Episode 018 – Service Dogs What is a service dog?  What do they do and why?  What makes them different from other dogs.  Understanding the rules and regulations regarding service dogs.  We at Leash Up implore those who try to “fake” service dog status to get their dogs into places to stop and respect the work of true service dogs! Product review – Blue Dog Provisions – (link) American-made (in Montana), Blue Dog Provisions are locally owned and operated, specializing in offal dog treats (lung, heart, liver, tail, & kidney).  According to the website: “At Blue Dog Provisions, we believe dogs deserve real treats thatRead More →

Episode 17 – Freeze-Dried Dog Food Many senior dogs experience joint pain as they age.  What can you do to help your bestie manage that pain?  Join us as we discuss natural remedies (ones you can use after speaking with your veterinarian – check with them for appropriate medications first!).  Massage, oils and more are discussed.   Product Review – Young Living Essential Oils Young Living is committed to providing pure, powerful products for every family and lifestyle, all infused with the life-changing benefits of our authentic essential oils.  Young Living has grown to become the world leader in essential oils and wellness solutions. HeadquarteredRead More →

Episode 16 – Freeze-Dried Dog Food What are the pros and cons of feeding freeze-dried dog food?  In many cases, the pros of using freeze-dried will far outweigh the cons (which really is only cost as it is slightly higher than kibble or canned).  Perfect for traveling, great in case of emergency, essential for those who struggle to lift bags or cases of dog food, freeze-dried dog food may be the perfect choice for your bestie! Check out the Facebook Live video from Aug 7, 2017 at 2:30am where I conduct a taste-test of Grandma Lucy’s Macanna Beef dog food. (link) Book Review: “Leash UpRead More →

Episode 15 – Animal Houses of Fredericksberg Join us for the audio of our Leash Up Facebook Live interview with Dan Russell, owner of Animal Houses of Fredericksberg.  These gorgeous indoor dog houses need to be seen to be believed!  The houses are unique and based off 12 patents.  They include an ionization/filtration system, Tempurpedic memory foam bed, real wood/cherry wood finish, beautiful front gates that form a crate out of the house, removable drain pans in case of accidents, and optional ramps and steps. Dan can be reached at 915-261-5235 or danatAREI@gmail.com Check out the Facebook Live video from July 20, 2017 at 11:22 am! Read More →

Episode 14: Dog Parks – To Go Or Not To Go! You are thinking about taking your new bestie to a dog park.  What do you need to know before you go?  What should you prepare for?  Is your ready for the park?  Are you?  We discuss all the things you should consider before heading out to the park! Book Review: “The Other End of the Leash” by Patricia B. McConnell – (link) The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more thanRead More →

Episode 13: Grooming Your Dog Have you ever wondered what your groomer really wants you to know?  How to prepare for taking your dog to the groomer?  Questions you should ask and information you should provide?  What dogs don’t require that much grooming (if you hate going to the groomer!)?  Tune in and learn all about this important part of your “big hair” dog’s life! Book Review: “Herding Dogs: Progressive Training” by Vergil S. Holland – (link) Herding Dogs: Progressive Training is the only book of its kind to guide the owner toward training the complete herding dog. Whether you are involved in farming or ranching,Read More →

Episode 12: Barn Hunt – (link) Join us while we talk about Barn Hunt, the fastest growing dog sport in the U.S.  Based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. Some breeds were specifically created to fill this role, and for many of those breeds, Barn Hunt provides their first true opportunity for responsible breeders to test proper working traits in their dogs. Barn Hunt is also open to any dog of any breed or mix who wishes to play the game and can fit through an 18″ wide by bale-height tall tunnel.Read More →

Episode 007: Choosing a Vet Senior dogs deserve our love and respect – and the best we can provide.  Health issues, special needs and other considerations are discussed so we can take care of our best friends as they age.  As someone who has adopted many senior dogs, I can testify to the love they can bring into your life. Book Review: “Mouse the Mayor of Mondragon, New Mexico” by PJ Brooks – (link) This short children’s story is a story of love, loss and rescue. Mouse, the Chihuahua, is the unofficial Mayor of Mondragon, NM. Life it wonderful until one fateful day. What willRead More →

Episode 10: Heat Exhaustion As the dog days of summer approach, learn how to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke in your dog and recognize the symptoms.  Staying healthy and safe during the hot days each year is vitally important for your dog. Book Review: “Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love” by Allen & Linda Anderson and Willard Scott. – (Amazon Link) With a well-earned reputation as man’s — as well as woman’s — best friend, dogs have an uncanny ability to sense exactly what their human friends need. Gathered from thousands of stories Allen and Linda Anderson have received, as well as their ownRead More →

Episode 009: Picking the right Kibble Selecting the right kibble for your dog is a big decision.  Almost daily we hear about new types of dog foods coming out (gluten-free, grain-free, etc.), reports on obesity in dogs, and recalls of various dog foods.  Knowing what to feed and how to find a quality dog food is out topic this week! Book Review: “DogTown” by Stefan Bechtel – (Amazon Link) A national rescue organization with more than 200,000 members, DogTown is the area where dogs live at the nation’s largest companion animal sanctuary run by Best Friends Animal Society. This informative, inspiring book presents representative storiesRead More →