Summer 2018

Dear Clients and Supporters,
We're nearing the end of summer, and September will be here before we know it--but that doesn't mean there isn't still time to get out and enjoy some quality play with your pups! Because of the recent toxic algae bloom at Prospect Park https://www.prospectpark.org/visit-the-park/things-to-do/dogs/blue-green-algae/, we've compiled a list of short day trips for that quick summer getaway.


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DAY HIKES with DOGS!!

Rockefeller State Park
 https://parks.ny.gov/parks/59

  • 30 min from NYC

  • 32 miles of carriage trails, dogs must be leashed (we didn't see a single off leash dog), which is nice if you're working on reactivity with your pup.

Harriman State Park
https://parks.ny.gov/parks/145

  • accesible via Metro North, which is dog friendly

  • 30 min from NYC

  • 200 miles of hiking trails for your pup!


Gedney Park
https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/1584

  • 30 min from NYC

  • 126 miles of woods, off leash friendly

  • located in Chappaqua, NY

If you have other favorites, please share! (only if its not a secret, of course).


TRAINING TIP-RECALL


Of course, when out hiking off leash with your pups (and especially in new areas), it's important to have a solid recall, or "come when called." There are 5 rules of recall:

  1. NEVER call a dog for anything it won't like

  2. NEVER call a dog if you don't think the dog will come

  3. If you make a mistake on 2., go save the recall-start over again

  4. NEVER repeat the command-say it once, then make yourself interesting (clapping, squatting down, etc).

  5. ALWAYS give the dog a huge payoff-high value treats, a toy, something novel or special

It's always a good idea to start by practicing easy recalls when a dog is close to you and not really engaged in anything. Call once (you can use the dogs' name followed by "come") and when the dog comes over, reward with a jackpot of treats. If the dog responds more enthusiastically to a ball, toy or game, use that instead.

When the dog is coming back every time, make the recall a little harder. Add some distance, and/or practice around a distraction. Add just a little at a time so the dog isn't set up to fail.
Long lines or leads are a great tool to use for recall work. These are typically sold in 20, 30 and 50 ft lengths.

Make sure to allow plenty of time to practice-start indoors with minimal distractions, and work your way up to Prospect Park for off leash hours!


LOOK AT US! DOG DAYS OF SUMMER


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CANTALOUPE KONGSICLE RECIPE


Before we forget, we'd love to share this easy summer kong recipe. 

1 large kong-i use the power chewer, but you can use whatever version works for your pup

2 or more cantaloupe, watermelon, or honeydew slices (about 1/4 cup)

half cup greek or skyr type yogurt (don't use if your dog is lactose-intolerant, or you can sub sheep or goat's milk yogurt)

*optional-biscuit or bully stick to insert (will freeze)

Directions: Peel and dice melon, and stuff the kong about halfway. Add yogurt and insert a hard biscuit or bully stick into the end. Place in freezer 2 hours or overnight. Give to your pup and watch them enjoy! **may get messy**


Important Reminders: We will be closed on Monday, 9/3 for Labor Day and Monday, 10/8 for Columbus Day. 

Andrea CherringtonComment