Wellspring Pets Review

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We originally discovered Wellspring Pets in one of our PetBoxes and have been in love with their product, Bionic Bones, ever since! Bionic Bones is a special dog treat for your pups, it’s an all natural nutrient water made just for dogs! All you do is add their delicious rotisserie chicken flavored liquid to your dog’s water bowl and let them reap the rewards!

Bionic Bones contains glucosamine chondroitin, which sounds like a long, scary substance, but really aids your dog’s health and joint health. Glucosamine chondroitin is sold alone on markets to even help humans with joint health. It helps to maintain healthy bones, tissues, and joints in dogs. It’s said that glucosamine chondroitin can even help with doggy arthritis!


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I can see the benefits supporting our dogs, especially Lucy and Comet as they turn older. Golden retrievers and flat coated retrievers are both prone to arthritis.


Bionic Bones comes in a simple, easy to travel with package. Don’t worry about the calories, each bowl only has twelve. Bionic Bones are available on Wellspring Pets‘ website for just $4.95 for an eight fluid ounce canister, or six for only $19.96. Use the coupon code TX20PUP for 20% off for orders of $15 or more.


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As always with new treats, if your dog shows any signs of illness contact your vet.


Disclaimer: Wellspring Pets provided TXpups with six Bionic Bones packages  and a monetary compensation in exchange for an honest review. TXpups only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. All opinions are our own.


TXpups Visits Shake Shack

Last week, Shack Shack opened up a new Texan location located on South Lamar. It’s Shake Shack’s 67th location, from humble beginnings in Madison Square Park to Austin.


The location boasts both inside and outdoor seating, dogs are welcome on the patio. We saw a fellow Texas pup waiting in line with us.


Some of the walls inside were striped with moss and wood planks. Dangling from the ceiling were white orbs, some lit up and some filled with succulents. The restaurant was beautiful and very clean.


The open kitchen was a focal point of the restaurant. The smell was so tempting, it was hard to wait!

Photo from Austin Eater.
Photo from Austin Eater.

Shake Shack’s main menu items consists of burgers and variations of ice cream. There are vegetarian options available. Their menu even has a special “Woof” section only for four legged friends.

Photo from Shake Shack.
Photo from Shake Shack.

After ordering our burgers, we sat down at one of the communal tables and began to eat. Shake Shack’s burgers are made with 100% Angus beef and no hormones or antibiotics.


Keeping with the dog-friendliness, the Austin Shack donates five percent of all sales from the “Uchi-koncrete” to Austin Pets Alive.

Photo from Shake Shack.
Photo from Shake Shack.

The restaurant is filled with subtle and blunt Texan influences and nuances, such as the Lockhart Link burger, made with jalapeño cheddar sausage from close by Lockhart’s Kreuz Market.

Photo from A Taste of Koko.
Photo from A Taste of Koko.

We loved our trip to the new Austin Shake Shack and would go again (maybe when the lines gets a little shorter).



Pet Friendly Restaurants in Austin

Austin is home to many pet-friendly restaurants with amazing food. Here is just a sampling of Austin’s finest pet-friendly restaurants:


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Red’s Porch: Enjoy the excellent view with your dog while noshing on some traditional Texas cuisine and some modern options.

Whole Foods: Whole Foods’ flagship store offers ample outside dog-friendly seating as well as many healthy food options (and many food bars!)


Photo from mozartscoffee.com.


Mozart’s Coffee Roasters: Located right on the water, watch live music on a shaded, pet-friendly, outside deck while drinking gourmet coffee.

Kerbey Lane Cafe: This popular breakfast spot has several locations within and around Austin, leashed dogs are welcomed on the covered patio.


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Perla’s: Take a short trip up to the Northeast and enjoy seafood while your pup drinks from their very own water bowl.

Guero’s Taco Bar: An Austin tradition, Guero’s specializes in tacos but also features a Vegan and Gluten Free menu; you can sneak complimentary tortilla chips to your pup under the table.


Photo from AustinTerrier.com.


Austin Terrier: With a little bit of everything, you and your pup will love this restaurant (permitting he doesn’t do his business on the patio!)

P. Terry’s: Originally from Abilene, try a fast yet quality burger that will fill your appetite, your pup may want to steal a bite!

Why is chocolate not safe for dogs?

Chocolate can be a delicious snack for humans, but not for pups. The sweet treat is hazardous to dogs. When dogs ingest chocolate, it can cause extreme thirst, diarrhea, pacing, panting, shaking, and even seizures.


Chocolate contains something called theobromine (which may also be known as xantheose). This alkaloid comes from the cacao plant which is used in chocolate. Theobromine can also be found in tea, cola beverages, and açaí berries. There are higher concentrations of theobromine in dark chocolates than light chocolates, such as white, because there are more cocoa solids in darker chocolates. The amount of theobromine in different kinds of chocolate can be easily calculated by ounce:


  • Milk chocolate: 50 mg/oz
  • Dark chocolate: 150 mg/oz
  • Baker’s chocolate (unsweetened): 450 mg/oz
  • Cocoa powder: 800 mg/oz


Dogs metabolize theobromine slowly, which can cause theobromine poisoning. Theobromine poisoning can occur in humans and other rodents as well. Dogs can digest large amounts of chocolate quickly, which may be left out from baking or snacking. Chocolate is a well known enemy of dogs, but the toxic dose for cats is even lower.


If your dog has ingested any chocolate, please contact your vet immediately and use this calculator to gauge the severity.

Talking Doga with Doga Instructors

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Doga, one of the newest ways to perform yoga. Yet this special style has a small twist, it’s with your dog. To learn more about doga, we talked to Suzi Teitelman, the creator of Doga and founder of Doga Dog, and one of her students, Nicole Vykoukal, a psychotherapist and founder of local Austin Doga.


TXpups: What is Doga?

Suzi: Doga is a partner yoga class for you and your dog.  It is a normal yoga class, nothing is really different except you are including your pup.

Nicole: Doga is yoga with your best friend, your dog. In doga you practice asana (yoga poses) and mindfulness with your canine companion by your side. During doga class your dog can expect to receive plenty of praise, attention, love and gentle massage.


How long have you taught Doga?

Suzi: Since 2001, when I adopted Coali, my black cocker spaniel in NYC.

Nicole: About 5 years.


How do you think Doga affects the dog and human?

Suzi: Doga brings the dog and the person into a different state, a state of yoga, bliss, love, and bonding. It makes us happier and calmer.

Nicole: As a doga teacher, I see doga helping people and dogs become more calm, relaxed, centered and bonded. Doga shows people how to mindfully embrace the moments of joy, comfort and love they share with their dog.

In addition to teaching doga, I am a psychotherapist. Helping people improve their mental, emotional and spiritual wellness is my passion.  I see doga improving wellness for both people and dogs. More and more research points to the positive affects yoga has on people’s health and well-being. Mindfulness, breathing exercises and yoga poses can activate your parasympathetic nervous system. When your parasympathetic nervous system is activated, your blood pressure lowers, your heartbeat decreases and cortisol levels (a stress hormone) lower. Yoga helps folks struggling with, addiction, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

More and more research shows the positive affects dogs and other animals can have on people’s emotional, mental and physical health.  Doga improves wellness for dogs by teaching them to be calmer and increasing their connection with their human. During doga class dogs get to interact with their human without distractions such as phones and computers.


How does Doga affect the dog?

Suzi: It makes them feel loved and cared for and brings them peace and contentment.  They already have the ability to be happy and content just about all the time, and this takes them deeper. More into a state of pure bliss, dogs love being with you when you are in a good place.  When you are happy and loving they love to be on the mat with you.

Nicole: My canine students are happy. After a couple of doga classes, most dogs catch on and understand that doga class is a time to settle and bond with their human.

My canine students wag their tails when they walk into doga class. They greet their fellow fido friends and then settle onto their yoga mat. They are ready to relax and bond with their person. They are ready to be in the moment (something dogs are pros at) and soak up the love and the calmness of their human.


What training does it take to become a certified Doga teacher?

Suzi: Someone who is a RYT registered yoga teacher can become a doga teacher easily. Many figure it out themselves, where others may study my DVD and manual or work with me directly.  If you do not have a yoga certification, you can work with me as a mentor, and eventually know enough to teach.

Nicole: There is currently no official certification for doga teachers. I am a registered yoga teacher. I completed my yoga teacher training with Yoga Yoga in Austin. Suzi Teitelman is a doga teacher and the founder of Doga Dog. She offers mentorship and doga training. I studied Suzi’s doga material.


Why do you recommend Doga?

Suzi: It is something that everyone should be doing.  Yoga is the secret weapon of the world, there is nothing like the healing powers of yoga. To combine yoga with our other secret weapon, our dogs, we only become the best we can be.  Doga brings a deeper love and connection for you and your dog, it keeps both of you feeling your best and looking your best.

Nicole: As a psychotherapist and yoga teacher I am interested in helping people find ways to increase their psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. I have seen how both spending time with companion animals and doing yoga increases people’s emotional, physical and psychological health.

Incorporating your companion animal into your yoga practice is a beautiful mix in which both you and your dog benefit. Benefits include modeling a more relaxed and calm state to your dog, bonding deeply with your dog and giving your own body, mind and soul the replenishment, nourishment and rest it craves.

Most of us are so busy. Taking time to slow down to truly be present with yourself and your dog is important to your wellbeing and your dog’s wellbeing. Life is short. Slow down and enjoy it with your dog.

Methods of Training Dogs

There are several ways to train a dog to perform simple or more complex tricks. Our pups are trained with most basic commands, we’re still working on shake! Training a pup is crucial to their development and in emergency situations.


Reward Based Training

This method of training focuses on using positive reinforcements and negative punishments. We used this to train our dogs. We’d hold up a treat and then say sit, when they did, we’d give them the treat. Eventually they learned to connect the command “Sit” with the motion.


Clicker Training

Clicker training is similar to reward based training. To start, you have to connect the clicker sound with positive reinforcement, possibly with a treat or pet. When you command the pup to sit and they follow the command, click the clicker. The dog knows they are doing something right and will associate that when you say the command in the future.


Aversive Training

Aversive training is based on negative reinforcement and positive punishment. Negative reinforcement is, for example, placing light pressure on a dog’s collar and command them to sit, then releasing when they do so. Positive reinforcement, for example, is a noise from an electric collar when a dog barks. We don’t personally recommend this method, as sometimes it can cause harm to the dog.


You should try out different methods of training with your pup to see which works best for you and your goals. During training, remember to be safe, don’t use any methods that may harm your dog, and take it slow. Different dogs may learn at different paces and they cannot learn commands instantly.


What method did you use to train your pups?

Happy International Dog Biscuit Day!

Happy International Dog Biscuit Day! This just might be Tahoe’s favorite day out of the whole year. To celebrate, we’re sharing our favorite dog treat recipes from around the world.


Pop’s Pizza Treats – Does your pup feel left out when you order pizza? These savory pizza treats are delicious and healthy.


Photo from bittersweetblog.com.


Spinach and Green Pea Treats – Packed with “superfoods”, this recipe is a great healthy treat for pups.


No Bake Treats – These peanut butter and oat balls are useful if your pup needs to take medication daily or just likes the taste.


Frozen Ice Cake – Complete with toys! This treat is great for cooling off in the hot Texas heat.


Photo from userealbutter.com.


Pumpkin Peanut Butter Treats – A cute little crunchy treat perfect for everyday use or special occasions.


Two Ingredient Treats – Simple and easy to customize, your dog will love these treats.


Fresh Apple Treats – An impeccable ending to a trip to the orchard, these treats taste best with fresh fruits.


Sweet Potato Chews – These chews are only one ingredient and easy enough to make on a weekday.


Bacon Bark Sticks – What dog doesn’t love bacon? These long sticks can even be shared (if they’re even able to!).


6 Myths About Dogs

Here are 6 common misconceptions about dogs:


1. Dogs are sick when their noses are warm.

The temperature of a dog’s nose do not indicate whether a dog is sick or not. This misconception derives from an old wives tale that cold, moist noses are a sign of health. A dog’s nose may be dry or warm when they wake up which is a perfectly normal circumstance.


2. All dogs like to be pet on top of their heads.

While Lucy absolutely loves any type of attention, some dogs just do not like to be pet on top of their heads (like Tahoe). It’s can be similar to petting another human on the head, it’s just not enjoyable.


3. Dogs show clear signs when they have an illness.

This is not true, as some things may even be happening internally without your pup knowing it. Dogs are also very good at hiding their weaknesses, if you sense something is wrong contact your vet immediately.


4. Dog’s mouths are cleaner than human’s mouths.

We don’t understand how this came about, but it is not true. Dogs’ mouths have many gross germs and other substances in their mouths. Comet recently learned how to open the trash can and will now be taking his afternoon snacks there.


5. Dogs see in black in white.

While some people think dog’s lives are like an old movie, it’s not true. Dogs can see most colors but they may not perceive it the same way as humans do. Pups can see colors with their eyes best on the blue side of the color spectrum.


6. Dogs eat grass to make themselves vomit.

This is not always true, we recently wrote an article about the reasons why dogs eat grass.


What other misconceptions are popular?