Fun Stuff

FUN STUFF

So what all is there to do with my dog?
Besides the obvious activities, like hiking or playing fetch etc, there are way more opportunities to have fun with your pup.  Below you will find some short introductions to a variety of activities and sports, but don't get discouraged if your dog isn't that social butterfly we would want him or her to be.  There are lots of things to do that doesn't involve other dogs or people.

Nosework

Have you ever heard of K9 Nose Work® or scent work? It's a relatively new sport for pet dogs and their owners, created and sanctioned by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). The activity is similar to the training professional scent detection dogs ("sniffer dogs") receive. Elements of the training are used in K9 Nose Work®, but for fun only and for legal substances. Scent work encourages your dog to use his natural hunting drive and unique talent for picking up scents and locating the source. Scent work training teaches your dog to find one of three odors, wherever they are hidden. In K9 Nose Work® competitions, there are four locations involved in searching: interiors, exteriors, containers, and vehicles.  K9 Nose Work® isn't an obedience-based activity. Instead, it works with your dog's natural instinct to hunt and track scents. There are few commands given during the activity, and no attention to the owner is required while the dog is working.
If you are interested in any scent work contact us. Even if there is no desire to complete in any trials, scent work is a fun game to play with your pet even at home and keeps your dog mentally stimulated.

Obedience Rally

Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program or the APDT C.L.A.S.S. program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.
A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. 

Dogs Allowed - Vacations Resources that allow your dog to be with you

Planning a vacation when owning a dog can become a stressful undertaken.  Do I board my dog?  Hire a pet sitter?  Leave the dog in the care of a family member?
We stress out and sometimes rather stay home.  But there are plenty of nice places to go with your pet.
Choice Hotels offers more than 2,500 pet-friendly hotels to choose from.
Bring Fido is a search engine type website where is will gather a list of hotels, restaurants and other locations based on your destination criteria.
Fido Friendly is also a great resource of more than simply pet friendly hotels and well worth to be checked out.
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