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    Tuesday
    Nov242015

    Smack - Awesome kibble and treat.  

    Here at Woof & Shloof, we don't have a lot of space for retail products, so what we do carry is carefully curated to bring you the best in food, treats, toys, and accessories for your dog.
    This is the first installation in what we're hoping will become a monthly feature of what we're especially loving (and so are our dogs!). This month, "Smack" is in the spotlight.
    Handmade in Canada, "Smack" is a dehydrated raw kibble that comes in three varieties for your dog to enjoy. Caribbean-Salmon Fusion, Very Berry Chicken, and Chunky Chicken can be fed as small treats to reinforce training, or as a complete meal.
    Whole, raw ingredients are used, and you can pronounce (and eat!) everything in the ingredient list. To top it off, all three varieties are completely grain-free, making it an ideal snack or meal for a wide range of diets. Nothing synthetic inside, either!
    We'd love for you to stop by with your pooch to try a bite or two of this amazing new food, we know they'll be asking for more "Smack" if you do!

     

    Thursday
    Jul162015

    A Zen Dog Poem

    Warm greetings,

    Last thursday evening I arrived back on earth after a week hiatus at a silent zen center.  It was my first time doing something like this.  I wasn’t alone... I went with a very good friend and teacher of mine.  We were together, but we didn’t talk.


    For the first two days I was completely lost.  I literally followed him around like a dog follows his master.  

    My eyes and ears constantly open to present moment stimulus.  You get so quiet and rested on these things... you come to understand how your dog sees the world.  Concious breathing...Napping... spontaneous reactions... ready to flow with the pack or react to the environment.  No conception of regular time.  

    Unconditioning the animal that we are.

    I was inspired by an outdoor dog who lives at the monastery where I stayed.

     

    She was a beautiful white husky with the most calm and balanced disposition I have ever come across.  I laughed to myself when I deduced she was probably a vegetarian...I knew she was fed leftovers from the kitchen.  

     

    I saw her three times that week and it made me really miss my job...  

    The second time she was following two farmers who worked the property.

    The third time she was laying still under a tree, not sleeping. Fully AWAKE.

     

    That moment brought me to this.  A zen poem I wrote for you.


    My feet feel the sidewalk;

     My ears hear a rhythmic jingle of metal.  

    Both ends of the leather are facing up in a smile.

    The last few moments of a dog walk.

    Friday
    Jan092015

    Wisdom from the Grooming Salon

    I’m a dog trainer who has owned a dog grooming salon for nearly five years.  In collaboration with my experienced grooming team, we wanted to provide a list of common truths that we observe on a daily basis.  Our intention is that something on this list will resonate with you and ultimately lead to better health and comfort for your dog... which inevitably leads to a deeper and more gratifying relationship with him.


    Dirty Ears - The inside of your dog’s ears should be pink and fresh smelling.    If your dog grows hair in his ear canals, have your groomer pluck them, but maybe not all at once if he’s sensitive.  Ears can be cleaned weekly at home with a warm wash cloth.  Wipe them out as if you were another dog licking your dog’s ears.

     

    Coat - The coat is the first line of defence against the elements.  The skin is an organ that needs to breathe. Short haired dogs need daily brushing in shedding season and should be sent to the groomer once a season.  Non shedding dogs need brushing 2-3 times a week for life.  Try it and you will be surprised how clean and healthy looking your dog’s coat will become.

    Pedicures - Nails should be kept short, just above the quick, so the paw pad can rest fully on the ground without pressure from the nail.  Long nails will throw off your dog’s skeletal alignment which can lead to health issues like arthritis.  Walk your dog regularly on the sidewalk or take him for monthly nail trims.

    Washing at Home - Never bathe then brush because it creates matts in the coat.  If your dog sheds or has small matting, try brushing your dog while it’s lathered up in shampoo (or conditioner).  Tangles come out really easily and shedding dogs make no mess.

    Scaredy Cats - Fear is what prevents a dog from enjoying the grooming experience.  It requires skill and technique to get most dogs to stand like statues while they are groomed.   Nearly all of this can be eliminated if you practice (and praise) touching your dog's feet  and brush them on a regular basis.  If your dog is really reactive, try doing this work from behind as though your dog was wearing horse blinders and can’t see you.

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