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The Monster

Dogs and Vacuums. It’s not the same feeling as sugar and spice—a quite different feeling, in fact. A lot of dogs are scared of vacuums, and sometimes some dogs are so hyper-focused on the vacuum cleaner they even bark at the closet the sweeper lives in. Some dogs are very fearful of this loud, moving machine and will tear out of the room trying to hide from the beast. Other dogs may bark at vacuum cleaners and even try to attack or kill the machine.

I remember my golden retriever, Theo, would do a little dance and try to retreat as fast as he could. But I worked on his fear of the vacuum cleaner and we were able to get to a point where he would comfortably hang out in another room while I swept the house. Dexter on the other hand, just lies on the floor and I actually have to ask him to move so I don’t sweep him up!

Today I am going to teach you some techniques to help your dog not fear the vacuum cleaner, how to manage his dog anxieties, and how to prevent your future puppy from developing vacuum phobia. 🙂

Living with the Monster

  1. When your dog is not around, bring out your sweeper and find a place in your home, up against a wall, that your vacuum cleaner can live. By keeping it out in the house and not hidden in a closet, your dog will be able to slowly adjust to the look of vacuum without the noise and movement. I know, it’s not pretty, but it’s a great first step in a good dog behavior modification program.
  2. Next, place a handful of healthy dog treats around the vacuum cleaner and leading up to the sweeper.
  3. Let your dog back into the room, but do not say or do anything about your new décor. Just allow your dog to figure it out and do what he pleases. He may bark and charge, it, and as long as he’s safe, don’t worry about it. He may or may not eat the tasty dog treats. Eventually, he will settle down, but it may take a few days.
  4. When you see that your dog is eating the treats, randomly throughout the day place more treats around the sweeper and once again, allow him to do his thing.
  5. At some point, your dog won’t be as focused on the machine as he once was, and this is when it’s time for the monster to move.
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The MONSTER!

The Monster Moves

Continue to allow your dog to live with the vacuum and collect treats, even when you start this new training regimen.

  1. When your dog is not visiting the vacuum, walk over to the vacuum and glide it one sweep (not on), say, “YES” and toss your dog a treat. Your sweep should be parallel to the wall and not toward your dog. No scary monsters are allowed to move TOWARD your dog.
  2. Repeat. Move sweeper, YES, toss treat.
  3. Continue this routine at various times of the day, for multiple days or weeks. Moving to the next routine really depends on your dog’s reaction. You want your dog to be pretty comfortable with this routine before hitting the on switch.

The Monster Talks

Continue with the above lessons, even when you start this new routine. Okay, this might be a biggie. Don’t jump to this step too quickly—make sure the other sessions are going well with some good repetition and conditioning before turning on your vacuum.

  1. Ensure your dog is not close to the vacuum cleaner before you start this step. Be ready. Turn your vacuum cleaner on and quickly off, say “YES,” and toss your dog a treat. Whew. That may have been a big step for him. Assuming all went well, go to #2.
  2. Allow your sweeper to stop spinning and repeat your quick on/off/yes/treat. Repeat this process as your dog gets comfortable with the monster’s voice.
  3. Once your dog is doing well with the quick on/offs, allow your vacuum to stay on for a few seconds, before turning off and treating. You are going to gradually increase the time the sweeper is on before tossing his treat.

The Monster Moves and Talks and Cleans Your House

Remember, it is critical to go at your dog’s comfort level before making a task harder. If at any time you see him starting to stress or panic, take it back a notch or two.

  1. The time has come. First, make sure your dog has a safe place to go to be away from the sweeper. You do not want to sweep your dog into a corner with no escape route.
  2. Start your normal cleaning, but make sure you are not pushing your vacuum too quickly and never toward your dog. You may need to stop the sweeper at times and help your dog move out of the way and into a safer area. As you sweep away from your dog, toss treats behind you toward your dog. This continues with the conditioning process that the sweeper really isn’t a monster, but instead a way to earn a reward. If you really don’t want to do this step, skip right to the next step, Sweeping Management.

Sweeping Management

During your dog’s behavior change, you will have to install some sweeping management techniques so that you can clean your home even when he’s not ready. Or if you don’t want to put the time into changing his emotions, you can also just skip to management.

  1. Before sweeping your home, prepare a hollow filled toy or your dog’s favorite healthy chew, and take him into his safe room, such as the bedroom. You can turn on some dog-calming music and give him his long-lasting chew, shut the door, and go do your vacuuming.
  2. Once you finished vacuuming, open the door and allow your dog back into the area. Shut yourself and the vacuum into the “dog room” as you sweep that area.
  3. Viola. Swept home, stress-free dog.

Vacuum Monster Back Home

Once you get to the point of sweeping your home, consider moving the vacuum back into the closet. Your dog will likely still have a high association with the closet, so you can slowly work on desensitizing him to that too, or just put him in another room as the monster comes out of his cave.


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

If you are anything like me, you are always trying to find the best pet products, natural dog grooming supplies, and the healthiest dog food brand for your favorite canine. But the reality is, there is not a “one size fits all” answer to what is “best.” Every dog needs a diet that is specific to his health, behavior, and lifestyle. Personally, I’m a huge believer in frequent rotation of healthy, homemade dog food, raw dog food, and holistic pet pre-mixes. I never feed dry dog food or dry cat food. Dry pet food is heavily processed at high heat, removing all the moisture and goodness of the food. A balanced homemade dog food or raw pet food is the only way to provide a fresh, healthy diet.

If you have visited Raising Your Pets Naturally in the past, you probably know that I home-cook for Dexter almost exclusively. However, I do occasionally recommend and use great dog food brands, especially when traveling. Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm Superfood Pre-Mix filled this need when Dexter and I traveled to Minnesota for a week. Instead of traveling with a week’s worth of frozen dog food, I brought Dr. Harvey’s dehydrated pre-mix with me, and purchased organic beef upon my arrival.

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REAL FOOD

Before I go into how easy it is to make this healthy dog food, I want to discuss all the health benefits of Paradigm and why I choose Dr. Harvey’s for Dexter. As you know, I’m very particular in what I feed Dexter, and I do not cut any corners when it comes to his health.

The formula contains powerful ingredients, each of which has been chosen to provide vital nutrition for health and healing. Paradigm is a grain-free dog food mix that provides a holistic blend of nutritious dehydrated vegetables and powerful healing herbs that improve health and act as natural blood purifiers. Inside, you will find bone broth; herbs such as turmeric, spirulina, ginger, red clover, milk thistle, slippery elm, dandelion and cinnamon; and absolutely no dyes, fillers, preservatives, wheat, corn or soy.

Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm is a pre-mix base for a nutritionally complete dog or cat food. This low-carbohydrate, low-glycemic pet food mix may be helpful for pets with a variety of health issues such as obesity, weakened immune system, diabetes, cancer, and neurological conditions. Paradigm is a blend of low-glycemic vegetables that digest slowly to prevent glucose level spikes combined with an abundance of powerful and nourishing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that support all body systems and aid in healing. I felt this would be a great pre-mix, since Dexter suffers from a neurological condition and weakened immune system.

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Paradigm is a ketogenic diet for dogs and cats. A ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates. A low-carb formulation robs cancer cells of their sugar (glucose) energy supply, so instead of using carbs for energy, your pet will start to use stored fat for energy instead. A ketogenic diet can essentially starve cancer cells, decreases seizures, lowers blood sugar levels, burns fat, and increases mental focus. Holistic vets agree that a low-carb or ketogenic diet may be helpful in the management of canine cancer.

Paradigm Ingredients-Broccoli, Green Beans, Bone Broth, Red and Green Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Pumpkin, Celery, Kelp, Alfalfa, Turmeric, Spirulina, Ginger, Red Clover, Milk Thistle, Slippery Elm, Dandelion, Cinnamon, Tricalcium Phosphate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid

Watch how easy it is to make healthy dog food in your own kitchen!

Paradigm makes it easy and safe to prepare fresh meals in a matter of minutes, right in your own kitchen.

  1. Add hot water to Paradigm and let sit for approximately 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add your choice of quality protein, either lightly cooked or raw.
  3. Add your choice of healthy oil.
  4. Mix well and feed.
  5. Watch your dog or cat lap up their healthy, real food!

Dexter’s favorite part was diving into his bowl of Paradigm. Dexter is a foodie, and loves to eat healthy and tasty food. If there was such a thing as smell-a-blog, I would love it right about now. The Paradigm smelled amazing! The mix of healthy herbs made this healthy dog food a real treat for Dexter. He gobbled up each meal and licked the bowl so clean it almost looked unused!

Paradigm empowers you to take your dog’s health into your own hands by adding a quality protein and oil sources that you pick to meet your dog’s needs. It’s really easy to prepare a healthy, fresh dog food with Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm Superfood Pre-Mix. You can easily prepare a week’s worth of food, portion into daily servings, and freeze.

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Harvey’s for as long as I can remember. As a pioneer and the very first companion animal food producer in the ultra-natural and all-natural category of pet food, the team at Dr. Harvey’s has dedicated itself over the past three decades to a powerful vision: helping guardians give their companion animals a better, healthier, happier, longer, and more fulfilling life.

If you are looking for a quality pre-mix for your dog or cat, I can’t recommend Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm enough. Hop on over to Dr. Harvey’s website and see for yourself. Tell them Dexter The Dog sent you.

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No Magic Tricks in Dog or Cat Training or Behavioral Training

Sorry. I totally can relate when a pet parent contacts me about their pet’s behavior, especially when a dog or cat is scared. I lived, trained, and managed my previous dog, who was scared of storms to the extreme. It’s not easy helping a dog or cat with anxiety. On the other side of the coin, I also have pet parents that want to “fix” or train their pets’ everyday behaviors, but want to be able to do it quickly. I mean, you can see amazing results on TV in 45 minutes, so why can’t you see those results in your own home?

First, I hope I don’t have to tell you that TV is entertainment. Even the best dog or cat training TV shows have a little time-lapse magic. But the real point in pet training and behavior is that it takes time, patience, practice, and commitment. Teaching a pet to do a specific task or not do a specific behavior doesn’t happen overnight, and it may not happen even in the course of a 6-8 week dog training class, especially if the dog owner isn’t working with their dog daily and consistently.

The Sports Analogy

Dog and cat behaviorists often compare pet training to learning a new sport. I’m one of those people! It’s so true. You wouldn’t expect your 7-year-old child to join the Olympic team in 8 weeks, yet dog parents often think that their dog should be able to come when called off of chasing a squirrel after an 8-week course. That’s an extremely difficult task that typically isn’t reliable in 8 weeks.

But there’s something else that makes training your pets different than joining the Olympic team: YOU. You are likely learning how to train at the same time you’re training your pet, unlike the Olympic coach, who has been living the sport for decades. There is going to be error in your skills and timing. Pet training coaches, like Olympic coaches, have likely been training dogs full-time for many, many years. You on the other hand, may have little experience, which can make things a little bumpy as you and your dog learn together.

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No, I do not have a magic wand to fix your pet’s behavior. No, there’s no silver bullet for your pet when he’s stressed. Yes, I can help you with your pet’s behavior, but you do have to commit to your pet and the process of training. If I had a magic wand I would use it and keep all of the pets in their current homes, happy and safe. I would be more than happy to then look for another career. In the meantime, I promise I will help as many pet parents understand and change their pets’ behavior to keep as many dogs and cats in their homes as possible. x


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

From the beginning of my 20-year career in dog behavior, I have been asked, “What is the best dog food?” Over the years, my answer has remained the same: “It depends.” Truly, finding the best dog food for your dog depends on a lot of factors. Are you looking for the best dog food for skin allergies, homemade dog food recipes, raw dog food recipes, or a prepared holistic pet food?

When people ask me what the best dry dog food is, I basically cringe. I get it. I know some people are always going to feed a dry dog food, but I don’t think a dry pet food is the healthiest option for your dog and certainly not for your cat. Dry pet food is heavily processed at high heat, removing all the moisture and goodness from the food. Fresh food, whether from a balanced home-cooked diet, balanced home-prepared raw, raw pet food company, or home-cooked pet food company will always provide a fresher, healthier diet.

When people ask me for the best dog food, I assume they want to feed their dogs a species-appropriate, high-quality dog food. I personally look for several things when evaluating the quality of a dog food. In a good dog food, I’m looking for meat, meat, and more meat. I shoot for 70% or more meat in Dexter‘s diet. I look for meats free of antibiotics and hormones. The remaining portion of Dexter’s food can be healthy fruits and vegetables, and I’m not opposed to healthy grains or carbohydrates in small quantities. Ideally, I look for ingredients that are organic, human-grade, and sourced in a country with a good quality-control program.

Figuring out all the details when choosing a pet food brand can be time consuming, but Dexter is well worth the time. If you have visited Raising Your Pets Naturally in the past, you probably know that I home-cook for Dexter almost exclusively. However, I do occasionally recommend and use great dog food brands, especially when traveling. Darwin’s Pet Products is one of those brands.

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I’m a big fan of a raw-food dog diet. However, it’s not for every person, and it’s not for every dog. Dexter is one of these dogs. With Dexter’s neurological condition and weakened immune system, he does not tolerate a fresh raw diet very well; he tends to get the scoots. However, Darwin’s raw dog food can be gently cooked “rare” (i.e., cooking the meat, but not the ground bones). This is what I do when feeding Darwin’s to Dexter, and he does great, with no digestion issues.

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Does Dexter like Darwin’s Natural Pet Products? Seriously? You have to ask? Dexter is a huge fan. He gobbles up every last morsel and looks at me for seconds. The question should be whether or not I like a particular pet food brand. I have been a fan of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products for a few years, and even rotate their cat food into Nutter The Cat‘s diet.

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Gobbled every last bit

Darwin’s raw dog food is 75% meat, 25% vegetables, and under 1% trace minerals and vitamins. No guesswork on how much meat your dog is getting. And it’s not low-quality meat that you might find in a rendering plant or low-quality pet food manufacturing facility. Darwin’s offers two dog food lines: Natural Selections and ZooLogics. Their Natural Selections line contains high-quality, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats from New Zealand, Australia, and the USA, with organic vegetables. Their ZooLogics line is a more economical line of raw dog food, made with conventionally-grown meats and vegetables from the same farms that supply your supermarket.

Currently, Darwin’s offers raw dog food made with chicken, duck, turkey, beef, or lamb. Darwin’s eliminates the middle-man by shipping directly to the customer. They even include a pre-paid return label so you can return the special insulated shipping container back to Darwin’s. If you live in the Seattle and Portland Metropolitan Areas, you receive free home delivery!

Darwin’s raw dog food is super simple to feed. Each 8-ounce frozen, vacuum-sealed bag has an EZ Peel tab in the corner, making it a breeze to open without a mess. They also provide a nice container with a lid to store any unused food. Frozen food can last at least six months when kept frozen. Once defrosted, keep the raw pet food in the refrigerator for up to two days.

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The first step in our transition was to thaw two packages of the raw Natural Selections turkey. This was easy—I just placed a block in the handy container provided, and popped it into the refrigerator for the day. The next day, I gently cooked Dexter’s food and allowed it to cool. Because Dexter is used to a variety of foods, I was able to quickly transition him to test out Darwin’s gently cooked dog food. I started with a 50/50 mix of his current food and Darwin’s. By day two, Dexter was happily eating Darwin’s raw turkey, but gently cooked. He was a happy camper!

Darwin’s Raw Turkey Dog Food Ingredients: Free-Range Meat (76.90%): Turkey Necks (including bone), Turkey Thigh Meat, Turkey Livers, Turkey Hearts, and Turkey Gizzards. Organic Vegetables (22.34%): Romaine Lettuce, Yams, Zucchini, Carrots, Yellow Squash, Celery, and Parsley (vegetables may vary based on seasonality). Special Nutrient Mix (0.77%): Organic Flax Seed Oil, Sea Salt, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12, Iodine, Vitamin D3. Free-Range Meat (76.90%): Turkey Necks (including bone), Turkey Thigh Meat, Turkey Livers, Turkey Hearts, and Turkey Gizzards. Organic Vegetables (22.34%): Romaine Lettuce, Yams, Zucchini, Carrots, Yellow Squash, Celery, and Parsley (vegetables may vary based on seasonality). Special Nutrient Mix (0.77%): Organic Flax Seed Oil, Sea Salt, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12, Iodine, Vitamin D3.

If you are unsure where to start in your selection or transition, Darwin’s offers a free menu consultation. Darwin’s Intelligent Design™ Veterinary line is a great option for dogs who need a special formulation for a medical issue. These are specialized formulas designed to provide extra support to dogs facing certain health issues. Unlike your typical “veterinary diet,” these meals are actually made with high-quality, real food! Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food is a total hit with both Dexter and me. If you are looking to find a high-quality raw diet for your dog, I urge you to check out Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. Tell them Dexter sent you.


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During our dog-friendly vacation in Maryland, I knew I wanted to take Dexter on a boat ride. Dexter LOVES taking boat rides. I think there is something about the gentle rocking of the boat, the breeze in his ears and the scent of the open water that just mesmerizes Dexter.

While searching online for a dog-friendly boat cruise, I found Cruises on the Bay℠ by Watermark®. I messaged them about bringing Dexter aboard their boat, and they were very helpful and friendly in our conversations. With over 45 years of experience, this was the Annapolis dog-friendly cruise I wanted to take Dexter aboard.

Watermark’s cruises are pet-friendly as long as dogs are friendly and leashed, and the dogs cruise free of charge! The boat also had restrooms and a full bar and cruise mementos. I have to admit, I wanted to purchase a souvenir, but totally forgot.

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While purchasing our ticket, the nice gentleman was telling me all about his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Everyone was very happy to see Dexter and Levi board the cruise ship. Our 40-minute narrated cruise left from the City Dock at 7 pm.

We sat on the upper deck to get the most out of our dog-friendly boat cruise. It was a sunny and warm evening, but the breeze cut down the heat and Dexter and I positioned ourselves in the shade. We learned so much of the area’s history listening to the narration while sightseeing the waterways of the Annapolis Harbor. Seeing the U.S. Navy Academy was a treat, too.

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Levi sleeping

Both Dexter and his travel buddy, Levi, enjoyed smelling the fresh air and looking around. Eventually, both dogs were lulled to sleep. Whether you are looking for dog-friendly things to do in Annapolis or want to leave Fido at home, Watermark has the perfect cruise for you! Plan a group trip, field trip, or private charter with their team of specialists. Tell them Dexter sent you.


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Dexter and I had another dog-friendly weekend trip recently. This time, our dog-friendly trip took us to the DC area. The weekend was going to be fast and furious, because our weekend trip was really about a dog behavior workshop I was presenting on fearful dogs. The folks at Your Dog’s Friend asked me to present a dog training workshop on Saturday afternoon, so that left me with Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday evening to tour the area with Dexter and our other friends Levi and Chris.

When I’m searching for a dog-friendly hotel, I look for five things I want in my dog-friendly accommodation.

  1. Safety
  2. Location
  3. Refrigerator
  4. Cleanliness
  5. Friendliness

When I was looking for a pet-friendly hotel in the DC/Baltimore area, I found Extended Stay America – Washington D.C. – Tysons Corner. The hotel is located at 8201 Old Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA, which was about 15 minutes from where I was going to be presenting my workshop on fearful dogs. After reading some reviews, the hotel sounded like it would be a clean, friendly, and safe hotel to call home for the weekend.

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Dexter and I have stayed at other Extended Stay America locations in the past, and have been very happy. What I really like about Extended Stays is that the hotel rooms are designed for longer stays, so are spacious and feature a substantial kitchen area with a full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, stove top, and dining and cooking utensils! This is a pretty big deal for me, since I bring Dexter’s home-cooked dog food, and sometimes even cook for him on the spot.

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The Extended Stay America – Washington D.C. – Tysons Corner also has an on-site guest laundry, free Wi-Fi, grab-and-go breakfast, flat-screen TVs, iron and ironing board, generous work space, and updated bathrooms. Speaking of updating, this location is in the middle of some renovations and they had just laid the hallway carpet, so there was a “new carpet” smell in the halls. This, however, did not affect my room and there was not an odor in my room.

Dog-Friendly Extended Stay America, Vienna, VA
Grab-and-go breakfast

Since Dexter and I were traveling with friends, we booked the studio suite with 2 queen beds. The studio suite was perfect for our weekend, with plenty of foot space, chairs, hanging space and drawers to more than accommodate our weekend. The hotel beds were comfortable and even included a mattress protector. I always look at my mattress to check for bed bugs or dirt. The mattress was sparkling white and crisp—just what I want to see. The inside of our room was clean and fresh, including the bathroom and kitchen.

The outside of our Extended Stay America had lots of grass for potty breaks and plenty of sidewalks around the property to choose from. There was also a small partially-enclosed courtyard for potty breaks. The hotel felt very safe and I had zero concerns walking Dexter around any part of the hotel, which was very comforting. Hotel safety is so important since I tend to travel alone and Dexter needs frequent potty breaks at various hours of the day and night.

Dog-Friendly Extended Stay America, Vienna, VA
Clean and safe

Our stay at Extended Stay America was a great experience. The hotel was nice, quiet, safe, and a great location. Our room was comfortable in every way, including the beds and bedding. The big TV had good reception, and so did the Wi-Fi. The towels were clean and the bathroom was stocked with shampoo and soap. The hotel met my five criteria of being safe and clean, in a good location, with refrigerator and friendly staff,. I would certainly stay at the Extended Stay America in Vienna, Virginia again. For more information on finding a dog-friendly Extended Stay America on your next vacation, visit their website.


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Using Essential Oils for a Pet’s Medical Condition

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Today is Part Two of a series with Isla Fishburn, Ph.D.: How Essential Oils can help with medical conditions. It is important to read Part One, the Basics of Essential Oils and Pets before jumping in below. Even more importantly, please speak with your holistic veterinarian FIRST before using an essential oil for a medical condition. Just because essential oils are natural, does not mean they can be used without precautions. Some oils should not be used with some medical conditions or medications. I cannot stress enough the importance of working with your holistic veterinarian.

Essential Oils for Pets’ Medical Conditions by Isla Fishburn, Ph.D. Part 2

“There are many essential oils that may improve and support your pet’s wellness but there are too many to list them all here. However, below you can find a few of the more commonly used essential oils to provide health benefits for your pet, but note there are many more, which may better suit your pet than those listed here. It is worth noting that given the many bioactive constituents present in just one essential oil (e.g. yarrow has over 50 different chemical compounds) it is widely agreed that an essential oil provides health benefits of which we know nothing about. Sometimes your pet will want an essential oil for reasons we do not know.

Stomach support:

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale). This oil not only provides anti-inflammatory support (see pain list) but can also aid in digestive issues and calm the stomach, especially where there may be nausea. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita). Peppermint can provide several health benefits. One of these is to provide support for the stomach, where there is discomfort and needs a soothing effect. If your pet is suffering from nerve pain DO NOT apply peppermint topically as peppermint excites neurons and can intensify nerve pain. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). Fennel can support the stomach where there are muscular cramps, pains and provides a soothing effect to the smooth stomach muscles. It also stimulated digestion.  This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum). As well as being a great oil for soothing muscular aches and pains, black pepper can also provide digestive support for the stomach. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
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Benefits of Essential Oils and Dogs

Inflammation/Pain:

  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum). This oil can provide as a muscle rub and soothes aching muscles. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats. Your dog may wish to have black pepper applied topically on an area that is strained, bruised or aching.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita). Peppermint can be used to stimulate nerve endings that are causing numbness. It can also provide anti-inflammatory effects and soothe burns. If your pet is suffering from nerve pain DO NOT apply peppermint topically as peppermint excites neurons and can intensify nerve pain. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale). Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe your pet if s/he has aches or discomfort. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). As well as having properties that can support your pet’s emotional imbalances, Yarrow provides relief and support on burns and wounds. It also provides pain relief at much deeper levels of the body (e.g. tissue damage). This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). German Chamomile is similar to Yarrow in its support for relieving pain. It is also very good for soothing the skin or where there are other dermal irritations. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.

Skin: 

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). As well as having properties that can support your pet’s emotional imbalances, Yarrow provides relief and support for skin issues and irritations. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). German Chamomile is similar to Yarrow in its support for the skin. It is also very good for soothing the skin or where there are other dermal irritations, including dermatitis or inflamed skin. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita). Peppermint can cool and soothe skin that is hot, itchy and irritated. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats. If not needed, peppermint can irritate the skin.
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Anti-Bacterial:

  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris). Thyme is a very strong immunostimulant, meaning it supports the immune system. It is also very good as an anti-bacterial. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon). This essential oil serves several health benefits. Not only can it support a dog emotionally but it is also an immunostimulant and strong antibacterial. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats. This oil is photo-reactive, meaning it reacts in sunlight. Only apply topically if you are guided by a professional to do so.
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia). Not only is this essential oil good for skin conditions but it is also an effective anti-bacterial. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats. This oil is photo-reactive, meaning it reacts in sunlight. Only apply topically if you are guided by a professional to do so.

There are some other essential oils that can have great anti-bacterial effects. However, they are very potent and if used incorrectly may seriously hurt your pet. For this reason, they are not listed here.

Cancer: 

  • Seaweed (Fucus vesiculosus). Seaweed has many uses on the physical level pertaining to disease and infection. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Carrot seed (Daucus carota). This oil has huge healing potential where an animal is very unwell. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon). Among its many healing properties along the physical level, Lemon essential oil can be effective in limiting the growth of cancer. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii). Amongst its ability to support an animal suffering from emotional imbalances, Frankincense can provide pain relief specific to the pain that is being caused by tumors. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale). It is suggested that ginger can support a dog who has cancer, but this may be to provide support of feeling of nausea that the illness or medication may be causing. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.

 

Isla Fishburn PhD

There are some other essential oils that can have great effects on killing cancer cells. However, they are very potent and if used incorrectly may seriously hurt your pet. For this reason, they are not listed here .”

 

I find it amazing how essential oils can benefit pets in so many ways. If your pet is having ongoing medical issues, I urge you to speak with your holistic veterinarian (a lot do phone consultations) about essential oils. Essential oils may be another module that you can add to your tool box to improve your pet’s health naturally.

Isla Fishburn Ph.D. is a canine wellness practitioner who owns Kachina Canine Communication in Northumberland, United Kingdom. As a canine wellness practitioner, Isla focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a dog and how to support your dog in returning him/her back to balance. Isla works with both captive wolves and domestic dogs and teaches canine wellness and balanced behavior courses, consults for a raw food company in the UK and uses a range of holistic therapies to support a dog’s wellness. Isla has a BSc in Zoology and a Masters and PhD in Conservation Biology. She is also a caninepharmacognosy practitioner, offering a range of essential oils to canines to balance their vibrational states and return the animal back to normal functioning.


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For those of you who have been following my dog blog, you know I HATE winter, snow, and the cold. But I love Dexter The Dog, and he loves dog adventures, no matter what the weather. My brother moved to Cotton, Minnesota, just outside of Duluth, last year. Dexter and I have not been too far west, and my step-dad wanted to try a little ice-fishing, so off we went.

Driving from Ohio to Minnesota the first weekend in March was a bit sketchy. We traveled in some scary wind and snow. Not a ton of snow, but enough snow and wind to create white-out conditions during our drive. But my step-dad is a trooper when it comes to road trips, so we did just fine. Slow and steady.

My brother lives in a small cabin in Cotton, Minnesota on Lake Elora. This was the perfect place to call home for an extended weekend. My brother and step-dad, Ed, were able to go out on the lake for daily ice-fishing. Unfortunately, they were not too successful in their catches, but they did have a great time!

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Standing on Lake Superior

Throughout the weekend, we had a few dog-friendly day-trips to Duluth. Today, I want to share with you our day on the Duluth Lakewalk. This was one of our favorite days in Duluth. The Lakewalk, sometimes referred to as the Boardwalk, offers a scenic path around Lake Superior for walking, running, rollerblading, or biking. Duluth Lakewalk has a dual path to accommodate everyone. One path is paved and one is a nice boardwalk, which I found very helpful. Since Dexter cannot walk for long periods, I have to pop him in his dog stroller for rest times.

Admittedly, we did not walk the entire three-mile walk, which runs from Bayfront Park to London Road, on the northeast side of town. After all, it was cold! It was a great walk and watching the waves crush developing ice around the shorelines was breathtaking. I had to hold Dexter back because he wanted to dip his toes in Lake Superior. Sorry, Dexter—not on this trip!

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No swimming today

Even though there was snow and slush around, I could tell the grounds were well-maintained, with a variety of fun sculptures and landmarks for photo opportunities. Dexter and I love our photo ops. Okay, him, not so much. The Lakewalk takes you through a variety of Duluth attractions, including the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, Lake Superior Marine Museum, and Canal Park. The walk also provided easy access to restaurants, cafes, pubs, and restrooms, but it did not have a commercial feel—it was very pleasant and relaxing. There were also plenty of park benches and even poop stations. This made the Lakewalk a great dog-friendly park.

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Fun dog photo-opportunities

The Duluth Lakewalk is such a great opportunity to access both Lake Superior and historical attractions, it’s a must-do. I am happy to say that the family will be back in July, and I can’t wait to take Dexter back to the Duluth Lakewalk!

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Dog-Friendly Duluth Lakewalk


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Why Do Cats Lick

Have you ever wondered why cats lick you? What does it mean when a cat licks you? Have you ever asked yourself, “why does my cat lick my face?” These are some really good cat behavior questions. But, like with any cat behavior, they why really depends on each individual situation and cat.

Five Reasons a Cat Licks You

  1. Love, Baby: Cats often lick people they love. This is one of the ways a cat shows affection. This sign of cat affection probably stems from when a mother cat grooms her young kittens. Grooming and licking behaviors tend to help the cat being groomed relax. It also is a way to scent swap from one “cat” to another, which helps with keeping a peaceful relationship.
  2. Grooming Behavior: Since cats enjoy grooming each other out of love and affection, grooming becomes the norm. Think about how often your cat grooms himself—I’m guessing it’s 10x more than you.
  3. You’re Dirty and Taste Great: As I mentioned above, when a cat licks himself, he may be cleaning himself. Maybe you didn’t clean your face after eating your turkey sandwich and your cat starts to lick your face. Yum—chicken!
  4. Cat Stress: When a cat is over-grooming or over-licking a person, they may be stressed. You can think of this like a compulsive behavior or displacement gesture, which is self-soothing for the cat licker.
  5. You’re His: When a cat licks you, he is placing his scent on you. Cat licking can be another way for cat to claim you as his human. And this isn’t a bad thing, unless you see it as a sign of stress.

If your cat seems to be licking you out of stress or conflict, please seek the help of a cat professional. In most cases, though, you don’t need to worry why your cat is licking you, just enjoy the ride.


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DIY Tick Spray for Dogs

Over the last 4+ years, I have been using various natural flea and tick sprays for Dexter. It never seemed to matter which one I tried, they all seemed to work well, and WE (I used them too) were tick-and flea-free for those years, until last November when Dexter and I were vacationing in Vermont. I found a tick inside Dexter’s ear flap. We tested for Lyme disease, and he was cleared.

I chalked it up to being in a very high-tick location. But I also thought about the idea that when a dog’s immune system is low, they are more prone to ticks and other parasites. Then it happened again in April—I found a tick sucking on Dexter’s neck. Once again, I waited the 2-3 weeks after the bite to test for Lyme disease, and he is disease-free.

In my heart and head, I don’t think the tick problem really has anything to do with the prevalence of ticks in the area, or Dexter’s daily activities, because those are the same. I feel it has a lot to do with Dexter’s immune system. I’m tackling the ticks naturally in a variety of ways. First, I’m boosting Dexter’s immune system with healthy foods and herbs. I also made an essential oil Immune Booster For Dogs Blend and shampoo. I’ve added 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to his food two times a day, and feed Dexter one clove of garlic every 4 days.

Next, I made my own natural tick spray using essential oils that I feel are high-quality and safe. I spray the natural tick spray on four hair scrunchies and place them on Dexter’s feet prior to going outside. I also spray Dexter with this DIY natural tick spray and rub throughout his body, including his tail. When we return inside, I comb Dexter to ensure we do not have any hitchhikers. So far, our new regimen has been successful—knock on wood!

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Natural Tick Spray DIY

Natural Tick Spray for Dogs

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients into an 8 oz or larger amber or cobalt glass jar with a sprayer.
  2. Done! Easy-peasy.

Using an amber or cobalt bottle helps ensure the essential oils are properly stored. Light, heat, moisture, and oxygen all affect the oils’ properties and expiration date, so by properly storing your dog’s natural tick spray, you will be able to maintain potency.

6/29/17 Update: I have been spraying Dexter once a day and eliminated the garlic and still tick-free!


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