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A Review: The Markline IQ Wobbler treat toy and contest!

Healthy animals love playing with their food! It gives them something to do to keep them out of trouble, stimulates their brain, and it’s just plain fun! Personally, I collect enrichment toys for my animals. This was a nice addition to the collection.

I purchased this toy for my mini poodle, Angel, and will also use it for foster dogs and other foster animals.

Angel and I really liked this toy. It’s easy to tilt over, even on carpet; this makes it easy enough for most size animals to use. It rights it’s self pretty well too, better on hard floor than carpet.

I like the ease of filling it allows, you just screw off the top lid and dump hole-sized bits of food in there. Dry works better, but semi-moist can also work as long as it’s not wet or sticky. Kibble is great in this toy. I like using the dog’s meal, or sample sized bags of kibble reserved just for treats. You can also break apart larger treats, or purchase pre-made small treats.

dog toy open

It’s really easy to clean and sanitize. This is something important that most people overlook. Some toys get so filthy over time but don’t allow you to get at the dirt, and they eventually molder and need to be thrown away or animals can get sick. I prefer to clean toys after every use, this toy would do well with a bottle brush cleaner and dish soap. The bottom of the inside would be best cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth, or else you might get water into the metal gears of the timer inside.

I like the design of the toy, the over-all shape and construction. It seems well made and sturdy. I like that there’s nothing to grab on it, so that dogs can’t chew off and swallow pieces, or pick it up and drop it on hard ground. Some dogs like carrying toys up the stairs and dropping them down… They can’t do that with this toy! It seems pretty safe.

dogtoy closed

The chamber size allows you to store a lot of treats. This is where the timer comes into play, but while it has that pro, it also packs two downsides. The ringing noise at the end of the time set will let dogs know that it’s not going to supply anymore food (you can teach them this by immediately taking it away when it rings, and they’ll learn over time and eventually leave it alone). This can startle and scare dogs, and also frustrate them because no more treats are forthcoming. I prefer to not use the timer and instead not fill the chamber up completely, and just take it away when it’s emptied.

Watch Angel demonstrate the toy for you.

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Review: Joggy Dog Hands Free Dog Leash

The Joggy Dog Hands Free Dog Leash is a great hands free leash system. It has everything I’m looking for in a hands free leash.

It has a sleek design, the belt isn’t wide enough to be bothersome when you’re twisting and turning, and moving around. It’s not too thin either, which would be uncomfortable if the dog pulls. It also doesn’t stand out too much, which is great if you want something inconspicuous.

This is ideal for training service dogs, for example. It’s not very apparent that I’m wearing something around my waist, it’s comfortable for long term wearing, it doesn’t compete with my waist worn treat pouch, and it doesn’t get in the way when I’m shopping. I can also freely move my arms to deliver treats as well. I do prefer a waist leash to that of an over the shoulder type as these get in my way. Another added plus to this design is that it’s highly adjustable. I liked how this leash stayed put when I adjusted it for my waist. It’s somewhat tricky to re-adjust it because it’s so secure.

Since the belt is this particular design, it doesn’t really leave any room for padding or any great degree of width, or I don’t think it would be quite as adjustable. This means force wouldn’t be as distributed as with a wider or padded belt. This design also means that you loose out on extra features such as pockets.

The leash it’s self is sturdy and the metal bolt snaps look strong, and the stitching on the leash seems to be quite secure.

Since this hardware is heavy duty, it likely won’t fit on the smallest of “O” or “D” rings, like thinner, flimsier bolt snaps would. But I don’t think you have to worry about this unless the ring is pretty small.

The leash has a pretty firm “boing”. It holds up well to strong pullers without fear of any breaking. I did notice that it helps to reduce shock from sudden lunges.

The belt has two “D” rings so you can attach two leashes to it.

I like that this leash has the traffic loop in the end. I always prefer these on my leashes in case of emergencies.

****I said in my video review that I’m not sure if there’s light reflective stitching in this leash but THERE IS!!!****

I’m more than satisfied with this hands free leash system. I would recommend it to clients, colleagues, and anyone with a dog.

Pros:
-Sleek, non-cumbersome design that doesn’t get in your arm’s way
-Low profile appearance, inconspicuous looking
-Nice width to distribute force when dog pulls
-Comfortable to wear long term
-Highly adjustable and securely stays put
-Sturdy construction, high quality material
-Strong metal hardware
-Stitching is secure
-Has light reflective stitching for visibility at night
-Firm “boing” that won’t give out with strong pullers, absorbs shock well
-Has a traffic loop
-Two “D” rings for attaching two leashes

Cons:
-More width and padding would likely be impossible with this design, which also means no handy pockets
-Sturdy, heavy duty metal bolt snaps may not fit very small “O”/“D” rings.

Nail Grinder: Hitachi GP10DL 12-Volt Peak Lithium-Ion Mini Grinder, Cordless

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So, this nail grinder is pretty awesome. It’s my go-to grinder for most animal nails. I won’t use it on tiny rodent or small parrot nails, but it’s great on the smallest of dogs nails to the biggest, thickest, hardest of dogs nails, and every kind in between. You could most certainly use it on cats and other nailed or clawed creatures down to about the size of a rabbit’s nails, but I wouldn’t go smaller than that. On the highest speeds, 3 and 4, you get something of a loud(ish) whine. I say “loud(ish)” because it’s not that bad compared to many other rotary grinding tools I’ve had the privilege of trying out. On the lower speeds, 1 and 2, which is all you’ll ever need for animal nails, it’s plenty powerful and quiet. The lowest speed (1) is VERY quiet, yet still powerful enough for most nails, yet, if you have the misfortune to catch it, it will “bog down” (stop spinning), only not as readily as some weaker rotary tools. I compared this grinder at the same time to the Dremel 8220, and the Hitachi is actually quieter. But keep it in perspective that this is a power tool, and animals often need to be (edit for active link to how-to) desensitized and counter conditioned to it’s use.

The light on the business end is very useful to see what you’re doing and the anti-vibration technology helps cut down on discomfort in your hand and on the animal’s nail, but I still recommend gently but firmly holding the nail between your thumb and forefinger so that you absorb the vibration instead of your animal getting the brunt of it.

It’s kind of bottom heavy, but once you get used to it, it counter balances well in your hand for a stable, non-fatiguing hold(picture in hand). Sometimes I rest the bottom half on the ground, if the angle of the nail grinding is compatible with this. I don’t use this with a “flex-shaft attachment” (edit picture), but it could be done. It also has a fold out hook (picture) if you want to hang it from something. The unit (not the grinding bit) never overheats in hand because of the internal fan and vents to allow for air circulation. These are strategically placed and don’t blow in the animal’s or your face. Yet, they’re well protected by a foam filter and haven’t ever sucked in hair/fur. (Close up shot, no open gaps)

The battery charges fast (show battery) (if you’re a professional groomer, I would still recommend getting a second battery to switch out) and it’s lithium-ion! This means no battery memory (I think?). I don’t run into any progressive weakening issues with this battery like I have with NiCad types on other rotary tools. The light on the charging unit changes colors to let you know when it’s done. (picture)

Changing out the bit is quickly and easily done without any wrench, you can just use your fingers. (pic)

It gets nails done fast! But it would be even better with 60 or 80 (rough) grit sanding bands or stones. You can get a single, overgrown nail done in just a few seconds with rough grit. Currently, I’m using a fine grit, diamond grinding drum. It seems to additionally cut down on the vibration over the rougher grits. (pic of bits)

It comes as a 47-piece kit with a hard or soft (it appears they offer both options) case. (pic)The attachments (bits, wrench, etc.)(pics) are all of high quality and stand up to your use and abuse. The bands actually stay put on the drums. These are the common universal size attachments, so you need not buy Hitachi brand name replacements!

I’m not going to lie. I treat this machine rough. I use it for a lot more than just nails and it’s a good little soldier.

It’s slightly cheaper (on Amazon) than the Dremel 8220 and has a longer warranty. Check out your local hardware big box and small box(?) stores. I’ve seen this model on sale for a little under $50.

So, to reiterate:

Pros:
-Small
-Counter balances in hand
-Quiet
-No sucking in hair to the motor
-Ease of use
-Powerful
-High quality accessories
-You can find it at a very affordable price
-Durable
-Bogs down
-Lithium ion batteries, reliable performance
-Charger has charging status indicator light
-Batteries charge fast
-Has light near the bit end so you can see nails
-Comes with a storage case
-Cordless
-(Body) Doesn’t overheat in hand

Cons:
-Is expensive from some places
-Doesn’t bog down as readily as weaker grinders
-Bottom heavy, can be awkward to hold until you get used to it

Pictures and video to come.