9 Unique Gifts for Therapy Dog Enthusiasts

9 Unique Gifts for Therapy Dog Enthusiasts

Therapy dogs share unconditional love with everyone they meet. If you know a special therapy dog, then these gift ideas may be the perfect way to say thank you to that special pup and his/her handler.

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How I've Learned to Cope with Worrying about My Dog with Atypical Addison's Disease

How I've Learned to Cope with Worrying about My Dog with Atypical Addison's Disease

Two years ago our Labradoodle Bernie was diagnosed with atypical Addison’s Disease. Since then Matthew and I have been learning strategies to effectively manage his symptoms. More recently, we’ve decided that managing our anxiety about his condition is equally important for the whole pack.

Our Bernie is such an emphatic pup that he senses our stress. He knows when we’re happy. He knows when we’re depressed. He knows when we’re stressed. The last thing we want to do is transfer any uneasiness to him.

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Pack Field Trip to the Most Dog-Friendly Winery in Southern Arizona

Pack Field Trip to the Most Dog-Friendly Winery in Southern Arizona

Enticing October weather in Southern Arizona encourages people to explore a little farther from home. I discovered a socially conscious dog-friendly winery that Matthew and I knew we had to visit with our dogs.

Bernie and Lizzie were excited too since they’ve never been to a winery, but they anticipated bountiful sniffs on this adventure.

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Trick or Treat Giveaway! Train Your Dog to Back Up

Trick or Treat Giveaway! Train Your Dog to Back Up

Halloween is almost here! We don’t dress up the pups in the McSquare household, but we do like tricks AND treats, so we’re pretty excited to be part of this year’s Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop! We’ve teamed up with several blogger friends to create training tutorials for a variety of dog tricks AND give away almost $1500 in prizes.

Pssst…if you visit all 19 blogs, you can enter 19 different times!

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Book Review: 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy

Book Review: 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy

Early in 2017, Matthew, Bernie, and I took a tricks class with our Labradoodle Bernie. We missed a few classes and did not focus on practicing the dog tricks at home consistently. Since then, I’ve tried to reinforce the few tricks that we did learn together, but I haven’t added anything truly new.

Our trainer is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, so she’s shared information about the various trick dog titles offered through Kyra Sundance’s Do More With Your Dog! If you haven’t checked out her website, give it a click. The rainbow ribbons and certificates are definitely motivating!

Since we’re training Bernie to be a therapy dog, we decided to add in more tricks training. Who wouldn’t want to see a few fun tricks during a therapy dog visit? 101 Dog Tricks is a handy reference for our continuing therapy dog journey.

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15 Doodle Mom Gifts for the Doodle Mom Who Already Owns Every Cute Doodle Mom T-shirt

15 Doodle Mom Gifts for the Doodle Mom Who Already Owns Every Cute Doodle Mom T-shirt

If the Doodle Mom in your life already owns every adorable dog mom t-shirt, then these 15 unique Doodle Mom gift ideas will surely delight her. Whether you’re looking for a birthday or holiday gift, these whimsical tributes to Labradoodles and Goldendoodles will bring even more joy to her home.

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Lizzie's Ongoing Love Affair With My Sneakers

Lizzie's Ongoing Love Affair With My Sneakers

Since the school year started and I’m not around during the day, Lizzie has been using my sneakers as Mommy reminders more and more. Check out the various photos Matthew and I have captured that feature Lizzie’s love of my stinky feet.

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Best Dog Harness for Car Safety: It's the Sleepypod brand!

Best Dog Harness for Car Safety: It's the Sleepypod brand!

If you're looking for the safest and most versatile dog harness for traveling in the car with your best friend, Sleepypod's Clickit brand may be the answer for dogs weighing 18-90 pounds.

Last August, I purchased two Sleepypod Clickit Sport harnesses for Bernie and Lizzie, and one year later, I'm thrilled with how well they've held up and the peace of mind they give me as we drive around Tucson.

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Bernie's Book Nook Adventure at Dog-Friendly Bookmans

Bernie's Book Nook Adventure at Dog-Friendly Bookmans

Bernie McSquare prides himself on being a well-read Labradoodle, so one of his favorite dog-friendly places to visit in Tucson is Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.

I like browsing for books and working on some of Canine Good Citizen skills in a friendly environment. Bookmans East has several comfy chairs throughout the store. As we walked by, several people made "awww" sounds, so I asked if they wanted to meet Bernie. In addition to practicing walking through crowds nicely, we were also practicing sitting politely for petting.

Plus we found some great photo opportunities!

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Seven Strategies for Maintaining Good Sleep Hygiene

Seven Strategies for Maintaining Good Sleep Hygiene

For most of my life, I've been a night owl productively creating and organizing well past a reasonable bed time. However, living in Arizona with two dogs, one of whom is leash reactive, means waking up early for summer walks.

In July in Tucson, 101 is the average high with 74 as the low. Now 74 doesn't sound that bad, but if you truly want to exercise with your dog in that cooler range, then you're waking up at 4:30am because it really does take all night for the earth to cool off. And once the sun is up, you're feeling the heat by 7am.

After being the person who pulled all nighters in college, and stayed up late grading papers when I was teaching, I had to learn to be a morning person. Read more about the seven strategies that helped me.

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