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Healthy Dog Treats: What To Look For, What To Avoid

Providing a treat is one way that many Pack Leaders enjoy rewarding their pups — whether for learning a command, maintaining calm-submissive energy, or simply being a good companion. While many Pack Leaders spend time selecting the right dog food, you may be less choosy when it comes time to selecting a treat — after all, it’s just a little something special to enjoy now and then, right? Unfortunately, these treats can sometimes lead to health issues, such as obesity, particularly when the treats selected are fatty and chock full of empty calories. That’s why it’s important to do your

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All About Dogs

Tricks For Treats: Training Your Dog With Food

Food is a powerful motivator for dogs — which is why it can often be very effective for obedience training. You are asking your dog to complete what may be a complicated task for her — understand a verbal or visual cue and then perform a desired behavior. This may seem straightforward and simple to you, but dogs don’t communicate this way in nature. By harnessing the power of something that is very primal to them — food — you can make learning the task much easier for them. Here are a few tips for how to approach food-oriented obedience

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Fatal 8: Fruits And Vegetables Your Dog Should Avoid

You probably already know some of the foods people eat that can be dangerous for dogs, such as chocolate, but you might not know that a number of seemingly healthy fruits and vegetables should be avoided as well. Here is a list of eight different types of produce that can be toxic food for dogs. Grapes, raisins, and currants They’re a great human snack, but grapes and raisins are one of the most dangerous types of foods your pup can eat. Consuming as few as four grapes or raisins can cause irreversible kidney damage to a 20-pound pooch. Within hours

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Alimentos De Consumo Humano Recomendados Para Perros

Tratamos de mantener nuestras mascotas en sus dietas apropiadas para perros, pero a veces no podemos resistir darles un bocadillo humano. Si deseas recompensar a tu mascota con un tentempié, asegúrate de elegir los alimentos que sean seguros para estómagos caninos. Aquí están algunos alimentos de humanos “aprobados por perros”: 1. La manteca de cacahuete. Una golosina favorita de muchos caninos. No sólo es una buena fuente de proteínas, pero también contiene grasas saludables para el corazón, vitamina B, niacina y vitamina E. Mete la mantequilla de maní en un juguete del tipo Kong para mantener a tu perro ocupado

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Dennis The Dieting Dachshund

Brook Burton has always had dogs in her life, and when she was still in high school, even joined a dog rescue with her mother in Columbus, Ohio. She currently has two dogs, Freddie, a 12-year-old miniature schnauzer/terrier mix, and Dennis, a 6-year-old Dachshund. Brook’s pack Freddie weighs in at a svelte 10 pounds, 4.5 kilograms, but when Brook rescued Dennis in June, 2013, he broke the scales at a whopping 56 pounds or 25 kilograms. His former owner, a relative, had overfed him a constant diet of unhealthy human food, including pizza and burgers. He could barely walk a few

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All About Dogs

Understanding Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs

Just like you, your dog is an omnivore, which means that he can eat any kind of food. For better or worse, that means her needs are a bit more complex than, say, your neighbor’s cat. In order for your pup to have a complete, balanced diet, she needs to eat and drink foods that contain the six nutrient classes that are fundamental to maintain her health. What are these six classes? Good old H20 You’ve heard that water is life, right? Well, that’s just as true for your dog as it is for you. If you have an adult

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Dog Vitamins And Supplements

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler Do you take a daily multivitamin? You may wonder if your dog can benefit from one as well. In fact, some estimates say that around one third of dogs receive supplements. Much like in humans, vitamins help a dog’s body to function properly, regulating everything from digestion to muscle growth. They’re crucial to maintaining your dog’s health, and a deficiency of a particular vitamin can cause health problems, which can sometimes have serious and long-lasting effects. But here’s the good news: most pups are probably getting what they need from their dog food. Most pet food manufacturers

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All About Dogs

Dog Nutrition: A To Z

Can something as simple as carefully reading a dog-food label add three to five years to your pet’s life? Can the wrong bite of an ostensibly healthy fruit have nasty and lasting consequences? Does your dog need a diet—and would you know if he did? For pups as for people, scientists are constantly re-examining and revising the official live-longer-and-better guidelines. Apples All the stuff in apples that makes them nutritional powerhouses for humans (fiber, vitamins A and C, omega-3 and -6, antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols) works wonders for Rover, too—with a few exceptions. The seeds contain a form of cyanide, which

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Dog Friendly Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a tasty treat for your dog, made even tastier — and more budget-friendly — by supplementing it with less (human) desirable cuts of meat. Organ meats are inexpensive and can be an important component of your dog’s diet. If you feed a homemade diet, up to ten percent of your dog’s meal should include organ meats: liver, kidney, gizzards, and tripe. These may not be at the top of the list for human shoppers, but they’re very popular with dogs — and they’re an important nutritional source. Liver: This is a great source of vitamins A and B,

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All About Dogs

Hydrate Your Hound For Health

Have you replenished your dog’s water bowl today? Water nourishes, cleanses and hydrates all living creatures on earth, including our canine companions. Dogs, like humans, are made up of nearly 80 percent water. Without enough of it, they can suffer — or worse, notes Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, who is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s school of veterinary medicine in Philadelphia. “Just like people, most of a dog’s body is made up of water,” says Otto, “And so it’s absolutely essential for every function of his body. A dog

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