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social cuesGood morning ,

I hope you are all doing well .. it’s Friday and some of you will be heading out with your dogs to take part in various weekend activities,. so I wanted to chat with you for a minute about your dogs before you head out..

I am often asked to help people train their dogs to be more social with dogs they meet on the street and in the dog parks instead of being a loner and avoiding play..

This is what I think about that..

It is unfair to ask our dogs to like and play with every dog they meet..

Take a minute and think about how we go about our day..

We may pass hundreds of people during the course of a day..but we only interact with a few of them.. we say hi to a couple of friends at the local coffee shop..and say thank you to the check out clerk..

But if we are being honest,..

Many of them really freak us out..

We are social with everyone,..we nod and smile,..and hopefully we don’t attack anyone.. lol

We behave in a socially exceptable manner.. but we don’t care to chat or get involved with everyone..

Dogs are much the same..some dogs they like..others they don’t ..and to try to force them into interactions with strange dogs is a recipe for disaster..

I expect my dogs to be social ..and not attack any dogs..but I don’t expect them to immediately like and go play with strange dogs..

It’s for this reason that I don’t go to the dog park..there are too many strange dogs..that may or may not have any social training..

I prefer to get to know any dog that is going to interact with my dogs..and their owners as well..that way I can be reasonably sure my dogs are going to have a happy and fun-filled romp with their new buddies..

If you have questions about this or any post, please write me in the comments and I would love to chat with you more..

Have a great weekend..and try not to attack anyone ūüôā

All the best,

Harley

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dog eating

Sometimes we just assume that our dogs are getting the nutrients they need to be healthy, feeding them as we have always fed our dogs, with a bag of food we got off the shelf at our local grocery store. Sadly¬†that assumption can lead to your dog’s early death. I decided to help you answer the question of ¬†what should you feed your dog?

The reality is, your dog has very specific nutritional needs¬†that are a lot like ours. If you don’t fulfill¬†them, your dog can have digestive issues, or even get sick.

Giving your dog scraps from the table is not good for your dog, most things are high in the kind of fats that will only make your dog overweight and do nothing for his health. It is best to never give your dog our food, and keep the fat content to a minimum.

In the wild a dog would get nutrients from fresh kills, berries, roots, grass, and small insects like grasshoppers. Unfortunately store-bought dog foods do not have a balance of these thing so it is important to supplement your dog’s diet.

If you are using a dry corn-based food I can tell you it is not doing the job. You will need to give your dog some chicken or beef to ensure they are getting enough protein, organic is best to reduce the amount of ¬†chemicals your dog is ingesting.¬† Even though dogs are carnivores they can benefit greatly from some vegetables and fruit, like apples in their diet. The best advice is to consult with your vet to make sure you don’t give your dog fruits that may harm him.

Fish is good, as long as you make sure there are no bones in it. Eggs are also a good source of protein and the kind of fatty acids that are good for your dog’s health

You should only feed your dog twice a day, and depending on the size of your dog, 1-2 cups per meal is adequate to maintain a healthy dog. Giant breed dog’s may require a bit more. Additionally, you should set regular times to feed your dog, don’t just fill the bowl and leave it on the floor, this will only encourage your dog to eat more, thus gain weight.

Make your dog work for his food, have him do some obedience training, go for a walk first, or provide mental stimulation, by making him sit and wait before he eats.

These are just some tips on what you should feed your dog, and I have only scratched the surface, I hope this will encourage you to read the labels on the food you buy for your dog, or better still, do some research on how to cook nutritious  foods for your dog.

Make a conscious effort to learn more about what it is you are feeding your dog, and understand that it does have a direct effect on how long and well they will live.

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