Category Archives: Dog

5 Useful Tricks To Teach Your Dog

Disclosure: Thanks to Northgate Mall for sending us to have photos with the Easter Bunny & to Barkworthies for sending Rigby some yummy treats!

Going to new places can be overwhelming. It may be loud; there could be funny smells, your personal space might be invaded if the place is busy, and depending on how comfortable you are, you may feel a bit panicky. Now imagine you’re about 1/5th of your size and have to deal with all of the above, and things could be even more extreme. That’s how your dog deals with public spaces every day.

Last weekend, we were invited to take photos with the Easter Bunny at Northgate Mall just north of Seattle. The first thought in my head was “Oh, I don’t know about that…” I didn’t want to pass the opportunity up because, to be honest, I was curious about how he would do in a potentially busy environment around other people, dogs, cats, and/or kids. It also gave me a unique opportunity to test out training and work with him on new scenarios. Socialization never ends, and who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?!

Useful Tricks to Teach Your Dog // Hello Rigby Seattle Pet & Lifestyle Blog

5 Useful Tricks to Teach Your Dog

The first thing I did to prepare was to brush up on some of my favorite tricks that Rigby knows. Some he’s better at than others, but I used all of these while we were at the mall to ensure we were safe and he was kept occupied. Rigby tends to have leash frustration, so I manage it by engaging his mind through training.

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Easy Homemade Dog Treats

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Have you ever ate your dog’s treats? No? Just me? What can I say, if they’re labeled human grade, I’ll try them. I never expected to enjoy eating any dog treats… but all that has changed.

I recently popped into one of my favorite pet shops only to notice a staggering increase in the price of dog treats. (And it’s not just this shop, I noticed the same thing at the big box stores too!) I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to dog treats, so a small-ish bag of dog cookies will set me back anywhere from $6-8. Let’s be real – I can’t leave without more than one, so $20 later… you get my drift. It’s pretty spendy.

Easy Homemade Dog Treats & Holiday Gift Idea // seattle lifestyle blog

With the holidays upon us, what could make a more perfect gift to a pet owner than some easy homemade dog treats? And wouldn’t it be even cuter if they were packaged in a treat jar or dog bowl? When Waggo offered to send me a couple to try (as well as an amazing dog bed, which you can win in my holiday gift guide giveaway!), I knew these would make a fabulous gift.

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Why I’m Thankful for My Dog

Sponsored Post: This post was sponsored by the National Dog Show Presented by Purina. I loved the idea of the #DogThanking campaign and am excited to help raise money for the AKC Canine Health Foundation!

I’ll be the first person to warn you that Shibas aren’t for the faint of heart, but I’m also the first person to tell you how much I treasure mine. Yesterday, a certain little man turned 3, and I couldn’t help but be a tiny bit sentimental for his younger days and also be sad that another year has passed by so quickly.

Purina Dog Thanking: Why I Love My Dog // seattle lifestyle blog

As Thanksgiving draws near, it reminds me to be thankful for what I do have, and how I’m incredibly grateful to have such a special dog in my life. I was recently at an event where a woman received a devastating phone call that her dog had passed while she was away from home. My heart broke for her, and it reminded me of how we felt a few years ago when we learned that Dave’s dog Bonnie was very ill. I was instantly transported back to those emotions and felt for her. It’s an amazing thing to own a dog, but it’s incredibly difficult to lose one.

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Million Dollar View // “noo” adventures

Sponsored Post: This post is graciously sponsored by noosa yoghurt, who encouraged me to go out and experience something “noo” in my city. All opinions about the delicious yoghurt are my own!

It was a cool, crisp morning last Sunday when Dave and I ventured into the unknown. Okay, that sounds way more dramatic than it actually was. We hopped into the car with little Rigby and headed up to the mountain. Cougar Mountain, that is, which is actually in our ‘hood and is somewhere we’ve never gone to even though it’s only about 15 minutes from door to trailhead. It’s funny, when you live somewhere like the Pacific Northwest you become so used to be around such beautiful trails and wooded areas that you forget to actually go see them.

Noo Adventure with Noosa Yoghurt at Million Dollar View, Cougar Mountain, Washington // hellorigby seattle travel blog

Rigby is a huge fan of going “noo” places. Well, actually, I’m pretty sure he was freaked out about this because I may have said something about going to the vet, but I digress. (I troll my dog, what can I say.) As soon as we arrived at our destination he was beyond stoked. I think it was the scent of bears and other woodland creatures that excited him most.

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Silly Halloween Costumes for Picky Pets & Giveaway

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I don’t think it’s a secret that Rigby is a typical Shiba Inu. He’s full of attitude and finicky as all get out about nearly everything. Except food. He’s not very discerning about that… But clothes? You are kidding, right? The first time I tried to put clothing on him he was about 4 months old and it was one of the first times he’d ever copped an attitude with me. The next time I attempted it, he had wised up and was not shy about growling at me.
Halloween Costumes for Picky Dogs & Cats (Like my Shiba Inu, Rigby!) // hellorigby seattle lifestyle blog

Halloween Costumes for Picky Pets

I did attempt a Halloween Costume with him last year. I found the cutest glow in the dark skull outfit at Target and thought Rigby might have changed his mind. Nope. He stood like a statue, and if I touched him he growled at me. And when I took it off, he wanted nothing to do with me. Point taken.

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