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May 4, 2015
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Silver Shade Mesh Tarp

Ed Frawley talks about the Silver Shade Mesh Tarp.

Deflect Heat Away! Enjoy breeze! Reduce Heat Build Up!

Conventional shade tents and canopies absorb the sun's rays and generate heat that is trapped underneath, heating the area you are trying to shade. Silver Shade Mesh acts like a mirror reflecting away the sun and it's heat while you enjoy any available cooling breeze through the mesh fabric. It is durable, lightweight, easy to use, rot/mildew resistant, does not run or unravel, washes with a garden hose and is cooler than shade!

We use the highest grade reflective shade fabric maufactured (70%) with superior quality polypropylene finished edge bindings - not stiff plastic bindings that unravel. Our rolled-rim toothed grommets are set in heat cut holes to insure lifelong hold, with 12" spacings that improve convenience, enhance tarping strength and match-up easily with other tarps.

Becoming a huge favorite with dog trainers who attend outdoor competitions and trials!

Perfect for use with any of our crates!

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Question: My terrier mix is really hard to train and he won't come when called! He likes toys, what kind of tug will hold his interest?

I have a 15 pound terrier mix (probably Cairn/Lassa) who is really hard to train, especially to come when called. I've tried treats, toys (he likes tugs), long lines, etc. Even the Chihuahua is more consistent at coming when called. What kind of toy would hold his interest longer than a rope tug? It lasts about 3 minutes.

Cindy's Response:

The key to training dogs like this is to build motivation and engagement as a separate exercise first, then incorporate the motivators (food, toys, etc) into teaching behaviors. Terriers can be hard to motivate, I know this first hand. You have to be interesting and unpredictable, dogs love that!

I would recommend first taking our 2 week engagement class online, you can read more about it at this link.

I would watch The Power of Training with Food and Advanced Concept of Motivation. Learning to use food & toys dynamically and making rewards an event are the key to getting your dog to come when called consistently. Don't call him unless you can guarantee he'll come to you (i.e. You have him on leash).

Building interest in a toy takes time. 3 minutes isn't really that bad! It's a process that you work on over many small short training sessions. I'd also suggest Training the Recall.

We have a number of really good small tugs that my terrier loves, the fleecy and fuzzy ones are her favorite. Something like that may be fun for him. Here is a link to our tug page.

I hope this helps.
Cindy Rhodes

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Hurley Dog Bone

  My dog likes toys that have a "give" to them but he is extremely hard on them. We got the blue one. The exterior feels like a Kong or Goughnut but it flexes about an 1" when both ends are pulled down. He liked the shape and the groove on the ends; he would roll it around in his mouth and toss it and pick it up. He would gnaw on the end and then switch to the middle. After about 30 minutes with the toy we heard a snap and he had broken it in half. If your dog is a normal chewer, he/she will really like the shape and give of this toy.
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