For The Love of Dog!

Being a dog lover is easy. Being a Dog carer is a different story.

I am not a vet, nor am I any sort of certified dog trainer. I am a dog carer. I  constantly asking my self dog caring questions and striving to find an answer I can put into practice. K9xoxo is a chronicle of dog caring.

On k9xoxo you will find questions regarding Dog training, dog nutrition, adventuring with dogs, and dog products

You will also find important things like neat facts about dogs, and amusing anecdotes from the lives of Mugsy and Banjo

Mugsy is an Australian Shepherd born July 2015, who came to his forever home with me in August 2015. He has agility aspirations, and a messy fondness for mud.

Banjo is an Aussie mix who was approximately one year old when he came to his furever home on September 27th 2016. Banjo also has agility aspirations, though he is keeping his eye out for a break into the world of professional soccer.

I have a messy fondness for dogs

Not Quite Yet

There is an Indonesian word for this, it is "Belum". I stumbled along this little tid bit of knowledge during a rather trying time in my life. I used to repeat it like a mantra in my head when I felt stressed, or angry. Well not really, I didn't have to be stressed or...
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Building up Calm Reactions to Distractions

I can teach Mugsy and Banjo all the cool tricks I want, but if Banjo can't calmly watch a hiker pass us, or a cyclist ride by he isn't going to get the life he deserves. Dogs aren't born to live in a house with occasional access to a fenced yard. Dogs are social...
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Salmon Biscuit Recipe

Salmon Biscuit Recipe

  Diva Mugsy When Mugsy was around 6 months old his attention on me began to drift, and waver and suddenly I was no longer the most interesting thing in the room. So I increased the value of what was in my hand. Like magic Mugsy was back to being my attentive...

The Accidental Bed Time Routine

The Accidental Bed Time Routine

Our Bed Time Routine Every night I open my back door and step outside with my two pups. I give the cue go potty and wait until they are done and then I call them back in. Next I grab two treats and open the puppy gate and say alright it's  "Bed Time". I always use the...

Take Me Back To West Fork Trail

Take Me Back To West Fork Trail

Mugsy, my sister and I had an incredible day trip to Sedona and a near by trail in 2016. This years goal is to take Banjo with us on a similar adventure. He has some training to do before he is completely ready to walk through the city, and hike a potentially crowded...

Teaching “Leave It”

Teaching “Leave It”

Teaching Leave It After I had Mugsy dropping a treat on command I established Leave It as don't grab the thing in the first place. To do this. I held a treat in my hand and showed it to Mugsy. I then closed my hand while giving the command "Leave it". Mugsy's first...

Teaching “Drop It”

Teaching “Drop It”

"Drop It" is by far one of the most important skills both my dogs have learned. A solid "Drop It" can save a dogs life in the event that they have gotten their teeth into something dangerous, or even just gross. An important lesson I've learn when training my dogs is...

Let the Adventure Begin!

Let the Adventures Begin! Whilst it can be argued raising a puppy from six weeks and on is the real adventure. Traveling with a puppy or dog makes for a fun and exciting trip! That being said bringing your pup along for the ride does require more planning and...

Bringing Banjo Home

Bringing Banjo Home

I was scrolling through the Humane Society's website for Arizona. I don't think I had any intention of getting a dog. I was just checking on the off chance that they would have an Australian Shepherd young enough to make a great companion for Mugsy. I didn't expect to...