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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®!

leash for Tripawd dogs

“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.

leash for Tripawd dogs

“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:

leash for Tripawd dogs

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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

food puzzles for cats

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:
feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing

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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Purrfect Ear-Scratcher for Tri-kitties

November 14th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Products

A Tripawds Fan shared this unsolicited product testimonial on the Tripawds Facebook Page with hope that it may help other pet parents concerned about their tripawd kitties being unable to scratch themselves after amputation…

So ever since Rocky lost his back leg I’ve seen him so many times tilt his head and see his stump start twitching because he is trying to scratch his ear, of course I always scratch it for him but I felt bad knowing if no one was around to scratch he’d be stuck with a itchy ear. I saw this Purrfect Arch…so I figured what the heck let’s try it out.

purrfect arch

Got it set up and Rocky was a little hesitant at first but pretty soon he was in love with it. I think he rolled around, rubbed his face, bit at it and played with it for almost 30 minutes. So the reason I am sharing this is just in case any other tripawd kitty parents have the same issue with the itchy ears going unscratched. This is purrfect for your little tripawd kitty!

I know theses can be easily made out of board and bottle cleaners as well but…you’ll be spending about the same, maybe a little more and all you have to do is pop the end of the scratchers into the board and its ready to go!

So I hope this helps at least one tripawd kitty parent.

—Kim W.

Do you have any pawsome products to share with Tripawds fans? Let us know!

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Try Tripawd Dog Trick Training for Mental Exercise and Health

November 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Books, Uncategorized

Tripawd dogs need more mental exercise than physical exercise in order to preserve those joints. Mental exercise is anything from a game of hide and seek to canine nosework to interactive pet puzzles. Earlier this year Tripawds member Tails a Waggin’ gang (aka Tina Hopper) introduced us to Trick Dog Training and we’ve been having a blast ever since.

Here’s why you need to add it to your Tripawd dog’s exercise routine.

The Benefits of Tripawd Dog Trick Training

Teena raves about dog trick training for her Tripawd Roxy and quadpawd Miss Charlee:

…to be honest I don’t even remember how I came across it, but I am so thrilled that I did!!!  Over the past several months I have developed some health issues that is restricting my activity, which in turn restricts what I am able to do with my dogs, so I started do more brain games with them and it has been my saving grace…and theirs!!!

As she suggested, we bought a copy of 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog and got inspired to try Tripawd dog trick training with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray.

Written by acclaimed dog trick trainer Kyra Sundance, this dog trick training book explains numerous tricks dogs can learn. Tricks range from simple ones like

  • Sit, Shake Hands
  • Fetch and Roll Over
  • Tidy Up Your Toys into the Toybox
  • to Get a Beer Soda from the Fridge.

Trick training helps us bond with ours dog and keep their minds busy and active. Studies show that the more mentally engaged a dog is, the less chance of doggie Alzheimer’s happening to the pooch. Tricks keep dogs mentally and physically challenged and help to establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills used in dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work.

About the only drawback is that a few tricks are just too difficult for three-legged dogs to do. Well, at least that’s the experience we had with Wyatt, a rear-legged amputee. But the book is still a great tool to have in your bag of Tripawd dog activities.

Check out how our Tripawd dog trick training has been going with Wyatt. We taught him the “Bang!” game:

Stay tuned for more great dog tricks from Wyatt. And if your Tripawd has any to share, we’d love to see them! Comment below and tell us more.

 

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