This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health.
We’re giving away a FREE Loop (valued at $279) to one lucky reader of That Mutt. Just leave a comment below to enter. Click here.
The winner will need to obtain a prescription from a veterinarian (Assisi can help with that).
The Assisi Loop is a non-pharmaceutical, anti-inflammatory device used to speed up the healing process and decrease pain in animals using low-level pulses of energy.
To use it, you gently rest the Loop on or around the affected area for about 15 minutes at a time. For example, I use the Loop on my dog Ace's sore hips and knees. It is a lightweight product available in two sizes.
According to Assisi, the Loop is effective for several issues such as:
- Orthopedic injuries (ACL tears, broken bones, muscles strains)
- Neurological issues
- Wound care & post-surgical pain
- Other inflammatory issues such as pancreatitis or bronchitis
The Assisi Loop and pain management in dogs – two examples
The following are two examples on how the Loop helped dogs recover from serious injuries, allowing them to return to their active lifestyles.
I wanted to share these examples because a lot of you have active dogs starting to show signs of arthritis or active dogs recovering from minor injuries. The Loop could potentially help your dogs too.
Mila the German shepherd
The following is a summary of the story originally shared on Assisi's blog here.
Mila is an athlete who competes in obedience, agility and tracking, but unfortunately she was hurt while playing with her Frisbee.
The injury left Mila temporarily unable to compete in agility. In fact, this high-drive shepherd wouldn’t even jump in the car, climb the stairs or hop on the bed.
Her owner, Shannon Malmberg, tried to make an appointment with a veterinarian but was unable to get her dog in for a few days. During that waiting time, she did everything she could at home such as crate rest, massage and using the Assisi Loop with Mila four times per day.
“It was good to know there was something immediate and very easy I could do at home,” Malmberg said on Assisi’s blog. “To have something that could start working on that area straight away was really good.”
Mila was ultimately diagnosed with a strained quadratus lumborum, and she was able to continue on with her competitions (receiving multiple titles in multiple sports).
Since the incident, Malmberg said she planned to keep the Loop in regular use, especially when Mila is competing. She said she wanted to use it before each agility competition and in between runs when possible.
In fact, Malmberg believes all agility dogs can benefit from the anti-inflammatory treatment of the Loop.
She told Assisi Animal Health:
“If you're at an agility trial all day … your dog might do four to six runs and each run is 40 seconds to a minute. So there's tons of down time. And if you could, partway through the day, do the Loop on your dog's back to just keep everything loose and comfortable and not inflamed, that's really good.”
Belle the golden retriever
The following is a summary of the original story shared on Assisi's blog here.
Belle had been working with her owner towards competitive obedience when they had an unfortunate incident at a park.
An off-leash dog ran straight for Belle.
“He took her out right behind the shoulder blade, sideways,” Carrie Johnston told Assisi Animal Health “He T-boned her like he'd run a red light. He flipped her four times, nose-to-tail.”
Before the owner caught up and leashed the dog, he had hit and flipped Belle again, injuring her severely.
It took a few months and multiple vets to diagnose Belle with a ruptured disc and dislocated pelvis. She received months of treatments which included laser, acupuncture and chiropractic, and while she made improvements, she continued to have trouble with her back feet.
Belle's veterinarians believed they had gone as far as they could, that the problems with her back feet were likely there to stay.
But Johnston wasn’t quite ready to give up on Belle and decided to try the Assisi Loop.
“I used it initially on her twice a day, every day, and we did that faithfully for three months,” she said on Assisi's blog. It ended up being a “game-changer.”
After a re-check with Belle’s vet, he said the dog was about 50% better. Belle could eventually walk backwards the full length of Johnston’s training space (40 feet), walk sideways and do backwards, left-hand turns.
Like Mila's owner, Johnston also ended up using the Loop for ongoing maintenance, rotating it to wherever Belle is a bit tight – her hamstring, waist, neck, shoulder blades, it varies.
“I wait til the massage therapist tells me where she's a bit tight, then we Loop that for a couple of days, and it's all loose again. It's absolutely fantastic.”
More info about ordering a Loop
The Loop is available with a prescription online through Assisi Animal Health. It is also available directly through several veterinarians. Cost is $279 and it typically lasts around 150 15-minute sessions.
Click here to learn more about ordering a Loop. Assisi Animal Health is very good about helping you talk to your vet about obtaining a prescription. You can also enter your zip code to find a provider near you.
Giveaway – Win a FREE Assisi Loop + a LOOP-AID for your dog
Assisi Animal Health is giving away a FREE Loop ($279 value) and a FREE LOOP-AID to one lucky reader of That Mutt. The LOOP-AID is a new accessory designed to help dog owners keep the Loop in place.
To enter, just leave a comment below so I know your dog wants IN on the drawing. Why could your dog benefit from the Loop?
Must have a U.S. mailing address to win, and the winner will need to obtain a prescription from a veterinarian. (Assisi can help with this.)
I’ll choose a winner at random on Saturday Dec. 17 and announce it in Sunday’s email. Subscribe to That Mutt’s daily training emails here.
Everyone signed up for the $7/mo reward or higher on Patreon is automatically entered in this giveaway.
Have questions about the Loop and what it can do?
Please leave any questions in the comments or email Lindsay@ThatMutt.com. I’ll get them answered for you!
This post is sponsored by DogNation.net.
DogNation.net’s Best Friend’s Friend Contest is seeking nominations for 2016's “best” shelter or rescue group. It is accepting nominations now through Dec. 31. Make a nomination here.
You could win a $500 donation for your favorite rescue group or shelter by simply taking 2 minutes to make a nomination.
The top three winners will be selected through online voting.
The prizes include:
1st Place: $500 donation
2nd Place: $300 donation
3rd Place: $100 donation
The voting will take place online at DogNation.net in January and February. You’ll be able to vote for one group up to once per day.
Click here to nominate a shelter or rescue.
The organization must be a non-profit, typically a 501(c)(3).
Additional benefits to the winners:
- The donation will be made in the name of the person who nominated the group (you!)
- The first-place shelter will receive a permanent link to its website from DogNation.net.
- All winners will receive a digital medal (pictured) to display on the shelter’s own site.
How to nominate your favorite shelter:
Anyone can make a nomination. It only takes about 2 minutes, and you don’t have to work at the shelter or even be a volunteer.
1. Fill out the nomination form here. You’ll need to enter the name and website for the shelter or rescue group you are nominating. You can also enter an email for the organization.
2. Explain why you’re nominating that group. A sentence or two is all you need.
3. Enter your name and email for contact purposes. This is so the contest can verify your nomination. Make sure to check your email for a confirmation link. If you don't see one, check your spam or email Lindsay@ThatMutt.com and I'll help you confirm your nomination.
And if you'd like, leave a comment to let me know which group you nominated. That way I can tell people to vote for your group in January!
The online voting process:
The first, second and third place winners will be selected through online voting which starts Jan. 1 on DogNation.net.
Anyone can vote for one entry up to once per day Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. Encourage your friends to vote! I’ll send out an email reminder once the voting starts in January.
One unique thing about the Best Friend's Friend Contest is you won't be able to see how many votes each organization has until the very end. This is so people won't know if their organization more votes than others or fewer votes than others. Since voting can occur daily, the leaders will likely change all the time. Results will not be announced until the last vote at the end of February.
More about DogNation.net
Dog Nation is a website maintained by Rodney Blow with information on dog breeds, dog training, nutrition and more.
Rodney is a follower of That Mutt, and he and his wife have multiple rescue dogs. He said he decided to create the annual Best Friend's Friend Contest in order to support some of the most dedicated shelters and rescue groups around the country. Opening up a contest and voting process allows his readers and fellow dog lovers to choose the organizations they feel are most deserving of his donations.
Overview of the Best Friend's Friend Contest:
- Nominations take place through Dec. 31.
- Online voting runs Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. There will be a first, second and third place winner.
- Three winners will be announced early March on DogNation.net.
Ready to make a nomination?
Let me know which group you plan to support!
Click here nominate your favorite shelter.
-Lindsay, Ace & Remy
What is Mighty Paw?
Mighty Paw is a company that designs high-quality products that make it easier (and more fun) to be active with your dog.
My weimaraner Remy and I have been using the hands-free bungee leash from Mighty Paw for running and hiking. The leash comes in a 3-foot version and a 4-foot version and clips to a light-weight, durable waist belt.
This post is sponsored by Mighty Paw. Follow the steps on the giveaway form at the end of the post (Rafflecopter) to enter to win a free hands-free dog leash and padded dog collar. 3 winners. Click here.
Mighty Paw hands free bungee leash review
My thoughts on the hands free bungee leash:
I did not expect to enjoy using a hands free leash because I’m a stickler on keeping my dogs at a tight “heel” and keeping them under control.
However, I found it enjoyable and relaxing to use the hands free leash on rural hikes and runs with my weimaraner Remy. This leash keeps me focused on enjoying time with my dog without nagging at him or worrying about perfection.
Sometimes when I just let him do his own thing, he falls into a nice pace at my side anyway. And if I need to grab the leash for a moment, it’s still easy to do so.
I like using this leash for running in the country when there are not other dogs or people in our path. My puppy does not have proper leash manners yet so I don't use this leash for walking (he pulls). You certainly could if you have a well-behaved dog.
We recently took a trip to Yosemite National Park, and I enjoyed using the hands free leash for hiking with Remy.
What is the cost of the leash?
Use code MUTTDEAL for 15% off anything in Mighty Paw’s Amazon store. Click here.
The hands free bungee dog leash starts at just $19.99 on Amazon. The cost goes up a bit depending on color or length.
The leash comes in either black or gray & green. There is a 3-foot version and a 4-foot version. I have the 3-foot gray & green version.
What’s unique about the hands free leash?
I like how the bungee in the leash absorbs the majority of the tension from Remy’s pulling, even if he darts in another direction. However, it maintains enough strength to keep him “reeled” in. (Specifically, the bungee has 14” of “spring.”) The nylon is also weather proof with reflective stitching for safety after dark.
The leash has a clip on each end so it’s easy to clip on and off the waist belt if you decide to use it as a regular leash or clip the leash around something as a temporary tie-out.
The waist band has two D-rings and the leash has a D-ring too so there’s lots of flexibility on what you can do.
Finally, if for some reason you’re not satisfied with the leash, Mighty Paw offers a 100% money back guarantee for 90 days.
Pros of the hands free leash:
- High-quality and affordable (starts at just $19.99)
- Appealing colors
- High-quality, lightweight yet durable
- Holds up to strong pullers and dogs up to 100 pounds or so
- Multi-purpose due to multiple clips and D-rings
- Allows you to maintain proper running form
- Gives you and your dog more freedom while you’re running or hiking
- Reflective stitching
- Weatherproof material
- With any hand-free leash, you obviously have less control of the dog.
- The product does encourage my high-energy weimaraner puppy to pull.
Would I buy this leash?
Yes. I never thought I would appreciate a hands free leash because, like I said, I’m firm on making my dogs heel. However, this leash surprised me. I really enjoy using it with Remy for running and hiking in the country, and the price is affordable.
Would I recommend the leash to others?
Yes, if you’re looking for a hands free leash for running, hiking or even walking, this is a high-quality product I highly recommend.
Use code MUTTDEAL for 15% off anything in Mighty Paw’s Amazon store.
Giveaway – Win a FREE hands free leash and padded dog collar
Mighty Paw is giving away a FREE hands-free bungee dog leash and a padded dog collar to THREE lucky readers of That Mutt. *The winners have been selected.
Just fill out the giveaway form below (Rafflecopter) and follow the easy entry options such as leaving a comment or signing up for Mighty Paw's email list.
(Anyone signed up for the $7/mo reward or higher on Patreon will automatically be entered into this giveaway.)
I’ll choose 3 winners at random on Saturday Dec. 10 and announce the winners in That Mutt’s email on Sunday. Sign up for That Mutt's training emails here.
Does your dog want in on the drawing?
Let me know in the comments!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Note: This post is sponsored by Green Bark Gummies dog treats and Pipeline Pet Products.
Is your dog too smart? Here's what I mean …
I have a problem.
My Weimaraner Remy speaks English.
Well, not really … but he’s the type of dog where I’m going to have to start spelling out W-A-L-K unless I plan on going for a walk right this second.
Ok, no big deal.
But here’s an example of a real adjustment I need to make for Remy:
His release word (to break from sit, down or stay) can no longer be “OK!”
“OK” is too common of a word. Meaning, if my dog hears “OK” in a conversation across the room, he’ll break from position.
Even if someone's quietly talking on the phone like, “Jim, OK, that sounds good I’ll be there at 7.”
My dog hears: “Blerp, OK!!!!!!! Bla, bla, blerp.”
Now, you could argue that my dog should be taught that the release cue only applies when it’s coming from me while making eye contact. This works for my more mellow dog Ace who rarely challenges anything.
Or, I could just pick a different word.
Something like, “Free!” or “Break!” (Any word would work.)
How to get your dog to stay until you release him
Dogs need to know that “stay” really means “Stay until I release you.”
Otherwise, it’s a guessing game for them and you stand there repeating stay … stay, stay.
Just say “stay” once. Then release with whatever word you choose.
If you don’t have a release word for your dog yet, just pick one now and get started. Do you have a new puppy or new dog? Perfect.
(If you have a release word already, let me know what word you use.)
Rewarding my dog with treats while he's still staying
It's natural for dog owners to reward their dogs with treats immediately after the dog does something “good.”
However, when you're working on the basics like sit, down and stay, it's better to calmly give a treat while the dog is still staying.
That way, your smarty-pants dog won't try to break from position early in order to get the treat (Remy!).
And if you have a dog who is explosive with energy, like Remy, getting him to just sit still is a challenge. So rewarding him when he's actually attempting some sort of “calm” is important.
I'll tell Remy “stay” and then pause for a few seconds, give him a treat, remind him “stay” again while I take a few steps back, then calmly return and give another treat and THEN release him. “Break!”
The treats we use—Green Bark Gummies
The treats I use for training my dogs are Green Bark Gummies. These are soft, healthy treats made with high-quality ingredients such as whitefish, chicken and duck. The treats include the patented NutriChia, which is a sprouted chia ingrained with three omega-3 fatty acids—ALA, EPA and DHA.
Green Bark Gummies are available in 4-ounce bags for $4.99 here.
Is your dog trained to stay until you release him?
What word do you use? Let me know in the comments.
To stop a dog from jumping, most trainers will say you should ignore the jumping and praise your dog when all four paws are on the ground.
The problem is, a lot of dogs don’t have the self-control not to jump when they’re excited, and people are not always consistent with which behaviors they reward!
That’s why for certain “bad” behaviors, it’s helpful if you can interrupt your dog just for a second—long enough to stop the “bad” behavior—and then praise.
A device that can help with this is the Doggie Don’t Device, a handheld dog training product that makes a loud, static sound at the push of a button.
This post is sponsored by Doggie Don’t. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a Doggie Don’t for your dog ($50 value). Click here. (The winners have been chosen.)
What is the Doggie Don’t?
The Doggie Don’t is a training tool that makes an unpleasant sound when you push a button. It is audible to dogs and people (it sounds like loud static, almost like a “stun gun”) and is designed to interrupt your dog’s bad behavior.
Ideally, the sound will cause your dog to stop the unwanted behavior for a second, allowing you to praise her. It is not designed as a punishment.
Have you ever pretended to knock at the door (or rang the doorbell) in order to get your dog's attention? I have done this to get my dog to drop something in his mouth. It worked because it shifted his attention elsewhere momentarily. That's what the Doggie Don't Device can do.
How to use the Doggie Don’t
First, give your dog a chance to respond to your command such as “off” or “sit.” Praise your dog if she listens.
If she doesn’t follow your command, use the Doggie Don’t one time to interrupt the behavior. Then, praise her for being quiet or for keeping her paws on the ground or whatever you’re working on.
Examples of when the Doggie Don’t can be helpful
1. ‘Counter surfing.'
Stealing food off the counters is one of those behaviors that will not go away if you ignore your dog. Every time your dog manages to grab food off the counters, she is self-rewarded!
If you have a counter-surfing dog, I recommend you teach her a command like “out” to mean “stay out of the kitchen” or to stay a certain distance from the counter. Then, use the Doggie Don’t if your dog does not move “out.”
2. Nuisance barking while you’re home.
I would use the Doggie Don’t for dogs that tend to constantly “alert” you to every little noise or dogs that are obsessed with barking at other dogs, rabbits, etc.
Just be sure you understand your dog’s “triggers” and why she is barking. For example, if she is barking out of fear, I would find a way to decrease her fear rather than use the Doggie Don't. But if your dog is barking because she wants to attack every single squirrel, the Doggie Don't can be a good training option.
3. Getting your dog to drop items on walks.
Some people have used the Doggie Don’t to prevent their dogs from picking up disgusting or dangerous items during walks. For example, my puppy tries to eat rocks, garbage, mulch, etc. The Doggie Don't can be used to distract your dog and prevent him from picking up these items. It can also work to get your dog to “drop it” if he already has something in his mouth.
4. Jumping or pawing at you, invading your space
This is probably the most common problem I hear about from my readers! The Doggie Don't can help stop a dog's jumping, but it works best if you use it sparingly and as an interrupter vs. a punishment. It's all about the timing.
For example, when you walk in the door and you know your dog is likely to jump on you, you would ignore your dog and give the “off” or “sit” command. If he tries to jump, you would push the Doggie Don't Device button once and repeat “off.” Then praise your dog for not jumping.
5. Staying off the furniture
The Doggie Don’t could be used to prevent a dog from jumping up on certain furniture, similar to counter-surfing or jumping up on people.
I even heard about an example from an owner of a rescued Yorkie who said her dog attacked her husband every time he tried to get into bed! They ended up using the Doggie Don't to interrupt this behavior!
What NOT to do when using the Doggie Don't Device
I’ve had a chance to use the Doggie Don’t with my dogs for a couple of months and I have some recommendations on what NOT to do.
1. Don’t use it too frequently. Dogs tend to tune us out if we’re constantly “nagging” at them with our voice and it's no different with a sound from the Doggie Don't. Use it very sparingly and with clear intention. If you have to use it over and over or more than once within a few minutes, re-consider your timing or perhaps it’s just not the best device for that particular issue.
2. Don’t think of it as a punishment. Think of it as an interrupter.
3. Don't use this on overly fearful dogs. You wouldn’t want to use this on dogs that are often afraid, sensitive or dogs that tend to react with aggression. On the other hand, overly confident, determined dogs might act like they don't even hear it!
4. Don't work on multiple behaviors at once. Choose one problem behavior to work on with the Doggie Don’t. Otherwise, you’ll be overusing it and your dog will tune out the sound, think you’re crazy or become desensitized to it.
Where to order a Doggie Don’t + coupon code
The Doggie Don’t is available on its website TheDoggieDont.com for $49.97. You can get FREE shipping through Dec. 20 when you use code MUTT at checkout.
Giveaway – Win a FREE Doggie Don’t Device (2 winners)
*The winners have been chosen.
Doggie Don’t is giving away a FREE device to two readers of That Mutt. (Must have a U.S. mailing address to win or you can win for a friend in the U.S.)
Leave a comment below so I know you want IN on the drawing. Why are you interested in the Doggie Don’t?
I’ll choose two winners at random Saturday Dec. 3 and announce them in Sunday’s email. Sign up for That Mutt’s daily training emails HERE.
Those who are signed up for my $7 Patreon reward or higher will receive an automatic entry into all of That Mutt’s giveaways. Learn more HERE.
Would you like to try the Doggie Don’t Device?
Let me know in the comments!