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November 2015

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Although no one likes to think about it, unfortunately we are going to have to say goodbye to our beloved Service Dog or pet. Sometimes however, like the grief we will feel after our animal's death, determining when it's time for them to be put down can be extremely challenging. After we make the decision, we may also question whether we made the right choice. Here are a few tips on saying goodbye and making the decision to euthanize your dog.

Howly Jowly 2015: The Basics: The basics are simple: we're giving away training books, really awesome tasty treats and superbly high quality toys and gear to as many Service Dog and SDiT teams as we can. There is no cost to enter or participate, shipping is free and anyone in the United States with a Service Dog or Service Dog in Training, whether or not you're a USSDR registered team, is welcome to participate. 

Calming Collars is a company that concentrates on producing dog collars that contain a blend of natural herbs that aids in stress relief for our furry friends. Just like us, our working dogs are exposed to stress everyday, and it could range from things as simple as loud noises, a trip to the groomers and vets or even separation anxiety. These collars aim to soothe their senses and reduce the stress and anxiety that they may be feeling.

Blue Buffalo is one of the leading manufacturers of healthy dog treats and chew toys. They are a company that considers dogs and cats as family members and their own office is filled with furry friends! The company was inspired to come up with the idea of producing healthy dog treats and chew toys due to the owner’s large-breed Airedale, Blue, who struggled with a history of health problems. Now, who says holistic is just for people?

DogReins!™ is a newly designed no-pull harness for big, strong or powerful dogs. DogReins!™ is the perfect harness when your dog is stronger than you are. The two front straps effectively communicate with your dog to turn right or left and to slow down or stop. The gentle pressure at the front of the dog’s chest slows forward momentum while maintaining balance.

It's that time of year when family and friends travel, gather together and celebrate the holidays with big meals, special treats and lots of festivities. While Thanksgiving can be an amazingly fun time of year, for many people, pets and working dogs, it can be very stressful. Here are some important considerations for keeping your Service Dog happy over the coming days.

With the cold season just around the corner, what are some of the ways you've come up with to keep your training or working dogs warm and cozy? Hurtta, one of the leading manufacturers of dog outfits, collars and gear has agreed to giveaway a Summit Parka and an Ultimate Warmer so that you could keep your dogs comfortable during the cold season.

Susan Garrett is recognized as the leading educator of dog trainers and is one of the most successful dog agility competitors of the last decade. She won her first USDAA Grand Prix Final in 1996 and since then has accumulated a total of 20 National and International Championship wins covering 7 different jump heights (8”, 10”, 12”, 16”, 22”, 24” & 26”) and has won two height divisions at a National Agility Championship on three different occasions.