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Getting Soft Dry Dog Food For Your Pet

Soft Dry dog food provides a great deal of benefits to any pet owner. The hassle of having to get soft foods and the expense that is associated with them can often make this option very unappealing to many pet owners. Instead, the focus on dry dog food is certainly a good one and this type of food will still allow you to provide your dog with the necessary nutrition it while saving money at the same time.

Many people often assume that dogs are not getting the proper nutrition from this sort of product, and that providing them with soft meats and food of this type is far better. However, this is not necessarily the case and dry dog food is actually ideal for your animal and will provide them with all of the necessary protein and carbohydrate that they require.

In addition to this it is also very easy to obtain this type of food. You can simply go out and purchase large bags of it and will therefore not have to go shopping for your pets food again for quite some time. While it is certainly important that you make sure the food is contained properly so that it does not spoil, getting this type of food will certainly offer a great deal of convenience for any pet owner.

One thing that you do have to focus on when you feed your pet this type of food is that you always measure out the amount you are giving them and provide them with the same amount of food each time and every time. Dogs like to develop habits and are therefore used to getting the same amount each time, and so you should figure out a routine that works you.

Commonly feeding them every single morning and every single evening is the best way of keeping your dog’s diet perfect.

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How To House Train A Dog – What You Need To Know Before Starting

Learning how to house train a dog is one of the first and most important things any new dog owner should do. You can easily get frustrated when you do not understand the basics of this process.

Even though its impossible to give you all the necessary tips to show you how to house train your dog in this short article, I will try giving you some basic first tips. These tips are very crucial in the process of training a dog.

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It’s my hope that these tips will make it a bit easier for you in the process of training your dog. Its also very important to properly house train a dog when you consider the fact that general hygiene issues are the number one reason why dogs are surrendered to animal shelters these days.

The amount of work you have to do training your dog can seem overwhelming, but don’t panic you can successfully house train any dog. All you need is the patience and knowledge of how to go about doing this. You need to pay attention to your dog and observe its attitude towards certain commands. You will need to persevere and stick with the right training plan. You won’t help issues by jumping from one training method to another.

There is no magic solution to training a dog for cleanliness. It takes a little work on your side. You will succeed within a short time with the right information. Don’t just give up and feel its tough before you even begin. I presently have 7 wonderful dogs and I house trained all of them successfully within a short period of time. What I basically did was to first acquire the necessary knowledge, then I took the time and had patience to follow it through.

In my experience with all my dogs and helping train other people’s dogs, I have found out that one of the first things you need to do to successfully house train your dog is to give it rules and routines. Dogs need this to be able to remain clean around the home. Dogs benefit from having rules and a routine laid out for them. This will also be of benefit to your home in terms of cleanliness around the house. Establish good toilet and hygiene habits in your dog when training them for cleanliness.

For some dog breeds the best age to start house training them is between 8 to 12 weeks. This should not be applied strictly with all dog breeds. You need to get the right training information to find out what applies to your dog breed. Dogs of all ages can still be trained for cleanliness around the house. You dog doesn’t have to be a puppy to be trained.

You need to first choose a suitable place outside your house where your dog can relieve himself. When you have found a suitable place, get your dog acquainted to that area. Let your dog spend a lot of time in that area. When your dog has relieved itself, move it away from the area for sometime.

Do this several times and your dog will start understanding that that area outside the home is meant for it relieving itself. Please, don’t be harsh on your dog while trying to house train it. It takes time for some dogs to get use to certain new habits or routines. Reward your dog every time it follows your house training directives.

Restrict the movement of your dog to the area you have chosen for it to relieve itself, during periods when you have noticed your dog usually relieves itself. This is where observation comes in on your part. There are other quicker methods of getting your dog house trained which I have tried and continue to utilized in my dog training work.

I have gotten my knowledge from some of the top experts in the animal welfare and dog training industry. You too can learn from these experts to. You can have access to the same excellent information I continue to utilize with great results.

But, I must warn you to be cautious when trying to select information to house train your dog. Not every information out there is good for your type of dog. You need to be careful not to permanently harm your dog with the wrong training methods or techniques. Dogs are precious and must be treated well.

There are many websites, books, training videos and other resources available to help you house train your dog the correct way. This way your dog will not be harmed by the many wrong training methods out there. Some people just buy and buy many different dog training materials, when all they really need is tested and proven information.

To successfully house train a dog you have to make up your mind that this is important enough for you, to get the necessary information you need. If you have not made up your mind to acquire the knowledge or tools you need, then am sorry to say it might be difficult for you to quickly house train your dog. But, if you have made up your mind, then you will quickly have a dog trained for cleanliness at home.

If you can’t take the time to do what you need to teach your dog, then there’s no point in spending your money getting training materials on how to house train your dog. You need to realize that its wiser to spend your money on good, dog house training material than spending much more money on cleaning your house.

You can successfully house train your dog, all you need is patience and the right information.


Dog Nutrition

Can Dogs Eat Coffee Products?

Any pet lover will tell you how absolutely important it is to vigilantly care for the health of your dog, especially when they have the potential to get into so many things. Overall, it’s not a good idea to slip your dog table food because that can directly affect their digestive system. It is okay for dogs to have some table scraps in moderation, but others are a definite no-no.

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Try to offer your dog foods that are easily digestible, like lean proteins, cheese, hamburger, or rice. Dogs can also eat fruits and vegetables, but they need to stay away from spicy or fatty foods. Those foods can upset their stomachs and cause digestive issues. Dogs absolutely can never have onions, tea, chocolate, grapes, raisins, or coffee. These foods may cause diarrhea or vomiting when they ingest any of these items, and they also may cause nutritional issues.

The reason that dogs can’t have coffee is because caffeine is not good for them in any way. This is something that their systems are not designed to handle, even though some people may feel like it is appropriate to give their dogs coffee. According to some vets, a dog would have to drink up to 8 ounces of coffee before it became toxic, but that is not something that you want to risk. A few drops of coffee will not harm your dog, but coffee should not be given to them in excess on a daily basis. Decaffeinated coffee is surprisingly more toxic to dogs than the caffeinated variety. Caffeine is a stimulant, and in rare cases, it can affect the central nervous system and cause seizures and hyperactivity in dogs. For this reason, it is better for your dog to avoid any coffee products, including coffee beans, coffee grounds, and coffee itself. Any of these items could cause caffeine toxicity, which would be similar to chocolate toxicity that can also affect dogs.

Be careful about leaving out products that have both of these ingredients, including chocolate covered coffee beans, which would cause a serious amount of toxicity because dogs are sensitive to both chocolate and coffee. Caffeine can be almost as harmful to dogs as chocolate, which is why coffee should be avoided for dogs by any means.


Best Dry Dog Food
Dog Nutrition

Feeding a Dog Dry Dog Food – You Need to Know the Danger of Fillers

The amount of meat, originally used in dry dog food, has been greatly reduced over the last decade and has been replaced with cheap and potentially harmful cereal and grain products by many lower quality dog food companies. Nutritionally, how each individual dog processes the nutrients that are in these products greatly depends on how easy to digest each of the particular grains may be.


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The actual amount of nutrients your dog may get specifically depends on what the amount and type of filler in the brand you are feeding a dog. Dogs can usually absorb almost all of the carbohydrates in certain grains, such as white rice, but cannot digest many of the others like peanut shells.

As much as twenty percent of the nutritional value of other grains, such as oats, beans and wheat can be poor or lost completely. The nutritional value of corn and potatoes is also much less than that of rice. And some other ingredients used as filler in dry dog food such as, peanut shells, cotton hulls, feathers, etc. have absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever, and are only used to hold the dry dog food nuggets together or just to make your dog feel full! These fillers can be harmful to your dog and yet, there are many unscrupulous manufacturers who use them, anyway.

Because grain is necessary to hold the nuggets of dry dog food together, it needs to equal at least fifty percent of the total ingredients. If you are feeding a dog these foods every day, you could be giving him or her a hundred percent more grain than canines normally eat in the wild or that they actually need.

If you check the labels on cheap dry dog food bags, you’ll find two of the top three ingredients listed are usually some kind of grain product… ground corn, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, beet pulp, feathers and cotton hulls are some of the most frequently used. Why? Because these are much less expensive, “cheaper” ingredients than meat.

There was a huge recall by Nature’s Recipe in 1995 (they pulled thousands of tons of dry dog food off of the shelves) which caused them to lose approximately twenty million dollars. This all came about when consumers that complained their dogs were vomiting and had loss of appetite. A fungus that produced vomitoxin (a toxic substance produced by mold) was found to have contaminated the wheat in that brand.

Although it causes vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, etc., vomitoxin is milder than most toxins. The more dangerous toxins can cause weight loss, liver damage, lameness, and even death, as seen in the Doane case. What happened next should give all dog care givers cause to pause and wonder what’s happening with our so called “Watch Dogs” in the government agencies.

Then again, in 1999, another fungal toxin was found that killed 25 dogs. This caused the recall of dry dog food made by Doane Pet Care (maker of O’l Roy, Walmart’s brand, plus 53 other brands).

The incident with Nature’s Recipe prompted the FDA to get involved out of concern, but for only the human population and not the more than 250 dogs who got sick. It was concluded that the discovery of vomitoxin in Nature’s Recipe wasn’t much of a threat to the “human” population because “the grain that would go into pet food is not a high quality grain”. What! So does that mean manufacturers have a green light to poison our dogs with poor quality or contaminated ingredients?

Dog food manufacturers also use soy as a protein for energy and to add bulk to the food so that when a dog eats a product containing soy it will feel more satisfied. Some dogs do well with soy while others experience gas. Soy is also used as a source of protein in vegetarian dog foods.

And now for corn… did you know corn kills dogs? Most of the dry brands on store shelves is loaded with corn, a cheap filler. This is not the same corn humans eat, it’s feed grade corn (the kind fed to cattle), or cheap feed corn remnants. Even corn meal dust swept up from the mill factory floor, counts as “corn” to be used in our dog’s food. This same corn may even have been condemned for human consumption, but there are no limits to the amount pesticide contamination set for our pets’ foods.

If that weren’t bad enough, corn (which gives us both high fructose corn syrup and corn oil) is fattening. Why are so many dogs obese and suffer from diabetes…I wonder if it has anything to do with corn being used as filler in so many dry dog foods?

Dog food industry critics observe that many of the ingredients used as humectants — ingredients such as corn syrup and corn gluten meal which bind water to prevent oxidation– also bind the water in such a way that the food actually sticks to the colon and may cause blockage. The blockage of the colon may cause an increased risk of cancer of the colon or rectum.

The presence of corn products in dry dog food – particularly if they are high on the list of ingredients – may indicate that corn has been used instead of a more expensive alternative. About 25% of the corn produced in the U.S. today is genetically modified. Dogs have a difficult time digesting corn.

Corn gluten meal in dog food is a concentrated source of protein that can be substituted for costlier animal protein. In many bargain brands, corn gluten meal provides a large proportion or even the total amount of protein listed in the food label rather than more digestible forms of protein such as meat.

Then there’s wheat…wheat is a main ingredient in many dry dog foods. The wheat that’s used in these products we’re feeding a dog is not what’s used in our breads, cakes, cereals, etc. It’s usually the “tail of the mill” (that’s a clever way of saying the sweepings of leftovers on the floor after everything else in the mill has been processed), wheat germ meal…this is referred to as “middlings and shorts” (same thing as “tail of the mill”…just another way of saying it).

So, lets take a look at what we now know so far, about what goes into those attractively designed and cleverly named bags on store shelves…first there’s the diseased and toxic meats (I told you about that in my previous articles), converted (rendered) so it can be legally used in our dog foods. Now, let’s see…what else is there that’s very, very cheap?

Ahh yes, there’s livestock-grade grain (that’s the one the FDA showed no concern about with the contamination found in dog food), which is normally the main ingredient the manufacturers use…not because dogs need it in large amounts, but because it’s the cheapest food around and can add bulk. But, there are even cheaper ingredients used, such as…waste dust, floor sweepings, husks, rejects from the screening process for flour, straw, sand, dirt, etc. How perfect for our dog’s daily diet! Yuckkk!

Now, if they were to call this stuff scraps, no one would buy it so they call it “middlings” (isn’t that a cute name!), customers will never know what it really is. Then there’s ground up bones, heads, feet, feathers, etc., they name that “poultry meal, fish meal, etc.”…doesn’t that sound much better than scraps?

What’s also interesting is that “livestock grade” really means manufacturers do not need to be at all concerned with “allowable” levels of pesticides left in the grains it uses as fillers in our dog’s food. Because of this loophole manufacturers can legally use any of these “waste grains” in our dog’s food.

OK, so lets see what other lovely ingredients can also be used as fillers for feeding our dogs:

Beet pulp… the dried residue from sugar beet… this is mostly all sugar. This can be a good source of fiber but has been known to clog the intestinal villus.

Soybean meal… a product made by grinding the flakes that remain after removing oil from the soybeans. Soy is linked to a great deal of allergies that can cause sneezing, swelling, itching, anaphylactic shock and death.

Powdered cellulose… made by processing a pulp from fibrous plant material… otherwise known as “sawdust”.

Sugar foods, by-products from grinding and mixing inedible portions of candy, dry packaged drinks, dried gelatin mixes, etc…and other similar foods that are primarily made of sugar.

Ground almond and peanut shells… a source of fiber with zero nutritional value.

Other fillers… ground corncobs, feathers, citrus pulp, weeds, straw, seed hulls, etc

Many dog food manufacturers add such fillers, with no nutritional value, in order to decrease the cost of producing the food, offset rising costs involved in manufacturing, marketing, shipping, etc., and so that they can keep the selling price low.

It’s quite ironic that in some cases, unnecessary filler ingredients have become toxic and have led to huge recalls and ultimately massive costs to those companies. A couple of recent cases are, in 2006 the aflatoxin on corn caused the Diamond Pet Food Recall, and in 2007 melamine on wheat gluten and rice gluten fillers caused the Menu Foods Pet Food Recall (which included Hill’s, Royal Canin, Natural Balance, Iams, Eukanuba, Purina, Nutro Brands, etc.).

Unfortunately however, the use of fillers in lower grade commercial dog food still continues even after all of these recalls. What the recalls did do is make caregivers aware of this issue and of the health hazard these cheap fillers can pose to our beloved dogs. It’s also heartening to note that a great many caregivers are now paying special attention to learning about and reading dog food labels and understanding just what may be in those attractive bags on store shelves.

Yet there are many cheap “fillers” that are not included in the labeling and the possible use of them needs to be recognized. With the continued use of low grade foods your dog can still be ingesting such things as: cereal byproducts, cottonseed hulls, citrus pulp, straw, corncobs, feathers, soy, sawdust, etc.

Many of these cheap fillers are added to the food instead of a high grade filler like rice. The use of these have been known to be harmful to a dog’s intestines. These cheap fillers have also been known to cause more serious health problems in puppies, senior dogs or dogs that have a diminished capacity to fight off disease. Even in light of this manufacturers will continue to add dangerous ingredients to our pet’s foods in order to offset the rising price of producing dry dog food.

Cheap grain fillers are in danger of becoming contaminated due to the fact that hazardous chemicals are used on them in the growing and storage process. This can make your dog very sick or even worse. Also, a number of veterinarians have called attention to the fact that soy ingredients, which make up a large quantity of fillers, may cause dangerous allergic reactions in dogs. These can include everything from minor sneezing or hives to extremes like shortness of breath or severe shock.

We can greatly enhance the nutritional benefits in the food we feed our dogs by using higher a quality food. In order to provide the highest level of nutrition when feeding a dog, we must always buy dog food that contains the appropriate quantities of protein, fiber, fat and carbohydrates. You can learn the correct amounts at the AAFCO’s site and then us this knowledge to read the labels on the bags. Always beware of generic brands and foods priced low for quantity purchases They are probably full of disguised fillers.

Beware, many dog food manufacturers pay their advertising agencies very high fees to lure you into purchasing their products. Once you have the knowledge of what the appropriate ingredients and correct amounts needed for your dog’s optimal nutrition and know how to read dog food labels, you can provide your dog with the best diet to protect him or her from illness or even worse.

To avoid fillers, look at the ingredients on your pet food. While some companies may list real meat as the number one ingredient in dry dog food, they may actually have more cheap fillers hidden in it, thus reducing the ratio of quality ingredients to useless ones. Stay vigilant and learn what’s actually in the food you’re feeding your dog. Remember, it can be very costly to buy cheap dog food!

I will be posting another article on Dog Food Labels and how to read them soon.

Till then, take good care of your dog… for the love of dogs!


Pet Dog Insurance: Weighing Your Choices
Dog Training

Pet Dog Insurance: Weighing Your Choices

Dogs are the most common pet in any household. Their loyalty and gentleness could endear them to their owners making them not just a pet but a part of the family. But most dog owners have no idea how expensive their dog’s medical bills could get, especially when it gets older. This is where pet insurance becomes useful.

Most dog owners would consider that getting their dog a pet insurance as unnecessary and a luxury that only the rich could afford. In fact, only 3% of dog owners have pet dog insurance.

What are some of the reasons for not buying a pet insurance?

It’s too expensive – When dogs get older, they become vulnerable to a lot of ailments like arthritis, cancer and diseases of the heart, liver and kidneys. Compare spending a $30 a month premium on a dog insurance now to spending around $500 a year on medication and a support harness for an arthritic dog later on.

It won’t cover all my dog’s health cost – Of course, it’s impossible to find a plan that covers everything. It’s the same with your own personal insurance. But I believe that having a plan is better than nothing.

I don’t know what policy to buy – Most people don’t know either. But you could start by checking online. This is where you can find companies, different policies and insurance prices that you could compare and select from.

Now let’s look at the reasons why you need to cover your dog with a pet insurance:

You don’t need to worry about health expenses for your pet – it is inevitable that your dog will grow old and could develop various diseases. The American Kennel Club’s survey shows that an average dog owner spends around $1500 a year on health care for their dogs. Having a pet dog insurance could really help lessen your expenses.

Helps reduce the risk of loss – The insurance company will help you find your lost pet and will provide burial processes for your beloved canine.

It could increase the lifespan of your dog – Having a good health treatment could insure your dog’s good health thereby giving you more years to enjoy with him.

It could cover damage fees caused by your dog – Your insurance could help you pay any damage to property that your dog might cause. This is an unexpected situation that you don’t need to worry about.

It could cover legal fees caused by your dog – Your pet could cause some injury to other people, which could bring you into a legal situation. If ever this happens, your insurance will be there to cover the cost.

Your pet may cause injury to other people. This can happen if your pet is quite aggressive. This incident can bring you into difficult legal situation. When this happens, you don’t need to pay the legal fees from your own pocket because the insurance will cover this need.

After reading this, you can now weigh the pros and cons of getting a pet insurance. Decide fast! It just might be too late.

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