Friday, October 11, 2019


Teach your dog the command "Heel."

The Heel position is about the dog staying close to the handler and paying close attention.  We will start with the Basic Heel position, the Stationary Heel.
To do this, we will food lure the dog into the Heel position at our left side.  Use your left hand to food lure the dog into the position.  Take a step back with your left leg as you use your left hand to lure the dog and encourage him to move.  Once the dog is in the Heel position, move your hand over the dog's head to imitate a sit.  As the dog's butt hits the ground, give your command "Heel" then "Good" and reward.  

Moving Heel:  
  1. Food lure the dog several times while backing up.
  2. Food lure the dog, now turn your body so the dog is now on the left side in Heel position (use the treat in your left hand).
—Always begin and end every Heel exercise with a Sit in the Heel position.
—When you stop moving forward, move your baited hand UP slightly to initiate the Sit position.

—As you are moving forward, the treat should be held up slightly from the dog so she is looking for it.  Gradually progress to moving your hand all the way up to the Look position.  Eventually your dog will learn to stay in the Heel position while looking at you and paying attention.  This will require lots of practice.  Don't forget to start practicing with distractions as your dog improves.  Start with small distractions to begin with, if your dog is still doing Heel, make the distractions more and/or more difficult.  If the dog is having trouble maintaining the Heel, decrease or eliminate the distractions and practice more without.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

FURminator product review

Check out our review of the dog & cat brushes, the FURminator.
Great for animals with a heavy undercoat that shed a lot.  This brush is not appropriate for all dog breeds.  If you have a dog with thin, light fur, this is probably not the brush for you.  For more information, check out the FURminator website.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Olowalu Petroglyphs Hike

One of our favorite things to do with our dogs is find new adventure hikes.  We have done many hikes across Maui with the pups (see some of them in the links below).  Recently I got out my Maui hike book to look for something new and we realized we have never done the hike to the Olowalu Petroglyphs.

Park at the Olowalu General store.  Go to the left of the store (when facing mountain side) and follow the road past the water tanker that goes up towards the mountains.  When you reach a fork in the road, stay to the left.  The sign was hidden by tall grass and we did not see it until we came back.  Look for the small white building structure and follow the road toward the rock wall.  There you will see the petroglyphs.

This is a very easy hike.  It will take you maybe 20-30 minutes each way.  I would recommend going early in the morning or later in the afternoon as the area does get very hot during the day.  Don't forget to bring your water (especially if you're hiking with dogs).  This is a great, easy hike that includes amazing views of the ocean and mountains, plus the petroglyphs of course.

Other fun dog adventures:

Kapalua Village Trails
Launiupoko Trail
Poli Poli hike (upcountry)
Lipoa Point
Pineapple Hill/ Napili Park
Maluaka/ Maui Prince Beach (South Maui)
The Lahaina L

Monday, October 15, 2018

Paddle for a Cure 2018.

Paddle for a Cure Event, held on Saturday October 13th, 2008.

Check out some of the fun we had at this year's Paddle for a Cure.  To donate to breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen foundation, click here.

This event is held every October on Maui.  Please consider joining us for the paddle next year.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Upcoming fundraiser for breast cancer!

Join us for the year’s Maui Paddle for a Cure!
Saturday October 13th, 2018
Join our team:  “Pink Ink for the Cure!”  
(Sponsored by Sweet Trade Tattoo & Such Good Dogs)
to sign up for the paddle.  Registration includes rash guard, lunch & drinks, & gift bag.  Can’t make the event?  Please consider donating to the cause.  Event details at:  

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Selfie Trick

Teach your dog a fun trick by training them to put their paw over their nose.  You can add any word you would like to this.  We call this trick, "Selfie."
To begin you must find something sticky.  Scotch tape and masking tape are an option, but don't work the best.  What I recommend instead is stickers.  Take a small piece of sticker and stick it to your dog's nose.  When the dog goes to paw off the sticker, add your word "selfie," then "Good" and reward with a tasty treat.  Repeat this until your dog starts to understand the Cue word or offer the behavior on their own.  As the dog gets better, start requiring him/her to keep their paw over their nose for another second or 2 before rewarding.  Take your time with it and have fun!

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Paw & Wave
Hoop Jump

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sweet 'Tater Bones

I love dog treats that are all natural.  Carolina Prime's Sweet 'Tater Bones only have one ingredient, dehydrated sweet potatoes.  These treats are fantastic.  My dogs absolutely love them.  I give Sweet 'Tater Bones 5 out of 5 STARS.  Please give them a try!

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Butcher Shop Pork Strips

A fantastic treat for your dog!  I love treat and chews that are all-natural.  Butcher Shop Pork Strips are healthy and good for your dog.  This chew will clean teeth and help stimulate your dog's gums.  My dogs absolutely love this chew.  It last most dogs about 10 minutes.  I enjoy using them as a treat for when I'm leaving the house for the day.  Doing this can help your dog focus on something positive (the yummy chew) instead of focusing on the human(s) leaving for the day.  This can help your dog settle and become less anxious or uneasy about your absence.  I give Butcher Shop Pork Strips 5 out of 5 Stars!

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Kong Wubba review

Check out our review of the dog toy:  Kong Wubba

I absolutely LOVE this toy.  Ahsoka (just over one year old) is a very heavy chewer.  She still acts like a puppy, has energy like a puppy, and chews like a puppy.  It has been difficult for us to find a toy that holds up to her chewing habits.  The Kong Wubba is the best I have found so far.  The canvas material helps keep the toy sturdy.  The shape of the toy is great because it can be used for fetch and tug-of-war (which can be helpful in teaching a good fetch).  The squeaker in this toy is quite loud but helps keep your dogs attention.  I also like how you can squeeze the squeaker in, then it releases and makes noise as you throw it.  This is also helpful to keep a distracted puppy focused on the game at hand.  Overall I give the Kong Wubba 5 out of 5 STARS.  This is definitely one I would recommend you try, especially for heavy chewers.  Let us know what types of results you have.

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