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DOG HARNESS REVIEW: EZ X HARNESS’ AWARD-WINNING DOG HARNESS

PAWSH Studio | EZ X Harness Commercial Shoot We are jumping for joy today for our good friends at EZ X Harness, because they are the proud recipient of a 2014 Family Choice Award! We’ve gushed about their revolutionary single-strap sports dog harness before (see our review here!) It is durable, supremely easy to use, comfortable for the dogs and offers a lot of control to owners so they can keep their pupsters safe.

So today to celebrate this fantastic award, we’re sharing a few photos from a commercial shoot we did for EZ X Harness last fall to give you a better idea of what this harness is all about!
PAWSH Studio | EZ X Harness Commercial Shoot PAWSH Studio | EZ X Harness Commercial ShootPAWSH Studio | EZ X Harness Commerical Shoot PAWSH Studio | EZ X Harness Commercial ShootAvailable in all sizes and colours, the EZ X Harness is a must have for every dog who loves to be out and about! Get your very own here!

{Photography by Pawsh Studio. Dog models Cash the Lab-Mix and Mila the Frenchie. Human model Digue Braga.}

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PAWSH MAGAZINE NO.9 | “THE ART OF BARK” SPRING 2014

Presenting Pawsh Magazine No. 9! It is here at last! Phew! Thank you all for your patience while the team and I took a few extra days to make sure it was perfect for you! As always, huge thanks to all of our contributors, our wonderful sponsors (be sure to check out their beautiful boutique ads!) and everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to be interviewed for this edition!

So grab a cup of tea, sit back and flip through Pawsh’s fresh pages! Oh, and don’t forget to share what your favourite pieces are in the comments below! xo

DOG TRAINING TIPS: HOW TO TEACH DOGS GOOD LEASH MANNERS

Pawsh-Magazine-Dog-leash-mannersTaking your dog for a walk seems like a no-brainer — it’s a good thing to do. But did you know that teaching your dog to walk nicely on a leash benefits them physically, mentally and emotionally? Here’s the scoop…Pawsh-magazine-dog-leash-manners-2 Physical benefits of dog leash manners
The physical benefits of indulging in a lovely leashed walk are pretty straight forward; your dog gets to go out and about in the world in a safe manner, they burn some calories, they sniff a few intriguing smells and their little bodies get a workout.

Walking politely on a leash, however, also keeps your dog safe. If a dog is pulling wildly on leash, he runs the risk of injuring his neck or spine, eating things he shouldn’t off the street before you can get to him, tangling up other pedestrians and potentially getting stepped on. Not to mention as well that dogs who bolt like crazy to the end of their leashes and pull forcefully can run a higher risk of darting off a sidewalk and into a busy street.

All of these, of course, are very dangerous behaviours. Thus, teaching your dog to walk politely on a leash is overall better for their well-being.
Pawsh-Magazine-Dog-Leash-Manners-3 Pawsh-Magazine-dog-leash-manners-4Mental benefits of dog leash manners
Walking nicely on a leash takes a lot of training for a dog to master, which means this exercise requires a great deal of focus. Essentially, it is a regular workout for their doggy brains! Learning how to sit at crosswalks before proceeding, keeping to their walkers’ side and not straining on the leash requires that your dog pay close attention and practice their command recalls. In other words, leash manners provide a mental workout!

Being out for a leashed walk also offers regular socializing opportunities for your pupster, which is another important aspect of mental well being for them.
Pawsh-magazine-dog-leash-manners-5Emotional benefits of dog leash manners
Walking with your dog is a wonderful bonding activity for you and your canine sidekick. Dogs crave leadership and teaching your dog how to walk politely on their leash with you helps to establish a loving hierarchy between dog and person that your dog will look up to. This activity teaches respect and good manners.

Walking your dog regularly on leash also creates more time that you can spend together, thus naturally improving your relationship. Pawsh-magazine-dog-leash-manners-6While you are bound to get a little tangled from time to time while teaching your dog to walk nicely on a leash, the physical, mental and emotional benefits of good leash manners are more than worth the training time.

{Huge thanks to my incredible friend and talented artist Tonya Pet Photography for photographing this vibrant installment of the “Pet Wellness” column. Be sure to visit her fantastic website for all sorts of other fun pet shoots!}

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“PINUPS FOR BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE CANADA”

boston-terrier-calendar-cover boston-terrier-calendar-2 boston-terrier-calendar-3The New Year is quickly approaching (how did that happen again?) To help you stay organized in 2014 – and make a positive difference in the lives of pets – I would like to share a very special project with you today. It was photographed by Waterloo, ON photographer Tiffany Machado of Machado Photography and was created to help Boston Terriers in need.

Pinups for Boston Terrier Rescue Canada” (BTRC) is a 2013/2014 fundraising project that includes a fantastic calendar, fabulous prints and numerous frisky and fun promotional items for sale. Their objective is to raise much-needed funds for the costs of vetting and rehabilitating the dogs currently in BTRC’s foster program, and to provide the necessary resources to care for those dogs needing the rescue’s help in the future.

BTRC also hopes to show – and tell — everyone that there can be a fun, as well as a rewarding side to getting involved in animal rescue, and in doing so, attract new volunteers. Their one-of-a-kind calendar displays the beauty – both inside and out – of BTRC’s wonderful volunteers, and to reward these remarkable women with some well-deserved lightness and laughter. It also allows them to celebrate the beauty of their mutual bonding and the very special friendship they share.

The calendar’s theme and style were inspired by the works of Gil Elvgren, one of the greatest American Pinup artists. On each of the calendar’s pages, the BTRC lovely ladies are dramatically attired in the nostalgic styles of the ‘40’s and ‘50’s.

Accompanying them are their own beautiful Bostons or those owned by other BTRC volunteers. Many of these most photogenic dogs are themselves BTRC alumni – further proof of the many foster and adoption happy tails.

Be sure to follow BTRC on both Facebook and on their lovely blog as they continually update their information on all things Boston. To spill the (Boston) beans now would be to spoil the fun!

Pawsh Perks: Can’t get enough of Bostons? Check out this Ode to Boston Terriers.