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Month: June 2017
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A worrying proportion of dogs in the US are overweight or obese, and like in humans, this is largely down to their diet. As powerful as those puppy-dog eyes can be, remember that you’re in control of what your dog eats, and ultimately, the state of their health. A lot of dog owners manage to fall into various bad feeding habits over the years. Dropping the following ones could work wonders for your pooch’s health.
Leaving Their Dry Food Out All the Time
The habit some people call “free feeding” is filling a dog’s bowl with dry food, and letting their dog eat it as and when they want, then filling it up again when it gets empty. Many people think that this is harmless, reasoning that the dog will stop eating when it’s had its healthy fill. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Wild dogs are scavengers, and their domesticated cousins are naturally inclined to eat whatever food they can, whenever they find it. You really can’t depend on your dog to watch what they eat, and put a cap on the dry food they eat when they’ve got a seemingly endless supply! By giving them a free license to overeat, you’re upping their risk of becoming overweight and obese. Start giving them a set amount each day. They’ll stop whining soon enough!
Giving Them Too Many Treats
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Obviously, you want to let your dog know how much you love them. However, showering them with treats isn’t the healthiest way to do it. The simple fact is that treats carry extra calories, which your four-legged friend could usually do without. Sure, you can eliminate some of the fat, salt and additives from their diet by getting the best natural dog treats on the market, and treats are an excellent motivator when you’re trying to train your dog. Still, you need to be mindful of just how many treats you’re tossing to them. Those bone-shaped biscuits might be small, but they can add up quickly if you’re not paying attention to them! If you’re not keeping their treat intake in check, try phasing out some of those treats with other rewards, such as petting and play time. If you’re squeezed for time, you can also use food puzzles to reward them, and keep a cap on their calories at the same time.
You Always Feed Them from the Table
Tossing your dog scraps from the table at dinner, very occasionally, is relatively harmless. However, if you’re doing it every evening, all those extra little morsels could send them on the fast track to excessive weight gain, and ultimately obesity. Aside from that, the food you’re giving them may have come into contact with certain human foods that are poisonous to dogs, such as raisins, chocolate, and garlic. No matter how much they whine and beg, or how adorable their big, shiny eyes are when they look up at you, stay strong! Make sure everyone in the household drops this bad dog-care habit, and soon enough your pooch will get used to the idea.
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If you’re a dog owner, chances are you’ve glanced enviously at someone else’s perfectly behaved dog before and wished that your dog would stop jumping up, trying to eat everything, and sniffing the crotch of everyone within a five mile radius. Training your dog can be hard work – but here are some tips to help.
Go To Obedience Classes
First of all, obedience classes are absolutely worth a try. Not only will they teach your dog to do things like walking without pulling on its leash, but they’ll also teach you how to be a better dog owner. The main key to it is patience and repetition – you might get bored and irritated but that’s the only way to make sure your dog learns over time that certain actions have consequences, whether that’s sitting down and behaving perfectly and getting a treat, or jumping up at someone and not getting a treat. Obedience classes are also excellent if you want to try to socialise your dog a little more. One of the most important things about your pet is that they don’t alarm people by barking loudly or being aggressive towards other dogs, so it’s important that they get used to being around other people and pups.
Work On Tricks At Home
After your obedience classes, make sure that you continue that good work when you go home. No one’s saying that you have to teach your dog to dance like some incredibly well trained dog on a TV talent show, but it is important to make sure that you maintain their good work by being as consistent as possible all the time. When you’re out on walks with your dog, make sure that you have a pocket full of treats so that you can reward them for walking well. When you’re practising calling your dog when they’re off their leash, make sure you do it in an enclosed location – you don’t want them to run off, after all, but it is important to work on their recall as much as possible. It’s also a lot of fun to work on tricks at home using dog training collars – teaching your dog to roll over, sit and shake hands is a great way to spend time together and to make your dog a treat for other people to be around.
Spend Time Together
Finally, the most important thing is to build a strong bond with your dog. The best way to do that is by spending as much time with them as possible – check out local places that allow dogs, particularly over the summer where you can relax on terraces with your canine pals. It’s also a great idea to take them out to dog parks so that they can socialise with other dogs and so that you can meet new dog owner friends. Let’s face it, people who love and own dogs are pretty much uniformly friendly and sociable – it’s a great way to meet new people and find out good places to socialise your pup.
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Breakfast, we are told, is the most important meal of the day. It’s not difficult to see why, either. This is the meal that will send us through the day, give us energy to get going, and finally be able to rouse us from our sleeping state.
We may know this, as adults, and even if we don’t feel hungry, it’s enough to make us force some decent food into our mouths. But kids? Kids might reject breakfast entirely – and they’re unlikely to be reasoned with.
The reason for this is fairly simple. Some children and people genuinely don’t feel hungry in the morning; their systems haven’t quite had the chance to wake up enough yet to get the digestive juices flowing. Some adults, despite knowing how important breakfast is, still can’t quite force themselves to eat in the morning – so imagine how kids feel!
Nevertheless, skipping breakfast for kids isn’t a good idea. Their energy is all the more likely to crash, which can be particularly problematic if they’re in the middle of a school lesson at the time. There are a few ways to combat the morning inappetence, so why not give one of these a try and see what works for your reluctant child?
#1 – Make Breakfast Taste Good
A bowl of bran flakes might be a good idea in terms of nutrition, but if you’re not hungry… well, do you really think your mind would be changed with a bowl of what tastes like cardboard? Probably not. So try and make breakfast appetizing and interesting to look at; berries with yogurt is a great option which you can easily pick up at a grocery store to experiment with.
#2 – Ensure They Have Food When They Need It
If breakfast is a no go, then it’s important to add something to their lunch box that they can eat before lunchtime. This should be something nutritious and protein rich; think nuts or vegetable snacks rather than candy or chips. If you cooked something warm for breakfast and it’s been rejected, you could always pack them off with the leftovers in containers like these Thermo Boutique lunch boxes, which are particularly appealing during the cold winter months.
#3 – Get Them Up Earlier
It’s not the most attractive proposition (especially for parents who like their lie-ins too!) but one way of combating morning inappetance is by getting up earlier. This means that there’s more time for them to wake up and feel properly hungry, as their digestive systems have time to rouse themselves. It might not be the most welcome advice you have ever heard, but it might just work!
The best way to begin a routine of getting up earlier is to do it very gradually. Five minutes at a time is a fine way to progress, slowly moving backwards in small increments. An extra half hour in the mornings should be able to make all the difference. Try and maintain this pattern on weekdays and weekends, too – it’ll make it much easier to maintain and ensure they get the nutrition you know that they need.