Welcome dog lovers!

Let’s face it: there’s nothing like a boy and his dog. Unless it’s a girl and her dog…or a grown man/woman and his/her dog. Okay, okay. I guess there’s nothing like a person and its dog. So bottom line, there’s nothing like a dog.

Phew. That was harder than it had to be!

Anyway, the point is this, I think dog’s deserve to be treated well. And that’s what this blog is all about.

So stay tuned for some great pooch pampering tips, tricks, and articles.

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Keeping It Clean

This is a little different from my previous posts.  I just got a new little guy from the pound…cutie patootie.  We named him Rex.  He’s a yorkie…purebred WITH papers.  However, he must have been through some sort of ordeals in his life.  He does NOT like kids and noise…yet.  And he pees everywhere.  Like seriously.  I don’t know what the deal is.  I’ve trained several dogs and never struggled as much as this time.  But I just know it’s going to take some time and patience.  I’ve got to break him of his previous habits and fears.  Pour on the love, love, love.  I know if anyone is loved enough, eventually it will become a relationship of trust.  In the mean time, I’m trying really hard to keep my carpets from becoming so incredibly soaked with smelly pee.  So I’ve got chucks by the door and  I take him outside regularly.  My brother and his wife have a cute little Boston Terrier.  They both work full-time, very demanding days though.  So when they leave their little guy at home, they need a place for him to go.  They’ve trained him to go in their shower.  Yep, you heard me right…their shower. And you know what? It’s actually pretty smart.  It’s a super easy place to clean out and sanitize every time they get home.  So I’ve thought about it, but I don’t have a walk-in shower, and the tub sounds hard for a little yorkie.  So we’re still working on the good old outdoors….and once we finally get that.  I think I’ll need to get my carpets cleaned.  (Good thing one of my friends owns a cleaning company…shout out to stgcleanestcarpets.com.)

What are your best potty training tips?

Pampered Pooches

There are so many wonderful things you can do for your dog.  In the past few days, I’ve covered a few of them.  Today I’m in the mood to cover a few little ones that are fun for both of you to do together.

Something that is super fun is taking a drive with the windows down.  Your dog will love the air in his face, his tongue flapping.  A drive can be a relaxing way for you to unwind as well.

Another treat for your dog is having a special place for them to sleep.  Maybe it’s your bed.  Maybe it’s their own special place.  But there are some really special, comfy beds you can get.  Heated, orthopedic, designer, with their favorite pillows, blankies, and toys.

Really want to pamper your dog? Make them a plate of what you’re eating and let them join you for meals.  Remember to to feed them lots of whole, healthy foods.  Just like what you should be eating.  You can both be healthy together and have wonderful time together at every meal.

Toys, toys, toys.  Toys are so much fun.  There are so many types of toys that are good for teeth, brain, and activity.  You can all play together. It is such a bonding thing for both of you.

Another great thing for both of you is to get out and go on a walk.  Go somewhere new.  See something else.  (Or smell something new…if you’re the dog.) This is great for both of your health.  And a fun plus would be getting a fun matching leash and collar.

What else do you like to do with your pooch?

Sparkly Whites

When you think of ways to pamper your pets, getting their teeth cleaned might not be something that comes to mind.  A dental treatment isn’t exactly something we consider fun….for us or our doggies. But dental treatments help keep our best friends healthy and happy. Not only does it prevent tooth decay, infection and bad breath, it also helps with heart disease and other serious illnesses.  The vet will do a great job at a check up every few years getting those pearly whites all sparkling and perfect.  The only draw backs to this are the price and as you can imagine, the dog will need to be asleep with some anesthesia for this process. This can be risky, but as long as your dog is healthy and in good shape, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about.  The doctor will take x-rays of his teeth and get all the tartar and periodontal diseases cleaned off.  If you keep their teeth clean, they will be so much healthier and happier.  In between cleanings, there are a few things you can do to help keep those teeth sparkling.  You could try brushing their teeth (I would recommend a peanut butter flavored toothpaste).  This can be very challenging at times, but if your dog is content letting you do it, it could help.  If your dog hates that, two of the easiest things you can do is to feed your dog healthy, whole foods like fresh meats and vegetables instead of the store bought stuff.  This will help with their overall health!  And they can also chew on bones (like a real bone, with marrow) a few times a week for 10-20 minutes.  They love this extra special treat, and it really helps keep those molars in good shape.  You need to make sure you supervise this though as they could choke.  After 10-20 mins, just wash the bone off and put it in a ziplock bag in the fridge until the next time. This is my favorite thing to do as long as your dog isn’t tiny.  Also avoid brittle bones or poultry bones.  You can boil the bone for a few minutes to make it a little softer, if needed.  There are also some homemade concoctions with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide that are great if you dip some gauze or a qtip in that and rub on the back teeth.  Again, this just depends on your pooch’s willingness to comply.

What kinds of teeth cleaning do you do?

Social Time

Dogs are social creatures.  They love to play…a lot.  They love to play with you, but they also love to play with other dogs.  Another great way to pamper your doggy is to get him some friends.  Dog Parks are a fantastic way to do this.  Dog parks are such a great idea!  Seriously.  A fenced in area, where dogs can run around freely and play with each other.  Where everyone is considerate and cleans up after their pooches, and where you can even make new friends yourself chatting with other dog lovers.  You know, a lot of behavior problems from dogs comes from the fact that they’re bored, not getting enough activity, and not getting enough socialization.  Dog parks can really help with this. Dogs need exercise just like we do! There are a few downsides to dog parks.  Maybe your dog is a little on the shy side or maybe even the aggressive side. Also, dogs who haven’t been spayed or neutered yet could cause a little bit of a problem surrounded by other dogs….if you know what I mean. Young dogs (under age two…but after they’re vaccinated) will especially benefit from running off some of their excess energy. Socialization can help a lot, but you might need to just do it a little at a time.  When picking your park, be sure to find one with enough space for them to run well, a place that has secure fences and gates, good clean up stations, plenty of water to drink, shelter from the sun if it’s a really hot day, and a place for tiny dogs (if you have a tiny dog) to play together without being overwhelmed by the big dogs. Bringing a few fun toys along is always a treat as well.  So pamper that pooch with some fun exercise and socialization.

Doggie Treats

Pampering.  There are several ways to pamper your poochie.  I will cover several of those on this blog, but for today, we are going to focus on treats.  You can always buy treats for your dog, but isn’t it fun to make them?  If you decide to make them, they don’t have to be anything very hard.  You don’t even have to cook anything if you don’t want to.

One super simple idea is to freeze some chicken broth in an ice cube try.  You dog will love this when they’re hot.

Another simple recipe requires only three ingredients: 2 apples, 1 cup greek non-fat plain yogurt, and a splash of water.  Blend these up (remember to remove the apple seeds as they are poisonous), pour them in an ice cube tray and freeze until hard.

If you want to cook something, I love to mix 2 cups whole wheat flour with 4 oz of pureed baby food.  Mix this together until it forms a stiff dough.  After that, you can roll the dough out on a slightly floured surface until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.  You can use cookie cutters to create shapes or just cut them into strips with a pizza cutter.  In some recipes, you can mold the dough, no matter the shape, your dog will love it. Space these treats out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about 1/2 inch apart.  Bake them at 350* for 20-25 minutes.  Once they are done cooking, allow them to cool.  Note that if you store them in an airtight bag, the treats will wind up softer…but still completely edible.

Dogs love treats and this is a fun and simple way you can pamper them.  How do you pamper your dog?