Mar 082018

Tucker's Recall

Raw Basics LLC, with its Tucker’s branded, raw, frozen pork-bison pet food, is recalling this product after Nebraska officials found a sample to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Seek medical attention immediately if you or your pet is experiencing adverse reactions from handling or eating this product.

I’m posting the recalls to bring attention to the false sense of comfort and safety people have around processed pet foods.

Yesterday I was in conversation with two people regarding their pet’s food.  One makes fresh dog food from human grade ingredients.  The second person said “no way!”

One dog has dull eyes, excess weight, sluggish energy and “loves her Bil Jac and wolfs it down”.

Yet as the conversation continued it was noted that the dog with the home-made diet is in radiant health- gorgeous coat and skin, bright eyes, white teeth, nicely muscled, alert, fit, and happy.  This dad shared he resisted making the home-made for a year and now that he does make it says it isn’t that difficult and the benefits are significant and far outweigh his previous reasons to avoid.  It’s easy to see why in the radiant health and well being of the dog.  Plus previous health problems are no longer present – teeth in need of vet cleaning, impacted anal glands, irritated skin, dry, dull coat. Plus you don’t see all the benefits internally that affect the health and longevity of your beloved pet.

I encourage everyone to review your pet’s food and ask yourself if a change would be a good idea. I’m putting together a webinar in the near future to provide an overview of homemade and answer your questions on making the change.  Keep an eye open for the invitation.


Feb 282018

Recently the FDA has been alerting of dog food recalls for concerns because of potential pentobarbital contamination and of possible Salmonella contamination.Kibbles 'n Bits logo

You’ll want to pay close attention to these recalls for your family’s safety – people and pets.

Independent tests found low levels of pentobarbital (used to euthanize animals) in samples of Gravy Train canned dog food, manufactured by Smuckers. The FDA said the level is “unlikely to pose a health risk for pets.”

However, any level of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. An investigation is underway.

Smuckers provided a list of 27 dog food products to food safety news although the FDA list has only 18 in their list. Smuckers has begun a business-to-business removal of certain products.

The FDA lists the products to not feed your pet original from 2016 through today. It is not clear what specific products are included so I recommend you research your dog food and lot number and do not feed to your pets if on the recall. If you have been feeding recalled food and your pet is ill, seek veterinary care immediately.
Included brand names of Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy, Ol’ Roy, and Gravy Train.

Two additional pet food recalls are:
Carnivore Meat Company’s “Vital Essentials” and TruDog “Treat Me Crunchy Beef Delight”.Both of these recalls resulted from tests indicating Salmonella contamination. The potential hazard is for humans and pets.

Use Care
Do take care when feeding your pet to use proper hand washing and area cleaning as preventative measures against disease. This includes treats as well.

Make Better Choices
I encourage feeding your pet human grade food. Your pets of course prefer fresh, unprocessed foods and enjoy much better health for it. Some people think it is more expensive however we are finding a healthy dog with a great diet saves money over the long run. Many regular pet procedures are not needed and result in significant savings.

I’m happy to find more people crossing over and loving how their pets respond enthusiastically to the new diet and quickly show marked health improvements. We will be offering more information on this in the near future so stay tuned.

Oct 222017

Dogs biting and pulling leash editedThis is such a common complaint from dog owners. The number one cause for a dog not performing as desired is the person. You read that right – the person.

I am blessed to work with wonderful people and dogs. Almost always we become friends and we see each other after the training program has completed.

Honestly it makes me so sad to see how a beautifully working team at the time of graduation has fallen away to disappointment and frustration. That’s from the human’s point of view. And you know what? It’s the dog’s point of view as well.

Back are the leash tugging and pulling, the jumping, the raised voice and the unresponsive dog.

My friends, previous clients, have slipped out of the good skills that made a great working team. They are embarrassed when I see them with their dog and how the gorgeous and smooth team has deteriorated and slid into poor behaviors. They mumble about how to dog isn’t listening and failing to be responsive. I don’t even have to say anything. I look at them and we all know it’s the performance of the person causing the problems. (And still, many allow the team performance to drop further and further.)

I usually ask if I may work with the dog and yep, the dog’s skills are all present and right there. The beautiful heel, the solid sit-stay, the immediate responsive come to perfect front and center to me, waiting politely at the door. So what is happening?

The weak link is the person. A very dear friend has changed the sit to “sit down”. The poor dog is confused. What do you want? Sit? Down? She goes up and down and ultimately gives up and dashes away from the chaos while her person keeps repeating the same mixed message, mixed hand signals and upping the volume and frustrated energy. I want to run away too.

Adding to it, other family members have created their own set of words and signals and often I’ve seen family members all talking at once to the dog while raising their voices to get their confusing points across to a dog that was not trained to these words or cues or confusion.

So what is my advice? Slow down. Go back to the basics. Ask someone to give kind, constructive feedback on your communication and skills. Recurrency training is invaluable to keep the team in teamwork. Everyone benefits!

Better than recurrency training is consistency. If you get in the good habit of being consistent, you and your dog can count on this excellent communication and great bonding relationship. People seem to expect peak performance from their dog while they fall way off course. When this happens, the price is high. The dog’s world gets smaller since “she doesn’t mind anymore” and she isn’t welcomed or she is too difficult to manage so she stays home alone. (And often crated.) She didn’t cause the problem. And she isn’t the problem. Her behavior is the result of her person’s behavior altering without bearing in mind it is a team and her teammate isn’t showing up.

So my request to you from your dog is to practice your trained skills. Once you have them back on track, leash your dog and work as a team. You will find your dog needs only a fraction of the time you did to once again happily be your teammate. Bring back the loving relationship.

A well trained dog

Your dog will have those amazing manners and be included once again in all the fun. (Wink) It’s up to you, the human, to get and keep your skill set in place. You will both be happier and your relationship will continue to grow with this commitment and action. You all deserve to receive those compliments of how wonderful your dog is! It is the result of a wonderful team.

P.S. If you have a problem you’d like help with, write to me and I’ll cover it in a future post or video.  WOOF!