Seven DOs at the Dog Show!

Dog shows are a great way to see lots of breeds of dogs in one place. They are a good place to talk to people who know dogs and know dog breeds. They are a great place to shop for all sorts of doggy things. Dog shows can be a great way for a family to spend the day. So, go and enjoy the dog show…

…and be sure to DO These Things.

These are the things that will make your dog show experience a good one and give you the best chance to talk and learn from the people who are showing.

  1. Ask Questions at the Right Time. The best time to ask your questions is when the handlers are casually talking outside the ring, not when they are rushing to the next ring or waiting to go into their class. It is sometimes best to wait until the breed that they are showing is finished being judged, because it is likely that they want to see the results of the judging. When you think the time is right, simply walk up and ask if this is a good time to ask some questions. Most dog show fanciers love to talk about their dogs.
  2. Do Ask Questions At Right Time Seven DOs at the Dog Show!Do Ask to Pet!  Most dogs at the dog show are someone’s pet and many love the attention of a stranger. It is important to ask the handler if you can pet their dog. The times your attention may not be welcome is when the dog has just been groomed and has not been in the ring or because the dog is tense and anxious because of all the activity around them. On the other hand, many breeders and owners bring their dog to the dog show for additional socialization and they will welcome your petting and compliments. Just ask first!
  3. Do Ask To Pet Seven DOs at the Dog Show!Do Bring Your Own Chair!  There is a lot of walking around and exploring to be done at the dog show but the best vantage point is sitting down and focusing on one breed or one ring for an extended period of time. Here is where things will start to come together and make sense. Plus it’s great to just sit in one spot to people and dog watch and wait for the drama to unfold.
  4. Do Bring A Chair Seven DOs at the Dog Show!Do Take Pictures!  Whether you use your iphone or a high end DSLR, the dog show is a great place to take pictures. Dog pictures are super to capture here, of course, but people pictures are fun to at the dog show too. Again, be sure to ask before your stick the camera in the nose of one of those prize winners, but don’t worry, most people will be delighted to pose their champion for you.
  5. Do Take Pictures2 Seven DOs at the Dog Show!Do Stay to Watch the Groups!  At most dog shows, the groups start around 2 to 3 o’clock and they are the high point of the show for most people. Unless you are only interested in one breed (in which case you should check the schedule and be sure to watch that breed), the group is the thing to watch. One of each breed entered at the dog show (the Best of each Breed) will be shown in the group so it’s a great place to see all of your favorites. The groups are also a great time to express your opinion BY CLAPPING. Cheer on the dogs that you like the best. Everyone has an opinion at the dog show, this gives you a great chance to state yours!
  6. Do Watch Groups2 Seven DOs at the Dog Show!Do Get a Catalog! All the information at the dog show is gathered in the catalog. All of the breeds entered are listed here and the schedules of when each breed will be shown. The catalog lists all of the entrants in a particular breed as well. It tells you when and where everything will take place. And it is great fun reading all of the weird and wonderful names that  dog people name their dogs.
  7. IMG 8684 e1406598542441 Seven DOs at the Dog Show!Do Shop at the Vendor Booths!  At A Place for Paws, we encourage shopping at the vendor booths. You will find lots of interesting doggy things and lots of advice. From toys to treats, from food to shampoo, you should plenty of things for your dog. There are also loads of things for you that depict your dog, including t-shirt, key chains and calendars. Have fun exploring and buy a few things to take home.Do Shop Seven DOs at the Dog Show!

So go to the dog show to enjoy the dogs and people, cheer on favorites, learn about some new breeds and shop for your favorite pooch. Have fun!

Question: If you go to dog shows, what do you enjoy most?  Leave your answer in the comment section below.

Fermented Fish Stock – Superfood?

Fermented fish stock.  Just the name of it sounds, well, icky and sort of smelly.  Once you realize the good that it can do for your pet, your feelings of ‘ick’ might just change.

DSC 0251 Fermented Fish Stock – Superfood?

Your first question might be “What is it?”.  Answers Fermented Fish stock consists of fish stock and ground fermented sardines.  That’s all.  Simple.  Nothing artificial, no preservatives.  So now that we know what it is, what on earth does it do?

Fermented fish stock is a multipurpose feeding supplement for dogs and cats.  Its benefits are many.  Time to break it down…

  • It contains a substance known as glycoaminoglycans or GAGs.  Basically, GAGs are a major component of joint cartilage, glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid – all things you use for optimal joint support.  It is also high in anti-inflammatory amino acids which helps reduce the swelling that causes arthritis.  Also contained within, is gelatin, whose job it is to coat the joints and act as a shock absorber between joints.  In short, fermented fish stock might just help your dog who suffers from any sort of joint ailments or prevent your healthy dog from ever having issues.
  • It is a natural source of iodine and thyroid nutrients – perfect for dogs that are pre-disposed to hypothyroidism, dogs that are borderline or dogs who actively have hypothyroidism.
  • Fish stock has been shown to be beneficial for dogs with kidney issues.  If you currently have your dog on a low protein prescription kibble and have not made the switch to an appropriate raw kidney diet, fish stock will help reduce your dog’s need for protein by 50%.  It contains high amounts of arginine which is required by the body to metabolize protein waste.  It also reduces blood pressure, both of which take stress off of the already weak kidneys.
  • Both the digestive system and the liver are impacted by the fish stock in beneficial ways.  First, gelatin has the ability to line the digestive system which acts as a barrier to bad bacteria, helps heal leaky gut syndrome and helps ease colitis.  It holds digestive juices in the belly longer which aids in digestion of nutrients and aids in increased absorption of vitamins and minerals.  It is high in glycine which encourages liver detox.
  • All Omega fatty acids are concentrated in the fermented sardines which leads to better skin and coat health
  • Insulin secretion is stimulated naturally by the fermented sardines.  They are also quite high in magnesium which aids in insulin sensitivity making this a perfect addition to a diabetic pet’s diet.

Answer’s Fish Stock, when used as a supplement to your pet’s regular diet, will enhance immune function, provide easily absorbed minerals and nutrients, and promotes healing from within.  It can help with joint function and kidney issues as well as give your pet a gorgeous coat.  Most pets LOVE the taste and it can be mixed right into their food or fed alone.  The smell?  Not nearly as bad as one would think.  Fish Stock is yet another way to enhance your pet’s quality of life – and who doesn’t want that?

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Have you tried fermented fish stock or something similar for your dog? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

Debunking the “Crates are Cruel” Myth

Since the use of a crate for training hit the dog world, its detractors have been hard at work convincing people that crates are cruel.  Many believe them, too many.  Half-truths and misinformation have created a sect of dog owners who are convinced that using a crate is akin to animal abuse.  They couldn’t be more wrong.

photo 44 Debunking the “Crates are Cruel” Myth

Using a crate does not mean that you are an inattentive or lazy pet owner who abuses their dog for convenience sake.  It means you are a great pet owner who is interested in keeping your dog safe and sound and out of trouble.

Using a crate will not speed up the amount of time it takes to house train your puppy because they will just go anyway.  Actually, they generally won’t unless you break the rules and crate them for far too long.  With few exceptions, by confining your pup when you can’t watch him and taking him out at appropriate times, you indeed help to solidify the idea in the dog’s mind that outdoors is the best place to pee.   Allowing them to remain loose, roaming the house, peeing and pooping at will?  Yeah, that will slow down the house training process alright – it might make it barely possible at all.

Dogs don’t hate crates.  They really don’t, and we aren’t just saying that.  Sure, a dog can learn to hate his crate if you handle things poorly, but it takes some effort on your part for that to happen.  Dogs naturally like a ‘den’.  A crate is a safe quiet place that should mean only positive things to a dog.  Can you train a dog to hate his crate?  Yes.  People do it quite often.  Sometimes without knowing they are doing it.  If you have trained your dog to hate his crate, you are not allowed to claim that your dog hates his crate.  It’s that simple.  The responsibility for their dislike sits firmly with you.

Pet owners don’t just use crates to make their lives easier and so that they can be ‘lazy’.  We use them because it is what is often safest for our dogs.  We use them because we don’t want our dogs hurting themselves by eating inappropriate items.  We use them because there may be a time when our dog needs to spend time at the vet in a small enclosed space (sort of like a crate?) and we don’t want them to be more stressed than they already are.  We use them because disasters and emergencies happen and we never know when it will be an absolute necessity for our dogs to be able to handle being confined for a set amount of time in order to save their lives and ours.  Does it, at times, make our lives easier?  Yes.  Is that a bad thing?  Nope.

Crate training does not cause any of the following: Aggression, withdrawal, hyperactivity, depression, eating disorders, obsessive licking, separation anxiety, inability to bond with humans or muscle atrophy.  Lots of factors can cause one or more of these issues, but proper use of a crate doesn’t cause any of them.

Any tool can be misused.  Using the crate in a proper manner is anything but cruel – it might be one of the greatest things you can do ‘right’ with your dog.

Have you sucessfully used a crate in your dog training? Leave your answer in the comment section below.