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Welcome to the Spring-Summer 2021 issue of CityDog Magazine. While were on hold for most of 2020 due to COVID-19, we are pleased to announce we are back and better + than ever! Last year marked our RECIPE FROM R TOP CHEF STA SHOTA 15th anniversary and now we can NAKAJIMA finally celebrate! In the spring of 2005, we launched the first issue of BEST COOL STUFF CityDog Magazine with the goal of of the FOR HOT DOGS providing a place for dog lovers to WEST FIREWORKS BEST PLACES TO explore the places they love with AND FIDO SIT • STAY • PLAY the four-legged love of their life. DOG’S EYE VIEW BACKYARD CABIN white center chickens retreats Over the years, we’ve published close to 60 magazines, packed with the best places to sit, stay and play with your pooch in the Pacific Northwest. We were super excited to publish our first book, the Doggone Travel+Adventure Guide and are even more excited to publish our second book, the Doggone Guide to Seattle+Puget Sound, available later this year!


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As we look to the future, we hope to continue to build a sense of community for dog lovers like you—people who adore their pups and want the very best in pooch-centric products, dog-friendly getaways, health and wellness advice, training tips, and local events in print and online. Speaking of online, I am super happy to announce our brand new website! While we were sequestered for the past year, we decided to re-design and re-launch our website! is the go-to place to find all you need to know about living in the city you love with the fourlegged love of your life; a place to discover some doggone great getaways, seek advice on health and behavior, search for petrelated businesses and services, find local dog-centric events, meet fellow dog lovers and shop for unique products for pooches and people. Be sure to check it out as well as our individual city sites starting with and! With that said, I want to thank everyone who has supported CityDog Magazine over the years, from our loyal subscribers, to our amazing writers and photographers, to our dedicated advertisers—without any of you, CityDog would not exist, so thank you! We hope you will continue with us on this wild ride! Woofs & wags! Brandie Ahlgren, Founder & Editor CityDog Magazine |

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FOR THE LOVE OF RESCUE DOGS BY TOM COLVIN, PAULA SUNDAY & MICK MCAULIFFE BOOKS WE LOVE The perfect read before you bring your rescue pet home, For the Love of Rescue Dogs is a witty and informative book on all things caninerelated. From illustrating the many facets of their personality and helping them transition to your home to learning the best ways to train and care for them, this is a great resource to give your rescue dog the life they’ve always wanted.

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BOOKS WE LOVE Whether you’ve had a puppy before, it’s been awhile, or you’re totally new to having a furry friend, The Golden Rules of Positive Puppy Training will be your go-to guide that’s fun to read, visually adorable, with illustrations by Jean-Yves Grall, and full of must-have information. With a focus on the puppy’s first year of life, you’ll learn about rewardbased training, why it’s the best method for both you and your pet, the importance of building a strong dog-owner relationship, and everything a dog needs to stay healthy, both physically and emotionally.

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When I received the pitch to interview Seattle chef and restaurateur Shota Nakajima, I was beyond thrilled. Shota is a three-time James Beard semi-finalist, has just reopened his anticipated Capitol Hill restaurant Taku—a Japanese fried chicken concept—and is currently competing on season 18 of Top Chef on Bravo. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan! But, according to Shota, the real star is his border collie Dodger! Shota adopted Dodger in 2020 when Dodger was a year and a half and they have been inseparable ever since. He takes him everywhere including foraging excursions for wild mushrooms in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, camping trips, cook-outs, and recipe taste-testing (see Shota and Dodger’s dog food recipe on the following page). Now two years old, Dodger entered into Shota’s life sort of serendipitously. A friend of Shota told him his personality is like a border collie, so like most dog lovers, he took it as a compliment and decided to call a breeder in Washington “just to chat and ask questions.” “Janice DeMello from Hob Nob who breeds border collies was kind enough to talk with me,” says Shota. “At the end, she asked if I was looking for a puppy and I said not really because I don’t have time. She mentioned her friend is looking for a good home for her border collie—that they have another dog and the two don’t get along. I met up with her that day and came home with a new friend named Dodger!” If you’re watching this season of Top Chef—or have watched any season for that matter —then you know the competition is grueling. This season, the show was taped in nearby Portland, Oregon but even so, Dodger stayed with Shota’s mom and dad while taping. “My mom and dad watched him while I was in Portland,” says Shota. “When I call my mom or go see her, she loves Dodger and Dodger loves her, which is the sweetest thing to watch.”

Chef Shota Nakajima and Dodger at the newly-opened Taku, located on Capitol Hill. 8 • CityDog Magazine

Shota continues, “It was definitely hard being away from him during filming. Getting out of the shower, or jumping into bed after a stressful day and him not being there when

A favorite activity, Shota and Dodger enjoy a hike; another favorite, foraging for mushrooms; a Shota sketch of Dodger.

I called his name was very weird. When I closed both my restaurants in spring 2020, I was with him 24/7. He helped me get through a lot of emotions at the time, so not having him there was tough. But, at least I had pictures and got to Zoom with him a few times!” On episode 5, “Meet You at the Drive-In,” the chefs went headto-head at the first-ever Top Chef Drive-In, where each team was tasked with creating dishes based on popular movie genres like comedy, science fiction, drama, adventure and horror. Yes, horror! “My challenge was to come up with drive-in food based on horror,” says Shota. “My worst nightmare is something happening to Dodger, so I went with it.” The result? Well, let’s just say it lived up to the horror genre, but not in a good way. The “cheesy, bloody corndog,” according to Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, “Will give me nightmares.” Back home in Seattle, when he’s not at the new restaurant, Shota enjoys hiking or mushroom foraging with Dodger. “He also loves it when I take him sheep herding with a trainer,” says Shota. “He’s also getting better at smelling things out on command, so I’ve been training him on truffles!” After the show finished taping, Shota took Dodger back to Hood River, Ore. “We walked around the area where we went fishing and did the outdoor challenge,” says Shota. “I shared with him behindthe-scenes stories, but he didn’t seem all that interested.” As a chef and owner of Capitol Hill restaurant Taku, of course Shota prepares meals for Dodger. “I make him dog food with left over rice, veggies and chicken. He loves it, but he also loves to snack like me so anything makes him happy.” Of course we had to ask Shota for a recipe to share with readers! “In my fried chicken joint Taku we have rice left over at the end of the night that I don’t want to go to waste, so I decided to turn it into dog food,” says Shota. “My dog has long hair, so I added salmon oil to the recipe and now I barely need to brush him!”

CHEF SHOTA NAKAJIMA’S DOG FOOD RECIPE 1/4 cup cooked rice 1/8 cup chopped spinach 1/4 cup minced carrot 1/2 cup small diced chicken 1 cup no sodium stock/water 1 tbs salmon oil Add everything to a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 25 minutes at low heat, while occasionally stirring. Let cool and serve. Spring-Summer 2021 • 9





Bok bok. Bark bark. Two very different sounds from two very different animals. That’s right: we’re talking about dogs and chickens. Both are very popular, especially in the Pacific Northwest, so we’re here to answer the age-old question: Can dogs and chickens coexist? The answer it turns out, is usually yes—with some qualifiers. Just ask Kelly Patton. Kelly and her husband have been raising chickens and dogs together for the past six years. The dogs came first, which, according to Patton, made it easier in the long run. “The dogs we had at the time were already well trained and a bit older which made introducing the chickens a smoother transition,” she said. The dogs they had at first—two Lab rescues and a Rottweiler rescue—didn’t have very strong prey drives. They did, however, successfully raise a puppy with a very strong prey drive around the chickens. The key? Management. “I’d say most importantly take things slow. If your dog is chasing, lunging, circling, barking or hard staring at the chickens it’s probably best to take a step back. Dogs and chickens can definitely coexist but it’s a relationship that typically takes a little time to build,” Patton said. When they first brought home their chicks, Patton and her husband allowed the dogs to sniff the brooder while it was covered and secure. “I gave them treats to create a positive association. I also brought the brooder inside in the evening for a few hours while everyone was resting so the dogs could get used to having them around while in a calm environment,” she said.

Between two children, four dogs, and several chickens—and ensuring they all get along—Kelly Patton has a full house. 10 • CityDog Magazine

Want to bring home adult chickens instead? The process is similar, just done outside. “I typically start by observing the dog’s behavior while the chickens are behind a secure fence, again using treats to create a positive association,” Patton said. “If the dog seems disinterested, I will allow the chickens into the yard while the dog is on leash, again observing behavior and treating.” If you already have a dog or dogs, and want to add chickens to the mix, Patton suggests researching different chicken breeds, so you can pick the ones that fit your lifestyle

the best. “I’ve really fallen in love with Cochins because they are fairly laid back. Having chickens that are larger and not skittish seem to be less of a temptation to the dogs,” she said. Ultimately, a successful chicken/dog household comes down to the personalities of the dogs and chickens, and how you manage their time together. Patton has a mix of personalities right now, and different management plans for each. “Right now we have two Great Dane Mastiff mixes, a Lab, and a Saint Bernard/Terrier mix. The Lab and the Dane/Mastiff mixes are completely disinterested in the chickens. They can all coexist in the backyard together just fine,” she said. “Our Saint Bernard/Terrier mix acts much more like a terrier and has an incredibly strong prey drive. I can now have her in the backyard with the chickens after she’s been exercised and while in a ‘down/stay’ command. It took a lot of work and several years to get there.” So while it may take some time (and definitely extra training), your dream of owning both chickens and dogs can come true. “I definitely think it’s possible for dogs and chickens to coexist,” Patton said. “I’ve seen it happen!”

TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME CHICKEN OWNERS Thinking of adding a backyard flock to your home? Here are seven beginner tips from Common Sense Home to ensure it’s a fun, safe experience for everyone.

Start with chicks or mature hens, instead of trying to hatch your own eggs.

Choose dual-purpose chicken breeds, like Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, or Barred Rocks. They’re usually hardier and more self sufficient, making them better for coexisting with dogs.

Keep your coop simple. You don’t need a fancy hen house to have happy chickens. Chickens need protection from predators, a place to roost, nesting boxes, and space to move around. The rest is just extra.

Keep things as simple and natural as possible. Think freerange foraging, natural cleaning methods, and giving hens a natural break from laying eggs in the winter.

Establish a routine with your chickens. They like predictability just like your dogs and cats.

Clean up regularly. The coop can get pretty dirty, so keep on top of cleaning nesting boxes and foraging areas before it gets out of control.

Consider a heated water bowl. Especially if you live in a colder climate, a heated water dish will ensure your chickens have access to fresh water regularly, without you having to thaw it multiple times a day. Spring-Summer 2021 • 11


t Cover Up with P.L.A.Y. P.L.A.Y.’s Luxe Throw saves your couch from unsightly dog hair, drool, and stains. Made with heavy weight fabric that’s double-sided and water-resistant, it drapes beautifully across you and your dog’s favorite lounging pad. Pictured here in Papaya; $89 at

p PAIKKA for Your Pooch The Slow Feed Bowl by PAIKKA causes your pooch to eat around the 3D shaped bone, helping him feel full while eating less. Plus paced eating prevents indigestion and bloating. To keep the dish cool, simply soak it in water for 45 seconds to activate the cooling effect. The bowl will stay cool for hours keeping Fido’s food fresh. $50 at

The Snuggle is Real p These hilarious pet tags by Wag-A-Tude Pet Tags are sure to raise a smile wherever you are, with clever quips like “The Snuggle is Real,” “What Do You Mean, I’m Adopted?” and “I Kiss on the First Date.” Choose from hundreds of designs and don’t be afraid to show your dog’s ‘tude! Plus, the price is right at $18 each at

Cruising with Your Canine u There’s nothing like a furry (or feathered) friend to tag along on your adventures. Electra Bicycle Company has the perfect accessory for you and your pup. Made with durable, non-toxic plastic and built with a wire dome made of steel protecting your pet from jumping out, the Basil Pet Carrier easily attaches to your bike. There’s even an added cushion for comfort. Accessorize with a Frenchie-themed bike bell and you’re good to go! $15 and $185 at 12 • CityDog Magazine

t Charmed, I’m Sure The purrfect gift for a dog or cat lover, this paw print charm by The Tangerine Poppy is paired with a beautiful teardrop gemstone. Choose between Moonstone, Black Onyx, Labradorite or Peridot, with a 14k gold-filled or sterling silver chain. $42 and up at

Pay It Forward for Pets u Over the past five years, Skechers has contributed more than $6.6 million to help more than 1.2 million shelter pets, including saving more than 835,000 rescued pets in the United States and Canada. Now you can join this inspiring movement by shopping the BOBS from Skechers collection which includes new slip-on Beach Bingo styles that feature your favorite furry friends. $48; available for purchase at

Hit the Road u Fetch your super soft CityDog tee, along with a copy of the

Doggone Travel + Adventure Guide and hit the road with Rover. With over 200, full-color pages, it’s packed with the best places to sit, stay and play with your pooch in the Pacific Northwest—from wine tasting in Walla Walla, to exploring the Olympic Peninsula with your pooch, to kicking it with your canine one the Oregon Coast! Both available in the CityDog Shop at

t Alpaca for Your Pooch We absolutely love the alpaca-wool sweaters by Alqo Wasi and have featured them many times in the past, but this time it’s about their Alpaca toy. These lovely Alpacas are woven and embroidered in 100% sheep’s wool and plumped with 100% raw and natural wool. Best of all, there’s a squeaker inside. Check out the Alpaca plus other toys and sweaters at Spring-Summer 2021 • 13

t Loki Travel Dog Bed Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Rumpl has grown from a single, home-made ‘sleeping bag blanket’ to a whole line of blankets perfect for travel and dog lovers alike. Most recently, they’ve added a dog bed to their repertoire. Highly portable, durable, and cozy, the Loki Travel Dog Bed was built for travel, outdoor adventures, and life on the go. The bed and mattress pack into individual stuff sacks so you’re ready for anything. $249 at

Scout & About Outdoor Dog Tent u The Scout & About Outdoor Dog Tent turns rugged adventures with your dog into a breeze with its compact and collapsible design for easy travel. Durable outdoor fabric and a fullyenclosed floor keeps the outdoors where it belongs and prevents intrusion from unwanted visitors. Mesh sides provide ample ventilation and visibility, while providing shelter from the elements including a water-resistant roof to keep your dog dry. This cozy portable pet hideaway tent is the perfect accessory for heading into the wilderness with man’s best friend. $119 in the CityDog Shop at

t Scout & About Outdoor Chill Pad The Scout & About Outdoor Chill Pad gives your dog a cozy and comfortable place to rest in style in the great outdoors. This waterproof mat rolls up compactly and features a convenient carrying handle for easy travel. $45-$75 in the CityDog Shop at

Scout & About Outdoor Dog Tent u Your dog will hit the streets in style thanks to P.L.A.Y.’s collection of unique pet collars and leashes. The luxurious Napoli Collar & Leash is the perfect statement accessory for the chic canine. $50-$70 in the CityDog Shop at

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CityDog Eco Hoodie u Available in charcoal, black and pacific, our new Motorcycle Club Eco Hoodie is what to wear when going there…whether it be to the dog park with your pooch or lounging at home with your four-legged friend. Featuring a boxer on a motor bike, our super soft hoodie is perfect for dog lovers and gear heads alike…or anyone who simply wants a super cool sweatshirt to wear around the ‘hood! Best of all, it’s made with 80% organic cotton and 20% recycled polyester. Our eco-friendly hoodies are enzyme washed to provide a soft, worn-in feel and reduce environmental impact. Plus, for every hoodie sale, a donation is made to environmental non-profit organizations. $49 in the CityDog Shop at

t Scout & About Travel Bowl and Water Bottle The Scout & About Dog Travel Bowl is the perfect accessory when you and your pup are on the go. This travel bowl is light and portable, folds flat and hooks effortlessly to your belongings to make it easy to refuel your pup anywhere the day takes you! Pair it with P.L.A.Y.’s lightweight and eco-friendly water bottle and you and your furry friend can stay hydrated while on any adventure. $15 and $25 in the CityDog Shop at

Chill Out with P.L.A.Y.’s Chill Pad u These Chill Pads by P.L.A.Y. are perfect for your pooch to…you know…chill out on…and one of our all-time favorite products. Available in a variety of cool colors, throw one in your office, in front of the fireplace or in the back of your car. Light and easily portable, they are designed to fit most standard pet crates — yet, tough, with durable construction, ensuring dog-years of use. $29-$90 in the CityDog Shop at

t Enjoy the Old Frontier with Fido Dusty mountain trails, iconic western landscapes, and high-alpine campsites are all made complete when we’re there with our trusty sidekicks, especially when he’s sporting his OldFrontier Dog Collar & Leash from Wolfgang Man & Beast. $18-$20 at Spring-Summer 2021 • 15

t Camp Corbin Collection Inspired by beloved office dog and head product tester Corbin, this new collection of plush toys by P.L.A.Y. is comprised of all of his favorite camping essentials including a tent with cozy sleeping bag inside, tasty carob smore to enjoy with the campfire toy, a cool kayak plus a lantern to illuminate it all— Camp Corbin truly a place where playtime never ends! $60 for the entire set at

Brutus Bone Broth p Humans have enjoyed Bone Broth for hundreds of years as part of a healthy diet…why can’t man’s best friend enjoy it too? Well now they can...Brutus Bone Broth is the only bone broth with added glucosamine and chondroitin for joint and digestive health. Brutus Biscuits are made with the same human-grade broth and crafted to provide exceptional flavor while still packing the health benefits into every bite. Free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, both are available in beef or chicken at

Dry Your Dog u After a bath, dry your dog with Dry your dog with Tall Tails’ Cape Towel. This towel has a collar with Velcro fastener to wrap around your pet’s neck and is built with two hand pockets for more control when drying. Super soft, and created with terry fiber material, it’s 50% more absorbent than cotton. $22 at 16 • CityDog Magazine

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p Rockin’ It Moroccan Style Make a modern statement with P.L.A.Y.’s Moroccan Lounge Bed. The 100% natural cotton fabric is the perfect mix of chic and comfort to give your dog a sanctuary for those tranquil, starry nights. Your pup will look flawless as he contemplates his next adventure from his favorite seat in the house. Available in four sizes (S, M, L and XL) and four colors: Marsala (pictured above), Ash Gray, Teal and Navy Blue. Starting at $108 in the CityDog Shop at Spring-Summer 2021 • 17


Close to 150 dogs unleashed their inner super models at the 14th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. We would like to congratulate our four finalists, Cheerio, Walter and Olena, ...and the winner Ollie (pictured here) who will grace the cover of the next issue.

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White Center, located on the very south end of West Seattle, has evolved into a funky, family- and dog-friendly neighborhood. From barbecue to breweries to bakeries, you and your pooch will have plenty to do in the ‘hood.

GOOD DOG, INC. (9064 Delridge Way SW; Founded by lifelong dog lovers Jeffrey Henderson and Kevin Sonnichsen, Good Dog, Inc. is a doggie daycare and boarding facility conveniently located on Delridge Way. The daycare features two large play areas—one for little dogs and one for big dogs. On our visit, the big dog area was raucus, with lots of play happening. In contrast, the little dog area was totally chill. In addition to boarding, Good Dog, Inc. offers hourly, half-day and full-day rates, with discounts on 10 and 20 day packages.

FRESH FLOURS BAKERY (9410 Delridge Way SW; The story of Fresh Flours began with a dream and two business partners, Keiji and Etsuko. Born and raised in Tokyo, Keiji took a keen interest in the world of baking, with his first baking job in New York City. With a passion for developing his own unique recipes, Keiji decided to move out of the big city to start his own baking business. Etsuko, with a vision of evolving Japanese influenced pastries, quickly joined and along with their two dogs, drove 3,000 miles cross-country, landing in Seattle in September 2000. Five years later, the first Fresh Flours Bakery & Cafe opened, with four locations today including White Center (and we couldn’t be happier). Croissants, quiches, scones, cakes, cookies and a rainbow of macarons in every conceivable flavor including Green Tea, Passion Fruit, Chocolate, Raspberry, Earl Grey, Black Currant, Coconut Mango and Yuzu, to name a few. Best of all, dogs are welcome in the outdoor courtyard, where you can enjoy your delicious pastries, coffee and free WiFi.

KINGDOM OF BASIL (9431 17th Ave SW; Located accross the street

Top from left: Thya sports an Urban Animal bandana; this sign leads the way to play at Good Dog, Inc. Above: Cowboy boot planters greet patrons at Drunky Two Shoes. 24 • CityDog Magazine

from Fresh Flours, Kingdom of Basil is comprised of a group of wellness practitioners, each specializing in acupunture, reiki, massage, food therapy and herbal medicine for animals. “I believe a holistic approach to healing should be used in stages of sickness and health,” says Dr. Lena McCullough. “I see each animal as an individual. By considering animals as a whole, I am able to use a variety of healing modalities that take into account each animal’s emotional and physical differences. By doing this, the treatments are able to reach the root cause of the illness, helping to bring about lasting health.”

The center is also home to a small herbal business, specializing in herbal formulas for animals (as recommended by your holistic vet). All herbs are human grade and all Chinese herbs come from companies that do extensive testing for pesticides and contaminants.

URBAN ANIMAL (9610 17th Ave SW; Dr. Cherri Trusheim is the visionary behind Urban Animal. Built upon the principles of affordable care provided by individuals who are highly trained and experienced, Urban Animal has created a new model of veterinary care. With three clinics—Capitol Hill, downtown and now White Center—the principle is spreading, and we like it! Walk-ins are welcome at all three locations and White Center fits right in with a vintage Roxbury Lanes sign above its reception area (if you live or grew up in White Center, you know Roxbury Lanes)! Urban Animal is focused on you and your dog’s comfort. The exam room walls are lined with black and white, animalthemed vintage photos—there’s even a photo booth available should you want to take a picture of you and your pup. Dr. Trusheim believes that creating a calm environment is standard practice, “At each location, I try to create a place that is inviting and relaxing, a place you’d like to sit for a while. When the dog’s owner is calm the dog will be relaxed.”

Clockwise from top: The small dog play area at Good Dog, Inc.; the sign at Beer Star, where dogs are welcome inside the taproom and outside on the patio; Thya enjoys a massage at Kingdom of Basil; coffee and macarons at Fresh Flours Bakery. Spring-Summer 2021 • 25

BEER STAR (9801 16th Ave SW; Beer Star is kid-friendly, dog-friendly and definitely beer-friendly. With 48 beers on tap, and hundreds more in bottles, plus wine and ciders, you won’t go thirsty here. The expansive taproom and outdoor deck are both dog friendly. Saddle up to the bar with Bowzer by your side, order a cold one and chow on a burger from Lil Woody’s or a slice from Southside Pizza—both located adjacent to Beer Star.

DRUNKY TWO SHOES BBQ (9655 16TH Ave SW; If you love barbecue as much as we do, you will love the dog-friendly outdoor patio area at Drunky Two Shoes. The slow-roasted meats come from local, sustainable farms that pride themselves on organic, hormone-free, pasture-raised, free-range, happy animals. The result is mouth-watering pulled pork, beef brisket, juicy pork ribs, smoked chicken, and more. Pair it with a side of baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread with honey butter, and your life will be complete. And, don’t forget to share with your furry friend!

FUTURE PRIMITIVE BREWING (9832 14th Ave SW; Future Primitive Brewing is a family- and Fido-friendly taproom with beers brewed on-site and growler fills available to go. Their food trailer, Das Wagon, serves up central European inspired cuisine including bratwurst with grilled onions and stoneground mustard, thin-sliced smoked kielbasa and Louisiana style hotlinks, with jalepenos, grilled onions, house-made beer cheese, and something they call “Danger-Relish,” and ham and Swiss sliders. Yum! But, since it’s a brewery, we must mention the beer and it is definitely worth mentioning. With 11 beers on tap, we limit our tasting to three (this is a work day, afterall), starting with “Sunshine On My Porter.” Several months in the making, Future Primitive collaborated with Middlefork Coffee Roasters in Southpark, Seattle to develop a custom roast with beans from Chiapas Mexico, creating a delicious, light-bodied brown porter. Next, we try the 1889 Smoked Lager, named for the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 and then “k Byee,” an ode to saying goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. All three are delicious! From top: Along with human treats, dog treats are doled out at Fresh Flours; the vintage Roxbury Lanes sign at Urban Animal is an ode to the ‘hood; stickers adorn the taproom at Future Primitive Brewing—do you see CityDog? 26 • CityDog Magazine

RESTING WATERS (9205 35th Ave SW; Deciding

Photo by Luna Azul

what to do after your pet’s passing is never easy, but Resting Waters, a pet funeral home specializing in aquamation, provides pet owners an alternative. Aquamation is a gentle, eco-responsible process, also referred to as alkaline hydrolysis. Using water flow, low temperature and alkali, it is more like the natural decomposition that occurs after burial than any other body disposition method. “With how we perform aquamation, a pet’s family is in control,” explains Resting Waters co-founder Darci Bernard. “We’re able to offer each family a unique experience including a private memorial service with friends to express their love for their pet. We lovingly handle every animal in our care and we allow the owner to stay with their pet as long as they need.” Along with your pet’s remains in an urn of your choice, Resting Waters will also provide a small vial of fur clippings as well as your pet’s ink paw prints to keep as treasured mementos.

A DOG’S DREAM (9000 8th Ave SW; Located next door to Zippy’s Giant Burgers, a Dog’s Dream is a natural pet supply store and self-service dog wash that specializes in premium pet foods. With one location in White Center and another one in Georgetown, they only carry domestically made and domestically sourced foods, with protein as the first ingredient (they do not carry any foods that contain wheat, soy, corn, or by-products). Along with food, you’ll find everything your pet will need from bowls to beds to collars, toys, treats, travel gear, and more.

WESTCREST OFF-LEASH AREA (9000 8th Ave SW; One of our regular stomping grounds, Westcrest is a mixture of developed park and second growth forest covering 80-plus acres, with plenty of on-leash trails plus an off-leash area featuring a large fenced play area plus a small dog/shy dog play area.

Above: Resting Waters founders Joslin Roth and Darci Bernard; a stroll through Westcrest Park.

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Whether it’s the the coast that calls your name, or Washington’s mystic mountains that beckon, finding a canine-friendly cabin to retreat to this summer is easier than ever. That’s because there are so many. So, we’ve narrowed it down to our top five to make it easier!

Top: Clam digging at Iron Springs Resort. Above: A game of Chinese checkers at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. 28 • CityDog Magazine

Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort

Lakedale Resort

7375 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, Wash. Phone: 800.574.2123;

4313 Roche Harbor Rd, Friday Harbor, Wash. 360.378.2350;

If you’ve ever been to Leavenworth, Wash. in the summer, then you know it is a Mecca for outdoor adventure lovers and dog lovers alike. If not, then you are in for a special treat. Another treat is Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, nestled in the Cascade Mountains near Leavenworth. Sleeping Lady’s dogdesignated cabins (six total) feature cozy dog beds, water and food bowls, and complimentary treats. They also feature a queen-sized bed and double-decker bunk bed, accommodating up to four people—perfect for families traveling with their furry friends. In addition to the cabins, the property features an amazing restaurant and wine bar, full-service spa, and trails to explore.

Surrounded by three freshwater lakes on 82 acres, Lakedale Resort is nestled between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. There are just six cabins—all of them dog friendly—featuring two bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen, dining nook, gas fireplace and large cedar deck. Each cabin also features complimentary breakfast fixings that include scone and pancake mix, granola, milk, orange juice, butter and syrup. Located outside each cabin, there is a fire pit with a grill and picnic table. As mentioned, Lakedale sits on 82 acres and in the off-season, it feels like you and your four-legged friend have the entire place to yourselves!

Iron Springs Resort 3707 Highway 109, Copalis Beach, Wash. 360.276.4230; Miles of beaches to explore. Rainforests to wander. Waves crashing on the shore. Cozy cabins with wood burning stoves. Your four-legged friend by your side. These are the special ingredients that make Iron Springs Resort the perfect retreat for you and your pooch. Located along Washington’s North Beach coastline, Iron Springs Resort sits perched above the Pacific Ocean. It’s a secluded place, with just 25 cabins on 20 acres, flanked by forest on one side and water on the other. Also on the property is a General Store, guest laundry and clam station—that’s it, but it’s all you need.

Mysty Mountain Properties

 Just an hour east of Seattle, nestled within the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, Mysty Mountain’s vacation rental cabins offer a little something for everyone. Whether you seek a tranquil cabin near the Skykomish River to relax with your furry friend, or a luxury cabin near Stevens Pass to unwind after a day of adrenaline-packed skiing, they’ve got the cabin for you. Each one of their 26 properties (almost all of them dog friendly) are fully furnished and equipped with everything you could need. You just bring food, fun, Fido and friends, and they provide the rest! One of our favorites is Great Northern Lodge, a magnificent three story lodge situated on 2.5 wooded acres. It features a hot tub, game room, fire pit, mountain view, and easy access to Stevens Pass Ski Area just 20 minutes away. Another favorite is Index River Roost, a three bedroom cabin located near the adorable town of Index on the Skykomish River.

Alta Crystal Resort

 68317 SR 410 East, Greenwater, Wash. 360.663.2500; 

 While not techically a cabin retreat, Alta Crystal Resort is a mountain retreat worth mentioning. That’s because Alta Crystal Resort is located at Crystal Mountain, a skiier’s paradise and now a pooch lover’s paradise. The resort’s recently added, dogfriendly suites are limited, so book early. Upon arrival, your pooch will be warmly welcomed with treats, while the staff directs you to dozens of trails surrounding the property. All of the trails in the national forest are open to dogs, so that means you can hike or snowshoe anywhere around the resort as well as Crystal Mountain. Spring-Summer 2021 • 29

BEST of the


Here are CityDog Magazine’s picks for this year’s best of the West as it pertains to all things dog— the top people, places and things that make life and living with dogs in the West so wonderful.

Washington & Oregon

The weather outside can be frightful, but it can be quite delightful when snuggled up with your pooch, in a room with a view overlooking the ocean. Here are a few of our favorites for storm watching with Fido: • Kalaloch Lodge, located on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, features indvidual, dog-friendly cabins, stunning views, and beachcombing just steps from the lodge. • Located along Washington’s North Beach coastline, Iron Springs Resort sits perched above the Pacific Ocean, with 25 dog-friendly cabins, flanked by forest and water. • The Adrift Hotel in Long Beach, Wash. is so close to the Pacific, you can smell the salty air and hear the waves crashing on the shore. Best of all, it’s dog friendly! • Oregon’s Ecola State Park is a hiking and sightseeing mecca, with trails situated above nine miles of Pacific Ocean shoreline. Stay at the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach for a front row view of infamous Haystack Rock. 30 • CityDog Magazine

Ecola State Park by Julie Clegg. Snoqualmie Falls by Amelia Soper.



Mutt Lynch Winery

Sonoma County, California winery Mutt Lynch is one of our favorites because it is proud to support a variety of dog-related charities each year, including Washington’s own Wenatchee Humane Society. If you are in the area, call ahead to arrange a tasting. Try the Merlot Over and Play Dead—owner Brenda Lynch claims this wine “is not a wimpy merlot.” Mutt Lynch will even host special events for your canine and her furry friends—birthday parties, puppy showers and “bark” mitzvahs! And, every August, Mutt Lynch hosts the Dog Days of Summer, a dog-friendly fundraising, wine tasting, hot dog eating event to support the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.



Snoqualmie Falls

Prepare to be awed when visiting 268-foot high Snoqualmie Falls. Any time of year, but especially in winter and spring, the falls are roaring with runoff from all of the rain. You can walk out to an observation deck for an even more spectacular view—just prepare to get a little wet from the spray (it’s worth it). The area also features a two-acre park with a one mile round-trip hike that follows the River Trail, ending with another beautiful view of the Falls. Want more waterfalls? Nearby Twin Falls State Park offers a relatively easy, yet scenic hike for you and your hound, offering stunning views of lower and upper Twin Falls.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa offers countless ways to enjoy Hood Canal, from stand-up paddle boards to sea cycles, snorkel boards, floating tubes, a pontoon party boat, and more! They even have doggie life vests if you forget yours at home. With just 10 pet-friendly rooms—all with stunning views of the canal—be sure to book early!



Cultura in Zilla, Wash.

The tasting room at Cultura is cool in more ways than one. First, it’s dog friendly. Second, it’s located in a vintage gas station, complete with old pumps and a garage door kept open in summer. Third, the wine is delicious. Enjoy small-lot bourdeauxstyle reds, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and zinfandel. We highly recommend their flagship wine, Kairos, a delicious blend of merlot and cabernet Franc. Best of all, Cultura sits adjacent to Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn, famed for its dog-friendly, luxury tepees.

Cultura photo by Julie Clegg. Alderbrook Resort photo by Julie Austin.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

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Hotel Bellwether

Situated on the edge of pristine Bellingham Bay, the Hotel Bellwether waterside rooms afford stunning views of the bay and Squalicum Harbor. Suites include a king-size bed, with oversized pillows and comforters outfitted with luxurious linens, a gas fireplace, soaking tub, living room area, with a pull-out sofa, and a private patio or balcony. For a stroll with Fido, head to the paved path that runs adjacent to the waterfront. Five miles, round-trip, the South Bay Trail takes you along Bellingham Bay, across Taylor Dock to Fairhaven and the Village Green. It’s a spectacular walk or run on a sunny day with views of Lummi Island and the Chuckanut Mountains.

Nine Hats Wine & Nine Pies Pizzeria


Launched in 2007, Nine Hats was inspired by Long Shadows’ team of nine internationally renowned vintners. It started with just one Nine Hats wine, a red blend. The overwhelming success of the red lead to the expansion of the brand, and Nine Hats has come out of the shadows to assemble a portfolio of nine uniquely sophisticated wines (we recommend the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon). Their new SODO tasting room is the perfect place to take your dog for a fun outing—especially because it adoins Nine Pies Pizzeria, owned and operated by celebrated pizzaiolo Cary Kemp. Separated by a large sliding glass door, you can order one of their delicious, New York-style pizzas (we recommend the Piaggio, accompanied by an arugala salad) and have it served on the dogfriendly patio or delivered to Nine Hats Wines. For more information, visit and BEST WINE TASTING, WESTERN WASHINGTON

Structure Cellars


From a humble basement in their Ballard home to the SODO space it occupies today, Structure Cellars is a true gem in the SODO wine district (and so is their Boston terrier, Valentine, pictured above). Founded in 2014 by Brian Grasso and Brandee Slosar, this married couple took their dream of owning a winery and made it a reality. Through hard work, perseverance, and education, they opened not one, but two tasting rooms at SODO (The Blueprint Room and the Cellar Room), where they bring their unique white and red wines to the public (our favorite is the 2016 Cabernet Franc). They welcome pups of all sizes with open arms at both tasting rooms—slobbery kisses included! For more information, visit 32 • CityDog Magazine

Hotel Bellwether photo by Julie Austin. Nine Hats Wines and Structure Cellars photos by Amelia Soper.



Methow Valley, Wash.

Located on the east slope of the Cascades where the sun shines liberally throughout the year, sits the Methow Valley, where you’ll find over 200 kilometers of groomed ski trails. An active association ( maintains these trails that weave through forest and farmland and tie together the communities of Winthrop, Twisp and Mazama. A growing number of these trails allow your dog to tag along while you’re making tracks.

+ Each winter, the town of Leavenworth becomes a Village of Lights (over half a million of them) and it’s quite the spectacle!

At Willows Lodge, we love pets. Thanks to our WVIP (Willows Very Important Pet) Program, amenities for our four-legged friends include a doggie room service menu, map and directions for pet and owner walks and Willows Lodge bottled water. In addition, your dog will receive a welcome card, a recent issue of Citydog Magazine and a doggie bed with turndown service including a night-time doggie biscuit. (Warning: your dog may never want to leave.)

Pacific Beach, Wash.

Just south of the Olympic Rainforests and north of bustling Ocean Shores are the quaint and quiet communities of Pacific Beach, Moclips and Seabrook. You won’t find rows of restaurants, casinos or shops here. The main attraction is the beach, with miles and miles of coastline to explore with your canine.


Head south to Westport, where the surf’s up year-round and catch a wave while your best friend runs free on the beach.

Olympic Peninsula, Wash.

What better time to explore the rainforest than when it’s raining? And rain is what it does on the west slopes of the Olympic Peninsula, one of the few places on the planet that’s home to temperate rainforests. While the Olympic National Park is off limits to your water loving Lab, the trails of the Olympic National Forest are not. Take your buddy out for a walk on one of the fine trails near the south shore of Lake Quinault. Admire towering trees that were old when Lewis and Clark came to the Pacific Northwest. And after the two of you have had enough raindrops falling on your heads, hunker down for the evening at the cozy and canine-friendly Lake Quinalt Lodge (

Tofino, British Columbia

On the west coast of Vancouver Island is the lovely town of Tofino, where storm watching is a huge draw, with waves crashing to the shore. Find cozy refuge at the Wickaninnish Inn. Named for a Tla-o-qui-aht chief, the Wickaninnish’s namesake is far from the only unique characteristic of this four-diamond, four-star resort. From the exquisite, hand-carved double doors that greet you upon arrival, to the fresh, seafood cuisine at the Wick’s Pointe Restaurant, to the sound of the surf lulling you to sleep—each moment is what Pacific Northwest dreams are made of—even for Fido!


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14580 NE 145th Street Woodinville, WA 98072 | 425.424.3900 Spring-Summer 2021 • 33




Spring has sprung, so what better way to celebrate than with a weekend trip to the Washington coast? We happened to be there in January, but there’s no time like the present to hit to road with Rover! The beautiful, 21-mile Long Beach Peninsula consists of six small communities, Ilwaco, Long Beach, Nahcotta, Ocean Park, Oysterville, and Seaview, with each town having its own charm. Our destination is Long Beach and our home away from home is the Slow M’ocean Cottage, located a few blocks from the beach. The newly-built cottage is cozy and comfortable, with two bedrooms, a living room with a pull-out couch, a spacious bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen. The backyard is large and fully-fenced, so Fido can run free. Oh, and did we mention there’s a hot tub? There’s a hot tub. No detail has been overlooked. The beds are premium green tea infused memory foam. You’ll stay cozy with premium linens all around; from waffle weave towels and robes to the softest sheets and luxurious down comforters. Even the sofa bed mattress has been upgraded to a premium memory foam mattress (take it from me, it’s comfortable). The kitchen is a chef’s dream. Not only is it large, but it’s also been equipped with all of the amenities needed to cook a delicious feast including a stove, oven, refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, microwave, crock pot, Ninja blender, Kuerig, 12 cup coffee pot, French press, hand mixer, teapot, oil and vinegar, pots and pans and cookie sheets. And yes, there is a wine key (two, in fact).

Top: The entrance to Long Beach; enjoying a stroll to the lighthouse at Cape Disappoinment. Above: Thya at Long Beach. 34 • CityDog Magazine

As mentioned, the backyard is fully fenced, with a fire pit, sand box, and hot tub. The shed is stocked with long boards, life jackets, beach cruisers, helmets, coolers, croquet, beach chairs, sand blanket, skim boards and beach towels. Even your dog is included in the amenities, with water and food bowls and a leash if you need it. The only drawback is Slow M’ocean Cottage is located on the main drag in Long Beach, right in the middle of the action, so be prepared for some noise of the town

around you. On the positive side, everything is within walking distance including the beach. Speaking of the beach, head a few blocks west from the cottage and you are there! Also nearby, are two lighthouses, plenty of parks, miles and miles of driftwood covered beaches, and the Discovery Trail, an amazing eightmile paved trail through the dunes running parallel to the Pacific. We take the short drive to Cape Disappointment, a 2,023-acre park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean and looking into the mouth of the Columbia River. Follow the path to North Head Lighthouse. Hike through old-growth forest or around freshwater lakes, saltwater marshes and ocean tidelands. Gape at the breathtaking views. Launch your boat from Baker Bay. Benson Beach is a popular clam-digging destination, and fishers love to set up on the North Jetty to catch salmon and crab. The beaches at Cape Disappointment also lure kite-fliers, sand-castle builders and those who love to walk and explore. Back in town, we swing by North Jetty Brewing, where we enjoy a pint on the dog-friendly patio. The taproom features 18 of their own beers plus a couple of Washington ciders and a guest tap or two. You can also purchase and fill a North Jetty growler or bring your own for beer to go! North Jetty also has a full kitchen serving up tasty food. While we do most of our cooking back at the cottage, we’ll be back for the made in Washington, all-beef hot dogs and soft Bavarian pretzels with stone ground mustard!

motel. While roadside motel may have a negative connotation, have no fear. The rooms are darling. Each one has been completely remodeled using reclaimed materials resulting in eight uniquely appointed rooms. And, if you’re hungry or thirsty, the alehouse is right next door! One more stop on our way home is the Westside Tavern in Olympia—owned by fellow Juneau Douglas High School alum Dean Damitio and his wife Lisa. The outside patio is dog friendly and the menu is delicious (I order the White Cheddar Dip featuring a ½ lb ground chuck burger, white cheddar cheese and steaming hot au jus. Yum!

A couple of other places worth noting are Sid’s Supermarket in nearby Seaview if you need groceries and Scoopers Market in Long Beach if you need ice cream (and who doesn’t need ice cream).

While it was a quick jaunt, in January no less, it was a great trip to Long Beach—one we hope you will enjoy just as much with your best pals, two- and four-legged alike!

On our way out of Long Beach, we stop in Raymond for a quick pint at Pitchwood Alehouse and discover they are also a dog-friendly roadside

Top left: Teresa and Coco enjoy a beverage at North Jetty Brewing. Above: Coco at Slow M’ocean Cottage. Spring-Summer 2021 • 35


FIREWORKS+FIDO Ears back. Body trembling. Hiding in the bathtub or crawling under the bed. The signs of a scared pup are familiar to dog owners, and they’re especially common in summer, when fireworks and thunderstorms can heighten dogs’ anxiety levels. While the sight of a sparkler sends some dogs tail-tucked and running, others remain unfazed by booms and bangs.

To sort out this canine confusion, dog researchers around the world are investigating what makes dogs react to sounds with fear. Better understanding canine fear behaviors could improve dogs’ quality of life and even help to explain human fear responses.

THE SOUND OF FEAR Dogs are known for their olfactory prowess, but sound also dictates their experience of the world. Dogs hear more than twice as many frequencies as humans, and they can also hear sounds roughly four times further away. Reacting to every sound would demand too much energy, and so dog brains must determine which sounds are significant and which can be tuned out. This “auditory flexibility” is especially important for working dogs; for example, lives depend on the ability of military dogs and detection dogs to remain calm despite the loud sounds and explosions they may encounter. On the other hand, evolution has trained most animals, including dogs, that avoiding a perceived threat is worth it for overall survival, even if, as in the case of fireworks, the threat doesn’t end up being real. 36 • CityDog Magazine


“From a biological perspective, it pays to err on the side of running away even when it’s not necessary. So why does my dog have a tendency to be anxious? Well that’s a normal trait,” says Daniel Mills, a professor of veterinary behavioral medicine at The University of Lincoln in England. For some dogs, early life conditioning can make the difference in their sensitivity to sound. Like human infants, puppies undergo critical stages of development when their brains form associations that can influence behavior for the rest of their lives. If, for example, a construction worker was hammering the wall in a neighboring apartment while a puppy was left home alone, that puppy might associate banging with abandonment—without her owner even knowing it had happened. That association could trigger a fear response in the dog every time she heard a bang. “Puppies have this period where their brain learns what is normal in the world, what is okay and what should I not be afraid of. And then after 12 weeks of age [about when most dogs are adopted], they start to develop their fear response. So, if they encounter something new after three months of age and it frightens them, they can learn to be afraid of that going forward,” says Naomi Harvey, Research Manager in Canine Behavior at Dogs Trust.

STRESS GENETICS Dogs that have little to no negative associations with loud sounds can still be found cowering during a storm, while others who had a scary early experience can learn, often through counterconditioning and desensitization, to overcome the fright. One explanation for this can be found in temperament.

For example, studies in humans and animals show that mothers who experience high levels of stress during pregnancy can pass on a propensity for anxiety to their young via the stress hormone cortisol. When signaled by a stress-inducing event, the brain’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) becomes active and produces cortisol, which then travels throughout the body keeping an individual on “high alert.” High cortisol levels in the mother’s bloodstream have subsequent negative effects on the developing baby, or in this case, puppy. Scientists have measured cortisol levels in dog hair to study the relationship between the dogs’ internal stress response and their behaviors in response to loud noises, such as hiding or shaking. One study found that cortisol levels from dogs who had listened to the recording of a thunderstorm were higher than those who listened to regular dog sounds and barks. The dogs with higher cortisol levels in their hair also showed high rates of hiding, running away and seeking attention from humans when exposed to the storm sounds.

THE BEST DEFENSE According to a new study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, one tactic is the clear frontrunner for dealing with firework fear: preventing fear from developing in the first place. Stefanie Riemer, who studies dogs and their emotions with the University of Bern’s Companion Animal Behavior Group in Switzerland, analyzed the management and treatment methods used by 1,225 dog owners

who responded to a survey and correlated those methods with an increasing or decreasing fear score. Riemer asked the owners of dogs with a known fear of fireworks to select from a number of interventions and treatments and report on how the pups fared during New Year’s fireworks displays. The methods included noise CDs to drown out the sound, pheromone diffusers, herbal products, homeopathic products, essential oils, prescription medications, relaxation training, and the use of wearable pressure vests that can have a calming effect. In addition to the methods above, earplugs are another option. Northwestbased CrittEar ( has created earplugs for dogs, made with special memory foam that contours to your dog’s ear canal for a comfortable and safe fit, providing an instant calming effect. Riemer also found that at-home counterconditioning (trying to train your dog not to be afraid) was an effective way to alleviate a dog’s stress. When the fireworks started, owners played with the dog, gave treats and expressed positive emotions. Dogs who received this counterconditioning were 70 percent less scared during fireworks, on average, than dogs who did not. “Counterconditioning—I think that would be probably the most important advice to any owner especially with a new puppy or a new dog,” she says. “Even if they do not yet show any fear of noises, keep it that way.” “There’s a myth that by reacting positively you’re reinforcing fear, which you can’t do because fear is an emotion not a behavior,” adds Harvey, who was not involved in the study. As a society, people are just beginning to accept that dogs, like humans, have emotions. And part of caring for canines means supporting their emotional health. The more we learn about the complexities of dogs’ emotional states, the better equipped we will be to keep their tails happily wagging year-round, fireworks or no fireworks. Thunderstorms or no thunderstorms.

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Choosing the right toy to fit Fido’s style of play can be overwhelming. Just like our four-legged friends, dog toys come in all shapes and sizes, so to help, we’ve broken it down by style of play and the toys to match. Some dogs like to fetch. Some dogs like to tug. Some dogs like to chew. Some dogs simply like the comfort of a plush toy to cuddle. Or, like most dogs… all of the above. Let’s start with fetch!

FETCH TOYS Fetch toys have many benefits for Fido. First is exercise. Dogs require daily physical exercise and playing fetch is a great way to tire them out while still having fun. Second, fetch exercises a dog’s brain, with specific rules to follow like wait, chase, capture and return—hence, the game of fetch! Third, playing a game of fetch is a great way to burn off energy, reduce stress, improve social skills, and strengthen the bond between you and your pooch—all of which reduces boredom and the likelihood of bad behaviors such as chewing and barking. Our friends at Tall Tails have some great tips and tricks for teaching fetch and the toys to match. First, teach “hold” by showing your dog the toy and when he investigates the toy, praise/click and treat. When your dog is regularly putting the toy in his mouth, build duration by not immediately clicking/praising. When your dog holds the toy for more than a few seconds, praise/click and treat. Then, do the same but introduce a verbal cue like “hold.” Next, teach fetch by placing the toy in sight but away from your dog and introduce new verbal cue like “get it” or “fetch.” After successful close-range pickup and return of the toy, extend the distance and continue to click/praise and treats. If your dog picks up the toy but doesn’t return it, bring two toys and show your dog the second toy. They’ll want to return to get the new toy and that’s when you click/praise and treats.

From fetch to tug, dogs love to play and Tall Tails has the right toys to fit the style of play. 38 • CityDog Magazine

It is important to practice this game with a variety of fetch toys and in a variety of environments. Start with an array of fetch toys to see which ones your dog responds

to, along with bits and pieces of high-value treats, and then be patient. If your dog doesn’t play fetch, do not be concerned. There are many factors that go into a dog not playing fetch such as genetics, health, loss of interest, the wrong toy or lack of training.

TUG TOYS The next style of play—and a doggo favorite—is tug. Also known as tug-of-war, this style of play has gotten a bad rap, but by taking a few precautions and setting some basic rules, tug has many benefits. First, it trains mouth control by directing your dog’s teeth to an approved object like a toy versus household items like your shoes. Second, it improves impulse control and teaches valuable skills such as “take-it” or “leave-it.” Third, games like tug naturally build a dog’s confidence and socialization with humans and other dogs. Here are more training tips and tricks from Tall Tails.

it’s important to set boundaries by initiating the game, maintaining control of the game, and ending the game if your dog is over stimulated, obsessed or overly aggressive at grabbing the toy.

SENSORY TOYS If your pooch prefers plush toys, the benefits are plenty. Plush

First, teach “drop it” with a low-value toy and let your dog play with it for a few seconds. Next, place a highvalue treat in front of your dog’s nose and when your dog drops the toy, praise/click and give a treat. Once your dog knows to drop the toy as soon as you show the treat, introduce a verbal cue like “drop it” “trade,” or “out.”

toys that squeak, crinkle, and crunch will excite your dog’s senses through sound, smell, touch and sight—and when your dog chomps down on the toy, the sound resembles prey during a hunt. Sensory toys are also great for a game of hide and seek. Lastly, the soft textures and familiar scents of home within the toy can be a comfort to your dog while resting and traveling. Here are tips for teaching hide and seek from our friends at Tall Tails.

You can also teach “drop it” with a toy. First, present a tug toy and start playing. After a few seconds, go still and your dog will eventually get bored and drop the toy. When they drop the toy, reward them with another game of tug. Once they drop the toy immediately after you go still, introduce the verbal cue, “drop it.”

First, let your dog smell a plush toy and then tell him to sit and stay out of sight or put him in another room to prevent him from seeing you hide the toy Next, hide the toy in an easy place at first and tell your dog to “find it.” When your dog finds the toy, praise/click and treat. As your dog gets used to this game, increase the difficulty of the hiding spots.

Be sure to only use toys when playing and never use your hands or items you don’t want your dog biting, chewing or playing with later (i.e. socks). When done properly, tug does not lead to aggressive tendencies but

Play is important for all creatures—human, canine, feline, equine, bovine, porcine— ou get the point! But, dogs are especially prone to play as anyone who has ever raised a puppy can tell you. Observing their favorite form of play and matching the right toys will go a long way to forming a happy, healthy pup! Visit to find an array of toys to suit your dog’ style of play. Spring-Summer 2021 • 39

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CityDog Spring-Summer 2021 Issue | Northwest Edition  

Smart, city-savvy and fun, CityDog Magazine is the definitive dog lover's magazine about life and living in the city you love with the four-...

CityDog Spring-Summer 2021 Issue | Northwest Edition  

Smart, city-savvy and fun, CityDog Magazine is the definitive dog lover's magazine about life and living in the city you love with the four-...

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