Friday, December 8, 2017

7 Top Tips to Improve Your Dog’s Diet

Your dog’s diet isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Just in a similar way that you wouldn’t feed yourself, below-par, substandard food, you should ensure that your dog also consumes only the best.

The biggest contributing factors to a dog’s health and welling are exercise, mental health and you guessed it, diet.

Dinner for One

Your dog’s eating habits can have a very real impact on not only their present health, but also the longevity of their life.

Below are my top tips to follow to make sure your canine companion gets all the nutrients they need to live a long and happy life:

Quality over Brand

Each and every time you turn on the television or open a magazine there’s a good chance that you’ll see an advert for [insert generic dog food brand here]. These companies that mass produce dog food, package them in shiny, colourful foil and relentlessly shove them under your nose spend millions on branding and advertising each year. However, it may be worth them spending some more time on creating a product that’s better for your dog.

Many well know dog food brands include a large amount of grain within their product. This grain is not good for your dog as their digestive system can often struggle to break it down.

By switching to a quality grain free dog food that contains a higher meat content your pup will be avoid many digestive issues.

Fresh Foods

Introducing fresh foods such as fruit and vegetables to your dog’s diet will provide your dog with lots of live enzymes that will contribute to better overall health.

Refined Raspberry 

Fresh fruit and vegetables are also rich in fibre will help to conquer any of your dog’s digestive issues.

Avoid Cooked Meats

We’ve all been known to pop a little bit of our leftovers/extra dinner into the dog’s bowl; and whilst this won’t do much real harm, these foods would be far more beneficial to them if they weren’t cooked.

Organic is Best

This seems obvious, but organic fruit and veg is no doubt more beneficial for you dog than food that is pumped full of preservatives. Even though many non-organic foods are labelled fit for consumption, studies do indicate that they aren’t particularly safe.

Gluten is a no no
A lot of generic dried pet food contain gluten. This gluten is included in the food to stop lower class fats from going off and becoming rancid.

Somebody Tooted!

Gluten can be very harmful to your dog’s liver and kidneys as it forces waste products to be retained rather than excreted. On top of this, gluten is one of the main reasons that your dogs ‘passing of wind’ can often kick up such a stench – which is no good for anybody.

No Over Feeding

We’re guilty of over feeding our pups every now and again, but we really shouldn’t. Over feeding your dog will of course bring on weight gain, and as they grow older (and less active) this weight gain will accelerate leading to muscle and joint problems.

If you dog is overweight then feed him/her earlier in the day. This will give them more time to burn it off walking etc. Similarly, if your dog is in a position where they need to gain a little weight, then increase the amount of feeds per day, and feed them before bed time – this means they won’t have the chance to burn off the food.

Is your tap water good enough?

One thing that is rarely considered when it comes to dog’s diets is the quality of water that they take on. In my experience, the vast majority just fill their dog’s water bowl up with tap water; and there’s nothing wrong with that.

so,...iT is a doG

However, tap water contains a number of chemicals that aren’t great for dogs. So, it’s a good idea to either filter your dog’s water before filling up their bowl, or even buy in some quality bottled water for your dog. Trust me, they’ll thank you for it.
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

3 Tips for Dog Owners Looking to Groom Their Pet at Home (Guest Post)

Visiting professional groomers is a luxury. Although we love spoiling our canine friends and they do deserve certain indulgences, regular visits to professional grooming studios can be quite expensive. By grooming your dog at home you can increase the period between two professional grooming treatments. Or you can even skip going to salons and do everything yourself.

Oreo Lhasa
Oreo doesn't look happy at all...
Remember that dogs of all breeds need regular grooming. The only difference between different breeds is the time that needs to spent on doing so – from once every few weeks to a few hours a week.

To make things easier, we have compiled a list of 3 simple tips for DIY dog grooming. If you follow these simple steps, grooming your dog at home can be quite an easy process but it will still take a little bit of practice and patience.

1. Educate yourself and your dog

It is advisable to research your dog’s breed and its coat type in order to learn what to expect of the grooming session and which tools you will need.

Different coat types require different tools. If you feel confused, it might be a good idea to schedule an appointment at a professional groomer for a one-time consultation. During the consultation, the professional groomer can teach you how to keep the grooming sessions short and pleasant.

This dog is treated better than me.

You can read every blog and article available online and even purchase the best grooming equipment available on the market, but if your dog does not want to be handled, the grooming session is doomed.

To avoid such situations, train your dog to enjoy grooming during its puppyhood. Use positive reinforcement techniques, like treats and praises, to associate the grooming session with positive experience.

2. Brushing and bathing

It is not advised to bath your dog without brushing it first. Brushing or combing, helps mechanically remove the dirt from your dog’s coat and it also unclogs tangled hairs. If you find a mat that cannot be untangled do not hesitate to cut it out.

When brushing your dog at home, make sure to brush your entire dog. It is true that certain areas like faces, tails and legs can be trickier, but they need to be groomed too.

Even in short haired breeds it is important to brush all areas, because brushing increases the blood circulation in the skin, thus promoting healthy skin, for growth and proper skin oil production.

Once properly brushed, you can proceed to bathing your dog. Start by wetting the coat thoroughly all the way to the skin with lukewarm water.

Bathtub 1

When the dog is wet enough, apply the shampoo and let it stay for a while. Then rinse your dog thoroughly and remove the excess water with towel. You can either leave your dog to dry naturally or you can use hair dryer. When bathing your dog, never forget to clean its eyes, ears and teeth and clip its nails.

Since frequent bathing disrupts the natural balance of the microorganisms on your dog’s skin and leads to skin and coat issues, try to minimize the number of baths and bath your dog only when it is too dirty and before trimming its coat.

3. Always use appropriate tools

The first rule to DIY dog grooming is to never use human clippers. Human clippers have only one length of blade and since that length is often too short for dogs, it can cause skin burns.

Human clippers also produce much more heat and are less powerful when compared to dog clippers. If you plan on grooming your dog at home on a regular basis, it is of paramount importance to obtain a good dog clipper. High quality dog clippers cost around $100 and above, but at the end you get what you pay for. Dog clippers are an investment that pays off.

It is important to remember that certain areas of your dog’s body are thinner and those areas should be clipped with extra care and caution.

These areas include the face, eyes, ear flaps and edges, armpits, belly, underside of the neck, sanitary areas, toes and tendons on legs. Improper handling of these areas causes the skin to pull up quickly and catches into the grooming tools, thus causing bruising and cutting.

dog at the groomer having nails clipped

The second most important tool is the scissors. There are many types of scissors and they all serve different purpose. For example thinning scissors are used for extremely thick coats that need to be thinned out; curved scissors are used to trim and shape the fur around the contour of the dog’s body; rounded tipped safety scissors are used for cutting the hairs in delicate areas. The straight scissors are the most universal tool and can be used on most coat types.

Last but not least, think about getting a dog grooming table. Placing your dog on a table makes it easier to restrain it and it is also easier on your back.

Chooey's Note: The pack would like to thank a Miss Jenny for this guest post contribution because Haopee is currently "preoccupied" and too busy to tend for the blog.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dogs and Holiday Traditions, What Say You?

Speaking of Holidays... I know I'm supposed to talk about the Christmas Season, but I'm sure it'll be perfectly fine to just dabble a bit on the past.

The Lenten Season begins on the first Wednesday of March and ends on Easter Sunday. In reality, bunnies don't poop jellybeans, nor do they leave chicken eggs behind. If they did, they'd probably have battle scars from battling for that egg. And I think with the current taxes and remittances to our social security system, it'll be hard for the rabbits to buy paint brushes because they have to take care of baby bunnies and pay for food.

Pug St. Patrick's Day Diva
No Easter Bunnies here, just one St. Patrick's pug!

Kidding aside, for devout catholics, the Lenten season means no pork, beef, or meat. Within this period, our diet is limited to all kinds of fish dishes and vegetables. Fortunately, these traditions do not affect Chooey and the pack.  So it's no surprise that after eating, they end up plopping on the floor and sleeping like there's no tomorrow. You'd think they were doormat for dogs.

Just out of curiosity, do you guys have a tradition like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and St. Patrick's Day? If so, which of these do your dogs celebrate with you?

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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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Monday, April 3, 2017

Traveling With Your Emotional Support Animal

Recently, we traveled to Singapore. Sadly, Chooey and the pack couldn't come because we jam-packed all our activities in a span of four days.

Ironic enough, this new post, brought by Brad from also has something to say about travelling pets.

Emotional Support Animals are different from Service Animals. ESAs, be it a cat, a dog or even a turkey, help people deal with not just physical but emotional disabilities. This is why people may want to take their emotional support animals wherever they go.

Dog in Suitcase by James Oakley, CC BY-SA 2.0
Some airlines allow certain kinds of emotional support animals to accompany their handlers while others would not be permitted to travel in the cabin or an aircraft and have to be taken as cargo. Since every country has its distinctive set of rules for carrying emotional support animals, it is strongly encouraged that all passengers must check with their transit, departure and arriving countries’ local rules and restrictions on the acceptance of pets or emotional support animals.

Passengers should prepare all necessary documents to show to the relevant authorities for proving theneed for an ESA animal. ESAs have been successfully used in Animal Assisted Therapy for improving the emotional, social, physical and cognitive condition of a patient. Cats and dogs are the most popular choices for emotional support animals.

However, we have witnessed a large number of unusual animals serving the same purpose. These may include lizards, horses, elephants, parrots and even monkeys. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is presently considering adding pigs to the list of ESAs. All of these pet animals are considered important for providing physical and emotional support to patients who need to improve their mental health.

River, Therapy Dog by Oregon State University, CC BY-SA 2.0
For traveling with ESAs, you should know that the following domestic airlines cater to people who wish to take their ESAs with them on board. However, you must possess relevant documentation and you will need to contact the airline for confirming if they will still allow your pet on your route.
Here a few American airlines that allow passengers to carry their ESAs:

·       US Airways
·       American Airlines
·       Delta Airlines
·       Hawaiian Airlines
·       Alaska Airlines
·       Allegiant Airlines
·       Virgin America

International Airlines

Singapore Airlines allows passengers to carry their emotional support dogs on board provided they have valid documentation. These rules are subject to change for different countries in any class of travel. (For example, Brunei does not allow live animals in the cabin). There are certain international airlines that require that all pets, service animals and emotional support animals travel as air cargo. These include Japan Airlines, British Airways, Air France and Virgin Atlantic.

Boo the Pilot by DaPuglet, CC BY-SA 2.0
If you are planning to travelwith your ESA to the UK, you must arrange for pre-approval clearance and a processing fee and get in touch with the appropriate Animal Reception Center. Other foreign carriers may follow revised rules and regulations but they are not obligated to do so.

Generally, the key to acceptance of your emotional support animal is a prescription letter from a medical professional that clearly states that an emotional support animal must accompany an individual while traveling. The reason could be any mental disability, such as depression or anxiety. 

However, patients who have a heart condition can also carry their emotional support animals if their physician believes the pet will be able to help the owner stay calm and reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

ESAs effectively help reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and depression by offering support and therapeutic benefits.

Final Thoughts

Since vaccinations for animals and documentation may need some preparation, plan well ahead of time. Moreover, it may be illegal to import a guide dog or an emotional support animal into the destination country without a quarantine process. Make all necessary arrangements for carrying your emotional support animal on board by learn the relevant ESA rules. 
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Friday, March 17, 2017

When is the Right Time for a New Dog?

Losing a faithful dog is every bit as painful as long any other member of the family, so when is the time right to move on?
Run Free, Angel Rin. No more arthritis over the Rainbow Bridge.
Dogs are the finest life companion that anyone can hope for – they are always overjoyed to see you and shower you with unconditional love. When all else fails you always have a friend for life, except that life is considerably shorter for one party, leaving the other to pick up the pieces when the unthinkable does happen.


When your best friend is in the twilight of his or her life and their legs aren’t quite what they used to be, you know deep down that sooner or later your dog’s health will decrease past the point where a vet can help. Unlike with humans, we have the power to decide when to take mercy and end a dog’s suffering and, as anyone who has ever had to go through the process, there is nothing that can prepare you.
While we keep hold of keepsakes such as dog tags, collars and leashes to remember them by, it is the memories that we hold that will last forever.

For many children, losing a family pet is the first experience of death and how to deal with the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t get any easier as an adult, but there is a time when you must move on and just be grateful for the time you had together instead of being sad it’s gone.

Time to Love Again

Different people take differing amounts of time before they feel that they can welcome another dog into their life. Some bring a new dog home within a few days, as this can help focus their mind, while others can take months or years before opening their heart once more.

A lot does depend on whether there are other dogs present in the household and how they would take to another dog entering their territory. If they have been used to being around other dogs for the majority of their life then there shouldn’t be any issues in introducing another pet.

Consult all members of the family that live in your home about their feelings towards a new pet. Others will feel ready sooner than others, so carefully consider whether your home is ready to welcome in a new dog to join the family. If the general consensus is yes, you can get the wheels in motion.

Stick With the Same Breed or Not?

Original Shih Tzu One a.k.a Buchi
Many dog lovers will already know the breeds of dogs that they prefer, and commonly will have more than one of the same breed. If, for example, you are a keen lover of Cocker Spaniels, and are perfectly equipped to meet the dog’s requirements, there is no reason to defer from your preference.

Look it's Shih Tzu 2 a.k.a MyDogsLove.Me CEO a.k.a Chooey
Some dog lovers will feel that electing for the same breed of dog just wouldn’t feel right and prefer a change, and that’s fine too. Different breeds require differing amounts of exercise and have their own unique traits – Labradors are famous for their love of water, while Bulldogs and Pugs are prone to overheating due to their small noses which make panting difficult.

A New Best Friend

Once you know what you are looking for from a new dog, do your research into different breeds’ behaviour and adaptability (do they need a lot of room? And are they generally child-friendly?).

Add this research to your personal preference and you will be sure to find the perfect new best friend for you and your family. All that is left is to put the time in to train them and enjoy years of love and affection!
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Dog Training, How We Have Failed Our Dogs ( Guest Post)

Dear Friends,

Sadly, life has been rough for us. Don't get me wrong... the dogs are fine (living their lives as how dogs should--with maximum playtime, downtime, and socializing).  The human's life however is far different.

Anyhow, I am glad there are still people who are willing to share their experiences and talents with us. Today, I'm sharing an article written by Kevin Davies, a pet lover.  Do check his article out on Labarador Puppy Food

I often hear people say that their dog is being dominant and won’t do what is asked of them. I wanted to write today about what I believe to be one of the most important things you should understand when it comes to dog training and understanding your dog.

Humans are the most dominant species on the planet. We build the most impressive things and are constantly inventing new ways to improve our lives. However when it comes to understanding our dogs we often seem helpless and have no control over our dogs unruly behavior. I believe it is because we somehow think if we love our dogs and provide everything they want that they in return will do what we ask just because we are good and kind. This is the downfall of many dog owners.

Your dog is first and foremost an animal, and as such they need to be shown how to behave in an appropriate manner when they are around humans and other animals. Without clear instructions given in a way that they can understand, dogs will take it upon themselves to set the rules, and this leads to a wide host of problems.

When you take a look at dogs throughout history, you will discover that in the very beginning it was the wolf who first became companions to humans. We bred them and conditioned them to be less like wolves so they could live with us in our homes. While the dog and wolf are of the same species and share the same DNA, this does not mean that the dogs we have today are wolves, they are not, they are completely different, and have different needs that have to be met in order for them to be calm and submissive.

I remember when I was young and we would go out into the fields to work, our dog’s were trained to always be with us. They had jobs to do that fulfilled their needs. One dog protected the animals on our farm and the other protected the family and home. From morning to-night the dogs were with us and lived to please their masters and dog training had a purpose.

This was the way it was for most dogs throughout history, we bred and conditioned them to serve us and they were an intricate part of everyday life. Today however it seems that more and more people have to leave their dogs behind while they go to work and school. It is here that we have failed our dogs.

What we lack in online time, we make up on good old quality bonding time.
What I mean is that we have trained and conditioned dogs to live with us in our homes and they want to be with us at all times, but when people go away and leave the dog’s inside the house for extended periods of time, they become very anxious about where we are and when we will be coming back, and often this anxiety leads to destructive behavior, ie chewing, barking, pooping and peeing all over the house.

The fact that we have trained our dogs to want to be with us at all times is not the problem, the problem is that we have not taught them to be by themselves. Most dogs don’t know how to deal with their humans leaving the home. They get very anxious about it, and will act out if they are not shown how to be when they are alone. I want you to know that this can be remedied. When you take the time to show your dog how to relax on their own they will become more independent and the anxiety they suffer through when we are away will not be as traumatic and with time the problem behavior will begin to go away.

Dog training is about more than getting your dog to sit, or come when called. If you want to learn more about how you can help your dog be more independent when you leave them at home, them leave a comment with your questions and I will answer them in a timely fashion.

I hope this has helped you gain some understanding of what your dog is going through each time you leave them.

Until next time, remember to take the time to help your dog to live in a calm and submissive state of mind.
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