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July 2016 Newsletter

Combatting the Counter Surfer

St Louis Dog Training Dog WalkingAre you tired of making dinner for yourself, only to discover that your dog helped himself to it first?
Are you sick of jumping up and down from a relaxing evening on the couch to see what the dog has gotten into now?
And are you completely done with having to clean the counters constantly due to evidence of dirty dog paws?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, it sounds like you have a counter surfer, or a dog that just cannot help himself from stealing, chewing or licking anything that you could possibly have out on the counters (kitchen, bathroom or otherwise). Read more...


Livin' the Free Life?

There’s no doubt we want nothing but the best for our dogs. Sometimes what we term as “the best” for our dogs can often be translated to what allows our dogs maximum freedom, particularly at home. For example, freedom to run in a fenced yard, freedom from having to be in the crate while we’re gone, freedom to go in and outside through a doggy door whenever they want are all highly desired by pet parents. Indeed, there’s no timelier discussion as we just celebrated our country’s freedom and independence.
The Importance of Freedom
Lots of reasons come to mind why we set goals of freedom for our dogs. First of all, freedom equals fun, and who doesn’t want to have fun? We want to run, play and bask in the sun in our time off. What dog wouldn’t want that, too?
Freedom for our dogs often means convenience for pet parents. For example, if we don’t need to supervise our dog in the yard while he goes potty, that means that we can maximize our time to do something else. Makes sense, of course! And who doesn’t want to get rid of that unsightly crate in the living room or bedroom? Read more...

Remember, for being a current or former training client of The Persuaded Pooch, you receive 50% off your first month of regular dog walking services.

And new dog walking clients reap benefits of their own, like a FREE Training Session and a 20% discount on future training! What are you waiting for then?! To learn more about daily dog walking and to get your dog started, click here!

Product Review: Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball

We're so fortunate to live in a time where food puzzle options to keep our dogs entertained are endless. Not too long ago your dog's only options were the old-fashioned red rubber Kong and a Buster Cube. The problem comes now that there are SO many options for treat toys and food puzzles that it's difficult to decide.

In our home, the go-to food toy is the Omega Tricky Treat Ball. It's definitely not a new to the market, but it's the one we go back to time and time again. Here's why we love the Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball:

  1. It's made of a softer, more pliable rubber, so it's quiet!
  2. It won't damage your floors or baseboards. Save some of the other harder plastic toys (that means you, Buster Cube!) for dog dining al fresco.
  3. It's not a super complex design but it's not too easy for dogs to get the food out, making for longer engagement time. 
  4. It holds the right amount of kibble, perfect for using at mealtimes.
  5. It's easily washable - Throw it in the dishwasher with the hole at the bottom. Water will still get trapped inside, but it's easily removed by squeezing the water out of the small drain hole.
The Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball is available online and at select retail outlets (see "Where to Buy"). At $14-$15, it is relatively inexpensive and a great value when compared to some of the other food toys on the market. For daily feeding, use your dog's kibble inside, or for a special treat, put small bite-size freeze dried treats inside and let the fun commence!


Community Feature: St. Louis All Dogs Event List

Looking for some activities around town with your dog? Did you know that you could bring your dog to a movie at Art Hill, to the AB Biergarten or to a Doga Class in Forest Park? (That's yoga with your dog!) You can do all of those things, but first visit for the details.

To keep it fun for everyone, make sure you're practicing good etiquette by keeping your dog on leash (unless it's an off leash event, of course), bringing your up-to-date vaccination records and cleanup bags with you, and bringing high-value treats to reinforce all of your pup's good behavior!


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