Woof Woof finds dog-friendly wrapping paper

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It’s one thing to get your friends or family with dogs gifts for the holidays or other occasions. It’s even better if you can give it to them wrapped up in a way that the dog can remove on their own.

Woof Woof has two “sisters.” His sisters are puppies that starting going to the park at the same time he did. Of course they needed presents for the holidays. Woof Woof definitely preferred ones they could share. So we bought his sisters Soupy and Soula leopard print tennis balls. They were packaged in small paper bags and tied by twine with paper name tags attached.

Soula’s dog parent handed her the present in the bag. Soula tore open the bag with her teeth m, and the ball popped up for her and Woof Woof to play with. They chased each other and the ball. Woof Woof always likes to catch it and then tease the other dog by showing off that he has the ball so he can play chase. Soula is very talented and has learned to throw the ball in the air by standing, releasing the ball upward and then hitting the ball into the air with her nose.

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Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

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Woof Woof gets his first Bark Box

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 I honestly debated whether the $25 per month for toys and treats would be worth it, but it was $5 for the first month. Since that’s less than I normally spend on treats, I thought ‘Why not?’

When I saw Woof Woof’s reaction when I opened the box, I knew I made a good decision. The stuffed toy was a large turkey with a strange squeaking sound that sounds like a whoopie cushion. I think it’s supposed to be a turkey gobble. I would mind the noise, but Woof Woof doesn’t seem to want to squeak it. He just runs back and forth with the toy in his mouth. The Thanksgiving theme continued with the other toy, an apron rope toy with toy squeakers that says “Lick the Chef.” He chewed it for a moment and then went back to the turkey.

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He definitely liked the turkey pumpkin treats. It only took one sniff before he reached for it. He hasn’t tried the other treats yet and I don’t know how I feel about the pig’s ear.

We will definitely get it again. It was a great selection, a nice surprise for Woof Woof and worth the money. It would have been a few dollars less per month if I had bought him the box for a 0 to 20 pound dog, but he’s 18 pounds. It’s a good idea to go one box size up if your dog is at the top end of the weight range.

FYI: He got the box three hours ago and is still continuously playing with his turkey toy. To get your first Bark Box free, follow this link.

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Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof’s Advice for Keeping Pets Calm and Healthy for Holiday Travels

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Woof Woof has been traveling since he was 7-weeks old. Over the course of a four-day road trip home from Texas to New York, he managed to avoid accidents in 23 hours of traveling. We’re lucky. He’s a natural traveler who doesn’t get any kind of motion sickness. The challenge is just making sure he doesn’t jump on the drivers lap.

To get the best expert advice we could, we talked to Woof Woof’s trainer, John Monteleone. He’s the head trainer for the animal talent agency that represents Woof Woof, All Tame Animals.

He says the secret to a dog traveling by car or train is that you are prepared if your dog has motion sickness or has a tendency to be anxious. There is medication for both conditions, but you should always talk to your vet before giving your dog any form of medication.

But the biggest preparation you have to make on a roadtrip is safety. When your dog is taking a walk outside near any road or parking lot, watch for antifreeze fluid. Dogs may drink from the puddle because of the sweet taste, but it’s poisonous.

He also says not to let your dog put his head out the window. With Woof Woof, I always worry he’ll fall out. He’s a little guy, so if his head is outside window, not much of his body is still in the car. He’s just as happy with air conditioning and looking out the window, enjoying the view.

Woof Woof wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving with turkey and vegetables for your dogs – served in their food bowl instead of from the table.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof Researches Dog Passports

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When I first got Woof Woof, I knew I wanted a dog that was under 20 pounds. I never wanted him to have to fly in the undercarriage of the plane. I was stoked when I heard about dog passports. Even if he never traveled internationally, I knew I wanted to have one. Now, we’re planning several trips, and it’s time to start researching.

First what is a dog passport and does it work everywhere? For most countries, a pet passport is replaced by the health certificate that needs to be filled out by your vet for travel. What is really important is what vaccinations you need, if there is quarantine potential and if your pet must be microchipped.

Depending on the country, you may need just a few shots or you may need several sets. While you may book a ticket a couple of weeks in advance, you should always double check on the country’s website. I always google pet passport and the country name to get the information I need. For the United Kingdom, dogs traveling from the US don’t need anything too exciting as far as vaccinations, but you may have to repeat a rabies vaccine if your dog wasn’t microchipped before his or her last rabies vaccine.

Japan requires an extensive list of vaccines, but that’s not why I wouldn’t take my dog there. He can be quarantined for any reason when he arrives for more than a month. I can’t take that risk. Japan does this because their country is rabies free and wants to protect their dogs from contracting diseases from countries where rabies still exists. As a traveler, it’s a sign to only bring your dog to Japan if you plan on relocating. For the same reason, you shouldn’t bring your dog to Hawaii or Australia if you aren’t going to be there for at least a year.

The good news? There’s a whole world inside and outside of the US to explore. Just learn how the rules in advance, so you and your dog can have a wonderful vacation.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof’s Guide to Coffeeshop and Restaurant Etiquette

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Whether you’re lucky enough to be in a town that allows dogs indoors or not, it’s very important to know dog etiquette for dining with your pooch.

Here’s what Woof Woof and I suggest:

Always bring a toy you don’t have to throw or a special treat. Woof Woof has been going to restaurants, bars and coffee shops since he was 7 weeks old. There were definitely times where he wouldn’t have behaved if he didn’t have a toy or treat to preoccupy him. When he was little, the best toys were chew toys. I always had a variety of small chews with me, even a teething ring. At the whopping age of 8 months, now he likes a large biscuit or a plush chew toy. I carry both.

Be prepared to leave if your dog doesn’t behave. There are a million reasons why your dog may get antsy. Sometime I have to take Woof Woof outside and see I he needs bathroom break or just a I-need-to-walk-a-bit break. He also may need water or food. Woof Woof has only had to leave a restaurant once. It was when I couldn’t answer his needs any other way. He learned that if he wants to stay inside the restaurant, he has to behave.

Have a set procedure for dining. Woof Woof knows his leash gets tied to the chair or hooked to a coat hook underneath the bar. He then lays down, sits, plays with his toy or eats his treat.

Expect him to be on your lap for part of the time. Woof Woof is very comfortable sitting on my lap. I can put a plate on his back, and he won’t even reach for food. Being able to sit on my lap part of the time makes him feel like he’s getting enough attention without acting out.

Make sure your dog has social skills for greeting other dogs. He’ll give other doggie diners a quick sniff, and sometimes he gives a play invite. Play invites are generally on leash and depends on the type of restuaurant. He’s not going to play in a fancier restaurant. I pick him up and tell him no if he’s play level isn’t right for the restaurant’s environment.

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Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof stays at the The Graduate Hotel in Tempe, Arizona

 

graduatehotelThe Graduate is a few minutes from downtown Phoenix. Woof Woof happened upon this hotel by accident because I was there for a conference that was at the hotel. Sometimes which pet friendly hotel we choose is simply about convenience, but we lucked out with this one.

Woof Woof always appreciates rooms with yard access. Thus, one of the first things he noticed was the sliding glass door. Several rooms on the bottom floor of the hotel have direct grass access. The yard is semi-private with a large cement wall behind it. The only problem is there is ungated access to the parking lot and the pool. Being on leash in this area is definitely a safety preference.

The other perk of this hotel is that the rooftop used for private parties is dog friendly as are the outdoor areas of the restaurant. He ate outside at The Normal Diner. On vacation, dog food is his secondary food source. I ordered him a kid’s meal with sliced tomatoes instead of fries and no mayo on the bun. The server happily accommodated him and gave him a bowl of water as well.

Woof Woof is a big fan of bread and only gets it as a treat. So he was thrilled to have a homemade bun on his burger. He’s not a lettuce fan, so we skipped the lettuce. Onions also were excluded.

graduatehoteltempeThe bed itself was approved by Woof Woof. However, the height was an obstacle. He did have to ask to be lifted on to the bed. Luckily, for me, he’s only 16 pounds. Once on the bed, he was impressed with the variety of decorative and traditional pillows. He tried each one out and ultimately chose a combination of decorative a standard pillow as his bed top dog bed.

The pet fee is $25 per day plus a $100 refundable deposit, but it’s waived for service dogs and is well worth it. Yard access and good food service is definitely a plus.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof Goes Off Leash in NYC

 

woofwoofparkIf Woof Woof had one wish, it would to always have time to play off leash. Luckily for him, New York dogs and dogs visiting New York, there are dozens of possibilities for dogs to run free. Each park offers its own experience.

Prospect Park in Brooklyn has acres for dogs to play but also has a dog beach for canines to jump in and go for a swim year round. However, in New York winters your dog may not be thrilled with the temperature. Woof Woof just dips his front paws in and not in the winter.

All dogs and owners interested in history should visit Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn. In the middle of the park is a monument and tomb to Navy martyrs from the 1800s. The base is open to learn about history and is completely dog friendly. You can bring your dog on leash anytime, but you can go to the park off leash before 9a or after 9p. As with most parks with off leash hours, you can generally find 50 other dogs for your dog to play with. At night, you’ll want to have an LED glow collar. Woof Woof bought his on Amazon for about $10.

Then there’s Central Park. Most humans would say no one really explored NYC without a visit to Central Park in Manhattan. Dogs are offered guided tours called Hound Hikes with their owners and there are 23 areas to run free, climb on rocks and check out the pounds and bridges. To go on the guided hiking tours, you have to be a member, which is $50. There are also Bagel Barks, events with breakfast for owners. To learn more about Central Park Dog Events visit Central Park Paws.

One caution for bringing your dogs to New York, be warry of what’s on the street. There are strange people that throw chicken bones everywhere. It’s bane of every dog owner’s existence to constantly tell their dog’s to either leave the bones on the ground. While chicken bones should be taken away, sticks should not. Nothing makes dogs happier than finding a stick in the park. It’s a readily available treasurer that makes every dog feel like the best toy hunter that ever existed.woofwoofdogpark

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.