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Look at that face. That's my dog, Oscar. He's 14 and a half and although he's considered elderly, he still has life to live. Parks to go to, things to sniff, naps to take and toys to play with. This little furry mop of a sweetie means the world to me.
Because of that, I want to know that what I am giving him food-wise is nutritious, safe and working to nourish his senior, yet still active body. He may not be the spry Bichon Frise that he use to be, but like he says, "14 is the new 10". And I don't argue with him. Ever.
Many dog and cat pet parents are hearing more and more about the benefits of a raw diet. Healthy alternative for sure. Convenient, well...not so much. I know for myself I don't have the time or space for having Oscar on a raw diet.
So I was very happy to hear that there is a new Made in Canada high quality pet food on the market, Nutrience® Subzero™ that offers the nutritious perks of raw feeding but without the fuss. Another thing to make me happy is knowing it is available at PetSmart® , with locations all across Canada.
So how do they do it? Nutrience® uses freeze dried technology specifically Nutriboost Freeze Dry Raw Inclusion. What is Nutriboost? It is fresh protein, infused with a unique blend of nutritionally beneficial ingredients. It is then gently freeze-dried to lock in the natural goodness of raw foods. Sounds scientific (which is not my strength) but if it means better health and wellness for my dog, that's all I need to know.
And there is variety! Nutrience® Subzero comes in three different recipes, perfect for even the pickiest of eaters. Did I mention it is also grain-free? In addition, the wild-caught fish, meat & poultry are all sourced in Canada and delivered fresh to their production facility. (That impresses me!)
Prairie Red – Fresh beef, wild boar, bison, wild-caught Pacific salmon, herring and cod.
Canadian Pacific – Fresh wild-caught Pacific salmon, herring, hake, sole, cod and Arrowtooth flounder.
Fraser Valley – Fresh deboned chicken, turkey, wild-caught Pacific salmon, herring and cod.
Want to learn more about this exciting product? Be sure to attend a National demo event on Saturday, Nov. 28 at your local PetSmart. You can even try subzero during the month of November by bringing in a bag of competitor product and receive a bag of subzero for free! (See chart above) That's SubZero for Zero! You got to like that.
To find out more information, please check out these handy links.
Guest Contributor: Lindsay Pevny
About 90% of your dog’s communication is nonverbal. Before she’s trained to speak on cue, she may only use her voice during intense play, or to alert you of something outside your window. When you teach “speak,” you open up a new avenue of communication between you and your dog.
After your dog has “speak” down pat, you can extend the cue for many purposes. You can have her speak when she needs to go out, or when there’s someone at your front door. You can also teach her to speak three times to “say” I Love You, or five times to help you sing the hit 2000 single Who Let The Dogs Out. The possibilities are endless!
How To Teach “Speak”
Before you can teach “speak,” you should have already worked on basic cues such as “sit” and “stay.” You might want to clicker-train your dog to make it easier to capture “speak,” but it’s not totally necessary. I don’t use clickers myself, just because I constantly lose things.
After a few moments, if your dog really wants that treat, she may start to bark out of frustration. Say, “yes!” or click the moment your dog begins to bark. Give her the treat as soon as she flattens her ears and makes a tiny noise.
If you’re having trouble getting your dog to bark, try barking at her. While it sounds a bit crazy, it really works. There’s overwhelming evidence that dogs learn through imitation. This is, in fact, how I got Matilda to speak for me for the first time. Don’t overdo the barking. Try just one “arf” followed by a pause to give your dog time to think.
At first, your dog might not respond to your cue. Give her about 15 seconds to think. If she still does not bark, try tempting her with the treat again until she barks, then reward her. As you practice, the time it takes her to bark after you give the cue will elapse.
How To Teach “I Love You”
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Matilda of LittleDogTips saying her best “I Love You.”
What could be more adorable than your dog telling you she loves you? I can’t promise that she’ll mean it when she says it, but it’s an impressive trick to show your friends and family. As you’d expect, your dog will bark three times in sequence, as though to say, “I love you!”
You need to visualize how your dog is going to bark a convincing “I love you.” I found it easiest to emphasize the “love” bark. Your “I” should be a soft bark, “love” should be louder, and “you” should be soft again. Bark, “I LOVE you,” to your dog.
Teach Your Dog “Quiet”
Once I taught Matilda to speak, she couldn’t stop. She found a fast way to get my attention, and associated barking with receiving a treat. I had created a monster!
The same thing will, quite possibly, happen to you. You can teach your dog “quiet” to get her to stop barking, whether she’s getting to loud during a training session, or yapping at a squirrel. Fortunately, it’s easier to teach “quiet” when your dog already knows “speak.”
Some dogs are less vocal than others, and may never learn to speak on cue. It’s best to stick to tricks that your dog does naturally. Training should always be fun. Keep your sessions short, and end them on a good note. If your dog shows stress signs like yawning, licking her lips, or looking away, stop the session and lower the difficulty next time.
About The Author:
Lindsay Pevny is a freelance blogger for startups and dog-related businesses, and the writer of LittleDogTips.com – a modern dog training blog that combats the “spoiled little dog” stereotype by teaching chihuahua and small dog owners to raise a happy, healthy pup with good manners.
I wonder if I can get Oscar to say a few words. Hmmmm......
IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2015) – I-5 Press today announced the release of Reporting for Duty, a new book by award-winning author and photographer Tracy Libby, who profiles 15 disabled veterans from WWII, Vietnam, both Iraq wars and Afghanistan. The comprehensive book details how these brave military men and women who served our country are overcoming obstacles with the help of their service dogs, some of which saved their lives.
In writing Reporting for Duty, Libby sought out veterans with a wide range of physical and emotional challenges with one thing in common: a skilled, reliable and loyal service dog by their side. It features how the dogs are selected, trained and socialized before being matched with their veteran partners and a background on assistance dogs, guide dogs, PTSD dogs and emotional-support dogs, as well as the history of canine-assisted therapy.
The book also covers the many service-dog training organizations and the dedicated people who are determined to help those who fought for our nation regain their mobility and independence.
According to a RAND Corporation September 2014 study, more than 540,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD and/or depression, and more than 260,000 veterans have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)—and these numbers do not count the veterans from other wars, from peacetime service, or with other physical injuries, illnesses, or diseases that could benefit from service dogs.
“We decided to publish Reporting for Duty to emphasize the urgent and desperate need that our veterans have for service dogs and the importance that needs to be placed on supporting them,” said Christopher Reggio, general manager, I-5 Press. “We hope that these 15 powerful stories of hope and empowerment will inspire others to get involved and give back to those who served our country.”
Reporting for Duty includes the following sections:
“Reporting for Duty brings to light the valiant veterans and first responders who are brave enough to seek help and no longer hide but become visible in society again as they make remarkable progress in their recoveries,” said Karen Jeffries, commander, US Navy, retired, cofounder and president emeritus, Veterans Moving Forward, Inc.
Reporting for Duty by Tracy Libby will be available on October 27, 2015 wherever books are sold.
About the Author
Tracy Libby is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work has won multiple awards from the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers (APDW). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon and has been writing about pet care for more than two decades. Her articles have appeared in mainstream magazines, including Dog Fancy, Modern Dog, Dog World, Puppies USA, Dogs USA,and the AKC Gazette, as well as online for Embrace Pet Insurance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, five cats, and five Australian Shepherds. She has been involved in the sport of dogs for nearly three decades, exhibiting her Aussies in agility, conformation and obedience.
Reporting for Duty
by Tracy Libby
Hardcover with Jacket
9 ¼ X 10 ¼ inches
More than 190 full-color photographs
Veterans Moving Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating mainly in the Commonwealth of Virginia, providing therapy and service dogs at no cost to physically and mentally challenged veterans of the US Armed Forces. VMF is unique in its model by providing canine support and a full range of services (from dealing with post-traumatic stress to adjusting to loss of limbs or immobility) to meet the dramatic unfulfilled needs of our nation’s deserving veterans of any branch of the American military from any generation, campaign, or peacetime service. These disabilities may have been acquired either during military service to our country or through an accident or illness incurred in private life following that service.
About I-5 Press
A division of I-5 Publishing, I-5 Press publishes beautifully illustrated, high-quality trade and gift books in categories such as dog, horse, reptile, pet care, farm and rural lifestyle and transportation. For more information, visit I-5 Press on Facebook at Facebook.com/i5press.
I was sent a copy of this book, and I have to say, it is one of my all-time favorite dog lover books in my home library.
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