Weight Pull: Macho Dogsport, Or Awesome Exercise Therapy?

Weight Pull: Tell you the truth, I’ve had mixed feelings about weight pull for a long time. Until recently. When I was a kid, weight pulls were basically just legal venues for all the guys that fought dogs to gather publicly and check out everyone’s competition. Kind of a meathead gathering of guys living vicariously through their dogs. I was …

Trust Obstacles

We’ve called it all kinds of names. Canine Parkour. Urban Agility. Doggy Obstacle courses. But honestly, when we’re talking amongst ourselves we call them trust obstacles. Cause that’s what they are. Your dog develops confidence with environmental stuff, and confidence in you. It’s a huge relationship builder. Now with all exercise therapies, the depth of the work depends on how …

Cani….Wha?

Canicross! The sport of attaching a sled harness to your dog and then attaching it to you……. With no sled. Then, you run. And try not to fall. It’s AWESOME! Actually, there’s more to it than that. To do it on your own is pretty easy. Get a quality harness/line/belt. We use Nooksack Racing gear. Most dogs naturally pull, so …

We Walk DINOS!

Dinosaurs? No D.I.N.O.S. It’s a concept founded by Jessica Dolce, author of the blog; Notes From A Dog Walker. Here’s her description: What is a DINOS? DINOS™ are Dogs in Need of Space. DINOS are good dogs that need some space while they’re out on walks. They might be DINOS for a variety of reasons, such as: •service and working dogs …

Who Rescued Who?

I’m actually not being cliche. Science suggests this is an actual question now! The common theory is that we humans saw these canines scavenging around the outskirts of our fire eating the bones that we were tossing over our shoulder. We noticed this and used our immense intelligence to “train and domesticate” them. Well, a scientist has recently done a …

In Defense Of Bully Breeds

At Next Level Dogs, we don’t deal exclusively with Pit Bulls or their derivatives. But, we are certainly HUGE advocates seeing as how almost all the dogs in are personal pack are Bulls!!! And while we work with ALL breeds, we spend a fair amount of energy trying to change public opinion on these often misunderstood dogs. The one thing …

Tug…. The Right Way

Everyone has advice on playing tug with your dog. Some say never do it at all, because it encourages aggressiveness. Some say it’s ok to do it with some dogs, but not dogs that are dominant, because they will learn it’s ok to challenge you. But then there are a whole slew of professionals that use tugs to create amazing …

What is Exercise Therapy Anyway

There is a “Biologically Appropriate” amount of exercise that all animals need to achieve optimal physical and mental health. No animal can reach their full potential without it. Dogs are no different. The problem is, in balancing a dog’s need for exercise with a dog’s need for structure. To rehabilitate a dog, they need to have extremely tight structure for …