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  1. Hmm, can't edit or delete my post so i need to make another post to fix a mistake. Only vendors who had already been approved to vend in Gettysburg are allowed to participate in this event. I'm sorry, I didn't realize that until I was told just now.
  2. I think it would be too hard to organize an event this size with less than a year to go. However, we're organizing a Virtual Vendor Weekend, basically the shopping part of Gig that same weekend done online. We're looking for vendors to participate and also starting to publicize it far and wide for attendees. The fantastic advantage of this is that nobody has to travel to participate! If you want to vend, the only fee is the 10% donation to Nittany. The central "showcase" or entry point to the vendor shops will be a Facebook page (although I'm tossing around ideas for people who HATE Facebook - let me know if you are one of those so I can gauge the need for it). The page will not be opened up to attendees until all the vendors are set up (likely April 29th or the morning of the 30th).
  3. It's been a couple years since I've been to it (vending with Diane from Scooby North America), but I'm coming back this year as my own vendor. (Yay!) I'm super looking forward to it!
  4. Hi Robin! Sorry, I don't. It is an idea that I play with every now and then, and have asked a few people who make them if I could sell them, but it never seems to happen. I have found some really cheap ones at wholesale distributers but don't like them. Always on the lookout for ones that are nice, though!
  5. So based on some feedback on the Facebook GiG group, I'll be bringing more rental muzzles and setting up a 2-day rental option for the hotel people. I'll have signs posted around also.
  6. I just saw this info about muzzles being required in the Eisenhower. As some of you know, I sell the Irish muzzles with the leather nose padding and was already planning to offer muzzle rentals for the dog-sitting and play area. If you guys think it would be helpful, I can make sure I bring enough rentals so you can have them in the hotel also. (The rentals are also the double padded style, but I mark them as rentals so that I don't accidentally sell them or people don't want to keep them.) I already have my system set up to offer a one-day rental, which I was envisioning as "pick it up today, keep it overnight and return it tomorrow". Would this be helpful?
  7. I'll be vending there again, but using my new business name (Sit. Stay safe!). I can't wait to show you guys the new safety gear we have in stock. I was leaning in that direction last year but didn't have very much stuff yet. Now I have full product lines of reflective jackets and leashes, rechargeable lighted jackets, collars and leashes, life jackets and of course the padded muzzles that everyone loves. Watch for Dave to be walking our ninja dog (Loki, all black greyhound) around the hall to show off how he can't be a ninja anymore. LOL!
  8. Hey all, I have reflective jackets, leashes and "overcollars" in stock now! I will of course be bringing them to Gettysburg so you all can try them on. The overcollars are cool... they just slip on over your dog's normal collar and has a large buttonhole where the leash goes through. So it doesn't replace your dog's collar, it just adds reflectivity! And the jackets are made out of amazingly light, soft fabric. I'm in love, I hope you will be too!
  9. I've had a few groups reach out to me for this idea, so I think it might work for others also. Here is the idea: I can sell the double padded muzzles to groups in bulk orders for a large discount over the individual muzzle orders. This is a special offer because I want to help the groups with the flood of dogs that are going to come through over the next couple years. I know the dogs come from the track kennels with muzzles, but sometimes they're dirty and hard-used, and it's nicer to hand the dog to his new adoptive family with a clean, new muzzle. So if any other groups on here are interested in details, please PM me.
  10. This thread is continuing even though good_coffee hasn't been back in a little bit. I hope he's still reading this. I can echo everyone else here, and I have a girl who had sleep startle when I first got her. She did get over it, over time (2-3 years). But what I really want to address is this statement above. Coffee, if you're still reading this, I don't mean this to be insulting, just to make you think. I also am not saying you are like this because I obviously don't know you. I hope this isn't you. But... It seems like whenever I hear someone say things like this, they tend to have a dominating attitude when it comes to pets, rather than a patient, respectful attitude. Those people seem to think that they don't have to respect the animal, it's the animal's job to respect THEM. In my opinion it's a two-way street and you really do need to give your pet respect. You won't get a truly loving bond with your dog if you don't learn to hear what he has to say and give him the respect he needs. Now when I say this, I don't mean you give him everything he asks for and coddle him to death. I just mean don't have a "my way or the highway" attitude with everything. There are very few times when asserting your dominance is important and right. If your dog is about to do something that will result in his harm, yes. The the "dominating" response is to grab him or hold him back, stop him from doing that thing. If he's about to do something that will result in the harm of another. The proper "dominating" response to that is either to use distraction training (like for leash aggression), the Voice of God (I use this when my boys get the bad idea to chase our cat, or mock-pounce the cat). But this is where you hit gray area, and where respect comes into play: With things like sleep startle, or growling at you when you do something he doesn't like, you have to understand that he's not being AGGRESSIVE. He's expressing his wishes to you. Learn to listen to him. When my Capri (the one with sleep startle) snapped at me and my husband a couple times (each, in the early days) we felt bad of course, but we knew not to punish her. You move away and let the tension fade and get over your hurt feelings, and then you apologize and make amends. I literally did this with Capri. "I'm sorry sweetheart, I screwed up.". There was one very remarkable situation I had with Capri, after about 3 years of having her that really demonstrated to me that we had developed a respectful, loving bond and complete two-way communication. I was sitting on the couch, but kind of forward so there was space between my back and the back of the couch. She got up on the couch and laid down in that space. Sweet and cuddly. When I went to get up, I swayed back slightly to get leverage to move my weight forward (I realized this in hindsight) which made her think I was going to squish her. She snarled and lashed out, air-snapping nastily. Without getting angry, I turned and told her to get off the couch using the Voice of God. (Correction for not sharing the couch nicely is they have to get off it.) She jumped down and immediately rolled on the floor belly up at my feet. Clearly conciliatory. It looked like she thought I was going to beat her, but of course I never beat her in my life. She was sort of "alpha rolling" herself to apologize to me. I waited a beat and then kneeled down and petted her to let her know I forgave her and was also sorry and it was just a big misunderstanding. I've had her for something like 9 years now and she's very much "my" girl, follows me everywhere. She's my beloved.
  11. I have an idea for a way I can help adoption groups over the next two years. If you're on the board for your group can you PM me? Or if you're active with your group but not on the board, can you ask someone from your board to email me at sharon@somethingspecialpetsupplies.com?
  12. That's a good suggestion, too. I know that when I get lazy and do the same route for a week or so, my dogs start to anticipate where we're going so that when I change the route, they're like "oh, we're doing something different today, ok!" LOL It's kind of adorable that they learn the route and anticipate where they're going next as if they would just walk that route all by themselves if you weren't there.
  13. With the toothbrushing, I recommend you start with baby steps and include it in his daily routine. Same time of day, every day. Later you can relax the routine a little. But the baby steps go like this: First week or so, just let him lick the paste off the brush. don't restrain him in any way. Give him a treat for doing it. Ignore my husband who thinks that you can't give him a treat after his teeth are already clean, at this stage the goal is to turn this event into something fun and/or rewarding for him to voluntarily participate in. Next week or so, while he's licking the the paste, gently rub the brush against his canine teeth (because they're generally most prominent and easy to access while he's licking. Don't scold or prevent him from licking, it's natural that he do that. After a few sessions of that, then as you continue sessions, rub the brush quickly against a few more teeth each time. Again, no scolding or preventing him from licking. You need to learn to brush around his licking. It's not impossible, just think of it as a special technique for dogs. Keep treating him every time. When you get to the point where you feel the need to hold his head/snout just to steady him, you start by just gently lifting one lip with the fingers of your other hand. That sounds ginger when I read what I wrote, but when I do it I'm firm but gentle, not ginger or tentative. Simply lifting a lip isn't the same as holding his head because he can still back away if he wants to. That will inspire trust and confidence in him. After he's used to that, then you can gently hold his snouth with your other hand to brush his whole mouth. I use this technique with fosters and new dogs. After only a few weeks they come running to me when they know it's toothbrush time! (And then you can switch to treating before brushing if you're my husband, and treat him only randomly instead of every time if you're me.)
  14. I think it will take time (in addition to using the other advice you got here). I found that the first entire year and sometimes longer depending on the dog, is all about building a relationship with the dog. Specifically he's learning who you are just as much as you're learning who he is. And you're also learning how to communicate with each other. Over time and going through the same thing you are with my greys, I learned that it helps to let them occasionally decide the walking route. Of course you know things they don't, like if you have time for a longer walk or longer route, or if somewhere isn't safe to go, etc. so you do get final say. And that's part of the relationship-building, too. He needs to learn that you're a nice owner who occasionally lets him go where he wants, but when you don't, then he needs to accept that. Over time, mostly with my beloved Capri who is our first, I learned to read their body language. It took me a long time to realize that she wasn't just being stubborn or stupid, she was actually trying to express an opinion. What I learned was this: if she turns her head to look at something, she's mildly interested or curious in it, thinking about turning the corner down THAT side street but doesn't feel strongly about it. If she turns the front half of her body, she REALLY wants to go that way. If she turns her entire body, like the time I tried to walk her in a mild snowstorm but she wasn't having any of it, she's saying "TAKE ME HOME THIS INSTANT DAMMIT!"
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