Top 5 Kentucky Dog Parks

No. 1 Sawyer Dog Park, Louisville, KY

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No. 2 Boone County Dog Park, Florence, KY

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No. 3 East Frankfort Bark Park, Frankfort, KY

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No. 4 Michael Kay Red Orchard Dog Park, Shelbyville, KY

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No. 5 Champions Dog Park, Louisville KY

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25 Dog Movies Til Christmas

Join us as we celebrate Dogs & the Holidays!
Each night in December we will be live tweeting as we cozy up by the fire and
watch 25 Dogs Movies til Christmas.

25 Dog Movies Til Christmas

DEC 1st      An All Dogs Christmas Carol 
Where to watch?all-dog-christmas-carole  On Youtube

Charlie and Itchy are back with Sasha and the gang having a Dicken’s of a time as they try to save Christmas from Carface and a demon named Belladonna wishes to use dogs all over the world to ruin Christmas forever.

DEC 2nd      Snow Buddies
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Where to watch? Netflix

In this spin-off of the Air Bud franchise, five pups follow an ice cream transport truck to a plane and end up flying with the ice cream shipment to Alaska. There they find a pup friend and a boy who needs five dogs for a big race.

 

DEC 3rd     A Belle for Christmas
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Where to watch? We have it on DVD

When a sweet young boy and his precocious sister discover their newly adopted puppy Belle has been nabbed by the beautiful gold digger dating their widowed dad on Christmas Eve, the kids recruit their neighborhood friends and set out on an adventurous rescue mission to save her.

DEC 4th     Hercules Saves Christmas
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Where to watch? Netflix

HERCULES SAVES CHRISTMAS takes us on a magical, fun-filled and touching journey. Max, an adorable yet mischievous twelve year old boy meets a talking dog named Hercules who takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa and argue his way onto the “nice list.”

DEC 5th    The Search for Santa Paws
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Where to watch? Netflix

Magic dogs and an elf team up with two children to rescue Santa who has lost his memory.

DEC 6th      Santa Paws 2
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Where to watch?  Netflix

When Mrs. Claus travels to Pineville, the playful Santa Pups stow away on her sled. Taking mischief to a whole new level, they begin granting joyful wishes to Pineville’s boys and girls, but something goes terribly wrong – the Christmas spirit begins to disappear. Now the Santa Pups and Mrs. Claus must race to save Christmas around the world. From the creators of Disney Buddies, this magical, heartwarming tale is brimming with hope, cheer, and Christmas spirit.

DEC 7th      Santa Buddies
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Where to watch? Netflix

At the North Pole, Father Christmas and his chief dog Santa Paws worry as the whole toys processing system is threatened by the weakening of its magical power source, the icicle drawing on Christmas spirit. When harshly rebuked Puppy Paws, wishing there was no Christmas and he a regular dog, runs away to Fernfield and joins the 5 Buddies siblings, power falls beneath minimum. Chief Elf Eli finds his trace and travels in an attempt to save his and the world’s Christmas spirit, but the six puppies face misunderstandings and the grim dog catcher Stan Cruge.

DEC 8th     I want a dog Charlie Brown
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Where to watch? 123Movies.is

Linus and Lucy’s younger brother Rerun wants a dog for Christmas, and Snoopy’s brother Spike may be the answer.

DEC 9th     A Bulldog for Christmas
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Where to watch? Amazon Prime Video

On Christmas Vacation a cynical college student is magically transformed into a bulldog until she learns the meaning of her family and the Christmas spirit.

DEC 10th      A Dog for Christmas
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Where to watch? Amazon Prime Video

The entire family stays at Dave and Sandy’s home for the holidays. Kassandra wants a puppy for Christmas, but Mom and Dad aren’t ready for that. Will Santa grant Kassandra’s only wish for Christmas?

DEC 11th     Alone for Christmas
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Where to watch? Amazon Prime Video

When a family visits Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve, they leave their dog at home alone. And when burglars try to take the presents from under the tree, the dog must use every trick it knows to stop them.

DEC 12th      12 Dog Days til Christmas
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Watch to watch? 7 day free trail of Up Faith & Family

After being assigned to an animal rescue shelter as part of his community service by his probation officer, a troubled teenager is forced to get into the spirit of the holidays when he is recruited to help find homes for twelve unwanted dogs before Christmas.

DEC 13th       A Dogwalkers Christmas Tale
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Where to watch?  7 day free trail of Up Faith & Family

When spoiled, 21-year old college student Luce Lockhart is forced to take a job over the holidays walking a rich developer’s dog, she is thrilled to discover they are going to build a salon and spa over the quaint local dog park nearby. But when Luce meets Dean, an irritating yet handsome dogwalker actively trying to stop them, Luce is forced to question what the park means to her newfound friends, and whether she can put aside her selfish ways to help save the park before Christmas.

DEC 14th     Christmas Tail
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Where to watch? Amazon Prime

Two single parents fall in love while fighting over a puppy to give to their children for Christmas.

DEC 15th     The 12 Dogs of Christmas
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Where to watch?  Youtube

A girl who uses dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas during the Depression.

DEC 16th      Scoot & Kassie’s Christmas Adventure
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Where to watch?  Youtube

Luke Perry stars in this heartwarming “tail.” Kassie, her friends and her dog, Scoot, organize a holiday fundraiser, but must protect the cash from some crooks in order to save Christmas.

DEC 17th       Chilly Christmas
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Where to watch? On DVD

When he discovers his father is being transferred from Sunshine Beach to New York City, a boy has one week to turn his big crazy beach dog into a civilized indoor dog, while fending off dangerous dog-nappers on Christmas eve.

DEC 18th      A Christmas Wedding Tail
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Where to watch? On DVD

It’s love at first sight when Rusty the Labrador and Cheri the Poodle meet one day while jogging in the park. Even better- their owners fall in love too! But love is more complicated for the people, Susan and Jake, who marry and attempt to join together their large family of five children. With kids fighting and a household in complete chaos, it’s up to the dogs to keep the family together.

DEC 19th      The Dog Who Saved Christmas
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Where to watch?  On DVD

The Bannister family’s new addition, Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez of TV’s SAVED BY THE BELL), the yellow Labrador, appears to be less than the dependable guard dog the family needs. However, when two burglars set out to break into the Bannister’s home while they’re away for Christmas, Zeus seizes the chance to be a hero, proving every dog – even this one – has his day.

DEC 20th        The Dog Who Save Christmas Vacation
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Where to watch?  On DVD

The Bannister family – including former K-9 police hero Zeus – is back, and this time they’re spending their holidays at a beautiful Rocky Mountain resort. But toss in an unexpected visit from cocky Uncle Randy and his foxy poodle Bella and a familiar pair of bumbling jewel thieves, and this holiday may be headed downhill fast! Can Zeus solve the crime, save Bella and hit the slopes, all in time for Christmas Day?

DEC 21st        The Dog Who Saved Holidays
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Where to watch?  On DVD

The Bannisters are back with a new family addition – a mischievous pup named Eve. Watch as everyone’s favorite dog, Zeus, learns to love his new sister and take down some bumbling thieves.

DEC 22nd        Golden Christmas
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Where to watch? On DVD

Jessica is a federal lawyer who returns to her parent’s home for Christmas. When she discovers that the house where she grew up was sold to a stranger, Jessica look for ways to buy it back again. She tries to get Michael (the new owner) arrested, but she also doesn’t remember who he really is.

DEC 23rd        Golden Christmas 2
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Where to watch?  On DVD

Lisa’s three puppies interrupt a wedding proposal, and she is shocked to see it is her ex-boyfriend David proposing to his new girlfriend. Everyone can see they are meant to be together, so the dogs decide to help them get back together.

DEC 24th        Home for Christmas
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Where to watch? On DVD

At Christmastime, former lovers are reunited with the help of a friendly retired couple and a bunch of adorable Golden Retriever puppies.

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DEC 25th         Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
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Where to watch?  Netflix

A Christmas elf accidentally takes off in Santa’s sleigh, crash lands in a small town, and loses the magic toy bag. Beethoven must rescue the elf, recover the bag from greedy crooks, and return the sleigh to Santa in time to save Christmas.

Don’t forget to join us starting Dec 1st at 8PM on Twitter 
@theokdogs

Pets & Vets Trunk or Treat

Our local animal emergency clinic hosted the first-of-its-kind “Pets & Vets Trunk or Treat” event!  They had decorated trunks, a pet costume contest and lots of pet-friendly treats.  All proceeds from the event go towards their charity fun to help pets that need and cannot afford emergency, life-saving care.

 

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We all dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

We joined in on the fun and entered in the Group Costume Contest.

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We won first place!

 

Such a cool event, we hope they have this event next year!

 

 

 

#PAW5EnrichedLifeChallenge

PAW5TM Launches Their 5-Day Enriched Life Challenge for Dogs Aiming to help pet parents work their brain, focus their energy and build the bond

PAW5TM is dedicated to providing environmental enrichment for dogs through thoughtful product design, is launching their PAW5TM Enriched Life Challenge.

This one-of-a-kind program challenges pet parents to provide five days of ideal enrichment for their dogs to further engage their pup’s mind and body in healthy and rewarding activities that will keep them mental sharp and physically fit.

Most pet parents understand that a dog requires regular training and exercise. Unfortunately, due to the hectic lives we live, there are a multitude of bored and under-stimulated dogs living in households worldwide. This lack of mental and physical activity leads to weight gain, apathy and inappropriate behavior.

On the other hand, when pet parents provide opportunities for their dogs to learn, think and play on a regular basis, they become more physically, mentally, socially and emotionally healthy. To this end, PAW5TM has developed the Enriched Life Challenge, inviting dog owners to follow a set of daily “recipes” for enrichment that include do-it-yourself alternatives and tips on how to incorporate enrichment easily and effectively.

By following PAW5TM on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and using the hashtag #PAW5EnrichedLifeChallenge, dog owners can join a community of like-minded owners sharing their experiences and ideas on how to make their dogs’ lives better.

“Dogs need enrichment, plain and simple.

They need to interact with their environment, their humans, and other dogs in a number of different ways in order for them to grow and lead fulfilling lives,” says PAW5TM Co-Founder, Dennis O’Donnell. “Presenting them with new challenges, toys, adventures, and opportunities is the key to having a happy and healthy dog, and we’re hoping our Enriched Life Challenge will show people how realistic and easy it can be.”

The #PAW5EnrichedLifeChallenge will kick off officially on this Monday, October 17th.

PAW5TM provides educational content around the six categories of enrichment and the ground rules they believe are necessary for building an enriched life on their blog at www.paw5.us

PAW5TM Born from an innate fascination with the way dogs think, PAW5TM products combine mental stimulation and environmental enrichment to support the overall well being of dogs. By turning routine activities into rewarding challenges, PAW5TM gives busy pet parents simple ways to engage their dogs, both mentally and physically, every day. PAW5TM is committed to their Four From FiveTM promise to enrich the lives of their pets, employees, communities and the world by building thoughtful products in thought-filled ways. PAW5TM is backed by research and grounded in sustainability, with a heart full of fun. Learn more at paw5.us or join them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Are you ready for the #PAW5EnrichedLifeChallenge?

Dedicated to providing enrichment for dogs through thoughtful product design and education, PAW5 is launching their #PAW5EnrichedLifeChallenge. This one-of-a-kind program challenges pet parents to provide five days of ideal enrichment for their dogs to further engage their pups mind and body in healthy and rewarding activities that will keep them mentally sharp and physically fit.

Now, you may have been hearing more and more about the concept of enrichment, but what is it and why is it so important? Even more, how can the busiest of pet parents implement it into their dogs life?

Enrichment is a way to provide mental and physical stimulation for your dog by way of puzzles, training, games, and socialization – all built to tap into natural canine instincts and behaviors.

There are six defined categories pet parents can choose from with the goal of finding the ones that best suit their individual pup:

1/ Sensory – This includes anything and everything that stimulates your dogs senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. This is where playing in the grass, rolling in the dirt and splashing in water come in. You can also support this through TV programming, music and scent work.

2/ Feeding – This is how you can make feeding time challenging, engaging and fun. Its about putting hunting and foraging skills to use, employing the power of their nose and their brains to get to the good stuff!

3/ Toys+Puzzles – These products encourage your dog to engage and manipulate them to get a desired resultsnormally treats. But it also includes plush, rubber, rope and fetch toys, and the regular rotation of these so that your pup continues to engage with them.

4/ Environmental – Adding something new to your dogs environment can peak curiosity and sometimes increase physical activity. Build a ramp in the backyard, place a mirror in the living room, go play on a playground, go for a hike in the woods.

5/ Social – Interaction with other people and other dogs builds trust and self confidence. Whether you are going to the dog park, to the pet store, in car or to a friends house, engagement with new environments, new people and new dogs will help keep your pup well socialized.

6/ Training – Training is an incredible time to bond with your dog, building trust, rapport and some much needed listening skills. Whether you are training the basics or have moved on to trick training, the time spent doing this has great benefits for your dog and your relationship.

Now how do you work this into your schedule?

Simple!

Below are the Enrichment Recipes for the PAW5 Enriched Life Challenge. Each of the five days is broken into five distinct times enrichment can be inserted into your daily schedule with recommended activities for each time slot. The goal of each day is to include each category of enrichment, provide a variety of activities across each category and make it as easy as possible for you to be successful!

They want you and your dog to love this Challenge and see the benefits enrichment can bring to your lives!

So join Ossian, Koda and I!

PAW5™ has broken each day into five sections (that means your pup will have 25 enriching moments this week!) in an effort to align your dogs enrichment activities with even the busiest of schedules. And below each day youll find information to help you create, prepare or enhance each activity. Have fun!

Supplies youll need from around the house:

  • An old tupperware or food container with lid
  • Peanut butter
  • A large tupperware or food container, no lid
  • Chicken broth
  • Cardboard box
  • Blanket and two chairs or a pop-up tunnel
  • Muffin Tin
  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Pillow case or dish towel
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper grocery bag

Supplies you may need to purchase:

  • Seven tennis balls
  • Rock N Bowl or any other food puzzle
  • Kong or any other treat toy
  • PVC pipe with holes
  • For DogTV and Mood Music:

DAILY MENUS!

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Notes for Mondays Activities:

Food Container Puzzle Feeder

This is a great puzzle for dogs who dont destroy and consume plastic. Simply cut a few holes in various places in the plastic and fill with kibble. Many dogs just like to crunch plastic bottles and milk jugs too. Easy and recyclable! You can make things a little tougher for them by placing paper towel rolls in the container. If this puzzle doesnt work for your dog for any reason, then take the kibble and place it in tiny piles around the room or house for your pup to hunt down.

Peanut Butter Tennis Ball

This is a super easy treat to make for your dog that will cost you close to nothing (especially if you have an old tennis ball lying around). Simply take the ball, cut a slit into it then remove a small triangle. Fill the ball with peanut butter, and then let them work to get it out. Theyll be at it for awhile!

Hide and Seek

You can do this a number of ways:

  1. 1. Bury toys or treats in a sand box.
  2. 2. Place toys or treats in ladles and hang from trees.
  3. 3. Place toys or treats in logs or other hiding places in yards.

Frozen Goodie Block

Take some kibble and their favorite toys then freeze them in some chicken broth. Perfect for the warm summer days, but still just as enjoyable as we head into fall weather!

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tuesday

Notes on Tuesdays Activities:

Kibble Grass Hunt

Simply spread their kibble outside in the grass, let them enjoy the hunt for their food!

Stuffed Kong

Take a Kong toy and simply stuff if with your pups favorite treats! Or, you can visit their website for a ton of tasty recipes hell surely love. Theres so many to choose from, you can try a new one every time!

Leave It and Touch It Training

Now, there are some steps to these, but its still very simple to practice with your pup:

Leave It

  1. First, take two of your pups favorite treats; take the treats and your dog over to a low level place like the floor or a coffee table.
  2. Put one of the treats in your pocket, then set the other on the floor or table right in front of your pups nose.
  3. As you put the treat down instruct your dog to Leave itvery slowly and firmly. Keep your hand next to the treat, because when your dog leans in to get it, cover it with your hand and repeat the command Leave it.
  4. Give it a few seconds, then pull the treat away, praise your pup for a job well done, then reward him with the treat in your pocket (dont give him the treat he is leaning on, it is being used as a training tool.)
  5. Repeat this a few more times, and eventually your pup will catch on!

Touch It

  • Grab your pups favorite treat in one hand in close it. Take your other hand and place it close to your dogs nose, palm facing them, with fingers pointing to either side of your dog (picture a sideways stophand signal) then instruct them to touchthat hand. Only say the word touch.
  • What youre looking for here is for them to touch that open hand with their nose, licking your hand doesnt count!
  • Once they accomplish the touch respond to them with the word Yes!— this will be the signal for him that he did the right thing. Then reward him with the treat.
  • Repeat this; eventually you can work with larger distances, instructing your pup to come from across the room to touch your hand.

Massage

  • Your dog of course loves a good pet, a rub on the belly or a scratch behind the ears. But they, like us humans, also appreciate a good massage! But be careful, you dont massage them the way you would massage a human:
  • Always make sure they are in a calm, relaxed state before you start.
  • Start by petting them gently all over. Talking softly to them will help keep them relaxed.
  • Move to their neck, massaging in circular motions, keeping the pressure gentle still.
  • Continue onto their shoulders — since thats a spot they cant reach maybe spend a little extra time there.
  • Move onto the chest and the legs — be mindful of how they react to the legs, if they dont seem very into it, move onto a different body part. If they do seem to like it, maybe try their feet, but again, be mindful with the pads on their feet.
  • Massage their back using those circular motions, keeping gentle pressure.
  • Make your way to the hind legs and tail area. Once youre done you should have one stress-free pup!

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wednesday

Notes on Wednesdays Activities:

Cardboard Box Puzzle

Simply put kibble inside a closed box. You can start with an easier puzzle first by cutting one side of the box, then each time making that hole smaller, increasing the challenge for them. Dont be surprisedwhen some clean up is required, they are likely going to destroy that box!

Stuffed Apple

Dogs love apples! There are a few recipes you could try with this, but we suggest this seasonal recipe — its perfect for both the fall and you Halloween lovers! Even better, there are some good modifications you can make to it, depending on any allergies your pup may have!

Tunnel Training

Tunnel training is one of many different types of agility training that implements verbal cues, performing tasks, and maintaining bodily awareness. This can be intimidating at first for your pup, and it will likely take some time, but in the end theyll benefit so much from it (theyll even grow to love it!).

  • Step 1: Keep the tunnel open, but at a short distance. You will benefit in this training if you have someone with you, or an assistant. Have the assistant hold your dog at one end while you walk to the other. Instruct your dog to go through the tunnel; use word like Tunnelor Go through.
  • Step 2: Repeat step one, while gradually lengthening the tunnel. Using your assistant and tunnel word, coaxing your dog through the tunnel, then rewarding him.
  • Step 3: Now have your assistant step aside and send your dog through the tunnel yourself. As you approach the open tunnel, give your dog a signal and the tunnel word, then run around to greet him at the other end. Reward your dog as he comes through the other end.
  • Step 4: Keep doing these steps, gradually extending the open tunnel to its full length.
  • Step 5: Eventually move up to a full-length regulation open tunnel. You can even start implementing in tunnel bends, increasing the challenge. You can also start using hand gestures instead of verbal commands, if you wish. Always remember to reward them for a job well done!

You can find these tunnels in a number of places, with a decently wide range in prices. But if you youre looking for a more wallet-friendly one, you can actually check out places like Toys R Us! If youd rather use supplies you have at home, you can build a tunnel with two chairs and a blanket or sheet.

Nose Work / Treat Hunt

This of course is focused on scents; use something that your dog loves and really knows the smell of or a treat that is more pungent than others.

  • Have your dog in his stay position; while out of his sight, place his favorite toys or treats around the corner, just slightly hidden. Your dog may get a little frustrated at first as you do this, but hell catch on! If he is struggling, feel free to point it out. Also always encourage him as hes close, you want to make this fun and exciting for him!
  • You can also drag the treat on the ground, making a scent trail for them to follow, then as they get better stop doing that for them.
  • Eventually make it harder for them to find their toys or treats, increasing the challenge and making the search that much more enriching for them.

Muffin Tin Puzzle

Keep the tin upright and divide the kibble up between the cups. Add difficulty by covering each section with a tennis ball or other toy.

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thursday

Notes on Thursdays Activities:

Paper Towel Roll Puzzle

Take a used paper towel roll, and cut some holes into it that would be big enough to let kibble or treats fall out. Take some tape and close up the ends of the roll, and voila! You have perhaps the easiest DIY food/treat puzzle! This will require some clean up, as they are sure to destroy it!

A more advanced version is to fill the tube with kibble and stuff both ends with a paper towel and then twist them closed.

Blanket Burrito

You can make this puzzle as easy or difficult as your pup can handle! You can simply scatter treats on the ground and cover it with a blanket; or sprinkle the treats into the blanket and roll it up, enclosing the treats. The hardest versions are to tie the blanket (or dish towel) with rubber bands in places or braid several blankets or dish towels together or create little compartments for the treats to go into. So simple!

Upside Down Muffin Tin

Turn a muffin tin upside down and spread kibble between the bumps. Your dog will have to nudge the food around from all different angles.This is good for larger dogs, but for smaller pooches try a mini muffin tin.

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friday

Notes on Fridays Activities:

Shredded Grocery Bag Puzzle

In an open cardboard box, tear a paper grocery bag into small strips. Mix in kibble and breakfast is served.

PVC Pipe Puzzle

Cut a PVC pipe to about 12 inches, drill some random holes (large enough for your kibble), put end pieces on both ends, and youre done!

Red Light / Green Light Game

This is a great game for training your pup with cues. (you may remember doing this type of game as a kid, actually!)

  • Step 1: Start with your dog on a leash; take only one step and then instruct your dog to sit. Make sure this first sithas your dog between yourself and a wall, to teach him to sit next to you. Then begin to gradually lengthening each interval of movement time as you go between sitmoments. Always reward your dog when they sit, so they start offering sits rather than only doing them for the reward.
  • Step 2: If you have kids at home, this could be a lot of fun to do with them. With your dog on a leash or with his leash dragging, Call Green Lightand have them walk. Start with one child next to you holding a treat either in a closed fist or in a bait bag. Before the dog starts to get excited, call Red Lightand have the kids stand quietly with hands at their sides. Your dog should sit at this point, then give them a treat. Once this step is going well, you can step to the sidelines and let the child take the dog. Call Green Lightfor forward movement, and Red Lightfor the child to stop and the dog to sit.
  • Step 3: Eventually, your dog will be able to do this playing off-leash. You can implement in more excitement in your behavior (like waving your arms or whooping) to make it even more fun for your pup (and the kids).

Hide and Seek

All you need is your dog’s favorite toy or treats. Have your dog sit and stay in one room while you hide in another. Once you’re settled, call your canine. When he finds you, reward him with the toy or treat.

Round Robin

Rally three or four people to play and take turns calling your dog’s name from different places in the room and throughout the house. Each time he comes, reward him with lots of praise. When your pooch has become an expert at the game indoors, take him outside where you can spread out even further from each other and increase the challenge.

Knotted Fabric Puzzle

  • This is an easy puzzle to make from objects around the house and perfect if you have a roller chew toy (the rubber toys that resemble what could be the frame of soccer ball)
  1. Take an old t-shirt you no longer want and cut it into strips.
  2. Tie the strips into knots then begin stuffing them into the toy.
  3. Hide a treat in there to give your pup a little extra incentive to really dig into the toy, pulling out the knotted fabric.
  4. You can repeat this as many times as you want really, do it til theyre worn out!

Be sure to check out theOKDogs enrichment week on Instagram

Notes:

  • Be sure to rotate toys so the same ones arent available for play each day.
  • If your dog is prone to chewing and swallowing things, do not leave them alone for any of these activities.
  • Praise and encourage your dogs as they try new puzzles. They may not figure them out on the first go-round, but being present and helping them make it more fun for both of you.
  • Training sessions should only last 10 minutes or as long as your dog is still engaged and having fun. All training should be a positive experience with plenty of rewards.
  • As you add treats into these activities, be sure to reduce your dogs intake of regular meals to balance daily calories.
  • If your dog is more advanced and these activities are too easy, please share activities you do with your dog so everyone can learn new tricks!

For the full PAW5 Enriched Life Challenge with ground rules, advice, activity instructions, and alternative activities, head over to the PAW5 Enriched Life Challenge home page.

Wed love to hear how your five days go: share below in the comments, and post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter using the hashtag #PAW5EnrichedLifeChallenge to show off your progress! Good Luck!

Concord Dog Park

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10909 S Northshore Dr. Knoxville, TN

FREE

OUR FAVORITE PARK

 

 

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Type of Park: Public Off-Leash Dog Park

Surface Area: Grass, concrete walking area, gravel and large rocks.

Stimulating Activities: Lake access & dock, and wooded area.

Cooling: lake access gives plenty of water to drink, also a water fountain inside the park, large wooded area, a small shelter and lots of trees.

Separate Areas: Yes- Large and Small (under 30lbs) areas and the lake access is also in a different fenced area, in case you don’t want your pup to get wet.

Greenage: four or five waste bag and trash stations throughout the park (you don’t have to walk far to get a bag or deposit one)

Human Comfort: small covered shelter with a few benches & benches throughout the park.  Men and women built in bathrooms right outside of dog park entrance.

Location:  Knoxville TN “top dog friendly place we’ve visited” Open Dawn to Dusk (no lights)

Membership: none. Sponsored by Petsafe Company

TheOKdogs Rating: 5 paws out of 5 OUR FAVORITE OF ALL!

Jumping off the Dock at Concord Dog Park

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Knoxville, TN

Dog Wood Park Dog Park

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7407 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type of Park: Membership Dog Park

Surface Area: 25 Acres-Grass & Dirt

Stimulating Activities: Pond, wooded area, agility, tires and tunnels

Cooling: pond give plenty of water to drink, a few water fountains inside the park, large wooded area, and lots of trees

Separate Areas: Yes- Large and Small areas, plus agility area and wooded area

Greenage: waste bag and trash stations throughout park

Human Comfort: a few lawn chairs and a couple of picnic tables.  Not lot of seating considering the park is so huge; you’d lose sight of your dog if sitting too long.  Bathrooms inside admission trailer outside of dog park.

Location:  Jacksonville, FL

Maintenance: Members can use the park 6am-10pm, Visitors can enter when Office is open M-F 10am-4pm S/s 9am-5pm

Membership: Yes, The price for visitor admission is $11 for the first dog and $1.25 for each additional dog.  Park membership starts at $35 per month or $289 for an annual membership.  Rabies vaccination proof required.

Dog Wood Parks website is pretty awesome check it out HERE

TheOKdogs Rating: 5 paws out of 5

 

Natural Healthy Supplements thanks to PL360

Mom is addicted to finding the best supplements for us, so of course she was ecstatic when PL360 reached out to us with an opportunity to try out some of their natural supplements. We were not compensated for this post and there for all our opinions are our own.  We do believe in PL360 and that would be the reason we are sharing this with you!

If you have not hear about PL360 it could be because their are fairly new.  Starting about 14 years ago, they work with a team of veterinarians and pet experts to create natural supplements that support and promote a healthier lifestyle.

We all wanna a healthier life!  We love that PL360 uses natural ingredients (are you keeping track of how many times we use the word natural???)
Ingredients that are safe for pets and get the job done!  Simple is the key!

PL360 find innovative ways to make pet care easier, so we can go on that WALK YOU PROMISED!!!

PL 360 Natural Supplements

We received two different types of supplements.

PL360 Pet Supplements
Advanced Hip & Joint Formula and Shed No More By PL 360

The first was Arthogen Plus advanced Hip & Joint Formula:  it comes in a 90ct, 180ct, and a 360ct.  We got the largest bottle, because we are some big pups!  It has Glucosamine (500mg) Chondroitin (200mg) plus MSM & HA to support healthy hips & joints.  If you know anything about hips you know that Glucosamine and Chondoroitin are a must in the supplement department.  Both me & Ossian suffer from bad hips.  Ossian has double hip dysplasia and I have just all kinds of issues, bad hips, bad back, TWO recent ACL tears!  So we need all the help we can get.

The great thing about this suppplement is its beef flavor.  Although I am not big on taking pills, I will swallow these if told to do so with a few spins and catch!  You can also crush it up and put it in your food….if you like that.  Doseage is pretty standard for most hip supplements.  The first few weeks you “Load” the dose- meaning giving a double dose to get it in your system.  Then you can back down to a maintance dose.  For me and Ossian our Maintance dosage is 2 a day.  Not bad right?  Lets hear what Mom had to say about Arthogen Plus Advanced Hip & Joint Formula.

“We have tried so many different supplements they all kind of run together.  But I do like how the pups take to this supplement, although it has shellfish as an ingredient it doesn’t have a strong odor like some supplements which I like.  I can’t really give a good answer to how it works.  The pups didn’t seem to have issues, so that’s a plus.  However words can not express how much I LOVE the second supplement we receieved…”

Ossian trying out PL360's Shed No More Supplement

The second supplement was Shed No More.  Mom won’t stop talking about it!  She has told all her friends….

“It’s amazing.  Within a week I noticed the fur bunnies were few and far between.  Both pups have shinnier healthier looking hair and skin.  I even let them sleep with us more often, b/c the hair doesn’t take over!  I love this product, and to think I was only giving them half of the recommended dosage”

Ossian smelling PL360 Shed No More Supplements

That’s right, mom is NOT a morning person, so if we have medications that need to be given in the morning….we are just out of luck.  The supplement “Shed No More” dose chart calls for me a 55pound dog (if you tell anyone my weight, i will bite you!) to have 2 tablets twice a day, Ossian being the big boy he is, shoudl be getting three twice a day.  So we were really only getting half the recommended dose.

“IT WORKS!  Even with half the dose!  It works.”

Mom won’t stop!  Tell your friends, if they are a double coated pup like us their rents will LOVE this supplement.  It will mean more bed and cuddle time we are sure!

If you want to learn more about these amazing products and purchase them.  Because we know you will!  Check out PL360’s website here www.pl360pet.com & follow them on twitter @pl360pet and on facebook.

Where to buy?  HealthyPets.com or EntirelyPets.com

the OK Dog’s Rating 3 out of 5 3 out 5

On the Road (Road Trip Essentials)

Early Friday morning Mom and Dad woke us up…well they didn’t really wake us up, we were already excited and knew that from the bags that had been packed for a week we were in for a treat!!

We jumped in the car, with quite a few suitcases and headed off!

Here are some funny moments from our many hours in the car!


Total Hours in Car:  80ish hours!

Cities we visited:

Atlanta, Gainesville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Fort Myer, Miami,

Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, Greenville, Smoky Mountains.

wpid-img_20150703_152012We are thankful for Mom’s new car 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

We love that is has dual air vents, folding back seats and storage area.

Here is our list of must haves when going on a long doggy road trip!

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Portable Auto Fan-great for hot days when you need to cool down from running at the park!

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No Spill Water Bowl– So you can drink anytime ya want!   We LOVE our Buddy Bowl!

& of course

BULLY STICKS!!!!!

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#theokroadtrip

When I grow up….

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I wanna be a sled dog!