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Friday, September 19, 2014

101 Dog Tricks for Kids- reviewed by Jasmine



True that!!  I'm always searching for new trick ideas for Jasmine!  When I first started trick training, I constantly was referring to our "101 Dog Tricks" book for ideas.  (Which I liked because they rate the tricks according to difficulty and also give you trouble-shooting hints.)

So now there's a new book out called "101 Dog Tricks for Kids".    It's got the same vivid, bright pictures to catch your attention.  In addition to trick ideas, it also has easy craft projects for kids.  (and adults, I might add!)  If I still worked at a day care, I would totally be stealing some of these project ideas. 

It also has practical advise.  For example, it teaches a "trick" called "Be A Tree", which teaches how to get your dog to not jump on you.  (Very much needed advice- especially for young kids!)

We do a lot of trick show for kids.  So now I can tell them where I got my ideas!  :)




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Senior Citizens Enjoying Dog Tricks by Jasmine!

Good things happen when you FINALLY get around to replacing your laptop battery!!   I found some old footage of Jasmine that I'm making into new trick videos!   Here's one we just uploaded...

We've done tricks shows for practically every age group now.  And they're all pretty fun.  Jasmine gets so excited when I get out ALL of her props, and start cutting up treats.  She knows we're going to do a show! 

This was a fun show to do.  We were asked to perform at a Senior Living Center, in honor of a woman's 96th b-day!!!   We did the trick show, then afterwards I took Jasmine around so that everyone could pet her.  They told me about the dogs they used to have.  It was very sweet.  Jasmine is a therapy dog, and loves people.  

Here's a recap of the show we did.  I think everyone enjoyed it.  (Including us.)




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Birthday Party= Dog Trick Show!

Jasmine often gets asked to perform trick shows at kids' birthday parties!

Here's one that we did!  As you can tell, everyone had a lot of fun!  (Dogs and kids!!)




Jaz honestly does LOVE performing tricks.  She is always eager and enthusiastic to do tricks.  It's her favorite thing ever!!  :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

9 Dogs You Won't Believe Actually Exist- Buzzfeed video

Buzzfeed wrote:

9 Dogs You Won't Believe Actually Exist

"There's a dog out there, somewhere... making someone waffles.  And I need to find him."

LOL- I know that dog!! It's our friend Paige!  (She can make waffles!)

Guess who else made the list?  My FAVORITE pup Jasmine!!  :)  (She goes shopping, gets the mail, and gets a drink from the fridge.)  She's also Jaz!  (who rides the scooter)


Also- our friend Jesse!  (who is a fellow shopper, and does a ton of other cool tricks!)

Also- our friend Norman!  (who as far as I know, is the ONLY dog who knows how to ride a bike!!)


It's SO fun that a lot of my trick dog friends got included in the same video!!  It turned out so awesome!  It totally made me laugh!  :D

Friday, June 27, 2014

Minties and Vitamin Chews. A Jasmine and Chewy Exclusive.

How can you resist those eyes???  Jaz has the best/ worst "Puppy Dog" eyes and expressions out of any dog I've ever had.  How could I not give her a treat after getting "the look"??

I think this is Jasmine's favorite part of the job.  We get asked to do product reviews, and Jasmine and Chewy are the taste testers.   As soon as Jasmine heard me open the bag, she resorted to doing her begging stance immediately.  (See pic below).   This is her way of asking "please can I have some??  Pleeeaaaaaase????"

The product we were trying out is Vet IQ's "Vitamin Chews" and "Minties".  We started with the Vitamin Chews for Jasmine.  (Because they are liver flavored, and that's her favorite.)  I am highly selective of the treats Jasmine gets to have.  (Mainly because of her allergies.)  But the Vitamin Chews are wheat-free, and made in the USA.  So I'm ok with letting her try them.  They were a big hit.  She loved them.  She's taken other doggy vitamins before- but these ones are a soft chew, so it's easier to get her to take them. And it gives her 19 essential vitamins/ minerals.  The only downside is- because they are vitamins, she can only have one a day.  Try telling that to your begging dog with big puppy dog eyes.

Chewy got to try the Minties.  (I had to convince Jaz that she needed to share!)  Chewy lives here now, so he gets to start doing the taste testing too.
Chewy is a very careful chewer.  (You could think the big dog would gobble it down, and the little dog would delicately chew the food.)  Nope- it's the opposite in my house.  Jaz gulps everything down.  Chewy slowly savors the moment.


The Minties are not made with wheat, corn, or soy.  (Gluten Free)  So that's important for Jasmine's allergies.  They are also made in the USA.  (a MUST for any of my dogs.)  The dental treats are minty, and help to promote fresh breath.  (Important before doggy play dates.)  ;)  


So- after our taste testing product review- I can honestly report that both dogs give their treat 2 paws up.  Jaz wants to know why we can't just do this for a job full time.

Well, that's because I don't get paid to do product reviews.  These companies just contact me, then send me their treats/ toys/ dog products to try out with Jaz and Chewy.  Then we write what we think about it.  (Although, like I said, I am selective about which products we'll review.)  I'm picky about what I give my dogs.  I only review good quality products.  

So there you have it!  The Jasmine and Chewy Exclusive Report on Minties and Vitamin Chews.

The opinions in this blogpost are my own.  I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this blogpost, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

Adams Smart Pets Contest

Jasmine got to be in the promotional video for Adams Smart Pets Contest!  They used 2 of her tricks-  Stealing the Blanket, and Pushing the Shopping Cart.  

http://smarterpetcare.com/smarterpetcare?elq=e86cdef752db4ef1a51ac8dc7d0f41fc&elqCampaignId=104

If you have a smart pet and want to enter the contest, there's details on their website how to enter!  :)



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sophia Maxim Design Collars = AWESOME

Every now and then, Jasmine and I get asked to do a product review.    As you know, I'm pretty selective of which companies I will do this for.  I research the company before I'll agree to it, because I don't want to do a review on a product that I wouldn't want my own dog to try.

So I when I was asked to do a review for a Sophia Maxim Collar, I checked out their website.   Everything was made in the USA.  It said they were tough and durable.  (which is necessary if you know my dog!)  And I immediately liked their bold colors and patterns.  I got to pick out which collar I wanted Jaz to try.  (Which was the hardest part!!)  I eventually picked the "Amalfi Sunrise"  (the pink/purple/orange one.)  I thought that would look the best against Jasmine's dark hair.

Aside from being pretty... the truly unique thing that makes these collars stand out is the dog ID tag.  It's incorporated onto the collar.  The dog's name and phone # are engraved on it.  So when Jasmine itches or shakes her head, you don't hear the jingle sound of the name tag!  (Which I think is brilliant.) 


 Chewy wakes me up every morning when he shakes and his collar jingles.  My sister-in-law takes her 2 dogs' collars off because they are too noisy.  (But I don't do that, because I worry about the dogs accidentally getting out without their collars.) 
 Jasmine is micro-chipped, but not everyone knows to take the dog to a vet to check for it.  So I like knowing that her name and phone # are easily found.  (And if she somehow loses her collar, the microchip is my back-up.)   Her dog ID tag has already been used once.  A few years ago, Jaz was visiting over at my parents' house.  She was in the backyard with Toddy.  Well, someone accidentally left the back gate open. And Jaz and Toddy decided to go on an adventure.  A jogger found them and called my cell phone, and I immediately went to pick up my canine explorers.  So- after that experience- my phone # is ALWAYS easily accessible on Jaz's collar.
 So I'd say that is the best feature of these collars.  Having the security of knowing my dog's contact info is on the collar, but the luxury of not having to listen to the jingling dog tags.  (And yes, I did buy one of those rubber "silencer" things that fit around the dog tag for Chewy.  It doesn't help much.)    So I may have to get him a Sophia Maxim collar, just so I can sleep in on Saturday mornings!!

This is the one I picked out for Jasmine.  I think it's really cute.  :)

If she wasn't so hairy right now, you could get a better view of the collar!  (Which is why I included some pics from the Sophia Maxim Design website!)  Jaz needs another haircut, so she can show off her new collar!  :)



If you're interested in getting one of these collars, be sure to tell them you are friends with Jasmine!  (and that will give you 20% off!)   :) 
 Just enter the discount code:  SMD1001 when you are checking out.    

FYI- We didn't receive any financial compensation for this blogpost.  They just sent us the collar to see what we thought.  Here's my official review:  Two paws up from Jasmine.  Stylish and Practical.  Exactly what I like.    :)


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