Got Change?

Originally posted on Fearfuldogs' Blog:

cocker spaniel sleeping on lounge chair outside

Nothing to worry about here!

When we are training our fearful dogs we are facilitating a change in how they respond to events or objects (including us and other animals) they are exposed to. There is likely an endless array of ways we can come up with to do this, but ultimately what we are doing is making the scary stuff either neutral or good enough so that the dog can continue to seek out rewarding, reinforcing activities while in its presence. The ways that this can be done are based on how a nervous system reacts to stimulus.

Habituation occurs when constant exposure to something stops producing a response and in a sense becomes a non-event. When a collar is first put around a puppy’s neck it can be a big event. The puppy feels the collar and may be upset about it, some more, some less. Eventually, like…

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Back to School Blues: Tips for Helping Your Pets Make the Grade

jadesmith460:

Loved this post …

Originally posted on Natural Pet Store Blog | Best cat & dog treats, food, & supplements review | OnlyNaturalPet.com:

Back To School for Dogs Back to school time can be a mad rush when it comes to getting kids ready, adjusting our work schedules, being out of the house, and preparing for daylight savings time to end. But we have to remember that all of these changes in our lives can be just as stressful on our pets. Whether they’re missing a child that’s going to be at school or just picking up on our anxiety, these events can cause a lot trouble for our furry friend’s well-being.

Thankfully, there are some surefire techniques that can not only help your pet through these transitions, but help make them a healthier, happier pet.

Routine, Routine, Routine

One of the biggest factors that give our pets the back to school blues is the change in routine. This could be anything from waiting longer for their nightly walk or waking up earlier. The most important thing to…

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B Vitamins and Dogs – Which Ones Do They Need?

For humans, it is imperative to find the right balance of the necessary vitamins and minerals in your diet. A vitamin deficiency can cause several health problems. Likewise, too much of any one vitamin can cause other problems. The same holds true for your dog. A vitamin deficiency or excess can cause skin, coat, muscle and bone problems, as well as many other issues. Some of the most important vitamins that your dog can get in his diet are from the B family. But, which B vitamins are necessary for great canine health?

The B Vitamin Family

The B-complex vitamins are water-soluble and are constantly being flushed from your dog’s system. As a result, it is very important that your dog replenishes the levels of B vitamins in his body. Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6 and B-12 are necessary for skin, coat, muscle and bone health. Signs that your dog may be dealing with a B-complex deficiency can include lack of appetite, lethargy, and unexplained weight loss. Other signs of a B vitamin deficiency are hair loss, skin flaking and peeling, diarrhoea or constipation, increased thirst, and excessive urination.

Dietary Concerns

The most reliable way to ensure that your best friend gets the right balance of vitamins and nutrients in his diet is to feed a high quality food each day and avoid table scraps and human food. You should also choose a dietary supplement that provides the right combination of vitamins and minerals to keep your dog healthy. One of the best supplements on the market is NuVet Plus. NuVet Plus contains a perfect balance of all of the B vitamins that are necessary for canine health. Vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6 and B-12 are combined with several other vitamins and minerals to deliver the best in nutrition to your dog with each dose.

NuVet Plus Is Here to Help

NuVet Plus is specially formulated to meet the dietary needs of all dogs, and is water soluble to ensure that your dog doesn’t receive too much or too little of any one vitamin or nutrient. For more information on the entire line of NuVet products, including a list of ingredients, check out the NuVet site. You can also place an order online or call and speak to a representative. Your dog deserves the very best in health and nutrition, and NuVet is committed to helping you provide this.

Trifecta: Guilty Pleasures

Originally posted on Gone for a Walk:

This week’s trifecta writing challenge required us to incorporate the following word into a story under 333 words in length.  click the Trifecta badge to go to their site and check out other submissions, or submit your own!

MANIPULATE (transitive verb)

1: to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner
2a : to manage or utilize skillfully
b : to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage
3: to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one’s purpose : to doctor
I’ve been thinking a lot about just how processed food is, lately.  Quinoa in a cookie = healthy cookie, no matter how many other, unpronounceable ingredients it has, and it is amazing what you can do to eliminate the health benefits of kale (and make it…

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jadesmith460:

Loved the article on training a fearful dog. So sharing it

Originally posted on Fearfuldogs' Blog:

I returned home yesterday from a multi-day workshop on training birds at Natural Encounters in Florida. Watching and learning from the best bird trainers on the planet (and that is not hyperbole) was inspirational along with educational. One of the take-aways for me was new language to use when talking about training, any animal.

Many of the participants at the workshop were zoo keepers. People working with animals who have the potential to injure or kill them, i.e., large, wild animals, use the term “protected contact” to describe training in a setting in which the animal can’t touch you. At first glance it looks like a set-up designed with the human’s safety in mind, but it also provides the animal with the information that the human can’t get them either.

The first step we need to take when working with a fearful dog is to provide the dog with an…

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does your dog drink responsibly?

Originally posted on Have dog blog will travel:

Cici is not a big fan of peanut butter. So it should not have surprised me that she spit out the peanut butter packed pretzel treats, I ate them :-)  she drank the Bowser Beer with her kibble and seemed to enjoy it. She looked at me at first like what the heck is this? There is a chicken and duck one and a beefy hearty blend of this no hops beer for dogs. When I first heard about beer for dogs, I thought, what root beer for dogs. But the company seems to be responsible and the beer is different, fun and refreshing. Or so Cici told me.

She’s not a big fan of water so to have another liquid for her kibble is a plus. And since it is flavored with meat, hey, it’s a winning combo.

Am not a big beer drinker myself, or a drinker period…

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new world, new life, new questions, and, as always, a cat

Originally posted on Eel Creek Chronicles:

If our embarrassed government decided to inaugurate Obamacare for pets, it could only aspire to operate on the caliber of the megapharmacy I’m now dealing with to procure Coolidge’s new prescription.

My veterinarian has researched thyroid formulations for Coolidge’s sensitive skin, and, based on past experience, decided to use an out-of town compounding pharmacy that features free overnight shipping. It’s an online megapharmacy serving humans and pets nationwide. All I had to do was call in my payment info so the pharmacy could have Coolidge’s prescription to us tomorrow.

I dutifully called the pharmacy this morning. I listened to the recorded menu instructions until finally I qualified to do something. I pressed “0” because I am a Pet Owner.

Twelve minutes of obnoxious wait music later, I began to wonder whether I was going to be making a free overnight call. But finally a friendly human voice displaced the muzak…

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