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Where’s the Beef?

dog wash in EvergreenProtein is an extremely important part of your dog’s daily intake of food, because only protein ensures he has necessary amino acids, essential energy and the nutrients to grow and develop properly. Because of your dog’s design, what he will prefer are meat-based dog foods. When you research different brands, check the ingredient list. Does it list organ meat and other meats, or only meat fat?

The best thing for your dog is to offer him a variety of food. This is easily accomplished by switching between dry kibble and high-protein canned food. You can also offer high-protein treats during the day. Another great option is leftovers. Dogs love cooked chicken, beef or pork, but it’s critical that these foods do not contain onion or garlic, and are unseasoned to avoid stomach upset.

It’s also extremely important to know the daily recommended amount of protein for your pooch’s diet. You can check Dogma’s website here for a wonderful variety of high-protein foods. If you’re struggling with how much to feed, come on in to Dogma™ and Craig can do an analysis of your dog (weight, age, activity level, breed) and help you design the optimum diet for him.

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Training Tips ~ Slow Down, Fido!

dog wash in EvergreenDoes your dog eat too fast? If so, this can be a problem for a variety of reasons. Your pooch could choke, or simply take in too much air when he gulps his food down, causing gas. It can even lead to bloat, a potentially deadly disease that is seen mostly in large, deep-chested breeds. Teaching your dog to eat slower is an important issue. A dog who eats more slowly is ultimately healthier and just plain feels better. So, how can you slow your furry friend down? Here are some things to try.

Provide a spot away from the hustle and bustle of your home. It is vital to provide a quiet environment in which the dog can eat peacefully and quietly. A quiet room, a secluded corner or even a crate may help the dog relax and feel less compelled to eat fast, especially a dog who lives in a multi-dog home.

If this doesn’t seem to help, you can hand-feed your dog one kibble at a time. Some owners have also found it beneficial to spread the food on the floor in a trail so the dog will have to eat a kibble every few steps. This, of course, doesn’t work with everyone’s lifestyle, but it can help your pooch feel calmer and slow down.

Another thing to try is adding large stones to your dog’s dish. Make sure they are FAR TOO BIG to swallow. Your dog will have to work around the stones, and the result will be eating slower. You can even purchase food bowls that teach your dog to eat slower, like these.

Keep trying different methods until you find something that works. You’ll have a happier dog as a result.

 
 

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Nature’s Logic®

dog wash in EvergreenAs loving pet-parents ourselves, we understand that you want to feed your pets only the very best. At Dogma™ we carry many healthful brands of food, one of which is Nature’s Logic® grain-free kibble. Nature’s Logic is committed to providing the highest quality and safest nutrition for the furry members of your family. They have created canned pet food with no chemically-synthesized ingredients. Nature’s Logic is the pioneer in developing truly 100% natural pet foods derived from nature…not chemistry. Their grain-free canned food contains nutrient dense muscle and organ meat with select fruits and vegetables.

Nature’s Logic provides your pet with essential and complete nutrition using only 100% natural ingredients. They never add chemically-synthesized vitamins, minerals or other trace nutrients, to ensure that your pet is not exposed to the potential toxicities associated with these man-made substances. You can feel confident and have peace of mind when feeding Nature’s Logic. Check here for this fabulous product as well as other great, nutritious foods for your pet.

 
 

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Expert Advice

dog wash in EvergreenSometimes, we’re just not sure what to feed our dog. We want the best for her, healthful food that will give her vitality and long life. But we also look for something that she’ll love to eat, something we don’t have to coax her to eat, and something that’s convenient and simple for us. so we can be consistent with it.

Then there are the times when our pooch has been eating great, and suddenly develops a finickiness that we can’t get her to shake. Or our pet is simply getting older or has gained some weight or is less active than before, and we’re not sure how or even if we should change her diet.

Craig and Angel at Dogma™ have years of experience and a deep understanding of canine nutrition. They are more than happy to answer your questions about what is best for your fur-kid to eat, how much you should feed, how to avoid allergies, and and how to offer your pet the most healthful, wholesome food possible in a way they will love. Come on down to Dogma™ – we’d love to chat.

 
 

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Training Tips ~ The Recall

Training your dog to come when called is probably the most important thing you’ll ever teach him. At some point, responding to your recall command will keep him from danger. If your dog does not come, some consistent training and lots of praise can fix that.

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Putting your dog on a long lead, walk away from him. Crouch down (this is an inviting pose for your pooch) and call “Come.” Gently reel your pup in. When he gets to you, no matter how long it takes, reward him with a treat and generous praise. Continue working with the long lead, and always make coming to you a rewarding experience. Never scold or punish when your dog comes to you, even if you’re smoking at the ears because of something he’s done. He’ll associate the punishment with the last thing he did – which is come to you.

Continue working consistently with your dog, taking him off the lead in an enclosed area, but never take him off leash out in the open until you feel you can trust him completely to obey your recall command. When he’s mastered this command, it will give both of you more freedom out hiking or at the dog park.

 
 

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Mellow Mut® Treats

dog wash in EvergreenDo you have a high-energy dog, and are looking for a treat he’ll just love made with natural, wholesome ingredients? Mellow Mut ® eoncourages a happy, healthy lifestyle for your pooch. The key ingredients of this yummy dog treat are cage-free chicken breast and a Vitamin E supplement.

Here’s what one customer is saying: “Our bearded collie loves Mellow Mut. We first heard of MM from our veterinarian, who recommended it as a healthful, all natural product to calm our very high-energy ten-year-old puppy. It’s one of her favorite early morning treats – usually snacking on three or four chicken breast strips. By the time we leave for work, she really is a mellow mutt. A great product.”

Check here for Mellow Mut ®, and other healthful treats for your fur-kid.

 

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Training Tips ~ Tone of Voice

What tone of voice do you use when you call your dog? “Skip! Get over here! Skip! SKIP!” If you’re angrily yelling for your pooch and he’s not responding, maybe you should consider what’s happening. Think about it – if someone is shouting your name in an irritated manner, how excited are you to come running?

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Your tone of voice matters just as much, if not more than the words you’re using. A flat tone may elicit a flat response from your dog. And a grumpy voice certainly won’t encourage him to come running happily. Based on your tone, he may think he’s in big trouble when he gets there, and take his sweet time about it.

Properly training your dog to come when called, combined with a happy tone of voice, can work wonders for you. Your dog is definitely smart enough to learn individual words, but he’ll also listen to how you sound. With my own dog, I can say, “You bad thing. You are so naughty,” and tail wagging, he flops over for a belly rub. Why? Because my tone is soft and friendly, and he feels only happiness and security. But if he’s in trouble, all I have to do is say, “Uh, oh,” in the right tone, and his ears go down, his tail goes down, and he takes a submissive “I’m sorry” pose.

So be aware of your own tone of voice, especially when getting your dog to respond to a recall. And when he comes when called, always respond with lots of praise.

 
 

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