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Friends for Fido

dog wash in EvergreenDoes your dog do well meeting other dogs? Even when you’ve successfully socialized your puppy, having given her lots of positive interactions with people and other dogs, she needs continued socialization into adulthood. Some activities that encourage this include taking your pooch out to meet other people often. Regular play dates with other dogs and trips to the park can also be beneficial, but always be aware of your dog’s behavior and how she’s feeling. Don’t let her experience anxiety or show aggression toward other animals. 

If your dog doesn’t have regular playmates, there are ways to help her meet some friends. An afternoon or two a week at doggie day care will allow her to have play time with lots of other dogs, and you will quickly see how she does in social situations without you being present. Or you could consider using a dog-walker who walks several dogs at one time. The key is to provide lots of opportunity for positive interaction between your fur-kid and other dogs. If a negative situation arises, don’t hesitate to remove your pooch from the situation and discontinue the activity.

Dogs also need to meet and have positive experiences with people who come into your home. If your pet is aggressive toward your guests, one technique to try is to give every visitor treats that they can toss on the floor for her immediately upon entering your home. And of course, always reward good behavior with generous praise. Your fur-kid wants to please you more than anything.

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Mulligan Stew

Dogma Pet Supply is just as passionate about your pet’s health as you are. That’s why we offer a variety of healthful choices in our product line. For example, we carry several different varieties of dry kibble for your dog, one of which is Mulligan Stew.

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Mulligan Stew is a formula-driven pet food. Its patent-pending formula provides the benefits of detoxification,  antioxidant  production  and  optimal cellular health, helping your dog’s body gain balance and optimal functionality. The benefits of feeding your pooch this formula are evident within days, including a softer coat, increased energy, and brighter eyes. 

As is true with all the foods we carry, Mulligan Stew does not use synthetic vitamins, minerals or supplements. Instead, the Mulligan Stew Formula derives nutrients from clean food sources and plant or food-based supplements. This innovative formula was developed by a naturopathic practitioner, and increases the healthy enzymes that help build your pet’s immune system. Maybe Mulligan Stew is exactly what your pet has been needing to help him achieve optimal health. Check here to learn more about Mulligan Stew and the other wonderful brands of pet food we carry here at Dogma.

 
 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Better Life, Friends For Life

 

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Pet Training Tips ~ Don’t Jump!

It may be cute when your puppy jumps up on you because she’s so excited to see you and loves you so much.  But this quickly stops being cute when it’s an 80-pound dog knocking you (or your friends) to the floor in his excitement. So how do you get your pooch to stop jumping? It really only involves two things – praise and consistency.

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First off, you can’t successfully teach your dog not to jump on others when you let him jump on you. So the first step, is to train him to stay down when you’re around.

1. Turn your back to your dog when you come in the door and he jumps up on you. Wait until he stops jumping and say, “Good!” offering praise the moment he stops jumping. 

2. Say, “Sit!” and don’t acknowledge him with a touch or word until he sits. Offer affection at this point, and be consistent!

3. Practice not jumping with friends once your dog has mastered this with you. If he jumps say, “Off!” in a firm voice and then make him Sit. Have your friends offer praise and treats for good behavior. 

4. Anticipate jumping situations and have your dog Sit before he can jump, or redirect his attention elsewhere.

5. Consistently praise your pooch when he doesn’t jump. He wants to please you, and this will be a big motivator for him.

 
 

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Puppy Play

dog wash in EvergreenPlaying games with your puppy is fun, but they can also teach your puppy obedience skills. For example, Fetch is a great game to teach your puppy, and playing it she can learn to come when called, retrieve a toy, and drop it on command.

In the beginning, toss or roll the toy a very short distance from your puppy and let her get it. As soon as she picks it up say, “Fetch!” so she associates the command with the action. Then praise her like crazy.

When she brings it back, give her lots of praise, petting her body but not her head so she’s not worried about you taking the toy right away. If she doesn’t come back, use a long lead attached to her collar and gently pull your puppy back to you with the toy. Praise her for coming back.

Once she’s had a moment to hold the toy, your puppy may drop it on her own. As soon as she drops it say, “Drop!” so she associates the command with the action. If she doesn’t drop the toy on her own, get a gentle grip on the toy and wait for her to drop it. Then praise her generously for the action.

Never play this game on a slippery surface. Be aware of how much fun your puppy is having – some dogs like retrieving over and over, while others prefer to play with the toy. Your puppy will be having fun, which increases her happiness. And your puppy is learning obedience which, in the long run, increases the happiness of you both.

 

 
 

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Rotational Diet

A rotational diet for your dog is based on the idea that more variety will provide better overall health for your pet. Unlike a conventional feeding plan where the same food is served at each meal, diet rotation involves varying a dog’s menu on a daily, weekly, or other periodic basis.

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You don’t eat the same thing day in and day out, so why should your dog? By varying the proteins, veggies and fruits your dog eats, he will receive a more diverse and complete micro-nutrient intake from his food.

There are several benefits to a rotational diet for your pet, including a variety of new flavors and textures, which makes your dog less finicky, and a decrease in the risk of allergies by regularly switching protein sources. A rotation diet reduces the risk of intolerances because any one specific protein is not being overfed so the body does not become sensitive.

There’s really no right or wrong way to implement a rotational diet. Just offer various proteins (e.g. beef, chicken, and salmon) and forms (raw, dry, cans and fresh) to your pet. All foods can be rotated daily, weekly or monthly, based on what’s most convenient for you. It’s all about giving your pet something different, instead of the same old thing. It’s easy to start. Just buy a few different foods (some raw, some canned, some dry, with different ingredients) and begin rotating. You can even add in fruits and veggies, like bananas and carrots.Your pooch will be excited about eating again!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Better Life, Friends For Life

 

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Coming Soon

One of Dogma‘s passions is making sure your fur-kid eats well. We have a variety of raw, grain-free, freeze-dried, and canned food for your pets, all made with wholesome ingredients that your pet is made to eat. Check back throughout the month of March for practical advice on food and diet for your furry friend. We’ll also be sharing some effective training tips as well as great exercise ideas you can try out with your fur-kid.

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Another excellent way to connect with Dogma is through our facebook page. Have you considered becoming a fan? There’s no time like the present to *like* us. We frequently run specials and deals available only to our facebook fans, and some great ones are coming in March!

 

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Eight Below

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Walt Disney Pictures presents Eight Below, the tale based on a true story of incredible friendship between eight amazing sled dogs and their guide Jerry. Circumstances separate Jerry from his dogs during an extremely harsh winter in Antarctica, and Jerry’s beloved sled dogs must learn to survive together until he can rescue them. Driven by unwavering bonds of friendship, enormous belief in one another, and tremendous courage, Jerry and the dogs make an incredible journey to reunite in this triumphant and inspiring action-adventure the whole family will treasure. If you love dog movies, this is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

 

 

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