Selasa, 31 Mei 2011

How to Feed a Boxer Puppy

How to Feed a Boxer Puppy

For a boxer puppy, good health starts with good nutrition. Boxers may look intimidating, but they are an affectionate, friendly breed. They are intelligent, easily trained and playful. The boxer is very devoted to its family and makes an idea watchdog, and they are also one of them most commonly owned breeds in the United States. Boxers are a sturdy breed with only a few major health concerns. When they are well cared for, they can live up to 10 years.

Instructions

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    Purchase dry puppy formula food that has meat as the first ingredient. Common meats are chicken, lamb and beef. Boxer puppies need extra protein to grow, and meat is the healthiest source of this protein.

    2

    Feed your boxer puppy a puppy formula food for at least one year. Puppy formula has the extra protein and nutrients that your boxer needs to grow healthy. Your puppy will burn extra energy as it grows, and it can get this energy from puppy kibble.

    3

    Check the food package label for suggested daily feeding amounts. This is a guideline to help you determine how much your puppy needs to eat, based on its weight (which will change as it grows; boxers weigh up to 80 pounds when full grown). Follow this guideline to avoid overfeeding and weight-related health problems.

    4

    Create a feeding schedule for your boxer puppy. Give it three to four meals a day to start, and switch it to two meals (one in the morning, one in the evening) per day as it gets older. Try to feed your boxer at the same time every day. It will appreciate the stability and consistency, and staying on schedule will help regulate your pup's digestive system.

    5

    Pick the food dish up off the floor when your puppy is done eating, or after about 15 minutes. Don't leave a full dish on the floor for your puppy to pick at all day. This will contribute to overfeeding and unhealthy weight gain.

    6

    Give your puppy treats and snacks if you like (especially while training). The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends that treats make up no more than 5 percent of your boxer puppy's daily nutrients.

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    Ask your boxer puppy to perform tricks or basic commands to earn its meals. For example, have it sit and wait patiently while you prepare the food. Don't do this until your puppy has at least a basic understanding of a command. Mealtimes can become an extra time to reinforce your boxer puppy's training, especially since boxers love being rewarded for hard work.

Is Chicken Liver Bad for Dogs?

Is Chicken Liver Bad for Dogs?

Chicken liver is an ingredient of many dog foods and treats. It can also be cooked or dehydrated as a snack that most dogs love. While it isn't inherently bad, there are some considerations to consider when feeding your dog liver.

Significance

    The liver is the part of the body that filters and stores excess toxins before they are released from the body. As such, chicken liver may contain small amounts of toxins.

Features

    Chicken liver contains significant amounts of protein, fat, and vitamin A. In moderation, these are good supplements, but when too much is administered, a dog can suffer ill effects.

Effects

    Hypervitamintosis A is the most common side effect of too much chicken liver. This can manifest as anorexia, weight loss, deformed bone structures or excess bone growths on the spine and legs. It is occasionally fatal.

Prevention

    Chicken liver should comprise less than 10% of your dog's meat consumption per day to ensure that your dog is getting all of the health benefits without the ill effects.

Expert Insight

    Speak with your veterinarian before starting any type of supplement to your dog's diet.

How to Make Recipes for Your Own Dog Food

Understanding dog nutrition is key to coming up with homemade dog food recipes that are both healthy and tasty to your dog. Another key factor is knowing what you cannot feed your dog. A few items that are dangerous and can even be fatal to your dog are avocados, onions, mushrooms and citrus oil, which can be found in human food items. Dogs need a diet that is composed of 40 percent protein, 30 percent vegetables and 30 percent starch. These will be the main food groups you will choose from when creating a new recipe.

Instructions

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    Make a list of the meats your dog likes to eat. Make sure they are ones he can actually have. Do not give your dog a lot of liver since it is not good for him.

    2

    Make a list of vegetables your dog likes. If you've never fed your dog vegetables before, now is your chance to experiment and see which ones he does like. Be sure and exclude onions and mushrooms because these are not good for your dog.

    3

    Make a list of the starches your dog likes. Again if you've never fed your dog brown rice, pasta or oatmeal, you will have to experiment to see what he likes.

    4

    Choose one meat your dog likes, one or two vegetables and one starch. Think about what would taste good to you mixed together and then try one of those combinations.

    5

    Cook your meat, vegetable and starch separately. Mix them together. Once the mixture cools and is just warm, have your dog do a taste test.

    6

    Write down on an index card or in a notebook the recipes your dog likes.

Bad Eating Habits of Dogs

Bad Eating Habits of Dogs

Just as humans sometimes have bad eating habits, a dog can also develop bad habits when it comes to foods. There are a wide range of habits a dog might develop, depending on the dog and the environment in which the dog lives. Habits form for different reasons, but once it is a habit, the owner might have a challenge trying to break the habit.

Dumpster Diving Habit

    Some dogs form a habit of taking items out of a trash can and eating from the trash. This is not only a bad habit that the dog forms, it also can be life-threatening to the dog if he eats chocolate or something not healthy for a dog. To eliminate the habit sprinkle baking soda over the trash before bed or at the time when a dog has a habit of getting into the trash, according to a Good Morning America report. The taste will discourage eating from the trash later.

Counter and Table Food Stealer

    While smaller dogs are not large enough to steal from the counter or table, larger dogs can form a habit of stealing food. Eliminating the problem varies depending on the situation, but typically preparing food in an area where the dog is not, or putting the dog outside in a yard while preparing food will eliminate the problem.

Refusing to Eat

    There are numerous reasons a dog might refuse to eat. For example, getting a large number of treats during the day, sickness or changing to a new food can result in a dog not eating. If the food is changed to something the dog does not like, change back to the original food or use the original food and gradually change to the new food by adding small amounts of the new food to the older food until the dog does not refuse the new food. If the dog does not eat due to receiving treats, cut back on the treats throughout the day. When there is no logical reason for the appetite loss, take the dog to the veterinarian for a health check.

Pica

    Pica is the habit of dogs to eat objects or items that are not food, such as clothing. One type of pica that is relatively common in dogs and is called coprophagy, or the eating of stool. The reason for the bad habit is unknown, but there are some ways to prevent it. For example, clean the yard so the dog cannot eat stool often or sprinkle hot sauce over any stool in the yard. Make a noise when the dog starts to eat stool or other items and give a toy when she stops.

Begging

    Begging is a habit formed from attention seeking. The dog wants attention, but owners interpret the sign as wanting food. After awhile, the habit is formed and begging becomes associated with food for the dog. Owners should not give food or attention when the dog starts begging. When the dog is no longer eating by begging, the behavior should stop. Owners should only give attention when the dog is not begging to avoid reinforcing begging behavior.

Senin, 30 Mei 2011

How to Feed Your Dog Human Food

How to Feed Your Dog Human Food

Many pet owners decide to give their dogs human food as a treat, a meal or as their sole diet. This decision should never be made lightly. The pet owner needs to make sure that the canine's dietery requirements are being met daily to avoid a weak immune system, obesity or upset digestive tract. Many human foods are actually good for dogs. They offer a wealth of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and minerals that aid the dog's overall health.

Instructions

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    Fifty percent of your dogs diet can safely be carbohydrates. Human grade grain sources are quite healthy for any canine and they tend to adore them. Plain cooked oatmeal is readily eaten by most dogs and a perfect source of protein. Millet is an excellent source of iron for dogs. A couple of slices of whole wheat bread are a wonderful source of carbohydrates for a dog. A large dog will require a great deal of bread but a small dog can easily eat two pieces mixed with a balanced diet of other ingredients and be perfectly content.

    2

    Feed the dog cooked eggs. Eggs are an ideal source of protein and most dogs adore a hard-boiled egg. Peel the eggs before you feed them.

    3

    Feed the dog lean cooked meats only. Turkey, lean beef and chicken are all acceptable. Cooked liver is also a treat that dogs adore.

    4

    Feed the dog vegetables which are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Cook peas, green beans, corn, broccoli and potatoes before feeding them to your dog. Carrots make an ideal uncooked snack.

    5

    Offer the dog fruits such as an apple slice, pear, or a strawberry. Most dogs adore fruits and will readily consume them.

    6

    Sprinkle a tablespoon of cod liver oil over the dog's food once a week. Cod liver oil is high in vitamins A and D.

Sabtu, 28 Mei 2011

Information About Feeding a Chihuahua Puppy

Information About Feeding a Chihuahua Puppy

If you've recently obtained a chihuahua puppy, you might be wondering what you should feed it. According to petchidog.com, chihuahua puppies are notoriously finicky when it comes to their diets; therefore, a little experimentation may be required on your part. However, there are a few bits of information you should know when it comes to feeding a chihuahua puppy.

Switch Foods Slowly

    If you've obtained the puppy from a breeder, pet store or shelter, there's a good chance it is already eating a certain brand of food. If you plan on switching the food to one of your liking, do so slowly. Abruptly changing your chihuahua puppy's food can cause intestinal upset and the puppy may reject the food. Petchidog.com suggests feeding the dog a mixture consisting of 75 percent of its current food mixed with 25 percent of the new food for a week. If the puppy tolerates this, add a bit more of your food and take away some of the current food until the puppy is eating half and half. After a week, make a mixture that consists of 75 percent of the new food and 25 percent of the old. During week four, add a bit more of your food until the ratio is about 7/8 new food and 1/8 old food. Finally, allow the puppy to eat the new food exclusively at week five.

How Much to Feed

    According to petchidog.com, a good rule of thumb when it comes to the amount of food your chi puppy should ingest daily is this: feed one ounce of dry kibble for every pound in body weight of your chi puppy. That is, if your chi puppy weighs 3 pounds, it should eat 3 ounces of food daily, distributed among several meals.

Dry or Wet?

    Puppy food comes in a variety of textures and consistencies, including dry, semi-moist and canned. Chihuahuapuppiesguide.com states that semi-moist food is soft to the touch and contains about 30 percent water, whereas canned food is 85 percent water. Dry food is hard, but contains the same nutrients that the wet varieties do. Wet formulas tend to cause a buildup of tartar and plaque on the chi's puppy teeth, while dry food helps keep them clean. Since the different types have their own benefits and disadvantages, it is best to consult with your veterinarian as to which might work the best for your puppy.

How Often to Feed

    According to petchidog.com, chihuahua puppies under 3 months old and that weigh less than 2 pounds should be free-fed, meaning they should eat whenever they want. After that, you should take away any food they don't eat after 30 minutes so that they do not come back to it and snack, which can lead to obesity. When the puppy is between 3 and 6 months of age, it should receive three to four meals a day. From 6 months of age to 1 year, the puppy should eat two to three meals daily. After that, feed your chi twice daily.

Which Food Is Best?

    It seems that everyone has their own opinion as to what brand is the best, but it is always a good idea to go with a well-known brand that produces high-quality food. According to chihuahuapuppiesguide.com, all high-quality brands will carry the Association of American Feed Control Officials--or AAFCO--"complete and balanced" statement on the bag. It is always a good idea to talk to your vet about which food she recommends. Start with a small bag or a few cans and pouches and see how your pup reacts. If it doesn't like it or gets sick, slowly try another brand.

How to Compare Large Breed Puppy Food

How to Compare Large Breed Puppy Food

Large breed puppies have nutritional requirements that may not be met by feeding standard puppy formula. Manufacturers now produce food specifically for the large breed puppy. Comparing different foods is not difficult if you look at ingredients, nutrient analysis and price. Your veterinarian may also recommend a suitable puppy formula.

Nutritional Requirements

    According to Iams, the growth rate from puppy to adult of large breed dogs is slower than that for smaller breeds. For this reason, they recommend a diet which promotes healthy skeletal development, with reduced calcium and a moderate dietary energy intake. This reduces the risk of lameness and poor bone conformation as the pup reaches adult weight.

Comparing Foods

    If we compare the nutrient analysis of two large breed puppy foods from Hills and Innova, some variation can be seen.

    Hills: protein 31 percent, fat 17 percent, calcium 1.2 percent

    Innova: protein 24 percent, fat 12 percent, calcium 0.9 percent

    Checking out the first five ingredients also shows variation.

    Hills: ground whole grain corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, liver flavor, dried beet pulp.

    Innova: turkey, chicken, chicken meal, barley, brown rice.

Price and Preference

    Having looked at ingredients and nutrient analysis, consider quality vs. price. Are the ingredients used what you would consider acceptable in quality? Is the price per meal reasonable? In the example above, Innova is a more natural formula, but you may be able to buy Hills at a lower price. Again, your veterinarian will be able to guide your decision.

The Best Dog Foods for Dogs

The Best Dog Foods for Dogs

Jumat, 27 Mei 2011

How to Feed a Dog With No Teeth

How to Feed a Dog With No Teeth

Tartar can build up on a dog's teeth as he gets older. It is recommended that dogs have dental cleanings annually to prevent tartar build up. Some dogs will lose a few of their teeth as they get older, or may eventually losing them all. This could be caused by lack of cleaning, poor diet and/or gum disease. It becomes difficult for a dog to eat as he loses his teeth.

Instructions

    1

    Add water to dry dog food. As your dog continues to lose his teeth you will need to purchase a softer type of dry food such as Bil Jac. You can also add enough water to the dry food to make it easier for the dog to eat without hurting his mouth.

    2

    Feed canned food to your dog if he is unable to eat softened dry food. If this causes diarrhea, talk with your veterinarian on how to help stop it. The dog may have to skip a meal or you may need to add a small amount of softened dry food in with canned.

    3

    Add water to canned food. For dogs that are having difficulty in chewing canned food, water may need to be added to soften it even more. Ask your veterinarian about adding baby food, yogurt, or cottage cheese to the canned food as well to add nutrition and flavor to the watered-down canned food.

How To Make Dried Dog Food

Although commercially available dog foods can be pricey, they're certainly not the healthiest foods for your pet. You can make this healthy dog food easily, and save plenty of money while you're at it. This recipe will give you 20 to 25 cups of dried dog food, which can be frozen until you're ready to use it. You'll appreciate the fact that only your good ingredients go into your dog's food, and you'll know how fresh it is.

Instructions

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    Mix the whole wheat flour, rolled oats, rice, dried milk and bone meal very well together and set aside.

    2

    Whisk the eggs slightly in a separate bowl. Blend in the melted lard or bacon grease. Add the milk, water, meat drippings, meat juices, broth or gravy. Mix all these ingredients thoroughly.

    3

    Stir the egg mixture slowly into the dry mixture a little at a time, blending it well following each addition, as a stiff dough begins to form. Add 2 to 4 cups of cooked shredded fish, fat or meat, if desired. Carefully fold in the cooked carrots and peas.

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    Grease two or three large baking pans well. Spread a layer of the dough into the pans, keeping it about -inch thick.

    5

    Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F. Bake the dough for approximately 45 to 55 minutes, or when it's lightly browned and begins to pull away from the sides of the pans.

    6

    Remove the pans from the oven and cool them thoroughly on racks. Break the dried dog food into pieces appropriately sized for your pet. Measure enough of the dog food for four or five days into airtight containers or sealed plastic food bags, and refrigerate.

    7

    Seal any remaining dried dog food in airtight containers or food bags, and freeze.

Kamis, 26 Mei 2011

Information on Iams Puppy Food

Information on Iams Puppy Food

Iams sells cat and dog food in over 70 countries and were the world's fourth largest distributor of pet food in 2008, according to a Petfood Industry Magazine report. Puppies have different requirements than adult dogs because they grow so fast, and unbalanced nutrition during a puppy's first year of life can do life-long harm. Iams sells both canned and dry puppy food, along with some gravies and treats.

Dry Puppy Food

    Iams sells several different formulas of dry puppy food in their Life Stages and ProActive Health product lines. Dinstinguished by bright yellow bags in the store, the formulas include small, toy and large breed kibble and their "Smart Puppy" line, which is fortified with (docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from fish oil. DHA is thought to promote better brain development and grow a smarter, more trainable puppy, according to Iams. All Iams puppy formulas have chicken as the first ingredient.

    Iams also sells "Healthy Naturals" puppy food. Also chicken based and containing DHA, they claim Healthy Naturals has "no added artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or fillers."

Canned Puppy Food

    Iams carries both beef and chicken canned food for puppies, which can be fed alone or as a complement to their dry formulas. It doesn't contain DHA, and comes in either chunk or ground consistency.

Time Frame

    Most Iams puppy food should be fed for the first 12 months of a puppy's life, at which time they can be switched to an adult formula. Iams has different guidelines for giant breed dogs, however. Since dogs that will mature to 90 lbs or larger grow more slowly, Iams recommends that these puppies get puppy food up to 24 months of age.

Amount to Feed

    Every puppy food label has a suggested feeding amount listed, but these are guidelines and not mandates and adjustment from the recommended amount may be necessary to maintain a puppy at its ideal weight and body condition. Most puppies from 8 to 20 weeks old will eat 3 or 4 times per day. From about 5 months of age onwards, puppies are ready to be weaned to twice-daily feedings. Exceptions may be giant-breed puppies who still have a lot of growing left at 5 month old, and very tiny dogs who often must eat more frequent meals.

Warning

    A young giant-breed dog may be under 24 months old and get pregnant, whelp and nurse puppies. Although the large-breed puppy formula is supposed to be suitable for giant dogs up to 24 months old, it is inadequate for pregnant and nursing bitches, according to the Iams website. Large-breed puppy food is lower in protein to encourage slow, steady growth. A pregnant or nursing dog requires high protein, high fat food. If you have a young pregnant dog, talk to your veterinarian about a suitable diet for her.

DIY Homemade Dog Feeders

DIY Homemade Dog Feeders

Dog feeders are a great invention that can save you time and ensure that your pet always has enough to eat. These can especially come in handy when you are away for a few days. There are many dog feeders on the market that work great but are also expensive. Fortunately, you can make your own dog feeder by using only a few items and by following a few steps.

Instructions

    1

    Remove all labeling from a two-liter plastic bottle and cut off the bottom of the bottle with a pair of scissors.

    2

    Wash the 2 liter bottle with soap and water to eliminate all residue from the inside.

    3

    Place your dog's rectangular food bowl against a wall lengthwise.

    4

    Invert the 2 liter bottle and place it over one end of the dog bowl and against the wall. Make sure the bottle is positioned so that the spout is approximately 1 inch above the bottom of the dog bowl.

    5

    Attach the 2 liter bottle to the wall by hammering 3 u-shaped nails into the the top, middle and bottom parts of the bottle into the wall. When food is poured into the 2 liter bottle, it will form a mound and automatically dispense more food as your dog continues to eat.

Benefits of Wheatgrass for Dog Digestion

Wheatgrass has many benefits for many different species, including canines. Because most pets don't consume vegetables or raw food, wheatgrass is a favorite among dogs. Plus, wheatgrass is nutritious and has many different vitamins, amino acids and minerals that dogs do not get from processed and cooked foods.

About Wheatgrass

    Wheatgrass contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are necessary for a dog's nutrition.

Digestion

    Wheatgrass contains enzymes that help digestion in dogs. These enzymes also help to metabolize nutrients. In addition, wheatgrass can also help prevent tumors from forming in the canine's digestive tract.

Natural Cleanser

    Wheatgrass is a natural cleanser. The enzymes contained in wheatgrass detoxify the dog's organs, especially the liver and intestines. It rids the dog's body of waste matter, therefore promoting a healthier, well-functioning digestive system.

Nutrient Distribution

    Because of the cleansing properties of wheatgrass, the dog's digestive system is distributes the nutrients it obtains from its food and from the wheatgrass.

Constipation

    If the dog is constipated, wheatgrass is an excellent way of easing the constipation.

Healthy Snacks for Dogs

Healthy Snacks for Dogs

It can be very tempting to feed your dog table scraps. You must resist this urge since much of what we eat is high in calories and fat. There are many natural and healthy snack options for dogs that can increase dental health and introduce more vitamins, minerals and protein to your dog's diet. Any new foods you decide to give your dog should be given in moderation so as not to accept his stomach.

Fruit

    Many of the fruits that you have in your refrigerator can be used as a healthy treat for your dog. Sliced apples, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, pears, mango and cantaloupe all make excellent snacks for a dog. Many of these are rich in vitamins, especially blueberries, that are a great addition to any dog's diet. Make sure to remove any seeds, especially apple and pear seeds, from the fruit pieces since they are poisonous to dogs. The natural sugar found in fruits, or soluble carbohydrates, gives your pet extra energy and is not a problem for dogs when given in moderation.

Vegetables

    Vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals for your pet and are a great addition to his diet. Carrots, broccoli, zucchini, green beans and peas all make healthy snacks for your dog. Sweet potato and pumpkin slices can also be given safely to dogs. Vegetables can be given to dogs raw or cooked, just be sure to thoroughly wash them off before serving.

Other Snack Options

    If you are out of fruits and vegetables there are many other snack options for your dog. Unsalted rice cakes or popcorn is a great crunchy snack choice for dogs. Chickpeas or cooked egg whites are a great protein-packed snack. Low-fat and thinly sliced meats, dehydrated or slow-cooked in the oven, will be a healthy snack any dog will love. Raw bones, such as beef, turkey or lamb, are an excellent chew snack that will also help your dog's teeth.

Snacks to Avoid

    As described earlier, table scraps should never be given to dogs as they are generally high in calories and fat. Cooked bones should also be avoided as they can cause intestinal injuries. Onions, chives, green tomatoes, grapes, raisins and chocolate should also be avoided as they are toxic to dogs. Stems and seeds from fruits should also not be given to dogs.

Selasa, 24 Mei 2011

What Is Natural Flavoring in Dog Food?

What Is Natural Flavoring in Dog Food?

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), there is no official definition for the term "natural." However, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), in its "Guidelines for Natural Claims," attempted to define how the word "natural" can be applied to pet food and its flavoring.

The Definition of "Natural"

    The AAFCO states that "natural" refers to pet foods containing no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Natural Flavoring

    Natural flavoring in dog food is what the FDA calls "digests." These digests are composed of "materials treated with heat, enzymes and/or acids to form concentrated natural flavors." To provide additional meat flavor, broth might be added. Whey is used for milk flavoring.

Artificial Flavoring

    Artificial flavoring is used rarely in pet food. When it is used, it is primarily to add a smoke or bacon flavor.

The "Flavor" Rule

    According to the AAFCO's "Flavor" Rule, dog food can be called "beef flavored" if that flavor is "sufficiently detectable." This can be accomplished by using actual beef or a combination of "meals, by-products, or various parts from the animal listed on the label."

Proprietary Ingredients

    Several pet food manufacturers do not disclose what the phrase "Natural flavoring" on their labels means because that information is proprietary.

Senin, 23 Mei 2011

How to Constuct an Automatic Dog Feeder

How to Constuct an Automatic Dog Feeder

Dogs and cats often need to be fed several times a day, especially at a younger age when their eating habits are still irregular. Automatic feeders are specifically recommended for diabetic pets that need constant access to food when their blood sugar gets low. You can construct your own automatic pet feeder with just a few simple tools.

Instructions

    1

    Set the box down so that the open or lidded end is on the floor. Use a hand saw or knife to cut a rectangular shaped hole out of one of the corners where one side reaches the bottom surface of the box. Angle the saw or knife so that you take about a 1-inch tall rectangle out of the bottom of the box as well as the side. The hole should be about 1 inch tall and 6 inches long.

    2

    Turn the box over so that the lid is upright and the cut corner is facing you. Place the trash bag into the box and settle the opening over the edges as you would with a trash can. The trash bag will ensure that any moisture from the food won't affect the integrity of the box.

    3

    Tear a hole in the trash bag where it meets the hole. Use tape to adhere all the edges of the trash bag's hole to the hole you cut in the box. The tape will ensure that no bits of plastic will get into the dog's food when exiting the box.

    4

    Place the cooking sheet underneath the automatic feeder box. Position it so that the feeder box sits at the back of the tray and leaves room for the food to spill out onto the tray in front.

    5

    Fill the automatic feeder box with dry food and tie the top of the garbage bag to keep moisture out. Close the lid of the box so that the dog will not try to access food from the top. Gravity will pull new food out of the hole as the dog consumes food in the tray.

How to Make Filled Dog Bones

How to Make Filled Dog Bones

Filled dog bones are a favorite treat of dogs, and they can be made at home for much less than the cost of purchasing dog treats at the market. They are also a great project for kids, with parental supervision. Honor your family pet with its own fresh baked filled dog bones.

Instructions

    1

    Combine 1 cup of white flour, 1 cup of wet dog food, and 1/3 cup of water in a large mixing bowl. Add more flour, if necessary, if the dough is too sticky to roll out. It should be the consistency of cookie or biscuit dough.

    2

    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Meanwhile, prepare a flat working surface such as a tabletop or cutting board by sprinkling with flour.

    3

    Remove the bowl from the refrigerator, and roll out the dough onto the prepared surface using a rolling pin. Roll until the dough is about inch thick.

    4

    Use a dog-bone cookie cutter to cut out as many "bones" as possible. Make sure you're left with an even number. If a dog bone cookie cutter is not available, you may try to freehand the shapes using a sharp knife.

    5

    Place a few tablespoons of shredded cheese, and some precooked bacon pieces, on top of half the dog bone pieces. This will be the filling for your stuffed dog bones.

    6

    Place another dog bone on top of each of the filled halves, and press with a fork around the sides to prevent the filling from leaking out. Use a bit of water, if necessary, to moisten and thoroughly close all the sides.

    7

    Place the filled dog bones on a large cookie sheet, making sure they aren't touching, and bake at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow the treats to cool completely before feeding to your dog.

Minggu, 22 Mei 2011

How to Compare Large Breed Dog Food

How to Compare Large Breed Dog Food

Dogs need quality nutrition to maintain good health. Large dogs have special needs due to their heavier weights and faster growth cycles. Choosing the right dog food can help to contribute to an active, healthy and long life for your large breed dog. Although quality food costs more, this will likely balance out, due to your dog needing less frequent trips to your veterinarian.

Instructions

    1

    Consult with your veterinarian about the best food for your large breed dog. Ask about the dog's nutrition requirements, determined by his age, activity level and breed. Request the names of several different brands to compare.

    2

    Determine if your dog has any allergies or special health concerns that will need to be considered when you compare the large breed dog foods. Dogs with allergies may be affected by wheat or soy in their food.

    3

    Visit your local pet products store. Health food stores are also a good place to shop for quality dog foods.

    4

    Check the labels for protein content. Large breed dogs need a food high in quality protein. Make sure the protein source is listed at the top of the ingredient list. These can include chicken, lamb, turkey, salmon and beef.

    5

    Scan the ingredient list to see if there are grains and corn listed. If they are included, they should be far down on the list. Often these ingredients are added as a filler. They pass through the dog's system quickly, causing frequent loose stools and offering little nutrition.

    6

    Look at the added ingredients. Many quality foods contain added vitamins and minerals to ensure that the dog is receiving balanced nutrition. Fish oils are added to maintain skin health and as an antioxidant. L-Carnitine is added for lean muscle development.

    7

    Establish that the ingredients in your dog's food are certified to be human grade. Cheaper dog foods will often use ingredients that are by-products and poorly sourced. Items found in poor quality foods can include: cellulose filler, corn cobs and carcasses of diseased or euthanized animals.

    8

    Look for glucosamine and chondroitin in the food. These supplements are added to the food to aid in joint health. Larger dogs are particularly susceptible to joint problems due to their heavier weight.

    9

    Determine the fat level in the large breed dog foods. Lower fat levels are desired to fuel the larger dog's energy needs without the added calories. According to Top Dog Foods, too much fat can lead to damage in a large breed puppy's fast growing bones.

    10

    Check the source of the ingredients in the dog food. The ingredients should be locally sourced from a manufacturing plant that undergoes regular quality checks for freshness and storage conditions. Ingredients obtained from sources outside the United States are often not inspected or subject to any standards or regulations.

Types of Dog Foods

Types of Dog Foods

Left to their own devices, dogs will feast on almost anything. This includes garbage, roadkill and other noxious items. Responsible dog owners make sure their pets eat nutritious diets suitable for their age, weight and level of activity. Be an informed consumer and read the ingredients on dog food packages or cans, and consult your veterinarian for advice on the best food for your particular dog.

Canned Food

    Canned, also called wet, dog foods are easy to store, with a long shelf life, but are ften more expensive than other types of food. Since canned food is 75 percent water, make sure it is labeled "100 percent nutritionally complete." Review the ingredients listed on the can and avoid brands with an abundance of by-products and fillers. Canned food is often mixed with dry food to give dogs the benefits of both types.

Dry Food

    Also known as kibble, dry dog food is the least expensive type of food overall based on volume. Eating dry food can aid in keeping dogs' teeth clean. Most brands are available in bags ranging from five to 50 pounds in size. This kind of food does not require refrigeration, although once the bag is opened, it should fastened tightly to retain freshness. Dry dog food prices vary and usually reflect the quality of the ingredients used. Read the label carefully and avoid products that contain too many fillers and by-products. High-quality dog food helps maintain optimum health, reflected in the condition of your pet's skin and coat.

Raw Diet

    Some owners prefer a raw diet for their dogs, as that is what dogs eat in a natural state. To follow this regimen, feed your dog raw meat, including organs. Bones may be included, but do not cook them. Consult your veterinarian on the suitability of a raw diet for your dog.

Home Cooked

    Everyone appreciates a home-cooked meal--even the four-legged members of the family. However, dogs should not just receive the leftovers from the human meal. Those who cook for their dogs know exactly what their pet is getting in a meal. Feeding chicken, turkey, liver, hamburger are a good place to start, and vegetables such as green beans may be mixed into the meat. Never give onions to dogs, as they can be toxic. Ask your veterinarian about the best foods for your dog if you decide to go the home-cooked route.

Sabtu, 21 Mei 2011

How to Cook Bones for Dogs

How to Cook Bones for Dogs

Bones are a healthy dog treat that clean and strengthen their teeth and keep them entertained. While there are many types and flavors of bones available at grocery and pet supply stores, you can also cook bones at home to give to your dog. The main purpose of cooking the bones is to kill off any bacteria that may cause stomach upset for some dogs, not to brown the bones. When cooking bones, choose large ones so that your dog does not swallow them.

Instructions

    1

    Go to the meat counter at a supermarket or to a butcher shop. Purchase the largest bones they have that are still whole. Some good bones to use are cattle, deer and elk bones.

    2

    Spread a layer of aluminum foil onto a cookie sheet or a shallow baking pan.

    3

    Place the pan into an oven set to 350 degrees F and allow the bones to cook until the tops start to dry out. This can take between 10 and 15 minutes depending on your oven.

    4

    Open the oven door and use a pair of tongs to turn the bones over. Re-close the over door and allow the bones to cook until the other side is no longer wet, but has not begun to turn brown.

    5

    Remove the bones from the oven and turn it off. Allow the bones to sit for one hour until they are room temperature before giving them to the dog.

How Much Food Do I Give Per Pound for My Dog?

How Much Food Do I Give Per Pound for My Dog?

Just as improper eating in humans can cause problems, not feeding dogs the right amount of food can lead to such problems as obesity and even discipline issues. A regular feeding schedule can also help you detect a change in your dog's appetite, which might indicate an illness.

Keep track of your dog's weight

    Use your dog's weight as the gauge for a proper feeding schedule. Be sure to weigh dogs that are still growing from time to time so you always have the correct weight to use as your basis. Monitor your dog's weight; if he or she is getting too heavy, cut back on the food intake, and feed more if your dog seems underweight. You can usually find a weight chart on your dog's food bag, but following is a good frame of reference to get you started with your daily feeding schedule.

    Adult dogs who weigh less than 10 pounds should eat 1/3 cup to 1 cup of food daily.
    Dogs that fall into the 11-25 pound category can expect 1 cup to 2 1/4 cups daily. If your dog weighs between 26 and 50 pounds, plan to portion out 2 1/4 cups to 3 3/4 cups of food into his or her dish daily. Larger dogs that tip the scale between 51 and 75 pounds should consume 3 3/4 cups to 5 cups of food daily, and those weighing in at more than 75 pounds should receive 5 cups to 8 cups of food each day.

    If you want a more precise measurement based on your dog's overall health, consult with your dog's veterinarian.

Stick to a regular feeding schedule

    Most dogs are satisfied eating once per day, but some larger dogs need to have their daily food amounts split into two meals, such as once in the morning and another in the evening. The important thing is to try to feed your dog at the same time each day. If you have questions about how much or how often to feed your dog, consult with your veterinarian.

How to Store Dry Dog Food

If you buy dry dog food in bulk, the food can go stale well before you get to the bottom of the bag. And storing dog food in the bag can invite mice and insects into your pantry. The solution is to get a storage bin to hold your best friend's food.

Instructions

    1

    Buy only as much food as your dog can eat in a month so the food stays fresh. This is a large bag of food for most dogs, but if you live with a dainty eater, buy smaller bags so your dog always eats fresh food.

    2

    Decide what kind of storage solution you're looking for. For small dogs, you can use a wall-mounted or store-and-pour dispenser. Larger dogs need large bins. If you have multiple dog food types to store, or if you have cats or other animals whose food you want to store as well, consider stackable bins as a space saver. As long as you can close the bin against insects and rodents, it can keep the food fresh.

    3

    Purchase a dog food storage bin large enough to hold an entire bag of food. You can visit a larger pet store, such as PetCo or PetSmart, to browse through their storage systems. Alternately, you can visit a number of online stores if you have something specific in mind. Beyond the major chains, good stores to begin with are PetFoodDirect and Greg Robert Quality Pet Supplies.

    4

    Buy a home storage container, such as a Rubbermaid bin, if you find the animal food specific bins to be too expensive. You can even use a garbage can with a tight fitting lid to store dog food.

    5

    Empty the entire bag of dog food into your new storage bin and seal the bin. If you don't use a dispenser, it's helpful to keep a scoop in your bin to dish out the food to your dog.

    6

    Stir the dog food when you add new food to make sure the bottom few inches of food doesn't sit in the bin month after month.

Jumat, 20 Mei 2011

How to Make Your Own Healthy Dog Cakes

How to Make Your Own Healthy Dog Cakes

Celebrate your dog's birthday or any special occasion in your furry companion's life with a homemade dog cake. While dogs may enjoy eating cakes intended for human consumption, these baked goods often contain ingredients which are dangerous to your dog's health such as chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts and sweeteners. Instead of risking a visit to the veterinarian or dealing with an unhappy dog with an upset tummy, bake a cake using ingredients that are safe and healthy for dogs to consume.

Instructions

    1

    Combine 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder in a large mixing bowl.

    2

    Melt one stick of butter or margarine in the microwave and add it to the mixing bowl.

    3

    Add 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and 4 eggs and stir everything together until the mixture resembles cake batter.

    4

    Stir the contents of a 4 oz. jar of baby food into the cake batter. This will give the cake flavor so select a baby food you think your dog will enjoy such as chicken and gravy or vegetable beef.

    5

    Spray an 8-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour the prepared batter into the pan.

    6

    Bake your healthy dog cake at 325 degrees F for approximately 30 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the dog cake comes out clean.

    7

    Remove the cake from the oven with a potholder. Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes.

    8

    Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan and invert the pan onto a serving platter or cake board. Lift the pan away from the cake, releasing it onto the serving platter.

    9

    Frost the cooled dog cake with a thin layer of natural peanut butter and decorate it with assorted dog treats or pieces of jerky.

The Best Commercial Dog Food Brands

The Best Commercial Dog Food Brands

Dog food comes in a dry or wet form and provides dogs with the nutrients they need to stay healthy. Be aware when purchasing your dog's food and read the ingredient label. Look for ingredients like rice, oats, barley, corn and specifically named meats. Avoid foods that contain dyes, corn gluten, soy and corn syrup. There are two dry dog foods and two wet dog foods that stand out in their quality and nutrition.

Orijen Adult Formula

    Orijen Adult Formula is a dry dog food manufactured by Orijen. It comes in three sizes: 6.1 pounds, 15.4 pounds and 29.7 pounds. The primary ingredients are fresh deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, russet potato and fresh deboned pacific salmon. The primary carbohydrate sources are russet potatoes, sweet potatoes and peas. This dog food contains no fillers and boasts a high protein content.

Natural Balance Ultra Premium

    Natural Balance Ultra Premium is a dry dog food manufactured by Natural Balance. It comes in five-pounds, 15-pound and 33-pound bags. The primary ingredients are chicken, brown rice, lamb meal, oatmeal and barley. The primary sources of carbohydrates are brown rice, oatmeal, barley, potatoes and carrots. This food only uses natural preservatives and there are no fillers or byproducts.

Newman's Own Organic Beef & Liver

    Newman's Own Organics Organic Beef & Liver is an organic canned dog food manufactured by Newman's Own Organics. It is only available in one 12-ounce size. The primary ingredients are organic beef, organic beef liver, organic beef broth, minerals, taurine and vitamins. This product qualifies as organic because 95% of the ingredients are organic and it does not include any grains or fillers. In this food, the main ingredients are meats.

Canidae Chicken, Lamb and Fish All Life Stages

    Canidae Chicken, Lamb and Fish All Life Stages is a canned dog food manufactured by Canidae. It comes in two sizes, 5.5 and 13 ounces. The top five ingredients are chicken, chicken broth, lamb, chicken liver and ocean whitefish. The primary carbohydrates are brown rice and alfalfa meal. This product is made for dogs of all ages and contain no dyes or preservatives.

Kamis, 19 Mei 2011

How to Make Chicken & Rice Ball Treats for Dogs

How to Make Chicken & Rice Ball Treats for Dogs

Dog owners can make delicious and nutritious food for their furry family members if they keep a few things in mind. Dogs have special diet restrictions that make some foods such as sweets and raw meat unsafe for them to consume. Like the other members in the family, a dog requires a quality diet to grow and stay healthy. Chicken and rice balls combine the protein, carbohydrates, fat and nutrients that dogs need. Consider introducing chicken and rice balls to the family's furry friends.

Instructions

    1

    Allow the ingredients to cool.

    2

    Mix together the chicken, carrots, rice and cottage cheese in a bowl. Stir until well blended.

    3

    Stir in chicken broth a few tablespoons at a time to help form the balls. Once the ingredients stick together, do not add any more broth.

    4

    Form the mixture into meatball-sized balls and place in the plastic container. The treats are ready to eat. Cover the plastic container with an air-tight lid and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve to keep the treats from spoiling.

    5

    Place any extra treats that do not fit into the container in freezer bags. Freeze for use at a later date. Make sure the treats are at room temperature before serving.

Rabu, 18 Mei 2011

Foods You Shouldn't Feed Your Dog

Foods You Shouldn't Feed Your Dog

No matter how high quality the food you feed your dog may be, your pup will always want to have what youre eating. Unfortunately, many foods that are good for humans are bad, or even deadly, for dogs. Some of the most dangerous foods are spotlighted here, but for a complete list, check out a dog reference book. If your dog eats any of the toxic foods, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Raw Salmon

    Of all the foods that are bad for dogs, raw salmon is one of the deadliest. Raw salmon often contains a parasite that is harmless to humans but causes salmon poisoning disease (SPD) in dogs. Among dogs, SPD has a 90 percent mortality rate.

Onions

    A dog that has eaten a whole onion or more than a cup of chopped onionraw or cookedis in danger of hemolytic anemia. This disease attacks the dogs natural immune system, killing the red blood cells that fight infection. Signs of hemolytic anemia include dark urine, rapid breathing, vomiting and lethargy.

Tomatoes

    The tomato plant and its leaves are most toxic to dogs, followed by green or unripened tomatoes and then by ripe tomatoes. The tomato plant or fruit can cause tremors and irregular heartbeat.

Grapes and Raisins

    As little as 9 oz of grapes or raisins is enough to make your dog ill. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea; then, within 24 hours of eating the grapes or raisins, the dog is likely to suffer from kidney failure. A pound or more of grapes or raisins is enough to kill your dog.

Chocolate

    Milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and bakers chocolate are all poisonous for dogs. A toxic dose would be 1 oz of milk chocolate for every pound of your dogs body weight, 1 oz of semi-sweet chocolate for every three pounds of body weight or 1 oz of bakers chocolate for every nine pounds of body weight. Increased urination, muscle tremors and rapid heart rate are signs that your dog is suffering from chocolate poisoning.

Which Vegetables Are Healthy for Dogs to Eat?

Which Vegetables Are Healthy for Dogs to Eat?

Sabtu, 14 Mei 2011

Why Won't Dogs Eat Black Olives?

Why Won't Dogs Eat Black Olives?

Animal welfare organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals issue lists of foods and plants that are harmful to pets. Foods that may not be immediately harmful, such as black olives, are overlooked, leaving worried pet owners with lingering questions about their safety.

Misconceptions

    It is incorrect to say that dogs in general do not eat black olives. Many dogs will consume items that pique their curiosity or smell pleasing to them. Just like humans, not every dog will find every item appealing.

Considerations

    Black olives are not inherently toxic to canines, but the spices and chemicals used in the production and preservation of olives can cause stomach upset.

Effects

    The high fat content of olives may lead to pancreatitis, a painful inflammation of your dog's pancreas that can, in rare cases, be fatal.

Solution

    While one or two olives will not harm your dog, it is best to avoid feeding her table scraps.

Benefits

    Olive oil, a byproduct of olives, can be beneficial to dogs who are suffering from dry skin. Occasionally veterinarians recommend this oil to improve skin and coat quality.

Jumat, 13 Mei 2011

How to Buy a Pet Food Dispenser

If you continually must enlist someone to feed your pet while you're on vacation, a pet food dispenser should be on your wish list. This gadget makes sure your dog or cat gets exactly the right portion at every meal. Some pet food dispensers can even feed your pet at timed intervals. Here's how to buy a pet food dispenser.

Instructions

    1

    Decide what kind of model to buy. If your primary goal is to make sure your pet gets the same portion at every feeding, most pet food dispensers will suffice. They dispense a preset amount of pet food. If you want to the dispenser to feed your pet when you are at work or out of town, you must buy an automatic model.

    2

    Research different pet food dispensers on the market by reading reviews on Amazon.com and Eopinion.com. The leading brands are Petmate, Bergan, Petstuff and Zevro but you'll find many other products available. Look for pet food dispensers that get consistently favorable reviews.

    3

    Decide on your budget. A brand new automatic pet food dispenser will be at the high end of the price scale, while basic dispensers are less expensive. However, you can buy a used or refurbished automatic dispenser for around the same price as a manual pet food dispenser.

    4

    Search online for the best deals and compare them to in-store prices at stores like PetSmart. Make sure you take shipping into account when deciding whether a website has a better rate than a store. Also factor in any coupons you might be able to redeem.

    5

    Purchase your pet food dispenser and enjoy.

Cashews & Almonds for Dogs

Cashews & Almonds for Dogs

As you eat your small bowl of cashews and almonds, your adorable pooch looks up at you hoping you will share. All he knows is you are enjoying a treat and he wants to enjoy it too. He doesnt know how to watch out for safe and healthy foods and leaves that job up to you. Cashews and almonds are safe for most pooches in moderation, but there are some things to consider.

Cashews and Almonds

    Cashews and almonds provide sources of healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They provide vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, calcium and phosphorus. In addition, these nuts add fiber to the diet, helping to keep the digestive system regular. The omega-3 fatty acids found in these nuts contribute to immune system health and reduced inflammation, as well as a healthy skin and coat.

Salt

    When you snack on almonds and cashews, you may choose the salted variety. Unfortunately, this presents a problem for your pooch. Salt is toxic to dogs, and in large amounts can be life threatening. Salt poisoning symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, excessive thirst or urination, tremors, seizures and coma. If you plan to share your snack with your pooch, opt for the salt-free variety.

Serving Size

    When sharing almonds and cashews with your dog, the amount matters. Because these nuts are high in fat and calories, too many can lead to stomach upset and weight gain. The high fat content can potentially lead to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas. Share a few nuts with your pooch while you snack on them or throw a small handful into his bowl. On her website A Path With Paws, veterinarian Lena McCullough recommends 1/8 cup of almonds or cashews for her canine patients.

Toxic Nuts

    While almonds, cashews and peanuts are safe for your dog, that is not true of all nuts. Walnuts and macadamia nuts are poisonous to your pooch. Macadamias contain a toxin that can lead to tremors and paralysis. Walnuts can cause digestive upset or obstruction. If moldy, walnuts develop a toxin that causes seizures and neurological complications.

Rabu, 11 Mei 2011

Oatmeal & Flour Dog Treat Recipes

Oatmeal & Flour Dog Treat Recipes

If you've ever read the list of ingredients in store-bought dog treats, you probably noticed that there are a multitude of added chemicals, colorings and preservatives. Homemade biscuits are a great way to treat your dog to a wholesome, tasty custom snack without all the artificial additives. The peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what is in the treats you give your pup is worth the small amount of time and effort that goes into making them yourself. These easy to make recipes containing oatmeal and wheat flour are a healthful alternative to store-bought dog treats.

Beefy Treats

    Knead dough until mixed well. It can be rolled flat and cut into shapes or rolled into balls and flattened for round cookies.

    In a large bowl, mix 2 cups wheat flour with 1 tsp. baking powder and 1 cup oatmeal. In separate bowl, microwave 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables until warm. Puree in blender or with electric mixer. Stir in four egg whites and 1/3 cup beef broth. Add to the dry ingredients, and mix well until a dry dough forms. Knead dough by hand, and roll out onto cutting board. Use cookie cutters to form shapes or roll into 2 inch diameter balls and flatten. Place onto nonstick cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until firm.

Veggie Treats

    Veggie treat dough will be very moist and a bit sticky, but workable.

    Mix together 2 cups wheat flour, cup oatmeal and 1 tsp. baking powder in large bowl. Prepare 1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables as instructed above, and add 4 egg yolks, 1 cup canned pumpkin and cup olive oil. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well, using hands to knead dough. Dough will be somewhat sticky. Form into balls and flatten into round cookie shapes approximately inch thick. Bake on nonstick cookie sheet for 25 to 35 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.

Selasa, 10 Mei 2011

Do Dogs Like Food According to Smell or Taste?

Do Dogs Like Food According to Smell or Taste?

You'll probably notice that your pup turns his nose up at some foods but happily chows down on others, like yummy doggie treats. While this preference is based somewhat on his sense of taste, it's actually primarily based on his sense of smell because dogs have very sensitive noses. This is why pups typically prefer canned food to dry: because of its more potent aroma.

Powerful Noses

    A dog's sense of smell is much more acute than that of a human and the one that he relies on the most. Each dog has more than 220 million olfactory receptors in his nose, compared to only 5 million in people, according to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Not only that, but your pooch has a special organ in his nose called the Jacobson's organ, located at the base of his nasal passage. This organ allows him to smell pheromones, making his sniffer even more sensitive than a human's, according to the Public Broadcasting Service Online. It's this sensitive nose that your pup follows to the food he enjoys.

Limited Taste Buds

    Unlike his sense of smell, a pup's sense of taste is far less sensitive than a person's. On average, a dog has only around 1,700 taste buds on his tongue, compared to around 9,000 on a human's, according to Psychology Today. Our canine companions can taste the same flavors that we can, namely sour, sweet, bitter, salty and umami, a meat-like flavor, but to a lesser degree. All pups also have more specialized taste receptors than we do for the flavors related to meats and fats; pups even have taste buds that are water-specific. For this reason, your pooch will seek out and generally prefer moist foods that contain meat and fats.

A Combination of Senses

    The senses of taste and smell are closely linked and actually work together to determine your pup's food preferences. Initially your pup relies on his sense of smell to determine if the food item in front of him seems yummy; then he relies on his sense of taste, when he actually eats the food, to confirm this. As an example, while dogs don't like bitter or sour flavors, if something smells good and it's slightly bitter, your pooch may eat it so quickly that he won't notice the bitterness, according to psychologist Dr. Stanley Coren. It usually takes prolonged chewing of something for your pup to realize that it doesn't taste as good as it smells.

Enhance Dog Food Scents

    As a dog ages, his sense of smell decreases, sometimes by up to 40 percent, according to "Train Your Dog Positively" by trainer Victoria Stilwell. For this reason, an older dog or one with a stuffed-up nose due to a canine cold isn't as apt to eat as one with a fully-functional sniffer. To encourage Fido to eat, pour some low-sodium chicken or beef broth over his food to moisten it and increase its aroma for him. You can also heat some canned dog food in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it before serving, which also enhances the food's scent, recommends PetEducation.com.

Minggu, 08 Mei 2011

How to Get a Dog to Slow Down Eating

How to Get a Dog to Slow Down Eating

If you have more than one dog--chances are--one or more of them eat too fast. If you have only one dog-that dog may eat too fast. In other words, it's a common problem among our canine friends. The bad news is--fast eating can cause digestive disorders including serious conditions such as bloat. The good news is--there are a few different ways to make that ravenous pooch slow down!

Instructions

    1

    Use a muffin tin (a friend of mine came up with this ingenious idea, although there may be other geniuses out there that beat her to the punch). Divide the amount of food that normally goes into your dog's bowl into six individual portions and have your dog eat out of the muffin tin. If you can't fit it all at once, just refill. This will slow down eating, plus, the divided dish might be fun for your dog; he'll feel like he's at a cafeteria.

    2

    Divide up the food. Feed half of the allotted amount, then pick up the bowl and feed the other half. You can also divide it into 3's if you prefer. Dividing up the portions will help slow the eating down a bit. If you like, you can also wait a few minutes in between servings.

    3

    Purchase Kaycee's LifeBowl, a food dish that is designed to make your dog eat more slowly. It has a stem coming out of the middle of the dish that your dog has to eat around, which in turn discourages gulping (see Resources below).

How to Make Green Bean Dog Treats

How to Make Green Bean Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats are much healthier than most store-bought treats because they are preservative-free and made from natural products that you choose. The easiest dog treats to make are dehydrated green beans. Green beans are considered the perfect treat because they are filling and healthy, but do not influence a dog's nutritional intake or weight. A store-bought multitiered dehydrator is a convenient and simple treat-making tool, but a conventional oven can be just as effective.

Instructions

Using a Multitiered Dehydrator

    1

    Spray each dehydrator tier with cooking spray.

    2

    Place a single layer of frozen green beans on each dehydrator tier. Cover or close door.

    3

    Turn on the dehydrator. If the dehydrator has multiple settings, choose medium or 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

    4

    Test green beans' readiness in six hours. Green-bean treats will be ready when they are crisp and crunchy. Remove green beans that are ready and place them in a bowl for cooling. Rearrange and rotate trays, so that the green beans nearest to the bottom of the dehydrator are near the top and vice versa.

    5

    Keep testing, removing and rotating every two hours until all green beans are done.

    6

    When green beans that have been cooling reach room temperature, put in an airtight container.

Using a Conventional Oven

    7

    Preheat oven to 140 degrees F.

    8

    Spray cooking sheet with cooking spray.

    9

    Open and place green beans in single layer on cooking sheet.

    10

    Place green-bean cookie sheet on the middle shelf of the oven. Prop the oven door open two to three inches.

    11

    Test green beans' readiness in four hours. Green-bean treats will be ready when they are crisp and crunchy. Remove green beans that are ready and place them in a bowl for cooling.

    12

    Keep testing, removing and rotating every hour until all green beans are done.

    13

    When green beans that have been cooling reach room temperature, put in an airtight container.

Sabtu, 07 Mei 2011

Peppermint Dog Treat Recipe

Peppermint Dog Treat Recipe

Dogs love to get treats. Unfortunately these treats may not always be good for your dog. Why not consider making a peppermint dog treat that has added health benefits? Peppermint treats can actually help improve your dog's dental health. In addition, peppermint is soothing to your dog's stomach and will help with your dog's digestive process. The treats are easy to make.

Recipe 1

    Get out a large mixing bowl and add the following ingredients: two cups of whole wheat flour, half a cup of wheat germ, one quarter cup of yellow cornmeal, and half a cup of chopped parsley. Take a minute to combine these ingredients and then add a quarter cup of vegetable oil, three quarters of a cup of water, and two tsp. of peppermint extract. Mix these ingredients together and you now have your dough.

    Place one eighth of a cup of cornmeal on your work space area and then place your dough on top of it. Roll out the dough and sprinkle on another one eighth of a cup of cornmeal. Use some cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the dough and place them on a baking sheet. Cook at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.

Recipe 2

    You will need a food processor for this recipe. Place these ingredients in your food processor: one and a half cups of whole wheat flour, one and a half cups of Bisquick, half a cup of peppermint leaves, a quarter cup of milk, four tbsp. of margarine, one egg and one and a half tbsp. of corn syrup. Process the ingredients until they form a dough. Throw some flour on your work space area and then roll out the dough. Cut the dough with some cookie cutters and place the treats on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. Give your dog one or two treats at a time for fresh breath.

Recipe 3

    Get out a large mixing bowl and add half a cup of corn meal, six tbsp. of oil, two tbsp. of peppermint extract, two thirds of a cup of water, and two cups of whole wheat flour. Mix together until you have a dough. Flour your work space area and then roll out your dough on it. Cut shapes out of the dough with some cookie cutters. Place the shapes on a baking sheet and cook for 35 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Kamis, 05 Mei 2011

How to Teach a Dog to Eat From the Bowl

How to Teach a Dog to Eat From the Bowl

Getting your dog to eat from the food bowl is an important step in establishing feeding routines. Dogs identify with routines and consistency, so it is a good idea to teach your pet early on that food is to be eaten out of the bowl. Otherwise, you may find that as your dog gets older it becomes pickier and more finicky during mealtimes, and could even refuse to eat out of the bowl altogether.

Instructions

    1

    Put some of your dog's food in your hand. Allow your dog to eat the food from your hand so that your dog learns that you are the handler of his food.

    2

    Fill the dog bowl up with food. Place it on the floor for your dog. Encourage your dog to eat. If your dog does not go for the food in the bowl, lift the bowl and put it up to his face. See if he takes any bites of food from the bowl.

    3

    Scoop some food up from the bowl into your hand. Hold your hand in front of your dog's face and encourage him to eat from your hand. Continue doing this so that you move your hand closer and closer to the dog bowl each time he eats from it. Eventually, lead his snout to the bowl for the food.

    4

    Take some food out of the bowl and put it on the floor. If your dog starts to eat the food from the floor, redirect his attention to the food in the bowl. Show your dog that more food is in the bowl. When he starts to eat out of it, use positive reinforcement to reward him for eating out of the bowl, such as by petting him and saying "good boy."

    5

    Use treats to lead your dog to his food bowl during mealtime. Put a treat in front of his nose and guide him to the bowl. Drop the treat into the bowl and allow him to eat. You do not want to reward your dog with treats for eating his dinner, but this technique helps put his attention toward the food bowl.

    6

    Stay by your dog as he eats. Some dogs have a strong social sense and will only eat when their owners--or others from the pack--are around. Being near your dog as he eats also teaches him that it is safe to eat out of the bowl. Fear of safe food is sometimes a cause for dogs to not eat from their bowls.

Rabu, 04 Mei 2011

How to Correct Food Aggression in Dogs

How to Correct Food Aggression in Dogs

Dogs have a natural instinct to protect their food. Most dogs only show food aggression by growling, but some dogs may bite to ward off other pets or people while they eat. If your dog's food aggression is not corrected in a timely manner, your dog could physically harm you, your family members, or other pets. Training your dog is key in successfully correcting food aggression.

Instructions

    1

    Take your dog to a safe, secure location, away from other pets and children during feeding time. According to the ASPCA, children are more likely to get bitten by an aggressive dog because they're less able to recognize a dog's warning signals and more likely to behave recklessly around the dog.

    2

    Sit down and place your dog's bowl a few inches in front of you. Let your dog look into the empty bowl.

    3

    Place a few morsels of dry dog food into the bowl and allow your dog to eat it.

    4

    Put a few more pieces of dry dog food into the bowl, but leave your hand on the bowl. Allow your dog to eat the food. Sherry Woodard, of the Best Friends Animal Society, recommends practicing this step approximately three more times, if your dog is fine with your hand on the bowl.

    5

    Add a few more pieces of dry dog food into the bowl and command your dog to eat. Pick up the dish before your dog finishes and add a tasty treat to the food. Place the bowl back down and command your dog to resume eating. Woodard recommends using just a few pieces of kibble each time, adding only a small amount of wet food or a small treat to prevent your dog from becoming obese.

    6

    Slowly stand up and take the food bowl from your dog to show your dog who's in command. If your dog is not growling or showing signs of aggressive behavior, add a treat to the bowl and allow your dog to resume eating.

    7

    Practice each step until you have corrected your dog's food aggression and your dog realizes that you're the one in control of the food. Catherine Waters of Bro and Tracy Animal Welfare Inc. recommends putting your dog on a feeding schedule so it becomes aware that you control the food source.

Senin, 02 Mei 2011

How to Make a Gravity Feeder for Dogs Out of PVC

How to Make a Gravity Feeder for Dogs Out of PVC

A gravity feeder saves you time by allowing you to load several days' worth of dog food at once, then dispensing it automatically as your dog eats. You can create your own gravity feeder out of a PVC pipe and an old dog dish.

Instructions

    1

    Secure the PVC pipe horizontally in a vise. Saw straight down through the pipe with the hacksaw, to create a piece 2 to 3 feet long. Use short, even strokes and turn the pipe as necessary, if the frame of the hacksaw hits the pipe before you have cut all the way through.

    2

    Make a horizontal cut 2 inches deep, parallel to the length of the pipe and starting about 1/2 inch from its widest point. Make a vertical cut 2 inches from the edge of the pipe, to cut off a curved segment, forming an opening at the base of the pipe. Sand all the cut surfaces thoroughly.

    3

    Apply PVC cement to the end of the pipe with the opening cut in it, and press it firmly against the inside of the dog dish -- with the opening facing the center of the dish and the pipe touching its rim. Hold the pipe in place for a few seconds, to stabilize it while the cement dries. The result should be a dog dish with a vertical pipe rising from the inside.

    4

    Glue the bottom of the dog dish to a square board, with PVC cement, to keep it from tipping over from the weight of the pipe and any food in it. When you pour food into the pipe, a small amount will spill out of the opening. As your dog eats the food, it will make room for more to spill out.

Minggu, 01 Mei 2011

The Best Food for a Labrador Retriever

The Best Food for a Labrador Retriever

Large breed dogs tend to be more vulnerable to health problems than smaller breeds. As one of the largest breeds, the Labrador Retriever not only requires considerable amounts of food but also is prone to conditions such as hip dysplasia and poor vision if not fed the right minerals and nutrients to develop its immune systems and generally enable it to thrive.

Nutro Natural Choice

    Labrador Retrievers can be allergic to certain foods. One source of these allergens is chicken byproducts, found in many brand-name dog foods. Nutro Natural Choice Dog Foods, available for either puppies or adult dogs, is a byproduct-free substitute.

Eagle Pack

    Eagle Pack Holistic Select Dog Food for small and mini-breed adult dogs has carrots, apples, peas; holistic supplements that provide long-term health; and chicken with no hormones, a major benefit for your allergic Labrador.

California Natural Lamb Meal and Rice

    Made with whole ingredients and without preservatives, California Natural Lamb Meal and Rice Adult Dry Dog Food has a mixture of white and brown rice and sunflower seeds to provide energy for activity. Taurine, an amino acid, is also included as a supplement.

Eukanuba

    Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Dog Food contains glucosamine and chondroitin for joint and cartilage health; L-Carnitine to help Labs lose fat naturally; and natural fish oil with Omega-3 fatty acids to produce a healthy coat. These nutrients also promote healthy immune and nervous systems.

Innova

    Combining probiotics and prebiotics to create and implant microbial dietary supplements in the gastrointestinal tract, Innova EVO also activates metabolism in healthy bacteria. It uses finely ground turkey and cartilage to form bones and joints; whole vegetables for micro nutrients; and a variety of meats to provide protein.

Healthy Diet for a Dog

Owning a dog can be one of the most satisfying experiences in your life. Dogs are very social, loving and intelligent and for some people are almost like raising children. However, many people have a difficult time understanding what keeps their dog healthy. What does a dog eat? Generally, store bought dog food tries to maintain a healthy balance, but sometimes they skimp on nutrition for the sake of saving money. It is important to understand what foods a dog needs in order to understand whether he is healthy.

Meat

    The primary ingredient in a healthy dog's diet is meat. Dogs are carnivores, which means they primarily eat meat. Meat should take up 55 percent of a dog's diet. Protein is essential in dog health because dogs get the majority of their energy and nutrition from protein. Humans tend to get energy more from carbohydrates. Any kind of meat is healthy for a dog. Beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, fish and even eggs can be healthy for a dog. If you don't have the money to feed your dog such luxuries, make sure her store bought dog food has health doses of meat. Also, control how much your dog eats. It is a bad idea to put dog food into a container that continually feeds her. Dogs always appear hungry, even after they have eaten. Use only the recommended dosage of dog food every day to keep her healthy.

Vegetables

    Though a dog is a carnivore, small doses of vegetables are beneficial to a dog's diet. Vegetables contain antioxidants that can help improve the immune system. Veggies have even been shown to fight against cancers. They also contain chlorophyll, which fights free radicals that cause cancer. Though the vegetable content in a dog's diet should be considerably less than humans, only around 20 percent of their diet, adding even a small percentage can help your dog remain healthy for years. A few good vegetables to include in your dog's diet are broccoli stalks, lettuce leaves and asparagus spears. Grind these up finely and add them to his food. Many over-the-counter dog foods do not contain enough vegetables.

Grains and Carboyhydrates

    Some experts believe that grains are essential to a dog's diet. Brown rice, barley and oatmeal have vital vitamins and antioxidants that can help a dog fight disease and remain healthy. Dogs teeth are not built for breaking down grains, however. They are mostly sharply pointed and designed to tear away meat. This can make it difficult to feed your dog grains. All grains he eats should be finely ground up and mixed in with any other food he is given. This will make it easier for him to digest. A dog's digestive tract is also shorter than a human's, so very complex carbohydrates should be avoided, like beans, because they will simply pass through the dog and offer little nutrition. It can also be painful for the dog to pass.

How to Make Peanut Butter Lollipop Dog Treats

How to Make Peanut Butter Lollipop Dog Treats

Chances are your dog loves peanut butter. The sticky, protein-packed treat is as popular with pups as it is with humans, and, as it does with humans, peanut butter adds variety to a dog's diet -- along with minerals and unsaturated fat. Many fancy dog boutiques sell pricey peanut butter-based biscuits, but you can create a far less expensive version at home, adding parsley for breath control, oats for dietary fiber and banana for extra phytonutrients. Placing the treats, lollipop-style, on a rawhide stick adds chewing satisfaction.

Instructions

    1

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and wash your hands with soap and water.

    2

    Mix banana, oats, peanut butter, egg and parsley in the mixing bowl using the wooden spoon.

    3

    Line the cookie sheet with a layer of parchment paper.

    4

    Form batter into 12 equal-sized balls and place on the cookie sheet, evenly spaced.

    5

    Bake for 35 minutes. Using potholders to protect your hands, insert a rawhide stick into each ball, so it looks like a lollipop.

    6

    Allow the lollipops to cool completely. Store in a covered container for a maximum of five days.