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Pittie Patter, Issue #001 -- Whats up plus a 2 Minute Treat Recipe to Share with the Dog
June 04, 2012
Bonz and I are getting used to Minnesota and I am amazed at the amount of parks and walking trails here. So far we’ve only frequented three nearby and my son’s dog Kurby is a great walking buddy.
While I work with him to ignore other dogs, I understand his behavior since he's been attacked more times than I can count and had to be stitched up twice.
Since another dog's attitude could lead to trouble I stick to parks and trails where dogs are leashed. This is good for Bonz but good for me as well. We BOTH need to learn to be at ease because if I'm nervous, that tension travels right down the leash into my guy.
What’s sad for me is there is a great park just 2 miles away that's awesome. It has at least six miles of trails but there’s a lot of off leash dogs there. I don’t mind off leash. I mind out of control. What I saw there were dogs running amuck while owners chit chatted and ignored their dogs.
If one did call their dog, it ignored them.
Seems to me, if your dog doesn’t come when you call him, you should keep him on a leash. If he races up to my dog, jumps on him and gets a bite because he doesn’t know dog etiquette, you should work with your dog instead of blaming everything on mine.
Of course since I have a pit, I must keep him out of any situation that might add to the ridiculously bad reputation this great breed has attached to it.
I wish more people would understand dog behavior and practice a little dog behavior modification.
After all, good manners start at home. A good example is what a very reputable dog rehabilitation expert taught me down in Buford, Georgia. Something I'd not not considered until I read this tip about correcting dog behavior.
What's New at Three Little Pitties?
I'm excited to report I recently I had a very interesting interview with Dana Scott from Dogs Naturally Magazine.
I liked her answers and I think you will too. For instance, how can kibble and can dog food be scientifically formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of our canine kids? While I am certainly opinionated about the subject, she brought something up entirely different than when I wrote Dog Food Manufactureres and the Big Lie.
And if you could choose just one way to improve dog health in your household, would you choose human grade food, pure water or exercise? Dana's answer gave me a slap my forehead moment.
And if you have any question about dog vaccinations, Dana has something important to say you really don't want to miss. You can read the interview at Three Little Pitties Natural Dog Health.
Dog Health Tip
Consider cutting back or stopping vaccinations. Have you ever questioned the value of dog vaccinations? If you haven't, it's time you should and here's why.
While we have been taught that vaccines protect against illness, it is becoming more apparent that they in fact create illness. Of course none of us want to believe that, especially after getting those little reminder cards from the vet and shelling out the money for boosters because we love our dogs.
If you do believe in vaccinating dogs, ask yourself this. Why would we repeat vaccines yearly for our pets and not for humans and why do we vaccinate for diseases that our dogs will likely never be exposed to?
Homeopathic Remedy of the Month - ThugaThuga, which is also spelled Thuja is my hero this month. If you must vaccinate your dog because of where you live or because your dog must spend time at a kennel when you are away, then this is a remedy you should keep on hand. Given at the same time or right after a vaccination, it will help the body deal much better with the invading forces of the vaccine! It also helps eliminate those funny little wart like things you keep wondering about.
You can pick it up at your local health food store for about $7.00.
Dog Food Review
Today I'm going to talk about guts. Not ours or our dogs, but the feeding of them. I'm talking offal. I bring this up because I've met some raw feeders out there who just don't get the importance of this nutritious stuff.
Offal is not awful and here is a list of what offal is: liver, hearts, gizzards, tongues, brains, tripe (stomach lining),intestines and all that creepy sounding stuff. If your dog doesn't get a little each day then he should get it as a whole meal once a week. Why?
It is highly nutritious and offers different health benefits than meat. Organ meat should be about 10% of a healthy dog diet.
Let's take away the fact that we may not be used to eating it in our culture so the idea or the look of it seems somewhat nauseating. I don't know about you, but I was brought up eating calves liver once a week because of the nutritional value and my mom also cooked chicken hearts and gizzards which I found pretty yummy because no one told me it was icky.
My poor dogs miss out on tripe (green tripe is especially nutritious) because I've never had it. If I find green tripe though, I swear I'll buy it, no matter what, because my common sense says its gotta be wonderful.
If you have access to healthy organic grass fed cow tripe or intestines they have got to be incredibly good and chock full of nutrients. Not only from the organ itself, but any partially digested matter would be at peak absorption rate for our dogs.
Even if you haven't jumped on the raw meat bandwagon for your dogs, try giving them a little offal once a week and see what they think.
Healthy Dog Treat Recipe
I almost forgot the recipe! This is going to look really good after the discussion of innards.
Ah, the dog days of summer are approaching and I thought you might like a healthy, super quick treat recipe you can share with your dog. Naturally sweet with potassium and probiotics, this just takes a minute to make.
Recipe of the Month – Summer Smoothie
In your blender liquefy:
Now you have a healthy smoothie. You can make it thinner or thicker as you desire or even freeze it as a popsicle for slow eating out on the patio on a hot summer day.
For more healthy dog treat recipes, visit canine cookies
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