Doggy Ice Cream – A Sweet Treat for Summer

Original Photo: John Wright

Original Photo: John Wright

There’s nothing better on a warm sunny day than ice cream, so why not treat your dogs to their own tasty version?

  1. 3 cups of plain yogurt (you can add ¼ cup buttermilk for creamier ice cream)
  2. 1 teaspoon softened honey
  3. ¾ cup of softened peanut butter (you can replace peanut butter with ½ cup fresh mashed strawberries or one ripe mashed banana)

Soften honey and peanut butter in microwave for 10 or 15 seconds. Mix all ingredients, pour into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.

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Homemade Diets – A Primer

DietsWith growing concerns over the safety of commercially prepared pet foods, as well as an increasing number of animals suffering from food intolerances, many people are turning to homemade diets for their furry companions. Supporters of homemade diets argue that it is nutritionally superior to commercial diets and can address many of the health issues such as itching or dull coats.

If you are considering switching your dog over to a homemade diet, here are some things to consider. Continue reading →

Training Tips & Planner: Preparing Your Dog For The Big Day

Photo: Stacie

Photo: Stacie

As everyone knows, organizing a wedding takes time and planning; preparing your dog for your wedding day is no different. This training schedule will help your dog be ready in time for the big occasion.

12-16 Months Before

Now is the time to practice the basics: sit, stay, come, and most importantly to “check in” with you. Start with short training sessions (15 minutes) twice a day in a distraction-free area. Initially, you will likely need to use small pieces of a high value treat to shape and reward the desired behavior. Having trouble? Consider enlisting the services of a trainer now, to avoid issues and disappointment later. Continue reading →

Heart Healthy Wheat-Free Dog Biscuit

hearthealthyThese heart healthy dog biscuits are packed with the goodness of superfoods.

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 medium carrots finely grated
  • 1 tbsp fish oil
  • 1 mashed bananas or 1/4 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1-2 tbsp water or enough to mix
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the dry ingredients together then incorporate the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined and dough can be rolled out.  Place on a lightly floured workspace and roll out to 1/4″ thick. Cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Bake for 11-13 minutes. For a crunchier biscuit, turn off oven and leave biscuits to cool inside for an hour. Store in an airtight container.

3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Dog Looking Their Best

how to keep your dog looking their bestWhether you prefer DIY grooming or just want to extend the time between trips to the groomers, here are a few easy ways to keep your dog looking and feeling his/her best.

Nail Trims

For some people (and dogs), nail trimming can be a daunting task, but with a little practice and a few treats, it can be a positive experience for everyone. Begin by getting your dog used to have their feet touched (don’t forget to reward your dog and to keep the sessions short). Continue reading →

How to Find the Right Doggy Daycare

How to Find the Best Dog DaycareThere is a growing number of doggy daycares across North America but they are not all created equal. How can you tell the difference between a quality facility and one that is just out to make money?

Do they require proof of vaccination or health certificate? Do they do an assessment to determine the “personality” of your dog?

Ensuring that every dog that enters the facility is healthy is just as important as determining whether a dog has a nervous, boisterous, or calm temperament. A good doggy daycare will place the appropriate types of dogs together rather than having one large group. There should also be a policy in place so dogs with aggression issues aren’t allowed to attend the daycare. Continue reading →