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Jul
22

Bend Pet Sitting: Dancin’ Woofs

Need a sitter for your furry friend? Dancin’ Woofs has got you covered.

At Dancin’ Woofs we provide the best environment in Bend for your dog or furry friend to feel safe and socialize with other dogs. Our environment is a result of dogs getting to know each other during repeated visits in Bend Oregon. This occurs by reducing the stress of meeting new and unfamiliar dogs every day, which is no different from the increased comfort level you feel once you become more familiar with new friends.

For more information on Dancin’ Woofs pet sitting in Bend, Oregon, contact us today!

Jul
18

Behavior Counseling for your Dogs: Dancin’ Woofs

Is your furry friend in need of some extra behavior counseling? Dancin’ Woofs in Bend, Oregon does private training sessions for you and your dog.

Our individual attention allows us to move faster through understanding skills and create a customized program for you and your dog’s needs in Bend, Oregon. We can immediately address where to start and customize homework so you’re able to get the most out of our sessions. Behavior Counseling Dogs have complex behaviors and diverse learning styles. Whatever the problems are, Dancin’ Woofs can offer solutions. Bottom line: don’t give up, many behaviors can be changed with deeper understanding, time, and patience. Please call for your appointment in Bend, Oregon today.

Jul
14

Bend Oregon Dog Training: Dancin’ Woofs

So what can you expect from a Dancin’ Woofs dog training class in Bend? 

We’re excited to start your dog training in Bend! Here’s what you should expect before you walk into your first class:

  • Wear comfortable clothing. It allows you and your dog to get down on the floor together. Chairs will be provided if it is difficult for you to work on the floor.
  • Rubber-soled shoes work best, especially if they’re covered.
  • A leash: 6-foot leather or nylon. Comfort in your hand is a must.
  • Training collar: A nylon martingale or limited slip collar works.

Basic Dog Training in Bend is the Beginning

…to a long and healthy relationship with your dog! A basic class is the foundation to providing your dog with life skills. I compare it to elementary school. Real life is full of endless distractions. A large variety of diverse, new and interesting things greet your dogs every time they go outdoors. Most dogs need continued education up to a high school level. Continuing your dog’s education in an intermediate class will help to build and refine basic skills with increased distractions and duration. Our goal at Dancin’ Woofs is for your well-trained dog to be welcomed everywhere.

Jul
02

Free Brush-up Dog Training Class with Dancin’ Woofs

If  you’ve ever taken a dog training class with Dancin Woofs in Bend, you can register for our free, one-hour brush-up class. We will go over whatever you need to refresh your companionship skills, or just offer you a place for you and your dog to practive in a class environment. Pre-registration is required for our dog training class. Class limited to 12 students.

Please call to register for your dog training class in Bend today!

 

Jun
29

Bend Dog Behavior Science: Dogs Shake 70% of Water from Fur!

Taken from The Atlantic:
Anyone who has ever had or been near a dog or seen a movie in which there is a dog knows this familiar sequence of events. It seems simple. But it is not.
It turns out that we didn’t really know how such shakes worked until Andrew Dickerson, Zachary Mills, and David Hu of Georgia Tech began to figure it out with the help of ultra high-speed footage of animals drying themselves.”Engineers are interested in new kinds of ideas and any type of animal that is a champion of something,” Hu told me. “Dogs are good at getting dry. Any time an animal is really good at something, there is an idea there that can be used.”First presented at a conference in 2010, their work on how mammals shake was just published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface and it is fascinating.

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Let me give you the dog-park conversation-making factlet up top: A dog can shake roughly 70 percent of the water from its fur in four seconds. Nearly three quarters of the moisture in the time it took you to read that last paragraph. Pretty amazing stuff.

But that champion efficacy raises more questions than it answers.

First, why does it work so well? How long does it take your socks to dry a comparable amount if you get them wet? How are they generating all that force? Second, many mammals are capable of the shake. Is how your dog does the same way that a mouse or a lion does? Third, why do animals do the shake at all? What’s the evolutionary advantage that it confers?

Let’s look at the actual mechanism. A dog’s backbone can’t really whip all the way around. In fact, Hu told me, it can can only move around 30 degrees in either direction. If you imagine a clock face with the backbone at 12 o’clock, the backbone is making it to the 11 and 1 marks.

But think about a dog’s skin. You know how loose it is? I had previously thought the main purpose of loose dog skin was so that they would look funny on UpsideDownDogs.com. But it turns out there is another more important reason. Because the skin is loose, it can whip around farther and faster than the backbone can. The skin, to which the fur is attached, travels at three times the speed of the backbone, which, according to the math, generates nine times as much force on the water droplets, helping fling them off. That’s the magic of the mammal shake.

The chart below shows the backbone with the black dotted line. It’s moving back and forth but not a huge amount. The skin, on the other hand, denoted here by the blue line, is moving a huge amount. It’s going 90 degrees in either direction, or to keep with the clock-face visual, it’s swinging from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock.

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The blue line shows the measured skin position of three dogs, the bars show the standard deviation of measurement, and the red line shows the best fit among the tested animals (David Hu).

So, get this, the process that dogs use is common to many mammals, even if some, like kangaroos and elephants, don’t really need to use it for a variety of reasons. And the researchers found something astounding: the animals tuned how quickly they shook to their size. That is to say, the bigger animals shook slower while the smaller ones shook really quickly. That’s because they need to exert a certain amount of force on the water droplets to shake them off. For the little guys, that means moving really quickly: a mouse has to shake 30 times per second, a rat 18 times per second, and a cat nine times per second. (Remember the labrador retriever was at about 4 times per second.)

“The largest animal is 10,000 times heavier than the smallest animal,” Hu told me, “but the forces on the drops are basically constant across all these mammals.”

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Given the prevalence of this shaking mechanism across so many different kinds of mammals, we have to ask, what’s the big advantage this little trick confers?

Here’s Hu’s hypothesis. Imagine you are an ancestor of a modern dog or lion or goat. It’s winter and you fall into a cold stream. It is imperative that you dry off because water destroys the insulation of your fur. Assuming there isn’t a warm sun to do some of the evaporating, you’ve got to do it yourself. If you couldn’t shake, you’d have to use body heat to warm the air and do the evaporation. Hu’s team calculated how much energy that would take and it is substantial.

“A wet 60-pound dog, with one pound of water in its fur, would use 20 percent of its daily caloric intake simply to air-dry,” the team wrote in their most recent paper. “It is thus a matter of life or death that terrestrial animals remain dry in cold weather.”

pig3.gifThe shake, by contrast, is a highly energy-efficient way of getting mostly dry. “My biologist hat,” said Hu, who has dual appointments in biology and engineering, “says as soon as you evolved hair because it traps warm air between the hairs, you have to evolve a way to keep the hair dry.”

But he attempted to prove that hypothesis with his engineering hat on. That’s the promise of biomechanics, Hu’s field. It lets you run experiments that test the physics that underpin living creatures. “We mostly use [engineering's] analytical tools to look at synthetic things,” he said. “But lately, part of the grand challenge of engineering is to understand biology and make our robots and vehicles not more living, but more like living things.”

No humanmade robot is designed with the loose skin of a labrador. But why not? “Take this idea of self-drying and self-cleaning [machines]. There is a lot of literature like that because autonomous robots are going to have to deal with this on their own.” Perhaps the Mars rovers of the future should shake the dust off themselves.

“If we relook at these ancient mechanisms,” Hu concluded, “we can build robots better.”

And while we’re at it, we can explore the enduring mysteries of life, too. Like why that damn ungrateful dog soaked you better than a hose after you gave it a bath. Now if only they could figure out that wet dog smell.

Feb
27

Take Care of your Dog in Bend

By Mark R. Johnson

Running with our dog, Taz, in fresh snow is a little like watching a kid on Christmas morning who’s all hopped up on the pure deliciousness of the moment. In fresh snow, she moves in a whole different gear—and seemingly in all directions at once. For those of us with snow dogs, this time of year is mighty fun. Even if it’s just to watch our dogs react to the stuff. But for more sustained outings, like skiing, it also means we need to prepare their paws for playtime.

A recent article posted on Time.com describes how dogs are fitted with a nifty way of keeping their feet warm: in addition to freeze-resistant tissue on their pads, their tightly placed arteries and veins create a “counter-current heat exchange,” where warmed blood heats up cooler blood enabling their feet to cope with extreme cold. The article even went so far as to call their paws “built-in snow boots.” Well, for those of us who play with dogs in the winter, we know that this is a little misleading. Maybe the cold isn’t as much of a threat, but the snow itself is. Nothing shuts a dog down quicker than snowballs nesting in their pads.

For our last dog, a Border collie, and for our current dog, an English Shepherd, we’ve tried some different things. None of them perfect, but they’ve all gone a long way to help ward off the evil ice nugget. We’ve used four types of booties and have found that the longer sock-style design, like Muttluks, has worked best for us. Nothing is foolproof—especially in deep snow. Even when we readjust the booties after the first few minutes, we have gone searching for an errant one buried in the snow or gotten back to the car before realizing we were down to one lone, ice-crusted bootie.

For our Border’s feet (read: paws with no discernable wrist), booties were hard to size, so we turned to the baking aisle at our local market. Pam Cooking Spray’s canola oil, normally meant for muffin pans and omelette skillets, worked pretty well at shedding water. And it could be conveniently sprayed on. Only problem was, she liked to lick it when it was first applied. And it made me hungry. Another option we’ve explored is Musher’s Secret, a wax coating for paws made with food-grade wax that was developed for sled dogs. It worked pretty well, as long as you really massage it in, but to reapply—during, say, an 8-mile ski—you have to get the paws patted dry. Whatever method you use to protect your dog’s paws, they’ll thank you. Except for subjecting them to the bootie shuffle when they first put them on. That’s plum embarrassing.

Dec
01

Damage Control for Your Dog’s Coat

By Mark R. Johnson

Wow, what is that smell? I was out for a jog with Taz (attends daycare on Wednesdays), our rather exuberant English Shepherd, and we were running on a dirt road just west of Bend when she disappeared for merely a second, only to reemerge cloaked in an overpowering stench. I could see it—gooey stuff slathered around her collar and glistening on her scruff—and she ran up to me flashing a mammoth grin like she’d just won a trophy. Look pa! I greeted her with some choice words and realized we—I, if only by association—were the proud owners of an elk-poop necktie.

Most of us with dogs are forced to deal with a coat disaster now and again. Usually it’s in the form of something they’ve rolled in—a dead seagull on the beach, otter poop along the riverbank, maybe a dab of horse dung behind the ears. Or it could be the aftermath of dealing with a skunk’s business end–that holy grail of odors that dogs seem determined to search out.

Why dogs roll in nasty stuff in the first place is something of a mystery. It’s generally thought that they’re either trying to mask their own scent—an ancient hunting instinct—or they’re calling dibs on a wonderful smell they discovered. Hey everyone, this rank pile of stench is mine! No touchy! Whatever the reason, whatever the cause, bath time beckons.

After some online sleuthing, I found a recommendation of Dawn dishwashing liquid and learned it was a pretty effective treatment for my dilemma (after a scrubbing with our normal oatmeal shampoo just didn’t seem to cut it). It’s used on wildlife slicked by oil spills so I felt pretty safe about the stuff. I just diluted a few teaspoons in a bucket of warm water and massaged it all over her neck. Did that twice. Worked great.

But skunks are another story, packing a deeper stench. I’ve never had to deal with a sprayed dog before (read: my days are numbered) and had always heard about the tomato juice bath remedy, but apparently that’s an outdated concept. Here’s a modern-day, tried and true recipe that Dancin’ Woofs recommends.

In a plastic bucket, mix 1 quart (or two pints) of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda, and one or two teaspoons of a liquid detergent, like Dawn or Ivory. For bigger dogs, you can add some warm water to increase the batch volume. Mix the ingredients; it will fizz up. With rubber gloves, rub this solution on the dry dog and wait for five minutes, then rinse. Repeat if the stink won’t quit. Be sure to dispose of the solution afterwards, otherwise it releases oxygen gas that could cause a sealed container to explode. This remedy might bleach your dog’s hair a little, but that’s the price of a clean coat. Now give your dog a treat—and open one for yourself.

May
04

10th Year Anniversary Celebration

Please join us on Thursday, May 5, from 6:30-8 p.m., for our Open House and 10th year in business celebration. Looking back over the past ten years, it has genuinely been an honor to be so supported by the dog community in Central Oregon. Conceptualizing, starting, learning, and maintaining a small business, no matter what the economic climate for that many years, has been both exceptionally rewarding and, at times, truly challenging. We are so proud to be able to say “here we are 10 years later,”  Bend’s original and only full-time dog training facility and daycare serving Central Oregon since 2001. Come check us out! We’ll have raffles, giveaways, delicious hors d¹oeuvres, refreshing beverages, and a waggin’ good time!

Mar
14

Bend Dogs: Play and Exercise RULE

Play and exercise rule in the minds of dogs.

We all know how healthy and invigorating a jog, a ski outing, or a power yoga session can make us feel. Well, the physical benefits of exercise are very much the same for our canine companions—from preventing chronic health conditions, to promoting weight loss, to stimulating brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.

If dogs could talk, they would surely tell us that play and exercise rank at the top of their “favorite things” list. One of the reasons is because most dogs today lack the stimulation of the job that they were bred to do (e.g., herding, hunting, ratting, carting, or guarding), and, as a result, they are often restless and feel unemployed.

Dancin’ Woofs Daycare specializes in play and exercise. We’re a well-supervised daycare program with expert staff experienced in working with large groups of dogs. At Dancin’ Woofs, your dog receives numerous benefits, including exercise, socialization with dogs and humans, reinforcement of basic behaviors (such as sit, recall, and name recognition), caring guidance in how to play well with others, and a place where your dog can just have a ton of fun romping around. These benefits are also known to prevent destructive behavior, provide relief from boredom, and stimulate the many senses that dogs use—smell, sight, and decision-making, to name a few. To the younger dog, this means elementary school with recess; to the older dog, this means exercise and mental and environmental stimulation.

Meeting these basic needs creates a well-balanced dog, which helps to build a stronger bond between dog and owner—a relationship that is vitally important to ensure that your dog will be a much loved and important family member.

 

Mar
08

Bend Puppy Socialization Special

The single most important thing a parent can do for their puppy! Okay, besides belly rubs. Our Puppy Socialization special  includes a 4-week puppy class and 10 days of puppy daycare–for $305, a $70 savings since we also wave the interview fee for daycare.

Four-week ongoing Puppy 101 Classes – Fun, fuzzy toy included (yes, there will be fuzzy toys!).

Also, be sure to check out the Photos & Videos page to see all the fun we are having every day at Dancin’ Woofs, the “Home of the Happy Dog.”

Puppies join the class any week with our innovative ongoing format! Sign up for 4 sessions and start this week!

Puppy 101 class also includes our free 1½-hour talk on “How Dogs Learn, Communicate and Understanding the Canine Mind.” This talk is offered the first night of each Basic Companionship Class.

Each week includes:

  • Attention & name-recognition exercises
  • Socialization & confidence-building skills
  • Play time
  • Handling exercises
  • Housetraining
  • Jumping
  • Biting

Within every 4-week continuous session, we will talk about:

Basic training skills, including: Sit, Down, Walking on a Leash, and Recall Games.

Confidence-Building Skills, including: Walking on different surfaces, Things you go in & out of, Things that move, Lots of different sounds.

Check out what puppy class looks like.

 

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