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A Day At the Waterhouse

Wet Noses is a very team oriented work place.  We are so busy in the warehouse baking, and packing that if one person comes in with an issue, this effects the team tremendously.  Creating an even stronger team is what we strive for  The President of the company decided to let us have a day off and go to the Waterhouse Center in Snohomish to participate in the ropes course!

Ropes courses have the power to change the way someone feels about themselves, and they can change the power of an organization by team building.  ~Waterhouse Center

There were some employees that were not even expecting they would go up the ladder for the High Course.  We were blown away when we watched them make their way up the ladder to the deck of the High Course as they conquered their fear.  Defeating their ‘Dragon’.

All of the obstacles on the ropes course were difficult and required you to go out of your comfort zone.  Throughout the day, everyone was helping eachother out by encouraging them they can do it.  Even those who were down on the ground awaiting their turns were helping out by making sure the proper safety clips were attached, letting their partners know where ropes were located, and how far someone had to stretch to reach another plank.

 There were times when you really had to think out of the box to figure out where to put your feet to get across!  This is something that we can all bring back to the warehouse with us if there is a time when thinking outside the box needs to come into play :).

Everyone had a great time at the ropes course.  We all surprised ourselves of what we actually did, and we were all so proud!  The experiences we encountered are most definitely something that we can all use.  Not only at work, but in everyday life too!

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Dog Day at Wet Noses

The annual ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ was on Friday, June 22nd.  This day is meant to encourage employers to open their workplace to employees’ four-legged friends on this one special day.  Here at Wet Noses, we are obviously VERY dog friendly.  We had five dogs loose in our office for the day!  The initial greeting of each dog was a little butt sniffing, some dominating growls, and of course some playing.  We had dogs of all sizes, from a 10 week old Lab puppy, to a 7 year old Shihtzu!

Here is a lovely picture of our book keeper, Terra and her adorable Pug, Toby!

Apparently Toby’s work day was a bit much for him….

Meet our Shipping Manager, Fatima!  Looks like Angelo made himself comfortable in her chair…

What do puppies do best besides looking so sweet…. sleep!  Here is Kodiak, a raving Wet Noses fan!

Meet Casey, our Customer Service Representative and her energetic pointer Sprocket!

Sprocket approved the delicious flavor of our healthy Wet Noses treats!

And yet again…. Kodiak has had enough

Fatima was getting some ‘puppy love’….

The old lady of the bunch…. Chewy!

Angelo during his ‘nap’ time.  Its a tough job being a taste tester…You think he is comfy?

The day had its hectic times (when the dogs all woke up and were doing laps around the office), but it ended up to be fun, yet still productive ‘dog’ day!

 

 

New Dogg Candy Case Packaging!

Just in… New case packaging for our Dogg Candy items!

It was like Christmas in here for us last week when the arrival of our new case boxes came in.  Just a few months ago, as you’ve seen, we designed all new packaging for our specialty bakery items!  After seeing how popular they became, we realized that we needed to take it to the next step.  We want the Dogg Candy packaging to be beautiful from the inside out, just as the treats are themselves!

The Dogg Candy items are made with Organic ingredients all sourced here in the USA and do not contain any corn, wheat, soy, sugar, or salt.  We believe in creating the most wholesome and healthy treats for our dogs (and yours) to eat.  These are great for everyday indulgence, special occasions, and they make a great gift for a furry friend.

For those stores that sell Dogg Candy, the box could also make for a cute and colorful way to display these adorable goodies!

Keep your eyes out for these magnificent argyle boxes coming in your next orders!

 

Hiking with Dogs

Summer is here, which means a good time of year to go hiking with your dog.  One of the best experiences that we can share with our furry friends is taking them on an outdoor adventure!  If you’re properly prepared, the benefits of hiking with your dog are immeasurable.  Hiking can be great therapy for a dog that is exhibiting boredom-based bad behavior at home such as shoe chewing, lawn digging, or gratuitous barking.  Remember, a tired dog is a good dog and hiking is a great exercise for humans as well!  Part of the fun of hiking with your dog is watching them get excited by the new smells and varying terrains.  Another advantage is that hiking is relatively inexpensive and requires little or no experience.

Nonetheless, here are some tips that I found from Dogster, and Washington State Trails websites to keep your dog and yourself as safe as possible while going for a trek in the outdoors…

1. Dog Health- Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date before you hit the trail.  It’s always a good idea to have your veterinarian give your dog a checkup to make sure she’s in good health.  If your dog is not used to long treks, build endurance with shorter hikes before attempting longer, more difficult ones.

2. Find the Right Trail– Make sure your hike is in a park or open space that allows dogs.  National and regional parks are typically more dog-friendly than state parks.  Do your research and familiarize yourself with any restrictions such as which areas of the parks allow dogs, and whether they have to be leashed at all times.  If you’re just starting to hike with your dog, try some easy trails first.  See how your dog does crossing small streams, balancing on bridges and dodging big boulders.  Determine how much water and food is required for a day hike, how well your dog adjusts to a pack and how she fares with elevation gain and mileage.  As you get to know what kind of hiker your dog is, you’ll know what to look out for with the trails you choose.

3. Manners- A well-mannered dog can be a great trail mate, so it’s best if your dog is well trained on the leash before you bring her on a long hike.  Many experienced hikers advise never taking your dog off-leash even if it’s allowed, because too many things can go wrong.  Even the best-trained dogs can ignore voice commands and bound after a squirrel through bushes or shrubs, which can be dangerous to the dog and damaging to sensitive off-trail habitats.

4. Trail Etiquette– As a hiker, you are responsible for your own actions.  As a dog owner, you have an added responsibility, your dog’s actions.  You need to obey the rules specific to the trail that you’re visiting.  You and your dog should also yield the right-of-way to hikers and horses (if you are sharing the trail with them).

5. Wildlife– Always be aware what kind of wildlife is present, particularly if your dog is smaller.  Coyotes will attempt to lure away small dogs so they can be attacked by the pack.  Deer and elk, despite their non aggressive reputations, can cause serious damage by kicking with their back legs.  Rattlesnakes are present in all of the lower 48 states.  Even though they are shy and more afraid of us then we are of them, they can be found almost anywhere, including in lakes and rivers.  It’s best to keep your dog away from piles of dead branches, fallen trees, and grassy areas near creeks, streams, or other water sources.

The chances of encountering a mountain lion are extremely low, but if one happens to be around, your dog can make a tempting meal if it’s running unleashed through the bush.  If bears are in the area, you should absolutely keep your dog on-leash.  The last thing you want is your dog to annoy a bear and then run back to you with the angry bear in hot pursuit.  Other critters you want to avoid are porcupines and skunks, which may not be so dangerous, but can quickly ruin the day’s outing.

6. Dog Backpacks– Packs are a great way for dogs to burn extra energy during a hike and give them a sense of purpose.  Make sure you get the right size because if the doggy backpack is too small or too large, it can cause discomfort and even injury.  Get your dog used to it by letting him wear the empty pack on short walks in the neighborhood.  Younger and healthier working-type dogs can carry up to 25 percent of their body weight. For most dogs, 10 to 15 percent is plenty, which is usually enough for them to bring along their own water and kibble. Consult your vet before taking your dog on a long hike with a full backpack.

7. First Aid– Even for short hikes, it’s a good idea to bring basic first aid supplies like gauze pads, bandage tape, topical disinfectant, tweezers (for ticks and porcupine quills).  Keep your vet or emergency vet’s phone number on speed dial.

8. Hydration– Dogs get dehydrated much faster than humans do, so bring plenty of water and a collapsible bowl.  Many hikers let their dogs drink out of creeks and lakes, but they risk ingesting the giardia parasite, which settles in the small intestine and can wreak havoc on your dog’s system.  If you allow your dog to drink from a creek, purify the water first just to be sure.

9. Elevation– If the trail will take you to higher elevations, ascend at a slow and steady pace and make sure both of you drink plenty of water.  Watch your dog closely for signs of altitude sickness.  If she is panting heavily or slowing down, consider heading back down the trail or at least giving her a long rest.  Dogs want to please their owners and will try to tough it out, so it’s up to us to make sure they are not overdoing it.

10. Poop Bags– Bring them, use them, and pack them out!

11. After the Hike– Thoroughly check your dog for cuts or injuries as well as ticks, which can carry Lyme disease.  Dogs burn energy faster than humans, so keep kibble handy so your happy, trail-weary dog can have a little meal before you head home.

The benefits of living near the mountains are the beautiful hikes that are available to you.  To find trails that allow dogs, your best resource would be to go on your state’s trail website.  There you will find all the information you need about the trail, distance, elevation, location, and whether or not your furry friends are allowed.

 

Tips for Photographing Your Dog

These tips listed below were found on Digital Photography Shool’s website…

Summertime fetches fun adventures with your dog.  New places, old stomping grounds, or even to the park down the street; whichever place you go, memories are always made.  Capturing the moment with a picture is a great way to cherish the memory!  Pets fill their place in our hearts very quickly and we enjoy having their pictures framed on our desk or wall!  However, taking pictures of your furry friend is not always easy.  Pets, unlike humans, do not understand what we are trying to do and won’t just pose for the camera!  I will share with you some tips that I found that will help you get the most out of your photo session.

The first tip is to make sure and use natural light.  Lighting can make or break your photo.   If possible always use natural light when taking your pet’s picture.  Avoid flash, as flash burst can not only cause red-eye, but also frighten the animal.  Instead try to go outside or, if that is not possible, in a room well lit by a large window.

The second tip is to keep the eyes sharp.  Having sharp eyes is important in any kind of portrait photography.  As they say, “Eyes are the Window to the Soul” and your pet’s eye can be very expressive.  This being said, make sure to focus on your pet’s eyes and keep the tack sharp.

The third tip is to go to them.  It is very important that your pet feels comfortable and at ease, so instead of forcing him to come to you, go to him.  Most important is to get down to his level.  We all know how a dog looks when viewed from above; we see them like this every day.  Show us the way they see world!  Sit on the floor or lie on your belly and remember to shoot from HIS eye level or below.

Tip number four is to give value to their character.  You know your pet better than anyone else and a successful picture is one that conveys the character of its subject.  If you have a lazy cat, show him yawning, if your animal is of a playful type show him in action performing his favorite trick.

The fifth tip is to get up close and personal.  Put on that long lens and fill the frame with your pet’s face and fur, close up shots often make a beautiful animal portrait.

Tip number six is to surprise them.  One of the most difficult things is to let your pet hold still.  An easy trick is to let him play quietly and, once you have everything ready, let someone call for him or whistle.  This will surprise him and catch his attention and you will have a few seconds to capture him in a nice and alert posture!

The seventh tip is to schedule your photo session.  If you are longing for a formal pet portrait shot, try to schedule the photo session when your animal is somewhat sleepy or has just woken up.   It will be much easier to keep him still then.  If you want a more dynamic shot then pick up a time when your pet is energetic.  If he is sick it is better to just postpone it for another day.

Tip number eight is to be patient.  Pet photography requires a lot of patience.  No matter how excited your furry friend is, if you are patient enough, he will end up relaxing and you will have the opportunity to get a decent shot.

The ninth tip is to experiment!  Take your time and enjoy the session, try different approaches, angles and compositions.  Shoot a lot and you will have time to worry about the results later.

Now get out there and have fun shooting beautiful pictures of your beloved pooches!

 

Is There an Explanation for Those Confusing Canine Behaviors…?

All dog owners can agree on one thing… dogs do some pretty unusual and crazy things, but why?

Easy to please and entertain, dogs may seem like simple-minded creatures, however there’s a lot more to those slobbery smiles and wagging tails than meets the eye. Everything your dog does, it does for a reason. With the help of some pooch pros, I’ve figured out some of the reasoning behind the madness.

Almost every time I take my dog somewhere he has to munch on the grass!  I am sure the property owners appreciate the portable lawn mower, but why do dogs find grass so delicious?  It’s all part of evolution!   According to Dr. Benjamin Hart, who has studied animal behavior for more than five decades, it’s a trait they inherited from their ancestors.  For thousands of years, dogs were natural scavengers that ate anything in sight that provided dietary nutrients. While munching on the lawn can sometimes cause stomachaches or vomiting in dogs, most experts find that grass-chomping shouldn’t cause too much worry.  Just beware of letting your pooch nosh on any lawns that have been recently treated for pests or weeds.

You all know what I am talking about when I say ‘butt scooters’…. Why is it that dogs scoot their butts along the carpet?  This question has two simple answers.  1. Your dog has an itch that needs to be scratched. 2. Something is bothering him in the hindquarters region. This behavior is normal for the most part, but if you notice that your dog is doing it more than usual, be sure to check out the situation. There could be a chance your pup is suffering from allergies, tapeworms, flea bites or anal-sac disorders, all of which should be taken care of immediately.

Why are dogs always hungry and seem like they will eat anything?  Ages ago, long before dogs were domesticated, wild hounds did whatever they needed to do to survive.  Because of this, contemporary canines are capable of gorging themselves to the point of regurgitation.  This explains why your dog may sometimes eat its own feces or vomit (gross I know); it does what it needs to do to conserve calories and energy.  However, if your dog’s excessive hunger continues, be sure to check that his food is providing him with the proper nutrients to satisfy his needs.  Just like our junk food, some snacks your dog loves can have empty calories.

I cannot help but laugh when I see a dog sound asleep on his back.  The reasoning your dog is sleeping belly up is because it means that he’s feeling relaxed, secure and happy. The belly side is one of the most vulnerable areas of an animal, so the fact that your dog is exposing his underside means that he feels like he is safe in a comfortable setting.

I have heard some dog owners give cues in different languages.  Are dogs multilingual?  As much as we’d like to believe that our dogs understand us when we talk to them, the truth is that they’re not really listening to what we’re saying, but how we’re saying it.  Dogs listen to sounds, not words.  For this reason, you could speak to your dog in many different languages, as long as you’re consistently speaking to them in the same manner.  While your dogs may not be able to distinguish whether you’re speaking English or Spanish, they are excellent body-language decipherers.

My dog cannot hold its licker!  He will lick everything in sight, why?  It may not surprise you to learn that licking is a totally normal behavior, but the reason behind it might.  Licking can represent a number of things.  Dogs lick to show affection; they lick to groom themselves; they lick because they like the way something tastes; and they lick to gather information.  Their taste ability is far greater than ours.  However, if your dog’s licking is obsessive, you may want to bring him to the vet to make sure there isn’t anything more serious going on.  A variety of things could be the cause for obsessive licking including pain, allergies or stress.

You hear about the ‘ankle biters’ of the canines.  Is there a reason they do it?  Your dog could be displaying this concerning and annoying behavior because of instinct.  Dogs with herding backgrounds, like German Shepherds or Australian Cattle Dogs, have been known to nip at the heels of other dogs, animals and people, because this is what they were bred to do.  Often this behavior is just being playful.  But you should never encourage this behavior.  Be sure to teach your dog not to do it.  Give him proper chewing toys so that he can take his aggression and biting out on something other than your neighbor’s ankles!

That awkward moment while at the dog park, you look over at your dog and he is humping a fellow pooch.  Why do dogs do this?   Even if they’re neutered or spayed, dogs will continue to display their dominance over another by mounting behavior.  This is not done in a sexual manner, but rather to exert power over another pet.  In fact, dogs will mount on the same sex to show their social position.  That said, neutering and spaying may eliminate dogs’ sex-drive-related hormones and aggressive behavior, but it won’t necessarily stop them from wanting to be the leader of the pack.

Do you constantly get followed around the house by your fellow companion?  Just like a child, you are your dog’s family, so wherever you go, your dog will follow.  From the moment they are born, a dog learns to follow his littermates.  This same behavior explains why wild dogs used to travel in packs.  Dogs are social creatures that love companionship.  Your dog follows your every move because you are his security blanket, his food and his shelter.

These are just a few odd behaviors that are common with dogs.  There are several more that I didn’t get to… why?  Because it is a never ending list!  With that being said, it’s never a dull moment being a dog owner!

Thank you to Dogster for providing some of the information listed above…

 

Porkie Pups

Check it out Washington, Minnesota, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, and Nevada…  You are in the top five states with the Porkiest Pups!  Obesity rates have skyrocketed nationwide over the past five years.  The obesity epidemic isn’t just about packing on the pounds; it also spikes the risk of developing deadly diseases.  Banfield Pet Hospital conducted a report that analyzed two million dogs per year between 2001 and 2006.  These findings reveal that American pets are having their own obesity epidemic, with the number of overweight and obese canines seen by vets increasing by nearly 40 percent in the last five years.

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Many chronic conditions have continued to increase, in some instances at an alarming rate.  The overweight and obesity findings are some of the most concerning.  When pets are diagnosed as overweight, their waistline is not the only concern; the condition is associated with other serious diseases such as arthritis, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, and hypothyroidism.

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How can you tell if your dog is overweight?  The easiest way to tell is just by looking at them!  Can their ribs, spine, and hip bones barely be felt when touching their body? Does your dog not have a defined waistline?  Is belly fat noticeable?  If any of these pertain to your dog, they are overweight!

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So, what is fattening all those dogs up?  The main cause is people food.  To keep pets at a healthy weight, the treats they receive each day should be limited to less than 10 percent of their daily caloric requirements.  When treats are given, the amount of food fed each day should then be reduced by 10 percent…. Pet owners do not realize that even in small quantities, human food can represent a large percent of a pet’s daily caloric requirement.  The 114 calories in one ounce of cheese and the 147 calories in a single beef hot dog make up a whopping 33 and 43 percent, respectively, of a small dog’s daily caloric requirement.

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If you do have an overweight pooch, what should you do?  First off take out people food (table scraps).  Lower your dog’s daily calorie intake by changing the dog food to a diet formula, or just changing the amount they are already being fed.  Increasing fiber or water intake may sometimes be necessary to satiate your dog.  Increasing exercise will be a huge help to get the access weight off.  Take your dog for a short walk and build to longer walks, anything helps!

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Given the animal obesity epidemic, it’s no surprise that the prevalence of canine arthritis has soared 38 percent in the last five years. Rates of other diseases have increased as well. Even so, 76 percent of dog owners remain in denial and “believe their pet is just the right weight.”

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Looks like that 76 percent could use a good run in the park — as could we all.

 

Thank you to Dogster for providing some of the information above…