Leash Up Podcast with Laura De La Cruz

Every two weeks we share information for pet owners. We discuss dog sports, training, and offer reviews on dog training products. Laura De La Cruz has been herding for over 10 years and has trained, trialed and/or titled a variety of dogs, including Briards, Bergermascos, Pumis, Border Collies, Aussies, Kelpies, Shelties, Collies, Corgis, ACDs, Rotties, Standard Schnauzer and even a Greater Swiss Mountain dog. She is both an AKC Herding Judge and an AHBA Herding Judge.
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Mar 28, 2017

Summer is coming and travel plans are being made!  Traveling with your dog can be very enjoyable.  Listen to this Podcast for tips for traveling with your dog and make the best of your trip. Traveling with your dog can be a glorious time, but it makes sense to be prepared. Take time before you go to listen to this Podcast for tips and suggestions on making the most of your vacation.

Book review: The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixten Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me By Jon Katz. Link When Jon Katz adopted a border collie named Orson, his whole world changed. Gone were the two yellow Labs he wrote about in A Dog Year, as was the mountaintop cabin they loved. Katz moved into an old farmhouse on forty-two acres of pasture and woods with a menagerie: a ram named Nesbitt, fifteen ewes, a lonely donkey named Carol, a baby donkey named Fanny, and three border collies.

Training Orson was a demanding project. But a perceptive dog trainer and friend told Katz: “If you want to have a better dog, you will just have to be a better goddamned human.” It was a lesson Katz took to heart. He now sees his dogs as a reflection of his willingness to improve, as well as a critical reminder of his shortcomings. Katz shows us that dogs are often what we make them: They may have their own traits and personalities, but in the end, they are mirrors of our own lives–living, breathing testaments to our strengths and frustrations, our families and our pasts. The Dogs of Bedlam Farm recounts a harrowing winter Katz spent on a remote, windswept hillside in upstate New York with a few life-saving friends, ugly ghosts from the past, and more livestock than any novice should attempt to manage. Heartwarming, and full of drama, insight, and hard-won wisdom, it is the story of his several dogs forced Katz to confront his sense of humanity, and how he learned the places a dog could lead him and the ways a doge could change him. Product: Polkadog Cod Skins Website: Cod Skins $10.99 Description At Polkadog Bakery, we're all about locally-sourced, made-in-the-usa, limited ingredient natural dog treats. Our super duper Cod Skins are no exception. The Cod we use to make these crunchy sticks is wild caught in season by local fishermen on small boats in Alaska. We hand-roll and slowly dehydrate each skin in our Boston kitchen to create this savory, healthy treat. Single Ingredient Treat Cod Sourced in United States Ingredients Cod skins Guaranteed Analysis Crude Protein (Min) 70%, Crude Fat (Min) 2%, Crude Fiber (Max) 0%, Moisture (Max) 10%  

Mar 27, 2017

If you have a herding dog (or dog that wants to herd), check out this episode where we cover the basics of herding and herding organizations.  As an AKC and AHBA herding judge, this is by far my favorite dog sport!

Mar 24, 2017
Losing a dog can be heart-breaking. Often we feel isolated or ridiculed when grieving the loss of our best friend. In this Episode we talk about how normal this grieving process is and ways to manage your grief. Book review: [caption id="attachment_177" align="alignleft" width="198"]Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean[/caption] Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean  Amazon Link "One of the most acclaimed nonfiction books of 2011, Susan Orlean’s New York Times bestseller Rin Tin Tin is “an unforgettable book about the mutual devotion between one man and one dog” (The Wall Street Journal). He believed the dog was immortal. So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from abandoned puppy to movie star and international icon. Spanning almost one hundred years of history, from the dog’s improbable discovery on a battlefield in 1918 to his tumultuous rise through Hollywood and beyond, Rin Tin Tin is a love story about "the mutual devotion between one man and one dog" (The Wall Street Journal) that is also a quintessentially American story of reinvention, a captivating exploration of our spiritual bond with animals, and a stirring meditation on mortality and immortality." Product Review: FiRM UP! Original Pumpkin Super SupplementDiggin Your Dog's Firm Up! Pumpkin Super Supplement for digestive tract support in dogs and cats. 100% USA product. Link: