Kong & Bone Stuffers

Does your dog have a Kong toy or an empty marrow bone? Often unless they are stuffed, dogs quickly become uninterested.

Great Kong StuffersWhy stuff a Kong or bone? Here are just a few reasons:

  • Is your dog barking or crying when left alone or do you want to prevent it?¬†Try leaving him with a stuffed & frozen Kong or bone¬†every time you leave. It won’t be long before your dog begins to look forward to your departure.
  • Is your dog full of energy & often bored because you don’t have enough time to exercise him some days? Giving your dog a stuffed Kong will stimulate him mentally & keep him out of your hair for a good 15 minutes or more.
  • Do you love your dog? Give them a tasty treat once in a while!

Kong & Bone Stuffers

First things first. There are a few foods that can be toxic to dogs & shouldn’t be used. NO GRAPES, RAISINS, ONIONS, OR CHOCOLATE. Also, freezing whatever you fill the Kong with will make it last much longer! To avoid stomach upset, it might be a good idea to start off by stuffing with mostly your dogs food or other treats they get on a regular basis, then slowly begin adding in small amounts of other foods (plain yogurt and rice are usually good things to start with). Some dogs adapt very easily to new foods, other dogs have sensitive digestive systems. You will need to learn what works best for your dog.

  • Dry Dog Food
  • Canned Dog Food
  • Dog Treats (anything from small training treats to larger dry treats)
  • Meat: Chicken, Beef, Pork, Fish (Cooked or Raw)
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Apples or Bananas
  • Potato or Sweet Potato
  • Pumpkin (known to firm up dog stools)
  • Eggs (Cooked or Raw)
  • Canned or Fresh Green Beans, Carrots (fills up a belly without adding many calories)
  • Organic Peanut Butter
  • Ice
  • Hot Dogs
  • Baby Food
  • Oatmeal
  • Cooked Rice
  • Cooked Noodles

REMEMBER: Freeze your Kong or Bone for the longest lasting treat.

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Dogs & Kids

Today I am going to share with you some amazing free resources for learning about dogs and kids from some experts on the subject. Whether you are getting ready to prepare your dog for a new baby on the way or looking to create a more harmonious relationship between your dog and child, these resources will be a tremendous help.

DOG SAFETY – What To Teach Your Kids

The webinar below is all about what to teach your kids about dog safety. A few simple lessons now can save a lot of heartache later. Even if you have the most tolerant dog who puts up with anything from your child, it is important that your child know that he can not behave that way with just any dog (and probably shouldn’t with yours either). I’ve also included a link to a video made specifically for your kids!

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Building Dog-Child Bonds

This next webinar is all about building dog-child bonds. Not only is the dog mans best friend, but childs best friend too when the interactions are appropriate. This webinar will help you teach your kids how to create a great relationship with your dog.

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Setting Dog & Baby Up For Success

Of course, it is also important to prepare your dog for a new baby too! Up until now, they have been your baby. Many changes take place when a baby comes home, but you can help ease the transition.

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A Letter From Your Dog

Today I wanted to post the cute and simply stated “Letter from your Dog” as written by Pat Scott.

Dear Mom and Dad,

Sometimes it is hard for me to be good. I really try, but you humans can be really confusing. I made a list of what I need to be a good dog. Please read it and don’t get mad at me. I’m not perfect but I love you.

I need consistent rules. I really don’t mind rules, in fact, knowing the rules and that you will be consistent and fair makes me feel more secure.

I need to know what you want me to do. I get so discouraged when all I hear is “NO!” from you. Please train me so I know what to do to stay out of trouble.

I need lots of exercise. You might think I am exercising when you put me out in the yard, but sometimes I just lay there and get bored. Please take me for a walk or throw my ball for me. Sometimes I need to run and play with other dogs. I like to use my nose to find things too.

I need to be with you. Please let me be in the house with you. I get so lonely that I dig or bark or jump the fence when I am outside alone too long.

My ancestors had a job to do to keep them busy. Maybe it was herding, or bringing back ducks, or killing rats. What is my job now? Everyone says they want a smart dog, but us smart dogs get bored! When I find things to amuse me and keep me busy, sometimes it makes you mad. Please find something for me to do.

If I growl, please take the time to figure out why. I might be hurting somewhere, or maybe the kids are playing too rough with me and I have to warn them.

I need a quiet place that is mine. Sometimes I just want to rest.

I need a way to release tensions and amuse myself. Chewing is one of my favorite activities, even after I’m grown up. Please give me safe chewtoys so I don’t make a mistake and make you mad.

Please take me places with you and let me meet different people. If I stay at home all the time, the world seems like a scary place. And when I’m scared I might have to growl to make people go away.

I need to know where I stand. I really want you to be the boss, so I don’t have to make all the decisions. I am happy to follow your rules, but please don’t yell at me. Just be consistent so I can learn what to do.

Pay attention to me when I am being good, and praise me. If you ignore me too much, I will find ways to get your attention, even if it means you get upset!

Love, Rover

(As written by Pat Scott)