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Ok, so it’s no secret that I’m very actively involved with All Border Collie Rescue. One of the great benefits of volunteering for a dog rescue is that we can often get stuff for our personal dogs and fosters through the group at discounted costs. I’ve taken advantage of this a time or two. Thundershirts, kongs and this time a Gentle Leader. Boring? Maybe… but this little gem, in my opinion, is just about the best thing since sliced bread! I received my gentle leader on Sunday and tested it out for the first time yesterday when I took Maverick to my secret field that I discovered.

Gentle Leader Explained

I don’t know if I buy all of this explanation… but it sounds good, doesn’t it?

The transformation was instantaneous. Sure he didn’t love having that strap over his face. He rubbed up against me a few times, which i didn’t mind, because I thought it was cute. Lots of head shaking. After a few minutes, though, that was mostly gone. I cannot tell you how amazingly he walked with this lead on. It’s not that Maverick was ever a major puller or anything like that, but with this, his leash was loose the WHOLE walk!

If you are interested in trying this out, I do suggest doing some desentizing at first, although it’s probably not 100% necessary. Take the time to read the instructions and make sure you fit it as it says to. Put it on and feed your dog treats. Associate it with good things. He’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly!

Does anyone else use these regularly? How do you like it?



Ok, so we’ve all learned by now what a “dog year” is. It’s fairly common knowledge that for everyone 1 human year a dog ages 7 years. Thus the term “dog years.” Recently my significant other forwarded me this great link on a more accurate way to calculate the age of your dog! Hope you all enjoy 🙂 Dog age

Good morning dog lovers. Unfortunately I, personally, don’t have a great training tip to offer you. I’ve been uninspired lately, perhaps because of the weather. I’m ready for summer and to be able to be outside playing with my border collies more often. Anyways, in lieu of writing my own post, I’d like to direct you to a truly great reading authored by a fellow border collie lover, who happens to be a dog trainer and also a search and rescue trainer, about using toys and playtime to train your dog. I hope you enjoy this read as much as I did!

Using Play to Train

Happy Tuesday!

You’d be surprised how difficult it is to come up with a fun fact every Friday! Admittedly, I skipped last Friday, because I wasn’t about to pull attention from Lindsay’s amazing post about fostering. If you missed it, check it out here!

Halloween is right around the corner and if you are lucky you will score a big haul of candy next Wednesday. This may be a fun and exciting time for you and your little ones, but it could take a disastrous turn if your furry friend gets a hold of your sugary score.Dog’s stomachs are typically very sensitive and there is a whole slew of things that are delicious to humans, but toxic to canines. Most importantly, you want to keep your dogs away from the chocolate which is not only toxic, but can’t be deadly. For Fido’s sake make sure you keep your candy off the floor and out of reach.

Candy isn’t the only thing to consider protecting your dog from on Halloween. If you are passing out candy and your dog is even a little weary of strangers or people entering your house, it’s better to go ahead and put Fido away in a back room. This way he won’t be stressed out by the never ending barrage of visitors. Not to mention, you never know if your trick-or-treaters are scared of or allergic to dogs.

For more information on animal safety on Halloween, click  here and here! <– seriously… check out these links!