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August 4, 2014

Are those dogs playing or fighting?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 9:49 am

By: Robin Foster, PhD, CAAB

Lip raised and teeth bared, the Rottweiler refused to give up even though she was helplessly pinned on her back, held down by the Boxer’s strong body and jaws at her throat. The Rottie thrashed and pushed with her hind legs, struggling to break free. Just then a familiar voice chimed, “Lena, let’s go!” Both dogs popped up wiggly and wagging, and the Rottie bounded off to greet her owner.

Wrestling and running are great ways for dogs to burn off extra energy, but sometimes it’s hard to tell if dogs are being friendly or fierce because chasing, growling, tackling, bite-holds and mounting are part of both play and conflict. Here are some tips for recognizing acceptable and risky play.

Look for playful body language. Playful dogs have a loose curvy body posture and they give signals that are incongruent, like growling and play bowing at the same time. In contrast, dogs with aggressive intentions have a rigid, upright posture, and their body language signals are congruent, like growling quietly with a direct stare and tail held up stiffly.

Find a compatible playmate. Each dog has a preferred play style. Some go for extreme contact like wrestling, boxing, pinning, and body-slamming, others favor no-contact chase and tag games, and a few “spectator” dogs seem content to watch. Your dog will have a better park experience if he plays with dogs that have a matching style. Your dog might take offense if he invites another dog to play chase but gets body-slammed instead! Having a playmate matched in body size and strength is also important. Small dogs are particularly vulnerable if the play turns rough or—worse yet—into a hunt.

Know when to stop. Squabbles can suddenly erupt when dogs are tired, overly excited, or accidentally hurt during rough play. If you notice excessive barking, bullying, failing to take turns, prolonged pinning and rolling, or ganging up, these are signs that your dog needs a break or that it’s time leave the park.

Leash free parks are a sanctuary for dogs to socialize through play. Following these simple tips will help keep our park safe and create a more positive experience for everyone.

June 12, 2014

Is your dog ready for the dog park?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 11:17 am

Here is a great article:  http://yourdogsfriend.org/life-with-dogs/should-i-take-my-dog-to-the-dog-park/    This article helps let dog owners know if their dogs are dog park friendly.  It also explains a little about different play styles and what to look for in their dog while at the park.

It helps make sure that everyone and their dogs are happy, having fun and staying safe while at a park.  A quick and interesting read for sure.  Highly recommend it.

June 3, 2014

Yappy Hour at Dooley’s Dog House

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 10:21 am

Join us on Friday, June 20th, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Dooley’s Dog House for a night of fun, food, drinks and a raffle.  Feel free to bring your well behaved furry friends.  This will be a fun night for all.  Come and show your support for Dooley’s Dog House and KDOG.

May 6, 2014

June Spruce-Up Work Party

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 9:50 am

On June 7 from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, we’ll be having a spruce-up work party.  We’ll be covering the bare spots, figuring out how to fill/prevent digging of large holes in the large dog area, and removing invasive plants that are returning.

Please consider volunteering part of your morning to help us keep the park looking spiffy.  You can RSVP on the Meetup site or just show up at the park.

Also, the park will still be open during this time.

Thank you.

April 11, 2014

New Agility Equipment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joy @ 4:06 pm

A big Thank You to Nutro for the grant to acquire Agility Equipment.  Another big Thank You to Dog-On-It-Parks for building the equipment.

There is equipment in both the small dog and big dog area.  We had a nice turn out for opening day.  I highly recommend checking it out.

September 22, 2013

Day of Caring 2013 — THANK YOU!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tracy Doering @ 4:27 pm

 

Microsoft Online Services Division Volunteers
#volunteerspecialforces

If you’ve been to Jasper’s Park in the past few days, you’ve noticed that our fall spruce up was done and there’s fresh ground cover to keep our park from becoming muddy as the rainy season starts. We owe huge thanks to over 100 amazing volunteers from Microsoft Online Services Division (#volunteerspecialforces) who rocked our park on Friday. They worked VERY HARD to dig out invasive plant growth in the off-leash areas and wetland buffer and spread 276 yards (!) of cedar ground cover (known as “hog fuel”) in the off-leash areas. They showed up earlier than their start time, went right to work and kept at it all day long – seeing them transform our park so quickly was like witnessing a miracle, and we are so lucky for that miracle because it would take KDOG volunteers several Saturdays to complete that much work!

Speaking of rocking our park, special thanks also to KDOG’s wonderful crew Jean Guth, Joy Aurand and Megen Opsahl, for helping with event organization and supervising work that was done in the off-leash areas, MK Gaebel and Nani Hixenbaugh for helping with donations and to Judy & Jim Trockel/Serve Our Dog Areas (SODA), stewardship organization for Marymoor Dog Park, for a loan of many tools and wheelbarrows to us. As always, we thank our friends from Kirkland Parks and Green Kirkland Partnership for using their heavy machinery to get the hog fuel into the park, hauling tools for us, supervising work in the wetland buffer, and installing a new bench (Casey’s Bench!) in the large dog area. It takes a huge collaborative effort to accomplish that much work in just one day!

Once again, we received very generous donations of food and beverages from Fred Meyer and Metropolitan Market to keep our hard-working volunteers fed and hydrated. We are so fortunate to have these two great businesses in Kirkland and their generous support of our community!

Our dog park and our community is made significantly better because of these individuals and businesses!

September 15, 2013

Jasper’s Dog Park receives ROOM TO RUN Dog Park Appreciation Grant from The Nutro Company

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 5:42 pm

The Nutro Company Announces Local Recipient of ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Grant

Kirkland’s Jasper’s Dog Park to receive $2,000 for park enhancements

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2013 – The Nutro Company, a leading manufacturer of natural* pet food products, announced today that Jasper’s Dog Park in Kirkland, WA has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant on behalf of the ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Appreciation Project.

ROOM TO RUN™ is a community program designed to support public, non-profit dog parks and off-leash areas. The grant provided to Jasper’s Dog Park will be used to help make improvements that will provide local dogs and their owners with an enhanced interaction space.

Kirkland resident Amy Introligator submitted the winning application on behalf of Jasper’s Dog Park.

“Kirkland Off-Leash Dog Group (KDOG), is pawsitively delighted by The Nutro Company’s announcement that Jasper’s Dog Park has been chosen as a 2013 grant recipient of its ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Project,” said Introligator. “As the all-volunteer organization that has worked with the City of Kirkland, Washington to build, fund, and now maintain Kirkland’s first dog park, KDOG recognizes how important a designated safe, legal off-leash recreation space is for dog owners and their dogs.  Jasper’s Dog Park has become a very popular amenity in our community, and KDOG is thrilled to add a dog agility play area that will encourage movement and attract visitors to explore various areas of our dog park.  With this wonderful grant, KDOG will be able to implement the first phase of an agility play area.  KDOG is very grateful to The Nutro Company for providing this support that will fund a park enhancement to increase fitness and intellectual stimulation for dogs and strengthen the dog-human bond.”

Since the program’s inception in 2010, ROOM TO RUN™ has committed more than 3,000 man hours to enhance 90 dog parks across North America. Additionally, as an extension of ROOM TO RUN™, The Nutro Company provides ongoing support to its own local dog parks through sponsorships of three parks in the Nashville area, where the company is headquartered.

“Enhancing dog parks is a natural fit for The Nutro Company, as we have a longstanding commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle for pets by providing them with natural pet food for more than 80 years,” said Monica Glass, senior corporate affairs manager, The Nutro Company. “Many of us use our own local dog parks as a place to interact and bond with our dogs, so we are excited to give community members the opportunity to take action and apply for grant support to help enhance their own local parks.”

To learn more about the ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Project, visit The Nutro Company’s Community Initiatives page at www.nutro.com/about-us/community-initiatives.aspx or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NutroProducts (and click the ROOM TO RUN™ tab).

About The Nutro Company

The Nutro Company is a leading manufacturer of natural* pet food products sold exclusively at pet specialty stores. The company has been making “The World’s Best Pet Food” for more than 80 years and is dedicated to quality, excellence and innovation in dog and cat nutrition offering healthful formulas for every pet’s life stage, activity level and size. The Nutro Company’s family of brands includes NUTRO® MAX®, NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® and NUTRO® ULTRA™ pet food brands in addition to the GREENIES® brands which include the U.S. leader in pet specialty dental chews and GREENIES® PILL POCKETS® treats. For more information, please visit www.nutro.com and www.greenies.com.

April 28, 2013

It’s Easy to be Green & Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:02 pm

These bottles/slings are sold out…thank you to everyone that purchased them in support of Jasper’s Dog Park maintenance!

 

April 2, 2013

Pet License Amnesty until April 30th (License Required at Jasper’s Dog Park)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 7:01 pm

March 5, 2013

Join KDOG at the American Cancer Society’s BARK FOR LIFE on May 5th

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 6:27 pm

Stop by the KDOG Booth, and join us for a lot of fun at this event!  Register by clicking HERE.

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