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Are stairs safe for dogs

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Are stairs dangerous for dogs

Stairs are not safe for dogs (mostly).

Are wooden stairs dangerous?

Wooden stairs are deadly dangerous for dogs. (Even for kids)

Cats tend to be more cautious, so the big concern is for dogs.

25% of dogs around the world are reported with a deadly accident because of stairs.

I met two people in the past who lost their dog by falling in the stairs, and even mine, last week, almost got severely injured for the same reason. (that’s why I am writing this article today to prevent other dogs’ injuries related to stair’s accident.)

Stairs are useful and even beautiful, but for animals, this is a total treath if the stairs not been safely designed for dogs.

Here are some stairs that are highly considered to be non-safe for dogs, mostly.

Wooden stairs

Even worst, wood stairs with varnish!

I know, varnish makes wood so much more shiny and beautiful, but if you love your dog, please avoid to apply varnish on your stairs. It is way too slippery.

 

The problem is most people want to add a fresh coat of stain because it can bring out the beauty in a wooden staircase. So at this point, we have to make a choice: our dog safety or the stairs.

 

Spiral Staircases (One of the worst)

 

Dark colour stairs

This is what we have at home, and because of the dark colour that is the same as the floor, this is so dangerous for dogs. I guess the dog’s vision can’t make that much difference between dark tones colour.

 

Straight Staircases

There is no way a dog can walk on this, obviously

This type of Straight Staircases is so dangerous for dogs. Many dogs got injured by slippering between the stairs ending with broken ribs and even broken skulls!

 

Acrylic stairs

Even if this kind of stairs is not so common, this is a big no-no for the dog’s safety.

 

Why are wooden stairs dangerous for dogs and puppies?

Varnish or not, wooden stairs are very slippery.

When a dog falls from the stairs, there is a significant probability the frontal bone and the Parietal bone of your dog get broken by accident, and we are talking about death injury.

The problem is there is nothing we can do if you want to keep your stairs as is. In the past, I had dark wooden stairs, and I tried every possible to make it less slippery, which failed badly.

I tried a transparent rubber adhesive for the stairs; it didn’t work (not sure why but it didn’t).

It works for us, humans, but for dogs, it’s not working.

 

I even tried to apply some kind of anti-slip in a liquid form sold at home depot, which didn’t work either and also make the stairs so challenging to clean.

Last week, one of my dogs had a bath at night and after she ran out of the tub to go downstairs on the first floor. I was walking behind her as fast as I could, but because it was dark, all stairs look the same at night, and she jumped from the per-last step instead of the last one, and she felt on her head very strong. She was crying, and I was anxious about the brain. Luckily, she was ok, but I had to hold her for 30 minutes in my arms until she felt ok. She almost lost consciousness.

Stairs are deadly dangerous for dogs because they act like kids, and we can’t manage them all the time. Every dog owners know about it, so wooden stairs are dangerous, indeed.

It goes the same for dark colour stairs. There is nothing we can do except one solution.

How to make stairs safe for dogs?

How to Make Steep Stairs Safer? ADD TRACTION AND LIGHTING!

So it’s very simple. Add a beautiful carpet and add lighting as much as you can and, if possible, on each step until the last one. Why? because the light will help to brake the dark color that is confusing the dog’s visiblity.

 

For the carpet, i strongly recommend to keep the carpet up to one meter around the last step on the floor. This way, your dog won’t get hurt as much as if he would fall on the floor directly. There is plenty of nice design online, so there is no reason not to do it it, and it’s even fun as a new house project!

Adding a carpet is the safest solution for your dog.

 

Conclusion

if you love your animal, dog, cat or any other animal you take care of at home, please consider adding a carpet to prevent possible injuries in the future.

If you have friends with dogs, please share. It is important to prevent dog’s injury caused by stairs. Thank you for reading!

Is duck safe for dogs?

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How safe is raw duck meat for your dog?

(Quick answer): Feeding raw duck to your dog is safe ONLY if it’s well prepared.

It’s NOT safe to cut a big chunk of Duck and feed it to your dog as is because there is a thick layer of fat that MUST be removed. That’s probably as important as E. coli. And, Be aware of not feeding those tiny bones. Raw big bones are safer but not harmless, unlike many people claim, but those small sharp ones are hazardous. (That’s the short answer)

Duck contains a lot of fat between the skin and meat, so it’s dangerous to dogs. You need to remove it by hand with a knife and water (It’s a lot of work, so you may avoid feeding duck if your patience has its limit). The red meat of the Duck is fatter compared to the yellow/beige part; it’s good to consider as well if your dog suffers from pancreatitis or liver disease.

As a quick tip, I keep raw meat for no more than four days in the fridge, and I only buy frozen and organic meat if possible (At least frozen). I would rather boil it if the meat is sitting on the grocery shelf in the open fridge. (You know that white, pink or yellow styrofoam packaging with cellophane wrapping)? Those carry a lot of bacteria to stay away from!!

Raw duck from the grocery

Today, the goal of this article is to share my experience with you to prevent yourself from making the same mistake as I did with my Maltese dog, Mooshie. She is so beautiful, don’t you think so?

My dog is recovering today

Feeding raw meat for dogs as a pet parents

For people who already know us, we prefer raw food instead of kibbles for an obvious reason. When I mean raw, I mean the wild way with meat, organs and all the stuff that wild animals need typically out there to stay strong and healthy. (By the way, I am vegan for 12 years, and it’s a big deal to buy all these meats, but when I see my dogs how healthy they are, it gives me some hope and encouragement to continue).

I cook and serve a fresh meal twice a day, EVERY-SINGLE-DAY for over FOURTEEN YEARS, and yes, it takes a massive time of my own. I have three dogs, and they eat a lot even if they are small breeds, but hey, it is worth it!!

I could see significant improvement six months after they moved from kibbles to raw food. Oh, and yes, they haven’t been on raw food since the beginning of our journey. They started to eat raw food in their 15 months old or so, if I remember well.

But, I would like to give a big warning on this life style though. Feeding raw food doesn’t mean going to the grocery and grab some pieces of meat, and voila. Hell no!

You have to take it seriously, or you may injure your dog’s health forever. It’s very serious!

To reach the point where we are currently, I had to join seminars, read tons of books, listen advices from holistic veterinarians, and I still learn every day. I have to say, it requires a lot of patience, but with some weekly planning, it becomes a lot easier, don’t worry.

There is a fine line between becoming obsessed with making them healthy and eventually losing all your free time and keeping a healthy lifestyle while making your dogs happy and yourself at the same time.

Planning is the only way to make your life balanced. You will still be able to have free time for yourself and cook for your dog(s) at the same time if you plan everything well.

Many people ask me if it’s more expensive than buying dry food. Well, it depends if you buy organic or not. In our case, my dogs got mostly non-organic meat because prices doubled on organic food, but recently, I tried to buy more natural when it’s possible.

How my dog got sick with duck meat

It was Monday morning, and it was time to make my grocery for the dogs.

If you are curious, here what I usually buy twice a week:

1. One bag of carrots
2. Small bag of black rice
3. Wild salmon
4. Shitake Mushroom
5. Chicken or turkey
6. Beef
7. small piece of ginger
8. small part of curcumin
9. Raw goat milk
10. Broccoli
11. green beans
12. Wild Sardine

This is the usual grocery, and it goes up to twice a week like this, depending on the season because, in winter, we don’t go out every day while we do in summer. (It’s Canada here, and in winter, when it’s reaching -35 degrees outside, it’s better to stay inside to prevent burn on paws). We even got minus 60 degrees 3 years ago, crazy!!

So last Monday, I went to the grocery and decided to make a switch, which you should do as well to prevent allergies. If you feed the same every week, over and over, your dog “may” start an allergy to that specific food. (Allergy or intolerance).

I decided to buy a whole duck, which I sometimes do, as I explained above.

Feeding raw meat is so quick and straightforward to serve because all I have to do is to keep it in the freezer, and no, I never serve it at room temperature for preventing over bacterias. They even prefer the taste of half-frozen meat, so it’s just perfect.

This time, I decided to do it a little bit more wild. One of my nutritionist friends always tells me to feed meat with the skin because the skin is good for joints, but this time, I made a BIG mistake; I cut the duck in slices as I usually do include the fat between the skin and the meat.

If you ate duck before, you probably noticed the thick layer of fat. You eat it cooked, and you can even see the fat, imagine when it’s raw. The fat can reach up to half inches, which is thick!

Let me show you how the duck fat looks like when it’s raw:

Notice the white part under the red meat; that’s fat, and she ate it! (She ate it by mistake) – (Yes, it’s frozen)

What happened after nine days feeding the whole raw duck

At the end of the week, my dog didn’t digest the duck and vomited once.

Two days later, when I woke up, she didn’t wake up.

Typically, we have a routine. I wake up, and “Mooshie” jumps down of the bed (Yes, we sleep in the same bed), and she follows me to the shower and waits until, and I am ready to start the day.

However, that morning, she stayed in bed.

I was surprised, and I told myself she is just tired.

A few hours later, it was almost lunchtime, she was still in bed, and I start worrying.

I took her out of bed, and she almost fell on the floor.

She couldn’t walk, and she had difficulty to breathe.

I was so worried. In 13 years, I never saw Mooshie doing this.

Understand me, my dogs walk outside almost every day, and we are very active, so that was not normal.

She stayed the whole day in bed.

The only time she was waking up was to go to the potty pad to have diarrhea, poor her.

Even on the potty pad, she had so much difficulty to walk.

I decided to wait the whole day to see if she will be fine.

Then, yesterday, she woke up and she seemed a little bit better, but still, she had the same bad mood and still had trouble to walk with deep, noisy breathing.

I called my vet in carignan, the one i trust the most recently, and I got an appointment rush.

My new vet is very professional and compassionate. That is something I rarely see recently since the covid-19. I see recently that many vets have decided not to allow pet parents to accompany their baby pet inside the room, which is non-sense because we all wear a mask.

It’s just a guess, but I feel that’s only an excuse because I remember even before the covid-19, some vet explained they preferred to make the consultation without the parents because dogs became nervous sometimes when we are there.

I think it’s entirely the opposite, and that’s the reason why I change the vet this year. I am not sure about you, but I would NEVER allow myself to leave my dog in consultation without me unless there is no other choice.

Luckily, some compassionate veterinary still thinks pet parents must be there during the consultation, and I give a BIG THANKS for that!

Today, visit the vet

Today, we just came back from the vet.

Finally, I got the verdict.

It’s impossible to know why she is sick, but the vet and I discovered the duck is the cause.

She got pancreatitis due to the duck fatty part.

Her liver couldn’t handle it anymore.

It’s shocking, and it’s my fault, I felt so guilty.

Ok, now, maybe you wonder how wolves can eat duck without being sick. I don’t have the answer, but perhaps when the duck is warm, the fat is more liquid vs. all stuck together when it’s frozen.

The vet gave her med to take for two days and another pill for a week.

She asked me to feed her with medical food from her shop, a low fat gastrointestinal canned food.

She asked me not to cook for her during a few days to get back her to normal.

Here the food and the pills for pancreatitis.

That’s what I got from the vet, two gastrointestinal canned food with pills.

On the left, 14 Metronidazole pills (1 pill every 12 hours for seven days) and the right, the gastrointestinal canned food.

These will stop diarrhea and fever.

Usually, I prefer to go holistic, but this time, I had no choice. I didn’t want to take any risk.

I forgot to mention that she was very dehydrated, I mean really. The “pinch skin” test was showing the skin was not coming back very quickly + if you open the mouth and the gum is dry, it means dehydration, which was the case. Wow, so dangerous !!

The last pill she got is a Metacam pill taken for two days (half of the medicine once a day since my dog is a small dog). The good part is that it doesn’t contain steroids that generally destroys the gut.

That pill is Metacam to lower inflammations.

Now, I can see an improvement already. Mooshie is feeling better, and she wants to eat again. Because of the pills, she is feeling sleepy, but her breath is back to normal. She will be fine, but it was such a scary situation!

How to safely prepare the duck

Please, read this if you want to prevent trouble.

If you’re going to feed duck to your dog, don’t worry, it’s even better than feeding chicken.

If you are curious to know why see the chart below:

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Meat contains omega-3 and omega-6.

The goal is to balance the amount of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to prevent chronic inflammation.

But with some meat, the omega ratio 3 and 6 is way too different, causing inflammation.

Secondly, chicken eats corn and is rarely outside under the sun causing the chicken to have a lack of vitamin B. And what the chicken is eating goes straight to your dog’s stomach and trust me; you don’t want their lousy diet for your dog.

Here when I purchased the duck.

I think pinkie is about to steal the duck !!

  1. Unless you buy the duck from a farm, the duck from the grocery is better purchased frozen for bacterial reasons. So, buy it frozen.
  2. Once the duck is at the room temperature (a few hours later), remove the paper/plastic bag inside the duck, and you can put back the liver inside, but we don’t want to feed the toxic bag.
  3. With a sharp knife, remove all the fat and the skin, don’t take any risk. We want red meat only to cut on the fat.
  4. Once you remove all the fat, you can slice everything, including the bones in small pieces up to 1 or 3 inches length and maximum one inches for the thickness. You will end up with small slices that will be easy for your dog’s mouth.
  5. If you removed the fat properly, put all the slices in a ceramic bowl, please, no plastic, and put it in the freezer.

That’s it; you now have a healthy meal for a full week. (Please, serve it with green veggies and black rice if you want it healthier)

I strongly suggest serving this meal for a week and switch to another meat the next week to prevent allergies/intolerance to duck meat.

Now, you know what will happen if you feed the whole duck to your dog without removing the fat, and you even know how to prepare it as well.

I wish you good luck and bon appetit !!!

Don’t be shy to leave comments if you have any questions. It’s better asking than risking your dog’s life.

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Update (1 day after the vet)

One day after the visit to the vet.

Surprisingly, Mooshie is back on her feet with the wagging tail!

I didn’t expect it, but today, she woke up the same way, as usual, hungry asking for some food and she didn’t look tired anymore, wow!

Because of this, I decided to stop the meds. Trust me. There is no reason to overdose your dog with medicine.

I tell you about her symptoms when it happened.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty to walk
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Diarrhea
  • Exhausted/Tired
  • No appetite at all
  • Difficulty breathing

Medicine

  • I was supposed to give her Metronidazole for seven days. I gave her only the first day for a total of two pills)
  • I gave her half of one capsule of Metacam
  • Two gastrointestinal canned for two days

Conclusion

It’s better to never feed your dog with fat, not even a little bit. Dog’s liver is not made to digest fat.

Typical fat food to avoid

  • Bacon
  • Cake
  • Butter
  • Duck fat
  • Beef fat
  • Any meat fat
  • Cheese
  • Cream
  • Milk (Better to go with Raw Goat milk)
  • Advocado (Normally not recommended but with my experience, you can but once a while only in a tiny portion. I would give maximum one teaspoon of avocado once a while)
  • Ham, the one you buy for your sandwich (Because it contains fat with high sodium)
  • Olive oil or any oil except Flaxseed oil in small quantity (One teaspoon maximum twice a week)
  • Peanut butter or consider 100% natural and organic peanut butter in tiny quantity

Update (2 days after the vet)

After two days, it turns out that Mooshie was perfectly fine on the first day with the gastrointestinal food and the Metronidazole pill scheduled every 12 hours, but because I fed her with “one” raw meat yesterday for dinner, she got sick again (Sorry!!!!).

I went back to the vet today, and apparently, I was too fast.

She has pancreatitis due to the fat on the duck that I gave her for over seven days (Little more than a week ago).

The vet asked me to do an x-ray to check the liver, heart, and lungs (Not the most accurate but still enough to see if something is wrong inside. (Cost: $300)

Blood check as well. (More accurate for the current issue). (Cost: $200)

Lastly, they suggested an injection of something that will make her more hungry and help with the inflammation. Sorry, I forgot the name of that injection. (Cost: $60)

So, today, no food at all, but I gave her the pill to prevent diarrhea.

The vet suggested me to go to the emergency to inject some fluid in Mooshie’s body that will help her with her condition, and mostly because she was dehydrated, fluid injection help a lot. They recommended me one more scan, but the cost was reaching over $2000, and my feeling was that it’s not that bad her condition. After talking together, she said that it’s ok to wait a day to see if she is ok. This is what I decided since she looked fine yesterday until I feed raw meat.

It makes sense eating raw meat a few days after such trauma is a terrible idea. Same as us humans, when we get sick because of food poisoning or fatty food during the holidays by example, we need at least three days to recover. I remember once when I ate two substantial creamy ice cream. The day after, I got sick for three days without eating anything — the same situation.

Update (5 days after the vet)

Finally, she is doing well today. Restraining your dog for a day; always works for resetting the body. I learned that a long time ago, and it’s still working. Typically, a sick dog can skip meals between one to two days maximum. In her case, One day seems to do the job.

She is now asking for a food which I only feed her with the gastro canned, and she even waging her tail.

One important note is, this is the first night that her breathing came back to normal. Before, her beat rate was fast, which was worrying me a lot.

From now on, because pancreatitis is dangerous and a sign related to fatty-food “in our case” (imagine yourself eating three ice cream, you might be sick as well), she will be on gastrointestinal food for two weeks to reset the whole body.

∴ Please, consider the same if you go through the same situation.

Veterinarians are not always there for the money. I often hear people complaining about the high cost of visiting the vet, and I am 100% agree, their prices are way too high. On the other hand, we have to understand their fees: Scanners, office fees, employees, and so on must be paid one way or another, so they have to charge something at least. Still, it’s costly, and I believe they can charge less, but when there is no choice, we have to pay for the sake of your dog’s life. Unfortunately, some vets know that fact and abuse the system, but not everybody is bad people. The only thing I don’t like is that it’s not fair for poor people without a budget. Does it mean they have to let their dog die just because the price is the price?

I know some veterinarians where cats and dogs have been brought to their office and took care of them without charging anything because the owners didn’t have money. This is not common, but this is where we separate people working for cash vs. people in love with what they do.

Update (9 days after the vet)

Everything is back to normal, and something amazing happened.

Strangely, she has much more energy than she had two years ago.

She even walks much more outside, and she sleeps much better than before.

Here’s  the problem with dogs and even us, humans.

The body never reacts fast enough to tell us if something is wrong with what we just ate.

When food is digested, side effects always appear from two weeks to six months.

And this is a big problem because if you feed something that you think is fine for your dog, your dog might be sick later, causing so much confusion.

In our case, one of my dogs is more sensitive to food. So, a proper diet is a must, but we can only know this after an episode, and this is frustrating and risky.

My advice for you is to use my formula of 3. It goes like this:

  1. Raw food
  2. Non-fatty food
  3. Don’t feed too much; don’t feed to little. Feed just enough without overfeeding your dog.

I even recommend to skip breakfast for your dog and only gives fruits and veggies in the morning. No meat in the morning, and don’t provide dinner too late either. The best time for dinner is before the last walk of the day. By doing this, it allows the body to relax from yesterday’s meal. But, only do this for adult dogs since puppies need the morning and evening meals to grow healthy.

If you follow this rule, you are good to go for many years without issues, and trust me; this works perfectly.

Finally, let me share with you a quick and straightforward recipe if your dog suffers from pancreatitis or if your dog has a sensitive stomach. That recipe works very well, but it must be alternated every two weeks with something similar since it’s never good to keep feeding the same meal every week.

Ingredients:

  • Turkey meat. (Try to buy only the light part. It looks like yellow meat. The brown meat is more fat).
  • Organs such as hearts
  • Kidney
  • Green bean
  • Broccoli
  • Fresh chopped pieces of Curcuma
  • Fresh chopped pieces of ginger
  • Frozen wild blueberry (It must be wild only)
  • Crisp red apple (organic if possible)

All you have to do is to slice the turkey with the organs in small pieces, slice the fruits, and mix everything in a bowl and you are good to go.

This recipe is healthy for your dog and lighter than red meat, duck, or chicken.

Recommended feeding portion to follow:

75% of raw turkey with organs

12.5% veggies

12.5% of fruits

Some people often ask me which green bean is the best.

I recommend that one (many are confused between green bean and peas):

In this recipe, I recommend avoiding peas and feed only that green bean boiled for about 7 minutes maximum.

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Conclusion

In case you wonder why I fed my dogs with raw meat without removing the fat and skin. It’s proven the skin is healthy for dogs; it helps joints. The fat, I agree not so much, but still, I never had any issue in the past, and I know tons of people doing the same without trouble. But again, each dog has their level of tolerance.

Every recipe I created for 15 years that includes chicken, duck, and beef, I never removed the fat and skin, and this is the very first time my dog got sick.

My other dogs ate the same meal at the same time without being sick.

While one dog will be perfectly fine with raw animal fat and skin, another might take it much harder.

Wild wolves eat almost everything when hunting, but some domestic dogs are more sensitive to raw food. This is important to note if your dog is not going well with fresh food.

∴ All you have to do is to remove the fatty part with the skin, and your raw meal will be perfectly safe. Don’t go back to kibbles, please. If you do, you will end up with new problems much more complicated  🙂

I have a nutrition certificate for 15 years with many dogs around to prove the recipes are safe and tasty, so feel 100% confident with the given advice, you have my word!

I started as a hobby and end up with a lifestyle in four different countries with class teaching and conference in Canada, the USA, Japan, and China.

10 things to consider before getting a new dog

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10 things to consider before getting a new dog

Having a new dog is one of the most beautiful experience ever. Your life will literally change as it did for me as well at the first time. But I have seen too many irresponsible people letting their dog dying little by little by not giving the proper care and attention. For that reason, I would like to help those new owners to make the right decision for the sake of the dog and even for you since your life will change drastically (in a good and bad way depending on if you are ready for this new life).

First, it’s important to know dogs are very similar as children. If you understand this, you will be the perfect daddy or mommy for your new dog that is just waiting for so much love.

 

Let’s have a look:

1#. Barking. Dog barks. I mean, always bark. So if this is something that you cannot handle, please consider. If you plan to do throat surgery to remove the voice which is so barbaric in my opinion or keep your dog in a cage all day long just because of the annoying barking sound, it means you are not made to have a dog.

 

2#. Money. Yes, taking care of a dog is very expensive. What i mean by that is you will have to make an annual checkup at the vet and every time your dog will have a problem, you will have to visit the vet again. (Same as children).This is important to note it because most of the people think a dog can take care of themselves which is not true. There is always a little “bobo” soon or later and most of the time, it won’t fix by itself so you will need some help from the vet if this is required and they charge money, sometimes, lot of money …

 

3#. Dogs are not a trophy. Many young people get a dog just because it’s cute but in reality. They don;t take care so much. I traveled the world meeting people with dogs and i often see some 20’s ladies in Japan or China having mini toy dogs for fun. But they are never home and keep them in a cage all day long. They don’t even walk their dog. All they do is showing them off to people as a trophy. So please consider if this is your purpose.

 

4#. Building a family while having a dog. This is a very common problem in today’s society. When a family gets their first child, they stop taking care of the dog and this, this is a very big problem. Quickly, Your dog will develop jealousy and anxiety and even health problem. If you plan to stop taking care of your dog just because you are building your family, then please really consider your decision because i have seen way too many time people stop caring for their dog and switch all the love to the baby. I even have seen some people kicking out their dog outside of the house as soon as they got their first newborn. Or even worst, some people even put their dog asleep (euthanasia) because they didn’t want it anymore for multiple reasons. Problem is their reason are always valid in their opinion. That is why you need to understand what is it to have a new dog in the family.

 

5#. This, this is for new parents: if you are about to have your first newborn, your dog might suddenly start peeing in the house for no reason. This might be very annoying and time-consuming but this can be fixed easily. This is caused by the sudden lack of attention and care as well. Changing your schedule to nighttime will affect your dogs too. A newborn required to stay awake at night if needed and your dog will follow your new schedule even if you don’t want. This will unbalance your dog’s life very much. Of course, you can’t make everybody happy but at least giving the same love and attention to your dog might help. Just think your dog as another child. Another tip is having a potty pad inside the home, that will help greatly and consider the pad to be on the same floor as where your dog is sleeping for easy access.

 

6#. Walking your dog. If you can’t walk your dog every day or at least 4 times per week, trust me, you are not made to have a dog so please consider.

 

7#. I am never at home. If you are always working outside leaving your dog alone all day, then it’s better to not have a dog. If you wonder why, it’s because leaving a dog alone so long time will create anxiety and this is something you don’t want to handle, trust me. Anxiety is the root of so many problems even with aggressivity … A dog needs to sleep at least 9 hours per day so yes, if you work during the day, your dog will sleep. However, many people stay outside and come back late and this is the problem. The dog needs to be walked, needs to eat and mostly, need to poo and pee. If you are never home, how can your dog do all these things? It’s all about opinion but with my own experience, dogs need brain stimulation at least once a day. If the only thing your dog did today was sleeping and waiting for you, your dog will start to be bored and this will lead to more problem in the long run.

 

8#. Food. This one is my opinion with my own experience. If you are ok to cook for your dog, you are definitely made to be a dog’s parent because preparing raw food will make your dog healthy which means less visit to the vet. The shortcut is dry food but when your dog will reach 3 or 4 years old, it will be inevitable, you will start to see some problem in bones, vision, teeth and so on … Meaning money to the vet, again.

 

9#. Patience. Oh yes, it takes a LOT of patience, trust me. I guess this point is one of the most important. You cannot beat or harm your dog because he keeps barking or do something you don’t like. If you are embarrassed in public because your dog is barking non-stop, you are definitely not made to own a dog. Potty training, barking training, walking training, cooking … all these stuff that must be considered to be normal if you are a new dog’s parent MUST and should be normal to you. If not, you are not made to be a dog’s owner.

I can’t emphasize more on this word, this is crucial to understand this. Bringing back the dog to a shelter won’t be a solution. If you decide to get your new dog, it will be for at least 12 years …

A dog can leave from 10 to 18 years!

Also, I strongly recommend adopting instead of buying a dog at the pet shop. Trust me, without going too much in details, you will end up much happier. We all want to avoid pet shop and puppy mills so the best way is to ask a good reference for someone raising dogs. (A breeder with good references)

 

10#. Equal love when owning two and more dogs. Seems obvious but you simply can’t love more one dog than the other. They will feel it and develop jealousy leading to aggressivity in the long run. If you have one, two, three or more dogs, share your love equally and they will reward you very well.

By the way, I strongly recommend owning “maximum” two dogs if this is your first time since it will overload you with tons of work.

 

11#. Euthanasia. This is my opinion but if you are an animal lover, you probably understand that you cannot get rid of a dog as soon as you‘re not happy. Being sick, behavior changes, welcoming a newborn in the family are just part of life but certainly not a good reason the end life of your dog.

As an example, I knew someone who got his first child but because his dog started to pee in the house for the sudden lack of attention, he simply put down his dog. Please, be aware of this situation even before you decide to get your new dog.

 

Let say it this way:

LOVE + GOOD FOOD + EXCERCISE = Healthy and happy dog

 

Best dog’s type of owner?

Everybody can have a dog and as long as you are enough responsible, everything will just go smoothly. However, if you ask me who is the perfect type of dog’s owner? Here my answer:

  • People working from home
  • People aged over 25 years old (Old enough to be responsible)
  • Single people with no kids (I know, this will make some people angry but it’s true, people with no family can give 1000% of their love and care to the dog. This is just the perfect type of person. And be aware that some kids hurt dogs and parents never say anything. This is only some cases of course.)

 

If you decide to welcome a new dog, your life will change into a very beautiful experience. probably the most amazing and the most touching experience you will ever feel. I can even say it will change you completely. The dog can be a baby or even an old dog from a shelter. Whatever your decision, this experience will change your life forever, trust my words.

Good luck!

Why is pulling the leash so wrong ?

Why is pulling the leash so wrong ? 1000 668 Recipe for dog

Yelling, pulling, running, ashamed, oh my …

Strange owner’s habit during daily dog walks

I just came back from outside. Here in Canada, it’s so freaking cold. Minus 30 degrees to be exact, in March… and i can even feel the super cold freezing at the tip of my fingers. It’s a pain but it’s worth it for the sake of my dogs.

Frozen fruits in the forest of Canada

 

Walking dogs is one of the most important things you should schedule in your day for physical and mental health. Not just for you but for your dog too. If your dog tends to be aggressive or look depressed, it might be because your dogs need exercise outside to drain the energy and keep the mind stimulated.

I was walking in the forest near 9 pm. The moon was so bright making it look like the day time, it was so beautiful.

A daily walk in winter with the dogs in freezing Canada

 

 

But on the way back home, we crossed another dog. A Shepard. I really like this dog. Unfortunately, people tend to fear this race due to the size and myth that Shepard is aggressive which is not true obviously.

So we were walking and as usual, my 3 dogs start to bark. I know it’s annoying but i am not the type of person to turn my dogs into submissive dogs. I prefer they enjoy life as long as there is a balance in barking.

Then, a few meters away from the Shepard, he started to do the crying/barking thing. Normally, i know this attitude is because the dog just wants to come closer and want to meet my dogs. It’s normal to me and i even feel it’s a pity for the dog. Kind of “I feel the dog is lacking affection”. So, i kept walking with confident attitude because this is what you have to do normally but the problem is closer we were, more stressed the owner was because his dog was trying to come closer to us while he was pulling the leash to stop the Shepard. In short words, it’s like he was saying to his dog, stop barking or we won’t go say hello. I know, some people will say it’s ok but there is a better way to handle this situation.

But, do you know why his dog was barking more and more?

Because the owner was pulling the leash.

 

Pull the leash = Dog Barking = Dog become crazy

 

Yelling at your dog = Dog Barking

 

Solution = Follow the river, calm, but don’t go opposite

 

You know we all do that. The dog started barking then we pull the leash and start shouting “stop”, “no”, “bad girl”, “bad boy” …

Problem is more you pull the leash, more your dog is pulling as well and it becomes madness.

If the “sitting exercise” is not working, then all you have to do is to when you cross another dog is keep the leash shorter and walk slowly to the other dog. If you stop walking and pull the leash, your dog will only bark higher and pull stronger. Just do the opposite, “follow the river”. Just walk slowly to the other dogs and your dog will calm down and do what they all do … smell at each other and go back to their routine. It’s very simple actually. Don’t feel ashamed of your dog or even scared. With time, you can practice the sit exercise but in the meantime, this works very well, at least for us so I guess it will for you as well.

In the end, I felt very bad because the owner turned back home and the dog didn’t have his daily walk, just because the owner was ashamed of his dog cry/barking thing.

I will never stop my daily walk just because my dog starts barking, it doesn’t make sense.

Actually, if they bark like this, it’s a sign they need much more exercise so i start jogging with the 3 dogs and then, they become like potato and even ignore the other dogs 😉

The conclusion is, your dog is no different than kids. They all want to say hello, touch and smell each other and then once it’s done, they go back to their stuff. Simple as that. Let’s not forget the whole point of walking dogs is to drain their energy so once back home, they are calm, relax and it’s really working!

Skip one day and you will see the difference.

99% of the time, the dog’s problem is from the owner attitude.

Please try this and you will see, walking your dog will become much interesting for your dog and more pleasant for you as well which is important. Walking dogs should be fun, not a task 🙂

 

What to do if your dog ate grass? [Don’t panic, it’s normal]

What to do if your dog ate grass? [Don’t panic, it’s normal] 750 422 Recipe for dog

Why is your dog eating grass?

Please, do not panic if your dog ate grass. It is 100% safe, do not worry. Your dog is not a human.  Therefore, all dogs need grass once a while. 🙂

When I walk my dogs with friends, too often i see them pulling the leash as soon as they start eating grass but the question is, is it ok or, it’s unsafe for my dog to eat grass?

Here the answer

Don’t be alarmed if you see your dog grazing on your lawn. Not only it’s totally normal and 100% safe but it’s even healthy. Actually, you even should let your dog eating it. I keep saying, dogs are not human but animals from the wolves generation and in the wild, it has been seen wild dogs, coyotes, and wolves eating grass once a while.

Here’s why

There is three main reasons why they need grass.

First, upset stomach push dogs to eat grass to help to vomit and reject what is upsetting their stomach. So if your dog suddenly starts grazing at your lawn ending up vomiting, rest assure that is totally normal. No need to call the vet. Notice how your dog looks better after vomiting. (Yes I know, it’s strange but it’s natural for dogs).

My dog is eating grass because that day, she didn't feel good after she ate something in the house that she was not suppose to ...

My dog is eating grass because that day, she didn’t feel good after eating something in the house that she wasn’t supposed to … (Bad girl)

And then, it was just before she vomit after eating the grass

And then, here she goes …

The second reason is to help to digest. When i let my dogs going outside in the backyard, i often see two of them eating grass without vomiting. They just graze like a tiny cow for around 15 minutes.

What you should worry about though is if the grass has some kind of chemical product that some people use for killing worms or destroy dandelion. Anything that is related to herbicides and pesticides used on lawns can be quite toxic, especially if ingested. In that case, i would probably prevent my dog to eat grass since it’s dangerous for them or stop using these kinds of chemical.

dandelion

Another place you should worry about is in the parking lot at your shopping mall. The grass is so dirty that i would not even eat on the grass myself.

But around the home or in the forest, it’s 100% safe.

I have no proof about it but some say grass “might” treat intestinal worms.

In my opinion, for treating intestinal worms, i would go with the pills from the vet or using a natural way such as adding a tiny piece of garlic twice a week mixed in the food. Yes, garlic, not onion of course! Garlic served in a  very small amount is totally safe and even good for eyes and the intestine. Even though many claim garlic is dangerous for dogs, please, trust my strong culinary experience, it is safe if served in a very small amount. I serve it to my dogs for over 15 years and all my student in the seminars are doing the same without any side effect.

The third reason could be caused by nutritional deficiency or iron deficiency. If you feed your dog with exclusively dry food, it could be the reason. If you feed with raw meat, maybe there is something missing in your diet, probably fiber or iron. Please consider adding other food to the meal such as broccoli or food high in iron.

As a side note

if you see your dog licking at sand outside or even sand in your floor’s garage, it’s probably caused by malnutrition, iron deficiency again, same as the grass i mentioned above. It’s easy to fix by providing well-balanced food. I always recommend, raw meat with veggies and vitamins. Normally, it fixes everything unless your dog as some sort of allergies to raw food.

By the way, if your dog eats sand, this is NOT so good. It will upset the stomach and i can guarantee you that your dog will be sick later the same day (several hours of vomiting) and eventually, will skip the dinner. But the next day all will be back to normal. Dogs vomit either because they are starving, thirsty or to release something bad they previously ate.

Once, my dog found a cheese still in the aluminum packaging. She ate the whole cheese with the paper. Later near dinner time, she started to make strong noise from her stomach. I knew she ate something wrong. And then once she started to vomit, there was a piece of the aluminum paper in the vomiting. They always vomit to recover from something. It is your duty to find why as a responsible owner 🙂 Yes, i know, so much work but we love them, right !! 🙂

Conclusion

The grass is safe for dogs. I won’t say i would replace a meal with only grass but it provides nutrition and it’s even high in fiber.

If you’re unsure what’s safe in your garden, check the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center web site, which maintains a list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

 

Thank you again for reading for the love of your dog(s).