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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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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Park Obedience Class Strengthens My Bond with Lizzie

Park Obedience Class Strengthens My Bond with Lizzie

Are you looking for a flexible dog obedience training class that fits your busy lifestyle?

After Lizzie graduated from Puppy Obedience Class, I needed just that! Ruff House Dog Training & Behavior Modification offers a drop-in Dog Obedience Park Class, which is a perfect way for me and my favorite girl to spend an afternoon.

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Learning about Canine Fitness in Super Puppy Class

Learning about Canine Fitness in Super Puppy Class

Back in January, I knew I would be focusing on practicing with Bernie for Canine Good Citizen, so I decided to look around for special activities for Lizzie. I didn't want an obedience class because I didn't want the pressure of homework, so I was thrilled when I found Super Puppy Class lead by Kate Titus at A Loyal Companion Canine Swim and Recreation Center

Lizzie just squeaked by the age cut for Super Puppy Class. She turned one on March 17, the last day of the four-week class. During the four weeks, Lizzie and I learned a great deal about puppy body awareness. 

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Lizzie Continues to Overcome Her Fears

Lizzie Continues to Overcome Her Fears

Lizzie and I took another solo trip over to La Encantada Shopping Center for her to practice some loose-leash walking and being quiet when presented with random people noises.

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Out and About on a Rare Overcast Tucson Day

Out and About on a Rare Overcast Tucson Day

A couple of weekends ago, the pups and I woke up to a chillier overcast day for Tucson. We headed out to Agua Caliente Park to explore a new place.

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Roaming the Rillito River Park Path

Roaming the Rillito River Park Path

Loop between Brandi Fenton Park and North Swan Road

Bernie, Lizzie, and I have a few walks that we just love. One of them is the 3.5 mile section of the Rillito River Park pathway between Brandi Fenton Memorial Park and N. Swan Road.

This pathway offers a nice mix of paved pathway and soft trail to help vary your route. There are also numerous features along the way that I like to use for training opportunities.

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Lizzie Comes Out of her Shell at La Encantada

Lizzie Comes Out of her Shell at La Encantada

Lizzie and I spent special one-on-one socialization time together at LaEncantada Shopping Center walking around, sniffing, meeting people, and even practicing a few down-stays.

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Bernie Smiling During His First Off-Leash Hike

Bernie Smiling During His First Off-Leash Hike

Sunday morning Bernie and I headed out to Oro Valley to meet up with the Blaker family for a Ruff House Pack Hike they had organized for clients.

As we walked toward the off-the-radar trail head, all of the dogs were on leash and getting to know one another. Bernie was in heaven with all of the new sniffs.

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Exploring Playful Fitness Solutions for Healthier Dogs

Exploring Playful Fitness Solutions for Healthier Dogs

Bernie and I spent an engaging morning at Tucson's A Loyal Companion: Canine Swim & Recreation Center learning how to burn off the calories from yummy gourmet dog cookies. During the open house event, we learned more about canine fitness and the options available to us through this local facility.

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