Snack ideas You and your kids can share with your dog | Dog Training Dallas Texas

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During training sessions with owners and dogs in Dallas Texas, we always get asked questions about dog food and snacks!

There are few things cuter than kids and their dogs. Being best friends for life, kids share everything with their dogs, including food. Parents may never know who really ate the vegetables when the plates are cleared at dinner, but it’s all worth it. The hard part can be keeping the dog healthy when a child is constantly handing over various foods to their pet, or your toddler is leaving a food trail on the floor. Fortunately, there are some great snacks that are healthy for the both the kids and the dogs.

It’s time for a Snack
After school snack time can be chaotic. The kids walk through the door starving, and the dog is jumping all over the place happy to see their best friend. This may be a time of day that is less supervised than mealtime, so this is the perfect time to present a hassle free snack. You can calm your fears and relax while your child and dog are sharing a snack by choosing from the many dog safe foods you eat every day. There are also some great dog friendly recipes out there for a special treat. Take care to establish rules about feeding so your dog doesn’t develop bad habits or aggression.

Peanut Butter the Yummy Snack
Peanut butter is a commonly used ingredient in dog treat recipes. While peanut butter can be a good source of protein, you need to be careful what type you buy if your dog will be having some. Sugar is never a good idea for kids or dogs, so look for a natural version with little or no added sugar. Creamy is probably easier for both as well. There are some great organic choices out there to keep everyone healthy. Look online for great dog friendly recipes that use peanut butter. Also be aware that some manufacturers of peanut butter are now adding xylitol which is toxic to dogs. So before you buy peanut butter for your dogs be sure to read the label and confirm that it does not contain xylitol.

Yogurt
Yogurt is often used to promote digestive health in dogs and humans alike. Plain, organic yogurt is best for dogs and can be used in many creative ways. Forget the expensive frozen dog treats from the store. Get out an ice cube tray out and freeze yogurt for a yummy frozen snack option. Yogurt can also me mixed with peanut butter before freezing for extra tasty fun. Kids can add some dog safe fruits as well. Yogurt may also contain healthy probiotics that can help your dogs digestion.

Fruits and Veggies
Apples and bananas are often offered after school and can be offered to the family dog when prepared properly. Even large dogs need to have their snacks cut up into smaller pieces or they may swallow large pieces of food in a hurry to scarf it down. Take care to consider the size of your dog when preparing fruit and vegetables. Removing peels before serving can lessen the risk of choking. While you may have a hard time convincing your kid to eat green vegetables, your dog can actually benefit from some greens. Zucchini and peas are on the safe list.

Before feeding any human foods to your dog, check out a list of toxic foods from your veterinarian’s office. Grapes and chocolate are the two most well-known toxic foods for dogs. Be very careful what you let children walk around the house with. Chances are, your dog will find an abandoned snack before you do, so make sure it is a safe one.

When Love Hurts (the fallout of spoiling) | Dallas TX Dog Trainers

By Sean O’Shea

So many folks have great intentions. They want to love, nurture, and enjoy their dogs, but somewhere along the line they get off track. They may not even realize that they’re using their dog in place of a child, or an outlet for the love they’re aren’t comfortable sharing with people, or they simply go on “love auto-pilot” because it feels good.

And with some dogs you can get away with this with little fallout. But with the wrong dogs – those that are already prone to insecurity, anxiety, and difficulties dealing with stress, or extremely pushy and entitled dogs – you can hit the wall. Hard.

For these dogs, when given too much affection, love, and freedom, with not enough rules, structure, and guidance, they crash. They become highly anxious (separation anxiety is common), are unable to comfortably deal with stress or pressure (you’ll see lots of reactivity in the house and on walks – barking and reacting to everything), you can get overprotective behaviors (growling at guests and others), you can get resource guarding (of people, space, food, or toys), and you might even get serious aggression in the form of biting (could be your typical fear biting where they pounce when you turn around, or more overt and proactive).

This happens, because many dogs are already prone to elevated stress and anxiety levels. Once you remove the comfort of a believable authority figure and dependable structure and rules, the stress and anxiety levels go through the roof. These already vulnerable dogs now have the perfect ingredients and environment for serious trouble. And behavioral issues are almost always guaranteed.

These dogs now become highly insecure, highly stressed, highly anxious, bratty, unsure, nervous, pushy, you name it.

Why? Because we all (dogs and people) depend on dependable guidance. Dependable rules. Dependable accountability. Dependable structure to lean on. But who needs it most? Those that come with already compromised experiences, those without great genetics to lean on, those that are already vulnerable.

This is how our good intentions can lead us and our dogs into unfortunate places. Mistakenly believing these guys simply need our softness – or because we simply enjoy sharing softness and what it fulfills in us, and/or that discipline is much harder work – we leave them feeling the opposite of what we want: Alone, scared, worried, dependent, unsure, insecure etc.

Because we won’t do the hard and sometimes uncomfortable work of sharing with them what’s expected of them, and how to cope and behave – because we won’t guide them and show them – they will do their best to figure it out in their own. And let me assure you, for already stressed, anxious, nervous dogs, figuring it out on their own is the worst sentence you can give them.

This is how we create doggy train wrecks.

Instead, if we’ll walk the path of balance, doing the hard work of sharing disciple, structure, and rules – and if we’ll truly lead them as much as we love them – we can create dogs that excel instead of struggle. Dogs that consistently improve instead of slowly falling apart.

Hopefully this helps explain how our good intentions of helping often turn into hurting. How by way of “love” we often sentence dogs to struggle and suffer.

Spoiling, babying, and coddling = insecurity, imbalance, and neurosis. | Dallas TX Dog Trainers

Spoiling, babying, and coddling = insecurity, imbalance, and neurosis. 

So many folks have great intentions. They want to love, nurture, and enjoy their dogs, but somewhere along the line they get off track. They may not even realize that they’re using their dog in place of a child, or an outlet for the love they’re aren’t comfortable sharing with people, or they simply go on “love auto-pilot” because it feels good. 

And with some dogs you can get away with this with little fallout. But with the wrong dogs – those that are already prone to insecurity, anxiety, and difficulties dealing with stress, or extremely pushy and entitled dogs – you can hit the wall. Hard. 

For these dogs, when given too much affection, love, and freedom, with not enough rules, structure, and guidance, they crash. They become highly anxious (separation anxiety is common), are unable to comfortably deal with stress or pressure (you’ll see lots of reactivity in the house and on walks – barking and reacting to everything), you can get overprotective behaviors (growling at guests and others), you can get resource guarding (of people, space, food, or toys), and you might even get serious aggression in the form of biting (could be your typical fear biting where they pounce when you turn around, or more overt and proactive).

This happens, because many dogs are already prone to elevated stress and anxiety levels. Once you remove the comfort of a believable authority figure and dependable structure and rules, the stress and anxiety levels go through the roof. These already vulnerable dogs now have the perfect ingredients and environment for serious trouble. And behavioral issues are almost always guaranteed. 

These dogs now become highly insecure, highly stressed, highly anxious, bratty, unsure, nervous, pushy, you name it. 

Why? Because we all (dogs and people) depend on dependable guidance. Dependable rules. Dependable accountability. Dependable structure to lean on. But who needs it most? Those that come with already compromised experiences, those without great genetics to lean on, those that are already vulnerable. 

This is how our good intentions can lead us and our dogs into unfortunate places. Mistakenly believing these guys simply need our softness – or because we simply enjoy sharing softness and what it fulfills in us, and/or that discipline is much harder work – we leave them feeling the opposite of what we want: Alone, scared, worried, dependent, unsure, insecure etc. 

Because we won’t do the hard and sometimes uncomfortable work of sharing with them what’s expected of them, and how to cope and behave – because we won’t guide them and show them – they will do their best to figure it out in their own. And let me assure you, for already stressed, anxious, nervous dogs, figuring it out on their own is the worst sentence you can give them. 

This is how we create doggy train wrecks. 

Instead, if we’ll walk the path of balance, doing the hard work of sharing disciple, structure, and rules – and if we’ll truly lead them as much as we love them – we can create dogs that excel instead of struggle. Dogs that consistently improve instead of slowly falling apart. 

Hopefully this helps explain how our good intentions of helping often turn into hurting. How by way of “love” we often sentence dogs to struggle and suffer.

Author: Sean O’shea

Guide your dog Don’t negotiate

Guidance creates breakthroughs, negotiations create stress.

Remember, that which can be resisted will usually be resisted. When we create a non-negotiable moment we help dogs who are stuck break through mental obstacles. When we negotiate, or create moments of possible resistance we escalate stress and actually marshal more resistance.
This doesn’t mean that forcing your dog to “be successful” is the way. Far from it. But being mentally aware of the dynamics at play in regards to helping dogs breakthrough are essential to successful training and rehab work.
In the long run, too many options, debatable decisions, negotiable moments, and the ability to push back creates stressed out, unsure, bratty and uncomfortable dogs, who debate, negotiate, and push back.
It’s an uncomfortable place for them and an uncomfortable place for you.

– Sean O’Shea

Dogs Left In Cars – Risk of Heat Stroke on Warm Days

Even when parked in the shade on a warm day, animals (or kids or the elderly) can succumb to heatstroke or death if left in the car unattended. Sadly, it happens every year.

Pets are part of the family. We frequently take our dogs with us on outings. And, no matter how prepared, it seems we always have to run a quick errand or two on the way to wherever we are going.

“I’ll just be a minute” and “It’s not that hot” are famous last words that become epitaphs.

 Car windows absorb and insulate the inside, quickly turning the car into an oven.  A dog’s normal temperature is 99.5 to 102.5 degrees. At 105 degrees, the dog is at risk for heat exhaustion. At 107 degrees, the dog can develop heat stroke, which often involves irreversible damage and death.

 

 

So if you need to run errands, leave your dog at home. If you have someone with you, then have them sit with the dog in the car while the air conditioning is on. 

A Family Reunites With Their Dog After A Horrific Tornado

This is a very emotional story. There was not a dry eye in the house at Off Leash K9 Training Texas after viewing this video.

Dog reunited with familyVAN, Texas (KXAN) – Cameras were rolling on an emotional reunion in North Texas as a family finally got to see the damage after a tornado ripped through their neighborhood Sunday. “I really don’t know what else to say…I’m just glad that my dog is back … after tornado

Dog reunited with family after tornado.

 

 

Blue Buffalo Lies about ingredients in Dog food

Blue Buffalo had admitted to lying about ingredients in Dog Food

Pet care giant Nestlé Purina is suing rival Blue Buffalo for allegedly misleading customers about what’s in their dog and cat food.

The lawsuit claims that independent testing found “significant percentages of poultry by-product meal” in several of Blue Buffalo’s top-selling “Life Protection” pet foods. The complaint also alleges Blue Buffalo’s “LifeSource Bits” contain poultry by-product meal and corn, and that several Blue Buffalo products promoted as “grain-free” actually contain rice hulls.

Blue Buffalo claims that its pet foods are made with “only the finest natural ingredients” including “real meat, whole grains, and veggies.”

There is “NO chicken (or poultry) by-product meals, artificial preservatives, corn, wheat or soy,” in Blue Buffalo’s pet food, according to the company website.

The complaint estimates that Blue Buffalo spent approximately $50 million in 2013 to promote its claims that Blue Buffalo ingredients are all natural and superior to competitors.

“We believe consumers deserve honesty when it comes to the ingredients in the food they choose to feed their pets,” Steven Crimmins, vice president and chief marketing officer of Nestlé Purina, said in a statement. “Our commitment to owners and their pets is not a marketing ploy or advertising slogan. At Purina, what goes in the bag goes on the label.”

 

 

Why Duration Works | Off Leash K9 Training Texas

 

Why duration work works!

Duration work, which is essentially a fancy name for your dog doing an exercise like Place or Down for an extended period of time, is kinda like magic. It doesn’t seem like much is going on, or that much benefit could be obtained from it, but just like magic, poof, problem behaviors and state of mind issues begin to fade away though this simple but profound process.
We equate it to dog meditation. I strongly believe it helps reset and re-balance the dog’s nervous system, much like human meditation can for us.
By teaching the dog (or maybe more accurately resetting the dog) to understand that what goes down around him/her is none of their business, and not of their concern, we remove the habit and the burden of constant emotional and physical reaction to the environment.
So many dogs get caught up in the cycle of emotionally and physically reacting to whatever occurs in their environment – a person leaving the room, a knock at the door, a dog barking outside etc – and these triggers can create an emotional response that then becomes habituated stress/anxiety/edginess creating all manner of behavior issues.
By resetting the dog through duration work (multiple hours a day is great!) you fundamentally change the emotional state and many, many problem behaviors simply disappear, or are tremendously reduced. By teaching (and insisting!) that your dog remain quietly in command while the world goes on around him or her, you end up creating a far more relaxed, comfortable, and well-balanced dog.
Just like magic!

 

Author: Sean O’shea

Please Share! What It’s Like Leaving Your Dog In A Hot Car! 40 Minutes and 138 Degrees

 

What it’s like leaving your dog (or baby) inside of a hot car. 

Please Keep in mind what it’s like to leave your dog or child in a hot car. The weather is getting hotter and it will soon be very hot and deadly to our children and dogs.  Be responsible and leave your dogs at home if it’s hot outside and you can’t take them where you are going.