How to teach your dog to pull?

Recently we received a request from a customer of ours asking to explain how to make his dog pull. Perhaps other people could jump in on this topic and share their methods. All I can say is MOTIVATION, motivation, motivation. Not all dogs are born to be natural pullers. You have to motivate the dog! Hook the dog to a bike, scooter or just to your waist and have a friend run in the front of you calling your dog. If the dog moves forward and pulls, praise the dog. Repeat, repeat, repeat. ūüėČ

We offer a really nice book in our HDA store. The name is Skijor with Your Dog http://harn.es/SkjBook. This book gives really good instruction on how to teach a dog to pull. Also, this is a good sled dog forum to ask questions at: http://www.sleddogcentral.com/forum/

Meet our Second Annual Photo Contest winners!

FIRST PLACE

YATA HAE ELLIOT COOL Рsubmitted by Amy Hershberger, Salem, NY

Yata Hae Elliot Cool, now 13 months old, came to¬†Amy this past fall at the age of¬†four months. Amazingly attentive and focused from day one, he quickly became¬†Amy’s partner and teammate while¬†they played rally, and began learning foundations for canine disc, and agility. In the fall,¬†Amy discovered Dog Scootering! Elliot was too young to really participate but he got to experience small tastes here and there over the winter and spring. He and the rest of the scootering crew got their Reflective Distance Harnesses from Howling Dog Alaska this spring.¬†Amy and all the dogs¬†love them and are all eagerly looking forward to putting them to continued use going forward!

Elliot Cool is a German Coolie. His coloring is called black merle, and he has a saddle pattern which is why he has so much tan. Despite the name, the breed actually originated in Australia. They were thought to have been favored by early German immigrants and that is where the name comes from. They are known as a hard working and versatile herding and farm dog. There are only three breeders of German Coolies in North America Рone in the USA and two in Canada. Coolies excel at Search & Rescue, Agility, Dock Jumping, Disc, Herding, Flyball, Dog Powered Sports, and more! Their intelligence, energy, sure footedness, tenacity, and stamina make them terrific partners in any activity. More breed information here.

Elliot Cool lives with a 13 year old Aussie mix, a six year old Portuguese Water Dog, three Border Collies (ages seven, five, & two years old), and another German Coolie, who is just four months old. He also shares his home with three naughty kitties and four parrots!

He loves meeting new people and usually greets his friends by leaping up into the air and nibbling on their chins. Elliot Cool loves to play with his jolly ball, swim, run, and wrestle. At the end of the day, he likes to curl up on the bed with his person. He is a true joy and a beloved friend.

SECOND PLACE

KAIROS Рsubmitted by Andrea Chilcote, Cave Creek, AZ 

“Kairos” is one of two Greek words for time. Unlike “chronos,” or ordinary clock time, Kairos signifies a moment in time when something special happens. Our Siberian Husky pup, Kairos, showed up during one such special time. He came along unexpectedly as¬†Andrea was grieving the recent loss of¬†her beloved Husky friend and constant hiking companion, Amigo, who passed away last April. Sweet Kairos is now one year old, and he too enjoys daily hikes with¬†Andrea and his many aunts (Andrea’s girlfriends) in our desert mountains, along with his big sister Whisper, a Malamute. He first donned a Howling Dog Distance Harness (size small) at three months, and, after having chewed his way out of a medium, now sports a size large. He wears a Standard Collar, and¬†Andrea recently discovered the fun and ease of the Trekking Belt with Skijoring Line. Andrea says: “Wow, there’s no other way to hike a Husky! Thanks so much Howling Dog Alaska!”

THIRD PLACE

KIEFER Рsubmitted by Trisha Malfitano, Watertown, CT

Kiefer is a¬†two year¬†old Border Collie who¬†Trisha adopted through New England Border Collie Rescue when he was¬†ten weeks¬†old.¬†¬†Kiefer was born deaf but that doesn’t stop him. Kiefer just started scootering when¬†he and Trisha¬†attended a workshop in May. The picture is of him trying out his brand new Reflective Distance Harness that day. Kiefer has been helping his new sister, who is also deaf and partially blind, discover how much fun scootering can be. Kiefer is also the star of a children’s book called “My Dog Kiefer”. Kiefer visits schools and reads his book to the kids. He loves teaching people that being deaf doesn’t make him any different from other dogs. When he isn’t scootering or visiting schools one of his favorite things is to play in water sprinklers with his brother Phoenix and his sister Theresina.

Enter our Second Annual PHOTO CONTEST!

Here are the rules of the contest:

1. Howling Dog gear must be showcased in each photo.
2. Limit three photos per entry/e-mail address.
3. All entries must be received by Sunday May 6, 2012.
4. E-mail us your entries* (subject Photo Contest). ivana@howlingdogalaska.com
5. Include your name and address in the e-mail and also the name of your pet/pets shown in the photo (unless it is a picture of the whole dog team).

The entries will be narrowed down to top 15 contestants. We will publish those photos in our next newsletter and you will get to vote on top three photos. Winner will be announced in our June e-newsletter.

‚ÄĘ First place will receive a coupon for $50.00 for on-line purchase with Howling Dog.
‚ÄĘ Second place will receive a coupon for $30.00 for on-line purchase with Howling Dog.
‚ÄĘ Third place will receive a coupon for $15.00 for on-line purchase with Howling Dog.

PLUS all entries will be considered for possible publishing on our web site. Is your dog going to become the next Howling Dog model?

Support the ADMA and Get a Chance to Win Great Prizes

Alaska Dog Mushers Association, Fairbanks, Alaska 

Donation: $10.00 / ticket or 3 tickets for $25.00

 Fundraising Raffle
If you would like to purchase fundraising raffle tickets, you can contact the ADMA in several ways.

  • You can purchase tickets at any ADMA¬†event.
  • You can contact any ADMA board member if you happen to know who they are. ūüėČ
  • You can email¬†adma@sleddog.org.
They will ask you for your payment information, including credit card info (if that is how you wish to pay.)

Grand Prize

12-hole Dog Box
12-hole Dog Box. Holds 24 dogs. Very well made, good condition. 

Value: $4000.00

 1st Prize

Set of 10 fully padded Polar Harnesses
Set of 10 fully padded Polar Harnesses.

Value: $280.00 

 2nd Prize

2 bottles of Super Anti-oxidant Astaxanthin
2 bottles of Super Anti-oxidant Astaxanthin

Value of: $200.00

 3rd Prize

Complete Skijoring Set (includes Distance Harness, Skijoring belt and line, collar)
Complete Skijoring Set (includes Distance Harness, Skijoring belt and line, collar) 

Value: $110.00

Donation: $10.00 / ticket or 3 tickets for $25.00

Drawing will be held at the Open North American Banquet (3/18/12). Need not be present to win.

All prizes donated by¬†Howling Dog Alaska.‚Äď proud sponsor of¬†ADMA.Howling Dog Alaska

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Scootering, anyone?

I¬†am happy to see my partner Chaim¬†start scootering with our two dogs. It occurred to me that as he is starting I will be giving him, let’s not call them lessons, let’s call them hints and tips. Since some of you out there might be just starting yourself, or at least thinking about starting, I have decided to post them here on the blog. So, as I think of things I want to tell Chaim, I will post them here (and make him read it). ūüėČ Hope everybody else will find my hints helpful!