How to Play with a Cat. Learn how cat games and cat play is an important part of your cat's life. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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How to Play with Your Cat

How to Play with a Cat. Learn how cat games and cat play is an important part of your cat's life. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Cat games and play

Cat Play Isn’t Just for Kittens. Cats are fascinating creatures. Most cats adapt pretty well to a sedentary lifestyle, but this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t enjoy the mental stimulation of a good play session. Obesity in pets, especially cats, is a big issue these days. Proper kitty exercise and play is a great way to not only bond with your cat, but also to help your cat stay lean and fit. As a bonus to good cat play and games, you will be improving his quality of life and may even add years to his life. Now, that’s some serious business!

But inappropriate cat play and games can lead to bad behavior and even cat biting or scratching. After all, your cute little kitty is really a wild tiger inside. Cat games and play revolve around a cat’s natural instincts of stalking, chasing, killing, and eating. This is why playing too roughly with your cat, or using your hands as toys, can lead to injury to you and confusion for your cat.

Safety First

When looking for fun and engaging cat toys, it’s important to look closely at the toy and think about your cat’s safety. Are there any pieces that can easily come off, such as eyes, bells, or strings? Every cat is different in the way he plays and chews cat toys, so it’s important to know your cat before leaving him home alone with a toy. Long strings hanging from furniture or lying around on the floor can become a choking or strangling hazard, so use these with extreme caution and supervision.

Dogs and Cat Considerations

Size does matter. If you have a dog and your cat’s ball is small enough for your dog to swallow, do not leave this toy alone. If at all possible, it’s a great idea to have a room dedicated to your cat that the dog cannot access. This is a perfect place to keep small cat toys or even to engage your cat in uninterrupted cat play.

Best Cat Play Toys

Cat toys come in a variety of shapes and sizes. As you can imagine, every cat has his own favorites and go-to toys. Think about how a cat plays. Cats play like they are hunting. They stalk, chase, bat, kill, and eat. Watch and engage your cat in games and play and see what he likes, then double-check the safety of each toy after play sessions.

How to Play with a Cat

Pick your cat’s favorite interactive cat toy. An interactive cat toy is something you have control over, such as a cat wand. In order to help your cat think this fake toy is actually worth his energy, think about a cat’s natural predatory behavior. Now, it’s your job to make this cat toy turn into a live, moving prey object. Be one with the toy. Make the toy move in erratic ways, working at inciting your cat’s predatory instincts. A good game of cat play includes hunting, catching, killing, and eating.

How to Play with a Cat. Learn how cat games and cat play is an important part of your cat's life. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Notice the licking behavior

Eating the Catch

The hunting ritual usually has an ending: the kill and eat. No, I don’t want your cat to eat his toys, but if you provide him with a protein-rich treat or cat food after a game, this will help your cat have an end game. Some cats that do not have closure to their play sessions will take out their frustrations on other family members in the home. By providing an end reward, you are teaching your cat the game is over, and he should be satisfied with his amazing kill.

How to Play with a Cat. Learn how cat games and cat play is an important part of your cat's life. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
End game

Playing with your cat daily is a wonderful way to bond with your cat, and assists in preventing and changing behavioral problems. You don’t have to have hours a day to do it, just spend a few minutes a couple times a day for some good old-fashioned cat play, and you and your kitty will not only be strengthening your bond, but you’ll also be improving your cat’s health.

Watch some cats in action.


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Changing to a Raw Dog Food or Raw Cat Food Diet

Species Appropriate Diets and Pet Nutrition

How to Switch to a Raw Pet Food Brand from Dry Pet Food

Transitioning your dog or cat to a raw pet food diet. A species appropriate raw pet food diet is a great way to provide your pet optimal health. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Changing to a raw pet food diet

Disclaimer: This is a post is sponsored by Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. 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

I am so happy you are looking to switch your dog or cat from a dry, highly-processed pet food to a fresh, natural raw pet food diet. Yay! You should be extremely pleased with yourself that you are ready to make the leap. Your dog or cat’s health will improve dramatically after you change to a raw pet food, such as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products. But the big question is always, HOW. SLOWLY.

If your pet has been eating dry dog food for most of his life, his gut may not be in the best shape. But don’t worry, by switching to a raw dog or raw cat food, you will be working at restoring his gut microbiome, which is essential to good health.

Transitioning Your Dog to a Raw Dog Food Brand

Plan on transitioning your dog full time to raw over about 7-10 days. By changing your dog’s food from dry kibble to raw slowly, you will help prevent gastrointestinal upset. However, don’t be surprised if your dog’s stools change. You may even notice a little mucus coating as your dog goes through a detoxification and his body eliminates toxins he has built up over time. As your dog eats more fresh food, he will also start to utilize the nutrients and eventually his stools will likely become firmer and smaller. This is all good!

  • Raw dog food should be served at room or body temperature
  • Days 1-3: Start your dog’s transition with a 75/25 split of his old food and new food.
  • Days 4-5: Increase the raw food to a 50/50 split.
  • Days 6-7: Increase the raw food to a 25/75 split.
  • Day 8: You did it! 100% raw.

Transitioning Your Cat to a Raw Cat Food Brand

Oh, the finicky cat! It’s not necessarily that your cat is finicky; it’s just that cats can be leery of change, especially when their cat food is changing. But changing your cat from a dry cat food or a canned cat food to a raw cat food diet is worth the time and effort it may take.

No More Free-Feeding Cats

If your cat is used to having a bowl of food available 24/7, that’s the first thing to change. Start with four regular feeding times per day. Place your cat’s current food down for about 30 minutes, then remove what he doesn’t eat until his next feeding. Be patient with your kitty. However, it’s important to realize that cats will starve themselves, so do not allow more than 24 hours in between meals.

Once you have established a cat feeding schedule, add about ½ tablespoon of the raw cat food to your cat’s current food. At this point, you just want your cat to start getting accustomed to the taste, smell and texture of the food. Just like raw dog food, the food should be at room temperature, not cold. If your cat refuses, add even less raw with your cat’s regular food.

Once your cat is eating his raw and dry cat food, very gradually increase the amount of raw and decrease the dry. SLOWLY. You can expect this transition to take about four weeks. If your cat is eating a mix of raw and kibble, but not quite making the 100% switch, that’s okay. Just keep going, but a bit slower. Your patience will be worth it in the end!

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Raw cat food diet

Pro Tip from Darwin’s Natural Pet Products“Feed you cat on a small plate. Put their usual food in the middle and dab half moon shapes of Darwin’s around the lip of the plate. The cat will eat it. We don’t know why, It has zero scientific backup, but has worked for most customers in the past.”

Transitioning Tips, Concerns and Reminders

  • Raw pet food should be served at body or room temperature. To achieve this, stir in a little warm water.
  • Most prepared raw diets can be lightly cooked (raw), which can help during the transition period. Once transitioned, lessen the cooking to get back to raw.
Transitioning your dog or cat to a raw pet food diet. A species appropriate raw pet food diet is a great way to provide your pet optimal health. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Lightly cook raw pet food
  • Use a flat plate to feed your cat.
  • Not all pets tolerate a raw pet food diet. Some pets have a weakened immune system and they cannot process raw food. In this case, consider lightly cooking a prepared raw or a home-cooked diet.
  • If you are concerned, speak to a holistic vet specializing in fresh diets.
  • Be patient, but don’t starve your cat.  Cats must eat every 24 hours.

Once you have successfully switched your dog or cat from a dry pet food to a fresh, raw pet food brand, you should start to see your pet’s health improve. His coat will likely get shiny, his energy will improve, and he will be so happy he is eating a fresh and healthy pet food. But don’t stop at one protein source; it’s important to rotate proteins and other ingredients to ensure optimal health and nutrition. More on that topic soon!

If you’re looking for a fresh, healthy pet food, check out Darwin’s Natural Pet Products! Try Darwin’s for Only $14.95 for 10lbs. Darwin’s has an introductory offer that an assortment of our premium raw pet food meals – free-range and cage-free meats (with organic vegetables in our dog meals.)


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Tricks to teach your dog. How to teach a dog to roll over. This fun dog trick is one of my most requested dog trick. Learn how today. Bonus Video. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Roll Over Dog Trick

Dog tricks are a great way to spend quality time with your dog. By teaching your dog a variety of behaviors and tricks, you’ll make him more likely to want to spend time with you. When he wants to spend time with you, you become valuable, and in turn, your dog is much more likely to follow through with his obedience skills. Yup, it’s all about dog games and dog tricks.

Today’s cool and easy dog trick is how to teach a dog to roll over. Okay, it may not be the easiest trick for all dogs, but it is, by far, one of the most requested tricks.

A few things to consider before teaching your dog to roll over:

  • His medical condition. If your dog has a medical condition such as bad hips, back, or neck, this may not be the best trick to teach him. Please speak with your veterinarian on safe alternatives.
  • Location. Teaching him to roll over on a carpet or grass would be much more comfortable than on a slick floor or cement.
  • Trust. This fun dog trick really has a lot to do with a dog’s trust in you and his environment. If you are in dog training class and he’s a bit nervous, this may be a difficult behavior.

Teaching a Dog to Roll Over Training Steps:

  1. Grab a handful of healthy dog training treats.
  2. Lure your dog into a down position. Do not say “down,” because you don’t want your dog to end up rolling over every time you say “down.”
  3. Once he’s in the down position, hold his dog treat between his front toes and allow him to sniff and lick the treat. Watch his hips to see if he rocks them to one side.
    • If he stays in a sphinx position and does not rock his hips naturally, take the treat and slowly move it toward his back end while he smells and tries to eat the treat. Wait for his hip to rock. As soon as his hip rocks, say YES and provide him the tasty treat.
    • If this step seemed challenging, repeat from step 2. By repeating from step 2, you are helping train your dog’s body to get into that position more easily and quickly.

4. Once your dog is easily getting into sphinx position, take your hand with the treats and slowly lure your dog’s head up and over his shoulder. Your goal in this step is to get your dog to lie on his side comfortably.

  • If you notice your dog getting stiff or his paws and toes get really wide, he is getting a bit stressed or uncomfortable. Take the pressure off and don’t lure quite as far. You want your dog to be relaxed doing this behavior.

5. Once he is doing step 4 easily, it’s time to up the game. With your dog on his side, continue to lure your hand with the treat just behind his back. This is the part where your dog rolls over! Praise, treat, and tell him how smart he is!


What is your pet’s favorite trick? Tell me in the comments.

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Homemade Dog Ice Cream Recipe

Dexter The Dog loves his doggie ice cream! When Dexter and I are on one of our dog-friendly vacations or dog-friendly outings, we like to take a trip to a local ice cream parlor. It’s been a tradition for us for many years. Although, I only give him about 2 tablespoons of ice cream, I know this is not a healthy dog treat. In fact, typical ice cream shop’s ingredients not only include a lot of sugar and dairy, but also guar gum, polysorbate 80, and artificial flavors. That’s not good.

In the past, I’ve tried giving Dexter one of his healthy frozen treats that he loves, but during our ice cream trips, he doesn’t want anything to do with it. Nope, he wants “real” ice cream. So, I set out to make Dexter a healthy dog ice cream recipe that he would not only enjoy, but I could feel good about giving him. But would I fool the pooch?

Why, yes, I did!

His healthy dog ice cream fooled him. I did do a little routine to help with my ice cream trick. Instead of filling his hollow toy with his doggie ice cream, I place his homemade dog ice cream in a white foam cup, went to the ice cream counter, returned, then filled up his toy. Hahaha

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Doggie Ice Cream

A little background on the ingredients used in this healthy dog treat recipe. Goat milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk, and actually aids in irritable bowel disease, digestion, and diarrhea! It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, protein, and fatty acids. High in vitamin A, which has cancer-fighting properties. Choose an organic, raw goat milk for the best nutritional benefits. Almonds contain monounsaturated fats which have been found to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Almonds also are rich in calcium and amino acids, and also act as a laxative and lubricate intestines, making it a good choice to naturally cure constipation.

I hope you and your dog enjoy this healthy dog ice cream recipe.

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Smoothie Recipes for Dogs

I love tropical flavors like pineapple and coconut. Can dogs eat fruit? You bet! Not every fruit is good for dogs, but the fruits in this dog smoothie are good fruits safe for dogs. And Dexter The Dog? Dexter loves melons and pineapples just like his momma.

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Dog-Friendly Folly Beach, SC

During our dog-friendly vacation to Folly Beach, South Carolina we had to see Folly Beach. Folly Beach is also referred to as “on the edge of America,” which I think is super cute. Folly Beach is dog-friendly with some rules.

A little history on Folly Beach

Folly Beach was once full of trees and dense undergrowth, which was called “Folly” in Old English. This reference dates back to 1696. Folly Beach has gone through a lot over the years, including wars and hurricanes. Folly Beach is now home to 2400 residents and tourists who come for Folly’s laid-back atmosphere and great beach.

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Dog-Friendly Beach Vacations

Dogs are allowed on the beach May 1 to September 30 before 10 and/or after 6 pm. During the off-season, October 1 through April 30, dogs are welcome anytime on Folly Beach. Dogs must stay on a leash, but swimming and playing is allowed. As always, cleaning up after your dog is a must—and the law. Folly Beach provides pet waste bags at the beach access points, but please remember not to count on this as your only source for pick-up bags. You are responsible for ensuring your dog does not leave a mess behind.

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Dog-Friendly Beaches in South Carolina

Dexter and I had a great time walking on the warm beach sand. Dexter enjoyed getting his toes wet in the Atlantic Ocean. I will admit I’m a bit leery of sharks and alligators, so getting our toes wet is all we did. It is always the highlight of my day to walk the beach with Dexter. We both really enjoy breathing the ocean air, listening to the birds and hearing the waves crash. Folly Beach was definitely a little piece of heaven for us.


Do you take your dog to a dog-friendly beach? Tell me in the comments.

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Healthy dog smoothies that you can share! Apple, cucumber, pear and gut healing herbs makes this smoothie a nice cooling choice for good gut health. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Healthy Dog Smoothies to Share

It’s happened to the best of us. We try to take care of our gut because we know the gut rules our health and behavior. But, sometimes we need a little extra help to soothe our gut and even firm up our stools or our dog’s stools. It’s always about the poop!

Today’s healthy dog smoothie is full of foods, herbs, and supplements to help heal the gut and provide good bacteria and good fiber for a healthy gut. And yes, you can eat this smoothie, too!

Dog-Friendly Vacations in Manchester, Vermont. Traveling with dogs is amazing, especially when you find dog-friendly attractions like the The American Museum of Fly Fishing. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Dog-Friendly Vermont Activities

Our dog-friendly Vermont vacation was originally intended to include my mom and step-dad, Ed. Unfortunately, my step-dad had some business he wasn’t able to get away from. However, throughout our vacation, he was in my heart and I wanted to ensure that Dexter The Dog and I visited some dog-friendly places that Ed would have enjoyed, so we could tell him all about it, in the hopes of visiting Vermont again.

Ed enjoys fishing, and fly fishing has always brought him joy. I thought it would be fun to visit The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Ed’s honor. And guess what? It’s dog-friendly! The fly fishing museum was established in 1968 in Manchester, Vermont by a group of anglers. These passionate fishermen believed that the history of angling was an important part of American tradition and culture and deserved a place to preserve this tradition.

Traveling with your dog in Vermont
Field and Stream, Classic Fly Fishing Magazines

This fishing museum has the world’s largest collection of angling and angling-related items, and that’s something to write home about. With thousands of collections for a visitor to enjoy, the exhibits were very interesting to look at and read about the history. The museum included documentation of the evolution of fly fishing as a sport and art form. Fly fishing flies, tackle, magazines, photographs, rods and reels… this museum had a little bit of everything.

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Dog-Friendly Activities

Did I mention that The American Museum of Fly Fishing was dog-friendly? I just think that is so special. I loved the fact that Dexter was able to visit this unique museum in Manchester, Vermont with me. Finding dog-friendly places like this truly makes traveling with your dog a much happier experience. Even if you aren’t a fishing nut, this dog-friendly museum is something to check out.


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Using Essential Oils for Pets’ Behavioral Health

Learn how essential oils for pets can help their behavior and pet anxiety. Essential oils for dog's anxiety problems can help with their overall training plan. Learn how. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Essential oils for anxiety

Today is part three of a series with Isla Fishburn, Ph.D.: Essential Oils for Pet’s Behavioral Health. It is important to read Part One, the Basics of Essential Oils and Pets, before jumping in below. Now, this is the topic that I have a vested interest in. I’ve spent the last two decades working with clients and their pets’ behavioral issues, particularly canine anxiety.

Essential Oils for Pets’ Behavioral Health by Isla Fishburn, Ph.D. Part 3

Calming:

  • Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis). This oil provides a calming action for pets that are suffering from anxious or nervous behaviors, or for those animals who are consumed with worry. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Hops (Humulus lupulus). Hops can be an effective oil to help calm an animal who is anxious, nervous, or where irritability might be seen in your pet. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis). Valerian root is a relaxant and mild sedative. It offers calming and soothing support for your pet where there is anxiety, panic or tension.
  • Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans). Nutmeg can help to ground an animal who is anxious, hyperactive and where their energy is scattered. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). Amongst it several uses, lavender can be used to soothe and comfort an animal who is suffering from distress and/or anxiety. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.

Fear:

  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii). On its own, or with the support of other essential oils that help reduce emotions of fear in an animal, Frankincense can help distance an animal where there are stress and commotion. It can support a pet who is showing fear, on many levels and where a dog may be breathing heavily as a result of fear related issues. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Violet Leaf (Viola odorata). If an animal is shocked or showing hesitancy/wariness then violet leaf can support an animal who is expecting to see, hear, smell or be exposed to a bad experience. It can support an animal who is nervous and provides comfort and reassurance. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Linden Blossom (Tilia cordata). On its own, or with the support of other essential oils that can help a fearful animal, Linden blossom can provide a sense of feeling of trust and safety. It can support an animal who is fearful and who has suffered abuse. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Sandalwood (Santalum austrocaledonicum). As well as providing support at a physical level, Sandalwood can support animals who also have emotional imbalances, particularly where there is worry and uncertainty. It can be very effective on its own, or in combination with other essential oils. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.

Aggression:

  • Rose Otto (Rosa damascena). Rose Otto provides deep emotional support for animals that have been subject to suffering, trauma and/or neglect. It can sometimes be used to remove unwanted aggression that the animal displays. Rose Otto can often be a difficult essential oil for an abused, neglected or terrified animal to work with and it also comes with a caution; an animal may release unwanted negative behaviors when using Rose Otto, meaning an animal may react negatively and aggressively before positive results are seen. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides). Vetiver provides comfort and reassurance for an anxious pet who may show aggression or where an animal is showing aggression through assertive behaviors towards another individual. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia). This essential oil has comforting and nurturing qualities for an animal that has nervous tension or where the animal is displaying irritability and anger. Animals that have been known to bite can often use it or try and bite when they become irritated or angry. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Clary sage (Salvia sclarea). Often used for female animals, it can also be used for males that show anger, mood swings, and frustration. It provides relaxing, calming and soothing effects. 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). Along with its ability to heal physical imbalances, yarrow can work on its own or in combination with other oils to support an animal who has emotional imbalances through being over-sensitive or being at the hands of neglect and abuse. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.

Loneliness/sadness:

  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium). On its own or along side Mimosa, this can often be a difficult essential oil for an animal to accept. It can offer support for an animal who is suffering with depression or has deep loss, sadness or loneliness. This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.
  • Mimosa (Acacia decurrens). On its own or along side Neroli, Mimosa offers feelings of comfort and support where an animal has been subject to loss and/or separation. Peppermint (Mentha piperita). This oil can be inhaled, ingested or applied topically on your dog (only if your dog selects its use); inhalation only for cats.

With the help of Isla Fishburn, various books on essential oils and pets, and the online workshops I attended, I am much more confident in recommending the use of essential oils and pets, particularly for behavioral issues. But my education on essential oils and pets does not stop here. I will continue to learn what I can about their uses and their precautions, and I urge you to do the same if you are interested in learning more about essential oils and dogs and cats. Thank you for joining me in this three-part series.

Essential oils for dogs and pets
Isla Fishburn PhD

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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Top 5 Worst Treats You Should Never Give Your Dog or Cat. Toxic dog treats and unhealthy dog treats rule the market. Here are 5 treats that may have been recommended that you should avoid. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Not very healthy dog treats.

As a professional dog trainer, I often recommend to clients to feed their dog healthy dog treats for a good behavior. Teaching a dog what we want them to do and rewarding them for that action is a great way to train a dog. I teach my dog training students how to determine if a dog treat is healthy and how to calculate those dog treats as part of their dog’s daily calorie intake. You see, I believe in real food for dogs, dogs need meat, and meat is a high-value, healthy dog treat that can actually be counted towards a dog’s daily calorie goals. This makes dog training easy and fun for both humans and dogs.

However, I often see dog blogs or other pet professionals recommending nasty “dog treats” for training or to stuff in a dog’s hollow treat toy or chew bone. Here are my top no-no dog treats, or at least my reasons on why you may need to reconsider or look deep into their ingredient panel before tossing one to Fido.

1. Marshmallows: Marshmallows may seem like the perfect treat to hide a dog pill or to motivate the picky dog, but looking at the ingredients of a marshmallow may make you change your tune. I may actually need to dump my favorite campfire treat myself, too! Typical Marshmallow Ingredients: corn syrup, sugar, dextrose, water, modified cornstarch, gelatin, contains less than 2% of natural and artificial flavor, tetrasodium pyrophosphate (whipping aid), artificial color (includes blue 1). That’s a lot of sugar products for a dog! And what about the artificial ie. Chemical flavor? What’s tetrasodium pyrophosphate? A cleaning agent! And according to Toxnet, it is alkaline, irritating, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after ingesting. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it? Let’s not forget the artificial colors including Blue 1. In 2003, the FDA put out this statement regarding some use of Blue 1 in the medical field: “Use of Blue 1-tinted enteral feedings for detecting aspiration has been associated with several serious adverse events, including death, although a direct causal relationship has not been definitely established.” Now, there are some healthy marshmallows for us humans, but the ones I’ve seen still contain a lot of sugar and carrageenan, which I wouldn’t recommend feeding to a dog.

Top 5 Worst Treats You Should Never Give Your Dog or Cat. Toxic dog treats and unhealthy dog treats rule the market. Here are 5 treats that may have been recommended that you should avoid. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
I’ll pass.

2. Lunch Meat: Now, I’m a big fan of using real meat when training dogs; however, we have to be careful when using lunch meats. Once again, it boils down to the list of ingredients, that ever-so-important ingredient panel. Most, but not all, lunch meats contain ingredients that both dogs and humans should stay away from. Typical Deli Style Lunch Meat Ingredients: Chicken breast, water, cultured dextrose, contains less than 2% of modified cornstarch, salt, sugar, vinegar, cultured celery juice, sodium phosphates, carrageenan, cherry powder, lemon juice solids, coated with seasonings (garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, thyme, white pepper, dried parsley, dried basil), salt, cayenne pepper, red bell peppers, caramel color, oleoresin paprika. You may have noticed I mentioned in #1 I didn’t like carrageenan, and here it is as an ingredient in our lunch meat. Carrageenan can trigger inflammation and wreak havoc on your digestive system. And the caramel color, according to Why Dye? is typically made with a 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) which is associated with carcinogenic effects. Don’t forget the added onion salt, which is toxic to pets.

3. Hot Dogs: Just like lunch meat, hot dogs can be riddled with nasty and toxic ingredients to your dog. Typical Hot Dog Ingredients: Mechanically Separated Turkey, Mechanically Separated Chicken, Pork, Water, Cultured Dextrose, Contains Less than 2% of Dextrose, Salt, Corn Syrup, Distilled White Vinegar , Cultured Celery Juice, Sodium Phosphate, Cherry Powder, Flavor. Although this may not kill you, it sure is full of garbage and sugar.

4. Peanut Butter: This is a very common recommendation for dog training or stuffing a hollow toy or bone. Once again, it boils down to the ingredient panel. Typical Peanut Butter Ingredients: Made From Roasted Peanuts And Sugar, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Molasses, Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (Rapeseed And Soybean), Mono And Diglycerides, Salt. There’s that sugar again. A word of caution—many peanut butters now contain artificial sweeteners such as Xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs. You can buy 100% organic peanut butter, without any other ingredients; however, I prefer almond butter.

Top 5 Worst Treats You Should Never Give Your Dog or Cat. Toxic dog treats and unhealthy dog treats rule the market. Here are 5 treats that may have been recommended that you should avoid. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Never. Ever. Period.

5. Fake “bacon” or “meat” Dog Treats: You know the ones. The dog treats that are in bright, colorful packages that look like a piece of bacon or meat. Are you ready for the ingredients in a typical “bacon flavored dog treat”? GROUND WHEAT, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, GLYCERIN, GROUND YELLOW CORN, SUGAR, SOYBEAN MEAL, BACON (PRESERVED WITH SODIUM NITRITE), SALT, BACON FAT (PRESERVED WITH BHA AND CITRIC ACID), PHOSPHORIC ACID, SORBIC ACID (A PRESERVATIVE), CALCIUM PROPIONATE (A PRESERVATIVE), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL SMOKE FLAVORS, RED 40, YELLOW 5, BLUE 1, YELLOW 6, ADDED COLOR. T-4005 I just want to scream when I see this ingredient list. There isn’t ONE ingredient I would EVER feed to my pets. Preservatives, wheat, corn, gluten, sugar, soybean, food colors and artificial flavors. This treat isn’t getting within ten feet of Dexter.

Take Away

The point of this post on unhealthy dog treats isn’t to bash a company or brand, but to remind you to read the ingredient panel, not just the front of the package on everything! This includes our own foods and products. I even saw carrageenan in freshly packaged natural chicken thighs. If we start to purchase cleaner foods for ourselves and our pets, the pet food and pet treat companies might just step up and provide even more healthy options. Now, go grill up some real chicken for your dogs!

Top 5 Worst Treats You Should Never Give Your Dog or Cat. Toxic dog treats and unhealthy dog treats rule the market. Here are 5 treats that may have been recommended that you should avoid. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
I just wanted chicken!


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