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They feel even better than they look! • Pre-sale begins November 1st!

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3 days ago

OH MY DOG!! I am over the moon to announce our patent-pending hands-free innovation that allows you to adjust the length to fit around your waist or over your shoulder!

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Behold, The System! Once you feel its mechanical magic and ability to be transformed from a single leash to one that accommodates up to 4 dogs, you will be snap hooked! • Handcrafted with solid brass hardware and BioThane, our leashes are built to last and to wipe clean! • Oh, forgot to mention, they will never stink! 🐾🐾🐾 • Available for pre-sale November 1st!

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Who’s ready for the best damn long lines?!

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Available for pre-sale November 1st! • THE DOG WALKER'S CHOICE: The proper equipment can make your experience walking multiple dogs, including those "drunk drivers," far more enjoyable. Trailblazing Tails' patent-pending innovation, The System, is the perfect tool for anyone with multiple dogs whom they walk together. Designed by a dog walking and training professional, this leash is perfect for dog walkers. • The System allows the handler to be the steering wheel rather than a backseat passenger, with an open handle concept that also allows each dog their own leash and as much freedom as that leash can offer. Do you like people crowding your space? • The Handle gives the handler the option to add up to 4 dogs with snap hooks on both ends of each individual leash attachment. Each attachment is its own tether leash when detached, and when attached, allows you and safely detach in case of emergency. • Mastering its simple mechanical magic is easy and you'll be turning heads with your new-found leash skills. The System will be the ONLY multidog leash you will ever use again! Available in 4, 5 and 6 feet when attached to The Handle. Additional attachments sold separately. • https://www.trailblazingtails.com/products/the-system

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5 days ago

This is from 4 years ago and still makes me feel all the feels. • My daughter, Aurora, “walking” Sunny in our backyard!

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5 days ago

Be prepared when you’re taking your dog out to a public place such as a coffee shop or restaurant. • Come prepared with your Trailblazing Tails tether leash, travel dog bed, blanket, or towel, your reinforcement pouch, a tasty stuffed Kong, and for an added bonus, Adaptil! #adaptil #dogstalkwiththeirbodies

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6 days ago

Let them sniff! It’s good for their body, mind and soul! Sunny loves his new vet and vet hospital, @brooklynyardvet ! 🐾🐶❤️

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6 days ago

Thank you @woofcultr for jumpstarting my day with this lovely java juice mug! The other mug will remain out of sight until said java juice has taken its effect.

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1 week ago

They feel even better than they look and get softer in time. They will never stink and you simply wipe clean. Pre-sale begins November 1st!

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1 week ago

Bright, shiny, and secure, just add our SUPERGRIP handle to your long line! Pre-sale begins November 1st!

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1 week ago

Ditch your nylon long line and indulge in the functionality of Trailblazing Tails’ custom long lines! We handcraft with BioThane which wipes clean and will never stink! • Bright orange or teal and custom built with solid brass hardware, this highly durable leash will brighten the world while taking a beating! • Available in 10, 15, 20, 33, or 50 feet.

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Fall in Portland is the epitome of gorgeous.

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The Shadow’s namesake was my third client ever. I loved him deeply and like my own. • Pre-sale begins November 1st! • The Shadow is our 3-way dog leash that gives you the means to comfortably tether your dog. It also allows for dual-control as well as the ability to adjust to half its length. With its power to transform to your needs, The Shadow makes every other leash look like a galaxy without The Dogstar. Available in 4, 5, and 6 feet. They will NEVER smell and they wipe clean!

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My workshop needed a pick-me-up so best friend @zollnermolly helped me add some color to the walls and cupboards, and this hot husband of mine built me custom leash and material racks. Oh, and there may or may not be Irish cream in the coffee. Life is good.

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2 weeks ago

This post was inspired after reading Our Dogs, Ourselves by #alexandrahorowitz. #tbt to our TbT Halloween video from last year. • Does your dog like to be dressed up for Halloween?

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2 weeks ago

Because humans and dogs speak a different language, a great deal can be lost in translation. • It is important that we take into consideration how our dogs might interpret our behavior and how to best behave around them. • We’re in this together! • A giant THANK YOU to @patriciamcconnellphd ! • One day my children will tell their friends about you, and those friends will tell their friends, and those friends will grow into adults and teach future generations how to speak dog.

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2 weeks ago

Are you a dog walker or considering a career in dog walking?

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2 weeks ago

Enough said.

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2 weeks ago

Here’s a sneak peek at The Hansy, dedicated to Hans Kvassay, one of the best dogs I’ve ever known: • Our premium, multifunctional 8-way dog leash makes even Pegasus want to be on the other end! • It transforms to meet every need you can imagine, from 6 feet to 5 feet to 4 feet to 3 feet, dual control, tethering, double-dog, and hands-free, this leash is perfect for medium to extra large dogs who pull, or for a handler who just wants to feel more secure. • Our supergrip material is used for the handle and extends for optimal grip, in case of any surprises! All leashes are 5/8 inch with superb control. Made from BioThane. Just wipe clean!

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2 weeks ago

Dil, you will always be my baby.

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3 weeks ago

My goodness, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! With years of prototyping and testing, and a patent pending, I will proudly be launching Trailblazing Tails Products by 2020!

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3 weeks ago

It’s that time of year again when people bring out those big, scary blowup decorations for the holidays. • You might notice your dog’s curiosity pique, or maybe you recognize that their body is telling you that they are uncomfortable, even scared. • Their tail is tucked and their ears lay flat as they bark ferociously at the scary thing. They try hiding behind you the best that they can but they are attached to a string that you hold in your hand. They can’t escape. You are their only hope. • Help them feel better about the scary thing by associating that good stuff happens when they see it. Pair the scary thing with something tasty and reinforcing for your dog, while creating enough distance that they do not react. • You’ve got this! You’re your dog’s biggest advocate and loudest voice.

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Do you recognize when your dog is scared or fearful? • When once you thought they were being “stubborn” or “disobedient”, you now know and understand the signs. Dog body language is your new second language because you respect your dog for the species and individual they are. • You pay attention to their body and take into account their learning history, and the context to which the behavior is happening. You help them escape the “scary thing” that has their body screaming. • You are their biggest advocate; their loudest voice. • Now go #shareyourknowledge with future generations and create a world where people listen to dogs!

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3 weeks ago

I guarantee a dog with a shock collar on is NOT laughing. • Proven ineffective and associated with aggressive responses, shock collars have no place in our world. A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior concluded, “there is no credible scientific evidence to justify electronic collar use and the use of spray collars or electronic fences for dogs.” (Masson S., Nigron I. & Gaultier E., 2018)

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Yesterday we made an educational video regarding the use of training collars or e-collars, more commonly known as, shock collars, for those of us who understand their true function. • #Shockcollars are an unnecessary “tool” which are often associated with aggressive responses and likely to lead to treatment failure. • This particular shock collar has levels from 0-15. Here is my husband doing his best to tolerate a level 2. You hear us all giggling out of discomfort. • Stay tuned for the full, edited video!

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Credit to Sarah Owings and Lili Chin @Lili ta_yaya. • I believe we’ve all got an “emotional cup” to fill. Sometimes I fill mine with a good book, good people, good experiences, and at times, a good cry. • Your dog’s “emotional cup” is also a cup that is your responsibility to help fill. • Some dogs are better than others at filling it themselves through genetic predispositions and learned behaviors, but others need a little guidance and understanding. • I think the take away is clear: Let’s do our best to help fill each other’s “emotional cup,” and that includes our beloved dogs.

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3 weeks ago

For the seasonal, bluesy time of the year, I purchased this Aurora light box. The name may have been part of its draw. 🤗

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4 weeks ago

We camped this weekend on a truly majestic farm. Sunny had the most amazing experience. • He happily trotted alongside the pigs, goats, chickens, and llama. • He’s now resting soundly at my feet.

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1 month ago

Sunny’s heart is full and his life is complete. He met Pumpkin and Petunia.

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1 month ago

We are camping at our favorite, majestic spot and Sunny met some new friends.

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1 month ago

How does your dog relax? • Sunny routinely relaxes like this. • My best guess is that he feels pretty darn awesome in his home.

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1 month ago

This is exactly why we NEED to be loud about the science of dog! 15 people hid this post and 6 people hid all posts from Trailblazing Tails. • There were also a number of comments from folks who denied there was a problem with a child “riding” a dog and that the tense dog looked relaxed. • Together we can be louder than those deniers and help create a society where people “listen” to their dogs and understand what they are saying. • Okay, Team, let’s do this! Educate. Educate. Educate.

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Dogs are the cutest damned opportunists on the planet. P E R I O D. • This was taken in Telluride while visiting for a good friend’s wedding this past weekend. • Many of the dogs were off-leash and looked so happy with smiling faces and loose body language. I made a point to watch every dog I could and witnessed only 4 out of, what seemed like hundreds, who exhibited signs of stress or discomfort. • My Point: Telluride was majestic and most of the dogs were happy.

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Same dog. Same kid. Completely different context. • Do NOT allow children to sit or ride on a dog. It is dangerous and disrespectful. • Our dogs speak with their bodies. It is our job to listen. • Advocate for your dog.

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My heart fills each time Aurora decides to participate in training with Sunny! • As she and I ate lunch, Sunny worked on settling in an environment where it hadn’t been expected of him before, which makes this an entirely new behavior. • He might be 11-years-old but he can still learn new things.

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1 month ago

Jeepers, these two are stinking cute! Sunny and Monty love to play in quick, playful spurts, taking the most beautiful breaks in-between to help regulate themselves. Sometimes those breaks are seconds, sometimes minutes, even hours, but each time they take one, I’m so glad to know they have, love and mutually respect one another.

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1 month ago

An updated version of our child and dog safety video! Through education and a greater understanding of dog body language and behavior, we CAN reduce the amount of dog bites that occur each year! Please share!

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Do you know the four quadrants of operant conditioning?

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Thank you to @thehealthydogpod for this lovely depiction of fiddle behaviors, or behaviors that your dog will exhibit in stages of early stress.

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For your Friday funny, may I present to you, Orion giggles.

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I was fortunate enough to hear Dr. Eduardo Fernandez speak at the @petprofessionalguild this past year and he was unforgettable. Engaging, funny, and inspiring, he even managed to boost a confidence in some of us who struggle to feel “good” at math or statistics. • I encourage you all to listen to his recent interview with Ryan Cartlidge of @animal_training_academy !

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2 months ago

Fun fact!

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Giving your pet a more pleasurable vet experience is absolutely, positively, emphatically, 💯 possible! • With the help from some fear free professionals, you can reduce, and in some cases, even prevent, fear, anxiety, and stress in your pet’s vet visits. • Portland is lucky enough to have @brooklynyardvet as a remarkable resource, so Sunny and I went for a quick, tasty tour before his visit tomorrow to help him feel comfortable. • @brooklynyardvet is a certified fear fear clinic through @fearfreepets , which is an incredible organization who inspires and educates people to think about their pet’s emotional state when they visit the vet. They offer certification for professionals as well as an education for owners. To find a local fear free clinic visit www.fearfreepets.com.

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2 months ago

Climb into your weekend with a smile!

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2 months ago

Proper exposure to novel stimuli is so important especially for puppies. This sweetie just turned 7 months old and her mom is doing all the right stuff. • She’s wearing and utilizing the treat pouch, as well as, keeping her pup on leash to help prevent problematic behaviors such as jumping on people or inappropriately charging another dog to say “hi” who is on leash and possibly dog reactive. • She’s giving her pup breaks away from all the action to help decrease any overstimulation which could lead to the practice and creation of problematic behaviors. • And rather than punishing, she’s teaching her dog how to fit into our human world where normal dog behaviors like jumping might not be appropriate. • Behaviors that are reinforced are more likely to be repeated. Reinforce good choices! Your dog is making them all day long even when you’re not asking them to. • Create positive experiences for your dog and teach them rather than punish.

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While playing “mommy monster,” Aurora asked a significant question with a valid point, “Why do you always have to feed Sunny treats when we play? I don’t like when you do that because it makes it shorter to play.” I imagine many parents who actively teach and reinforce their dogs and children have heard this sentiment. • Learning never stops. Cognitive, emotional, and environmental influences, as well as prior experience, all play a role in how we learn and all living organisms learn the same way. • Our responsibility as parents of children and dogs is to teach them how to safely and appropriately interact. This means FULL, ACTIVE parent supervision with a commitment to our families, including our dog, to listen and be proactive. We need to advocate for our dogs like we do our children, and give them a safe and positive learning history. • It is also important we understand that dogs are living, breathing creatures with teeth who can bite. We have a responsibility to teach our children accordingly. My husband may have been joking when he playfully interjected that Sunny could bite, but let me be clear: My children have been taught that even their lovable furry brother could bite them if he were put in a situation where he might fail. • Dogs bite for a number of reasons but rarely, if ever, out-of-the-blue. When we don’t “listen” to our dogs and treat them with the respect they deserve, we put people and the dog at risk. • Be your dog’s advocate.

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When preparing tasty treats, maximize your number of reinforcements by making your treats small. • Always remember you must reinforce with what is personally reinforcing for your dog. There may be some trial and error in identifying exactly what makes your dog tick. • Here I cut up a small roll of Natural Balance for Sunny’s weekly currency. • Happy training!

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2 months ago

@miatheservicedog services us with a smile. When this beautiful girl isn’t working, you can find her stealing hearts around every corner!

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Cautiously and safely investigating novel stimuli is a natural behavior. Let your dogs sniff and explore, and if you watch their bodies, they will thank you!

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#TbT to the first educational infographic that I made to promote awareness of dog body language and child and dog safety. • Understand what a dog is saying by understanding their language: DOG BODY LANGUAGE. Dogs speak with their bodies. Listen. • Fun Fact: That is my daughter, Aurora, with our pup, Sunny, in the bottom pic!

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2 months ago

There’s been some recent and pretty damn cute product testing happening in the Casa de Case!

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My heart is full! Silly, but it feels like dreams are coming true when your idol starts to follow you! @patriciamcconnellphd

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2 months ago

What do you think about retractable leashes? We strongly believe long lines in appropriate places are a much wiser and safer alternative #retractabledogleashessuck.

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Appropriate and adorable child and dog interaction at the beach this weekend! Appropriate includes FULL, ACTIVE parent participation. My phone was used only to capture beautiful moments. For more wonderful parent resources, please visit our friends at @familypawsofficial ! #appropriatechildanddoginteraction

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3 months ago

Sometimes remnants of tasty things end up on floor and sometimes Sunny ends up conveniently laying right next to them.

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Camping necessities!

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We moved the delicious liver-coated kibble “party” outside to the parking lot where my children ride their bikes and behave like little kids — loud, fast, and unpredictable. • Sunny happily snacked while the kids and I did our thing. Our goal is to make him feel as comfortable as possible in all types of environments. This is because dogs do not generalize well and because my children love the game “mommy monster,” it is our job to help Sunny feel good about it.

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3 months ago

More tips to help your dog feel safe over the 4th of July! This is an old video with poor audio but important information!

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We can help our dogs feel better about this time of the year! For the full video, please watch our IGTV!

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3 months ago

Cute front yards you see while walking your dog. If you’re not looking for the real responsibility of dog parenting, here’s a great alternative!

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When moments like this happen, I’m okay school’s out for summer. All others, I’m still getting used to.

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My children have been obsessively into this game called “mommy monster” for months. It’s loud, fast, and unpredictable. All the things most dogs (and some people) despise, and our guy Sunny, well he’s no different. Actually, he’s even more affected than most because of his fear and genetic predispositions. . He is an 11-year-old Aussie/border collie mix. For months we’ve been working to make him as comfortable as possible in all sorts of different environments. If you can imagine what life’s like with two very active, young children under 5, we play this game EVERYWHERE and all the dogdarn time! . We started in our home and moved through different rooms. Then we moved the “party“ to our backyard and the parking lot where my children ride their bikes. I’ll post more of those videos in the following weeks. . Each time there was fast movement or a loud momma or kid, Sunny got tossed a “party”. Our goal is to help him associate good things with all the commotion and make him more comfortable. . It’s important that my children also understand that running around a strange dog and screaming is not an appropriate game to play. We’ve reserved the “mommy and daddy monster” for our family.

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Appropriate child and dog interaction is not only beautiful but so important in helping to reduce the amount of dog bites that occur each year. . 🐶👇🏿🐶👇🏾🐶👇🐶👇🏽🐶 7 Prevention Tips for Parents. . 1. Understand dog body language. 2. Understand when a dog is asking for space. 3. Teach your children dog body language. 4. Teach your children to give dogs space. 5. Always supervise your children with dogs. 6. Teach your children appropriate games to play with dogs like fetch and treat and toss. 7. Teach your children to pet a dog ONLY when a dog approaches, and on their chin, side, or belly (if the dog offers), or a scratch on the butt. . BONUS TIP: Avoid petting a dog on top of their head. This can be threatening for a dog. . How would you like someone petting you on the head on their terms? How about a perfect stranger? Or a young child who is still learning personal boundaries? Perhaps you’re having a shitty day or your body hurts because you’re getting older, then someone startles you by petting you on the head? . Sounds like a whole new movement to me #whatdogsdeserve.

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4 months ago

Appropriate child and dog interaction seen while at a pre-wedding rock climbing session. The bride was my 6th client ever for Trailblazing Tails over 13 years ago. She’s now a lifelong best friend who brings good dogs and people together!

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4 months ago

Ta-ta-ta teaser! Brie Blakeman of @noblewoof and I had the ultimate pleasure of speaking with the amazing Annika McDade of @canineconnectiontraining ! We are also pleased to announce she accepted our invitation to be one of our BITCHES! Stay tuned for full the episode!

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4 months ago

Each day I spot more and more people wearing treat pouches and using positive reinforcement with their pets. Makes my heart sing. Collectively, we ARE making a difference in world of dogs. Here, we ran into cute ‘lil Charlie and his dad. What an adorable team they make!

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4 months ago

Foxtails and other grass seed weeds are beautiful and dangerous for our pets.

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