New trends in dogs pop up faster than most can even keep up with. I'm not sure this should be put in the "new" category, as it's been around a long while, but I am willing to bet that there aren't a large amount of dog parents out there who have tried Reiki on their pups. Reiki is a natural healing method used to clear energy in your dog that could be contributing to bad behaviors, emotional or physical conditions. It's often used on overly fearful dogs, formerly abused dogs, arthritic dogs, dog recovering from surgery and overly medicated dogs. Reiki is belived to greatly reduce stress and restore balance in your dog through a trained person's (Reiki Master) light touch in key locations on the dog's body. People claim to see results in one to four sessions. If nothing else it certainly looks interesting and relaxing!
This past Tuesday, HBO aired a piece on "Real Sports" called "Unnatural Selection" which sent the purebred dog community into an uproar. The segment shined a light on the often overlooked poor health and breeding being done, and the purebred people had a response (see below).
Notice when it comes to the part about why the AKC does not require health screenings from breeders or in dog shows (5:09), the man in the video says if breeders simply "follow the breed standard" you automatically have a healthy dog.
*The American Kennel Club has a program called "Breeder of Merit" which is SUPPOSED to reassure you that a particular breeder is ethical and doing all they can to produce dogs that are healthy through screenings for their particular breeds being produced.. Unfortunately, participation in this program is completely by choice and in no way mandated by the AKC. Also, once a breeder is named in the program, they appear to possibly negl…
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup water
Mix ingredients together to form a soft dough. Roll out dough to about a 1/2 inch thickness and form treat shapes with a cookie cutter or by hand. Bake in 350 degree oven between 20 and 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes and then store in an airtight container. They should stay good for about a week.
This one will bring the tears! It's a book full of very touching letters written from humans to their beloved dogs. This is a great gift for any dog lover in your life. It's beautifully put together with stunning photos of the dogs being written to. I just love it! It's one of the best dog books I have read. It will touch your dog loving heart! In this book you will find other passionate dog parents who are just as much in love with their fur kids as you are, and absolutely see them as family. It has inspired me to write letters to both of my pups. It gets my highest of recommendations!
I love Victoria Stilwell's positive philosophy when it comes to training and working with dogs. Here she is sharing ideas on how to keep your dog from being bored, and therefore anxious, destructive, loud, reactive and sometimes uncontrollable.
Food- Many foods that seem perfectly harmless, can be very dangerous to your dog. Keep your dog away from the following foods:
*Garlic (safe in small amounts)
*Broccoli (safe in small amounts)
*Xylitol (found in sugarless gum, some candies and some cookies)
*Chocolate (see HERE for what to do if your dog eats chocolate)
*Cherry, peach, apricot and apple pits
*Fat trimmed from steaks (trouble for a dog's pancreas)
*Cooked bones (not poisonous but they can splinter when cooked)
Antifreeze- Car antifreeze is lethal for dogs. Don't expect that your dog will turn it's nose up to if it ever gets close. Vehicle antifreeze smells and tastes sweet to dogs and they are very likely to lick it up. Even a small taste can be fatal. It is crucial to bring your dog to the vet immediately if you believe he has ingested antifreeze.
Author Ted Kerasote has written such a heartwarming story in his new book, Pukka's Promise. He has done an astonishing amount of research around dog health and presents it in this book alongside his fun stories living life with his dog, Pukka. I have found myself laughing, tearing up and overall just totally wrapped up in each chapter. Some chapters left me shocked, and others left me feeling very sad and even a bit ashamed of not knowing better. I consider myself a responsible and caring dog parent, how could I not know more about all that Kerasote presents?
Kerasote's first dog, Merle, sparked his interest in the topics he writes about. Merle passed away at age 14, and Kerasote felt dogs were capable of longer lifespans than 14, even though we've started to think of 14 as a "good old age". Two years later came Pukka. Kerasote's careful research presented in this book starts in his two year search for Pukka, and takes you through all of the health re…