Archive for February, 2010

Stop the Tug of War: The HALTI head collar

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Yanking. Jerking. Pulling. Who’s walking who? For many dog owners, it’s a constant struggle to keep their pets under control. But now it’s time to end the tug of war… the HALTI is here!

Dr. Roger Mugford, the United Kingdom’s renowned animal psychologist, believes that going for a walk should be fun and safe for both the dog and the owner. Dogs who pull on their leads are less likely to be walked if the experience isn’t enjoyable for the owner. So they’re likely to receive less exercise, which can lead to more destructive behavior. In addition, the tugging action subjects the animal’s delicate throat and neck to unnecessary pressure. This can make walks painful and scary for the pup rather than a means of strengthening your relationship.

Dr. Mugford invented the HALTI head collar to provide maximum steering efficiency for dog walkers. The HALTI is the first-ever canine headcollar. Since its invention, it has become a major tool for dog training and an industry standard. Resembling a horse halter, the HALTI actually pulls the dog’s head toward the owner as soon as the dog pulls the leash. Its innovative design instantly stops the dog from pulling. In addition, the HALTI is lightweight, easy to fit and comfortable. No metal parts come in contact with the dog’s skin and the point of steering is away from the eyes. Made from durable webbing, the head collar also features a neoprene padded inner liner for additional comfort.

Here are two of the biggest reasons why the HALTI is so popular:

Peaceful Walks: An easy way to stop dogs for pulling. The HALTI is ideal for larger and more excitable dogs to train proper manners when walking.

Training Aid: Handlers can gently direct the dog’s head, steering him into desired positions which can then be rewarded and linked to a command associated with that posture, for example “SIT.” The position can also be linked to an associated command.

“Since its creation, the HALTI head collar has been approved by veterinarians and trainers worldwide,” said Dr. Mugford. “It is also recognized as the product that established the headcollar lead category. I’m sure that American pet owners will be just as pleased with the results when they try it for walking or training their dog.”

The HALTI head collar is available in six sizes and four colors of red, blue, brown and black.

Marin County California: Run For The Seals

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

This year’s Run for the Seals will be held on Saturday March 13, 2010, in the beautiful Marin Headlands. Families, runners, walkers, baby-strollers and especially dogs (on a leash) are all welcome to take part. We have two routes this year:

The classic 4-mile race (self-timed): This course winds through the scenic roads, dirt tracks and hills of Fort Cronkhite, and many participants refer to it as one of the Bay Area’s most scenic and best short runs.

Plus a new 2-mile scenic route: This course is 1 mile uphill, 1 mile downhill and overlooks the ocean – aimed at those who want a shorter but still challenging and rewarding walk with viewing, refreshment and education stations along the way.

The race starts at 9.30 am, at Rodeo Beach, with our very own Frannie the Fur Seal leading the way and Kfog’s Peter Finch providing support across the airwaves – and finishes at Bunker Road, at the bottom entrance to The Marine Mammal Center. Afterwards we are inviting all racer-goers and supporters to attend our FUN DAY at the Center, where they can enjoy complimentary food (including some legendary homemade baked goods), drinks and tours. We are planning to have doggie daycare set up outside the Center (as dogs are not allowed within the hospital due to healthy and safety reasons for both our patients and your pets).

Online registration: Adults $35 / Children (5-12) $20

Race Day Registration: Adults $40 / Children (5-12) $25

Children (4 & under) and dogs are FREE.

New “Tallest Dog” Crowned

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Standing at more than seven feet from head tail and weighing almost 250 pounds, he’s not just a Great Dane; he’s the ‘greatest’ Dane! Guinness World Records today announced that ‘Giant George’, a Great Dane from Tucson, Arizona owned by David Nasser, is the new official record holder for both the Tallest Living Dog and the Tallest Dog Ever. This new ‘top dog’ measures 43 inches (3 ft 7 inches) from paw to shoulder as verified by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator who visited the dog after controversy surrounding his height required an in-person measurement. ‘Giant George’ inched out the previous record holder, Titan, by .75 inches to claim the crown.

George joins a history of Great Danes who have claimed this lofty title. The previous record holder, Titan, a four-year-old Great Dane from San Diego, California stands 42.25 inches tall and was crowned Guinness World Records’ Tallest Dog in 2009. Prior to Titan was Gibson, of Grass Valley, California, who stood at 42.2 inches tall.

“This is a hotly contested record and after some controversy and conflicting media reports we decided to send our own official adjudicator to put the final stamp on this record holder. We can indeed say now that George is the top dog,” said Craig Glenday, Editor-In-Chief of Guinness World Records. “This record has also sparked great interest in finding other pet records, so we’re asking everyone to check their dog houses, scratch posts and under the bed – they just might be living with a record-breaking pet!”

Guinness World Records is also searching for new pet records in the following categories: Dog With the Longest Ears, Smallest Dog (Length), Oldest Dog, Smallest Cat and Oldest Cat. For a chance to be included in the Guinness World Records 2011 edition, submit your record proposal at