Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Pet Wise Products

     


     Hi, all! Today I'm doing a review for Pet Wise Products, makers of the No Tangle LeashStop Dogs Jumping Shield (more on this later...) and no pull harness and leash, as well as traditional snap leashes, slip leads, traffic leashes, couplers and rope choke and martingale collars. They're also on Etsy, and you can find them here.

     A bit about the company:
I've worked in rescue for my entire life. Currently, I volunteer with a rescue, that operates entirely through a foster network. We get dogs that often have never seen the inside of a home. We do our best to get the dogs into permanent homes as quickly as possible, so that more dogs make it out of the gassing facilities the rescue pulls from. My training aid, "Down Rover" was created after my exhausting every possible method of teaching a very intelligent, and otherwise extremely well trained dog, that simply would not stop jumping. "Down Rover" has worked for us on every type of dog, for the past two years. It's no secret that people don't need much of an excuse to surrender a dog (or cat), and don't need much of a reason to return a dog they adopt, or pass by a shelter dog, in favor of a store bought puppy (future shelter dogs when they don't train them). So, my quest, is to help more dogs be adoptable, and to help those that do get a home, to stay in them. "Down Rover" is an incredible aid, that gives owners the ability to correct a behavior that can be not only frustrating and annoying, but dangerous to small children and elderly people.    Home Stop Dogs Jumping No Tangle Leash No Pull Harness & Leash Traditional Dog Leashes Contact Us About Us  The Inspiration for "Let's Go Rover" Tangle Free Leash  came from my Bloodhound cross, "Emma", whose nose is always to the ground. Every time she put her head down, she was constantly stepping over her leash and getting it tangled between her legs. Along with Emma, I usually have 1 or 2 other dogs walking at the same time. If one wasn't tangled, it would be, by the time I untangled the 1st one. Frustrating for dogs, and humans alike, I tried a variety of methods before finding the solution. If you are tired of the tangles, treat yourself to a "Let's Go Rover" tangle free leash




     Their snap and slip leashes come in both a 5ft and a 6ft length, and their traffic leashes come in 12", 18" and 24", as do their couplers. Colors available:

  • Red
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Royal Blue
  • Navy Blue
  • Bubble Gum Pink
  • Lime Green
  • Purple
  • Hunter Green



Martingale 
Slip lead
Snap lead



     I picked the traditional snap lead, 6ft, in lime green to review, and I really like it! Dachshund Mommy: Unlike most rope leashes I've seen, this leash is very soft on the hands. We have another rope leash, and while I love the color, if Nola was a puller I wouldn't be able to use it as it is so harsh on the skin. Which is a shame, because I love rope leashes almost as much as leather ones. 



It's the little things that make a business 








Check back soon for a review of the EzyDog Chest Plate harness

Ditto my new Hug-a-Dog harness



PROS:
Very soft and easy on the hands

Lots of colors

Lightweight but sturdy

Durable

Machine washable

Fair price

Fast Shipping

Lots of options for color and size

Good customer service

The no tangle leash is a neat idea

Made in the USA


CONS:
The loop/handle is pretty big, and since Mom has bony, skinny wrists it didn't sit comfortably on her. She wound up looping the leash through the handle then clipping it to me, so it couldn't slid off


DM: I am not a fan of the fact they sell choke collars. If you've followed me for awhile, you'll know I do not advocate or except such methods.

DM: I wasn't a fan of the No Jumping Shield; while not outwardly harmful, it doesn't mesh with my Positive Reinforcement/Negative Punishment only method.



     Overall, I give Pet Wise Products 4 out of 5 stars (1 stars off for the training methods we don't approve of) and 1 1/2 paws up. Head on over, and tell em Nola sent ya!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Few Favorites

     These are a few of Mom's favorite pictures of ME, in no particular order.







































Look at that body



Sunday, April 28, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Cloud Star's DynamoDog Treats

   



     Hi, y'all! A few weeks ago I got an email from Jon at Cloud Star asking me if I'd be interested in reviewing their new DynamoDog treats. After making sure the offer was valid, I said heck yeah!

About the company:


The company got its start in 1999 when Jennifer Melton and Brennan Johnson adopted their dog Samantha.  She was a picky eater, and because they could not find a commercially available treat to satisfy her finicky palate and yield to her allergies, they ended up baking their own.  When they whipped up a batch of the same low allergen dog treats that they had been making for a local animal shelter fundraiser, the treats were a huge hit and people started calling wanting more. 
Beginning with Buddy Biscuits, Cloud Star has since expanded to include a wide variety of wholesome and natural dog treats, grooming products, and Wag More Bark Less merchandise.  Simple, easy to read ingredient statements resonate with pet parents and thrill dogs with even the most finicky palate, or sensitive skin.   Our treats and grooming products are made in the USA, with only first-quality ingredients.
Cloud Star is committed to giving. As part of our commitment to giving back, we pledge to donate to non-profit organizations benefitting animals, women, children, and the environment. We feel that doing good business should include doing good things for others. 
The company has come a long way since the first batch of Buddy Biscuits was born in the home oven, but we
remain committed to providing our customers with the most wholesome and natural products available.









     DynamoDog treats are "functional, grain free, all natural and made in the USA" dog treats. The line consists of three different varieties and four different flavors, and are available in 5oz and 14oz bags ranging from about $6 to $16. They flavors are:

  • Skin and Coat (Salmon)  Ingredients: Salmon, chickpea flour, potato flour, tapioca starch, maple syrup, vegetable glycerine, carrots, apples, spinach, cherries, sweet potatoes, cranberries, natural flavor, salt, flaxseed, avocados, eggs, salmon oil, phosphoric acid, sorbic acid (as preservative), vitamin E supplement, citric acid, mixed tocopherols (as preservative), rosemary

  • Hip and Joint (Chicken) Ingredients: Chicken, chickpea flour, potato flour, tapioca starch, maple syrup, vegetable glycerine, glucosamine hydrochloride, carrots, apples, spinach, cherries, sweet potatoes, cranberries, natural flavor, yucca, salt, salmon oil, green lipped mussel, phosphoric acid, chondroitin sulfate, parsley, ginger, sorbic acid (as preservative), vitamin C, vitamin E, chamomile, turmeric, manganese, vitamin B, citric acid, mixed tocopherols (as preservative), rosemary.

  • Hip and Joint (Bacon and Cheese) Ingredients: Pork, chickpea flour, potato flour, tapioca starch, maple syrup, vegetable glycerine, glucosamine hydrochloride, bacon, cheddar cheese, carrots, apples, spinach, cherries, sweet potatoes, cranberries, natural flavor, yucca, salt, salmon oil, green lipped mussel, phosphoric acid, chondroitin sulfate, parsley, ginger, sorbic acid (as preservative), vitamin C, vitamin E, chamomile, turmeric, manganese, vitamin B, citric acid, mixed tocopherols (as preservative), rosemary. 


  • Tummy (Pumpkin and Ginger) Ingredients: Chickpea flour, potato flour, pumpkin, tapioca starch, maple syrup, vegetable glycerine, natural flavor, salt, phosphoric acid, ginger, sorbic acid (as preservative), peppermint, chamomile, lavender, saccharomyces cerevisiae, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product (probiotic), dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product (probiotic), citric acid, mixed tocopherols (as preservative), rosemary.


     Getting the treats:





PROS:
Tasty
Resealable bag
Decent ingredients (Zuke's still has our hearts)
Fair price
USA made
Useful
Soft
Minimal smell
On the back of the bag it tells you how many treats ti give for your dog's size


CONS:
The salmon treats have a slightly unpleasant smell
While easy to break apart, they crumble quite easily once broken
They harden up quickly one you open the bag, so they're not good treats to leave in a treat bag for a training session or walk














Full sized treat

The size I eat







     Overall, I give these treats 4 1/5 stars and 2 paws up! Head on over, and tell em Nola sent you! If you want to get yourself some of the DynamoDog treats, use the coupon code NOLA for 15% off all DynamoDog products (maximum 12 bags per customer and one coupon per customer) until 5/31/13.

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola