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.

Directions:
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!


Other fun Tricks to teach your dog:

Spin
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!



Carolina Prime's website.

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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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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Antler Chews



Check out our video review of dog Antler Chews.

Overall the Antler chew is one of my favorite chews for dogs.  They are all-natural, making them healthy for your dog.  However because they are such a hard substance, some dogs may actually hurt their teeth.  Over the past few years, some vets around the world have noticed an increase in broken teeth in dogs.  There is currently no scientific evidence to support that the cause of this is the antler chew, but it is a possibility.  Most dogs do not seem to have an issue, but it is something you should be aware of as a possibility.



Other helpful Blog articles:

Kong Champz dog toy review
Kong Dotz dog toy review
Kong Phatz dog toy review


Prairie Dog treats review
Look Who's Happy treat review
Sweet Potato treat review
Zuke's dog treats review




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Kong Champz review





Check out our video review of the dog toy, Kong Champz.


Overall I did really like this toy.  I think this would be a great toy for a dog who is a regular chewer.  Ahsoka (who's now just over 1 year old) is a very heavy chewer.  She's still a puppy and has a LOT of energy.  When new toys come into our house, they generally don't last very long in her mouth.  I think this toy actually held up fairly well for a heavy chewer.  The stuffing came out in about 1-2 weeks but the canvas outside seems to hold up well.  You could easily even re-stuff and re-sew the toy back together if you wanted.  Ours are currently husks, but she does still play with them sometimes.


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Prairie Dog Treats Review





Check out our video review of the dog treat:  Prairie Dog Treats, Smokehouse Selections, Beef & Sweet Potato Jerky.
The dog like the beef & sweet potato flavor, I like that its healthy and affordable.  Overall I would give these treats 4 out of 5 STARS.




Other helpful Blog Articles:

Sweet Potato Treat Review
Zuke's Dog Treat Review
Look Who's Happy Treat Review
Homemade Dog Treats:  Pumpkin & Peanut Butter
Homemade Dog Treats:  Apple Sauce & Carrot
Homemade Dog Treats:  3 different kinds






Monday, July 16, 2018

Kong Dotz Review




Check out our review of the Kong Dotz dog toy.

Chew toys are important for any day, but especially if you have a dog that is a heavy chewer.  Our puppy, Ahsoka, is a very heavy chewer.  She loves her toys, loves to play, and loves to chew.  Its important to try different chews with different materials and different textures for your dog.  Just because one dog loves a certain chew toy, doesn't necessarily mean that your dog will love that same toy.  
Although I do like many Kong toys, unfortunately the Kong Dotz is not one of them.  This is as product I can not recommend.  I thought at first that this toy would hold up to heavy chewing, it does not.  Plus, once your dog really gets into chewing this toy, it starts coming apart in very small pieces.  This is not a good thing as these pieces may be swallowed by your dog.  I did find a few pieces of the Kong Dotz in Ahsoka's poop.  This is really bad.  The plastic this toy is made of is definitely NOT something we want passing through our dog's body.  If the piece is large enough, it may get stuck and become an obstruction requiring surgery for your dog.  Obviously this is not something any of us want.  Therefore I must give the Kong Dotz toy a 1 our of 5 STARS.  I do not recommend this product for your dog.




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Sweet Potato Treat Review








Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sit & Down



Teaching your new puppy Sit & Down.
For this you will use a food lure, which is basically "attaching" the dog's nose to "oh this smells good."  We can use that to lure them into many positions.  Its how we first teach most new behaviors.  

Sit:  Place the food in the dog's nose and slowly move it up and over their head.  Wait until their but hits the ground and say "Sit," followed by "Good" and a tasty treat (or other reward your dog enjoys).

Down:  First place your dog in a sit and reward.  Then place the food in the dog's nose and very slowly move it straight down to the ground.  Pause here for 1-2 seconds, then very slowly pull the food forward along the ground.  Wait until the dog's belly hits the ground then say your "Down, Good!" and reward.

Sometimes it make take several tries to get your dog to do this.  Don't get frustrated.  If you're having trouble training one of these, especially Down, and its not going well, take a break and move onto something else or play with your dog instead.  Try and always end training on a happy note.  Be patient and it will happen.


Other helpful Blog articles:

Teaching Down Puppy Nipping
Dog Accessories 
Anti-Jump Training
Helpful Ways to Exercise your puppy
Come When Called:  Step One
Come When Called:  Step Two






Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Kong Phatz Toy Review




Check out our video review of the hippo toy, Kong Phatz.

This toy is definitely NOT for heavy chewers!  Our puppy Ahsoka just turned one year old. She has always been a heavy chewer and tends to destroy toys pretty quickly.  Because of this, we did some research and purchased some new toys that are supposed to hold up to heavy chewing.  This toy definitely does not hold up.  Ahsoka completely destroyed this toy in about 2 weeks.  I would not recommend this toy.




Other helpful blog articles:

Dog Toy Reviews:
Kong Wubba
Kong Dotz
Kong Champz

Ruffwear Dog Backpack Review
Helpful Ways to Exercise your Puppy





Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Look Who's Happy Treat Review



Today's product review is for "Look Who's Happy Farm 'n Fresh."  When it comes to choosing a treat for your dog, I like to choose things that are healthy and do not contain a lot of extra unnecessary additives.  This treat does well in this regard.  "Look Who's Happy" contains NO GMO, glycerin, by-products, added hormones, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.  I like seeing products like this.  I always recommend looking at the ingredients on anything you want to give to your dog.  The first few ingredients on these treats are:  Duck, chicken, & pea powder.  These are good things.  Look for real ingredients on your dog's food or treats.  This product is also made in the United States, which is always positive.  You often hear of treats from out of the country that have been recalled for contamination.  Pets can get sick or even pass away from contaminated treats.  So help keep your fur babies safe by buying treats made in the US.
Overall I give "Look Who's Happy" 4 out of 5 STARS.




Other helpful Blog articles:

Sweet Potato Treat Review
Zuke's Dog Treats Product Review
Homemade Dog Treats:  Pumpkin & Peanut Butter
Homemade Dog Treats:  Applesauce & Carrot
Homemade Dog Treats:  3 different kinds
Summer Dog Snack:  Watermelon
Trainer Tip:  Is human food ok for your dog
Trainer Tip:  Picking a pet food
Trainer Tip:  Saving money on dog food

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ruffwear Dog Backpack Review




Check out our review of our favorite dog backpack, Ruffwear.

If your dog has a lot of extra energy, adding a backpack to your walk can help wear them out and can also help them focus because they have a "job."  A dog backpack is also very helpful for hiking and events because your dog can help carry water and other essentials. I absolutely love the Ruffwear dog backpack.  It fits well, sits properly on the dog, and does not inhibit the dog's movement (unlike most other types of backpacks).  



Other helpful Blog articles:
Adventure Hike:  Village Trails
Adventure Hike:  Launiupoko Trail
Adventure Hike:  Polipoli Trail
Adventure Hike:  Lipoa Point
Adventure Hike:  Pineapple Hill
Adventure Hike:  The Lahaina L





Monday, June 11, 2018

Sweet Potato Treat Product Review





Check out our video review of Wholesome Pride Pet Treats, Sweet Potato Dog Treats.


Other helpful blog articles:

Zuke's Dog Treats Product Review
Homemade Dog Treats:  Pumpkin & Peanut Butter
Homemade Dog Treats:  Applesauce & Carrot
Homemade Dog Treats:  3 different kinds
Summer Dog Snack:  Watermelon
Trainer Tip:  Is human food ok for your dog
Trainer Tip:  Picking a pet food
Trainer Tip:  Saving money on dog food



Friday, June 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Ahsoka





It is Ahsoka 1st birthday today.  She is still very puppy, but I have uploaded a video to show you just how much she has grown.  From 9 weeks and 9 pounds when we first adopted her, to one year and now 39 pounds.
I love this little cutie!


Other blog articles:

Socialization Fun
First introduction to puppy Ahsoka
Helpful Ways to Exercise your puppy
Puppy Supply Check List
Come when called:  Step One
Come when called:  Step Two
Teach your dog to Heel
Indoor Dog Game:  Go Find
Dog Paddle Boarding:  Step One







Thursday, May 24, 2018

Socialization Fun



Some fun videos of socialization with Such Good Dogs.
Featuring SGDs:  Ahsoka, Caravaggio, and Devo.
Also featuring:  Kahleesi, Lily, Coco, Jackson, Charlie, Lola, Flap, Louis, Luna, & Motoki.


Proper Socialization is teaching a dog not to react to everyday things they will encounter by slowly desensitizing them to these things.  It is important to positively expose a puppy to as many different environments and situations as possible.  Keep in mind that exposure needs to be slowly introduced at the dog's pace, not the owners.  Letting a puppy explore new things at his/her own pace will help them become more comfortable and help avoid negative reactions.  Another way to think of socialization is to consider it desensitization.  For example when having your puppy meet new people remember to include a variety things:  such as people who are short, tall, adults, kids, someone with a hat or glasses, someone in a wheelchair or on crutches, etc.  Improper socialized dogs can be frightened by normal human greeting behaviors.

Proper socialization is the number one way for you to avoid having a dog in the future that will develop serious behavior problems such as aggression. 

Once your dog has been approved by your vet to be around other dogs, start taking your dog everywhere you possible can.  A friend's house, a barbecue, a busy street, different pet stores, or even to work (if you're allowed).  The more places you can take your puppy, the better socialized and more calm your dog will become in any future situation.

Remember to go at the puppy's pace and not your own.  A puppy should always appear happy and relaxed during socialization. 

Socialization for a puppy should start as soon as possible but the best time to socialize a dog is before five months of age.  This does not mean socialization after this age is not important.

So think about it...what are your plans for this evening or tomorrow?  Can you take your dog with?




Other helpful Blog articles:
Trainer Tip Video:  Socialization
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Zuke's Product Review



Today we are reviewing the product:  Zuke's Training Treats.  For this review we tried two different flavors, Wild Rabbit & Chicken.  When it comes to choosing a flavor for your dog treats, it is really ultimately best to pick whatever flavor your dog enjoys most.  I recommend buying a few different flavors.  Try one flavor for awhile, then try the other.  If your dog tends to like a particular flavor better, they will generally be more excited about that treat.
Zuke's are one of my all time favorite treats for training.  The "mini" size is perfect.  If you do have a small dog or small dog puppy, I would even recommend breaking this treat in half so we do not upset the small dog's tummy.  Full grown medium sized dogs and larger can use the treat as is.

Overall Such Good Dogs would give Zuke's treats 5 STARS.  They are fantastic.  They are healthy, made in the United States, and they are the perfect size for training.  I highly recommend trying Zuke's treats for your dogs.








Other helpful Blog articles:
Trainer Tip:  Picking a good dog food
Trainer Tip:  Human food for your dog?


Fun ways to use training treats:
Trick Training:  Hoop Jump
Trick Training:  Paw & Wave
Trick Training:  Spin
Dog Training:  Heel



Saturday, May 5, 2018

How to get a scared dog into the pool




In this video we show you how to get a scared dog into the pool.  When doing this, make sure you have a lot of patience.  Remain calm, but confident.  We are going to pull on the leash just enough to get the dog moving toward the pool.  The steps are like the edge of a cliff to the dog, so we need to show them that it is safe.  Take your time and lure the dog into the pool by pulling on the leash.  If you have a shallow end, as we do in this pool, stay in the shallow end for a bit to get the dog used to the idea of just being in water.  Be sure to not allow the dog to bolt out of the pool.  Exit the pool in a calm manner.  Enter and exit the pool several times to get the dog comfortable with it.  Once the dog is doing this well, move onto actually swimming.  You will again need to use the leash to gently pull your dog into the pool and get them swimming.  Once the dog is in the deep water, one helpful thing you can do is hold the dog along the sides and allow them to get a good swimming rhythm going before releasing them onto the steps.  Keep repeating this training until your dog becomes more and more comfortable.  Eventually the dog will no longer fear the steps or the edge of the pool.  Some dogs are more naturally inclined to want to swim and some are not.  If you have a breed of dog that has a pushed in face or has a more solid body mass (such as a Bulldog), adding a lifejacket can be very helpful.  If your dog is into a toy, you can use that to help coax them into the pool as well.  Remember to be patient and have fun.  Once your dog starts to get more comfortable and calm down, you can add treats to help make it a positive experience.


Other helpful blog articles:

Teaching your dog to Swim in the Pool
Ocean Swimming:  Step One
Ocean Swimming:  Step Two
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Puppy Nipping



Puppy Nipping:  What to do and how to stop it.

In this video we go over puppy nipping.  The star for our video today is Lily, a 3-month-old Havanese.  For puppy nipping and biting, any time the puppy puts their mouth on you, pause and make a loud "Ouch" sound, even if the puppy's teeth do not make contact.  Usually this will work best.  If this does not work and the puppy continues to bite after you, make a loud clap with your hands and use your No Reward Marker, "Eh Eh" or "Uh oh." Saying this marks the biting behavior and something you do not approve of.  Often times the puppy is just playing and we must remember that they are babies and they are still learning about the world.  Remember to have patience.  If your puppy is really biting try and redirect their mouth onto a toy or bone or chew.  Often times the more exercise you can give your puppy in a healthy appropriate way, the less energy they will have to take out on you by nipping.  Puppies will also sometimes bark and growl when nipping.  This is usually just play.  If you do feel that your puppy has become aggressive, seek a qualified trainer in your area.


Other helpful blog articles:

Helpful ways to exercise your puppy
Puppy Supply Check List
Proper Socialization
Canine Body Posture
Learning Theory
Stages of Learning
Leadership
Dog Training Programs

Temperament
Dog Behavior Drives
Canine Development Periods
General Canine Vaccinations
Common Canine Parasites
History of Dog Training