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Best Dog Bones for Dogs. Healthy Companion Company's Dog Chicken Feet and Duck Feet for Dogs Review. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

Best Dog Bones for Dogs | Healthy Companion Company Dog Chicken Feet and Duck Feet for Dogs Review

Best Dog Bones for Dogs

Healthy Companion Company Dog Chicken Feet and Duck Feet for Dogs Review

Best Dog Bones for Dogs. Healthy Companion Company's Dog Chicken Feet and Duck Feet for Dogs Review. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Healthy and natural dog chews

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

Most dogs love to chew. Chewing is such a nice behavior for dogs. It helps keep their teeth clean, fights boredom, and if you give your dog healthy dog chews, can even provide nutritional benefits.

When I’m searching for the best dog chew bones for Dexter, I follow a few personal guidelines. First, I think it’s important to remember, a dog chew bone is going to be chewed on and possibly eaten, therefore, I’m not a fan of plastic bones. Nope, not going to feed my dog plastic. Second, if it’s a processed type of dog bone and has an ingredient label, I want to read that label and ensure it’s truly something I would want Dexter to eat. As of this posting, I have not found a processed dog bone that I would feed Dexter. Let’s just take a look at one of the popular “natural” examples.

Potato Starch, Glycerin, Powdered Cellulose, Lecithin, Yeast, Malt Extract, Lupine, Annatto Extract Color, Alfalfa Extract.

Although nothing in this natural dog chew will immediately harm your dog, it’s not healthy, and starch is not a great addition to a dog’s diet. There isn’t anything healthy in this ingredient panel, so it would be like eating a king-sized candy bar. For Dexter, consuming glycerin is a short trip to having diarrhea!

Here’s another popular dental dog chew’s ingredients.

Wheat flour, wheat gluten, glycerin, gelatin, oat fiber, water, lecithin, natural poultry flavor, minerals (dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, magnesium amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, selenium, potassium iodide), dried apple pomace, choline chloride, fruit juice color, vitamins ( dl-alpha tocopherol acetate [source of vitamin E], vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate [vitamin B5], niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement [vitamin B2], vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride [vitamin B6], thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], folic acid), turmeric color.

Wow is right. That’s a lot of ingredients for one dental dog chew. And all those vitamins, they’re synthetic. So, no. I do not feed Dexter either of these dog chews, nor would I recommend them. But I do like to provide Dexter with healthy, real dog bones and chews, something I can feel good about giving Dexter and know that he can actually benefit nutritionally from eating.

Best Dog Bones for Dogs. Healthy Companion Company's Dog Chicken Feet and Duck Feet for Dogs Review. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Duck feet for dogs

I love giving Dexter natural duck feet for dogs. And, recently, I have introduced all natural chicken feet for dogs into his chewing rotation, and here’s why I love bird feet. 🙂

Both chicken and duck feet are a natural source of chondroitin, glucosamine and collagen. Together, this provides joint health by producing joint fluid, reduces the risk of brittle bones, improves mobility, and helps maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Best Dog Bones for Dogs. Healthy Companion Company's Dog Chicken Feet and Duck Feet for Dogs Review. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
All natural duck and chicken feet for dogs to chew

Chondroitin and glucosamine are beneficial to all life-stages. Recently, one of Dexter’s vets recommended I provide him with regular glucosamine and chondroitin. Instead of giving him a supplement, I have increased his consumption of duck feet, chicken feet, beef gullet, and duck necks. I rotate these various forms into his diet, to ensure the most diverse form of nutrition.

The Healthy Companion Company was kind enough to allow me to try and review both their chicken feet for dogs and duck feet for dogs. Quality ingredients is always one of my top priorities when choosing a product for Dexter. The Healthy Companion Company manufactures all their treats in the US, AND all the ingredients are sourced from US farmers. Both their chicken and duck feet come from antibiotic and hormone-free birds.

Duck Feet Ingredients: Duck Feet

Chicken Feet Ingredients: Chicken Feet

That’s it. No preservatives, or anything added. Just 100% dehydrated duck or chicken feet. Both healthy dog chews are dehydrated, which means they retain their dense nutrients. I’ve regularly given Dexter duck feet dog chews in the past, and I have to admit, these feet from The Healthy Companion Company are really nice. What I appreciate from this company is that their feet are a bit drier than the ones I’ve had before.

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Healthy dog chew bones

And Dexter? He loves a good dehydrated duck foot. And the chicken feet? He gave those a green light too. Dehydrated duck and chicken feet are typically a crunchy, edible dog chew. Edible is important. Please remember to include this into his daily food calorie calculation, so that your dog does not pack on the pounds. Cutting a little of his daily food and replacing it with a duck or chicken foot is completely healthy and nutritious, so you can swap with confidence or add a bit more exercise for the day.

When giving your dog a new chew, I always recommend holding the chew and allowing your dog to chew and eat with you holding one end. This helps ensure that your dog can safely manage the chew and if not, you are able to remove it without needing to try to chase your dog down. Once you feel comfortable with how your dog will consume his snack, please still supervise.

If you are looking for natural, healthy dog bones or dog chew, I highly recommend checking out The Healthy Companion Company’s line of duck and chicken feet. They also provide all-natural dehydrated meat treats if you are looking for healthy dog training treats! Don’t forget to tell them that Dexter the Dog sent you.

Visit The Healthy Companion Company’s website and Use Promo Code Dexter10 for 10% Off Your First Order.

Or visit them on Amazon (no discount).

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Does your dog like to chew? Tell me in the comments.

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USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice and Organic Essential Oils by 4-Legger. Organic Neem Dog Shampoo Review #raisingyourpetsnaturally

USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice and Organic Essential Oils- 4-Legger’s Organic Neem Dog Shampoo Review

USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice and Organic Essential Oils

4-Legger’s Organic Neem Dog Shampoo Review

USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice and Organic Essential Oils by 4-Legger. Organic Neem Dog Shampoo Review #raisingyourpetsnaturally
USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo

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

I love 4-Legger! There, I said it. I’ve been using and reviewing their natural dog grooming products since 2016. Why? Because not only do their natural dog grooming products work, but they truly are nontoxic and synthetic-free. So, when they contacted me about their new USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo line, I was in!

I will have to apologize to Dexter The Dog, because I have agreed to review all five varieties of their new USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice. No worries, Dexter won’t be receiving any extra baths, but he does have to stay in the tub longer for the photo shoots. Learn how to bathe your dog in this article.

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5 new non-toxic dog shampoos to choose from

What Makes 4-Legger USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice so Special?

This is the first USDA certified organic dog shampoo using safe and nontoxic organic aloe juice, organic oils, and organic essential oils. 4-Legger has truly changed the pet-grooming product industry by manufacturing the first safe and nontoxic aloe-based USDA certified organic dog shampoo made with shea butter, sunflower oil, coconut oil, olive oil, and essential oils. A truly safe and nontoxic aloe formulation that shows it meets the highest standards of the USDA with the seal on the front of the bottle.

I personally find it refreshing that a dog-grooming company truly cares about our pets and has made it their mission to provide safe, effective, and synthetic-free products for our 4-leggers. I was truly excited to dive into one of their new USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoos. I chose to try their USDA Certified Organic Neem Dog Shampoo first.

Besides the amazing quality of ingredients used in 4-Legger’s dog shampoos, the ingredient choices are also unique. This new line contains organic aloe vera juice as the first ingredient. Aloe has been used to nourish the body, skin, and hair for over 6,000 years. Aloe juice has been used to help treat and condition flaky skin, dry skin, and minor infections. It also has been used for hair (aka fur, in our case) to increase the health, shine, and silkiness.

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, and Organic Vegetable Glycerin provide hydration, moisturizes, soothes inflammation, are rich in vitamins and fatty acids to aid in creating a healthy and organic dog shampoo.

The organic sweet orange essential oil is packed with Vitamin C to help repair skin, promotes healthy skin, and also helps reduce inflammation and bacteria. As an added bonus, sweet orange essential oil is uplifting emotionally.

The organic neem oil is known for its ability to repel pests, making this a good choice for the summer months. Neem oil also offers anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties and excels at cleaning and eliminating dandruff while hydrating the skin and hair follicles.

The organic rosemary extract is an antioxidant powerhouse that also doubles as a natural preservative.

USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo with Organic Aloe Juice and Organic Essential Oils by 4-Legger. Organic Neem Dog Shampoo Review #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Bunny soft and cotton white

4-Legger’s USDA Certified Organic Neem Dog Shampoo with Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Organic Neem Oil and Organic Rosemary Extract

After thoroughly wetting Dexter, I began to lather and scrub Dexter. For those unfamiliar with natural shampoos that don’t have any synthetic lathering agents, if you feel like you need more of a lather,  don’t increase the shampoo, increase the water.

After I scrubbed Dexter from head to tail, I began my rinse process. It’s super important to rinse thoroughly. I recommend rinsing and rinsing again. You want to ensure removing all the shampoo. Don’t forget the pits and bottom area.

Typical for nontoxic dog shampoo, Dexter’s coat felt a bit tacky when wet. But I’m very familiar with this process and feel. Once Dexter fully dried, his fur was super soft and extremely white! I gave Dexter a good brushing and was tickled at how soft he felt. I’ve always loved the quality of 4-Legger’s dog shampoos, but they were right, he was even more silky smooth. His chest fur was soft, like a bunny. Now, that’s pretty impressive.

I love that I don’t have to worry about the ingredients inside of 4-Legger’s products (but I’ll continue to always read each ingredient panel). 4-Legger uses simple, clean, all-natural ingredients. I know they are a company that truly cares about Dexter’s health and what I put on him.

The next time you are shopping for a truly nontoxic organic dog shampoo, give 4-Legger a try! Visit 4-Legger today.  Order today with promo code RaiseNaturally20 for 20% off your order. Tell them Dexter sent you.

 

Reference: https://www.aloe-medical-group.com/en/aloe-vera/history.html


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Why does my cat bite me during play? How to play with a cat properly. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

Why Does my Cat Bite Me During Play? | How to Get a Cat to Stop Biting when Playing

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How to Play with a Cat

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Cat Play and Biting

We love our cats and love spending quality time with them. I’m sure by now you’ve heard how important cat enrichment is in a cat’s life, both mentally and physically. You’ve probably also heard how cat play therapy can strengthen your bond and decrease cat behavioral problems. But what can you do when your cat bites you during play and petting?

How Cats Play

Cat play revolves primarily around a cat’s natural instincts of stalking, chasing, killing, and eating. It’s no wonder that cat play can easily get out of hand and too rough. A cat may even zone out during play—in his eyes, this is the hunt and kill. But don’t worry! Playing with your cat does not have to include being bitten in the process.

Here are four tips to get you started with appropriate cat play

  1. You are not the toy. Your fingers, hair, or clothing are not part of the game. Instead, ensure you have plenty of safe and appropriate cat toys.
  2. Bring the toy to life. If you are trying to engage your cat with a toy and he’s biting you or not interested, try to help bring life into the toy. Make the toy more enticing than your body. Each cat will have his own preference for play toys, style, and movement. Take the time to learn what your cat enjoys.
  3. Rough-housing and over-arousal can quickly lead to your cat biting. When playing with your cat, watch his energy and engagement level. If it seems that he’s getting a bit too stimulated, slow the play down. Your cat may do better with more frequent, shorter play sessions.
  4. Do not tease or scare your cat. I’m often saddened when I see cat videos of people scaring or teasing their cats. This is not play, nor is it fun for your feline. A cat that is often scared or teased is more likely to resort to using his fangs or claws in self-defense.

Cat play and play therapy provide amazing opportunities for our cats and us. Knowing how to play right is important. Remember, never scare or play rough with your cat. But do play often! Read more on cat games and play here.


What is your cat’s favorite game? Tell me in the comments.

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Friday's Favorite Five: Fun Dog Trick Props. I thought it would be interesting to share five fun dog trick props that you can use in your next positive dog training session. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

Friday’s Favorite Five: Fun Dog Trick Props

Friday’s Favorite Five: Fun Dog Trick Props

Props for the Best Dog Tricks

Friday's Favorite Five: Fun Dog Trick Props. I thought it would be interesting to share five fun dog trick props that you can use in your next positive dog training session. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Best dog trick props

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and also has affiliate links. However, I will always try to offer my readers great product selections. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Teaching dog tricks is one of the best ways to bond with your dog. There are so many cool dog tricks to teach your dog. You can teach easy dog tricks, fun dog tricks, useful dog tricks and even extreme dog tricks. And YES, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Today, I thought it would be interesting to share five fun dog trick props that you can use in your next positive dog training session. My hope is this post will inspire you to connect and engage with your dog. Not sure where to start? Check out some of my dog trick examples here.

Top Five Dog Training Props

The KLIMB Dog Training Platform-The KLIMB takes advantage of a dog’s natural tendency to seek a higher vantage point. – Dogs become attached to the KLIMB; they begin to think of it as their “place,” almost like it’s their favorite chair. – Units can be connected in virtually unlimited configurations for either conventional or agility training. – Once a dog is trained on the KLIMB, they can be sent to their KLIMB to stay until the owner/trainer gives the release command. Order Today

 

Lord Anson™ Dog Agility Hurdle Cone Set-The Lord Anson™ Agility Hurdle Cone Set can be used for much more than just agility. Whether you are training your dog for an upcoming show, having recreational fun with your dog at the park, or rehabilitating an older or injured dog, the Lord Anson™ Agility Hurdle Cone Set delivers quality and performance that you can trust. Order Today.

PetSafe Treat & Train Remote Reward Dog Trainer-Premier Treat & Train Remote Reward Dog Trainer is a remote-controlled reward system that uses positive reinforcement for training dogs. Teaches dogs to focus on you with engaging, interactive games that provide exercise and mental stimulation; Teach dogs at a distance to perform almost any behavior, from everyday skills (such as potty training) to specialized skills (such as agility, obedience, service and military work). Order Today.

FitPAWS Paw Pods for Dog Agility-Expand Your Dog’s Playground, Develop Motor Skills, Combine with Other FitPAWS Products, Each pod comes with 2 Textures – Flat/Bumps. You can also change the difficulty level by using the Paw Pods placed with the flat side down (less challenging) or the dome side down (more challenging.) Order Today.

Affordable Agility Practice Tire Jump-  Special lightweight design makes the Practice Tire Jump easy to move around your course. The Tire is attached to the frame with adjustable Velcro straps, which makes it easy to adjust it to any height. Simple assembly instructions and vinyl tape are included for you to decorate your tire. Tire color varies, but it is intended to be taped over with the red and blue tape that is included. Order Today.

 


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

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Cool dog tricks to teach your dog. How to teach your dog to roll over in a blanket. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training and Dog Tricks | Teach a Dog to Cover Up in Blanket

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Teaching dog tricks

Dog training tricks are more than just some frivolous behaviors that have no meaning or use. No, teaching your dog a variety of cool dog tricks is a great way not only to build your relationship with your dog, but to teach him to listen, trust you, and take your cues. As a huge bonus, dog trick training also teaches your dog how amazing you are, so he will want to listen to you. 😉

After you’ve taught your dog how to roll over, you can take it one step further and teach your dog to roll himself up in a blanket!

  1. Lay out a throw blanket on the floor, nice and flat. Make sure that there is plenty of room for the blanket and your dog and any goofy dog antics.
  2. Ask your dog to down on one side of the blanket.
  3. Grab the corner of the throw blanket next to your dog and get him excited about grabbing it.
  4. Once your dog grabs the end of the blanket ask him to roll over. Reward him for rolling over, even if he didn’t keep hold of the blanket.
  5. Continue the steps, and eventually, your dog should keep hold of the blanket as he rolls himself up. Big jackpot of dog treats anytime your dog rolls over in the blanket.
  6. Once your dog is reliable at rolling over in the blanket, change your cue from “roll over” to “cover up” or similar.

If your dog is not a big “holder” this may not be the best trick for him. And that’s okay. We all have our favorites and specialties. Remember, it’s about having fun, learning, and bonding.


What is your dog’s favorite dog trick? Any fun cat tricks to share? Tell me in the comments.

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Getting a second dog. Should you? Here are some things to consider when adding or adopting an second dog. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Getting a Second Dog–Should You?

Adopting a Second Dog

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Should I Get a Second Dog?

I’m often asked, “should I get a second dog?” This is a big decision and commitment, and very personal to your own home and situation. I am in no position to tell you getting a second dog is a good or bad idea. What I will do today is provide a few questions you might ask yourself prior to adding a second dog, aka family member.

Four Things You Should Consider Before Adopting a Second Dog

  1. Your Current Dog: Do you think your current dog wants another doggie friend? Is your current dog well-socialized with other dogs? Does he enjoy other dogs? Is he a player? How old is your current dog? What’s his medical condition? Will your current dog’s age or medical condition play a role in how he would act with a new dog?
  2. Your Time: Bringing a second dog into your home isn’t always less training time, but more. A lot of times people think if they add an additional dog or buddy for their first dog, that they take the pressure off themselves. That’s not typically the case. Most dogs want human time, not dog time. Dog training is about teaching your dog.
  3. Financial Commitment: Vet bills, dog toys, dog grooming supplies, dog boarding, dog training… it all will double with a second dog.
  4. 100% Supported by All Human Family Members: Getting a second dog is a huge family decision. The last thing you want to do is to have one family member angry about the additional dog, chores, or expenses.

Adding a second dog into your home can be a wonderful experience for all involved. I just advise everyone to sit down and have an open and realistic conversation first. 🙂 For more dog-to-dog match-making tips, watch my video, Should You Get a Second Dog above. I also offer private in-home or phone/Skype sessions if you need help with matchmaking.


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Teaching a dog to not pull

Do you struggle walking your dog on a leash? Does your dog pull on his leash, and you feel like your arm and hands are on fire? Or maybe your dog walks pretty well on a leash unless he sees another dog, squirrel, or person. Not sure where to start? Then, this dog-training workshop is for you! Bonus breakout Q & A session topic to be announced!

Loose Leash Walking Topics-60 minutes

  • The Right Dog-Walking Equipment for a Positive Experience for You and Your Dog
  • Management
  • Motivation
  • Ooops Moments
  • Positive Dog-Training Concepts and Why They Work
  • Dealing with Distractions
  • Demos with Dexter
  • Lots of Practice and Effective Training Tips

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Prior to the loose-leash walking workshop, I will poll registries on other topics that interest you for a lively discussion! Positive dog training, behavior, tricks, natural dog care, grooming, the sky is the limit! Full Bio

This Columbus Ohio (area) dog training and dog care workshop is limited to 15 human participants. So, don’t delay, register HERE today.

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Supplements for Dogs, Especially Senior Dogs! I spoke with two of Dexter's holistic veterinarians on the best supplements for dogs. Click to read their dog supplement recommendations. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Best senior dog supplements

Dexter The Dog is eight! Just before Dexter’s sixth birthday, I wrote an article on Natural Care for Aging Dogs. Today, I wanted to dedicate this article to supplements for senior dogs or foods for senior dogs.

As our dogs age, their bodies go through a lot of changes. Aging changes the function of their organs. Vital organs such as heart, kidneys, and lungs begin to lose some of their function, or may function abnormally. Cells and tissue begin to change, too. Connective tissue, epithelial tissue, muscle tissue, and nerve tissue all begin to change.

As a dog’s body starts to go through the aging process, you may notice things like joint pain; cognition difficulty; lack of energy; mood shifts; and dryness of the coat, nose, and feet. Although these may all be part of the normal aging process, we can still play a proactive role in our senior dog’s health to help him age gracefully, be more mobile, and feel less pain, or even be pain-free.

With Dexter’s neurological condition, I’ve been trying to play a proactive role in preventing or managing inflammation, one of the culprits causing his “bad days.” I’ve also focused on improving cartilage for a possible weakening of his trachea. Besides feeding Dexter real foods with support, he’s also been on a regimen of “supplements.” I quote supplements, because if I can find it in a real food way, it’s always better. Dexter receives regular bone broth, chondroitin through real foods, green-lipped mussels, kelp, spirulina, omega-3 fatty acids (primary fish source), foods high in antioxidants and CoQ10.

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Anything for Dexter!

Because Dexter must be on some pharmaceuticals to help with his disease, I also focus on supporting his immune system, detoxing, and liver support. Two other supplements that make it into our rotation are milk thistle and Standard Process Canine Immune System Support. A few years back, one of his quarterly checkups showed a decrease in his kidney function. I added RX Renal Canine and AminAvast. I am happy to report that his kidneys have been functioning perfectly ever since. I continue to provide these two supplements daily.

To be clear, I do work with Dexter’s team of veterinarians when choosing the best supplements and foods for Dexter. I want to make sure nothing conflicts with each other, and that the doses meet Dexter’s needs.

I spoke with two of Dexter’s veterinarians, Dr. Mary L. Cardeccia and Dr. Judy Morgan, about their go-to supplements for senior dogs. Below is their roundup.

Top Recommended Supplements for Dogs

  1. Omega 3 Fatty Acids-Both Dr. Cardeccia and Dr. Morgan suggest essential fatty acids, especially omega 3s. Dr. Cardeccia explains, “Our dogs’ bodies can’t produce omega 3 fatty acids, so we need to give it in supplemental form, whether fed in whole foods, or using some sort of concentrated oil product.” She continues to say, “EPA, or eicosapentaenoic acid, acts to decrease inflammation, and as such could contribute to management of arthritis, skin/allergy issues, and improve coat and skin. DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is important for brain and eye development, and together with EPA act as signals to decrease inflammation in cells.” Dr. Morgan also states that omega 3 fatty acids are, “essential for cardiac, joint, and brain/nerve health. I usually dose at 30 to 40 mg per pound of body weight (back off if stools soften).”
  2. Antioxidants-Dr. Cardeccia is a big fan of various forms of antioxidants, “such as vitamin C and vitamin E, CoQ10, curcumin (turmeric), grape seed extract, silymarin (milk thistle). Antioxidants are molecules that gobble up toxic free radicals before they can harm healthy cells and tissues, and as such reduce oxidative stress and DNA damage.” Dr. Morgan says, “Blueberries are awesome!” She continues to inform us, “CoQ10 is anti-inflammatory and offers cancer protection. Dose anywhere from 1 to 10 mg per pound of body weight.” Dr. Morgan also recommends turmeric fed as Golden Paste. She also suggests milk thistle, “2 to 5 mg per pound body weight if there is any liver enzyme elevation or any chronic medication usage.”
  3. Probiotics- “Not only do these aid in digestion but can aid in immune system function as well,” explains Dr. Cardeccia. Dr. Morgan suggests dog parents use a high-quality source, and the CFUs should be in the billions
  4. Coconut Oil/Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)– Dr. Cardeccia explains, “As dogs age, they will often start to have cognitive issues, and MCT can contribute to focus and mental performance, as well as having a beneficial effect on the immune system.” Dr. Morgan adds that coconut oil helps with gut health, coat, energy, and is anti-inflammatory.
  5. Glucosamine/Chondroitin– Dr. Cardeccia explains the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin in senior pets. “Glucosamine and chondroitin can improve the health of joint fluid. There are many products available which provide these compounds, often combined with MSM, vitamin C, selenium, etc. One way to get this would be to supplement with green-lipped mussel, which is a natural source of glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, glycosaminoglycans, omega 3 fatty acids, as well as amino acids, minerals, and carbohydrates.” Dr. Morgan also recommends the use of green-lipped mussel as a “natural source of glucosamine/chondroitin for joint health, hyaluronic acid for eye, skin, and joint health, trace minerals zinc and manganese needed for tendon/ligament health and coat health.”
  6. Colostrum Dr. Morgan recommends the use of colostrum to help support the immune system.

I’m happy to say that Dexter has been getting pretty much all of the suggestions above. 🙂 We have yet to add colostrum, but it’s been on my to-do list for some time. I guess I need to get moving on that! I’ve been researching brands of colostrum, and I may be putting that research into high gear. I do add turmeric on a very occasional basis.

Don’t wait for your dog to start showing signs of aging—start his natural supplement routine today!


Are you proactive with your dog’s health care? Tell me in the comments.

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Best Natural Dog Training Treats for Motivation

The Healthy Companion Company Dog Treat Review

Best Natural Dog Training Treats for Dog Training Motivation. Learn why Dexter loves The Healthy Companion Company's wholesome dog treats. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Healthy and motivating dog treats

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review and also has affiliate links. However, I will always try to offer my readers great product selections. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

As a positive dog trainer, I’m always recommending that my dog-training students use high-value and motivating dog treats during training. Dog training takes a lot of time, patience, and repetition, which can lead to a lot of dog-training treats. However, this does not mean that those dog training treats can’t be healthy, and even included in the dog’s daily calorie intake! As a matter of fact, I’m an advocate for using a dog’s daily food or food calories as their dog-training rewards. Here’s the rundown.

By now, you probably already know I’m a firm believer in a species-appropriate diet, which means a home-cooked or raw diet for dogs. In this diet, a dog receives a lot of real meat. After all, dogs are carnivores; you just need to take a peek at those razor-sharp teeth to realize they were made to eat meat.

When a dog is learning new behaviors or unlearning behaviors, it’s important to reward that dog often in order to make the new behavior a habit. Meat is an excellent motivator and healthy dog-training treat. And the best part is if you are incorporating meat without any other ingredients such as flour, sugars, grains, etc., you can count that meat as part of his daily food portion. Voilà, no extra calories for dog training and no fat dogs for positive-reinforcement training! Just happy, well-fed, and well-trained dogs.

When I’m looking for the best dog-training treats, I look for natural dog treats that are ideally just meat. I was beyond thrilled when I found The Healthy Companion Company and their line of wholesome meat treats. The Healthy Companion Company not only manufactures their treats in the US, but they also source all of their ingredients from local US farmers. The best part is that their meat treats are made without chemicals, preservatives, additives, and the meats are antibiotic and hormone free!

Blend of Turkey-Beef Heart-Chicken Bites Ingredients: 1/3 turkey with bone, 1/3 beef heart, and 1/3 chicken with bone.

Rabbit Formula Ingredients: Whole ground rabbit

I’m obviously over the moon with the quality of The Healthy Companion Company’s treats, and both Dexter and Nutter were going crazy when I opened the shipping box. Dexter was extremely eager to dive in, but he waited patiently as I took the photos for our natural dog treat review.

Best Natural Dog Training Treats for Dog Training Motivation. Learn why Dexter loves The Healthy Companion Company's wholesome dog treats. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Not yet! 🙂

When Dexter finally had his first bite of the all-natural rabbit dog-treat formula, his eyes bulged out, and he looked at me for more. I obliged and gave him a few more rabbit treats. Then, we moved on to the Blend of Turkey-Beef Heart-Chicken Bites. Dexter was just as impressed and happy. I couldn’t leave Nutter The Cat out. He also gobbled them up.

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These all-natural dog treats are a great size, light, and easily break apart for the perfect bite for a dog training treat. I love the fact they are thin and don’t take up much room in a pocket, which is especially important when training a dog on the go.

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Perfect treats for dog training

These natural meat dog treats are dehydrated, which means they retain most of their nutrients, making these treats very nutritional. The Healthy Companion Company does not use any form of preservative, so it’s best to store the treats in the refrigerator to ensure freshness.

Because The Healthy Companion Company uses bone and organ in their antibiotic-and-hormone-free dog treats, I can easily recommend that these treats are used in replacement of a portion of a dog’s daily calories for training.

If you are looking for natural, healthy dog treats, especially for dog-training treats, I highly recommend checking out The Healthy Companion Company’s line of meat treats. They also provide all-natural dehydrated duck and chicken feet if you are looking for a healthy dog chew! Don’t forget to tell them that Dexter the Dog sent you.

Visit The Healthy Companion Company’s website and Use Promo Code Dexter10 for 10% Off Your First Order. Or visit them on Amazon (no discount). 

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4LazyLegs Pets Carrier sling review. Sometimes a dog needs a little help and a dog sling just may be the solution. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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4LazyLegs Pets Carrier Review

4LazyLegs Pets Carrier sling review. Sometimes a dog needs a little help and a dog sling just may be the solution. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
4LazyLegs Pet Carrier Review

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and also has affiliate links. However, I will always try to offer my readers great product selections. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Dexter the Dog is a well-traveled, highly adventurous dog. One of our favorite things to do together is to hit the open road and find new and exciting dog-friendly opportunities. However, Dexter is also a senior dog with special needs, which can sometimes limit his mobility.

His mobility may be limited, but his mind and heart still wants to participate in the family fun. When Dexter is with me, I always have his dog stroller in my car for the times Dexter needs an extra lift or a rest. However, a pet stroller isn’t always an option on some of our dog-friendly trips or adventures. Take the beach or a rocky hiking trail, for example. It’s just not possible to use Dexter’s dog stroller in these situations. I have been on the hunt for a dog sling that I can wear and place Dexter inside, but this has not been an easy task.

Dexter is not your typical small Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. No, he’s a long, tall, pushing 30 pound Cavalier! Nope, he’s not fat, he’s just our moose. 😉 Most dog front-carrier bags are made for a small dog or compact dog. Did I mention how long Dexter is? I found 4LazyLegs Pets Carrier and asked them their thoughts on their soft pet carrier sling and if they felt it would be a fit for Dexter.

4LazyLegs Pets Carrier sling review. Sometimes a dog needs a little help and a dog sling just may be the solution. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Dexter is BIG

The great folks at 4LazyLegs offered to allow Dexter to give it a try. It holds 33 pounds, but they weren’t sure it would really fit his long and tall body as front dog slings are best for more compact dogs.

4LazyLegs Pets Carrier sling review. Sometimes a dog needs a little help and a dog sling just may be the solution. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Front dog sling

When the 4LazyLegs dog sling arrived, I was impressed by the quality of the pet sling. It’s made from 100% cotton canvas and feels and looks very durable and strong. The shoulder strap is very soft and padded to allow for more comfort while carrying your small pet. The shoulder strap is also adjustable to ensure the dog sling sits at the correct potion for carrying. Inside, the sling also has adjustable drawstrings so that you can cinch up your pet inside. There is also a clip to attach to your pet’s collar or harness.

4LazyLegs Pets Carrier sling review. Sometimes a dog needs a little help and a dog sling just may be the solution. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
My big dog!

I was super excited to give 4LazyLegs a try. Unfortunately, as we had suspected, Dexter is just too long and tall to safely fit in the pet carrier. The dog sling is just a bit too short for him to be carried. However, they did mention they may be making a larger dog sling! I still think this is an amazing sling for pets smaller than Dexter. Dog slings are a great option for puppies too young to walk in public, dogs nervous in crowds, or special-needs dogs.

If you have a small pet that needs a little assistance, I highly recommend checking out 4LazyLegs. Tell them Dexter sent you. Visit their online store today or check them out on Amazon.


Do you thing your pet would benefit from a pet sling? Tell me in the comments.

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