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And the Winner is……..

Monday, October 25th, 2010

After calculating all of the votes we have reached our winner ………

Our one and only chef….. Wendy!

Wendy our Howl-O-Ween Contest Winner

Wendy our Howl-O-Ween Contest Winner

Congratulations to Wendy!  She will receive a gift bag filled with goodies as well as a 5-day daycare pass!

Wendy will now be entered to compete in the National Dogtopia Contest.  Once voting begins make sure to vote for her here!

Time to vote in the 2010 Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

*** We are tallying the votes now and will announce a winner shortly! Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote! ***

We are treated to smiles every year during our Annual Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest and this year was no exception!

Please vote via the comments section with the name of your favorite pup. We will accept one vote per IP address. Please note all comments on the blog are reviewed before posting, so your vote will not appear automatically.

Our top vote-getter will win a 5-day daycare pass (valued at $160) and a gift bag of goodies.  He or She will also go on to compete in the Grand Championship Round against the winners from 21 other Dogtopia locations with a top prize of a 20-day daycare pass up for grabs.

Voting remains open through Sunday, October 24th. Our winner will be announced Monday.

Thank you to ALL of the participants and good luck!!

Wendy never had to bake her own treats before the financial crisis

Wendy never had to bake her own treats before the financial crisis

Sofie's a Rockstar

Sofie's a Rockstar

Saudade (pronounced Sow Dah Gee) the regal Lion

Saudade (pronounced Sow Dah Gee) the regal Lion

Lucy is a pretty pink Ballerina

Lucy is a pretty pink Ballerina

3-3? Leno will take it

3-3? Leno will take it

Josie couldn't shake the feeling something had followed her home from the beach

Josie couldn't shake the feeling something had followed her home from the beach

Haley the precious Pumpkin

Haley the precious Pumpkin

Bodi-ana Jones... complete with whip action!

Bodi-ana Jones... complete with whip action!

Bazco is... fuzzy :)

Bazco is... fuzzy :)

Harry is Harry Potter

Harry is Harry Potter

Princess Lili

Princess Lili

Riley wrapped himself as a gift for his daycare girlfriend Sandy

Riley wrapped himself as a gift for his daycare girlfriend Sandy

Fang is Yoda

Fang is Yoda

Dog of the Week: Buzz!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Dog of the Week

Dog of the Week

Buzz is an adorable little welsh terrier who stole our hearts from the second he walked through our doors. He is the life of the Toybox three times a week.

Why does Food Guarding Happen and How to Respond

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Does your pup take on a certain guarding behavior around their food? Food guarding is fairly normal behavior that stems from animals protecting their food for survival purposes.

Typically pet owners begin to notice this guarding behavior when their dog is between 6 and 18 months, though the behavior can develop at any age. This problem can be alleviated in puppies fairly quickly as long as it is addressed immediately. Food guarding behavior that begins in dogs over 3 years should notify their vet, this may be a medical issue. Since food guarding is instinctual, and may not be cured, a couple tips to decrease the behavior include:

* Teach your puppy from the beginning that people approaching the bowl means something good by giving them a tasty treat such as a small piece of cheese or dog treat.

* Don’t free-feed your dog. Make sure your dog is aware of meal times. By leaving the food bowl out all day they are constantly protecting their bowl.Offer your dog a treat when removing the bowl.

* All dogs should learn drop it with food items, treats, toys, etc. Start working on this valuable skill when your dog is a puppy.

* Problems with children and food can occur, since neither dog nor child understand the threat they hold in regards to the food, make sure you feed your dog away from children in a comfortable area. This also teaches the child not to bother the dog while it is eating.

* Don’t remove your dogs food in response to growling. This reassures the dogs fears that their food is constantly in jeopardy.

Make sure you contact your veterinarian if the food aggression becomes worse or randomly develops.

Tynes, Valerie. “Is it normal for a dog to growl when someone approaches its food bowl?” Healthy Pet. Fall 2010.

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