A Healthy Dog is A Happy Dog
Through my career as a professional dog trainer, and as a pet owner myself, I have always believed in making sure that the products that I give my dogs, and recommend to other pet owners, are of the best quality and work. I recommend you go to https://market.dogsnaturallymagazine.com to learn about what your dog needs to help it be as healthy as possible. I believe that all dogs should be on probiotics and this company sells some of the best you can buy for your dog.
When feeding treats to your dogs, please consider what the ingredients are. Some companies have ingredients in their treats that are not good for your dogs. I always choose the treats that only have ingredients I understand!
Also, remember not to give too many treats to your dog. Now in America, over 54% of dogs are overweight or obese. This will cause them to have hip/knee problems, plus other ailments/illnesses associated with being overweight or obese.
This is one book that all dog owners should read.
To the right is an example of the ingredients in a popular dog food. There is very little real protein in it, and dogs should not eat corn, wheat or soy. They also should not eat coloring dyes, which are not good for humans, let alone dogs.
GROUND WHOLE GRAIN CORN, POULTRY BY-PRODUCT MEAL (SOURCE OF GLUCOSAMINE & CHONDROITIN SULFATE), BREWERS RICE, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, SOYBEAN MEAL, MEAT AND BONE MEAL (SOURCE OF CALCIUM), ANIMAL FAT (SOURCE OF OMEGA 6 FATTY ACIDS [PRESERVED WITH BHA/CITRIC ACID]), GROUND WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT, NATURAL FLAVOR, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, SALT, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, CHOLINE CHLORIDE, DRIED PEAS, ZINC SULFATE, DL-METHIONINE, VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENT, NIACIN [VITAMIN B3], BIOTIN, L-TRYPTOPHAN, BHA & CITRIC ACID (A PRESERVATIVE), DRIED CARROTS, BLUE 2, YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, D-CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE [SOURCE OF VITAMIN B5], RIBOFLAVIN SUPPLEMENT [VITAMIN B2], RED 40, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE [VITAMIN B6], COPPER SULFATE, SODIUM SELENITE, POTASSIUM IODIDE, VITAMIN A SUPPLEMENT, THIAMINE MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], VITAMIN B12 SUPPLEMENT, VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENT, FOLIC ACID.
A Mentally Stimulated Dog is a Happy Dog
As pet owners we think that exercising our dog is what they need to satisfy them as a dog. Whether running around the yard, playing fetch, playing at the dog park or walking the neighborhood. Yes it is important that exercise is a part of their life on a regular basis, but so is mental stimulation.
Here are some ideas to incorporate in your dogs daily life.
It is rare that we think of feeding our dogs in other ways than a dog bowl. Here are a few ideas for you and your dog.
Snuffle Mat. You can buy or make one.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7eB-Hi8LqQ
Muffin Tin and Tennis Ball Game
Old Towel and Food
Lay the towel out flat and spread the food over the towel and roll up.
Soak the food in a weak stock and let it swell, pack in a kong and freeze.
Impulse Control Training
If we let our dogs figure things out, the quicker they learn.
Fun Things to Teach Your Dog
An Exercised Dog is a Happy Dog
How often do you exercise your dog? They should get out of the house and yard, at least once a day.
Depending on the breed, exercise comes in many forms.
https://biketowleash.com/ is an amazing way of running your dog alongside the bicycle.
Walking everyday , is not just about exercising, it is giving the opportunity to sniff, . Dogs use up so much energy when they are sniffing.
Perhaps they are dogs who like to chase squirrels, here is a great toy for them
Positive Reinforcement Training creates a Happy Dog
Dogs, like humans learn better and want to continue learning when the training is positive. Training is mentally stimulating for the dog. It creates a positive relationship between you the owner and your dog, when training is fun and positive.
When using Negative training methods, the dog shuts down, the personality is compromised, the relationship between owner and dog are compromised.
Why you should not use a prong or pinch collar on your dog.
Why you should not use a shock collar on your dog.
Dogs need a variety of chewing items to either:
Clean their teeth and create healthy gums.
If anxious, the chewing helps, just like people bite their finger nails etc. to cope with anxiety.
When a puppy is teething, these items will prevent chewing on your furniture etc.
Here are some examples of natural chewing products.
Deer and Elk Antlers
Himalayan Dog Chews