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6 Tips for Peace between Your Old Dog and Young One - You and your old dog have shared many adventures; Because he s added so much to your life, you ve decided to bring home a younger dog (or puppy). Perhaps you ve heard that a puppy can enrich an older dog s life; maybe he ll be happier and want to play again. If your older dog is well behaved and well trained, you might be hoping he ll help you raise your new dog so he, too, will be a joy to live with. You might have brought the new dog home so you won t be dog-less when your old dog passes away. However, once the introductions are over and your new dog settles into the household routine, you may find that your household is more chaotic than you expected. The younger dog is jumping all over the older dog, trying to get a reaction out of the old dog or encouraging the old dog to play. The young dog is constantly stealing the old dog s toys or treats (or visa versa). The old dog is growling and grumpy. The younger dog is acting out in frustration. Your once peaceful home is in chaos. Obe
So you've decided to add a new dog to your old dog's home but now the puppy is causing chaos and your old dog has turned into a grump. What do you do now?
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Celebrate National Holistic Pet Day - National Holistic Pet Day may come once a year, but owners should take measures to prioritize the health of their pets from a holistic perspective on a year-round basis. As the body functions best as a sum of its individual parts, it s crucial that all systems are kept working optimally for consistent day-to-day health to be achieved. Having been in veterinary practice for 16 years, my focus has shifted as a result of my clinical experiences and continuing education. I am now more aware of how each body system functions as an individual unit and collectively after witnessing the downward spiral that occurs when one or multiple parts don t ideally function. To promote your pet s best quality of life, I ve put together my top holistic pet tips. Prevent Obesity by Employing Calorie Restriction and Engaging in Daily Exercise The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) reports that 98 million pets (54% of dogs and cats) living in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity has
National Holistic Pet Day comes once a year, but owners should take measures to prioritize the health of their pets from a holistic perspective year-round.
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Video: This Dog thinks he’s an ambulance - Some dogs are noisy. Siberian Huskies and beagles are famous for the myriad of howls and other noises they are capable making. Typically, Golden Retrievers are not in that group at all. Usually they refrain from making a peep. However, when one Golden thinks that the EMS s of the world are trying to communicate, he tries to start a conversation.
When one Golden thinks that the EMS's of the world are trying to communicate, he tries to start a conversation.
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Meet Beau And Bess: Saved From The Streets & Kibble - Beau and Bess used to be just what you think of when you think of new rescues—alive and in newly-found good hands, but awash with health problems. However, that was then—this is now. Now they are in the loving home of one Rhonda Lucich in Murphy, TX, just outside of Plano. Beau and Bess before being adopted. From The Shelter To Salvation Beau was once the poster child for neglect: His coat was a tangled mess, his eyes clouded in the absence of care. Beau’s nose more akin to a stray piece of coarse sandpaper than that of a wet, healthy dog’s. His tail was always between his legs. “When [the rescue] got him in, they immediately shaved him.” Rhonda said. “The skin on his paws and between his pads was red too.” The cute dog he is now couldn’t be more estranged from the canine at the shelter. Rhonda said Beau’s coat on arriving to the shelter was so matted and untamed, that the shelter staff at Sheree’s Dog Rescue had to shave off his entire coat all at once.
Beau and Bess were rescue dogs awash with health problems. Their new owner changed their dog food and got them on the road to health and happiness!
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"Saved from kibble" -- love it! There are definitely healthier things to feed your pup!
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Animal Shelters are Going Green - The going green movement is working it s way to our animal shelters. Many cities now require green or LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) practices be followed on any new construction or remodeling of city owned buildings. That includes the animal shelter. Costs are reduced, resources saved and a healthier work environment is created for employees. For animals, it speeds adoption. A safe environment calms dogs in a more relaxed setting. Communal living space for felines show kitties at their best. It’s also the right thing to do. Reducing the Carbon Paw Print Dave Dickinson, director of Sacramento County Animal Care, a LEED Gold-certified shelter, says, “The building is an extraordinary environment for both animals and employees.” With floors of polished concrete instead of tile, there’s no grout to harbor hidden bacteria. Concrete is a sustainable material and when sealed, can withstand a lot of mopping, a daily necessity in shelters. Reduce Electri
Many cities now require green or LEED certified practices be followed on any new construction or remodeling of city owned buildings—even animal shelters.
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6 Tips to Keep Your Dog’s Paws Healthy - A dog s paw is an amazing thing with structures that work together when all is strong and healthy. When my Australian Shepherd, Sisko, tore two toenails on a camping trip this summer I got a quick refresher course in how the structures of the paw work together and how important a dog s toenails are. Sisko tore out (from the nail bed) the two middle toenails on his right rear paw. I carry a well-stocked first aid kit and after I cleaned his paw, I liberally used a pain relieving, antibiotic ointment and created a padded bandage for the paw. He had surgery the next day. His paw was sensitive for a couple of weeks but as time went by and he was able to use that back paw again even though the nails were still growing out, I saw that the toenails protect the pads. Sisko ended up slightly damaging the two pads of the toes without nails. Plus, once he was running again, I watched that paw slip and slide; the nails normally grip and dig in, giving the dog stability, and without those nails
Your dog's paws are amazing and normally do a great job of protecting him, but some frequent checking and upkeep will let him keep on running.
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Q&A with Dog Trainer Jennifer Marshall - Jennifer Marshall is a dog trainer and owner of K9 Symmetry, an Oregon-based training practice. She shared how she got her start and introduces us to the dog sport of Mondioring. The Honest Kitchen: Did you always want to be a dog trainer? Jennifer Marshall: When I was a little girl, my first dream was to be a lion tamer in the circus. Gradually it dawned on me that might be a little whimsical, and my focus switched to wildlife biology. I was 10 or 11 when I got my first dog, and I realized training dogs is an actual thing. Training dogs in a professional manner and helping people was an actual job. Sometimes I’m very, very thankful that I did not pursue lion taming. HK: What is your training philosophy? JM: When I first started out, you didn’t use rewards back then. That’s all I knew, and that’s what I did with my first dog, which I regret, but I didn’t know any better. I am an obsessive researcher. I love to read, and I love to observe animals. My family knew an old Cherok
Jennifer Marshall is the owner of K9 Symmetry, an Oregon-based training practice. She shared about the dog sport of mondioring and how she got her start.
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Honest Kitchen Skin & Coat Vet Study - We were super excited to participate in a small veterinary feeding trial recently, in conjunction with holistic veterinarian Diana Drumm, DVM, CVA, CVCP, at the Animal Healing Center, here in San Diego. The study looked at eleven dogs who were suffering with significant skin and coat problems and itching. The dogs participating in the study were fed our grain free fish diet, Zeal and did not receive any medications, supplements, medicated shampoo or topical medicated skin products. Click here to view the entire study. Abstract: A dehydrated fish based diet was fed to dogs identified by their owners to be 5 out of 10 or less on a Pruritus (standard itch, appendix 1) Scale for 12 weeks in order to determine if the condition of skin and coat improved and itching was abated. Eight of the eleven participants’ (73%) skin issues improved, with three (27%) out of those eight’s symptoms resolving completely, as well as several additional, unexpected positive physiological or behavioral fi
We participated in a veterinary feeding trial that looked at 11 dogs suffering from skin and coat problems who were fed our grain free fish diet, Zeal.
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7 Tips for Playing Tug Games with Your Dog - Bashir, my oldest Australian Shepherd, loves to play tug games. When I offer a tug toy and tell him, Bashir, get it! he ll grab it, brace his back legs, and pull, yank, and growl something fierce. He sounds like he s fighting me but he s not; the game is under control and as soon as I say, Bashir, drop it, he spits out the toy and happily smiles at me. It s great fun. In years past, dog trainers recommended that dog owners not play tug games with their dogs as it could teach the dog to fight or use his strength against the owner. While this can still be true, the benefits of tug games outweigh the potential for harm. Tug games let the dog use his strength and fight the toy; he can pull, yank, brace his legs, and act like a wild dog while his owner is cheering him on, Yeah! Get it! Awesome! This rough game allows the dog to use up excess energy, provides easy exercise, and lessens any mental stress the dog might be feeling. Plus, because this is a game most dogs love, it s great for th
In the past, dog trainers recommended that dog owners avoid tug games with their dogs as it could teach them to fight or use his strength against the owner.
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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Frozen Treats - Easy to whip up, tasty to eat and great for dog tummies, this Pumpkin Peanut Butter Frozen Treat recipe hits the right spot on a hot day. It s a triple threat when it comes to a digestive health—these frozen goodies include pumpkin puree, yogurt and Pro Bloom Instant Goat s Milk plus Probiotics. And, with a hint of peanut butter, there s no way your pooch can resist… especially after a walk or romp outdoors on a summer day. Give them a try and let us know what you think! Pumpkin Peanut Butter Frozen Treats
This Pumpkin Peanut Butter Frozen Treat recipe hits the right spot on a hot day. These frozen goodies are full of healthy goodies!
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Should Your Pet Be on Social Media? - Social media has turned lots of pets into superstars. Think: Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Prissy Pig, Mr. Bagel, and many more. Even human stars like Jessica Biel and Taylor Swift sprinkle their pets liberally throughout their social accounts. So, should your pet be on social media? Cons Of course, your pets can’t type. No thumbs. No language. You’ll be doing all the work. Plus, on sites like Instagram, you can’t manage multiple accounts at once, so it would be a lot of extra logging in and logging out to update your personal account and your pet’s account. Plus, if your pets were to hit the bigtime, be aware that dealing with negativity is part of the human end of the social spotlight. Superstar pet’s people have to bear the brunt of internet trolls’ criticism. Logistically speaking, if you’re not confident you can manage the account and find yourself abandoning the account, you’re leaving that portal open for hackers. It’s likely connected to your email and likely uses a p
Social media has turned lots of pets into superstars. Think: Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Prissy Pig, Mr. Bagel, and many more. Should your pet be on social media?
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Video: 10 Million people have watched this dog sneeze - This video is of a dog sneezing. Lots of people have watched this video. Like, 10 Million people. You should watch it too.
This video is of a dog sneezing. Lots of people have watched this video. Like, almost 10 Million people. You should watch it too.
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The Honest Kitchen provides natural human-grade pet food products for dogs and cats. Our gourmet recipes are 100% natural and gently dehydrated, not extruded. 

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