FIRST FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE DOG TREATS AT HOME0

Two firm doggie favorites. And then a few pointers for readers on how to make dog treats at home. And then it’s time for dessert. This is for all the guys and girls who are going to be making homemade dog food for the first time. If you are one of those guys or girls then you have been feeding your dogs packaged foods; tinned, mushy, pulpy food that passed for protein and/or  meat. But it was nothing of the kind.

You were also feeding your dogs biscuits after been falsely fed the lie that these were good for your pets. They are not. They never were. The real meal deal remains the holistic truth. Holistic dog food for all breeds essentially includes the same philosophical ingredients that hold true for us humans. Not only is all food au naterel, all natural goodness is sealed solid. The secret is not just in the organic ingredients but also in the way you prepare the natural ingredients.

Chicken and vegetables

All dogs love chickens. Give them the chickens that they would love to be chasing around in the barnyard. Free range chickens, in other words. Not those battery chickens that you will find in giant refrigerators at your local supermarket. Make your dogs proud and take a stand against the cruelty being meted out against little chicks that never see a ray of sunshine during their entire life. And in many cases, these chickens are already being slaughtered from a young age.

Try and source boneless and skinless alternatives. That way you avoid feeding your dog bone splinters and there’s less fat in these breasts. You could buy the fat free alternatives, but perhaps many of you won’t be able to afford this. It’s a tad more expensive than the regular pieces. The vegetables here are carrots. And then there’s also legumes in the form of red beans and kidney beans. I am not in favor of adding tomatoes because there might be too much acid, something that could harm the dog’s stomach.

Beef

What dog doesn’t like beef? All dogs love meat. Meaty goodness is even better now that you have those free range options. Not only that, and it’s the same for the free range chicken products, organic meat packs are free of chemicals and bacteria which does more harm to your much smaller pets than it does to you.

Pointers

Guys, cooking is really easy. If you’ve never cooked in your entire life, do not fret. You will learn in next to no time. You can kill two birds with one stone. Only you won’t be killing birds as such. Cats with nine lives kill birds. That’s why your dogs chase their feline rivals away. While you are cooking your own food for the evening, you can prep Fido’s food as well.

Also, you can prepare several meals in one go. That way you save time, energy and more money. You can freeze doggie’s food. But just remember, when the food is defrosted and ready to be warmed up, make sure that the temperature’s not piping hot. Make the food moderately warm. Otherwise you could harm your dog’s stomach lining.

And when you are preparing your dog’s chicken and meat, make sure that you have diced or cubed its portions into small, bite sized chunks, commensurate with the size of your dog. Dogs don’t really chew like cats do. They still tend to gulp their food down like there’s no tomorrow, so be careful with this.

THE BEAUTY OF K9’S0

This blog is all about how to take proper care of your best-loved pet. Yes, that’s right folks; your domestic dog is still very much man’s best friend. The smaller varieties, like the fluffy white Maltese Poodle have generally turned out nicely to be little old ladies’ best friend on lonely winter nights. But there is no finger pointing or cultural targeting or class consciousness going on here. All this opening introductory message is saying in regard to this blog on dogs is that it’s wonderful to note that there are so many varieties of canine species available out there to take care of every whim of every man or woman, no matter how different they are in size, personality or culture.

But this blog is not about you. It’s about your beloved pets. It’s an introduction to help inspire you towards taking better care of your best friends. Let the rest of this page serve as a mouthwatering feeder of what you can expect to read further on by way of short summaries. But for now, we won’t be looking beyond our next two planned articles. At this point in time, you are also most welcome to add your own contributions and feed us with your suggestions on doggedy issues that should be discussed.

  • Proper care of dogs – Just a few pointers are being brought up here. And these are just commonsensical basics, so there can be no excuse for saying that I do not know what to do. If you have not already done so, do get your dog to the vet for at least its annual check-up. Do make sure that your outdoor yard space is large enough for the dog to roam about in, particularly if it’s a larger than normal dog. And apart from feeding it right, do give it some TLC throughout the day, no matter how busy you seem to think you are.
  • Dietary requirements for dogs – There is always time for love where dogs are concerned. After all, what have they been trying to do for you these last few years? Now, we do feel compelled to bring up this topic on essential feeding requirements for dogs at this stage because we do feel it has been neglected for far too long. Make a note that there has been a new emphasis towards feeding your favorite canine pet only natural food this time around. It is also a good time to ditch those dried food and canned varieties.
  • Healthy habits between man and his dog – Please, folks, do not leave your poor old dog or young, vulnerable puppy to its own devices. Now, really folks, if you all profess to be dog lovers then this next little daily exercise should be one of the most joyful moments of your day. It is even more of an occasion for your dog. Simply put, do take your dog for a good walk each and every day.

Not just that, but try two or three walks a day. Dogs need to be out and about in any case. It is part of their natural habit. Out in the wild, they are at it all day long, aren’t they? And these walks; it’s quality time for you and your best friend.

THE BENEFITS OF A NATURAL DOG FOOD DIET0

This short article would like to specifically address the important essentials of feeding your canine pet correctly. Again, it is a generalized overview of what needs to be done, but there is something a little different being added this time around, especially for those who still consider themselves to be new dog handlers. Much like the need for humans to focus on organic produce and free range protein sources in their healthy daily dietary requirements, there is a new emphasis being made to only feed your dog natural dog food.

So this post on healthy nutritional requirements for dogs focuses all attention on what to look out for where natural alternatives to feeding your dog are concerned. Because this topic is rather lengthy, not all interesting information can be included at this time, only some brief notes. So, do yourself and your best-loved pal a favor and do this. Take the above article heading and insert it into your search engine field, and then see what additional information you can come up with.

And so for the next few lines, our focus will be on what to avoid in the strive to feeding your dog as naturally as possible. To simplify your reading and information we’ll simply banner our bullets on what to avoid when sourcing food from the supermarket or specialized pet store retailer with this big and bold statement;

AVOID THE FOLLOWING

  • Generic meatsGeneric meats for dogs include meat meal, animal digest and animal by-products. You can also pick these up by defining them as named proteins and fats. In essence, when you source such poor quality (and often cheaper) pet foods, you will never know entirely what true ingredients have been added. Nevertheless, you will see these clearly on the product packs that you pick up in your store. Poultry fat is considered to be healthy enough for the dog. It is also rather tasty. Also, it forms part of your new paradigm in regard to only feeding your dog natural food.
  • Gluten meal – Gluten meal comes mainly in two forms, namely corn gluten meal and wheat gluten meal. These ingredients, as it turns out, are entirely unnecessary and are defined deviously as filler ingredients. These fillers have been deviously designed to falsely boost protein deficiencies in poor quality processed dog foods. Importantly, rice protein concentrate (rice is not good for the dog in any case) and soy protein are part and parcel of the same inefficient and harmful protein filler modus operandi. The jury is still out on this one but the argument goes that the avoidance of gluten meal does not necessarily mean that you need to exclude all grains, especially those deemed to be organic, from your dog’s diet.
  • BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin – BHA is butylated hydroxyanisole, while BHT is butylated hydroxytoluene. These confusingly-named ingredients (just remember the acronyms for now the next time you need to source packaged dog food) are essentially artificial preservatives which do the canine’s health no added turn of good. Quality dog food with the new bent of only using, or using as many of it as possible, natural ingredients, try as far as possible to avoid such ingredients.

Those with cats in the house may also be interested to know that fish meal, also to be avoided, includes ethoxyquin in its toxic mix of ingredients. Ultimately, what it all boils down to is this. Feed your dog (and cat) as naturally as possible and you will be avoiding the above-named ingredients. In regard to sourcing your meat-based proteins, try as far as possible to use free-range ingredients. That way you will be ensuring that your dog’s diet is as free of bacterial content as possible.

Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, really. Plenty more information on the internet if you’re interested, as you should be.

 

 

PROPER CARE OF DOGS IN GENERAL0

Hi. We hope you enjoyed our introduction to our general dog blog in which we gave you a brief outline on how we would like to approach the matter of proper care of dogs in general.  Now, this short post takes care of a few important factors, all generalized to make it easy on your tired eyes. These are the critical areas you need to be focusing on in regard to your dog’s long-term health and welfare. It must also be said that there is no one size fits all approach here and there is an encouragement to you to take extra time out to extend your reading and research on dog care essentials in relation to the specific breed in your kind care and custody.

  • Dog care essentials – That being said let us start with the last point raised in our opening paragraph. Consider the size of your dog and consider its quirks. Think of it as though you were buying new toys and accoutrements for your growing toddler. Do get your dog a decent kennel that will be sufficiently warm for it during the winter months. Prep its living environment up with a neat little silver bowl or two for its food and water. Give its already attractive looks a stunning new sheen with a grand collar. But do make sure that both collar and leash, yes, leash, you and your pet dog will be going for long walks together; fit your dog’s throat comfortably. It must never be tight.
  • Reading and research – No-one, not even us, can profess to know enough on what needs to be done to safeguard the welfare and care of our dogs. Not all of us have ready access to an accredited and accomplished veterinarian specializing in canine breeds. So to compensate and accomplish our goals, we can always rely on the internet, not so. Here, we are not just talking about similar contributions as is the case with this general overview on proper dog care, but the true experts in their field. Most urban canine vets have their own websites up and running with additional information that can only be of use and help. Then there are the legendary dog breeding societies and associations that provide you with many links to other areas which may be of specific interest to you and your breed of dog.
  • Long-term canine health basics – if you’ve already over-extended yourself, positively speaking of course, with the above suggested reading and research, then perhaps this little bullet is not entirely necessary. But, of course, such vital information on taking extensive and proper care of your pet needs to be repeated for emphasis. The most important point that we’d like to make in this regard is to try and get your dog to the specialized vet at least twice a year. As far as we can tell, once a year no longer cuts it. Perhaps even a third visit could extend the healthy life of your ageing dog. Understandably, most pet lovers have grace concerns over the expense that such vigilant action could incur. Today, you can sign up for an affordable pet medical aid, would you believe.

Well, that about it, really. The general basics have been covered. Now, it’s up to you that you make sure that you follow through on these, if you haven’t already done so. Of course, there’s much more where that came from and no amount of internet reading will be enough when it comes to the welfare and care of your dog.

Two purebred dogs (border collies) in the background of the platform for training dogs.

BELONGING TO A DOG CLUB

I’m breaking this post down into a few important themes. It’s mostly a motivation that I’m leading on to here. I don’t know if the AKC actually has a record of this, but of the two hundred and eighty million American citizens, how many of them have dogs. And of the number that do own dogs, I wonder how many belong to dog clubs, of which there are quite a number right here in Chicago. … Read more →