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.
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.
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.
The Dublin Dog Foundation is SEEKING ARTISTS, who would like to help a 10 year old child receive a service dog. Clarke, our recipient was born with a genetic disorder that has left him without the ability to speak or walk, yet his spirit soars and his smile speaks the truth. Please check out the following poster and share with your friends in the art world. The art show will take place on August 25th in Charlotte, NC at the Edwin Gil Gallery. However, right now we are still assembling our artists for the event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit us at the Dublin Dog Foundation website.
Dublin Dog Co., has just announced their new "Courage Collection" of eco-Lucks dog collars. Proceeds from the sale of this collection will go to benefit the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's foundation called "Chase Away K9 Cancer". "I'm thrilled to be a small part of this wonderful cause", said Dublin Dog president, Jason Watson. " We do our best to listen to the collective voice of our customers and friends, and this past year there was an overwhelming swell of support for this organization. It just made sense.", added Watson. These collars are consistent with the other line of eco-Lucks collars, which include their exclusive material made from 100% post consumer plastic bottles, all made in the USA. Collars are available in S/M/L at $24/$26/$28 respectively. Pre-Orders are now being accepted at email@example.com and will be made available to the public the week of March 28th. The "Courage Collection" will be showcased at this year's Global Pet Expo, March 16-18 at the Dublin Dog Booth #1291 in Orlando, FL.
Dublin Dog Foundation had a big day on Thursday Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, getting both national and local media coverage. The support of our efforts has been greatly appreciated. To check out the video from WBTV with Maureen O'Boyle and Jeff Atkinson, check out the following link Dublin Dog Foundation on WBTV Channel 3 . The final celebration will take place this Saturday, Nov. 13th at Connolly's Irish Pub on 5th and Tryon in uptown Charlotte. Hope to see you there. And good luck to everybody who entered to win the Jeep Wrangler.
Our sister organization, The Dublin Dog Foundation has named it recipient for this year's fundraising efforts. We have partnered with Freedom Service Dogs to help Sgt. Charles Berninghausen obtain a service dog named "Tux". Sgt. Berninghausen lost his leg to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while serving in Iraq. Through the efforts of the Dublin Dog Foundation, we are raising funds to help pay for all the costs associated with raising and training his specialized service dog. "Tux" will serve to help our wounded warrior regain balance, aid throughout the rehab process, and serve as a true partner for all of his handler's needs. Dublin Dog and the Foundation are both humbled and honored to be able to give back to the men and women who courageously serve our nation in the armed forces. Unfortunately, there are many more soldiers like Charles who need the assistance of service dogs and so the need for donations and support will not stop. Please check out Dublin Dog Foundation to learn how you too can help Charles, while at the same time entering to win a custom Jeep Wrangler in the process. The Dublin Dog Foundation will announce the winner of the Jeep, Saturday, November 13th at Connolly's Irish Bar in Charlotte, NC during our final fundraising event.