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Nosework

There’s a new sport in town and it’s called Nosework! One of our regulars, Sammy, started a 6 week course in this sport and came to Dawg House right after his class.  He seemed thrilled! He is also one of the dogs that will spend 15+ minutes in the parking lot early Tuesday and Thursday mornings just sniffing, so we’re not surprised!

Nosework has only been around for a couple years, and most competitions occur in California and New Mexico; a local trainer looks to change that.  JJ Belcher teaches the class on Thursday mornings from 9am-10am at Canada del Oro Riverfront Park at 551 W. Lambert Lane in Oro Valley.  He is hoping to expand his class offerings and have a Saturday morning class in the near future.

During the beginning classes, the dogs work with food.  JJ Belcher sets up a bank of plastic bins and places a treat in one of the bins.  The idea is for the dog to find it, and then of course, they get to eat it. Each dog is only given about 5 minutes to do so because it’s important for the dog not to lose interest.

After the dogs have the process down, they move to Q-tips that are dipped in essential oils.  The three scents they use are birch, clove and anise.  And, of course, are given a treat when the scent is discovered. After a dog has mastered the bins, the search area is expanded.  For competition,  the area can be as large as a large parking lot.

The wonderful thing about this type of competitive sport is that any age dog can participate.  From an 8 week old puppy to a senior dog—they only have to use their nose.  It’s a fun and challenging sport for any age and fitness level.

For more information, please contact the Oro Valley Parks and Rec Dept at 229-5050.  They can answer any questions about upcoming classes, and also get you registered if you are interested.

Thanks to Sammy’s parents for letting us know about this great addition to the Tucson dog community!

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Toro Loco Challenge!

On April 7th in Eloy, AZ there is a fundraiser happening for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona that will blow your mind!

Last year,  we (Christopher and Erica) participated in an event called the Warrior Dash that involved 3 1/2 miles of running, obstacles, climbing, and MUD! It was a blast, but there was one thing missing—our dogs!

The Toro Loco Challenge takes that into account by offering two separate courses.  The Raging Bull course is for competitive athletes, much like the Warrior Dash.  But, they also offer the Leisurely Longhorn course, which is a 5K that welcomes (and encourages!) both children and dogs to participate. You will still get wet, muddy and exhausted–and so will your dog!

It looks like a BLAST so, if you have the will and the way…sign up now! You can get additional information by clicking Toro Loco Challenge . Hope to see you there!

El Tour de Dawg – Ride for the Animals!

We wanted to share this idea with all of you who may be riding – or considering riding – in the 2011 El Tour de Tucson. You can choose to sign up through the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA)  and pledge your proceeds to benefit local animals in need!

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is participating as a beneficiary in the University Medical Center El Tour de Tucson Presented by Diamond Ventures.  You can raise funds for our animals through your El Tour de Tucson ride or through the indoor event (which is held on stationary bikes).

El Tour de Tucson (Outdoor Ride):  Saturday, November 19, 2011

El Tour is an amazing bike ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States, including novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders. What all riders of El Tour share is a desire to get on their bikes, meet great people and have a fun doing it!

Participants may choose to cycle 109, 79, 66, or 40 miles, plus a 4-mile & 1/4- mile Kids & Family Fun Ride, open to kids, parents and friends.

El Tour cyclists (signing up through HSSA) receive an official event t-shirt, cycling socks from HSSA, goody bag, police, route and SAG support, aid station refreshments, published results and more! And all finishers are awarded a special engraved medallion at the finish line for their accomplishment.

How it would benefit HSSA?  All contributions you raise from family, friends, and business associates for your ride will benefit the animals in our care.  Click here for pledge form and click here for sample thank you notes for your friends who pledge.  BUT you  MUST fill out our registration form! Click here for a registration form.

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Hope Animal Shelter is Tucson’s only no-kill, cage free shelter for cats and dogs.  It was founded by Dr. Daroowalla of Benarda Veterinary Hospital.  Dr. Daroowalla was one of the first holistic vets in the Old Pueblo, and she has … Continue reading

2011 Pet Idol Contest!

Tucson Weekly is sponsoring a Pet Idol contest and it directly benefits the Humane Society of Southern Arizona! For a $5 donation (well, that’s the least you can donate to enter—so be GENEROUS!) you can submit a photo of your dawg for the contest.

The deadline is one week from today–March 31st–so enter soon! We spend our day every day with a room full of idols, so enter!

You can get more information by clicking here!

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The Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson is doing a monthly lecture series covering a wide range of topics.  There is one scheduled every month for the entire year, and best of all—it’s free! The lectures are being held at the … Continue reading