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2022 Fall Newsletter Vol.1

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We hope your summer months have been full of fun-filled dog adventures and relaxation, but ready to bring in Fall and all things Pumpkin Spice. We hope you enjoy the GSDOC Fall Newsletter Vol.1

GSDOC UPCOMING FALL EVENTS

Fall Social

Come join us on October 11th at Andy Adams Park 1713 E 1000 N Layton, UT 84040. If it is raining we will move the social to Versa Dog Sports at 1473 N 1000 E Layton. Please bring a chair and or blanket if you choose to hang out on the grass.
The social starts at 5:30 and ends at 6:50 so people can make their 7:00 pm classes at Versa.
Food, drinks, and dessert are provided by the club. RSVP to the club Vice President Cindy Ovredahl at BoardVP@gsdoc.org or Board President Alma Fong at BoardPresident@gsdoc.org on how many will be in attendance, that way we can provide plenty of food for all.
There will be a costume parade with prizes. We are looking for cute, original, and funny costumes. A Grand prize will also be awarded for the best Dog/Owner coordinated costume. A photo booth is available for anyone who would like pictures. Hope to see you there!
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AKC FIT DOG CLUB

Our next AKC FIT DOG event will be on October 22nd, at 9:30 am we will meet at the Centennial Trail 575 East Cottonwood Drive and head north on the river walkway trail. The first part of this trail is a dirt trail, so come prepared with good shoes, water for both you and your pooch, and poop bags. Come walk or run at your own pace. Hope to see you all there
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Article of the Month

To Vacation or Not Vacation, Dog Sitter, Dog Boarding

Author: Alma Fong- Board Member

Summer was made for vacations and I just got back from Pennsylvania. It was a great vacation but the one thing that made it really hard was leaving my dogs. I searched for months to find just the right place for them. Everyplace I looked it seemed to be just not right. I knew from my research that a place that wanted vaccinations, up-to-date well dog checks, and fecal tests had high standards and was worth the extra vet visit. My dogs don’t suffer from separation anxiety but I wanted them around people every day. Some facilities just have people come in to feed, potty and spend a couple of hours with them on Sundays so if you come in after hours on Saturday you can’t pick your dog up until Monday. We have a dog door so the dogs come and go and I wanted someplace where they could be out whenever they wanted. I also wanted “dog people” who would take the time for an ear scratch or cuddle. I wish I could say it worked out great. The place had webcams so I could watch for a few minutes every day. That made me feel better but watching them shut in every night at 7 pm knowing they wouldn’t be out until 6:30 am made me miserable. We sent tee shirts for them to cuddle, snacks for lights out, and their favorite chews. It wasn’t home but for 10 days it was their home. We are all home now and it will have to be something special before we do it again. Have a great rest of your summer!
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Junior Article of the Month

Dogs and Back to School

Author: Rowan Trammell- Junior Board Member

You may have noticed while out on your morning walks there are more kids out and about. This is probably because school is back in session and children are walking to school. Here are a couple of good reminders to do with your dog this “back to school” time of year. First, it is a great time to refresh or work with your dog on loose leash walking and “leave it.” This will help you on your morning walks as your dog won't pull you after the kiddos or walk all over the sidewalk wrapping up your leash in a bunch of people. There also tend to be all kinds of food surprises that little kids can drop on their way to and from school. You never know what your dog might pick up. It's just best that they know when to leave people and things alone when you want them to. Next, just like most students, your dog has a brain. It is good for them to have to work things out just like we do when we go to school. Things we do, to help our dog use her brain, are puzzles and scent work. We feed her while we are working her, so she does something for her food. Sometimes I use a puzzle or a Kong to give my dog food if I know that I am going to be gone for the day. This not only gives them something to do but also helps their brain. Finally, we have been doing scent work with our dog, this has helped stimulate her mind and her nose while learning a new skill. In conclusion, just like humans going to school to improve their brains, our dogs also need to use theirs. So take a couple of minutes a day to stimulate your dog's brain.

Thanks--
Rowan Trammell
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Monthly Dog Treat Recipe

Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
Nutrition Facts:
Per Serving: 56 calories; fat 1.3g; cholesterol 14.9mg; sodium 62.9mg; carbohydrates 9.4g; protein 2.5g
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Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon water, or more if necessary (Optional)
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Combine flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl; stir with a spatula until combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a work surface and work it with your hands until the mixture starts to come together. Add 1 teaspoon of water at a time (only if needed) to help make the dough workable, but don't add too much as it should be dry and stiff.
  • Roll the dough to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to a baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until dog treats are golden brown and crunchy, about 40 minutes. Let cool before serving your dog.

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