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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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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 ~ 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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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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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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Contest!!

We’re running a contest for the month of March on our facebook fan page. Have you already *liked* us on facebook? Then go to our wall and post the cutest, most original pet name and you could be our winner! It’s all up to our fans, who will be voting.

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Not a fan yet? That’s okay, too. Just go to our facebook fan page and click *like*. Then you can post your best pet name, and see what the people think.

The winner receives a $50 gift certificate to Dogma, to buy whatever he or she wants. The prize will be awarded on March 30th. We’re all cheering for you, so get those creative juices flowing and join in the fun at Dogma!

 
 

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