On the Rush Foodies for your Good Old Buddies

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

Can’t get enough of home-made recipes for your dogs but has less time to prepare? Here, try these!

Nice Rrrrice – 40 minutes

Ingredients

2/3 cup meat, cubed

¾ cup carrot and sweet potato, cubed

¾ cup instant brown rice

1 cup water

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except rice to a large pot to boil
  2. When tender, add rice, cook until done
  3. Add more water as needed

 

healthiest dog foodPupper Fish – 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 can salmon, deboned

1 beaten egg

3 tbsp cornmeal

1 potato

1 carrot

1 celery stalk

Cottage cheese or plain yoghurt

Directions

  1. Combine salmon, egg and cornmeal
  2. Form into patties and press into cornmeal
  3. Sauté until cooked through
  4. Chop and steam vegetables
  5. Cut salmon patties into bites and mix with vegetables
  6. If a bit dry, add yoghurt or cottage cheese

Ready with your aprons over that executive suit. Do the rush and happy cooking, fellas!

Top Five Behavioral Problems of Dogs

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Dogs, like us, have behavioral problems and here are the top five problems we usually encounter living with these mutts.

1. Barking

Barking is part of the canine nature but an excessive display of it makes it a problem. Before you act on the problem, know why your dog barks too much. He may be alerting you, feeling all excited, seeking attention, anxious, bored, or simply responding to his same kind.

You can learn to control the behavior — just be consistent, and most especially, be patience. Teaching them takes a lot of time and effort, but soon, they’ll get things right, just be patient.

training your dog 2. Chewing

Chewing is normal for them. However, chewing it can become a problem when he starts chewing your slippers and other furniture at home. Here are some common reasons why they do such: puppy teething, boredom / excess energy, anxiety, or curiosity (especially for puppies).

To stop this, encourage your dog to chew on the right things by providing plenty of chew toys. Keep personal items away from your dog. Crate him when you are not home. And, if you catch your dog chewing the wrong thing, quickly correct him, startle him, then, and replace the item with a chew toy. Tiring him works, too!

3. Digging

Having holes at your lawn certainly is a problem. To correct this habit, know the reasons behind it first: boredom or excess energy, anxiety or fear, hunting instinct, comfort-seeking (such as nesting or cooling off), hiding possessions (like bones or toys), or to escape or gain access.

Deal with this by spending more time with your dog, give him more exercise, and work on extra training. If it is really unavoidable, set aside an area where your dog can do the act, as in a sand box.

4. Separation Anxiety

This may be characterized by vocalization, chewing, inappropriate urination and defecation, and other forms of destruction happening when he is separated from his owner. But for some, the dog displays anxiety when owner prepares to leave, misbehavior occurs in the first 15-45 minutes after owner leaves, he follows the around constantly, and tries to be touching his owner whenever possible.

True separation anxiety needs training, behavior modification and desensitization exercises to be properly dealt with. For extreme cases, medications are utilized already.

5. Inappropriate Elimination

Frustrating as it may seem but yeah, it’s part of them. This may be due to medical problems or just behavioral.

Inappropriate elimination is unavoidable especially in puppies, usually before 12 weeks of age. For older dogs, they may need serious behavior modification with this problem.

What makes up your dog foods?

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

In choosing your dog foods for your buddies, always and always consider the following: their energy level, their body weight, their age and their health (some dogs have special conditions such as diabetes and intolerance to some food components). It is our responsibility as dog owners that they are ensured of their physiological needs with regards to intake. Below are the components of canine food, components that would keep your dogs healthy and kicking (But not all brands have this so be sure to read the labels at the back).

 

dog obedience classesü  Water – it should be fresh and clean. Mammals require 44 – 66 mL/Kg body weight of water daily, therefore you offer your dog water 2 – 3 times a day with dry dog food, while making water continually available throughout the day.

ü  Carbohydrates – Beet pulp is most suitable source of carbohydrates for dogs. It contains both soluble and non soluble forms of carbohydrates.

ü  Proteins – these are sources of amino acids, essential components to increase nitrogenous compounds in a dog’s body. Adult dogs usually require almost 2g/Kg body weight of protein daily. 22 – 25% protein is required for growing puppies, and 11 – 14% of proteins in dry matter for adult dogs.

ü  Fats – these are condensed source of energy in canine food, and are also needed to help digest some essential fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E & K. to keep it balanced, food should contain 5 – 15% fat.

ü  Vitamins & Minerals – Vitamins, both water- and fat-soluble. Dietary minerals in food are macro minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium & phosphorus) & trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, iodine etc.). Whether it’s a deficiency or an excess, it may cause problems, therefore amounts should be related with the energy level of a selected food.

 

 

 

Your Diabetic Dog: Understanding His Condition And How To Deal With It

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Diabetes Mellitus is a disease characterized by lack of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas for blood sugar regulation. Some dogs lack insulin, and are therefore, unable to use their energies since glucose is not available in their cells. Usually, your dog urinates and drinks a lot, and loses weight when he’s diabetic.

           diabetic dog food It is important that we consider and be meticulous with the management of this condition. Consider the following as your guide:

  1. Give the dog shots of Insulin. He lacks insulin, give him insulin.
  2. Regulate his menu. Give him high protein and low carbohydrates and fat. Control the portions of diabetic dog food and the amount of total food.
  3. Meals are at small and frequent feeding at a regular pace. Two to four small meals a day, depending on the dog’s size and number of shots.
  4. Minimize salt content in diabetic dog food. This helps the thirst and urination problems get better.
  5. Avoid homemade diets — they need consistent nutrition daily.
  6. Avoid canned dog foods. These not only can contain sugar but high salt content as well.

To help you with the food, here are eight diabetic dog food you may check and include in your cart the next time you buy your buddy some supplies:

ü  Iams Weight Loss

ü  Iams Weight Control D

ü  Royal Canin Diabetic HF 18

ü  Royal Canin Calorie Control CC High Fiber

ü  Hill’s Prescription Diet r/d

ü  Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d

ü  Purina Veterinary Diets DCO

ü  Purina Veterinary Diets OM

 

Snacks for Your Little Vegetarian Buddy

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

According to the American Veterinary Association, the healthiest meals of dogs are comprised of forty percent (40%) meat, fifty percent (50%) vegetables and ten percent (10%) grain. But if you want to get him go veggie, then you can try meat substitutes without getting the nutritional requirement ratio affected. Meat substitutes you can try as follows: Beans, Dairy Products, Eggs, Soy products, and Protein supplements.

Better get your apron ready, here are some vegetarian dog food recipes you can make for your buddy:

Doggie Biscuits

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening

3 Tbsp. honey

4 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup carob powder

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Directions

  1. Cream shortening and honey together thoroughly.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Beat well.
  4. Bake in a greased cookie sheet (10×15″) for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5. Cool completely.

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Healthy vegetarian dog food Dog Bulgar Biscuits

Ingredients

3 cups flour

3 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups bulgur wheat

1 cup corn meal

3 cups chicken broth

Directions

  1. Mix flours, bulgur wheat and corn meal.
  2. Add 2 cups broth; mix well with hands until dough gets stiff. Add more broth as necessary.
  3. On lightly floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll dough to 1/4″ thickness.
  4. Cut out biscuits. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 300 for 45 minutes. Turn off oven; leave biscuits in oven overnight.

 

Oatmeal Wheat Dog Biscuit Treats

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked oatmeal

1 tablespoon bouillon granules (Beef, Chicken or vegetable)

1 egg, beaten

1 1/2 cups hot water

3/4 cups cornmeal

3 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In a large bowl pour hot water over oatmeal and bouillon granules: let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in cornmeal and egg. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Knead 3 to 4 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to make a very stiff dough. Pat or roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
  5. Cut into bone shapes and place on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool and dry out until hard. Store in an airtight container

Understanding the Barking Problem

Posted in Dog Training by Randall

It gives us headaches when we can’t quit our dogs from barking — it’s never easy to deal with and we end up getting angry over our pets. The best way to deal with this problem is to trace the root cause of it. Why do dogs bark?

training your dog Dogs bark to express their needs or their excitement, some to express territoriality, or to alert others of impending danger. Some dogs are bred to bark, as for terriers and hounds. Some, if they are isolated or separated or trapped, or with other animals, or simply need your attention.

To stop the barking problem, you need to keep in mind the cause of the barking, show him you are the alpha, and clearly communicate with your dog. If you want to modify the behavior, especially on excessive barking, relay to your dog what is accepted and what is not, reinforce the acceptable behavior — convey a clear and consistent message to your dog at all times.

Feeding Your Dog Right According To Your Vet

Posted in Dog Health Care by Randall

Part of responsible dog ownership is the responsibility to provide for the physiologic needs of your dogs. Food comes first among all, and not just plainly food but healthy foods able to meet their dietary needs. The American Veterinary Association says that the forty (40) percent of meat, fifty (50) percent of vegetables and ten (10) percent of grain make up the healthiest dog foods. So to assure you that your buddies are getting the right nutritional levels they need for proper growth and development, then check these five food categories for dogs:

 

Organic dog food

best food for dogsServing organic food would ensure you a carcinogen-free, preservative-free meal, but be sure to skim along the labels at the back if it really is organic. Vet recommends the following brands: Newman’s Own Organics, Karma Organic.

 

Dry foods

One featured dry dog food most recommended by vets and even other dog-owners is Innova EVO. This dog food is rich in lean protein made from turkey and chicken — a sure health-hooker and a yummy!

 

Wet foods

For the wet dog foods category, Eagle Pack Duck and Chicken Formula make most of the votes. Made from chicken broth and duck meat, it has always been your buddy’s favorite. It comes in an oxygen tight sealed bag and preservative-free. For leftovers, just refrigerate and serve after 48 hours. Indeed, a sure saver.

 

Raw foods

Getting a dose of the usual diet of the wild, dogs may enjoy this type. Raw giblets, livers, chicken neck fat and odds and ends from the butcher, raw eggs and potatoes mixed with uncooked rice, are healthy and natural foods your dog may get for a meal.

 

Basic dogfood

California Natural Lamb Meal & Rice, Wellness Lamb, Super5Mix and Timberwolf are just some of the most top-rated. They’re preservative-free and contents are close enough to the required 40-50-10 percent nutritional ratio.

Good foodies for the good boy. Start checking your menu and feed your buddy right.

 

 

Sibling Rivalry — Understanding It And Controlling It

Posted in Dog Training by Randall

pet training “Sibling rivalry” is a term we use to connote dog-to-dog aggression in the household. It has always been a big problem especially to those having more than one dog at home. Getting stuck with their fights not only drives you mad and crazy but threatens you and your family’s safety. As a responsible dog owner, you wouldn’t want to see your dogs fight, creating too much noise, too much threat and too much mess at home. It would be better if you get to understand the reasons why these things burst out:

1. Competition over resources. It is always normal to end in fights for dogs because of this since by nature, dogs are territorial animals. They may fight over toys, places to sleep, toys, or even YOU.
2. Poor socialization as a pup. Rough play would be the start of it. Since these dogs, when they were still puppies have not been into biting inhibition, they end up going crazy over the biting thing and light up fights between the other dogs at home.
3. Dominance hierarchy instability. When a younger dog reaches maturity, it may challenge the older ones, or just the older dogs thinking that they have been asked into a duel. Or it can be that two dogs of the same sex and age, which is the usual case.

Now that you have ruled out the common causes, you may be ready to take on the referee role of stopping your dogs from destructing each other.

If this is about dominance problem and one of your dogs had already established the dominant role, then go with it, and respect it. You can show this by giving the dominant dog attention first, before the rest. If they are fighting over resources, then take the root cause away — simple! And they’ll quit the quarrel. But if you expect this as a daily routine of theirs, might as well mess up with it — tire them, calm them, and they won’t have energies at all to start a fight. Most importantly, establish the fact that you are the leader, the alpha, the respected and trusted one. Obedience training should be done properly then.

Dog Psychology — Foundations Of Learning In Dogs

Posted in Dog Training by Randall

When we talk about learning, there are always theories, patterns which explain the “this” and “that”. If you are pet training, then you might also consider studying their way of learning to guide you in the training course because basically, all methods are grounded to these learning theories. Ready? Let’s start.

Theory # 1: Classical Conditioning by Ivan Pavlov

pet trainingTo keep it simple, we start with trainer rings bell (stimulus) then dog gets food (reinforcement), and eventually end up with trainer rings bell, dog drools (response), and dog gets food. In dog training, association is the name of the game. You say a particular word or make a particular sound, get him used to what is expected then treat him with a primary reward, as in “sit” and he sits, then he gets a snuggle and a “good boy”. It doesn’t matter how you did the training, but what matters is how the dog associated the act, the stimulus, and the reward.

Theory # 2: Operant Conditioning by B.F. Skinner

This means taking action based on behavior. A simple example would be dog does something (operant behavior) then dog gets a snuggle (positive reinforcement). If we control which behaviors are to be done through reinforcement, then we can get him to do it more often. For every pleasing action, dog gets a reward, and dog does it more often.

But in pet training, we don’t do the operant and classical conditioning separately, we mix it to get the learning process running.