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Teach Your Dog Some New Tricks: Resolutions for You and Your Dog

The new year is upon us and there’s no better time than the present to make a resolution to improve not only your own health and lifestyle, but your pooch’s as well.

Maybe it’s time to start working out together, learn how to brush his teeth, spend more time together or even teach him a new trick. No matter what, you and your pooch should vow to make 2018 a happy and healthy year, and ilovedogfriendly can help you get started with these tips.

Fetch Fitness: Workouts for You and Your Pooch

Obesity is a growing and serious problem for both people and their dogs.  The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that about 55 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. There are many factors that can cause dog obesity, but with the new year should come a new focus on fighting the fat.

The following workouts are divided into four weeks, perfect for cycling through each month, and are great for dogs and pet parents who want to lose weight together or just stay fit.

 

    • Week One: Running – Before starting a new exercise routine, take your dog to the vet for a check-up. Your vet may implement restrictions on how much running your dog will be able to handle. As with starting any new exercise routine, it’s best for both you and your dog to build up your endurance. For beginners, try walking and working up to a jog on Mondays and Thursdays. Run only as fast and as far as you and your pooch can handle on Tuesdays and Fridays, resting up on Wednesdays. A good benchmark to build on is to remember what house in your neighborhood you made it to on your first run. As you continue the new regimen, add one or two houses each time. For weekends or exercise enthusiasts, try to give your run some meaning. When jogging your dog without a leace you are surely gonna need a device like an unseen dog fence to monitor your dogs position at any time. Jog to the dog park or a nearby dog-friendly restaurant; the reward at the end will make it all worth it.
    • Week Two: Doga and Pilates – Time for you and your pooch to do your best downward dog stretch. Dog yoga, or doga, combines stretching and meditation to burn calories and help put your mind at ease. If you haven’t tried yoga before, it’s probably best to find a group class in your area to start with. Advanced yoga enthusiasts can kick up their workout by hiking up to a quiet spot or running around the beach first before a session. Pet parents can also try dog pilates, which combines spine-strengthening exercises, core toners and simple lifts. With either workout, both you and your pooch will get to spend some time together while working toward a healthier lifestyle.
    • Week Three: High Tail it Outside – Dog-friendly bootcamp is a great way for you and your dog to get in shape while enjoying the outdoors. While bootcamp routines will vary by instructor, most combine stretching, cardio and focused workouts to tone your arms, abs or legs. In the Los Angeles area, Thank Dog! Bootcamp offers classes that incorporate dog obedience training. Pet parents who want to exercise outside can also try hiking with their dog or going for a run along the beach. The change of scenery will give you and your dog a new experience, making the workout go by faster.
    • Week Four: Water Workouts – Perfect for the summer months, these are a few dog-friendly water exercises that will help both you and your pooch keep your cool while shedding some pounds. Swimming is always a great option for exercise since most dogs know how to doggie paddle and can learn to swim back and forth with you.For a more challenging workout, try stand-up paddle boarding with your pooch. This activity is a great arm and shoulder workout for you and obedience training for your dog since he’ll have to lay beneath you on the board without falling in the water. Be sure your dog is wearing a life vest when you paddle board in a marina or ocean. Below is a videos showcasing what type of activities you and your dog can do in the water.

Dog Care Resolutions

Make a resolution this new year to be the best pet parent you can possibly be. After all, caring for your dog’s health is the most important task of a pet parent.

  • If you don’t already do this each night, here’s our helpful guide on how to brush your dog’s teeth. Additionally, you should make a resolution to keep your dog’s coat healthy by brushing it. Not only will this untangle your dog’s fur, it’ll help you cut back on vacuuming by getting most of the loose hair out with the brush.
  • Also you must make sure that your dogs’ nails are polished and clean. Here you can find the best dog nail grinder reviews in order to choose the best for your needs.
  • This year, make a resolution to try a more holistic approach to your dog’s health. Most conditions can be treated with natural supplements, like our ilovedogfriendly vitamins. Learn how green tea helps your dog keep his new year’s resolutions.
  • A healthy diet is the foundation of your dog’s health. If possible, try to get your dog away from processed, commercial food and switch him to a home-cooked diet.

Get Focused: Quality and Training Time

One of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make is to spend more time with your dog. We all love coming home to a wagging tail, but sometimes a long workday or helping the kids leaves many of us unmotivated to give some attention to our dog.

On days you can’t workout, Eugenia Vogel, our Trainer, suggests training your dog during TV commercials.

“If you have time to sit down and watch an hour-long show, you have time to train your dog,” Vogel says. “Every time a commercial comes on, go to your dog and work on any commands or tricks you’re training. TV shows are a great training assistant because the commercial intervals are perfect for brief, frequent, and fun sessions.”

She adds, “just be sure to really focus on your dog during these brief training sessions; you’ll hear when your show comes back on, so during commercials, make it all about you and your dog.”

If you have some extra time to devote to your pup, you can always try teaching him how to dance or speak.

Bottom line, make 2018 the year you and your pooch get moving, spend more time together and improve both you and your dog’s health. See you soon.

 

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Welcome at the First Water Park for Dogs

Wet Wags

Sparkling pools with geysers? Check. Waterfalls? Check. Diving boards? Check. Poolside cabanas? Check.

Sounds like a fun water park to take the family, right? Wrong. These are all features of the Bora Bora Club – the first water park in the United States exclusively for dogs. The park opened at the Paradise Ranch Resort in Sun Valley, Calif., early in August, and soggy tails have been wagging there ever since.

Not only can pooches play below waterfalls and geysers – or jump off of diving boards and docks if that’s their thing – but more adventurous (and coordinated) surf-furs can take surfboard and boogie board lessons.

KABC-TV reports that Paradise Ranch Pet Resort was the first cage-free boarding facility in Texas when Kristyn Goddard opened it 15 years ago. In 1997, she and her husband moved to Southern California and opened the resort there. The water park’s Los Angeles area location has already made it popular with celebrities like Nicole Richie, Rihanna, and Shaquille O’Neal, whose pooches have all gotten their paws wet, according to KTLA News.

Goddard said the idea for the water park was sparked by her own dog. “She loves to go to the beach, she loves to get in the water, she loves shallow water, swimming…you know, dogs just love the water. So we just decided, why not? A water park for dogs,” she told KABC-TV.

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Dog Friendly Beaches in North Carolina

3 Dog Friendly Beaches in North Carolina

 

Dog at Town of Duck Beach, N.C.North Carolina is lucky to have more than one or two dog friendly beaches. Even though there are many places to take your pup, there aren’t as many offering an off-leash option. These three are a few of our favorites, from the top of the N.C. coast to the bottom, for letting your dog roam free – if only for a little while.

Before you get going, be sure to check out 5 Things You Need for a Trip to the Beach with Your Dog.

1. Town of Duck Beach – 1200 Duck Road, Duck (map), 252-255-1234

One of our favorite dog friendly beaches is the town beach in Duck. Not only are dogs allowed on the beach year-round, they’re also allowed on the beach off leash year-round. All the town asks is that you clean up after your pooch and throw waste away instead of burying it or throwing it out to sea, and we’re more than happy to oblige.

Fun Fact: Duck Beach was ranked by FIDO Friendly magazine as one of the “Top 10 FIDO Friendly Beaches.”

2.Dog at Topsail Beach, N.C.2. Topsail Beach, Topsail Beach (map)

Another favorite beach to take our pups to in North Carolina is Topsail Beach. While it’s not a year-round off-leash beach, it’s close: A leash is required mid-May through September, and the rest of the year dogs are allowed to romp freely in the surf – under good voice control, of course.

Fun Fact: Avid dog owners and beachgoers call Topsail Beach the most beautiful pet friendly beach on the East Coast.

3. Oak Island Beach, Oak Island (map)

Oak Island Beach is the southernmost N.C. beach that allows dogs year-round. Dogs are allowed off-leash from October 15 to May 15 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Like Topsail Beach, good voice control is required when you don’t have your dog leashed-up.

Fun Fact: Most of the Brunswick County beaches surrounding Oak Island are also dog friendly.

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10 Tips for proper paddling while surfing

World class tipsfor surfing effectively.

First the work, then the pleasure – so does the surfing. However, as you make the work more bearable and the pleasure in the length pull, you can read in my ten tips to the right paddle surfing!

1.Position is everything!

You must be positioned correctly on the board so that your surfboard can slide optimally. If you lie too far in front of your surfboard, then the nose plunges in and you do a somersault while paddling. If you lie too far back, look at your board tip in the sky and your board can not slip properly.

Try to put yourself on your board so that your breastbone is about two-thirds of the length of your board – so you have the optimal position to use your arms effectively (hint: the logo of the company or the shaper is often at that Location!). This figure varies depending on the shape of the board, but you can remember this tip. You’re right when you paddle the board nose just above the surface of the water on both a longboard and a shortboard.

 

  1. You only have two arms, use them wisely!

If you are just learning to surf, you tend to paddle with both arms at the same time, or to pull your hands too flat through the water. Not correct! You use too much energy and move the board only ineffectively.

Paddle with both arms alternating – as with the crawl. First, you get more balance on the board, second you paddlest much more effective, and thirdly it does not look so stupid! Imagine that right at your top of the board are wooden beams in the water, where you can hold on and pull forward – so you bring the power from the arms optimally into the water. With the actual arm pull you bring the arms under water in the elbow slightly angled with the hands under the board to the back.

Here you can see how you can train the effective and correct arm movement:

  1. Chill!

Try to keep your upper body steady, and use only your arms to paddle. Raise your head slightly and look at the water surface about two meters in front of you (ok, from time to time also, you have to find your waves!).

Stretch the muscles in the back and lower back to keep the upright position – at the same time you should try to stay loose in the shoulder strap. If you get tired, sometimes a few swimming pools in the water without a board help – relaxes and loosens the muscles.

  1. Do not paddle like a dolphin on coke !

Try to paddle slowly and relaxed. You are just as fast and the strength is longer. Try to paddle continuously and keep your surfboard evenly moving. If the board is “in motion”, you need less force!

Exception: Just before you take the wave, you should of course give a little gas!

  1. Paddle Effective!

Take a look at world class swimmer – the types are not to be outdated in effectiveness! Dive your arms deeply, pull under the board all the way back. Try to pull evenly and find your rhythm.

Use the force in the underwater phase and take the momentum to “hurry” the arms above water. If you concentrate on it, you can actively relax your arms in the “overcoming phase” of the train

  1. Be tender!

Dive your hands “streamlined” into the water and do not hit the water surface. Firstly, you are so easily out of balance, secondly you never find a rhythm; thirdly, it looks stupid.

Think again of the wooden beams in front of you in the water, try to reach these with your middle finger first. Focus on relaxing your hands – no joke, who cramps the hands when paddling, the strictly the whole arm musculature unnecessarily!

  1. Horny ass!

Try to stretch your buttocks a little, which helps you to be more stable on the surfboard. Automatically your shoulders go up a little, you can more effectively paddeln and have a better overview of the line-up. In addition, the external representation top!

  1. Feet allowed!

Try to relax your legs and feet. If you’re just learning to surf, you’ll know muscle soreness in the back thighs! A beginner tends to strain the legs constantly, which is not necessary when paddling. The legs only serve as a counterweight to the upper body and the balance when paddling.

“Loop” your legs parallel behind you, do not make a balancing act. However, if you paddle the shaft you can support it with a slight crawl. If you’re watching good surfers, you’ll see that they’re even banging their feet to relax. Just try it out!

  1. Breathe!

You work physically, so breathe! Many who just learn to surf forget the even breathing. This leads to side stabbing, fatigue and can become dangerous with a wave wipe-out – you need all your air!

Exercises on land, meditation and yoga help to control your breathing under stress. You can also link your breathing with your armrests: three arm lifts, inhale, three arm lifts, exhale!

  1. Be punctual!

Timing is everything. If you follow the above points, you will automatically be sitting in the sweet spot quite automatically! The timing of surfing is a real exercise, especially the “wave reading” is getting more time in line-up getting better! However, it can never hurt to have the necessary power and technique from the beginning to get to the right place to get up.

If your wave comes, try to tackle in time, just before getting up on the board again with two to three arm pulls properly gas – and off goes the wild ride!

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Educational field trips

Marine Biology, History, and Recreational Field Trips

Pnwwaterweb provides the ultimate field trip for your group. Every field trip is customized specifically for each group and includes a wide variety of instructional components, including marine biology, local history, and an assortment of recreational opportunities. We provide day, overnight, and multi-day programs. Overnight accommodations are in a hotel at the beach and all meals are provided. All of our programs take place in beautiful Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Ft Fisher. The entire Cape Fear region, including Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Southport are at your fingertips! Make your next field trip a Carolina Coastal Adventure!

Customizing your Trip

A typical day program consists of 6-8 hours of programming, in addition to an hour for lunch. Overnight programs consist of 6-8 hours of day programming, lunch, dinner, and a 1 hour evening program. Additional evening activities are readily available in the area. Program times are designed to fit group needs. You may choose ANY combination of programs to fill your day. Actual program schedules are planned according to tides and weather conditions.

Typical 2-day/1night program

Day 1 Breakfast
Beach Ecology Marsh Ecology
Lunch
Recreational Component
Dinner
Night Program

Day 2
Breakfast
Invertebrates or Rocky Intertidal
Habitat Hike (Carolina Beach State Park)
Lunch
History Component
Leave by 3pm (departure time depends on group needs)

 

Marine Biology Components
• Beach Ecology
• Salt Marsh Ecology
• Invertebrates of the Dock
• Rocky Outcrop Study
• Coastal Habitats Nature Walk
• Ft. Fisher Aquarium Trip
• Remote Island Boat Trips

Cape Fear History Components
• Fort Fisher
Fort Caswell

• Ft. Fisher Hermit’s Beach and Bunker
• Sugar Loaf Dune
• Native Americans of the Cape Fear Region

 

Recreational Components
• Kayaking
• Map & Compass
• Team building
• Fishing
• Overnight Camping

Evening Programs
• Shark Talk
Sea Turtle Talk
• Night Walk
• Astronomy