Archive for April 9th, 2010

Little Angels – Small Dog Breed video Small dog breeds pose for the camera and look like little angels.

Good Dogs Ready to Teach You Some New Marketing Tricks

Good Dogs Ready to Teach You Some New Marketing Tricks

Dogs. They have a way of bringing out the soft, tender side of men, women and kids. And they’re big business. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), 39% of American households own at least one dog. The APPMA estimates pet owners spent over billion on food for their pets in 2006.

If you’re thinking of building a business that targets dog owners, take a lesson from Greg Jarvis of Trick Dog Gallery in Elberta, Michigan, and Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff of Three Dog Bakery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Greg Jarvis, an artist, hit the bullseye when he launched Trick Dog Gallery featuring his whimsical paintings, prints, sculpture and furniture. Nestled in the dunes of Lake Michigan and overlooking Betsie Bay, the first thing you notice driving up to the gallery are the sculptures, cement images and colorful mosaics that make Trick Dog stand out.

Big dogs. Little dogs. Benches. Paintings. Clothing. You name it. Dogs are Greg’s brand, and his customers — tourists searching for fun, relaxation and a good cup of java — are loyal because of that focus. The full service espresso bar and bakery pulls vacationers in, and the dog-centered art entices them to open their wallets to purchase fun gifts, toys and dog products.

You’ll find everything from an “Unleash Yourself” messenger bag to an ,800 “Wish You Were Here” painting (50 inches wide x 30 inches high). When we last visited, a new sign hanging on the door caught our attention and made us laugh out loud:

Unattended children will be given an espresso! And a puppy! (No Kidding)

We’re dog-gone impressed with all Greg has created around a brand that represents the essence of his talent and man’s best friend.

Far from Michigan but close in spirit are Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff, owners of Three Dog Bakery. When they launched their business, they weren’t thinking about big branding opportunities. They were simply thinking about their three dogs: Sarah Jean, Dottie, and Gracie. What Dye and Beckloff really wanted was to find dog treats free of additives and artificial ingredients. They couldn’t locate any, so in 1989, they baked their own and opened Three Dog Bakery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Today the company has more than 30 stores in the US and Canada, seven in Japan, and two in South Korea. Along the way, Dye and Beckloff spun off a television cooking show for dogs, a mail-order business, several books, and the non-profit Gracie Foundation for abused, neglected, and homeless dogs.

Three Dog Bakery has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Tonight Show, and National Public Radio, and written up in the New York Times, People, and USA Today.

As with any strong brand, the idea for Three Dog Bakery and Trick Dog Gallery started with a unique product concept; a clear target audience; a focused, memorable message; and a strategy to convert strangers into raving fans eager to purchase again and again.

But success didn’t happen overnight. There were tough times. Times they questioned whether they were on the right path.

But, dog-gone it, branding paid off in a big way as they created an unmistakeable brand identity that pulled customers in like a magnet. We think it’s inspiring that they’re having so much fun in the process.

How about you?

* Do you have a business that’s focused on your passion and strengths?

* Do you have a business the speaks to the wants and needs of a particular target audience?

* Do you know the heart and soul of your brand?

If not, it’s dog-gone time to unleash yourself! Focus your brand around 4 key branding concepts — a unique product/service concept; a clear target audience; a focused, memorable message; and a strategy to convert strangers into raving fans — and you will achieve business success.

Certified Marketing Spitfires Holly George and Leslie Hamp are creators of the ‘Fast Track to Marketing Mastery’ program. To learn more about the step-by-step program, and to sign up for their fre*e Marketing Mastery Success Kit, visit

Jobz 4 Dogs: Rescue Dogs [VHS]

Jobz 4 Dogs: Rescue Dogs [VHS]

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Pets As Service Animals For Seniors And the Physically Handicapped

Pets As Service Animals For Seniors And the Physically Handicapped

As people get too old, they find it difficult to even do daily chores at home. Such people especially, require a helping hand. Animals can be trained to become great domestic help. Along with helping they also can provide great companionship. The most preferable pets are dogs. Cats are kept as pets to provide company to people like senior citizens who are stressed out or are heart patients, blood pressure patients, so as to help them beat stress. Even exotic pets such as capuchin monkeys are trained for this purpose. Not only are they big help for senior citizens but as well as for the physically handicapped such as blind people and quadriplegics.

Service dogs are dogs are specially trained dogs for patients with disabilities. The hearing dog is a special kind of service dog which are trained to help the hearing impaired and deaf people. They help by alerting the disabled when it hears important sounds such as phone rings, doorbells, alarm clocks and smoke alarms. They are of great help not only within the house, but also outdoors. They alert the handler when someone calls out the person’s name, approaching sirens, and forklifts. Hearing dogs can be recognized by the bright orange leash and collar they are made to wear. Sometimes they even wear a jacket or a cape which can be of any color.

Some service dogs are also trained as mobility assistance dog to help a physically handicapped person. They are trained to open and close doors, pick up things, and even turn on and off the switches. Dogs with larger build are also trained to pull patients in wheelchairs. They do this with the help of a special harness which facilitates them to pull objects.

They are also trained as walker dogs, which are also nicknamed as living canes. They help patients with Parkinson’s disease and other disorders. They assist their owners with the help of their gait and also provide balance while walking. Incase the handler falls off, the dog helps to regain position by acting as a brace. All kinds of mobility assistance dogs are allowed in areas where pet aren’t allowed, like in public places and transportations.

Dogs are also trained for assisting people with Type 1 diabetes. They are service dogs trained to smell the odor changes in the body which helps to determine hypoglycemia or low blood glucose. Another type of service dogs is seizure response dog. They help patients with epilepsy or seizure disorder. They help to seek help in case of emergency, block the handler with absence seizures, pull dangerous objects away from the body, and wake up the unconscious patient. They are also trained to use a pre-programmed phone. They also provide physical and emotional support and also carry information about the patient’s medical condition.

Service dogs are also trained to help people with psychiatric disabilities such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, autism, and post traumatic stress disorder. They alert the handler to take medicines, and also help people having hallucinations, paranoia or alerting behaviors. They also act as a brace and help to retrieve objects. Dogs which help the visually impaired people or blind people are known as guide dogs. They help the handler to walk around obstacles. But the disadvantage here is that dogs are partially color blind. They cannot see red and green color, so they cannot help the blind with traffic signals. They even cannot be trained to interpret street signs. Guide horses are also employed to help people who are blind and who do not prefer guide dogs. The horses are miniature horses. Some people prefer horses because they live longer than the dogs. Some are also allergic or scared of dogs. But the advantage of keeping a guide dog is that they can live within the house, but the horse needs to be kept in a barn. Also horses cannot travel on public transportations like a dog.

Capuchin monkeys are also trained by some organizations. They help the quadriplegics or patients who have paralysis in all their four limbs. Initially they should be brought up with people with no disabilities and then after reaching a certain age; they can be given intense training and then transferred to the home of the quadriplegic. They can perform tasks such as opening bottles, microwaving food and they even wash the face of their owner. They are also very friendly animals and are safe for kids, too.

Glenn T. Cressy is the owner of Registered Service Dogs. He was in construction Management for a number of years. He also was a Washington State Lobbiest and ran for the Washington State Senate. He is well versed in how to run a company that complies with the local and federal laws.

Things to Consider in Choosing Dog Shock Collar

Things to Consider in Choosing Dog Shock Collar

There are some misconceptions about dog shock collars and how they really work. The shock that is emitted by collars is minimal and safe to the dog. The shock that is emitted depends on the level that you specify on the collar. Dog shock collars are used to train or for behavior modification of dogs. The use of dog shock collar depends on the behavior of your dog that you want to modify. Some of dog collars are designed to stop or reduce the excessive barking of dog. This is sometimes referred as electronic dog collar. There are various types of dog shock collar available in the market that you can choose from. In choosing or purchasing a shock collar for your dog, there are things to consider. It is more than just choosing the expensive ones. It is best to take into accounts the safety of your dog in choosing a dog collar.

First, consider the age and size of your dog. If your dog is still a puppy, select a flat buckle collar that is safe for your dog. If the dog is fully grown, a type of collar that would be sufficient should be strong. Make sure that the collar you use for your dog fits well as they will not be choke. Second, consider the personality or breed of your dog. If your dog is strong and has a tendency to be stubborn, make sure you choose a sturdier collar that is suitable to his attitude. Consider also the material of the collar that you use for your dog. There is wide range of materials for dog shock collar. The most popular are leather and nylon. These two are durable and less expensive.

To make sure that the use of shock collar to your dog is safe, consult a veterinarian. The improper use of these devices can harm your pet so, it would be ideal if you consult a professional. Dog training is not easy and takes time and effort on the part of the owner to train their pet. It needs constant reinforcement from the owner to make the dog understand and recognize the things that you want to teach them.

Birthday Cake for Dogs

Birthday Cake for Dogs

Celebrate your dog’s birthday with a birthday cake for dogs.

Ingredients for Birthday cake for dogs:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup corn oil
1 jar baby food, meat, beef, strained
4 eggs
2 strips beef jerky — (2 to 3)

Preparation for birtday cake for dogs:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour an 8x5x3 inch loaf pan. Cream butter until smooth. Add corn oil, baby food, and eggs. Mix until smooth. Mix dry ingredients into beef mixture until batter is smooth. Crumble beef jerky and fold into batter. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Ice with plain yogurt or cottage cheese. Store uneaten cake in refrigerator. Enjoy birthday cake for dogs.

Cake for Dogs
– Providing a recipe for birthday cake for
dogs.  Plus, you will find information and resources
for homemade dog treat recipes and snacks.

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