Game on – You can’t play Jenga with your dog. But you can teach him to fetch the pieces when they fall. Building a relationship with your dog can be more challenging, but also far more rewarding (and less precarious) than a game of Jenga.
Regardless of the species involved, trust is the base of any good relationship. For your dog, nothing builds trust like consistency. It can be very confusing for him if sometimes he’s allowed to jump on you — such as when you are doing yard work — and sometimes he’s not — such as when you are dressed for a wedding. Although smart creatures, dogs have no discernable fashion sense so they don’t realize you are wearing your “good clothes”.
Positive reinforcement training helps strengthen the bond between the two of you because you are stimulating his mind while spending time with him. Training helps him trust you because he learns what behaviors are consistently expected. Well-trained dogs are also allowed more freedom and time with their pack. If you know he won’t jump on Aunt Martha, knock over your 3 year old like she’s a bowling pin, or steal the turkey off the Thanksgiving table, you are more likely to allow him to be out when company visits.
Exercising both his body and his brain aid in deepening your relationship. A tired dog is a happy dog! Time spent walking together, not only allows him to experience new smells, and see new things, but also burns off some energy. Playing hide and seek, fetch, or doing puppy push-ups (sit, down, sit, repeat), incorporate physical and mental exercise by reinforcing commands (sit, stay, etc) during fun activities. This kind of training tends to be more productive because we think it’s more fun and transmit that positive energy to them.
Research shows physical touch increase the bond not just between people, but between animals too. Giving your dog a scratch behind the ears or a good belly rub throughout the day reinforces he’s an important part of the pack. Snuggling in together and binge watching an entire season of “The Dog Whisperer” isn’t being lazy, it’s relationship building!
Through stacking the blocks of training, exercise, and attention, you and your dog can build an awesome relationship, but he still won’t be a good Jenga player.
Canine behavior coach, behavior advisor, training counselor.
When I was eight, I threw treats so my Alaskan Malamute would pull my sled like the Iditarod dogs I saw on TV. Unknowingly, I also was throwing myself into an awesome lifetime adventure of helping people and animals improve their relationships. I’ve worked with businesses, individuals, and local rescue organizations, teaching private lessons, group classes and seminars, as well as private behavior consultations.
Currently I am lucky enough to share my life with Fia, aka The Chalupa, a fabulous rescued mixed breed.
4th Annual Happy Dog Photo Contest – We would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone that have participated in the Happy Howie’s Happy Dog Photo Contest—whether you submitted a photo or came back to vote. We love ALL the entries we received & are always so excited to see our happy customers.
We are proud to announce the following winners:
With 1,644 votes!
“Where is my Happy Howie’s Woof Stix?!?! Where’s the Beef?!”
Kyleigh will receive:
A special sampler box of Happy Howie’s most popular treats. Kyleigh will then pick her favorite two treats to be shipped. Happy Howie’s will also match their winnings and donate to their animal rescue of choice!
With 1,430 votes!
“A turkey Happy Howie’s sausage a day, keeps Jack’s shenanigans away.”
Jack will receive:
A Happy Howie’s Sampler Box!
With 334 votes!
“I can literally taste that ice cream mom is holding!”
This sweet pup will receive:
One-time use promo code for 50% off happyhowies.com
Congratulations to all our winners!
We appreciate everyone taking the time to participate to make our contest a success.
Please be sure to continue to follow us—we will continue to offer fun and exciting products, contests and updates throughout 2018. For our winning pet-parents, we will be reaching out to you via the information provided in your submission to fulfill your prizes.
Happy Howie’s is excited to bring back our Happy Dog Photo Contest for its fourth year! We love see everyone’s photos, and we enjoyed creating an engaging experience for our customers. Last year’s contest was such a large success—we have high hopes for this year’s contest!
This year’s Grand Prize winner will receive a one-year supply* of Happy Howie’s All Natural Treats, and Happy Howie’s will match their winnings and donate to their animal rescue of choice!
The contest opens for submissions Friday, January 12th. Participants will have 3 weeks to submit their favorite happy dog photo. Once all submissions are in, the photos will be posted and available for voting starting February 2nd. Voting will close Tuesday, February 27th @11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced on February 28th & the winning photo will be featured on our homepage for the month of March!
Grand Prize: One-Year Supply of Happy Howie’s Treats!
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a special sampler box of Happy Howie’s most popular treats.
The winning pooch can then pick his or her favorite two treats, which will be shipped. Happy Howie’s will match the winnings and donate to the winner’s animal rescue of choice.
Total Grand Prize package: *Over 365 all natural treats!
Second Prize: Happy Howie’s Sampler Box!
Second place photo will be featured on social media.
Third Prize: One-time use promo code for 50% off happyhowies.com!
Third place photo will be featured on social media.
Enter via Facebook here, or submit your photo via Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #HHdog2018. Please note that social profiles need to be public for any hashtag submissions to come through.
One photo submission per person. To make this contest fair to all participants, previous first place winners are ineligible to win the grand prize again. Official rules are available on contest platform.
We hope everyone has fun and enters their favorite furry friends’ photos—we can’t wait to see them!