How to Create the Right Eating Habits for Your Dog or Puppy

Two-dogs-diningIt’s essential that your dog puppy learns proper table manners if he is to become a good house-dog. This includes learning to give up his food to you without a struggle. He must also learn not to take food that does not belong to him. Training your puppy both aspects of table manners early on will prevent aggression over food or eating or not eating at the wrong time. Since both aspects go against the dog’s natural instinct, they are necessary lessons to learn for him when he lives with humans. It is often necessary for dogs to be trained against their natural instincts or they can become aggressive and even threats to their families.

When it comes to feeding time with your puppy, make him sit and put the bowl down. If he stands up, take the bowl away again, say “No” and tell it to sit again. Once he is sitting and the bowl is on the ground, then say to him “OK” and allow him to eat. What you are doing is teaching your dog or puppy that you will give permission when he is to eat. It may take a while; nothing conscious will get through for the first few weeks, but something is definitely getting absorbed.

In about a month or so, your puppy should have no problem waiting for the “OK” signal. While you are teaching him restraint, occasionally add food to his bowl while he is eating using your bare hand. If he growls when your hand comes near his bowl, say “No!” and take away the food. Feed him again at his next scheduled mealtime.

Once every other week, when he is in the middle of his meal, call his name to get his attention or say “No!” and take away the bowl. If he does not growl, add a treat to his meal and return the dish immediately, followed by saying “OK and “Good boy”. Once your dog or puppy allows hands near his bowl, accepts the removal of his food and waits for his “OK” signal on a constant basis then congratulations! You have been successful in communicating to your dog that he does not have to protect his meal as he would have in the wild. You have instilled in him (or her) that you determine what and when he eats and that you are the ‘leader’. You will find feeding to be a lot easier (he won’t develop ‘fussy food syndrome’) and he will also have more respect for you in other areas. Not only that, but your dog will be a lot happier too as it understands that you will lead him and make decisions for him, which is what all dogs, as pack animals, want their ‘leader’ to do.

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The Truth About Meat in Petfood

whatisinyourdogfoodWith the bewildering array of pet foods available these days, one of the best ways to assess the quality of a particular brand is to look at the meat used. There are two things to look at in particular:

  1. the quality of the meat source
  2. the amount of meat in the actual food.

Unfortunately, a pretty label is no guarantee that the food you feed your dog is doing its health any good. ‘Junk food’ is just as prevalent in dog food as it is in human food. And just as with you or your children, if you feed your dog a constant diet of junk food over a period of time, you are going to end up with health problems.

The first step to evaluating the quality of the food is to look at the ingredients on the label. However, you need to have an understanding of what the ingredients actually mean, as the terms used to describe them are far from straightforward.

Here are the most important things to be aware of when looking at the meat content (and therefore the quality) of a dog food brand.

1. Make sure the first ingredient on the list is a meat source. Petfood ingredients must be listed in order of weight before processing. If the first ingredients in a brand are cereals, grains or anything other than a meat then you can be sure you are not giving your dog much nutrition. Foods without meat as the first ingredient are often called the ‘junk foods’ of the pet industry.

2. Make sure the meat is from a named animal and not just called ‘meat’. ‘Meat’ can mean it comes from just about anywhere and can even be harmful. Only use a food where the actual type of meat is named, such as chicken, lamb or fish.

3. Avoid by-products. By-products are the parts of the animal that are everything BUT the meat. They can include feet, beaks, intestines – all of the animal that is left after the meat has been stripped from the carcass. Although high in protein, they are not quality ingredients and are best avoided.

4. Favour a food that uses named meat in ‘meal’ form. Chicken or lamb ‘meal’ is simply the meat that has been dehydrated before the food is made. That means that there is a lot more actual meat retained in the food after it has all been dehydrated than there is where the meat is only dehydrated as part of the final processing. Thus, the difference between ‘chicken’ and ‘chicken meal’ is that they are both ‘only’ chicken meat, but there is about four times the amount of actual meat in the final food in the ‘meal’.

Once you understand these things, it is not hard to see the huge differences in pet foods, and how to choose a quality one over a ‘junk’ food.

Did you know that all formulas of Pro Pac and Earthborn Holistic Grain Free:

  1. have meat as the first ingredient
  2. have a named meat (chicken, lamb or fish) as the meat source
  3. have NO by-products of any kind
  4. use ONLY meats in meal form

It’s one of the many reasons they consistently rate as amongst the best foods on the market and are not only good for pets but extremely tasty too!

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5 Tips For Training Dogs Successfully

dogtrainingTraining a dog or puppy is not difficult. All that is needed is patience, dedication and some simple tactics and you will get great results.

Here are five top tips on how to train your dog or puppy successfully:

  1. Have only one person be responsible for training the dog initially. This is to prevent your dog getting confused and so that they can learn to recognise commands easily. If too many people are trying to train the dog at the same time this can stop progress in its tracks.
  2. Use positive reinforcements. If the dog does something good, you should reward this behaviour. If the dog cannot understand or follow your commands, never push him. Dogs are of course not as intelligent as humans; they will make mistakes. However, you should also realise that your dog or puppy won’t easily understand your commands in just one teaching, It takes repetition to train a dog successfully. Do not scold or punish your dog as he might develop fear. This will hinder his learning and willingness to be trained. You can use treats in order to encourage your dogs, although don’t overdo it.
  3. Teach commands just one at a time. Try to teach your dog or puppy one command after the other. If he cannot absorb it, try to stay on that command only because adding additional commands will just confuse the dog. Start with the basics.
  4. In executing commands, you should keep your voice cheerful so that the dog will happily follow your commands. Dogs will respond to a low and coaxing voice. If you shout or talk too loudly or aggressively, he may become startled and unresponsive.
  5. Train your dog in various locations. This allows your pet to adjust to different environments and to new people and situations. Take him to the park, the beach or through the neighbouring streets. This will help your dog associate with other dogs and people.

Training your dog can sometime be tough, but it will be worth it. And after all, in the end, you will actually be the one to benefit when your dog is fully trained. Having a well trained pet in your life not only increases the enjoyment of dog ownership it also has a positive effect on your stress levels.

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