Monday, July 17, 2017

Easy Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food Recipe

When we talk about dog food, we usually think about canned food or food that comes in a bag.

But, did you know that homemade dog food is much more nutritious and good for your doggy friend? 

It’s true!

And making food for your dog is really easy. It’s also a healthier and a cheaper alternative to the store bought dog foods. The recipe that I’ll teach you today is freezer-friendly, so let’s start cooking! I’ll share my dog’s favorite crockpot chicken recipe with you today!

Let’s get started!

Chicken Noodle Soup Crockpot by Lesley Show, CC-BY 2.0

Ingredients: Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food

The things that I really like about homemade dog food is that all the ingredients that you use come from a trusted source. 

And a lot of trusted dog food brands have been recalled over the years for bad ingredients and what not. 

So, making your own dog food at home does have a lot of advantages. And dogs love it! And this recipe is a known high protein dog food for pitbulls! For this recipe, you’ll need:
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown rice
  • 2 1/2 pounds of ground chicken
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup of peas, frozen or canned
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups of finely chopped butternut squash
Make sure that all the ingredients are fresh and are fit for human consumption. 

There’s one more thing! If you’ve been feeding your dog strictly store-bought dog food, chances are that your doggy friend might not like the homemade dog food or may not even eat it at all! 

So, like every other new dog food brand, slowly introduce your puppy to the homemade dog food and I promise he’ll grow to love it!

Directions: Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food 
Orange Garlic Chicken by Joel Kramer, CC BY 2.0

I really love how crockpot recipes are simple! For dogs and humans alike. 

Aren’t they just perfect for lazy people (like myself!)? All you have to go is gather all the ingredients and the slow cooker does all the work for you! Let me know your thoughts in the comments section…

Let’s look at the directions:
  1. Stir the ground chicken, carrots, kidney beans, brown rice, butternut squash, peas and also add 4 cups water to a 6 qt crockpot.
  2. Cover with the lid and cook the ingredients on low heat for about 5-6 hours. You can cook it on high heat for 2-3 hours depending upon the time you have. Stir the pot as much as needed.
  3. Let the dog food cool completely.
Macros and Calorie Count for this Crockpot Chicken Homemade Dog Food Recipe

As you may already know, you need to keep your dog’s calories and macros in check. And, for that, you need to make sure you feed them just the right amount of food which depends on the dog’s age, breed, and lifestyle. So, following are the nutritional facts for this recipe:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 
Servings Per Container: 1 cup

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 417.9
Calories from Fat: 217.8

% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 24.2g (37%)
Saturated Fat: 9.8g (49%)
Trans Fat: 0.6g
Cholesterol: 62.5mg (21%)
Sodium: 171.0mg (7%)
Total Carbohydrate: 28.9g (10%)
Dietary Fiber: 3.4g (14%)
Sugars: 1.8g
Protein: 20.5g (41%)

*The Percent Daily Values (PDV) are based on an average 2,000 calorie diet. Your dog’s PDV or daily values may be lower or higher depending on your dog’s calorie needs.

This recipe is higher in fat so keep in mind that this isn’t really the healthiest recipe for inactive/lazy dogs, or for older dogs. 

Make it a point to consult your vet before you make any big changes to your doggy friend’s diet!

Final Words!

I really hope that your doggy enjoys this easy crockpot chicken homemade dog food recipe! Mine just love it! 

But, there are a few thing you should keep in mind.

Let’s go over them, shall we?
  1. This recipe is not ideal for old, inactive, and lazy dogs as it’s high in fat and relatively lower in protein.
  2. Make sure that you slowly introduce your doggy friend to homemade food. Don’t make an abrupt change!
  3. Always consult your vet before making any major changes in your dog’s diet!
Let me know how you doggy liked the recipe in the comments section below! 

Author's Bio:

Hello, everyone, my name is Paula Hughes, Foundation of blog I know a lot about dogs from experience so I provide my readers with first-hand, helpful information on how they can take care of their pets. I have prepared a lot of free information just for you.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tips for Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Clean (Guest Post)

Are you taking care of your dog’s oral hygiene? Are your pet’s teeth clean? We often ignore the importance of oral hygiene of our dog. The first sign of the dental disease is bad breath. Periodontal disease can lead to serious health issues in our pet. Therefore, it is very important to take care of your pet teeth. 

If proper care is not taken, it can lead to painful abscesses, tooth loss, and infection in the dog’s body. It can also lead to increased risk for heart disease and permanent jaw damage. Look at his teeth and gums on a regular basis. I do the regular check-up of my dog’s teeth.

Dog’s teeth must be clean and white. Gums must be pink in color. Consult your vet if his teeth are brown and gums white or red. If the teeth are not cleaned properly, the situation can worsen.

So, it is very important to keep our dog’s teeth clean. Here are few tips to keep our dog’s teeth clean

1. Brush your Dog’s Teeth
  • Brushing his teeth is quite important to prevent from the building of plaque.
  • Brush his teeth often. Although your dog will not like to brush, you have to train him.
  • Use toothpaste that is made for the dog. The chemicals present in the normal toothpaste can be toxic to the dog.
  • Dog toothpaste comes in their favorite flavors of peanut butter or chicken.
  • It helps to break down plaque and fight against bacteria.
  • You can pick canine toothbrush.
  • You can analyze that which your dog likes toothbrush.
  • Start cleaning the teeth of your dog since his childhood.
2. Use Tooth Wipes for your Canine

If your dog dislikes brushing his teeth, then tooth wipes are the best solution.
  • These tooth wipes are rubbed on the teeth to remove plaque.
  • It will also remove bacteria and food from his teeth.
  • They are not able to reach tiny nooks and corners else they work similar to brush.
  • Easier to manage as compared to toothbrush and toothpaste.
3. Offer him Dental Treats
  • Dental treats remove plaque. It contains ingredients that clean your dog’s mouth and keeps his breath fresh.
  • They do the efficient cleaning of your dog’s mouth.
  • Treats are available in different shapes, sizes, and flavors.
  • My dog loves to clean his mouth with a dental treat.
4. Give him Dog Chews

There are many chews that have teeth cleaning properties and taking care of overall oral health.
  • Chews are made from meat containing enzymes.
  • Chews also help in removing plaques.
  • There are many chews like cow ears, dry tendon, chicken strips and bully sticks.
  • Your dog will enjoy chewing them.
  • Zero calorie chews in rubber or nylon are also the best option to promote dental health as they help in cleaning his teeth by scraping the plaque.
P.S. Observe your dog when he chews to avoid choking.

5. Offer your Dog Fresh Food

Promote your dog to eat fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat as they form less tartar on teeth.
  • It is an effective tool to improve their eating habits.
  • It will keep their teeth healthy.
  • Encourage him to eat homemade dog food.
  • Whole foods will make his teeth stronger.
  • In breakfast, you can give your dog slices of carrot, pumpkin or squash.
  • Chewing these foods will scrape the food from his teeth.
  • Avoid giving him the food made from By-products, cereal grains, and meals.
I avoid giving food rich in sugar and fats to my dog as they can stick to his teeth.

6. Give me Bones to Eat

Allowing your dog to chew the bone for 10-20 minutes after the meal is really necessary as it will help to reduce building plaque in upper and lower molar. This method need to be repeated for several times in a week.

After your dog has chewed the bone, wash it carefully, place it in the fridge and boil it before giving him next time; boiling the bone will make it softer to chew.

You also have to avoid the bones that are made from starch like corn, rice flour, and potato. But remember that starch-based bone can stick in teeth.

P.S.: My dog follows this practice every alternate day as it likes to chew the bone after the meal. Your dog will also like to chew the bone.

7. Use Teeth and Gum Cleaning Solution

You may use this method by mixing teeth and gum cleaning solution and applying to the teeth and gums. This mixture softens the plaque and helps to fight against bacteria as well as prevents the risk of gum disease.

In the case of bad breath, you can add baking soda or liquid chlorophyll in the solution then Apply it to upper molars. With the help of gauze sponge rub the solution on stained teeth.

This process need to be followed for 2-3 weeks. After that, you can scrape the plaque from the teeth by using a soft towel, Q-tip, and fingernails. For small dogs, you need to use a q tip to apply the solution on gums and teeth.

8. Offer him Professional Cleaning Sometimes

You can also go for a professional cleaning. It maintains your dog’s dental hygiene. Professional teeth cleaning become essential:
  • If your dog is suffering from oral disorders such as excessive drooling, swollen red, painful gums, and growth in the mouth
  • If there is a broken, crooked, or discolored tooth
This treatment is expensive, yet helpful if any of tooth problem goes unnoticed from your eyes.
Can cats eat dog food? The cat foods is different from the dog food. For proper nutrition, feed your cats on the food that are meant for them. Cats have different nutritional requirements when compared with dogs. Feeding your cat on dog’s food can result in malnourishment and illness in the cat.

For this method, you must:
  • Make a habit to clean your dog’s teeth on a regular basis,
  • Try to incorporate any of the cleaning mentioned above habits in your pet.
  • Train your dog.
  • Clean his teeth with the technique he is comfortable with.
With all your care, still, the dental problem can occur. The first symptom is the bad breath. It can result in other serious dental problems like drooling, lack of appetite and difficulty in eating. If your pet encounters any of the following symptoms, take him to vet for medical help.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Just How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need? (Guest Post)

Dogs are of a rare kind. Are you looking for a great companion who will be loyal and friendly to you to the end? Consider a pet dog. Treat it right for it will entirely rely on you. The type and level of exercises required vary according to age, breed, and condition of your dog. This article will give you a better understanding.

Appropriate Exercising Program

Does playing with your dog pass as an exercise? How often do you play with the dog? For How long do you play with the dog? How much free time do you have every day? You will have to consider all this before you come up with a routine.

So upward, onward I thrust

Taking a walk every day will be enough exercise for a dog; especially if you give it about forty-five minutes in the morning and evening. You can include playing with the dog. Let it chase a ball, send it to fetch a stick. Challenge it into a running competition. When done every day it will serve as substantial exercise.

Another important point to mention is that weather affects dogs just like human beings. Exercising during winter might be a challenge for your pet. However, you can always exercise indoors to avoid torturing your pet.

Appropriate Feeding Program

Dogs require certain feed elements depending on their age and breed. However, natural foods will always work well with any dog. You can blend in supplements such as minerals and calcium for stronger bones. If you are concerned with your dog’s weight, consider leaner meats. The lower the fat content the more your dog will manage its weight. Your dog’s food has to be a balanced meal at all times to reduce the risks of falling ill.

Peanut Butter Chops
For puppies, their body is at a stage of optimum growth. This means that they require more carbohydrates and starch in their puppy food. Remember that what a puppy eats will not be beneficial to a mature dog. 

At a later stage, transitioning into adult food requires patience. You start by mixing a small portion of the adult food into your puppy’s food and watch out for any reactions. Then you continue adding the portion until you can finally let go of the puppy food. This would normally happen for 7-12 days.

The Importance of Exercises To Your Dog

Exercises help in reduction of queer behavioral problems such as barking, excessive licking, digging, being restless, and being hyperactive all the time. It will also assist in keeping your dog healthy. This is because exercises help your dog burn excess fat and consequently keep the dog's weight under control.
Hiding from Daisy 158/365
For better exercise experience, invest in a good leash. Then you need to create a routine that will be favorable for you and your dog. For example, you cannot take a hungry dog out for a walk. You need to feed them first. By the way, if you are trying to lose weight, your dog is an excellent accountability partner.

Problems Associated With Less Or No Exercise

If your dog is inactive, it will tend to dig a lot, scratch the body and destroy properties. In addition, inactive dogs exhibit unruliness, knocking down whatever they encounter on their way, jumping on you and other people. Finally, they have attention seeking behaviors, such as barking, licking, and whining. 

The Bottom Line

Remember that you will also benefit in exercising along with your dog. Monitor your dog closely as you walk especially if you do so in public walkways. If your dog doesn’t look forward to these exercises, you could always come up with better ways of enticing your pet such as feeding it after certain milestones. Create a friendly attitude with it. After all, your dog will always remain a loyal companion.

Author's Bio 

Sarah is the editor of Growing up in a household with three dogs, two cats, and two parakeets, she learned to love and understand animals. Helping others with their animals by sharing her knowledge is something close to her heart, and she can’t think of a better life than having a pet by your side. 
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

6 Tips to Help You Gain Better Control Over Your Dog

You love your dog and want to do whatever it takes to make him/her happy. It’s easy to get used to behaviours that would make you cringe if anybody else were around to see it. But, it’s important to show your dog that you’re the one who’s in charge.

Whether your dog barks excessively, growls, doesn’t listen to commands or jumps all over the place, there are things you can do.

Here are some things to try.

Tip 1: Exercise a Dog that is Bouncing off the Walls

Depending on your dog’s age, more or less exercise will be required. A 9-month-old lab needs at least 60 minutes of off leash frolicking every day. It is best to do this in the morning, so that the dog will be tired and relaxed most of the day. Older dogs and more sedate breeds will be happy with a leash walk. Know your dog and take visual and behavioural cues that she is bored and about to look for mischief.

Ready your tissues for this one... It's worth watching. 

Tip 2: Does Your Dog Use You as a Chew Toy?

If your dog uses you or your family as chew toys, the next thing to do is get those razor-sharp canines busy by making them work for their dinner. Buy food-dispensing toys, such as the Molecuball. Fill a hollow toy with mixed wet and dry food and freeze it overnight. Breakfast goes from a 30-second hoovering to a fun 40-minute adventure that will likely put them out for a nap.

Tip 3: Reward Only Good Behaviour

Negative reinforcement in the form of reprimands or shouting simply does not work. Dogs crave attention, any attention, and your shouts may be misconstrued as a sign that it's play time. You have to train yourself to notice the polite behaviour and show attention in those moments, maybe they get a long scratch or an occasional biscuit. Even better, take them for a walk or to play outside. Once they figure out that attention comes to quiet, patient dogs, she will start to repeat the behaviour to get the reward.

Tip 4: Give Time-Outs

Some behaviours, such as jumping and mouthing are unpleasant and even painful. To avoid injuring someone, your dog needs to be introduced to consequences. If they jump up on someone or try to use them as a chew toy, give them a 30-second time-out.

Ryder the Chew toy!
Chew toys...

Whenever they jump up, use a catch phrase, such as "Uh oh!" Then, follow up by putting him in an area set aside for just that purpose. During the time-out, the dog should be ignored. Keep a short leash at home to make it easier to control them if they resists arrest.

Tip 5: Work on Impulse Control

Whenever possible, look for teachable moments to reward your dog when they’re calm and controlled. This is part of their impulse control training. For example, ask them to come sit by you and wait quietly before eating. Here are some other conditioning exercises that will help your pup become the dog you know they can be.

  • Waiting for your cue before jumping in or out of a car
  • Waiting quietly for a cue before leaving the crate
  • Teaching then to "settle" on voice command

Tip 6: Call in the Big Dogs, Dog Trainers

If you want a well-trained dog and are willing to reinforce good behaviour, then consider taking them to a dog trainer to control their behaviour. Your dog can be trained alone or in a group. There are a number of options available, and you should talk to the dog trainer to see what might work best for you and your pet.

Having a dog should be a joyous experience and you should be able to form a companionship with them. This won’t be possible if you don’t take the necessary steps to control them.

I'd like thank Katie Johnson for this informative post.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

End Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL)!

Two posts ago, I shared a post an article about Emotional Support Animals (ESA). 

Well, this Pittie, an ESA for her dad who's dealing with autism, got seized by the police in UK because of the Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL). 

He didn't give up on her though, and his hardships have paid off. Indy was able to come home with him.

However, she is not yet free... She needs to wear a muzzle in public.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Which High-calorie Dog Foods Should You Feed Your Dog (Guest Post)

Okay... beginning to get a little active these past few weeks. I do miss blogging, but my schedule hasn't permitted me to do so. Hopefully I'm adjusting well and will begin visiting more blogs often.

We miss you, guys! Seriously! We need to implement "Huggies and Cheese" more often. Our guest post for today was brought to us by Carolyn of Petful101.

Humans and Dogs may be physically different, but they have plenty of similarities when it comes to how they get their energy. Dogs need plenty of calories to stay within a healthy weight range. However, regular dog foods may not be enough, especially for dog breeds that are more active than others.

The Importance of High Calorie Dog Food

Low-calorie dog food may keep your dog full for some time, but it doesn’t provide them enough calories that give them energy. This means your dog burns calories more than they can consume and force its body to burn calories stored in the dog’s fat reserves. While keeping your dog from getting too fat is good, losing too much of it could be dangerous.

1953 Ad, Rival Dog Food by Classic Film, CC BY-NC 2.0
If you want to keep your dog at a healthy weight level, you need to know the right high-calorie dog food to give them. To know which brands will work best, you should start by going to the vet and asking the ideal amount of high-calorie food your dog should eat – the bigger and more active your dog, the more they should eat.

Looking for good high-calorie dog food suggestions? Here’s a quick list of the best options. Not only are they rich in calories, but also loaded with other nutrients to keep your pet dog well-nourished.

1. High-Calorie Canned Food – Canned dog food is great every now and then, but your dog has to be fed more frequently if it needs to catch up in terms of weight. This is especially true if your dog mostly eats kibble, since the kibble it’s always eating may lack some key nutrients. Good high-calorie canned dog foods include those that feature meat as a primary ingredient (like chicken or bison).
Haopee: Let's face it. I'm still a big fan of Go! Dog Food mixed with cooked white rice. Buchi (bless my little pup's soul) used to love eating this mixed.

2. Raw Egg – Egg is very rich in protein and calories, but more importantly, they are affordable and the dogs love them! Add one raw egg every meal to help your dog gain weight. If your dog prefers something drier, make scrambled egg and chop it to fine bits before adding it to the dog bowl.

3. Full-fat Cottage Cheese – Dairy-based products are well-known for being rich in calories and nutrients. Full-fat cottage cheese offers not just calories and nutrients, but also probiotics that boost your dog’s immune system and calcium that makes their bones stronger. You don’t need to put a lot of cottage cheese to your dog’s food since one or two tablespoons per meal should be enough.

4. Switch Your Kibble Brand – Many people tend to stick to only one brand of kibble for their dogs. However, a dog’s calorie requirements change as it grows older. If your dog is no longer getting enough calories from what it usually eats, take a look at the nutritional content of your current kibble and look for a better alternative. Just remember that switching dog food brands may have to be done gradually or it could throw your dog’s metabolism off.

Proper nutrition is just as important to dogs as it is to humans. Making sure your dog gets enough calories to stay energetic every day is a big part of keeping it healthy and happy throughout its life.

Author's Bio

I am Carolyn, 26 years old and living in California. I graduated from San Diego State University, my major is Business Administration. I am managing the blog  because I love animals very much, especially dogs. I have 7 dogs, 2 cats and 5 fishes. I walk with my dogs every weekend and I also join the dog club in my area. We often take care of the dogs which are left and have no home. I adopted 4 dogs within my 7 dogs. I hope that you will love my blog as much as you love animals.

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