Urban Mushing – The Dog Powered Scooter

When I received an email from Mark Schuette, the inventor of the Dog Power Scooter, asking me to check out his invention and let him know what I thought, I expected to see the vehicle used by Norman – the Wonder Dog. NOT.
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Introducing Urban Mushing – A Sport for You and Your High Drive Dog! Mark and his invention were even spotlighted on CNN!

Mark Schuette wanted to exercise and have fun with his dog. But bicycles with dog leash attachments concerned him. The dog could forge out in front of the bike. And what if the dog had a high prey drive and spotted something irresistible? There had to be a better and safer way to bike with your dog. So he invented the Dog Power Scooter, a safe way for you and your dog to have fun.

The Dog Power Scooter can be dog or human powered. The human has total control. There is a Scooter model for one, two, three or more dogs. There is also a Trike that holds up to two dogs. The Trike system is totally stable with powerful steering and braking. The Trike can accommodate certain disabilities.
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Aquapaw – A Dog Wash in the Palm of Your Hand

I have to admit that I LOVE innovation, and this dog washing product piqued my interest. It’s called Aquapaw.
title_slideIt’s a hose you use to wash your dog. But this hose solves a very real problem. How many times has this scenario happened to you?

You’re in the garage or outside in the yard washing your dog. Your one hand holds the leash so that your dog doesn’t escape. Your other hand holds the hose. You wet down the dog. Now you need shampoo. Wish you had a third hand? Me, too!
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Aquapaw attaches to your garden hose or your bath showerhead. You activate the spray nozzle by pressing your finger against your palm. It appears you have complete water control while you shampoo your pet.
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This product has launched on Kickstarter. Check it out and play the video for more information. The inventor approached me to spread the word about the product, and once the samples arrive he will send me one to review. So look for my product review on Aquapaw real soon!

Barkitecture Austin 2016 – Awesome Designer Doghouses

For the past twelve years, Austin area architects, interior designers, and builders have joined forces to design innovative doghouses to be displayed and auctioned at Barkitecture Austin. The proceeds of the auction benefit the non-profit dog adoption group, Austin Pets Alive. A great idea for all major cities across the nation. Which doghouse reflects your dog’s taste?

Muddy Paws Solved–Install a Dog Shower

My Wish List: A Dog Shower/Dog Washing Station – A Must Have for Every Dog Owner!

Plop. Plink. Splash. Water cascades from the gutters. Rain stops. Clouds move. Sun reappears. Pup scratches at the door and whines. Human cringes and grabs towels.

You get the picture….

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Mud? What mud? I didn’t see any mud.


Let’s face it. Outside of a root canal, there’s nothing more painful and aggravating than your dog tracking mud onto your kitchen floor and running through the house smearing brown all over light carpeting. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a dog shower or dog washing station built for your home?

But sigh…there’s no space in the laundry room of my current home to accomodate a dog washing station. I’m considering the garage, though. I’ll keep you posted!

Is That a Fake Service Dog?

Have you ever been in a restaurant or store and wondered, “That dog doesn’t look and/or act like a service dog? That’s somebody’s pet. Why are they allowed in here?”

Fake service dogs seem to be everywhere, including in strollers and shopping carts. But what is a service dog, a therapy dog or an emotional support animal? How can you tell the difference? And if I’m a business owner, what do I do?

Our friends at Orvis produced a handy infographic that will answer those questions at a glance. Thanks, Orvis!

And remember, not all disabilities are visual. There are hidden disabilities that make it difficult to identify if the dog is working or not. When in doubt, you may ask:

1) Is this a service dog required because of a disability?
2) What work or task has this dog been trained to perform?

Then observe the dog’s behavior. Service dogs should never misbehave, defecate in public, pull, tug, growl or bark. They should be silent and working, concentrating on their person and waiting for their next command. Therefore, do not bother a team while they are working.
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Custom Built-in Dog Crate

A dog crate is an unattractive necessity, especially when you raise puppies for a service dog organization. At the beginning stages of housebreaking, crates are scattered around my house. Multiple crates. Multiples sizes. Holding tanks for active bladders. Some soft-sided. Some cage-like. All ugly.

crates are ugly

So my son and I designed a dog center in our laundry room. The rendering below was our initial inspiration.

dog closet inspiration

We took a well-used laundry room closet and redesigned the space. It now fashionably accommodates the same items as before and the dog, too! Here’s how it turned out.

construction finished

Ample cabinet storage space surround the crate. A Corian countertop sits on top of a KraftMaid CoreGuard kitchen sink base. (I had the center strip of the sink base removed–where the doors rest when closed.) One of Home Depot’s great kitchen designers helped me find this gem. It’s an engineered polymer kitchen sink base with slightly pitched forward shallow ribbing. Why did I choose that? Because puppies pee. Any accidents will flow to the front of the base and can be wiped up easily. Happy puppy. Happy owner! And don’t worry about the ribbing. The dogs don’t mind it. If you do, buy a crate mat.
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Holiday Gifts for Dogs

Here comes the holidays! What will you get your dog for Christmas?

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WelcomePup.com sends dog gifts to a dog you love anywhere in the United States via USPS. On your mark, get set, shop! Woof!

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Frosty Dog Toy Gift Box- Hugglehounds Small Frosty Snowman with Squeakers, 32 oz. Stainless Steel Red Dog Bowl and Plush Puppies Tuff Ones Candy Cane with Squeakers.

Holiday-Bungee-Dog

Dachsund with Santa Hat Bungee Dog Toy

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Naughty or Nice? Planet Dog’s Lump of Coal and Snowman with Squeakers

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Planet Dog Snowball and Plush Puppies Tuff Ones Plush Penguin with Squeaker

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Plush Puppies Tuff Ones Christmas Tree and Candy Cane with Squeakers

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Can be purchased individually

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Can be purchased individually

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Can be purchased individually

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HuggleHounds Snowmen Come in Large and Small

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32 oz. red stainless steel dog bowl


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Dog Pee Killing Your Grass? The Solution

In my previous blog post, How to Build an Outdoor Dog Potty Area, I wrote step-by-step instructions (photos included) on the DIY home improvement project that saved my grass from urine burn.

Dog pee kills grass…period. There are all sorts of urine burn lawn repair products out there, but I don’t know any that really work.

I have four female retrievers. They produce large amounts of urine. There isn’t a product out there to help me. If I let them run in my backyard and do their business, their urine would take out my backyard lawn in one season. I had to come up with a plan.

Poop doesn’t kill grass. Urine does. So why not confine the damage to one area–an areas without grass. I made this dog potty area on the side of my house.

The outdoor dog potty built to save my grass from urine burn because my dogs pee kills the grass

How to Build an Outdoor Dog Potty

Word of Caution:¬†If your dog is prone to eating inappropriate things like toys,¬†rocks, bedding, etc. this project may not be for you unless you take the dog out on leash and correct the dog if it attempts to lower its head to eat the gravel. My dogs don’t have dog beds or crate mats because they eat them. However, this project worked for them because I keep them on leash when they use the area and they don’t have access to it at any other time. Remember, your dog relies on your supervision. Now on to the project.
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Boz dog ball review by WelcomePup.com

I just received a case of new West Paw Design Zogoflex Air dog toys. Today, I’m reviewing the Boz dog ball, a textured squishy dog ball for obsessive fetchers.

It looks like a brain.
Sydney with 4 inch BozIt’s made from Zogoflex Air material that is soft on a dog’s mouth.
Kimber and 4 inch BozFeatures include:

  • More durable than a tennis ball
  • Floats
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Non-toxic and recyclable
  • High bounce
  • Easy to grab
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Boz pair for blog
The Boz comes in two sizes, 2.5″ and 4″. I currently carry the Currant and Peacock colors. Available individually at WelcomePup.com and also as part of the Fetching Pup Dog Gift Box that includes a 2.5″ Boz and the new Dash flying disc, made from the same Zogoflex Air material but with a funky new shape and look.
I have three pet retrievers and am VERY particular about the toys they play with. They destroy or ingest plush toys and some solid ones. West Paw Zogoflex toys are THE ONLY TOYS I’D RECOMMEND FOR TOUGH CHEWERS. Trust me–I’ve paid the medical bills for the intestinal surgery when one of my pups ate a rope toy. Don’t buy rope toys–ever!
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