Enhancing the Commercial Diet

On Wednesday, August 22nd, I will be at Swim Doggie Swim in Carlsborg, offering a short workshop in adding fresh foods to complement a commercial diet.  We will briefly cover reading labels for nutritional content, and focus on adding fresh foods in appropriate portions, supplements, and practical grocery items for every budget.

As part of her summer Yappy Hour series, Jennifer invites you to come, relax, meet new and old friends, talk dogs and enjoy light evening snacks.  If you would like a tour of the spa facility – just ask!

Mark the date: August 22nd from 6:00 to 7:00 ( but we will probably go over since we all like to talk dogs).  RSVP not required but appreciated. Text or call Swim Doggie Swim at (360) 582-9663.  There is no charge.  This is a people only event.

Swim Doggie Swim
261043 Highway 101
Sequim, Washington 98382


Pet First Aide/CPR Certification class in Carlsborg, WA

Know what to do for your pet in an emergency?  Swim Doggie Swim is hosting a Pet First Aide/CPR certification class on Saturday, August 11th.

This course is offered through PetTech, and will cover what to do for shock, seizures, choking, burns, poisoning, broken bones, heat stroke, cuts, rescue breathing and CPR.

Including earning your certificate, the $95 class fee will include the course handbook and wallet ID card.

Please call Jennifer at (360) 582-9663 to reserve your space, or send an email to Jennifer@swimdoggieswim.com.  The class size is limited and you must be pre-registered.


Mark the date: Yappy Hour July 17th

Elicia Casey, owner of doTERRA-4-DOGS, will be at Swim Doggie Swim on Tuesday, July 17thfor a Yappy Hour workshop at 12 noon and again at 6 PM.  Learn how essential oils are a safe and effective means for supporting your dog’s immune system, joints, skin conditions, calming digestive issues and allergies and repelling insects.

Look here for more info:   https://www.facebook.com/swimdoggieswim/photos/pb.1087609831302635.-2207520000.1530897103./1937875522942724/?type=3&theater

This workshop is held at no charge, but please RSVP to Jennifer at (360) 582-9663 and let her know which session you would like to attend.  http://swimdoggieswim.com

Yappy Hour at Swim Doggie Swim

Jennifer, owner of Swim Doggie Swim, is hosting the first in a series of this summer’s Yappy Hours, Wednesday June 20th from 6:00 to 7:00 at the spa in Carlsborg; 261043 Highway 101, Sequim, Washington 98382 (just west of Hwy 101 and Carlsborg Road).

I’m excited to be the first guest speaker, talking about how to decipher the label on commercial dog food products, so you know nutritionally what you’re feeding.  I’ll have some printed material, but you might want to bring a notepad.

Briefly, I’ll cover decoding the ingredient list, what the Guaranteed Analysis means and what it doesn’t tell you, and what the math means nutritionally for your individual dog.

This is also a social gathering, so there will be refreshments and a chance to visit and meet new friends.  There is no charge, but please RSVP to Jennifer at (360) 582-9663 or reserve a spot on her FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/swimdoggieswim/posts/?ref=page_internal

Citizen Science

The Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois is currently collecting data from an online survey aimed at dog owners.

The study is designed to capture the practices of pet owners in terms of their lifestyle, dietary choices, and food behavior, and how they translate those practices to their pets.

They will use the survey results to develop educational materials addressing dog’s nutritional needs and wellbeing. Published results may also assist the pet food industry in developing products tailored to owners’ habits and preferences, as well as dogs’ nutritional needs.

I was encouraged as the questions were inclusive to those feeding commercial diets as well as those who feed home cooked or raw diets. I see it as another opportunity to let industry know what we as pet guardians are looking for in commercially available choices.  Another vote, so to speak.

They need 1000 more participants before the end of August.  The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.  Please consider taking the time to participate:


Direct link to the survey: