Tips to Help Soothe Your Dog’s Anxiety

Tips to Help Soothe Your Dog’s Anxiety

Anxiety…. it creeps up on you, doesn’t it? Recently, I experienced an anxiety ridden moment. Something thought conquered can rear it’s head and, wham! So like any highly functioning adult, I went to happy hour and wine’d about it. But is that truly what I should have done? Maybe some yoga, meditation, or hypnotherapy would have been a wiser choice. Unlike us humans, dogs are not in control of some of their choices – so when our dogs suffer from anxiety, we are their stewards for a healthier life. Wine won’t cut it for dogs. Here are some tips to help soothe your dog’s anxiety. Signs Your Dog Has Anxiety How much a dog was socialized as a puppy has a lot to do with who he is today. Just like kids. If a child isn’t exposed to different types of healthy stimulation and challenges, then facing them as a young adult can create stress…both good and bad stress. The prime time for anxiety management in dogs on average starts at six months and a goes until about a year and a half old. Even older dogs who experience a trauma are prone to developing anxiety. Howling, pacing and panting are often associated with anxiety in a dog. Growling can also be a sign your dog is anxious, and even yawning when your dog is not tired can be an indicator. My personal favorite is barking and then retreating. Mookie, our male Shih Tzu, likes that one…he has a particular affinity for it when bicyclist are pedaling by during our mid-day walk. For some odd reason he is stressed out by their...
Buy a Bag and PetSmart Will Give a Meal to Needy Animals!

Buy a Bag and PetSmart Will Give a Meal to Needy Animals!

Today PetSmart® announced the launch of its new “Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™” program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and at all its 1,500-plus stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the leading pet specialty retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need. The program runs March 1-Dec. 31, 2017, and PetSmart expects to donate more than 60 million meals! To read the full PetSmart “Buy a Bag, Give a Meal” press release, go here. This post is sponsored by PetSmart® and the BlogPaws™ Pet Influencer Network™. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article. PetSmart? Yup, PetSmart – Go to One Near You & Buy Some Pet Food Today! Help @PetSmart get info out: Buy a bag, they’ll give a bag 2animals in need! #fortheloveofpets #ad Click To Tweet “At PetSmart we love pets and we believe they make us better people. To celebrate our 30 years of continued commitment to helping pets in need every day and as a trusted partner to pet parents everywhere, we want to celebrate by giving back even more,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Throughout 2017, every time pet parents purchase any bag of dog or cat food in our stores or online, they can rest assured they are also helping feed pets in need. When their pets eat, pets in need eat, too. It’s that simple.” Buy A Bag of Pet Food and PetSmart Will Give A Bag To Animals In Need This is made possible through the PetSmart Buy A Bag, Give A Meal program and will help...
Write A Killer Adoption Letter To Get The Dog of Your Dreams

Write A Killer Adoption Letter To Get The Dog of Your Dreams

Have you ever been turned down for an adoption by an animal rescue? Did you get beat out by someone that was faster, or who wrote a killer adoption letter? While there are still pockets of animal shelters and rescues that place animals with the first person who shows up, most reputable groups do a series of checks and balances to ensure a good, stable fit between adoptee and adopter. Almost sounds like a human baby adoption doesn’t it? Well, perhaps it should – it is intended to be a life-long commitment. Background Rescuing and placing animals is hard work. Annually 3.4M cats and 3.9M dogs are placed in shelters (read more: Animal Adoption Figures) – that’s M as in millions people! The volume of animals coming out of California alone is staggering. Animals brought to shelters have a specific number of days before being euthanized – but – fine print in the laws allow immediacy if the shelter is full. While the law may be 3 days, if the shelter has no room, an animal is considered lucky if it lives for one day… Dogs in an L.A. shelter have a 1 in 3 chance of living. This is where no-kill shelters and rescues come in by placing ‘pullers’ at or near shelters and they pull adoptable dogs/cats for rescue – in essence they save their lives. Why So Hard? You’d think with all of these animals that need saving, it would be easy to just adopt. A number of factors come into play that are geared toward helping the animal. Health and safety is a primary concern. Rescues ensure that the animals are in, or cared...
How To Tell If Your Dog Is Depressed

How To Tell If Your Dog Is Depressed

Doesn’t it seem that dogs are always happy? It certainly seems as though they are the poster child for happiness. Their little smiling faces always looking up at you. Of course I know that dogs can get cranky… Once, when we went on an 18-day camping trip, after we returned home and went to work the next day Mattie was so frustrated by not being with us (or perhaps in our camper) that he tore apart all of the toilet paper in our bathrooms. Cranky with a capital C! But I didn’t know that dogs could get depressed until a few years ago. Our Dog Depression Story I had heard that pets can get upset when another pet passes. We’d had dogs pass prior, with other dogs in the house. While there were speckles of confusion, akin to “where is Fido” moments, none of our dogs appeared to be too sad when one of their pack died…I think dogs have a better comprehension of the cycle of life. Until Spike and Kiki. Kiki, our only black and white Shih Tzu, and Spike, our little 4 pound Chihuahua, were bonded. Like a mother and child bond. Kiki was 6 years older than Spike, and when we got him as a pup, Spike fell in love with Kiki and she with him. At 12 Kiki developed cancer and, after a very brief battle, passed – her pain was clear, she wouldn’t eat and just wanted to be cuddled. I was worried about Spike and completely unprepared for what happened after Kiki’s passing. Spike wouldn’t eat, he would shiver, his eyes were always wet, dripping wet, and he...
10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog

10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog

We live in the Pacific Northwest. Often times when I say that, in my mind I hear the call of trumpets and envision fish jumping about in a glacial stream while glorious pine trees billow in the mountain wind. Yup, I’m in love with the beautiful PNW, truly an awe inspiring part of this glorious country. We value organic farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and ranchers are allowed to graze cattle in national forest land free of herbicides and pesticides – and our salmon are some of the best you’ll ever taste, fresh from ocean and rivers. The abundance of high-quality food is one of the reasons we cook for our dogs. Cooking for Your Dog The main source of protein for one of our dogs is fish. Lulu’s diet consists of a majority of fish protein if mixed with other sources. We often make her salmon or sardine-based meals and treats. Mookie on the other hand can eat any protein, including salmon, beef, lamb, buffalo, turkey, duck and chicken. We cook and un-cook meals for our dogs. Un-cook? Yup, raw. Our dogs eat a wide-variety of high-quality food that we cook and un-cook for them. The trick with raw food is proper handling techniques and to freeze it all, and safely thaw the portion you serve each day. Don’t save left overs in the fridge. Put them back in the freezer (only once) and serve what remains in a few days (again follow safe thawing protocol). Cooking for your dog is fairly simple: cook like you would for yourself, using dog-safe ingredients, and again freeze. Don’t give your dog cooked bones, period. It’s really not that complicated...

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