Yummy Treats You Can Give Your Dog This Summer

There’s something about the warm weather that makes people start to have cravings for yummy and sweet treats. Although that statement typically applies to people, what would make dogs any different? Of course, they want to enjoy a yummy treat with you to cool off! Unfortunately, the summer treats we enjoy aren’t always suitable for dogs. Check out these summer snacks that will help your dog cool off and keep them satisfied.  Homemade Ice Cream Homemade ice cream is much safer for your dog than traditional ice cream. The ice cream that we eat is high in lactose that isn’t suitable for dogs. They can suffer from bloating, gas, vomiting, and more if we try to share our treats with them. A simple homemade ice cream recipe includes peanut butter, bananas, and a small amount of yogurt. Yogurt does contain lactose, but in a much smaller amount than ice cream does. Combine the ingredients and freeze them to create dog-friendly ice cream! You can even add oats, apples, and other healthy snacks your dog enjoys.  Vegan Ice Cream If you don’t have the time to make your own ice cream, vegan ice cream is a great option you can find at the grocery store. This ice cream doesn’t contain any lactose that will upset your dogs’ stomach, but you still need to be wary of artificial sugars. Stick to either vanilla or fruit flavors and only give your dog a small amount at a time. After the first serving, observe your dog for a period of time to ensure they aren’t having a reaction to the ice cream. Avoid...

Why Training Your Dog is Important

Dog owners have a special relationship with their animal. In most cases, the dog is a part of the family. Of course, that means that you want what’s best for your pooch! Dog training is something that’s been around for a very long time. Despite the fact that it’s an old profession, the methods used are constantly evolving. If you’re on the fence about training your dog, check out these 4 reasons why it’s more important than you realize. Building a Relationship Training your dog is a wonderful way to build a relationship with them. You’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of how your dog processes and learns new things, as well as what types of positive reinforcement they respond the best to. Dogs that are trained with understanding, patience, and positivity show better results than those who are trained with intimidation tactics. Show your dog that you’re proud of them as they continue to learn! Teaching Daily Skills An important part of training your dog is teaching them daily life skills, not just cool tricks. Simple things like learning to greet without jumping, only chewing on their designated toys, and controlling their barking will make daily life easier for both of you!  Loyalty  Training your dog using positive reinforcement creates a strong bond of loyalty between you. Your dog will trust you more than ever before and they will look to you for guidance during stressful situations. Keep this loyalty intact by continuing to offer constructive criticism to bad behaviors, such as a time out, rather than using an intimidation tactic.  Reducing Negative Behavior  When you’re...

Helping Your Dog Deal With Anxiety

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from anxiety too, for a variety of different reasons. It could be separation anxiety, which may be common in rescue dogs that were abandoned as puppies, or travel anxiety, thunderstorm anxiety for dogs that fear loud noises, and more. Depending on what triggers your dog’s anxiety, you may notice different symptoms. There are several ways you can help your dog deal with this. The first step is recognizing the signs of anxiety. Common Symptoms of Anxiety in Dogs Include: Trembling/shaking Panting Having accidents around the house Excessive barking or whining Shedding more than normal No interest in toys, food, or treats Destructive Behavior Hyperactivity However, it’s important to remember that just because your dog is displaying one of these signs, doesn’t necessarily make it a cause for concern. Pay close attention to his behaviors, and determine if these behaviors are out of the ordinary, when they’re happening, and then take action from there. Exercise Similar to how some humans deal with anxiety, exercise is a great way to help mild forms of anxiety. While it’s not necessarily a “cure” that will make the anxiety disappear completely, it certainly will help. You should aim to get your dog out for a minimum of 1 hour per day for a walk or other form of physical exercise. This can especially help dogs with separation anxiety, as it reduces boredom and allows you to spend more quality time with your furry friend.  Treats or Toys When you were a kid, you probably had a favorite stuffed animal or blanket that brought you comfort. When you were...

Games to Keep Your Dog’s Minds Sharp

We all love playing with our dogs and spoiling them with treats and extra play time. However, you probably find yourself getting into the same routine of paying the same games day after day. You play fetch with them, and throw a ball, and then play more fetch, and then throw another ball. Are you seeing a pattern here? Dogs like change too, and they won’t learn anything new if you condition their minds to the exact same activities. Just like humans, dog’s need to be challenged to keep their brains sharp. Have no fear though– you can still have quality bonding time with your pooch while actively entertaining both of your minds. We’ve rounded up a helpful list of games for your pup that will get their mind working in different ways, and still be enjoyable for you both! Doggy Treat Hunt This one is pretty self-explanatory. If your canine is already a junior detective in the smelling department then he or she will love this game. You can set up a fun quest for them by placing treats anywhere within your home and getting them to find their mystery locations. You can provide aid as needed in this simplified version of a scavenger hunt. Tidy up the Toy Area This game is a sly, but entertaining one to condition your pooch into putting away their toys for a reward. We all love a clean living space and you can easily get your dog to actually want to help by offering them a snack in exchange. You’re able to teach your dog organization while having an enjoyable time....

New Puppy Checklist

Getting a new puppy can be one of the most exciting times in our lives! Just like welcoming a newborn baby into the family, it’ll be a big adjustment for the whole family. Puppies can be a lot of work, so it’s crucial that you’re prepared with all the essentials before he arrives. We’ve put together a checklist of a few necessities you’ll want to have on hand before bringing your new furry friend home. Dog Crate First, you’ll want to have a crate to bring your puppy home in! Crate training has many advantages for you and your new friend. A crate acts as the dog’s den, and becomes a safe space for them. This can be especially helpful if you’re rescuing a puppy, or have a puppy with anxiety. The crate is a place where they can go to find comfort and security. It’ll also allow you to be able to leave your dog at home for a few hours while you run errands, without having to worry about him tearing up the house while you’re gone! To ensure that your puppy doesn’t develop negative feelings towards the crate, never use it as a punishment and avoid leaving your dog in there too long. Chews In case you’ve never had a puppy, we’re here to tell you; they love to chew everything! Having good dog chews can help redirect them from chewing furniture, clothes, or shoes, to the chews you give them instead! These are key to have around until your puppy matures and loses his puppy teeth. Toys This one may be obvious, but you can...
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