Thursday, November 11, 2010

Quality Dog Food

I have been looking for a quality dog food and it is not easy. I have been looking at the ingredients labels of different dog foods and it is disgraceful what they will put in our dog’s food.

I found this great website Dog Food Advisor that helped me sort through the different dog food ingredients. They list the dog foods by 1 - 5 stars and why they gave them this rating.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Training on a Raining Day

It was a yucky raining day today, it rained all day and night. Luckily, I did not have to go outside for very long and I got a chance to catch up on some stuff I needed to do. One of the things that I got a chance to do was train my dog, Snoopy to retrieve the phone for me in case of a health emergency. That did not take very long because she has already been trained to retrieve other things for me like the remote control, newspaper, socks and slippers. Once she was trained to retrieve a couple of things, any new item I wanted her to retrieve was just a matter of adding a name to it.

Towards the evening I realized how much help my dog was for me today. I have trained her to do a lot of service dog tasks, so I can keep up my training skills and be better able to help other people train their dog. Some of the tasks she did for me I did not really need, but she does not know that and is just happy to do something special that earns her praise and sometimes a treat. She retrieved the weekly newspaper for me after she went potty, which was nice since it was raining. Luckily the newspaper was in a plastic bag, so it was not all wet and soggy. While I was cooking, she alerted me to the oven timer. When I was in one of my rooms she opened the door by pulling on a strap, which I needed because my hands were full. She also helped me with the laundry by retrieving some of our socks and put it into the basket.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cat Feeding Tip

If you always feed your cat dry cat food, you should consider adding at least a couple of teaspoons of wet cat food each day. I also add some water to it and mix it around. Cats do not drink a lot of water and can get serious health problems if they don‘t drink enough clean water daily.

I also give my cats dry cat food because it helps keep their teeth clean.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Recommended Dog Toys

I give hand-outs to all my in-home dog training clients and at the end of one of my hand-outs is a list of some dog toys. Two of my favorites are the tricky treat ball and the kong.

I use the tricky treat ball with my own dog. I fill the ball with some of my dog’s kibble every time she eats dinner. She really enjoys it, she gets mental stimulation along with some physical exercise. The ball has one hole in it and all I have to do is put some dinner kibble in it. Treats can also be put in it as long as they are small enough to fall out. My dog pushes it around with her nose or paws and the kibble falls out. It is a great way to give your dog something to do. A lot of pet supply stores sell them or you can buy it at
their official website

I also like the Kong toys. They are rubber toys that you can stuff treats and/or penute butter into it. They are safer than most chew toys because they are safe on your dogs teeth and they are indestructible. A lot of pet stores sell these also or check out their official website

Pet Safety Tips - added to list

I have added some more foods to the list of items that can be dangerous to your pets.

  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee

The complete list is under my blog titled Pet Safety Tips in May 2010.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tuna Fish and Pets

Yesterday, I had some tuna fish with one of my meals. I gave some tuna to my cats and dog for a delicious treat.

Occasionally feeding your pets tuna, in small amounts, can be a great treat, especially for cats. However, since tuna fish contains mercury, do not feed your pets large amounts of it because it can present significant health problems. Also, it is best to buy tuna packed in water.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Training - Puppy Biting

I was talking to one of my neighbors the other day and we were talking about puppy biting and how important it is to teach puppies proper bite inhibition.

Teaching puppies as soon as possible to develop a soft mouth will help them later on when they become adult dogs. Puppies need to learn that hard bites will hurt people. Teaching proper bite inhibition will also prevent an adult dog from seriously injuring someone in an unexpected situation. For example, if a neighborhood child unknowingly pulls a dog’s tail or frightens the dog. Also when a dog gets into a stressful situation.

The way you teach proper bite inhibition is in gradual stages. It is important to do each step before you go to the next one.

Step one: First you want to teach your puppy not to hurt you and to inhibit the force of his bites. Anytime your puppy bites you when you are playing with him, say “ouch“ in a high-pitched voice. If your puppy stops biting you then praise and reward him by continuing to play with him. If, however, he does not stop biting, say “ouch” again, but a little firmer and walk away from him for a 1 minute time-out. Your puppy will learn that he will lose his playmate if he continues to bite you. After the 1 minute time-out go back and resume playing.

Step two: Once your puppy’s bites stop hurting you then it is time to teach him not to use any pressure at all when he is biting. Anytime your puppy bites you harder than usual, act like it really hurt you, even if it didn’t. Dogs really respond to our body language, so acting like your in pain along with saying, “ouch” should get the point across. Your puppy will learn that he has to be very gentle with us humans and he will soon develop a soft mouth.

Step three: Once you have go through steps one and two, it is time to teach your puppy to stop mouthing on command. Note: your puppy should not be biting at this point or using any pressure when he is mouthing. When your dog is mouthing, say "off" or "enough" and wiggle a food treat near his face. Your puppy will stop mouthing because the treat will be more interesting. When he does stop mouthing you then praise him and give him the treat. Practice this several times.

Step four: At this final step, your puppy should not initiate mouthing unless requested.

Also, it is important to brush your puppy’s teeth on a regular basis. Start brushing when he is young so he will become accustomed to it by the time he is an adult.