Archive for May, 2023

  • Jealousy In Dogs

    Many dog owners have seen their dogs’ showing signs of jealousy. Professional dog trainers actually use jealousy as a training tool by removing unresponsive dogs during training and allow dogs to watch their handlers working with another dog. A lot of dog owners observe their dog’s display of jealousy when their owners interact with other dogs, family members or friends.  

    A Dog’s Jealous Behaviors May Include: 

    • Biting / Snapping
    • Barking
    • Growling
    • Whining 
    • Getting between his owner and other objects
    • Behavior towards an object or thing you’re interacting with
    • Pushing extra attention from you

    Behaviors that Really Need to Be Watched Include: 

    • Aggression. Any kind of biting to gain the attention over a person, pet or object is a bad sign. 
    • Accidents inside. Since our dog can’t talk to us, they express themselves through their physical actions. They know going to the potty inside is wrong, yet it will get your attention.  
    • Aggressive growling or howling. 

    Signs of Possessive Behavior 

    Your dog may be showing possessive behavior if they do the following: 

    • Growling
    • Snapping
    • Excessive whining
    • Attacking another pet or person

    Understanding a Protective Dog

    If your dog is overly protective, it may be because that’s their natural instinct. This reaction may seem aggressive if your dog perceives you are in danger. Sometimes protective instincts can get confused with jealous or possessive behavior. 

    Your Dog is Protective if They Do the Following: 

    • Focuses on another animal, person, or situation
    • Give their full attention to the scenario
    • Calms down and backs down after no threat is found

    The key difference between a protective dog and a possessive dog is the relaxing and backing down part of the equation. A possessive or jealous dog doesn’t typically back down, and his behavior remains consistent.

    Changing Problematic Behavior

    Be patient. First, you’ll need to use positive reinforcement and reward your dog when they act the way you want them to. If your dog comes in between you and another person, try ignoring them. If your dog keeps getting in the way, get up and move to another space. The ignoring and or not reacting to what they are doing will help your dog know their behavior is not working to get your attention. 

    The Three Main Tips 

    • Don’t verbally communicate with to them when they do this
    • Don’t touch them or push them away
    • Don’t make eye contact with them

    Your Dog is Doing This to Get Your Attention.

    By not showing them attention while they do this may deter them from continuing the behavior.To stop your dog’s jealous behavior early in life, consider trying the following ideas: 

    1. Avoid showing too much attention to one pet over another.
    2. Train your dog to feel safe, secure, and relaxed in their crate.
    3. Make a separate feeding area for multiple animals. This way they are not competing for food.
    4. Reward your dog when they’re exhibiting good behavior.

    We need to remember; our pups are living creates that have real emotions and feelings. Your pup loves you and wants your attention, similar to a child. It is important to always remain patient with your dog and train him using positive reinforcement. It is also crucial to begin training at a young age as puppies are more prone to learning while their brain is developing. Although older dogs are able to be trained, the process may take longer and be more challenging.

  • Homemade Dog Treats Your Pup Is Going to Love!

    Homemade dog treats come with a variety of benefits. For one, you know the ingredients in them. They are also less expensive than commercially produced dog treats. They are also something fun to make! Before feeding your pup anything that he normally does not eat, it is always recommended that you check with your veterinarian first. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Below is a list of our favorite homemade dog treats that we think your pup will enjoy!

    Baked Chicken Treats

    For a quick and easy treat, consider this homemade baked chicken dog treats from Eileen Anderson. Using a basic pyramid pan, this recipe can make about 500 small treats that your dog will drool over. After being baked, you can refrigerate or freeze the treats.

    Treat Ingredients:

    • 1 10-ounce can of chicken, including liquid
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup tapioca flour
    • cup of white flour
    • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

    Baking Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. Blend chicken and eggs in a food processor.
    3. Pour the mixture into a bowl, and stir in flour and oil. This batter should be a little thicker than pancake batter but still pourable.
    4. Spread the batter onto the silicone mold on a cookie sheet, making sure it’s in the holes, and then scrape it off the dividers.
    5. Bake for 12 minutes.
    6. Once cooled, turn over the mold and dump the treats out.
    7. You can bag up the treats and refrigerate or freeze them.

    Homemade Bacon Pyramid Pan Treats

    Is your fur-legged friend a fan of bacon? If so, this simple recipe by Michelle Taylor will be a hit. With four basic ingredients, this is a great homemade treat for beginners.

    Treat Ingredients:

    • package of bacon
    • 2 eggs
    • 150 grams of gluten-free flour
    • Water to thin

    Baking Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. Blend the bacon and eggs.
    3. Add flour. Stir in water if the batter needs to thin.
    4. Smooth the batter over the baking mat and bake for eight minutes.
    5. Once cooled, cut the treats into bite-sized pieces.
    Peanut Butter Dog Treats

    Peanut Butter Dog Treats

    Almost all dogs love the creamy and sweet taste of peanut butter. If your dog is a fan of it, give these treats by Eileen Anderson a whirl! 

    Treat Ingredients:

    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • cup peanut butter powder
    • cup white flour
    • cup tapioca flour
    • cup water

    Baking Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. Mix the ingredients until smooth.
    3. Pour the mixture into the pan.
    4. Bake for 12 minutes or until the treats are soft but still drawing away from the side of the pan.
    5. Once cooled, stretch the pan and dump the treats out.

    Cheese and Sardine Pyramid Pan Dog Treats

    Looking for a protein-packed treat for your pup? If so, this cheese and sardine dog treat is the answer. 

    Treat Ingredients:

    * 1 can of sardines

     * 2 eggs

     * 150 grams of grated Parmesan cheese

     * A handful of roasted vegetables

     * 75 grams of tapioca flour (or plain flour)

     * Water

    Baking Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 320F.

    2. Blend all the ingredients in a blender to make a thick batter. Add water as needed to make it thicker.

    3. Smooth the mixture over the baking mat and bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy.

    4. Once cooled, cut into small pieces.

    Cheddar-Apple Dog Biscuits

    This classic one is from Martha Stewart and is a combination of cheddar and apple. 

    Treat Ingredients:

    • 2 cups barley flour
    • cup old-fashioned oatmeal
    • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil

    Baking Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients and about 3 tablespoons of water to form a dough. Roll out the mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap to -inch thick. Remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with a 3 -inch bone-shaped cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
    3. Space biscuits 1 inch apart on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
    4. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack. Turn off the oven and place the biscuits on a wire rack in the oven overnight. Remove from the oven and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

    We think your pup will love these tricks, which are all healthy sources of nutrition. As mentioned earlier, always check with your veterinarian before feeding your dog anything new.