Enter to Win a FREE Dog Bed in our “Help Us Help Dogs” Contest

Like you, we at Orvis love our dogs, and we love to help them. Through our Dog Photo Contest and our partnership with Morris Animal Foundation, we’ve helped raise nearly a half million dollars for canine cancer research. But there is so much more we wish to do. In fact, there are so many worthy causes for our canine friends that we are asking you, our customer, to help us choose a worthy cause and making a fun contest of it. Click READ MORE below and in the comments section of the blog post leave us a suggestion for a cause we can support to help better the lives of dogs. Other visitors can then “like” your comment by clicking the “thumbs up” next to it. Encourage folks to vote. The customer whose suggestion gets the most votes by Monday, June 6 at 4 PM eastern wins a FREE Orvis Dog Bed, and may well have given us the next cause Orvis supports to help dogs. Have fun!

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Little Dog Lost Finds Way Home After Two Months

What a funny and heartwarming story about a little dog lost; with a happy, and tech-savvy, Hollywood (OK, Fresno) ending. Turns out a microchip in Coco means that after being missing for two months he’ll be back with his family. Microchips are a great way to keep track of your dog. So is theOrvis Personalized Dog Collar with your phone number and the dog’s name on it. It’s a best-seller for a reason. Enjoy this upbeat tale as you start your weekend.

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Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Contest and Help Fight Canine Cancer

Enter your dog in our Cover Dog Contest to help battle canine cancer and for your chance to get your dog’s photo on an Orvis catalog or to win a $500 gift card! Orvis had helped raise nearly $500,000 dollars to fight canine cancer through our Cover Dog Contest. Each time someone votes online for a favorite photo, they donate $1 directly to Morris Animal Foundation‘s Canine Cancer Campaign. Enter today, and vote too!

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Chloe on the run!

Photo by – Amy, Maineville

Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at www.orvis.com/coverdog.

 

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Murph Part XV: Training with Two Dogs

Yesterday, I brought both Pickett and Murph to work for two reasons. One, Pickett is getting fat and lazy sitting at home, and two, he seems a bit depressed lately as I walk out of the house every day with Murph. I’m no dog psychologist, but it’s easy to see he’s not all that happy. Undoubtedly my attention to Murph is pushing it, but being a sole trainer with two dogs, I need to figure out a way to work with both of them.

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Enter to Win a FREE Dog Nest in Our “My First Puppy” Contest

Enter to Win a FREE Orvis Dog Bed in our “My First Puppy Story” Contest. There is nothing like that first puppy. This week, we thought it would be fun to have a contest about it. Click READ MORE below and leave us a story about your first puppy or dog in the comments section. Other visitors can then “like” your comment by clicking the “thumbs up” next to it. Encourage folks to vote. The most votes by next Monday, May 23 at 4 PM wins a FREE Orvis Dog Bed. Have fun!

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Murph Training Part XIV: First Hand Signals

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                     Murph (l) and Pickett (r) sit calmly with Mimi Fersen


Now that Murph is six months old it’s time to expand his horizons a bit and begin to inject the retrieve a bit more as that’s what he’s here for. That’s not to say I’m going to stand out there and toss marks for him for an hour, but I’m beginning to inject short retrieves and even the first hand signals into his routine and he is responding well.

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6 Easy Tips to Housebreak Your Puppy

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We all love our new puppy, but not always that new puppy “smell.” Housebreaking a pup can be a challenge. But this Woman’s Day article gives tips from dog expert Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel’s popular Dog Whisperer show. It makes housebreaking your new puppy a cinch. We listed the six steps below, but check out the Woman’s Day article to get the details.

  • Be Consistent
  • Follow Indoor Rules
  • Schedule Breaks
  • Keep Your Cool
  • Clean Up Quickly
  • Stay Focused
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Mystery Dog Helped in Bin Laden Raid

 

 

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The New York Times and others are running pieces on a dog that helped in the Bin Laden Raid. According to the NY Times, “The identities of all 80 members of the American commando team who thundered into Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden are the subject of intense speculation, but perhaps none more so than the only member with four legs.”

The canine companions to soldiers are becoming more valuable. Gen. David H. Petraeus said last year that, “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.”

 

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Murph Eats the Console; Murph Training Week XIII

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Who me?
photo by Tim Bronson

While Murph is doing exceptionally well in his training, let us not forget that he is a six-month-old puppy. I learned this valuable lesson today when I decided to make some changes in his living arrangements in the car. I bring Murph to work everyday, and he stays in the kennel in the car. Fortunately, I can park within steps of my office and I go out there at least three or four times a day to take a break and let him run. During lunch is my major training period around the woods and pond here at the Orvis headquarters.

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Enter the “My Favorite Dog Breed” Contest

Golden retrievers and Labs are two of the most beloved dog breeds. But all dogs are great companions for all kinds of reasons. Now you have a chance to win a FREE Orvis Dog Bed because of your love of dogs! In the comments section below, leave your favorite breed of dog, or mixed breed, and tell us why you love it so much. Other visitors can can then “like” your comment by clicking the “thumbs up” next to it. The most thumbs up by 4 PM Monday, May 9, wins a FREE Orvis Dog Bed. Encourage your friends to vote! Have fun.

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