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Is Your Dog a Good Therapy Dog Candidate?

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Have you ever wondered how to make your dog a therapy dog? Before I write about that topic, I wanted to provide a little background information on therapy dogs vs. service dogs. There is a lot of confusion about what a therapy dog is, isn’t, and what access he may have. As a side note, I started my career training assistance dogs and therapy dog teams. 🙂

What is a Service Dog?

A service dog is actually classified as an assistance dog. These dogs are trained to perform specific tasks for their people to improve the person’s independence. Three classifications of assistance dogs are guide dogs for the visually impaired, hearing dogs, and service dogs. Services dogs provide specific tasks such as mobility assistance, alerting to seizures, picking up dropped items, etc. Assistance dogs in the United States have full access to places that are open to the public, assuming they are under control at all times.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), “Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”

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What are Therapy Dogs?

Therapy dogs provide a different kind of support. They are trained to provide comfort, love, and sometimes even entertainment to others, not just to the handler. You may see therapy dogs at work in hospitals, nursing homes, courtrooms, schools, and during a tragic event to provide comfort to service workers or victims.

Unlike assistance dogs, the law does not give public access rights to therapy dogs. Therapy dog teams must therefore have prior agreements with any hosting facility in order to be granted visiting rights. Most of these will require some sort of therapy dog certification or registration prior to visits.

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Is Your Dog Suited for Therapy Dog Work? 4 Things to Consider

There is a lot to consider when deciding if going down the therapy dog route is in your dog’s best interest. I’ve worked with a lot of inspiring therapy dog teams in my career, and not every dog wants to be a therapy dog. I feel it’s important to honor your dog’s wishes and not to try to turn him into something he isn’t.

Sociability

Does your dog enjoy people? Are strangers just friends he hasn’t had the chance to meet? Or does your dog prefer his tight-knit circle of friends? One of the main aspects of a visiting therapy dog is interacting with all kinds of strangers. Young, old, big, tall, loud, quiet.

Confidence

How confident is your dog in new situations and places? How is he going to react when the emergency alarm goes off and the staff is rushing by him with medical equipment? What about those slick floors and tight spaces? Does he take new situations in stride with a little guidance, or does he get stressed in unusual circumstances?

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Manners and Training

How is your dog’s loose leash walking skills? Is he a gentleman and doesn’t jump up for attention, steal food (or pills) off the floor, and takes treats gently? Does he take your training cues and gestures with ease, or is it hard to get him to listen around distractions or new places?

Your Sociability

As much as we may think it’s all about the dog, we are the guiding force in good therapy dog interactions. Sometimes people just want to talk to you and look at your dog. How do you handle unusual situations, and are you able to help your dog succeed during his visits and coach both the visiting person and your dog at the same time?

Being a therapy dog team is a great adventure, providing all involved are well-suited for this important job. If you find that your dog or you are not good therapy dog candidates, don’t fret. There are many other ways to bond with your dog.


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Arthritis and joint pain in dogs is a serious problem for our canine companions. We love our dogs. We want them to be happy, pain-free, and mobile. Unfortunately, for a lot of dogs, this is not the case.

What is Dog Arthritis?

In reality, arthritis is not one thing, but a general term referring to joint pain. There are 100s of different types of disease related to joint pain and inflammation. Arthritis can occur in any part of your dog’s body, but is typically seen in joints. Likely, when you think about dog arthritis, you might think of a dog’s symptoms.

Dog Arthritis Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Limping
  • Swelling
  • Decrease in Range of Motion
  • Slow Moving
  • Difficulty Getting Up

Why Do Dogs Get Arthritis?

There are many factors behind the dog having arthritis. Some reasons include regular aging, injuries, activities (how a dog runs, stops, plays, works), obesity, hereditary conditions, and disease.

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Treatment for a dog with arthritis will depend on a dog’s medical condition, the recommendation from his veterinarian, and the dog parent’s preference. Surgery may be recommended if a dog has severe damage or the pain is unbearable. Other non-invasive treatment options can include arthritis medicine for dogs, cold laser treatment, canine physical therapy, low-impact exercise, acupuncture, acupressure, dog chiropractic sessions, homeopathic remedies, and/or CBD for dogs.

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Dexter’s Journey with CBD Oil for Dogs

Over the last year, Dexter has been receiving CBD oil for dogs to help him with his neurological condition, targeting reducing inflammation around the skull and spine. I’ve been really happy with Dexter’s progress and new energy in his treatment. Although I technically started giving him CBD oil to help treat his bobbles, his mobility and overall spunk have also improved. It’s always about a synergy effect.

However, with the great results people and pets are seeing by using CBD oil for arthritis, this also means there are brands coming to market that aren’t as safe. When I’m choosing a CBD oil for Dexter, the first thing I look for is their published testing and lab results. I’m evaluating three things; the chemical residue results, amount of THC, and the total cannabinoids by weight.

I don’t have a set “this fails, this passes,” but I go with my gut. And when I’m thinking about Dexter, I can be pretty choosy in quality. I will say, the first two, residues and THC, play a bigger role than the amount of cannabinoids, since that can always be increased or decreased, but quality cannot change.

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Recently I’ve been giving Dexter PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil for Pets (click to read the review). Their PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil meets all my personal quality control items. Their full-spectrum phytocannabinoid is obtained via cold CO2 extraction. They third-party test their products to ensure quality, purity, and effectiveness. All ingredients are from organic sources, so you can be sure your CBD oil does not contain any pesticide residue and is derived from only the finest hemp-based oils.

If you have a pet suffering from pain such as arthritis, bone pain, or inflammation, please speak with your holistic veterinarian about PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil. By providing your dog with relief, you will encourage him to stay active and LIVE life.

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Register to win Adopt Me vests!

Whether you are a foster companion for a local rescue organization or you just have a soft spot for helping your local animal shelter increase its adoption rates, you can use an Adopt Me vest.

Raising Your Pets Naturally has partnered with Hound Gear Pet Products for a register-to-win giveaway contest. Your registration might win you a set of five Adopt Me vests! So, sign up today!! If you aren’t a lucky winner, there are ways for you to save 15% on any order!

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Registration closes 8/31/2018 9 pm EST and the lucky winner will be notified by email, just in time for the upcoming fall animal adoption events.

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Best organic and natural dog shampoo for dry skin on dogs. 4-Legger USDA Certified Organic Lavender Dog Shampoo Review. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

What to do for dogs dry skin: 4-Legger’s USDA Certified Organic Lavender Dog Shampoo Review

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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 Angel Nutter

Dexter and I continue to review 4-Legger’s USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe line. Okay, so Dexter is the one actually using and testing their organic dog shampoo line. 😉

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I like to provide a little catchup for those who are new to my blog.

One of my soapboxes is to teach and remind pet parents to carefully evaluate each and every product they use for or on their pets. In the case of products that have an ingredient panel, this means flipping over the item and reading each and every ingredient listed in the product, not just the active ingredients.

Once you get into this habit, you may actually start to get angry at how many nasty and toxic ingredients are actually in pet products. This is particularly true for dog grooming products and pet shampoo. “Natural” may not be as safe and pure as you thought.

I’ve been working with 4-Legger since 2016 on various projects and dog shampoo reviews. In a nutshell, they are a brand I’ve come to trust and love. They do not use synthetic ingredients in their pet grooming products. That’s a really big deal in the grooming industry. Now, on to the review.

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4-Legger’s USDA Certified Organic Lavender Dog Shampoo with Organic Calendula and Organic St. John’s Wort for Dry and Itchy Skin

4-Legger’s Calm is a great choice for dogs with dry skin. Their combination of organic lavender, organic calendula, and organic St. John’s wort provides a trifecta of relief for a dry skin on dogs. This combination helps soothe painful and inflamed skin while helping the skin to heal.

Combining these organic essential oils with their organic aloe juice, organic vegetable glycerin, organic rosemary extract, and organic saponified coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, sunflower oil, and jojoba oil for add additional soothing and moisturizing. Their new aloe line is the FIRST and ONLY aloe-based USDA Organic Dog Shampoo that meets the highest standards of the USDA to display the seal on the bottle.

Natural Relief and Remedies for Dog Hot Spots

4-Legger Organic Lavender Dog Shampoo is beneficial for all skin types. The organic lavender dog shampoo truly excels at providing relief from hot spots and skin inflammation. The organic lavender helps soothe sensitive skin, relieves itching, and helps heal inflammation. Organic lavender has great antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, and is often used to treat common skin disorders where it can help to reduce itching, swelling, and redness.

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4-Legger Results

What can I say? I love using 4-Legger products on Dexter. As I expected, 4-Legger’s USDA Certified Organic Lavender Dog Shampoo with Organic Calendula and Organic St. John’s Wort performed great! The lavender scent was very calming, and Dexter seemed to enjoy the scent, too.

After fully rinsing and drying Dexter, his coat was bright, clean, and his whites were white and his reds were bright. He always looks so good after his 4-Legger baths. People are always petting and saying hello to Dexter, and about half of the people always remark at how soft and bright his fur is. I’m always so pleased with our results, but even more importantly, I know that 4-Legger’s dedication to synthetic-free, organic, and non-toxic pet grooming products is not just lip service, but their passion.

If you are looking for a natural and organic dog shampoo without any hidden ingredients, I can highly recommend checking out 4-Legger’s dog shampoo lines.  Order today with promo code RaiseNaturally20 for 20% off your first order.  

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Does your dog bark for attention? Or maybe your dog throws his slobbery, wet, and dirty ball onto your lap for you to throw it. Does your dog bark to go outside and chase squirrels? These are just a few examples of a dog demanding attention.

Today I wanted to teach you how to help your dog ask for attention in a more suitable manner, or even not ask at all.

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First, I want to assure you that I want you to spend lots of fun time with your dog. I’m a big advocate for playing with your dog, walking your dog, and bonding with your dog. And a lot! However, I’m personally not a big fan of a dog who is demanding and pushy for attention. And I really don’t enjoy a dog barking at me for attention.

Why Does My Dog Bark At Me?

Dogs are fast learners and will quickly learn what works and gets them what they want. If your dog has learned that barking at you when you are preparing him dinner gets you to move faster, you better bet he’ll bark for dinner! Or, if that barking at you gets you to throw the ball, you guessed it, barking during ball play.

Attention-seeking behavior such as barking, pawing, snorting (hello, Dexter), etc. is changeable. Here are the steps to change your dog from an attention seeker to a polite member of the family.

  1. Do more of what your dog wants more often. If your dog has the habit of asking for play in a pushy way, instead of waiting for him to ask, play more. If you play with your dog 5 times a day, increase his play quantity by 50% (7-8). This goes for letting him outside to go potty, go for walks, whatever.
    • Start your play sessions before his typical asking time. In other words, if he gets pushy for dog play around 11 a.m., start a play session at 10. This allows you to get in and reward your dog for being patient and not pushy.
  1. Ignore your dog for pushy behavior. I call this my “invisible dog.” Remember, your dog will continue to do what works. If being pushy gets your attention, even negative attention like saying, “no,” he will continue down that path. Yes, ignore him for barking at you. Turn around, walk away, stop all of his attention. When he’s quiet, he “appears,” and you can give him attention.

Pro Dog Training Tips: It is very likely that your dog may actually get a bit more demanding during this process. This is just temporary. Your dog is frustrated that his attention-seeking and demanding behavior is not working. He will then escalate his demands. But, stick with it. Continue to ignore your dog’s demanding behavior and most importantly, reward the quiet behavior.

And don’t forget to INCREASE his quality time, so he doesn’t feel the need to ask for attention. This is a huge component to changing this behavior.

Patience, patience, patience. If you want a patient dog, you, too, must be patient. It’s important to remember, if you are untraining a behavior, it’s going to take more time and practice than if you trained a better behavior in the first place. You are now changing the rules on your dog. If you are always frantic and want things now, your dog will likely feed off your behavior.

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No, Dexter is not perfect, and he can be a bit demanding at times, too. The reasons are simple: I’m not perfect, and the other members of our household have rewarded him for “talking.” If I wanted to stop Dexter’s behavior, I would need to follow steps 1-2. But, as with any dog behavior, we all have choices on what’s important to us and what’s not. Our family doesn’t mind a little talking from the monkey. 😉

As always, they are your dogs, not mine. If this is not a behavior you want to fix, then don’t. However, this also means you shouldn’t be complaining about your dog’s behavior, either, because it is totally changeable.


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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 Angel Nutter

If you are anything like me, you want to protect your pets from fleas and ticks and the diseases or illnesses that they may carry or cause. Personally, I believe ticks and Lyme disease are by far the scariest of these diseases.

But, just because I’m afraid of one disease, doesn’t mean I’m willing to use a topical pesticide or internal medication that carries a risk of seizures, cardiac arrest, liver and kidney toxicity, convulsions, or even death. In my opinion, this risk doesn’t make sense where there are more natural tick and flea remedies available.

Over the years, I have tried and reviewed various all-natural tick and flea products, remedies, and DIY recipes. One of the biggest things I’ve learned over the years, is that not every solution meets every pet parent’s needs or goals. One example is that a natural flea and tick spray typically needs to be applied before each outside outing. This alone, may make a product fail due to human application error.

When the good folks at Goldstar Company approached me about their Pet Protector Flea and Tick Tag, I was intrigued. The Pet Protector Disc uses magnetic and scalar waves, creating a protective shield around the pet’s body. In turn, this field acts as a barrier and naturally repels parasites such as fleas and ticks.

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Is this technology above my head? Yes. Does this sound a little bit like science fiction? You bet. However, those of us who believe in Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory realize that everything in life doesn’t follow strict science-based testing. Look at homeopathic medicine for example. Homeopathic remedies involve taking a natural extract and diluting that numerous times in succession (vigorous shaking). These remedies are so diluted that almost no molecules can be found. From a scientific viewpoint, the remedy shouldn’t work. But I’ve used them and know of many incidences where they do.

The Pet Protector Tag has been tested for efficiency. Upon the completion of a 4-year study on dogs, cats, horses, and sheep, the Pet Protector Disc demonstrated an incredible 96.67% rate of efficiency.

Unlike traditional and toxic flea and tick products, the Pet Protector Flea and Tick Tag is 100% chemical-free and safe. I was happy to accept this review and see how effective the product would be for Dexter. I try to go into everything with an open mind. And by the way, I’ve heard good things about the Pet Protector in various holistic pet groups, so I knew others were having success with the product.

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Application Process

Your pet must be flea, tick, and pest-free prior to application. The Pet Protector Disc does not kill existing parasites.

The Pet Protector Disc is about 1” in diameter. Simply attach the disk to your pet’s collar. It’s important to note, that your pet must keep his collar, i.e. the disk on 24/7 in order for the field to form. After attaching the disk to your pet’s collar, it takes approximately 7-20 days to form the protective field. During this time, use your natural flea and tick sprays and keep your pet away from any highly infected areas. If the disc is detached for more than two hours, another 7 to 20 days’ reactivation of the protective field is required.

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Collar Safety and Considerations

I think it’s important to note that I am not an advocate for leaving a pet’s collar on when unsupervised. This was one of the biggest challenges for me. I would highly recommend using something like a breakaway dog collar. A breakaway dog collar breaks open if there is pressure such as a foot getting caught up from scratching or hooked up in a crate. That said, do not attach your dog’s leash to his breakaway collar; please attach his leash to his walking harness. For Dexter, I used a light, soft, stretchy hair band to attach his disk.

Dexter’s Results

I decided to wait the 20 days before evaluating the effectiveness of the Pet Protector Disc. During this time, Dexter wore the tag 24/7, and I sprayed him with one of my DIY natural tick and flea sprays prior to going outside.

At day 21 I stopped spraying the spray and just relied on the Pet Protector Tag. Dexter was happy about this, as he hates being sprayed. 😉 Each evening, I thoroughly brushed and combed Dexter and looked for any signs of fleas or ticks. I am happy to report that after almost two weeks, Dexter continues to be flea and tick free. I will continue to check Dexter nightly for any runners.

What I love about the Pet Protector Disc is that it’s a 100% chemical-free one-and-done application. There is no need to spray Dexter prior to each outing. The tags are completely water resistant and odorless. The company suggests the tags last up to 4 years.

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Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Tips

How to Successfully Motivating Your Dog or Puppy

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Tips. Learn how to motivate your dog in dog training. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Motivating dogs in training

Excerpt from Proactive Puppy Care: Preventing Puppy Problems.

Motivation is the first order of business! Well, maybe after good management skills. No motivation=no training. Keeping your dog’s training enjoyable is the best way for your dog to learn. You want your training to be a fun and engaging experience so that you and your dog look forward to your lessons.

A good motivator is something your dog really looks forward to. If you are using a toy as a motivator, it should not be a toy your dog has unlimited access to. If he can get that toy anytime he wishes, why would he work for it? A great food motivator is when you see your dog’s eyes light up when you give him the treat. Something he would do flip-flops to get.

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When working with your dog, you will need a wide range of motivators. You will be teaching your dog “expensive behaviors” and “inexpensive behaviors.” An inexpensive behavior is something relatively easy for your dog, and you would use a lower-ranked motivator. If you want your dog to do something difficult, it is an expensive behavior, and you would want something extra-special and exciting.

Work-To-Eat/Work-To-Play

Often dog parents are worried about using food or toys in training, thinking they will only respond if the motivators are present. If used correctly, rewards are like a “paycheck” to the dog. The idea is for you to make rewards only available in return for good behavior or when counter-conditioning a potentially fearful situation. Your dog needs to learn to work for a living; only then will he be motivated to work for you.

Throughout my pet blog, you will see the common phrase “give him a treat” during various situations and training exercises. These treats are going to be part of your dog’s daily caloric intake. No dog food bowls are necessary for eating; your dog will eat his food calories throughout the day for life lessons.

Calories are very important when using food as a reward. Remember your dog is going to eat his calories during daily dog training lessons. Toss those food calories into the pockets of all family members who are interacting with your dog. If your dog will work for his food for inexpensive behaviors such as butt on the ground, these make excellent rewards. You can use cooked meats for expensive behaviors such as walking on a leash or coming when called. Calculate the meat calories into his daily calories. Dogs eat meat, so eating these necessary meat calories as whole foods in training can replace a portion of the dry kibble calories (if feeding dry).

Will my dog always need food for the rest of his life?

Well, yes he will always need food to survive. How you choose to use those food calories is up to you. When your dog has learned a new behavior and developed a good habit, you will be able to fade how often you reward that behavior. However, just like a sport, he should practice any behaviors you want to keep regularly and should be occasionally rewarded for them to keep them strong. Dogs are very intelligent animals and love to be active and learn in a positive environment. Therefore, it is important to keep challenging your dog throughout his life by teaching him new skills, games, behaviors and increasing the difficulty level of a task. When you do this, you are going to be rewarding that new skill set, and once again increasing the bond you have with your dog.


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Innovet PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil for Pets Review: Finding the Best CBD Oil for Your Dog or Cat

CBD Oil for Dogs and Cats

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Innovet PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil for Pets Review. Learn how to find the best CBD oil for your dog or cat. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Choosing CBD Oil for Your Pets

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 Angel Nutter

As most of you may already know, Dexter has a neurological disorder that I’m always trying to keep at bay. My goal for Dexter’s care is to provide him with the best pain-free life possible. This little monkey is almost 9 years young, and often people think he’s a puppy. They are shocked when I tell them his age and that he has a disease that can cause so much pain.

His medical treatment is not a one and done, but a synergy of things to help keep him as pain-free, mobile, and happy as possible. One of Dexter’s daily regimes includes CBD oil for dogs. Before I go into my review of Innovet PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil for Pets, I want to give you a little background on hemp for dogs and help you in determining if CBD oil is right for your pet. I also want to offer some ideas on how to choose a good CBD oil brand for your dog.

Will CBD Oil Get My Dog High?

In a word, no. Both marijuana and hemp come from the same plant genus, Cannabaceae, but they are two different plants. Hemp-derived phytocannabinoids do not contain the hallucinogenic compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so they do not cause the “high” associated with marijuana. You may actually start to see a change in labeling and classification to PCD Oil, as it is more accurate than CBD Oil. To be classified as hemp, it must contain less than 0.3% of THC. Some varieties of hemp products are nearly free of THC.

Choosing A CBD / PCD Brand for Your Dog

When I’m choosing a CBD oil for Dexter, the first thing I look for is their published testing and lab results. In my opinion, the best CBD oil companies offer transparency and publish their lab results online for consumers to review. Following their testing results, I want to read their entire ingredient panel. I don’t want to know just the active ingredients. I also want to know the inactive ingredients.

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Innovet PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil for Pets

Three Items to Evaluate

When I’m reading the lab results, the three things I look at are the chemical residue results, amount of THC, and the total cannabinoids by weight. I don’t have a set “this fails, this passes,” but I go with my gut. And when I’m thinking about Dexter, I can be pretty choosy in quality. I will say, the first two, residues and THC, play a bigger role than the amount of cannabinoids, since that can always be increased or decreased, but quality cannot change.

Dexter’s Journey with CBD Oil for Dogs

Over the last year, Dexter’s disease has continued to progress. There is no stopping that, therefore, I try my best to stay one step ahead with this care and prep him and his body to be able to meet the upcoming challenges.

About a year ago, Dexter became a bit wobbly and bobbly. I would see his head doing a little shake and his eyes fluttering. I spoke with Dexter’s canine rehabilitation veterinarian, Dr. Mary L. Cardeccia, on what I could do to help, and she prescribed phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) oil twice a day.

Dr. Cardeccia explains, “Phytocannabinoids and terpenes have anti-inflammatory properties, pain relieving properties, and a quieting/soothing effect on the central nervous system (can control seizures), so I am hoping that using it with Dex would help on all three of those levels.” Dr. Cardeccia continued by saying, “I think that you may start seeing improvement after a few doses, as the anti-inflammatory effects should not take long, but the CNS (Central Nervous System) effects may take a couple of weeks to get to full effect.”

When I started Dexter on his 2 times a day dose of CBD oil, I started to see fewer bobbles pretty quickly and even an increase in his spunk. A few months into Dexter’s regimen, Dr. Cardeccia increased his dose from 2 times a day to 3 times a day. We are shooting for no bobbles. Sadly, I’m still seeing bobbles, but even less frequent than on our 2 times a day dose. That said, adding CBD oil to Dexter’s care has made a big improvement in his life.

When Innovet reached out regarding their PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil for Pets, I went through my regular screening process. First, I went to their website to see if they provided testing results on their pet CBD oil, which they did. The results checked out, so my next step was to read the entire ingredient panel. All my quality control items checked out, so I happily obliged in providing a review and working with Innovet. We decided Dexter should use their PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil 750mg.

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Choosing a CBD Oil for Your Pets

 

PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil 750mg Ingredients: Organic hemp oil (seeds and stalks), organic cannabidiol (CBD), and organic hemp oil

Innovet’s PurCBD formulas are non-psychoactive and safe for dogs and cats alike. Their full-spectrum phytocannabinoid is obtained via cold CO2 extraction. They third party test their products to ensure quality, purity, and effectiveness. All ingredients are from organic sources, so you can be sure your CBD oil does not contain any pesticide residue and is derived from only the finest hemp-based oils.

Innovet’s PurCBD organic hemp oil is sourced from Germany and U.K. The organic hemp extract is sourced from Oregon, and the extract is derived from mature hemp stalks and seeds to be legal in all 50 states. There are zero additives or preservatives, making this organic CBD oil for dogs a win in my book.

I am very pleased with Innovet’s PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil. Dexter continues to thrive with his 3 times a day CBD dose. I love being able to provide Dexter with such a natural and quality product to help with his neurological symptoms.

If you have a pet suffering from pain (such as arthritis and bone pain), anxiety (separation, loud noise, travel, crowds), inflammation, seizures, or other neurological conditions, please speak with your holistic veterinarian about PurCBD+ PhytoCannaBinoiD Oil. This safe and natural remedy just might give your dog the support he needs.

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How To Save Money on Your Pet’s Fresh Food Diet

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How To Save Money on Your Pet’s Fresh Food Diet

Feeding Your Dog or Cat Fresh Raw Food on a Budget

How To Save Money on Your Pet’s Fresh Food Diet
How to feed your pet fresh food on a budget

I hear it all the time, “I can’t afford to fee my dog a fresh food (raw or home-cooked) diet.” Honestly, I get it. I’m not one to judge people on their decisions or choices. I’m just a gal who tries to educate and offer possible solutions and ideas. Things to think about. But, when it comes down to it, they are your pets, not mine.

Personally, I have seen dogs that have been switched over from a processed dog food to a raw or home cooked dog food improve their health and behavior. Some dogs went from alligator skin to a full white and fluffy coat just from finding the right foods and diet. I had one easily aroused dog in a dog-training class switch from an energetically hot processed food to a cooling, fresh food learn how to relax and focus. My own dog, Dexter’s neurological condition improved drastically from feeding him a fresh diet and focusing on specific foods to treat his condition. For him, this in turn dropped his medication costs, a monetary savings right there.

  1. Buy a Freezer or Two for Your Dog. Yup, said it. If you really want to save on your dog’s raw or fresh food diet, buying a chest freezer will pay for itself very quickly as I will outline in the next steps. Dexter actually has 2 freezers, one full of raw ingredients and one full of prepared meals, homemade treats, and chews. Yes, I only have one 28 pound dog and he has 2 freezers.

    How To Save Money on Your Pet's Fresh Food Diet. Tips on How to Prepare Your Dog's Food on a Budget. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
    One of Dexter’s Freezers
  2. Buy in Bulk and Freeze. Buying your dog’s food ingredients in bulk will almost always save you money. There are quite a few options to consider when bulking up on your pet’s ingredients.
  • Large discount stores such as Sam’s, Costco, or BJ’s.
  • Contact your local butcher shop and ask if they offer a bulk discount.
  • Contact farmers and growers directly for large-order discounts. Checking out your local farmer’s market may lead you to some great farmers.
  • Online raw pet food stores such as Hare Today Gone Tomorrow, Raw Paws Pet Food, or My Pet Carnivore often offer discounts for larger quantities. A lot of these online stores provide shipping or pickup.
  • Meat or raw dog food co-ops are another option when looking for meat in bulk. You can try to locate a local co-op by searching the Internet, Facebook, and asking your local natural health store. Keep The Tail Wagging has a great co-op list.
  1. Sales and Expiring Soon. I can’t help myself. Whenever I’m at a store that sells ingredients I use in Dexter’s meals, I always run down those aisles to see if anything is on sale or is in the expiring-soon section. If so, I tend to grab all they have! Remember, Dexter has an entire freezer dedicated to his raw ingredients, so I never miss a sales opportunity.
  2. Chat with a Local Butcher or Farmer. Sure, you can chat about the weather, but I suggest discussing your needs. Maybe they can work with you at providing you their “ugly” fruits and veggies or their meat-cutting scraps. I don’t mean meat from the floor, but the pieces and trimmings that didn’t quite meet their packaging needs.
  3. Local Hunters. Do you know a local hunter? Or maybe you have a friend or relative who does? Put the word out there. You never know who may end up being a great source.
  4. Newspapers and Craigslist. I have to admit, I have placed one ad and browsed some other ads, but they did not pan out for me. However, I know plenty of raw feeders who frequent these types of ads with great success.
  5. Raise and Grow Your Own. When it comes to the meat portion of this, I realize it may be a lot to ask or do. Raising chickens and ducks for eggs seems to be the most popular. Now, growing fruits, vegetables, and even sprouts is a much more doable plan of action. Unless you are like me and cannot grow anything! LOL.
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How to save money on your dog’s raw food

Freezing and Pre-Prep Tips

  1. When you receive your dog’s raw-food ingredients, portion the food out into increments prior to freezing. When choosing the portion size, think about how you make your dog’s recipes. Do you prep every day, week, month? Then think about the particular ingredient. Do you tend to add ounces per recipe, a pound, or pounds?
  2. Freezing Eggs-Crack your dog’s eggs open into a 2-ounce ice-cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, remove and store in a glass container.
  3. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables- I personally prep my fruits and veggies before freezing. If they need to be peeled and chopped before feeding, they are peeled and chopped before freezing. Once again, try to freeze in approximate portions per your recipes. Another option is to make various veggie/fruit mixes and blends and freeze those.
  4. Fresh Herbs-Personally, I wash all my herbs and place them directly into the freezer in a glass container. It’s super easy just to grab what I need when frozen and add to Dexter’s food, either for the day or into a recipe.


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When Should Seek Help from a Professional Dog Trainer? 6 Dog Behaviors That May Need Professional Help. #raisingyourpetsnaturally #dogtraining #dogtrainingtips #dogbehavior #bestdogtrainingtips #pettraining
Should you hire a professional dog trainer

First, I love the Internet. I love social media groups, Facebook groups, friends, family, neighbors, vet techs, and the woman you stood behind at the pet store. Second, I love that people are spending so much time with their dogs, consider them family, and are looking for ways to improve their lives. Third, I really appreciate dog parents looking for second opinions and being their dogs’ advocate when it comes to their care. Fourth, I love writing dog-behavior and positive dog-training articles on my blog and for other pet magazines.

I truly love all these things. However, there are times when you should consider seeking professional help for your dog. I’m often a bit flabbergasted when I come across a social media question from a pet parent asking, “What should I do X” rather than that person seeking one-on-one assistance from a professional. Some of these posts are downright scary, such as a toe hanging off. Seriously, hit the pet emergency clinic!

Some of these inquires may not feel quite as obvious. Personally, if I think the cause of something is medical, has a pretty emotional behavioral component, or if the situation is a risk to other pets or people, it calls for customized assistance from a professional in the field.

I’ve heard people say that we professionals only want to make money and not provide free advice. Hmmmm If that’s the case for some, I actually don’t find it a problem. I mean, why should we feel bad or guilty to charge for our services? We paid our dues both emotionally and financially. I wouldn’t expect a chiropractor to provide me with a free adjustment.

However, I would venture to guess that a lot of us do offer free information to non-clients. I personally provide a blog with currently over 500 free articles and two video channels (YouTube & Vimeo) with I don’t know how many free pet videos. I also speak for free at a variety of pet events and even work with a select few animal rescues behind the scenes on dog behavior and training.

There are certain dog behavior concerns that need to be dug into deeper than a quick email. Behavior, especially dogs with “issues,” is a very complex subject. For me, history-taking alone consists of over 100 behavioral and medical questions prior to even having my first session with a client. Then, the sessions are typically about 2-3 hours. No, quick tips or quick emails are appropriate.

Today, I wanted to address dog behavior and dog training in particular and give my two cents on when I think it’s time to seek a professional dog trainer and not the Internet for advice or your friend next door.

6 Dog Behaviors That May Need Professional Guidance

  1. Your Dog is Injuring Himself, Other Dogs, or People-If your dog is currently injuring himself or others, it’s time to seek help, immediately.
  2. Growling, Snapping, or Biting at Human or Furry Family Members-If your dog is showing any of these behaviors, there is something going on that needs to be addressed. The root cause may be behavioral, medical, or a combination of both.
  3. Noise Phobia- Noise phobias such as fear of thunderstorms, fireworks, gunfire, or other loud or random noises can be very severe and devastating. It sometimes is easy for dog parents to brush this phobia aside if it’s random or doesn’t happen often. However, this is a phobia that has a high rate of increasing fear and injury. Often dogs will injure themselves trying to escape, not to mention the damage they can cause trying to “dig out” from the noise.
  4. Baby on The Way-I personally think if a family is expecting their first child, seeking at least one private session with a dog trainer can lead to a lifetime of success. If the expecting family has a dog with some behavioral concerns, seeking help as soon as you receive your news is key. Behavioral issues take a lot of time to change, and calling on a professional a month prior to your due date may not even be enough notice to get an appointment, let alone change a behavior.
  5. Lunging or Barking at The End of the Leash- I’m not talking about just not having good walking skills, although that’s also a great time to see a dog trainer, but lunging at the end of the leash at other dogs, people, bikes, cars, etc. Lunging or barking at something is much different than just having poor leash skills. There is some kind of emotional attachment to this behavior, and a good trainer will help you determine your dog’s issues, possible reasons, and how to set up a good training program to change your dog’s behavior and to decide if your dog is currently safe out in public.
  6. When You Aren’t Seeing Dog Training Results-Let’s face it. A professional dog trainer hopefully, has more skill and knowledge than a dog parent. After all, they are spending their time and energy learning about dogs, dog behavior, dog training, and practicing their skills on a regular basis with a variety of dogs and dog parents. Sometimes it only takes a few sessions to get you and your dog on the right track for success.

Seeking a professional dog trainer does not mean you failed your dog, nor does it mean you have a bad dog. It just means you realize you and your dog can benefit from additional knowledge and guidance from someone who spends their nights and days focusing on dog training and behavior. Even if you hired a dog trainer in the past, and you felt dissatisfied, doesn’t mean the right dog training coach isn’t out there. Sometimes, it may take a second opinion or a second set of eyes to get you and your dog back on track. Don’t put off training your dog and getting the help you both need. Connecting with the right person can change your relationship with your dog forever.


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