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Dock Dogs returns to Maine - Pet Life Scarborough

THE HIGH FLYING ACTION OF DOCKDOGS® RETURNS TO PET LIFE,
SCARBOROUGH, ME - JUNE 24TH, 25th and 26th

Scarborough, ME. – This year’s Pet Life Anniversary event will be host to the high
flying action of DockDogs® the independent governing and sanctioning body for dock
jumping and dock diving canine performance sports. The exciting and crowd drawing
action will be taking place at Pet Life in Scarborough (at the corner of Payne Rd and
Haigis Pkwy; Exit 42 off 95 – formerly The Kennel Shop), so make sure to come see
this weekend event and experience the fastest growing sport for canines in North
America: DockDogs!

Throughout the weekend DockDogs® will present the Big Air® Wave, Extreme
Vertical® and Speed Retrieve® Competitions. The Big Air® competition features dogs
running down a 40’ dock and diving into a pool of water to be judged electronically
for the length of their jump.

New Places to Explore with your Dog!

New Places to Explore with your Dog!

As the owner of two adult Labs who love off-leash romps, I'm always on the prowl for new places to take them where they can enjoy woods, ponds and open fields to their hearts' content.  I've also recently started a Ride & Romp Hiking Program for the small adult dogs who attend Dances With Dogs for day care.  Over the next couple of weeks, I will share some information on some of our favorite places to play, hike and explore.

A hidden treasure exists about 4-5 miles out on Broadturn Road in Scarborough called Fuller Farm.  This 180-acre tract of farm, field and woodland is managed by Scarborough's Land Conservation Trust and is open to people and dogs year round.  There's a small dirt parking area and a kiosk with trail information at the trail head, and you enter the property via a deep field of rolling grass and wild flowers.

Off-Leash Adventures With Your Dog

Off-Leash Adventures With Your Dog

 

Off-leash adventure is what your dog most craves.  The exercise is hard to beat (for dogs and humans alike), and the freedom just plain feels natural and good to your dog.  Getting comfortable removing the leash and trusting your dog to stay with you can be frightening and anxiety-provoking for most owners.  How do you get to a place of trust and relaxation in the great (off-leash) outdoors?  Here are some tips for getting started.

Tip #1:  Walk in safe places with another owner who has an experienced off-leash dog.  Dances With Dogs (my puppy nursery school) just started a hiking program for dogs.  My two adult Labrador Retrievers serve as canine Pack Leaders to the youngsters and less-experienced in our pack.  When training my own dogs to hike without leashes, I enlisted the help of friends with older dogs who had lots of experience.  My dogs naturally followed the example set by the savvy off-leashers.

Pet Life in Scarborough hosts dock dogs jumping and diving event

This year's Pet Life Anniversary event will be host to the high flying action of DockDogs® the independent governing and sanctioning body for dock jumping and dock diving canine performance sports.  The exciting and crowd drawing action will be taking place at Pet Life in Scarborough (at the corner of Payne Rd and Haigis Pkwy; Exit 42 off 95 - formerly The Kennel Shop), so make sure to come see this weekend event and experience the fastest growing sport for canines in North America: DockDogs!

Throughout the weekend DockDogs® will present the Big Air® Wave, Extreme Vertical® and Speed Retrieve® Competitions. The Big Air® competition features dogs running down a 40' dock and diving into a pool of water to be judged electronically for the length of their jump. The Extreme Vertical® competition is a "High Jump" for dogs as they lunge to snag a "bumper" suspended in the air. With each grab, the height increases in 2-inch increments until only one dog is crowned king.

Hot Dogs Need Help to Stay Cool

Hot Dogs Need Help to Stay Cool

As temperatures continue (we hope) to rise here in Maine, consider your dog’s comfort and health in the summer heat.  Dogs’ systems are less efficient than humans at cooling, leaving them susceptible to overheating.  They have limited sweat glands in their noses and paw pads, and need our help in shaping their environment for comfort and safety.  Here are some tips to help with this:

Exercise your dog in the early a.m. or early p.m., avoiding the hottest hours of the day.  Sidewalks can heat up in the hot sun and be painful for paws, as can the sand on a hot beach.  

Provide shade in your yard if your dog is outside on hot days.  A strategically-placed umbrella or awning may be necessary if you don’t have shade trees to lie under.

Be sure water bowls are filled with cold water, as the day’s heat will quickly make the water warm up.  Clean bowls and change water frequently, adding a few ice cubes.

Why Nursery School WORKS for Puppies

Why Nursery School WORKS for Puppies

Early socialization is an essential component of any new pup's training.  It helps them become well-balanced, allows them to practice pro-social behavior and exposes them to countless sights, sounds, people, places and things.  Finding places and events where groups of pups can be together for play can be challenging, as can figuring out what to do with your new pup while you're at work.  Five years ago, I designed a business plan to meet JUST those needs for pups and their owners!  Here at Dances With Dogs, we specialize in providing a host of important learning opportunities just for puppies during their first few months with their new families.  Watch the accompanying video for a taste of a typical day for the pups in our playground.

Who says dogs can't smile?

Who says dogs can't smile?

It's been a r-e-a-l-l-y long couple of weeks with all the rain, so I thought I'd bring a little sunshine to everyone's day with a few happy dog pics!  Enjoy!

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