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Nov 22

Pup ThanksNibbles Recipe

Posted by Bark to Basics

Sharing certain parts of your Thanksgiving feast can be dangerous to your pup (or at least cause a tummy ache)!. Skip the fatty skin and gravies and instead, let your pup partake in the yummy traditional holiday food, but in a healthy, safe way. This recipe takes the classic favorites of turkey, pumpkin and cranberry and makes it into a yummy treat with ease.
Pup ThanksNibbles
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup mashed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup diced green beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped cranberries (not sweetened)
  • 1 beaten egg
Combine all ingredients and roll into 2 inch balls. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 375° then allow to cool before serving to your thankful dog!
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Oct 23

The Importance of Socialization

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The Importance of Socialization 

Socialization is imperative to having a happy, well behaved and well-adjusted adult dog.Without proper socialization young pups can grow up to be dogs with fear and territorial aggression and anxiety.

The key window for socialization is between 4-14 weeks of age. If your puppy’s shot schedule allows I highly recommend socialization outings starting at 12 weeks. Talk to your vet to determine what is safe at each stage.

If your puppy is older than 14 weeks and has not been properly socialized it is still extremely important to start the process ASAP. Socialize your puppy now to help him become the best dog he can be!

Puppy Developmental Stages 

  • From four to twelve weeks, your puppy’s interaction with people becomes more important. They learn to play with littermates, develop social skills and bite inhibition and begin to understand social boundaries and hierarchy.
  • At eight to ten weeks, your puppy can experience real fear involving everyday objects and experiences. Positive reinforcement with new experiences is important during this stage.
  • At nine to twelve weeks your puppy’s social skills with others advance, and he will begin to investigate his surroundings more. This is a great time to start training.
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Aug 26

Leash Reactivity, Breed Face Off and More! Check Out the Fall Newsletter

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The Fall Newsletter is here! Check it out now!

 

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Jul 29

Learn to Earn – Teach Your Pup to Say Please!

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  • You can teach your pup to ask nicely for things she would like (attention, food, walks, playtime etc) by asking her to sit each time she approaches for these items.
  • Ignore behaviors like jumping up, barking or pawing at you for attention. When she calms down ask her to sit and reward when she complies.
  • Over time, and with consistency on your part, your pup will start to sit automatically for anything he would like.
  • Remember, your puppy is learning every time you interact with him. Establishing clear rules and good habits now will pay off with a lifetime of a well behaved dog!

 

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Jun 27

Noise Sensitivity Protocol

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Thunder and fireworks and motorcycles, oh my! Is your dog nervous about noises? Help them restore their confidence.

Desensitize and counter condition

  • Have high value treats ready.
  • Start by making a noise that your dog is afraid of, but at a very quiet level and immediately reward your dog. You can readily find audio of sounds like thunder and fireworks online.
  • As she is calm with the low level noise gradually make the sound louder, stopping if she won’t eat or starts to panic, and going back to a softer sound.
  • Make it a priority to expose puppies to new sights and sounds while young. This will decrease the chance of him developing a fear down the road

Management

  • If you can’t avoid the noise (think thunderstorms and fireworks) be sure your dog has a safe place like a crate or small room he can escape to if needed.
  • Use the radio or TV to drown out the noise
  • Provide a high value, long lasting treat (stuffed Kong, favorite chew) to occupy him
  • Try a wrap/shirt or natural supplements that are specifically designed to calm your dog
  • If she is extremely stressed discuss medication with your vet
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