal for the next 10+ years.

With that out of the way, you might have decided to bring a dog into your family after all. Congratulations! But now comes the hard part: picking the right dog breed. I firmly believe that there is a perfect home for every dog, but the truth is that not all dogs are well-suited for life with children. How do you know which one is the right one for your family?

That really depends on how old your kids are. If you have young children, you should consider getting a dog with a low-key, patient temperament. Young children can sometimes be very rough when playing with dogs and it’s important to get one who will be able to tolerate the rough-housing without losing his temper or biting. At the same time, the dog should be playful…but not so playful that he’ll cause injury to your child by accident. There are quite a few breeds that fit this description.

Golden retrievers, Pit Bulls, Dogos, Malamutes and Irish setters are particularly good with children due to their strong sense of loyalty. If you’re looking for a smaller dog, you might consider a schnauzer or a West Highland white terrier. These two breeds are a more petite package with some desirable qualities such as a calm temperament. Still not sure which breed is best for you? Call the Memphis Dog Coach.

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Testimonial: Ms. A and Alfie

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Hi Ami,

Hope your 4th was great!  Just wanted to let you know that today my son and daughter-in-law came over with the 3 boys and Alfie was a prince.  I kept the leash on him and kept him calm for the first few minutes that they were here.  After that he was great.  He sat outside with us while the kids swam and was quite a “gentleman” while we were eating.  His only backslide is getting up on the table if the chairs aren’t pushed in.  That’s something very new for Alfie and I’ll have to work on it.  But on the whole, he is doing Fantastic.
Thanks

A Sage Christmas With Your Dog

It’s easy to want to give your dog a big fat bowl of Christmas ham, mashed potatoes, and whatever else you think he might enjoy. It is a natural human tendency says, Ami The Memphis Dog Coach, “But that’s a bad idea for your dog’s health.”

Overindulging your Chicago dog in fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach, diarrhea, or pancreatitis (which can be life threatening. A few strips of raw turkey on a dog’s normal food is fine. Just don’t overdo it.

Five Good Games For Your Dog

Fetch

This time-honored game requires nothing but a lightweight ball of relatively soft material (if it is too hard, the ball could damage your dog’s teeth) and a willing dog. Make sure the ball isn’t too small, otherwise he could accidentally swallow it while leaping. (Depending on the size of the dog, even a tennis ball could be too small.)
The object is of course to have your dog bring the ball back to you. That isn’t always the case; sometimes the dog trains the owner to run after the ball. Unless you don’t mind running at your dog’s whim, here are a few suggestions:

Don’t play if your dog pushes the ball at you then snatches it away as you reach for it, or if he dances around with the ball in his mouth, teasing you. You’re just reinforcing the idea that he can give you orders.

As the pack leader, YOU decide when to bring the ball out and when to throw it. Keep the ball in a special area that your dog is aware of, so when he sees you bring the ball out, he becomes excited and eager to please.

Follow the practice of performers to “leave ’em begging for more.” In canine parlance, that means quit the game while he’s still interested, not when he becomes bored.  Lavish praise on him immediately when he retrieves the ball and brings it to you.

You can substitute the ball with a Frisbee. To learn how to teach him the game, see the story Teaching Your Dog to Love Frisbee.

Dunk It

What would you rather do, watch overpaid athletes strut around a basketball court or play hoops with your dog? Teaching him how isn’t difficult, and he’ll be grateful for the chance.

Take a container such as a big cooking pot, laundry basket or large plastic pail and weight it down with a heavy object (so it won’t get knocked over).

Introduce your dog to the basket and the ball. As he watches, drop the ball into the bucket several times, while saying “Dunk It.”

Give him the ball, then bring him over to the bucket and say “Dunk It.” Do this until he drops the ball in the basket, then immediately praise him (you might give him a small treat as well). You’ll have to repeat this several times before he makes the connection between the reward and the action.

Swimming

If there’s a body of water nearby, your dog may want to go for a dip (only allow this if it’s safe AND permitted). Most dogs take to the water like ducks, but if he’s new to swimming, you’ll want to make sure he can swim. Never just throw him into the water, and always supervise his water activities.

Stand in shallow water and call to your dog. You may want to coax him with a toy or a treat.  Your dog should use all four legs to doggie paddle. If he paddles with just his front paws, lift his rear legs to help him float. He’ll quickly understand that he needs all his legs to swim.

Swimming is strenuous to any creature not used to it, so don’t let your dog swim for too long. If you’re at the beach, watch out for strong tides, and don’t let your dog drink saltwater. (You should also be aware that your dog is a target for sea lice and jellyfish.)

Incidentally, if you take your dog to the beach, you should bring along fresh water and shade. Dogs can get sunburned too.

Jump

Begin by holding a hula hoop (still available at most toy stores, believe it or not!) upright, but on the floor. Lead your dog through the hoop, then reward him with praise. Repeat several times.

Raise the hoop several inches off the ground and lead him through again. Then let him go at it!
Keep raising the hoop a little more each time to make it more of a challenge, rewarding your dog each time he makes it through.

Tug-of-War

Dogs like playing tug-of-war, but it is important not to let the game get out of hand. Because dogs are, by instinct, hunters, the game reminds them of catching prey. It is important that you control the game. You can do this by choosing a proper tug toy such as a rope or leather tube that you keep in your possession. And you should control the starting and stopping of the tug action. Show off your dog’s grip by picking him up with the rope in his teeth.

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