Monday, April 11, 2016

5 Pet Friendly Ways To Go Green

With Earth Day approaching again, it’s time to reconsider and revamp your green practices. As a proud pet parent, you may be wondering how you can get your furry friend involved in supporting the environment. 

In honor of Earth Day, Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM, shares her best tips with us:

The Scoop on Poop- Use biodegradable bags when cleaning up after your dog. A regular plastic bag can take decades to decompose; whereas a biodegradable bag will begin to breakdown in just a couple of months. For cats, consider using an environmentally friendly litter such as one that is plant based or made from recycled newspaper.

Feeding Close to Nature- Dr. Carol is a major advocate of feeding your pet an organic, home-cooked meal. All natural meals benefit your pet’s health in exactly the same way that it benefits yours. The environment and your pet’s health will benefit from cutting out kibble all together. A homemade diet decreases personal cost, wasteful production of packaging materials and harmful chemical processing, while increasing your pet’s overall nutrition and the environment’s well-being.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Train Your Dog With These Simple Tips!

By Aly DelaCoeur

There are many different things you can spend your time training your dog to do.  It all depends on what is most important to you.  What I do know, however, is that positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to teach dogs to do just about anything.  Below are some of my top training tips on how to get a reliable recall from your dog of commands and how to set them up for success.

Start your training sessions with luring the dog. It is the fastest and easiest way to train. An example, while teaching sit, hold the lure by the nose and slowly raise it up and over the dog’s head to get their butt to lower.  However, make sure to remove the lure after about 6-12 trials so it does not become a bribe.

Dogs learn through association. Because of this you want to limit your movement to the hand prompt to avoid your dog picking up on a different movement. Your tone of voice can also influence what your dog learns.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Take Action Now: Ask the U.S. Sentencing Commission To Get Tough On Animal Fighting!

While participating in animal fighting has been a federal felony for years, this brutal form of cruelty is still occurring in every part of the country. One would think that convicted animal fighters would serve significant time behind bars…but that’s not always the case.

Federal law allows this crime to be punished with prison terms of up to 5 years, but the current federal sentencing guidelines categorize animal fighting as a “gambling offense” and suggest a base level sentence of only 6-12 months. In reality, about half of the people convicted of animal fighting in federal courts get only probation, and fighters who do get jail time receive an average sentence of 6 months. That's just not enough.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tips for Boating With Your Dog

There’s nothing more fun than bringing a four-legged friend along on boating trips. Most dogs love the water almost as much as they love being with their people, but before heading out into water, consider a few of these simple tips for bringing a dog on a boat and keeping a canine companion safe and happy aboard the boat.

Purchase a doggie life jacket
Even if your dog isn’t a natural swimmer, a life jacket will provide peace of mind for everyone. Canine life jackets are made of high-floatation neoprene or nylon, and they feature reflective trim, rescue handles and leash rings. If your local pet supply store doesn’t carry pet life jackets, check out West Marine, Outward Hound, Overton’s, L.L. Bean or SwimOutlet.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Why Your #BestDogEver Deserves Merrick Classic Dog Food

Photo Credit: Katelyn Sullivan
This post is sponsored by Merrick Pet Care and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping create awareness around the Merrick Classic Refresh, we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Merrick Pet Care is not responsible for the content of this article.
It's been about a year since I first started feeding Django wholesome with no artificial ingredients. In that time, her ear infections have lessened significantly. I find it astounding how removing unnatural ingredients from a food can kick-off a quick turn-around of lifelong symptoms. I shouldn't be so surprised because I see in in my own daughter who must remain adhere to a natural, preservative free diet, and now I see it in my furry daughter. Django not only had recurrent, painful ear infections, she also had patches of dry, itchy skin on her underarms and tail. I tried every cream imaginable but nothing truly helped until I took the artificial ingredients out of her diet.
It wasn't easy at first because you all know how incredibly picky Django can be, but I gained experience from adopting a natural diet for Kate. Having a picky dog begin eating a new diet is always a challenge, and although I haven't tasted them, I can tell from Django's reaction that not all dog foods offer the same taste (and they certainly do not offer the same ingredients).
Photo Credit: Katelyn Sullivan
Merrick Classic is vastly different. From the day the box arrived at our doorstep, Django was itching (no pun intended) to get the box opened up. I didn't even tell her the box was for her; she sniffed through the thick cardboard and straight in the Merrick aroma. She wanted me to open that box now. I was working so couldn't get to it immediately but as she kept pawing at the box and whining, I had to stop writing and attend to her. She wanted some immediately, which you have to understand is something she never does.