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DIY Dog Ornaments

Celebrate the Season by Making Paw Prints!

Crafty Morning Dog OrnamentYou don’t have to be Martha Stewart to make an ornament that’s worthy of hanging on a Christmas tree or giving is a gift.

One of our favorite ways to trim our Christmas tree is with paw print ornaments. Whether you have a new puppy in the house or a beloved old companion, this simple decoration will capture the holiday season and become a timeless treasure for years to come. And, thanks to these simple instructions from Crafty Morning, making one couldn’t get easier!


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Pen, straw, or toothpick

Optional: paints, markers, or glitter to decorate!

Making the Ornament

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and water. Knead the mixture until it turns into a smooth dough.
  2. Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten the dough until it’s approximately 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Cut the dough into fun shapes using a pizza cutter, drinking glass, or your favorite cookie cutter – just make sure it’s large enough to fit your dog’s paw.
  4. Put your dough shape on a plate, aluminum foil, or parchment paper. Place it on the floor and gently press your dog’s paw into the dough.
  5. Use your pen, straw, or toothpick to make a small hole at the top.
  6. Bake in a 200° oven for 1-2 hours.

When your ornament is completely cool, add your dog’s name and the year, and thread yarn or ribbon through the hole so you can hang it on your tree!

For more decorating inspiration, watch Crafty Morning’s instructional video!

By |November 26th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Time for Giving Thanks

Sarah and Jesse

This is a special Thanksgiving for us because it’s our first year celebrating as owners of our favorite dog resort: Wagging Tails. As Wagging Tails customers and lifelong dog lovers, we jumped at the chance to bring our love of animals to the facility we have enjoyed being a part of for the past eight years.

Since taking the helm in October, we’ve been grateful for the warm and enthusiastic response we’ve received from the dedicated staff and customers. But, we’re most thankful for the opportunity to bring our love and dedication to the dogs in our care. We feel truly fortunate that we’ll be playing a role in making sure that happy dogs continue to play and stay at Wagging Tails Pet Resort.

As we move into the holidays, we’re excited to share the wonders of the season with everyone — including the dogs! — who makes Wagging Tails the unique and extraordinary dog resort we’ve all come to love.

Thank you, and happy Thanksgiving!

Jesse and Sarah

By |November 19th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Tail Waggers of the Month

Meet Nixon, Tyrion, and Boss!

Bloomington Tail Waggers

Tyrion and NixonGolden retriever siblings Nixon and Tyrion have been playing at our Bloomington location for six months.

Four-year-old Tyrion is everyone’s best friend. This gentle and nurturing boy is a social butterfly who loves playing big brother to nearly 3-year-old Nixon and all the young puppies at Wagging Tails. His owner Marche tells us that Tyrion also loves horses and remains glued to the television anytime he sees one. He recently met one in real life and was so excited, it was as though he was meeting his hero!

Younger brother Nixon loves to snuggle and give kisses. He’s absolutely devoted to his family and even picked them the day they went to meet his litter. After marching right up to his dad, he crawled into his lap, and lay down. The family knew then and there that Nixon was the dog for them!

At Wagging Tails, Nixon loves playing in the water during Pool Days and will go for a swim any chance he gets. Marche says Nixon is still a puppy at heart and loves to play fetch. And while he loves everyone, his best friend is his big brother and biological half-brother Tyrion.

What’s the best part of having Tyrion and Nixon in their lives? “Tyrion is such a loving, sweet boy, and nothing makes him happier than just being with his family! Nixon is such a happy boy with lots of love to share!” Marche said. “Tyrion, Nixon, and sister Phoebe are the joys of our life!”

Eagan Tail Waggers

BossBoss is a loving two-year-old pit bull living in Eagan who’s been coming to Wagging Tails since he was a puppy. During his doggy daycare “Playday” visits, Boss loves playing all day and considers everyone has buddy.

After a long day of playing, Boss loves to come home to sunbathe. His owners Louie and Julie tell us that Boss will search out the even smallest spot of sunlight before laying down. And, once he finds it, Boss follows it as the sun moves across the sky until it finally disappears.

Boss is such an even keel dog his owners often wonder if he’s part human — especially when he shares his huge pitty smile. They also say he’s an incredibly loyal and super smart boy who loves their whole family unconditionally.

What’s the best part of having Boss in their life? “We get to shower him with love and the best life possible for this rescue pup!!!” Louie and Julie told us. “WE LOVE THAT GUY!!!!”

By |November 12th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

It’s Your Party!

October Birthday Roundup



Has your dog celebrated a birthday with Wagging Tails yet? Our Birthday Club is free and comes with a complimentary Playday, bandana, and a birthday party!

Visit our Photo Gallery to see all of the lucky pups in our Birthday Club!

By |November 5th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Watch What They Eat

Foods That Can Be Dangerous for Dogs

Halloween is right around the corner and the holiday season isn’t far behind! As we move into this decadent time of year that practically bursts at the seams with delicious candies and treats, we thought it would be helpful to share a reminder about common foods that can be dangerous for our four-legged friends.

dog with bunChocolate & Candy

Most people know that chocolate isn’t good for dogs, but neither is anything containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol. Xylitol can be found in several edible products, including chewing gum, sugar-free candies, baked goods, cereal, and even peanut butter.

Fruit & Veggie Seeds

While you may think fruits and veggies are good for your dog, their seeds and pits can cause problems! These include apple seeds and apricot, peach, or cherry pits. Dogs should also avoid avocados, grapes, raisins, and the leaves and stems of tomatoes. And if you’ve got rhubarb in your backyard, make sure to keep your dog from eating the leaves; they’re also poisonous.


Nuts may be a nutritious snack for humans, but the oils and fats in almonds, walnuts, and pecans can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis in dogs. Macadamia nuts can also lead to serious health complications, including weakness, tremors, and hyperthermia.

Onions, Garlic, & Chives

When dogs ingest these ingredients, they can experience gastrointestinal irritation that can lead to red blood cell damage.

Caffeine & Alcohol

Your morning cup of coffee may give you the burst of energy you need to make it through the day, but dogs are more sensitive to its effects than people. While a tiny slurp of tea or coffee shouldn’t hurt your dog, consuming coffee grounds or tea bags can easily cause serious complications.

Alcohol also poses risks for dogs, whether they steal a taste from your glass or stumble across a rum-soaked fruitcake. Dogs rapidly absorb alcohol into their bloodstream, so alcohol poisoning can occur quickly.

For more extensive information on Animal Poison Control, visit

By |October 22nd, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Tail Waggers of the Month

Meet Vaseessa and Timber!

Bloomington Tail Wagger

vaseessaWhen you have a Tail Wagger whose name is the Greek word for “queen,” it seems only appropriate to share their origin story.

A Vaseessa Tail
Once upon a time, in a barn far, far away on a farm in Wisconsin, nine puppies were born on the first of November 2016. The Shepherd pups were born into a world where there were also horses, cats, and other little critters that made the barn their home. Since it was cold, their home in the stall consisted of a house of straw bales, kept warm with a light.

As things happen, the farmer had made an acquaintance with a man from Minnesota. Once, their conversation turned to the newly born dogs. The man from Minnesota talked with his wife and together they decided to check the pups out.

By the time the couple made their way to the farm, the pups were four weeks old. With eyes now open, there came the exploration of their new world, and some of them had learned how to make their way through the straw.

When the couple first saw them, the puppies were sleeping in a pile under their heat lamp. One by one, they began to pick the puppies up, waking them, and then setting them down to walk around. At the bottom of the pile there was one, under all of the rest, trying to bite and push her way out. The wife picked her up and immediately noticed the blue eye. She handed the stretching, twisting bundle of fur to her husband who then laid the pup down on the floor. The pup started to sniff away. After several moments, she made a circle, and returned to check out his shoes. He picked her up and the two briefly made eye contact. With that, he exclaimed, “This is the one!” Then, after playing and cuddling for a while, arrangements were made to pick up the blue-eyed wonder in a couple of weeks.

Now almost two years old, this German Shepherd/husky mix continues to delight her owners Mary and Richard by always happily greeting them at the front door, saying hi with a light nip to their hand, joining them for a good howl, hitting herself in the head playing with her favorite rope toy, and snuggling up with them when it’s time for bed.

But what’s the best part of having Vaseessa in their life? “Besides having one blue and one brown eye, she is endearing, lovable, and still likes to cuddle,” Mary and Richard told us.

Eagan Tail Wagger

TimberSeven-year-old Timber has been coming to our Eagan location for at least six years. Timber’s DNA test declares him to be one-half pure beagle and one-half complete mystery. His owner Bob tells us that Timber likes to keep them company in his office during the day. While Bob has been working hard trying to teach Timber how to file, he says Timber makes a far better watchdog than office assistant.

Timber was adopted from the Humane Society when he was three months old. He was rescued in Oklahoma, brought to Minnesota, and neutered, but otherwise, Bob and his family don’t know much about those early months of his life. They do know the Timber’s afraid of people and anything that’s out of the ordinary for him. In spite of these fears, he loves going for walks, sniffing things, taking rides in the car, and hiking in the mountains of Colorado. Bob says Timber often looks up at him when they’re walking with a big smile and an expression that demands some positive affirmation along with the good butt rub.

While Timber can be a little wary of people, he’s absolutely devoted to his dad. Bob knows he’s extra safe with Timber around because the faithful boy sleeps in the doorway of the bedroom to protect him. When Bob’s away from home, Timber usually sleeps in the office, so Bob assumes that his wife doesn’t need as much protection as he does.

When Timber visits Wagging Tails, he likes to try to get the other dogs to play with him. Bob says that even though Timber is afraid of everything and most people, he completely changes during his WTPR visits. “It seems to be his happy place,” Bob says, “and he really loves the ladies there.”

When we asked Bob what makes Timber extra special, he said, “He’s mellowed with age, he’s ours, and he’s a great watchdog.”

Congratulations Vaseessa and Timber!

By |October 15th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

It’s Your Party!

September Birthday Roundup



Summer may be over, but dogs have fun year-round at WTPR thanks to our Birthday Club!

Our Birthday Club is free and comes with a complimentary Playday, bandana, and a birthday party!

Freddy wasn’t the only dog who celebrated with us in September; visit our Photo Gallery to see all of our party pooches!

By |October 8th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Happy PinkTober!

Cuts for the Cure is Back!

Wagging Tails Pet Resort Cuts for the CureIt’s October 1, which can only mean one thing: CUTS FOR THE CURE!

Most of us have been touched by cancer, either by a personal diagnosis or through our friends, family, or pets. As our CUTS FOR THE CURE fundraiser kicks off its eighth consecutive year, we’re more excited than ever to join you in the fight to end cancer in both humans and dogs.

Throughout the entire month of October, Wagging Tails Pet Resort donates 10% of Canine Spa sales to Susan G. Komen® Minnesota and the National Canine Cancer Foundation. Whether your dog needs a quick nail grind or a full-service grooming package, all Canine Spa services are eligible for a CUTS FOR THE CURE donation. You can also support our fundraiser with donations in honor of your loved ones or canine companions.

This year, we’re also excited to announce that Wagging Tails Pet Resort is offering a CUTS FOR THE CURE match. That means that on top of Canine Spa sales and individual donations, WTPR owners will match the money raised through CUTS FOR THE CURE up to $1,500!

Help us fight cancer today by scheduling an appointment for your dog at the Canine Spa!

By |October 1st, 2018|blog|2 Comments|

Happy National Dog Week!

Things We Can Learn from Dogs

National Dog Week was founded in 1928 by World War I veteran, ordained minister, and dog-lover Captain William Judy. As a prolific writer and publisher of “Dog World” magazine, Captain Judy devoted his entire life to introducing Americans to a progressive new way of thinking about their dogs. He believed a unique bond connected humans and dogs and that we should treat dogs with respect and kindness.

Captain Judy once wrote, “The world likes dogs because dogs are nearest to moral perfection of all living things.” In honor of National Dog Week and Captain Judy, we decided to make a list of the top 10 things we can learn from our dogs.

dog with ball

  1. Always find time to play.
  2. Holding onto grudges is a waste of time.
  3. If you’re happy, let your whole body show it.
  4. Live in the moment.
  5. Love can help you overcome almost anything.
  6. Accept yourself for who you are.
  7. Enjoy the little things – especially if it involves a car ride with the windows down.
  8. Be loyal and faithful to your pack.
  9. Don’t be afraid to love unapologetically and unconditionally.
  10. Never miss a moment to show the ones you love how much you care.

What have you learned from your dog? Tell us in the comments below!

By |September 24th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Lessons in Etiquette

Helping Your Dog Mind Their Manners

When it comes to our dogs, it’s easy to assume that everyone loves them as much as we do. But, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case – especially if your dog doesn’t have the best manners.

To help your dog put their best paw forward when they interact with others, spend a little time thinking about their behavior and what rules of etiquette might apply to them.

  • woman and dog high-fiveJust say no to jumping. A dog’s natural reaction is to jump when they’re excited. But even if your dog is small or friendly, allowing jumping is never a good idea. This kind of behavior can also be dangerous if your dog is interacting with a senior, small child, or another dog who could respond aggressively to this type of behavior.
  • Ditch the retractable leash. While it’s fun to let your dog run free, it’s hard to maintain control on a walk when your dog is up to 26 feet away from you. Not only do retractable leashes give your dog freedom to roam wherever they want, they can also allow them to end up in situations that can quickly turn dangerous.
  • Don’t force it. When introducing your dog to a new person or environment, pay attention to their body language and the signals they’re trying to send you. If they seem uncomfortable, help them feel safe by reassuring them with a confident voice, and don’t insist that they do something they don’t want to do.
  • Ask before letting your dog say hi. Not every person or dog enjoys interacting with another dog, especially if you have a very high energy dog or puppy. Before allowing your dog to approach strangers, ask if they want to engage and then prepare your dog for a polite greeting by putting them in a sit and preventing them from jumping.
  • Don’t ignore bad behavior. If you don’t approve of the way the interactions are going between your dog and another person or dog, be prepared to calmly intervene and remove your dog from the situation.

To set a positive foundation for teaching good doggy manners, visit our Doggie Obedience Basics post. For classes at Wagging Tails designed for every age and skill level, contact our Obedience Academy.

By |September 17th, 2018|blog|0 Comments|