Month: April 2010

  • Healthy Treat Suggestions

    For healthy treats, we love the Crunchy Treats. They have blueberry, apple, and carrot. Our dog’s favorite is blueberry. I also make treats. Mix organic yogurt and blueberries and freeze them in ice cube trays. You can do it with pumpkin too!

  • What are some healthy treats I can give my pup?

    What are some healthy treats to give my Yorkie?

  • The Importance of Crate Training

    Crates (or at the very least crate training) are very important. When you have a puppy it aids greatly in housetraining and keeping puppy out of things when it can’t be watched. As adults it gives the dog a safe place to go and relax when needed. They are also great when traveling as its …

  • How to Introduce a Crate Positively

    When it comes to crate training, try to make it as positive an experience as you can. The crate should be a safe haven, not a punishment box. Allow your dog access to it during the day, and if you see her going in there on her own, reward her and praise her. Toss things …

  • How do I cut back on my dog’s food intake?

    I know I should cut back my dog’s food intake.

  • Where to Search for a Great Trainer or School

    The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (AKA the APDT) is a great place to start. Google it, then do a trainer search there and make that your starting point. From there, carefully screen the trainers. Ask what methods they use, what their background is, what equipment they use,ask for references, ask to sit in on …

  • Tips for Helping a Dog Lose Weight

    This is pretty straightforward. Eat less, exercise more. Don’t feed any treats that are store bought, feed veggies or fruit. Change your dog’s food if it is a low quality food. Feed at a schedule twice a day with the proper amount of food for your dogs weight and activity level. Buy a measuring scoop …

  • Treating Noise Anxiety in Dogs

    1. Change the Dog’s Environment. These are the “common sense” simple things to try, if feasible for your circumstances. Try creating a safe haven for your dog such as a blanket-covered crate or finding a location that will reduce the noise level. Try turning on music or the television to help mask the sound of …

  • Calming an Anxious Dog

    I would highly suggest trying the natural calming remedies (DAP and Rescue Remedy are two that come to mind) first and foremost – they tend to either work nicely or not at all, but it can’t hurt (I use something like DAP for cats with my cat because he randomly starts spraying in the house …

  • How to Tell if a Dog is Overweight

    Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. However, each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food and exercise adjusted to its individual needs. You …

  • How do I help my overweight dog slim down?

    Sam is about 4 years old. He is very overweight. I have been free feeding because I have a total of 5 dogs. I noticed yesterday he just is not healthy, he is getting to big. I don’t want him to be unhealthy. The biggest problem I have is he is eating acorn and visits …

  • What is a good, cheaper food option for my dog?

    What’s a cheap but OK food to get from Wal-Mart?

  • Separation Anxiety Triggers

    If something like showering and changing was triggering anxiety in my dog, I would try showering, changing and then feeding something special. Do that with any trigger. Randomly put on your shoes, get some food, feed and then take them off. Pick up you keys, feed, put them down. But you might also want to …

  • What do I do if my dog won’t eat his food?

    My dog has no interest in his food. I will offer it to him and he will sniff it and then walk away. Some days he won’t eat all day. Do we keep buying different brands to find something he likes or go back to a lower quality food that he used to like? I …

  • How to Bond with Your Dog

    Bonding is communication. The more you can effectively communicate with your dog in its language the stronger your bond. Your dog is studying you relentlessly and communicates to you with its body, face and movements. Talk to our dogs with your face, eyes, posture and movements and without words. Most importantly, don’t make it a …

  • How to Teach Your Dog His Name

    I would suggest classically conditioning the name: Put a treat into your dog’s mouth. As the treat touches your dog’s tongue, say your dog’s name. Vary the way you say the name, trying to include every way you may say your dog’s name in real life. Include nicknames. Do this many times throughout the day, …

  • How to Stop Your Dog from Mouthing

    With all my puppies I find that mouthing stops when the dog realizes it can be unpleasant and it is NOT at all rewarding. 1. Do not reward – He thinks they are doggie games and can include tug of war with your arm, or you are a teething toy, or if bothered enough you …

  • Preparing for Lure Coursing

    If your dog is trustworthy off leash and has excellent recall, then consider lure coursing! Lure coursing events often (if not always) take place in huge field areas, which are usually fenced in (like a pasture or fairgrounds). But the “fencing” might also be a row of trees or a forested area, not an actual …

  • Using Sports to Burn Energy and Bond with Your Pet

    I just wanted to send out a reminder that getting involved in a dog sport is a great way to burn off your dog’s energy and to have an activity that both you and your dog will enjoy. Dog sports are both socially and physically invigorating. I used to have a lot of problems with …

  • A Reminder About Treats

    Remember that snacks like biscuits and extras offer little nutritional value. As long as your dog’s meals are healthy he should be fine feeding one time a day. I feed my small dog once at 5 pm daily.

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