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Teach Your Tripawd to Ride in a Pet Wagon

February 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Products

All Tripawd cats dogs need outdoor adventures. But for dogs, keeping up with the rest of the pack can be a challenge. That’s when this collapsible ATV pet wagon comes in handy!

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This off-road pet wagon holds up to 150 pounds!

Tripawds Keep Up with Off-Road Collapsible Pet Wagon

One of the biggest questions new Tripawd dog parents ask is: “How long should my Tripawd walk?” The answer depends on many factors, like the dog’s age and existing health condition. But generally speaking, rehab vets tell us:

♦  Go on shorter, more frequent walks throughout the day.
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When fully recovered, a Tripawd’s walk should be no more than 15 or 20 minutes, maximum.

Of course we all want our Tripawds to come along on our adventures that take longer than 20 minutes. In the city, a pet stroller is a logical choice. Tripawd pet strollers are available for all sizes of pets from small to large. But there is a downside: the pet strollers we’ve discovered aren’t easy to use on dirt and sand.

When you want to hit the beach or hike the mountains, this off-road collapsible pet wagon can do the trick! Make your walk to the location easy peasy for your Tripawd hero. When you get there, that’s when the fun begins!

Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible All-Terrain Pet Wagon Beach Cart

  • ROOMY INTERIOR – large capacity wagon, outer dimensions: approx. 36.2″ x 21.4″ x 24.59″ and sets up in seconds – no assembly required!
  • CONVENIENT COMPACT STORAGE – wagon folds to only 10″ thick! folded size approx. 31.48″ x 21.4″ x 9.64″ and includes a carry case.
  • LIGHTEN THE LOAD – The heavy duty frame allows loads up to 150 lbs., and the durable 600D fabric can be easily cleaned.
  • FUNCTIONAL FEATURES – include an adjustable handle for effortless transport, 2 mesh cup holders by the handle to keep your beverages secure, and a fold out table for drinks and food.
  • EASY TRANSPORT – perfect for hauling gear to outdoor sporting events, concerts, trips to the park or beach and great for use around the house.

A pet wagon can keep the pack’s adventures going. Just ask Henry’s Mom! She purchased one for her family’s annual beach reunion last fall.

“Henry loved the beach! And he didn’t hate the cart. Tomorrow we will go again!”

How Train Your Tripawd to Use a Stroller or Wagon

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With thanks to Ellie and Henry for this endorsement!

The first time out, don’t expect your Tripawd to jump into the collapsible pet wagon and say “Let’s roll!” Many dogs are apprehensive about riding in one — at first. In the excellent VetStreet article “Teach Your Dog to Ride in a Stroller” by Fear Free™ trainer Mikkel Becker, she advises pet parents to introduce pet strollers slowly.

Introduce the stroller at home. Bring the stroller into your house or backyard, someplace with minimal distractions; secure the wheels so that they won’t move. Either pick your dog up and place him in the stroller or lure him in with a treat.

Make sure your dog is secure. When you take your dog out in a stroller, make sure he is appropriately secured, to prevent him from running away if he falls or jumps out of the stroller.

Start out slowly. Some dogs may be nervous when the stroller starts to move. For this reason, only push or pull your pooch a few inches to start, and reward him with praise and treats for remaining calm.

Take your pooch on the road. Once your dog has mastered riding calmly in a minimal distraction environment, move on to places with more distractions. Start small: Visit your front yard or take a stroll around your neighborhood.”

Read it All: “Teach Your Dog to Ride in a Stroller

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Tripawd Dachshund Rolf Shares His Dog Diaries

January 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Books

This looks like another great read about Tripawds of all shapes and sizes loving life on three legs!

Dog Diaries #10: Rolf the Tripawd Doxie

A dachshund loses a leg and finds his life’s calling—as a therapy dog!

Scrappy dachshund Rolf von Noodle may be missing a hind leg, but he’s got attitude and can-do spirit to spare! If anything, his tripawd status gives him something special: real empathy for people overcoming physical challenges.

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As his owner Mindy discovers, it makes him an ideal choice to become a therapy dog. With realistic black-and-white illustrations and an appendix that includes photographs and information about the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program, therapy dog training, tripod dogs, and more, this is the kind of fact-based fiction reluctant middle grade readers sit up and beg for!

Read Reviews for Dog Diaries #10

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The Perfect Leash for Tripawd Dogs on the Move

January 12th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Products

Walking an amputee dog is tricky for new and experienced Tripawd parents. That’s why we were excited to test a new polyurethane leash called. . . wait for it . . . The Perfect Leash®!

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“Oh boy, a test walk!”

Is it the Perfect Leash for Tripawd Dogs?

Three-legged dogs walk at a fast pace because momentum keeps them balanced. Try as we might to keep up with them, it often feels like we could knock them off balance if there’s too much tension on the leash. Products like the Webmaster and Convert harnesses have D-ring attachments for leashes, which help, but aren’t always the solution for many dogs.

Recently we met the good people at Bihlerflex, makers of many ingenious polyurethane products like The Perfect Leash. When we told them how tricky it is to walk a three-legged dog, they gave us a couple of leash samples to try on Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray. Of course, he was up to the challenge.

The moment we clipped the 35″ waterproof leash to Wyatt’s old Webmaster harness, we could feel a difference in how this polyurethane leash handles. Bihlerflex describes this leash as a “shock absorbing leash, designed to absorb the whiplash effect generated from when a dog suddenly pulls on the leash.” We agree that description is spot-on! It’s shorter than usual for leashes, but that wasn’t a problem.

The leash stretches just enough. We also attached it to his martingale collar. Wyatt could still pull a bit because after all, it’s not a “no-pull” device. But when he did pull on it, we didn’t feel our arm getting jerked. Wyatt couldn’t tell us in plain English how he felt on the other end of the leash, but we have to assume that it didn’t feel bad for him either.

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“Now this is different.”

Although Bihlerflex says that “the harder the dog pulls the more pressure and resistance is applied to the dog’s neck or back… making them not want to pull,” we honestly felt that the pressure and resistance wasn’t harmful to Wyatt’s body. It also wasn’t enough resistance to knock Wyatt over when we walked.

Reviewers on Amazon agree:

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About the only thing we aren’t crazy about on the Perfect Leash is the handle gets slimy when you are feeding treats during training sessions. Unlike a nylon lead that absorbs moisture, dog slobber slips around on this device and the only place to rub your hands is on yourself. Otherwise though, we love it. Thanks Bihlerflex!

You might also want to try:

The Perfect Leash 14-Inch Heeler Leash and 1-Inch by 24-26-Inch Collar Combo Set

Get The Perfect Leash on Amazon.

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Food Puzzles for Cats Make Great Tripawd Therapy

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Products

Interactive food puzzles and enrichment games aren’t just for dogs. You might be surprised to learn that food puzzles for cats can stimulate your Tripawd kitty’s mind, encourage fitness and ensure emotional well-being. A group of feline behaviorists have recently documented food puzzles for cats’ many benefits.

The Benefits of Food Puzzles for Cats

Food Puzzles for Cats

Food puzzles are a great way to keep your cat entertained while recovering from amputation surgery. Science backs this up. “Benefits we have observed include weight loss, decreased aggression toward humans and other cats, reduced anxiety and fear, cessation of attention-seeking behaviors and resolution of litter box avoidance,” write four renowned feline behaviorist scientists in the report “Food puzzles for cats: feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing.”

The report was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. This detailed report contains everything you need to know about the benefits of food puzzles and how to teach your cat to enjoy them. You’ll learn how food puzzles:

  • Help cats get fit and lose weight.
  • Exercise a cat’s natural hunting instinct.
  • And may also reduce behavioral and mental health problems created by indoor confinement.

How to choose food puzzles for cats

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Click to enlarge. Table: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

How to introduce food puzzles to cats

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Click to enlarge. Table: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

Think your cat will never use a food puzzle? Or did you try one once and your cat walked away from it? Never fear. This awesome article helps solve these dilemmas and more.

We have not encountered cats that could not adapt to food puzzles. Senior cats, kittens, three-legged cats, blind cats and cats with other disabilities, such as partial paralysis, have all been observed to use a food puzzle of some type.

The article is written for veterinarians but is quite useful for pet parents too. You’ll learn how to keep your Tripawd cat interested and challenged by food puzzles, what to do if you have multiple cats — or dogs — in your house and how to manage the mess a food puzzle can make.

Read “Food puzzles for cats:
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Great Food Puzzles for Cats

Now that you’ve read the article, it’s time to get your Tripawd kitty some fun and challenging food puzzles on Amazon. We like these puzzles, how about you?

PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Toy and Food Dispenser

Food Puzzles for Cats

  • Treat or food-dispensing toy that encourages playtime using your cat’s natural instincts
  • Combines exercise with feeding to control your cat’s weight
  • Adjustable openings increase or decrease the challenge for your cat
  • Improves cat’s digestion by feeding several small portions
  • Distributes an adjustable amount of food as your cat plays
  • Helps your cat fight obesity and maintain optimum height
  • Can be filled with treats or meals
  • Improves cat’s digestion by feeding several small portions
  • Fun source of play and exercise

Petmate Jackson Galaxy Go Fish Cat Toy

Food Puzzles for Cats

  • Sprinkle cat kibble or treats among the tails and watch as they fish them into the trough
  • Silicon tails rotate easily to continuously change the puzzle
  • Tails are removable for cleaning
  • Melamine base with rubber feet limits excess movement
  • Dishwasher safe

TRIXIE Tunnel Feeder for Cats

Food Puzzles for Cats

  • Simply fill with small, hard treats and watch your cat play
  • Treats released into 6 tunnels as cat pokes, scoops and jabs
  • Adjustable level of output to vary how quickly treats are released
  • Can also be used as a daily feeder
  • Dishwasher safe

See more great Food Puzzles for Cats on Amazon

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Please Remember Tripawds as You Shop Black Friday Deals

November 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Sale

As you get hammered with emails and promotions to Save on Black Friday Deals in your email inbox and on your Facebook feed this weekend, we would like to politely remind you just one time to…

Please consider #Tripawds when shopping online!

Purchases you make through the Amazon links in this blog help keep Your Tripawds Community online!

It’s not much, but every little bit helps!

There are many ways to Help Support Tripawds. Shopping online during the holidays is just one.

Start your Amazon searches here, and please consider the Tripawds Foundation in your year-end charitable giving plans.

Thank you for your support!

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