Kurgo Harness Giveaway

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Welcome to a great group giveaway that we’re co-hosting with DogTipper! Along with some other super blogs, we’re giving away a dog harness in the winner’s choice of styles from Kurgo.

Our family dog pack has ranged from the extra small to the extra large over the years and we’ve had our fair share of  escape artists and wannabe sled dog. For many of them, harnesses  had collars beat hands-down for keeping our pups safe.

How to Enter

You’ll enter in the widget below. One winner will be selected at random; Kurgo will ship the prize directly to the winner. This giveaway is open to readers in the USA and Canada. Good luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway prize is sponsored by Kurgo; the company will ship the prize directly to the winner. All opinions and statements are entirely my own.

Phrases that are totally commands (unconventionally speaking)

HufflePup licks his paws.
“Stop licking.”
Lick-lick-lick.
Knock it off.”
Lick. *glance*
“SERIOUSLY.”
*glare*

Jodi and I love our pups, deeply, but found ourselves rationalizing some of our more … creative, shall we say? commands.  Where regular commands aren’t so effective, variety .  I’m pretty sure we’re not alone here.

Knock it off! = Stop Licking
NOSE!! = Get your nose down from the table there!
That’s MY kibble. = I mean, that’s my cereal and you can’t have it.
DUDE = For the sixth time, sit.

From @kolsnotes

Chillax, Man = go lay down
Cool It = Quit jumping
Get Bent = Quit leering at my plate I know you’ve been fed.
STEP OFF = when Kol is torturing his brother.

From @introvertedwife

Lay down = You are annoying the crap out of me.
Upstairs = Do you want to wear a sweater?
Peanut Butter Bone? = drool

Training: “stay” or “wait”

Huffle’s good at sitting when you’ve got something good for him (and he checks, don’t think he doesn’t!) but “stay” has been a massive hurdle we’ve yet to overcome in our past three years with him.

I’ve had some limited success with “wait” lately. There’s a golden hour in the afternoon when I leash him up for our walk, and ask him to wait while I fetch my shoes and the mail to be dropped off:

Leash.
Touch his head, “wait”.
Walk behind him, touch his back, “wait”.

He’ll crane his head to look behind him a little, but about 30-40% of the time he’s willing to wait til I come back which is pretty great!

Disappointingly though, he simply won’t ever do it for his Da so I look like a lying liar when I brag about it!

I could wish he’d learn to be a little more like these pups ….

Got my walkin’ jacket on, let’s go!

SitTraining

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Training Progress Report!

HufflePup and I have been working diligently on his Door Manners: having him sit by the door and wait for me instead of dashing through it. It’s been a couple months and I’m finally seeing results!

He won’t do it when we’re walking as a family, but when it’s just the two of us, he voluntarily plops his bum down by the door and calmly waits for me to walk out, close and lock the door, and reward him before exploding into his Excited! Let’s GO! mode.

 

Dogs + Rules = what happened?

Kathleen’s post on the rules they’ve set and broken for Shiva is hilarious.  I tried to comment but the comment form hates me so I’m sharing here.

What rules have we set and broken?

We’ve mostly been pretty good about this because when you give Huffle an inch, he runs around the block, up the stairs and into his crate with it.

1. No begging.

Huffle’s only allowed to sniff up near the surface of the table but he’s not allowed to touch anything ON a table (or most surfaces really, since I’ll set my glass down on anything). As a result, I’ve actually left a turkey leg on the coffee table well within his reach, and he didn’t even look at it. But that’s not to say we don’t bend the rules for the sake of cuteness.

2. No dogs on the furniture.

This is a serious no-no. But it’s a whole other story when a) someone makes too much noise in which case he heads straight for the corner of the sofa (more cushions = better), or b) he’s at his ‘sitter’s. He’s an even more pampered pup there, he gets to sleep in their bed!

3. No people food.

I know the perils of dogs and people food: first it’s a game, then it’s “just sharing”, then suddenly you’re cooking for your dog every night, before your dinner’s started, serving it no later than 6 pm lest the wee dog break your doors in his fury.

Someone made the mistake of letting him having some cereal several months ago. He decided cereal was just kibble in a box and should be shared with him. Try pulling out a box of cereal when he’s awake, he’ll come runnin!

But HE has rules! (so listen up)

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1. Medications: don’t hold out!

Huffle’s learned to like treats since moving in with us, but there’s nothing, and I mean nothing, that gets his hips moving like the rattle of a jar of pills. It took weeks to train him out of coming running for my meds.

2. Greenies are for after 6 pm.

Hand him his Greenie any time before 6 pm, and he’ll either drop it on your foot or leave it on his blanket for storage until it’s time. (What is it with my dogs and 6 pm?)

3. 1 stuffy = 1 walk.

If he offers you a toy, it means he’s paying you for a walk. Pick up that leash and get on with it!

I know we’re not the only ones who are mostly wrapped around their dog’s (or other furry friend!) paws!