Friday, February 12, 2016

Teach Your Dog to Sit Pretty

Dog sitting pretty Rocco Havanese

We're getting ready to start another agility season, and so last week Rocco and I visited his doggie chiropractor to make sure he's feeling good and all nice and aligned before competition heats up!

Good news is he needed just some minor adjusting, and as a bonus, his vet/chiropractor who is also certified in dog physical therapy gave us some good strength-training exercises.

As she says, strength = speed... so Rocco is building up muscle power so he can run fast (and run clean) on the agility course!

Today we're sharing one of the exercises she gave us...

Sit Pretty or Beg

Sitting pretty is a great core strengthener and we also think it looks pretty cute, so I started teaching it to Rocco when he was just a wee pup. 

How to teach it

There are a few methods. Experiment to find the one that works best for your pup.
  • From a sit, lure your dog's head up and back with a treat. Allow him to nibble the treat while in the position.  Tip: keep your hand with the treat low to encourage your dog to hold his hindquarters in the sit position.
  • If your dog needs more support while learning, position him in a sit in the corner of a sofa. Then, lure his head up and back with a treat while he leans back into the sofa.
  • Another option is to position your dog in a sit while you stand directly behind him. Lure him into sit pretty position with a treat so that his back rests on your legs. Then steady his chest with your hand if necessary.
Tip: Start slow, only asking for a few moments of balancing in position, and reward your dog in the sit pretty position. Be sure to reward the behavior while it's happening, not after it is finished! Add duration and distance once your dog masters the trick!

Havanese sitting pretty Rocco Havanese
Rocco IS sitting pretty, though it's hard to tell through all the fluff! Here he's sitting facing uphill.
In the photo at the top of this post he's sitting facing downhill.
Our vet gave us a few additional challenges to make Sit Pretty a little more challenging. Once you've mastered the trick, here are a few more things you can do to increase intensity.
  • Change up the surfaces 
  • Start on a flat and level surface
  • Add more challenge with a balance disc or FitPAWS Donut, or use a pillow 
  • Sit Pretty on a hill facing all four directions -- uphill, downhill and both sides
We have a slight hill in our backyard that we've started working on, and Rocco's practicing on the Donut, too.  One more note: It took Rocco a good long while to master this trick. He couldn't hold the position until he was two. We're still working on duration and some distance (he's three now!). 

Rocco Havanese Sitting Pretty on FitPAWS Donut
The donut is challenging, but Rocco can handle it! 

Can your dog sit pretty? Let us know in the comments below!



The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and My GBGV Life to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the hop.




Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday With Dog Pals

Havanese dogs Rocco and Nicky at dinner time
Rocco hosts his pal Nicky at Camp Rocco this week!
It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

This week, Rocco's pal Nicky has been staying with us, and the two Havanese have been having a blast together. In the photo above, they are staring me down, waiting for their dinner!

While the dogs are eating, it's a great time to check out all the goodies in the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed below. You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate


The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.

Good luck!





Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Running of the Dachshunds Can't Get Much Cuter in Heinz Super Bowl Ad #MeetTheKetchups



I've gotta admit. I love the Super Bowl best for its commercials and this year I've already seen a few that are sure to be big winners!

So in preparation for The Big Game, today we bring you a sneak peak at "Wiener Stampede" -- a whole herd of running dachshunds who are, not at all surprisingly, in a hurry to meet their favorite Heinz condiments.

And, because we think there's nothing more fun that running with dachshunds, we hope you'll take a moment to enjoy this long format version of the 30-second spot that will air during the third quarter of this Sunday's Super Bowl.


The commercial marks the launch of a new campaign called “Meet the Ketchups” ... perhaps the next installment will feature a whole mess of running and leaping Havanese. I know where they can find at least one!


The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and My GBGV Life to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the hop.



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dive into Fido's Freebie Friday

Rocco dives into his toy box!
It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Rocco can't wait to dive into his toy box filled with goodies and you don't have to wait a minute longer for all the goodies you'll find at Fido's Freebie Friday!

Check out all the giveaways listed below. You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate


The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.




Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Play the Purina Pet Pledge Instant Win Game! #Giveaway


This post is sponsored by Purina. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Pure Love for Pets giveaway, but To Dog With Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.
Here's a way to give you a little extra motivation to keep those New Year's Resolutions... and least when it comes to your pets!

Would you like to spend more time with your pets? Maybe get out and exercise a little more with them or give them some extra pampering with new toys or accessories? 

The folks at Purina are encouraging everyone to make a pet pledge for 2016, and they're sweetening the deal by giving you the chance to instantly win a prize box of goodies to help you keep your pledge. 


rocco Havanese and Diane Hiking dogs

It's all part of the Purina Pet Pledge Instant Win Game. Think about what you'd like to pledge, visit PureLoveForPets.com and share it with Purina. While you're on the site, play the Purina Instant Win Game for a chance to win some fun prizes for you and your pet!

Our pledge is to hike more this year. It's good for both of us and we need to make time to do it!

Play the Purina Instant Win Game 


Purina is giving away more than $85,000 in prizes, all geared to help you keep that pledge to your special pet!

Take a look at some of the prizes you could win...



To enter, visit PureLoveForPets.com, make your pet pledge and enter for a chance to win some of these terrific prizes:

For Dogs
  • The grand prize of a deluxe dog crate
  • A dog prize box filled with goodies like a dog Furminator, Kong toys and other dog-related accessories
For Cats
  • The grand prize of a deluxe cat tower
  • A cat prize box to include a cat Furminator, kitty hammock, cat toys and more!

There will be a total of 1,982 Instant win game prize winners in all and you can play once a day through Wednesday, February 17 for a chance to win instantly! 

In addition, PureLoveForPets.com will also feature information and tips on different pet pledges you can make and how to help keep them throughout the year.

The campaign coincides with several great Purina coupons in local Sunday newspapers hitting homes on Sunday, Jan. 31, so be sure to check them out too!





Friday, January 29, 2016

A Day in the Life of a Fit Dog and His Fit Dog Mom

Rocco and his pal Codie play chase in the backyard
This week we thought we'd give you a glimpse inside our typical day. Or at least the fitness part of our day.

Since I still need to get my fitness game together to keep up with Rocco, here's how we Roc 'n roll when it comes to working out!

Of course there are lots of activities we do together like hiking and agility, but since I need to step  up my game here are some of the...

Things I do to keep up with Rocco


  • Speed walking -- walking or running is better with friends I meet up with neighbor friends a few mornings a week for a one-hour speed walk up and down our neighborhood hills
  • Zumba! -- I head to my local gym for a Zumba class. This class offers not only a great cardio workout, but the footwork and precision also helps with a lot of the footwork we do in agility.
  • Yoga -- for flexibility, balance and lots of great benefits
  • Weights -- for strength and that all important weight-bearing exercise for good bone health
Then, there are the...

Things Rocco and I do together

Since we joined the 2016 Dog Tricks Challenge on Facebook, we've had a little extra incentive to practice our tricks. This week the challenge was to teach your dog to spin left and right.  We added a little something extra since Rocco already knew how to spin. Take a look!



Next, we add a back spin...

A video posted by Diane Silver (@dianesilver) on

Rocco also enjoys a good game of chase around the house or in the backyard, and we also like to walk and hike when we're not doing agility training.

Then, after all that activity, I welcome...

The things that Rocco does alone or with his pals 

Rocco loves a good romp around the backyard with his pup pals and it's a great way for him to blow off some steam and just have a great time!

Fluffy dogs playing in backyard
Rocco plays with his pal Codie

Havanese running
Rocco's pal Sophie loves to zoom. She's taking a quick break in the background, here.

What are some of your favorite FitDog and FitHuman activities?
Let us know in the comments below!


The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and My GBGV Life to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the hop.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fido's Freebie Friday is Better With Friends!

Rocco Havanese back yard play with dogs
Rocco and his pal Codie enjoy some backyard play time
It's time again for Fido's Freebie Friday, the weekly blog hop for pet-related giveaways!

Rocco had some fun backyard play time this week when a few of his pals came to visit. It's certainly more fun being an only dog when you have plenty of play pals!

We hope you have time for some pet play time this week. And when the fluffers are napping, it's a good time to check out all the goodies at the Fido's Freebie Friday giveaways listed below. You can enter them all or add your own! We make it easy by linking them up all in one place.

Here's how to participate


The rules for Fido's Freebie Friday are super simple. Here's all you need to know to link up:
  • You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an end date
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or servicesincluding pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. Use your specific post url to link up.
  • Or simply enter the giveaways that interest you for a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
Fido's Freebie Friday opens each Thursday afternoon for linkups at 4 p.m. ET, and renews each week at the same time with a new listing. Link up anytime during the week!

Your hosts are DogTipperCatTipper and To Dog With Love.




Individual rules of entry and guidelines for winning may apply to each listing. DogTipper, CatTipper and To Dog With Love take no responsibility for the legality of the rules governing the listings on other sites and giveaways that are posted here. We simply provide this forum as a gathering place for pet products to be offered. Fulfillment of each giveaway is done by the blog conducting the giveaway, not by the hosts of this giveaway hop; please contact the giveaway host with any questions regarding a giveaway or giveaway prize.

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