Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Dog Food Fitness & Health

The holidays are here. Time for food, drink, friends, family (including the dog), and good times.

Thanksgiving tends to center around food. Not all the food we eat on this type of holiday is the best for our health, but never the less we eat it. The same is true for our dogs. Food that we eat that is bad for us tends to take effect over time. The difference with dogs and the food that is bad for them at Thanksgiving is that it can be detrimental to their health quickly.

There are common foods that most dog owners know are bad for dogs like chocolate, but the list of foods that are commonly prepared for a holiday feast that could cause serious health issues for your dog may surprise you.

Read the list of foods that can cause health issues that may not be reversible such as pancreatitis here: Thanksgiving Dog Food

Make sure to reduce the amount of stress the holiday can bring for yourself and your dog by getting out and getting some exercise first thing Thanksgiving morning. Not only will it offset the amount of food that might be consumed, but the unusual commotion with friends and family can not only be stressful for your dog, but you as well.

Exercise is the best way to dissipate these type of feelings. Just watch a dog run and see the look on their face and it becomes pretty clear!

Have a great Thanksgiving.... make sure to keep the foods that could hurt your dogs health permanently inaccessible to your dog, get some exercise and enjoy your family, friends, and your dog.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving Wag! Dog Safety Training Tips.

The holidays are officially upon us. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, a time for friends and family, and a time for great food. With our dogs being part of our families there are some very important things that you should know about inclusion and what is good for your dog and what is not.

Read Thanksgiving Dog Safety Tips for information on a very common Thanksgiving feast fixing your dog should absolutely not have because it can cause pancreatitis.

Included in the article is a recipe for a special Holiday Kong Treat your dog will love.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Surf Dog Raises $10,000 & 3 yrs of Therapy for Quadriplegic Patrick Ivison

Ricochet the surf dog, better known as Rip Curl Ricki when she's in the water, has done a great job of raising money for 15 year old Patrick Ivison. Patrick is quadriplegic and is an inspiration to the physically challenged in a very big way.

Patrick doesn't let things stop him. He's active in his studies and in sporting events including an active surfing partner with Ricochet the Surf Dog.

Read the full story... Surf Dog Raises $10,000 & 3 yrs of Therapy for Quadriplegic Patrick Ivison

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Dog Fight Over World’s Tallest Great Dane

Only kidding. No dog fight, just a friendly misunderstanding! It turns out that Titan who was named the World’s tallest Great Dane on Thursday is actually not quite as tall as George who stands 43 inches tall at the shoulder, rather than 42 inches flat or 42.625 as he was previously recorded. Titan, owned by Diana Taylor of San Diego, is 42.25 inches tall, but is recorded as Guinness World Records.

Turns out George’s owner didn’t get the appropriate paperwork filed and so was not considered at the time the record was given.

The owners aren’t really fighting about it, just now bringing out what is true of their dog George. Both Great Dane owners are proud of their dogs' and that really is what it comes down to. That “feeling” we get from our dogs.

"George feels he needs vindication." Nasser and friends Paul O'Rourke and Dana Murray, who are campaigning to get George into the record book, are taking responsibility for not completing George's application in time to take down Titan.

In order to get the most accurate (and flattering) measurement possible, the team took longer to get a veterinarian to verify that George is 43 inches tall at the shoulder, rather than 42 inches flat or 42.625 inches, as previous measurements found. Titan, owned by Diana Taylor of San Diego, is 42.25 inches tall.

"It's just bad timing. I can't say anything bad about Guinness," said Nasser. "We sent the paperwork to them Tuesday and they got it Thursday. The winner had a plaque in hand Thursday. … we were just late to the game."

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thanksgiving - Dog Training: Wag Daily

November brings a time for reflection on Thanksgiving. In the economic downturn the good side comes to light with the return to our lives. What is important. What is not.

Returning to home and spending quality time with family, friends, yourself and the dog is finding its way back to important and those fundamentals build our true wealth in life.

The article Giving Thanks: The Dog Wag Training Treatment tells how you can simply look at your dog in the morning and find the inspiration for gratitude, thankfulness, and simplicity of a simple smile.

We take on the amalgamation of the 5 people we hang out with the most. Your dog can bring that peaceful, shining wag to how you feel every day.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dog Tricks. Take My Socks Off!

Dog training for some people carries a negative connotation along the lines of work, task, something that must be done that you don’t want to do.

Stop yourself from the negative and have some fun with dog training. Here’s a great video on how to teach your dog to take your socks off. Fun dog stuff.

Keep in mind anything you train your dog to do can be this fun. It’s just a matter of understanding how your dog learns. You can mark the moment of whatever it is you want... like taking your socks off or not pulling on the leash!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dog Food: The Good, The Bad, and The Easy

How do you think your body would do if you ate the same exact food for every single meal of your entire life? Probably miss out on a few things on the nutritional end as well as get a bit bored and look for something else to chew on, right?

Dogs don't get that choice and usually don't complain but it can show up in their long term health. The old adage "you are what you eat" applies here as well.

Not all dog food is the same. Kibble is a great staple given its a quality dog food but adding some regular real food can improve your dogs health over the long term. After all the current worlds oldest dog’s owners attribute his long life to giving him a bit of real food every day!

Read Dog Food: You Are What You Eat for some easy tips on how to improve your dog’s diet with some very simple additions that you already have in the kitchen.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dog Tail Chasing Linked to High Cholesterol

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High cholesterol is proving to be a marker for behavioral problems such as obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks. The Journal of Small Animal Practice published a study done by a team of veterinarians that has linked high cholesterol to tail chasing in dogs.

Though the studies on behavior disorders and cholesterol have done mainly on humans, the thought that it could be connected to the behavior disorders in dogs as well is quite feasible.

It is an interesting study and health should certainly be an area to be thoroughly checked out when a dog shows unexplained behavior problems. The dog study took blood from dogs that otherwise appear to be healthy and found that those with higher cholesterol also had a tendency to be tail-chasers.

Dogs who obsess on something usually have problems with stability. Owners and friends of dog owners many times focus on a dogs obsession as amusing and sometimes actually encourage the behavior. This in itself could be causing the unbalanced nature of that particular dog to progress faster than need be. Considering that it could be a health issue can easily become completely overlooked.

Dog food that contributes to high cholesterol isn’t easy to track down due to labeling and ingredient regulations are much different than human grade food products. Just like the human race, a well balanced dog should get plenty of exercise and a healthy diet.

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Read the full story: Dog Tail-Chasing Linked to High Cholesterol

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